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Summary: U.S. officials say they are certain the bizarre assassination plot against the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States, Adel Jubeir, was real; however, some analysts say it is unlikely the Iranian government would be involved in such a tangled plot. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on October 13, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made a bold show of strength in Lebanon, vowing before thousands of Hezbollah supporters in Beirut that U.S. and Israeli power in the Middle East would soon be eclipsed.


Jun 30th, 2011

Summary: Shiite militias backed by Iran have ramped up attacks on U.S. troops in Iraq, making June 2011 the deadliest month in two years for American forces. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on June 30, 2010, Aubrey Immelman observed that Rep. Michele Bachmann’s paranoid “One-World” delusion had reared its head yet again. While lunacy has traditionally been associated with the phases of the moon, this particular figment of Bachmann’s paranoia seems to wax and wane on an annual cyle coinciding with the yearly G-20 summit.


Dec 13th, 2008

Summary: Ali al-Dabbagh, spokesman for the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, says Iraq will need a U.S. troop presence for 10 years to help build up its military forces, well past the newly agreed three-year deadline for the withdrawal of American soldiers under the U.S.-Iraq status-of-forces agreement negotiated by the Bush administration.