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White House Is More Concerned With Israel Than Iran

Posted on February 4, 2012, 11:45am

Hey, by default the Left blames the Joooooz. But a bomb that hits NYC courtesy of the Iranians, not a worry. They’re entitled to their peaceful nuclear program.

Investors – Nuclear Terror: The administration claims economic sanctions are working in preventing Iran from making a nuclear weapon. Why, then, is Tehran apparently assembling a missile that can reach the U.S.? To carry TNT?

President Obama has described the waves of economic sanctions imposed on Islamofascist Iran as “the sort of pressure that will have a direct impact on the Iranian government.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last month claimed that “sanctions have been working,” making it “much more difficult for Iran to pursue its nuclear ambitions.”

Foundation for Defense of Democracies President Cliff May concedes that sanctions have done some good, but are far from enough. In a column last week, he noted Iran’s currency has lost half its value since December, inflation is officially over 20% and may really be twice that, and crude oil production is falling.

Plus, “Iran’s rulers have forfeited more than $60 billion in energy investment and $14 billion in annual oil sales,” with hundreds of billions of dollars in potential natural gas sales prevented.

Yet May adds that sanctions should be “just one weapon in an arsenal of policies aimed at weakening Iran’s fanatical rulers immediately and dislodging them eventually” — with material support of Iran’s grass-roots dissidents a vital ingredient absent from U.S. policy.

As the head of Iran’s Chamber of Commerce, Mohammad Nahavandian, told Reuters, “the sanctions have raised the cost of trade and economic transactions, but it has not managed to change Iran’s political behavior.”

And political behavior is the key point. These fanatic tyrants view material and economic pain differently than America and Europe. Obama’s insistence that intensified sanctions “will have a direct impact on the Iranian government” is sheer wishful thinking.

Secretary Clinton, what’s more, offers no evidence to back up her contention that sanctions are working beyond what she calls “technological problems that have made it slow down its timetable” on building a nuke — factors that likely have nothing to do with sanctions.

The proof is in the plutonium — or in this case, uranium. Moshe Yaalon, Israel’s vice prime minister, Thursday announced that a 6,000-mile-range missile being built in Iran, which suffered a suspicious explosion in November, was a prototype that could reach the U.S.

There is no point launching an ICBM at Washington if it’s a conventional weapon; clearly this is a nuclear vehicle. And does anyone with his head on straight really believe that any level of U.S.-imposed economic pain will convince a regime planning to nuke U.S. cities for Allah’s glory to cease its efforts?

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has apparently leaked to liberal reporters the administration’s fears that Israel will attack Iran’s nuclear facilities in the spring, spoiling Obama’s “successful” sanctions strategy. It seems that little short of a nuclear explosion can jar this president and his minions out of their naive stupor regarding the most serious threat facing the world.

White House – Israel more of a threat than Iran

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The Left Thinks Killing An Iranian Nuclear-Powered Hitman Just Might Be A Little Much

Posted by Fullcouch on January 16, 2012, 3:00pm

So the mob tells you they are hiring a hitman to murder you, (and your friends, and your countrymen). He’s told you he’s getting things ready to wipe you out, so you know all about it. But it’s NOT OK to kill him before he kills you?
The inverted world of the Left never ceases to disappoint.

L.A. Times – Iran’s development of nuclear weapons poses a grave threat to world stability and possibly an existential threat to this country’s Middle Eastern ally, Israel. But how far can one go in efforts to thwart Tehran’s nuclear ambition before going too far? Economic sanctions are one thing, but what about launching viruses to ravage Iranian computers? And how about the targeted assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists?

That appears to be what happened Wednesday, when Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a supervisor at the uranium enrichment plant in Natanz, was killed — reportedly by a car bomb that had been magnetically attached to his vehicle by a passing motorcyclist. That’s the kind of clean, covert assassination method favored by Western intelligence agencies.

Roshan wasn’t the first Iranian scientist to be targeted. At least two others have been killed (also by vehicle bombs) and a third injured within the last two years. Tehran’s Security Council chief said Roshan’s killing was “an act of the Zionists,” and while we’re not in the habit of believing such pronouncements, one would have to willfully ignore accounts of past covert Israeli activities not to at least suspect Israeli involvement — especially because the Israeli government has made little effort to deny it. The closest thing to an official statement from Jerusalem on the bombing was a Facebook post by Israeli military spokesman Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai: “I don’t know who took revenge on the Iranian scientist, but I am definitely not shedding a tear.”

The denial was more strenuous in Washington. “I want to categorically deny any United States involvement in any kind of act of violence inside Iran,” said Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

She went on to deliver a lecture about the need for Iran to shut down its nuclear program, which we agree with. But we also think the bombing merited something more — a strong statement that the United States decries political assassinations. The U.S. is already on shaky legal and ethical grounds with its own program of targeted drone assassinations of suspected terrorists. But at least we’re at war with Al Qaeda. State-sponsored extrajudicial killing is a serious violation of international law, and car-bomb assassination is a tactic little different from the methods used by terrorists. It would be nice to hear Clinton, or President Obama, emphasize such principles.

Economic sanctions don’t appear to be doing much to slow Iran’s nuclear progress, and that is worrisome. But slaughtering scientists on the streets of Tehran isn’t the answer. It is as inefficient as it is morally bankrupt, because killing a handful of experts won’t erase the country’s institutional nuclear knowledge. If Israel is involved, it’s a shameful and foolish policy.

The Left asks, is killing an Iranian nuclear scientist going to far.

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If/When Sanctions Fail, Is Obama Prepared To Take Down Iran’s Nuke Program?

Posted by Fullcouch on January 10, 2012, 9:00am

Hit them soon before the do the human shield thing.

Jerusalem Post – No one should doubt that US President Barack Obama is prepared to use military force to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon if sanctions and diplomacy fail, the president’s former special assistant on Iran said Monday.

Obama has “made it very clear” that he regards a nuclear-armed Iran as so great a threat to international security that “the Iranians should never think that there’s a reluctance to use the force” to stop them, Dennis Ross, who served two years on Obama’s National Security Council and a year as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s special adviser on Iran, said in an interview.

“There are consequences if you act militarily, and there’s big consequences if you don’t act,” said Ross, who in a two-hour interview at the Bloomberg Washington office laid out a detailed argument against those who say Obama would sooner “contain” a nuclear-armed Iran than strike militarily.

The administration considers the risks of permitting a nuclear-armed Iran to be greater than the risks of military action, said Ross, who last month rejoined the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a research group.

His comments came the day after Obama’s top civilian and uniformed defense officials said that developing a nuclear weapon would cross a red line, precipitating a US strike.

“They need to know that if they take that step, they’re going to get stopped,” US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Jan. 8 on CBS News’s “Face the Nation.” On the same program, General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he has been responsible for planning and positioning assets to be ready if ordered to take military action.
U.S. prepared to strike Iran?

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U.N. Confirms Iranian Uranium Claims – They Are Enriching….Big Time

Posted by Fullcouch on January 9, 2012, 11:55am

Time to fire up the Bunker Busters and the Daisy Cutters.

CBS News – Diplomats on Monday confirmed a report that Iran has begun uranium enrichment at an underground bunker and said the news is particularly worrying because the site is being used to make material that can be upgraded more quickly for use in a nuclear weapon than the nation’s main enriched stockpile.

The diplomats said that centrifuges at the Fordo site near Iran’s holy city of Qom are churning out uranium enriched to 20 percent. That level is higher than the 3.5 percent being made at Iran’s main enrichment plant and can be turned into fissile warhead material faster and with less work.

The move was expected, with Tehran announcing months ago that it would use the Fordo facility for 20 percent production. Iran began to further enrich a small part of its uranium stockpile to nearly 20 percent as of February 2010 at a less-protected experimental site, saying it needs the higher grade material to produce fuel for a Tehran reactor that makes medical radioisotopes for cancer patients.

But with the time and effort reduced between making weapons-grade uranium from the 20-percent level, the start of the Fordo operation increases international fears that Iran is determined to move closer to the ability to make nuclear warheads — despite insistence by the Islamic Republic that it is enriching only to make reactor fuel. Its dismissal of findings by the International Atomic Energy Agency of secret experimental work on a nuclear weapons program also worries the international community.
U.N. confirms Iran is rapidly enriching uranium

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Iran Is Enriching Even MORE Uranium. Sanctions? We Don’t Need No Stinking Sanctions.

Posted by Fullcouch on January 8, 2012, 10:40am

So do we just wait until they have a bomb, and we have no leverage whatsoever?

CBC – Iran has begun uranium enrichment at a new underground site well protected from possible airstrikes, a leading hardline newspaper reported Sunday.

The announcement came as another newspaper quoted a senior commander in the country’s powerful Revolutionary Guard as saying that Tehran’s leadership has decided to order the closure of the strategic Strait of Hormuz if the country’s oil exports are blocked.

Iran is under UN sanctions for refusing to stop uranium enrichment — which can produce both nuclear fuel and fissile warhead material — and other suspected activities that the international community fears could be used to make atomic arms.

Tehran says it only seeks reactors for energy and research, and refuses to halt its uranium enrichment activities.
Iran enriching uranium? Nah, not at all.

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