Information Clearing House Newsletter 1 March 2012: Another Bogus Argument for War with Iran

1 March 2012 — Information Clearing House


Saudi Arabia May Be Tied to 9/11, 2 Ex-Senators Say


In sworn statements that seem likely to reignite the debate, two former senators who were privy to top secret information on the Saudis’ activities say they believe that the Saudi government might have played a direct role in the terrorist attacks.

Another Bogus Argument for War with Iran

By Stephen M. Walt

If Americans fall for this sort of contorted historical analysis, we’ll have only ourselves to blame.


Manipulating Public Perceptions

US Panel Passes Bill on Iran-Latin America Links


The bill referred to an alleged plot by Iran to recruit Mexican drug cartel killers to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington.


Will Bibi Break Obama

By Pat Buchanan

The prime minister of Israel is angry with Barack Obama and is coming here to force a hardening of U.S. policy toward Iran.


Israeli Officials: Starve Iranians to Stop Nukes

By Attila Somfalvi

“Suffocating sanctions could lead to a grave economic situation in Iran and to a shortage of food,” the source said. – “While the Persian people have nothing to eat and may rise up as was the case in Syria, Tunisia and other Arab states.”


Jenny Tonge and Ehud Olmert – Can You Spot The Difference?

By Mehdi Hasan

Calling for, or worrying about, a one-state solution isn’t new, novel or controversial.


Syria: A Conspiracy Revealed

By Felicity Arbuthnot

“The de facto role of the US armed forces will be to keep the world safe for our economy and open to our cultural assault. To those ends, we will do a fair amount of killing.”


The Ghost and the Machine

By Kathy Kelly with research by the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers

Aymal’s father was sitting in a garden with four other men. A weaponized drone, what we used to call an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle or UAV, was flying, unseen, overhead, and fired missiles into the garden, killing all five men.


America’s Dangerous Game

Must Watch – Video By Aljazeera

This film reveals the full scale of Washington’s covert war in Yemen and asks: Is the US creating more enemies than it can capture or kill?


On The Claim of Exceptionalism

By Lawrence Davidson

And why is America exceptional? The alleged capacity to force most of the world to its will.


Growing Number Of Americans Can’t Afford Food, Study Finds

By Alexander Eichler

About 18.6 percent of people — almost one out of every five — told Gallup pollsters that they couldn’t always afford to feed everyone in their family in 2011.


18 “militants” killed in Pakistan 18 militants were killed when fighter jets attacked their hideouts in Pakistan‘s northwest, a media report said. :


U.S. Threatens Pakistan: Drop Iran Pipeline:

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has threatened Pakistan with sanctions if the country continues with plans to build a natural gas pipeline to Iran


Pakistan defends Iran gas pipeline deal: Pakistan will pursue a gas pipeline deal with Iran despite international pressure, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said.


State Secretary: U.S. strongly supports idea of TAPI gas pipeline construction: The United States strongly supports the idea of construction of the Turkmenistan-AfghanistanPakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline.


Two U.S. occupation force soldiers “killed by Afghan soldier, civilian” : An Afghan believed to be a soldier and another in civilian clothing shot dead two American soldiers Thursday, Western and Afghan officials said


Lt Col Daniel Davis: ‘US army does not tell truth’: As Afghan fury over Koran burning by US forces continues, a serving US army officer has said publicly that the US top brass are not telling the truth.


Syrian army takes control of rebel stronghold: The Syrian army took control Thursday of the district of Baba Amr in Homs after nearly two days of fighting against the rebels. “The Syrian army controls all of Baba Amr, the last pockets of resistance are all fallen,” said a Syrian security source in Damascus.


Syrian rebels “withdraw” from Homs stronghold: Most Syrian rebels fighting government forces pulled out of the Baba Amro district of Homs on Thursday, said activists, as snow blanketed the besieged city. A few fighters stayed behind to cover what supporters say is a tactical withdrawal by their comrades.


Complete Text of Syrian Rebel Statement on Retreat From Homs District: A statement posted on Facebook on Thursday in the name of the Free Syrian Army


Saudi, Qatari plans to arm Syrian rebels risk overtaking cautious approach favored by U.S.: Saudi Arabia and Qatar indicated this week that they are prepared to help Syrian opposition military forces. Kuwait’s parliament passed a nonbinding resolution Thursday calling for the government to provide weapons to the rebels and break ties with Damascu


Libyan Gov’t to Give $100M to Syrian Rebels: The Libyan government – formerly Libya’s opposition forces – says it will give $100 million in food and medicine to Syria‘s rebel forces.


UK embassy staff withdrawn from Syria: Britain has withdrawn its diplomats from Syria for security reasons, but says it is not breaking diplomatic ties with Damascus


Netanyahu will ask Obama to threaten Iran strike: Intensive preparations underway to ensure a successful meeting between the two leaders next week in Washington, despite lack of trust between two sides.


US Air Force prepared if “diplomacy” with Iran fails: general: The United States has powerful bombs at the ready in the case of possible military action against Iran and work is under way to bolster their firepower, the air force chief said Wednesday, AFP reported.


Airmen depart for US, Turkish training exercise:

Airmen from the 52nd Fighter Wing board a C-130 Hercules here Feb. 27 to fly to Turkey in support of Anatolian Falcon 2012, a weapons training deployment that includes interdiction, attack, air superiority, defense suppression, airlift, air refueling and reconnaissance


New Navy Railgun Tests Leading to Ship Superweapon by 2020: The Navy envisions using railguns to destroy enemy ships, defend against enemy missiles, or bombard land targets in support of Marines hitting the beaches.


US Court approves warrantless searches of cell phones: Police can search a cell phone for its number without having a warrant, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday.


Oil price jumps to 43-month high on Saudi blast reports: Crude oil prices have hit a 43-month high after reports that a pipeline exploded in Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil producer.


China’s Share of Reserves in U.S. Dollar Dives: Fresh U.S. Treasury data suggest that China has lost its taste for investing as much of its $3.2 trillion in foreign-exchange reserves in U.S. dollars and may be increasing its holding of euro-denominated securities during a time that a debt crisis has roiled European markets.


Unemployment Rate Jumps In Europe: Mass unemployment in Greece and Spain combined to push the jobless rate across the 17-country eurozone up to its highest rate since the euro was established in 1999, official figures showed Thursday


British bank chief warns quantitative easing is ‘laying seeds for next crisis’: Standard Chartered boss warns that pumping huge sums into Western economies could have unforeseen consequences


Sir Mervyn King accuses banks of profiting at taxpayers’ expense by rigging lending: In a remarkable outburst at the Treasury Select Committee, Sir Mervyn launched a scathing attack on the banks and claimed that Labour had been too easily swayed by the forceful banking lobby when in power.


Ireland Told by EU It May Need More Budget Cuts to Meet Targets: “The growth outlook could continue to deteriorate significantly,” the commission said in the documents obtained by Bloomberg News, which were supplied to lawmakers by Germany’s finance ministry. “A further deterioration of the macroeconomic backdrop could require additional fiscal tightening later in the year.”


Cost Of War


Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In US War And Occupation Of Iraq “1,455,590


Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s War On Iraq: 4,801


Number Of  International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,907


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001




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