I guess Romney doesn’t realize that Iran has it’s own coastlines and doesn’t need Syria to get to the sea. Fortunately, Obama pointed this out to him, making the debate a part of Romney’s education.
- Romney praises Obama foreign policy rather than burying it (reuters.com)
- The final presidential debate: 4 memorable moments (VIDEO) (washingtonpost.com)
- Watch: Obama: Romney Proposes ‘Wrong and Reckless Policies’ (abcnews.go.com)
- Poll: Ahead of third debate, Obama leads on foreign policy (cbsnews.com)
- Romney’s muddled Middle Eastern geography (themoderatevoice.com)
Here’s where to look for a World News Daily article by Jamal Abdi: New Senate Push to Pledge Unconditional Support for Israeli “Preventive” War on Iran.
Before reading it, here’s the first couple of sentences:
Graham claims his effort would merely make explicit that the U.S. has Israel’s back. But when your friend is drunk, you don’t hand them the keys. If Graham has his way, he will hand Bibi the keys and lend him our car, while the rest of us ride shotgun.
If this gets you at all nervous about creating a new major mideast war at the behest of Israel (and Lindsay Graham), then get ready to write your senator.
- New Senate Push to Pledge Unconditional Support for Israeli Preventive War on Iran (fromthetrenchesworldreport.com)
- Lindsey Graham Introduces Bill To Commit US Troops to Israel (dailypaul.com)
- New Senate Push to Pledge Unconditional Support for Israeli Preventive War on Iran (whitenewsnow.com)
- Lindsey Graham alleges Election-Driven WH cover-up on Benghazi, Calls Obama ‘misleading’ or ‘incompetent’ (riehlworldview.com)
- U.S. Senate Joins Bibi In Push For War (addictinginfo.org)
If you listen to Ryan, if we are going to deal with Iran‘s coming nuclear capacity (the capacity of which both the candidates disagree on) we are going to have to insert troops. This means a new war – probably in partnership with Israel.
Ryan is also going after Russia as an enemy… especially if we go to war in the middle east. In his opinion, Russia is the leasing supporter of the Arab countries. Biden, of course, gets back to the fact that Russia is currently our ally.
I’m curious as to how many of the current questions of the Romney / Ryan campaign get answered. I hand it to Biden that he has already put up the 47% as an issue related to taxes. Ryan seems to ignore it.
This is going to be an entertaining night.
- 10 things to watch in tonight’s Biden-Ryan debate (firstread.nbcnews.com)
- Biden looks to avenge Obama in VP debate (metronews.ca)
- Joe Biden, looking to avenge Obama, goes head to head with Ryan in VP debate (vancouversun.com)
- 5 things to watch in VP debate (politico.com)
- Why the Biden-Ryan VP debate will be must-see TV for the healthcare industry (medcitynews.com)
- Iran In The US Campaign’s Crosshairs – OpEd (eurasiareview.com)
- War on Iran – Failing on Its Own Terms (antiwar.com)
That video from the secret fundraiser is sure providing tons of revelations of the presidential talents of Mitt Romney – or the fact that there are no such talents present.
Here is a statement that gives us a real view of how he sees tyhe middle east:
“If I were Iran – a crazed fanatic, I’d say let’s get a little fissile material to Hezbollah, have them carry it to Chicago, and then if anything goes wrong, or America starts acting up, we’ll just say, “Guess what? Unless you stand down, why, we’re going to let off a dirty bomb. I mean this is where we have – where America could be held up and blackmailed by Iran, by the mullahs, by crazy people. So we don’t have any option but to keep Iran from having a nuclear weapon.”
- Mitt Romney
Hey… I’ll bet he’ll start another war if he gets the chance. Let’s not give it to him.
- Magazine: Romney suggested Iran could threaten Chicago with ‘dirty bomb’ – Chicago Sun-Times (suntimes.com)
- Romney Wants To Attack Iran To Prevent A Dirty Bomb (thedailybeast.com)
- Hidden Camera Video Shows Mitt Romney Is A Dangerously Gullible Mark (mediaite.com)
- Mitt Romney does not understand how one creates a “dirty bomb” (boingboing.net)
- Hidden Camera Video: Romney on Iran, Israel-Palestine (antiwar.com)
- SECRET VIDEO: On Israel, Romney Trashes Two-State Solution (motherjones.com)
- Magazine: Romney suggested Iran could threaten Chicago with ‘dirty bomb’ (suntimes.com)
- Mitt Romney struggles to keep on track as further video revelations emerge (telegraph.co.uk)
This article by Hrafnkell Haraldsson is in PoliticusUSA today. I’m giving you the first couple of paragraphs, but this is a long, well-thought out piece which continues the thinking I started earlier about religion and politics. In fact I was startled to discover a quote from Jefferson from the same document!
As you read it you discover that in a Romney America, “my god is bigger than your god. And your god doesn’t get any First Amendment protections because, well, it really isn’t a religion in the first place, is it? It’s a cult. Cults aren’t protected.” That certainly puts Islam in the gut bucket.
Anyway – here’s the start:
Can you imagine a United States where the president and vice president hate the world’s second largest religion and invite into White House councils those who advocate military action against whoever we feel might be a threat, including, particularly, Iran.
That’s the scenario being faced, incredibly enough, by the people of the United States. President Obama’s pragmatic, sober approach to diplomacy has restored the reputation of the United States and we are on the verge of escaping both long wars embarked upon by the Bush administration.
But Mitt Romney wants to abrogate control of America’s foreign policy – to Israel – which wants to attack Iran. He may have noticed we just got done with a nearly-ten-year-long-war in Iran’s neighbor, Iraq. He may have noticed that we are still engaged in Afghanistan, a place even Alexander the Great could not entirely subdue, a place that was a graveyard and charnel house for the mighty Soviet Union.
And now he wants to involve us in an attack on Iran.
OK… read the rest of it HERE. You’ll be glad you did.
- Liberal Smear: Romney’s War for the Jews (commentarymagazine.com)
- Romney campaign quickly distances itself from Mitt’s statement of support for Obama’s Iran policy (dailykos.com)
- Romney and Obama Share Iran ‘Red Line’ (abcnews.go.com)
- Romney Struggles to Distinguish Iran Red Line From Obama’s (nytimes.com)
So, if you get elected we’ll drop the big boy on Iran?
So, if you get elected we’ll eliminate education?
So, if you get elected we’ll reduce population by increasing the death rate?
So, if you get elected you’ll be able to mandate gas prices?
David Horsey in the L. A. Times:
So, if you get elected you won’t get eaten up by your own deficit policy?
- Inquirer cartoonist Tony Auth leaving after 40 years (philly.com)
- The Meme of the Year is ‘Meltdown’ (thinkprogress.org)
- Cartoonist Tony Auth Leaving Philadelphia Inquirer (philadelphia.cbslocal.com)
So what I want to know is which of these Repub candidates has any kind of grasp on mid-east policy? Certainly Iran knows that they can be completely wiped out by us with little or no provocation.
- US, Europe cautious on Iran offer for nuke talks (sfgate.com)
- GOP candidates take hard line on Mideast (politico.com)
- Can the US stop Iran going nuclear? (americablog.com)
- Russia is preparing to respond to Israeli or US military strike on Iran (irannewpearlharbour.wordpress.com)
Seventy years ago the United States was attacked by the Japanese and we were plunged into what became World War II…and we stayed in some form of military activity for decades thereafter. Korea, Cuba, Viet Nam, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan… even times of peace have been warlike.
However, Pearl Harbor Day makes us realize that we were vulnerable to someone else’s plans (as did 9/11) and we became a defensive nation as a result.
- Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (thepaolite.wordpress.com)
- Looking Back on the 70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day (geardiary.com)
- Pearl Harbor Day 2011: three enduring mysteries – Christian Science Monitor (csmonitor.com)
- Pearl Harbor Day: Attack forced U.S. into world events (pennlive.com)
“And the question was asked, should we normalize trading with Cuba? Why would you normalize trading with a country that sponsors terror? Cuba — there’s reports that have come out that Cuba has been working with another terrorist organization called Hezbollah. And Hezbollah is potentially looking at wanting to be part of missile sites in Iran.
“And, of course, when you’re 90 miles offshore from Florida, you don’t want to entertain the prospect of hosting bases or sites where Hezbollah could have training camps or perhaps have missile sites or weapons sites in Cuba. This would be foolish.”
- Michelle Bachmann
Yeah, she really said it. Listen here:
Apparently, according to Think Progress, she got this notion from an article in an Italian Paper saying that Hezbollah was setting up an office in Havana.The next thing you know she’ll be telling us that Cuba is now operating under Sharia Law.
- Bachmann Warns of Hezbollah Training Camps, Weapons in Cuba – Wall Street Journal (blogs.wsj.com)
- Bachmann Warns of Hezbollah ‘Missile Sites’ in Cuba (crooksandliars.com)
- HEZBOLLAH setting up shop in Cuba to reach Israeli targets in South America (barenakedislam.wordpress.com)
- “We should never have flights between the United States and Cuba, they are a state sponsor of terror.” (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
This is a good play and I understand we’ve got a good sized house tonite (for Full Circle Theater .. around 40 people…that makes our audience seem full.) Dimmers all seem to be working OK and I’ve got my cues laid out. Maddie‘s here on sound and our curtain is in about 55 minutes.
The Doctor said I didn’t have a stroke on Sunday night… apparently I had a seizure. Now they have to find out if I’m developing epilepsy. Joe Jurand thinks it’s because my blood sugar had a drop, and he’s probably right. I’m going into the Robinwood Center to have an eight hour EEG test sometime next week… That sounds outrageously boring. Oh, and I’m not supposed to drive for a few months, but if I don’t I have no way of getting to shows to run lights or getting to WSHC to do radio with John Case on Friday mornings.
Anyway, here we are on the Friday of the Martyrs… Mubarak is out and Egypt could set an interesting example for the rest of the Middle East (especially Saudi Arabia and Iran). Lots of stuff to watch this week!
- Young ballet dancers leap into the hearts of their host families (pennlive.com)
- Mubarak Steps Down (politicalwire.com)
- Dilpomatic Setback for Saudis (online.wsj.com)
- London: Claudie Bastide @ Hayhill Gallery (artistmarketingsalon.wordpress.com)
- “Saudi Arabia & Israel happy to see Mubarak “strong & defiant”…” and related posts (friday-lunch-club.blogspot.com)
- Did Booth Sabotage His Own Relationship on ‘Bones’? (buddytv.com)
- Diagnosing Epilepsy: The EEG Test (everydayhealth.com)
Taking the Rap: Iranians Arrest Teenagers Across Country For Playing Rap Music and Using “Western Musical Instruments”
- Young rappers arrested in Iran (cnn.com)
- Rappers Arrested in Iran [Video] (gawker.com)
- Lindsey Graham Makes The Case For Strike On Iran (capitolhillblue.com)
- Sean McBride: ThinkProgress ” Graham Calls For War To ‘Neuter’ The Iranian Regime (thinkprogress.org)
Lindsey Graham Makes The Case For Strike On Iran
Let’s get out there and attack, is that it? And now that we have more Republicans in power, here’s a great way to get a new Iraq. And maybe we can borrow more money to pay for it.
- Lindsey Graham is a War Loving Fool (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- Lindsey Graham in a confrontational mood (washingtonmonthly.com)
- ‘Neuter’ Iran, U.S. senator tells conference (cbc.ca)
Here’s part of it… video available at original site:
- Wikileaks Dumps Documents: Secret Iraq War Death Toll Set at 285K (abcnews.go.com)
- Pentagon Ready for WikiLeaks Release of Iraq War Documents (blogs.abcnews.com)
- Daniel Ellsberg on WikiLeaks on the Verge of Largest Intel Leak in US History (alternet.org)
- NATO chief warns against WikiLeaks Iraq release (topinews.com)
- WikiLeaks plans ‘major’ release of secret U.S. war documents (theglobeandmail.com)
So here we are with another Muslim country to accidentally kill women and children in and make them love us. Thanks, Glenn.
And if you are against the idea, sign the petition.
Finn left a note on my previous story this morning, so I went to his blog and found this post that relates to the Islamic Law issues of capital punishment, women and the law. I’m also adding Finn’s blog to my Blogroll.
Then read this opening of an article at the CNN web site:
Human rights activist tries to stop death by stoning for Iranian woman
A veteran Iranian human rights activist has warned that Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani, a mother of two, could be stoned to death at any moment under the terms of a death sentence handed down by Iranian authorities.
Only an international campaign designed to pressure the regime in Tehran can save her life, according to Mina Ahadi, head of the International Committee Against Stoning and the Death Penalty.
“Legally it’s all over,” Ahadi said Sunday. “It’s a done deal. Sakineh can be stoned at any minute.”
“That is why we have decided to start a very broad, international public movement. Only that can help.”
Ashtiani, 42, will be buried up to her chest, according to an Amnesty International report citing the Iranian penal code. The stones that will be hurled at her will be large enough to cause pain but not so large as to kill her immediately.
Ashtiani, who is from the northern city of Tabriz, was convicted of adultery in 2006.
She was forced to confess after being subjected to 99 lashes, human rights lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei said Thursday in a telephone interview from Tehran.
She later retracted that confession and has denied wrongdoing. Her conviction was based not on evidence but on the determination of three out of five judges, Mostafaei said. She has asked forgiveness from the court but the judges refused to grant clemency.
Iran’s supreme court upheld the conviction in 2007.
Rest of the article is HERE.
Doesn’t this give you a fine view of Islamic Law and all the good things that go with it?
Here’s a clip (go into the whole article and find out what the Minister of Welfare and Social Security says is the best system to prevent earthquakes):
This was an interesting, long article at Truthout.com… Certainly worth reading before we send troops to Iran in the future (and who knows?, we’ll probably add Yemen, too if Joe Lieberman gets his way).
Read the clips then go over to Truthout and read the whole thing. Then wonder why we get involved in this crap!
The article ends:
This is not the first time that Giraldi has been tipped off by his intelligence sources on forged documents. Giraldi identified the individual or office responsible for creating the two most notorious forged documents in recent U.S. intelligence history.In 2005, Giraldi identified Michael Ledeen, the extreme right-wing former consultant to the National Security Council and the Pentagon, as an author of the fabricated letter purporting to show Iraqi interest in purchasing uranium from Niger. That letter was used by the George W. Bush administration to bolster its false case that Saddam Hussein had an active nuclear weapons programme.
Giraldi also identified officials in the “Office of Special Plans” who worked under Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith as having forged a letter purportedly written by Hussein’s intelligence director, Tahir Jalail Habbush al-Tikriti, to Hussein himself referring to an Iraqi intelligence operation to arrange for an unidentified shipment from Niger.
I haven’t read Nico Pitney’s postings on Iran for a week or so, since I’ve been tied up with one project ending and another getting near the end, so making money came first.
Reading his column today I was impressed by one listing that pointed out a number of Nobel Prize Peace Laureates who have commented on the, apparently, rigged Ahmadinejad election:
“We deplore the violence and crackdown on peaceful protesters, the increasing restrictions on civil liberties, and the imprisonment of a growing number of civil leaders in Iran. ”
– Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate, 1984
“If one country sincerely wants to support democracy in another country that is under dictatorial rule, the only thing to do is to support the freedom fighters who stand for the democratic institutions of that country. Done this way, the sapling of democracy will bear the flower of freedom.”
– Shirin Ebadi, Iranian human rights activist, Nobel Peace Laureate, 2003
“The Iranian leadership is violating the country’s own commitments to international human rights treaties, as well as contravening Iran’s own laws.”
-Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate, 1976
“We call for the release of all political prisoners, the secession of violence against protesters, and respect for human rights and civil liberties in Iran.”
– Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Laureate, 1997
And, according to Pitney, more is happening in Europe… for instance, people at events held around the world have been signing their names to long green scrolls that declare: “Ahmadinejad is not Iran’s president!” The plan is for those scrolls to be sent to Paris and, on Saturday July 25, they’ll be attached together and displayed at the Eiffel Tower.
An activist with Whereismyvote.fr says that Paris has already received 87 such scrolls from around the world.
“We’re waiting for the next hundred or so to come during the next days,”
the group says. Pretty impressive.
Then there is the Global Day of Action which is now taking place in 50 cities around the world on July 25th. Just got to united4iran.org for more information.
Father’s Day was once again a time when my kids checked in… Buddy from DC, Cassandra from Connecticut and Penny, who came over from Martinsburg and took Elly and me out for lunch (after which we had an afternoon of playing “Bannanas” (which I pulled out of after game 5 to do some job applications.)
I spent some time looking at the stuff coming out of Iran today… read comments by most of the bloggers following the brouhaha that I have earmarked… and am not sure where it is heading. I do NOT believe that, even if Mousavi gets a second shot at the voting process, Iran will become buddies with us at all.
It would be nice if we could just stay out of it all, but it looks like Khameni is listing us as a contributor to the revolutionary upset that is occuring… whether bwe are actually involved or not. I hope Obama can stay on top of this.