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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dismissed hopes of a diplomatic breakthrough, telling the Associated Press: "This letter is not it."
"There are a number of concerns that the international community has with the regime, and the letter doesn't appear to do anything to address those concerns," White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters as President Bush headed to a fund-raising appearance in South Florida.
He also questioned how the September 11 attacks on the United States could have occurred without the knowledge of America's extensive intelligence and security services.
"Why have the various aspects of the attacks been kept secret? Why are we not told who botched their responsibilities?" he asked.
Originally posted by Flinx
There's no point writing a letter a letter to Mr. Bush. He doesn't talk to people he doesn't like and all he'll do is throw any attempt at detente back in your face. The Bush administration has slapped away the hands of previous, less crazy Iranian administrations before, so this shouldn't be a surprise. Just of the admin as a very stubborn, bratty, singleminded 5 year old that throws tantrums when they don't get their way. Well maybe a 50 foot tall 5 year old with chainsaws for hands...
There's nothing you can do or say to change their minds or their plans. They don't believe in diplomacy...they don't believe in holding their nose and sitting down at the table with people they have problems with in order to avoid war. Besides, war serves their purposes better anyway. Perpetual war and perpetual fear...you're the boogieman of the moment. Besides, haven't you ever read Project for the New American Century? Everything's lining up perfectly: A new Pearl Harbor, followed by the invasion of Iraq, then Iran, then Syria and North Korea.
So in closing...your crazy ass is screwed. You're done for and are destined to disappear along with the Democratic Party's gonads, a worthwhile media, Saddam Hussein, American civil liberties, the middle class, and a bright future.
A soon to be ex-patriot
Originally posted by Nakash
Those leaked letter are fake. Stinks to the heavens of a former press secretary or other propagandist. The CNN letter gave the reply I expected though- convert to Islam or die. How bleedingly predictable...
[edit on 9-5-2006 by Nakash]
The following is the letter sent by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to President Bush on Monday. The letter comes from the Web site of the French newspaper Le Monde. A White House official confirmed to CNN that this is the exact English translation of the letter the White House received. (Note: The acronym PBUH stands for Praise Be Unto Him)
Those in power have specific time in office, and do not rule indefinitely, but their names will
be recorded in history and will be constantly judged in the immediate and distant futures.
The people will scrutinize our presidencies.
Did we manage to bring peace, security and prosperity for the people or insecurity and
Did we intend to establish justice, or just supported especial interest groups, and by forcing
many people to live in poverty and hardship, made a few people rich and powerful – thus
trading the approval of the people and the Almighty with theirs’?
Did we defend the rights of the underprivileged or ignore them?
Did we defend the rights of all people around the world or imposed wars on them, interfered
illegally in their affairs, established hellish prisons and incarcerated some of them?
Did we bring the world peace and security or raised the specter of intimidation and threats?
Did we tell the truth to our nation and others around the world or presented an inverted
version of it?
Were we on the side of people or the occupiers and oppressors?
Did our administration set out to promote rational behaviour, logic, ethics, peace, fulfilling
obligations, justice, service to the people, prosperity, progress and respect for human dignity
or the force of guns.