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Refining Our Focus: Watching the Iran Hawks

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Here at LobeLog, we are increasingly concerned about the direction of U.S. foreign policy with regard to Iran. There’s been a marked increase recently in war chatter by neoconservatives, in particular, as Jim anticipated in an IPS piece on July 10th.

As such, we’re going to post more regularly on hawks in Washington and what they’re doing and saying,  focusing on the bellicose rhetoric aiming to push the U.S. into a military attack on Iranian nuclear facilities — or acquiescing in an Israeli strike.

Both Gareth Porter and Muhammad Sahimi have written excellent pieces in recent days which look critically at the propaganda campaign to push the Obama administration into bombing Iranian nuclear facilities or, by proxy, green-lighting an Israeli attack. As the fall mid-term elections draw closer, it appears that the effort to push the U.S. into another war in the Middle East is ramping up. This campaign will be one of the most-discussed topics on LobeLog in the coming months.

Stay tuned for our ongoing news and comment round-ups, critical analysis, and investigative work.

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  1. avatar Jon Harrison says:

    “. . .we’re going to post more regularly on hawks in Washington and what they’re doing and saying. . .” That is the most important thing you can do at this moment in time. Focus on them like a laser beam and don’t let up!

    There will be no war between now and election day. The danger will be greatest in the 12 months after the election, and especially in the last 6 months of 2011. War, if it comes, will be be launched from Israel, with the U.S. playing a role similar to that it played in the Falklands campaign (1982) — though our assistance will not be open, but mostly covert. I still rate the chances as less than 50-50. But watch for the warning signs, in Tel Aviv and Washington. The attack, if it comes, will be a surprise to all but those most on the alert for a word dropped here, a unit or person moved there.


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Eli Clifton reports on money in politics and US foreign policy. Eli previously reported for the American Independent News Network, ThinkProgress, and Inter Press Service.



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