The U.S. uncertainty and lack of information about Israel’s plans on Iran were behind an alarming assessment of the situation reportedly voiced by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, the officials said. (As many trips as Israeli officials coming to the U.S. I think they know exactly what Israel is thinking.)
US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters on Wednesday that the US would stop combat operations before the end of 2013 as it winds down its longest war.
And plant officials confirmed that sensors showed a tiny amount of radioactive gas may have leaked out of a building next to the first reactor before the reactor was shut down late Tuesday. . . . “Two of the tubes have thinning so extensive that they need to be plugged and taken out of service. Sixty nine other tubes have thinning greater than 20 percent of the wall thickness, and a larger number have thinning greater than 10 percent of wall thickness.” (The tubes are less than 2 years old!)
The problems at Unit 2 were discovered during inspections of a steam generator, after the plant 45 miles north of San Diego was taken off-line for maintenance and refueling. The two huge steam generators at Unit 2, each containing 9,700 tubes, were replaced in fall 2009, and a year later in its twin plant, Unit 3, as part of a $670 million overhaul. (They are now admitting that there was a leak of radiation, but of coarse ‘the public were not endangered’.)
A non-UN-sanctioned US assassination drone has crashed into a refugee camp in the Somali capital Mogadishu, Press TV reports. (The story hasn’t been updated yet.)
A little over a year since the day that the world first learned about robosigning and the broader problem of fraudclosure, which is merely the functional equivalent of infinite rehypothecation of an underlying asset between a daisy-chain of lien holders, we get the first legal incursion into this farce.
Iran bracing for war? Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Friday that as of March 2012, Tehran will increase its military spending by more than two-fold. Meanwhile, US strategic bombers have already been deployed in Qatar in a sign that a military operation of Western countries and Israel against Iran may be on cards. An excellent article!!
Cohen said that Iran believes Israel is behind the attacks on its nuclear experts, which have killed four scientists since November 2010. “It doesn’t matter if it’s true or not that Israel took out the nuclear scientists,” Cohen said. “A major, serious country like Iran cannot let this go on. They want to deter Israel and extract a price so that decision makers in Israel think twice before they order an attack on an Iranian scientist.”
Iran is mulling a partial ban of products manufactured by South Korean electronics giant Samsung over an Israeli commercial promoting one of the firm’s products which depicts the imagined destruction of Iran’s nuclear facility in Isfahan by Mossad operatives. (What people watch and imagine happening could well happen, the audience becomes numb to the actual events happening. Psychological-warfare.)
Moroccan govt. urges calm after clashes
Morocco has called for talks and a return to calm after violent clashes between youths and police left nearly 160 people injured in the northeastern town of Taza.
Bahrainis protest regime crackdown
Thousands of Bahrainis have staged a protest rally near the capital, Manama, to condemn the regime’s suppression of anti-government demonstrations.
Leaks of radioactive water have become more frequent at Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant less than two months after it was declared basically stable. . . Workers spotted a leak Friday at a water reprocessing unit which released enough beta rays to cause radiation sickness, TEPCO spokesman Junichi Matsumoto said.
( How do you like his double pin? We will check what he is up in Commentary.)
South Carolina elections are unconstitutional? How could that be? Surely, no one in our government would conduct any election which violated the Constitution, and if any scheme threatened to undermine the very foundation of our government, our power to elect our leaders, the press would expose it, wouldn’t it? (There is a provision in the South Carolina Constitution that the vote will not be counted in secret. Using touch-screens and computer counting is in secret.)
on January 30 Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili will meet his American counterpart Barack Obama. According to the experts Georgian possible participation in the military operation against Iran will be the main issue of the discussions. (What ever Israel does, Georgia will follow. That is because Georgia is the original home of the European Jews. Read The Thirteenth Tribe, the book is online.)
The Intelligence community was already reeling from former CIA director James Woolsey crossing over to being a recruiting poster for all current and future Israeli spies here in America. . . . They don’t give a damn about Pollard. They just want to keep their American traitor brigade feeling more secure and serving their adopted country…Israel. ( A traitor deserves to be shot, not pardoned.)
Not surprisingly, some of the latest pushback comes from the redoubtable Ethan Bronner of The New York Times in his article “Israel Senses Bluffing in Iran’s Threats of Retaliation,” which appeared on the paper’s front page on Jan. 26. (You might remember this article, as I posted it, it was cirulating on an Israeli paper. Here is the back ground on that article. Lately Israel is complaining about 20,000 missiles aimed at them.)
(Blog Master’s Note: There will be protests around the country this Sat. Feb. 4, 2012, please try to gone one. Here is a Link.
In Chicago here: JOIN IN SATURDAY AT NOON, FEDERAL PLAZA (Dearborn and Adams) for a demonstration to hold back the hands of the U.S. government and its proxies against Iran and Syria, part of a national day of protest against U.S. sanctions, assassinations, and threats of war….Thank you Neal for sending me the information.)