from LobeLog: News and Views Relevant to U.S.-Iran relations for December 22nd, 2010:
Commentary: Jonathan Tobin writes on Commentaryâ€™s Contentions blog that the Obama administration has fallen for the Iranianâ€™s ploy of practicing â€œFabian diplomacy in which they play upon the Westâ€™s belief in negotiations with endless delays.â€ Tobin says that the administrationâ€™s position that the West could accept Iran enriching uranium for peaceful purposes â€œis an open invitation to Iran for more stalling and pretense,â€ and â€œis a signal that Obama and Clinton are willing to appease Ahmadinejad in order to gain his signature on an agreement that will pretend to stop an Iranian nuke but will, in fact, facilitate one.â€ Tobin, attacking Tony Karonâ€™s recent piece in The National, concludes, â€œtalk of a â€˜diplomatic solutionâ€™ that â€˜could be years in the makingâ€™ helps to stifle the calls for action against Iran from sensible Americans that rightly fear the consequences of the mullahsâ€™ gaining possession of a nuclear weapon while giving Ahmadinejad and his confederates all the breathing space they need.â€
USA Today: Sarah Palin opines that â€œitâ€™s time to get tough with Iranâ€ and repeats the hawkish, but misleading, talking points about the WikiLeaks cables showing that Arab leaders want the U.S. to attack Iranian nuclear facilities. â€œIf Iran isnâ€™t stopped from obtaining nuclear weapons, it could trigger a regional nuclear arms race in which these countries would seek their own nuclear weapons to protect themselves,â€ writes Palin. Stressing the threat to Israel posed by a nuclear Iran, Palin writes, â€œIran already possesses missiles that can reach Israel. Once these missiles are armed with nuclear warheads, nothing could stop the mullahs from launching a second Holocaust.â€ She calls for dramatically tighter sanctions, advocates the threat of military force and states that â€œI agree with the former British prime minister Tony Blair, who said recently that the West must be willing to use force â€œif necessaryâ€ if that is the only alternative.â€
The Washington Post: Jennifer Rubin blogs on the Postâ€™s website that itâ€™s time for the U.S. to give up on the Israeli Palestinian peace process and â€œdo something more productive.â€ She advises the administration to â€œfire George Mitchell (whom neither side trusts), work on Palestinian institution-building, and go after the main sponsor of regional terrorism, Iran.â€ Rubin argues against â€œlinkage,â€ again (making it explicit with a tweet), writing â€œthe Obama administration was convinced that a peace deal would bring about progress on Iran. This was another false premise.â€ She repeats the â€œreverse linkageâ€ argument that â€œregime change in Iran would help to stem the supply of weapons and support to Hamas and Hezbollah and re-establish the U.S.-Israel relationship as the essential component in a stable, peaceful Middle East.â€
from LobeLog: News and Views Relevant to U.S.-Iran relations for December 21st, 2010:
Washington Post: The Postâ€™s neoconservative blogger Jennifer Rubin picks up on a Wall Street Journal story where anonymous U.S. officials comment that the United States may soon abandon engagement with Iran. â€œCould the Obama administration really be stiffening its spine and responding to the advice of those warning that talks with the Iranian regime are counterproductive?â€ she asks hopefully. She interviews Foreign Policy Initiativeâ€™s Jamie Fly, who remarks: â€œIâ€™m skeptical that they will be the â€˜cripplingâ€™ sanctions we were promised but have yet to see.â€ Rubin also speaks to an â€œadvisor to a key senatorâ€ who says, â€œMy point is just that they are very well-positioned to pursue a very hawkish policy towards Iran now.â€ Rubin then espouses her own Iran policy: â€œThe real issue is whether the administration will, if needed, employ force to disarm the revolutionary Islamic state.â€ She is doubtful, but hopes that the next U.S. president will attack Iran.
Weekly Standard: John Noonan writes that proliferation of military systems in rogue states, particularly missile defense, have left the U.S. incapable of doing things like making bombing runs on Iran. â€œTake this report from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, which claims that Iran has managed to get its hands on advanced integrated air defense systems that can deny Iranian airspace to all but a few U.S. fighters and bombers,â€ writes Noonan. â€œCSBA argues that Iranâ€™s acquisition of new air defense systems limits our strike planning options to stealth B-2 bombers, of which the Pentagon can deploy approximately 16.â€ CSBA is a group with ties to many neoconservatives and their allies. James Woolsey, Devon Gaffney Cross, and Jack Keane all sit on the board of directors, and Eric Edelman is among the fellows at the Center. Noonan concludes his piece: â€œSound strategic planning postures the force in such a way that any scenario could be effectively parried. We allow American power to atrophy at our own risk.â€
A few bits on the Assange “smear” leak:
1) Getting into even more (quite boring) alleged details of the incidents does not negate the accepted fact that these women continued to gushingly pal around with Assange quite a bit after the “rapes.” As pointed out by Assange, and as not challenged by “Miss A,” the WikiLeaks founder continued to sleep in her bed for another week. Stockholm syndrome? (lol)
2) It’s clear this was engineered by the United States as no Swede would think such intimate details as scandalous and fatally damaging as dowdy Americans. “We’ll embarrass him good,” some Mormon covert-ops button-up no doubt chuckled as he unleashed this ho-hum operation. “Look, it mentions his penis!”
3) And most importantly to demolish, Assange is not now, in any way, hoist by his own petard, thank you very much apparently-recently-re-resurrected neoconservative New York Sun. WikiLeaks exists to expose the misdeeds of those in power, the nearly invincible elites. Court charges are kept secret so that accused and assumed innocent individuals — almost the embodiment of those with the least power – get a fair hearing in a system run by the very power elites targeted by WikiLeaks. I have a feeling Glenn Greenwald will go into detail on this very subject in the coming week.
More fine art from Tom Blanton, the mastermind of the Project for a New American Revolution.
This is from Tom’s Flickr page here.
Scott Horton addressed last week’s Freedom Summit in Phoenix, Arizona on “The Case Against the Case for War with Iran.” He is introduced by Charles Goyette.