Israel’s Rising Right-Wing

From Salon.com: Along with his new Social Justice Party, formed in July, Gaydamak has allied himself with Benjamin Netanyahu, the Likud Party leader and former prime minister. To this alliance Gaydamak brings his rapidly increasing popularity, especially among Israel’s influential Russian population, a growing grass-roots political network, and billions of dollars. Netanyahu brings his credibility […]

Iran War Prep Begins Tuesday

Justin at Antiwar.com points us to the timeline for beginning the marketing roll-out for a war with Iran: They [the source’s institution] have “instructions” (yes, that was the word used) from the Office of the Vice-President to roll out a campaign for war with Iran in the week after Labor Day; it will be coordinated […]

Another Rove Exit Theory: Cheney Wants Iran

It seems a good bet that Rove, who is no one’s dummy and would not want to have to “spin” an unnecessary war on Iran, lost the battle with Cheney over the merits of a military strike on Iran, and only then decided to spend more time with his family. As for White House spokesperson […]

US to Brits RE: Iran – LYLAS

The Guardian reported this weekend that, “The US offered to take military action on behalf of the 15 British sailors and marines held by Iran, including buzzing Iranian Revolutionary Guard positions with warplanes.” The article added, “The British declined the offer and said the US could calm the situation by staying out of it.”

Our Secret War in Iran

ABC News: Since 2005, U.S. officials have been advising a Pakistani tribal militant group with ties to the Taliban on how to carry out deadly guerilla raids inside Iran. The Pakistani group – called Jundullah — has taken responsibility for the deaths and kidnappings of more than a dozen Iranian soldiers and officials…. Officials say […]

WaPo: Post-Election Call Up of Remaining Reserves and National Guard

(via Digg) Don’t call it a draft, yetn Plans are secretly underway for a suprise new call up of National Guard and Reserves to be announced sometime after the election.The Washington Post has now reported that plamning that is now classified, being kept secret from voters and military families until the election is over, could […]

Retired Colonel: We Are Already in Iran

And here I was gonna get rid of our (Possible) War in Iraq category… CNN just featured a retired Air Force colonel (via ThinkProgress.org): The House Committee on Emerging Threats recently called on State and Defense Department officials to testify on whether U.S. forces were in Iran. The officials didn’t come to the hearing. “We […]

Analyzing Islamofascism

Jeff Vail takes a crack: [T]he only value added by the actual articulation of this new “Islamo-Fascism” label is falsity–it is the association in the public perception of attributes and attrocities of Nazi Fascists that are in fact not accurate when attributed to Salafi Jihadists. And it is in that sense that labels such as […]

American Coup D’etat? Nope. But Erosion…?

Harper’s got together a quartet of military experts to examine the eternal question: Could it happen here? UTTWAK: What about a situation in which the military was ordered to start a war that it did not believe could be won?… BACEVICH: The military would leak it to the Washington Post, and the war would never […]