The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Saturday, March 10, 2007

News for 03-09-07

03-09-07 - Iran official criticizes IAEA move

03-09-07 - No deal on UN sanctions for Iran Russia and China have said they have reservations with some of the proposed UN Security Council sanctions to punish Iran for continuing to enrich uranium.

03-09-07 - Iranian general 'hands over vital documents after defecting to US' ** A former Iranian deputy defence minister, Ali Rez Asgari has documents and maps detailing the relationship between the elite Revolutionary Guards and Islamist groups such as Hizbollah and Islamic Jihad, the London-based Asharq Alawsat newspaper said. The newspaper said the general was also briefing Western intelligence on Iran's links to groups in Iraq. These include the Mehdi Army of the radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and the Badr organisation We all know in what direction this thing will go.

03-09-07 - Iraq will urge U.S., Iran not to use it as pawn Iraq wants action not words from a regional conference in Baghdad on Saturday and will urge Iran and the United States not to use it as a playing field to settle their scores, Iraq's foreign minister said on Friday.

03-09-07 - U.S. has met discreetly with Iran over years

03-09-07 - EU plans to re-engage with Syria

03-09-07 - Iran cleric says US shares blame for Iraqi bloodshed

03-09-07 - U.S. may discuss Iraq with Iran, Syria

03-09-07 - White House bows on attorney reforms Just hours after Attorney General Alberto Gonzales dismissed the hubbub as an "overblown personnel matter," a Republican senator Thursday mused into a microphone that Gonzales might soon suffer the same fate as the canned U.S. attorneys.

03-09-07 - Senior US official heads for refugee talks in Syria A senior US official headed to Syria Thursday for talks on the Iraq refugee crisis that will mark the highest-level contact between the two governments in two years.

03-09-07 - Analysis: Intelligence summit takes flak ** Old pros from America's secretive world of espionage and counterterrorism emerged temporarily from the shadows to convene for a three-day "Intelligence Summit" in a downtown hotel in St. Petersburg, Fla., earlier this week. They were joined by a handful of allies from friendly countries -- mostly from Israel -- to discuss what they see as the number one threat facing Western democracies, the ever-increasing form of militant Islam and its indiscriminate use of terrorism......Many would rather "not waste time" talking with governments they say will never keep its word. Instead, they would prefer to simply "kick butt," as one speaker put it, and making realistic plans to enable regime change in Syria and Iran through assassinations and intimidation. His comments were received with applause and cheers from the audience.

03-09-07 - Tests To Reveal Levels Of Depleted Uranium In Army Personnel

03-09-07 - Justice Dept.: FBI misused Patriot Act The FBI improperly and, in some cases, illegally used the USA Patriot Act to secretly obtain personal information about people in the United States, a Justice Department audit concluded Friday.

03-09-07 - China: U.S. violated Iraqis' rights

03-09-07 - Iranian-Russian power station talks fail: source

03-09-07 - Lantos wants to kill Bush's Iran waiver U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.) introduced legislation that would keep the president from waiving sanctions against Iran

03-09-07 - Bush nominates Rabkin to USIP He has been an outspoken advocate against the U.N. International Court of Justice How does that make one an ideal candidate for an institute for peace, mewonders? Daniel Pipes, a neocon extremist, is a former member of said institute.

03-09-07 - Giffords moves to ban F-14 sales A Jewish congresswoman joined a Jewish Senate colleague in introducing legislation to end backdoor combat jet parts sales to Iran.

03-09-07 - Ohio reps initiate Iran divestment

03-09-07 - Report: Israel behind Iranian's disappearance U.S. intelligence reportedly believes Israel was involved in the disappearance of a retired Iranian general. The Washington Post on Thursday quoted an unnamed U.S. official as suggesting that Israeli agents "orchestrated" the defection of Ali Reza Asgari, a former Iranian defense minister who went missing last month while on a visit to Turkey.

03-09-07 - Heavy imprint of Libby verdict

03-09-07 - End of Cowboy Diplomacy, Part II? Bush not only spurned the pleas of Washington's European and Arab allies to press the Jewish state for a ceasefire, but his top Middle East aide, Elliott Abrams, reportedly encouraged it, to the horror of both his State Department colleagues and his Israeli interlocutors, to expand the war into Syria.

03-09-07 - Rice's Hiring of Neocon Leaves Observers Puzzled Cohen, named as counselor to the State Department, was an ardent advocate of going to war with Saddam Hussein as part of a wider war on terrorism and militant Islam?what he has argued constitutes "World War IV." In December 2001, he wrote in the Wall Street Journal: "After Afghanistan, what? Iraq is the big prize." He was a founding member of the Project for the New American Century?a group that helped lay the intellectual groundwork for the attack on Iraq as well as efforts to weaken Yasser Arafat as head of the Palestinian Authority. He has urged regime change in Iran

03-09-07 - Netanyahu urges tough sanctions on Iran over nuclear issue During his visit to the United States, Netanyahu said he planned to discuss Iran's nuclear ambitions with Vice President Dick Cheney and Democratic and Republican presidential candidates

03-09-07 - Fitzgerald's folly: A textbook case for a speedy pardon By Charles Krauthammer Krauthammer = neocon extraordinaire.

03-09-07 - Israel 'Worse Than Iran' A spokesperson for BICOM said the poll "reinforces our need to remind people of Israel's historical desire to find peace with its neighbours and its willingness to give up land for peace. This is the main message that will ultimately help shift public opinion towards Israel". You're kidding me right? When has Israel stopped building settlements on Palestinian land? Was I absent that day?

03-09-07 - Empty chair in Baghdad We can assume that Israel would expect the American Administration to refrain from holding talks on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Baghdad, and officially this would certainly be the case. But is it not likely to see opportunities to converse outside the meeting halls about any issue out there? Even if the beginning is resistant and difficult, this conference may become a constitutive regional event in the Middle East; a sort of "clearing house" for all the conflicts and clashes in our region, with no exceptions. Oh dear. Imagine - the US won't be able to to take its orders from Israel, as is most often the case.

03-09-07 - Israel unveils portable hunter-killer robot The VIPeR, roughly the size of a small television, was invented as part of Israel's efforts to develop weaponry that could reduce the risks to its forces from hand-to-hand fighting against Palestinian or Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas.

03-09-07 - Lebanon arrests arms dealer with SAM 7 missiles

03-09-07 - Hate Crime Legislation Will Target Your Freedom of Speech The main force supporting the bill is the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). This group was behind passage of the British law. The ADL is a radical organization, which routinely charges organizations more to its right, of hate speech. It appears that nearly any organization that does not accept the ADL's worldview is marked for advocating hate.

03-09-07 - Novak sees 'hope' of Libby pardon after '08 election

03-09-07 - Oligarch fears Russian 'hit' A Russian oligarch who fled to Israel fears that he could be targeted by assassins sent by Moscow


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