02-10-06 - Use of force debate persist on Iran
In a private meeting with European diplomats this week, a former senior U.S. official raised the idea of launching a dozen B2 bombers in an air raid aimed at crippling key Iranian nuclear facilities....The military possibility "comes up whenever we've been around (Washington)," talking with administration officials and congressmen, a European diplomat told Reuters, but "we don't see the military option as being anywhere near in view." 02-10-06 - DeLay Lands Coveted Appropriations Spot
DeLay, R-Texas, also claimed a seat on the subcommittee overseeing the Justice Department, which is currently investigating an influence-peddling scandal involving disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his dealings with lawmakers. The subcommittee also has responsibility over NASA - a top priority for DeLay, since the Johnson Space Center is located in his Houston-area district. 02-10-06 - Ex-CIA official says Bush administration 'cherry-picked' Iraq intelligence
Considered a leading counterterrorism analyst, Pillar said the clear message from official intelligence analysis was "to avoid war" because the threat posed by Saddam had been largely contained. 02-10-06 - L.A. Mayor Blindsided by Bush Announcement
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday he was blindsided by President Bush's announcement of new details on a purported 2002 hijacking plot aimed at a downtown skyscraper, and described communication with the White House as "nonexistent." 02-10-06 - Experts Say U.S. in Iraq for Long Haul
it now looks as if the United States may have a long-term and substantial military presence in Iraq, military experts say.02-10-06 - LA skyscraper plot never got beyond talk: analysts
Bush is likely using the plot to help push for wider cooperation with Asia in the "war on terror," 02-10-06 - Israel fumes over Putin 'knife in back'
Moscow, unlike the United States and the European Union, does not consider Hamas a terrorist organisation. 02-10-06 - Islam-West divide 'grows deeper' which was the goal of the editor who published these cartoons.02-10-06 - Reid Aided Abramoff Clients, Records Show
Reid, D-Nev., has led the Democratic Party's attacks portraying Abramoff's lobbying and fundraising as a Republican scandal. 02-10-06 - Kidnapped journalist says time is short 02-10-06 - UN Hariri murder investigator meets with key council members
The 43-year-old Belgian prosecutor notably met with US ambassador John Bolton, the council president for February, and representatives of the four other veto-wielding permanent members: Britain, China, France and Russia. 02-10-06 - Iran "making mistake" with Iraq meddling: Rumsfeld
Rumsfeld did not make specific allegations of misconduct by either Iran or Syria relating to Iraq.02-10-06 - Jewish symbols approved in schools
A federal appeals court upheld New York City?s policy of allowing symbols of Jewish and Muslim holiday scenes in school displays, but not Christian nativity scenes.02-10-06 - Danish editor on leave after Holocaust cartoon comments
an Iranian newspaper had said it would commission cartoons on the Holocaust to test Europe's tolerance of free speech. Mr Rose responded by saying he would consider publishing those Iranian cartoons. That was too much for his editor-in-chief, who said the Iranian cartoons would not be reprinted and he asked Mr Rose to take a vacation That double standard rears its ugly head again.02-10-06 - Ex-U.N. Inspector: Decision Already Made To Attack Iran
Ritter described how the U.S. government might justify war with Iran in a scenario similar to the buildup to the Iraq invasion02-10-06 - US worries Syria still blocking UN Hariri inquiry
Washington remains concerned about Syrian obstruction of a U.N. inquiry into the killing of a former Lebanese prime minister and is watching the matter closely, U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said on Friday. 02-10-06 - Polls: Anti-Iran Propaganda Working 02-10-06 - Abramoff says Bush met, even joked, with him
Jack Abramoff said in correspondence made public Thursday that President Bush met him "almost a dozen" times, disputing White House claims Bush did not know the former lobbyist at the center of a corruption scandal..... The White House has said Abramoff attended three Hanukkah receptions at the White House. 02-10-06 - Mofaz to address NATO
Mofaz said NATO defense ministers have expressed unity over the Iranian nuclear threat, the Jerusalem Post reported. 02-10-06 - Sweden shuts website over cartoon
The Swedish government has moved to shut down the website of a far-right political party's newspaper over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. 02-10-06 - Putin tries to restore Russia's role in Middle East
"Reasserting Russia as a big player on the world stage is very much Putin's agenda. He may be trying to rebuild that at relatively low cost,"02-10-06 - US accepts Russian contacts with Hamas after assurances 02-10-06 - The 'Samson defense': if Libby goes down, will he drag the GOP down with him?
That the leading Islamophobe and opponent of Arab "medievalism" and the foremost proponent of American hegemony as the verdict of capital-H History should join hands in defense of Libby is entirely appropriate, almost poetically so. They are the theory; Libby ? a lying, conniving, unscrupulous traitor ? is the practice02-10-06 - Russia could take over as main Mideast mediator - Hamas official
"The failure of U.S. policies in the region has left a vacuum and this vacuum should be filled in by other states," Marzuq said. "We believe that Russia can do this." 02-10-06 - Danish ambassador to leave Syria 02-10-06 - Rice: Russia Should Send Message to Hamas
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday to send a clear, strong message in any meetings with Hamas officials that the militant group must stop terror attacks on Israel.