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Iran tests missile that could hit Israel, Europe

May 20, 2009

We just reported that a government study team told President Obama that missile defense in Europe was unnecessary.  The study concluded that Iran was several years from having a missile that could reach Europe.

Related:
Obama Told Missile Defense in Europe Not Needed: Iran Years Away from Having Missiles
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Today Iran tested a missile capable of reaching Europe.

The fact that Iran chose to conduct this test while Israel’s Benjamain Netanyahu is in Washington for talks with Obama is indicative of the subtle way Iran is “engaged”….

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TEHRAN, Iran – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran test-fired a new advanced missile Wednesday with a range of about 1,200 miles, far enough to strike Israel and southeastern Europe.

The announcement will not reassure the U.S. government, coming just two days after President Barack Obama declared a readiness to seek deeper international sanctions against Iranif it shunned U.S. attempts to open negotiations on its nuclear program. Obama said he expected a positive response to his outreach for opening a dialogue with Iran by the end of the year.

“Defense Minister (MostafaMohammad Najjar) has informed me that the Sajjil-2 missile, which has very advanced technology, was launched from Semnanand it landed precisely on the target,” state radio quoted Ahmadinejad as saying. He spoke during a visit to the city of Semnan, 125 miles east of the capital Tehran, where Iran’s space program is centered.

Ahmadinejad is running for re-election in a June 12 vote and has been criticized by his opponents and others for antagonizing the U.S. and mismanaging the country’s faltering economy.
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Most Western analysts believe Iran does not yet have the technology to produce nuclear weapons, including warheads for long-range missiles. Many experts believe Iran is three to four years away, some think sooner, from having the capability.

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Iran's Revolutionary Guards tested their medium-range Shahab-3 ...

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards tested their medium-range Shahab-3 missile at an undisclosed location in July 2008. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Iran has test-fired a new medium-range surface-to-surface missile.

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From AP

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran test-fired a new advanced missile Wednesday with a range of about 1,200 miles, far enough to strike Israel and southeastern Europe.The announcement will not reassure the U.S. government, coming just two days after President Barack Obama declared a readiness to seek deeper international sanctions against Iran if it shunned U.S. attempts to open negotiations on its nuclear program. Obama said he expected a positive response to his outreach for opening a dialogue with Iran by the end of the year.

“Defense Minister (Mostafa Mohammad Najjar) has informed me that the Sajjil-2 missile, which has very advanced technology, was launched from Semnan and it landed precisely on the target,” state radio quoted Ahmadinejad as saying. He spoke during a visit to the city of Semnan, 125 miles east of the capital Tehran, where Iran’s space program is centered.

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Obama’s Happy Thoughts for Israel’s Netanyahu: Iran Has Tremendous History, Potential; Door Open for ‘Sanctions’

May 18, 2009

Here you go Israel.  Real words of wisdom from your top ally the President of the United States.  Even though you fear that Iran wants to “wipe Israel from the map,” never fear, Barack Obama says Iran has “tremendous history and potential.”

Netanyahu’s response to Iran’s nuclear weapons?  “Unacceptable.”

The president also said he was leaving the door open for a range of options with Israel including sanctions.

Haven’t sanctions been tried?

In the last few weeks, stories have been all over Israel’s media about preparations for an attack on Iran……

Those words at the White House today.

developing….

It seemed to us that Barack Obama’s White House photo op with Benjamin Netanyahu was Obama at his worst: off the teleprompter, halting, lurching and reaching for the right words.

Netanyahu was clear as a bell…..

Benjamin Netanyahu, Barack Obama
APFrom the Associated Press:

 

President Barack Obama says he expects a positive response from his diplomatic outreach to Iran on stopping its nuclear program by the end of the year.

The president said the United States wanted to bring Iran into the world community, but declared “we’re not going to have talks forever.”

Obama spoke after more than two hours of discussions Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 11, 2008 file photo, Iranian President ...
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, standing beneath a poster of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

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From Fox News

President Obama won’t put an “artificial deadline” on Iran’s abandoning its nuclear weapons program but said Monday that the Islamic Republic’s obtaining a nuclear weapon would be not only a threat to Israel and the U.S. but would be “profoundly destabilizing” to the international community in general.

In talks with reporters after a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Obama said he would not let talks go on forever, but the June election in Iran will be revealing about whether there is a chance for progress with Tehran by the end of the year. 

“Iran is a country of extraordinary history and extraordinary potential and we want them to be a full-fledged member of the international community, and be in a position to provide opportunity and prosperity for their people but that the way to achieve those goals is not through the  pursuit of a nuclear weapon,” Obama said.

The president added that a “range of steps” are still available against Iran, including sanctions, if it continues its nuclear program.

“We are not foreclosing a range of steps … in assuring that Iran understands that we are serious,” he added.

Netanyahu said Iran’s obtaining nuclear weapons would be an existential threat not only to Israel but the rest of the world. 

“It could give the nuclear umbrella to terrorists or worse, it could actually give nuclear weapons to terrorists I believe it would put all of us in great peril,” he said. He added that in his 59 years of life — the modern Jewish state is only 61 years old — he has never seen the Arabs and Jews so closely share the same threat. 

Despite their agreements, Obama and Netanyahu appeared at odds over negotiations with Palestinians, as the U.S. leader called for a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians and Netanyahu made no mention of a nation for the Arab people.

Netanyahu did say Palestinians should govern themselves and he is ready to start talks right away as long as Palestinians immediately recognize the Jewish state.

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From The Washington Times:

Obama Gives Stern Warning To Iran

President Obama on Monday gave a stern warning to Iran to cease its pursuit of nuclear weapons, during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, citing “deepening concern” about Tehran’s progress toward nuclear capabilities.

“It is not in their interest to pursue a nuclear weapon and they should change course,” Mr. Obama said, sitting next to Mr. Netanyahu in the Oval Office.

The president said he was “not foreclosing a range of steps,” including stronger sanctions, “in ensuring Iran that we are serious.”

Mr. Netanyahu praised Mr. Obama as “a great leader” and thanked him for “leaving all options on the table” regarding Iran.

A nuclear-armed Iran, Mr. Netanyahu said, “would put us all in great peril.”

The highly anticipated first meeting between the two men went nearly two hours, almost double the amount of time set aside for them to talk. It was among the most high-profile, high stakes moments of Mr. Obama’s four-month old presidency.

Mr. Netanyahu’s ascent to power has ushered in a hardline Israeli government at a moment when fears are growing about the prospect that Iran may soon be capable of producing a nuclear weapon.

Israel already has carried out a surgical air strike on nuclear facilities in Syria less than two years ago, and that at the behest of government far less hawkish than the one now in power. The Pandora’s Box that many around the world hope to avoid is a similar or even more severe action by Israel against Tehran, which would likely set off a chain reaction of events.

Following Mr. Obama’s private meeting with Mr. Netanyahu in the Oval Office, their top advisers joined them for an expanded meeting, before reporters were brought in at the end of the meeting. The two leaders were scheduled to share a private lunch in the Old Family Dining Room, just off the State Dining Room.

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Obama’s Cinco de Mayo is No Joke: Meltdown in Pakistan, Israel Feels Abused, China Harasses U.S. Ship

May 5, 2009

Oh by the way: with all the news of the economy and President Obama’s mantra of education, environment and health care; there is still a lot for the president to do in the arena of foreign affairs.

Today Pakistan said it expected half a million refugees from the Swat Valley where the Taliban has been operating with nearly a free rein.  The Taliban got to within 60 miles of Islamabad, the Pakistan capital, before the Army stepped in.  Now the question is, Can Pakistan’s Army defeat the Taliban and protect the nation’s nuclear weapons?

Meanwhile, diplomats from Israel are blistering at signals from the Obama Administration.

Yesterday, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said thwarting Iran’s nuclear program is conditional on progress in peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

Today, Vice President Joe Biden challenged Israel to back a two-state peace agreement with the Palestinians.

“That is not negotiable, that is not a matter of change,” he said, adding that the Obama administration’s desire to engage with Iran would not compromise Israel’s security.

Finally, the Associated Press is reporting that China has apparently harassed another U.S. ship in international waters….

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http://hotair.com/archives/2009/
05/05/pakistan-melting-down-in-swat/

Biden: Israel Has No Choice, Must Back a Two-State Peace Agreement with the Palestinians

Leaders of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Israel Seek Obama’s Help

China Again Tests U.S., Obama At Sea

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Second 100 Days: Obama Troubled By Gitmo, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Isreal, China, His Democrat Left….

May 4, 2009

Well, the glorious first 100 days of Barack Obama’s presidency are over and now he faces a plethora of real problems including a Democrat controlled Congress.

Today, the House passed the president’s wartime spending bill — omitting funds meant to relocated terror war prisoners out of the Gitmo military installation.

House leaders also seemed to scold Obama on what they called his “dubious” military plan for Afghanistan and Pakistan and want, in one year, “a hard-nosed realistic evaluation based on the performance standards we’re talking about” to continue military support to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Meanwhile, President Obama’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff expressed concern for the fighting in Pakistan and Afghanistan and said the Chinese military build-up is clearly meant to counter the U.S.

China also says it is reducing purchases of U.S. debt.

Israel is expressing concern that the Obama Administration is not paving the way toward a more peaceful Middle East.

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Obama’s Cinco de Mayo is No Joke: Meltdown in Pakistan, Israel Feels Abused, China Harasses U.S. Ship
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The Jerusalem Post reported today that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said thwarting Iran’s nuclear program is conditional on progress in peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

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Former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich has accused the Obama administration of endangering the Jewish state.

Referring to news reports about the administration’s approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Gingrich told The Jerusalem Post that the US had been setting itself on a collision course with Israel.

He said: “There’s almost an eagerness to take on the Israeli government to make a point with the Arab world.”

Gingrich, in Israel to present a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference, said President Barack Obama’s Middle East policies had become “dangerous for Israel” and “the clearest adoption of weakness since Jimmy Carter.”

He said the US should be sending the message to Israel that “we are for the survival of Israel” and could not tolerate Iran having nuclear weapons.

Second 100 Days: could be interesting……

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/05
/04/close-gitmo-dems-wont-put-
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Our Jekyll and Hyde President

April 30, 2009

Will the real Obama stand up?  Is the real president the one joking with Hugo Chavez and sending a video to Iran’s Ahmadinejad?  Or is he really the guy that executed three Somali pirates who had never before hurt any captives?

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By Victor David Hanson
National Review

In matters of foreign policy during the president’s first 100 days, we have seen two Barack Obamas.

Consider “Obama I.” After taking office, the president gave his first interview to the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya TV station, and listed various sins of America while praising the Saudi king as courageous.

On trips abroad since then, Obama I has continued to apologize for the U.S. being arrogant and dismissive of Europe. He thinks we have been inconsiderate to Mexico. And, judging by a speech he gave in Prague, we apparently carry a special burden to eliminate nuclear weapons since we ended World War II by using them.
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Obama I seems far kinder to our rivals than to the prior Bush administration when he assures various South American thugs and Iranian and Russian strongmen that he represents a sharp break from a recent, unfortunate American past.

Obama I sat quietly for nearly an hour while Nicaragua’s thuggish leader, Daniel Ortega, trashed the U.S. at the recent Summit of the Americas. Instead of defending his country, the president, in his call to move forward, replied that he was only three months old at the time of our alleged misdeeds in Cuba — and therefore not responsible for them.

Most maddening, Obama I released classified memos about past enhanced interrogation techniques — over the objections of former CIA directors from both parties.

But there has been another Obama as well. This more centrist “Obama II” kept Bush appointee Robert Gates as secretary of Defense. He named no-nonsense Gen. James Jones national-security adviser.

Most of the campaign rhetoric about leaving Iraq on a strict timetable has been scrapped. Instead, the Bush-Petraeus plan of withdrawal based on conditions on the ground continues.

Obama sent more combat troops to Afghanistan, while trying in vain to get the Europeans to fulfill their NATO obligations by doing the same. Despite the hostile anti-Bush rhetoric, Obama has kept intact many of his predecessor’s homeland-security measures. There has been little change with the Patriot Act, wiretap and e-mail intercepts of suspected terrorist communications, and renditions of overseas suspects.

Obama II gave the green light to execute suspected Somali pirates who were holding an American hostage. And in the case of our continued Predator drone attacks in Pakistan, such bombings are a little more extreme than waterboarding known terrorists.

There could be several explanations for our split-personality president.

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The Woman Iran Fears

April 27, 2009

An American journalist jailed by Iran on charges of spying for the United States “is in bad condition,” her father said Monday, almost a week after she went on hunger strike.

Reza Saberi said he and his wife Akiko visited their daughter Roxana in Tehran’s Evin jail on Sunday, taking flowers for her 32nd birthday.

“She is very, very weak and frail … she is in a bad condition. She can hardly stand up,” he told Reuters. “I’m worried about her health. I’m worried about her life.”

The 68-year-old said he pleaded with her to stop the hunger strike, but she resisted during the 20-minute visit.

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For months, the state-owned media in the Islamic Republic in Iran has been whipping up frenzy about alleged plots to topple the regime. This was supposed to happen through a “velvet revolution,” a “Freemason conspiracy,” or “soft overthrow.”

Last week, that frenzy found a new face: that of Roxana Saberi, a 31-year old former Miss North Dakota who has been in Tehran for years, working on and off as a reporter for Western media. Originally arrested on a charge of lacking a labor permit, she soon was transformed into a Mata Hari figure, a devious “spy” helping the American “Great Satan” undermine the world’s first “truly Islamic system” since the Prophet’s days in the 7th century. Last week a kangaroo court sentenced her to eight years in Tehran’s dreaded Evin Prison.

By Amir Taheri
NY Post

Saberi is an ideal face for the sinister conspiracy campaign that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad regards as essential to ensure his re-election in June.

To start with, Saberi is both an insider and an outsider. Her father is an Iranian who has lived in the United States since the revolution. Her mother is Japanese. She herself was born an American but was recently engaged to marry Iranian filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi.

Saberi is also a reporter, a profession the Islamist regime in Tehran hates. Since the creation of the Islamic Republic, by some counts, more than half of all Iranian journalists have spent some time in prison. According to Shamsul Waezin, himself a pro-regime journalist for years before joining the opposition, going to prison is part of a reporter’s ordinary routine.

Next, and perhaps most significantly, Saberi is a woman.

The Khomeinist regime has always regarded women as one of its three worst enemies, the other two being Jews and Americans. The first demonstration against Khomeinism consisted entirely of women, and was held on International Women’s Day, March 8, 1979 in Tehran, less than four weeks after the mullahs had seized power. Mrs. Shirin Ebadi, the first Iranian awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, has emerged as one of the most hated figures of the regime’s loyal opposition. Since last January, scores of women fighting for women’s rights have been arrested and sentenced to varying terms of imprisonment.

No one knows what might happen to Saberi. She may be used as a bargaining chip in talks with the Obama administration. Her release would enable Ahmadinejad to claim that he has responded to Obama’s concessions without having to give way on bigger issues such as Tehran’s nuclear project.

But if the fate of some women who shared some of her attributes is an indication, the prospect do not looks promising.

http://michellemalkin.com/20
09/04/26/roxana-saberi-blogburst/

Iran Still Looking for More “Positive Signals” from Obama

April 26, 2009

Washington has not sent Iran sufficient signals on whether the U.S. wants warmer relations and President Barack Obama‘s support for Israel during its offensive in Gaza was “a major mistake,” Iran’s president said in an interview broadcast Sunday.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s comments highlight the mixed messages Iran has been sending to the Obama administration, which says it is reaching out to Iran to start a dialogue after decades of political deadlock.

Though Ahmadinejad has expressed a willingness for a new start with the U.S., the deeply polarizing figure also called Israel a racist country at a U.N. conference last week and blamed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq on a Zionist conspiracy.

“We have welcomed such comments (from Obama). But an administration which, up until yesterday, was saying that I’m going to kill you, and today says that I’m not going to kill you, is that sufficient?” he told ABC’s “This Week” in a rare face-to-face interview with an American news network. The interview, which took place Wednesday in Tehran, was broadcast Sunday.

Ahmadinejad also questioned the Holocaust again, saying more study was needed to establish the historical facts.

“If this is a historically documented event, why do Western states show so much sensitivity toward a historical event? They do not want the lid to be taken off. I am asking them to permit studies,” he said.

Since taking office in January, Obama has made overtures to Iran’s leaders, saying he ready for a dialogue. Last month, he released a video message to the people of Iran in celebration of Nowruz, the Persian new year and first day of spring.

By NASSER KARIMI, Associated Press Writer

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