The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Friday, February 02, 2007

News for 02-01-07

02-01-07 - Iran kicks off revolution fete with nuclear defiance

02-01-07 - US fighter jets to patrol Iran-Iraq border, report says ** "Having the ability to attack Iranian military targets and political targets is not just a deterrent. It may actually be used if we feel the Iranians are trying to subvert democracy in Iraq."

02-01-07 - US warns Iran on Iraq insurgents

02-01-07 - Chirac backtracks after Iran bomb threat brush off** "Where will it drop it, this bomb? On Israel? It would not have gone 200 meters into the atmosphere before Tehran would be razed to the ground," the reporters quoted Chirac as saying. What's wrong with that statement? He's absolutely correct.

02-01-07 - Iran has begun assembling centrifuges at Natanz site Iran has not yet assembled a complete line, or cascade, of centrifuges, the basic unit for beginning actual enrichment, said the diplomats, who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the issue.

02-01-07 - Ex-advisers offer revised Iraq plans ** "If the United States continues to be bogged down in a protracted bloody involvement in Iraq, and I emphasize what I am about to say, the final destination on this downhill track is likely to be a head-on conflict with Iran and with much of the world of Islam at large," Brzezinski said. And that's exactly what the neocons want.

02-01-07 - China airs rare public criticism of Bush Iraq policy

02-01-07 - 9-11 Panel Members Say Bush's Intelligence Overhaul a 'Failure'

02-01-07 - Libby May Have Consulted With Cheney

02-01-07 - Suicide bombers 'entering Iraq from Syria' Syria is Baathist country - they allow Al Qaeda to operate in their country as much as Saddam's Iraq did; it didn't. The two groups are at odds.

02-01-07 - Putin pledges effective response to U.S. anti-missile plan

02-01-07 - Stressing friendship with Iran, Putin backs UN watchdog

02-01-07 - Cheney To The Stand Months ago, Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Colin Powell, blasted the Bush administration for its resort to a "cabal" led by Cheney. Now we are getting chapter and verse from the prosecution of another chief of staff, I. Lewis ("Scooter") Libby, Cheney's front man until he was indicted for obstruction of justice

02-01-07 - U.S. Cautions Europeans to Avoid Oil, Gas Deals With Iran

02-01-07 - Germans issue arrest warrants for 13 suspected CIA agents German prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for 13 suspected CIA agents over their alleged kidnapping three years ago of a German citizen, authorities said Wednesday.

02-01-07 - The danger of Bush's anti-Iran fatwa the most virulent terror network in Iraq, which styles itself "al-Qaida in Mesopotamia," has openly announced that its policy is to kill as many Shiites as possible. That the ayatollahs of Shiite Iran are passing sophisticated weapons to these, their sworn enemies, is not plausible.

02-01-07 - Washington Post Drops Demand To View Cheney's Visitor Logs

02-01-07 - Going for Broke Endorsing the Baker report would have meant denouncing his entire foreign policy, so Bush is betting everything on the neocons? surge.

02-01-07 - ABC misled with coverage of Bush interview, repeated Bush myth: "I know you don't love polls"** Summary: An article about Betsy Stark's interview with President Bush reported only that Bush stated he "does not plan to invade" Iran; however, during the interview, Bush said he had not "ruled out military action in Iran."

02-01-07 - US, Russia hold high-level talks amid rise in bilateral tensions The US and Russia hold high-level talks this week amid a spike in tensions between the former Cold War adversaries over issues ranging from Iran and Iraq to missile defenses and human rights concerns under President Vladimir Putin.

02-01-07 - Litvinenko 'didn't know any secrets', Putin says "He didn't know any secrets," insisted Mr Putin. "Before being fired from the Federal Security Service [FSB], Litvinenko served in the convoy troops and had no access to state secrets."

02-01-07 - Two Palestinians found not guilty in US Hamas financing trial This was the trial where disguised Israeli agents were allowed to give secret testimony. Guess the jury didn't buy it. Another failed witchhunt. Message to the lobby: American juries still require EVIDENCE, not contrived BS (which is customarily offered up in Israel).

02-01-07 - We ought to rewrite the Mideast script With such a limited range of choices on the table, and with the issue of U.S. support for Israel nowhere near the table, it seems clear that U.S. policy in the Middle East will not change significantly despite the Democratic victory in the 2006 midterm elections.

02-01-07 - Palestinians won't be dragged into Lebanon conflict: Fatah Palestinians who live in Lebanon will not allow themselves to be dragged into the political row between the Hezbollah-led opposition and the Western-backed government, the local head of Fatah said

02-01-07 - After 40 years, could the ice be melting on the Golan Heights? the Golan affords Israel total command of the Galilee basin, east as well as west - it "controls" 30 per cent of its fresh water resources

02-01-07 - Israel to develop new missile interceptors Israel has decided to produce two new missile systems after it failed to intercept short and medium range rockets during last summer's Lebanon war.

02-01-07 - Pope urges courageous Middle East Christians not to emigrate

02-01-07 - Journalist gets community service for leading group trip to Syria Visiting Syria without permission endangers Israel's national security and needs to be punished in order to deter others, the prosecution claimed.

02-01-07 - Clinton wants talks with Iran "We stand with Israel because it's a beacon of democracy in the region."

LOL @ Israeli 'democracy'. We 'stand with Israel' because of the intense efforts of the Israeli lobby.

02-01-07 - Losing hope, Lebanese seek future abroad Jolted by last year's war between Israel and Hezbollah guerillas and the power struggles and Sunni-Shi'ite clashes that have followed, thousands of Lebanese -- many of them young and talented -- are leaving to seek jobs and new lives abroad.

02-01-07 - Free Scooter Libby! By MICHAEL KINSLEY One neocon offers support for another. Precious.

02-01-07 - Muslim community rejoices in Salah verdict Salah was initially arrested in 1993 at a Gaza checkpoint, and much of the evidence used against him at trial in U.S. federal court was gathered by Israeli interrogators. Salah?s attorneys argued the Israelis had pried his confession with torture.


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