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October 20, 2013

Iran Using Same Old Ploy with a New Face

We just had another week of a new round of negotiations with Iran concerning their nuclear program and concerns whether it is designed to simply produce energy, as Iran claims, or working towards nuclear weapons, as Israel fears. The P5+1 (United States, Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany) had varied claims concerning the results of these initial talks, with President Obama’s spokesman James Carney was quoted claiming these talks showed a “level of seriousness and substance that we have not seen before.” The European Union spokesman Michael Mann said, “We have come here with a sense of cautious optimism and a great sense of determination because we believe it’s really time now for tangible results.” Both of these statements indicate the optimism and hopefulness by the Western leaders to find something, anything positive on which to pin their hopes and desires to avoid any situation which might necessitate their need to take actions to prevent the Iranians from reaching the goal of nuclear weapons production. Meanwhile, the intent of the Iranians was probably best represented by their new President, Hassan Rouhani, who said Saturday that his country is pursuing “a win-win game” in its talks with the West. Additionally, President Rouhani said meeting with Giulio Haas, the new Swiss ambassador to Tehran, “I believe that during the Geneva talks, the political will of the Islamic Republic of Iran became evident to both sides.” The duplicitous meanings of his statements is as apparent as they were when similar position statements and intents were couched in diplo-double-talk where each listener is able to take from the statements either assurances or suspicions while the speaker has actually not made a definitive statement defining anything.

 

The truth of these meetings is that the main agreement they actually were able to reach was to agree to meet again in Geneva on November 7th and 8th. If anyone is able to remember, a feat that appears to be beyond many Western politicians and negotiators, back to the previous initial meetings before President Rouhani was elected and the face of Iran was President Ahmadinejad, then you will recall that at those initial meetings also ended with the Western leaders finding great hope, promise, and a “new honesty” coming from the Iranian negotiators, especially when the Iranians had appointed a new lead negotiator, and these meetings too only honestly resulted in the sides agreeing to meet again sometime in the ensuing six to eight weeks. So, we once again find ourselves at the stage of the Iranian nuclear negotiations where hope springs eternal, Iran has just outlined a new honest approach showing a real sense of sincerity and willingness to make real progress towards allying the fears that they are seeking to make nuclear weapons. They have intimated their willingness to allowing inspections at all of their nuclear sites, the end to enrichment to or above 20%, conversion of current enriched Uranium into fuel rods (a technology that many believe may be beyond Tehran’s abilities to produce), snap surprise inspections by the IAEA, and a slew of other goodies all of which were stated with the design of whetting the appetites and spurring on the hopes of the Western leaders that a new dawn was at hand. All of this has such a “Peace in our time” feeling to it that is just downright scary. I am almost expecting one of the Western lead negotiators to deplane holding a piece of paper above his head as he walks up to the waiting press and a cluster of microphones to announce the great breakthrough and the end of all suspicions over the obviously innocence of the Iranian nuclear program and the mechanisms which will assure all but the most cynical disbeliever. Whether or not they add Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s name as that disbeliever or not, we here can add Beyond the Cusp as that disbeliever.

 

These new promises and revelations of the Iranians desire for openness and an honest deal which will ally all fears is nothing new. At the November meetings the Iranians will begin backpedalling from those positions as they start to define them back away from the optimistic interpretations currently all over the press coverage and new sticking points will soon begin to appear as those same optimistic Western leaders are faced with the reality that Iran was playing chess while they were engaging in tiddlywinks. It is the same old pattern but this time instead of the contorted screaming madman face of Ahmadinejad the Iranians have the new, improved, smiling face of President Hassan Rouhani to reassure that Iran is sincere and this time is truly different. When it comes to believing such all we can say is, not so much. Let’s see what you say down the road as we have seen this song and dance before. We have all taken the pony ride of the new Iranian negotiator and this new Iranian President has very much the same old feel of that previous game. The only sane approach to this new level of excitement and expectations of a great new beginning is to honestly admit that we have all seen this before and we will judge by what the Iranians are not only willing to sign on to in an agreement but furthermore, how well they abide by those same terms when the surprise inspections begin and the enforcements of the other stipulations. But first things first, we still have a long road to traverse before we even get to the first stages of writing the actual agreements, let alone signing and implementing them. We must do as was promised by President Reagan in his arms treaty with the Soviets, “Trust but verify!” That has to be our minimal demand before we can celebrate the new Iranian attitude.

 

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October 17, 2013

Iran Nuclear Program Talks Resume

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The talks between the Iranians and the P5+1, which is made up of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, Russia, Britain, China, France and the United States, plus Germany, over the Iranian nuclear program and whether it aims to produce nuclear weapons or is simply for civil use such as electricity generation, medical research and other domestic energy uses resumed this week. There is a palpable level of hope and promise from the P5+1 nations that the promises and disarming nature and smile of the new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani really is an indicator of a new openness and honest forthrightness in dealings allowing full inspections of all locations of nuclear installations and related research by the United Nations IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) inspectors. The optimism being shown by the P5+1 runs directly opposite the warnings being sounded by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders who fear that the negotiations could lead to the softening of the sanctions in exchange for empty promises which sound impressive but on implementation turn out to have been hollow and accomplishing virtually nothing and changing little if anything. The mainstream media worldwide has taken to identifying any suspicions that the Iranians are seeking to attain nuclear weapons capability through their nuclear program as purely an irrational Israeli fear which has little to validate it and stands in direct opposition to any rational inspection of the Iranian intents which appear to have completely changed under President Rouhani, the man with the pleasant smile and soft, soothing words that topple all previous suspicions replacing them with a driving desire to appease and avoid any conflict. The next few days will require close inspection both of the words which are spoken, the utterings before the press, the rumors from various sources and specially announcements of intents on the sanctions as they are the true measure of the direction resulting from the talks.

 

The moods towards the Iranian nuclear program and whether the Iranians are speaking truths or veiled references in order to mislead the world and be able to hide their true intent to attain nuclear weapons ability behind a civilian use for electricity, medical utilization and other forms of nuclear research have changed rather radically since the election of President Rouhani and these trends have only become more deeply entrenched since the masterful presentation made by President Rouhani at the opening ceremonies of the United Nations General Assembly. The perception has become one where the leader of the P5+1 are more interested in finding reasons to support and believe that the Iranian representatives, like their new President, are only capable of honest brokerage and seeking a level of cooperation which would have been beyond anything previously possible when President Ahmadinejad represented Iran. The media has been overflowing with praises and exhorts telling of the openness and new honesty represented by President Rouhani and how the Iranians have turned a corner and everything in the future will need to be seen under a new set of evaluations representing this new atmosphere. This has served to increase the gulf between the views of great concern over the Iranian nuclear program held by the Israelis and the Saudis among other Middle Eastern nations and the new levels of trust being brandished with great enthusiasm by the Europeans and the United States while Russia and China remain supportive of Iran continuing to show little alarm. That leads to the question of what can the world expect going forward and where will such expectations lead us in the end.

 

We do not need to concern ourselves with the Russians and the Chinese as they will support Iran whether Iran has truly changed or if they are pursuing nuclear weapons meaning that Israel and Saudi Arabia along with those who are in their boat will see their greatest nightmares become reality if they do not act independently and possibly against the will of the rest of the world. Any such preemptive strike would most likely require coordination between two of the most unlikely partners making such an attack, a coordinated attack involving Israeli and Saudi forces even if such required carrying out such an attack against the will of and without the backing of the United States. Such a situation in its absolute worst scenario would find the United States forces including its naval fleets from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea engaging and attempting to prevent any action against Iran. Such active opposition by the United States would make any action by Israel, Saudi Arabia, and any others who would support such an attack almost completely useless and excessively costly for all involved leaving all sides gravely wounded and Iran free with backing from their allies to extend their command over the entire Middle East. Even if such a coordinated attack succeeded with its initial sorties catching everybody by surprise and thus negating any chance for interference, the damage after the first day would serve only to slow Iran’s nuclear research and production and if afterwards the United Nations, United States, or other group of consequence then challenged forcing an end then the attack would end up with damaging results as unless the attacks on the Iranian nuclear sites are permitted to span the minimum of a week, or in order to permit sufficient damage to halt the program for as much as a decade, an series of attacks spanning as long as six weeks may be necessitated. What this means is without the United States assistance and using their vast resources, any attack with conventional weapons would probably prove ineffective in preventing the Iranians from attaining nuclear weapons capability on schedule. This brings us back to what will be the results of this crucial round of negotiations.

 

Since the very beginning of United States President Obama in the negotiations and sanction on Iran over their nuclear program, the United States has been a reluctant follower, or as President Obama likes to phrase it, leading from behind. Often the European and the United States Congress have been in forefront in applying and calling for sanctions against the Iranians as long as they continued to enrich Uranium and producing Plutonium and related nuclear weapons research. Since the election of the new Iranian President Rouhani, the Europeans have given the appearance of entranced followers under a deep and dark spell causing them to become love-sick sycophants adoringly following President Rouhani. Britain has gone so far as to seek to reopen normalized relations and reestablish an embassy or at least a consulate. Furthermore, since the Iranian nuclear program has entered a period of finality where either the Iranians will be brought to end their pursuit of nuclear weaponry or they will proceed and attain nuclear weapons within a short period of time, whatever is going to be done needs to be committed with some sense urgency. Add to this President Obama’s handling of the Red Line over chemical weapons use in Syria and his complete breakdown and inability to act definitively one way or the other and we saw everything necessary to realize that President Obama has never intended to do a damn thing to prevent Iran from attaining nuclear weapons capabilities. So, President Obama and the American military can be ruled out should a strike on Iran become an unfortunate necessity. We can forget the Europeans who have no ability or desire to enter into a conflict of such a potential magnitude. We can expect there to be some serious and concerning words and diplomatic speeches professing the serious nature of the talks and the need for the Iranians to prove their new attitude and openness. After great amounts of posturing and stalking and pacing back and forth with serious faces and grave speeches there will be an arrangement by which Iran will be given a route to legitimacy. The path will not be sufficient and far reaching enough to actually end the Iranian push resulting in a nuclear armed Iran unless there are those who are ready and willing to move to prevent Iran completing their drive to nuclear weapons without the assistance of the United States or Europe and likely against strong opposition and condemnations from the United Nations, Russia and China. All things as they now exist we will likely be facing a Middle East where initially Iran and Pakistan will be the sole nuclear powers but within a year of Iran becoming a proven nuclear state we can expect that Saudi Arabia will have gone nuclear with Turkey likely to follow soon behind with Egypt eventually joining those with nuclear weapons. There will always be the possibility that any of the oil rich sheikdoms will be able to purchase a small stockpile of nuclear weapons and be able to keep them serviced and kept up.

 

Should Israel make good on her promise to go it alone if necessary to prevent Iran from attaining nuclear weapons then the reaction of the world has already been hinted at. Initially, if Israel continues to sound the alarm exhorting suspicions be raised and trust come solely through verification and cooperation we can expect for President Obama and the European leaders to form a chorus telling Israel that unless she has reached a peace with the Palestinian and returned the lands that the Europeans and United Nations and the rest of the world has decided was stolen by Israel, then they have no legitimization allowing them to say anything to anyone about anything. Israel will be isolated from the rest of the world and vilified over the Palestinians and the complaints of their mistreatment. Israel will find the backs of the Western nations turned towards her as they refuse to heed her warnings and she is relegated to international purgatory rejected by former friends and facing a cold world where she has been deserted and left to be wrung by the winds of the furies of abandonment. Israeli leaders will question whether it is possible that they alone in the world know the real truth and everybody else is living the life of a fool smiling all the way to their own graves. For the answer all the leadership of Israel need do is look to Israel’s ancient history where she often was the one truth amongst a sea of idolaters set to destroy the chosen and prove that there was no one unseen all-powerful G0d. If they hold to the truth and their faith in the L0rd who brought them from the land of Egypt then Israel will survive whatever is brought against her and the fact that Israel will see only goodness while the majority of the world has turned their hands against her will once again prove the power of the one true G0d. There is one other reality, namely that there will be some who will stand with Israel such as many American Evangelical Christians, Canada, the Czech Republic and the other nations who stood with Israel in the General Assembly vote over granting the Palestinian Authority nation-state status. In the meantime the rest of us are left with our prayers and may we make the best of them and make them count as they may never have before. Honesty, humility, earnest faith and a deep trust is what will see us through and perchance allow for the miracle which changes the hearts of those who now stand to darken their hearts with deceit and expediency.

 

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October 13, 2013

Why Obama Will Continue to Ignore Alarms by Netanyahu

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There are a number of reasons working together, any one of which is sufficient to turn President Obama’s hearing off when Netanyahu gives any warnings about the Middle East or even the greater world. The major impetus behind the wall President Obama has placed to block Netanyahu out derives from the belief in President Obama’s mind that he knows more about what is happening in the Middle East and who can be trusted and which leaders he needs to woo and that his being raised in Indonesia gives him experiences and an innate knowledge which he believes will prove him correct in the end. Part of this insider knowledge that President Obama relies on is his familiarity with Islamic beliefs and society of Indonesia of his youth. No matter how many experts make claims that the form of Islam practiced in Indonesia at the time that President Obama resided there was completely different than the forms of Islam being practiced today in the Middle East and North Africa as well as the Islamist Madrassas around the Western World, President Obama is determined to prove that he knows best. President Obama’s pridefulness and inability to admit to his own mistakes, especially in matters concerning the Middle East and the Islamic World make for a combination where changing his perceptions on such subjects is simply impossible. The best examples of the President’s inability to adapt or incorporate new information if it does not fit his carefully crafted view of how he believes things to be can be found in Egypt and Turkey as well as the obvious, Israel.

 

In Egypt President Obama still holds to the policy which dictates that the Muslim Brotherhood is, as then Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said at a House Intelligence Committee hearing, “The Muslim Brotherhood is a very heterogeneous group, largely secular.” Group that “has eschewed violence and has decried Al Qaeda as a perversion of Islam” and “have pursued social ends, a betterment of the political order in Egypt.” He added that the Muslim Brotherhood, which has branches in many Muslim countries, has “no overarching agenda, particularly in pursuit of violence, at least internationally.” President Obama also believes that the Freedom and Justice Party’s President Morsi won the first elections after the removal of former strong man and American longtime ally President Mubarak in a totally free election in which there were no improprieties despite evidence to the contrary and that the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood was the most organized and the only group in a position to organize and conduct a coherent campaign and thus guaranteed to win the election. President Obama has also chosen to ignore the fact that Egyptian people in the tens of millions protested, signed petitions and carried out the most massive popular revolution calling for the removal of President Morsi. The protests to remove President Morsi were actually larger and more invigorated than those a little over a year earlier which dethroned Mubarak. President Obama prefers to believe and act as if the Egyptian Military acted solely on their own without any mandate from the people and has even gone so far as to blame all of the violence on the Egyptian Military totally absolving the Muslim Brotherhood of any guilt. Any casual observer of the violence being perpetrated against the Egyptian people, especially the Coptic Christians and any non-Sunni Muslims would easily see the evidence that the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda are behind much of the violence evidenced by the black flag and the Muslim Brotherhood banner being carried by the gangs violently attacking the people and intentionally attempting to destroy Egypt if they are not returned to power.

 

Then there is Turkey and President Obama’s declared bestest friend in the Middle East, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. As we noted close to a decade ago and has been commented upon by numerous Middle Eastern experts, Prime Minister Erdogan has been slowly but surely moving the Turkish governance from a secular governance into a Sharia governance. Prime Minister Erdogan had warned Egyptian President Morsi very early in his time in office that he should emulate the example that Prime Minister Erdogan had used in Turkey of small increments and taking one’s time and not rushing or pushing the people too quickly so that they did not revolt to the sudden changes and the potentially unpopular proponents of Sharia. Morsi did not listen and if the violent protests which have gripped Turkey of late are any evidence, even taking the slow but steady change from secular to Sharia did not prove successful either. Add to this that the reaction from the Turkish government was just announced by the Justice and Interior ministries that people can now be jailed if they think about protesting against the government. Meanwhile, as the Egyptian Military is backing the temporary government by destroying the majority of smuggling tunnels from the Sinai into the Hamas stronghold of Gaza in order to prevent Hamas, an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood formed to attack Israel, from smuggling terrorists back into the Sinai to attack Egyptian villages and military outposts, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan has invited and met for the third time this past year Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal. Of course this does not appear to cause President Obama any concern as he just announced a $200 million program under which Turkey and Qatar will develop materials aimed at promoting the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamist agenda while cutting off military aid to Egypt until they reinstate Muslim Brotherhood representative Morsi to the Presidency. Also, do not expect any apology any time in the foreseeable future to come from President Obama to Prime Minister Netanyahu for forcing him to apologize to Prime Minister Erdogan over the actions on the blockade runner Mavi Marmara where nine terrorists died after they posed a fatal threat as they attacked Israeli Special Forces who boarded the ship to enforce the blockade with paintball guns loaded with pepper-balls and were attacked with knives, steel rods, and other small arms. The closest that Turkey has come to making any return gesture to Israel has been complete and rudely given refusals to accept the apology and the obvious warming gestures with Hamas which may soon result with Hamas moving their headquarters from Qatar to Turkey.

 

Further proof of President Obama’s affections for the Muslim Brotherhood has been obvious in Syria where the only thing preventing full United States support of the Rebel forces has been the warnings and threats from Russia and China. The only times that President Obama has taken steps which may have proven advantageous for Syrian dictator President Bashir al-Assad has been the leaking of information proving the suspicions that Israel had been behind attacks that prevented the transfer of chemical weapons, advanced anti-air and anti-ship missiles presumably supplied by Russia, and other advanced weapons systems or game changing weapons that provided significant upgrades to Hezballah’s abilities. The sole threat of American intervention came in a threat to Syrian President al-Assad primarily when President Obama said, “We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.” This brought about the now infamous backpedaling and stalling until Russian President Putin supplied President Obama a get untangled from your tongue alternative which he, of course, took immediately. Of course, many have pointed out that Syria is a no win proposition and what would probably serve the future best would be a prolonged conflict where the civilians who remain were permitted to leave or be provided safe-zones and eventually have, strangely enough, President al-Assad remain in power even if he ruled a small area while the rest of Syria was divided between the Kurds and the other forces. The one result we would like to have from all the turmoil and violence, especially in Syria and Iraq, would be a Kurdish state combining the Kurdish controlled areas in northern Iraq and north-east Syria, but that may simply be a dream as the Kurds have historically been treated poorly and denied their promised homeland simply because J. P. Getty wanted the central Iraqi oil fields which was within the areas promised the Kurds after World War I, and one thing anybody familiar with the broken promises to the Jews after World War I knows is just how unfairly the British were with the Kurds.

 

The final country which President Obama has taken as far back a seat as possible allowing even the Europeans to show definitively more leadership than he, is Iran. Yes, after years of wrestling with the Europeans President Obama has been dragged to a point where the sanctions on Iran are having their intended effect. The Iranians, masters in chess and the art of deception, have played their hand masterly with their choice of Hasan Rouhani as their new President and face before the world. He contrasts with former President Ahmadinejad nearly perfectly and has been hailed by an overanxious West as the revelation of a new and open Iran. He has been hailed as approachable and having shown an honest intention to make changes and reveal the entirety of the Iranian nuclear program with an honesty that will be unquestionable. This is all well and good except that it is a complete and total fabrication. President Hasan Rouhani was formerly the lead negotiator for the Iranians in their nuclear talks and as such he glad-handed and smiled his way adroitly avoiding revealing anything about the Iranian nuclear program as he also oversaw the installation of thousands of centrifuges. He was proven to be a masterful deceiver who was well spoken and had a full understanding of the West and the weaknesses of each person with whom he would need to deal. Adding to this is the fact that absolutely nothing has changed in the actual power structure in Iran. They have the same Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who is the real power and very likely the person most responsible for Hasan Rouhani’s election. The twelve on the Council of Guardians, six of whom are appointed by the Supreme Leader, have not changed and were responsible for choosing who would be permitted on the ballot in the elections. Since virtually all of the real power rests with the Council of Guardians and the Supreme Leader, nothing in Iran has changed except they have a new puppet to place on the world stage and apparently that is sufficient for a Western World who wish to find any reason to avoid having to face the facts that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons and is very likely to either use them or threaten their use in order to have a nuclear umbrella that guards their terrorist attacks across the globe. President Obama sees in Iran his chance to receive another Nobel Peace Prize and honestly believes his oratory abilities will sway the Iranians from their pursuit of nuclear weapons. The only times that President Obama might decide to take any real actions against Iran would be in order to force concessions from Prime Minister Netanyahu to the Palestinian. Even then his promise will more likely be broken and in the end if the negotiations do not produce the result he envisions as equitable and fair final peace treaty, which is the complete capitulation by Israel of all lands and every one of the Palestinian demands even including some form of Right of Return for millions of Palestinian refugees, President Obama is considering forcing a peace of his liking on the Israelis even if it requires a Chapter VII Security Council Resolution granting the Palestinians the entire enchilada with the threat of military enforcement by the nations willing to enforce the United Nation edict. President Obama is going to be the first man in history to win the Nobel Peace Prize before he did anything to earn it and then his efforts to prove he deserved it resulting in starting World War III. What a legacy.

 

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