Archive for April, 2006
Two recent news stories have caught my attention. While seemingly unrelated I think there is a connection. Here are excerpts from the stories, and links to the full articles: (more…)
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) this week released a report on the Iranian uranium-enrichment project. IAEA was tasked with determining whether Iran was complying with agreements it had made with IAEA. I quoted some of the agreement in a previous post. The report, titled Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement in the Islamic Republic of Iran, is restricted and cannot be read by the public. (more…)
A cognitive disconnect occurs when your perceptions disagree with what is right before your eyes. Two recent articles excerpted below point out the yawning gap between American reality and Americans’ perception. (more…)
Iran and the United States continue to engage in an escalating war of words. While the Pentagon makes plans to bomb Iranian nuclear facilities, Iran threatens to attack U.S. interests on American soil and around the world. Bush’s goal is regime change in Tehran, but as usual, we aren’t being told the truth about his motives. (more…)
A friend and I were discussing the gap between executive and worker compensation, which has increased ten-fold in the last decade. His opinion was that executives are worth their pay because they make money for the shareholders, and that workers have few grounds for complaint because they don’t own the company for which they work. This led me to do a little research. Here’s what I found. (more…)
No less an authoritative source than the Jerusalem Post today reports that:
While Israel officially continues to back diplomatic efforts to stop Iran’s race to the bomb, the IDF [Israeli Defense Forces, or Israeli Army] and particularly the IAF [Air Force], have been working on assault plans for an attack against the Iranian nuclear sites. With numerous sites spread throughout the country, the attack, officers have admitted, would be difficult although feasible.
In a recent interview, a high-ranking air force officer told The Jerusalem Post that the IAF would be able to overcome Iranian air defenses including the country’s relatively primitive air force. According to foreign media reports, Israel has already put an F-15 squadron on standby in preparation for a military offensive against Iran.
While Israel is preparing for the possibility that military action might be the only way to stop Iran’s nuclear program, officials said they preferred that America carried out the attack. “We wouldn’t mind using our F-15 jets,” one officer recently said, “but only if an American pilot was sitting inside.” (“Israel Beiteinu,” the political party mentioned in the article, is translated as “Israel Our Home.”)
So, while Bush officially states we are not planning military action, the U.S.-underwritten IDF is making plans. An attack by Israel would give Bush plausible deniability for the attack. (more…)
In early 2001, both then-Secretary of State Colin Powell and then-National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice (now Secretary of State) publicly stated that Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction, and that his aspirations for regional power were contained. A few months later, both had changed their stories to support the administration’s goal of unseating Saddam and seizing control of Iraq. The stories we were told about Saddam’s capabilities and intentions were fabricated to frighten us into going along with Bush’s war plans. (Actually, Cheney’s and Rumsfeld’s war plans; it’s unlikely Bush could plan a picnic, much less an invasion.)
Now we’re hearing similar propaganda regarding Iran. (more…)