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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Idiocy in action

Iranians showing their love for the US

Rice to Ask for $75 Million for Democracy in Iran

Published: February 15, 2006

Filed at 9:03 a.m. ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is asking Congress for $75 million in an emergency spending bill to support democracy in Iran, Bush administration officials said Wednesday.

The money, to be included in a supplemental 2006 budget request the White House is expected to soon send Congress, will be used for radio and satellite television broadcasting and for programs to help Iranians study abroad, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because Rice had not yet announced the request.

The $75 million would be in addition to $10 million Congress has already allocated for democracy programs.

Rice, meanwhile, was certain to face persistent questions from a Senate panel Wednesday about Bush administration policies on Iran, the insurgency in Iraq and an impending takeover of the Palestinian government by Hamas.

Senators on the Foreign Relations Committee were expected to pepper Rice with questions on a host of international issues, many of which have arisen since she last appeared before Congress in October.

The Islamic group Hamas won a decisive majority in Palestinian legislative elections last month and is expected to formally take over the Palestinian Authority in coming days.

Yes, tainting the Iranian opposition with US money will really work well. Let's see, a religious freak hardline was elected because of the US, let's insure that he stays in power.

posted by Steve @ 9:53:00 AM

9:53:00 AM

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