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August 06, 2008

NSN Daily Update: McCain’s Foreign Policy Bad for Gas Prices- 8/6/08
Posted by The National Security Network

The full NSN Daily Update can be found on our website.

Here are some Quick Hits:

The NY Times reports of sluggish progress with training the Iraqi army
, while the Washington Post reports that the training of Afghan police is advancing at a slow pace with disappointing results.

Iraq is utilizing only a fraction of its $79 billion budget surplus on reconstruction efforts, leaving the bulk of the burden on American taxpayers.

Iran’s response to an incentive package offered to it in exchange for suspending its uranium enrichment was unclear. It appears likely that the U.S. and its allies will likely now seek further sanctions in the UN Security Council.

The former Olympic speed-skater and Darfur activist Joey Cheek was denied entry into China ahead of the games’ opening ceremony. He was set to advocate for new Chinese policies towards the embattled African region.

A Syrian general believed to be in charge of weapons shipments to Hezbollah was assassinated.
The government of Syria has yet to issue an official statement regarding the killing.

The trial of Salim Hamdan enters its third day of deliberations after the possibility of a mistrial arose over the judge’s instructions to the jury.

President Bush will emphasize Chinese political intolerance and the development of democracy in Myanmar in a speech in Thailand.
The speech marks the 20th anniversary of an uprising defying the military junta.

President Bush’s trip to South Korea was met with large protests.


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