First, we should have pulled out of Afghanistan and months ago, bombed Iran's nuclear facilities.
As pointed out previously, there are some in the Pentagon who advocate bombing Iran.
But with McChrystal's plan, American troops and NATO troops will be in harms way from a possible retaliation from Iran with chemical weapons if we did attack Iran.
Now we see the Iranians in their defensive posturing with putting chemical warheads on their missiles.
As stated on this website, a nuclear Iran will control Afghanistan.
The focus is misplaced on Afghanistan when it should be placed on stopping Iran.
When you look at the rhetoric and how nations are dealing with Iran, a similar pattern is setting up on how Germany was handled.
If we adopt McChrystal's plan in Afghanistan, Iran will grow in power to where they have full nuclear capabilities.
If you look at the polls, the American people know instinctively, Iran is the threat that needs to be dealt with. Because if Iran falls, then so do the Taliban and the Al Qaeda.
The war we are fighting in Afghanistan is a waste of time with Iran having its nuclear capabilities.
Well get this picture ingrained in your mind.
Iran's president is expected to discuss the problems facing Afghanistan with Kabul officials during a Monday visit to the war-torn country.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will meet with his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai during his one-day visit to Kabul, Mehr News agency reported.
Finding solutions to the challenges facing Afghanistan and trade talks are expected to be high on the meeting's agenda.
Iran believes instability and insecurity in Afghanistan has its roots in the presence of foreign troops and has repeatedly called for the complete withdrawal of US-led forces from the country.
There are over a million Afghan refugees in Iran and Iran will make sure it has the upper-hand in the region.
So the American lives lost in Afganistan will be wasted.
Moreover, the idea that we can use strong sanctions against Iran to stop Iran's progress in its nuclear program is foolish.
Both China and Russia will not participate.
With Russia, back in the Bush area of the late 90's there were agreements that Russia would coax Iran to co-opt the radical Islamists in the Northern Caucasus and control them.
Iran has used Russia's offering as a ruse so Iran could gain control of the Northern Caucasus by proxy. And now you see an increase in violence being committed by the Islamists in the Caucasus.
And with Putin's retreat and the 2014 olympics being held in Sochi and Sochi borders the Northern Caucasus, any attempt to take a hard stand against Iran will increase the risk of terrorism being used during the olympics.
Then you have China who has invested billions of dollars in Iran's refineries and because of this, China will not side with strong sanctions.
Iran knows China and Russia will not side with the strong sanctions and has stated so.
Iran says world powers will fail to reach a consensus on imposing new sanctions against Iran over the country's nuclear program.
"Since the principle of sanctions lacks the legal and logical basis regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran's basic right to peaceful nuclear activities; and since this policy is pursued under the political pressure of certain countries, it is natural that such a consensus [on sanctions] will not materialize," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said on Sunday.
Washington is persuading members of the P5+1 group — the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, which are the veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council, and Germany — to approve a new round of sanctions against Iran.
China and Russia have repeatedly opposed new punitive measures against Iran with Beijing repeatedly calling for more dialogue with Tehran to resolve the issue.
Meanwhile as Iran marches on with its nuclear program, Iran is using its influence in the Iraqi election.
NCRI’s report says that the cells have received a fatwa from the Qods Forces saying to target those connected to Iyad Allawi, a pro-American secular Shiite, and Saleh al-Mutlaq, a prominent Sunni allied to Allawi. The cells consist of 4-5 people and each commander supervises 20 teams.
The group’s website also reports that a senior European Union official that leads relations with Iraq confirms receiving many reports of fraud (early voting began yesterday) in support of the pro-Iranian bloc and Iranian currency is being found to bribe voters. He also confirmed reports of threats and assassinations of supporters of Allawi’s bloc.
We should consider the source for the first report, but to be fair, we must keep in mind that NCRI has been removed from the European Union’s list of terrorist groups after a lengthy court battle.
Ryan Mauro is the founder of WorldThreats.com and a regular contributor to FrontPage Magazine.
A nuclear Iran will continue to use both the Sunnis and Shiites to influence the region.
In a recent story the Iranians are manipulating a story about a Sunni who was supposedly bribed the U.S..
(Reuters) - The leader of a Sunni Muslim rebel group has "confessed" that the United States promised to provide him with financial and military aid if he agreed to work with them, Iranian state television reported on Friday.
Abdolmalek Rigi was arrested on Tuesday in Iran's southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan and Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi said he was at a U.S. military base before being taken into custody by the Islamic state.
The Pentagon on Thursday rejected as "propaganda" Iran's claims that Washington had links to Rigi's rebel group Jundollah and denied his presence at an American base.
In footage broadcast on Iranian television, Rigi said an American agent had promised "finances, military aid, arms and ammunitions as well as a military base in Afghanistan close to the Iranian borders" if he cooperated.
Predominantly Shi'ite Iran has linked Jundollah (God's soldiers) to the Sunni Islamist al Qaeda network and accuses Pakistan, Britain and the United States of backing the rebel group to destabilize the country, a charge the countries deny
Now given the Sunnis make up a large portion of Al Qaeda, it has been found that Iran has supported the Sunni members of Al Qaeda.
Despite the widely held belief that Shia Iran won’t cooperate with Sunni extremist groups because of theological differences, they have found common cause -- a hatred for America. But their relationship is more complex than hatred.
The Sunni extremists also cooperate because Tehran supports them with weapons, training, funding and refuge. The extremists want Iran’s help to overthrow religiously corrupt Islamic states replacing them with a caliphate, an Islamic government.
The Islamic Republic of Iran partners with Sunni extremist groups to help preserve its national security, to undermine Western influence and to usher in the Shiite Mahdi, the messiah. These outcomes apparently happen when extremist groups in cooperation with Iranian agents create instability in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan that keeps the U.S. tied down and provides leverage to counter U.S. pressure to end Iran’s atomic programs.
Consider Iran’s paradoxical relationship with two of the leading Sunni extremist groups, al Qaeda and the Taliban, and then the theological nature of the regime’s motivation.
In the end, it's about a nuclear Iran....