Posted on April 4, 2010 by pinroot
“Diplomacy has failed,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told AIPAC, “Iran is on the verge of becoming nuclear and we cannot afford that.”
“We have to contemplate the final option,” said Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., “the use of force to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.”
War is a “terrible thing,” said Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., but “sometimes it is better to go to war than to allow the Holocaust to develop a second time.”
Graham then describes the war we Americans should fight: “If military force is ever employed, it should be done in a decisive fashion. The Iran government’s ability to wage conventional war against its neighbors and our troops in the region should not exist. They should not have one plane that can fly or one ship that can float.”
Danielle Pletka of the American Enterprise Institute, Neocon Central, writes, “The only questions remaining, one Washington politico tells me, are who starts it, and how it ends.”
As to who starts it, we know the answer. Teheran has not started a war in memory and is not going to launch a suicide attack on a superpower with thousands of nuclear weapons. As with Iraq in 2003, the war will be launched by the United States against a nation that did not attack us—to strip it of weapons it does not have.
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Posted on December 20, 2009 by pinroot
From Raw Story:
In order to test its missile defense technology, the United States intends to defend against a simulated attack that, according to reports on Iran’s military capabilities, is not technically possible.
Most prior tests of U.S. missile defense systems have been geared toward defending against a volley from North Korea.
Sometime in January a simulated missile will be launched from the Marshall Islands, aimed at California, but Vandenberg Air Force Base is expected to intercept it.
“Missile defense tests have been likened to hitting a bullet with a bullet,” CNN reported. “This test will be even more difficult: It will be like hitting a bullet head-on with another bullet, because any launch from Iran would have a trajectory that would require a U.S. interceptor missile hitting the target directly, [a defense official] said.”
Word of the test comes days after Iran tested its Sajjil-2 rocket, which can reportedly travel about 1,200 miles. As Iran’s most advanced ICBM, it could reach as far as Israel or southeastern Europe.
It cannot reach the United States.
Were Iran to launch its imaginary missile at the United States, a CNN source said that a U.S. interceptor would likely be fired from Fort Greely, Alaska. It is the only site other than Vandenburg that houses the missile defense technology.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to allow President Obama the power to levy sanctions against Iran.
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Posted on December 14, 2009 by pinroot
Webster G. Tarpley
December 14, 2009
|Obama declared all-out war on Pakistan during his December 1, 2009, West Point speech.
Obama’s West Point speech of December 1 represents far more than the obvious brutal escalation in Afghanistan — it is nothing less than a declaration of all-out war by the United States against Pakistan. This is a brand-new war, a much wider war now targeting Pakistan, a country of 160 million people armed with nuclear weapons. In the process, Afghanistan is scheduled to be broken up. This is no longer the Bush Cheney Afghan war we have known in the past. This is something immensely bigger: the attempt to destroy the Pakistani central government in Islamabad and to sink that country into a chaos of civil war, Balkanization, subdivision and general mayhem. The chosen strategy is to massively export the Afghan civil war into Pakistan and beyond, fracturing Pakistan along ethnic lines. It is an oblique war using fourth-generation or guerrilla warfare techniques to assail a country which the United States and its associates in aggression are far too weak to attack directly. In this war, the Taliban are employed as US proxies. This aggression against Pakistan is Obama’s attempt to wage the Great Game against the hub of Central Asia and Eurasia or more generally.
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Posted on October 24, 2009 by pinroot
From The Wall Street Journal:
TEL AVIV — The U.S. and Israeli militaries began a combined air-defense exercise on Thursday involving about 1,000 American soldiers and simulating a scenario in which U.S. forces deploy to Israel to help defend the country against incoming missiles.
The three-week drill, the fifth since 2001, is part of a growing partnership between the two militaries that has coincided with rising fears in Israel about Iran’s growing arsenal of missiles and nuclear ambitions.
“In time of need the Israel Defense Forces will protect our country, however, if decided, our defenses will be enhanced by the United States’ capabilities,” Israeli Air Defense Corps commander Brig. Gen. Doron Gavish told a news conference.
Iran and Israel both confirmed Thursday that representatives of their governments attended a conference in Cairo last month focused on global nonproliferation issues, a rare joint appearance by officials from the enemy states. Continue reading
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Posted on October 19, 2009 by pinroot
From The Telegraph (U.K.):
A bomb attack on Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard that killed over 40 people including top generals was carried out by terrorists trained by America and Britain in nearby Pakistan, a senior commander said on Monday.
“The terrorists were trained in the neighbouring country by the Americans and British,” General Mohammad Pakpour, head of the Guard’s ground forces, told state television. “The enemies of the Islamic Republic of Iran are unable to tolerate the unity in the country.”
Gen Pakpour, whose deputy Gen Nour Ali Shoushtari was the most senior officer killed in the attack, said there would be retribution.
“The Guards will give a very harsh and crushing response to this group, so the group will never be able to launch another act like this in the country,” he said.
The Islamic regime in Iran regularly blames all opposition on America and Britain, but there have been claims outside the country for a number of years that the Bush administration provided funding to Jundullah, the militant group which claimed responsibility for the attack on Sunday.
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Posted on September 29, 2009 by pinroot
Well, if the “secret” nuclear facility wasn’t enough to provoke the U.S. (through its proxy Israel) to attack Iran, this should do the trick.
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ordered the replacement of the US dollar by the euro in calculating the value of the country’s Oil Stabilisation Fund (OSF).
The edict, issued on Sept 12, follows a recommendation by the trustees of the country’s foreign reserves, Iran’s English-language daily The Tehran Times said on Monday, citing Iran’s semi-official Mehr News Agency.
The move was taken because the government wishes to protect itself from the fragility of the US economy and the weak dollar.
The OSF, which forms part of Iran’s foreign exchange reserves, is a contingency fund set aside to cushion the economy against fluctuating international oil prices.
It is also used to help both the public and private sectors with their hard currency needs by extending loans.
Press TV meanwhile reported that following the switch the interest rate for facilities provided from the foreign exchange reserves is to be cut to 5 percent from 12 percent.
Since its introduction in 1999 by the EU the euro has gained popularity internationally and there are now more euros in circulation than the dollar.
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Posted on September 28, 2009 by pinroot
The Islamic Republic of Iran has successfully tested long range Shahab-3 and Sejil missiles in the third stage of a defense drill in a bid to bolster its defense capabilities, Press TV has learned.
The missiles were launched on Monday as part of an advanced military exercise named The Great Prophet IV which was carried out by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
The optimized Shahab-3 has a range of 1,300 to 2,000 kilometers.
The Sejil is a two-stage missile powered by solid fuel which was tested by the IRGC for the first time in the maneuver.
Both of the projectiles accurately hit their designated targets.
The IRGC successfully test-fired several models of medium-range Shahab-1 and Shahab-2 missiles during the first and second stages of military drill in central Iran Sunday night.
A number of missiles including Iranian-made Fateh-110, a short-range ground-to-ground missile and Tondar-69, a short-range naval missile, were also launched consecutively at mock targets across the country in the first stage of the military drill on Sunday morning.
According to the IRGC Air Force Commander Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the Shahab-2 missiles would hit targets at least 300 kilometers and at the most 700 kilometers away.
“The Great Prophet IV” maneuver is a sequel to “The Great Prophet III” which was carried out last year by the IRGC naval and ground forces in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz region.
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