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Fri Dec 28, 2012, 11:49 PM

Obama signs law against Iran's influence in Latin America

Source: Agence France-Presse

Saturday December 29, 2012
Obama signs law against Iran's influence in Latin America

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama enacted a law Friday to counter Iran's alleged influence in Latin America, through a new diplomatic and political strategy to be designed by the State Department.

The Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act, passed by lawmakers earlier this year, calls for the State Department to develop a strategy within 180 days to "address Iran's growing hostile presence and activity" in the region. Although the strategy is confidential and only accessible to lawmakers, it must contain a public summary.

The text also calls on the Department of Homeland Security to bolster surveillance at US borders with Canada and Mexico to "prevent operatives from Iran, the IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps), its Quds Force, Hezbollah or any other terrorist organization from entering the Untied States." And within Latin American countries, the text provides for a multiagency action plan to provide security in those countries, along with a "counterterrorism and counter-radicalization plan" to isolate Iran and its allies.

Washington has repeatedly stated it is closely monitoring Tehran's activities in Latin America, though senior State Department and intelligence officials have indicated there is no apparent indication of illicit activities by Iran.

Read more: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/12/29/reutersworld/1212291049-obama-signs-law-against-irans-influence&sec=reutersworld

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Reply Obama signs law against Iran's influence in Latin America (Original post)
Judi Lynn Dec 2012 OP
Arctic Dave Dec 2012 #1
haikugal Dec 2012 #2
Purveyor Dec 2012 #5
haikugal Dec 2012 #7
kelliekat44 Dec 2012 #3
iemitsu Dec 2012 #11
Purveyor Dec 2012 #4
malthaussen Dec 2012 #6
Alamuti Lotus Dec 2012 #8
AtheistCrusader Dec 2012 #9
primavera Dec 2012 #13
David__77 Dec 2012 #15
AtheistCrusader Dec 2012 #20
Peace Patriot Dec 2012 #10
Catherina Dec 2012 #12
Judi Lynn Dec 2012 #17
IDemo Dec 2012 #14
mitchtv Dec 2012 #16
Enrique Dec 2012 #18
Judi Lynn Dec 2012 #19
NeoConsSuck Dec 2012 #21
Odin2005 Dec 2012 #22

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 11:53 PM

1. WTF?

 

Is this his version of Ronnie the rat's, "the soviets are going to drive their tanks up from Central America"?

Jesus, he is acting like an 80s repug.

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Response to Arctic Dave (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 11:56 PM

2. so it would seem...

and I agree WTF??? This sounds insane...more of the same American 'help' for our little brown brothers?

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Response to haikugal (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 12:19 AM

5. Fortunately our 'little brown brothers' aren't stupid and can smell the USA coming from 1000's

of miles away.

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Response to Purveyor (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 12:56 AM

7. You'd hope so with our history.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 12:01 AM

3. Last time I looked, Latin American countries were sovereign nations.

They can do business with whomever they want. Who is controlling Obama?

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Response to kelliekat44 (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 04:13 AM

11. National sovereignty is a thing of the past.

The IMF, the WTO, and hundreds of other trade and treaty agreements have trumped national sovereignty in favor of unelected, corporate tribunals which now decide our fate.
The US is, of course, the primary enforcer of the global corporate state but it works for them, they don't work for us. Obama and the US will do what they can to insure that Iran, Venezuela, Cuba or any other state that resists western, corporate dominance will fail to thrive.
I wonder what the reality of this situation really is. Just last week I read that sanctions against Iran were working and that their economy was faltering. How is it that they can then be investing/infiltrating in Latin America? Are we going to invoke the Monroe Doctrine to justify an invasion of Iran?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 12:15 AM

4. "Although the strategy is confidential and only accessible to lawmakers, it must contain..."

contain a public summary.

Indeed, my ass.



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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 12:50 AM

6. A refinement of the Monroe Doctrine?

There's nothing new in the USA thinking that they can do anything they want with Central and South America. I suspect this is just a form to create an excuse for us to drone civilians... errr, I mean "terrorists," of course, in those countries.

Specifying Iran as the "target" of this Act is pretty amazingly arrogant.

-- Mal

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 02:07 AM

8. arrogant, obsessive paranoia falls to a new low

 

The Bush-Obama foreign policy at work, folks. Surprised if they don't throw a few (more?) armed drones into the mix, just for fun. Is Chavez responsible for this--has he been blamed yet? If not, wait for it, it's coming around the bend soon enough.

Interesting revealing fragment in the piece itself:
Washington has repeatedly stated it is closely monitoring Tehran's activities in Latin America, though senior State Department and intelligence officials have indicated there is no apparent indication of illicit activities by Iran.


...the bolded fragment is far more than can be said about the State Department and the various so-called intelligence agencies in this region.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 02:17 AM

9. Here's an idea.

Drop the sanctions against Iran and engage them in open commerce.

Fastest path to regime change, if you actually want it, is to normalize diplomatic relations and commerce with Iran. Not that we would be CAUSING it, but we would be allowing the Iranian people to un-do what was done in response to our meddling.

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Response to AtheistCrusader (Reply #9)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 11:46 AM

13. Walmart, McDonalds, and Starbucks will have them subjugated in no time

Personally, I think I'd rather face tanks.

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Response to AtheistCrusader (Reply #9)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 03:45 PM

15. And restore diplomatic relations.

It would go very far to stabilizing world affairs.

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Response to David__77 (Reply #15)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 10:06 PM

20. Yep. Open an embassy.

It's our fault they raided our old one, after kicking over Mogadesh, and then propping up a despot (the Shah). The Iranian Revolution grew out of that interference.

Our fault.

Time to un-do some damage we caused.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 03:56 AM

10. Good luck with that, Overlords!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 11:42 AM

12. Thoroughly disgusting

Bu this comes as no great shock. Obama recently sent 200 marines to Guatemala as part of a US led international force to fight *drug trafficking*, this right after President Molina said he thought a better approach would be to legalize drugs. Obama's immediate response was to dispatching Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano and Joe Biden to the region to warn and threaten. And also to pledge more US funds. (Austerity? What Austerity?) Did you guys vote on this? Did it go through Congress? Oh that's right, we're just supposed to sit back, relax and *trust* Obama.

Obama's *normalizing* these shameful imperial ventures.

The part they're leaving out is that when multinationals need your land, you're conveniently fingered as a drug dealer. Pheasants get mowed down here regularly without so much as an apology because they won't give up their land. Disgustingly enough, the weapons used against them are provided by Israel, the biggest arms dealer in the region.

... because of the international political scandal surrounding the Guatemalan army's human rights record, U.S. training of officers and troops can not be carried out "openly." So, he said, "help comes in the name of Strong Roads, of democracy, of human rights, of ecology and of anti-narcotics assistance."

While there was no direct military aid to Guatemala in 1994, economic aid reached $30 million and anti-narcotics aid was at least $40 million, according to U.S. government sources. The Clinton administration has also proposed the renewal of International Military Education Training for the Guatemalan army, but Congress denied the request.

Moreover, Guatemalan security forces continue to receive weapons and, according to human rights advocates in the country, training from one of the United States' closest military allies -- Israel.

An international expert on political-military relations in Guatemala City who asked to remain anonymous said Israel has "filled a market" for guns in Guatemala that the United States was not filling "for political reasons." He said Guatemala security forces get Israeli training and weapons under the rubric of "training for presidential security." According to statements from Interior Minister Carlos Enrique Reynoso Gil, published Feb. 13 in the Guatemalan daily Siglo 21, Guatemala was to receive a shipment of "extremely sophisticated" weapons in February from an Israeli merchant for the national police force.

Another report, published Feb. 11, announced the sale of Israeli semiautomatic weapons to Guatemalan civilians. NCR visited the company that claimed in a Yellow Pages advertisement to be the exclusive retailer of Israeli Uzi submachine guns. An Uzi, which can be purchased with a permit requiring a psychological exam, costs approximately $2,000, a company representative said. A Visa or Diners card may be used.

The gun shop was located approximately six blocks from the Guatemalan police academy, a few blocks from the residence of the Minister of Defense -- and across the street from the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City.

....

http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Murder%20and%20complicity%20in%20Guatemala;%20U.S.,%20Israel%20allegedly%20continue...-a016820202




"Strong Roads hides under a camouflage of social and humanitarian assistance. Do they think they can fool us with this today like they fooled us with mirrors 500 years ago?" - Armando Cu, Guatemalan journalist




Lemme tell you, from down here in Central America, we can't even tell you've had any elections in the last decades. It's the same sick policy accelerating at an astounding pace. The only difference is that right now a new faction on the Left is providing plenty of cover because shhhhh you must not criticize the emperor, you must just clap your hands to the chorus and *trust*.

Not impressed America. In fact the world is becoming increasingly disgusted. And we're certainly NOT trusting you down here either.


"the country that swaggers about lecturing everybody about the rule of law, democracy and human rights is the same country that ignores international law, practices extraordinary rendition, tortures, wages illegal wars, finances mercenaries, uses unmanned drones to carry out extra-judicial killings, allows military commission and indefinite detentions, denies due process, and so and so forth. " - Gart Valenc


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Response to Catherina (Reply #12)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 05:26 PM

17. Thanks for this important information. Hope others will take the time to check the link.

It's absolutely necessary to study as much available information as possible. As we all know, the real story never comes out usually until decades after the fact, when no one can really protest, or discuss it with people who actively care. That has been the plan all along, and it has worked for them.

It couldn't be done without the willing news blackout from our own corporate "news" sources.

Your post brings material we need to know.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 11:48 AM

14. "the Untied States."

That basically says it all.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 03:54 PM

16. the days of pushing Latinoamerica around are over

a feel good law to get more money for military and paramilitary programs.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 05:38 PM

18. I hope David Gregory asks him about this tomorrow

not holding my breath...

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Response to Enrique (Reply #18)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 06:47 PM

19. He probably won't, since it's something the right-wing would appreciate!

They'd love hearing he is preserving their perfectly nasty, violent, underhanded foreign policy position for them.

Gregory couldn't use it as an opportunity to fire up the rabble with more ignorant hatred, destructive rage.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 10:13 PM

21. "address Iran's growing hostile presence and activity" in the region.

hostile to who??

America sees nations as either obedient allies or hostile enemies. No in between.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 10:30 PM

22. Orders from the Empire.

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