Antiwar.com Newsletter | August 31, 2012
IN THIS ISSUE
- Top News
- Opinion and analysis
This week’s top news:
Dempsey Backs Away from Obama’s Threat to Intervene in Syria: The top general of America’s military on Thursday backed away from President Obama’s threats to intervene militarily in Syria against the Assad regime, warning that the worst-case scenario would be some kind of failed state in the embattled country.
Obama DOJ Closes Probe into Detainee Homicides: Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department has closed an investigation into the deaths of two detainees interrogated, tortured, and allegedly killed by the CIA, sealing the Obama administration’s legacy of impunity for Bush-era torture and prisoner abuse.
IAEA Warns of Increased Iranian Enrichment, But Weapons Program Still Non-Existent: The report is being touted in the media as some fast dash by Iran towards a nuclear weapon, but the IAEA says nothing about any decision to develop nuclear weapons and the Obama administration has reiterated intelligence findings that Iran has no weapons program.
Dempsey: ‘I Don’t Want to Be Complicit’ in Israeli Strike on Iran: The United States will not be ‘complicit’ in an Israeli military strike on Iran, America’s top military general warned, adding that such an attack would fail to destroy Iran’s nuclear program and could prompt Iran to reconstitute its weapons programs.
US-Supported Warlord Group in Afghanistan Faces Mounting Allegations of Abuse: The US-supported Afghan Local Police continue to murder, rape, and bully ordinary Afghans, as overall news of the failed war in Afghanistan overshadows Obama administration propaganda about accomplishments and coming withdrawal of US troops.
UN Rights Investigator Blasts Israel Over Corrie Ruling: UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Richard Falk condemned an Israeli court for the dismissive ruling on Rachel Corrie, the American activist killed by an Israeli bulldozer, saying it represented a "defeat for justice and accountability and a victory for impunity for the Israeli military."
Opinion and Analysis
- Justin Raimondo discussed imperialism as spectacle, the Republicans’ platform from hell, and foreign-policy night in Tampa.
- Kelley Vlahos wondered whether the lockdown in Tampa was justified.
- Ivan Eland called for Obama to spare some compassion for the Iranian people.
- Philip Giraldi pondered the future of the movement Ron Paul started.
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