The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

News for 11-20-06

11-20-06 - Iran and Syria try to upstage US in Iraq President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad has invited the leaders of Iraq and Syria to a summit in Tehran this weekend to discuss ways of ending the sectarian violence in Iraq, upstaging the US and underlining the growing influence of Iran.

11-20-06 - U.S., EU oppose atomic aid for Iran at tense IAEA meet Western powers urged the U.N. nuclear agency on Monday to deny Iran's request for help with a plant that could yield plutonium for atom bombs, but Washington voiced no objection to seven other projects presented by Tehran.

11-20-06 - Iranian militia threatens Gulf if US strikes A hardline Iranian group has threatened to send suicide bombers to attack pro-American Gulf neighbours if the United States uses its military bases to strike Iran.

11-20-06 - Military Plea Bargains Raise Questions of Justice Four of the U.S. soldiers on trial for the murder of a disabled Iraqi man have reached plea bargains with military prosecutors, drastically minimizing the time they will spend in jail.

11-20-06 - Ahmadinejad is no Hitler American officials have historically discounted its bluster and paid attention to its actual conduct. And they were right to do so. Khamenei and Rafsanjani, despite their irresponsible assertions and pernicious support for a variety of terrorist organizations, have pursued a relatively pragmatic foreign policy that has sought to eschew direct confrontation with the U.S. and Israel.

11-20-06 - Report: Pentagon's 'closely guarded' review of Iraq offers three options The Post reports that the military is acting independently of any other group that may be studying the Iraq situation, such as bipartisan Iraq Study Group, led by former Secretary of State Jim Baker

11-20-06 - Syria plays Iraq card against US

11-20-06 - Iran wants 60,000, not 100,000, centrifuges: agency "We intend to install 60,000 centrifuges and, God willing, Iran will be able to provide for its needs in nuclear fuel by next year," Ahmadinejad was quoted by ISNA as saying in a corrected report.

11-20-06 - White House dismisses Hersh article ** In his interview, Hersh alluded to a spat between the White House and the Central Intelligence Agency over an alleged Israeli intelligence assessment that puts Iran close to developing a trigger for a nuclear bomb. "The CIA isn't getting a good look at the Israeli intelligence," Hersh said
Perhaps because it's BS (like the intel Israel provided us with regard to Iraq prior to our invasion thereof)?

11-20-06 - Bush: I would understand if Israel chose to attack Iran ** The United States lacks sufficient intelligence on Iran's nuclear facilities at this time, which prevents it from initiating a military strike against them, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has told European politicians and diplomats with whom she has recently met. An attack on Iran by Israel would automatically involve us in it.

11-20-06 - Ahmadinejad: Israel weak, won't attack Iran The ISNA news agency reported Monday that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Israel would not attack the Islamic Republic as ?its regime is weak and it has many problems.?

11-20-06 - Time to toughen up on Iran: Israeli FM

11-20-06 - Security Council put off decision on Hariri tribunal

11-20-06 - France, Israel talk on Lebanon flights: ambassador

11-20-06 - Israeli army disobeyed order not to use cluster bombs: TV For its part, the Internet site of the Yediot Aharonot daily said an initial probe by the army had determined that Israeli artillery used the munitions contrary to a ban by Halutz. Months later they discover this? Please. This is simply the latest in a series of Israel's attempts to correct its image in the world, nothing more. And for the record, Halutz was behind this incident. It's unlikely that he gives a rat's about using cluster bombs on Arabs.

11-20-06 - The Gewalt agenda Olmert is foiling any possible progress on this track: On his way home from Los Angeles, the prime minister "calmed" the reporters - and perhaps even himself - by saying there is no danger of U.S. President George W. Bush accepting the expected recommendations of the Baker-Hamilton panel, and attempting to move Syria out of the axis of evil and into a coalition to extricate America from Iraq. The prime minister hopes the Jewish lobby can rally a Democratic majority in the new Congress to counter any diversion from the status quo on the Palestinians. Note the source (horse's mouth).

11-20-06 - Cheney, the neocons and Israel work together again - this time, Iran **

11-20-06 - 2nd man charged in terrorism TV case A man was charged Monday with supporting terrorists by enabling customers to obtain satellite broadcasts of a Hezbollah television station, the second person accused in a case that has drawn scrutiny over how far the government can go in claiming someone is aiding terrorist groups.

11-20-06 - Stalemate over West Bank settlements We were there, a small group of witnesses, to try to make sure that the settlers did not simply attack the Arab families with their automatic weapons and truncheons, as they had done in the past..... this is not the real reason that Baker is disliked by Jews. He is also the only U.S. secretary of State since the Camp David accords in 1979 to have taken credible action against the proliferation of Jewish settlements like Havat Maon. In 1991, he and the first President Bush got the Senate to hold up a program of American loan guarantees for Israel that were earmarked to help settle Russian Jewish immigrants; he had tried, and failed, to elicit a promise from then-Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir not to use any of this money for expanding settlements. This is proof positive, Jews tell themselves, that he is "anti-Israel."

11-20-06 - Oil falls after Opec warns of cut

11-20-06 - IDF admits targeting civilian areas in Lebanon with cluster bombs According to the officer, in order to compensate for the rockets' lack of precision, they were told to "flood" the area with them. "We have no option of striking an isolated target, and the commanders know this very well," he said. Strange, because that's exactly what Hezbollah did with its rocket fire toward Israeli civilian population centers. One is no better than the other.

11-20-06 - Ahmadinejad dismisses Israeli threats Iran?s president shrugged off Israeli threats to attack his country?s nuclear facilities as psychological warfare.

11-20-06 - London mayor: Muslims demonized like Jews The mayor of London said Muslims are demonized like Jews were in the past.

11-20-06 - Previously unknown group warns of 'Shiite death squads' preparing to attack Sunni Muslims in Lebanon The statement's authenticy could not immediately be verified.

More collaberators with Israel, perhaps?

11-20-06 - Group alleges Israeli, Hezbollah crimes Amnesty International again criticized Israeli and Hezbollah forces' handling of the 34-day war in southern Lebanon, saying both sides committed war crimes by attacking civilians and singling out Israel for its use of cluster bombs.

11-20-06 - Sharansky exits

11-20-06 - Blair indicates policy shift in West's "war on terror" Resolving the Israel-Palestinian conflict was a key first step in "untying the knot of terrorism",

11-20-06 - Ties to Israel are nothing new for Senate?s next majority leader As the newly elected majority leader in the U.S. Senate, Reid will play an instrumental role in crafting U.S. policy in the Middle East. Friends and political observers are confident his position on Israel won't change.

11-20-06 - A different course in the Mideast?


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