Carronade The Yankee Sailor Carronade

The Sea is a choosy mistress. She takes the men that come to her and weighs them and measures them. The ones she adores, she keeps; the ones she hates, she destroys. The rest she casts back to land. I count myself among the adored, for I am Her willing Captive.

I've relocated to a new Yankee Sailor.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Daily Read Board - 20JUN05

United States

Goss Claims He Has Idea Where Bin Laden Is - NEW YORK (AP) - The director of the CIA says he has an "excellent idea" where Osama bin Laden is hiding, but that the United States' respect for sovereign nations makes it more difficult to capture the al-Qaida chief.

Congress likely to define war detainees - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress is likely to step into the operation of the Guantanamo Bay detention center with legislation on how the U.S. should legally categorize an unorthodox enemy.

Bush: Iran Vote Meant to Strengthen Power
- WASHINGTON (AP) - On the eve of Iran's presidential election, President Bush said the voting has been designed to keep power in the hands of a few rulers "through an electoral process that ignores the basic requirements of democracy."

McCain Expects U.S. in Iraq 2 More Years - WASHINGTON (AP) - A leading Republican senator said Sunday it probably would take "at least a couple more years" before enough Iraqis are capable of securing their country, a prime condition set by the Bush administration for beginning to withdraw U.S. troops.

Rice: Bush May Bypass Senate on Bolton - WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is keeping open the possibility that President Bush will bypass the Senate to get John R. Bolton installed as U.N. ambassador temporarily if Democrats persist in holding up a confirmation vote.

Biden Intends to Seek Presidency in 2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., said Sunday he intends to run for president in 2008. But Biden, who also sought the nomination in 1988, said he would give himself until the end of this year to determine if he really can raise enough money and attract enough support.


Opposition Wins Majority in Lebanon Vote - BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - The anti-Syrian opposition secured a majority in parliament Monday, breaking Damascus' long political hold on Lebanon after opposition candidates swept all seats in the last round of elections, according to unofficial results.

Rice reveals deal to raze Gaza homes - JERUSALEM -- Israel and the Palestinian Authority have agreed that more than 1,200 Jewish settler homes in the Gaza Strip will be demolished after Israel withdraws in late summer, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday.

Barzani Wants Kurdish Recognition - BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - The new president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region called on parliament Sunday to recognize the Kurdish identity of Kirkuk, the oil-rich and ethnically mixed city that Kurds want to annex as their capital.

Suicide Bomber Kills 20 at Iraq Police HQ - IRBIL, Iraq (AP) - A suicide car bomber killed 20 traffic policemen and wounded 100 Monday outside the unit's headquarters in this northern Kurdish city, police and hospital officials said.

Rice's Egypt trip gets tepid response from opposition - CAIRO -- A high-profile visit today by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice may be less blessing than a curse for Ayman Nour, an opposition candidate in Egypt's upcoming presidential elections.

Iran Run-Off Front-Runner Chides Clerics - TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Hardline clerics fired a warning shot in Iran's run-off race for president by barring Monday's issue of a pro-reform newspaper, while the race's front-runner denounced some clerics as "reactionaries."

Bush Remarks May Have Spurred Iran Voters - TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's spy chief used just two words to respond to White House ridicule of last week's presidential election: "Thank you." His sarcasm was barely hidden. The backfire on Washington was more evident.

Afghan Officials Stop Assassination Plot - KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghan intelligence officials have thwarted a plot to assassinate U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and arrested three Pakistanis, two senior government officials said Monday.

Fierce Fighting Kills 21 in Afghanistan - KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) - Fierce fighting between Taliban rebels and Afghan security forces left 18 insurgents and three others dead, a day after the U.S. military pounded suspected rebels in airstrikes that killed as many as 20, officials said Monday.

AP Interview: Algerian Insurgents Active - DAKAR, Senegal (AP) - Al-Qaida-linked Algerian insurgents are becoming more active in Africa's remote, ungoverned deserts, and increased cooperation among African nations will be key to averting future terror attacks, a top U.S. general said Saturday.

U.S. Consulate in Nigeria Reopens - LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - The United States consulate in Lagos reopened Monday after a phoned-in terrorist threat prompted it to close down along with several other diplomatic missions, a U.S. official said.

Kidnapping Surge Adds to Terror in Haiti - PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Jean Henold Buteau's wife listened frantically to the brusque voice on the other end of the telephone line: We've got your husband. Give us $1 million or start planning his funeral.

Mixed feelings on Viet visitor - WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The ironies are abundant in this week's itinerary for Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, who yesterday became his nation's highest-ranking official to visit the United States.