Five Iraqi men have been arrested in Colorado Springs in connection with a rape so disturbing, that Lt. Howard Black, who heads the Police Department’s special victim’s unit, said: We don’t see these types of assaults typically in Colorado Springs The victim was an elderly woman who was invited by the Iraqis for what she believed to be lemonade, and what occurred afterwards, the woman cannot even remember.
By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media
National Security Agency (NSA) veterans Bill Binney, Russ Tice and Kirk Wiebe spoke at a Friday news conference at the National Press Club, in Washington, D.C., with Tice declaring that the spy agency monitored Barack Obama’s telephone conversations—and those of his wife—in 2004, apparently as a result of Obama’s run for the U.S. Senate and emergence as a major figure in the Democratic Party. This should have been big news. However, the claim was ignored or dismissed by most of the major media.
A major exception was NBC News, which posted a clip from the press conference and an item noting that “Former NSA analyst Russ Tice says that, during his tenure, the NSA had a program that spied on phone and email messages of Congress, the Supreme Court, reporters, military and an up-and-coming politician named Barack Obama.” These are sensational charges.
Jeff Mason of Reuters interviewed Tice about Obama’s proposed “reforms” of the agency, but didn’t include any comments on the agency’s alleged surveillance of Obama.
Why would the NSA watch Obama? Could it have something to do with his communist and foreign connections?
Tice, who says he supported Obama for president even though he had been a conservative Republican, told Russia Today (RT) television that “…a high-level person at NSA told me this was being directed from the vice president’s office. That would be Vice-President Dick Cheney. I don’t know that for sure, but that’s what I was told from a very senior person at NSA.” Tice also told the Moscow-funded propaganda channel that Obama may somehow be “controlled” as President as a result of its surveillance of him.
Tice cannot be dismissed completely as a nut by the Left, since he was one of the sources used in The New York Times’ reporting in December 2005 on domestic surveillance activity. The media have treated him as credible in the past. His affiliations reportedly include his roles as a former intelligence analyst for the U.S. Air Force, Office of Naval Intelligence, Defense Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Agency. Jesselyn Radack, an associate of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, has defended Tice as a “whistleblower,” and Tice is featured on the site of the National Whistleblowers Center.
Tice said at the January 17 National Press Club news conference that he had “in my hand,” during his work for the NSA, the telephone numbers for Barack Obama and his wife, but that the documents were destroyed. “I had numerous phone numbers. I assume his wife’s number was there as well,” he said. “I don’t know what they did with it. I know that they were recording his phone conversations, and then they were storing the information.”
I asked him about the possible grounds for NSA surveillance of Obama, such as his association in Hawaii with Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis, who was on the FBI’s security index. Tice seemed unfamiliar with Davis. I also asked about Obama’s association with communist terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, who helped launch Obama’s political career in Chicago. That meeting was set up by Illinois State Senator Alice Palmer, who had traveled to the Soviet Union and came back praising Soviet-style communism.
Tice ridiculed the idea that there were any legitimate grounds on which to monitor or investigate Obama. At the same time, he said the agency may have been seeking something they could “use against him in the future.” He wasn’t clear as to whether or not he meant they were seeking something specific. Is there something Obama is hiding?
If the interest was communism, Tice said, then why were so many other people, including admirals, members of congress, and Supreme Court justices, under surveillance? Of course, we have to take his word that all of these people were under surveillance, because he said the documentation for all of this was destroyed when he worked for the NSA.
The answer may lie in Obama’s NSA reform speech, in which the President admitted that foreign intelligence agencies may be trying to monitor his conversations. He said, “There is a reason why BlackBerrys and iPhones are not allowed in the White House Situation Room. We know that the intelligence services of other countries—including some who feign surprise over the Snowden disclosures—are constantly probing our government and private sector networks, and accelerating programs to listen to our conversations, and intercept our emails, and compromise our systems. We know that.”
So is it possible that the NSA is conducting some monitoring for the purpose of determining which foreign intelligence agencies have themselves conducted surveillance of U.S. citizens, in order to compromise or recruit them? That would make complete sense.
Tice, an analyst, may not have been in a high enough position to know or understand this. His speculation about then-Vice President Cheney ordering the surveillance is just that—speculation. And it may stem from his announced preference for Obama as president. But the guidelines under which the NSA operates, stipulate that investigating an American political figure for connections to foreign terrorists and regimes is permitted and justified. Similarly, the NSA would be derelict if it did not attempt to follow what foreign regimes and movements are trying to do here as well.
While Frank Marshall Davis was under surveillance for 19 years, he may have engaged in espionage for the Soviet Union. Obama covered up Davis’s real identity when he ran for president. Although Obama publicly claimed that he regarded Ayers and Dohrn as just neighbors and respected academics, declassified intelligence in the Weather Underground case shows that Ayers, Dohrn and their comrades had connections to the Soviet KGB, the Cuban intelligence service and the DGI, in addition to their terrorist ties.
We addressed the matter of domestic surveillance in a column on Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders (VT), asking the same kinds of questions about NSA activities. Sanders seemed shocked that anything like this was being done. The fact is that Sanders’ extensive affiliations with Soviet front groups were more than enough to justify NSA surveillance of this senator. Other senators may have been monitored because of a massive communist spy effort on Capitol Hill.
Tice ridicules the idea of the NSA monitoring “commies” on Capitol Hill. But that should be one of the legitimate functions of the NSA. After all, the NSA’s Venona project deciphered Soviet communications with agents in the U.S., including the federal government. This effort disclosed traitors and spies. However, only Obama could order the declassification of any documents in the possession of the U.S. intelligence community about his own foreign and communist connections.
We are not holding our breath.
We also don’t expect the Institute for Public Accuracy, which sponsored the news conference, to do a follow-up on this mystery. The group is funded by left-wing foundations associated with such figures as Barbra Streisand. She endorsed Obama for president in 2012, calling him a “good man” and praising Obamacare.
Dr. Oz showed this on his program recently. It’s what the heart of a Democrat looks like after years of lies, corruption and treachery. Don’t let it happen to you.
If you ever thought there was any reality behind the stale script of Democrats being the ‘party of the disadvantaged’ and, as a topping to the sundae – the party that disdains greed and materialism, I hate to be the one to break it to you. It’s pure fiction and pretty much always has been. I’ve written on this subject before, and as we go forward in examining the character traits of a political party that has transformed itself into a national cult, I will be discussing it at ever greater lengths. But a story, just released in the Telegraph – revealing the un-glamourous truth of the economic casualties of Hollywood’s latest bent Robin Hood, was too powerful not to include in my ‘Democrats Gone Wild’ and ‘Hollywood Idiots’ categories.
I’m referring to the critically acclaimed Martin Scorsese film, “The Wolf Of Wall Street”, in which Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort, a conniving and rapacious securities broker, who in his own fashion was the Bernie Madoff of his era. Small distinction – Belfort’s game wasn’t a Ponzi scheme, but he was engaged in securities fraud.
Martin Scorsese is a Democrat. He has endorsed the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Hillary Rodham Clinton for US Senate Committee, Obama for America and Green Mountain PAC. No surprise there. Then there’s DiCaprio. Leo’s a hardcore Democrat, notes Hollowverse. In 2008, he donated over $38,000 to the Democratic party including directly to then-candidate Barack Obama and Leo donated at least $5,000 to Obama’s re-election campaign.
So, without getting into the weeds – everyone associated with the production of this film is a Democrat. What’s notable about this is that the film celebrates and lionizes the criminality, extreme sex, perversion and drug fueled lifestyle of Belfort. As the Telegraph, notes, there were private jets, luxury mansions, bodyguards, champagne, wild sex – once while lying on a makeshift mattress comprised of $3 million in banknotes – poolside parties, prostitutes, and, in Belfort’s words, “enough drugs to sedate Guatemala”. At one point, he was hooked on 22 different drugs, including Cocaine and Quaaludes.
The sex, drugs, and indecency? – that’s no surprise. That fits the mold of the Hollywood identity and the values of the Democrat Party to a T. But unbridled glorification of the predatory instincts of Wall Street ‘investment’ brokers? Affirming avarice, conspicuous consumption, and lifestyles centered on self-indulgence? Really, when you think about it, even though it defies the self-defined image Democrats have gone to great lengths to popularize and portray – the persona of Jordan Belfort depicted in the film, quite aptly mirrors the moral void of Hollywood, Wall Street and Democrats – the aspirational ethic of Alistair Crowley‘s satanic creed, “Do what Thou wilt, shall be the whole of the Law.”
I thought it would be interesting to attempt to identify the particular trope that best defines Jordan Belfort’s temperament and character traits in real life and in terms of what so endears him to Democrat movie goers. There doesn’t seem to be one that accurately describes him, but this – “The Loveable Rogue”, from ‘TV Tropes’ comes closest:
“A person who breaks the law, for their own personal profit, but is nice enough and charming enough to allow the audience to root for them, especially if they don’t kill or otherwise seriously harm anyone. It helps that none of their victims are anyone we know or that they’ve made sure the audience knew they were jerks, which makes it “okay” to steal from them.”
The problem for those of us who still think that funding a profligate lifestyle with the ill-gotten revenue derived from graft and larceny, is indecent and sociopathic, is that we don’t see the romance or the ‘lovableness’ of a scumbag like Belfort, the way liberal moviegoers in Los Angeles and New York do. But the lifestyles of the rich and Democrat are quite familiar to us. While Democrats decry the income gap and the plight of the poor, what really captures their imagination and latent admiration, is the scoundrel who amasses wealth illegally and leverages the proceeds to purchase luxury jets, mansions, cocaine, hookers and all the other trappings of new money. If the Democrats really buy their own narrative about equal outcomes, income equality, fairness and all the rest of that manure they constantly shovel – shouldn’t Belfort be depicted as a scoundrel? Don’t answer – the question was rhetorical.
At this point, I’d like to introduce, via the Telegraph’s excellent reporting, the reality of Belfort’s victims – because the movie never stops to even contemplate, that in order for Belfort and his cronies to indulge in their ‘excess of riot’ – there has to be individuals on the opposite side of these transactions whose trust has been maliciously betrayed and whose finances have been ravaged.
Belfort’s 1,500 victims, including Mr. Robert Shearin, are furious that the con man, who has admitted he was a “greed-fuelled animal” while on Wall Street, has failed to pay back the money he scammed, despite a $110 million restitution order by a federal judge, part of his sentence for fraud and money laundering in 2003.
“It’s really time for people to stop glorifying the crooks on Wall Street and for justice to be done,” said Diane Nygaard, a securities and investment fraud lawyer in Kansas City, Missouri, who has represented a number of Belfort’s victims.
“I was appalled at DiCaprio because he clearly doesn’t have a clue as to the heartache this con man cost so many hard-working Americans … I wouldn’t trust him for an inch. I think the film should be called ‘My Adventures with other People’s Money’ because that’s what it boils down to. You can steal more money with a pen than you can a gun.”
LA Weekly published an open letter by Christina McDowell, the daughter of a lawyer Belfort worked with, in which she described the hard realities of those victimized by the shady penny stock dealings of Belfort. She excoriates Scorsese and DiCaprio:
“Your film is a reckless attempt at continuing to pretend that these sorts of schemes are entertaining, even as the country is reeling from yet another round of Wall Street scandals”.
And DiCaprio doesn’t deny this. In fact, he admits the charge. “We purposely didn’t show (Belfort’s) victims. We wanted the film to be a hypnotic ride the audience gets on so they get lost in this world and not see the destruction left in the wake of this giant ship of greed.” As one of the human flotsam and jetsom of Belfort’s and the movie audience’s ‘hypnotic ride’, Mr Shearin resents the way the film seems to glory in its protagonist’s crimes, playing his hedonistic lifestyle for laughs.
“The harm that was done to people around Belfort, and to the small investors, and what that meant – you see none of that. His depiction in this movie is annoying and disturbing, because it makes him more into a mythical figure and skips the reality of what he was about. And what he was about was harming people financially.”
Lauren Steffy, writing in Forbes, observes:
People like Belfort are more comfortable with lies than truth. Lies become the tools that, combined with a lack of conscience, enable them to prey on the fears and desires of unwary investors and separate them from their money. That is an important part of the Jordan Belfort story, in fact, the most important part, but it’s missing from the film.
“More comfortable with lies than the truth.” What possible better description of Hillary Clinton? Hillary – the darling of Belfort’s Wall Street progeny, the big-money denizens who coughed up $500,000 at two events hosted by Goldman Sachs and hundreds of thousands more from private equity houses, The Carlyle Group and KKR, each of whose profits are sensitive to changes in tax laws and regulations, which Hillary could favorably influence as President. What better description of Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, who conspired in private meetings, to create a government backed cartel of the biggest players in the Healthcare industrial complex – the result being Obamacare? What better description of the blind followers of the cult of the Democrat party?
If ever the Republican party was exclusively the party of ‘fat cats’, collusion to enrich political benefactors and amoral greed, it hasn’t had a lock on that distinction for nearly a century. But oft repeated myths seem to die hard. In a bizarre final touch to Scorsese’s film, DiCaprio endorses Belfort’s ‘motivational training’ business in a promotional clip:
The seduction of Scorsese and DiCaprio by this heartless thief, does give one pause to wonder. Belfort is a man who was nailed by the FBI and the Securities and Exchange Commission, resulting in Belfort pleading guilty to 10 counts of securities fraud and money laundering. He was sentenced to four years in prison but was released after just 22 months, having cut a deal with prosecutors for leniency in return for turning over a number of cronies and agreeing to make restitution. But Belfort has hedged and stonewalled restitution for his economic crime victims. Only under threat of a pending court order, has he pledged to turn over profits from his book and other collateral income related to the movie.
Belfort’s lifestyle is hardly spartan, nor has he ever experienced the hardships he inflicted on others. He’s living in high style just two blocks from the Pacific Ocean, in one of Los Angeles’ most upscale suburbs, Manhattan Beach. Sort of reminds me of the line from that song by Billy Preston – “I’ve got a story ain’t got no morals. Let the bad guy win every once in awhile.” Will it ‘go round in circles’? Yes, unfortunately it has and it will, because the gasoline that fuels America – its economy and its political processes, is High Octane, Unleaded corruption.
And thanks to Scorsese and DiCaprio, we’ve been afforded a look at the authentic values of the Democrat party and its Hollywood / Wall Street Axis – the values of Jordan Belfort, Wolf of Wall Street.
By: Ashraf Ramelah
Voice of the Copts
Egyptians, passionate and elated, leap for joy in the aftermath of a major victory sealing the death of Morsi’s autocratic regime and his Muslim Brotherhood backers as Egypt’s new draft constitution is approved by a huge margin. A woman exiting a poll opens her heart and cries out to the object of her affection, “General Al-Sisi, I love you and I will marry you.” She is 75 years old. Islamist poll judges were removed early on for directing voters to vote “no.” A 91-year-old Copt receives a cup of tea at his Cairo neighborhood poll after casting his vote where he was blocked from voting in two previous 2012 elections – the constitutional referendum and the presidential. Call it bogus as The Washington Post has or call it justice as Egyptians demonstrate.
On January 13, one day before the inevitable “yes” vote approving Egypt’s new draft constitution, The Washington Post editorial board (Fred Hiatt, Jackson Diehl, Jo-Ann Armao, Jonathan Capehart, Lee Hosckstader, Charles Lane, Stephen Stromberg, Tom Toles, Autumn Brewington, and Michael Larabee) published an article entitled, “Egypt’s bogus democracy doesn’t deserve U.S. aid,” arguing on behalf of a “no” vote. The Post article glosses over the real meaning of critical facts making Egypt’s military into a Nazi revival rounding up innocent bystanders. It advocates for rejection of the new draft constitution even as Egypt’s violent streets show us that Muslim Brotherhood thugs would be fueled by a “no” vote — empowered by the defeat of what they consider to be an anti-Morsi constitutional draft.
The article indicts Egypt’s military and General Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi essentially on the basis of Egypt’s crackdown of the Muslim Brotherhood (now blacklisted as terrorists) and former autocrat, Mohammed Morsi. It sanitizes Muslim Brotherhood rhetoric and violence with such terms as “peaceful, “activists,” and “an elected Islamist government.” Calling Egypt’s military a regime and tying it to a nonexistent coup d’état, the article views Al-Sisi as Egypt’s enemy spun out of control and an imminent threat to the welfare of Egyptians. This is nonsense and an insult to Egyptians who have suffered much to arrive at clarity (the Muslim Brotherhood is bogus and dangerous) and a solution for this crisis.
Ninety-eight percent of 21 million voting Egyptians approved Egypt’s new draft constitution, which represents a vote of confidence for the work of the military, police and interim government. Egyptians endorsed it with double the voter turnout this time for Monsour’s interim government’s constitution referendum than before in 2012 for Morsi’s constitutional draft with 11 million voters. Egyptians want this crackdown by authorities which does not impede law-abiding freedom fighters but Muslim Brotherhood members, sympathizers and gangs opposed to them – supporters of ousted President Morsi tearing down the country with violence and bloodshed, threatening civil war.
Interim and temporary President Monsour aligns with Egypt’s liberal freedom coalition to a greater degree than any previous Egyptian leader since the January 2011 uprising began. Right now this seems to be Egypt’s salvation in light of the country’s serious brush with Islamist rule and a vindictive Muslim Brotherhood. The notion of Egypt’s military as an autocracy “more repressive than any the country has known in decades” installed by this “yes” vote is wrong and deceptive. Instead, Egypt’s military hunts down the regime considered by Egyptians to be the most repressive of any regime in Egypt’s modern history, the Muslim Brotherhood party members and supporters. General Al Sisi won the hearts and minds of Egyptian pro-democracy fighters for accomplishing the job of ridding Morsi but never hijacked their cause or took the helm of Egypt against the people’s will (unlike SCAF in 2011). He led by following protocol from pre-Morsi constitutions. An independent interim government was formed from appointments made by Adly Monsour of the High Court as called for in the case of a presidential vacancy. General Al Sisi was then reinstated as Defense Minister.
The Post article anticipates that General Al-Sisi will lead Egypt into a “more malignant form” of a Mubarak-like regime and attacks his “road map” as pre-2011. But the General promotes a “road map” issued by him on the same day as Morsi’s arrest that specifically guards against this, spelling out eight fundamental items* in order to preclude such an outcome.
After trouncing Egypt’s Defense Minister, Monsour’s interim government and the work of its constitutional assembly, The Post editorial pummels President Obama for supporting the “new autocracy in Egypt.” Obama seeks Congressional funds on their behalf. However, as even the remotest villager in Egypt can tell you, Mr. Obama does not support the democratic transitional leadership but stands squarely behind ousted President Morsi and his backers. Obama seems now to realize that because of his stance America has lost much of its influence in Egypt to Russia, not to mention respect.
Obama now seeks to save face and preserve America’s military assets, including U.S. use of the Suez Canal, by honoring America’s contract with Egypt — finances tied to the March 26, 1979 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty. This is Obama’s attempt to reverse his earlier decision against Egypt when, without valid reason, the U.S. President froze American aid. Alas, Egypt has other willing sources to replace lost aid.
There is an influence network in America defending the Muslim Brotherhood as moderates and, as such, obscuring Brotherhood supremacy and its criminal acts against Egypt’s sovereignty and its citizens. In turn, the genuine supporters of democracy inside Egypt are cast as aggressive evil-doers grabbing power from a benign and “elected” government. The Post synopsis leads us to believe that Egyptians could have waited for the next election cycle to vote Morsi out of the executive office as we are waiting in America. However, this would have been a fatal move for the cause of freedom in Egypt.
The viewpoint held by The Washington Post leads us in the opposite direction from the truth. The editorial uses misinformation that is commonly repeated throughout the Western media. Its misleading conclusions, which insinuate that terrorists are Egyptian fighters for a “genuine democracy” deprived now of their rights by arrest and imprisonment, contribute to the Muslim Brotherhood disinformation campaign around the world.
*Disable and freeze the Morsi 2012/2013 constitution, appoint the president of the High Constitutional Court as Interim President to be in place until a presidential election is held, form an interim government according to guidelines of previous constitutions, form a committee to review 2012 constitution article [the constitutional 50-member assembly], adjust election laws enacted by the House of Representatives before the Supreme Constitutional Court, set the Code of Honor guaranteeing freedom of the media, activate procedures for the integration of youth as partners in the country’s decision making, and form a high committee for national reconciliation acceptable to national elites [for negotiation with the Muslim Brotherhood].
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Illustrative photo of an Iranian warship in the Strait of Hormuz
(photo credit: Alex Hicks, Wikimedia Commons)
Gee, it’s just peachy that we are giving Iran additional time to go completely nuclear. And we are giving them billions in dollars to help them out. Don’t want them to run short when they get ready to take out Israel, you know… Iran could have a bomb in as short a time as 2 to 3 weeks – Israel estimates 1 to 2 months. As we give them trust and money, they are vowing to annihilate Israel. That makes us complicit in the planning and carrying out of genocide.
It’s not just Israel though… the Great Satan is definitely in Iran’s battle plans for war. They have been strengthening ties with Cuba, Venezuela and Bolivia – guaranteed to bring terrorism to our homefront and Obama will have American blood all over his hands – again.
Solidly, over the past week, Iranian media outlets have been highlighting a 10-day visit to Latin America by Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs, Majid Takht Ravanchi. The Cuban government can’t wait to cuddle with the Iranian theocrats and become ‘strategic partners.’ They are spouting the same tired old rhetoric that the Iranians have every right to nuclear power. What they really mean is, they have every right to a nuclear bomb and global aggression. The line is long to join the Axis of Evil these days apparently.
Under the guise of strengthening trade and economic expansion, despots will unite across the globe with a common goal. The destruction of the free world and the rise of communism and theocratic totalitarianism. Iran’s Fars News blathered on about Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro who “described Iran as a great power that deserves special respect.” That’s communist respect. Mass murdering asshats have to stick together after all. A hot topic was ending the hegemonic powers’ monopoly on world resources. In other words, taking what is America’s and giving it to the more deserving communists. That is what redistribution of wealth is all about. It’s not helping the poor… it’s helping communist regimes.
To further their goals, Iran will use Hezbollah as their terrorist weapon of choice:
But some have warned that greater Iranian engagement in Latin American could also spur more terrorist activity from its proxy Shiite terrorist group, Hezbollah.
U.S. officials and national security experts told TheBlaze in September that they believe Iran is recruiting an “invisible army” of revolutionary sympathizers in Latin America to one day infiltrate the U.S. through the “soft belly” of the southern border.
As TheBlaze reported, “The Iranian regime’s conversion efforts are becoming increasingly aggressive, especially over the Internet, with the goal of conducting operations against United States interests in the Western Hemisphere, according to U.S. government officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the nature of their work in the region.”
During a March hearing of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, Roger F. Noriega, former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs under President George W. Bush, testified, “It is said that wherever Iran goes, Hezbollah is not far behind.”
“Hezbollah is not a lone wolf. In this Hemisphere it counts on the political, diplomatic, material and logistical support of governments – principally Venezuela and Iran – that have little in common but their hostility to the United States,” said Noriega, who is now with the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute.
The terrorist group uses smuggling, money laundering, and fundraising in collaboration with Latin American “well-financed narcotraffickers and guerrilla groups,” Noriega said. Furthermore, the Venezuelan state airline, Conviasa, runs regular flights from Caracas to Damascus and Tehran, “providing Iran, Hezbollah, and associated narcotraffickers a surreptitious means to move personnel, weapons, contraband and other materiel.”
As Amnesty is shoved down our throats to make the wealthy, wealthier, while providing a permanent slave class for big business and a cemented, never ending get out the Marxist vote; our open borders will enable these terrorists to strike constantly at the US with very little to stop them. Blood will flow and the body count will rise… our government will blame it on the Second Amendment and TEA Party extremists. But they won’t blame it on Hezbollah, Iran, radical Jihadists, communists, Progressives or anything that it actually is. Progressive Republicans and Democrats will wring their blood stained hands and flout their impotence while hiding within their fortified retreats and places of power. The rest of us will be on our own and fighting not only for our country, but for our lives and the lives of those we care about. And so it will go until we either fall as a country or wrest control back into the hands of patriots from the Marxist ruling class. If you don’t want this to become reality, we had better stop this Amnesty push and fast. Obamacare has already destroyed the greatest health system in the world and our economy – Amnesty will finish us off.
While this drama unfolds, Iran is now sending two warships into the Atlantic on a feigned ‘good will tour.’ And pigs fly. This is a first for Iran, who has long wanted to expand their military presence across the globe. All the better to launch EMPs with, don’t ya know.
Iran is moving a group of warships to the Atlantic Ocean for the first time in the country’s history, as its navy held a ceremony on Tuesday in honor of the launch, Iranian media are reporting.
The semi-official Fars News Agency reported that Iranian Navy Deputy Commander Rear Admiral Seyed Mahmoud Moussavi told the sailors gathered in southern Iran that the flotilla bears a message of peace and friendship to the world and aims to demonstrate the Islamic Republic’s defensive power.
“The flotilla, which is the first dispatched to the Atlantic, but the 29th one dispatched to the international waters, consists of Khark logistic and helicopter-carrier warship and Sabalan destroyer. The warships should sail 25,000 nautical kilometers in the next three months,” Fars reported on Tuesday.
The ships will also carry some 30 navy academy cadets in training, according to the Associated Press, which quoted Iranian television.
The Iranian news service says that this is the first flotilla of warships heading to the Atlantic, though Iran has long expressed a desire to make its naval mark in the western hemisphere.
Neither Fars nor Iranian TV said if the ships would be docking in any countries on the Atlantic shores.
As justification (very, very weak at that), Iran says this is in response to the US naval deployment near Iran’s coast in the Persian Gulf. Don’t forget that Iran threatened to deploy ships off the US coast in 2011. So, this has been on the drawing board for a long time.
An emboldened Iran is making war moves and forging alliances in Latin America, while we do nothing. This is far worse than the Cuban missile crisis. Don’t our leaders have a responsibility, morally and strategically, to protect us from terrorism rather than welcoming it into our country? Why would you do away with the Monroe Doctrine unless you wanted America attacked from across the border (or you were on drugs and dreaming of Lotus land — anyone seen Biden lately). Why aren’t more in the halls of Congress demanding action on this? Sometimes I wonder if Americans are so detached from reality that we have lost our sense of survival – our gift of fear of what is real and threatening us. Since our current leadership seems unwilling to protect Americans and their families, we need to put true conservatives in power in 2014 and 2016 who have a spine and will do what needs to be done. This time, we dare not settle for less.
Two Iranian Warships Set Sail For The Atlantic Ocean – John Bolton