Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Bush feels "terrible"

White House disagrees with Guantanamo trial ruling - 5 Jun 2007 at 9:24am - PRAGUE (Reuters) - The White House on Tuesday said it disagreed with rulings by U.S. military judges to drop all war crimes charges against two Guantanamo prisoners facing trial, and that the Defense Department was considering whether to appeal.

Ex-Cheney aide sentenced to 30 months in leak case - 5 Jun 2007 at 11:54am - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former vice presidential aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby was sentenced on Tuesday to 30 months in prison for lying and obstructing investigators during a probe tied to the Iraq war.

Developing Iraq Security Forces an American Priority - 5 Jun 2007 at 1:03pm - While most of the Iraqi army's 10 divisions are now under Iraqi control they are still far from able to work on their own. They rely on the U.S. for logistics, training and advice. Gen. Dana Pittard has spent the past year working to develop them into a non-sectarian, professional force that can one day take over security.
How high a priority is it, really? What percentage of U.S. troops or funding have been dedicated to the training and equipping of Iraqi security forces?

Bush feels 'terrible' for Libby - 5 Jun 2007 at 1:17pm - ROSTOCK, Germany -- President Bush feels "terrible" for the family of I. Lewis Libby but does not intend to intervene now in the case of the former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney who was sentenced to prison Tuesday, the White House said.
But I guess not terrible enough publicly to take responsibility for his administration's hyping of the bogus reasons for war.

Gates hints at U.S. impatience with Iraq - 5 Jun 2007 at 2:23pm - BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates hinted Tuesday at American impatience with the pace of Iraqi political reconciliation, more than four months into the U.S. troop buildup.
He doesn't think a reduction in U.S. troop presence might speed political reconciliation? Or... if he insists on aggravating the problem by continuing the occupation, is he in any position to complain about it?

Thought for the day:
"In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments. There are consequences." -Robert Ingersoll (1833 - 1899)

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