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Arming the Mullahs

April 7th, 2014 - 6:03 pm

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Somebody on Twitter posted an upbeat message saying the US delegation to the latest round of talks with Iranian officials was quite optimistic.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a born optimist and I love optimism, but I’d rather revel in victory than hope for good news, and the Iranians have every reason to revel.  The Obama crowd has just ok’d something the Tehran tyrants have desperately wanted since the eighties: spare parts for their long-grounded American passenger aircraft.  Boeing and General Electric were given export licenses by the Treasury Department and everyone involved has been chanting “we take aircraft security very seriously,” in order to cloak this latest gift to the Khamenei-Rouhani regime in humanitarian hues.

Frankly I’d rather they took national security very seriously.  Iran uses its commercial aircraft for military purposes (one of the reasons that eery flight between Tehran and Caracas is so worrisome), and the mullahs have been limited by the degradation of the national fleet.  The Boeing planes and GE engines date to the 1970s, and very few of them are in service.  Back in the mid-eighties, when I spent quite a bit of time with Iranian officials, they repeatedly asked for spare parts, both for the passenger planes and for the aging military craft, the F4s and F5s.  Secretary of Defense Weinberger of course vetoed any such discussions, and the embargo has held until just now.

Now we’re arming Iran.

Meanwhile, as my buddy/boss/colleague Mark Dubowitz explains, the Russians and Iranians are working on ways to bust the oil sanctions on Tehran.  They’re gonna swap stuff:  Russian goodies (probably including military equipment such as submarines, torpedoes and antiaircraft missiles) for Iranian oil.  This will not be the first time.  Iran has done swaps with India and, most recently and outrageously, with the Turks (Iranian natural gas for Turkish gold, along with a plethora of other deals).

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Obama and his cabal, the mullahs, the Paul/Buchanan crowd and the Russian/Cuban etc large c communists get together build a couple of campfires and begin to make s'mores and sing in four part harmony

(Obama and his cabal start)

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do

(the jihadists join in)

kill off some Coptic Christians
then rid ourselves of Jews

(the Large C Communists)
Imagine all the people
Living on their knees...

(Obama again)

You may say I'm a dreamer
But you won't when we are done
I hope someday to rule you
And the world will bow to Teh One

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for a Constitution
Or freedom from The Man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all your wealth...

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
And if you dare resist us
We will let you die

(The Paul/Buchanan crowd chimes in)

I am a rock,
I am an island.

I've built walls,
A fortress deep and mighty,
That none may penetrate.
I have no need of friendship; friendship causes pain.
It's laughter and it's loving I disdain.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

Don't talk of war,
For I've heard the words before;
It's sleeping in my memory.
I won't disturb the slumber of courage that has died.
If I never fought I never would have cried.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

I have my books
And my Atlas Shrugged to protect me;
I am shielded in my armor,
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb.
I touch no one and no one touches me.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

And a rock feels no pain;
And an island never cries.

(Feel free to join in)


Imagine there's no heaven
Surrounded here in vain
A country in surrender
Abandoned it in shame

Imagine all the traitors
Giving it away

It's easy if you try.
20 weeks ago
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And Michael who is surprised....
Obama told us in his book exactly who he is, and the morons in our country voted for him anyway -- TWICE!!
When our voting public are to stupid to see the nose on their face, we must expect them to never wake up to reality.... Even as we drift into terror in our own Nation....
20 weeks ago
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"the aftermath of our victory in Iraq"

"Victory in Iraq" is a delusion. 4,500 plus American troops dead, thousands of limbs lost, over a trillion dollars, that we don't have, down a rat hole and what was achieved? A U.S. sponsored Iraqi Islamic [Shariah] constitution, 2/3 of the Christians in Iraq ethnically cleansed, and majority Shiite Iraq now an Iranian ally and one practically from the time of this "victory". It was a victory alright, just not for America.
20 weeks ago
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They get the parts anyway....through third parties. Just like Cuba.......rum & coke is ubiquitous there. ;-)
20 weeks ago
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REAL Coke....imported from Mexico.
20 weeks ago
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Coca Cola, that is...
20 weeks ago
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and Obamas flood of American based equipment and funds to arm Egypt with a wing of F-16 fighter bombers, 125 m1a1 Abraham tanks, the resource funding to purchase two German coastal patrolling submarines, but went "Boo-Waa" when the Egyptian people kicked them out of office the Muslim Brotherhood still got assistance from Obama and the Us military.
several treasonous acts to further their control over seas against the rest of civilization.
so these very same violations are what Obama and the democrats have done several times over. Benghazi was to seal a deal brokered by Obama via Hillary to wrap up several weapons and funding deals made to help terrorist groups against Syrian governmental forces.
the equipment and materials left behind intentional to the Afghanistan government and suddenly released to the Taliban connections Oh well
20 weeks ago
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I seem to remember seeing a news article, would've been around 04-05, that an Iranian gov op fronting as a museum was busted trying to buy a decommissioned F-14, because they were that desperate for spare parts. Isn't it a good thing when your enemies are desperate, and a bad thing to try to help them? Where's Oldsalt, we need one of his rants about treason.
20 weeks ago
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Now we’re arming Iran.. of course we are! the Kerry plan to destroy Israel using 'diplomacy" is a #fail and Obama is desperate to make sure Israel is destroyed before he leaves office.
20 weeks ago
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It seems like we are back to Iran Contra in the mid 1980's.
20 weeks ago
20 weeks ago Link To Comment
Obama and his cabal, the mullahs, the Paul/Buchanan crowd and the Russian/Cuban etc large c communists get together build a couple of campfires and begin to make s'mores and sing in four part harmony

(Obama and his cabal start)

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do

(the jihadists join in)

kill off some Coptic Christians
then rid ourselves of Jews

(the Large C Communists)
Imagine all the people
Living on their knees...

(Obama again)

You may say I'm a dreamer
But you won't when we are done
I hope someday to rule you
And the world will bow to Teh One

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for a Constitution
Or freedom from The Man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all your wealth...

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
And if you dare resist us
We will let you die

(The Paul/Buchanan crowd chimes in)

I am a rock,
I am an island.

I've built walls,
A fortress deep and mighty,
That none may penetrate.
I have no need of friendship; friendship causes pain.
It's laughter and it's loving I disdain.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

Don't talk of war,
For I've heard the words before;
It's sleeping in my memory.
I won't disturb the slumber of courage that has died.
If I never fought I never would have cried.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

I have my books
And my Atlas Shrugged to protect me;
I am shielded in my armor,
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb.
I touch no one and no one touches me.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

And a rock feels no pain;
And an island never cries.

(Feel free to join in)


Imagine there's no heaven
Surrounded here in vain
A country in surrender
Abandoned it in shame

Imagine all the traitors
Giving it away

It's easy if you try.
20 weeks ago
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It does not matter which side you arm as it is an Islamic Culture War.

To all those people living in the Land of Oz.

We are in a World wide Islamic Cultural War or 1400-year-old Jihad.
We each see a different parts of it in the world and if you put all the violent parts together it adds up to only one cause: an 1400 year old Islamic Cultural War. It is the same as that joke of four blind men touching the elephant.


Arabs and Palestinians are controlled by it and do not know it! 




It is not about land, rights or settlements, water or being politically left or right. If it were it would have been solved long ago. It has not.

It is Cultural War that means Islamic Culture must destroy Western Culture or Western Culture must destroy Islamic Culture. It is a Genocidal War.

Muslims have been fighting each other and others for 1400 years or more. There is no reason that it will stop now. If we want peace we must change Islamic Culture.

The book "Culture and Conflict”, explains it clearly. It shows that current cultural conditions in the Arab Middle East will not support internal development, advancement or peace until there is a major cultural change. “It is critical that we understand our enemy. That is step one in every conflict,” RR. Philip Carl Salzman, INSB # 978-1-59102-587-0.

20 weeks ago
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I don't care in the least whether there is peace within Dar al-Islam.

Personally, I think the message ought to be: "Kill each other all you like; we'll lay in a supply of popcorn. But pull another stunt even faintly like 9/11 and we will blast you all to hadrons. Have a nasty day."
20 weeks ago
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"if we want peace we must change the Islamic culture."

And then you go on to recommend a book. Oh, how high-minded of you.

There is no changing of Islamic culture. It is a death cult and, if you had done any research at all you would know that.
20 weeks ago
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Oh yes, there is such a change possible. Changing three of the centres of Islamic "culture" (if you can call 7th-century banditry a culture) into rapidly expanding clouds of highly ionised plasma would be easy. If that doesn't work, do it some more in a few more places.

Unfortunately, one of the unholy sites of Islam coincides with important sites of two real religions, so that one's immune.
20 weeks ago
20 weeks ago Link To Comment
And Michael who is surprised....
Obama told us in his book exactly who he is, and the morons in our country voted for him anyway -- TWICE!!
When our voting public are to stupid to see the nose on their face, we must expect them to never wake up to reality.... Even as we drift into terror in our own Nation....
20 weeks ago
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yes, voting for Obama was stupid and suicidal, except for those who get paid off by the regime. but before we write off the electorate in general let's make sure the election wasn't falsified/stolen...another one of those investigations that never seem to happen somehow...
20 weeks ago
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As a former Boeing contractor. I say DAMN THEM!
20 weeks ago
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In the end, your position rationalizes things like arms to Syrian rebels, the 'rat lines' that Seymour Hersh described - the same funnel of weapons through Turkey and from Libya (see: Benghazi) that reaches the worst of al Qaeda elements. It is possible to oppose Russian designs in Ukraine and elsewhere without providing support to head-cutters. But you don't see that.
20 weeks ago
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frankly anyone who takes S Hersh seriously needs attention. and like so many whiners here and elsewhere, you'd do better if you actually read the text.
20 weeks ago
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Am also curious to know when you will cop to the nature of the Obama Admin, the questions about its legitimacy, and the relationship to those alarming questions to the support of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and throughout the region. In other words, please let us know when you will stop beating your patriotic drum and admit that the US has been a disruptive player in the region non-stop since 2008, as well as a threat to Israeli security.
20 weeks ago
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I see. I read every word. I disagree with your ignoring of the Sunni elements of the Jihad and your ready dismissal of the Sunni-Shiite war as irrelevant. But thanks for the petulant personal attack, Ledeen. I guess all the compliments iIshowered on you in the past didn't amount to much.
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