Iran: (emphasis added)
Obama stood up to the blasts from a number of influential American editorial writers and strategic analysts who urged him to offer Israel a solemn commitment for a pre-emptive American offensive against Iran from the Knesset podium, as a means of holding the Netanyahu government back from military action in the fall of 2012. Another suggestion was for the president to formally notify the US congress of his plans for military action if Iran persisted in speeding the development of ifs nuclear weapon capacity.
Obama rejected both suggestions – and Iran continued to accelerate its advance towards a nuclear weapon undisturbed.
Thursday, diplomats close to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, disclosed that Iran had installed another 1,000 uranium enrichment machines in its fortified underground facility at Fordo, and was expanding its production of 20-percent refined uranium.
Experts not bound by the IAEA’s diplomatic constraints report that enrichment climbed to 30 percent some months ago and was now on the way to 60 percent. At least 3,000 centrifuges were now spinning at Fordo.
Israel recently passed information to Washington that Iran had already developed a radioactive (dirty) bomb.
Yet US official spokesmen keep on intoning that there is still room for diplomacy – even after all the parties admitted that the Six Power talks with Tehran broke down irretrievably weeks ago. And Friday, Aug. 24, seven hours of argument between the IAEA and Iranian representatives failed to dent Iran’s implacable opposition to any reduction in its nuclear drive or the slightest transparency.
Egypt: (emphasis added)
A Muslim Brotherhood delegation was in Sinai last week, followed by emissaries of President Mohamed Morsi, among whom were members of the violent Al Gama’a al-Islamiya (which was responsible for assassinating President Anwar al Sadat in 1981).
2 cents: The actions as well as inaction of the CES has enabled both of these boiling pots. What does this reveal about his beliefs?
From Thursday’s Jerusalem Post:
While the world persists in looking for signs of pragmatism in the Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsy is quietly taking over all the power bases in the country.
Having gotten rid of the army old guard, he replaced them with his own men – officers belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood or known sympathizers. Then he turned his attention to the media, replacing 50 editors working for the government’s extensive and influential press empire – including Al- Ahram, Al-Akhbar, Al-Gomhuria.He is now busy appointing new governors to the 27 regions of the country.
Hosni Mubarak used to choose retired generals he could depend on for these sensitive posts; Morsy is hand picking party faithful. At the same time upper echelons in government ministries and economic and cultural organizations are methodically being replaced. The Muslim Brotherhood is fast assuming total control. For many observers, the deployment of army units in Sinai is more about proclaiming Egyptian sovereignty in the face of Israel than actually fighting Islamic terrorism.
It is worth stressing that the Brotherhood is still operating under conditions of utmost secrecy, as it had been doing during the decades of persecution. How it is getting its funds, who are its members and how they are recruited is not known, nor is its decision-taking process. The movement has no legal existence since Gamal Abdel Nasser officially disbanded it in 1954.
However, for now he is devoting all his energy to his fight with the judiciary, long known for its independent stands. The Supreme Constitutional Court is being asked to rule the Brotherhood Movement illegal, and therefore to proclaim that the Liberty and Justice party it created – and which won 50% of the seats in the parliament – is illegal as well, and therefore to invalidate the election of Morsy, candidate of a movement and a party that are both illegal. Morsy sent his new justice minister to browbeat the court, but the judges refused to back down. The president is now working to limit the prerogatives of the court in the new constitution and will start “retiring” senior justices appointed by Mubarak.
Article written by the former ambassador to Egypt
Remember the CES wanted MB in control in Egypt
Krauthammer’s article this week is about the growing Iran nuclear issue and the current SOP followed by the CES and the other nations wearily looking on.
I agree with the fourth (added) option which is the president of the USA securing authorization to use the military against Iran if a well defined list of objectives are not met by the Iranian government. However the unfortunate truth of the matter is that our government has ceased to be a working government whose purpose is the well-being of the citizens of the country to that of partisan politicking full-time in hopes of life-long careers in so-called public/civil service. I will refocus the quote and focus of the Joker to repeat that “our national government is in dire need of an enema”.
Because of the current state of our government, it is in my opinion that any attempt to work with Congress now will produce posing and grand-standing to puff up our current president and that simply can not be allowed to happen. To make him artificially appear a better man than he is – will not do! To last minute create a public persona of strength and values is hogwash and an insult to all the people who are actually ethically moral principle based people. That man needs to flushed out of our nation’s policy making, removed from the captain’s wheel and ejected from the cockpit (violently if need be). Once that objective is secured THEN approaching Congress in meaningful, real talks to make the legitimate, legal and permanent line in the sand which to hold Iran’s leadership to can be identified and made. Only then will Israel believe that their nation and people’s existence is protected.
So – let’s get things moving and get the CES out of office so we can begin the necessary CHANGE that our country desperately needs.
CES = chief empty suit = current president of the USA
Slowly some wise Egyptian citizens are starting to protest and organize. Today’s NYT’s story briefly addresses these individuals trying to get the citizens of Egypt awake to what the Islamists/MB are doing and that it is a recipe for trouble in the nation. Key to the success of these protesters will be at least two things: 1) organization effectiveness 2) the population’s education and understanding of the political and religious philosophies at work in their country. The former Google exec I would think is not happy with what the hard work of last year has resulted in and should be busy working with others in creating a much stronger foundation for organized protest. The nation needs to be aware and fully understanding of the deceptive methods Islamists employ in order to seize power and hold it. So called MSM here in the USA should be focusing a lot more attention on what is playing out in Egypt – that is if they are truly interested in journalism and reporting the news from around the world. No spin is needed – simply report the facts and the back story.
Two article links that the Drudge Report currently has at the top of his web page deal with Israel’s government and their consideration of attacking Iran’s nuclear sites before the US presidential election. Article 1. Article 2. No real news is shared however the writer’s are being more transparent about what is a significant driver to the Israeli strike decision – the US presidential election.
It appears to me that the greatest thing O the CES could do to ensure that Israel does not strike before the presidential election is to allow Romney to win the election by a wide margin that is quite apparent as October arrives. So Mr. Nobel Peace prize winner (hack, cough, spit); put action to it not just puffery and words – step aside – for peace in the Middle East. Ha!
This timing question is legitimate for the Israeli government to consider. Despite all the swirl around the Iranian nuclear issue I am pretty sure one thing is certain – Israel would much rather it be a US, ally strike on Iran’s nuclear reactors not just a unilateral action on Israel’s part. Yet looking across the ocean over to our national capitol one could not be certain that an US action of such magnitude will actually timely occur. Truth be told, it should have happened at least a couple years ago. Now a strike will be a mere delay and quite possibly too little too late.
I believe Mr. Netanyahu and Mr. Barak need to plan today that they will strike the nuclear sites in Iran in October and then hope that the tide of US presidential election is such in October that they will not need to. That would mean a late October or early November 1 or 2 strike.
The Arab Spring takeover of Egypt by the Muslim Brotherhood has run amok, with reports from several different media agencies that the radical Muslims have begun crucifying opponents of newly installed President Mohammed Morsi.
Last week in Egypt, when Muslim Brotherhood supporters terrorized the secular media, several Arabic websites—includingArab News, Al Khabar News, Dostor Watany, andEgypt Now—reported that people were being “crucified.” The relevant excerpt follows in translation:
A Sky News Arabic correspondent in Cairo confirmed that protestors belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood crucified those opposing Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi naked on trees in front of the presidential palace while abusing others. Likewise, Muslim Brotherhood supporters locked the doors of the media production facilities of 6-October [a major media region in Cairo], where they proceeded to attack several popular journalists.
Center for Security Policy Senior Fellow Clare Lopez cited chapter and verse from the Quran to explain that crucifixions are not simply normal for Islam, they’re demanded.
“Crucifixion is a hadd punishment, stipulated in the Quran, Sura 5:33, and therefore an obligatory part of Shariah,” Lopez said. “It’s been a traditional punishment within Islam since the beginning, even though it’s not exclusively Islamic. The Romans used it too.
“So, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood haven’t the option to not include crucifixion within their legal code. It’s obligatory to comply with Shariah. And yes, it’s for shock value also to be sure,” Lopez said.
Lopez includes a warning for Egypt’s Christians and compares the coming treatment of the Christians to the Jews in Germany.
“The Copts must get out of Egypt as soon as possible – for the many millions who will not be able to get out, I expect things will continue to deteoriate…”, Lopez said.
Remember that the CES wanted the MB to win.
Remember the claims of democracy, then why are they enforcing the practices of Shariah law?
It is unraveling in Egypt as I feared it would. The citizens of Egypt are going to feel the full weight of radical Islamists and get exactly opposite the democracy and freedom that they protested for. This will ensure that Israel’s south border will no longer be stable and in fact it will become quite porous.
Why is the MSM of the USA not reporting this? I located a normal link on Drudge Report. Nothing on Fox, CNN, NYT, Washington Post, etc. I Googled & IXQuicked crucifixions in Egypt and pulled the 2 articles I reference and a handful of similar alternative news outlets that are reporting it. Remember the exhaustive coverage the so-called Arab Spring protesting received by the networks and MSM?
MSM = Main Stream Media
CES = chief empty suit = current president of the USA
Interesting information – if it is true. I do not see any advantage to Israel to make such a deal. What this would do is allow Iran the ability to:
1. continue working on whatever they are doing for another six months
2. give them the hard fast date line to which they then start the overtures once again of wanting to make diplomacy work, etc. all with the sole purpose if giving themselves even more time.
There is more going on than the story shares.
I could see this as the CES’s way of guaranteeing no Israeli strike prior to the election and then something “coming up” that he can’t pull himself away and to Israel two weeks before the election. The only thing he cares about in reference to Israel is election votes.