Previous articles debunked
claims of Iran's alleged nuclear threat. For months, major media scoundrels
regurgitated official lies.
Yet at least since 2007, America's annual intelligence assessment found
none. Media reports ignored it. Suddenly old news is new news.
Quelle surprise! It's now headlined. More on that below, and a review
of past intelligence assessments. Previous articles explained them.
Why the change? Iran faces frequent false accusations. In recent months
alone, they include the fake US Saudi assassination plot, being the
world's leading sponsor of terror, targeting Israeli officials in India,
Georgia and Thailand, and, of course, claims about a nonexistent nuclear
weapons program. They all fail the smell test.
Defusing Iran's nuclear issue relates directly to Washington designating
Syria target one. The road to Tehran runs through Damascus. Both countries
are targeted for regime change.
Confronting enemies works best one at a time. If a pro-Western regime
replaces Assad, Iran loses its key regional ally. Isolated, it's more
Attacking both countries simultaneously means war on two fronts against
militaries far from pushovers. Though no match for Washington or Israel's
nuclear arsenal, both can hit back hard enough to raise concerns in
As a result, downplaying Iran's nuclear issue for now plays into likely
planned war on Syria. Daily events suggest it. So-called Friends of
Syria urge it. Heated rhetoric practically demands it. Calls grow for
involving foreign troops.
Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal openly called killing Syrians
a "great idea." Riyadh's been actively involved in doing it for months
along with Qatar, Turkey, Israel, and other rogue regional states.
Igor Korotchenko, editor-in-chief of the Russian Natsionalnaya Oborona
(National Defense) magazine told Russia Today:
"The armed opposition which rejects dialogue is responsible for escalating
violence in Syria," falsely blamed on Assad. He added that UK and other
foreign forces in Syria are directly aiding insurgents. Yet "despite
all these developments," he said, "Damascus is still open for dialogue
with the opposition."
He also explained that unrest is mainly in small parts of the country,
contrary to Western media reports. In fact, most Syrians support Assad,
but spurious accounts suggest otherwise.
America's Media Discover No Iranian Nuclear Threat
On February 24, The New York Times headlined, "US Agencies See No Move
by Iran to Build a Bomb," saying:
America's intelligence assessment finds "no hard evidence that Iran
has decided to build a nuclear bomb." The CIA and 15 other US intelligence
agencies concur: Iran has no known military related program. All along,
Tehran denied one.
Repeatedly, Iranian leaders and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei denied Iran seeks
nuclear weapons. Most recently Khamenei called them "useless, harmful
Western powers know "we are not seeking nuclear weapons because the
Islamic Republic of Iran considers possession of nuclear weapons a sin.
(Iran) wants to prove to the world that possessing (them) does not bring
US Intelligence Confirms It
On February 16, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper testified
before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the US Intelligence Community's
Worldwide Threat Assessment.
He found no evidence of an Iranian terror threat. He called "a mass
attack by foreign terrorist groups involving a chemical, biological,
radiological or nuclear (CBRN) weapon in the United State unlikely in
the next year.”
He discussed potential Iranian WMD threats, saying:
"We assess Iran is keeping open the option to develop nuclear weapons,"
but no evidence suggests an ongoing program. "We do not know if Iran
will eventually decide to build nuclear weapons." (It's) technically
feasible, but unlikely."
At the same Senate meeting, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, CIA director
General David Petraeus, and Joint Chiefs head General Martin Dempsey
concurred with Clapper. The alleged Iranian threat is entirely bogus.
Other high US, European and Israeli officials also believe Iran poses
no threat, has no ongoing military nuclear program, and has no likely
intention to initiate one. Claiming otherwise is spurious and inflammatory.
Experts have known it for years. So have major media scoundrels, but
until now said otherwise, while at the same time, trying to have it
Another February 24 Times article headlined, "Atomic Agency Says Iran
Is Making Fuel at Protected Site," saying:
IAEA "inspectors reported on Friday that Iran was moving more rapidly
to produce nuclear fuel than many outsiders expected, at a deep underground
(Fordo) site....The report is likely to inflame the debate over whether
Iran is nearing what Israel's defense minister, Ehud Barak, calls entering
a 'zone of immunity.' "
According to National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor:
"....Iran's actions demonstrate why (it) has failed to convince the
international community that its nuclear program is peaceful."
Fordo's enriching uranium to 20% purity. Previous reports called it
crossing the line toward developing nuclear weapons.
In fact, Iran uses a small reactor to produce medical isotopes that
require 20% enrichment. On site IAEA cameras monitor operations. So
do agency inspections. No evidence suggests diverting uranium for military
purposes. Yet the canard's frequently raised.
In its February 24 report, The Times agreed, saying the "claim appears
to be true, at least in part." In other words, the alleged full truth
"The fact that Iran is increasing production further has heightened
suspicions in the West that it wants to stockpile the fuel in case it
decides, in the future, to produce bomb-grade material. It would take
relatively little additional work to get that fuel to the 90 percent
purity needed for weapon fuel."
Nothing, in fact, suggests it. Reporting it keeps the nuclear threat
alive, when it has no credibility whatever based on years of intensive
At the same time, multiple rounds of stiff sanctions remain in place,
including an attempted oil embargo effective July 1. It affects crude
oil, petroleum and petrochemical products, oil related business, equipment
and technology, selling Tehran refined products, new investments, and
dealing with its central bank.
A previous article said Europe's shooting itself in foot by going along
with Washington. The Obama administration's done the same thing, based
on how major purchasers reacted.
Important ones, wholly or in part, dismissed the sanctions, including
Russia, China, India, Turkey, Japan, South Korea, and others. For its
part, Iran can play the same game, and did by demanding complicit EU
nations sign long-term agreements and guarantee payments. If not, Tehran
won't wait for July 1. It may immediately cut them off entirely.
At the same time, it's no longer shipping oil to Britain and France,
Europe's two main bullies. They're partnered with Washington's worst
crimes, including likely war on Syria.
Given world tensions, oil prices and Iran's revenue keep rising. On
Friday, Brent crude topped $125 a barrel and and US WTI approaches $110.
As long as current conditions are uncertain, the trend remains up. For
Iran, it's not only pure profit, but as Progressive Radio News Hour
regular Bob Chapman explains:
Iranian oil sanctions haven't worked. The embargo's "ridiculous. This
has to be one of the most ill thought through schemes ever....Talk about
shooting oneself in the foot. This has been a case of the Illuminists'
shooting themselves in both feet."
Iranian crude buyers won't bow to Washington, including on how they
make payments. They'll circumvent Tehran's central bank sanctions by
using multiple currencies, barter and gold. As a result, "Iran is breaking
the hold on the petrodollar," and weakening America in the process.
"Keeping Iran out of Swift Code for bank transfers is dumb." Alternatives
are easily found via China, Russia or India. Dollar strength will weaken
more. Whoever dreamed up this scheme should be fired. Iran's beating
Washington at its own game. The longer it practices rogue politics,
the more friends it finds won't go along.
Iran's Nuclear Program
Accusing Iran of developing nuclear weapons is cover for planned regime
change. February 24 major media headlines exposed the false charge,
at least in part. A previous article explained the following:
In December 2007, America's National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) said:
"We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its
nuclear weapons program; (perhaps it never existed); we also assess
with moderate-to-high confidence that Tehran at a minimum is keeping
open the option to develop nuclear weapons..."
The NIE also said:
"We assess with moderate confidence Tehran had not restarted its nuclear
program as of mid-2007, but we do not know whether it currently intends
to develop (them)."
"Tehran's decision to halt its nuclear weapons program suggests it is
less determined to develop (them) than we have been judging since 2005."
In February 2010, America's Annual Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence
Community for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence said:
"We do not know....if Iran will eventually decide to build nuclear weapons."
No evidence of an ongoing program exists.
In March 2011, the US Intelligence Community Worldwide Threat Assessment
for the Senate Armed Services Committee said precisely the same thing.
No evidence suggests an Iranian nuclear weapons program.
In other words, years of sophisticated satellite, covert, and other
intelligence showed nothing.
For the moment, baseless accusations yielded partially to grudging truths,
but for how long. If Washington replaces Assad, Iran becomes target
one. As a result, expect old baseless accusations revived along with
new ones to heighten fear levels enough to justify intervention.
America wants total regional dominance. Achieving it requires replacing
all independent regimes with client ones by any means, including war.
It's happened enough previous times to imagine what's coming, and with
it potentially catastrophic consequences. Given America's preemptive
nuclear strike policy, the threat is terrifyingly real.
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