The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

News for 06-27-06

06-27-06 - Many U.S. Iraq War vets return to homelessness "I'm a young black man from the ghetto but this was culture shock. This is not what I fought for, what I almost died for." "This is not what I was supposed to come home to."
This is unacceptable.

06-27-06 - Iran says will not benefit from talks with US "We will not negotiate with anybody on our certain right to reach and use nuclear technology. However, if they recognize this right for us, we are prepared to talk about international controls, supervision and guarantees, and the grounds for such negotiations have been prepared,"

06-27-06 - No "talks about talks" in Iran nuclear row: UK

06-27-06 - Three Days in Rome? Franklin was the Iran desk officer in a Pentagon policy office that would eventually include the Office of Special Plans, an alternative intelligence shop that became closely allied with Ahmed Chalabi and his band of Iraqi exile informants. Joining the pair in Rome was Michael Ledeen, a neoconservative historian and activist who is among the most impassioned advocates for overthrowing the Iranian regime.......During Iran-Contra, Ghorbanifar conveyed Iran's weapons wish list to the Americans, via Ledeen. In return for sophisticated missiles to be used in Iran?s war against Iraq, he promised, Tehran would intervene to gain the release of U.S. hostages held by Hezbollah in Lebanon; what's more, he told his American and Israeli contacts, the weapons sales would bolster regime moderates, in the midst then, he claimed, of a power struggle.
A must read.

06-27-06 - "Big Brother" Bush and Connecting the Data Dots These computer databanks and programs are technically separate but collectively could exceed the dimensions of the DARPA program killed in 2003. Most of these systems have certain common characteristics, including the absence of congressional approval. Indeed, the recently disclosed financial transaction program was created by the Bush administration as an emergency program, but it has continued for years.

06-27-06 - US cannot accept Israeli nuclear weapons: Arab League chief The United States cannot denounce Iran's nuclear program while accepting Israel's possession of nuclear bombs, the head of the Arab League has said.

06-27-06 - Lone Jewish MP confronts Ahmadinejad on Holocaust but stresses loyalty to Iran

06-27-06 - Russian company to work with Iran on oil and gas ventures

06-27-06 - U.S. Policy and Iran?s Nuclear Challenge The U.S. should mobilize an international coali­tion to raise the diplomatic, economic, domestic political, and potential military costs to Tehran of continuing to flout its obligations under its nuclear safeguards agreements. This ?coalition of the will­ing? should seek to isolate the Ahmadinejad regime, weaken it through targeted economic sanc­tions, explain to the Iranian people why their gov­ernment?s nuclear policies will impose economic costs and military risks on them, contain Iran?s mil­itary power, and encourage democratic change. If Tehran persists in its drive for nuclear weapons despite these escalating pressures, then the United States should consider military options to set back the Iranian nuclear weapons program. Here is another neoconservative 'thinktank' - the Heritage Foundation - telling America what it must do with regard to Iran.

06-27-06 - Feds drop request for library records Federal authorities have dropped their demand for records from a library computer, but not without warning the librarians who refused to release them that under other circumstances their failure to cooperate "could have increased the danger of terrorists succeeding."

06-27-06 - Rumsfeld due to visit Israel on regional tour U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is expected to visit Israel this week. Gonzales, whose post in the American government is equivalent to that of Justice Minister, is one of President George Bush's closest advisors. He will give a lecture at Tel Aviv University on international law enforcement in the post-9/11 era.

06-27-06 - House committee approves Israel-NATO legislation The resolution, introduced by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.), was adopted Tuesday by the House Committee on International Relations. Just when you think one week will go by without any legislation being proposed on behalf of Israel in the US Congress ...

06-27-06 - Prepared Remarks of Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales at Tel Aviv University But the bond between America and Israel is about more than sharing these common struggles against injustice. Israel, like America, is a nation with a deep respect for the rule of law Laughable. To my knowledge, Israel has not abided by ANY international laws since its creation. It has Disregarded UN resolution after UN resolution, along with its utter disregard for the ICJ's ruling on the wall.

06-27-06 - US must check nationalists who clash with Islam: Arab league chief Moussa said the United States needed to acknowledge that the conflict was not a result of "terrorists" but of a military occupation by Israel. The policy of aiming for "security now and peace later" will not work, he said.

06-27-06 - Rebbe commemorated at White House Leaders of both parties in Congress, as well as top Bush administration officials, are attending the two-day tribute to Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, who died June 12, 1994. The theme is education, and speakers include Elie Wiesel; U.S. Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff; and Australia?s defense minister. Chertoff and Joshua Bolten, the White House chief of staff, who are both Jewish, will attend the White House briefing Wednesday morning.

06-27-06 - New human rights council kicks off with hope for improvement on Israel With the United States declining to run for a seat, Kessler expressed the hope that Western countries on the council, led by European Union members, would "draw a red line around where they stand when it comes to Israel."

06-27-06 - The Delusion of U.S. Aid The Economic Coercion of Israel: America is to fork over exceedingly high amounts of cash to induce Israeli withdrawals from lands that it should not be occupying in the first place.


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