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"'After this, Germany is finished as a serious power,' one of the sources added. 'This is simply not the way to conduct diplomacy at a moment of international crisis.' One diplomatic source said Rumsfeld was 'furious at Germany. He is a bruiser and it looks as though he means to do it.'"
U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder: We're going to pack up our war toys and go home. From the Guardian.
"'There is a sense here that President Bush knows well the oil beneath the sand, but understands little of our suffering,' says Fouad Mardoud, the editor of Syria Times, the country's largest English-language daily. 'We look at him as selfish and easily manipulated . . . 'We knew his father,' adds Mardoud. 'We knew the father had very constructive ideas, and we appreciated the work that Secretary of State James Baker had done in forming the coalition against Iraq's invasion of Kuwait and talking about a road map for peace.'"
The Arab states to the United States: Could we have the old Bush back? From the Christian Science Monitor.
"Who is responsible for these monstrous schemes to kill so many in the name of liberating them? Do names like Richard Perle, Newt Gingrich, Bob Kerrey, Jeane Kirkpatrick or George Schultz ring a bell? The Committee for the Liberation of Iraq (CLI) has been condemned by the Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC) as "'a front group for the pro-war lobby.'"
What do Newt Gingrich, John McCain and Joe Lieberman have in common? According to activist Mike Smolek, they're all part of the "Committee To Bomb Iraq." From End the War Dot Org.
"The American movement against the Vietnam War was the most successful anti-war movement in U.S. history. During the Johnson administration, it played a significant role in constraining the war and was a major factor in the administration's policy reversal in 1968. During the Nixon years, it hastened U.S. troop withdrawals, continued to restrain the war . . . fostered aspects of the Watergate scandal, which ultimately played a significant role in ending the war by undermining Nixon's authority in Congress . . ."
A natural history of the peace movement in the United States. From The Oxford Companion to American Military History via the University of Illinois' Department of English.
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