The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

News for 02-12-07

02-12-07 - Target Tehran: Washington Sets Stage for a New Confrontation ** The allegations by senior but unnamed US officials in Baghdad and Washington are bizarre. The US has been fighting a Sunni insurgency in Iraq since 2003 that is deeply hostile to Iran......The evidence against Iran is even more insubstantial than the faked or mistaken evidence for Iraqi WMDs disseminated by the US and Britain in 2002 and 2003

02-12-07 - EU agrees on Iran sanctions but open to new talks However European countries, some enjoying major trade ties with Iran, continue to resist American appeals for them to join a U.S.-led financial embargo of Iran.

02-12-07 - Iran denies any Al-Qaeda members in country

02-12-07 - Iran rejects 'baseless' US charges on Iraq bombs **

02-12-07 - White House Stands by Iran Munitions Evidence, Plays Down Talk of Military Action ** In Iran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejected U.S. accusations about Iran's involvement. Speaking to ABC News on Monday, Ahmadinejad said his country is opposed to any kind of conflict in Iraq. He also suggested the United States is trying to draw Iran into a conflict.

02-12-07 - Iran 'does not fear attack by US'

02-12-07 - No 10 backs US claim over Iran arms **

02-12-07 - Report: Cheney snubbing Japan official Vice President Dick Cheney will not meet with Japan's defense minister during his trip to the country next week, a decision Japanese media characterized as a snub over the official calling the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq a "mistake."

02-12-07 - US claims against Iran: why now? ** the officials who presented the evidence could not make a direct link to Iran.

02-12-07 - CIA doubts didn't deter Feith's team "They didn't make the changes that were talked about in that August 20th meeting," Gimble said, and instead went on to present their deeply flawed findings to senior officials at the White House.

02-12-07 - Bush's New Iran Policy - No Evidence for IED Charge ** On Jun. 21, 2005, Gen. John R. Vines, then the senior U.S. commander in Iraq, told reporters that the insurgents had probably drawn on bomb-making expertise from former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's army......But sometime in the next six weeks, the Bush administration made a decision to start blaming its new problem in Iraq on Tehran. On Aug. 4, 2005, Pentagon and intelligence officials leaked the story to NBC and CBS that U.S. troops had "intercepted" dozens of shaped charges said to have been "smuggled into northeastern Iraq only last week".

02-12-07 - FBI criticized over 320 missing weapons, laptops

02-12-07 - Veterans Affairs Notifying 1.8 Million People Their Data May Be Missing The Department of Veterans Affairs began notifying 1.8 million veterans and doctors Monday that their personal and business information could be on a portable hard drive that has been missing from an Alabama hospital for nearly three weeks.

02-12-07 - Washington sources: Israel in race for more aid Israeli sources and US supporters of Israel agree that the time to act is now. Bush is the most pro-Israeli president ever to occupy the White House. The Bush administration is knowledgeable about aid negotiations with Israel. Everyone running for president, Democrats and Republicans alike, are considered strong supporters of Israel. None of them will challenge Bush for increasing aid to Israel during their election campaigns, where the Jewish vote is important Why us? Why not Germany? The US is the sole superpower in the world (for now), that's why. Israel = the monkey on America's back.

02-12-07 - IRAQ: Palestinians say gov?t cannot protect them Syria has been the most welcoming country to them and already hosts 432,000 Palestinian refugees. In addition, it hosts up to a million Iraqi refugees.

02-12-07 - Video: SNL's 'Valentine's Day with Dick and Lynne Cheney'

02-12-07 - Ousted Republican senator criticizes Bush on Israel Rhode Island: Ousted Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee criticized President George W. Bush's handling of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, saying the president was bowing to a faction of evangelical Christians who oppose a Palestinian state

02-12-07 - "Explosively formed penetrators" rebranded UK shells, and not Iranian?

02-12-07 - Jewish Group Blasts Mitt Romney for Choice to Hold Campaign Announcement at Henry Ford Museum The former Massachusetts governor, who is scheduled to formally launch his presidential candidacy from the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit on Tuesday, was taken to task by The National Jewish Democratic Council.

02-12-07 - Pulling the Iranian danger out of the shadows ** The Bush administration sincerely believes that Iran is now its main enemy in the world ............If US President George W. Bush actually plans to bomb Iran's nuclear installations before the end of his term, as many politicians in Europe believe, and in Israel hope, Somehow Israel's 'main enemies' become OURS. Recall that prior to the invasion of Iraq, Saddam was Israel's 'main enemy'.

02-12-07 - Saudi Arabia reaches out to Israel in effort to counter Iran's regional sway

02-12-07 - US offers $5m to catch militants Mohammed Ali Hamadei, allegedly a member of Hezbollah, is accused of murder and involvement in hijacking. Ramadan Abdullah Mohammad Shallah is the head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, blamed for bombings in Israel.

02-12-07 - YIKES - Warmonger Daniel Pipes Testifying to Congress - Do They Learn NOTHING? the real inspiration apparently came from Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) (Cuba sanctions, Palestinian sanctions, regime-change warrior?etc). What a surprise. Ros-Lehtinen's record on Capitol Hill should be thoroughly scrutinized to determine exactly how much time she spends on all matters Israel. For she would appear to be ISRAEL's representative therein, not ours.

02-12-07 - "Israel May Have to Act Alone" Lieberman: I am sensing on the part of the Americans an understanding for the Iranian problem, but currently I do not see in Washington enough political energy and determination for an independent step against Iran

02-12-07 - PM: Ceding entire Golan is price of peace with Syria "The whole world knows that in any future negotiations, if they are renewed, we will have to give up on the entire Golan Heights," Olmert said during a heated exchange with oppposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud).....Olmert also told the committee that it was during Netanyahu who had given life to Hamas during his tenure as prime minister.

02-12-07 - Feith calls prewar lies 'good government'

02-12-07 - Hamas says does not answer to foreign power Unfortunately, America does.

02-12-07 - CAIR: Congress Asked to Hear Both Sides of Mideast Conflict One of the speakers, Daniel Pipes, is best known for his position that
the only goal of the Israelis should be "getting the Palestinians to give
up." He also says Israel must convince the Palestinians "that their quest
for an independent homeland is futile."

02-12-07 - Rise of Extremist Avigdor Lieberman Makes U.S.-Israel Alliance More Dangerous

02-12-07 - Revisiting Bint Jbail Residents of a southern Lebanese town destroyed during the ground war between Israel and Hezbollah say life is returning to normal. But the remnants of war continue to endanger lives.


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