Iran’s expanding nuclear program: the pink tarp that spells trouble
August 24th, 2012
05:20 PM ET

Iran’s expanding nuclear program: the pink tarp that spells trouble

By Tim Lister

The satellite image shows large pink tarpaulins pulled across two buildings. Close by, it appears that topsoil has been moved and a security fence taken down. The image, taken earlier this week and provided to CNN by DigitalGlobe, is of an Iranian military facility at Parchin, one widely suspected by Western diplomats as a secret part of the country’s nuclear program.

It’s one of several developments on Iran’s nuclear program that worry experts - others being: the failure of another round of talks between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iranian officials; reports that Iran has increased the number of centrifuges enriching uranium; and a drumbeat of warnings from Israel that diplomacy and sanctions aren’t working.

Inspectors from the IAEA have been repeatedly denied access to Parchin, some 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Tehran, so exactly what is going on there is a matter of debate.

David Albright of the Institute for Science and International Security says of the latest images: "The purpose of covering the buildings could be to conceal further cleanup activity. … Depending on how effective of a seal the tarp provides, the goal could be continue sanitizing the inside and outside of the building that is suspected to contain particles indicative of nuclear weapons development work."

Many Western diplomats and nuclear experts believe the facility has been used to test high-explosive nuclear triggers, an essential step toward achieving a weapons capability. Iran denies that Parchin has any role in its nuclear program, which it insists is for peaceful purposes. But the satellite imagery suggests a lot of "cleaning up" has been done there.

A meeting in Vienna Friday between IAEA officials and an Iranian delegation, which in part was to discuss access to the Parchin site, ended without progress.

"The discussions today were intensive but important differences remain between Iran and the U.N. that prevented agreement," the agency’s chief inspector, Herman Nackaerts, said afterwards. Friday’s unsuccessful talks follow a similarly fruitless session in June, when Iran refused to allow questions about weaponization and procurement, according to sources familiar with the talks.

However, Iran openly acknowledges that it is increasing the number of centrifuges it has to enrich uranium. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad boasted last month that 11,000 centrifuges were now operational, about 1,000 more than estimated by the IAEA in May.

Diplomats in Vienna say a new IAEA report due next week will confirm that additional centrifuges have been installed at the Fordow (near Qom) underground site – the most difficult facility to attack because it is deep inside a mountain. It’s not clear whether those additional centrifuges are all fully installed or operational. Details of the forthcoming IAEA findings were first reported by Reuters.

The combination of ongoing suspicion about Parchin and the further expansion of the centrifuge program is likely only to reinforce Israel’s lack of faith in diplomacy and an ever-growing raft of international sanctions as capable of reining in the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that the new centrifuges were "proof that Iran is continuing accelerated progress towards achieving nuclear weapons and is totally ignoring international demands."

A senior U.S. official told CNN: "The numbers of centrifuges being installed and operating will add to Iran’s ability to produce more 20% low-enriched uranium. The fact that they will be operating at Qom is also problematic, given that it is an underground facility."

But the official added: "In the overall scale of Iran’s enrichment program, the numbers of new machines do not change significantly the amount of time Iran would need to break out."

"Iran has over 9,000 centrifuges installed and operating at Natanz and probably has added a few hundred at Qom."

David Albright – who has long followed Iran’s program - says the key is the amount of 20% enriched uranium being produced. It is far more than required for the Tehran research reactor, he says, and the increased rate of production suggests that by early next year, Iran will have enough uranium of 20% purity to begin enriching sufficient weapons-grade uranium (80 or 90%) for a nuclear device.

"We don’t know how fast Iran can break out," Albright told CNN – referring to the window it would need to produce enough highly enriched uranium (HEU) for a weapon. "But by early next year it may be just one month, and it used to be six months, so that is the most troubling development."

"We just don’t know their thinking. Maybe they would continue to accumulate 20% uranium," he said.

Albright said there was an emerging consensus that even if it did produce weapons-grade uranium, Iran would still need several months to make a crude nuclear device, and longer still to make a deliverable warhead.

"It may be they will try to follow the North Korean model - to test a crude device underground so as to cross the nuclear threshold," he said.

Both the United States and Israel have said that a nuclear-armed Iran would be unacceptable. And the Israelis believe that Iran has made progress towards a deliverable warhead.

Israel’s intentions remain the focus of fevered speculation, with some former Israeli officials suggesting that the security cabinet could green-light a strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities within months.

Senior ministers have done nothing to temper the speculation. Defense Minister Ehud Barak told a graduation ceremony at the National Security College last month: "I am well aware of the difficulties and complexities involved in stopping Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, but it is abundantly clear to me that dealing with the (alternative) situation when it unfolds would be substantially more complex, more dangerous and more costly both to lives and resources."

Israel’s calculations are fundamentally different from those of the United States. Were it to strike Iran’s nuclear program, its air power would be stretched to the limit. With its planes overflying hundreds of miles of hostile territory and requiring midair refueling, Israel would be limited to a "one-shot campaign." Intelligence analysts believe that only the United States could sustain a campaign capable of terminal damage to the Iranian program.

Dov Zakheim, former under secretary of defense in the Bush administration, follows the evolving crisis closely.

"Israeli leaders know that the most they can do is shut down Iran’s nuclear program for two or three years at the outside," he says.

"The political leaders are being told the same things as Begin was told before Israel attacked (the Iraqi reactor at) Osirek in 1981 - but he still went ahead," Zakheim told CNN.

Zakheim, now senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, says the "prevailing attitude in Israel is ‘Do what we need to do now, and let tomorrow take care of itself’ - even without direct U.S. support. But there’s no doubt that such an operation would stretch Israel’s military capability, given the range of targets and the need to suppress Iran’s defenses too."

Israeli ministers have made it clear that they can’t and won’t rely on others. Suggestions by President Shimon Peres that Israel could only strike Iran’s nuclear facilities with U.S. help were quickly shot down by others in the government.

"The U.S. understands that the state of Israel, and only the state of Israel, is responsible for its fate," Barak has said.

In the meantime, Israel’s persistent warnings that time is running out is a way of lobbying for more intensive international sanctions.

"The Israelis want to see these sanctions sustained and tightened, with loopholes closed. For example, India has been granted an exemption by the U.S. to allow it to continue buying Iranian oil for now, and it has begun to increase its purchases. The Israelis want such loopholes closed to increase pressure on Iran," Zakheim says.

"And once those loopholes are closed they are unlikely to be reopened."

He adds the Israelis "feel diplomacy is not sufficient, so they keep up the talk of military action to maximize leverage on Washington - to have the Americans worry that they might actually launch a strike."

In response to the latest developments, U.S. National Security spokesman Tommy Vietor said the United States did not see developments at the Fordow facility as changing its overall assessment.

"We continue to believe that there is time and space for our current approach of diplomacy paired with unrelenting pressure to achieve our shared objective - preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon," he said.

Zakheim says Israel’s decision-making process may include one other highly unpredictable factor: reaction from a much-changed Arab world.

"Israel has been lucky to live with real certainties over the past 25 years given the control of Arab states," he said, singling out former leaders Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, Hafez al-Assad of Syria and King Hussein of Jordan. "Now there are no such certainties," he says.

"The Israelis’ biggest concern is over the medium term. The Arab Spring has thrown a spanner into their calculations. It used to be that the Arab "street" didn’t matter; now all of a sudden it means a lot. Israel’s nightmare is that it might have to fight a war on two fronts in the north," he says.

soundoff (316 Responses)
  1. Bull

    Pink tarp? The Iranian gays were having a big picnic under the tarp. That explains the pink tarp.

    August 28, 2012 at 7:42 am | Reply
  2. Bull

    It is fake. Why would the Iranians use pink tarp to attract attention to a wmd site knowing full well american satelites and drones would be spying on them.

    August 28, 2012 at 7:38 am | Reply
  3. DC Observer

    Iran came in last in this year's international military camoflage contest. Go firgure.

    August 28, 2012 at 7:21 am | Reply
  4. charz

    Israel has occupied Palestinian terrorists with force. Dangerous for Israel

    August 28, 2012 at 7:02 am | Reply
    • Isreal

      No this is Isreal land. They got every right to attack Iran because of the threat of the use of nuclear weapon on Isreal.

      August 29, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply
  5. MoreHoMud

    They were only having lunch under the pink tarp.

    August 28, 2012 at 2:22 am | Reply
    • mardjan

      probably a picnic!

      August 28, 2012 at 5:13 am | Reply
    • mardjan

      That photo looks doctored! The pink wouldn't look like that in that light.

      August 28, 2012 at 5:15 am | Reply
    • StanCalif

      Iran has 9,000 centrifuges working and is installing more! Tell me, where do they get so many of these machines so quickly? I cannot believe Iran is building these themselves!

      August 28, 2012 at 7:27 am | Reply
      • Bull

        American and Israeli propaganda agents couldn't count.

        August 28, 2012 at 7:40 am |
  6. innocenttruth

    Hitler was right!

    August 28, 2012 at 2:12 am | Reply
  7. Reality

    Iran has full right of developing nuclear weapons, Iran has not attacked any country like Israel and America in last 800 years, they have more rights of having nuclear weapons for self defense than those 2 nations.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:29 am | Reply
    • Greg

      > "ran has full right of developing nuclear weapons,"

      That is more of a philosophical issue. How about what the consequences to the rest of the world would be if Iran develops nuclear weapons? Iran has suggested that it would seek to 'wipe Israel off the map'. Iran also trains and equips terrorist organizations – suppose it supplies one of them with a nuclear device? Are you willing to allow these events to come to pass?

      Since Iran lies about its nuclear program now, why should they be trusted?

      August 28, 2012 at 1:54 am | Reply
      • Mkultra

        Which country would give its nuclear weapon to a terrorist organization even Pakistan dont want to give terrorists nuclear weapon who knows what they would do with them.you realy think that Iran is so stupid to give nuclear weapon to terrorists instead of using them with ICBM.ICBM is more effective because it can't be shot down after its ballistic phase

        August 28, 2012 at 4:43 am |
      • itsme

        them with ICBM.ICBM is more effective because it can't be shot down after its ballistic phase

        Where will it [Iran] drop it [the future nuclear bomb], this bomb? On Israel? It would not have gone off 200 meters into the atmosphere before Tehran would be razed to the ground.
        Jacques Chirac, French president

        August 28, 2012 at 5:15 am |
      • Mkultra

        Razed with what?i think you are living in your dreams if a country has ICBM with nuclear warheads who will dare to raze its capital?for example why US is not attacking Pakistan because of its nuclear missiles that can easily hit Our country

        August 28, 2012 at 8:17 am |
    • JWoody

      Iran is a state-sponsor of terrorism and has vowed to destroy Israel if at all possible. They believe that it is a Muslim duty to drive the Jews into the sea. Permitting Iran to develop nuclear weapons would be an extremely reckless course of action for the international community to take.
      Additionally, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which is legally binding on the United States requires us to combat the spread of nuclear weapons throughout the world as a matter of safety against them being used.

      August 28, 2012 at 2:41 am | Reply
      • jerryjudy

        uh yea.........and iraq has weopans mass destruction

        August 28, 2012 at 4:21 am |
      • Mkultra

        If you wanna to combat .better start from our own country with 500 tactical nukes and over 2000 active nukes that can turn earth into hell

        August 28, 2012 at 4:45 am |
      • Bull

        That is all BS. Ahmedinajab is just crazy for attention. As for aggression, actuallybthat mad man is sponsoring terrorists who are killing more muslims/ arabs than Israelis.

        August 28, 2012 at 7:46 am |
      • ibra

        your talking of iran wanting to destroy other countries and ISRAEL, US and NATO are already destroying the world then what would do if your in iran's place just watch helplessly to be destroyed imagine that is why iran is preparing for the first and final war it will ever encounter with those tyrany bullies who knew nothing other than their own selfish desires that is all about oil but make no mistake this is iran not iraq, libya, aghanistan or even syria for its destruction it will no zionsim and america again in the future map of the world while it will remain on the map

        August 28, 2012 at 8:08 am |
      • Mkultra

        I agree but crazy people are every where for example some of our republicans are even more crazy that they want to attack to every where they aren't agree with them

        August 28, 2012 at 8:20 am |
      • Rash

        Just as the Zionist is a treat to the whole wile world

        August 28, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
    • Greg Dude

      Iran sure has a right for nuclear weapons, just NOT on this PLANET!
      A bunch of CAVEMAN , living in the past, full of hate, 'cause they can't buy Viagra legally armed to the teeth is NOT a very good idea.
      but hey ...Why don't we let every M o r o n on the planet have a Nuclear device? that seems like a good Idea for peace and prosperity.

      August 28, 2012 at 3:38 am | Reply
    • Saiko

      The best course of action would be if Iran and some other Muslim country, but Arab one (Egypt maybe?) had developed nuclear weapons. Together with Israel's nuclear weapons that would make a MAD 2.0. Mutually Assured Destruction was a right doctrine that worked. If only one side has nuclear weapons, that creates a tension which ultimately cannot be contained. Israel is prone to overreaction, and it is simply unsuitable for only one and such country to have nuclear weapons in that region.

      August 28, 2012 at 4:21 am | Reply
    • itsme

      Where will it [Iran] drop it [the future nuclear bomb], this bomb?

      On Israel? It would not have gone off 200 meters into the atmosphere before Tehran would be razed to the ground.

      Jacques Chirac, French president

      Islam is vile

      August 28, 2012 at 5:10 am | Reply
    • ChicagoRich

      Really??? I seem to recall a lot of our murdered marines from 1983, and I also seem to recall that they provide and finance the lobbing of missiles into other countries on an almost daily basis.

      August 28, 2012 at 6:00 am | Reply
    • DC Observer

      With that logic we should let the Taliban have nuclear weapons; and maybe also give them to Syria.

      August 28, 2012 at 7:23 am | Reply
  8. GUESST21

    I dont think ALI can help them.We will have to back what ever move the JEWS make why couldnt they have picked a part of the middle east that had oil 4ft under the ground they pick the only dry spot.Iran cannot be alloew to have nuclear weapons of any kind they hate the U.S and all of its allis

    August 28, 2012 at 12:32 am | Reply
    • fatblackfrancis

      But pakistan, Russia and China have nuclear weapons and they hate you guys, too. France has nuclear weapons and they're not that fond of America anymore.

      August 28, 2012 at 12:52 am | Reply
    • Mkultra

      hate doesn't mean they use nuclear bomb.remember Russia china Pakistan also hate US but they didn't and will not use A bomb.and oh I forgot USSR was even more aggressive and it hated US and what?we are still alive

      August 28, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Reply
  9. Bribarian

    Iran is laughing at paranoid ziotrolls and their american puppets, why on Earth would they display a pink cover? That's assuming these pictures arent just the copy and paste from Pre-Iraq invasion.

    August 28, 2012 at 12:28 am | Reply
    • mardjan

      There is a bunch of analysts hard at work trying to find out WHY PINK? And we pay them for that. Why don't you just ask Iranians?

      August 28, 2012 at 4:51 am | Reply
  10. chicagorich

    All I can draw from these photos is that we really don't know what is going on there. That would not be a cause for concern were it not considered in the context of the enrichment facilities, and of course that missile program that makes little strategic sense with out either a nuclear, chemical, or biological payload. We don't trust them, and history has shown we should not, they have this weapon and nuclear enrichment program which only make sense in the context of nuclear weapons development. The question is whether we use force to remove the perceived threat or do we let time pass and see what happens? If we wait of course, we may find that we have no remaining options at all. What to do, what to do, I wonder. . . . I will hope for the best, but I would be a fool not to prepare for the worst.

    August 27, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Reply
    • guest

      It looks fake, compare shadows,

      August 27, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Reply
    • innocenttruth

      I understand it is an issue of trust. But why is it that no one ever talk about U.S to do away with their so many nuclear weapons. It is not a matter of trust from U.S govt., it is a matter of control. U.S govt. want to keep having influence in middle-east. Maybe if Isreal, U.S, North Korea, Pakistan, India, Russia, Britain, Germany, do away with theirs, Iran will have no reason to pursue one. We should be fair in our opinion. The earth doesn't belong to anyone....we all come and leave.

      August 27, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Reply
      • ChicagoRich

        Perhaps it is a matter of control, the World has always been ruled by the sword. The only reason there is a vein of civility and fairness is that those with the biggest swords make it that way. You can not impose peace from a position of weakness.

        August 28, 2012 at 6:10 am |
      • ChicagoRich

        One more point though, this is not about fairness, it is about what gives the best chances for survival.

        August 28, 2012 at 6:12 am |
    • GUESST21

      Of all places for the JEWS to pick in the middle east they pick the one spot that has no oil 4ft under the ground and yes what ever they DO WE WILL HAVE TO BACK THIER PLAY!!!!!!!!!!
      And we do not want Iran having nucler I.C.B.M S or anything close we should just start letting RAPIST out early.
      They BOTH mean harm to the west and all its alliais and will do it any means to do.Sorry if you dont likr my views by this is the U.S.A and it my right and freedom god bless her and her troops

      August 28, 2012 at 12:04 am | Reply
      • Mkultra

        Why should we back them?we are under heavy debt and we are still giving our weapons for free to them and they even want more of our weapons for free.what have they done for us?they even sank one of our vessels(USS liberty killing 34 crew)I think they are sucking our blood and we aren't doing anything.you should judge with your mind to make Iran hostile because it just is saying it will defend itself or Israel that is getting our money and weapons for free and is threating everyone.

        August 28, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
    • mardjan

      I don't have any problems with stopping people from obtaining Nukes, but at what cost? Europe an countries are plunged into misery so that we can reduce the oil export of Iran by 20%?Russia is far bigger country and much more aggressive than Iran, they have Nukes and we are still here!

      August 28, 2012 at 4:57 am | Reply
      • ChicagoRich

        The Russians are pragmatists, so M.A.D.D. had a chance of working in that case. The Iranian Government tends to be more absolutist on the religious stuff, so all bets would be off on the future of the planet. It might be foolish, or at least risky to build weapons to blow up U.S. troops in Iraq and risk war by doing so, but that didn't stop them until we called them on it. They did stop then, but they seemed perfectly willing to risk war to start with.

        August 28, 2012 at 6:07 am |
    • Mkultra

      aaaahh I will be happy if you say to me how are you going to hide an experiment of nuclear bomb which is approximately like 10000000 tons of TNT under a pink trap?

      August 28, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  11. Joe M.

    Israel is waiting for Romney to win the election. That way, they know they have an ally who actually means what he says when he makes the statement that "A nuclear Iran is unacceptable".

    August 27, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Reply
    • Dizzle

      Nuclear weapons don't kill people, people kill people.
      Isn't that the gun activists response to weapons??

      August 27, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Reply
      • Joe M.

        Yes, it is. And the Iranian leaders are crazy people.

        August 27, 2012 at 9:26 pm |
    • Obama is a waste

      This is just propaganda, false hoods just to start a conflict. aka Iraq all over again.

      Pink tarp? really?? This is stupid news.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Reply
    • GUESST21

      ROMMNEY is a morman they dont belive in war.So we become a weak natoin with poor health care,poor education,more cuts in the goverment sectors fireman,law enforcement,teachers,etc When he was the govener his state went from 19 to 49th in theses areas I think you peolple should really do some history checking on these people and what they really stand about and who is really gonna get hurt and homeless

      August 28, 2012 at 12:19 am | Reply
    • mardjan

      Yes, If he gets elected! By that time Iran is in an immunity zone.

      August 28, 2012 at 4:59 am | Reply
  12. BK

    Oh COME ON. If Iran was trying to HIDE something from satelites, they wouldn't cover it with a BRIGHT PINK tarp? If they really are that stupid, we have nothing to worry about from them.
    Is this REALLY 'evidence' to you? Really?

    August 27, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Reply
    • Mandor

      agreed. the only thing this says to me, is that Iran bought some Owens-Corning insulation.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Reply
    • Hello

      they just wanted to see how long it would take for the whole world to comment on their pink tarp.. testing the speed of the internet.

      That thing may have been there 3 yrs ago... now we are just hearing about it.... typical propaganda US news.
      always 2 to 3 yrs late.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Reply
  13. Bribarian

    Gee, where have I seen these photos before....

    August 27, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Reply
  14. gdaym8

    Let Iran have a nuke. Who cares? Pakistan and North Korea have them and both of those countries are crazy. Heck, arm every country on the planet. It would be suicide for any country to ever use a nuke against another in todays world......INCLUDING the U.S. or Israel.

    August 27, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      I'd really like to see the Arab countries take out Israel before they cause WWIII – I just don't understand why the US kisses their ass so much, even sending Politicians over there to swim nude in Galalee, LMAO Let the Jews fend for themselves – cripes, we even kissed their butts when they attacked a US vessel.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Reply
  15. ApplePienallthatisNice

    Leave Iran alone. Israel has hundreds of nukes and is always starting wars. Israel is the country that needs to be controlled.

    August 27, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Reply
  16. TomGI

    The USAF is moving full speed to fill air wings of GA MQ-9 Reapers. Even decommissioning F-16 air wings to move dozens of combat trained pilots into the driver's seats of the Reapers. Research the GA MQ-9 Reaper to see what it is capable of and then imagine factories cranking them out as fast as possible along with Hellfire II missiles and JDAMS GBU-29 through GBU-31 guidance electronic kits. Why? You can probably guess.

    August 27, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  17. Jannani

    America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953, America overthrow Iran's democratic government and installed a brutal dictator Shah of Iran. America helped Shah to established secret police and killed hundreds of thousands of Iranians.
    During Iran-Iraq war, America helped Saddam Hussein and killed one million Iranians. America is the only country that shot down Iran's civilian air plain and killed all 290 passengers.
    In 2003, America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and displaced 4,000,000+ Iraqi people.
    Now, America is a failed country with huge debt. Its debt will be 24 trillion by 2015.
    Every other day a city in America is declaring bankruptcy. ha ha ha ha ha ha

    August 27, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Reply
    • Leonid Brezhnev

      FOAD, raghead.

      August 27, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Reply
    • nawlej

      Iran today is a mockery and an embarrassment to its Persian heritage. Laughing at the U.S. is just plain silly. The world has always looked west to leadership, extorting money when possible. We have provided food, medicine,physical aid to the impoverished, forgiven debt. Funded the UN, and the security it takes for Hugo and Mahmoud to speak more freely than any one of their citizens in their OWN country. Iran considers building a nuclear weapon a 'coming of age' instead of addressing the frustrations and needs of their young citizenry. It is fitting that with the passing of Neil Armstrong this week that the world realizes many American achievements are singular and involve investing in our ethnically and culturally diverse people who are given the opportunity to succeed in any walk of life. One can only laugh at that when they have something better to show.

      August 27, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Reply
      • bogusboggs

        Well said.

        All the Third World EVER has to offer is loud mouthed rhetoric. The next time the any country in the Third World does ANYTHING positive will be the FIRST time...

        August 27, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
    • bogusboggs

      And America STILL would be a better place to live than whatever Third World dirt hole you call home....

      August 27, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Reply
  18. Gpalmer

    Lets wait till they nuke someone and thousands of people are dead then do something about it. That's what seem to have to happen with most problems like this before something gets done!

    August 27, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Reply
    • sultan hamid

      you have already nuked others.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Reply
  19. TomGI

    It doesn't matter if the pink tarp is hiding something or not. It will get blasted along with a few hundred other targets. They could cover it with a "Hello Kitty" tarp. They will sensor it a thousand times and if there is even a speck of radiation (and even if there isn't) it will be vaporized in a battle plan. The military targeting guru's won't care one bit if they are laughing at us or not.

    August 27, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Reply
  20. CatSh

    They cover a building with a flaming PINK tarp, and you think they are trying to HIDE something?
    Where do you even FIND a tarp that color?
    I think you guys have been had and the Iranians are laughing their fool heads off.....

    August 27, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Reply
  21. OMG WTC

    Wow Come on guys this is just hype. I seriously doubt Iranians would dumb enough to hide chemical weapons ,or w/e you want to call it these days, under a blatantly obvious pink tarp that looks to be put together by an 8 year old COME ON!

    August 27, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Reply
  22. Fig1024

    That pink tarp could also mean they are just gassing the building against roaches

    August 27, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Reply
  23. TomGI

    The USA is practicing (and perfecting) multiple drone missile strikes against the Taliban in Pakistan. I recall they simultaneously connected 10 drones to attack at different high value targets and it was a very successful operation. This is what the Iranian leadership has in store for itself. Once the die is cast, their leadership will be targeted and a huge number of their seniors will get blasted into dust. Oh, and then they will come at them again a few hours later and a few hours later and on and on. Government leaders, scientists, military command posts, command and control sites, communications sites, power systems, etc. And not one American life in danger. There is nowhere to hide, it's a different world when a few thousand flying robots fight the war. They better think long and hard about it before it starts because once "it's on" it will be too late for them to "negotiate".

    August 27, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Reply
    • sultan hamid

      would you bet your life it is the way you say?would you sign to be the first to enter on foot?

      August 27, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Reply
    • Mkultra

      First:Those drones can be shot down with simplest air defence missile systems you will need something like that RQ to destroy all of your targets second would you mind telling me that how are you going to strike a country 3 times larger than Iraq and with over 70 million population.if you want to be killed for nothing you can go and do it.i prefer to be alive than to be killed for just some pink tarp and mad people

      August 28, 2012 at 5:02 am | Reply
  24. KeyserSoze

    Hmmm... am I the only one that read death to the USA and see American flags burned in Iran? Rhetoric is one thing. Rhetoric with a nuclear weapon on the hands of a radical Islamic theocracy is another. Or do you really think these guys would not blow up an American city of ally if they could?

    Saddam did not pose any real WMD threats. Now that there is a clear danger I'm afraid the US is running out of political gas to face it.

    August 27, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Reply
    • Mkultra

      You are talking like people in time of cold war they said that a communist country will use A-bomb against US but you see that they didn't.its just because of media.no country has used nuclear bomb exept our dear US in war.nuclear is just for defensive purpose.it makes you sure that no one dares to attack you

      August 28, 2012 at 8:46 am | Reply
  25. TomGI

    What is Israel waiting for? Are they waiting for that big check from the USA or are they waiting for Boeing to finish the "MOP"? I can't wait to see what happens to Iran's UHPC bunkers when the MOP hits them. They should record it and show it on pay per view. I'd pay $49.00 to watch it.

    August 27, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      I'd pay $50 to watch when Israel gets hit from ALL sides, LOL Does anyone actually think the rest of the 'ragheads' are going to wait for the Jews to do the same to them? Not likely, the best 'defense' is a good 'offense' LMAO

      August 27, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Reply
    • sultan hamid

      i want you to go there on foot and check it for yourself.brave enough to enlist?

      August 27, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Reply
  26. Fred Frakelbergsteinman

    If you look real close, you can just make out the words OWENS CORNING on the pink stuff.

    August 27, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Reply
  27. Bart Flaster

    It is NOT a meeting of the Log Cabin Republicans who will be forced to watch the conventions under unairconditioned tarps in the Iranian desert at Mitt Romeny's direction.

    August 27, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Reply
  28. TrueGrissel

    The proverbial cartoon X marks the spot routine.

    August 27, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  29. USN RET

    1 SSGN = 127 cruse missiles = Bye Bye

    August 27, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Reply
    • Creampie

      Normal people beat-off to porn.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply
    • sultan hamid

      is this "ret" from retarded?

      August 27, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  30. mardjan

    I know! They probably put that pink cloth under the satellite to see what crazy story CNN will fabricate. There might be some bets going on that. All I know, they are probably laughing their heads off, right now, reading the comments that a pink cloth triggered.

    August 27, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Reply
    • sultan hamid

      serbs did similar thing.they put wooden tenk models onto old yugo cars and left them for nato to shoot them.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Reply
  31. more2bits

    Regardless of what the future brings we all know it will be more of the same humanity and it's love affair for war.

    August 27, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Reply
  32. more2bits

    The end of Iran is near. Israel will nuke it into the stone age by the Fall. Guaranteed.

    August 27, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Reply
    • TrueGrissel

      Israel will not do anything like that EVER. Not unless we the USA says so and they know it.

      August 27, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Reply
    • TomGI

      Israel didn't make their nukes to actually use them. They know all about "prevailing winds" and "blow back".

      August 27, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Reply
  33. kommy

    Israel in some places just 50 km wide, one wrong move- and they are history, and they did quite a few and if they wouldn't have a big dady from US, – they would be a history by now.

    Will do with American hands, as usual, after all America is their puppet and bird feeder...

    August 27, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Reply
  34. Rob

    No use waiting... Nuke 'em now!

    August 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Reply
  35. wow

    Can a drone get close enough to read radiation levels?

    August 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Reply
    • Hello

      Nah Iran would shoot a drone down. They've already done so before.

      August 27, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  36. Axel Segura

    The building looks as if it has been cover for termite fumigation. Can we just send Chuck Norris to check it out before we nook the whole planet?

    August 27, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      I think Walt and Jesse are cooking meth in there.

      August 27, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Reply
  37. ReligiousGuy

    We need to let Iran mind its own business. But if it attacks any country, then thats when we should jump in and take out the Iranian leaders. Until then, let them have the freedom to do what they wnat to do in their country. If you romote freedom, aloow other countries to govern in their own free will as long as its within their country. We have done this for Saudi (which is as closed as China) but have only crticized China and never Saudi.

    August 27, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Reply
    • Hello

      Hard call when they know exactly what you just said, as everyone has taken that approach with them for decades. So they want to develop a weapon that renders that reasonable thinking mute. It's called a Hydrogen bomb. And it literally burns hotter than the sun, with a blast radius several miles in diameter, and a shockwave that is mach 1

      August 27, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Reply
    • mardjan

      Let's be fair, we developed the weapon before them AND HAVE USED IT. It is truly a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

      August 27, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Reply
  38. gabe

    Jeremy Bernstein of the New Yorker wrote an interesting e-single on Iran's developing nuclear program. Bernstein is a physicist, but it is more of a history of how we ended up in this situation. Worth reading, for those interested: http://goo.gl/RvCmG

    August 27, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  39. Terrible_Ted

    It's time the USA puts to rest the idea of surgical strikes and Shock N' Awe. The USA instead needs to practice total warfare. We carpet bomb and obliterate a city and country. The only truly effective change that war has brought was when the opposing country/countries were destroyed. The modern idea of 'clean warfare' has ended up solving nothing. The time is coming to 'get medival' and obliterate Iran. No other solution will work, or has worked throughout history.

    August 27, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Reply
  40. wrabbit99

    haha.. it's funny because it's pink. The US satellites have ground-penetrating radar so it's likely they can pierce this veil. If the Iranians want to do serious testing they can do it underground. Maybe their version of #%$ u.

    August 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Reply
    • Don

      Sheriff Joe have anything to do with this?.........LoL

      August 27, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Reply
  41. Sock-Ra-Tease

    Trey – You couldn't be more wrong! It is Alllllll about the bloody hatred and lethal intolerance God's "chilren" have for any holders of a doctrine that departs from what they all KNOW is God's True Message and The Chosen One. This retarded crap is in the newspaper every day. Religion is a socially approved form of mental illness. In geographical locations in the USA and around the world, degree of religiosity and social pathology are positively correlated. Secularism and social pathology are negatively correlated. Religious conflict will eventually involve nuclear weapons.

    August 27, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Reply
  42. just say no

    We need to stop letting Israel and its Mossad Mouthpiece DEBKAfile dictate UNITED STATES foreign policy.

    Israel is one of our fake allies with ties to terrorism and human rights violations, just like Saudi Arabia.

    The US is just Israels Useful Idiot going to war with all of Israels ancient enemies Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Iran.

    After all Israel just wants peace....... a piece of each of those countries it is

    August 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Reply
    • mr. hat

      by far the most moronic statement anyone has ever made. Where do you get your info Stormfront or Aryan Brotherhood?

      August 27, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Reply
      • Rob

        Not quite as moronic as yours...

        August 27, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
    • Chimo

      No , you are totally wrong. #1 the Israelis do not control U.S. foreign policy. That is just another lie thought up by the anti semites of the world, knowing that lots of leftist fools like yourself are willing to believe the wrost about the lone jewish state, and that by allying yourslef with these nutcase muslim nations that you'll be spared from their forced conversions to Islam. You won't be spared. Israel is our best ally, but they are the only nation in the world whose sovereignity is questioned. Long live Israel!!!!!!!! Death to the muurderous Islamic countries that want to forcibly convert all of mankind to Islam

      August 27, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Reply
    • booboot1947

      I agree. Israel has turned from a victim –at the time of the cold war– to a perpetrator.

      August 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Reply
    • Joseph Bloughsteinbergman

      II agree, the Israelis have been a monkey on the back of the United State far too long. THEY claim to be an ally, yet when have they ever behaved like an ally? Have Israeli forces ever fought along side US forces? Has Israel ever ponied up funds to support US actions in the ME? NOPE Instead sends lures US Jews to steal our secrets, sells our military technology to the Chinese (see Lavi Fighter), demands 3+ billion a year in US tax dollars and then uses that money to bribe our elected officials though its its unregistered foreign lobby.

      It is high past time to cut them loose and move on.

      August 27, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Reply
    • Hello

      Palestine is not ancient. Palestine was created after Jordan lost a recent war with israel, and as a peace offering, israel gave land to jordan, who then said it wasnt good enuff so they had jordanians 'occupy' even more land not part of the peace offering, and those occupying it called it Palestine.

      August 27, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Reply
      • Mkultra

        Mr have you ever opened a history book?it was there even in bronze age and ancient Egypt .you should realy read some history books before saying something

        August 28, 2012 at 1:14 am |
  43. Someone

    I am not sure why they would even be covering this facility. To my understanding, they were trying to perfect the explosive trigger that compresses the plutonium pit into a critical configuration. This was done for the Fat Man bomb and is still used today. There should npot be anything radioactive about these tests.

    Also, enriching uranium can be used for a bomb – but they have to convert it from uranium to plutonium to get a really big explosionb out of it. No one has talked about this step so far – all they have done is enriched Uranium.

    August 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Reply
    • Jesse from KC

      While you are correct that Plutonium is the better choice, Uranium is perfectly useable for a nuclear device. It is what was used in Hiroshima. Don't get me wrong, without Plutonium you have a really hard time (if it's even possible) getting to the H-bomb, but for a basic A-bomb, Uranium is fine. If they enrich it up to ~80%, they can weaponise it and wipe out a small city, or at least take out the heart of a small city.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply
  44. Bribarian

    These pictures kind of look like this ones we saw about Iraq's "WMDs"

    August 27, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Reply
    • TheDudeThatAbides

      Not sure about that... but what I find strange is that US satellite photos always seem so low-res and grainy, even in 2012, when we all know damn well that they could probably read the warning on a pack of smokes with today's satellites...

      August 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Reply
      • TheDudeThatAbides

        Not suggesting that there is a conspiracy or anything... I am a staunch democrat/liberal.... it is just weird that the images we are SHOWN are all so low-res. They must not want regular folk to know sat capabilities... fine with me. I just have no doubt whatsoever about the warning on pack of smokes theory...

        August 27, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  45. mark

    a smart man once said "i dont know what world war 3 will be fought with but i know world war 4 will be fought with sticks and stones" another war is stupid and not needed. what do we need a war for? is the people we would be going to war with not other humans like us? what gives one human the right to kill another for any reason. if i could have it my way i would bring pangia back and have it be a global country where everything is shared and were all together as one as different as we all may be we are all still humans, children of the lord.

    August 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Reply
    • Chimo

      Hey Mark, those are noble views, perhaps you can teach some of that to the leaders of Iran? If so, then you will be preventing world war 3. Unfortunately, most of the anti war talk is being directed only against Israel. do you know why that it? It's because it is much easier to blame everything on one country of jews than it is to blame anything on the 50 or so Islamic countries who all would like to see Israel dissapear. I've read hundreds of comments from so called "pacifists" and all they do is sit around damning Israel for being a country at all.

      August 27, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Reply
    • Dreek

      So if we had a world contenint like Pangia everything would be fine and we would all sing Kumbiya? I hardly think so. Humans will still wage war. Just being on one super continent would make it easy to conduct war. There will always be wars because man will need resources. With a population of 9 billion and rapidly growing those same resources are getting fewer. In the end some will have and some will have not. And countries, tribes, clans, families etc will always do what ever it takes to secure what is required to survive. If mankind ever did create a world wide government that finally rids itself of war – It would have to be a harsh dictatorship or tyrannical police state.

      August 27, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Reply
    • base

      Mark, you fail to realize that radical Islam will never accept/tolerate other religions.

      August 27, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Reply
  46. davecu

    I suspect a 'pink' herring.

    The mutts who rule Iran are so afraid of emasculation that they keep women under their boots.
    What insecure man would build anything pink without a reason? They know the world is watching and pink things tend to stand out. Ergo, they want us to see and fear pink things.

    Imaneedabath is just messing with us. Again!

    August 27, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Reply
    • k-master

      People Israel are the United States attack Iran China and Russia will jump in we dont want that.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  47. Pat

    More wmd BS

    August 27, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  48. DL

    more war p r o p a g a n d a

    August 27, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Reply
  49. Rob

    Why pink? Why not sand color or other camouflage of some sort. Why pink? Is it an invitation? Is it the real target? Perhaps they are passively aggressively flaunting that they 'can' use a pink tarp right out in the open and there's nothing anyone can do to stop them.

    August 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  50. worried

    Stupid Iranian mullas finally made the critical mistake we were all waiting for, pink roof. What are we waiting for? I am enlisting and cant wait to drop a nuclear bomb on them to make sure they cant develop a nuclear bomb.

    August 27, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Reply
    • Matt

      You ae another stupid, lost person like rest. Pink box,...... another Osrael propoganda. We remember Iraq war and conversation brodcasted in UN by Mr.Powell.

      I see all kinds of red, white, Blue and evem black in California reactors reparing materials,.......

      August 27, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Reply
    • William F. Phuckley

      Oh, yeah, 'cause morons such as yourself are given access to nukes on a daily basis. Chickenhawk piece of sh!t.

      August 27, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  51. Davehuckle

    That tarp is an excellent target. Israel cannot wait much longer & i am sure they have already coordinated a scenario with the US so that both countries bomb Iran at the same time. The bigger the attack, the shorter the conflict. If Israel attacks Iran's nuke sites then Iran will target both Israel and all of the US military installations in the Middle East. Israel's very existence has been threatened over & over by Iranian leaders. There is NO way Israel will ever let Iran develop a nuclear bomb.

    August 27, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Reply
    • Chimo

      Your absolutely right Dave nor should Israel have to wait till the crazy mullahs get their hands on a nuclear weapon, because as soon as they do, they will send that material or the know how to their terrorist proxies like hezbollah. of course, the far left maggotts don't care about that, they just want to see Israel gone as well. NEVER AGAIN

      August 27, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  52. jose luis samaniego

    yeah right and i'm superman.. leave the guys enrich his uranium...

    August 27, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  53. timelimit

    You break it you fix it. Quit with B S the U S will attack Iran. No american kid should die, for a place that has fought for 2000 years. Over my god is true. Even if Iran gets nuke ,to use them would be the end of Iran. You need terrain to survive for the counter attack. Russia,China and the U S fit that . American parents also love their kids.

    August 27, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  54. Matt

    Honestly, since the rest of the world thinks the USA is evil ~ lets roll over Iran faster and with less mercy than Iraq was rolled. But instead of trying to set up some version of a democracy that will never be possible anyway when Muslims are ready to kill each other and non-muslims even faster ~ Instead, lets roll Iran and then just take their resources. Just take them ~ honestly, Its what the Romans did, what England did ~ Napolean ~ Why should we go out of our way and not get somethign out of it?

    August 27, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Reply
    • soulcatcher

      because, not everyone in Iran is evil. remember the Green Revolution?

      Your thinking works great for video game thinking – Genocide for Fun and Profit, but doesn't work so good in real life.

      August 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Reply
    • Pete

      ... Since when was Napolean the king of England???

      August 27, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Reply
    • William F. Phuckley

      Cry me a river, sniveller.

      August 27, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  55. Mkultra

    Yes still better but what about future.if we have no enemies we will make them from our own people.Already America and west are suppressing people who want changes in their system soon they will make our life like controlled machines

    August 27, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  56. Pinkflam

    Clearly a message from the gay community that something's about to blow

    August 27, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  57. Eagle

    We are still talking abt iranians? If their nuclear program were for peaceful purpose, why hide into a mountain or underground? Why dont they let peaceful inspectors check on the facilities if they're saints? We cannot allow another hitler, destoy iran. Its a peace of cake, for breadfast, we will drop one nuclear bomb, end of story.

    August 27, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Reply
  58. tjp44

    LEVEL IT NOW WITH TOMAHAWKS

    August 27, 2012 at 11:47 am | Reply
    • Steve

      I would sure like to hear both presidential candidates say specifically what action they would take "if" Iran has successfully tested a nuclear trigger. None of the rhetoric or 3 minutes of talking about things without actually nailing down a specific answer, but a simple one sentence answer that states, "this is what I would do."

      August 27, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Reply
  59. JC

    Iran's clerics (among other government officials) claim that their nuclear ambitions are for peaceful energy production. If we find this to be a lie, we will expose the fact that their holy men are liars, do Iranians want to have liars as their governing and theological leaders. But then again religion and liars go hand in hand.

    August 27, 2012 at 11:43 am | Reply
    • Brian

      That's ridiculous. All government leaders from around the world lie about their secret stuff. Iran isn't special in this instance. It has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with politics. Are you ignorant enough to believe that American political leaders are honest and upfront with everything that's going on?

      August 27, 2012 at 11:55 am | Reply
      • spud

        I think the purpose of his comment was simply to take a jab at religion.

        August 27, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  60. Simpleton

    Lets get fiscal

    August 27, 2012 at 11:14 am | Reply
  61. mardjan

    may be it is the pink ppamther, ridiculous. They want to waste another trillion or two, because Iranians like pink.

    August 27, 2012 at 11:12 am | Reply
    • frank

      'mardjan" just arrived at the islamic center to fill out the triumvirate of "dumb, dumber and dumbest"!! LOL

      August 27, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Reply
      • mkultra

        you should meet a psychologist my friend you realy need it

        August 27, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
      • mardjan

        I think he is past that!

        August 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
  62. lynn

    It's amazing how ignorant people really are....after all the the time we have spent here on earth. Watching the correspondence between countries and the wars of earth. How can people sit back and say that Iran had no nuclear weapons and that a war is not on the brink?...Have we not learned anything from our past?...really people it's not a joke when it involves hundreds to thousand's of lives being taken. Everyone knows Iran is an incapable country of having any means of leverage and or power. There power hungry and greedy and never cease to stop wanting more. Wake up!

    August 27, 2012 at 10:47 am | Reply
    • Brian

      You just gave a fantastic description of Israel too. Let them fight each other, it'll happen anyway. No need to get a single American soldier killed or spend a single dollar because they are both aggressive and hateful countries.

      August 27, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply
  63. terminator

    The choice of color is highly conclusive here. Most people dont know this but during WWII in Manhatan project, all the US scientists working on developing A-bomb were required to wear pink, women were required to wear pink including pink underwear. Iranians have most certainly crossed the pink-line here. Time to go to war.

    August 27, 2012 at 10:36 am | Reply
    • Chiller54

      It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month over there.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:38 am | Reply
      • Someone

        +1 for Chiller

        August 27, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • tct

      That's absolutely false, not only is it nonsensical and contradictory to all historical accounts, it's also something that one of the scientists (whom I knew) would have mentioned.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:58 am | Reply
      • whatthe

        Funny or not, that was a joke.

        August 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  64. max3333444555

    Iranian General – "put pink tarps over the garbage dump. if we put a target and a bullseye it would be too obvious that it is a distraction"

    August 27, 2012 at 10:29 am | Reply
  65. Sweet War

    I hate pink, I can see why we would want to attack Iran. The stupid Iranians should have chosen a different color, why pink? What GD morons they are, nuke them already would you.

    August 27, 2012 at 10:18 am | Reply
  66. Peter

    A question for the author of this article.

    ARE YOU JEWISH by ANY CHANCE??? 🙂
    Really Pink tarp is the indication of Iran going nuke????

    August 27, 2012 at 10:17 am | Reply
    • Guest

      Go back, read the whole article this time, and decide if you still think that the color of the tarp is what the author used as evidence for this conclusion.

      August 27, 2012 at 11:17 am | Reply
  67. T. R. Fields

    I wonder if these photos are similar to the ones that showed WMD's in Iraq.

    August 27, 2012 at 10:05 am | Reply
    • IranianInfo

      These photos are funnier than the ones about Iraq. I gave my daughter a birthday present in a little pink box that looked like this photo. Maybe the CIA should investigate all pink boxes around the world.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:12 am | Reply
      • Canada

        @Iranianinfo – the pink box you gave your daughter probably contained a face covering and a threat to bury her waiste up and stone her if she didn't fulfill her duties as a woman.

        August 27, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • Creampie

      Check out the f@g from Canada pretending that he has a pair.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Reply
  68. Peter

    Oh MY GOD...NOW we've CNN satellite taking picture and CNN correspondents analyzing Iranian capability but not NSA or CIA or even NASA !!!!
    Who got paid in CNN to write up this junk article only matter of time...Iranians are VERY VERY VERY smart people...PLEASE go read and followup on the facts of how they fought 21 Arabic speaking nations from 1980-1988 during Iran-Iraq war and on top of it when U.S. was using Kuwait to lunch missiles at Iranian troops!! That's right...EVEN we (U.S) helped Iraq not just financially or military intel but we had U.S. Navy firing at Iranian troops from Kuwait and still Iranians despite the fact they were 300% sanctioned managed to kick the living hell out of Saddam and Arab nations. In just one instance they captured 15000 Egyptian POWs helping Saddam!!
    Their pilots were fighting Egyptian, French and Russian pilots who helped Saddam and still they managed to shoot down near 390 Iraqi aircraft and captured a French pilots, two Russian and 5 Egyptian pilots....
    What ever you see with Iranians even when they show their latest missile it's most probably the first generation they developed 15 years ago...they most probably already have nuclear bombs..they are counting days to have dumb Israelis attack them and use this as an opportunity and excuse to destroy Israel in less then 1 sec and get over this Jewish problem we've had in 60 years..after all it should be the Germans protecting and finding them Jews a place to live not U.S...we have enough problems at home!

    August 27, 2012 at 10:02 am | Reply
    • IranianInfo

      Good reply Peter. What a ridiculous story about a building covered in a sheet of pink plastic. Absurd.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:10 am | Reply
      • sam

        "iranian info" and "peter": "dumb and dumber" sharing a hookah at the convenience store down the block from the dearborn islamic center. they "like" each other.

        August 27, 2012 at 11:19 am |
      • IranianInfo

        How is the Israeli President doing in prison after his rape conviction?

        August 27, 2012 at 11:24 am |
    • Pink Boyle

      Peter: This "jewish problem" you speak of is just code for your intolerant bigoted views. Either you're just a narrow minded boob or an Aryan Brotherhood member. Whichever it is, you seem to stiffen and salute to Sieg Hiel.

      August 27, 2012 at 11:18 am | Reply
    • frank

      the result of reading only PLO news releases! just a bit distorted view of history, just a little bit! LOL

      August 27, 2012 at 11:20 am | Reply
    • Fearless Freep

      Jews arent the problem, people like Peter are.

      August 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
    • Peter II

      I agree. I believe Israel does not belong there. That land was stolen and should be returned. I am pro Jewish people and Anti Israel. Before Iran even thinks about dropping a bomb in Israel maybe they will remember that Israel is know to have anywhere from 25-200 nuclear devices themselves. They don't have the IAEA inspections either. Maybe we should stop playing games with both of them and let Israelfight their own battles for a change.

      August 27, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  69. Dobbie

    Why was a rag tag bunch of money hoarders allowed to fool the world into thinking they have some special right to steal land from its indigenous owners, and for what? Let Palestine be already! Burn your books, your not specail, just a human like everybody else, quit stealing and murdering everyone for your stupid book! We will make trash of your cash..so your little pieces of paper mean nothing! now go find your own home!

    August 27, 2012 at 9:57 am | Reply
    • buxton

      We took this land from the natives here. I guess we deserve to be thrown out, too.
      You're a moron.

      August 27, 2012 at 11:10 am | Reply
  70. John

    It is very sad to think that war is imminent between Israel & Iran. The civilian population of both countries will suffer the most. It is naive to think that the american government is not aware of this coming predicament in the middle east. Despite of the stuxnet virus, Iranian leaders continue to develop their nuclear capabilities. This is unlike the ghost of mass destruction in Iraq. This nuclear threat is for real. We can only sit and watch as events parlay into an all out war in the middle east.

    August 27, 2012 at 8:53 am | Reply
  71. out of control

    Well adjin a junk has benn waving his fingers around at UN meetings in the form of a peace sign fo months now which has turned into two hands showing two peaces signs . I count the fingers as to the numbers of nukes iran is building .

    The delivery system is not in my view going to be at the end of a missile . It is long over due for interaction of the world to remove this threat before the reality hits peacful nations .
    The free world has lost its resolve in my books as weakness of obama has now become the strength of the thugs of the world which is now clear in Syria .

    August 27, 2012 at 5:20 am | Reply
  72. krm1007 ©™

    We now need to focus on India. The American invasion of Afghanistan brought to the forefront the irrelevance of India as a nation. With a population of over 1.2 billion people there was no value that this nation could bring to the table. Their soldiers (ragtag) 1.2 million continue hiding in the trenches scared from Talibans. A few teenage Talibans invaded the country and held it hostage for days on end showing how useless India is. It was embarrasing for the world to observe this humiliation of a nation that was being touted as a regional power.

    I continue to read with interest the thesis presented on CNN that "less is more" in a political context as applied to India. Although Mies Van Der Rohe adopted this in an architectural context, its economic and political connotations are indeed powerful. Empowering subjugated minorities in India by splitting it into smaller states would trigger uber economic demand for western nations who have given so much financial and technology aid to India with no return to show for the investment. I concur with this approach and with an economic background find the premise to be on solid footing. Central Asian States (CAS) are a case in point on this successful approach. We need to understand that India has an unmanageable large population mired in poverty and we are spinning our wheels trying to feed it. It is also too big of a geographical unit to govern. Again, we saw how a few teenage talibans were able to invade it with a few BB guns. And that says a lot... in a negative way not only for a large unmanageable country like India but also for USA which is trying to prop it up against China. Besides, Americans cannot afford to look like losers in the midst of a terror war which has lasted for over ten years now.

    August 26, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Reply
  73. Reprinted With Permission ©

    It appears to me that Muslims are the fastest growing segment of world society today. As others are withering away the Muslims seem to be rising again with their contributions as was the case historically when they ruled India and Europe and left behind a legacy of science, art, architecture, culinary et al. One only needs to go to Spain and India to witness this.

    August 26, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Reply
    • OffTheWorldPolitics

      Muslims are good people who have contributed a great deal to cosmopolitan culture. It is just as important however, that the Muslim world reciprocate this sense of cosmopolitanism like many are doing in Dubai, and the United Arab Emirates, exc. Iran however is not interested in this, only in xenophobia and hostility.

      August 26, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Reply
      • Mkultra

        Why you prefer Arabs than Persians you should know that Persians have a history of over 2500 years about 10 times of history of America those Arabs are wild you see that they cut each other's head and they are always in war with each other I prefer to be a Persian with civilization than to be arab

        August 27, 2012 at 9:12 am |
      • Canada

        They are both barbaric, If they have such a long history, you'd think they'd get their act together. instead, the culture and the religion keep them in the middle ages. Don't fool yourself, the evidence of that reigion of our world is there for all to see. and It looks like a cancer to me. Funny how many think of Jews as a cancer, when in reality, they are the only ones with sense in the region. But I'm sure you dislike them too.

        August 27, 2012 at 10:09 am |
      • Peter

        Really? UAE which is 90% financed and about 80% of its' Citizens are Iranian !!
        What ever you see as far as culture and invention goes had been and still continues to be invented by Iranians. Unfortunatly because Iran is a Muslim country Arab countries try to relate to these cultural, economical and industrial inventions and claim the fame! 99% of poetry, mathematics, etc in Middle East was discovered by Iranians, and still continues to be discovered by Iranians. UAE is not even a nation, the only Persian Gulf nation is Bahrain and those are Iranians!!!
        Bahrain got separated from Iran in 1971 by the force of British!
        All the problems of terrorism etc we have today are all the results of screw ups by British, Russians and French and we have to go and clean it up.!

        August 27, 2012 at 10:16 am |
      • mkultra

        why you say that i hate jews?because i dont say persians or iranians are demons and they should be killed.i dont hate jews .in fact one of my best friends is jew.and for you.i am agree with you in one case that religeon have effected middle east countries in past years but know its effect is reduced exept in some cases such as extrimists like taliban.you should know that israel is indeed an extrimist country you can search and see that lews extrimists are rulling israel. i dont hate any group of people i just hate extrimists in anywhere and any shape.you think that jews are angles from heaven and arabs and persians are big bad demons and are born to be killed.if you think so im realy sorry for you

        August 27, 2012 at 10:41 am |
  74. worldlypatriotusaveteran

    The Iranian regime is digging its own grave.

    August 26, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Reply
  75. lee

    Newsmedia has reported same matter at least 50 times .

    August 26, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Reply
  76. Sodomite

    Anyone who actually believes this false-flag bullsh!t shouldn't be allowed to breed.

    August 26, 2012 at 11:21 am | Reply
    • IranianInfo

      I agree

      August 26, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Reply
    • Irpost

      From your "tag" it seems you've implicated yourself.

      August 27, 2012 at 8:24 am | Reply
    • Canada

      ohhhh, now you guys believe in false-flag events! jeeze, it only took a illegal war to find out that you've been duped by your leaders. now that you've found out, now your paranoid. Well, there isn't much evidence that indicates this is a false flag. I mean, which other countries do you know that have a "peaceful" nuclear power program that is built inside of a mountain? or how about many verbal threats "Wipe israel off the face of earth" ...yep, sounds like a big lie to me... ?

      August 27, 2012 at 10:15 am | Reply
      • Stevie

        How many countries with nuclear facilities out in the open are threatened by world powers on a regular basis? Since their revolution Iran has been labelled as an enemy by the US and others. Of course they're going to protect their facilities.

        August 27, 2012 at 11:10 am |
      • Fearless Freep

        Stevie

        How many countries with nuclear facilities out in the open are threatened by world powers on a regular basis? Since their revolution Iran has been labelled as an enemy by the US and others. Of course they're going to protect their facilities.

        You mean the one they say doesnt exist ?

        August 27, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
      • Canada

        South Korea, America, Canada, PAKISTAN, India, ISRAEL.

        August 27, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
      • William F. Phuckley

        Yeah, you lost a hundred or so troops in ten years – a regular f*****g tragedy.

        August 27, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  77. Peik

    Mohammad Mosaddegh tried to nationalize (steal via government force) the assets of American and British oil investors. This was in 1953 during the Cold War. (1) The initation of force is wrong. (2) American retaliation was in defense of private property. (3) Western ideologues don't believe in private property and can't judge these matters.

    August 26, 2012 at 10:17 am | Reply
    • Peter

      Peik: go read some books! It was not American assets, it was British...and its by far more complicated then what you think Also, America helped Mossadegh Nationalize oil so be quite!

      August 27, 2012 at 10:29 am | Reply
    • Mike

      If a nation wants to nationalize its resources so be it. Responding to that through war and violence is immoral.

      August 27, 2012 at 11:13 am | Reply
      • Canada

        Tell that to the Iranians who persevere to Wipe Israel off the map. If my PM said anything like that to another nation, We'd be the bad guys. not in your world I guess though eh.

        August 27, 2012 at 11:54 am |
      • William F. Phuckley

        Canada – Harper has his tongue so far up America's @ss...............................

        August 27, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  78. The Realist

    Unfortunately, both Obama and Romney will bend over and spread their cheeks for Israel.

    The financial and media power of the Zionist Lobby have America by the short hairs.

    Israel is a festering pustule on the buttocks of the planet, spreading poison everywhere.

    August 26, 2012 at 7:02 am | Reply
    • Peik

      OPEC and militant Islam certainly own a lot of stooges.

      August 26, 2012 at 10:08 am | Reply
    • IranianInfo

      I agree – I wonder if they will even report stories about the Zionist fanatics in the West: Usually they don't to try to maintain a squeaky clean image for them.

      http://iranianfacebook.com/2012/08/26/homicidal-jewish-leader-calls-for-annihilation-of-iran/

      August 26, 2012 at 10:13 am | Reply
  79. IranianInfo

    Nuclear program under a pink tarp? And people believe that nonsense.

    August 26, 2012 at 6:35 am | Reply
    • Canada

      I'll laugh at the day a smart bomb is guided on to your families home. you're evil and hate is the kind we tried to destroy during world war two. We did it once to a much more prepared nation of Germany. Your's will be much easier, We can make it storm, lightning, and send high frequency waves through the ionishpere that will litterally make you crap your pants.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:20 am | Reply
      • IranianInfo

        Jew threats won't accomplish anything – just wait for the mighty Iran to pay you a visit.

        August 27, 2012 at 10:26 am |
      • Canada

        wow, so you really do believe Iran is mighty. And you talk about Jewish Propaganda? your a victim to your Iranian propaganda obviously. Do you really think you will be triumphant? I would hold on to that hope, it's the last thing you'll have when hell rains down. your rebellion from the growing world will be your downfall. and you may destroy the jewish homeland, but you will not escape.

        August 27, 2012 at 11:03 am |
      • Mike

        You're the one threatening to send a bomb into a civilian home killing women and children and you're accusing him of hate? You're a deranged lunatic...

        August 27, 2012 at 11:06 am |
      • Mkultra

        I see that Canada thinks is leaving in medieval ages.i think that you are one of those extremists that are ruining the world.you are no better than your nazi friends canada

        August 27, 2012 at 11:55 am |
    • Fearless Freep

      The best place to hide something is in plain sight.

      August 27, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Reply
  80. Poltergiest

    Ah ok, so the explosives are under the pink tarp. So shouldn't they show us the photo of Iranians putting it there? Or is it customary for Iranians to store high explosives under pink tarps?

    August 26, 2012 at 6:30 am | Reply
    • IranianInfo

      It's more Israeli propaganda ... similar to the false stories the world was fed in the run up to the Iraq war

      August 26, 2012 at 6:31 am | Reply
      • Peik

        Militant Islam and OPEC certainly own a lot of stooges.

        August 26, 2012 at 10:09 am |
      • Thinker23

        Iranianinfo... So you're telling us that Saddam's invasion in Kuwait, support of terrorist organizations and development of weapons of mass destruction did not happen? No wonder you refer to yourself as "Iranian info"...

        August 26, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
      • Fearless Freep

        It's more Israeli propaganda ... similar to the false stories the world was fed in the run up to the Iraq war

        I didnt know Bush was Jewish, WOW.

        August 27, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
    • Brandon

      No! Its customary for EVERYONE to leave high explosives under pink tarps. That way, they know which buildings to take pictures of to make up stories that will lead to tax dollars diverted to more wars.......Come on! Get it straight!

      August 27, 2012 at 11:36 am | Reply
  81. chale

    it's time to strike Iran.

    August 26, 2012 at 2:24 am | Reply
    • The Realist

      It's time to bomb AIPAC and throw every traitorous Zionist into prison.

      August 26, 2012 at 6:57 am | Reply
      • Peik

        Ernst Rohm was a proud gay Nazi.

        August 26, 2012 at 10:09 am |
    • gamersliverfang

      Chale do you have a Brain at the size of a mouse? these are the same BS images that led us into war with Iran.

      August 26, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Reply
      • gamersliverfang

        I meant that led us into a war with Iraq.

        August 26, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  82. Trey

    You know I don't care what any of you peoples religious beliefs are, I have mine and you have yours, so keep them to yourself. But religion is not the problem, its not about something that happened 1500 to 2000 years ago, it isn't about the crusades or who is better Muslims, Christians or Jews.

    This is about Iran of 2012 that is ran by a terroristic theocracy that wants to commit genocide to another country. I don't care what country it is you don't threaten any country to wipe them off the face of the earth and think that there is no conciquence.

    A terroristic theocracy like Iran of 2012 does not and should not have a nuclear program. They want a religious war and a Jihad against the Christianity, Jews, Western Civilization and Israel. So if you want to say that the GOP is beating their war drums then I support it. Not because its another conflict or that we need to get rid of Iran. We need to stop Iran before they do something rash before its too late. We don't need to sit on our thumbs like we did with Hitler and Nazi Germany.

    So all this mohamed talk or how ever you spell his name and talk about jesus and jewish beliefs and religion has nothing to do with this. This is about a dangerous government wanting to build nukes in a very unstable country with a history of terrorism and inhumane views. And I know people will say that the US does the same thing. All I have to say to that is if you think your life sucks here go to Iran then. See how they live in fear every day because of a thoecracy/dictatorship they have there.

    I want a stable and secure middle east that is peaceful just as much as anyone but the only way that will happen is if these dictators, terrorists, thugs, religious extreamists are out of the picture, and we (as in the entire world) need to do something now.

    So people need to put their history books away and quit looking back to 1500 years ago and look at what is going on today. If people would worry about today and quit looking back to ancient history we would be better off. All these people in our religious past isn't going to fix anything for us. We are in control of our own destiny here, today. You can look back on them as guidence but they will not keep us safe from a nuke or terrorist.

    August 26, 2012 at 2:19 am | Reply
    • ibra

      stop making unnecessary posts here,all you can do is go and join Zionist military so that when you die on thier course then you die as a Zionist hero and martyr us muslims we are dying day by day just because of you zionist then it is irony when your killing us everyday and we are not even complaining at the same you start complaining of just a small threat from babies whom you kill cold blood suckling their mothers in Palestine while they are sound asleep is that the current world order, never even dream of it we better die in large numbers just to have a world that is free of zionism.

      August 26, 2012 at 9:00 am | Reply
      • Peik

        Even the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem thought his "Palestinians" were a creation of the Brits. The tribes had been Syrian for hundreds of years. If they weren't viciously against all non-Muslims, the Palestinians would be a state today.

        August 26, 2012 at 10:12 am |
      • up1652

        Cyrus the Great freed the Jews from Babylon and told them to return to their lands and rebuild their temple. To bad the modern Persians don't feel the same.

        August 27, 2012 at 9:50 am |
    • OffTheWorldPolitics

      Trey is right. Say what you want about the West, it is a much more civilized place for ALL people. Those middle eastern countries can have whatever government they want within their national borders. Throw stones, chop hands, beat women, but no weapons of mass destruction....

      August 26, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Reply
      • Reprinted With Permission ©

        Ok. But they sure don't eat their kill like the cannibalistic Indian Hindu cult. Absolutely repulsive....

        The Aghori or Aghouri is a Hindu cult that is considered to have split off from the Kapalika order in the fourteenth century AD. They have cannibalistic rituals. The streets of northern Indian cities are littered with followers of this cult carrying a kapala, which is a cup made from a skull! These bizarre people will eat anything from rotten food to animal faeces. In order to achieve the highest citadel of enlightenment, the Aghori will perform horrendously crude rituals. The finality of their rituals is attained from eating the decaying flesh of a human.

        August 26, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
      • OffTheWorldPolitics

        These people do not speak for the nation of India. These people are not representatives of that nation. The Iranian regime on the other hand is officially uncivilized and represents its nation as such. Comparisons have been made to Saudi, but then again Saudi is not being openly hostile while pursuing nuclear weapons...

        August 26, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
    • Canada

      well said Trey, but you can see from the replies you got, that they clearly don't want to work towards a unified Earth.
      They don't want a better world, they want the Jews. Dead. You can't talk sense to them, they are stubborn.
      and I'm not talking as a Christian, but as a human being belonging to the same Earth as everyone else.

      August 27, 2012 at 11:08 am | Reply
    • Fearless Freep

      I agree with most of what you said.
      Where your wrong is ignoring history.
      What is the fight really about ?
      Sunni and Shia.
      Why, they both worship the same "Mohamed"
      they fight because of the argument over who should have followed him.

      No matter how you look at it......................ITS STUPID !!!

      You remember an episode of the original star treck,
      The two space travelers who hated each other ?
      They where both black and white,
      but one was white on the right side, and the other was black on the right side....
      ITS JUST PLAIN STUPID !

      August 27, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Reply
  83. The GOP Voucher Plan will include a "Legalize Euthanasia" and a free gun to commit suicide

    The seniors will need to commit suicide when their health care dollars run out.

    August 25, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Reply
  84. GOP Word Association

    WORD = GOP Association
    Old People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Sick People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Poor People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Female People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Non-white People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Non-christian People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Unemployed People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Gay People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Glob of cells in a womb = Something we PRETEND to care about just to get votes.

    August 25, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Reply
    • jd

      you must be the smartest person on the planet!! why you know everything about everything!!!

      I am sure most people that know you, pity you, but they do it in secret as to not crush your crystal ego cathederal.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:04 am | Reply
  85. Divest from War Campaign

    Are you worried about an Israeli attack on Iran starting Middle East War III?

    Then please sign the pledge to BOYCOTT ISRAEL IF IT ATTACKS IRAN:

    http://www.divestfromwar.org/

    And spread the word to others.

    By (nonviolently) increasing the cost to Israel of starting a war, we can help to prevent it, instead of merely protesting it after the fact.

    August 25, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply
    • IranianInfo

      Iran has 80 million people ... I'm sure Israel will get its dick kicked in if it attacks Iran

      August 26, 2012 at 6:33 am | Reply
      • jd

        israel will most likely evaporate 40 million iranians in about 13 minutes.

        this is what the religiious nuts in power are bargaining with. . 40 million iranians is a small price to pay for them.

        August 27, 2012 at 10:06 am |
    • Peik

      No doubt the people of Iran would revolt against their theocratic dictatorship, but they are prisoners of the body just as ideologues are prisoners of the mind.

      August 26, 2012 at 10:13 am | Reply
    • Thinker23

      WHY would Israel be willing to attack a country having NINETY times larger territory than Israel and TEN times greater population that is located thousands of miles away? WHAT will Israel possibly gain from attacking Iran?

      August 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Reply
    • itsme

      why dont you boycott evil JEW Pentium® processors ? throw away your cell phone , it was developed for the IDF .

      what are you going to boycott retard ? oranges?

      August 28, 2012 at 5:27 am | Reply
    • itsme

      why dont you boycott evil JEW Pentium® processors ? throw away your cell phone , it was developed for the IDF .

      what are you going to boycott retard.. ? oranges..?

      August 28, 2012 at 5:28 am | Reply
  86. PracticalWarlord

    I wanna see Collin Powell do his Pink Tarp routine now LOL!!!!!!!

    August 25, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Reply
  87. saeed

    funny china should drop a nuke on dublin the irish bankcrupt anyway so lets kill them and save them from there misery.

    August 25, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Reply
    • Fearless Freep

      saeed

      funny china should drop a nuke on dublin the irish bankcrupt anyway so lets kill them and save them from there misery

      Hey saeed, was wondering where you was.
      Did you finally pull your head out of your camels butt ?
      Bet you smell bad ?

      August 27, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  88. Marty

    We all know that Wikipedia is the be all and end all of references....

    August 25, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Reply
    • Someone

      Well that and the Iranian Facebook page, of course.

      August 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Reply
  89. Sodomite

    Oh, no! I'm so............startled.

    Time for another beer.

    August 25, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  90. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    Our next US Sec. of State the CNN/Time's PLAGIARIST, Islamic apologist Mr. Fareed Zakaria calls IRAN A RATIONAL ACTOR., and SUPPORTS A NUCLEAR IRAN saying that if Israel has it then hy not Iran, He even goes to the etxent of DECIETFULLY saying that Iran's desires were legitimate given that India and Pakistan in the region aslo had them.......portraying these friendly nations (to Iran) as posing some kind of danger to the Iranians.

    GOD SAVE AMERICA WITH FAREED ZAKARIA as our next US Sec. of State. (in a 2nd Obama admin).

    August 25, 2012 at 11:01 am | Reply
    • OffTheWorldPolitics

      Zakaria needs to understand that Islamic fundamentalism is confined to the middle east. Neither Communism nor Western Liberal democracy will concede global influence for the region regardless of how much oil is there.

      August 25, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Reply
    • J James Jones

      Spare us your rubbish. India is a bully and a trouble maker in that region. It has kept the neighbors behind due constant bickerings. India has always lived in the shadow of Pakistan and has been forever defined by Pakistan. Unfortunately, India had a chance at leadership and blew it. Pakistan has now taken over the reins and is running with it. Much to the chagrin of Indians. So be it. Destiny has dealt its hands and India is about to fold.

      Go have a steak in Bones and chill out. First cow urine martini on me. Charge it to my account there..... Amit Ji.

      August 25, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Reply
      • OffTheWorldPolitics

        Pakistan needs to get its extremist problem under control before it can gain any further legitimacy. Just because there are nuclear bombs there does not mean Pakistan is any more respectable. Look at North Korea....

        August 26, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
      • Fearless Freep

        Sorry, Pakistan is a third world hell hole.
        Your politicians are some of the most corrupt on the planet.
        Your military supports terrorists, and your people
        are backwards uneducated fundamentalists who treat thier woman like
        dirt.

        Instead of cleaning up your act, you spend all your
        time blaming India.

        Grow up.

        August 27, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
    • glennrobert

      You are worried about Iran but not about Pakistan? You are confused!

      August 26, 2012 at 1:25 am | Reply
      • Fearless Freep

        Pakistan nukes where built for one purpose,
        to strike India.
        Nobody else need to worry.

        August 27, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA

      James Jones!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      No comments dear PAKISTANI FRIEND!!!

      August 26, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Reply
      • Amit-Atlanta-USA

        I meant krm1007!!!

        Everyone knows your AVATARs

        August 26, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
      • Benny

        Did you have the Tbone? it was free

        August 26, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
  91. Semantics101

    If Iran is building weapons grade fissle material under a pink tarp then I think they are implying "go f yourself".

    August 25, 2012 at 8:16 am | Reply
    • OffTheWorldPolitics

      This is obviously mocking the west and Israel. Going to be even funnier when they get bombs shaped like pigs droping on them...

      August 25, 2012 at 8:25 am | Reply
  92. Rehman Shabazz

    Islam is the greatest killer of all time, worse than Christianity, fascism or communism.
    Islamic jihad destroyed a Christian Middle East and a Christian North Africa. Soon it was the fate of the Persian Zoroastrian and the Hindu to be the victims of jihad. The history of political Islam is the destruction of Christianity in the Middle East, Egypt, Turkey and North Africa. Half of Christianity was lost. Before Islam, North Africa was the southern part of Europe (part of the Roman Empire). Around 60 million Christians were slaughtered during the jihadic conquest. Half of the glorious Hindu civilization was annihilated and 80 million Hindus killed. The first Western Buddhists were the Greeks descended from Alexander the Great's army in what is now Afghanistan. Jihad destroyed all of Buddhism along the silk route. About 10 million Buddhists died. The conquest of Buddhism is the practical result of pacifism. Zoroastrianism was eliminated from Persia. The Jews became permanent dhimmis throughout Islam. In Africa over 120 million Christians and animists have died over the last 1400 years of jihad. Approximately 270 million nonbelievers died over the last 1400 years for the glory of political Islam. These are the Tears of Jihad which are not taught in any school.

    August 24, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Reply
    • AlienShark

      "History makes it clear however, that the legend of fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of the sword upon conquered races is one of the most fantastically absurd myths that historians have ever repeated." –De Lacy O'Leary, ISLAM AT THE CROSSROADS, London, 1923, p. 8.

      “The Christian World came to wage crusades against Muslims but eventually knelt before them to gain knowledge. They were spellbound to see that Muslims were owners of a culture that was far superior to their own. The Dark Ages of Europe were illuminated by nothing but the beacon of Muslim Civilization.” (F.J.C Hearushaw, The Science of History.)

      “The Renaissance of Europe did not take place in the 15th century. Rather it began when Europe learned from the culture of the Arabs. The cradle of European awakening is not Italy. It is the Muslim Spain.” (Robert Briffault, The Making Of Mankind)

      “The lies which we [Christians] have heaped round this man (Mohammed), are disgraceful to ourselves only.” (Thomas Carlyle, Heroes and Hero Worship)

      “Muhammed was the most successful of all religious personalities.” (Encyclopedia Britannica, 4th & 11th editions)

      “The greatest crimes, the greatest “sin” of Mohammed in the eyes of Christian West is that he did not allow himself to be slaughtered, to be “crucified” by his enemies. He only defended himself, his family and his followers; and finally vanquished his enemies. Mohammed’s success is the Christians’ gall of disappointment… He did not believe in any vicarious sacrifices for the sins of others.” (Edward Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.)

      August 25, 2012 at 1:13 am | Reply
      • Quigley

        Well posted, Alien Shark. Did you see that stupid post by rimu1011 below? It's breathtakingly ignorant! It's great to see an intelligent post like yours here once in a while. Thank you.

        August 25, 2012 at 1:53 am |
      • Thinker23

        When the FACTS and your beliefs (or citations) contradict each other it's not the facts that should be corrected. The FACT is that 99% of all world conflicts as well as 99% of terrorst acts are initiated by the Muslims be it in India, Russia, Israel, Africa, Asia or any other place.

        August 25, 2012 at 5:59 am |
      • Abdullahi Edward

        Thanks Mr. Shark. You have just educated 98% of the people on this ppost to something I am quite certain they not only never knew, they have also been systematicalky preventing from lerning it before you pointed it out to tem. Thanks again.

        September 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • Ekram

      @Rehaman Shahbaaz: Where the f*** you are getting all these stats about killings of Christians, Hindus, Jews etc by muslim jihadist? Stop spreading this kind of hatred towards muslims or for any religion and groups. These kind of things don't help bring peace in the world......Do you really believe in this kind of crap? I read a lot these kind of senseless and hateful opinions in this forum and they disgust me.

      August 26, 2012 at 3:25 am | Reply
  93. krm1007 ©™

    The denuclearization of South Asia particularly India is imperative.
    Quid pro quo transfer of nuclear technology by USA to third world countries such as India needs to be opposed on moral grounds. Billions of people live in that neighborhood and would be at risk from such catastrophes which I am sure the American people would not like to be a party to. We are all well aware that that region is prone to floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, massive power blackouts and of course terrorism placing such nuclear installations at tremendous risks. US Congress is urged to reconsider and cancel all the agreements for the transfer of such technologies due “Force Majeure”.

    August 24, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Reply
    • J James Jones

      I dont see why they need nuclear. Plenty of cow dung in India to power up the generation plants. Moooo Moooo. If you are not gonna have steaks eat sh!t.

      August 25, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Reply
    • glennrobert

      There are 27,000 nuclear weapons in the world NOW and you are worried about south east Asia? If you are really concerned, try Pakistan with a non-functional government and a 100 or so bombs!

      August 26, 2012 at 1:34 am | Reply
      • nuklear

        why dont you shove a few of those up your @ss

        August 26, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
    • dave

      please get your dna done and see who were your forefathers or read history of inidan's muslem. how the arabs rape the inidan women and you guys are here on the earth.

      August 27, 2012 at 11:17 am | Reply
  94. Shane

    Ya becoz the west cant photoshop images just ask Saddam Hussein , Tony Blair and George W Bush .... Cough .... Iraq 2.0 ... Cough .... Except now we are looking at a global conflict . Still if they have weapons or will soon (can't rule it out) I say nuke em first !

    August 24, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      The US already has nukes, and has even used them so should the world nuke the US?

      August 27, 2012 at 11:16 am | Reply
  95. George Patton

    It looks like the right-wing thugs in Washington are trying to scare the public again over Iran. This just goes on and on and on and................while the national economy falls apart!!!

    August 24, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Reply
    • Heywood

      to the tiney, almost non existant mind it is scare tactics. the the thinking brain it it a warning. good luck

      August 27, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Reply
  96. Jannani

    America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953, America overthrow Iran's democratic government and installed a brutal dictator Shah of Iran. America helped Shah to established secret police and killed hundreds of thousands of Iranians.
    During Iran-Iraq war, America helped Saddam Hussein and killed one million Iranians. America is the only country that shot down Iran's civilian air plain and killed all 290 passengers.
    In 2003, America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and displaced 4,000,000+ Iraqi people.
    Now, America is a failed country with huge debt. Its debt will be 24 trillion by 2015.
    Every other day a city in America is declaring bankruptcy. ha ha ha

    August 24, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Reply
    • rimu1011

      The US is alright, Back in 1953 that kind of thing was pretty commonplace, no'one likes what happened in Iraq, blaming 'America' won't help anyone. Were all lucky that the US doctrine wasn't aligned with the Soviet version, then we would all have suffered a worse fate. We need to help the US not blame and scapegoat it. The US for all it's faults has done some seriously wonderful things for the world.

      The vast majority of the people in the US are kind and smart normal people just like us. If only they knew that most of the people in the rest of the world knew that, perhaps they would be less afraid, and so eager to 'counter threats'.

      I wish America the best of luck and hope that their leadership see the great need we all have for world unification.

      One World, One People One Lasting Peace.

      Love From New Zealand.

      August 24, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Reply
      • Quigley

        Now that's one of the most idiotic posts I've see here yet, rimu1011. It looks like it was posted by some dimwitted Tea Partier. Otherwise you must admire bullies, do you?

        August 24, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
      • ibra

        if US is what you call right thinking people towards humanity such as peace, world unification, freedom of worship, democracy then let me tell you the fact instead of having america as role model towards humanity then let humanity never even come to existence

        August 26, 2012 at 9:19 am |
    • Thinker23

      In 1953 it were the Iranians (NOT America) who overthrew the former government and installed the ligitimate heir of Iranian monarchy. CIA, possibly, helped the organizers to do it but it DID NOT DO IT single-handedly. Still, do you REALLY think that it makes any sense for the Russians, for example, to start a war against Germany TODAY because Germany helped to overthrow the government in Russia and install the Bolshevik regime back in 1917? Do you REALLY believe that the Iranian people are so DUMB that they're incapable of correcting the results of a coup that happened 60 years ago?

      August 25, 2012 at 7:04 am | Reply
      • Jannai

        from WkiPedia ...
        The 1953 Iranian coup d'état was the overthrow of the democratically elected government of Iran Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh on 19 August 1953, orchestrated by the intelligence agencies of the United Kingdom (under the name 'Operation Boot') and the United States under the name TPAJAX Project.

        August 25, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
      • Quigley

        Come on Thinker23, do you honestly belive what you posted above? If you do, then you must be another ignorant Tea Partier. At any rate, don't expect any of the rest of us to fall for the mumbo-jumbo of yours!

        August 25, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
      • Ekram

        @Thinker, Russia may not start a war with German for what they did in 1917 by helping Bolshevik against Russion people but they still remember that time and don't trust Germans no more! Iranians feel the same way about Americans and British. It may be dumb for Iran and Russians to feel that way........you can heal the wound but hard to erase the scar left behind the wound!

        August 26, 2012 at 3:40 am |
      • Thinker23

        Quigley... Did you disagree with something I've said? If so WHAT WAS IT?

        Ekram... What makes you believe that the Russian people "do not trust" Germany today, 95 years after Germany helped to install the Bolshevik regime in Russia and how does it agree with the fact the Soviet leaders DID trust Germany in 1940 (when the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact was signed), only 23 years after the Revolution of 1917?

        August 26, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
      • sawolf

        They haven't been able to cope with the demonic clowns that grabbed power in 1979.

        August 28, 2012 at 3:25 am |
    • sasss31

      In fact, the Mullahs were much more heavily involved in the coup than the CIA. Google, "Who Killed Iran's Democracy" and open the first Washington Post article on the topic.

      August 25, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Reply
      • Janani

        sas, are you living in a fantasy world?

        In 1953, the CIA and British intelligence orchestrated a coup d’etat that toppled the democratically elected government of Iran. The government of Mohammad Mossadegh.
        In 1951 Prime Minister Mossadegh roused Britain’s ire when he nationalized the oil industry. Mossadegh argued that Iran should begin profiting from its vast oil reserves which had been exclusively controlled by the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. The company later became known as British Petroleum (BP).

        After considering military action, Britain opted for a coup d’état. President Harry Truman rejected the idea, but when Dwight Eisenhower took over the White House, he ordered the CIA to embark on one of its first covert operations against a foreign government.

        The coup was led by an agent named Kermit Roosevelt, the grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt. The CIA leaned on a young, insecure Shah to issue a decree dismissing Mossadegh as prime minister. Kermit Roosevelt had help from Norman Schwarzkopf’s father: Norman Schwarzkopf.

        The CIA and the British helped to undermine Mossadegh’s government through bribery, libel, and orchestrated riots. Agents posing as communists threatened religious leaders, while the US ambassador lied to the prime minister about alleged attacks on American nationals.

        August 25, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
      • Thinker23

        Janani... Do you REALLY believe that two (or even 200) American and British agents were able to overthrow the Iranian government in 1953 against the will of 50 million Iranians? If I was an Iranian I would be insulted...

        August 26, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
    • Paul II

      First, America did not kill 1,000,000+ and displace 4x that number. That was mostly due to the Muslim-on-Muslim violence during the (poorly planned) occupation that followed the American invasion. My main point though, regardless of America's sometimes violent (or just plain short-sighted) history, America and the West in general, are still far better places to live, and contribute more to world stability and prosperity, than the oppressive theocrats running Iran.

      August 27, 2012 at 11:04 am | Reply
      • mkultra

        oooohhh yes we just entered their country and said hello we are invading your country to get your oil and kill you please forgive us

        August 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
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