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stake huge in Iraq election
(AP) -- Sunday's vote provides the world a chance to measure
the results of a US-led war that has killed more than 1,400
Americans - and thousands more Iraqis - and is costing over
$1 billion a week.
If the elections lead to a stable government and open the
way to a phased American withdrawal, Bush could win acclaim,
cementing the legacy he seeks for spreading democracy through
the Middle East.
"U.S. officials said that exit polls for the Iraqi elections
will be unreliable because voters will be running too fast."
from story re. election:
"You are looking for someone with especially bulky clothing,"
Lieutenant Visel, an Army infantryman from Uvalde,
Texas, coaches his team. "Do a quick search, then get people
into a safer area for another search, because an attack on the line
could be as devastating as an attack on the election place."
calls on US to begin troop pullout Senator Edward M. Kennedy
yesterday called on the Bush administration to begin withdrawing
troops from Iraq shortly after national elections there Sunday,
saying the presence of US troops is fueling an increasingly violent
insurgency and exacerbating the security situation, not improving
in on Vietnam Iraq has already cost more
in current dollars than either the Civil War or World War I.
It is about to pass the Korean War. We are on pace to pass Vietnam
in two or three years.
yesterday's NY Times Oval Office Bush interview:
whether the United States would feel compelled to pull out if asked
to do so by the sovereign government:
This is a sovereign government. They're on their feet. We anticipated
that, by the way, on the passing of sovereignty. And had the Allawi
government said, "out," we would have been required
other hand, again, I think there's - obviously, it's very speculative.
But I believe that most of the leaders that are there understand
that the coalition troops are very important to helping them provide
the stability necessary for people to gain confidence in their
question also that I think a lot of Iraqis understand - and I
do, too - is how do we make sure the Iraqi citizens view U.S.
troops as helpers, not as occupiers. And to the extent that a
coalition presence is viewed as an occupying force, it enables
the insurgents, the radicals, to continue to impress people that
the government really is not their government, and that the government
is complicit in having their country occupied.
that as reasonable. I also view that as pretty hopeful that there's
kind of a nationalistic sentiment that says, "This is my
country." I mean to me, that's a positive sign that, you
know, "We want to run our own affairs, we don't need to be
occupied to survive."
other hand, there is a certain realism amongst the leadership
- at least, the ones I've talked to - that says, "Look, there's
much more work to do before we're ready to move out on our own."
decides worms can stay in liquor bottles
pulling out of Houston's Bush Airport
drummer Jim Capaldi dies of cancer