Monday, October 1, 2007

Headlines for 09-30-07

US says Iranian-made missiles found in Iraq Making the case for war.

Iran says nuclear cooperation to prevent new sanctions Iran said on Sunday it would press on with its intensified cooperation with the UN nuclear agency to prevent the imposition of further Security Council sanctions over its contested nuclear programme.

Richardson says war with Iran is unwise ** "I believe it would be enormously unwise for the Bush administration to start another war before ending this tragic war we're in today and it does sound like the administration is ramping up. You can just see it," he said.

Neocons seek to justify action against Teheran ** Some US diplomats believe the exercise ? reminiscent of attempts by vice-president Dick Cheney and the former defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld to build the case against Saddam Hussein before the Iraq war ? will boost calls for military action by neo-conservatives inside and outside the administration.

US trains Gulf air forces for war with Iran ** The American air force is working with military leaders from the Gulf to train and prepare Arab air forces for a possible war with Iran, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal.

Iraq FM fears 'tension' over Iran nuclear program Iraq's Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari on Sunday urged Iran not to fan flames of confrontation with the West over its nuclear program, saying the conflict was leading to rising global tensions.

U.S. Embassy rips Iraq partition plan

Hersh: 'War with Iran will be about protecting the troops in Iraq' ** "They've changed their rhetoric, really. The name of the game used to be nuclear threat," Hersh said on CNN's Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, adding a moment later, "They've come to the realization that it's not selling, it isn't working. The American people aren't worried about Iran as a nuclear threat certainly as they were about Iraq. So they've switched, really."

U.S. Army sniper not guilty of murder A military panel on Friday acquitted U.S. Army Spc. Jorge G. Sandoval on charges he killed two unarmed Iraqis, but it convicted him of planting evidence on one of the men in attempt to cover up the shooting.

Bolton calls for bombing of Iran **

Dems would exhaust Iran options ** Democratic presidential candidates said they would exhaust diplomatic options before sanctioning an attack on Iran. Notice the fact that American national security isn't being threatened by Iran isn't a factor in this 'debate' about whether or not the US should attack Iran.

The Coming 'Stab in the Back' Campaign Having exposed their country to the ignominy of certain defeat in Iraq, the Bush Administration and its neoconservative allies are seeking to salvage their crumbling reputations by blaming their critics for the catastrophe their policies have wrought.

Stranger Than Strangelove ** Can it be that a lowly "airman" has thwarted one or more paranoids in the White House?

Report: Israel unhappy with U.S. plan for Iran ** According to correspondent Seymour Hersh, the plan was shared with U.S. allies including Israel, which raised objections to the relative lack of Iranian nuclear facilities on a target roster that instead focused on military training camps.

US considers strikes on Iran's military: report ** During a video conference over the summer, Mr Bush allegedly told Ryan Crocker, the US ambassador to Iraq, that he was considering striking Iranian targets across the border and that the British "were on board", Mr Hersh writes. But Israeli leaders were dismayed that the US had decided not to target Iran's nuclear program and French officials expressed doubts about the possible limited air strikes, he said

Pentagon raises bar of intelligence-sharing A new Pentagon policy directive for U.S. military intelligence mandates information-sharing with U.S. domestic agencies and foreign partners and recognizes the leading role of the new director of national intelligence.

Jewish leaders, Merkel to meet German officials and world Jewish leaders will discuss Iran's nuclear ambitions and the threats to Israel.

Palestinians in Iraq tortured, ill-treated: Amnesty "Palestinian refugees in Iraq have been subjected to gross human rights abuses including abduction, hostage-taking, unlawful killing, torture and other ill-treatment at the hands of armed militia groups," it said.

Democrats say internal squabble won't disenfranchise Fla. voters "The events he has planned in Florida oftentimes are events that are made up of prominent members of the Jewish community," Wexler said of Obama's visits to Florida. "He has been addressing issues like Israel, like Iran and its nuclear weapons program."

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