[Bongino] Towards the end of his opening monologue, Gervais told the Hollywood actors, "So if you do win an award tonight, don;’t use it as a platform to make a political speech. You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg."
[DW] Over the past 16 years, Ottoman Turkish President His Enormity, Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First ...Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey. In Anatolia did Recep Bey a stately Presidential Palace decree, that has 1100 rooms. That's 968 more than in the White House, 400 more than in Versailles, and 325 more than Buckingham Palace, so you know who's really more important... has progressively increased his power. But since last year, his influence has been waning.
Posted by: trailing wife ||
01/06/2020 00:47 ||
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In February 13, 2011 a Rick Moran article noted: "Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan moves against the military." He noted:
"The election of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2002 has brought dramatic changes to Turkey. Erdogan has instituted what some are calling 'soft Sharia' by incrementally altering Turkish institutions and society to reflect a more Islamist approach to government. And now, Erdogan is moving against the one force that can stop Turkey's slide into extremism." I.e., the military, and he succeeded.
"Turkey, once a strong ally of Israel, recently sponsored the Gaza 'Freedom Flotilla' and has been cozying up to Iran in recent months. To continue to fall away from the West and embrace Islamization would mean a shift in the strategic situation of the United States. Turkey is a member of NATO and to see them drift toward Iran would make a gigantic hole in our position in the Middle East while seeing Iran gain an ally in a vital part of the world." And that's what happened.
Yep, it's Kurt
[Townhall] This has been a really difficult time for Ben Rhodes, John Kerry, and the rest of the geniuses who zombie Neville Chamberlain recently hailed as "a flock of insufferable sissies crowded around the behind of America’s enemy, shamelessly smooching their dignity away." Zapping Qassam Soleimani ruined an Iranian offensive that had started with such promise. When the dirtbag catspaws of the dirtbag Iranian mullahs surrounded the American embassy in Baghdad, American liberals were more excited than the old Weekly Standard’s staff would have been upon discovering that it was sharing one of its cruises with a pool boy and sexy gardener convention. Libs and their Fredocon submissives were practically salivating at the thought of fellow Americans being murdered by scuzzy foreigners and the opportunity such a tragedy would present for blaming Donald Trump. This was Trump’s Benghazi test, they chortled on social media.
Yeah, except Trump passed his test.
The Iranians had been getting uppity for a while, but then their punks killed an American contractor in a rocket attack on a U.S. base ‐ and let’s not get distracted about whether we should still be there. They killed an American. We are there, and you don’t get a pass on murdering U.S. citizens because we may or may not have a good reason for them still being there. You get dead.
See, for too long we were asking the wrong question when tinpot dictators dared hurt Americans. We asked, "What would a gender-fluid Oppression Studies major at Yale do?" As I have observed before, the correct question is "WWJC do?" ‐ "What would Julius Caesar do?"
Trump ordered hard hits at five Shiite militia weapon sites, and not with any warnings either. They got one of ours, we got about two dozen of theirs. Like the old joke about 1,000 lawyers at the bottom of the sea, that’s a good start.
[The Federalist] President Donald Trump’s order to kill Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad was the right call. At the same time, that he had to make this call, how he had to make it, and the mortal danger to American assets it presents, illustrate exactly why U.S. forces should not spend a day longer in Iraq than necessary to end our long-dwindling interests.
Iran needed to learn a hard, swift lesson. For four decades, it has ratcheted global temperatures up and down with a close eye on America’s reaction. Kidnapping, terror, extortion, sabotage, and blockades have all been used since the Islamic Republic’s inception in 1979. On Thursday, the U.S. president made Iran understand what should have always been understood: Orchestrating an attack on a U.S. embassy is a line no country shall cross.
For more than 30 years, from 1988 until Jan. 3, 2020, Soleimani had been the Michael Jordan of Iranian black-ops, leading his elite al-Quds fighting force to wage and plot unconventional warfare from neighboring countries to Washington, D.C., killing at least 500 U.S. servicemen along his merry way. He seemingly moved about the Middle East with impunity, even making time for a jaunt to Moscow shortly after President Barack Obama granted him run of the region with the ill-fated Iran Deal.
The ticket to his final destination took him from Lebanon, where he coordinated his pet Hizbollah, to Baghdad International Airport, where, roughly 15 miles from the U.S. embassy he’d ordered besieged that week, his trip came to an abrupt end.
Some say as illustrious career as his ought to end with a gold watch or silver plate; instead, it ended a smear on the road. His dead friends, including the leader of the Shia militia whose killing of an American contractor had launched this whole fracas, had driven out to meet his plane. No doubt they felt safer from U.S. retaliation close to their Iranian overlord. In the meantime, Soleimani’s family will have to take heart he was with those friends‐ that, and the low priority Islam places on an open casket. Oh, SNAP!
When the Romans ruled the world, it was called Pax Romana ‐ Roman Peace ‐ and it held. Two thousand years ago, when St. Paul was ordered scourged, he asked a Roman centurion, "Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman and uncondemned?" The soldiers "immediately let go of him; and the commander also was afraid when he found out that he was a Roman, and because he had put him in chains."
There was war in the Roman Empire almost all the time. Each Roman legion completely controlled its area, and each legion head aspired to become a Caesar or a Caesar Augustus, which latter was like Emperor, sort of. When there was no external foe they fought with one another, and formed alliances, The key to power was being a military leader, and that's what attracted the most ambitious Romans to become soldiers. They got money for their wars simply by taking it from the sities and towns they controlled.
Emperor Julian did not like all that internal fighting and he made a law requiring all town to have local governments who had to approve expenses.
As a result the most ambitious locals turned to civilian life in cities and gave up interest in fighting. The arm was then filled up with outsiders. These first wanted to share in the prosperity of Rome, but eventually decided to take over the empire, and so ended the Western Roman Empire. Julian died fighting the Persians and never had much influence in the East, so the Eastern Roman Empire lasted another thousand years or so, but it did so by constantly fighting, very often against the Persians.
End of Globalism and its conceits: the foolishly grandiose, unrestrained, simultaneously reckless and pusillanimous strategic incoherence visited upon us and the world by some of the worst presidents in US history--Billy Jeff Clinton, Bush Fils, Barry "Zero" Soetoro.
Good riddance, Globalists.
A new and enlightened era is upon us. Give praise and thanks to Trump and Pompeo.
I do enjoy the irony of all this. First Iraq and Iran have been mortal enemies for decades. They fought a 7 year war filled with Mustard gas and chlorine. Now their parliament voted to protect Iranian CUDs and kick the US out?
Soleimani was, is, and always has been a cancer on Western society. We should have taken him and Acminda-whater out in 1979. And like cancer that's not treated it has spread. They have somewhere around 20 CUS (Special Forces) battalions. These guys are fairly well trained and Obama funded in cash. Do remember we have caught over 300 Iranian of military age crossing our Arizona border over the last 10 years. They are here and they are not the average Muzzie terrorist. They are organized, understand strategic targeting, and America's vulnerabilities. They have a mature IO campaign, just look at how the Dems are supporting Iran over the US right now and trying to strip the president of his war powers act authority. Trump needs to make the threat so real the Tehran proper that they pause.
Posted by: 49 Pan ||
01/06/2020 10:52 Comments ||
We really need to expose and destroy our country's Fifth Column.
Start with scrutiny of the NSC leakers. Who told the Soros-Koch funded academic that a hypersonic missile strike on Sukeimani was imminent? (See Steven Simon's NYT Op-Ed piece the morning of the attack.)
Then focus on Kerry's trip to Iran. Whom did he meet? What was discussed F2F that could not be discussed over the phone?
Then scrutinize the actions, memos, emails texts and calls of Zero, Susan Rice, ValJar just prior to their departure in Dec 2016-Jan 2017.
Then focus on Zero's mouthpieces and Pajama Boys. What are their Tues to Iran? Are they being funded by Iranian cutouts?
Are Soros and Koch funding any Iranian front organizations?
The Sig Sauer P365 is a small semi-auto but has a magazine capacity of 10+1 (It is about the size of the Ruger LC9). Optional 12+1 or 15+1 magazines can be obtained at the expense of concealability. Good for just about anyone man or woman.
Wife carries a Bursa 380. The selection in this article looked more like a guys pock gun choice that a woman's carry choice. Very nice weapon and it comes in a concealed version that has all rounded corners, hammer, trigger cover etc...
Posted by: 49 Pan ||
01/06/2020 14:16 Comments ||
The GF is a typical Glock person. She loves her G43, can't stand my Sig 365. I was sold on Sig as soon as I shot my P238 for the first time. Damn thing almost aims itself.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
01/06/2020 14:17 Comments ||
Spousal unit has Taurus titanium revolver in .38 spc, er, did until that boating accident.
[Babylon Bee] TEHRAN‐Colin Kaepernick sent his workout video to Iran after learning they may have recently opened up a position but has yet to receive a phone call.
Kaepernick condemned American attacks on Iranian terrorists last week, inciting rumors that he may have found a team interested in him in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. But Iranian officials have dispelled the rumors, stating clearly and unequivocally that "we have no interest in signing Kaepernick at this time, but we wish him well in his future endeavors."
"It's disappointing to see that Iran is as hateful as America," a downcast Kaepernick said in a press conference. "I expected to be welcomed as a hero over there, but apparently, they too are biased against people with dark skin." Kaepernick plans to protest Iran's hate by continuing to kneel during the American national anthem.
Iran has clarified that they agree with Kaepernick ideologically, but they need someone who can throw.
Posted by: Frank G ||
01/06/2020 14:17 ||
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Sorry, Bee, doesn't rise to the level of satire. Everyone knows they'd take him in a hot minute.
[CBS Face The Nation] Washington ‐ Former CIA Director David Petraeus said Sunday it's "impossible to overstate" the importance of the U.S. drone strike early Friday that killed Qassem Soleimani, Iran's top military commander, calling it "bigger" than the death of Osama bin Laden.
"It's impossible to overstate the significance of the attack that takes out Qassem Soleimani and the number two militia leader in Iraq as well, who also never dared to set foot in Iraq during the surge after we've missed him and he escaped," Petraeus said on "Face the Nation," referencing Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. "So this is bigger than bin Laden. It's bigger than Baghdadi.
U.S. special forces during a raid on his compound in Pakistan in 2011, and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of ISIS, died during a raid by U.S. commandos in October.
Posted by: Besoeker ||
01/06/2020 02:13 ||
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Past proclivities and jogging partners aside, still one of the sharpest officers to ever pull on a pair of boots.
Monsieur Rick, what kind of a man is Captain Renault?
Oh, he's just like any other man, only more so.
[ArabNews] The killing of Quds Force Commander Qassim Soleimani and Iraqi paramilitary leader Abu-Mahdi al-Muhandis changes everything. With one fell blow Trump has taken out the two dominant figures exporting Iranian militancy across the region.
By killing Soleimani, the US has decapitated the principal agent of Tehran’s strategy for regional hegemony.
Although the furious regime in Tehran will seek a devastating riposte, this operation liquidates the man who for three decades criminal masterminded its regional terrorist strategy. The death of Soleimani ‐ lauded by Iranian leader Ali Khamenei ...the actual dictator of Iran, successor to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini... as his "living martyr of the revolution" and believed by many to be Khamenei’s likely successor ‐ leaves a gaping vacuum in Iran’s power to mobilize bandidosbully boyz across the region.
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There was no 'strategy' to begin with, just a bunch of distributed efforts to thwart the US and Israel, actuating revolts and terrorist attacks on competitors. Soleimani was literally winging it as he went and the leadership assumed he had a plan. The mistake was conflating national interest with religious, communal dogma.
Language is important, and letting bad folds get away with defining language is a terrible idea.
The creeps in Iran constantly refer to us as the Big Satan and ISrael as the Small Satan, Trump should retaliate by calling Khameni the 'Pathetic Satan' or something like that, over and over again. Why should we accept the notion that we are Satans/ Two can play at that game.
Posted by: daniel ||
01/06/2020 10:42 Comments ||
Soleimani acquired the nickname Wazir al-Mustawtanat (minister of colonies)
A pity that America's semiliterate, badly-educated fifth columnists (like Colin Shroomhead) don't read the Arab press, or know f-all about Arab and Islamic imperial history.
If they did, they'd see that we're the anti-imperialist power in the region. Islamic Iran = the neo-imperialist wannabe power.
(a) There was no 'strategy' to begin with
Sometimes tactics are strategy - see "Fabian strategy".
(b) And Iran's grand strategy is in shambles because USA just delivered a message "We can do Israeli style precision strikes - only with 100 times their resources and 1/1000 their vulnerability to 'World Opinion'.".
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