Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Last Days of Hillary

Hillary Clinton’s worst punishment 

will be her failure.

Daniel Greenfield

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.

Hillary Clinton has spent a third of her adult life trying to become president. All for nothing.
The first time around, she wasted $200 million just to lose to Obama. $11 million of that money came from the notoriously "flat broke" couple. This time around she was determined to take no chances. 
Together with her husband she built up a massive war chest using money from foreign governments and speaking fees from non-profits, funneled into her own dirty non-profit and a complex network of unofficial organizations staffed by Clinton loyalists, secured an unofficial endorsement from Obama and carefully avoided answering questions or taking positions on anything. There was no way she could lose.
Now she’s losing all over again.
Hillary has a ton of money, but can’t buy the nomination. She’s spending a quarter of a million a day on a campaign operation with no actual organized opposition to speak of. Even before Biden officially enters the race, she’s falling behind the joke candidacy of Bernie Sanders in key states.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign has spent tens of millions of dollars without making an impact. She spent almost a million on polling only to see her poll numbers drop every week. She dropped $2 million on ads about her mother to try to make women like her. It didn’t work. Nothing is working anymore.
Obama gave Biden his blessing to run. White House spokesman Josh Earnest praised Joe Biden to reporters, saying that there is “no one in American politics today who has a better understanding of exactly what is required to mount a successful national presidential campaign.”
It wasn’t a subtle message.
Earnest suggested that Obama might endorse a Democratic primary candidate. Despite the deal that the Clintons made in which Bill would campaign for Obama in 2012 in exchange for a Hillary endorsement, it’s looking less and less likely like that he will back Hillary Clinton. Instead Biden appears to be his man.
Biden is already polling better than Hillary in a national election. With Obama’s backing, he can strip away Hillary’s minority vote while Bernie Sanders takes the leftist vote. Hillary Clinton is already doubling down on gender politics by accusing pro-life Republicans of being terrorists, but it won’t work.
It didn’t work last time. It won’t work this time. Once again, Hillary has lost.
The only lesson that Hillary Clinton drew from her last election was to double down on all the things she did wrong. Her organization was big last time so she made it even bigger. It got so big that the different Super PACs were fighting each other over fundraising for her campaign. She had lots of money last time, so she was determined to have even more money this time. But that money has been wasted paying an army of useless people who couldn’t even do something as basic as produce a good logo.
Hillary Clinton was paranoid, controlling and dishonest last time. She decided to be twice as paranoid and dishonest this time around and it destroyed her image and her campaign. 

Even before the rope lines and the interview boycotts, the media hated her. Once she began to aggressively shut out the media, its personalities gleefully reported on every email server scandal detail that her enemies in the White House fed to the New York Times and other administration mouthpieces. 
It wasn’t a vast right wing conspiracy or even a more real left wing conspiracy that destroyed Hillary Clinton. If she were a stronger candidate, Obama and the left would have fallen in line behind her.
Once again, Hillary Clinton destroyed her own candidacy. The latest Quinnipiac poll shows that the top three words people associate with her are “liar,” “dishonest” and “untrustworthy.” If she hadn’t planned a cover-up before there was even anything to cover up and then responded to its disclosure with a series of terrible press conferences climaxing in asking reporters if they meant that she had wiped her email server with a cloth, her old reputation might have stayed buried long enough to win an election.
Now Hillary is right back where she was last time around. She has lots of money, but no one likes her. She’s trying to build a cult of personality, but none of the myriads of people who work for her will tell her the truth about her personality. She inspires no one and there’s no actual reason to vote for her.
With her popularity rapidly vanishing, Hillary is moving to her Führerbunker. Her aides plan to absorb defeats in early states and concentrate all the money and organization on crushing the opposition on Super Tuesday. They’re conceding that Hillary isn’t going to out-campaign her rivals individually, but are betting that her war machine is big enough to destroy them in eleven states at the same time.
Hillary still hasn’t learned that she can’t just buy an election. And she may not have the money to buy it. Donors lost a lot of money funding her failed campaign last time. They came on board again because they were convinced that she had a smooth ride to the nomination. Once Biden enters the race, donors will wait rather than pour more money into the struggling campaign of an unpopular candidate.
And many of the Obama donors who haven’t committed to Hillary will open their wallets for Biden.
ClintonWorld is an expensive theme park to run. All those staffers the Clintons have picked up have to be paid. And the Clintons can’t stop paying them because they have no true loyalists, only mercenaries. If their checks don’t clear, they’ll be working for Biden or O’Malley before you can say "Whitewater."
It will take that machine some time to slow to a halt. Hillary Clinton burned through $200 million fighting Obama. Elections have only gotten more expensive since then. But her donors will learn the hard way that money alone can’t make an unlikable politician with no charisma or compelling message, president.
Hillary Clinton doesn’t have a message, she has ambition. Her obsession with becoming president has overshadowed any reason that anyone might have to vote for her. She offers no hope and less change. Her candidacy is historic… but only for her. There is no promise she can make that anyone will believe.
After having spent much of her life trying to become president, she will leave once again a failure. 
Some are hoping that Hillary will go to jail. But the anger, frustration and bitterness that will gnaw on her after wasting decades and a small fortune on two failed efforts to win the White House in which she had every advantage only to lose before even leaving the starting gate will be worse than any prison.
In January 2017, Hillary Clinton will be sitting in front of a television set watching someone else take the oath of office. Nothing the penal system has to offer would be a harsher punishment than that moment.

Deputy fatally shot from behind at Houston gas station

This undated photo provided by the Harris County Sheriff's Office shows sheriff's deputy Darren Goforth who was fatally shot Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Goforth, was pumping gas into his vehicle when a man approached him from behind and fired multiple shots, Harris County Sheriff's Office spokesman Ryan Sullivan told The Associated Press. (Harris County Sheriff's Office via AP)
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HOUSTON (AP) — A sheriff's deputy in uniform was shot and killed Friday night while filling up his patrol car at a suburban Houston gas station, according to authorities.

Deputy Darren Goforth, 47, was pumping gas into his vehicle about 8:30 p.m. Friday when a man approached him from behind and fired multiple shots, Harris County Sheriff's Office spokesman Ryan Sullivan told The Associated Press. Once the deputy fell to the ground, the suspect fired more shots.
Police described the suspect as a dark-complexioned male who is believed to be between 20 and 25 years old, and stands about 5-foot-10 to 6-feet tall. He was wearing a white T-shirt and red shorts and driving a red or maroon pickup-style truck with an extended cab. Police said an intensive search for the suspect remained ongoing Saturday morning.
No motive was determined for the shooting. Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said Goforth, who was a 10-year veteran of the force, had a wife and two children.
"In my 45 years in law enforcement, I can't recall another incident so cold-blooded and cowardly," Hickman said.
Sheriff's office spokesman Deputy Thomas Gilliland said Goforth had traveled to the Chevron station where the shooting happened, after earlier responding to a routine car accident.
"He was pumping gas into his vehicle. and the male suspect came up behind him and shot the deputy multiple times," Gilliland told the Houston Chronicle. "The deputy fell to ground. the suspect came over and shot the deputy again multiple times as he lay on the ground."
He said Goforth died at the scene. Detectives were checking security camera video for possible clues.
"We are actively searching for suspect right now," Gilliland said. "I can tell you with diligence and justice the suspect will be caught. And he will be brought to justice ... This is a very callous individual."
Harris County Sheriff's deputies and homicide investigators joined officers from other agencies, including the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Houston Police Department, in searching for the suspect.
"This is a very tough moment right now for the Harris County Sheriffs Office," Gilliland said. "Keep us in your prayers and in your thoughts."
Bob Goerlitz, president of the Harris County Deputies Organization, said the incident was "shocking."
"We've been warned of things like this, because of public sentiment nationally and events over the last few years ... It's just horrific. That's the only way to describe it."

Friday, August 28, 2015

Where Did America Go?


Video Coffee Break

Merle Haggard

Where Did America Go? 

 

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A bit of history and some tidbits,
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This Day In Naval History - August 26
1775 - Rhode Island Resolve: Rhode Island delegates to Continental Congress press for creation of Continental Navy to protect the colonies
1839: The brig USS Washington seizes the Spanish slaver Amistad, near Montauk Point, N.Y. The Africans are held on murder charges due to their prior seizure of the ship in July. The case goes to the Supreme Court in Jan. 1841, and former President John Quincy Adams successfully argues the defendants' case.
1861 - Union amphibious force lands near Hatteras, NC
1865 - Civil War ends with Naval strength over 58,500 men and 600 ships
 
On this date in history.....
Thanks to Hal -

1305 William Wallace, c. 33, Scottish patriot, half-hanged, castrated, eviscerated, and his bowels burnt before him, beheaded, & then cut into four parts
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I don't think Hollywood showed that part in 'Braveheart' with Mel Gibson.

Hal
 
This Week in American Military History:
From the flag's first action to the Japanese surrender by  W. Thomas Smith Jr.
 
Aug. 28, 1862:  The Second battle of Bull Run (known to many Southerners as Second Manassas) opens between Union Army forces under the command of Maj.
Gen. John Pope and Confederate forces under Maj. Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall"
Jackson (Gen. Robert E. Lee in overall command).
Within days, Confederate forces will drive Union forces from the field, not unlike what happened at First Bull Run /Manassas on July 21, 1861.
 
Aug. 28, 1972:  U.S. Air Force Capt. Richard Stephen Richie, flying an F-4 Phantom, shoots down his fifth MiG over North Vietnam, becoming the Air Force's first ace of the war.
But to hear Richie tell it, it was just a ride. "My fifth MiG kill was an exact duplicate of a syllabus mission, so I had not only flown that as a student, but had taught it probably a dozen times prior to actually doing it in combat," he says.
 
Sept. 2, 1901:  Medal of Honor recipient and U.S. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt delivers a speech at the Minnesota State Fair in which he says, "A good many of you are probably acquainted with the old proverb, 'Speak softly and carry a big stick – you will go far.' If a man continually blusters, if he lacks civility, a big stick will not save him from trouble, and neither will speaking softly avail, if back of the softness there does not lie strength, power."
In four days, Pres. William McKinley will be mortally wounded by an assassin's
 
Sept. 2, 1945:  A delegation from the defeated Japanese Empire sign the documents of surrender about the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
Gen. Douglas MacArthur , a Medal of Honor recipient and Supreme Allied Commander in the Pacific, says, "Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always. These proceedings are closed."
World War II is over.
 
Sept. 3, 1777:  The Battle of Cooch's Bridge (a.k.a. the Battle of Iron
Hill) – the only pitched battle of the American Revolution to be fought in Delaware – opens between Continental Army and militia forces under the command of Brig. Gen. William Maxwell and a combined force of British, Hessian, and Ansbach soldiers under the overall command of British Gen. Sir Charles Cornwallis (and under the immediate tactical command of Hessian Lt.
Col. Ludwig von Wurmb).
Though a British victory, which devolved into a savage close-quarters engagement, the Battle of Cooch's Bridge is significant as the first time the Stars-and-Stripes is flown in action.
 
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Thanks to Carl
(Now this is a good story!!)
How a sportswear billionaire lent his private jet to the mothers of the American heroes so they could get to Paris in time to see their sons honored
 
Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle lent his private jet to the three mothers of the American heroes
At least one mother didn't have a passport and his pilot worked with the State Department to resolve the issue
Boyle and his wife, Mary, greeted the women before taking off
Women arrived in Paris in enough time to see their sons honored
 
 
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AWESOME……….
 
Interesting piece of work
A quick lesson in History!
 
This is worth the two minutes (A quick lesson in History!)
 
Seventeen year old Joe Bush got a high school assignment to make a video
reproduction.
He chose history as a theme and tucked it all into two minutes.
Joe took pictures from the Internet; added the sound track "Mind Heist"
by Zack Hemsey (from the movie Interception) and came up with this.
 
Incredible work for a 17-year old. Just finding the pictures was a
formidable task.
 
Hold on to your seat.  This moves  fast.
Don't blink --         not even for a second & sound on!
 
 
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Thanks to Carl
 
 I Can Almost Smell the Exhaust!
Pratt & Whitney R-4360-20 first start
 
Below, you will find a great test stand video of the Pratt & Whitney 4360 Wasp engine introduced in 1944.
 
Basically, the engine was 28-cylinder four-row air cooled radial engine. Each row of pistons was slightly offset from the previous, forming a semi-helical arrangement to facilitate efficient airflow cooling of the successive rows of cylinders, with the spiraled cylinder setup inspiring the engine's "corncob" nickname. A mechanical superchargergeared at 6.374:1 ratio to engine speed provided forced induction, while the propellerwas geared at 0.375:1 so that the tips did not reach inefficient supersonic speeds. Initially, it developed 3,000 horsepower, later models gave 3,500 horsepower.
The 4360 powered the B-50, successor to the B-29 and later the B-36, to name a few. And although reliable in flight, the Wasp Major was maintenance-intensive.Improper starting technique could foul all 56 spark plugs, which would require hours to clean or replace. As with most piston aircraft engines of the era, the time between overhauls of the Wasp Major was about 600 hours when used in commercial service.
 
Why am I sending this to you? Because it looks and sounds neat. That's all. Just a test stand video of a newly restored engine. But turn the speakers all the way up. Bask in the roar of twenty-eight cylinders belching the sound of freedom. Also, the sound will most likely clear out the cat, your wife and any other extemporaneous people not accustomed to military sounds and the glorious roar of a Pratt & Whitney "round" engine. As the Warbird people say, "Jets are for kids."  Also catch the comments below the video screen.
 
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Thanks to Marathon
 
 
Military kit through the ages: from the Battle of Hastings to Helmand
From the crude weaponry and armour of the Battle of Hastings, to the high-tech kit of modern conflict, a new photographic survey explores the personal equipment carried by the common British soldier through the past 1,000 years
 
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Thanks to Marathon -
 
This set of 100 quick movie clips in under 11 minutes they are sooo cool you will know them immediately. . 
Some of the "best and most memorable lines ever."
 
 
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Nobody cared if some ignorant rich businessman was appointed ambassador to some third world hell hole. But Norway, Hungary, Argentina, and now Japan are first world countries, important to our economic growth and national security. To appoint an air head celebrity to represent our interests in the 4th largest economy in the world and a vital strategic lynchpin in an unsettled part of the world borders on lunacy.
August 26, 2015
Inspector General excoriates Caroline Kennedy for mismanaging Tokyo embassy
 
Celebrity ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the former president, but someone with zero experience and knowledge of Japan, has been taken to the woodshed by the State Department's Office of Inspector General.
The OIC issued a blistering report that highlighted the mismanagement and ignorance of the ambassador and her staff, including the use of private emails for official business:
The State Department's Office of Inspector General (OIG) report said it received reports concerning the use of private email accounts for official business, and identified instances where emails labeled "sensitive but unclassified" were sent from or received by personal email accounts. 
"On the basis of these reports, OIG's Office of Evaluations and Special Projects conducted a review and confirmed that senior embassy staff, including the Ambassador, used personal email accounts to send and receive messages containing official business. In addition, OIG identified instances where emails labeled Sensitive but Unclassified were sent from, or received by, personal email accounts," the report said.
Claudia Rosette ticks off the IG's fact finding at the Tokyo embassy. It's not pretty:
To be fair, the report gives Kennedy good scores for ethics, noting that the Ambassador has "made clear" that "she wants all her activities to be conducted in accordance with U.S. government regulations." Though it's far from clear that this message has translated into practice. The report lists numerous problems of waste and mismanagement, including one that sounds especially intriguing in view of the controversy surrounding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email practices. (Boldface is mine):
 OIG's Office of Evaluations and Special Projects conducted a review and confirmed that senior embassy staff, including the Ambassador, used personal email accounts to send and receive messages containing official business. In addition, OIG identified instances where emails labeled Sensitive but Unclassified were sent from, or received by, personal email accounts.
There's a lot more, including:
 "Living Quarters Allowance Not in Compliance with the Foreign Affairs Manual"
"Actual lodging cost not properly justified"
"Premium Class Train Tavel Policy Does Not Comply With Department Regulation"
"Extra Travel Costs Inappropriately Approved for Using Indirect Routes"
"Employee Evaluation Reports do not Reflect Demonstrated Weakness"
Then there are the overarching problems that speak directly to the Embassy's impaired effectiveness in matters not just of compliance with regulations, but having to do with the formulation of U.S. foreign policy.
Buried on page 12 is the note:
Embassy Tokyo's reporting on foreign policy, regional security and bilateral issues is not meeting the needs of senior officials for in-depth, multi-sourced analysis.
The OIG report states bluntly:
The Ambassador does not have extensive experience leading and managing an institution the size of the U.S. Mission to Japan.
It's the practice of presidents going all the way back to the early 20th century to award ambassadorships to friends, cronies, and, more recently, big financial supporters. But most presidents have at least tried to pick nominees with a rudimentary understanding of the country they were being assigned.
The nominee for ambassador to Norway, for example, prompted outrage in Oslo by characterizing one of the nation's ruling parties as extremist. A soap- opera producer slated for Hungary appeared to have little knowledge of the country she would be living in. A prominent Obama bundler nominated to be ambassador to Argentina acknowledged that he had never set foot in the country and isn't fluent in Spanish.
Even former senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.), the new U.S. ambassador in Beijing, managed to raise eyebrows during his confirmation hearing by acknowledging, "I'm no real expert on China."
Nobody cared if some ignorant rich businessman was appointed ambassador to some third world hell hole. But Norway, Hungary, Argentina, and now Japan are first world countries, important to our economic growth and national security. To appoint an air head celebrity to represent our interests in the 4th largest economy in the world and a vital strategic lynchpin in an unsettled part of the world borders on lunacy. 
If war were to break out in the region and Japan attacked, our embassy would be the first line of communication with Washington. Given the IG report, the president and his advisors would be better off watching CNN to keep informed.
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 08/26/2015 AFGHANISTAN - COALITION AIR SUPPORT REMAINS KEY FACTOR, SAYS DEFENSE MINISTRY (AUG 26/TN)  TOLONEWS -- The Afghan government has acknowledged the need for foreign air support, reports Tolo News (Kabul).   "We will push foreign forces for air support if needed. But the support will be provided in harmony with our own forces," a Defense Ministry spokesman said on Monday.   Domestic forces are currently conducting 17 operations against Taliban insurgents in 16 provinces, according to the ministry.   The air support requested from the international coalition for operations in Kunduz, Badakhshan and Helmand provinces proved useful, he said.   Such air support assists in targeting militants and reduces casualties among local security forces, say analysts.  
 
  Item Number:2 Date: 08/26/2015 AFGHANISTAN - GUNMEN WEARING AFGHAN UNIFORMS KILL 2 NATO TROOPS IN HELMAND (AUG 26/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- Gunmen wearing Afghan army uniforms have killed two NATO military personnel in southern Afghanistan, reports CNN.   Coalition troops returned fire early Wednesday in Helmand province, killing the attackers, according to a statement from the alliance's Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.   NATO does not reveal the nationalities of those killed, leaving it to individual countries. Details of the attack were not available in early reports.   There was no immediate claim of responsibility.   This was the first such "insider attack" killing since April. At that time, a U.S. soldier escorting U.S. diplomatic officials was killed in the eastern province of Nangarhar by a man in an Afghan uniform.  
 
Item Number:3 Date: 08/26/2015 BANGLADESH - SEPARATISTS FROM BURMA ATTACK BORDER POST (AUG 26/XIN)  XINHUA -- More Bangladesh troops have been sent to a section of the border with Burma following an attack by Burmese separatists, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   Military sources said that the Arakan Army group attacked a Bangladeshi border post Wednesday morning in the southeastern district of Bandarban, about 200 miles southeast of the capital Dhaka.   The Bangladeshi forces repelled the attack, said the head of the border guard. One paramilitary soldier was reported injured.   The incident was apparently precipitated by the guards' seizing 13 horses used by the group to transport goods, said unnamed sources.   Reinforcements from the army and the border guard were then reportedly flown to the area.  
 
  Item Number:4 Date: 08/26/2015 BELARUS - MINSK BUILDS UP AIR DEFENSES WITH TOR-M2K SAM LAUNCHERS (AUG 26/SPUTNIK)  SPUTNIK -- Belarus has ordered five missile launchers for the Tor-M2K air defense system, says Russia's state arms exporter, as cited by the Sputnik news agency (Russia).   The deal was signed Tuesday, said Rosoboronexport's general director Anatoly Isaykin at the MAKS-2015 air show in the Moscow region.   Delivery is scheduled for 2016, Isaykin told reporters.   The launchers will significantly boost the air defense capability of Belarus and the Russia-Belarus Union State, he said.   The Tor-M2K includes an armored fighting vehicle, an anti-aircraft missile module and four anti-aircraft guided missiles. It can simultaneously track 40 targets while attacking four of them.  
 
Item Number:5 Date: 08/26/2015 BULGARIA - MARINES, ARMOR, ARTILLERY ARRIVE FOR ROTATIONAL TRAINING (AUG 26/RFE/RL)  RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- U.S. Marines along with their heavy equipment have rotated to Bulgaria as part of training program, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   About 160 Marines arrived Tuesday after landing in Bremerhaven, Germany, and traveling about 1,100 miles by rail to their destination, reported the Marine Corps Times.   The Marines are at the Novo Selo Training Range in the eastern part of the country as part of the Black Sea Rotational Force for three six-month rotations.   They brought four M1A1 Abrams tanks, three howitzer artillery cannons and six light armored reconnaissance vehicles, reported the Marine Corps Times.   "Using this equipment, U.S. Marines will train alongside allies' and partners' mechanized units collectively improving combined arms skills and anti-armor tactics," said a statement from the Marine Corps.   The deployment is part of the U.S. and NATO reassurance efforts in response to Russian actions in eastern Ukraine.   The Black Sea Rotational Force, based at Mihail Kohalniceanu in Romania, is a semi-annual rotation of U.S. Marines and sailors under U.S. European Command.  
 
Item Number:6 Date: 08/26/2015 GERMANY - SOMALI MIGRANT GIVES BIRTH ON GERMAN FRIGATE (AUG 26/MALTA)  TIMES OF MALTA -- A Somali woman who was rescued from a migrant ship has given birth to a baby girl on a German navy ship, reports the Times of Malta.   Navy staff helped deliver the baby after the mother was picked up trying to cross the Mediterranean, reported Reuters.   The 33-year-old woman from Mogadishu gave birth on board the Schleswig-Holstein frigate as it headed for the Italian coast, said the Bundeswehr on Tuesday.   The girl, named Sophia, weighed about seven pounds at birth and is doing well, said officers. She is believed to be the first child born on a German naval vessel.   The then-expectant mother was one of 4,000 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean over the weekend as the group she was with was on a five-month journey to reach Europe.   The woman was picked up by a British navy ship before being transferred to the Schleswig-Holstein. The frigate docked in Taranto in southern Italy.  
 
Item Number:7 Date: 08/26/2015 GHANA - SON TEXTS FAMILY, INFORMING THEM HE HAS JOINED ISLAMIC STATE (AUG 26/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- The father of a 25-year-old from Ghana says his son has apparently joined the Islamic State, reports the BBC.   Mohammad Nazir Nortei Alema, a university graduate, left the country and sent a text on Aug. 16 saying he was joining the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), said his father on Tuesday.   Alema initially told his family he was travelling to Prestea, a western mining town, reported Reuters.   The message said he was at a training ground in an unknown country, his brother told Reuters. The message also reportedly indicated that he was obeying a call from Allah to abandon the "corrupt system," said Kabiru Alema.   This is the first known case of a Ghanaian joining the terrorist group.  
 
Item Number:8 Date: 08/26/2015 HUNGARY - TROOPS MAY BE USED TO HELP SECURE BORDER FROM MIGRANT FLOOD (AUG 26/REU)  REUTERS -- Hungary is considering using its army to secure its southern border against migrants, reports Reuters.   Hungary's government and national security Cabinet have "discussed the question of how the army could be used to help protect Hungary's border and the E.U.'s border," said a government spokesman on Wednesday.   On Tuesday, police said a record number of 2,533 migrants, mostly from Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, were caught entering the country from Serbia. By Wednesday, another 1,300 were detained. More than 140,000 migrants have entered Hungary this year.   Many of the migrants are trying to quickly leave Hungary for wealthier nations such as Germany or Sweden, noted Fox News.   Police officials said six special border patrol units, including 2,106 officers equipped with helicopters, horses and dogs, are reportedly being prepared for deployment along the Serbian border.   Hungary is also building a fence along its 110-mile border with Serbia.  
 
  Item Number:9 Date: 08/26/2015 INDIA - PROCEEDING SUSPENDED IN TRIAL OF ITALIAN MARINES (AUG 26/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- The Supreme Court in India has adjourned the hearing concerning two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen in 2012, reports the BBC.   The adjournment on Wednesday came after a U.N. tribunal asked India to suspend the proceedings. The case has been adjourned until Jan. 13, 2016, reported the Economic Times.   The Italian marines, Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, have been charged with killing two men off the Kerala cost in southern India while guarding an Italian oil tanker. The marines said they mistook the fishermen for pirates.   The Italian government say they should be tried in Italy because the incident took place in international waters.   The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea has ruled that a tribunal must be held to decide whether India or Italy will hold the trial of the marines. All proceedings will be stayed until then, reported NDTV.   The U.N. Tribunal ordered both countries to report to it on the case by Sept. 24.   The tribunal rejected an Italian request for the marines to be freed until that ruling
 
  Item Number:10 Date: 08/26/2015 IRAQ - KURDISH FORCES GO ON OFFENSIVE AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE IN KIRKUK PROVINCE (AUG 26/REU)  REUTERS -- Kurdish fighters have launched an offensive against the Islamic State terrorist group in northern Iraq, reports Reuters.   The attack began overnight on Wednesday south of the town of Daquq in Kirkuk province, according to Kurdish fighters.   ISIS was pushed from the village of Albu Najm, while fighting continued in another nearby village, said a source with the peshmerga fighters.   A Kurdish captain was killed by an improvised explosive device, according to medical sources.   Kurdish forces control most of their claimed territory and have previously refrained from pushing further into predominately Sunni Muslim towns and villages.  
 
  Item Number:11 Date: 08/26/2015 ITALY - NEURON UCAV WRAPS UP ANOTHER TEST PHASE (AUG 26/ALEAERM)  ALENIA AERMACCHI -- The multinational Neuron unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) has successfully completed a second phase of flight tests in Italy, reports Alenia Aermacchi, the Italian aerospace firm involved in the project.   The Neuron is a full-scale technology demonstrator for a UCAV that has been developed by Dassault Aviation in France, along with Alenia Aermacchi, Saab in Sweden, Airbus Defense and Space, RUAG of Switzerland and Hellenic Aerospace Industry in Greece.   The first phase, covering aerodynamics and flight testing, was held in France in February, reported IHS Jane's Defence Weekly.   The second phase of operational tests were held at the Decimomannu air base in Sardinia, Italy. These included 12 sorties to verify the Neuron's combat capability, low radar cross-section and infrared signature during missions at different altitudes and flight profiles against simulated ground and air radar threats.   The next phase is expected to be held at Vidsel Air Base in Sweden, focusing on low observability and weapons delivery
 
  Item Number:12 Date: 08/26/2015 JAPAN - OBAMA OFFERS REGRETS FOR TROUBLE CAUSED BY SPYING ALLEGATIONS (AUG 26/JT)  JAPAN TIMES -- U.S. President Barack Obama is said to have apologized to Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over spying allegations, according to Japanese officials cited by the Japan Times.   Obama held a 40-minute teleconference on Wednesday with Abe.   Documents leaked by WikiLeaks indicated that the U.S. National Security Agency had spied on Japanese officials and companies.   Obama apologized for the trouble caused by the documents, said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. Suga did not say whether the president confirmed or denied the allegations.   "Prime Minister Abe told [Obama] that, if the Japanese people concerned were subject to these activities, it would risk jeopardizing trusting relations between allies," Suga said.   Abe asked for a U.S. investigation into the matter and for the results to be reported to Tokyo, reported UPI.  
 
  Item Number:13 Date: 08/26/2015 NEPAL - PROTESTS TURN DEADLY IN CLASHES OVER DRAFT CONSTITUTION (AUG 26/HT)  HINDUSTAN TIMES -- Protests against the draft constitution in Nepal have turned violent, reports the Hindustan Times (India).   On Monday, six police officers and three civilians were killed in clashes between protesters and security forces in Tikapur in western Nepal.   The death toll was expected to rise, noted the New York Times.   Several civilians were injured when the police opened fire. According to officials, a policeman was doused with kerosene and set on fire.   Home Minister Bamdev Gautam told the Parliament that the fighting was planned.   Thousands of protesters reportedly attacked a police picket, forcing officers to shoot to disperse the crowd. Some officers were assaulted with axes, spears and scythes, according to one top police official cited by CNN.   Additional security forces were deployed in Tikapur following the clashes, reported Agence France-Presse.   More violence took place in Gaur in southern Nepal on Tuesday, when police fired into a crowd of about 150 demonstrators who were throwing stones at security personnel. At least one protester was killed.   The new constitution would divide Nepal into seven provinces. Historically marginalized groups say that would limit their political representation.  
 
Item Number:14 Date: 08/26/2015 NIGERIA - 2 SUICIDE BLASTS RIP THROUGH DAMATURU IN YOBE STATE (AUG 26/PREM)  PREMIUM TIMES -- At least eight people have been killed in separate suicide attacks in Damaturu, the capital of Nigeria's northeastern Yobe state, reports the Premium Times.   In one incident, a male suicide bomber was accosted by a man who suspected he might be carrying an explosive device, reported This Day (Lagos). The device detonated while the man was trying to take the suspect to security forces, according to officials.   Separately, a teenage girl set off explosives strapped to her body at the entrance to the Damaturu bus station, said witnesses. A bus leaving the station was struck by the blast, killing four people.   At least 22 people were injured in both attacks, said officials.  
 
  Item Number:15 Date: 08/26/2015 NIGERIA - POOR MAINTENANCE GROUNDS HALF OF FLEET, SAYS NAVY CHIEF (AUG 26/THIS)  THIS DAY -- More than half of Nigeria's warships that are needed to protect its territorial waters are out of service due to a lack of maintenance, says the navy chief, as cited by This Day (Lagos).   Vice Adm. Ibok-Ette Ibas made his comments on Monday during a visit to Lagos as part of his maiden familiarization tour.   The admiral urged naval personnel to improve the maintenance of government property and combat oil theft on Nigerian waters, reported the Daily Trust (Abuja).   The newly appointed chief vowed to develop naval power to enhance Nigeria's security.  
 
Item Number:16 Date: 08/26/2015 RUSSIA - 10 MISSILE REGIMENTS SIMULATE COMBAT PATROLS (AUG 26/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- Units of the Russian strategic missile forces are conducting simulated combat patrols in the Central and Western Military Districts, reports Interfax-AVN.   Ten regiments armed with Topol, Topol-M and Yars mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles have been deployed on combat patrol routes, the Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.   Static missile units are also taking part in the month-long exercises, which will include mock missile launches, the ministry said.   Mobile units are simulating the deployment of missile systems to field positions; camouflaging them; and providing battlefield security, said a ministry spokesman. They are expected to be deployed for up to 32 days under simulated combat conditions.   Military security personnel will also track and eliminate mock saboteurs, including the use of Taifun-M vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles, reported Tass
 
Item Number:17 Date: 08/26/2015 SINGAPORE - INDONESIA, SINGAPORE HOST MULTINATIONAL MINE COUNTERMEASURE DRILLS (AUG 26/SIMOD)  SINGAPORE MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The Singaporean and Indonesian navies are co-hosting a multinational mine countermeasures exercise this week, reports the Singapore Ministry of Defense.   The Western Pacific Mine Countermeasure Exercise, which runs from Aug. 25 to Aug. 31, is taking place in the Singapore Strait and the waters off the Indonesian island of Pulau Bintan.   More than 800 personnel, 13 ships and five underwater vehicle teams from 16 countries are taking part.   The event involves professional exchanges culminating in a mine-hunting and mine-sweeping exercise in the Singapore Strait, reported Channel News Asia.  
 
  Item Number:18 Date: 08/26/2015 SOUTH KOREA - SPECIAL TEAM OF INVESTIGATORS RAIDS DEFENSE AGENCY, COMPANY (AUG 26/YON)  YONHAP -- Authorities in South Korea say they have raided the offices of a defense company and government defense agency suspected of making illegal deals, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   On Tuesday, the Seoul Central District Prosecutor's Office said LIG Nex1 provided defective equipment used to assess the performance of anti-tank guided missiles to Korea's Agency for Defense Development (ADD) between 2012 and 2014. The systems cost more than US$6.7 million.   The agency is suspected of overlooking faulty parts.   The ADD officially indicated it had received 11 systems that permit tanks to be remotely controlled, but the agency was found to only have seven, the prosecutors said.   The special team has been investigating corruption in the defense industry
 
  Item Number:19 Date: 08/26/2015 THAILAND - AIR FORCE TAKES DELIVERY OF 4 EC 725 HELICOPTERS; 2 MORE DUE NEXT YEAR (AUG 26/AIRBUSHEL)  AIRBUS HELICOPTERS -- Airbus Helicopters says it has delivered an initial batch of four EC 725 helicopters to the Royal Thai Air Force.   The helicopters were ordered in 2012 to enhance the air force's combat search-and-rescue and troop transport capabilities, according to a company release on Tuesday.   The recently delivered aircraft are expected to begin operations by the end of the month.   Two other EC 725s were ordered in 2014 for delivery in 2016
 
Item Number:20 Date: 08/26/2015 TUNISIA - PATROL BOAT BECOMES 1ST LOCALLY BUILT WARSHIP IN NAVY (AUG 26/DEFWEB)  DEFENCE WEB -- The Tunisian navy has commissioned its first domestically built patrol boat, reports Defence Web (South Africa).   The Al Istiklal was inducted Friday at a ceremony led by Defense Minister Farhat Horchani in the Gulf of Tunis.   The vessel was built by a partnership between the Tunisian government and local firm Societe de Construction Industrielle et Navale (SCIN) in Sfax.   Construction began in March 2013, and the ship was delivered in July 2015.   SCIN and the government hope to build and export additional boats to various African and Middle Eastern countries, said the defense minister.   The Al Istiklal displaces 80 tons and is 87 feet (26.5 m) long with a beam of 19 feet (5.8 m). It is powered by two 3,200-hp Rolls-Royce engines, providing a top speed of 25 knots and a range of 600 nm.   The boat is armed with a 20-mm cannon and machine guns and can accommodate a crew of 12.  
 
  Item Number:21 Date: 08/26/2015 USA - ARMY GOES WITH OSHKOSH FOR MAJOR TACTICAL VEHICLE CONTRACT; 55,000 JLTVS MAY BE BUILT (AUG 26/WSJ)  WALL STREET JOURNAL -- The U.S. Army has awarded a US$6.75 billion contract to Oshkosh Defense to replace the Army and Marine Corps' aging Humvees, reports the Wall Street Journal.   Announced on Tuesday, the deal with the Wisconsin-based company covers 17,000 Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs).   Production is expected to begin in the first quarter of fiscal 2016. The Army wants to have its first unit equipped in 2018, reported the Washington Post.   The contract may eventually be worth US$30 billion or more, and could include 55,000 vehicles over the next 25 years. Of those, nearly 50,000 would be for the Army and about 5,500 for the Marine Corps.   Oshkosh was chosen over competitors Lockheed Martin and AM General, which manufactures the Humvee.   The new trucks will replace many of the 120,000 Humvees that have been used in Iraq and Afghanistan. They will provide greater protection against mines and improvised explosives, a large cargo capacity and good mobility, according to the Army.  
 
  Item Number:22 Date: 08/26/2015 USA - NAVY TESTS UAV OPERATIONS FROM HIGH-SPEED VESSEL (AUG 26/USNIN)  USNI NEWS -- In an experiment, the U.S. Navy recently used a Spearhead-class joint high-speed vessel as a platform for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operations, reports USNI News.   Earlier this summer, ScanEagle and Puma drones were operated from the USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1) during two separate two-week periods this summer, according to Navy officials.   The evaluation sought to see how two different UAVs "could fit into potential adaptive force packages in the future and how to use the JHSV in a more diverse way," said Lt. Mark Bote, the experiment lead for the JHSV 2014 Fleet Experimentation (FLEX).   The JHSV can perform more operations than its original intra-theater lift mission. Accordingly, the Navy is experimenting with adaptive force packages that take advantage of the capabilities of the ship as well as commander's requirements.   The experiment also covered expeditionary mine countermeasures; afloat forward staging base; maritime command-and-control; and counter-drug-trafficking missions, said Bote.   Drone operations were used for both the afloat forward staging base and counter-trafficking experiments, said the lieutenant.  
 
Item Number:23 Date: 08/26/2015 USA - STATE DEPT. ADDS HAQQANI BROTHER TO TERROR LIST (AUG 26/PTI)  PRESS TRUST OF INDIA -- The U.S. State Dept. has blacklisted a brother of the leader of the Haqqani network, reports the Press Trust of India.   On Tuesday, Abdul Aziz Haqqani, a top leader of the group and the brother of Sirajuddin Haqqani, was added to State's list of specially designated global terrorists.   "For several years, Aziz Haqqani has been involved in planning and carrying out improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan government targets," said the State Dept. announcement.   Under the sanctions, any of Aziz's assets in the U.S. or under U.S. control can be seized and U.S. citizens are banned from doing business with him.   An ally of Al-Qaida and the Taliban, the Haqqani network was designated a terrorist organization in September 2012. State placed a US$5 million bounty on Aziz in August 2014, reported the Long War Journal.  
 
  Item Number:24 Date: 08/26/2015 USA - SUCCESS OF MARINE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM PROMPTS EXPANSION (AUG 26/MCT)  MARINE CORPS TIMES -- The Marine Corps is going to expand its Squad Leader Development Program beyond the infantry, reports the Marine Corps Times.   The program was designed to improve career paths for infantrymen and to increase retention of young, experienced non-commissioned officers. The leadership program also offers an opportunity for faster promotion and sizeable re-enlistment bonuses.   After a successful first year, planners are working on new variants for every military occupation specialty.   Gen. Joseph Dunford, the former commandant, ordered the pilot program.   A similar program for engineers or aviators is at least a year away, say Marine officials.   Enlisted leaders have been exploring the potential for implementing the concept in other fields. Cyber operations, which have struggled to retain their personnel, is a prime candidate, according to the Corps' top sergeant major, Ronald Green.
 

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To All,
A retraction and two articles on Iran and the bomb that are worth your time.
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Before you all get into the article on Immigration in the earlier list 3972 please read this from Micro. Who is the defacto conscience of the list and keeps us on the straight and narrow so to speak.

 
Skip:
To answer Harry, at least partly:  no, the reporter did not do the research.  She also didn't write the article.  Here's what she actually says about it (from 5 years ago, after it had been going around for several years before that).  For those that want to check the source, it's here:  http://www.denverpost.com/ci_15247891.
Here's what she says:

Griego: One thing's true: People believe what they want

By Tina Griego
Denver Post Columnist
Posted:   06/08/2010 01:00:00 AM MDT18 Comments | Updated:   5 years ago
So, here's a funny thing. A few years ago, a local man wrote an Internet column. You can find his name on your own if you're so inclined. He called it, "What if 20 Million Illegal Aliens Vacated America."
He referenced a column I wrote about a conversation with a visiting Mexican journalist. She asked what would happen if 20 million illegal immigrants returned to Mexico. She was talking about their economic contribution here, the taxes paid, the purchases of goods and services.
This question provoked our local man, prompting him to pen the aforementioned cyber-column.
Here's a highlight: "In Colorado, 500,000 illegal migrants, plus their 300,000 kids and grandkids would move back 'home' mostly to Mexico. That would save an estimated $2 billion (other experts say $7 billion) annually in taxes that pay for schooling, medical, social services and incarceration costs. It means 12,000 gang members would vanish out of Denver alone. Colorado would save more than $20 million in prison costs and the terrors that those 7,300 alien criminals set upon local citizens."
It gets better. The unemployment rate would vanish; employers would pay a living wage; the air would be cleaner because, as we all know, "illegal aliens and their families cause 11 percent of our greenhouse gases."
Wait, that's not the funny part. The funny part is that people think I wrote it.
You know the children's game Operator? Someone whispers a sentence to the next person who whispers it to the next person and so on until the words, mangled now, reach the last person. Something similar happened here. That cyber-column went everywhere online. Along the way, the local man's name disappeared from many versions, and I became known as the author. I tried to correct the record when this first happened almost three years ago.
Alas, nothing ever disappears on the Internet. It remains dormant until Arizona passes a controversial law targeting illegal immigrants. It's like electricity jolting Frankenstein. The column, now attributed to me, is resurrected. Copied word-for-fictional-word. Forwarded along to be forwarded along until my e-mail is full of queries. They tend to fall into three categories: a) God Bless You, You're a Patriot, b) Where Do These Numbers Come From and c) What Kind of Idiot Are You?
For the pure, ornery heck of it, I called Mary Dulacki, our fair city's record coordinator for the Office of the Manager of Safety. You want numbers, she's got them. I called her three years ago too. You have any updated numbers on illegal immigrant gangsters and inmates in the city and county of Denver, I ask her. She says, and I quote, Where does this stuff come from?
It is impossible to know how many gang members in the city are illegal immigrants. Only upon arrest and incarceration, might we get some clue. In regard to the latter, Dulacki is able to provide some information.
Last year, the Denver city/county jail saw 46,884 "book-ins." A person can be booked-in more than once. I'd like to provide you with an unduplicated head count, but the city doesn't keep track that way. Dulacki can say that by year's end, 1,853 jail inmates had been reported to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as foreign-born. She also can say that from July to December, when the city started keeping track, ICE came for 410 inmates. (Caveat: ICE doesn't pick up every jailed illegal immigrant for various reasons — higher priorities, resources. It's been a sore spot.)
The Colorado Department of Corrections website provides a handy monthly inmate report. As of January, 22,910 people were incarcerated in the adult and juvenile systems. Of those, 1,783 were foreign born, and of those, 1,270 had an ICE hold on them. It was a typical month.
I tell you this knowing the argument isn't really about the numbers. It's not about the stats or the stories, which we can bend and twist and, if not bound by ethics, fictionalize, to lend credence to our own points of view. We are biased creatures, all too willing to accept that which reinforces our beliefs, and so a man from Arizona forwards the e-mail column with the words: "Somebody really did their homework on this one. Best on the subject to present date."
The numbers are a prop, arranged to support a larger argument and, in this case, it's a cultural one. "It's time to stand up for . . . our way of life," the local man wrote back then. Culture always has been the subtext of immigration, legal and illegal, past and present.
Language, custom, tradition, the assimilation of smaller groups into larger, the dignity of the individual, the clash and contribution of various world views. What does it mean to be an American? Who is included, and who is excluded and why?
Big, hard and not-particularly-funny questions no amount of drummed-up statistics and wishful thinking will answer.
Tina Griego writes Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Reach her at 303-954-2699 or tgriego@denverpost.com.
 
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I met Gen Paul Valley in Bigfork, Montana on my visits and have had many conversations with him and consider him a creditable source of information.
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Thanks to Hal -
 
This writer, and every other writer, is saying this 'deal' is a bad one because in ten or fifteen years, Iran will be able to produce nuclear weapons. Do they not realize that a delegation from North Korea just met with the Ayatollahs? Why would the Ayatollahs allow these 'sub-humans' to set foot on their holy lands?  Well,. consider this;  Iran is awash with money now and the North Koreans already have nukes and plenty of them.  Might this be a trade, nukes for cash?  If that is the case, then Israel might be weeks away from an attack, not ten years.  Do they not also wonder why Iran's top general just met with Vlad Putin in Moscow? Russia needs money, too.  Their economy is teetering and Putin may be in trouble.
 
Hal
 


 

Iran Deal Will Trigger Major War in Middle East

If someone had asked you a year ago what would be the most efficient way to cause a major war in the Middle East, you might well have said: Giving the mullahs in Iran the opportunity to get advanced conventional weapons, ICBMs, nuclear weapons and tens of billion of dollars to fund terrorist organizations and destabilize other countries in the region. You might have argued that a regime that does not hesitate to attack targets in Washington or Berlin might not be the most prudent one to shower with gigantic quantities of money and the deadliest weapons.
If one knows anything about the regime in Iran, it is difficult to understand how U.S. President Barack Obama's agreement with Iran could create anything other than chaos and war in the Middle East.
The content of the Iran nuclear agreement creates the perfect conditions for a major war in the Middle East -- one that could spread and start a major regional conflict.
Despite what President Obama likes to say, it is not true that the agreement "permanently prohibits Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon" or "cuts off all of Iran's pathways to a bomb". The agreement means that the U.S. has accepted that after 15 years, or sooner, Iran may build as many bombs as it likes.
The Islamic Republic of Iran, since its founding in 1979, has had an ideology that seeks to "export the Islamic revolution." The phrase is not just a catchword for the mullahs. They have done it in practice, if necessary by force. After coming to power in 1979, the leader of the revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, called on the Shi'ite Muslims in Iraq to revolt and establish an Islamic republic. The mullahs' effort to export the Islamic revolution to Iraq was one of the causes of the Iran-Iraq War, which lasted eight years and resulted in possibly a million deaths. Despite intense resistance from Arab countries, Khomeini's Islamic revolution has been successfully exported to Lebanon, Gaza, Yemen, Syria and Iraq.
Iran is not a country busy trying to preserve its own sovereignty. Iran, instead, undermines other countries' sovereignty. In the case of Israel's, the regime in Iran is threatening the nation's entire existence. Even more astonishing is that the president of the United States gets peevish -- and threatens American Jews -- when Israel's prime minister reminds the public of that.
The regime in Iran has carried out terror attacks against Americans in Lebanon[1] and in European cities. A German court has stated that Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, organized terrorist attacks in Germany. Several times, Iranian agents have been arrested in Europe when they were attempting to organize terror attacks.
As late as 2011, Iran planned to assassinate the Saudi ambassador and attack the Israeli and Saudi embassies in Washington.
Iranian forces, both directly and through Hezbollah proxies, have been responsible for over 1,000 American military fatalities over the last decade and a half. Iran has continuously backed the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, providing it with money, training, and weapons.
Iran's regime is, contrary to rumors, extremely pragmatic: it sees that no matter what it does, its survival is not threatened even slightly. Iran's regime sees -- as does everyone else – that even the worst transgressions are, on the contrary, rewarded.
The regime is simply following Khomeini's original ideology to "export the revolution" and to fight against Western influence, which he called "Westoxification."
Iran's regime has always done what it says it will do. Experience shows that when the mullahs in Iran say "Death to America," they mean it with actual and real consequences. When the mullahs first shouted "Death to America," a slogan that started in 1978-1979 in response to American support for the Shah, they followed that up by having the Iranian-backed Hezbollah kill 241 American soldiers in Beirut on October 23, 1983. Iran then continued to ensure that Americans died in Iraq and Afghanistan during the Iraq- and Afghanistan wars.
(Image source: CNN video screenshot)
In the same vein, when the Iranian regime shouts "Death to Israel," it sends weapons and resources to Hamas and Hezbollah, while organizing a conference for the world's anti-Semites who deny that the Holocaust happened.
This is the Iranian regime with which the current U.S. administration would like seal a deal, under which Iran will, after 10-15 years -- or sooner -- be legitimately able to enrich sufficient quantities of uranium to produce many nuclear weapons.
For each of the 36 years the Iranian regime has been in power, despite strong resistance from Arab countries, Turkey, Israel and the United States, its influence and ambitions have increased. There is no reason to think that with an infusion of $150 billion, the regime in Tehran will not be even more aggressive and proceed to build its nuclear bomb.
The regime in Iran has demonstrated no plans to become less militant, create a democracy, or even to release the American hostages it continues to hold on trumped-up charges in unspeakable Iranian prisons.
Part of the regime's triumph even seems to consist in humiliating the United States as exhaustively as it can.
The P5+1 (China, France, Russia, the UK, and the US; plus Germany) have agreed that Iran can buy conventional weapons after five years, and ICBMs after eight years. But why would any civilized nation allow a country that arms terrorist groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas to buy advanced conventional weapons? They will simply be passed on to Hamas and Hezbollah. Iran does not even deny that it supports Hamas and Hezbollah.
Iran already has missiles that can reach Israel and parts of Europe. Iran already has supplied missiles, such as the Fajr 5, to Hezbollah. Why would anyone allow a country that gives missiles to terrorists to get hold of ICBMs that can be fired from one continent to another?
It is also Iran's official government policy that Israel should be destroyed. Why does the U.S. wish to allow a regime that wants to destroy America's closest ally in the Middle East to get more advanced conventional -- and later, nuclear -- weapons?
If you listen to the mullahs in Tehran, Americans and Israelis are the targets. Therefore, these conventional weapons will be directed against the Americans and Israelis, wherever they are.
That the mullahs, thanks to this deal, will get $150 billion is not rational. When a country or organization supports terrorism, you freeze its assets. Iran continues openly to support terrorism; this deal gives Iran access to $150 billion dollars to support more terrorism.
Under the agreement, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) can inspect only Iran's declared nuclear facilities -- and that only with a 24-day delay, in addition to having to disclose to the Iranians what evidence has caused the site to be inspected.
The IAEA, however, even at its best, has never found anything. Iran's secret nuclear program was discovered by an Iranian opposition group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), in 2002. There is nothing that says Iran will not have more secret nuclear programs unavailable to the IAEA.
The entire agreement is based on these mullahs showing goodwill towards the West, which they no doubt see as a threat that could lure their people away from the righteous course of Islamism. President Obama's approach seems to be based on the hope that one of the most fanatical regimes in the world will suddenly become honest and peaceful -- that the same regime that shouts "Death to America" will actually present all its military installations and secrets to its archenemy, the United States, through the good offices of the IAEA.
Let us not ask President Obama to care about all those wrongly imprisoned, tortured and hanged in Iran every year. Let us not ask President Obama to care about Iranians who would like the same democracy and the freedom they begged him for in 2009. President Obama needs only to maintain peace and stability in the Middle East. But allowing these mullahs to get advanced conventional weapons in five years, ICBMs in eight years, and nuclear weapons in 15 years -- or sooner -- is to create the conditions for a larger regional conflict that, in this era of globalization, will surely spread to the West.
If this agreement were about peace, why do the Iranians need more weapons? If Iran wants peace, why don't they scrap their missile program and stop supporting terrorist organizations that want to destroy Israel? If Iran wants peace, why does it want weapons that can reach other continents? Which country is threatening Iran's sovereignty today that makes Iran want more advanced weapons?
If anyone has ICBMs and says "Death to America", what do you think he will do with those ICBMs?
There are those who compare the Iran deal to the Munich Agreement of 1938. The Iran deal is much worse. Hitler duped Chamberlain and presented himself as a man of peace. No one has duped President Obama. The mullahs openly say "Death to America" and "Death to Israel," and have backed up their words with actions.
It was the Iranians who helpfully exposed inconsistencies in the nuclear deal, which the U.S. government had presumably hoped to hide from Americans, such as two side-deals Iran has with the IAEA.[2]
Why would an American president do this? Does he not know at whom the Iranians will point their ICBMs?
This deal, combined with the expansionist policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran, can only lead directly to the biggest war of the 21st-century -- Obama's War, even if he is not in office any more. The mullahs will not start loving Israel. The Saudis, Turks, Egyptians and Emiratis are not just going to sit and watch Iran get nuclear weapons. No Arab country wants to be the next Syria, Lebanon, Yemen or Iraq, and Israelis have no desire to be, as threatened, wiped off the map.
The alternative is to walk away from the deal. Instead of a major war becoming the only scenario, the worst-case scenario would become a limited bombing campaign now to prevent the Iranian regime from obtaining nuclear weapons.
Even if the results lasted, as critics charge, "only" two or three years, at least Iran -- and global onlookers -- would understand that there are real consequences for rogue behavior; and that there could always be further rounds later, if needed.
At the very least, massive damage to select nuclear facilities would not be seen as a reward. In the worst-case scenario, walking away from the deal still leaves the world in a position of deterrence that offers it better choices before Iran becomes nuclear, not after.
Even no deal with Iran leads to a more peaceful and stable Middle East than President Obama's bad deal.
Nima Gholam Ali Pour is active in the pro-democracy organization CENTIA, and is a member of the board of education in the Swedish city of Malmö.


[1] In 1983, a U.S. Marines barracks was attacked by terrorists from Hezbollah, who were backed, supported, and directed by Iran.
[2] A Persian-language statement that described the original agreement with Obama had a number of inconsistencies with the English version, some of which go completely against the agreement itself.
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