Antiwar.com Newsletter | September 7, 2012
IN THIS ISSUE
- Top News
- Opinion and analysis
This week’s top news:
Israeli Leaders Dial Back Iran War Rhetoric After Meetings With US Military Officials: After being briefed by top US military officials, the two top Israeli leaders that have been pushing for war on Iran suggested Obama’s hardline postures and militarism in the Middle East may have eliminated the need for a preemptive Israeli strike on Iran.
US Sends More Spies to Help Organize, Train Syria’s Rebels: President Obama is sending more spies and diplomats to Turkey’s border with Syria to train more of Syria’s rebel forces and increase the supposed vetting process put in place to weed out al-Qaeda militants, who now make up a large part of the opposition fighters.
US-Led Iran Sanctions Blocking Medical Treatment to Thousands of Infirm: The sweeping US-led economic sanctions being imposed on Iran are blocking necessary pharmaceuticals and medical treatment for Iran’s sick and infirm, in what appears to be a cruel for of collective punishment that deliberately puts innocent lives at risk.
Yemeni Rights Groups Slam US Drone Strikes: Several Yemeni human rights groups have publicly condemned the US drone strikes against their nation of late. All told, 29 people have been killed in the last 8 days in US drone attacks, with at least 11 of them now confirmed to be civilians. Several others, identified only as suspects, were tribesmen and will likely never be identified.
US-Backed Warlords Trade Reprisal Killings With Taliban: The fact that Obama uses taxpayer money to fund, arm, and train militias widely accused of human rights abuses is bad enough. But the policy is also sowing the seeds of further chaos and potential civil war once the US finally decides to leave.
Clinton Met With Friction From Antagonized China: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s most recent diplomatic trip to China was met with friction and disagreement from a Chinese government responding negatively to being bullied in its own back yard by an aggressive and militaristic United States bent on containing China’s rise.
Opinion and Analysis
- Justin Raimondo thanked our readers, commended Gen. Martin Dempsey, and rebuked the Democrats.
- Nebojsa Malic critiqued Pussy Riot politics.
- Kelley Vlahos looked for the real domestic terror threat.
- Ivan Eland examined how political considerations subvert the rule of law.
- Philip Giraldi wondered whether Benjamin Netanyahu will get what he wants.
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