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Kofi Annan Says Iraq Disaster – Iraqi Prime Minister Visits Iran – Tony Snow Says Iraq Not A Mistake

Kofi Annan Says Iraq Disaster – Iraqi Prime Minister Visits Iran – Tony Snow Says Iraq Not A Mistake

Annan
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The United States has been criticized for the invasion of Iraq by most leaders in the Middle East, but now even UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan says the war has become a “real disaster”. The Bush Administration rebuffed the remarks indicating the Secretary General was wrong.

Annan returned late last week from a two week tour of the region. The Secretary said that "Most of the leaders I spoke to felt the invasion of Iraq and its aftermath has been a real disaster for them. They believe it has destabilized the region. It cannot stay and it cannot leave."

White House spokesman Tony Snow acknowledged the “sectarian violence” in Iraq is a problem, but said “I'm not going to engage in a further disputation with the secretary general of the United Nations, but we disagree with the characterization."

Car Bombs in Syria – Attacks Thwarted By Syrian Security Police Forces at United States Embassy in Damascus

Car Bombs in Syria – Attacks Thwarted By Syrian Security Police Forces at United States Embassy in Damascus

Bashar al-Assad—an
W-Photo

The defense by Syrian security forces in a failed attempt by suspected al-Qaida-linked militants to blow up the U.S. Embassy in Damascus on Tuesday, won praise from the White House. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said “I do think that the Syrians reacted to this attack in a way that helped to secure our people, and we very much appreciate that." Also, White House spokesman Tony Snow thanked Syrian officials and called for Damascus to "become an ally and make the choice of fighting against terrorists."

No Americans were hurt in the attack, but at least 10 civilians and a Chinese diplomat were wounded, according to Associate Press reporter Sam F. Ghattas. Ghattas also said that anti-American sentiment has been rising across the Middle East since Israel's 34-day blitz of Hezbollah in Lebanon that ended nearly a month ago, on top of turmoil in Iraq that many in the Middle East blame on the United States.

The President’s Speech – More than Remembrance – Does Not Supply Metrics For Winning the War

The President’s Speech – More than Remembrance – Does Not Supply Metrics For Winning the War

President tonight

The President gave another speech tonight concerning his efforts to wage a war on terror. The speech began as a remembrance for those who lost their lives on this fateful day 5 years ago, but it quickly turned into a speech intended to deflect criticism concerning his handling of the war in Iraq and the war on terror in general.

I doubt you will find any American that would not like to kill or capture those that would do us harm. Also, there are partisans on both sides that would like to turn the war into a victory for their party. I have not belonged to either party since the 1970s and don’t have an axe to grind with either one. In fact I was glad Bush beat Gore in 2000.

Iran Officials Say They Did Not Agree To Stop Enrichment For Two Months – Contradicts Earlier Reports From Anonymous Sources

Iran Officials Say They Did Not Agree To Stop Enrichment For Two Months – Contradicts Earlier Reports From Anonymous Sources

Although China and Russia do not want Iran to enrich uranium, they may object to international sanctions against the country. Iran holds the world’s second largest oil and natural-gas reserves, but has insisted it needs to enrich uranium to supply energy.

The five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany will be holding talks today. In meetings with the European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Javier Solana, the Iranian negotiator said that Iran may consider suspending efforts to enrich uranium, one of the key demands of the EU and the U.S. According to a report by the Associated Press, Iranian negotiator, Ali Larijani, indicated that enrichment might be stopped for as long as two months.

Bill Clinton Calls “The Path to 9/11” Airing “Despicable” – President Bush Asks Networks to Preempt Programs for Speech

Bill Clinton Calls “The Path to 9/11” Airing “Despicable” – President Bush Asks Networks to Preempt Programs for Speech

Former President Bill Clinton has joined others in his administration to criticize the new ABC mini-series “The Path to 9/11”. In a statement, Jay Carson, a spokesman for Clinton's office in New York, said “ABC/Disney acknowledges this show is fiction and in direct contradiction of the 9/11 Commission Report and the facts, and it is despicable that ABC/Disney would insist on airing a fictional version of what is a serious and emotional event for our country.”

President Bush has asked the networks to clear time for a speech at 9pm Monday, according to Boston Globe Reporter, Suzanne C. Ryan. This would overlap with the last hour of the mini-series. It has not been reported yet whether ABC will interrupt their broadcast for the speech.

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