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  • Exposed: Iran's Super Strategy to Crush America in a War

    06/20/2015 3:02:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The National Interest ^ | June 20, 2015 | Zachary Keck, managing editor
    Since assuming office in 2009, President Barack Obama has consistently held that the United States would carry out airstrikes to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. This position is supported by the vast majority of U.S. policy makers, lawmakers and the political elite, regardless of political affiliation. Nonetheless, it is also generally agreed that airstrikes against Iran’s nuclear facilities would only have a limited impact on preventing Iran from acquiring the bomb. To be sure, a concerted airstrike effort against Iran would delay its ability to build a nuclear arsenal by several years. Nonetheless, Iran would be able to...
  • Iran attack decision nears, Israeli elite locks down (Sanctions have failed, again)

    05/17/2012 8:18:12 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/17/2012 | By Michael Stott
    A private door opens from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office in central Jerusalem directly into a long, modestly furnished, half-paneled room decorated with modern paintings by Israeli artists and a copy of Israel's 1948 declaration of independence. It contains little more than a long wooden table, brown leather chairs and a single old-fashioned white projector screen. This inner sanctum at the end of a corridor between Netanyahu's private room and the office of his top military adviser, is where one of the decade's most momentous military decisions could soon be taken: to launch an Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear...
  • On Israel And Iran

    03/01/2012 7:36:18 AM PST · by blam · 1 replies · 3+ views
    My Take On Financial Events ^ | 3-1-2012 | Bruce Krastering
    On Israel And IranMarch 1, 2012Bruce Krastering A very big question mark hanging over the global table is what the hell is going to happen between Iran and Israel. I spoke with a fellow in Europe I know who has an informed opinion. There were no secrets discussed, but his thoughts on some of the variables including Syria, bunker bombs and timing were interesting. Will Israel allow Iran to develop a nuke? Not a chance in hell. What is the “over - under on timing”? Certainly less than two years. Does Israel have the capacity to take out concrete hardened...
  • Courting Jewish Voters, Obama Says 'No Options Off Table' On Iran [78% Jews Voted Obama 2008]

    12/16/2011 5:14:27 PM PST · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    LATimes ^ | December 16, 2011 | Peter Nicholas
    Courting Jewish Voters, Obama Says 'No Options Off Table' On Iran By Peter Nicholas December 16, 2011 President Obama can't show enough love for the Jewish vote – er, community. With his approval rating among Jews down 20 points from his showing in the 2008 election -- and with Republicans eager to exploit Jewish anxieties about Obama's commitment to Israel -- the president isn't passing up many chances these days to proclaim that he's a loyal friend of the Jewish state. On Friday, he spoke to the Union for Reform Judaism and maintained that his administration has done right by...
  • Iran 1st Nuclear Power Plant To Launch Aug 21 - Russia

    08/13/2010 2:21:26 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 28 replies · 1+ views
    AFP ^ | 13-08-10 0849GMT
    MOSCOW (AFP)--Iran's first nuclear power plant, being built by Russia in the southern Iranian city of Bushehr, will formally launch on Aug. 21, a spokesman for the Russian atomic agency told AFP on Friday.
  • Israel Gets Ready To Strike At Iran's Nuclear Sites - Media

    03/28/2010 6:37:43 PM PDT · by Strategy · 53 replies · 3,262+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | March 29, 2010
    Israeli air force have practiced simulated strikes at Iran's nuclear facilities using airspace of at least two unidentified Arab countries, a newspaper published in east Jerusalem reported. According to Al Manar paper, several Israeli combat jets carried out in late February bombing drills "targeting" known Iranian nuclear sites "in two Arab countries in the Persian Gulf, which are close territorially with the Islamic republic and cooperate with Israel on this issue." Al Manar said Israel had received the permission to use the airspace from the top leadership of these countries and Washington "gave a blessing" to Tel Aviv to conduct...
  • Israelis ponder the perils of hitting Iran

    01/04/2010 8:43:32 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 890+ views
    Space War ^ | 12/30/2009 | UPI via Space War
    Amid mounting concern that Israel may unleash pre-emptive strikes against Iran to attack its nuclear facilities, some Israeli commentators are preaching restraint. They warn that Israel does not have the firepower to deliver a knockout blow to Iran's perceived drive for nuclear weapons and faces a potentially withering Iranian retaliation the likes of which they have never endured before. "It must be stated plainly: Israel does not have independent strike capability against Iran -- not in the broad sense of the term," Amos Harel wrote in the liberal daily Haaretz Wednesday. "The air force is capable of delivering a certain...
  • The Iran Attack Plan

    09/25/2009 8:10:46 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 2 replies · 687+ views
    SEPTEMBER 26, 2009 The Iran Attack Plan Iran's acknowledgment that it is developing a second uranium-enrichment facility does little to dispel the view that the regime is developing a weapons program. Israel must consider not just whether to proceed with a strike against Iran—but how. By ANTHONY H. CORDESMAN When the Israeli army’sthen-Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Halutz was asked in 2004 how far Israel would go to stop Iran's nuclear program, he replied: "2,000 kilometers," roughly the distance been the two countries. Israel's political and military leaders have long made it clear that they are considering taking decisive military...
  • Obama Is Pushing Israel Toward War

    09/15/2009 3:11:58 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies · 1,036+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 15, 2009 | Bret Stephens
    Events are fast pushing Israel toward a pre-emptive military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, probably by next spring. That strike could well fail. Or it could succeed at the price of oil at $300 a barrel, a Middle East war, and American servicemen caught in between. So why is the Obama administration doing everything it can to speed the war process along? At July's G-8 summit in Italy, Iran was given a September deadline to start negotiations over its nuclear programs. Last week, Iran gave its answer: No. Instead, what Tehran offered was a five-page document that was the diplomatic...
  • Tehran's Nuclear Endgame

    09/13/2009 8:44:27 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 14 replies · 690+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 13, 2009 | Editorial
    It's beginning to look like peace had its chance with Iran and failed. Tehran is facing a Tuesday deadline to respond to the Group of Six offer to open talks on trade if Iran ends its nuclear enrichment program. The United States should make contingency plans for when Israel takes action.
  • Arabs pressure Obama to endorse strike on Iran

    08/14/2009 8:26:33 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 12 replies · 996+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | August 14, 2009 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – For the first time since coming into office, President Obama is under serious pressure to study the possibility of an Israeli military strike against Iran, a top Egyptian intelligence official told WND. The Egyptian official said the pressure does not only come from Israel but also from Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia that are at odds with Iran and its Shiite theocracy. The official said Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the Saudi foreign minister, has been involved in an intense, behind-the-scenes lobbying effort urging the U.S. and other Western countries to do everything necessary to ensure Iran does not...
  • Israel Prepared to Take on Iran

    08/01/2009 8:24:37 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 7 replies · 1,047+ views ^ |
    Israel Prepared to Take on Iran Israel this week reiterated its stance on dealing with the Iranian nuclear program, with Defense Minister Ehud Barak stating, "We clearly believe that no option should be removed from the table. This is our policy. We mean it." Barak's comments came as U.S. officials, including Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and National Security Advisor James Jones, traveled to Israel to discuss Iran. The Obama administration, for its part, continued to hold out for diplomacy, with Gates commenting, "The timetable the president laid out [for negotiating] still seems to be viable and does not significantly...
  • Israeli navy in Suez Canal prepares for potential attack on Iran?

    07/16/2009 5:17:29 PM PDT · by Iraqs Inconvenient Truth. · 9 replies · 1,177+ views
    Times Online UK ^ | July 16, 2009 | Sheera Frenkel in Jerusalem
    Two Israeli missile class warships have sailed through the Suez Canal ten days after a submarine capable of launching a nuclear missile strike, in preparation for a possible attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
  • Israeli navy in Suez Canal prepares for potential attack on Iran

    07/15/2009 7:18:13 PM PDT · by metmom · 191 replies · 7,931+ views
    TIMESONLINE ^ | July 16, 2009
    Two Israeli missile class warships have sailed through the Suez Canal ten days after a submarine capable of launching a nuclear missile strike, in preparation for a possible attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. The deployment into the Red Sea, confirmed by Israeli officials, was a clear signal that Israel was able to put its strike force within range of Iran at short notice. It came before long-range exercises by the Israeli air force in America later this month and the test of a missile defence shield at a US missile range in the Pacific Ocean.
  • Is Israel going to have to attack Iran and Syria soon?

    05/09/2009 4:21:27 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 12 replies · 1,173+ views
    Watchman Warning ^ | Hal Lindsey
    Go to this site and watch this video: Is Israel going to have to attack Iran and Syria soon? Click on the video dated 5/9/2009. There are other videos you can also watch. Watchman Warning
  • 'Israel Military Drills In Preparation To Attack Iran'

    05/03/2009 8:41:40 AM PDT · by Strategy · 29 replies · 2,063+ views
    Zee News ^ | May 3, 2009
    Jerusalem, While the United States is talking about dialogue with Iran, the Israel military has conducted secret drills in a move being interpreted as preparations to foil Tehran's nuclear ambition at any cost, media reports said on Sunday. The Air Force has staged secret manoeuvres between Israel and the British colony of Gibraltar near southern Spain, local media reported quoting French Newspaper L'express. The drills held 3,800 kilometres away from Israel "confirms that the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) is making concrete preparations" to attack Iran if it refuses to stop its contentious nuclear programme, the report said.
  • Israel stands ready to bomb Iran's nuclear sites

    04/17/2009 4:24:42 PM PDT · by GOPGuide · 166 replies · 8,086+ views
    The Times of London ^ | April 18, 2009 | Sheera Frenkel
    The Israeli military is preparing itself to launch a massive aerial assault on Iran's nuclear facilities within days of being given the go-ahead by its new government. Among the steps taken to ready Israeli forces for what would be a risky raid requiring pinpoint aerial strikes are the acquisition of three Airborne Warning and Control (AWAC) aircraft and regional missions to simulate the attack. snip “Israel wants to know that if its forces were given the green light they could strike at Iran in a matter of days, even hours. They are making preparations on every level for this eventuality....
  • Report: Israel to Attack Iran This Year (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, UAE Deploy Defensive Missile)

    04/16/2009 8:03:50 AM PDT · by lewisglad · 18 replies · 1,320+ views
    Israel Today ^ | Thursday, April 16, 2009
    United Press International reported on Wednesday that Arab gulf states are convinced that Israel will attack Iran's nuclear facilities in the very near future, and that the Islamic Republic's first response will be to launch missiles at its Arab neighbors. Iran considers states such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates to be collaborators with an imperialist American regime, and therefore culpable in any US-backed Israeli strike on its soil. According to the report, those states are currently deploying Patriot missile batteries to defend against incoming Iranian missiles. Meanwhile, Israeli President Shimon Peres told visiting US envoy...
  • IDF chief: Israel must prepare to attack Iran

    03/17/2009 8:02:52 AM PDT · by Victory111 · 1 replies · 332+ views
    Cross Action News ^ | 3-17-09 | Israel Today Staff
    Israeli army chief Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi told his American hosts on Monday that while diplomatic efforts to curb Iran’s nuclear program should move forward, Israel has no choice but to prepare for military intervention, just in case. In meetings with special US envoy to the Persian Gulf Dennis Ross and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Ashkenazi said that Israel wants a peaceful, diplomatic resolution to the crisis, but cannot under any circumstances tolerate a nuclear-armed Iran.
  • Treasury Revokes Iran's U-Turn License

    11/10/2008 9:37:02 PM PST · by Lorianne · 2 replies · 155+ views
    News Blaze ^ | November 09,2008
    The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced that it is revoking the "U-turn" license for Iran, further restricting Iran's access to the U.S. financial system. Treasury's move today follows a series of U.S. government actions to expose Iranian banks' involvement in the Iranian regime's support to terrorist groups and nuclear and missile proliferation. Prior to today's action, U.S. financial institutions were authorized to process certain funds transfers for the direct or indirect benefit of Iranian banks, other persons in Iran or the Government of Iran, provided such payments were initiated offshore by a non-Iranian, non-U.S. financial institution and only...
  • Defense Minister Ehud Barak Tells U.S. Time Is Running Out For Iran Strike

    07/11/2008 7:40:45 AM PDT · by Fennie · 58 replies · 191+ views
    Infolive ^ | July 11, 2008
    Defense Minister Ehud Barak will head to the United States on Monday in order to convince US officials that Iran is much closer to achieving nuclear capabilities than widely believed by US Intelligence. Barak will spend three days in the US for talks with Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. A week after Barak's visit, IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi will head to Washington for his own round of talks with American defense chiefs, including Chairman of the Joint...
  • As Iran Tests Missile Fleet, Experts Map High-Tech Israeli Attack

    07/10/2008 7:51:26 PM PDT · by Uncle Ralph · 17 replies · 264+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | July 09, 2008 | Joe Pappalardo
    War-game tests by Iran of long- and medium-range missiles sent shock waves across the globe today, with tensions centering on a potential attack on Israel and, ultimately, the country's nuclear ambitions. Among the nine ballistic missiles fired was an upgraded Shahab-3 with GPS guidance, 450 pounds of carrying capacity and an estimated 1250-mile range—already a potent threat to Israeli cities and bases, even before nuclear warheads enter the equation. What's more, Gen. Hossein Salami, the air force commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, offered a blunt warning after the exercise, saying it demonstrated the country's "resolve and might against enemies...
  • Israel 'ready to act' over Iran

    07/10/2008 12:24:46 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 7 replies · 122+ views
    BBC News ^ | July 10, 2008
    Israel's defence minister has warned of his country's readiness to act against Iran if it feels threatened. Ehud Barak, speaking in Tel Aviv, said Israel had "proved in the past that it won't hesitate to act when its vital security interests are at stake". He spoke as Iran's testing of missiles that could reach Israel stoked tensions between the two, and with the US. But Mr Barak added that diplomatic solutions should be pursued before other options were taken up. "Currently the focus is international sanctions and vigorous diplomatic activity, and these avenues should be exhausted," he said. US warning...
  • War drums becoming deafening

    06/30/2008 11:23:52 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 49 replies · 134+ views
    Arab News ^ | 1 July 2008 (26 Jumada al-Thani 1429) | Linda Heard
    THE Americans and the Israelis are acting in concert vis-à-vis Iran. The unmistakable message they are putting out loud and clear is that an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities is on the cards in the event Tehran doesn’t cave into their demands. Are they bluffing as part of an arm-twisting strategy or are they seriously planning to transform this region into an inferno? Pundits have been analyzing the probability of a US or Israeli attack on Iran for several years now. Some have even come up with likely dates but most of those have come and gone eroding the analysts’...
  • Bolton: Israel Will Strike Iran if Obama is Elected

    06/25/2008 7:10:08 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 55 replies · 1,662+ views ^ | June 25, 2008 | Rick Pedraza
    Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton believes Israel will stage a raid against Iran's nuclear facilities if Democratic nominee Barack Obama wins the upcoming presidential election in November. Bolton, often labeled a resolute neo-conservative, believes the Israeli attack would take place sometime between the day after Obama's win and his inauguration on January 20 of next year. In an interview with FOX News, Bolton says, "I think if they are to do anything, the most likely period is after our elections and before the inauguration of the next President." Bolton reasons Israel won’t be able to hold...
  • USAF Heads Resign In Major Shake-Up

    06/05/2008 10:38:22 AM PDT · by PurpleMan · 142 replies · 260+ views
    CBSNews ^ | 05 June 08
    The military and civilian chiefs of the Air Force are resigning, U.S. officials said Thursday. Defense officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said that Defense Secretary Robert Gates asked Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley and Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne to step
  • Trying to Run Another Hard-Hitting Ad in 'The New York Times'

    12/12/2007 7:38:58 PM PST · by mdittmar · 34 replies · 526+ views
    EDITOR & PUBLISHER ^ | December 12/12/07 | E&P Staff
    If runs another ad in The New York Times, it will have a cartoon motif. The liberal group is currently trying to raise money to buy space in the Times for the full-page ad. In the ad, cartoon-like panels show George W. Bush talking with Karl Rove. Bush says: "Karl, after Iraq, they'll never elect a Republican in '08." Rove replies: "Threaten Iran. Talk about World War III." Bush: "But now everyone knows they've stopped developing nukes." Rove: "We never let the truth stop us before."
  • Abusing the right to free speech (three bag barfer alert)

    10/17/2007 10:17:32 AM PDT · by pabianice · 13 replies · 40+ views
    Daily Collegian (UMass) ^ | 10/17/07 | Saranj
    The most beautiful thing about America is the freedom it affords its people. How envious I am - as a Middle Easterner - of Americans for such beautiful gifts they have been granted as freedom of speech. It is indeed a wonderful thing to be able to express the heart and not be punished, imprisoned or tortured about it. Last week, as I was wandering in the infinite world of American beauties, I come across a quote in The Daily Mail, an English newspaper, uttered by Ms. Debra Cagan, the deputy assistant secretary for coalition affairs to American Defense Secretary...
  • DEBKAfile reports: Russians employed at Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactor suddenly depart...

    10/07/2007 5:12:08 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 40 replies · 2,142+ views
    Debka ^ | October 1, 2007, 11:32 AM (GMT+02:00)
    The Khorramshar News Agency, which is published by the ethnic Arab underground of Iran’s oil-rich Khuzestan, reported early Oct. 1 that the entire staff of Russian nuclear engineers and experts employed in building the nuclear reactor at Bushehr had abruptly packed their bags Friday, Sept. 28, and flew back to Russia. The agency’s one-liner offers no source or explanation. DEBKAfile have obtained no corroboration of its report from any other source. The story appears to have originated with the ethnic Arabs who live near the reactor or who come in contact with its Russian staff. If true, DEBKAfile can offer...
  • COLUMBIA HOSTS A THUG(We all have some phoning to do today!)

    09/21/2007 6:10:33 AM PDT · by kellynla · 62 replies · 130+ views
    NEW YORK POST ^ | September 21, 2007 | staff
    Having been summarily denied his wish for an officially sanctioned visit to Ground Zero, Iranian despot Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is headed for Columbia University - where he's set to be welcomed with open arms. That Columbia would want to offer a platform to such a bloody handed villain - one who, to this day, presides over a country that's directly abetting the murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq - says much about the state of Ivy League education. At the same time, the fact that it has an absolute right to do just that surely distinguishes America from Ahmadinejad's thugocracy. Indeed,...
  • Lieberman asked to resign from his own party

    06/12/2007 1:22:33 PM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 67 replies · 3,585+ views
    WTNH, New Haven ^ | June 12, 2007 | WFSB
    (WTNH) _ The Connecticut for Lieberman Party is calling on Senator Joseph Lieberman to resign from the U.S. Senate following his remarks made Sunday on CBS' Face the Nation regarding military action against Iran. Lieberman said on the national television program that, "we've got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians." The Connecticut for Lieberman Chair, Dr. John Orman, called for Lieberman's resignation saying that he "crossed the line" and "no longer represents the views of the citizens of Connecticut." Orman, a longtime critic of Lieberman, took control of the minority party back in January.
  • Bush Sanctions "Black Operations" Against Iran

    05/30/2007 9:50:22 PM PDT · by Fennie · 40 replies · 1,343+ views
    Sunday Telegraph ^ | May 28, 2007 | Tim Shipman
    WASHINGTON - President George W Bush has given the CIA approval to launch covert "black" operations to achieve regime change in Iran, intelligence sources have revealed. Mr Bush has signed an official document endorsing CIA plans for a propaganda and disinformation campaign intended to destabilise, and eventually topple, the theocratic rule of the mullahs. Under the plan, pressure will be brought to bear on the Iranian economy by manipulating the country's currency and international financial transactions. Details have also emerged of a covert scheme to sabotage the Iranian nuclear programme. Security officials in Washington have disclosed that Teheran has been...
  • LA Times Publishes Iran Propaganda Claim, Ignores Fauxtography (MSM busted AGAIN)

    02/19/2007 9:14:16 AM PST · by pissant · 52 replies · 2,008+ views
    LGF ^ | 2/19//07 | staff
    The Los Angeles Times gives credence to Iran’s bogus claim that the US is behind two recent attacks in Iran: Iran alleges U.S. link to militant attack. TEHRAN — Bullet cartridges bearing a U.S. insignia and English lettering were among the weaponry seized last week from Sunni militants suspected of killing 11 members of Shiite-dominated Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard, Iranian officials said Sunday. A photo of the cartridge box, along with an array of other ammunition, was published by Iranian newspapers and news agencies. Iran did not provide access to the weapons and explosives, drawing skepticism from analysts, and there...
  • Officials: White House Holding Back Report Detailing Iran's Meddling in Iraq (specifics!)

    01/30/2007 7:52:42 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 59 replies · 1,676+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Jan. 30, 2007 | FoxNews
    A plan by the Bush administration to release detailed and possibly damning specific evidence linking the Iranian government to efforts to destabilize Iraq have been put on hold, U.S. officials told FOX News. Officials had said a "dossier" against Iran compiled by the U.S. likely would be made public at a press conference this week in Baghdad, and that the evidence would contain specifics including shipping documents, serial numbers, maps and other evidence which officials say would irrefutably link Iran to weapons shipments to Iraq.U.S. officials charge Iran is supplying explosives used to make the roadside bombs causing 70 percent...
  • Iran May Have Trained Attackers That Killed 5 American Soldiers, U.S. and Iraqis Say

    01/30/2007 7:41:32 PM PST · by elhombrelibre · 64 replies · 2,203+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 31 Jan 07 | JAMES GLANZ and MARK MAZZETTI
    BAGHDAD, Jan. 30 — Investigators believe that attackers who used American-style uniforms and weapons to infiltrate a secure compound and kill five American soldiers in Karbala on Jan. 20 may have been trained and financed by Iranian agents, according to American and Iraqi officials knowledgeable about the probe.
  • Kuwait media: U.S. military strike on Iran seen by April

    01/25/2007 6:48:29 PM PST · by Iam1ru1-2 · 14 replies · 758+ views ^ |
    Special report: Iran Nuclear Crisis KUWAIT CITY, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- U.S. might launch a military strike on Iran before April 2007, Kuwait-based daily Arab Times released on Sunday said in a report. The report, written by Arab Times' Editor-in-chief Ahmed al-Jarallah citing a reliable source, said that the attack would be launched from the sea, while Patriot missiles would guard all Arab countries in the Gulf. Recent statements emanating from the United States indicated the Bush administration's new strategy for Iraq doesn't include any proposal to make a compromise or negotiate with Syria or Iran, added the report. The...
  • US plans envision broad attack on Iran - analyst

    01/19/2007 6:39:09 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 68 replies · 1,872+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | January 19, 2007
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON, Jan 19 (Reuters) - U.S. contingency planning for military action against Iran's nuclear program goes beyond limited strikes and would effectively unleash a war against the country, a former U.S. intelligence analyst said on Friday. "I've seen some of the planning ... You're not talking about a surgical strike," said Wayne White, who was a top Middle East analyst for the State Department's bureau of intelligence and research until March 2005. "You're talking about a war against Iran" that likely would destabilize the Middle East for years, White told the Middle East Policy Council, a Washington think...
  • Iran frees bin Laden son -German newspaper

    08/02/2006 1:12:30 PM PDT · by ikez78 · 29 replies · 990+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8.2.06 | Reuters
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Iran has freed a son of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden from house arrest, a German newspaper reported on Wednesday. Die Welt said the Iranian Revolutionary Guard released Saad bin Laden on July 28 with the aim of sending him to the Syria-Lebanon border. It linked the reported move to the outbreak of war between Israel and Lebanese-based Hizbollah.
  • Michael Ledeen: It’s the Terrorism, Stupid - Fancy that…Iranian fighters in Iraq

    06/30/2006 12:19:07 PM PDT · by NutCrackerBoy · 10 replies · 823+ views
    National Review Online ^ | June 30, 2006 | Michael Ledeen
    This in from al-Reuters:Iraqi and U.S. troops battled Shi’ite militiamen in a village northeast of Baghdad on Thursday...Iraqi security officials said IRANIAN FIGHTERS HAD BEEN CAPTURED IN THE FIGHTING (emphasis added)...The U.S. military had no immediate comment.In recent days there have been several stories further documenting the Iranian role in the terror war in Iraq, especially in the south, where Tehran has been working assiduously for several years to create a regional Islamic republic. So the al-Reuters report should not be a surprise.But it gives us the opportunity to reflect on three serious questions, none of which has been sufficiently...
  • Iran or Bust (The defining test of Bush's war presidency)

    01/29/2006 4:13:58 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 57 replies · 1,453+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 6, 2006 | Jeffrey Bell
     EVENTS ARE CONVERGING TO ELEVATE the nuclear crisis with Iran into the central crisis of the Bush presidency. War presidents are graded not by circumstances they inherit, including those that lead to war. They are judged by how they react to those circumstances.Franklin Roosevelt as a war president is defined not by the attack on Pearl Harbor, but by the radical war aim he laid out against Japan and Germany in the wake of Pearl Harbor--unconditional surrender--and by his relentless and successful pursuit of that war aim until the day he died.When Lyndon Johnson became president in November 1963, he...
  • Prepare yourself for the unthinkable: war against Iran may be a necessity

    01/26/2006 2:38:37 PM PST · by Dark Skies · 251 replies · 5,005+ views
    TimesOnline (UK) ^ | 1/27/2006 | Gerard Baker
    THE UNIMAGINABLE but ultimately inescapable truth is that we are going to have to get ready for war with Iran. Being of a free-speaking, free-thinking disposition, we generally find in the West that hand-wringing, finger-pointing and second-guessing come more easily to us than cold, strategic thinking. Confronted with nightmarish perils we instinctively choose to seize the opportunity to blame each other, cursing our domestic opponents for the situation they’ve put us in. The rapidly intensifying crisis with regard to Iran exemplifies the phenomenon. On the right, it is said that the decision to let the Europeans play nuclear footsie with...
  • Ahmadinejad Awaits the Hidden Imam (Interesting perpective!)

    01/25/2006 12:16:35 PM PST · by Dark Skies · 135 replies · 7,353+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 1/25/2006 | John Swails
    At the end of his speech at the United Nations in the fall of 2005, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made an invocation to Allah to bring about the speedy reappearance of the Hidden Imam. The media and, sad to say, many academic persons were at a loss to explain this eschatological reference. The situation was complicated by later interviews in which Ahmadinejad reported that many of his co-religionists claimed that while he was making those remarks, they could see about him an aura of light. He recalled that he too was aware of a celestial light at that time. He...
  • Breaking on FNC: Iranian Children used as human chain around nuclear facility

    01/22/2006 10:35:24 AM PST · by HHKrepublican_2 · 482 replies · 19,641+ views
    Fox News Channel
    Will post story ASAP FNC showed pictures of young Children forming a chain\shield around the Nuke Faciity.
  • Iran leader's messianic end-times mission (Ahmadinejad raises concerns with mystical visions)

    01/06/2006 6:46:21 AM PST · by NYer · 67 replies · 2,773+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | January 6, 2005
    Iranian President Mahmoud's Ahmadinejad's mystical pre-occupation with the coming of a Shiite Islamic messiah figure – the Mahdi – is raising concerns that a nuclear-armed Islamic Republic could trigger the kind of global conflagration he envisions will set the stage for the end of the world. While Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been making headlines lately by questioning whether the Holocaust actually happened, by suggesting Israel should be moved to Europe and by demanding the Jewish state be wiped off the face of the earth, his apocalyptic religious zealotry has received less attention. In a videotaped meeting with Ayatollah Javadi-Amoli in Tehran,...
  • Ahmadinejad: We Must Prepare Ourselves to Rule the World

    01/09/2006 9:54:37 AM PST · by robowombat · 57 replies · 1,976+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | January 6, 06 | Mehran Riazaty
    Ahmadinejad: We Must Prepare Ourselves to Rule the World Mehran Riazaty: Iran Analyst On January 5, 06- Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told a crowd of theological students in the holy city of Qom that many of whom have come to Qom from different Muslim countries, that Islam did not restrict itself to geographical borders. “We must believe in the fact that Islam is not confined to geographical borders, ethnic groups and nations. It’s a universal ideology that leads the world to justice”, Ahmadinejad said. “We don’t shy away from declaring that Islam is ready to rule the world”, he added....
  • The Mystical Menace of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

    01/10/2006 2:35:17 PM PST · by Mogengator · 5 replies · 519+ views ^ | 1/10/06 | Daniel Pipes
    Thanks to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, a new word has entered the political vocabulary: mahdaviat. Not surprisingly, it's a technical religious term. Mahdaviat derives from mahdi, Arabic for "rightly-guided one," a major figure in Islamic eschatology. He is, explains the Encyclopaedia of Islam, "the restorer of religion and justice who will rule before the end of the world." The concept originated in the earliest years of Islam and, over time, became particularly identified with the Shi'ite branch. Whereas "it never became an essential part of Sunni religious doctrine," continues the encyclopedia, "Belief in the coming of the Mahdi...
  • Iran’s Ahmadinejad: Islam will lead to "great event"

    01/12/2006 3:02:22 PM PST · by Flavius · 66 replies · 1,463+ views
    iran focus ^ | 1/12/06 | na
    Iran Focus Tehran, Iran, Jan. 12 – Iran’s hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday evening that the Islamic Republic’s 1979 Islamic revolution was a great movement and a stepping stone to a final “great event” in the world. Speaking to a crowd in the southern city of Roudan, Hormozgan province, Ahmadinejad said, “The Islamic Republic is the continuation of the path of the prophets which came to begin a great movement and the final occurrence”. “The Islamic revolution was a great leap in leading the people and reaching the climax of history”, Ahmadinejad said.
  • The not-so-mad mind of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

    01/19/2006 1:22:21 AM PST · by mal · 45 replies · 1,513+ views
    "The skirmishes in the occupied land are part of a war of destiny. The outcome of hundreds of years of war will be defined in Palestinian land. As the Imam said, Israel must be wiped off the map." So rants Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Given his apocalyptic rhetoric, we can understand why President Ahmadinejad might want an arsenal of nuclear missiles. He'd be able to shake down a constant stream of rich European emissaries, threaten the Arab Gulf states to lower oil production, neutralize the influence of the United States in the region — and, of course, destroy Israel. In...
  • Is Iran already at war with U.S.?

    01/21/2006 7:39:38 AM PST · by kindred · 40 replies · 1,603+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Saturday, January 21, 2006 | Farah
    Saturday, January 21, 2006 FROM JOSEPH FARAH'S G2 BULLETIN Is Iran already at war with U.S.? Ahmadinejad called for more than wiping Israel off the face of the earth Posted: January 21, 2006 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2006 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech in Tehran last fall, in which he called for Israel to be wiped off the face of the earth, got a healthy amount of coverage by the international media. Yet, despite the number of stories published and broadcast, a key element of that address to 'The World Without Zionism" conference was overlooked, ignored –...
  • General Panic (Meet Brig General Qassem Suleimani, the commander of Iran's anti-American Qods Force)

    10/05/2005 4:32:44 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 5 replies · 579+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 5, 2005 | Dan Darling
    WITH RECENT U.S. and British allegations that shipments of explosives similar to those used by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) are being shipped into Iraq from Iran for use by the insurgency, it is long past time for American policy-makers to examine the role of Iranian Brigadier General Qassem Suleimani and the Qods (Jerusalem) Force unit under his command in fomenting and facilitating anti-American terrorist activity since the September 11 attacks.The very nature of General Suleimani's position within the IRGC warrants him being on America's radar. As the commander of Qods Force, Suleimani is charged with overseeing the IRGC's...