2 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 7, 2005
Bush: Militants seeking an 'empire' NEWS IN BRIEF 1
Speech seen as effort to
counteract growing public
discontent with war in Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) - President
Bush accused militants yesterday of
seeking to establish a "radical Islamic
empire" and said the United States and
its allies had foiled at least 10 plots by
the al-Qaida terror network since the
Sept. 11 attacks.
He warned other nations not to sup-
port or harbor groups with al-Qaida ties.
In a speech designed to revive flag-
ging public support for the war in Iraq,
Bush said Islamic radicals are using
that nation as a base for attacks. Such
radicals are being sheltered by "allies of
convenience like Syria and Iran," Bush
declared in a speech before the National
Endowment for Democracy.
Polls show declining American sup-
port for the war that has thus far claimed
more than 1,940 members of the U.S.
military. Bush's policy faces a crucial-
test in Iraq's Oct. 15 referendum on a
new constitution, a vote that Bush has
said terrorists will try to derail.
In remarks clearly aimed at those seek-
ing a withdrawal of U.S. troops, Bush
said: "There's always a temptation in the
middle of a long struggle to seek the quiet
life, to escape the duties and problems of
the world and to hope the enemy grows
weary of fanaticism and tired of murder."
"We will keep our nerve and we will
win that victory," he said.
Asked about the president's singling
out of Iran and Syria as "allies of conve-
nience," White House spokesman Scott
McClellan said, "They continue to move
in the wrong direction."
Likewise, British Prime Minister
Tony Blair said in London that explosive
devices that have killed U.S.-led troops
were similar to those used by the Ira-
nian-linked militant group Hezbollah.
"There is no justification for Iran or
any other country interfering in Iraq,"
Blair said at a news conference with
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.
Iran's ambassador in London, Seyed
Mohammad Hossein Adeli, said the
charges were not supported by evidence
and "we are against any kind of action
which might jeopardize or destroy the
stabilization process of Iraq."
At the White House, McClellan was
asked about Bush's reference to 10
foiled terror attacks, including three in
the United States. He said some of the
information the president based his
remarks on remains classified.
McClellan mentioned the conviction
of Iyman Faris, a Columbus, Ohio, truck
driver who authorities said plotted attacks
on the Brooklyn Bridge and a central
Ohio shopping mall. Administration
officials have previously claimed success
in breaking up terror cells in New York,
Oregon, Virginia and Florida.
He also mentioned Jose Padilla, a
former Chicago gang member who
converted to Islam and allegedly plot-
ted with top al-Qaida commanders to
detonate a radioactive "dirty bomb" in
a U.S. city. Padilla, whose plot never
materialized, was designated an enemy
combatant by Bush and is being held
Draft of Iraqi constitution distributed
Residents of one of Baghdad's most insurgent-hit neighborhoods received cop-
ies of Iraq's draft constitution Thursday, though some refused to take it and some
shopkeepers balked at passing it out, fearing reprisals by militants determined to
wreck the crucial Oct. 15 referendum.
Insurgents continued their wave of violence with attacks in and around the capi-
tal, including the suicide bombing of a minibus, that killed at least 20 Iraqis and
an American soldier.
Despite the bloodshed, Iraqis in the southern Baghdad neighborhood of Dora
had their first look at the document they will vote on in nine days, though distribu-
tion of the U.N.-printed blue booklets - emblazoned "The constitution is in your
hands" - got off to a slow start elsewhere.
"If we like it, we will vote 'yes.' If we don't, we'll say 'no,"' said Lamia Dhyab,
a Shiite woman in a head-to-toe veil.
She and other Dora residents got copies yesterday morning along with their
monthly government-subsidized rations of rice, soap, cooking oil and other staples.
The constitution is being distributed through the rationing system because some 80
percent of Iraqis have been enrolled in it since the days of U.N. sanctions against
Rove to give testimony without immunty
Presidential confidant Karl Rove will testify for a fourth time before the federal
grand jury investigating the leak of a CIA officer's identity even though prosecu-
tors have warned they can no longer guarantee he will escape indictment, lawyers
Rove's offer was accepted by Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald in the last
week as the grand jury wraps up its work and decides whether Rove, Vice President
Cheney's chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby or any other presidential aides
should face criminal charges.
Rove's lawyer said Thursday that Fitzgerald has assured him that he has made no
decisions yet on charges and that his client has not received a so-called target letter,
usually the last step before a grand jury indictment.
"I can say categorically that Karl has not received a target letter from the special
counsel," attorney Robert Luskin said. "The special counsel has confirmed that he
has not made any charging decisions in respect to Karl."
President Bush steps up the defense of his Iraq policy and the broader war on
terrorism during a speech before the National Endowment for Democracy at the
Reagan Building In Washington yesterday.
without criminal charge at a Navy brig
in South Carolina.
"We have been successful in disrupting
certain plots. Some have been made public
or are in the public domain, like Richard
Reid," Attorney General Alberto Gonza-
les told reporters. "Others are classified."
Shoe-bomber Richard Reid is serving a
life sentence after a failed attempt to blow
up an American Airlines flight in 2001.
Democrats challenged Bush's argu-
ments on the Iraq mission. "The
president went into Iraq under a false
premise, without a plan, and has totally
mismanaged our involvement," said
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
of California. "Now he is trying to justi-
fy his actions with a series of excuses."
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