Robert Siegel talks to Kenneth Pollack, senior fellow in the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, about the U.S.-Iran war game exercise he organized. It simulated escalating conflict between the two countries. Participants found that miscalculations on both sides led to threats of war.
An Iranian opposition group that has carried out terrorist attacks inside Iran is being removed from the U.S. State Department's list of terrorist organizations. Several Americans died in those attacks. The group known as the MEK has lobbied Congress, former U.S. officials and the media tirelessly. Word came on Friday that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has agreed to delist the group. The MEK met a key U.S. demand by vacating the base in Iraq from which it operated when Saddam Hussein was in power and Iraq and Iran were sworn enemies.
Two days before the attack on the American Consulate in Libya, U.S. officials and pro-government Libyan militias discussed the growing risks in Benghazi, according to a militia leader. He didn't cite a specific threat, but said security in Benghazi was deteriorating.
Republicans continue to press the Obama administration for more details on how they would cut billions from the defense budget if sequestration is put into place in January. The Department of Defense will now have to explain why it has not planned for an event that is becoming increasingly likely.
The Libyans say it was a premeditated strike by foreign fighters tied to al-Qaida. The Obama administration has called the attack spontaneous, staged by local extremists. For the first time, however, a U.S. official on Wednesday described the incident as "terrorism."
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