a generous host to the American military for years, was the ³worst in theregion´ in counterterrorism efforts, according to a State Department cablelast December. Qatar¶s security service was ³hesitant to act against knownterrorists out of concern for appearing to be aligned with the U.S. and provoking reprisals,´ the cable said.
An intriguing alliance: American diplomats in Rome reported in 2009 onwhat their Italian contacts described as an extraordinarily close relationshipbetweenVladimir V. Putin, the Russian prime minister, and Silvio
Berlusconi , the Italian prime minister and business magnate, including³lavish gifts,´ lucrative energy contracts and a ³shadowy´ Russian-speaking Italian go-between. They wrote that
r. Berlusconi ³appears increasingly tobe the mouthpiece of Putin´ in Europe. The diplomats also noted that while
r. Putin enjoys supremacy over all other public figures in Russia, he isundermined by an unmanageable bureaucracy that often ignores his edicts.
A dangerous standoff with Pakistan over nuclear fuel: Since 2007, the UnitedStates has mounted a highly secret effort, so far unsuccessful, to remove from aPakistani research reactor highly enriched uranium that American officials fearcould be diverted for use in an illicit nuclear device. In May 2009, Ambassador Anne W. Patterson reported that Pakistan was refusing to schedule a visit by American technical experts because, as a Pakistani official said, ³if the local mediagot word of the fuel removal, µthey certainly would portray it as the United Statestaking Pakistan¶s nuclear weapons,¶ he argued.´Full report of this available at New York Times as below-