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Bush: 'No regrets' over Iraq war

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

George Bush, the US president, has said that he has no regrets about his decision to wage war in Iraq.

"I don't regret it at all," he said, during a visit to Germany to meet Angela Merkel, the country's chancellor.

"Removing Saddam Hussein made the world a safer place," he added.

However, he conceded that he should not have used some language, such as "dead or alive" when talking about al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden or "bring them on" when talking about the challenge posed by opposition fighters in Iraq.

Bush also said he is not looking to set up permanent US military bases in Iraq, although he said he wanted to conclude a deal with Baghdad to keep US forces in the country beyond the year's end.

"I think we'll end up with a strategic agreement with Iraq. There's all kinds of noise in their system and our system," he said.

Senior government officials in Baghdad are opposing the deal, known as a Status of Forces Agreement (Sofa), and say they doubt it can be finalised by the end of July....(Click here for remainder of article).


Countdown: Articles Of Impeachment

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Kucinich Forces Vote On Bush's Impeachment

By Ben Pershing Staff Writer
Wednesday, June 11, 2008; Page A02

Having failed in efforts to impeach Vice President Cheney, Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio) escalated his battle against the administration this week by introducing 35 articles of impeachment against President Bush, using a parliamentary maneuver that will probably force a vote today.

Kucinich's impeachment measure accuses Bush of taking the country to war in Iraq under false pretenses; he introduced it as a "privileged resolution," which requires the House to take it up within two legislative days. Any lawmaker may offer a privileged resolution, but it is usually done only by party leaders.

Kucinich, upon introducing his articles of impeachment Monday evening, insisted on reading the resolution into the Congressional Record, a process that took nearly five hours. He finished reading it late yesterday after the close of legislative business.

As they have previously, Democratic leaders staunchly oppose Kucinich's impeachment effort. They expect to table the resolution by referring it to the Judiciary Committee, where they expect it to die....(Click here for remainder of article).


Senate fails to slap new taxes on Big Oil's profits

Is there any doubt that the Rape-ublican party is a wholly owned subsiderary of big oil? I think no.

Democrats wanted a 25% tax on "unreasonable" profits, but Republicans said it would do nothing to help consumers.

Last update: June 10, 2008 - 11:24 PM

Senate Republicans Tuesday blocked a proposal to tax the windfall profits of the nation's biggest oil companies and eliminate some of the firms' tax breaks, rejecting Democratic claims that the measure would help assuage consumer anger over $4-a-gallon gasoline.

The vote was largely partisan, yet Minnesota's senators, Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Amy Klobuchar, voted in favor of the bill.

Gasoline prices rose another 2 cents Tuesday to a nationwide average of $4.04 a gallon for regular, but there appeared to be little prospect of imminent action by Congress or the Bush administration.

The Senate fell nine votes short of the 60 required to proceed to debate on the Democrat-sponsored energy measure, which would have erased $17 billion in tax breaks for oil companies over 10 years and created a levy on "unreasonable" profits collected by the five largest U.S. oil companies. Only six Republicans voted to move ahead....(Click here for remainder of article).



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