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Barack Obama: “The one thing we have not done is we have not launched a war”

Iata un foarte interesant articol din The New York Times:

Obama Challenges Republicans on Iran

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In legatura cu criticile pe care i le aduc Republicanii legate de faptul ca nu incepe un razboi cu Iranul, Obama a spus raspicat ca razboiul nu este un joc. Obama a aratat:

„“This is not a game,” Mr. Obama said during a news conference at the White House timed to coincide with Super Tuesday voting in the Republican primaries in a number of crucial states. Mr. Obama gave a staunch defense of his administration’s actions to rein in Iran’s nuclear ambitions and said tough sanctions put in place by the United States and Europe were starting to work and were part of the reason Iran had returned to the negotiation table.”

“The one thing we have not done is we have not launched a war,” Mr. Obama said. “If some of these folks think we should launch a war, let them say so, and explain to the American people.””

Parerea Opozitiei:

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„[…]Rick Santorum derided the negotiations with Iran as “another appeasement, another delay, another opportunity for them to go forward while we talk,” and Mitt Romney, before the same group, said, “Hope is not a foreign policy.” Mr. Romney added, “The only thing respected by thugs and tyrants is our resolve, backed by our power and our readiness to use it.””speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on Februar...

Destul de belicoase afirmatiile. De observat ca Republicanii sunt in favoarea interventiei militare in Iran. Chiar stateam si ma intrebam: daca va ajunge Presedinte un republican chiar va incepe razboiul cu Iranul…? Sau aceste declaratii tin de campania electorala…?

Replica lui Obama:

„Mr. Obama hit back hard. “There’s no doubt that those who are suggesting, or proposing, or beating the drums of war, should explain clearly to the American people what the costs and benefits would be,” he said, reflecting a belief within the administration and the Obama campaign that Americans, after a decade of war in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, are fed up with conflict if it can be avoided through diplomacy and economic pressure.

Beyond that, Mr. Obama said that administration and intelligence officials — in the United States and in Israel — believe that Iran has not acquired a nuclear weapon yet, and that there is still time for sanctions to force the Iranian regime to give up any weapons program it might have. “At this stage it is my belief we have a window of opportunity,” Mr. Obama said.

“And so this notion that somehow we have a choice to make in the next week or two weeks or month or two months is not borne out by the facts,” the president said.” (subl.mea)

Recomand citirea integrala si in original a intregului articol.

Desigur, e de inteles ca un cetatean american are tot dreptul sa se intrebe si sa stie cat cheltuieste Obama pe Volt. Dar de ce nu s-ar intreba cat ar costa un asemenea razboi – agreat, din cate pot sa constat, de tabara Republicanilor – cu Iranul  si care ar fi beneficiile pentru US si poporul american. Ce e mai bine: sa cheltuiesti pentru ca sa salvezi o mare intreprindere de la faliment si, implicit, locuri de munca sau sa cheltuiesti sume fabuloase pe un razboi devastator din care America n-ar prea avea cine stie ce de castigat – costuri mari, beneficii putine? Trebuie remarcat ca Iranul este o tara mare – are aproape 80 de milioane de locuitori!! Este o tara care, din punctul de vedere al numarului de locuitori, este mai mare decat Irak si Afganistan luate la un loc amandoua si dispune de o forta militara si logistica mai mare decat cele doua. America a cheltuit enorm pe razboaiele din Irak si Afganistan, sub o administratie Republicana, si fara sa se vada beneficii prea mari de pe urma acestor razboaie. Dimpotriva, costurile, vorba lui Obama, au fost uriase!! Cine a suportat aceasta strategie? Nu cumva contribuabilul american? Nu cumva acea „majoritate tacuta„, cum se exprima odinioara Nixon? Cu alte cuvinte, problema e extrem de simpla: se fac razboaie deosebit de costisitoare, cine plateste? Ori plateste contribuabilul, ori se goleste visteria, ori ambele. Si ne intrebam, pe urma, de ce Statul face eforturi ca sa salveze de la faliment firme, care altminteri o duceau bine mersi! Cu alte cuvinte, aceste razboaie deosebit de costisitoare nu duc la altceva decat la contractia masei monetare. Pe urma ne intrebam de ce se tiparesc bani! Sau de ce creste datoria Americii! Sau de ce intra firme in faliment, de ce se prabusesc banci!!

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De citit si…

World Powers Agree to Resume Nuclear Talks With Iran

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Se arata, printre altele, ca:

„The Israelis are increasingly skeptical that international pressure will lead Iran to abandon its uranium enrichment activities, which Israel and the West suspect are a cover for Iran to achieve the ability to make nuclear weapons. Iran has said the activities are purely peaceful.

At a news conference in Washington on Tuesday, Mr. Obama defended his record on Iran against Republican critics who have called him too lenient. On the contrary, Mr. Obama said, he had deeply isolated the Iranian authorities and had helped to press them to resume negotiations.

Fears of a pre-emptive Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities have driven up oil prices and represent a threat to the already fragile state of a global economy still reeling from a sovereign debt crisis in Europe. At the same time, the Iranians have acutely felt the squeeze from sanctions aimed at pressing the government to freeze its uranium enrichment program.

The resumed talks represent a significant step forward because all six parties agreed to participate. But that may have been the easy part. One senior French official said that a desire to avoid a military confrontation could lead some parties to take a softer stance on Iran, looking for any small concession that could be interpreted as success.” (subl.mea)


On Iran, Questions of Detection and Response Divide U.S. and Israel


Printre altele se arata ca:

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„Mr. Obama has said from his days as a candidate for president that he would enter such talks without conditions. Mr. Netanyahu views that as foolish to the extreme. Speaking in Canada before he arrived in Washington, Mr. Netanyahu demanded that before any negotiations begin, Iran must take steps that would preclude it from progressing toward a bomb. Mr. Obama’s advisers say the chances of Iran’s agreeing to that at the outset of a negotiation are zero. And they insist that there is time to try another round of negotiations.

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“I have zero doubt that if Iran attempted a breakout, we’d see it,” one senior administration official said several weeks ago. But in the past, there have been doubts. Two years ago, Robert M. Gates, then the secretary of defense, asked: “If their policy is to go to the threshold but not assemble a nuclear weapon, how do you tell that they have not assembled? I don’t actually know how you would verify that.”

The truth is that the answer to the question is unknowable. While American intelligence agencies famously misjudged that Saddam Hussein was advancing on a bomb project when he had none, they also have a long record of missing signs that countries were getting very close to a bomb. They missed the timing of the first Soviet nuclear test in 1949, to President Harry S. Truman’s outrage. They also got the timing wrong on China in the 1960s, India in the ’70s and Pakistan in the ’80s. To this day, even after North Korea has conducted two nuclear tests, no one is sure whether the country’s engineers actually know how to make and deliver a real, working bomb.” (subl.mea)

Recomand citirea integrala si in original a tuturor articolelor.

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