Posts Tagged ‘George Bush’
Iran test-fired a new generation surface-to-surface missile on Wednesday, state media said, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad repeated once again that the Islamic Republic would crush any power acting against it.
Iran’s latest missile test followed persistent speculation in recent months of possible U.S. or Israeli strikes against its nuclear facilities, which the West suspects form part of a covert weapons program. Tehran denies the charge.U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, like outgoing U.S. President George W. Bush, has not ruled out military action although he has criticized the Bush administration for not pushing for more diplomacy and engagement with Tehran.
Of course, we can think that this is another “photoshopped” missile…
Meanwhile Obama seeks Iranian help in Afghanistan. Don’t think these are the best allies in the fight against Islamofascism…
Speaking before talks at Camp David with Nicolas Sarkozy and Jose Manuel Barroso, George W Bush said it was “essential that we work together”.
The first summit will be held in the US after November’s presidential election.
The Europeans want the meetings to pave the way for talks on an overhaul of the world’s financial regulatory systems.
Before he arrived at Camp David, the presidential retreat in the state of Maryland, Mr Sarkozy warned the world could not “continue to run the economy of the 21st Century with instruments of the economy of the 20th Century”.
We’ll see what they decide after eating 56 plates…
George Bush, the US president, has praised Pakistan for making a “very strong commitment” to combating “extremists” after talks with Yousuf Raza Gilani, the Pakistani prime minister.
The talks came as a missile attack just inside Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan killed at least six people, Pakistani intelligence officials said.
Speaking at a news conference in Washington DC, Bush called Pakistan “strong ally and a vibrant democracy” (what had Bush had before the press conference???) and said that the US “supports the sovereignty of Pakistan“.
Gilani, who will be in the US for three days, said in turn that the country’s battle against Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters was “a war … against Pakistan, and we’ll fight for our own cause”. (oh, yeah, that’s why they want dialogue with the Taliban while the latter install Shariah courts in the Bajaur tribal region because Pakistani institutions have NO strength there).
However he later said in an interview with CNN that Monday’s missile strike was “certainly” a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty “if it is proved”. (of course, the use of Islamist “militants” against India by the Pakistani Intelligence Service ISI is NOT a “violation of sovereignty”...).
The White House later said that Bush had also offered Pakistan $115 million over two years in food aid, of which $42.5 million will be available over the next six to nine months, during the talks.
After months of tiresome bickering over the pact between the Congress-led coalition government and its Communist parliamentary allies, this was a coup for Mr Singh. He is believed to view the deal with America, struck three years ago but recently seeming dead, as his government’s finest achievement. It would enable nuclear-armed India to import nuclear fuel and technology for civilian uses—despite its refusal to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. This, its supporters and critics agree, would be hugely significant, making India an exception to the global counter-proliferation regime.
But the deal is not done yet. Besides the IAEA, India has to convince the 45-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) to rewrite its rules and then America’s Congress votes on the whole package. The NSG’s sign-off might be especially elusive. Several European countries have concerns about the deal, and China may stealthily wish to spoil its populous rival’s party. In India itself, opposition to the deal could yet topple the government, though this seems less likely by the day. Still, some observers found it apt that, as Mr Singh issued his historic promise, his head was in the clouds.
On July 9th, in response to Mr Singh’s announcement, the Communists withdrew support from the government, depriving it of a parliamentary majority. They promise to move a no-confidence vote soon after Parliament next meets on August 11th. But Mr Singh seems happy to fight—hence his in-flight announcement. This is because, in deft and shady negotiations, his government has won new support, from the Samajwadi Party (SP).
An outfit of low-caste Hindus, backed by many Muslims and led by Mulayam Singh Yadav, the SP is based in India’s vast northern state of Uttar Pradesh (UP).Mr. Yadav, anti-American, now seems to think the deal crucial to India.
A suicide bomb attack on the Indian Embassy in the Afghan capital bore all the hallmarks of a foreign intelligence agency, Afghanistan’s presidential spokesman said on Tuesday in a likely reference to Pakistan.:
Pakistani agents of being behind the April assassination attempt against , a mass jail break in Kandahar last month and a string of other attacks.has accused
Karzai threatened last month to send troops across the border to attack militants there if Pakistan did not take action.
Talibans have denied they had any kind of responsibility in the attack in which 30 people were killed, among them a military attaché from the embassy and a diplomat.
Yesterday, Pakistan rejected those accusations.
The situation is worsened as time goes by: Mr. Rashid, 59, has just published his fourth book, “Descent into Chaos, The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia,” a caustic review of the mistakes by the Bush administration in tackling Islamic militancy.
The Bush administration, he said, was too gentle with Pakistan’s president, Pervez Musharraf, after he pledged to support the antiterrorism campaign after 9/11. “The Americans never said strongly enough that Pakistan had to stop supporting the Taliban — that was because Musharraf was giving them the Al Qaeda types,” capturing a few top Qaeda operatives and handing them over to the United States. Mr. Bush should have insisted that Musharraf quash the Taliban too, he said.
(…)The Pakistani Army and Pakistan’s powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency protected the Afghan Taliban in Quetta, the provincial capital of Baluchistan, as “a strategic asset” for use in the future as a buffer against India, he said.