' Iranian Missile Crisis: Lessons Learned from JFK ' - EMPact America 11-19-13




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Published on Nov 22, 2013

' Iranian Missile Crisis: Lessons Learned from JFK ' - EMPact America - Panel at National Press Club, Washington, DC

19 November 2013

National Security Experts Warn of Dangers of Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program, Fraudulent Negotiations that Will Enable It

Washington, DC: On the eve of the resumption of the Obama administration's effort to negotiate an inconsequential adjustment to Iran's nuclear weapons program in exchange for the material easing of sanctions, a panel of noted former, senior national security practitioners and experts discussed the existential threat to America posed by the threat such a deal will enable.

At a November 19th National Press Club event sponsored on by EMPact America, former UN Ambassador John Bolton, former Air Force Assistant Vice Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Thomas McInerney USAF, (Ret.) and three others addressed the potentially catastrophic consequences should Iran use even a single nuclear weapon in an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack on the United States or, for that matter, Israel or other allied nations. The panel was moderated by Frank J. Gaffney, Jr., President of the Center for Security Policy, who formerly acted as an Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy.

The program began with a presentation of the possible ways in which Iran could use a high-altitude nuclear detonation or other means to take down the U.S. electrical grid for protracted periods to fulfill the regime's stated purpose of bringing about "a world without America."

Amb. Bolton and Lt. Gen. McInerney discussed the dangers -- from both foreign policy and defense perspectives -- of negotiations like those being pursued this week with Iran by the U.S. and several other powers. These talks are, after all, driven by Mr. Obama's unconcealed determination to achieve a deal, without regard for the fact that, under present circumstances, it can only serve to legitimize and perhaps facilitate Iran's efforts to complete a decades-long effort to acquire the bomb.

As Amb. Bolton observed, matters have been made worse by the President's unseemly effort to "chase down" Iran's Hassan Rouhani during the latter's visit to New York in September, which sent a signal of weakness and desperation that will disserve America's interests with both friends and foes in the Middle East, and beyond. General McInerney warned that this was a particularly dangerous thing to be doing at the very moment that Mr. Obama is hollowing out the United States military.

The panel also featured as respondents Morton Klein, President of the Zionist Organization of America, and Clare Lopez, a former career operations officer with the Central Intelligence Agency who is currently a Senior Fellow with the Center for Security Policy.

Mr. Klein discussed the impact of Iran's nuclear weapons development on Israel's security, noting that Israeli officials remain deeply concerned about the Obama administration's outreach to Tehran in light of the threats that regime continues to pose to the Jewish State and the region more generally. He added that, throughout history, appeasement has never worked and will not be successful in addressing the Iranian nuclear threat.

Ms. Lopez expressed concern about not only Iran's nuclear ambitions but also its continuing sponsorship of global terrorism and, in particular, the extent to which Iran could position proxies such as Hezbollah to carry out EMP or other attacks inside the United States.

Mr. Gaffney summarized the event:

"This conversation made clear that, as we prepare to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the contrast between that president's steadfastness during the Cuban missile crisis, and Barack Obama's fecklessness in the face of today's Iranian counterpart is both stark and alarming.

"President Obama's failure to acknowledge, let alone to deal appropriately with, the threat posed by a fully realized Iranian nuclear capability is further compounded by the nation's ongoing failure to harden its electric grid against devastating electromagnetic pulse attacks. We must, in short, reject a fraudulent agreement with Iran and protect our country and people against the peril of serious and sustained disruptions of our vital power distribution system."

To obtain more information about the Iranian threat and what can be done about it, please visit www.EMPActAmerica.org.


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