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Kucinich questions Bush’s mental health over Iran

Posted by alanmirs on October 31, 2007


Kucinich questions Bush’s mental health over Iran
WASHINGTON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich on Tuesday mockingly questioned President George W. Bush’s mental health for saying Iran’s nuclear ambitions might trigger World War III.

"I seriously believe we have to start asking questions about his mental health," Kucinich, a quirky, long-shot candidate in the race for his party’s presidential nomination in the November, 2008 election. "There’s something wrong. He does not seem to understand his words have real impact."
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Iran begins crucial N-talks with IAEA

Posted by alanmirs on October 30, 2007


Iran begins crucial N-talks with IAEA

Iran begins crucial N-talks with IAEA

NDTV Correspondent

Tuesday, October 30, 2007 (Tehran)

Tehran has begun crucial round of talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over its nuclear activities.

The IAEA chief Mohammed El Baradei has said that there is still no evidence that Iran is trying to make atom bombs. His remark has now generated a fresh row with France and the US saying on Monday that all signs pointed to Iran’s weapons agenda

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Iran’s well-laid trap

Posted by alanmirs on October 26, 2007


Iran’s well-laid trap

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Iran’s well-laid trap
By David Ignatius

 
Many Arabs argue that the Iranians actually want America to attack. Politically, that will help the hard-liners rally support. And militarily, it will lure the United States onto a battlefield where its immense firepower won’t do much good. The Iranians can withdraw into the maze of their homeland and keep firing off their missiles – exacting damage on the West’s economy and, most important, its will to fight  

 http://www.lebanonwire.com/0710MLN/07102618WP.asp

 

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Iran condemns ‘doomed’ sanctions

Posted by alanmirs on October 26, 2007


12.45pm BST update

Iran condemns ‘doomed’ sanctions

Ewen MacAskill in Washington, Fred Attewill and agencies
Friday October 26, 2007
Guardian Unlimited

Iran has issued a defiant response to the harshest sanctions imposed on it by the United States since the 1979 Islamist revolution, saying the measures are "doomed to failure"

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Bush’s Response to 9/11 Was Deadlier Than the Attacks Themselves

Posted by alanmirs on October 24, 2007


ntroduction note by Tom Dispatch editor Tom Engelhardt.

They came in as unreformed Cold Warriors, only lacking a cold war — and looking for an enemy: a Russia to roll back even further; rogue states like Saddam’s rickety dictatorship to smash. They were still in the old fight, eager to make sure that the "Evil Empire," already long down for the count, would remain prostrate forever; eager to ensure that any new evil empire like, say, China’s would never be able to stand tall enough to be a challenge. They saw opportunities to move into areas previously beyond the reach of American imperial power like the former SSRs of the Soviet Union in Central Asia, which just happened to be sitting on potentially fabulous undeveloped energy fields; or farther into the even more fabulously energy-rich Middle East, where Saddam’s Iraq, planted atop the planet’s third largest reserves of petroleum, seemed so ready for a fall — with other states in the region visibly not far behind

http://www.alternet.org/audits/65838/

 

 

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Can Bush Be Stopped from Bombing Iran After the 2008 Elections?

Posted by alanmirs on October 20, 2007


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Can Bush Be Stopped from Bombing Iran After the 2008 Elections?

Cleaning my office this week, I ran across two remarkable articles that I’d saved to ponder… articles that illustrate that the Bush administration long ago determined the U.S course in Iraq and likely Iran

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Will we fall for war vs. Iran?

Posted by alanmirs on October 17, 2007


Will we fall for war vs. Iran?

October 17, 2007
ANDREW GREELEY agreel@aol.com

It would appear, according to news reports, that the hard-liners in the Bush administration, led by the vice president, are pushing for a war with Iran. The tactics are the same. Once you’ve played the fear card to start one war, the second time is easier

The president could even hint that such a war was ”the right thing to do,” a conclusion he had reached after a long conversation with God

http://www.suntimes.com/news/greeley/606071,CST-EDT-greel17.article

 

 

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Russia backs Iran nuclear rights

Posted by alanmirs on October 17, 2007


 Russia backs Iran nuclear rights
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) and Vladimir Putin
 
The historic meeting focused on Iran’s nuclear programme
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has offered qualified support for Iran’s nuclear programme on a visit to Tehran.

Mr Putin told journalists that "peaceful nuclear activities must be allowed" and cautioned against using force to resolve the dispute over Iran

 

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Iran leader invited to Moscow for talks

Posted by alanmirs on October 17, 2007


Iran leader invited to Moscow for talks

By Najmeh Bozorgmehr in Tehran

Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2007 

Published: October 16 2007 08:40 | Last updated: October 16 2007 23:06

Vladimir Putin was on Tuesday night reported to have invited his Iranian counterpart, Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad, to talks in Moscow in a move that could increase tensions between Russia and the US

Tass, the Russian news agency, quoted a statement from the two leaders as saying: “[Mr] Ahmadi-Nejad accepted the invitation with gratitude.” No date was set for the meeting

The announcement came after the two men held talks in Tehran after a Caspian Sea summit dominated by international concern over Iran’s nuclear programme

Mr Putin, the first Russian or Soviet leader to visit Iran since Stalin’s wartime summit with Churchill and Roosevelt in 1943, agreed with other ­Caspian Sea states to endorse “peaceful” nuclear activities in the region and made clear Moscow’s opposition to military action against Iran

He joined the leaders of Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, as well as Iran, in agreeing not to allow their territories to be used for an attack on any member of the Caspian group – an indirect reference to the US

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/3a1575b0-7b4f-11dc-8c53-0000779fd2ac.html

 

 

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The folly of war with Iran

Posted by alanmirs on October 16, 2007


The folly of war with Iran

It’s instructive to recall a comment President Lincoln once made: "One war at a time…."

By Walter Rodgers

from the October 16, 2007 edition


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Oakton, Va. – Never is wisdom more requisite in a president than in time of war. Abraham Lincoln was perhaps America’s wisest war president
and should remain a beacon to his successors.

Late in 1861, there was a public clamor for war with England when the Republic was already bogged down in a horrible fratricidal
war, the outcome of which was by no means certain.

Incensed
that a United States Navy ship party boarded a British packet and
illegally removed two Confederate diplomats bound for Europe, Lord
Palmerston sent 8,000 additional troops to Canada preparing for war
with the US. More than a few Americans, including Secretary of State
William Seward, wanted to give the British a thumping at a time when
the bulk of the US military was tied down in a continental civil war.

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1016/p09s02-coop.html?page=1

 

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