❖ CIA drones over Pakistan: the origins. Pakistan wanted to kill Nek Muhammed, a Taliban ally considered an enemy of the state by the government. The CIA agreed to do the deed (in June 2004)–in exchange for access to airspace for drone use.
❖ UK’s Chilcot Inquiry has heretofore secret evidence “that former prime minister Tony Blair was told that Iraq had, at most, only a trivial amount of [WMDs] and that Libya was . . . a far greater threat.”
❖ A Newt Gingrich (R) campaign worker has “pleaded guilty to felony counts of fraud and perjury”.