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Jordanian peacekeepers

French Offer More Troops

Not to be outdone by the Italians, France has raised its troop commitment to 2,000, hoping to retain its leadership role in the peacekeeping effort in Lebanon.  Kofi Annan was initially displeased with Europe’s response to the call for a peacekeeping force. 

Posted on Aug 25, 2006 READ MORE

Annan: Hostilities Between Israel and Hezbollah Must Stop

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan demanded a cease-fire while also condemning Hezbollah and attacking Israel for “excessive use of force.” The European Union made similar demands for a cessation of violence and pledged 10 million euros in aid. Bombed-out roads in southern Lebanon are hampering aid efforts.

Posted on Jul 20, 2006 READ MORE

Bush and Blair

Open Mike Catches Bush Blaming Syria for Hezbollah Escalation

At the G8 summit for world leaders, President Bush was caught on a live microphone telling Tony Blair that he held Syria accountable for Hezbollah’s actions against Israel.
“What they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit and it’s over,” Bush told Blair while chewing on a buttered roll.
Important: This is not a hypocrisy alert. Bush’s unguarded statements were for the most part consistent with his public ones. But it’s still a fascinating glimpse into his manner of interaction with America’s closest ally.

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  • Best video/audio/transcript combo: (The video link “The sh_t hear ‘round the world” in the center of the page—not linkable)

  • Blogger reaction:

  • The Carpetbagger Report: “The president often comes across as an unsophisticated simpleton in public…but incidents like this…suggest Bush is even less impressive in private.
  • Juan Cole: Bush’s comments “astonishingly simple-minded”

    Posted on Jul 17, 2006 READ MORE

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