U.S. lobbyist helped draft Eastern Europe’s Iraq statement

Agence France Press is reporting that Bruce Jackson, a U.S. lobbyist and former DoD employee, helped draft the Vilnius 10’s statement of support for President Bush on Iraq.

This is from Agence France Press by way of CommonDreams.org, and it’s good.
Bruce Jackson, a U.S. lobbyist and former DoD employee helped draft the Vilnius 10’s statement of support for President Bush on Iraq.
Jackson, of course, said his role “vastly exaggerated.” However, the International Herald Tribune quoted Kestutis Jankauskas, deputy chief of mission at the Lithunian embassy in Washington, as saying Jackson had a “considerable role” and helped “initiate the text.”
Kind of makes you wonder if French president Jacques Chirac had some basis for his pique, especially if he thought the Americans were meddling in EU business…

War pushed back to mid-March?

The Washington Times is reporting that war planners have pushed back the start of Gulf War II to mid-March due to diplomatic snags and difficulty in moving heavy infantry divisions.

The Washington Times is reporting that war planners have pushed back the start of Gulf War Redux to mid-March due to diplomatic snags and difficulty in moving heavy infantry divisions.
In addition to the roadblocks thrown up by France and Germany, as well as continued foot-dragging by other members of the U.N. Security Council, NATO ally Turkey is upping its demand for aid in return for the stationing of up to 40,000 American troops in a northern front.
Washington has reportedly offered Ankara grants of $6 billion and loans of up to $20 billion in exchange for its support, and has expressed frustration over Turkey’s failure to accept the deal. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell has said he wants an answer by the end of the day.
The Turks are being exceptionally savvy, however.
“We have found the figures insufficient and we are not looking favourably at the offer,” Economy Minister Ali Babacan told the Cumhuriyet newspaper. He also concern that while the Washington has told Ankara that any war would be short, congressional approval for the grants and loans could take between six and eight weeks.
“What if the operation is over before the completion of the congressional process and Congress tells us ‘Sorry’?” he said. “That is why a written deal is a must.”
The Turks probably watched how the United States dealt with Pakistan. In exchange for help in Afghanistan and against Al Qa’ida, Pakistan was rewarded with terror attacks and the continuation of strict limits on Pakistan-made clothes. Mind you, this was after Bush personally promised Gen. Musharraf that the United States would lift import restrictions. Instead, Bush dropped the plan in Dec. 2001 when, facing imminent defeat in the House of his broad package of trade legislation, he decided to woo six lawmakers from textile states by promising them he would stiff Pakistan.
The Washington Times says time is of the essence for the Americans, however, because heavy armor must be shipped across the Atlantic. I’ve been told however, that much of the heavy armor used has been pre-positioned throughout the 1990s in order to avoid this kind of broadly telegraphed buildup. I’m not sure what to make of this bit of data.

Announcing Warblogs.cc

I promised a big announcement a couple of days ago and here it is. Starting immediately, readers of Back to Iraq, Warblogging, Daily Kos, The Agonist and Stand Down will no longer be forced to skip from site to site for news on the war on Iraq, terrorism and civil liberties. I’m pleased to announce the creation and launch of Warblogs.CC.

I promised a big announcement a couple of days ago and here it is. Starting immediately, readers of Back to Iraq, Warblogging, Daily Kos, The Agonist and Stand Down will no longer be forced to skip from site to site for news on the war on Iraq, terrorism and civil liberties. I’m pleased to announce the creation and launch of Warblogs.CC, a concept from myself, George at Warblogging and Sean-Paul at Agonist.
Warblogs,cc, consolidates the latest headlines from member sites and others to follow into a single convenient package that’s perfect for setting as your homepage. The page is updated with new blog posts in real time (you just have to reload the page to get the latest news from all these blogs) and every few minutes with headlines from the syndicated news sources. I like to think of it as a “coalition of the unwilling” — unwilling to go to war with Iraq unnecessarily, unwilling to stand for further assaults on civil liberties and unwilling to stand by while the war on terror goes unprosecuted.
Warblogs.CC does not take the place of our individual sites, as you will see when you visit. It simply gathers the content you’ve come to enjoy into a single page, along with headlines from the AP, the New York Times, the Middle East Newsline and the BBC. Warblogging’s popular Index of Evil is also available. Other blogs will be added as well.
Please check it out. I’m very proud of it, and I think readers will find it a valuable service. I hope you will agree.