In the real war, our major enemies are the evil regimes in Iran and Syria, and both are hollow and wobbling, needing only one good push to go over.
Syrian soldiers are defecting in significant numbers, while brave, peaceful demonstrators continue to fill the streets despite the likelihood of arrest, torture, and death. The regime is unleashing mass slaughter, as army troops fire blindly into the crowds from a safe distance, a sure sign that Assad has lost control, despite massive Iranian assistance.
In Iran, the war of all against all at the highest levels of the regime continues unabated. The latest tumult revolves around the theft of billions of dollars from the major banks, and it is accompanied by strikes at bazaars and factories, explosions in pipelines and refineries, and open warfare along the borders with the Kurds, where, despite the regime’s usual disinformation campaign, Iranian casualties have been significant. Somehow the Kurds are being armed, and they are notoriously good fighters.
The defeat of Assad and Khamenei would be a world-changing event, pulling the plug on the ominous strategic alliance that runs from Tehran and Damascus to countries quite close to us, such as Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua. It would weaken Putin’s ability to sponsor dangerous mischief in the Middle East and our own hemisphere. And it would deprive the terror network of safe havens, funding, weapons, logistics, and intelligence, along with the sort of documentation they need (think false passports) to travel safely.
In Iran, the opposition is overwhelmingly pro-Western, and eminently worthy of our support (once again, for those tuning in late, I’m talking about political, technological, and financial support, not military anything), while in Syria we should steer away from those many characters linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafist crowd. But there are plenty of good democrats fighting against Assad. Having dithered so long, we are now facing some nasty scenarios, and it may well be that the Free Syrian Army — the defectors from the regular armed forces — will need some sort of military assistance.
These decisions will have to be made by people who know more about the actual battlefield than you or I, but they should be made within a narrow context: what is the best way to bring down Assad and Khamenei? Despite decades of bad policy, the fates have delivered our enemies to us. They are waiting for a swift kick, or a decisive thrust from our side. One will get you ten the tyrants have already made plans for life in exile.
How did this happen, without anyone seeming to notice? I think it is because we are not permitted to tell the truth about the war: we defeated al-Qaeda, Iran and Syria in Iraq, and the consequences of that defeat have been very serious for our enemies. They preached that Allah had blessed their jihad, and when they were beaten, it raised terrible questions to which they have no truthful answers. But the truth is quite obvious to the would-be enemy fighters, who know that the promise of victory was not fulfilled on the Middle East’s major battlefield, and whatever your view of the Afghan fighting, nobody I respect really believes that we are being beaten by the Taliban.
We’re right on the edge of an historic watershed, in which our totalitarian enemies can be driven into history’s bin of losers. It is time for us to declare victory and then impose our will on our enemies by giving their oppressed people the opportunity to free themselves from the bloody tyrants.
It’s up to our leaders to demonstrate they have the will to win. Win a real war, not just a political poll. And by the way, if our current leaders were to do that, they’d do a lot better in the polls.
Gaza after an Israeli bombing (SciTech Blog)
Israel warned the Assad regime today that they will bomb Gaza, Beirut and Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon if Tel Aviv is attacked.
Israel has warned Syrian President Bashar Assad that should Tel Aviv be attacked, then it will retaliate by bombing the Gaza Strip and the whole of Lebanon.
Israel’s NFC website reported that the Jewish state’s government relayed this message to the Syrian president through European intelligence circles.
These sources said that seeing as Tel Aviv is Israel’s economic and financial hub, a retaliation for an attack against it, by Hizbullah, Hamas, or Syria, will not be limited to Syria, but all of Lebanon and Gaza.
NFC reported Israeli military circles as saying that the Jewish state’s message to Assad “is clear in that Damascus’ fate, should it be targeted, will not be different than Lebanon’s.”
These revelations came in light of an Iranian report that Assad had warned that he would “set fire” to the Middle East if foreign forces launched a military strike on his country and would ask for Hizbullah’s help to attack Israel.
An Arab source told Iran’s Fars news Agency that Assad made the warning to Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu during his visit to Damascus.
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September 29, 2011By James Lewis
Like Aladdin’s Genie, Moammar Gaddafi has disappeared in a puff of smoke back in Libya, but he left a piece of yellowcake behind for the rest of us. No, not fattening cheesecake. Bigger than that.
It’s in the great Libyan desert, where there are warehouses full of leaking barrels of uranium ore, stuff you can make bombs from. The U.K. Telegraph speculates that this unguarded stockpile is being smuggled barrel by barrel to Ahmadinejad in Iran — a man I will simply call “Adolf” to make it hard even for liberals to get it wrong. Oh, yes, and Gaddafi left behind an estimated 20,000 portable anti-aircraft missiles. Don’t take your next Mediterranean cruise too soon.
If you believe the New York Times, you think that yellowcake is not a Weapon of Mass Destruction. But if some of those AK-47-toting “liberators” in Libya load up a plane with those leaking barrels, fly it over Manhattan, and aim it down over Times Square, they will set off World War III.
Even the Times will finally deign to take notice.
That’s close enough to WMDs for me.
Sure, a plane full of yellowcake makes a dirty bomb, a low-tech radiation bomb, not the big nuclear chain-reaction kind. But the 9/11 killers were not choosy. Think what bin Laden could have done with that warehouse in Libya.
The Hudson Institute just noted that the Saudis are teaching exactly the same hate propaganda they taught their kids before 9/11/01. If the Times forgot to tell you, those 19 jihadis on 9/11 had their heads filled with Saudi hate propaganda, which is why they did what they did. Apparently nobody is doing anything about Saudi killer propaganda under the innocent title of “teaching the Religion of Peace.”
And because for the Saudis nothing will do but the best, they’ve revived the identical Nazi and Tsarist Russian varieties of killing hate that worked so well before. If you are unaware of the MEMRI site that translates the mighty Mississippi of hate flowing from Arabic, Urdu, and Persian sources, check it out.
Maybe somebody will tell Mayor Bloomberg.
But now the Saudis have paid for many more mosques and imams around the world, including near Ground Zero, where they will keep teaching that stuff every single day.
There are brainwashed kids somewhere who would be happy to drive an airplane into that Libyan warehouse. The prevailing winds will float a radioactive cloud far from Libya to Italy, Egypt, Morocco, Egypt, the Med…
The Big Media destroyed George W. Bush because he thought there was a good chance of WMDs in Saddam’s Iraq. In fact, so did the CIA, the KGB, Israel’s Mossad, Britain’s MI5, Pakistan’s ISI, and every Frenchman in the world, because the French are not stupid. Cynical, yes. Stupid, no.
Saddam Hussein also happened to own a big warehouse full of yellowcake uranium, contrary to years of lies from the United Nations IAEA and the Europeans. The whole fabricated hate campaign by Girl Spy Valerie Plame against the Bush White House was based on a single visit by Valerie’s hubby to Niger, where they mine yellowcake ore. Val’s husband came back with ironclad assurances that Niger would never, ever, sell that stuff to Saddam. He even got a letter to prove it. No yellowcake to Saddam!
The Bush administration was run by adults who made sure not to leak the truth about Saddam’s warehouse until that stuff was safely in Canada for reprocessing. We now have Larry Summers’ word for it in the Washington Post that Obama doesn’t like to have adults around, so the world can find out about Gaddafi’s yellowcake even while it’s still sitting in the desert, waiting for the highest bidder. The desperadoes who have the guns around there might as well be advertising their wares around the world by way of the Washington Post.
Apparently the White House never thought about it. It’s not a WMDs, is it? What does this White House know? They still think global warming is going to pay off big. They still have high hopes for Solyndra. Michelle still thinks that planting Victory Gardens in America will finally solve our epidemic consumption of French fries.
Millions of brainwashed Americans continue to believe there was nothing to Saddam’s nuclear program. That yellowcake warehouse was all for show. So was Gaddafi’s. And Iran doesn’t mean what it has proclaimed roughly 11,000 times since 1979 — about nuking the two Satans. (It’s been 11,000 days since Khomeini took over Iran, and at least once a day they have another mass chant of “Death to Israel! Death to America!” But don’t worry, they don’t really mean it.)
But the Times of London just revealed that Adolf will have his first nuclear weapon to love and cherish in a mere six months. And Obama is going to do nothing, because he’s more interested in destabilizing the Arab world under the phony label of the “Arab Spring.” Some Spring. These people go into mass hysteria over hypothetical global warming a hundred years from now, and cover their eyes from Iranian nukes in six months.
The American left hung Bush and Cheney from the nearest tree with their phony Valerie Plame story. No wonder the left sneers at ordinary Americans. We are so easily lied to. Obama tells a different lie every single day with a straight face, and millions of American liberals still can’t hitch up their lower jaws when they see him on TV. Smartest man in America.
How many uranium atoms have to dance on the head of a pin to make a weapon of mass destruction?
The answer depends on who’s in the White House. If the New York Times can use a lie to destroy George W. Bush, then Saddam didn’t have any WMDs and Bush simply loved to see the bodies of American soldiers coming home for burial. Now that the ragtag Libyan “liberation army” has found warehouses full of uranium ore in the desert, ready to smuggle to the Somali pirates or maybe to al-Qaida in Yemen, everything’s okay, too. Because Obama’s in the White House. Even with American soldiers still coming home in caskets from Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, and Somalia.
When President Sarah Palin and Vice President Herman Cain get elected next year, the corrupt and mendacious media will be filled with scare stories, all pointing the finger of blame at Palin/Cain. The “peace movement” will surely come back to life. Mother Sheehan will return to moan at us on national TV. After all, it was LBJ who invented the nuclear smear story against Barry Goldwater.
Obama started a war against Libya without bothering to tell Congress. Had George Bush done that, and promised to be out of Libya in a week, and then gotten quagmired there for a year with barrels full of radioactivity leaking into the ground, you’d be seeing screaming headlines all over the front pages.
This is called “news judgment.” T he definition of weapons of mass destruction depends on your need to scare the American public.
Here’s an amazing example — from the WaPo and Bob Woodward by way of Bill Gertz of the Washington Times. It’s probably true, since it was published too late to stop the Democrats.
… a group of (CIA) agency analysts celebrated a policy victory of sorts several years ago by issuing a special coin after they had prevented President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney from ordering an attack on Syria’s secret desert nuclear facility.
“At the CIA afterward, the group of specialists who had worked for months on the Syrian reactor issue were pleased they had succeeded in avoiding the overreaching so evident in the Iraq WMD case,” Mr. Woodward wrote in The Washington Post.
So they issued a very limited-circulation memorial coin. One side showed a map of Syria with a star at the site of the former reactor. On the other side the coin said, “No core/No war.”
Those morons don’t realize that the only time to attack a nuclear plant is when it does not have a hot radioactive core. Is anybody going to attack Iran’s Bushehr plant now that it’s gone critical? What kind of idiots do we have at CIA?
I think we need to make this a permanent medal. It’s not a Medal for Valor…it’s certainly not the Medal of Freedom…
Let’s call it the Cover Your Ass Benedict Arnold Medal for misinforming the president at taxpayer expense. These people are using their disinformation skills against us.
“A former senior intelligence official said … ‘Whose side are these guys on?’”
Not on our side.
The CIA has been wrong in every single nuclear prediction since Stalin’s first nuclear weapons secrets were stolen from the Manhattan Project sixty years ago. That’s six decades of hair-raising failures, including India, Pakistan, North Korea, and yes, Iran tomorrow. They don’t care. They just don’t like to give us the bad news. That’s how they build big careers at CIA.
Which leaves us at greater risk for a nuclear 9/11 — whether it’s a dirty nuke or the exploding kind. We spend a half-trillion dollars on those clowns. We should turn Langley over to the Pentagon and spend their money on anti-missile defenses, to protect us when they fail again to warn about the newest maniacs with nukes.
As for answering foreign intelligence questions, you’re better off tossing a coin.
Jihadi forum Ansar al-Mujahideen recently published a new e-book, The Just Scale — On the Permissibility of Killing the Infidels’ Children and Women, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
Each of its eight chapters presents alleged proof from the Koran and Islam’s legal tradition, in an attempt to refute mainstream arguments against killing certain types of civilians.
“When the infidels, the enemies of the faith, [began] to harm the Muslims and rushed to [perpetrate] evil and tyranny, violate taboos, and kill women and children, to the extent that things could not get any worse . . . a band of believers stood up to end this hostility and pay [the infidels] back for it many times over, with justice and fairness . . .” claims Sheikh Abu Al-Hassan Al-Azdi in the introduction.
Muslim warriors today still are commanded to act in this fashion, the author goes on to say.
Although al-Qaida has already murdered tens of thousands of Iraqis and other Muslim civilians, the book is meant to strengthen the weak theological argument for such attacks.
Al-Qaida currently justifies its attacks as the necessary elimination of apostates and heretics, or denies collateral damage to civilians.
Murdering women and children has also been a prevalent part of terror campaigns by nationalist terrorist groups, particularly Palestinian groups.
Hamas and clerics supporting Palestinian suicide bombing argue that Israelis are not really civilians, because the vast majority serve in Israel’s army.
October 8, 2011By Zbigniew Mazurak
Some libertarians and liberals allege that the policy of building up and generously funding a strong military is inconsistent with the principle of limited government — one of the key principles of conservative ideology. Yet this allegation could not be farther from the truth…
and by God they better figure this out now before more damage is done and before it’s altogether too late!
Thursday, 06 Oct 2011 03:17 PM By Frank Gaffney
At the moment, no one has taken a more prominent, informed, and vociferous role in opposing such self-inflicted wounds than the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon.
Under McKeon’s leadership, that panel has done more than any other to lay out the dire implications of the national security spending reductions already in the pipeline, and those now in prospect.
Notably, in a recently released report entitled “Future Cuts Transform a Superpower into a Regional Power,” McKeon’s staff determined that, “We believe potential cuts to the military pose a serious threat that would break the back of our armed forces while slowing our economic recovery and doing little to resolve our debt crisis.”
The 10 million kronor ($1.5 million) award was split three ways between Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, women’s rights activist Leymah Gbowee from the same African country and democracy activist Tawakkul Karman of Yemen — the first Arab woman to win the prize.
The chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee told The Associated Press that Karman’s award should be seen as a signal that both women and Islam have important roles to play in the uprisings known as the Arab Spring, the wave of anti-authoritarian revolts that have challenged rulers across the Arab world.
“The Arab Spring cannot be successful without including the women in it,” Jagland said.
He said Karman, 32, belongs to a Muslim movement with links to the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group “which in the West is perceived as a threat to democracy.” He added that “I don’t believe that. There are many signals that that kind of movement can be an important part of the solution.”