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Cablegate: Media Reaction On Iraq, May 7, 2004

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS TEGUCIGALPA 001073

SIPDIS

FOR WHA/PDA, IIP/G/WHA, AND IIP/T/ES
FOR PM, NEA/NGA, WHA/PPC, AND WHA/CEN

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OIIP PREL KPAO PGOV MOPS IZ HO
SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION ON IRAQ, MAY 7, 2004

1. Editorial in Tegucigalpa-based moderate daily "El
Heraldo" on 5/7 entitled "Bush in trouble." "Things are
turning out for the worse for President Bush, more than a
year after the Iraqi invasion and after having declared the
end of the military actions. However, the Iraqis are still
resisting, causing the death of thousands of American
soldiers."

"He's not only swamped with an eroding war, getting more and
more enemies as time goes by. He has even been forced to
apologize for the documented human rights abuses his troops
have caused to several Iraqis who are prisoners in their own
country, among an avalanche of criticism and condemnation in
the whole world."

"Things aren't going well for the man who decided to skip
the U.N. regulations to invade another fellow U.N. member,
despite the fact he hasn't been able to properly justify his
actions and the growing opposition around the world."

"In fact, it's evident the main reasons to attack Iraq under
the campaign to fight terrorism were false. Perhaps Ted
Kennedy is right when he said that Iraq is Bush's Vietnam."

Pierce

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