US President &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/mailbox/22/101/399/14556_ballots.html' target=_blank>George W. Bush faced stiff opposition Thursday to his two ambitious second-term goals: spreading democracy in the &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/columnists/2002/04/05/27369.html' target=_blank>Middle East and overhauling the politically sensitive Social Security retirement program.
A day after he used his annual State of the Union address to make those initiatives the centerpieces of his agenda for the next four years, Bush wasted no time in taking his case to some of the biggest skeptics.
The president left &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/main/2003/01/23/42471.html' target=_blank>Washington early for a two-day, five-state trip to convince a divided US public and a polarized Congress to embrace his call for partially privatizing state-run Social Security, wrote the Turkish Press.
Representatives of the Israeli Defence Ministry responded to recent reports about the possible delivery of S-300 SAM systems from Russia to Syria. Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel would destroy those systems
Russia is to start supplying S-300 air defence systems to Syria in the near future. The shipments will be conducted free of charge