- Andrew McCarthy explains that because the House committees responsible for oversight of Robert Mueller’s investigation won’t hold witnesses in contempt, their oversight has devolved into a farce.
The Obama administration developed a plan to prosecute the Taliban commanders and their allied drug lords who supply 90% of the world’s heroin, but they shelved it due to political considerations.
The plan, code-named Operation Reciprocity, was modeled after a legal strategy that the Justice Department began using a decade earlier against the cocaine-funded leftist FARC guerrillas in Colombia, in concert with military and diplomatic efforts. The new operation’s goal was to haul 26 suspects from Afghanistan to the same New York courthouse where FARC leaders were prosecuted, turn them against each other and the broader insurgency, convict them on conspiracy charges and lock them away.
Israel and militant groups in the Gaza Strip agreed to a ceasefire. Just prior to the ceasefire, more than 100 rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza, and Israel responded with dozens of air strikes.
Protests continued in Iraq, with people storming a provincial government building in Kerbala.