‘Iran has no reason to strike Golan’: Analysts dispute Israel’s ‘political’ claim of missile attack
Staging a missile attack on the Golan Heights makes no sense for Tehran under the current circumstances, military experts told RT. They speculate that Israel’s claims about the attack lack solid proof and might be agenda-driven.

“Every time one resorts to arms, one seeks to hit some particular targets and has to analyze the potential consequences [of the attack],” Leonid Ivashov, the president of the Academy for Geopolitical Problems and a retired colonel-general of the Russian military intelligence (GRU), told RT. Ivashov was commenting on the reports accusing Iran’s Quds Force of launching a missile attack on the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights from Syrian territory.

“It would be just egregiously silly to launch a missile targeting the region of Golan Heights [which is heavily guarded by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF)] as it would certainly prompt military response,” Ivashov said. Iran has “absolutely no reasons” to launch a missile strike against Israel, he added.

The retired colonel-general also drew attention to the fact that Tehran is even less inclined to make such moves at a time when the fate of the 2015 deal on the Iranian nuclear program is in limbo. “Iran is highly interested in keeping the deal” intact, Ivashov said, implying that Tehran would probably avoid any aggressive steps that could spark a backlash from the international community.

Tehran is also not interested in drawing Israel into the Syrian conflict, Dr. Konstantin Sivkov, a military analyst and the head of the Geostrategists’ Association, told RT. There are no serious reasons for Iranian forces in Syria to attack Israel, he said, adding that “if Israel does engage in the Syrian war, it will have dire consequences both for the Iranians and the Syrians.”

Sivkov also called the latest series of incidents a “dangerous game” that is fraught with perilous consequences, ranging from rapid escalation of tensions in the region to a risk of a global conflict. In the meantime, the analysts drew attention to the fact that the Israeli claims about the suspected Iranian attack actually lack solid proof.

“Israel has so far provided absolutely no evidence of the attack” except for the claims from its military, Ivashov said, adding that Tel Aviv, just like some of its allies in the West, rarely bothers with presenting any evidence that could justify its actions. The Israeli authorities and the military believe “they can launch strikes at will,” he added.

In the meantime, Igor Korotchenko, the editor-in-chief of the ‘National Defense’ magazine and the member of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Public Council, said that Tel Aviv’s claims might, in fact, be politically motivated. This whole issue “might as well have a political vector aimed at demonizing Iran and its allies,” he told RT.

According to Ivashov, this could also be an attempt to support the US in its decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal with Iran, as the incidents took place just days after US President Donald Trump announced that he would pull the US out of the agreement. Meanwhile, Sivkov said that it is Israel that is actually responsible for the escalation in the region, as it repeatedly carried out strikes against targets in Syrian territory just because it “did not like” the fact that the Iranian forces are present in the war-torn country.

“Syria has a legitimate right to deploy any troops on its territory,” Sivkov said. Israel’s strikes against the targets located on “the territory of another sovereign state” are a violation of international law and a direct “act of military aggression,” he added.
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ホワイトハウスの報道官が、女性のエンパワーメントを支持する民主党員は拷問記録の廃棄の経歴を持つ Gina HaspelのCIA長官指名を支持すべきだと述べて批判されています。



※ Sarah Sanders@PressSec 2018/5/6
There is no one more qualified to be the first woman to lead the CIA than 30+ year CIA veteran Gina Haspel. Any Democrat who claims to support women’s empowerment and our national security but opposes her nomination is a total hypocrite

※ RT認証済みアカウント @RT_com氏の2018/5/7のツイート
Many were quick to point out that Haspel being a woman has nothing to do with whether she is suitable to lead the CIA, and that what’s more important is her record

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has been slammed for claiming Democrats who support women’s empowerment should also support Gina Haspel’s nomination to the CIA, despite her record in torture.

Sanders said “any Democrat who claims to support women’s empowerment and our national security but opposes her nomination is a total hypocrite” in a tweet on Saturday, sparking a swift backlash across social media.

Many were quick to point out that Haspel being a woman has nothing to do with whether she is suitable to lead the CIA, and that what’s more important is her record.

“It’s probably possible to simultaneously ‘support women’s empowerment’ and oppose the empowerment of torturers (male or female),” journalist Glenn Greenwald responded.


※ ロイター2018年5月7日 / 08:50 / 1時間前更新
[ワシントン 6日 ロイター] - トランプ米大統領が次期中央情報局(CIA)長官に指名したジーナ・ハスペルCIA副長官がホワイトハウスに対し、指名辞退を申し出ていたことが、事情に詳しい2人の関係筋の話で6日、明らかになった。

[ワシントン 9日 ロイター] - 米国の次期中央情報局(CIA)長官に指名されたジーナ・ハスペルCIA長官代行は9日に開かれた承認に関する議会公聴会で、CIAが過去に行った水責めなどの過酷な尋問に関わったとされる問題について厳しい追及を受けた。







McCain Urges Senate to Reject Haspel’s Nomination
TEHRAN (FNA)- Senator John McCain came out against Gina Haspel, US President Donald Trump’s nominee to be CIA director, on Wednesday after her confirmation hearing in the Senate.

In a break with President Trump, McCain urged his Senate colleagues to vote against Haspel, charging that "her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying", The Hill reported.

McCain said Haspel in speaking to the Senate Intelligence Committee failed to address his concerns about her role in an enhanced interrogation program during the George W. Bush administration.

The methods used in that program are now widely regarded as torture.

Haspel cannot afford to lose any additional Republican support.

McCain is recovering from surgery related to his brain cancer in Arizona and was not expected to be present when the Senate votes on Haspel's nomination.

With McCain out and Senator Rand Paul opposed, Haspel still needs support from at least one Democratic Senator as well as every other Republican to be confirmed.

"Like many Americans, I understand the urgency that drove the decision to resort to so-called enhanced interrogation methods after our country was attacked. I know that those who used enhanced interrogation methods and those who approved them wanted to protect Americans from harm. I appreciate their dilemma and the strain of their duty,” McCain said in a statement Wednesday.

“But as I have argued many times, the methods we employ to keep our nation safe must be as right and just as the values we aspire to live up to and promote in the world,” he stated.

McCain stressed that he believes Haspel “is a patriot who loves our country and has devoted her professional life to its service and defense.”

“However, Ms. Haspel’s role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing. Her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying,” he said, underlining that “I believe the Senate should exercise its duty of advice and consent and reject this nomination."

McCain was tortured as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War.

He had previously expressed skepticism about Haspel's nomination.

Haspel's ties to the interrogation program led to a contentious confirmation hearing on Wednesday in which Senate Democrats drilled down on her views on the subject.

She did not answer when Senator Kamala Harris repeatedly asked if Haspel believes past interrogation techniques were "immoral."

However, she pledged that she would not bring back the program.

Senator Joe Manchin said Wednesday that he will support Haspel's nomination.

Several other GOP senators remain on the fence.

McCain's opposition to Haspel's nomination marked the latest instance in which the Arizona Senator broke with Trump.

The President drew harsh criticism during the 2016 campaign when he disputed that McCain is a war hero, saying he prefers war heroes "who weren't captured."

Since Trump's election, McCain has frequently spoken out against Trump's rhetoric and the "spurious nationalism" sweeping the country, and wrote critically of Trump in his upcoming book.

In addition, McCain delivered the decisive vote to kill an ObamaCare repeal effort in the Senate last summer.

※ Ian56 @Ian56789氏の2018/5/9のツイート
Totally disgusting.
Legendary CIA Vet & True American Hero @RayMcGovern is manhandled & abused after being dragged out of CIA Torturer Gina Haspel confirmation hearing.
Haspel should be facing charges for War Crimes & Treason not being made CIA Director.
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