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By Congressman Jim McDermott, Huffington Post
What might Iran have in common with Laos and Cambodia? It's time to ask the question.
On an almost daily basis, the President demonizes Iran. While the Iraq Study Group advocated diplomacy with Iran (and Syria) to help end the Iraq war, the President is saber rattling, and his threats are becoming increasingly worrisome.
Congress must stop an attack on Iran
By Leonard Weiss and Larry Diamond, Los Angeles Times
LEONARD WEISS is a senior science fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. LARRY DIAMOND is a senior fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution.
DESPITE ANGUISH and anger over the Bush administration's decision to escalate its failing war in Iraq, Congress is unlikely to cut off funding. Even most opponents of the war fear that they could be blamed for not supporting the troops in the field and for a possible descent into even greater catastrophe in the face of a precipitous U.S. withdrawal from Iraq.
The same neocon ideologues behind the Iraq war have been using the same tactics—alliances with shady exiles, dubious intelligence on W.M.D.—to push for the bombing of Iran. As President Bush ups the pressure on Tehran, is he planning to double his Middle East bet?
By Craig Unger, Vanity Fair
By Phyllis Bennis, www.tompaine.com
Phyllis Bennis is a Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies. Her most recent book is Challenging Empire: How People, Governments and the UN Defy U.S. Power.
In 1982, angered by a White House secretly escalating an unpopular war in Central America, the House passed the Boland Amendment, a rider to the Defense Appropriations Act of 1983. The amendment was crafted by Massachusetts Congressman Edward Boland, and was designed to cut off funds the CIA and other intelligence agencies were using to carry out sabotage attacks in Nicaragua and to support the anti-government Contra guerrillas. The Senate had a Republican majority at the time, but even members of President Reagan’s own party were outraged when he launched his Contra-backing warfare without even notifying Congressional oversight committees.
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Focus on Iran
This panel discussion features Danny Postel and Afshin Molavi on the
following issues and questions:
A) How should progressive researchers, intellectuals and activists
understand the current situation with Iran?
B) The increasing level of tension between Iran and the US
By Daryl Kimball
Excerpted below is a speech by Israeli PM Olmert on the
Iranian nuclear program, which is interesting in that he says "the
Iranian threat is ... by no means imminent." Note that this
sober-sounding speech follows weeks of hyperbolic debate in the
Israeli press about the option of striking Iran that was triggered in
part by Olmert's slip-up in an interview with a German magazine about
Gunmen wearing Iraqi uniforms seized an Iranian diplomat in central Baghdad at the weekend, the government in Tehran said today, blaming the kidnapping on troops acting on US orders.
Jalal Sharafi, the second secretary at the Iranian embassy, was seized on Sunday by forces operating "under the supervision of the American forces in Iraq", an Iranian foreign ministry spokesman said.
Pictorial essay of Tehran before the bombs fall, set to Cat Steven's "Peacetrain".
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http://www.lucasgray.com/video/peacetrain.html">Watch the video.
Analysis: Bush's Iran stance echoes Iraq
By TOM RAUM, Associated Press
President Bush's tough new stance on Iran and his military buildup in the Persian Gulf recall some of the drumbeats that preceded the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.
As then, the Bush administration is making allegations about Iran without providing proof.
It is suggesting Iran is sending weapons to Iraq, yet offering no evidence the supplies can be traced to Tehran. There are whispers, too, that Iranian intelligence agents were behind the recent abduction and execution of five U.S. soldiers.
By Barry Grey in Washington DC
Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee on Thursday, Zbigniew Brzezinski, the
national security adviser in the Carter
administration, delivered a scathing critique of the
war in Iraq and warned that the Bush administration's
policy was leading inevitably to a war with Iran, with
incalculable consequences for US imperialism in the
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.
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.
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
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.
NYT, networks offer scant skepticism on Iran claims
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.
By Jonathan S. Landay and Warren P. Strobel
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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
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