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Has Obama given up on halting Iran?

May 20, 2009

Tuesday the Washington Post reported that missile defense was not needed in Europe because Iran was a long way from making a missile that could reach NATO.  Today, Iran tested the missile that can get there.

After years of worthless sanctions against Iran, we can expect a nuclear test soon.  Just ask Israel.  But the American liberal media and the Obama Administration is likely just looking the other way….

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There are growing indications that the US has come to terms with a nuclear-armed Teheran, two analysts told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.

By Yaakov Lappin
The Jerusalem Post

“The Americans are in a state of mindaccording to which Iran has already gone nuclear,” said Dr. Mordechai Kedar of Bar-Ilan’s Begin Sadat Center for Strategic Studies.

Kedar, who served in Military Intelligence for 25 years, said US President Barack Obama was “at peace” with the idea of a nuclear Iran.

“You can tell from how the Americans talk. Look at how [US special envoy] George Mitchell talks, or how Obama talks. I don’t see them being pressured by this threat. They have shown no urgent desire to change this reality,” he added.

“Obama has given up,” Kedar said.

The result is that the US and Israel have only “small things to talk about,” mainly the Palestinian track.

Read the rest:
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Obama Gives Iran Until The End of The Year; Top Iranian General Predicts Israel’s Destruction in 11 days

May 19, 2009

For the video of Iran’s general, link to the Jerusalem Post:
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Yesterday, President Barack Obama told Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu and assempbled reporters that he would allow his diplomatic initiatives with Iran to work until the end of the year….

“By the end of the year we should have some sense whether or not these discussions are starting to yield significant benefits, whether we are starting to see serious movement on the part of Iranians,” he said.

See the New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/1
9/world/middleeast/19prexy.html?em

See also Reuters:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/2009
0518/pl_nm/us_usa_iran_obama_3

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Iran is in the midst of a multi-year plan that it hopes will culminate in the production of several hundred missile launchers and over 1,000 long-range ballistic missiles within the next six years, according to estimates in the Israeli defense establishment.

Read the rest:
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Obama Told Missile Defense in Europe Not Needed: Iran Years Away from Having Missiles

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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with Israel's Prime ...
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, May 18, 2009. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Obama Told Missile Defense in Europe Not Needed: Iran Years Away from Having Missiles

May 19, 2009

The story below and the report referred to are likely to create a political fire-storm as the Russians have long stated an intention of pressuring Obama to kill the missile defense planned for Europe…..

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For Stopping Iran, “It’s late in the game”

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By Joby Warrick and R. Jeffrey Smith
The Washington Post
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A planned U.S. missile shield to protect Europe from a possible Iranian attack would be ineffective against the kinds of missiles Iran is likely to deploy, according to a joint analysis by top U.S. and Russian scientists.

The U.S.-Russian team also judged that it would be more than five years before Iran is capable of building both a nuclear warhead and a missile capable of carrying it over long distances. And if Iran attempted such an attack, the experts say, it would ensure its own destruction.

“The missile threat from Iran to Europe is thus not imminent,” the 12-member technical panel concludes in a report produced by the EastWest Institute, an independent think tank based in Moscow, New York and Belgium.

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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.

Read the rest:
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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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PelosiTruthGate: Did CIA Lie About Torture To Congress? Time To Find Out Or Fire Pelosi

May 15, 2009

If the Central Intelligence Agency, the nations top intelligence collection agency, is or has been lying the Congress, that is one of the most serious dangers in our democracy.

If the Congress is not fulfilling its role in “oversight” and “checks and balances” that is an equally serious allegation.

And if the Speaker of the House, any Speaker of the House, is lying about such a serious national security matter, that Speaker needs to step down.

This is now a new Watergate. PelosiTruthGate.

If the CIA lied about torture, did it lie about the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?  Did we go to war based upon a lie?

This is serious stuff.  Nothing could be more serious.

We need to get to the bottom of this.

It’s now that simple.

The New York Times buried this story on page A18 today: which removes this organization from the realm of honest journalism.

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Meanwhile, the Washington Post, to its credit, has prepared a special editorial on the CIA-Pelosi-Truth affair, which is on the Internet now and will appear in print on Saturday.

This is a big issue and a big story, and even the White House is hoping it will (and trying to make it) go away.

Which means we have even more reason to get to the bottom of this serious issue…..

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Gingrich On Pelosi: ‘Lied,’ ‘Despicable,’ ‘Dishonest,’ ‘Vicious,’ “Incompetent”

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/05/
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Obama Was Against Military Tribunals Before He Was For Them

May 15, 2009

And Gitmo will be open a lot longer than promised too….

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WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Friday restarted a Bush-era military trial system for a small number of Guantanamo detainees, reviving a method of prosecution he once assailed as flawed but with new legal protections for terror suspects.

In a three-paragraph White House statement, Obama announced the decision that already has drawn criticism from liberal groups, arguing that it will ensure a legitimate forum to prosecute alleged terrorists being held at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

“This is the best way to protect our country, while upholding our deeply held values,” the president said in a statement.

Obama had criticized the system established by President George W. Bush, and in his statement, he said it had only succeeded in prosecuting three suspected terrorist in more than seven years.

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Here’s how Israel would destroy Iran’s nuclear program

May 15, 2009

U.S. study maps out ‘complex and high-risk’ possibilities for an IAF strike on Iran’s facilities.

By Reuven Pedatzur
Haaretz Newspaper (Israel)

Israeli government ministers and Knesset members who will help make the decision about whether to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities do not have to wait any longer for a preparatory briefing by the Israel Air Force.

They can read about all the possible scenarios for a strike on Iran, and about the potential risks and chances of success, in a study by Abdullah Toukan and Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

Never before has such an open, detailed and thorough study of Israel’s offensive options been published. The authors of the 114-page study meticulously gathered all available data on Israel’s military capabilities and its nuclear program, and on Iran’s nuclear developments and aerial defenses, as well as both countries’ missile inventory.

Read the rest:
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/sp
ages/1085619.html

Russia to build 12 fighters for Vietnam

May 14, 2009

Russia has secured an order from Vietnam for 12 Su-30MK2 fighter jets worth more than 500 million dollars (368 million euros), the Vedomosti newspaper said, citing top aviation industry officials.

The contract with Russian state arms exporters Rosoboronexport was inked in January, according to the paper.

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Russian jets over the Kremlin in Moscow. Russia has secured ...

Russian jets over the Kremlin in Moscow. Russia has secured an order from Vietnam for 12 Su-30MK2 fighter jets worth more than 500 million dollars, the Vedomosti newspaper said, citing top aviation industry officials

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The supersonic fighter jets are to be sold without on-board weapons, and no time frame was given for the deal.

Contracts for missiles and other arms to equip the planes are worth hundreds of millions of dollars more, the daily reported.

Just last month, media reported Russia had sealed a 1.8-billion-dollar deal for the sale of six submarines to the Vietnamese navy.

With these contracts Vietnam becomes one of Russia’s five largest arms clients, alongside India, Algeria, Venezuela and China, Vedomosti said.

The weapons trade has proved one of Russia’s most profitable sectors since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090514
/bs_afp/russiavietnamdefence_20090514065823

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Top Ten Reasons The Republican Party Will Recover

May 13, 2009

Here’s our Peace and Freedom list of the top ten reasons to expect the Republican Party to make gains over the course of the next two to four years:

1)  The economy: Despite the huge spending measures already enacted by the Obama administration, including the stimulus and the many ‘bailouts,” the economy may not even start any really significant recovery until this time next year.  Voters are already tiring of the recession and showing discontent.

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2)  Democratic leaders like Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and John Murtha.  There is already rumbling that our Congressional leaders are disappointing voters.  Most polls rate congress very poorly even though some 60% like Obama.  Scandals, a lack of integrity and broken promises on transparency can add to the woes of Democrats easily over time.

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3)  National debt, deficit and spending.

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4)  Taxes.  Taxes will go up.  There is just no way to support all our current spending let alone the promises of overhauls to health care, education, and the environment without raising more money and that means raising taxes.

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5)  Unexpected world events.  Just as nobody could have predicted 9/11, there could well be an event as yet unknown that unfolds to change the game for everyone before long.  Just as Joe Biden predicted last year, this president will be tested….

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6)  Democratic Infighting.  This is the party that has, for a long time, been unable to get along with itself, for too long, before all hell breaks loose….

7)  Inflation.  With all the borrowing of the federal government, inflation is indeed likely.  Nobody will like that one bit.  Which will hurt incumbents….

8)  Loss of buying power and credit.  Obama’s current campaign to rein in the credit card companies is admirable but it may result in millions of people unable to get the credit they’ve grown used to….Expect retail sales to lag other indicators of recovery…..

Retail sales remain slow in April:
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Reta
il-sales-drop-apf-15227744.html?.v=3

9)  Broken Promises.  “Green jobs” won’t be as numerous or high paying as once promised and work for good jobs will dry up as GM and Chrysler and others move more jobs overseas….The health care overhaul may actually harm enough people that there could be a backlash that wants to punish lawmakers…

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10) Desire for Change/Hope (The Pendulum): In our American system, the pendulum has been swinging to and fro; from Republicans to Democrats and back again for almost all of time.  People will tire of our current way of doing business and even the euphoria over Obama will wane.

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Bonus:

11) Traditional Republican Discipline.  The Republicans in general have traditionally shown much more discipline and togetherness than Democrats.  The current squabbling over Cheney, Powell, Gingrich, Rush et al can be expected to wind down as elections near.

12)  The law of unintended consequences.  President Obama has changed so much, so aggressively, so often, so soon in his presidency that the effort is unprecedented.  But this could mean that there is trouble lurking that has not been foreseen.  And we know how well our government foresees things: like the current recession….

13)  Bad Obama planning and staff work.  Nobody had time to read the stimulus?  This will come back to hurt the president and the Democrats in Congress.  Many other examples of stupidity an ineptitude come to mind…..

14)  The “Tea Parties.”  “The real genesis of the tea party movement was not taxes, but out-of-control spending and the debts we are leaving our children,” wrote Paul Gessing in the Albuquerque Conservative Examiner.  “The tea party movement (at least in Albuquerque) is not simply a bunch of angry Republicans who don’t like Obama and understand their own self-interest. Rather, the tea party here was organized by average citizens who are terrified of what the government is doing to our economy. The fact is that America can’t live on borrowed money forever.”  The fact that people are taking to the streets — people who are both Democrats and republicans — is unprecedented.John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
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China’s Navy Grows and the World Watches Warily

May 13, 2009

Last month, delegations from the naval fleets of 14 nations met at the Chinese port of Qingdao to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLA-Navy). It was a chummy affair of joint exercises and processions at sea, overseen by white-clad officers in full regalia. In a speech there, Chinese president Hu Jintao trumpeted his country’s emergence as a budding maritime power, while assuring foreign observers that China “would never seek hegemony, nor would it turn to arms races with other nations.” Instead, Hu claimed, the retooled and expanding Chinese navy would lead the region into “harmonious seas.”

By Ishaan Thardoor
Time Magazine

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China’s navy is potent and growing.  Here, a Russian designed Chinese cruiser
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But China’s cuddly rhetoric has seduced few. In 2008, Beijing’s annual military budget increased by almost 20% to $60 billion, according to official figures, though the Pentagon estimates that number could actually be closer to $150 billion. Its most recent report on the PLA warned grimly of China’s ability to “develop and field disruptive military technologies” — tactics which the Pentagon thinks will change “regional military balances and… have implications beyond the Asia-Pacific.” China’s strategic interests now rim most of the world’s continents and it remains embroiled in lingering territorial disputes with its neighbors. Though publicly muted, there is growing concern in capitals across the rest of Asia over Beijing’s burgeoning pre-eminence. “There’s no escaping the fact that, in the past ten years, China’s negotiating power has increased while others have weakened,” says C. Raja Mohan, a leading Indian foreign policy expert and professor at Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School for International Studies. (Read “China’s Navy: How Big a Threat to the U.S.?”)

In response to China’s gains — which include putting out three new submarines a year since 1995 — neighboring countries have also set about beefing up their fleets. Just a week after the ceremonies in Qingdao, Vietnam announced its purchase of six kilo-class submarines from Russia. On May 2, the Australian government published a white paper outlining a twenty year, $74 billion plan to revitalize its navy so it could be ready, if need be, to counter a “major power adversary” — a thinly veiled reference to how some defense officials there imagine China’s military project. “The front line of the Cold War may have been in Western Europe,” says Andrew Davies, an expert on Asian military modernization at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, a Canberra-based think tank. “But a future one could well be drawn through the western Pacific.”

Read the rest:
http://www.time.com/time/world/artic
le/0,8599,1897871,00.html?xid=rss-topstories


Above: Missile Destroyer Haikou 171 of the PLA Navy’s South China Sea Fleet.  She departed with two other Chinese warships on a mission to the Gulf of Aden near Somali on anti-pirate patrol in December.  Many in the West see this as a sign of renewed cooperation between China and other military powers.  Others see this move as practice for more far flung Chinese naval deployments.

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This US Navy file photo shows the military Sealift Command ocean surveillance ship USNS Impeccable (T-AGOS-23). Five Chinese vessels maneuvered dangerously close to a US Navy ship in the South China Sea on Sunday, March 8, 2009, approaching within 25 feet of the unarmed surveillance ship, the Pentagon said.  USNS Victorious, a sister ship, was apparently harassed the week of May 1, 2009, by China at sea.(AFP/NVNS)