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Return of the Tiny Tyrant

Cover your daughter’s heads and hide your homosexuals… President Tom is coming back to the Big Apple:

NEW YORK (CBS) ― Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told state TV that he will return to New York City once again for the 2008 United Nations General Assembly session, according to an Associated Press report posted on the Jerusalem Post’s Web site.

During his last stay in late September, thousands of protesters gathered outside the U.N. headquarters rallying against his visit. He had requested during that time a tour of ground zero, where he was denied permission to go and lay a wreath.

He also held a forum at Columbia University, where the school’s president welcomed him by saying he exhibited “all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator.”

An accurate description but it doesn’t explain why Lee Bollinger felt the need to give this petty and cruel dictator a forum to speak in his university in the first place. This is like inviting a rhesus monkey to your school and then complaining that he exhibits all the signs of an excitable, feces flinging primate.  Wait… that’s Mahmoud again.

But I do welcome the Iranian leader to this country. In fact, I would be remiss here if I didn’t play that wonderfully romantic tribute by Andy Samberg which aired on SNL after Ahmadinejad’s last visit in 2007.

Here is the classic, Iran So Far:



The little missle that couldn’t
July 10, 08, 6:53 pm
Filed under: Iran, military, missile tests, missiles, Shaba-3 | Tags: , , ,

In a public flexing of their military muscle, Iran launched several missiles Wednesday including the Shaba-3 which is capable of reaching Israel. Unfortunately this display of manliness came up a little… er… short.

Here’s the original photo that appeared on Sepah News’ site:

Looks alright at first glance. Until you realize that there were supposed to be four missiles launching in the picture. It appears that one of them had a case of ‘projectile disfunction’. And Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is not one to have his missile laughed at!

Fortunately, his shortcomings were not something that couldn’t be corrected by a little Photoshop work. Here’s the picture from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Web site that was picked up by Agence France-Presse and used by media outlets worldwide:

Schwoosh! Much more impressive…

At closer glance you can see that the photos are not completely identical — the second looks as if it were shot a moment later.  But there is still not a chance that the failed rocket was able to fire late and almost catch up with the one in the lead in that short of time. Plus you can see obvious similarities in the clouds of smoke on the ground from the two missiles on the right. In a word… busted.

So with this failure to perform, obviously Iran will have to find a place to store their dud missile. I can think of a REALLY good one…



Stop it with the nukes… no we mean it…
June 23, 08, 11:07 am
Filed under: EU, European Union, Iran, sanctions | Tags: , , ,

Now you’ve gone and done it Iran.  The wrath of the EU is raining down upon you:

June 23 (Bloomberg) — The European Union stiffened its sanctions against Iran’s nuclear program, shutting down the EU offices of Bank Melli Iran and denying travel visas to more Iranian officials.

The new EU sanctions were a year in the making and don’t call into question an offer of economic incentives designed to persuade Iran to give up uranium enrichment, EU officials told reporters in Brussels today on condition of anonymity.

Iran has balked at three United Nations resolutions demanding a halt to uranium processing, ringing alarm bells over a possible war with Israel and stirring foreign-policy controversy in the U.S. presidential campaign.

Balked is not the term. Laughed convulsively gets a little closer.

A nuclear-armed Iran would be “unacceptable,” French President Nicolas Sarkozy told Israeli lawmakers in Jerusalem today. He threatened “harsher and harsher sanctions” and said Israel will not be “left alone” by the West.

Sanctions are at best a joke and at worst will always end up punishing the citizens much worse than the government itself. As Israel will tell us (and they may just SHOW us soon) a couple of well placed bombs on Iran’s nuclear facilities would accomplish what years of sanctions never will.

You can’t sanction the rogue out of a rogue nation. You also can’t use diplomacy on a government of zealots who are convinced that the Mid-East — and ultimately the world — belongs to them by divine fiat. Force is the only language they understand. And it may be time we started a “dialogue” with them.

Don’t get me wrong … I’m as big a fan of peace as the next guy. But we don’t have the luxury of waiting around talking amongst ourselves while the “unacceptable” becomes a reality in Iran. As a certain small-town deputy would say… time to nip this one in the bud.



Israeli air force collects new sky miles

Look to the skies Ahmadinejad, your nuke program may soon be up in smoke. Israel recently conducted some eye-opening combat exercises:

American military officials say Israel launched a major military exercise aimed in part at demonstrating its ability to stage an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Israel’s military refuses to confirm or deny whether the exercise was a rehearsal for a potential bombing attack.

But two Pentagon officials said Israel sent dozens of aircraft on the large-scale mission in the eastern Mediterranean in early June.

One defense official said the exercise could be taken as a show of force to Iran and a demonstration to the world that Israel is serious about the need to challenge the country’s nuclear program — and could be prepared to do so militarily.

“They have been conducting some large-scale exercises — they live in a tough neighborhood,” one U.S. official said, though he offered no other recent examples.

So what’s the big deal? With such cranky neighbors wanting to push their people into the sea and all, Israel pretty much has to keep it’s military muscles toned, right?  Well… you see these particular operations were a little different in that they involved Israeli fighter jets traveling 900 miles from their home base. This is the distance they would have to travel to get to the uranium enrichment facilities at Natanz, folks. Get the message now?

Others do:

“They wanted us to know, they wanted the Europeans to know, and they wanted the Iranians to know,” the Pentagon official said to the Times. “There’s a lot of signaling going on at different levels.”

That’s the AP version. But it’s always fun to explore the DEBKAfile version:

DEBKAfile’s military sources add that only on Tuesday, June 17, the chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazy commented to the Knesset foreign affairs and security committee: “Beside the actions and sanctions against Iran, it is important we remain ready for any options.”

Those sources interpreted the Ashkenazy’s typically understated remark as a hint that Israel must be ready for a possible war with Iran in the near future. This conflict could erupt on three additional fronts, Syria, Hizballah and Hamas. Those sources suggest that the scenario he hinted at would silence the many domestic critics of the ceasefire with Hamas and the Israeli military’s passivity in the face of Hizballah’s massive rocket buildup and Hamas’ escalating aggression.

So beyond Iran, the broader message Israel may be sending is that they still have the ability to kick some major extremist ass if need be.  They did it before in the Six Day War and they can do it again. Nothing wrong with a little reminder of what could happen if these jihad junkies and rogue regimes continue to act up. War can claim many lives but little history lesson never hurt anyone…



The gaffe that keeps on giving…

Wow, what a gift Barack Obama is to George W. Bush and conservatives everywhere. Just when we thought he’d learned his lesson after his spasmodic reaction to George Bush’s “appeasement” speech to Israel’s Knesset yesterday, we get this from Foxnews

Barack Obama struck back at President Bush and John McCain in tandem Friday, saying the president’s criticism the day before of politicians who would speak to terrorists is “exactly the kind of appalling attack that’s dividing our country and that alienates us from the world.”

Obama was campaigning in South Dakota, which holds its Democratic primary on June 3. But he used his appearance in the state to ratchet up his fight with the White House.

Again, who would even know about this excellent quote in Bush’s speech — in which he compared the idea of negotiating with terrorist regimes to the same type of ill-placed warm-fuzziness one American senator showed toward Hitler in WWII — if Obama hadn’t taken his big yellow highlighter to it and placed it squarely in front of our eyes? This is just beautiful. It’s the best PR that Bush has ever gotten for his firm and consistent stance against appeasement and I, for one, say keep bringin’ it Barack.

And he does. This time taking aim at potential Republican Presidential opponent John McCain:

He accused McCain of “fear-peddling” and of embracing Bush’s comments the day before during his address to Israel’s Knesset.

We seem to have really hit a nerve, here. Chalk it up to Obama’s inexperience? Well, we could if not for the fact that some other Dems — including none other than Hillary Clinton — have also decided to get in the act and stomp away at this flaming bag of doodie that has appeared on their front porch:

Though Bush never invoked Obama by name Thursday in that address, the Illinois senator and a chorus of prominent Democrats took the president’s remarks as a slam against him. Even Hillary Clinton — who has criticized Obama’s diplomatic policies — called the president’s comments “offensive and outrageous.”

Oh this is sweet. Thank you, Dems, for this unexpected gift. Meanwhile, the White House reacted to this controversy today by wisely deciding to play the “surprised” card:

Ed Gillespie, counselor to the president, said Friday the White House was taken aback by the backlash that followed Bush’s speech.

“We did not anticipate that it would be taken that way, because it’s kind of hard to take it that way if you look at the actual words of the president’s remarks, which are consistent with what he has said in the past relative to dealing with groups like Hezbollah and Hamas and Al Qaeda,” Gillespie said.

“And so there was really nothing new in the speech that anyone could point to that would indicate that.”

But Gillespie did go on to call out another famous patron of paranoia:

He said there was some anticipation that it would be seen as a slam against former President Jimmy Carter, who recently met with leaders of Hamas, but that it was not intended as a rebuke to him, either.

And with that, a new trap is set. Now lets see if Carter takes the bait as well. This is like shooting fish in a barrel….



I’ll bet you think this speech is about you…

Bush Knesset speech

Oh my. It seems that President Bush has managed to ruffle Barack Obama’s little peacock feathers with a recent statement he made in a speech to the Knesset on the 60th anniversary of Israel becoming a state.

First, let me present the actual statement because it is SO on the money:

“Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along,” the President said to the country’s legislative body, “We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: ‘Lord, if only I could have talked to Hitler, all of this might have been avoided.’ We have an obligation to call this what it is –- the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.”

Score! Three point shot, nonetheless. So where is the controversy? Apparently Senator Obama thinks that the “Some” Bush is referring to here is none other than the Golden Boy himself.  You know… kind of like the way Warren Beatty just knew that the song “You’re so Vain” was about him — so much so that he later thanked Carly Simon for penning it. Well, so convinced is Barack Obama that Bush’s quote was a direct dig at him for his recent comments on appeasing Iran, he decided to fire up the ol’ PR machine and release this rebuttal:

“It is sad that President Bush would use a speech to the Knesset on the 6Oth anniversary of Israel’s independence to launch a false political attack. It is time to turn the page on eight years of policies that have strengthened Iran and failed to secure America or our ally Israel. Instead of tough talk and no action, we need to do what Kennedy, Nixon and Reagan did and use all elements of American power — including tough, principled, and direct diplomacy – to pressure countries like Iran and Syria. George Bush knows that I have never supported engagement with terrorists, and the President’s extraordinary politicization of foreign policy and the politics of fear do nothing to secure the American people or our stalwart ally Israel.”

Hmmmm…. methinks the man doth protest too much. Obama’s indignant statement is pretty telling… not so much in it’s content but in the mere fact that he felt the need to make it in the first place. Liberals are constantly defining themselves unintentionally by the things they speak out against. Nothing like the sweet sound of guilty dogs barking…

Actually though, I want to thank Senator Obama for bringing this statement to the forefront of public attention. Too many of these gems uttered by the Prez go unnoticed by the MSM. It’s nice to see at least one nugget of common sense make it to the front page. Because make no mistake, these terrorists and terrorist-sponsoring countries to which Bush is referring hate Israel and they hate us for liking Israel. Their one and only goal is our extinction. Therefore, this flowery claptrap about us sitting down and making nice-nice with men who are convinced they have a divine decree to scatter our body parts to the four winds needs to be put to rest… permanently.

So thank you Senator, both of the entertainment and for helping President Bush get his message across. You fell into that one a little too easily.