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    Rice Calls For Patience In Iraq

    Rice calls for patience in Iraq
    Ms Rice kicked off her Iraq visit in the northern town of Irbil

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4548393.stm



    (Gold9472: The ONLY reason I posted this story is because of that ridiculous picture of Rice suited up.)

    US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has called for patience in Iraq as she made a surprise visit to the country.

    "Iraq is emerging from a long national nightmare of tyranny into freedom," she told a news conference in Baghdad.

    Ms Rice made the unpublicised visit for talks with Iraq's new government on how to combat the ongoing insurgency.

    Ms Rice insisted Iraq's security forces were making progress, but she arrived as the bodies of 34 people, some beheaded, were discovered.

    In other developments:

    Insurgents freed Raja Nawaf, governor of the western province of Anbar, who was kidnapped on Tuesday

    Sheik Qassim al-Gharawi, an aide to Iraq's top Shia cleric, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, was shot dead along with his nephew in Baghdad

    Four people were killed and at least 15 were injured when two suicide bombers attacked the convoy of Raed Rashid, governor of Diyala province, in the town of Baquba northeast of Baghdad. He escaped unharmed

    Gunmen opened fire on a senior industry ministry official as he travelled through the Gazaliya district, in Baghdad, killing him and his driver.
    Constitution concerns

    Ms Rice said the insurgency could be beaten if Iraqis were offered a "strong political alternative", that a political process, as much as military means, would play its part in defeating the militants.

    But she said she was concerned that Sunni Muslims were not taking a full part in that process, and had only token representation on a committee set up to draft a new constitution.

    Ms Rice added that the security forces in Iraq were "fighting a tough set of terrorists" and that the US military "will remain active in Iraq until Iraq can defend itself".

    Vote of support

    Addressing a news conference in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, with Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari at her side, Ms Rice expressed support for the new Iraqi government, which was finally formed at the end of April - three months after the election.

    "I have great confidence in the leadership that the Iraqi leaders have shown and in the dedication of the Iraqi people", she said.

    "Things do not happen overnight," Ms Rice said, reminding people that Iraq had been sovereign for less than a year, and the fledgling government had only been formed in recent weeks.

    "It's very hard what the Iraqis are being asked to do which is cast off years and years of tyranny and dictatorship and come to political unity in what is a very complicated place."

    Ms Rice is the first senior US figure to visit Iraq since the government was formed. It is also her first visit to Iraq since being promoted to secretary of state earlier this year.

    Utmost secrecy

    To ensure security, only a handful of state departments knew and Mr Jaafari was only told of the plan on Friday.

    Even the pilot flying Ms Rice's plane was not informed who his passenger was until she was safely on board, senior state department adviser Jim Wilkinson said.

    Ms Rice's first stop was the city of Irbil in the Kurdish north, where she donned body armour to fly by helicopter for a meeting with Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani, before heading south to Baghdad.

    There Ms Rice addressed US troops and embassy employees, praising their commitment to Iraq.

    "We are so grateful that there are Americans willing to sacrifice so the Middle East will be whole, and free and democratic and at peace," she said.

    Bodies dumped

    Meanwhile Iraqi authorities said they had discovered 34 bodies over the weekend.

    They included 13 men dumped in a shallow grave in Baghdad's impoverished Sadr City, each with their hands tied behind their back and at least three bullet wounds to the head.

    Eleven other corpses were found in Iskandariya, just south of Baghdad. Four had been beheaded, and at least three were Iraqi soldiers, police said.

    And 10 Iraqi soldiers were found dead in the western city of Ramadi on Saturday, the defence ministry said.

    More than 400 people have been killed in militant attacks since Iraq's democratically elected government was announced at the end of April.
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    I'm not willing cunt.
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    Dr. Rice is a great woman. I don't think it will be to long before someone taps her for running mate.

    A McCain/Rice ticket in 2008 would be great. She would also make a great President someday I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobbes
    Dr. Rice is a great woman. I don't think it will be to long before someone taps her for running mate.

    A McCain/Rice ticket in 2008 would be great. She would also make a great President someday I believe.
    She commited perjury at the 9/11 Commission. She lied about about Iraq in regards to WMD, ties to Al-Qaeda, and ties between Iraq and 9/11. She warned Mayor Willie Brown not to fly on September 11th, saving his life, and letting 3000 other people die.

    I'd vote for her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobbes
    Dr. Rice is a great woman. I don't think it will be to long before someone taps her for running mate.

    A McCain/Rice ticket in 2008 would be great. She would also make a great President someday I believe.
    Why do you think Dr. Rice is a great woman?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gold9472
    She commited perjury at the 9/11 Commission. She lied about about Iraq in regards to WMD, ties to Al-Qaeda, and ties between Iraq and 9/11. She warned Mayor Willie Brown not to fly on September 11th, saving his life, and letting 3000 other people die.

    I'd vote for her.

    Had any of the myths had any truth she would never had been confirmed as Sec. of State. If an illegal alien house keeper kept Bernard Kerik from being AG then that sure as hell would. Lets deal in facts not accusations, OK?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcteaser
    Why do you think Dr. Rice is a great woman?
    Have you looked at her resume? I think it speaks for itself.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/government/rice-bio.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hobbes
    Have you looked at her resume? I think it speaks for itself.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/government/rice-bio.html
    I'm sorry, I'm not interested in reading her resume. I'm asking YOU, personally, what it is you think is great about this woman?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcteaser
    I'm sorry, I'm not interested in reading her resume. I'm asking YOU, personally, what it is you think is great about this woman?
    If you read it you will understand. It is not just one thing, she has accomplished so much in such a short time. I can not just pick one thing.

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