The Pentagon needs two things to survive: war and oil. And it can’t make the first if it doesn’t have the second. In fact, the Pentagon’s methods of mass destruction - fighters, bombers, tanks, Humvees, and other vehicles - burn 75 percent of the fuel used by the DoD. For example, B-52 bombers consume 47,000 gallons per mission over Afghanistan.
But don’t expect big oil (or even smaller petroplayers) to turn off the tap for peace.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy called for France and Britain to open a new chapter in their long-fractious ties overnight, as he received a red-carpet welcome in London with his glamorous new wife.
In a rare address to a joint session of the British houses of parliament, the French leader proposed that the traditional 'entente cordiale' between the two countries be transformed into more friendly relations.
President Bush said Wednesday he will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week in Russia to try to break a logjam between the two nations over a proposed U.S. missile defense system.
''I think a lot of people in Europe would have a deep sigh of relief if we're able to reach an accord on missile defense,'' Bush said during a roundtable interview with foreign journalists. ''And hopefully we can.''
Cheney pledges support for Israel ...
Mr Cheney also plans to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank as part of efforts to reignite the peace process....
American Vice President Dick Cheney has given strong backing to Israel during a nine-day tour of the Middle East.
As the American military death toll in Iraq reached 4,000, President Bush conferred yesterday with top U.S. officials in Washington and in Baghdad and vowed in a public statement that the outcome of the war "will merit the sacrifice."
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The number of US soldiers to die in Iraq has reached 4000, the US military said on Monday, just days after the fifth anniversary of a war that President George Bush says the United States is on track to win.
The US military said in a statement four soldiers were killed late on Sunday when a roadside bomb, the biggest killer of American soldiers in Iraq, exploded near their vehicle in southern Baghdad. One soldier was wounded in the attack.
Dick Cheney, the US vice president, has met King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia with the soaring price of oil and instability in the region expected to be on the agenda.
However, it is unclear whether Cheney will urge the leader of the world's largest oil exporter to increase output during the talks at the monarch's horse farm in Riyadh.
Credit Suisse faced a double whammy of bad news yesterday, revealing it is almost certain to plunge into loss during the first quarter of this year and admitting a group of rogue traders in its London office had forced it to write down the value of its assets by SFr2.86bn (£1.43bn).
When confronted this week with news that the latest CNN Poll had found 61 per cent of Americans want out of Iraq, war criminal, serial draft dodger & all-round crook, Dick ‘Strangelove’ Cheney said: ‘So?’
When then asked specifically if he cared what the American people think, the representative from the dark side said: ‘No. I think you cannot be blown off course by the fluctuations in the public opinion polls’.
Even as America sinks deeper and deeper into a recession, we can also continue to count the incredible cost of this war.
Former foreign minister Alexander Downer has criticised the United States' strategy in the Iraq war, saying more troops should have been deployed in the early stages of the conflict.
Mr Downer says getting rid of Saddam Hussein was the right thing to do but the Americans failed to back up their gains with sufficient troop numbers after the initial invasion.
President Bush used the fifth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq on Wednesday to make the case for persevering in a conflict that will in all likelihood have many more anniversaries.
Mr Bush, speaking before troops, officers and defense officials at the Pentagon, acknowledged in some of his bluntest language yet that the costs of the war, in lives and money, had been higher than he had anticipated — and longer.
Obama's speech on race
Tuesday, March 18 at 8:27 AM
from the Center for American Progress