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Tue, 04 Sep 2012 00:41:00 +000009-03-12 - Israel is still demanding US commitment to Iran warHere are some of the latest articles having to do with Israel's continued attempts to get the United States to commit to a war with Iran. Priority is given to the analysis by former CIA officer Philip Giraldi of the latest news regarding Iran/Israel: Entangled With Israel by Philip Giraldi. His article is a must read. Excerpt: Critics like Arnaud de Borchgrave have correctly noted that many former generals and intelligence officers in the United States and Israel have, in fact, decided that the basic premise is wrong. Iran does not pose a threat that could not be contained even if it does some day make the political decision to obtain a crude nuclear device. Launching a new war in the Middle East to prevent it from doing so would create “mayhem” throughout the region... ... Israel is by its own volition not an ally of the United States in any technical sense because alliances are troublesome things that require rules of engagement and reciprocity, limiting the partners’ ability to act independently. If Israel obtains a virtual commitment from the United States to go to war in 2013, it would mean that Tel Aviv would enjoy the benefits of having a powerful patron to do its fighting without any obligation in return, beyond delaying unilateral military action until a more suitable time. A guarantee from Washington for Israel’s security which still permits unilateral action by Tel Aviv is all too reminiscent of the entangling arrangements that led to World War I. Next up is another must read: a recent piece by Gareth Porter who routinely gives analysis on the facts about Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program: Report Shows Iranian Nuke RestraintExcerpt: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report made public Thursday reveals that Iran has actually reduced the amount of 20-percent enriched uranium available for any possible “breakout” to weapons grade enrichment over the last three months rather than increasing it. Contrary to the impression conveyed by most news media coverage, the report provides new evidence that Iran’s enrichment strategy is aimed at enhancing its bargaining position in negotiations with the United States rather than amassing such a breakout capability. ....But although that reduction of the stockpile of enriched uranium of greatest concern to the United States was the real significance of the new report, it was not conveyed by the headlines and leads in news media coverage. Those stories focused instead on the fact that production of 20-percent enriched uranium had increased, and that the number of centrifuges at the underground facility at Fordow had doubled. “Nobody has put out the story that their stockpile is shrinking,” said Joe Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund and a leading independent specialist on nuclear weapons policy, in an interview with IPS. A Reuters article posted today: U.S. denies Israeli newspaper report of secret Iran contactsExcerpt: The White House on Monday denied an Israeli newspaper report that accused Washington of secretly negotiating with Tehran to keep the United States out of a future Israel-Iran war.... ...Administration officials have also made clear they regard the prospect of an Israeli attack on Iran with alarm. General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was quoted in Britain's Guardian newspaper as saying of a prospective Israeli attack on Iran: "I don't want to be complicit if they choose to do it." Article posted in yesterday's NY Times on the subject: To Calm Israel, U.S. Offers Ways to Restrain IranExcerpt: United States intelligence officials have said they have no evidence that Iran’s top leaders have decided to take the final steps toward a weapon. Iran’s intentions remain unclear, intelligence officials say. Last week, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported an increase in the number of centrifuges that Iran has installed in an underground enrichment plant that is largely invulnerable to Is[...]
Thu, 23 Aug 2012 23:59:00 +000008-23-12 - Barak’s Blunder
... Barak was quite possibly misrepresenting a U.S. intelligence-generated report to serve his own purposes, and he was also leaking information that had been given to him in confidence with the understanding that he would only use it to guide internal Israel deliberations, not to discuss it with the media. The CIA was reportedly furious over the leak and, in an unusual move, the White House quickly gave a green light for the National Security Council to actually rebuke Israel, with an NSC spokesman commenting that “We continue to assess that Iran is not on the verge of achieving a nuclear weapon.”
So Israel was saying that the Iranian threat had been demonstrated based on U.S. intelligence while Washington claimed the contrary. It all might have ended there, but intelligence leaks have a tendency to spill over and turn out to be difficult to contain...
Sixteen U.S. intelligence agencies stated unanimously in 2007 and reaffirmed in 2011 their conviction that Iran does not have an active nuclear weapons program. In the Standard piece, John Sawyer, head of the British Intelligence Service MI-6, “flatly stated in July that we have two years left before the Iranians can build a weapon.”
Wed, 15 Aug 2012 02:38:00 +000008-14-12 - Israeli demands from Obama
Analysis: If US wants to prevent Israeli jets from taking off en route to Iran, it must commit to attack on nuclear sites after elections in case sanctions, talks fail
Sat, 11 Aug 2012 02:57:00 +000008-10-12 - War with Iran seems much more likely, Israel is trying its level best to get it
The front-page report in the biggest-selling daily Yedioth Ahronoth came amid mounting speculation - fuelled by media leaks from both the government and its detractors at home and abroad - that war with Iran could be imminent even though it might rupture the bedrock ties between Israel and the United States.
On Thursday, Israel's Haaretz newspaper reported that Obama had received a new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE)—the consensus assessment of the American intelligence community—that "Iran has made surprising, notable progress in the research and development of key components of its military nuclear program." The daily cited unnamed "Western diplomats and Israeli officials."
Carney declined to comment on the news report, but some American officials bristled at what they saw as a naked Israeli effort to pressure Washington into taking a more hawkish line.
Sun, 29 Jul 2012 02:14:00 +0000By Adam Goldmanmatt Apuzzo on July 28, 2012 WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA station chief opened the locked box containing the sensitive equipment he used from his home in Tel Aviv, Israel, to communicate with CIA headquarters in Virginia, only to find that someone had tampered with it. He sent word to his superiors about the break-in. The incident, described by three former senior U.S. intelligence officials, might have been dismissed as just another cloak-and-dagger incident in the world of international espionage, except that the same thing had happened to the previous station chief in Israel. It was a not-so-subtle reminder that, even in a country friendly to the United States, the CIA was itself being watched. In a separate episode, according to another two former U.S. officials, a CIA officer in Israel came home to find the food in the refrigerator had been rearranged. In all the cases, the U.S. government believes Israel's security services were responsible. Such meddling underscores what is widely known but rarely discussed outside intelligence circles: Despite inarguable ties between the U.S. and its closest ally in the Middle East and despite statements from U.S. politicians trumpeting the friendship, U.S. national security officials consider Israel to be, at times, a frustrating ally and a genuine counterintelligence threat. In addition to what the former U.S. officials described as intrusions in homes in the past decade, Israel has been implicated in U.S. criminal espionage cases and disciplinary proceedings against CIA officers and blamed in the presumed death of an important spy in Syria for the CIA during the administration of President George W. Bush. The CIA considers Israel its No. 1 counterintelligence threat in the agency's Near East Division, the group that oversees spying across the Middle East, according to current and former officials. Counterintelligence is the art of protecting national secrets from spies. This means the CIA believes that U.S. national secrets are safer from other Middle Eastern governments than from Israel. Israel employs highly sophisticated, professional spy services that rival American agencies in technical capability and recruiting human sources. Unlike Iran or Syria, for example, Israel as a steadfast U.S. ally enjoys access to the highest levels of the U.S. government in military and intelligence circles. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to talk publicly about the sensitive intelligence and diplomatic issues between the two countries. The counterintelligence worries continue even as the U.S. relationship with Israel features close cooperation on intelligence programs that reportedly included the Stuxnet computer virus that attacked computers in Iran's main nuclear enrichment facilities. While the alliance is central to the U.S. approach in the Middle East, there is room for intense disagreement, especially in the diplomatic turmoil over Iran's nuclear ambitions. "It's a complicated relationship," said Joseph Wippl, a former senior CIA clandestine officer and head of the agency's office of congressional affairs. "They have their interests. We have our interests. For the U.S., it's a balancing act." The way Washington characterizes its relationship with Israel is also important to the way the U.S. is regarded by the rest of the world, particularly Muslim countries. U.S. political praise has reached a crescendo ahead of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's scheduled meeting Sunday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. Their relationship spans decades, since their brief overlap in the 1970s at the Boston Consulting Group. Both worked as advisers for the firm early in their careers before Romney co-founded his own private-equity firm. Romney said in a speech this past week that Israel was "one of our fondest friends," and he criticized Obama for what he called the administration's "shabby treat[...]
Wed, 18 Jul 2012 21:27:00 +000007-18-12 - Israel finally going to start WW3 ?
Mon, 04 Jun 2012 14:44:00 +000006-04-12 - 45 years on, justice still not served.
Sun, 26 Feb 2012 16:54:00 +0000The neocon/Israeli plans for the United States to attack Iran (and Syria) have been in place for years.
Sun, 24 Jul 2011 15:31:00 +0000There are reports that the Norwegian gunman Anders Behring Breivik is pro-Israel and a fan of anti-Islam commentators Pam Geller and Daniel Pipes –who are also staunchly pro-Israel. The mainstream media isn’t picking up on Breivik’s pro-Israel sentiment which isn’t a surprise. Thus is this fact relegated to these mostly third party news outfits:www.jta.orgMondoweisswashingtontimes.comsrilankaguardian.orgalbawaba.comopednews.comwakeupfromyourslumber.comIt's not a coincidence that most of the virulently anti-Islam bloggers and anti-Islam radio/news personalities are pro-Israel. Fox News, owned by Rupert Murdoch a staunch Christian Zionist, is a noted anti-Islam news outfit. It's probably the most egregious example in the United States. Neoconservative thinktanks, newspapers and commentators are all pro-Israel and anti-Islam. Their goal is to get Americans to take care of Israel's enemies. The neoconservatives pushed for the Iraq war (at an opportune time, just after 911) because at that time, Saddam Hussein was Israel's number 1 enemy . But his removal wasn't enough. The next war they have been pushing for is for a US attack on Iran because at this time Iran is Israel's number 1 enemy. Exhibit A. Exhibit B. The goal of the anti-Islam crusade put forth by the pro-Israel camp is to conflate Israel's enemies, who happen to be Muslim, with America's enemies, who also happen to be Muslim.But the reason that America has Muslim enemies at all, the reasons given by the 911 attackers/mastermind/Osama Bin Laden had to do with US support for Israel. This fact was only grudgingly included in the 911 Commission’s report, but it is not well known to most Americans. We are told time and again that we were attacked because we were free - an outright lie. Quite frankly, it’s surprising that an attack like the one in Norway hasn't yet happened in the United States, given the current hostility toward Muslims largely due to the aforementioned anti-Islam individuals and groups in the Israel-friendly mainstream American media. On the message boards related to the Norwegian attacks, this writer encountered people who are only upset that the children killed in Norway were not Muslims. This is the same rhetoric put forth by pro-Israelis when it comes to Palestinian children. They believe that it's ok to kill them because 'nits make lice'. It's not a coincidence to see this sentiment in both places because these are basically people of the same camp. Divide and conquer is a strategy that is employed here in the United States. If we are so focused on being at war with each other – via liberal vs conservative issues, or Democrat vs Republican issues, non-Muslims vs Muslims – then we aren’t focusing on the bigger picture. And the bigger picture is that it wasn’t the Muslims that have looted the wallets of Americans via the Wall Street/mortgage scandals. Nor was it the Muslims that cooked up the intelligence to start a very costly and unnecessary war with a nation that had no ties to Al Qaeda and had nothing to do with 911. It isn’t the Muslims that are pushing for and succeeding in getting the American government to tilt its foreign policy such that it greatly endangers the American national interest. The real threat to this nation is not Islam. And the sole goal of the blogs that this writer maintains is to raise awareness of the issue so that American taxpayers can take the customary measures at the polls and by way of their elected officials in Congress to change this situation. Unfortunately, it would likely take the entire American taxpaying public to affect this change since Congress is beholden to the same special interest that has already been described above. So remember kids, while you are drinking the koolaid at the Fox News and listening to the likes of Peter King, Daniel Pipes, John Bolton, Pam Ge[...]
Mon, 18 Jul 2011 01:30:00 +000007-17-11 - Watch this video of Michelle Bachmann groveling and kowtowing to Israel
Tue, 07 Jun 2011 21:27:00 +0000It's when Israel killed 34 Americans in an attack by air and by sea that lasted for 75 minutes.
Thu, 02 Jun 2011 23:01:00 +0000I happened to catch a few minutes of the Glenn Beck show, a show I never watch, two nights ago. He was discussing Israel and expressing consternation that anyone would dare criticize that nation, particularly when neighboring countries such as Syria shoot their own people (protesters). He then went on to allege that Israel never shoots protesters.
Sat, 20 Nov 2010 17:13:00 +0000A great article out this week by former CIA Philip Giraldi deals with a recent letter Sarah Palin penned to Congress, evidently on behalf of her Neocon puppetmasters:
Thu, 30 Sep 2010 22:49:00 +000009-30-10 - According to a new poll, 2/3 of the American people want to stay neutral, and not take sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Thu, 30 Sep 2010 18:34:00 +0000These 2 new articles by former CIA counterterrorism official Philip Giraldi should make the blood of every true American patriot boil.
Fri, 27 Aug 2010 11:26:00 +0000What other country would be afforded such anonymity, one has to wonder?
Wed, 28 Jul 2010 01:38:00 +000008/05/10:
Fri, 02 Jul 2010 21:39:00 +0000A friend told me that a week ago today on June 25th, Sean Hannity had a caller on his radio program that brought up the USS Liberty. Sean Hannity evidently went full throttle into 'defend Israel' mode and proceeded to repeat the Israeli propaganda regarding that incident, rather than stick up for the AMERICAN (sailors) that were viciously attacked.
Mon, 01 Mar 2010 23:52:00 +0000We gave warnings just before the invasion of Iraq, and when we did so, we were treated as traitors because, 'either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists'. But within one year after the invasion, the rest of America learned that there were no WMDs in Iraq. Nor was there any link between Iraq and 9/11. In short, we were right. And anyone can look back into the pages of this website to bear this out.
Sat, 13 Feb 2010 14:31:00 +000002-11-10 - Palin: Obama should attack Iran for Israel. Similar article found at the American Conservative blog here.
Sat, 13 Feb 2010 14:30:00 +000002-05-10 - A tale of two articles on the respected Jewish news website, The Forward.
Sat, 13 Feb 2010 14:22:00 +000001-23-10 - If you haven't yet seen it, you can catch former CIA Michael Scheuer on this recent CSpan program on terror threats to America. He gives you the truth that you aren't getting from the politicians or the media. I know it's long but do yourself a favor - watch the whole thing.In the future, to get the whole truth about our foreign policy in the Middle East, and just how detrimental it can be to the American national interest (thanks to the fruits of the Israeli lobby, and others), here are some excellent starting points:*Former CIA counterterrorism official Philip Giraldi's articles on the blog at The American Conservative found at this link.*Philip Giraldi also often writes articles, and pens the column Deep Background available in the pages of The American Conservative found at this link.*Philip Giraldi's column at Antiwar.com found at this link.*Former CIA counterterrorism official Michael Scheuer's articles at Antiwar.com found at this link.These guys likely learned (perhaps even the hard way) of the truth about Israel both on the job and off. Their views are spot on. Please do yourself a favor, get the facts that you aren't getting from the mainstream media and American politicians (who long ago sold us out to the Israeli lobby). And then, spread the word.The survival of America depends on it, lest we keep getting bled dry sending billions of dollars overseas and participating in wars based on bogus and cherrypicked intelligence (and those that cooked that intel, the neocons, are part of this Israeli lobby). Scheuer said it best in the aforementioned CSpan video - support for Israel is not a strategic interest to the United States. To the contrary, our support of Israel is actually a detriment to the American national interest. And this support is largely due to the efforts of the Israeli lobby. This writer does not believe in appeasement of terrorists - that's not what this is all about. We shouldn't be supporting Israel and its policies of apartheid, terrorism and colonialism irrespective of any terrorism against us. These policies do not comport with the ideals upon which this nation was founded - those being liberty and justice for all. Philip Giraldi, Michael Scheuer and a host of others, myself included, have the interests of the American people at heart - not some other foreign nation or entity. Our interests MUST come first. It's too bad that our politicians in Washington do not take this view - not when it comes to Israel. No taxation without representation - remember that slogan? Well it pertains now. We are shoveling billions of dollars to the Middle East - in many different ways, some peripheral - in support for Israel and its policies. That money frankly could be better spent at home. It garners us hatred and vitriol in that region and beyond. It is wholly unncessary. Israel needs to learn to get along with its neighbors - stop stealing the land, and occupying the people by denying them freedom - if it wants to survive and flourish. Anyway, it is really not our problem. Our problem is America, and we need to take care of business here at home, and stay out of foreign entanglements that have cost us dearly - in more ways than one.Heed George Washington's words in his famous Farewell Address, and be warned of the perils of the passionate attachment to a foreign nation, and all of the evils it brings. Some of us are just trying to look out for America - the ONLY country we've got.Post script:To further the points made in the Scheuer [...]
Wed, 25 Nov 2009 23:33:00 +0000Israeli settlements are a violation of article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Conventions, which states:
The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies
“I disagree with the Obama administration on that,” Palin said. “I believe that the Jewish settlements should be allowed to be expanded upon....
Sat, 04 Jul 2009 01:54:00 +0000independence from ISRAEL.Our politicans and would-be presidents utterly kowtow to agents of a foreign nation - and sell America's interest down the river in the process - as they have been doing for decades now. It has gotten worse, and worse and worse.As the economy goes right down the tubes as a result of the foreign policies brought to fruition by the actions of this foreign influence, I urge my fellow Americans to pay heed to George Washington's wise words in his farewell address about the evils of a passionate attachment:So, likewise, a passionate attachment of one Nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favourite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest, in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and Wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification: It leads also to concessions to the favourite Nation of priviledges denied to others, which is apt doubly to injure the Nation making the concessions; by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained; and by exciting jealousy, ill will, and a disposition to retaliate, in the parties from whom eql. priviledges are withheld: And it gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favourite Nation) facility to betray, or sacrifice the interests of their own country, without odium, sometimes even with popularity; gilding with the appearances of a virtuous sense of obligation a commendable deference for public opinion, or a laudable zeal for public good, the base or foolish compliances of ambition corruption or infatuation. As avenues to foreign influence in innumerable ways, such attachments are particularly alarming to the truly enlightened and independent Patriot. How many opportunities do they afford to tamper with domestic factions, to practice the arts of seduction, to mislead public opinion, to influence or awe the public Councils! Such an attachment of a small or weak, towards a great and powerful Nation, dooms the former to be the satellite of the latter. Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me fellow citizens) the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government. But that jealousy to be useful must be impartial; else it becomes the instrument of the very influence to be avoided, instead of a defense against it. Excessive partiality for one foreign nation and excessive dislike of another, cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real Patriots, who may resist the intriegues of the favourite, are liable to become suspected and odious; while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests. Source.If we free AMERICA of this chokehold on our government, the rest will follow. America would be a lot richer, there would be no need to keep pouring money into the Middle East - with little to show in return but the enmity of millions of people around the world for our support of Israel's colonialist and apartheid policies. This has tarnished America's once pristine image, almost irreparably at this point. If you love America, you will be outraged a[...]
Thu, 02 Jul 2009 16:07:00 +000007-02-09 - Amnesty International: Israel committed war crimes in Gaza