Mon May 12, 2014 12:52 EXCLUSIVE
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian version of the RQ-170
which has been manufactured through the reverse engineering of the US
drone which was tracked and hunted down in Iran
late in 2011, has been equipped by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps
(IRGC) with bombing capability to attack the US warships in any possible battle.
The new capability was revealed during Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei‘s Sunday visit to an exhibition of the latest achievements of the IRGC Aerospace Force. The Supreme Leader had a two-hour tour of the IRGC’s Aerospace Exhibition where state-of-the-art equipment and hardware were showcased.
IRGC experts said the Iran-made RQ-170, similar to its original model, will be able to conduct surveillance and reconnaissance missions, but it has been equipped with the bombing capability as well to be able to carry out a wider range of missions. Continue reading
A public hanging in Iran.
An important axiom of the regime, necessary for US. policy makers to remember, is that the Islamic Republic’s ruling class is an inveterate enemy of the United Stares and the existing world order. The regime’s overall objective is the destruction of the United States and the civilization it represents.
What is to be done about Iran? The current U.S. Administration might be better served if it would engage in some strategic thinking. The concentration of media pundits has focused on only one dimension of the Islamic Republic, its nuclear program. This sole focus obscures the essence, motivations, and objectives of a regime ultimately more dangerous to the world than even its nuclear capability.
To begin with, U.S. policy makers might take a fresh look at the operating principles by which the regime lives — as well as its strengths and weaknesses — to develop better a series of policy options on how best to weaken or even destabilize the regime. At the very least, such a process might yield an approach that would induce the regime to curtail its terrorist activities and support for radical movements throughout the globe, if not slow down its nuclear program.
Operating Principles of the Regime
The prime directive of Iran’s ruling class is to ensure the regime’s stability. During its three and a half decades, the Islamic Republic has successfully negotiated contentious passions within the regime’s power centers to avoid open confrontation. When it appeared that factional intra-regime differences were about to unravel the existing order, the regime’s leaders pulled back and restored equilibrium within its senior ranks. The most memorable example of this pattern transpired during the era of Mohamad Khatami (08/1997-08/2005), when his election to the presidency emboldened Iran’s population to push the theocracy for comprehensive reforms. Continue reading
BY KARIM SADJADPOUR | JULY 21, 2011
Nobody has ever confused Niccolo Machiavelli with an Islamic revolutionary — but he certainly knew a thing or two about revolutions. The Florentine political philosopher watched his native city overthrow, restore, and then overthrow again the powerful Medici family. And it was in this hotbed of backstabbing clans, religious favoritism, and political power plays that Machiavelli sharpened his teeth. Ah, how he would have enjoyed the Tehran of today.
Half a millennia later, the author of The Prince and intellectual father of realpolitik has found one of his most impressive students in Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei — another leader well-acquainted with the exercise of acquiring, and keeping, political power. Indeed, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose rise (and now his seeming fall from grace) was orchestrated by Khamenei, is the third Iranian head of state (preceded by Hashemi Rafsanjani and Mohammed Khatami) whom Khamenei has outmaneuvered.