Posts Tagged ‘ Iran ’

Iraq 2.0: The REAL reason hawks oppose the Iran deal

April 16, 2015
posted by

Justin Logan Cato Institute
by Justin Logan  

"The reason we're having this peculiar debate instead of the one I've described above is that doves and hawks have trapped each other in the mass politics of the issue. There is a very good chance that blowing up the talks would buy the United States a non-refundable one-way ticket to another major war in the Middle East, something that no American politician with any sense wants to own. Similarly, hawks have a good line to use on doves. Any diplomatic agreement will leave opportunities for Iran -- a regime rightly seen as wily and creative in its diplomacy -- to cheat. Americans do not trust Iran, and do fear cheating." (04/16/15)

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Iran nuclear talks to resume in Vienna on April 22-23

April 16, 2015
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Epoch Times    

"Major world powers and Iran will resume talks next week on Tehran's nuclear program, aiming to come up with a comprehensive deal by the end of June. The European Union said in a statement Thursday that senior negotiator Helga Schmid will meet with Iran's deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araghchi, on April 22 in the Austrian capital, Vienna. Technical experts from the five world nuclear powers plus Germany and Iran will also meet during the two days of talks." (04/16/15)

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A really bad idea: A “limited” war with Iran

April 16, 2015
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Ted Galen Carpenter Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter  

"The main fallacy in the professed hawkish case for limited war is that the United States would be in complete control of the escalation process. The reality is that Iran could greatly escalate the military confrontation. And one cannot imagine people in Congress like Tom Cotton, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham (or the warhawk contingent in the news media) keeping their cool and adhering to a limited war agenda if Tehran or its clients retaliated by attacking a U.S. ally in the Middle East -- much less if such an attack killed Americans. The instant that such an incident occurred, the current proponents of a limited war would demand a full-scale U.S. military campaign to overthrow the Iranian government. And at that point, we would be in a new Middle East war that would make the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts look like minor skirmishes." (04/15/15)

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Rouhani: We are in talks with “the major powers,” not the US Congress

April 15, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Tehran was negotiating a comprehensive nuclear deal with world powers, not the U.S. Congress, and called a Senate committee's vote to give Congress the power to review any potential deal a domestic U.S. matter. The Iranian leader, speaking in a televised speech in the northern Iranian city of Rasht, also repeated earlier statements that his country will not accept any comprehensive nuclear deal with world powers unless all sanctions imposed against it are lifted." (04/15/15)

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US military should stay home: America, not Iran, is biggest threat to Mideast stability

April 14, 2015
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Doug Bandow Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow  

"After the Shah's fall in 1979 the U.S. backed Saddam Hussein's savage invasion of Iran. Over the years Washington imposed regime change or dismembered territories in countries posing no threat to America, such as Haiti, Grenada, Panama, Serbia, Iraq, and Libya. The Arab world is dominated by Sunni regimes hostile to Tehran, whose Shia majority is a decided minority within Islam. The U.S., Turkey, and the Gulf States are attempting to oust Iran's ally in next-door Syria. Over the last decade successive American presidents have regularly threatened military action against Tehran. So has Israel. As Henry Kissinger once observed, even paranoids have enemies." (04/14/15)

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Russia lifts ban on delivery of S-300 missiles to Iran

April 14, 2015
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Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle    

"President Vladimir Putin on Monday lifted the ban on Russia's delivery of a sophisticated air defense missile system to Iran, the Kremlin said. Russia signed the $800 million contract to sell Iran the S-300 missile system in 2007, but later suspended their delivery because of strong objections from the United States and Israel. Iran filed a lawsuit with a court in Geneva seeking $4 billion in damages for breach of contract, but the court has not issued a ruling." (04/13/15)

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Iran halts Saudi pilgrimages over sexual assault allegation

April 13, 2015
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The Express Tribune [Pakistan]    

"Iran has suspended pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia in protest at an alleged sexual assault attempt against two teenage Iranian boys, the culture minister said on Monday. According to Iranian media reports, two Saudi police are alleged to have attempted to assault the youngsters at Jeddah airport as they prepared to fly home from a pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina two weeks ago. ... The outcry over the allegations comes with relations between Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia already tense over the Saudi-led air war against Shia rebels in Yemen." (04/13/15)

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Iran: No final nuke deal if sanctions not lifted immediately

April 9, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"Iran's president on Thursday said Tehran will not sign a final nuclear deal unless world powers lift economic sanctions imposed on the country immediately. The United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany -- the so-called P5 +1 group -- reached an understanding with Iran last week on limits to its nuclear program in return for lifting crippling economic sanctions, after extended talks in Lausanne, Switzerland. The U.S. has previously said the sanctions would be lifted in phases, but the details have not yet been negotiated. However, in a televised speech on Thursday, President Hassan Rouhani appeared to rule out a gradual removal of the successive round of sanctions that have hit hard its energy and financial sectors -- and crippled its economy." (04/09/15)

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The real nuclear threat in the Middle East

April 9, 2015
posted by

Sheldon Richman Free Association
by Sheldon Richman  

"To get a sense of how badly the regime in Iran wants sanctions relief for the Iranian people, you have to do more than contemplate the major concessions it has made in negotiations with the United States and the rest of the P5+1. Not only is Iran willing to dismantle a major part of its peaceful civilian nuclear program, to submit to the most intrusive inspects, to redesign a reactor, to eliminate two-thirds of its centrifuges, to get rid of much of its enriched uranium, and to limit nuclear research -- it must do all this while being harangued by the nuclear monopolist of the Middle East -- Israel -- which remains, unlike Iran, a nonsigner of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and faces no inspections or limits on its production of nuclear weapons. This is something out of Alice in Wonderland." (04/08/15)

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Six things you didn’t know the US and its allies did to Iran

April 7, 2015
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The Intercept The Intercept
by John Schwarz  

"It's hard for some Americans to understand why the Obama administration is so determined to come to an agreement with Iran on its nuclear capability, given that huge Iranian rallies are constantly chanting 'Death to America!' I know the chanting makes me unhappy, since I'm part of America, and I strongly oppose me dying. But if you know our actual history with Iran, you can kind of see where they’re coming from. They have understandable reasons to be angry at and frightened of us -- things we've done that if, say, Norway had done them to us, would have us out in the streets shouting 'Death to Norway!' Unfortunately, not only have the U.S. and our allies done horrendous things to Iran, we're not even polite enough to remember it." (04/07/15)

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Understanding Iran’s nuclear ambitions

April 7, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Musa al-Gharbi  

"Critics of Iran often wonder why the Islamic Republic is pursuing nuclear technology so doggedly, if their intentions are strictly peaceful -- given the country's extensive fossil-fuel resources, nuclear power seems superfluous in their estimation. There are a number of reasons ..." (04/07/15)

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The real achievement of the Iran nuclear deal

April 5, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Peter Beinart  

"Right now, a thousand pundits and politicians are debating the details of Thursday's framework nuclear deal with Iran. That's fine. I think the details are far, far better than the alternative -- which was a collapse of the diplomatic process, a collapse of international sanctions as Russia and China went back to business as usual with Tehran, and a collapse of the world's ability to send inspectors into Iran. But ultimately, the details aren't what matters. What matters is the potential end of America's 36-year-long cold war with Iran." (04/03/15)

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Who’s afraid of Iran’s big bad bomb?

April 4, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Uri Avnery  

"My father once taught me how to withstand blackmail: imagine that the awful threat of the blackmailer has already come about. Then you can tell him: Go to hell. I have tried many times to follow this advice and found it sound. So now I apply it to the Iranian bomb: I imagine that the worst has already happened: the awful ayatollahs have got the bombs that can eradicate little Israel in a minute. So what?" (04/03/15)

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Yes, Mr. Waldman, the Iran nuclear negotiations ARE Munich in 1938

April 2, 2015
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"The nuclear talks ARE a lot like Munich in 1938. But it's Iran acting out the role of Chamberlain in response to a US strategy that's textbook Hitler. The Hitlerian method is this: Invent a 'controversy' (for example, 'ethnic Germans in Czech Sudetenland are oppressed'). Make a set of demands. If the demands are met, add new conditions. When you've pushed things as far as they can go and the other party finally refuses, accuse that other party of acting in bad faith and claim justification for doing what you wanted to do anyway (invade and occupy Czechoslovakia). The Iran 'nuclear weapons controversy' is an invented crisis of that Hitlerian type." (04/02/15)

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Blast from the past: When hawks wanted to bomb a “suicidal” China

April 2, 2015
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Ted Galen Carpenter Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter  

"[E]ven Israeli intelligence officials have concluded that Iran's leaders are not irrational, much less suicidal. And suicidal they would have to be to start such a conflict against Israel -- a country that has 150 to 300 nuclear weapons. The mullahs would have to be even more suicidal to initiate a nuclear war with the United States and its arsenal of several thousand nuclear weapons. The Cold War–era predecessors of today's advocates of preemptive air strikes used strikingly similar logic regarding China's embryonic nuclear-weapons program. ... Walt W. Rostow, who served as Johnson's national-security adviser, later told me that the administration seriously considered conducting preemptive air strikes, either alone or in conjunction with an equally worried USSR, to thwart China's nuclear ambitions. Proponents of that course actually had more evidence than the current crop of Iranophobes to justify their fears." (04/01/15)

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When war comes we know who to blame

April 1, 2015
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"In spite of overwhelming support for the Lausanne negotiations by the American people, the 47 GOP Senators who signed the Cotton letter, and their covert enablers among the Democrats, will have led us down the path to war. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have succeeded in mobilizing his American amen corner in order to stop any hope of peace with Iran. As it stands now, barring some big breakthrough in Lausanne, war with Iran is only a matter of time." (04/01/15)

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Talks intensify on Iran’s nuclear future as deadline looms

March 30, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"Nuclear talks intensified Sunday between world powers and Iran, but key sticking points remained unresolved as the countries tried to reach a deal to curb Tehran's nuclear program ahead of a Tuesday deadline. ... U.S. officials and Western diplomats described the negotiations as tough and intense, which was expected as the talks reached the endgame. They said the contours of a deal are becoming clearer, but they were unsure it could be reached. Two core issues are still unresolved: 1) Limits on Iranian research and development on advanced nuclear technology in the end years of the deal; and 2) The pace of lifting United Nations sanctions." (03/30/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/29/world/iran-nuclear-talks/  

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By what right?

March 23, 2015
posted by

L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

"What gives the government of the United States, which possesses thousands of nuclear weapons of its own and is the only government on Earth ever to have actually used two of them on anybody, the legal or moral authority to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons of its own? By what right do we prohibit to the Iranians weapons that we own, ourselves? Don't bring up the pallid ghost of non-proliferation. It died with the Rosenbergs." (03/22/15)

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Report: Iran limited to 6,000 centrifuges in draft accord

March 19, 2015
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Detroit News    

"A draft nuclear accord now being negotiated between the United States and Iran would force Iran to cut the amount of hardware it could use to make an atomic bomb by about 40 percent for at least a decade, while offering immediate relief from sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy, officials told The Associated Press on Thursday. As an added enticement, elements of a U.N. arms embargo against Iran could be rolled back. The very existence of the draft provided perhaps the clearest indication that the sides were nearing a written agreement as they raced to meet a March 31 deadline for a framework pact. The deadline for a full agreement is the end of June." (03/19/15)

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Rand Paul, revisited

March 18, 2015
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Remember, Sen. Paul has voted for sanctions against Iran: he believes they're a valuable tool. How do we know he wouldn't vote the same way he has in the past? The answer is: we don't know. And that is precisely the problem: one never knows, from one day to the next, what Rand Paul will say or do. Again, Antle contrasts Rand with Ron, pointing out the latter's role as an educator and the former's role as a working politician out to win, as if these are irreconcilable opposites. But is this really the case? A successful politician is a leader, that is, someone who takes a position, sticks to it, and persuades people of the rightness of his stance: in short, he leads rather than follows. So a winning candidate is indeed partly a teacher: aside from which, voters respect a candidate with firm convictions, and tend to despise panderers." (03/18/15)

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Conservative blindness on Iran

March 18, 2015
posted by

Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"Suppose that in 1963, Iran's secret intelligence agency, the Savak, covertly removed President Kennedy from office and then installed a brutal unelected American dictator who ruled over the United States for the next 26 years. To enforce his vicious tyranny, the dictator used the U.S. military, the CIA, and the NSA, all of which were trained by the Savak. Finally in 1989, the American people violently revolted and ousted the dictator from power, but unfortunately ended up with another tyrannical regime, one that was just as powerful as that of the American dictator. If that actually happened, would Americans have forgotten about it and moved on? I don't think so. I think that Americans living today would continue to be angry over what Iran had done to President Kennedy and to our democratic system. I think that Jonah Goldberg especially would be screaming like a banshee about the event. Well, that's what the U.S. national-security state did to Iran in 1953." (03/17/15)

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No, Mr. Muravchik, war is not the “best option”

March 16, 2015
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"'What if force is the only way to block Iran from gaining nuclear weapons?' asks Joshua Muravchik in the Washington Post ('War with Iran is probably our best option,' March 13). It's a serious question that deserves some critical parsing before following Muravchik to his conclusion that '[t]hat, in fact, is probably the reality.' What, precisely, does Muravchik mean by 'reality?' He seems to go with the definition offered by an unnamed George W. Bush aide to writer Ron Suskind in 2004: 'We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out.'" (03/15/15)

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Iran, US resume nuclear talks in Lausanne

March 16, 2015
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Daily Times [Pakistan]    

"United States Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif resumed nuclear talks on Monday in the Swiss city of Lausanne to try to narrow gaps before a March 31 deadline for a political agreement. The meeting included US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi, who also met on Sunday to negotiate technical details on how to curb Iran's nuclear programme." (03/16/15)

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Iran love letter

March 12, 2015
posted by

The Cagle Post
by Steve Sack  

Cartoon. (03/11/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/03/iran-love-letter/  

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Iran: Regime says GOP letters suggests US is “not trustworthy”

March 10, 2015
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Boston Herald    

"Iran's foreign minister said Tuesday a letter from U.S. Republican lawmakers warning that any nuclear deal could be scrapped once President Barack Obama leaves office suggests the United States is 'not trustworthy.' 'This kind of communication is unprecedented and undiplomatic,' Mohammed Javad Zarif was quoted as saying by a state-run TV website. 'In fact it implies that the United States is not trustworthy,' he added. Zarif linked the letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress last week, in which the Israeli leader argued against the emerging agreement." [editor's note: I doubt that the Iranians are only just now noticing that the US is untrustworthy - TLK] (03/10/15)

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