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Facebook Twitter Informed Comment: Thoughts on the Middle East, History and Religion. Netanyahu Coming to Washington to Demand Obama Commit to Military Action. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is headed to Washington next week for the annual meeting of the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

While in town, Netanyahu will meet on Monday with President Obama to demand that the President commits to military action aginst Iran. Israeli officials say that Binyamin Netanyahu is not happy with Obama's 'vague assertion' that all options are on the table in dealing with Iran. (photo/Jim Watson/AFP) Obama is reportedly frustrated by what he sees as political interference by Netanyahu to mobilize support for Israel's position in the US Congress. Netanyahu met a group of US senators last week and complained strongly about Obama administration officials publicly opposing an Israeli strike on Iran. Mr. Israeli officials told the Associated Press this week that Israel will not notify the US before an attack on Iran. The Guardian/UK is reporting this afternoon: [...] A Nuclear Weapons Free Zone in the Middle East: Fathollah-Nejad.

Ali Fathollah-Nejad writes in a guest column for Informed Comment A Nuclear Weapons Free Zone in the Middle East Why It Would Be in the Long-Term Interest of Both Iran and Israel The conflict in Western Asia (the “Middle East”) is escalating. In order to escape its dead-end logic, a nuclear-free zone should be established – since the conflict between Israel and Iran is primarily geopolitical in nature. More than ever before, the endless spectacle surrounding Iran’s nuclear programme is marching the world toward war. The only sensible way forward would be to abandon such a policy choice, which has proven counterproductive and, not surprisingly, has pushed the conflict to the brink of war.

The only way forward is that of regional disarmament For Israel, the danger would lie in the nuclearization of other important countries in the region (such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey). The situation necessitates alternative approaches. John BOLTON Dodges Question From Vet & Insults Him-Fox Edits Out Booing & Replaces It With Applause. Then they are truly fekked. A lie can hurt millions of people. Lying about iraq has cost this country and iraq, thousands of lives and has cost us billions of dollars. What lie would be for the "right" reason, and for whom? So, the truth, even if they don't like it; is worse than the lies told.

We, as a country, have truly gone down the rabbit hole, when americans who proudly wear those flag pins or wave it on their auto; seem to be okay with lying propaganda that pushes an agenda that helps global corporations OVER THEIR OWN DAMN COUNTRY AND ITS' PEOPLE!!! How fekked up do you have to be to continue to believe the divisive bullshite against other fellow americans propagated by a network started by a cretin who wasn't even from this country?

I remember after 9/11, all the congresscritters putting on their little flag pins. The Economic Crisis and Iran. On February 21, to great media fanfare, the Dow Jones Industrial Average surpassed the 13,000 mark for the first time since the 2008 collapse. Appearing on NBC’s Today Show the following morning, Jim “Bear Sterns is not in trouble” Cramer jubilantly prophesied “the future is better than the past.” A more ominous indication of lurking economic peril is perhaps difficult to imagine. Indeed, for despite growing optimism on Wall Street (where profits have been ascendant through the course of the Great Recession), the economy remains teetering precariously on the precipice. The potential collapse of the eurozone, along with mounting signs of a bursting Chinese growth bubble both still loom along the horizon. Each of which could threaten to send the world economy barreling toward the abyss. Hardly indicative of what one might deem a better future.

In fact, given the protracted nature of the current crises, it is increasingly evident that we are in the thralls of a systemic crisis. Target Iran. Utah group sends anti-war message with ‘Bomb Iran’ billboard. By David EdwardsMonday, February 27, 2012 12:51 EDT A small group of anti-war activists in Utah hopes that a billboard with the words “Bomb Iran” will get people to stop and think twice about waging a new war. Billboard creator Connor Boyack told Raw Story that his group put up the sign in West Valley City last week because every Republican presidential candidate — with the exception of Texas Congressman Ron Paul — has been their escalating rhetoric regarding military action against Iran.

“The war drums are beating loudly,” Boyack explained. “Sanctions are being supported, war is being threatened, and the nation seems primed for yet another middle eastern war. Our group objects to this and sees the same pattern that happened with the build up to the war in Iraq.” “This war would be immoral, offensive, unnecessary, and besides, we simply can’t afford it.” Within the first day, the group’s website received over 15,000 hits. “It’s a message that I believe is resonating,” he said. The Slide to War.

Wars are fought because some people decide it is in their interests to fight them. World War I was not started over the Archduke Ferdinand’s assassination, nor was it triggered by the alliance system. An “incident” may set the stage for war, but no one keeps shooting unless they think it’s a good idea. The Great War started because the countries involved decided they would profit by it, delusional as that conclusion was. It is useful to keep this idea in mind when trying to figure out if there will be a war with Iran. In short, what are the interests of the protagonists, and are they important enough for those nations to take the fateful step into the chaos of battle? First off, because oil and gas are involved, a war would have global ramifications. In short, the actors in this drama are widespread and their interests as diverse as their nationalities.

According to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Iran is building nuclear weapons that pose an “existential” threat to Israel. Behind the Deepening Crisis with Iran: the Real Story Versus the Cover Story. Israeli PM Netanyahu attacks Gen. Dempsey as Servant of Iran. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak have launched a vicious attack on US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, an American war hero, saying his recent statements “served Iran.” They objected to his statement on Sunday, on Fareed Zakaria’s GPS , that “I don’t think a wise thing at this moment is for Israel to launch a military attack on Iran…” He also said such a strike “would be destabilizing” and “not prudent.”

He added, “…we are of the opinion that the Iranian regime is a rational actor. Prime Minister Netanyahu, who in the past has called for expulsion of Palestinians from their West Bank home and boasted of derailing the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords, accused Dempsey of “serving Iranian interests,” according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz (“The Land”), which wrote: “We made it clear to Donilon that all those statements and briefings only served the Iranians,” a senior Israeli official said.

Erin Burnett: Worst of the worst. (updated below – Update II [Sat.]) I’m finishing up a long investigative article that will be posted later this morning, but I just could not let go unnoted this commentary on The Iranian Threat by CNN’s Erin Burnett (“frightening,” she observed). I barely know what to say about it — the critiques of media fear-mongering I wrote the last two days apply in spades to this — but it really just mocks itself. It’s the sort of thing you would produce if you set out to create a mean-spirited parody of mindless, war-hungry, fear-mongering media stars, but you wouldn’t dare go this far because you’d want the parody to have a feel of realism to it, and this would be way too extreme to be believable. She really hauled it all out: WMDs! But truly: that huge lapse at the start was the peak of journalistic quality for Burnett’s commentary. UPDATE: Michael Calderone, The Huffington Post‘s media reporter, has a good article today entitled “Iran Nuclear Coverage Echoes Iraq War Media Frenzy.”

New Weasel Word on Iran Nukes. What can one say when the Washington Post’s neoconservative editorial writers more correctly describe the U.S. and Israeli assessments on Iran’s nuclear program than does a news story in the New York Times? In a Wednesday morning surprise, a Washington Post editorial got the nuances, more or less, right in stating: “U.S. and Israeli officials share an assessment that, though Iran is building up nuclear capability, it has not taken decisive steps toward building a bomb.” You could still say the Post is hyping things a bit, skewing the wording in an anti-Iranian direction, but the sentence is essentially correct on where U.S. and Israeli intelligence judgments stand, that Iran has NOT made a decision to build a nuclear bomb.

But then there’s the New York Times. It continues to mislead its readers, albeit with a new weasel word inserted to avoid being accused of completely misstating the facts. There’s a parallel here to President George W. Intelligence Assessments Less Alarming Consensus. U.S. media takes the lead on Iran. Many have compared the coordinated propaganda campaign now being disseminated about The Iranian Threat to that which preceded the Iraq War, but there is one notable difference.

Whereas the American media in 2002 followed the lead of the U.S. government in beating the war drums against Saddam, they now seem even more eager for war against Iran than the U.S. government itself, which actually appears somewhat reluctant. Consider this highly illustrative, one-minute report yesterday from the nightly broadcast of NBC News with Brian Williams, by the network’s Chief Pentagon Correspondent Jim “Mik” Miklaszewski, which packs multiple misleading narratives into one short package: We’re told that if the U.S. ends up in a war with Iran, then “the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet would be the world’s first line of defense“: because Iran is threatening the entire world, and the U.S. would be defending “the world” from this grave Persian menace. As this blogger correctly observed: BFP Breaking News: The New Desperate Concoction for War on Iran. War Architects Have Written a New Script- This Time with Azerbaijan in the Lead Actor Role The imperial establishment’s desperation to militarily go after and take over the last ‘real’ domino – Iran, has truly reached a peak, and with that desperation comes a new farfetched and fantastical scenario.

Last time the script of their scenario was written based on a Saudi Diplomat actor. It was only three months ago when the puppet mainstream media jumped in with a made-up, dubious, far-reaching, murkily and vaguely-sourced story of the thwarted Iranian plot to kill the Saudi Ambassador in US. Here are a few excerpts from CNN’s fabulous-ized headline story that played around the clock for days, beating the war drums for its masters: U.S. agents disrupted an Iranian assassination-for-hire scheme targeting Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, U.S. officials said Tuesday…The Saudi ambassador was not the only intended target, U.S. officials said. So that scenario script kinda failed. Twin Cites anti-war leader speaks out against U.S. threats against Iran. Jess Sundin of the Anti War Committee (Fight Back!

News/Staff) Minneapolis, MN – Jess Sundin, a leader of the Twin Cities-based Anti-War Committee, condemned U.S. war moves towards Iran, Jan. 15 “The anti-war movement needs to take U.S. threats against Iran very seriously,” said Sundin. “Over the past several months we have seen more military deployments of U.S. forces into the Persian Gulf, a new round of U.S. sanctions - with more threatened from Europe - and the murder of Iranian scientists.

The situation is looking a lot like the run-ups to the U.S. wars on Iraq,” continued Sundin. “In and of themselves, the U.S. sanctions on Iran are an act of war. Jess Sundin is one of the anti-war and international solidarity activists who was raided by the FBI on Sept. 24, 2010 and who is being targeted by a Chicago grand jury. Sundin also stated, “People in this country can’t afford to let the government pick our ‘enemies.’ Elect Romney, Get War in Iran? February 5, 2012 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Should Mitt Romney make it to the White House, his Middle East policy and plan for Iran may be as hawkish as that of Bush Junior, thanks to Eliot Cohen.

In 2005, a group of graduate students at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced and International Studies (SAIS) participated in the school’s annual diplomatic simulation. Though most of the participants were confident they could head off a military conflict with diplomatic measures, Karlin jumped the gun. That year, Karlin received a plum job in the Bush administration’s Department of Defense where, according to her bio she was “intimately involved in formulating U.S. policy on Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Israel-Palestinian affairs.” Today, Cohen is among Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney’s top campaign advisers. IRAN: US/Israeli False Flag Attack May Be Underway. Several warnings of an imminent “false flag” attack by the Israeli-influenced United States on one of its own warships, which will be attributed to Iran, have been reported by several reliable sources. In recent years “false-flag” terrorism has been utilized multiple times by US and Israeli political actors to provide pretexts for otherwise unjustifiable, anti-Islamic military excursions.

The plan is to justify an all-out assault on Iran based upon a new fabricated “Pearl Harbor”. Israel is the primary motivator behind the attempts to destabilize Iran. US traditional foreign policy was one of attempting to foster stability in the Middle East for oil markets. The Zionist impulse, conversely, is to destabilize all potential regional hegemons and carve the Middle East up into ethno-religious statelets. Thus, since the fraudulent events of 9/11, we’ve seen a policy of Middle East disintegration being pursued by Israeli-influenced American politicians. YouTube - Veterans Today - Related Posts: War on Iran: It’s Not A Matter of “If” The world’s press is choc-a-bloc with “if” questions about Iran and war. Will Israel attack? Is Obama, coerced by domestic politics in an election year, being dragged into war by the Israel lobby? Will he lunch the bombers? Is the strategy to force Iran into a corner, methodically demolishing its economy by embargoes and sanctions so that in the end a desperate Iran strikes back.

As with sanctions and covert military onslaughts on Iraq in the run up to 2003, the first point to underline is that the US is waging war on Iran. The analogy here is the run up to Pearl Harbor. On February 11, 1941 FDR proposed sacrificing 6 cruisers and 2 carriers at Manila to get into war. In March 1941 FDR sold arms and convoyed them to belligerents in Europe — both acts of war and both violations of international law — the Lend-Lease Act. The next day FDR froze all Japanese assets in US cutting off their main supply of oil. Imagine if the Iranians had done this to the US dollar?

To the Tumbrils! The US-Iran Economic War. Analysis: Iran could close Hormuz -- but not for long. No EU Deal on Iran Oil Embargo Yet. Pushing Iran towards a nuclear bomb. Attack Iran? Ask Congress to Declare War. Obama Seeks to Distance U.S. from Israeli Attack on Iran. Iran to hold new wargames soon in key oil waterway. Israel and US to stage major defense drill. Sanctioning Iran: An Interview on Iran's Ruling Bloc, Internal Strife, and International Pressure. Jahanpour: As US and Iran Confront Each other, where is the Diplomacy?