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Rice: U.S. Not Preparing for War Vs Iran
Associated Press by way of Forbes ^ | 01JUN07 | ANNE GEARAN

Posted on 06/02/2007 6:13:56 PM PDT by familyop

The U.S. is not preparing for war against Iran and Vice President Dick Cheney supports that policy, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says, taking a swipe at a U.N. official who says he's worried about "crazies" who want to start bombing.

"The president of the United States has made very clear what our policy is. That policy is supported by all the members of his Cabinet and by the vice president of the United States," Rice said Friday.

"The president has made clear that we are on a diplomatic course," she said in regard to U.S. opposition to Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Rice, in Spain at the close of a European visit, was asked about the comments of the chief of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency. Mohamed ElBaradei was quoted by the BBC as warning against the views of "new crazies who say 'let's go and bomb Iran.'"

Cheney is frequently the administration's most hawkish voice on Iran, but Rice said she did not know to whom ElBaradei referred. The United States does not rule out military action but says there is no plan or intention to attack Tehran.

Cheney has not publicly advocated an assault on Iran, but he used the deck of an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf last month to warn Tehran that Washington would prevent the Islamic republic from dominating the Middle East.

Also stepping up pressure on Iran was President Bush, who demanded Friday that Iran "immediately and unconditionally" release four Iranian-Americans detained for alleged espionage and provide information about a former FBI agent missing in the country.

"I strongly condemn their detention at the hands of Iranian authorities," the president said in a written statement.

Rice was clearly annoyed by ElBaradei's remarks, which were part of an interview the International Atomic Energy Agency head gave for a documentary. The remarks were posted Friday on the BBC Web site.

Rice said the United States is using diplomacy to avoid "getting to a place where we have an unpalatable choice." She described that as a choice "between having to do something on the military side or allowing Iran to have a nuclear weapon. That's a choice that people talk about."

Rice, who has tangled with ElBaradei before, suggested he is giving Iran mixed signals.

"We have a diplomatic choice, but it's only going to succeed if we are absolutely clear with the Iranians - not muddying the message in any way," she said.

Iran is getting the right message from the U.N. Security Council, which has ordered two rounds of sanctions over Iran's nuclear program, and from the world at large, Rice said.

"I expect them to hear it loud and clear from the IAEA, and from its director," she said.

Separately, in what could be an attempt to delay the threat of new U.N. sanctions, Iran has pledged to cooperate with the nuclear monitoring agency probing its atomic program, according to an official speaking to The Associated Press.

That would end years of stonewalling by Iran and help the IAEA establish whether Tehran's past nuclear efforts were exclusively peaceful in nature.

At the White House, National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley said Iran's defiance of U.N. mandates raises the prospect of a third U.N. resolution to increase pressure to suspend nuclear enrichment work.

While the U.S. continues its tough stance on Iran's nuclear program, Hadley said the United States agreed to talk to Iran about Iraq because the Iraqi government requested the meeting and because Iran's activities in Iraq are "killing our kids - our men and women in uniform over there."

U.S. and Iranian ambassadors held talks in Baghdad on Monday, the first formal ones between the two nations in nearly three decades. The two sides were to meet again in less than a month, but on Friday, Iran's foreign minister said, during a visit to Syria, they would continue "if the American side is willing to change its policies and is prepared to accept the realities in Iraq." He did not elaborate.

Rice's visit to Madrid was not connected to nuclear talks there Thursday between negotiators for Iran and the European Union. The talks ended without announcement of any breakthrough.

Rice is the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Spain since a formerly close alliance turned frosty following the election of a Socialist government three years ago.

After hard feelings in Washington over Spain's quick pullout from Iraq and a dispute last year over Spanish plans to sell military equipment to Washington antagonist Huge Chavez of Venezuela, a fresh disagreement has threatened to wash away any growing good will.

At issue is Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos' decision to snub Cuban dissidents on a visit to Havana in April. Moratinos has defended the move, saying engagement with Cuba is the best policy.

When Moratinos predicted that in time Rice would see the value of his approach, Rice, listening to his remarks by translation on a headset, looked amused and unconvinced. As Moratinos continued to speak, she looked at the crowd of reporters and silently mouthed what appeared to be the phrase, "Don't hold your breath."

Associated Press Writers George Jahn in Madrid and Albert Aji in Damascus contributed to this report.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: condi; iran; nuclear; proliferation; rice; weapons
Constituents superior to myself are pushing expensive inaction against a very real, near-future threat. So my decision to write Duncan Hunter in at that polls or to stay home, if he has no support by then, shouldn't bother them.

Military action in Iran not in anyones interest, says Gates http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1843874/posts

1 posted on 06/02/2007 6:14:02 PM PDT by familyop
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To: familyop

...redo with the link.

Military action in Iran not in anyones interest, says Gates http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1843874/posts


2 posted on 06/02/2007 6:14:34 PM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. (cbt.--has been))
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To: familyop

Hmmm. Looks like a political decision was reached.

Great.

I should have just voted for Kerry, I guess...


3 posted on 06/02/2007 6:16:10 PM PDT by ovrtaxt (I would rather vote for Lindsay Lohan than Lindsey Graham.)
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To: familyop

It seems to me that Gates and Rice just blinked, and Mohamed ElBaradei is the winner here.


4 posted on 06/02/2007 6:19:37 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: familyop
"Rice: U.S. Not Preparing for War Vs Iran"

Too bad - we really really need to be...
5 posted on 06/02/2007 6:22:40 PM PDT by rockrr (09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0)
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To: familyop

“Rice: U.S. Not Preparing for War Vs Iran”

Shes a fool’s fool and so is her boss.

Iran is already making war against us.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1843875/posts

Iran has increased arms shipments to both Iraq’s Shiite extremists and Afghanistan’s Taliban in recent weeks in an apparent attempt to pressure American and other Western troops operating in its two strategic neighbors, according to senior U.S. and European officials.

In Iraq, Iranian 240mm rockets, which have a range of up to 30 miles and could significantly change the battlefield, have been used recently by Shiite extremists against U.S. and British targets in Basra and Baghdad, the officials said. Three of the rockets have targeted U.S. facilities in Baghdad’s Green Zone, and one came very close to hitting the U.S. Embassy in the Iraqi capital, according to the U.S. officials.

The 240mm rocket is the biggest and longest-range weapon in the hands of Shiite extremist groups, U.S. officials say. Remnants of the rockets bear the markings of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and are dated 2007, those sources said. The Tehran government has supplied the same weapon, known as the Fajr-3, to Hezbollah, the Shiite Muslim Lebanese militia.


6 posted on 06/02/2007 6:24:55 PM PDT by GovernmentIsTheProblem (Amnesty alone didn't kill the GOP - socialism did long ago. The stench you smell now is it's corpse.)
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To: ovrtaxt
At this point, we couldn’t go after Iran even if we wanted to since virtually everything this administration has done in its second term has been thoroughly [beeped] up. The capital to take on that kind of project has long since been spent. Did Bush/Cheney really believe that Iraq was going to be such a cakewalk that they could go after Iran at their leisure?
7 posted on 06/02/2007 6:25:43 PM PDT by Loyolas Mattman
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To: Loyolas Mattman

I agree, but you don’t just send the two highest ranking cabinet members out there to plainly say it... DOH!


8 posted on 06/02/2007 6:28:18 PM PDT by ovrtaxt (I would rather vote for Lindsay Lohan than Lindsey Graham.)
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To: familyop

We don’t hear from Condi in what seems like MONTHS and this is what we get? She needs to don her black boots and “Matrix” overcoat again and do some @ss-kickin’.


9 posted on 06/02/2007 6:28:26 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

She’s been making the same kind of statement every day or two about Iran.


10 posted on 06/02/2007 6:35:27 PM PDT by familyop (Enjoy your pork tartare, comrades und freundes.)
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To: familyop

Well, I’ve been working 50-60 hour weeks lately (soon to come to an end) which GREATLY cuts into my Freeping d@mmit, LOL!

I’m usually a real ‘Condi Hound’ but don’t see many articles here posted about her these days.

Ping me, would ya? Thanks! :)


11 posted on 06/02/2007 6:41:47 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: familyop

It’s hard to believe this is the same woman who served as NSA in Bush’s first term. I’m starting to think there are some kind of pods growing under the State Department building or something.


12 posted on 06/02/2007 6:42:52 PM PDT by Hugin (Mecca delenda est.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Sure. Here’s some older news about Rice and Middle East Policy. I’ll try to get some of the more recent stuff regarding Iran.

Rice: Better to have Hamas in power than in streets
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1733397/posts

Rice: Palestinians deserve to live free of ‘occupation’[at an event of pro-Palestinian group]
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1717847/posts

US Supplies Fatah With Arms, Rice Decries “Occupation”
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1718348/posts

Rice: Israel Must Withdraw from More than Gaza and Samaria
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1333354/posts

2004 Republican Party Platform
(see the info about our “Roadmap”)
http://www.gop.com/media/2004platform.pdf


13 posted on 06/02/2007 6:46:36 PM PDT by familyop (Enjoy your pork tartare, comrades und freundes.)
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To: Hugin

I’m starting to think there are some kind of pods growing under the State Department building or something.
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In reality, nothing has changed at State in decades. They still just pander and politic all day long. Same ole “stuff”.


14 posted on 06/02/2007 6:53:39 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: familyop

The US isn’t planning to engage Iran militarily, because the plan and most of the combat power, are already in place.

And, no, engaging Iran militarily is not in anyone’s “best”interest.

Iran will not take losing their nuclear facilities lightly.

We will not enjoy their response.

It is a last resort, online if all else fails.

Among the possibilities are a US draft, a global depression, and world war.

Part of me understands perfectly the outrage felt when Iran kills even one US Serviceman, (do not think those are unilateral actions), and another part looks for the way through this matrix where the fewest overall US Servicemen die.

If you simply must have a confrontation, be advised...the only future that doesn’t include same is one in which Iran capitulates, in Iraq, and on the nuclear issue.

Iranian capitulation looks unlikely to me, and if they don’t, a military confrontation, before Bush leaves office, is the most likely result.


15 posted on 06/02/2007 6:54:06 PM PDT by jeffers
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Here’s an interesting recent post.

Grand Illusions [Condi’s plan for the Middle East—Long]
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1838777/posts


16 posted on 06/02/2007 6:57:02 PM PDT by familyop
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To: familyop

Sounds like our state department is giving the “green” light to Israel? Just my take.


17 posted on 06/02/2007 6:57:37 PM PDT by doc1019 (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: doc1019

My hope is that Israel will continue to build its ABM defenses and stand fast. That might appear to be antithetical to my other comments but not if you notice the “range” in the following with a little knowledge of propaganda history and geography.

S. Korea, U.S. verifying reports on test of new N.K. missile in Iran: source
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1834307/posts
(4,000 kilometer range)


18 posted on 06/02/2007 7:23:02 PM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. [(cbt.) has-been])
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
We don’t hear from Condi in what seems like MONTHS and this is what we get?

Her motto is "Speak softly and walk in big black boots." Just a couple of days ago she (uncharacteristically) very publicly and highly visibly slapped Vladimir Putin about Cold War mentality and put him in his place in the new World Order ("new" as in with Soviet Union gone). Day later he made a U-turn and joined UN sanctions against North Korea.
Russia makes U-turn, joins UN sanctions against N.Korea

There is no reason for us to say that we're preparing for WAR with Iran. We may bomb Iran's nuclear and military targets without calling it a WAR at an appropriate time, if UN or EUro-troika (Britain, Germany, France with their new and, on average, slightly improved leadership) declare that they are at impasse, or if we gradually and publicly document more evidence of hostile actions by Iran in Iraq to establish casus belli for military actions against Iran, but until that time comes, saying that WE are not preparing for WAR is simply good politics for "crazies' like el-Baradei.

Think Kosovo (atrocity, I know). But WAR is quite different from bombing or other [para-]military actions designed to advance a regime change or change of direction (which in this case would have to go hand in hand).

And, as another benefit, saying that we are not getting ready for "war" might spur a little more anxiety among the Iranian students' movement, leading them to think that their inaction may not be productive.

19 posted on 06/02/2007 7:23:17 PM PDT by CutePuppy (If you don't ask the right questions you may not get the right answers)
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To: familyop

My 10 bucks says the Bilderberg group meeting that ended today in Turkey hashed it all out already.


20 posted on 06/02/2007 7:28:07 PM PDT by diverteach
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To: diverteach

LOL!


21 posted on 06/02/2007 7:30:05 PM PDT by doc1019 (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: CutePuppy
The USA is READY for war with Iran (already at War with US).

Preparing began a while ago.

"In war, truth is the first casualty"
Aeschylus

22 posted on 06/02/2007 7:34:05 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: familyop

We’re trusting the word of a anti- US man named Mohommad.

This really is Jimmy Carter Part II.

Total fools are running our government.


23 posted on 06/02/2007 7:37:07 PM PDT by Finalapproach29er (Dems will impeach Bush in 2008; mark my words.)
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To: Diogenesis
The USA is READY for war with Iran (already at War with US).
Preparing began a while ago.

I know. I was commenting on commenting about Condi's commenting.

24 posted on 06/02/2007 7:37:08 PM PDT by CutePuppy (If you don't ask the right questions you may not get the right answers)
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To: CutePuppy

Actually I was corroborating you, but now I’ve a question.

You said, “And, as another benefit, saying that we are not
getting ready for “war” might spur a little more anxiety
among the Iranian students’ movement, leading them to think
that their inaction may not be productive.”

Why do that? Every delay hurts them.
Every taunt has hurt them. Key locations in
Iran should have been whacked yesterday for many reasons.


25 posted on 06/02/2007 7:45:16 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: familyop

I certainly hope that is disinformation.


26 posted on 06/02/2007 8:00:39 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: yldstrk

It’s not. Iranian engineers have also been in N. Korea for tests.


27 posted on 06/02/2007 8:02:44 PM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. [(cbt.) has-been])
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To: Diogenesis
Actually I was corroborating you,

Yes, that's the way I took it.

Why do that? Every delay hurts them. Every taunt has hurt them.

Here, I am not sure if we are talking about the same thing.

Some people, like Michael Ledeen, believe that Iranian students' movement can somehow overthrow or bring down the mullahs' regime, given our (unspecified) support. I don't subscribe to his view, because I believe it would have happened by now. But it seems to me that they could be more helpful or more proactive if they don't think they can rely on us to do it... or, entirely contrary to that, if they could expect that our (or Israel's) delayed military reaction could prove too destructive. So this may just be another hint, incentive for them to become more active (even if in clandestine sense).

28 posted on 06/02/2007 8:16:05 PM PDT by CutePuppy (If you don't ask the right questions you may not get the right answers)
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To: yldstrk

10 Iranian Missile Engineers Visited N. Korea:Sankei reports(check on NK’s Chinese equipments)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1658850/posts


29 posted on 06/02/2007 8:19:46 PM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. [(cbt.) has-been])
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To: familyop
WHY NOT ???
30 posted on 06/02/2007 8:21:58 PM PDT by airborne (Duncan Hunter is the only real choice for honest to goodness conservatives!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Secretary Rice said before that she would not negotiate with the Iranian leadership, unless Iran stopped its nuclear development. Recently, she negotiated with Iranians in Baghdad...

US Has Two-Part Strategy With Iran
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1840813/posts

...after asking the Iranians to do so earlier.

Iran Stalls Over Attending Iraq Conference
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1793041/posts


31 posted on 06/02/2007 8:30:42 PM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. [(cbt.) has-been])
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To: airborne
"WHY NOT ???"

IMO...because many constituents in businesses (import, mostly) that depend on cheap freight fuel have been hounding our President's Administration to avoid conflict with Iran. Many of the same people are pushing a candidate for the Republican nomination--a man who knows very little about defense and will do as they tell him to do.

I'll probably write Duncan Hunter in for the general election, if I bother to waste my time and money to show at all.


32 posted on 06/02/2007 8:35:07 PM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. [(cbt.) has-been])
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To: familyop

You still have a plan.

You always have a plan.


33 posted on 06/02/2007 8:53:22 PM PDT by airborne (Duncan Hunter is the only real choice for honest to goodness conservatives!)
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To: airborne
"You still have a plan.

You always have a plan.
"

That's true. We know that the Pentagon has warfare plans for various scenarios, too. But the political plans bug me.
34 posted on 06/02/2007 8:58:27 PM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. [(cbt.) has-been])
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To: familyop

I used to like Dr. Rice.

And then she joined State Dept.


35 posted on 06/02/2007 9:00:54 PM PDT by airborne (Duncan Hunter is the only real choice for honest to goodness conservatives!)
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To: familyop

I think that Condi Rice is a very intelligent, gracious, attractive lady. She would have made a good VEEP for someone but her undying loyalty to the disappointing failure, Dubya, has tainted her prospects for any further involvement in politics after Jorge leaves office.


36 posted on 06/02/2007 9:07:07 PM PDT by no dems ( Dear God, how much longer are you going to let Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd live?)
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To: familyop

I think Secretaries Rice and Gates are well-informed and have the US’s best interests in mind.

I’m relieved at the news.


37 posted on 06/03/2007 1:01:49 AM PDT by AfterManyASummer
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To: All

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1843491/posts?page=92#92


38 posted on 06/03/2007 1:07:13 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cindy

Thanks Cindy. Here’s another one.

Iranian Flow Of Weapons Increasing, Officials Say
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1843875/posts


39 posted on 06/03/2007 1:18:31 AM PDT by familyop (cbt. engr. [(cbt.) has-been])
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To: familyop

Thank you family op.


40 posted on 06/03/2007 1:20:43 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: CutePuppy
Agree 100%. The coming war with Iran will be an Air and Naval war not a ground war. I expect to start it with a surprise attack on the Iranian terrorist regime nuclear facilities and some other military infrastructures. This 1st phase will take 5 to 7 days of intensive bombing. If Iranian terrorist regime responds with attacking oil tankers, or attacking oil facilities in the Gulf region, or attacking our Navy ships in the Gulf, or our bases in Iraq and other places sin the Gulf, then the Air and Naval war will expend dramatically and our Air Force and Navy will go into destroying the major military infrastructure of the terrorists mullahs, their command and control centers, and very possibly a lot of their refinery infrastrastrcures but not their oil production facilities.
41 posted on 06/04/2007 8:03:16 AM PDT by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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