The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

News for 04-16-07

04-16-07 - US presses Tehran over missing ex-FBI agent The United States pressed Iran over the weekend for information about a former FBI agent reported missing in the Islamic Republic for more than a month, US officials said.

04-16-07 - Iran won't back down on nuclear: Ahmadinejad President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed on Monday that Iran would not give in to Western demands over its nuclear drive, saying Tehran would "resist to the end" in the intensifying crisis.

04-16-07 - Iran tops agenda as Gates starts Mideast tour ** In Amman, Gates will meet King Abdullah II and senior officials for talks on regional developments but "Iran in particular", the official said. "He's going to want to look and see what King Abdullah has to say about Iran." This admin is trying to get support for action on Iran.

04-16-07 - Iran crisis 'need to be contained' Riyadh: Iran's nuclear programme has added one more crisis to the region that needs to be contained, along with the sectarian conflicts in Iraq and Lebanon, King Abdullah said yesterday.

04-16-07 - 'War on terror' sends wrong message, says Benn Downing Street distanced itself yesterday from an attack by Hilary Benn on the Bush administration's strategy for the "war on terror", in which he claimed military force alone would not defeat al-Qa'ida.

04-16-07 - Lack of US help over fatal helicopter crash in Iraq 'inexcusable', says coroner

04-16-07 - U.S. pump price highest since August Americans are being soaked.

04-16-07 - Gates to visit Israel in hopes of calming fears over Iran threat US Defense Secretary Robert Gates will attempt to allay Israeli fears during his short trip to Israel on Wednesday regarding the looming Iranian nuclear threat as well as the consequences of an American withdrawal from Iraq

04-16-07 - India firm on gas pipe from Iran Despite pressure from the US, which has linked the pipeline to Iran's nuclear ambitions, New Delhi and Islamabad are thumbing their noses at Washington. Together, they are about to put the finishing touches to their deal with Tehran, with potentially far-reaching political and security implications.

04-16-07 - Secretary of State Rice may face subpoena threat Wednesday The move could compel Rice to testify on the intelligence used to justify the invasion of Iraq, and other issues.

04-16-07 - Perle still clinging to 'Qaida, Saddam direct connection' Richard Perle, the American Enterprise Institute fellow who helped build the case for the Iraq War prior to the US invasion in 2003, appeared on CNN's Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer last night and continued to cling to the existence of links between Saddam Hussein's regime and al Qaida terrorists.

04-16-07 - Wolfowitz's Allies Regroup but Leave Questions Unanswered David Frum, a fellow neoconservative and a former presidential speech writer for President Bush, wrote in the National Review Online, a neoconservative outlet, asking for understanding.

04-16-07 - Israeli PM calls for diggers to stay in Iraq Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has warned against a premature withdrawal of US and Australian forces from Iraq Whose War is this?

04-16-07 - The Party of Brownshirts Neoconservatives captured conservative philanthropies, cut off funding to true conservatives, and used the captured conservative foundations to entrench themselves as advisors to the Republican party. The same neoconsertives that Reagan fired as a result of the Iran-Contra scandal occupy important policy positions in the Bush administration and dominate the National Security Council

04-16-07 - France warned CIA of hijack plot in 2001 Nine months before al-Qaida slammed airliners into the World Trade Center, French intelligence suspected the terror network was plotting a hijacking - possibly involving a U.S. airline - and warned the CIA, former French intelligence officials said Monday.

04-16-07 - Why Won?t Prominent Republicans Criticize Novak Today, the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) called on Republican party leaders to offer a public rebuke of right wing pundit Bob Novak?s harsh anti-Israel stance and string of unbalanced columns. The HORROR!

04-16-07 - Hamas Calling for Peace By Robert D. Novak While avoiding Israel-bashing, Shaer conjectured: "I don't think the Israeli government wants a two-state solution. Without pressure from the president of the United States, nothing is going to happen." That sounded like a plea for help from George W. Bush. But will he hear it if Elliott Abrams does not listen?
Not likely.

04-16-07 - GCC Countries Complicate US' Iran Plans** The issue of public opinion becomes relevant in the context of a Zogby International survey of six Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE, where only six percent of respondents thought Iran a major threat to their security. About 80 percent considered Israel and the U.S. as the two biggest external threats

04-16-07 - Hizbullah says UN role could create 'chaotic Lebanon'

04-16-07 - Judge keeps lobbyist trial open The judge in the classified information trial of two former AIPAC staffers threw out a prosecution request to keep significant portions of the trial secret from the public.


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