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FBI had Human Source in Contact with Al-Qaeda as far Back as 1993

February 26, 2014 Leave a comment

Well, the contact actually goes well beyond 1993, in fact Al-Qaeda and also the IRI are the US-made babies. They both were introduced to the world by Jimmy Carter in 1979. They osama_obama-in-black-and-whitewere in service to US to do its dirty job against communism during the cold war. US delivered military aids to Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan to fight against the Soviet Union invasion and provided logistic and strategic support to the IRI to take over the government in Iran to create a green belt under the USSR. ……..  the full editor’s view is posted below this article. [DID]

In a revelation missing from the official investigations of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the FBI placed a human source in direct contact with Osama bin Laden in 1993 and ascertained that the al Qaeda leader was looking to finance terrorist attacks in the United States, according to court testimony in a little-noticed employment dispute case.

The information the FBI gleaned back then was so specific that it helped thwart a terrorist plot against a Masonic lodge in Los Angeles, the court records reviewed by The Washington Times show.

“It was the only source I know in the bureau where we had a source right in al Qaeda, directly involved,” Edward J. Curran, a former top official in the FBI’s Los Angeles office, told the court in support of a discrimination lawsuit filed against the bureau by his former agent Bassem Youssef. Read more…

The World in Turmoil and the White House has its Head in the Sand

February 22, 2014 Leave a comment

The flaring of global hots spots such as Ukraine and Syria dramatically illustrates the dwindling influence of President Obama in foreign affairs and the staying power of obama-cartoon-Rhis perennial rival, Russian President Vladimir Putin, analysts say.

The deadly clashes between anti-government demonstrators and security forces in the heart of Kiev this week erupted after the Ukrainian government shrugged off a series of private and public appeals by the Obama administration for democratic reforms and restraint, and most recently the threat of sanctions. The unrest also spiraled within days of the collapse of Syrian peace talks in the Obama administration’s effort to find a resolution to that 3-year-old civil war.

Supporting both governments is Mr. Putin, the prime antagonist of the U.S. on the world stage for nearly all of Mr. Obama’s presidency. Read more…

Only Nixon less Popular than President Obama in Year 5

December 31, 2013 Leave a comment

President Obama came into office promising to be the opposite of George W. Bush, but he is imitating his predecessor in one regard — his second-term slide in Untitled-1popularity is almost a mirror image of the Republican’s declining fortunes in 2005.

Mr. Obama’s job-approval ratings in most polls this month were 40 percent or lower, down from 54 percent at the start of the year and the lowest of his presidency. Mr. Bush’s popularity in December 2005 stood at 43 percent, down from a high of 57 percent near the beginning of his second term and less than half the 90 percent-plus approval ratings in the days after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Only Watergate-plagued Richard Nixon had a worse rating than Mr. Obama at the same point of his presidency, in 1973. Although presidents tend to lose some public approval after winning second terms, Mr. Obama’s numbers slipped more quickly than most others. Read more…

When Iran Peace Deal Means War

December 9, 2013 Leave a comment

Some say a bad peace is better than a good war. I’m not sure. Perhaps it would be if it lasted, but a bad peace is usually just a prelude to a bad war.83hyxq52h4j

I think “a prelude to war” describes the “interim” Geneva agreement with Iran. The nuclear ayatollahs of Tehran will hardly abandon a stance that keeps benefiting them — that is, belligerence — and neither the Israelis nor the Saudis, let alone the Egyptian junta, have enough confidence in the Obama White House to rely on it for protection. This means preparations for war, plus a near-certain re-entry of Russia as a Middle East player, with incalculable consequences.

Notice that I’m not even contemplating the consequences of the resumption of Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons, a development this agreement all but ensures. Letting the ayatollahs play with explosive toys is criminally negligent of big powers, and suicidal of small powers in the region. Read more…

Deterring Tehran

December 9, 2013 Leave a comment

 

In his disproportionate praise of the six-month agreement with Iran, Barack Obama said: “For the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress of the subIranian nuclear program.” But if the program, now several decades old, had really been “halted” shortly after U.S. forces invaded neighbouring Iraq, we would not be desperately pursuing agreements to stop it now, as about 10,000 centrifuges spin to enrich uranium.

If Denmark wanted to develop nuclear weapons, we would consider that nation daft but not dangerous. Iran’s nuclear program is alarming because Iran’s regime is opaque in its decision-making, frightening in its motives (measured by its rhetoric) and barbaric in its behaviour. “Manes,” writes Kenneth M. Pollack of the Brookings Institution, “from whose name the word manichean derives, was a Persian who conceived of the world as being divided into good and evil.” But Pollack says suicidal tendencies are not among the irrationalities of the Iranian leadership, who are not “insane millenarians.” Read more…

The Public’s Frustration with Washington is Reaching Dangerous Levels

December 4, 2013 Leave a comment

We are facing a profound crisis in American political life, with significant and arguably lasting implications for our country.A U.S. flag flies atop the American embassy in Berlin

The American people are at record lows in terms of confidence in government and American institutions, and the ability of the system to withstand the kind of shocks the recent government shutdown, debt crisis and controversy over Obamacare have produced is open to question.

This isn’t just a short-term development or trend. Rather it reflects a profound and long term decline in confidence and trust in a system we have all been brought up to instinctively believe is without peer or equal.

Those assumptions are now openly and avowedly up for your question and doubt—given the developments we are now seeing in Washington and the American peoples’ evaluation of what has gone on—now and in the recent past. Read more…

Canada Stands Shoulder to Shoulder with the Oppressed People of Iran

November 9, 2013 1 comment

Concerns on “human rights violation in Iran” should have been the main focus of the P5+1 talks in Geneva.640x392_72517_124378

This wild world needs leaders like the Canada’s foreign affairs minister who defends what is right and stands for justice contrary to greedy 1%-rich-backed U.S. and U.K. leaders who have no respect for human dignity and can only render their services to plundering the 3rd-world countries. [DID]

All of us who long have felt despair over the Iranian regime’s baneful influence abroad and its ruthless oppression of its own people want to believe that the country is genuinely committed to positive change at home and in its foreign relations.

But we do not have the luxury of being naive. Nor do the Iranian people, who have suffered for far too long. Standing in front of cameras and tweeting about change are all too easy. The hard part is following through, making difficult decisions and undertaking meaningful change. We must judge the Iranian government by its deeds, not its words. President Rouhani marks his first 100 days in office on Tuesday and, by any measure, these deeds have fallen short. Read more…

Iran Talks: Congress Won’t Wait Long for Progress

November 4, 2013 Leave a comment

Despite all of the talk in Washington on the need to work together across partisan lines, the White House and the U.S. Congress have continued to clash on virtually every issue of big_congress_building_pd_103113major importance. From the view in the White House, the legislative branch can be an incredibly difficult partner to work with—a body that is characterized these days more as a debating society than as a productive branch of the U.S. government. The feeling is mutual for hundreds of lawmakers on Capitol Hill, many of whom complain that the White House either doesn’t take them seriously as a partner, or leaves them out of the loop.

Unfortunately for the Obama administration, foreign policy is not immune from congressional scrutiny. Traditionally, foreign affairs has been the one area of public policy where U.S. presidents enjoy a wide degree of power and latitude, particularly during wartime, when presidents of both parties exercise their authority under the Constitution as Commander-in-Chief of the nation’s military. Yet even in the world of foreign policy, there are some problems that are just too important for Congress to ignore. Working with the White House is thus imperative, however difficult and frustrating it may be. Read more…

The Middle East Power Vacuum

October 28, 2013 Leave a comment

Despite the surface froth, the Middle East has been frozen in place for the last few months. Nothing of consequence has happened in Egypt since General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s 180227852military coup and the blood clearing of the Rabaa sit-in.  Syria’s civil war remains the grinding, destructive stalemate which was inevitable the moment the revolution morphed into an insurgency. Iran and the United States have made some tantalizing diplomatic moves, but nothing tangible has changed. When Foreign Policy is dominated by gawking at a Twitter troll’s downfall and parsing an impotent tantrum by Saudi Arabia’s Bandar bin Cheney, it’s probably a good time to take a step back and look at the bigger picture.

The key structural feature shaping today’s Middle East, it seems to me, is the dissolution of power.  During the early days of the Arab uprising, this could be seen in the fall of long-ruling leaders and the surge of popular protests against the old order. Read more…

Power and Influence that Washington had Outsourced to the Shah

August 3, 2013 Leave a comment

Mohammed Reza Shah’s rule of Iran from 1942 until 1979 spanned eight U.S. presidents. His desire for military supremacy over his neighbors and his distrust of the Soviets led him to seek a military mrsp_pd_8113relationship with the United States following the end of the Second World War. As the U.S.-Iranian relationship developed, the idea of arming Iran came to form a key component of U.S. policy due to waning U.S. options in the Gulf through the 1960s and an alignment in U.S. and Iranian regional policies in the early 1970s. This relationship eventually resulted in Iran wielding a military that was, on paper, within reach of becoming the world’s fifth-most-advanced force in 1978.

By the time of Richard Nixon’s arrival in office in January 1969, Iran was already America’s single-largest arms purchaser. Whilst this is notable in and of itself, it is vastly overshadowed by what followed. By late 1972 Nixon leveraged U.S. Middle Eastern regional policy primarily around the focal point of a militarily strong, pro-American Iran. Concurrently, the Shah was encouraged, and empowered, to begin an unprecedented and virtually unmoderated military spending spree in what is now known as the “blank check.” Read more…

Middle East Mess: Changing Strategies At The White House

September 21, 2012 Leave a comment

None of President Obama’s big policies in the Middle East have worked out as he hoped. That whole “fix the peace process by pushing the Israelis” thing turned out to be an unmitigated disaster. Coming into office, President Obama was sure he’d be able to straighten this out; he’s been the least effective president in terms of the Arab-Israeli relationship since Kissinger launched his shuttle diplomacy back in the Nixon administration and his ill-considered approach achieved the unusual result of angering both sides.

The “reconciliation with the Muslim world” concept did succeed, for a while, in turning down the heat in the relationship, but the Cairo speech never had the kind of policy follow up that people in the Middle East were waiting for, and today there is precious little to show for what was once hailed (by the reflexively pro-Obama MSM, anyway) as a historic turning point, one of the greatest speeches ever, and on and on and on. Read more…

Netanyahu lashes out at US: No “moral right to place red light” on Israel

September 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unleashed a stunning tirade against the United States and European allies Tuesday, lambasting “world” leaders for not publicly setting “red lines” or “deadlines” on  Iran, while urging Israeli restraint on military action.

“The world tells Israel: ‘Wait, there’s still time,’” Netanyahu said at a press conference Tuesday, the New York Times reported. “‘And I say, ‘Wait for what? Wait until when?’”

“Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don’t have a moral right to place a red light before Israel,” he continued.

“Netanyahu is going berserk,” a former Israeli official told Al-Monitor Tuesday. “By asking for red lines publicly, dialoguing with Obama through the media,” and by doing it on the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Read more…