Friday, November 10, 2006

Well Said, Henry

Waxman set to probe areas of Bush gov't - 10 Nov 2006 at 3:54pm - LOS ANGELES -- The Democratic congressman who will investigate the Bush administration's running of the government says there are so many areas of possible wrongdoing, his biggest problem will be deciding which ones to pursue.

Lame Duck Senate Won't Approve Bolton - 10 Nov 2006 at 7:42am - President Bush resubmitted John Bolton's nomination to be U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., hoping a GOP-led Senate would move ahead on the stalled process. But Democrats and a key Republican quickly said they continue to oppose the controversial nominee.

US was warned of Iraq chaos, says ex-diplomat - 10 November 2006 10:41 - A former diplomat has revealed that the British mission to the United Nations opposed the policy of regime change in Iraq but was ordered by London to change its position in the lead-up to war. The disclosure was made to MPs yesterday by Carne Ross, a member of the mission who resigned in protest at the Iraq war. He told the Foreign Affairs Committee that the US government was repeatedly warned by British diplomats that Iraq would fall apart if Saddam Hussein was toppled. But from mid-2002 instructions were received to change that view to fall in with the Bush administration.

Up to 150,000 dead in Iraq bloodletting - November 10, 2006 10:47:19 AM - BAGHDAD (AFP) - Iraq's health ministry has said up to 150,000 people have died since the 2003 US-led invasion, as outgoing US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld acknowledged the problems in fighting insurgents.

Sweden Violated Torture Ban in CIA Rendition - 10 Nov 2006 at 10:58am - The United Nations' ruling that Sweden violated the global torture ban in its involvement in the CIA transfer of an asylum seeker to Egypt is an important step toward establishing accountability for European governments complicit in illegal US renditions, Human Rights Watch said today. In a decision made public today, the UN Human Rights Committee ruled that diplomatic assurances against torture did not provide an effective safeguard against ill-treatment in the case of an asylum seeker transferred from Sweden to Egypt by CIA operatives in December 2001. The committee decided that Sweden's involvement in the US transfer of Mohammed al-Zari to Egypt breached the absolute ban on torture, despite assurances of humane treatment provided by Egyptian authorities prior to the rendition.

Lieberman: Call me a Democrat - 10 Nov 2006 at 11:13am - WASHINGTON -- Sen. Joe Lieberman, who won re-election as an independent, has a message for his Senate colleagues in the next Congress: Call me a Democrat.
He's undoubtedly been called worse.

Gates' views have differed from Bush - 10 Nov 2006 at 2:37pm - WASHINGTON -- Robert Gates, President Bush's choice to lead the Pentagon, argues that the United States should be talking with Iran instead of shunning it. He says America's spy agencies misled the president on whether Saddam Hussein harbored weapons of mass destruction - but also believes the nation should never launch another pre-emptive military strike without "unambiguous" intelligence.

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At 3:43 PM, Blogger Minor Ripper said...

What a slap in the face joke the Bolton nomination was in the first place. Shortly after winning the election with a commanding 51-49% mandate, w nominates this walrus/neanderthal to the most sensitive diplomatic post we've got. That panzy Chafee wouldn't vote for Bush Jr. in 2004 (he bizarrely wrote in George Sr.) but he voted for Bolton at the UN the first time? Moron--no wonder he lost on Tuesday. See ya Bolton, and good riddance, you and the rest of the Neocons are officially relegated into the dustbin of history.


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