CLINTON CONFIRMATION: HRC on Iran’s Nuclear Program

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 10:53 am

Kerry asks about Iran. Sounds surprisingly hawkish. What are the “big carrots and the big sticks” that the Obama administration will use to get Iran in compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty? Why will they work? What else is needed?

Clinton: Iran is a “great concern,” both on nuclear questions — “its pursuit of nuclear weapons,” though the National Intelligence Estimate from 2007 says Iran abandoned that pursuit — and in its regional influence. “Through the use of sanctions, creating better coalitions with countries we believe have a stake in trying to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear-capable state. Not taking any option off the table as well,” she says, but Obama will take a “new attitude… that we think will bear fruit.” There’s a strategy review. Notice she’s not saying they’ll negotiate with Iran in their first year in office. Was this just campaign rhetoric?

Kerry asks about a “bottom line” from Obama: is it acceptable for Iran to have a weapon “or is it simply not desirable?” Clinton: “The President-elect has said repeatedly it is unacceptable.” Will pursue diplomacy “with all its multitudinous tools” but “no option is off the table,” a euphemism for military force.

Update: Kerry asks about sending an envoy in the first year. “We’re looking at a range of possibilities,” she says. Doesn’t want to “take our friends and allies by surprise, so we cannot tell you with specificity.” But the “President-elect said as recently as this weekend that we will try new approaches, because the old approaches haven’t worked.” Again, she’s not saying they’ll send an envoy in the first year. She’s not not saying that, though, but declining to say that is significant given Obama’s campaign promises to negotiate with Iran in the first year.

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Bob Weber
Comment posted January 13, 2009 @ 10:31 pm

Regarding the 2007 Iran NIE: We must realize that reports and commissions exist not to inform policy, but to support official policy, i.e., “intelligence is fixed around policy”. On the rare occasions that a report tells the truth contrary to official policy, that report is consigned to the memory hole. For example, the Shafer Commission on drug policy under Nixon, the State Department's intelligence reports which discounted the supposed threat of Iraq WMD's, and now the Iran 2007 NIE.


Jaff Sassani
Comment posted January 24, 2009 @ 10:40 am

IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN WARS ARE THE LESSEN NOT LEARNED

Listening to the President Obama’s speeches and no plans so far is showing that “lessen are not learned from this wars”. The President is going to work against the wishes of the American people too. He is talking about the residual forces in Iraq and increase of the forces in Afghanistan. The Wars without economic plans are going to fail no matter what the military does Mr. President.
Mr. President first you are going to review the wars expenditures carefully. And figure out that there are corruptions within the US Government officials in Afghanistan and Iraq. The state department and defense department are fighting each other to control the funds and ask them why?
We are going to give you an example. The state department has parallel Government officials to Iraqi Government called the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in every province in Iraq. They are working closely with the Iraqi officials.
We are one fourth of the populations in Kurdistan region of Iraq. We are contacted Mr. Haward Keegan, the team leader of PRT in Kirkuk, Iraq and informed him about our miserable life in our regions. He did not want to listen to our grievances because probably of the advice of the corrupt Iraqi officials in Kirkuk. We can prove to you that all the Kurdish officials are corrupt in Kurdistan regions of Iraq and the US officials are working with them closely without any regards to the people complains in the region.
The US contracting offices in Iraq are involved with the corruptions. And they are known to the public that the American’s are taking money to give you contract.
Mr. President why so many billion’s of dollars is disappeared in Iraq and Afghanistan reconstructions’ projects. But the Iraqi and Afghans people are in very bad shape and those projects are useless. You think Mr. President all the money is gone to Iraqi and Afghans officials or there are people from your country; God forbidden could take some of that money too. What mechanism state department has to control that!!!
Mr. President first put your country house in order. And then try to understand the failure of your own Government policy in Iraq and Afghanistan.
With regard of Iraq we are hoping that you take more time to understand Iraq first. President Bush did have plan in his mind but it come out to be useless plan. America lost lot of the people; their lives are not replaceable. The costs are too high for the USA to be the servant of the divided country which does not want to be united. Iraqis are more loyal to the regional powers; than this artificial country called Iraq and imposed by the UK imperialist to serve its oil interest. Iraq never has been stable since the day one. Iraq used to be three regional Governorship during the Iranian and Ottoman Empires depend on who was the ruler of the territory.
Here is what we are thinking should be done. Total withdrawals without any conditions are the best choice for time being. If Iraq are so important to the USA security then has few bases in the Kurdistan regions only. And replace the corrupt Barzani and Talabani family of mafia with the people who want to serve the Kurdish people and American people too. Barzani and Talabani are using the good nature of the American people to make more and more money and the Kurds are starving.
Both Arab communities in Iraq does not want USA so why you want to help them any way. Let them to settle their own differences first without your interference.
The Kurdish people are in need of the American protections. Arrest both corrupt Barzani and Talabani family members and let the Kurdish court decide their future. The Kurds love American laws and rule of laws. They are in love with the American culture and they do want to be like American. Let the UN to mark the boundaries between Arabs and Kurds using historical document and justice.
We are one fourth of the populations in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and we have very good relationship with Sourchi, Harkey, barware, and other large tribes in Kurdistan. We want to have free elections to form real parliament to watch the elected Government in the region. Barzani and Talabani are only few families. They are not that popular with their mafia political parties. You will be surprised how weak they are. We are going to punish them based on the verdict of the court. We promise you they are going to receive the punishment immediately based on the court orders. They are no body in Kurdistan. They are the creations of the Bush administrations.
The Kurds are real friend of the USA. We love your system of Government even collapsed because of the wrong doing of individuals not because the system are in fault.
Sincerely,
Jaff sassani
From the SKDC
jaff.skdc@googlemail.com


Jaff Sassani
Comment posted January 24, 2009 @ 6:40 pm

IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN WARS ARE THE LESSEN NOT LEARNED

Listening to the President Obama’s speeches and no plans so far is showing that “lessen are not learned from this wars”. The President is going to work against the wishes of the American people too. He is talking about the residual forces in Iraq and increase of the forces in Afghanistan. The Wars without economic plans are going to fail no matter what the military does Mr. President.
Mr. President first you are going to review the wars expenditures carefully. And figure out that there are corruptions within the US Government officials in Afghanistan and Iraq. The state department and defense department are fighting each other to control the funds and ask them why?
We are going to give you an example. The state department has parallel Government officials to Iraqi Government called the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in every province in Iraq. They are working closely with the Iraqi officials.
We are one fourth of the populations in Kurdistan region of Iraq. We are contacted Mr. Haward Keegan, the team leader of PRT in Kirkuk, Iraq and informed him about our miserable life in our regions. He did not want to listen to our grievances because probably of the advice of the corrupt Iraqi officials in Kirkuk. We can prove to you that all the Kurdish officials are corrupt in Kurdistan regions of Iraq and the US officials are working with them closely without any regards to the people complains in the region.
The US contracting offices in Iraq are involved with the corruptions. And they are known to the public that the American’s are taking money to give you contract.
Mr. President why so many billion’s of dollars is disappeared in Iraq and Afghanistan reconstructions’ projects. But the Iraqi and Afghans people are in very bad shape and those projects are useless. You think Mr. President all the money is gone to Iraqi and Afghans officials or there are people from your country; God forbidden could take some of that money too. What mechanism state department has to control that!!!
Mr. President first put your country house in order. And then try to understand the failure of your own Government policy in Iraq and Afghanistan.
With regard of Iraq we are hoping that you take more time to understand Iraq first. President Bush did have plan in his mind but it come out to be useless plan. America lost lot of the people; their lives are not replaceable. The costs are too high for the USA to be the servant of the divided country which does not want to be united. Iraqis are more loyal to the regional powers; than this artificial country called Iraq and imposed by the UK imperialist to serve its oil interest. Iraq never has been stable since the day one. Iraq used to be three regional Governorship during the Iranian and Ottoman Empires depend on who was the ruler of the territory.
Here is what we are thinking should be done. Total withdrawals without any conditions are the best choice for time being. If Iraq are so important to the USA security then has few bases in the Kurdistan regions only. And replace the corrupt Barzani and Talabani family of mafia with the people who want to serve the Kurdish people and American people too. Barzani and Talabani are using the good nature of the American people to make more and more money and the Kurds are starving.
Both Arab communities in Iraq does not want USA so why you want to help them any way. Let them to settle their own differences first without your interference.
The Kurdish people are in need of the American protections. Arrest both corrupt Barzani and Talabani family members and let the Kurdish court decide their future. The Kurds love American laws and rule of laws. They are in love with the American culture and they do want to be like American. Let the UN to mark the boundaries between Arabs and Kurds using historical document and justice.
We are one fourth of the populations in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and we have very good relationship with Sourchi, Harkey, barware, and other large tribes in Kurdistan. We want to have free elections to form real parliament to watch the elected Government in the region. Barzani and Talabani are only few families. They are not that popular with their mafia political parties. You will be surprised how weak they are. We are going to punish them based on the verdict of the court. We promise you they are going to receive the punishment immediately based on the court orders. They are no body in Kurdistan. They are the creations of the Bush administrations.
The Kurds are real friend of the USA. We love your system of Government even collapsed because of the wrong doing of individuals not because the system are in fault.
Sincerely,
Jaff sassani
From the SKDC
jaff.skdc@googlemail.com


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[...] Clinton has also clearly said that she didn’t expect negotiations to work anyway, as long ago as March last year, something fully in keeping with her recent statements that the whole point is to enact “crippling sanctions” and that moving sanctions forward is a full answer to Iran’s proposed deal. In fact, she was saying “sanctions” not “negotiations” on the primary campaign trail and in her confirmation hearing. [...]


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