Monday’s Independent has this story on how the Bush administration is making the world a better place for us all. Unfortunately there isn’t very much backstory to it, so I can’t really comment except to groan and wonder which friend of Cheney’s is set to lose a bundle if the testing continues.
President George Bush is mounting an intensive campaign to force European countries to drop safety tests expected to save thousands of lives each year, internal US government documents seen by The Independent on Sunday reveal. Britain, which has been generally supportive, last week denounced the measures as "disastrously wrong".
The documents - which include diplomatic cables signed by the US Secretary of State, Colin Powell - show that the Bush administration has threatened Europe with trade sanctions if it goes ahead with the tests, which are designed to protect workers and the public from highly toxic chemicals.