Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Continued Behavior That Is Leading To Further Instability

Israel rebuffs call for talks on core issues - 17 Jul 2007 at 3:04pm - JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel on Tuesday ruled out negotiations "at this stage" on the borders of a future Palestinian state, rebuffing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and casting doubt on a U.S. push to tackle the issue.
Oops. Someone forgot to ask one of the involved parties whether they wished to be involved?

New Intel Warns Terrorists 'Evolving' - WMUR - 17 Jul 2007 at 8:21am - The National Intelligence Estimate is the consensus view of all 16 US spy agencies. It says the US will face a "persistent and evolving" terrorist threat in the next three years.
Evolving? Yes, that's definitely evil.

U.N. Chief Urges U.S. To Stick By Iraqis - 17 Jul 2007 at 7:30am - The U.N. chief is warning that a quick withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq could result in a further deterioration of life for Iraqis. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's comments came as he prepared for a meeting today with President Bush.
Again, how quick is "quick"?

Report says al-Qaida seeks to attack U.S. - 17 Jul 2007 at 8:57am - WASHINGTON -- The terrorist network Al-Qaida will likely leverage its contacts and capabilities in Iraq to mount an attack on U.S. soil, according to a new National Intelligence Estimate on threats to the American homeland.
How can this possibly be, when the U.S. has terrorism on the run in Iraq?

U.S. ready for direct talks with Iran - 17 Jul 2007 at 10:48am - WASHINGTON -- The United States is ready to hold new direct talks with Iran on the deteriorating security situation in Iraq, where the Bush administration accused Tehran of supporting Shia insurgents, the State Department said Tuesday. "We think that given the situation in Iraq and given Iran's continued behavior that is leading to further instability in Iraq, that it would be appropriate to have another face-to-face meeting," spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters.
The United States' continued behavior isn't leading to further instability in Iraq? Or is it a case of good instability vs. bad instability?

Report: Al-Qaeda may use Iraqi network to attack U.S. - 17 Jul 2007 at 11:37am - The terrorist network al-Qaeda will likely leverage its contacts and capabilities in Iraq to mount an attack on U.S. soil, according to a new National Intelligence Estimate on threats to the United States....The report makes clear that al-Qaeda in Iraq, which has not yet posed a direct threat to U.S. soil, could become a problem here. "Of note," the analysts said, "we assess that al-Qaeda will probably seek to leverage the contacts and capabilities of al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), its most visible and capable affiliate and the only one known to have expressed a desire to attack the homeland." The analysts also found that al-Qaeda's association with its Iraqi affiliate helps the group to energize the broader Sunni Muslim extremist community, raise resources and recruit and indoctrinate operatives — "including for homeland attacks."
So, according to this, critics of the U.S.-led invasion and occupation of Iraq were correct in saying that the war, far from making the United States safer, has turned Iraq into a terrorist training ground and provoked a surge in terror-group enlistment. Heck of a job.

Thought for the day:
"The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth." -Niels Bohr (1885 - 1962)


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