The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Monday, April 02, 2007

News for 04-01-07

04-01-07 - US jet fighters violate Iran's airspace: military US warplanes have violated Iranian airspace in the southwestern oil-rich province of Khuzestan, Al-Alam Arabic language news satellite channel quoted a local military chief as saying on Sunday.

04-01-07 - Iran shows new footage of British sailors as talks continue

04-01-07 - Iran, Britain open talks over sailors

04-01-07 - Iran attacks Bush over 'hostage' claim Iran has told US President George W Bush to keep out of its row with Britain over 15 sailors detained for allegedly illegally entering Iranian waters.

04-01-07 - Captured UK officers shown on TV

04-01-07 - Brinkmanship Unwise in Uncharted Waters ** There is real danger that this incident, and the way it plays out, may turn out to be outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair's last gesture of fealty to President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and neoconservative advisers who, this time, are looking for a casus belli to "justify" air strikes on Iran.

04-01-07 - Democratic Committee requests deposition from Secretary of State over Niger forgeries and Iraq

04-01-07 - Treasuries roiled by Bahrain rumours ** The US Treasury bond market swung wildly on Friday on a report suggesting the US was preparing military action against Iran. US government bonds, a traditional haven in times of turmoil, soared on a rumour published by the Debkafile website - later denied by the White House - that American citizens in Bahrain had been advised to leave the country Debkafile

04-01-07 - Iraqi civilian deaths up in March

04-01-07 - U.S. Carrier Nimitz to Deploy to Persian Gulf ** The new battle group will be in position by late April, but there will be no overlap with the Eisenhower, and the number of U.S. carriers in the area would stay at two, a navy official said on condition of anonymity.

04-01-07 - CIA leak prosecutor?s job was threatened

04-01-07 - Any Casus Belli Will Do ** According to Russian intelligence, U.S.-allied armed forces in and around the Persian Gulf are being readied for an attack on Iran in the very near future.

04-01-07 - U.S. steps up campaign against Syrian government The officials say the campaign bears the imprint of Elliott Abrams, a conservative White House aide in charge of pushing Bush's global democracy agenda.

04-01-07 - Iran forces Israeli rethink ** Uzi Arad, former director of intelligence at Israel's spy agency, Mossad, has made a lifetime's study of revolutionary Iran. If international sanctions and diplomatic arm-twisting fail to halt its suspect nuclear activities, he is clear what the west must do: bomb Tehran.

04-01-07 - IDF intelligence: Iran, Hizbullah preparing for possible US strike ** "Their preparation is defensive ahead of war ? They fear a war initiated by the Americans because they understand that there might be an attack against Iran over the summer, but not by Israel," Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin told the Cabinet.

04-01-07 - Israel PM denies plotting with US against Iran ** Prime Minister Ehud Olmert dismissed as baseless Sunday suggestions that Israel was working with the United States in drawing up contingency plans for conflict with Iran.

04-01-07 - Arabs in Kirkuk dismayed at relocation plan

04-01-07 - US lawmakers tell Syria to stop fighters entering Iraq

04-01-07 - Rosie O'Donnell Lambasted for Opinions when Rosie was talking about the taking of British sailors and marines by Iranian Revolutionary Guards she said "I have one thing to say - Gulf of Tonkin - google it."

04-01-07 - Shekel soars over dollar . Israeli traders expect a further boost for the shekel given the dollar's overall weakness abroad and large-scale foreign investment in Israel

04-01-07 - Pelosi in Israel stresses security through strength and diplomacy Showcasing her pro-Israel credentials, Pelosi spoke of her family's longtstanding support for the Jewish state - Pelosi's father was a congressman from Maryland and mayor of Baltimore who was supportive of Israel - and told of how she keeps dog tags from Israel's MIAs in her congressional office......In an interview, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) told JTA that the delegation was visiting Damascus to confront President Bashar Assad directly on such issues as Syria's support for terrorists, Hezbollah and Iran, as well as to press for the release of Israel's missing soldiers in Lebanon.

04-01-07 - McNulty, what were you thinking? Paul McNulty made time in his busy schedule for a major case against Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman, two senior AIPAC staffers.....And within months, McNulty is named deputy attorney general. Did the author of this piece forget this excerpt that he penned just last week?: "The U.S. Attorney in eastern Virginia at the time, Paul McNulty, "would like to end it with minimal damage to AIPAC," the document quotes Lewin as telling Lowell. "He is fighting with the FBI to limit the investigation to Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman and to avoid expanding it." ". McNulty did damage control for AIPAC and THEN was promoted. Was he rewarded for going after Rosen and Weissman, or was he rewarded for letting AIPAC off the hook? Methinks the latter.

04-01-07 - Olmert reminds Rice: Bush is still her boss The message was unmistakable: What Rice had to say barely mattered. Olmert had it all worked out with the president. Rice did not like it, but proceeded according to plan in convening the triple summit in Jerusalem with Olmert and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. The summit came and went with no real effect. .....At their meeting, Olmert rejected her offer to engage in negotiations on a permanent peace agreement with the Palestinians, which were designed to present them with "a political horizon."

04-01-07 - What's Happening Around Iran ** I still see Israeli security concerns as the most significant driver of likely military action. A series of Israeli war drills last week, including simulated missile attacks on Israeli urban centers and on the main Tel Aviv power station, are particularly noteworthy.

04-01-07 - Tough Week for Bush Middle East Strategy Abdullah -- as well as his fellow monarch, Abdullah II of Jordan (who cancelled his scheduled visit to Washington next month) -- is also reportedly increasingly frustrated with Bush's failure to put serious pressure on Israel to respond positively both to the new Palestinian unity government, which the king himself successfully midwifed, and to the five-year-old Arab League proposal, re-iterated this week at the Summit

04-01-07 - Pelosi conveying Israel message to Syria "Americans have many political differences, but we stand united with Israel now and always," she said.

04-01-07 - ISF claims evidence that links Fatah al-Islam to bus bombings Officials from other Palestinian factions in Lebanon have recently distanced themselves from Fatah al-Islam.


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