A virtual declaration of war against Iran

A virtual declaration of war against Iran

War Without End
June 12, 2008

The following is from retired USAF Colonel Sam Gardiner today:

It is amazing how far Members of the Congress will go in support of Israel . Hidden within a resolution now being considered on the Hill is what amounts to a suggested declaration of war against Iran .

Representative Mark Kirk from Illinois is circulating a Sense of the Congress Resolution (H. Con. Res 362). The resolution now has 47 co-sponsors and “demands that the President initiate an international effort to immediately and dramatically increase the economic, political, and diplomatic pressure on Iran to verifiably suspend its nuclear enrichment activities by, inter alia, prohibiting the export to Iran of all refined petroleum products; imposing stringent inspection requirements on all persons, vehicles, ships, planes, trains, and cargo entering or departing Iran…”

This option in the resolution is being pushed by the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee. At the AIPAC meeting in Washington last week both Senators McCain and Obama mentioned an embargo of refined products without any details.

I don’t how the United States inspects aircraft flying from Moscow to Tehran . I don’t know how the United States inspects trucks going from Azerbaijan and Pakistan into Iran . The ships part, however, produces a fairly clear image. The United States Navy operating inside and outside the Gulf stops and searches all ships entering Iranian ports. If the ships are carrying refined products, they are ordered to leave the area. If they refuse, warning shots will be fired. If they continue to refuse, lethal action will be initiated.

Since destination is not always clear, on occasion the United States Navy will have to enter Iranian territorial waters. The United States Navy will be stopping Russian ships and searching them. The United States Navy will be stopping Chinese ships.

To their credit, the McCain campaign must have begun to understand the implications. A spokesman issued a statement yesterday that the Senator was talking about, “a voluntary withdrawal from the Iranian markets of the companies providing gasoline is one option.”

One hopes there can be equal wisdom in the “Sense of the Congress.”

Sam Gardiner
Colonel, USAF (retired)


Bush attacks Iran over rejection of nuclear offer

Sydney Morning Herald
June 16, 2008

HE US President, George Bush, has denouned Iran for rejecting a new set of incentives to stop enriching uranium, only hours after the proposal received a cold shoulder when it was delivered by Western diplomats in Tehran.

“I am disappointed that the leaders rejected this generous offer out of hand,” Mr Bush said during a news conference in Paris on Saturday with the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy. “It is an indication to the Iranian people that their leadership is willing to isolate them further. Our view is we want the Iranian people to flourish and to benefit.”

Tehran did not formally reject the offer, meaning that it may be able, as Western officials fear, to play for time, saying that it is in a continuing dialogue with the West while continuing to enrich uranium to secure the amounts necessary for a nuclear bomb.

But the response was far from warm. The package was handed to the Iranian Foreign Minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, by the European Union foreign policy chief, Javier Solana. Mr Mottaki said Iran’s response would depend on how the West responded to Iran’s May 13 proposal calling for international talks on all issues and improved international inspection of Iran’s nuclear facilities. But Iran’s proposal does not mention the key Western demand – that Iran stop enriching uranium.

Before Mr Bush spoke, an Iranian Government spokesman, Gholamhossein Elham, made it clear in Tehran that stopping enrichment was unacceptable.

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Blix slams US for threatening Iran

Press TV
June 12, 2008

Former UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix has criticized the US for keeping open the possibility of a military action against Iran.

Blix was in Rome on Friday to take part in an international gathering of experts on nuclear proliferation that was held, coincidentally, during US President George W. Bush’s three-day stop in the city.

“The military threat may well be counterproductive,’’ Blix said in a news conference.

“The rewards are more important, the carrots rather than the sticks,’’ the AP quoted the veteran Swedish diplomat as saying.

Blix tried to avert the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq because no weapons of mass destruction had been found by UN inspectors.

He said the US and Europe should offer incentives including support for Iran joining the World Trade Organization, improved economic relations and guarantees against outside attacks.

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Caspian summit rejects Iran attack

Caspian summit rejects Iran attack

October 17, 2007

Russia, Iran and other Caspian Sea states have issued a declaration warning other nations against using their territories for launching military action against any one of them.

The statement came at the end of a summit of leaders of the five nations, and is believed to refer to a possible US strike on Iran launched from Azerbaijan.

Tuesday’s declaration in Tehran also signalled support for Iran’s nuclear programme. However, Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, said problems remained over the delivery of fuel to Iran’s first nuclear power plant at Bushehr.

The leaders of Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan also attended the summit.

Putin has said that no Caspian Sea state should let its soil be used to attack a fellow coastal country.

“The parties underline that under no circumstances would they allow other nations to use their territory for waging aggression or other military action against any of the parties,” the declaration said.

Putin had said earlier: “We should not even think of making use of force in this region.”

Collectively, the summit participants also said all signatories to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty have a right to develop peaceful nuclear technology.

The states had “expressed the idea that peaceful nuclear activities must be allowed,” Putin said.

Iran is embroiled in a nuclear standoff with Western nations which accuse Tehran of seeking atomic weapons, a charge Tehran denies.

Washington has refused to rule out the use of military action if diplomacy fails to resolve the row.

Azerbaijan facilities

Russian media have speculated that Washington might be trying to negotiate with Azerbaijan on the right to use military facilities in the Caucasus republic.

Azerbaijani officials deny this.

Putin was the first Kremlin leader to travel to Iran since Josef Stalin, the former Soviet leader, attended a wartime summit with Winston Churchill, former British prime minister, and Franklin Roosevelt, former US president, in 1943.

Putin has favoured diplomacy over sanctions, but if the bilateral relations between the two countries cool down, the Western powers may be empowered to seek a third round of sanctions with Russian support.

The Russian leader, however, said contractual and technical problems remained over the delivery of fuel to Bushehr, which is being built with the help of Russian contractors.

“At the moment Russia and Iran are discussing the issue of changing the contract. In general there is a common understanding of the problem,” he said.

Iranian officials deny there are problems over payments.

Oil and gas

The leaders of the five states failed to reach an agreement on how to divide the resources of the Caspian Sea, which contains huge oil and gas reserves and sturgeon fish, valued as a source of caviar.

The final declaration, signed by all five states, said setting up a legal framework for control of the sea was “the most important duty” but did not give a timetable for achieving this.

The Caspian has oil reserves of as much as 49 billion barrels – equal to about half that of an Opec member such as Kuwait – and reservoirs with 230 trillion cubic feet of gas.

Russia had argued for dividing the seabed between the five states but keeping the waters in common use.

Some experts say this is so as it needs more room to move its Caspian navy of a 100 or so ships, far larger than any other coastal state.

Iran wants all resources shared equally among five states, even though its coast accounts for less than 14 per cent of the total area.

Assassination plot

Putin’s trip had been overshadowed by rumours that he might be the target of an assassination attempt.

The Russian Interfax news agency reported on Sunday that Putin had been advised of an assassination plot against him that was to take place during his visit.

But Putin refused to cancel his visit, saying the security services “must do their work”.

“If you react to various threats and recommendations of the security services, then you should sit at home”.

Tehran described reports of the plot as “totally baseless”.

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