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  • Former US ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan suspected of laundering $1.5million

    09/08/2014 5:42:26 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 9 replies
    [The Daily] Mail Online ^ | September 8, 2014 | Associated Press
    A former ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan was being investigated by U.S. authorities for suspected money laundering through his wife's bank account. The suspicions center on Zalmay Khalilzad's alleged transfer of $1.5 million in May 2013 to an account in Vienna owned by Cheryl Benard.
  • A Blogger Found Secret U.S. Justice Department Documents in a Dumpster in Austria

    09/09/2014 4:18:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    The National Journal ^ | 9-9-14 | Kaveh Waddell
    A former U.S. ambassador is being investigated for laundering, according to papers found in a garbage container in Vienna. Zalmay Khalilzad, a former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq, is being investigated for money laundering, and several of his wife's bank accounts have been frozen in connection with the probe. The Justice Department investigation only became public on Sunday, when a blogger found relevant documents in a garbage container used by a state prosecutor's office in Vienna and posted them online. A day later, Austrian magazine Profil reported on the case.
  • U.N. Envoy’s Ties to Pakistani Are Questioned

    08/26/2008 3:26:08 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 197+ views
    The New York Times (excerpt) ^ | August 26, 2008 | Helene Cooper and Mark Mazzetti
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON — Zalmay Khalilzad, the American ambassador to the United Nations, is facing angry questions from other senior Bush administration officials over what they describe as unauthorized contacts with Asif Ali Zardari, a contender to succeed Pervez Musharraf as president of Pakistan. Mr. Khalilzad had spoken by telephone with Mr. Zardari, the leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party, several times a week for the past month until he was confronted about the unauthorized contacts, a senior United States official said. Other officials said Mr. Khalilzad had planned to meet with Mr. Zardari privately next Tuesday while on vacation...
  • U.S. suggests Russia wants "regime change" in Georgia

    08/10/2008 1:28:02 PM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 128 replies · 290+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10 August 2008 | By Louis Charbonneau
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States suggested on Sunday that Russia was interested in "regime change" in Georgia after Moscow rejected Tbilisi's offer of a cease-fire in the separatist region of South Ossetia. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had told U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that the president of Georgia "must go," the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Zalmay Khalilzad, told the Security Council. Khalilzad then looked straight at Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin and asked if Moscow was looking for "regime change."
  • US, Russian ambassadors spar at UN over Georgia

    08/10/2008 1:32:27 PM PDT · by a_Turk · 9 replies · 262+ views
    AP ^ | 8/10/08 | N/A
    <p>U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad exchanged sharp remarks with the Russian ambassador on Sunday, accusing Moscow of resisting attempts to make peace with Georgia after days of fighting have left hundreds of civilians dead.</p> <p>Khalilzad pointedly asked Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin in the U.N. Security Council session whether Russia's aim was to "change the leadership in Georgia" _ a charge Churkin did not directly address but seemed to deny.</p>
  • US Envoy Slams Iran's Alleged Destabilizing Role in Iraq (Khalilzad)

    04/28/2008 6:00:16 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 113+ views
    Yahoo/AFP ^ | April 28, 2008
    US Envoy Slams Iran's Alleged Destabilizing Role in Iraq April 28, 2008 AFP UNITED NATIONS -- The US ambassador to the UN on Monday slammed the alleged destabilizing role of Iran and Syria in Iraq and urged them to stop the flow of weapons and foreign fighters into their war-scarred neighbor. US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad told a Security Council meeting that recent clashes between Iraqi government forces and "criminal militia elements" in Baghdad and Basra pointed to "Iran's destabilizing influence and actions." He said the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, known as Qods Force, "continues to arm, train, and fund...
  • Iran's Nuclear Threat

    03/05/2008 6:09:29 AM PST · by LSUfan · 4 replies · 123+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 4 March 08 | ZALMAY KHALILZAD
    The United Nations Security Council has passed another resolution concerning Iran because its nuclear program is an unacceptable threat. Iran's violations of Security Council resolutions not only continue, but are deepening. Instead of suspending its proliferation-sensitive activities as the council has required, Iran is dramatically expanding the number of operating centrifuges and developing a new generation of centrifuges, testing one of them with nuclear fuel. Once again, Iran has not made the choice the world had hoped for; once again, the Security Council has no choice but to act. At stake is the security of a vital region of the...
  • White House Criticizes Envoy Over Iran

    01/30/2008 9:10:15 PM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 107+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 30, 2008
    White House Criticizes Envoy Over Iran January 30, 2008 The New York Times Helene Cooper WASHINGTON -- White House officials expressed anger on Tuesday about an appearance in which the United States ambassador to the United Nations, Zalmay Khalilzad, sat beside the Iranian foreign minister at a panel of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Saturday. The United States does not have diplomatic relations with Iran, and the Bush administration has limited its official high-level dealings with Iran to discussions about Iraq, primarily in Baghdad. Administration officials said that Mr. Khalilzad’s appearance beside Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki in...
  • What Part Of Not Authorized Did Khalilzad Not Understand? (DES moderator slams John Bolton on video)

    01/30/2008 8:13:35 AM PST · by jdm · 29 replies · 120+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Jan. 30, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    The State Department reacted angrily to the appearance of UN Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad on a panel at the Davos Economic Forum, along with two members of the Iranian government. The US restricts diplomatic contacts with Iran and requires prior approval for any such interaction. Apparently, Khalilzad took it upon himself to make that decision: An appearance by America's U.N. ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, on a World Economic Forum discussion panel — alongside two Iranian officials, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, and a close aide to President Ahmadinejad, Samare Hashemi — was unauthorized by the State Department and angered Secretary of State Rice,...
  • Dollars for Durban II Back to the U.N.

    01/25/2008 11:36:26 AM PST · by processing please hold · 10 replies · 74+ views
    National Review online ^ | December 12, 2007 | Claudia Rosett
    In its abuse of American taxpayer dollars and trust, the United Nations has come up with many creative projects over the years, ranging from terrorist schoolhouses in Gaza, to procurement fraud, to per diems for pedophiliac peacekeepers. Now, the U.N. is on the brink of channeling millions in U.S. funds to pay for an encore of its notorious America-bashing, Israel-trashing conference held six years ago in Durban, South Africa. That U.N. jamboree, which opened in late August, 2001, was supposed to be all about the worthy cause of ending racism. Instead, it turned into such a frenzy of despotic and...
  • Zalmay's Middle East Fumble Turtle Bay

    12/05/2007 10:27:07 AM PST · by dervish · 1 replies · 213+ views
    NY Sun ^ | 12/3/07 | BENNY AVNI
    Hailed as the cure for ill will toward Washington and other diplomatic problems at the United Nations, the American ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, was taken down a peg over the weekend, as his own — and his country's — prestige were thrown into question. What will one of President Bush's favorite operators do now? Mr. Khalilzad sold to the 15 members of the Security Council a resolution in support of the Palestinian Arab-Israeli negotiations at Annapolis. But he acted like a star quarterback who botched the signals, ran ahead with the football, got the backs and coaches all confused, and ended...
  • U.S. Crusader Odd Man Out at U.N.

    07/31/2007 5:50:56 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 1 replies · 517+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 31, 2007 | Colum Lynch
    Last year, John R. Bolton, then U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, recruited Mark D. Wallace as the U.S. representative for U.N. management and reform. Given that Bolton was a longtime critic of the U.N. bureaucracy, no one expected that Wallace would go meekly about his new job. And he didn't. He has met with informants eager to spill bureaucratic secrets, scrutinized internal audits and butted heads with U.N. officials he suspects are blocking his efforts to uncover corruption in development programs in places including North Korea and Burma. (snip) The new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Zalmay Khalilzad,...
  • 'Saudi Arabia undermining Iraq efforts'

    07/29/2007 8:38:29 PM PDT · by SJackson · 19 replies · 581+ views
    The US ambassador to the United Nations said ally Saudi Arabia was undermining efforts to stabilize Iraq. Zalmay Khalilzad's comments Sunday follow word from a senior defense official that a planned US weapons sale to Saudi Arabia and other moderate Gulf states was expected to be a topic this week when Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates visit the Middle East. The sale is expected to total $20 billion in sophisticated weaponry. Khalilzad, a former US ambassador to Iraq, said an opinion column he wrote for The New York Times this month accusing US allies of...
  • On Iraq War Anniversary, Couric Leaves U.S. Ambassador on Cutting-Room Floor

    03/20/2007 7:42:36 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 20 replies · 953+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    To mark yesterday's fourth-anniversary of the war in Iraq, CBS News requested an interview with U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad. The ambassador took time from a hectic war-time schedule to speak with Katie Couric from Baghdad, and in the course of the interview provided a first-hand view of how the new surge strategy is working. But when last night's Evening News aired, lo and behold, the interview never ran. It was instead relegated to an obscure corner of Katie's online blog. CBS apparently determined that Ambassador Khalilzad's comments weren't "newsworthy." Katie & Co. did find time for Bob Woodward...
  • Conference Call With U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad

    03/10/2007 7:56:53 PM PST · by bnelson44 · 5 replies · 351+ views
    State Dept ^ | 3/10/07
    Press Statement Office of the Spokesman Conference Call From Baghdad March 10, 2007 Conference Call With U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad MR. CASEY: Okay. Good afternoon, everyone. Appreciate you joining us and especially given the hour. I really appreciate the fact that Ambassador Khalilzad has been able to join us this afternoon to give us a little bit of an overview of today's meeting in Baghdad. Know this is something that's been of great interest to everyone and we really appreciate him being able to take the opportunity to join us before he heads back here to Washington for...
  • U.S. and Iran Hold Rare Direct Talks

    03/10/2007 10:11:02 AM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 74 replies · 1,448+ views
    Associated Press (via Breitbart) ^ | Mar 10, 2007 | SCHEHEREZADE FARAMARZI
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- U.S. and Iranian envoys exchanged direct talks Saturday on efforts to end Iraq's violence and bolster its government, opening limited but potentially significant contacts that could ease their nearly 28-year diplomatic freeze. The discussions were confined to one session during a conference on Iraq stability, but they appeared to offer room for further interaction between the two nations _ which find themselves increasingly drawn toward common issues in Iraq as the nation's most influential allies. The U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, said he exchanged views with Iranian delegates "directly and in the presence of others" at...
  • Orange Juice Diplomacy: Sawyer Squeezes Khalilzad on Speaking with Iran

    03/09/2007 6:59:58 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 13 replies · 314+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Back in the '70s, an exchange of ping pong players between the United States and China began a thawing of relations between the two countries that paved the way for Richard Nixon's famous trip to Beijing. Could we be entering a similar stage with Iran that could come to be known as "orange juice diplomacy"? Diane Sawyer certainly seems to hope so, judging by her questions to US ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad on Good Morning America today. Along the way, Sawyer seemed to willfully downplay the degree of Iran's responsibility for the Shia insurgency in Iraq. Sawyer spoke...
  • U.S. Says Quds Force Operations Director Among Detained Iranians

    01/25/2007 5:16:35 AM PST · by nuconvert · 14 replies · 719+ views
    U.S. Says Quds Force Operations Director Among Detained Iranians January 24, 2007 Associated Press International Herald Tribune BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The U.S. ambassador said Wednesday that one of the Iranians detained by U.S. forces in Iraq during two raids over the past month was the director of operations for Iran's Revolutionary Guard Quds faction, the organization responsible for funding and arming Iraqi militants. Zalmay Khalilzad said the recent raids were part of a "new strategy" to "go after their networks that are active here." The United States is building up its troops in the region, beyond the additional 21,500 on...
  • US Hunts 'Rogue' Agents

    01/15/2007 3:31:45 PM PST · by nuconvert · 23 replies · 1,147+ views
    skynews ^ | Jan. 15, 2007
    US Hunts 'Rogue' Agents January 15, 2007 Sky News The US will "go after" Iranian and Syrian agents which it says are operating in Iraq. US ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said the networks of agents were helping support the Sunni insurgency and Shi'ite death squads. Mr Khalilzad said the police would "change the behaviour" of Iran and Syria in what he said was a "defining moment" in the history of Iraq. "We're going after their networks in Iraq," he told a news conference. "We will target these networks in the ... expectation of changing the behaviour of these states." The move...
  • President To Nominate Muslim As UN Ambasador

    01/04/2007 1:20:23 PM PST · by jamese777 · 191 replies · 3,909+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 1/4/07 | Matt Drudge
  • Bush to Nominate Khalilzad to U.N. Post

    01/04/2007 12:19:43 PM PST · by NinoFan · 200 replies · 7,042+ views
    ABC NEWS ^ | January 4, 2006 | JONATHAN KARL and KIRIT RADIA
  • Khalilzad Tipped as New U.N. Undersecretary General

    01/04/2007 8:25:13 AM PST · by TexKat · 7 replies · 671+ views
    OHMY News ^ | 2007-01-05
    Zalmay Khalilzad, who is currently the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, is being tipped for a top U.N. appointment by the new Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. An Afghan and Muslim by birth, Khalilzad is being considered for the post of Undersecretary General for Political Affairs, one of the most powerful jobs in the U.N., that usually goes to a British diplomat, according to reliable sources in Washington and New York. Both the U.S. and Britain are currently competing for the post. So far many of Ban's appointments have been from the Third World. To give the Americans their slot in the...
  • Bolton's successor (Zalmay Khalilzad)

    12/09/2006 7:59:56 AM PST · by veronica · 405 replies · 8,451+ views
    December 9, 2006 ^ | 12-9-06 | Robert D. Novak
    WASHINGTON -- Zalmay Khalilzad, who was announced this week as leaving as U.S. ambassador to Iraq, is the leading prospect to replace John Bolton as envoy to the United Nations. President Bush was reported by aides as looking for someone who approximates Bolton's combination of toughness and diplomatic skill and has tentatively decided on Khalilzad. A native of Afghanistan, he has served in government posts dating back to 1985 and is the highest-ranking Muslim in the Bush administration. Speculation on a new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to succeed John Bolton is focusing on the current U.S. ambassador in...
  • Maliki, Khalilzad Agree to Benchmarks, Timetables

    10/27/2006 5:23:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 340+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2006 – Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has agreed to benchmarks with timetables, according to a joint statement with U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad. "The Iraqi government has made clear the issues that must be resolved, with timelines to take positive steps forward on behalf of the Iraqi people,” the two men said in the joint statement, issued after they met today. U.S. officials have said that benchmarks are ways to help push along ideas. Accomplishing the benchmarks is a way of measuring progress and assessing accomplishments, DoD officials said. Khalilzad and Army Gen. George W....
  • Envoy says not all is bad in Iraq (U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad)

    10/24/2006 2:02:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 372+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/24/06 | Hamza Hendawi - ap
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad insisted Tuesday that things are not all bad in Iraq, citing the growing number of satellite dishes on rooftops and consumers with cell phones as signs of economic progress. "Economically, I see an Iraq every day that I do not think the American people know about — where cell phones and satellite dishes, once forbidden, are now common, where economic reform takes place on a regular basis, where agricultural production is rising dramatically, and where the overall economy and the consumer sector is growing," the American envoy told a Baghdad news conference. Some...
  • Weekend Show *Preview* for 9/30 - 10/1/06 (not the live thread)

    09/30/2006 12:34:14 PM PDT · by Phsstpok · 68 replies · 1,465+ views
    Network and Cable News Networks | 9/30/06 | Network and Cable News
    Preview and analysis for Weekend Talk Shows, 9-30 and 10-1-06 It's week four (or 297, depending on how you figure it) of the WOB (war on Bush) and all things "Republi-fascist," as the drive by media might style what they're doing.  We've had a week of spin like we haven't seen since... well, since Clinton was in office.  All the old hateful and hate filled faces were back on the screaming head shows pulling their electrically powered rapid fire mouths back out of storage and plugging them in for one more go around of lies, screaming lies and videotape.  And...
  • US: Iraq Government Almost Out Of Time

    08/19/2006 7:12:59 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 22 replies · 1,121+ views
    AP ^ | August 19 2006
    At least 19 people, including a U.S. soldier, were killed in Iraq Saturday as Shiites gathered for the peak of a major religious ceremony. But in an exclusive interview with CBS News, the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, said he sees a perverse sort of progress. "I see indications that both sides believe that a balance of terror has been established," Khalilzad told CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann. "They have demonstrated to each other that they can inflict pain on each other, and neither can get rid of the other." That "balance of terror" led to record levels of...
  • GIs at Ishaqi cleared; Haditha probe open

    06/02/2006 6:10:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies · 1,542+ views
    Yahoo!News ^ | June 2, 2006 | HAMZA HENDAWI and KIM GAMEL
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - A military investigation into allegations that U.S. troops intentionally killed Iraqi civilians in a March raid in Ishaqi, a village north of Baghdad, has cleared the troops of misconduct, the military said Friday — despite dramatic video footage of slain children. Meanwhile, a lawyer representing families of some of the two dozen unarmed Iraqi civilians allegedly killed by U.S. Marines in the western town of Haditha on Nov. 19 said three or four Marines carried out the shootings while 20 more waited outside the homes. He also said victims' relatives turned down a request by U.S. investigators...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 21 May 2006

    05/21/2006 4:28:24 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 965 replies · 13,660+ views
    Various big media television networks ^ | 21 May 2006 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, May 21st, 2006 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Rice; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; and Rep. Charles Norwood, R-Ga. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Attorney General Alberto Gonzales; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; and Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis. THIS WEEK (ABC): Gonzales; former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C.; "America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh. LATE EDITION (CNN) : Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert; Australian Prime Minister John Howard; Sens. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore.; Zalmay Khalilzad,...
  • Khalilzad: Youth Center Symbolizes Values

    04/13/2006 4:06:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 199+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Norris Jones
    Iraqi, U.S. officials and several members of Iraq’s 2004 Summer Olympic team attended the re-opening of the youth center, which will offer a variety of sports programs. By Norris Jones Gulf Region Central District US Army Corps of Engineers BAGHDAD, April 13, 2006 — Iraq and U.S. officials toured the newly-renovated Al Huriya Youth Center in Baghdad March 25. Among those participating were U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, Iraq Olympic Committee President Ahmed Al-Samarrai and Iraq Minister of Youth and Sports Talib Aziz Zaini. "The United States stands with Iraqis as they attempt to improve their community. The various sporting activities...
  • A path to success in Iraq (Op-Ed by General George Casey and Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad)

    04/11/2006 10:03:36 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 3 replies · 542+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 11, 2006 | General George W. Casey Jr. and Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad
    THREE YEARS after U.S. Marines and Iraqis toppled the huge statue of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in Baghdad's Firdos Square, Americans and Iraqis can be proud of what our common efforts and sacrifices have achieved since that day, even as we acknowledge that challenges remain to reaching the goal of a stable and democratic Iraq. The success of Iraq is vitally important to the region and the world. In the broader Middle East, the absence of freedom, accountable systems of government and social and economic progress contributed to creating an environment in which extremism and terrorism developed and thrived....
  • Khalilzad Emphasizes Progress, Urges Commitment on Iraqi Freedom Day

    04/09/2006 12:59:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 173+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Petty Officer 3rd Class John R. Guardiano, USN
    WASHINGTON, April 9, 2006 – The U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, today disputed claims that conditions in Iraq have worsened during the past two years, but said that will happen if the United States abruptly leaves the country, as some have urged. An increase in sectarian violence will occur "only... if we abandon Iraq as some people have called for in our discussions back home," Khalilzad said this morning on the Sunday talk shows. That, in turn, could lead to other countries from the region, including Iran, to take sides and expand the conflict, he said However, Khalilzad said,...
  • Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., Issue Iraqi Freedom Day Statement

    04/09/2006 12:51:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 215+ views
    BAGHDAD, April 9, 2006 – Today, on the third anniversary of Iraqi Freedom Day, the Iraqi people celebrate the freedoms that they were denied for more than three decades, and pause to remember the brave people who lead the way out of the darkness of tyranny into the light of freedom. On this day in 2003, Iraqis, assisted by U.S. Marines, toppled the huge statue of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in Baghdad's Firdos Square. This act was not just symbolic. It signaled the beginning of a fledgling democracy that continues to mature. During the past year alone, Iraqis have...
  • After Invasion, Point Man for Iraq Was Shunted Aside

    03/13/2006 12:35:15 AM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies · 761+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 13, 2006 | MICHAEL R. GORDON and BERNARD E. TRAINOR
    As the Bush administration's envoy for Iraqi politics, Zalmay Khalilzad had considerable experience dealing with Iraqi opponents of Saddam Hussein. Before the war, Mr. Khalilzad was the White House's point man in meetings with Iraqi exile leaders in London and Kurdistan. After the shooting started, he was a key figure at political gatherings in Baghdad and at Tallil air base to begin assembling a new Iraqi leadership. So when the White House prepared to announce the appointment of L. Paul Bremer III as the chief civilian administrator in Iraq in May 2003, Mr. Khalilzad had every expectation that he would...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 12 March 2006

    03/12/2006 4:42:26 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 1,558 replies · 18,575+ views
    Various big media television networks ^ | 12 March 2006 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, March 12th, 2006 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn.; Reps. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., and Mike Pence, R-Ind.; opera singer Placido Domingo.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sens. George Allen, R-Va., and Joseph Biden, D-Del.; retired Marine Gen. Bernard Trainor and Michael Gordon, chief military correspondent for The New York Times. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.; Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark. THIS WEEK (ABC): Sens. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and Russ Feingold, D-Wis.; political satirist Art Buchwald. LATE EDITION (CNN) : U.S. Ambassador to Iraq...
  • U.S. envoy says "We opened Pandora's box" in Iraq

    03/07/2006 12:25:49 AM PST · by jmc1969 · 45 replies · 1,587+ views
    LA Times ^ | March 7 2006 | Borzou Daragahi
    The top U.S. envoy to Iraq said Monday that the 2003 toppling of Saddam Hussein's regime had opened a "Pandora's box" of volatile ethnic and sectarian tensions that could engulf the region in all-out war and disrupt the global economy if America were to extricate itself from the country too soon. "If another incident [occurs], Iraq is really vulnerable to it at this time, in my judgment," Khalilzad said. Abandoning Iraq in the way the U.S. disengaged from civil wars in Lebanon, Afghanistan and Somalia could have dramatic global repercussions, he said. "We have opened the Pandora's box and the...
  • US Envoy Warns Of Iraq Civil War

    03/07/2006 7:08:50 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 413+ views
    BBC ^ | 3-8-2006
    US envoy warns of Iraq civil war Holy sites in Iraq are being protected after recent attacks The US ambassador to Iraq has said that continuing sectarian violence there had the potential to turn into civil war. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Zalmay Khalilzad indicated that the US had little choice but to keep a strong military presence in Iraq. He added that the dangers of conflict would be lessened if Iraqis agreed on a national unity government. But US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the media had exaggerated the severity of recent violence. At a Pentagon...
  • A Century's Defining Moment-Interview with Khalilzad

    03/05/2006 7:01:02 AM PST · by serendepitylives · 7 replies · 363+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 3/5/2006 | Salena Zito
    A century's defining moment By Salena Zito TRIBUNE-REVIEW Sunday, March 5, 2006 "Success in Iraq will be a major setback for terrorists and a major asset for the security of this region," Zalmay Khalilzad told me in a telephone interview from Baghdad last week. "The struggle for Iraq is the struggle for the future of the world."
  • US accuses Iran of arming, training Iraqi militias

    02/20/2006 6:19:44 PM PST · by nuconvert · 23 replies · 867+ views
    AFP ^ | Feb 20,2006
    US accuses Iran of arming, training Iraqi militias Mon Feb 20,2006 Iran is providing weapons and training to militias and extremist groups in Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Ambassador to Iraq, charged. "Iran has a mixed policy towards Iraq," he told a news conference. On the one hand it had good state-to-state relations with the Shiite-dominated government, but it has "another policy as well which is to work with some militias, to work with some extremist groups, to provide training and to provide weapons, directly or indirectly," Khalilzad said. "Iraqis are increasingly concerned about the role Iran is playing," he...
  • Iraq - US envoy accuses Iran of training Iraqi militias

    02/20/2006 1:45:52 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 9 replies · 411+ views
    Reuters | February 20, 2006
    BAGHDAD, Feb 20 (Reuters) - The American ambassador to Iraq accused Iran on Monday of training and providing weapons to militias operating in Iraq. "Iran has another policy as well: to work with militias, provide training and provide weapons to extremist groups, direct and indirectly," Zalmay Khalilzad told reporters after a news conference.
  • America's Message To Iraq (Good article)

    01/24/2006 7:29:18 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 10 replies · 549+ views
    WP ^ | January 25 2006 | David Ignatius
    America's agile envoy in Baghdad, Zalmay Khalilzad, is working these days to cajole Iraqi political leaders to put aside narrow interests in favor of a government of national unity. But behind the political dickering lies a stark message: If the Iraqis can't agree on a broad-based government of reconciliation, the US may have to reduce its military and economic support. America won't bankroll one side in a civil war. I spoke with Khalilzad by telephone about his efforts to coax a compromise from the Iraqis. By most accounts, the Afghan-born diplomat has been a brilliant ringmaster of the Baghdad political...
  • Khalilzad, Casey Release Joint Statement on Troop Reduction

    12/23/2005 11:51:47 AM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 315+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 23, 2005 – The U.S. ambassador to Iraq and the commander of coalition forces there issued a joint statement in the wake of today's announcement of a reduction in U.S. forces in Iraq. Zalmay Khalilzad and Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. issued the following statement: In a move we regard as a demonstration of the real progress in Iraq, the Iraqi Prime Minister, the Minister of Defense, the Minister of the Interior, the U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld today announced a reduction of U.S. forces by two brigades. That will bring down the total level from...
  • A day in the life of President Bush and Vice President Cheney (12/18/05): photos and live thread

    12/18/2005 4:48:35 PM PST · by Wolfstar · 227 replies · 3,386+ views
    PRESIDENTIAL NEWS OF THE DAY As is their custom when in Washington on a weekend, the President and First Lady attended St. Johns Episcopal Church this morning. The President will address the nation this evening from the Oval Office. In the meantime, Vice President Dick Cheney made a surprise visit to Iraq on the first leg of his Middle Eastern trip. QUOTE OF THE DAY: From the Vice President's remarks to the troops at Al-Asad Air Base, Al-Asad, Iraq, Sunday, December 18, 2005. (Click here to read the entire transcript.) THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, I'm not Jessica Simpson. (Laughter.) But...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 18 December 2005

    12/18/2005 5:05:49 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 854 replies · 19,473+ views
    Various big media television networks ^ | 18 December 2005 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, December 18th, 2005 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; Steve Case, co-founder of America Online. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Rice; Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sens. Joseph Biden, D-Del., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. THIS WEEK (ABC): Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.; Army Maj. Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran. LATE EDITION (CNN) : Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq; Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis.; Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa.; Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President...
  • US embraces Iraqi insurgents

    12/17/2005 12:38:38 PM PST · by mylife · 21 replies · 828+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 12/17/05 | Gareth Porter
    US embraces Iraqi insurgents By Gareth Porter WASHINGTON - While US President George W Bush continued to claim a strategy for "victory" in Iraq in recent speeches, his administration has quietly renounced the goal of defeating the non-al-Qaeda, Sunni-armed organizations there. The administration is evidently preparing for serious negotiations with the Sunni insurgents, whom it has started referring to as "nationalists", emphasizing their opposition to al-Qaeda's objectives. The new policy has thus far gone unnoticed in the media, partly because it has only been articulated by US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and the spokesman for the US command in Baghdad. The...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 11 December 2005

    12/11/2005 5:02:12 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 720 replies · 16,006+ views
    Various big media television networks ^ | 11 December 2005 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    p>The Talk Shows Sunday, December 11th, 2005 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa.; Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. THIS WEEK (ABC): Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq; Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del.; Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt. LATE EDITION (CNN) : Khalilzad; Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.
  • Iran Again Rules Out Iraq Talks With U.S.

    12/04/2005 1:51:56 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 1 replies · 345+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4 December 2005
    Iran today reiterated it has no intention of holding talks with the United States on helping improve security in neighboring Iraq. Last week, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, said he had been authorized by the State Department to meet Iranian officials for talks on Iraq. Iranian officials on 29 November ruled out such talks. And speaking in Tehran today, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Assefi again poured cold water on the proposal. Khalilzad today said he would urge Iranian officials to play a more constructive role in Iraq.
  • US official in talks with Iraqi insurgents: report

    12/04/2005 2:44:57 PM PST · by Jean S · 17 replies · 975+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sun Dec 4, 2005 5:33 PM ET
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. ambassador to Iraq is holding talks with Iraqi nationalist insurgents and the Sunnis they represent, Time magazine reported on Sunday. Time quoted U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad as saying "We will intensify the engagement, interaction and discussion with them." He said reaching out to Sunnis regarding their "legitimate concerns" makes sense because of rifts between the nationalist and al Qaeda camps in the insurgency.Asked about the report on CNN's "Late Edition," National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley said U.S. officials are "not going to have contact with people who have blood on their hands." But he said...
  • Preemptive Surrender

    11/30/2005 1:40:37 PM PST · by strategofr · 9 replies · 668+ views
    National Review Online ^ | November 30, 2005, 8:07 a.m. | Michael Leedon
    It used to be said that the best hope for an impoverished little country was to declare war on the United States, because the ILC would lose and then receive massive quantities of aid and assistance. Such bits of folk wisdom led to some great comic masterpieces, such as the memorable Peter Sellers movie, The Mouse that Roared, in which the ILC was unlucky enough to win...and then what? Nowadays the process from war to aid and assistance has grown much shorter, because it's no longer necessary to go through the unpleasant business of losing. And if you do have...
  • US to reach out to Iran in effort to subdue unrest in Iraq (US to ask Iran to help fight insurgents)

    11/27/2005 8:05:16 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 23 replies · 788+ views
    AFP ^ | Nov 27 2005
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - President George W. Bush has asked US Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad to reach out to Iran for assistance in subduing the unrest in Iraq -- the first high-level US contact with Tehran in decades, according to a US news magazine. "I've been authorized by the president to engage the Iranians," Khalilzad told Newsweek magazine in its edition set to hit newsstands on Monday. "There will be meetings, and that's also a departure and an adjustment," he said in an interview with the magazine. ABC television confirmed the proposed US approach to Iran on its "This Week"...