Archive for July 26th, 2009

Clinton sends warning signal to Iran


Clinton: US Won’t Hesitate to Use Military Against Iran (for AIPAC/Israel of course!):

Obama’s War Signals: Iran in the crosshairs (for AIPAC & Israel of course!):

Israeli attack on Iran ‘catastrophe’, says Sarkozy:

USAF Colonel (Ret) Karen Kwiatkowski (who is mentioned in James Bamford’s ‘A Pretext for War’ book) conveyed via the youtube linked at the following URL that Iran is no threat to the USA:

Additional at following URL:


Israel Arming Submarines With Nuclear Missiles (for coming war with Iran?)

Israel Arming Submarines With Nuclear Missiles


Iran: If Israel attacks us, we’ll target its nuclear facilities:

Israeli attack on Iran ‘catastrophe’, says Sarkozy:

USAF Colonel (Ret) Karen Kwiatkowski (who is mentioned in James Bamford’s ‘A Pretext for War’ book) conveyed via the youtube linked at the following URL that Iran is no threat to the USA:

Additional at following URL:


Biden jamming ‘reset button’

Biden jamming ‘reset button’


Commentary: Israel of the Caucasus:


July 26, 2009

New Biden Criticism Surprises Russia

MOSCOW — Just weeks after a summit meeting intended to show a thawing in relations between the United States and Russia, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. made blistering references to Russia’s failing economy, loss of face and a leadership that is “clinging to something in the past,” in an interview published on Saturday.

Speaking on the heels of his trip to Georgia and Ukraine, Mr. Biden said flatly that the Obama administration would make no deals and accept no compromises with the Kremlin in exchange for better relations.

Russia itself, he said, should find it in its own interest to repair relations.

The Kremlin immediately responded to the comments, made in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, with a demand for a clarification of the administration’s intentions toward Russia, saying essentially that it was receiving a mixed message so soon after President Obama had visited Moscow for the summit meeting.

Calling the criticism “perplexing” in light of the diplomatic overtures initiated by the United States and described as “pressing the reset button,” the chief foreign policy adviser to President Dmitri A. Medvedev told the Interfax news agency, “The question is: who is shaping the U.S. foreign policy, the president or respectable members of his team?”

The adviser, Sergei Prikhodko, said the atmosphere between the countries had improved since Mr. Obama’s visit early this month.

“If some members of Obama’s team and government do not like this atmosphere, why don’t they say so?” Interfax reported him as saying. “If they disagree with the course of their president, we just need to know this.”

In the interview, Mr. Biden set aside diplomatic finesse and offered an unflinching analysis of the state of affairs in Russia.

With falling oil prices, a corruption-ridden banking system and failing courts, Russia has seen the steepest swing from growth to recession of any major economy in the financial crisis.

Mr. Biden has a reputation for speaking volubly, and sometimes going beyond official policy. It was not immediately clear if he was sending an officially sanctioned message.

The White House did not back away from the vice president’s remarks on Saturday, but attempted to smooth over the frayed relations with Russia.

“The president and vice president believe Russia will work with us not out of weakness but out of national interest,” Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, said in a statement on Saturday night.

“The president said in Moscow that the United States seeks a strong, peaceful and prosperous Russia — one that will be an even more effective partner in meeting common challenges, including reducing nuclear arsenals, securing vulnerable nuclear materials, contending with nuclear programs in North Korea and Iran, defeating violent extremism and advancing global security and economic growth,” Mr. Gibbs said.

Mr. Biden spoke after visits to Ukraine and Georgia intended to reassure those countries that American support for their independence would not be weakened by the administration’s efforts to improve ties with Russia.

“The reality is the Russians are where they are,” Mr. Biden told The Wall Street Journal, according to excerpts posted on the newspaper’s Web site. “They have a shrinking population base, they have a withering economy, they have a banking sector and structure that is not likely to be able to withstand the next 15 years, they’re in a situation where the world is changing before them and they’re clinging to something in the past that is not sustainable.”

Mr. Biden rejected recent Russian assertions of a restored sphere of privileged interests in the former Soviet Union, made after the war in Georgia.

In the most frank discussion yet on Russian expectations of the new diplomatic exchanges, Mr. Biden said the Russians anticipated that the United States would enter into diplomatic bargaining.

Mr. Biden said: “They think we’ll be duplicitous and say, ‘Yeah, O.K., we got it. We’ll make a deal with you on something else we need in return.’ ”

He referred to the absence of strong American criticism of Russian military operations against separatists in the republic of Chechnya. “Some argued the last administration made a deal on Chechnya in return for no response on Iraq,” he said. “We’re not going to do that. It’s not necessary to do that.”

The Russian retort had its own reference to the previous administration, albeit an oblique one.

After noting the ambiguity of who was shaping policy for the administration, the president or his deputy, Mr. Prikhodko said, “We have been there already.”

Jeff Zeleny contributed reporting from Washington.


Israeli sources funneled US laundering team


NJ corruption probe nets rabbis in money laundering ‘network’:

Gates to visit Israel on military issues, Iran

Gates to visit Israel on military issues, Iran 


July 26, 2009

Gates, in Visit to Israel, Will Find Iran Looming

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is to be in Jerusalem on Monday for the first time in two and a half years to meet with Israel’s prime minister and defense minister in talks that a senior American military official said would be characterized by Israel’s growing anxiety over Iran’s nuclear work.

The official, who asked not to be named under Defense Department ground rules, said that the trip was part of a regular consultation and that Mr. Gates was not traveling to Israel “to roll out a map and do contingency planning for some strike on Iran.”

Israel has made it clear that it could strike plants at the heart of Iran’s nuclear program, although it has agreed to the Obama administration’s policy of first trying to engage Iran in talks.

But the official, who was briefing reporters in advance of Mr. Gates’s trip, acknowledged that the Israelis did not think the diplomacy would work and that they were losing patience. “Are they anxious?” the official said. “Yes, they’re anxious. But we’re not having regular conversations where they’re coming in and saying, ‘Stop your engagement now, bomb Iran tomorrow.’ ”

President Obama has given Iran until late September to accept an offer of talks to give up its nuclear ambitions, and until the end of the year to show some progress on the issue.

A Middle East analyst familiar with Israeli thinking, who also asked not to be named while speaking about the topic, said that the meetings were expected to be more about coordination and reassurance that the United States stood by Israel and that it was too soon to get into discussions of any military action.

The Obama administration has sent mixed messages on its views of an Israeli strike.

Top Pentagon officials, including Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have said repeatedly that an Israeli strike on Iran would be destabilizing to the region.

But this month, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said that the United States “cannot dictate” Israel’s decision on military action.

Two days later, Mr. Obama told CNN that the United States was “absolutely not” giving Israel its approval for a strike.

Both Israel and the United States estimate that Iran is within one to three years of developing a nuclear-weapons ability.

David Makovsky, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the co-author of “Myths, Illusions & Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East,” said that Israel and the United States were not at odds on Iran, at least not in the current “intermission of a play” before decisions on a strike have to be made.

“A decision was made that it is better to have close U.S.-Israel consultations in assessing the situation in Iran than having a situation where Israel feels isolated,” Mr. Makovsky said. “In the context of isolation, Israel is more likely to strike out on its own.”

On Saturday, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard warned that Iran was prepared to counterattack. “There is nothing stopping us from targeting Israel’s nuclear sites and this will definitely happen if we are attacked,” Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari told the Arabic-language channel al-Alam, in a translation provided by The Associated Press. “Our rockets have the precision capabilities to target all the Israeli nuclear sites.”

Mr. Gates will be part of a stream of American government officials visiting Israel in the next week. Among them are James L. Jones, the national security adviser; George J. Mitchell, the special envoy for the Middle East, who arrived in Syria on Saturday; and Dennis B. Ross, the Iran expert on the National Security Council staff and Mr. Makovsky’s co-author. Senior military officials cast the timing of the trips as coincidental.

The visits come at a time of tension not only on Iran but during an unusual rift between the United States and Israel over Israeli construction in areas that the Palestinians hope to turn into a state. The Obama administration has called on Israel to suspend the construction of new housing in West Bank settlements and in East Jerusalem, but the Israelis say Mr. Obama is ignoring what they call clear understandings with the Bush administration that allowed them to build settlement housing within certain guidelines.

Military officials said Mr. Gates was unlikely to wade into the settlement issue, which is generally the province of Mr. Mitchell and the State Department. Mr. Gates is to leave Israel later Monday for a meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan.



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Obama’s war signals: Iran in the crosshairs: