A Neo-Conservative International Conference Targets Iran (Jim Lobe)

“There was an elephant in the room that dominated conversations in the coffee breaks and the halls – Iran, its genocidal ambitions, its mad dash towards acquiring nuclear weapons, and its familial relationships with terrorists prepared to use them while screaming the suicide bombers closing argument of choice: Allah Akbar.”.. Jim Lobe: A Neo-Conservative International Conference Targets Iran: Before the week is out, it’s worth noting the “Democracy & Security” conference in Prague last Monday and Tuesday where Bush, on his way to the G-8 Summit in Heiligendamm, confirmed once more — just in case his tightening embrace over the past year of Sunni-led authoritarian regimes around the Middle East had provoked any doubts — his commitment to spreading freedom and defeating tyranny throughout the world, particularly in Iran, Cuba, and Sudan. Held under the auspices of the Czech Foreign Ministry and Prague’s municipal government, the meeting was organized by the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI), the Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies at the Likudist Shalem Center in Jerusalem, and Spain’s Foundation for Social Studies and Analysis (FAES) headed by former Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar…  A familiar clutch of U.S. hawks took part in the proceedings, including an all-star contingent from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) consisting of Richard Perle, Michael Rubin, Michael Novak, Joshua Muravchik, and Reuel Marc Gerecht; Herb London, John O’Sullivan, and Anne Bayefsky from the Hudson Institute; Bruce Jackson a former director of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC).. A Neo-Conservative International Conference Targets Iran (Jim Lobe in LobeLog.com) === U.S. Senator Says Military Action in Iran Possible   Sen. Joseph Lieberman, a long-time supporter of the Iraq war, said on Sunday military force might be necessary to stop Iran from training and equipping extremists who are killing U.S. troops. "I think we’ve got to be prepared to take aggressive military action against the Iranians to stop them from killing Americans in Iraq," the Connecticut independent said on CBS’ "Face the Nation." "And to me, that would include a strike into — over the border into Iran, where we have good evidence that they have a base at which they are training these people coming back into Iraq to kill our soldiers," he said… U.S. senator says military action in Iran possible (Reuters)   Iran to US: We can target your bases:   IRAN has threatened to launch a missile blitz against the Gulf states and plunge the entire Middle East into war if America attacks its nuclear facilities. Admiral Ali Shamkhani, a senior defence adviser to the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, warned that Gulf states providing the US with military cooperation would be the key targets of a barrage of ballistic missiles. Shamkhani told the US journal Defense News that missiles would be launched not only at US military bases but also at strategic targets such as oil refineries and power stations… Iran threatens Gulf blitz if US hits nuclear plants (Michael Smith in The Sunday Times)   ===   Iran to US: We can target your bases: Iran has warned that US military bases in West Asia are within the range of its missiles, amid increasing tensions with Washington over the Iranian nuclear programme, media reported on Sunday. "All the American bases in the region are within the reach of our weapons," said the deputy interior minister, Mohammed Baqer Zolghadr, in charge of security issues. "If the United States attacked Iran, US interests would be in danger everywhere in the world," added Mr Zolghadr.. Iran to US: We can target your bases (The Asian Age)

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