Pentagon Responds To Iranian Satellite Launch — Renews Concerns About Ballistic Missile Development



Geoff Morrell, Pentagon press secretary

Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service

Iran’s launch of a low-orbit satellite into orbit this week “is clearly a concern of ours” because it could lead to the development of a ballistic missile system, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said Tuesday.

Morrell responded to questions about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s announcement that Iran had launched its first Iranian-built satellite into orbit. A domestically built Ambassador-2 or Safir-2 rocket reportedly carried the satellite into space.

Iran has “officially achieved a presence in space,” Ahmadinejad declared as Iran observed the 30th anniversary of the Islamic revolution. The launch heightened concern that Iran could take the next step of developing long-range ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads.

“It is certainly a reason for us to be concerned about Iran and its continued attempts to develop a ballistic missile program of increasingly long range,” Morrell said today. “Obviously, there are dual-use capabilities in the technology here which could be applied toward the development of a long-range ballistic missile.”

The United States isn’t the only country concerned about Iran’s activities. “Everybody in the region,” including Israel and its Arab neighbors, as well as US allies in Europe and Russia, has raised concern, Morrell said.

During conversations with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, former Russian President and current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin referred to Iran’s activities as Russia‘s “Number 1 security threat,” Morrell said.

Monday’s launch only reinforced these concerns about Iran, Morrell told reporters.

“We have long recognized … that they pose a real threat, and it is a growing threat, and that they are determined to develop long-range ballistic missiles,” he said. “And I think all of Europe has recognized that to be the case, and that is why they unanimously embraced a third site for missile defense in Europe.”

NATO plans to put a European missile defense system in place to combat missiles fired from rogue states such as Iran. The radar for the NATO system will be in the Czech Republic, and the 10 interceptor missiles will be based in Poland.

Deputy State Department spokesman Robert Wood called for increased pressure from the international community, including Russia and China, to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

“Russia and China share our concern about what Iran has been doing, not only with regard to its nuclear program, but … with regard to missile technology,” he said. “I think, frankly, everyone can do better with regard to trying to limit Iran‘s ability to act … with regard to missile technology and its nuclear program.”

UN Security Council Resolution 1718 prohibits Iran from engaging in missile-related activities.


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  1. LadyTexan Says:

    Beijing Plans to Infiltrate Mainstream Western Media
    By (translation)
    Jan 28, 2009 – 11:06:03 AM

    Boxun Exclusive

    In mid-January 2009, a week before Chinese New Year, the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party held a meeting to discuss its plan for foreign propaganda work in the year to come. It summarized the past decade’s progress in co-opting international Chinese-language media into doing the propaganda work of the Chinese Communist Party.

    The Politburo decided that in addition to continuing its Chinese-language international image promotion, it plans to infiltrate and influence mainstream Western media. The meeting cited the example of the Russian former KGB officer and present tycoon who has purchase the defunct British newspaper The Evening Standard. This overt an approach is undesirable, the meeting concluded, and instead influential overseas Chinese in the media business should be utilized to purchase and operate mainstream Western media organs.

    The spring 2008 coverage of the uprising in Tibet by CNN and other Western mainstream media organs sounded an alarm. China’s Politburo concluded that it must counter this by infiltrating and influencing Western coverage of China and China’s image in the international media.

    The opportunity is presently ripe because of the downturn in the world economy. Many media organizations are in economic difficulty, even going bankrupt, and they can be purchased and it will look like an investment and business opportunity and not the attempt of the Chinese government to infiltrate Western media organs and influence Western popular opinion toward China that it is.

  2. LadyTexan Says:

    Iraqi Woman Had 80 Women Raped & Turned Into Suicide Bombers (Video)

    An Iraqi woman had 80 women raped and then talked them into exploding themselves to escape the shame.
    She called herself “The Mother of All (evil) Believers” and was a member of Ansar al-Sunna, a radical Islamist group linked to Al-Qaeda.

    The face of evil– Samira Ahmed Jassim had 80 women raped and shamed them into becoming human bombs.
    Mastermind … Samira Ahmed Jassim confessed to organising the rape of 80 women so she could recruit them as suicide bombers. (Herald Sun)

    In case the Left was still wondering.
    This is the evil we are up against.
    It’s not George W. Bush.
    The Herald Sun reported, via LGF:

    A WOMAN suspected of recruiting more than 80 female suicide bombers has confessed to organising their rapes so she could later convince them that martyrdom was the only way to escape the shame.

    Samira Jassam, 51, was arrested by Iraqi police and confessed to recruiting the women and orchestrating dozens of attacks.

    In a video confession, she explained how she had mentally prepared the women for martyrdom operations, passed them on to terrorists who provided explosives, and then took the bombers to their targets.

    “We arrested Samira Jassim, known as ‘Um al-Mumenin’, the mother of the believers, who was responsible for recruiting 80 women”, Major General Qassim Atta said.

    “She confessed her responsibility for these actions, and she confirmed that 28 attempts had been made in one of the terrorists’ strongholds,” he said.

    Samira Jassim was arrested on January 21. She is allegedly linked to the Ansar al-Sunnah insurgent group…

    The Associated Press reports US military figures indicate at least 36 female suicide bombers attempted or carried out 32 attacks last year.

  3. LadyTexan Says:

    Eyes are starting to open up:

    For Obama, nominees’ exits take off some of the glow

    “It’s a really rocky start,” said Melanie Sloan, director of the liberal-leaning watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “He said this would be the most ethical administration ever, but to people outside the Beltway it looks like it was just words.”


    Read the rest of the article at:

  4. LadyTexan Says:

    Cheney warns of new attacks

    Former Vice President Dick Cheney warned that there is a “high probability” that terrorists will attempt a catastrophic nuclear or biological attack in coming years, and said he fears the Obama administration’s policies will make it more likely the attempt will succeed. (snip)

    “When we get people who are more concerned about reading the rights to an Al Qaeda terrorist than they are with protecting the United States against people who are absolutely committed to do anything they can to kill Americans, then I worry,” Cheney said. (snip)

  5. LadyTexan Says:


    You will appreciate this as much as I do. It’s a post I found at TD blog:


    Please note that Texas is the only state with a legal right to secede
    from the Union. (Reference the Texas-American Annexation
    Treaty of 1848.)

    We Texans love y’all, but we’ll probably have to take action since Barack Obama won the election. We’ll miss you too.

    Here is what can happen:

    1: Barack Hussein Obama becomes President of the United States , and
    Texas immediately secedes from the Union .

    2: George W. Bush will become the President of the
    Republic of Texas . You might not think that he talks too pretty, but we
    haven’t had another terrorist attack, and the economy was fine
    until the effects of the Democrats lowering the qualifications for
    home loans came to roost.

    So what does Texas have to do to survive as a Republic?

    1. NASA is just south of Houston , Texas . We will control the space

    2. We refine over 85% of the gasoline in the United States .

    3. Defense Industry–we have over 65% of it. The term
    “Don’t mess with Texas ,” will take on a whole new meaning.

    4. Oil – we can supply all the oil that the Republic of
    Texas will need for the next 300 years. What will the other states
    do? Gee, we don’t know. Why not ask Obama?

    5. Natural Gas – again we have all we need and it’s too
    bad about those Northern States. John Kerry and Al Gore will have
    to figure out a way to keep them warm….

    6. Computer Industry – we lead the nation in producing computer
    chips and communications equipment -small companies like
    Texas Instruments, Dell Computer, EDS, Raytheon, National
    Semiconductor, Motorola, Intel, AMD, Atmel, Applied Materials, Ball
    Miconductor, Dallas Semiconductor, Nortel, Alcatel, etc, etc. The list
    goes on and on.

    7. Medical Care – We have the research centers for cancer research,
    the best burn centers and the top trauma units in the
    world, as well as other large health centers. The Houston Medical center alone employees over 65,000 people.

    8. We have enough colleges to keep us getting smarter: University of
    Texas , Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Texas Christian, Rice,
    SMU, University of Dallas , University of Houston , Baylor, UNT University of North Texas ), Texas Women’s University, etc. Ivy grows better in the South anyway.

    9. We have an intelligent and energetic work force, and it isn’t
    restricted by a bunch of unions. Here in Texas , it’s
    a Right to Work State and, therefore, it’s every man and women for
    themselves. We just go out and get the job done. And if we don’t
    like the way one company operates, we get a job somewhere else.

    10. We have essential control of the paper, plastics, and insurance
    industries, etc.

    11. In case of a foreign invasion, we have the Texas
    National Guard, the Texas Air National Guard, and several military bases.
    We don’t have an Army, but since everybody down here has at least
    six rifles and a pile of ammo, we can raise an Army in 24 hours if we
    need one. If the situation really gets bad, we can always call the
    Department of Public Safety and ask them to send over the Texas

    12. We are totally self-sufficient in beef, poultry, hogs, and
    several types of grain, fruit and vegetables, and
    let’s not forget seafood from the Gulf. Also, everybody down here knows how to cook them so that they taste good. Don’t need any food.

    13. Three of the ten largest cities in the United States , and twenty-
    three of the 100 largest cities in the United States , are
    located in Texas . And Texas also has more land than California , New
    York , New Jersey , Connecticut , Delaware , Hawaii , Massachusetts ,
    Maryland , Rhode Island and Vermont combined.

    14. Trade: Three of the ten largest ports in the United States are
    located in Texas .

    15. We also manufacture cars down here, but we don’t
    need to. You see, nothing rusts in Texas , so our vehicles stay beautiful
    and run well for decades.

    This just names a few of the items that will keep the Republic of
    Texas in good shape. There isn’t a thing out there that we need and
    don’t have.

    Now to the rest of the United States under President Obama:

    Since you won’t have the refineries to get gas for your
    cars, only President Obama will be able to drive around in his big 9
    mpg SUV. The rest of the United States will have to walk or ride

    You won’t have any TV as the Space Center in Houston
    will cut off satellite communications.

    You won’t have any natural gas to heat your homes, but
    since Mr. Obama has predicted global warming, you will not need the
    gas as long as you survive the 2000 years it will take to get enough
    heat from Global Warming.

    So, in other words, go screw yourselves. Oh, that’s
    right. You already have!

    Signed, The People of Texas

    P.S. This is not a threatening letter – just a note to give you
    something to think about!


  6. LadyTexan Says:

    Comrade Frank Wants US Businesses Working Like It’s 1939–In Russia.
    by Michael Graham February 4, 2009 @ 08:25

    Read this and gasp:

    Congress will consider legislation to extend some of the curbs on executive pay that now apply only to those banks receiving federal assistance, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank said.

    “There’s deeply rooted anger on the part of the average American,” the Massachusetts Democrat said at a Washington news conference today.

    He said the compensation restrictions would apply to all financial institutions and might be extended to include all U.S. companies.

    You read that correctly: ALL U.S. companies.

    And before you dismiss this as yet another lunatic idea from America’s Most Expensive Congressman, you need to know that the Obama administration is warming up to the idea, too:

    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said last month that he might try to extend to all U.S. companies a restriction that prohibits bailout banks from taking a tax deduction of more than $500,000 in pay for each executive.

    The Troubled Assets Relief Program legislation enacted in October seeks to give companies receiving aid under the $700 billion bailout a number of incentives to curb what it calls excessive executive pay.

    Mr. Geithner said he would consider “extending at least some of the TARP provisions and features of the $500,000 cap to U.S. companies generally.”

    Holy crap! It’s like a plot line out of Atlas Shrugged, with the government telling Hank Reardon he’s making too much money. I know Barney Frank isn’t very bright, but even he has to see the economic idiocy of capping the salaries of smart people.

    For example: let’s say Chrysler or GM find an executive with the skills and expertise to turn the company around and make them profitable once again. Does Barney Frank really believe it should be illegal to pay that CEO what he’s worth? Because if you cap Tommy Talented’s salary at American companies, he’s just going to go work for Mercedes or BMW. And the American auto workers will just go home to an unemployment check.

    Apparently, Barney Frank and the Obama administration think it’s better that a million auto workers lose their jobs than for their CEO to earn $1 million saving them. And this is their attitude during an economic crisis, when we need ever job we can get. Imagine how the Left would be assaulting private business if the economy were strong?

    I’ve always rolled my eyes a bit when people have called Barack Obama a socialist, or linked the Democratic Party to Marxism. We’re not there yet, but the eye-rolling ends today.

  7. LadyTexan Says:

    OK, I guess I’m here by myself today.

    Did I post too much reading material for this beautiful day?

  8. LadyTexan Says:

    New AOL poll

    Hot Seat: Obama’s Transition

    Ed Morrissey asks:

    How would you rate Obama’s transition so far?

  9. rosettasister Says:

    Lady, you are on a roll today!



  10. rosettasister Says:

    Thanks, Hugh!

    “VDH, Lamar Alexander and Doc Coburn”

    VDH sums up the opening weeks of President Obama.

    Here’s the transcript of yesterday’s interview with Lamar Alexander.

    Listen here:

    02030901 Hewitt: Hour 1 – Hugh talks about the tax problems of the Obama cabinet with Mike Allen of Politico and Jim Geraghty of National Review’s Campaign Spot blog, and the non-stimulus bill with Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander

    [audio src="" /]

    Here’s the transcript of yesterday’s interview with Tom Coburn.

    Listen here:

    02030902 Hewitt: Hour 2 – Hugh talks about the details in the non-stimulus bill with Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, and the disastrous foreign policy of Barack Obama during his first two weeks with Frank Gaffney of the Center For Security

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    The focus on the porkapalooza has shifted public opinion decisively, and the more we learn about it, the less the public is inspired by the new president’s plans. The message –sent and received again and again– is that this is a giant political payoff delivering hundreds of billions of dollars of wasteful spending to Democratic Party allies, a wasted opportunity to help generate business activity and real jobs.

    There’s time to craft a better bill and to adopt proposals that will work,

    but anything short of a serious make-over will be an anchor around the new president’s standing for the next many years.

  11. LadyTexan Says:

    Thanks Rose,

    I was beginning to think I was invisible…lol

  12. rosettasister Says:

    LadyTexan Says:
    February 4, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Thanks Rose,

    I was beginning to think I was invisible…lol


    I know how you feel, Lady!

    tee hee

  13. rosettasister Says:

    Rosetta’s Quote of the Week

    “Any day without Al Franken in the Senate is a good day.” Tom Coburn

    Stuart Smalley image:

  14. j.b. Says:

    Well, that’s it, I’m moving to TEXAS!
    Troy and LadyTexan-scooch over!

  15. LadyTexan Says:

    I really like this guy. Too bad I didn’t know I liked him when he was still acting regularly, or I would have watched him to lend support.

    Liberals & Lightbulbsby Gary Graham



    TWO, to notice that there is no light by bumping in to each other, debate whether the collision was due to a sudden increase in the amount of prevailing darkness, or rather, an uptrend in the known absence of illumination…and then blame it on George Bush as part of the 9/11 Conspiracy.

    ONE, to start a website that links the dead light bulb as further proof of Global Warming.

    FOUR, to set up a mobile texting network to demand a United Nations tribunal investigating Bush/Cheney’s collusion with Halliburton, the Trilateral Commision, the Skull and Bones Society, the NRA, the CFR, NASCAR, the Boy Scouts of America, Lyme disease, and Satan.

    NINE, to establish an emergency bi-partisan Congressional Committee to Study the Crisis, spend seventy-five billion dollars as quickly as humanly possible, and eventually arrive at the conclusion that the only thing the government does that’s worth a damn is found in the U.S Military. So they send in…

    ONE brave serviceman to enter the darkness and climb up and screw in a new light bulb.

    Your turn, top that!

  16. LadyTexan Says:

    Come on down, JB,

    There’s lots of room beyond the cities.

    Most of our population is within a 200 mile radius of Dallas/FW, Houston, Austin, SanAntonio. The rest of the state is mostly open range.

    Did you know that from the western tip of Tx. across to the eastern tip is actually a greater distance than from the eastern tip of Tx, all the way over to California?

  17. j.b. Says:

    Wow, it’s worse than I thought!

    Although I have vowed to refer to the Usurper in the WH as, Barry Soetoro and after two weeks of disaster, (TWO WEEKS, people) I cannot help but like this new nic given by Michelle Malkin; D’OHbama. lmao.

  18. j.b. Says:

    LadyTexan Says:

    February 4, 2009 at 6:45 pm
    Come on down, JB,

    There’s lots of room beyond the cities.

    Most of our population is within a 200 mile radius of Dallas/FW, Houston, Austin, SanAntonio. The rest of the state is mostly open range.

    Did you know that from the western tip of Tx. across to the eastern tip is actually a greater distance than from the eastern tip of Tx, all the way over to California?

    Well beyond the city is what we want at this point. Anyone have any connections in aerospace engineering?

    And, no, I did not know that little tidbit you shared.
    I could live in Texas-fo sho. I mean, Yee haw! 🙂

  19. j.b. Says:

    I tell you what; I SURE MISS GEORGE BUSH!

    Skull and Bones Society background AND all.

  20. LadyTexan Says:


    I love that comment under that article about Pelosi saying we’re losing 500mil jobs a month.

    Jeannette said…
    Too bad your job isn’t one of them, Nancy.

  21. j.b. Says:

    Seriously, she is an EMBARRASSMENT to WOMEN! How did she EVER get where she is? Rhetorical…….

  22. rosettasister Says:

    From FoxNewsElectionHQ

    What happened to Obama’s promise of a moral administration?

    (Mark Steyn on Hannity)

    Sen. Ben Nelson on Daschle’s tax situation, President Obama’s stimulus package

    It’s quite warm here in the Valley of the Sun.

    High: 83°
    Low: 48°

    Going outside to enjoy!


  23. sliderblaze Says:

    geez rosetta, it snowed about 9 inches here last night, 12″ up the street and the other half of the city…NOTHING….it got really wierd here last night with the snow, a 10 mile wide strip got anywhere from 8-12 inches, the people right outside of that strip…nada

    called a

    snow anomaly

  24. sliderblaze Says:

    Obama: ‘Catastrophe’ coming if Congress doesn’t act…

    Talk about calling the kettle black…. <—– not racist

  25. j.b. Says:

    That is weird, slider. Well the SUN is shining here in MI! Too bad it’s accompanied by a measly 1 degree (wind chill). Pfffffffffft. bbl~

  26. LadyTexan Says:

    Moscow takes another step towards rebuilding the Russian Empire today (Obama prepares to send beer and hugs)

    February 4, 2009

    Russia sends Grizzlies…while Obama sends, uh, this. Hope! Change!

    The seven-nation “Rapid Reaction Force” Moscow announced today involves Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. It comes on the heels of the announcement that Kyrgyzstan will no longer allow the United States use of a military base there to coordinate missions into Afghanistan.

    It’s all the latest in the ongoing chess game Vladimir Putin’s been playing with the United States, while the American media’s been drinking Kool-Aid and the public’s been muttering Hope! Change! over and over again.

    The change that’s coming is a revitalized Russian Empire with something to prove.

    The Russo-Georgian War in August was a preview of things to come. Cutting off Europe’s gas supplies through the Ukraine was provocation Putin hopes will open an opportunity for him to resolve the Black Sea Crimean naval base issue once and for all in Russia’s favor. Hindering American efforts in Afghanistan serves Russia’s interests, as it distracts a new American administration that already seems like it doesn’t have its eyes on the ball.

    Obama owns Iraq and Afghanistan now. If things fall apart in Afghanistan, especially, with a resurgent Taliban ready to swoop in and take back the country the moment American commitment falters, it will be a disaster of epic proportions for the Kool-Aid Gang.

    So, with this “Rapid Reaction Force” Putin signals he’s ready to send in the Grizzlies whenever needed. Obama, meanwhile, is still dancing with pudgy Care Bears.



    Disaster waiting to happen!

  27. igaveup Says:

    sammy is threatening to not give some pictures back, and to release them in his book.

    sammy was at the forefront of the news by “breaking” the michelle obama “tape”.

    does he drink and post often?

  28. igaveup Says:

    sammy the scammy

  29. LadyTexan Says:

    igaveup Says:

    does he drink and post often?


    I don’t know. IGAVEUP on Sammy a long time ago. Never check the site anymore.

  30. Katie Says:

    New AOL poll:

    How would you rate Obama’s transition so far?

    Go vote! It’s laughable – the entire country is in the majority of “POOR”, with one exception. Guess where?

  31. sliderblaze Says:

    i’m sure ya’ll heard about Bale and his potty mouth rant….
    well of course no rant would be complete without the remix….it’s actually kinda good

  32. Tenacity Says:

    I still have a problem typing that nic. You owe the jar big time. We have retired the discussion of the fat headed Norwegian refugee.

  33. sliderblaze Says:

    so i guess the HUD Sec nominee has some problems?

  34. LadyTexan Says:

    Here’s an interesting article, amazingly out of San Francisco.

    Read the comments….. more eyes opening up every day!

    Welcome to the major leagues, President Obama

  35. Katie Says:

    Slider – what’s the scoop on the HUD Sec nominee?

  36. patriotamy Says:

    Good posts, all of you.
    I haven’t had time to post much lately, been too busy with yearend stuff for my clients. Will be that way from now till after tax time, but I do read daily. Sometimes I laugh a little, sometimes go away depressed, sometimes hopeful.

    Thanks to all of you for being so generous with your knowledge and things you have found that are pertinent to all of us.

  37. igaveup Says:

    what jar?

    every once-in-a-while, i can’t resist and use my old, slow computer and check his site for laughs.

  38. Troy Says:

    Watch this short video.

  39. Katie Says:

    LadyTexan – those comments made my day! The Usurper will be brought down by bad PR faster than the judicial process. He can’t stand it when he’s not adored by his masses. America is in some serious trouble and he goes to read to children because they will look up to him. What a loser!!

  40. Troy Says:

    This video is for Slider and Tenacity or any gun toting mamas.

  41. Troy Says:

    Check out the lying ass skankapotamus.

  42. Katie Says:

    Troy Says:
    February 4, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Check out the lying ass skankapotamus

    LMAO! I was calling it Nancy Pelousy, but Skankapotamus is better!!

  43. Troy Says:


  44. rosettasister Says:

    igaveup Says:
    February 4, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    sammy is threatening to not give some pictures back, and to release them in his book.


    Oh, Lordy! Thank goodness I didn’t send Korir the nude photos!

    I never go to API anymore.

    But I don’t mind the updates.

    It’s just that he makes us all look like asses.

    Wasn’t that his intent?

    Now I am officially on Santa’s “naughty” list!

  45. justanamericancindy4 Says:

    ohh my Orly served a subpeona to the CIA

  46. Troy Says:

    Orly is one cool lady!!!!

  47. igaveup Says:

    maybe sammy will publish a calender with the “api correspondent of the month”

    i’m actually surprised that he’s still going with this scam

    i thought after the election certainly he would be gone

  48. rosettasister Says:

    igaveup Says:
    February 4, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    maybe sammy will publish a calender with the “api correspondent of the month”


    okay, that really hit a little too close to home!

  49. sliderblaze Says:

    your typical obama voters mental state

    ….lol vid is freakin hilarious…

  50. rosettasister Says:

    Good evening and good night, good people!

    New Thread:

  51. Tenacity Says:

    I am on this call now>

    conference call, TONIGHT, Wednesday, February 4th, from 9-11pm EST

    The call in number has changed since our last call.

    The NEW number is:
    (724) 444-7444, then enter Call ID: 35794

    Dr. Edwin Vieira will be joining us.

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