Friday, July 28, 2006

How Do I Hate Him? Let Us Count The Ways...

My Way News - Analysis: Bush Foreign Policy Struggling:
WASHINGTON (AP) - These are dreary days for U.S. diplomacy.

A string of disappointments in recent weeks has left Washington's role as a global power broker diminished. The unalloyed U.S. support for Israel during two weeks of fighting with Hezbollah insurgents in Lebanon and American refusal to agree to a quick cease-fire are leaving the Bush administration ever more isolated internationally.

U.S. relations with its allies had shown signs of improvement in the aftermath of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. But the signs of strain are growing:

_Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice failed to agree in Rome with European and Arab allies on terms for a cease-fire to end two weeks of Israel-Hezoballah violence.

_President Bush and visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki had to concede a six-week-old plan for quelling violence in Baghdad had failed. Bush ordered more U.S. troops to Iraq's battered capital - a setback to hopes for a big drawdown of U.S. troops this year.

_Efforts to get North Korea and Iran to restrict their nuclear ambitions remained stalled.

_World trade talks collapsed.
Must be time to go on vacation. Bushes need whacking down at the ranch.

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