A senior U.S. diplomat said the United States had shown “arrogance” and “stupidity” in Iraq but was now ready to talk with any group except Al-Qaida in Iraq to facilitate national reconciliation.
Five bicycle bombs and a hail of mortar shells ripped apart a market south of Baghdad on Saturday, killing 18 people in yet another sign that Iraq’s government and U.S. forces were struggling to contain sectarian violence. Three U.S. Marines also were killed, making October the deadliest month for American forces this year.
Add this to Republican Curt Weldon’s long list of re-election woes — his very own October surprise. Earlier this week, FBI agents raided the homes of Weldon’s daughter and a close friend, part of an influence-peddling probe into the 10-term congressman and his daughter’s lobbying firm.
Elizabeth Edwards, wife of White House hopeful John Edwards, apologized to Sen. Hillary Clinton after saying her choices in life have made her happier than the senator, a Clinton aide said Friday.
Republican Sen. George Allen called for “changes in tactics” in how the U.S. is fighting the Iraq war on Friday as he continued to face questions about his morphing position on the war.
For two days, a Republican congressional candidate had promised to explain how a threatening letter was sent by his campaign without his knowledge to thousands of Hispanic immigrant voters. As about 200 people gathered Friday in front of his campaign headquarters seeking answers, Tan D. Nguyen was a no-show at his own news conference. Instead, 10 uniformed California Department of Justice police officers arrived with a search warrant and pounded on the glass of Nguyen’s storefront headquarters.
Cover your eyes, kids, it’s time to round up a few of this week’s headlines from the midterm elections.
President Bush conceded Friday that “right now it’s tough” for American forces in Iraq, but the White House said he would not change U.S. strategy in the face of pre-election polls that show voters are upset.