5 Reasons Iran is Not a Threat to the U.S.

IranMichael Edwards writes on InfoWars:

The Obama Administration, by Executive Order, has moved another step closer to preemptive war with Iran by declaring a National Emergency to deal with this supposed threat.  A National Emergency, which gives the president extraordinary power to subvert the Constitution, is legally defined as “A situation beyond the ordinary which threatens the health or safety of citizens and which cannot be properly addressed by the use of other law.”

Given the immense power the executive receives during such “emergencies”, one would think the U.S. must face a clear and present danger in order to justify such actions.  Yet, all recent wars fought by America and paid for by U.S. tax dollars were preceded by little more than an Executive Order declaring a national emergency.  And, notably, the president makes these declarations without the need for a vote by the Congress as stipulated by the U.S. Constitution.

So what has changed with Iran that now requires a National Emergency?  It seems the U.S. is just itching for another fight, because it’s clear that Iran poses no threat to the ‘health and safety’ of U.S. citizens that cannot be dealt with by ‘other laws’.

Here are 5 reasons why a National Emergency should not be declared to deal with Iran

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  • Anarchy Pony

    Oil and regional hegemony.

  • Jin The Ninja

    agree, and in fact the argument is very reasonable given the source of the article.

  • saint_al

    “Change”? LOL, Obama’s a Chicago politician. He’s Freaking Bush the 3rd. We’re supposed to vote for this clot above Santorum~? There is no choice this round.

    • Camron Wiltshire

      Ron Paul is the only candidate not totally bent on War as an eternal reality.  He does exist and has amazing backing.  You just won’t know this if you pay attention to MSM for obvious reasons.

      • Wesakechak

         out of curiosity, who or what is Dr. Paul’s backing?

      • Butter Knife

         I too am amazed that many of his most prominent members are also highly involved with A3P, and more amazed that this doesn’t seem to bother the rest of his supporters. Every candidate has people “backing’ them who they would, probably, rather not have on their side… but the Paul campaign is lousy with actual neo-Nazis and other assorted racist, xenophobic, hate-mongering assholes, and he refuses to disavow these people.

        “States rights” and “Cnstitutionalism” are code for segregation, theocracy and corporate power. If you want brown people and queers imprisoned and persecuted, corporations abusing the “free market” without any possibility of government intervention, quality education available only to those few wealthy enough to afford it, pollution, vigilantism and the end of liberal democracy in America… then Ron Paul is the candidate for you.

        Paul 2012: Fuck Yeah the 19th Century Was Awesome!

        • Jin The Ninja

           i’m sure that b/c i’m both ‘brown’ (actually olive-caramel but it’s all shades of non white at this point) and queer, that i’m going to get shit for liking your comment, but i don’t really care. and it is a great comment.

          • Camron Wiltshire

            So you are essentially every character on Glee then?  This explains much.

          • Jin The Ninja

            um no, i’ve never seen glee in my life. and i’m eurasian and queer, how does that make me someone from a disney show? oh wait, when compared to you, whitebread, i guess anything ethnic seems overly exotic. i speak 5 languages too, but i’m sure you’ll find a way to make that a not so witty jibe in my general direction.

            and the fact that you referenced that show- says a lot more about you than it does about me. i don’t watch juvenile facile brainwash television on right wing networks.

          • Camron Wiltshire

            Damn you come off as so insecure  ”i speak 5 languages” < who gives a fuck?  "Anything ethnic seems overly exotic" < Really?  Guess what, we all have about 12,000 ancestors within our DNA I've heard.  Seems like that is enough vicarious diversity for anyone's uniqueness quota. (maybe not you)  Also again here comes the thinly veiled racist who can't be racists because he is so darn busy finding racists everywhere else (I got you a gift, it's a mirror, gaze and consider)  LOL Case in point, who then calls me "whitebread" < Is this supposed to hurt my feelings?  I always considered myself more of a multi grain bagel or maybe jasmine rice…. hahahahaha  Drop acid already and figure out the shit you can't outwit.

          • Jin The Ninja

            LOL. again camron, i can’t be a ‘racist’ and if so against whom? i’m multi-racial. there are almost no extant peoples i can exert systemic pressure against. and if you think ‘white bread’ was the worst i could do, you’re wrong. and “Rice” is a slang term for AZN people.

            And no camron, just because we all descend from a hypothesised common ancestor does not make you ethnic or share my dna. I have what is called, “Hybrid Vigour.”

            I am a proponent of ethnogenic substances, but i prefer mine in plant form.

            while i may not react in a particularly bodhi-minded way towards you, it’s only reactionary to everything, over-time, you’ve ever said to me.

          • Camron Wiltshire

            Jin you’re not helping your cause by displaying outright every unexplored inner contradiction you hold in public light.   

            “You can’t exert systemic pressure” ie my “academic” definition of racism prevents me from being racist,  therefore I cannot be racist.  But you are and you’ve admitted as much on countless occasions, it is funny how much of a blind spot you possess around this but hey that is how cognitive dissonance works.   

            Case in point you not only hurl an racist epithet (a pathetically laughable one at that, but alas still a racist epithet) but you then felt it necessary to assert your supposed genetic dominance via “hybrid vigour”.  

            Wind him up and watch the one man Jerry Springer show commence!

            How is that “hybrid vigour” working out mein mulatto fuhrer?  Heil Obama!  His hybridic vigor will lead us to the promised land!!  

          • Jin The Ninja

            Yes, Camron, you’re right;)!

          • Aungsan

            Wow, You actually thought that putting a picture of Obama as Hitelr would win you an argument about racism? I think you left the cuckoo’s nest way too soon.

          • Jin The Ninja

            the multi-lingual comment, was only meant to demonstrate that attempting to create some kind of caricature of me based on my race and sexual identity was very insipid of you, but i expect no better.

            keep in mind you replied to my comment directed at butter knife; i would be very happy if we never interacted again, but i am more than happy to run circles around you if you prefer.

          • Lakota

            I think that making the ” everything that Infowars said is Null because their host & listeners are racists” argument is similar to the argument often thrown on LGBTQs for being pedos or promiscuous. Its not fair & its not TRUE. And you’ve kind gone on a tangent about yourself Sweetie.

             The fact is The US it out KILLING people for nothing. These are PEOPLE. Civilians.. No one is attacking North Korea for mentally enslaving their people & having WMDs. No one went to Dafur to help. As a matter a fact the U.S. funds Israel & they butcher people based on a religious promise. We’ve run out of rational thinking. Who cares what color you are or who you love. Murder is Murder.

          • Jin The Ninja

            that’s not even what i said, and please never refer to me as ‘sweetie’ you don’t know me, and the whole ideological context of infowars stems from right-libertarian view point, which many PoCs find racist. it’s not simply my critique. and for the record, i am one of the harshest critics of imperialism and colonialism on this site.

          • Lakota

             So you can call someone whitebread but no one call call you sweetie? I’ll remember that.

          • Jin The Ninja

            ‘whitebread’ is hardly offensive. and yes, do remember that.

          • Lakota

            how about yellowcookie? – hypocrite

          • Jin The Ninja

            Since you obviously have a derth of wit, i came up with several alternative options for you:

            `Fortune Cookie` which i like. or ` Yin-Yang Baozi` more apt, or `Halo-Halo`which is tagalog for a dessert meaning `mix-mix.` In fact my Ba Ba used to call his us his `Halo-Halo` kids. it`s cute (>,<)P

            if you`re trying to call me food names at least come up with something clever…lol

          • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

            My exbf calls himself a soybit…half Japanese half cracker…so hes a treat for both East and West.

          • Jin The Ninja

            lol ! now that is clever.

          • Jin The Ninja

            or how about ‘wild rice’ or ‘cha chaan teng’ (HK style western food), or even ‘haole poi’ (in keeping with the word ‘Hapa’)

          • Jin The Ninja

            hold on, i thought of a couple more: teh tarik (mixed tea), 鴛鴦 (half tea half coffee), or yoshoku (japanese style western food).

          • Jin The Ninja

            PENULTIMATE

            西多士

            xiduoshi literally meaning ‘western toast’

            referring to HK style “French Toast” since i’m french cdn and chinese! LMAO!!!!

          • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

            FOR THE WIN!! That one takes it!!

          • Jin The Ninja

            i thought so too!!

          • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

            I am whitebread…I can’t get much whiter without going albino. I was also a libertarian briefly in the 90s before I understood what it meant in a long term sense. So…yes…Info-wars is largely from a right-libertarian position…whichis why they are little more than a giant disinfo op for corporate power over govt instead of government power over corporate. This is why they suck.

          • Lakota

            Most news broadcast are biased. I’m not sure there is any objective newsfeed out there. Infowars can be a little extreme. But we’re in extreme times. I know a lot of people feel that way but at the end of the day its just someones opinion. Alex loses me on a few things, i’ll admit. But he ‘ll talk about Fluoride in the water and bring on specialist, talk about bill and things being put in place that i wouldn’t have really known about from main stream media. I’ll then have to do research on my own to verify it, but at least he’s willing to talk about it.

            But back to Iran, I think the way things are, most Americans can’t tell the difference between Iran and Iraq Al Queda = terrorist or Al Queda =  poor Libyan people who are in need of the US giving them guns to overthrow their leader. We’re going to get swept into another war only we’ll have other countries stepping in. I’m not sure the US is really ready for an all out war on US soil. Where i saw you’re not disagreeing , i just think a lot of People are still in the mind-scape of ” Oh Iran hates us because we’re free” mess. We’ve got to start having conversations outside of the blogisphere to really get it into people’s heads that we’re gonna be in trouble if this pattern of thinking is unchecked by reason.

          • Lakota

            Bills i mean ;]. I’m typo queen today. 

          • Jin The Ninja

            nothing i have ever said ever on disqus, would imply that i support a war with iran, in fact the contrary, and i post on Al Jaz english frequently with extremely harsh anti US imperialist rhetoric.

          • Camron Wiltshire

            The caricature is explained above.  The hurt dog yelps.  I don’t care what you do with your root chakra just don’t presume it gives you the right to be racist and deny this could be true,  because your self proclaimed Uber Minority status. 

            It’s great how you can’t help yourself, anyone you can’t argue with is instantly racist/sexist/homophobic.  Who can argue against this?? LOL . 

            As for “running circles” again are you presuming you are going to outsmart me or outwit me, sure whatever makes you feel better about your massive insecurities surrounding your intellectual prowess and your personal cosmology.  You just do that all day fellow, it won’t be much of a change from what I’ve seen from you anyway.

          • Jin The Ninja

            Okay Camron. Yes, you’re on the 100.

          • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

            Its adorable how simple minded neo-cons always imagine institutional racism can be cured once person at a time by harder work. It’s never a matter of averages or percentages or access to opportunity or societal changes instroduced over decades…its always reduced to “you didn’t try hard enough to overcome the obstacles before you”. I suppose they always see it that simple…because its too much actual work to sit down and do the bookwork and see it another way. Just another reflection of modern conservatism as a lazy, anti-intellectual persons disease.

          • Doctafoo

             I’ve seen Glee, its a so so show. But i think what he’s saying is you’re EVERY character. That you can have no wrong. You can be nothing bad because you’re everything that should be pitied.  Whitebread?? Aren’t you  EURO- Asian?? And uh– its kinda funny you’re insinuating that Camron is a racist because his girlfriend is black. But that’s not even the point. You probably don’t know Camron. But i’ll see him putting these events together trying to bring people together.

            You speak a few languages no? What’s “Stop the hate” in Farsi?

          • Jin The Ninja

            i’m Eurasian, as in Hapa, as in Mixed Asian and Caucasian.
            And My partner is a Scot, so whatever the implication is of camron’s partner is null and void before it reaches me.

          • Camron Wiltshire

            Jin I don’t care what you are, don’t you get it!  You just go on and on in more and more excrutiating detail about your DNA which you had no part in!  ZERO.   I don’t care what your partner is, I dont’ care what you are.  It doesn’t make your appeals to pity anymore right.  You are just making a fool of yourself.

          • Jin The Ninja

            Right! Thanks!

          • ThinkBeforeYouType

            I have enjoyed many of your comments in the past and appreciate the thought that goes into them, even if I don’t always agree with them. This particular comment, however, is in rather poor taste…if you were shooting for humor, then I am afraid you failed. Dr. Paul is consistently accused of racism – as are many of his followers – and it is comments like this which only seem to solidify such opinions.  

          • Camron Wiltshire

            Thank you for posting.  I’m glad that you dont’ always agree with me and would be wary if you did in fact.

            What I would hope for is a fair hearing of the information involved and a good sense of humor in consideration of ideas that while pointy at first do lead to archetypal truths of the human psychology behind certain patterns of behavior.  

            Jin routinely invokes tactics that amount to “Appeal to Pity”.  In doing so I think he actually does damage to his perceived causes by also manufacturing “False Dilemmas”, such as creating division where it doesn’t actually exist as a means to dismiss someone else’s world view while shoring up his own frankly juvenile and superficial cause based religion.

            Case in point the need to associate Ron Paul or Infowars with NeoNazi’s, Homophobes, Racists, and to lump them all into the same category.  (Composition Fallacy)  The question then is why?  

            Well it makes it much easier to dismiss someone and frankly dehumanize them, which ironically supports that he is guilty of the same illogical abuses of racism and sexism that he projects onto those he sees as unfairly discriminating against him or any of the various genotypes that constitute his DNA signature this time around.  (OMG I believe in a past life we all might have been gay/straight/male/female/black/white/itdoesn’treallymatter)Therefore I quipped that, “he is essentially every cast member of Glee”.  The reason being the superficial fixation on the most facile aspect of human experience is precisely why we are so easily divided and triggered into the worst forms of warfare and abuse towards one another.   This level of consciousness feeds on an Us vs. Them mentality that is utilized by both the priest and politician equally,  to divide and conquer in a form of hi fructose, knee jerk, feel good separation,  consumer identity commodification which has the added benefit of enabling idiotic concepts like “African American’s for Obama.”  to somehow slide under the radar of those transfixed by the hypnotic spell of identifying with their racial/cultural make up strictly, allowing any manipulator the ability to push their buttons and move them like cattle wherever they wish. And yes it is obviously used by “both” sides whichever they may be anywhere at anytime in the Hegelian Dialectic.Ironically it is proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that the libertarian platform would do more for minorities by ending the war on drugs which enslaves disproportionately minorities as well as ending foreign wars of occupation which again disproportionately have minorities on the front lines. Just one example of dozens supporting why it doesn’t pay to be a mindless teenager who is again completely focused on superficial aspects of existence while they are being fattened up for the kill of real life Empiric destruction of their civil liberties.The assumption that my pointing out that Jin reminds me of a bunch of teenagers who are completely myopically focused on their designer navel jeans.  Who in a fantasy reality where the most pressing issues are their sexual orientations, their racial identification, and their success at stealing one another’s significant others all while preparing for that glorious day when they perform away all of the troubles of that week’s problems, I think not only appropriate but funny.

            The irony that those who see themselves as outsiders or exploited can become even worst abusers is a serious topic of consideration, and explains such modern analogs as the Jewish state of Israel creating the world’s largest open air concentration camp for palestinians, Jimmy Swaggarts holy rolling through the red light district or say the aggressive jock on Glee who is secretly harboring fears of being outed as a homosexual and thus targets the gay kid for bullying only to confess later his secret passion and desire for male love are all equally indicative of what happens when grey is not allowed in the equation.  Hopefully Jin can realize that he is following a cliched pattern that is only one good acid trip away from dissolution.  

          • Camron Wiltshire

            “Dr. Paul is consistently accused of racism – as are many of his followers – and it is comments like this which only seem to solidify such opinions. ” Read below to hear my perspective.  Also consider that lies and slander are sadly easily accepted when one is preconditioned to believe them.  Should I judge all people of a particular stereotype by the supposed actions of one?  What if their linkage was entirely specious?  What is your logical answer??

        • Camron Wiltshire

          “States Rights” and “Constitutionalism” are code for segregation, theocracy and corporate power”  
          Actually ye ole wikipedia has a different explanation all together.  

          Constitutionalism has a variety of meanings. Most generally, it is “a complex of ideas, attitudes, and patterns of behavior elaborating the principle that the authority of government derives from and is limited by a body of fundamental law”.[1]

          In other words, it’s not ok for the white or brown puppet who reads from the teleprompter to circumvent the Constitution by engaging in wanton destruction of our civil liberties at home or abroad.
          Nice attempt at newspeak revisionism though.  Just for the record, Ad hominem, Guilt by Association, Composition Fallacy and Slippery Slope just for starters.  

      • Eric_D_Read

        I like Ron Paul’s stated positions on foreign policy and civil liberties as well. That’s why I’m so disgusted to find out that Peter Thiel, who is in bed with the CIA, is the primary backer of Paul’s Super PAC.
        http://exiledonline.com/ron-pauls-super-pac-sugar-daddy-builds-toys-for-the-cia-spies-on-u-s-citizens-opposes-democracy-womens-suffrage/ 

        • Apathesis

           Super PACS operate on their own.

          • Eric_D_Read

            …and I’m sure guys who are shrewd and ruthless enough to become billionaires without inventing anything real are just going to throw millions at a candidate whose stated goals run contrary to their interests. 

  • Pb

    more bedwetting from infowars.   there is no executive order stating any such thing.  go listen to the video and read the referenced executive orders, see for yourself.

    • Jin The Ninja

      that’s the problem with inforwars, they mix facile truths with obfuscation and outright lies.

      it’s their 5 reasons that are particularly cogent, but i think it is important to disregard the rest.

      • DeepCough

        “that’s the problem with inforwars, they [Infowars] mix facile truths with obfuscation and outright lies.”

        Dammit, Disinfo, you posted this over my RussiaToday article (“Iran Is Nuke-less”) of the same topic?! Fuckers.

        • Jin The Ninja

          don’t feel too bad, one of mine got bumped too. and for the record i would have much preferred yours, as i kind of like RT, and certainly appreciate it’s exploration of radical viewpoints.

          • DeepCough

             Indeed, news is always better when it’s from the the Motherland.

        • Camron Wiltshire

          I’d like to see that article, can you put the link up please?

    • Camron Wiltshire

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=f23uQr7TIMo
      You mean this video?  The one where Obama authorizes via presidential edict, ie, Executive Order that we will step up sanctions against Iran which set the stage for tension and conflict.
      Interesting to note they accuse Iran’s banks of corruption (projection).

      How does supporting evidence for the article equal “bedwetting” to you.  Also Jin why are you so eager to agree with anything defaming Infowars?  You should at least look up the challenge and do your homework before jumping on the bandwagon.

      • Jin The Ninja

        reply to me if you wish me to reply to you, instead of expecting me to produce a response on the main site rather than disqus.

        and i very much dislike infowars, it’s ideological constructions, and alex jones for dozens of reasons which i’ve made very clear in prior discussions. and for the record i didn’t even ‘like’ or agree with his comment, i simply made an observation based on the above article’s introduction which is formulated with constitutionality and paleo-conservativism as subtext.

        And, Camron, i did ALSO say that the 5 points made in the article were ‘PARTICULARLY COGENT.’ if i was so ready to dismiss the article, i’d not have said anything nearly that positive.

        • Camron Wiltshire

          I was replying to the other gentlemen and you at the same time obviously.  ”that’s the problem with inforwars, they mix facile truths with obfuscation and outright lies. 

          it’s their 5 reasons that are particularly cogent, but i think it is important to disregard the rest.”  << That's what you said, was responding to that.  The  "point" he made up is easily discredited, you avoided fact checking and jumped in with the above quote advising folks to "discard the rest."  I don't know if you were saying this regarding the article or every other article at infowars, which is voluminous and your rampant dismissal is honestly a composition fallacy taken to the extreme, case in point you disagree with many articles on this site and yet your still here. 
          Your entitled to your opinion, just not your own facts, this is why I wrote because you seemed to be confirming a position you hadn't fact checked for accuracy and we all know that is a no-no.  The position is of course easily refuted & I posted said refutation above.

          • Jin The Ninja

            lol. ok camron, whatever you say.

          • Calypso_1

            You cannot define fact as those elements of reality only testable in a closed rhetorical logic system.  Fact is also verifiable by experience.  If other individuals have a shared experience or an opinion it is a ‘fact’ that this is their experience – there need be no basis in reality of other attributable elements than this. 
            Refutation by methodologies that are irrelevant to the experience of others does not negate or invalidate said experience.  Such methods may be what one system uses as a guide for reality constructs but that interpretation in no way provides a universally consistent domain that has irrevocable rights over others views. 
            Ultimate reality is not a formal system and the human mind has access to modes of thought and perception not exclusive to logic.

          • Camron Wiltshire

            I wasn’t defining anything other than in relation to the thread.  Scroll up and read again before argue against your own strawman.    I was showing their is discernable bias in the form of Jin jumping on any infowars hating bandwagon.  Stick to the facts jack.  The “facts” in dispute are whether or not the Executive Order cited was relevant to not going to war with Iran.  Is this really hard to understand? This is the problem with jumping into conversations without knowing what has been said.  

            “http://www.youtube.com/watch?f…
            You mean this video?  The one where Obama authorizes via presidential edict, ie, Executive Order that we will step up sanctions against Iran which set the stage for tension and conflict.Interesting to note they accuse Iran’s banks of corruption (projection).
            How does supporting evidence for the article equal “bedwetting” to you.  Also Jin why are you so eager to agree with anything defaming Infowars?  You should at least look up the challenge and do your homework before jumping on the bandwagon.

            It’s a few lines up.  Did you just decide to ignore this or you don’t care??

  • Mr Willow

    Of course they’re not a threat—for the very reasons stated—that’s why, I presume, they make such a convenient target. 

    All the administration needs is to manufacture a reason for conflict, the media does most of the leg-work convincing the public of the ‘dire need’ for the conflict—usually using fear/hate mongering (nuclear weapon, enrich uranium, Sharia Law, Muslim, etc. etc.)—and all of a sudden we’re knee-deep in some atrocious act involving oil, blood, and, most importantly, profit for those initiating the conflict. 

    • valkrocket

      Obama has no personal interest in invading or bombing Iran. Look at the Bush and McCain folks and a large portion of the war mongering GOPers.

      • Fiftytwo

         Oh.. you know him personally do ya?

      • Lakota

        There isn’t really a difference between Obama & Bush.  New face, same suit same policies.

        • Eric_D_Read

          Obama is WAY slicker. Bush had that “yea well, what are you gonna do about it” air about him even when he knew we knew he was full of shit.

          Obama isn’t a legacy from an insider family, and he has to sell himself as a supporter of the downtrodden and marginalized while carrying out the same basic agenda as Bush. His game has to be much tighter.

          But on the really important stuff, you’re dead on. 

    • Lakota

       I agree. It was similar to 9/11. Where the hijackers were apparently Saudi , We tortured some kid to admit there were weapons connected to Saddam, We kill Millions of Iraqi, Afghan & Pakistani Civilians and what?? aw… not a single missile… just some poor folks with guns. Opium, & now, a bunch of orphaned kids.

  • Farrellchalderroyle

    America will do exactly what the Israeli’s tell them to do. Israel rules America. Israeli intelligence pose as CIA agents recruiting opposing Muslims of the Iran regime and America doesn’t seem bothered about it. Israeli intelligence use bogus US and British passports with ease.

  • valkrocket

    DISINFORMATION….I suspect you are a false flag GOPer. GO SIT ON A TOILET and flush yourself.

  • valkrocket

    Obama is just another JFK, RFK, Reagan, Carter being pushed around by assasins of BUSH’s regime.

  • Devall3000

    Actually, all of the IED’s we deal with in Iraq were/are manufactured in Iran.