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Insider Report: Troops Angry at Hillary; Giuliani, Obama, Klayman, More

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Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):
1. Rep. Peter King: Troops Furious at Hillary Over MoveOn Ad
2. U.N. Launches Iraq WMD Investigation
3. Giuliani Focuses on Illinois
4. Mexican Political Party Holds L.A. Convention
5. Top Hillary Backer Vilsack Bashes Rudy’s Personal Life
6. We Heard: Barack Obama, Freedom Watch


1. Rep. Peter King: Troops Furious at Hillary Over MoveOn Ad

American troops in Iraq are in a “rage” over Hillary Clinton and other Democrats’ failure to condemn the MoveOn.org ad calling General David Petraeus “General Betray Us.”

That’s the word from Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican who recently returned from a fact-finding trip to Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

In an interview with talk radio host Steve Malzberg, King said what struck him most about the troops in Iraq was how closely they are following politics in the U.S., and how angry they are over the Democrats’ reaction to the MoveOn.org ad.

King said he had lunch with several female soldiers at a base in Iraq and they were “furious at the Democrats for not denouncing the ad and for what was said about General Petraeus.

“This has been noticed by the troops,” King told Malzberg.

“They specifically mentioned Hillary Clinton, being angry at her, and the Democrats in general for not denouncing MoveOn.org. It went beyond a political anger — it was a rage.”

The MoveOn.org ad — which appeared in the New York Times — charged Petraeus with “cooking the books for the White House” when he delivered his Iraq report on Sept. 10.

“To imply that Petraeus is a liar — MoveOn called him a traitor!” said King. “I was struck by the intensity of the anger from these people.”

King said some of the soldiers who had previously supported Clinton’s presidential bid no longer did.

King also criticized New York Sen. Charles Schumer, who said that the level of violence in Iraq’s Anbar province was down “despite the ‘surge,’ not because of it.” He suggested that the American troops couldn’t “get the job done,” so tribal leaders took up the fight against the insurgents themselves.

Schumer is “totally wrong,” King declared.

He said the tribes took action to fight the insurgents only after they saw the U.S. step up efforts in Anbar.

2. U.N. Launches Iraq WMD Investigation

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has launched a formal investigation into an incident on Aug. 30 when U.N. arms inspectors thought they had found old Iraqi WMD samples in their New York City offices.

As the Insider Report disclosed two weeks ago, New Yorkers were stunned when a small vial of what was feared to be the deadly chemical warfare agent phosgene was found in U.N. archives.

The vial was one of many remnants left in storage from Iraq arms inspections conducted by the U.N. Monitoring, Observation, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) and its predecessor, the U.N. Special Commission, from 1991 to 2003.

Subsequent analysis revealed that the material discovered was not toxic. But U.N. officials are far from closing the case.

“A formal investigation has now begun. Investigators are now reviewing the archives," explained one source familiar with the review.

While the U.N. has no knowledge of any potentially hazardous items still in its possession, officials are simply not sure, according to NewsMax’s U.N. correspondent Stewart Stogel.

NewsMax has also learned that Ban has decided not to close UNMOVIC's doors in October as was originally planned.

Besides "suspected" WMDs, UNMOVIC had numerous other items in its inventory that prospective terrorists would love get their hands on, including a Scud missile engine, gyroscopes used to navigate missiles, incubators that could be used to "grow" biological weapons, and hundreds of gas masks.

U.N. sources said Ban, concerned that the final disposition of the items and the discovery of any new items could not be concluded by next month, decided to extend UNMOVIC's lifeline until February 2008.

The UNMOVIC mess extends beyond the inspectors' archives. The inspectors' bank accounts were also cleaned out and over $350 million was turned over to the Iraqi government.

UNMOVIC had been financed by a U.N.-imposed levy on Iraqi oil sales since 1991.

"It is their money, we are only giving them back their own money," explained U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Zalmay Khalilzad.

A portion of that money, more than $40 million, was turned over to Baghdad's U.N. mission in New York. The money was earmarked to refurbish Iraq's U.N. mission offices, buy a second office building, and renovate the ambassador's townhouse in midtown Manhattan.

Nine months after the money was turned over, NewsMax has learned, virtually nothing has been done by the Iraqi U.N. mission.

The townhouse has been virtually abandoned, say neighbors, and no new mission building has been purchased.

The only change, as NewsMax first reported, has been for Iraq's U.N. Ambassador Hamid al-Bayati to move into Donald Trump's World Tower overlooking the East River, with rent of more than $23,000 a month.

Iraqi sources also tell NewsMax that U.N. mission staffers were never informed about the $40 million.

Said one source: "They (the Iraqi staff) first found out when you (NewsMax) wrote the story."

3. Giuliani Focuses on Illinois

Rudy Giuliani’s presidential campaign is making Illinois one of the centerpieces of his bid for the Republican nomination.

The former New York City has set up telephone banks in the state targeting 20,000 GOP voters, and has released a list of 154 prominent Republican leaders who are supporting his campaign.

Former Illinois Gov. Jim Thompson and Illinois House Republican leader Tom Cross are among those actively campaigning for Giuliani.

Other GOP hopefuls are concentrating their efforts more on early primary and caucus states, including New Hampshire and Iowa, hoping that a strong early showing will boost their chances in later primaries.

“But Giuliani is operating with a more national strategy, based on the idea that he could win the party nomination with the delegates in his home base region of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut by combining them with wins in delegate-rich states like Illinois, California and Florida,” the Chicago Tribune reported.

Giuliani trails John McCain and Mitt Romney in fundraising in Illinois, and a poll of 48 Republican county chairmen showed former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson ahead with 22 votes, followed by Giuliani with 13.

But Cross believes that when voters go to the polls, national security will be the top issue influencing their choice of candidates — and Giuliani is the strongest Republican in that regard.

“People want someone who is going to make them feel safe,” he told the Tribune. “People say to me, ‘I don’t agree with [Giuliani] on everything. But I think he’s the one who can beat Hillary Clinton.’”

4. Mexican Political Party Holds L.A. Convention

A major Mexican political party is holding a convention in a city with many of its countrymen — Los Angeles.

The Sept. 30 gathering of the PAN — a Spanish acronym for the National Action Party — will bring together Mexican party members living in the U.S., including some who are American citizens.

“What’s going on is that the political worlds of the U.S. and Mexico are becoming more and more intertwined,” writes Allan Wall on the Web site of VDARE, an organization that deals with immigration issues.

“The U.S. is marrying Mexico — or, perhaps more accurately, Mexico is marrying us.”

Mexico legalized dual nationality in 1996, allowing Mexican-Americans to vote in both Mexico and the U.S.

In 2000, PAN’s successful presidential candidate Vicente Fox and his PRD rival Cuauhtemoc Cardenas both traveled to California to campaign among Mexicans living there.

And beginning in 2006, Mexicans living in the U.S. were allowed to vote in the Mexican presidential election with absentee ballots.

So PAN — the party of current Mexican President Felipe Calderon — is interested in recruiting new members from the Mexican community in the U.S. Hence the convention at the Plaza Mexico in L.A.

In a 2005 ceremony held to mark the founding of a PAN branch in the U.S., then-party leader Luis Bravo stated: “We are a party committed to the work for Mexico and in Mexico . . . Let it be clear, our only agenda is a Mexican political agenda, and we will not take action in U.S. politics.”

Wall observes: “That all sounds find and dandy — maybe. However, given the dynamics of the current situation . . . that commitment might be taken with a grain of salt.”

In two years, the Pan has set up chapters in Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, Georgia, Delaware, Oregon, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and in Washington, D.C.

Wall concludes: “We must face the reality of the present situation. We have millions of Mexicans, growing numbers of dual citizens, an assertive Mexican identity which resists assimilation and even fantasizes about reconquista [regaining American territory formerly part of Mexico], and a Mexican government claiming these emigrants’ loyalty, agitating in favor of illegal aliens, and meddling.

“So it would behoove us to take note of any Mexican political activity on U.S. soil.”

5. Top Hillary Backer Vilsack Bashes Rudy’s Personal Life

The race for voters between presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani is getting personal.

Tom Vilsack, himself a presidential aspirant who dropped out of the campaign in February and endorsed Hillary, said in a televised interview that Giuliani has “lots of issues” voters may not know about yet.

“I can’t even get into the number of marriages [and] the relationship he has with his children,” Vilsack said.

He described the former New York City mayor’s past as “interesting,” according to the New York Daily News.

Giuliani’s 14-year first marriage to Regina Peruggi ended in a 1982 divorce and a Catholic Church annulment after Giuliani said he’d discovered she was his second cousin, not his third as he’d believed.

By that time he was already living with Donna Hanover. They wed in April 1984, but that marriage ended in divorce in July 2002. Ten months later Rudy wed third wife Judith Nathan, who had been married twice before.

In March of this year, two New York papers reported that Giuliani had become estranged from his son and daughter by Hanover.

6. We Heard . . .

THAT the controversial Chicago church that presidential hopeful Barack Obama attends has toned down some of the rhetoric on its Web site.

Trinity United Church of Christ is headed by Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., an African-American who has routinely referred to “white arrogance” and the “United States of White America.”

Obama was in attendance at a July 22 service, when journalist Jim Davis visited there to write a story for NewsMax.

The church has now removed from its Web site the slogan “unashamedly black, unapologetically Christian.”

Also gone is a 12-point manifesto of black militancy, dedicated to “the black community” and rejecting “middleclassness.”

Said Davis: “Of course, the Web site change is to minimize that black/white thing.”

THAT Larry Klayman, founder of watchdog groups Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, has filed suit in federal court claiming that his “Freedom Watch” trademark was stolen by the Bush administration for its “Freedom’s Watch” ad campaign.

A statement from Klayman’s organization claimed that he began using “Freedom Watch” in November 2004, and later registered it with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The suit asks the court to stop the administration from using “Freedom’s Watch,” and seeks millions of dollars in damages from former Bush Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, Freedom’s Watch President Brad Blakeman, and “mega Bush-Cheney money men, who are funding ads promoting the Iraq war,” according to the statement.

Said Klayman: “I certainly will not allow these arrogant Washington elite to get away with having stolen the Freedom Watch name, which belongs to me.”

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