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Archive for March 12th, 2007

Iran Not As Threatening as Thought? And America Ushers New Era of ‘Nuclear Equity’ by Granting Libya a Nuclear Deal

Posted by K.E. White on March 12, 2007

Iran's Nuclear Currency from Little Green FootballsToday Iran issued a nuclear bank note. Leave it to a blog to actually show the currency.

Unfortunately, Iran can’t seem to keep their nuclear finances straight:

Iran‘s Bushehr nuclear power station will not be launched in September and nuclear fuel will not be delivered to the station this month as earlier planned, the Russian contractor said Monday, blaming the hold-up on unpaid bills.

“The lack of financing from the Iranian side means that Atomstroiexport did not receive payments for two months,” Irina Yesipova, a spokeswoman for Russian state-owned contractor said by telephone.

“This means the timeframe has been moved and so the launch cannot happen in September – we simply cannot do it. If we can’t launch the station in September then we cannot deliver the fuel according to the old timetable either.”

But it’s doubtful such an embarrassing episode will cool the nuclear tensions between America and the United States.

But maybe former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami will?

From BBC News:

In an interview with an Iranian newspaper, former Mr Khatami conceded that the outside world does have legitimate worries about Iran’s nuclear programme that need reassuring.

Mohammad KhatamiHe said Iran did not want a nuclear bomb but it should use patience and tolerance to remove the concerns of those who worry about the risks of proliferation.

Mr Khatami stressed Iran should insist on its right to nuclear technology, but he said courage should be shown to avoid a crisis, or at least minimise the damage.

“I believe we should pay a certain price, and pay it bravely, for talks and not head towards crisis as well as guaranteeing our rights in future,” he said.

“We must try to prevent the adoption of another resolution.”

His remarks came as Israeli Foreign Minister Tsipi Livni urged the international community to extend sanctions “without delay”.

Speaking to a meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, she said sanctions imposed in December after Iran failed to stop uranium enrichment were already having an impact.

But don’t worry. perhaps Iran and America will soon see eye-to-eye on the nuclear issue.

The Bush administration’s recent (and undoubtedly reluctant) decision to sign a nuclear deal with Libya is just the diplomatic move to forge consensus with Iran. How can Iran not see the subjective wisdom of America’s approach to nuclear technology proliferation?

From Swissinfo:

The United States will help Libya generate nuclear electricity, the North African country said on Monday, in an announcement appearing to herald a further improvement in ties with the West.

There was no immediate comment from Washington, which has been repairing ties with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi since he began a series of moves in 2003 aimed at ending decades of international isolation for his oil and gas exporting country.

Libya‘s official Jana news agency said an agreement between the two countries would be signed shortly.

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Andy Rooney’s “Shock and Awe” Campaign for the Draft

Posted by K.E. White on March 12, 2007

Andy RooneyLast night Andy Rooney, a prime example of America’s greatest generation, said some shocking things.

And for one brief moment 60 Minutes again became the flagship institution it once was.

And whether one disagrees or agrees with him, we all should listen.

60 Minutes, a show that once defined what was news in America and was critically probed in the film The Insider, made my mouth drop last night.

From Andy Rooney’s Bring Back the Draft?:

Recruiters are granting thousands of what they call “moral waivers”. A “moral waiver” it turns out means they’ll take someone who has committed a crime or even someone who has been in prison. Last year, a total of 8,129 “moral waivers” were given to men who volunteered for the Army.
Are these the people we want representing us? As American soldiers, they’re going to give the people they meet around the world the impression that they are what all Americans are like and if they have been taken from the bottom of the barrel, they are not what we’re all like.

In 1942 we were at war with Germany and it wasn’t long before drafted college students and high school graduates dominated our military. It changed the United States Army for the better and in two years made it the best fighting force there has ever been. The Army and Navy were no longer made up of losers.

Now comes the part of this I never thought I’d hear myself say: Whenever we, as a nation, decide to fight a war – in Iraq or anywhere else – it should be fought by average Americans who are drafted.

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