So this is how the war game turned out: with a finding that the next American President must, through bluff and patience, change the actions of a government whose motives he does not understand well, and over which his influence is limited. "After all this effort, I am left with two simple sentences for policymakers," Sam Gardiner said of his exercise. "You have no military solution for the issues of Iran. And you have to make diplomacy work."
Iran's President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has challenged the reality of the Holocaust and said that Israel must be "wiped off the map."
Bush and others in the White House view him as a potential Adolf Hitler, a former senior intelligence official said. "That's the name they're using. They say, 'Will Iran get a strategic weapon and threaten another world war?'"
Iran could also initiate a wave of terror attacks in Iraq and elsewhere, with the help of Hezbollah. On April 2nd, the Washington Post reported that the planning to counter such attacks “is consuming a lot of time” at U.S. intelligence agencies.
A major U.S. intelligence review has projected that Iran is about a decade away from manufacturing the key ingredient for a nuclear weapon, roughly doubling the previous estimate of five years, according to government sources with firsthand knowledge of the new analysis.
The carefully hedged assessments, which represent consensus among U.S. intelligence agencies, contrast with forceful public statements by the White House. Administration officials have asserted, but have not offered proof, that Tehran is moving determinedly toward a nuclear arsenal.
Why doesn't this story surprise me at all? They can't keep people on active duty anymore, so they just make IRR (Individual Ready Reserve ) the next best thing to active duty: National Guard! They damn well better grandfather us out of this bullshit, or I imagine there will be lots of lawsuits springing up. They're already talking about extending the initial commitment from 8 years (4 years active, 4 years IRR) to 13 years (4 years active, 9 years IRR). Not to mention, they don't tell you that you have to explicitly terminate your IRR status at the conclusion of your commitment, or they leave you on the IRR rolls by default. There's a guy in my unit whose brother got called up after his 8-year commitment was entirely over. He tried to protest in court, but he was told, "Sorry, you never terminated your IRR status." Of course, they never tell you that you have to do this. It's not even mentioned in the finest of fine print in your enlistment contract. You can imagine what I'll be doing the day my contract finally expires.
In recent weeks, the President has quietly initiated a series of talks on plans for Iran with a few key senators and members of Congress, including at least one Democrat.
religious fundamentalists against religious fundamentalists with the innocents caught in the middle
"All of the main European economies are seeing a broad-based upturn," said NTC Chief Economist Chris Williamson, who forecast fourth-quarter growth will be revised up toward 0.6 percent as official data reflects strong surveys.
"Employment is rising at the fastest rate for five years now, so this is not a jobless recovery this time."
Although they hope that diplomatic efforts to restrain Iran will succeed, "it is not in their nature to bequeath the problem to their successors", a senior White House source said last week.
Defence analysts believe the most likely weapon is Big Blu, a 30,000lb bunker-buster bomb that will be ready for use towards the end of 2007.
One date is said to be etched in the minds of military planners: 2008. Word has gone out that the Iranian nuclear crisis must be resolved by then or the regime of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, with its Israel-baiting rhetoric, will face military consequences.
Why the fuck are any of you idiots engaging ParisParamus?
Are you all fucking retarded? He's either:
a) A LYING SACK OF SHIT
b) A HUGE FUCKING TROLL
either way, his opinions about everything can be considered so suspect as to be useless.
FUCK HIM. AND FUCK ALL OF YOU WHO BOTHER ENGAGING HIM.
posted by I Love Tacos at 2:51 PM
Your "rhetoric" speaks for itself, and your level of civility.
posted by ParisParamus at 2:55 PM GMT on April 10 [!]
Just because no one wants to hire you doesn't mean the economy is bad--sorry.
posted by ParisParamus at 3:01 PM GMT on April 10 [!]
ParisParamus can't even pretend to be better than me for 6 minutes. SIX MINUTES between his holier-than-thou post and his personal-attack troll.
Normally he's more subtle than that...
User ParisParamus is trolling, but can not be deleted.
Abort, Retry, Ignore?
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