The Plan for Economic Strangulation of Iran (by Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar)

  It is said that there is more than one way to skin a cat. It seems that 
United States is trying to skin this cat –Iran- in anyway that it can, 
including economic strangulation. While people are concerned with Iraq and the 
gathering armada in the Persian Gulf, United States has been quietly carrying 
out a not so covert economic war against Iran.

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  A Risky Game of Risk (by Maureen Dowd)

  I feel good about the new war with Iran.

How can you not have confidence in the crackerjack team that brought you 
Operation Iraqi Freedom, which foundered and led to Operation Together Forward, 
which stumbled and led to Operation Together Forward II, which collapsed and 
was replaced by The New Way Forward, the Surge now being launched even though 
nobody’s together and everything’s going backward?

  I say, bring it on. If a pre-emptive war in Iraq doesn’t work, why not try a 
pre-emptive war on Iran in Iraq?

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  Five Flaws in the President's Plan (by Zbigniew Brzezinski)

  The president's speech gives rise to five broad observations:

· It provided a more realistic analysis of the situation in Iraq than any 
previous presidential statement. It acknowledged failure, though it dodged 
accountability for that failure by the standard device of assuming personal 
responsibility. Its language was less Islamophobic than has been customary with 
President Bush's rhetoric since Sept. 11, though the president still could not 
resist the temptation to engage in a demagogic oversimplification of the 
challenge the United States faces in Iraq, calling it a struggle to safeguard 
"a young democracy" against extremists and an effort to protect American 
society from terrorists. Both propositions are more than dubious.

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  The 'Surge' Is A Red Herring (by Paul Craig Roberts)
  Bush's "surge" speech is a hoax, but members of Congress and media 
commentators are discussing the surge as if it were real.

I invite the reader to examine the speech. The "surge" content consists of 
nonsensical propagandistic statements. The real content of the speech is toward 
the end where Bush mentions Iran and Syria.
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  Bush Isolates Himself Further (by Jim Lobe)

  President George W. Bush's decision to escalate U.S. military intervention in 
Iraq and issue new threats against Syria and Iran appears to have left him 
politically more isolated than ever.

Both Democrats and Republicans expressed regret that Bush appeared to reject 
the central recommendations of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group (ISG), 
particularly its call to gradually withdraw U.S. combat troops, tie future 
support for the Iraqi government to its efforts at healing the sectarian 
divide, and directly engage Iran and Syria, along with Baghdad's other 
neighbors, to stabilize the country.

At the same time, military analysts said the 21,500 troops Bush plans to add to 
the 132,000 already deployed to Iraq were unlikely to succeed in their mission 
to pacify Baghdad and al Anbar province.

  Read more!


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