Congress' intelligence heads: Taliban stronger - Yahoo! News The pessimistic report by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., challenges Obama's own assessment last week in his visit to Kabul that the "tide had turned" and that "we broke the Taliban's momentum." Well that sucks. Seems that instead of stomping the head of a snake, we were cutting the heads off a Hydra. and in related news... Al-Qaida releases video of American hostage - Yahoo! News "My life is in your hands, Mr. President," Weinstein said in the video. "If you accept the demands, I live; if you don't accept the demands, then I die." In a video message posted on militant websites in December, al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri said Weinstein would be released if the United States stopped airstrikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. He also demanded the release of all al-Qaida and Taliban suspects around the world My deepest sympathies too Mrs Weinstein.