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Iran Nuclear Watch: A Deal to Halt Uranium Enrichment?

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There is a report out that says Iran will halt uranium enrichment if the West lifts international sanctions.

Iran expressed readiness to freeze its uranium enrichment program in return for lifting the international sanctions imposed on it, Israel’s Channel 2 senior analyst Ehud Ya’ari revealed Thursday evening.

He cited unnamed Western officials as the source of the new development.

In the newly formulated deal, incentives were also reportedly discussed, including rebuilding Iran’s fleet of aircraft and aiding the country with civilian nuclear technology.

According to the report, an initial six-week trial period would be implemented.

It sounds to Flap that this is a “trial baloon” for “pre-negotiations” or how to do a period leading up to full-blown negotiations as discussed in this piece. However, the United States is adamant in not beginning negotiations until Iran permanently suspends uranium enrichment.

The United States on Thursday maintained its demand that Iran suspend its uranium enrichment as a condition for Washington participating in formal nuclear talks with Tehran, although it did not rule out less strict pre-negotiations.

“We have talked to the Iranians previously via the P5-plus-1 and Mr. Solana about various ways to get to full-blown negotiations,” State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said, referring to grouping of Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States, as well as EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana who has engaged Tehran on nuclear issues.

“In order to get to those full-blown negotiations where you have the US and the other five members of the P5-plus-1 present at the table with the Iranians, they are going to have to suspend their enrichment-related activity.

“And of course there would be a suspension of activities in the (UN) Security Council during that,” McCormack added.

Asked about a formula known as “freeze for freeze” — under which Tehran would freeze its nuclear enrichment program at current levels in exchange for no new UN Security Council sanctions — the spokesman did not deny the possibility of implementing such a proposal ahead of further talks.

But, remember this is the same stalling ploy that Iran always uses before the G-8 meetings each year. And, buying time is in Iran’s interest while the centrifuges spin at Natanz.

The United States had better place any “pre-negotiations” on a fast track with a time certain for progress or Iran will simply wait out the process with their secret nuclear program.

By the way, who will monitor and verify the temporary suspension of uranium enrichment?

The IAEA?

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Barack Obama Watch: In A Shocker Obama Flip Flops on Iraq War – Now Wants to Clarify His Remarks

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Mark Halperin reports that in a hastily scheduled second press availability, Barack Obama sought to clarify his remarks made earlier and insisted that his position on Iraq has not changed.

“I intend to end this war… That position has not changed. I have not equivocated on that position. I am not searching for maneuvering room with respect to that position.”

Though he also says:

“I have always reserved the right to do what’s best for America’s national interest… I would be a poor commander-in-chief if I didn’t take facts on the ground into account.”

But that is NOT what he said before.

Senator Barack Obama said Thursday the United States cannot sustain a long-term military presence in Iraq, but added that he would be open to “refine my policies” about a timeline for withdrawing troops after meeting with American military commanders during a trip to Iraq later this month.

Mr. Obama, whose popularity in the Democratic primary was built upon a sharp opposition to the war and an often-touted 16-month gradual timetable for removing combat troops, dismissed suggestions that he was changing positions in the wake of reductions in violence in Iraq and a general election fight with Senator John McCain.

“I’ve always said that the pace of withdrawal would be dictated by the safety and security of our troops and the need to maintain stability. That assessment has not changed,” he said. “And when I go to Iraq and have a chance to talk to some of the commanders on the ground, I’m sure I’ll have more information and will continue to refine my policies.”

But, on Obama’s website he has another position – one that he has repeated over and over.

Obama will immediately begin to remove our troops from Iraq. He will remove one to two combat brigades each month, and have all of our combat brigades out of Iraq within 16 months.

But, today, Obama says:

  • “My 16-month (withdrawal) timeline, if you examine everything that I’ve said, was always premised on making sure that our troops were safe.”
  • “So my position has not changed, but keep in mind what that original position was. I’ve always said that I would listen to commanders on the ground. I’ve always said the pace of withdrawal would be dictated by the safety and security of our troops and the need to maintain stability. That assessment has not changed. And when I go to Iraq and have a chance to talk to some of the commanders on the ground, I’m sure I’ll have more information and will continue to refine my policies.”

Good grief, if Obama is not equivocating on an inflexible timeline for withdrawal then what the hell is he saying?

He is attemting to back away from an assinine contradictory policy that cannot be sustained – but one on which he ran on during the Democrat primary election season.

How does his policy now differ from that of Hillary Clinton who Obama beat up time and time again for voting for the Iraq War.

Barack Obama is simply a typical politician who cannot be trusted to keep his word on policy.

The Republican National Committee: “There appears to be no issue that Barack Obama is not willing to reverse himself on for the sake of political expedience.”

No shit…….

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Sharia Law OK for Britain Says Top Judge

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Lord Chancellor and Justice Minister Jack Straw and Lord Chief Justice Lord Phillips of Worth Matavers in London July 4, 2007

Sharia Law may be used to resolve disputes among Muslims in England says the most senior judge, Lord Chief Justice Lord Phillips.

Lord Chief Justice Lord Phillips said that Islamic legal principles could be employed to deal with family and marital arguments and to regulate finance.

He declared: ‘It is possible in this country for those who are entering into a contractual agreement to agree that the agreement shall be governed by a law other than English law.’

In his speech in an East London mosque Lord Phillips signalled approval of sharia principles as a means of settling disputes so long as no punishments that conflict with the established law are involved, and as long as divorces are made to comply with the civil law.

But his remarks – which give the green light from the highest judicial office to the informal sharia courts already operated by numerous mosques – provoked a storm of criticism.

The British system of law has always been perverted with religion – look at Henry the VIII and the Church of England as a prime example.

Now, Americans have reinforced why there is a “wall of separation” between church and state written into the first amendment to the United States Constitution.

Let this be a warning to the United States Supreme Court who has some members who wish to use international law in deciding cases.


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Barack Obama Watch: In A Shocker Obama Flip Flops on Iraq War

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Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., center, speaks during his campaign stop in Fargo, N.D., July 3, 2008

In a shocking reversal of Iraq War policy, Barack Obama moves to the RIGHT and now says he would be open to “redefine my policies” about a timeline for withdrawing troops after meeting with American military commanders during his trip to Iraq next month.

Mr. Obama, whose popularity in the Democratic primary was built upon a sharp opposition to the war and an often-touted 16-month gradual timetable for removing combat troops, dismissed suggestions that he was changing positions in the wake of reductions in violence in Iraq and a general election fight with Senator John McCain.

“I’ve always said that the pace of withdrawal would be dictated by the safety and security of our troops and the need to maintain stability. That assessment has not changed,” he said. “And when I go to Iraq and have a chance to talk to some of the commanders on the ground, I’m sure I’ll have more information and will continue to refine my policies.”

Another flip-flop for Obama. Damn, this POL is flipping more than Mitt Romney or pancakes.

The Iraq war – a war Obama opposed before he was for it.

Just as Jeremiah Wright said the first time – just a politician. Flap will add – what a phony.

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