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[] WP 140304 White House Marks Invasion Anniversary,

Hallo Liste,
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 
catching fire.

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.

© 2004 The Washington Post Company


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