Thursday, November 02, 2006

Come For the Car Bombs, Stay For the Oil

Via Whatever It Is,I'm Against It, Iraq President Jalal Talabani's Bush-worthily upbeat assessment of conditions in Iraq: "There is no civil war. The media is focusing only on the negative side of Iraq.... We need to give the real picture. It's not just car bombs. Visit Iraq from the north to the south. Never mind Baghdad."

U.S. troops should stay longer in Iraq: Talabani - 2 Nov 2006 at 9:26am - PARIS (Reuters) - Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said on Thursday U.S. troops should remain in Iraq for up to three more years to help bring peace to the country, envisaging a slower withdrawal programme than that suggested by Washington.

General likens Iraq to "work of art" in progress - 2 Nov 2006 at 10:26am - BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A senior U.S. general compared Iraq on Thursday to a "work of art" in progress, saying it was too soon to judge the outcome and playing down violence and friction with Iraqi leaders as "speed bumps" on the road.

Democrats say hunger report stalled - 2 Nov 2006 at 11:09am - WASHINGTON -- Democrats are blaming politics for the Bush administration's decision to wait until after the election to issue a report on hunger in the United States.

Canada near top, U.K. at low end in protecting privacy rights: survey - 2 Nov 2006 at 2:09pm - When it comes to privacy rights, Canada ranks among the top defenders while Britain is considered one of the worst protectors, according to a new survey.

U.S. Commander Retires Over Abu Ghraib - 2 Nov 2006 at 2:47pm - The U.S. Army commander who was in charge of all U.S. forces in Iraq during the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal has retired, saying senior officers refused to let him advance his careers after the scandal.

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