Wednesday, October 25, 2006

I'm Not Happy, But We're Winning

Iraqi Leader Disavows Timetable Report - 25 Oct 2006 at 11:14am - U.S. and Iraqi forces raided the stronghold of a Shiite militia led by a radical anti-American cleric in search of a death squad leader in an operation disavowed by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Al-Maliki, who relies on political support from the cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, said the strike against a figure in al-Sadr's Mahdi militia in Sadr City "will not be repeated." The defiant al-Maliki also slammed the top U.S. military and diplomatic representatives in Iraq for their Tuesday news conference at which they said his government needed to set a timetable to curb violence ravaging the country. U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said al-Maliki had agreed. "I affirm that this government represents the will of the people and no one has the right to impose a timetable on it," al-Maliki said at a news conference. The prime minister dismissed U.S. talk of timelines as driven by the upcoming midterm elections in the United States. "I am positive that this is not the official policy of the American government but rather a result of the ongoing election campaign. And that does not concern us much," he said.

Bush: Timetable Means Defeat - 25 Oct 2006 at 11:14am - President Bush said mounting U.S. casualties in Iraq are a "serious concern," but again refused to set a timetable for pulling out American troops. "A fixed timetable for withdrawal in my judgment means defeat," he said.

U.S. troops on active duty call for Iraq withdrawal - 25 Oct 2006 at 1:57pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 200 active duty U.S. armed service members, fed up with the war in Iraq, have joined an unusual protest calling for withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country, organizers said on Wednesday.

CNN, NPR turn down ads for Death of a President - 25 Oct 2006 at 1:27pm - The American news networks CNN and National Public Radio have refused to accept ads for the controversial British film Death of a President, about the fictional assassination of U.S. President George W. Bush.

Frist to GOP hopefuls: Don't stress Iraq - 25 Oct 2006 at 10:10am - CONCORD, N.H. -- Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist says if Republican candidates want to succeed on Election Day, they should turn their focus away from the Iraq war.

Limbaugh: Michael J. Fox Exploited Disease - 25 Oct 2006 at 9:30am - Conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh claimed that actor Michael J. Fox, who was visibly wracked by tremors, was "off his medication" or "acting" in a political ad supporting embryonic stem cell research. Fox has Parkinson's disease.

Hannity: Michael J. Fox Can Be Criticized for Stem Cell Ad - ABC News - 25 Oct 2006 at 9:15am - ABC talk radio host Sean Hannity told "Good Morning America" that Fox deserved to be criticized. "Michael J. Fox admits now that he stopped taking his medication prior to testifying before Congress," Hannity said. "You have a right to speak up, but he also has a right to be criticized."
Is the fact that Michael J. Fox has been diagnosed with Parkinson's in dispute? Parkinson's begins as an annoyance, becomes debilitating, and eventually kills, whether medication is taken or not. There's no acting involved: either he suffers from Parkinson's, or he doesn't. If he does, is he not justified in having particular interest in research which may lead to a cure?

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