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And Panetta’s “ifs” are further contradicted by the fact that the Pentagon (Panetta is the Secretary of Defense – he runs the Pentagon) is asking for funding to build even bigger bunker-buster bombs because the current 30,000-pound “Massive Ordnance Penetrator” (MOP) failed recent tests simulating attacks on underground installations. Is the Pentagon now seeking funding for bigger MOP bunker-busters to combat a threat that does not exist?
So why is Panetta implying that there might really be no danger of a nuclear Iran when the last twenty years of Iranian activity, documented by American and other Western intelligence, shows us the opposite? Perhaps because he is operating on the same wave-length as our president.
Over the past six months, President Obama has insisted that “the tide of war is receding.” He said it on June 22, 2011, and again on Sept. 21, 2011, in his address to the annual opening of the UN General Assembly, again on Nov. 11, 2011, at Arlington Cemetery, again on Jan. 5, 2012, while announcing cuts in the U.S. military, and most recently in his State of the Union address.
But wait! Does Obama not know that North Korea and Iran are still working on nuclear bombs? Iran continues to arm and support Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon, both of which have networks well beyond the Middle East, including in Latin America and the USA; and even worse, Iran has doubled its defense budget for 2012 as it defiantly ratchets up its quest for WMD capacity. Iran and Syria supply arms to anti-American forces in Iraq, and Iran’s Shi’ite proxies in Iraq are maneuvering to gain greater influence as soon as all American forces are gone. The Taliban is alive and well and maneuvering to gain greater influence and control in Afghanistan. Russia is providing political support and weapons for Syria, and Bashir Assad’s continued control in Syria prolongs Iran’s ability to support and arm and direct Hezbollah. Obama’s decision to “reach out” to Assad with recognition and an embassy failed, as Syria became more violent thanks in part to Iranian support for its military’s slaughter of unarmed demonstrators. If Assad survives it is a great victory for Iran, and if he falls it is another great victory for the Muslim Brotherhood: either way it is a defeat for America and the free world. The Palestinians are now talking of a third intifada, and Hamas has support from the new Egyptian government which is doing nothing to limit the activities of al-Qaeda in the Sinai.
And perhaps worst of all, several Arab countries basking in the “Arab Spring” are now under the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda or other Salafist parties of similar ilk, whose sworn goal is the destruction of Western civilization and its replacement with Islam. So instead of operating as clandestine covert terror organizations, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Tunis, and al-Qaeda in Libya, are now in control of full-fledged nation-states, exponentially expanding their capacity for terrorism and aggression.
The “tide of war” is not receding. There are no “ifs” in the Iranian quest for nuclear military capacity. Quite the opposite; the USA is facing a tsunami of hostile forces from the Middle East and Asia and even on our very doorstep in South America.
Obama, with Panetta’s support, seeks re-election in 2012, so they both lie to the American public about threats to our nation and to the free world, in the hope that if they can hoodwink us about his massive and terrifyingly dangerous failures in foreign policy, Obama may get re-elected.
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