2010 March 20 Saturday
Obama To Attack Iran?

Obama's not the big preemptive unilateral military force user unlike his Republican tough guy frat boy predecessor. Right? So then why is the US is building up for a preemptive attack on Iran's nuclear weapons development facilities?

The Sunday Herald can reveal that the US government signed a contract in January to transport 10 ammunition containers to the island. According to a cargo manifest from the US navy, this included 387 “Blu” bombs used for blasting hardened or underground structures.

Experts say that they are being put in place for an assault on Iran’s controversial nuclear facilities. There has long been speculation that the US military is preparing for such an attack, should diplomacy fail to persuade Iran not to make nuclear weapons.

You might think China would oppose this attack. But a preemptive attack against Iran isn't just to help Israel. The Persian Gulf Arab leaders don't want to see a nuclear Iran either. with Saudi Arabia now providing China with a quarter of Chinese oil imports Saudi desire to stop Iran might sway China to acquiesce.

Brad Bourland, a former State Department official who heads research at Jadwa Investment in Riyadh, said: “Saudi Arabia used to be very much an American story, but those days are gone forever. That’s just a reflection of a globalized world and the rise of Asia. They now see their relationship with China as very strategic, and very long term.”

Some energy and security experts have pointed out that the Saudi government is keen on displacing Iranian oil sales to China to persuade Beijing authorities to back tougher sanctions against Iran’s nuclear program, a position that has the support of the United States.

“We know the Saudis and others have delivered the message to the Chinese that instability in the gulf is not in their interest,” Douglas C. Hengel, the deputy assistant secretary for energy, sanctions and commodities at the State Department, said last week during a conference in Houston.

What are the Chinese thinking? Surely the Chinese do not want nuclear bombs contaminating oil fields. But are they worried about what Iran might do? The Chinese badly need oil imports. Suddenly they are faced with the same strategic concerns about Middle Eastern oil as the US has worried about for decades.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2010 March 20 08:44 PM  US Foreign Preemption, Deterrence, Containment

Robert said at March 21, 2010 4:00 PM:

Boy, this could get ugly...

Stephen said at March 21, 2010 5:50 PM:

“We know the Saudis and others have delivered the message to the Chinese that instability in the gulf is not in their interest,” Douglas C. Hengel, the deputy assistant secretary for energy, sanctions and commodities at the State Department.

...the implication being that a US war with Iran will reduce instability in the Gulf. What nonsense.

Stephen said at March 21, 2010 5:54 PM:

When a US build-up becomes obvious, oil prices will skyrocket. What'll that do to the fragile economy? Both in the US and globally?

Fred said at March 21, 2010 7:04 PM:

When a US build-up becomes obvious, oil prices will skyrocket. What'll that do to the fragile economy? Both in the US and globally?


Russia and Nigeria will be pleased...

Sycamore said at March 22, 2010 11:36 AM:

At Spencer's Alternative Right, some guy that's in the arms business says the supposed buildup is specious:


no i don't said at March 23, 2010 3:28 PM:

The U.S.-sponsored drive to impose new economic sanctions on Iran has nothing to do with the noble cause of limiting proliferation of nuclear weapons on the planet. It is directly linked to the U.S. military doctrine of establishing 'full spectrum dominance' - i.e., military dominance on land, sea, air, and outer space over all other countries in the world. The logical extension of this doctrine is that only countries firmly allied to the U.S. government should be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons or to even develop the capacity to do so.

Israel , for example, is widely-believed to hold secret Nuclear weapons. Yet there is no call for sanctions or investigations of them. The reason is simple: They are a U.S. ally. India and Pakistan have declined to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and have developed nuclear weapons. Yet there is no call for sanctions or investigations of them. The reason is simple: They are U.S. allies.

Iran and North Korea are being subjected to economic sanctions, calls for more sanctions, and even threats of military aggression against them The reason is again simple: They are not U.S. allies.

The principle of national sovereignty includes non-interference in a nations internal affairs by outside powers. It is an important cornerstone of real international peace and security, and among other things is related to accepting and respecting the cultural, political, and economic diversity of the world.

no i don't said at March 23, 2010 3:30 PM:

A key element of national sovereignty is that wars of aggression against other nations which have not attacked ones' own nation are prohibited under international law. Wars of aggression were declared illegal at the Nuremberg trials after World War II, which established the invasion of other nations by Germany as the type-case.

Subsequently, the United Nations General Assembly has enacted resolutions prohibiting military aggression, invasions, and occupations of one country by another - except in self-defense when the target nation had attacked first.

Iran , at this point, is only known to be developing nuclear power plants and materials. And it has never attacked the U.S. Yet Iran is being subjected to sanctions, calls for more sanctions, and threats of possible military aggression against them.

no i don't said at March 23, 2010 3:35 PM:

The Truth About the Non-Proliferation Treaty

As a signatory of the U.N. Nuclear non-proliferation treaty, Iran must not develop nuclear weapons.

However - and this is a crucial point - the non-proliferation treaty gives every signatory the sovereign right to voluntarily withdraw from the treaty on three months notice. After doing so, that country has the absolute right under international law to develop nuclear weapons on its own territory.

North Korea , which originally signed the treaty and later withdrew, has now the legal right to develop nuclear weapons. India, Pakistan, and Israel never signed the treaty and therefore also have had the legal right to develop nuclear weapons.

Instead of acknowledging these realities, western politicians and media have systematically concealed them from the public. In place of the truth they have repeated vague mantras like 'defying the international community' (i.e., not bending to the will of the U.S.).

In a typical example of this deceptive rhetoric, U.S. President Obama said a few days ago: "Despite the posturing that its nuclear power is only for civilian use ... they in fact continue to pursue a course that would lead to weaponization, and that is not acceptable to the international community." The absence of any legal argument in this statement reflects the fact that there is no legal argument against Iran's nuclear energy program, and that even development of weapons would be legal if Iraq withdraws from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty. Of course, Obama invoking the 'non-acceptance by the 'international community' does not mean the nations of the world; it's a code for 'the U.S. and its allies'.

no i don't said at March 23, 2010 3:38 PM:

U.S. Sanctions are part of Imperialism

To fully understand U.S. policy towards Iran and North Korea, we need to situate it in the wider attempt to extend its military machine across the world, and to remove any obstacles to its dominance.

There are currently 700 U.S. military bases outside the U.S., and it is engaged in a vast project to extend the reach of NATO by incorporating as many as possible of the former East European socialist states and former parts of the Soviet Union.

The U.S. is also seeking to militarily encircle both Russia and China with sea-based missile carrying ships, bases in neighboring states, hi-tech weapons on Taiwan, and the arming of small client anti-Russian states like Georgia. U.S. bases are also being built in the South American country of Colombia, right next door to Venezuela, a country which has sought to develop a socialist alternative to U.S. domination of the region.

U.S. opposition to Iran's nuclear program is intended to help ensure that the U.S. - and its nuclear armed major allies such as Britain, France, India, and Pakistan - can continue to dominate the world. It is also intended to weaken the ability of middle eastern countries to resist U.S. domination in their region.
By Eric Sommer

NotProgressive said at March 24, 2010 8:04 PM:

U.S. and Western Imperialism has more than met its match in China. China operates a Sovereign Banking system invented by Benjamin Franklin. They will never allow a float on the Yuan. China also has put high reserve requirements on the western private banks doing business in China. Good luck banksters at making a run at the Chinese Banks and the Yuan.

In the meantime, China has to become the head and not the body. Their demographic inversion will happen in one generation, so they need other workers around the world producing wealth for them. I expect Africa and other parts of Asia will become factories for China in the future.

U.S. imperialism actually had is roots in 1698 when the Bank of England became hosted by private bankers. The private bankers continuously attacked the U.S., winning finally in 1913 with the signing of the Federal Reserve Act. Fast forward to the modern era in 1971 when Nixon went off of the Gold Standard, overturning Bretton Woods. Shortly thereafter, Kissinger went to the Saudi's and told them to recycle petrodollars into Western Banks, and that Oil was to be priced in dollars. The U.S. then guaranteed Saudi security with our military, as well as protecting the Sea Lanes. The pricing of oil in dollars created demand for dollars, and now we have to defend oil at all costs. If Oil is no longer priced in dollars, then all those dollars in circulation outside of our country will come flooding back, causing an economic collapse.

A new pipeline will run from Skovorodino, Russia to China's northeastern city of Daqing. Starting in 2011 Russia will transfer 15 million tonnes of Crude to China. I will bet that the Crude will NOT be priced in dollars. The BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) countries were recently talking about pricing oil in a basket of currencies. Game, Set, Match. When that happens, dollar hegemony will be over, and the U.S. will economically collapse overnight.

The U.S. has painted itself into a corner with the dollar zone. Other countries have to export to the U.S. to acquire dollars in order to buy oil. Therefore the U.S. has to be an importer of last resort. This hollows out American industry in order to compete against countries doing their level best to acquire dollars. The U.S. exports dollars and imports goods, while the U.S. unemployment rate continuous to increase. In the meantime, China continues to suck jobs and technology out of the U.S., which suits them for the short run. In the long run, China advances debt free, while the U.S. declines into being a debt slave. China just outsmarted the International banksters at their own game.

NotProgressive said at March 24, 2010 8:26 PM:

Iranians are Persians, not Arabs. Also, they are Shiite, not Sunni. The name Iran derives from the term Aryan. Iran is surrounded by hostile Turks, Kurds, and Arabs, who are racially different and follow Sunni Islam. The CIA intervention in 1953 to overturn the popularly elected Mohammad Mosaddegh, as well as recent interventions are hostilities by the U.S. Can anyone begrudge the Persians for being paranoid?

The Persians have high sulfur content oil (like Brazil and Venezuala) that requires special equiment and techniques to refine. Eventually the Persians (Iranians) will refine their oil themselves, and be free from dollar hegemony. Also, it is perfectly logical for an ancient sovereign country to want to acquire nukes as defense against demonstrably hostile neighbors.

The equation for getting Saudi oil to market, and to have Saudi Oil priced in dollars just became more difficult. If we didn't have private banking cartels trying to run the world, then these distortions would not be in play.

The founders wanted the U.S. to be like Switzerland. We would not be engaged in Tyranny, and would trade with other countries as free men.

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