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Bush Urges More Democracy in Middle East
Sunday, January 20, 2008
US President George W. Bush was in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, where he accused Iran of supporting terrorism and urged the region to strengthen democracy. But was anybody listening?
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Bush Uses Abu Dhabi Speech to Escalate Threats against Iran
Sunday, January 20, 2008
US President George Bush has used his trip through the Middle East to escalate his warmongering threats against Iran. Speaking at numerous stops in a region of the world where he is widely and deeply hated, Bush has mouthed democratic platitudes while seeking to build support among the Arab bourgeois regimes for a wider military conflagration.
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Bush's Iran/Argentina Terror Frame-Up
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Although nukes and Iraq have been the main focus of the Bush Administration's pressure campaign against Iran, US officials also seek to tar Iran as the world's leading sponsor of terrorism. And Team Bush's latest tactic is to play up a thirteen-year-old accusation that Iran was responsible for the notorious Buenos Aires bombing.
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Captain Ahab and the Islamic Whale
Sunday, January 20, 2008
This is a splendid example of what is fundamentally wrong with US foreign policy, like a giant whale self-stranding in a maze of contradictions yet breathing as if exuding fresh air. Washington's Captain Ahab, in the garb of President George W Bush, setting foot in the Middle East, holds the olive branch of Middle East peace in one hand and the Damocles sword of Iran-bashing in the other, a twin agenda in complete disharmony.
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CIA, Iran & the Gulf of Tonkin
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Out of that experience I must say that, as much as one might be tempted to laugh at the bizarre theatrical accounts of Sunday’s incident involving small Iranian boats and U.S. naval ships in the Strait of Hormuz, this is—as my old Russian professor used to insist—nothing to laugh.
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Gulf States Hesitant on Iran Threat
Sunday, January 20, 2008
President Bush maintained a steady message of alarm about Iran during his weekend Persian Gulf trip. But as the U.S. president continues his tour of the region, the message from Arab allies regarding Iran is more subtle, nuanced, and cautionary.
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How the Pentagon Planted a False Hormuz Story
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Senior Pentagon officials, evidently reflecting a broader administration policy decision, used an off-the-record Pentagon briefing to turn the Jan. 6 U.S.-Iranian incident in the Strait of Hormuz into a sensational story demonstrating Iran’s military aggressiveness, a reconstruction of the events following the incident shows.
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Iran Aweigh (Again)
Sunday, January 20, 2008
The story of the incident between U.S. and Iranian naval forces in the Strait of Hormuz Monday morning may tell us more about the nature of today's news reporting than about the prospects for war and peace in the Middle East.
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It's Not About Iran
Sunday, January 20, 2008
As President Bush travels through the Middle East, the prevailing assumption is that Arab states are primarily focused on the rising Iranian threat and that their attendance at the Annapolis conference with Israel in November was motivated by this threat. This assumption, reflected in the president's speech in the United Arab Emirates yesterday, could be a costly mistake.
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Legal Mist Stokes US-Iran Tensions in Strait
Sunday, January 20, 2008
The recent, and escalating, tension between Iran and the US in the narrow corridor of the Strait of Hormuz has once again drawn attention to the strait's international maritime status, and to the ramifications of this tension as a flashpoint in the Middle East.
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