The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

News for 02-27-07

02-27-07 - Cheney Safe After Homicide Bombing at U.S. Base in Afghanistan, 23 Killed A homicide bomber attacked the entrance to the main U.S. military base in Afghanistan on Tuesday during a visit by Vice President Dick Cheney, killing up to 23 people and wounding 20

02-27-07 - US military chief "categorically" denies plans for Iran air strikes **

02-27-07 - Iran won't halt atomic work, snubs big powers "Suspending uranium enrichment is an illegal and illegitimate demand ... and it will never happen,"

02-27-07 - U.S., Iran and Syria may talk face to face about Iraq The United States and its adversaries in Iran and Syria may for the first time since the Iraq war began meet face to face at a conference next month to discuss the situation in Iraq.

02-27-07 - Iran training Iraqis in Iran, Lebanon: top U.S. spy McConnell's comments were the latest in a series of assertions by U.S. military and intelligence officials that Iran is behind the appearance of EFPS in Iraq, where the weapons have been able to pierce some of the heaviest U.S. armor.

02-27-07 - U.S. Says Raid in Iraq Supports Claim on Iran But critics assert that nearly all the bomb components could have been produced in Iraq or somewhere else in the region. Even if the evidence were to establish that Iran is the source, they add, that does not necessarily mean that the Iranian leadership is responsible

02-27-07 - Iraq official says Iran has stopped meddling

02-27-07 - Rice says Bush will not abide by legislation to limit Iraq war

02-27-07 - How the war on terror made the world a more terrifying place New figures show dramatic rise in terror attacks worldwide since the invasion of Iraq

02-27-07 - Al-Qaeda the 'worst threat' to US Michael McConnell told a congressional panel the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah also posed a grave threat. He also said Iran and North Korea were of most concern to the US because there was a risk they could spread weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).

02-27-07 - Iraqi police report children killed in blast Amid conflicting reports over what happened in the volatile western city, the US military said its soldiers had carried out a controlled explosion in Ramadi, also near a football field, that slightly wounded 30 people, including nine children.

02-27-07 - Baker: U.S. must change as events change Baker said, "we cannot be, even if we wanted to be, the policeman for the world.'

02-27-07 - China military modernization aimed at parity with US: intel chief

02-27-07 - Libby trial reveals fabricate- and-smear cycle Whatever the jury decides, Fitzgerald has amply demonstrated that Cheney directed Libby to destroy Wilson's credibility, partly by leaking that his wife, Valerie Plame Wilson, was a CIA operative who had suggested Wilson was well qualified to investigate the claims in Niger

02-27-07 - New York: Targeted By Tehran? Increasing tensions between Washington and Tehran have revived New York Police Department concerns that Iranian agents may already have targeted the city for terror attacks

02-27-07 - Republican senator urges US to deal with Iran, avoid war Hagel, whose criticisms of American foreign policy in the Middle East have ruffled the Bush administration, also backed greater US involvement on the Israeli-Palestinian issue.

02-27-07 - Judge dismisses juror from Libby case

02-27-07 - Political problems mount for Ahmadinejad

02-27-07 - Talking Points for the Next War

02-27-07 - Russia offers Hamas leader help to lift embargo Russia told Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal on Tuesday it would try to influence Western powers into lifting an aid embargo on the Palestinian administration but urged the Islamist movement to recognize Israel.... Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman, also in Moscow on a visit, rejected any possibility of lifting the embargo or recognizing the planned new Palestinian government at this stage.

02-27-07 - Hezbollah warns U.S. against Iran attack Sheik Naim Kassem suggested his pro-Iranian group would not get involved if the U.S. attacks Iran, but he raised the possibility that Israel might attack Lebanon as part of such an assault ? in which case, he said, Hezbollah would "definitely" respond.

02-27-07 - Arab League chief blasts Iran policy The 22-member nation group's Secretary-General Amr Mousa Tuesday blasted what he called "double standards" in the West's dealing with Iran's nuclear program, even if it was not military, while "there is definitely an Israeli nuclear military program."

02-27-07 - UN envoy takes Israel to task over Lebanon overflights "The question of Israeli overflights has been raised forcefully in our meetings in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem,"

02-27-07 - Senators Eye Curbs on Cluster Bombs, Widening Matter beyond Israel?s Use "For Jewish-American activists who are active because of their concerns about Israel, they are, generally speaking, not going to want to see additional restrictions placed on Israel's use of U.S. weaponry,".... The director of Human Rights Watch?s arms division, Steve Goose, said the first Feinstein-Leahy push failed "primarily because it was depicted as an anti-Israel amendment." Advocates of the new bill have begun outreach to Jewish-American groups to tamp down any misperceptions that the measure targets Israel, he added.

02-27-07 - America's Alliance With bin Laden We can thank Scooter Libby and the vice president of the United States for having blinded American intelligence to Iranian WMD programs ? Valerie Plame was reportedly the CIA's resident expert on Iranian WMD, and her outfit, Brewster-Jennings "consulting," was the U.S. government's regional eyes and ears on nuclear proliferation issues. I guess that's why we have to depend on the Israelis.

02-27-07 - From May 2006: George Washington Had It Right He warned against foreign influence, calling it a poison to republican government. While he was no doubt thinking of the French, his advice applies to Israel. No foreign country should be allowed to influence American policy because that country will always seek to influence policy to favor its interests, not ours. If we followed Washington's advice, the only thing we would be sending to the Middle East would be oil tankers and tourists.

02-27-07 - Peretz warns Hamas over Gaza weapons Defense minister says IDF may have to act against terror groups in Gaza; also sends warning to Hizbullah

02-27-07 - Palestinian terror suspect offers insight into years spent in CIA custody

02-27-07 - Widespread Demands for Pollard's Release American Jewish organizations have organized a massive nationwide campaign to call the White House every afternoon for the next two months and request/demand freedom for Pollard.....The Zionist Organization of America "welcomes" the recent statements by former CIA director James Woolsey and former top US. Middle East negotiator Dennis Ross in favor of clemency for Pollard, and reiterated its own call for his release.

02-27-07 - HAMILTON: Why are we afraid to talk? One of the most troubling developments in American foreign policy is an increasing reluctance to pursue diplomacy. Nowhere is this more apparent than in our current approach toward Iran and Syria.

02-27-07 - As Jewish groups huddle, quagmire in Iraq undermines resolve on Iran The Boston JCRC proposal called for Jewish and non-Jewish groups to form a "Stop Iran" coalition that would launch political, economic and educational initiatives against the Iranian nuclear threat, including a mass demonstration in Washington and a divestment campaign.....Hagel said Bush's policy of not engaging Iran until it comes clean on its nuclear program was not adequate. "By refusing to engage with Iran, we are perpetuating dangerous geopolitical unpredictabilities," he said. "Our refusal to recognize Iran's influence does not decrease its influence but increases it." He added, "We must be clear that the United States does not seek regime change in Iran." Such talk is in clear contradiction to policies promoted by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the lobbying powerhouse, which backs Bush's tough posture and advocates only the narrowest engagement with Iran.

02-27-07 - Germantown Man Accused of Terror Ties A Palestinian man living with his family in a quiet Germantown cove is in government custody after he's accused of having ties to terrorists

02-27-07 - Palestine Native Sentenced To Seven Years The leader of a small mosque in Rome, Ga., has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison after confessing to aiding the Islamic militant group Hamas

02-27-07 - Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon Authorities have confiscated 31 sets of highly sophisticated explosive devices near a Palestinian refugee camp in south Lebanon, police said Tuesday.


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