In 1979, President Carter stabbed the back of the Shah of Iran, "the US policeman of the Gulf " and facilitated the Ayatollahs' rise to power; in 2015, his worldview has dealt a lethal blow to the Iranian opposition, catapulting the Ayatollahs to an unprecedented strategic height, domestically, regionally and globally, thereby jeopardizing critical US economic and defense interests, bringing terrorism closer to the North American continent. A common sense alternative to the agreement with Iran assumes that reality - and not hope (or wishful-thinking) - must be the basis for a national security strategy. Driving at night -- in the Iranian darkness -- would be much safer with the headlights on rather than reliance on hope.
Iran -- there are reasonable alternatives
By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger (4:06 PM 7/23/2015 Beijing Time)
The worldview of President Jimmy Carter-- which was resoundingly rejected by President Clinton during the 1992 and 1996 presidential campaigns -- has been resuscitated throughout the lengthy negotiations -- and the July 2015 agreement - with Iran.
Consistent with Carter's worldview, the negotiation process and the agreement with Iran have highlighted the sacrifice of America's independent unilateral national security action on the altar of multilateralism (which has rarely been a US home court); the erosion of US confidence in its own (well-established) moral and geo-strategic high-ground and capabilities; underestimation of the intensifying threats, by rogue regimes, to the US national and homeland security; the assumption (which defies precedents) that rogue regimes respond constructively to diplomatic engagement rather than to surgical military threat to vital installations (with no troops on the ground); the voluntary abdication of pro-active US global leadership (at a time when the US and global sanity need it desperately); and the collapse of the US power-projection and posture of deterrence (lower than its breakdown during the Carter era).
In 1979, President Carter stabbed the back of the Shah of Iran, "the US policeman of the Gulf " and facilitated the Ayatollahs' rise to power; in 2015, his worldview has dealt a lethal blow to the Iranian opposition, catapulting the Ayatollahs to an unprecedented strategic height, domestically, regionally and globally, thereby jeopardizing critical US economic and defense interests, bringing terrorism closer to the North American continent.
The self-destructive nature of the Iran agreement is evident when studying the reaction in the Middle East: praised by the anti-US, radical, terroristic, rogue Assad, Hezbollah, Hamas and Mahmoud Abbas' Palestinian Authority; condemned by the pro-US, relatively moderate regimes of Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, Jordan and Egypt.
On July 15, 2015, the editor-in-chief of the House of Saud-owned daily, A Sharq Al Awsat stated: "The Iran nuclear deal opens the gates of evil in the Middle East... No wise person would believe that Iran will give up its policy of destabilizing the region.... Western governments will be under [economic and political] pressure to make the deal succeed, and therefore turn a blind eye to many of Iran's destabilizing policies...."
On July 17, 2015, Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, a senior member of the royal family, former chief of the Saudi intelligence and former Saudi Ambassador to the US, asserted: "the nuclear deal will wreak havoc in the Middle East, which is already experiencing a disastrous environment, with Iran as a major destabilizing player.... The Iran deal is Deja' vu in relation to President Clinton's 1994 North Korean nuclear deal. In 2003, North Korea declared it had manufactured nuclear weapons.... America's allies in the Middle East predict a worse outcome of the Iran nuclear deal, considering the billions of dollars that will benefit Iran.... "
Unlike North Korea whose territorial claims are limited to the Korean Peninsula, the Ayatollahs' territorial claims -- featuring prominently in their school textbooks, weekly sermons and daily subversive and terroristic operations - transcend Iran, the Persian Gulf, the Middle East and the Muslim World. Unlike North Korea which is deterred by MAD (Mutual Assured Destruction), the apocalyptic Ayatollahs are not deterred - but energized - by MAD. For example, The Qur'an and Life (Grade 12, p. 125) prepares children for the apocalyptic war against the US, and Defense Readiness (Grade 11, p. 11) praises the 500,000 children who were sent to clear the minefields during the war against Iraq.
A reasonable alternative to the July 2015 agreement with Iran would reject the Carter state of mind, resurrecting US confidence in its moral and strategic exceptionalism, unilateral action, defiance of odds, a sense of realism in the face of rogue regimes, restoring US power-projection and its posture of deterrence.
A common sense alternative to the agreement with Iran would precondition benefits to Iran upon an end to the current conventional threats to global stability, posed by the Ayatollahs. The benefits to Iran resulting from the July 2015 agreement add fuel to these threats.
A common sense alternative would focus on the 36 year lawless, rogue, violent, supremacist, megalomaniac, non-tolerant, repressive and systematically non-compliant track record of the Ayatollahs, who consider the US the prime obstacle -- and therefore the prime target - on the road of attaining their prime historical goal of regional and global hegemony.
A common sense alternative would precondition the $150bn windfall to the Ayatollahs (37% of their GDP) - in addition to the mega-billion dollar flow of oil revenues ($60bn annually), foreign investments and advanced military systems (fortifying their nuclear infrastructure) -- upon a striking disavowal of their 36 year old anti-US policy: hate and apocalypse-driven k-12 school text books, systematic anti-US Friday sermons; the annual November 4 "Death to America Day;" bankrolling Islamic terrorism in Asia, Africa, Europe and the USA; terrorizing and subverting every pro-US Arab country (which could cause havoc to the supply and price of oil); the nuclear and ballistic collaboration with North Korea; the anti-US alliance with Venezuela; and the agitation of Latin America, including Mexico (which amounts to US homeland security).
A common sense alternative would not reward, embolden and "turbo-charge" the conventional capabilities of the Ayatollahs, while they target -- diplomatically and operationally -- "the arrogant, usurper, oppressor, infidel, idolatrous Great Satan, the USA."
A common sense alternative contends that elevating this agreement (which is a means) to the role of a goal would be at the expense of the real goal; and that the details of an agreement are significantly less pertinent than the details of the Ayatollahs' 36 year track record.
A common sense alternative to the agreement with Iran assumes that reality - and not hope (or wishful-thinking) - must be the basis for a national security strategy. Driving at night -- in the Iranian darkness -- would be much safer with the headlights on rather than reliance on hope.
The 586 BCE destruction of the First Jewish Temple (on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount), and the expulsion of Jews from Judea & Samaria, by the Babylonian Emperor, Nebuchadnezzar, triggered a wave of Jewish emigration to Babylon and Persia, which eventually replaced Babylon as the leading regional power.
According to a November 15, 2001 Department of Justice memo to the White House National Security Council, irrespective of international law and consistent with the US Constitution, the President has the constitutional, discretionary authority to terminate, or suspend, unilaterally, fully or partly, the 1972 USA-USSR ABM Treaty – the limitation of anti-ballistic missile systems – without seeking coordination with Congress, and certainly not with the USSR, whenever the President determines that it is in the national interest to do so.
Israel is a rising power with a growing impact on world affairs. The American Interest, stated on January 24: “This is there is a new name on our list of The Eight Greats, Israel.." Never has Egypt-Israel security cooperation been as close as it is today…. The rise of Iran has made Israel critical to the survival of the Sunni Arabs, including the Gulf States…. Israel begins 2017 as the keystone of a regional anti-Iran alliance
“The effectiveness of a guarantee depends upon the willingness of the guarantor to react to a threat, and upon his ability to react with sufficient force…. [For instance,] fear of disrupting American relations with Arab states was a factor in the 1967 US decision not to force open the Red Sea Straits of Tiran to Israeli ships [contrary to the US commitment in 1957, in return for a full Israeli withdrawal from the Sinai Peninsula]..
Everyone is so concerned to be politically correct and so worried about being perceived racist, that they fail to see that in fact the true racists with the truly incorrect political agenda are the ones pointing the finger and doing the name calling. (In psychology it would be called reaction formation; the suppression of one impulse by the promotion of a counter impulse.)
Having met up with my pen friend we went ‘somewhere’ and there was this big open paved garden type area and there were platforms going nowhere which you ascended by climbing stairs. Through the middle of the paved courtyard-garden ran a little pond. I was fully aware of its existence but so focused was I on taking a good photo that I was walking while looking through the viewfinder of the camera. I fell straight into the pond.
Since 2004 he has been writing academic articles, social commentaries and photographic 'Stories from China' both here at KingsCalendar, and formerly as a contributing columnist at Magic City Morning Star News (Maine USA) where from 2009 to 2015 he was Stand-in Editor. He currently has a column at iPatriot.com and teaches English to Business English and Flight Attendant College Students in Suzhou City Jiangsu Province People's Republic of China.)
BenDedek originally created the site to publicize his research results into the Chronology of Ancient Israel. Those results were published under the title: 'The King's Calendar: The Secret of Qumran.' Whilst there have been many attempts to solve the chronological riddle of the Bible's synchronisms of reigns of the kings of Israel and Judah and their synchronism with other Ancient Near Eastern Nations, no other research is based on a simple mathematical formula which could, if it is incorrect, be disproved easily. To date, no one has been able to dismiss the mathematical results of this research.
Free to air Academic articles set forth Apologetics for and results of his discovery of an "artificial chronological scheme" running through the Bible, Josephus, the Damascus Documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Seder Olam Rabbah. Check the Chapter Precis Page to see details of each chapter and to gain access to the Four Free to Air Chapters
(The Download book does not contain a section on Seder Olam)
Definition: King's Calendar Chronological Research
The Premise: Between the 5th and 3rd centuries BCE (but continuing down to at least 104 BCE), Sectarian redactors transcribed the legitimate 'solar year' chronological records of Israel and Judah, into an artificial form, with listed years as each comprised of 12 months of 4 weeks of 7 days, or 336 days per year, thus creating a 13th artificial year where 12 solar years existed.
When the Synchronous Chronological Data provided in the Books of Kings and Chronicles for the Divided Kingdom Period are measured in years of 336 days, the synchronisms actually align. [Refer to Appendix 5. to see how it synchronises the Divided Kingdom Period]