Sunday, March 28, 2010

Headlines for March 18 - March 24

A Stand For Justice

The Crisis That Wasn’t by Philip Giraldi
the truly amazing part was that the America Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) was so confident of the outcome that it didn’t even bother to hide very much of what it was doing, hardly deigning to engage in its usual clandestine arm twisting and slipped under the door "position papers." It immediately issued a public statement slamming the White House, asserting that "The Obama Administration’s recent statements regarding the US relationship with Israel are a matter of serious concern. AIPAC calls on the Administration to take immediate steps to defuse the tension with the Jewish State." It then unleashed its friends in Congress and the media. Its brazen campaign against the American president was executed all out on public view, right up front and recorded on the AIPAC website. I conjure you to read this excellent article by former CIA Philip Giraldi, my fellow citizens.

Medicating the military
At least one in six service members is on some form of psychiatric drug.

Ranks of amputees have risen steadily in 8 years of war
In the years since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, 967 American service members have lost at least one limb, as of March 1.

Obama to Iran: U.S. offer of dialogue still stands

A Third Muslim-World War?
"Secure in the support of its powerful friend, the weak ally can choose the objectives and methods of its foreign policy to suit itself," Morgenthau warned. "The powerful nation then finds it must support interests not its own and that it is unable to compromise on issues that are vital not to itself, but only to its ally." This is what George Washington warned us about in his Farewell Address - the evils of a passionate attachment. Read entire article if you can, paying attention to the last paragraph.

Iran sanctions may be secured with China abstention
Levitt said steps were being taken by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to increase their oil supplies to China, effectively weaning it off Iranian supplies. That might increase the likelihood of China backing a resolution.

US Department of Justice Asked to Regulate AIPAC as a Foreign Agent of the Israeli Government
2.AIPAC's founder Isaiah L. Kenen was the chief information officer for the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in New York and for a time duly registered in that role. The Justice Department ordered Kenen to personally re-register after he formally left the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs to head up private lobbying and publicity for the Israeli government at the nonprofit American Zionist Council. Kenen never complied with the order

Rupert Cornwell: Obama won't restrain Israel - he can't
power lies in the perception of power, and no organisation in Washington is perceived to wield more power than AIPAC, the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee. For proof, look no further than January 2009, when most of the rest of the world was horrified at the Israeli offensive in Gaza. At that moment the US House of Representatives, by a vote of 390 to five, chose to blame the entire crisis on Hamas.

US Lawmakers Stand Up Against Obama for Israel
For whom do they work?

Clinton: US wants biting sanctions on Iran
Headline should be changed to : 'Clinton: AIPAC said that the US wants biting sanctions on Iran'

Gen. Petraeus No Nukes for Iran ‘This Year’
Gen. Petraeus claimed this was because Iran’s efforts had been “delayed a bit.” He called for more international pressure against Iran, and declined to answer questions about a possible attack plan against the nation.

US, Russia clash over startup of Iran nuke plant
Lavrov forcefully asserted that, whatever the U.S. concerns, his country will finish its work on the Bushehr nuclear power plant shortly.

Report Claims Iran Arms Taliban
The allegation that arms from Iran are being supplied to the Taliban is not new. As my colleague Michael Gordon reported in 2007, Gen. Peter Pace, then the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, told reporters, “We have intercepted weapons in Afghanistan headed for the Taliban that were made in Iran.” At the time General Pace added that it was not clear if the arms from Iran were coming from that country’s government. Still trying to make case for war.

Taliban fighters training in Iran, U.S. officials say
The officials who spoke with CNN did not say how many Taliban fighters have been trained in Iran, or whether the training was sanctioned at the highest levels of the Iranian government.

Israel to ask US for bombs in the fight against Iran's Nuclear sites
Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, will use a visit to Washington this week to press the US to release sophisticated bunker-busting bombs needed for a possible strike on Iran’s nuclear sites.

2nd mystery 'hit': Israeli jet flyover amid Hungary slay
In a possible sequel to the Dubai assassination, Israeli spy planes flew uninvited and unannounced over Budapest the same day a Syrian man was shot to death in his car, Hungarian media reported yesterday.

Syrian murder, Israeli planes not linked: official
Two Israeli airforce planes that made a low-level pass over Budapest this week had nothing to do with the killing of a Syrian man in the Hungarian capital on the same day, Hungarian officials said on Friday. Come on, really, Hungary?

The ADL targeting ….Gen. Petraeus

Israel Lobby Wants Iran, not the Peace Process to Top the U.S. Agenda
The amateur activists were preparing for Tuesday's blitz of Congress that has become a ritual of the annual policy conference of AIPAC, one of the nation's most influential interest groups. This year, according to Aserkoff, as many as 4,000 activists will hold roughly 500 meetings with their members of Congress or their staff.
This is possible, this overwhelming influence on Congress by the Israeli lobby, because YOU are not paying attention. The apathy on the part of the American people is half the problem. The lobby fills the void that should be filled by ordinary Americans that have no passionate attachment to Israel.

The American Conservative » Neocons Target Rand Paul
neoconservatives still set the foreign-policy agenda for the GOP. But they’re genuinely worried that the combination of a grassroots movement and an independently-minded candidate will deliver a blow to their power — especially if Rand Paul becomes only the first of many by showing that there is an alternative to Bushes and Kristols.

AIPAC's Talking Points On Iran and Palestinians
AIPAC has also posted their talking points memo regarding making the case for final passage of "crippling" Iran sanctions and pressing for better enforcement of existing sanctions - Crippling Sanctions Needed to Prevent Nuclear Iran .

Zionism’s Dark Forces Don’t Want the Lights On
blind though AIPAC is for that reason, it’s not completely out of touch with reality. It knows that the more Zionism’s on-going colonisation is exposed to the light, the more the world understands that Israel is the obstacle to peace. (The world now includes some of the U.S.’s top military men who are going on the public record with their view that support for Israel right or wrong is not in the best interests of America).

Netanyahu to AIPAC: Stop Iran or Israel Will
After the worst week in U.S.-Israel relations in 35 years, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to Washington Monday and gave a powerful and effective speech at the AIPAC gala dinner at the Washington Convention Center, warning the world to stop Iran — or Israel will — and respectfully but directly challenging the Obama administration on Jerusalem and the peace process.....Netanyahu received scores of standing ovations from the 7,800 guests in attendance, the biggest event in the history of AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee). More than half of the members of the U.S. House and Senate were there Note the comments by Schumer and Graham.

Sen. Lindsey Graham: Any Attack on Iran Must Be Full-Scale
added Graham, a member of the Senate armed services committee, "sometimes it is better to go to war than to allow the Holocaust to develop a second time." And he told the crowd that "time is not on our side" and that this AIPAC conference could be the last of the lobby's annual get-togethers before Iran possesses nuclear weapons. Military action ought to be taken against Iran, he said, before the country acquires a nuclear bomb.

Lebanese army fires on Israeli warplanes: military
Lebanese anti–aircraft guns opened fire on two Israeli warplanes that were violating its airspace at medium altitude on Sunday, the military said....Israel's regular overflights into southern Lebanon, a Hezbollah stronghold, are a breach of Resolution 1701 Why no sanctions for Israel?

World will do "whatever it takes" to stop Iran nuke: Blair
"Iran must not be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons capability. Iran must know that we will do whatever it takes to stop them getting it," Blair told the pro–Israel lobby AIPAC, adding it was a matter of global security.

Are Israel’s Policies a Threat to the U.S.?
Suggestions that Israeli policies might threaten American national security thus far seem not to have gained much traction among lawmakers, said an official with a pro-Israel organization in Washington, who spoke on condition of anonymity. He said that the prevailing attitude on Capitol Hill is still that Israel is a security asset in the Middle East, not a burden. Congress- AIPAC's overwhelming influence thereof - is the real problem. We've got Congressmen and women that have the passionate attachment to Israel, and the rest are beholden to Israel's lobby. Our support for Israel is in fact a danger to this nation. And anyone in Congress that supports this is betraying the majority of the American people.

Eric Cantor to the Forward: Administration Is 'Bullying Israel'
Cantor and several other Republican lawmakers have criticized the administration’s tough stance on Israel in light of the dispute over the Jewish state’s approval of another 1,600 homes in contested East Jerusalem. Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman, an independent, and Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, have also said that the Obama administration was wrong in pressuring Israel. I'm going to remind readers what former CIA head of the Bin Laden unit has to say about Israel in this CSpan video. Long, but worth the watch.

Powell Says New Sanctions on Iran Won’t Stop Nuclear Program -
“The Iranians are determined to have a nuclear program,” Powell said in the interview, which will be broadcast on Bloomberg Television’s “Conversations with Judy Woodruff” this weekend. “Notice I did not say a nuclear weapon. But they are determined to have a nuclear program, notwithstanding the last six or seven years of efforts on our part to keep them from having a nuclear program.”

Israel & Aid By Ralph Nader
Since 1996, the American taxpayers are still sending Israel $3 billion a year and providing assorted loan guarantees, waivers, rich technology transfers and other indirect assistance. Before George W. Bush left office a memorandum of understanding between the U.S. and Israel stipulated an assistance package of $30 billion over the next ten years to be transferred in a lump sum at the beginning of every fiscal year. Israel’s wars and colonies still receive U.S. taxpayer monies....the U.S. economy is mired in a recession, with large rates of growing poverty, unemployment, consumer debt and state and federal deficits. In some states, public schools are shutting, public health services are being slashed, and universities are increasing tuition while also cutting programs. Even state government buildings are being sold off. Read on.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Headlines for March 11 - March 17

A Stand For Justice

China envoy urges Iran to compromise, wary on sanctions
China faces mounting demands from Western powers to approve a proposed United Nations resolution imposing new sanctions on Tehran, which they say wants the means to make nuclear weapons and has broken non–proliferation safeguards.

Report: US shipping arms ahead of strike on Iran
Hundreds of powerful US “bunker-buster” bombs are being shipped from California to the British island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean ahead of a possible attack on Iran, The Herald reported Wednesday.

report US Sending Massive Amounts of Weaponry to Diego Garcia
The proximity is not lost on Iran’s state media, which is reporting that the bunker-busters are a clear move to threaten Iran’s nuclear facilities. The US has repeatedly threatened to attack Iran over its civilian nuclear program.

Petraeus says Iran nuke won't happen this year
The top U.S. commander in the Middle East says Iran's efforts to obtain a nuclear weapon have been delayed "a bit" and that Iran won't get a nuclear weapon this year.

Pentagon vs. Israel?
"Not surprisingly, what Biden told Netanyahu reflected the importance the administration attached to Petraeus's Mullen briefing: 'This is starting to get dangerous for us,' Biden reportedly told Netanyahu. 'What you're doing here undermines the security of our troops who are fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. That endangers us and it endangers regional peace.'

“This is Starting to Get Dangerous”
“The vice president told his Israeli hosts that since many people in the Muslim world perceived a connection between Israel’s actions and US policy, any decision about construction that undermines Palestinian rights in East Jerusalem could have an impact on the personal safety of American troops fighting against Islamic terrorism.”

Poodle Biden Gets Kicked by Patrick J. Buchanan
Israeli and U.S. interests often run parallel, but they are not the same. Israel is concerned with a neighborhood. We are concerned with a world of 300 million Arabs and a billion Muslims. Our policies cannot be the same.
If they are, we will end up with all of Israel’s enemies, who are legion, and only Israel’s friends, who are few.

Report: Petraeus Warns Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mullen that Israel Is Jeopardizing US Security Interests

The Petraeus Briefing: Biden’s Embarrassment Is Not The Whole Story
UPDATE: A senior military officer denied Sunday that Petraeus sent a paper to the White House.

Supporting the War Instead of the Troops by Rep. Ron Paul
the vote was significant because it places every member of Congress on the record as supporting or not supporting the unconstitutional, costly, violent occupation of a country that never attacked us.

The Rogue Nation

Pakistani Scientist Khan Describes Iranian Efforts to Buy Nuclear Bombs
Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran

Petraeus Cites Progress, But Says Difficult, Uncertain Year Ahead in Afghanistan, Iraq
he called Iran "the major state-level threat to regional stability," accusing its leaders of supporting violent groups in Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza and, to a lesser extent, Afghanistan. The general said he believes Iran is working to develop a nuclear weapon, but he does not expect the process to be completed this year. Come on, really, Gen. Petraeus?

China: Iran Sanctions 'Counterproductive'
China's new Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva says his country does not want Iran to have nuclear weapons. But he says his country is opposed to sanctions against Iran, calling them counterproductive.

US to Turkey: Step up pressure on Iran, support IAEA
or you'll pass another bill iterating that the Armenian Genocide was in fact a genocide?...

Petraeus Confirms Link Between Israel-Palestine and U.S. Security
Petraeus’ willingness to publicly — and in uniform with all those decorations on his chest — make the connection between Israeli treatment of the Palestinians and the spread of “anti-American sentiment” and the deterioration of the U.S. position in the region — a connection which, of course, is completely evident to any casual observer of Middle East — marks what can only be considered a major breakthrough in the debate over the relationship between the United States and Israel.

Knesset to Biden For Smooth Relations, Free Pollard
With impeccable timing, a broadly representative group of Israeli Knesset members sent a joint letter to Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday and asked him to work to free confessed spy Jonathan Pollard from federal prison in honor of the Passover holiday and “as an expression of the good relations and friendship between our two peoples.” It was signed by party whips or representatives of eight of the nine Jewish parties in the Knesset

the extent of Israeli involvement in areas that had taken the “special relationship” into an area of disaster for the United States. This is what was discovered: Read on.

Jerusalem Pitches Goldstone Report as a Threat to U.S. Military and its Allies
So far, based on the voting on the Feb. 26 U.N. resolution, many of the countries other than America toward whom Israel is aiming this argument seem unpersuaded. I wonder why that is?

Arab world says hopes in Obama are dwindling
the mistrust has already hurt U.S. policy. U.S. allies Saudi Arabia and Gulf nations have rejected U.S. pressure to make diplomatic gestures to Israel to encourage it in the peace process, citing its hard line on settlements.
It could bleed over into other realms, such as U.S. attempt to isolate Iran, which Washington and its allies accuse of seeking to develop nuclear weapons. Tehran denies the claims.

Biden steers past spat over Israel settlement plan
Addressing a key Israeli security concern, Biden also said the U.S. is "determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons."

Subservient Superpower by Philip Giraldi
The real indication of whether or not the White House will or can begin to break the chains that bind will come at the end of this week when AIPAC holds its annual conference. AIPAC is keenly aware of the need to pull the American colossus back in line and will do so by playing the evil Iran card over and over again and by demanding obeisance from a long line of politicians and media pundits. The AIPAC lovefest will conclude with an address by Hillary Clinton next Monday.

Gates appeals to Saudis to back sanctions on Iran
With China apparently the strongest holdout to sanctions among the five veto–wielding permanent members of the UN Security Council, the Americans have turned to their Saudi allies to persuade China to reconsider.
Washington hopes the Saudis could guarantee China stable oil supplies in the event of disruption from Iran. And the Saudis in turn probably want progress on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, progress which we cannot obtain because of Israeli intransigence with respect to illegal settlements. This is a supreme irony since it is Israel that is behind this whole Iran-sanctions push.

Taboo Thwarts Candor on Israel/Iran
Israel: Elephant Not Allowed in the Room

Knesset to Biden: For Smooth Relations, Free Pollard
With impeccable timing, a broadly representative group of Israeli Knesset members sent a joint letter to Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday and asked him to work to free confessed spy Jonathan Pollard from federal prison in honor of the Passover holiday and “as an expression of the good relations and friendship between our two peoples.” It was signed by party whips or representatives of eight of the nine Jewish parties in the Knesset

Foxman: Don't blame the Jews
Eytan Gilboa, a political science professor at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan and a specialist on US-Israeli relations, said the government needed to frontally counter this argument because it risked eroding support for Israel among the US public.
Notice the knee-jerk reaction by Foxman to label this as anti-Jewish (read, anti-Semitic).

Israeli FM reportedly boycotts Brazil's President Lula
Mr Lieberman was reportedly upset that Mr Lula refused to visit the grave of the founder of the Zionist movement.
Mr Lula also opposes sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program
Oh dear.

Spy Takes US/Israeli Secrets to Grave
Extensive evidence now exists that Begin’s preference for Reagan led the Israelis to join in a covert operation with Republicans to contact Iranian leaders behind Carter’s back, interfering with the President’s efforts to free the 52 American hostages before the November 1980 elections.
David Kimche could have been a key witness to these events. Ben-Menashe identified the Israeli spymaster as a middleman between Begin and CIA veterans who initially supported former CIA Director George H.W. Bush, who ran against Reagan before ending up as his vice presidential choice.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Headlines for March 4 - March 10

A Stand For Justice

Many Voices Calling for War with Iran by Philip Giraldi
Sarah Palin is on the Pipes bandwagon, showing up at the mid-February Nashville Tea Party convention sporting an Israeli flag lapel pin and subsequently urging the president to do the right thing in supporting Israel by attacking Iran. .... As Israel knows its air force cannot cripple Iran, its government has had to devise a scheme to get the US to do it instead, which is precisely what is being promoted by Anne Applebaum, Daniel Pipes, and all the other usual suspects who have already brought America fun and games in Iraq and Afghanistan....Cohen and Applebaum together make the case that preemptive war against Iran is somehow both justifiable and inevitable, ignoring the fact that Iran has never threatened the United States. Their Israel-centric view makes it appear completely acceptable for Washington to yet again go to war on behalf of Tel Aviv.
Excellent article.

Mullen Wary of Israeli Attack on Iran
Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, came home with sweaty palms from his mid-February visit to Israel. He has been worrying aloud that Israel will mousetrap the U.S. into war with Iran.....Mullen, for his part, seems acutely aware that the Constitution he has sworn to defend makes no provision for the kind of war he might be sucked into in order to defend Israel. God bless you, Admiral Mullen. Bless your heart.

Officers: Pakistan arrests American-born al-Qaida
The American-born spokesman for al-Qaida has been arrested by Pakistani intelligence officers in the southern city of Karachi, two officers and a government official said Sunday, the same day Adam Gadahn appeared in a video urging U.S. Muslims to attack their own country.

US lawmakers push for tougher Iran sanctions
Massa Israel pleased!

What’s In a Name by Philip Giraldi
The Mossad assassination could also result in real consequences from the European governments whose passports were cloned or stolen, though the French and Germans are unlikely to make waves and the British are already backpedalling to make sure they do not offend Israel.

Biden to try to boost Middle East peace prospects
An Israeli cabinet minister, commenting on Joe Biden's visit, pointed to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's description of the September 11 attacks in the United States as a "big fabrication" as cause for concern. "What we have here is a madman, and crazy people can do only crazy things," Industry and Trade Minister Binyamin Ben–Eliezer told Israel Radio. "The Americans ... must see how they can create a reality in which they stop the madman." An Israeli political source said Israel expected Biden's main message would be "Don't bomb Iran," a cautionary note Washington has sounded before in contacts with Israeli leaders.......The Israeli official said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who will meet Biden, was "disappointed" by sanctions proposed thus far by the United States. "This is not what we've been promised," he said.

West softens stance on Iran nuclear sanctions
Another diplomat said urging vigilance about Iran's central bank in the U.S.-drafted proposal should be more acceptable to Russia and China than blacklisting it, which would have made it difficult for anyone to invest in Iran.

U.S. criticized on Iran sanctions
China has balked at supporting a fourth round of U.N. sanctions on Iran. That has emboldened countries on the council, such as Brazil, Turkey and Lebanon, to also express opposition.

Iran vents frustration with Moscow, expels Russian pilots
The move is a further sign of strains between Iran and Russia, which has indicated it could back new sanctions against Tehran over its disputed nuclear work. For its part, Iran has voiced frustration over Moscow's failure to deliver a defense missile system.

China wants more diplomacy before Iran sanctions

Clinton fails to win over Brazil on Iran
While most attention is focused on Russia and China, which hold veto power over any U.N. resolution, the United States had hoped to win over key nonpermanent Security Council members such as Brazil and Turkey to present a united front on the Iran nuclear standoff.

Gates appeals to Saudis to back sanctions on Iran
Washington hopes the Saudis could guarantee China stable oil supplies in the event of disruption from Iran

Iran's Ahmadinejad Sept. 11 attacks a 'big lie'
"September 11 was a big lie and a pretext for the war on terror and a prelude to invading Afghanistan," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by state TV. He called the attacks a "complicated intelligence scenario and act."

Biden's Israel visit is a year too late
Biden's visit is designed to open a new chapter in relations between Netanyahu and the U.S. administration, with a two-fold message: recognition of the political importance of Israel and its supporters in America in advance of the November Congressional elections; and giving Netanyahu the credit he's not yet earned for his statement in support of "two states for two peoples" and his settlement construction freeze. He will get it now under the threat of a preemptive war against Iran. Israel has our officials alarmed. Israel is threatening to attack Iran. Such an attack would automatically implicate us, Israel's big brother. Our troops in the region would come under attack. Israel knows this, and is hanging this threat of an attack on Iran over our heads. It's blackmail.

Barak: Iran not currently posing existential threat to Israel

Bolton: Israel's Options – Attack Iran or Accept Nuclear Power
Neocon John Bolton back making the rounds. His American citizenship should be stripped from him. He works for Israel, not us.

Israel to unveil plans to create nuclear generated power
Israel will unveil this week plans to produce nuclear-generated electricity, officials said on Monday, a move that could draw fresh international attention towards its assumed atomic arsenal.....Unlike other countries in the region, Israel has not signed the 1970 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which curbs the spread of nuclear technologies with bomb-making potential. Yet Israel does have a delegation at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a UN watchdog. Yeh, that makes sense.

Syria hints Israel planted nuclear traces on its territory
In a closed-door debate by the IAEA's 35-nation board of governors, Syria reiterated its assertion that the uranium traces came with munitions Israel used to destroy the complex.

'4-8 Weeks Left for Diplomacy on Iran'
Four to eight weeks remain to test the option of diplomatic engagement as means of stopping Iran’s nuclear program before sanctions will likely be imposed, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon told an audience of foreign military officers and government officials in Herzliya on Monday.

Iranian missiles pose no threat to U.S. and Europe - Lavrov
"It is evident that Iran currently poses no threat to the U.S. and European countries... At the moment, Iran has no missiles capable of striking Europe, let alone the U.S., and is unlikely to develop [such missiles] in the foreseeable future," Lavrov said.

AIPAC calls for swift action to block U.S. companies supporting Iran
To which Congress will respond, 'Yes Massa!'

Commentary: Move over Dubai
The worst case scenario came up at the Club of Monaco (retired senior statesmen and women from Europe, the Middle East, including Israel, and the United States) in Doha last week. Diplomatic code was "detonator," which was designed to conjure up an Israeli airstrike against an Iranian nuclear facility that would automatically unleash Iran's asymmetrical retaliatory capabilities against U.S. and pro-U.S. targets up and down the Persian Gulf. Most world governments would assume the United States had given Israel the green light, and Iran, in turn, would feel justified in "counterattacking" throughout the Gulf. Thus, Israel becomes the "detonator."

Israel: Did the Alleged Mossad Hit in Dubai Really Help?
If Netanyahu authorized the hit, though, the real question is whether he really considered the strategic implications. Look at the map. If Israel goes ahead and bombs Iran's nuclear facilities, it will need over–flight clearances from the Gulf Arabs. Antagonizing the U.A.E. in this way, leaving almost no doubt Israel was behind Mabhouh's assassination, does not seem the best way to facilitate such clearances. Nor does it help build an Arab Sunni coalition against Iran and its Lebanese proxy, Hizballah.

Israel, Syria announce nuclear energy ambitions
Both countries laid out their hopes at an international conference on civilian nuclear energy at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Bunning’s Best Game
In George W. Bush’s last full year in office, we spent $29 billion for “international affairs.” The lion’s share of that was foreign aid. In FY 2011, the year for which Congress has begun to budget, spending for international affairs and foreign aid is to jump to $54 billion and continue to surge through the Obama years.
What is the rationale for the United States, the world’s greatest debtor nation, putting itself deeper in debt to China to send foreign aid to nations that will never repay us and that vote habitually with China and against us in the United Nations?
America cannot afford to keep sending foreign aid to countries such as Israel, especially at a time when American Jews are moving to Israel because of a better economy there.

New FBI Files Alleging AIPAC Theft of Government Property and Israeli Espionage Released
Declassified files detailing an FBI investigation targeting the American Israel Public Affairs Committee are now available on the Internet

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Headlines for February 25 - March 3

A Stand For Justice

Brazil rebuffs US, says it will go own way on Iran

Iran says UN nuclear watchdog bends to political influence

Dig deep: Gasoline prices ready to move higher
Seasonal influences are strong this time of year and account for much of the expected increase that many analysts say will push gasoline to a nationwide average of at least $3 per gallon this spring.

Canada pushes G8 nations on Iran sanctions
Mr. Cannon signalled that, before the June leaders summit in Huntsville, Ont., Canada will press for the G8 to take action at the meeting on March 29 and 30, when he hosts the foreign ministers from Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States. Israel's puppets busily doing their master's bidding.

In U.S., Barak signals Israeli autonomy against Iran
Washington's clout over its Middle East ally is under scrutiny after Israel's veiled threats to attack Iran preemptively if international diplomacy fails to rein in Tehran's uranium enrichment, a process with bomb–making potential.

Israel urges U.S. to adopt Cuba-like embargo on Iran
"We are a little worried by the pace of developments in the international arena," Lieberman told reporters. "I think that from now on Israel should perhaps change its Iran policy a little, and we should ask the United States to adopt the Cuban model ... Here the United States alone can do everything in order to stop this (Iranian) program."

Clinton: Iran sanctions months away
The United States is working "expeditiously and thoroughly" to win new international penalties on Iran over its disputed nuclear program, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday night.
Israel's puppets busily doing their master's bidding.

Iran rebel, on death row, says US supported group
Iranian authorities presented a condemned Sunni rebel to reporters on Tuesday who said his group had received support from both the United States and al Qaeda to attack targets inside Iran.

US Visits to Israel Seen Trying to Prevent Attack on Iran
A form of blackmail: 'give us what we want (sanctions), or we will draw you into a regional war'.

Iran: US behind IAEA charge that Iran making bomb

US Congress Extends Patriot Act without Privacy Improvements

Report: US tells Lebanon can't stop Israeli strike

That was a war council in Damascus
The three-party meeting that took place in Damascus on Friday gathering the Syrian president Bashar al Assad, the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Hizbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah was a war council to devise counterattack plans and assign tasks in the event of an Israeli offensive on one or all parties, wrote Abdelbari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of the pan-Arab newspaper Al Quds al Arabi.

Convicted Holocaust denier Zundel released
In February 2005, a Canadian judge ruled that Zundel's activities were a threat to national security as well as "the international community of nations," clearing the way for his deportation to Germany later that year.
It's the Muslims that are taking over Europe, this being one example of their laws to curb freedom of speech. Find out how many European nations (and also Canada) have these laws, and then tell me again that it's Islam that is the threat to our freedom..

Israel offers 'full intelligence picture' to get China to agree on Iran sanctions
At the very least, Israel wants to ensure that China does not oppose the sanctions when they come to vote. What else did they offer to China?

Sibel Edmonds: The Traitors Among Us
Edmonds said that Feith and Wolfowitz were involved in plans to break Iraq into U.S. and British protectorates months prior to 9/11. She also claimed that the duo shared information with Grossman on how to blackmail various officials and that Grossman had accepted cash to help procure and sell nuclear weapons technology to Israel and Turkey—and, from there, on to the foreign black market.

A "Good" Terrorist Captured by Iran
In a July 7, 2008, article for The New Yorker magazine, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh quoted Robert Baer, a former CIA clandestine officer who worked in South Asia and the Middle East for nearly two decades, as saying that Jundullah was one of the militant groups in Iran benefiting from U.S. support.

Ahmadinejad: Arab world will usher in new Mideast without Zionists
Ahmedinejad's trip comes on the heels of several important overtures to Syria by the U.S., including the nomination of the first U.S. ambassador to Damascus since 2005.

US, Israel resume 'strategic dialogue' on Iran
The meeting came during a visit to the United States by Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak in which he was to meet with several top US officials.

The Annual Armenian Genocide Bloviation by Philip Giraldi
Looks like it passed. I wonder why the AIPACers let it slide? Perhaps because Turkey didn't kowtow to Israel with respect to the '08 assault on Gaza?

Obama's inner GOP

Muslim leader issues anti-terror fatwa
Well we know we won't be seeing THIS headline on Fox News (and most US media stations). It goes against what our AIPACer overlords want us to believe.

British journalist warns of Israeli plot to draw USinto war with Iran
Patrick Seale who is here attending the Monaco Club conference told reporters on the sidelines of the event that Israel believes that if it wages a war against Iran on its own public opinion would force the White House to intervene, especially if Tehran targets US military interests in the Gulf.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Headlines for February 18 - February 24

A Stand For Justice

Iran's supreme leader denies seeking nuclear arms
From the deck of Iran's new guided–missile destroyer, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei denied Friday that Tehran was seeking nuclear weapons and criticized the U.S. military presence in the Gulf.

Iran's nuclear plans draw sharp response from US
Iran's announcement that it might build two new uranium enrichment plants inside mountains to avert air strikes has drawn a sharp reaction from Washington.

Obama's Problems -- and Ours by Patrick J. Buchanan
pressure on the president is mounting for "crippling" sanctions on Iran that could lead to a third U.S. war against a nation with a population larger than Afghanistan and Iraq combined.

Behind Clinton's tough talk on Iran
The goal of Hillary Clinton's rhetoric seems to be to promote conflict and convince Americans Iran is a threat to their security....The public relations campaign is working. A new Gallup poll finds that 61% of Americans see Iran as "as a critical threat to US vital interests," with an additional 29% believing that it is "an important threat". Red alert, folks. You are being prepared for another war based on false pretenses and by the same crowd.

Liquidating the Empire by Patrick J. Buchanan
Even if it is the economy that will inevitably bring about the undoing of American empire it is hard to ignore the fact that the economic crisis was fueled by spending on wars and homeland security using borrowed money and pushing the government deep into deficit spending.

Clinton avoided nuke question - student
If the Americans "so vehemently oppose Iran's nuclear programme,'' she had asked, "then why isn't the US asking Israel to give up their nuclear weapons?'' Ms Clinton gave a lengthy answer detailing the US case against Iran, but did not mention Israel.

Barak heads to U.S. to discuss Iran, Mideast peace talks
Barak will devote much of his visit to the Iranian threat and its implications for Israel's relations with its closest neighbors.

US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation How Much Military Aid to Israel
The budget deficit in New York State is roughly equal to the amount that New York State taxpayers are paying in aid to Israel. While more Americans go jobless, homeless, and as Paterson is poised to close many state parks in New York State, we are instead giving the hard-earned taxpayer's dollars to a nation that repeatedly commits war crimes, that is stealing and occupying the land of another people, and whose economy is evidently not in the grave state as is the case with ours.

Rep. Ron Paul surprise winner of CPAC presidential straw poll
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney finished second with 22 percent of the vote, ending a three-year winning streak at CPAC. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin finished third with 7 percent of the vote, followed by Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty at 6 percent and Indiana Rep. Mike Pence at 5 percent.

US Muslim group calls IRS plane attack terrorism
A major US Muslim group has decried officials' "double standard" in refusing to label Texas suicide plane crash as an act of terrorism. If a Muslim or Arab had done the same act, we all know it would have been called terrorism.

New Grist for Hype on Iran by Ray McGovern
Press reports over the past few days – as well as past experience – strongly suggest that the “new evidence” cited by the Times may have comes from the usual suspects – agenda-laden sources, like Israeli intelligence.

Syria's Assad holds security talks with U.S. official

U.S. Delays Iran Sanctions While Persuading Israel Not To Attack
“The main issue is coordination and exchange of views on Iran,” an Israeli diplomat briefed on the talks said. “It is mainly about sharing estimates and intelligence.” But another official, based in Israel, said it is clear that both countries have also used these talks to shore up unwritten understandings regarding the way forward on Iran......"as the nuclear issue escalates, dealing with Israel could become as big a challenge for the United States as dealing with Iran.” Because Israel is more willing than the United States to use military force, “an eventual U.S.-Israeli crisis is likely,” the analysts wrote.

Same Old, Same Old by Philip Giraldi
Even if it is the economy that will inevitably bring about the undoing of American empire it is hard to ignore the fact that the economic crisis was fueled by spending on wars and homeland security using borrowed money and pushing the government deep into deficit spending.

UN nuke agency worried Iran may be working on arms
Thursday's 10–page IAEA report did not go into specifics, and it many of the alleged activities listed had appeared in previous reports. But a senior international official familiar with the IAEA probe of Iran said the agency continued to receive new intelligence from agency member nations on activities allegedly linked to attempts to build nuclear arms. And which 'agency member nations' would those be?

US conservatives prefer Paul to Palin: poll
A straw poll of US conservative activists saw Texas congressman Ron Paul emerge as the preferred Republican presidential candidate to run against President Barack Obama in 2012. Even the CPACers dislike those out for their own interests and/or special interests as opposed to those like Paul who don't pander to any corporate or foreign interests.

US State Department lifts travel warning for Syria
The U.S. has lifted an advisory warning American travelers of security concerns in Syria, officials said, as Washington tries to boost ties with a country seen as key to peace in the region.

The Chalabi Factor in Iraq
If the neocons want to blame someone for the loss of Iraq, they ought to look in the mirror.

Chossudovsky: US Will Start WW3 by Attacking Iran
Michel Chossudovsky, who's from an independent Canadian policy research group, believes that what Iran says hardly matters, because the U.S. is planning for war.

Impending Explosion: U.S. Intensifies Threats To Russia And Iran
The rapid pace of the escalation - almost daily reports of missile shield expansion in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, the Persian Gulf and Turkey; heightened and progressively more bellicose words and actions directed against Iran - is occurring at a breakneck and almost dizzying speed, drawing in larger and larger tracts of Europe and Asia.

West turns diplomatic screw – but Israel refuses to crack
The international fallout into Mabhouh's death showed no sign of abating. In Paris, the French government also summoned an Israeli diplomat, and Germany – often seen as one of the West European countries most sympathetic to Israel – called on Israel to "provide any information it had which might help explain the circumstances" of the Hamas militant's death.

Russia warns West against crippling Iran sanctions

Israel unveils new drone fleet that can reach Iran
Israel and the U.S. believe Iran is trying to build nuclear weapons; Iran says its program is for peaceful purposes. Notice how the Associated Press continues to say that the US believes Iran is trying to build nuclear weapons when our NIE assessment still does not bear this out. Read the related article by Giraldi in this news batch.

Nearly 20 percent of U.S. workers underemployed
In findings that appear to paint a darker employment picture than official U.S. data, Gallup estimated that about 30 million Americans are underemployed, meaning either jobless or able to find only part–time work. Again, America can ill afford another war (this time- with Iran).

Some Straight Thinking About Iran by Philip Giraldi
the Annual Threat Assessment and the possibly forthcoming NIE would really only confirm the 2007 NIE’s judgment that Iran does not have a nuclear weapon, does not appear to have an in-place weapons program, and is still several years away from having a nuclear device even if the political decision is made to proceed.......Why is Iran the target of so much rage even though it has not threatened the United States or any vital American interest? Influence over Congress and the media from Israel and its friends is surely a large part of the answer. America beware.

The New Poor
Even as the American economy shows tentative signs of a rebound, the human toll of the recession continues to mount, with millions of Americans remaining out of work, out of savings and nearing the end of their unemployment benefits. The United States can ill afford a new war in the Middle East.

Attack Iran?
Applebaum, not exactly an Iran expert, used her ink in the Post today to warn that President Obama had better start preparing for an Israeli strike on Iran. In fact, that was the title of her op–ed: "Prepare for war with Iran." In it, she suggests that "at some point" Israel's restraint vis–avis Iran could evaporate, partly because President Ahmadinejad "makes(s) the Israelis paranoid." An Israeli strike, she says, "would be followed by retaliation, some of which would be directed at us, our troops in Iraq, our ships at sea." Worth a read, from a few years back: "Four Day War"

'An attack on Israel would be considered an attack on Canada'
Junior Foreign Affairs minister Peter Kent is suggesting Canada stands ready to throw its full military weight behind Israel, telling a Toronto publication that “an attack on Israel would be considered an attack on Canada.” Canada has become another Israeli occupied territory thanks to the efforts of its influential Israeli lobby. They will likely at some point face the 'blowback' that my country has as a consequence of this support of Israel.

Audio: Israeli Ambassador: ‘Don't Expect Much from Obama on Iran’
In a powerful interview, Yoram Ettinger, a former U.S. consul in the United States, said that Israel should not expect Washington to take on Iran.

CNN Poll: American believe Iran has nuclear weapons
Seven in 10 Americans believe that Iran currently has nuclear weapons, according to a new national poll. Propaganda put forth by Israel's minions in our media works! Congratulations.

‘S-300 delivery a serious development’
Should Teheran acquire the system, a potential military strike on Iranian nuclear sites could become far more difficult, but it remains far from clear when and if Moscow intends to transfer the military hardware to Iran.

War game shows how attacking Iran could backfire
Here's a war game involving Iran, Israel and the U.S. that shows how unintended consequences can spin out of control:

Prepare for war with Iran -- in case Israel strikes
In a nutshell: we have to prepare for a war on Iran in case Israel strikes. Because if she does, then we will automatically be dragged along.

The alleged Iranian threat
Another war conceived in Israel

Ron Paul’s Victory: How Sweet It Is!
Fox News simply repeated the word "unscientific" whenever it mentioned the CPAC poll results, as its "news" reporters wondered aloud if indeed Paul’s runaway victory had any meaning at all. Most of the attendees were young activists, Fox anchors endlessly reminded their viewers – and oh those wacky kids!

US Supreme Court Considers 'Material Support' Law
"The government cannot, consistent with the Constitution, make it a crime to engage in lawful discussion of peaceable activities,"

The End of Obama’s Vision of a Nuke-Free World by Scott Ritter

We can't win anyway by Michael Scheuer
The military option should be taken off the table in all instances -- save an immediate response to foreign attack -- until we elect a president and congress that will abide by the constitutional requirements and machinery for declaring war that were put in place by the Founders

US demands Syria distance itself from Iran