, a reporter for the French newspaper Le Figaro
who was recently released by Iraqi militants, writes that his captors wanted George W. Bush re-elected President. The insurgents felt that Bush would insure that the occupation of Iraq would continue and give them time to build their organization.
Based on recent events, I'd say the kidnappers were correct.
A Christmas re-supply mission
to the International Space Station carrying food and oxygen arrived safely. If the Russian Progress
supply ship had failed, the two-man crew, already on short rations, would have had to abandon the station within a month.
The Russians claim the previous crewmembers were gluttons, who left deficits in the protein supplies.
How is the US going to get to the Moon and Mars when we can't even make it to a space station in Earth orbit?
Renaud Van Ruymbeke
, a French magistrate is interested in the bin Laden family financial transactions, especially a 2000 Swiss transfer of 241 million to a Pakistani bank account of Osama bin Laden and a Pakistani national.
I thought Osama looked prosperous in his last video, not noticeably stressed by the pursuit of the Pakistani army reported in the media.