Monday, September 28, 2009

Iran confronts menace from amrikan government

Notice these missile tests come at a time when clinton is manouvering
with Arab nations behind Iran's back. Also notice how zionist pawn
cirincione is coming into play. Back in 2006 I met with him and he
claimed that Iran had material for over 100 bombs when he spoke at
watson, and recently watson pulled the video for the speech, which was
here Iran must
NOT trust any offers from amrika if it is to survive.
Peter II, Khan-e-Mazendaran

Obama knew all along that Iran had a secret uranium factory. He may be
more of a master strategist than his foes--and even his friends--have

The key to understanding today's announcement on Iran is this: President
Obama knew about the secret Iranian facility nine months ago. Before he
began his strategy of engagement, he knew Iran was lying about its
program. When he extended his hand in friendship, he knew Iran had built
a secret factory to enrich uranium. Before he offered direct talks, he
knew Iran was hiding a nuclear weapons breakout capability.

Each move was denounced as "weak" and "naïve" by the right. That talk
looks foolish today. These were the moves of chess master, carefully
positioning pieces on the board, laying a trap, and springing it at the
opportune moment.

We now know that Obama was not acting on impulse, or philosophy or
general principles, but on deep strategy. He knew better than his
critics that Ahmadinejad could not be trusted. He just had a better plan
for how to deal with him.

Obama is now well positioned to unite world leaders in a long-term
strategy to back Iran away from nuclear weapons. While some nations
mistrusted the previous administration--fearing a repeat of the Iraq
War--they have more confidence in Obama. They don't believe he will use
military force, except as a last resort.

Meanwhile, Obama's missile defense decision--a move that puts more
military assets in position more quickly against the Iranian
missiles--not only increases the pressure on Iran but allows Russia to
move closer to the U.S. position without appearing to be buckling to

Obama's open hand also undercut Ahmadinejad at home. Previously, he was
able to use the nuclear program as a nationalist rallying cry, posing as
the warrior president defending the nation against Western attack. He
kept the reform movement down and IAEA inspectors out. Obama's strategy
of engagement has foiled Ahmadinejad, allowing the forces of reform to
surge in Iran. Without the threat of a US attack, Iranian opposition
leaders have more freedom of movement and are less vulnerable to the
government claims that they are tools of US imperialism.

Internationally, Obama is restoring American credibility. By pushing the
military option with Iran to the back of the table, he increases support
for sanctions. By proposing a balanced, comprehensive nuclear policy
strategy, backed unanimously at the United Nations Security Council this
week, he increases support for tough measures against those that cheat
on their treaty obligations.

Obama has now backed Iran into a corner. The solution will not be easy
or quick, however. A great deal depends on getting Russia and China to
agree to tougher sanctions. There are options that Europe and the US
could employ without them, but their agreement to UN sanctions would
greatly increase the financial and diplomatic pressure on Iran. UK Prime
Minister Gordon Brown, speaking with Obama and French President Sarkozy
this morning, laid down a December deadline for sanctions.

The obvious solution is for Iran to agree to intrusive inspections. Let
the IAEA inspectors into all sites; give them access to all records;
give them access to all scientists. If possible, we want a suspension of
the program--both construction and operations.

All of this is now more likely than at any time in the past few years.
We will know soon, within the next few months, if Obama's sophisticated,
comprehensive approach is working.
For now, we have a new appreciation of Obama, the strategist.

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Sara A. Carter

Iran fired medium-missiles Monday capable of hitting Israel, U.S. bases
in the Persian Gulf and areas of Europe in a new show of defiance before
nuclear negotiations Thursday with the United States and other world

Two U.S. counterproliferation officials confirmed Iranian media reports
of the tests, which followed an Iranian barrage of short-range rockets
on Sunday. The officials spoke on condition that they not be named
because they were discussing intelligence information.

One official said the U.S. was "looking into whether Iran has also test
fired long-range missiles" capable of hitting Europe but said that
"we're not able to confirm long-range missile tests at this time."

• Iran tests missile after nuke disclosure

The disclosure by Iranian state television of the missile tests followed
President Obama's revelation Friday that Iran has a second facility to
enrich uranium hidden near the Iranian theological center of Qom on a
military base. The U.S., China, Russia, France, Germany and Britain are
to discuss Iran's nuclear program with Iran on Thursday in Geneva and
demand full access to the site for the International Atomic Energy

"They're trying to puff themselves up and show that they have spikes and
cannot be taken lightly," said Joe Cirincione, president of the
Ploughshares Fund, which seeks nuclear disarmament.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Iran's "preplanned military
exercises" fit into a pattern of provocation and that the U.S. hopes
Iran will change course, "engage in full transparency" and "give up its
nuclear weapons program."

"They can continue the path that they've been on … or they can make a
decision to step away from its nuclear weapons program and enter into a
meaningful relationship with the world," he said. Mr. Gibbs said
agreeing to "immediate, unfettered access" to their nuclear facilities
is "the least that they can do."

Mr. Cirincione said the Iranian government might also be acting for
domestic purposes, to reassure its conservative base that Iran can
defend itself and negotiate successfully with Western powers. The regime
has been rattled by the disclosure of the second enrichment site as well
as continuing protests following disputed June 12 presidential

Iranian state television said that the Revolutionary Guards, an elite
force that contols Iran's missile and nuclear programs, ended two days
of war games by successfully testing the Shahab-3 and Sajjil solid
fuel-powered rockets. Both can travel up to 1,200 miles, which would put
Israel, U.S. bases in the Middle East and parts of southern Europe
within range.

The surface-to-surface Sajjil is a new, two-stage missile using solid
fuel, which provides more accurate delivery than liquid fuel rockets and
offers the potential for longer ranges.

"Iranian missiles are able to target any place that threatens Iran,"
said Abdollah Araqi, a top Revolutionary Guard commander, according to
the semi-official Fars news agency. His comments were reported by
Associated Press.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hasan Qashqavi said the tests were
routine and planned in advance, AP added.

Western officials condemned the launches.

The French foreign ministry called on Iran "to choose the path of
cooperation rather than confrontation, by immediately ceasing these
deeply destabilising activities."

"This sends the wrong signal to the international community" in advance
of Thursday's talks, Britain's Foreign Office said.

Iran previously tested the Sajjil-2 in May.

• Barbara Slavin contributed to this report from Washington.


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