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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Experts (including Bolton): 'The end of US civilization as we know it'

A conference of experts fears that the United States is already under threat of an electromagnetic pulse attack from Iran. But before we go to the conference, here's former US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton talking about the threat of a nuclear Iran.

Let's go to the videotape.

Now, about that conference, at which Bolton was one of the speakers....
An EMP attack by Iran, explained Schwartz, would have the power to “shut down our electrical  grid, and thus, end our civilization as we know it.” 
“Iran has repeatedly called for a world without America,” Schwartz continued, “and has  practiced this type of EMP attack from barges in the Caspian Sea.” He went on to describe various  plausible scenarios for a high-altitude EMP detonation, describing the repercussions as “catastrophic.”
“The opportunity and time for diplomatic efforts has been exhausted,” declared Schwartz. “The U.S. must act militarily to stop Iran, to prevent them from becoming a nuclear-armed existential  threat to America.”
Schwartz went on to explain how successful stalling tactics on the part of Iran over the last 20 years have brought the U.S. to this critical juncture, and how the ineffectual foreign policy of the Obama administration has exacerbated an already perilous situation, necessitating a “muscular  response” to the Iranian threat.
A presentation by foreign affairs expert Frank Gaffney provided additional context for understanding the present situation with Iran. Citing reports by a national German newspaper, Gaffney pointed to a military collaboration between Iran and Venezuela, which would enable Iran to launch an attack on the United States even before obtaining intercontinental ballistic missiles. One  tactic, launching a strike from a cargo ship sitting off the U.S. coast, dubbed the “Scud-in-a-tub,” was  deemed a particularly worrisome possibility. It is an attack vector, says Gaffney, for which we “neither  have any missile defense, nor, for that matter, any warning systems.”
Seeking to drive his point home and demonstrate that his concerns were not an exaggeration, Gaffney recalled an incident last July in which a ship, sailing through the Panama Canal under the  North Korean flag, was intercepted and found to be carrying two surface-to-air missiles concealed  within its cargo.
Fox News contributor and former ambassador John Bolton offered insights on the inner machinations of the Iranian regime. He characterized the superficially democratic aspects of Iranian government as nothing more than a ruse. Describing how the true power lay with the Ayatollah Khamenei and the nation's mullahs, he explained the position of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as that of a secondary leader. Tongue firmly planted in cheek, Bolton helpfully suggested that his listeners think of Rouhani as “Iran's Joe Biden.”
“And when you think of it that way,” Amb. Bolton elucidated, “watching President Obama chase Hassan Rouhani around New York at the opening of the (U.N.) General Assembly in September  was more than an embarrassment; it was a strategic mistake. Because Iran correctly read Obama's efforts, first with the photo opportunity, then to even have even a telephone conversation, as signaling weakness in the American position, as signaling desperation to reach some kind of cosmetic deal with Iran on the nuclear weapons program.”
This in turn, claims Bolton, has enabled the mullahs to maintain a significant advantage in the negotiations held since then.
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