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Confident Iran brands US a 'decaying power'
AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/14/06 | AFP

Posted on 04/14/2006 7:00:16 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran's hardline leadership branded the United States a "decaying power," brushing off Washington's call for strong UN Security Council action to stop the Islamic regime's controversial nuclear drive.

The tough rhetoric came after the regime also dismissed a personal appeal from UN atomic watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei to freeze uranium enrichment and calm suspicions it is seeking the atomic bomb.

"The enemy should know Iran is not comparable to any country in the world. Now we are much more powerful than before," senior cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Janati told worshippers at Friday prayers in Tehran.

"The United States is a decaying power. Don't be intimidated by their threats. They don't have the stamina to do anything," said the head of Iran's Guardian Council, a powerful political watchdog.

Iran announced this week that its scientists had successfully enriched uranium to make nuclear fuel, despite a UN Security Council demand for the sensitive work to be halted by April 28.

Iran says it only wants to generate atomic energy, but enrichment can be extended to make the fissile core of a nuclear warhead -- something the United States is convinced that "axis of evil" member Iran wants to acquire.

ElBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), was rebuffed when he pressed the issue in Tehran on Thursday. He only said that talks would continue.

The IAEA chief must give a report at the end of April on Iranian compliance with the Security Council demand. After three years of investigations, he complained Iran's activities were "still hazy and not very clear".

In Washington, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called for UN Security Council action and highlighted part of the UN charter that allows sanctions to escalate into military action.

"There is no doubt that Iran continues to defy the will of the international community," Rice said. "When the Security Council reconvenes, there will have to be some consequence for that action."

She suggested chapter seven of the UN Charter which sets out specific actions -- from sanctions to military action -- that can be taken when there is a threat to international peace or an act of aggression.

"One thing the Security Council has, and the IAEA does not have, is the ability to compel, through Chapter seven resolutions, member states of the UN to obey the will of the international system," Rice said.

"And I'm certain that we'll look at measures that could be taken to ensure that Iran knows that they really have no choice but to comply."

The US chief diplomat did not specifically call for any particular measure. US leaders this week said that reports of planned military action against Iraq were "wild speculation".

Representatives of the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany are to meet in Moscow Tuesday to discuss the crisis.

Although the United States has been prodding the council to take a tough stand against the Islamic republic, including possible sanctions, it has run into opposition from veto-wielding members Russia and China.

And Iran's hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also emphasised the mood in the regime that it is strong enough to deter any tough action.

"Today, thank God, the Iranian nation is a powerful one and we are going to have a dialogue with the world from a position of power," Ahmadinejad said in a speech in the northeast of the country.

"Everything we have is from God, and a few weaklings cannot stand against the Iranian people," he said.

In seeking to deter international action, Iran has been playing up its oil wealth, its military might in strategic Gulf waters and its influence across the region -- such as in Iraq, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories.

And in Tehran Friday, the regime's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was also opening an international conference on supporting the Palestinian fight against Israel. The gathering includes representatives from the militant groups Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Israel; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: ahmadinejad; brands; confident; decaying; decoy; iran; power; theydohaveapoint
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Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addresses a crowd in the town of Kashmar in Iran's northeastern province of Khorassan. Iran's hardline leadership branded the United States a "decaying power," brushing off Washington's call for strong UN Security Council action to stop the Islamic regime's controversial nuclear drive.(AFP)


1 posted on 04/14/2006 7:00:18 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Do you all this feeling they are just itching for a fight?


2 posted on 04/14/2006 7:02:16 PM PDT by Dog (We have had a date with destiny and Iran for 27 years---appealof2)
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To: Dog

They talk the talk..


3 posted on 04/14/2006 7:02:52 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

I'm worried Norm...these people want a fight way to much.


4 posted on 04/14/2006 7:04:05 PM PDT by Dog (We have had a date with destiny and Iran for 27 years---appealof2)
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To: Dog
Do you all this feeling they are just itching for a fight?

The irony here that most are missing is that "time" is on our side on this issue (currently). In the short run. This nut-cake somewhat surprisingly understands this -

But we'll just keep letting him take that rope -

Remember we will fight this GWOT at the times and places of our choosing....not our enemies.

5 posted on 04/14/2006 7:04:51 PM PDT by SevenMinusOne
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To: Dog

I get the feeling they are standing at the border giving us and Israel a "na,na,na,na,na, with their fingers in their ears, daring us to come get them. Why though?


6 posted on 04/14/2006 7:06:02 PM PDT by CindyDawg ( Wash your hands. It's cheap, effective and the best way to fight germs.)
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To: NormsRevenge
With all this rhetoric,there can be no doubt that the 9th Century knuckledraggers understand that the flag they need to fear most is white and blue...without a trace of red.
7 posted on 04/14/2006 7:06:45 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative
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To: DevSix

God I pray you're right.


8 posted on 04/14/2006 7:07:24 PM PDT by mcshot (Enemies are pouring through our gates .)
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To: NormsRevenge
"The United States is a decaying power. Don't be intimidated by their threats. They don't have the stamina to do anything," said the head of Iran's Guardian Council, a powerful political watchdog.

Thank you, Democrats, for making us appear weak-willed and impotent!

9 posted on 04/14/2006 7:07:36 PM PDT by WOSG (http://freedomstruth.blogspot.com/)
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To: DevSix
I know Dev...I hear you...but what happens if this nut in Iran decides to start the game without letting us in the kickoff time.

Its like a fight in hockey....the moment the other guy drops his gloves....its showtime.

10 posted on 04/14/2006 7:08:36 PM PDT by Dog (We have had a date with destiny and Iran for 27 years---appealof2)
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To: NormsRevenge
A damn shame that folks like my ex's family have to live with such morons in charge of their country.

Heh, Mahmoud, nice to see that you have learned to "cut and paste" old Breznev speaches. We've heard it all before.

Whine about us being a decaying power, but we STILL have more firepower than your sorry a-s Mullahcracy and I still can buy more than falafel, lamb, and flimsy furniture whenever I do shopping. How you like Dem Apples.

I am tempted to post nude photos of a Persian American princess, but I want to offend Mahmoud, not the good American families on this site.

11 posted on 04/14/2006 7:09:25 PM PDT by Clemenza (Bayonne L.A.M.F.)
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To: WOSG
"The United States is a decaying power. Don't be intimidated by their threats. They don't have the stamina to do anything," said the head of Iran's Guardian Council, a powerful political watchdog.

He's been spending too much time in chat rooms with Osama bin Murtha.

12 posted on 04/14/2006 7:09:29 PM PDT by JCEccles
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To: CindyDawg
Why though?

I got that same thought......why?

13 posted on 04/14/2006 7:09:33 PM PDT by Dog (We have had a date with destiny and Iran for 27 years---appealof2)
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To: NormsRevenge
If I recall my history correctly Hitler, Tojo, Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin, Krucheav, Brezhnev, Castro, Che Guevara, well virtually every freely elected power-mad dog dropping that became a dictator all declared the US a decaying corrupt power that no longer had the will or ability to stand up to the rightful SUPERRACE.
14 posted on 04/14/2006 7:11:01 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: NormsRevenge

Got to hand it to them, they're pretty good at picking up Democrat talking points.


15 posted on 04/14/2006 7:11:50 PM PDT by tobyhill (The War on Terrorism is not for the weak.)
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To: CindyDawg
Why though?

Harry Browne (bless his soul) called it the error of identification. The tipping point in Iran is stark raving mad. To attempt to match them is the way to madness. They need to be smashed as flat as possible without killing the sane.

16 posted on 04/14/2006 7:14:24 PM PDT by Stentor
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To: NormsRevenge
"The United States is a decaying power. Don't be intimidated by their threats. They don't have the stamina to do anything,"

Sounds so...1939ish...

17 posted on 04/14/2006 7:14:42 PM PDT by TADSLOS (Right Wing Infidel since 1954)
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To: Dog
I know Dev...I hear you...but what happens if this nut in Iran decides to start the game without letting us in the kickoff time. Its like a fight in hockey....the moment the other guy drops his gloves....its showtime.

Nah, we know what they have and what they don't - Plus it is simply part of their culture.....Talk a big game. In their culture talk is as valued as action to a large degree (until they really see action).

The reality is Iran's leadership is scared bleep-less. They see freedom spreading across both borders. They see a future in which the values of freedom and individual self-worth exist....and they don't.

Are they a threat because of this. Most certainly. Will they be dealt with. I firmly believe so....before they become a nuclear threat.

18 posted on 04/14/2006 7:15:16 PM PDT by SevenMinusOne
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To: NormsRevenge
The United States is a decaying power

Well, not quite yet. Still a few teeth left.

19 posted on 04/14/2006 7:16:06 PM PDT by RightWhale (Off touch and out of base)
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To: SandRat
This guy is talking way too much.

Either he knows something we don't know, or he's as psycho as a person can be.

20 posted on 04/14/2006 7:16:30 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum
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To: NormsRevenge
"Today, thank God, the Iranian nation is a powerful one and we are going to have a dialogue with the world from a position of power...a few weaklings cannot stand against the Iranian people,"

I am reminded of Hitler's famous quote "Give me ten years and you won't recognize Germany anymore," which was ironically posted as a message by the allies on piles of rubble in defeated Germany.

21 posted on 04/14/2006 7:17:02 PM PDT by denydenydeny ("Osama... made the mistake of confusing media conventional wisdom with reality" (Mark Steyn))
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To: NormsRevenge

LOL! This poor schmuck has been watching CNN.


22 posted on 04/14/2006 7:17:14 PM PDT by CWOJackson
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To: NormsRevenge
Confident Iran brands US a 'decaying power'

Mahmoud better check with the NY Times, I believe they have copy writes on all those anti-American phrases.
23 posted on 04/14/2006 7:18:53 PM PDT by TheForceOfOne (El Chupacabra spotted near U.S./Mexican border feeding on illegal immigrants. Pass it on..)
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To: NormsRevenge

They are emboldened by our press and the democrats. Bush's inability to sell his ideas doesn't help either; but most of all, our demonrats have emboldened our enemies.


24 posted on 04/14/2006 7:19:34 PM PDT by rodeocowboy (-)
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To: pax_et_bonum

He is Hitler in a Headscave, a Klansman in a Kafkha, Tojo in a Turbin.


25 posted on 04/14/2006 7:19:56 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Dog
but what happens if this nut in Iran decides to start the game without letting us in the kickoff time. Its like a fight in hockey....the moment the other guy drops his gloves....its showtime.

And I wasn't meaning to cut you short on your thought above. It is a valid concern. Without question. But his options in this regard are limited (in what he can actually do...in terms of offensively "dropping the gloves".

But if he choose that route...you are exactly right...it's show time at that point.

I still believe he is a nut-job who surprisingly see's the irony currently. And that is "time" is actually on our side currently....not theirs.

26 posted on 04/14/2006 7:20:01 PM PDT by SevenMinusOne
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To: Clemenza
I am tempted to post nude photos of a Persian American princess, but I want to offend Mahmoud, not the good American families on this site.

LOL! I'm sure you can just e-mail them to him. His e-mail address is just bound to be somewhere on his website or something... (cough, cough) http://www.khamenei.ir/ (paste, cough)

27 posted on 04/14/2006 7:20:41 PM PDT by detsaoT (Proudly not "dumb as a journalist.")
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To: NormsRevenge

One bullet, one kill.


28 posted on 04/14/2006 7:21:44 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Protect American jobs. Don't hire illegals.)
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To: detsaoT

Hmm, guess I should've looked at the link first. That doesn't look like Ahmadinejad at all. Ah well, I'm sure creative use of google will lead to the right place, eventually... ;)


29 posted on 04/14/2006 7:21:57 PM PDT by detsaoT (Proudly not "dumb as a journalist.")
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To: rodeocowboy

If you have ever wondered what a country run by lunatics would look like , you need look no farther than Iran


30 posted on 04/14/2006 7:22:33 PM PDT by sgtbono2002
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maybe the have a nuke inside the US and are baiting us to throw the first pitch so they can be validated with a "repsonse". The mexican border is and has been wide open for some time.


31 posted on 04/14/2006 7:23:56 PM PDT by VastRWCon
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To: Dog
I know Dev...I hear you...but what happens if this nut in Iran decides to start the game without letting us in the kickoff time.

Well thanks to Bush, even though I didn't agree with going into Iraq before Iran, has our troops right next door and we will blitzkrieg them.

32 posted on 04/14/2006 7:24:18 PM PDT by rodeocowboy (-)
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To: NormsRevenge

For good or ill, the only thing likely to be decaying in the near future will be the radioactive fallout over Iran after some nukes are capped off by the U.S. to stop that nation's apocalyptic march toward nuclear war with the world.


33 posted on 04/14/2006 7:25:31 PM PDT by PresbyRev
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To: rodeocowboy
The press reacts negative to everything the president tries to say or do, just imagine if the opposite react were taking place. Americans would still be waving flags as if 9/11 happened yesterday.

They would make the presidents words have meaning. His message is damaged almost immediately by the press even before our enemies have time to digest and respond to what has been said.

The press is definitely aiding and abetting our enemies in a fashion that would have led to serious charges during WWII in our struggle against Japan and Nazi Germany.
34 posted on 04/14/2006 7:25:34 PM PDT by TheForceOfOne (El Chupacabra spotted near U.S./Mexican border feeding on illegal immigrants. Pass it on..)
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To: NormsRevenge

This creep really tries to make up in ballsy what he lacks in brainsy.


35 posted on 04/14/2006 7:26:07 PM PDT by kcar ( But don't all ego-maniacal dictators with fantasies of worldwide domination?)
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To: NormsRevenge

Re AFP's headline: I don't think "confident" is the right word ... I was thinking "crazy"


36 posted on 04/14/2006 7:34:26 PM PDT by NutCrackerBoy
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To: NormsRevenge
Everyone thinks Iran is acting crazy but they are not. I think what they are doing is pretty shrewd, albiet calculated. With Iraq in turmoil and Saddam hanging on by a thread, Iran is set to be the reagional super power. Saudia Arabia has more money and Jordan is more stable, but with a nuclear bomb Iran will have the most military leverage.

But is that good enough to become the regional superpower. Not quite. You have to slap the giant and get away with it. That means hitting either the US or Isreal by proxy. The Iranian regime doesn't have to win the fight, just survive it and they will be huge winners in the middle east from a military and resolve standpoint.

Iran is probably betting that America does not have the gut check required to fight to a win. If I had to place money on that bet, I might side with the mullahs. If you look at the poll numbers on and media coverage of Iraq -a place with problems that we are clearly winning and making progress- day by day the US is acting more and more weakened.

Even conservatives are finding they don't have the stomach for a 3 year battle with a loss of 2000+ lives (which is very low by any historical standards). Sure we can do bombing runs, but I think Iran comes out the winner on that one. The regime survives with their nuclear plan delayed, but they slapped the giant and pretty much got away with it. Their day will come again.
37 posted on 04/14/2006 7:37:07 PM PDT by Garry Boldwater
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To: NormsRevenge

HEY MAHMOUD AMADJIHAD!!!! This 'decaying power' went 250 miles behind enemy lines and decapitated a government in two weeks. That had never been done in military history bonehead. I think we should see if we could set a record when we go to Tehran.

IF we are decaying then Iran has decayed.

somebody deliver this man some mushroom pizzas. See if he gets the hint.


38 posted on 04/14/2006 7:41:28 PM PDT by do the dhue (I hope y'all will help bail me out of jail after I dot Coward Dean's eyes.)
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To: CindyDawg
I have always believe that their hate for Israel and the USA is the glue they use to keep their rotten government together.
39 posted on 04/14/2006 7:41:36 PM PDT by oyez (Appeasement is insanity)
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To: NormsRevenge

it's time.....


40 posted on 04/14/2006 7:41:59 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: pax_et_bonum
This guy is talking way too much.

He's trying to frighten the Europussies into openly abandoning their "support" for us and into caving to his demands. Not to mention, he's trying to rally his friends here in the media and the democrat party behind him.

He'll probably pull it off, too.

41 posted on 04/14/2006 7:45:02 PM PDT by CFC__VRWC
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To: NutCrackerBoy
Re AFP's headline: I don't think "confident" is the right word ... I was thinking "crazy"

He's raving against America and the Joooos. AFP and the rest of the media are squealing and swooning over him with hearts all aflutter, like 13-year-old girls at a boy band concert.

42 posted on 04/14/2006 7:48:36 PM PDT by CFC__VRWC
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To: Dog

They have a deliverable weapon or something ready to deliver here. I can't imagine they'd be goin' off like this otherwise.


43 posted on 04/14/2006 7:48:58 PM PDT by zarf (It's time for a college football playoff system.)
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To: NormsRevenge

They just want us to tear their @$$ up, build them back and put them on welfare for ever more.


44 posted on 04/14/2006 7:48:59 PM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (The only thing more vicious than a dogfight, is a quiet day among the peace loving Muslims.)
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To: WOSG

I agree the dimocRATS are trying their darndest to make us weak.


45 posted on 04/14/2006 7:49:25 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: NormsRevenge

Regular or Extra-MIRVed?

46 posted on 04/14/2006 7:51:54 PM PDT by COEXERJ145 (Real Leaders Base Their Decisions on Their Convictions. Wannabes Base Decisions on the Latest Poll.)
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To: NormsRevenge
I think Iran believes that the several ounces of radioactive dust it managed to create makes them something. Hey big Muslim Shit-head, the Jews had it 30 years ago how does that make you feel. We draw a line in the sand and tell Iran stay on the other side. Let them bluster let them yell. But tell them if a nuke goes off we'll hold them to account. Welcome to the club.

I think the guy is trying to provoke us by words if he wants to provoke us try invading Iraq or shutting ship traffic in the gulf.

47 posted on 04/14/2006 7:53:02 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Proud soldier in the American Army of Occupation..)
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To: zarf

If Iran had that capability, it would already have happened and they wouldn't have talked about it beforehand.


48 posted on 04/14/2006 7:53:06 PM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (The only thing more vicious than a dogfight, is a quiet day among the peace loving Muslims.)
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To: VastRWCon
The mexican border is and has been wide open for some time.

That is not at all the case. Not in terms of bringing in a nuclear or other type of WMD. There is more happening on the border then most people know (thankfully).

Think "NSA operation that was outed". We are less safe because of that -

49 posted on 04/14/2006 7:55:10 PM PDT by SevenMinusOne
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To: Stentor

Governments won't admit it but it seems like a lot of bombs have been going off prematurely lately. Maybe the sane will stay away.


50 posted on 04/14/2006 7:55:17 PM PDT by CindyDawg ( Wash your hands. It's cheap, effective and the best way to fight germs.)
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