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More on McCain’s Khalidi McCarthyism

Irancove @ October 30, 2008 # 5 Comments

Josh Marshall: The McCain campaign has been throwing around so much mud and smears in recent weeks that it’s easy to miss just how ugly and shameful their character assassination of Rashid Khalidi is. This is an entirely respectable, highly respected scholar. To go further into making a case for him would only be to […]

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Rubin: My Friend, the “Neo-Nazi”

Irancove @ October 30, 2008 # 4 Comments

by Barnett Rubin It is really strange to turn on the television and see actual presidential and vice-presidential candidates charging that someone who had dinner at my apartment two weeks ago — Professor Rashid Khalidi of Columbia University — is a “neo-Nazi.” Yet John McCain actually said this yesterday. Sarah Palin also attacked him, as […]

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Odierno: Iraqis would allow us to occupy their country if it weren’t for Iran

Irancove @ October 29, 2008 # 6 Comments

Ray Odierno on why things are not going as planned: “Clearly, this is one they’re [the Iranians] having a full court press on to try to ensure there’s never any bilateral agreement between the United States and Iraq,” Odierno said. “We know that there are many relationships with people here for many years going back […]

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The U.S. and Iran in Afghanistan: Policy Gone Awry

Irancove @ October 27, 2008 # 2 Comments

Cambridge, Mass. (MIT Center for Int’l Studies) By Barnett Rubin with Sara Batmanglich AFGHANISTAN IS ONE of several contexts in which the long-term common interests of the U.S. and Iran have been overshadowed by the animus originating in the 1953 CIA-led coup in Iran and the Iranian revolution of 1979, to the detriment of the […]

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Final Text of Iraq Pact Reveals a U.S. Debacle

Irancove @ October 25, 2008 # 5 Comments

Analysis by Gareth Porter WASHINGTON, Oct 22 (IPS) –  on the U.S. military presence represents an even more crushing defeat for the policy of the George W. Bush administration than previously thought, the final text reveals. The final draft, dated Oct. 13, not only imposes unambiguous deadlines for withdrawal of U.S. combat troops by 2011 […]

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Top Obama Adviser Signs on to Roadmap to War with Iran

Irancove @ October 25, 2008 # No Comment Yet

by Jim Lobe: If you haven’t seen it already, check out the op-ed by former Sens. Daniel Coats and Charles Robb in the Washington Post today, entitled “Stopping a Nuclear Tehran.” It is the summary of a report issued last month by an organization called The Bipartisan Policy Center (at whose website you can find […]

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Vote McCain to Fight the Islamic-Jihadism-Apocalyptic-Nuclear-Generations-Long-Struggle

Irancove @ October 24, 2008 # 4 Comments

Krauthammer the “Contrarian,” is supporting John McCain: The case for McCain is straightforward. The financial crisis has made us forget, or just blindly deny, how dangerous the world out there is. We have a generations-long struggle with Islamic jihadism. An apocalyptic soon-to-be-nuclear Iran. A nuclear-armed Pakistan in danger of fragmentation. A rising Russia pushing the […]

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The crude propaganda video editing award of the day goes to…

Irancove @ October 24, 2008 # 2 Comments

…the slimy editors at Fox.  In this slow fading transition, Iranian nuclear scientists can be seen pouring hot, molten lava into the center of the Star of David: The Fox Fade: …from a slow zoom-in to the fire and brimstone chambers of Hell: …to a zoom-out of the pristine Israeli flag:

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U.S. supporting “opposition groups” against Iran

Irancove @ October 23, 2008 # 7 Comments

Report: U.S. approaches armed, Marxist organizations to “promote democracy” in Iran.  What would the reaction be to Iranian support for Mexican paramilitary groups opposing the U.S?

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Iran’s Presidential Election Kicks Off

Irancove @ October 23, 2008 # 4 Comments

By Farideh Farhi After enduring almost two years of incessant presidential politics in the United States, I must say that I am not really looking forward to yet another prolonged race, this time in Iran. But the reality is that the campaign for the presidency of Iran, to be decided on 12 June 2009 or […]

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Iran says U.S. security pact would undermine Iraq’s national interests

Irancove @ October 21, 2008 # 5 Comments

TEHRAN – In a meeting with former Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Al-Jafari on Monday, Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said that the U.S. security pact would run counter to “Iraq’s national interests”. “The acceptance of this pact will prevent Iraq from playing a suitable and mighty role in regional and international scenes.” The speaker warned […]

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Neocon Ken Adelman for Obama

Irancove @ October 20, 2008 # 4 Comments

Ken Adelman, a consummate Washington insider and member of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s Defense Policy Board, is endorsing Obama: Why so, since my views align a lot more with McCain’s than with Obama’s? And since I truly dread the notion of a Democratic president, Democratic House, and hugely Democratic Senate? Primarily for two […]

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Kafkaesque Accusations from Anonymous “Officials”

Irancove @ October 20, 2008 # 3 Comments

Elaine Sciolino From The NYT: PARIS — International nuclear inspectors are investigating whether a Russian scientist helped Iran conduct complex experiments on how to detonate a nuclear weapon, according to European and American officials. As part of the investigation, inspectors at the International Atomic Energy Agency are seeking information from the scientist, who they believe […]

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McGovern: Attack on Iran off the Table?

Irancove @ October 20, 2008 # 6 Comments

By Ray McGovern October 20, 2008 “Information Clearinghouse“– –On Sept. 23, the neoconservative chiefs of the Washington Post‘s editorial page mourned, in a tone much like what one hears on the death of a close friend, that “a military strike by the United States or Israel [on Iran is not] likely in the coming months.” […]

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1912 Newspaper Clip: “Nation is Turned to Anarchy and Chaos”

Irancove @ October 20, 2008 # 3 Comments

This is effect of British and Russian action in Persia. 

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Chomsky on the Candidates

Irancove @ October 20, 2008 # No Comment Yet

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Maliki Criticizes Odierno’s Comments

Irancove @ October 18, 2008 # 2 Comments

(Via LA Times) BAGHDAD — Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki warned in comments broadcast Friday that the top U.S. commander in Iraq “had risked his position” by suggesting that Iran tried to bribe Iraqi lawmakers to oppose a security agreement with the United States. Maliki’s remarks were aired on state television as he convened the […]

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GOP will stare evil down

Irancove @ October 17, 2008 # 6 Comments

GOP mailer promises John McCain and Sarah Palin will keep you safe from the Legion of Doom: Update: How come Osama Bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri didn’t make the cut?

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Hamid Dabashi on Iran

Irancove @ October 16, 2008 # 7 Comments

Compliments of Eteraz: Part 1: Part 2: Part 3:

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Wanna invade Iran? Prepare for possible encounters with the natives using the military’s handy field guide.

Irancove @ October 16, 2008 # 4 Comments

Will there be a book on The Iranian Mind also? (via War and Piece and The Center for Public Integrity): PaperTrail has obtained an exclusive copy of the military’s field guide for cultural intelligence for possible military operations in Iran, which is designed to help the U.S. military understand foreign cultures. Though nowhere near as […]

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Jackson Denies Taheri’s NYPost on “Zionist”

Irancove @ October 16, 2008 # 6 Comments

Amir Taheri, a notorious fabricator, is accused of lying again.  Considering his dubious record, it’s a testament to the shoddy, tabloid nature of papers like the New York Post who continue to publish his tales.

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Can Knight Rider Save the World from Iranian Nuclear Weapons?!

Irancove @ October 16, 2008 # 12 Comments

It’s a sad day when the declarations of our politicians and pundits have all the intellectual depth and honesty of an episode of Knight Rider. As a good friend told me, I sincerely hope that Michael Knight is able to track down the missing Iranian nuclear physicist with intimate knowledge of their nuclear weapons program […]

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Fox and Bin Laden’s Shadow

Irancove @ October 16, 2008 # 11 Comments

Fox uses Usama Bin Laden’s silhouette to denote “Muslim terrorist” when pictures of some of their subjects aren’t available.  For example, on October 16, 2007, Fox reported on Samir Khan—a twenty-one year old American of Saudi decent—who operated a website that relayed messages from various “jihadi” groups.  Anchor Bill Hemmer commented, “we can not show […]

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Phyllis Bennis: Understanding the U.S.-Iran Crisis

Irancove @ October 16, 2008 # 8 Comments

By Phyllis Bennis (Via Information Clearing House) Is Iran a threat to the United States? 15/10/08 “Foreign Policy In Focus” — The Bush administration has claimed, almost since coming into office, that Iran is a “threat” to the US. Even US intelligence agencies agree that Iran doesn’t possess nuclear weapons or a nuclear weapons program, […]

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Israel Gets Real on Iran

Irancove @ October 15, 2008 # 4 Comments

(Via Guest Post: Trita Parsi The distinction between the apocalyptic rhetoric Israeli leaders use publicly in relation to Iran, and the more pragmatic view they hold among themselves on how to deal with Tehran and its nuclear program, has long been clear to anyone paying very close attention. In short, it’s clear that many […]

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Down the memory hole—Where are the assasination teams?

Irancove @ October 14, 2008 # No Comment Yet

In mid August Fox reported extensively on a story (first issued by the AP’s Pamela Hess), based entirely on anonymous sources, about hordes of “Iraqi Shiite assassination teams” being trained by Iran to commit mass assassinations of Iraqi officials and American troops.  For example of August 15, Fox’s Bret Baier:  A senior U.S. military official […]

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Battle of the Gods at McCain Rally

Irancove @ October 13, 2008 # 5 Comments

A minister who gave the invocation at a McCain rally prayed for God to ‘guard’ his reputation, which of course, rests with a McCain victory.  Pastor Arnold Conrad said: “There are millions of people around this world praying to their god—whether it’s Hindu, Buddha, Allah—that his opponent wins, for a variety of reasons. And Lord, […]

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Newt Gingrich and Religion

Irancove @ October 13, 2008 # 3 Comments

Newt Gingrich on Iran in a speech delivered to the National Press Club: I believe we are on the edge of a precipice. The Iranians are desperately trying to build nuclear weapons, and they will use them. This is a state — look — read what Ahmadinejad says. He writes poems about the joy of […]

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William Polk on U.S. Hostility Toward Iran

Irancove @ October 13, 2008 # 6 Comments

Ali Fathollah-Nejad interviews veteran Middle East Expert William R.Polk on United States foreign policy toward Iran: Iran falling into the “net” of a “worldwide policy”: On the U.S. Foreign Policy Doctrine and Its Dangers William R. Polk* interviewed by Ali Fathollah-Nejad** A former high-ranking member in the foreign and security policy staff of U.S. President […]

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More on United Against Nuclear Iran

Irancove @ October 8, 2008 # 5 Comments

Daniel Levy on UANI (UANI was also discussed at IC): While not explicitly rejecting diplomacy, the newly-launched organization—United Against a Nuclear Iran (UANI)—looks like a cover for the anti-engagement camp.  It’s mission seems to be all about educating Americans on the dangers of Iran, while having nothing intelligent to say on what to do about […]

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FLynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett Propose U.S.-Iran “Grand Bargain”

Irancove @ October 8, 2008 # One Comment

Read the whole piece here.  Daniel Levy’s comments here.  Watch the video presentation below:

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McCain: Why “we” are in the Middle East

Irancove @ October 7, 2008 # No Comment Yet

McCain on Larry King Live in 1992 (via Juan Cole): [Larry] KING: Quickly – El Paso. We’re running out of time. Go ahead. 10th CALLER: [El Paso, Texas] Yes, Jim Hagan [?], and my question is, why should we start with the assumption that the United States should send any force into Iraq or Yugoslavia, […]

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What to do with the MEK

Irancove @ October 6, 2008 # One Comment

Deciding the fate of the Mujahedin By Trita Parsi Sunday, October 5, 2008 The Bush administration inherited many of Iraq’s problems when it invaded that country, including an Iranian terrorist organization funded and armed by Saddam Hussein, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MKO). Though in the midst of a war on terror, the Bush administration chose in […]

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From Clarion: A Protocols of the Elders of Islam?

Irancove @ October 6, 2008 # 6 Comments

Via LobeLog by Eli Clifton: The past month has brought great scrutiny upon the elusive Clarion Fund–the funders of a nationwide distribution of Obesssion: Radical Islam’s War Against the West. Despite the increased attention, Clarion may be pushing for their own “October Surprise” in a brand new documentary released Sunday. Clarion, on which we have […]

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Tricks and Lies

Irancove @ October 2, 2008 # 5 Comments

The website United Against Iran is loaded with disinformation about Iran.  Below is a  representative example.  Looking through their FAQ, one frequently asked question is: “WHEN WILL IRAN HAVE A NUCLEAR WEAPON?” Part of the response: In a June, 2008 interview with Al Arabiya, IAEA DG Mohamed ElBaradei Stated Iran Could Have a Nuclear Weapon […]

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“Silent, Smoldering Rage”

Irancove @ October 2, 2008 # No Comment Yet

Courtesy of TPMtv, McCain talks to editorial board of the Des Moines Register:

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