The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Friday, March 23, 2007

News for 03-22-07

03-22-07 - Iran navy launches Gulf war games ** "If the United States starts a war against Iran, it won't be the US that finishes it," the ISNA news agency quoted a Revolutionary Guards navy general as saying.

03-22-07 - Iran not worried by prospect of US strike: Ahmadinejad **

03-22-07 - UN seeks deal on Iran sanctions

03-22-07 - Gulf governments plan oil pipelines Gulf governments are planning oil pipelines that would bypass the world's most vulnerable energy choke point, the Strait of Hormuz, aiming to avoid possible Iranian threats to global oil shipments.

03-22-07 - Sensing Shift in Bush Policy, Another Hawk Leaves At the White House, J. D. Crouch, the deputy national security adviser, who headed the group that designed the administration?s strategy to increase troops in Iraq, and Elliott Abrams, who leads global democracy strategy, are known for their relatively hawkish views. Mr. Abrams has assembled a team pressing internally to step up pressure on Iran, a strategy Mr. Bush has endorsed as a way to gain leverage over Tehran.

03-22-07 - Former CIA official supports Professor's claim that official 9/11 Islamist conspiracy theory are lies

03-22-07 - Reduced sentence in works for Abramoff Former Republican super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, sentenced to almost six years in prison for his fraudulent purchase of a South Florida gambling fleet, can receive a reduced sentence if he continues to assist prosecutors in a far-reaching Washington public corruption probe, federal officials said Wednesday.

03-22-07 - Ex-Pentagon Official Unveils Cyber Weapon In Fight To Restore Reputation: "If this was not so deadly serious, and the consequences of the policy that Feith?s shop was selling so tragic, it would be comical," said Paul Pillar, who was the CIA's chief analyst for the Middle East until a year ago. "Of course vigorous questioning and challenging from consumers is a valuable part of a healthy intelligence-policy relationship, but what the shop under Feith was doing had nothing to do with that. It was striving not to improve intelligence but instead to discredit it and reduce its influence as much as possible when the intelligence community did not arrive at the preferred conclusion that there was an ?alliance? and deep, longstanding operational relationship between the Saddam regime and Al Qaeda. And the reason that was the preference was, of course, that a big part of selling the war was to link it as much as possible in the public mind with 9/11."

03-22-07 - The Dead-Enders Centered in the office of the vice president, the neocons did an end run around the mainstream intelligence agencies to manufacture the lies that lured us into war, and Christopher Hitchens did more than his part to spread these lies

03-22-07 - Israel's Peres opposed starting Lebanon war

03-22-07 - Soros Won?t Take On AIPAC (Yet) In fact, while some Jewish groups and neoconservative Jewish policy advocates lobbied for the war, there is no evidence AIPAC ever did so. Asked to cite an example of such support, Vachon acknowledged, "AIPAC took no official position on the war [but] clearly there was a perception, partly orchestrated at its 2003 meeting" of such support. It is my belief that AIPAC is a serious threat to the sovereignty of this nation.

03-22-07 - Bolton admits Lebanon truce block A former top American diplomat says the US deliberately resisted calls for a immediate ceasefire during the conflict in Lebanon in the summer of 2006. ....Mr Bolton, a controversial and blunt-speaking figure, said he was "damned proud of what we did" to prevent an early ceasefire. John Bolton is (was)Israel's man at the UN.

03-22-07 - Analysis: Mideast: Permanent Kefuffle ** At first, the idea was to make sure president Bush could not launch air strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities without prior Congressional authorization. But friends of Israel in and out of Congress swung into action, arguing that Iran, under present management, was a second "holocaust" in the making......Meanwhile, Israeli settlements keep growing illegally just below the international radar screen, house by house, in some 140 settlements. Many are strategically located to command access to the main aquifer under the West Bank. A secure road network under Israeli control interlinks the colonies.

03-22-07 - Can American Jews unplug the Israel lobby? in the wake of 9/11 and the Iraq war, that all changed dramatically. 9/11, and the Bush administration's response to it, made it inescapably clear that America's Mideast policies affect everyone in the country: They are literally a matter of life and death. The Bush administration's neoconservative Mideast policy is essentially indistinguishable from AIPAC's. And so it is no longer possible to ignore it -- even though it is a notoriously touchy and divisive subject.

03-22-07 - Cameron stands encircled by zealous Anglo-neocons The Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI) are a successful force, now claiming a large majority of Tory MPs as members.

03-22-07 - DeLay: I quit for Israel Tom DeLay says he quit the U.S. Congress to fight for Israel and conservative causes.

03-22-07 - Blue eyes, blond hair: that's US problem, says Japanese minister Japan has healthy relations with Arab countries and Iran and imports much of its oil from the Middle East. It is a big contributor of aid to the Palestinian Authority, but also has friendly ties with Israel


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