Monday, August 25, 2008

Georgia crisis may ease pressure on Iran; Iranian Supreme Leader backs Ahmadinejad's second term



Georgia crisis may ease pressure on Iran

Reuters reports, 24 August 2008:

"Russia, a veto-wielding member of the U.N. Security Council, has long been a reluctant backer of the U.S.-led push to pressure Iran with sanctions, although Moscow has eventually backed three sanctions resolutions after watering them down.

"The daily Iran News said the Georgia conflict, which has heightened tensions between Washington and Moscow, may now make it more difficult for the United States and its Western allies to secure Russian backing for a fourth round of sanctions."

Report: Iranian Supreme Leader backs Ahmadinejad's second term

"Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei asked Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to prepare for a second term in office, the official IRNA news agency reported on Monday."

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Saturday, August 02, 2008

The tea leaves say America is not about to attack Iran


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David Ignatius, on 2 August 2008, in The Daily Star, Lebanon ( The tea leaves say America is not about to attack Iran), makes the following points:

1. The US is likely to open an interest section (an office for US diplomats) in Tehran.

2. Mike McConnell, the director of national intelligence, and Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have recently been to Israel to explain why an attack on Iran would damage US national interests.

McConnell and Mullen told the Israelis that the United States would oppose overflights of Iraqi airspace to attack Iran.

3. The US military believes an attack on Iran would only slightly delay any possible Iranian nuclear program.

4. The US believes an attack on Iran would strengthen Ahmadinejad at a time when he faces growing economic difficulty.

5. The US believes an attack on Iran would undermine US policy in Iraq.

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