Archive for November, 2011
AIPAC mouthpiece Allen West: US Must ‘Absolutely’ Support Israel in Iran Attack
Take a look at first comment in comments section at bottom of following URL to see how AIPAC sent Congressman Allen West this past Summer:
AIPAC sends Congress to Israel:
Coming Israeli attack on Iran:
Israel Seeks to Entangle US in Iran War
Rep. Ron Paul statement on new Iran sanctions act
Statement on Mark-up of HR 1905, the Iran Threat Reduction Act of 2011
House Foreign Affairs Committee
Rep. Ron Paul, M.D.
November 2, 2011
I would like to express my concerns over the Iran Threat Reduction Act of 2011 and my opposition to it being brought to the Floor for a vote. Let us be clear on one critical matter: the sanctions against Iran mandated by this legislation are definite steps toward a US attack on Iran. They will also, if actually applied, severely disrupt global trade and undermine the US economy, thereby harming our national security.
I am surprised and disturbed that the committee viewed this aggressive legislation to be so bipartisan and uncontroversial that a recorded vote was not even called.
Some may argue that we are pursuing sanctions so as to avoid war with Iran, but recent history teaches us otherwise. For how many years were sanctions placed on Iraq while we were told they were necessary to avoid war? Thousands of innocent Iraqis suffered and died under US sanctions and still the US invaded, further destroying the country. Are we safer after spending a trillion dollars or more to destroy Iraq and then rebuild it?
These new sanctions against Iran increasingly target other countries that seek to trade with Iran. The legislation will severely punish foreign companies or foreign subsidiaries of US companies if they do not submit to the US trade embargo on Iran. Some 15 years after the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 failed to bring Iran to its knees, it is now to be US foreign policy to threaten foreign countries and companies.
During this mark-up one of my colleagues argued that if Mercedes-Benz wants to sell trucks to Iran, they should not be allowed to do business in the United States. Does anyone believe this is a good idea? I wonder how the Americans working at the Mercedes-Benz factory in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama would feel about banning Mercedes from the United States. Or perhaps we might ask the 7,600 Americans who work in the BMW factory in Spartanburg, SC how they would feel. Should the American consumer be denied the right to purchase these products? Is the United States really prepared to take such aggressive and radical action against its NATO ally Germany?
Likewise, the application of the sanctions in this legislation would have a dramatic impact on US commercial and diplomatic relations with Russia and China, who both do business with Iran. It would impose strong sanctions on these countries and would prohibit foreign business leaders – and their spouses and children – from entering the United States. Do we want to start a trade war – or worse – with Russia and China?
The Iran Threat Reduction Act authorizes what will no doubt be massive amounts of US taxpayer money to undermine the Iranian government and foment another “Green Revolution” there. We will establish and prop up certain factions over others, send them enormous amounts of money, and attempt to fix any resulting elections so that our preferred candidates win. Considering the disturbing aftermath of our “democracy promotion” operations in places like Egypt, Iraq, Libya, where radical forces have apparently come out on top, it may be fair to conclude that such actions actually undermine US national security rather than bolster it.
Sanctions do not work. They are precursors to war and usually lead to war. They undermine our economy and our national security. They result in terrible, unnecessary suffering among the civilian population in the target countries and rarely even inconvenience their leaders. We must change our foreign policy from one of interventionism and confrontation to cooperation and diplomacy. This race to war against Iran is foolhardy and dangerous. As with the war on Iraq, the arguments for further aggression and war on Iran are based on manipulations and untruths. We need to learn our lesson and reject this legislation and the push for war.
The Folly of Sanctions
By Ron Paul
We should be clear about this: sanctions against Iran are definite steps toward a US attack.
Press TV Talks to James Morris on Neocon Republican CNN debate about Ron Paul on Iran:
Israel Seeks to Entangle US in Iran War
Following is a youtube of the above interview:
Israel Seeks to Entangle US in Iran War; Press TV talks to James Morris
James Morris sets Press TV straight on who’s the ‘proxy’ in the U.S.-Israel ‘special relationship’
Press TV talks to James Morris on US-Israel Wargames
USS Liberty survivor Phil Tourney talking about USS Liberty and US Taxpayers Sending Billions to Israel as US goes broke:
WMD deja-vu: Iran replaces Iraq
‘Neocon Newt’ Gingrich pushed for war with Iraq and now he is leading the charge for war on Iran
US, Israel plan ‘largest’ war games
Israeli attack on Iran:
US, Israel blatantly support terrorism
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‘American Biased Media’
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The Iranian Nuclear Threat:
Ron Paul: U.S. Declares War on Iran
Ron Paul deflates Wolf Blitzer’s Iran war propaganda
Armageddon Ahead (as a result of Israel attacking Iran):
Israel’s leading columnist, Barnea, warns of Israeli attack on Iran
The Israeli-Occupied Hearing on Alleged Iranian Terror
By Maidhc Ó Cathail
November 4, 2011
In the wake of the much-heralded FBI sting that supposedly foiled a dastardly plot by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard elite Qods Force – involving a bumbling, failed used-car salesman’s botched attempt to hire a reportedly Mossad-trained Mexican drug cartel – to blow up the Saudi ambassador in a crowded but fictitious Washington D.C. restaurant, a duly alarmed U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security convened an urgent hearing on “Iranian Terror Operations on American Soil.” As evidence of Tehran’s supposed threat to the Homeland, the Committee heard testimony from “expert witnesses” who could best be described as propagandists for Israel. Commenting on the partisan line-up, an expert on U.S.-Israeli relations remarked, “If it wasn’t so serious, it would be satire.”
Breaking from Newsmax.com
US, UK ‘Planning for War’ Against Iran
Britain’s armed forces are accelerating contingency planning for a coordinated attack by the U.K. and United States against Iran’s nuclear facilities amid growing concerns over Iran’s weapons program.
“Barack Obama and [British Prime Minister] David Cameron are preparing for war after reports that Iran now has enough enriched uranium for four nuclear weapons,” The Daily Mail in Britain reported.
British military officials believe the United States may decide to step up plans for targeted missile attacks against some key Iranian facilities, and the officials “say that if Washington presses ahead it will seek, and receive, U.K. military help for any mission,” according to The Guardian in Britain.
The stepped-up planning for a strike comes in advance of a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) next week that could be a “game changer” regarding Iran’s nuclear program, the Guardian reported.
Military planners in the U.K. are exploring where to best deploy British ships and submarines equipped with Tomahawk cruise missiles in the coming months, as well as RAF jets armed with bombs and missiles, surveillance planes and air-to-air refuelers, according to The Mail.
The planners also anticipate that the U.S. will ask permission to launch attacks from Diego Garcia, the British territory in the Indian Ocean, which America has used previously for conflicts in the Middle East.
Sources in the British government and military have told The Guardian that President Obama is reluctant to launch an attack before next November’s election, but that could change in light of mounting anxiety over Iran’s nuclear development plans.
The IAEA report next week is expected to provide fresh evidence of Iran’s weapons development activity, “bringing the Middle East a step closer to another devastating conflict,” The Mail observed.
Adding to the urgency of dealing with Iran, officials now believe that the Islamic Republic has succeeded in restoring all the development capability it lost in a sophisticated cyber-attack last year. The Stuxnet computer worm, thought to have been engineered by the Americans and Israelis, sabotaged many of the centrifuges the Iranians were using to enrich uranium.
“It is estimated that Iran, which has consistently said it is interested only in developing a civilian nuclear energy program, already has enough enriched uranium for between two and four nuclear weapons,” The Guardian disclosed.
Also, the newspaper reported, one British official said that within the next 12 months, Iran may have hidden all the material it needs to continue a weapons development program inside fortified bunkers, and “this had necessitated the U.K.’s planning being taken to a new level.”
Beyond 12 months, “we couldn’t be sure our missiles could reach them,” the official said. “So the window is closing. The U.S. could do this on their own but they won’t.”
There are also signs that Tehran is becoming “newly aggressive,” a senior British source said, citing three recent assassination plots on foreign soil. Evidence (?) shows that Iran was behind the murder of a Saudi diplomat in Karachi, Pakistan, in May, as well as a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington that was uncovered last month.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly urging a pre-emptive strike against Iran.
The United States currently has about 98,000 troops in Afghanistan, to the east of Iran, and 43,500 in Iraq, to the west. The U.K. has nearly 10,000 troops in Afghanistan.
But The Guardian has been told that military planners expect any attack on Iran to be waged predominantly from the air, with some naval involvement, although a small number of special forces could be employed on the ground.
A spokesman for the British Ministry of Defence said: “We want a negotiated solution — but all options should be kept on the table.
US Begins Huge Military Manuevers Aimed at Iran
Coming Israeli attack on Iran: http://tinyurl.com/IsraeliattackonIran