Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Headlines for 10-22-07

Iran's new nuclear negotiator to meet EU's Solana

SAS raiders enter Iran to kill gunrunners ** BRITISH special forces have crossed into Iran several times in recent months as part of a secret border war against the Iranian Revolutionary Guard?s Al-Quds special forces, defence sources have disclosed......Liam Fox, the Conservative defence spokesman, said: "Increasingly Iran poses a direct threat to our armed forces and our wider interests . . . they are playing a very dangerous game." And so it begins...

Iran bomb would take '3-8 years' to build "I cannot judge their intentions, but supposing that Iran does intend to acquire a nuclear bomb, it would need between another three and eight years to succeed," Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told France's Le Monde newspaper.

On the Eve of Destruction by Scott Ritter ** . In 2001, following the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, Hadley (then the deputy national security adviser) instituted what has been referred to as the ?Hadley Rules,? a corollary of which is that no move will be made which alters the ideological positioning of Iran as a mortal enemy of the United States. From an article in yesterday's news batch, you'll notice that Bolton too was in on that action.

CBS confirms 2006 Raw Story scoop: Plame's job was to keep nukes from Iran

Bush asks for $46 billion more for wars The State Department is requesting $550 million to combat drug trafficking in Mexico and Central America, $375 million for the West Bank and Gaza and $239 million for diplomatic costs in Iraq.

Iran tops agenda as Olmert visits Europe Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert begins a European tour on Monday to meet the new leaders of France and Britain for the first time and to push his campaign against Iran's nuclear drive.

U.N. watchdog: Iran not immediate threat Ehud Olmert slammed the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency for downplaying the Iranian nuclear threat. Oh dear.

WWIII ? Bring It On

Hezbollah hands over letter from missing Israeli airman Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has given Israel a photograph and poignant letter written by an airman missing for more than 20 years, as part of a rare prisoner swap, a newspaper said on Monday.

David Miliband in effort to heal UK-US relations There has been disquiet within the White House, particularly among aides to Vice President Dick Cheney, about the rapid withdrawal of British forces in southern Iraq.

Giuliani cites Israel to evangelicals Rudy Giuliani cited his love for Israel and the Jewish roots of Christianity in appealing to evangelical Christians. Be wary of such a passionate attachment (<--truer words never spoken).

Evangelicals up payments to Iranian olim U.S. evangelical Christians are offering Iranian Jews $10,000 per person to immigrate to Israel. They know that the US is going to bomb Iran soon.

GOP lawmakers want Syria attack info "If this event proves that Syria acquired nuclear expertise or material from North Korea, Iran, or other rogue states, it would constitute a grave threat to international security for which Syria and any other involved parties must be held accountable," said the op-ed appearing last week in the Wall Street Journal and signed by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.)

Mistrial in US Hamas funding case The jury forewoman admitted surprise at the action of the three jurors. "When we voted, there was no issue in the vote. No-one spoke up any different. I really don't understand where it is coming from."

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