Sunday, January 11, 2009

Headlines for 01-04-09 - 01-09-09

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Afghans say U.S.-led raid kills 17 civilians Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned on Thursday a U.S.-led coalition military operation that his office said killed 17 civilians, including women and children.

Iran likely taking US nuclear threat seriously US ex-defense chief Iran may regard the threat of a US nuclear attack as "much more likely" in light of Hillary Clinton's warning during the US presidential campaign that Washington can obliterate Tehran, a former US defense secretary said Thursday.

Iran's security chief meets Hamas, Jihad leaders in Damascus over Gaza

Turmoil could spark air strike against Iran Iran's open support for Hamas, coupled with US and Israeli accusations that Tehran has supplied it with weapons, could harden Israeli public opinion in favour of military strikes against Iran whose nuclear programme is seen as an "existential" threat to the Jewish state.

Henry Regnery, Conservative for Mideast Peace people like Debbie Schlussel, who unburdened herself recently of this bit of bloodlust: ?While I want Israel to beat HAMAS, there is only one way to do so?total annihilation of the Palestinians, who are all HAMAS.? Most of the neoconized Right doesn?t put matters quite so bluntly, of course. But follow the logic: they claim that vast civilian casualties are allowed, as long as the IDF only deliberately targets Hamas.

Syrian president meets Iran's security chief over Gaza Syrian President Bashar al-Assad held a meeting on Saturday with visiting Secretary of the Iranian Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili over the "dangerous situation" in Gaza Strip, the official SANA news agency reported.

Iranian commander says to cut oil sales to Israel's backers An Iranian military commander called on Islamic countries to cut oil exports to Israel's supporters in response to the Jewish state's offensive in Gaza, the official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday.

Hezbollah warns Israel not to venture into Lebanon The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah Wednesday warned Israel from venturing into a new attack against Lebanon, saying it would be 'nothing compared to the July 2006 war.'

Gaza will be 'graveyard' for Israeli troops, warns Iran

Pity the Poor Neocons As bloody and grotesque as Israel?s pounding of Gaza has been, it marks a bitterly disappointing end for seven-plus years of neoconservative dominion over U.S. foreign policy, a period that was supposed to conclude with the dismantling of Israel?s Muslim enemies in the region.

Bringing the Arab-Israeli War Home - by Michael Scheuer At some point down the road, every U.S.-taxpayer-funded bomb, artillery shell, and bullet aimed at the Palestinians will yield Americans killed at the hands of al-Qaeda, its allies, or those it inspires in attacks launched in response to U.S. support for Israel. Those Americans will be killed because their political and media leaders ? corrupted to the bone by AIPAC ? have involved them in a religious war that threatens nothing vital to their country's principles or national security, their personal economic well-being, or their children's lives. Michael Scheuer was head of the CIA's Bin Laden unit.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Headlines for 01-03-09

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YouTube - I would use Military Force against Iran Now! John Bolton Idiot.

War Vet, 50, Stunned By New Deployment Involuntary recall allows the military, regardless of age or how long someone has been out of service, to order vets back into active duty.

No Longer in Power, Free To Talk, Neocons Seek To Rewrite History the neocon action now moves from the corridors of power back to the pages of Commentary magazine and The Weekly Standard, and to The Wall Street Journal?s opinion page. A refuge for those neocons leaving the Bush administration is now also found in the halls of supportive think tanks, mainly AEI, home base for Wolfowitz and Perle, and Hudson Institute, where Feith serves as a scholar.

What will the blowback be The idea that America isn?t implicated, and won?t pay a price, for Tel Aviv?s slaughter of innocents is terribly naive

Bolton's Still Bonkers Having returned to his civilian perch at the American Enterprise Institute, Bolton is now reduced to attempting, unofficially, to precipitate an illegal (under international law) attack by someone ? anyone ? on those Iranian IAEA-Safeguarded facilities. .....Bonkers Bolton goes on to urge Obama to do absolutely the last thing he should do: assist Israel, "should it decide to strike Iran's nuclear facilities"!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Headlines for 12-31-08

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With Iran, Obama Needs More Carrot, Less Stick By Scott Ritter A clean break with the neoconservative policies of the Bush administration is a prerequisite for success, and achieving this requires great imagination and courage. President-elect Barack Obama has demonstrated the potential for both of those qualities. I hope that promise is realized.

Clueless in Gaza by Philip Giraldi Is this a deliberate attempt to create a widening conflict that will draw in Iran among other players?

Obama Adviser Aligns with White House in Criticism of Rocket Attacks on Israel Before running for president, he provoked suspicion among Israelis and some US Jewish groups when he expressed sympathy for the plight of the Palestinians. But after winning the Democratic nomination earlier this year he veered in the other direction, voicing strong support for Israel in a speech in Washington to the Israeli lobby group Aipac.

Neocons, NYT Demand More War, Torture - by Philip Giraldi It is astonishing that the New York Times would even print a piece advocating torture, but the article is just one more indication of the access that the neocons have to the nation's editorial pages.

Iranian official Israeli offensive in Gaza similar to Hitler's actions A senior Iranian Parliament member compared the Israel Air Force strikes in the Gaza Strip to Adolf Hitler's actions during World War II.

IAF uses new US-supplied smart bomb The Israel Air Force used a new bunker-buster missile that it received recently from the United States in strikes against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, The Jerusalem Post learned on Sunday.

Hezbollah watches for now as Israel hits Hamas

George Washington's warnings and U.S. policy towards Israel Americans shouldn't be in the position of endlessly debating Israel's security situation and its endless religious and territorial conflicts with its neighbors. That should be for Israeli citizens to do, not for Americans. But that distinction -- between the U.S. and Israel -- barely exists because our political leaders have all but eliminated it, and have thus imposed on U.S. citizens responsibility for the acts of Israel. In doing so, they have systematically ignored the unbelievably prescient warnings issued by George Washington in his 1796 Farewell Address, and have thereby provoked exactly the dangers he decried Against the insidious wiles... I conjure you to believe me fellow citizens..

Turkey ends Israel-Syria peace effort over Gaza Turkey said on Monday it was ending efforts to organise peace talks between Israel and Syria because of the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Ex-U.S. Army engineer Kadish pleads guilty to spying for Israel An 85-year-old former U.S. Army engineer on Tuesday admitted he passed classified documents to the Israelis in the 1970s and 1980s. Kadish said he believes he was promised that the government will not seek imprisonment at his February sentencing. Assistant U.S. Attorney Iris Lan said prosecutors promised only that they would not oppose or challenge a sentence that included no prison time.

A spy goes to work for a thinktank the Middle East Forum has hired Steve Rosen, once the head of policy development for the America Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Rosen is accused of stealing highly classified information from the U.S. government and passing it on to Israeli government officials.