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By Vincent Jauvert
Le Nouvel Observateur, via www.truthout.org
Intimidation or Strike Preparations?
The American president assured Jacques Chirac that he still favored diplomacy with respect to Iran. Yet indicators of war preparations against the Islamic Republic are increasing.
John Rockefeller is one of the best-informed men in the United States. The most important civilian and military officials file through his office. Chairman of the powerful Senate intelligence committee, he has access to most top-secret documents produced by the Bush administration. Ordinarily, this Democratic senator is not talkative. Yet, last Friday, he saw fit to confide in the New York Times. He is very worried about White House plans for Iran. "To be honest," he said, "I'm afraid it will be Iraq all over again."
Ex-Pentagon adviser hints US Marines contemplated for Iran
By Michael Roston, www.rawstory.com
A key ex-Pentagon adviser and close associate of Vice President Cheney hinted that US Marines might be used in an Iran strike in an a Wednesday night appearance in New York.
Perle, appointed chairman of the Defense Policy Board by President Bush in 2001 and assistant secretary of defense for international security policy in the Reagan Administration, participated in a raucous discussion in New York on Wednesday where he faced boos and hisses from the audience. They were gathered to hear a talk about "America at a Crossroads," a PBS documentary series that will air in April. Perle is included in the documentary, with one segment of it focusing on his career in and out of government.
AFPC LAUNCHES AD CAMPAIGN ON IRAN
Today, the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC) begins a week-long advertising campaign aimed at educating the American public about the growing threat posed by a nuclear Iran. The ad campaign consists of two 30-second spots that began running Tuesday on CNN, MSNBC, Headline News and the Fox News Channel in Washington, DC, Maryland and northern Virginia.
Hear Scott Ritter on "Target Iran" - recorded on January 27th in Deerfield, MA.
Download the mp3 audio (29 min; 80 kbps mono) for non-profit/non-commercial use.*
He was right about Iraq. Despite 500 faxed pleas to call him as a witness
before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2002, Congress did not
want to hear the truth. Now, with over 650,000 Iraqi deaths attributed to the war
Experts Will Discuss Engagement, Diplomacy, Alternatives to Preemption
(Washington, DC) - With the Bush administration's increased saber-rattling towards Iran, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) will convene a forum of experts to discuss current U.S. policy towards Iran, the potential implications of preemptive war with that country and non-military alternatives to addressing Iran's nuclear ambitions and engaging Iran in efforts to strengthen regional stability by bringing an end to the civil war in Iraq.
By ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI
WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- "Cataclysmic ... Apocalyptic," said
Gianfranco Fini, Italy's former deputy prime minister and
foreign minister, and leader of the National Alliance. He had
just been asked for the likely reaction of America's NATO allies
in the event of Israeli and/or U.S. air strikes against Iran's
Stubbing out his second cigarette over breakfast at the Italian
By SCOTT RITTER, www.thenation.com
In April 2001 I was invited to Washington, DC, by a group of Republican Congressmen collectively known as the Theme Team. The subject was Iraq. It seems that the Theme Team, responsible for monitoring the ideological pulse of America, was somewhat perturbed that a self-described Republican and former Marine officer, not to mention a former UN weapons inspector, was trash-talking America's Iraq policy. While this sort of action might have been acceptable during the tenure of a Democratic President like Bill Clinton, it was not part of the grand design when it came to the presidency of George W. Bush.
Only Impeachment Can Prevent More War by Paul Craig Roberts
Global Research, January 22, 2007
Everyone knows that Bush’s Iraq 'surge' will not work. Even the authors of the plan, neoconservatives Frederick Kagan and Jack Keane, have emphasized that the plan cannot work with any less than an addition of 50,000 US troops committed to another three years of combat. Bush is only adding 40% of that number of troops, and Defense Secretary Gates speaks of the operation being over by summer’s end.
Ah yes, someone loves the the smell of propaganda in the morning. Looks like a series of three strategically placed propaganda stories point towards good old-fashioned fear-mongering to boost Bush's all time low poll ratings in the latest Newsweek, CBS, and NBC/WSJ surveys just prior to Dear MisLeader's State of the Dis-Union speech. One of the suspected fake reports appears aimed at garnering support for the impending hostilities with Iran. The multi-pronged PSYOP also seems aimed at not only boosting said all-time low support, but perhaps also to lend credence to lies Bush may deliver in tonight's address...
By Larisa Alexandrovna, Raw Story
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is disputing claims that Iran has barred 38 nuclear inspectors from visiting the country, RAW STORY can reveal.
A Reuters report earlier today -- followed up by a report from AP -- sent shockwaves through the international community airing allegations that Iran had kicked out inspectors of the U.N. atomic watchdog organization. Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki posited that Iran had barred 38 inspectors with the U.N. nuclear watchdog.
By Mark Mazzetti, New York Times
Washington - The new chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Friday sharply criticized the Bush administration's increasingly combative stance toward Iran, saying that White House efforts to portray it as a growing threat are uncomfortably reminiscent of rhetoric about Iraq before the American invasion of 2003.
Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, the West Virginia Democrat who took control of the committee this month, said that the administration was building a case against Tehran even as American intelligence agencies still know little about either Iran's internal dynamics or its intentions in the Middle East.
U.S. contingency planning for military action against Iran's nuclear program goes beyond limited strikes and would effectively unleash a war against the country, a former U.S. intelligence analyst said on Friday.
"I've seen some of the planning ... You're not talking about a surgical strike," said Wayne White, who was a top Middle East analyst for the State Department's bureau of intelligence and research until March 2005.
By Andrew Kishner, www.StopDivineStrake.com
The defense agency that came up with the stupid name Divine Strake and the more
idiotic purpose for the test – to study the blast effects of a nuclear explosion
– may not be as stupid as they seem. Their recently released draft Revised Environmental
Assessment, which is open for public comment through February 7, contends that the
tremendous mushroom sized cloud from Divine Strake, which will rise to 10,000 feet,
By Associated Press
Paris - The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said Thursday he was concerned that the U.N. sanctions on Iran could escalate the standoff with Western powers over its suspected weapons program.
Mohamed El Baradei called for a resumption of negotiations. Only applying pressure, he suggested, could prompt the Islamic republic to follow the path of North Korea, which kicked out U.N. inspectors, pulled out of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty in 2003 and then conducted its first-ever nuclear test last October.
Iran offered the US a package of concessions in 2003, but it was rejected, a senior former US official has told the BBC's Newsnight programme.
Tehran proposed ending support for Lebanese and Palestinian militant groups and helping to stabilise Iraq following the US-led invasion.
Offers, including making its nuclear programme more transparent, were conditional on the US ending hostility.
By Liang Youchang, www.chinaview.cn
Special report: Iran Nuclear Crisis
TEHRAN, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- Iranian troops have shot down a U.S. pilotless spy plane recently, an Iranian lawmaker announced on Tuesday as the Islamic Republic was facing increasing military pressure from its arch rival -- the United States.
The aircraft was brought down when it was trying to cross the borders "during the last few days," Seyed Nezam Mola Hoveizeh, a member of the parliament, was quoted by the local Fars News Agency as saying.
JONES INTRODUCES RESOLUTION REQUIRING CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL PRIOR TO USE OF MILITARY FORCE AGAINST IRAN
WASHINGTON, DC – Today Representative Walter B. Jones (R-NC) introduced H. J. Res. 14, a joint resolution concerning the use of force by the United States against Iran. The resolution requires that – absent a national emergency created by an attack, or a demonstrably imminent attack, by Iran upon the United States or its armed forces – the President must consult with Congress and receive specific authorization prior to initiating any use of military force against Iran.
By David Morrison
The week beginning 18 December 2006 witnessed another fine example of US double standards on nuclear weapons.
On Monday 18 December 2006, President Bush signed into law an Act paving the way for the lifting of sanctions against India, a nuclear-armed state that never signed the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), sanctions which have banned India from importing nuclear material and equipment for civil purposes for over 30 years, since its first nuclear test in 1974. India is not required to give up its nuclear weapons (or anything else) in order to get these sanctions lifted.
By SHARON THEIMER, Associated Press
The U.S. military has sold forbidden equipment at least a half-dozen times to middlemen for countries — including Iran and China — who exploited security flaws in the Defense Department's surplus auctions. The sales include fighter jet parts and missile components.
In one case, federal investigators said, the contraband made it to Iran, a country President Bush branded part of an "axis of evil."
By Sam Gardiner
The pieces are moving. They'll be in place by the end of February. The
United States will be able to escalate military operations against Iran.
The second carrier strike group leaves the U.S. west coast on Tuesday.
It will be joined by naval mine clearing assets from both the United
States and the UK. Patriot missile defense systems have also been
ordered to deploy to the Gulf.
The New York Times | Editorial
Monday 15 January 2007
The Bush administration is eager to start work on a new nuclear warhead with all sorts of admirable qualities: sturdy, reliable and secure from terrorists. To sweeten the deal, officials say that if they can replace the current arsenal with Reliable Replacement Warheads (what could sound more comforting?), they probably won't have to keep so many extra warheads to hedge against technical failure. If you're still not sold, the warhead comes with something of a guarantee - that scientists can build the new bombs without ever testing them.
Published on Saturday, January 13, 2007 by CommonDreams.org
by Evan Frisch
For decades, conservatives have railed against liberals as "weak on defense," content to let U.S. military readiness decline to dangerous levels. Such accusations over the nation's military readiness, in personnel as well as equipment, have proven pivotal in numerous elections. Many progressives still have to learn how to express their views on security in more compelling ways, but we can no longer let conservatives remain unchallenged on their security credentials.
US legislator fears Bush preparing to attack Iran Thu Jan 11, 9:33 AM ET
WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Representative Dennis Kucinich, an Iraq war opponent and contender for the 2008 Democratic Party presidential nomination, said he fears that pResident George W. Bush is setting the stage for war with Iran. Bush "appears to be setting the stage for a wider war in the region," Kucinich said in a statement issued after the president's late Wednesday speech on Iraq policy.
"He has blamed Iran for attacks on America. The president is vowing to disrupt Iran. He is going to add an aircraft carrier to the shores off the coast of Iran. He has promised to give Patriot missiles to 'our friends and allies.' Isn't one war enough for this president?" he asked...
Recent U.S. military raids against Iranians in Iraq were authorized by President George W. Bush under an order for a broad offensive against Iranian operatives in the country, the New York Times said on its Web site on Friday.
"There has been a decision to go after these networks," the Times quoted Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice saying in an interview conducted on Friday before leaving on a Middle East trip.
Analysis by Trita Parsi*
WASHINGTON, Jan 12 (IPS) - President George W. Bush's address on Iraq Wednesday night was less about Iraq than about its eastern neighbour, Iran. There was little new about the U.S.'s strategy in Iraq, but on Iran, the president spelled out a plan that appears to be aimed at goading Iran into war with the U.S.
While Washington speculated whether the president would accept or reject the Iraq Study Group's recommendations, few predicted that he would do the opposite of what James Baker and Lee Hamilton advised. Rather than withdrawing troops from Iraq, Bush ordered an augmentation of troop levels. Rather than talking to Iran and Syria, Bush virtually declared war on these states. And rather than pressuring Israel to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the administration is fuelling the factional war in Gaza by arming and training Fatah against Hamas.
By Anne Penketh, The Independent (UK)
American forces stormed Iranian government offices in northern Iraq, hours after President George Bush issued a warning to Tehran that was described as a "declaration of war".
The soldiers detained six people, including diplomats, according to the Iranians, and seized documents and computers in the pre-dawn raid which was condemned by Iran. A leading UK-based Iran specialist, Ali Ansari, said the incident was an "extreme provocation". Dr Ansari said that Mr Bush's speech on future Iraq strategy amounted to "a declaration of war" on Iran.
Forces Also Capture Up to Six Iranians at Location Used to Issue Travel Permits to Iran
By TERRY MCCARTHY, ABC
BAGHDAD, Iraq, Jan. 11, 2007 — - U.S. troops staged two secret raids in northern Iraq today, ABC News has learned, capturing as many as six Iranians and only narrowly avoiding a gun battle with local security forces, according to the Iraqi foreign ministry and local officials in northern Iraq's Kurdish region.
By Dennis Kucinich
"President Bush appears to be setting the stage for a wider war in the region. He has blamed Iran for attacks on America. The President is vowing to disrupt Iran. He is going to add an aircraft carrier to the shores off the coast of Iran. He has promised to give Patriot missiles to 'our friends and allies.' Isn't one war enough for this President? It is time the media and the Congress began to pay attention to this President when he talks aggressively about Iran and Syria.
And WILL CONGRESS STOP THIS MADMAN?
The Coalition for a Realistic Foreign Policy held a forum in June. Videos of the event speakers are now available on The Free Liberal website. Go here.
The speakers included:
Independent Institute, Antiwar.com Columnist
“The United States Might Have to Accept a Nuclear Iran”
Former CIA officer, partner in Cannistraro Associates