January 8, 2013
Iran's Islamist Regime Supports Obama's Pick of Hagel for Secretary of DefenseTopics:
Iranian officials are clearly happy over Obama's pick as Secretary of Defense, fully expecting Hagel will usher in a new era of US foreign policy (they speak of "practical changes" ... meaning giving Iran a pass on its building nuclear weapons to annihilate Israel and threaten the West) .
Iran's Fars News reports (Emphasis mine):
Iran on Tuesday expressed the hope that Washington's foreign policy will witness practical changes after US officials announced that President Barack Obama will nominate Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary.While Iran is "hopeful" over Hagel ... for obvious reasons ... Israel, on the other hand, is at best, less than "hopeful." Hagel's positions on Iran's nuclear program and relations with the Palestinians are at odds with Israel's interests.
"We hope that practical changes will be created in the US foreign policy and the US officials' approach will change to respect the nations' rights," Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast told reporters in Tehran on Tuesday.
"We hope that the US officials will favor peace instead of warmongering and recognize the rights of nations instead of interfering in the countries' internal affairs," he said.
"If such a trend is adopted (by the American officials), hatred for the US hostile policies will decrease, although assessment can be made in action," the spokesman said.
Tehran has been under Washington sanctions after the 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled a US-backed monarch in the country.
Stanley Kurtz sums up the ominous significance of Obama's pick of Hagel in his "The Damage is Done":
President Obama's decision to nominate former Sen. Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense confirms and reinforces a series of unfortunate developments in both American foreign policy and domestic politics.Keep reading here.
First and foremost, the Hagel nomination amounts to a green light for Iran's nuclear weapons program. Sensible observers should already have known that Obama was unlikely to take military action against Iran's nuclear facilities. Yet privately and publicly, a number of American policy hands continued to suspect that a surprise strike was possible or even likely, which means that prudent Iranian observers would have feared the same. Now the Hagel nomination very publicly sends the message that there will be no American strike. Even in the unlikely event that the nomination were to fail, the critical point about the president's intentions has been made. No matter how many times President Obama tells Iran that "all options are on the table," they'll know he doesn't mean it.
Hagel's controversial remarks about Israel also make it likely that the confirmation battle will deepen American confusion about the significance of Iran's nuclear weapons program. Naturally, we should be greatly concerned about the implications of an Iranian bomb for Israel's security. Yet bracketing the question of Israel, a nuclear Iran poses a direct and profound threat to America's own interests. Constant discussion of Iran's nuclear ambition in the context of the danger posed to Israel has obscured that critical point.
An Iranian bomb means nuclear proliferation throughout the Middle East. There will be many more bombs in the hands of unstable and sometimes radical regimes with poor command-and-control mechanisms in place. With multiple nuclear devices, perhaps many from similar sources (like Pakistan), it will become tougher to trace bombs back to their country of origin. All this will greatly increase the likelihood that either completed nuclear bombs or nuclear material for a dirty bomb will be handed off to terrorists. Those weapons would as likely be used against the United States as against Israel.
Iranian possession of nuclear weapons will also make it far riskier for America to take military action against threats to the world's oil supply. Saddam Hussein always said that he ought to have waited until he had a bomb before invading Kuwait. With a bomb, Iran will find it easier to destabilize Gulf state oil producers, perhaps using Shiite minorities there as proxies. That could give Iran significant control over the flow of the world's oil, and through it the world's economy.
In other words, what can we now expect? The collapse of the Arab Spring sinks in, Iran develops a bomb, nuclear weapons proliferate throughout the Middle East, and the world's oil supply and economy is increasingly destabilized.
Posted by Hyscience at January 8, 2013 10:00 AM
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