Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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Obama: US combat in Iraq over, 'time to turn page'


Barack Obama AP – In this image from video, President Barack Obama speaks from the Oval Office at the White House on Tuesday, …

WASHINGTON – Fiercely opposed to the war from the start, President Barack Obama formally ended the U.S. combat role in Iraq after seven long years of bloodshed, declaring firmly Tuesday night: "It is time to turn the page." Claiming no victory, he said the nation's most urgent priority now must be fixing its own sickly economy.
From the Oval Office, where George W. Bush first announced the invasion that would come to define his presidency, Obama addressed millions who were divided over the war in his country and around the world. He said the United States "has paid a huge price" to give Iraqis the chance to shape their future — a price that now includes more than 4,400 dead, tens of thousands of troops wounded and hundreds of billions of dollars spent since March 2003.
In a telling sign of the domestic troubles weighing on the United States and his own presidency, Obama turned much of the emphasis in a major war address to the dire state of U.S. joblessness.
In his remarks of slightly less than 20 minutes, only his second address from the Oval Office, Obama looked directly into the TV camera, hands clasped in front of him on his desk, family photos and the U.S. and presidential flags behind him.
Even as he turns control of the war over to the Iraqis — and trying to cap one of the most divisive chapters in recent American history — Obama is escalating the conflict in Afghanistan. He pledged anew that the United States would keep up the fight in that war, the longest since Vietnam.
And in Iraq, for all the finality of Obama's remarks, the war is not over. More Americans are likely to die. The country is plagued by violence and political instability, and Iraqis struggle with constant shortages of electricity and water.
Obama is keeping up to 50,000 troops in Iraq for support and counterterrorism training, and the last forces are not due to leave until the end of 2011 at the latest.
As the commander in chief over a war he opposed, Obama took pains to thank troops for their sacrifice but made clear he saw the day as more the marking of a mistake ended than a mission accomplished. He spoke of strained relations with allies, anger at home and the heaviest of wartime tolls.
"We have met our responsibility," Obama said. "Now it is time to turn the page."
To underscore his point, Obama said he had telephoned called Bush, whom he had taunted so often in the 2008 campaign, and he prominently praised the former Republican president in the heart of his speech.
"It's well known that he and I disagreed about the war from its outset," Obama said. "Yet no one could doubt President Bush's support for our troops, or his love of country and commitment to our security."
In a post-Sept. 11, 2001, world, the Iraq war began with bipartisan congressional backing — based on what turned out to be flawed intelligence — over what Bush called a "grave danger" to the world posed by Saddam Hussein.
Now, Iraq is in political turmoil, its leaders unable to form a new government long after March elections that left no clear winner. The uncertainty has left an opening for insurgents to pound Iraqi security forces, hardly the conditions the U.S. envisioned for this transition deadline, which Obama announced 18 months ago.
Obama pressed Iraq's leaders anew, saying it was time to show urgency and be accountable.
Obama sought both to assure his own nation that the war was finally winding down and yet also promise Iraq and those watching across the Middle East that the U.S. was not simply walking away.
"Our combat mission is ending," he said, "but our commitment to Iraq's future is not."

Earl could force US evacuations ahead of Labor Day

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Handout satellite image shows Hurricane Earl moving west-northwest in the Caribbean Reuters – Hurricane Earl is seen moving west-northwest in the Caribbean, in this National Oceanic and Atmospheric …
RALEIGH, N.C. – A powerful Hurricane Earl threatened to sideswipe much of the East Coast just ahead of Labor Day, worrying countless vacationers who planned to spend the traditional last week of summer at the beach.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency warned people along the Eastern Seaboard to prepare for possible evacuations and islanders in the Turks and Caicos hunkered down in their homes Tuesday as the Category 4 hurricane steamed across the Caribbean with winds of 135 mph.
North Carolina officials late Tuesday announced the first evacuation would be Ocracoke Island beginning at 5 a.m. Wednesday. Tourists would be ordered to leave the barrier island accessible only by ferries, but those who live there year-round have the option to stay.
Earl was expected to remain over the open ocean before turning north and running parallel to the East Coast, bringing high winds and heavy rain to North Carolina's Outer Banks by late Thursday or early Friday. From there, forecasters said, it could curve away from the coast somewhat as it makes it way north, perhaps hitting Massachusetts' Cape Cod and the Maine shoreline on Friday night and Saturday.
"My guests are calling and they don't know what to do and I don't know what to tell them," said Dave Dawson, owner of the oceanfront Cape Hatteras Motel in Buxton, N.C.
Forecasters cautioned that it was still too early to tell how close Earl might come to land. But not since Hurricane Bob in 1991 has such a powerful storm had such a large swath of the East Coast in its sights, said Dennis Feltgen, spokesman for the National Hurricane Center.
"A slight shift of that track to the west is going to impact a great deal of real estate with potential hurricane-force winds," Feltgen said.
Even if Earl stays well offshore, it will kick up rough surf and dangerous rip currents up and down the coast through the Labor Day weekend, a prime time for beach vacations, forecasters said.
The approaching storm troubled many East Coast beach towns that had hoped to capitalize on the BP oil spill and draw visitors who normally vacation on the Gulf Coast.
On Monday, Earl delivered a glancing blow to several small Caribbean islands, tearing roofs off homes and knocking out electricity to people in Anguilla, Antigua and St. Maarten. In Puerto Rico, nearly 187,000 people were without power and 60,000 without water, Gov. Luis Fortuno said. Cruise ships were diverted and flights canceled across the region. But there were no reports of deaths or serious injuries.
On Tuesday, gusty winds from Earl's outer fringes whipped palm fronds and whistled through doors in the Turks and Caicos Islands as tied-down boats seesawed on white-crested surf.
Islanders gathered to watch big waves pound a Grand Turk shore as the wind sent sand and salt spray flying.
"We can hear the waves crashing against the reef really seriously," Kirk Graff, owner of the Captain Kirks Flamingo Cove Marina, said by telephone as he watched the darkening skies. "Anybody who hasn't secured their boats by now is going to regret it."
In the U.S., FEMA administrator Craig Fugate said state and local authorities may need to order evacuations along the Eastern Seaboard later this week if the storm does not veer away as expected.
"Today is the day to make sure you have your plan completed and your supplies in place," he said.
As of late Tuesday afternoon, Earl was centered about 150 miles east of Grand Turk island — and 1,000 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. — as it headed northwest at 14 mph. Close on its heels was Tropical Storm Fiona, which had weakened considerably and not expected to get stronger at least for a couple of days.
Carl Hanes of Newport News, Va., kept an eye on the weather report as he headed for the beach near his rented vacation home in Avon, N.C. He, his wife and their two teenage children were anticipating Earl might force them to leave on Thursday, a day ahead of schedule.
"We're trying not to let it bother us," Hanes said before enjoying the calm surf.
In Rehoboth Beach, Del., Judy Rice said she has no plans to leave the vacation home where she has spent most of the summer. In fact, the Oak Hill, Va., resident plans to walk around town in the rain if it comes.
"I kind of enjoy it actually. You know, it's battling the elements," Rice said. "I have seen the rain go sideways, and, yeah, it can be scary, but I have an old house here in Rehoboth, so it's probably more important that I am here during a storm than anywhere."
In the Florida Panhandle, which has struggled all summer to lure back tourists scared away by the Gulf oil spill, bookings were up 12 percent over last year at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The resort is nowhere near Earl's projected path, and spokeswoman Laurie Hobbs said she suspects the increase in reservations was partly because of a discount the hotel is offering and partly because of the hurricane.
"Weather drives business," she said. "They go to where the weather is best."
If Earl brings rain farther inland, it could affect the U.S. Open tennis tournament, being played now through Sept. 12 in New York City.
"We're keeping our eye on it very closely," said United States Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier. "It's still a little early to tell how it will track and we're hoping it will stay off the coast."
On the coast of southern Maine, about 15 people have already canceled Labor Day reservations at Burnette's Campground in York because of concerns about Earl, said owner David Woods.
But a Labor Day weekend washout won't have the impact it would have had a decade ago.
"Labor Days have changed in the past 10 years," he said. "It used to be the big bang end to summer, but now from the 15th of August until the first of September, it sort of dwindles off."
Associated Press Writers Mike Baker in Raleigh; Kathleen Miller in Washington; David Sharpe in Portland, Maine; Suzette Laboy in Miami; Vivian Tyson in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos; Ben Fox in Fajardo, Puerto Rico; Anika Kentish in St. John's, Antigua; Judy Fitzpatrick in Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and David McFadden, Mike Melia and Danica Coto in San Juan contributed to this report.

Hot & Pepper...


By Aldo Rosado- Tuero

How Fidel Castro, or those who write their reflections , which lately are only copies of cables and things that publishes the press itself that he or they accuse of being instruments of the sponsors of World Government "- will explain the fact that New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson , a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and therefore one of the puppets that works to implement world government , is now in Havana , talking and negotiating with authorities at the highest level of tyranny?
Notably, Richardson( pictured left ) has attended at least two annual conferences Bilderbergs . With matraquilla now in the mind of the National Loco , does anyone in Cuba has been in charge have to inform you that the "enemy within? Or is that everything is just one more play ?
Did Not Fidel Castro never learned , or already forgotten, that many of his closest friends and allies who provided the rise to power and helped keep former members of the CFR? To refresh your memory to Tirano Mayor, and for them to know that I write , we start Herbert MatthewsPerhaps the person most responsible for making the image of Castro in order to facilitate his rise to power. Matthews was an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR , for its acronym in English), as is the reporter Barbara WaltersAnd much more than that , his staunch ally (DE CASTRO ) the New York Rep. , Charles RangelIs also an active member of this nefarious organization
Herbert Matthews , Fidel Castro , Barbara Walters and Charles Rangel
Have they forgot that the change in policy towards Cuba, the establishement of the U.S. was based on reports from the CFR wise ?
What about his friend David Rockefeller , with whom he exchanged paintings collection, he will take for the first time and present it to the CFR and millionaires who did business during the war in Angola? Just to refresh your memory the dinosaur more and to show their hypocrisy here we will give some information on David Rockefeller, who joined the Council on Foreign Relations in 1949, at that time the youngest person to reach that position in history CFR . It is known that David has done imnumerables trips across the world, in his private jet to meet with Fidel Castro , Nikita Khrushchev, Mikhael Gorbachev and other Communist leaders, in their efforts to facilitate instituting world government now appears Castro " discovered " after having been for years a puppet of those purposes.
I could not ignore Fidel Castro, who was CEO of the Board of Directors of Chase Manhattan Bank from 1961-1981 , Chairman of the CFR from 1970-1985 , and founder of the Trilateral Commission in 1973 , is the same person you did business and relations has been so good all those years . I could not ignore , either, that David Rockefeller Fidel Castro attended the first Bilderberg meeting in 1954 and was one of its founders.
Knowing all this , is not suspicious and intriguing all the diatribes and "reflections" who has devoted , supposedly Fidel Castro in recent days to " discover " the frame behind the scaffolding from which to build world government ? Clearly, something smells bad in the mess , or to speak in Creole : This is dark and smells like cheese.
Debate challenge you to Cuba , the Castro Granma and spokespersons to deny us and clarify all this.
( 8-29-10-5:25 PM)
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