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By Bradley A. Blakeman
Are you kidding me? President Barack Obama used a press conference to announce that Iran is building a second uranium-enrichment plant? He had a golden opportunity as the chair of the U.N. Security Council to present the case against Iran. This could have been his “moment,” a la Ambassador Adlai Stevenson, to present the irrefutable evidence that Iran, in violation of international law and treaty, has been building a secret uranium-enrichment plant.
Why did the president let slip away the perfect forum to bring the Iranians to task before the World Community? Isn’t that what the Security Council is supposed to be for? Is the case of nuclear proliferation by rogue regimes not important enough? The president most surely knew all the facts. This should have been debated, and Iran should have been called before the Security Council to defend itself.
The president was intentionally derelict or grossly negligent in this missed opportunity. He had the president of Iran in New York. He had most, if not all, of the world leaders who make up the Security Council in New York. All members of the Security Council should have had their feet put to the fire and either condoned this illegal activity or condemned it and sought serious measures to correct it. Sadly, Obama will turn out to be the Neville Chamberlain of our time.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, like Adolf Hitler,, warns the world as to his and his country’s ultimate intentions. Hitler penned “Mein Kampf” in a jail cell. He stated his intentions for the world should he come to power. At the time he wrote “Mein Kampf,” Hitler was a prisoner and did not possess the abilities to make good on his then wishful intent. The world chose to ignore his warnings, let him come to power and then let him implement most of his stated goals. The president of Iran is doing the very same thing.
Ahmadinejad has told the world of his ultimate intentions. He seeks the destruction of Israel and that of the United States. His country is building the instrumentalities by which he could achieve his goals, while the world sits back and watches. Sixty million people perished during World War II, with weapons far more primitive than can be produced today. If lone homicide bombers are willing to sacrifice themselves for religious fanaticism, why then is it beyond the realm of possibility, that a leader is willing to sacrifice millions for the same beliefs? We have seen it before. It has been said that, “If we do not learn from history we are condemned to repeat it”. Truer words were never spoken.
Hitler wrote the following words in “Mein Kampf” that have been parroted almost verbatim today by the president of Iran, “I believe I am acting in accordance with the will of the almighty creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.” How many will needlessly die before we act to stop a repeat of what the world experienced during the time of Hitler?
Iran and North Korea must be stopped, and stopped now. Either other responsible nations will join us or we must do it alone. We have no choice. We must take these rogues by their words and deeds.
Bradley A. Blakeman was the deputy assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001-2004.
North Korea threatened nuclear attack against South Korean and US forces undertaking a military exercise.
Its fury was provoked by an annual series of computer simulated exercises called Ulchi Freedom Guardian, conducted over ten days by the US and South Korea. The North routinely accuses the two allies of using the exercise as a pretext for preparing an invasion.
“Should the US and South Korea commit even the slightest military provocation infringing upon [North Korea’s] sovereignty, it will mount a merciless and prompt annihilating strike at the aggressors with all offensive and defensive means including nuclear deterrent.” the Korean Central News Agency reported.
North Korea‘s defense chief vowed Sunday to deal “unimaginably deadly blows” to the United States and South Korea if they attack the communist nation amid a tense standoff over Pyongyang‘s nuclear ambitions.
Defense Minister Kim Yong Chun issued the warning during a national meeting held on the eve of the anniversary of the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War, the official Korean Central News Agency said.
“We will mercilessly and resolutely counter the enemy’s sanctions with retaliation, its all-out war with all-out war,” Kim told the meeting. “We will deal unimaginably deadly blows at the U.S. imperialists and the South Korean puppets if they ignite a war, obsessed with a foolish ambition.”
As North Korea threatens a missile launch on Hawaii and Iran continues to develop its own nuclear war capabilities, President Obama has greenlighted a plan to save the federal government from the devastating capabilities of a nuclear electro-magnetic pulse attack on the U.S, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
As WND has reported, a high-altitude nuclear EMP attack potentially could disrupt or damage electronic systems over much of the U.S., William Graham, chairman of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States From Electromagnetic Pulse Attack, told a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee in July 2008.
The commission concluded Iran is not only covertly developing nuclear weapons. Since 2005 Tehran has been testing ballistic missiles designed to destroy America‘s technical infrastructure, effectively neutralizing the world’s lone superpower.
Detonated at a height of 60 to 500 kilometers above the continental U.S., one nuclear warhead could cripple the country – knocking out electrical power and circuit boards and rendering the U.S. domestic impotent.
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A new report raises alarms about existing U.S. export controls over militarily-sensitive high , suggesting they are are insufficient to prevent them from illegal export, , espionage or reverse engineering, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
The result could be a loss of the historic U.S. battlefield superiority because of the billions of dollars the Defense Department spends to produce advanced weapons systems.
These and other conclusions from the U.S. Government Accounting Office, or GAO, come at a time when such technologies increasingly are making their way into the hands of such proliferating countries as Iran, North Korea and Syria, and to such major countries as China, India and Pakistan which act as conduits to these proliferators, some of which are regarded as state sponsors of terrorism.
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Fresh on the heels of his call for a “world without nuclear weapons” in response to North Korea’s failed launch of an ICBM, President Obama has taken swift action against the recent earthquake in the Abruzzo region of Italy. In a speech early this morning, a visibly confident Obama issued a call for a “world without earthquakes,” boldly calling for “the complete eradication of seismic activity by the year 2015.”
“Now that’s the kind of change I’m talking about!” said Dylan Penree, an Obama supporter from Hyde Park. “I can’t wrap my mind around all of this Wall Street financial stuff that’s been going down, but ever since I’ve been getting the Weather Channel in hi-def, I’ve been very anti-natural disaster. That &%# is just whack! I’m glad to see President Obama taking a strong stance on such a controversial topic. I don’t remember any other president having the stones to speak out like this.”
The Obama administration has clearly gotten some much-needed traction in this arena and has no intention of letting up any time soon.
“Our opinion polling demonstrates quite clearly that Americans were very excited to hear President Obama articulate his wish for a world without nuclear weapons,” said one White House insider. “We believe we are on to something here, and the initial feedback we’re getting on the ‘world without earthquakes’ speech from earlier today certainly bears this out.”
Officials noted that Obama plans to quickly broaden the scope of his new “world without” doctrine to include: poverty, country music, opposing viewpoints, feral cats, and scurvy.
Israeli Leaders Must Understand Broad Implications Of North Korean Nuke Test
One needs to be deaf, blind, and an idiot at this time in order not to understand that the nuclear bomb tested in North Korea two days ago also exploded in the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem.
The North Koreans blatantly disregarded the Americans and publicly presented them as a meaningless power, yet officials in Jerusalem are still reciting the “Road Map” and making note of the evacuation of some minor West Bank outpost.
The world is changing before our eyes, yet here we see Knesset members earnestly explaining that the Americans will agree that we stay in Judea and Samaria if we only evacuate some tin shacks.
Two days ago, in North Korea, World War III officially got underway – the war that would pit “crazy” states such as North Korea and Iran, for example, against states we shall characterize as “moderate,” including Egypt, Gulf states, and Saudi Arabia, which at this time leads the Arab initiative for peace with Israel.
Ever since Sunday, the world has gone crazy, and this crazy world is monitoring with horror the struggle between the “moderate” and “crazy” states. The problem is that some of those crazy states – Iran, Pakistan, and North Korea – already have, or will have, a nuclear button to push, while the moderates, headed by the United States, are not eager to rush into battle.
Why? Because America is already entangled in wars, and there was someone who recently won the presidential elections there, among other reasons because he pledged to remove US troops from the Iraqi and Afghani quagmire. That same president promised that we shall live in a world free of nuclear weapons. Remember that?
A Gordian knot
This is the same North Korea that spat in America’s face three years ago, and this week it did it again. Based on the reactions in Washington (unless they are part of a deception campaign,) it doesn’t appear that the great America will respond. Now all we need is for Iran to blatantly disregard America and Israel in order to prompt us to slide into real emergency turmoil (as opposed to the drill planned for the coming days.)
Iran is here already. There is a direct and intimate link between the Korean bomb and the planned Iranian bomb; between Iran’s and North Korea’s spit in America’s face, Washington’s desire and ability to lead the fight against the crazy world, and the Israeli government’s conduct.
One does not need to be a supporter or rival of the settlement enterprise in the territories to understand this Gordian knot – and the question is whether we want the American sword to undo it for us.
If the answer is positive, we need to be familiar with the Americans to realize that three tin huts removed from the Maoz Ester outpost are not good enough.
By Eitan Haber
The U.S. and South Korea put their military forces on high alert Thursday after North Korea renounced the truce keeping the peace between the two Koreas since 1953. The North warned it would retaliate to any hostility with “merciless” and dangerous ferocity.
The show of force along the heavily fortified border dividing the two Koreas comes three days after North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test and fired a series of short-range missiles.
The test drew immediate condemnation from world leaders and the U.N. Security Council, where ambassadors were discussing a new resolution to punish Pyongyang. Obama called it a “blatant violation” of international law.
In response, South Korea said it would join more than 90 nations that have agreed to stop and inspect vessels suspected of transporting weapons of mass destruction.
North Korea called South Korea’s participation in the U.S. led Proliferation Security Initiative a prelude to a naval blockade and a violation of the truce signed to end the three year war that broke out in Korea in 1950. But on Wednesday Pyongyang renounced the 1953 armistice. North Korea has repudiated the armistice several times before, most recently in 2003 and 2006.
The U.N. Command on Korea said it would continue to observe the armistice, saying it “remains in force and is binding on all signatories, including North Korea.”
The two Koreas technically remain at war because they signed a truce, not a peace treaty, in 1953. However, North disputes the U.N. drawn maritime border off their west coast, and used that dispute to provoke deadly naval skirmishes in 1999 and 2002.
The recent flurry of belligerence could reflect an effort by 67-year-old leader Kim Jong Il to boost his standing among his impoverished people.
It was also seen as a test of Obama’s new administration, and came as two Americans, journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling, remained in custody in Pyongyang accused of illegal entry and “hostile acts.” They face trial in Pyongyang next week.
Hong Hyun-ik, a senior analyst at the Sejong Institute security think tank, said “Kim Jong Il must be scoffing” at the talk of sanctions. “He knows the world will forget about any sanctions in the end.”
The U.S., has 28,500 troops in South Korea and another 50,000 in Japan.
In the Czech Republic, Obama was told the news that the North Korean government had launched a Taepo-dong 2 missile, which entered Japanese airspace. Military analysts say the Taepo-dong 2 missile has the potential of being able to reach Alaska, Hawaii, or the Western United States.
United Nations Security Council Resolution 1718, passed in October 2006, demanded that North Korea refrain from conducting any further tests of ballistic missiles, which North Korea has ignored.
Gibbs told reporters today that the launch “was not a surprise,” and that President Obama has been involved in several meetings about its likelihood over the past three to four weeks. The president today consulted with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff vice chairman Gen. James Cartwright, as chairman Admiral Mike Mullen is traveling. He also consulted with aides traveling with him, including chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, National Security Adviser Gen. Jim Jones (Ret.), and various intelligence officials. Obviously, they decided to do nothing except talk.
Obama, who prefers talking over action, reiterated his support for the Six-Party Talks begun under President George W. Bush, a diplomatic initiative with the U.S., Japan, China, Russia, North Korea and South Korea.
Obama spoke about the international nuclear threat, including his goals to “reduce and eventually eliminate existing [US] nuclear arsenals, halt proliferation of nuclear weapons to additional states, and prevent terrorists from acquiring nuclear weapons or materials,” the White House said.