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Wednesday, October 13th, 2004
12:22 pm
Vladimir Putin
By all accounts, I do not think the Amercian media or Americans understand what is going on there. President Putin is fighting terrorists, corruption and the Russian mob. By going after the corrupt governors and people connected with the Mob, he is somehow considered a Tsarist wannabe. it is pretty easy sitting in the cheap seats second guessing president Putin, but does any of his detractors give him any ideas? No because they have no idea of how to handle the situations. Gve him a break and let him do what he has to do for the better of Russia and that part of the world which has little stability.
Tuesday, September 28th, 2004
5:17 pm
some thoughts?
The Problem
Regardless who wins the presidency of the 2004 election, the President of the United States will face the challenge of formulating a coherent foreign policy in response to the threat of nuclear proliferation in North Korea and Iran. As an expert in IR you are asked to provide the President with a concise 4-page foreign policy recommendation. You must draw on both theories of Realism and Liberalism in IR and present how they differ in their respective prescription of foreign policy recommendations. You should conclude with a short personal comment as to what theoretical approach better prescribes US foreign policies to deal with the problem of nuclear proliferation in North Korea and Iran.

cross post world_politics

Current Mood: clueless and stressed
Sunday, September 12th, 2004
8:54 am
Bush Lead Narrows
By Brian Braiker
Updated: 3:46 p.m. ET Sept. 11, 2004


Sept. 11 - One week after the conclusion of the Republican National Convention in New York, the latest NEWSWEEK poll shows George W. Bush’s double-digit “bounce” narrowing by to six points. Bush-Cheney had enjoyed an 11-point lead over the Kerry-Edwards ticket coming out of their convention, but in the latest poll, taken on the eve of the third anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the incumbents now lead 49 percent to 43 percent in a three-way race.

With 2 percent of the vote going to Ralph Nader, removing the independent candidate from the ticket has little effect on the spread, with 50 percent of the vote for Bush and 45 percent Kerry. (The sudden shift in the NEWSWEEK poll from last week’s results is dramatic but not unprecedented-in 1988 Michael Dukakis’s 17-point lead dropped to 10 points within two weeks.)
Friday, August 13th, 2004
11:04 pm
Goss Not Qualified

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. Congressman Porter Goss, President George W. Bush's nominee for CIA director, could be his own worst enemy when it comes to making the case that he deserves to lead the U.S. intelligence agency.

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Sunday, August 8th, 2004
7:24 pm
Poll Results AP
As Kerry gains, spotlight shifts to Bush
Poll: Convention boosted voters' view of Democrat

AP Political Writer

Updated: 3:26 p.m. ET Aug. 8, 2004

WASHINGTON, August 8 - - With the spotlight on his candidacy, John Kerry improved public perception of his character and qualifications but failed to shake-up the presidential race. Now, the focus shifts to President Bush -- and all his hurdles to re-election.

The Iraq war, which most voters think was a mistake.

The economy, which most voters don't trust with the Republican.

The direction of the country, which most voters think is headed south.

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Saturday, August 7th, 2004
10:13 pm
9:34 am
U.S. Blows Pakistan Undercover Operation

MSNBC staff and news service reports
Updated: 7:18 p.m. ET Aug. 6, 2004

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The al-Qaida suspect named by U.S. officials as the source of information that led to this week’s terrorist alerts was working undercover, Pakistani intelligence sources said Friday, putting an end to the sting operation and forcing Pakistan to hide the man in a secret location.

Under pressure to justify the alerts in three Northeastern cities, U.S. officials confirmed a report by The New York Times that the man, Mohammad Naeem Noor Khan, was the source of the intelligence that led to the decision.

A Pakistani intelligence source told Reuters on Friday that Khan, who was arrested in Lahore secretly last month, had been actively cooperating with intelligence agents to help catch al-Qaida operatives when his name appeared in U.S. newspapers.
Thursday, July 22nd, 2004
9:09 pm
U.S. Recruits Put into Action Earlier
I think this should pretty much clear up the earlier talk that the U.S. is having no problem at all filling its military ranks during a time of war.


Published Thursday, July 22, 2004

Army to Call Up Recruits Earlier

New York Times

WASHINGTON, July 21 - In what critics say is another sign of increasing stress on the military, the Army has been forced to bring more new recruits immediately into the ranks to meet recruiting goals for 2004, instead of allowing them to defer entry until the next accounting year, which starts in October.

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Sunday, July 18th, 2004
4:44 pm
Report Bolsters Bush Claim
I still think this *new* report is bogus. If they have evidence that Ambassador Wilson gave false testimony, show it. If they have evidence of other reports that can be verified about uranium in Africa, show those too. I think this is just another attempt to discredit the Ambassador. It is trying to take away from the unlawful disclosure that his wife was CIA.

It's disgusting. I don't know how anyone believe the British or the U.S. government on these claims. Why was it not in the Hutton Report?

Reports bolster Bush Iraq-uranium claim

British report says assertion was ‘well-founded’
The Associated Press

Updated: 3:47 p.m. ET July 18, 2004

WASHINGTON - It was one of the first signs that the intelligence used to go to war in Iraq was wrong: White House repudiation of 16 words in last year’s State of the Union speech that had suggested Saddam Hussein tried to buy uranium in Africa.

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Saturday, July 17th, 2004
8:36 am
United States Attacked Wrong Country
By Michael Isikoff
Updated: 10:12 p.m. ET July 16, 2004 July 16

- In its report due next week, the September 11 commission will disclose new evidence suggesting Iranian government officials may have helped facilitate the terror attacks by providing Al Qaeda members with safe passage and “clean” passports as they traveled from Osama bin Laden’s training camps in Afghanistan through Iran, NEWSWEEK has learned.

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Sunday, July 11th, 2004
12:22 pm
More Killed in Iraq
Another grisly weekend in Iraq. Five dead so far. Twenty-seven for the month. And very little mention on the news.

There seems very little progress thus far in stabilizing the country.

And the latest report on the intelligence available prior to the war makes the decision to fight seem very wrong-headed.

And not the insurgency drags on and on.

George Bush can't point to victory there so long as troops die at the rate of one or two or more a day. Some might argue that the U.S. have sustained losses greater than this in other conflicts but that doesn't lessen the disgust that it is happening continuously and forever into the future.

Tony Blair and George Bush went far beyond what intelligence agencies were saying about Iraq. And now, they should answer their critics about how reliable their evidence was instead of saying they were right and everyone else was wrong.
Thursday, July 1st, 2004
10:20 am
Sunday, June 20th, 2004
10:38 am
Cheney Asked for Proof
Isn't it great? Cheney will now be able to show proof that Al Qaeda was linked to Saddam. That ought to justify the war.

June 19, 2004
Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Nearing the end of its work, the Sept. 11 commission is inviting Vice President Dick Cheney to provide any evidence he has that would show links between Al Qaeda and Iraq under Saddam Hussein, a panel member said Saturday.

Sunday, June 13th, 2004
9:39 am
Marriage Act
I've heard many gays and lesbians over the last days and they say that Rush is giving marriage a bad name. heh


June 12, 2004

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh announced Friday that he and his wife, Marta, are divorcing.

The Limbaughs "mutually decided to end their marriage of 10 years" and have "separated pending an amicable resolution," according to a statement released by Limbaugh's publicist.

Tuesday, June 1st, 2004
9:42 pm
U.S. judge blocks partial-birth abortion ban

Bush's policy is temporarily dashed. The Supreme Court will revist the issue in all possibility. Roe V Wade will only be overturned if Bush is re-elected and appoints one to two judges.

Does anyone forsee a U.S. where women, doctors and those that assist women getting abortions like husbands, boyfriends, parents and friends going to jail as accessories?

It happens now in Portugal where they changed their laws.
Sunday, May 30th, 2004
8:39 pm
Bush Keeps Saddam Weapon
Personally, I am little put off by trophy taking. Was this what the war was about?


Updated: 12:19 p.m. ET May 30, 2004

WASHINGTON, May 30 - - A handgun that Saddam Hussein was clutching when U.S. forces captured him in a hole in Iraq last December is now kept by President Bush at the White House, Time magazine reported Sunday.

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9:44 am
Another crappy weekend...
...in the Middle East that is. Four dead soldiers in Afganistan, four dead in Iraq, journalists dead, Iraqi police dead, Iraqi leaders attacked, terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia leaving at least 16 dead.

For the Memorial Day holiday in the U.S. there will be much remembrance of what the U.S. did in World War 2.

Will be people think the same of the Iraq campaign in particular? How many years of insurgency war in Iraq will Americans stomach? Already the numbers of soldiers killed surpasses the number that died in Vietnam after a similar amount of time in country.

The supposed turnover of power in June seems fairly dubious.

As for security in the U.S., what was John Ashcroft thinking? Calling a terrorist warning on unreliable information. Where was Tom Ridge?

It might be a long hot summer of instability.
Friday, May 21st, 2004
6:42 pm
More Prisoner Abuse Investigations
The war is going so successfully. This and Chalabi must give everyone special hope for a quick resolution.


New details on scale
of Iraq prison abuse

By Scott Higham and Joe Stephens
Washington Post

Updated: 3:04 p.m. ET May 21, 2004

WASHINGTON - Previously secret sworn statements by detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq describe in raw detail abuse that goes well beyond what has been made public, adding allegations of prisoners being ridden like animals, sexually fondled by female soldiers and forced to retrieve their food from toilets.


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Sunday, May 16th, 2004
8:20 pm
Is Geneva Convention Obsolete?
Newsweek reports that, as a way to prevent a repeat of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, “Bush, along with Defense Secretary [Donald] Rumsfeld and Attorney General John Ashcroft, signed off on a secret system of detention and interrogation that opened the door to such methods.”

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2:10 pm
Will Kerry's or Bush's stand on abortion and Roe V Wade be enough to sway your vote one way or the other?

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