Pundits increasingly question whether the insurgency within Iraq has foreign roots, as some Administration officials have claimed. The National Review’s Michael Ledeen argues that question is not easy to answer. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld recently tried to disassociate the word insurgent from the enemy forces in Iraq. Ledeen explains that the “so-called” domestic insurgents have “Iraqi DNA” but “Iranian ideology.” These are the “millions,” says Ledeen, of Iraqi Shiites who joined with Iraq during the Iran-Iraq war and spent nearly 20 years in Iran. Many were absorbed by Iranian intelligence and terror networks. Ledeen also maintains that Sunnis and Shiites do cooperate, many becoming “Iranian-trained terrorists,” working with or within Iran.
Unlike nearly every other innovative technology throughout history, Maj. Gen. DeAnna M. Burt believes the space enterprise emerged backward. “Every other domain started with an entrepreneur who built something,” Burt, the special assistant to the Chief of Space Operations, told an audience at AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference.