The US inches ever closer to attacking Iran

Saturday, June 02, 2007

News for 06-01-07

06-01-07 - Rice: US not preparing for war with Iran ** The U.S. is not preparing for war against Iran and Vice President Dick Cheney supports that policy, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says, taking a swipe at a U.N. official who says he's worried about "crazies" who want to start bombing. That and 50 cents will get you ... nothing really these days.

06-01-07 - Betraying the Sailors of the USS Liberty What would be the charge against McNamara? He denied aid to American troops when they were under deadly attack and as a result 20 some men died and many more were injured. I'm no lawyer, but I've been told that the applicable crime is treason. But the order came down from Johnson himself. You can read more information about the attack on the official USS Liberty website run by the survivors at There is also a History Channel DVD on the attack available to purchase here. The British did a documentary called "Dead in the Water", a clip of which is available to watch from the lower right corner of this page. So many Americans have never even heard of the USS Liberty. That would be because somebody does not want you to know. The survivors filed a War Crimes Report with the Secretary of the Army TWO YEARS ago. No action has been taken yet by our government, to my knowledge. That's all the proof anyone needs of the power that Israel has over our government.

06-01-07 - IAEA chief warns of "crazies" seeking Iran war** He said one could not "bomb knowledge". Asked who the "new crazies" were he replied: "Those who have extreme views and say the only solution is to impose your will by force."

06-01-07 - Iran promises to discuss nuke activities Iran has pledged to end years of stonewalling and provide answers on past suspicious activities to the U.N. nuclear monitoring agency probing its atomic program, an official said Friday, in a move seen as an attempt to avoid new U.N. sanctions.

06-01-07 - Bush demands Iran free dual nationals

06-01-07 - Iran says new Iraq talks dependent on change in US policy Iran will only hold fresh talks with the United States on stabilising Iraq if Washington changes its policies there, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Friday.

06-01-07 - Iraq war can't be won: former British army commander

06-01-07 - Rice voices doubts about EU-Iran talks

06-01-07 - US may collapse as a superpower: analyst ** About 10 minutes after the inauguration of the next President in January 2009, the evacuation starts. However, there is the possibility that the United States before Mr Bush leaves will attack Iran. And if that happens, I think we have a very different outcome. Former National Security Adviser in the United States, Zbigniew Brzezinski is on record as saying if the United States attacks Iran, it will lose its place in the world. And I think he's right.

06-01-07 - US Paid Nearly $31 Million in Condolence Payments to Iraqis, Afghanis

06-01-07 - Drawings of new U.S. Embassy in Iraq released on Web A U.S. architectural firm posted drawings of the new U.S. Embassy being built in Baghdad on its Web site, prompting complaints from U.S. officials on Friday that their release could endanger U.S. personnel.

06-01-07 - The Bush Administration?s Dilemma Regarding a Possible Libby Pardon I suspect Patrick Fitzgerald will be watching with great interest any pardon action. After all, he was working in the U.S. Attorney?s Office for the Southern District of New York when that office ignored the refusal of the Bush Department of Justice, under Attorney General Ashcroft, to investigate former President Bill Clinton?s pardon of financier Marc Rich.

06-01-07 - The GOP would be wise to listen to Ron Paul's message In the debate, he said, "The conservative wing of the Republican Party always advocated a noninterventionist foreign policy." The real problem is: bellicose neocons and their AIPAC cohorts make sure both parties are in line for any military intervention Israel needs.

06-01-07 - PRESS CONFERENCE ON MIDYEAR UPDATE OF WORLD ECONOMIC SITUATION, PROSPECTS United States debt, which had now deepened to well over $3 trillion, might turn out to be unsustainable in the rest of 2007 or next, putting further downward pressure on the United States dollar, he said. Since its peak in 2002, the dollar had depreciated vis-à-vis the major currencies by some 35 per cent and by 25 per cent against a broader range of other currencies.

06-01-07 - Gov. Charlie Crist gets Israeli military, security assessment Crist was greeted by visiting Floridians. "He's doing a great job," said Ellen Miller, 75, who was there with her husband, Ralph, 78, from Palm Beach Gardens. For whom?

06-01-07 - US can't get its propaganda straight Al Hurra television, the U.S. government's $63 million-a-year effort at public diplomacy broadcasting in the Middle East, is run by executives and officials who cannot speak Arabic, according to a senior official who oversees the program. That might explain why critics say the service has recently been caught broadcasting terrorist messages, including an hour-long tirade on the importance of anti-Jewish violence, among other questionable pieces. It's reminiscent of a recent US trial coming up here in America, whereby an alleged terrorist purportedly went on anti-Jewish tirades but the defense lawyers could find no such thing in the transcripts of the phone call intercepts in which they allegedly took place.

06-01-07 - Syria will not cooperate with UN's Lebanon court UN Resolution 1757, adopted on Wednesday by the Security Council, "has no bearing on Syria, and we have informed the Security Council that we will not cooperate with this tribunal," Muallem told a news conference in Damascus with his Iranian counterpart, Manouchehr Mottaki.

06-01-07 - Arabiya TV says Lebanese troops assault cameraman Lebanese soldiers assaulted a Palestinian cameraman working for Al Arabiya television as he was filming clashes between the army and al Qaeda-inspired militants on Friday, the Dubai-based channel said.

06-01-07 - Three Lebanese troops killed as army tightens siege Three Lebanese soldiers were killed Friday as the army tightened a noose around Islamist militants holed up inside a Palestinian refugee camp, where the humanitarian situation was described as desperate.

06-01-07 - Rice names OSCE delegation Condoleezza Rice named the U.S. delegation to next week's follow-up conference on European anti-Semitism And what of European xenophobia, no delegation for THAT?

06-01-07 - Beyond friendship For Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, going to Israel is about building friendships with a vital U.S. ally, an essential stepping stone for any ambitious American politician......To Wexler, an 11-year veteran of Capitol Hill, one of the larger meanings of Crist's trip to Israel is obvious. It should disgust you that our politicians have to kowtow to a foreign nation in order to be a serious candidate for high office here.

06-01-07 - Israel, Syria breach disengagement deal Israel and Syria both violate the agreement to separate forces on the Golan, but the infringements are minor, according to the United Nations.

06-01-07 - Palestinians worried battles spread to other camps "Palestinian forces have all decided that the battles will not be transferred to Ain al-Hilweh and to tighten security in the camps," said Muneer al-Maqdah, a Fatah military commander.

06-01-07 - US strongly backs Lebanon assault on militants A Palestinian official in Lebanon, Abbas Zikki, said the situation for some 5,000 civilians still in the camp which normally houses some 31,000 people had become "desperate," with corpses "rotting in the streets."

06-01-07 - Lebanon army storms militant posts at camp, 18 die More than 25,000 of Nahr al-Bared's 40,000 Palestinians have fled to the smaller Beddawi camp nearby. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) called on all parties to spare civilians and to refrain from attacking civilian infrastructure.

06-01-07 - About a dozen U.S. lawmakers in Israel Hastings, a past president of the OSCE parliamentary assembly and a senior member of the House Intelligence Committee, also met with top Israeli intelligence officials Keep all but Hagel there. Let Tel Aviv start paying their salaries. A note on Hastings.


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