Israel's leader rejects independent investigation

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  1. (Are Dick Cheney and Karl Rove now giving orders to Olmert?)

    Olmert rejects state inquiry into handling of Lebanon war

    POSTED: 1:27 p.m. EDT, August 28, 2006

    JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday rejected a state inquiry into the government's handling of the Lebanon war, despite widespread calls for a broad, independent investigation.

    Instead, he authorized a less powerful investigation to be led by a former head of the Mossad spy agency. A state inquiry would have the authority to dismiss top officials.

    In a speech in the northern city of Haifa, Israel, Olmert said the government doesn't have the "luxury" to spend long periods of time investigating the past.

    The decision was likely to generate heavy criticism. The public has been clamoring for a serious investigation into the 34-day war.