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Happy Tuesday, dear Kruiser Morning Briefing friends. It irritates the cosmos if you get your chakras and wheels aligned on the same day.
I’d like to begin by congratulating the University of Georgia Bulldogs and their fans for knocking off Alabama to win the NCAA National Championship last night. I’m a huge college football fan who isn’t thrilled with the current playoff format but I’ve got several relatives and friends who are Georgia alums so I’m happy that they’re happy.
And it’s always fun to watch Nick Saban lose.
In the pantheon of ridiculous leftist narratives, one that sticks out is the idea that recent Democratic presidents are beloved by our allies and respected for their gentle diplomatic ways by our enemies, while Republican presidents are universally reviled, indelicate cowboys.
In reality, the Democrats are weaklings who make the world’s worst actors feel as if they have almost free rein to do whatever they please. It’s better to be feared by one’s enemies, and the current occupant of the Oval Office isn’t making any of the bad people in the world quake in their boots.
The psychotollah crowd in Iran has been getting a little uppity lately, no doubt emboldened by the fact that the United States of America is currently being presided over by a chief executive whose brain is being run by a cabal comprised of radical leftists who have an infantile worldview.
Some of what they’re doing is just theater, like the sanctions that Chris wrote about the other day:
On the second anniversary of the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, the Islamic Republic imposed sanctions on 52 Americans. The list of Americans on Iran’s 2022 blacklist includes former Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, former National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley.
As Chris noted, the sanctions are largely symbolic. Make no mistake though, the Iranians are still plenty steamed about the Trump administration icing their Number One scumbag Soleimani.
Robert wrote on Sunday that the rhetoric coming from Iran is intensifying:
Thursday was the second anniversary of the killing of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani; while the date passed virtually unnoticed in the United States, it was a major event in the Islamic Republic of Iran, featuring numerous threats of revenge from enraged Iranian leaders. One of these stood out from the others: Soleimani’s successor as Quds Force commander declared that the revenge would come from inside the United States.
Iran’s state-controlled Tasnim News Agency reported that Brigadier General Esmaeil Qaani was “delivering a speech to a ceremony in Mashhad” for the anniversary of the “martyrdom” of Soleimani. Qaani was in no mood to be conciliatory. He thundered: “We will prepare ground for the hard revenge against the US from within their homes, as we do not need to be present as supervisors everywhere, wherever is necessary we take revenge against Americans by the help of people on their side and within their own homes without our presence.”
“From within their homes.” It’s not an implausible threat, thanks to Old Joe Biden’s essentially nonexistent Southern border. U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported on Feb. 3, 2021, that Border Patrol agents near Yuma, Ariz. “arrested a group of 11 Iranian citizens who illegally crossed the border into the United States.” Nor was this a singular incident:
“For the last two fiscal years, Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents have led the nation in apprehending illegal crossers from Iran. Yuma Sector agents apprehended eight Iranian nationals in FY2020, compared to just 14 from all other border patrol sectors combined. So far in FY2021, Yuma Sector agents have apprehend [sic] 14 nationals from Iran.”
Aren’t you glad that President Mean Tweets is gone and America’s Grandpa is here to return dignity or something?
Robert wrote another excellent post yesterday about the folly of Obama’s approach to dealing with Iran and the fact that Biden’s puppetmasters are interested in reviving it. His conclusion is chilling and perfect:
Antony Blinken and Ned Price and the rest of the State Department “foreign policy experts” who are working so hard to revive the Iran nuclear deal should ponder Fadavi’s words carefully. The fruit of appeasement is invariably the emboldening of the appeased power, not its pacification. But it is unlikely that Blinken and Co. even know the lessons of history, much less know to avoid repeating catastrophic historical mistakes.
Because there are no adults in charge here right now, China and Russia are flexing all over the place. Perhaps the Iranian regime thinks it can get some cover from that. More likely, Khameini and Co. know that this administration is redefining the phrase “bumbling idiots” and they’ve got a few years to get their thug on.
But hey, we’re besties with France again and stuff.
Everything Isn’t Awful
This just in:
For the first time, a drone has been used to deliver a defibrillator that saved a man's life.
It happened in Sweden, where a defibrillator was successfully delivered to a 71-year old man before paramedics could arrive.
This is their game-changing technology. pic.twitter.com/Oz1b8ROli3
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Saget and Johnny. The whole thing still seems unreal. Sixty-five is not old.