How Obama won on Iran | TheHill

Dick Cheney, Vice President of the United States.

Dick Cheney, Vice President of the United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to Washington newspaper The Hill, President Obama is poised for a major diplomatic victory on the Iran nuclear deal when Congress returns to Washington next week.

Source: How Obama won on Iran | TheHill

This an amazing read, providing behind the scenes view of American politics.

I was also interested to read that Dick Cheney, the former vice president, ‘called the agreement a “train wreck” and is planning to give a speech denouncing the deal at the hawkish American Enterprise Institute on Tuesday’. It will interesting to read a transcrift of Cheney’s speech.

Personally, I’m deeply uncomfortable with the proposed Iran deal. For me, President Obama’s foreign policy record has been a disaster, and I have no confidence that the Iran deal will change matters.

Thoughts?

Opinion – ‘Compromised & gone’: Pentagon lost $500mn of weapons, equipment in Yemen — RT USA – John Gelmini

Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense of the U...

Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense of the United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I agree with Dr Alf that lots has gone wrong on President Obama’s watch but I do not believe that the Pentagon has simply “lost” $1/2 billion dollars worth of weapons in the Yemen.

America has spy satellites which can “see” up to 16 feet underground and as far back as the 1980s it could read the insignias on the epaulets of Russian soldiers uniforms.

Either these weapons have become deliberately “lost ” so that they could fall into the hands of whatever group America happens to be favoring, or they have been stolen and then sold in order to enrich a person or persons unknown.

Just after the banking crisis, we were told by Cynthia McKinney in a tense exchange with the then Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, that the Pentagon budget for that year was missing $2.9 trillion USD, and that a smaller amount ($1.9 trillion USD) had gone missing the previous year.

Rumsfeld can be seen on YOU TUBE squirming under the intense questioning but answer there came none.

To this day, the money has never been accounted for, and even if you assumed that half the money had been allocated to “Black Programs” (the Pentagon has at least 10 in the public domain that cannot be dismissed as conspiracy theory), where one wonders is the rest of the money? So what’s another lost $500 mn?

John Gelmini