The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Friday, January 26, 2007

News for 01-25-07

01-25-07 - Troops Authorized to Kill Iranian Operatives in Iraq ** The White House has authorized a widening of what is known inside the intelligence community as the "Blue Game Matrix" -- a list of approved operations that can be carried out against the Iranian-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon.....Officials said Hayden counseled the president and his advisers to consider a list of potential consequences, including the possibility that the Iranians might seek to retaliate by kidnapping or killing U.S. personnel in Iraq. It's beginning to appear that there will be an escalation in the Middle East that will include Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and possibly others - being instigated by Israel and the US. As to the last statement of the above excerpt - it seems that this administration is looking to get a response from Iran so that it can get the pretext it needs to attack. "The decision to use lethal force against Iranians inside Iraq began taking shape last summer, when Israel was at war with Hezbollah in Lebanon. Officials said a group of senior Bush administration officials who regularly attend the highest-level counterterrorism meetings agreed that the conflict provided an opening to portray Iran as a nuclear-ambitious link between al-Qaeda, Hezbollah and the death squads in Iraq.Among those involved in the discussions, beginning in August, were deputy national security adviser Elliott Abrams, " Say no more.

01-25-07 - Iran ready to launch satellite, raising arms alarm: report

01-25-07 - UN nuclear agency asks Iran to back off on rejection of 38 inspectors

01-25-07 - Iranian sees border danger A ranking Iranian diplomat on Monday said the chaos of Iraq was spilling over into his country, spreading a destabilizing influence to its Arab population.

01-25-07 - IAEA chief says attack on Iran would be catastrophe

01-25-07 - Iran takes possession of Russian air defense missiles MosNews also reports that Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov has repeatedly said the arms deal did not violate any international treaties or UN resolutions because the Tor-M1 system is defensive only and cannot be used to attack

01-25-07 - US seeks change in Iran ties with Iraq -ambassador

01-25-07 - Ex-spokeswoman contradicts Libby account Fitzgerald got Martin to testify that Cheney personally wrote out statements and talking points for Libby and other aides to give to reporters to deny he was behind Wilson's trip or ever learned Wilson's conclusions.

01-25-07 - US soldier jailed for Iraq deaths During his trial, Hunsaker testified that Sgt Girouard gave an order to kill the victims and make it look as if they had been fleeing.

01-25-07 - International Mobilization To Stop U.S. Attack on Iran **

01-25-07 - Escalation of US Iran military planning part of six-year Administration push

01-25-07 - US military power seen at risk by China's satellite-busting ability If the Chinese pursued the satellites during hostilities, it could cause Washington to have second thoughts about getting involved.

01-25-07 - Belarus, Iran sign memorandum of understanding on defense

01-25-07 - Litvinenko killer 'will die of poisoning within three years'

01-25-07 - EU committee slams Irish complicity in CIA "torture flights"

01-25-07 - Huge majority say civil liberty curbs a 'price worth paying' to fight terror An overwhelming majority of people in Britain are willing to surrender civil liberties to help tackle the threat of terrorism, the nation's leading social research institute will disclose today. Then the terrorists have in fact won.

01-25-07 - Canada still demanding U.S. take Canadian off its terror watchlist

01-25-07 - Netanyahu urges trial for Iran leader, fearing new Holocaust He added he was also trying to drum up support within the United States for a trial. "Wolf. WOLF!!!"

01-25-07 - Timeline of Events in CIA Leak Case

01-25-07 - Jury for CIA leak trial includes some critics of Bush Iraq policies

01-25-07 - Antiwar protesters target Congress Organizers of the Washington event are anticipating between 300,000 and 500,000 people. Among Americans, 70 percent opposed a troop surge, according to a recent AP-Ipsos poll

01-25-07 - Gov't offers aid to Palestinian refugees at Lebanon donors meet Beckett said Thursday that in addition to the 58 million pounds London has pledged for Lebanon over the next four years, "Today I am announcing an extra 48 million dollars (24.3 million pounds) to go to UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees)."

01-25-07 - US, Iranian Publics Not So Different

01-25-07 - Cheap, safe drug kills most cancers Not neocon-related, but a story of import and one from a well-respected science news outfit. Don't want to see any CORPORATE interests quash this drug (if indeed it cures cancer).

01-25-07 - The hidden cost of free congressional trips to Israel These trips are defended as "educational." In reality, as I know from my many colleagues in the House and Senate who participated in them, they offer Israeli propagandists an opportunity to expose members of Congress to only their side of the story. The Israeli narrative of how the nation was created, and Israeli justifications for its brutal policies omit important truths about the Israeli takeover and occupation of the Palestinian territories. The CSM gets one right.

01-25-07 - The Trial of Dick Cheney

01-25-07 - Israel tries to cut off Tehran from world markets Pressure will be applied to major US pension funds to stop investment in about 70 companies that trade directly with Iran, and to international banks that trade with its oil sector, cutting off the country's access to hard currency. The aim is to isolate Tehran from the world markets in a campaign similar to that against South Africa at the height of apartheid.

01-25-07 - Allies rally behind Lebanon with aid

01-25-07 - Anti-War Groups Plan Surge on Washington

01-25-07 - More Deception from the War Criminal The Bush Regime is the first neoconservative regime in US history. Bush hides the neoconservative agenda behind "the war on terror," which essentially is a hoax. The main purpose of the neoconservatives' "war on terror" it to eliminate any effective Muslim opposition to Israel's theft of Palestine and the Golan Heights.

01-25-07 - Small steps, not giant leaps However close Iran is to getting the bomb (and US military analysts are noticeably cooler about the imminence of armageddon than their Israeli counterparts) a convenient conclusion emerges from the current Israeli military consensus: yet again Israel faces an "existential threat".

01-25-07 - Beirut under curfew after clashes Four people were killed and more than 150 injured, police said.

01-25-07 - U.S. Picks an Inauspicious Time to Restart Mideast Talks David Makovsky, a Middle East expert with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said for the United States the Israeli-Palestinian issue was not central. "The issue is a derivative of getting Arab support for Iraq and Iran policy," he said. "They want a broad front, and this is part of helping those Arab leaders they see as important on these other issues."


01-25-07 - Guilford president urges patience with investigation as students plan walkout Prompted by the Muslim advocacy group's involvement, a conservative California news website that monitors radical Islamic groups and advances a counterterrorism agenda,, launched an inquiry into the incident the following day. Looks like the neocons are going to look for an excuse to justify this attack. Any old excuse will do.

01-25-07 - Hollywood Is Accused Of 'Islamophobia' Hollywood has for years portrayed Arabs/Muslims in a negative light. It may coincide with the foundation of Israel.

01-25-07 - Russia bans dual citizens from gov't Hmm, say I wonder - where is Douglas Feith?


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