HONG KONG (MarketWatch) -- Crude-oil futures edged higher in holiday-thinned trading early Monday afternoon in East Asia, with benchmark crude for February delivery up 0.2% at $99.68 a barrel on the Comex division of the New York Stock Exchange.
WASHINGTON, Dec 16, 2011 (IPS) - Defence Secretary Leon Panetta's suggestion that the end of the U.S. troop presence in Iraq is part of a U.S. military success story ignores the fact that the George W. Bush administration and the U.S. military had planned to maintain a semi-permanent military presence in Iraq.
Kurt Nimmo | The Washington Post posted a story today highlighting the fear of average Iranians as their leaders recite useless bravado and the U.S. and Israel launch covert attacks inside their country and snoop out targets with advanced spy drones.
Nearly every option described within the Fortune 500-funded Brookings Institution 2009 “Which Path to Persia?” report in regards to US-initiated regime change in Iran has been carried out to the letter. From proposals to fund and arm terrorist organizations like the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), to fomenting foreign-backed “color revolutions” in the streets of Tehran, to carrying out covert US-Israeli military operations within Iran itself, it is clear that the Brookings Institution either was writing the playbook on conquering Iran or was reading from it when compiling “Which Path to Persia?” The only remaining options left are airstrikes and invasion.
The U.S. military’s fast-approaching Dec. 31 exit from Iraq, which has no way to defend its airspace, puts Israel in a better place strategically to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Iraq has yet to assemble a force of jet fighters, and since the shortest route for Israeli strike fighters to Iran is through Iraqi airspace, observers conclude that the U.S. exit makes the Jewish state’s mission planning a lot easier.