Iran's Revolutionary Guards Prepare for War

Sunday, 11 Dec 2011 03:16 PM

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Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):
1. Iran's Revolutionary Guards Prepare for War
2. Hillary Email Points to New White House Bid?
3. South Carolina GOP Mulled Sale of 'Naming Rights' to Primary
4. Kathleen Parker Sings Praises of Robert Davi's CD
5. Documentary Links Iran, Cuba, Venezuela in U.S. Attacks
6. Reports of Suburbs' Death Greatly Exaggerated
 

1. Iran's Revolutionary Guards Prepare for War

Iran's Revolutionary Guards have been placed on a war footing amid signs that the United States and its allies are taking action to cripple the country's nuclear weapons development program.

Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran's spiritual leader, ordered the heads of the nation's military, intelligence and security organization to "take all necessary measures to protect the regime," The Telegraph reported.

In response, Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Revolutionary Guards, ordered units to move Iran's arsenal of long-range missiles to secret sites where they would be safe from attack and could launch retaliatory strikes.

The Iranian air force has also formed "rapid reaction units" that are practicing a response to an enemy airstrike, according to The Telegraph.

Khamenei's order came in response to growing pressure on the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program, and mounting evidence that Iran is being targeted by Western forces seeking to destroy key elements of the program.

An explosion at a Revolutionary Guard Corps base 30 miles west of Tehran on Nov. 12 leveled buildings and killed 17 people, including a founder of Iran's ballistic missile program, Gen. Hassan Tehrani Moghaddam.

Iranian officials called the explosion an accident.

"However, many former U.S. intelligence officials and Iran experts believe that the explosion — the most destructive of at least two dozen unexplained blasts in the last two years — was part of a covert effort by the U.S., Israel, and others to disable Iran's nuclear and missile programs," the Los Angeles Times reported.

American and Israeli engineers are suspected of feeding the Stuxnet computer worm into Iran's nuclear program in 2010. The virus caused centrifuges used to enrich uranium to shatter.

Two senior nuclear physicists were killed and a third wounded by bombs attached to cars or motorcycles in January and November of last year.

In September, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, accused the U.S., Israel and the U.K. of conducting attacks on him and other scientists. Abbasi-Davani was reportedly wounded in a 2010 car bomb blast, National Journal reported.

There have also been reports of unexplained explosions in Iranian gas pipelines, oil installations, and military facilities. Three such explosions occurred in October in a 24-hour period, and a large blast was reported recently in Iran's third-largest city, Isfahan.

A senior Western intelligence official told The Telegraph: "There is deep concern within the senior leadership of the Iranian regime that they will be the target of a surprise military strike by either Israel or the U.S. For that reason they are taking all necessary precautions to ensure they can defend themselves properly if an attack happens."

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2. Hillary Email Points to New White House Bid?

A new fundraising email from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign has "revived speculation" that she is still interested in winning the White House, according to Paul Bedard of U.S. News & World Report.

"While her campaign has in the past dispatched fundraising emails in a bid to finish paying her 2008 campaign debt, the timing of the latest blast raised some eyebrows," Bedard writes in his Washington Whispers column.

The mail comes amid denials from the Obama administration that the president is considering replacing Vice President Joe Biden with Clinton on the 2012 ticket, Bedard observes.

It also comes as a new poll by Washington Whispers shows Hillary as the clear favorite of voters seeking a third-party candidate. In the survey, 39 percent of respondents chose Clinton as their choice for an independent candidate, well ahead of Mike Huckabee at 20 percent.

The email from Clinton's campaign reads in part:

Together, we made history in the last presidential election.

From Hillary's speech at the Democratic National Convention, to the work and support that each of us brought to the campaign, that story lives on — in the history books, in our memories, and in the mementos that commemorate that time . . .

As we all know, campaigns are tough, but having loyal supporters like you helped make Hillary's campaign one that will never be forgotten.

All contributions will go to paying the last of the expenses the campaign incurred while making our historic stand.

Contribute today to receive one of the last commemorative campaign DVDs or another one of our last few items.

The email was signed: "Hillary Clinton for President."

Asked about Hillary's political aspirations during a recent appearance on "The View," Bill Clinton responded: "I don't know what the future holds."

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3. South Carolina GOP Mulled Sale of 'Naming Rights' to Primary

No joke! The South Carolina Republican Party negotiated selling "naming rights" to its 2012 presidential primary election to comic Stephen Colbert.

The primary would have been renamed The Colbert Nation Super PAC Presidential Primary, in exchange for a monetary contribution from the "Comedy Central" host.

State GOP officials ultimately rejected the idea, according to Yahoo! News. But the party did pursue adding a question proposed by Colbert to the state's 2012 primary ballot in exchange for a sizable donation.

The proposed question asked voters if they believe that "corporations are people" or "only people are people."

The question could have been embarrassing to presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who asserted that "corporations are people" during a summer visit to Iowa.

The question was blocked by a state Supreme Court decision banning referendums from the Jan. 21 primary ballot. But it appeared on a sample ballot released by the state Election Commission.

"I'm honestly speechless," a Republican lawmaker told Yahoo! News. "What were they thinking?"

Colbert, called the World's Most Famous Living South Carolinian on his super PAC website, has now turned his attention to the Democratic primary. He said he is negotiating with Democrats to include the question on their primary ballot.

"After the citizens of South Carolina declare once and for all that corporations are people, we can move on to other urgent issues facing our great nation," the comedian said. "In 2016 I hope to include a question on whether Democrats are people."

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4. Kathleen Parker Sings Praises of Robert Davi's CD

It's not often that conservative pundit Kathleen Parker devotes a column to a new music CD, but she makes an exception for one of Hollywood's few true conservatives, actor Robert Davi.

Davi is best known for playing drug lord Franz Sanchez in the 1989 James Bond movie "Licence to Kill." He also starred in NBC's 1990s TV show "Profiler" and has appeared in dozens of movies, including "Die Hard."

Now opera-trained Davi "has decided that America can become reunited through song, specifically the Great American Songbook," Parker writes.

The result is the new CD "Davi Sings Sinatra: On the Road to Romance," which has drawn favorable reviews for his renditions of American classics popularized by Frank Sinatra.

"Who knew Davi could sing?" Parker writes, noting that Davi "is alarmingly good. He doesn't try to sound like Sinatra, though he comes close enough that you sometimes have to pause to remember that it's Davi."

But Davi was motivated by more than his love for beloved songs from years past. He writes in the CD's liner notes: "During my parents' time while our country faced many difficulties, this music helped it glow with promise and optimism. It reminded them that our country was a place where dreams came true, and inspired people from all over the world to find for themselves the magic that was America.

"My humble mission as a singer, and interpreter of this Songbook, is to help reinvigorate the spirit of America, the spirit that makes it the greatest country in the world."

Davi believes, however, that the CD has not been receiving the attention it deserves because of left-wing Hollywood and the media's antipathy toward conservative voices.

"I have been blocked from any mainstream attention," Davi told Newsmax. "Three PR firms said they were surprised they were unable to book shows given the story and quality of the music."

He said if Parker's column had been touting "any liberal, left-leaning talent, every major talk show or blogger would be booking or talking about the talent."

Davi has been complaining about that bias for years. In an interview with Newsmax magazine several years ago, he railed against the liberal entertainment industry, charging that "Hollywood forces its cultural agenda."

Referring to the disdain for his CD and other works by conservatives in Hollywood, he says: "There used to be a Red scare. Now it has become the conservative scare."

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5. Documentary Links Iran, Cuba, Venezuela in U.S. Attacks

An explosive new documentary aired on the Spanish-language network Univision divulges a plot involving Iran, Cuba, and Venezuela to attack American security facilities.

"La Amenaza Irani" ("The Iranian Threat"), which ran last Thursday night, shows the Iranian ambassador to Mexico and a Venezuelan diplomat who is reportedly still in the United States planning cyberattacks and other types of attacks. Moreover, the evidence presented directly links Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez to the plans.

The attacks were to be directed against sensitive U.S. national security facilities, along with nuclear power plants and New York's Kennedy Airport.

The documentary also features video footage taken by extremists linked to Iran, and an interview with an undercover journalist who infiltrated clandestine military training camps in Venezuela.

"La Amenaza Irani" was narrated by award-winning Univision News co-anchor Maria Elena Salinas.

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6. Reports of Suburbs' Death Greatly Exaggerated

Demographers have been predicting that Americans will increasingly leave the suburbs to move into urban areas, but a new report shows that to be anything but the case.

A recent New York Times Op-Ed piece asserted that Americans were abandoning "fringe suburbs" for densely populated urban areas, and another Times piece called for policies that will drive jobs back to the urban core.

But an analysis of the 2010 Census by NewGeography.com Executive Editor Joel Kotkin for Forbes.com found that "Americans are voting with their feet in the opposite direction: toward the outer sections of the metropolis and to smaller, less dense cities."

During the 2000s, only 8.6 percent of the population growth in metropolitan areas with more than 1 million residents took place in the core cities, and the rest occurred in the suburbs. That 8.6 percent represents a decline from 15.4 percent in the 1990s.

The census also reveals that over the past decade, construction of single-family houses grew far more than either multifamily or attached homes, accounting for almost 80 percent of all new households in America's 51 largest cities.

Also, demographer Wendell Cox observed that the United States gained nearly 8 million commuters who drive to work alone in the last 10 years, despite a huge boost in gasoline prices, while mass transit ridership has remained flat.

Kotkin points to the example of Chicago, where the outer suburbs and exurbs gained more than half a million people in the 2000s while the inner suburbs and urban core lost about 200,000 people.

"It turns out that while urban land owners, planners and pundits love density, people for the most part continue to prefer space, if they can afford it," writes Kotkin, author of the book "The City: A Global History."

"In fact, the media reports about the 'death' of fringe suburbs seem to be more a matter of wishful thinking than fact."

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