Iran claims success in firing new missiles during naval war exercises
An Iranian warship fires a missile during recent naval drills
January 1st, 2013
04:04 PM ET

Iran claims success in firing new missiles during naval war exercises

By Mike Mount

The Iranian military says it has successfully test-fired a number of advanced missiles and air defense systems during coastal defense exercises near the strategic oil passageway of the Strait of Hormuz.

Iranian government press reports said its navy launched anti-ship "Qader" cruise missiles and a new "optimized" version of a long-range surface-to-surface missile, called the "Nour" missile. Both models are made in Iran, according to the reports.

The exercises are part of what Iran says is a six-day naval maneuver that started on December 28 and is designed to, "display the country's capabilities in defending its maritime borders."

The country also touted the testing of its indigenously made air defense system called Ra'd, translated as "Thunder," with surface-to-air missiles. The country says it's designed to target fighter jets and cruise missiles as well as helicopters and drones flying as high as 75,000 feet. The new Ra'd system was first paraded out in Tehran last September during a military celebration.

The Iranians said the exercise is one in a number of drills the country holds to "enhance the defensive capabilities of its armed forces and to test modern military tactics and equipment."

Military analyst Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution, a Washington-based policy analysis organization, says the tests didn't dramatically advance Iran's weapons technology. But it sends a warning to other nations in the region that could one day offer assistance to any U.S. or Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.

"In the short term they may actually like the idea of telling us they can escalate, to make us think of this as not just a pinprick surgical strike but the beginning of a war. And they may feel they can intimidate certain participant countries into rethinking whether it's the United States or one of the Gulf states like Qatar, or UAE or Kuwait," O'Hanlon said.

According to the U.S. Navy, one of its aircraft carriers, the USS Stennis, is inside the Persian Gulf close to the Strait of Hormuz, at a port call in the United Arab Emirates.

A spokesman for the U.S. Defense Department said the Pentagon was aware of the exercises and was monitoring them, but would not comment on the specifics of the missiles the Iranian press highlighted.

The exercises come at a time when the United States and the international community is putting increased pressure on Iran as the country continues to push its nuclear program. Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, one of the most strategic waterways in the world for oil exports, if sanctions against it continue.

Both the U.S. and Israel have not ruled out a military strike on an Iranian nuclear facility that they claim is part of a weapons program, but Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.

 

soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. NYC Fitness Event

    Good for them "The Iranians said the exercise is one in a number of drills the country holds to "enhance the defensive capabilities of its armed forces and to test modern military tactics and equipment." We get to see them practice !

    February 3, 2014 at 9:38 pm | Reply
  2. JS

    remember what i said to jason? same goes for james. yes, ladies and gentlemen, I'm back!

    March 5, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Reply
  3. JS

    jason, go to hell! eff you

    March 5, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  4. JS

    P.S.-jason is also racist

    March 5, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Reply
  5. JS

    i will never visit this website again-you cannot get back at me, jason

    March 5, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  6. JS

    Jason is f-ing @$$-hole

    March 5, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  7. Sunday Aloko

    Interesting and illuminating intellectual discourse full of dispellation. But i like to reinstate the words of chuck Hague, " there is no glory in war, only suffering". So lets all seek a peaceful world, no matter how idealistic it sounds!

    January 9, 2013 at 12:27 am | Reply
  8. PETE

    Of course we are very well aware of Iran's, and other coutries in the region's, antics. Do they have anything, more "impressive", to offer besides shooting into the air with Kalashnikovs as we often see and Mr. Ahmadinejadi's femine and sparsly populated beard?

    January 6, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  9. jason

    If israel wants a war with Iran..go fight them yourself, the United States has no quarrels with Iran except the jewish congressman and senators that are driving us to war, while our brothers,sisters, and children die..Israel will just take more land..Thats all Israel wants, everything else is political theater for Israel

    January 3, 2013 at 5:34 pm | Reply
    • JS

      Jason is f-ing @$$-hole i will never visit this website again-you cannot get back at me, jason P.S.-jason is also racist

      March 5, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Reply
  10. KLARGAR

    With in ten years the United States will be energy independent,we have more carbon based fuel in our shale gas and tar sands than the entire Middle East by a factor of 15 or 20 . We are on the way to becoming one of the major exporters of Oil. The entire ME and Iran will sink back into the 7th century backwaters that they deserve to be eat your Korans idiots.

    January 3, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  11. KLARGAR

    During the Iran/Iraq war the Iranians sent approximately 400,000 children into battle against artillery, tanks and Infantry. As far as I know none returned. The lovely Ayatollah Khomeni made sure they were all supplied with a cheap plastic key (probably made in China) this was a key to heaven as the parents were told and each dead child would automatically enter paradise as a martyr (shaheed) In the main cemetery in Tehran there used to be a fountain of martyrs that ran red with dyed water to represent the blood of the children. The rulers of Iran are perhaps the most vile repulsive contents of a human cesspit to ever have lived.

    January 2, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Reply
    • Jannai

      America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
      In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
      During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
      In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
      Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

      January 2, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Reply
      • k

        Yo mama is the route of all evil.

        January 2, 2013 at 5:59 pm |
      • U.S.M.C. 1371

        You are living proof that we can not fix stupid

        January 3, 2013 at 6:18 am |
      • nacho2knight

        seek mental help...or not!

        January 3, 2013 at 9:41 am |
      • Smedley Butler

        I whole-heartedly agree, Jannai. I also love how you continuously p!ss-off all the ignorant hubristic Clovers out there. Keep up the good work.

        January 5, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
      • JS

        i agree with k. however, i will give a reason as to why your mom is the root of terror and evil: she gave birth to you

        March 5, 2013 at 7:51 pm |
    • P

      You want to know why?because Iran was fully out of supply and Iraq was fully armed thanks to US and Europe what should it have done?letting Iraq and sadam conquer it?it was the last choice because of shortage of weapons.if US wasn't helping sadam Iran had done his work and US wasn't forced to attack Iraq.everything that us lost in Iraq was because of its fault

      January 2, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Reply
      • Chris

        I think that I'm speaking for everyone by saying I DON'T HAVE A CLUE AS TO WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT!

        January 3, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
    • Thinker23

      As usual, Muslims kill other Muslims and blame America and the Jews for their own violence and stupidity...

      What else is new?

      January 2, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Reply
      • P

        Who talked about Jews? actually only time after shah that Iran and Israel were helping each other was in iran-Iraq war.

        January 2, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
      • Thinker23

        P - I do not recall Iran helping Israel during Iran-Iraq war or vice versa. On the other hand, virtually every poster who blames America for Islamic violence and terrorism also claims that it's the Jews who own and run America.

        January 2, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
      • glennrobert

        P: Actually Israel did back Iran and we backed Iraq in their war. We hoped they would exterminate each other and they tried.

        January 3, 2013 at 9:29 am |
      • jason

        Jews kills muslims and blame it on hamas, Jews also murder 10 times as many women and children as Hamas and than call Hamas a "terrorist organization" jews also steal land and kidnap muslims in palestine, and the jews say they need to defend themself...jews dont understand that just bc you lie 10000 times doesnt make your lie true, just makes you look stupid when the world can see for themself that jews are ethnically cleansing the muslim Palestinians..Jews say that the holocaust was horrible and yet imitate the nazis...than jews say that they are "peaceful" and "loving people...tell that to all the people you have ethnically cleansed

        January 3, 2013 at 11:15 am |
      • Thinker23

        Jason... If the Palestinians did not like the current arrangement they would NEGOTIATE A BETTER DEAL long ago... and if the Jews "ethnically cleansed" them the number of Arabs living in Israel as full fledged citizens would not increase EIGHT TIMES... Nevertheless, you're right saying that when you lie 10000 times doesnt make your lie true, just makes you look stupid. So please STOP LYING about the "stolen lands", "ethnic cleansing" and the like, you look pretty stupid already.

        January 3, 2013 at 12:07 pm |
      • jason

        Thinker: like other jews you are hard headed and get it through your thick skull that just bc over time the muslims have incrreased in number in Palestine DOES NOT MEAN ETHNIC CLEANSING DID NOT HAPPEN. It is still happening and the Palestinian Muslims know that only half their children will survive the Barbaric terroristic and evil conquest by the jews to steal more land. Like Hitler did you can try as hard as you want to ethnically cleanse the Palestinians but you will not get far just like Hitler didnt, and justice will prevail. Murdering entire families, women,babies,toddlers, and the elderly has not swayed the Palestinians from giving up their real estate, their homes, and their farms. One day the palestinians will fight back the terrorist jews with
        modern weapons, and that day will be the reckoning that the world so hopes for.
        WE both know that the Palestinians can try as hard as they want for a Peace deal, Israel will not give it bc Israel WANT THE LAND NOT A PEACE DEAL WHICH WILL AVERT THE THEFT OF THE LAND.so no matter what happens Israel is determined to wipe out the current inhabitants in order to steal their land no matter what...peace deal??? haha Israel doesnt want peace, they coulda had it a long time ago....preconditions you say? being able to defend yourself and keep your home is not a "precondition" it is Mans right, necessities not precodnditions as jews call them, life is not a precondition just as water is not a precondition....jewish rule over the United States will come to an end!!

        January 3, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
      • Chris

        @jason Ok so you really are not listening to anything anyone has said LOL! The other poster correctly stated that ARABS LIVING IN ISRAEL HAVE MULTIPLIED OVER THE YEARS which is much different from that silliness you said about Arabs multiplying in Palestine. No I'm not Jewish I'm a black guy that served in the Marine Corps and spent time in Israel and saw the huge Arab areas inside of Jerusalem. I also got to see buses burning in Tel Aviv from two suicide attacks, I also saw bombed out malls and residential areas hit by Iraqi scud missiles, and I also got to see what the IDF had to deal with close to the Syrian border so save your propaganda for someone that is as clueless as yourself.

        January 3, 2013 at 4:34 pm |
      • jason

        Chris: your an idiot and you're not black, you are jewish , stop pretending to be somthing you're not...im sure you saw all of that there, and since yo u werent in palestine you didnt see little kids shot to death by the IDF, you didnt see people starving and malnurished by Israel, and you didnt see jews tealing more land on the west bank, you didnt see homes being bulldozed by Israel...again you're not black and you werent staitioned there so stop your lies, lying is how I knew you're jewish

        January 3, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
      • Thinker23

        Jason... Ethnic cleansing by definition means REDUCING of the ethnicity being cleansed, NOT MULTIPLYING of it. As an example of erthnic cleansing you may consider extermination of Jews by the Nazis who succeeded to reduce the number of Jews in Europe by 70%. As another example of ethnic cleansing you may use the number of Jews in Iran that DROPPED BY 85% since the Islamic Revolution. Further, you may consider that the number of Jews in the Arab countries DROPPED by 99% since 1948. Finally, you may recall that the number of Jews living in the Palestinian-controlled ares of the West Bank and Gaza is EXACTLY ZERO. Now you may compare these statistics with the number of Arabs living in Israel that INCREASED BY 800% since 1948 and you'll have an idea WHERE ethnic cleansing actually happened.

        Good luck!

        January 3, 2013 at 6:49 pm |
    • Portland tony

      Balderdash! If the US were being overrun by a foreign nation We'd expect resistance from every man, woman and child. Protecting our way of life would be paramount in our willingness to fight, if need be, to the death. So our priorities would be no different than those of foreign nations who are fighting for what they believe in. Children have fought in all of our historical wars.

      January 2, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Reply
    • james

      Its not any different than sending american kids over to die, and telling them your fighting for freedom.

      January 2, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Reply
      • U.S.M.C. 1371

        The famous comment of a coward. Not ONE of those Americans that gave their lives was forced to go. They ALL enlisted of their own free will. Shame on you for using it for political purpose.

        January 3, 2013 at 6:25 am |
      • jason

        James: Amen!!!, every country sends their children to fight, while the ones who were for waging the war sit on the sidelines...Israel wants us to go to war with Iran bc they dont have the balls to do it themself, they know if Hezbollah can kick their ass, imagine what Iran would do..so of course they need someone with steel in their balls like us..and they want to use us to fight Irfan and than kill who ever if left...Who ever trusts Israel is a fool, they're not an ally and the world will eventually see that Israel is in it for itself and thats it

        January 3, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
    • Richard Pearce

      The Iranian leadership was, of course, facing several evil choices, thanks to the 'civilised world' (including the US) wanting to deny Iranians their freedom. The first was to sentence their children to slavery to an American supported dictator (under the Shah,the Iranians had no more rights than the slaves of the old South) with the most likely dictator having genocidal tendencies (Saddam). The second was to turn to the WMDs that were being used on them (with US etc. approval and assistance). The third was to send everyone, even the young, to the front lines to send the message that one could kill Iranians, but one would not be able to enslave them again. That you condemn them for having made that third choice, and buy the notion that they will willingly use WMDs when they refused while facing the prospect of extinction or sllavery says more about you than it does about them. Blaming the victim for fighting back is the mark of the worst of humanity.

      January 3, 2013 at 1:13 am | Reply
      • KLARGAR

        You are an imbecile the anti logic in your retarded screed is painful to read. Aside from the fact that you distort history .

        January 3, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
    • Fred s

      that is not true i was in the war wit iraq get your facts before making statements like that.

      January 3, 2013 at 10:23 pm | Reply
  12. wjmccartan

    Let's just hope that this report by the Iranians is true. If so, this could serve to deter the West from launching a stupid invasion of that country which will be no good for anyone except those idiots in both Washington and London who crave Iran's oil!

    January 2, 2013 at 11:57 am | Reply
    • Marine5484

      Thank you, wjmccartan. I totally agree. Haven't we done enough to Iran already? I say we have! Enough is enough!

      January 2, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Reply
      • glennrobert

        Iran has not started a war outside of their borders in over 200 years. I wish we could say that!

        January 3, 2013 at 9:33 am |
    • wjmccartan

      Still using my name goatboy, it hasn't worked before and it won't work now, you bag of excrement. Your mother fondles donkeys and your father diddles chimps, your profit is a stooge and so are you. Back back I say to the cave from which you came.

      January 2, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  13. nachoknigt

    bunch of wyle e coyotes...

    January 2, 2013 at 8:50 am | Reply
  14. rizvi

    +1 to Paul's comment. and -1 to Justin's pathetic attempt at a deflection. I find it interesting that Paul mentions unarmed civilian jets shot down as the U.S. shot down an Iranian airliner in 1988 that killed 290 people. As for Luis and Mombser2's responses to Paul, they obviously have not done their homework.

    @Luis, Iran was invaded by Iraq with Western support during the war (this is no secret).
    @Mombser2, the U.S. uses proxies all the time. Iran was an American proxy before it's revolution, Israel is a proxy now.

    January 2, 2013 at 8:11 am | Reply
    • rizvi

      niiiiiiice. my last comment was censored. despite no profanity or innuendo. it's too bad american's have to know what chinese people feel like.

      January 2, 2013 at 8:28 am | Reply
      • another Shadow

        I live in america, and to be honest with ya i hate america and americans too. i was once against iran and now im starting to think that amerrica and americans are what the british say we are terrorist. i belive that. I cant wait to move to canada or england. i am so tired of the good ol` USA.

        January 2, 2013 at 11:21 am |
  15. Justin

    @ Paul

    Not worth the time, no one cares about New Zealand or New Zealander's because you and your country do not matter. You are a flee among giants. Insignificant its not a bad thing... its just truth.

    January 2, 2013 at 6:11 am | Reply
  16. Paul

    For those who wish to paint Iran in a bad light, please advise this New Zealander how many countries Iran has invaded in the last 50 years? How many unarmed civilian jets have they shot down? How many heads of state have they overthrown? and how amy nuclear weapons they possess?

    January 2, 2013 at 4:06 am | Reply
    • mombser2

      When you have proxies working for you- who needs to do it yourself-!
      And have you forgot the 9 years war with Iraq? When Iran sent children to the front line!

      January 2, 2013 at 6:24 am | Reply
    • Luis

      Hi, Paul. As far as I remember Iran and Iraq were in war and almost 1 million people died...can anyone confirm this , please ?rgds

      January 2, 2013 at 6:41 am | Reply
    • Yeshi

      Iran is everywhere! in iraq, afghanistan, syria, lebanon, sudan... and the list goes on...
      you dont have to bring in tank to conquer..

      January 2, 2013 at 9:38 am | Reply
    • Jannai

      America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
      In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
      During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
      In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
      Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

      January 2, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Reply
  17. jerry

    well as i see it all we want is the oil.... all israel wants is not to look over its shoulder when there bullying the palastians....thats why they dont want iran to have a nuke...

    January 2, 2013 at 2:43 am | Reply
    • brat

      troll

      January 2, 2013 at 2:56 am | Reply
    • rizvi

      +1 Jerry: I've rarely seen the entire thing summed up with such brevity and eloquence.

      January 2, 2013 at 8:25 am | Reply
    • wjmccartan

      Quite true jerry, quite true.

      January 2, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Reply
      • wjmccartan

        Hey you bag of dog excrement I see you still at it, go back to playing with your saddam and mubarak dolls, or better yet keep reading the Moran, you know the one written by your profit Moron. Tool, Al al al ah who give a crap.

        January 2, 2013 at 2:59 pm |
  18. Hide Behind

    Iran will go down there is no doubt of it, just a matter of time.
    The scenario will come much like what is ongoing in Syria and the people of Iran can reliably be predicted to go bonkers just as Syria has.
    WE Spend 10s of millions trying to destabilize by supporting two different groups.one trained by US/ISRAEL in moder Kurdistan and an old terrorist group operating out of. Caspian sea states who gei Israel and US support from central asia
    Irans internal revolt will come from its middle class and mainly that classes spoiled brats.

    January 1, 2013 at 10:57 pm | Reply
    • Vin

      Happy dreaming about the "Iranian middle class" revolt. But just keep in mind that even if there is any "Iranian Spring", and if the current regime gets overthrown, the first thing the next regime is gonna do is to accelerate the nuclear program. Whether the Americans like it or not.

      January 2, 2013 at 12:07 am | Reply
  19. James

    In February 2011, Netanyahu called German Chancellor Angela Merkel to complain about Germany's vote in favor of a resolution at the United Nations Security Council to declare Israeli settlements to be illegal and she responded "How dare you! You are the one who disappointed us. You haven't made a single step to advance peace." A few days later veteran Israeli diplomat Ilan Baruch resigned saying that Netanyahu's policies were leading to Israel's delegitimisation.

    January 1, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Reply
    • Paul

      Angela Merkel is absolutely correct in her response. What else is to be said to the President of a country that is steadily stealing land from the Palistinians? Israel is practising apartheid and must be called to account for it.

      January 2, 2013 at 3:48 am | Reply
      • mombser2

        Fri. 29 Jul. 2011 @ 13.06 –

        Hamas foreign minister reiterates Hamas' rejection of two-state solution and commitment to gaining 'Palestine in its entirety' by force.

        Hamas' foreign minister, Mahmoud Al-Zahar, recently conducted a television interview in which he once more set out Hamas' rejection of Israel's right to exist. He argued that 'Palestine in its entirety is Islamic waqf land, which cannot be relinquished':

        'At this moment in time, we say to you, first of all: We want Palestine in its entirety – so there will not be any misunderstandings. If our generation is unable to achieve this, the next one will, and we are raising our children on this. Palestine means Palestine in its entirety, and Israel cannot exist in our midst.'

        Al-Zahar also declared that Hamas would view any Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank, or a compromise agreement with the Palestinian Authority, as only a 'first stage' towards the destruction of Israel in its entirety. He asserted that this was the key difference between Hamas and their secular rivals, Fatah.

        January 2, 2013 at 6:26 am |
      • Paul II

        israel is *not* practicing apartheid. 1 in 5 Israelis are, in fact, Palestinian. Within Israel they work, travel, marry, pray, and generally live their lives as they wish. Israel is in conflict with Arabs living outside its (tiny) borders, but that is not apartheid either but a low-level conflict. If you want to see apartheid, walk around an Arab city dressed in traditional jewish clothing...we all know what will happen.

        January 2, 2013 at 11:19 am |
      • Thinker23

        Paul... Can you answer my three simple questions below?

        1. Who are 'Palestinians'?

        2. What makes the lands Israel is "stealing" the exclusive property of the 'Palestinians' defined in (1)?

        3. Can you SHOW THE LEGAL DEEDS to support your answer in (2)?

        January 2, 2013 at 1:30 pm |
  20. James

    The UN has issued 232 resolutions with respect to Israel since 2003, representing 40% of all resolutions issued by the UN over the period and more than six times that of the second placed country, Sudan.

    January 1, 2013 at 8:50 pm | Reply
    • mombser2

      Considering out of 199 UN nations- 57 Islamic and then politically Russia and S. Africa all up the oil rich Arab rear ends- Whos surprised!

      January 2, 2013 at 6:28 am | Reply
    • Thinker23

      James - can you name ONE of these 232 UN Resolutions Israel VIOLATED but the Arabs COMPLIED WITH?

      January 2, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Reply
  21. James

    Instead of focusing on Iran, the U.S. should pragmatically turn its eye to three nuclear powers that have not signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT): Israel, and India. In contrast with Iran, Israel has started a number of wars, including two within the last six years. While it has been attacked, most notably during the October War of 1973, Israel is guilty of invading other countries on numerous occasions. During its last two wars alone, Israel killed around 2,000 civilians in Southern Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, not including its numerous isolated attacks on Gaza. And now, war drums are beating amongst the Israeli defense brass for its next offensive, targeting Iran. When one objectively looks at who will be more likely to use a nuclear device in the near future, Israel seems a more likely candidate.

    January 1, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Reply
    • Talking sense

      I'm sorry, but you're making absolutely perfect nonsense.

      January 1, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Reply
      • Tyler

        I used to think Iran were he "bad guys" but now I'm starting to see the truth.

        January 1, 2013 at 9:08 pm |
      • rizvi

        please explain *how* this is nonsense...because if you can't. you're deflecting. unfortunate.

        January 2, 2013 at 8:18 am |
      • Thinker23

        rizvi - I would not call James' post above a "nonsense" but rather a bunch of lies.

        January 2, 2013 at 4:01 pm |
    • Vin

      Israel will never be able to use its power against Iran. It has to take approval of UN, as well as the countries involved in its flight path, as well as NATO. All the three will never approve. And even if Israel defies all the three bodies and still goes for the attack, it is very sure, United States will bomb ISRAEL, yes Israel and pound its military infrastructure to a ruble moments before Israel actually launch the attack. So therefore all talk of Israeli action on Iran is abs BS and are promoted by journalists who have no responsibility and accountability and other fraudsters and conmasters.

      January 2, 2013 at 1:05 am | Reply
      • Israel

        You are dreaming, man!

        January 2, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
      • Thinker23

        Vin - Israel will not use force against Iran unless as a last resort in case there will be no other option to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. If it happens, however, Israel will not ask for anyone's approval to defend itself. Further, you should remember that Israel is considered to have one of the four most powerful militaries on the planet meaning that it has the capability to pulverize any (and I mean ANY) aggressor. Somehow I do not think that the US will be willing to sacrifice half or more of its own population to defend the Ayatollas in Tehran.

        January 2, 2013 at 4:05 pm |
  22. James

    U.S. foreign policy is obsessed with demonizing Iran. It has been since the pro-American Shah was popularly overthrown in 1979. From instigating wars to military attacks and the present economic sanctions, the American government seems hell-bent on punishing a society who revolted against a pro-American despot. Our latest move — the economic sanctions — is ostensibly in direct response to Iran’s continued pursuit of nuclear technology. However, given the very low likelihood of an Iranian preemptive attack, and other countries that pose more of a potential threat to international peace, the U.S. should be focusing its nonproliferation efforts elsewhere.

    January 1, 2013 at 8:42 pm | Reply
    • Paul II

      The iranian govt is the despotic one, not the US. Iran is ruled by a violent theocracy that crushes dissent, rapes and murders its own people.

      January 2, 2013 at 11:28 am | Reply
  23. Jannai

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    January 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Reply
    • Jeff

      That there is funny.

      January 2, 2013 at 2:27 am | Reply
      • 2011khankar

        Your Hasbara type answer is funny. Exactly like the answer of another hasbara troll above.

        You answer a barrage of FACTS articulated by perfect logic with one-liners like : " Oh that's funny" or "You're making no sense"

        January 2, 2013 at 2:46 am |
    • live long

      100% truth but when might is right truth takes a back seat

      January 2, 2013 at 3:52 am | Reply
    • Paul II

      Very misleading set of facts. For example, most of the deaths in Iraq were caused by their fellow countrymen, not due to Western forces. I agree deposing the Iranian president in the 1950s was stupid and short-sighted, and yes we supported Iraq in the war. However, in spite of all your protestations, the Iranian people are the most pro-US of any Muslim country. Explain that.

      January 2, 2013 at 11:40 am | Reply
  24. James

    Iran & USA should be good friends Becuase both of their enemy is the same al Qaeda & Taliban. They should be natural allies. USA should stop listening to Isreali lies & properganda. Biggest menace in the Mid East is Isreal.

    January 1, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Reply
    • Sinbad

      Well not exactly, the US has been cosying up with al Qaeda, supporting them in Libya and Syria. As for the Taliban, well their funded by Saudi Arabia and the Saudis are a US ally. US foreign policy is a strange and complex beast.

      January 1, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Reply
    • Paul II

      Israel is a natural ally of US, not current govt of Iran. Israel has the same basic values of US, including rights for women, religious and ethnic minorities, freedom of worship, freedom of press and speech. Israel is also a world leader in science, medicine, and technology. Iran compares poorly on all these issues.

      January 2, 2013 at 11:44 am | Reply
    • JS

      jerk

      March 5, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Reply
    • JS

      racist and jerk

      March 5, 2013 at 7:47 pm | Reply
  25. doctorlou

    funny the more i read online the sadder i feel of the planet im on,,so many great people on this planet all want peace and to have a good life,,but all i read is hate..i think jimmy hendrix said it best..( when the power of love overcomes the love of power,then the world will see peace...

    January 1, 2013 at 8:19 pm | Reply
  26. Sinbad

    Nothing like the threat of invasion to get weapons research moving.

    January 1, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Reply
    • rizvi

      indeed. our belligerency towards them has made them completely self sufficient. we are making a crucible, putting them in it, and making them stronger.

      January 2, 2013 at 8:17 am | Reply
  27. wjmccartan

    I hope their picking a good place to sink, because that's all that's going to happen if they try to wear big boy pants. Russia must be taking oil for payment because their dollar isn't worth the paper its written on.

    January 1, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Reply
  28. Marden

    Iran has the right to defend itself.
    Israels days are numbered.

    January 1, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Reply
    • David

      Ok, thanks for the heads up!

      January 1, 2013 at 7:41 pm | Reply
    • cnn reader

      thats right bro, iran has the right to defend itself. Every country in the world has the same rights. But israel has no rights to have nuclear weapon at all.

      January 1, 2013 at 8:15 pm | Reply
      • Thinker23

        IIsrael has the right to defend itself, too. and if (as Marden here claims) "Israeli days are numbered" Israel has every right to use every legitimate weapon to prepare and do it if necessary. Nuclear weapons are NOT illegal. Chemical and biological ARE.

        January 2, 2013 at 1:09 pm |
    • Talking sense

      Israel has the right to defend itself too. So, lets all defend ourselves.

      January 1, 2013 at 8:49 pm | Reply
    • Paul II

      ...numbered in the 100,000s

      January 2, 2013 at 11:29 am | Reply
  29. xizangone

    I'm starting to think for myself. Now, aren't many of the US allies assuming responsibility for self defense? Israel has self defense capability, right? And Pakastan? How about India? France? So what's the big deal over Iran developing an ability to defend herself? Has Iran actually attacked anyone? But several of the others mentioned above have? Hmmmmm...

    January 1, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Reply
    • Thinker23

      If you beleive that Iran has legitimate reasons to develop ability to defend itself you should also know which country would be willing to attack PEACEFUL Iran. On the other hand, Israel did not actually attack anyone as well and (unlike Iran) it never threatened to erase any other country from the map. Hmmmmmm...

      January 1, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Reply
      • Adil

        They all CRA CRA ...This earth doesn't fit anymore, better start looking for places beyond borders, I mean this earth's borders ..hahaha, otherwise, we should work together to conquere space...far space.

        January 1, 2013 at 8:26 pm |
      • James

        Instead of focusing on Iran, the U.S. should pragmatically turn its eye to three nuclear powers that have not signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT): Israel, India, and Pakistan. In contrast with Iran, Israel has started a number of wars, including two within the last six years. While it has been attacked, most notably during the October War of 1973, Israel is guilty of invading other countries on numerous occasions. During its last two wars alone, Israel killed around 2,000 civilians in Southern Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, not including its numerous isolated attacks on Gaza. And now, war drums are beating amongst the Israeli defense brass for its next offensive, targeting Iran. When one objectively looks at who will be more likely to use a nuclear device in the near future, Israel seems a more likely candidate.

        January 1, 2013 at 8:45 pm |
      • Thinker23

        James - I repeat:Israel DID NOT START A SINGLE WAR in its entire history. Each and every war Israel was involved in since 1948 was started by the Arabs.

        Further, if the Arab states and Iran were assured that Israel does not have nukes they would try to destroy Israel again as they've done in 1948, 1967 and 1973. The resulting war would cause hundreds of thousands or even millions of (mostly Arab) casualties) meaning that Israeli nukes save a lot of Arab lives.

        January 2, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
      • jason

        Thinker: wheres your proof that israel did not start a single war? after what i seen i must say i dont believe anyone who says Israel did not start a war...Israel might say they did not start the war but thats the only proof anyone has...Israels heresay...Israel also tried to get the United States to go to war with Egypt when the Israelis bombed and murdered the people on the U.S.S Liberty, they tried to make it look like the egyptians did it, unfortunately for Israel our brave soldiers survived the ruthless and miscalculated terrorist attack by Israel. YOu cant trust Israel, i know your jewish and would sell out the united states in a heart beat to Israel like most jews in the U.S, but as a TRUE American I can say that Israel does not respect the United States and is using the United States in every way it can, from the Tax payers money to our armed forces as personal hit men for Israel...sometimes I wonder when the jews in the United States are going to sell us out to China or Russia

        January 3, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
      • Thinker23

        Jason... My "proof" that Israel did not start a single war is YOUR inability to NAME a war Israel started.

        You see, in the world of intelligent adults where I live it's up to the accuser to prove that the accused is guilty, not the other way around.

        January 3, 2013 at 6:54 pm |
    • Paul II

      Does Iran have a right to "self-defense"? Did Germany have a right to re-armament in the 1930s?

      January 2, 2013 at 11:32 am | Reply
  30. opus

    Big deal, we can still kick ur azz and you treat your people like crap. Eat your oil

    January 1, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Reply
    • RS

      The only person who needs to be treated like "crap" is you. Disgusting comment.

      January 1, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Reply

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