Salihi said; “I am declaring this to the beloved Turkish nation that I do love dearly with all my sincerity. We are not producing nuclear bombs because that is illicit and is not to our benefit.”


It is profoundly illogical for Iran to produce a nuclear bomb.  I am saying this very openly, without any hesitation: If Iran were to believe that producing a nuclear bomb would be to its benefit, it would produce it and would never keep it a secret. Iran would not be ashamed of that. But we have decided that it does not comply with the defence doctrine of our country.  Let us assume that we do have a nuclear bomb,  please recount to us where are we to use it? Are we going to go and hit Israel with it? Israel simlply means the USA. Who would be able to cope with the nuclear power of the USA? We are utterly reasonable people.

In Turkish;
[ İran’ın nükleer programının asli sorumlusu, İran Atom Ajansı’nın (AEOI) yeni başkanı Dr. Ali Ekber Salihi, nükleer programla ilgili bütün iddialara cevap verdi. Salihi, “Çok sevdiğim Türk halkına bütün samimiyetimle açıklıyorum. Nükleer bomba üretmiyoruz çünkü hem haramdır hem de menfaatimize değildir” diye konuştu. ]


*  İkinci sebep nedir?
–  İran’ın bir nükleer bomba üretmesinin son derece mantıksız olması. Çok açıkça, hiç çekinmeden söylüyorum: Eğer İran, nükleer bomba üretmenin ülkenin menfaatine olduğuna inansaydı bunu üretir ve katiyen saklamazdı. Bundan utanmazdı. Ama bunun ülkemizin savunma doktrinine uymayacağına karar verdik. Diyelim ki bir nükleer bombamız var, o bombayı nerede kullanacağız söyler misiniz? İsrail’i mi vuracağız? İsrail demek ABD demek.  ABD’nin nükleer gücüyle kim baş edebilir? Biz son derece akıllı insanlarız. ]




Cheney: Obama detainee policies make US less safe

Former Vice President Dick Cheney appears on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday, March 15, 2009, in Washington. Cheney's going high-tech with a BlackBerry and a wireless device for reading books. And he's driving a car these days. Such is life after 8 years as vice president. Two months after leaving office, Cheney also is getting used to being out of the loop when it comes national secrets. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

Obama has suspended military trials for suspected terrorists and announced he will close the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as well as overseas sites where the CIA has held some detainees. The president also ordered CIA interrogators to abide by the U.S. Army Field Manual’s regulations for treatment of detainees and denounced waterboarding, part of the Bush program of enhanced interrogation, as torture.

Asked on CNN’s “State of the Union” if he thought Obama has made Americans less safe with those actions, Cheney replied, “I do.”

“I think those programs were absolutely essential to the success we enjoyed of being able to collect the intelligence that let us defeat all further attempts to launch attacks against the United States since 9/11,” Cheney said.

“I think that’s a great success story. It was done legally. It was done in accordance with our constitutional practices and principles,” he said. “President Obama campaigned against it all across the country. And now he is making some choices that, in my mind, will, in fact, raise the risk to the American people of another attack.”

Some Democratic lawmakers and other administration critics have denounced those and other Bush programs, such as warrantless surveillance, as counterproductive and illegal. In defending these policies established by President George W. Bush following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Cheney said he had seen a report itemizing specific attacks that had been stopped because of the intelligence gathered through those programs.

“It’s still classified. I can’t give you the details of it without violating classification, but I can say there were a great many of them,” he said.

Cheney said the March 2003 invasion of Iraq has led to democratic elections and a constitution as well as the defeat of al-Qaida in Iraq and Iran’s efforts to influence events in Iraq.

“We have succeeded in creating in the heart of the Middle East a democratically governed Iraq, and that is a big deal, and it is, in fact, what we set out to do,” he said.

Asked if he was declaring “mission accomplished” — those words graced a banner aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln that heralded Bush’s overly optimistic declaration on May 1, 2003, that major combat operations had ended in Iraq — Cheney replied: “I wouldn’t use that, just because it triggers reactions that we don’t need.”

He added: “But I would ask people — and the press, too — to take an honest look at the circumstances in Iraq today and how far we’ve come.”

The Associated Press 15 March 2009