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U.S. can't prove Iran link to Iraq strife

Despite pledges to show evidence, officials have repeatedly put off presenting their case.
By Maura Reynolds, Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — Bush administration officials acknowledged Friday that they had yet to compile evidence strong enough to back up publicly their claims that Iran is fomenting violence against U.S. troops in Iraq.

Administration officials have long complained that Iran was supplying Shiite Muslim militants with lethal explosives and other materiel used to kill U.S. military personnel. But despite several pledges to make the evidence public, the administration has twice postponed the release — most recently, a briefing by military officials scheduled for last Tuesday in Baghdad.

BUSH REGIME “SURGES” .... TOWARD WAR WITH IRAN

By Larry Everest

The Bush regime is “surging” – escalating – in Iraq. And it’s launched an even more ominous escalation toward Iran that may lead to military attacks – or all-out war. There are increasing reports in both the mainstream and alternative press that war preparations are underway and the U.S. and/or Israel could attack Iran within the next several months. This follows last year’s revelations by journalist Seymour Hersh that the Bush administration was engaged in military planning for war on Iran, possibly including bunker-buster tactical nuclear weapons.

Anti-Iran rhetoric questioned

The Bush administration continues to accuse the Iranian regime of backing Shiite militias in Iraq, despite evidence that seems to say otherwise.
BY JONATHAN S. LANDAY AND WARREN P. STROBEL
McClatchy News Service
Brookings Institution

The Bush administration is escalating its confrontation with Iran, sending an additional aircraft carrier and minesweepers into the Persian Gulf as it accuses the Islamic regime in Tehran of arming Shiite Muslim militias in Iraq for attacks on American troops.

Won't Get Fooled Again?

NYT, networks offer scant skepticism on Iran claims
By FAIR

The most important lesson about the Iraq War for reporters was perhaps the simplest one: Don't assume the White House is telling the truth. It's a lesson that many reporters seem to be forgetting now that U.S. officials are escalating their claims about Iran's role in Iraq.

On January 29, CBS Evening News aired a report about Iran's alleged support for Shiite militias in Iraq. Anchor Katie Couric introduced the segment by saying "the U.S. military says it has proof positive" to that effect, and Pentagon correspondent David Martin did little to undercut the official line by saying the U.S. is "already fighting a proxy war inside Iraq" with Iran. Martin went on to list the evidence: serial numbers on explosive devices that could be "traced directly back to Iran," along with rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons that "bear Iranian factory markings." The only guest on the segment was Jon Alterman of the Center for Strategic & International Studies, who essentially backed the official story.

Justifications for Attacking Iran on Shaky Ground

Nuke Blast  

By Jonathan S. Landay and Warren P. Strobel
McClatchy Newspapers
Friday 02 February 2007

Washington - The Bush administration is stepping up its confrontation with Iran, accusing the Islamic regime in Tehran of supplying arms to Shiite Muslim militias in Iraq for attacks on U.S. forces.

But the White House's failure to document its case, its acute credibility deficit, and a new U.S. intelligence finding that outside meddling is "not likely" a major cause of the bloodshed are raising questions about President Bush's intentions. Further, U.S. government data shows that Sunni Muslim insurgents commit most of the anti-U.S. violence in Iraq.

Latest Lies Still in Preparation Stage

U.S. delays report on Iranian role in Iraq
By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration has postponed plans to offer public details of its charges of Iranian meddling inside Iraq amid internal divisions over the strength of the evidence, U.S. officials said.

U.S. officials promised last week to provide evidence of Iranian activities that led President Bush to announce Jan. 10 that U.S. forces would begin taking the offensive against Iranian agents who threatened Americans.

SCOTT RITTER SEES MARCH-JUNE IRAN ATTACK WINDOW

Congress Doing Little to Stop It
By Nick Mottern, Director, ConsumersforPeace.org

Scott Ritter, the former nuclear weapons inspector who has been researching the growing U.S. diplomatic and military offensive against Iran, said last week that he expects the U.S. to launch a major attack against Iran sometime between March and June this year unless Congress acts to stop it.

Mr. Ritter, speaking to an audience on January 24 at Traprock Peace Center in Deerfield, MA, said that the Congress is not taking the necessary steps to prevent the attack, which he foresees can bring the use of nuclear weapons, particularly if U.S. forces are not able to overcome Iranian resistance.

Get an NIE on Iran Now, or Be Blamed for the War Later

Please ask Rockefeller and Reyes to demand a National Intelligence Estimate from U.S. intelligence agencies on the case for attacking Iran and the likely results thereof. Let them know that if they do not do this, they are actively promoting another illegal war, and we will hold them accountable for it. Then, please ask the Office of the Director of National Intelligence at Washington, DC 20511, phone 703-733-8600, to produce an NIE on Iran right away!

Bush Targets Iran

By Marjorie Cohn

As Congress and the American people protest the travesty Bush created in Iraq, our President is gunning for a confrontation with Iran. Bush is rattling the sabers and opting for gunboat diplomacy by pledging to "seek out and destroy" Iranian networks "providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies" in Iraq. But he has produced no hard evidence that Iran is supplying forces in Iraq with such weapons or manufacturing their own nuclear weapons.

Iran Clock Is Ticking

By Robert Parry, www.consortiumnews.com

While congressional Democrats test how far they should go in challenging George W. Bush’s war powers, the time may be running out to stop Bush from ordering a major escalation of the Middle East conflict by attacking Iran.

Military and intelligence sources continue to tell me that preparations are advancing for a war with Iran starting possibly as early as mid-to-late February. The sources offer some differences of opinion over whether Bush might cite a provocation from Iran or whether Israel will take the lead in launching air strikes against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Barbara Lee to Host Forum on Iran Today

Engagement and 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.

WEBB REPEATS CONCERN ABOUT WHITE HOUSE POSITION ON MILITARY ACTION AGAINST IRAN

THANK JIM WEBB FOR DOING THIS; REMIND HIM THAT SENATE COMMITTEES CAN USE SUBPOENAS

From the office of Senator Jim Webb:

Senator Calls for Clear Answer on Administration’s Understanding of 2002 Resolution Authorizing Force in Iraq

Washington, D.C. – Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing today, Senator Jim Webb reiterated his strong concern that the Bush Administration deems the 2002 congressional resolution authorizing force in Iraq applicable to Iran.

America ‘poised to strike at Iran’s nuclear sites’ from bases in Bulgaria and Romania

Report suggest that ‘US defensive ring’ may be new front in war on terror. By Gabriel Ronay Sunday Herald

PRESIDENT BUSH is preparing to attackIran'snuclearfacilities before the end of April and the US Air Force's new bases in Bulgaria and Romania would be used as back-up in the onslaught, according to an official report from Sofia.

Bush: After Iraq, Iran?

Nuke Blast  

By Vincent Jauvert
Le Nouvel Observateur
Week of Thursday 25 January 2007

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.

Putting It on the Table: Kucinich Says Bush Risking Impeachment

“The degree to which this President continues to take steps to go to war against Iran without consulting with the full Congress is the degree to which he is increasingly putting himself in jeopardy of an impeachment proceeding." - Dennis Kucinich

THANK DENNIS AND ENCOURAGE HIM

Bush: After Iraq, Iran?

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."

Perle Hints at Using Marines to Attack Iran

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.

Here Comes the Propaganda

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.

"We're on the edge of the abyss...."

http://www.traprockpeace.org

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

Barbara Lee to Host Forum on Iran

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.

Hawks and doves over Iran

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
nuclear facilities.

Stubbing out his second cigarette over breakfast at the Italian

Stop the Iran War Before It Starts

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

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.

Don't You Love the Smell of Propaganda in the Morning?

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...

UN nuclear watchdog disputes claim that Iran barred weapons inspectors

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.

Leading Senator Assails President Over Iran Stance

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. plans envision broad attack on Iran: analyst

By Reuters

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.

Divine Strake: Size Matters

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,

ElBaradei Concerned By Sanctions on Iran

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.

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