Lebanon Watch: Hezbollah – Here We Go Again

Posted Posted in Hezbollah, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Syria
A family flees a neighorhood in west Beirut. Hezbollah fighters, their guns blazing, seized control of west Beirut on Friday after three days of deadly street battles with pro-government foes pushed Lebanon dangerously close to all-out civil war.

Iran and Syria have aided Hezbollah RELOAD after the war with Israel in 2006 – so here we go again.

Get ready for the resumption of Israeli, Hezbollah and Lebanese War. Like Flap said the first time.


North Korea Watch: White House – Syria Must Come Clean About Illicit Nuclear Activities

Posted Posted in North Korea, Syria

This undated image from video released Thursday April 24, 2008, by the Central Intelligence Agency shows a photo of a covert nuclear reactor being built in Syria’s eastern desert near Al Kibar, according to the narrated video.

So, while the United States was negotiating with the North Koreans about shutting down their nuclear program they outsourced it to Syria.

The White House said Thursday that North Korea’s secret work on a nuclear reactor with Syria was “a dangerous and potentially destabilizing development for the world,” raising doubts about Pyongyang’s intention to carry through with a promised disclosure of its nuclear activities.

Seven months after Israel bombed the reactor, the White House broke its silence and said North Korea assisted Syria’s secret nuclear program and that the destroyed facility was not intended for “peaceful purposes.”

Top U.S. intelligence officials who briefed reporters said they had high confidence in the judgment that North Korea had aided Syria with its nuclear program and the intention was to produce plutonium. But they claimed only low confidence for the conclusion that it was meant for weapons development, in part because there was no reprocessing facility at the site — something that would be needed to enrich nuclear material for use in a bomb.

The Israeli strike on Sept. 6, 2007, ripped open the structure, known as the Al Kibar reactor, and revealed even more evidence to spy satellites: reinforced concrete walls that echoed the design of the Yongbyon reactor.

After the attack, Syria tried to bury evidence of its existence and erected a new building to hide the site. The building is not believed to house a new reactor, the officials said.

“This coverup only served to reinforce our confidence that this reactor was not intended for peaceful activities,” White House press secretary Dana Perino said. “The Syrian regime must come clean before the world regarding its illicit nuclear activities.”

Syria will stonewall the issue and North Korea have proven to be liars, thieves and terrorists.

The United States must trust but verify any further nuclear agreements with North Korea and make sure they include ALL proliferation activities.

In the meantime, uranium enrichment centrifuges continue to spin at Natanz in Iran.

Flap is not hopeful for a negotiated settlement with either North Korea and/or Iran. Moreover, the Bush Administration is punting the entire crisis into the next Presidency.

Speaking about the next Presidency, John McCain today challenged Democrat Barack Obama’s approach to diplomacy on Thursday, saying U.S. charges that North Korea gave nuclear assistance to Syria showed the folly of unconditional talks with foreign adversaries.

McCain said U.S. disclosures that North Korea helped Syria build a secret nuclear reactor destroyed by Israel last year cast a new light on Obama’s willingness to meet unconditionally with a leader like North Korea’s Kim Jong-il.

Without naming Obama, McCain said those who would meet with a leader like Kim “should explain to the American people how talking unconditionally to dictators like Kim Jong-il in the aftermath of recent disclosures advances American interests.”

And, we saw what giving an autographed Michael Jordan basketball to Kim Jong-Il accomplished for North Korean nuclear weapons development and proliferation, now didn’t we?

Stay tuned……

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North Korea Nuclear Watch: Syrian Plutonium Reactor Close to Completion

Posted Posted in Israel, North Korea, Syria

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These satellite images, taken August 5, 2007 (Top) and October 24, 2007 (Bottom), show a suspected nuclear facility in Syria.

North Korea made a deal with the United States to disable their nuclear weapon facilities so they “OUTSOURCED” them.

The Bush administration will tell Congress tomorrow that a nuclear facility in Syria built with North Korean help was nearly complete when Israel bombed it in September, and that Pyongyang has not provided any further nuclear assistance to the hard-line Arab nation, at least at that site, U.S. officials said.

CIA Director Michael V. Hayden and other intelligence officials are expected to brief several congressional committees in closed-door sessions, breaking the administration’s silence on the issue.

The Syrian facility has become a key issue in six-nation negotiations to end the North’s nuclear programs.

“The belief is that the reactor was nearing completion,” said one official familiar with the content of the briefings. “It would have been able to produce plutonium.”

Another official said that the facility in Syria was similar to North Korea’s main nuclear complex at Yongbyon, which has been almost disabled by U.S. experts.

Both programs were based on technology to produce plutonium, a man-made element that is the most common ingredient used to make the fissile core of atomic bombs.

Thank God, Israel bombed the facility. How did Israel and the United States know?

They had the North Koreans on tape.

A video taken inside a secret Syrian facility last summer convinced the Israeli government and the Bush administration that North Korea was helping to construct a reactor similar to one that produces plutonium for North Korea’s nuclear arsenal, according to senior U.S. officials who said it would be shared with lawmakers today.

The officials said the video of the remote site, code-named Al Kibar by the Syrians, shows North Koreans inside. It played a pivotal role in Israel’s decision to bomb the facility late at night last Sept. 6, a move that was publicly denounced by Damascus but not by Washington.

Sources familiar with the video say it also shows that the Syrian reactor core’s design is the same as that of the North Korean reactor at Yongbyon, including a virtually identical configuration and number of holes for fuel rods. It shows “remarkable resemblances inside and out to Yongbyon,” a U.S. intelligence official said. A nuclear weapons specialist called the video “very, very damning.”

But, one has to wonder about negotiating with the North Koreans, now don’t we?

Remember former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright from the Bill Clinton Administration? See what appeasement buys one?

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North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-Il and Secretary of State Albright

Trust but verify.

Now, what about the Iranians? Sanctions REALLY persuaded the North Koreans, right?

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Nancy Pelosi Watch: House Speaker Pelosi Violates Logan Act with Syria al-Assad Visit

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Pelosi: Mideast Trip Strengthened Ties

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, deflecting White House criticism of her trip to Syria, said Friday she thinks the mission helped President Bush because it showed the United States is unified against terrorism despite being divided over the Iraq war.

Pelosi, D-Calif., met with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus earlier this week, against the president’s wishes.

“Our message was President Bush’s message,” Pelosi said in a phone interview with The Associated Press from Portugal, where she stopped briefly en route back to the United States.

“The funny thing is, I think we may have even had a more powerful impact with our message because of the attention that was called to our trip,” the California Democrat said. “It became clear to President Assad that even though we have our differences in the United States, there is no division between the president and the Congress and the Democrats on the message we wanted him to receive.”

Sounds like excuses to Flap.

And it is just BULL.

When the Speaker returns to the United States, the Department of Justice should prosecute Pelosi for violating the Logan Act.

In the meantime, the House of Representatives should repudiate her and pass a resolution condemning her activities.

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US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (L) meets with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on 04 April 2007. Pelosi has defended her controversial meeting with Assad.

WSJ: Illegal Diplomacy

Did Nancy Pelosi commit a felony when she went to Syria?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may well have committed a felony in traveling to Damascus this week, against the wishes of the president, to communicate on foreign-policy issues with Syrian President Bashar Assad. The administration isn’t going to want to touch this political hot potato, nor should it become a partisan issue. Maybe special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, whose aggressive prosecution of Lewis Libby establishes his independence from White House influence, should be called back.

The Logan Act makes it a felony and provides for a prison sentence of up to three years for any American, “without authority of the United States,” to communicate with a foreign government in an effort to influence that government’s behavior on any “disputes or controversies with the United States.”

In the Speaker’s quest for power, she has undermined the President of the United States and the American people.

When Pelosi returns to the United States, the Attorney General should prosecute her for violating the Logan Act. Her actions are clear and let her explain them to a judge.

End of story.

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WSJ: Democrats at War

Prime Minister Pelosi and Secretary of State Lantos undermine U.S. foreign policy–and maybe their own party.

Democrats took Congress last fall in part by opposing the war in Iraq, but it is becoming clear that they view their election as a mandate for something far more ambitious–to wit, promoting and executing their own foreign policy, albeit without the detail of a Presidential election.

Their intentions were made plain this week with two remarkable acts by their House and Senate leaders. Majority Leader Harry Reid endorsed Senator Russ Feingold’s proposal to withdraw from Iraq immediately, cutting off funds entirely within a year. He promised a vote soon, as part of what the Washington Post reported would also be a Democratic offensive to close Guantanamo, reinstate legal rights for terror suspects, and improve relations with Cuba.

Meanwhile, Speaker Nancy Pelosi made her now famous sojourn to Syria, donning a head scarf and advertising that she was conducting shuttle diplomacy between Jerusalem and Damascus. If there was any doubt that her trip was intended as far more than a routine Congressional “fact-finding” trip, House Foreign Affairs Chairman Tom Lantos put it to rest by declaring that, “We have an alternative Democratic foreign policy. I view my job as beginning with restoring overseas credibility and respect for the United States.”

Speaker Pelosi should re-read the United States Constitution. She is NOT the President of the United States. If she desires the office, then there is another Presidential election in 2008.

The Democrats have crossed the line. But, if they have policy differences with the present administration, Flap welcomes their proposals to defund the President’s foreign policy initiatives and rescind the two Congressional approved war resolutions.

If they have the intestinal fortitude.

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Iran Nuclear Watch: United States Has No Plan to Strike Iran?

Posted Posted in Iran, Iran Nuclear Watch, Iraq, Iraq War, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Syria

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (R) and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Damascus January 19, 2006. The United States denied on Friday it was preparing for military action against Iran and Syria , after President George W. Bush issued a stern warning to them, raising concerns of a spillover from the Iraq war.

AP: Administration: No plan to strike Iran

Their comments came after President Bush vowed in a prime-time address to the nation to go after Iranian terrorist networks feeding the insurgency in Iraq.

The U.S. and Iran have been involved in a bitter standoff over Tehran’s nuclear program, a clash that has intensified because the United States says Iran helped provide roadside bombs that have killed American troops in Iraq. Tensions inched upward another notch this week after five Iranians were detained by U.S.-led forces after a raid on an Iranian government liaison office in northern Iraq.

Bush’s remarks Wednesday in a speech announcing his plan to boost U.S. forces in Iraq prompted questions from members of Congress about whether the U.S. is considering attacks on Iranian territory. Bush administration officials have long refused to rule out any options against Iran but said military action would be a last resort.

But, President Bush did authorize Iranian’s arrest in Iraq.

A recent series of American raids against Iranians in Iraq was authorized under an order that President Bush decided to issue several months ago to undertake a broad military offensive against Iranian operatives in the country, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday.

“There has been a decision to go after these networks,” Ms. Rice said in an interview with The New York Times in her office on Friday afternoon, before leaving on a trip to the Middle East.

Ms. Rice said Mr. Bush had acted “after a period of time in which we saw increasing activity” among Iranians in Iraq, “and increasing lethality in what they were producing.” She was referring to what American military officials say is evidence that many of the most sophisticated improvised explosive devices, or I.E.D.’s, being used against American troops were made in Iran.

Ms. Rice was vague on the question of when Mr. Bush issued the order, but said his decision grew out of questions that the president and members of his National Security Council raised in the fall.

The administration has long accused Iran of meddling in Iraq, providing weapons and training to Shiite forces with the idea of keeping the United States bogged down in the war. Ms. Rice’s willingness to discuss the issue seemed to reflect a new hostility to Iran that was first evident in Mr. Bush’s speech to the nation on Wednesday night, in which he accused Tehran of providing material support for attacks on American troops and vowed to respond.

No United States plan to strike at Iran?

But, what about Israel?

The United States WILL go after Syria and Iran in Iraq. We may never hear of the operations. But, if the Qods Forces are in Iraq and aiding the insurgents – they are FAIR GAME.

Hugh Hewitt suggests a few unpublicized bombs in Iranian IED manufacturing facilities might be in order to gain some Iranian RESPECT and FEAR.

Meanwhile, more American military assets are making their way to the Persian Gulf.

Could it be there is more to the SURGE than Iraq?

You betcha

The “NUCLEAR POINT OF NO RETURN” is imminent.

Stay tuned……..

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The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.


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Iraq War Watch: Iraq Study Group Recommends Engagement with Syria and Iran

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A man looks at a burning minibus after a suicide bomb attack in Baghdad’s Sadr city, December 6, 2006.

Reuters: Iraq group recommends engagement with Syria, Iran

A bipartisan panel recommended to President George W. Bush on Wednesday that the United States directly engage with Syria and Iran to help resolve the Iraq conflict, the White House said.

White House spokesman Tony Snow said the report also recommended that the U.S. military launch a rapid effort to train Iraqi forces to defend their country. It recommends no specific timetable for U.S. troop reductions, he said.

Reading from the report, Snow said the document encourages the United States to “engage directly with Iran, Syria in order to try to obtain their commitment to constructive policies toward Iraq and other regional issues.”

“In engaging Syria and Iran, the United States should consider incentives as well as disincentives in seeking constructive results,” the report said.

What a JOKE.

Syria is attempting to stage a coup in Lebanon and arming Iraqi insurgents/terrorists.

Does the Iraq Study Group propose we help these miscreants?

The United States has been negotiating with Iran for months on the Iran nuclear program.

Where have those negotiations gone?

NOWHERE

What makes anyone think that talking to Iran will be anything more than another ploy to allow Iran to go nuclear.

Israel is already fearful and consideration of further Iranian engagement may push them into military action sooner rather than later. Israel will not sit still while Ahmadinejad boasts that he will wipe Israel off the map.

Flap remembers Senator Joe Lieberman saying engagement with Iran and Syria over Iraq is like having arsonists negotiate with the fire department in order to put out a fire.

On first take, the President is not accepting this argument:

Snow offered his own description of this section: “This is not talk for talk’s sake. This would be, according to the Iraq Study Group, diplomatic engagement but there would be a requirement on the part of the Syrian and the Iranians that they act, that they demonstrate good will … In other words this is not a desire for empty diplomacy.”

But, after Secretary of Defense nominee Robert Gates testimony yesterday who the hell knows what W is thinking?

Stay tuned…….

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