Saturday, September 21, 2013

IRAN: 6 Months From Bomb Making

Nadene Goldfoot                                                               

Forget the media spin that is coming out about Iran.  Iran is only 6 months away from developing a bomb, and that would be  a nuclear one.  So pronounced Yuval Steinitz, Israel's minister for strategic affairs on Friday.  There is no more time to hold negotiations.

Evidently Washington's "all options on the table" hasn't done it.  Iran knows they have room to maneuver.  They're sending out their "moderate" president, Hasan Rouhani,  to calm everyone down and stop chomping at their heels. He doesn't come up with those horrid adjectives to describe Israel like Ahmadinejad did.   He's snowing many people, but not Israel. A leopard doesn't change his spots, and we all know that it's the Ayatollah who rules this country.  

One who seems to be  buying into the suggestion that Iran is just using nuclear energy to make medical devices or whatnot is President Barack Hussein Obama II who sent Rouhani a private letter.  He has also renewed discussions in Washington about negotiations to lift sanctions against Iran.  Giving up, already?  

Therefore, Rouhani was interviewed this week by NBC.  He sounds like he is so willing to engage in diplomacy about it.  Netanyahu's comment was that he wasn't fooled by his words.  "The test is not in what Rouhani says, but in the deeds of the Iranian regime, which continues to advance its nuclear program with vigor."  Netanyahu had said earlier that he thought Rouhani was a wolf in sheep's clothing.  

Netanyahu has a September 30th meeting with Obama in Washington and has to make a speech to the UN General Assembly.  He'll make Iran's nuclear development his focus.  The USA and Israel have had the same goal of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.  They do disagree on the timetable and how to prevent this, though.

Israel sees such a bomb a great threat to their existence and is for a more forceful and immediate military option.  

One would have thought that Obama was pressing for a military option on Syria's chemical warfare that has killed so many children, but he backed out of that deal already, giving Syria time to do something with the arsenal.  One has to remember that he was a contender for the presidency that was against war.  What was odd was that he was willing to strike and run  in Syria with the "no boots on the ground."

Of all the horrible threats that Israel is up against, the Iranian A bomb is the most lethal.  Netanyahu knows that no one will come to help Israel if they lose the ability to defend themselves.  Israel has the 4th best army in the world.  One A bomb could wipe them out.  This is  more than a serious situation because Iran has threatened Israel in the worst ways.  

One thing hanging over our heads in the USA is that by October we'll have run out of our spending money.  That does curtail any activity.  Our Senate and House just aren't seeing things the same way, either.  This is another first in our country.  Obama's trying to create a Utopia for us all  as far as health insurance goes which is very expensive.  He can't accomplish what Israel has for its citizens, but then Israel is only as big as  New Jersey, 5th smallest of the 50 states in the USA.  .  

Resource:  Oregonian newspaper, 9/21/13 page A4, Israeli leader scoffs at Iran's overtures by Jodi Rudgren, NY Times, and Syria meets first deadline in chemical weapons deal by Nick Cumming-Bruce NY Times

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