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[infowar.de] WP 140304 White House Marks Invasion Anniversary
nachfolgend ein WP-Artikel zum Aktionsprogramm des Weißen Hauses
anlässlich des 1. Jahrestages "Angriffskrieg gegen den Irak". Aus
Gründen der Parität zunächst aber einige Hinweise, wie die hiesige &
internationale Friedensbewegung diesen Tag begeht ;-)
20. März 2003: Internationaler Aktionstag gegen Krieg
Demonstration/Kundgebung Ramstein (u.a. Veranst.) siehe
Programm-Infos vom IPPNW
Hintergrundinfos zum US-Fliegerhorst Ramstein
von Gerhard Piper (Berliner Informationszentrum für Transatlantische
White House Marks Invasion Anniversary
By Mike Allen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, March 14, 2004; Page A21
The White House will mark this Friday's first anniversary of the
invasion of Iraq with a week-long media blitz arguing that the overthrow
of Saddam Hussein was essential to combating global terrorism and making
the United States safer.
The message is crucial to President Bush's reelection campaign, which
has tried to shift the focus of the race from troublesome issues such as
the economy to his biggest strength in polls -- his handling of the
aftermath of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Bush's presumed opponent, Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), is responding
with events this week focusing on troops and veterans in West Virginia
and other battleground states. Kerry will say that Bush has shortchanged
soldiers and their families in a time of war. Retired Army Gen. Wesley
K. Clark, who lost his bid for the Democratic nomination, will speak for
Kerry in Ohio.
Jim Wilkinson, deputy national security adviser, said the
administration's main message for the week is that the nation is "more
secure" because of the capture of Hussein. "A dangerous regime with a
history of aggression and links to terrorist organizations is no longer
in power," Wilkinson said. "The principled action taken by the United
States in Iraq has sent our enemies a clear signal about resolve in the
war on terror."
Other administration officials said they will use appearances in coming
weeks to begin setting what the White House calls "realistic
expectations" for the condition of Iraq's infrastructure -- including
its electricity supply, gas lines and food distribution network -- in
advance of the scheduled end of the U.S.-led occupation on June 30.
Administration officials plan to point out that the demand for oil and
electricity has soared now that more Iraqis have cars, air conditioners
and satellite dishes. Administration officials have said they
overestimated Iraq's modernity before the attack and now want to dampen
expectations about the progress of the reconstruction, which will come
under increased scrutiny before June 30.
The war-week events began Friday with a town hall meeting by Defense
Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld with Pentagon employees.
Three members of Bush's war cabinet are on talk shows today. On Monday,
the National Security Council and Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham will
hold a show-and-tell in Oak Ridge, Tenn., of centrifuge parts and other
gear that Libya surrendered after agreeing to halt its nuclear-weapons
A huge ship bearing the rest of the equipment from Libya's nuclear
program will dock on the East Coast as soon as late this week.
On Tuesday, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, Rumsfeld and
other administration officials will give interviews to radio stations
around the country from the Pentagon.
On Wednesday, two U.S. government television stations beaming into the
Middle East will mark the anniversary of the 1988 gassing of Kurds in
Halabja, in northern Iraq, that killed an estimated 5,000 people. The
administration points to this episode as proof that Hussein once had
weapons of mass destruction and used them.
Also Wednesday, the Republican-controlled House is scheduled to hold
four hours of debate and vote on a resolution that says the world is
better off without Hussein in power. It does not mention Bush or weapons
of mass destruction, except in connection with the Kurdish attack.
Bush will speak Thursday at Fort Campbell, Ky. He and first lady Laura
Bush will eat lunch with troops.
And on Friday, the president and the first lady will pay their third
visit in six months to wounded soldiers at the Walter Reed Army Medical
Center. Bush also will give a major speech in the East Room to
ambassadors from countries that were members of the U.S.-led coalitions
that attacked Afghanistan and Iraq.
Kerry, who voted to authorize the use of force in Iraq, will point to
times that he questioned whether Iraq had or could obtain nuclear material.
Republicans will counter that Kerry started emphasizing his opposition
only after the campaign of former Vermont governor Howard Dean began
Rand Beers, a former high-level Bush national security official who left
the administration and joined Kerry's campaign as his adviser on
national and homeland security, said the White House is trying to use
images from the week to "paint the picture that they want to be seen
rather than allowing others to describe the more dismal reality."
Bush and the first lady will end the week at a "Florida Welcome" rally
in Orlando -- the first time he will speak at a Bush-Cheney event that
is not a fundraiser.
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