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B2 Bomber
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A Horrific Plan for Attacking Iran

U.S. Central Command has developed a plan for airstrikes against Iran that includes hitting not just nuclear facilities but most military targets throughout the country. According to the BBC, either confirmation that Iran is building a nuclear weapon or evidence linking Tehran to a high-casualty attack inside Iraq could set the plan in motion.

Posted on Feb 19, 2007 READ MORE


Patrick Cockburn

A Conversation With Patrick Cockburn

One of the UK’s most seasoned reporters (The Independent, Financial Times) discusses the dangers of working as an “unembedded” journalist in Iraq and looks at the prospects of war with Iran. (A Counterpunch magazine video interview) Part 1, Part 2

Posted on Feb 17, 2007 READ MORE


CNN's Ed Henry
CNN

Truthdigger of the Week: Ed Henry

Truthdig tips its hat this week to the CNN White House correspondent who has doggedly exposed the contradictions between the Bush White House and the U.S. military on Iranian involvement in Iraq. 

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


Collage

Weekly Video Roundup

This week, our selection of Truthdig-flavored videos includes a preview of Fox’s answer to “The Daily Show”; The Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines speaking about artistic courage to the ACLU; and Chris Hedges laying a smackdown to Colbert and the Christian right.

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


CNN reporter Ed Henry

CNN’s Ed Henry Needles Bush on Iran

The cable network’s new White House correspondent is quickly becoming a favorite of Truthdig’s. First he pressed Tony Snow on dubious government claims about Iran-Iraq links. Now he’s calling the White House on its BS about those claims. Way to go, Ed.

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


John Oliver and Iran

John Oliver Nails Iran’s Weapons Source

Amid a discussion of Bush’s dubious claims about Iranian influence in Iraq, “The Daily Show’s” “senior military speculator” hilariously divines the point of origin of Tehran’s armaments.

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 READ MORE


Time for Hillary to Admit Error—and Act

Sen. Clinton can best recover from her vacillation on Iraq by demanding that Bush use diplomacy with Iran.

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


Former Aide Accuses Condi of ‘Misleading’ Congress

Flynt Leverett, a former aide to Condoleezza Rice, has essentially accused the secretary of state of lying to Congress and the American people when she denied seeing a 2003 proposal from Iran. Tehran had offered a deal similar to what the U.S. wants now, but the Bush administration had no interest at the time. Leverett said former Secretary of State Colin Powell told him he “couldn’t sell it at the White House.”

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


Tony Snow on Iran

Reporters Press Snow to Justify Iran Claims

Remember how the White House used weasel words and half-truths to link Iraq with al-Qaida? This clip shows more of the same, but this time it’s Tony Snow dubiously linking Iraq and Iran—and reporters are having none of it.

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


Bush on Iran

Bush Dodges Questions on Iran Intel

Watch Bush avoid a CNN reporter’s questions as to the credibility of White House claims about Iranian interference in Iraq.

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


al-Sadr
msnbc.com

Where in the World Is Moqtada al-Sadr?

An anonymous U.S. official said on Tuesday that prominent Shiite cleric and Iraqi political figure Moqtada al-Sadr had fled to Iran in order to escape either an American crackdown or fringe elements of his own militia. But several Iraqi officials on Wednesday, also speaking anonymously, said al-Sadr was still in Iraq.

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


North Korea Deal a ‘Template’ for Iran

The Bush administration hopes its deal with North Korea will serve as a “template” for Iran, but convincing Tehran to abandon its nuclear program won’t be a walk in the park. Unlike North Korea, Iran has no use for energy aid and has managed to outmaneuver the U.S. in several regional conflicts.

Posted on Feb 13, 2007 READ MORE


Dog and Pony Show

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Posted on Feb 13, 2007 READ MORE


Sawyer and Ahmadinejad
ABC News

Ahmadinejad Says Iran is ‘Ready to Cooperate’

During a contentious interview with Diane Sawyer, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that his country is “ready to cooperate” with regard to its nuclear program “within the framework of regulations.” He also called the Holocaust an “excuse” for the occupation of Palestinian land.

Posted on Feb 13, 2007 READ MORE


Bush on Iran

Bush Obfuscates on Iran

You won’t believe (or maybe you will) what the leader of the free world has to say about the public perception that he’s prepping an attack on Iran. (Hint: It’s both intellectually dishonest and grossly inarticulate.) Watch it

Posted on Feb 12, 2007 READ MORE


Mr. Fish: Obama’s New Direction

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U.S. Accuses Iran of Supplying Militants

Two Defense Department officials and a mysterious analyst held an anonymous briefing for reporters Sunday to offer evidence of Iran’s involvement with hostile forces in Iraq. The three claimed Tehran is supplying militants with sophisticated weapons that they said had been used against U.S. forces for at least two years, but the analyst, whose exact job description was withheld, admitted the evidence was not a “smoking gun.”

Posted on Feb 11, 2007 READ MORE


Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
chinadaily.com

Iran Warns U.S.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned Thursday that Iran would respond to an attack by striking against U.S. interests around the world. Iran’s supreme leader noted that President Bush is seen as reckless, but suggested “it is possible to bring this kind of person to wisdom.” That’s easy for him to say; we’ve been trying for a long time without any luck.

Posted on Feb 8, 2007 READ MORE


Plan B

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Posted on Feb 7, 2007 READ MORE


Spy Satellite
news.bbc.co.uk

Satellite Spy Agency Gets Bilked

Spy satellites provide much of the intelligence community’s raw data, whether snapshots of Iran’s nuclear facilities or al-Qaida training camps. David Kaplan has the story on how the National Reconnaissance Office, the $7.5-billion-a-year agency that builds and operates the satellites, has had to contend with potentially massive fraud among its many contractors.

Posted on Feb 6, 2007 READ MORE


checkpoint
news.bbc.co.uk

Diplomat’s Abduction Aggravates Iran-U.S. Relations

Iran says it is holding the United States responsible for the life and safety of an Iranian diplomat who was kidnapped Sunday. Iraqi officials say Jalal Sharafi was abducted by men wearing the uniform of a special unit under American command, but the U.S. has denied any involvement.

Posted on Feb 6, 2007 READ MORE


Iranian Kool-Aid

How the Press Can Prevent Another Iraq

Washington Post columnist Dan Froomkin has put together a 10-point checklist to help journalists avoid drinking Bush’s Iranian-flavored Kool-Aid.

Posted on Feb 5, 2007 READ MORE


Blair and Bush

Blair Is Urged to Press Bush to Avoid Iran War

Tony Blair is coming under intense domestic pressure to convince Bush to enter talks with Iran—and avoid a war with “unthinkable” consequences.

Posted on Feb 5, 2007 READ MORE


Retired Generals, Admiral Warn Against Attack on Iran

Three former high-ranking U.S. military men have called on the Bush administration to pursue diplomacy with Iran, saying “an attack on Iran would have disastrous consequences,” a concern shared by a group of 22 physicists, including 12 Nobel laureates, which has asked Congress to restrict the president’s ability to use nuclear weapons against Tehran.

Posted on Feb 4, 2007 READ MORE


Bush sad
sptimes.com

U.S. Invitation to Iraq Summit Lost in the Mail

The Iraqi government has invited Bush administration antagonists Iran and Syria to Baghdad for security talks, which might also include the Arab League and the United Nations. The United States has not received an invitation.

Posted on Feb 2, 2007 READ MORE


Collage

Weekly Video Roundup

This week our selection of Truthdig-flavored videos contains a hysterical satire of Bush’s State of the Union speech and two revealing then-and-now comparisons: one of John McCain’s hypocrisies and one of Bush’s rhetorical parallels between Iraq and Iran.

Posted on Feb 2, 2007 READ MORE


Bush's Iraq-Iran comparisons

Bush’s Disturbing Iraq-Iran Parallels

Olbermann put together a video package that compares Bush’s 2002 rhetoric about Iraq with his 2007 rhetoric about Iran. It’s not pretty.

  • Also, see this Vanity Fair article, which has more frightening news on the topic.

  • Posted on Feb 1, 2007 READ MORE


    Three leaders
    Vanity Fair

    From the Folks Who Brought You Iraq…

    In the new issue of Vanity Fair, experts in and out of the government report that the groundwork for a war against Iran has already been set. “I’ve heard from sources at the Pentagon that their impression is that the White House has made a decision that war is going to happen,” a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist tells the mag.

  • Related: Check out a video of Bush’s disturbing Iraq-Iran parallels

  • Posted on Feb 1, 2007 READ MORE


    Iran: Bush’s Next Disaster?

    Although the president claims he has no intention of attacking Iran, his every action indicates otherwise.

    Posted on Jan 31, 2007 READ MORE


    Lebanon crisis
    news.bbc.co.uk

    Washington Is Conflicted Over Unexpected Alliance

    Saudi Arabia and Iran have joined forces to mediate tensions in Lebanon in an odd turn of events that is sure to addle the Bush administration. While the U.S. strongly opposes Iran’s regional influence, Saudi Arabia is but the latest American ally to cozy up to Tehran in the interest of stability.

    Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


    F-14 Tomcat
    globalsecurity.org

    Senators Seek to Deny U.S. Jet Parts to Iran

    Although the United States and Iran have a testy relationship at best, weaknesses in security protocol currently allow buyers for Tehran to procure valuable aircraft parts from the U.S. military. At least two Democrats in the Senate want to cut off the supply, which would make the Iranian air force effectively irreparable.

    Posted on Jan 29, 2007 READ MORE


    Soldier
    from spacewar.com

    U.S. Troops Authorized to Kill Iranians in Iraq

    The president has authorized U.S. troops to “kill or capture” Iranian soldiers and intelligence operatives found in Iraq, and the administration has even pressured military commanders to take advantage of the policy, according to multiple sources who spoke with The Washington Post.

    Posted on Jan 26, 2007 READ MORE


    Iran Leader Scoffs at Sanctions

    A defiant Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Sunday that U.N. sanctions would have no effect on his nation’s nuclear policy or economy: “The [U.N.] resolution was born dead and even if they issue 10 more of such resolutions it will not affect Iran’s economy and policies.”

    Posted on Jan 21, 2007 READ MORE


    Misplaced Loyalty

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    Posted on Jan 20, 2007 READ MORE


    Dick Cheney
    jabtv.com

    Cheney Rejected Iran Concessions

    Four years ago, Iran offered to end its support of Hezbollah and Hamas, help to stabilize Iraq and make its nuclear program more transparent, according to a top aide to former Secretary of State Colin Powell. But Vice President Dick Cheney nixed the deal, because of his “We don’t talk to evil” mentality, the aide said.

    Posted on Jan 18, 2007 READ MORE


    Joe Conason: Our Iraqi Friends Befriend Our Enemies

    Should the United States attack Iran, which side would the Iraqi government support? The answer to that simple question is far from clear, despite the thousands of lives and billions of dollars we have sacrificed to support the ruling coalition in Baghdad.

    Posted on Jan 18, 2007 READ MORE


    Chris Matthews

    Chris Matthews Drops the S-Bomb

    Chris Matthews really stuck it to the hawks on Wednesday’s “Hardball”: “If you want America to be a hegemonic power in the Middle East, you’re out of step with the American people. We’re not going to fight it out with Iran for the next 30 years to see who the big s***—I’m sorry—the big name is on the block.”
    (h/t: Think Progress)

    Posted on Jan 17, 2007 READ MORE


    Congress Mass-Produces Antiwar Legislation

    Daily Kos has an excellent rundown of the 11 antiwar bills bursting forth from both houses of Congress. Some legislation is tougher than the rest, but the sheer number of proposals seems to indicate that the legislative branch is bending to the will of the people. It’s a good day for democracy.

    Posted on Jan 17, 2007 READ MORE


    Abdel Aziz al-Hakim

    A Top Iraqi Politician Condemns U.S. Over Iran

    From the BBC: “One of Iraq’s most powerful Shia politicians has condemned the arrest of Iranians by US forces in Iraq as an attack on the country’s sovereignty.” The BBC called this “the strongest expression yet of Iraq’s concern about the US approach to Iran.”
    This, from the cleric whom Bush embraced so fervently last month.

    Posted on Jan 17, 2007 READ MORE


    Rumsfeld and Saddam

    Saddam’s American Allies

    Former “60 Minutes” producer and author Barry Lando connects the dots between Saddam Hussein and his American backers in this powerful documentary.
    (h/t: BarryLando)

    Posted on Jan 17, 2007 READ MORE


    Gates
    from asashop.org

    Bush Administration Continues to Trash-Talk Iran

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who only two years ago supported renewing diplomatic relations with Tehran, has taken the administration’s recent Iran bashing to heart, saying the U.S. will beef up its presence in the Persian Gulf to make sure Ahmadinejad & Co. don’t get any ideas.

    Posted on Jan 15, 2007 READ MORE


    Hagel and Lieberman

    Sen. Hagel Dismantles Lieberman

    You have to hand it to Joe Lieberman. Rattling off one stale lie and misdirection after another, as he did this Sunday on “Meet the Press,” while maintaining a straight face could not have been easy. Luckily Chuck Hagel was on hand to refute Lieberman’s tired propaganda.

    Posted on Jan 14, 2007 READ MORE


    Bush Authorizes Secret CIA Action in Lebanon

    President Bush has authorized the CIA to take covert action in Lebanon against Hezbollah, according to a secret presidential finding obtained by The Daily Telegraph. As part of the policy, the CIA and other intelligence groups will subvert Hezbollah’s influence by funding activists who are supportive of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora’s government.
    (h/t: Largest Minority)

    Posted on Jan 14, 2007 READ MORE


    Iraq US Forces
    msnbc.com

    Bush Authorized Seizure of Iranians

    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.

    Posted on Jan 13, 2007 READ MORE


    Luckovich: War Games

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    Posted on Jan 12, 2007 READ MORE


    helicopter raid
    apan-info.net

    U.S. Abductions Lead to Standoff With Kurds

    Just hours before the president’s national address, during which he accused Iran of supporting attacks on American troops, U.S. forces raided the Iranian consulate in Erbil, Kurdistan, abducting at least five people and seizing documents and other property, according to eyewitnesses.

    Posted on Jan 11, 2007 READ MORE


    mushroom cloud
    nationalgeographic.com

    Israel Considers Nuking Iran

    The Sunday Times has learned that Israel is considering the use of tactical nuclear weapons in order to eliminate Iran’s nuclear program. According to Israeli military sources, the plan would be implemented only if the United States refused to act militarily or analysts decided a conventional attack would be unsuccessful. (h/t: Largest Minority)

    Posted on Jan 7, 2007 READ MORE


    Andy Borowitz: Bush’s New Year’s Resolutions

    The satirist reports on the president’s vows for 2007—which include organizing a hunting trip for Dick Cheney and Nancy Pelosi.

    Posted on Dec 28, 2006 READ MORE


    road sign
    nytimes.com

    Iran’s Afghan Strategy

    Iran has flooded Afghanistan with both good works and propaganda, writes The New York Times’ David Rohde, in an effort to spread its influence. While the U.S. has resisted Tehran’s ascendancy in Iraq, it seems the Bush administration’s growing disinterest in Afghanistan extends to Iran’s presence there.

    Posted on Dec 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Natanz
    news.bbc.co.uk

    Iran Unfazed by Sanctions

    Iran responded defiantly Sunday to U.N. Security Council sanctions by announcing it would press ahead with nuclear enrichment. “Previously we said repeatedly that if the Westerners wanted to exploit the UN Security Council it will not only have no influence but make us more determined to pursue our nuclear goals even faster,” said Iran’s top nuclear negotiator.

    Posted on Dec 24, 2006 READ MORE


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