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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION US PRESIDENT BUSH TO INDIA AND 
PAKISTAN IRAQ IRAN GUANTANAMO PRISONERS US-URUGUAYAN 
FTA 03/06/06 
 
¶1. SUMMARY STATEMENT 
 
Today's key international stories include US President 
Bush praising Pakistan as crucial ally in the war on 
terrorism; the implications of a nuclear deal between 
the US and India; the civil war in Iraq; the 
confrontation between the US and Iran on the latter's 
nuclear program; Al Qaeda and its leader bin laden; 
the US Pentagon's treatment of Guantanamo prisoners; 
President Chavez accusing the US of attempting to 
foment the secession of an oil-rich region in Western 
Venezuela; Israel pulling out of isolated West Bank 
settlements, in response to the rise of Hamas; and the 
press conference given by USDA Undersecretary for 
Food, Nutrition and Consumer Service in Buenos Aires. 
 
¶2. OPINION PIECES AND KEY STORIES 
 
- "Accomplished mission" 
 
Left-of-center "Pagina 12's" international analyst 
Claudio Uriarte opines (03/05) "... The US-Indian 
nuclear cooperation deal has two aspects - the 
military and the economic one. From the military 
viewpoint, it is easy to see its logic. In spite of 
the anti-US demonstrations that captured the attention 
of the media..., India is the second country in the 
world with the most positive image of the US (Poland 
is the first one in the ranking). India has a long 
border with China (which is overhauling its Armed 
Forces) and with Pakistan (which is the nest of 
radicalized Islamism... and an unreliable ally in the 
war on terrorism). On the other hand, acknowledging 
India's nuclear status is acknowledging the 
inevitable... The US has agreed and even promoted that 
eight Indian reactors will be used for the Indian 
military industry, thereby turning India into a new 
member of the 'nuclear club,' whose members until now 
have only been the US, Russia, China, the UK and 
France. In fact, it is believed that India could 
cooperate in bombing Iran's nuclear facilities, which 
is in the works. 
 
"... From the economic point of view, the logic of the 
deal should be even more apparent. India is (along 
with china) one of the two economies whose accelerated 
growth and increasing demand for energy are 
maintaining oil price above 60 dollars/barrel. It 
desperately needs nuclear energy for peaceful 
purposes... India is also a huge market for US 
corporations... and one of the countries having the 
fastest development. After more than one year of 
setbacks in foreign and domestic policy, this time 
George W. seems to have done the right thing regarding 
the US 'permanent interests.'" 
 
- "Tension in Pakistan due to Bush's visit" 
 
Daily-of-record "La Nacion" reports (03/04) 
"Yesterday, US President George W. Bush arrived in 
Pakistan on the third stage of his Asian tour amid 
extraordinary security measures and anti-US protest 
demonstrations all over the country. 
 
"Bush arrived in Pakistan one day after a car-bomb 
killed a US diplomat in Karachi and after visiting 
India, where there were protest demonstrations leaving 
dead people. During his stay in Islamabad, Bush will 
meet with President Pervez Musharraf and discuss 
progress on the struggle against terrorism." 
 
- "US and Pakistan, without a nuclear agreement" 
 
Leading "Clarin" reports (03/05) "US President George 
¶W. Bush dismissed the signature of a nuclear 
cooperation deal with Pakistan along the lines of the 
deal he signed with India... 
 
"The nuclear cooperation treaty signed with India 
represents an important strategic turn. Former ally of 
the former Soviet India, now India will be an 
important US partner, just like Pakistan, in spite of 
the fact that the two Asian countries are at odds." 
 
- "No way out" 
 
 
Jorge Elias, international columnist of daily-of- 
record "La Nacion," writes (03/05) "... One month 
after Iraq's elections, Shiites demonstrated that 
being a majority does not mean being a leading 
majority. They had to reach a deal with a minority, 
the Kurds, by means of a project to disassemble the 
country so as to leave aside another minority - the 
Sunnis. In view of this situation, Bush's choice 
between unity vs. chaos seemed a sentence - chaos, 
translated into formal civil war." 
 
- "According to Bush, a small religious elite 
kidnapped the Iranian people" 
 
Leading "Clarin" reports (03/04) "US President George 
¶W. Bush praised the Iranian people's 'pride', but he 
said it is 'kidnapped by a small religious elite, 
which refuses to grant it any fundamental liberty, 
sponsors terrorism and pursues a nuclear weapons 
program.' 
 
"(Bush's) statement, which is called to deepen the 
confrontation between the US and the Iranian 
government..., was made in a troubled scenario - it 
was the last day of his visit to India before leaving 
for Pakistan, where he arrived last night amid 
numerous protest demonstrations. 
 
"In India, Bush signed a polemic nuclear cooperation 
program with PM Mahmohan Singh, whose government does 
not endorse the NPT." 
 
- "'Iran will face painful consequences'" 
 
Daily-of-record "La Nacion" reports (03/06) "On the 
eve of the crucial International Atomic Energy Agency 
(IAEA) meeting, in which a negative report will surely 
be presented on the Iranian government's nuclear plan 
- which will be submitted to the UN Security Council - 
Washington and Tehran redoubled their challenges and 
threats. 
 
"US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton warned that Iran 
will face 'tangible and painful consequences' if it 
continues with its nuclear ambitions. 'The US will 
make use of all its tools available' in order to stop 
what the West considers a threat. 
 
"From Tehran, Ali Lariyani, the Secretary General to 
the National Security Supreme Council, had warned that 
if the case is submitted to the UN Security Council, 
the decision will have 'repercussion,' and he 
predicted 'many problems' for the international 
community. He also made clear that his country's 
decision to continue attempting to obtain enriched 
uranium... is 'steady and final', and he did not 
dismiss the use of oil as a weapon." 
 
- "Al Qaeda is not winning war" 
 
Conservative "La Prensa" carries an opinion piece by 
Fawaz A. Gerges, professor, Christian A. Johnson chair 
on Middle East Issues, and International Issues, Sarah 
Lawrence College, New Jersey, who writes (03/06) "... 
Cornered in the military field, Bin Laden is only 
acting as a spiritual guide and strategic leader. He 
and his followers are waging an ideological war in the 
name of Muslim hearts and minds... 
 
"Militarily disassembled, Al Qaeda has stopped being 
an organization with central leadership... 
 
"Al Qaeda's big failure lies in its ability to win the 
war in the Muslim hearts and minds. One of Bin Laden 
and Al Zawahiri's major calculation mistakes consisted 
of thinking that by attacking the US, they would 
mobilize followers against pro-Western Muslim leaders 
and against the superpower supporting them. Their goal 
was unleashing a major international crisis and 
inciting Washington to leave its refuge, as pointed 
out by Seif Al Adl, Al Qaeda military leader in a 2005 
document." 
 
- "Caught in a judicial limbo" 
 
Hugo Alconada Mon, Washington-based correspondent for 
 
 
daily-of-record "La Nacion," comments (03/05) "... The 
US Pentagon has postponed a judicial definition of 
'enemy combatants' (in Guantanamo): they are neither 
war prisoners nor civilians. It neither subjects them 
to trial nor extradites them nor releases them unless 
in a discretionary way and after two, three or four 
years in the Delta Field. The UN Human Rights 
Committee, Amnesty International, the Red Cross and 
Human Rights Watch have denounced this situation, but 
the US Pentagon sustains this is the only choice 
available." 
 
- "Uruguay approaches a deal with the US" 
 
Nelson Fernandez, Montevideo-based correspondent for 
daily-of-record "La Nacion," writes (03/06) "... 
Yesterday, the Uruguayan left wing took another 
important step... - it made it clear that 
strengthening Mercosur is important as a commercial 
and international policy strategy, but it opened the 
possibility of reaching other bilateral or 
multilateral deals outside of Mercosur. 
 
"Without naming an FTA with the US, the political 
decision paves the way for reaching a deal with the 
US, which is what President Tabare Vazquez and his 
economic team want." 
 
To see more Buenos Aires reporting, visit our 
classified website at: 
http://www.state.sqov.gov/p/wha/buenosaires 
 
The Media Reaction Report reflects articles and 
opinions by the cited news media and do not 
necessarily reflect U.S. Embassy policy or views.  The 
Public Affairs Section does not independently verify 
information.  The report is intended for internal U.S. 
Government use only. 
 
GUTIERREZ