ThinkFast: August 27, 2007

“Child fighters, once a rare presence on Iraq’s battlefields, are playing a significant and growing role in kidnappings, killings and roadside bombings in the country, U.S. military officials say. Boys, some as young as 11, now outnumber foreign fighters at U.S. detention camps in Iraq.”

In his first major foreign policy address, French President Nicholas Sarkozy called for a timetable to withdraw foreign troops from Iraq. “The Iraq tragedy cannot leave us indifferent. France was, thanks to Jacques Chirac, and remains hostile to this war,” said Sarkozy.

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After first claiming he did not want Congress to set a timetable, Sen. John Warner (R-VA) suggested on Sunday that he may support Democratic legislation ordering a withdrawal. “I’m going to have to evaluate it,” Warner said. “I’m going to have to evaluate it,” Warner said. “I don’t say that as a threat, but I say that is an option we all have to consider.”

“A sniper killed a Shiite pilgrim on a Baghdad bridge Monday while another was killed and six injured in other attacks as tens of thousands of faithful made their way to the southern city of Karbala for a major religious commemoration.”

While the number of African Americans, Asian Americans, and Native Americans “working for the government all equal or exceed the corresponding percentages in the civilian workforce,” Latinos continue to be underrepresented. Latinos make up just 7.6 percent of the federal workforce, compared with 12.8 percent of the civilian labor force.

In order to make up for recruiting slumps in the past few months, the Army is offering new recruits a $20,000 “quick ship” bonus to leave for basic combat training by the end of September. More than “90 percent of the Army’s new recruits since late July” have accepted the offer.

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A new U.N. report finds that in 2007, Afghanistan “produced record levels of opium” for the second straight year.” Gains were “led by a staggering 45 percent increase in the Taliban stronghold of Helmand Province.”

Yesterday, New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin said that President Bush “has failed to live up to the promises he made to rebuild the city” and “plans to bring that up with the president when Bush arrives in the city on Wednesday.”

And finally: The “Eternal General” resigns. Despite widespread public and congressional dissatisfaction with Alberto Gonzales in the past few months, President Bush has refused to let go of his friend from Texas. On May 5, Bush said, “I’m honored to be here with the eternal general of the United States, mi amigo Alberto Gonzales.” According to Fox News, Bush has now “grudgingly” accepted his amigo’s resignation.

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