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Kissinger's Foggy Lens on Iran
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Henry Kissinger has thrown his shoulder behind the so-called "push-back" strategy being applied to the new US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran's nuclear program. Specifically, he's even given hawks in the lame-duck George W Bush administration a helping hand in countering the backlash sparked by the NIE's most inconvenient finding - that Iran is not currently pursuing a nuclear weapons program.
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Liquidation of Empire
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
There are separate sections, there, largely devoted to consequences of Bush-43 interventions – actual, intended or threatened – into the internal affairs of Russia, Iran, Iraq, Israel/Palestine, Lebanon/Syria, Afghanistan, India, the Koreas, Pakistan, Somalia, the Congo, Algeria, Peru, the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the American Homeland, itself.
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The Iran Game, Round Two
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
The dominant debate here in America nowadays is that Iran will be America’s main challenge in the years to come. I would say the Bush administration has made Iran a challenge in at least in two ways: Iran’s nuclear weapons threat, and Iran’s rise to the status of regional power. Thanks to the NIE report, at least the first of these has been reduced, and therefore the possibility of going into an unwanted war is now lower.
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Think Again: The Nth Time is Farce: Neocons Attack the NIE, Yet Again
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
U.S. intelligence agencies reported their consensus last week in a new National Intelligence Estimate that Iran appears to have halted its nuclear weapons program four years ago. This challenges what the White House and its neoconservative allies in the media and elsewhere thought they had already established as incontrovertible fact: that Iran’s nuclear weapons program poses an immediate, existential threat to the United States of America.
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“In 2003, Iran Halted its Nuclear Program”
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Now when the intelligence community publicly states in no uncertain terms that Iran’s nuclear program is not an imminent threat, Bush stresses a historical continuum. “Look,” he said at his December 4 White House news conference, as though stating the obvious: “Iran was dangerous, Iran is dangerous, and Iran will be dangerous if they have the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon.”
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Behind the Annapolis Meet And the Iran NIE Shock
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Any fundamental shift in Bush Administration policy towards Iran, even at this late date, hinges on the removal of Vice President Cheney from office, now. As the neocon uproar shows, the war party is smarting from a pair of significant setbacks; but they are not about to give up on their confrontation agenda—unless and until their man at the White House is removed from the scene.
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Bush’s Lame-Duck Presidency Waddles into Farce
Saturday, December 15, 2007
The cover story for the recently released NIE on Iran, with its U-turn on previous assessments, is that new information suddenly became available.
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Get Tehran inside the Tent
Saturday, December 15, 2007
The recently released National Intelligence Estimate undermines the Bush administration’s assertion that Iran is seeking immediate acquisition of the bomb for aggressive purposes.
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Iran must be Included in Peace Talks
Saturday, December 15, 2007
In light of the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran released last week, the Bush administration's choice to exclude Iran from the Annapolis meeting in late November looks all the more foolhardy.
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No Change
Saturday, December 15, 2007
The NIE presents no new evidence to dramatically tilt this debate. It finds that Iran stopped the unambiguously military elements of its nuclear program (the parts focused on converting nuclear material into a nuclear weapon) in 2003 as a response to pressure from the West. The administration has taken that as evidence that tightening the screws on Tehran even more might get it to give up its remaining nuclear efforts, too.
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