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Democratic leaders in Congress lobbed a warning shot Friday at the White House not to launch an attack against Iran without first seeking approval from lawmakers.
"The president does not have the authority to launch military action in Iran without first seeking congressional authorization," Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid (news, bio, voting record), D-Nev., told the National Press Club.
The administration has accused Iran of meddling in Iraqi affairs and contributing technology and bomb-making materials for insurgents to use against U.S. and Iraqi security forces. ››read more
BAGHDAD, Iraq - President Jalal Talabani said in remarks published Friday that the Iranians were ready to meet with the U.S. for talks about security issues _ part of an apparent effort by Talabani to encourage a dialogue between two nations that are increasingly at odds, and vital to Iraq.
As the US is deploying a massive armada in the Persian Gulf to threaten Iran, the BBC ‘s top in-depth news programme has supported the totally unfounded US propaganda against the five employees of the Iranian consulate in Arbil arrested after the US forces raid last week. ››read more
What's needed is a popular outpouring of support for H. J. Res. 14 – and you can do your part by calling the office of Nancy Pelosi, urging her to let the House vote on the Jones resolution, and urging her to support it. That number is: 202-225-4965. ››read more
In the face of spiraling disaster for the U.S. occupation of Iraq, the Bush administration is moving toward a another reckless adventure—war on Iran...A package of onerous sanctions on Iran, demanded by Washington and passed by the United Nations Security Council, appears to be part of the war preparations, just as past U.N. resolutions against Iraq served to create a war climate. ››read more
A resolution introduced in the US House of Representatives calls on President George W. Bush to obtain approval from Congress before using military force against Iran. The bill, introduced by longtime Iraq war critic Walter Jones (news, bio, voting record), a Republican, and five other US lawmakers calls on the president obtain authorization for an attack on Iran, unless the United States or US interests are attacked first. ››read more
Since when does a small nation of less than 7 million people that doesn't even have internationally recognized borders threaten to "take military action" against a much larger nation with ten times as many people? Iran has not attacked any of its neighbors in 250 years. It has good relations with the European Union and with Russia and China. It is part of an ancient civilization with established frontiers. In 1918, the thought of a tiny state attacking a large one was considered a joke; in 2007, it might not be so funny. ››read more
Editor's note: This is an excellent article but for some reason Huffington Post is blocked in Iran. Use www.magictrainstation.com to gain access.
If you have been following the news lately, you know that Bush's noose is tightening around Iranian necks. Iran's sin is that it can not prove its uranium enrichment program is not intended for military use. This is not the first time that Bush is intent on condemning others to death for lack of proof. ››read more
"If we think that we, in the long term, can keep a country like Iran constrained and contained, then we're asking for a fight," said Parsi, who is president of the National Iranian American Council. "Iran is a major power in that region. You cannot contain it without having a confrontation." ››read more
Of the “axis of evil” countries, Iran is the most hospitable for the adventurous traveler. In North Korea, a tourist has a government guide at his side 24/7. We all know about Iraq: No Western tourist is so stupid as to venture there. On every street corner you run into kidnapping gangs who sell their victims to the so-called resistance. None of that in Iran. Beginning last year, the country opened its borders to foreigners — except Israelis, of course. A one-week visa can be obtained at the airport, and you are free to travel all over. ››read more
With speculation growing about a possible military buildup to confront Iran over its alleged role in destabilizing Iraq, two legislative measures will be introduced calling for President George W. Bush to gain Congress’ approval before taking any military action against Iran. ››read more
The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said Thursday he was concerned that the U.N. sanctions on Iran could escalate the standoff with Western powers over its suspected weapons program. Mohamed ElBaradei called for a resumption of negotiations. ››read more
A bipartisan group of senators announced a formal resolution of opposition yesterday to President Bush's buildup of troops in Iraq, calling for more diplomacy, international cooperation and an "appropriately expedited" transfer of military responsibilities to Iraqi security forces.
One of Iraq's most powerful Shia politicians has condemned the arrest of Iranians by US forces in Iraq as an attack on the country's sovereignty.
The comments by Abdel Aziz al-Hakim, made in a BBC interview, are seen as the strongest expression yet of Iraq's concern about the US approach to Iran.
The Editor-in-Chief of the Arab Times reports that a “reliable source” in Washington has provided detailed information about the forthcoming US hard-power attack on Iran’s nuclear and oil industries. According to the un-named sources cited in the Arab Times, the US timetable is being driven by the retirement of George Bush’s major ally, Prime Minister Tony Blair.
We know there is a National Security Council staff-led group whose mission is to create outrage in the world against Iran. Just like before Gulf II, this media group will begin to release stories to sell a strike against Iran. Watch for the outrage stuff. ››read more
If the Regime overcomes its defeat in Iraq with a “victory” in Iran, “you are with us or against us” will take on new life, and we will find out who are those intended for the Halliburton-built detention camps constructed in the US at great cost with our tax dollars. ››read more
The origins of the theme of Iranian complicity strongly suggest that it was a propaganda line aimed at reducing the Bush administration's acute embarrassment at its inability to stop the growing death toll of U.S. troops from shaped charges fired at armored vehicles by Sunni insurgents. ››read more
A war with Iran will further solidify the rule of the mullahs in Tehran and stoke further animosity towards the United States and towards America’s so-called Arab “moderate regimes” in the Muslim world. ››read more
Listening to George W. Bush announce his fantasy-based escalation of the war in Iraq, which could only make sense in some parallel universe where pigs fly and fish commute on bicycles, I flashed on something Bush's hero Winston Churchill once said: "A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." By that standard, President Bush is no fanatic. ››read more