1. An American under arrest for other charges has admitted to helping plan the 2008 terrorist siege attacks on the Indian city of Mumbai (Bombay).
2. As Marines open up a new operations in Now Zad called "Cobra's Anger," Obama administration and Pentagon officials scramble to clarify and defuse criticism over the 18-month time line announced by the president in his Afghanistan strategy speech last week.
3. Media accounts of the Afghanistan strategy and the process of arriving at it were not only fed by high-level leaks, but some accounts even claimed to have been provided access to participants' hand-written notes from the classified sessions. There must be consequences.
4. In the event the obvious was obscured, the UN Security Council declared that North Korea's arms trade funds its nuclear weapons work. North Korea's Kim Jong Il responded by saying that the United States simply wants to pick a fight, regardless US offers of direct talks.
5. Just as the Zetas begin buying businesses along the US-Mexico border in a move to increase their perception of legitimacy, it is announced that unmanned aerial drones will be used to detect, track and apprehend illegal aliens along the California-Mexico border.
Gates says Afghanistan withdrawal will be gradual - Los Angeles Times
During marathon review of Afghanistan strategy, Obama held out for faster troop surge - Washington Post
Audio Analysis: The Steve Schippert Show - December 7, 2009 - Take That! Radio
Twelve leakers leaking (And a partridge in a pear tree) - Mudville Gazette
Hammer, Meet Anvil - Marine Ops in Now Zad - Jules Crittenden
Hammer and Anvil in Now Zad - The Captain's Journal
White House official: Bin Laden sometimes slips into Afghanistan - Washington Times
American admits to helping plan Mumbai attacks - Washington Times
Khamenei: "Americans are at the head of the list of enemies" - AFP
Actually, It Appears Iranian Students Still Atop Regime's 'Enemies' List - Washington Post
Iranian Student Protesters Clash With Police - New York Times
US National Security Adviser: 'Clock is Ticking' on Iran' - VOA
Hizballah intel chief caught scouting Lebanon-Israel border area - Jerusalem Post
Netanyahu makes final push to foil Swedish plan to divide Jerusalem - Ha'aretz (Israel)
What The Palestinians Really Want: ('From the River to the Sea') - ThreatsWatch
Report: Mediator on way to Israel with Hamas response to swap deal - Ha'aretz (Israel)
Mexico's Zetas gang buys businesses along border in move to increase legitimacy - Dallas Morning News
Drone aircraft will be used to nab illegal immigrants on California-Mexico border - Los Angeles Times
North Korea Arms Trade Funds Nuclear-Bomb Work, UN Panel Says - Bloomberg
North Korea says Obama trying to pick a fight - USA Today
Pakistan suicide attack ends lull in Peshawar - CS Monitor
2 blasts rock eastern Pakistani city of Lahore - Washington Times
Gates: We won't pursue Taliban leaders in Pakistan - Daily Times (Pakistan)
Israeli Military Says Air Force Thwarted a Gaza Rocket Attack - New York Times
U.S. sees homegrown Muslim extremism as rising threat - Los Angeles Times
President George H.W. Bush Dedicates War Museum on Pearl Harbor Day - ABC