Obama administration responds with muted ferocity to Iranian actions on American soil

Yesterday, I asked what Valerie Jarrett would tell Obama to do now that the administration, in an effort to save Holder’s delicate derriere from the Fast & Furious fallout, has gone public with a nefarious Iranian plot, one that is tantamount to a declaration of war, that Obama already knew about in June.  (Wag the Dog, anyone?)

Today, we have the answer.  The Obama administration, in language that would befit an irate, but still proper, Victorian maiden, has announced loud and clear that it’s going to scold Iran.  There may be some finger shaking involved too, but I gather that the administration doesn’t want to escalate the matter too quickly.

I don’t like flying.  Truth to tell, I hate it, but I’m still a fairly placid passenger.  During a bumpy flight, the white knuckles and the occasional gasping breaths are the only sign that I’m agitated.  One memorable trip, though, when we hit turbulence over the Midwest, the women in the row behind me spent over an hour screaming “We’re gonna die!  We’re all gonna die!”  I’m not going to do imitate that woman as our airplane of State bounces around, but my knuckles are white as I type, and the occasional gasping breath echoes over my keyboard.

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  • Danny Lemieux

    Obamy apology to Iran coming in …one…two…

  • jj

    Over an hour?  Really?  And nobody smacked her?
     
    Oh – the news about Obama – that’s irrelevant, and entirely predictable, so doesn’t merit a mention.

  • SADIE

    It’s his anesethia-applied-apology to all things muslim.
     
    UBL dead – give the mass murderer a koranic-style burial at sea.
    Al-Wacky and Samir Kahn extra dead – call Kahn’s parents and send condolences.
    Umar the Christmas Day jockey shorts bomber – try him in Federal court.
    Coptic Christians being murdered – tell them to restrain themselves.

  • SADIE

    Bookworm – was her name Colleen?
     
    A Texas woman is suing Continental Airlines and three other carriers over mental trauma she says was caused by a turbulent flight, the Houston Chronicle reported.
    Colleen O’Neal alleges that the October 2009 flight from College Station, Texas, to Houston — a usually short flight that ended up taking more than two hours — encountered extreme turbulence that caused her to fear for her life.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/10/12/texas-woman-sues-continental-over-turbulent-flight/?test=latestnews#ixzz1abMgsIcw

  • Mike Devx

    > A Texas woman is suing Continental Airlines and three other carriers over mental trauma she says was caused by a turbulent flight, the Houston Chronicle reported.

    Does that mean I get to sue Obama over the mental trauma caused by his turbulent economy?

    I truly believe the world is going insane around me, right before my very eyes.  

    Once this idiotic woman has to pay all court costs after the judge laughs her case out of court, then sanity will have been at least partially restored.  That should be at least a couple hundred bucks.  Maybe it will be a thousand!  Or more!  God would I love to see her hit with a $3,000 charge for this one.
     
    I am intrigued by one thing:  How do you sue FOUR airline carriers for a single one-hour turbulent flight?  The explanation for that must be highly entertaining!
     

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  • 11B40

    Greetings:

    Well, it seems to me that our President is maturing into a statesperson. No more “if they pull a knife, we pull a gun; if they send one of yours to the hospital, we send one of theirs to the morgue” for him. Come on people now, smile on your brother… 

  • Marica

    >>>our President is maturing into a statesperson.

    Funny stuff. Keep it coming. 

  • SADIE

    GWB was called a cowboy and what do we have now ((ugh)) a Rodeo Drive Clown, who shoots blanks.

  • Charles Martel

    Speaking of shooting blanks, I remember the classic George exclamation in “Seinfeld” when he learns that somebody he has diddled might be pregnant: “My boys can swim! My boys can swim!”

    Obama should only hope.

  • SADIE

    Obama should only hope.
     
    Hey…isn’t that part and parcel of what got us here. ;)

  • SADIE

    Charles Martel, I found this and thought you’d enjoy it.
     
    Colliding galaxies…
    http://iowntheworld.com/blog/?p=98441

  • Charles Martel

    SADIE, thank you for this. I’m sucker for this stuff. I really appreciate you thinking of me.

  • Mike Devx

    Iran’s Quds force is behind this plot.  Quds is a part of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard; Quds is analogous to Hitler’s SS, an elite political-military machine.

    They (Quds) are behind nearly all of Iran’s terrorist-based activities:  All threat from Hezbollah in Lebanon and the PLO/Hamas in Gaza are due to Quds.  All South American activity (including attempting to arm Hugo Chavez in Venezuela with cruise missiles capable of striking the US) are Quds activity.  Most of Iran’s current activity and focus on destabilizing Saudi Arabia – and seizing control of all of its eastern oil fields – is Quds activity.  Most of the threats against us in Iraq and Afghanistan are driven by Quds activity.

    Quds usually relies on proxies to hide their involvement.  If this plot had succeeded, it would have been true here, too.  But, come on:  A Mexican cartel member or group does the following: A. blows up a restaurant to kill the Saudi ambassador, in the process probably murdering tens or hundreds of American citizens, including potentially members of the US government, including Senators.  Also, successful bombings of the Israeli and Saudi Arabian embassies were to occur, both here and in Argentina.  Anyone with half of a brain can put two and two together and recognize that these actions point specifically to Iran, not merely to a Mexican drug cartel.

    Does all this amount to a reason to declare war on Iran?  In most ways, this seems similar to the worst of the Cold War struggle between us and Russia, with proxy wars and much subterfuge and nastiness played out in shadowy actions across the world.  But this plot is actually worse:  The sting operation makes it clear that the loss of American lives in the restaurant explosion would have been perfectly fine for the Iranians.  I don’t recall the Soviets ever going that far.

    Certainly, to me, if we’re not yet targeting Quds forces for assassination and murder, now is the time to do so.  This does not require a declaration of war against the nation of Iran.  Also, as Herman Cain has suggested, placing a larger US aircraft carrier presence near or in the Persian Gulf would all by itself do a great deal to thwart Iran’s designs on Saudi Arabia.  (Cain is not alone in this.)

    Iran is getting more and more aggressive year by year.  If we began to “contain and roll back” Quds activities throughout the world, I think Iran’s response would be rabid.  But that’s their call.  Even so, as their aggression mounts ever higher, they appear to be ready to attack us directly.  Declared war with the nation of Iran itself looms in that case.

    I’m currently reading David Goldman’s “Why Civilizations Die – And Why Islam Is Dying Too”.  In it, he makes a compelling case that by 2050, Iran will simply cease to be a major threat due to several huge factors. Among those factors is the demographic “Death Spiral”, and theirs is as bad as, or even worse than, any other country out there – isn’t that surprising?  We know all about Europe’s demographic death spiral, but in Iran – and other Islamic countries – similar Death Spirals are also in effect.  

    More importantly, he claims Iran KNOWS that by 2050 they’ll cease to be able to be a major threat on the world stage, too.  Their window of opportunity for hegemony is closing, and that makes them, for the near future, extraordinarily dangerous, because they have nothing to lose and everything to gain.  According to this argument, they are in a corner, and they have only two choices: Fight to the death and hope to win – even if they are likely to lose; or surrender and fade away into the dustbin of history.

    How does this relate to Obama?  He’s perceived as weak and feckless, where his successor might not be.  It could be a self-fulfilling prophecy that bad actors will come after us between now and November 2012 (or January 2013) because of this.  These are dangerous times.
     

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    The Left won’t stop until they enslave all of you and determine who gets to die for their pleasure. The Iranians are just a side show to the LEft, as they watch Americans suffer for their own entertainment.

     

  • suek

    >>The sting operation makes it clear that the loss of American lives in the restaurant explosion would have been perfectly fine for the Iranians. I don’t recall the Soviets ever going that far.>>

    The Soviets had no death wish – so they were cautious, mindful of the consequences. The Iranians _do_ have a death wish. Dying for allah is a glorious thing to be sought after. The consequences of their actions – other than defeat of the great satan – are meaningless. They love death…etc.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    In the modern era, it’s pointless to declare war. Just bomb them to the stone age and use nukes to assassinate their leaders in mid air, and what can they do? Declare war on us? They are already in a de facto state of war. Declarations of such manner are meaningless. We don’t live in a world where international law means anything.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    The Iranians use risky strategies because they know you won’t kill their women and the children in retaliation. So long as they can keep pumping out death martyrs from their enslaved women, they think they’ll out populate you in the long term. This is a solid strategy, if a bit nebulous and lacking in artistic grace.

    The reason why people cared about winning wars was simple. They could always throw more men into the mix, but for any society to lose either the majority of their women or their children, that society will be gone in the next decade. That’s what war does, if you lose.

    now a days, you don’t get that if you lose… so why do you need to win at war? Why do you need to declare war? The Muslims don’t. Look over there and see if any Islamic terrorists declared war or not. They’re on a Jihad, their “personal” struggle as the ysay. 

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    Suek (#16): It’s more than just a death wish.  What I’ve been worried about since 2001, is a profound difference between fundamentalist Christians and Sunni Islamists:  Both expected an Armageddon-esque end of the world.  The difference is that the Christians believe that God will bring it about, while the Islamists believe that it is their responsibility to bring it about.  Their goal is to see the world go up in flames.  Only if they bring this about will their invisible Imam return to them.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    They probably will bring on Armageddon, when the Middle East gets nuked into a field of glass sand so that we can use solar collector farms there.

  • suek

    >>Only if they bring this about will their invisible Imam return to them.>>

    Seems like they don’t care if they’re around to greet him…

  • Charles Martel

    I, for one, am dismayed at how Obama is moving relentlessly backward trhough the acronyms:

    2009: POTUS (President of the United States)

    2010: NBOTUS (Nancy Boy of the United States)

    2011: COTUS (Chickens**t of the United States)

  • Charles Martel

    In the good old days, when brave Palestinian teen boys were murdering Jews with suicide bombs, their proud parents would often send out wedding announcements declaring that “Muhammed Abn Azzholio is now wed to the dark-eyed ones,” referring to the 72 sluts on demand promised in Islam’s bordello paradise.

    Here’s my problem: I completely understand why a pimply-faced boy who is never ever going to get any might commit himself to a plan of action where he can get all he wants. But what if he doesn’t like brown-eyed girls?

  • SADIE

     
    I know it’s catty but …”eyebrow toupees”
     
    IT wasn’t quite the slip-up (or slip-down, as it were) most people expect during a presidential campaign, but whatever happened to Ron Paul’s eyebrows at Tuesday night’s debate certainly caught some viewers’ attention.
     
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/13/fashion/raising-eyebrows.html?_r=3

  • Mike Devx

    CharlesM says: But what if he doesn’t like brown-eyed girls?

    Reminds me of this great captioned photo.  I think they turned it into a “demotivational poster” too!

    http://camasgunguy.blogspot.com/2007/03/yeah-we-got-yer-72-virgins-right-over.html
     

  • Charles Martel

    Mike Devx: LOL!

    Well, Mickey D, I don’t give a rat’s ass whether you or Sadie (or several other people here) are virgins, but I sure want you all in my heaven.

  • Spartacus

    I’m not an Arabic linguist (and I don’t play one on TV), but it is my understanding that the passage in question may alternately be translated as “72 virgins” or “72 white raisins.”  Of course, it is completely predictable which translation these fellows choose to believe.  Honestly, I’m not trying to sound like a Neville Chamberlain here, but I would happily buy each one of these guys a whole bag of raisins if they would just go somewhere and blow each other up, and leave the rest of us alone.
     
    Now, just to avoid any confusion, the linguistic curiosity noted above is supposedly true.  But now, for Sadie’s benefit, I will point out that terrorism is a terrible raisin d’etre.
     
    Related item:
     
    One day up in Heaven, a bloodcurdling scream was heard echoing through the halls.  Peter, Luke, the archangel Michael, and a few others ran to investigate the source of a sound that should never be heard in paradise.  In a small room in the theology library was a recent arrival who had collapsed onto the floor.  For over 70 of his years on Earth, he had served faithfully as a humble monk in a little monastery, a true inspiration to many who knew him.  Now, he was in a cathartic state of weeping and shock.
    “What is it, my friend?” asked Michael.
    “Do you mind if I take your temperature?” asked Luke.
    “Where are they?!?” asked Peter, drawing his sword.
    “There was… an error… in the translation,” sobbed the monk.  “There was an error in the translation!  We never knew!  Someone left out the ‘r’!  Someone left out the ‘r’!  In the original text, it said, ‘celebrate’!  We never knew!”

  • SADIE

    72 white raisins continued …
     
    I think I am a pretty good driver inasmuch as I don’t cut other drivers off, I don’t tail gate and I don’t hog the left side of the road. I allow for an extra 15-30 minutes to get somewhere because there’s always the “if” factor (traffic, accidents, road work). What I cannot abide by is the a–hole, who drives like a bat out of hell and endangers me or any passengers in my car.
     
    But what’s a girl to do when confronted with a bad driver?
     
    This one, opens her window and at the top of her lungs screams, “I hope your d–k falls off and whatever is left turns into raisins.”
     
    Once upon a road, my mother was a passenger in my car and after hearing an outburst turned to me and said, “If I am ever driving down a street and see it littered with @*^cks, I’ll know that you have been there.”
     
     
     
     
     

  • Mike Devx

    Ran across this anecdote:
    —–

    In June 2002, during a budget crisis in Illinois, a state senator from Chicago’s West Side, Rickey Hendon, made a desperate plea for a child-welfare facility in his constituency to be spared the axe. A junior senator from Chicago’s South Side, Barack Obama, voted against him, insisting hard times call for hard choices.
    Ten minutes later Obama rose, calling for a similar project in his own constituency to be spared, and for compassion and understanding. Hendon was livid and challenged Obama on his double standards from the senate floor. Obama became livid too. As Hendon has told it, Obama approached him, “stuck his jagged, strained face into my space“, and said: “You embarrassed me on the senate floor and if you ever do it again I will kick your ass.”
    “What?” said an incredulous Hendon.
    “You heard me,” Obama said. “And if you come back here by the telephones where the press can’t see it, I will kick your ass right now.”
    The two men vacated the senate floor and, depending on whom you believe, either traded blows or came close to it.
    This is a rare tale of Obama both directly facing down an opponent and losing his cool. But during the past year many of his supporters have wished he would show such flashes of anger, urgency and passion more often (if perhaps a bit more focused and less macho and juvenile). He campaigned on the promise to transcend the bipartisan divide; many of his supporters would like to see him stand his ground against his Republican opponents. Having praised his calm-headed eloquence, some would now like to see more passion.
    ——

    Yes, that’s the kind of *passion* we all want to see, yes-sireee-bob!  Passion in service to rank hypocrisy, that’s the ticket!  Obama was “facing down an opponent”?   Sheesh and crapola.  He was facing down a supporter whom he had just knifed in the back.  “Tough times require tough choices” rhetoric concerning a project, immediately followed by Obama’s plea to save, save, save a similar project of his own.  The fellow should have kicked Obama’s ass from coast to coast then rubbed his hypocritical, sneering face in it.

    This is a minor example of the worst danger from Obama to our economy and to us all: Obama seeks power, and seeks to choose all winners and losers in our lives.  It’s not really about socialism vs fascism, or any other -ism.  It’s power, and control, and a command economy ruled by an Administration that seeks to choose winners and losers, rather than letting the free market do it.  Our economy can never recover under this President.

     

  • Mike Devx

    Reposting without all the accidental cut-and-paste embedded links that sent my prior post into moderation hell.  
    Ran across this anecdote:
    —–
     
    In June 2002, during a budget crisis in Illinois, a state senator from Chicago’s West Side, Rickey Hendon, made a desperate plea for a child-welfare facility in his constituency to be spared the axe. A junior senator from Chicago’s South Side, Barack Obama, voted against him, insisting hard times call for hard choices.
    Ten minutes later Obama rose, calling for a similar project in his own constituency to be spared, and for compassion and understanding. Hendon was livid and challenged Obama on his double standards from the senate floor. Obama became livid too. As Hendon has told it, Obama approached him, “stuck his jagged, strained face into my space“, and said: “You embarrassed me on the senate floor and if you ever do it again I will kick your ass.”
    “What?” said an incredulous Hendon.
    “You heard me,” Obama said. “And if you come back here by the telephones where the press can’t see it, I will kick your ass right now.”
    The two men vacated the senate floor and, depending on whom you believe, either traded blows or came close to it.
    This is a rare tale of Obama both directly facing down an opponent and losing his cool. But during the past year many of his supporters have wished he would show such flashes of anger, urgency and passion more often (if perhaps a bit more focused and less macho and juvenile). He campaigned on the promise to transcend the bipartisan divide; many of his supporters would like to see him stand his ground against his Republican opponents. Having praised his calm-headed eloquence, some would now like to see more passion.
    ——
     
    Yes, that’s the kind of *passion* we all want to see, yes-sireee-bob!  Passion in service to rank hypocrisy, that’s the ticket!  Obama was “facing down an opponent”?   Sheesh and crapola.  He was facing down a supporter whom he had just knifed in the back.  ”Tough times require tough choices” rhetoric concerning a project, immediately followed by Obama’s plea to save, save, save a similar project of his own.  The fellow should have kicked Obama’s ass from coast to coast then rubbed his hypocritical, sneering face in it.

    Didja ever notice that the only time Obama gets really, really angry is when his agenda gets crossed?  By *anyone*?  I’ve noticed the same thing about my neighbor’s 1 year old child.  Iran threatening to bomb Americans to death doesn’t really seem to bother the bastard all that much.  Pardon me, I’m getting to the point where I need to go vomit.
     
    This is a minor example of the worst danger from Obama to our economy and to us all: Obama seeks power, and seeks to choose all winners and losers in our lives.  It’s not really about socialism vs fascism, or any other -ism.  It’s power, and control, and a command economy ruled by an Administration that seeks to choose winners and losers, rather than letting the free market do it.  Our economy can never recover under this President.