Robert M. Gates, a veteran intelligence official whom President Bush nominated to become his new secretary of defense, is widely viewed as a consensus-builder who may break down barriers between civilian and military leaders — as well as between the Pentagon and other agencies — that grew legendary under Donald H. Rumsfeld.
Daily Archives: November 9, 2006
VIENNA, Austria – Russia has crossed out large sections of a U.N. Security Council draft proposing broad U.S.-backed sanctions on Tehran’s nuclear and missile programs, according to a document obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press. Russia’s changes weaken the draft resolution’s demands that Tehran stop working on a reactor that can produce plutonium and that
Iran allow tougher U.N. inspections of its nuclear program. They also delete any reference to Iran’s Bushehr nuclear plant, which Russia is helping build.
With democrats taking US Government, a new Cold War begins.
President Bush was left weakened and more isolated than at any time in his presidency by Tuesday’s Democratic thumping of Republicans. He offered Democrats gestures of reconciliation and capitulated to demands for Donald H. Rumsfeld’s removal, but history suggests his last two years will be filled with more confrontation and challenges.
Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman called himself disappointed on a number of counts, following the Democratic victories in key House and Senate races.
Mehlman said Republicans must now do three things – first and foremost, rededicating themselves to their “conservative, reform principles.”
The Republicans will no longer be in control of the Senate after the recounts, says columnist Charles Krauthammer, and you will certainly have “agitation on Iraq
” from the now Democratically-controlled House. But the Democrats wouldn’t “withhold money from the troops … and the president still will determine Iraq policy.”