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1992 Breaking News – Netanyahu Says Iran Close to Nuclear Weapon


Does This Sound Familiar?

By Michael Chester

Most of us are aware that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been pressuring the United States to stage a pre-emptive attack on Iran on behalf of Israel. He has been constantly beating the war drum claiming that Iran is near full development of a nuclear weapon.

Apparently many US congressmen and senators have fallen for this line of bovine scat or been threatened or blackmailed into cooperating with Israel. This deadly hoax has been repeated so often and so loud that many Americans have been fooled into believing that it is true. All of the world’s major intelligence agencies have unanimously stated that Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program and their research is strictly In the area of peaceful uses of nuclear energy. In fact  Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has given a fatwa against nuclear weapons. For those unfamiliar with the power structure in Iran, he is the real power broker. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is mostly there for show. His power is quite limited.

What many of us may not recall is that this drumbeat about Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program began many years ago. Netanyahu is on record as early as 1992 claiming that Iran was “close” to having a nuke.

Scott Peterson at the Christian Science Monitor did a useful timeline for dire Israeli and US predictions of an imminent Iranian nuclear weapon, beginning 20 years ago.

1992: Israeli member of parliament Binyamin Netanyahu predicts that Iran was “3 to 5 years” from having a nuclear weapon.

1992: Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres predicts an Iranian nuclear warhead by 1999 to French TV.

1995: The New York Times quotes US and Israeli officials saying that Iran would have the bomb by 2000.

1998: Donald Rumsfeld tells Congress that Iran could have an intercontinental ballistic missile that could hit the US by 2003.


To add insult to injury, recently de-classified FBI reports have been released from a 1985–2002 investigation into how a network of front companies connected to the Israeli Ministry of Defense illegally smuggled nuclear triggers out of the U.S. The newly released FBI files detail how Richard Kelly Smyth, who was convicted of running a U.S. front company, met with Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel during the smuggling operation. At that time, Netanyahu worked at the Israeli node of the smuggling network, Heli Trading Company. In an obvious attempt to cover his illicit past, Netanyahu recently issued a gag order that the smuggling network’s unindicted ringleader refrain from discussing “Project Pinto.”

In his blog post of July 3, 2012 author Grant Smith offered the following synopsis:


Netanyahu Worked Inside Nuclear Smuggling Ring

As revealed in previously released FBI files and the tell-all book Confidential: The Life of Secret Agent Turned Hollywood Tycoon Arnon Milchan, the Hollywood producer was recruited into Israel’s economic espionage division (LAKAM) in his 20s and learned how to establish front companies and secret bank accounts for smuggling operations. Arnon Milchan encouraged Smyth, a California engineer, to incorporate MILCO in 1972 and serve as a front for the Israel-based Heli Trading’s (also known as Milchan Limited) acquisitions of sensitive military technologies on behalf of the Ministry of Defense. Smyth fled the U.S. after being indicted for violating the Arms Export Control Act in the mid-1980s. In July 2001, Smyth was arrested in Spain by Interpol and returned to the U.S., and in November, he was convicted of exporting 800 nuclear triggers (called krytrons).

FBI agents interviewed Smyth on April 16-17, 2002, at the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles. The secret interview report details how during a trip to Israel Smyth was “spotted” by Milchan, who claimed he worked as an exclusive purchasing agent for the Ministry of Defense. Smyth was introduced around to high military officials including then-general Ariel Sharon. Smyth was also put in contact with Benjamin Netanyahu, who worked at Heli Trading Company. According to the FBI report, “Smyth and [Netanyahu] would meet in restaurants in Tel Aviv and in [Netanyahu’s] home and/or business. It was not uncommon for [Netanyahu] to ask Smyth for unclassified material.”

Milchan pulled Smyth into his glamorous, star-studded movie circuit. “While in the United States [Smyth] met with [Milchan] numerous times in Los Angeles. … Milchan and Smyth would have dinner frequently and would visit one another’s house often … it was quite common for [Milchan] to invite [Smyth] to various Hollywood parties and introduce [Smyth] to celebrities.”

During the 2002 Smyth counterintelligence debriefing, the FBI learned that the Ministry of Defense ordered and paid Heli Trading for krytrons. Heli in turn sourced them from MILCO in a clandestine operation codenamed Project Pinto. The report reveals how MILCO illegally shipped prohibited articles under general Commerce Department export licenses rather than smuggling them out via Israeli diplomatic pouches. The last time Smyth saw Milchan was in 1985. The Ministry of Defense issued a burn notice on Smyth after discussions with U.S. officials about the krytron smuggling. According to the FBI report, “Shortly thereafter, [Smyth] fled the United States.”

A March 2012 statement by the co-authors of Confidential claims that “Hollywood mega-producer and former secret agent Arnon Milchan has been asked directly by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres to avoid any public discussion of the book Confidential, asserting that the matter is too sensitive at this time.” Although the book’s authors point to the escalating tensions over Iran’s nuclear program, Netanyahu’s own hands-on involvement in nuclear weapons–related covert action against America is presumably a far more compelling reason for the gag order.

* The FBI referred an additional 164 pages of the Mandatory Declassification Review to another government agency — presumably the CIA — for further review. The additional pages will likely never be released. The CIA has refused requests for similar documents in order to preserve intelligence sources and methods abroad.

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Back When America Stopped a Mideast War


 Will Obama be the Only President to do This Since Eisenhower?

“But Ike later helped overthrow a democratically elected Iranian government for a 40% share of the oil consortium, and planted a bad seed that we are still reaping today.”….Jim Dean

Jim W. Dean, VT Editor       … with  Press TV’s  Viewpoints

The fist time Israel attacked Egypt

America’s huge forward military deployment has no threat justification for it whatsoever.

With the demise of the old Soviet Union there was an opening for a new era to shift military spending into long overdue projects that not only would benefit the respective countries, but the world in general.

That was something that people everywhere would want. So what happened? Why was it not realized after all the huge amounts expended on Cold War military budgets when the threat no longer existed?

Did some ‘special interests’ see the diversion of large defense expenditures into peaceful ones as a threat to their continued accumulation of wealth?

Over here at Veterans Today, while various country and ideological conflicts get 98% of the news coverage, we think that very old international criminal networks are the ones who love war the most.

It’s an old game, but one being played now with new high tech tools like derivatives trading which has become the thermonuclear financial weapon that destroys indiscriminately.

Why? Because countries historically have given these criminal networks a free pass to do whatever they want with immunity from prosecution as long as they help them in Cold War conflicts. So why would such criminal networks not prefer eternal warfare?

They loved the Cold War. When it ended the race was on to find a new threat to keep fleecing the taxpayers of so many countries with manufactured threats. And thus the modern charade of the War on Terror was born, a terror that is 85 to 90% manufactured by western nations working closely, either knowingly or unknowingly, with these multi-national criminal networks.

One of the Cold War gold stars goes to America during the Suez War. Eisenhower and Allen Dulles, not perfect men by any measure, they did the right thing for America and the Allies involved.

They stood up to the Lobby pressure of this criminal network, with big dreams in it’s head of a safe haven country, nuclear weapons, diplomatic immunity and all the other goodies that go with controlling a pirate base. Unfortunately they eventually got all that anyway.

Kennett Love – NY Times MidEast Correspondent

I had an intimate peek behind the curtain into the Suez War showdown through an extensive interview with author Kennett Love, who was I believe the last non Jewish New York Times correspondent back in the days when they covered the whole Mideast.

Kennett’s one major book for history was Suez: The Twice Fought War, an 1100 page tome where I used up one entire yellow highlighter because there were so many key quotes in it.

One of my early Internet strokes of luck was to meet a Palestinian activist who actually lived near him on Long Island, N.Y. I quickly teamed up with Marjorie to organize a two day interview.

Why? Because the New York Times correspondent in those days got lots of face time with all the heads of state who wanted that media exposure.

Kennett interviewed them all, became a close confidant to Nasser, and was even used by several to pass personal messages to other heads of state. You can’t get more intimate than that as a journalist.

In reviewing my interview preparation notes toady I found this first question I chose. It was a timeless quote in the book’s preface:

“The Suez Crisis taught us that democratic leaders can be just as dangerously wrong as dictators when they act in secret on secret information…An ignorant or prejudiced public offers no protection.”

I chose it because we have exactly the same problem today, either having learned nothing since then, or…someone’s wanting the game to remain the same. Sometimes heads of state will try to use journalists to transmit psy ops information. Another interview question was,

“On September 25th, 1954, Ben-Gurion told you in an interview that he would open the Gulf of Aqaba within a year, and by force if necessary. Why do you think he disclosed this to you?”

It takes a very savvy and disciplined journalist to smell when something just isn’t right. And no, they do not teach this in the college.

The Old Man of Israel

The post WWII Mideast found itself in literally an orgy of diplomatic intrigue.

Financially devastated France and England were desperately trying to hang onto any overseas concessions they could milk to restore prostrate economies at home. Domestic communist parties were nipping at their heels. The former colonies, of course, saw their opportunity for independence and were going for it full steam.

Mr. Love described how Nasser wanted to avoid picking sides in the Cold War as that would hurt him domestically by labeling him a foreign puppet delivering Egypt to a new master.

He turned down the offered U.S military aid with a counter request for roads, schools, and hospitals which his people needed much more than arms.

It would have been a win win situation for all. But Allen Dulles could not see any value in an ally that would not be anti-Soviet. The policy folly of ‘Either you are for us or against us’ was really imprinted on our post WWII leadership.

Israel’s 1950 slaughter of the Azama Beduins in Gaza forced Nasser to ditch the humanitarian aid for military to defend Egypt. Without it he faced continued humiliation. Israel would of course paint Egypt as a bigger threat. We see the modern version of this being played out with the hyped Iran threat despite it’s long history of not invading anyone.

Later when the U.S. began backing off it’s proffered support for the Aswam dam, after Nasser had already bet his political farm on it, he really had no choice but to nationalize the Suez Canal early to provide the needed revenues to close the deal with the Soviets.

Dulles mistakenly did not believe the Soviets could actually fund the deal, the classic mistake of substituting prejudice for judgment.

But the British and French did not care. They finally had their casus belli to go into Egpyt. Nasser’s support for the Algerian rebels had the French in a rage and the Brits wanted a popular, short, ‘take the canal’ back war for the domestic prestige. Ben-Gurion and Israeli Intel played them all.

Love’s 1100 page tome on the Suez War – The one book read on the subject

The three party Suez attack went ahead, a way too complicated story to cover now. But Eisenhower and Dulles were quick to condemn the attack despite the Soviets marching through Hungary and Britain still not in NATO yet.

America joined the Soviet block in the UN to call for a cease-fire and withdrawal, and the shock waves rolled out.

Although the British and French accepted the UN turn of the cards, Ben-Gurion was determined to play a game of chicken with Gaza, refusing to withdraw.

As always, the Jewish Lobby was unleashed on Congress to pummel Eisenhower to back off his full withdrawal demands, but he stuck to his guns.

Dulles was bitter with the Lobby. “The Israeli Embassy is practically dictating to the Congress through influential Jewish people in the country…I am aware how almost impossible it is in this country to carry out a foreign policy not approved by the Jews, but I am going to have one…I believe in what George Washington said in his Farewell Address that an emotional attachment to another country should not interfere.”

Eisenhower raised the ante on the Jewish Lobby pressure by telling Ben-Gurion he would call for sanctions against Israel and eliminate all the tax deductions for Israeli raising funding in American. Ike went on national TV, took the Lobby on in public, and whipped their butts.

Faced with the looming UN sanctions vote the Israelis pulled out of Gaza, but only after destroying the infrastructure, sowing more bitter seeds for continuing the conflict. We know from our declassified intelligence inStephen Green’s Taking Sides expose, that they had every intention of doing so.

And here we are, September, 2012. Our media interviews over the past few weeks with former National Security Council MidEast desk officer Gwenth Todd disclosed that she had broken up the NeoCon and rogue Navy officer false flag attack in Bahrain in December of 2007.

A large number of American servicemen would have been killed and then blamed on Iran supported Shias. That was the set up. The attack on Iran would have been a done deal, and we would all be paying for it dearly now.

That is something to think about over the next two months heading into the elections here. We still have work to do to see to it that those who were guilty of this crime, pay for it, no matter who or where they are.

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“As The War Drums Beat”


Merlin Miller with President Ahmadinejad

“As The War Drums Beat ”
By Merlin Miller

I contemplate my recent trip to the Islamic Republic of Iran and ask myself who wants war between America and Iran. I quickly surmise that it is not the American people, nor the Iranian people, but globalists (international bankers and their multinational beneficiaries). They control Israel, the American media and most of our politicians…and by extension our foreign policy.

My journey to this exotic and little understood land began with an invitation to “New Horizon – The First International Independent Filmmakers Festival”. It was a conference and festival held in Tehran from September 2nd through September 7th. Filmmakers and intellectuals from around the world attended. It was one of the most stimulating experiences that I have ever had and an effective bridge between diverse cultures and perspectives – with the purpose of promoting truth, justice, liberty, and peace.

This initiative was undertaken, not by America or other world leaders, but by a country unfairly besieged with sanctions and threats of war. My observations were in stark contrast to the perceptions of most Americans. What I experienced was a devout country with a love of God, family, and nation – and an uncompromising respect for the noblest of human endeavors.

As I write this, a giant, beautiful book, Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, lies next to me. Khayyam’s wonderful poems have survived the test of time and are a testament to the normally peaceful spirit of the Persian people. This treasure was given to me by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Inside its back cover, he inscribed the following for me (transcribed from Farsi):

In the name of God who loves human beings.

My dear brother:

I, you, we and all of us are pursuing truth and happiness for human beings, which is unfortunately a victim of world powers.

This is a historical opportunity to undermine all inhuman relations and put an end to prejudices, which have questioned the truths and separates them, to build a new beautiful world based on love, justice and beauty.

This is a historical and certainly achievable objective. It only needs our hands, minds and hearts to join each other.

I pray Great God to bless you, who love humanity and wish success for all. I hope to meet you in a better future.


M. Ahmadinejad

September 8, 2012

I found President Ahmadinejad to be a humble man with a firm handshake and intense, intelligent eyes. Despite his courteous and dignified bearing, he has been regularly berated, and routinely misrepresented, by a controlled western media. Is their demonization justified, or has he been targeted as the lone political figure standing against Zionist powers? This is my attempt to represent truths, such that the world might have a better understanding of Iran, its people, and its leadership.

The Iranian people are similar to Europeans in appearance…a beautiful people, poised and kind. Their women wear clothing which modestly cover them, but in elegant fashion and with serene faces that are usually exposed. They return smiles and are not treated as second class citizens, as we have been conditioned to believe. In fact, they outnumber men in higher education enrollments. There is no profanity and women are safe on any Tehran street – at any time of day or night. The influences of western civilization have not been totally removed, but the Iranians resist the decadence of cultural-Marxism. I attribute this largely to their faith and love of family. I was surprised to discover that the Islamic faith actually honors Jesus and Christianity. However, through Zionist media control, policy dictates, and other manipulations, the Christian world is incessantly convinced that Muslims should be our enemies and that we should be theirs.

Muslims look with jaundiced eye upon the outrageous media lies and perpetual assaults on their faith and culture. Hollywood’s promotion of twisted films can provoke extremist reactions, and we are then led to believe that Muslims are all radicals. We never question the bizarre promotion of these divisive, Zionist inspired productions, or the actions of multinational interests in the internal affairs of sovereign Islamic nations. Were we to look honestly at the many false portrayals, we would see remarkable similarities to how our Christian communities have also been assaulted – increasingly with contempt and disrespect by these same Zionist and Cultural Marxist propagandists. They seek a globalist new world order – devoid of the diversity and freedoms associated with independent nation states.

As I wandered from the festival grounds to meet people on the streets, I found them to be most helpful and without animosity – despite my obvious American nationality. I enjoyed their exotic food and came to appreciate the craftsmanship of their products. The only negative sensation that I had was in witnessing the mad house traffic situation in Tehran. A city of 15 million, it has grown faster that it’s infrastructure. Despite this, the city is thriving with new construction and beautiful parks and monuments – which reflect a noble and accomplished people. The Iranians seemingly love Americans, but are rightly concerned and critical of our irrational and invasive government policies. The common response seems to be “why would your country want to attack us?”

The current condemnation of Iran is supposedly due to the possibility that they may develop nuclear weapons. We should all work for a world free from nuclear threat, but the sovereignty of nations must also be respected. Iran is signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and has opened their facilities for inspection, declaring their interest is for energy development only. No evidence to the contrary has been shown, and Iran’s Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah Khamenei condemns nuclear weaponry – actually declaring a “Fatwa” against them – as it is contrary to their nation’s faith. However, Israel, their chief accuser (and architect behind the campaign to falsely accuse Iraq of possessing “weapons of mass destruction”), is believed to possess over 300 nuclear weapons. Israel is not signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and has no intention of sharing information or opening their facilities for inspection – yet America continues to march to their fanatical war drums against others. Why is there no pressure on Israel to meet the same standards and why are we imposing “sanctions” against a nation that has done us no wrong? It is a preliminary act of war, and only imposed because Israeli lobbies demand it of our lap-dog politicians, who incredibly serve Zionist interests rather than the American people.

Iran is a strategic rival for regional hegemony in the resource rich middle-east and has stood strong for Islamic unity. They also courageously and most justifiably call for an end to the Palestinian occupation – the ruthless suppression of an enslaved people, largely funded by America. There is no greater injustice than that being perpetrated against the Palestinian people. World condemnation, through the United Nations is consistently blocked by U.S. actions on the Security Council. As a result, the Non Aligned Nations Movement (NAM) is growing as an alternative to the UN. Its recent success is not generally reported in Western media, but 120 nations came together in Tehran the week before the New Horizon Film Festival – in unity and in opposition to the evils of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. The Secretary General of the United Nations even attended, as well as observers from Russia and China. The Palestinian occupation and Israeli aggressions (including “false flag” operations against other nations) are at the root of the discontents for Zionism.

As President Ahmadinejad gave me copy of Khayyam’s works, I gave him copy of my western motion picture, “Jericho”, and my political book, “Our Vision for America”. When I asked him what messages I might convey to the American people, he indicated “truths” and “Iran’s desire for peace”. Through lies and evil acts, Globalists and Zionists falsely portray Iran, as they seek conflict between nations. I later told him that our State Department should be meeting with Iran’s leaders and not depending on the initiatives of private citizens, like me. However, I hope that he and the Iranian people take hope in the prospect that many patriotic Americans are awakening to the evils that have consumed us, even while our politicians continue to betray the otherwise good spirit and traditions of the American people. Growing numbers seek answers that might save America and truly promote world peace.

Americans do not want war, and are beginning to realize that our politicians, of both major parties, initiate these actions against the wishes of the American people – and in accord with the intrigues of international bankers and their Zionist agents. It is time we stopped them by creating alternatives in politics, and in media. Iran sees the need and is taking appropriate initiatives, and so should America.

I went to Iran to promote the prospects for producing “False Flag”, a critically important motion picture. I returned to America more committed than ever to produce this political thriller and, through commercial entertainment, help awaken a sleeping America. Vital truths must be revealed so that new evils are not perpetrated against the people of America and Iran, with destructive effects resonating throughout the world. I also return committed to building a viable third party, which will represent traditional working class Americans, rather than perpetuating a corrupt two party system, which serves special global interests. God willing, my answer to the courageous efforts of President Ahmadinejad is “I also hope to meet you in a better future”.

Merlin Miller is a West Point graduate, US Army veteran, engineer, writer, filmmaker ( and 2012 Presidential candidate (

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Netanyahu at It Again


by Stephen Lendman


He’s undisciplined, unchecked, and unambiguous. He never knows when to leave well enough alone. He makes more enemies than friends. He’s a consummate loudmouth bully. He hurls unrestrained verbal assaults. More on that below.

He presides over Israel’s worst government. It’s belligerent, hardline, and neoliberal. It’s offensive to both Jews and Arabs. He menaces the entire region and beyond.

His finger on Israel’s nuclear trigger should worry everyone. Maybe he’ll squeeze during one of his frequent tantrums.

Fiction for him is fact. It’s whatever he’s saying at the time. He claims he doesn’t lie but doesn’t tell the truth. Perhaps he can’t tell the difference between the two. He claims Armageddon is just around the corner. Who’s he afraid of in a region where only Israel threatens neighbors?

He presides over a government Gideon Levy calls “racis(t), untranationalis(t), arrogan(t), and messiani(c)” for good reason. Nonetheless, “this country is still not the worst,” he says.

He’s right. It’s the second worst. America is number one in every shameful thing mattering most.

On September 16, Netanyahu lied like he always does. He claimed Iran is six to seven months from having a nuclear bomb capability. Again he demanded Obama set a clear red line. For good reason, the president, other US officials, and most others are fed up with him.

He told NBC’s Meet the Press:

“You have to place that red line before them now, before it’s too late.” He conflated Iran’s government with “fanaticism….It’s the same fanaticism that you see storming your embassies today. Do you want these fanatics to have nuclear weapons?”

Host David Gregory practically fawned over him. At issue is why was he invited on? He’s guilty of crimes of war and against humanity. He’s waging slow-motion genocide against 1.7 million Gazans.

He wages financial war on Jews and Arabs alike. He’s a monster buttoned down to look normal. His legitimacy should be questioned.

He should be impeached, charged, prosecuted, and imprisoned before he does more harm.

His arrogance makes him impossible to deal with. On Meet the Press, he showed no signs of backing down. He practically challenged viewers to dispute him. He told one lie after another about Iran. He’s done it many times before.

Iran is “different,” he says. It puts “zealotry above survival. They have suicide bombers all over the place. I wouldn’t rely on their rationality.”

Soviet Union-style “mutual assured destruction” (MAP) won’t contain them, he suggested. He gets national US air time to voice vitriol and anti-Iranian propaganda. Too bad anyone wastes time watching.

“Since the advent of nuclear weapons, you have countries that had access to nuclear weapons who always made a careful calculation of cost and benefit. But Iran is guided by a leadership with an unbelievable fanaticism.”

He falsely claims Iran nears nuclear weapons capability. No evidence whatever proves it. He denies what policy makers know but won’t say. No weapons program exists. None is planned. Saying otherwise spurns truth. Using a football analogy, he said “(t)they’re in a ‘red zone.’ ”

“They’re in the last 20 yards. And you can’t let them cross that goal line. Because that would have unbelievable consequences.”

Asked if Israel would go it alone, he added:

“We always reserve the right to act. But I think that if we are able to coordinate together a common position, we increase the chances that neither one of us will have to act.”

Make no mistake. Reserving the right and acting are worlds apart. On war and peace as well as other major geopolitical issues, Israel won’t act without Washington’s approval. Picking a public fight with your benefactor comes down to biting the hand that feeds you and much more.

Doing so also draws strong criticism at home. He repeatedly oversteps. He doesn’t know when to back off and stay quiet. Diplomacy for him is a four letter word.

His way or the highway is policy. His scowl and bullying make him impossible to deal with. Red lines, timelines and deadlines don’t wash.

He wrongly claims “once the Iranians understand that there’s a line that they can’t cross, they’re not likely to cross it.”

Tehran observes international law. It was one of the first countries to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). It has no nuclear weapons program. It plans none.

For decades, Israel’s been nuclear armed and dangerous. It spurns NPT and won’t sign it. It won’t tolerate IAEA inspections. No nation is more closely monitored round the clock than Iran.

Netanyahu lied saying if America set a red line before Saddam invaded Kuwait, “maybe that war could have been avoided.”

US ambassador April Glaspie OK’d his invasion. It followed months of failed negotiations to stop cross-drilling into Iraqi territory. Washington planned the provocation. It needed Saddam to react to wage war.

Kuwait was stealing Iraqi oil. Saddam wanted it stopped. With US approval, he took matters into his own hands. Doing so doomed him. As they say, the rest is history.

Weeks earlier, Netanyahu claimed Iran’s “moving very rapidly to completing the enrichment of the uranium that they need to produce a nuclear bomb. In six months or so they’ll be 90 percent of the way there.”

Saying so then and now inverts truth. Defense Secretary Ehud Barak mimics him. He claims Iran may be approaching a “zone of immunity.” He means Iranian fortifications may be too strong to penetrate.

On September 16, Netanyahu repeated the same anti-Iranian vitriol and propaganda on CNN’s State of the Nation. Host Candy Crowley was as obsequious as Gregory. Corporate TV truth and full disclosure are verboten. So is failing to challenge a serial liar head of state.

Western media sources suppress what readers and viewers most need to know. Israeli criticism isn’t tolerated. Nothing is said about its formidable nuclear arsenal. It’s common knowledge that it’s large and sophisticated. It’s able to strike targets anywhere in the region and beyond. Saying so publicly is verboten.

Netanyahu and other Israeli officials have virtual immunity. They lie and get away with it. They commit daily crimes against Palestinians. They persecute their own Arab citizens.

Racism is official policy. It’s institutionalized. Belligerence is a way of life. Imagine having a neighbor like this next door. Iran threatens no one. It has just cause to worry. Israel threatens naked aggression. Perhaps it’s coming jointly with America.

It’s widely believed Netanyahu favors Romney over Obama. He refused to say on air. He won’t be drawn publicly into America’s election, he said. Covertly he’s been doing it for months.

Israel may be behind the anti-Muslim hate film. It provided a spark that incited violence across the region and beyond. It reflects deep-seated anti-American animosity. Decades of wars, occupation and Islamophobia produced blowback. People take so much before exploding.

They’re like-minded about Israel. Throughout the region, both countries have rock bottom approval ratings. For good reason they’re despised. Netanyahu’s arrogance is reason enough for loathing and animosity. He’s a public relations nightmare.

He represents fascism Israeli-style. He’s a bully and at the same time cowardly. He prefers fights with easy targets. His style is attacking nonviolent Palestinian men, women and children. They’re defenseless to fight back.

They’re wrongly called terrorists. They only want to live free on their own land in peace. Lebanon’s been frequently targeted. So are other regional countries. It’s done overtly and covertly. No one’s safe with a regional neighbor like Israel.

Nor are Israelis with leaders like Netanyahu/Barak.

Netanyahu told the Jerusalem Post he’s confident the world will come around to his view. He won’t stop pushing it.

“I started speaking about the Iranian threat 16 years ago. If I was not a lone voice then, I was one of the few, and then others joined. And then I started speaking about the need for economic sanctions against Iran. I wasn’t the only voice, but I was one of the few,” he said.

Now he’s alone talking about red lines, he added. He hopes others will also. Persuasion takes time, he added.

He’s dead wrong about an Iranian nuclear weapons program. He lies calling Tehran an existential threat. He won’t be quiet, he stresses. It’s well known he oversteps and can’t contain himself. He can’t be trusted.

He’s a serial liar. Each time his lips move prove it. He’s toxic and dangerous. No one’s safe anywhere with him in charge. Maybe Israelis will come to their senses and oust him. Doing so should be prioritized. Partial relief at least is just new leadership away.

Haaretz said “Israelis have the right to demand leaders who envision hope instead of beating the war drums” against nonexistent threats. They’re entitled to peace, not perpetual confrontations and conflicts.

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“Innocence of Muslims”, the GOP and World War III

by Jim Fetzer

We are being told by ABC News that Iran has launched a submarine and a destroyer into the Persian Gulf from Bandar Abbas port on Tuesday at the same time as U.S. and allied forces held massive naval exercises in the same waters to practice keeping oil shipping lanes open.

Tehran has repeatedly threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, a route for oil exports from the gulf, if Iranian nuclear sites are attacked by Israel, which believes Tehran is trying to develop an atomic bomb. But think about it.

As Mike Rivero observesthis may well be a propaganda run-up to a false flag attack in which one of Israel’s Dolphin submarines, admitted by Germany to be armed with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles, sneaks up along the Iranian cost and fires an attack at a US ship, quite possibly the soon-to-be-scrapped USS Enterprise. So, ahead of hearing the Big Bang and the inevitable screams from Israel’s presstitutes at ABC/NBC/CBS/FOX. Just use your common sense and ask yourself why Iran, trying as hard as they can to avoid a war, would initiate such a foolish attack? As a reminder, Iran has not started a war in over 300 years.  And a “false flag” attack under these circumstances would be all too easy to arrange.  We are on the verge of World War III.  How did we reach this point?

With the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991, the US military-industrial-complex was on the verge of losing its principal justification for the gravy train of producing endless arms and ammunition to restrain the relentless expansion of the Communist Empire. It desperately needed a new, alternative “boogie man” to keep the conveyor belts moving and its profits–from increasingly technical and expensive weapon systems–soaring, where nothing could work better than some shadowy and elusive enemy in the form of “terrorists”, whose identity has no geographic boundaries and where “terrorist acts”, like the Bali bombing, can be arranged at any time it would be politically expedient.  If the government claims such an act was done by “a terrorist”, very few are in the position to explain that it was actually Blackwater (now “Xe”), Delta Forces, or the CIA.

The fabrication of the events of 9/11, which were done with complicity by the Mossad, fulfilled that objective perfectly, especially by blaming those attacks on 19 Islamic fanatics under the control of a guy off in a cave in Afghanistan.  Few have noticed that the first reported claims of responsibility were attributed to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, as Preston James and I explained in “Peeling the 9/11 Onion: Layers of Plots within Plots” (2011). 15 of the 19 “hijackers” were from Saudi Arabia, but no one here seemed to notice.

That Osama had been “our man in Afghanistan” was never acknowledged and, although stories of “blowback” have abounded, until this latest series of protests, which appear to represent the culmination of the decade of abuse of Muslims as a people and Islam as a religion, they seemed fabricated or contrived.  Certainly, the low road taken by the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld troika, which, in “9/11 and the Neo-Con Agenda” (2008), I likened to a crime syndicate masquerading as an administration, sowed the seeds for bona-fide “blowback”.

The Assassination of an Ambassador

The deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, information management officer (“propaganda specialist”) Sean Smith, and two others may have been cunningly contrived.  In his recollections of Stevens, French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy has remarked, “This time, the imbeciles have won”, because the ambassador was among the strongest friends of the Islamic world the US has ever placed in the field.

While my thoughts about this are somewhat speculative, it may have instead been part of the plan to use the excited protest against this deliberately provocative film, “Innocence of Muslims”, as a cover to take out one of our most effective ambassadors, where there are reasons to believe that he was not going to go along with new plans to destabilize Libya once again.

Sen. John McCain, who recently visited Benghazi, has laid the responsibility for his murder on Obama for not paying enough attention to foreign affairs, which suggests that this incident may be part of the GOP “game plane” to elect Mitt Romney by attacking the President’s foreign policy. There are reports that the attackers may have had help from inside the consulate.

Bear in mind that the Israels are the most accomplished practitioners of “false flag” ops in the world today.  You do not have to go back to the bombing of the King David Hotel in 1946 when a gang of Irgun terrorists dressed as Arabs murdered 91 and injured another 46; or the attack on the USS Liberty in 1967, when Israeli fighters torpedoed and strafed an American spy ship during the Six Day War, killing 34 and wounding 170; or the bombing of its own Embassy in Bueos Aires, Argentina, in 1992, which did not result in enough deaths, so they bombed the Jewish Community Center for greater political effect in 1994 (“False Flag Attacks in Argentina: 1992 and 1994″, with Adrian Salbuchi).

But the massacres at Sabra and Shatila in 1982 are nice illustrations of the duplicity of the nation’s highest leaders, where Arial Sharon provided cover for the massacre of between 762 and 3,500 Palestinian and Lebanese Shiite civilians by a Lebanese Christian Phalangist militia, while the IDF illuminated the streets to facilitate the killing. So taking out Ambassador Stevens under the cover of this protest would have posed no problems for the Mossad.

The “Innocence of Muslims” as Provocation 

Of course, those who understand the history of the three great Abrahamic religions are aware of their common origins, but that kind of knowledge and sensitivity is exceedingly rare in the USA. As Christof Lehmann observes, “Hollywood stirs Middle East Plot, Asia Times (18 September 2012), it is rather difficult to imagine that this inferior, low-budget film and those earlier cartoon denigrations of the Prophet Mohammed could possibly explain the resistance they have met in the Middle East, which appears instead to be the latest manifestation of decades of stereotyping of Arabs that has come from Hollywood.

Westerners and non-Muslims are seemingly so used to the scapegoating, stereotyping and denigration of Muslims and in particular Arab Muslims in art and entertainment, he remarks, that they don’t realize the degree to which the Western news and entertainment industry, and in particular Hollywood–which is largely dominated by individuals who are dedicated to the cause of Zionism and to promoting Israel’s interests–is representationally depriving an entire population, predominantly Muslim, of its essential humanity.

As Lehmann also reports, the Arab American scholar, D Jack Shaheen, had himself reviewed more than 1,000 movies, from the oldest Hollywood productions to the greatest blockbuster productions up to 2001 before publishing Real Bad Arabs, How Hollywood Vilifies a People. Shaheen concluded that no less than 300 movies, more than 25% of those he studied, vilified Arabs and Muslims in one way or the other, which represents an effort comparable to World War II Nazi propaganda against the Jewish people. This extensive and enduring cinematic portrayal of Arabs, especially Palestinians, creates a cultural background against which current events have to be understood. Even the Disney Classic “Aladdin, which has been seen by millions of people worldwide, affords an example of Hollywood’s dehumanizing approach.

The gullible and naive, especially children, are subtly induced to believe that Arab countries are typified by barbaric practices, such as where innocent women have their hands amputated for forgetting to pay at the bizarre; and, in other films, as he explains, Arab men are depicted as imbecilic and super-rich, sex-addicted tyrants, who not only mistreat their women but especially American women, who are kidnapped and sold off to sleazy Arabs at auctions. That theme is nicely illustrated by “Taken” (2008), where a retired CIA agent (played by Liam Neeson) travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his daughter, who was kidnapped on a trip to Paris and sold at auction to a wealth Arab sheik.  Even my wife and I enjoyed the film, which I am embarrassed to admit, but it is of that kind.

The film as Zionist anti-Muslim Propaganda 

According to The Washington Post (14 September 2012), the man who goes by the name, “Sam Bacile”, turns out to be Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, if that indeed is his real name, who has been convicted of financial crimes. By making the film, he may have violated the terms of his parole and could be sent back to prison.  He pleaded “no contest” to bank fraud charges in 2010 and was banned from using computers or the internet or the use of false identities as part of his sentence.

Kakoula has identified himself as a “Coptic Christian”, where much of the film was apparently shot inside the offices of Media for Christ, a non-profit based in Duarte, an area of Los Angeles, CA, which has raised more than $1,000,000 to “glow Jesus’ light” to the world.  A Hermit, CA, man who was script advisor for the film, Steven Klein, has reported having received several death threats, but claims this was an exercise of his First Amendment rights and that he is prepared to die defending them.

The most reasonable interpretation of the production of this film, where the actors themselves did not know the roles they were destined to play when it was edited, like earlier cartoons belittling the Prophet Mohammed, is that it was intended to inflame tensions in the Middle East, which have already been exacerbated by the ongoing presence of US military forces in Iraq and in Afghanistan, not to mention their presence in Pakistan and the on-going use of predator drones.

So much of what is taking place has to be understood as stage props in political theater, none of which have been more blatant than the second killing of Osama bin Laden or concealing the first death of Saddam Hussein, which I summarized in “9/11: Have we been bamboozled? (2012).  The political situation relative to the presidential election to be held in November suggests that this may be part and parcel of a plan to salvage the prospects of Mitt Romney, who has staked virtually his entire political fortunes on the claim that Barack Obama has a failed foreign policy.

The Master Plan: to take over 7 nations in 5 years

Remember that Wesley Clark, the former Supreme Allied Commander Europe (a 4-star general), acknowledged that he had been informed of plans for the US to attack 7 countries in 5 years at The Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco (3 October 2007).  Most of the countries on that list, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya, have been taken over, where the battle for Syria continues to rage and that for Iran appears to be about to begin.

We have reports that Iran is supporting Syria, which makes excellent sense, and it would come as no surprise if Russia were not doing what it can to maintain the Assad regime in place.  In my view, if Russia were to declare that any attack on Iran would be regarded as an attack on Russia, it would bring about a high degree of stability and end the hysterical calls for attacking Iran, which have been promoted by Benjamin Netanyahu, especially, who turns out to be a close friend of Mitt Romney and may even believe he would be in the position to dictate US foreign policy were Romney to be elected.


A situation like this would be inconceivable in times past when there was domestic disagreement between the political parties in the United States but still unanimity in foreign affairs.  As David Kerans (3 October 2012), has explained, however, the parties have become so polarized that even foreign policy is no longer bipartisan.  Since the misconceived “Citizens United” decision by the Supreme Court to allow corporations unlimited spending on political advertising, the US has become increasingly under the control of the rich and powerful.  Economic discussion is dominated by free market theology, which has no basis in reality, since the conditions that Adam Smith declared necessary for free markets, including transparency in pricing and the absence of monopolies, do not exist in America today and are one more part of the illusional ideology known as “American exceptionalism”.  When an administration can murder 3,000 of its own citizens, fabricate evidence and promote political myths, which is the grim reality of 9/11, it should be apparent to the world that the US is no longer a responsible member of the community of nations.

Coping with disinformation and propaganda

Most of what is going on in the US and the world today that affects public opinion about the war on terror and the ongoing aggression in the Middle East is, like the events of 9/11, either phony or contrived.  Wayne Madsen (“Wayne Madsen Reports”, 23-24 July 2012), for example, has found several links between James Holmes of the Aurora, CO, “Batman” shooting, and U.S. government research: “James Holmes, the 24-year old suspect in the mass shooting of Batman ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ movie goers in Aurora, Colorado that left 12 people dead and 58 injured, has had a number of links to U.S. government-funded research centers. Holmes’s past association with government research projects has prompted police and federal law enforcement officials to order laboratories and schools with which Holmes has had a past association not to talk to the press about Holmes.” This is very suspicious on its face and suggests the possibility of mind-control.

Similarly, Madsen has also discovered (7-8 August 2012) that the dead suspected gunman who opened fire inside a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin served from April 1992 to October 1998 as a member of the psychological operations unit at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. “CNN cited a ‘Pentagon source’ claiming Page was discharged from the Army in 1998 for “patterns of misconduct.” However, the U.S. Army only revealed that Page was awarded several medals, including good conduct medals and a humanitarian service medal.”  This does not prove that these were staged events, but they certainly create that presumption.  And CNN has also just reported (16 September 2012), “Egypt’s prime minister said some of the thousands involved in days of protest near the US Embassy got paid to participate, state news reported Saturday, the same day riot police managed to force demonstrators from the area”.  It is becoming increasingly difficult to sort out which events are real and which are Memorex.

Setting the Stage for World War III

It’s a matter of setting the stage for further and more ominous actions.  The UK “Telegraph” (15 September 2012), has now reported that an armada of US and British naval power is massing in the Persian Gulf in the belief that Israel is considering a pre-emptive [NOTE: actually, a preventative] strike against Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program: ”Cruisers, aircraft carriers and minesweepers from 25 nations are converging on the strategically important Strait of Hormuz in an unprecedented show of force as Israel and Iran move towards the brink of war. . . . In preparation for any pre-emptive or retaliatory action by Iran, warships from more than 25 countries, including the United States, Britain, France, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, will today begin an annual 12-day exercise.”  We have here what may well be the ingredients for a “perfect storm”.

The situation is completely absurd: Iran has not attacked any other nation for over 300 years.  Iran has renounced development of atomic weapons. Iran has signed the NPT and allowed inspectors into its facilities. Israel, by contrast, has 200-600 or more of these little beauties, has not signed the NPT and does not allow inspectors into its facilities.  Yet its prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, “King Bibi: ‘Red Line’ with Iran Means War Next 60 Days“, YouTube (16 September 2012), has demanded the US draw a “red line” to demarcate developments by Iran that would commit the US to war.  The US so far has refused to do that, which may itself be a “false front” by the Obama administration.  But the situation is enormously fraught with hazard and represents the greatest threat of precipitating World War III since the Cuban Missile Crisis, when cooler heads and higher intelligence prevailed.

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Soldier Who Taught ‘Total War’ Against Islam Threatens to Sue Top Military Officer


The Army officer who once taught that the U.S. ought to consider “Hiroshima tactics” for a “total war” on Islam has put America’s top general on notice for a possible lawsuit. Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley is accusing the government of concealing “the truth about Islam” at a time when proponents of his view of an inevitable clash between Islam and the West have succeeded at fanning precisely those flames.

On Thursday, attorneys for Dooley told Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey that Dooley is considering “a potential civil action,” said Marine Col. David Lapan, a spokesman for Dempsey. The written notice does not indicate that they’ve actually filed a lawsuit against Dempsey.

But Dooley’s lawyers, who have defended one of the most prominent anti-Islam voices in the United States, aren’t just flirting with legal action against the chairman of the Joint Chiefs. They’re launching a PR strike as well. A press release announcing that Dooley has retained them accuses Dempsey of compromising “the final bastion of America’s defense against Islamic jihad and sharia, the Pentagon” to “the enemy.” And it’s language that comes as Americans worry about Islamic radicals targeting U.S. embassies in the Middle East.

As Danger Room first reported in April, Dempsey shut down an elective course Dooley taught at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia, which is under the auspices of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The course instructed senior officers at the lieutenant colonel, commander, colonel and Navy captain level that “there is no such thing as ‘moderate Islam,’” and that wartime protections against civilians of Islamic countries were “no longer relevant.”

  1. #2 by Mahmoud El-Yousseph on September 23, 2012 – 3:41 pm

    According to UCMG, Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley has no legal right to sue the Joint Cheifs of Staff. If General Dempsey droped the caurse, Lt. Co. Dooley have no choice to comply. He could challenge it through the proper military chennel. Otherwise the Lt. Col. is in subordination and can be a subject of court martial. Genaral Depsey’s order is legal, moral and etical. The Lt. Col. is digging a hole for himself. He shoud be investigated for any outside contact with right wing fanatic, such as Pam Geller, and or agents of foreign countries.

  2. #3 by Gary on September 23, 2012 – 4:50 pm

    Loyal officers of the U.S. military need to purge the traitors out of their ranks before they can lead the way to the overthrow of the zionist government in Washington.

  3. #4 by joe on September 23, 2012 – 5:19 pm

    does pig eyed moron fit here to describe such fools

  4. #5 by Jean on September 23, 2012 – 5:35 pm

    Lt Col. Matthew Dooley should be busted to buck private and given a tooth brush to clean the Urinals. Colonel of the Urinal would be most fiitting for a person with that attitude.

  5. #6 by 30.06 on September 23, 2012 – 6:01 pm

    A Fifth Column of Zionist Shills who get to operate with impunity ( at this time ) due to ZOG .
    That Shill is sooooo obvious , he has dollar signs $$ in his eyes ! ! !

    Money can’t buy you Love , but it can buy you an Ass Sucker .

  6. “Soldier Who Taught ‘Total War’ Against Islam Threatens to Sue Top Military Officer”

    Sounds very fishy to me, the type of stinking fish one may find in Zionist circles! It must be another PR stunt, but quite interesting nonetheless! Maybe it will make me even laught

  7. So Dempsey stands up to the lunatic Netyanahu and this stooge gets a posse of of rabid Zionist lawyers to sue on some pretext. This reminds me of James Forrestal– a million little cowardly stabs in the back and Israel eliminates an enemy. That is what this is all about. Don’t believe anything else for a heartbeat. We have to stop Jew character assassination or we deserve what we get.

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LOL!!!!! Israelis ‘fear’ PM is meddling in US politics


JERUSALEM (AP) — It is a taboo for Israeli leaders to give even the slightest hint of favoritism in politics in the United States, Israel’s closest ally. So some Israelis are squirming over a perception that their prime minister is siding with Republican Mitt Romney in the U.S. presidential race, in the belief he will take a harder line on archenemy Iran if elected.

With President Barack Obama holding a narrow lead in opinion polls, Benjamin Netanyahu’s perceived strategy looks risky to Israelis who fear their alliance with the U.S. could be in trouble if the incumbent wins.

“If our prime minister doesn’t get along with their leader, it will hurt our relations,” said Shai Hugi, 20, a car rental clerk in Jerusalem. “The United States is Israel’s best ally, and it’s always good that you have a strong friend behind you.”

Netanyahu, convinced that Iran is close to developing nuclear weapons, says Tehran must be stopped. Claiming international diplomatic efforts and economic sanctions have failed, Netanyahu says the threat of force must be seriously considered. He has urged Obama to declare “red lines” that would trigger an American attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, coupling his appeals with veiled threats of a unilateral Israeli attack on Iran.

Obama has rejected these calls, saying diplomacy and U.S.-led sanctions must be given more time and that Iran will never be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons. At the same time, American officials have pressed Israel not to attack unilaterally, a move that could set off regional mayhem just ahead of the November election.

Netanyahu has not backed down. In a message directed at the White House, he recently said: “Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don’t have a moral right to place a red light before Israel.”

Israeli leaders have relied on broad bipartisan support in the U.S. for decades, but Netanyahu has had a rocky relationship with Obama, underscored by public differences over Iran. These agreements, coupled with his longstanding friendship with Romney, have created a perception that Netanyahu backs the Republicans.

“Whether or not it is true that he is actively taking sides . I don’t know,” said Alon Pinkas, Israel’s former consul-general in New York. “But the pattern of behavior clearly suggests this perception is founded in reality.”

Eytan Gilboa, an expert on U.S.-Israeli relations at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University, said Obama, if re-elected, may seek payback from the Israelis by pressuring Netanyahu to make new concessions to the Palestinians to overcome a deadlock seen as a key failure of the U.S. administration.

Gilboa also said support for Israel is increasingly being seen as a Republican, not bipartisan, issue in America. Recent polls have shown that Republican support for Israel is significantly higher than Democratic support, a reversal from 10 or 15 years ago.

In interviews on American television this week, the Israeli leader vociferously denied he is meddling in Obama’s reelection campaign and said he appreciated the importance of American support.

“God, I’m not going to be drawn into the American election,” Netanyahu told NBC television. “What’s guiding my statements is not the American political calendar, but the Iranian nuclear calendar.”

Ari Shavit, a columnist for Israel’s liberal Haaretz daily, accused Netanyahu of misreading the American political climate.

“Netanyahu not only argued with Obama, but turned himself into the declared enemy of many of Israel’s friends in the United States. He pushed himself into America’s extremist right corner – he pushed all of us into it,” he wrote.

Obama aides have sought to portray relations with Netanyahu as unshaken. But privately, American officials have grumbled about a perception that Netanyahu is telling Obama what to do.

When Netanyahu travels to New York this week, he likely won’t even see Obama. The U.S. president turned down a request for a meeting, citing scheduling issues. A subsequent phone conversation appears to have done little to ease tensions.

Differences between the men run deep.

Soon after Obama and Netanyahu both took office in early 2009, they clashed over Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Under American pressure, Netanyahu reluctantly agreed to slow down settlement construction for nine months in order to restart peace talks with the Palestinians. When the moratorium expired, Netanyahu refused Obama’s appeals to extend it, and a fresh round of peace talks quickly collapsed.

In one tense encounter, Netanyahu appeared to lecture Obama on the pitfalls of peacemaking as they sat in front of reporters in the Oval Office. During that same trip to Washington, Netanyahu was warmly welcomed in a speech to a joint session of Congress, sending a message that the Israeli leader maintained strong support on Capitol Hill.

The U.S.-educated Netanyahu thinks like a Republican on many key issues, whether it be his support for free-market capitalism and disdain for big government, or his security-first approach to foreign policy. Obama’s first major foreign policy act, reaching out to the Muslim world in a landmark speech in Cairo while failing to visit neighboring Israel, is still seen as an insult by many Israelis.

Netanyahu’s inner circle includes Ron Dermer, a former Republican activist in the U.S., and Sheldon Adelson, the American casino billionaire who has contributed tens of millions of dollars to the Republicans.

Netanyahu’s friendship with Romney goes back to the 1970s, when they worked together at a Boston investment firm. During the campaign, Romney has accused Obama of throwing Israel “under the bus.” And in comments to a closed fundraiser that were captured on videotape, Romney sounded as if he had received many of his talking points directly from Netanyahu as he listed reasons why peace between Israel and the Palestinians isn’t possible.

Few believe any damage in relations is irreversible, and officials in both countries say defense ties remain close. Pinkas, the former Israeli diplomat, said the Iranian nuclear program is so critical that the countries will find a way to work together. He suggested that Netanyahu move quickly in the coming months to repair his relationship with Obama, either through a face-to-face meeting or quiet “back channel” discussions.

Netanyahu is required to call new elections in the next year or so. Many analysts believe he will do so much sooner, perhaps by the end of the year. Standing strong in the face of American pressure would play well to his hardline Likud Party.

“Bibi is doing what he should be doing,” said Jerusalem bike shop owner Yitzchak Weiss, 66, referring to Netanyahu by his nickname. “I don’t think (Obama) will throw us into the sea. America is our strongest ally. He can never erase that.”

The radio in Weiss’ bike shop was tuned to a local Jerusalem station. As he spoke, a broadcaster announced: “Mitt Romney — let’s hope he wins.”

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Analysts Respond To Expected US Decision To Delist MEK From FTO List


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Jim Lobe and I wrote a report yesterday for IPS News about the expected US decision to delist the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (aka MEK, PMOI and NCRI) from its foreign terrorist organizations (FTO) list. Most analysts we interviewed predicted that the removal would only worsen already abysmal relations with Iran and possibly make any effort to defuse the gathering crisis over its nuclear programme yet more difficult. Here’s a round-up of what they had to say beginning with statements that came in following the article’s publication:

John Limbert, a retired career foreign service officer and former embassy hostage in Tehran who served as the first-ever Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iran from 2009 to 2010 when he returned to teach at the US Naval Academy:

There may be reasons, but it’s a strange and disappointing decision.

I know the group claims it has abandon its violent and anti-American past. I wish I could believe them. They have a very dubious history and a similarly dubious present.

Farideh Farhi, Iran expert at the University of Hawaii:

As to the MEK delisting, especially after high-level leaks by members of the US intelligence community that the MEK was involved in terror operations inside Iran, the decision will no doubt make the Iranian leadership even more distrustful of US intentions regarding the future of Iran, particularly given the congressional support for the MEK to spearhead regime change. Less trust will make compromise less likely, presumably a preferred outcome for the high profile supporters of the MEK in Congress and elsewhere.

Note that the Obama Administration’s humanitarian argument for delisting says very little about the future operation of this group in the US and how their well-funded operation and agitation for regime change will be promoted or managed in the US. This ambiguity by itself will be a source of tension and will be used by hardliners inside Iran to further delegitimize all efforts to agitate for political reform from inside and outside of the country.

The issue is not about whether something needed to be done to help the poor souls caught in Iraq, abused by everyone including their own cult-like organization. The issue has to do with the wisdom of linking the highly political and politicized process of de-listing to a humanitarian effort.

Paul Pillar, a former top CIA analyst who served as the National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia from 2000 to 2005:

“Delisting will be seen not only by the Iranian regime, but also by most Iranian citizens, as a hostile act by the United States.”

“The MEK has almost no popular support within Iran, where it is despised as a group of traitors, especially given its history of joining forces with Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq War,” Pillar, who now teaches at George Washington University, added.

“Any effect of the delisting on nuclear negotiations will be negative; Tehran will read it as one more indication that the United States is interested only in hostility and pressure toward the Islamic Republic, rather than coming to terms with it.”

Seyed Hossein Mousavian, a former senior Iranian diplomat and nuclear negotiator currently at Princeton University:

“The Iranian security establishment’s assessment has long believed that foreign intelligence agencies, specifically the CIA, Israeli Mossad, and the UK’s MI6 utilise the MEK for terror attacks on Iranian nuclear scientists, nuclear sabotage and intelligence gathering,”…

“Therefore, the delisting of MEK will be seen in Tehran as a reward for the group’s terrorist actions in the country,” he wrote in an email exchange with IPS. “Furthermore, Iran has firmly concluded that the Western demands for broader inspections (of Iran’s nuclear programme), including its military sites, are a smokescreen for mounting increased cyber attacks, sabotage and terror of nuclear scientists.

“Delisting MEK would be considered in Tehran as a U.S.-led effort to increase sabotage and covert actions through MEK leading inevitably to less cooperation by Iran with the IAEA (the International Atomic Energy Agency).”

He added that government in Tehran will use this as a way of “demonstrating to the public that the U.S. is seeking …to bring a MEK-style group to power” which, in turn, “would strengthen the Iranian nation’s support for the current system as the perceived alternative advanced by Washington would be catastrophic.”

Karim Sadjadpour, analyst at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace:

…said the move was unlikely to be “game-changer” in that “the MEK will continue to be perceived inside Iran as an antiquated cult which sided with Saddam Hussein during the (Iran-Iraq) war, and U.S. Iran relations will remain hostile.”

“It doesn’t help (Washington’s) image within Iran, certainly, and some Iranian democracy activists may misperceive this as a U.S. show of support for the MEK, which could have negative ramifications,” he noted.

Jamal Abdi, policy director at the National Iranian American Council:

“The biggest winner today is the Iranian regime, which has claimed for a long time that the U.S. is out to destroy Iran and is the enemy of the Iranian people,” said NIAC’s policy director, Jamal Abdi.

“It will certainly not improve U.S.-Iranian relations,” according to Alireza Nader, an Iran specialist at the Rand Corporation, who agreed that the “delisting reinforces Tehran’s longstanding narrative regarding U.S. hostility toward the regime.

“Nevertheless,” he added, “I don’t think it is detrimental to U.S. interests as Tehran suspects U.S. collusion with the MED anyhow, whether this perception is correct or not.”

Mila Johns, a researcher at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland:

“The entire atmosphere around the MEK’s campaign to be removed from the FTO list – the fact that (former) American government officials were allowed to actively and openly receive financial incentives to speak in support of an organisation that was legally designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, without consequence – created the impression that the list is essentially a meaningless political tool,” she told IPS.

“It is hard to imagine that the FTO designation holds much legitimacy within the international community when it is barely respected by our own government,” she said.

No other group, she noted, has been de-listed in this way, “though now that the precedent has been set, I would expect that other groups will explore this as an option.”

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Zionist Operative working as an aide to Romney: Obama “dragged his feet” on Syria



ed note–for more on who this operative is, please read this

As violence in Syria continues, the Romney campaign is blasting President Obama for allegedly having “dragged his feet” in responding to the ongoing crisis there, pledging that a Romney administration would do more to assist the Syrian opposition movement take down president Bashar Assad.

“It’s been over a year since the president said Bashar Assad must go,” said Romney foreign policy adviser Dan Senor in a Friday appearance on “CBS This Morning.” “Bashar Assad is still in power. America looks impotent in the region.”

Senor argued that U.S. national security interests are tied closely to Assad’s demise, as “Assad is Tehran’s closest ally.” “Assad falling would be a strategic blow to Iran,” he said.

“President Romney would do more to help the opposition movement on the ground in Syria working with our allies – like the Turks, like the Saudis, like the Qataris – to get the opposition more training, more resources, more weapons. Really coordinate the effort. And [a Romney administration] would not have dragged his feet as long as they have,” Senor said.

He also accused the president of having “wasted time” on a “failed strategy” in Iran,

“The biggest crisis facing the U.S. from a national security standpoint is Iran developing a nuclear weapons capability,” said Senor. “And tragically the Obama administration really wasted the first couple of years of its administration on a failed strategy to isolate Iran.

Pressed by CBS’ Charlie Rose on what specifically Romney would do about Iran if elected – other than “not have wasted the time” – Senor said the Republican presidential candidate would ramp up economic sanctions against the country and “make the threat of military action credible.”

“We do not advocate military action against Iran. It should be the option of last resort. However, what the administration has done is broadcast to Tehran – to the mullahs in Tehran – that the military option is the absolute one thing that America doesn’t want anybody to do,” Senor said. “And so the threat of military action is not credible.”

“We need to ramp up the pressure, increase diplomatic isolation and make the threat of military action credible,” he said.

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IsraHell urges world boycott of Ahmadinejad speech to the UN


Times of Israel

Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations called on world leaders Thursday to boycott Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s September 26 speech to the 67th General Assembly of the world body in New York.

“Any country that sits in during Ahmadinejad’s speech is in violation of the United Nations Charter,” which forbids member states from threatening other member states, Ambassador Ron Prosor told the Times of Israel on Thursday.

The Iranian regime “constantly invents new terms in the English language for liquidation, eradication and erasing of Israel and Jews from the pages of history. One cannot be quiet in the face of these anti-Semitic rants, yet we don’t hear any outcry from the international community,” he charged.

That language, coupled with the regime’s defiance of Western and UN Security Council demands to allow oversight of its alleged efforts to obtain the capability to build nuclear weapons, have convinced many Israeli leaders that Iran is actively seeking to follow through on those threats.

At the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Teheran in late August, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon responded to Western criticism of his decision to attend the high-level meeting in the Iranian capital by openly castigating Iran’s leaders for their Holocaust denial and calls to destroy the Jewish state.

“I strongly reject threats by any member state to destroy another or outrageous attempts to deny historical facts such as the Holocaust,” Ban said.

“Claiming that Israel does not have the right to exist or describing it in racist terms is not only wrong, but undermines the very principle we all have pledged to uphold,” he added.

But Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was not satisfied with the UN chief’s remarks, which Israeli officials noted did not even specify Iran by name.

“In Tehran today, the representatives of 120 countries heard a blood libel against the State of Israel and were silent,” Netanyahu charged in an August 30 statement after Iranian leaders once again called Israel a “cancer” at the summit.

“This silence must stop,” Netanyahu said. “Therefore, I will go to the UN General Assembly and, in a clear voice, tell the nations of the world the truth about Iran’s terrorist regime, which constitutes the greatest threat to world peace.”

The general debate portion of the General Assembly begins September 25. Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is expected to speak before the assembled delegates the following day, on September 26. Last year, Ahmadinejad used his speech to promote conspiracy theories about the Holocaust and the September 11 attacks, and sparked a mass walkout of roughly one-third of the assembled diplomats and world leaders.

This year, the date of Ahmadinejad’s speech falls on Yom Kippur, the Jewish calendar’s most solemn day of fasting and atonement, which some Israeli officials are calling an especially poignant time for the world’s largest diplomatic summit to sit and listen to a man who threatens Israel with destruction and has questioned the historical veracity of the Holocaust.

Netanyahu will arrive in New York on September 27. Despite conflicting reports, Israeli officials have said he will likely not meet with US President Barack Obama during the visit.

Netanyahu is expected to use his UN speech to call for ever harsher sanctions against Iran’s nuclear program.

According to Prosor, stopping Iran’s nuclear program “is not Israel’s problem. An Iran with nuclear weapons, under the ayatollahs, with delivery systems [for nuclear warheads], is a huge threat to the entire regional strategic environment, to the Saudis and others.”

Prosor called on the international community to assert its will on the issue. “Diplomacy is an important tool in the toolbox. We should work with diplomacy and economic sanctions. But the international community should repeat — and mean — that all options are on the table,” a reference to possible military strikes at Iran’s nuclear installations if diplomacy fails.

Prosor indicated that Israeli officials are growing impatient at the pace of diplomacy.

“Iran’s nuclear program is like an express train from New York to Washington, and the international community’s response is like a local train that stops at every stop,” he warned. “At one stop Russia wants to get off, at another someone else wants to get on. In order to work, diplomacy has to build up the speed” required to stop the nuclear program, he said.

“The international community doesn’t have the option of doing nothing,” he concluded.

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