Russia fills the vacuum in Syria and U.S. welcomes it. Contrary to what the mainstream Medias have fed the public asserting U.S. and Russia remain at odds over their objectives in Syria, there has never been a change in US position; in fact there hasn’t been any disagreement between US and Russia on the roadmap strategy in the Middle East. Sectarian division, ethnic tension and internal violence have been planned and exploited by the World Powers in the Middle East to create instability, destruction and chaos throughout the region generating the necessary conditions toward reshaping and redrawing the map of the regional states and their political fragmentation.
Broad economic, strategic, and military objectives are main part of a longstanding World Powers’ agenda in the region. New sources of energy in the Central Asian region, Eastern Mediterranean, and the Caspian Sea basin are known to contain giant reserves of natural gas and oil, access to which and sharing in their potential wealth represent objectives that motivate corporate interests, revive imperial aspirations, and fuel international rivalries. It is all about the World Powers’ new world orders, under which New Middle East is created in accordance with their geo-strategic needs and objectives. [DID]
WASHINGTON (AP) — Signaling a possible escalation of U.S. military action in the Middle East, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday that the United States is retooling its strategy in Iraq and Syria and would conduct unilateral ground raids if needed to target Islamic State militants.
The U.S. has done special operations raids in Syria and participated in a ground operation to rescue hostages last week in northern Iraq that resulted in the first U.S. combat death in Iraq since 2011. Carter did not say under what circumstances the U.S. might conduct more ground action, but said, “Once we locate them, no target is beyond our reach.”
“We won’t hold back from supporting capable partners in opportunistic attacks against ISIL, or conducting such missions directly, whether by strikes from the air or direct action on the ground,” Carter said, using an acronym for the militant group. Read more…
What happens when terrorists go after U.S. power grids? Emmy and Peabody Award winner Ted Koppel investigates that question in his new book, “Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath.” The veteran newsman joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss the potentially massive toll from a possible full-scale cyberattack.
As I mentioned in my article “Alternative to Iran Nuclear Deal is the Iranian Dissidents”, one of the shortcomings of the Iran nuclear deal was the fact that the entire exercise of negotiation is flawed given that it relies too much on trust of the regime.
Separate from JCPOA, United Nation Security Council has replaced Resolution 1929 by the new Resolution 2231. In the Old Security Council Resolution 1929 (page 5, item 9), the Council used mandatory language “shall not” where it said, “It decides that Iran shall not undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons”. The new Security Council Resolution 2231 (page 99, item 3) however changes the mandatory “shall” to an inferior language “call upon not to”, where it says “Iran is called upon not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles.” It is this accepted inferior language (i.e., permissive “call upon”) that allows the criminal mullahs’ regime to freely practice undertaking activities related to ballistic missiles.
In other word the UN Security Council and the P5+1 led by US has removed the deterrent UNSC Res 1929 and instead engineered a legal channel through resolution 2231 for the mullahs’ regime to undertake such threatening measures to global security. If anyone has to be blamed here it is not the puppet mullahs’ regime but its puppeteers. [DID]
U.S. confirms Iran tested nuclear-capable ballistic missile
The United States has confirmed that Iran tested a medium-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear weapon, in “clear violation” of a United Nations Security Council ban on ballistic missile tests, a senior U.S. official said on Friday.
“The United States is deeply concerned about Iran’s recent ballistic missile launch,” the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, said in a statement.
“After reviewing the available information, we can confirm that Iran launched on Oct. 10 a medium-range ballistic missile inherently capable of delivering a nuclear weapon,” she said. “This was a clear violation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1929.”
The United States is preparing a report on the incident for the Security Council’s Iran Sanctions Committee and will raise the matter directly with Security Council members “in the coming days,” Power said. Read more…
Hillary has a record of flip-flopping on a number of issues, she simply cannot make crucial decision at critical moments; Trans Pacific Partnership is just tip of the iceberg. She has shown herself to the world as a feckless State Department Secretary during the first term of Obama Presidency. Records show that most (if not all) of the US sanctions on Iran during the past years came from the Congress, whereas opposing administration and State Department were forced by pressure from Senate to reluctantly approve them.
Like her x-boss, Obama, Hillary has followed appeasement policy in dealing with the terrorist mullahs in Iran and on many occasions has expressed her inclination for bilateral talks with them. Furthermore at some point of her tenure she expressed her faith in criminals Mir Hussein Mousavi and Karoubi and hoped for some effort by them to take hold of the apparatus of the state.
In 2009 Iranian uprising, not only she did not help the Iranian grassroots with their struggle for reaching freedom and democracy but literally promoted the trend of brain drain in Iran by encouraging Iranian students & scholars to get out of their country and come and study in the United States. Leaving the country in the hands of terrorist mullahs and their enslaved masses.
The State Department response to North Korea’s defiance (launching multiple rockets & conducting a nuclear test) was a defensive crouch that Hillary called “strategic patience”. Her knowledge of the vulnerability of the American diplomats in Benghazi and her carelessness to do anything about it, which resulted in their death, is her pattern of indecisiveness in pivotal national matters. It was she who pushed a “reset “button on the Russian-American relationship, a gesture that has been followed by broad hostility and calculated Russian oppositions to American interests.
As with her x-boss, Hillary’s vision of America’s role in the world does not go beyond “leading from behind”, which characterizes her passivity, submissiveness, and lacking any guiding strategy. Her role as a president would even be worse than of Obama’s, if Obama is the king of inaction, which he is, she would be the queen of indecision. [DID]
Hillary Clinton was really, really behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal. Like, really. But then something changed. She decided to run for president again; and she needed something to distinguish herself, something distinctive — something even more distinctive than violating federal law.
So now she’s for the TPP. Saying the U.S. should embrace and modify the deal by turning “lemons into lemonade,” Clinton came out late last week in favor of the deal, on the advice of campaign advisers who think she needs a better strategy to stay in front of Bernie Sanders.
“Clinton’s main rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders — he leads her in New Hampshire and is nipping at her heels in Iowa — has called the deal ‘disastrous’ for American workers,” National Review explained Wednesday. “On Wednesday morning, he urged Clinton, who has been quiet on the TPP for months, to take a public stand.” Read more…
Uncle Sam loves to help out the Islamic terrorists ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Taliban, to name a few, he has done it several times during the last few years, allegedly under the pledge of fight against terror. First it was in Iraq, by blocking the deliveries of heavy weaponries to Kurds to fight Islamic State, then it happened in Syria by waiving strikes on ISIS in Raqqa for 10 months, while the ISIS’s exact location was confirmed by the intelligence office. Now Uncle Sam admits he was at fault when his airstrike hits a hospital run by the doctors without borders (DWB) in Afghanistan that killed 22, in other word US completes the job of Taliban & Al-Qaeda, killing the wounded people who were fighting against Islamic terrorists. The DWB lashes out at the US government with this statement: “Today the US government has admitted that it was their airstrike that hit our hospital in Kunduz and killed 22 patients and MSF staff. Their description of the attack keeps changing—from collateral damage, to a tragic incident, to now attempting to pass responsibility to the Afghanistan government.” UN rights chief has noted: “An air strike on a hospital may amount to a war crime.” Funny thing is that NATO led by US urge Russia to stop harming civilians, Syrian opposition! [DID]
KABUL, Afghanistan — A crowded hospital in the embattled city of Kunduz that treats war wounded came under attack on Saturday and the American military acknowledged that it may have killed 19 patients, staff members and others at the facility while firing on insurgents nearby.
The attack, which the military said in a statement might have been “collateral damage” that occurred while engaging militants, drew a fierce international outcry. The head of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, condemned it and called for a “thorough and impartial investigation.” It also renewed scrutiny of the United States military’s record of causing civilian casualties, which has alienated the Afghan public and often undermined relations with the government here.
At least 12 staff members and seven patients — including three children — were killed when the hospital, run by Doctors Without Borders, was badly damaged in the airstrike early Saturday in Kunduz. At least 37 were wounded, and some were flown to Kabul for treatment.
The United States military, in a statement, confirmed an airstrike at 2:15 a.m., saying that it had been targeting individuals “who were threatening the force” and that “there may have been collateral damage to a nearby medical facility.” Read more…
Obama’s speech during his second-term presidential election “We will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are” was nothing more than rhetoric to the US voters. By adopting “no ground-force policy in Iraq and Syria” he unambiguously signaled to the Islamic terrorists that they would have a clear field of operation. He has also suspended the $500-million US program to train and equip Syrian opposition forces known as the New Syrian Forces, or NSF. By abandoning the program, Washington risks losing its ability to influence events on the ground in Syria. More importantly Obama has actually warned to veto the defense policy bill that Senate has recently passed, keeping the restraints on the US military during a critical time that the nation and the world are in utmost need for safety and security. It comes as no surprise to expect from such useless president the mere carelessness in response to the pledges of millions of innocent people whose lives were threatened by those terrorists when we de facto witness that he is not even concerned about the shattered lives of US soldiers by the same evil enemies. His pathetic support measures in Middle East to fight a proxy war is doomed to failure. Securing global peace requires strong and dedicated leadership and a resolute will in responding to the unprecedented crimes against humanity that the world is witnessing today. [DID]
Four years of failed US policy toward Syria have produced alarming results that transcend the Levant. Having carefully gauged the gap between Obama administration rhetoric and action, Russian President Vladimir Putin has elected to intervene militarily to help the Assad regime defeat its non-Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) enemies. He is doing so in the belief that the US response will essentially be one of bemoaning the supposedly big mistake he is making. Like his predecessor over fifty years ago, he senses weakness on the part of a US president. Like his predecessor he risks discovering that trifling with the United States is not a healthy pursuit. But such a risk entails dangers for all concerned.
Missiles in Cuba are not the same thing as Russian fighter-bombers assaulting non-ISIL enemies of the Assad regime. The Russian air assaults, however, signal Moscow’s deep contempt for Washington and a careful calculation that the Obama administration will do nothing substantial to counter them. To the extent that the Obama administration still believes that what happens in Syria stays in Syria, it is seriously mistaken. Read more…
For decades United States is among the countries, which has massively suffered from the Islamic Republic of Iran’s (IRI’s) sponsorship of terrorism worldwide. It has all started in 1979 when Islamic regime ordered the seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran in which 66 Americans were held hostage for 444 days. Later in 1983 the suicide bombing of U.S. military barracks in Beirut executed by the Islamic Jihad Organization, an Iranian regime’s terror proxy, left 299 Americans dead. The Khobar Towers bombing in 1996 carried out by IRI-supported groups of Hezbollah resulted in death of 19 U.S. service men. 60% of all American combat casualties in Iraq and 50% of combat casualties in Afghanistan have been caused by IRI-made IEDs. More importantly the footprint of IRI’s terrorism in America has become more apparent when the U.S. District Court Rules Iran Behind 9/11 Attacks.
American soldiers bring hope and leave graves in every corner of the world; they take bullets to protect the national interests of the country. Their lives are shattered to keep democracy alive. To commander-in-chief they are like his family members and their deaths are implied as loss of family members to him. An effective commander-in-chief doesn’t negotiate and doesn’t deal with the terrorists who continuously murder his family members; he does exactly what must be done with the murderers, holding them accountable by arresting and putting them on trial. That is what a real commander-in-chief, who cares about the lost lives of his soldiers, does. [DID]
Rep. Patrick Meehan is not fond of giving up.
“I’d like to have [Obama] administration officials over telling us why they believe it’s in the best interests of the United States of America to return money to terrorists who may use it to create more victims,” Meehan, R-Pa., said of his legislation to force Iran to pay for acts of terror it sponsored.
The bill—called the Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act and likely to go to a vote Wednesday—is a pointed response to President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, which narrowly cleared Congress.
Meehan’s legislation signals that Republicans aren’t done fighting back against the deal, even if they can’t stop it.
Leaders from the seven nations, including Iran, that reached the nuclear deal met Monday at the United Nations to discuss its finalization, outlining an early 2016 “implementation.” Read more…