NBC's Andrea Mitchell continued her reports on Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's regional diplomacy. Her latest stop is Kuwait, where the leaders of nine of the region's Sunni Arab majority states agreed to support the US military build-up in Baghdad. Rice also wanted the summit to confront Teheran, "but the Arab leaders refused to condemn Iran by name for its support of Iraqi insurgents."
Back at the White House, CBS' Jim Axelrod quoted a soundbite from the President in his interview with the PBS NewsHour: "There is skepticism about whether or not there is enough troops, or whether we should be putting in any troops and there is skepticism about whether the al-Maliki government will make the tough decisions necessary to succeed," George Bush told Jim Lehrer. "The jury is out on whether Nouri al-Maliki has the capacity to stop the bloodshed," Axelrod concluded, citing speculation that the Prime Minister may be making contingency plans not for ending the violence but for a Shiite military victory in a civil war.
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