Friday, January 11, 2008



I don't know what happened in the Persian Gulf between U.S. warships and some Iranian motorboats. The Bush Regime claims the Iranians were threatening our ships and painted a frightening picture that could easily have led to war. It reminded me of the Gulf of Tonkin incident, cooked up by another presidential administration determined to drag the U.S. into a war of aggression. Predictably, all the pygmies (except the Nazi) started screaming about war with Iran.
Former governor Mike Huckabee replied that the Iranians should “be prepared that the next things you see will be the gates of Hell.” “One more step and they would have been introduced to those virgins that they’re looking forward to seeing,” said former senator Fred Thompson.

Today the Navy is backing away from the Bush Regime's anti-Iran propaganda and Gareth Porter has shown some great big holes in the Bush Regime interpretation of what really happened in the Straits of Hormuz.
Despite the official and media portrayal of the incident in the Strait of Hormuz early Monday morning as a serious threat to U.S. ships from Iranian speedboats that nearly resulted in a "battle at sea," new information over the past three days suggests that the incident did not involve such a threat and that no U.S. commander was on the verge of firing at the Iranian boats.

The new information that appears to contradict the original version of the incident includes the revelation that U.S. officials spliced the audio recording of an alleged Iranian threat onto to a videotape of the incident. That suggests that the threatening message may not have come in immediately after the initial warning to Iranian boats from a U.S. warship, as appears to do on the video.

Also unraveling the story is testimony from a former U.S. naval officer that non-official chatter is common on the channel used to communicate with the Iranian boats and testimony from the commander of the U.S. 5th fleet that the commanding officers of the U.S. warships involved in the incident never felt the need to warn the Iranians of a possible use of force against them.

Further undermining the U.S. version of the incident is a video released by Iran Thursday showing an Iranian naval officer on a small boat hailing one of three ships.

The Iranian commander is heard to say, "Coalition warship 73, this is Iranian navy patrol boat." He then requests the "side numbers" of the U.S. warships. A voice with a U.S. accent replies, "This is coalition warship 73. I am operating in international waters."

The reaction of desperate warmongers and fearmongers like McCain, the Huckster, Giuliani and Thompson demonstrates once again why none of the pygmies is fit for any kind of responsible public office. You may not like Hillary or Obama-- but these two are infinitely better equipped to lead America than any of the Republicans.


Once again I have to invoke that great homespun philosopher Emily Litella (in the person of the late, great Gilda Radner). At least, after discovering that the attacks she was condemning were on "violence" or "euthanasia" rather than "violins" or "youth in Asia" as she had mistakenly believed, or learning that nobody was advocating "canker research" or an "Eagle Rights Amendment" or "making Puerto Rico a steak" ("next thing you know they'll want a baked potato with sour cream"), she had the gumption and--after a fashion--grace to acknowledge that that's different, and she would utter her famous "Never mind." (Thanks, Wikipedia!)

No, with the Bush regime, it appears that all lies about border threats, military triumphs or challenges, bogus terrorist "threats," etc. remain operative until they're replaced with replacement lies, and there's never even acknowledgment that the old set of lies has been superseded by the new one. Just imagine: Emily Litella as a standard of intellectual honesty beyond even the imagining of these people.--Ken

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At 11:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such ignorance is simply astounding!

So you don't think that 4 of 5 small craft harassing a Navy ship poses a danger? Tell that to the families of the 17 men that died on the U.S.S. Cole. "a small craft approached the port side of the destroyer, and an explosion occurred, putting a 35-by-36-foot gash in the ship's port side" A great victory for bin Laden that Bill Clinton ignored! I wonder where we would be today if Clinton had stood up to the terrorist attacks and threats during his 8 years!

The lives and protection of US servicemen is important to the left only when they can spin it into Bush bashing!

Right, you support the troops!

At 2:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't Carter attacked once by a swimming rabbit or something? I think this can all be traced back to Carter's pacifist nature and failure to kill that swimming rabbit...

I believe I pointed out that Patreus's record isn't anything to brag about. He has only had maybe one combat assignment and he FAILED in training the Iraqi troops over a number of years, REQUIRING the recent escalation that did not result in any Iraqi political progress, the stated (moving) Goal. I can't wait for him to politically try and run on that record. As a fool recently broadcast to his enemies (and regretted) "Bring it on".

We know how to support the troops, get rid of the current Sissyhawk Comander and Chief and his cabinet. Like Ron Paul said (you won't see many Ron Paul quotes from me) "Conservative Presidents END wars, they don't START them". Support the troops by not sending over armchair generals like Patreaus with political ambitions, and FIRE Rumsfeld MUCH earlier, can you believe Rumsfeld mocked and forced into retirement the former General who told them an invasion and occupation would require hundreds of thousands of troops?

At 3:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know Bil, maybe that was Al the traitor, dressed in his rabbit wetsuit (with the dildo attachement) and out for a swim?

That would have scared the shit out of me too.

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