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September 30, 2013

John Bolton: 'First Syria, now Iran; Obama being played for a fool'

Topics: Iran, Political News and commentaries

b1-kahlili-iran-nuke-flag-gg_s160x350.jpgJohn Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the UN and a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute aptly nails Barack Obama's current folly with Iran for what it indeed is - he's being played for a fool:

The Syrian diplomatic and political debacle was bad enough, but last week at the UN President Obama embarked on a campaign for "progress" with Iran that will prove much more dangerous for American interests.

Just as Vladimir Putin had played him for a fool over Syria, Barack Obama was initially snubbed by Iranian President Hassan Rowhani despite frantic White House efforts to produce a handshake.

On Friday, after a brief Obama-Rowhani telephone call, Obama said that a "comprehensive solution" between countries is possible.

And this despite the previous day's meeting of foreign ministers, including Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran's Mohammad Javad Zarif, that was little more than a photo-op.

Obama's yearning fits smoothly into the PR campaign by President Rowhani, Iran's new frontman.

The campaign has included showcasing Iran's only Jewish parliamentarian (a staunch opponent of Israel), offering dialogue with the West (catnip for the gullible), and a soothing Washington Post op-ed.

Separating propaganda, hype and disinformation from Iran's real objectives is critical.

Unfortunately, too many already believe that Rowhani's election marked a substantive rather than a cosmetic policy shift. Instead of blustering about Iran's nuclear program and threatening Israel, Rowhani has sounded conciliatory, carefully using his first weeks in office to cloud Western memories of his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

President Rowhani knows what his Western audience wants to hear. As Iran's chief nuclear negotiator in 2003-05, he followed the same playbook and it worked. By offering what appeared to be concessions, Iran acquired precious time and legitimacy to overcome scientific and technical glitches in its nuclear-weapons program.

In articles and speeches, Rowhani boasted of his successes. In 2006, he taunted the West, saying "by creating a calm environment, we were able to complete the work on (uranium-conversion facility) Isfahan".

Even such open disdain has not triggered enough US or European embarrassment to protect against being suckered again. Iran's "moderates" are now targeting the Obama soft spot in Western opposition to Iran's nuclear program - and methodically exploiting it.

Much more here.

Bolton isn't alone in his opinion on what Iran has in mind. Going by history alone says Bolton is right ... Obama is once again being played for a fool.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) traces Iran's nuclear arms ambitions as far back as 1984, when current supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was president and Iran was at war with Iraq. At a top-level meeting at that time, Khamenei endorsed a nuclear weapons program, saying "a nuclear arsenal would serve Iran as a deterrent in the hands of God's soldiers." And given Iran's long history ever since of using negotiations and proposals to buy time while it continues the development of nuclear weapons and missiles capable of delivering them.

And despite Iran's President Rouhani's claims to the contrary, as Reza Kahlili (a pseudonym for a former CIA operative in Iran's Revolutionary Guards and author of "A Time to Betray") points out, Rouhani is a wolf in sheep's clothing with the clear intent of using continued deception to allow time for Iran to complete it's development of nucear weapons:

Mr. Rouhani's election was orchestrated by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for a specific mission: buy time so the Islamic regime can complete its nuclear-weapons program, according to a former intelligence officer who defected to a Scandinavian country.

A second goal is to persuade the United States to relieve some of the crippling sanctions as a sign of good faith. Iran's economic situation has deteriorated to the point that officials have warned of the possibility of food rationing. Inflation is rampant, and unemployment growing.

And Rouhani has even bragged about deceiving and lying in the past:
Though the new government is trying to paint an image of moderation, almost all aspects of the regime are controlled by the supreme leader. As I revealed on YouTube Monday,
"We did not stop. We completed the program." He said Iran's nuclear activity was under the supervision of the supreme leader and that he, as Ayatollah Khamenei's representative, was to make sure of this deceit.
Kahlili continues with this warning:
[...] Today, Iran has more than 10,000 centrifuges spinning at its Natanz facility and has stockpiled enough low-enriched uranium for six nuclear bombs while its stock of the higher-enriched uranium is constantly rising.

By his own confession, Mr. Rouhani clearly proved that the Islamic regime never intended to engage in serious negotiations, but was intent on building nuclear weapons.

Decade-long negotiations have been fruitless, and all the U.N. resolutions and even harsh sanctions have not forced the tyrannical clerics to abandon their goal of a nuclear-armed state.

The regime thinks that the United States and the West will not risk war and disruption of the global economy to thwart Iran's image of moderation, the West might back off on some of its sanctions without Iran taking a meaningful step toward accommodation.

It's only a matter of time before Iran successfully arms its ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads, which will change the geopolitics of the region and the world. Reports indicate that by next year, Iran will have completed its nuclear bomb program, its intercontinental ballistic-missile program, putting the United States within its reach. Its heavy-water plant will provide the regime a second path to nuclear arms by way of plutonium. Global security and the global economy will become hostages to the radicals in Iran.

Read Kahlili's entire piece here.

Almost as if to make Bolton's point for him in advance of his article, MEMRI had a piece out a couple of days ago titled, "The Success Of The New Iranian Strategy (I) - The U.S. Administration Swallows The Lie About Khamenei's 'Fatwa' Against Nuclear Arms":

In his address to the U.N. General Assembly (September 24, 2013), U.S. President Barack Obama stated: "The Supreme Leader has issued a fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons."[1] In fact, such a fatwa was never issued by Supreme Leader Khamenei and does not exist; neither the Iranian regime nor anybody else can present it.

The deception regarding "Khamenei's fatwa" has been promoted by the Iranian regime and its spokesmen for several years. Each time it was mentioned, the "fatwa" was given a different year of issue -- for example, 2005, 2007, or 2012 -- but the text of the "fatwa" was never presented.

MEMRI has conducted in-depth research with regard to this "fatwa" and has published reports demonstrating that it is a fiction.

Read the whole piece here.

It's not bad enough that Barack Obama has essentially destroyed the America we once knew, by the time he leaves office the whole Middle East is likely to have been lost to Islamists with their sights set on turning the whole damn world into their caliphate with the means to do it. Keep in mind that Syria is Iran's closest strategic ally and launching pad for to pursue its regional (and global) interests.

Posted by Hyscience at September 30, 2013 3:59 PM

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