Todd S. Purdum
"Ý'We have seen since the president's speech a rallying of support for his approach, and a coalescence around the idea that the UN must act, and it must act against more than a decade of Iraq's flouting of the will of the international community,' an official said, referring to President George W. Bush's address at the United Nations on Thursday. But another official added: 'Frankly, we haven't seen the comments in any detail yet. It's for the Saudis to explain, and we can't go into it too much just yet.'Ý" [more]
"Mr. Cheney and Ms. Rice both said the administration would prefer a Congressional vote on Iraq before Congress adjourned for the midterm elections this fall. The vice president sharply disputed any suggestion that the White House's timing was driven by politics." [more]
"These senior Republicans include former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger and Brent Scowcroft, the first President Bush's national security adviser. All say they favor the eventual removal of Saddam Hussein, but some say they are concerned that Mr. Bush is proceeding in a way that risks alienating allies, creating greater instability in the Middle East, and harming long-term American interests. They add that the administration has not shown that Iraq poses an urgent threat to the United States." [more]
"One of the problems of conducting the sort of broad, global war on terror that Mr. Bush envisions is that terrorism is not so much a system of belief as a situational, shifting set of means to achieve some larger goal. It has been used over the last two centuries by radical groups of both the left and right, in developing countries and advanced democracies, if only recently on such a large, efficient scale." [more]
"Confronting the toughest diplomatic challenge of its 15 months in office, the Bush administration is struggling to forge an effective Middle East policy as escalating Israeli-Palestinian violence and the rush of events rapidly shift the ground beneath it." [more]
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(Reuters, Dec 18)
"Federal prison officers in Brooklyn physically and verbally abused immigrants detained after the Sept. 11 attacks, slamming them against the wall and painfully twisting their arms and hands, the U.S. Justice Department's inspector general said on Thursday." [more]
(STAFF, DEBKAfile, Dec 14)
"Saddam was seized, possibly with the connivance of his own men, and held in that hole in Adwar for three weeks or more, which would have accounted for his appearance and condition. Meanwhile, his captors bargained for the $25m prize the Americans promised for information leading to his capture alive or dead." [more]
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