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North Korea to ditch ‘nuclear aims’ in exchange for U.S. energy, security

Iran is defending their use of nuclear energy, and North Korea has agreed to scrap their nuclear program in conjunction with China, Japan, and South Korea.

The Far East is keeping this in perspective and the U.S. should follow suit. Iran’s announcement to continue pursuing atomic energy projects appears troublesome. Reuters reports from Beijing that the real work lies ahead.

North Korea’s neighbors, S. Korea and Japan, received the news cautiously Monday.

BBCNews published a timeline of events since N. Korea first publicized its secret nuclear program in October 2002.

Monday’s papers report that the U.S. is pleased with the situation in Iraq despite the fact that over 250 civilians have been killed in suicide terrorist attacks in the past five days.

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The Media on Iraq, Katrina / Iraq Polls

The last two days have been horrifying in Iraq with rampant suicide bombings and hundreds killed. The media appeared to be back on the attack, but, how can they let this unpopular war continue when it is only enabling MORE terror instead of defeating it? Ariana Huffington gripes.

According to an AP release: WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. military is mounting a counteroffensive in a war of words with Iraq’s insurgents, firing off accusations of child murder, kidnapping, torture, brainwashing and plans to use chemical weapons

Today in Media Matters, Bush wondered aloud if the U.S. is capable of handling another terrorist attack, but the Washington Post failed to print it.

The majority of the public would like to see Iraq funding cut to support the Katrina victims, notes a Wall Street Journal poll.

73% say rebuilding New Orleans is more important than cutting taxes.

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Bush intended to shield Public Relations from Day One

Media Matters for America directs us all to the September 12 Chris Matthews show on MSNBC in which NYT columnist David Brooks admits since the early days,

“the Bush administration adopted a policy of shielding itself from political damage by never publicly admitting any mistake — even if it meant lying to the media and the American public.”

Video, commentary, and extensive links at Media Matters.

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Terrorism, Security, and American Public Diplomacy Conference Highlights

An incredible conference entitled “Terrorism, Security, and America’s Purpose” slipped under the radar this past week. Keynote speakers included Joseph Biden, Wesley Clark, Madeleine Albright James Fallows, Edward Soros, Tom Clancy and more.

White papers and video from the conference are available at

America’s Purpose