The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

News for 05-15-07

05-15-07 - CENTCOM Commander?s Veto Sank Bush?s Threatening Gulf Buildup ** Admiral William Fallon, then President George W. Bush?s nominee to head the Central Command (CENTCOM), expressed strong opposition in February to an administration plan to increase the number of carrier strike groups in the Persian Gulf from two to three and vowed privately there would be no war against Iran as long as he was chief of CENTCOM, according to sources with access to his thinking.

05-15-07 - Poll Finds Clear Majority Of Americans Oppose War With Iran ** In light of this, watch out for the propaganda - via mainstream media - to be ramped up.

05-15-07 - How Ali Beat The Odds

05-15-07 - Perle Turns on Bush in Harsh Terms ** "We have already seen a change in policy towards Iran," he said. "It is now firmly back in the hands of the Department of State." Meaning what? That Perle and associates want war on Iran, and the State Department is opposed to it.

05-15-07 - EU complains about civilian deaths in US Afghan operations

05-15-07 - The Wacky World of Norman Podhoretz ** the economic ruin of the U.S. and much of the rest of the world is a small price to pay for the security of Israel, which is "existentially" threatened, as one Israeli politician put it, by Iran's nuclear program. Neocons want us to attack Iran and, with the help of their friends in the WH, Congress and the media, they will get it.

05-15-07 - We must attack Iran before it gets the bomb ** John Bolton, who still has close links to the Bush administration, told The Daily Telegraph that the European Union had to "get more serious" about Iran and recognise that its diplomatic attempts to halt Iran's enrichment programme had failed.

05-15-07 - Iranians want to talk to U.S. Congress A group of Iranian lawmakers wants to create a "friendship committee" that would open contacts with the U.S. Congress - an unprecedented attempt to build ties at a time when Iran's hard-line leadership also appears willing to talk with the country's No. 1 enemy.

05-15-07 - Iran making progress in enriching uranium: diplomats Iran has made progress in enriching uranium despite UN sanctions against this strategic work, UN nuclear inspectors have learned, diplomats told AFP Tuesday.

05-15-07 - Iran says ready for full diplomatic ties with Egypt

05-15-07 - Another Step Toward Realism in Iran Policy

05-15-07 - Cheney: World Bank Should Keep Wolfowitz The vice president went on to praise Wolfowitz, who was the No. 2 official at the Pentagon and an architect of the U.S.-led Iraq war, before he took the bank's helm in June 2005.

05-15-07 - Bank Files May Undercut Wolfowitz, Critics Say One said the documents were "devastating" to Mr. Wolfowitz?s case.

05-15-07 - 100,000 to 300,000 barrels of oil a day unaccounted for in Iraq Between 100,000 and 300,000 barrels a day of Iraq's declared oil production over the past four years is unaccounted for and could have been siphoned off through corruption or smuggling, according to a draft U.S. government report.

05-15-07 - Angry Wolfowitz in four-letter tirade An angry and bitter Paul Wolfowitz poured abuse and threatened retaliations on senior World Bank staff if his orders for pay rises and promotions for his partner were revealed, according to new details published last night.

05-15-07 - Jeremy Bowen diary: Beware Mr Blair The received wisdom in Arab countries is that the British have a long history of selling them out, starting with the Balfour Declaration 90 years ago that promised to create a Jewish homeland in Palestine.

05-15-07 - Talks with Syria could lead to war, says Mossad chief Dagan believes that the current diplomatic stalemate between Israel and Syria is maintaining stability. In the world of Israel - up is down, left is right, black is white. Same goes for America's coverage of that nation.

05-15-07 - Iran's former President Khatami blames West for nuclear standoff When asked whether he agreed with Ahmadinejad's calls for Israel to be wiped off the map, he said: "Personally I don't think any people or nation should be wiped out. But I do believe sometimes facts, what has happened in history, has to be taken into account." He added that "the establishment of peace requires justice. The displaced Palestinian people should be allowed to return to their land."

05-15-07 - Document details 'US' plan to sink Hamas The plan envisages delivering "a strong blow to Hamas by supplying the Palestinian people with their immediate economic needs through the presidency and Fatah". At the same time, the international boycott of Hamas would stay in place and Hamas-affiliated programs would be starved of funds. .....while this Fatah official could not say for certain who in the White House would author such a program, the document reflects the long-held views of White House Middle East adviser Elliott Abrams - known as the major impetus behind the rearming of Abbas' security force.
Elliott Abrams - neocon. Do not be fooled into thinking otherwise - neocons are still in positions of power in the Bush admin.

05-15-07 - Israeli top guns train, eyes on Iran ** Israel's three F-16I fighter-bomber squadrons have been training for what officials call "possible strategic scenarios" -- code for a confrontation with arch-foe Iran.

05-15-07 - US envoy to hold talks in Lebanon US Middle East envoy David Welch arrived in Beirut on Tuesday on the first such visit by a US official since Israel's war on Hezbollah last year, government sources said

05-15-07 - Lebanese president warns U.N. over Hariri court Lebanese President Emile Lahoud warned the United Nations on Tuesday that setting up a tribunal for suspects in the 2005 killing of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri could cause instability in Lebanon.


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