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National Security Fairy Tales: Iran and the Extremists

iran-nuclear-weaponsby Peter Huessy

On December 3, 2007 the US intelligence community released an NIE or National Intelligence Estimate on Iran.

A month later, on January 1, 2008, “All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror” by Stephen Kinzer was published.

The first claimed the Iranians stopped their nuclear warhead work in 2003.

The second claimed the American CIA planned a “coup” in 1953 in Iran which brought Shah Pahlavi back to power.

The stories are critical to understand the inability of the US and its allies to successfully end the terrorist regime in Tehran and stop its nuclear ambitions. [Read more...]

The Agony of Iran’s Militant Mullahcracy

Iran Leadershipby Miklos K. Radvanyi

On February 1, 1979, the Shi’a cleric, Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini, flew from his exile in a Paris suburb to Tehran to fill the political vacuum created by the sudden departure of the long reigning monarch, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, on January 17, 1979. His return was widely popularized in the Western media and by his acolytes as the long overdue genesis of Iran’s transformation from a dictatorial and antediluvian monarchy into a modern, secular democracy. In reality, Khomeini’s rhetoric was merely a revolutionary hoax, an opportunistic and inchoate attempt to turn a politically deeply divided, and thus chaotic country into a sham religious autocracy, characterized by totalitarianism at home and terrorism abroad. [Read more...]

The real Rouhani

Iran President RouhaniThe search, now 30 years old, for Iranian “moderates” goes on. Amid the enthusiasm of the latest sighting, it’s worth remembering that the highlight of the Iran-contra arms-for-hostages debacle was the secret trip to Tehran taken by Robert McFarlane, President Reagan’s former national security adviser. He brought a key-shaped cake symbolizing the new relations he was opening with the “moderates.”

We know how that ended.

Three decades later, the mirage reappears in the form of Hassan Rouhani. Strange résumé for a moderate: 35 years of unswervingly loyal service to the Islamic Republic as a close aide to Ayatollahs Khomeini and Khamenei. Moreover, Rouhani was one of only six presidential candidates, another 678 having been disqualified by the regime as ideologically unsound. That puts him in the 99th centile for fealty.

Rouhani is Khamenei’s agent but, with a smile and style, he’s now hailed as the face of Iranian moderation. [Read more...]

Turkey: The next Muslim Armageddon?

Turkey Middle Eastby Dr. Miklos K. Radvanyi

With a single notable exception after World War I, it had always been the unique characteristic of various Turkish states that in times of great crises they lacked leaders capable of rising above the sentimental currents of public hysteria. Thus, when the currently ruling Justice and Development Party, the AKP, came to power in 2002, most Western politicians and political pundits claimed that its moderate Islamic political philosophy was more in tune with the majority’s desire than the ossified secularism of the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Moreover, these experts also stated that the AKP demonstrated the viability of a democratic model for societies with overwhelming Muslim population. However, the protests that shook Turkey since May 31st gave the lie to the myth of moderate Islam’s noble, tolerant and peaceful opposition to modern secularism. [Read more...]

The Failed Grand Strategy in the Middle East

Obama Failed Policyby Walter Russell Mead

In the beginning, the Hebrew Bible tells us, the universe was all “tohu wabohu,” chaos and tumult. This month the Middle East seems to be reverting to that primeval state: Iraq continues to unravel, the Syrian War grinds on with violence spreading to Lebanon and allegations of chemical attacks this week, and Egypt stands on the brink of civil war with the generals crushing the Muslim Brotherhood and street mobs torching churches. Turkey’s prime minister, once widely hailed as President Obama’s best friend in the region, blames Egypt’s violence on the Jews; pretty much everyone else blames it on the U.S.

The Obama administration had a grand strategy in the Middle East. It was well intentioned, carefully crafted and consistently pursued.

Unfortunately, it failed. [Read more...]

Sphynx in Labor

by Dr. Miklos K. RadvanyiAL-SISI

In Egypt, nobody wanted military intervention, yet nobody believed in a smooth transition to democracy.  For this reason, Egyptians viewed the military as the guarantor of order and stability, albeit they hoped to avoid another military coup.  When it actually came on July 5, 2013, it reinforced the incontrovertible fact of many prior great transitions:  a nation’s historical sins, embodied in the acts of its previous despots, tyrants and dictators, always come back to haunt their successors. [Read more...]

The Islamic Republic of Iran in Perspective

by Dr. Miklos K. Radvanyi  Iran Leadership

Historically, Iran is an ancient civilization but a relatively young Muslim country.  The seventh century Arab-Islamic conquest of Persia was and is still viewed by the majority as a defining national catastrophe inflicted upon a superior civilization by primitive foreign invaders. Presently, after fourteen centuries, Iran is still torn between the loss of its global empire and the narrative of the self-sacrifice of Husayn, the son of Ali and the grandson of Mohammad, against the Sunni usurper Yazid in the defense of the absolute Truth and divine legitimacy.  As a result, Iran and its peoples, called the Shiite-Ali, had remained to this day a divided state and society in which successive rulers and religious authorities had oscillated between their faith in the global mission of Shia-Islam and their loyalty to their national identity. [Read more...]

The Iran Enigma

by Dr. Miklos K. Radvanyi   ahmadinejad

History, in her disposition toward intellectually gifted peoples and nations, appears as fickle as the gods of ancient times were wont to be of their most devout revelers; the more those peoples and nations excelled the less they were shielded from endless tribulations, great catastrophes, and devastating tragedies. Like most of the nation-states of Europe and Asia, present-day Iran had a glorious history, yet unlike them, it has been torn since 1979 between revolutionary adventurism and reactionary self-preservation.

The fatal contradiction in Ayatollah Khomeini’s doctrine of the “guardianship of the jurist” (velayat-e faqih) is that, by definition, it contains the political seeds of its own destruction. [Read more...]

Changing the Benghazi Talking Points

How they were changed to obscure the truth   

by Stephen F. Hayes    Obama Benghazi Gate

Even as the White House strove last week to move beyond questions about the Benghazi attacks of Tuesday, September 11, 2012, fresh evidence emerged that senior Obama administration officials knowingly misled the country about what had happened in the days following the assaults. The Weekly Standard has obtained a timeline briefed by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence detailing the heavy substantive revisions made to the CIA’s talking points, just six weeks before the 2012 presidential election, and additional information about why the changes were made and by whom. [Read more...]

Shame on anyone who said Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi was a moderate

by Eric Trager

Nobody should have been surprised when Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi issued a “constitutional declaration” on Thursday asserting total political power. This was, after all, the former Muslim Brotherhood leader’s second power grab since he took office in June, complementing his earlier seizure of legislative and constitution-writing authorities by now insulating himself from judicial oversight. Yet Washington was caught entirely off-guard: Morsi’s power play was at odds with the administration’s view that the Muslim Brotherhood is a “democratic party,” and his impressive handling of last week’s Gaza ceasefire created a modicum of trust between him and President Obama. So the State Department released a predictably confused statement, urging “all Egyptians to resolve their differences … peacefully and through democratic dialogue.” [Read more...]

More misdirection on Benghazi

Benghazi Bloody Printsby Jennifer Rubin

Each new revelation about the Benghazi debacle reinforces the idea we are either not hearing the truth or everyone in the administration was behaving irrationally. If you are waiting for someone to finally give a satisfactory explanation, I think it’s going to be a long wait.

The latest is that the director of national intelligence is claiming responsibility for the changed talking points. [Read more...]

Obama and Benghazi-gate

by George Landrith

The most recently revealed State Department e-mails regarding the attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi show that President Barack Obama has not been shooting straight with America. Whatever national security errors were made in the months and weeks leading up to the Benghazi attack, engaging in a cover up always makes things worse.

We now know that an e-mail was sent from American embassy personnel in Libya to hundreds of officials in the Obama Administration only minutes after the attack began. This e-mail’s subject line was “US Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi Under Attack” and stated that “approximately 20 armed people fired shots; explosions have been heard as well. Ambassador Stevens, who is currently in Benghazi, and four [embassy] personnel are in the compound safe haven.” [Read more...]

Iran’s pursuit of the bomb: Sanctions have failed

Economic sanctions yet to make a dent in the regime’s nuclear program

by Adam Kredo

Economic sanctions on Iran have failed in their “principal objective” of preventing Tehran from obtaining nuclear weapons, according to a nonpartisan study by the Congressional Research Service (CRS).

Sanctions “have not stopped Iran from building up its conventional military and missile capabilities, in large part with indigenous skills,” according to the report, which was released earlier this week. [Read more...]

Obama: “If four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal.”

Obama Stewart OptimalYou got that right, Mr. President, you might even say it is damn inconvenient.

by George Landrith

President Barack Obama, during an interview on the Comedy Central’s Daily Show with Jon Stewart responded to a question about his inaccurate and even misleading communications after the Benghazi attack, by saying: “If four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal.” Not optimal? Really? Let’s review a few other things that are “not optimal.” [Read more...]

The Scandalous Obama Benghazi Cover-up

by George LandrithObama Benghazi Gate

It has now been over a month since the al Qaeda terrorist attack on America’s consulate in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the assassination of four American diplomats, including the American ambassador, Chris Stevens.

It may be true that in the first few hours after the attack, it was unclear precisely what had happened, why it happened, or who did it. But within only hours — not days — the basic facts were clearly obvious, and well known and understood. It was a well-organized and planned terrorist attack. There was no movie. There was no protest — spontaneous or otherwise. [Read more...]

Video: Benghazi Timeline proves Obama White House not telling the truth

The press is asking questions and connecting the dots. Guess what? President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, UN Ambassador Susan Rice, Obama Press Secretary Jay Carney, and Obama campaign officials have consistently and repeatedly and knowingly misrepresented and misstated the facts surrounding the attacks on Benghazi.

What this report from Sept. 28, 2012. More facts have come to light since this report and none of them help Obama. This is now officially a full blown cover-up. And these events bring into question the success of Obama’s foreign policy and his leadership as commander in chief. And that is precisely the reason why Team Obama are misleading the public. Obama hopes to avoid accountability prior to the election by pulling the wool over the electorate’s eyes.

Obama’s Benghazi cover-up

Here are excerpts from articles Benghazi Coverup2all across America reflecting the growing realization that Obama and his spokesmen and his administration purposefully misled the American public for weeks about the attack on the consulate in Benghazi that resulted in the deaths of four Americans. It is revealing that the President and his team refused to come clean until Congress held hearings. Only then, the truth started to leak out.

The White House never had any evidence that the attack was the result of a spontaneous mob that got out of control. They made that up. It was a lie. The White House never had any evdience that a movie caused the attack in Benghazi — none at all. They made that up too. That too was a bald faced lie. These lies were told by the President himself and by his personal spokesman and by his Ambassador to the UN who was sent out to sell the lies on TV.

This is a serious scandal — far bigger than Watergate. Four Americans are dead and the White House tried for weeks to cover up the details because it is an election year and Obama hopes to avoid accountability.  [Read more...]

Ex Dem Radio Talker: Enough of Obama, Supporting Romney

by Craig Silverman

I support Mitt Romney for President and Paul Ryan for Vice President. For most of my life, I have been a Democrat, and I very publicly voted (C-Span, live radio, The New York Times) for Obama-Biden in 2008.

As I studied Obama’s performance as President, I could no longer support him. [Read more...]

Ideology, political calculation put Obama in a bind on Muslim uprisings

by Chris Stirewalt

“I saw that report.  It is hilarious to me — He gets it every day, okay?  The president of the United States gets the presidential daily briefing every day. There is a document that he reads every day when he is not — well, he always reads it every day because he’s a voracious consumer of all of his briefing materials.”  – White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Sept. 10 responding to a question about President Obama attending fewer than half of his daily national security briefings, first reported by Washington Post Columnist Marc Thiessen.

The ongoing unrest in the Muslim world, including riots at multiple diplomatic outposts, chaos in unstable nuclear power Pakistan and attacks on U.S. forces in Afghanistan, is shaping up to be a bigger threat to President Obama’s re-election bid than it first appeared. [Read more...]

Presidential Deceptions: Why won’t Obama tell the truth?

By George Landrith

Pressure is mounting on the Obama Administration to come clean about the terrorist attacks on the American consulate in Libya and the other embassy attacks throughout the Middle East and beyond. The past week has revealed a deeply cynical attempt by both the Obama White House and much of the mainstream media to deceive the American public and to help Obama avoid responsibility for his failed and naive foreign policy.

From day one and continuing for more than a week, the Obama Administration has said that the attack that killed an U.S. Ambassador and three other diplomats was a spontaneous protest that got out of hand and was caused by an obscure YouTube movie. That was manifestly absurd at the time it was first uttered and the facts have since proven that it was a false narrative.

But what is most bizarre is that more than a week later, the Obama Administration is reflexively refusing to admit the full truth about the attacks. The reason is politics. Obama is putting his re-election over national security.

[Read more...]