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Dore Gold: Nuclear Iran Would Create Terrorist Umbrella

Sunday, 25 Oct 2009 07:04 PM

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1. Dore Gold: Nuclear Iran Would Create Terrorist Umbrella
2. New Book Points to Culprit in Reagan, Carter Debate Debacle
3. Dick Morris: G-20 Summit Step Toward Global Economic Control
4. Terror Groups Recruiting Westerners
5. Cuba Sending Agents to Target U.S. Intel
6. Anita Dunn: Obama Campaign 'Controlled' Media Coverage
7. We Heard: Obama, Michele Bachmann, Rudy Giuliani
 

1. Dore Gold: Nuclear Iran Would Create Terrorist Umbrella

Former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Dore Gold warns that a nuclear-armed Iran would shift "the entire balance in the war on terror" by providing terrorists with a nuclear umbrella.

Speaking at a briefing at the British House of Commons on Oct. 12, Dore — also a former adviser to Israeli prime ministers — said Iran's nuclear program endangers "the security not just of Israel but of the entire Middle East, and I would say the world."

Gold said that as of this past August, Iran had enough nuclear fuel to produce two atomic bombs, and a missile with the capability of striking Israel and Saudi Arabia.

"So if you take the fact that Iran is one of the largest supporters of international terrorism today, and you team that up with the nuclear capabilities that I’ve been describing, you have a security situation which the West has not yet seen," Gold said.

"The whole point of George W. Bush’s decision to remove the Taliban after 9/11 was to send a very clear message: 'You attack the American homeland and we will take down your regime.'

"But fast forward to 2012. Iran has operational nuclear weapons that can strike deep into Europe, and eventually towards the eastern seaboard of the U.S. Will the U.S., U.K., and NATO as a whole have the same freedom of maneuver to say to states that support terrorism, 'We will take you down if you attack us?'

"Will the U.S. Congress authorize sending forces abroad against a state armed with nuclear weapons? In other words, the entire balance in the war on terror shifts, because the state that is the largest global sponsor of terrorism today now has nuclear capabilities . . .

"This nuclear umbrella of Iran will unfurl and will be able to provide protection, not just to Shiite Hezbollah, but to Sunni organizations such as al-Qaida and Hamas."

Gold, now president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, raised the possibility that Israel could strike Iran's nuclear facilities if the international community does not take action.

"I will say that Israel has been thinking about this problem for a very long time," he said in remarks published on the Web site of The Henry Jackson Society, a London-based organization that promotes the foreign policies of former U.S. Sen. Henry "Scoop" Jackson.

"The Israeli air force has been training for action and all options are on the table. But I would say the official position is that there is hope, even at this late date, that the key players in the international community will take action."

He added: "You might think that Iran’s behavior at present is brazen and risky. It looks much less brazen and risky if you recall how often Iran has already defied the West and got away with it."

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2. New Book Points to Culprit in Reagan, Carter Debate Debacle

A scandal erupted when it came to light that days before the 1980 election, someone had stolen top-secret briefing books President Jimmy Carter was using to prepare for his debate with challenger Ronald Reagan and given them to the Reagan campaign.

A lengthy investigation of what came to be called "debategate" never determined who had stolen the briefing materials.

But a new book by Reagan biographer Craig Shirley presents evidence that points to political operative and one-time Kennedy family confidant Paul Corbin as the culprit.

"There's no smoking gun in the book — but there's lots of gunpowder and interviews with people to whom Corbin admitted that he was the one," reported Politico, which published excerpts from Shirley's work.

In "Rendezvous With Destiny: Ronald Reagan and the Campaign That Changed America," Shirley writes: "To this day, President Carter is deeply upset about the purloined material. 'I don't think there's any doubt that it made some difference,' he complained when I interviewed him.

"Before the debate, held just a week before the election, he and Reagan were in a dead heat. Reagan ended up winning the election in a landslide. But who stole the documents has remained a mystery."

Here is a brief look at the scenario Shirley lays out in his book: Paul Corbin was a lifelong Democrat, labor organizer, and former communist agitator who was arrested multiple times, including twice for threatening businesses with strikes unless they bought ads in union publications, and then pocketing the ad money.

Corbin began a close relationship with Robert Kennedy when both worked on JFK's presidential campaign. After RFK became attorney general, one columnist called Corbin "Bobby's backstage henchman."

At one point Corbin was put on retainer with the Democratic National Committee, and in 1980 he supported Ted Kennedy's challenge to President Carter for the Democratic nomination.

When Kennedy lost, Corbin told a confidant he was going to work for Reagan, and he was quietly put on retainer with the Reagan campaign, ostensibly to work with organized labor.

"Carter's debate briefing books had been assembled and copied in the White House starting the night of Oct. 23 and finishing around 11 o'clock the next morning," Shirley writes.

"Copies of the briefing books arrived at the Reagan campaign's headquarters not long thereafter. Reagan adviser David Gergen later recalled a package arriving at the Reagan-Bush campaign on a rainy Saturday, 'Probably Oct. 25' — the same day that Corbin met with [Reagan campaign manager Bill] Casey."

But "debategate" did not erupt until 1983 when a Time magazine reporter disclosed that the briefing books had been stolen.

The FBI and a congressional subcommittee set out to discover who had pilfered the books. The congressional probe took 10 months and eventually produced a report totaling nearly 2,500 pages, but the panel did not name the culprit.

During the investigation — headed by Michigan Democrat Donald Albosta — a member of then-Congressman Dick Cheney's staff who had known Corbin told Cheney that Corbin had privately acknowledged his role in the theft of the briefing books, Shirley reported.

Corbin denied in a sworn statement to the Albosta committee that he'd given the books to the Reagan campaign. But Shirley writes: "A number of sources have confirmed various aspects of Corbin's role in the caper.

"What's more, Gerald Rafshoon, who was in charge of Carter's media, recalled seeing Corbin around the Carter White House late in the 1980 campaign and thought it odd that this Kennedy man and Carter hater would be there.

"He had no idea at the time that Corbin was covertly working for Reagan."

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3. Dick Morris: G-20 Summit Step Toward Global Economic Control

The International Monetary Fund "walked off with America's economic sovereignty" with agreements reached at the recent G-20 summit meeting, political analyst Dick Morris declares.

The September meeting in Pittsburgh brought together representatives of 20 of the world's leading economies, with President Obama representing the U.S.

With economic policies adopted at the meeting, "we literally took a gigantic step toward global governance and control by global economists of our monetary and financial and regulatory system," Morris said in a video. "It was incredibly alarming.

"This was a terrible terrible reversal at the G-20 summit. Literally what's going to happen now is that professional economists around the world run by the IMF are going to work with the G-20 nations to formulate plans for each of their economies and give them specific mandates and specific requirements, and by consensus the G-20 will adopt it.

"Of course the United States will participate as one out of 20 votes, and basically be forced to go along with the global consensus. Then every three months the United States has to come back to G-20 and the IMF and show that we've been good boys and girls, that we've met our assignments . . .

"And who are these people who are going to be running our country, who are going to be running our economic system?"

The G-20 grew out of the original G-7, which included only the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Germany, France, Italy, and Japan. Russia joined in 1997.

The G-7, "the original group, was a good thing," Morris said. "The U.S. and Japan and Germany and France and Britain needed to get together and coordinate their economic policies . . .

"But to expand it now to all these other countries is absurd.

"Obviously you needed to include Indian and China, but beyond that? Argentina? Defaulted on its debt to the IMF. Brazil? That's run by a Marxist. Mexico? That has a huge drug problem infesting the country.

"South Africa, one of the most corrupt regimes in the world. Saudi Arabia, the single most repressive regime in the world. Indonesia, incredibly unstable. South Korea, a functioning democracy for about 12 years.

"Those are the countries that are going to be sitting in judgment on the United States. And the IMF will orchestrate all of it.

"Barack Obama gave away the store at that G-20 summit and it's going to be very hard to get it back."

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4. Terror Groups Recruiting Westerners

A growing number of recruits from Western nations — including the U.S. — are traveling to Afghanistan and Pakistan to attend training camps run by al-Qaida and other terrorist groups, American and European counterterrorism officials say.

The flow of Western recruits has continued despite the intensified American campaign to take out terrorist leaders with drone missile attacks.

A propaganda videotape released in September by a group calling itself the German Taliban showed a gunman identified as Abu Ibrahim the American. The tape was one of several released by groups affiliated with the Taliban and al-Qaida warning of an attack on German targets if the government did not withdraw its 3,800 troops from Afghanistan, The Washington Post reported.

At least 30 recruits from Germany have traveled to Pakistan this year for training, Germany security forces say.

"About 10 people — not necessarily the same individuals — have returned to Germany this year, fueling concerns that fresh plots are in the works against European targets," according to The Post.

Pakistani officials in August arrested a dozen foreigners on their way to North Waziristan, a tribal region where many of the training camps are located. Among them was Mehdi Ghezali, a former inmate at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay.

In July, American officials announced that they had taken into custody New Yorker Bryant Neal Vinas, who confessed to traveling to al-Qaida camps in Pakistan and training to become a suicide bomber.

While he has been in custody, the U.S. has made a series of successful drone strikes on suspected al-Qaida locations in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region, raising questions about whether Vinas provided the information that led to any of the deadly attacks, according to The Associated Press.

Vinas also told American authorities that he spent time in Pakistan with another New York resident, whose whereabouts are unknown.

Al-Qaida and its affiliates have now developed an extensive recruiting network, The Post disclosed, with agents providing Western recruits with guidance, money, and travel routes to South Asia.

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5. Cuba Sending Agents to Target U.S. Intel

An ongoing Cuban intelligence program has been sending agents to U.S. Embassies around the world to provide misinformation and identify Americans spies, according to two former U.S. government experts on Cuba.

In an average year, Cuba sends about a dozen "walk-in" agents to U.S. Embassies, where they claim to be defectors with important information and ask to speak with U.S. officials, the experts told the Miami Herald's Spanish language edition.

But the number spiked immediately after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which were followed 10 days later by the arrest of the Pentagon's top Cuba analyst, Ana Belen Montes, on charges of spying for Cuba.

In the next six months, up to 20 Cuban walk-in agents entered U.S. diplomatic missions — mostly in Europe, Latin America, and Asia — and claimed to have information on terrorist threats.

The CIA and FBI agencies suspected that many of the Cubans were trying to penetrate American intelligence in order to learn how Montes was discovered, the Herald reported. All were eventually discredited.

Dan Fisk, deputy assistant secretary of state for the Western Hemisphere, said in September 2002 that the walk-ins constituted "a dangerous and unjustifiable action that damages our ability to assess real threats."

But for the most part, walk-ins are part of a broader campaign to pass on misinformation that predates 9/11 and continues today, the Cuban experts reveal.

The walk-ins may claim to have information on Cuba's electronic eavesdropping capabilities or biological warfare research, but they usually provide no significant details.

"Another part of a successful walk-in is that they are a major resource drain, also known as a 'time suck,' because it takes time and effort by the U.S. intelligence community to spot them as fakes and cut them loose," said one of the Cuban experts, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

A Cuban with just 20 hours of training can compel U.S. officials to spend 100 hours investigating before concluding that the walk-in is a fraud.

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6. Anita Dunn: Obama Campaign 'Controlled' Media Coverage

The Obama campaign's strategy for dealing with the press during last year's presidential run focused on exercising absolute "control" over media coverage, White House Communications Director Anita Dunn said.

In a video of a Jan. 12 forum hosted by the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development in the Dominican Republic, which was obtained by Fox News, Dunn stated: "Very rarely did we communicate through the press anything that we didn't absolutely control."

She admitted that the strategy "did not always make us popular in the press."

The video drew attention after Dunn recently kicked off a war of words with the network, calling Fox "opinion journalism masquerading as news." She also said Fox News operates "almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party."

In the video, Dunn explained that the campaign favored live interviews so that Obama's words could not be edited.

"What the voters heard we determined, as opposed to some editor in a TV station," she said.

She added that Campaign Manager David Plouffe put out Web videos so the campaign could avoid talking to reporters.

"Whether it was a David Plouffe video or an Obama speech, a huge part of our press strategy was focused on making the media cover what Obama was actually saying as opposed to why the campaign was  saying it.

"One of the reasons we did so many of the David Plouffe videos was not just for our supporters, but also because it was a way for us to get our message out without having to actually talk to reporters."

She also said: "We just put that out there and made them write what Plouffe had said as opposed to Plouffe doing an interview with a   reporter. So it was very much we controlled it as opposed to the       press controlled it."

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7. We Heard . . .

THAT Rep. Michele Bachmann has ruled out a run for president in 2012 and suggested another conservative Republican for the post.

Bret Hayworth of the Sioux City (Iowa) Journal asked the Minnesota congresswoman if she is being urged to seek the GOP presidential nomination, given her growing national profile.

"Goodness, I've only been in the House for three years, so no, I'm not considering anything like that," she responded.

She added that she would like to see Rep. Steve King of Iowa seek the nomination.

"Steve King is mentioned as a possible nominee," she said. "I have a very high opinion of Steve King and his ability, so I would encourage him to consider any position for higher office."

THAT The Weekly Standard had some fun with Barack Obama's winning of the Nobel Peace Prize.

On its "Parody" page, the magazine manipulated several photos to show Obama clutching an Academy Award, holding up the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup, wearing an Olympic gold medal, and sitting astride a horse after winning the Kentucky Derby.

Humorist Andy Borowitz also poked fun at Obama's win, writing a faux news report on his Web site headlined "Obama Named Country Music Entertainer of the Year."

THAT former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is said to be weighing a run for governor in New York next year, is closing the gap with his likely Democratic opponent, a new poll reveals.

Giuliani now trails Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the Democrats' favored candidate, by just 7 percentage points, 43 percent to 50 percent, according to the survey by Siena College's Research Institute. He had trailed by double digits in earlier polls.

In a potential matchup with incumbent Gov. David Paterson, Giuliani wins by a large margin, 56 percent to 33 percent.

Many Republicans believe Giuliani will ultimately decide against a run for governor, according to the New York Post. But he has recently been traveling the state in what appears to be an effort to measure GOP support.

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