George Bush, the man who told the American people in 2003 the war in Iraq was over has now informed the world the United States is not headed for a recession and things are looking up and the sky is blue and there will be milk and honey in everyone’s pail of plenty. The president told repoters today he has “acted robustly,” and the country will soon “see the effects of this pro-growth package.” He expressed dismay that pundits were not giving his stimulus pckage enough time to work and putting down the almost certain benefits that will result. Bush sees a robust economy that is growing and will continue to grow. As far as he is concerned there is no recession.
Pesident Bush’s economic views apparently are not shared by many economists, but, then again, what do they know about the economy. He was surprised at a question of potential $4 a gallon gas by the summer and obviously didn’t even know the current price of gasoline. It is perhaps unfair to ask an American president to know the current price of a gallon of gasoline since he is busy making certain the economy is roaring along.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki urged the United States to apologize for its false statements about Iran’s nuclear program and admit it made incorrect asessments in discussing nuclear programs in his nation. Mottaki was proud the UN International Atomic Energy Agency supportted its contention that no nuclear bomb program was in operation. Mohammaed AlBaradei of the IAEA presented a report which stated: “The agency has been able to continue to verify the non-diversion of declalred nuclear material in Iran.” In a meeeting with foreign ambassadors and respresentatives in Iran, Mottaki said it was time for the West to admit incorrect evaluations were made regarding Iran’s atomic development program.
The United States over the past fifty years has intervened in the internal affairs of Iran including overthrowing a democratically elected government in the 1950s that was NOT under the control of clerics. Perhaps, it is time to apologize, not merely to the government of Iran, but to the Iranian people for our past blunders. Such an apology might open new possibillities for cooperation between the two nations.
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Tagged atomic energy, IAEA, Iran, US-apology
General George Casey, Chief of Staff of the United States Army, made clear to members of Congress that current 15 month tours of duty are “just not sustainable.” He told lawmakers “soldiers and leaders need to see that over time they won’t be deploying for 15 months and home for 12.” This can only become possible as long as the president realizes the number of active-duty brigades in Iraq and Afghanistan is reduced. However, he rejected implications there is something wrong with the morale of those fighting in these areas. “This is not a broken Army…Now, are we where we want to be? No. And we fully acknowledge that.”
Several senators such as Babara Mkulski expressed concern over the lack of funding for families of those serving overseas in order to assist them in coping with loved ones who are gone for such long periods of time. General Casey ageed much more must be done to confront issues of stress on family life,
President Bush is always praising members of the armed forces for their patriotism, but when it comes to pay raises or additional funds for handling post traumatic stress, he ordinarily lacks the same enthusiasm. In almost every case it is Congress which takes leadership increasing those funds.
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Tagged broken army, deployment, General Casey