Category Archives: Iran

USS Mason jarred by Iranian missiles, despite our State Department approving $150 billion to Iran

A high ranking U.S. official, suggested on Sunday that the missiles fired by Houthis at the destroyer USS Mason on three attacks, while it was in the Gulf of Aden, were provided by Iran. Senator John McCain and others strongly agreed.

The failed missile attack from Iranian-backed rebel-held territory in Yemen came as news reports from Tehran revealed other Iranian-made ballistic missiles – “Zalzal 3” – were launched by the alliance of rebels and followers of ousted Yemeni president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to hit various Saudi targets. Continue reading →

White House speaks, networks bow – does CBS News chief David Rhodes echo “facts” from Ben Rhodes?

When Ben Rhodes recently boasted about the ability of the White House to get its message across with little investigation of facts by the networks, he acted as though the blame fell on young, inexperienced members of the press corps.

Ben-Rhodes

Ben Rhodes

Many political reporters are young and inexperienced. But that wouldn’t stop them from checking facts and seeking other sides to stories. Only their bosses could curtail their quest for truth. And if you are making a couple hundred thousand dollars a year, losing your job may be more important to you, than telling the whole truth.

Rhodes is Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speech writing, according to the White House.

He also serves as the deputy national security adviser for strategic communication for Obama and is an advisor to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action also known as the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal.

If you wonder how a 30-year-old became Obama’s speechwriter in 2007, perhaps one clue might be his last name and his famous brother.

DavidRhodes

David Rhodes

Ben’s brother (you can tell by the ears), David, is president of CBS News. At his appointment in 2011 he was the youngest network news president in the history of American television, and he is responsible for CBS News broadcasts and the division’s news gathering across all platforms including television, CBS News Radio, CBSNews.com and CBSN.

David began his career in television journalism with Fox News, where he joined as a production assistant before the channel started in October 1996. He eventually became Vice President, News. In 2008, Rhodes moved to Bloomberg as head of U.S. Television.

It’s nice to have a brother in the White House, and it’s equally pleasant to have a brother running a major network. One hand washes the other. It’s difficult not to wonder if the CBS eye is just winking today, or has entirely closed?


The Rhodes brothers are not alone in their news/politics power. Continue reading →

Sanders and Soros and Clinton – enemies of Israel?


From Feel the Bern, the above video distorts history and defames Israel

Nearly everyone likes funny, warm Bernie Sanders.

And once upon a time he was a Jew, working in Israel.  Now, he isn’t advertising it.

Instead, he portrays himself as an agnostic Jew, not practicing his religion, but apparently trying to be more popular because of it.

NBC gave him a “two for” this past weekend.

Saturday Night Live viewers on NBC saw him spoofing the “typical” Jew, just getting off the early 20th century ship, boasting a European cap and accent, enjoying his name change to be more accepted by the Gentiles. This performance was Bernie’s donation to stereotyping Jews as self-involved schleps, while subtly contrasting himself with the no-good, strong, proud Jews of Israel. Rochester would be proud. “Yes, Mr. Bernie!”

Meet the Press on NBC Sunday showed another side of Sanders. When asked about foreign policy experience, he actually said:

We’ve talked to people like Jim Zogby, talked to the people on J Street to get a broad perspective of the Middle East.

SandersJames Zogby is the president of the Arab American Institute. J Street supports the Iran deal with U.S. and has promoted a Palestinian state.

Both J Street and Zogby have continually criticized Israel for its policies in the Palestinian territories. No mention was made by Sanders of any pro-Israel experts.

Sanders has said that he thinks the Palestinians should get more financial help from the U.S., and Israel should have its military aid cut. He almost agrees word for word with Arab League proposals, when he Continue reading →

Koch & Iran deal – GOP candidates may be liars

John Glaser and Justin Logan, writing on the CATO Institute website have claimed that the deal with Iran to delay making atomic bombs “is an historic achievement that decreases the likelihood of an Iranian nuclear weapon and forestalls the risk of another costly U.S. war in the Middle East.”

The near-consensus among arms controllers is due to the deal’s strong nonproliferation features. Under the deal, Iran would reduce its stockpile of centrifuges by two-thirds and dismantle about 97% of its low-enriched uranium. For 15 years, the Iranians will be prohibited from enriching any uranium at their Fordow site and the Arak reactor for plutonium production would be permanently disabled, CATO braintrusters assert..

Throughout, Iran would be subject to one of the most robust and intrusive inspection regimes in the world, with continuous video monitoring of its uranium mines for the next 25 years and monitoring of centrifuge production facilities for 20 years. Expanded inspections under the Additional Protocol are permanent.

The CATO Institute is a libertarian organization founded as the Charles Koch Foundation in 1974 by Ed Crane, Murray Rothbard, and Charles Koch.

Yes, that Charles Koch, darling of the conservative wing of the GOP, son of Fred Koch, founder of the John Birch Society. Originally, CATO was called the Charles Koch Continue reading →

Hate Israel cartoon displayed by “neutral” nation’s ambassador on huge screen to promote business conference in Tehran

This is not a cartoon from a hate website. It is not from an Arab extremist group. It is not from a White supremacist handbook.

It was just shown by Giulio Haas, the ambassador of Switzerland to Iran, at a conference promoting the terrorist state.

That’s right – Switzerland!

SwissHateReuters reported that the cartoon appeared on an enormous screen at the conference, under the headline “Iran: now or never.” The cartoon, Reuters said, was a commentary on “responses to the deal,” and showed a pair of doves with American and Iranian flags on their chests, sitting on the head of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The hateful cartoon was put up on a huge screen during a speech to hundreds of Swiss and Iranian business people at a conference in Zurich on Thursday (August 27), in which he also described Iran as a “pole of stability” in the Middle East.

“Ambassador Haas did not intend to insult anybody with the cartoon,” a Swiss government statement said. “If that is the case, however, he regrets it and seeks the pardon of everyone who could have felt insulted.”

The image appeared at the conference, under the headline “Iran: now or never.” The cartoon, Reuters said, was a commentary on responses to the deal, and showed a pair of doves with American and Iranian flags on their chests, sitting and s#itting on the prime minister’s head.

Haas said Thursday that his almost two-year stint in Tehran has made him certain that America will change its view of Iran as an aggressor.

“Iran at the moment is most probably the pole of stability in a very, very unsafe region,” he said. “Iran seems still for a lot of people to be bearded, elderly Continue reading →

Cartoons in Arab publications mock Obama and Iran Deal

The following cartoons from the Arab press are highly critical of Israel, Kerry, Obama and the framework of the Iran deal or the descriptions leaked of the plan. In countries where freedom of the press barely exists, this kind of opinion is usually only allowed when approved by their government.

Policy of Lies

“Middle East policy” of lies results in an Iranian turban (Al-Hayat, London, April 8, 2015)

GreatSatan

“U.S., Iran Getting close: The Great Satan has become the Great Friend” (Al-Madina, Saudi Arabia, April 7, 2015)

Framework

“Framework agreement between Iran and U.S.” Arab countries trapped. (Alaraby.co.uk, April 7, 2015)

Export Revolution

Exporting the [Iranian] revolution sets world on fire. (Al-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 5, 2015)

Message of Love

A message of love inscribed onto nuclear bomb? (Al-Raya, Qatar, April 6, 2015)

after agreement

“Iran after the nuclear agreement” (Mecca, Saudi Arabia, April 5, 2015)

Attack Dog

“Nuclear agreement between Iran and the superpowers” unleashes Iranian attack dog on “the Arab world” (Alaraby.co.uk, April 11, 2015)

Iran's reactors

“Iran’s nuclear reactors”; gloves read “dammar” (destruction) and “hell” (Al-Madina, Saudi Arabia, April 11, 2015)

Logic turned upside down – Obama deal is welcomed by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard – how dare Israel complain of dangers?

Jafari

A face that someone, somewhere might love, but no intelligent person should trust, snarling Commander of Iran’s hated Revolutionary Guards Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari. (photo credit: AP/Vahid Salemi

General Mohammad Ali Jafari, chief of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard was quoted today on Iran state tv: “With God’s grace, the revolutionary children of Islamic Iran have succeeded in defending the rights of the Iranian nation and the Iranian nation and the Guard appreciate their honest political efforts.”

Meanwhile, on Sunday, an Israeli Channel 10 TV report said informants disclosed that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards “are preparing for war” in the event that negotiations to turn last week’s framework nuclear verbal deal between the P5+1 world powers and Tehran collapses by the June 30 deadline

The Channel 10 report also said Arab intelligence agencies have warned “France, the U.K. and the U.S. that the Revolutionary Guard fears Iran could face a military strike should the talks break down, and that the Guards are ready to close the Strait of Hormuz and take other unspecified measures.”

Iran’s government was also very happy with the deal.

The Times of Israel reported that Iranian lawmakers (their Congress – hope you see the irony) voiced their approval for the April 2 framework nuclear agreement with world powers in a closed-door parliamentary session Tuesday in Tehran, with one MP calling any concessions made by Iran to world powers “unimportant.”

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Iranian atomic bureau officials briefed the plenum on the deal’s outline, and what the country will adopt in exchange for easing economic sanctions.

During the meeting, Zarif told lawmakers that Iran is capable of producing an atomic bomb at any given moment, but will refrain from doing so due to religious Islamic injunctions against such a move, Israel Radio reported, but Zarif didn’t mention that the fearless  leader can change the state religion rules, whenever convenient.

“We achieved major gains in the talks and made unimportant concessions,” Nozar Shafiei, a parliament member, told the Iranian Republic News Agency Tuesday.

An Israeli source reveals that all is not in agreement between the U.S. and one of its partners in the deal. The use of the more advanced IR-2 and IR-4 centrifuges, according to the French fact sheet, would enable Iran to more rapidly accumulate the highly enriched uranium needed to build nuclear weapons, accelerating its breakout time to the bomb.

The French fact sheet also specifies that Iran will be allowed to continue R&D work on the advanced IR-4, IR-5, IR-6 and IR-8 centrifuges, the last of which can enrich uranium at 20-times the speed of Iran’s current IR-1 centrifuges, whereas the American parameters are less specific.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Friday issued its own fact sheet, which differs starkly with the official American parameters and with the French fact sheet seen by The Times of Israel.

Six key discrepancies between the US and Iranian documents, some of them at the very heart of the framework agreement announced in Lausanne, Switzerland, last Thursday, were reviewed by Israeli experts on Saturday

On Saturday Foreign Minister Zarif said that, under the deal, Iran has the right to continue working on more of the advanced IR-8 centrifuges: “Some said Iran can have no R&D, but we now have the right to develop IR-8, which has 20 times the output of IR-1.”

The Israeli government on Monday issued a series of demands intended to transform the non-signed framework agreement into a more reasonable deal by the scheduled June 30 deadline, and asked 10 key questions about the terms, several of which related to the emerging discrepancies between the various players’ accounts of what was decided in Lausanne.

Finally, in two interviews with Israel critic Ben Rhodes, a senior adviser to Barack Obama, quashed the notion that the final deal would be markedly more stringent on Iran than the terms of the framework agreement, declaring that the deal as it now stands meets U.S. “core objectives.”

Rhodes, like Obama, Susan Rice, John Forbes Kerry and Valerie Jarrett, has opposed the idea of requiring Iran to acknowledge Israel’s right to even exist – claiming it would “upset” negotiations. He did not comment on Ayatollah Khomeini”s recent calls for “Death to Israel! Death to America!” and why that didn’t “upset” U.S. negotiators.

Our soldiers died for a Theocracy in Iraq?

The Associated Press reports today that tens of thousands of Americans died or were wounded to create a theocracy in Iraq. The news was downplayed by big media, but the following is the report:

An agreement signed by Iraq’s two main Shiite blocs seeking to govern the country gives the final decision on all their political disputes to top Shiite clerics, according to a copy obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday.

If the alliance succeeds in forming the next government, the provision could increase the role of senior clergy in politics. The provision would likely further alienate Iraq’s Sunni minority, which already feels excluded by Shiite dominance and had been hoping that March’s election would boost their say in power.

The newly announced alliance between the Shiite blocs practically ensures they will form the core of any new government and squeeze out the top vote, the secular Iraqi-ya list, which was largely backed by Sunnis. But the terms of the alliance show the deep distrust between the two Shiite partners and seek to limit the powers of the prime minister.

A leading member of the prime minister’s coalition who signed the agreement on Tuesday confirmed it gives a small group of clerics led by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani the last word on any disputes between the two allied blocs. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

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