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October 1, 2016

Khamenei Frightening Regret of Nazi Defeat

 

Iranian Supreme Leader and Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei in a speech on September 18, 2016, while denouncing President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani calling for more investment in the economy rather than increasing military spending also made commentary which was far more disturbing. Khamenei lamented the results of World War II and insisted that military spending continue to be the highest priority even if the people are made to suffer economic hardships as Iran must not suffer the same fate which was the fate of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. What makes this all the more threatening is for Iran to suffer such a fate would require their placing themselves in a similar situation threatening other nations to the point where warfare is thrust upon much of the world in a determined effort to resist the threat of world conquest be a single minded nation led by people determined to commit genocidal cleansing of the world of all who are not subservient to them and their philosophy, or in the case of Iran, surrendered to Islam, and that would be Shia Islam. Khamenei was disturbed by the forcing of Germany and Japan into submission and forced to be disarmed which was, according to the Supreme Leader, a humiliation which Iran must never be made to suffer. Khamenei lauded the IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) as the key to the success and completion of the Islamic revolution which was started in Iran in 1979 and is expected to enforce the Quranic call to conquer the world for Allah. This was the cause which Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ruhollah Mūsavi Khomeini set as the purpose of all efforts and dedications of the Iranian people onto perpetuity. Khamenei has reinvested Iran in the dreams and goals set forth by Khomeini thus making more than their names sounding so similar as so is their dedication to the supremacy of Iran and Shia Islam.

 

Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ruhollah Mūsavi Khomeini

Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei
Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ruhollah Mūsavi Khomeini

 

For most nations to be led by a dictatorial leader with dreams of world conquest there would not be any serious concern as it is unlikely that they could build sufficient military to potentially pose such a risk. Muammar Gaddafi often made speeches telling his people that their suffering would be alleviated once they defeated the nations oppressing them and denying them their rightful place as leaders ruling over much or all the Earth depending on his feelings of bravado on any given day. After pushing his terrorist sponsoring too far he faced a severe kick in the ego from the United States when President Reagan struck Libya responding to a Libyan terrorist strike on the “La Belle” nightclub in West Berlin which killed three people including one American Serviceman. The American and allies response came on April 15, 1986, in the early morning hours striking numerous targets throughout Libya including the Bab al-Azizia barracks, Murat Sidi Bilal camp, Tripoli military airfield, Benina military airfield, the air defense networks in Benghazi and Tripoli and Muammar Gaddafi’s house in an attempt to kill the dictator himself. Muammar Gaddafi, with his family, rushed out of their residence in the Bab al-Azizia compound just before the bombs dropped. The warning phone call came from Italian Prime Minister Bettino Craxi. Among the estimated sixty killed was one infant girl who was used as an attempt to vilify the American raid. Her name was Hannah and she was displayed before Western reporters with the claim she was the recently adopted daughter of Muammar Gaddafi. All things considered, this raid ended any claims from Muammar Gaddafi of Libya being a world leader and destined to lead the entirety of the world. Libya was never actually a threat to attempt world conquest and that claim was made to excuse a retrograde economy and the suffering of the population from the failed economic state. Iran has sufficient oil which as long as the price per barrel remains above approximately $50 to $75 Iran makes a profit from a percentage to all of their wells as their oil is thick and of poor quality thus costing more to draw from the ground. This is part, if not most of the reason for Saudi Arabia pumping out close to full capacity oil production to force the price per barrel below that $50 price. This has the additional effect of starving Russia from large oil profits and makes American fracking no longer cost effective thus having a deleterious effect on every oil producing nation with whom the Saudi Arabian Royals are having difficulties.

 

Still, Iran is currently cash flush thanks to the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), better known as the Iran P5+1 Nuclear Deal, plus other additional payments made by the Obama Administration with a reported four-hundred-million dollar payment for presumably a broken arms deal with the Shah and definitely not a ransom for the released four American hostages. But wait, there is rumored to be more as that four-hundred-million dollar payment for the arms deal has been rumored to have been followed by another payment more than three times that size; a staggering one-point-three-billion dollars claimed to be interest of the original payment. As this payment was delivered in a secret aircraft delivery in actual American cash, thousands of hundred or even thousand dollar bills, hard currency, something unimaginable but somehow true. One can only wonder whether President Obama is going to further finance the military build-up before leaving office, and if so, how much more will he send? Additionally, even by the assessment of President Obama himself, the Iran nuclear deal will allow Iran to be within a few months of attaining nuclear weapons status after the ten year deal expires and there will be nothing to prevent Iran from building a nuclear stockpile challenging that of the United States within a year or soon thereafter once the deal has expired. But don’t worry, Iran will have calmed in that time and will no longer be set on world conquest in a decade or so. Just because Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei just declared the need for Iran to be so militarily powerful that should they set out to conquer the world they will not end as did Nazi Germany or Imperial Japan and be humbled in failure a full thirty-seven years since the 1979 revolution when the military path was first set upon. Sure, of course Iran will be a happy and cooperative nation in a decade or two, sure they will, right? Well, time will tell.

 

Still, one has to understand that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is seventy-seven years of age and in unknown health as such is a very secretive piece of information. Besides that, in a decade he will be eighty-seven (higher math skills paying off) and even with good health that is an advanced age. There is a possibility that he will have stepped down and a new Supreme Leader and Grand Ayatollah have been selected by the Assembly of Experts (aka Council of Experts) and now setting the direction of Iran. There could be a turn around and the next Grand Ayatollah and Supreme Leader will decide that the economy and the lives of the people are far more important than the destruction of the Great Satan (United States), the Little Satan (Israel) and/or the Wahabbist menace of Saudi Arabia. You doubt this? But President Obama has set the hopes of the free world on Iran becoming another nation happy to be a member of the community of nations and live in harmony with the rest of the world including those mentioned above. Come to think about it, you are probably right and things will probably get dicey. How dicey will depend on what the rest of the world does and the outcome of the Islamic infusion into the Western World and whether they assimilate or set on conquest, and the reaction to whichever path is chosen. The leadership in the Western World and beyond over the next decade or two will be very important and revealing on the importance for the continued freedoms of the developed Western World. Why am I so seriously concerned over this outlook?

 

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December 19, 2015

What the IAEA Closure of Their Iran Investigations Really Meant

Perhaps we should be starting with the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) Director General Yukiya Amano statements which pertained to the IAEA’s verification of Iranian nuclear research and development including answers to previous questionable activities and current activities including possible secretive research into weapons production.

 

 

 

 

We realize that you played that ten, fifteen, thirty times and still he said almost nothing other than we wash our hands of the Iran issue and give them a clean bill of health and for more read our nice, dry and hard to read report, if he said that much. So, you ask hoping we have read the report and you will not need to read the report, all sixteen pages, what did it all say? Well, we could answer off the top of our heads, as probably all of you could, it will say Iran is clean now though they may not have been completely honest in the past; we believe them completely now and there is almost nothing to worry about unless they are lying; but we don’t think they are lying, like we would admit we did even if we were sure they were lying, but you will have to trust that we trusted them. Oh, you really want us to go through the report and take out the pertinent parts, FINE! We’ll do so! Trust there is more article after the summary which can wait until you have the time and nothing more interesting to do. Scroll down and we’ll put a nice picture separating the final writings there to flag you down, so look for the flags.

 

The following were the actual quotes which may or may not clarify their findings and positions, but we figured that was their intentions.

 

“From 2002 onwards, the Agency became increasingly concerned about the possible existence in Iran of undisclosed nuclear related activities involving military related organizations, including activities related to the development of a nuclear payload for a missile. Reports by the Director General identified outstanding issues related to possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear programme and the actions required of Iran to resolve these.”
The information indicated that Iran had carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device. The information also indicated that prior to the end of 2003, these activities took place under a structured programme, and that some activities may still have been ongoing.
 
There was mention that their information came from a wide number of sources, another way of saying not to blame them, but just in case there was anything brilliant in the report they said that some came from their own efforts, and then another disclaimer which has to be quoted, “from a number of Member States, including Iran itself.” From here on it is quotes unless in {} or obvious commentary by us. And it will be obvious.
“Between January 2012 and May 2013, the Agency and Iran held ten rounds of talks in Vienna and Tehran, aimed at reaching agreement on a ‘structured approach’…no concrete results were achieved during those talks. …”
 
Framework for Cooperation
 
On 11 November 2013, the Agency and Iran signed a ‘Joint Statement on a Framework for Cooperation.’
{We could now quote a whole load of legalese describing their agreement and all the trust and measures and validations and verifications and our eyes started crossing and glazing over.}
 
Security Council Resolution 2231
 
On 20 July 2015, the Security Council adopted resolution 2231 (2015), in which, inter alia, it reaffirmed that Iran “shall cooperate fully as the IAEA requests to be able to resolve all outstanding issues, as identified in IAEA reports.”
 
Implementation of the Road-map
 
More Gobbled-y-Goop
 
Methodology
 
More Gobbled-y-Goop
 
Area Assessments
 
Gobbled-y-Goop but here it is in case it might be important, like FoR ReAL!
 
As previously reported, the Agency has focused its analysis of Iran’s nuclear programme on an acquisition path involving high enriched uranium (HEU). Based on indicators observed by the Agency in connection with Iran’s nuclear activities, the Agency’s work has concentrated on an analysis pertinent to the development of an HEU implosion device.
 
Past Resolutions of the Board of Governors and the Security Council
 
The United Nations Security Council has affirmed that the steps required by the Board of Governors in its resolutions are binding on Iran. Between 2006 and 2010, six Security Council resolutions… In particular, in its resolution of June 2010…concerns about the possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear programme… all sites, equipment, persons and documents requested by the Agency.
 
Following the issuance of… essential for Iran and the Agency to intensify their dialogue… providing clarifications regarding those issues.
Further to the Director General’s report of August 2012, the Board of Governors, in its resolution of September 2012… restore international confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme.
 

Efforts to address the Agency’s concerns since November 2011

 
Structured Approach
 
Between January 2012 and May 2013, the Agency and Iran held ten rounds of talks in Vienna and Tehran… a new approach aimed at ensuring the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme should be developed.
 
Framework for Cooperation
 
On 11 November 2013, the Agency and Iran signed a ‘Joint Statement on a Framework for Cooperation’… proceed with such activities in a step by step manner.
 
Within the Framework for Cooperation… practical measures and technical discussions had been held with the Agency concerning the other two.
On 14 July 2015, the Director General and the Vice-President of Iran and President of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran… strengthen their cooperation and dialogue aimed at the resolution, by the end of 2015, of all past and present outstanding issues that had not already been resolved by the Agency and Iran. The actions agreed under the Road-map are listed in Annex I. {Great, now we need to read Annex I}
Security Council Resolution 2231
 
On 20 July 2015, the Security Council adopted resolution 2231 (2015), in which, inter alia, it reaffirmed that Iran “shall cooperate fully as the IAEA requests to be able to resolve all outstanding issues, as identified in IAEA reports.”
 
Implementation of the Road-map
 
In the Road-map, the Agency and Iran agreed to aim to…the Agency had assessed to be “overall, credible”, as well as information received…which further contributed to the analysis contained in that Annex.
 
As agreed in the Road-map, on 15 August 2015, Iran provided to the Agency its explanations in writing and related documents, on past and present outstanding issues. On 8 September 2015, the Agency submitted questions to Iran on ambiguities regarding the information provided…as a basis for seeking clarification; the Agency’s review of information available…any implications regarding the indicators; and the Agency’s questions.
To remove the ambiguities regarding the information…particular locations of interest to the Agency…15 October 2015.
 
On 20 September 2015, the Director General and Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards visited the particular location at the Parchin site of interest to the Agency.
 
All the activities in the Road-map were implemented in accordance with the agreed schedule and, on 24 November 2015, the Agency and Iran held a “wrap up technical meeting” in Vienna.
 
Methodology
 
In November 2011, the Agency provided its “analysis of the information available to it in the context of relevant indicators of the existence or development of processes associated with nuclear-related activities, including weaponization.” Since November 2011, the Agency has acquired more information through activities under the Framework for cooperation, including the Road-map and the JPA, through the Agency’s own efforts, and from Member States, including Iran. As additional information has become available to the Agency, the Agency has been able to refine its analysis of possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear programme.
 
In order to perform the final assessment, the Agency has analyzed all the information available to it in relation to each of the 12 areas, as set out in the 2011 Annex. The Agency has also used the same information to gain an understanding of the whole picture through consideration of the nature, amount and coherence of the information over time.
 
Area Assessments
 
As previously reported…concentrated on an analysis pertinent to the development of an HEU implosion device.
 
Programme management structure
 
{Iran was using multiple agencies and departments and other subterfuges to conceal their real purposes which we recognized sort of; spread over four tedious paragraphs}
 
Procurement activities
 
As previously reported, Iran has stated that the AEOI encountered difficulties with procurement… {poor babies} …Ministry of Defence Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL), thereby disguising the final user.
 
The Agency also had indications of instances of procurements and attempted procurements of items with relevance, inter alia, to the development of a nuclear explosive device. The Agency does not have information regarding any such procurement attempts after 2007.
 
During discussions with the Agency…Iran confirmed its earlier statements that…made a procurement enquiry about a specific high speed camera, the camera had been for a conventional purpose and, ultimately, Iran had not purchased it. Iran also reiterated its earlier denial that a named company had attempted to acquire high-speed switches.
 
The Agency has not received additional information on this topic since the 2011 Annex.
 
Nuclear material acquisition
 
{Technical garbles which is too rich to summarize as the claims and counters are simply beyond belief and other beyond credulity and the rest far too technical}
 
Nuclear components for an explosive device
 
{More technical garbles}
 
Detonator development
 
{More technical garbles}
 
Initiation of high explosives and associated experiments
 
{More technical garbles which only one of us understands}
 
Hydrodynamic experiments
 
{More technical garbles}
 
Modelling and calculations
 
{More technical garbles}
 
Neutron initiator
 
{Technical garbles but you have to love discussions about nuclear physics}
 
Conducting a test
 
{Technical garbles and as it said, it’s just a test, a physics test}
 
Integration into a missile delivery vehicle
 
{Technical garbles all about miniaturization and the rest is nuts and bolts}
 
Fuzing, arming and firing system
 
{Technical garbles and no there is nothing about detonation-cord}
 
Overall Assessment
 
This overall assessment results from the analysis of all the information available to the Agency in relation to each of the 12 areas, as set out in the 2011 Annex.
 
{More technical garbles}
 
Summary
 
Political and technical Gobbled-y-Goop

 

 

 

Let’s Run Them Up Any Flag Pole and See Who Salutes Them Smartly Showing Your Love of Freedom and Feel Free to Add Your Flag if the Moment Grabs You as You See This Pair of the Flags for Freedom

Let’s Run Them Up Any Flag Pole
and See Who Salutes Them Smartly
Showing Your Love of Freedom
and Feel Free to Add Your Flag
if the Moment Grabs You as You
See This Pair of the Flags for Freedom

 

 

Much of the reports have centered on that the IAEA has found no indications of diversions or of extraordinary mining in or near known uranium mines and that there probably has been no developmental steps taken beyond feasibility and assuring of having acquired the technical ability to produce nuclear weaponry of the nature and suitability the Iranians desired, whatever all that really means. Anyone who expected an arm of the United Nations run largely by third world officials and nuclear physicists whose highest desire was to travel around the world either inspecting third world nuclear sites or attempting to inspect nuclear weapons programs of nations who would just as soon kill as look upon their own people, so you can guess what the worth of an IAEA inspector is worth. The IAEA is also heavily political and not exactly all that enamored with the Western States or Israel and likely more guided by the membership of the General Assembly than the five permanent members in the Security Council. Further, if the people working for the average large city are fairly incompetent and state officials make the city workers look like geniuses, while Federal employees are legendary for their lack of ability, of course all of these have exceptions such as any government worker reading BTC, so you can imagine what any world employees can be in the competence department. The one thing which can be said is the United Nations workers for all of their agencies have some of the most difficult and dangerous jobs when working out in the world as they are often not exactly appreciated by the governments of the nations where they are assigned and often face threats of death simply for attempting to serve others unselfishly and many probably get abuses which they do not deserve. Imagine attempting to distribute aid and food and other sustenance to the people under a dictator who would just as soon see them dead and wants to steal the food supplies and distribute it to his security forces and army which keep him in power and then it becomes no surprise that often the aid is simply unloaded from the ship or aircraft and then left for the dictator to distribute as he desires because it is not worth being murdered in a futile effort. There are reasons that the United States sends troops with their aid shipments. It is true that the United States military should not be used for meals on wheels but sometimes they may be necessary for those performing the meals on wheels distribution to be allowed to actually move the aid. The world is a far from perfect place, something many of us forget or would rather not face as long as it does not affect us and may we continue to live where life is not endangered just because we hold an opinion which others are willing to kill us over.

 

Going to another set of thoughts, something we do here often and what else can be said about an IAEA report we all knew would be a whitewash of the Iranian nuclear program anyways and that is what we likely got. The hope now is that we never reap the ill rewards which are possible should Iran produce and use nuclear weapons or that ever there should come a nuclear war which encompasses a number of nuclear armed nations and a general exchange of nuclear weapons causes a runaway ecological disaster having planetary effects which could only result in consequences too horrid to imagine. Such an event would make most of those post apocalypse movies appear optimistic with the likely exception of “On the Beach” depicted. That was presumably what the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) was designed to prevent and the reason for the IAEA was originally enacted and initiated, but that was when the United Nations member nations were restricted.

 

That was before the fateful decision to allow all nations to enter the United Nations as all nations were equal and should have an equal vote in such a body and the General Assembly was opened to every nation and dictator who desired equal footing with every other nation. Fortunately the original nations who were tasked with fashioning the United Nations kept veto power in the Security Council for the five nuclear powers of the time, or their closest allies thus the United States, Russia, China, Britain, and France were given veto power in the Security Council, the only body which could order the use of military force. That too will soon be surrendered as the world will decide there is nothing special about those five nations and everybody has to be equal. Once the veto for the permanent members has been erased then the seats on the Security Council will be expanded and the fixed memberships will either be expanded beyond reason or abolished making all nations equal in all things and then the United Nations will devolve into chaos and soon will disintegrate under its own equality as the more equal numbers of dictators vote the democracies out of existence under threat of war, of course, after they have demanded and received nuclear technology including weaponization because all nations are of equal value so they should have equal military power and technologies. We will learn that merit has value but it will probably be learned too late. Equality only works between nations who agree on the sanctity of life, have similar value systems and have a free and open society; otherwise you end up with almost two hundred nations who agree on nothing except that there are well over one hundred who wish to drag the wealth from the most wealthy nations even if it destroys the geese with the golden eggs because they want all the golden eggs for themselves in the name of equality. Such a United Nations will be the igniter for a terrible conflagration. Let us pray that the nations with dignity of the human spirit to protect realize their special place and realize it is not rubbing elbows in equality in the putrid bog where leaders disregard or enslave their populations as in such a swamp all sink into the teeming cauldron of inhumanity and such can only work to the detriment of the world as there is enough heartlessness in the world that without freedom loving nations mutually protecting those values all human value will be lost. That is the number one reason for the free world to realize their precious gift and the value of going to whatever lengths required to protect the freedoms from those who would denigrate all human life trampling underfoot the freedoms which by the grace of all that is holy came from the values which have flourished in the Western World and a limited set of other nations who must remain free at all costs. Freedom once lost is almost never regained and especially if it dissolves from the entire planet in a swarming over the free world of a demographic explosion initially necessitated due to a demographic implosion largely fueled by a loss of faith in Hashem.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

August 31, 2015

Why Are So Many Democrats So Frightened?

 

Why is it that so many Democrats are so afraid to stand their ground against the President when it is obvious that the American people themselves have the will to stand? Members of the House and Senate are supposed to serve the Constitution, the people and that which is best for the United States pretty much in that order. The Congress have to be aware that this is an actual treaty no matter what the semantic games being played by the White House and that the simple rejection by the Senate not ratifying the nuclear treaty with Iran should have put an end to this entire fiasco but instead the members of Congress have lost their spines. Why is it that in what has been termed the most serious and powerful deliberative body in history, the United States Senate, a deliberative body held in esteem for over two centuries, has completely gone astray and are voting “Present” instead of standing up like men and declaring their independent thoughts on this horrific treaty and White House power play. Is this the final legacy the United States Congress wishes to present to all of human history? Is this the manner in which you desire to represent yourselves to the people in your districts? Even the members of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) had the presence not to ratify this in an official ballot, even if they allowed for the pressures from one group to permit a signing of a letter almost as an apology to the White House for refusing to voice their support for a deal they all know in their hearts is bad for the United States and potentially the entire world. Where is the collective pride and intestinal fortitude of Congress?

 

 

Barack Obama Noble Face for Hope & Change with Stern Punishing face for Suckers who Believed in Him

 

 

You allowed a Health Care Act be rammed through without even so much as a floor debate unread and permitted the crashing and burning of the greatest health care system the world had ever seen which had been largely responsible for eradicating diseases from the face of the Earth and replaced it with a hope and a prayer that it does not become a second Veteran’s Hospital System, this time for an entire nation. There have been time and time again that the White House had turned to illegal methods which no lesser President would have been permitted usurpations of power and privileges taken which would have resulted in impeachment at any other juncture. Understandably nobody wishes to have their name on a White House political assassination list, but as sure as you refuse to stand now in the face of such a raw abuse of power, you are setting precedence which will at some point in the future be used by a President to all but ignore the Congress and further weaken the Congress that even their last gasp motion of impeachment of that President for abuses of powers and the trampling of the Constitutional limitations on the White House will simply be torn up and tossed aside as if to drop the gauntlet at the feet of the Congress challenging their authority and even their having any power at all and on that day the Congress will fall just as assuredly as did the Roman Senate before the Caesars. This is the legacy you are bequeathing to the American People and to the annals of history.

 

Future historians will point to these times as when the Imperial Presidency was first proclaimed and the Congress refused to answer the challenges and instead did abrogate their Constitutional rights and powers turning them over to a President who would dare to rewrite portions of that document such that he could do whatever he pleased simply by claiming his actions to be named something the White House claimed gave the President the powers sought and challenged the Congress to act to prevent this absurdity. Now, when facing the greatest of absurdities imaginable where what is a treaty in every aspect and definition has instead become a gentlemen’s agreement between heads of state and as such no business of the Congress to perform their Constitutional responsibilities. This is a disgrace to the Constitution which this President has ignored in more ways than all the President before him combined as he ignored written laws passed by the Congress and signed by previous Presidents, has torn up agreements between the government and other nations despite previous approval of these deals such as the anti-missile systems which were intended as a defensive position against Iranian missile strikes aimed at Europe destroying any trust between the United States and any other nation, especially ally, in the world. This President has made any agreement or treaty between the United States and other nations of the world meaningless as they have run roughshod over agreement after agreement and ignored fulfilling treaty obligations rewriting the entirety of foreign affairs and alliances upon which the order and support structures of two-thirds of the world depended.

 

Should President Barack Hussein Obama be permitted to change the ratification of treaties by inventing a new form of treaty, a Presidential Imperial Overreach Administrative Agreement replacing such simple a concept as a treaty as the new definition for any “treaty” in which the United States had more than one other nation as a signatory, then it no longer requires the ratification procedure and instead of requiring a two-thirds approval by the Senate, it will require a two-thirds vote against it in both Houses of Congress to block its implementation. This is a crucial point in time where the Congress must force the confrontation for the health and future of the United States as a nation under a Constitutional Republic with the rule of law and not the rule of man. Allowing this procedure to circumvent the Congress at this presumably the final check on the abuse of power by a President will have future ramifications potentially more directly and immediate than any might fear in their wildest conspiracies. Perhaps having to face this President on the field of political power is what the Congress fears and they would rather just go along to get along hoping the nation survives the abuses of power and that things may return to a state of normalcy come January of 2017 and the next President takes office. Maybe any damages done by the refusal by Congress and particularly the Senate can be repaired at that time and the Constitution be restored and the Republic salvaged. And should the Congress lie down and allow their powers to be trampled upon by a single President then what will stop some future President from doing the same, perhaps even the President sworn in on that coming morning in January of 2017. What if the next President decides they kind of favor having imperial powers and refuses to play ball and challenges the desires and powers of Congress and instead chooses to continue to erode away one entire branch of the three legged stool the United States was carefully balanced upon. What is to prevent such a President once they have finished neutering the Congress from polluting and then neutering the Judicial Branch and simply making the three legged stool into his or her own pedestal of absolute power? Nothing, that is what will be able to prevent such, nothing.

 

Perhaps this is what has frightened the members of Congress, the challenge of taking a strong stand and enforcing their prerogatives and responsibilities under the Constitution. Be it known to you, the members of Congress, that should you collectively collapse before this challenge where words mean exactly what the President decides they mean when he uses them and that the definition of any world at any time can have the desired meaning assigned by the President then there is no longer law, just individual Presidential unchecked and absolute power. Sure it would take extreme effort at this point after surrendering so much ground to this President to finally say, “No more. Your abuses end here and now; we can take no more of your insult and abuse.” Instead the Congress is deciding, even deliberating acting as if they were a battered spouse and claiming that the abusive spouse, the President, really does respect them and the contract of this particular marriage, the Constitution of the United States of America, and the spousal President is really a good person deep down and if the Congress will just go along they can eventually change him and save him from himself. Anyways, standing up to the President now might entail acting like the adult in the room and applying consequences for such abuses of power would take nerves of steel, or at least nerves backed by parchment, that piece of parchment sitting right down the street on display in a bullet-proof glass viewing port which would take that precious document downstairs and placed into an impenetrable vault which would resist even a direct strike by a nuclear device and still hold that precious document sage even after all the rest of the physical vestiges of power were wiped clean. That document is the United States of America’s heart and soul and is more important than any one person, even a record shattering first for America, even that must not be permitted to act towards destroying the definitions within that precious document. Lose that and it can never be restored, at least not for a viewable future which would be left to our children who have been denied an understanding of the importance and uniqueness of that Constitution. This is the time for restoring the balances defined by the Constitution and to reinstall the educational means by which that document and its importance in the history of man and the hope it provides all mankind into their educations.

 

Next to the Ten Commandments and the Bible, the Constitution of the United States of America along with their Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights are together the definition of the human soul crying for dignity and freedom never before imagined. Just as the Ten Commandments and the concept of the limited power of a monarch, or of a governmental set of institutions, set to rule over a nation must be limited in their ability to gather wealth or absolute power making them a veritable god should be made impossible under any form of governance which will have any opportunity to be fair in its acts. The Old Testament has in place that idea that a sovereign, be that a king or a governance, must be limited and fear the people instead of the people fearing the governance. That is what is at stake in this Iran deal. We realize that by having the Security Council affirm the Iranian nuclear treaty and incorporating it to be enacted under Chapter Seven makes it an applicable law and that cannot be undone by Congress, but we can at least force the President to go through the actual motions and even attempt to enforce the will of the American public and their representatives.

 

We realize that there is really only one way the Iranian nuclear treaty can be undone at this stage, rejection by the Congress and challenge the President should he ignore the Congressional override of his veto. But that does not mean that the United States governance cannot use the actual methods and instituted channels to resist permitting the Iranians a paved highway to nuclear weapons capabilities and the methods and means of delivering such devices anywhere on the face of the earth and the ability of bringing any nation that depends on electrical systems to its knees. The Congress only need pass the legislation which is all but guaranteed at this juncture. This should be acted upon before the deadline as a statement that this is a strong belief and feeling by the Congress and that it was not just some token effort passed right before the deadline when the backs were against the proverbial wall. Let it pass the Senate with merely sixty-one or anything just short of the two-thirds which is required to override a Presidential veto. The same applies in the House of Representatives though it is highly likely that the House will pass the legislation with the necessary two-thirds which places the entire matter hinged on the Senate. Give the President the legislation such that he can answer with a veto before the implied deadline such that the override vote can be taken in each house of Congress. Assuming it has the votes in the House of Representatives, the Senate will be under the microscope. The crux of the matter is that Senators and Representatives are permitted to change their votes and vote anew on the override motion. The Democrats who are voting against the original legislation blocking the Iran Treaty will have passed their duty to vote as instructed by the leader of their party and can now be freed to vote their consciences. This could provide an overwhelming retort to the Presidential overreach by overriding the veto and declaring a line which the Congress had drawn and beyond which the President will have been refused crossing.

 

Then comes the difficult part as it will take immeasurable courage and intestinal fortitude as it is almost guaranteed that President Obama will not only step over that line but will obliterate the line and challenge the Congressional override vote. President Obama might even go so far as to address the nation directly and explain why it has come to the place where the Congress is to be ignored for the good of the country and the world and that the President acting under some form of war powers and the Commander in Chief will proceed ignoring the pesky temper tantrum of the traitors in Congress who question the President’s powers and ability to act where the Congress is too timid to go as somebody has to be the adult, act as the parent over the children, unruly children in the Congress who may have thought they had gotten the last word in this disagreement. Then comes the question of will the Congress perform its duty and rein in this President gone rogue on the Constitution and the Congress. This audacity by the President leads to the one place all his previous actions of overreach and abuses of power have been leading to from day one of his Presidency. All the rewrites and selective enforcement of complete sections of the Affordable Care Act which has proven to be anything but that, his tearing up treaties from previous administrations which had received the necessary support from Congress and the former President, his ignoring or refusing to enforce actual legal acts from previous administrations simply because of the President having a problem with the laws as written and passed, his complete refusal to accept legal limits placed upon the President as a part of his Presidency under Constitutional limitations and requirements and then comes the most grievous of the President ignoring his responsibilities, or perhaps the President had rewritten the President’s responsibilities to suit his political outlook. The President unilaterally killed the completion of the building of the F-22 Raptors claiming the inferior F-35 Joint Strike Fighter would serve the United States just fine. He then moved the United States Naval Fifth Fleet in order to surrender United States influence or ability to enforce or carry out obligations under treaties the fleet’s responsibility for assuring the commercial trade waterways remain open (especially the Straits of Hormuz and the Suez Canal, the Bab-el-Mandeb) and supporting the United States treaty obligations in the heart of the Middle East leaving these essential waterways to the protection and desires of Iran with the Fifth Fleet stationed in the western waters of the Indian Ocean.

 

 

Obama World and he can hold the whole thing like a basketball but just like a basketball he is clueless what to do with it

Obama World and he can hold the whole thing like a basketball but just like a basketball he is clueless what to do with it

 

 

All of these and many more have led to this point and there is one last possibility which the Congress should demand exercising their oversight. It is vitally important to determine whether President Obama has acted in a manner completely counter to the ability of the United States to protect itself by presenting a credible deterrent to a nuclear strike against the United States. Should the President have cut personnel responsible for the upkeep of the United States nuclear arsenal, it is entirely possible that the majority of United States nuclear warheads are currently inoperable or questionable. The majority may be requiring an overhaul if not a complete modernization and upgrade. The forces responsible for this highly important and discreet task-force whose activities being necessarily kept so quiet that their concerns are likely have such a long chain of command that any complaint or warning would have been stonewalled before reaching the White House by arrangement of the White House. These forces have been cut by Presidential and Department of Defense orders making the upkeep in doubt. This would have been a backdoor manner by which the President could have kept his promise to disarm the United States nuclear weapons systems even if he was unable to get the other nuclear powers to also commit to such reductions. The President felt that if the United States disarmed then the rest of the world would follow suit and any nation seeking nuclear weapons would have a change of heart and stop their program. Somehow the Russian and Chinese must not have received the memo as both nations have drastically increased their resources poured into modernizing and restructuring their nuclear weapons systems replacing spent nuclear material and replacing the cores and upgrading their designs and the ICBMs which would deliver these weapons. The upgraded ICBM missile bodies have superior guidance and tracking enabling them to take a constantly seemingly erratic path to their targets to confuse and confound intercepting systems leading to a greater numbers penetrating through to strike said targets. What if the United States no longer possesses a functioning deterrent system which is capable, or potentially, even actually functional. We can trust that the world did not follow President Obama’s plans for a nuclear free world even if he managed to present to the world a nearly nuclear free United States, something repairable.

 

Such malfeasance might be permitted to go unanswered or kept from the public but is such something the nation desires continue? The Congress should finally act responsibly, at long last, and pass legislation and then followed by overriding a Presidential veto, thus forcing the passage of legislation denying United States complying willingly and preventing United States interests from doing business with Iran thus reducing their cash flow. Unfortunately, this is not how President Obama is likely to act. The President is more likely to pursue his preconceived views completely ignoring the Congressional actions. This should lead to at least the holding of impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives where the President will have forced the confrontation of President Obama against the Congress and the Constitution, both of which he has treated with complete contempt and arrogantly demanded that he would act and continue to act in complete breach of trust and unscrupulously. Once the House of Representatives has passed by a simple majority vote the Articles of Impeachment, the Senate is tasked with conducting a trial. Then should the Senate vote to convict by a two thirds majority, or sixty-seven Senators in favor of Impeachment, then Joe Biden will be sworn in as President and potentially running as the incumbent in the November 2016 elections. Below are the complete list of steps for Impeachment as laid out at The History Place – Presidential Impeachments.

 

Modern Impeachment Procedure:


1) Impeachment resolutions made by members of the House of Representatives are turned over to the House Judiciary Committee which decides whether the resolution and its allegations of wrongdoing by the President merits a referral to the full House for a vote on launching a formal impeachment inquiry.


2) The entire House of Representatives votes for or against a formal impeachment inquiry, needing only a simple majority (a single vote) for approval.


3) If approved, the House Judiciary Committee conducts an investigation to determine (similar to a grand jury) if there is enough evidence to warrant articles of impeachment (indictments) against the President. The Committee then drafts articles of impeachment pertaining to specific charges supported by the evidence. The Committee votes on each article of impeachment, deciding whether to refer each article to the full House for a vote.


4) If the House Judiciary Committee refers one or more articles of impeachment, the entire House of Representatives votes on whether the article(s) merit a trial in the Senate, needing only a simple majority for approval.


5) If the full House approves at least one article of impeachment, the President is technically impeached and the matter is referred to the U.S. Senate. The House then appoints members of Congress to act as managers (prosecutors).


6) The trial of the President is held in the Senate with the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court presiding. The President can be represented by anyone he chooses. He may appear personally or leave his defense in the hands of his lawyers.


7) The entire Senate may conduct the trial or it or it may be delegated to a special committee which would report all the evidence to the full Senate.


8) The actual trial is conducted in a courtroom-like proceeding including examination and cross-examination of witnesses. During questioning, Senators remain silent, directing all questions in writing to the Chief Justice.


9) After hearing all of the evidence and closing arguments, the Senate deliberates behind closed doors then votes in open session on whether to convict or acquit the President. The vote to convict must be by a two thirds majority, or 67 Senators. If this occurs, the President is removed from office and is succeeded by the Vice President. The Senate’s verdict is final and there is no right of appeal.

 

 

Qwertster attempting to sound nearly as profound and grand as one of his most admired wordsmiths Winston Churchill

 

The events will be very interesting, especially the actual trial with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court presiding over the Senate with likely all fifty members attending the entirety of the proceedings along with the majority of Americans as well as the free world. This would be the largest television audience since, or likely exceeding, the televised first man on the moon and the landing on the moon, the first steps and the iconic quote by Neil Armstrong, “One small step for (a) man; one giant leap for all mankind!” The modesty intended was accidentally left out in the actual speaking but such can be expected knowing what kinds of emotions must have been completely overwhelming and that fact he could speak at all is a small miracle. The references to Armstrong’s statement ever since usually include the skipped “a” in his short but poignant and historic statement as there can never be another first man to step onto the moon or step onto a body in space other than the Earth. We will have to be patient for the first person to step on another planet or other space firsts which will hopefully become a vision for the future sooner rather than later.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

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