The Bush Administration and new Democratic-led Congress have different views over the way forward in the war on terrorism, but a new World Public Opinion poll shows Americans of both parties are lining up on the same side. The December poll shows a majority of both Republicans and Democrats want a timeline in Iraq that would bring most US troops home by early 2008. A majority of Americans in both parties also agree with the Iraq Study Group that it is time to talk with Iran rather than continuing to use the threat of military force to effect a change in behavior.
In a nighttime ceremony contrived to continue concealment of many of its features, the new B-21 bomber rolled out of Northrop Grumman's Palmdale, Calif. plant Dec. 2. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the aircraft's advanced technology represents "deterrence, the American way."