The Note

"Majorities in seven of the eight foreign countries said the war in Iraq hurt or had no effect on the war on terrorism, and only in the United States did a majority believe that the ouster of Saddam Hussein will make the Middle East more democratic."LINK

The New York Times' Sachs Notes that "One question that was not asked by the Pew pollsters was whether foreigners considered it dangerous for their countries to be allied with the United States and its Iraq policy. After the Madrid bombings last week, many Spaniards expressed the belief that their government's closeness to the Bush administration had made their country a terrorist target." LINK

The New York Times reports that next Tuesday CIA Director George Tenet, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and his predecessor, Madeleine K. Albright; Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and his predecessor, William S. Cohen; and President Bill Clinton's national security adviser, Samuel R. Berger will all testify before the 9/11 commission. LINK

ABC News Vote 2004: Bush vs. Kerry:

With his victory yesterday in the Illinois presidential primary, Sen. Kerry locked up the Democratic nomination by collecting a total of 2,177 delegates to date which is beyond the 2,162 required to secure the Democratic presidential nomination, according to our ABC News delegate count.

Outside the back-and-forth over the new ad, the candidates continued to deal with the political repercussions of Spain:

Gov. Howard Dean courted controversy by declaring in his surrogates' conference call yesterday that "The president was the one who dragged our troops into Iraq, which, apparently, has been a factor in the deaths of 200 Spaniards this weekend."

Later asked to explain his comments, he said:

"I'm making the same link that was made in the tape that was seen over the weekend after the bombings."

This morning, Kerry said that Dean had "backed off" his remarks.

Kerry added, according to ABC News Ed O'Keefe: "He's been great. He's really been superb. It's hard to just switch gears like that."

The Washington Post's John Harris writes: "In an interview with a local radio station, Kerry said he disagrees with the decision of Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Spain's newly elected prime minister, to withdraw Spanish troops from Iraq after terrorist attacks that killed more than 200 people. 'In my judgment, the new prime minister should not have decided that he was going to pull out of Iraq,' Kerry said. 'He should have said this increases our determination to get the job done.'"LINK

The Wall Street Journal editorial board perhaps missed this when it wrote in a must-read lead editorial that the recent events in Spain are "a splendid chance for Mr. Kerry to step up and defend American interests. At the very least, he might call Mr. Zapatero's remarks unfortunate."

Glen Johnson of the Boston Globe summarizes Kerry's day yesterday — complete with the back-and-forth with Bush over the military. LINK

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