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Published on October 7, 2004 By cheeryo In Politics
I was pretty shocked when Kerry made his statement during the first debate and really thought that I had mis-heard his comments. However, the same policy of accommodation toward Iran's nuclear aspirations is clearly outlined on Kerry's campaign website as well. His other comment about cancelling research and development of bunker bombs has me floored!! Bunker bombs are weapons which give tactical advantage to our ground troops as illustrated in the mountains of Tora Bora - not to forget such locations as the mountains of North Korea (future) and underground locations yet to be determined (Iran). When we have military advantage over our enemies through certain weapon systems, we don't cancel them!! Is he worried about what other countries will think??? Who cares!! We don't need global approveful to protect America.

FM

WASHINGTON - Sen. John Kerry's call for providing Iran with the nuclear fuel
it seeks, even while the regime is believed to be only months away from
developing nuclear weapons, is being linked to his campaign contributions
from backers of the mullah government in Tehran.

During last Thursday's nationally televised debate between the Democratic
presidential candidate and President Bush, Kerry insisted as president he
would provide Tehran with the nuclear fuel it wants for a pledge to use it
for peaceful purposes only.

"I think the United States should have offered the opportunity to provide
the nuclear fuel, test them, see whether or not they were actually looking
for it for peaceful purposes," Kerry said in a critique of the Bush
administration's handling of Tehran's nuclear program, which the Iranians
claim is only for civilian purposes.

The comments came in response to a question about whether diplomacy and
sanctions can resolve the "nuclear problems" with North Korea and Iran.

"If they weren't willing to work a deal, then we could have put sanctions
together," Kerry said of Tehran. "The president did nothing."

Among Kerry's top fund-raisers are three Iranian-Americans who have been
pushing for dramatic changes in U.S. policy toward the Islamic Republic of
Iran.

Most prominent among them is Hassan Nemazee, 54, an investment banker based
in New York. Nominated to become U.S. ambassador to Argentina by President
Clinton in 1999, Nemazee eventually withdrew his nomination after a former
partner raised allegations of business improprieties,

Nemazee was a major Clinton donor, giving $80,000 to the Democratic National
Committee during the 1996 election cycle and attending at least one of the
famous White House fund-raising coffees.

In 2001, at the invitation of Mobil Oil Chairman Lucio Noto, whom he counts
as a "personal friend," Nemazee joined the board of the American-Iranian
Council, a U.S. lobbying group that consistently has supported lifting U.S.
sanctions on Iran and accommodating the Tehran regime.

The Kerry camp has identified Nemazee as having raised more than $100,000
for the senator's campaign, WND reported last spring.

A Nemazee friend in Silicon Valley, Faraj Aalaei, has raised between $50,000
and $100,000 for the Kerry campaign. Aalaei has worked in the
telecommunications industry for 22 years and is the chief executive officer
of Centillium Communications, a publicly traded company.

Last year, Aalaei married a 35-year-old recent immigrant from Iran named
Susan Akbarpour, whom the Kerry campaign also lists as having raised between
$50,000 and $100,000 for the campaign.

In just six years since coming to the United States on a tourist visa from
Iran, Akbarpour has started a newspaper, a magazine and, most recently, a
trade association whose goal is to get sanctions lifted and promote U.S.
business and investment in Iran.

Most odd about the support from Akbarpour, writes Kenneth Timmerman in this
month's issue of the American Spectator, is that she claimed political
asylum from the Iranian regime when she came to this country.

Meanwhile, Kerry has embraced the entire political agenda of Akbarpour and
other wealthy Iranian-Americans embracing Tehran. Those positions include:

* ending the fingerprinting of Iranian visitors to the U.S.;
* expanding "family reunion" visas to allow extended family members of Iranians living in the U.S. to immigrate here legally and in large numbers;
* offering a "dialogue" with the hard-line, terrorist-supporting clerics in Tehran;
* help Iran join the World Trade Organization.

The stunning remarks by Kerry were initially reported only by WorldNetDaily, and
some analysts suggested the statements were misunderstood, taken out of
context or simply a verbal gaffe by the candidate.

Under the heading "Prevent Iran From Developing Nuclear Weapons," the Kerry
campaign makes the same point emphatically - that the U.S. should still give
or sell the nuclear fuel Iran wants in exchange for a promise not to build
nuclear weapons.

"A nuclear armed Iran is an unacceptable risk to the national security of
the United States and our allies in the region," the campaign policy
statement reads. "While we have been preoccupied in Iraq, Iran has
reportedly been moving ahead with its nuclear program. We can no longer sit
on the sidelines and leave the negotiations to the Europeans. It is critical
that we work with our allies to resolve these issues and lead a global
effort to prevent Iran from obtaining the technology necessary to build
nuclear weapons. Iran claims that its nuclear program is only to meet its
domestic energy needs. John Kerry's proposal would call their bluff by
organizing a group of states to offer Iran the nuclear fuel they need for
peaceful purposes and take back the spent fuel so they cannot divert it to
build a weapon. If Iran does not accept this offer, their true motivations
will be clear. Under the current circumstances, John Kerry believes we
should support the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) efforts to
discern the full extent of Iran's nuclear program, while pushing Iran to
agree to a verifiable and permanent suspension of its enrichment and
reprocessing programs. If this process fails, we must lead the effort to
ensure that the IAEA takes this issue to the Security Council for action."

However, according to the latest intelligence reports, Iran has decided at
the highest levels of government to build its nuclear weapons program within
the next four months. Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has
urged his country's weapons developers to step up work on making a nuclear bomb, a
U.S. official said, according to Geostrategy-Direct, the global intelligence
news service.

Citing an authoritative source in the Iranian exile community, the official
said Khamenei met recently with senior government and military leaders
regarding the nuclear weapons program.

Khamenei told the gathering, "We must have two bombs ready to go in January
or you are not Muslims," the official said.

Tehran has said the recent International Atomic Energy Agency resolution
calling on Iran to halt uranium enrichment could lead to the country's
withdrawal from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

Officials of the Kerry campaign were unavailable this weekend.

In addition to the nuclear weapons threat, Iran test-fired a Shihab-3
medium-range ballistic missile, capable of reaching Israel, Sept. 18 and
also in August. The missile is reportedly capable of carrying nuclear
warheads.

During the debate, Bush said he wants to continue to work with the foreign
ministers of France, Germany and Great Britain to "convince the Iranian
mullahs to abandon their nuclear ambitions."

Responding to Kerry, Bush noted the U.S. already has sanctioned Iran.

"We can't sanction them any more," he said. "There are sanctions in place on
Iran."

Israel has said it wants to await the outcome of international pressure on
Iran before it considers a pre-emptive military strike on reactors as it did
in 1981 in Iraq.

At another point in the debate, Kerry also said he wants to end research on
bunker-busting tactical nuclear weapons, which presumably could take out an
Iranian reactor if his sanctions are ineffective.

Kerry said it "doesn't make sense" for Bush to be pursuing a new set of
nuclear weapons when the U.S. is trying to tell countries, such as North
Korea, to disarm.

"You talk about mixed messages," he said. "We're telling other people, 'You
can't have nuclear weapons, but we're pursuing a new nuclear weapon that we
might even contemplate using.'"

"Not this president," Kerry said. "I'm going to shut that program down, and
we're going to make it clear to the world we're serious about containing
nuclear proliferation."




Comments
on Oct 07, 2004
ok, most know I do not like Kerry. but that is because he conspired with the North Vietnamese and VC during the Vietnam war. I do attribute that to youthful arrogance and meglomania. Which in and of itself would disqualify him from serving in any capacity of government, except for the Soviet Socialist republic of Mass.

But this? Are there other sources? I will not spread this until I can see independant verification. Sure he is a sleeze bag, but this is our right treason! Ok, so he has done it before, but now?

I just thought he was stupid and power hungry. This is outright stupid!
on Oct 07, 2004
No Suprise here.

Look at what Clinton and Gore got away with China. They even wanted to make China Strategic Allies.

What make anybody think that Kerry is not going to do the same path, but with other countries. He still refuses to state what countries have contacted him offering him support if he become President.

The Saudis (Bush's Allies) have scheduled their first municipal elections ever in January. At least its a start to democracy, Clinton's China never did anything that close.

That's My Two Cents
on Oct 07, 2004
Kerry's approach to this is one of the dumbest things I've ever heard. Even if the mullahs have no relationship to any Kerry supporters whatsoever, they must be laughing their asses off. The notion of giving Iran the capability to make nukes as a test of their faithfulness to nuclear disarmament is stupendously idiotic. This is absolutely the scariest thing that has popped out of his mouth so far and needs to be trumpeted far and wide over the next 4 weeks.

Cheers,
Daiwa
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