Iran Fact Sheet
Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), an army of 125,000 soldiers, to be labeled a "specially designated global terrorist."
The designation of the Revolutionary Guard will be made under Executive Order 13224, which President Bush signed two weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to obstruct terrorist funding. It authorizes the United States to identify individuals, businesses, charities and extremist groups engaged in terrorist activities. The Revolutionary Guard would be the first national military branch included on the list, U.S. officials said -- a highly unusual move because it is part of a government, rather than a typical non-state terrorist organization. (Washington Post)
Rupert Murdoch on whether News Corp. managed to shape the agenda on the Iraq war: "No, I don't think so. We tried... We basically supported the Bush policy in the Middle East... but we have been very critical of his execution." (World Economic Forum, Davos, January 2007, watch the video)
In September 2002, the New York Times quoted Card as saying, "From a marketing point of view you don't introduce new products in August." Card was explaining what the Times characterized as a "meticulously planned strategy to persuade the public, the Congress, and the allies of the need to confront the threat from Saddam Hussein."
Do we really need another Middle East War? Iran is bigger in population and square miles than Afghanistan and Iraq put together.
In an October 17, 2004, New York Times Magazine article by writer Ron Suskind, quoting an unnamed aide to George W. Bush:
Land: 250,001 sq miles
Land: 168,754 square miles
Land: 636,296 square miles
The aide said that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." ... "That's not the way the world really works anymore," he continued. "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."