The Timing Was Off…
neocons Trump administration dispatched an aircraft carrier to Iran…
The United States is deploying an aircraft carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East on short notice in response to “clear indications” Iran and Iranian proxies were planning an attack on U.S. forces in the region, a U.S. official said.
Late Sunday night, the White House made a surprise announcement that the USS Abraham Lincoln and a bomber task force were being deployed in response to unspecified “troubling and escalatory indications and warnings.”
A statement from National Security Adviser John Bolton said the deployments were intended “to send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force.”
“The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces,” the statement continued.
Clear indications from whom? Oh, of course.
Israel passed information on an alleged Iranian plot to attack U.S. interests in the Gulf to the U.S. before national security adviser John Bolton threatened Iran with “unrelenting force” last night, senior Israeli officials told me.
Why it matters: Bolton’s unusual and aggressive statement included news that the U.S. would move an aircraft carrier to the region. The officials said intelligence gathered by Israel, primarily by the Mossad intelligence agency, is understood to be part of the reason for Bolton’s announcement.
Behind the scenes: Information about possible Iranian plots against the U.S. or its allies in the Gulf were raised two weeks ago in talks held at the White House between an Israeli delegation headed by national security adviser Meir Ben Shabbat and a U.S. team led by Bolton, the Israeli officials told me.
Does this not smell a little like yellowcake?
Word came late last night that a renewed government shutdown may be averted. A group of four crusty Senatorial Congress Critters was able to cobble together another temporary can-kicking budget substitute. And, part of the deal includes
$20 $5.7 $1.375 Billion for the wall some steel slats, enough to cover all 2,000 55 miles of the Mexican border. Now, the full Congress takes up the mantle.
$1.375 Billion would, by my calculations, pay for roughly 4,500 A-10 gun runs and a permanent end to the invasion. That obviously not being in the cards, the slats are the best we can hope for. That, and Democrats dropping (for now) their calls to dismantle ICE.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Somalia) has
called for rounding up all Jews in America and sending them to gas chambers criticized AIPAC for using its money and influence to place Israeli interests ahead of America’s. AIPAC, by the way, uses its money and influence to place Israeli interests ahead of America’s.
For this, Omar has been labeled an anti-semite. And, she’s going to pay for it. Well, actually, she won’t. The New York Daily News has some good reasons why, which can be summed up in three words: Black. Muslim. Woman.
Ignoring why we have a Black Muslim Woman from Somalia in Congress and the ridiculously idiotic binary view of Israel and anti-semitism, isn’t diversity wonderful? Far from controversy, this is America’s greatest strength. The party of anything goes, has gone, and now deals with where it went. If I may, “Ha!”
Omar’s final words on the issue were, “Listening and learning, but standing strong.” Wouldn’t that American men did the same.
Following attacks, Israel eases (already liberal) gun controls.
“Many civilians saved lives during attacks and, in an age of ‘lone-wolf terror’, the more trained civilians carrying arms, the higher the chances of thwarting attacks and minimising casualties,” Erdan said in a statement.
Under the new regulations, any Israeli who had extensive infantry combat training can apply for a gun licence.
Most Jewish Israelis must complete obligatory military service after they turn 18, but only a minority receive such training.
Police volunteers, medics and former military officers will also be eligible, the statement said.
Prior to the change, the main criterion for a permit — besides professions such as hunter or diamond merchant — was one’s place of residence.
Settlers or other Israelis working in the occupied West Bank tend to receive licences. It is common to see Israeli settlers in remote West Bank outposts openly carrying rifles.
Civilians saving lives. Why does that sound familiar?
They could try this in London if ever they tire of Khan, appeasement, and cultural suicide.
Hilarious news from the Dead City today: efforts to impeach President Trump failed miserably. Against the wishes of their own leadership a gang of Dems led by Al Green of Texas alleged Trump committed the high crimes and misdemeanors of:
“[A]ssociation with “White Nationalism, Neo-Nazism and Hate,” as well as “Inciting Hatred and Hostility…”
(I think those are spelled out in Article 13, Sec. 69).
Said Green, “Friends, whether we like it or not, we now have a bigot in the White House who incites hatred and hostility.”
Despite no mention whatsoever of Russia, 58 Dems voted to move the process forward. The rest of the House, surely acting on orders from Moscow, killed the measure.
Now, now, now … to her credit, Nancy Pelosi “has insisted that any impeachment effort should be put on hold until there is evidence of an impeachable offense.” Imagine that.
Green, not one to be dissuaded, said he would take the issue to the NFL for a communal knee this Sunday. He says that way all 23 fans collectively in attendance may decide the matter.
A few blocks away and at almost the same time, while not seeming at all concerned about his imminent removal from office, the Hater in Chief, literal Hitler, and known inciter of hostility, Donald John Trump, aka THE Neo-NAZI, was busy recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital. (Yes. It does seem ironic when you think about it.) He also vowed to move the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv.
In reaction to Trump’s announcement Hamas vowed a “day of rage.” Perhaps Green should join them?
Some have speculated as to why ISIS never seems to target Israel despite the Jewish State being right there in the middle of the Middle East. Let’s now put that speculation to rest. ISIS claimed responsibility for the murder of a policewoman Friday night in Jerusalem. The only people doubting the claim are Israeli officials (to their credit, they do have more than one terror group to worry about).
The Islamic State on Friday night claimed responsibility for a coordinated shooting and stabbing terror attack in Jerusalem that killed an Israeli police officer, Hadas Malka, 23, in what the jihadist group vowed would be the first of many attacks.
The jihadist group in an online statement said three IS fighters had targeted “a gathering of Jews” in an operation Friday, and warned that “this attack will not be the last.”
“With God’s help, we succeeded in carrying out an attack in the heart of Jerusalem,” the group said.
This was the first time that the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack in Israel, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist organizations.
By my reckoning this is not the first ISIS sponsored attack there though I will defer to The Times story and SITE. The attack came in the middle of Ramadan, when the Israelis kindly (foolishly) gave permission for Palestinians to enter Jerusalem to visit relatives. The permission is now revoked.
They use ceramic knives, here and in London, etc., because they are super sharp. These animals mean business. The Times / Israeli Police.
As ALWAYS, the attackers were previously known to the police:
The attackers were from Deir Abu-Mashal, a village near Ramallah, and had previously been arrested for or involved in “terrorist activity,” a Shin Bet statement said. Security forces late Friday night surrounded Deir Abu-Mash’al, and were preparing to raid the assailants’ homes to question their family members regarding the attack.
Known after being arrested for prior “terrorist activity.” ALWAYS.
Not that you’ll read much (if any) of this in the worthless American press, but it will be interesting to see the Israeli response. They’re known to be a little intolerant when it comes to terrorism.
One wonders if or when they will host a candlelight vigil to express solidarity with the people trying to kill them. Is Ariana available?
Today marks the 50th Anniversary of one of the most disgraceful incidents in American military history: The Attack on the U.S.S. Liberty, AGTR-5, by Israel. 34 crewmen were killed and 171 wounded in a sustained assault, canon and torpedo fire, from the air and then from the sea.
The attack was entirely unprovoked and the response of the U.S. government was unconscionable. Rescue aircraft launched by the Sixth Fleet were called back immediately, even as the Liberty continue to take withering fire; called back allegedly by Sec. Def. Robert “May He Burn in Hell” McNamara himself.
Photo by GTR5.com.
Please read that linked Infogalactic article. There are other sources, including books, on the matter. You will hear nothing today (or any day/year) about this from the mass fake news media. The cover-up is ongoing even in 2017 – proof of this is that this is likely the first you’ve ever heard of the incident.
The entire event – from the initial meddling in/monitoring of someone else’s war to attack itself to the failed response to the horrible mistreatment/dishonoring of the dead and the survivors to the continuing silence – is more proof positive of the utter untrustworthiness of government.
The ship could not have had a more appropriate name. Remember the Liberty.
Turkey, Florida, and now Jerusalem. You’ll notice the JPost, unlike the American media, doesn’t mince words nor foolishly speculate about motives:
Four IDF soldiers were killed and 13 wounded after an industrial truck driven by a terrorist, rammed into a group of people adjacent to the Armon Hanatziv promenade in Jerusalem on Sunday afternoon.
Among the fatalities were three female soldiers and one male in their 20s. The terrorist was shot dead by security personnel at the scene.
Trucks are the new weapon of choice, both because of their easy accessibility and their cruise missile on land effect. Again, this is getting beyond old…
Marc Israel Sellem / Jerusalem Post.
Gun control does not equal crime control. Usually it makes things worse. Fred gets it.He gets a lot of things and generally in hilarious fashion. His take on international gun control failures:
The two most heavily armed countries in the world are (still, I think) Israel and Switzerland. In Switzerland, men of military age are (still, I think) required to keep an assault rifle and ammunition in their homes, and Israelis are similarly armed because, having enemies on their borders, they need to be able to mobilize rapidly.
In both countries murders by armed citizens are essentially nonexistent. By contrast, Mexico has strict gun control. Does anyone get shot in Mexico?
Yes, actually. Some 164,000 thousand shot dead between 2007 and 2014 (Figures vary. The foregoing are typical.) Pretty effective, gun control is.
Why do murders occur so exuberantly in a country with gun control? Because making guns illegal doesn’t make guns go away. In Mexico gun control means that criminals can have, and assuredly do have, high-powered military weapons, usually AKs–cuernos de chiva. Thus a dozen narcos can enter a large town and terrorize it. If a hundred men in the town had AR-15s, the dozen narcos would enter the town in pickups and forthwith leave in boxes. Gun control leaves the town disarmed and helpless.
Always remember that the goal of the gun grabbers is to render you helpless, defenseless. They want you a victim to their various criminal constituencies.
Average, oridinary Swiss Misses. The Truth About Guns.
Interestingly, and partly based on the above, the only real violent crime problems in Switzerland and Israel come from radical Islamic terrorists. They’re all around the Israelis and they’re pouring into Switzerland (though slower than in surrounding countries). The exact same people who would disarm you are the very people pushing the terrorist invasion. Funny, that.
Or enough of them do to cause a mild concern.
I was thinking about a pleasant little fun article on fall getaways, now that autumn is finally here. I’ll get to that directly. However I think maybe trying to avert nuclear war is just a little more important.
The Whitehouse, the Congress and the Pentagon are run by the goddamdest bunch of homicidal, lunatic, idiotic fools ever hatched.
The U.S. is fighting a soft, undeclared war in Syria. The details are purposefully murky but it seems we are backing various terrorist organizations aligned (sometimes) with rebels fighting the Assad regime. As usual the motives behind this war are: keeping Tel Aviv happy; helping the military-industrial criminal complex turn a profit, and; helping Satanic banksters print fortunes out of thin digital air. A side benefit is that the war displaces and angers people, giving Washington and its European fiefs importable terror ammunition in their greater war on their own peoples.
The problem with this “splendid little war” is the Russian element. The Russians are backing Assad for their own reasons and are intent on stamping out radical Islamic terrorists. Their reasons for involvement are: stopping the spread of terrorism to Europe and Russia (kind of important) and; maintaining stability in the region where Russia has trade interests (Assad may not be the nicest guy but he does hold things together – or did until the U.S. started meddling). The U.S. interests are the four I cited above. Which one benefits you?
The U.S. and Russia reached a cease-fire agreement in an attempt to work out issues and end the war. Washington immediately violated the terms by bombing a national military convoy – a move supporting ISIS. The U.S. does this on a weekly basis. The same ISIS that shoots gays in Florida, stabs Christians in Minnesota, and bombs the handicapped in New York. Putin has concluded the people in and around D.C. are beyond insane and not trustworthy with a water gun. He may be on to something.
The new lie in D.C. is: We didn’t do it! Russia did. All the evidence points to the DOD/CIA but the fabrication points to Putin.
The American projectionist fantasy loonies are out in force:
The US accused Russia on Sunday of supporting “barbarism” over the bombing of the Syrian city of Aleppo as the west stepped up diplomatic pressure on Moscow.
Accusing Russia of supporting a Syrian regime offensive that has derailed a ceasefire agreement negotiated between Washington and Moscow, Samantha Power, US ambassador to the UN, said Russian and Syrian forces were “laying waste to what is left of an iconic Middle Eastern city”.
In a blistering speech to an emergency UN Security Council meeting, Ms Power said: “Instead of pursuing peace, Russia and Assad make war.”
While Moscow was likely to argue that it was pursuing terrorists in Syria, she said that “Russia is espousing fiction”. “What Russia is sponsoring and doing is not counterterrorism; it is barbarism,” she added.
This is the Ivy-League, Irish, Anti-American, delusional, puesdo-academic, political hack of a harpy calling the traditional, Western Civilization defenders barbarians. It’s like the pot calling the kettle black only that the pot is smoking pot and the kettle is an intelligent, responsible government bewildered by the brazen stupidity of the pot.
It’s worse in D.C., where Defense Criminal Ash Carter and Marine Corps Crony Joseph Dunford met with the Arkham Asylum Committee of the Senate. The low-rent discussion centered on the recent bombing and cover-up lies.
Both of these tax-paid morons admitted they “had no facts” about the convoy bombs. However, they were armed with a healthy dose of neurotic fantasy.
“‘Not only our people – our defense industry partners, too, need stability and longer-term plans to be as efficient and cutting-edge as we need them to be,’ Carter told the senators.” How nice of him to think of the MIC at a time like thi$.
Carter, as crazy as any I have ever heard of, responded to the prissiest Senator in Washington, Lindsey Graham, that “the Russians are responsible for this strike whether they conducted it or not…” Whisky Tango Foxtrot? Again, those facts things…
Dunford, feeling left out of the madness, piped up about a “no-fly” zone: “Right now… for us to control all of the airspace in Syria would require us to go to war against Syria and Russia.” A war with Russia. From the same people who couldn’t beat nine lightly armed goat-herds in Afghanistan. Brilliant! Dunford effectively made the argument that D.C. is a “no-thought” zone.
Stirred out of his angry stupor Sen. McCain argued we could impose a zone without war. He has direct experience with the subject, having himself so deftly navigated such a zone in war previously.
One thing no one talked about is that America has absolutely no business in Syria whatsoever. None. Well, no legitimate interest. Sure banks and our defense industry “partners” need some more money. Sure we do get jihadi shooters in the women’s department at Macy’s. People get killed there and here. But are these really worth our time? Worth our lives?
Duck and cover is retro cool!
It would be one thing if this were another Iraq, Afghanistan or Libya. It’s not. “War against Syria AND RUSSIA!” Russia has nukes and the ability to get them to America in a hurry. They’re conventional forces ain’t too shabby either. These reasons have long prevented war with Russia. However, today, there is a new breed of stupid on the Potomac.
For more information, see Fred Reed’s analysis of the situation: Hillary, Trump, and War with Russia: The Goddamdest Stupid Idea I Have Ever Heard, and I Have Lived in Washington.
There really is no point in contacting “your” elected officials. They’re not yours and they’re crazy besides. “Your” two presidential choices each offer more of the insane same. Bought and paid for.
You’re only choices are: 1) write a letter to Putin and plead for his understanding; 2) build a fallout bunker in Idaho; 3) pray that the Lord deliver us from this nightmare and these reprobates.
Or you could just keep you’re head in the TeeVee. Keep watching overweight, low-IQ, millionaire felons who hate you play with a ball.
PS: A preview of my fall recommendations: the mountains, the mountains, the beach, a sea-side villa, and the mountains. The younger males among you might plan a trip to Syria if things go ill.