All the caterwauling and hand-wringing from the media about President Trump standing up to Iran possibly setting off World War III suddenly reminds me of Groucho Marx's line in "Duck Soup": "We can't call off the war! I already paid six months' rent on the battlefield!"
And yet, World War III does seem to have been called off, since the severe retaliation promised by Iran was apparently all for show. Word is that they even informed our intelligence agencies that the rockets they fired were aimed to do minimal damage, and now that they've "showed us" (and let that be a lesson to you, Trump!), they will go home now and seek no further escalation, oh, and, one other thing: please, please don't kill us!
Wait, so responding to an attack with overwhelming force DOESN’T make a bully want to fight you even more? It actually makes them back down and slink away? So then, maybe it’s better for America to be feared by our enemies than to try to make them love us by appeasing them? Why didn’t someone tell Obama, John Kerry and all those other exponents of “smart diplomacy” about this?!
The Bookworm blog has an insightful analysis of the situation in Iran and the disgustingly political reaction to it here at home. You’ll also want to see this for the chart comparing US military capabilities to Iran’s. This might help you understand why some analysts believe Iran’s launching of 15 rockets randomly was actually just a face-saving gesture that they’re secretly hoping will end this mess they stupidly started by poking the bear.
One of the most ridiculous attempts by the media to frighten Americans was the breathless reporting that during their official “Death to America” rally (the big one, not the one they have every day in parliament), the Iranians unfurled their “red flag of revenge.” I confess, my immediate reaction was, “Oooh, I’m really scared now! They have a FLAG! And it’s RED! Are they going to wave it at us really hard?”
But leave it to Internet meme-makers to come up with the perfect reaction. In this case, two pictures are worth a million words from the panicky mainstream media:
You’ll pardon me if I don’t go into too much detail about all the hyperventilating and demands that we tie our military’s hands and adopt a surrender strategy in dealing with Iranian threats. I’m no neo-con warmonger. I’ve long spoken out against endless quagmires and putting our troops in harm’s way for pointless nation-building exercises. But President Trump ran on a promise to avoid those, and I see nothing here that suggests he’s eager to start a new one. Besides, Iran already knows how to be a peaceful, prosperous, modern nation: just get of the Mullahs who turned it into the oppressive, terrorist-supporting hellhole that Iran is now:
Avoiding endless, pointless military quagmires doesn’t mean running away in sweaty fear from any blustery threat, like a scene from an old Woody Allen movie. The accusation that Trump provoked Iran and he’ll start a war that will get Americans killed makes me wonder if the old Woody Allen movie these people live in is “Sleeper,” the one where he woke up from a 200-year cryogenic sleep.
FYI: We’ve been quietly at war with Iran since the 1970s, and they declared it on us. Gen. Suleimani was behind the plotting and supplying of attacks that have killed over 600 US soldiers and injured many thousands more, not to mention tens if not hundreds of thousands of others in the Middle East and around the world. On December 27th, an Iranian-backed militia launched a rocket attack on a US base near Kirkuk that injured several US soldiers and (let me emphasize this with all-caps) KILLED AN AMERICAN CITIZEN.
Michael Moore idiotically tried to convince Americans that Suleimani was just a straw man that the government is trying to convince us was a villain; why most Americans had never even heard of him! That’s only a testimony to how few people keep up with what’s happening in the Middle East. They certainly know Suleimani’s name now, because the US media are soft-pedaling his decades of mass murder and painting him as some kind of poetry-reciting Iranian national hero. Well, let me tell you another name of someone else I bet you’ve really never heard of: Nawres Hamid.
He was the contractor killed in that attack backed by Iran. He was an Iraqi-born naturalized US citizen who lived in Sacramento. He was working in Iraq as an interpreter, and his employer, Valiant Integrated Services, called him a “consummate professional and highly committed member of the Valiant team who was cherished and valued by his colleagues.” He left behind a grieving wife and two young sons, ages 2 and 8, whom he adored and who will grow up without a father because of so-called revered Iranian national hero, Gen. Suleimani.
Oh, and not that it should matter, but he was also one of those brown-skinned, foreign-born Muslims that Trump is accused of not caring about. Yet his death (and the attack on our Baghdad Embassy, which was an attack on American soil, i.e., the second provocation and act of war against us by Iran within a week) was the main reason cited by Trump for striking back at Iran.
When will we see as much reverent media coverage of the good life, grieving family and outrageous murder of Nawres Hamid as we have the good-riddance death of mass-murdering terrorist Soulemani?
Funniest joke since Ricky Gervais: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reacts to the media claim that Iranian terrorism czar Gen. Souleimani was on a “peace mission” when he was killed among Iranian-backed militia members who'd just attacked our Embassy and killed an American citizen in a rocket attack.
Major congratulations to Nicholas Sandmann and his legal team. CNN just caved and agreed to pay an undisclosed settlement to end his defamation lawsuit against them for smearing the innocent Catholic school kid as a racist provocateur. He and his friends were the ones who were actually accosted and threatened because they were wearing MAGA caps after a pro-life event in DC. Now, let’s hope the other lawsuit defendants, the Washington Post and NBC, see the writing on the wall.
Let’s also not forget that if it weren’t for someone on the scene recording the entire incident on a cell phone, the misleadingly edited video would have become the public record, forever ruining these innocent boys’ lives. Proving once again that any random stranger on the street with a cell phone is a better journalist than the people working at CNN.
Side note worth remembering: The Instapundit blog noticed that among their legal arguments, CNN’s attorneys wrote this: “Courts treat statements characterizing people as 'racist' as nonactionable opinion because they cannot be proved true or false…Sandmann cannot as a matter of law base a defamation claim on this statement as it offers an expression of opinion so subjective as to be unprovable.”
So the next time a CNN guest calls President Trump or anyone else a “racist,” remember that this is coming from a media outlet that stated under penalty of perjury that they consider the term racist to be nothing more than subjective, unprovable opinion…in short, entirely meaningless.