Thursday, November 24, 2005

International Affairs March On ...

A holiday it may be in the United States today, and official Washington deserted, but the rest of the world doesn't stop ...

Interesting developments to observe:

1) The EU is trying to get its negotiations with Iran back on track. After months of guarded optimism in Washington that the apparent failure of the EU-3 process would bring the Europeans into closer alignment with Washington on Iran policy, is this a reversal? Or are the EU-3 going to make clear to Ahmadnejad that this is Iran's "last chance" to deal with the Europeans?

2) Meanwhile, Frank Walter Steinmeier, Gerhard Schroeder's former chief of staff and now the foreign minister in the new Merkel coalition government, will visit Washington this coming week. Clearly an olive branch to try and mend strained relations between the United States and Berlin.

3) Highlighting the environmental dimension to national security, the pollution slick in the Songhua river in Manchuria which caused Harbin to suspend water service for 3 million residents is making its way into Russia. That as China is also asking the World Health Organization to help investigate the first human deaths from avian flu.

More to update after the holidays.

Comments:
When things start to go sour it always seems they can get worse. It appears this is the tactic the current administration utilizes when their policies come under intense scrutiny. We hear all the time how things are improving in Iraq, then when individuals start to say we need to begin drawing down our forces, or questioning decisions regarding Iraq, there is a new threat that soon emerges.
Many believe the administration put the threat of Al Zarqawi in the publics’ eye so that we could unite once again against a common threat we would consider a clear and present danger to America. Many have accused the administration of raising the terror levels in America whenever it appeared the Bush administration was experiencing a debacle domestically.


We here from some individuals there will be a draw-down of troops in 2006, then we hear there are numerous conditions which must be met before the draw-down can begin. Why are there conflicting reports on this situation from anyone in congress? If anyone should know the status of the current situation it should be our elected representatives in congress. I believe that the comments by Mr. Cheney, ‘that Iraq will turn into a bunch of Jihadists’, reflect his personal views and not necessarily the actual situation in Iraq. If the Iraqi population would support such a situation then we must ask ourselves, “ why should any one American soldier put his life on the line for any one of these individuals?” However, I think Mr. Cheneys’ comments are sensationalism and do not reflect the current situation.
Why are so many Iraqi government officials calling for us to leave the country if in fact things ware as dire as we are lead to believe. The Iraqi’s believe our presence is part of the irritation that is threatening stability in Iraq. Many Iraqi leaders believe we have completed our mission and it is time to leave them to resolve their current situation. Anyone who thinks their will not be a civil war in Iraq once we leave is kidding themselves, regardless of how long we wait the turmoil is inevitable. However, many great countries, such as America, have evolved from a revolution, and they found greatness within themselves once the conflict was settled. Maybe the civil war is part of a growing pain a free country must experience in order to appreciate true freedom and democracy.
Raymond B
www.voteswagon.com
 
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