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In spite of being hopelessly bogged down in $700 billion wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush/Cheney administration appears set on a collision course with Tehran. In recent weeks, the White House’s war of words against Iran has sharply intensified, and grown increasingly bellicose. ››read more
In aborting Iran's nuclear program, "all options are on the table."
Some version of this threat against Iran has lately been made by John McCain, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Mitt Romney.
Yet, if an attack on Iran is among "options ... on the table," who put it there? Who gave President Bush the authority to attack Iran? And when was it granted? And are all options also "on the table" if North Korea continues to test nuclear weapons?
If the United States were to attack Iran, the country would respond by striking US interests all over the world, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said yesterday.
Speaking to a gathering of Iranian air force commanders, Khamenei said: "The enemy knows well that any invasion would be followed by a comprehensive reaction to the invaders and their interests all over the world." ››read more
As AP reported this morning, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice told Congress yesterday that she does not remember seeing a 2003 written proposal by Iran to engage in comprehensive discussions with the U.S. to solve key problems in the Middle East. See, AP Story. As AP also reports, Rice’s testimony yesterday contradicted statements she made to NPR in June of 2006, in which she did acknowledge knowing of this overture. As AP reports, Iran had offered to engage in constructive discussions with the U.S. Over “its disputed nuclear program, support for militant groups that the United States labels terrorists and the acceptance of Israel.” Further, and very significant to the current claims about Iran’s role in Iraq, Iran had proposed “active Iranian support for Iraqi stabilization.” ››read more
Military attack on Iran would have disastrous consequences warns new report:
Coalition urges new diplomatic push to avoid crisis
Military action against Iran could have disastrous global consequences according to a new report published today by a diverse group of organisations including Oxfam, the Foreign Policy Centre, faith groups and others.
From mega surge to dual rollback
EVER SINCE the Islamic Revolution of 1979 took Tehran out of Washington's orbit, the United States has run its Iraq policy with one eye firmly planted on Iran. ››read more
The US sabre-rattling over Iran is not only serious and disturbing, but also has uncanny resonance with the lead-up to the Iraq war. ››read more
BEFORE the United States invaded Iraq on false pretexts nearly four years ago, the overwhelming view of analysts and diplomats was that war would plunge the region and the world into greater turmoil and instability. Echoing the views of my colleagues from the region and beyond, I told the Security Council on Feb. 18, 2003, that while the ramifications of the war could go beyond anyone’s calculations, “one outcome is almost certain: extremism stands to benefit enormously from an uncalculated adventure in Iraq.” ››read more
Editor's note: Dr Javad Zarif is the Iranian ambassador to the United Nations.
The EU hopes for a diplomatic breakthrough with Iran after casual discussions in Munich
Iran and the EU appear ready to use a security conference in Munich to try and defuse tensions over Iran's nuclear ambitions. But the US continued to push for tough European action. ››read more
Europeans are accusing Americans of strong-arming them into cracking down on Iran in the latest trans-Atlantic conflict, a dispute that is straining efforts to maintain a joint front on Tehran over its refusal to freeze uranium enrichment. ››read more
In this new narrative, Iran is cast as the major regional threat and also, increasingly, as an agent of chaos in Iraq. To help enlist the cooperation of the "responsible" Sunni Arab autocracies, the Bush Administration will also seek to restore its bona fides in the Arab world by promoting a rapid resumption of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. ››read more
Most Americans already believe that George Bush is not much influenced by facts, but rather by his ideology. Already he is reportedly thinking of his legacy and dreaming that history will prove him "right." More disturbing are his religious beliefs, in particular his daily readings of Scottish preacher Oswald Chambers, who argues that if plans and events go wrong, it just means that God is testing believers' faith, not that strategies should be changed. ››read more
The type of environment the US wants to create inside Iraq in order to find a domestic cover to justify its failures. Now I think an important component of this policy, whether the United States clearly articulates it or not, is a divide between Shi'a and Sunni in the Arab and Islamic world. And that is the primary motivation, the primary psychological factor that the US is using, and probably more than the US, Israel is using, in order to create an anti-Iranian coalition. ››read more
It is scarcely surprising that the Iranian government believes that the United States is behind the kidnapping of one of its diplomats in Baghdad on Sunday. The Iranians say he was seized by 30 uniformed men from an Iraqi army commando battalion that often works with the US military services in Iraq. The US had already shown its contempt for any diplomatic immunity protecting Iranians in Iraq by arresting five officials in a long-established Iranian office in the Kurdish city of Arbil last month. ››read more
The kidnapping of an Iranian diplomat in Baghdad by gunmen dressed in Iraqi security force uniforms has ignited new tensions between Iran and Washington, as the Islamic regime said it was holding the US directly responsible for his release and safe return. ››read more
Greens urge Congress, media, and public to be skeptical about 'Yellow Cake Propaganda' -- a Bush Administration disinformation campaign to justify going to war, similar to deception behind Iraq invasion in 2002-2003
Impeachment is necessary to halt Bush's war agenda, restore the rule of law to the executive branch ››read more
Four years ago today, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell played a major role in persuading a gullible, stupefied and craven American news media and public - but not a cynical world - to support the Bush administration's illegal, immoral invasion of Iraq. He did so by presenting a panoply of lies, false statements and exaggerations about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and ties to al Qaeda terrorists. ››read more
WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- The amphibious assault ship USS Bataan and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) have entered the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. ››read more
The NIE, representing the consensus view of all 16 U.S. intel agencies, says that because sectarian antagonisms among Iraqis themselves are so intense and "self-sustaining," Iranian or Syrian involvement is "not likely to be a major driver of violence." ››read more
The same neocon ideologues behind the Iraq war have been using the same tactics—alliances with shady exiles, dubious intelligence on W.M.D.—to push for the bombing of Iran. As President Bush ups the pressure on Tehran, is he planning to double his Middle East bet? ››read more