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>Iran Rules The World In Rhetoric


This photo released by the Iranian Defense Ministry, shows Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, second from left, applauding during a ceremony inaugAP – This photo released by the Iranian Defense Ministry, shows Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, second …
TEHRAN, Iran – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday inaugurated the country’s first domestically built unmanned bomber aircraft, calling it an “ambassador of death” to Iran’s enemies.
The 4-meter-long drone aircraft can carry up to four cruise missiles and will have a range of 620 miles (1,000 kilometers), according to a state TV report — not far enough to reach archenemy Israel.
“The jet, as well as being an ambassador of death for the enemies of humanity, has a main message of peace and friendship,” said Ahmadinejad at the inauguration ceremony, which fell on the country’s national day for its defense industries.
The goal of the aircraft, named Karrar or striker, is to “keep the enemy paralyzed in its bases,” he said, adding that the aircraft is for deterrence and defensive purposes.
The president championed the country’s military self-sufficiency program, and said it will continue “until the enemies of humanity lose hope of ever attacking the Iranian nation.”
Iran launched an arms development program during its 1980-88 war with Iraq to compensate for a U.S. weapons embargo and now produces its own tanks, armored personnel carries, missiles and even a fighter plane.
Iran frequently makes announcements about new advances in military technology that cannot be independently verified.
State TV later showed video footage of the plane taking off from a launching pad and reported that the craft traveled at speeds of 560 miles per hour (900 kilometers per hour) and could alternatively be armed with two 250-pound (113.4-kilogram) bombs or a 450-pound (204.12-kilogram) guided bomb.
Iran has been producing its own light, unmanned surveillance aircraft since the late 1980s.
The ceremony came a day after Iran began to fuel its first nuclear power reactor, with the help of Russia, amid international concerns over the possibility of a military dimension to its nuclear program.
Iran insists it is only interested in generating electricity.
Referring to Israel’s occasional threats against Iran’s nuclear facilities, Ahmadinejad called any attack unlikely, but he said if Israel did, the reaction would be overwhelming.
“The scope of Iran’s reaction will include the entire the earth,” said Ahmadinejad. “We also tell you — the West — that all options are on the table.”
Ahmadinejad appeared to be consciously echoing the terminology used by the U.S. and Israel in their statements not ruling out a military option against Iran’s nuclear facilities.
On Friday, Iran also test-fired a new liquid fuel surface-to-surface missile, the Qiam-1, with advanced guidance systems.
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>Long-Range Test Coming: Will Obama Stop North Korea?

>Washington–The Associated Press has been quoted as saying a long-range missile test is coming from North Korea.

Writer Anne Gearan, AP national security writer, said today she had learned from unnamed sourcesthat North Korea “may be planning even more missile launches in a show of strength following worldwide condemnation of its underground nuclear test.”

They fired a short-range missile on Friday – the sixth this week, and still all the response we hear from Washington is verbal. Obama is a very verbal man; he attacks with his spleen, but is he spineless?

I read his history: When elected to the Illinois State Senate he was immediately pressured and bullied by some of the “good old boys”, as many political organizations usually did in those days to youngsters. It almost came down to having to fight one of those old buzzards, but Obama beat the guy with words. He said he’d “kick his ass” if he didn’t get out of his face. That didn’t end it, but Obama then did what he thought was a very smart thing. He befriended his opponents by playing cards and drinking beer with them every Saturday night — or was it Fridays?

In other words, Obama’s a paper tiger, but he has a way with people. But this time I doubt Kim jung-il wants to smoke, play cards, drink, and tell dirty jokes with Barak Hussein Obama until three in the morning over international affairs. Obama’s string of luck from smoozing people is likely over. He has to grow up and learn to act like the president of the only super power nation in the world. So far all he has done is warn off people with words.

Pyangyong believes Obama is a “paper tiger” and that they can get away with murder with this new guy, as opposed to President George W. Bush who took out a political enemy dictator, Sadam Hussein. Confirming this to the enemy, Obama’s foreign policy is shot with holes. He is reducing our nuclear arsenal unilaterally while buddying up with one of the most repressive communist regimes in the world, Hugo Chavez’s Venzuela. Then there are his political friends, the North Koreans and Iranians, who are gearing up to become nuclear powers. All while Barak Obama sits on his hands, making radio speeches, using words, telling Israel to go it alone against Iran.

Words are cheap. In one article Obama assails the North Koreans; in another he vows to stop them; in still another he accuses and condemns them. He’s running out of strong adjectives and sooner or later must really get tough.

Why isn’t the navy heading for China and North Korea? Is Obama afraid he may start World War III? He should be more afraid that Kim Jung-il will hit Hawaii, Alaska, or California, kill three million Americans and start that war.

Significantly, officials say there are indications of increased activity at a North Korean site used to fire long-range missiles. We should only warn once — “speak softly” — and bomb twice — “carry a big stick.” Our problem is we warn prolifically and with each new warning, the beligerant Koreans become more convinced they are dealing with a paper tiger who is only capable of warning, not acting. And they know the UN has no power over them.

Meanwhile, Barak Obama is taking campaign airtrips, scratching his head for new vergiage, and saying, “North Korea is the United Nation’s business, not ours. I’m too busy getting Sonja Sotomayor confirmed and all those Republican-owned Chrysler and GM dealerships closed.”