Matt Renner looks at Bush's speechThu Jan 11, 2007 18:11
"Our troops will have a well-defined mission, to help Iraqis clear and secure neighbourhoods, to help them protect the local population, and to help ensure that the Iraqi forces left behind are capable of providing the security that Baghdad needs"
AUDIO: - President Bush's speech on Iraq
Matt Renner looks at Bush's speech and his coming battle with Congress over war policy; Democrats will attempt to derail funding for Bush's war escalation; Britain to cut troop levels in Iraq; Robert Fisk calls Bush's escalation the "march of folly"; Tom Engelhardt reminds us that the escalation will be fueled by the blood of our own towns; street fighting continues in Mogadishu; Glen Barry gives warning about global warming; and more ... Browse our continually updating front page at http://www.truthout.org
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Matt Renner | Bush's Speech Sets Stage for Showdown With Congress
Matt Renner reports, "In stark contrast to the recommendation put forth by the Iraq Study Group last month that the White House enter into a dialogue with Iran and Syria, President Bush said he would authorize the use of military force against those countries if they continued to empower insurgents."
US Forces Storm Iranian Consulate
US forces have stormed an Iranian consulate in the northern Iraqi town of Irbil and seized six members of staff. The troops raided the building, taking away computers and papers, according to Kurdish media and senior local officials. The US military would only confirm the detention of six people around Irbil.
Democrats Aim to Block Funds for Plan
Senior House Democrats said yesterday that they will attempt to derail funding for President Bush's proposal to send an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq, setting up what could become the most significant confrontation between the White House and Congress over military policy since the Vietnam War.
UK to Cut 3,000 Troops From Iraq by May
Britain will cut troop levels in Iraq by almost 3,000 at the end of May, the Daily Telegraph reported on Thursday, citing a timetable for withdrawal the newspaper said it had seen.
Robert Fisk | Bush's New Strategy
Robert Fisk writes: "So into the graveyard of Iraq, George Bush, commander in chief, is to send another 21,000 of his soldiers. The march of folly is to continue ..."
Tom Engelhardt | Surging From Kenai: Bush's Sacrificial Americans
Tom Engelhardt writes; "Awkwardly, even uncomfortably delivered, last night's Way-Forward-in-Iraq speech was, in sum, a speech to be forgotten, a speech certain to be buried - and quickly - in the coming carnage."
Somali Capital Awash in Anger at Ethiopia, US, Interim Leaders
A messy, low-level battle for control of the battered streets of Mogadishu continued Wednesday, as a fighter shot a rocket-propelled grenade at a convoy of Ethiopian trucks passing through the combustible Somali capital.
Glen Barry | "Wacky Weather" Is Deadly Global Heating
Glen Barry writes: "Global warming is not a slow, gentle, pleasant rise in temperatures to be savored. It is an abrupt fundamental breakdown in the Earth System's climate sub-system that threatens the Earth's, humanity's and your family's ability to live."
VIDEO | Peace Activists Disrupt Democrats in Washington
By Geoffrey Millard, Arin Williams, and Scott Galindez
On January 3rd, the day before the opening of the new Congress, a group of peace activists led by Cindy Sheehan walked the halls of Congress. They happened upon a press conference being led by Congressman Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) and began chanting "investigate, de-escalate, troops home now!" Emanuel made repeated attempts to continue the press conference but finally retreated to the caucus room, vowing to return later in the day.
AUDIO:.... Goyette sums it all up!!!
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