Iran does not have a nuclear bomb, has not decided to build one and is probably years away from having a deliverable nuclear warhead. Those are three things the United States, its European allies, and Israel all agree on, according to a March 23 Reuters report. The report, based on interviews with U.S. and European officials with access to intelligence on nuclear-related activities in Iran, is in marked contrast to much of the talk about Iran's nuclear program, both in the United States, where talk of military action against Iran is often threatened or implied, and in Israel, where a potential preventive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities has been a hot topic of debate. Conflicting views on the subject still abound, but the consensus appears to be the threat of a nuclear armed Iran is not imminent.
Some critics have alleged that the Obama administration has been covertly preparing for war against Iran for some time now. There is perhaps no better proof of this than a statement made by President Obama on Sunday that suggested that the time to handle a nuclear Iran diplomatically is closing.
"I believe there is a window of time to solve this diplomatically, but that window is closing," Obama told reporters.
President Obama promised on Monday to pursue yet another controversial agreement with Russian officials to further slash both governments’ nuclear arsenals, saying the United States already controls more than enough atomic weapons. Speaking ahead of a global “security” summit in Seoul, South Korea, Obama also blasted the regimes ruling North Korea and Iran.
Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) says it is “shameful” that NATO hasn’t acted to suppress the unrest in Syria.
Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C., left) asked Tuesday when Congress might hear that it's time for Americans to come home from the war "Uncle Chang" is funding in Afghanistan.
"As we're spending $10 billion a month that we can't even pay for, the Chinese, Uncle Chang is lending us the money to pay that we're spending in Afghanistan," Jones observed during his questioning of Lieutenant General John Allen in a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee. "What is the metric?" Jones asked. "When does the Congress have the testimony that someone will say, we have done all we can do? Bin Laden is dead. There are hundreds of tribes in Afghanistan and everyone has their own mission." Allen, the Marine who commands the International Security Assistance Forces in Afghanistan, had no ready answer.
A driver who crashed a vehicle on a Kabul runway near Leon Panetta's plane Wednesday may have been targeting the U.S. Defense Secretary in a car bomb attack, the Iranian Press TV reported. The Secretary was not injured and the alleged perpetrator has been arrested, the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul said.
The President of Afghanistan has called for U.S. troop presence in his country to be limited to American military bases by 2013, insisting that the transition of control of the country to the Afghan military be moved up a year from the previously agreed to date. The announcement by President Hamid Karzai came only hours after President Obama had pledged to stick to the scheduled withdrawal of U.S. combat troops by 2014, the New York Times reported.
Though two-thirds of Americans are opposed to American military intervention in Syria, and despite the lack of constitutional authority to intervene in Syria, Arizona Senator John McCain continues to advocate for the United States military to involve itself in Syria’s affairs.
A journalist is arrested, convicted by a kangaroo court, and imprisoned because he reports stories embarrassing to the government under which he lives. After a great public outcry, the President of the country is preparing to pardon him when he receives a telephone call from the leader of a foreign country. That leader, also shamed by the journalist’s reporting, asks him to keep the man behind bars. The President complies; and an innocent man remains incarcerated for the crime of telling the truth.
A U.S. Army staff sergeant is in military custody following a gruesome shooting spree in rural villages of Afghanistan Sunday that killed at least 16 civilians, nine of them children. The suspect is believed to have carried out the shootings alone before surrendering to military authorities, the New York Times reported. "The initial reporting that we have at this time indicates there was one shooter, and we have one man in custody," said Lt. Col. Jimmie Cummings, a NATO spokesman.
Syria's civil war and its brutal treatment of dissidents have been prime topics in the mainstream media for months, provoking some U.S. officials to demand a "new policy" with the country. Last week Arizona's Senator John McCain even called for the United States to begin bombing Syria.