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12 months or Less…

And the plot thickens towards war with Iran.

English: Official portrait of Leon Panetta as ...
Leon Panetta

Leon Panetta, US Secretary of Defense Monday night showered the world with a preview of his Christmas night (by the fire of course) 60 minutes interview on Iran and it’s rapidly growing nuclear program. With sabers rattling on both sides, this is sure to keep stoking the fires and the war drums beating.

CBS News anchor Scott Pelley caught up with Secretary Panetta on his tour last week of Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. On the way home, he boarded the jet nicknamed “The Doomsday Plane.” This is the command post where he and the president would direct a nuclear war. In an interview for “60 Minutes,” we sat down in the compartment where he would execute the commander-in-chief’s orders. Panetta told CBS News that Iran needs only one year to build a nuclear weapon.

Pelley: So that they can develop a weapon even more quickly…

Panetta: On a faster track….

Pelley: Than we believe….

Panetta: That’s correct.

Pelley: If the Israelis decide to launch a military strike to prevent that weapon from being built, what sort of complications does that raise for you?

Panetta: Well, we share the same common concern. The United States does not want Iran to develop a nuclear weapon. That’s a red line for us & that’s a red line, obviously, for the Israelis. If we have to do it we will deal with it.

Pelley: You just said if we have to do it we will come and do it. What is it?

Panetta: If they proceed & we get intelligence that they are proceeding with developing a nuclear weapon, we will take whatever steps necessary to stop it.

Pelley: Including military steps?

Panetta: There are no options off the table

Pelley: A nuclear weapon in Iran is…

Panetta: Unacceptable.

(Panetta also told CBS News that while Iran needs a year or less to assemble a weapon, he has no indication yet that the Iranians have made the decision to go ahead.)Personally, I would like to see the Mossad and Saudi estimates, and the article also leaves out one giant question mark thats included in the video, a statement from Panetta that “that year or less is based on IF they dont have another enrichment program going in a secret location.”

For Iran’s part, the mullahs are going full speed ahead in their quest, yet still found the time to “capture and control” no less than 4 US and Israeli drones, bust a CIA spy ring in Lebanon (credit to a fat man living in a bunker on that one), and another CIA spy sneaking in the country from Afghanistan, they have worked hard to  destabilize Bahrain, assist in the suppression of the Syrians, supply Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and still if thats not enough to keep them busy, they are well on their way to the record for most people executed in the world this year with a total of just under 700 victims, including several women and children.

With talk of a US/EU blockade in the early new year gaining traction and a possible Israeli strike, grouped with 2 bills that just passed the house, and the game changing biggie, the 2012Defense Authorization not being blocked the administration, it appears President Obama just might act.

Sounds like someone just blew a hole in Ron Paul’s theory. Oops.

A Nuclear Primer for Ron Paul

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A Iranian future?

Ron Paul’s quest for isolationism is at best a pipe dream for a utopia that doesn’t exist. In Thursday’s GOP debate he said:

“There is no evidence that they have [a nuclear weapon]. And it would make more sense — if we lived through the Cold War, which we did, with 30,000 missiles pointed at us, we ought to really sit back and think and not jump the gun and believe that we are going to be attacked,” Rep. Paul

While he is right, there is NO evidence that they currently have a nuclear weapon they do have 4,922kg of uranium hexafluoride (UF6) enriched to 3.5%, and at least 80kg of (20%) U-235. As of November 2011, Iran most likely has acquired enough U-235 to fuel its 5th bomb. With over 8000 centrifuges operating at capacity at Natanz alone, less than 400 will be needed to make the push from reactor grade to weapons grade. With current estimates at Iran’s present rate of production they will produce the 120kg of UF6 by June, 2012. Only 12 months are theoretically needed to accomplish this with only 328 centrifuges. This timetable is drastically reduced if and when Iran was to make a sprint to the finish line; doubled (656) would bring it down to 7 months, quadrupled (1312) would bring it down to under 4 months while if they used 3000, were down to 6 weeks. And I remind you this is just Natanz. This does not include Fordow at Qom were we know they are within weeks of producing more UF6 right now.

Previous reports by the Director General have identified outstanding issues related to possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear program and actions required of Iran to resolve these.33 Since 2002, the Agency has become increasingly concerned about the possible existence in Iran of undisclosed nuclear related activities involving military related organizations, including activities related to the development of a nuclear payload for a missile, about which the Agency has regularly received new information.

The information indicates that Iran has carried out the following activities that are relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device:

  • Efforts, some successful, to procure nuclear related and dual use equipment and materials bymilitary related individuals and entities
  • Efforts to develop undeclared pathways for the production of nuclear material The acquisition of nuclear weapons development information and documentation from a clandestine nuclear supply network
  • Work on the development of an indigenous design of a nuclear weapon including the testing of Components

Iran is a leader all right, in human rights abuses, including stoning, decapitations, and hanging from cranes (a national favorite it seems). Iran is the number 1 sponsor of terror in the world fermenting acts of violence around the globe. They supply weapons and money to Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza, as well as Hezbollah in Lebanon, amongst god knows how many splinter groups. This is a country that gave plastic keys to heaven to hundreds of thousands of youth in order to march to the front where they threw themselves in front of tanks and into mine field to clear the way for the troops.

And for anyone who denies the sincerity of these genocidal monsters let me leave you with a happy quote from Ruhollah Khomeini

“We have often proclaimed this truth in our domestic and foreign policy, namely that we have set as our goal the world-wide spread of the influence of Islam and the suppression of the rule of the world conquerors … We wish to cause the corrupt roots of Zionism, capitalism and Communism to wither throughout the world. We wish, as does God almighty, to destroy the systems which are based on these three foundations, and to promote the Islamic order of the Prophet … in the world of arrogance. We shall export our revolution to the whole world. Until the cry ‘There is no God but God’ resounds over the whole world, there will be struggle. Establishing the Islamic state world-wide belong to the great goals of the revolution. Islamic Revolution … is being exported … [so that] with the dispensations of the Supreme Lord, the banner of Islam is likely to be hoisted throughout the globe in the not-too-distant future.”

No problem here, right Ron?

Jeff Treesh is @IranAware

House passes 2 Iran bills

House passes 2 Iran bills by Jeff Treesh

Good movement on Iran finally, but will it be enough?

The GOP-controlled House of Representatives passed two national security measures yesterday, and threw the ball into the Democrat-controlled Senate’s court. By a 410-11 vote yesterday, the House approved the Iran Threat Reduction Act, H.R. 1905.  This bill would tighten sanctions against Iran, and allow for sanctions against the Central Bank of Iran if a finding is made that the bank supports Iran’s terrorist activities.

By a 418-2 vote, H.R. 2105, The Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Reform and Modernization Act, which provides for new sanctions against companies that transfer certain goods, services and technology to these countries. Both bills are off to the Senate now, adding to the Senate amendment that would impose sanctions on the Iranian central bank, to the defense bill passed last week in the 100-0.

If the bills pass the senate, It will be time for Obama to act Presidential and sign them all into law now.

We have 6 months to a year and Iran will have a nuclear bomb. They have enough enriched material now with 1 more cycle through the cascades, for up to 3 weapons.  Iran is currently ready to start enrichment deep inside a mountain at Qom, supporting Hezb’allah in taking over Lebanon, supporting Hamas and Islamic Jihad (and countless others) in jihad funding, all the while supporting Assad and his homicidal campaign against his own people.  All this and they still find the time for killing and locking away any sign of resistance in their own citizens.

With a nuclear weapon(s) Iran will not just be a threat to Israel or the United States, but to the entire world. With a nuclear weapon, Iranian threats to the world’s citizens will become the norm, making the insane ranting of Kim Jong-Il look like a child wanting a toy. They will hold the world hostage for energy by blocking the straights and driving up the price with fear and intimidation. It will be in other words a nightmare. A nightmare with a regime that sends children to clear mine fields, stones their women, and thinks a suicide bomber’s mission is a gift to Allah.

Don’t forget the 12th Imam.

When the time comes around spring-summer 2012 when it comes down to imposing a (hopefully U.N. mandated) blockade, we must be prepared to go it alone.  I’m sure Britain and France will be united with us, even if the usual destabalizers of world peace Russia and China utilize their standard crying and complaining MO.

Because when the fall comes, our time will be up. Remember all the suicide bombers they have guided to their doom? Imagine nuclear ones.