What do Americans think of the Iraq Study Group’s plan? According to a World Public Opinion.org survey, 75 percent agree that the US must engage in talks with Iran and Syria to find a solution for the growing violence in Iraq. And, a majority of Americans clearly are ready to set a timetable to bring US forces home. The WPO survey conducted late last month, predated the Dec. 6 release of the ISG report, but the central ISG tenets had been widely discussed. Steven Kull, editor of WPO.org and director of the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, said that the results indicate “there is potential for finding some bipartisan consensus on the next steps for the US to take in Iraq.”
It’s hard to know why the F-35 Block 4 upgrade's cost—now $16.5 billion and rising—is going up because it is mixed with the rest of the program, the Government Accountability Office said in a new report.