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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 01:57 PM
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U.S. wants to replace IAEA chief ElBaradei
Saturday, January 8, 2005 Last updated 11:31 a.m. PT

U.S. wants to replace IAEA chief ElBaradei

By GEORGE JAHN
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

VIENNA, Austria -- He's running unopposed, but Mohamed ElBaradei may still fail in his bid for a third term leading the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency, tripped by his main opponent, the United States.

Unable to find a candidate willing to oppose the independent-minded Egyptian diplomat, Washington is now quietly lobbying other member states in ElBaradei's International Atomic Energy Agency in a bid to unseat him by June, opening the way for a replacement more to the Bush administration's liking - one harder on Iran and other nations on the U.S. nasty list.

With the agency spearheading international attempts to squelch nuclear proliferation, who controls the IAEA is key for Bush administration officials. They want someone sharing their view of which country represents a nuclear threat and what to do about them.

ElBaradei has challenged those views - particularly over prewar Iraq and Iran, both labeled part of an "axis of evil" with North Korea by President Bush.
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http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apeurope_story.a...
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:04 PM
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1. The U.S. does not run the UN and has very little credibility
with its members in the UN.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:06 PM
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3. Have we paid our UN dues recently?
Jesse Helms used to hold them up regularly. Ted Turner sort of paid them a few years ago (money was earmarked for children's food and education funds-I think) but I haven't heard that the US has paid their dues since then. Anyone know?
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yinkaafrica Donating Member (535 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:16 PM
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7. I think Bush has most Americans believing the UN should be closed
"If the UN wants to show the American people it is
still relevant, it better let Bush have his way with them!"
I think Bush is having the time of his life with this.
Too bad Bush is only happy when he is making us sad.
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sam sarrha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:04 PM
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2. Ever since they changed the name of Earth to Planet Reagan its been down
hill for us all...
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Jazzgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:07 PM
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4. Why does the US think it runs everything in the world?
This is assinine. Anybody that doesn't do what they say gets railroaded and demonized. Have I said lately how much I hate these people??? :mad:
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:07 PM
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5. Well the LAST thing we need is someone "independent-minded"
or fact based for that matter.
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yinkaafrica Donating Member (535 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:10 PM
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6. Bush should just appoint Kissinger and get it over with
Kissinger is a 'man' with a penchant for gettink thingks dunk.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:26 PM
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8. maybe someone
should tell george the united states is no longer a superpower that gets what it wants. china is the big kid on the block now and it`s clearly his and his corporate sponsors fault.
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:30 PM
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9. Hmmm let's see...IAEA was RIGHT about Iraq...bush was WRONG.
Good enuf for me.

ElBaradei should stay, BUSH should get the fuck out.
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:35 PM
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10. Of course they want to get rid of him
He's an honest broker and he can't be bought. Those are not qualities that are valued by this misadministration.

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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 03:37 PM
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12. He keeps calling out their BULLSHIT
and *they keep trying to take him out.
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GCP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 02:39 PM
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11. Fact-based versus faith-based
Sums it up in a nutshell. They can't abide the facts getting in the way of their scare-mongering.
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