United States Capitol
01-24-2012, 9:10 P.M. EST
THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow Americans:
...And we will safeguard America’s own security against those who threaten
our citizens, our friends, and our interests. Look at Iran. Through
the power of our diplomacy, a world that was once divided about
how to deal with
Iran’s nuclear program now stands as one. The regime is more isolated than
ever before; its leaders are faced with crippling sanctions, and as long as they
shirk their responsibilities, this pressure
will not relent. Let there be no doubt: America is determined to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and I will take no options off the table to achieve that goal. (Applause.)
But a peaceful resolution of this issue is still possible, and far better, and if Iran changes course and meets its obligations, it can rejoin the community of nations...
January 7, 2012.
Hugs and kisses versus guns and bullets. The choice is clear.
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As we close 2011, the risk of a U.S.-Iran war is on the rise once more.
Extremists on all sides are feeding off of each other, laying the blame – and groundwork – to push for military action.
Last week, the Senate passed legislation to force the President to impose sanctions on countries and companies that do business with Iran’s Central bank or purchase Iranian oil. Their goal is to "collapse the Iranian economy.” Despite the proven fact that sanctions only empower the regime figures they are supposed to target, they are still Washington’s favorite way to “get tough.”
That same week, extremist elements in Tehran attacked and vandalized the British embassy there in a blatant violation of diplomatic norms.
Meanwhile, on the U.S. Presidential campaign trail, military action, even preemptive strikes, are the frontrunners’ preferred choices for dealing with Iran.
The Iranian people are being squeezed from both sides suffering from the repression and brutality of the Iranian government the reckless sanctions imposed by the U.S. Iranian-Americans are also suffering, fearing the threat of war, loss of lives and the way sanctions criminalize having ties to family in Iran.
By going this route, we're unleashing forces we cannot control. A few more incidents such as the shooting down of a U.S. spy drone over Iranian airspace, and war may become reality.
But we are not without hope. We have prevented war before, and together, we can do it again.
For almost 10 years, NIAC has been taking on difficult issues and getting results. Your support has made it possible.
YOU AS A MEMBER of the Iranian-American community cannot afford to be without a strong voice in Washington that untangles the policy debates, speaks clearly on tough issues, and leads proactively against war, against indiscriminate sanctions and for human rights.
NIAC is that voice.
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January 31, 2012
US Intel Chiefs Assess Iranian ThreatMichael Bowman | Capitol HillPhoto: AP
America’s top intelligence official says Iran is increasingly willing to conduct attacks in the United States or against U.S. interests overseas, but does not appear to have decided to build a nuclear weapon.
In written testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee, director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, said last year’s foiled plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington shows that some Iranian officials “are now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States in response to real or perceived actions that threaten the regime.” He said such officials could include the country’s supreme leader.
Iran has denied taking part in assassination plots and insisted it has no intention of building nuclear weapons. On that second point, Clapper told senators Iran could be telling the truth, at least for now.
“They are certainly moving on that path, but we do not believe they have made the decision to go ahead with a nuclear weapon," said Clapper, adding that the extent to which Iran enriches uranium will be a key signal of its intentions.
Also appearing before the Intelligence Committee, CIA Director David Petraeus agreed with Clapper’s analysis, but said Iran’s current enrichment activities already surpass what is needed for a peaceful nuclear program.
“Factually, the amount of 20 percent enriched uranium that they have exceeds any requirement, for example, for the Tehran research reactor for the foreseeable future," he said.
Petraeus and Clapper acknowledged recent consultations between U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies concerning Iran, but did not elaborate.
The U.S. recently boosted economic sanctions on Iran. The director of national intelligence expressed hope that such pressure will curb Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon said only the toughest of sanctions have a chance of succeeding.
"I have come to believe that Iran's leaders are not going to give up their push for a nuclear weapons capability, unless they believe it is going to cost them their hold on power," said Wyden.
On other national security matters, Clapper hailed recent U.S. successes against al-Qaida, including the killing or capture of its leaders and the degrading of its ability to mount a major terrorist strike. The ranking Republican on the Intelligence Committee, Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, expressed gratitude that an all-consuming question since 2001 - where is Osama bin Laden? - has been answered.
Can National Security Advisor Tom Donilon prevent an international catastrophe between the east and west from occuring? Let's give peace a chance.
When Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's "A Separation" won the Oscar for best foreign-language film at the Academy Awards on February 26 , 2012, he said the following in his acceptance speech:“At this time, many Iranians all over the world are watching us, and I imagine them to be very happy. They are happy not just because of an important award, or a film, or a filmmaker, but because -- at a time of tug of war, intimidation and aggressions exchanged between politicians -- the name of their county, Iran, is spoken here through her glorious culture, a rich and ancient culture that has been hidden under the heavy dust of politics.
"I proudly offer this award to the people of my country, the people who respect all cultures and civilizations and despise hostility and resentment. Thank you so much."
Click here: Iranians Share The Honor As 'A Separation' Wins Oscar
The Green Movement and Mr. Reza Pahlavi could form peace and prosperity in Persian Gulf and the world.
Frank met Mr. Reza Pahlavi, son of the Iranians last king, for the first time at The Home Depot Gaithersburg location many years ago while he was shopping there.
Frank finds Mr. Reza Pahlavi very honorable when he found out that Mr. Pahlavi sent a telegram to the new Islamic Republic of Iran and offered his services as a fighter pilot during the Saddam's invasion into our native land. Frank recommended to Mr. Pahlavi to run for the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and if he did, Fariborz FRANK Fouladi would happily campaign and vote for him.
Click here: Voice of America (PARAZIT) interviews Mr. Reza Pahlavi, this interview in Farsi and it is recommended that non-Farsi speakers get the help of someone who can understand and translate from Farsi to English. 12-27-2011
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