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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.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Daily Read Board - 22JUN05

United States

General hits 'complacency' on security - The top U.S. operational commander in Iraq warned yesterday against an emerging "complacency" among Americans who now question whether the two-year war in Iraq "is worth it."

Durbin finally says he's sorry - Sen. Richard J. Durbin yesterday said he was "sorry" after parsing words for a week about his remarks comparing U.S. interrogators at Guantanamo Bay to those of Nazi and Soviet regimes. He apologized on the Senate floor.

White House Rejects Probe of Guantanamo - WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House on Tuesday rejected the proposed creation of an independent commission to investigate abuses of detainees held at the U.S. military prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and elsewhere.

Clinton, McCain 'Gorillas' of 2008 Race - WASHINGTON (AP) - If you want to be the next president, it's time to start running - unless your name is Hillary Rodham Clinton or John McCain. They can wait. And wait, as front-runners tend to do. "They're 800-pound gorillas," says Democratic consultant Jeff Link of Iowa.

Biden Accuses Bush of Misleading on Iraq - WASHINGTON (AP) - Two days after announcing his intention to seek the presidency, Democratic Sen. Joe Biden on Tuesday accused President Bush of "misleading statements and premature declarations of victory" in Iraq and called on him to change course.

U.S. Spy Plane Crashes in Southwest Asia - BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A U.S. Air Force U-2 spy plane has crashed in southwest Asia, the U.S. military announced Wednesday, and one official said the location has not been released because "host nation sensitivities" are involved.

False Alarms Plague Port Anti-Nuke System - WASHINGTON (AP) - The post-Sept. 11 security blanket designed to keep nuclear material out of U.S. ports still has plenty of holes, including scores of false alarms from radiation detectors, scientists told Congress on Tuesday.

House to Vote on Flag Burning Amendment - CAPITOL HILL (AP) - The House votes today on a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban desecration of the flag.


Rice: Iraq Must Improve Security - BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - The new Iraqi government must improve security, open up its economy and "open political space for all members of Iraqi society who reject violence," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday.

Iraq May Be Prime Place for Training of Militants, C.I.A. Report Concludes - WASHINGTON, June 21 - A new classified assessment by the Central Intelligence Agency says Iraq may prove to be an even more effective training ground for Islamic extremists than Afghanistan was in Al Qaeda's early days, because it is serving as a real-world laboratory for urban combat.

Retired general estimates 20,000 militants are in Iraq - U.S. and Iraqi forces will have to kill another 20,000 militants before dealing the insurgency a final blow, said Gen. Barry McCaffrey, the most highly decorated and youngest four-star general in the U.S. Army when he retired in 1996.

U.S. Envoy: Iraq Militants Seek Civil War - BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - America's new ambassador to Iraq expressed horror Tuesday at the violence wracking the country and said Islamic extremists and Saddam Hussein loyalists are trying to start a civil war.

Memos: U.N. Knew Saddam Violated Sanctions - UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council had detailed knowledge of how Saddam Hussein was violating U.N. sanctions, but was so divided that many violations went largely unchecked, according to documents released Tuesday by a congressional panel.

International Community Supporting Iraq - BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on Iraq's neighbors and other nations Wednesday to reassure the country it has the world's support as Iraqis work to rebuild.

40 Rebels, Policeman Killed in Afghanistan - KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - American warplanes pounded a suspected Taliban safe haven in southern Afghanistan in an assault that left about 60 insurgents and five policeman dead and five U.S. soldiers wounded, officials said Wednesday.

Pakistan Urged to Do More on Militants - KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Fighting between suspected rebels and Afghan and U.S.-led coalition troops in southern Afghanistan left about 40 insurgents and a policeman dead and five U.S. soldiers wounded, the U.S. military said Wednesday.

'Knock it off,' Rice tells Syria on meddling - BRUSSELS -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accused Syria of contributing to the "atmosphere" that led to the assassination of an anti-Syrian politician in Lebanon yesterday, telling Damascus to "knock it off."

Iran's Pro-Reform Campaign Joins in Blitz - TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Pro-reform groups joined in a final blitz of rallies and voter appeals Wednesday to counter the momentum of Tehran's ultraconservative mayor going into Iran's first head-to-head presidential election.

N. Korea Makes Pledge Over Nuclear Weapons - SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea said it wouldn't need any nuclear weapons if the United States treated it like a friend, as the isolated nation joined South Korea on Wednesday for high-level reconciliation talks.

China advances missile program - China has successfully flight-tested a submarine-launched missile that U.S. officials say marks a major advance in Beijing's long-range nuclear program.

Resignation of Lebanese President Sought - BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - The Lebanese opposition stepped up calls for pro-Syrian president Emile Lahoud to resign Wednesday after the assassination of an anti-Damascus critic, the second such killing in three weeks.

Spanish Judge Jails Eight Over Terror Plot - MADRID, Spain (AP) - A Spanish judge has jailed eight men accused of belonging to a network that allegedly recruited people to stage suicide attacks in Iraq, officials at the National Court said Tuesday.

Vietnamese premier visits Oval Office - President Bush yesterday opened the Oval Office to the highest-ranking official from communist Vietnam to visit since the end of the war that claimed the lives of more than 58,000 U.S. troops.

Taiwan Sends Frigates to Disputed Islands - Fishermen who have repeatedly been chased by Japanese patrol boats away from rich fishing grounds near disputed islands in the East China Sea, a decision likely to raise diplomatic tensions.

Respite limited for turned spy - A Chinese diplomat who claims he was responsible for spying on Falun Gong and other dissidents in Australia was granted temporary residence yesterday while the immigration department assesses his request for a protection visa.