Bush Iraq Policy Murky on the Real Enemy

This year saw the emergence of a sectarian civil war in Iraq and much more open Sunni-Shi’ite conflict in the Middle East. Sunni regimes in the region expressed acute anxiety both about the possibility of the Sunni-Shi’ite civil war in Iraq spreading to their own countries and about the growth of Iranian influence. In that … Continue reading “Bush Iraq Policy Murky on the Real Enemy”

Sunni Groups: US Weighed Offer to ‘Clean Up’ Militias

U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad negotiated with Sunni armed groups for several weeks earlier this year on an agreement that would have supported Sunni forces in attacking pro-Iranian Shi’ite militias, according to accounts given by commanders of armed Sunni resistance organizations. The revelations of the intensive U.S.-Sunni negotiations, reported by Hala Jaber in the Sunday Times … Continue reading “Sunni Groups: US Weighed Offer to ‘Clean Up’ Militias”

Rice’s Iran Strategy Fizzles, Cheney Waits in Wings

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s months-long diplomatic effort to get five other powers to agree to a tough United Nations Security Council resolution on sanctions against Iran now seems certain to fail, because of Russian and Chinese resistance. The beneficiaries of that failure in Washington will be Vice President Dick Cheney and other hardliners, … Continue reading “Rice’s Iran Strategy Fizzles, Cheney Waits in Wings”

Argentine Report Casts Doubt on Iran Role in ’94 Bomb

The report by Argentine prosecutors in support of the arrest warrants just issued for seven former Iranian officials for the 1994 terror bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires reveals that Argentina was continuing to provide Iran with low-grade enriched uranium and the two countries were in serious negotiations on broader nuclear cooperation … Continue reading “Argentine Report Casts Doubt on Iran Role in ’94 Bomb”

US Writes Sunni Resistance Out of Anbar Story

Are the Sunni leaders in Iraq’s Anbar province finally coming around to joining the U.S. counterinsurgency war? That’s how the New York Times portrayed the situation last week. In an article published Sept. 18, Times reporters quoted a Sunni tribal leader in Anbar as saying that 25 of 31 tribes in the province had banded … Continue reading “US Writes Sunni Resistance Out of Anbar Story”

Iraq Occupation Depends on Sadr – and Iran

For many months, the George W. Bush administration has been complaining that Iranian meddling in Iraq is a threat to the country’s stability and to U.S. troops. The irony of this publicity campaign over Tehran’s alleged bid to undermine the occupation is that Iran may well be the main factor holding up a showdown between … Continue reading “Iraq Occupation Depends on Sadr – and Iran”

Neocons Discredit Intel in Haste to Attack Iran

In the struggle over U.S. policy toward Iran, neoconservatives in the George W. Bush administration spoiling for an attack on Iran’s nuclear sites have been seeking to convince the public that the United States must strike before an Iranian nuclear weapons capability becomes inevitable. In order to do so, they must discredit the intelligence community’s … Continue reading “Neocons Discredit Intel in Haste to Attack Iran”

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”