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Media Availability with Secretary Mattis en route to Vietnam

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE JAMES N. MATTIS: Okay, so were on the record here for a little bit, okay?

SOP newswireRice Says, Despite Palestinian Conflict Peace Opening Remains - Washington – U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that despite recent tensions between Palestinian factions there still is a chance to move forward with
SOP newswireRumsfeld: U.S. at Time of Great Consequence - WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2006 " The war on terrorism is a difficult task, but it is not hopeless or without purpose, outgoing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.
SOP newswireTreasury Chief Urges China To Balance Growth, Cut Trade Surplus - Washington -- U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is calling on China to modify its economic policies in order to maintain rapid growth and address its large trade surpluses.
SOP newswireBriefing on Six-Party Talks by Christopher Hill, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs - Well, good afternoon. Yeah, disappointed to see such a small crowd on hand; seriously, welcome everybody. Glad to have you here. I take it there's a great deal of
SOP newswireU.N. Security Council Condemns Attempts To Destabilize Lebanon - United Nations -- The U.N. Security Council December 12 condemned any attempt to destabilize Lebanon and reiterated its
SOP newswireLanguage Familiarity, Cultural Awareness Critical to Iraq Fight - Language training and awareness of Iraqi and Arab culture are absolutely necessary for servicemembers deploying to Iraq, the outgoing commander of Multinational Corps Iraq said
SOP newswirePresident Bush Meets with Vice President Hashemi of Iraq - It's been my honor to meet with the Vice President of Iraq again. I had the pleasure of meeting the Vice President in Baghdad. It was there that I invited him to come to Washington
SOP newswireGates Outlines U.S. Strategic Defense Priorities - Washington -- Questions about Iraq dominated Defense Secretary-designate Robert Gates' recent Senate confirmation hearing, but he also offered insight into
SOP newswirePhotos Show Pain of Cuban Political Prisoners and Families - Washington -- Photos that show the hurt felt by families of political prisoners in Cuba are on exhibit at the Organization of American States (OAS) headquarters in
SOP newswireBush: Defeating Extremists is Calling of Our Time - WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2006 – Success in Iraq will help protect the United States in the long run, President Bush said here today.
SOP newswireJustice Department to Monitor Elections in New Orleans - WASHINGTON - The Justice Department today announced that on Dec. 9, 2006, it will monitor the congressional runoff election in New Orleans, La., to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act.
SOP newswireBlair: Fast Iraq Pullout Entails Serious Repercussions - WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2006 – An early withdrawal of U.S. and British forces from Iraq before the Iraqis can stand on their own could produce serious consequences for the region, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on ABC’s
SOP newswireU.S.-Led Coalition Condemns Murder of Afghan Family - WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2006 – U.S. military headquarters in Afghanistan today denounced the Taliban extremists who murdered five members of an Afghan family Dec. 8.
SOP newswireFinal Passage of the U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Cooperation Initiative - We welcome the strong bipartisan support for the U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Cooperation Initiative shown by the Congress in adopting the legislation of the Henry J. Hyde U.S.-India
Kirwin WatsonCongressional Outrage: Five Day Work Weeks - With such a response of horror to being asked to work five-day weeks, one would think Congressional leaders were just asked to donate kidneys.
SOP newswireSenate Hearing Regarding GAO Report On FEMA's Assistance Programs - Following Hurricane Katrina, FEMA acknowledged weaknesses in the processes and systems that resulted in ineligible individuals receiving assistance. Although FEMA has not had an opportunity
SOP newswireGutierrez Says U.S. Developing New Export Rules to China - Washington, DC – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez announced today that the public comment period has now closed, and he will be leading an effort to finalize the new rules.
Shakti GhimireLamjung: Armed Conflict & Its Impact Upon Youth - Lamjung, a district that falls under the western development region, lies in the Gandaki Zone of Nepal. The district, which is the home of approximately two lakhs (200,000) people
SOP newswireUnited States Remains Committed to Open Skies Agreement with EU - Washington -- Despite withdrawing a proposal for increased international investment in U.S. airlines, the United States “remains fully committed” to signing
SOP newswireCoalition moving Iraqis forward with the US? - BAGHDAD — A little more than two weeks into his transition as commanding general, Multi-National Division - Baghdad, Maj. Gen. Joseph F. Fil, Jr. has already met
SOP newswireRemarks by the President After Receiving Report from the Iraq Study Group - just received the Iraq Study Group report, prepared by a distinguished panel of our fellow citizens. I want to thank James Baker and Lee Hamilton and the panel members for spending
SOP newswireAll Options on the Table for Iraq, Defense Nominee Says - Washington –- If confirmed as secretary of defense, Robert Gates said his top priority would be to assist the president in charting a new course in Iraq
SOP newswireState's Burns Urges 56-Nation Group To Help End Frozen Conflicts - Washington -- A senior U.S. diplomat has urged the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to play a larger role in ending
SOP newswireDetainee dies at Camp Cropper - CAMP CROPPER, Iraq— A security detainee died Dec. 2 at Camp Cropper, Iraq, from natural causes. An investigation is pending to determine the cause of death, a standard procedure for detainees who die while in custody
SOP newswireBush Meets with Iraqi Shiite Cleric Abdul Aziz al-Hakim - Washington -- President Bush met with Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, the head of Iraq’s largest Shiite party, December 4 to discuss the importance of reconciliation between Iraq’s ethnic and sectarian groups.
SOP newswireBush addresses way forward in Iraq - BAGHDAD — President George W. Bush’s recent trip to the Middle East reaffirmed his conviction to help the unitygovernment in Baghdad find a political solution to the
SOP newswireTeens in Lebanon, U.S. Strive for Cross-Cultural Understanding - Washington -- When secondary school students in Beirut, Lebanon, and Lansing, Michigan, spoke recently via videoconference, they discovered that their similarities outnumber their differences.
Anita HeltonThe Freedom of Speech - In America, we have several freedoms, among which is freedom of speech. This is a first amendment right that several do not take full advantage of like they should.
SOP newswireSecurity Advisor Says, U.S. Reviewing Tactics in Iraq, Not Goals - Washington -- President Bush is conducting a broad review of how U.S. policy should adapt to new circumstances in Iraq, but the United States is not changing its fundamental goal of helping establish a democratic
SOP newswirePresident Bush's Weekly Radio Address - Good morning. I returned home this week from a visit to the Middle East. On my trip, I met with Prime Minister Maliki of Iraq to discuss how we can improve
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