The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

News for 10-24-06

10-24-06 - Severity of Injuries Requires New Forms of Rehabilitation A disturbingly high number of young US citizens are returning from Afghanistan and Iraq with serious cases of brain damage. Most of them were injured by mortar, grenades or other explosives. Bullet-proof vests may protect the heart, but not even Kevlar helmets can offer complete protection for the head.

10-24-06 - After Pat's Birthday Kevin Tillman joined the Army with his brother Pat in 2002, and they served together in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pat was killed in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004. Kevin, who was discharged in 2005, has written a powerful, must-read document. The MSM would appear to be ignoring this story.

10-24-06 - US in Iraq: We're out of here Coming after the White House formally abandoned Mr Bush's previous "stay the course" formulation for US policy, the appearance by Mr Khalilzad and General Casey seemed part of a carefully choreographed exercise to signal, without explicitly saying so, that a timetable for pull-out - long rejected by the President - was in fact taking shape.

10-24-06 - Iran expands nuclear centrifuge program, diplomats say A senior diplomat familiar with UN nuclear inspections in Iran said the Iranian program remained a long way from "industrial scale" capacity that would signal its emergence as a nuclear power, as North Korea showed on October 9 by detonating an atomic device

10-24-06 - Iran condemns US Gulf exercises ** Reports say the US is to hold naval exercises at the end of October with Bahrain, Kuwait, France and Britain

10-24-06 - German ministers 'knew about CIA torture cells' The German intelligence report said US interrogators at the base had beaten a 70-year-old terrorist suspect with rifle butts and that "his injuries meant that he had to be given 20 stitches to the head wound he sustained". The report said the American interrogator responsible "appeared to be proud" of his actions.

10-24-06 - UN talks on Iran sanctions could take weeks: US

10-24-06 - Bush drops 'stay the course' slogan for Iraq The White House says President George W Bush has retired his "stay the course" slogan for Iraq, worried about its use as a weapon against his Republican Party in the November elections.

10-24-06 - West wants Iran technology sales banned The U.S. and its allies want the U.N. Security Council to ban the sale of missile and atomic technology to Iran and end most U.N. help for its nuclear programs - moves diplomats said Tuesday are narrowly focused in hopes of winning Russian and Chinese backing for sanctions.

10-24-06 - Moves toward War with Iran: Part 2 **

10-24-06 - Outrage over North Korea dissipates

10-24-06 - Iraq in danger of breaking up: Russia Iraq could break up unless steps are taken towards unifying it, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said, amid rising fears over the future of the war-shattered country.

10-24-06 - Opec quota pledges lift oil price Oil prices are back above $59 a barrel, after confirmation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that it will follow Saudi Arabia and cut output next month Why isn't gasoline under $2/gallon? It's after Labor Day, there are no hurricanes (that have made landfall in the US), etc etc etc. Where is the outrage America? You're being soaked.

10-24-06 - Pressure grows on Bush to soften approach to Syria The debate over Syria has been fuelled by the Iraq Study Group, which was set up by Congress to look at policy choices in Iraq and led by James Baker, the former secretary of state. Political analysts expect it will call for a regional contact group that includes Syria and Iran

10-24-06 - Gitmo interrogations spark battle over tactics - The inside story of criminal investigators who tried to stop abuse In the end, the law enforcement investigators said, they were not able to stop abusive interrogations, but they were able to slow them.

10-24-06 - Time for Bush to talk to Iran and Syria

10-24-06 - ElBaradei warns on sanctions on N.Korea, Iran New U.N. sanctions imposed on North Korea and under consideration for Iran could empower hardliners in both countries, the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency warned on Monday.

10-24-06 - Perle, Ex-Pentagon Aide, Dropped From SEC's Probe of Hollinger The leading architect of U.S. nuclear arms policy during the administration of President Ronald Reagan, Perle served on the Pentagon's advisory Defense Policy Board for 17 years until he quit in 2004. He's a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington, and advised Bush on foreign policy during the 2000 U.S. presidential campaign

10-24-06 - U.S. blames Iran, Syria for Iraq violence The Orwellian phenomenon of America's foreign policy continues.

10-24-06 - Syria has done nothing to deserve sanctions: Russian FM "Frankly, I do not see what Syria could have done to deserve facing sanctions," Sergei Lavrov told the pan-Arab newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat on Tuesday.

10-24-06 - Why Didn't the US Warn Us about the 9/11 Terrorists?

10-24-06 - Michael Savage Backs Jerry Brown America's most fiery conservative talk show host backing liberal Jerry Brown for California's attorney general?

10-24-06 - Air Force to Establish New Cyberspace Operations Command Lani Kass, director of of the service's Cyberspace Task Force, served in the IDF. She also served at the Pentagon - what a surprise. And it looks like I answered one of my own questions from last week.

10-24-06 - The Bush Administration's Assault on Defense Lawyers

10-24-06 - 500,000 Iraqis make a new life in Syria Palestinians, Lebanese and now Iraqis find refuge in Syria as a result of US-Israeli policy in the region. Some legacy, eh?

10-24-06 - Senior US diplomat's candor gets play in the Middle East, ire at home

10-24-06 - Russia: Go easy on Hamas Sergei Lavrov said in an interview published Tuesday that it?s unrealistic for Western powers to shun the radical Islamist group to get it to recognize Israel?s right to exist and renounce terrorism.

10-24-06 - Despite friendly words, Olmert visit to Russia highlights Iran differences "It is necessary to act on Iran, but that action should be in direct proportion to what is really happening," the RIA-Novosti Russian news agency quoted Lavrov as saying. "And what is really happening is what the" International Atomic Energy Agency "reports to us. And the IAEA is not reporting to us about the presence there of a threat to peace and security."

10-24-06 - Report that Jews backed Harman for help on AIPAC trial dismissed The lead Democratic Party donor making the case for Harman was Haim Saban, the Power Rangers toy and TV-show magnate, who also has been a major donor to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the Brookings Institution, where a center for Middle East studies was established in his name. Saban, a dual Israeli citizen, also is a donor to Israel's Labor Party....Sources close to Harman, who is Jewish, and Pelosi acknowledged that there has been such lobbying, but added that it's par for the course and not illegal, though Pelosi has made it clear she resents the pressure

10-24-06 - Olmert pins hopes on Lieberman to stop Iran ** Beside Olmert's faith in President Bush and the United Nation to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear arms, the prime minister is seeking to speed up Israel's preparations for a possible confrontation with Iran.

10-24-06 - Iran warns of U.S., Israel ME schemes He cautioned peoples of the region -- "especially the Lebanese and Palestinians" -- as well as all Muslim nations not to fall for the U.S. plan or act in a way that serves Washington's and Israel's schemes

10-24-06 - Israeli deputy PM warns of Iranian nuclear threat "We discussed the Iranian issue which is a threat not only against the state of Israel but it is a threat against all the Western countries," Mofaz told reporters after meeting with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Nicholas Burns, the State Department's number three, in charge of the Iranian nuclear issue.

10-24-06 - Governments say they follow U.S. on jail treatment That's quite an example we're setting.

10-24-06 - Student admits bomb hoax in bid to delay flight The 21-year-old, who holds dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to a felony count of conveying false information of a threat targeting an airplane. He faces from probation to five years in prison at sentencing Jan. 29.

10-24-06 - Government expert tells terrorism trial of Mideast violence A terrorism expert told a federal court jury Tuesday that suicide bombers have killed hundreds of Israelis but a defense attorney said five times as many Palestinians have died amid the violent conflict. Palestine on trial in the US courts.

10-24-06 - Democratic leaders: Carter wrong on Israel Both parties must pander to the Israeli lobby - lest they be perceived as hostile to Israel, and thus lose the elections. The interests of the majority of Americans (who do not make up the Israeli lobby) do not factor in.


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