Bush denies Iraq heading toward civil war
Wed Mar 1, 2006 4:02 AM ET
By Matt Spetalnick
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush, hit by polls showing America's support for the Iraq war at an all-time low, denied on Tuesday Iraq was sliding into civil war, despite the worst sectarian strife since a U.S. invasion.
...Asked what Washington would do if civil war broke out in Iraq, Bush told ABC News: "I don't buy your premise that there's going to be a civil war."
Bush brushed aside the findings, saying ups and downs in the polls were not worth worrying about.
"I've got ample capital and I'm using it to spread freedom and to protect the American people," he told ABC before leaving on an trip to South Asia that offered a breather from problems and miscues that have recently plagued him in his second term.
Bush Again Defends Deal on U.S. Seaports
Critics Cite Dubai's Role in Israel Boycott
By Paul Blustein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 1, 2006; A04
President Bush said yesterday that he continues to believe it is safe for a Dubai-based company to take over terminal operations at six U.S. ports, evoking fresh attacks from critics of the deal who said the administration's new probe of the transaction is biased.
..."If there was any doubt in my mind or people in my administration's mind that our ports would be less secure and the American people endangered, this deal wouldn't go forward," the president said, referring to the takeover by Dubai Ports World of a London-based port firm.
India awaits Bush, all eyes on nuclear deal
Wed Mar 1, 2006 3:30 AM ET
By Y.P. Rajesh
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush arrives in India on Wednesday on his first visit to the world's largest democracy, hoping to elevate a new friendship between the two nations into a strategic partnership.
The three-day visit, the fifth by a U.S. president, has raised expectations in Asia's third-largest economy, which has slowly shed its socialist baggage and turned to the West to help it become a regional power.
Both countries hope Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will clinch a landmark civilian nuclear cooperation deal, seen as the centerpiece of the visit.