Saturday, July 8, 2017

The fruits of patty-cake - today's edition

Think about all your tax dollars that went for Secretary Global-Test and Wendy Sherman to go to those interminable meetings in Vienna and Geneva and get humiliated by Iranian foreign minister Zarif, think about the pomposity surrounding the P5+1 agreement finally getting signed, as you take in this:

Startling new evidence from German intelligence reports shows the Tehran regime is working to illegally obtain technology and know-how to advance its nuclear weapons and missile programs, despite the 2015 agreement to curb its nuclear program.
A report from the state of Hamburg holds that “there is no evidence of an complete about-face in Iran’s atomic polices in 2016” [after the Islamic Republic signed the JCPOA deal with Western powers in 2015, aimed at restricting Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief]. Iran sought missile carrier technology necessary for its rocket program.”
The report noted that the federal prosecutor filed criminal charges against three German citizens for violations of the export economic law due to the deliveries of 51 special valves to Iranian company that can be used for the Islamic Republic’s sanctioned Arak heavy water reactor. The installation, the intelligence officials wrote, “can be used to develop plutonium for nuclear weapons.” Iran pledged, under the JCPOA deal, to “dismantle the [Arak] facility,” the intelligence report states.

On the proliferation of atomic, biological and chemical weapons, a second report from Baden-W├╝rttemberg’s state intelligence agency report states: “Regardless of the number of national and international sanctions and embargoes, countries like Iran, Pakistan and North Korea are making efforts to optimize corresponding technology.”
The 181-page document outlines the technology Iran is seeking: “Products and scientific know-how for the field of developing weapons of mass destruction as well [as] missile technology.”
Iran’s illegal procurement and terrorist activities are cited 49 times in the report and range from cyberwarfare to espionage to support of the EU- and U.S.-classified terrorist organization Hezbollah.
The Baden-W├╝rttemberg report provides detail on Iran’s development of ballistic missiles with the aid of a Chinese front company. A Chinese import-export business approached a company in the southern German state that manufactures “complex metal producing machines” to buy equipment.
Berlin’s Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control requested an end-use receipt for the Iranian purchase. The intelligence agency informed the engineering company that the merchandise was set to be unlawfully diverted to Iran. “This case shows that so-called indirect-deliveries across third countries is still Iran’s procurement strategy,” wrote the intelligence officials.
And they're working hard on delivery systems, too:

the 339-page federal document reports that Iran has not curtailed its missile program: “The amount of evidence found for attempts to acquire proliferation-sensitive material for missile technology/the missile program, which is not covered by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, remained about the same.”
Can we now deal with enemies as enemies?
 


19 comments:

  1. "Diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggie' until you can find a rock" --Will Rogers

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  2. Any updates on Israel's nuclear readiness? Sleep well knowing that Russia and US have been proliferating even before your potential beloved rock assumed power. I know, I know, you just adore his peeps.

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  3. Let's hope Israel is good and ready. The US needs to always have the indisputably largest nuclear arsenal in the world - at least as long as it still has any legitimate claim to being the number-one good guy.

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  4. Anyhow, so Trump's peeps are the cat's meow, eh? Watch out world, cause we ain't seen nothin yet? 65 years of often uneasy armistice in Korea and now this Svengali (of God (enough think so to elect him) tweets out "enough already" within 6 months of his inauguration and we're ready to roll? I certainly and seriously doubt it. Soon, if not already, this will be couched in terms of sacrifices the American people must make to achieve glorious victory for greatness, again the greatness. You do realize Germany and Germans once thought of them and theirs as exceptional too. This fucking mad man has the nuclear codes! (and I'm not talking about that other dude with the bad hair over there).

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  5. Who says we're "ready to roll" and what does that even mean? The topic of this post is that the world has conclusive proof that Iran is right now pursuing the possession of nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them. That was supposed to stop happening with the "agreement."

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  6. Nuclear weapons are an absurd idea, imagine being given the keys to the universe design and the priori is nuclear weapons,a sad state of affairs for society in general.

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  7. Hey, we agree there. As Matis says, diplomacy should take the lead. And as The just war theory says, once wars start, the way to peace should be sought ASAP. Nukea put a whole different "tone" tone to war. And you cannot talk about (or trash) diplomacy without talking about war. All out nuclear holocaust that leaves only the cockroaches to metamorph into what rough beasts might come again in the after death. Let's roll means, let's get on with it all. You're a hawk, some might say a rabid one. Bully for you. If the worlds in the mood for war, pull up a seat in front of your big screen and let it roll. Let's roll!

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  8. Some might tire of your bellyaching so let's keep you happy and satisfied that we're imposing our greatness, our exeptionality, let's roll MoFo!

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  9. The world has conclusive proof that Israel has been supplied with nukes for decades. Let's put that on the table too before it all blows. Or am I being a hater?

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  10. Let's Roll. Now! Screw the 65 year old armistice and that longest ""war" now in our history, let's roll Now! The time for failed diplomacy is over. Let's roll now!!!!!!

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  11. Our Commander in Chief has tweeted that enough is enough. Let's roll! Onward to victory that has eluded us for 65 years. The man with the plan. Let's roll!

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  12. Sounds like you think it's a good thing for Iran to get nuclear weapons and ICBMs. What else can one conclude from your characterization of my pointing out their pursuit of them as "bellyaching"?

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  13. Great inference. For a fool. You bellyaches through diplomacy efforts by the Bush administration too. I really think you might find yourself in Zionism but for the Jesus conundrum, but you can just call him Yahweh.

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  14. I thought we settled this with your statement that it is not a good thing for any country to have them.

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  15. Call me damaged cause I lived through Nam which was the very essence of hubris which can be such a deadly sin that it felled the Prince of Light. Ain't seen much virtue in wars executed by my Fatherland since, unless it was Ike avoiding WW III back in '53.

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  16. "Bellyaching" . . . is that anything like pointing out that a particular foreign policy isn't achieving its stated. aims?

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  17. No, my position is that, since that horse is out of the barn - that is, nuclear weapons aren't going away - the sensible objective to pursue is a state in which the good actors have them and the bad guys don't.

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  18. So you deride statecraft as patty-cake. How 'bout some dodge ball?

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