(Aletho) – China Reiterates Opposition to Iran Sanctions… Again – Read More Here
(Aletho) – America’s Loose Nukes in Israel – Read More Here
(WSJ) – Syria Gave Scuds to Hezbollah, U.S. Says
Syria has transferred long-range Scud missiles to the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah, Israeli and U.S. officials alleged, in a move that threatens to alter the Middle East’s military balance and sets back a major diplomatic outreach effort to Damascus by the Obama administration. Read More Here
(BusinessWeek) – Iran’s Ahmadinejad Says U.S. Is Practicing ‘Nuclear Blackmail’
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told United Nations leaders that the U.S. was attempting “nuclear blackmail” by retaining the option of using atomic weapons against his country. Read More Here
FLASHBACK – (Bloomberg) – German Spy Agency Says Iran Bomb Years Off, Plays Down Report
Germany’s top spy agency said Iran could have an atomic bomb within four to six years, playing down a report in Stern magazine that the government in Tehran could detonate a nuclear device within six months. Read More Here
(AP) – US officials say Iran could get bomb in year
U.S. officials say Iran’s accelerated nuclear program could produce one weapon in roughly a year, if the country decided to go that route. Read More Here
(JPost) – ‘Iran to go nuclear within month’
Iran will join the global nuclear club within one month, according to the deputy research chief of the Islamic Republic’s Atomic Energy of Iran (AEOI). Read More Here
(Haaretz) – Turkey: World is turning a blind eye to Israel’s nuclear weapons – Read More Here
(Aletho) – The West Bank expulsion order is merely the latest step in a long process
The Israeli army order that permits Israel to ethnically purge the West Bank of non-Jews (Palestinians and foreigners who are not Jewish) is the next rational step in the evolution of the Jewish state. Read More Here
(KennyBlog) – Setting Us Up?
The farce of the nuclear summit is apparent. Even some of the controlled media are reporting on the foreign press being treated as a protest group designated to a ‘free speech zone.’ It still doesn’t repress the reports about the most dangerous, along with the U.S., nuclear threat … Israel. Read More Here
(EconomicTimes) – China slaps import duties on US, Russian steel
China said on Tuesday it has imposed duties on common electrical steel made in the United States and Russia, in apparent retaliation for Washington’s recent decision to slap tariffs on Chinese pipes. Read More Here
(Haaretz) – Fayyad: New IDF orders threaten to empty West Bank of Palestinians
The Palestinian leadership on Monday protested against Israeli military orders that could see tens of thousands of Palestinians deported from the West Bank. Read More Here
(Haaretz) – Sarkozy: Israel strike against Iran would be disastrous
French President Nicolas Sarkozy told the American news network CBS on Tuesday that an Israeli military attack against Iran would be “disastrous” and that Israel must understand that “we are determined to ensure its security.” Read More Here
(WATimes) – Obama admin hyping terrorist nuclear risk
The Obama administration is warning that the danger of a terrorist attack with nuclear weapons is increasing, but U.S. officials say the claim is not based on new intelligence and questioned whether the threat is being overstated. Read More Here
(KurtNimmo) – Video: McCain Wants to “Pull Trigger” On Iran
Tea Party Sarah’s favorite senator, John McCain, wants to “pull the trigger” on Iran.
From CBS and AP today:
Senator John McCain said the United States has been backing away from a brewing fight with Iran, while that country moves ever closer to having nuclear weapons.
McCain opened a Senate hearing Wednesday by saying that Iran will get the bomb unless the United States acts more boldly.
Speaking figuratively, the Arizona Republican says the U.S. keeps pointing a loaded gun at Iran but failing to “pull the trigger.”
McCain, like the vast majority of the district of criminals crowd, does not bother to back up his accusations about Iran with any facts.
Last year U.S. National inteiligence director Dennis Blair and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael Maples said Iran has only low-enriched uranium which would need to be refined into highly enriched uranium before it can cobble together a crude nuke.
“It’ll take them 10 to 20 years — at least — to put in 50,000 centrifuges. They don’t even know how to put 100 together and operate them successfully, let alone build that number,” explained David Albright, president of the Institute for Science and International Security.
In 2007, International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors confirmed through firsthand observation that Iran has over 1,300 centrifuges in operation, nowhere near enough to enrich uranium for a bomb.
Nuclear analysts said Tehran lacked the skills, materials and equipment to make good on its immediate nuclear ambitions at that time. “The Islamic state still lacked the parts and materials to make droves of the highly complex machines, which can spin uranium into fuel rich enough for use in nuclear reactors or atom bombs,” the New York Times reported in April, 2006.
“Iran unveiled a third generation of domestically built centrifuges Friday as the Islamic Republic accelerates a uranium enrichment program that has alarmed world powers fearful of the nuclear program’s aims,” the Associated Press reported earlier this month.
“Iran doesn’t have a nuke and is nowhere close to getting one, according to the CIA,” Ron Paul wrote in 2006 as neocons arrayed around the Bush administration began beating the war drums. “If they did have one, using it would guarantee almost instantaneous annihilation by Israel and the United States. Hysterical fear of Iran is way out of proportion to reality.”
During the lugubrious Bush years the neocons pummelled the war drums and demanded Iran be shock and awed in much the same way Iraq was in early 2003. Obama and his coterie of neolibs seem headed in the same direction, albeit with the sort of vacillation Democrats are known for. The neocon invasion and occupation of Iraq has so far resulted in the murder of well over a million Iraqis.
Early on in his presidential campaign, McCain modified a Beach Boys song. “Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran,” he sang to the tune of Barbara Ann during a stop on his “Straight Talk” tour at Murrells Inlet VFW Hall in South Carolina in 2007.
“Iran is dedicated to the destruction of Israel. That alone should concern us but now they are trying for nuclear capabilities. I totally support the President when he says we will not allow Iran to destroy Israel,” he said with the sort of hysterical irrationality mentioned by Paul in the above quote.
Iran has never indicated it plans to attack Israel. In 2006, the Israeli intelligence and anti-Arab and Muslim propaganda front organization MEMRI released a mistranslated speech by Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claiming Iran planned to wipe Israel off the map.
Iran said Israel — and more specifically political Zionism — will eventually disappear in the vapor of time. History demonstrates repeatedly that many colonial ventures indeed ultimately fade away.
In 1997, Israel had 400 deliverable thermonuclear weapons, according to research conducted by the USAF Counterproliferation Center at the Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. The number is likely higher today.
Iran has zero nuclear weapons, deliverable or otherwise.
The darling of the Republican Tea Party, Sarah Palin, has suggested bombing Iran is a possibility. Palin said in an interview with Fox News in February that Obama should play the war card if he wants to get re-elected in 2012.
For some reason the corporate media keeps referring to her as somebody who embraces the original Libertarian principles of the Tea Party. Generally speaking, Libertarians follow the advice of George Washington — beware of foreign entanglements.