Morning Brief, Monday, July 24
Crisis in the Middle East Condi makes a surprise visit to Beirut, where she meets with Lebanese officials before traveling to Israel later today. (Incidentally, is the anecdote here about tired and stranded Americans besieging Karen Hughes at the Shannon airport a subtle dig at Hughes or what?) The Daily Star in Beirut quotes an ...
Crisis in the Middle East
Crisis in the Middle East
Condi makes a surprise visit to Beirut, where she meets with Lebanese officials before traveling to Israel later today. (Incidentally, is the anecdote here about tired and stranded Americans besieging Karen Hughes at the Shannon airport a subtle dig at Hughes or what?) The Daily Star in Beirut quotes an anonymous Israeli official as saying that "it's time for Israel to reevaluate its goals," implying that the decapitation of Hezbollah may not be realistic. Some Israelis are shocked at what they consider IDF failures in recent weeks. But there are also reports that Hezbollah has granted the Lebanese government power to negotiate a prisoner swap on its behalf.
Riz Khan takes to the WSJ op-ed pages to argue that the catch phrase "if it bleeds, it leads" has another meaning: that Israel's use of force on civilians creates a new generation of militant leaders. In a turnabout, Israel may accept an international force along the border with Lebanon, perhaps a recognition that it can't achieve security on its own or perhaps out of a desire to prevent more tragedies.
PM Maliki suggests Iraqi security forces will take over more areas of the country soon, though recruiting for the police forces encounters understandable snags. Saddam's trial continues without him. More tales of a schizophrenic U.S. reaction to the insurgency.
Pakistan is in the midst of building a new nuclear reactor, fueling fears of a South Asian arms race. At the White House yesterday, Saudi officials pressed Bush to support an Israel-Lebanon cease fire. Indian officials arrest a fourth suspect in connection with the Mumbai bombings. Ugandan officials recruit rebel leader Joseph Kony's mother to help negotiate a peace. Hugo Chavez thinks Lukashenko's Belarus is a "model social state." Scientists believe they've developed a drug to cure Alzheimer's. Local officials in China are accused of covering-up the high death toll from recent flooding in the south. Indian police battle with Maoist rebels. MySpace.com, one of the world's most popular Web sites, shuts down due to a power outage. The Doha world trade talks collapse, reportedly because of disagreements over US farm subsidies.
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