Arab League to Revive Israel Peace Offer
The Arab League is set to announce the resumption of its five-year old peace offer to Israel. The proposal calls for full recognition in return for Israel’s withdrawal from the Occupied Territories. On Monday, Jordan’s King Abdullah called on the Israeli government to accept the deal.
- King Abdullah: "We must send a message to Israel that proves it carries the biggest responsibility towards attaining peace in the region and if it has the desire and honest intention to live in peace it should seek peace and accept the Arab peace initiative which guarantees Israel's people to live in security and peace alongside the peoples of the region
- Kissinger Focus of Uruguay Extradition Request
In Uruguay, the family of a victim of the twelve-year US-backed dictatorship has asked for the extradition of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. The victim, Bernardo Arnone, was arrested in 1976 and flown to Argentina where he was presumably executed. Arnone’s family says Kissinger was a key figure behind the Condor Plan, a pact between South American dictatorships to violently repress political dissidents. Uruguayan prosecutors are studying the request.
- Tillman Family Rejects Pentagon Probe into Shooting Death
And finally, Pentagon investigators are recommending disciplinary action against nine officers involved in the initial probe into the death of former football star turned soldier Pat Tillman. Tillman was killed in Afghanistan after being shot by a fellow Army Ranger. The military initially said he died from an attack by Taliban fighters. The probe found the nine officers passed along misleading and inaccurate information and delayed reporting their belief Tillman was killed by friendly fire. The officers include four generals -- Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, retired Brigadier General Gary Jones, now-Brigadier General James Nixon and Lt. Gen. Philip Kensinger. McChrystal is commander of the Joint Special Operations Command while Jones led a previous military investigation into Tillman’s death. Meanwhile investigators have also ruled out criminal negligence in Tillman’s shooting. Tillman’s family has rejected the findings. In a statement, the Tillman family called the investigation “shamefully unacceptable” and called for a Congressional probe.
GOP to Rely on Bush Veto of Iraq Spending Bill
On Capital Hill, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced Republicans will not attempt to block the Democrats’ war spending bill that includes deadlines for a withdrawal from Iraq. McConnell says Republicans will rely on President Bush’s promise to veto the bill.
Gonzales Aide Won’t Testify About Attorney Firings
A top aide to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has announced she will take the Fifth Amendment to avoid self-incrimination when she testifies before a Senate hearing into the firing of the eight US attorneys. Monica Goodling serves as Gonzales’ counsel and liason with the White House. Gonzales had previously vowed his top aides would testify voluntarily and under oath. The development comes amidst increasing calls for Gonzales to step down.
- Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel: “The only currency that matters in governance is trust and when you debase that currency you lose trust - you can't govern. The chief law enforcement of America must be beyond any question, unfortunately the attorney general is dealing with a cloud handing over his credibility and the president is going to have to deal with that."
Reagan Budget Director Indicted for Conspiracy, Fraud
A former budget director under President Ronald Reagan has been indicted on charges of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and fraud. Prosecutors say David Stockman misled investors in a Michigan auto parts manufacturer that he used to head.