Iran Newslinks 25-26 February 2012: US Intelligence agencies don't believe Iran is trying to build a nuke

26 February

Ovadia Yosef, Israel`s Sole `Responsible Adult,` Publicly Opposes Iran Attack
occupation magazine – articles Today at 23:59
The titular head of the leading Mizrahi political party, Shas, has publicly stated his opposition to an Iran attack (Hebrew). Rabbi Ovadia Yosef is not just the spiritual leader of Orthodox Mizrahi Jews, he’s also the godfather of its political movement. His senior cabinet representative, Eli Yishai, will therefore oppose any effort to attack Iran. Yisahi is also one of the eight most senior cabinet members who will have the decisive vote on whether to attack. Shas is one of the largest of the governing coalition members aside from Likud, and therefore commands a great deal of authority.

If there were no Iranian threat
occupation magazine – articles Today at 23:59
Israel may no longer be capable of identifying diplomatic options and nonmilitary measures even when they are being blasted into its ears by so many sirens.

Barak will have to pass an attack on Iran through a reluctant U.S
occupation magazine – articles Today at 23:59
Meantime, whenever the idea of an Iran raid comes up, officials in Washington keep telling Netanyahu and Barak “No.” In the past, this “no” was mentioned in faint, diplomatic tones; recently it has become blunt and loud. National security adviser Tom Donilon and national intelligence director James Clapper, who both recently visited Israel, have started to speak quite explicitly about Iran.

Is the Senate trying to force Obama to go to war?
occupation magazine – articles Today at 23:59
MJ Rosenberg–In pushing for war with Iran, some senators are putting Netanyahu`s priorities ahead of the United States.

Iran Denies Greece 500,000 Barrels of Oil Shipment
Strategic Culture Foundation Today at 13:46

Mark Steel: Iraq was so much fun, let’s do it to Iran
Green Left Weekly issue #782 Today at 12:14
By Mark Steel Governments and commentators keen on promoting a war against Iran should be stridently opposed, not so much because of the threat to world peace, but because their reasons display a shocking lack of imagination.

Iran stops oil flow to Greece – report Today at 11:03
Iran has denied shipment of crude oil to Greece, following similar moves against Britain and France. The moves are pre-emptive to a set of sanctions imposed by the EU, which forbids buying oil from Iran after several…

Oil Shock Coming
Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert Today at 09:20
Price of Oil Hits Record High in Euros and British Pounds; Oil Shock Coming; Nancy Pelosi Blames Speculators; What About Iran? Israeli Intelligence Concludes “No Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program”

What Iran Can Do for Lebanon’s Palestinians by Franklin Lamb
Dandelion Salad Today at 06:38
Beirut, Lebanon February 18, 2012 “My friends and I like Iran. Maybe they will ask their friends in Lebanon to help baba (daddy) to be allowed to work and our family allowed to own a home outside the camps.” Hanadi, a precocious youngster at Shatila Camp’s Shabiba center on […]

‘Iranian oil – not nukes – bothers the West’ Today at 01:10
Iran insists it is only seeking a peaceful energy supply, while the West suspects Tehran is building an atomic bomb. And yet, some believe it is all about the oil. Again.

Iran Labor Report, “Iran: Workers’ Victory at a Glance” Today at 00:25
On January 9, several thousand contracting workers at Bandar Imam Petrochemical Complex and other nearby facilities in the sprawling Mahshahr economic zone, close to the Persian Gulf, forced the state-appointed management team to grant them a number of key concessions.

Drumbeat of war with Iran has a familiar ring

occupation magazine – articles Yesterday at 23:59
Simon Tisdall – The Guardian – The Iranian crisis differs from that over Iraq in 2003 in key respects. But the current impetus towards war can only be explained in terms of a western desire for Iraq-style regime change – because only regime change may achieve the de-nuclearisation the west insists upon. gm

Iran, Israel and the US: the slide to war
occupation magazine – articles Yesterday at 23:59
According to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Iran is building nuclear weapons that pose an “existential” threat to Israel. But virtually no one believes this, including the bulk of Tel Aviv’s military and intelligence communities. As former Israeli Chief of Staff Dan Halutz said recently, Iran “is not an existential” threat to Israel.

US pressures India to back sanctions against Iran
World Socialist Web Site Yesterday at 19:12
While India has attempted to place some distance between itself and the US, New Delhi has repeatedly succumbed to pressure to back US policy against Iran.

Pumping arms: Pentagon’s bigger stick to beat Iran
Strategic Culture Foundation Yesterday at 16:29

Kyrgyz President rules out use of Manas base in conflict with Iran
Strategic Culture Foundation Yesterday at 16:27

Pentagon Demands $100 Million More For War With Iran
Stop NATO Yesterday at 16:04
Pumping arms: Pentagon’s bigger stick to beat Iran
The planned upgrade comes on top of the nearly $82 million program to improve the Massive Ordnance Penetrator, the largest bunker-buster bomb deployed by the Pentagon. The weapon may be used against Iranian fortified sites, but some experts believed the bomb would not be good enough to destroy those.

What is Iran’s Supreme Leader’s Game?
Dissident Voice Yesterday at 16:01
We interrupt this program to ask the supreme war-or-peace question; what game is Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei really playing?

War Plan Against Iran: A Dangerous Resolution Yesterday at 15:36
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US Intelligence agencies don’t believe Iran is trying to build a nuke
Corrente Yesterday at 14:47
Reporting from Washington — As U.S. and Israeli officials talk publicly about the prospect of a military strike against Iran’s nuclear program, one fact is often overlooked: U.S. intelligence agencies don’t believe Iran is actively trying to build an atomic bomb.

US spooks say no Iranian nukes Yesterday at 12:01
Iran’s alleged nuclear ambition may be high in the headlines. The US intelligence community, whose job is to assess the threat, is skeptical about it. Same as it has been for five years.

Pumping arms: Pentagon’s bigger stick to beat Iran Yesterday at 09:43
Pentagon wants $100 million extra to be prepared for a war with Iran. The money, requested from the Congress, is to beef up US military presence in the Persian Gulf and rapidly upgrade weapons to more effectively combat…

Farid Marjai and Cyrus Safdari, “Sanctions Could Not Force Iran to Negotiate: Exclusive Interview with Peter Jenkins, Former British Ambassador to IAEA” Yesterday at 03:25
Iran’s leaders concluded around April 2005 that there was little point in pursuing the dialogue with the European Union (EU)3 (France, Germany, UK) launched by the October 2003 “Tehran Agreement”, because they sensed the EU3 were not open to compromise on the future of Iran’s enrichment program. In August 2005 they asked the IAEA to remove the seals on the Isfahan UF6 production plant.

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