Hillary Clinton, an Unfit President

June 9, 2016 Leave a comment



With the 571 undemocratic votes of super delegates, yesterday Hillary Clinton was boosted up to be the nominee of the Democratic Party. While in reality she has earned only 2184 democratic pledged delegates, which is 199 votes short from the 2383 votes needed for nomination. Since there is only one primary (DC with 46 delegates) left, which will be held in June 14, none of the democratic candidates would be able to claim the nomination, and as a result the party nomination should be decided in the contested convention. But this is a capitalist country and money plays the main role in almost every aspect of life particularly in any critical decision making concerning politics. The story of super delegate and the undemocratic boosting Hillary to get the unfair nomination is just an example, and like it or not, she is probably going to get even more boosted to be the next U.S. President.

If that happen Hillary would not only fail the presidency but she will also let the country down. Here I explain the rationale behind my statement in case you wonder why that may be the case. Everybody who is seeking a job is judged by his/her resume. Let’s take a glance at Hillary’s resume when she was the Secretary of State. She has had a long history of abusing the public’s trust, on her email scandal she pleaded innocence but nearly every major editorial board in the country questioned Clinton’s motives, noting her long history of secrecy. Her foreign policy record is abysmal, from trying to reset relations with Russia, something she later called a “brilliant stroke” that has been an utter failure, to advocating for a war in Libya that has triggered a crisis in destabilizing the region and resulting floods of refugees to Europe. From Libya to Syria, and to Iran, her foreign policy in the Middle East has been a failure. Office of Inspector General has released a management alert detailing rampant mismanagement within the State Department during Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s tenure. The State Department gives away over a billion dollars of taxpayer money annually in grants. The management alert warned that the State Department had mismanaged over $6 billion. Read more…

An Election by the Wealthy & for the Wealthy

June 6, 2016 Leave a comment


If you are searching for an undemocratic election in the world, you don’t have to go to a third-world-nation country in Africa or to a theocratic State in Middle East such as the apocalyptic Mullahs’ regime in Iran to find one. You just need to look into the process of the U.S. presidential election. The election is structured through pledged delegates that outwardly delivers based on the grassroots votes, but next to it there is Super-Pacs-Super-Delegates system that literally has the power to shape the election outcome for the benefit of the top 1% wealthy. In plain English, Super Pacs work as lobby mediators between the wealthy that own and control the corporations and the party Super Delegates whose unbound votes determines the fate of the candidates. Strictly speaking, the political election is run by the rich investors and corporate owners, they are the ones who buy the votes and accordingly appoint the political authorities from reps and senators to governors and presidents. Based on 2015 American Values Survey, 64% Americans believe their vote does not matter because of the influence that wealthy individuals and big corporations have on the electoral process.

Joseph E. Stiglitz, a contributor to Vanity Fair writes “Virtually all U.S. Senators, and most of the representatives in the House, are members of the top 1 percent when they arrive, are kept in office by money from the top 1 percent, and know that if they serve the top 1 percent well they will be rewarded by the top 1 percent when they leave office. By and large, the key executive-branch policymakers on trade and economic policy also come from the top 1 percent. When pharmaceutical companies receive a trillion-dollar gift — through legislation prohibiting the government, the largest buyer of drugs, from bargaining over price — it should not come as cause for wonder. It should not make jaws drop that a tax bill cannot emerge from Congress unless big tax cuts are put in place for the wealthy. Given the power of the top 1 percent, this is the way you would expect the system to work.” Read more…

The Fiction of Moderate Islam

May 26, 2016 Leave a comment

Cartoon for 3/23/06

The problem is the misunderstanding the definition of Muslim. A Muslim is the one who does the deeds instructed by Quran. The Western Medias and the political correctness have divided Muslims into two categories: Radical Muslims and Moderate Muslims, because they are paid by interest groups like Oil and Banks Cartels to do that. However in reality, there is no such group as Moderate Muslims but they are the ones who have followed the path they inherited from their parents. These groups never showed interest to open their Quran to see what is really written in there. Over time the habit of this lack of interest of theirs to open the book has turned into a superstitious fear of doing so. The extent of their knowledge about Quran and Islam has sufficed to what has been transferred to them by the parenthood and what they hear from religious leaders. Their only contact with Quran comes along when they need to pray, in which they hold the closed book with their both washed hands while bowing and kissing the tome, a sign of respect for the book, proceeded by expressing their prayers.

So when we hear about the term “Moderated Muslims”, we have to realize that these passive groups are naive about Islam and have no clue what really Islam is all about, their concepts of Islam do not go beyond the impression “Islam is a religion of peace” their parents have had from Islam. Read more…

America’s Iran Policy

May 22, 2016 Leave a comment


There is no argument about the Obama’s foreign policy that has not been leading anywhere but nowhere. Nonetheless when it comes to Iran, history shows this matter is apart from any presidency decision at a time, rather it is embedded within the long term policy of the U.S. governance system. This is because Iran has always been a critical point of geopolitical interest for the United States.

During the cold war era, as a resolution to stop the expansion of communism in the Middle East, U.S. along with its European allies, in a Conference in France in January 1979, came to conclusion to establish a green belt under the Soviet Union border by promoting and supporting the anti-atheist Islamic theocrats to take over the government in Iran. Since then the Mullahs’ regime has shown its extreme domestic and global atrocities in at least three fronts, act and support of terrorism, meddling in neighboring countries, and grave human rights violation against its own people. Read more…

The Direction of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

May 1, 2016 Leave a comment

The Direction of the U.S. Presidential Election

As we get closer to the end of the 2016 primary presidential election, I am more convinced that my prognosis about the outcome of this epic, which I made in DID weblog on March 25th, can turn out into a reality. The direction of the 2016 presidential election has been engineered in a bipartisan context, using all the resources at their disposal from GOP and DNC elites to super pacs and super delegates to core members of insiders and outsiders, to stop-Trump movement (!), to public figures and left-to-right mainstream Medias, in order to make sure that Donald Trump would be the GOP nominee. That may be the bad part, but the worse starts when you find out that the intention behind this marathon is not for Trump to be the U.S. President, and the only reason for paving the path for him to be the GOP nominee is to make sure that the Democratic nominee will get to be the next U.S. president, how so? Well according to all kind of polls the GOP nominee Donald Trump will lose the national presidential election to any democratic nominee by 2-digit points (by an average of 15%), these polls have consistently been (±3 error) precise. The underlying rationale behind such poll result, at the very least, is the lack of support of two groups of voters for Trump, the Latinos and women, and also the Clinton’s popularity factor among black voters.

So, why the U.S. political stage is getting prepared for at least another four years of democratic presidency? Read more…

Why the Iranians?

December 15, 2015 Leave a comment


In a recent article (posted at the end of this article) in The Guardian the writer criticizes the US congress for passing an amendment to remove the Visa Waiver program that would affect the travel of Iranians in diaspora to U.S., questioning why Iranian Americans should be punished and not the Saudis who were the ones who participated in 911 act of terrorism. Furthermore, the writer claimed that Iranians has never been part of any act of terrorism in the world, why they should be penalized. I couldn’t leave my comment on the article since the comment section was closed at the time, so I decided to post my reflection on the article in here.


In global communities’ point of view, a State is considered terrorist if its government is involved in an act of terrorism, and not by its people. And unfortunately when such State is considered as a terrorist State, its whole people are going to be tagged with label “terrorist” as a collateral damage. But the reverse is not true, for example in every democratic country such as an European country there are underground terrorists but that doesn’t label that country as a terrorist State, it is the same for a totalitarian regime like Saudi Arabia. Even though the participant Jihadists in 911 were mainly from Saudi Arabia but this act of terrorism was not counted on behalf of its government.


In case of Iran the issue is more complex. Iran is more than a terrorist State, it is considered as a rogue State. Read more…

Senator Debbie Stabenow’s Response to Open Letter – Iran Deal

September 23, 2015 Leave a comment

From: United States Senate 

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow debbie-stabenow-web

To: manrastani@yahoo.com

September 22, 2015


Dear Mansur,

Thank you for contacting me about the Iran nuclear accord.   This has been a complicated and very serious issue to resolve in my own mind. I greatly appreciate your thoughts and views.

I have repeatedly supported strong sanctions, backed by the international community, to pressure Iran to give up its nuclear weapons program. Those sanctions have succeeded in isolating the Iranian regime, crippling their economy, and forcing them to the negotiating table. But sanctions by themselves have not stopped Iran’s nuclear program. In 2003, Iran had just 164 centrifuges for a nuclear weapon. Today, they have over 19,000 and have the capacity to acquire enough nuclear material to build a nuclear weapon by the end of this year.

This is a dangerous regime that kidnaps Americans such as Michigan’s Amir Hekmati, who needs to be released immediately, and sends weapons and other support to Hezbollah and other terrorists who seek to destroy the United States, Israel, and our other allies.

The only thing worse than Iran being the largest state sponsor of terrorism would be Iran as the largest state sponsor of terrorism with a nuclear weapon.   That’s why getting this right is essential for the security of America, Israel and the entire Middle East. Read more…

Senator Richard J. Durbin’s Response to Open Letter – Iran Deal

September 13, 2015 Leave a comment


From: United State Senate

U.S. Senator Richard J. Durbin

To: manrastani@yahoo.com

Sep 10 at 12:38 PM

Dear Dr. Rastani:

Thank you for contacting me with your concerns about the nuclear agreement reached between the United States, five other nations, and Iran. I appreciate hearing from you.

On July 14, 2015, President Obama announced that Iran reached an agreement with the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, and Germany (also referred to as P5+1) to significantly reduce its nuclear capacity.   This agreement was the result of nearly two years of negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran.

Iran has agreed to reduce its stockpile of low-enriched uranium, a chemical element that can be used to make nuclear weapons, by 98 percent for 15 years. It will also remove two-thirds of its installed centrifuges, which are the machines needed to produce the kind of uranium used for nuclear weapons.   Iran also agreed to allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency to have access to its key nuclear facilities and entire uranium supply chain. Read more…