Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "The War on Social Security" above. Great comic.
Today on The Diane Rehm Show, the first hour guests were Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Major Garrett and Karen Tumulty. The second hour guests were Susan Glasser, David Sanger and Abderrahim Foukara.
And I'll highlight this section from the second hour:
REHM: Here's an email from Jack in Birmingham, Ala. "Has the U.S. literally withdrawn all of its troops from Iraq or is there a remnant left for some purpose?"
FOUKARA: I mean, there are two things here, one is that a large contingent of U.S. troops -- I think, at some point, I heard about 40,000 will remain stationed in the Gulf region. Most of those numbers will be in Kuwait, so that's number one, to deal with any other threats by the way not just in Iraq also Iran or any other potential threats. But the other thing is that the U.S. has the largest embassy than any country has anywhere...
REHM: That's got to have about 30,000 people.
FOUKARA: That's right, that's not going anywhere so you know...
REHM: And lots of private contractors?
FOUKARA: ...and lots of private contractors.
REHM: Now what are those contractors supposed to be doing, Susan?
GLASSER: Securing our interests, I guess, but an enormous part of that footprint for the embassy is in the form of security. It is in the form of people with guns so if that's what the caller is asking about, the answer is yes, there are Americans, both uniformed military and contractors with guns in Iraq today.
I told C.I. I'd grab that if she didn't have room for it in the snapshot. (There was a lot of Iraq talk in the second hour for a change.)
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"