Ok, I guess I was wrong...
International donors pledged at least $33 billion in aid and loans over the next four years to help rebuild war-ravaged Iraq on Friday as the response to a U.S.-led drive for funds far outstripped expectations. Spanish Economy Minister Rodrigo Rato said the combined offer -- made at a gathering of more than 70 nations in Madrid -- was equivalent to twice Iraq's annual national income and was a global vote of confidence in the country's future.
So the response isn't "go jump in a lake". Wow...
Other stuff from the article that stuck out:
Saudi Arabia announced a $1 billion financing package and promised to look at reducing Iraq's debt burden, estimated at $120 billion, within a wider framework of debt forgiveness.
...eh? Damn, they been throwin curveballs lately. Even if is loans, I expected them to provide zilch so this is beyond expectations.
Pledges piled up from poorer nations too, with Vietnam offering $500,000 worth of rice and Sri Lanka 100 tons of tea.
As condescending as it sounds...awww, how quaint...
Sorry. Appreciated tho, just humorous at the same time.
-Who would've thought the one to finally admit that the "war on terror" means nothing without confronting ideas would be Rumsfeld??
"We are in a war of ideas, as well as a global war on terror," Mr. Rumsfeld said during an interview at the Pentagon with editors and reporters of The Washington Times. "And the ideas are important, and they need to be marshaled, and they need to be communicated in ways that are persuasive to the listeners. In many instances, we're not the best messengers.
Of course, there's still the typical gov't official approach: create a new agency!
Mr. Rumsfeld suggested a "21st-century information agency in the government" to help in the international battle of ideas, to limit the teaching of terrorism and extremism, and to provide better education, he said.
Isn't "ideas" the domain of the State Department? Either this is a swipe at Colin Powell or he hasn't thought much before speaking. Or both, more than likely.
-Senate & house to Bush: "the cold war is over, we can cut the crap now".
Hmm...their headline is a bit goofy tho'..."Cuba travel bans may ease;
Senate vote pits Congress against an anti-Castro White House" So to recognize that Castro is no threat whatsoever means that you are in favor of his rule somehow?