The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Sunday, November 19, 2006

News for 11-18-06

11-18-06 - CIA analysis finds no Iranian nuclear weapons drive: report ** A classifed draft CIA assessment has found no firm evidence of a secret drive by Iran to develop nuclear weapons, as alleged by the White House, a top US investigative reporter has said. Seymour Hersh, writing in an article for the November 27 issue of the magazine The New Yorker released in advance, reported on whether the administration of Republican President George W. Bush was more, or less, inclined to attack Iran after Democrats won control of Congress last week.....A current senior intelligence official confirmed the existence of the CIA analysis and said the White House had been hostile to it, he wrote.
Seymour Hersh does it again! This guy is golden.

11-18-06 - Baker met Syrians to discuss Iraq cooperation: report

11-18-06 - Condi's Iraq surprise Abshire bristled a bit when asked about speculation in the press that somehow Baker had set up the group as some sort of favor to help out the president's father. "It is sometimes misunderstood that this is a group that Baker formed," he said

11-18-06 - Americans Say U.S. Should Have Stayed Out of Iraq 3+ years too late.

11-18-06 - Public to get a look at Libby documents In today? ruling, Walton ordered the CIA and Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald to begin a review of classified court filings and transcripts of closed hearings related to requests by I Libby, who is seeking to introduce certain classified documents at trial. Walton said he wants the government to provide him redacted versions so that the public will have an opportunity to view them.

11-18-06 - Iran declaring 'economic warfare' Iran may have signed a virtual "death warrant" by openly declaring a governmental decision to move away from the dollar in the country's foreign-exchange transactions, says WND columnist Jerome Corsi

11-18-06 - Russia implementing arms contract with Iran - official Russia is going ahead with a contract to deliver sophisticated air defence systems to Iran, a Russian defence ministry official said, despite appeals from Washington to reconsider.

11-18-06 - Judge: Detainee can't speak to attorney A suspected terrorist who spent years in a secret CIA prison is not allowed to speak to a civilian attorney until an appeals court decides what rights military detainees have, a federal judge said Friday.

11-18-06 - A 'Grand Bargain' with Iran a ?grand bargain? represents the only real hope of for finding a way of curbing the sectarian violence in Iraq and avoiding a regional conflagration over the Iranian nuclear program. It has the advantage of being able to refer to an Iranian proposal to the United States in spring 2003 which laid out a very concrete framework for negotiating such a bargain.

11-18-06 - US judge refuses to derail domestic spying case

11-18-06 - Iran despises weakness by Henry Kissinger

11-18-06 - Iran presses on with plans for Arak nuclear reactor Iran has said it will only shut down its four-decade-old light-water research reactor in Tehran after a heavy-water reactor in the town of Arak is up and running, a news agency has reported.

11-18-06 - Britain denies Blair's Iraq 'disaster' comment

11-18-06 - Crisis-hit Lebanon awaits UN decision on Hariri court

11-18-06 - Russia questions Lebanon approval of Hariri court

11-18-06 - Olmert's drums of war ** The Democrat's victory in midterm elections in the United States also lessened the likelihood that Bush will bomb Iran. Israel, it seems, is facing Ahmadinejad alone.

11-18-06 - U.S. Lawyers: Libby May Have Disclosed Iraq Secrets

11-18-06 - Bolton in extraordinary outburst against United Nations Despite the resolution being significantly watered down at the behest of the United States, and being passing by 156 votes to seven, Bolton launched a blistering attack on the UN, and many of its members. John Bolton IS - Israel's man at the UN.

11-18-06 - Aides to Abbas, Olmert to meet in Washington for summit meeting: report Sama news agency quoted Palestinian officials as saying that the U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has asked both Abbas and Olmert to send their aides in order to "discuss ways of removing obstacles that prevented the pair from meeting." I would like to believe that this is geniune. However, given these events toward peace also happened in the recent past and were seen as necessary to get Europe (and others) on board for the Iraq war, and given that Olmert and other Israeli officials were just here calling for someone to do something about Iran, I think that it is safe to say that the peace efforts now underway are toward the same ends: to get support for forthcoming action on Iran by the US.

11-18-06 - Chertoff says U.S. threatened by international law

11-18-06 - The Stab in the Back This war was always about enhancing Israel's strategic position, and nothing else: not oil, not democracy, not WMD. The goal was to extend Israel's sphere of influence, and that is precisely what is occurring. To the victor go the spoils, and Hersh's revelations highlight the Israelis as the real winners of this war

11-18-06 - Annan urges Syria, Iran to aid Lebanese stability

11-18-06 - Washington gets real ** A senior political advisor to the Republican Party who has criss-crossed America in his clients' Congressional election campaigns, estimated this week that the chances of an American attack have dropped to zero. This, in his opinion, is the implication of the Democrats' victory last week. The public does not want to hear about a new military adventure. Only a large terror attack in the United States, or some other shocking event that can be connected to Iran, would make it possible to enlist public opinion for new hostilities. Ambassador Ayalon disagreed with this assessment this week. He believes that Bush will stop Iran, even by force. A good assessment of the president's intentions, but not necessarily of his ability to realize them.

11-18-06 - Syria exerts backstage influence on Hamas Open to a rapprochement with the West, Damascus has been gently pushing its ally Hamas into solving differences with President Mahmoud Abbas on a new Palestinian government that have played into the hands of Israel, they said.

11-18-06 - 'Bush cronies' or Salah? Salah, of Bridgeview, was caught by Israeli authorities during a January 1993 money-running mission to the Occupied Territories. He was accused of delivering cash to high-ranking Palestinian militants, but Salah's lawyers insist the money was for the charitable arm of Hamas.

11-18-06 - Syrian president, Annan discuss Lebanon U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan spoke with Syrian President Bashar Assad by telephone Saturday to discuss political developments in Lebanon and Iraq.


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