December 2007 archive

12/31/2007 - 110 US troops die in Afghanistan in 2007    

12/31/2007 - 2007 deadliest year yet for US troops in Iraq A total of 899 US troops were killed in Iraq in 2007, the highest number since the US-led invasion nearly four years ago.  

12/31/2007 - 2008: The year a new superpower is born China is set to make 2008 the year it asserts its status as a global colossus by flexing frightening economic muscle on international markets, enjoying unprecedented levels of domestic consumption and showcasing itself to a watching world with a glittering £20bn Olympic Games.  

12/31/2007 - Iraq PM offers money to families fleeing Turkish bombings    

12/31/2007 - Two US marines to be court-martialed for Haditha killings Two US marines will stand trial following the killing of 24 civilians in the Iraqi town of Haditha, the worst incident of alleged war crimes involving US troops in Iraq, officials said Monday.  

12/31/2007 - Marine avoids Iraq murder charge Sgt Wuterich is the last of four marines to have the murder charge against him dropped.  

12/31/2007 - Ron Paul Is Right About Pakistan    

12/31/2007 - Top economist says America could plunge into recession Losses arising from America?s housing recession could triple over the next few years and they represent the greatest threat to growth in the United States, one of the world?s leading economists has told The Times.  

12/31/2007 - Police in thought pursuit Congress is perched to enact the "Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 20007 (Act)," probably the greatest assault on free speech and association in the United States since the 1938 creation of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). Our founding fathers would have made this blacklist, no doubt.

12/31/2007 - Governments prepare for 'cyber cold war' Paller said attacks against the US military this year ? reportedly made by China, although the Chinese have denied responsibility ? resulted in the loss of large amounts of data. The data had, in part, been stolen from the NIPRNet, a US military network which is open to the internet and used for the transmission of non-classified documents.  

12/31/2007 - 'Even Israel's good friends see future with J'lem divided' Bush was not pressuring Israel in any way, Olmert said. "He's not doing a single thing that I don't agree to," he said. "He doesn't support anything that I oppose." Rather, Olmert said, both he and the president hoped that the Annapolis timetable, for an accord in the course of 2008, could be met. ......"It's a coincidence that is almost 'the hand of God,'" Olmert said, "that Bush is president of the United States, that Nicolas Sarkozy is the president of France, that Angela Merkel is the chancellor of Germany, that Gordon Brown is the prime minister of England and that the special envoy to the Middle East is Tony Blair." ......"The bottom line is that President Bush hasn't changed his opinion regarding the danger posed by Iran. And I haven't changed my impression regarding President Bush's commitment to prevent Iran from attaining nuclear weapons."  

12/31/2007 - Cheering 40 new Iranian olim, did Israel offer hype or help? Iran?s Jews constitute the Diaspora?s oldest Jewish community, represent the largest Jewish population in a Muslim country and, according to their own accounts, have been treated fairly well by their government......Melman asked why the Jewish Agency and the International Fellowship would turn the arrival of the 40 immigrants into a media circus "when they know that hanging in the balance is the fate of entire Jewish community in a Muslim country hostile to Israel."  

12/31/2007 - Wilson was elected time and again by his constituents and served 24 years in Congress until his retirement in 1996. He was considered a liberal congressman who supported social justice, civil rights and the right to abortion, but he was a wild hawk when i Wilson was elected time and again by his constituents and served 24 years in Congress until his retirement in 1996. He was considered a liberal congressman who supported social justice, civil rights and the right to abortion, but he was a wild hawk when it came to foreign policy. He became a staunch supporter of Israel in its struggle against the Arabs - at least until he visited the Sabra and Chatilla refugee camps near Beirut during the first Lebanon war. After that he transferred his love for Israel to the mujahideen fighters of Afghanistan.  

12/31/2007 - Imams leave her name unsaid The Palestinian columnist Ibrahim D'abes wrote a glowing tribute for Ms. Bhutto in the daily Al Quds newspaper, saying she "was and remains the best example of a courageous and fighting woman."  

12/31/2007 - Jerusalem square to be named after Pollard A Jerusalem square will be symbolically dedicated to Jonathan Pollard ahead of President Bush's visit to Israel....The move is meant to help lobby Bush to pardon Pollard, a former U.S. Navy analyst who is serving a life prison sentence for spying for Israel. Bush leaves office in 2009.  

12/31/2007 - What's the hurry? there is no Jewish leader in the Republican Party who, like Max Fisher in the past, has sufficient enough influence to just phone up the president and quietly take care of things. Most Jewish Republicans who have a degree of access to the White House are not fans of the political process, and some are busy promoting the campaign against a division of Jerusalem, an effort that Olmert perceives as a personal campaign against him and in favor of Benjamin Netanyahu.....At the Prime Minister's Office, the focus is now on Bush's January 9th visit. Expected to top the agenda is the Iranian threat and the ramifications of the American intelligence report that said Iran is not planning to develop a military nuclear capability.  

12/31/2007 - Syria unwilling to pressure Lebanon allies: minister    

12/31/2007 - Palestinians remember Saddam year after hanging Saddam remains popular among Palestinians due in part to his payments of millions of dollars to the families of suicide bombers and anti-Israel fighters, as well as his missile attacks on Israel during the 1991 Gulf War.  

12/31/2007 - Israel's 2008 plans: Engage Syria, Palestinian peace, upgrade U.S. ties In an internal memo, Ben Zeev argued forcefully for a formal pact with the United States, primarily on the grounds that it would help deter Iran from attacking Israel. Under the terms of such a pact, the United States would consider any military attack on Israel an attack on America, appreciably strengthening Israel's deterrent posture.  

12/30/2007 - Iran nuclear plant to start in summer 2008    

12/30/2007 - OPEN LETTER TO THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS BY THE SURVIVORS OF THE USS LIBERTY it. The power the Israeli Lobby has over you is only slightly less sickening than what is your willingness to bow to their every damned demand. You are as guilty of murdering my shipmates as the Israelis are.  

12/30/2007 - France to halt links with Syria Links will be restored only when France has proof that Syria is not blocking progress towards installing a consensus president in Lebanon, Mr Sarkozy said.  

12/30/2007 - Mubarak, Sarkozy urge Syria to help solve Lebanon's crisis Both leaders agree to mobilize the necessary political and economic support for the Palestinian National Authority to ease the suffering of the Palestinian people and to provide the proper atmosphere for serious negotiations to achieve their aspirations to set up an independent state, Mubarak said  

12/30/2007 - Assad ready for peace? After meeting Syrian President Bashar Assad on Sunday, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) told The Associated Press he believes Assad is ready to discuss peace with Israel. U.S. Rep Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) also attended the meeting.  

12/30/2007 - US Congressmen secure Syria pledge to free dissidents Specter also sounded an upbeat note about the prospects for movement on the peace process between Syria and Israel which has been frozen since 2000, saying it was now generally accepted that Israel would have to return the Golan Heights which it seized in 1967 and unilaterally annexed in 1981.  

12/30/2007 - Israel may get 'super-cannon' ISRAEL is trying to buy a super rapid-fire cannon from America to protect strategic installations from primitive Palestinian rockets.  

12/29/2007 - Vermont town seeks Bush, Cheney arrests    

12/29/2007 - Ron Paul excluded from Fox News forum    

12/29/2007 - Khamenei warns of 'enemy plots' ahead of Iran vote    

12/29/2007 - Shell delays decision on Iran project again Royal Dutch Shell has again delayed a decision on whether to press ahead with controversial investments in Iran, as Europe's largest oil and gas company weighs up the increasing costs of the project and political opposition in the United States.  

12/29/2007 - Syria tells US senator it values dialogue Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said that Damascus values dialogue with Washington in a meeting with visiting US Senator Arlen Specter on Saturday, official media reported.  

12/29/2007 - Bin Laden says U.S. seeks to exploit Iraqi oil The militant leader also vowed in a recording posted on an Islamist Web site on Saturday to expand jihad to liberate all Palestinian land "from the (Mediterranean) sea to the (Jordan) river" and said his group will never recognize Israel.  

12/29/2007 - Bhutto killing sets off alarms in Israel over Pakistan's nukes "If the government fell into extremist hands, the bomb also falls into the hands of extremists," Rosen told JTA "You don?t need to worry about a nuclear Iran; you have a nuclear Pakistan in the hands of extremists."  

12/29/2007 - Syria sees no peace before Israel quits Golan Heights    

12/29/2007 - U.S. court overturns $156 million award in terror case The decision is the latest setback for U.S. government efforts to implicate U.S. Muslim charities in funding Islamic terrorism.  

12/29/2007 - Brownsville Muslims pray for Bhutto, victims of attack ?(Terrorists) are opportunists and hypocrites. They are criminals, they are not clerics. When the terrorists attacked America they were not fighting for Islam, they are fighting for themselves,?  

12/29/2007 - Balance of Power Is Continuing to Shift From the US the US military "surge" in Iraq, coupled with the growing expectations that America is not going to attack Iran in 2008 and that the Israeli-Palestinian peace will continue to "process," will allow the Bush Administration will sit out most of next year without igniting a major explosion in the region that could put even more downward pressure on the US geo-strategic position and bring about a massive increase in energy prices, unless that is, Israel decides to attack Iran.  

12/28/2007 - "Failed state" Pakistan raises nuclear threat   Pakistan, not Iran, has nukes NOW.

12/28/2007 - Russia denies selling new air defence system to Iran "The question of selling Iran an S-300 anti-air missile system... is not on the agenda, is not being discussed and is not being talked currently about with the Iranian side," the Federal Service for Military Cooperation said in a statement.  

12/28/2007 - Iran gets 2nd Russian fuel shipment Iran received the second shipment of nuclear fuel from Russia on Friday for a power plant being constructed in the southern Iranian town of Bushehr, the official news agency IRNA reported.  

12/28/2007 - Turkey ready to stage new raids against PKK in northern Iraq Turkey said Friday it would continue its military operations against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, after several attacks this month against members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).  

12/28/2007 - Foreign Ministry plans to drop Syria from 'radical axis' list    

12/28/2007 - France could provide Egypt with nuclear help: Sarkozy    

12/28/2007 - 9,000 refugee children from Nahr El Bared camp return to school because of 'Dubai Cares' Most of the children from the heavily damaged Nahr El Bared camp in Lebanon have already been able to return to school thanks to a donation of US$ 1.277 million made by Dubai Cares  

12/28/2007 - Kucinich: Candidates Must Answer for Their Foreign Policy Stands on Pakistan and the Middle East They have failed to offer substantive approaches to address continuing tensions and hostilities among Israelis, Palestinians, and the Lebanese people."  

12/27/2007 - No proof Iranian gov't behind IEDs: Afghan diplomat On Tuesday, Defence Minister Peter MacKay alleged that many IEDs in Afghanistan have come from Iran.  

12/27/2007 - Gates Led Realist Resurgence in 2007 To the great frustration of neoconservatives, in particular, both men have spoken out publicly during the past year against the possibility of war with Iran in what sometimes appeared to be a deliberate, Gates-backed effort against the overheated rhetoric of the hawks.  

12/27/2007 - US to expand mily presence in Pakistan    

12/27/2007 - Paul: 'We're getting ready to bomb Iran' ** Despite a recent National Intelligence Estimate finding that Iran has halted its nuclear weapons program, libertarian-leaning GOP presidential contender Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) says there is still "a great possibility" of US military action against the country.  

12/27/2007 - Jonah Goldberg Takes on Ron Paul    

12/27/2007 - Ron Paul insists: 'Israel encourages Americans to go into Iran' ** Russert showed him a quote of something he said on CNN: "Israel is dependent on us, you know, for economic means. We send them these billions of dollars and then they depend on us. They say, well, you know, we don't like Iran. You go fight our battles. You bomb Iran for us. And they become dependent on us."  

12/27/2007 - Syria says Israel's aura of invincibility is long gone    

12/27/2007 - Mubarak gives Israel message from Assad Egypt passed Israel a peacemaking message from Bashar Assad.  

12/27/2007 - AMIA prosecutor in Israel to discuss terrorism Iran was connected to two terrorist attacks in Argentina, their prosecutor asserted during a visit to Israel.  

12/27/2007 - Report: Turkey using drones in N. Iraq with help of Israeli crews    

12/27/2007 - Saudi arms sale may spark Bush-Congress battle A plan to sell Saudi Arabia highly accurate Boeing Co bomb-guidance kits is roiling Israel's backers in the Congress, setting up a potential clash with President George W. Bush.  

12/27/2007 - We Are All Prisoners Now All Americans should note the ominous implications of the inability of Homeland Security to distinguish an American citizen from a terrorist.  

12/26/2007 - Iran insists on border deal with Iraq    

12/26/2007 - Panel would target homegrown terror The National Commission on the Prevention of Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism is the brainchild of Sen. Joe Lieberman,  

12/26/2007 - Turkish jets in fresh Iraq strike    

12/26/2007 - Turkey praises US help as jets bomb northern Iraq    

12/26/2007 - US concerned by Russian sale of air defense systems to Iran    

12/26/2007 - Iran ready to restore diplomatic ties with Egypt: Ahmedinejad Iran is willing to resume full diplomatic ties with Cairo if Egypt expresses its readiness, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday.  

12/26/2007 - CIA Torture and other War Crimes - Philip Giraldi    

12/26/2007 - New York Times Retracts Smear Against Ron Paul    

12/26/2007 - Russia offers Iran missile defense The S-300 is similar to the United States' Patriot missile defense system which can stop incoming missiles and warplanes. We arm Israel and Russia arms Iran. So is it basically a US-Russian proxy war?

12/26/2007 - Iranian Jewish leader calls immigration of 40 Jews to Israel a 'misinformation campaign'    

12/26/2007 - Israel, Saudis, Egypt buy most U.S. arms Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt are consistently among the top five purchasers of U.S. arms.  

12/26/2007 - U.S. senators talk Israeli-Syria peace    

12/26/2007 - Olmert said awaiting Syrian signal about talks    

12/26/2007 - The Benefits of Palestinian Economic Collapse By Daniel Pipes    

12/26/2007 - About 2000 Palestinian Refugees to Settle in S. Early Next Year UNHCR is exerting efforts to arrange necessary funds for resettlement of 2000 Palestinian refugees in Sudan by the beginning of the next year. These refugees are currently staying on common borders between Iraq and Syria  

12/26/2007 - Report: NIEs have value, with limits   Pro-Israelis still trying to debunk the NIE.

12/26/2007 - Poll: More Saudis like U.S. Forty percent expressed a favorable opinion of the United States, up from 11 percent in May 2006. At the same time, 50 percent have an unfavorable opinion, down from 89 percent.  

12/25/2007 - Turk Iraq raids 'killed hundreds' Turkish forces have killed hundreds of Kurdish rebels and struck more than 200 targets in northern Iraq in the past 10 days, the Turkish military has said.  

12/25/2007 - Iraq Kurds warn Turkey over raids The bombing targeted safe and secure areas and innocent people,"  

12/25/2007 - Iran and Russia meet to discuss defense cooperation    

12/25/2007 - Iranian Jews immigrate to Israel The new immigrants were offered $10,000 each by Zionist charities to make the move, officials said. More than 200 Iranians have immigrated to Israel in 2007, up from 65 the year before.  

12/25/2007 - Idea of McCain-Lieberman ticket is the buzz at Orthodox parley "Do you believe we're facing an existential threat to the state of Israel and the United States from Islamo-Nazi terror?" he asked with rhetorical flourish at one point during the session at the O.U. event. "Or do you believe, as the Democrats do, that President Bush is more of a threat to world peace than the Iranian mullahs?" Across the board, Medved insisted, the Republican candidates are more solidly pro-Israel and ready to take on Iran than any of the Democrats. "  

12/25/2007 - US institute: Israel could survive nuclear war ** Even if Iran gained the means and knowledge to create nuclear weapons, according to the report it would still be limited to 100 kiloton weapons, which can cause a far smaller radius of destruction than the 1 megaton bombs Israel allegedly possesses. .......The report cites Israel's Arrow missile defense system as an obstacle facing a possible Iranian strike and says that it could shoot down most of the missiles. Israel, on the other hand, would be capable of hitting most of the Iranian cities with pinpoint accuracy due to the high resolution satellite imagery systems at its disposal.  

12/24/2007 - Bush backs Turkish strikes on Kurdish rebels: Anatolia    

12/24/2007 - Monroe Doctrine Under Siege by Iranians Remember when Ronald Reagan warned more than 20 years ago that Soviet- and Cuban-backed revolutionaries were just "two days' driving time from Harlingen, Texas?" Well, the folks at Commentary, now under the editorship of John Podhoretz, are busy raising a similar specter, only it's Iran this time.  

12/24/2007 - Iran's first home-built nuclear plant ready in 9 years: MP    

12/24/2007 - Bush Seeks to Restore Tattered U.S. Image With Heavy '08 Travel Democrats long have criticized Bush's doctrine of pre- emptive war to prevent terrorist attacks and the rhetoric he used to confront adversaries such as Iran. Some of the president's fellow Republicans have started to call for a reversal as well.  

12/24/2007 - Iran to tender 19 nuclear plants: report    

12/24/2007 - Iran wants talks with US ambassador    

12/24/2007 - Report: Iran Would Suffer Up to 20 Million Casualties in Nuclear War With Israel ** The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) also estimates that between 200,000 and 800,000 Israelis would be killed, the Jerusalem Post reported.......It estimates that a nuclear war would last approximately three weeks and ultimately end with the annihilation of Iran, based on Israel's alleged possession of sophisticated and powerful nuclear weapons. So you see, it is difficult to imagine that Iran would ever even think of using its nuclear weapons that it is purportedly developing (according to Israel) against that nation.

12/24/2007 - Ron Paul vs. the Dirty Tricksters    

12/24/2007 - Smearing Ron Paul    

12/24/2007 - They Do Not Exist, And That Is Official With the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, many Palestinians fled their homeland to Lebanon. Today, there are approximately 400,000 refugees living in the 'Land of the Cedars', some with no documentation, and not registered with either the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) or the Lebanese authorities.  

12/24/2007 - A Wise Man Looks at the World The thing is, is the government willing to at least listen to some of these grievances? When Mrs. Rice says publicly, Israel must continue to bombard Lebanon--it never happened since the UN has been created...that the Security Council says, Go on. Israel planted these fragmentation bombs after the ceasefire. These fragmentation bombs are from America. It's allowed by the Americans. So, people don't believe anything the Americans say, and it's not bias.  

12/24/2007 - Hatred, discrimination have no place in Islam: Al-Mahri Saying he hopes peace and prosperity will reign in the Muslim and Christian worlds Shiite leader Sayed Mohammed Baqer Al-Mahri was recently quoted as saying Islam not only respects all heavenly religions but also the Prophets including Prophet Jesus Christ.....He added the Palestinian Muslims and Christians in the Holy Land share a common culture and beliefs.  

12/24/2007 - Israel Upholds Use of Cluster Bombs Israeli military prosecutors have decided not to take any legal action over Israel's use of cluster bombs during last year's war in Lebanon, the army said Monday, closing an investigation into a practice that has drawn heavy criticism from the U.N. and international human rights groups. Israel exonerates itself again.

12/24/2007 - ADL Lists Top Issues Affecting Jews in 2007 ? Restarting the Peace Process ? The Iranian Nuclear Threat  

12/23/2007 - Soldiers seek families for Iraqi orphans Having overcome great obstacles to adopt an Iraqi orphan with cerebral palsy, Scott Southworth is spearheading an effort to find families to care for another 21 disabled children from that unhappy land.  

12/23/2007 - U.S. praises Iran curbs on Sadr militia in Iraq    

12/23/2007 - Anti-war groups target Bush on Iran ** Major anti-Iraq war groups have made preventing war with Iran a priority for next year  

12/23/2007 - Israel preparing public for war    

12/23/2007 - Syria says US 'torpedoing' Lebanon deal: report "At the moment when Syria and France were searching for a way forward on Lebanon, the US scurried to send two envoys to Lebanon --- Elliott Abrams and David Welch -- known for their partiality to Israel, with the aim of torpedoing an accord between the different factions in Lebanon,"  

12/23/2007 - N.J. to disinvest from Iran Gov. Jon Corzine is expected to sign the bill, initiated in New Jersey by NORPAC, a pro-Israel political action committee  

12/22/2007 - U.S. Envoy Says Iran Could Revive Halted Nuclear Arms Program    

12/22/2007 - No progress on American missing in Iran: wife The wife of a ex-FBI agent missing in Iran since March said on Saturday she received no new information about his fate during a pre-Christmas trip to the Islamic republic to search for her husband.  

12/22/2007 - Iraq children 'paying high price'    

12/22/2007 - Turkey in fresh Iraq air strikes    

12/22/2007 - It's Common Sense, Not Pacifism We should go to war only in self-defense. I don't believe the American people wish to adopt Iraq and Afghanistan as permanent wards of the taxpayers. I don't believe they want to keep burying sons and daughters whose deaths don't make America safer. That's not pacifism. It's common sense.  

12/22/2007 - Gates warns of Al Qaeda shift    

12/22/2007 - US 'risks running out of funds' for Iraq, Afghanistan wars    

12/22/2007 - Justifying the Iraq War: Why the NIE Is Wrong    

12/22/2007 - Iranian ex-president attacks hardliners A popular former president has resumed his attacks against hardline Iranian clerics threatening to disqualify reformists from upcoming elections.  

12/22/2007 - 'Children of Jihad' Author Hits at Misconceptions about Middle-East I remember one of them put his hand on my shoulder and said, "We don't care that you're Jewish, we don't care you're American. We hate the American government and we hate the Israeli government, but Jewish people and American people have done nothing to us." ......What I hope and one of the main reasons I wrote "Children of Jihad" was because on paper as a young American Jew, I'm probably the last person that should be able to get along with people from different backgrounds in the Middle East. And the reality is, I found that youth culture there was more similar to me than it was different. Everyone should read this in its entirety. He speaketh the truth. Most of the folks int the Middle East,particularly the youth, are NOT masked jihadis hell bent on killing us. Fact.

12/22/2007 - Russia seeks role in Israel-Syria talks Turkey has also played this role in recent months. But while the Turks are believed to have better personal contacts with the Syrians, the Russians - because of their arms sales to Syria and their overall status as a world power - are believed to have much more leverage with Damascus.  

12/22/2007 - Iran Polls Better Than US in Saudi Arabia 57 percent of respondents said they opposed the development by Iran of nuclear weapons. Thirty-eight percent said they would favor the US and other countries taking military action to prevent the Iranians from obtaining such a weapon, compared to 27 percent who said the US should accept a nuclear-armed Iran.  

12/21/2007 - US hits at Chinese oil deal with Iran    

12/21/2007 - No More Slam Dunks by Philip Giraldi ** An alarmed Israel, where the report?s conclusions have been rejected by both politicians and media, is considering taking unilateral action against the principle Iranian nuclear facility at Natanz. If Israel were to attack Iran, it would need Washington?s help, and U.S. forces would almost certainly be involved in any Iranian retaliation......Both the Iraq NIE and the 2005 NIE on Iran suffered from White House staffers, mostly neoconservatives from Vice President Cheney?s office, participating in the review process. To deal with the problem of such political pressure, Director of Central Intelligence Michael Hayden and DNI Mike McConnell isolated analysts from policymakers and also took steps to deal with the groupthink problem. The efforts of these guys who refused to be cowed by the neoconservatives can not be overstated. God bless 'em.

12/21/2007 - US envoy urges Iran to own up to nuclear weapons programme    

12/21/2007 - Rice: U.S. open to Iran, Syria talks if they change policy    

12/21/2007 -'s Man of the Year: Thomas Fingar chooses Thomas Fingar, the principal author of the recently-issued National Intelligence Estimate on Iran. As the Guardian put it: "Almost single-handedly he has stopped ? or, at the very least, postponed ? any U.S. military action against Iran."......Fingar has apparently been fighting the War Party ? notably, John Bolton ? in the corridors of power, and his recent victory in the NIE matter marks a turning point in the fight to re-take American foreign policy from the neoconservatives who hijacked it so effectively after 9/11.  

12/21/2007 - U.S. needs to engage Tehran, not order it around    

12/21/2007 - Zogby: Ron Paul Will Surprise You    

12/21/2007 - Outgoing senior FM official calls for military pact with Washington ** Signing a defense pact with the U.S. would mean that Washington would treat any attack on Israel as an attack on the U.S. and would act to protect Israel or retaliate against the assailant. However, such a pact could also limit Israel because it would require the Americans' approval for any military act Israel would consider. Oh bullsh#t. The sovereignty of this nation, the national security of this nation has been utterly compromised by foreign elements. Israel seeks to make ITS problems OUR problems to the detriment of THIS nation.

12/21/2007 - Bolton back on JINSA board JINSA, which promotes security ties between Israel and the United States and other U.S. allies, shares Bolton's outspoken criticism of Bush administration overtures to North Korea and what he says is the slow pace of U.S. efforts to confront Iran.  

12/21/2007 - Hariri court to be based in former Dutch intelligence HQ: official    

12/21/2007 - What Will Israel Do? ** "I came back from a trip to Israel in November convinced that Israel would attack Iran," Bruce Riedel, a former career CIA official and senior adviser to three U.S. presidents--including Bush--on Middle East and South Asian issues, told me Thursday, citing conversations he had with Mossad and defense officials. "And that was before the NIE. This makes it even more likely. Israel is not going to allow its nuclear monopoly to be threatened." .........One reason for Bush's abruptly announced nine-day visit to the region in mid-January is to deal with the fallout from the NIE, which includes not only the possibility that Israel will act unilaterally but also that Bush's prized Annapolis peace process will stall.  

12/21/2007 - Project to lure Jews out of Iran proves unsuccessful "If there is an attack by either the United States or Israel on Iran, it seems clear to me that even the Iranian Jews know it would be too late at that point for them to get out or not be persecuted," Eckstein said. "In my opinion, they are playing a very dangerous game of not committing to come out to Israel.".......For the past 25 years, the IFCJ has given millions of dollars solicited from evangelical Christians in the United States to help Jews immigrate to Israel from the former Soviet Union, India, Argentina and the United States. Some evangelicals believe that the return of Jews to Israel will hasten Christ's second coming.  

12/21/2007 - Congress must stand up to Israel If we get a new president next year we can hope that person has the courage to assert our sovereignty and require the State of Israel to honor the U.N. Security Council resolutions and return the West Bank and Gaza to the Palestinian people. It is in the interest of all of us. Amen.

12/21/2007 - Rabbis join clerical call for Iran talks A number of rabbis have joined Christian and Muslim clerics in signing a plea for direct U.S.-Iran talks.  

12/21/2007 - Bush proposal threatens Lebanon stability: Hezbollah Hezbollah said on Friday a proposal by U.S. President George W. Bush for Lebanon's Western-backed governing coalition to elect a new president unilaterally was a threat to the country's stability.  

12/20/2007 - Powers fail to reach deal on Iran sanctions    

12/20/2007 - Iranians hope Ahmadinejad hajj will help Arab ties    

12/20/2007 - Regime-change fears drive Iran's vice crackdown analysts say that what appeared to be just another cleanup when it began last spring is proving to be a strategic effort to protect the regime from "vulnerabilities" that could be exploited by archenemies such as the United States.....on the Internet, Iran's security services have become familiar with American regime-change neoconservatives such as Michael Ledeen, who has argued that with US support, "we could liberate Iran in less than a year."  

12/20/2007 - More women report sex assaults in Iraq A woman who claims she was raped by a fellow employee while working for a U.S. contractor in Iraq told House lawmakers Wednesday that her case is far from unique.  

12/20/2007 - Iran reactor 'to open late 2008'    

12/20/2007 - Paul shaping up as spoiler in GOP race It wasn't long ago that Rep. Ron Paul was an anti-war asterisk in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Then his campaign raised a record $6 million in a single day.  

12/20/2007 - U.S. commanders angered to learn of bombing flight U.S. military commanders in Iraq didn't know Turkey was sending warplanes to bomb in northern Iraq until the planes had already crossed the border, said defense and diplomatic officials, who were angered about being left in the dark.  

12/20/2007 - Report: Cluster bomb left over from war kills man in S. Lebanon The bomb went off as Mohammad Hamzeh was collecting firewood in the town of Zibqine near the southern port city of Tyre. According to the National News Agency, Hamzeh was instantly killed.  

12/20/2007 - Bush 'loses patience' with Syria "The reason why is because he houses Hamas, he facilitates Hezbollah, suiciders go from his country into Iraq, and he destabilises Lebanon."  

12/20/2007 - Iraq rock band breaks ground with first Arabic single The Iraqi rockers, who are in their mid- to late-20s, moved to Britain after the invasion to fine-tune their music knowledge.  

12/20/2007 - 'Bad for the Jews' Take a look at the agendas of some of the most influential Jewish organizations, like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the Anti-Defamation League, the Zionist Organization of America and the American Jewish Committee itself; each has historically associated itself with the hawkish side of the debate--and some have done so even when Israel took the more dovish side (the Jewish equivalent of being holier than the Pope).  

12/20/2007 - Syria says working for end to Lebanon crisis Syria is working to help resolve Lebanon's presidential crisis, the foreign minister said on Thursday, responding to reports that France's patience was wearing thin with Damascus over a stalled presidential election.  

12/20/2007 - Judge: U.S. rightly excluded scholar he was excluded on the grounds that he aided a terrorist group by making charitable contributions from 1998 to 2002.....The United States did not outlaw contributions to the group until 2003.  

12/20/2007 - Israel's supporters should push for talks with Iran The release of the NIE report should prompt more than silence from Jerusalem, however. It should prompt a re-thinking of Israel?s -- and the pro-Israel community in America?s -- approach toward Iran  

12/19/2007 - Ex-CIA man predicts U.S. war with Iran ** Those who hope to prevent a military conflict in Iran should make their voices heard, he said......He cited the close American relationship with Israel, which he said considers Iran a threat, as a driving force behind a potential strike.  

12/19/2007 - Neocons Won't Let Facts Stand in the Way of Iran 'Threat'    

12/19/2007 - Iranian released from US custody in Iraq    

12/19/2007 - Turkey says U.S. intelligence led to Iraq raids    

12/19/2007 - Saudis biggest group of al Qaeda Iraq fighters: study   Given that, why aren't the neocons calling for an attack on THAT nation, mm?

12/19/2007 - Putin hopes U.S. had no hidden agenda in Iran nuclear report ** Putin said it is theoretically possible that the report was published to "divert Iran's attention from preparations for military action," which would be a "grave mistake."  

12/19/2007 - Iran starts second stage of maritime war games in Gulf waters    

12/19/2007 - Senate Approves $70 Billion To Continue Wars The US House of Representatives was expected to vote Wednesday on a Senate-approved budget bill for 2008 that includes 70 billion dollars for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan  

12/19/2007 - Russia and Poland to Discuss U.S. Missile Shield    

12/19/2007 - Bush's bid to punish Iranian banks stalls The Bush administration's new policy of penalizing Iranian banks is facing a critical challenge as financial institutions in Russia, China and much of the Middle East decline to cut ties, analysts and diplomats say.  

12/19/2007 - Turkey raid an 'attack on sovereignty', Iraq says    

12/19/2007 - Russia wants more clarity on U.S. anti-missile plan Russia wants more concrete reasons from Washington as to why it plans to build an anti-missile system in Poland and the Czech Republic, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.  

12/19/2007 - Bush to make first presidential visit to Israel Bush will find a receptive audience in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states over his concerns about Iran's increasing dominance in the region. Bush insists that Iran remains a potential threat to world peace in spite of a US intelligence analysis that it had stopped a nuclear weapons programme in 2003.  

12/19/2007 - Iraq's other Kurdish rebel group the PJAK continues to operate against Iran from the Iraqi side of the border, and the Iranian government alleges it does so with American financial support.  

12/19/2007 - Europeans protest Austria-Iran deal European activists are protesting a planned deal between an Austrian energy company and Iran.  

12/19/2007 - Senate OKs terror accountability bill The bill particularly targets Iran, which has yet to pay the $2.7 billion in damages awarded to families of the 241 servicemen killed in a 1983 attack by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah on a U.S. Marines barrack in Beirut.  

12/19/2007 - Paul rakes in millions despite low polling among GOP    

12/19/2007 - US warrantless wiretapping predates 9/11    

12/19/2007 - Mideast peace in 2008 unlikely due to U.S. vote: Assad Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said achieving Middle East peace in 2008 looked unrealistic because the United States would be preoccupied with the presidential election.  

12/19/2007 - Assad: We rejected nukes in '01 The Syrian president said in an interview published Wednesday that in 2001, his regime was approached by Abdul Qadeer Khan, Pakistan's atomic architect, who offered in a letter to sell Damascus nuclear missiles. "We do not know if the letter was authentic or if it was an Israeli trap,"  

12/19/2007 - Palestinian refugees from Iraq stranded in desert camp Many have known no home outside Baghdad ? they're the offspring of parents who settled in Iraq in 1948 after being driven from Haifa as when Israel became an independent nation  

12/19/2007 - Israel tests advanced Patriot Israel tested an advanced version of the U.S.-supplied Patriot missile.  

12/19/2007 - Congress approves extra anti-terror funds Jewish groups have received a lion?s share of the funds since the program was instituted by the Department of Homeland Security in 2005. Last year they received 251 of the 308 grants awarded.  

12/19/2007 - Israel worried about Hamas hajjis Israel believes that hundreds of Palestinians who left on the pretext of a pilgrimage will receive military training in Iran.  

12/19/2007 - Foreigners head to Syria to learn Arabic Syrians point to the young foreigners in the capital as proof that their country ? which is under U.S. sanctions and on its list of state supporters of terrorism ? is not the closed, anti-American rogue nation often depicted in Western media.  

12/19/2007 - Mazuz: Int'l law not broken in Kfar Kana   Israel exonerates itself from blame for another war crime.

12/19/2007 - The Wages of Intervention Turkish-Syrian-Iranian rapprochement has provoked the wrath of the Israel lobby in Washington, and this was a key factor in getting the Armenian genocide resolution through Congress, which further alienated Ankara.  

12/19/2007 - Assassination Jars Nascent US Détente With Syria it seems that Washington's move toward détente with Damascus is being strained again, and as usual, the latest flashpoint is Lebanon, or rather, the assassination of a political figure in Lebanon. Awful strange, that.

12/19/2007 - Sarkozy demands Syrian action on Lebanon: report    

12/19/2007 - Kristol, Krauthammer Are Out of Time    

12/18/2007 - Pentagon report to accuse Iran of fueling Iraq strife: media A Pentagon report to be released Tuesday will accuse Iran of continuing to funnel weapons and technology to fighters in neighboring Iraq even as it cites lower violence overall, US media said. Cheney and the neocons had to cook up something, in light of the NIE findings.

12/18/2007 - Iran sees Bushehr plant at full capacity in one year: official Iran expects its first nuclear power plant will produce electricity at full capacity in around a year after passing a "critical stage" with the delivery of fuel from Russia, a top official said on Tuesday.  

12/18/2007 - Wife of missing American arrives in Iran    

12/18/2007 - Bush: Iran still a threat "We need to take their threats seriously about what they have said about one of our allies, Israel," Bush said during a speech Monday in Fredericksburg, Va. "And therefore my attitude hasn't changed toward Iran."  

12/18/2007 - Turkey: Another Ally Lost by Philip Giraldi   Giraldi reveals the Israel factor with respect to US-Turkey relations.

12/18/2007 - Did Bush Get New Iran Intel Last Winter?    

12/18/2007 - FCC votes to ease media ownership restrictions The Federal Communications Commission voted on Tuesday to loosen media ownership restrictions in the 20 biggest U.S. cities, despite objections from consumer groups and a threat by some senators to revoke the action.  

12/18/2007 - Gov't official: No 'smoking gun' on Iran Israel does not have "smoking gun" intelligence that will force an American reassessment of its National Intelligence Estimate that Iran halted its nuclear weapons plan in 2003, a government official told The Jerusalem Post Monday. ......The official said it was clear that the Americans pretty much know what Israel knows about the Iranian nuclear program and that the difference is not over the facts but rather over their interpretation.  

12/18/2007 - Lebanon's turmoil worries Israel as Iran, Syria make power plays    

12/18/2007 - LEBANON: Palestinians Brave a Hazardous Profession An unprecedented hundreds of thousands of cluster bombs were scattered throughout south Lebanon's rural towns, agricultural fields and valleys by Israel in the final days of last year's summer conflict. There have been 26 fatalities since the conflict's end, and 196 wounded.  

12/18/2007 - Recruiting begins for anti-Iran coalition Jewish umbrella groups have asked constituents to recruit non-Jewish supporters to an anti-Iran coalition.  

12/18/2007 - Evidence of extremism in mosques 'fabricated' A rightwing thinktank which claimed to have uncovered extremist literature on sale at dozens of British mosques was last night accused of basing a report on fabricated evidence  

12/17/2007 - Iran vows to continue uranium enrichment program Iran says it is still planning to expand its controversial uranium enrichment program, amid news it has just received its first shipment of nuclear fuel from Russia.  

12/17/2007 - Bush supports Russia sending enriched uranium to Iran    

12/17/2007 - U.S. urges Iran to freeze atomic work after Russian nuclear deliveries    

12/17/2007 - Russia ignores West's Iran fears    

12/17/2007 - US denies backing Turkey PKK raid The US has denied it gave permission for Turkish aircraft to carry out air strikes against Kurdish PKK separatist rebels in northern Iraq on Sunday.  

12/17/2007 - Russia makes 1st nuke shipment to Iran Russia has made its first shipment of nuclear fuel to an Iranian nuclear power plant at the center of the international tensions over Tehran's atomic program, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.  

12/17/2007 - Iran says to discuss Iraq "terrorist groups" with US    

12/17/2007 - Iran to Azerbaijan: Show proof for claims of spying on Israel Tehran on Sunday demanded that Azerbaijan provide evidence to back up the convictions of more than a dozen people found guilty of passing information about Western interests to Iranian intelligence.  

12/17/2007 - U.S., Israel meet to discuss Iran U.S. officials told JTA that John Rood, the assistant secretary of state for nonproliferation, flew to Israel for the negotiations Sunday night. Rood is meeting with Foreign Ministry Director Aharon Abramowitz, as well as officials from the Israeli defense ministry, the Mossad and the Foreign Ministry?s Strategic Affairs Department, according to Ha'aretz......Israeli officials told Ha'aretz that they plan to give Rood their most up-to-date information about Iran?s nuclear program  

12/17/2007 - US Must Reevaluate Its Relationship With Israel by Scott Ritter ** In threatening the world with war because America opted for once to embrace fact instead of fiction, Israel, sadly, has become like a cornered beast, lashing out at any and all it perceives to threaten its security interests......The United States must redefine its national security priorities in the Middle East and position Israel accordingly. At the very least, American aid must be linked to Israeli behavior modification. The standards America applies to other nations around the world when it comes to receiving aid must likewise apply to Israel. Mr. Ritter speaketh my language. My kinda guy :)

12/17/2007 - 'Iranian threat not understood' Defense officials said recently that Gantz's new position would be of extreme importance for Israel in the coming years, ahead of possible military action against Iran and an American withdrawal from Iraq that could have potentially detrimental consequences for Israel.  

12/17/2007 - Linkage of two conflicts key to peace in Mideast The long-running struggle between Israel and the Palestinian people "is the mother-of-all grievances" for many in the Muslim world ? and the United States' backing of Israel is the root cause of the antagonism that many in the Muslin world harbor for this country, Levy argues......Last month, Levy helped draft an open letter from a bipartisan group of U.S. foreign policy experts to President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. It urged them to back a peace agreement that returns Israel to its 1967 borders and creates an independent Palestinian nation. It also called for Jerusalem, which both the Palestinians and Israelis claim, to serve as the capital of both states.  

12/16/2007 - U.S. boosts presence along Iranian border Containing Iran "is now clearly part of our mission,"  

12/16/2007 - IAEA in full control of Iran's nuclear program: Russia    

12/16/2007 - Iran says no date fixed for atom plant completion Iran says no date has been fixed for completing its first nuclear power plant, but Russia is serious about finishing the long-delayed project.  

12/16/2007 - 'US backed' Turkish raids on Iraq Turkey's air strikes against Kurdish rebels in Iraq on Sunday were approved by the United States in advance, the Turkish military has said.  

12/16/2007 - Iraq demands halt to Turkish air strikes in north    

12/16/2007 - Poland will listen to Moscow on missile shield    

12/16/2007 - Ahmadinejad says nuclear report marked US U-turn on Iran "It is a clear U-turn. It is an evolution within the US administration. It marks a stepping back" on the part of the White House, Ahmadinejad told state television in an interview.  

12/16/2007 - Russian general says Pentagon is seeking direct confrontation with Moscow Russia's top military officer on Saturday accused the United States of seeking direct confrontation with Moscow and warned again that U.S. plans to deploy missile defenses in Europe would destabilize the continent.  

12/16/2007 - Is Bush Stopped in His Tracks on Iran? ** The tug of war between those within the administration who advocate as many as 1,000 air strikes on suspected Iranian nuclear facilities and those who oppose an attack will be the most dramatic battle of the final Bush years.  

12/16/2007 - Iran may now be cooperating with U.S. in Iraq As violence continues to decline in Iraq, a debate is growing in Washington over whether Iran deserves a share of the credit......"There were people in the administration who explicitly questioned the assessments of these generals in Iraq who suggested Iran was being more constructive,"  

12/16/2007 - New UN sanctions against Iran 'rather improbable,' Ahmadinejad says    

12/16/2007 - Iran to Let Missing US Man's Wife Visit    

12/16/2007 - Israel plays down split with US on Iran The Israelis are also hoping to receive additional information from the U.S. report, which for the most part was classified, the officials said. .....The U.S. and Israel will hold additional formal meetings on the matter in coming weeks, the Israeli officials said. Israel will use these forums to try to persuade the Americans that Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons, and to present top secret Israeli intelligence material, the officials said.  

12/16/2007 - Israeli team in US to counter new Iran assessment: press    

12/16/2007 - Olmert muzzles Cabinet on Iran Ehud Olmert ordered his Cabinet ministers to keep quiet on Iran's nuclear program.  

12/16/2007 - Israel unveils new strategy on Iran There have been calls within the government to reveal at least part of the Israeli assessments of the Iranian programme, but these have been rebuffed by the intelligence community.  

12/16/2007 - U.S. must work to restore image, credibility around the world By Sen. Carl Levin The unilateral policies of the Bush administration, the cockiness of some of its rhetoric, and the dramatic and vivid reports of our abusing prisoners have hurt us  

12/16/2007 - Lieberman set to endorse McCain Both were outspoken supporters of the idea of invading Iraq.  

12/16/2007 - MCCAIN'S BOMB, BOMB IRAN HECKLER He then asked what the senator will do with Iran in light of the NIE report.  

12/16/2007 - U.S. Bolton criticises Bush foreign policy - magazine "I am not as confident as the intelligence services that Iran has stopped its nuclear weapons programme."  

12/16/2007 - Paul campaign balloons as cash keeps rolling in flush with cash from an impressive online fundraising operation, the maverick Paul has upgraded his operation. He now crisscrosses the country on private charter jets. And avid supporters have even rented a blimp to spread the word about the "Ron Paul Revolution."  

12/16/2007 - Ron Paul raises millions in today's Boston Tea Party event    

12/16/2007 - It's time to stop the hypocrisy of U.S.- Saudi relationship Odds are the legislation proffered by Specter, Widen and Weiner will die on the vine, never making it out of committee; I'm afraid the Saudi lobby will win this battle easily. Indeed, similar legislation in recent years has gone nowhere, even when there was the hardest of evidence proving that the Saudi government was paying the families of suicide murderers and directly supporting Hamas. One reason for the past failure was the lack of a concerted, unified push by the legendary pro-Israel lobby. Note the source.

12/16/2007 - Azerbaijan: 15 convicted of treason gave Iran information on Israel n a statement released Saturday, the National Security Ministry revealed new details about the group, which allegedly passed to Iranian agents details on Western embassies, companies, pipeline operations and employees operating in Azerbaijan in 2005-2006. This just seems like it's bull and may be a precursor for other things to come.

12/16/2007 - Israel rules out attacks by Hezbollah, Syria in 2008: report Israel's Aman military intelligence does not think that Syria or Lebanon's Hezbollah militia will carry out a largescale offensive against Israel in 2008, an Israeli daily said on Sunday.  

12/15/2007 - Russia warns of US missile shield retaliation THE planned deployment of US interceptor missiles in Poland could trigger a missile strike by Russia if those missiles are ever used, the Russian army's chief of staff has warned.  

12/15/2007 - No Prosecution for State Dept Official Accused of Sexual Assault The Department of Justice declined to prosecute a State Department employee who allegedly sexually assaulted a female Halliburton/KBR worker in Iraq, despite a recommendation from the State Department that he be charged, according to an internal document obtained by ABC News.  

12/15/2007 - Is World War III on hold? by Patrick J. Buchanan **    

12/15/2007 - Midwest City Fights Back Against Iran War-Mongering**    

12/15/2007 - U.S. paid $32M for Iraqi base that wasn't built The U.S. military paid a Florida company nearly $32 million to build barracks and offices for Iraqi army units even though nothing was ever built, Pentagon investigators reported.  

12/15/2007 - Russia says no forces build-up after CFE freeze    

12/15/2007 - Israel fails to convince US of Iran's 'serious' nuclear threat    

12/15/2007 - Israel: US report on Iran may spark war ** Israel will work to change the American intelligence agencies' view of Iran, said Dichter, a former chief of Israel's Shin Bet secret service agency  

12/15/2007 - Israeli FM rules out peace talks with Syria due to Damascus' "current conduct"    

12/15/2007 - Jerusalem troubled by political deadlock gripping Lebanon Israel is becoming increasingly concerned with the deadlock in Lebanon over the election of a new president and the possibility that Hizbullah will gain a third of the seats in the cabinet, granting it the power to veto major government decisions That would explain this.

12/15/2007 - New Poll: Americans Don't Believe Iran Suspended Nuclear Program A new bipartisan poll (Word Document) commissioned by The Israel Project (TIP) LOL.

12/15/2007 - Liquidation of Empire With just a year to go in his Presidency, it increasing appears that Bush-43?s chief legacy may be the liquidation of our empire, accumulated during the so-called American Century.  

12/14/2007 - Egypt and Saudi Arabia make new overtures to Iran David Frum, a former speech writer for President George W. Bush, who is credited with coining the phrase "axis of evil," wrote in Canada's National Post this week that the NIE is a "foundational political fact that will make it politically impossible for the Bush Administration to launch a strike at Iran's nuclear facilities." Frum, author described here.

12/14/2007 - Iran reformists criticize Ahmadinejad's policies A coalition of Iranian reformists on Friday criticized President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his hardline policies and said they were worsening a crisis with the international community.  

12/14/2007 - House Judiciary Trio Calls for Impeach Cheney Hearings "The issues at hand are too serious to ignore, including credible allegations of abuse of power that if proven may well constitute high crimes and misdemeanors under our constitution. The charges against Vice President Cheney relate to his deceptive actions leading up to the Iraq war, the revelation of the identity of a covert agent for political retaliation, and the illegal wiretapping of American citizens."  

12/14/2007 - Iran asked to postpone talks with US: State Department US and Iranian experts postponed a meeting to discuss Iraq's security at Iran's request but the two sides will arrange a new meeting, the US State Department said Thursday.  

12/14/2007 - Bush: Syria must release arrested opposition activists    

12/14/2007 - House approves nuclear fuel bank Lantos aimed the proposal at rogue nations like Iran that insist their plans are for civilian nuclear energy, and not nuclear weapons.  

12/14/2007 - Al-Qaida No2 attacks Annapolis peace conference Osama bin Laden's deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has attacked last month's US-sponsored Middle East peace conference as a "betrayal" of Palestine.  

12/14/2007 - U.S. lawmakers vote to hold Bolten and Rove in contempt The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Thursday to hold two top aides to President George W. Bush in contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate in its probe of fired federal prosecutors.  

12/14/2007 - Inside Track: From Freedom Fries to War Powers by Philip Giraldi Walter Jones has introduced legislation that would change the rules for the White House and would, among other things, make it more difficult to start a new war.  

12/14/2007 - Ron Paul: Slings and Arrows, Left and Right "In the isolationist fashion of the nation's Pat Buchanans, he decries intervention in foreign nation's affairs and believes membership in the United Nations undermines U.S. sovereignty." Such a sentence, dripping with contempt for Paul's "no entangling alliances" keep-us-out-of-war stance, might easily have appeared in the Weekly Standard, or National Review.  

12/14/2007 - Israel, U.S. to meet to discuss differing assessments on Iran ** Until the release of the American report, the defense establishment believed Israel might find itself involved in a military conflict with Iran in the coming year if Bush decided to act against Tehran and Iran responded against Israeli targets as well The American intelligence community stepped up to the plate and hit a grand slam. They stopped this nation from going into WWIII (at the behest of a foreign nation).

12/14/2007 - UN extends Golan force mandate for six months The Security Council on Friday extended for another six months the mandate of the UN force that has for more than 33 years monitored the ceasefire between Israel and Syria on the strategic Golan Heights.  

12/14/2007 - Journalists probed for travel to 'enemy' states A top national security commentator, a popular blogger and a travel writer are under police investigation over reporting trips to Syria and Lebanon on behalf of their Israeli news outlets.  

12/14/2007 - Bill pushes Iran to pay victims The legislation is based on an earlier stand-alone bill authored by two Jewish U.S. senators, Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Arlen Specter (R-Pa.). It is aimed particularly at Iran, which until now has successfully resisted dipping into U.S. assets to pay close to $2.7 billion in damages won in courts by families of the 241 servicemen killed in the 1983 Hezbollah attack on a U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut.  

12/14/2007 - The man with the silver tongue At the RJC forum in October, declaring that he would act to stop a nuclear Iran, Romney even spelled out some of the measures a military confrontation with Iran might entail, going further than several other candidates in raising the possibility of taking that course of action.  

12/14/2007 - Bush reaffirms Lebanon tribunal President Bush slammed Syria and reaffirmed his support for a tribunal investigating assassinations in Lebanon Looks like Assad got too cozy with Washington for somebody's tastes in recent weeks. Hmm? Cui bono ? Who benefits? ? is a question that must ever be asked about Middle Eastern terror - Patrick J. Buchanan.

12/14/2007 - McCain names Broxmeyer top Jewish adviser Broxmeyer, a New York property developer, is national chairman for JINSA, a group that promotes close Israel-U.S. security ties and that has been one of the most consistent supporters of the Bush administration's Iraq policy. Broxmeyer has taken the lead in promoting JINSA's exchange program for Israeli and U.S. law enforcement officials.  

12/14/2007 - Bill includes U.S.-Israel missile coordination Under the proposal, the secretary of defense must within six months present a plan to Congress a plan "to improve the coordination, interoperability, and integration of the U.S. National Ballistic Missile Defense System with Israel?s missile defense architecture," a statement from Kirk's office said Kirk up for the AIPAC asskisser of the year award. My condolences to his constituents.

12/14/2007 - U.S. delays Saudi arms sale Pro-Israel sources said they expected the sale to be approved as early as January, albeit after close congressional review.  

12/14/2007 - Lebanon mourns slain army chief    

12/13/2007 - Russia, Iran 'agree nuclear deal' Mr Shmatko said the controversial delivery of nuclear fuel, after which the plant could begin operating within six months, would go ahead, although he again did not say when.  

12/13/2007 - Iran, IAEA wrap up latest nuclear talks: official    

12/13/2007 - China urges 2-track approach on Iran China wants a two-track approach in trying to resolve the dispute with Iran over its nuclear program ? a revitalized diplomatic initiative along with a new U.N. resolution on sanctions, Beijing's U.N. ambassador said Thursday,  

12/13/2007 - Iran, NKorea and Mideast top Rice agenda    

12/13/2007 - US missile shield 'needed against Iran threat' Acting Undersecretary of State John Rood has met Russian diplomats in Budapest for a series of talks to allay Russian concerns about the radars and intercepting missiles Washington plans to place in the Czech Republic and Poland.  

12/13/2007 - Iran kills Sunni rebels planning attacks: police    

12/13/2007 - US marine guilty of Iraq killing    

12/13/2007 - Some Republicans question Iran finding on Wednesday, a senior intelligence official told reporters that intelligence analysts are aware of the political tumult surrounding the report but don't worry about the political repercussions of their judgments.....Analysts focus on making certain their reports are sound, logical and based on reliable information, he said.  

12/13/2007 - US admits 'tactical differences' with Russia, China on Iran    

12/13/2007 - Iranian rockets handed over by Iraqis: US-led military Iraqi civil defence members have found 14 Iranian-made rockets and handed them to coalition forces, the US-led military said on Thursday.  

12/13/2007 - Iran tests long-range missile Iran has secretly tested a new long-range missile, Israel's intelligence services said.  

12/13/2007 - Key Neocons Giving Up on Iran Attack? **    

12/13/2007 - Neocons Down, Not Out the NIE represented a declaration of independence by professional U.S. intelligence analysts who had been bullied by the neocons over the past three decades and especially during the run-up to the war with Iraq.....Though Bush and the neocons again find themselves on the defensive, the political battle is far from over. The neocons retain extraordinary strength within the U.S. news media as well as in the leading Washington think tanks and inside many of the presidential campaigns  

12/13/2007 - Secret U.S. Intelligence Court Intends To Keep Wiretap Rulings Under Wraps A secret U.S. intelligence court has issued its third public ruling in 30 years, declaring that while it agrees on the benefits of making its rulings on warrantless wiretapping public, it will keep them secret.  

12/13/2007 - 1 Acquitted in Sears Tower Plot One of seven defendants was acquitted Thursday of plotting to destroy Chicago's Sears Tower and wage war against the U.S., and a mistrial was declared for the remaining six after the federal jury deadlocked on them.  

12/13/2007 - Waterboarding Our Democracy When the CIA destroyed those prisoner interrogation videotapes, was it also destroying the truth about 9/11? After all, according to the 9/11 Commission Report, the basic narrative of what happened on that day-and the definition of the enemy in this war on terror that George W. Bush launched in response to the tragedy-comes from the CIA's account of what those prisoners told their torturers. The commission was never allowed to interview the prisoners, or speak with those who did, and was instead forced to rely on what the CIA was willing to relay.  

12/13/2007 - US wants nuclear-free Middle East US ambassador Gregory Schulte told the Gulf Studies Centre on Wednesday that "Israel never signed the (nuclear) Non-Proliferation Treaty, so never violated the NPT."  

12/13/2007 - Bush balks at call for Syria info President Bush is threatening to veto an intelligence bill in part because it would require revelations about an Israeli strike on Syria......Ros-Lehtinen is close to the pro-Israel community and hopes to use the revelation to justify further sanctions on Syria. Ros-Lehtinen's pro-Israel activities on Capitol Hill are borderline if not all out treasonous. She is one of Israel's top two agents therein.

12/13/2007 - Lawmaker: N. Korea halts work with Syria    

12/13/2007 - US Jews Tilt Rightwards on Israel The very well-endowed Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC), a group of mainly pro-Likud and neoconservative donors, is also likely to play a strong role in next year's election. Several RJC leaders helped found Freedom's Watch, a group that is expected to spend as much as 200 million dollars over the next year to promote Bush's "war on terror" and more hawkish policies directed against Iran and other perceived threats to Israel's security.  

12/13/2007 - Syria hints at 'Israel's connection' in Lebanese general's killing Syria condemned the killing of a senior Lebanese army officer in a blast in eastern Beirut on Wednesday and hinted that Israel may have been behind the attack,  

12/13/2007 - Stone to make Ahmadinejad biopic? Oliver Stone wants to make a biopic about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, according to Iranian press reports.  

12/13/2007 - Jewish Chauvinism in Feith's, and Friedman's, Back Pages It would be hard to think of two men who played a more significant role in pushing the Iraq war than Feith and Friedman. Both at heart romantics about Israel, they both invoked Israel's security in justifying the disastrous invasion  

12/13/2007 - Audio: Gingrich: ?US Intelligence Report on Iran is Dishonest?    

12/13/2007 - North Korea may have aided Hezbollah: U.S. report The CRS document also cited a report by a prominent South Korean academic, Moon Chung-in, that the Mossad Israeli intelligence agency believed that "vital missile components" used by Hezbollah against Israel came from North Korea.  

12/13/2007 - Iran condemns general's assassination IRAN has strongly condemned the killing of a top Lebanese army officer, and said Israel is the only one to benefit from unrest in Lebanon, state television has reported.  

12/13/2007 - Israel's German envoy: Stand up to Iran A tough stand against Iran is necessary, he told reporters, despite U.S. intelligence reports showing that Iran stopped its nuclear weapons program in 2003.  

12/13/2007 - No time to ease up on Iran Locals dubious about newly released arms data Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, founder and president of The Israel Project, a District-based advocacy organization, questioned the believability of NIE conclusion, and termed it "one of the most damaging things that could have been done to Israel's security in recent memory." And strangely, it was one of the most beneficial things that could have been done to AMERICA's security in recent memory. Imagine.

12/13/2007 - Assassination pulls Lebanese army into power game Damascus has discerned the hand of Israel in the death of a man whose car was blown up back in 1976 after he refused to join a pro-Israeli militia in his southern home village of Rmeish.  

12/13/2007 - Bush warns against Syrian interference in Lebanon    

12/13/2007 - Judge Drops Contempt Citation Against Al-Arian A federal judge has lifted a civil contempt citation against a Palestinian Arab activist and former professor, Sami Al-Arian, after prosecutors essentially relented in their effort to keep him behind bars for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating Islamic charities in Northern Virginia...... However, the former professor will not be released immediately  

12/13/2007 - U.N. envoy: NIE report hurts Zhalmay Khalilzad, in remarks Thursday to the Union for Reform Judaism biennial in San Diego, said the National Intelligence Estimate has made it more difficult for the United States to push for new and tougher sanctions against Iran.  

12/13/2007 - Men questioned over Lebanon blast Lebanese police are questioning several men after Wednesday's car bombing in Beirut which killed a general expected to become army chief, officials say.  

12/12/2007 - Data sought on veterans' suicide The parents of an Iraq war veteran who committed suicide and members of Congress on Wednesday questioned why there's not a comprehensive tracking system of suicide among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans  

12/12/2007 - Only one thing unites Iraq: hatred of the US    

12/12/2007 - Ahmadinejad invited to hajj in Saudi: Iran ambassador    

12/12/2007 - Iraq praises Syrian cooperation in boosting security    

12/12/2007 - Report on Iran may scupper future sanctions    

12/12/2007 - After bomb, US troops work to save boy    

12/12/2007 - Israeli official: U.S. is not doing enough on Iran nukes A senior Israeli official has fiercely criticized U.S. President George Bush's administration for the way it has dealt with the Iranian nuclear issue.  

12/12/2007 - Sarkozy: Israel could attack Iran ** Israel is more likely to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iran's nuclear facilities than the United States, Nicolas Sarkozy said.  

12/12/2007 - Israel eyes hitting Iran **    

12/12/2007 - Appeals court strikes down parts of anti-terrorism law The San Francisco-based panel said that the ban on "material support or resources" to designated terrorists could be used to prosecute those who train members of such groups on how to peacefully resolve ongoing disputes or how to lobby the United Nations for disaster relief.  

12/12/2007 - Bush to name journalist as new US image-maker He is also the editor-in-chief of The American, a bimonthly business and economics magazine of the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank.  

12/12/2007 - Freedom Rider: Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Neocon in Black Face Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a neocon, albeit in black face, and she goes down the line in faithful agreement with all of their horrific beliefs. "I completely and utterly agree with John Bolton that talking to Iran is a sheer waste of time." When she was honored by the American Jewish Congress in 2006 she openly called for war against Iran  

12/12/2007 - The Israel Lobby and the War Party Israel is sitting pretty, right now, openly threatening its patron and financier, the United States government, with taking the Iranian nuke matter into its own hands and launching an attack on suspected nuclear facilities ? leaving U.S. troops in Iraq to face the Iranians and their Iraqi allies.  

12/12/2007 - Israeli Charity Saving Iraqi Children One Heart at a Time    

12/12/2007 - New Poll Reveals How Unrepresentative Neocon Jewish Groups Are One of the defining traits of war-loving neoconservatives is that their unrelenting and exclusive fixation on the Middle East places them loudly at the center of any foreign policy debates. That tenacity - combined with their reckless exploitation of "anti-Israel" and anti-Semitism accusations as instruments in their political rhetoric and their corresponding, deceitful equation of their own views with being "pro-Israel" - often casts the appearance that they are some sort of spokespeople for the "pro-Israel" agenda or the Jewish viewpoint.  

12/12/2007 - Halevy: Israel must be in on US-Iran talks Highlighting new indications that the US government will directly engage with Iran in the near future on all issues including its nuclear program, former Mossad head Efraim Halevy said Tuesday that Israel must ensure that it is a direct participant in such contacts. Otherwise, he warned, the future of the region will be determined in a forum from which Israel is excluded.....Asked why Iran would agree to any such direct contact with Israel, Halevy said that Israel should ensure that the US makes it a precondition.  

12/12/2007 - Leaders condemn Lebanon car bomb Politicians in Lebanon have condemned a bomb attack which killed a general slated to become army chief.  

12/12/2007 - Lebanon blames Syria, Iran for deadly blast    

12/12/2007 - U.S. reps want audit of refugee aid U.S. Congress members will push Condoleezza Rice for accountability on relief funds for Palestinian refugee camps.  

12/12/2007 - Bringing Iran in from the cold ** One of the reasons the NIE is so politically sensitive is that it is really not about whether a nuclear Iran threatens America but about whether it threatens Israel. The Israel connection makes it extremely difficult for any U.S. politician to advocate anything other than a confrontational stance with's the existential threat to Israel that has allowed Bush to play let's-make-war-on-Iraq all over again, with just as little resistance. It's no accident that Bush used the inflammatory expression "nuclear holocaust" when discussing Iran in August. At an October press conference, Bush was even more explicit. "We got a leader in Iran who has announced that he wants to destroy Israel," Bush said. "So I've told people that if you're interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from hav[ing] the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon."  

12/11/2007 - Major powers fail to agree on Iran sanctions: U.S.    

12/11/2007 - Bush demands Iran explain nuke program    

12/11/2007 - Bombed If You Do, Bombed If You Don't by Rep. Ron Paul ** The latest National Intelligence Estimate has been greeted by a mixture of relief and alarm. As I have been saying all along, Iran indeed poses no quantifiable imminent nuclear threat to us or her neighbors. It is with much alarm, however, that we see the administration continue to ratchet up the war rhetoric as if nothing has changed.  

12/11/2007 - Neocons Strike Back on Iran by Philip Giraldi ** Far from being relieved to learn that the United States is not seriously threatened and would not be fighting a second war in the Middle East, the neoconservatives who have been calling for an assault on Tehran lashed out, indicating that for many, agenda driven ideology trumps reality every time. The pundits who wanted a war last week still want one this week, NIE be damned.  

12/11/2007 - Softening tone, Ahmadinejad calls U.S. intelligence report 'step forward'    

12/11/2007 - Iraq rejects permanent U.S. bases: adviser Iraq will never allow the United States to have permanent military bases on its soil, the government's national security adviser said, calling the issue a "red line" that cannot be crossed.  

12/11/2007 - Iran, Syria tighten borders Iran and Syria tightened border and airport controls to help stop Iraqi militants and arms from passing through, Iraq's national security adviser said.  

12/11/2007 - Dissidents dispute Iran nuke report An Iranian dissident group is disputing U.S. intelligence that Iran shelved its nuclear weapons program in 2003. Mmm k.

12/11/2007 - Remarks by President Bush and President of Italy Giorgio Napolitano in Photo Opportunity finally, I'm -- have expressed and will continue to dialogue with the President about my deep concern about Iran. Iran is dangerous. Iran -- we believe Iran had a secret military weapons program. And Iran must explain to the world why they had a program. Iran has an obligation to explain to the IAEA why they hid this program from them. Iran is dangerous, and they'll be even more dangerous if they learn how to enrich uranium.  

12/11/2007 - US sees Iran threat despite warm words President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday a key US intelligence report on Iran's nuclear programme could help end decades of enmity with the United States, but Washington shot back stating that the Islamic state remains a danger.  

12/11/2007 - Iran's ex-president attacks Ahmadinejad in student speech    

12/11/2007 - Assad pledges Syrian support for Iraq reconciliation    

12/11/2007 - Pakistan warns of strong response to nukes grab Pakistan's military vowed a strong response to any international attempt to seize its atomic arsenal as the army successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable cruise missile on Tuesday.  

12/11/2007 - Israel keeps up pressure on Iran ** Israel and the US seem to be working off the same intelligence sources. The Israeli view, therefore, represents a different assessment of the same data. "Only time will tell who is right," Mr Barak said. Well we know who was WRONG about Iraq. That's why the NIE took a different view this time (rightly so), geniuses.

12/11/2007 - Olmert says Iran still dangerous Israeli PM Ehud Olmert has insisted Iran's nuclear programme remains dangerous, and called on world powers to prevent it acquiring atomic weapons 'wolf! WOLF!!'

12/11/2007 - 53 die in Turkey shipwreck Seven of the 85 people on board have been rescued and 25 were reported missing, officials said. Most passengers were of Palestinian, Somalian and Iraqi origin.  

12/11/2007 - Will Liberty Succumb to Federalist Society Ideology? The US Supreme Court has taken up the issue whether the executive branch can detain people indefinitely merely by declaring them to be suspected terrorists or illegal enemy combatants. The case is a habeas corpus issue and, therefore, of the utmost importance. Without the protection of habeas corpus, government can lock away anyone on the basis of unsubstantiated charges as the Guantanamo detainees have been for nearly six years.  

12/11/2007 - Bush pardons do not include Scooter Libby A pardon amounts to federal forgiveness for one's crime, while a commutation cuts short an existing prison term.  

12/11/2007 - U.S. report on Iran forces Israel to alter strategy ** The Israeli dilemma is how to prove Iran is cheating without being accused of trying to push the United States into war. That is why the official strategy is to work quietly behind the scenes......The new Israeli strategy is based on four main elements: · actively pushing for stiffer international sanctions on Iran, despite the U.S. report; · working quietly behind the scenes to convince others through Israel?s own intelligence material that Iran is intent on producing nuclear weapons; · refraining from arguing with the U.S. assessment in public, lest Israel be seen to be trying to push the United States into military action against Iran; · and Israel keeping open its own military options.......the scenario that would have had the United States "take care" of Iran in return for Israeli concessions to the Palestinians has been blown out of the water.  

12/11/2007 - A Failure of Intelligence I believe we have the opposite problem -- namely, intelligence successes. By that I mean successful disinformation operations, black propaganda operations that have promoted falsehoods for decades in an extraordinarily successful series of attempts to mislead the American people and shape U.S. foreign policy to serve neo-conservative ideological ends.  

12/11/2007 - Victim: Gang-Rape Cover-Up by U.S., Halliburton/KBR Legal experts say Jones' alleged assailants will likely never face a judge and jury, due to an enormous loophole that has effectively left contractors in Iraq beyond the reach of United States law.  

12/11/2007 - White House Fought NIE Over an Old Charge ** By November 2006, the Central Intelligence Agency had already circulated an assessment within the intelligence community that rejected the covert weapons program thesis, as Hersh reported in late November. However, Vice President Dick Cheney and his aides were trying to exclude the CIA's assessment from the NIE, a senior intelligence official told Hersh. .......Another tactic used by Cheney was to cite a new claim by Israeli intelligence that its spies inside Iran had learned that Iran had developed and tested a trigger device for a nuclear bomb......The CIA did not regard the report as reliable, especially in the absence of details that would allow verification. But Cheney asked for the original raw Israeli intelligence report, according to Hersh ? the same thing Cheney and top Pentagon officials had done in constructing their case for the invasion of Iraq in 2002.  

12/11/2007 - Second Committee approves text calling on Member States, United Nations system to step up promotion of agricultural technology for development Noting that Israel had recently announced the building of 307 settlement housing units on Palestinian agricultural land in East Jerusalem, he said those units would add to the settlements already established on agricultural lands in the occupied Syrian Golan and Lebanon's Shab'aa Farms, which remained under continuing Israeli occupation. The Arab Group was convinced that Israel was neither interested in agriculture nor the peace process. It pretended to be concerned about agricultural technology and development everywhere but the occupied Arab lands where it continued to adopt policies that undermined all forms of agriculture.  

12/11/2007 - Frank talk about the Israel lobby    

12/11/2007 - Palestinian refugees demonstrate in northern Lebanon Palestinians went on strike in northern Lebanon Tuesday to protest the delay in efforts to reconstruct the devasated Nahr al-Bared camp,  

12/11/2007 - Israel PM warns Iran can develop nuclear bomb by 2010 The NIE report last week said US allegations about Iran's atomic goals had been overblown for at least two years, but that Tehran could have the capability to make a nuclear weapon by 2015.  

12/11/2007 - Arab group: Israel committed war crimes during Lebanon war Arab Association for Human Rights says Israel violated international humanitarian law during Second Lebanon War by 'positioning temporary and permanent military outposts in close proximity to Arab communities'. IDF: decision on where to position these installations was based solely on operational considerations  

12/11/2007 - Lebanese Hezbollah supporters protest electricity outage The protestors were chanting slogans denouncing the western-backed government of Premier Fouad Seniora and some figures from the anti- Syrian majority and called for electricity to their areas to be restored.  

12/11/2007 - Germany frees Iranian 'bargaining chips' Germany released two jailed Iranian agents whom Israel had wanted swapped for missing airman Ron Arad.  

12/11/2007 - Sarkozy and Netanyahu Met on Monday French President Nicholas Sarkozy assured opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday that he would continue to do everything possible to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.  

12/11/2007 - Critics of Israel lobby draw fire    

12/11/2007 - Syria sees long way to go before reclaiming Golan    

12/11/2007 - US Public Diplomacy Chief Departs Amid Praise, Criticism Hughes quickly embarked on a tour of the Middle East. "I came home from my very first trip and asked to see the president," she said. She says she told Mr. Bush that making progress on the creation of a Palestinian state would be the single most important thing he could do for public diplomacy among Muslims worldwide.  

12/11/2007 - 'Kite Runner' defies film stereotypes of Muslims    

12/10/2007 - Iran, Nukes, and the 'Laptop of Death' ** The pushback against the recent finding [.pdf] by America's 16 intelligence agencies that puts "high confidence" in their evaluation that Iran stopped its covert nuclear weapons project in 2003 has the Lobby going into overdrive ? with (who else?) John Bolton leading the charge, crying "Putsch!" and decrying the NIE as pure "politics." Bolton and his neoconservative co-thinkers are really just echoing the Israelis, however, who have sullenly asserted their own dissent, albeit discreetly enough to maintain the fiction of their own complete lack of influence Now you get to see just how many friends Israel has in the US mainstream media and Congress judging by the amount of airtime they are given and noise they are making in response to the NIE. Per yesterday's news batch, the Israelis rolled out the Holocaust card in response to this NIE. So, it's to be expected that their shills in America are screaming bloody murder. How dare our intelligence community not go along with Cheney and the neocons (and their Israel-centric agenda)? The horror.

12/10/2007 - Iran, IAEA in new talks to clear nuclear doubts Iran and a team from the U.N. nuclear watchdog started a fresh round of talks on Monday in Tehran to resolve doubts about the Islamic Republic's nuclear work, Iranian media reported.  

12/10/2007 - Calling on Congress to Stop a War By Scott Ritter ** The ongoing Israeli paranoia about a nexus of nuclear proliferation among North Korea, Iran and Syria, void of any hard intelligence to back it up and yet hyped to the point that an abandoned military warehouse in the middle of the Syrian desert could be pre-emptively bombed, serves as a warning to any who believe that the newly published NIE will, by itself, inject a measure of sanity and objective thinking into a process that has created an ideologically driven self-fulfilling prophesy that no amount of fact and reasoning can make go away......If the newly released NIE on Iran is to have any meaning, then let it be that it triggered a reawakening of the Congress of the United States to assert its authority and responsibility in a time of great need. Another excellent article by Scott Ritter.

12/10/2007 - Bush's real lie about Iran Even with Ahmadinejad in office, Tehran has tried repeatedly -- through discussions with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and other channels -- to elicit some indication that Washington would be willing to consider Iran's security interests and regional role as part of a negotiating agenda, but President Bush has consistently refused to allow this. It is in this context that the significance of Bush's real lie about Iran is exposed: The Bush administration has never offered to negotiate with Tehran on any basis that might actually be attractive to the Islamic Republic's leadership.  

12/10/2007 - Libby drops appeal in CIA leak case Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, was convicted of perjury and obstruction but President Bush commuted his 30-month prison sentence in July  

12/10/2007 - Saudi projects 2008 budget surplus of 10.7 billion dollars The oil powerhouse in September announced a record budget surplus of more than 77 billion dollars for 2006 thanks to surging crude prices. Yeh. Swell. Meanwhile, the American populace is spreadeagle over a barrel (no pun intended), thanks to the exorbitant price of gas ($3+/gallon).

12/10/2007 - US-Iran to discuss Iraq on December 18: minister    

12/10/2007 - US rebuilding credibility, expert says    

12/10/2007 - Army Still Discharging Traumatic Brain Injury Patients Without Benefits    

12/10/2007 - Egypt to send envoy to Iran soon: FM    

12/10/2007 - Bush tells Jewish leaders he will visit Israel in Jan Israeli news media said Bush would reassure the Jewish state that Washington stood firm against Iran's nuclear program despite a new U.S. intelligence report, disputed by Israel, that Tehran had halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003.  

12/10/2007 - Rice expects final draft of UN sanctions resolution against Iran by Tuesday Meanwhile on Monday Rice said she hoped Israel's plans to build homes in a contested Jerusalem neighborhood would not "cloud" peace talks with the Palestinians and cautioned that time was running out to end the conflict.  

12/10/2007 - Joint Chiefs chairman visits Israel Mullen, who has visited Israel before, voiced understanding for the country's security concerns in a speech last month. "I think how Israel thinks and views the world is a very important consideration for us in the United States, and certainly from my perspective as a military leader," he said. I fail to see it that way, Admiral. Frankly, I don't think I'm the only one.

12/10/2007 - The final humiliation Conrad Black, the newspaper tycoon whose ownership of The Daily Telegraph won him the keys to the British establishment and a seat in the House of Lords, was handed a six-and-a-half-year jail sentence yesterday while still protesting he is innocent of the fraud and obstruction of justice charges against him.  

12/10/2007 - Why We Resist When Dante enters the "city of woes" in the "Inferno" he hears the cries of "those whose lives earned neither honor nor bad fame," those rejected by heaven and hell, those who dedicated their lives solely to the pursuit of happiness. These are all the "good" people, the ones who never made a fuss, who filled their lives with vain and empty pursuits, harmless no doubt, to amuse themselves, who never took a stand for anything, never risked anything, who went along. Sometimes you've got to stand up for what you believe despite any risks.

12/10/2007 - CCR Argues Appeal of Case Charging Former Israeli General With War Crimes in Attack On United Nations Compound In December 2006, Judge Paul L. Friedman of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed the case, stating that Ya'alon could not be sued for the shelling of the UN compound.......Lebanese civilians who were unable to leave the south fled to UN compounds; more than 800 civilians ? mostly women, children, and the elderly ? had sought refuge in the UN compound in Qana. The IDF then targeted the compound, killing more than 100 civilians and injuring even more.  

12/10/2007 - Stuck in Limbo: Palestinian Refugees of Lebanon    

12/10/2007 - Damascus Diary: Monday 10 December Arab culture does not flourish easily in the occupied territories. In Damascus, it is in full spate.  

12/10/2007 - israel summons US Chairman of Joint Chiefs to Tel-Aviv to explain himself israel doesn't mind if the US disagrees - as long as we do what they want, which is why Mullen was summoned to israel and why George W. Bush will follow.  

12/10/2007 - "TREASON ON THE HIGH SEAS" The captain had given the order to abandon ship, as it appeared we were about to roll over. There were 3 life rafts left that were floatable. We put them over the side so we could put our most severely wounded in them to try to save their lives. The torpedo gunmen would have none of that and blew 2 of them out of the water. .....In many ways, America today is the USS Liberty after that 2 hour attack taking place 40 years ago. We are badly hit and stand the chance of sinking into the abyss with everyone being lost forever unless something is done immediately.  

12/10/2007 - Drummond: End ignorance of Mideast geography    

12/10/2007 - Bush Team Snubbed 'Grand Bargain' on Iran's Atomic Work in 2003 Parsi's book is the more scholarly and ambitious of the two, tackling the complex question of Israel's role in what has become a triangular relationship. As the only non-Arab nations in the region, Israel and Iran may be doomed to a rivalry that has more to do with power politics than ideology, he argues.  

12/10/2007 - Defense Min.: Israel now world's fourth largest weapons exporter Defense Ministry legal adviser Ahaz Ben-Ari said an important issue covered in the new law is Israel's ability to supervise international mediation of defense equipment acquisitions and sales between Israelis and foreign sources abroad.  

12/9/2007 - Iran studying talks with US over Iraq    

12/9/2007 - CIA wooed defectors from within Iran's nuclear ranks    

12/9/2007 - UN nuclear team in Iran for new talks: state media A delegation from the UN nuclear watchdog arrived in Tehran on Sunday to tackle a new subject in ongoing talks over the controversial Iranian nuclear programme, the IRNA news agency reported.  

12/9/2007 - Iraq calls for Gulf security pact including Iran Iraq's National Security Advisor on Sunday called on Gulf states to form a regional security pact, which would include Iran, while he reassured the area's US allies that Baghdad is "heading West" in its foreign policies.  

12/9/2007 - Iraq urges US to engage with Iran The Iraqi government on Sunday said the U.S. needed to take bolder steps to interact directly with Iran in order to improve security across the Middle East.  

12/9/2007 - Iran, China's Sinopec sign oil field deal    

12/9/2007 - Top US lawmakers knew about CIA's interrogation: report A bipartisan US congressional group was given in 2002 a virtual tour of the CIA's overseas detention facilities and a detailed briefing about the spy agency's interrogation techniques, The Washington Post reported.  

12/9/2007 - CIA destroyed interrogation tapes    

12/9/2007 - U.S. intel report on Iran was political: Bolton   Au contraire, Johnboy. The NIE was based on fact, and not on neocon-contrived BS (as was the case in the runup to the Iraq war).

12/9/2007 - Shas minister: Americans' attitude to report reminiscent of Auschwitz "The manner in which the Americans relate to the intelligence report on Iran is similar to the way in which they viewed those reports they received during the Holocaust on railways transporting hundreds of thousands of Jews to their death at Auschwitz," The shrill whines have just been taken to the highest level. F'ing ridiculous.

12/9/2007 - Iran could have nukes by 2010: Olmert Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert believes Iran will have the resources to create a nuclear weapon by 2010, despite a US intelligence report that it was not building an atomic bomb.  

12/9/2007 - PM: Israel will work to expose Iran nuclear program    

12/9/2007 - Final Disgrace for Bush & Co. When the White House didn?t get the answers it wanted on Iran, it turned to Israel, whose renowned intelligence agency, Mossad, became a primary source. Mossad still insists Iran will have a nuclear bomb by 2008. Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak declared the NIE report a ?blow to the groin.? Israel has been straining every sinew to get the U.S. to destroy Iran?s growing nuclear infrastructure. Whether Israel, which has a large nuclear arsenal, will attack Iran on its own is uncertain.  

12/9/2007 - Syria sees isolation fading after Annapolis Damascus would not make gestures to please its U.S. and Israeli foes, who want Syria to ditch Iran and its other allies before any peace talks have achieved results, Altaqi said.  

12/9/2007 - Friedman: Making peace with pieces    

12/9/2007 - Funds dry up for hospital in impoverished camp A desperately needed hospital in Lebanon?s largest and most violent Palestinian refugee camp has been unable to open on time because funds to buy beds and other basic medical equipment have dried up.  

12/8/2007 - Intelligence expert who rewrote book on Iran ** Almost single-handedly he has stopped - or, at the very least, postponed - any US military action against Iran. His report marks a decisive moment in the battle between American neoconservatives and Washington's foreign policy and intelligence professionals - between ideologues and pragmatists. It provided an unexpected victory for those opposed to the neocon plans for a military strike......"We seem to have lucked out and have individuals who resist back-channel politics and tell it how it is," he said. "That is what the CIA and other agencies are supposed to do." Score one for the good guys.

12/8/2007 - US intelligence official defends report on Iran "The task of the Intelligence Community is to produce objective, ground truth analysis," which is totally the opposite of what the neocons have been dishing out for years, culminating in a US attack on a nation that had not attacked us, and had nothing to do with 911.

12/8/2007 - Iran protests over US 'espionage' Iran has sent a formal protest letter to the United States, accusing it of spying on Iran's nuclear activities.  

12/8/2007 - Iran drops dollar from oil deals: report Major crude producer Iran has completely stopped carrying out its oil transactions in dollars, Oil Minister Gholam Hossein Nozari said on Saturday, labelling the greenback an "unreliable" currency.  

12/8/2007 - Gulf countries speak out against military option in Iran ** "We are not for the military confrontation option,".....being "pushed into a military confrontation with Iran" would not be in the interest of the GCC countries.  

12/8/2007 - Gates calls for anti-Iran missile shield US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has called for an "air and missile defence umbrella" over the Gulf region to deter missile attacks by Iran.  

12/8/2007 - CNN a Casualty of Iran NIE Rather than deal with facts, the show was set in a future where Iran has become a nuclear threat.  

12/8/2007 - Russia reiterates twin-track approach to Iran    

12/8/2007 - Gulf Challenges US on Iran, Israel "We can't really compare Iran with Israel. Iran is our neighbor, and we shouldn't really look at it as an enemy," said Sheik Hamad. "I think Israel through 50 years has taken land, kicking out the Palestinians, and interferes under the excuse of security, blaming the other party." U.S. support for Israel is very unpopular in the Middle East, even among closely allied Gulf states, and Washington's unconditional support for Israeli nuclear development has complicated its push against Iran.  

12/8/2007 - Bush Spins Iran's Centrifuges ** Judging from President George W. Bush?s words and body language he is far from giving up on ways to "justify" attacking Iran's nuclear program ? weapons-related or not. He appears convinced he must honor the pledge he has made to Israel's current leaders to eliminate what they have called an "existential threat" to Israel...... there is no sign that Gates wants to abet using Iranian meddling in Iraq as a pretext for a military strike on Iran. Gates?s well-deserved chameleon-like reputation counsels caution here, since a word from Cheney or Bush could conceivably make Gates a fervent champion of this pretext for war.  

12/8/2007 - Smoking Laptop Follies For years, now, the neocrazies have been running around in circles of diminishing radii, hysterically demanding that we nuke Iran, all because the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards asked a small Iranian design firm way back in 2001 to produce a set of technical drawings for a small facility to convert Iranian yellowcake ? even then all subject to Iran's Safeguards Agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency ? into uranium-tetrafluoride?  

12/8/2007 - The Warpath to Regime Change ** From 2003 to 2005, Wurmser and his neoconservative colleagues were in denial about the increasingly obvious reality that the U.S. occupation of Iraq was actually boosting Iranian influence there rather than shaking the regime's power at home, according to former NSC specialist Mann. She was well acquainted with the neoconservatives' thinking from her associations with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy in the 1990s, and she told IPS that she was "astounded" to hear neoconservatives in the administration suggest as late as 2005 that the situation in Iraq was on track to help destabilize the Iranian regime.  

12/8/2007 - Two Strikes by Charley Reese The worst of the lot are those who pose as journalists but who really are water-carriers for the administration, the Republican Party, the neoconservative clique or, in some cases, Israel. They deserve to have their foreheads tattooed with the word "whore." Then when people see them on television pontificating, they will know that those journalists are a bought bunch.  

12/8/2007 - US Defence Secretary sees Iran as threat to US and Mideast Gates rejected suggestions the US applied a double-standards policy towards Iran and Israel, which has never confirmed it has a nuclear arsenal but is widely believed to be the only state in the Middle East with such weapons, estimated to number 200.  

12/8/2007 - U.S. report on Iran's nuclear program 'flawed,' says Israel's ex-deputy defense minister   Isarel and consequently its lobby (including the neocons) in the States are on the offense - their cries getting more shrill by the minute. It's rather reminiscent of the boy who cried wolf.

12/8/2007 - 'US report ended attack option on Iran' ** "It looks like this ends the military option against Iran for now. Israel won't attack alone. Iran's facilities are too many and spread too far apart." ......Time reported that Israel's leaders were surprised and disappointed by the American report, understanding that it considerably lessened the likelihood of an American strike on Iran, an action Israel hoped the US would take if sanctions failed to stop the Iranian nuclear program. I wouldn't discount Cheney and the neocons. They might cook something up to get their attack on Iran, as they've done in the past with Iraq (via the Office of Special Plans).

12/8/2007 - Unilateral military strike still an option, senior ministers insist ** Binyamin Netanyahu, the popular rightwing opposition leader, was asked whether Israel should launch its own military operation. "We always prefer international action, led by the United States, but we have to ensure that we can protect our country with all means," he told the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz yesterday.  

12/8/2007 - Israel no nuclear threat to neighbours, says Gates   Was it Iran that annihilated Lebanon last summer? Was it Iran that wiped Palestine off the map and in its place established by force the state of Israel? Was it Iran that committed war crimes during an attack on the USS Liberty that took the lives of 34 Americans? Is it Iran that has ignored tens of UN resolutions for nearly sixty years?

12/8/2007 - Gulf countries challenge U.S. on Iran and Israel at security conference "Not considering Israel a threat to security in the region is considered a biased policy that is based on a double standard," said Abdul-Rahman al-Attiyah, the secretary general of the six-member Gulf Co-operation Council. It sure is. And it's the same double standard that George Washington warned about in his Farewell Address.

12/8/2007 - Go home or go to jail, Lebanon tells Iraqi refugees    

12/8/2007 - The New Republic and National Review fabricate Middle East news ? Say it Ain?t so?    

12/8/2007 - Nuclear fallout / Who's right here? ** Over the last year, a certain hope has developed in Israel that the U.S. would do our dirty work for us; because what is possibly going on, quietly and secretly, between President Bush and his spiritual advisers will lead Bush to the conclusion that his supreme moral obligation is to remove the Iranian nuclear danger threatening Israel before he passes his job on to his successor. ....Is Israel capable of presenting the Americans with any information that can prove to the Americans their new evaluation is wrong? And what new policy will Jerusalem need to formulate on the Iranian issue, based on the reasonable assumption the U.S. will not change its mind?.....The report will most likely also have an indirect effect on the Israeli-Palestinian process. If Israel no longer enjoys the full support of the Americans on nuclear matters, then Israel is likely to feel less committed to make concessions and move forward in talks with the Palestinians. Hmm, so that last sentence suggests, as I and some others have too, that Israel is only putting on a dog and pony show for this peace agreement in order to get the US to attack Iran?...

12/7/2007 - Cheney: No reason to doubt the new intelligence report on Iran "There's always the possibility that circumstances will change. But I think they've done the best job they can with the intelligence that's available," Cheney told  

12/7/2007 - US military plans not changed by Iran assessment: general    

12/7/2007 - Russia calls for more talks on Iran nuclear programme    

12/7/2007 - Review of Iran Intelligence to Be Sought The move is the first official challenge, but it comes amid growing backlash from conservatives and neoconservatives unhappy about the assessment that Iran halted a clandestine nuclear weapons program four years ago.......Norman Podhoretz, a commentator who has advocated air strikes on Iranian sites, said he does not think the NIE is "very credible because it is a 180-degree turn in two years based on new discoveries. I don't see any strong reason why in two years they won't reverse themselves." The neocons aren't too pleased that our intel community isn't toeing the Israeli line.

12/7/2007 - 'Homegrown Terror' Act an Attack on Internet Freedom? by Rep. Ron Paul    

12/7/2007 - Congress notified of possible AWACS sale to Saudi Arabia    

12/7/2007 - Intel report sinks CNN Iran special The two-hour spec, which was slated for Dec. 12 under the "CNN Presents" banner, was "set partially in the future," featuring a what-if scenario as former government officials -- playing fictional cabinet members -- debate how to deal with the Iranian threat.  

12/7/2007 - IDF to show US nuclear data on Iran Disappointed after failing to make their case on Iran and influence the outcome of the United States's National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) released this week, Military Intelligence will present its hard core evidence on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program on Sunday to the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff during a rare visit he will be making to Israel.  

12/7/2007 - The more they want Giuliani, the less they want American mediation in Mideast    

12/7/2007 - Iran: Why Won't We Take Yes For An Answer? Israel's amen corner tries to spin the NIE report  

12/7/2007 - What if the NIE is a Bush gambit? pressure on Israel could be one reason for the NIE. Pressure on the Arabs is another, as mentioned above  

12/7/2007 - Syria 'not pessimistic' on Middle East peace talks Moustapha stressed however that comprehensive peace could only be attained if Israel "changed the reality on the ground" and ended its "policies of occupation."  

12/7/2007 - Families live rough as Lebanon rebuilds from war    

12/6/2007 - US reversal on Iran intel reflects breaking of the ranks: analysts "This is ours," a senior intelligence official said this week, telling reporters that policymakers had no input in the conclusions of the National Intelligence Estimate, as the assessment is called. The good guys prevailed. Hat's off to them.

12/6/2007 - Gates says unclear if Iran has cut support of Iraq insurgents    

12/6/2007 - U.S.: Iran Still Poses Missile Threat The United States says it will not alter plans to build a missile defense system in Europe despite findings by U.S. intelligence agencies that Iran does not have an active nuclear weapons program.  

12/6/2007 - Rice Begins Talks With Allies on Iran "I don't see that the NIE changes the course that we're on," Rice told reporters aboard her plane as she flew to Belgium for a conference of NATO foreign ministers and talks between the alliance and Russia, which along with China has been particularly resistant to new sanctions.  

12/6/2007 - British GCHQ eavesdropping played role in US intelligence U-turn on Iran    

12/6/2007 - Russia could boost forces after CFE freeze: MP Russia's plan to freeze compliance with the CFE treaty, which limits conventional weapons levels on either side of the old Iron Curtain, is seen in western capitals as a worrying sign of Russia's more assertive foreign policy.  

12/6/2007 - Iran a threat, say Europe allies German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy have said Iran continues to pose a threat.  

12/6/2007 - Meeting the Iranian Challenge by Joe Biden ** The Founding Fathers were, as in most things, profoundly right. That's why I want to be very clear: if the President takes us to war with Iran without Congressional approval, I will call for his impeachment.  

12/6/2007 - Israel warns Iran to co-operate or pay price ISRAEL has warned Iran to either co-operate with the West over its uranium enrichment program or face military action.  

12/6/2007 - Realist Revenge** The neo-cons have predictably launched a campaign against the NIE, arguing that the rejection of the 2005 predecessor begs the question why the 2007 conclusions should be taken seriously and (a la Podhoretz and Ledeen) that the the intelligence community is deliberately trying to undermine the president?s policies with which they disagree (Podhoretz? ?darker suspicion? ? a phrase that should elicit some kind of comment by Guiliani, hopefully)......the fact that the main conclusions of the report were known in top policy circles since at least last summer, if not well before then, helps explain why the administration?s hawks (and their neo-con allies) ? culminating in Cheney?s late October speech to the Washington Institute on Near East Policy (WINEP) ? started hyping Iran?s alleged direction of attacks on U.S. soldiers and marines in Iraq in August  

12/6/2007 - CNN: Seymour Hersh 'vindicated' by new Iran intel estimate** As early as July 2006, Hersh had reported that the US military was resisting administration pressure for a bombing campaign in Iran, because "American and European intelligence agencies have not found specific evidence of clandestine activities or hidden facilities." ... ... As Hersh explained to Wolf Blitzer at the time, the White House was attempting to counter the CIA assessment with an Israeli claim, based on a "reliable agent," that Iran was working on a trigger for a nuclear device.  

12/6/2007 - The CIA ?War? on Bush: The New Neocon Ploy the neocon pushback on the NIE Iran report continues to be relentless. Now it has gelled into a visible, pointed strategy. It?s all about the ?CIA?s war on Bush? as the geniuses over at Powerlines have put it.  

12/6/2007 - US Says Military Notes Led to Shift on Iran The American officials who described the highly classified operation, which led to one of the biggest reversals in the history of American nuclear intelligence, declined to describe how the notes were obtained.  

12/6/2007 - Iran Assessment Creates an Israeli Headache That's because not only do some of the key conclusions of the latest National Intelligence Estimate undercut some of Israel's own assessments, they also seem to dim the likelihood that the U.S. will take military action against Iran's nuclear facilities ? a step the Israelis had been quietly urging the White House to take should sanctions fail to stop Iran's uranium enrichment program. .....Israeli intelligence officials plan to ask Washington for clarifications about the NIE report.  

12/6/2007 - It Turns Out Ahmadinejad Was the Truthful One The whole episode shows that our democratic system retains at least some essential checks and balances, but it also is depressing to see that, in this instance at least, the fanatical leader of a theocracy seems to have a higher regard for truth than does the president of the world?s greatest experiment in representative democracy.  

12/6/2007 - U.S. Joint Chiefs head to visit Israel Mullen will be briefed about Israel's intelligence estimates regarding the Iranian nuclear program, a response to a U.S. report that this week said Iran shelved its quest for an atomic bomb in 2003. The Israelis insist on foisting upon us their faulty intel on Iran in order to get us to attack that nation. They insist on making their problems OUR problems.

12/6/2007 - Bolton Calls For Congressional Witch-Hunt Into Anti-Bush ?People In The Intelligence Community?    

12/6/2007 - Former CIA Officials: Bush Iran Claims "Preposterous"    

12/6/2007 - AIPAC judge sets April 29 date An April 29 trial date was set in the classified information case against two former AIPAC staffers.  

12/6/2007 - An End To ?Apocalyptic Unity? Rabin told AIPAC leaders, "OK, Iran is our biggest threat. We have to keep it from getting the bomb," this Jewish leader related. "They picked up the Iran issue and were far more energetic with it than he intended or imagined."..... said Shoshana Bryen of JINSA, "Those who have been wedded to the idea that in the next year the United States and/or Israel had to decide whether to drop a bomb on Iran have a big problem. They will now find themselves without legitimacy in the U.S. government." Whose war?

12/6/2007 - Is Iran NIE a Blessing in Disguise for Israel?    

12/6/2007 - Syrian MP: If we're attacked ? we'll hit Dimona "The possibility that Israel were to infringe upon Syria's sovereignty is a possibility that exists and that we're not ruling out, although at the same time, we are not looking to reach this stage and we do not want to escalate the situation,"  

12/6/2007 - Livni to push for international force in Gaza Livni, in talks she is expected to hold with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and a number of key EU foreign ministers in Brussels, is expected to discuss the Iranian situation, and press Israel's case that the pressure on Iran needed to continue despite the US intelligence estimate that Teheran has ceased its nuclear weapons program.  

12/6/2007 - Pro-Israel groups: NIE rattles our anti-Iran efforts Many pro-Israel groups are acknowledging privately, and in some cases publicly, that the new US intelligence assessment on Iran is a significant blow to their efforts to isolate Iran and ease its threat to Israel.  

12/6/2007 - Two-Thirds of Israelis Oppose Attack on Iran: Poll When asked ?should Israel alone attack the Iranian nuclear installations,? 67.2 percent said no, while 20.9 percent said yes and 11.9 percent had no opinion, said the survey aired on public radio.  

12/5/2007 - Bush: No change in Iran policy The US president denied the national intelligence estimate (NIE) - which said Tehran's determination to develop nuclear weapons "is less ... than we have been judging" - had undercut his administration's repeated assertions that Iran was building nuclear weapons.  

12/5/2007 - US seeks to retain pressure on Iran    

12/5/2007 - Bush urges Tehran to come clean US President George W Bush has said that Iran should reveal the full extent of its nuclear programme, or risk further international isolation.  

12/5/2007 - Bush told in Aug Iran may have halted nuclear program Some Democrats seized on this week's intelligence report to suggest Bush took an aggressive stance against Iran even though he knew that U.S. intelligence had a different picture of the threat posed by Tehran.  

12/5/2007 - Russia boosts navy presence in Atlantic, Med "The aim of the sorties is to ensure a naval presence in tactically important regions of the world ocean,"  

12/5/2007 - Bush Drops Standard on Iran as Credibility Questioned President George W. Bush, his credibility under fire because of intelligence that Iran halted its nuclear weapons drive in 2003, adopted a new argument yesterday to justify tougher sanctions: Just knowing how to produce a bomb is dangerous.  

12/5/2007 - Lavrov: 'No proof Iran had nuke program' Russia's foreign minister said Wednesday there was no proof that Iran has ever run a nuclear weapons program, and praised Teheran for its readiness to cooperate with the United Nations nuclear watchdog.  

12/5/2007 - Russia: US rollback on missile defense Underlining a deep rift over U.S. plans to deploy missile defense installations in former Soviet satellite states of Central Europe, Lavrov detailed Russian allegations that Washington has gone back on compromises promised when he met with Rice in October.  

12/5/2007 - U.S.: Iran should help family of missing American Iran should give the family of a former FBI agent who went missing while visiting the country nine months ago any information it has about his disappearance, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.  

12/5/2007 - Iranian views on US nuclear report I have nothing against the people of Israel personally, but it appears the whole world is kept in ransom by them. Anyone who stands against them becomes a pariah.  

12/5/2007 - Nuclear report a victory - Iran    

12/5/2007 - U.S. nuke study on Iran erodes oil market risk Still, U.S. crude oil prices fell nearly $2 to below $88 a barrel on Tuesday after the report was released, as traders saw a slimmer chance of a disruption from the world's No. 4 oil exporter.  

12/5/2007 - US signs new rules for private guards in Iraq    

12/5/2007 - Opec rules out increase in output Oil prices initially surged $2 after the decision but then fell on concerns of a US economic slowdown.  

12/5/2007 - 'More effective sanctions' needed to stop Iran: Israeli minister both Russia and China, who sit on the UN Security Council, suggest that the report downgrades Tehran's nuclear weapons risk and therefore lessens the need for additional UN sanctions. Israel disagrees.  

12/5/2007 - Israel launches diplomatic offensive to counter US report Bush said the report's finding would not prompt him to take a US military option against Tehran off the table.  

12/5/2007 - New scepticism drives Iran report The Israelis have already rejected the NIE finding, claiming that Iran has re-started its nuclear weapons effort. And critics in the United States are attacking the authors of the report, Mr Fingar among them. The Wall Street Journal said he was one of three "hyper-partisan anti-Bush officials" behind the NIE. On behalf of all the true patriots in the American intel community that stood up for justice on this one, here's to Israel and the neocons.

12/5/2007 - British Company Guilty of Violating US Sanctions for Selling Pipes to Iran    

12/5/2007 - Five area men believe depleted uranium is causing their illnesses NL Industries left in its wake depleted uranium that cost the Army Corps of Engineers nearly $200 million in taxpayer money to clean up. But scientists said some of it remains out of reach inside the bodies of five men who worked at the plant more than 25 years ago.  

12/5/2007 - Sneh: NIE should spur Israel readiness The lesson Sneh drew from the NIE is that Israel could no longer rely on the United States to lead the battle to force Iran to back down from enriching uranium. Whose war is this?

12/5/2007 - U.S. report on Iran's nukes puts Israel in difficult position The surprise assessment stunned many in Israel, which has relied on the United States for support of the view that Iran constitutes a grave strategic threat........ "Nowadays the thinking is to favor inaction in the absence of hard information." 'Holy crap! They won't be duped again! Looks like we may have to fight our own battles...'

12/5/2007 - The Real Iran Danger Iran?s real problem is the need to nurture its relationship with the U.S. through back-door diplomacy, not in the glare of negative American media publicity. The U.S. has so far failed to appreciate Iran?s hidden agenda to enhance its political power in the region by being an American ally and not a foe.  

12/5/2007 - Israel feels alone after report on Iran ** "This forces the Israelis to make a decision instead of being able to take some comfort that the U.S. would take action at some point," said Wayne White, former deputy director of the State Department's Middle East Intelligence Office. Well, but, whose war is it? Not ours. Chicken Little has already gotten us into one fine mess. They're on their own now, rightly so.

12/5/2007 - No Iran Attack? Don't Be So Sure? ** keep your eye on the Iran-Iraq border, including the somewhat blurry line of demarcation in the Gulf. We aren't in the clear yet, not by a long shot, and we won't be until all U.S. troops are out of Iraq.  

12/5/2007 - NCJW calls for Iraq timetable The National Council of Jewish Women became the second major U.S. Jewish group to call for a withdrawal timetable from Iraq.  

12/5/2007 - Representative Tom Lantos: "True Blue and White"    

12/5/2007 - State Holds Off on Saudi Arms Deal While blocking foreign arms sales is rare by Congress, the Bush administration's plans to sell Saudi Arabia such sophisticated weaponry has raised eyebrows on both sides of the aisle. The Joint Direct Attack Munitions technology would lend the country's armed forces highly accurate targeting abilities that could threaten Israel, lawmakers say.  

12/5/2007 - With Bush on our side The ramifications for the longer term, the years following the Bush presidency, are more worrisome for Jerusalem. No matter who is president in Washington, Israel now confronts a united American military and intelligence front declaring that the Iranian nuclear issue is not urgent and probably not dangerous and rejecting an American military response.......if the new NIE prompts the US to expand its diplomatic exchange of views with Iran, Israel should urge Washington to represent its security concerns forcefully. Why is it up to us to defend Israel? Why the US and always only the US? Did the Israel-firsters in Congress slip it into the Constitution yet? JFC.

12/5/2007 - Iraqis 'left to rot' in Lebanon    

12/5/2007 - IAF chief draws Iran-Hitler link The commander of the Israeli Air Force urged his top brass to consider Iran's president a possible modern Hitler.  

12/5/2007 - Groups defend sanctions in wake of report Normally such an assessment would vindicate the decades-long drive by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee to enact sanctions against Iran. AIPAC was the lead group -- at times the only group -- making the case in Congress and through the U.S. media that Tehran was pursuing a bomb, and that it should be stopped through economic and political sanctions......AIPAC and the Bush administration have pushed harder than ever in recent months to escalate Iran's isolation The Israeli lobby behind the curtains again? Never would've guessed that....

12/5/2007 - Lebanon Crisis: Health Cluster Bulletin No. 36, 05 Dec 2007 Landmines/UXOs/cluster bombs continue to cause casualties.  

12/5/2007 - Ex-head of Arabic school denied old job The founding principal of the city's first Arabic-themed school, forced out over comments she made to a newspaper about the word "intifada," is not entitled to get her job back, a judge said in a preliminary ruling Wednesday.  

12/5/2007 - Palestinian militants clash in Lebanon camp A 10-year-old Palestinian girl was wounded in an armed clash on Wednesday between rival factions in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain al-Helweh in south Lebanon, Palestinian officials said.  

12/5/2007 - Arab-American paratrooper faces deportation after Afghan service    

12/4/2007 - Analysis: US loses leverage over Iran ** The biggest stick - a U.S. military strike on Iran in the near term - is now out of the question. Again, this time around, the intel community refused to be badgered into giving in to Cheney and the neocons (I hold the folks in the intel community in the highest possible regard for sticking to their guns). Thus they cannot be blamed for lost US credibility and leverage. The blame rests at the feet of those who are pushing for the war on Iran.

12/4/2007 - Iran FM welcomes US intelligence nuclear report Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Tuesday welcomed a new US intelligence report on its nuclear programme, saying it proved the peaceful nature of the atomic drive.  

12/4/2007 - US report will help 'defuse' Iran nuclear crisis: IAEA chief    

12/4/2007 - China hints new US intelligence makes sanctions on Iran less likely China's UN ambassador on Tuesday suggested an agreement by six world powers to seek new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program could be called into question by the latest US intelligence assessment.  

12/4/2007 - Bush says Iran a 'danger' despite intelligence report President George W. Bush said Tuesday that Iran remains a danger and refused to rule out a military attack, despite a US intelligence report saying Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003. Mmm k.

12/4/2007 - Europeans relieved at US report on Iran ** The report may relieve European fears about a possible U.S. move toward war in Iran. Sarkozy has evoked the risk of "a catastrophic alternative: an Iranian bomb, or the bombing of Iran" if diplomacy and sanctions fail.  

12/4/2007 - Candidates Hold to Their Stances on Iran The campaigns of the leading Democratic candidates seized Monday on an intelligence report showing that Iran had halted its development of nuclear weapons, saying the findings justified their more cautious approach to Tehran.  

12/4/2007 - Putin urges Iran to be transparent on atomic work    

12/4/2007 - A Miracle: Honest Intel on Iran Nukes This time Cheney and his neocon colleagues were unable to abort the process.  

12/4/2007 - Like Iraq, US intel on Iran faulty   Cheney and his gaggle of neocons worked hard on the intel community in the runup to the Iraq war to deliver the goods to make the case thereof. This is demonstrated in Frontline's special of a year or two back entitled 'The Dark Side', available to watch in entirety online. This time around, the intel community hit back. They cannot be blamed in this. The blame for faulty intel rests squarely on those that brought us the Iraq war: Cheney and the neocons.

12/4/2007 - Olmert: Nuke report on Iran shows need for tighter Iran sanctions ** "We discussed this report with leaders of the [U.S.] administration," Olmert told reporters. "It is vital to pursue efforts to prevent Iran from developing a capability like this and we will continue doing so along with our friends the United States.".....The report contradicts earlier U.S. intelligence reports, Israeli assessments, and the conclusions of senior officials in the Bush administration. .......The difference in the American and Israeli assessments is derived not from different information but rather different approaches  

12/4/2007 - Commentary - Melanie Scarborough: Somebody is lying about FISA    

12/4/2007 - Ron Paul Vindicated on Iran Ron Paul is the only non-Armageddon presidential candidate among the Republicans. He is the only person who staunchly opposes a massive first strike against Iran because of its alleged nuclear program. He has long been ridiculed for his aversion to preemptive genocide in the Middle East.  

12/4/2007 - The Anti-Iran Annapolis Conference by Philip Giraldi ** The conference is only comprehensible in terms of the other agendas that drove it. Behind the scenes, the United States and Israel were less interested in making peace with the Palestinians than they were in building up a de facto coalition of Arab states against Iran, which is why there was intense diplomatic pressure to obtain the participation of every Arab country.  

12/4/2007 - Support Iranian dissidents, says US analyst The West should seek regime change in Iran by lending support to the growing dissident movement within the country, said Dr Michael Ledeen......"They have been waiting ... to hear from an American president that the US wants an end to this regime... No president has done anything," he said, adding that sanctions, which have been in place since the 1979 Iranian revolution, have been ineffective." Ledeen=neocon.

12/4/2007 - Israel vows to resist Iran nuclear drive despite US report Israel on Tuesday charged that Iran was still seeking nuclear weapons despite a US report claiming the contrary, and vowed to continue its diplomatic campaign against its arch-foe. ......"It is necessary to continue our efforts with our American friends to prevent Iran from obtaining non-conventional weapons," Olmert said on army radio......"This report is a painful blow to Israeli policy, which has been to try to persuade the world that the Iranian problem needs to be solved urgently before Iran reaches the point of no return," warned the mass-selling Yediot Aharonot.  

12/4/2007 - Israeli officials reject U.S. findings on Iran ** Israeli officials, who've been warning that Iran would soon pose a nuclear threat to the world, reacted angrily Tuesday to a new U.S. intelligence finding that Iran stopped its nuclear weapons development program in 2003 and to date hasn't resumed trying to produce nuclear weapons.......An analysis in the competing Haaretz newspaper suggested that Israel might come to be viewed as a "panic-stricken rabbit" and said that the U.S. intelligence estimate established "a new, dramatic reality: The military option, American or Israeli, is off the table, indefinitely." Ooops. Looks like Israel's 'intel' didn't fly this time around (paragraph 27 in particular).

12/4/2007 - Opposition to U.S. Missile Shield Grows in Poland    

12/4/2007 - Mistrial In Case of Air Base Ex-Guard At Andrews, Chamble said, Jackson asked supervisors to give him time off on Fridays for prayer services. According to Chamble, after Jackson said that Palestinians have a right to defend themselves, an Andrews supervisor gave him this advice: "On this base, you need to chill on that kind of stuff."  

12/4/2007 - Lebanon: Refugees Coerced to Return to Iraq    

12/4/2007 - Palestinians brave desolation at bombed-out Lebanon camp Aisha Abdul Rahim's home has no doors or windows but she would still rather suffer the cold at her own home in a bombed-out Palestinian camp in north Lebanon than stay in a shelter......The head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA, Karen Abu Zayd, said she had "witnessed nothing like this" in decades of services, after a November 13 tour of the camp.  

12/3/2007 - US spies give shock verdict on Iran threat** US intelligence agencies undercut the White House today by disclosing for the first time that Iran has not been pursuing a nuclear weapons development programme for the last four years. The disclosure makes it harder for President George Bush and the vice-president, Dick Cheney, to make a case for a military strike against Iran next year. I know that there was some kind of wrangling over this NIE report. It was reported on not too long ago. There was some kind of rebellion in the intel community along the same lines as what happened in the runup to the Iraq war (where Cheney regularly pressured this community to come up with anything on Iraq). In light of that, it is safe to say that we've got some good guys on the case who stood their ground, and frankly, I couldn't be prouder. It's heartening.

12/3/2007 - Bombs away? ** First of all you have to note, from the public side, that very few Americans actually function as citizens anymore. What I mean by that are people who invest themselves in this country, people who care, who give a damn. Americans are primarily consumers today, and so long as they continue to wrap themselves in the cocoon of comfort, and the system keeps them walking down a road to the perceived path of prosperity, they don't want to rock the boat. If it doesn't have a direct impact on their day-to-day existence, they simply don't care.......The danger of going after Iran is that it is just not worth it. What we can lose is everything, and what we gain is nothing. So why do it? Apathy on the part of the American people is half the battle, as Ritter notes here, and I have mentioned in the past as well. Lobbies exploit the void left by an American populace which has largely turned a blind eye to the political status quo.

12/3/2007 - US Democrats want rethink on Iran ** Washington's Iran hawks are horrified. Boy. Is it a coincidence that Wolfowitz gets back in, or what?

12/3/2007 - Iran report frustrates US hawks The National Security Adviser, Stephen Hadley, said the report showed that the risk of Iran's acquiring a nuclear weapon remained a "very serious problem". And it should come as no surprise that Hadley is himself a neocon.

12/3/2007 - Iran 'has halted its nuclear weapons programme' The report was meant to be released last spring but was delayed to avoid the mistakes of a similar exercise on Iraq in 2002 which exaggerated Saddam Hussein's arsenal of weapons of mass destruction and cleared the way for the US-led invasion  

12/3/2007 - White House blocking congressional Plame probe, chairman says Former administration spokesman Scott McClellan recently revealed that Bush and Cheney were among those "involved" in his passing along "false information" regarding the Plame scandal, making the committee's inquiry that much more pressing, Waxman says.  

12/3/2007 - Ahmadinejad: Iran, Gulf nations unite    

12/3/2007 - China FM in flurry of phone calls after US reported Iran 2003 nuclear halt    

12/3/2007 - Pressure on Iran still justified: Britain    

12/3/2007 - From Nov 9: Cheney Tried to Stifle Dissent in Iran NIE There is a split in the intelligence community on how much of a threat the Iranian nuclear programme poses, according to the intelligence official?s account. Some analysts who are less independent are willing to give the benefit of the doubt to the alarmist view coming from Cheney?s office, but others have rejected that view.......Former CIA officer Philip Giraldi provided a similar account, based on his own sources in the intelligence community. He told IPS that intelligence analysts have had to review and rewrite their findings three times, because of pressure from the White House. Many thanks to the white hats who have the American cause planted firmly in their hearts and who have stuck to their guns.

12/3/2007 - Iran proposes Gulf security pact    

12/3/2007 - IAEA inspects Russian fuel for Iran: factory    

12/3/2007 - Beijing backs fresh sanctions against Iran However, analysts said China would be reluctant to approve any action that would seriously affect its economic interests or reignite conflict in the region  

12/3/2007 - An Old Face Resurfaces Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has offered Wolfowitz, a prime architect of the Iraq War, a position as chairman of the International Security Advisory Board, a prestigious State Department panel, according to two department sources who declined to be identified discussing personnel matters. You have got to be kidding me.

12/3/2007 - US intelligence aid implied in Turkish strike against PKK    

12/3/2007 - Syria, Iraq reopen border crossing closed for over 3 years Syria and Iraq reopened a major border crossing Sunday, more than three years after Baghdad closed the passageway to stop foreign fighters from sneaking into its territory  

12/3/2007 - Iran hails Gulf ties, Gulf Arabs tightlipped In the summit's opening speech, Qatar's ruler Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani said the meeting was taking place amid "serious threats" to the region's prosperity and security, without clarifying the threat.  

12/3/2007 - It's time to talk about Israel's nukes, and ours, too Clearly, the Bush administration is not going to talk publicly about our understanding, if any, with Israel about its nuclear weapons. And no member of Congress is rushing to get into a subject as politically delicate as this one. That leaves it to those of us in private life to begin the debate, for the sake of the United States and Israel.  

12/3/2007 - Remarks at the U.S.-Palestinian Public-Private Partnership Promoting Economic and Educational Opportunities for the Palestinian People Well, let me just say on Gaza we've been very concerned that the humanitarian circumstances in Gaza be addressed. And I consider humanitarian to be a broad concept of humanitarian, and I think we need to look at that and keep pressing because we don't want innocent people in Gaza to suffer You won't do sh#t, Condi, but add a few more neocons to your posse. Not good for America, not good for Israel, not good for Palestinians.

12/3/2007 - Iraqis in Syria face food shortages About a third of Iraqi respondents in a recent United Nations study said they skipped one meal a day to feed their children. Nearly 60 percent said that they're buying cheaper, less nutritious food to cope with a dramatic increase in prices  

12/3/2007 - Israel, SKorea FMs discuss nuclear proliferation in Mideast Livni urged South Korea to sever all economic and trade ties with Iran, which Israel and the West accuse of seeking to develop an atomic bomb under the guise of a civilian programme, a claim denied by Tehran.  

12/3/2007 - Saudi eyes relaunch of Israel talks with Syria, Lebanon    

12/3/2007 - Livni calls on Asian nations to reject Iranian overtures    

12/3/2007 - The Lobby Strikes Back Israel is the only American aid recipient not required to account for how the money is spent. Washington uses its Security Council veto to shield Israel from critical UN resolutions and periodically issues bland statements lamenting the continued expansion of Israeli settlements on the Palestinian land the Jewish state has occupied since 1967. When Israel violates U.S. law, as it did in Lebanon by using American-made cluster bombs against civilian targets, a low-level official may issue a mild complaint. These fundamentals of the relationship go unchallenged by 95 percent of American politicians holding or running for national clearing the first path since the pivotal date of 9/11, these two authors have done their country a great service. Indeed.

12/2/2007 - Iran angered by continued nuclear pressure    

12/2/2007 - John Bolton, the hawkish former US ambassador to the UN, says Tehran?s nuclear threat is growing and it will have to be halted by force **    

12/2/2007 - Meridor warns Conservatives on Iran Israel's ambassador to the United States said the Iranian threat is among the worst Israel has ever faced.  

12/2/2007 - Study: U.S., Israel should begin planning strike on Iran nuclear sites ** From Israel's perspective, Iran presents a potential existential threat, so its nuclear plans must be stopped at almost any price. In contrast, the U.S. is disturbed by the implications of nuclear weapons in Iran but does not see it as an existential threat. .....Freilich says Israel would prefer that the U.S. attack Iran  

12/2/2007 - Rice gets history lessons from former Mideast players The senior Bush "had the clearest sense of strategy, which the administration pursued in a highly disciplined, committed and effective manner," Kurtzer and Lasensky write......they accuse the first Bush administration of failing to build a strong coalition at home to support its strategy abroad. They argue that its strength in standing firm against Jewish settlement expansion -- which bolstered Arab trust in the peace process -- was undermined by its failure to head off a debilitating clash with the pro-Israel lobby.  

12/2/2007 - Iranian president: enemies can't damage ties with Syria Western Analysts said Syria's attendance and Iran's criticism over the meeting indicated there was slight tension between the two friendly countries on the issue.  

12/2/2007 - Syria reassures Iran on Mideast: official    

12/1/2007 - Bush handed blueprint to seize Pakistan's nuclear arsenal ** The man who devised the Bush administration's Iraq troop surge has urged the US to consider sending elite troops to Pakistan to seize its nuclear weapons if the country descends into chaos. In a series of scenarios drawn up for Pakistan, Frederick Kagan, a former West Point military historian, has called for the White House to consider various options for an unstable Pakistan. Kagan is a neocon. In light of this, and the US-Iran war scenarios here and here, you can draw your own conclusions as to the significance of this latest development. Hint, if the threat of rogues getting a hold of Pakistan's nukes are standing in the way of the neocons' long coveted war on Iran, then they got their miracle on 34th street a little early this year.

12/1/2007 - Powers 'to seek Iran sanctions'    

12/1/2007 - Chavez threatens to cut oil exports to US    

12/1/2007 - Turkish army fires on Kurdish rebels in Iraq    

12/1/2007 - Russia suspends link to European treaty Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law Russia's suspension of a Cold War treaty limiting military forces in Europe.  

12/1/2007 - Nuclear project will continue, says Iran Such a demand, he said, was "unacceptable," stressing that Iran had a right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes under the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.  

12/1/2007 - Experts divided over Iranian missile capabilities    

12/1/2007 - Oil below $90 as supply fear dips    

12/1/2007 - Zbigniew Brzezinski: A partner for dealing with Iran?    

12/1/2007 - Grass roots 'big ace' in Ron Paul's White House bid    

12/1/2007 - Foot soldiers for the Ron Paul revolution    

12/1/2007 - Don't Expect Peace by Charley Reese the Israeli government is not about to dismantle the Jewish settlements on the West Bank and in East Jerusalem. The Israelis will not allow the Palestinians to have a viable state even on 18 percent of Palestine. Nor will the Israelis agree to allow the Palestinian refugees to return or even be compensated for their lost property......Israel's real strategic asset is its powerful lobby in the United States, and this lobby is already facing what it dreads most ? becoming a public political issue. Sooner or later, the American public will rebel......I expect our own empire is on the wane, and when we wane, Israel will wane. Agreed.

12/1/2007 - Abbas aide: Israel unable to start serious talks with Palestinians    

12/1/2007 - Confidant of Israel's Barak calls for immediate resumption of peace talks with Syria    

12/1/2007 - Syria describes Annapolis conference as defeat for Palestinians The newspaper, which reflects government thinking, criticized U.S. President George W. Bush's statement at the opening session of the Annapolis meeting in which he referred to Israel as a "Jewish state," calling it a "consecration of Israeli racism."  

12/1/2007 - CIA used Jordan to interrogate suspects The detainees included Marwan al-Jabour, a Palestinian who was transferred to Jordan last year from a CIA secret prison and was released several weeks later in the Gaza Strip, the report said.  

12/1/2007 - Turks See U.S. as Global Threat, Israelis Cite Iran   The results may be tricky to read. The row for the US has the highest percentages. That means that the very first row at the top believe majorically that the US is the greatest threat.

12/1/2007 - Focus Grouping War with Iran ** After joining a half dozen other women in a conference room, she discovered that she had been called in for what seemed an unusual assignment: to help test-market language that could be used to sell military action against Iran to the American public. "The whole basis of the whole thing was, 'we're going to go into Iran and what do we have to do to get you guys to along with it?" Read on to see who's behind the curtain on this one. Surprise!

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