Ron Paul, Noam Schalit, and Leon Panetta: Ridiculous, Disingenuous, Absurd

UPDATE: Israelis assaulted by Palestinian rock throwers in Judea and Samaria.


Today has seen a number of outrageous statements–some of them made years ago and just coming to light, and others made today.

Two years ago, Republican Presidential Candidate Ron Paul ridiculously told Iranian TV that “Operation Cast Lead was an atrocious massacre” and “Gaza is a concentration camp.”  This is the same Ron Paul whose staff has so aggressively assured everyone recently that Paul is not “anti-Israel.”

This morning, Noam Schalit, the attention craving father of Gilad, has decided that he can no longer stand a life out of the limelight-and will run for a political office on Israel’s Labor Party list. Why is he disingenuously running? “To improve Israel’s image abroad.”

The hardened Iranian nuclear facility at Fordo where centrifuges are hard at work deep underground.

But perhaps the most absurd comment of the day comes from Leon Panetta who has declared that Iran is not yet working on developing nuclear weapons. This statement amazingly comes on the same day that American diplomats have asserted–and the Iranians have confirmed–that the Iranian centrifuges at the underground Fordo site in Iran are now producing uranium enriched to 20%.

What is the significance of 20%? Simply that the uranium can be turned into fissile warhead material more quickly.

In fact, centrifuges are operating all over Iran on a greatly accelerated pace. For example, the 8000 centrifuges operating at Natanz have–over the last five years–produced enough material for several nuclear warheads.

Who does Panetta think he is kidding?  The world knows that Iran will soon have nuclear bombs and there is nothing anyone can do to stop them.

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