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Patrick Gaspard–President Obama–ACORN–SEIU–Connections

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ACORN In A Nutshell

 

Matthew Vadum Talks About ACORN’s Founder Wade Rathke on the Glenn Beck Program, June 25, 2009

 

OBAMA CAUGHT SAYING ACORN AND FRIENDS WILL SHAPE HIS PRESIDENTIAL AGENDA

 

Rep. Mike Pence Talks About My Article on ACORN Insider Patrick Gaspard on Hannity Sept. 28, 2009

 

 

Matthew Vadum Talks to Laura Ingraham about ACORN Man in White House Patrick Gaspard, Sept. 29, 2009

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9N-UKz25TNw

 

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Background Articles and Videos

ACORN’s Man in the White House

Matthew Vadum

“…Because Gaspard’s employment with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now is acknowledged by no less an authority than ACORN founder Wade Rathke himself. Rathke writes at his blog: 

Tell me that 1199’s former political director, Patrick Gaspard (who was ACORN New York’s political director before that) didn’t reach out from the White House and help make that happen, and I’ll tell you to take some remedial classes in “politics 101.”

The “before that” time period Rathke is referring to is 2003 when Gaspard was executive vice president for political and legislative affairs for 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. According to publicly available disclosure documents, Gaspard registered as a federal lobbyist for SEIU on Oct. 22, 2007. The registration and subsequent disclosures indicate he lobbied Congress on SCHIP, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. …”

http://spectator.org/archives/2009/09/28/acorns-man-in-the-white-house

Patrick Gaspard, ACORN, and Obama

By Stanley Kurtz

“…With the revelation that White House Director of Political Affairs, Patrick Gaspard, has close ties to Bertha Lewis and to ACORN, Matthew Vadum and Erick Erickson appear to be onto something significant. While the Gaspard matter needs further investigation before we form any hard conclusions, it certainly seems to confirm that President Obama’s ties to a whole series of ACORN-controlled organizations are neither minor nor by any means long-past. In fact, making use of what Erickson and Vadum have discovered about Gaspard, we can trace these links still further.

There’s been a good deal of attention to ACORN of late, and deservedly so. Yet for all the fuss, what is arguably the most important Obama-ACORN tie of all has gotten short shrift. During the 2008 election, Obama’s close links to the far-left New Party were revealed and explored (although not by the mainstream press). Yet many seem to have forgotten that the New Party, particularly in Chicago, was dominated by ACORN (and by an ACORN-controlled SEIU union local). During the campaign, I detailed Obama’s New Party ties in two pieces, “Something New Here,” and “Life of the New Party.” Important evidence of Obama’s pursuit of the New Party endorsement can also be found in the September-October 1995 issue of “New Ground,” newsletter of the Chicago chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. Obama’s New Party ties matter because they show that his links to ACORN went far beyond shared on-the-ground organizing, legal representation, training, or even funding (although all of those ties existed and were important). By running for office with the New Party, Obama was effectively indicating that he shared ACORN’s radical political goals. …”

http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=NjljYzYyMDhlY2Y4MTRhZTI4NGQ5OGVlMGE5YmIzYTI=

 

Obama’s Top Aide Gaspard Tied to ACORN

By David A. Patten 

“…Patrick Gaspard, considered one of the most powerful figures in the Obama White House, is a “longtime ACORN operative” and former union official, according to a report posted Monday on the American Spectator’s online blog.

Gaspard’s name recently surfaced as the official President Obama dispatched to urge beleaguered New York Gov. David Paterson not to run for another term. Paterson insists he’ll continue to run for governor even without Obama’s support.Gaspard has extensive ties to organized labor and community-organizing groups. One measure of his influence in the White House: He holds the same “political affairs director” title that belonged to Karl Rove during the Bush administration.The Spectator’s Matthew Vadum, a senior editor at the Capital Research Center think tank, reported that Gaspard was the New York political director for top ACORN official Bertha Lewis before 2003. Lewis is the CEO and “chief organizer” for ACORN, which is the subject of more than a dozen investigations for vote-registration fraud nationwide. …”

http://www.newsmax.com/insidecover/obama_acorn_gaspard/2009/09/28/265678.html

Obama File 88 Parallel Lives? Obama’s “Go To” Man, Patrick Gaspard and New York Socialism

“…He’s a low key, behind-the-scenes, no-fingerprints kind of guy. I need something, I call Patrick. And if he calls, it’s a big deal. He’s close to the president.

Considerable attention has been focused on Gaspard’s ties to the radical community group ACORN.

This post looks at Gaspard’s ties to the groups behind ACORN-the groups that helped President Obama during his Chicago days-Democratic Socialists of America and the Communist Party offshoot Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism. …”

http://newzeal.blogspot.com/2009/10/obama-file-88-parallel-lives-obamas-man.html

“…Patrick Gaspard is the Director of the Office of Political Affairs for the Obama administration. Gaspard’s prior position was on the advisory board for President Barack Obama’s transition team[1]. During the presidential campaign, Gaspard was Obama’s National Political Director.

Prior to working on Obama’s campaign team, Gaspard was the executive vice president for politics and legislation for the 300,000 member 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East labor union,[2] the largest local union in America. He helped coordinate political activity and government relations on behalf of 300,000 members. In 2006, Gaspard served as the acting political director for SEIU International during the national union’s successful effort to help Democrats capture majorities in the House and Senate. In 2004, Gaspard was the National Field Director for America Coming Together. Gaspard worked for Governor Howard Dean’s presidential campaign, the 1988 Jesse Jackson presidential bid and numerous congressional candidates and campaigns. In 1989, he worked on the successful and historic David Dinkins mayoral campaign.[3]. Gaspard is a former community organizer around school reform issues. …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Gaspard

 

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The 2016 Olympic Games–The Loser Is–Chicago Politicians–The Winner Is–The American People–No More Progressive Taxes For Political Payoffs–Olympic Committee Announces 2016 Winner

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The Winner Is

Olympic Committee Announces 2016 Winner

 

 Olympics 2016 Rio De Janeiro Brazil is the winner

 

Olimpíada Rio 2016 Viva Sua Paixão – Olympics Rio 2016 Live Your Passion

 

2016 Olympics in Brazil Rio de Janeiro

 

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Media Matters Spin Title

 

Propaganda Attack Obama for Olympic Bid

 

The President of The United States of America is bringing the Chicago way to Washington D.C. along with the corruption and cronyism.

The big winners will be Chicago real estate developers and lawyers and the Chicago Democratic Party.

Who ends up paying the bills for projects that go over-budget–the American taxpayer.

No Federal tax revenues should go to any American city that sponsors the Olympic Games.

Why?–They usually end up going over budget by billions of dollars.

The Chicago 2016 Olympics is Barack Obama’s political payoff to Chicago’s Mayor Daley and his political machine.

Let us hope another city gets the Olympics–the US taxpayers are tapped out.

The President flys off to Europe as the official unemployment rate hits 9.8% with over 15,142,000 Americans looking for a full time job.

Stop the  progressive radical socialism Democratic Party’s corruption, cronyism and crime.

Where’s the jobs?

Stop bashing America Mr. President, the American people are becoming sick and tired of your gratuitious apologies and criticism of America!

You seem to forget that you were elected President of the United States of America and not America’s Arrogant Affirmative Action Apologist.

 

Background Articles and Videos

An illustrated guide: All the president’s Olympic cronies

By Michelle Malkin 

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Photoshop: Paul Croteau

“…My syndicated column today — reprinted below with added links, pics, and info — gives you a rundown of the Obama cronies inside and outside the White House who stand to gain the most from the Chicago 2016 Olympic bid.

Chicagoans of all political stripes who oppose massive government funding of Mayor Richard Daley’s pet project have inundated my email-box. Reader Will P. sums it all up by noting that the games would “protect the current corrupt structure” and paper over Chicago/Illinois’s myriad woes, including: “Governor after Governor going to jail. Pay to play schemes. Crumbling and outdated infrastructure. Deteriorating public housing. Failing, dumbing-down schools. Hospital cutbacks. Sanctuary city. Never-ending gang wars (outbursts every Spring requiring massive police presence, police outmanned at the Taste of Chicago, innocents shot in the crossfire weekly, current beating video out now). Cemetery scandal (bodies removed and graves resold)…Acorn, Bill Ayers, Rezko, Blago, Wright. Univ. of Illinois “clout” scandal. Illegal preferential city hiring. City inspectors on the take (Operation Crooked Code). Voter fraud. The unemployment rate. Taxes through the roof. Mayor Daley attempting to extend city taxes to the suburbs. All this, and more…” …”

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/09/30/an-illustrated-guide-all-the-presidents-olympic-cronies/

 

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The Iranian Revolution and Regime–Videos

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P1/6: The Man Who Changed The World

 

P2/6: The Man Who Changed The World

 

P3/6: The Man Who Changed The World


 

P4/6: The Man Who Changed The World

 

P5/6: The Man Who Changed The World

 

P6/6: The Man Who Changed The World

 

P1/6: The Pariah State

 

P2/6: The Pariah State

 

P3/6: The Pariah State

 

P4/6: The Pariah State

 

P5/6: The Pariah State


 

P6/6: The Pariah State

 

P1/6: Nuclear Confrontation

 

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P3/6: Nuclear Confrontation

 

P4/6: Nuclear Confrontation

 

P5/6: Nuclear Confrontation


 

P6/6: Nuclear Confrontation

 

P1/6 Iran and Britain 

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P3/6 Iran and Britain

P4/6 Iran and Britain

P5/6 Iran and Britain

P6/6 Iran and Britain

P1/3: Our World: Iran, 30

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P3/3: Our World: Iran, 30

 

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Iranian Revolution

“…The Iranian Revolution of 1979 or 1979 Islamic Revolution (later known as the Islamic Revolution,[1][2][3][4][5][6] Persian: انقلاب اسلامی, Enghelābe Eslāmi) refers to events involving the overthrow of Iran’s monarchy under Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and its replacement with an Islamic republic under Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the revolution. It has been called an event that “made Islamic fundamentalism a political force … from Morocco to Malaysia.”[7]

The first major demonstrations against the Shah began in January 1978.[8] Between August and December 1978 strikes and demonstrations paralyzed the country. The shah left Iran for exile in mid-January 1979, and two weeks later Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Tehran to a greeting by several million Iranians.[9] The royal regime collapsed shortly after on February 11 when guerrillas and rebel troops overwhelmed troops loyal to the Shah in armed street fighting. Iran voted by national referendum to become an Islamic Republic on April 1, 1979,[10] and to approve a new theocratic constitution whereby Khomeini became Supreme Leader of the country, in December 1979 The revolution was unique for the surprise it created throughout the world:[11] it lacked many of the customary causes of revolution (defeat at war, a financial crisis, peasant rebellion, or disgruntled military);[12] produced profound change at great speed;[13] was massively popular;[14] overthrew a regime heavily protected by a lavishly financed army and security services;[15][16] and replaced a monarchy with a theocracy based on Guardianship of the Islamic Jurists (or velayat-e faqih). Its outcome — an Islamic Republic “under the guidance of an 80-year-old exiled religious scholar from Qom” — was, as one scholar put it, “clearly an occurrence that had to be explained.”[17]

Not so unique but more intense is the dispute over the revolution’s results. For some it was an era of heroism and sacrifice that brought forth nothing less than the nucleus of a world Islamic state — “a perfect model of splendid, humane, and divine life… for all the peoples of the world.”[18] On the other hand, some Iranians explain the revolution as a time when “for a few years we all lost our minds”,[19] and which “promised us heaven, but… created a hell on earth.”[20]

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iranian_revolution

 

History of the Islamic Republic of Iran

“…One of the most dramatic changes in government in Iran’s history was seen with the 1979 Iranian Revolution where Shah (king) Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was overthrown and replaced by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Autocratic monarchy was replaced by an Islamic Republic based on the principle of rule by Islamic jurists, (or “Velayat-e faqih“), where clerics serve as head of state and in many powerful governmental roles. A pro-Western, pro-American foreign policy was exchanged for one of “neither east nor west,” said to rest on the three “pillars” of mandatory veil (hijab) for women, and opposition to the United States and Israel.[1] A rapidly modernizing, capitalist economy was replaced by populist and Islamic economic and cultural policies.

The leader of the revolution and founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, was Iran’s supreme leader until his death in 1989.[2] He was followed by Ali Khamenei.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Islamic_Republic_of_Iran

 

 

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“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.”

~Winston Churchill 

 

“Regime Change is the only Moral and Practical Foreign Policy Objective of the United States Toward Iran.

While the United States should actively work bilaterally with Russia and multilaterally through international institutions to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons, let us keep our eye on what should be our overall objective–regime change in Iran. We must actively work toward the day when Iranians can have free elections and a government that is accountable to the people. ….”

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A TRIBUTE TO THE BRAVE AND COURAGEOUS CITIZENS OF IRAN **- election June 2009


 

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Nuclear Talks

 

Iran Nuclear Talks: Geneva Negotiations (Raw Video)

 

Crosstalk: Iran’s challenge to Russia & US. Unite or divide?

 

For over thirty years the Iranian regime has been at war with both the Iranian and American people in imposing its fanatical religious views.

A tipping point has been reach.

Any day now the Iranian regime could fall as tens of million of Iranians demand life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The American people support the Iranian people in their efforts to find freedom and prosperity.

The time is now for President Obama to send a public message of support to the Iranian people.

President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton should inform the Foreign Minister of Iran, Manouchehr Mottaki, currently in Washington D.C. for the first times in decades, that their time is up.

The Iranian regime must step down or face the wrath of the Iranian people and the destruction of its nuclear weapons program by the United States.  

 

 Iran dominant regional superpower – part 1/3

 

Iran dominant regional superpower – part 2/3

 

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CIA, Iran and the Election Riots – 14 Jun 09

 

“Thirty years of negotiations and sanctions have failed to end the Iranian nuclear program and its war against the West. Why should anyone think they will work now? A change in Iran requires a change in government. Common sense and moral vision suggest we should support the courageous opposition movement, whose leaders have promised to end support for terrorism and provide total transparency regarding the nuclear program.”

~Michael Ledeen 

 

“The United States must use the power of the spoken word to condemn the leaders of the current Iranian regime, keeping in mind what President John F. Kennedy said about Winston Churchill in making him an honorary American citizen,  “he mobilized the English language and sent it into battle.”

~Newt Gingrich

 

“One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!”

~Winston Churchill

 

Background Articles and Videos

Inside Story – Iran unrest prosecutions – 11 Aug 09

P1/6: Nuclear Confrontation

 

P2/6: Nuclear Confrontation

 

P3/6: Nuclear Confrontation

 

P4/6: Nuclear Confrontation

 

P5/6: Nuclear Confrontation


 

P6/6: Nuclear Confrontation

 

Iran foreign minister in US but no talks planned

“…Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki made a rare visit to Washington to inspect Iran’s unofficial diplomatic office but there were no plans for him to meet U.S. officials, the State Department said on Wednesday.

One day before Iran meets in Geneva with the United States and other powers worried about its nuclear program, the State Department granted Mottaki’s request to visit the Iranian interests section at Pakistan’s embassy, which represents Tehran in Washington in the absence of diplomatic ties.

U.S.-based analysts and diplomats said it was the first such visit in years, possibly since Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979.

“I wouldn’t read too much into this … It was a straightforward request and we granted it,” State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told a news briefing, saying there were no plans for Mottaki to meet U.S. officials or anyone acting on behalf of the U.S. government. …”

http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSN30237587

 

We’ve Been Talking to Iran for 30 Years

The seizure of the U.S. embassy followed the failure of Carter administration talks with

By Michael Ledeen

“…The Obama administration’s talks with Iran—set to take place tomorrow in Geneva—are accompanied by an almost universally accepted misconception: that previous American administrations refused to negotiate with Iranian leaders. The truth, as Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said last October at the National Defense University, is that “every administration since 1979 has reached out to the Iranians in one way or another and all have failed.” …”

 

“…Thirty years of negotiations and sanctions have failed to end the Iranian nuclear program and its war against the West. Why should anyone think they will work now? A change in Iran requires a change in government. Common sense and moral vision suggest we should support the courageous opposition movement, whose leaders have promised to end support for terrorism and provide total transparency regarding the nuclear program.”

Mr. Ledeen, a scholar at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, is the author, most recently, of “Accomplice to Evil: Iran and the War Against the West,” out next month from St. Martin’s Press.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704471504574442901560824682.html

 

There Are Only Two Choices Left on Iran

An Israeli or U.S. military strike now, or a nuclear Tehran soon.

By ELIOT A. COHEN

“…At the heart of the problem is not simply the nuclear program. It is the Iranian regime, a regime that has, since 1979, relentlessly waged war against the U.S. and its allies. From Buenos Aires to Herat, from Beirut to Cairo, from Baghdad to, now, Caracas, Iranian agents have done their best to disrupt and kill. Iran is militarily weak, but it is masterful at subversive war, and at the kind of high-tech guerrilla, roadside-bomb and rocket fight that Hezbollah conducted in 2006. American military cemeteries contain the bodies of hundreds, maybe thousands, of American servicemen and servicewomen slain by Iranian technology, Iranian tactics, and in some cases, Iranian operatives.

The brutality without is more than matched by the brutality within—the rape, torture and summary execution of civilians by the tens of thousands, down, quite literally, to the present day. This is a corrupt, fanatical, ruthless and unprincipled regime—unpopular, to be sure, but willing to do whatever it takes to stay in power. With such a regime, no real negotiation, based on understandings of mutual interest and respect for undertakings is possible.

It is, therefore, in the American interest to break with past policy and actively seek the overthrow of the Islamic Republic. Not by invasion, which this administration would not contemplate and could not execute, but through every instrument of U.S. power, soft more than hard. And if, as is most likely, President Obama presides over the emergence of a nuclear Iran, he had best prepare for storms that will make the squawks of protest against his health-care plans look like the merest showers on a sunny day.”

Mr. Cohen teaches at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. He served as counselor of the State Department from 2007 to 2009.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204518504574420641457091318.html

 

Whose Side Are We On? You Have to Ask?

With Twitter’s help, the youth of Iran take on the ayatollahs.

“…A small point on the technological aspects of the Iranian situation. Some ask if the impact of the new technology is exaggerated. No. Twittering and YouTubing made the story take hold and take off. But did the technology create the rebellion? No, it encouraged what was there. If they Twittered and liveblogged the French Revolution, it still would have been the French Revolution: “this aft 3pm @ the bastille.” It all still would have happened, perhaps with marginally greater support. Revolutions are revolutions and rebellions are rebellions; they don’t work unless the people are for it. In Iran, Twitter reported and encouraged. But the conviction must be there to be encouraged.

The interesting question is what technology would have done after the Revolution, during the Terror. What would word of the demonic violence, the tumbrels and nonstop guillotines unleashed circa 1790-95 have done to French support for the Revolution, and world support? Would Thomas Jefferson have been able to continue his blithe indifference if reports of France grimly murdering France had been Twittered out each day?

The great question is what modern technology can do not in the short term so much as the long. It is not the friend of entrenched tyranny. Connected to which, it would be nice if the technologies of the future were not given babyish names. Twitter, Google, Facebook, etc., have come to be crucial and historically consequential tools, and yet to refer to them is to talk baby talk. In the future could inventors please keep the weight and dignity of history in mind? …”

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124535660563828707.html

 

The Threat of the Current Regime in Iran

By Newt Gingrich

“…Shortly following the 1979 Iranian revolution led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Iran was transformed into a theocratic state and quickly drafted a constitution that is still in place today. Its preamble sets forth the mission of the post-revolutionary theocratic state:

[I]t is the mission of the Constitution to materialize the ideology of the Movement and create such conditions under which Man may grow according to the noble and universal values of Islam.

With due consideration to the Islamic content of the Iranian Revolution, which was a movement for the victory of all the oppressed people over their oppressors, the Constitution paves the way for the perpetuation of this Revolution in and outside the country, particularly in the area of expansion of international relations with other Islamic and peoples’ movements; it tries to prepare the ground for the creation of a single world community… and the perpetuation of the struggle for delivering all the deprived and oppressed nations of the world…[emphasis added]
Ideological Army

In establishing and equipping the defense forces of the country, it shall be taken into consideration that faith and ideology are the basis and criterion. Therefore, the Army of the Islamic Republic and the Revolutionary Guard Corps will be formed in conformity with the above objective, and will be responsible not only for protecting and safeguarding the frontiers but also for the ideological mission, that is, Jihad. For God’s sake and struggle for promoting the rule of God’s law in the world. [emphasis added]

Thus dedicated to spreading the goals of the 1979 revolution to other nations, Iran has engaged in a 25 year campaign of terror and murder.

Among the highlights:

(i) Inventing, creating, funding, training, and operating to this day Hezbollah in Lebanon, arguably the most dangerous terrorist organization in the world;
(ii) Financing Hezbollah to the tune of approximately $100 million a year, although some analysts think the figure is closer to $200 million a year;
(iii) Ordering and financing the attack on the U.S. Marine barracks in October 1983 that resulted in the death of 241 American servicemen. It was the largest non-nuclear explosion that had ever been detonated on earth, with a force of between 15,000 to 21,000 pounds of TNT;
(iv) Providing support for the Khobar Towers bombing in 1996 that killed 19 American Servicemen and one Saudi national;
(v) Funding Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and incentivizing the murder of hundreds of Israelis in suicide bombings;
(vi) The assassination of four leaders of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan, an Iranian dissident group;
(vii) The bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish community center in 1994; and
(viii) The registration of more than 25,000 “martyrdom seeking” volunteers to take part in the attacks on U.S.-led forces in Iraq.

It is against this backdrop that we must consider Iran’s drive to develop nuclear weapons and its ability to deliver such weapons. It is also only against this backdrop that we can properly understand the seriousness of Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s threat to wipe Israel off the face of the map. …”

http://newt.org/tabid/102/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/1980/The-Threat-of-the-Current-Regime-in-Iran.aspx

 

The Case for Iran: Fighting for Freedom

By Pamela Geller

“…The Iranian people are dying for their aspirations. As Arash Irandoost’s appeal suggests, those aspirations do not include the destruction of America or Israel. The freedom fighters must travel an uphill road against a cruel, vicious theocracy and a huge fundamentalist peasantry. But they have been fighting, and dying tragically — dying magnificently and bravely, trying to better their society.

It is a stain on the America’s great history as a force for good that we elected a President who would give tacit support to murderers and savages, and abandon those dying for freedom. Yes, freedom.
If we have lost prestige in the world, it is not because of George W. Bush. He was reluctantly respected. Bush was derided to bring America down a peg: the hatred of the good for being good. The realities of Bush’s approach to the world versus Obama’s capitulation and appeasement will continue to wreak untold havoc on a world driven by leftists, elitists and the Organization of the Islamic Conference.
The Green revolution, like the Cedar revolution, the Rose revolution (Georgia), and all those purple fingers were the manifestation of an idea, an idea that men yearned for: liberty and freedom. And while not everyone wants freedom, those who do ought to be given their inalienable human right to pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Iranians taking bullets, axe blows and the crushing blows of batons are those very people. And these courageous and desperately isolated people deserve the wholehearted support of all free people. Hope! Change! Indeed. …”
 
 
 

Can Sanctions “Cripple” Iran?

By Clifford D. May

 “…Time is of the essence: Iran’s rulers already are conspiring with anti-American autocrats – in Russian, China, Venezuela and Turkmenistan, for example – to find ways to break such an embargo, should it be imposed. http://defenddemocracy.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=11786871&Itemid=105
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Politics of Iran

 

 

 

 

 

“…The politics of Iran takes place in framework of a republic with an Islamic ideology. The December 1979 constitution, and its 1989 amendment, define the political, economic, and social order of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It declares that Shi’a Islam of the Twelver school of thought is Iran’s official religion.

As in almost all revolutions, the early days of the regime were characterized by political turmoil. In November 1979 the American embassy was seized and its occupants taken hostage and kept captive for 444 days. The eight year Iran–Iraq War killed hundreds of thousands and cost the country billions of dollars. By mid-1982, a succession of power struggles eliminated first the center of the political spectrum and then the leftists[1][2][3] leaving the Ayatollah Khomeini and his supporters in power.

Iran’s post-revolution challenges have included the imposition of economic sanctions and suspension of diplomatic relations with Iran by the United States because of the hostage crisis and other acts of terrorism that the U.S. government and some others have accused Iran of sponsoring. Emigration has cost Iran “two to four million entrepreneurs, professionals, technicians, and skilled craftspeople (and their capital).” [4][5] For this and other reasons Iran’s economy has not prospered. Poverty rose in absolute terms by nearly 45% during the first 6 years of the Islamic revolution [6] and per capita income has yet to reach pre-revolutionary levels.[7][8]

The Islamic Republic Party was Iran’s ruling political party and for some years its only political party until its dissolution in 1987. Iran had no functioning political parties until the Executives of Construction Party formed in 1994 to run for the fifth parliamentary elections, mainly out of executive body of the government close to the then-president Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani. After the election of Mohammad Khatami in 1997, more parties started to work, mostly of the reformist movement and opposed by hard-liners. This led to incorporation and official activity of many other groups, including hard-liners. The Iranian Government is opposed by a few armed political groups, including the Mojahedin-e-Khalq, the People’s Fedayeen, and the Kurdish Democratic Party.

Although he remains aloof from the competition of politics, the most powerful political office in the Islamic Republic is that of the Supreme Leader, of which there have been two: the founder of the Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, and his successor, Ali Khamenei.

The Leader appoints the heads of many powerful posts – the commanders of the armed forces, the director of the national radio and television network, the heads of the major religious foundations, the prayer leaders in city mosques, and the members of national security councils dealing with defence and foreign affairs. He also appoints the chief judge, the chief prosecutor, special tribunals and, with the help of the chief judge, half of the 12 jurists of the Guardian Council – the powerful body that decides both what bills may become law and who may run for president or parliament.[9]

The Constitution defines the President as the highest state authority after the Supreme Leader. The President is elected by universal suffrage, by those 18 years old and older[1], for a term of four years. Presidential candidates must be approved by the Council of Guardians prior to running. The President is responsible for the implementation of the Constitution and for the exercise of executive powers, except for matters directly related to the Supreme Leader. The President appoints and supervises the Council of Ministers, coordinates government decisions, and selects government policies to be placed before the legislature. Currently, 10 Vice-Presidents serve under the President, as well as a cabinet of 21 ministers, who must all be approved by the legislature. Unlike many other states, the executive branch in Iran does not control the armed forces. Although the President appoints the Ministers of Intelligence and Defense, it is customary for the President to obtain explicit approval from the Supreme Leader for these two ministers before presenting them to the legislature for a vote of confidence. …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politics_and_Government_of_Iran

 

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There are those advising President Obama that such pressure can only serve to antagonize Iran’s rulers – who, they insist, have legitimate grievances against us but really only crave respect and are eager for dialogue, compromise and cooperation.  It requires forbearance — given repeated Iranian nuclear cheating, the fraudulent elections and the brutal oppression of protestors, the empowerment of Hezbollah in Lebanon, the use of Iranian weapons and perhaps operatives to kill Americans in Iraq, Afghanistan and, before that, in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, the Holocaust denial and the genocidal threats — not to regard these advisors as terminally naïve.

Others argue that nothing short of military force can be effective, that Iran’s rulers will withstand economic pressure,  no matter how crippling, in order to get their hands on weapons of mass destruction they can use to intimidate – or incinerate — those they see as enemies of God. They believe it is too late for sanctions to work.

But why not test that theory – and quickly given that Iran is now sprinting toward the finish line? If sanctions prove ineffective, at least we will know for certain that only two options remain. The first is bad:  the use of force by the U.S. or, more likely, Israel. The second is worse: watching passively for the second time in less than a hundred years as fanatical and ruthless tyrants acquire the capabilities to match their clearly stated intentions.

Clifford D. May, a former New York Times foreign correspondent, is president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a policy institute focusing on terrorism.

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