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Condi Signals Possible Lebanon Compromise

Posted on Aug 3, 2006
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It may be the first ray of hope. Secretary of State Rice told Larry King that the U.S. would accept an immediate cease-fire in Lebanon as the first phase in ending the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah.

It’s not clear, however, whether this signals a change in U.S. policy. (Even after reading this article a few times, we’re still kind of baffled, actually.)


Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice expressed support Thursday for an immediate cease-fire in Lebanon as the first phase in ending the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah. It was the most concrete signal yet that the U.S. may be willing to compromise on the stalemate over how to end the fighting.

Moving closer to the position that France and other European countries are taking, Rice predicted that a U.N. Security Council resolution would be approved within days that would include a cease-fire and describe principles for a lasting peace.

On CNN’s “Larry King Live,” Rice said the U.S. is moving “towards being able to do this in phases that will permit first an end or a stoppage in the hostilities and based on the establishment on some very important principles for how we move forward,” according to a partial transcript of the show being aired Thursday night.


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By Gary Leiser, August 4, 2006 at 2:49 pm Link to this comment
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It’s time for Secretary of State Condolences Rice to make another trip to the Middle East

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By John U., August 4, 2006 at 11:50 am Link to this comment
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Please don’t spin this as some sort of Condi or Bush ‘victory’ or foreign diplomacy ‘success’. The Isreali’s have committed their war crimes with full USAA approval….so now I guess it’s ‘Condi time’ to supposedly ‘stop’ the Lebanon war and assage her ego as being some sort of diplomatic genius.  What a farce! She couldn’t negotiate her way out of a paper bag and Israel, who is use to getting its way every time with Bush’s wimps could care less what anyone in the USAA says.

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By Stephen Smoliar, August 4, 2006 at 7:21 am Link to this comment
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Have I become so paranoid that I believe that there was not a word coming out of this Administration that was not first screened and approved by AIPAC (which is why you cannot infer US policy from this article)?

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