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  • 'Strike on Iran would not help Israel'

    02/04/2010 10:14:42 PM PST · by myknowledge · 27 replies · 1,030+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | February 5, 2010 | Amir Mizroch
    An Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear program will neither completely stop Teheran’s nuclear march, nor bring down the ayatollahs’ regime, according to former Swiss ambassador to Iran Tim Guldimann. Speaking to The Jerusalem Post on the sidelines of this week’s Herzliya Conference, Guldimann, who knows the Iranian way of thinking well, expressed – as a personal opinion – his deep concern about the military option against Iran. Guldimann was Swiss ambassador to Iran and Afghanistan from 1999 to 2004. As ambassador to Teheran, Guldimann – now senior adviser and head of the Middle East Project at the Center for Humanitarian...
  • Iran says ready to send uranium abroad as UN wants

    02/02/2010 5:44:04 PM PST · by myknowledge · 5 replies · 285+ views
    TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran said on Tuesday it was ready to send its uranium abroad for further enrichment as requested by the U.N. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced the decision in an interview with state Iranian television. He said Iran will have "no problem" giving the West its low-enriched uranium and taking it back several months later when it is enriched by 20 percent. The decision could signal a major shift in the Iranian position on the issue.
  • U.S.: Unrest in Iran opens window for immediate sanctions

    01/03/2010 12:53:00 AM PST · by myknowledge · 14 replies · 771+ views
    Haaretz ^ | January 3, 2010 | Haaretz Service
    The Obama administration says the internal unrest in Iran and signs of unexpected delays in their nuclear program make the Iranian government especially vulnerable to swift and serious sanctions, the New York Times reported on Sunday. An administration official said current circumstances "give us a window to impose the first sanctions that may make the Iranians think the nuclear program isn't worth the price tag." Despite the political unrest, Iran's political and military leaders are remaining steadfast in their determination to develop nuclear weapons, advisers to U.S. President Barack Obama said. But the unrest coupled with the Iranian government's internal...
  • Kerry of Tehran

    12/26/2009 4:28:08 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies · 971+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 26, 2009
    John Kerry lost the Secretary of State sweepstakes to Hillary Clinton, but that hasn't lowered his diplomatic ambitions. The Journal reported Thursday that the Senate Foreign Relations Chairman is mulling a trip to Iran, and with the blessing of the Obama Administration. If the mullahs had any sense, they'd send him a government plane. Beset by almost daily demonstrations by a democratic opposition that has been growing despite beatings and arrests since the stolen June election, Mr. Kerry would arrive from Washington to show the Iranian people that at least someone still favors the regime. He would be the most...
  • Iran Reaches Out

    12/23/2009 10:28:11 PM PST · by myknowledge · 6 replies · 495+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | December 23, 2009
    Iran recently conducted another successful test of its long range (2,000+ kilometers) solid fuel ballistic missile (the Sejil II). Apparently, Iran plans to build hundreds of Sejil IIs, and even longer range missiles, over the next six years. There are apparently also plans to build up the supply of mobile launchers for many of these, to make them even more difficult for anyone to spot, and destroy. Solid fuel missiles can be launched without preparation. This is critical, as the liquid fueled missiles take hours to prepare for launch, and spy satellites pass over Iran frequently enough to spot this....
  • Iran tests advanced missile as 'deterrent' against foreign attack

    12/19/2009 8:17:16 PM PST · by myknowledge · 8 replies · 774+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | December 17, 2009 | Yaakov Katz
    In the face of mounting international pressure to suspend its nuclear activity, Iran flexed its muscles on Wednesday and test-fired its most advanced ballistic missile, capable of hitting Israel and parts of Europe. The missile tested, according to Iranian reports, was an upgraded version of the Sajjil 2, a sophisticated ballistic missile that has a range of close to 2,000 kilometers, can carry a nuclear warhead and is powered by a solid-fuel propellant which gives it greater accuracy and range. With solid fuel, the missile can be stored in underground silos, making it more difficult to detect before launch. "This...
  • Iran Tests Second Solid-Fuelled Sejjil Missile, Capable of 2,000 km

    12/19/2009 6:58:05 PM PST · by myknowledge · 8 replies · 612+ views
    Defense Update ^ | December 16, 2009
    December 16, 2009: Iran has successfully tested today an 'optimized' version of the solid-fuel Sejjil-2 ballistic missile. The recent test builds on the first successful launch conducted in May 2009 (below). Iran has tested several combinations of propellant compounds to achieve reliable operation. Iranian sources indicate that the current missile has been configured to carry different warheads and uses stealth attributes ('anti-radar material coating'). The use of solid propellant dramatically reduces pre-launch preparations, enabling the missile to be fired immediately after being erected by the mobile launcher. The Iranians claim the solid-powered Sejill-2 is faster during the powered ascent as...
  • What I See on the Frontline in Iran--Regime change is now our movement's rallying cry.

    12/17/2009 7:56:55 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 5 replies · 550+ views
    Wall Street Journal | HESHMAT TABARZADI
    When massive numbers of Iranians took to the streets following the sham election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June, the regime hoped to quash the protests with intimidation and force. It has failed. The latest evidence of the democratic movement's force? Student Day earlier this month. The roots of Student Day go back to Dec. 7, 1953, when Iranian students protested the coup that ousted Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh. The Shah's regime responded by attacking Tehran's Polytechnic University, murdering three students. Every year since, Iranian students have observed "16 Azar" (Dec. 7) to commemorate the three students killed by the Shah....
  • Military Mutiny in Iran?

    12/14/2009 5:34:44 PM PST · by jhpigott · 48 replies · 2,185+ views ^ | A statement in support of the Iranian people released on December 10, 2009
    A statement in support of the Iranian people and signed by a number of officers and commanders of the Iranian army was released on December 10. December 12, 2009 - by Afshin Ellian Leading commentators and diplomats have been pondering for quite some time why the Iranian leader is not prepared to act against the revolution in a major way. The “China model” could be applied, a brutal, fast, and extremely violent strike against the opposition. According to conventional wisdom, tyrants will use all means to eliminate their opponents. So why haven’t the mullahs adopted Chinese methods? Tanks and soldiers...
  • Saudi 'deplores' Iran charge of kidnapped scientist: report

    12/09/2009 11:31:50 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 385+ views
    SpaceWar ^ | 12/09/2009 | AFP via Space War
    Saudi Arabia rebuffed charges that the US kidnapped a Iranian nuclear scientist on a pilgrimage to Mecca, a Saudi newspaper said Wednesday, while a leading Iranian politician branded the act "terrorist behaviour." Saudi Foreign Ministry spokesman Osama Nugali told Asharq Alawsat that he was "stunned by the declarations and allegations" from Tehran, which he "deplored." Nugali said that nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri's disappearance earlier this year had sparked an extensive investigation by the Saudi government. "After having been informed of his disappearance by the Iranian delegation (in Mecca), Saudi authorities undertook an intensive search in Medina as well as in...
  • Iran Says Saudis Handed Missing Scientist To U.S.

    12/09/2009 8:32:24 AM PST · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 537+ views
    TEHRAN (Reuters) -- Iran accused Saudi Arabia today of handing over to the United States an Iranian nuclear scientist missing since June, the semi-official Mehr news agency said. Shahram Amiri, a university researcher working for Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, disappeared during a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in June. Some media reports said he wanted to seek asylum abroad. "Riyadh has handed over Iran's nuclear scientist Amiri to America," Mehr quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast as saying.
  • U.N. Nuclear Agency Calls Iran Inquiry Dead End

    11/26/2009 12:40:38 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies · 607+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 26, 2009 | Jack Healy
    The director of the United Nations nuclear watchdog warned Thursday that its investigation into Irans nuclear program had effectively reached dead end after more than a year of stonewalling by Tehran. Mohamed ElBaradei, the departing director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, issued an unusually direct rebuke of Irans intransigence in a speech in Vienna, saying that it had been more than a year since Iran had answered questions about the extent of its nuclear ambitions, including suspicions that it is pursuing nuclear weapons. It is now well over a year since the agency was last able to engage Iran...
  • Did UN Nuke Chief Declare John Bolton Was Right About Iran?

    11/26/2009 8:21:20 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 3 replies · 401+ views
    CBS News/The Lid ^ | 11/26/09 | The Lid
    International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei, is usually an Iran apologist, but even ElBaradei has had it up to here with the rogue regime.The United Nations nuclear watchdog said today that his probe into allegations Iran tried to make nuclear arms has reached a dead end because Tehran is not cooperating. He was also critical of Iran for trying to change a plan endorsed by six world powers - the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany - that would stymie Tehran's ability to make nuclear weapons. The proposal calls for Iran to ship out most of its enriched...
  • UN inspectors visit once-secret Iranian site

    10/25/2009 3:10:12 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 17 replies · 1,131+ views
    The Associated Press (hosted on Google) ^ | October 26, 2009 | Ali Akbar Dareini
    TEHRAN, Iran U.N. inspectors entered a once-secret uranium enrichment facility with bunker-like construction and heavy military protection that raised Western suspicions about the extent and intent of Iran's nuclear program. The visit Sunday by the four-member International Atomic Energy Agency team, reported by state media, was the first independent look inside the planned nuclear fuel lab, a former ammunition dump burrowed into the treeless hills south of Tehran and only publicly disclosed last month. The inspectors are expected to study plant blueprints, interview workers and take soil samples before wrapping up the three-day mission. No results from the inspection...
  • Barack Obama's policy on brink of collapse as Tehran does last-minute nuclear stall

    10/23/2009 11:23:27 AM PDT · by SmartInsight · 25 replies · 1,486+ views
    UK Times ^ | Oct. 24, 2009 | Catherine Philp
    President Obama's policy of diplomatic engagement with Iran is close to collapse as Tehran backtracks on a crucial deal aimed at cutting its stockpiles of nuclear fuel. Tehran's latest move comes straight from a well-thumbed Iranian playbook and looks like yet another stalling tactic to test the West's resolve and buy time to avert new sanctions.
  • Iran faces new nuclear deadline on uranium deal

    10/23/2009 5:50:19 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 13 replies · 615+ views
    AFP (hosted on Google) ^ | October 23, 2009 | Simon Morgan
    VIENNA — Pressure mounted on Iran to agree a UN-brokered nuclear deal Friday after Russia approved a proposal under which it would enrich uranium for the Islamic Republic. Friday is the deadline for Iran to agree to a deal, drafted by the International Atomic Energy Agency after talks between France, Iran, Russia and the United States this week, aimed at breaking the seven-year deadlock on the Iran's suspect nuclear programme. Russia was the first of the four countries to formally back the proposal. "We agree with these proposals," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a news conference in Moscow. And diplomats...
  • Possibility of a Velvet Revolution in Iran

    10/16/2009 6:32:53 PM PDT · by RightSideNews · 15 replies · 1,099+ views
    Right Side News ^ | October 16, 2009 | Falsafi
    The Islamic hard-liners are trying to convince the public that a plot in a form of a "velvet revolution" is threatening to bring down the Islamic government. The fundamentalists' regime has long feared a foreign-inspired upheaval. Ironically, they seem to have accomplished what their ubiquitous foreign "enemies" could not: They have planted the seeds for their own, homegrown velvet revolution. Whether it makes any sense, or is even believed by those putting it forward, Kourosh Zaim, (one of the leaders of the Iran's National Front who has just been released from prison) answers in an interview with Somayyeh Falsafi. (This...
  • UN to inspect Iran's secret nuclear plant this month

    10/04/2009 4:08:34 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 12 replies · 641+ views ^ | 04 Oct 2009
    nternational Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei held talks with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other officials on Iran's nuclear drive. Mr ElBaradei told a news conference after the meetings that UN inspectors would check Tehran's new uranium enrichment plant near the holy city of Qom on October 25. He also announced that officials from the United States, Russia, France and Iran would hold talks in Vienna on October 19 on the possible enrichment abroad of Iran of Tehran's uranium. In Geneva last week, six world powers and Iran held the first such talks for 15 months over Tehran's nuclear...
  • Iran test-fires missiles amid nuclear tension

    09/27/2009 3:59:54 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 49 replies · 3,415+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 27, 2009 | Fredrik Dahl and Hossein Jaseb
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran test-fired missiles on Sunday to show it was prepared to head off any military threat, four days before the Islamic Republic is due to hold rare talks with world powers worried about its nuclear ambitions. The missile maneuvers coincide with escalating tension in Iran's nuclear row with the West, after last week's disclosure by Tehran that it is building a second uranium enrichment plant. News of the nuclear facility south of Iran added a sense of urgency to a crucial meeting in Geneva on Thursday between Iranian officials and representatives of six major powers, including the...
  • Obama's Iran Formula ( All Hat, No Cattle )

    09/26/2009 6:38:46 AM PDT · by kellynla · 12 replies · 731+ views
    WEEKLY STANDARD ^ | 10/05/2009 | Stephen F. Hayes
    When Barack Obama strode on stage to scold Iran for its failure to disclose the existence of a second uranium-enrichment facility in the country, his message was timid and at times almost apologetic. When the tough language came, it was because French president Nicolas Sarkozy had taken the podium. Sarkozy excoriated the Iranians for their deception, saying that the revelations have caused "a very severe confidence crisis" and issued a time-specific warning about oft-threatened (but never implemented) sanctions. "We cannot let the Iranian leaders gain time while the centrifuges are spinning," he declared. "If by December there is not an...
  • How secrecy over Iran's Qom nuclear facility was finally blown away

    09/25/2009 9:45:17 PM PDT · by Saije · 27 replies · 1,967+ views
    London Times ^ | 9/25/2009 | Catherine Philip
    It was three years ago that American intelligence agents began picking up signs that someone was tunnelling into the side of a mountain in the desert outside the city of Qom... Intelligence agents were on the lookout for a secret enrichment plant, reasoning that if UN inspectors were monitoring the known facility at Natanz, Tehran would look elsewhere to carry out its work. Yesterdays revelations about Irans secret uranium enrichment facility at Qom came after three years of intensive investigation and surveillance by the most trusted of Americas intelligence allies: Britain, France and Israel... The Western allies kept quiet as...
  • The Disarmament Illusion

    09/26/2009 7:10:22 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies · 699+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 26, 2009
    President Obama appreciates "teachable moments," so let's all discuss this week's lesson in arms control theory and practice. The President brought his soaring sermon about "a world without [nuclear] weapons" before the U.N. General Assembly. He called for a new arms control treaty and won Security Council support for a vague resolution on proliferation. On cue yesterday, Iran showed the world what determined rogues think about such treaties. On the evidence of his Presidency so far, Mr. Obama will not let that reality interfere with his disarmament dreams. The disclosure that Iran has a second facility to make bomb-grade fuel,...
  • Chickens Roosting [Victor Davis Hanson on Iran's secret uranium-enrichment facility + NRO editorial]

    09/25/2009 1:22:38 PM PDT · by Tolik · 14 replies · 1,535+ views
    NRO ^ | September 25, 2009 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Where to begin with the surprise announcement of a second, previously undisclosed nuclear facility? Some thoughts: (1) This is Irans answer to the Obama video peace offensive. This summer we kept quiet while thousands went into the streets of Tehran to protest brutality and a rigged election just so that Obamas much-heralded peace offensive, planned for October, could showcase his transnational diplomatic charisma. I think all that brilliance has just been preempted by the theocracy, which quite understandably concluded that Obama not only would not support democratic dissidents in the new reset button era, but was increasingly desperate, as...
  • Israel's Gaza Vindication

    09/22/2009 6:15:55 PM PDT · by dervish · 7 replies · 899+ views
    World Jewish Daily/WaPo ^ | 9/21/09 | Jackson Diehl
    When it was launched last December, Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip looked to most people in Washington to be risky, counterproductive and doomed to futility. 'snip' But today, Operation Cast Lead, as the three-week operation is known in Israel, is generally regarded by the country's military and political elite as a success. The reasons for that are worth examining now that a new and even more hawkish Israeli government is weighing whether to flout Washington's prevailing opposition to a military attack on Iran. Israel's satisfaction starts with a simple set of facts. Between April 2001 and the end of...
  • Obama Is Pushing Israel Toward War

    09/15/2009 3:11:58 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies · 1,036+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 15, 2009 | Bret Stephens
    Events are fast pushing Israel toward a pre-emptive military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, probably by next spring. That strike could well fail. Or it could succeed at the price of oil at $300 a barrel, a Middle East war, and American servicemen caught in between. So why is the Obama administration doing everything it can to speed the war process along? At July's G-8 summit in Italy, Iran was given a September deadline to start negotiations over its nuclear programs. Last week, Iran gave its answer: No. Instead, what Tehran offered was a five-page document that was the diplomatic...
  • Saudi Arabia cooperating with Israel

    09/08/2009 9:06:30 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 11 replies · 985+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | SEPTEMBER 07, 2009 | Aaron Klein
    NEW YORK Saudi Arabia is cooperating with Israel on the Iranian nuclear issue, an Egyptian intelligence official told WND. The official said Saudi Arabia is passing intelligence information to Israel related to Iran. He affirmed a report from the Arab media, strongly denied by the Israeli government, that Saudi Arabia has granted Israel overflight permission during any attack against Iran's nuclear facilities. The official previously told WND that Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the Saudi foreign minister, has been involved in an intense, behind-the-scenes lobbying effort urging the U.S. and other Western countries to do everything necessary to ensure Iran does...
  • Iranian Nuclear Threat Targets U.S., Israel

    08/31/2009 5:59:35 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 13 replies · 1,092+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Aug. 30, 2008
    The Islamic republic has test-fired missiles capable of reaching Israel, southeastern Europe and U.S. bases in the Mideast, and published reports say Iran is within a year of developing its own nuclear bomb. And security experts warn that even one nuclear device in the hands of a rogue nation could be used against the United States in a devastating electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. So why isn't the Obama administration doing more to prevent a nuclear nightmare? I get very, very nervous about it, Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., told Newsmax.TV's Kathleen Walter. I think Iran will have a nuclear weapon. I...

    07/31/2009 4:43:18 PM PDT · by granite · 23 replies · 1,017+ views
    WSJ ^ | AUGUST 1, 2009 | By ELLIOTT ABRAMS
    The tension in U.S.-Israel relations was manifest this past week as an extraordinary troupe of Obama administration officials visited Jerusalem. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, National Security Advisor James Jones, special Middle East envoy George Mitchell and new White House adviser Dennis Ross all showed up in Israels capital in an effort towell, to do something. It was not quite clear what. Since President Obama came to office on Jan. 20 and then Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on March 31, the main motif in relations between the two governments has been friction. While nearly 80% of American Jews voted for...
  • Defining the threat away: More signals that Iran can go nuclear

    07/27/2009 10:14:57 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 9 replies · 584+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 28, 2009 | Editorial
    Asked by NBC's David Gregory if the effort to keep North Korea from going nuclear had failed, Mrs. Clinton answered, "No, I don't think so, because their program is still at the beginning stages." In other words, two nuclear tests and a stockpile of seven or eight nuclear weapons are no longer enough to join the club. Tough luck Pyongyang, you've been blackballed.
  • Iran's president spurns U.S. offer

    07/17/2009 1:21:27 AM PDT · by FocusNexus · 11 replies · 889+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | July 17, 2009 | Nasser Karimi
    President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad railed against the United States in a speech yesterday, showing little indication of embracing Washington's offer of engagement, a day after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said time was running out. President Obama has offered to engage Iran in dialogue with the hope of reducing tension over Iran's nuclear program, which the West fears is aimed at developing a nuclear weapon but which Tehran maintains is peaceful.
  • Some of These Days

    07/08/2009 10:50:07 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 250+ views
    Campus Report ^ | July 8, 2009 | Mytheos Holt
    Some of These Days by: Mytheos Holt, July 08, 2009 In order to devote further analysis to the threat level posed by a nuclear Iran, the Heritage Foundation recently convened a panel of speakers to discuss a recent jointly authored paper, entitled Irans Nuclear Threat: The Day After. The talk was moderated by James Jay Carafano, Assistant Director of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies. In his brief introduction, Carafano described the central purpose of the paper and the question it aimed to answer. This project actually started with a very simple premise and a single...
  • Biden Suggests U.S. Not Standing in Israels Way on Iran

    07/05/2009 2:25:10 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 20 replies · 1,249+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 5, 2009 | Brian Knowlton
    Plunging squarely into one of the most sensitive issues in the Middle East, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. suggested on Sunday that the United States would not stand in the way of Israeli military action aimed at the Iranian nuclear program. The United States, Mr. Biden said in an interview broadcast on ABCs This Week, cannot dictate to another sovereign nation what they can and cannot do. "Israel can determine for itself its a sovereign nation whats in their interest and what they decide to do relative to Iran and anyone else," he said, in an interview...
  • Biden: U.S. Won't Stop Israeli Strike On Iran

    07/05/2009 7:42:20 AM PDT · by Strategy · 178 replies · 6,648+ views
    Haaretz ^ | July 5, 2009
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Sunday that the Obama administration would not stand in Israel's way should the latter chooses to take military action to eliminate Iran's nuclear threat. Israel has the right to determine its own course of action with regard to the Iranian nuclear threat regardless of what the Obama administration chooses to do, Biden told ABC reporter George Stephanopoulos. When asked whether the Obama administration would restrain Israeli military action against Iran, Biden responded: "Israel can determine for itself - it's a sovereign nation - what's in their interest and what they decide to do...
  • Dennis Ross,Out As Special Envoy To Iran;Was He Ousted Because He's A Jew Or A Bit Hawkish On Nukes?

    06/15/2009 1:14:46 PM PDT · by NavySEAL F-16 · 19 replies · 1,304+ views
    The New R epublic ^ | June 15, 2009 | Marty Peretz
    Dennis Ross, Out As Special Envoy To Iran; Was He Ousted Because He's A Jew Or A Bit Hawkish On Nukes? The news that Dennis Ross, long time State Department strategist and peace processor, is being bounced as special envoy to Iran comes from an article by Barak Ravid in the reliable (at least on these matters) Ha'aretz. The story seems to assume that Ross was declared persona non grata by Tehran either because he was a Jew or because he believes that Iran should not be permitted to acquire nuclear weapons. If the Obama administration so readily capitulated to...
  • Obama says Iran's energy concerns legitimate: HERE COMES IRANIAN NUKES

    06/02/2009 6:40:49 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 167 replies · 7,424+ views
    AP ^ | Tuesday, June 2, 2009 9:24 AM | By NANCY ZUCKERBROD
    Obama says Iran's energy concerns legitimate By NANCY ZUCKERBROD The Associated Press Tuesday, June 2, 2009 9:24 AM LONDON -- President Barack Obama suggested that Iran may have some right to nuclear energy _ provided it proves by the end of the year that its aspirations are peaceful. In a BBC interview broadcast Tuesday, he also restated plans to pursue direct diplomacy with Tehran to encourage it set aside any ambitions for nuclear weapons it might harbor. Iran has insisted its nuclear program is aimed at generating electricity. But the U.S. and other Western governments accuse Tehran of seeking atomic...
  • Obama's New Buddy Chavez Helping Iran Get Uranium

    05/25/2009 2:28:55 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 6 replies · 357+ views
    JPOST/The Lid ^ | 5/25/09 | The Lid
    The President's "outreach" isn't working very well. Today, North Korea gave Obama another smack in the face with both a new nuclear test and some missile launches,Iranian President Ahmadinejad continues to give Obama the "one fingered salute," and now the Israeli foreign ministry has documentation that the President's book buddy, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is trying to undermine the United States by supporting Iran with his nuclear quest. According to the reports, Venezuela and its satellite Bolivia, are supplying the Iranian madman with uranium for its nuclear program:
  • The Death of Israel

    05/25/2009 4:15:56 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 30 replies · 1,572+ views ^ | Dick Morris & Eileen McGann
    From Caroline Glick, deputy editor and op-ed writer for the Jerusalem Post, comes alarming news. An expert on Arab-Israeli relations with excellent sources deep inside Netanyahu's government, she reports that CIA chief Leon Panetta recently took time out from his day job (feuding with Nancy Pelosi) to travel to Israel to "read the riot act" to the government warning against an attack on Iran. More ominously, Glick reports (likely from sources high up in the Israeli government) that the Obama administration has all but accepted as irreversible and unavoidable fact that Iran will soon develop nuclear weapons. She writes, "...we...
  • Barack Obama is giving Iran the time it needs to build a nuclear bomb

    05/23/2009 4:03:17 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 101 replies · 3,425+ views
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | May 21, 2009 | Con Coughlin
    Has President Obama inadvertently given Iran the green light to develop an atom bomb? I only ask because it appears to be the logical conclusion to be drawn from his announcement this week that he is giving Iran until the end of the year to decide whether or not to co-operate with the West over its controversial nuclear programme. ... Under pressure from a visiting Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, to explain the latest White House position on Iran, a relaxed Mr Obama remarked: "We should have a fairly good sense by the end of the year as to...
  • Tick, Tick, Tick (Iran Nukes)

    05/19/2009 6:18:14 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 13 replies · 563+ views
    National Review ^ | May 19, 2009 | Mona Charen
    Who said Irans development of a nuclear weapon, I believe, is unacceptable and we have to mount an international effort to prevent that from happening? It wasnt Benjamin Netanyahu. No, Pres. Barack Obama said that at his first press conference after winning the 2008 election. The clock is ticking ominously on that front. We feel a sense of urgency, an Israeli spokesman said as Prime Minister Netanyahu prepared for his first meeting with Obama since both were elected. All Israelis feel that sense of urgency because they have watched, frustrated, as the Bush administration signed on to a lengthy series...
  • Khomeini's Ghost: Why Obama's Negotiations with Iran are a Waste of Time (book review)

    05/10/2009 4:52:09 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies · 487+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 8, 2009 | Amir Taheri
    As the Obama administration prepares to engage Iran diplomatically, one question is paramount: Who are the men with whom the White House hopes to reach accommodation? In "Khomeini's Ghost," British journalist Con Coughlin finds some troubling answers. He identifies the "Supreme Guide" Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as the final decision-maker in the Islamic Republic and thus the interlocutor for Obama. "The powers entrusted to the Supreme Guide . . . compare favorably to those claimed by Europe's fascist dictators . . . with the added benefit of claiming divine inspiration." Next to the supreme guide, Coughlin says the Islamic Revolutionary Guard,...
  • U.S. May Drop Key Condition for Iran Talks

    04/13/2009 6:51:01 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies · 657+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 13, 2009 | David E. Sanger
    WASHINGTON The Obama administration and its European allies are preparing proposals that would shift strategy toward Iran by dropping a longstanding American insistence that Tehran rapidly shut down nuclear facilities during the early phases of negotiations over its atomic program, according to officials involved in the discussions. The proposals, exchanged in confidential strategy sessions with European allies, would press Tehran to open up its nuclear program gradually to wide-ranging inspection. But the proposals would also allow Iran to continue enriching uranium for some period during the talks, a sharp break in the approach taken by the Bush administration, which...
  • Iran Into Trouble

    03/02/2009 6:31:24 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 511+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 2, 2009
    Nuclear Weapons: Our Joint Chiefs chairman says Iran has enough material to make a nuclear bomb. Didn't our spy agencies less than a year and a half ago tell us all not to worry?Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told CNN on Sunday that Iran has enough enriched uranium to make a nuclear weapon. "We think they do, quite frankly," Mullen said. Tehran retorted that the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency monitors Iran's nuclear facility at Natanz. But the IAEA was shocked last month to find 209 kilograms more low-enriched uranium at Natanz than expected, enough...
  • Bolton: US Defeated By Iran

    02/01/2009 10:27:35 AM PST · by Strategy · 55 replies · 2,419+ views
    Fars News Agency ^ | January 31, 2009
    TEHRAN (FNA) - Former US envoy to the UN John Bolton said Washington has suffered a humiliating defeat in its drive against Iran's nuclear activities. In a Friday interview with BBC Persian, Bolton said Washington's efforts to curb Tehran's nuclear achievements have come to naught as Tehran has successfully managed to defend its national interests. In my view, we lost the fight. Tehran has emerged the ultimate winner in maintaining its nuclear program, he added. Bolton claimed that if Washington had settled on a military option against Iran's nuclear infrastructure beforehand, "the threat of Iranian nuclear weapons would not have...
  • Senator says US, Russia must work together on Iran

    01/31/2009 2:28:19 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 344+ views
    AP ^ | January 31, 2009
    Sen. Carl Levin, who chairs the Armed Services Committee, said Friday he believes the time is ripe for the U.S. to pursue a fresh partnership with Russia aimed at deterring Iranian missiles. The Michigan Democrat said he has spoken with President Barack Obama's advisers, including Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in a private conversation, and that he believes they are open to the idea. Levin said pushing for the cooperative effort would be among his top priorities this year on the committee, which helps to oversee the Pentagon's $600 billion-plus annual budget. "There is potential here for a real...
  • Netanyahu says Iran will not get hands on nukes

    01/31/2009 3:25:11 PM PST · by mojito · 21 replies · 1,393+ views
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 1/31/2009 | Aron Heller
    Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's leading candidate for prime minister, said Saturday that Iran "will not be armed with a nuclear weapon." In an interview with Israel's Channel 2 TV, Netanyahu said if elected prime minister his first mission will be to thwart the Iranian nuclear threat. Netanyahu, the current opposition leader and head of the hardline Likud party, called Iran the greatest danger to Israel and to all humanity. When asked if stopping Iran's nuclear ambitions included a military strike, he replied: "It includes everything that is necessary to make this statement come true."
  • Top U.S. Official: There's No Way To Stop Iran's Nuclear Program

    01/29/2009 10:04:23 AM PST · by Fennie · 56 replies · 1,606+ views
    HAARETZ ^ | January 28, 2009 | By Shlomo Shamir
    "There's no way and no chance to stop the Iranian nuclear program," Republican U.S. Congressman and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Peter Hoekstra told the independent American news site Newsmax in an interview on Tuesday. The Congressman, who has access to top secret information, indicated that an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities would be "incredibly difficult and complex." Hoekstra explained that while Israel's attack on a Syrian complex in 2007 completely destroyed in a single blow what the committee believes was a nuclear reactor located at a remote site, the case with Iran is entirely different. "In Iran you'd have to...
  • Time for the Obama Administration to Get to Work on a Clear and Present Danger (Ollie North)

    01/26/2009 12:13:57 PM PST · by FocusNexus · 8 replies · 1,057+ views
    Fox News ^ | Jan. 26, 2009 | Oliver North
    Item No. 1 ought to be preventing the world's No. 1 exporter of radical Islamic terror from obtaining nuclear weapons: Iran. Unfortunately, the new administration is not off to an auspicious start. On Wednesday - less than 24 hours after his inauguration - the Obama White House Web site announced, inter alia, that they will engage in "tough and direct" diplomacy with Iran "without preconditions"... ... This "new approach" includes little more than what our European allies have been trying for more than five years. Before issuing such a "bold initiative" and "outreach" toward the theocrats ruling in Tehran, Obama's...
  • Tehran's Tricks: Plays Rope-A-Dope On Nukes

    08/01/2008 8:03:50 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 22 replies · 210+ views
    NYPost ^ | August 1, 2008 | Amir Taheri
    Tehran's Tricks: Plays Rope-A-Dope On Nukes August 1, 2008 TOMORROW is the deadline for Iran to respond to the latest offer on its nuclear program. The package, shaped by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany and offered in Geneva two weeks ago, offers a way out of the impasse. But don't expect Tehran to call the lead negotiator, European Union foreign-policy czar Javier Solana, to say it's accepted the deal. Iran has made it clear it doesn't intend to show any flexibility. "Supreme Guide" Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad set the tone Wednesday in...
  • Irans 'bomb' and dud intelligence

    04/22/2008 11:33:19 AM PDT · by DrBombbay · 1 replies · 84+ views
    Asiatimes online ^ | 04/23/08 | Richard Bennett
    Discredited NIE report In 2007, yet another confusing picture was presented to the world. The US intelligence community had appeared to be wholeheartedly, both in public and in many private off-the-record media briefings, behind the George W Bush administration's contention that Iran had a dedicated nuclear weapon research program up and running. However, in late 2007, the flawed and now largely discredited NIE (National Intelligence Estimate) report, "Iran: Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities", was published by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) in Washington and simply discarded years of supposedly hard intelligence. Tehran, it seemed, had placed its...
  • Iran's Nuclear Threat

    03/05/2008 6:09:29 AM PST · by LSUfan · 4 replies · 123+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 4 March 08 | ZALMAY KHALILZAD
    The United Nations Security Council has passed another resolution concerning Iran because its nuclear program is an unacceptable threat. Iran's violations of Security Council resolutions not only continue, but are deepening. Instead of suspending its proliferation-sensitive activities as the council has required, Iran is dramatically expanding the number of operating centrifuges and developing a new generation of centrifuges, testing one of them with nuclear fuel. Once again, Iran has not made the choice the world had hoped for; once again, the Security Council has no choice but to act. At stake is the security of a vital region of the...