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Saudi King Abdullah (R) meets with Iran ‘s top national security official Ali Larijani in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia’s official SPA official news agency said that Larijani, who is also Tehran’s top nuclear negotiator, delivered a letter from Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to the Saudi monarch.

Guardian: Next target Tehran

All the signs are that Bush is planning for a neocon-inspired military assault on Iran

The evidence is building up that President Bush plans to add war on Iran to his triumphs in Iraq and Afghanistan – and there is every sign, to judge by his extraordinary warmongering speech in Plymouth on Friday, that Tony Blair would be keen to join him if he were still in a position to commit British forces to the field.

“There’s a strong sense in the upper echelons of the White House that Iran is going to surface relatively quickly as a major issue – in the country and the world – in a very acute way,” said NBC TV’s Tim Russert after meeting the president. This is borne out by the fact that Bush has sent forces to the Gulf that are irrelevant to fighting the Iraqi insurgents. These include Patriot anti-missile missiles, an aircraft carrier, and cruise-missile-firing ships.

Many military analysts see these deployments as signals of impending war with Iran. The Patriot missiles are intended to shoot down Iranian missiles. The naval forces, including British ships, train to pre-empt Iranian interference with oil shipments through the straits of Hormuz.

Having been given so much advice on what to do in Iraq – most notably by the Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group – the president went with the recommendations of the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute (AEI). So much for the idea that the Iraq debacle marginalised the neocons.

Well, DUH

Let’s see why:

Iran continues (despite United Nations resolution 1737) to enrich uranium to manufacture a nuclear weapon

Iran is sending war material including IED’s and advisors to kill American troops in Iraq

Iran’s President Ahmadinejad is fomenting anti-American activities in Central and South America to THWART the United States

Iran’s President wants to “wipe Israel off the map.”

President Bush has put Iran on notice.


The USS Enterprise and USS Dwight David Eisenhower

Military assets have been positioning themselves for some time, including 21,000 more troops and war plans have been gamed.

Israel has been evaluating the Iranian threat to its survival and is rumored to be planning a nuclear attack.

Tick Tock Tick Tock



 Iran Nuclear Watch: United States Has No Plan to Strike Iran?

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Iran Nuclear Watch: United States Submarine Collides With Japanese Ship

Iran Nuclear Watch: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – Iran Will NEVER Abandon Development of Nuclear Technology

Cox & Forkum: Saber Rattling

Iran Nuclear Watch: Israel Planning Nuclear Strike on Iran’s Nuclear Facilities?

The Iran Nuclear Files


The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, left, Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega, center, and First Lady Rosario Murillo, rise their fists during a visit to the neighborhood ‘Cuba Libre’ in Managua, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007. As part of his Latin America tour, Ahmadinejad will visit Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Ecuador.

BBC: Iran and Nicaragua vow close ties

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has pledged closer ties with Nicaragua as he continues his Latin America tour.

“We have common interests, common enemies and common goals”, he said as he visited shantytowns in Managua with the Nicaraguan leader, Daniel Ortega.

Mr Ahmadinejad arrived in Nicaragua from Venezuela where he signed business agreements with President Hugo Chavez.

The Iranian president’s visits are aimed at boosting ties with the region’s most vocal critics of the US.

The aim is also to garner further support in the international debate over Iran’s nuclear programme and its alleged interference in Iraq.

So, Ahmadinejad is reworking the old Soviet Socialist network in order to poke the United States in the eye is he?’

Mahmoud must have delusions of grandeur because Iran is NO Soviet Union in its Cold War days.

The Bush administration is watching Mr Ahmadinejad’s tour closely, says BBC Latin America correspondent Duncan Kennedy.

As well as meeting Mr Chavez and Mr Ortega, Mr Ahmadinejad is also due to attend the inauguration of Ecuador’s leftist new President Rafael Correa.

It is also expected that the Iranian president will meet Evo Morales of Bolivia.

But, what about Latin America’s more developed countries – the ones without socialist governments? Flap supposes Ahmadinejad will not waste his time there because he cannot buy respect with his oil revenue.


Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) and Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega greet supporters from Ortega’s Sandinista party during a meeting in a suburb of Managua January 14, 2007.

Mr Ortega took his visitor on a tour of shantytowns in the Nicaraguan capital, Managua.

Hundreds of people turned out, waving flags of Mr Ortega’s Sandinista party and holding photographs of the Iranian president.

“The imperialists don’t like us to help you progress and develop. They don’t like us to get rid of poverty and unite people,” said Mr Ahmadinejad.

“But the whole world knows that Nicaragua and Iran are together.”

Mr Ortega said he would sign accords with Mr Ahmadinejad to help reduce poverty in Nicaragua, one of the poorest countries in Latin America.

The two countries announced that they were restoring full diplomatic relations and re-opening embassies in their capitals.

Flap doesn’t think these countries have too much in common except totalitarian governments that harbor a hatred of the United States.

Is Iran attempting to export its Middle East hegemony? Trying to take the game to the United States?

You bet…..

Time to take the gloves off…….

Stay tuned……..



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Cox & Forkum: Belly Up

CNN: Venezuela to nationalize ‘absolutely all’ energy sector.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez said on Saturday the country’s entire energy sector had to be nationalized, reinforcing his socialist revolution and possibly giving himself more targets for state take-over.But he said he would permit foreign firms to hold minority stakes in energy deals.

The anti-U.S. leader, in power since 1999, this week announced he would nationalize power utilities and the country’s biggest telecommunications firm, confirming his status as the catalyst of Latin America’s swing to the left.

“We have decided to nationalize the whole Venezuelan energy and electricity sector, all of it, absolutely all,” Chávez said in his annual state of the nation address to parliament, potentially opening up more projects for state acquisition in the No. 4 crude exporter to the United States.

The president was reinaugurated this week for a term that runs through 2013.

Chávez has already pursued oil and gas projects and power utilities but on Saturday left no leeway for a private company to hold a majority in operations anywhere in the energy sphere.

What will be targeted?
It was not immediately clear whether his pronouncement on nationalizing the whole sector was a precursor to moves against specific projects or companies.

Venezuela will have to judge how closely private firms must be connected to the country’s oilfields, refineries, pipelines, gasoline stations and coal mines to count as targets for nationalization.

Huge oil service companies such as Halliburton and Schlumberger operate in Venezuela but Chávez gave no indication whether deals involving such businesses were now in his sights.

Hugo Chavez Watch: Iran and Venezuela Plan to Fund Projects – To Thwart United States Domination

AP: Iran and Venezuela plan anti-U.S. fund

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad — fiery anti-American leaders whose moves to extend their influence have alarmed Washington — said Saturday they would help finance investment projects in other countries seeking to thwart U.S. domination.

The two countries had previously revealed plans for a joint $2 billion fund to finance investments in Venezuela and Iran, but the leaders said Saturday the money would also be used for projects in friendly countries throughout the developing world.
“It will permit us to underpin investments … above all in those countries whose governments are making efforts to liberate themselves from the (U.S.) imperialist yoke,” Chavez said.

“This fund, my brother,” the Venezuelan president said, referring affectionately to Ahmadinejad, “will become a mechanism for liberation.”

“Death to U.S. imperialism!” Chavez said.


USA Energy Independence

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Fox: John Bolton: Mideast Peace Efforts a Waste

As Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice meets with Mideast leaders to jumpstart the peace process, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton called the attempt a waste of time.

Bolton, who also said it’s time another body replace the United Nations, told the Sunday Times of London the Arab-Israeli conflict was “not a priority,” adding: “I don’t see linkage to Iraq, and Hamas and Fatah are in a state of civil war.”

Now back at American Enterprise Institute, Bolton let loose on a variety of topics during the interview, from negotiating nuclear weapons with Iran to the reunification of the Korean peninsula.

Times Online: Ousted Bolton puts world to rights

AS America’s ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton was no tame diplomat. Armed with his feared red pen, ready to strike out waffling resolutions, he was an able and aggressive defender of US interests, but he often had to uphold policies with which he was not in tune.

“To the great chagrin of many people, I followed my instructions at the UN,” he said in his first newspaper interview since relinquishing his post. He is a free man now and eager to have his say.

Bolton on Iran

“I wouldn’t have engaged in negotiations with Iran in the first place,” he said, evidently disdainful of Britain, France and Germany’s years of reaching out to Iran. “The policy has failed. Sanctions won’t stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons.”

Bolton thinks the Bush administration would “rather find a way for diplomacy to succeed but time is running out”

One of his greatest concerns is the threat to Israel and the West posed by Iran’s nuclear programme. Regime change is “preferable” to striking Iran’s sites, he noted, but “the only course worse than the use of force is an Iran with nuclear weapons”.

The EU3 nations’ years of negotiations with Iran were not a “neutral activity”. Iran used the time to develop its mastery of uranium enrichment — as its own leaders have boasted.

“There are all kinds of ways to change the regime,”
he added, citing covert and overt means to topple the theocracy. “We have an extensive diaspora of people with Iranian heritage in America who we don’t use effectively.”

Bolton on Middle East Talks

Bolton believes that Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, is wasting her time trying to restart the Middle East peace process. The Arab-Israeli conflict was “not a priority”, he added. “I don’t see linkage to Iraq, and Hamas and Fatah are in a state of civil war.”

Bolton on America and Britain

In Bolton’s view, America needs to take the lead in global affairs rather than the ineffectual UN because “Who else will?” His opinion of the Foreign Office in London is not much higher than the UN. It is “European” — not a compliment.

Britain has a “fundamental choice” to make, Bolton insisted. “The real issue is whether the UK sees itself as part of a ‘little Europe’ as opposed to Atlanticist. I certainly hope the Atlanticist view will prevail.”

Bolton on Iraq

Unlike Bush, Bolton believes Iraq is already at war with itself: “The fundamental point is whether the civil war that exists is going to continue.” Bolton has often been mistaken for a neocon, but while he considers democracy preferable to other forms of government, he does not consider it America’s duty to spread it.

The shape and form of the nation is irrelevant: what matters is that Iraq is either tolerably pro-western or de-fanged. He has no regrets about the removal of Saddam Hussein; now it is up to the Iraqis if they want to engage in “fratricide”. The same goes for partition: “If the future of Iraq is to stay together, that’s fine. If not, I couldn’t care less from a strategic perspective.”

Flap somehow thinks that John Bolton will be MORE effective in developing perspectives on foreign policy than he ever could do in the United States State Department and certainly in the United Nations.

Bolton fits Jeanne Kirkpatrick’s office at AEI well.

Stay tuned……



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