Bush Ensured Iran Offer
Would Be Rejected

Even before Iran gave its formal counteroffer to ambassadors of the P5+1 countries (the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China) Tuesday, the George W. Bush administration had already begun the process of organizing sanctions against Iran. Washington had already held a conference call on sanctions Sunday with French, German, and British officials, the Washington … Continue reading “Bush Ensured Iran Offer
Would Be Rejected”

Was Israel’s Aim to Clear Path for US War on Iran?

Israel has argued that the war against Hezbollah’s rocket arsenal was a defensive response to the Shi’ite organization’s threat to Israeli security, but the evidence points to a much more ambitious objective – the weakening of Iran’s deterrent to an attack on its nuclear sites. In planning for the destruction of most of Hezbollah’s arsenal … Continue reading “Was Israel’s Aim to Clear Path for US War on Iran?”

US Now a Bystander in Iraq’s Sectarian War

The United States has been reduced to the role of passive bystander as a new stage of sectarian civil war has begun in Iraq, marked by military units with heavy weaponry carrying out mass killings. Last week’s bloody massacre in Mahmoudiya illustrates both the new level of sectarian violence and the U.S.’ role as passive … Continue reading “US Now a Bystander in Iraq’s Sectarian War”

Bush’s Double Game on an Iraq Withdrawal Timetable

Caught between the need to explore a possible diplomatic way out of an otherwise hopeless mess in Iraq and the domestic political need to keep the Democrats on the defensive, U.S. President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are playing a double game on the issue of a timetable for withdrawal. For many … Continue reading “Bush’s Double Game on an Iraq Withdrawal Timetable”

No Evidence of Secret Enrichment by Iran

U.S. and European officials have been saying for years that Iran is using its publicly declared nuclear program as a cover for a clandestine nuclear weapons program, but have never produced concrete evidence to support that argument. Since April, however, Western suspicions of such a secret bomb program have focused on the idea that Iran … Continue reading “No Evidence of Secret Enrichment by Iran”

German Official Urges Compromise on Iran Enrichment

German Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung’s suggestion that Iran should be allowed to carry out a limited enrichment program under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has exposed a fundamental crack in the façade of unity among the six countries that have given Iran a proposal aimed at halting all its enrichment … Continue reading “German Official Urges Compromise on Iran Enrichment”

Defying US Deadline, Iran Recalls an EU Stall

Iran’s announcement that it will not respond to the formal negotiating offer from the six powers until late August was both an expression of confidence and a bit of payback for European stalling in responding to Iran in 2005. By refusing to comply with a June 29 deadline, Tehran was communicating to Washington and the … Continue reading “Defying US Deadline, Iran Recalls an EU Stall”

Bush Iran Strategy Suffers Major Diplomatic Defeat

Despite claims that U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has regained the diplomatic initiative from Iran with a conditional offer to join multilateral talks with Tehran, the real story behind the policy shift is that the administration has suffered a decisive defeat of its effort to get international sanctions for possible military action against Iran. … Continue reading “Bush Iran Strategy Suffers Major Diplomatic Defeat”

Khamenei in Control
and Ready to ‘Haggle’

For months, the attention of the U.S. news media, pundits, and elected officials has been riveted on the aims of ultraconservative Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. President George W. Bush in particular has invoked Ahmadinejad’s alleged drive for nuclear weapons and rhetoric about Israel to justify U.S. isolation and pressure on the regime. But the almost … Continue reading “Khamenei in Control
and Ready to ‘Haggle’”

Iran Proposal to US Offered Peace With Israel

Iran offered in 2003 to accept peace with Israel and cut off material assistance to Palestinian armed groups and to pressure them to halt terrorist attacks within Israel’s 1967 borders, according to the secret Iranian proposal to the United States. The two-page proposal for a broad Iran-U.S. agreement covering all the issues separating the two … Continue reading “Iran Proposal to US Offered Peace With Israel”