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Brzezinski Suggests U.S. Shoot Down Israeli Jets To Prevent Iran War

Brzezinski Suggests U.S. Shoot Down Israeli Jets To Prevent Iran War

The Cutting Edge
September 28, 2009

In a recent interview with the Daily Beast last week, Zbigniew Brzezinski, the National Security Adviser from the Carter administration and adviser to President Barack Obama, made a highly contentious statement regarding the U.S.-Israeli alliance. When asked how the U.S.would respond to Israeli jets using Iraqi airspace in order to stage an attack on Iran, Brzezinski was quoted as saying: “We are not exactly impotent little babies. They have to fly over our airspace in Iraq. Are we just going to sit there and watch? … We have to be serious about denying them that right. That means a denial where you aren’t just saying it. If they fly over, you go up and confront them. They have the choice of turning back or not. No one wishes for this but it could be a Liberty in reverse.”

“A liberty in reverse” is a reference to the controversial encounter between Israeli jets and the American vessel U.S.S. Liberty in 1967that resulted in the sinking of the U.S. Navy ship.

Brzezinski who is said to have a reputation for such rhetoric, found his calls for “a Liberty in reverse” dimly viewed by many in Jewish leadership.

For example, Anti-Defamation League national director Abraham H Foxman, responded to Brzezinski’s quip with this: “Here is an international legal expert and he doesn’t even know that the US does not control sovereignty over Iraqi airspace. Putting that aside, Zbigniew Brzezinski has always had a nasty streak when it came to Israel…. it is better that we can now see it, and it is out in the open.”

The Obama administration quickly distanced itself from any association with Brzezinski quite some time ago. Former Ambassador Dennis Ross, senior adviser on Middle East affairs to the Barack Obama campaign, told New Jersey Jewish News in October of 2008,“Brzezinski is not an adviser to the campaign… there is a lot of disinformation that is being pushed, but he is not an adviser to the campaign. Brzezinski came out and supported Obama early because of thewar in Iraq. A year or so ago they talked a couple of times. That’s the extent of it, and Sen. Obama has made it clear that on other Middle Eastern issues, Brzezinski is not who he looks to. They don’t have the same views.”
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Saudis Offer Israel Airspace To Bomb Iran Nuclear Sites

Saudis Offer Israel Airspace To Bomb Iran Nuclear Sites

Press TV
September 28, 2009

Israeli fighter jets have been allowed to use Saudi airspace to launch go-it-alone air strikes on Iranian nuclear installations, says a recent report.

The issue has been discussed in a closed-door meeting in London, where British Intelligence Chief Sir John Scarlett, his Israeli counterpart, Meir Dagan, and Saudi official have been present, Daily Express reported.

According to the report, Scarlett has been told that Saudi airspace would be at Israel’s disposal should Tel Aviv decide to move forward with his military plans against Iran.

The British daily added the likelihood of an Israeli attack against Iran has increased significantly after the country announced plans to launch its second enrichment facility in the central city of Qom.

Press TV contacted the Saudi Embassy in Tehran for information on the report. The embassy, however, was reluctant to elaborate.

In line with its policy of nuclear transparency, Iran announced the construction of a second enrichment plant in a letter to the UN nuclear watchdog on September 21. The new plant is due to produce enriched uranium up to 5 percent.

The letter was sent 12 months before the agency’s regulations oblige its member states to inform the body of new developments.

With eyes firmly fixed on Iran’s nuclear progressions, the right-wing government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly threatened to bomb the country’s enrichment facilities out of existence.

Tel Aviv accuses Tehran of nuclear weapons development – a charge rejected by both Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog, which has so far made “21 unannounced inspections” of the country’s nuclear facilities.

The UN nuclear watchdog in its previous reports has confirmed that Iran only enriches uranium-235 to a level of “less than 5 percent.”

Uranium, which fuels a nuclear power plant, can be used for military purposes only if enriched to high levels of above 90 percent.

Details of the controversial Israeli plans to attack Iran emerged after John Bolton, the former US ambassador to the United Nations, recently told a group of intelligence analysts that “Riyadh certainly approves” of Israel’s use of Saudi airspace in the event of war with Iran.

Bolton, had previously said he had discussed the possibility with Saudi officials in closed-door meetings. “None of them would say anything about it publicly but they would certainly acquiesce in an overflight if the Israelis didn’t trumpet it as a big success.”

The recent revelations follow a flurry of media reports in July, which suggested the Saudi government had approved the use of its airspace for an attack.

While Saudi officials deny having diplomatic ties with Tel Aviv, an Israeli defense source has confirmed that the Mossad spy agency maintained “working relations” with the kingdom.

According to a study published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a military exchange between Iran and Israel could result in the death of as many as 6 million people.

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Obama: I want Bush to succeed with Iran

Obama: I want Bush to succeed with Iran

Press TV
July 27, 2008

Democratic candidate Barack Obama says he wants President George W. Bush to succeed in negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program.

In a Saturday interview with Reuters, Senator Obama said Tehran should consider the decision by the Bush administration to send a senior diplomat to nuclear talks with Iran as a substantive move.

The presidential hopeful was referring to a meeting held in Geneva on July 19 between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (G5+1).

During the nuclear talks mediated by EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, a package of incentives drawn up by the G5+1 requiring Iran to suspend enrichment in return for political and economic benefits was discussed.

The US joined other Western diplomats at the negotiation table for the first time despite its previous insistence that it would not negotiate with Iran unless it suspended its enrichment activities.

“Bill Burns is a very serious guy. And the Iranians should take that gesture seriously,” Senator Obama said in regard to the attendance of US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns in the talks.

“I want the Bush administration to be successful in working with the Europeans to get Iran to stand down on its nuclear weapons program,” he added.

His remarks, however, run counter to the findings of the most recent UN nuclear watchdog report, which has concluded that there is no link between the use of nuclear material and the ’alleged studies’ of weaponization attributed to Iran by Western countries.

The West accuses Iran of making efforts to develop nuclear arms. Tehran, however, insists that its enrichment activities are aimed at electricity generation and further peaceful applications of nuclear technology.

As the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) acknowledges the rights of all signatory states in uranium enrichment for peaceful purposes, Iran has cited diplomacy as the only means acceptable in settling the dispute surrounding its nuclear program.

The 46-year-old senator made the remarks while returning from his weeklong tour to the Middle East and Europe, aimed at burnishing his foreign policy credentials.

Obama: Iran should take U.S. engagement seriously
http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSN2741801220080727

Obama: Iran should not wait for next U.S. president
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Obama Vows ’Unshakeable Bond’ With Israel
http://www.ejpress.org/article/28784

 



Ahmadinejad to visit New York in September

Ahmadinejad to visit New York in September

Press TV
July 14, 2008

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he plans on going to New York to attend the 2008 United Nations General Assembly session.

It will be President Ahmadinejad’s third trip to New York since he took office in August 2005.

During his last trip to New York in September 2007, Ahmadinejad requested to lay a wreath at the World Trade Center, the site of the September 11 attacks, to pay tribute to the victims of the attack. His bid, however, was rejected by city authorities.

In his 2007 visit, the Iranian president also proposed to meet and hold a live debate with US President George W. Bush. US officials rejected the offer, claiming the White House would only engage in direct talks after Tehran halts its nuclear program.

Washington accuses Iran of developing a military nuclear program. Tehran, however, insists its nuclear program is directed at generating electricity and is in line with the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

This is while the most recent UN nuclear watchdog report concluded that there is no link between the use of nuclear material and the ’alleged studies’ of weaponization in Iran’s nuclear facilities.

In the previous US trip, Ahmadinejad was invited to New York’s Columbia University to attend a question-and-answer session during which Columbia president Lee Bollinger insulted him in his pejorative introduction of the Iranian president.

 



Ron Paul Q&A in Hearing on Iran Policy

Ron Paul Q&A in Hearing on Iran Policy – (7/9/2008)

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’Iran does not intend to wipe out Israel’

’Iran does not intend to wipe out Israel’

Press TV
July 8, 2008

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Israel is disintegrating on its own and Iran will not take any act of aggression against it.

“Israel is an illegal regime,” said President Ahmadinejad in a Tuesday press conference after a D8 summit in Kuala Lumpur.

“The regime will disintegrate on its own. Since Zionists can no longer sustain themselves, they have been forced to draw attention away from their present situation by blaming Iran,” he added.

President Ahmadinejad said that the Islamic Republic has never waged war against any nation and does not intend to do so, adding that Israel is not an exception to this policy.

“Iran has no plans to attack Israel,” he said in response to a question about whether the Islamic Republic intended to destroy Israel and to wipe out the Jewish people.

The Iranian president expounded that Jewish people amicably live in the Islamic Republic, are free to practice their religion, and despite being a small minority have a representative in the Iranian Parliament.

President Ahmadinejad asserted that the Israeli regime thrives on ’invading and threatening’ regional countries. He reaffirmed that Iranians are fully prepared to defend their territorial integrity and will deliver a crushing response to invaders.

Israel accuses Iran of developing a military nuclear program and has threatened Tehran with the use of force should the Islamic Republic continue uranium enrichment.

According to a New York Times report, Israel staged a military maneuver in early June to prepare for a unilateral air strike on Iranian nuclear sites.

Tehran insists its nuclear program is directed at generating electricity and is in line with the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

The most recent UN nuclear watchdog report concluded that there is no link between the use of nuclear material and the ’alleged studies’ of weaponization in Iran’s nuclear facilities.

 



Pentagon Blocked Cheney’s Airstrike on Iranian Camps


Pentagon Blocked Cheney’s Airstrike on Iranian Camps

Asia Times
June 10, 2008

Pentagon officials firmly opposed a proposal by Vice President Dick Cheney last summer for airstrikes against the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) bases by insisting that the administration would have to make clear decisions about how far the United States would go in escalating the conflict with Iran, according to a former George W Bush administration official.

J Scott Carpenter, who was then deputy assistant secretary of state in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, recalled in an interview that senior Defense Department (DoD) officials and the Joint Chiefs used the escalation issue as the main argument against the Cheney proposal.

McClatchy newspapers reported last August that Cheney had

proposal several weeks earlier “launching airstrikes at suspected training camps in Iran”, citing two officials involved in Iran policy.

According to Carpenter, who is now at the Washington Institute on Near East Policy, a strongly pro-Israel think-tank, Pentagon officials argued that no decision should be made about the limited airstrike on Iran without a thorough discussion of the sequence of events that would follow an Iranian retaliation for such an attack. Carpenter said the DoD officials insisted that the Bush administration had to make “a policy decision about how far the administration would go – what would happen after the Iranians would go after our folks”.

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Cheney Jr. pushes for war on Iran

Press TV
June 10, 2008

A former State Department official and daughter of Dick Cheney says Iran ’will face military action’ if it does not halt its nuclear work.

Speaking at the American Israel Political Affairs Committee convention, Elizabeth Cheney said the time for diplomacy on Iran is ’rapidly coming to an end’.

Former deputy assistant secretary for Near Eastern affairs deplored the Bush administration over key elements of its Middle East policies, suggesting that the administration needed to adopt a tougher stance in the region.

“In my view, this administration has gotten it right when we have been bold, when we have been decisive, when we have been focused, when we have used our military force when necessary,” she said.

Cheney added that Washington must clearly declare that if Iranians “don’t give up diplomatically [to United Nations demands that Iran freeze its nuclear program], they will face military action”.

Iran has repeatedly asserted that as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), it is entitled to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes and that has no intention to give up its inalienable rights.

The UN nuclear watchdog, in its latest report, certified the non-diversion of declared nuclear material in the country’s nuclear activities. However, Washington with a blatant disregard for international reports continues to accuse Iran of pursuing a nuclear weapons program in a bid to justify the drumbeat for a war against the country.