The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

News for 11-27-06

11-27-06 - Israelis avoiding Cyprus due to Lebanese refugees

11-27-06 - US panel on Iraq to urge aggressive regional diplomacy According to The Times, the draft of the section on diplomatic strategy was heavily influenced by panel co-chairman and former secretary of state James Baker and seemed to reflect his public criticism of the administration for its unwillingness to talk with nations like Iran and Syria.

11-27-06 - U.S. envoy: Iran nears nuclear weapons "Our assessment ... the assessment from our intelligence community, is that the soonest they could produce a nuclear weapon would be the beginning of next decade, 2010 to 2015," said Gregory L. Schulte, U.S. ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

11-27-06 - Iran offers Iraq all possible help with security "The Iranian nation and government will definitely stand beside their brother, Iraq, and any help the government and nation of Iran can give to strengthen security in Iraq will be given," Ahmadinejad said, according to Iran's ISNA news agency.

11-27-06 - Iran and China poised to sign pact on oil field TEHRAN: Iran and China have moved a step closer to signing an energy deal worth as much as $100 billion, with the Islamic republic saying it had invited China Petrochemical's managing director to Tehran to sign an accord first reached in 2004

11-27-06 - We Must Do What? I was surprised that an essay of such ignorance, such hatred, and such embarrassing lack of credibility was published at all in a major newspaper. I was surprised that Joshua Muravchik has an audience; that he apparently does is frightening.

11-27-06 - Justice Department eyes spy program The Justice Department has begun an internal investigation into its handling of information gathered in the government's domestic spying program. However, Democrats criticized the review as too narrow to determine whether the program violated federal law.

11-27-06 - 'Neocons' abandon Iraq war at White House front door

11-27-06 - Cheney and Neo-Cons Plotting More Wars suddenly, the Saudis, along with several other Sunni Arab regimes, find themselves as strange bedfellows with Washington's neo-cons and with the Ehud Olmert government in Israel--in common cause against Iran.

11-27-06 - TV Blowhard Barks at Iran: Let?s Hold CNN Accountable His name is Glenn Beck, a smiley-toothed monologist and proselytizer who is a recovering alcoholic, talk-radio host, convert to Mormonism and self-described ?rodeo clown.? His crude rants would be easy to ignore except that CNN -- part of the Time Warner conglomerate ? has chosen to give Beck a primetime platform which he uses day after day to cheer on a confrontation with Iran.

11-27-06 - Military plane crashes in Tehran An Iranian military plane has crashed while taking off from an airport in Tehran, killing elite troops.

11-27-06 - Bolton: Bush to discuss nations, Lebanon Iranian and Syrian interference in Lebanon is a major U.S. concern and will be a subject of discussion during President Bush's trip to the Middle East later this week, U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said Monday.

11-27-06 - Secret Pentagon Documents Classify "If we aren't investigated by the government, we probably aren't doing our job,"

11-27-06 - IDF officials: Mines in Lebanon could have been laid by Syria, Hezbollah Dalya Farran, a spokeswoman for the UN agency, said its experts found the land mines and were able to tell they were new Israeli anti-personnel mines based on their "type, shape and condition." Right. Like that 'mine' that Hamas planted on the Gaza beach in July. K.

11-27-06 - Israelis Split on Unilateral Attack Against Iran Do you count on the United States and on the Europeans to succeed in stopping the nuclear program of Iran by peaceful means and via United Nations (UN) Security Council resolutions? That's PEACEFUL means. Look at the results. They forgot to ask the most important question: are you expecting America to attack Iran for Israel?

11-27-06 - Oil price falls as US stocks rise

11-27-06 - Flurry of diplomacy as US seeks to regain Mideast initiative The burst of US diplomacy is seen in part as an effort to counter Iran's bid for a greater role in the region, where it has significant influence with Shiite militants who have been foiling US policies in Iraq, Lebanon and the Palestinian areas Iran is the reason.

11-27-06 - Dollar's downward slide continues The dollar has continued its downward slide against the euro, slipping to 20-month lows.

11-27-06 - A Storm Is Brewing in Kurdistan.

11-27-06 - Iraq's Palestinians in bull's-eye international officials warn that Palestinians are in an especially precarious position because they are considered outsiders, even after decades of living in Iraq, and have difficulty gaining admission to other countries because they do not carry Iraqi passports

11-27-06 - Carter shares insight on peace in Mideast I mention in the book that we've vetoed resolutions, some of them overwhelmingly supported by the world community, probably now about 45 times, in fact twice within the last two weeks when Israel attacked the Gaza people and killed those 18 civilians. The United States vetoed the resolution that condemned that action. And I have to tell you that I have always considered myself a supporter of Israel -- but with the premise that Israel comply with international law and withdraw from occupying territories of the West Bank and Gaza. And what's degenerated in recent years, to a very disturbing degree, is the gross abuse of the Palestinians by the Israeli occupying powers. It's one of the most serious human-rights abuses about which I'm familiar. It aggravates and alienates not only the Palestinians and the Arab world, but most of the rest of the world

11-27-06 - Spy death linked to nuclear thefts

11-27-06 - Bush Asking Arab Friends for Iraq Help Meanwhile, one of Ms. Rice?s most trusted aides, Philip D. Zelikow, announced Monday that he was resigning his post as State Department counselor. Mr. Zelikow, widely viewed as a voice of candor in the administration on the Iraq crisis, said in his resignation letter that he would return to teaching at the University of Virginia

11-27-06 - Murdered KGB Agent Visited Israel

11-27-06 - Saudi urges US to play fair in Mideast

11-27-06 - The Saudis strike back at Iran Three things must be said about Cheney's beliefs. First, he is steadfast in his belief that the Iraq war is still a "doable" job. Second, he consistently maintains that an Iraq settlement is inconceivable without a regime change in Iran. Most important, Cheney believes that when it comes to Israel's security, US politicians are alike. Name them, they are all "friends of Israel" - Democratic presidential hopefuls Senators Hillary Clinton and Evan Bayh, Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean, and the incoming chairman of the House Committee on International Affairs, Democratic Congressman Tom Lantos.

11-27-06 - Zuckerman, Tisch and Lauder: Rock stars of the Jewish world honored at ZOA dinner R. James Woolsey, former Director of the CIA under President Bill Clinton, was ZOA?s Keynote Speaker. Woolsey was honored with the ZOA?s Defender of Israel Award .....Among the numerous distinguished guests who attended the Dinner were Kenneth Bialkin, Malcolm Hoenlein, Steve Emerson and a number of national board members of AIPAC.


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