Cruz, who met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a trip to the Jewish state in May, didn’t say how he came to believe an Israeli strike might happen within a matter of months. But Cruz told the assembled JINSA leaders that he believes the Obama administration, which is currently engaged in negotiations with the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program, has shirked its responsibility in dealing with Iran’s nuclear program and is not taken seriously by Iranian leadership.Sponsored Ads
“In my view, here is what a responsible president would do,” Cruz, who is believed to be considering a 2016 presidential run, said. “A responsible president would stand up on the world stage and say, ‘Let me be clear: Under no circumstances will the nation of Iran be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons capability. We will impose crippling sanctions but they will either stop or we will stop them using all available means, including if necessary direct military force.’”
Tehran has ballistic missiles able to pound targets over twice as distant as previously thought, and can reach the American mid-ocean strategic base at Diego Garcia, a senior Iranian official has explicitly warned.
“In the event of a mistake on the part of the United States, their bases in Bahrain and (Diego) Garcia will not be safe from Iranian missiles,” said an Iranian Revolutionary Guard adviser to Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Majatba Dhualnuri.
Dhualnuri made the statements in the context of talks with the United States and western powers to curb its believed goal of creating nuclear weapons, Israel’s Channel Two reported Monday.
An Iranian nuclear device in the hands of such terror groups — chosen precisely because they cannot be readily identified as working for, or connected to, a state — can therefore be used in an attack with impunity, totally undermining the assumption that such weapons in the hands of Iran are “only for deterrence.”
A rocket launched from mid-ocean has no return address. Detonated 70 miles above the eastern seaboard of the United States, a nuclear device leaves no signature.
Such an EMP attack – – its origin always unknowable — would plunge millions of Americans into a pre-industrial stone-age, equivalent to the early 19th century, according to both former Director of Central Intelligence, Ambassador R. James Woolsey and EMP expert Peter Pry.
Unless we end the Iranian nuclear weapons program now, we will probably only know if a threat is “real” after it is too late.
Li has been described in a recent indictment as having done “a great deal of business with Iran,” and being “a long time” and a “principal” supplier to Iran’s ballistic missile program. Since 2004, Li has been connected with somewhere between 12 and 26 firms, most of which are little more than shell companies. Through this network of companies, he is alleged to have transferred large quantities of materials to Iran’s missile program in defiance of UN sanctions. While early allegations focused on alloys and graphite, concerns are growing that Li may also be manufacturing and exporting other technology, including missile guidance components.
Li’s business activities are extensive. His first firm – LIMMT Economic & Trade – was set up in 1998, and sanctioned in 2004. Since then Li has set up a dozen or more other companies in and outside the city of Dalian in Eastern China. Presumably since he was prevented from setting up companies in his name by the Chinese authorities in 2008, he has used details of his mother, family members, or possibly business associates when filing the business licenses. Identifying the exact number and name of each of Li’s firms is difficult: The latest U.S. indictment includes 26 company names. However, by cross-checking these names with Chinese language sources, Alpha’s research revealed that these correspond with just 12 documented companies. These firms – whilst listed as separate in Chinese government databases – all share at least one of two contact addresses, and other unique identifiers such as phone numbers and email addresses.
Worse Than Critical
Several bodies of water, including the Zayandehrood River and Orumieh Lake, have either shrunk or dried up as the result of drought and water diverted for agricultural purposes.
On May 4, Iranian Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian was quoted by the state media as saying that water resources were in a condition that was worse than critical.
Addressing parliament, Chitchian said Iran’s renewable water resources had decreased over the past 10 years from 130 billion cubic meters to 120 billion.
He lamented that Iranians consume 80 percent of the country’s renewable water resources annually. Whereas “60 percent” is considered critical,” he said, “we consume 20 percent more than what is in the world considered a [water] crisis.”
China’s president called Tuesday for the creation of a new Asian structure for security cooperation based on a regional group that includes Russia and Iran and excludes the United States.
The proposal marks the latest effort by Beijing to build up groups of Asian or developing governments to offset the influence of the United States and other Western governments in global affairs.
Beijing sees common cause with other CICA members such as Russia and Sri Lanka in promoting a political model that pairs autocratic government with a market-oriented economy in defiance of the Western liberal democratic model.
First, the western democratic model is breaking down. Second, the China model or state capitalism, also known as the fascist economic model will break down even faster than the western one. This is due to rigidity of structure. More rigid structures break faster than flexible ones. However, rigid structures look a heck of a lot better than flexible ones, until they break.
The security implication is that China wants to more formally ally itself with Russia and Iran against the West. It’s not clear at this time if anything will come of this. I already see a loose alliance of sorts based on shared interests in targeting the West. In my opinion China and Russia are already in a military alliance. It also appears based on prior statements that those two might come to the defense of Iran should it be attacked by the West. Although, it’s not clear in what manner.
The Khomeinist dome is about preparing for nukes before they are displayed and claimed. It is meant to signal the West that Iran will jump past a single bomb to the level of unstoppable power with a vast network of retaliation as its deterrent.
Unfortunately, Western posture towards Tehran has only helped in the building of the dome: sanctions have damaged the Iranian economy, but left Iran’s military capabilities as well as its ability to intervene across the region unchecked. Worse, a nuclear deal with the U.S. injected time and energy into the regime’s veins. The regime is out to complete the buildup of its strategic shield while offering to slow down its fissile material production. Once the dome is complete, the nuclear material production will speed up, and by the time the West realizes the maneuver, the Middle East will have changed forever.
Iran has thrown up new roadblocks to reaching a deal with the P5+1 world powers over its illicit nuclear program.
Three days of negotiations in the fourth round of Geneva discussions ended Friday in arguments and confrontations when the Iranian team presented their country’s new “red lines,” diminishing any hope by the Obama administration to claim victory in its approach to Iran’s nuclear ambitions, according to reports from Iran.
Hossein Shariatmadari, a former torturer and now managing editor of the conservative newspaper Keyhan, the mouthpiece of the country’s supreme leader, in an Op-Ed published Saturday revealed details of the Geneva negotiations and congratulated the Iranian delegation for its steadfast demand that the country has a right to pursue nuclear development.
“Among the most important items Iran is reportedly seeking are metals as well as components for guidance systems and fuel,” the report said.
“Similarities between Iran’s ballistic missiles and space programs can make it difficult for states to distinguish the end-uses of procured items.”
The report cited the launch of what was termed a “new-generation, long-range ballistic missile” in February 2014. The missile, called Barani,
was said to contain multiple warheads and meant to overcome defense systems.
At the same time, Iran appeared to have suspended tests of its solid-fueled Sejil-2 intermediate-range ballistic missile. Sejil, last seen
in a parade in 2013, has not been launched since 2011.
Alarm bells should be going off in the West. The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany—called P5+1—have been trying to negotiate a deal to end sanctions against Iran in return for drastic reductions in its nuclear program. A prerequisite for any final agreement is for Iran to address nuclear-weapons questions raised by inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
If Iran is able to successfully evade questions about a weapons program now, when biting sanctions on oil exports and financial transactions are in place, why would it address them later when these sanctions are lifted? What use will an agreement be if Iran can hide a capacity to secretly build nuclear bombs?
So far, the P5+1 discussions have focused almost exclusively on Tehran’s uranium-enrichment and plutonium-production capabilities. This is a mistake. Yes, Iran’s ability to produce fissile material is of crucial importance, but the world wouldn’t be so concerned if Tehran had never conducted activities aimed at building a nuclear weapon. Japan engages in enrichment but nobody believes that its programs are suspicious.