June 12, 2006

Today's news keeps the world waiting - President Bush and Iraq, President Bush and Iran

This blog about President George W. Bush provides such accountability for me to stay in-tune with the news for major and non-major sources.

I'd like to just quickly recall my favorite moment in the Bush dynasty... Father of President George W. Bush (George H. W. Bush) said during his presidency on Aug. 27, 1987, "No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots. This is one nation under God." Keep in or take it out-- just shut up about it!! And my favorite W. Bush quote... "The most important job is not to be governor, or first lady in my case." On January 30, 2000 in a speech in Pella, Iowa.

Meanwhile, President George W. Bush's impressive 2006 State Of The Union Address set lofty goals for one man who seems to stand alone against tyrants... he said, "Abroad, our nation is committed to an historic, long-term goal -- we seek the end of tyranny in our world. Some dismiss that goal as misguided idealism. In reality, the future security of America depends on it." President Bush is facing a lot of political heat for alleged reports of torture in Iraq. Bush may in fact be moving away from saying, "We do not torture", as he did November 7, 2005 when the Haditha massacre was said to take place. Enough with the quotes. :) All those were found here.

Well here is one we all should be paying close attention to. President Bush has within the past few hours summoned his war cabinet. One British media predicts that President Bush could "`reset` Iraq[i] strategy" (here). Most predict that President Bush will address when American troops in Iraq can begin to come home for good. Perhaps they will consider what to do with new and mounting pressure to close the Guantanamo Bay prison. They will no doubt celebrate Zarqawi's death, but many Americans would prefer to celebrate their loved ones' lives upon their safe return from Iraq. I will keep my readers updated on this one.

Waiting, waiting. That's what we do today. We are also waiting to hear what Iran decides to do with an offer from by six world powers to stop its nuclear program. There are many mixed reports filling the Internet right now about Iran's response to the deal offered by the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia, and Germany. Some are saying that Iran is asking for clarification on the offer, while others report Iran is accepting it. The Khaleej Times reports that Iran has accepted parts of package and says others should be eliminated. It is the first time in over 25 years the U.S. government has agreed to negotiate directly with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
There are many mixed responses to the package deal promoted by the six countries. The Post Chronicle is irate about the idea-- one of their editorialists says of President George W. Bush and the deal offered to Iran, "If he believes caving in to Iranian extortion is the way to better his poll numbers, he may be right. But what he's doing is only postponing the problem of Iran's nuclear weapons program for a future presidential administration." Sen. John McCain says, "In the end, there is only one thing worse than military action, and that is a nuclear-armed Iran."(here in the WSJ) The San Antonio Express-News wrote, "Another way to consider the package of U.S.-backed incentives, therefore, is as the last gasp of diplomacy. Bush is meticulously going down the to-do list of international good citizenship. If Iranian subterfuge is still the response, the options become less attractive once that list is complete." (here)

Perhaps Iran is considered the new "Axis Of Evil" because the Iranian President denies the Holocaust! The Boston Herald reports early today of a protest held at the World Cup games against Iran's Holocaust-denying president! The games are a first for Iran and many German citizens came out to the peaceful protest. It is perverted that they believe in selfishly developing nuclear weapons but not the historical accuracy of the Holocaust! yuck! (here)

We wait to see what will come of yesterday's threat from Iraqi al-Qaida that "major attacks" will follow in this aftermath of al-Zarqawi's death in Iraq. The al-Qaida there claims that it is still powerful, even without their leader. Since the leader's death, violence has ensued, leaving dozens dead in Iraq. Meanwhile the American-led Iraqi government has freed 200 prisoners today from the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, perhaps in an effort to curb further violence in Iraq following many raids in the past week, one which included Zarqawi's death. Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has promised to release 2000 prisoners by the end of this month (that story here from the Kuwait Times).

In this waiting period, I hope you and your families experience happiness and safety.


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