Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Itchin' for a fight.

Can't Bush give it a rest for one fucking minute?

Bush says Iraq row is over, but warns of dispute over China embargo

BRUSSELS (AFP) - US President George W. Bush declared that deep divisions with Europe over Iraq had been laid to rest, but said plans to lift an EU arms ban on China spelled serious trouble for transatlantic ties.

He also delivered a mixed message to allies worried that he is mulling military action against Tehran, saying: "This notion that the United States is getting ready to attack Iran is simply ridiculous."

"Having said that, all options are on the table."

After back-to-back NATO and European Union summits, Bush was to leave Brussels Wednesday to patch up relations with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Slovakia.

Bush hailed pledges by all 26 NATO members to help train the Iraqi forces he says will eventually replace US soldiers, but signalled that Washington might take punitive steps against the EU if it ends the weapons ban on China.

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