Today's Top Issues -- Tuesday, April 29

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
April 29, 2008
Iraqi Army Soldiers in Basra

Here’s a look at some of the stories in the news that the Spokesman will most likely be asked about by the press today:

  1. New Messages Sent to American Officials From Iran -- "U.S. Weighs Messages From Iran" [Wall Street Journal].
  2. Impact of Syrian Nuclear Reactor If Completed -- “Hayden: Syrian Site Could Have Produced Two Weapons” [Associated Press]
  3. Purported Talks of Georgian War Preparation Against Abkhazian Region -- "Georgia is preparing for war against rebels: Russia" [Reuters]
  4. State Department Lacks Personnel For Reconstruction Teams -- “U.S. Short of Diplomats for Iraq, Afghanistan Reconstruction” [Agence France-Presse]

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JOE
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Tennessee, USA
April 29, 2008

Joe in Tennesee writes:

I'll answer one at a time.
1. To think that President Pervez Musharraf is anything other than what he proposes would be ignorant of the US. There are political problems which he amplifies and has incited on his last round of diplomatic communications. April 29 he makes a deal with Pakistains leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to supply much needed energy to its bordering areas. This puts Pakistan and US relations at jeopardy to some degree. It is leverage. They are also making deals with India. Since we are now in talks to work with India on a missile defense program, this could be a Security Risk. Who is to say once our missiles are in place they will not give the Iranians technology in exchange for energy needs? They are in talks this week over this. There is military intelligence from more than one source to support the fact that Iran IS USING the Quds Force in Iran. They are a direct destabilizing threat ...and I feel you should read this: http://www.iran-daily.com/1387/3113/html/national.htm#s299358 How many times does someone have to say, "Its Not Me, yet there they are"? A snake is a snake is a snake...this one has two heads.

Joe
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Tennessee, USA
April 29, 2008

Joe in Tennessee writes:

2. It is a moot point. A perfect strategic plan, politically and otherwise. To save face they deny. We can trust Israelis Intelligence. It is their very Nation at risk daily. The world does not have time for what if after the fact right now. It is obvious they are trying to take Isreal out of the picture. It is a united effort.

JOE
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Tennessee, USA
April 29, 2008

Joe in Tennessee writes:

3. Since Russia is allowed 3000 troops, per 1994, as Peace Keepers and has only 2K now. They will send more. Presently there is an argument over who shot whoms plane down. Overall, the problem is strategic for Russia. They want back their dead wood which is oil rich and they can afford it now. Mother Russia is regrouping, to feel otherwise is blissful ignorance at best.

Joe
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Tennessee, USA
April 29, 2008

Joe in Tennessee writes:

4. I don't know whether to laugh or cry at this one. It is rather much like asking why educated people do not box for a living. Afghanistan has a multi dimensional problem of leading governmental personal working with the Taliban openly. When harvest time for opium comes, people are bussed from their regular jobs for the higher paying job. Roads are still taxed by the Taliban. Agreements with Pakistani leaders are multi dimensional as well. On all fronts they take American monies and say they are doing something while doing nothing with the exception of small venues to make it appear there is accomplishment. There are simply too many variables which preclude personal safety, much less anything else. Who would want to go unless for fiscal gain for services, or military commitment?

It is like trying to use a tin can as a bilge pump on all fronts.

NB
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Pakistan
April 30, 2008

NB in Pakistan writes:

I was rather surprised to know from the article "U.S. Short of Diplomats..." that there are are more musicians in the military bands than there are diplomats in the DoS. Well, it's an internal American matter so I will not make any comments.

Matthew K.
April 30, 2008

Matthew writes:

Russia is using the Abkhazian conflict as an instrument in its ongoing efforts to control and manipulate events in the Caucasus. Tbilsi is Moscow's primary obstacle in the aforementioned struggle. Georgia is a key instrument for the United States and the EU to bring regional and energy security to the area. The Russo-Georgian conflict over Abkhazia's and Ossetia's status are crucial in this situation. A long-term resolution of the conflict is essential 1) to control Moscow's efforts to adversely influence events in the region; and 2) to bring needed economic and political stability to a region, which not only could jeopordize the U.S. and European Union energy security, but could serve as a breeding ground for militant Islamists.

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