The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

News for 02-20-07

02-20-07 - Pentagon dismisses report of Iran attack plan as "ludicrous" ** The Pentagon has dismissed as "ludicrous" a BBC report that the US military has drawn up detailed contingency plans for air strikes against Iran.

02-20-07 - Tehran dismisses threat of force **

02-20-07 - Iran summons Pakistan envoy over bomb blasts

02-20-07 - Tehran defies UN nuclear deadline Iran has rejected the United Nations' demands for the country to suspend its uranium enrichment before a deadline set for today, ensuring a further escalation of diplomatic tension with the West over its contested nuclear programme.

02-20-07 - Libby Prosecutors, Defense Wrap Up Closing Arguments ''He made a gamble. He lied,'' prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald said during a full day of arguments by both sides in Washington. ''Don't you think the FBI and the grand jury and the American people are entitled to straight answers?''

02-20-07 - New tensions over Iran's nuclear plans ** A new element emerging over the last couple of weeks is the linkage the US is making between Iran and events inside Iraq. It has publicised its contention that Iran is behind sophisticated technology that is being used by some Shia groups against US and British forces in Iraq. The timing of this claim, rejected by Iran, is significant, because it ties in with expiry of the Security Council demand on 21 February. It adds a new component into the equation

02-20-07 - Shame on the Washington Post, Again Just days before the perjury/obstruction trial of former White House aide I. Lewis ?Scooter? Libby goes to the jury, the Washington Post?s Outlook section published a bizarre front-page article by right-wing legal expert Victoria Toensing suggesting that the prosecutor and one of the chief victims in the case should be put on trial.

Then it's official: it's time to BOYCOTT the Washington Post. From this day forward, there won't be any more links to articles by the Washington Post.

02-20-07 - WaPo Gives Platform For a Partisan to Mischaracterize the Libby Trial ... Again Why is she being given this platform yet again? In a word - neocons. They have many friends in the MSM. One of their own may soon be convicted of a crime. This is their last-ditch effort to exonerate by way of the typical smear campaign that they seem to enjoy.

02-20-07 - 'Rogue' Shi'ite militias using Iranian bombs The evidence presented at a briefing in Baghdad last week further confuses an enemy landscape in which death is as likely to come at the hands of government-allied Shi'ite militias as from disgruntled former Ba'athist extremists and their al Qaeda allies.

02-20-07 - Iran nears industrial N-fuel production Mr ElBaradei added that US and British intelligence estimates said that Iran was still five to 10 years away from developing a nuclear bomb and warned against "hype" over Tehran's nuclear progress.

02-20-07 - Not Good News ** Although the devices were not IED?s like those found in Iraq, the explosions were in the area a group sponsored by the United States may be operating. The area in Iran is Sistan-Baluchestan near the borders of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Sy Hersh and a number of other reporters have said this is the area in which the MEK (or the mouthful name Mujahedin-e Khalq) have been operating.

02-20-07 - Chris Wallace smashes Feith's Iraq Qaeda claim During this morning's edition of Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace follows up on an interview with Douglas Feith which aired the previous week and points to a Weekly Standard article from November 2003 in order to debunk Feith's claim that he never connected Iraq with al Qaeda.

02-20-07 - The Defendant Isn?t the Only Player With a Personal Stake in the Libby Verdict As lawyers for I. Lewis Libby Jr. make their final argument to the jury on Tuesday, they face the daunting task of raising sufficient doubts about the government?s assertion that Mr. Libby lied to a grand jury and federal investigators.

02-20-07 - Bush Continues to Serve Osama

02-20-07 - Law Restricting Guantanamo Appeals Upheld An appeals court on Tuesday upheld the part of a tough anti-terrorism law signed by President George W. Bush that took away the rights of Guantanamo prisoners to challenge their detention before U.S. federal judges.

02-20-07 - George Will and the Conservatism We Lost The neocons would prefer to ignore Ron. Here is a Republican congressman from George W. Bush's state who routinely denounces the big-spending, big-government -creating policies of his President, and is a staunch opponent of the Iraq war. Ron's devotion to principle - the priniciples conservatives used to uphold, albeit only in theory - shows up the "official" conservative leadership as fraudulent. So why is Will writing about Ron?

02-20-07 - Visiting Kyl says he saw Iran arms in Iraq He spoke to the Associated Press from Israel.

02-20-07 - From April 2006: Tehran insider tells of US black ops

02-20-07 - Australia sanctions Iran over uranium enrichment

02-20-07 - US soldier pleads guilty to Iraq gang rape, murders

02-20-07 - Syria Rejects Limited Talks With U.S. Syria on Tuesday rejected a U.S. proposal to have Washington's top diplomat here discuss the Iraqi refugee crisis with Damascus, saying it would only talk with the U.S. if the two countries spoke about all regional issues.

02-20-07 - Soldier gives girl a fighting chance

02-20-07 - Barak visits; speaks on geopolitics "Forming strategic partnerships with Syria and Iran would be a serious mistake, because I believe that would mean partnering with the enemy."

02-20-07 - Spanish peacekeepers have another scuffle in South Lebanese youths threw stones at Spanish troops from the UN peacekeeping forces during an evening patrol in the village of Debbine over the weekend, while Hizbullah unveiled a monument along the Southern border of an armored personnel carrier with two fake rockets pointed toward Israel.

02-20-07 - Inaugural meeting of Congressional, Knesset allied caucuses The meeting was co-hosted by Congressmen Dave Weldon of Florida and Eliot Engel of New York; the two are also the founders of the CIAC, a bipartisan group of legislators dedicated to defending Israel's right to exist in peace and promoting Judeo-Christian values.

02-20-07 - Dems' Disdain For Palestine For years these witnesses have obstructed Palestinian national aspirations, and they were at it again on February 14. In well over two hours of testimony the threesome said not one word about Israel?s expanding settlements, the devastating economic circumstances gripping Palestinians in Gaza or the illegal barrier steadily being erected inside the West Bank. When challenged after the hearing on the lack of diverse voices, staffers erupted in a fury rooted in hubris. They have the power. Those concerned with Palestinian rights do not, so back off.

02-20-07 - A Man of Mystery After Novak first told Hohlt that he was working on a hot story about ex-ambassador Joe Wilson, Hohlt says he e-mailed Rove to expect a phone call from Novak. Then Hohlt began pressing Novak to learn the juicy details

02-20-07 - Lebanon asks UN to extend mandate of probe into Hariri death

02-20-07 - Robert Fisk: Lebanon will be first victim of Iran crisis **

02-20-07 - Treasury puts freeze on Lebanese firm The Treasury Department acted Tuesday to freeze all U.S. assets owned by Jihad al-Bina, a Lebanese construction company it said is owned and operated by Hezbollah.


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