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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

    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

    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


    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

    Posted on Jan 20, 2007 READ MORE

    Dick Cheney

    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


    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

    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

    Posted on Jan 12, 2007 READ MORE

    helicopter raid

    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

    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

    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


    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

    students protest

    More Trouble for Ahmadinejad

    The student movement that led to revolution in Iran may now be setting its sights on the country’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was protested last week during an appearance at the same university where the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy was planned.

    Posted on Dec 21, 2006 READ MORE

    U.S. Tries Bullying Iran

    The White House is considering whether to further pressure Iran by adding to the naval fleet already stationed in the Gulf region. The carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower and four other ships and submarines already present could be joined by at least one additional carrier in this dicey bid to rattle Tehran.

    Posted on Dec 20, 2006 READ MORE

    Tehran shoppers
    Resse Erlich

    Iranians Skeptical About U.S.-Tehran Dialogue

    Award-winning journalist Reese Erlich discovers that everyday Iranians favor talks between America and Tehran, but most think the negotiations will amount to little more than window dressing.

    Posted on Dec 19, 2006 READ MORE

    redacted document

    Government Accused of Censorship

    The National Security Council has blocked publication of an article critical of the Bush administration’s Iran policy, claiming that it contains classified information. The piece was written by two former government Mideast experts, who have accused the NSC of playing politics: “They don’t want us to say how many opportunities this administration has missed to put relations with Iran on a better track.”

    Posted on Dec 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Iran’s President Suffers Election Rout

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appears to have suffered his first major political setback, as early results from last week’s election start to come in. Ahmadinejad’s Sweet Scent of Service coalition won only three of Tehran’s 15 city council seats, while reformists and moderate conservatives enjoyed electoral success nationwide.

    Posted on Dec 18, 2006 READ MORE

    Powell: A Panel of Experts

    Posted on Dec 13, 2006 READ MORE

    Beirut demonstrations

    Lebanon on the Brink

    Hezbollah has threatened an escalation in its campaign against Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora unless he resigns.  Hundreds of thousands of Hezbollah supporters took to the streets on Sunday, but Christian and Sunni leaders appear unlikely to bow to the pressure.

    Posted on Dec 11, 2006 READ MORE

    Reese Erlich
    Courtesy Reese Erlich

    Kleptocracy, Theocracy (and Democracy) in the Middle East

    Investigative reporter Reese Erlich, just back from a tour of the Middle East, tells Truthdig that the U.S. efforts to promote democracy in that part of the world are beset by religious fundamentalists on one side and unabashed kleptocrats on the other.

    Posted on Dec 8, 2006 READ MORE

    Joe Conason: From Gates, Belated Truths About Iraq

    If nothing else can be said for Robert Gates, he seems to have learned that the appearance of honesty is preferable to blatant attempts at deception.

    Posted on Dec 7, 2006 READ MORE

    Bush and Hakim

    Bush Winks at Iran

    With Moqtada al-Sadr walking out of Nouri al-Maliki’s government, the Iraqi prime minister is desperate for the support of prominent Shiite Abdul Aziz al-Hakim and his 30 parliamentarians, which may explain President Bush’s meeting with the politician earlier Monday.  However, Hakim has strong ties to Iran, which is widely assumed to equip and fund his militia, placing Bush in yet another awkward tap dance between stability in Iraq and hostility toward Iran.

    Posted on Dec 4, 2006 READ MORE

    Joe Conason: Time to Face Facts in Iraq

    Bush made his bed with the Iraq quagmire. Now he has to deal with the consequences: diplomacy with Iran and Syria.

    Posted on Nov 30, 2006 READ MORE

    Powell - Grade School Diplomacy

    Posted on Nov 29, 2006 READ MORE

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
    AP Photo / Vahid Salemi

    Robert Scheer: Learning to Live With the Ayatollahs

    How in the world did George W. Bush manage to turn Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the “Supreme Leader” of “Axis of Evil” Iran, into a prophet of peace in the Middle East?

    Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE

    Talabani and Ahmadinejad

    Iran Pledges Help to Iraq

    Iraq’s president met with his Iranian counterpart on Monday, asking for assistance with his nation’s growing security crisis.  Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad responded warmly: “Definitely, the Iranian government and nation will stand next to its brother Iraq and will do every help it can to strengthen security in Iraq.”

    Posted on Nov 27, 2006 READ MORE

    satellite image

    From the People Who Brought You the Iraq War

    Analysts are abuzz over a potential U.S. airstrike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.  Although the certainty of such an attack has grown hazier with a new Congress and a new defense secretary, a number of Bush loyalists have already indicated their desire to deal militarily with Iran’s nuclear program.

    Posted on Nov 25, 2006 READ MORE

    Bush and Maliki

    An Awkward Rendezvous

    President Bush is set to travel to Jordan next week for a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.  The event might be a bit uncomfortable for the pair, now that the Iraqi government has responded to the flirtations of Iran and Syria.

    Posted on Nov 22, 2006 READ MORE

    Speaking of Iran…

    Iran has invited the Iraqi and Syrian presidents to Tehran for a weekend summit to figure out how to curb the violence in Iraq. The invite is being regarded as another example of the newly empowered Iran upstaging potential U.S. efforts toward the same end.

    Posted on Nov 20, 2006 READ MORE

    Opinions Diverge Wildly on Iran

    Whereas Tod Koppel and WashPo reporter Robin Wright both reject a military option with Tehran as unrealistic, an American Enterprise Institute fellow writes, “WE MUST bomb Iran.”

    Posted on Nov 20, 2006 READ MORE

    Hersh: CIA Has No Firm Evidence of Iran Nuke Drive

    The CIA has found no hard evidence of a secret drive by Iran to develop nuclear weapons, The New Yorker’s Sy Hersh reports.

  • Also, Hersh reports that Cheney has vowed to circumvent Congress and pursue military options against Tehran.

  • Posted on Nov 20, 2006 READ MORE

    Seymour Hersh

    Hersh: White House ‘Stovepiping’ Iran Intelligence

    Seymour Hersh says the White House is channeling intelligence related to Iran’s nuclear program, a la Iraq, preventing the CIA from scrutinizing “evidence” attributed to a secret Israeli source inside Iran.  According to Hersh, the CIA maintains Iran has “no secret program of significant bomb making.”

    Posted on Nov 19, 2006 READ MORE

    Dennis Kucinich
    AP / Lee Marriner

    Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Cut Off Iraq War Funding

    In a Truthdig interview, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) reacts to Rep. John Murtha’s failed bid for House majority leader, and explains why cutting off funding for the Iraq war is the only way to truly protect American troops.

    Posted on Nov 16, 2006 READ MORE

    Mr. Fish - Ahmadinejad’s Secret Signs

    Posted on Nov 15, 2006 READ MORE    

    Iran Hangs Gay Man in Public

    A gay Iranian man was hanged in the western city of Kermanshah’s “Freedom Square” on charges of sodomy.

  • A wake-up call: The bigotry of the U.S. Catholic Church toward gays pales in comparison to the homicidal intolerance of other cultures worldwide.

    Posted on Nov 15, 2006 READ MORE

  • Delorean

    Hey, Iran, What’s All the Plutonium For?

    International inspectors have found unexplained plutonium and highly enriched uranium traces in an Iranian nuclear waste facility and have asked Tehran for an explanation.

  • We’re guessing that Ahmadinejad isn’t trying to power a time machine, like the one from “Back to the Future” (above).

  • Posted on Nov 14, 2006 READ MORE

    Rumsfeld, Bush and Gates

    Robert Scheer: Gates Has Some Explaining to Do

    Truthdig’s editor argues that there remain unanswered questions surrounding the Iran-Contra connections of Robert Gates, whom Bush has tapped as defense secretary.

    Posted on Nov 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Iranian Ex-President: U.S. Mideast Policy a ‘Joke’

    Mohammad Khatami, the reform-minded former president of Iran who favored a “dialogue among civilizations,” labeled America’s efforts to impose democracy on the Middle East a “great joke.” He added, “Democracy is not something to get exported.”

  • Listen to his BBC interview

  • Posted on Nov 2, 2006 READ MORE

    How Not to Handle the Facts: Max Boot’s Pretzel Logic on Iran

    Two experts on Iran tear to shreds the L.A. Times columnist’s recent essay about America’s “need” to intervene in that country.

    Posted on Oct 31, 2006 READ MORE

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