Iran now harbors at least 25 senior Al Qaeda operatives, including senior military commander Saif al Adel and three of Osama bin Laden's sons. If we come to blows, would Tehran help al Qaeda hit the U.S. homeland? (The offices of Iran's U.N. mission might facilitate such an attack. . .)
Not a shred of evidence is provided for this claim that will soon be wingnut "received wisdom." Iran doesn't harbor these people - they are in Iran fighting the curent regime there! As for the bit about the UN mission...have you ever seen such sensationalist scaremongering? (Thanks to Kirk for the link.)
The Iranian threat is existential, but not urgent, nor will it be so in 2006; fears of renewed hostilities coming from the Palestinians or the Lebanese border are far more immediate, even if their implications are less serious.
Haaretz also says the Israeli politicians are being coached by the Bush administration on what to say.
But McMaster is one of the "mavericks" who doesn't fit well with the Bush cronyism at the top of the Pentagon and looks to preserve as many lives as possible even if they are Iraqi lives, so the rightwingers say nary a word about his successes. It's left to people like me - and very glad I am to do so.
Here's a thought for those follow-the-leader Dems: the right continually frames the debate by saying Dems "don't realise that it's a post-9/11 world". Switch it on the warmongering fuckers. Because for sure none of the Republicans have realised the further reality that we are now living in a post-Iraqi Occupation world. A world where international confidence in America's truthfulness and competence is at a 65 year low; the Army is nearly broken, the treasury is bare, the international condemnation of torture is loud and civil rights are endangered - and Osama is still walking free! Stick that in their tailpipes when they start their warmongering over Iran.
He's announced that he would ditch his media empire's support for Tony Blair - who his minions have so lauded for sticking by Bush in Iraq - in a New York second if the new Conservative leader would just promise to line Murdoch's pockets with some nice tax cuts.
Unlike Blair, Cameron, the new Conservative leader, was against the Iraq war from word one and wants to pull the UK's troops out.
"Rupert Murdoch...traitor to America". Want to bet you don't see that headline from any US rightwing pundit anytime ever?