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Truth, Lies and Iranian Weapons Shipments

March 8th, 2014 - 11:23 pm

 Q    Sort of.  One on that same topic, and then Israel is saying that they intercepted a shipment of arms that was headed to Gaza coming from Iran.  Does the White House have any comment on that?  And does this complicate negotiations with Iran over a long-term nuclear agreement?

MR. CARNEY:  I can confirm the reports that the Israeli government interdicted a suspected shipment of illicit Iranian arms.  The United States and Israel have had routine communications about this issue through intelligence and military channels, as well as through our national security advisors.  Soon after becoming aware of the imminent movement of [the] suspected vessel, the White House directed the Department of Defense to monitor the vessel and to develop concepts of operation for a range of options to be prepared to take unilateral steps if necessary.  This is part of the robust presence that the President has directed that we continue to maintain in and around the Gulf.

Throughout this time, our intelligence and military activities were closely coordinated with our Israeli counterparts who ultimately chose to take the lead in interdicting the shipment of illicit arms.  Even as we continue efforts to resolve our concerns over Iran’s nuclear program through diplomacy, we will continue to stand up to Iran’s support for destabilizing activities in the region, in coordination with our partners and allies, and made clear that these illicit actions are unacceptable to the international community and in gross violation of Iran’s U.N. Security Council obligations.

Q    How can you continue to have nuclear negotiations with them when it looks like they’re actively continuing to sponsor terrorism against Israel?

MR. CARNEY:  Josh, we’ve noted on multiple occasions that we are pursuing potential resolution of an enormous challenge, which is the challenge posed by Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon, and we are doing that through the P5-plus-1 process.

We continue to have enormous issues with Iran, its sponsorship of terrorist organizations, its bad behavior in the region that manifests itself in many ways.  And we continue to take all the necessary steps to address those challenges.  But it’s entirely appropriate to continue to pursue the possibility of reaching a resolution on the nuclear program.

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It is cowardice, weakness and traitorism that will get us into a war.

It is strength, bravery and honor that will come ...yet again...to save the liars filled with sedition...along with the real countrymen of this nation.

Too bad we can't separate them. Traitors should hang.

Claudia has outlined the clear and convincing evidence that Iran is intent on MAKING WAR EXPAND.

And this sniveling, cowardly, treasonous argument against being cognizant of our enemy...comes from the seditious left right on cue.

Build the gallows.
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"Why is the Obama administration trying to cut a nuclear deal with an Iranian regime whose chief negotiator is either grossly mendacious or utterly delusional?"

A sense of familiarity?
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"its bad behavior in the region"

It's as if FCMABBHO thinks he's dealing with a recalcitrant toddler who can be shown the error of his ways by a good "talking-to". This administration has taken away the time-out chair (sanctions) and never would consider a few swats on the butt.

These aren't people who will be detered by MAD. Instead, they apaprently would welcome global pandemonium caused by nuking Israel as a way to bring back the Mahdi.
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President Obama's tolerance and support of dictators is great (perhaps reflecting the views of his mentor, the communist Bill Ayers), what he calls "reset," and apologizing for what he considers the errors of U.S. foreign policies - the U.S. wars against Japan (after Pearl Harbour) and Nazi Germany? the Marshall Plan by which the U.S.helped war-torn Europe recover after World War II? Obama supported Vladimir Putin by withholding anti-missile defense promised by President Bush to Poland, he supported Erdogan of Turkey, he still supports Morsi of Egypt. When he became President he returned the bust of Winston Churchill given to President Bush after 9/11, suggesting perhaps his support of Nazi Germany? Is his recalcitrance in opposing Iran perhaps in part caused by his defense of Islam?
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Magical thinking is the key, or lack of it. The current Administration and its key minions think that reality can be changed by manipulating objects like a piece of paper (treaty), much like shamans stick pins into dolls resembling their enemies thinking that it will destroy them.

Of course it doesn't work when the people you're dealing with are inherently untrustworthy. If it did we could empty out our prisons by just requiring that the inmates sign a paper swearing to never break the law again.
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One, thank God for the handful of persons like Claudia Rosett that report the truth to us. Otherwise, all we'd get would be the twisted truth like the NYT, LAT, BBC, etc. are famous for giving us.

Two, anti-antisemitism appears to be on the rise & linked to troubled times.
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I know the right wants to get the US involved in another endless war, but it should at least understand that the negotiations over Iran's nuclear program have nothing to do with its support of Hezbollah and Hamas. That is an entirely separate issue.
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NAZI Germany violating the WW1 Peace agreement is an entirely separate issue from its' desire for Polish territory.

Tee-hee, tee-hee, titter, ....
25 weeks ago
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It is cowardice, weakness and traitorism that will get us into a war.

It is strength, bravery and honor that will come ...yet again...to save the liars filled with sedition...along with the real countrymen of this nation.

Too bad we can't separate them. Traitors should hang.

Claudia has outlined the clear and convincing evidence that Iran is intent on MAKING WAR EXPAND.

And this sniveling, cowardly, treasonous argument against being cognizant of our enemy...comes from the seditious left right on cue.

Build the gallows.
25 weeks ago
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How do you "know" that the "right wants to get the US involved in another endless war"? If you want to have an adolescent experience, go to one of your liberal sites.
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Not in Iran's mind. It's goal is to get nukes & then thumb it's nose at us, like N. Korea presently does.

That will set off a viral-like arms race throughout the world, as each country refuses to tolerate its neighbor having them unless they do, as well.

As the U.S. steps down its military & resolve to defend others, those others feel insecure. As a consequence, they are contemplating building up their militaries.

If that happens, we may find ourselves in exactly the same position we were in just before the start of WWII.


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Well, not exactly the same. This time the world war will involve lots of nations with nuclear weapons. They'll make anything that happened at Chernobyl and Fukushima look like the global equivalent of hangnails compared to the world-wide disaster that will provoke.
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Getting caught red handed doesn't seem to matter here either. Maybe Zarif can appoint a special committee to investigate the matter. Then we'll know the truth.
25 weeks ago
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"Why is the Obama administration trying to cut a nuclear deal with an Iranian regime whose chief negotiator is either grossly mendacious or utterly delusional?"

A sense of familiarity?
25 weeks ago
25 weeks ago Link To Comment
"its bad behavior in the region"

It's as if FCMABBHO thinks he's dealing with a recalcitrant toddler who can be shown the error of his ways by a good "talking-to". This administration has taken away the time-out chair (sanctions) and never would consider a few swats on the butt.

These aren't people who will be detered by MAD. Instead, they apaprently would welcome global pandemonium caused by nuking Israel as a way to bring back the Mahdi.
25 weeks ago
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Uhhh... lets see zero and company assassinate Gadaffi send his ammo to syria kill our amabassador, let russia have Syria, Ukraine, tell Israel to give back its land to the terrorists, do everything possible to destroy our country and favor Islam. Then they fire our generals and load up our military with MB and try and get Morsi free by hassling al Sisi.
If I didn't know better I would think that our leader-- val/jar was of Iranian descent and that zero was born in some weird place like Kenya,nahhhh... that's just conspiratorial.
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Egypt designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terror organisation ... and now ... Saudi Arabia has done the same thing. Louis Farrakan the Nation of Islam Leader has been caught taking farm subsidy monies when his organisation doesn't even HAVE a farm and possibly funding terrorism. Just three examples of how the pieces are coming together, and how the Obama administration is being quickly backed into a corner for supporting and cavorting with the same people that are dedicated to killing US and Israel. Soon ... Carney will have nothing to say and Obama will have to address Islam himself ... and yes; throughout the world, Islam is revealing itself to be the monster that it is, so we better wake up 'cos even our FBI is doing the bidding of Islam.
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Ms Rossett you are engaging in a futile game of pointing out some " contradictions " in the USA policy towards iran nuclear program: Actually the USA wants Iran to have their nuclear toys, or something very close to the nukes assembly panoply.BhO-Kerry have opted for the iranian and have abandonned both israel and the sunni conservative kingdoms.Bho-Kerry aim at doing business with the strongest gorilla and it seems they prefer to accomodate with Iran rather than to stop or fight it. Their policy leaves Iran with offensive-defensive nuclear capability.Iran thanks to Bho will be free to intimidate Saudi Arabia-koweit-United Arab kingdoms and to push them into oblivion.When most of the perisan gulf oil will be in iran sphere of influence, we shall see who suffer the most form this giant threat.My guess is Europe will suffer the most, it will have to bow down to the political-cultural islamic agenda of iran.We could see in Europe some deep changes towards a more obvious islamic domination.Israel seems to be constrained to accept the iranian nuclear armament and iran knows the minute they launch a nuke on israel the retaliation will be total.So my guess is that Iran will use their nukes ( or nuclear capacity ) as an expansionnist tool in the persian gulf-arab world.
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Claudia Rosett is one of the savviest reporters on Iran. She certainly gets that there has been a longstanding desire in the US national security establishment for rapprochement with Iran. But, this article (as well as the linked Forbes article) is reporting on a particular incident. It is also a very useful resource for analysts, activists and historians who want to describe and perhaps even resist the tend you note above.

Thank you, Ms. Rossett.
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