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Posted by Fred 2013-01-19 00:00||
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File under: Govt of Iran
#1 How can you be disappointed if you have no expectations?
Posted by gorb 2013-01-19 00:57||
#2 But.. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that a religious decree issued by Iran's supreme leader banning nuclear weapons is binding on the Iranian government.
Now if you can't trust a spittle spraying, taqiyya mouthing, Allah possessed mad mullah, who can you trust?
Posted by tipper 2013-01-19 01:51||
#3 Oh, well. Maybe next time...
Posted by tu3031 2013-01-19 02:23||
#4 The Talibunnies believe they're agents of God. God doesn't negotiate. The dumb secular westerners can't fathom that point. BTW, when the going get's rough, their God says its OK to lie. So the real dynamic is the need by the westerners to find a face saving ritual to surrender cause hunting them down without regard to other conventions [secular borders and sanctuaries] is not permitted. Drones do not occupy ground. It takes someone with a bayonet.
Posted by Procopius2k 2013-01-19 09:53||
#5 Me bad, Iranians/Talibunnies, but the principle is the same when dealing with them.
Posted by Procopius2k 2013-01-19 09:54||
#6 A fantastic Hollywood career awaits Victoria Nuland. How could anyone make such utterances without cracking up ?
Posted by Besoeker 2013-01-19 10:21||
#7 She's been taking lessons from Debbie Wasserman Schulz.
Posted by Pappy 2013-01-19 10:24||
#8 "Deeply disappointed" doesn't buy you much. What's next pouting?
Posted by JohnQC 2013-01-19 10:39||
#9 There's always crying with Oprah.
Posted by JohnQC 2013-01-19 10:39||
#10 Victoria Nuland Gangnam style dancing.
(Imagery paybacks to Pappy for bringing up Debbie Wasserman Schulz)
Posted by Besoeker 2013-01-19 10:53||
#11 As per his own MARCH 2013 deadline, iff Iran - surprise, surprise - doe NOT comply or concede will the Bammer wage war agz an Iran that has not invaded another country(s), by most accounts doe not possess any physical or real NucBombs, + has not closed off the Strait of Hormuz hence is not a immediate or realistic threat to vital International trade.
IN IRAN'S MIND, THE ANSWER TO ALL OF THE ABOVE IS A RESOUNDING "NO", THUS THE BAMMER CANNOT HOPE TO WAGE WAR UNLESS HE IS WILLING TO ACCEPT UNILATERAL BLAME VEE IRAN +INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY + UNSC FOR STARTING A WAR THAT SEEMINGLY "WASN'T NECESSARY".
Iran is NOT Saddam Hussein or Saddamist Iraq whom unilaterally invaded sovereign Kuwait, lost a major war, + then unilaterally violated a post-Conflict peace agreement wid the US-led Coalition + UNO by firing on UN recce aircraft + playing games wid anti-Nuke, WMD UN IAEA Inspectors-Teams.
UNLESS THE BAMMER HAS NON-ROUTINE CONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE AGZ IRAN, HE HAS NO RATIONALE FOR WAR.
That leaves CHINA in NE Asia - iff China refuses to back down vee Japan over disputed islands, the Bammer = USA will either have to risk fighting a Limited or Full-scale NucWar agz China in support or defense of US ally Japan, or make some kind of detrimental concessions to China which will likely hard US credibility in East Asia + World. THE GOOD NEWS FOR THE BAMMER = USA HERE IS THAT IMO CHINA IS LIKELY TO ATTEMPT TO WAGE MOSTLY OR WHOLLY CONVENTIONAL WAR [Air War e.g. Battle of Britain?] FIRST AGZ JAPAN + INTERVENING US-ALLIED FORCES, + DO SO PROTRACTIVELY. Against TAIWAN + prob the ROK, however, I expect the PLA to conduct a massive CONVENTIONAL FIRST-STRIKE = AIRBORNE, COMMANDO ETC. BLITZ IN AS QUICK A TIME AS POSSIBLE WHERE MASSIVE PLA COMBAT CASUALTIES ARE "ACCEPTABLE".
A Sino-Japanese war may begin over the disputed Senkakus/Diaoyus, but China's ultimate goal will be the conquest of Taiwan. To avoid a Limited or Ful Nucwar, I believe China will demand the US handover Taiwan to them irregardless iff local Taiwanese like it or not; + the pro-China demilitarization of the entire NE Asia region [SCS = SE Asia?] so that the PLA will have unfettered absolute access into WESTPAC, etc. - NO SUCH THING AS "A2A/AD" FOR CHINA + PLA.
Posted by JosephMendiola 2013-01-19 21:56||