The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Friday, September 15, 2006

News for 09-14-06

09-14-06 - US Iran report branded dishonest ** A Western diplomat called it "deja vu of the pre-Iraq war period".

09-14-06 - US seeks Iran sanctions now ** The United States said on Wednesday Iran was "aggressively" pursuing atom bombs and should face sanctions now

09-14-06 - Iran calls for negotiations; France warns of split over nuclear issue

09-14-06 - Spying bill clears Senate panel Bush's Republicans hailed the measure and brushed off Democratic complaints that it could actually further undermine the rights of law-abiding Americans because of what they called loopholes that would expand presidential powers.

09-14-06 - U.S. moves to reduce diplomatic presence in Syria The decision does not reflect any further deterioration in the long-strained U.S.-Syrian relationship but is rather a response to security concerns following Tuesday's attack, said a State Department official who asked not to be named.

09-14-06 - Baker surfaces as key adviser to Bush on Iraq President Bush has acceded to his father's urging and has made former Secretary of State James Baker a leading adviser on Iraq. Good choice.

09-14-06 - Novak Accuses Plame Source Of Distortion Fitzgerald has not declared his probe of the leak finished, 2 1/2 years after it began, although he told Armitage in a Feb. 24 letter that "absent unexpected developments, I do not anticipate seeking any criminal charges against you."

09-14-06 - Plame sues Armitage over CIA leak Plame added Armitage's name to a civil suit in U.S. District Court against Vice President Dick Cheney, his former chief of staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby and White House adviser Karl Rove.

09-14-06 - Jimmy Carter: I Hope Lieberman Loses "He was one of the originators of public statements that misled the American people into believing that the Iraqi war was justified," the former Democratic president said on CNN's "Larry King Live."

09-14-06 - Republican senators revolt over terror suspects' rights the previous secretary of state, Colin Powell - who resigned in strained circumstances at the end of Mr Bush's first term - went public with his opposition to the President's plan. "The world is beginning to doubt the moral basis of our fight against terrorism," Gen Powell, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote in a letter. Redefining what is permitted under the Geneva Conventions "would add to those doubts. Furthermore, it would put our own troops at risk."

09-14-06 - Bush: US committed to Israel's security ** After talks with Vice President Dick Cheney in Washington last week, Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu said the Bush administration is determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. And these Israelis have made sure of that. And Bush being so committed to Israel's security virtually ensures the insecurity of THIS nation.

09-14-06 - No Lebanon-Israel contact possible: Siniora "The last war proved that Israel cannot be trusted," Siniora said Thursday

09-14-06 - Terrorist Network Disconnect Gen. Greg Newbold, the senior staff officer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, later recalled to Michael R. Gordon and Gen. Bernard E. Trainor, the authors of COBRA II, ?You could still smell the smoke in the corridors? when Undersecretary for Policy Douglas Feith upbraided him when he said he was working hard on tracking down al-Qaida in Afghanistan. "Why are you working on Afghanistan?" Feith demanded. "You ought to be working on Iraq."

09-14-06 - Khatami offers moderate vision of Iran

09-14-06 - Opposition: Iran using laser enrichment Iran has secretly revived a program to enrich uranium using laser technology, reportedly with favorable results, an Iranian opposition figure said Thursday citing information from members of the resistance inside the country. ....There was no independent confirmation of the latest information and Iran's U.N. Mission called the allegation "baseless and unfounded."

09-14-06 - Novak: Real story behind Armitage's role When Armitage now says he was mute because of special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald?s request, that does not explain his silence three months between his claimed first realization that he was the source and Fitzgerald?s appointment on Dec. 30. Armitage?s tardy self-disclosure is tainted because it is deceptive.

09-14-06 - Novak vs. Armitage: Was the Plame Leak Deliberate? Nor does Novak mention that Scooter Libby leaked information on Valerie Wilson to Judith Miller of The New York Times weeks before Novak entered Armitage's office--and also confirmed Rove's leak to Cooper. (A source close to Rove is quoted in Hubris saying that Rove "probably" learned about Valerie Wilson from Libby.) Like Armitage, Rove and Libby kept silent, even as the White House claimed they were not involved in the leak. Maybe it's time for all leakers to come clean and tell what happened.

09-14-06 - After initial doubts on resolution, consensus emerging on Lebanon Israel's friends in Congress are backing away from earlier threats to withhold assistance from Lebanon until it provides assurances that the borders with Syria are secure and that Hezbollah is disarmed. Some legislators already are pressing hard for assistance....Israel has joined the Bush administration in calling for the immediate disbursement of assistance to Lebanon to counter the influence of Hezbollah

09-14-06 - Chavez vows aid for Iran against attack Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez pledged Thursday that Venezuela will support Iran if it is invaded as a result of the Middle Eastern nation's high-stakes nuclear standoff with the United Nations Security Council.

09-14-06 - One month on, uneasy truce holds in battle-scarred border villages According to Alexander Ivanko, spokesman for the UN interim force in Lebanon (Unifil), there have been more than 100 recorded ceasefire violations by Israeli forces in the last month. These have been mostly over-flights and incursions by tanks, troops and bulldozers. Mr Ivanko said that 24 Lebanese civilians - including four men from Aita al-Shaab - had been detained at gunpoint by Israeli troops. All were later released.

09-14-06 - U.S., Israel eye-to-eye on Mideast peace If there ever was any doubt that the Bush administration and the Israeli government are of one mind on Mideast peacemaking and Iran's nuclear programs, it is fading during talks Israel's foreign minister is holding here. Wow, what a coincidence! Next, someone will discover bat feces in a cave. Will wonders never cease?!

09-14-06 - INTERVIEW - No such thing as a moderate Muslim - ex-Malaysian PM "What is happening today has got nothing to do with religion. It has got to do with territorial disputes, mainly the dispute over Palestinian land,"

09-14-06 - Gingrich Off His Meds Again? After taking responsibility for Republican losses in Congress in 1998, Gingrich resigned as speaker, but he has remained politically active as a senior fellow at AEI, an advisory board member of the pro-Israel Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, and a member of the Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld's Defense Policy Board (DPB). Newt Gingrich, neocon.

09-14-06 - Sneh warns of more war ** Efraim Sneh, a Knesset member from the Labor Party and former deputy defense minister, told a select Israel Policy Forum crowd Thursday in New York that Israel is the West's first line of defense in an ideological war emanating from Tehran The Israelis are flooding into America to lobby for the war on Iran, seems.

09-14-06 - Most Americans Dispute Iraq War Benefits

09-14-06 - Clearing up cluster bombs in Lebanon It is emerging that 25% to 30% of cluster bombs failed to detonate on impact, a far higher dud rate than expected. You find them on staircases and in gardens and hanging in the peach trees. Ronald Reagan had good reason to ban the sale of cluster bombs to Israel back in the 80s - because Israel was using them against Lebanese civilians back then too.

09-14-06 - U.S. Will Always Face Terror, Say Americans

09-14-06 - Bush surprises Livni at White House During her visit to Washington, the foreign minister is expected to meet Thursday with US Vice President Richard Cheney, with senior Congress members, including Senator John McCain, the leading Republican presidential candidate, with whom Livni will hold a joint press conference.

09-14-06 - What We?ve Learned About Suicide Terrorism Since 9/11 Suicide terrorism is mainly a response to foreign occupation rather than a product of Islamic fundamentalism.

09-14-06 - Britain Rejects Sending Troops to Iran ** 67 per cent of respondents think Britain should refuse to send troops if the United States decides to take action against Iran.

09-14-06 - Hezbollah lawmaker says group targeted civilians only in reprisal Hezbollah acknowledged targeting civilians in rocket attacks on Israel, but said it fired in response to Israeli attacks - rejecting an Amnesty International report Thursday that accused the guerrillas of "serious violations of international humanitarian law, amounting to war crimes."

09-14-06 - Lebanon says it will confiscate weapons Lebanon's prime minister vowed Thursday that his army will confiscate any weapons it encounters in southern Lebanon, while the Islamic militant group Hezbollah accused Israel of "flagrant violations" of the month-old cease-fire. Israel denied it was violating the truce.

09-14-06 - Forewarned: Prior Knowledge of 9/11? by Jeffrey Scott Shapiro It's interesting to note what is missing from Mr. Shapiro's article- a few folks who ALSO may have had advanced knowledge of the attacks on September 11th, and who not only were happy about this attack, but who also took photographs of themselves smiling with the burning WTC in the background. That incident, also reported by ABC, was evidently not to be part of this article which was originally published in 2002. However, what someone wants us Americans to focus on is crystal clear: Arabs.


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