Het politieke spel wordt weer hervat.
In een interview met Der Spiegel heeft Gerhard Schröder verklaard dat de EU grondwet er wel dit jaar moet komen.
Daarbij is hij bereid om over een incidenteel punt nog wel te onderhandelen. Dat moet hij wel als hij zijn zin wil krijgen, want een aantal regeringshoofden moeten hun gezicht ten opzichte van hun kiezers natuurlijk kunnen redden.
Maar Gerhard zegt dat hij niet wil (laten) tornen aan de machtsverdeling zoals die nu in het concept staat.
Mochten er landen zijn die de grondwet niet accepteren, dan wil Gerhard gewoon doorgaan met die landen die wel willen wat hij wil!
Al heel snel voegde heer Prodi zich daarbij en verzekerde al dat de onwilligen maar achter moeten blijven.
We zijn benieuwd hoe nu de andere politici gaan reageren, en wat er van de individuele vrijheid (keuze) nog overblijft.
Moet er dan toch nog een referendum komen? Of is deze druk een methode om fijn van dat referendum af te komen?
Het volledige artikel in Der Spiegel is te vinden op: (met dank aan Ivo):
Volg de EU waarheid op http://www.free-europe.org
Hub vraagt zich af wat er nog aan individuele vrijheid zal overblijven.
Tot overmaat van ramp blijkt nu uit een interview van zijn vorige financiesecrataris Paul O’Neill, die in december 2002 ontslagen werd, dat ook George W. Bush een rasechte onnozelaar is http://news.ft.com/servlet/…
Wat nu gedaan?
En indien de chauffeur van Diana in Parijs bij haar overlijden zoveel had gedronken als zijn bloedstaaf beweert, dan kon hij niet wandelen (naar zijn auto).
God save the Queen!
meldt ook dit:
U.S. officials find evidence corroborating American charges during Iraq war that Russia was selling Saddam night vision goggles and radar jammers, the LA TIMES is planning to report on Saturday, sources tell DRUDGE… Developing…
Zoals de Chinezen zeggen: "may you live in interesting times!"
Drudge report volhardt:
A senior administration official tells Sunday’s WASH POST: O’Neill’s suggestion ‘is laughable. Nobody listened to him when he was in office. Why should anybody now?’… Developing…
Het wordt meer en meer duidelijk waarom de EU Khadaffi heeft uitgenodigd. De marionnet (dat is de pop in de poppenkast) in Washington is on the way out.
Het laatste(?) Bush nieuws from the lunatic side:
mikal (1/11/04; 00:04:22MT – usagold.com msg#: 115086)
Time warping the precious metals
Strange happenings in the world today including growing Bush criticism. Tomorrow Paul O’Neil speaks again if the event proceeds according to plan, without his suicide or an unfortunate accident or untimely natural or manmade disaster.
Rolling Stone magazine’s latest cover headlines a story about "The Bush Family Empire Revealed".
Popular Mechanics magazine latest(February) cover has a large landed UFO and the story title(paraphrased): "What is planned for when UFO’s land."
I was only able to quickly skim the contents and found that there ARE elaborate plans to deal with the craft and the aliens- quarantine, decontamination, and more! Magazine questioned what other plans the gov’t might have.
Getting stranger than fiction out there.
Perhaps Bush will not serve out the full term or be induced to declare Force Majeur.
But the space program is a boost to certain high tech industries, where gold and silver will be in even greater demand as a key component in shields, sensors, suits, custom circuitry, plating, optics, and many other space-exclusive applications. (The Gold Institute and The Silver Institute both offer detailed internet lists of most of the industrial applications of Au and Ag.). Modern weapons manufacture relies especially heavily on silver, titanium and other precious and base metals.
But can anyone forecast the enormous appetite those ET’s will have for the shiniest metals?
INSPECTOR O’NEILL: THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF WMD
Sun Jan 11 2004 08:46:45 ET
New York ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Discussing the case for the Iraq war in an interview with TIMEÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s White House correspondent John Dickerson, former Treasury Secretary Paul OÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢Neill, who sat on the National Security Council, says the focus was on Saddam from the early days of the Administration. He offers the most skeptical view of the case for war ever put forward by a top Administration official. "In the 23 months I was there, I never saw anything that I would characterize as evidence of weapons of mass destruction," he told TIME. "There were allegations and assertions by people. But IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ve been around a hell of a long time, and I know the difference between evidence and assertions and illusions or allusions and conclusions that one could draw from a set of assumptions. To me there is a difference between real evidence and everything else. And I never saw anything in the intelligence that I would characterize as real evidence." TIMEÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s new issue will be on newsstands Monday, Jan. 12th.
OÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢Neill spoke with TIME on the eve of publication of a new book, The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, The White House and the Education of Paul OÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢Neill, written by Pulitzer prizewinning journalist Ron Suskind which traces the former Alcoa CEOÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s rise and fall through the Administration: from his return to Washington to work for his third President, whom he believed would govern from the sensible center, through OÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢NeillÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s disillusionment, to his firing, executed in a surreal conversation with Vice President Dick Cheney, a man he once considered a fellow traveler.
In SuskindÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s book, OÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢NeillÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s assessment of BushÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s executive style is a harsh one: it is portrayed as a failure of leadership. Aides were left to play "blind manÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s bluff," trying to divine BushÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s views on issues like tax policy, global warming and North Korea. Sometimes, OÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢Neill says, they had to float an idea in the press just to scare a reaction out of him. This led to public humiliation when the President contradicted his top officials, as he did with Secretary of State Colin Powell on North Korea and Environmental Protection Agency administrator Christine Todd Whitman on global warming. OÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢Neill came to believe that this gang of three beleaguered soulsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Âonly Powell remainsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Âwho shared a more nonideological approach were used for window dressing. We "may have been there, in large part as cover," he tells Suskind.
When the corporate scandals rocked Wall Street OÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢Neill and Alan Greenspan devised a plan to make CEOs accountable. Bush went with a more modest plan because "the corporate crowd," as OÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢Neill calls it in the book, complained loudly and Bush could not buck that constituency. "The biggest difference between then and now," OÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢Neill tells Suskind about his two previous tours in Washington, "is that our group was mostly about evidence and analysis, and Karl [Rove], Dick [Cheney], Karen [Hughes] and the gang seemed to be mostly about politics. ItÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s a huge distinction."
On the eve of the Iraq war, OÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢Neill tells Suskind that he marvels at the PresidentÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s conviction in light of what he considers paltry evidence. "With his level of experience, I would not be able to support his level of conviction." That conviction, he tells the book’s author seemed to be present in the administration from the start: "From the start, we were building the case against Hussein and looking at how we could take him out and change Iraq into a new country," he tells Suskind. "And, if we did that, it would solve everything. It was about finding a way to do it. That was the tone of it. The President saying, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“Fine. Go find me a way to do this.’"
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