Saturday, June 30, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
STATE Official: "We never suspected this is what they meant by 'Birth Pangs' of the New Middle East"
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Read the WaPo here.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
CIA Director Hayden allows release of " hundreds of newly declassified pages relating to agency secrets from the 1950s, '60s and '70s"
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Fath el Islam: fighters have seen action in Iraq, and some, of Saudi origin, thought they were fighting Israel
Elliott Abrams to a group of Palestinians in 2006': The Hamas government must be pushed out at any cost
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
A good editorial that seems to have "escaped" the Torquemadas of the WaPo, read it here, and a good comment from Pat Lang here. (excerpt)"the most dangerous features of the joint Israeli/AIPAC/US/WINEP policy toward Palestine has been the "dangerous illusion" that the Palestinians (and, indeed all the Middle Eastern peoples) are a bit like malicious children who can be coaxed, cajoled or manipulated into doing whatever the "grownups" want them to do. This editorial warns against thinking that this is true." PL
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Syria's pound would be pegged to the to the IMF special drawing rights (SDR), rather than against the dollar
Monday, June 18, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
"Sunni political power is Hariri & Sunni religious power are the Salafis: The Relationship is Natural"
Saturday, June 16, 2007
"...Overall, al-Hurra came across as a third-rate Lebanese TV station rather than America's flagship public diplomacy enterprise... (failing) to win any significant audience or generate any meaningful political debate... conservatives suddenly decided to go after Register, it was rather hard to find even a single person not on al-Hurra's payroll with a good word to say about it... After a scathing Government Accountability Office report criticised the station's management and performance, Harb left under a cloud of criticism. Register, an old CNN hand, was brought in to try and salvage the sinking station..." From AbuAardvark here.
Wolfowitz writes a "character reference letter" on Libby's behalf: With friends like Wolfie, Scooter needs no enemies
"Despite claims by the United States that there is "irrefutable evidence" that Iran is smuggling weapons to the Taliban in Afghanistan, the Defense Minister of Afghanistan today disputed those claims". from the Blotter, here
Friday, June 15, 2007
"... But on a June 6th visit to Washington for the US-Israel Strategic Dialogue, the Israeli team leader, Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz, said he and Secretary of State Rice agreed to review sanctions' effectiveness at the end of the year. "Sanctions must be strong enough to bring about change in the Iranians by the end of 2007," Mofaz was cited by JTA..." Read more from Laura Rosen at "Tapped" here.
Lebanon's Patriarch Sfeir to "intermediary": M14's intransigence has undermined all attempts to reach an "accord"
Thursday, June 14, 2007
"Benchmarks": De-Baathification:"ill-conceived, alienated the Sunnis, fomented sectarianism and established a recruitment pool for insurgents"
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
De Soto's Report: Depicts a relentless "pattern of malevolent intervention designed to frustrate any hopes of peace to stimulate violence and warfare"
Senior UN Official: American pressure has "pummelled into submission" the UN's role as an impartial Middle East negotiator
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
From the SWOOP via War&Piece, here.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Lang in the CSM: Iran won't be a threat to Europe for a long time, so there's no need for antimissile defense on Russia's doorstep
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Tripoli FUTURE MP Allouch belittles the New Yorker and Sy Hersh and calls for the creation of the "Tripoli-Gazette-Tribune-Herald and Straights"
Bush's hallow words on Middle East "orderly change" find a "dwindling audience" of jesters and impostors
Israeli critic, Norman Finklestein rejected at De Paul University. Deshowitz lurks in the background
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Saudi Abou Talha' is Fath el Islam's field commander and main financial supporter, according to Al Sharq al Awssat
Friday, June 8, 2007
Rapid escalation between Turkish and Kurdish leaders, amid reports of Turkish shelling across the border into northern Iraq.
Reports of Bandar's "cut" are stunning because no one - not Tony Blair, not Bandar, not BAE are really denying them
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Steve Colbert to prison-bound-Libby: Mark your territory by "Scootering" toughies & start a gang "Los Elefantes"
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Lebanon's ISF, Rifi & Al Hassan asked "Arab and International Intelligence services" to stop harassing Lebanese Jihadists
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Monday, June 4, 2007
Siniora to Saudi daily: "Saudi members of Fath el Islam have seen the light, the rest are criminals"
Hariri on Al Arabiya: "yes I made payments to Jund al Sham, but these were miscellaneous disbursements"
Sunday, June 3, 2007
Newsweek: Condoleezza Rice has steered the administration back toward diplomacy, but she's still being harried by Cheney's hard-liners
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Friday, June 1, 2007
Rice tries to minimize sense of division within the Administration while Al Baradei lumps Cheney with the "New Crazies"
Rice’s assurance on strategy came as sr. officials at STATE expressed fury that Cheney staffers have said that the VP believes diplomacy with Iran is pointless, and is looking for ways to persuade Bush to bomb Iran. Read the full NYTimes piece here, and for Steve Clemons' piece, the one that first pointed to "Cheney's insubordination", click here (or scroll down the FLC to Thursday May 24th)