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FOX News and Cheney Fan Flames of War with Iran. We Report What Iran Is Saying. A Few More Facts to Help You Decide Whether You'd Like to Participate in WWIII.

Reported by Marie Therese - October 28, 2007 -

GUEST BLOGGED BY BILL CORCORAN

There is an old saying that bears repeating when thinking about the pending crisis between the United States and Iran. "Be careful what you wish or pray for because you may get it and find out it was the worst thing for you." FOX News didn't let the fires in Southern California keep them from their primary mission of ratcheting up a war of words about why the United States should go to war with Iran. Using a speech by Vice President Cheney as the catalyst for attacking Iran (see first story below), and a speech by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, FOX News trotted out a gaggle of right wing activists, pundits and members of right wing think tanks to sell the idea to its viewers that war with Iran is a necessity. FOX carefully cherry-picked reports from sources in the United States and overseas and omitted or downplayed any mention that would give rise to questions about why bombing Iran might NOT be in the best interest of this country.

Much like what was done before President Bush launched the attack on Iraq in 2003, FOX News seems determined to cut the chaff from the wheat and give their audience only the chaff. If Bush picks up the "red phone" and orders the United States Air Force to launch an air strike on Iran, the FOX viewers might be surprised at the result. A dissenting view about war with Iran is as hard to find on FOX News as the proverbial needle in a haystack. The war drums are getting louder and louder as the same tired old rhetoric from pre-Iraq War days has been dusted off and given a nice new spin in a last ditch attempt to ramp up support for the administration's by-now-obvious intention to bomb Iran's nuclear sites.

As he did during the pre-Iraq War buildup, Vice President Dick Cheney, who used five deferments to avoid being drafted during the Vietnam War, is again spearheading the drive. Cheney's recent speech to the Washington Institute for Near East Studies was a carbon copy of what he was saying prior to the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003.

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CHENEY: "U.S. WILL NOT LET IRAN GO NUCLEAR"

Yahoo News

LEESBURG, Va. - The United States and other nations will not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon, Vice President Dick Cheney said this past week. "Our country, and the entire international community, cannot stand by as a terror-supporting state fulfills its grandest ambitions," Cheney said in a speech to the Washington Institute for Near East Studies. He said Iran's efforts to pursue technology that would allow them to build a nuclear weapon are obvious and that "the regime continues to practice delay and deceit in an obvious effort to buy time." If Iran continues on its current course, Cheney said the U.S. and other nations are prepared to take action.

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Most people know by now that President Bush has called for another $196 BILLION dollars to fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but few people know that, tucked away in the emergency funding request, is $88 MILLION for bunker busting bombs and outfitting B-2 stealth bombers to carry the payloads which many feel will be used to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities. Brit Hume mentioned the report on Special Report and the All-Star Panel had a good laugh about bombing Iran.

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BUNKER BUSTING BOMBS IN BUSH'S $196 BILLION EMERGENCY FUNDING REQUEST

ABC News

Tucked inside the White House's $196 billion emergency funding request for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is an item that has some people wondering whether the administration is preparing for military action against Iran. The item: $88 million to modify B-2 stealth bombers so they can bomb Iran.

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The Bush White House continues to say they are NOT gearing up for war with Iran. However FOX News, which many believe never does anything without tacit approval from the Bush White House, has been virtually shouting for war with Iran. Now comes word that war with Iran has gone beyond the planning stage and is, indeed, about to become a reality.

THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE IMPENDING WAR WITH IRAN THAT THE WHITE HOUSE DOESN'T WANT YOU TO KNOW

Esquire

Two former high-ranking policy experts from the Bush Administration say the U.S. has been gearing up for a war with Iran for years, despite claiming otherwise. It'll be Iraq all over again.

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There are always two sides to every story. FOX News only occasionally - and perfunctorily - mentions the Iranian point of view, usually with some anchor or host sneering, laughing or making a face as they report that "Iran denies the accusations." Here are a few reports, culled from a couple of major news organizations in Iran, to present the other side of the argument.

WHY DOESN'T FOX NEWS REPORT THIS?

War News Today

War News Today sums up news news on a daily basis. Much of what they report you will not find on FOX News Channel, although, as has been pointed out several times before, FOXNews.com does post AP reports on their site. That's akin to putting a tiny little pea under twenty soft comfy mattresses - only the most determined FOX News troll fan will find it!

Here are a few of the headlines that were featured several days ago.

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Coalition Forces Soldier who died of wounds as a result of injuries from a mine explosion while conducting operations in Salah ad Din Province on Wednesday, Oct. 24th. Three CF Soldiers were also wounded, and two were transported to a Coalition medical facility for treatment. No further information was given.

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of an MNC-I Soldier who was killed on Wednesday, October 24th during combat operations near the city of Bayji. Five other Soldiers were wounded. No further information was given .

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two sailors who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. They died Oct. 22 in Bahrain during a non-combat related incident. Both sailors held the Master-at-Arms rating and were assigned to U.S. Naval Support Activity Bahrain.
Seaman Anamarie San Nicolas Camacho, 20, of Panama City, Florida (and formerly from Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands)
Seaman Genesia Mattril Gresham, 19, of Lithonia, Georgia
The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation, but multiple media reports and a Navy spokesman all indicate both young women were killed by a male navy serviceman, who then shot himself, and who remains critically wounded. The identity of the shooter has not been released, although the Gulf Daily News is reporting his identity as Clarence Jackson. It also states that Jackson is in a deep coma, with little chance of surviving. We will await offical confirmation of his identity.

NATO-ISAF is reporting the death of a servicemember during a firefight with insurgent forces while participating in Operation De Rock Bark Kooch in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on Tuesday, October 23rd. Two other servicemembers were injured. Once again no nationalities were given in the report. Our assumption is this soldier was an American.

CJTF-82 is reporting the death of a U.S.-led force servicemember in a single vehicle accident about 21 miles northwest of Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan on Tuesday, October 23rd. One other servicemember was injured. No nationalities were given in the report. Our assumption is that they were American.

The Australian DoD is announcing that an Australian soldier from the Special Air Service Regiment was killed in Oruzgan Province on Thursday, October 25th. The soldier was on a patrol when he was severely wounded by small arms fire. A Coalition helicopter evacuated the soldier to a nearby medical facility, where he later died. No other Australian troops were wounded in the incident.

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Now it is time to turn the coin over and look at the possibility of going to war from the Iranian point of view. Here are a number of stories from a major news outlet in Iran. These suggest that the Iranians are not just sitting on their hands, patiently waiting to be "liberated" by George Bush and his PNAC buddies. Although FOX News has covered some of what's below, the impression they give their viewers is that the mighty American military machine - which many have said is streched too thin already - will wipe the army of Iran off the face of the map. The stories below show that the CIA concept of "blowback" is alive and well and anyone who listens to such one-sided reporting has not learned the lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan.

IRAN TO GIVE CRUSHING RESPONSE TO U.S. ATTACK

IRNA

Iran's Interior Minister Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi here on Wednesday warned against any possible military attack against Iran, promising that Iran's response would be crushing. "Any country or power which invades Iran will face a crushing response. We will defend our security and our country in the strongest way in case of any possible military attack," he added. Asked if US was likely to carry out military action against Iran, Pour-Mohammadi said, "If you ask US authorities, they will tell you that there is a remote possibility for such an action since both US domestic and international status would not allow Washington to invade Iran." "US is well aware that it might be easy to start such an action against Iran but ending that would not be then in the hands of US officials. Such action will definitely end up in US collapse," Pour-Mohammadi warned.

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IRAN COMMANDER SAYS THEY ARE READY FOR ATTACK BY U.S.

IRNA

Iran is quite ready to give a harsh response to any threats made by enemies and the global arrogance, Commander of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad-Ali Jafari said on Thursday. "Iranian Armed Forces and the IRGC personnel enjoy great capabilities to strongly confront any threats or aggressions launched by enemies on Iranian borders," the commander told reporters at this northeastern city. Commenting on recent threats of the US and global arrogance against Tehran, Jafari said, "Iran will not take those threats seriously. "Enemies of the Islamic establishment of Iran have made such rhetoric many times before." The IRGC commander stressed, "If enemies dare to carry out their threats, their every single strike will be responded with several harsher strikes." "The Islamic Iran is a powerful country which is becoming more powerful every day," added the commander.

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US UNILATERAL POLICIES DEFEATED

Fars News Agency

TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- A prominent Iranian lawmaker dismissed US efforts to impose a new round of sanctions on Iran as a violation of the international rules and regulations, saying that the measure is indicative of the failure of Washington's policies.

Chairman of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaoddin Boroujerdi made the remarks in a meeting here in Tehran on Saturday with the visiting Bulgarian deputy foreign minister.

During the meeting, Boroujerdi also pointed to the violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) by the US manufacture and test of new generations of nuclear weapons, and called on the world to show proper reaction to the illegal measures adopted by the US.

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IRAN IS A COMMITTED AND FAITHFUL MEMBER OF IAEA

IRNA

Iran is one of the most faithful and committed members of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Wednesday evening. Addressing the closing session of an international seminar attended by Shia and Sunni scholars, the minister said that Iran has always stressed on a balance between fulfilling its commitments at the agency and respecting its rights as a member state. "Prospect of nuclear talks will be vague without materialization and recognition of Iran's (nuclear) rights," Mottaki stressed. The minister denounced unilateralism of the bullying powers stressing that such an approach has inflicted massive damage upon international community. Over 100 Shia and Sunni religious figures, intellectuals and elites from 25 countries surveyed issues related to Islamic unity and solidarity during the two-day seminar.

CONCLUDING COMMENT

Finally, President Bush wants an additional $46 billion to continue the wars with Iraq and Afghanistan. These wars will increase the burden on future generations of American taxpayers to the tune of $1 trillion.

Ask yourself this question: "Do I want a third world war?" If the answer is "yes," then George Bush is your guy. If the answer is "no," then DO SOMETHING! You can start here.

WHEN WILL THIS MADNESS STOP

Trillion-dollar war: Afghanistan and Iraq set to cost more than Vietnam and Korea

The Independent

President George Bush will have spent more than $1 trillion on military adventures by the time he leaves office at the end of next year, more than the entire amount spent on the Korean and Vietnam wars combined. There are also disturbing signs that Mr Bush is preparing an attack on Iran during his remaining months in office. He has demanded $46bn (ÂŁ22.5bn) emergency funds from Congress by Christmas and included with it a single sentence requesting money to upgrade the B-2 "stealth" bomber. By wrapping his request in the flag of patriotism, the President has made it very difficult even for an anti-war Congress to refuse the money. He was accompanied by the family of a dead US marine when he made the request for funds on Monday. The House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, has attacked the President's priorities saying: "For the cost of less than 40 days in Iraq, we could provide health care coverage to 10 million children for an entire year." "The President is happy to put the military spending on the national credit card," said Steve Kosiak, a vice-president of the Centre for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, an independent, military policy research institute, who said that the $1trn figure will soon be passed.