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Ogami wrote:From Kenya to Iraq, the bodies of innocent people are stacked like cordwood.
Rand Paul, Marco Rubio differ on Iraq action..//..June 13 - Rubio is a national security hawk at a time when polls show public opinion has moved away from pro-interventionist sentiments. His comments echoed the GOP foreign policy attitudes dominant during the Bush administration, when in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, there was greater appetite for preemptive military action — a dynamic that allowed for the 2003 invasion of Iraq.Acknowledging the more recent, inward-looking shift in public opinion, Rubio said: “Ultimately, while the use of force is never popular around here, I want to be blunt and clear about something. We are going to have to take some sort of action against this radical group.”Meanwhile, Kentucky’s Paul, a libertarian-leaning politician, expressed deep reservations about renewed American military involvement in Iraq, and outlined concerns that Congress wouldn’t be sufficiently consulted before action was taken. [ link ]
At the start of the year, economists were optimistic. Perhaps the economy would grow 3% this year, they said, instead of the measly 2% pace it's been stuck at for the prior three years.So much for that hopeful thinking. Half-way through the year, forecasts are being slashed. The latest Zorro move comes from the International Monetary Fund. The organization said Monday that the U.S. economy would only grow 2% this year, down from it earlier forecast of 2.8%.This comes on the heels of the World Bank announcement last week that it was cutting its prediction for the United States and the broader world economy. Many expect Federal Reserve policymakers to do the same downward revision when they meet this week.What went wrong?Blame it on the deep freeze that caused a very weak start to 2014."In the early part of the year, as a harsh winter conspired with other factors... momentum faded in the U.S economy," the IMF said. Even though the economy is now starting to bounce back, the IMF doesn't believe the comeback will be strong enough to completely offset the terrible first quarter.http://money.cnn.com/2014/06/16/news/economy/imf-us-forecast/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
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Given the forces at play, some analysts favor direct talks with Iranian officials.
"If we engage in a military action without a political solution, we will be seen as backing Maliki in a Sunni-Shia civil war. And that is exactly the opposite of what we want to do," said Col. Peter Mansoor, retired.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's media adviser, Ali al Mosawi, told CNN on Tuesday that the leader's meeting with the U.S. ambassador to Iraq had been "productive."
The government hopes "there will be more cooperation from the American side to combat terrorism," Mosawi said. "There is cooperation, but we are looking for more support."
At the same time, a statement from al-Maliki's office accused the Saudi government of appeasing terrorists and providing radical groups with material and moral support.
"The Saudi government must bear responsibility of the serious crimes committed by these groups," the statement read. [ link ]
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