First CNN could not locate Ukraine on a map and now the Wall Street journal…..this is just sad!
BTW….WSJ your map labelled Iran is Jordan………
STUPIDITY is running rampant!
First CNN could not locate Ukraine on a map and now the Wall Street journal…..this is just sad!
BTW….WSJ your map labelled Iran is Jordan………
STUPIDITY is running rampant!
Since the early 80’s Israel has been telling the west that Iran is from 3 months to a year away from acquiring a nuke……and for about as long there have been people telling the world that Israel is playing the west like a cheap flute…..
Soon there will be another statement on how close Iran is to developing a nuke……wait for it!
There has been very little for the Congressional war hawks to cheer about….diplomacy seems to be winning the day…..but they did great a minor boost from the Ukrainian situation….they can remake Russia into the beast it was during the Cold War…….
But this past week end they have more ammo to use for an increae in defense spending at least to make a good argument for it……..
Let’s see what happened to aid the hawks……
Iran has named a member of the militant group that held 52 Americans hostage in Tehran for 444 days to be its next ambassador to the United Nations.
The Iranian government has applied for a U.S. visa for Hamid Aboutalebi, Iran’s former ambassador to Belgium and Italy, who was a member of the Muslim Students Following the Imam’s Line, a group of radical students that seized the U.S. embassy on Nov. 4, 1979. Imam was an honorific used for Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the Islamic Revolution.
Can you hear that sucking sound? It is John McCain’s head readying to implode……..
But wait there is more!
We have been told….over and over and over and …………about the evils that is North Korea….and now they just helped the case against them……
Having tried out mid-range ballistic missiles in recent weeks, North Korea said today it may conduct a “new form” of nuclear test, the New York Times reports. Pyongyang officials didn’t clarify, but the US and its allies have long thought North Korea wants to build small, sophisticated nuclear devices that can ride piggyback on its new missiles. A spokesman for South Korea’s foreign ministry said North Korea “will have to pay a price” if it ignores international concerns and carries out the test.
For its part, North Korea accused the UN of “turning a blind eye” to “US madcap nuclear war exercises” while denouncing North Korea’s, Reuters reports. North Korea also said it wants the ability to hit medium- and long-range targets “with a variety of striking power.” Tensions between North and South Korea eased last month, when elderly people separated by the Korean War were allowed short reunions, but the North has since returned to harsh rhetoric—and a paper by a nuclear expert cited the “disquieting possibility” that North Korea is building a network of tunnels to carry out regular nuclear tests with highly enriched uranium.
Damn…..a busy weekend and what else could go wrong?
Glad you asked.
South Korea has fired shells into North Korean waters after their rivals sent more than 100 rounds below the disputed sea boundary during a live-fire drill.
The heated artillery exchange was prompted by an unusual warning fax sent from the North to the South, informing them of their live-fire drill.
Though it is not unusual for the reclusive nation to practice at sea, South Korean officials were alarmed by the alert, which they claim ‘indicates their hostile intention’.
My, my….just when the hawks were at one of their lowest points….gifts from heaven…….what will we do? (repeat for effect)……….
My final thought of the day…….we have been playing the containment game with Iran since 1979….but what has the impact been?
If you are not sure then maybe this article will help your understanding and settle some of the confusion around the Iran situation……
Let’s talk about international situations….I mean even curling is more exciting than the politics of the day………
No this is not similar to the Grover’s Mill incident of 1938 where a radio program had residents convinced that they were under attack by Martians……this attack is from stuff I was reading over the weekend…..there were some outlandish claims that we were essentially under attack…because why?
The Iranian Navy is approaching the US maritime borders….say huh?
Iran says it has launched warships with orders to approach US maritime borders in the Atlantic ocean, according to the semi-official Fars news agency. “This move has a message,” an Iranian admiral was quoted as saying. That message: stand up against the US and its allies for stationing vessels in the Persian Gulf. A US defense official told Reuters that he doubted the claim, but said that “ships are free to operate in international waters.” The issue dates back to September 2011, when Iranian Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said his country would place ships near US maritime borders, RT.com reports. He described the mission as tit-for-tat over “the arrogant powers that are present near our maritime borders.” The US and its allies hold regular naval exercises in the Gulf, saying they want to keep the waterway free for 40% of the world’s seaborne oil exports. The Iranian launch consists of a helicopter-carrying gun ship and a destroyer on a 3-month mission, the BBC reports, so it’s likely the same vessels Iran sent out about three weeks ago.
The biggest outrage I found was the fact that they would be so bold as to send their navy into this situation……STOP! Now think about it!
They are doing nothing different than the US….whenever China or Russia is having naval exercises we send some of our navy to close proximity….just in case…….the Iranians did the same thing……the US and others are having exercises in the Persian Gulf and Iran is nervous…..I could say for good reason…..I mean we have a couple of well ‘respected’ senators calling for action, military action, to be used against Iran.
What they have done is just a move on the international chess board…that is all…nothing to have a stroke over…..
Remember the words of little Ronnie Reagan….”trust but verify”? With that in mind……we have heard all the chatter about the deal that the US is working on with Iran over their nukes…..some see it as a good sign for diplomacy while others think it sucks…..since I have studied International Relations especially the Middle East I see it as a good sign….well maybe not a sign but a good start to the end of a major point of contention between Iran and the western powers……
Like I have told my readers I spend hours on line reading Arabic press because there are things happening there that could impact the entire world and most people do not give a sh*t until it is too late…..since my Farsi sucks and I have a magical translate button I have found some interesting info I would like to pass along…..
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif termed the situation related to the nuclear deal an “historical crossroads,” saying his country is ready and determined to make a permanent nuclear deal.
Negotiations on a nuclear pact are expected later this month, and will take place throughout the six month interim agreement, which began just over a week ago.
US officials have repeatedly downplayed the chances of a deal, and threatened war if Iran doesn’t make the deal that they don’t expect. Zarif was more upbeat about the chances, saying his country has the diplomatic good-will to make a deal now.
An interesting statement from the Iranian FM (Foreign Minister)…..if true and real then Iran is showing some adult thinking…..as opposed of the days of that short sh*t from before…..
I am optimistic…something I have not been in many years of keeping tabs on these types of situations……
Any thoughts you would like to share?
One more and then I will let you guys have the rest of the day off……
Hawks have been screaming this for a decade or more…..first it was Iran and their pursuit of nukes and more recently it has been Syria mainly because of the use of CWs on the population…….and most of this rallying around the bomb came from the Right wing….you know the fools like McCain, Graham, et al……but thank God cooler heads prevailed and diplomacy was used in getting Iran to come to the negotiation table and Syria to turn over their stores of CWs…….
But the “Bomb The Bastards” attitude has hung on even with some limited success in diplomacy…..but it is NEVER too far from the conversation…..NEVER! But there are a couple of reports coming from people and organizations that you would least expect……
Sec. Kerry in a recent interview with an Arabic news channel said when asked about the Iranian deal…..
Like most US diplomats, Secretary of State John Kerry is surely familiar with the formula of angrily condemning Iran and threatening war for perceived or future slights. One might even call it second nature.
But even with Kerry trying to talk up the merits of a nuclear deal with Iran in an al-Arabiya interview, he couldn’t get through the whole thing without threatening “the military option” against Iran.
Kerry said the US military is poised to attack Iran at any moment if they try to continue enrichment of uranium beyond permitted levels, a threat which would’ve made a lot more sense if the IAEA hadn’t already confirmed days ago that Iran has halted that enrichment and is complying with the deal.
Kerry went on to demand Iran stop all support for Hezbollah, saying they were prepared to “engage with Iran on other issues,” but that attacking Iran will always remain a possibility. (thanx to antiwar.com)
This from our head of diplomacy…..what was he thinking…..this could scuttle the talks and the deal….maybe that is his intention….after all he gets money from the Israeli PACs….
Iran is not the only threat out there….this one from the WaPo….you know that bastion of liberal reporting (at least that is the line the whack-a-dooles want to pass on)…….
An editorial in yesterday’s Washington Post urges President Obama to use the threat of a U.S. bombing campaign to achieve political ends on a transition deal in the Syria talks.
Obama “could force” a diplomatic agreement for a transition government in Syria “by presenting Mr. Assad with the choice of accepting them or enduring U.S. airstrikes.” With what must be Martian logic, the Post argues that Obama’s refusal to use the threat of violence is why atrocities continue to be committed in Syria.
The United Nations Charter, to which the United States is a high contracting party, prohibits “all members” from “the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state.” The 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, to which the U.S. is also a signatory, establishes the principle that if a country threatens to use force during diplomatic negotiations, then all resulting treaties are invalid. “A treaty is void if its conclusion has been procured by the threat or use of force in violation of the principles of international law embodied in the Charter of the United Nations,” it states.
Back in August, the New York Times was even more blatant in its advocacy of criminal government when it published an Op-Ed titled, “Bomb Syria, Even If It Is Illegal.”
Just consider for a moment how corrupted the political dialogue in this country has to be for mainstream voices to openly and proudly call for their own government to commit war crimes.
This scares me! Just when you thought that US was thinking with a calmer head….we get these douche bags fanning the flames of military intervention……
I wrote a post today about the Iranian deal and the fact that Israel would do all possible to piss on the parade……so far there has not been much comment from Israel at all….and that seems odd to me…..they, Israel, has been saying that Iran is only months away from a bomb….and that has been going on since about 1980…..so why the silence now?
A good question and then I read this piece the the Global Post……..
The government has had its panties in a wad since the new Iranian negotiations have been going on……for over a month now. They have tried everything to scuttle the agreement that was made……even to the point of using a lot of politicians from the Northeast states that get a sizable amount of cash from AIPAC….make ‘em earn all those donations………
But after all their attempts the unthinkable is about to happen…….
A preliminary nuclear deal between Iran and world powers is now in effect. “In line with the implementation of the Geneva joint plan of action, Iran suspended the production of 20% enriched uranium in the presence of UN nuclear watchdog inspectors” at two sites, an Iranian atomic energy official told Iranian news, per AFP. UN authorities have confirmed the news, diplomats tell the BBC. The agreement allows the country to continue enriching uranium to 5%. As for the other side of the deal, “the sanctions iceberg against Iran is melting,” says Iran’s nuclear head. Assuming the EU is satisfied with the enrichment cuts, Iran should today be allowed to restart petrochemical exports as well as trade in gold, meaning billions of dollars for its economy, the BBC notes. Under the deal, Iran is also required to convert half of its existing 20% enriched uranium to oxide; the other half must be diluted to 5% enrichment, CBS News reports. In exchange for the dilution, Iran will gain access to some of its frozen foreign assets worth as much as $4.2 billion, the New York Times reports.
Like I stated….more bad news for Israel. But it will not stop there…..in the near future there will be stories about the violations of the agreement…….most likely they, Israel, will roll out their old reliable….Dan Senor to spread the manure.
The problem is the first steps of the deal are going as smooth as possible…….
Iran has ceased enriching uranium above five percent concentration, International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors confirmed on Monday, as an historic interim deal between the Islamic Republic and world powers over its controversial nuclear program officially began.
The assumption of the Joint Plan of Action is an important milestone for modern Iran, as well as for those concerned about its nuclear ambitions. Developments on Monday marked the first time in over a decade that Iran’s leaders willingly paused, and even began rolling back, aspects of its nuclear work.
Additionally, Iran disabled its centrifuge cascades built to enrich uranium to higher grades, and has begun diluting its stockpile of uranium already enriched to near- 20% concentration.
I am not saying that all will be gravy…there will be false starts and some violations but each one will be magnified 100 times over by the media, especially the right wing media…..no stop will be overlooked to scuttle this agreement. It is what Israel wants and we know that they almost always get what they want……why would this time be any different?
Have you heard about the Chris Christie thing…….(pause for thought)…….of course YOU have…….so let us move on shall we?
I see that the GOP will not let Benghazi go…there are so many things that could well be scandals but they like this one for some reason…..I have tried to help[ my conserv brethren out on several occasions……I have given them several under reported situation that could be made bigger and , in their eyes, better…..but they ignore the elephant in the room and keep chewing on a bone with NO meat…..what do I have to do to get them to pay attention? I could invite Rush to show up here…..or dangle some red meat in front of Rancid Prius……or I got just slap Graham awake…but all that would mean that I would have to succumb to ignorance….I will NOT do that…….
That rant out of the way…I have new red meat for the right to chew on….if they can pull their heads out of Benghazi’s ass…….
(Newser) – Iran and six world powers have agreed on how to implement a nuclear deal struck in November, with its terms going into effect on Jan. 20, the Islamic Republic’s official state news agency reported today. The report from IRNA quoted Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi confirming the news, without offering any other details. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton confirmed the news, reports Reuters, saying that, ” We will ask the IAEA to undertake the necessary nuclear-related monitoring and verification activities.”
The announcement comes after Araghchi said Friday that an initial agreement had been reached and all sides would respond to it by today. Under the November agreement, Iran agreed to limit its uranium enrichment to 5%—the grade commonly used to power reactors. The deal also commits Iran to stop producing 20% enriched uranium—which is only a technical step away from weapons-grade material—and to neutralize its 20% stockpile. In exchange, economic sanctions Iran faces would be eased for a period of six months. During that time, the world powers—Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the US—would continue negotiations with Iran on a permanent deal. ISNA also reported today that under the terms of the deal, Iran will guarantee that it won’t try to attain nuclear arms “under any circumstance.”
Come on….you gotta admit that this is the perfect fodder for a good newsworthy scandal…….why? You know that Israel will be working overtime to prevent this deal from succeeding…..and if the Obama admin drops another ball….this will be perfect for McCain, Graham and the rest of the Bomb Iran group to latch onto……a perfect subject for the use of ….propaganda 2.0………
Are you listening?