The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Sunday, September 24, 2006

News for 09-23-06

09-23-06 - Blair 'turned blind eye to Iraq intelligence' in Bush meeting A note of a private meeting between Mr Blair and President Bush in January 2003 shows that Tony Blair failed to confront Mr Bush when he claimed Saddam Hussein had tried to buy aluminium tubes for nuclear weapons production. Mr Blair did not contradict the President despite having received "private briefings" which indicated that the aluminium tubes were more likely to be for conventional weapons, according to the new edition of a book by the international lawyer Philippe Sands published tomorrow

09-23-06 - U.S. can't confirm bin Laden death report: official The U.S. government is unable to confirm a French newspaper report that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is believed to have died last month in Pakistan, a U.S. counterterrorism official said on Saturday.

09-23-06 - More war veterans suffering from stress Contributing to the higher levels of stress are the long and often repeated tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. In Iraq, troops also face unpredictable daily attacks and roadside bombings as they battle the stubborn insurgency.

09-23-06 - New York City?s Reservists Are Asked to Return Iraq Pay

09-23-06 - Nuclear talks with Iran may start without U.S. Citing unnamed German diplomatic sources, weekly Der Spiegel said the goal of this new strategy would be to lure Tehran to the negotiating table to discuss a package of incentives offered by six world powers in June in exchange for a suspension of Iran's uranium enrichment program.

09-23-06 - U.S. "very concerned" by Russian steps on Shell Casey said he was not aware of any actions taken against U.S. companies like Exxon Mobil Corp. but said Russia's actions on Shell "cast doubt" on its willingness to keep its international commitments, including promises made at the Group of Eight summit in St. Petersburg in July.

09-23-06 - As Crazy as It Sounds ** So far, the Bush administration has eerily followed the exact same pattern it used to justify the attack against Iraq. Bush keeps insisting, without a shred of evidence, that Iran, despite its denials, is seeking nuclear weapons. Remember how he kept insisting that Iraq had huge stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction?

09-23-06 - US-Iran Shootout Is Inevitable ** As the Bushies see it, they need to "do something" to "correct" the current balance of power which has been shifting in favor of Iran (thanks to US policies, that is).

09-23-06 - Armitage denies threatening to send Pakistan "back to the Stone Age"

09-23-06 - U.S.-Pakistan relationship getting shaky

09-23-06 - Not coming soon: US troop cuts in Iraq

09-23-06 - UN report: Torture in Iraq 'totally out of hand'

09-23-06 - Nationwide Actions 'Declare Peace', Raise Pressure on Congress A nationwide civil disobedience campaign aiming to force the administration of President George W. Bush and the U.S. Congress to end the military occupation of Iraq is now in full swing.

09-23-06 - Syria key to stability in Mideast: Peretz "Every war creates opportunities for a broadened political process ... We must establish talks with Lebanon and prepare the conditions for a dialogue with Syria," Peretz said. Peretz easing concerns about a conflict with Syria?

09-23-06 - Bush Presses Israel in Apparent Bid to Maintain Anti-Iranian Front Uzi Arad, who advised former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and is still close to the head of the rightwing opposition Likud party, told the Forward that if Israelis agree - as they should - that all efforts ought to be devoted to stopping Iran's nuclear quest, then "it would be wise to adopt a slightly more flexible policy toward the Palestinian issue." He added that "there is much that could be done" to engage with the Palestinians, short of making significant concessions. Same thing happened in the run-up to the Iraq war.

09-23-06 - Lebanese troops deploy on border

09-23-06 - Bush names delegation to help Lebanon reconstruction

09-23-06 - More Bush Diplomacy

09-23-06 - The Bushes & the Truth About Iran Having gone through the diplomatic motions with Iran, George W. Bush is shifting toward a military option that carries severe risks for American soldiers in Iraq as well as for long-term U.S. interests around the world. Yet, despite this looming crisis, the Bush Family continues to withhold key historical facts about U.S.-Iranian relations.

09-23-06 - A global crisis of understanding Gove also rewrites history when he alleges it was the "appeasement" of the Palestinians represented by the Oslo peace process that encouraged Al-Qaeda to launch the 9/11 attacks. In fact it was the violent repression that followed Israel's unilateral ending of peace talks that formed the backdrop to the attacks.....Throughout Gove's book, neocon myths are reheated and served up, despite being long discredited, most recently by the 2005 CIA report just released by the Senate Committee on Intelligence. Anyone that tells you that we were attacked on 911 for 'our freedom', is either grossly misinformed or a liar.

09-23-06 - Video: Buchanan and Mclaughlin laugh as Bush declares victory

09-23-06 - Video: Buchanan on Israel

09-23-06 - Lebanon's divided Christians feel rudderless

09-23-06 - Abandoned pets to go to U.S. sanctuaries Some 300 homeless dogs and cats, many left behind by owners who fled Lebanon during the Hezbollah- Israel war, will be heading to new sanctuaries in the United States for adoption, an animal rights activist said Friday.

09-23-06 - From the New "Anti-Semitism" to Nuclear Holocaust How Israel is Engineering the "Clash of Civilizations"

09-23-06 - Video: Buchanan on Ali G It is funny.


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