Bush: Pathological liar or idiot-in-chief?

Olbermann: Timeline for Iran’s nuclear ambitions was clear, but he kept on

Published in: on December 9, 2007 at 1:33 pm  Comments (2)  

Neo-cons spoiling for another fight

Few events have so encapsulated the Funhouse Mirror aspect of
American political debate as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to New York.
According to the Chicken Little Brigade in Vice President Dick Cheney’s office, the bearded little fellow in the bad suit is only the latest in a succession of freedom-hating madmen bent upon destroying what the old Superman comics called “Truth, Justice and the American Way.”

Published in: on October 4, 2007 at 9:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Day After We Bomb Iran

There’s a raging debate within the Bush administration, the punditocracy, and the blogosphere about whether or not it is time to bomb Iran. While this conversation scares small children (and other sane people), most of the focus has been on (1) whether President… oh, excuse me… Vice President Cheney truly is moonbat-crazy enough to do so, and (2) whether anyone else in America (including the military) would go along with the idea. But not enough attention is being paid to what happens after we rain death from the skies down on Iran. Which is a shame, because that’s what we ignored during the ramp-up to war with Iraq. And we all know how that turned out.

Published in: on October 2, 2007 at 8:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ray McGovern: Do We Have The Courage To Stop War With Iran?

Why do I feel like the proverbial skunk at a Labor Day picnic? Sorry; but I thought you might want to know that this time next year, there will probably be more skunks than we can handle. I fear our country is likely to be at war with Iran — and with the thousands of real terrorists Iran can field around the globe.

Published in: on August 31, 2007 at 8:52 pm  Comments (1)  

Bush League War Drums Beating Louder on Iran

It is as though I’m back as an analyst at the CIA, trying to estimate the chances of an attack on Iran. The putative attacker, though, happens to be our own president.

by Ray McGovern

Published in: on August 23, 2007 at 10:31 pm  Comments (2)  

Stage-managed nuclear tour reveals why Iran won’t be the first to blink

Western governments continue to insist that Iran must suspend enrichment as a precondition for negotiations, because of the deep mistrust stemming from the country’s 18-year concealment of the most sensitive aspects of its nuclear programme.

By Anne Penketh in Esfahan, Iran

Published in: on July 30, 2007 at 10:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

Cheney’s Long-Lost Twin

By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
Published: July 19, 2007

The U.S. vice president and Iranian president, each the No. 2 in his country, certainly seem to be working together to create conflict between the two nations. Theirs may be the oddest and perhaps most dangerous partnership in the world today.

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Published in: on July 19, 2007 at 12:54 am  Leave a Comment  

Cheney pushes Bush to act on Iran

· Military solution back in favour as Rice loses out
· President ‘not prepared to leave conflict unresolved’

Published in: on July 16, 2007 at 11:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

Are we Already at War with Iran?

Have US-enabled Kurds killed 200 Iranian Troops?

by Juan Cole

Published in: on July 15, 2007 at 6:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Iran agrees to nuclear inspection

Iran has agreed to allow inspectors to visit its Arak nuclear plant after talks on how to resolve questions about Tehran’s disputed nuclear programme, the UN’s nuclear watchdog said.

Published in: on July 14, 2007 at 10:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Different ‘Gut Feeling':

Israel Attacking Iran

Published in: on July 14, 2007 at 12:46 am  Leave a Comment  

Iran has slowed down its nuclear work: UN nuclear chief ElBaradei

Iran has slowed the expansion of its uranium enrichment work in a move that could herald a breakthrough in the international crisis over its nuclear ambitions, UN nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei said Monday. “We have seen a fairly slow development in commissioning new cascades,” ElBaradei told reporters, referring to the installation of centrifuges which enrich uranium into fuel for civilian reactors or, in its highly refined state, atom bomb material.

Published in: on July 9, 2007 at 10:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tunneling Near Iranian Nuclear Site Stirs Worry

The sudden flurry of digging seen in recent satellite photos of a mountainside in central Iran might have passed for ordinary road tunneling. But the site is the back yard of Iran’s most ambitious and controversial nuclear facility, leading U.S. officials and independent experts to reach another conclusion: It appears to be the start of a major tunnel complex inside the mountain.

Published in: on July 9, 2007 at 10:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Qaeda group in Iraq threatens to attack Iranians

The leader of an al Qaeda-linked group in Iraq vowed in an audio tape on Sunday to attack Iranians unless Iran cut off its support for the Iraqi government within two months. “We give the … Persians in general, and leaders of Iran in particular, two months to withdraw their support and presence in Iraq,” Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, leader of the self-styled Islamic State in Iraq, said in the 50-minute audio tape posted on Islamist Web site which has often carried al Qaeda statements.

Published in: on July 9, 2007 at 10:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran

By Trita Parsi

US Senator Joseph Lieberman’s call for cross-border bombing raids into Iran appears to be the culmination of a two-week campaign by proponents of war to put the military option center-stage in the US debate over Iran once more.

Published in: on June 14, 2007 at 6:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ahmadinejad Warns U.S. Forces Over Samarra Explosion

“By agreeing to such moves, you are making it harder for yourselves,” Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying today by the state-run Iranian Students News Agency. “Don’t act in a way so that no one in the region will want to help you get out of Iraq,” he said in a speech in the province of Semnan, according to ISNA.

Published in: on June 13, 2007 at 10:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

Lieberman: Bomb Iran If It Doesn’t Stop

Conn. Senator Says The U.S. Should Strike If Tehran Keeps Helping Anti-U.S. Forces In Iraq

Published in: on June 12, 2007 at 3:52 pm  Comments (1)  

What a Mess

June 6, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist

By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

RAMALLAH, West Bank

The Middle East has gotten itself tied into such an impossible knot that Biblical references or Shakespearian quotations simply don’t suffice anymore to describe how impossibly tangled politics has become here. Shira Wolosky, a Hebrew University English scholar, suggested to me that maybe Dr. Seuss, in “The Cat in the Hat,” offered the best way to sum up the Middle East today.
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Published in: on June 5, 2007 at 11:03 pm  Comments (1)  

CIA running black propaganda operation against Iran, Syria and Lebanon, officials say

Some intelligence sources more wary of covert Pentagon operations

by Larisa Alexandrovna

Published in: on June 4, 2007 at 10:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

Congress Weighs Using Nest Eggs as Agents of Change

Stephen Barr, Washington Post, June 4, 2007
In a bid to help prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) is sponsoring a bill that would authorize state and local governments to direct divestiture from companies with investments of more than $20 million in Iran’s oil and gas industry.

Published in: on June 4, 2007 at 8:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

Iran Arrests Grandma

May 30, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

Man, was I wrong about Iran.

I thought this regime was powerful and self-confident, and actually felt strengthened since we destroyed its two main enemies — the Taliban and Saddam. That could not be further from the truth. This Iranian regime is afraid of its shadow. How do I know? It recently arrested a 67-year-old grandmother, whom it accused of trying to bring down the regime by organizing academic conferences! (more…)

Published in: on May 29, 2007 at 11:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Axis of Uh-Oh

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Published in: on May 17, 2007 at 8:20 am  Leave a Comment  

Atomic Agency Concludes Iran Is Stepping Up Nuclear Activities

Inspectors for the International Atomic Energy Agency have concluded that Iran appears to have solved most of its technological problems and is now beginning to enrich uranium on a far larger scale than before, according to the agency’s top officials.

Published in: on May 14, 2007 at 3:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

Six Questions for Laura Rozen on Iran

She’s better informed and sourced than just about anyone writing on Iran, and consistently breaks news and offers smart analysis. Ken Silverstein recently asked her six questions about the Bush Administration’s Iran policy.

Published in: on May 5, 2007 at 10:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

Diplomacy at Its Worst

April 29, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF

In May 2003, Iran sent a secret proposal to the U.S. for settling our mutual disputes in a “grand bargain.”

It is an astonishing document, for it tries to address a range of U.S. concerns about nuclear weapons, terrorism and Iraq. I’ve placed it and related documents (including multiple drafts of it) on my blog, http://www.nytimes.com/ontheground.
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Published in: on April 28, 2007 at 11:12 pm  Comments (6)  

Noam Chomsky on “the Iran Effect”

What If Iran Had Invaded Mexico?

Putting the Iran Crisis in Context

By Noam Chomsky

Published in: on April 5, 2007 at 1:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

Iran’s Leader Says He’ll Release 15 Britons

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran announced that 15 captured British sailors and marines would be released today.

Published in: on April 4, 2007 at 8:44 am  Leave a Comment  

The botched US raid that led to the hostage crisis

Exclusive Report: How a bid to kidnap Iranian security officials sparked a diplomatic crisis

By Patrick Cockburn

A failed American attempt to abduct two senior Iranian security officers on an official visit to northern Iraq was the starting pistol for a crisis that 10 weeks later led to Iranians seizing 15 British sailors and Marines.

Published in: on April 3, 2007 at 9:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Iran outlines conditions for release of UK sailors

Iran’s most senior diplomat, Ali Larijani, called for a “delegation” to rule on whether a British naval patrol entered Iranian waters last month before his government would release the 15 marines and sailors it is holding captive.

Laying out what appeared to be a vague road map for the freeing of the British personnel, Mr Larijani said that, if it was found they had crossed into Iranian territory, there should be an apology and they would then be released.

Published in: on April 3, 2007 at 9:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Iran’s New Hostage Crisis

‘ The capture by Iranian Revolutionary Guards of 15 British sailors and marines on March 23 has set off a diplomatic crisis and mobilized the public in both Britain and Iran… Why would the Iranian leadership risk such a confrontation over a minor issue?…
With Iran facing huge challenges at home (an economy in tatters) and abroad (mounting pressure over its nuclear program), Ahmadinejad and his reluctant patron, the Supreme Jurisprudent Ali Khamenei, desperately needed a diversion. . .

Juan Cole

Published in: on April 3, 2007 at 8:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Secret War Against Iran

A Pakistani tribal militant group responsible for a series of deadly guerrilla raids inside Iran has been secretly encouraged and advised by American officials since 2005, U.S. and Pakistani intelligence sources tell ABC News.

Published in: on April 3, 2007 at 7:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

Bush, Iran & Selective Outrage

One of the least endearing features of Washington’s political/media hierarchy is its propensity for selective outrage, like what is now coming from George W. Bush about the “inexcusable behavior” of the Iranian government in holding 15 British sailors whom Bush has labeled “hostages.”

Published in: on April 3, 2007 at 12:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

‘US Ready to Strike Iran on Good Friday’

The United States will be ready to launch a missile attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities as soon as early this month, perhaps “from 4 a.m. until 4 p.m. on April 6,” according to reports in the Russian media on Saturday. According to Russian intelligence sources, the reports said, the US has devised a plan to attack several targets in Iran, and an assault could be carried out by launching missiles from fighter jets and warships stationed in the Persian Gulf.

Published in: on April 2, 2007 at 10:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

Iran says no need for trial of British sailors

Iran said on Monday it wanted to resolve the row over 15 British sailors and marines seized in the Gulf through diplomacy and there was no need for a trial. The 11-day dispute centers on where the sailors were seized by Iran. Britain insists they were in Iraqi waters on a routine mission authorized by the United Nations and the Iraqi government, but Tehran says they were in its territory.

Published in: on April 2, 2007 at 10:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Call that humiliation?

Terry Jones

No hoods. No electric shocks. No beatings. These Iranians clearly are a very uncivilised bunch

Published in: on March 31, 2007 at 9:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Iran planning to stop using U.S. dollar to price oil, central bank governor says

Iran is planning to stop using the U.S. dollar to price oil, with less than half of its oil income now paid in the U.S. currency, Iran’s central bank governor said.

Published in: on March 29, 2007 at 11:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

What to Do About Iran?

Though the Bush administration finds itself preoccupied trying to fend off congressional pressure to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq, the drumbeat for countering Iran is likely to grow louder again soon, especially with the faceoff between Iran and the United Kingdom over the capture of British naval personnel. In this guest essay, Ivan Eland warns that escalating sanctions against Iran may hurt more than help.

Published in: on March 29, 2007 at 11:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Iran-Britain conflict shows the dangers of our ongoing presence in Iraq

The “debate” over whether to withdraw our troops constantly highlights the dangers of leaving but almost completely ignores the dangers of staying.

Glenn Greenwald

Published in: on March 25, 2007 at 1:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Our Echoes Come From You

March 24, 2007
Guest Columnist
By RORY STEWART

Afghanistan is now both more and less than a nation. Dialects of its official language are spoken from Iran to India. Its greetings and rituals are recognizable in Chechnya. Kabuli woodwork incorporates motifs from Syria, the Mughal Empire and pre-Islamic Uzbekistan. On Tuesday, I heard a song from a mystical order, founded in Afghanistan, which was played by musicians from the borders of Nepal. (more…)

Published in: on March 23, 2007 at 10:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

Iran Detains British Sailors in Iraq Waters

Iranian naval vessels seized 15 British sailors in Iraqi waters on Friday, the Ministry of Defense said.

Published in: on March 23, 2007 at 12:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

“U.S. Funding Armed Groups to Overthrow Iranian Govt”

Author of the upcoming book “The Iran Agenda: the Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Middle East Crisis”, due for release in September from Polipoint Press, Reese Erlich recently spent three weeks investigating Kurdish resistance organisations in Iran and Iraq’s Kurdish region. He tells IPS that “the United States is officially funding armed groups to overthrow the Islamic government” in Tehran.

Published in: on March 20, 2007 at 10:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

Iran to hit back at US ‘kidnaps’

IRAN is threatening to retaliate in Europe for what it claims is a daring undercover operation by western intelligence services to kidnap senior officers in its Revolutionary Guard.

Published in: on March 20, 2007 at 12:23 am  Leave a Comment  

1987 Chemical Attack Still Haunts Iran

Iraq’s deadly assault on the town of Sardasht continues to color the debate about Tehran’s defenses.

Published in: on March 19, 2007 at 11:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

Iran Is Playing A Growing Role In Iraq Economy

While the Bush administration works to stop Iran from meddling in Iraq, Iranian air-conditioners fill Iraqi appliance stores, Iranian tomatoes ripen on the windowsills of kitchens here and legions of white Iranian-made Peugeots sit in Iraqi driveways.

Published in: on March 19, 2007 at 11:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

Iran’s Operative in the White House

March 20, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF

If an 18-year-old American soldier were caught slipping obscure military paperwork to Iranian spies, he would be arrested, pilloried in the news media and tossed into prison for years.

But in fact there’s an American who has provided services of incalculably greater value to Iran in recent years. So you have to wonder: Is Dick Cheney an Iranian mole?
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Published in: on March 19, 2007 at 11:14 pm  Comments (3)  

Will anxious Arab states soon form a nuclear family?

From Libya to Egypt to fuel-strapped Jordan, Arab countries have signaled their desire to develop nuclear power, even amid a concerted attempt by the United States to tighten the noose around Iran lest it join the nuclear club. These new players are entering a nuclear race in an unstable zone, dominated by two regional powers, Iran and Israel.

Published in: on March 19, 2007 at 10:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Journalist Writing Bloody Murder…

And No One Notices

The Seymour Hersh Mystery

Published in: on March 16, 2007 at 12:01 am  Comments (1)  

Larry Everest on US Threat to Iran

He is the author of “Oil, Power & Empire”.  See his speech on VIDEO.  Larry and others were arrested after being prevented from entry to the House hearings on more funds for war.

Published in: on March 15, 2007 at 11:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Religious Right’s New Bugbear

Last Sunday, Pastor John Hagee, the founder of Christians United for Israel, received a rousing reception at the opening dinner plenary of the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference.

Published in: on March 15, 2007 at 10:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ambassadors Draft Accord on Iran Sanctions

U.N. Security Council Members to Debate Resolution This Week

Published in: on March 15, 2007 at 10:42 pm  Leave a Comment  
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