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The Hedonists of Power

Washington has become Versailles. We are ruled, entertained and informed by courtiers.

Posted on Jun 23, 2008 READ MORE


McCain

Educating McCain on Iraq

John McCain likes to brag about his foreign policy chops and his many visits to Iraq, but these two prominent Iraqi lawmakers find that the Republican nominee just doesn’t get the complexities of their country.

Posted on Jun 17, 2008 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad
AP Photo/Vahid Salemi

The Middle East Never Tires of Threats

What is it about threats? What possesses half the Middle East to shout abuse all the time? First we have Ahmadinejad, one of the most crackpot presidents in the world, raving away about annihilating Israel. Then we have Shaul Mofaz, the deputy Israeli prime minister, telling the world that there would have to be attacks on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Posted on Jun 16, 2008 READ MORE


MIR Bush options

Bush’s ‘All Options on the Table’ Means Only One Thing

In this installment of Link TV’s “Mosaic Intelligence Report,” host Jamal Dajani looks closely at the true meaning of President Bush’s pronouncement on the U.S. stance vis-à-vis Iran, that “all options are on the table.” Could it mean he intends to follow U.N. protocol? Well, no—not from the Middle Eastern perspective, at least.

Posted on Jun 14, 2008 READ MORE


John McCain
AP photo / LM Otero

John McCain’s Chilling Project for America

John McCain has long been a major player in a radical militaristic group driven by an ideology of global expansionism and dominance attained through perpetual, pre-emptive, unilateral, multiple wars. Over its two terms, the George W. Bush administration has planted the seeds for this geopolitical master plan, and now appears to be counting on the McCain administration, if one comes to power, to nurture it.

Posted on Jun 12, 2008 READ MORE


Mission_Accomplished
From ThinkProgress.com

Bush’s Regret

President Bush says he is now reconsidering the swaggering cowboy image that he adopted early on in his presidency. “I think that in retrospect I could have used a different tone, a different rhetoric,” he tells the U.K.‘s Times Online as his time in office ticks out.

Posted on Jun 10, 2008 READ MORE


Bush on energy
AP photo / Rich Pedroncelli

Blame Rising Oil Prices on Bush

Wow, a lot of people must have bought Hummers last week. How else to explain the spike in oil prices? No, I’m not being silly: They are, and by they I mean the gaggle of media pundits and other administration apologists—abetted by some green zealots—who want to explain our energy crisis by reference to profligate consumers.

Posted on Jun 10, 2008 READ MORE


Cheney

Cheney’s Goal Portrayed as Regime Change Across Mideast

In this clip from The Real News, featuring an interview with Colin Powell’s former chief of staff, Larry Wilkerson, we learn that Iranian officials made an offer back in 2003 to negotiate with the Bush administration about all the important issues causing friction between Tehran and Washington. But we also learn that Dick Cheney was opposed to “talking to evil, period”— and had certain other reasons for refusing Iran’s overture.

Posted on Jun 10, 2008 READ MORE


Bush’s European Goodbye Tour

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Posted on Jun 10, 2008 READ MORE


Adm. Fallon Speaks

The former head of U.S. Central Command who retired after an Esquire magazine article alleged he was the man standing between President Bush and war with Iran speaks to PBS’ “Now.” Fallon, who acknowledges “I’m not a very shy guy,” all but admits that he did indeed disagree with the administration.

Posted on Jun 9, 2008 READ MORE


Barack Obama
AP photo / Alex Brandon

The Iran Trap

The failure by Barack Obama to chart another course in the Middle East, to defy the Israel lobby and to denounce the Bush administration’s inexorable march toward a conflict with Iran is a failure to challenge the collective insanity that has gripped the political leadership in the United States and Israel.

Posted on Jun 8, 2008 READ MORE


Iraq Has Iran’s Back

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has a bit of a problem on his hands. While he’s dependent on U.S. forces to protect his regime, his friends in Iran are concerned about the presence of so many American troops on their doorstep. The U.S. and Iraq are trying to bang out the details of America’s military mission, but just so there are no surprises, Maliki let his Iranian allies know, “We will not allow Iraq to become a platform for harming the security of Iran and neighbors.” Updated.

Posted on Jun 8, 2008 READ MORE


Mofaz and Rumsfeld
AP photo / Evan Vucci

Israeli Official Sees Attacking Iran Unavoidable

An Israeli official was quoted Friday as saying that “attacking Iran in order to stop its nuclear plans will be unavoidable,” a remark that may further escalate tensions between the two countries as leaders continue to lob rhetorical digs at each other.

Posted on Jun 6, 2008 READ MORE


A.Q. Khan
sfgate.com

A.Q. Khan Takes Back Nuclear Confession

Did he or didn’t he? Four years ago, A.Q. Khan, often referred to as the “Father of the Pakistani Bomb,” confessed that he had passed nuclear secrets to North Korea, Iran and Libya. Now, as he awaits his possible release from house arrest, Khan says he made a false confession.

Posted on May 29, 2008 READ MORE


Israel’s Self-Destruction as a Jewish State

Israel’s colonization and annexation of the Palestinian territories over the last 40 years, and opposition to the creation of an independent Palestinian state, have turned Israel into an Arab-Jewish state under Jewish control.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE



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Carter Sheds Light on Israel’s Nukes

Israel’s nuclear arsenal is something of a mystery. In fact, it doesn’t officially have one, but it doesn’t officially not have one either (wink wink). Former President Jimmy Carter lifted the shroud of secrecy over the weekend when he revealed that “Israel has 150 or more” nukes. Carter was attempting to put Iran’s alleged nuclear shenanigans in perspective.

Posted on May 26, 2008 READ MORE


U.N. Agency: Iran ‘Stonewalling’ Nuclear Inspectors

Iran’s nuclear program is once again raising concerns among members of the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), who claim in a new report that, despite earlier signs of cooperation this year, Tehran is leaving key questions unanswered about possible plans to ramp up its uranium enrichment capabilities by the end of this summer.

Posted on May 26, 2008 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad
blog.ecr.co.za

Kerry: U.S., Iran Have Plenty to Talk About

Sen. John Kerry (remember him?) has penned an Op-Ed for The Washington Post, taking issue with President Bush’s—and by extension, John McCain’s—argument that engaging in talks with Iran would constitute a dangerous gesture of “appeasement.” The No. 1 reason Kerry thinks the GOP leaders’ stance is wrong? Well, “In short, not talking to Iran has failed. Miserably.” Above, Iranian President Ahmadinejad.

Posted on May 24, 2008 READ MORE


Presidential Race Ignores Arms Race

Obama’s stated willingness to unilaterally strike nuclear-armed U.S. ally Pakistan, Clinton’s promise to Iran to “totally obliterate” the nation of 70 million (should it attack Israel), and McCain’s hard-line position on Russia, including the deployment of a missile defense in Eastern Europe, all point to a reliance on military solutions.

Posted on May 21, 2008 READ MORE


Bush poster
AP photo / Kevin Frayer

Bush?s Commitment Problem

George W. Bush’s attempt to juggle Israel’s 60th anniversary, Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts and his hostility toward Iran means that Palestinians lose again.

Posted on May 20, 2008 READ MORE


Iran Wins in Lebanon

Hezbollah was the obvious winner of the recent fighting in Lebanon, but the conflict reflected a broader trend in the Middle East. For all of President Bush’s bluster, Iran is stronger and more influential than when he took office.

Posted on May 19, 2008 READ MORE


Bush
commons.wikimedia.org

Democrats Condemn Bush’s ‘Appeaser’ Comment

While addressing the Israeli Knesset, President Bush referred to the willingness of “some” to speak with unsavory leaders such as Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and he went on to compare them to those who sought to appease the Nazis before World War II. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton set aside their differences on diplomacy long enough to take objection to that statement.

Posted on May 15, 2008 READ MORE


Barr
commons.wikimedia.org

Libertarian Bob Barr Challenging McCain’s Presidential Bid

This isn’t the first time someone has accused Sen. John McCain of not being conservative enough, but now former Republican congressman-turned-Libertarian Bob Barr is upping the ante on his critique of McCain’s conservatism by running against him in this year’s presidential election.

Posted on May 12, 2008 READ MORE


Chicago skyline
Wikimedia Commons / AllyUnion

Taking a Stand Against War

The Chicago City Council is debating a resolution urging the Illinois congressional delegation to oppose a war with Iran. Scott Ritter, who has been called as an expert witness on the matter, explains why the resolution should be supported—and not just by the citizens of Chicago.

Posted on May 11, 2008 READ MORE


Hezbollah Rules West Beirut in Iran’s Proxy War With America

Another American humiliation. The Shia gunmen who drove past my apartment in west Beirut yesterday afternoon were hooting their horns, making V-signs, leaning out of the windows of SUVs with their rifles in the air, proving to the Muslims of the capital that the elected government of Lebanon has lost.

Posted on May 11, 2008 READ MORE


Geoffrey Wheatcroft on ‘Muqtada’

In this first-ever biography of the religious leader many predict will take over Iraq after the Americans leave, Patrick Cockburn, one of the most respected correspondents in the Middle East, provides a dramatic look at a man Paul Bremer denounced as a “Bolshevik Islamist.”

Posted on May 9, 2008 READ MORE


Hillary Plays the Crazy Card

In this protracted and often dispiriting prelude to the general election, few remarks have been as poorly chosen as Sen. Hillary Clinton’s threat to “totally obliterate” Iran.

Posted on May 8, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton and McCain
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

Battle of the Hawks

In the increasingly unlikely event of a McCain-Clinton election, folks who care about the peace issue would have serious reason to worry. Both of these candidates are inveterate hawks, and what we would be up against is a choice between the neoconservatives and the neoliberals as to who could be more adventurous in getting us into unjustifiable foreign wars.

Posted on May 6, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton in NC
AP photo / Elise Amendola

Dems Spar as Primaries Loom Large

Monday found Democratic presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama working furiously to draw distinctions between their stances on key issues like rising gas prices and America’s strained relations with Iran—and, of course, to take shots at their opponent’s positions in the remaining hours before Tuesday’s Indiana and North Carolina primaries.

Posted on May 5, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Mary Altaffer

McCain Revisits Remarks About Oil and Occupation

In a bid to clarify his stance on the (current) Iraq war, as well as just how long he’d be “fine” with maintaining a U.S. military presence in the region, Sen. John McCain held one of those town hall meetings that are so de rigueur among campaigning politicians these days, this time in Denver, where he performed some semantic gymnastics for his audience at the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center.

Posted on May 3, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton
Flickr / Nrbelex

Iran Condemns Clinton

If Hillary Clinton becomes the next president, her administration will have a hell of a time improving relations with Iran, a country that has a few cards to play when it comes to stability in Iraq and the price of oil. That’s because Clinton recently threatened Iran’s annihilation and it turns out that the Iranian government pays attention to these things.

Posted on May 1, 2008 READ MORE


Map of Iran
opendemocracy.net

Pentagon Eyeing Military Option Aganst Iran

On Friday, a day after an American cargo ship fired warning shots at two small boats off the coast of Iran, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen said the Pentagon is considering various options, including military action, to deal with what he characterized as the Iranian government’s “increasingly lethal and malign influence” in Iraq.

Posted on Apr 25, 2008 READ MORE


The Ritual Flaying of Jimmy Carter

Nobody with a functioning memory should be too quick to condemn Jimmy Carter for daring to speak with the leadership of Hamas, as nearly everyone along the American political spectrum suddenly has felt obliged to do.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


Petraeus
DoD / Robert D. Ward

Promoting Petraeus

Defense Secretary Robert Gates thinks Gen. David Petraeus should succeed Adm. William Fallon as head of U.S. Central Command. “I don’t know anybody in the United States military better qualified to lead that effort,” said Gates.

Posted on Apr 23, 2008 READ MORE


Buzzkill: N.Y. Times Editorial Rebukes Clinton

The New York Times editorial board, which endorsed Hillary Clinton early and enthusiastically, has had enough of negativity in the race for the White House: “It is past time for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to acknowledge that the negativity, for which she is mostly responsible, does nothing but harm to her, her opponent, her party and the 2008 election.”

Posted on Apr 22, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton
flickr.com/photos/philgarlic

Clinton Threatens to ‘Obliterate’ Iran

How proud the Clintonistas must be. They have learned how to rival what Hillary once termed the “vast right-wing conspiracy” in the effort to destroy a viable Democratic leader who dares to stand in the way of their ambitions. Neither Karl Rove nor Dick Morris could have done a better job.

Posted on Apr 22, 2008 READ MORE


Robert Gates
ideologyofantiterrorism.blogtownhall.com

Gates: Another Mideast War Would be ‘Disastrous’

Here’s a statement that should be preserved for posterity: Defense Secretary Robert Gates told an audience at West Point that, although he believes Iran is “hellbent” on developing nuclear weapons, the last thing the U.S. needs is to get into another war in the Middle East. Gates got misty toward the end of his speech, telling cadets he feels “personally responsible” for their lives.

Posted on Apr 22, 2008 READ MORE


Substance for Those Who Were Patient

Once the meaningless inquisition about loose semantics and questionable acquaintances was done, Wednesday night’s debate between Obama and Clinton got interesting.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


Pickering
bbc.co.uk

Iran, U.S. in ‘Secret’ Nuke Talks

Diplomatic relations could be better between Iran and America, and judging by the tough-guy posturing of both nations’ presidents, neither side is likely to back down, especially when it comes to Iran’s nuclear program.  But the secret “back channel” discussions going on between the U.S. and Iran for some five years present a slightly different story.

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE


Iraqi refugees

Mosaic: What Petraeus Didn’t Tell Us

The latest “Mosaic Intelligence Report” takes a look at the “massive humanitarian crisis” that Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker failed to address in their update meetings with Congress about the Iraq war.

Posted on Apr 12, 2008 READ MORE


Shiraz mosque bombing
AP photo

Mosque Blast Kills 9, Injures Scores in Iran

A homemade bomb was reportedly the cause of a deadly explosion Saturday at a mosque in Shiraz, about 560 miles south of Iran’s capital city, Tehran.  According to Iran’s Fars news agency, nine people were killed and 105 wounded by the blast.

Posted on Apr 12, 2008 READ MORE


Road to Nowhere

The problem with the debate over our future course in Iraq is that the two sides are not even talking about the same things.

Posted on Apr 10, 2008 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad Finger
The Sydney Morning Herald

Put Up Your Nukes

Iranian President and up-and-coming schoolyard brawler Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared in a televised address Wednesday his country’s willingness to “bloody the enemy’s nose” in order to defend its national sovereignty. At issue is Iran’s controversial nuclear program, which Ahmadinejad has declared is negotiable only with U.N. nuclear officials, not the politicized Security Council.

Posted on Apr 9, 2008 READ MORE


CNN Iraq hearing

CNN Reporter: Iraq Update ‘Frighteningly Disappointing’

The questions leveled by Senate members at Ambassador Ryan Crocker and Gen. David Petraeus during Tuesday’s update session about Iraq failed to make the grade for Michael Ware, CNN’s “Situation Room” correspondent. Ware declared the session “frighteningly disappointing,” telling host Wolf Blitzer, “I just see a lot of oxygen being wasted here.”

Posted on Apr 9, 2008 READ MORE


Petraeus
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

Everything His President Wants to Hear

General Betray Us? Of course he has. MoveOn.org can hardly be expected to recycle its slogan from last September, when Gen. David Petraeus testified in support of escalating the U.S. war in Iraq, given the hysterical denunciations that worthy group received at the time. But it was right then—as it would be to repeat the charge now.

Posted on Apr 8, 2008 READ MORE


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Posted on Apr 3, 2008 READ MORE


Consider Iraq Defined

Quite a “defining moment” in Iraq, wasn’t it? At this rate, John McCain is going to be proved right: The war will last a century.

Posted on Mar 31, 2008 READ MORE


Sadr Cuts a Deal

Moqtada al-Sadr, after reaching an agreement with several Iraqi officials, has ordered his followers to stop fighting. Basra has reportedly quieted, but fighting continued in Baghdad despite the announcement. Underscoring Iran’s influence over the affairs of its neighbor, the deal was apparently brokered by the head of Iran’s Quds force, which the U.S. Congress has branded a terrorist organization.

Posted on Mar 30, 2008 READ MORE


Nixon?s Heir

Some days, there’s just no forgetting that Dick Cheney is still the vice president. We’ve had a few of these recently, with Cheney traveling to Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East on what might be called a goodwill mission, if the person making the trip were not Dick Cheney.

Posted on Mar 26, 2008 READ MORE


McCain

McCain’s Militant Mixup

Presidential contender John McCain took a trip to the Middle East to showcase his foreign policy chops, so the opposition was particularly delighted that it was during such a demonstration that he committed this gaffe.

Posted on Mar 19, 2008 READ MORE


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