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McCain Shuns Palestinians on Israel Trip

Meanwhile, Republican Presidential candidate John McCain was in Israel Wednesday meeting with top government and opposition leaders.

Sen. John McCain: “We all appreciate the fact that events in the Middle East are not disconnected and what happens in Iraq, what happens affects events in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza and even throughout the region. So I’m happy to report to you that there has been success in Iraq even though it is certainly not completed, al Qaeda is on the run, they are not defeated but we have seen a significant turnaround and success as a result of the new
strategy.”

McCain has refused to meet with Palestinians during his trip to Israel

Ex-Soldiers Reveal New Details of Abuses at Abu Ghraib

New allegations of abuses at U.S. prisons abroad. An upcoming expose in the New Yorker magazine says prisoners at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison were submerged in garbage cans filled with icey water and held naked under cold showers in near-freezing temperatures until going into shock. Sgt. Javal Davis told the New Yorker some prisoners were starved prior to being interrogated. Sgt. Davis also says he suspected prisoners were being cremated at the prison after witnessing an incinerator containing human bones. Another soldier, Sabrina Harman, said the U.S. had imprisoned women and children at Abu Ghraib—including one child as young as ten years old. Harman gained notoriety for appearing in a photograph posing over the body of a prisoner she now says she believed was tortured to death.

Cheney spent the war’s fifth anniversary in Oman, where he went fishing on the Sultan of Oman’s sixty-foot royal yacht. Cheney is now in Afghanistan as he continues a Middle East tour.

Bush, Cheney Dismiss Iraq War Opposition

At the Pentagon, President Bush dismissed criticism of the war, saying U.S. occupation has brought “undeniable” success in Iraq.

President Bush: "There is an understandable debate over whether the war was worth fighting, whether the fight is worth winning, and whether we can win it. The answers are clear to me: removing Saddam Hussein from power was the right decision, and this is a fight America can and must win.”

Bush’s approval rating is at 31%, a 40-point drop since the eve of the Iraq invasion. In Iraq, Baghdad resident Abu Abdullah dismissed Bush’s self-praise.

Abu Abdullah: “Whatever Bush says, he does not care about the interests of the Iraqi people or the interests of the Arab and Islamic world. He only cares about the interests of America. They are only looking for oil wells and bases
for them in the world. If you ask me about what Bush wants, I will say that he wants to destroy Iraq and the Arab and Islamic world.”

A recent survey found more than two-thirds of Iraqis believe US-led coalition forces should leave Iraq. A quarter of those surveyed said they had lost a family member to murder since the war began. Meanwhile a new CNN poll shows two-thirds of Americans oppose the war while more than seven out of ten believe it’s hurt the economy. In an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America, Vice President Dick Cheney said public opinion is of little concern.

Vice President Dick Cheney: “On the security front, I think there’s a general consensus that we’ve made major progress, that the surge has worked. That’s been a major success.”

Martha Raddatz: “Two-third of Americans say it’s not worth fighting.”

Cheney: “So?”

Raddatz: “So? You don’t care what the American people think?”

Cheney: “No. I think you cannot be blown off course by the fluctuations in the public opinion polls.”

Cheney spent the war’s fifth anniversary in Oman, where he went fishing on the Sultan of Oman’s sixty-foot royal yacht. Cheney is now in Afghanistan as he continues a Middle East tour.

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