The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

News for 11-14-06

11-14-06 - Iran expands nuclear ambitions drawing new US criticism

11-14-06 - U.N. agency: unclear if Iran's nuclear aims peaceful James Baker, a Republican and former U.S. secretary of state who is co-chairman of the Iraq Study Group, had a three-hour dinner in New York with Iran's U.N. ambassador Javad Zarif, The Washington Post reported on Sunday.

11-14-06 - Fourth US serviceman pleads guilty to Iraq civilian death charges A fourth US serviceman is to plead guilty for his role in the death of an Iraqi civilian outside Baghdad earlier this year, lawyers representing the soldier said.

11-14-06 - Chinese submarine stalks US carrier: report A Chinese submarine approached a US aircraft carrier in the Pacific Ocean last month and surfaced within firing range of its torpedoes and missiles before being detected, The Washington Times has reported.

11-14-06 - International Lawyers File Suit against Rumsfeld in Germany

11-14-06 - Al-Qaida plotting nuclear attack on UK, officials warn British intelligence officials believe that al-Qaida is determined to attack the UK with a nuclear weapon, it emerged yesterday. The announcement, from an officially organised Foreign Office counter-terrorism briefing for the media, was the latest in a series of bleak assessments by senior officials and ministers about the terrorist threat facing Britain.

11-14-06 - Rumsfeld faces German legal test

11-14-06 - IAEA asks Tehran to explain traces found at nuke plant International Atomic Energy Agency experts have found unexplained plutonium and highly enriched uranium traces in a nuclear waste facility in Iran and have asked Tehran for details, a report from the U.N. watchdog said Tuesday.

11-14-06 - Iran will talk to 'corrected' US

11-14-06 - Don't Look for Much From the "Bipartisan" Iraq Study Group if past is precedent, Bush is likely to be give as much weight to Olmert?s views as to those of the Iraq Study Group

11-14-06 - Abramoff Is to Begin Sentence Today Jack Abramoff, the former lobbyist blamed for a corruption scandal that contributed to the Republican loss of Congress last week, is scheduled to report to federal prison today.

11-14-06 - Cheney, Libby ask dismissal of civil complaint Vice President Cheney's attorneys argue that the suit should be dismissed on various grounds including that, "the Vice President is entitled to qualified immunity," and that Cheney is "absolutely immune from suits for civil damages."

11-14-06 - Lebanese leader rejects UN court Lebanon's President Emile Lahoud says he opposes his government's approval of UN plans to try suspects in the killing of former PM Rafik Hariri.

11-14-06 - Blair under new pressure to announce war inquiry

11-14-06 - Americans Disagree with Congress on Interrogation

11-14-06 - Neo-Conservatives: New Bush Advisers Will Raise White Flag in Middle East However, Ullman, who coined the phrase "shock and awe," the term co-opted by the Pentagon to describe the bombing campaign of Iraq in March 2003, said it's time for the neo-cons to go off somewhere and "commit political suicide. "These people jeopardized American security," he said. "My advice for Bush is to stay as far away from the neo-cons as possible."
Couldn't agree more.

11-14-06 - US authorizes return of all embassy staff, dependents, to Damascus The United States said that embassy staff and dependents who left Damascus following an attack on the mission in September have been authorized to return to the Syrian capital.

11-14-06 - Germany urged to prosecute Rumsfeld for war crimes

11-14-06 - Blair presses case for solution in Palestine Tony Blair used a one-hour video testimony to the Iraq Study Group in Washington yesterday to repeatedly press his case that a settlement of the Palestinian-Israel dispute would be the single best way of calming the chaos in Iraq.

11-14-06 - 'We must reject hatred of U.S.' Mr Howard, in his address, said creation of a secure Palestinian state would do more to counter fundamentalist terrorism in the Middle East than co-opting Syria and Iran to assist in Iraq.

11-14-06 - Lebanon: Palestinians doubtful of camp improvement initiatives ?None of this will happen. No one here helps the Palestinians,? said Ahmed Hassan, an unemployed Palestinian refugee who lives in Chatila camp on the outskirts of Beirut.

11-14-06 - Olmert: World has reached the pivotal moment of truth on Iran "America's leadership in preventing Iran's nuclearization is indisputable and unequaled," said Olmert in his speech. "But America must have the support of the international community if we are to successfully defuse this mortal threat."
All of this bluster on Iran by Israel and its officials in the US are for one reason alone: preparing America for a war on Iran. Will Americans fall for it (again)? History is now repeating itself.

11-14-06 - Bush assures Israel Iran seen as threat Olmert, who also met with Vice President Dick Cheney and members of Congress, was heading to Los Angeles on Tuesday to speak to Jewish groups.

11-14-06 - Profile: The Iraq Study Group The Iraq Study Group is charged with correcting the US course in Iraq in a manner that will be broadly acceptable to the ruling Republicans and the opposition Democrats.

11-14-06 - Argentine Report Casts Doubt on Iran Role in '94 Bomb

11-14-06 - Germany tries Holocaust denier Where is the outcry for freedom of speech now (recall the Mohammed cartoons affair)?

11-14-06 - Worried about Gates' views on Iran, Israel backers hope he toes Bush line Neumann of JINSA said that however Gates turned out, Rumsfeld - known for his closeness to Israel - would be missed. He cited a recent revelation by Colin Powell that some State Department staff referred to Rumsfeld and his staff as the "JINSA crowd." "The administration today was stronger on Israel than any administration in my life," Neumann said.

11-14-06 - Netanyahu: Iran Preparing Another Holocaust The boy that cried wolf and Chicken Little have just morphed into one.

11-14-06 - For Evangelicals, Supporting Israel Is 'God?s Foreign Policy'

11-14-06 - Scott Ritter on 'My Good Friend,' Israel He said that Israel is our close ally; and if Iran actually intends to develop nuclear weapons, not nuclear power (as the Iranian Ambassador had said, in the speech preceding Ritter's), and if Iran fails to repudiate Ahmedinejad's hateful rhetoric about Israel, well then, Israel's "legitimate national security concerns" are ours, and could even bring war.

11-14-06 - Report: Israel chose cheap bombs Israel reportedly decided against using a local, safe variety of cluster-bombs during its war against Hezbollah for cost reasons.

11-14-06 - Dershowitz criticizes Israeli bombing Alan Dershowitz criticized Israel's use of cluster bombs during the war with Lebanon.
Aww gee, wasn't that noble of him?

11-14-06 - Blair calls for new focus on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

11-14-06 - Poll: Lebanese opinion of U.S. worse A Gallup World Poll conducted Sept. 18 to Oct. 12 found that 64 percent of Lebanese surveyed said their opinion of the United States was worse following the summer war, during which the Israeli army damaged Lebanese infrastructure while retaliating, with U.S. backing, for Hezbollah attacks launched from Lebanon. Winning the battle for hearts and minds, one Arab country at a time we are.

11-14-06 - Israel's Supreme Court rejects jailed U.S. spy's former Mossad handler from Cabinet post Israel's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by jailed Pentagon spy Jonathan Pollard to boot his former Mossad handler from his Cabinet post.

11-14-06 - Jewish leaders ask Chirac to use influence Jewish officials asked France?s president to put pressure on the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority and Hezbollah to stop endangering Israeli civilians.

11-14-06 - Robert Fisk: Conflict in the Middle East is Mission Implausible the Hizbollah - here is a fact which will not sit happily with the John Boltons of this world at the UN - are watching every car that drives south of the Litani river. For they know that if a suicide bomber attacks the French, they - the Hizbollah - will be blamed. They will not be to blame. It will be the Sunni Muslim al-Qa'idists to the north who wish to attack Nato. So Hizbollah will be the most powerful defenders of the European armies in southern Lebanon. Now there's something to think about.

11-14-06 - E.U. commissioner slams Iran Benita Ferrero-Waldner made the remarks Sunday in Paris to the governing board of the World Jewish Congress.

11-14-06 - FBI: Pollard passed info to Pakistan and Australia In a presentation given by FBI agent Ronald Olive, which was broadcast on Channel 10, it was revealed that Pollard was also involved illegally in arms sales to Taiwan, France, Kenya, Afghanistan, and Argentina.

11-14-06 - Video: Pollard steals secret documents Ron Olive, the FBI agent who apprehended Jonathan Pollard has released footage taken from a surveillance camera showing the convicted spy taking suitcases full of top secret documents to his Israeli operatives.

11-14-06 - Budget-saving, American-made cluster bombs left vicious legacy in Lebanon This would appear to be another 'Blame America' article.

11-14-06 - Hizbullah leader sees collapse of government A poll published last week by the Beirut Centre for Research and Information suggests nearly 60% of Lebanese support the opposition, with 70% seeking the formation of a new national government.


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