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USS Hopper
U.S. Navy / John L. Beeman

Iran and U.S. Navy Play Chicken in Persian Gulf

The carrier group sent to the Persian Gulf to intimidate and irritate Iran apparently struck a nerve. The U.S. Navy says that five suspected Iranian ships came within “close proximity” of one of a group of three American vessels. The ships turned around and no shots were fired, according to a Navy official and news reports.

Posted on Jan 7, 2008 READ MORE


Giuliani ad

Fear-Mongering, Giuliani Style

Um, is it just us, or did Rudy Giuliani’s camp seize upon the strike-induced lull in Hollywood to hire out talent to make what looks and sounds like a Mideast-themed action movie trailer to promote his presidential campaign?  “A religion betrayed ... a nuclear power in chaos ... madmen bent on creating it. ... ”  Steven Seagal’s people should take notes from this one.

Posted on Jan 3, 2008 READ MORE


The Middle East in 2007

It’s been a rough year for the Middle East, from Saddam’s hanging to mass killings in Iraq and the war of words over Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program. The Mosaic Intelligence Report takes a look back and asks whether there is hope for the future.

Posted on Dec 22, 2007 READ MORE


Scott Ritter
Truthdig / Zuade Kaufman

Scott Ritter on War With Iran

The Truthdig columnist (and WMD expert) warns that war with Iran could be inevitable, despite the National Intelligence Estimate report that says Iran dismantled its nuclear program in 2003. Bush, Ritter argues, doesn’t let facts get in the way of what he wants.

Posted on Dec 19, 2007 READ MORE


The Fight of Her Life

The Democratic contest in Iowa—and possibly the battle for the party’s presidential nomination—hangs on whether Hillary Clinton can use the next two weeks to encourage second thoughts about Barack Obama, and get voters to take a second look at her.

Posted on Dec 18, 2007 READ MORE


Is Bush Stopped in His Tracks on Iran?

The release of the National Intelligence Estimate concerning Iran’s nuclear status marks the latest in a series of assaults by the Pentagon and the intelligence community against the war posturing of the administration.

Posted on Dec 16, 2007 READ MORE


Sarkozy and Gadhafi
AP photo / Francois Mori

We’ll Always Have Paris

For former “60 Minutes” producer Barry Lando, Moammar Gadhafi’s recent visit to France raised some important questions about the West’s attitudes toward tyrants. Just whom should we embrace and whom should we flatten with a bit of shock and awe?

Posted on Dec 14, 2007 READ MORE


Doesn’t Anybody Have WMD?

The list of folks who turn out not to have the ability to destroy the world is growing at a dangerous rate.

Posted on Dec 14, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani

Giuliani:  Military Action Against Iran Not Off the Table

Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani went on “Meet the Press” on Sunday to talk about his chances for winning the nomination (he’s ahead in some states) and his stance on several key issues, including the U.S.‘s relations with Iran. It looks like he’s still siding with the hawks. 

Posted on Dec 10, 2007 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad

Ahmadinejad Declares Victory

The “Mosaic Intelligence Report” examines the fallout of the new NIE report, which says Iran suspended its nuclear weapons program in 2003: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is being touted as the winner in the Middle East—except in Israel—and George Bush’s America is being called the loser.

Posted on Dec 10, 2007 READ MORE


Peace Protest
AP photo / Bela Szandelszky

Why We Resist

The refusal to pay my taxes if we go to war with Iran, and the portion of my taxes spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan if we do not cut off funding for these two conflicts, is not a means. It is an end. I do not know if my refusal, and the refusal of others, will be effective in halting these wars. All I know is that it is worth doing.

Posted on Dec 10, 2007 READ MORE


Olbermann

Olbermann: Bush Either ‘Pathological Presidential Liar’ or ‘Idiot-in-Chief’

Not one to mince words, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann ripped into President Bush for beating the WWIII war drums about Iran months after the gist of the NIE report on Iran was known to the White House:  “It is the nightmare scenario of political science fiction: a critical juncture in our history and ... a president manifestly unfit to serve and, behind him in the vice presidency, an unapologetic warmonger who has long been seeing a world visible only to himself.”

Posted on Dec 7, 2007 READ MORE


Senators
AP photo / Lawrence Jackson

Calling on Congress to Stop a War

The former chief weapons inspector argues that the Bush administration isn’t going to let facts get in the way of its eagerly sought war with Iran. If there’s any hope of avoiding such a conflict, Ritter writes, Congress will have to rouse from its slumber and act, rather than continuing to wait for the White House to make the first move.

Posted on Dec 7, 2007 READ MORE


Pakistani Missile
AP photo / B.K. Bangash

Andrew Cockburn on the Islamic Bomb

A quartet of new books provides an inside look at Pakistan’s nuclear smuggling network and how it flourished. A sordid tale of how the United States simultaneously acted as an enabler for the construction of the “Islamic Bomb” and coddled the Islamists who might one day control it.

Posted on Dec 6, 2007 READ MORE


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news.google.com

Israeli Public Opposes Attacking Iran

The Israeli government has been decidedly hawkish about Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program, even after the NIE report suggested there isn’t one. The Israeli people, on the other hand, have taken a more enlightened view: According to a new poll, roughly two-thirds oppose a unilateral attack on Iran.

Posted on Dec 6, 2007 READ MORE


Telling the Truth About Iran

Even when George W. Bush tells the truth, he cannot quite bring himself to tell the whole truth.

Posted on Dec 6, 2007 READ MORE


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Posted on Dec 5, 2007 READ MORE


Bush
AP photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

It Turns Out Ahmadinejad Was the Truthful One

Bush is such a liar. Or is he just out to lunch on the most important issue that he faces? In October, he charged that Iran’s nuclear weapons program was bringing the world to the precipice of World War III, even though the White House had been informed at least a month earlier that Iran had no such program and had stopped efforts to develop one back in 2003.

Posted on Dec 4, 2007 READ MORE


Scott Ritter
Truthdig / Zuade Kaufman

Scott Ritter on the NIE Report and War With Iran

The Truthdig columnist (and WMD expert) warns that war with Iran could be inevitable, despite the National Intelligence Estimate report that says Iran dismantled its nuclear program in 2003. Bush, Ritter argues, doesn’t let facts get in the way of what he wants.

Posted on Dec 4, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Still Hawkish on Iran Despite Nuke Report

A day after the release of the National Intelligence Estimate assessment on Iran’s purportedly halted nuclear weapons program, President Bush once again demonstrated his well-practiced ability to repurpose facts or opinions to better serve his administration’s aims.

Posted on Dec 4, 2007 READ MORE


Iran nuclear program
payvand.com

U.S. Report:  Iran Halted Nuclear Weapons Program in  ‘03

A new report released by American intelligence officials profoundly contradicts President Bush’s claims on the Iran nuclear threat and casts his “World War III” fear-mongering in a dubious light.  The National Intelligence Estimate’s declassified assessment, compiled from 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, says Iran actually halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 “in response to international pressure.”

Posted on Dec 3, 2007 READ MORE


oil fire
AP photo / Sasa Kralj

‘The Iran Agenda’

In this excerpt from his new book, “The Iran Agenda,” veteran independent journalist and Truthdig contributor Reese Erlich challenges the conventional wisdom on Iran’s nuclear ambitions as he investigates the drive for war.

Posted on Dec 3, 2007 READ MORE


The Grown-Ups Never Showed Up

The ascension of George W., according to many Bush loyalists, was a return of mature and wise foreign policy.  Tell that to the ailing Middle East, whose future is now being pondered in a U.S. meeting that seems destined to fail.

Posted on Nov 28, 2007 READ MORE


Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges’ Civil Disobedience

The Truthdig columnist writes in The Nation that he will not pay his taxes if the United States attacks Iran. Like Henry David Thoreau before him, Hedges will not help finance an immoral war. “I realize this is a desperate and perhaps futile gesture,” he writes. “But an attack on Iran—which appears increasingly likely before the coming presidential election—will unleash a regional conflict of catastrophic proportions.”

Posted on Nov 21, 2007 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad
AP photo / Hasan Sarbakhshian

Iranian Newspaper Blasts Ahmadinejad

In what may be a sign of turning tides within Iran, a powerful paper in Tehran, The Islamic Republic, published an editorial Wednesday slamming President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s treatment of his political opponents—an auspicious critique, considering the paper’s close ties with Ayatollah Khamenei.

Posted on Nov 21, 2007 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad and Chavez
AP photo / Vahid Salemi

Chavez and Ahmadinejad Huddle in Iran

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez stopped off in Tehran to meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday after the weekend’s OPEC summit in Saudi Arabia, marking Chavez’s fourth trip to Iran in two years.  During their tête-à-tête, the two least likely leaders to drop in for dinner at the White House discussed, among other things, the dollar’s recent and precipitous decline.

Posted on Nov 19, 2007 READ MORE


Nuclear Two-Step

The rule is simple: The good guys get the nukes, the bad guys don’t.  And who decides who’s naughty and who’s nice? Not Santa—it’s the Decider.

Posted on Nov 18, 2007 READ MORE


Iran negotiator
AP photo / Vahid Salemi

U.N. Gives Mixed Reviews to Iran’s Nuclear Program

The good news, according to the U.N.‘s nuclear agency, is that Iran earlier was forthcoming with information about its nuclear program.  The bad news is that Iran is not now offering the same level of transparency, is reportedly still enriching uranium in defiance of the Security Council and may be, according to the BBC, cooperating just enough to avoid additional sanctions. Above, Iranian negotiator Saeed Jalili.

Posted on Nov 15, 2007 READ MORE


Sane Officers Oppose Cheney

The Pentagon has launched a preventive strike against a target that military chiefs presumably regard as one of the most active current threats to U.S. and world security—namely, the office of the vice president of the United States.

Posted on Nov 15, 2007 READ MORE


Obama

Obama Blows the Doors Off

The horse-race coverage of the campaign mostly missed this absolute gem of a speech from Barack Obama, who has scratched and clawed his way to a virtual tie with Hillary Clinton and John Edwards in Iowa.

Posted on Nov 14, 2007 READ MORE


Gen. Casey
AP photo / Brennan Linsley

In the Hands of the Military

The last, best hope for averting a war with Iran lies with the United States military. We will be saved or doomed by our generals.

Posted on Nov 12, 2007 READ MORE


king and queen

Oil Is King

The Mosaic Intelligence Report investigates who is benefiting from record oil prices and whether there’s more to the Saudi king’s European tour than meets the eye.

Posted on Nov 11, 2007 READ MORE


Iran uranium plant
AP photo / Vahid Salemi

Iran Reaches Nuke Landmark

Iran is another step closer to reaching its long-term nuclear goals, now that 3,000 centrifuges are up and running as part of its uranium enrichment program.  Some experts in the West say 3,000 centrifuges technically could be sufficient to produce a nuclear weapon within a year.

Posted on Nov 7, 2007 READ MORE


‘From the Desk of Donald Rumsfeld’

The Washington Post has obtained a number of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s “snowflakes,” curt memos fired off at a rate of up to 60 a day. The documents offer rare, unpolished insight into one of the principal architects of the Iraq war, who “argued that Muslims avoid ‘physical labor’ and wrote of the need to ‘keep elevating the threat,’ ‘link Iraq to Iran’ and develop ‘bumper sticker statements’ to rally public support for an increasingly unpopular war.”

Posted on Nov 1, 2007 READ MORE


Public Relations Disaster Management

Though time will certainly tell, the Bush administration so far has not yet surpassed that of Richard Nixon’s in its contempt for a free press and its unrelenting war on the truth.

Posted on Oct 30, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani Lowers the Discourse

Historians may one day debate Rudy Giuliani’s recent preposterous comments at a New Hampshire town hall meeting. “Did he mean it?” they might ask. “Or was he just dehydrated?” While addressing voters, the candidate said that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were debating whether to invite Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Osama bin Laden to their inaugurations. But wait, there’s more.

Posted on Oct 29, 2007 READ MORE


Iran sanctions

Mosaic on America’s Sanctions Against Iran

This week’s Mosaic Intelligence Report looks at the U.S.‘s newly imposed sanctions against Iran’s military—the first time, the Link TV report points out, that the U.S. has sought to punish another country’s military this way.  Could America’s latest move constitute a prelude to war?  Iranian officials have reacted angrily, saying the sanction strategy is “doomed to failure.”

Posted on Oct 27, 2007 READ MORE


Protest Paradox

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Electoral Dysfunction

An impotent GOP is beating up immigrants, sick kids and foreign countries in the feeble hope that grateful voters will stick it to the Democrats next year.

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 READ MORE


Code Pink and Condi

Protester to Rice:  Iraqi Blood Is on Your Hands

Here’s footage from Wednesday’s dramatic confrontation on Capitol Hill between a Code Pink anti-war activist with faux blood on her hands and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, whose hands are stained, according to the protester, with the “blood of millions of Iraqis.”

Posted on Oct 24, 2007 READ MORE


Bush in Roosevelt Room
AP photo / Ron Edmonds

War Costs Spiral Out of Control

Hey, a billion here, a billion there, who’s counting?  Not the State Department, which admitted this week that it can’t say “specifically what it received” for the $1.2 billion it paid DynCorp, ostensibly to train the Iraqi police—other than that somebody got an Olympic-size swimming pool out of the deal.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE


Castro
AP photo / Jose Goitia, file

Castro:  Bush Could Start WWIII

Joining in the exciting game of apocalyptic Mad Libs that President Bush kicked off with his recent pronouncement that a nuclear-equipped Iran could start World War III, Cuban leader Fidel Castro has swapped out “Iran” for “Bush” and turned Bush’s accusation back at him in this latest round of doomsday fun.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE


Cheney
AP photo / Caleb Jones

Cheney:  ‘We Will Not Allow Iran’ to Get Nukes

Adding fuel to the fire from President Bush’s “World War III” comment about the threat a nuclear-equipped Iran would pose to the world, Vice President Dick Cheney said on Sunday that the U.S. and like-minded nations “will not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon.”  However, Cheney was less than clear about exactly how this nuke-thwarting process might take place.

Posted on Oct 22, 2007 READ MORE


Bush and Cheney
AP photo / Charles Dharapak

On the Eve of Destruction

The former intelligence officer and weapons inspector argues that the president’s recent World War III comment offers some rare insight into the highly secretive world of George W. Bush’s White House, where the leader of the free world gets advice from reckless neoconservatives, “war criminal” Dick Cheney and “God.”

Posted on Oct 22, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Practicing

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Posted on Oct 21, 2007 READ MORE    


Bombing Iran

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Posted on Oct 21, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton
politico.com

A Chink in Clinton’s Armor?

Hillary Clinton may be the front-runner, but her campaign has been doing a bit of damage control in Iowa over the senator’s vote to declare Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a terrorist organization, a move critics believe is a prelude to war with Iran. Clinton sent out a mass mailing explaining her vote and insisting that she opposes military action “without full Congressional approval.”

Posted on Oct 21, 2007 READ MORE


George W. Bush

Mosaic on Bush’s World War III ‘Threat’

The Mosaic Intelligence Report tackles Bush’s heated rhetoric about Iran and the connection with the president’s chilly relationship with Russia.

Posted on Oct 19, 2007 READ MORE


Iraq power line
nytimes.com

Iraq Awards Iran Contracts, U.S. Sulks

Determined to show just how adolescent they can be, U.S. representatives in Baghdad have expressed dissatisfaction and suspicion over a pair of power plants that Iranian and Chinese companies plan to build in Iraq. One American military official described the contracts this way: “As you know, it’s not always as it appears.”

Posted on Oct 18, 2007 READ MORE


Bush at podium
AP photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Bush Warns of “WW III” If Iran Gets Nukes

Let’s review these key ingredients from a White House news conference on Wednesday and see if they remind us of anything, shall we?  We had: President G. W. Bush—check! Fear-mongering about weapons that a Middle Eastern nation is allegedly developing—check! Accusations from the Bush administration about said Middle Eastern nation lying about said weapons to the U.N.—check! 

Posted on Oct 17, 2007 READ MORE


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