Statement on Iran #2

 Posted by at 16:19  Middle East, Politics
Jun 232009
 

President Obama opened his press conference today with a statement on the current situation in Iran. It was consistent with his earlier statement. Here’s video from today, with Persian subtitles:

A transcript (in English) follows the break, along with the full video and transcript of today’s press conference.

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Iran situation

 Posted by at 15:54  Middle East, Politics
Jun 212009
 

The Republicans are all over the place today complaining that President Obama’s stand on the situation in Iran is not strong enough. The words that all of them are using are “timid” and “passive.” Remember, this is coming from the people who made such a shambles of the “war on terrorism.”

While there is little doubt that the recent presidential election in Iran was rigged, I think it is important to remember that Iran is not a United States territory. It would be interesting to know what kind of response the Republicans want the President to come up with here. Until and unless Iran attacks either us or one of our allies, we really do not have the right to launch an attack against the regime currently in control of that country. That point seems to matter little to Republicans, however. Remember, Iraq never attacked us either. So, Republicans, what say you? Should we send in the Marines? Is it time for some “shock and awe” in Tehran?

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina is:

A) A tool.
B) A tool.
C) A tool.
D) All of the above.

In this second video, he recites the Republican talking points against health care reform:

Chris Dodd, by the way, shows Lindsey Graham to be the complete fool in both segments.

Also see: “In Poll, Wide Support for Government-Run Health.”
 

Statement on Iran

 Posted by at 15:21  Middle East, Politics
Jun 202009
 

The White House just released the following:

Statement from the President on Iran

The Iranian government must understand that the world is watching. We mourn each and every innocent life that is lost. We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people. The universal rights to assembly and free speech must be respected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights.

As I said in Cairo, suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away. The Iranian people will ultimately judge the actions of their own government. If the Iranian government seeks the respect of the international community, it must respect the dignity of its own people and govern through consent, not coercion.

Martin Luther King once said – “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” I believe that. The international community believes that. And right now, we are bearing witness to the Iranian peoples’ belief in that truth, and we will continue to bear witness.

See: “Iranian Police Clash With Protesters.”
 

Jul 212008
 

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Can you just imagine the screaming and outrage from the right had it been Barack Obama showing this level of ignorance? It seems to be alright, though, when it comes from Senior Citizen McCain.

See also: “McCain shows his expertise on foreign policy.” The old codger also believes that Czechoslovakia still exists.

Cheney pissed

 Posted by at 16:52  Middle East, Politics
Dec 032007
 

Dick Cheney is not a happy camper today.

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All his hopes and dreams of a war with Iran have gone out the window…

U.S. Says Iran Ended Atomic Arms Work

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 — A new assessment by American intelligence agencies concludes that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 and that the program remains frozen, contradicting judgment two years ago that Tehran was working relentlessly toward building a nuclear bomb.

The conclusions of the new assessment are likely to reshape the final year of the Bush administration, which has made halting Iran’s nuclear program a cornerstone of its foreign policy.

The assessment, a National Intelligence Estimate that represents the consensus view of all 16 American spy agencies, states that Tehran is likely keeping its options open with respect to building a weapon, but that intelligence agencies “do not know whether it currently intends to develop nuclear weapons.”

Iran is continuing to produce enriched uranium, a program that the Tehran government has said is designed for civilian purposes. The new estimate says that enrichment program could still provide Iran with enough raw material to produce a nuclear weapon sometime by the middle of next decade, a timetable essentially unchanged from previous estimates.

But the new estimate declares with “high confidence” that a military-run Iranian program intended to transform that raw material into a nuclear weapon has been shut down since 2003, and also says with high confidence that the halt “was directed primarily in response to increasing international scrutiny and pressure.”

The estimate does not say when American intelligence agencies learned that the weapons program had been halted, but a statement issued by Donald Kerr, the principal director of national intelligence, said the document was being made public “since our understanding of Iran’s capabilities has changed.”

Rather than painting Iran as a rogue, irrational nation determined to join the club of nations with the bomb, the estimate states Iran’s “decisions are guided by a cost-benefit approach rather than a rush to a weapon irrespective of the political, economic and military costs.” The administration called new attention to the threat posed by Iran earlier this year when President Bush had suggested in October that a nuclear-armed Iran could lead to “World War III” and Vice President Dick Cheney promised “serious consequences” if the government in Tehran did not abandon its nuclear program.

Yet at the same time officials were airing these dire warnings about the Iranian threat, analysts at the Central Intelligence Agency were secretly concluding that Iran’s nuclear weapons work halted years ago and that international pressure on the Islamic regime in Tehran was working.

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