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The Antiwar Comic: What’s Wrong With Iran?

The more you read about Iran, the more you realize how insane it is that we would attack it.  Coincidentally, the current Antiwar Comic is also about Iran.

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Tuesday Mornin’ Coffee

Your Morning Coffee Reads

The Deafness Before the Storm

The Persecution of John Kiriakou

Why is Georgia Secretly Giving Student Test Scores to Military Recruiters?

Israeli Leader Sharpens Call on U.S. to Set Limits on Iran

How We Became Israel

Remember When Obama Thought the FISA Amendments Act Was Imperfect?

Monday Mornin’ Coffee

Your Morning Coffee Reads

America’s refusal to extradite Bolivia’s ex-president to face genocide charges

Forget Iran, it’s Israel’s Nuclear Gun Pointed at Obama’s Head The Greatest Myth of American Politics?

The tug o’ war at Bagram

India and Pakistan sign landmark visa deal

China’s Presumptive New Leader Is Mysteriously Absent;

Turkey puts 44 journalists on trial for terrorism and backing pro-Kurd group

June 15 – Today on Antiwar Radio

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Grant F. Smith, William Astore, Glenn Greenwald, Michael German

Today on Antiwar radio with Scott Horton:

William Astore will be on to discuss his latest piece Siamese Twins Sharing the Same Brain: How the Military and the Civilian Are Blurring in Washington. Read it here.

Bio: William J. Astore, a retired lieutenant colonel (USAF) and professor of history, is a TomDispatch regular

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Grant F. Smith will be on to talk about the influence of AIPAC in the latest push for a war with Iran. Read his latest here.

Bio: Grant F. Smith is the director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington, D.C.

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Glenn Greenwald will be on to discuss the Wikileaks grand jury latest.

Bio: Glenn Greenwald is an American lawyer, columnist, blogger, and author. Greenwald worked as a constitutional and civil rights litigator prior to becoming a contributor (columnist and blogger) to Salon.com, where he focuses on political and legal topics. He has also contributed to other newspapers and political news magazines, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The American Conservative, The National Interest, and In These Times.

Greenwald is the author of three books: How Would a Patriot Act? and A Tragic Legacy and Great American Hypocrites.

In October 2010, Greenwald won the Online Journalism Award for Best Commentary, for his investigative article on the arrest of U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning as the alleged leaker to WikiLeaks.

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Michael German will be on to discuss the FBI’s new guidelines and why the ACLU is opposed to them. Read the background article here.

Bio: Michael German is an ACLU Senior Policy Counsel and former FBI Agent

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June 7 – Today on Antiwar Radio

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Robert Higgs, Ray McGovern, Kelley Vlahos

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Robert Higgs will be on to discuss economics.

Bio: Robert Higgs an American economic historian, economist of the Austrian School, and a libertarian anarchist. His writings in economics and economic history have most often focused on the causes, means, and effects of government growth. He is a Senior Fellow in Political Economy at the Independent Institute, and is the editor of Independent Review. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Ludwig von Mises.

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Ray McGovern will be on to talk about General Keane’s push for attacking Iran. See his latest here.

Bio: Ray McGovern is a retired CIA officer turned political activist. McGovern was a Federal employee under seven U.S. presidents over 27 years, presenting the morning intelligence briefings at the White House for many of them. He currently serves on the Steering Committee of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).

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Kelley Vlahos will be on to discuss the Center for a New American Security annual conference. Read her latest piece here.

Bio: Kelley Vlahos has spent over a decade as a political reporter in Washington DC. Currently, she is a contributing editor for The American Conservative magazine and its daily weblog, @TAC. She is also a Washington correspondent for the DC-based homeland security magazine, Homeland Security Today, a long-time political writer for FOXNews.com, a regular columnist for Antiwar.com and a contributor to CriminalJustice.Change.org. Her web site is http://kelleyvlahos.com/

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June 2 – Today on Antiwar Radio

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Seymour Hersh, Benjamin Tua, Anthony Gregory

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Journalist Seymour Hersh will be on in a pre-recoreded interview with Scott done earlier in the week. He will discuss his new article, “Iran and the Bomb: How real is the nuclear threat;” the lack of evidence for Iran’s interest in nuclear weapons after 2003, despite extensive satellite and covert surveillance (and even before then, the idea was to counter an Iraqi nuclear weapon, not threaten Israel or the US); how the 2011 NIE reinforces the 2007 assessment, and makes the harsh sanctions on Iran look even more indefensible; Obama’s acute isolation within the White House echo chamber; and some sane advice from retired ambassador Thomas Pickering: stop hectoring Iran about a non-existent nuclear weapons program and negotiate like grown-ups.

Bio: Seymour Hersh is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and author based in Washington, D.C. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker magazine on military and security matters. He has also won two National Magazine Awards and is a “five-time Polk winner and recipient of the 2004 George Orwell Award.”

His work first gained worldwide recognition in 1969 for exposing the My Lai Massacre and its cover-up during the Vietnam War, for which he received the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. His 2004 reports on the US military’s mistreatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison gained much attention.
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Benjamin Tua will be on to discuss the winners and losers in the new Middle-East. See his latest here.

Bio: Benjamin Tua is a retired Foreign Service Officer. He served in Israel from 1982-1985. He currently is an independent analyst and Foreign Policy In Focus contributor.

Anthony Gregory will be on to discuss his new introduction to Murray Rothbard’s Wall Street, Banks, and American Foreign Policy. Read his latest article here.

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Bio: Anthony Gregory is a research analyst at the Independent Institute, Editor in Chief of Campaign for Liberty, moderator of the Beacon, policy adviser to the Future of Freedom Foundation and columnist for LewRockwell.com. He guest edits Strike the Root. His writing has appeared in such places as the Christian Science Monitor San Diego Union Tribune, Antiwar.com, the Journal of Libertarian Studies, Counterpunch, the American Conservative, Liberty Magazine, the Mises Institute blog, the Stress Blog, The Libertarian Enterprise and Liberty and Power, as well as in textbooks, journals and other outlets, and has been translated in several languages. He wrote for Michael Badnarik’s 2004 campaign. He got his B.A. in history at UC Berkeley in 2003, where he wrote his thesis on the 1993 Waco disaster.

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May 26 – Today on Antiwar Radio

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Robert Parry, Gareth Porter, More

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Robert Parry will be on to discuss his new piece, Cheering Netanyahu’s Intransigence.

Bio: Robert Parry is an American investigative journalist. He was awarded the George Polk Award for National Reporting in 1984 for his work with the Associated Press on the Iran-Contra story and uncovered Oliver North’s involvement in it as a Washington-based correspondent for Newsweek.

In 1995, he established Consortium News as an online ezine dedicated to investigative journalism.

Parry has written several books, including Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & “Project Truth.” (1999) and Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq (2004).

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Gareth Porter will be on to debunk David Sanger’s latest propaganda on Iran.

Bio: Gareth Porter is an American historian, investigative journalist and policy analyst on U.S. foreign and military policy. Porter has written regular news reports and news analysis on political, diplomatic and military developments in regard to Middle East conflicts for Inter Press Service since 2005.

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April 21 – Today on Antiwar Radio

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John Glaser, Gareth Porter, Charles Goyette

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John Glaser will be on to discuss his latest piece, Exporting Tyranny through Foreign Aid.

Bio: John Glaser is an editorial assistant at The American Conservative.

Gareth Porter will be on to discuss the latest Wikileaks revelations about Israel’s push toward war with Iran.

Background:

  • Read the Haaretz article here.
  • Read Gareth’s latest piece here.

Bio: Gareth Porter is an American historian, investigative journalist and policy analyst on U.S. foreign and military policy. Porter has written regular news reports and news analysis on political, diplomatic and military developments in regard to Middle East conflicts for Inter Press Service since 2005.

Charles Goyette will be on to talk about the economy

Bio: Charles Goyette is an American talk show host and writer. He is a libertarian-conservative commentator, who is noted for his outspoken anti-war views, his opposition to the war in Iraq, and his economic commentary. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling book The Dollar Meltdown: Surviving the Impending Currency Crisis with Gold, Oil, and Other Unconventional Investments, which Congressman Ron Paul calls “a must read,” and investor Peter Schiff describes as “…a sensible plan to protect your wealth.

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Pearl Harbor, 9/11 and Iran sanctions

This year marks the 70th anniversary of Lt. Commander Arthur McCollum’s secret memorandum to FDR on how to provoke a war with Japan. His “recommendations for action” would guarantee Japan’s retaliation, forcing the U.S. into war with Japan, Germany and Italy.

The provocations would entail military posturing and an embargo, choking Japan’s supply of raw materials and oil along with freezing their assets.

We are commemorating this anniversary by dusting off this game plan and changing the target from J-A-P-A-N to I-R-A-N.

This week’s signing of United Nations resolution 1929 has lit the fuse for a likely explosion. Just like the Japan plan, we are starving Iran of supplies and petroleum products in addition to punishing their economy.

The U.S. has been trying to bait Iran into overreacting for years as payback for overthrowing our compliant puppet, the Shah. Every time they call our bluff and agree to our demands, we change the game and raise the ante. Any misstep will be all that it takes for us to attack. Washington has shown with Afghanistan and Iraq how quick they are to let the bombs fly. They have no problem lying or killing thousands of innocent civilians.
The 1940 war pitch concludes:
It is not believed that in the present state of political opinion the United States government is capable of declaring war against Japan without more ado; and it is barely possible that vigorous action on our part might lead the Japanese to modify their attitude. Therefore, the following course of action is suggested:
A. Make an arrangement with Britain for the use of British bases in the Pacific, particularly Singapore.
B. Make an arrangement with Holland for the use of base facilities and acquisition of supplies in the Dutch East Indies.
C. Give all possible aid to the Chinese government of Chiang-Kai-Shek.
D. Send a division of long range heavy cruisers to the Orient, Philippines, or Singapore.
E. Send two divisions of submarines to the Orient.
F. Keep the main strength of the U.S. fleet now in the Pacific in the vicinity of the Hawaiian Islands.
G. Insist that the Dutch refuse to grant Japanese demands for undue economic concessions, particularly oil.
H. Completely embargo all U.S. trade with Japan, in collaboration with a similar embargo imposed by the British Empire.
If by these means Japan could be led to commit an overt act of war, so much the better. At all events we must be fully prepared to accept the threat of war. (Italics added).
-A. H. McCollum

With the U.S. military now surrounding Iran on land and sea, we have a far more threatening military posture than McCollum’s memo called for against Japan.
Washington knows that the embargo will punish the people of Iran. They pretend that this will cause the Iranian people to blame their own leaders for their misery. But history has shown that this will only turn them against the U.S. and to rally behind their own government. It was our similar sanctions against Iraq which killed more than a million innocent people, and helped convince Bin Laden to commit 9/11.
The U.S. is trying to provoke another Pearl Harbor or 9/11 to justify attacking Iran. Washington is yet again relying on the farsighted words of the 19th century libertarian Frederic Bastiat who said: “When goods cannot cross borders, armies will”.

Israeli TV report: U.S. won’t allow Israeli attack on Iran

As you may know, the danger to U.S. forces in Iraq should the U.S. and/or Israel bomb Iran is a subject covered many times on Antiwar Radio with experts ranging from Patrick Cockburn to William S. Lind, Scott Ritter, Wayne White, Philip Giraldi and others for the last few years. Well, it looks like this most serious danger was in fact the deal breaker for this White House – or for Robert Gates?. Either way, I’ll take it.

JERUSALEM, Oct 6 (Reuters) – The United States will not permit Israel to attack Iran’s nuclear program as long as American troops are stationed in Iraq, an Israeli television report quoting unnamed diplomatic sources said on Monday.

An Israeli official accompanying Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on a visit to Moscow declined to comment on the report. Olmert flew to Moscow to press Russia not to sell advanced missiles and weapons technology to Iran and Syria.

The report on Channel 10 said any strike against Iran would leave U.S. forces based in Iraq vulnerable to retaliation. Depending on who becomes the next U.S. president, troops could remain in Iraq from under two years to indefinitely.

Perhaps they read Lind’s “How to Lose an Army” in the American Conservative:

A British journalist I know, one with long experience in Iraq, told me he asked the head of SCIRI, which controls the Badr Brigades, how he would respond if the U.S. attacked Iran. “Then,” he replied, “we would do our duty.”

Antiwar.com Action Alert

Iran War Resolution May Be Passed Next Week
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Introduced less than a month ago, Resolution 362, also known as the Iran War Resolution, could be passed by the House as early as next week.

The bill is the chief legislative priority of AIPAC. On its Web site, AIPAC endorses the resolutions as a way to ”Stop Iran’s Nuclear Program‘ and tells readers to lobby Congress to pass the bill. In the Senate, a sister resolution, Resolution 580, has gained co-sponsors with similar speed. The Senate measure was introduced by Indiana Democrat Evan Bayh on June 2. It has since gained 19 co-sponsors.

The bill’s key section ‘demands that the president initiate an international effort to immediately and dramatically increase the economic, political, and diplomatic pressure on Iran to verifiably suspend its nuclear enrichment activities by, inter alia, prohibiting the export to Iran of all refined petroleum products; imposing stringent inspection requirements on all persons, vehicles, ships, planes, trains, and cargo entering or departing Iran; and prohibiting the international movement of all Iranian officials not involved in negotiating the suspension of Iran’s nuclear program.’

‘Imposing stringent inspection requirements on all persons, vehicles, ships, planes, trains, and cargo entering or departing Iran’ can be read to mean that the president should initiate a naval blockade of Iran. A unilateral naval blockade without UN sanction is an act of war.

Resolution 362 has already gained 170 co-sponsors, or nearly 40 percent of the House. It has been referred to the Foreign Affairs Committee, which has 49 members, 24 of whom, including the ranking Republican, are co-sponsors. The Iran Nuclear Watch Web site writes, ‘According to the House leadership, this resolution is going to ‘pass like a hot knife through butter’ before the end of June on what is called suspension – meaning no amendments can be introduced during the 20-minute maximum debate. It also means it is assumed the bill will pass by a 2/3 majority and is non-controversial.’

Our national legislators deem it non-controversial to recommend to a president known for his recklessness and bad judgment that he consider engaging in an act of war against Iran. Those of you who consider this issue controversial can go to the Just Foreign Policy Web site and tell your representative to oppose this resolution.

For more information about this action item, media requests, donations or other information, please contact Angela Keaton at 310-729-3760 or akeaton@antiwar.com.