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Man Who Escaped Soviet Union Warns Students About What is Happening in America

Posted by iusbvision on February 20, 2011

I have known and/or talked to a several dozen people form Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Without exception all of them say similar things as what you will see here.

 

Boris Hoffman gave a rousing speech at the Eagle Forum of San Diego’s February meeting. Hoffman is an immigrant from Lithuania (a country formerly occupied by the now defunct USSR).

It always starts with leaders like Obama who promise justice and equality, but in the process the government gains more and more power and wait till you see what happens when you oppose them. It is very dangerous. It is not a joke.

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Palin to Senate: Vote NO on START

Posted by iusbvision on December 17, 2010

I really do not care what you may think of Sarah Palin at this moment because this is an issue that every good American can get behind. The latest START Treaty gives away the farm and was very poorly negotiated to put it mildly.

I am aware that a long time ago Democrats opposed missile defense because it was Ronald Reagan’s idea but it is time to get over it. The way nuclear and ICBM technical proliferation has spread around the world the United States and our closest allies need missile defense. I would like one leftist to explain to us how being vulnerable and letting yourself get blown up is some kind of virtue.

The Governor is spot on with these critiques of the START Treaty.

Palin in National Review:

The proposed New START agreement should be evaluated by the only criteria that matters for a treaty: Is it in America’s interest?  I am convinced this treaty is not.  It should not be rammed through in the lame duck session using behind the scenes deal-making reminiscent of the tactics used in the health care debate.

New START actually requires the U.S. to reduce our nuclear weapons and allows the Russians to increase theirs.  This is one-sided and makes no strategic sense.  New START’s verification regime is weaker than the treaty it replaces, making it harder for us to detect Russian cheating.  Since we now know Russia has not complied with many arms control agreements currently in force, this is a serious matter.

New START recognizes a link between offensive and defensive weapons – a position the Russians have sought for years.  Russia claims the treaty constrains U.S. missile defenses and that they will withdraw from the treaty if we pursue missile defenses.  This linkage virtually guarantees that either we limit our missile defenses or the Russians will withdraw from the treaty.  The Obama administration claims that this is not the case; but if that is true, why agree to linking offensive and defensive weapons in the treaty?  At the height of the Cold War, President Reagan pursued missile defense while also pursuing verifiable arms control with the then-Soviet Union.  That position was right in the 1980’s, and it is still right today.  We cannot and must not give up the right to missile defense to protect our population – whether the missiles that threaten us come from Russia, Iran, China, North Korea, or anywhere else. I fought the Obama administration’s plans to cut funds for missile defense in Alaska while I was Governor, and I will continue to speak out for missile defenses that will protect our people and our allies.

There are many other problems with the treaty, including the limitation on the U.S. ability to convert nuclear systems to conventional systems and the lack of restriction on Russian sea launched cruise missiles.  In addition, the recent reports that Russia moved tactical nuclear weapons (which are not covered by New START) closer to our NATO allies, demonstrate that the Obama administration has failed to convince Russia to act in a manner that does not threaten our allies.

If I had a vote, I would oppose this deeply flawed treaty submitted to the Senate. Just because we were out-negotiated by the Russians that doesn’t mean we have to say yes to this. New START’s flaws have to be addressed in the form of changes to the treaty language that, at a minimum, completely de-link missile defense from offensive arms reductions.  Other issues would have to be addressed in the ratification process.  If this does not happen either now or next year, Senate Republicans, vote no!

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Obama Lied about Reason to Renege on Eastern European Missile Shield

Posted by iusbvision on April 20, 2010

[Editor’s Note – The video link that we posted is no longer working, so I had to find something to put here about Obama & Eastern Europe so we would have something here, and look at what we just discovered, see the special Editor’s Note below.]

Polish news.com:

By Krystyna Teller

A controversial move by President Barack Obama has Eastern European states, notably Poland, questioning America’s commitment to stand by them. In a poorly timed statement, Obama announces an end to the missile defense shield plan, initiated by the Bush Administration, on the 70th Anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland. For the global Polish population, the timing of this announcement is particularly insensitive, with many of them seeing this as a “stab in the back”.

Adam Andrzejewski, Republican candidate for Governor whose grandparents emigrated from Poland, weighs in on the decision; “Not only are we leaving an ally in the lurch, we left them hanging on the 70th Anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland. That’s like releasing an Al Qaeda terrorist on 9-11, and it’s a profound insult to all Poles.”

Illinois, home to the second-largest Polish population outside Warsaw, also produced politicians like Barack Obama and many of his subordinates.

 

Georgia Joins Growing List of Snubbed U.S. Allies.  Washington Post:

Forty-seven world leaders are Barack Obama’s guests in Washington Tuesday at the nuclear security summit. Obama is holding bilateral meetings with just 12 of them. That’s led to some awkward exclusions — and some unfortunate appearances, as well.

One of those left out was Mikheil Saakashvili, president of Georgia, who got a phone call from Obama last week instead of a meeting in Washington. His exclusion must have prompted broad smiles in Moscow, where Saakashvili is considered public enemy no. 1 — a leader whom Russia tried to topple by force in the summer of 2008. After all, Obama met with Viktor Yanukovych, the president of Ukraine and a friend of the Kremlin. And he is also meeting with the leaders of two of Georgia’s neighbors — Armenia and Turkey, both of which enjoy excellent relations with Russia.

So is Saakashvili — a democratically elected leader whose ambition is to lead his country into NATO — being snubbed in order to please Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev? The White House would insist no. The summit is about nuclear security; Yanukovych got an appointment because Ukraine agreed to give up 60 tons of highly enriched uranium that it now uses in research reactors. Turkey and Armenia are seeing Obama because the administration hopes to press them to move forward with an agreement on opening borders — a deal that would benefit everyone in the Caucasus.

Still, Saakashvili’s exclusion from the bilateral schedule is striking considering his strong support for U.S. interests, such as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Georgia sent as many as 2,000 troops from its tiny army to Iraq. It will soon have nearly 1,000 in Afghanistan; 750 are being sent to fight under U.S. command. U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke noted last month that Georgia’s per capita troop contribution would be the highest of any country in the world.

 

Lech Wałęsa talks about missile shieldWarsaw Business Journal:

Former Polish President and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Lech Wałesa, has spoken out about media reports that the US has scrapped plans to install a missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic.

“Americans have always cared only about their interests, and all other [countries] have been used for their purposes. This is another example,” Mr Wałęsa told TVN24. “[Poles] need to review our view of America, we must first of all take care of our business,” he added.

“I could tell from what I saw, what kind of policies President Obama cultivates,” the former president added. “I simply don’t like this policy, not because this shield was required [in Poland], but [because of] the way we were treated,” he concluded.

 

Poles, Czechs: U.S. missile defense shift a betrayal

by Vanessa Gera ASSOCIATED PRESS:

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poles and Czechs voiced deep concern Friday at President Barack Obama’s decision to scrap a Bush-era missile defense shield planned for their countries.

“Betrayal! The U.S. sold us to Russia and stabbed us in the back,” the Polish tabloid Fakt declared on its front page.

Polish President Lech Kaczynski said he was concerned that Obama’s new strategy leaves Poland in a dangerous “gray zone” between Western Europe and the old Soviet sphere.

Recent events have rattled nerves throughout central and eastern Europe, a region controlled by Moscow during the Cold War, including the war last summer between Russia and Georgia and ongoing efforts by Russia to regain influence in Ukraine. A Russian cutoff of gas to Ukraine last winter left many Europeans without heat.

The Bush administration’s missile defense plan would have been “a major step in preventing various disturbing trends in our region of the world,” Kaczynski said in a guest editorial in Fakt that also was carried on his presidential Web site.

Neighboring Lithuania, a small Baltic nation that broke away from the Soviet Union in 1991 and is now a NATO member, also expressed regret over Obama’s decision.

Defense Minister Rasa Jukneviciene said that the shield would have increased security for Lithuania and she hoped missile defense would not be excluded from future talks on NATO security.

“This NATO region cannot be an exception and its defense is not less important compared with others,” she said.

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he still sees a chance for Poles and Czechs to participate in the redesigned missile defense system. But that did not appear to calm nerves in Warsaw or Prague. Kaczynski expressed hopes that the U.S. will now offer Poland other forms of “strategic partnership.”

Later Friday, U.S. ambassador Victor Ashe stressed that “the United States counts Poland among its closest allies and friends.”

“Consultations on the way forward for missile defense will continue between our two governments,” Ashe said in a statement. “The role Poland would play in the new, phased, adapted approach is as crucial now as in the past.”

In Prague, Czech Foreign Minister Jan Kohout said he made two concrete proposals to U.S. officials on Thursday in hopes of keeping the U.S.-Czech alliance strong: for the U.S. to establish a branch of West Point for NATO members in Central Europe and to “send a Czech scientist on the U.S. space shuttle to the international space station.”

An editorial in Hospodarske Novine, a respected pro-business Czech newspaper, said: “an ally we rely on has betrayed us, and exchanged us for its own, better relations with Russia, of which we are rightly afraid.”

The move has raised fears in the two nations they are being marginalized by Washington even as a resurgent Russia leaves them longing for added American protection.

The Bush administration always said that the planned system — with a radar near Prague and interceptors in northern Poland — was meant as defense against Iran. But Poles and Czechs saw it as protection against Russia, and Moscow too considered a military installation in its backyard to be a threat.

“No Radar. Russia won,” the largest Czech daily, Mlada Fronta Dnes, declared in a front-page headline.

[Now read this next paragragh very carefully – IUSB Vision Editor]

Obama said the old plan was scrapped in part because the U.S. has concluded that Iran is less focused on developing the kind of long-range missiles for which the system was originally developed, making the building of an expensive new shield unnecessary.

 

Now the facts have gotten out that the Obama Administration KNEW that wasn’t true….

Fox News:

“With sufficient foreign assistance, Iran could probably develop and test an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching the United States by 2015,” says a new 12 page unclassified report prepared by the Department of Defense on the Iran Military Threat.

The report says Iran’s military strategy is designed to defend against external or “hard” threats from the United States and Israel. “Iran’s nuclear program and its willingness to keep open the possibility to develop nuclear weapons is a central part of its deterrent strategy,” according to the report.

Now what was that about Iran not wanting long range missiles????

World Tribune:

LONDON — Iran is said to have been constructing a new rocket launch facility that could later accommodate an intercontinental ballistic missile carrying a nuclear warhead.

Iran's new launch site is 4 km northeast of the existing facility at Semnan. IHS Jane's imagery by DigitalGlobe

IHS Jane’s reported that Iran was building a launch site with help from North Korea. Jane’s said the launcher was detected by commercial remote-sensing satellites in the Semnan province east of Teheran.

“It [rocket launch facility] contains a gantry tower, which is 13 meters wide, approximately 18-20 meters tall and has a cliff-side flame bucket nearly as high as the tower itself,” Jane’s said on March 5. “It appears midway towards completion.”

This is about as busted as busted gets. Obama lied about his reasoning to strip Eastern Europe of their promised missile shield. It seems that the analysts have been proved correct, that we threw our allies under the bus to show good will to Putin and Russia. 

Maybe the administration can claim ignorance from just a few months ago. Of course that is unlikely in the extreme, but assuming that is true, it cannot be ignored that Iran has been test launching longer and longer range missiles for how long now?  

The BBC Reports Iranian long range missile tests in Sept 2009, when Obama was saying that Iran “was less focused” on long range missile plans.

BBC – 28 September 2009:

Iran has successfully test-fired some of the longest range missiles in its arsenal, state media say.

The Revolutionary Guards tested the Shahab-3 and Sajjil rockets, which are believed to have ranges of up to 2,000km (1,240 miles), reports said.

The missiles’ range could potentially permit them to reach Israel and US bases in the Gulf, analysts say.

The tests come amid heightened tension with the big international powers over Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

 

The BBC link even has a video of the launch. – Editor

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Homicides in Venezuela have quadrupled in 11 years under Chavez, government no longer releases crime data

Posted by iusbvision on March 16, 2010

Via Dr. John Lott:

The Chavez government has accomplished a lot in 11 years. From Reuters:

The Venezuelan Observatory of Violence (OVV), whose data is widely followed in the absence of official statistics, said the South American nation has one of the highest crime rates on the continent, with 54 homicides per 100,000 citizens in 2009.

That rate is only surpassed in Latin America by El Salvador where 70 in every 100,000 citizens were murdered last year, the OVV said, citing official statistics from that country.

Crime repeatedly comes first on Venezuelans’ list of worries. It has also begun to drag on Chavez’s traditionally high approval ratings as well as scare tourists who come to Venezuela.

“The problem is not so much the criminals, but rather the government’s inaction and lack of policies,” OVV director Roberto Briceno Leon told Reuters.

Chavez says he is doing his best to combat crime, which he blames on wealth inequalities caused by former governments.

He accuses foes of exaggerating the problem to foment fear, and has recently hiked pay for police officers, as well as launching a new national force.

The Interior Ministry, which last gave official crime statistics in 2004, declined comment on the OVV’s new figures.

Briceno, a criminology professor at the Central University of Venezuela and at the Sorbonne in Paris, blamed a weak judicial system and ineffective and corrupt policing in Venezuela, where he said 91 percent of crimes go unsolved.

He collates his figures from police sources and media reports. When Chavez came to power in 1999 there were 4,550 homicides whereas in 2009 there were 16,047, the OVV said. . . .

With a murder rate of 140 per 100,000 citizens, Venezuela’s capital Caracas has the highest murder rate in South America, only exceeded in the hemisphere by Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez.

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October News Roundup Part III

Posted by iusbvision on October 22, 2009

Russia Says NO to Sanctions Against Iran.

Not a surprise. So now it seems that when Obama gave up missile defense in Eastern Europe [1,2] with the stated goal of helping to get Russia on board he got nothing for it except his pals at GE getting some new contracts in Russia.  Was it worth throwing Eastern Europe under the bus?

Financial Times/NYT:

MOSCOW, Oct 14 (NYT): Denting President Obama’s hopes for a powerful ally in his campaign to press Iran on its nuclear programme, Russia’s foreign minister said Tuesday that threatening Tehran now with harsh new sanctions would be “counterproductive.”

The minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, said after meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton here that diplomacy should be given a chance to work, particularly after a meeting in Geneva this month in which the Iranian government said it would allow United Nations inspectors to visit its clandestine nuclear enrichment site near the holy city of Qum.

“At the current stage, all forces should be thrown at supporting the negotiating process,” he said. “Threats, sanctions and threats of pressure in the current situation, we are convinced, would be counterproductive.”

Mr. Lavrov’s resistance was striking given that, just three weeks before, President Dmitri A. Medvedev said that “in some cases, sanctions are inevitable.” American officials had hailed that statement as a sign that Russia was finally coming around to the Obama administration’s view that Iran is best handled with diplomacy backed by a credible threat of sanctions.

It also came after the Obama administration announced that it would retool a European missile defense system fiercely opposed by Russia. That move was thought to have paid dividends for the White House when Mr. Medvedev appeared to throw his support behind Mr. Obama on Iran, though American officials say the Russian president was also likely to have been reacting to the disclosure of the secret nuclear site near Qum.

This will influence China to resist sanctions as well at the UN who also has commercial interests in Iran.

So now it has come to this, if Israel doesn’t stop Iran, no one will. Would Obama order Americans to fire in Israeli forces should they strike? Would American pilots dare to obey such an order? I wouldn’t.

German Ship Caught in Iranian Arms Smuggling

This is not a surprise. The French, Germans, Chinese and Russians were smuggling illegal weapons to Saddam’s Iraq for years and our soldiers found the direct evidence it.  And we wonder why we have to clean up so many messes in Europe’s back yard….

Der Spiegel:

An “embarrassing affair,” is how one German diplomat described it. The official could also have added: potentially damaging to trans-Atlantic relations.

In an operation reported on by SPIEGEL over the weekend, US soldiers entered the freighter Hansa India in the Gulf of Suez at the beginning of October and discovered seven containers full of 7.62 millimeter ammunition suitable for Kalashnikov rifles. An eighth container was full of cartridges suitable for the manufacture of additional rounds. The incident is particularly awkward for Berlin as the Hansa India is registered to the Hamburg-based shipping company Leonhardt & Blumberg.

Investigators suspect that the arms were part of an Iranian shipment bound for either the Syrian army or for Hezbollah, the militant Islamist group. US officials have pointed out that the delivery is in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1747, which prohibits arms shipments either into or out of Iran.

According to Leonhardt & Blumberg, the 243-meter-long (297-foot-long) ship has for years been under charter to the state-owned shipping company Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines. Two US warships halted the Hansa India after receiving a tip-off from intelligence services.

Liz Cheney Launches New Think Tank to Lead Opposition to Obama Foreign Policy

While Sarah Palin has become the main voice of GOP opposition to the far left policies of the Democratic leadership, Liz Cheney has taken the leading role in opposing administration foreign policy and national security policy.

I am an admirer of Liz Cheney, she is very smart, informed, tough, and very lovely.  Palin/Cheney dream ticket?

Keep America Safe:

The mission of Keep America Safe is to provide information for concerned Americans about critical national security issues. Keep America Safe seeks to influence public policy by encouraging dialogue between American citizens and their elected representatives in order to produce legislation and executive action that enhances the national security of the United States.

The United States remains a nation at war. We face a growing threat from rogue regimes that seek or have already obtained nuclear weapons. America’s interests are challenged by an authoritarian China, a resurgent Russia, and dictators in our own hemisphere who ally themselves with our adversaries. Amidst the great challenges to America’s security and prosperity, the current administration too often seems uncertain, wishful, irresolute, and unwilling to stand up for America, our allies and our interests.

Since 9/11, the United States Government, through our armed forces and our intelligence and law enforcement professionals, has succeeded in preventing any further attacks on the American homeland. This is a major achievement. By turning away from the policies that have kept us safe, by treating terrorism as a law enforcement matter, giving foreign terrorists the same rights as American citizens, launching investigations of CIA agents, cutting defense spending, breaking faith with our allies and attempting to appease our adversaries, the current administration is weakening the nation, and making it more difficult for us to defend our security and our interests.

Keep America Safe believes the United States can only defeat our adversaries and defend our interests from a position of strength. We know that America has, for 233 years, been an unparalleled force for good in the world, that our fighting forces are the best the world has ever known, and that the world is a safer place when America is trusted by our allies and feared and respected by our enemies. Keep America Safe will make the case for an unapologetic approach to fighting terrorism around the world, for victory in the wars this country fights, for democracy and human rights, and for a strong American military that is needed in the dangerous world in which we live.

Here is their introductory video:  

President’s can multi-task so the complaining about the trips and golf I think was a bit cheesy, but the rest of it is spot on. Obama certainly has reneged ion his word when it comes to Afghanistan.   HERE is Keep America Safe’s youtube channel.

Here is Liz Cheney talking with Sean Hannity. Sean is a little too partisan for my tastes, but Liz is in top form:

By the way the Pew Research Center polled and discovered that most Americans support the use of force to prevent Iran from getting nukes LINK.

Liz Cheney Dismantles far CNN activist/reporter Anderson Cooper:   

Liz Cheney Destroys MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell:

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Hugo Chavez wants a nuke: Venezuela seeking uranium with Iran’s help. UPDATE – and Russia’s help.

Posted by iusbvision on September 26, 2009

Just as we predicted. The main reason that Hugo Chavez has promised to export gasoline to Iran in spite of any sanctions was in trade for assistance in its own nuclear weapons program.

Unfortunately when you launch your great foreign policy crusade with an apology tour and give up missile defense systems in Alaska and eastern Europe for no reason the bad guys know the cat is away so its time to play.

Yahoo/AP News:

PORLAMAR, Venezuela – Iran is helping to detect uranium deposits in Venezuela and initial evaluations suggest reserves are significant, President Hugo Chavez’s government said Friday.

Mining Minister Rodolfo Sanz said Iran has been assisting Venezuela with geophysical survey flights and geochemical analysis of the deposits, and that evaluations “indicate the existence of uranium in western parts of the country and in Santa Elena de Uairen,” in southeastern Bolivar state.

“We could have important reserves of uranium,” Sanz told reporters upon arrival on Venezuela’s Margarita Island for a weekend Africa-South America summit. He added that efforts to certify the reserves could begin within the next three years.

The announcement came as revelations that Iran has secretly been building a uranium-enrichment plant provoke concerns among countries including the U.S., Russia, France, Britain, Germany and China.

Update –  Just as we feared, Russia is helping Chavez as well.

Yahoo/AP News:

PORLAMAR, Venezuela – Venezuela’s science and technology minister said his country is working with Russia to detect deposits of uranium but withdrew an earlier denial that the country was also working with Iran.

Jesse Chacon originally denied the reports that Venezuela is receiving support from Iran to seek uranium, but clarified later Saturday that his comments were only in regard to Russia and that exploration efforts with Iran fall under the direction of Venezuela’s Mining Ministry.

Mining Minister Rodolfo Sanz said Friday Iran is helping Venezuela to detect uranium deposits and that initial evaluations suggest reserves are significant. His announcement was made the same day world leaders criticized the Islamic republic for secretly building a uranium-enrichment plant that could be used to make an atomic bomb.

Sanz declined to respond to reporters when questioned Saturday about Chacon’s remarks. President Hugo Chavez said only that Venezuela “has a lot of uranium.”

Talk Host Michael Savage says that Obama maybe naive but he isn’t stupid and hopes that he will change when he realizes that our enemies, who he always thought were just misunderstood, are playing him for a sucker:

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Obama moving towards unilateral nuclear disarmament

Posted by iusbvision on September 21, 2009

If we just make ourselves more defenseless, Putin will see that we care and turn into a nice guy…..

This is the same nonsense that we have gotten from the far left and leftist academics for years. The left and leftist academics freaked when Reagan called out the USSR as an evil empire and freaked even more when Reagan used the arms race and space based missile defense to bring them to their knees. I was there and saw this first hand.

The policy of appeasement that the far left has repeatedly championed since the end of the Korean War has proved to be foolish time and time again, but as usual elitist leftists believe that the most brilliant leftists (themselves) have not tried it yet. Sean Hannity’s book “Deliver Us From Evil” explains these policies and how wrong-headed they proved to be.

The left has consistently misread the “good intentions” of our “former enemies”. Jimmy Carter and the leftists in Congress were shocked when Russia invaded Afghanistan. They were also shocked when they discovered the true nature of the radical Islamic regime in Iran that the Carter Administration actively helped come to power.

Today, when it comes to the brutality of Hugo Chavez, Castro and Daniel Ortega in the 80’s, the left was well aware that these leftist leaders were killers and thugs and they just don’t care. President Obama’s support of the former President of Honduras who tried to make himself dictator like Hugo Chavez is a prime example and so is his abandonment of US agreements to help provide missile defense for our allies in Eastern Europe to appease Russia…and Obama did this with nothing to show for it in exchange (LINK).

Putin had an agreement about his Georgia invasion that was negotiated by France. Putin stands in gross violation of that agreement to this day.

To put it in Trek terms, Putin like other militant leftist leaders is a Romulan. This means that he exploits weakness, creeps slowly and deliberately, and is predictably treacherous. He was the former head of the KGB after all.

Appeasement reflects the hope that the crocodile will eat you last – Winston Churchill.

UK Guardian:

Barack Obama has demanded the Pentagon conduct a radical review of US nuclear weapons doctrine to prepare the way for deep cuts in the country’s arsenal, the Guardian can reveal.

Obama has rejected the Pentagon’s first draft of the “nuclear posture review” as being too timid, and has called for a range of more far-reaching options consistent with his goal of eventually abolishing nuclear weapons altogether, [except for Russia’s – Editor] according to European officials.

Those options include:

• Reconfiguring the US nuclear force to allow for an arsenal measured in hundreds rather than thousands of deployed strategic warheads. [Making it much easier to take them out with a first strike – Editor]

• Redrafting nuclear doctrine to narrow the range of conditions under which the US would use nuclear weapons.

• Exploring ways of guaranteeing the future reliability of nuclear weapons without testing or producing a new generation of warheads. [Guarantee without a test..I thought this administration opposed junk science – Editor]

The review is due to be completed by the end of this year, and European officials say the outcome is not yet clear. But one official said: “Obama is now driving this process. He is saying these are the president’s weapons, and he wants to look again at the doctrine and their role.”

The move comes as Obama prepares to take the rare step of chairing a watershed session of the UN security council on Thursday. It is aimed at winning consensus on a new grand bargain: exchanging more radical disarmament by nuclear powers in return for wider global efforts to prevent further proliferation.

That bargain is at the heart of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, which is up for review next year amid signs it is unravelling in the face of Iranian and North Korean nuclear ambitions.

In an article for the Guardian today, the foreign secretary, David Miliband, argues that failure to win a consensus would be disastrous. “This is one of the most critical issues we face,” the foreign secretary writes. “Get it right, and we will increase global security, pave the way for a world without nuclear weapons, and improve access to affordable, safe and dependable energy – vital to tackle climate change. Get it wrong, and we face the spread of nuclear weapons and the chilling prospect of nuclear material falling into the hands of terrorists.”

According to a final draft of the resolution due to be passed on Thursday, however, the UN security council will not wholeheartedly embrace the US and Britain’s call for eventual abolition of nuclear weapons. Largely on French insistence, the council will endorse the vaguer aim of seeking “to create the conditions for a world without nuclear weapons”. [Even FRANCE says this plan is too dovish – Editor]

Gordon Brown is due to use this week’s UN general assembly meeting to renew a diplomatic offensive on Iran for its failure to comply with security council demands that it suspend enrichment of uranium. The issue has been given greater urgency by an International Atomic Energy Agency document leaked last week which showed inspectors for the agency believed Iran already had “sufficient information” to build a warhead, and had tested an important component of a nuclear device.

Germany is also expected to toughen its position on Iran ahead of a showdown between major powers and the Iranian government on 1 October. But it is not yet clear what position will be taken by Russia, which has hitherto opposed the imposition of further sanctions on Iran.

Moscow’s stance will be closely watched for signs of greater co-operation in return for Obama’s decision last week to abandon a missile defence scheme in eastern Europe, a longstanding source of irritation to Russia. [Unilateral move to make us more defenseless against Russian missiles – Editor]

“I hope the Russians realise they have to do something serious. I don’t think a deal has been done, but there is a great deal of expectation,” said a British official. [Translation: Obama is doing this without an agreement or a committment with any verification from Putin… this is tantamount to unilateral disarmament in the face of evil and what has history taught us about that? – Editor]

Russia has approximately 2,780 deployed strategic warheads, compared with around 2,100 in the US. The abandonment of the US missile defence already appears to have spurred arms control talks currently underway between Washington and Moscow: the Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, said today that chances were “quite high” that a deal to reduce arsenals to 1,500 warheads each would be signed by the end of the year.

Ed Morrissey at Hotair.com comments HERE. Ed is a truly brilliant man, but I am not certain that he understands the full measure of the impact of what the Guardian is saying here.

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Obama Throws Allies Under the Bus: Scraps Missile Defense for Poland and Czech Republic. UPDATE – Poles and Czech’s say they have been betrayed!

Posted by iusbvision on September 17, 2009

UPDATE II – Representative Pete Hoekstra told Newsmax that this “new intelligence” that Hillary spoke of has not been shared with the Intelligence Committee in Congress. Normally a big change in foreign policy such as this is shared with the committee well before hand. Is  anyone surprised?

Eastern European countries have been among America’s strongest allies. They sent troops and equipment to Iraq when many other countries would not. They have erected statues of Ronald Reagan as their new role model for freedom since throwing off the chains of Soviet tyranny.

I am old enough to remember how angry the far left was when we “evil conservatives” in both parties brought the Soviet Empire to its knees. I was there and saw it first hand.

I have also been fortunate enough to get to know some students from Eastern Europe that have come to study at IUSB and Notre Dame.  They are amazing people. I have a special place in my heart for Eastern Europeans. I like their culture. I like their deep appreciation for freedom. I appreciate their good nature and straight forward thinking. Poland and The Czech Republic wanted those defense systems and deserve them. While Western Europe talks the talk about being American Allies, Eastern Europe has walked the walk.

It is no secret that this writer has been very concerned about the actions of the Obama Administration, but this is the first act that has caused me genuine outrage. First Obama threw Georgia under the bus, now this.

Those who have been paying attention to Russian and European politics knows that Putin is evil and must be resisted.

The left said that Bush was alienating our allies, while ignoring the fact that Western European people were tossing out anti-American governments and electing pro-American ones. Where are they now?

Yahoo News:

PRAGUE – President Barack Obama has decided to scrap plans for a U.S. missile defense shield in the Czech Republic and Poland that had deeply angered Russia, the Czech prime minister confirmed Thursday.

NATO’s new chief hailed the move as “a positive step” and a Russian analyst said Obama’s decision will increase the chances that Russia will cooperate more closely with the United States in the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program.

Premier Jan Fischer told reporters that Obama phoned him overnight to say that “his government is pulling out of plans to build a missile defense radar on Czech territory.”

“The same happened with Poland. Poland was informed in the same way about this intention,” Fischer said.

He said Obama assured him that the “strategic cooperation” between the Czech Republic and the U.S. would continue, and that Washington considers the Czechs among its closest allies.

In Poland, officials declined to confirm Fischer’s remarks, saying they were waiting for a formal announcement from Washington.

The plan, proposed by the Bush administration, aimed to defend the United States and its European allies against a possible missile attack from Iran or elsewhere in the Middle East. In all, 10 interceptor rockets were to have been stationed in Poland and a radar system based in the Czech Republic.

And…

“The United States is reckoning that by rejecting the missile-defense system or putting it off to the far future, Russia will be inclined together with the United States to take a harder line on sanctions against Iran,” he said.

Czechs and Poles, along with some other Eastern Europeans, have complained of what many perceive as neglect by the Obama administration.

That, in turn, has prompted a U.S. diplomatic effort to reassure the countries that America — which helped liberate them from decades of communist-era isolation and helped bring them into NATO — still values them as friends and partners.

The decision to scrap the plan will have future consequences for U.S. relations with eastern Europe.

“If the administration approaches us in the future with any request, I would be strongly against it,” said Jan Vidim, a lawmaker with Czech Republic’s conservative Civic Democratic Party, which supported the missile defense plan.

So Obama thinks that if he throws Eastern Europe under the bus that Russia will help us with Iran. Russia has been selling Iran new technology for missiles and air defense systems to help prevent anyone from trying to take out Iran’s nuclear program (LINK). What do you want to bet that Russia changes some of its rhetoric with Iran but does very little in moving its policy towards the Iranian nuclear program.

UPDATE: Poles and Czech’s say they have been betrayed:

polish paper

WARSAW, Poland – Poles and Czechs voiced deep concern Friday atPresident Barack Obama’s decision to scrap a Bush-era missile defense shield planned for their countries.

“Betrayal! The U.S. sold us to Russia and stabbed us in the back,” the Polish tabloid Fakt declared on its front page.

Polish President Lech Kaczynski said he was concerned that Obama’s new strategy leaves Poland in a dangerous “gray zone” betweenWestern Europe and the old Soviet sphere.

Recent events in the region have rattled nerves throughout central and eastern Europe, a region controlled by Moscowduring the Cold War, including the war last summer between Russia and Georgia and ongoing efforts by Russia to regain influence in Ukraine. A Russian cutoff of gas to Ukraine last winter left many Europeans without heat.

The Bush administration‘s plan would have been “a major step in preventing various disturbing trends in our region of the world,” Kaczynski said in a guest editorial in the daily Fakt and also carried on his presidential Web site.

Our analysis:

The spin from the Obama Administration is that the missile defense system for Eastern Europe was never about Russia it was about Iran. The elite media will pick this up and repeat it but any genuine examiner knows full well that the system was to protect against Russia and Poland. This was obvious but rarely stated and is evidenced by the fact that Russia even threatened military action if missile defense technology was placed in Eastern Europe. On the other hand if it is Russia and the Obama Administration’s goal to only limit and protect against Iran’s missiles than why is Russia selling anti-cruise missile defense systems to Iran? Why has Russia not used it’s influence in Iran to put more pressure on the Iranians to abandon their nuclear weapons program.

Now for the final unspoken truth. Eastern Europe will have to create its own defense pact because the Obama Administration simply cannot be trusted to uphold NATO’s promise of mutual defense after this change in policy. Eastern Europe simply cannot depend on NATO for their security and as a result Eastern Europe may conclude that they will have no choice but to go nuclear themselves.

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What has Obama gotten done on his two big foreign trips?

Posted by iusbvision on July 10, 2009

What is Obama’s foreign policy record so far?? I started to jot down a list:

Gordon Brown visits the United States and brings with him priceless historical artifacts to give to the White House. Obama gives Gordon Brown the DVD’s of the wrong region code so they cannot even be played which the British people took as an insult. Obama has the bust of Winston Churchill removed from the White House and sent back to England. Then the State Department said that we have no special relationship with England.

Obama goes on the apology tour starting in England. The British press say that Obama has made more comments disparaging his own country than any other US President in known history. On his big economics agenda he tried to get a global stimulus by getting the other countries to boost domestic debt and spending. Obama was rebuffed and told in essence “hey haven’t you been paying attention, we have been doing that and it didn’t work for us either”. He did manage to get members of Western Europe to make new donations to the IMF.

Obama wanted the Europeans to participate more in their own national defense and to help out more in Afghanistan. No success.

He full bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia.

North Korea is taunting us by doing multiple missile tests. Obama shows strength by REDUCING the funding for missile defense in Alaska. He did move a missile defense boat to Hawaii though. North Korea’s response to this weakness was more tests.  Obama tried to get China to lean on North Korea to get them to behave, no luck.

To show his strength in fighting Al-Qaeda, terror suspects are now being read Miranda rights, the words “war on terror” has been banned by the administration and terrorist attacks are now being referred to “man made disasters”. The Afghan and Iraq War are now being called “The Overseas Contingency Operation”.

In dealing with Russia, no progress or any serious attempt made on the undermining of democracy and personal freedoms in Russia. Obama goes out of his way to downplay the role of the United States in winning the Cold War. Obama agreed to lower our nuclear arsenal in exchange for next to nothing in return (promises to buy more American meat etc).

Poland and Georgia have been effectively thrown under the bus. Obama has put Poland’s much desired missile defense on hold, Russian troops are still in Georgia illegally and Obama did not even bother to visit our Eastern European allies while he was in the region.

Israel. Obama slaps Israel in the face by having his opening negotiations in the region with Israel’s enemies. Israel is our best ally in the region and our staunchest supporter in the UN. Obama tried to tie West Bank settlements is Israel to standing up to Iranian nukes (ergo we will go soft on resisting Iran unless you do what Obama wants domestically). Israel in response says that there will be no peace talks until the Iranian threat is neutralized. Since Iran is funding Israel’s closest enemies it is a logical position to take.

Honduras. The  Hugo Chavez and Castro allied president of Honduras tried to make himself dictator for life, took illegal actions, bucked the Honduran Supreme Court in its correct interpretation of Honduran law and tried to take personal control of the military to carry out and enforce his illegal edicts. In response the military expelled him from the country, placed the Speaker of the Honduran Legislature in office who is in the process of setting up new elections. Obama sides with Hugo Chavez and Castro and demands that the would be dictator be returned to power and new elections stopped. Obama has even gone so far as to head an effort to oust Honduras from the Organization of American States.

Miquel Estrada gives more detail in the L.A. Times:

Honduras, the tiny Central American nation, had a change of leaders on June 28. The country’s military arrested President Manuel Zelaya — in his pajamas, he says — and put him on a plane bound for Costa Rica. A new president, Roberto Micheletti, was appointed. Led by Cuba and Venezuela (Sudan and North Korea were not immediately available), the international community swiftly condemned this “coup.”

Something clearly has gone awry with the rule of law in Honduras — but it is not necessarily what you think. Begin with Zelaya’s arrest. The Supreme Court of Honduras, as it turns out, had ordered the military to arrest Zelaya two days earlier. A second order (issued on the same day) authorized the military to enter Zelaya’s home to execute the arrest. These orders were issued at the urgent request of the country’s attorney general. All the relevant legal documents can be accessed (in Spanish) on the Supreme Court’s website.

UPDATE 10-20-2009 – Congressional Research Service: Obama Wrong, Honduras Correct to Remove Zelaya
The CRS Report is HERE.

Via the Washington Examiner:

The legal arguments made in the report, which was prepared by Senior Foreign Law Specialist Norma Gutierrez, are quite intricate and based in Honduran law. But the bottom line is this:

  • The Honduran Congress appears to have acted properly in deposing President Manuel Zelaya. Unlike in the United States, the Honduran Congress has the last word when it comes to interpreting the Constitution. Although there is no provision in Honduras’s Constitution for impeachment as such, the body does have powers to disapprove of the president’s official acts, and to replace him in the event that he is incapable of performing his duties. Most importantly, the Congress also has the authority to interpret exactly what that means.
  • The Supreme Court was legally entitled to ask the military to arrest Zelaya. The high court, which is the constitutional venue for trials of the president and other high-ranking officials, also recognized the Congress’s ouster of Zelaya when it referred his case back down to a lower court afterward, on the grounds that he was “no longer a high-ranking government official.”
  • The military did not act properly in forcibly expatriating Zelaya. According to the CRS report and other news stories, Honduran authorities are investigating their decision, which the military justified at the time as a means of preventing bloodshed. In fact, Zelaya should have been given a trial, and if convicted of seeking reelection, he would have lost his citizenship. But he is still a citizen now, and the Constitution forbids the expatriation of Honduran citizens by their government.
  • The proper line of succession was followed after Zelaya’s ouster. Because there was no Vice President in office when Zelaya was removed (he had resigned to run for president), Micheletti was the proper successor, as he had been president of the Congress.

“The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service concluded the removal of former President Zelaya was Constitutional, and we must respect that,” Rep. Aaron Schock said today. “It’s unconscionable the administration would attempt to force Honduras to violate its own Constitution by cutting of foreign aid.”

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Profiles in KGB Propaganda: Russia Says That Georgia Was Their 9/11…

Posted by iusbvision on September 13, 2008

As soon as I saw this in Russia Today I laughed out loud. The audacity of such ridiculous propaganda would be humiliating for Russia if it weren’t for their lust for power and hubris. Thanks to William Amos for the heads up on this Russia Today story. Be sure to click the link and read it. It’s surreal.

Cindy McCain with Georgian refugees

Cindy McCain with Georgian refugees

I won’t forget how Barack Obama had three different positions on the Russian invasion of Georgia before he settled on a position nearly identical to John McCain’s.

During the Democratic Convention, Cindy McCain flew to the Georgian Republic to have talks with the Georgian Government, engage in charity work, and survey the human situation there. Cindy McCain has done charity and unofficial diplomatic work around the world.

Courtesy Wikipedia: She became actively involved with Operation Smile in 2001, taking parts in trips with it to Morocco, Vietnam, and India. She was honored by the organization in 2005, and sits on its board of directors. She joined the board of directors of CARE in 2005. She is on the board of the HALO Trust, and has visited operations to remove landmines in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, and Angola. She makes financial contributions to these organizations via her family trust, and views her role on them as watching them in the field and to ensure they are frugal and their money is being spent effectively. On occasion she has criticized foreign regimes on human rights grounds, such as Myanmar’s military junta.

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