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Iran Has Ballistic Missile That Poses Threat to United States
The Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/22/2015 | Caroline B. Glick

Posted on 01/22/2015 9:42:04 PM PST by Art in Idaho

Column one: Iran, Obama, Boehner and Netanyahu

Iran has apparently produced an intercontinental ballistic missile whose range far exceeds the distance between Iran and Israel, and between Iran and Europe.

On Wednesday night, Channel 2 showed satellite imagery taken by Israel’s Eros-B satellite that was launched last April. The imagery showed new missile-related sites that Iran recently constructed just outside Tehran. One facility is a missile launch site, capable of sending a rocket into space or of firing an ICBM.

On the launch pad was a new 27-meter long missile, never seen before.

The missile and the launch pad indicate that Iran’s ballistic missile program, which is an integral part of its nuclear weapons program, is moving forward at full throttle. The expanded range of Iran’s ballistic missile program as indicated by the satellite imagery makes clear that its nuclear weapons program is not merely a threat to Israel, or to Israel and Europe. It is a direct threat to the United States as well.

Also on Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was invited to address a joint session of Congress by House Speaker John Boehner.

Boehner has asked Netanyahu to address US lawmakers on February 11 regarding Iran’s nuclear program and the threat to international security posed by radical Islam.

Opposition leaders were quick to accuse Boehner and the Republican Party of interfering in Israel’s upcoming election by providing Netanyahu with such a prestigious stage just five weeks before Israelis go to the polls.

Labor MK Nachman Shai told The Jerusalem Post that for the sake of fairness, Boehner should extend the same invitation to opposition leader Isaac Herzog.

But in protesting as they have, opposition members have missed the point. Boehner didn’t invite Netanyahu because he cares about Israel’s election. He invited Netanyahu because he cares about US national security. He believes that by having Netanyahu speak on the issues of Iran’s nuclear program and radical Islam, he will advance America’s national security.

Boehner’s chief concern, and that of the majority of his colleagues from the Democratic and Republican parties alike, is that President Barack Obama’s policy in regard to Iran’s nuclear weapons program imperils the US. Just as the invitation to Netanyahu was a bipartisan invitation, so concerns about Obama’s policy toward Iran’s nuclear program are bipartisan concerns.

Over the past week in particular, Obama has adopted a position on Iran that puts him far beyond the mainstream of US politics. This radical position has placed the president on a collision course with Congress best expressed on Wednesday by Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez. During a hearing at the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee where Menendez serves as ranking Democratic member, he said, “The more I hear from the administration and its quotes, the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of Tehran.”

Menendez was referring to threats that Obama has made three times over the past week, most prominently at his State of the Union address on Tuesday, to veto any sanctions legislation against Iran brought to his desk for signature.

He has cast proponents of sanctions – and Menendez is the co-sponsor of a pending sanctions bill – as enemies of a diplomatic strategy of dealing with Iran, and by implication, as warmongers.

Indeed, in remarks to the Democratic members of the Senate last week, Obama impugned the motivations of lawmakers who support further sanctions legislation. He indirectly alleged that they were being forced to take their positions due to pressure from their donors and others.

The problem for American lawmakers is that the diplomatic course that Obama has chosen makes it impossible for the US to use the tools of diplomacy to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

That course of diplomatic action is anchored in the Joint Plan of Action that the US and its partners Germany, France, Britain, China and Russia (the P5+1) signed with Tehran in November 2013.

The JPOA placed no limitation on Iran’s ballistic missile program. The main areas the JPOA covers are Iran’s uranium enrichment and plutonium reactor activities. Under the agreement, or the aspects of it that Obama has made public, Iran is supposed to limit its enrichment of uranium to 3.5-percent purity.

And it is not supposed to take action to expand its heavy water reactor at Arak, which could be used to develop weapons grade plutonium.

THE JPOA is also supposed to force Iran to share all nuclear activities undertaken in the past by its military personnel.

During his State of the Union address, Obama claimed that since the agreement was signed, Iran has “halted the progress of its nuclear program and reduced its stockpile of nuclear material.”

Yet as Omri Ceren of the Israel Project noted this week, since the JPOA was signed, Iran has expanded its uranium and plutonium work. And as the Eros-B satellite imagery demonstrated, Iran is poised to launch an ICBM.

When it signed the JPOA, Obama administration officials dismissed concerns that by permitting Iran to enrich uranium to 3.5% – in breach of binding UN Security Council Resolution 1929 from 2010 – the US was enabling Iran to develop nuclear weapons. Enrichment to 3.5%, they said, is a far cry from the 90% enrichment level needed for uranium to be bomb grade.

But it works out that the distance isn’t all that great. Sixty percent of the work required to enrich uranium to bomb grade levels of purity is done by enriching it to 3.5%. Since it signed the JPOA, Iran has enriched sufficient quantities of uranium to produce two nuclear bombs.

As for plutonium development work, as Ceren pointed out, the White House’s fact sheet on the JPOA said that Iran committed itself “to halt progress on its plutonium track.”

Last October, Foreign Policy magazine reported that Iran was violating that commitment by seeking to procure parts for its heavy water plutonium reactor at Arak. And yet, astoundingly, rather than acknowledge the simple fact that Iran was violating its commitment, the State Department excused Iran’s behavior and insisted that it was not in clear violation of its commitment.

More distressingly, since the JPOA was signed, Iran has repeatedly refused to allow the International Atomic Energy Agency to access Iran’s nuclear installations or to inform the IAEA about the nuclear activities that its military have carried out in the past.

As a consequence, the US and its partners still do not know what nuclear installations Iran has or what nuclear development work it has undertaken.

This means that if a nuclear agreement is signed between Iran and the P5+1, that agreement’s verification protocols will in all likelihood not apply to all aspects of Iran’s nuclear program. And if it does not apply to all aspects of Iran’s nuclear activities, it cannot prevent Iran from continuing the activities it doesn’t know about.

As David Albright, a former IAEA inspector, explained in a Wall Street Journal op-ed last May, “To be credible, a final agreement must ensure that any effort by Tehran to construct a bomb would be sufficiently time-consuming and detectable that the international community could act decisively to prevent Iran from succeeding. It is critical to know whether the Islamic Republic had a nuclear weapons program in the past, how far the work on warheads advanced and whether it continues. Without clear answers to these questions, outsiders will be unable to determine how fast the Iranian regime could construct either a crude nuclear-test device or a deliverable weapon if it chose to renege on an agreement.”

Concern about the loopholes in the JPOA led congressional leaders from both parties to begin work to pass additional sanctions against Iran immediately after the JPOA was concluded. To withstand congressional pressure, the Obama administration alternately attacked the patriotism of its critics, who it claimed were trying to push the US into and unnecessary war against Iran, and assured them that all of their concerns would be addressed in a final agreement.

Unfortunately, since signing the JPOA, the administration has adopted positions that ensure that none of Congress’s concerns will be addressed.

Whereas in early 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry declared that “the president has made it definitive” that Iran needs to answer all “questions surrounding Iran’s nuclear program,” last November it was reported that the US and its partners had walked back this requirement.

Iran will not be required to give full accounting of its past nuclear work, and so the US and its partners intend to sign a deal that will be unable to verify that Iran does not build nuclear weapons.

As the administration has ignored its previous pledges to Congress to ensure that a deal with Iran will make it possible to prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons, it has also acted to ensure that Iran will pay no price for negotiating in bad faith. The sanctions bill that Obama threatens to veto would only go into effect if Iran fails to sign an agreement.

As long as negotiations progress, no sanctions would be enforced.

OBAMA’S MESSAGE then is clear. Not only will the diplomatic policy he has adopted not prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons (and the ability to attack the US with nuclear warheads attached to an ICBM), but in the event that Iran fails to agree to even cosmetic limitations on its nuclear progress, it will suffer no consequences for its recalcitrance.

And this brings us back to Boehner’s invitation to Netanyahu.

With Obama’s diplomatic policy toward Iran enabling rather than preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power, members of the House and Senate are seeking a credible, unwavering voice that offers an alternative path. For the past 20 years, Netanyahu has been the global leader most outspoken about the need to take all necessary measures to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power, not only for Israel’s benefit, but to protect the entire free world. From the perspective of the congressional leadership, then, inviting Netanyahu to speak was a logical move.

In the Israeli context, however, it was an astounding development. For the past generation, the Israeli Left has insisted Israel’s role on the world stage is that of a follower.

As a small, isolated nation, Israel has no choice, they say, other than to follow the lead of the West, and particularly of the White House, on all issues, even when the US president is wrong. All resistance to White House policies is dangerous and irresponsible, leaders like Herzog and Tzipi Livni continuously warn.

Boehner’s invitation to Netanyahu exposes the Left’s dogma as dangerous nonsense.

The role of an Israeli leader is to adopt the policies that protect Israel, even when they are unpopular at the White House. Far from being ostracized for those policies, such an Israeli leader will be supported, respected, and relied upon by those who share with him a concern for what truly matters.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 201404; 201501; arak; boehner; consequences; heavywater; icbms; impeachnow; iran; irandeal; iranicbm; iranmissiles; iransanctions; israel; jpoa; longrangmissiles; military; missiles; moreleeway; netanyahu; newmisile; nucleariran; nuclearprogram; obama; obamairan; obamanation; plutonium; proliferation
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Powerful article. Israel has been prevented from hitting Iran on numerous occasions by leaks from our White House and Congress. It's time to take a stand with Israel.

But don't worry. Recently Nancy Pelosi named the first Muslim lawmaker to the House intelligence committee and Obama is giving interviews to youtube journalists plus he's not going to see Bibi because he doesn't want him to win reelection.

What about our National Security? This appeasement foreign policy will soon bring much suffering to American soil. I guess that's what it's going to take to finally wake the country up. Sad. .

1 posted on 01/22/2015 9:42:04 PM PST by Art in Idaho
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To: Art in Idaho

BTTT


2 posted on 01/22/2015 9:49:38 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Art in Idaho; Old Sarge; EnigmaticAnomaly; Califreak; kalee; Right_Handed_Writer; TWhiteBear; ...
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3 posted on 01/22/2015 9:50:01 PM PST by LucyT
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To: Art in Idaho

The muzzie Kenyan has shown nothing but visceral hatred toward Bibi and Israel and the Jews from the very beginning in subtle slights and offenses. Now that he has no reason to deploy the BS, given “he knows he has but a short time”, Odevil has dropped all pretense and acts as he has really felt all along. He’d probably like to provide an assist in the next muzzie war on Israel.


4 posted on 01/22/2015 9:52:04 PM PST by bluejean (The lunatics are running the asylum)
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To: Art in Idaho

So it could hit D.C.?


5 posted on 01/22/2015 9:54:25 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Israel has been prevented from hitting Iran on numerous occasions by leaks from our White House and Congress.

Then why do they keep telling them about their plans/intentions?

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6 posted on 01/22/2015 9:57:10 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Art in Idaho

US to award Iran $11.9 Billion
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3249718/posts


7 posted on 01/22/2015 10:02:07 PM PST by Carthego delenda est
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To: Art in Idaho

obama smiles and says “how awful”.


8 posted on 01/22/2015 10:02:53 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: dragnet2

We are supposed to be an ally.


9 posted on 01/22/2015 10:03:42 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: dragnet2
So it could hit D.C.?

Maybe why Boehner called Bibi Wednesday morning. .

10 posted on 01/22/2015 10:04:03 PM PST by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only Hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: bluejean

Obama is as evil as anyone who has ever lived.


11 posted on 01/22/2015 10:04:35 PM PST by laplata ( Liberals/Progressives have diseased minds.)
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To: Art in Idaho

I foresee workplace accidents at missile sites.


12 posted on 01/22/2015 10:05:21 PM PST by ltc8k6
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To: Art in Idaho

Once the Obama regime is removed , before 2016 , the US should openly state that if Iran , or any other state , were to launch an ICBM in our direction , we will shoot down the missile/ missiles and our response will be to place an overlapping pattern of our own ICBM on their country , leaving not so much as a meter not covered .

Just put it out there ; You attack us you ALL die .


13 posted on 01/22/2015 10:06:21 PM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: Art in Idaho

why bother to fire it from Iran? I’d be looking for not so discreet gifts to Pak Pong.


14 posted on 01/22/2015 10:07:02 PM PST by blueplum
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To: Carthego delenda est
US to award Iran $11.9 Billion http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3249718/posts

Absolutely psychotic. Valerie Jarrett plus kickbacks?

15 posted on 01/22/2015 10:07:06 PM PST by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only Hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: Art in Idaho
Here's somebody who's going to be brought back to the reservation, pronto: "During a hearing at the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee where Menendez serves as ranking Democratic member, he said, “The more I hear from the administration and its quotes, the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of Tehran.”"

Said a Dem?

16 posted on 01/22/2015 10:07:23 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: LeoWindhorse
Just put it out there ; You attack us you ALL die .

Sounds like a plan. That's basically what Reagan said, in his writings, demeanor, attitude and nonverbal. We soo need a strong leader again.

17 posted on 01/22/2015 10:09:47 PM PST by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only Hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: laplata

The devil in really bad camouflage, evident to anyone with eyes to see. “Planet of the clowns...in wet shoes” just thought of that line from a Bruce Cockburn song.


18 posted on 01/22/2015 10:10:00 PM PST by bluejean (The lunatics are running the asylum)
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To: LeoWindhorse
will be to place an overlapping pattern of our own ICBM on their country , leaving not so much as a meter not covered .

Man, there's some original thinking /s

19 posted on 01/22/2015 10:10:29 PM PST by steve86 (Prophecies of Maelmhaedhoc O’Morgair (Latin form: Malachy))
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To: Art in Idaho
It's time to take a stand with (regards to) Israel.

"We" did.

Last democrat presidential convention the democrat party voted Israel and God off their party platform, by voice vote. Not once, not twice, but thrice!

"We" re-elected their presidential candidate to the White House.

20 posted on 01/22/2015 10:11:36 PM PST by null and void (The aggregate effect of competitive capitalism is indistinguishable from magic)
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