USS Cole bombing suspect makes no plea in hearing
The USS Cole was damaged by a terrorist bomb while re-fueling in Yemen in 2000.
November 9th, 2011
06:52 PM ET

USS Cole bombing suspect makes no plea in hearing

By CNN Sr National Security Producer Charley Keyes

The suspected mastermind behind the bombing of the USS Cole - the 2000 attack that took the lives of 17 American sailors - stepped into public view Wednesday inside a military commission courtroom at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay Cuba.

Abd al-Rahim Hussayn Muhammad al-Nashiri did not enter a plea in his arraignment after the charges were read.

No trial date has been officially set. But inside the courtroom the prosecution, after calling for a trial in early February, appeared to compromise with the defense to push it out exactly a year, to November 9, 2011.

Later, outside the courtroom, defense attorney Richard Kammen predicted it could be much later than than, pointing to the usual schedule of death penalty trials in civilian courts, with delays running two-and-a-half or three years.

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Filed under: Gitmo • Terrorism
November 9th, 2011
06:17 PM ET

What would a military strike on Iran look like?

If Israel were to launch a military strike on Iran's nuclear program, what would it look like and how would it unfold? CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr takes a look.


Filed under: IAEA • Iran • Israel • Security Clearance on TV
Romney and Perry attack Obama handling of Israel and Iran
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Texas Governor Rick Perry at a debate in Las Vegas, Nevada last month.
November 9th, 2011
11:30 AM ET

Romney and Perry attack Obama handling of Israel and Iran

GOP presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Perry came out swinging Wednesday with statements critical of President Obama's handling of the U.S. relationship with Israel, and his administration's policy toward Iran. The statements come a day after reports of an open mic picking up comments by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and President Obama about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In his statement, Romney says Obama is "disdainful of our special relationship of our special relationship with Israel."

In the aftermath of a U.N. report that documented Iran's progress toward making a nuclear weapon, Perry said Obama's policy on Iran "based on outreach and limited sanctions, has failed."

The statements come less than two weeks before CNN hosts a debate with the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation devoted to national security issues.
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DEBATE PREP: What if China changes?
November 9th, 2011
06:00 AM ET

DEBATE PREP: What if China changes?

Editor’s note: This analysis is part of Security Clearance blog’s “Debate Preps” series. On November 22, CNN, along with AEI and The Heritage Foundation, will host a Republican candidate debate focused on national security topics. In the run-up to the debate, Security Clearance asked both the sponsoring conservative think tanks to look at the key foreign policy issues and tell us what they want to hear candidates address.

By The Heritage Foundation's Dean Cheng and Derek Scissors, Special to CNN

The political debate over China seems familiar because they’ve been on the political table for years.  Is China taking American jobs?  How cooperative is the People's Republic of China (PRC) on issues like nuclear programs in North Korea and Iran?  China rises; America frets, and Presidential candidates talk about roughly the same things every four years.

But what if China is about to change? FULL POST


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