How Iran will fight back (by Kaveh L Afrasiabi)
  TEHRAN - The United States and Israel may be contemplating military 
operations against Iran, as per recent media reports, yet Iran is not wasting 
any time in preparing its own counter-operations in the event an attack 

A week-long combined air and ground maneuver has just concluded in five of the 
southern and western provinces of Iran, mesmerizing foreign observers, who have 
described as "spectacular" the massive display of high-tech, mobile operations, 
including rapid-deployment forces relying on squadrons of helicopters, air 
lifts, missiles, as well as hundreds of tanks and tens of thousands of 
well-coordinated personnel using live munition. Simultaneously, some 25,000 
volunteers have so far signed up at newly established draft centers for 
"suicide attacks" against any potential intruders in what is commonly termed 
"asymmetrical warfare".

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  Who Is Planning Our Next War? (by Patrick J. Buchanan)

As George Bush reflects on his legacy, an urgent question must be pressing in 
upon him each day.

Will I leave here as the man who launched failed wars in Iraq and Afghanistan 
that cost thousands of U.S. dead, to no avail? Or can I yet enter history as 
the Churchillian statesman who used U.S. power to save America and Israel from 
the mortal threat of atomic weapons in the hands of the Iranian mullahs?

Which legacy would Bush prefer? Or Cheney?

As Americans await Bush's address announcing a "surge" of 20,000 to 30,000 U.S. 
troops to Iraq, we may be missing the larger picture. The War Party is turning 
its attention from Iraq to Iran.

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  Bush's Rush to Armageddon (by Robert Parry)

George W. Bush has purged senior military and intelligence officials who were 
obstacles to a wider war in the Middle East, broadening his options for both 
escalating the conflict inside Iraq and expanding the fighting to Iran and 
Syria with Israel’s help.

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  They have made a killing (by Terry Jones)

The US has spent a million dollars for every dead Iraqi - is that what they 
mean by value for money?

Early this year the Bush administration is to ask Congress to approve an 
additional $100bn for the onerous task of making life intolerable for the 
Iraqis. This will bring the total spent on the White House's current obsession 
with war to almost $500bn - enough to have given every US citizen $1,600 each. 
I wonder which the voters would have gone for if given the choice: shall we (a) 
give every American $1,600 or (b) spend the money on bombing a country in the 
Middle East that doesn't use lavatory paper?

Of course, there's another thing that George Bush could have done with the 
money: he could have given every Iraqi $18,700. I imagine that would have 
reduced the threat of international terrorism somewhat. Call me old-fashioned, 
but I can't help thinking that giving someone $18,700 brings them round to your 
side more quickly than bombing the hell out of them. They could certainly buy a 
lot of lavatory paper with it.
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