The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

News for 02-06-07

02-06-07 - Troops return to painful wait for needed help Veterans coming home stated that their superiors have harassed and punished them for seeking help for psychological problems triggered by their service in Iraq. Several of the soldiers' supervisors acknowledged the callous treatment......The American people must actively advocate and demand appropriate treatment for veterans who have been psychologically wounded by war.

02-06-07 - Iran blames US for kidnap of embassy official in Baghdad ** According to an Iraqi official, Mr Sharafi was detained on Sunday by an Iraqi army unit that reports directly to the US military, outside the Baghdad branch of the Iranian Bank Melli.

02-06-07 - No plans for military action on Iran, says Blair ** "It's not what the international community wants, it's not what we want," he said, while citing US President George W. Bush's phrase that "you can't take any option off the table."

02-06-07 - Iran's Guards to hold wargames in Gulf ? agencies ** Iran's Revolutionary Guards will hold two days of wargames in the Gulf and Sea of Oman this week, focusing on launching missiles, Iranian news agencies reported on Tuesday.

02-06-07 - The Blame Game Paul Richter of The Los Angeles Times reported that some officials, including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, had resisted the release of the dossier, because they believed the assertions contained in it would have so little credibility that it would backfire politically. As Richter wrote, "They want to avoid repeating the embarrassment that followed the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, when it became clear that information the administration cited to justify the war was incorrect?"

Thus did Rice avoid being done in the way Powell was (by the same people too, no doubt).

02-06-07 - Hagel and McCain Spar Over Iraq War Policy Mr. Hagel, a Vietnam veteran like Mr. McCain and also a possible presidential candidate, called Mr. McCain?s approach ? which lists 11 benchmarks for Iraqi government progress without setting any penalties for failure ? "disingenuous."

02-06-07 - Iran challenges Europe to hand over Holocaust 'proof'

02-06-07 - The CIA Leak: Boring In on the Veep This is the first suggestion that Cheney himself talked about disclosing Wilson's wife's identity to the press as a way of undercutting Wilson's credibility.

02-06-07 - US tells Syria's Assad to put words into action on helping steady Iraq The United States chided Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for claiming his government could play a major role in helping stabilize Iraq, telling him actions speak louder than words.

02-06-07 - Joe Lieberman gets ripped apart by Chuck Hagel on MTP Great speech by Hagel in that clip. He gets my vote any day. Sorry you have to sit through Lieberman to get to the best part :(

02-06-07 - Blair accuses Iran of whipping up trouble Prime Minister Tony Blair accused Iran on Tuesday of trying to whip up the "maximum trouble" possible but said no one was contemplating military action against Tehran.

02-06-07 - Merkel says talks with Iran still possible German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the door remains open for negotiations between Iran and the international community over its contested nuclear programme.

02-06-07 - The War: 'Ambiguous' Intel on Iran's Meddling in Iraq ** three U.S. officials familiar with unpublished intel (unnamed when discussing sensitive info) said evidence of official Tehran involvement is "ambiguous," in the words of one of the officials

02-06-07 - From the Wonderful Folks Who Brought You Iraq ** By now, the story of how neoconservatives hijacked American foreign policy is a familiar one. With Vice President Dick Cheney and Rumsfeld leading the way, neocons working out of the office of the vice president and the Department of Defense orchestrated a spectacular disinformation operation, asserting that Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction posed a grave and immediate threat to the U.S. Veteran analysts who disagreed were circumvented......Once again, neocon ideologues have been flogging questionable intelligence about W.M.D. Once again, dubious Middle East exile groups are making the rounds in Washington?this time urging regime change in Syria and Iran......Ten years later, "A Clean Break" looks like nothing less than a playbook for U.S.-Israeli foreign policy during the Bush-Cheney era......Adds former C.I.A. officer Philip Giraldi, "I've heard from sources at the Pentagon that their impression is that the White House has made a decision that war is going to happen."
From Vanity Fair, no less. Excellent.

02-06-07 - Libby explains faulty recollections Meanwhile, the long-anticipated testimony by Cheney as well as Libby himself may not materialize

02-06-07 - Iran nuclear ambitions can be stopped without violence: Israel "Israel was never pushing anyone to any extreme action." Mmm k. The backpedaling continues.

02-06-07 - Two Pearl Destroyers Head for Persian Gulf ** They're meeting up with the USS Reagan carrier strike group and they heading to the western Pacific

02-06-07 - Chuck Hagel tshirts

02-06-07 - Russia wants U.S. to sign deal saying militaries don't target each other

02-06-07 - A Palestinian man killed in Iraq Palestinian sources in Baghdad reported that one Palestinian man was killed late Monday night during a rocket attack on the restaurant he works in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

02-06-07 - Defiant Hezbollah returns to Israel border with flags and bikes

02-06-07 - Bombs found 'are old' - Hezbollah

02-06-07 - PDF file on USDOJ website - submitted as evidence in the Libby trial It's Libby's schedule for June 23, 2003. 4:30 pm entry. I'm sure that meeting with Israeli generals is commonplace for White House officials, but I just thought it interesting.

02-06-07 - Cluster bombs: a war's perilous aftermath as UN-organized demining teams toil across olive groves and tobacco farms to destroy what they call an "unprecedented" concentration of the controversial cluster bombs here, the casualties continue to mount.

02-06-07 - Agudah rabbis call for Pollard?s release Agudath Israel says it will join other Jewish organizations in asking its members to phone the White House daily between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. EST until Passover.

02-06-07 - Mikulski slams Bush on security funding Most of the $25 million allocated in 2005, the first year such projects were underwritten by the federal government, went to Jewish institutions.

02-06-07 - Radio Free Europe wants more Iran The 2008 budget request for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty would increase broadcasts to Iran while cutting them to Eastern Europe. Here's why.

02-06-07 - SN opinion of Israel's use of cluster bombs correct

02-06-07 - Michael Savage Mulls Presidential Run LOL.


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