• Game changer: Maj. Gen. Abrams on the “homegrown” rejection of Taliban in Afghanistan

    On the Radar

    Maj. Gen. Robert B. Abrams, the top U.S. and NATO commander in southern Afghanistan, is confident the country won’t fall back into the grips of the Taliban and other extremists when international forces pull out in two years—pointing to what he calls a “homegrown” rejection of the Taliban and the readiness of the Afghan security forces.

    “No one expected it to happen in the place we're today,” the commanding general of the 3rd Infantry Division tells On the Radar, standing in the same region of Afghanistan where al Qaeda trained many of the 9/11 perpetrators just over a decade ago.

    “All the places in southern Afghanistan considered the heartland for the Taliban, no one expected that the people here would rise up against the Taliban in a sort of homegrown, anti-Taliban movement, and it happened here. It is real,” Abrams says.

    Abrams tells the story of a village in the Panjwai region, located in the Kandahar province of southern Afghanistan, where a village elder pushed the

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  • Karl Rove on Bush legacy: “He got the big things right”

    Politics Confidential

    Karl Rove, who has been described by former President George W. Bush as “the architect” of his 2000 and 2004 election victories, isn’t backing down in his defense of the former president’s legacy, saying “he got the big things right.”

    “He kept us safe after 9/11, he moved to modernize our tools, provide the tools to fight terror, he called terror for what it was, he tackled the big issues of trying to reform Social Security, Medicare, immigration, education,” Rove tells Politics Confidential, standing outside the new Bush library and museum.

    When asked if he has any regrets about the Iraq War, knowing now that Saddam Hussein did not actually possess weapons of mass destruction that were given as the main justification at the time, Rove says he still thinks the war was the right decision.

    “I do believe that the Iraq War was the right thing to do and the world is a safer place for having Saddam Hussein gone,” says Rove, who points out that there was a “bipartisan

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  • Top Line

    Talking to ABC’s Diane Sawyer during a special tour of the newly opened George W. Bush Library, former First Lady Laura Bush says she and her husband have both been brought to tears by the new 9/11 exhibit at the museum.

    “It’s very hard to walk through and it's hard to watch this,” the former first lady says, referring to a video in the exhibit that reviews the day-by-day response to the attack. “People weep, I mean, there's that spot where George almost wept, in the Oval Office, when he was talking about it.”

    The new museum, which is designed to progress chronologically through the Bush presidency, starts off in a well-lit room that lays out the agenda President Bush hoped to undertake when he first came into office at the beginning of 2001. But visitors soon turn a corner, moving into the shadows of the 9/11 exhibit, where a large piece of disfigured metal from the 82nd or 83rd of the second World Trade Center tower stands.

    “This is the point of impact,” Mrs. Bush tells

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