from ap/yahoo: Warmly greeted by world leaders in Vietnam, President Bush drew a different reaction Sunday at his upcoming stop in Indonesia, where thousands angrily protested America’s policy in the Middle East and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The White House said it was confident about security precautions for Bush’s visit Monday despite police warnings of an increased threat of attack by al-Qaida-linked groups.
The president was to spend just six hours in Indonesia, most of it at Bogor Palace, a presidential retreat outside the capital of Jakarta and far from the scene of protests Sunday where Bush was denounced as a “war criminal” and “terrorist.”
While President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is a close U.S. ally in the war on terror, Bush is highly unpopular in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation.
It was Bush’s first appearance on the world stage since his Republican Party lost control of Congress and was rebuked for the unpopular war in Iraq.