Iran calls for Israeli WMDs to be dismantled

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif addressing foreign representatives at the UN headquarters in New York, Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Iranian foreign minister has called for Israel’s nuclear and chemical weapons to be dismantled, saying Syria’s recent move to turn in its chemical arms has left no excuse for the Tel Aviv regime to retain its arsenals of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).
“The Zionist regime (Israel) is still armed with chemical and nuclear weapons, and the action taken by the Syrian government should leave no pretexts for the Zionist regime, and Israel should accept to get disarmed,” Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday.
Zarif, who is currently in New York to participate in the United Nation’s 68th General Assembly meeting, welcomed Syria’s decision to join the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), expressing pleasure that the move has initiated a step toward ridding the region of WMDs.
He also emphasized that the Syrian decision was a positive accomplishment that averted war, adding that efforts should be made to set the stage for peace in the Arab country.
Iran has information showing that foreign-backed Takfiri and extremist groups in Syria are in possession of chemical weapons, and they must be disarmed as well, said the top Iranian diplomat.
Elaborating on his upcoming work schedule at the UN, Zarif said on top of his agenda is meeting with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and holding talks with foreign ministers of other countries.
He also said that during his talks with Ashton, the two sides will discuss how to forge ahead with talks over Iran’s civilian nuclear program.
During his next week’s trip to New York, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will address the UN General Assembly as well as a nuclear disarmament conference as the chairman of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Zarif noted.
Iran currently holds the rotating presidency of the NAM.

Sen. Lindsey Graham to seek authorization for U.S. attack on Iran

Sen. Lindsey Graham is one of the strongest advocates of an American military strike against the Assad regime in Syria. He was unhappy when President Obama decided to seek congressional authorization for an attack, and then unhappy when his fellow lawmakers voiced disapproval of the president’s plan. Graham believes the diplomatic path chosen by the administration will lead to a debacle.

Given all that, Graham now says he will work with a bipartisan group of senators to craft a resolution authorizing the president to use military force — not against the Syrian regime but against Iran. In an appearance on Fox News’ Huckabee program over the weekend, Graham argued that such a resolution is essential, because American inaction in Syria will encourage Iran to go forward with its nuclear weapon program, eventually leading toward a Mideast conflagration if the U.S. doesn’t intervene.
“Look how we’ve handled the chemical weapons threat in Syria,” Graham said. “If we duplicate that with the Iranians, they’re going to march toward a nuclear weapon and dare Israel to attack them. So in the next six months, our friends in Israel are going to have to take the Iranians on, unless the United States can send a clear signal to Iran, unlike what we’ve sent to Syria.
“The mixed message and the debacle called Syria can’t be repeated when it comes to Iran,” Graham continued. “So here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to get a bipartisan coalition together. We’re going to put together a use-of-force resolution allowing our country to use military force as a last resort to stop the Iranian nuclear program, to make sure they get a clear signal that all this debacle about Syria doesn’t mean we’re confused about Iran.”

Insanity in D.C.: McCain playing poker during Syria 

hearing, Kerry met with Assad six times in 2009

Amidst all the rhetoric and confusion, one thing is clear: the current situation in Washington, D.C. is nothing short of insane.

During the first public hearing on Syria, the Senate agreed on draft legislation that would approve a U.S. military operation in response to alleged chemical weapons use.
In that same incredibly important hearing, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a man who sneaked into Syria to meet with rebels, was found to be playing online poker on his phone.

That’s right, the same man who has pushed for the U.S. to invade Syria apparently found the hearing too boring to be forced to bother with paying attention.
Indeed, when his behavior was revealed, he didn’t seem at all concerned about it, joking via Twitter:

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