Sample these recent headlines from the Times of London, a leading neoconservative conduit, and a couple of other sources:
Analysis of satellite images reveals a substantial facility for developing ballistic missiles with range of about 6,000k
- Bush: Iran is one of two greatest threats to US
President warns Iran that America will protect its interests and troops and ordered halt to Iraq troop withdrawals
Iranian forces were involved in recent battle for Basra, the US commander in Iraq is expected to tell Congress next week
Five British hostages who were kidnapped in Iraq last year are being held in Tehran according to intelligence reports
Does that sound like an imminent peace outbreak, or making the case for war?
Amusingly, amid the blizzard of hawk-reinforcing headlines, Condoleeza Rice’s State Department continued its asymmetric-warfare campaign against Administration policy. After Ahmadinejad boasted of 6,000 new uranium centrifuges, Rice said:
WASHINGTON, April 11 (RIA Novosti) – The U.S. cannot verify reports about recent advances in Iran’s nuclear program, U.S. State Secretary Condoleezza Rice said on Friday.
At a news conference with Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier Rice said she could not verify “one way or another” the statement by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that his country had started to install 6,000 ‘ordinary’ uranium enrichment centrifuges at its underground facility in Natanz.
She added that the U.S. made its conclusions on Iran relying on the information provided by the UN nuclear watchdog, the IAEA. According to the international organization, Iran currently uses around 3,000 ‘P-1’ centrifuges, which are prone to breakdown when working at high speed for long periods.