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Posted on Jan 13, 2007
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According to Condoleezza Rice, President Bush authorized the recent seizure of Iranian operatives in Iraq. U.S. forces seized at least five Iranian officials from Iran’s consulate in Irbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, prompting a confrontation with Kurdish forces.

Update: Iran has called the consulate seizures illegal and demanded that the prisoners be returned.

New York Times:

“There has been a decision to go after these networks,” Ms. Rice said in an interview with The New York Times in her office on Friday afternoon, before leaving on a trip to the Middle East.

Ms. Rice said Mr. Bush had acted “after a period of time in which we saw increasing activity” among Iranians in Iraq, “and increasing lethality in what they were producing.” She was referring to what American military officials say is evidence that many of the most sophisticated improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, being used against American troops were made in Iran.

Ms. Rice was vague on the question of when Mr. Bush issued the order, but said his decision grew out of questions that the president and members of his National Security Council raised in the fall.

The administration has long accused Iran of meddling in Iraq, providing weapons and training to Shiite forces with the idea of keeping the United States bogged down in the war. Ms. Rice’s willingness to discuss the issue seemed to reflect a new hostility to Iran that was first evident in Mr. Bush’s speech to the nation on Wednesday night, in which he accused Tehran of providing material support for attacks on American troops and vowed to respond.

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By my favourite book is 'Who Farted?', January 15, 2007 at 9:33 pm Link to this comment
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i understand there is tentative evidence that these Iranians (as agents, cough, ‘diplomats’ operating on behalf of Iran) are organizing gun-running across the border and perhaps helping arm the soldiers of the ‘insurgency’, or whatever you want to call it, it’s name doesn’t matter: it is violence, and the excuse the US is using to stay in the country. Scratch an ordinary Iraqi and they will probably tell you that they wish all the men with guns in their country would go to hell and leave them in peace, stability is the one goal that matters to ordinary citizens, it is the one thing necessary to build a peaceful and functioning society that is safe to raise your kids in.
So you might give your government the benefit of the doubt on this issue, for a little while at least. This may lead to some sort of progress towards peace, who knows?

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By Big Al, January 14, 2007 at 8:58 am Link to this comment
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Bush is trying to goad Iran into responding in a way that can be used as an excuse for the US to bomb Iran to smithereens, as Israel demands.

Even if Iran doesn’t do something dumb in response to the embassy kidnappings, Bush and the neocons will contrive some excuse to bomb Iran to bits.


Because Israel always gets what Israel wants from us stupid Americans, even if it kills us.

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By a voice from the wilderness, January 14, 2007 at 7:43 am Link to this comment
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1979—Iranians invade US embassy and kidnap diplomats. BAD

2007—US forces invade Iranian consulate and kidnap diplomats. GOOD

Right.  Somewhere I missed the part where we all fell down the rabbit hole.

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By Jaded Prole, January 14, 2007 at 4:45 am Link to this comment
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This is another provocation. The neos really want an excuse to attack Iran and expand this debacle lest it wind down. The know that once were hoplessly traped in an escalating war, it doesn’t even matter if the expendible Cheny and Bush are out of power because war sets its own agenda.

This, like every action taken by the Bush administration is blatantly illegal. Iran has a real interest in the stability of its Iraqi neighbor, as does Syria.

It’s time for the world community to turn up the pressure by isolating the US economically and placing severe sanctions on us until we have dismantled this occupation, our torture camps, this administration and many of our WMDs.

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By Polly Ester, January 13, 2007 at 9:05 pm Link to this comment
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“In authorizing the attack on Iran’s consulate in Irbil, President Bush was okaying an act of war—an attack on the sovereign territory of Iran. What did he expect to happen?”

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By Spinoza, January 13, 2007 at 6:30 pm Link to this comment
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There is little doubt that there is need for revolution.  How do we go about it?

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By Moe Hare, January 13, 2007 at 6:14 pm Link to this comment
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“U.S. forces seized at least five Iranian officials from Iran’s consulate in Irbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, prompting a confrontation with Kurdish forces.”  That’s called Rice and Bush diplomacy; Shoot ‘Em Up!

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By Will Roberts - Daily Telegram in the style of Will, January 13, 2007 at 5:49 pm Link to this comment
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I was looking over the last few months of my Weekly Telegrams, and I see that I have been a little heavy-handed on the Republicans. Now, I am not opposed to doing the same thing to the Democrats. And, the next few months might even-out my repertoire.  Watch it Democrats!  No false moves.  We got ya covered. But you see, it’s just that the Republicans have spent a lot of money (our money) on this War’s marketing plan. If you spent as much as they have, well, you would want a huge return on your investment. So, look at my last few months of stories as a way to give the Republicans the attention they . . . paid for. 

Now, the big deal right now is what Bush is going to say to us about his New Plan (a.k.a., The New Speil).  As much as we all want to know this plan, I don’t think anyone is waiting on the edge of their seats with baited breath to see what direction our President will go.  The Dancing with the Stars finale rerun would probably get more viewership than this canned plan we will all hear about in the morning paper. This Republican plan should not come as a big surprise to us because there is one thing our President has been, that is, consistent, consistently predictable. Expecting him to save face with an “about face” is like asking our troops on the front-line to start using conflict resolution on the enemy . . . it’s too late.
Now, I thought I would end my story on a kind WORD to the Republicans …Schwarzenegger!

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By HeadlessHessian, January 13, 2007 at 5:25 pm Link to this comment
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Obviously the man is trying to pick a fight with the Iranians BEFORE they get a nuke.  That way he can reactivate the draft…and away we go.
Hope all of your idiots that voted him in TWICE as satisfied.  Hope you ‘safety moms’ have learned your lesson.  Hope all of you so called independants have figured it out that ‘If you are a working man/woman you have NO BUSINESS VOTIN REPUBLICAN’!  Get it now.
Then again, if the assholes of this world could fly, we’d never see the sun!  All of you that voted Bush…you are flying really high!!!


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By Jackie T. Gabel, January 13, 2007 at 5:21 pm Link to this comment
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Dear Michael Moore,  Nice to see you back in the trenches with us. Enjoyed your satire as always, and was inspired by with your grilling of the Bush Crime Family over 911, but here’s one question for you:  Why have you since pulled your punches? You know every issue and angle the opposition has taken in trying to stop the POTUS and his handlers (the cabal of Strangelove, Starussian, neocons, driven by Nietzchien craving for endless war), has failed. You know the only issue sharp enough to pierce this regime’s vampire heart is 911Truth. So why not close ranks with your compatriots?  Less than 20% now believe the “official” conspiracy theory. Please lend your voice.

Support 911Truth - End War of Terror

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By Boggs, January 13, 2007 at 3:32 pm Link to this comment
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Bush must have taken a vow to make an enemy out of everyone, and he has almost reached that goal.
Who is left? I can’t think of anyone!

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By dick, January 13, 2007 at 3:09 pm Link to this comment
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If one reads the plans prepared for the PM of Israel years ago by the same neocons now in charge of Bush, there is no surprise that Iran is next. It’s all according to that plan Securing the Realm, on the web.

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By ediva, January 13, 2007 at 2:53 pm Link to this comment
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the rice woman has been too close to bush for much too long. And this thing was a Provost at Stanford?

Am I the only person who doesn’t understand what
“increasing lethality in what they were producing”
is supposed to mean?

Memo to NYT: “The administration has long accused Iran of meddling in Iraq”: that is called transference. Iran’s restraint is something that the UK, US and Israeli governments would do well to consider before it’s too late to restrain Russia and China who WILL move to protect their interests against the warmongering colonial power. The US is broke and setting the world on fire in not going to fix it.

WW3 in 07, anyone?

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By Bill Blackolive, January 13, 2007 at 2:11 pm Link to this comment
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You are a great citizen but could we begin to howl about plain mathematics? Skyscrapers never in history can fall into their foundations without demolition controlled by humans. I know you have fear. I have fear, but this has to get going.


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By trantieungoc, January 13, 2007 at 1:41 pm Link to this comment
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When jungle law is applied by a chimpanzee the whole civilized world only keeps laughing.

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By Jackie T. Gabel, January 13, 2007 at 12:59 pm Link to this comment
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Much of the violence blamed on insurgents is in fact provocations by US & UK Special Forces. An onslaught of black-ops/psy-ops has driven Iraq into de facto civil war — exactly as planned:  to fail the state beyond all cohesion.

In fact the PNAC goal, based on Brzezinski’s Grand Chessboard strategy and Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations ideology, is to fail all states in the Middle East which do not bow willingly to the hegemony of the New World Oligarchy, to which the tax-payer funded armies of the US and UK serve as expeditionary forces.

Look for the planned escalation to be accompanied either by numerous small incidence like this or a big one; perhaps a missile attack on the old worn out USS Enterprise — think Gulf of Tonkin, Remember the Maine, et al. Even another 9/11 is possible from these Strangeloves.

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By Don Knutsen, January 13, 2007 at 11:31 am Link to this comment
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All the way along this long period of having the dark figure of D. Cheney pulling the puppet strings of our current stooge in the oval office this president has consistantly made the worse possible decisions, every single time. Everything they do is to raise the level of conflict. To keep the war escalating because thru it all they and their friends are profitting handsomly , and under the guise of the specter of never-ending war they are day by day dismantling our democracy. I encourage anyone who is interested, to research the definition of facism. If you think it can’t happen here, you had better wake up before its too late to get our country back. These criminals in the White House need to be held accountable finally for what they have done. They have nothing but contempt for our democracy. They look at us as cattle to be manipulated and scourned. They see themselves as a part of a very small group of the powerful who are in control , not just of our nation , but the world. Wake up America, your watching it all come apart around us. Its time to hit the streets and demand an abrupt change. Its time to hold this administration accountable and all of the willing rubberstamp stooges that have gone along with their criminal acts these past 6 + years.

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By Rodney Matthews, January 13, 2007 at 10:23 am Link to this comment
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Are there any laws left that this man hasn’t broken? I’m sure the people we kidnapped are being tortured as we speak. We are ommunists,pol pot,Hitler, and Saddam all wrapped up in the guise of freedom and democracy. Does anyone believe that what Bush and Cheney is doing is legal? Have we become so afraid that we stand for nothing and fall for anything? Add kidnapping to torture.illegal wiretaps,illegal opening of mail,ignoring the constitution,signing statements to ignore laws that have passed,ignoring the Geneva Convention,ignoring habeas corpus,indefinate detentions without right to council, listening in on conversations if you finally get to speak with a attorney,starting wars in sovern nations that neither threaten or attacked us assassinations and killing of innocents without accountability or responsibility. Can anyone honestly say that Bush and Cheney are not war criminals? Does anyone actually believe they should not be impeached? Where are the voices of America? Where is the Congressional oversite? Where is the Supreme Court that appointed the
decider? Will we ever see any accountability? Wake up America before King George the Decider decides he’s not leaving office in 2008.

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By Alejandro, January 13, 2007 at 10:07 am Link to this comment
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It doesn’t take much intellect to understand that Bush is groping for a way to save his presidency. He cares nothing about the Iraqi mess that he along with his minions created, much less for our soldiers he so easily sacrifices. He is both morally bankrupt and a first tier coward. Two thousand troops; yea right, invading Iran is what he’s angleing for. The question is; does our congress have the courage to stop this madman. If not, we can look to the collapse of the American dream and riots in our streets. How can our economy stand the increase in gas prices that will surely result from a miscalculation from this idiot? Will China sit back while we destroy their 400 billion dollar investment in Iran? How about the Russians? Some one better take the football away from him before it’s to late.

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By Michael Moore, January 13, 2007 at 9:57 am Link to this comment
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Dear Mr. President: Send Even MORE Troops (and you go, too!) ...from Michael Moore

Dear Mr. President,

Thanks for your address to the nation. It’s good to know you still want to talk to us after how we behaved in November.

Listen, can I be frank? Sending in 20,000 more troops just ain’t gonna do the job. That will only bring the troop level back up to what it was last year. And we were losing the war last year! We’ve already had over a million troops serve some time in Iraq since 2003. Another few thousand is simply not enough to find those weapons of mass destruction! Er, I mean… bringing those responsible for 9/11 to justice! Um, scratch that. Try this—BRING DEMOCRACY TO THE MIDDLE EAST! YES!!!

You’ve got to show some courage, dude! You’ve got to win this one! C’mon, you got Saddam! You hung ‘im high! I loved watching the video of that—just like the old wild west! The bad guy wore black! The hangmen were as crazy as the hangee! Lynch mobs rule!!!

Look, I have to admit I feel very sorry for the predicament you’re in. As Ricky Bobby said, “If you’re not first, you’re last.” And you being humiliated in front of the whole world does NONE of us Americans any good.

Sir, listen to me. You have to send in MILLIONS of troops to Iraq, not thousands! The only way to lick this thing now is to flood Iraq with millions of us! I know that you’re out of combat-ready soldiers—so you have to look elsewhere! The only way you are going to beat a nation of 27 million—Iraq—is to send in at least 28 million! Here’s how it would work:

The first 27 million Americans go in and kill one Iraqi each. That will quickly take care of any insurgency. The other one million of us will stay and rebuild the country. Simple.

Now, I know you’re saying, where will I find 28 million Americans to go to Iraq? Here are some suggestions:

1. More than 62,000,000 Americans voted for you in the last election (the one that took place a year and half into a war we already knew we were losing). I am confident that at least a third of them would want to put their body where their vote was and sign up to volunteer. I know many of these people and, while we may disagree politically, I know that they don’t believe someone else should have to go and fight their fight for them—while they hide here in America.

2. Start a “Kill an Iraqi” Meet-Up group in cities across the country. I know this idea is so early-21st century, but I once went to a Lou Dobbs Meet-Up and, I swear, some of the best ideas happen after the third mojito. I’m sure you’ll get another five million or so enlistees from this effort.

3. Send over all members of the mainstream media. After all, they were your collaborators in bringing us this war—and many of them are already trained from having been “embedded!” If that doesn’t bring the total to 28 million, then draft all viewers of the FOX News channel.

Mr. Bush, do not give up! Now is not the time to pull your punch! Don’t be a weenie by sending in a few over-tired troops. Get your people behind you and YOU lead them in like a true commander in chief! Leave no conservative behind! Full speed ahead!

We promise to write. Go get ‘em W!


Michael Moore
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By usheroff, January 13, 2007 at 8:45 am Link to this comment
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Could attacking a consulate be considered an act of war?The Kurdish area is the only stable area in Iraq. Were the Kurds in on this or have we allienated our only real allies in the region.

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By Mahmood Ahmadi-Nejad, January 13, 2007 at 8:40 am Link to this comment
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This message is to his honor Mr. Bush.  Now that you have kidnapped our diplomats a couple of times are we even? Can we get together and talk now?

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By Kellina, January 13, 2007 at 8:13 am Link to this comment
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Now our GOVERNMENT, WE, are kidnapping!

We need a revolution. Some options before us:

All that takes is to have the military on our side. It’s possible. There have been defections to Canada. A lot of the generals are upset/resigning in protest. Now if we could just persuade the Secret Service! Probably just talking about this is going to get me in trouble. Oops, I forgot, we don’t have free speech anymore.

Seventy percent of the public is against the policies of the Bush Junta, so perhaps the military is not needed. I envision the march on Washington marching right up the White House doors and demanding the President’s ouster. Of course, we can no longer get anywhere near the WH. They anticipated that. After 9/11 all the pieces of the police state fell into place. We’d be trapped and herded into detention camps. We certainly wouldn’t make it onto the 6 o’clock news. The media belongs to Bush&Co;.

How about offering these poor young people going into the military some alternative incentives? Start a pool to help pay their college costs? Ooops, scratch that, the military is recruiting non-citizens by promising immigration (if they live through the perma war).

What will it take for us to all stand up and say “ENOUGH!” “Basta!” What if Bush gave a speech baldly declaring his intent to bomb the hell out of every country in the Middle East that will not bow to our wishes (which appear to coincidentally coincide with Israel’s wishes)?

What if he came out and said that millions would be killed and the countries ruined with radiation. Iraq is already ruined with radiation (‘depleted’ uranium). Will that be enough for us to rise up and destroy this administration? This is happening, people! Isn’t there some other intelligence agency in the world that can help us perform a covert operation to extract these assholes from office?

How about a one-day strike? March on Washington on Jan 27 or else STAY HOME FOR PEACE.

I’m sick of all this blogging without action. We WILL be held accountable. IF you live and IF your descendants live, someday you will have to look in your children’s or grandchildren’s eyes and tell them what you did, not what you said, to stop this madness. Go ahead and call your congress people. But in addition, DO something.

Don’t let them bomb Iran/Syria. Such action will set up an irreversible chain of events. We’ll be devasted economically if not militarily. Our nation’s experiment with democracy is ending, don’t let them take our country. We have a limited time to do this.

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By GW=MCHammered, January 13, 2007 at 7:57 am Link to this comment
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“Ms. Rice said Mr. Bush had acted…”

Well that is entirely the problem, isn’t it? By difficult experience, we’ve learned that we cannot trust Herr Bush’s actions. And frankly, as much as I used to like Condi, watching her defend her Bush has grown utterly tiresome.

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By Wadard, January 13, 2007 at 6:48 am Link to this comment
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When you look at the opportunity cost of the money spent on the Iraq war, the idiocy of it comes into sharp focus. The average yearly cost of fighting the war is $125 billion, whereas the cost of the US effectively fighting climate change is only $89 billion. :::[Regime change in the US and Australia…]

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