Globe Trot
Supporters of Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif celebrate the victory of their leader in Islamabad, Pakistan.
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Supporters of Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif celebrate the victory of their leader in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Globe Trot: Former PM Nawaz Sharif returns to power in Pakistan

International

Pakistanis returned to high office Nawaz Sharif, after parliamentary elections this weekend gave his party a commanding new hold on power. Sharif’s win—14 years after he was toppled in a military coup—is said to rest on his pro-business background, but some worry he will be soft on Islamic extremists.

Is Benghazi about more Clintonian fecklessness and GOP defensiveness and overreaction? Not according to Peter Feaver, political science professor at Duke University, who says “there was willful misleading going on in the earliest days.”

Calls for the formation of a congressional select committee on Benghazi mount, as White House spokesman Jay Carney’s claim that officials made “a single adjustment” to prepared talking points after the attack turns out to be at least 12 rewrites. But spin is not the issue, it’s this: “Did the well-known White House desire to retreat from Libya influence the ability and willingness of military officials to respond in real time? The lives of Americans around the world could hang on the answer.”

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Mindy Belz
Mindy Belz

Mindy travels to the far corners of the globe as the editor of WORLD and lives with her family in the mountains of western North Carolina. Follow Mindy on Twitter @mcbelz.

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