Thursday, September 21, 2006

Comic Strip Diplomacy – Everything's Swell In Iraq - Pakistan's "Incentive" To Cooperate

U.S. still lacks understanding of al Qaeda: report - 20 Sep 2006 at 3:56pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Five years after the September 11 attacks, the Bush administration still does not fully understand the threat from al Qaeda, a congressional report released on Wednesday said.

Chávez's brimstone and fire - September 21, 2006 - UNITED NATIONS -- Bringing his verbal war against the White House to the UN, Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez yesterday branded President George W. Bush "the devil" and the United States an "imperialist empire" on the verge of collapse.
Asked later about the swipes at Bush, UN Ambassador John Bolton said: "We're not going to address that sort of comic-strip approach to international affairs."
Of course Bolton will not attempt to relate to that sort of comic-strip approach to international affairs; he's steeped more in the professional-wrestling tradition of international affairs.

UN: Civilian Death Toll in Iraq Climbs - 21 Sep 2006 at 11:31am - UN: Civilian Death Toll in Iraq Climbs to a Record-High 6,599 in July and August

U.N. says Iraq deadlier than ever - 21 Sep 2006 at 11:31am - BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United Nations, citing evidence of severe torture, said Iraq had become deadlier than ever, as local Iraqi forces took charge of a southern province from departing Italian soldiers on Thursday.

U.N. rights envoys condemn Bush plan on interrogation - 21 Sep 2006 at 11:30am - GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations human rights investigators said on Thursday that legislation proposed by U.S. President George W. Bush for tough interrogations of foreign terrorism suspects would breach the Geneva Conventions.

Judge hands Libby defense initial win - 21 Sep 2006 at 11:34am - WASHINGTON -- A federal judge handed a victory to the defense Thursday in the Valerie Plame case, siding with Vice President Dick Cheney's indicted former chief of staff in a fight over release of classified information.

Feds ask court to drop wiretapping case - 21 Sep 2006 at 12:29pm - WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration asked an appeals court Thursday to step in immediately and dismiss a lawsuit over the government's warrantless eavesdropping program, calling a lower judge's ruling dangerous and wrong.

U.N. expert says torture in Iraq is "out of hand" - 21 Sep 2006 at 12:29pm - GENEVA (Reuters) - Torture is rampant in Iraqi prisons and police detention centers, and may be worse than under Saddam Hussein's rule, a U.N. human rights investigator said on Thursday .

Sources: Report doubts prior 9/11 intel - 21 Sep 2006 at 1:52pm - WASHINGTON -- A new Pentagon report knocks down the idea that a secret military unit had garnered intelligence a year before the Sept. 11 attacks that might have stopped the hijackers, a senior defense official said Thursday.

Church fighting IRS over anti-war sermon won't give up documents - 21 Sep 2006 at 3:29pm - The leaders of a Pasadena church battling the IRS over an anti-war sermon delivered before the 2004 presidential election voted unanimously Thursday to resist an order to turn over documents related to the case, the congregation's senior warden told The...
Shouldn't any church worth its salt be having anti-war sermons every week?

U.S. threatened to bomb Pakistan after 9/11:Musharraf - 21 Sep 2006 at 3:13pm - NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan said that after the September 11 attacks the United States threatened to bomb his country if it did not cooperate with America's war campaign against the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Sound familiar? "Carpet of gold / carpet of bombs", anyone?


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