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Trump’s immigration ban: 4 key questions answered

January 31, 2017 Leave a comment

 

 

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Donald Trump is the first U.S. president who is sincerely embarking on the epic of keeping America safe. He has signed an executive order banning entry of people from seven countries, namely Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya, and Somalia. These countries are labeled as terrorist states since their governments have been sponsoring act of terrorism across the globe. If the people of these 7 nations have any objection to an immigration law enforced by any country in the world, they should redirect their protest toward their own terrorist governments, who are the main root cause and responsible for such ban.

The order has been criticized for excluding Saudi Arabia, while wrongly claiming it was participating in 911 attack. The fact of matter is that the 911 act of terrorism was carried out by the citizens of Saudi Arabia and not its state. The immigration order was issued without any warning because it was going to ban the terrorists from entering the country, it was not planned to warn them in advance, which would result in a futile outcome. The new immigration law imposed by anti-establishment president Trump is strongly supported by the Americans who love their country and concern about the future of their next generations. [DID]

Within a day of President Donald Trump signing an executive order banning entry of people from seven countries, protests sprang up at airports across the United States. Demonstrators and activist groups called the ban unconstitutional, and administration officials scrambled to clarify who would be affected by the new rules.

We went through the order to resolve what is clear and what remains murky.

Who is affected?

The order states, “I hereby suspend entry into the United States, as immigrants and nonimmigrants, of such persons for 90 days from the date of this order.” Specifically, the order targets people from countries originally listed by the Obama administration as terrorist hotbeds — Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. Read more…

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ISIS, Tehran Regime, Two Sides of the Same Coin

April 9, 2016 Leave a comment
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The Octopus tentacles are labeled “Hizbullah, ISIS, Shiite militias, Al-Maliki, Al-Qaeda, IRGC, Al-Assad, …..

Over more than three-and-a-half decades, six U.S. presidents, under nine terms of presidency, one after another have been the bystanders to the crimes of the Mullahs’ regime against its own people, its active sponsorship of terrorism abroad, and its regional hegemonic role, and in turn have done nothing to confront and stop the evil act of such rogue state, Nothing! Zilch! Zero! On the contrary, they have cowardly sided with this evil. At some point one may think that the lack of bothered leaders by their conscience has sapped the will of governments in responding to these unprecedented acts of atrocity against humanity, but that cannot be the case, six presidents and all were inept leaders? No, that is not it.

The fact of the matter is that U.S. have been pursuing the long-standing policy of using the terrorist state (IRI) and non-state (ISIS, Al-Qaeda, etc) as wrecking balls to demolish the Middle East infrastructure by creating the sectarian war among Sunnis and Shia faction. United States along with its European allies not only do not confront the terrorism but directly and indirectly provide it with all the necessary vital economic and strategic instruments to keep it alive and active in its role of destroying the regional civility.

Such bulldozing will force the migration of local intellectual and patriotic societies to outside the regional borders; make the territory ready for non-resistant and easy plundering of its natural wealth by the greedy World Powers. By the same token, the fearful demolishing war is also used as a scarecrow for the neighboring states to benefit the World Powers by ordering humongous number of arms sales under the pretext of defense, thus providing a vehicle to promote their economy. The destruction of the region will continue until at some point the world community (i.e., UN) is forced to step in and present a plan to divide the territory into smaller states by imposing new borderlines. The new landscape of the Middle East map will of course preserve the geopolitical interests of the World Powers. The funny thing is that at the end of this chaos, which probably take a decade or two, these Great Powers will come back for reconstruction of the ruins of war, another way of economical scam.

Imperialism changes its version of presence but never fades away as long as there is no sincere resolute to end it. It becomes maleficent when combined with unfettered capitalism, turns a blind eye on humanity and ruins everything on its way to develop into an inhumane machine. [DID]

 

The barbaric terrorist attacks in Brussels were a clear reminder of the growing threat of Islamic extremism. This vicious ideology continues to take new forms – once al-Qaeda, now ISIS, both with the shared goal of creating an “Islamic state” capable of enforcing Sharia law and undermining the achievements of the civilized world.

While the Sunni version of fundamentalism desperately seeks to achieve this objective, the Shiite version in Tehran has been in place for nearly four decades. It should be confronted, not appeased.

Syria, Iraq, and Yemen have become breeding grounds for ISIS, a blessing in disguise for Tehran because it conveniently justifies the mullahs’ extraterritorial maleficence.

Some in the West continue to pin their hopes on elusive “reforms” within the clerical establishment, despite the fact that the Iranian regime’s regional agenda is, in the words of its Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, “diametrically opposed” to that of the international community. Their optimism is fueled by the misguided expectation of political reform in the aftermath of the nuclear deal. Neither the facts nor the evidence support this contention. Read more…

Pentagon Chief Outlines Three R’s’ to Defeating ISIS

October 28, 2015 Leave a comment
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Ashton Carter, US Defense Secretary

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…

US-Trained Rebels Betray US and Hand Weapons Over to Al-Qaeda’s Affiliate in Syria

September 24, 2015 Leave a comment
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Jabhat al-Nusra, affiliated to al-Qaeda, took the technicals, guns and ammunition from the US-trained Division 30 in northern Aleppo Photo: Reuters

This is not a new issue on ambiguity of Obama’s programs and policies. In 2012 under a secret military program a group of allegedly moderate rebels were given soldierly training by Pentagon. The group was then sent to the battleground in Syria, soon after which it became evident that the cluster has joined the radical Islamic terrorists. Now again Obama administration has assured the public that they are working with vetted moderates in Syria, while in fact those moderates has ended up to be part of the Al Qaeda militia. Either the administration lies to people about their genuine training programs for Syrian rebels, like everything else, or their military preparation plans are inept. Common sense goes for the former, which is an indication of a larger US strategy embedded within its long-term geopolitics interests and its new world order concept in the region. As preparatory part of this strategy however it is required to inflict the Middle East to be plowed by its local actors, and that’s exactly what is happening now. [DID]

Pentagon-trained rebels in Syria are reported to have betrayed their American backers and handed their weapons over to al-Qaeda in Syria immediately after re-entering the country.

Fighters with Division 30, the “moderate” rebel division favoured by the United States, surrendered to the al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra, a raft of sources claimed on Monday night.

Division 30 was the first faction whose fighters graduated from a US-led training programme in Turkey which aims to forge a force on the ground in Syria to fight against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil).

A statement on Twitter by a man calling himself Abu Fahd al-Tunisi, a member of al-Qaeda’s local affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, read: “A strong slap for America… the new group from Division 30 that entered yesterday hands over all of its weapons to Jabhat al-Nusra after being granted safe passage. Read more…

Senator Your Hands are Soaked with the Americans’ Blood

September 9, 2015 Leave a comment

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The following memo was submitted to all the democratic members of US Senate on an individual contact basis.

Dear Congressman, Do you know that your hands are soaked with the Americans’ blood if you endorse the Iran nuclear deal. You probably ask “How is that?”, Here is why: The IRI regime has been killing Americans since it came to power in 1979, just look at the following list,

  1. 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.
  2. The Khobar Towers bombing in 1996 carried out by IRI-supported groups of Hezbollah resulted in death of 19 U.S. service men.
  3.  60% of all American combat casualties in Iraq have been caused by IRI-made IEDs.
  4. 50% of combat casualties in Afghanistan have been caused by IRI-made IEDs.
  5. The footprint of IRI’s terrorism in America has become more apparent when the U.S. District Court Rules Iran Behind 9/11 Attacks

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The Man Who Broke the Middle East

June 23, 2014 Leave a comment

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The absence of any U.S. deterrent role to counter the violation of international norms and standards by the Iranian mullahs have given the Islamic regime the tranquility of living out its dream of regional hegemony and the ability to have its forces dominate Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq. These countries are Arabic territories that over time have started to undergo the influence of Shiite regime in Iran. How was the Arab world, which constitutes the vast majority of regional Sunnis, supposed to react to all this? Of course they were not going to stay silent and as the war in Syria has shown, their Sunni extremists were fostered to get into the fight with the Shiite-supported regime of Assad. But then the war in the country started to expand as other groups of Islamic extremists from every corner of the world joined the clashes against the IRI proxies Hezbollah and the Shiite fundamentalists, turning the Syria into a bloodbath hell, which soon started to spill over into the neighboring countries. Early support for the Syrian genuine oppositions at the beginning of uprising could have prevented the current crisis and result in with not only the removal of Assad from power but establishment of a secular democratic government in the country.  

 There is no question that the current wide spread crisis in the Middle East has been the result of the Obama administration’s inaction policy in the region. The problem with U.S. wait-&-watch policy is that the sectarian war won’t wind up with one’s side victory over another but most probably the Sunni and Shiite extremists could compromise over who gain control of what territory after dividing the region into smaller areas, which will then become terrorist states. Such situations are already imminent developments in Syria and Iraq. Regardless, could such a scenario that violates every global norm and standard be acceptable to the West in particular United States? Could the humanity continue its normal operation alongside dangerous rouge states, whose spread to other areas of the world are just a matter of time? Unless the world has already accepted the start of a universal war, the answer would simply be a big NO.

 United States dependency on Middle East oil may have been reduced due to its looming prospect of energy self-sufficiency, yet for geopolitical purposes U.S. needs to keep its presence in the region. The question that we have to ask ourselves is that is it logical to assume that U.S. administration with so many intelligence offices from NSA to CIA along with its hundreds of think-tank centers all over the nation couldn’t initially predict the current Middle East situation in advance? It is naïve to presume that they really had no clue of what was going to happen in the region. On the contrary, the bitter truth is that the U.S. administration has had complete awareness of the situation in the region and actually knew what is going to happen in those territories and by choosing the inaction policy calculatedly let that to happen. Several determinative elements were in the Obama’s calculation to make such choice of strategy, among which, the lack of public support for another war, sequestration and its impact on defense budget resulting in military shortcomings, and the cast of his Nobel Peace Prize’s spell to hold him as a President of peace, are few to mention. However the sectarian war among Shiite and Sunni extremists has given Obama an incentive to stay inactive and make use of wait-&-watch policy and let them do the dirty job of plowing the region for him, which is a prerequisite for the new blueprint of the greater Middle East map per U.S. foreign policy. When the terrorist threat level gets red alert in the region the U.S. and perhaps NATO will ultimately intervene in the Middle East but for now they allow the evil forces of terrorists be engaged in purging one another. [DID]

There’s always Tunisia. Amid the smoking ruins of the Middle East, there is that one encouraging success story. But unfortunately for the Obama narratives, the president had about as much as to do with Tunisia’s turn toward democracy as he did with the World Cup rankings. Where administration policy has had an impact, the story is one of failure and danger.

The Middle East that Obama inherited in 2009 was largely at peace, for the surge in Iraq had beaten down the al Qaeda-linked groups. U.S. relations with traditional allies in the Gulf, Jordan, Israel and Egypt were very good. Iran was contained, its Revolutionary Guard forces at home. Today, terrorism has metastasized in Syria and Iraq, Jordan is at risk, the humanitarian toll is staggering, terrorist groups are growing fast and relations with U.S. allies are strained.

How did it happen? Begin with hubris: The new president told the world, in his Cairo speech in June 2009, that he had special expertise in understanding the entire world of Islam—knowledge “rooted in my own experience” because “I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed.” Read more…

Barack Obama and Iraq – Cool Calculations

June 15, 2014 Leave a comment

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The bloodbath in Syria initially began with peaceful protests at the end of January 2011. U.S. could have acted to shape the Syrian opposition into an effective force to prevail. Direct intervention then was neither necessary nor desirable. The cost of assisting Assad’s opponents with logistic and strategic support at the beginning would have been minimal compare to the accumulating cost of American inaction. Obama’s foreign policy of leading from behind meant nothing more than leaving behind the desperate Syrian people in the middle of an unequal fight, making them to turn elsewhere for help and wind up beholden to and manipulated by many adversary groups and States to U.S.

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As a result today we witness the ISIS terrorist group in Syria is spilling over into Iraq, turning the country into a civil war. That has been the result of Obama’s “Watch and Wait” policy. The scenario is repeating again but this time in Iraq, once more we hear the same old stuff from White House and the administration that US will not interfere in Iraq but provide humanitarian assistance for the refugees and displaced people and perhaps delivering some material support. What would be the result? Iranian mullahs will send their terrorist IRGC militias into Iraq to get into the fight against the ISIS group and safeguard the security of the Shiite Shrines. Soon the war in Iraq will escalate and spill over into the neighboring countries that can easily develop into a regional war.

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One way to see how all this has happened is to blame the inaction policy of the West led by US, but I personally don’t see it that way. I don’t think that the West is that naive to shoot itself in the foot; I believe this has been the result of a carefully plotted master plan by the West to make the regional adversary groups and States to unknowingly do their dirty job of plowing the region by manipulating and engineering sectarian conflicts among them, Sunni blocs against the Shiite factions. The prerequisite for implementing the blueprint for redrawing the new borderlines in Middle East requires chaos and anarchy in the territory, collapsed civilizations, and fallen States, and that is exactly where the region is heading to. [DID]

AVOIDING aggressive questions is a hallmark of the White House press corps. So it should be no surprise that reporters watching President Barack Obama make an emergency statement on Iraq on June 13th  failed to pelt him with the queries that lurk at the center of the debate over America’s role in the Middle East. Namely: Mr President, did you help to bring these horrors about when you rushed to pull American combat troops out of Iraq as quickly as possible? And, Mr President, does any part of you regret ignoring pleas to arm and train non-extreme opposition forces across the border in Syria over the past two years?

Instead reporters allowed Mr Obama to explain why American involvement in Iraq would be limited, would take “several days” to be sent, would not involve any return of ground troops and was conditional on Iraq’s central government coming up with a “sincere” political plan to resolve sectarian divisions. “We can’t do it for them,” Mr Obama said severely.

“Nobody has an interest in seeing terrorists gain a foothold inside of Iraq and nobody is going to benefit from seeing Iraq descend into chaos. The United States will do our part,” he added. “But understand that ultimately it’s up to the Iraqis, as a sovereign nation, to solve their problems.” Read more…

Iranian Mullahs Deploys Forces to Fight al Qaeda-Inspired Militants in Iraq

June 13, 2014 Leave a comment

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The DID commentary on the articlethe Terrorist IRI Regime Becomes an Ally of US to Fight Against Al-Qaeda, dated January 07, 2014 made a mockery of the scenario, in which Iranian Mullahs find themselves very much aligned with Washington to fight against Al-Qaeda, here are the script:

You may laugh it out loud because it is more like a joke, but it is not!

It wasn’t too far back that US State Department has described Iran as an “active State sponsor of terrorism”. In fact United States has Listed Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization and has penalized most of its leaders. But now that the United States has become embarrassed internationally due to its confounded Mideast foreign policy run by an incapable and inefficient President and its administration, the Iranian theocratic terrorist regime becomes a cooperative friend in the region that can help U.S. to fight Al Qaeda!!

 Why not? Before, the IRI terrorists has helped U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan to convert those countries into war zones as the world has witnessed. The exit of US forces from Iraq was actually a boost for the IRGC to spread turmoil in the area, then it came the inaction of US on Syrian crisis for almost 3 years, another boost for the IRGC to turn the region upside down. And now the apocalyptic Mullahs are getting prepared to launch the sectarian war that US has impatiently been waiting for. Be ready for the U.S.-made Armageddon in the Middle East, to be played by its puppets, the IRI and the Al-Qaeda!! GO FIGURE. [DID]

The Obama administration is presumably to step up shipments of material support to Iraq. Iranian mullahs on the other hand are sending their IRGC terrorist militias to Iraq to get into the fight with ISIS groups, to safeguard the Shiite shrines.  Now seems like all the ingredients are prepared for the ridiculous fantasy to become a reality. Soon the puppets Apocalyptic Iranian Mullahs, close-to-be-fallen Nouri Al Maliki, and the doom-laden ISIS, under the control of the puppeteer Uncle Sam, will turn Iran, Iraq, and the region into a Syria-like ruins. [DID]

BEIRUT—The threat of Sunni extremists eclipsing the power of its Shiite-dominated Arab ally presents Iran with the biggest security and strategic challenge it has faced since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

With the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, an offshoot of al Qaeda, rapidly gaining territory, Iran deployed Revolutionary Guards units to Iraq, according to Iranian security officials.

Iran has invested considerable financial, political and military resources over the past decade to ensure Iraq emerged from U.S. war as a strategic partner for the Islamic Republic and a strong Shiite-led state. The so-called Shiite crescent—stretching from Iran to Iraq, Lebanon and Syria—was forged largely as a result of this effort.

Two Guards’ units, dispatched from Iran’s western border provinces on Wednesday, were tasked with protecting Baghdad and the holy Shiite cities of Karbala and Najaf, these security sources said. Read more…

How ISIS Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi Became the World’s Most Powerful Jihadist Leader

June 11, 2014 Leave a comment
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A convoy of vehicles and fighters from the al-Qaeda affiliates Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)

Every day you get up and hear about a new Islamic terrorist organization that takes responsibility for some act of terrorism in some part of the Middle East and/or North Africa. Who are these terrorist groups that grow on soil like mushrooms? They are heavily armed, wearing bulletproof vests, masked and dressed in black. The funny thing is that they are Sunni Muslims and kill other Muslims who are Shia. The funnier thing is that the world governments and the United Nations are watching all these chaos in the region and keep silent, they couldn’t care less. Why?

The least they could do is to interrupt the lines of arms and material supports to these terrorist groups. But no, not only they don’t do that; they allow these fanatic groups get all the kind of assistance they need, in other word they indirectly support them. But the irony is that their supports are used to boost both fronts of the Islamic terrorism who are in fight against each other, the Shia faction and the Sunni party. United States provides financial supports for the IRI regime in Tehran and subsequently Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Nouri Al-Maliki’s government in Iraq, whom both are Shia Muslims and use these funds to fight against the Sunni people. On the other hand U.S., Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, per U.S. administration recommendation, provide the material and training support to Islamic rebels in Syria and Jordan, who are Sunni groups such as Al-Qaeda and its affiliate ISIS that are in fight with Shia people and their allies in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq.

But what the world powers and mainly U.S. have in mind behind all this? We know that U.S., regardless of looming prospect of energy self-sufficiency, still for geopolitical purposes needs to keep its presence in the region. However U.S. due to lack of public support cannot make use of military force and prefers to take advantage of the ongoing chaos in the region and have these Islamic terrorists plow the whole region and create the fertile soil for radicals, to the point of regional governments wearying and breakdown. Iraq and Iran would be among the last states in the region that would collapse since from the world powers’ point of view their presence is necessary for the completion of the task on hand. It would be at that point of time for the U.S. and NATO to intervene, which will add a new momentum to the conflict and turn it into a beyond-regional war with new actors but no clear prospect for its ending. Will the U.S. succeed to implement its  blueprint for the new Middle East map? It is a question that only future can tell us. [DID]

For all his power and new found notoriety, there are only two authenticated photos of a man now called the world’s “most powerful jihadi leader.”One shows a serious man with an olive complexion and rounded countenance. The other, released by the Iraqi government in January, depicts an unsmiling bearded figure in a black suit. The image is cracked and blurry, as though someone had taken a picture of a picture.

The murkiness of the photo of the man who calls himself Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is appropriate. Though he’s “the world’s most dangerous man” to Time magazine and the “the new bin Laden” to Le Monde, the man who orchestrated the sacking of northern Iraq’s largest city and today has control of a nation-size swath of land, is a relatively unknown and enigmatic figure.  Read more…

Iranian Mullahs’ Regime: False Assumptions

June 8, 2014 Leave a comment

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The Obama’s West Point foreign policy confirmed in the end what Iranian mullahs suspected all along that the President was bluffing when he repeatedly stated that all options are on the table to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran. In his West Point speech by basing his foreign policy doctrine on his personal aversion to military solution he assured the mullahs that his military threats against them have never been credible. Moreover, Obama’s desperate concessions to get the mullahs engaged in the negotiations has given them the impression of having the privilege to achieve their irreversible goal of acquiring a nuclear-armed capability without paying a price as long as they are making the West believe they are truly negotiating.

Obama’s abjection and lack of capability in making the right, bold, and punctual decision in global affairs will be a serious threat to U.S. national security. It is imperative for the U.S. Congress to work closely with the administration on Iran agreement and pursue a direct and constant monitoring of the situation, otherwise the White House and the Congress will be held accountable for a nuclear-armed Iran and the subsequent global chaotic consequences. [DID]

The U.S. already failed to detect nuclear programs on four other occasions: Iraq – 1991, Syria – 2009, North Korea – 2000-1 and Libya – 2005. That is quite a record.

Terrorist groups, such as Hezbollah and Hamas, regularly launch rocket attacks on Israel, but because they are not “recognized state actors” launching rocket attacks on another sovereign state, we do not put the min the same category. All terrorist groups attacking a state therefore get a free pass.

A nuclear device in the hands of such terrorist groups — chosen precisely because they cannot be readily identified as working for, or connected to, a state — can therefore be used in an attack with impunity, totally undermining the assumption that such weapons in the hands of Iran are “only for deterrence.”

Unless we end the Iranian nuclear weapons program now, we will probably only know if a threat is “real” after it is too late.

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Atomic Amnesia: The Forgotten Military Aspects of Iranian Mullahs’ Nuclear Program

June 7, 2014 Leave a comment

 

pix2_060214Enriching uranium or producing plutonium is an industrial project; it requires thousands of centrifuges, as well as reactors. This phase can be easily detected by intelligence agencies or the IAEA. But the next phase, assembling the enriched materials into a bomb – building the actual warhead – can be done in a very small space, inside a single room and is almost impossible to detect. Final piece of the nuclear-armed puzzle is fitting a nuclear warhead on a ballistic missile. Iranian mullahs reportedly have already tested missiles with 2,000 – 2,200 kilometer range, which could easily reach the regional states and perhaps portions of southeastern Europe. However the mullahs’ military activities can be considered as a serious global threat if and only if it combines with its nuclear program.

Because manufacturing of the warhead (2nd phase) is undetectable, the red line must be drawn at the enrichment phase, not the final assembly of the nuclear weapon. This means that any final agreement between the West and the Iranian mullahs should include the total suspension of the mullahs’ uranium enrichment program and their heavy-water reactor, as was centrally demanded by the UN Security Council Resolution dated August 2012.This not only requires the regime to discontinue any future addition to their centrifuges but involves the destruction of more than 20,000 existing centrifuges. Only then it would be safe to say that the apocalyptic mullahs’ nuclear threat to Middle East and the world has been curbed. [DID]

With most analysis of the Iranian nuclear program focused on its uranium-enrichment capabilities and the possible plutonium route to a nuclear device, the purely military aspects of Iran’s activities have been relegated to the sidelines. Indeed, as the nuclear negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran move toward the July 20 deadline, it is still not clear whether the international negotiators will insist upon including the suspected military aspects of Iran’s nuclear program in the framework of a final comprehensive deal. When we consider the relationship between the decade-long IAEA investigation into the military aspects of Iran’s program, and the recent round of negotiations led by the P5+1, it should be clear that IAEA findings must feed into P5+1 negotiations. But, the current situation—in which the IAEA is waiting for some Iranian answers until the end of August, but the deadline for the talks is July 20—does not auger well for the inclusion of the military aspects in a comprehensive deal.

In fact, the military aspects of Iran’s program are of critical importance to negotiations with Iran, and should be regarded as a deal-breaker if not included in any proposal for a final deal. Read more…

Obama’s “Don’t Do Stupid Shit” Foreign Policy

June 6, 2014 Leave a comment

syriaThe United States has spent more than five years doing nothing in nearly every world crisis. Without U.S. leadership, the post-Cold War order has crumbled. Everyone, from the most brutal dictator Bashar Assad and the extreme apocalyptic mullahs in Iran to obvious master organizer Putin, rushed to fill the void U.S. left behind.

There was no reaction from U.S., other than Obama’s rhetoric redlines, to the massacre of Syrian people by Bashar Assad who used conventional and chemical weapons. Such U.S. foreign policy further bolstered Assad to the point where he illegally renews his presidency for another 7 year. Obama claiming to have a policy of preventing Iran form acquiring a nuclear weapon, however repeatedly relaxing the conditions. Whenever Iran approaches the threshold, the U.S. sets a new, less stringent threshold; Obama’s red line on Iran keeps getting pinker and pinker every day, soon he will have no other choice but to accept the nuclear-armed mullahs. Obama’s inaction and his lack of serious involvement in Ukraine crisis staged by Putin’s ambition for revival of Soviet empire, has left United States, the world’s wealthiest nation with the world’s strongest army, short of any good option.

As it has been repeatedly said before, it’s hard to see that Obama’s foreign policy leading anywhere but nowhere, and unfortunately no serious course of correction can nearly be foreseen. [DID]

According to multiple reliable sources, on Air Force One during President Barack Obama’s recent Asia trip, he spent some time talking with his traveling press corps about his approach to foreign policy. He was defensive and, by one account, “fuming.” He felt that the criticism of his approach was unfair. He had clear ideas about how to manage America’s global interests. In his own words, they centered on asingle concept: “Don’t do stupid shit.”

In fact, after making this point, he reportedly stood up, headed forward toward his own cabin on the plane, and then stopped. He turned back to the gathered reporters, and, much like an elementary school teacher hammering rote learning into students, he said, “So what is my foreign policy?” The reporters, in unison, then said, “Don’t do stupid shit.”

How far we have come from the audacity of hope; yes, we can; Read more…