White House: US won’t be ‘responsible’ for ‘security situation’ in Iraq

#AceNewsReport – WASHINGTON:June.09:The White House last Thursday, in no uncertain terms, put the onus on the Iraqis to fight and defeat the Islamic State — even as a new report warned foreign fighters are flocking to the battlefield at a historic and dangerous pace.

White House: US won’t be ‘responsible’ for ‘security situation’ in Iraq.

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Rumsfeld: ‘Unrealistic’ for Bush to pursue democracy in Iraq

#AceNewsReport – USA:June.09: Donald Rumsfeld, one of the leading architects of the Iraq war, said in a recent interview that then-President George W. Bush was “unrealistic” to pursue democracy in the country.

Rumsfeld, who served as Bush’s defense secretary from 2001 to 2006, made the comments in an interview with the Times of London.

“I’m not one who thinks that our particular template of democracy is appropriate for other countries at every moment of their histories,” Rumsfeld said.

“The idea that we could fashion a democracy in Iraq seemed to me unrealistic. I was concerned about it when I first heard those words.”

The comments are a departure from Rumsfeld’s robust public defense of the war during the Bush administration, and mark a rare break between him and the former president on foreign policy.

Since the 2003 invasion and the toppling of dictator Saddam Hussein, Iraq has held multiple elections. But most recently, majority Shiites have been accused of sidelining minority Sunnis, feeding tensions that were exploited by the Islamic State, a Sunni terror group.

Even as he voiced second thoughts about the U.S. goals in the Iraq war, Rumsfeld scolded western governments for their current failure to deal with Muslim extremists.

“The movement for a caliphate, the movement against nation states is central and fundamental. And no one’s talking about it,” he said.

Rumsfeld: ‘Unrealistic’ for Bush to pursue democracy in Iraq.

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#Syria : ” US `Urges’ the `Syrian Government’ to Comply with `Chemical Weapon Disposal’ on Time”

#AceNewsServices says “US `Concerned’ Over `Slow Removal’ of `Chemical Weapons’ from Syria

Ace News Desk  United States has urged the Syrian government to comply with the schedule for chemical weapon disposal agreed last year under a deal worked by Moscow and Washington“The United States is concerned that the Syrian government is behind in delivering these chemical weapons precursor materials on time with the schedule that was agreed to,” US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

Less than 5 percent of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal has been handed over to international supervisors so far, according to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

 

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