Posts Tagged ‘ Iran ’

Israeli attack on Iran: Easier said than done

February 14, 2012
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by David Isenberg  

"Despite renewed media speculation regarding possible Israeli attacks against Iran’s nuclear facilities as early as this spring, skepticism that such a campaign could actually be successfully carried out remains relatively high, raising the question of whether there is more bark than bite to Israeli threats." (02/14/12)

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False fears about a nuclear Iran

February 13, 2012
posted by

Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"The prevailing wisdom among policymakers, in short, bears an eerie resemblance to the Iraq consensus of 2002. We and the Israelis allegedly faced an intolerable peril from a rogue state with weapons of mass destruction and a lust for aggression. Fortunately, we were told, it was nothing that a short, sudden military attack wouldn't solve. But in Iraq, it turned out the solution was anything but quick or easy -- and the danger was vastly exaggerated. And in Iran? Ditto." (02/13/12)

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More nonsensical calls for war with Iran

February 13, 2012
posted by

Philip Giraldi Campaign For Liberty
by Philip Giraldi  

"The well funded Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) is surely one of the more bizarre think tanks doing business in Washington. It claims to be bipartisan but is fully united in jump-starting a war with Iran, which it has been seeking to do for the past four years, warning every year that Iran is about to acquire a nuclear weapon. The Iranian bomb hasn't happened yet." (02/12/12)

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What happens after an Iran-Israel war?

February 13, 2012
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The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Leon Hadar  

"[I]n the same way that the outcome of the 1973 Middle East War provided the then Nixon administration with an opportunity to protect and even strengthen its position in the Middle East, by renewing diplomatic relations with Egypt and working to bring peace between the Egyptians and the Israelis, the Obama administration could find itself in a position to advance its interests in the aftermath of an Israel-Iran military confrontation and an ensuing Middle Eastern war." (02/12/12)

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The US v. Iran

February 13, 2012
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LewRockwell.com
by Michael S. Rozeff  

"The Iranians cannot want war and do not want war with the U.S. There are absolutely no signs that the Iranians want or intend a war against the U.S. In fact, they have already absorbed a number of aggressive acts from Israel and the U.S. without any kind of retaliation. If war breaks out, it won’t be Iran that has brought it on. It will be the U.S. The firing of the first shots or the triggering incident in such hostilities is beside the point." (02/13/12)

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Nightmare without limits

February 13, 2012
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The Power of Narrative
by Arthur Silber  

"Every bloody and blood-drenched official and miserable bureaucrat in Washington tells us that Iran is the gravest 'threat' facing the United States -- except that it is no threat at all, nor will it ever be in the foreseeable future. But Special Operations wants a still 'larger role,' and its leader wants 'more autonomy to ...' To what?" (02/12/12)

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Iran: Regime blocks Internet access

February 10, 2012
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ZDNet    

"Iran has cut off access to the Internet, leaving millions of people without access to email and social networks. ... But cyber-sophisticated Iranians are still able to circumvent the government by using proxy servers over VPN connections. ... [Our Source] noted that the regime has cut off the Internet during protests and that the buzz on the streets is that anti-government protests are planned for Saturday." (02/10/12)

http://www.zdnet.com/news/iran-blocks-internet-access/6343932  

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US officials: Israel teams with terror group to kill Iran’s nuclear scientists

February 9, 2012
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MSNBC    

"Deadly attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists are being carried out by an Iranian dissident group that is financed, trained and armed by Israel’s secret service, U.S. officials tell NBC News, confirming charges leveled by Iran’s leaders. he group, the People’s Mujahedin of Iran, has long been designated as a terrorist group by the United States, accused of killing American servicemen and contractors in the 1970s and supporting the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran before breaking with the Iranian mullahs in 1980." (02/09/12)

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Iran avoids US sanctions by paying with gold

February 9, 2012
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Christian Science Monitor    

"Iran is seeking to close grain purchases using gold and oil as payment, and has paid in yen for a large volume of wheat in its first deal since Western sanctions against Tehran started choking imports of food staples, European wheat exporters said. ... New financial sanctions imposed since the beginning of this year to punish Tehran over its nuclear program have ended up playing havoc with Iran's ability to buy imports and receive payment for key food items." (02/09/12)

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Iranian regime calls new US sanctions “psychological war”

February 7, 2012
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Boston Herald    

"Iran on Tuesday dismissed the new U.S. sanctions, saying they are part of a 'psychological war' meant to sow discontent among Iranians and insisting the measures would not halt the country’s nuclear program. Washington ordered the new penalties on Monday, giving U.S. banks additional powers to freeze assets linked to the Iranian government and close loopholes that officials say Iran has used to move money despite earlier restrictions imposed by the U.S. and Europe." (02/07/12)

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Obama can stop Israel from attacking Iran

February 7, 2012
posted by

Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"Israel’s highest officials tell American journalists their air force may attack Iran’s nuclear facilities this spring, although Israeli and American intelligence agencies say the Islamic republic has no plan to build a bomb. The officials might be bluffing, but the threats pose a problem for the Obama administration. In recent weeks there has been much in-person contact between the governments." (02/06/12)

http://www.fff.org/comment/com1202b.asp  

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Obama orders Iranian Central Bank freeze in latest attempt to provoke war

February 6, 2012
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Guardian [UK]    

"Barack Obama has ordered the freezing of Iranian government assets in the US, including transactions by the Iranian Central Bank, in tightened sanctions over [his desire to get Iran to "fire the first shot" in the war he wants] ... The new sanctions also come as Obama tries to dissuade Israel from a unilateral strike against Iranian nuclear facilities. Last week, US defence secretary Leon Panetta said he believes Israel may launch an attack before June." (02/06/12)

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Matt Drudge’s war

February 6, 2012
posted by

Conservative Action Alerts
by Nick Hankoff  

"It is going too far to suggest that proponents of war against Iran do not read. Exactly what they are reading is what matters. The worst 'informed' among us are the ones who read no news below the headlines, particularly on the Drudge Report, and consider themselves untainted by the 'Lame Stream Media.' Take for example 3 headlines on Drudge Report, the 73rd most visited website in the U.S., this past weekend February 3-5." [hat tip -- Angela Keaton] (02/06/12)

http://www.conservativeactionalerts.com/2012/02/matt-drudges-war/  

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Iran launches new military exercises

February 5, 2012
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette    

"Iran began ground military exercises Saturday and defiantly warned that it could cut off oil exports to 'hostile' European nations as tensions rise over suggestions that military strikes are an increasing possibility if sanctions fail to rein in the Islamic Republic's nuclear program. Tehran has stepped up its rhetoric as international pressure mounts over allegations that it is seeking to develop atomic weapons, a charge it denies." (02/05/12)

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/12036/1208276-82.stm  

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Are Obama and Netanyahu trying to push Iran toward a nuke?

February 5, 2012
posted by

Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"Opponents of war with Iran got a boost the other day from an unlikely source. Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper told a Senate committee, 'We do not know ... if Iran will eventually decide to build nuclear weapons.' This would be news to most Americans, who for several years have been subjected to a steady drumbeat of alarming reports about Iran’s alleged nuclear-weapons program and its imminent acquisition of the bomb." (02/03/12)

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Panetta report fuels concerns that Israel will attack Iran

February 2, 2012
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MSNBC    

"Concerns that Israel will attack Iran in an attempt to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons escalated Thursday when the Washington Post reported that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta believes there is a 'strong likelihood' that Tel Aviv will launch such an offensive in April, May or June. Panetta, who is attending a NATO meeting in Brussels, did not dispute the report by Post Op/Ed columnist David Ignatius." (02/02/12)

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US Senate panel tries to drag world banking system into anti-Iran crusade

February 2, 2012
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New York Times    

"The Senate Banking Committee unanimously approved a new regimen of anti-Iran sanctions on Thursday that would for the first time threaten to punish the global financial telecommunications network that nearly all banks rely on to conduct their daily business. ... Expulsion from the network -- the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, known as Swift -- would deny to Iran many billions of dollars in revenue from abroad that is routinely routed into its domestic banking system." (02/02/12)

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Another war on the cheap

February 2, 2012
posted by

Philip Giraldi Antiwar.com
by Philip Giraldi  

"Israeli self-reliance is a wonderful thing, if only it were true. The United States has been tied hand and foot to Israeli policies and would be drawn inexorably into anything that Tel Aviv starts. The confident assertion that Iran would be unable to retaliate effectively might prove as reliable as the claims made in 2002 that there would be a 'cakewalk' in Iraq." (02/02/12)

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Iran: Ahmadinejad seeks to cut budget by 5.6%

February 1, 2012
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Business Week    

"Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad proposed cutting the government’s budget by 5.6 percent for the coming Iranian year while more than doubling military spending, state media reported. Ahmadinejad presented a draft budget of 5,100 trillion rials ($450 billion) to parliament today for review, the state-run Mehr news agency reported." (02/01/12)

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India defies sanctions, won’t cut Iran oil imports

January 30, 2012
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Northwest Indiana Times    

"India has joined China in saying it will not cut back on oil imports from Iran, despite stiff new U.S. and European sanctions designed to pressure Tehran over its nuclear program. 'It is not possible for India to take any decision to reduce the import from Iran drastically because, after all, the countries which can provide the requirement of the emerging economy, Iran is an important country amongst them,' India's finance minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters Sunday in Chicago." (01/30/12)

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Iran is ready to return to nuclear talks

January 26, 2012
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Southern California Press-Enterprise    

"Iran is ready to revive talks with the U.S. and other world powers, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday, but suggested that Tehran's foes will have to make compromises to prevent negotiations from again collapsing in stalemate. Iran's insistence that it will never give up uranium enrichment — the process that makes material for reactors as well as weapons — scuttled negotiations a year ago and still looms as a potential deal breaker even as tougher Western sanctions target Iran's critical oil exports." (01/26/12)

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Pakistan: Regime accuses Iran of killing six at border

January 26, 2012
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Kansas City Star    

"Iranian security forces on Thursday killed six Pakistani traders taking goats into Iran, a Pakistani official said. Iranian authorities were not immediately available for comment. The incident happened Thursday on the Iranian side of the border near the Pakistani town of Gwadar, said its deputy commissioner Abdur Rehman." (01/26/12)

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US/Israel: Iran NOT building nukes

January 26, 2012
posted by

Ray McGovern Freedom's Phoenix
by Ray McGovern  

"Has Iran decided to build a nuclear bomb? That would seem to be the central question in the current bellicose debate over whether the world should simply cripple Iran’s economy and inflict severe pain on its civilian population or launch a preemptive war to destroy its nuclear capability while possibly achieving 'regime change.' And if you’ve been reading the New York Times or following the rest of the Fawning Corporate Media, you’d likely assume that everyone who matters agrees that the answer to the question is yes ..." (01/26/12)

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India won’t seek US waiver on Iran sanctions

January 17, 2012
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Wall Street Journal    

"India won't seek a waiver of U.S. sanctions on Iran and continues to buy crude oil from the country, Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai said Tuesday. 'We have accepted sanctions which are made by the United Nations. Other sanctions do not apply to individual countries. We don't accept that position,' Mr. Mathai told a news conference. ... U.S. President Barack Obama on Dec. 31 signed a law imposing sanctions against banks that trade with the Iran's central bank, through which much of Iranian oil sales are cleared." (01/17/12)

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Iran: Arrests in assassination of nuclear scientist

January 16, 2012
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ABC News    

"An Iranian news website is reporting several suspects have been arrested over last week's killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist. ... Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, an official in Iran's nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz, was killed in an explosion Wednesday after attackers attached a bomb to his car in Tehran. Iran accused the U.S., Britain and Israel of involvement." (01/16/12)

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