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Iran Holds Air Defense Drills As IAEA Says Iran Blocks Access To Key Nuclear Site

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As if the market needed another bizarro catalyst to ramp even higher courtesy of an even more pronounced drop in corporate earnings courtesy of soaring energy costs, that is just what it is about to get following news of further deterioration in the Nash equilibrium in Iran, where on one hand we learn that IAEA just pronounced Iran nuclear talks a failure (this is bad), and on the other Press TV reports that the Iran army just started a 4 day air defense exercise in a 190,000 square kilometer area in southern Iran (this is just as bad). The escalation "ball" is now in the Western court. And if Iraq is any indication, after IAEA talks "failure" (no matter how grossly manipulated by the media), the aftermath is usually always one and the same...

From The Guardian:

The UN nuclear agency has declared its latest inspection visit to Iran a failure, with the regime blocking access to a key site suspected of hosting covert nuclear weapon research and no agreement reached on how to resolve other unanswered questions.


The statement from the International Atomic Energy Agency was issued shortly after an Iranian general warned of a pre-emptive strike against any nation that threatens Iran.


"We engaged in a constructive spirit but no agreement was reached," the statement quoted IAEA chief Yukiya Amano as saying.


The communique said that Iran did not grant requests by the IAEA mission to visit Parchin, a military site thought to be used for explosives testing related to triggering a nuclear weapon. Amano called this decision "disappointing". No agreement was reached on how to begin "clarification of unresolved issues in connection with Iran's nuclear programme, particularly those relating to possible military dimensions", the statement said.

Apparently it is Iran's fault for seeing right through the IAEA's track record of being nothing but the catalyst for all out aggression. Here is a reminder why, courtesy of Hans Blix. And with that out of the way, we continue:

The fact that the statement was issued early Wednesday, shortly after midnight and just after the IAEA experts left Tehran, reflected the urgency the agency attached to announcing the failed outcome. The language of the statement clearly if indirectly blamed Tehran for the lack of progress.

We can already see the statements from Clinton, who will do anything to make her transition to head of the World Bank as seamless and as "deserved" as pobssible.

In the meantime, Iran is not playing possum:

Iran’s Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base started the four-day exercises codenamed Tharallah on Monday within an area of 190,000 square kilometers in southern Iran, with the key objective of boosting the country’s air defense near the Persian Gulf and the nation’s Bushehr nuclear power plant.


During the military drills slated in four tactical phases, the Iranian army will test and assess the operation of its surface-to-air and radar equipment, and will collect new data on the procedures.


State-of -the-art radar, artillery and missile systems as well as interceptor fighter aircraft of the Air Force will be used in the military drills.


In the first phase of the drills, the fighter aircraft of the hypothetical enemy launched attacks against local air defense forces as part of an electronic warfare exercise.


Using passive and active sensors and multilevel data collection and communications systems, the air defense forces managed to thwart the mock enemy’s measures promptly and effectively, and safeguard the country’s radar network.


Meanwhile, Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Forces wrapped up another drill codenamed Val Fajr in the central province of Yazd on Monday, to further enhance the combat preparedness of Iranian armed forces.

Why is Iran doing this now?

Iran maintains that the military drills are defensive in nature and meant to convey a message of peace and friendship to regional countries.


Tehran has also sent a public invitation to regional states to conduct joint naval drills with Iranian forces.

Like Israel?

Rhetorical questions aside, we hope our readers stocked up on gasoline. Because things are about to get uglier. And by that we mean more expensive. But courtesy of hedonic adjustments, more expensive means cheaper, at least to the US government.


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Thu, 02/23/2012 - 01:36 | 2187952 cranky-old-geezer
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And pray tell what'll happen when American federalized cops are used against American citizens?

Oh wait, they already are. :)

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 07:36 | 2184142 EyesWise Shut
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Imagine the ultimate Black Swan: The U.S. egaging in this war and loosing it!


Wed, 02/22/2012 - 07:48 | 2184153 AnAnonymous
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As if that agency could conclude something else than failure...

All those monitoring agencies have learned to know their position in the US world order: condoning, giving ground to etc

US citizens have an issue with Iran.

Andrew Jackson type. When he received the confirmation that Indians had an unalienable right to their lands, well, he dismissed it and called for judges to come and show him wrong.

Just propaganda organs that are consuming resources for no purpose by now.

US citizens do not need justification other than the possibility of going in for murder and resources.

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 07:50 | 2184154 JPMorgan
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No country / government would allow full and unrestricted access to their sensitive locations.

What would be the response if a international inspection team requested unrestricted access to take a look around Area 51 in Nevada?

It is totally ridiculous and unrealistic to expect any country to be fully open and transparent to outside scrutiny.





Wed, 02/22/2012 - 07:52 | 2184155 my puppy for prez
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I was listening to a radio show of Chris Greene (Greenewave Radio) on American Freedom Radio.  A male college student who is very awake and wise beyond years called in.  He said his dad works for GS, and that the dad is urging all of his children to GET OUT OF AMERICA as soon as possible.  Hmmm.....

He also said that at his mother's office, they have learned that a bill is coming down the congressional pike that has to do with subverting Americans' right to protest publicly.  Don't know much more than that now.

Very ominous thoughts...

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 08:25 | 2184181 falak pema
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OT / Events in Syria 


Have a thought for these two brave journalists who died under Assad's fascist fire in Homs :

Marie Colvin dead: Journalist 'killed in Homs, Syria' hours after ITN News At Ten broadcast | Mail Online

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 08:39 | 2184195 BudFox2012
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So does this mean there wont be a lollapalooza in Tehran this year?

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 09:26 | 2184264 Incubus
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Let's get this fucking thing started, already.  We'll see who'll prevail in the end of this fight:  the parasitic and caustic greed and corruption of the "soul"--or perseverance, ambition, ingenuity of the spirit?


One stifles another, and will always attempt to--but the parasites must be burned off every so often--and that's what makes it all worth it.  Think of this as an exercise in character building.


Wed, 02/22/2012 - 09:41 | 2184336 rsnoble
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So much for hemi power. I'll be trading those for a Harley it looks like. Or a pedal assist moped. lmao.

Do you think Burger King is picking the wrong time for delivery?  You know those delivery drivers have to use their own cars. Not sure if they get a gas card??  I don't think so, think they just have to deduct it on taxes. Anyhows pizza delivery may become a thing of the past.

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 10:00 | 2184395 Bow Tie
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i'd look at the track record of whose actually dropped a nuke on another country for clues as to the real threat in the world.

preemptive wars are a treason to humanity ;p

#real talk

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 10:09 | 2184425 arcos
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Saudi Arabia Cuts Oil Output, Export: Industry Report

Exports from Saudi Arabia declined by 440'000 bpd or 5.6%.

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 10:10 | 2184435 snowball777
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If I'm ever afforded the opportunity to scrawl something ironic on an ICBM, I'm gonna write "Job Creator" ("Peacekeeper" was funny too).

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 10:46 | 2184646 j0nx
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I still say the American people will not stand for another unjustified war. There will be riots and gatherings in DC that will make 1968 look like a girl scout gathering if they start another war and me and mine will be amongst them. Enough is efuckingnough.

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 11:47 | 2184916 Problem Is
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Classic Hypocrisy and Election Year Propaganda

  1. Defense Secretary Leon "The Professional Bureaucrat" Panetta says according to intelligence estimates Iran has no nuclear weapons program...
  2. The IAEA should now be on its way to inspect the rogue nuclear power Israel's 400+ thermo-nuclear plutonium based weapons...

Now let's get those clueless Amerikan public jingoists going on election year warmongering to make the spineless, useless Barry Soetoro "look" presidential...

Remember Amerikan fools: It's the economy and the looting, stupid...

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 12:24 | 2185057 lakecity55
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The Iranian war scenario has just as much to do with US Constitutional suspension as the nuclear "threat."

If you follow closely the propaganda from The US Premier's media, there is now a sudden threat of "Iranians" attacking the CONUS. This will provide justification for a large-scale deployment of the NDAA. Like Hitler with the SA, the US Premier will use military action against Iran as an excuse to liquidate his enemies in the former United States.

The Premier has already overthrown the US Government. He just hasn't announced it yet.

Iran is the excuse needed to establish full suspension of Human Rights and confiscation of the former US citizen's financial holdings. In this manner, he will complete the orders given to him by TPTB to destroy American Freedom and initiate financial domination of the Med.


Wed, 02/22/2012 - 12:35 | 2185106 naiverealist
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Has the US ever allowed the IAEA to perform inspections of their military bases?  Has Israel?

And yet Iran is castigated for this same action.

The hypocrisy is huge!

What's good for the goose . . . .

Wed, 02/22/2012 - 13:02 | 2185210 Mentalic
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Isn't the current Japanese IAEA chief the same guy who was outed in Wikileaks as saying he is ready to do/say whatever the US tells him to?

Thu, 02/23/2012 - 00:44 | 2187877 ruffles
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Comin' again to save the motherfuckin day Yeauh

mericuuh... FUCK YEAH...naa na na

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