Archive for November, 2006

Biden Awaits Iraq Study Group Report: “The Most Important Point Is The Need For A Strategy To Build A Sustainable Political Settlement”

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

“Bringing the neighbors in and starting to get our troops out are necessary, but not sufficient. We need to give each of Iraq’s major groups a way to pursue their interests peacefully,” stated Senator Biden.

Sudan’s Pres. al-Bashir Rejects UN Directive For Peacekeeping Mission In Darfur: “We Can Take Technical, Financial Support, But No UN Force”

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

On Thursday, Sudan’s president rejected a proposal to send UN peacekeepers to Darfur to boost a beleaguered 7,000-member African Union force, crushing hopes for a quick solution to the violence spreading across central Africa.

Life’s Tough For Kim Jong Il: No Big Screen TV, No Yacht, Now, No Cognac: UN Blocks Export Of Luxury Goods To N Korea

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

From Elizabeth Williamson for The Washington Post, excerpts below:
“Fake fur and real fur and jewelry and Jet Skis,
Crystal and Segways and bubbly and Caddies,
Race cars and leather and plasma TVs -
These are a few of Kim’s favorite things….”
But effective this holiday season, there will be none of those things coming into North Korea, the United […]

Bob Geiger in HuffingtonPost: “Biden’s Reaction Is Just As Anticipated As The Iraq Study Group’s Report”

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

While every eye on Capitol Hill will be on that (Iraq Study Group) report before the ink is dry, just as anticipated will be Senator Joe Biden’s (D-DE) reaction to the group’s advice for George W. Bush on the conduct of the war.

Iraq Study Group Sets No Timetable For Troop Withdrawals; Stresses Need For “Far More Aggressive Diplomatic Initiative” In Middle East

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

A person who participated in the Commission’s debate said that unless the government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki believed that Mr. Bush was under pressure to pull back troops in the near future, “there will be zero sense of urgency to reach the political settlement that needs to be reached.”

OpEd By Michael Hirsch: Why The Iraq Study Group Won’t Solve Anything

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

“A Bust in Bakersville” - Iraq can no longer be won or lost. Why the Study Group won’t solve anything.

Biden Says Congressional Hearings on Iraq Will Proceed; May Issue New Report Of Recommendations

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Democratic Senators - like Joseph Biden - have been emboldened by their victory in elections earlier this month and are in no mood simply to fall into line with the president’s choices.

Biden Supporters Get Pumped Up In Providence: “I Think He’s The Smartest Man In The Senate”

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Frank McMahon said he favors Biden for the Democratic nomination because Biden has the potential to be “a serious world leader who could lead America into the near future.”

UN’s Commissioner For Human Rights Says Sudanese Gov’t Is To Blame: “Atrocities In Darfur Are At A Horrific Level”

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Ms. Arbour told the UN’s Human Rights Council that the Sudanese government and militias linked to and supported by it were “responsible for the most serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law” in Darfur.

Biden, On The Iraqi Army In Newsweek’s Q & A: ‘It’s Not A Question Of Getting Them To Stand Up; It’s Getting Them To Stand Together”

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Get ready for the ‘Biden Report’ - The incoming chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has his own answer to Baker-Hamilton on Iraq.

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