They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

US Middle East policy: havoc

New America Media editor Andrew Lam spoke to Jamal Dajani, director of Middle Eastern Programming at Link TV


Do you think that an attack on Iran is possible given the fact that the United States is already spread too thin?

They aren’t thinking in terms of military attack, but a missile attack and even a nuclear attack. Arab media talks a lot about U.S. bunker busting technology using tactical nuclear bombs. Arab media is concerned about how Iran will retaliate. They will target American interests in the Middle East, which include Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. What will stop Iran from targeting Exxon and Shell in these countries?

It doesn’t help that recently the United States offered a huge arms deal – 20 billion dollars – to Saudi Arabia.

That’s why Petraeus’ report [to Congress] doesn’t make sense. On the one hand, he’s talking about troop withdrawal in 2008. On the other, it’s not over. It seems like they’re trying to split the Middle East between good Arab and bad Arab – with Saudi Arabia and Egypt on one side and Syria and Iran on the other. The region is preparing itself for a larger war. Why arming Saudi Arabia if you are not expecting the worst? If you look toward peace, why are you arming the region to the teeth? Read more