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Cordesman Reveals Conflicting Stance on US and Iranian Weapons in Iraq

Irancove @ August 31, 2007 # No Comment Yet

Appearing on C-SPAN, Anthony Cordesman described the 190,000 weapons lost in Iraq by the US military as “largely irrelevant” while pronouncing alleged Iranian aid to Iraqi Shiites as “destabilizing.” Cordesman also claims that Iran is helping to arm Al Qaeda. This is an unproven allegation that is very unlikely—Iran and Al Qaeda are ideological enemies, […]

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CNN’s Ed Henry Incorrectly Labels Iran’s President as “Dictator”

Irancove @ August 29, 2007 # No Comment Yet

CNN White House correspondent Ed Henry appeared on the show “This Week at War,” where he falsely referred to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as “Iran’s dictator.” Ahmadinejad was elected president August 6, 2005 and is up for reelection in 2009. The remark was not challenged by host John Roberts.

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NIAC: Tell Congress to Stop the March to War with Iran

Irancove @ August 28, 2007 # No Comment Yet

The National Iranian American Council released a memo today denouncing the President’s decision to authorize the US military to confront Iran while Congress is in recess.  Left unchallenged, these accusations are paving the way for a possible military attack on Iran.  According to this memo, 10 additional Iranians were detained by US forces, undoubtedly escalating […]

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Gingrich: Iranians Desperately Want Nukes and Will Use Them

Irancove @ August 28, 2007 # No Comment Yet

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich gave a speech using highly sensationalist rhetoric based on erroneous claims to build his case for the Iran threat. Gingrich claimed the “The Iranians are desperately trying to build nuclear weapons, and they will use them.” Iranian officials have repeatedly denounced nuclear weapons and explained their nuclear energy […]

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Chris Matthews Explains “Case” for Nuking Iran

Irancove @ August 28, 2007 # No Comment Yet

On a recent show of “Hardball,” host Chris Matthews casually declared the “case” for using nuclear weapons against Iran’s nuclear facilities. CHRIS MATTHEWS: Lets all be brutally honest here. There might be a case for a tactical or a smaller nuclear weapon—if there is such a thing—a small megaton (inaudible)…if you’re going after some bunker […]

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Sarkozy Hints at Aggressive Iran Policy

Irancove @ August 27, 2007 # No Comment Yet

In his first major foreign policy speech on Monday, French President Nicolas Sarkozy offered a glimpse of his Iran policy. Sarkozy labeled Iran’s nuclear power program part of the “worst crisis currently facing the world.” Considering the current situation in Iraq, this observation is highly debatable and raises questions regarding Sarkozy’s upcoming foreign policy decisions. […]

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Greenwald’s “FOX ATTACKS” Compares FOX Coverage of Iran With Iraq

Irancove @ August 23, 2007 # No Comment Yet

Watch documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald’s (director of “Outfoxed”) short film below highlighting some of the similarities between the coverage leading up to the Iraq war with that of Iran today. Visit the FOX Attacks Iran website here. For more on this subject read this article.

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Scant Evidence of Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Role in Iraq

Irancove @ August 20, 2007 # No Comment Yet

As the US considers labeling the Iranian Revolutionary Guards under the official designation of “terrorist,” recent reports indicate there is almost no evidence to support assertions behind the drive. Lynch said U.S. troops had so far failed to seize any weapon shipments coming across the Iranian border and that no Revolutionary Guards member had been […]

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Senator Durbin on Alleged Iranian Weapons in Iraq

Irancove @ August 19, 2007 # No Comment Yet

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) appeared recently on CNN to discuss Iran’s alleged role in providing roadside bombs to Iraqi insurgents. SENATOR DURBIN: I was just in General Odierno’s office last week in Baghdad, and he showed me one of these roadside bombs that they had managed to dismantle, made in Iran, clearly made in Iran, […]

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Oliver Stone Makes Second Request for Ahmadinejad Documentary

Irancove @ August 18, 2007 # No Comment Yet

Oliver Stone, the director of such influential films as “JFK” and “The Doors,” has made a second request to depict Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in a documentary. Stone’s promotion manager, who made the request, described the film as an attempt to rectify the image of Muslims and Islam in the American Media. According to the […]

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Cole, Matthews and Rubin Reflect on Iran Policy

Irancove @ August 16, 2007 # No Comment Yet

Juan Cole, Jessica Matthews and Trudy Rubin appeared on the August 15 edition of the Jim Lehrer News Hour to discuss the Iraq war and its broader regional implications. They reacted critically to reports that the Bush administration may officially apply the label of “terrorist” to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and discussed the need to engage […]

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US Considers “Terrorist” Label for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps

Irancove @ August 15, 2007 # No Comment Yet

The Washington Times reports on the latest move escalating tensions between the US and Iran. As the article states, the Revolutionary Guard would be the first national military branch included in the list of non-state entities officially considered “terrorists” by the US government. According to the article: The corps also plays a key role in […]

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Bush Alienates Iranian Public

Irancove @ August 11, 2007 # No Comment Yet

According to a report by McClatchy, Vice President Cheney is pushing for military strikes on Iran, initiating a debate within the Bush administration between hardliners and more moderate voices. The article states that the president has not yet decided on military strikes against Iran. An examination of his press conference from August 8 (see clip […]

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Bush Lies Again About Iranian Nuclear Energy Program

Irancove @ August 8, 2007 # No Comment Yet

President Bush and Afghan President Hamid Karzai held a joint press conference on August 6 in which Iran emerged as a point of contention. In addition to expressing his discord with Karzai regarding the nature of Iran’s role in Afghanistan, President Bush also took the opportunity to repeat an irrefutably false allegation regarding Iran’s nuclear […]

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Clinton/Obama Dispute Reveals Gap Between Public and Pundits

Irancove @ August 5, 2007 # No Comment Yet

Senators Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama engaged in a much publicized quarrel during the recent CNN/YouTube Democratic debate over their responses to the following question: QUESTION: In 1982, Anwar Sadat traveled to Israel, a trip that resulted in a peace agreement that has lasted ever since. In the spirit of that type of bold leadership, […]

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US-India Nuclear Pact and Iran

Irancove @ August 2, 2007 # No Comment Yet

The United States and India have reached an agreement, pending congressional approval, on a nuclear cooperation treaty that would give India access to substantial US nuclear aid and technology. At a July 27 press conference, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns described the accord as “the single most important initiative that India […]

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Death of Prominent Cleric Prompts Search for New Chairman of Powerful Assembly

Irancove @ August 1, 2007 # No Comment Yet

Ayatollah Ali Akbar Meshkini, chairman of the Assembly of Experts, died yesterday after complications from an illness. As many outside Iran seek to understand its complex power structure, it is worth noting that Meshkini was among the most pivotal figures of the Iranian government. The Assembly of Experts is ultimately responsible for appointing the supreme […]

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