The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Saturday, March 18, 2006

News for 03-17-06

03-17-06 - Russia Rejects U.N. Proposals on Iran Russia's U.N. ambassador on Friday rejected proposals for the U.N. Security Council to demand a quick progress report on Iran's suspect nuclear program, saying - only half in jest - that fast action could lead to the bombing of Iran by June...U.S. Ambassador John Bolton betrayed an increasing frustration with Russia, which along with China wants the council to take only mild action. Bolton warned that as he spoke, Iran's centrifuges were enriching uranium - a crucial step toward producing weapons-grade fissile material.

John Bolton - another neocon.

03-17-06 - China ready to give Iran up to six weeks to meet IAEA demands

03-17-06 - Ordinary Iraqi families getting ready to fight They're stockpiling weapons, food and fuel In the past week, President Bush has tried to assure Americans that Iraq has stepped back from the brink of civil war....Few Iraqis, however, share Bush's view that the crisis has been averted.

03-17-06 - Three years on from Iraq invasion, Iran in US sights Three years after the launch of the US-led war that ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, the Shiite clerical regime in neighbouring Iran is now clearly in Washington's sights over its nuclear ambitions.

03-17-06 - Pentagon 'hedge' strategy targets China The Pentagon is moving strategic bombers to Guam and aircraft carriers and submarines to the Pacific as part of a new "hedge" strategy aimed at preparing for conflict with China, Pentagon officials said yesterday.

03-17-06 - US probe looks at allegations marines targeted civilians The US military has opened a criminal investigation into allegations that marines intentionally targeted civilians in a clash with insurgents in which 15 Iraqi civilians were killed, a military official said.

03-17-06 - UN sounds fears over Israeli border UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has urged the leaders of Israel, Syria and Lebanon to take steps to ease tensions along Israel's northern border following reports a possible confrontation may be in the works, the United Nations said on Thursday.

03-17-06 - Bill Would Allow Warrantless Spying

03-17-06 - Study: U.S. Middle East policy motivated by pro-Israel lobby "No lobby has managed to divert U.S. foreign policy as far from what the American national interest would otherwise suggest, while simultaneously convincing Americans that U.S. and Israeli interests are essentially identical," write the authors of the study.

03-17-06 - Pentagon opens probe on Halliburton water contract: senator The Defense Department inspector general has opened a probe into allegations that US troops were provided contaminated water under a contract with Halliburton

03-17-06 - Bush Adviser Says Iran Bluffing on Iraq The Bush administration views Tehran's acceptance of an American offer to talk about Iraq, made months ago, as an indication that Iran is feeling the international heat, national security adviser Steven J. Hadley said. Hadley is a neocon.

03-17-06 - The Israel Lobby * For the past several decades, and especially since the Six-Day War in 1967, the centrepiece of US Middle Eastern policy has been its relationship with Israel. The combination of unwavering support for Israel and the related effort to spread ?democracy? throughout the region has inflamed Arab and Islamic opinion and jeopardised not only US security but that of much of the rest of the world. This situation has no equal in American political history. Why has the US been willing to set aside its own security and that of many of its allies in order to advance the interests of another state? Sweet Jesus. Right on the money. You can read this paper in PDF format here. It is 83 pages long.

03-17-06 - U.S. Envoy Wants Iran Talks in Iraq

03-17-06 - Twenty-two killed at Iran border At least 22 people have been killed by gunmen near Iran's border with Afghanistan, official reports say.

03-17-06 - Was it worth it? An Iraqi family debates. Let us be clear here - We were not sold on Iraqi 'liberation'. Rather, the American people were deliberately misled to believe that Saddam was an immediate and grave threat to us.
We were deceived, and thus far - nobody in the Bush administration has been brought to justice, least of all the neoconservatives who had this war in mind for several years, and who seized on the tragedy of 911 to push their agenda upon us. In fact, these folks are banging the war drums again - this time for an attack on Iran. And like before, they will get their way.

03-17-06 - Vets May Be Denied Health Care to enable President Bush to meet his promise of cutting the deficit in half - if the White House is serious about its proposed budget Cut out the neocons instead - and save us trillions more in future war costs.

03-17-06 - Common Ground: Bush and Jewish community Mirroring the sentiments of the Israeli right wing, powerful groups like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee want that door slammed shut until Hamas recognizes Israel's right to exist and renounces violence. American Christian fundamentalist groups, meanwhile, which have been strong supporters of Israel of late, take much the same view as their more hawkish Jewish-American counterparts. Both these groups are vital constituencies for Bush, and have influence in the White House and in the House and Senate, particularly with congressional elections next November. Indeed, they could make the president's life almost as complicated as dealing with Hamas.

03-17-06 - Christian Ministers Unite to Decry Denigration of Prophet The organization has brought thousands of interreligious clergy to visit Israel and Gaza in more than a dozen delegations over the past 3 years to interface with the children of Abraham in constructive dialogue, leading participants to a greater understanding and appreciation of each other's faith


03-17-06 - Asylum seeker numbers continue to fall

03-17-06 - Legal Gag on Bush-Blair War Row The attorney general last night threatened newspapers with the Official Secrets Act if they revealed the contents of a document allegedly relating to a dispute between Tony Blair and George Bush over the conduct of military operations in Iraq.

03-17-06 - Lap Dogs of the Press I honestly believe that if reporters had put the spotlight on the flaws in the Bush Administration's war policies, they could have saved the country the heartache and the losses of American and Iraqi lives.

03-17-06 - Predictions of a better Middle East have evaporated three years after invasion Although Israel tacitly backed the effort to oust Saddam and some of its American allies urged the U.S. to attack, there's now broad, if quiet, criticism of the way the United States has handled the postwar period.

03-17-06 - Watchdogs Target Small Arms, Saying Dealers 'Defy UN Embargoes' Last year's report further faulted: ...the United States for ramped-up sales to Israel and Pakistan


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