Evening Edition - January 8

January 8, 2020 |

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?!

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7865559/Iran-DELIBERATELY-failed-hit-military-targets-fear-escalating-conflict.html

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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.

http://www.bookwormroom.com/2020/01/07/trump-sends-out-a-masterful-tweet-to-calm-the-nation/

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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:

https://i1.wp.com/www.bookwormroom.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Americas-red-flag-of-doom.jpg

 

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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:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-4148684/Stunning-photos-reveal-life-Iran-revolution.html

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. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/contractor-whose-death-trump-cites-was-a-naturalized-us-citizen-born-in-iraq/2020/01/07/afa7e774-31ac-11ea-91fd-82d4e04a3fac_story.html

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?

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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.

https://www.westernjournal.com/pompeo-practically-laughs-idea-iran-terror-general-slain-peace-mission/

 

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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.

https://www.westernjournal.com/cnn-agrees-pay-settlement-covington-catholic-student-nick-sandmann/

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.”

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit

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.  

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  • Michael Garrett

    01/09/2020 05:48 PM

    Mike:
    Since the liberal Demoncrats and mainstream media keep defending Iran's tactics and those of their past and present leaders, maybe we could charter several C-130s and send all of them over to live in Iran amid all their poverty and fear. No matter how successful President Trump is in dealing with all their war-provoking shenanigans, and so far, everything he has done has been the correct move, the liberals will find anything and everything they can to criticize those moves.
    So, let's let them make a move to Iran and see how they like the life or death-style there. The California liberals will feel right at home there with Iran's earthquake-prone fault lines, including a major one crossing right under Iran's Beshoar nuclear plant (read Jeremiah 49, v. 34) where a 5.1 quake was recorded Dec. 26. Talk about going from the frying pan into the fire.
    Michael Garrett
    Trinidad, Colo. 81082

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    01/09/2020 01:11 PM

    We think Iran spent the 4 Billion given by Osama Obama, was used to sent every citizen to school to learn underwater basket weaving.

  • rodney burke

    01/09/2020 12:42 PM

    sadly you are correct, we have been essentially "at war" with Iran since 1979. The constant chants of "Death to America" can not be interpreted any other way. That is except to the irrational mind of a halfwit. No, Iran's leadership, if you want to call them that. is irrational enough to try again using others to kill and maim. The Quaram gives them the "authority" to kill all infidels. The majority of muslims in America have that mindset. Just ask Brigette Gabriel and Pam Geller. Both will tell us the "camps" are out for our destruction, no questions asked. As a country it is time we faced that. Barack did it on purpose. any attacks will be on the FBI, DOJ and State department for their gross failure.

    Dems have clearly without hesitation, identified themselves at "the domestic enemy" there can be no other conclusion. As for limiting the military, didn't anyone learn anything from Viet Nam and Korea? apparently not. That is what NOT winning looks like. That 's what playing politics with war looks like and Americans PAID for it dearly

  • Carolyn Peterson

    01/09/2020 12:14 PM

    Dear DemocRATS: Please get off your imaginary pompous Royal "Arrsses" and defend loyal, real Americans who are willing to defend your right to lie ; even though it's about them. And knowing you would never defend any Republican....even me,an 81 year old white woman. Mother of 3, step Mother to 2, Grandmother of 9 and Great Grandmother of 8.
    Addressing the killing of Soleimani! You sick, twisted people need to go live under them. Hey, Pelosi! You cannot wear American clothes. Cover yourself up. Head,face to feet. You cannot go anywhere alone and no money is yours. You wear black only and no makeup. You women who feel sorry for killing a butcher, feel sorry for the families here that no longer have their loved ones because of him... WOMEN! get over the crush of a man who resembles Sean Connery. HE is not!!! MEN! got over your man crush on a bloody butch who would lop off your head in a millisecond. You want that kind of life? Fine! GO OVER THERE. YOU DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHANGE OUR NATION, FOUNDED ON CHRISTIANITY, OUR CONSTITUTION, BILL OF RIGHTS, AND FRAME OF GOVERNMENT. Ms. Pelosi: go back to California and start cleaning up your own city and state before you think you have even an inkling our Nation. You are not Queen of America you are a servant to the people. Remember that!

  • Steve fisher

    01/09/2020 10:30 AM

    Mr. Huckabee,
    Very good. I have something that you might be very interested in. It might be something really good for our country. My email address is [email protected]
    Thank you. Steve fisher
    God is Great !!!!!!! As you know!!!

  • Leo Draegert

    01/09/2020 10:20 AM

    I really believe that the whole Iran mess was a ploy be those here in the United States to take the minds of the American people off of the corruption going on by those who have interests in the land over there legal or not. The people need to see through this and continue to drain the swamp.
    As for Trump taking care of business! That is what we the people elected him for. I say you back we the people in a corner the sleeping giant will drop the hammer. Thank you Mr. President for the job you are doing.

  • Michael R Kreisel

    01/09/2020 09:12 AM

    How many politicians can you buy with 1.8 American dollars cash? I don't know why any media outlet hasn't picked this up. Living in Illinois where corruption is rampant and the Chicago mob runs the state, "mob=politicians" Blago tried to sell an open senate see for $50K. $50K in Iraq has got to be HUGE! And Iran has 1.8 Billion to spend. Thats a whole lot of government

  • Elizabeth Anne Johnston

    01/09/2020 07:50 AM

    I am always grateful for your informative and commentary on these many situations that we face as Americans.

  • JPK

    01/09/2020 01:04 AM

    If a country is sponsoring terror and is short on cash; a President wants to make political points with his country you make a deal a bad deal it doesn't matter you send someone else's cash to the terrorist and make a phony deal that no is going to find out about it because the new incoming President will shut it down opps she didn't win the deal maker sits and lives in some pretty expensive homes with high taxes and upkeep ;in that deal with the terrorist do you think a kick back may have taken place where the deal makers got a percentage back the deal maker had a couple of partners did they receive their share just wondering! Does not make America Great. It makes it a thug.

  • Geoffrey max Mordecai spiro

    01/09/2020 12:08 AM

    1) keep up the excellent work

    2) do everything you can to get President Zelensky to put Rabbi Nachman on a safe plane to Jerusalem. You should sell the seats, the King of Morocco would love to offer the plane, the USAF MUST PROVIDE SECURITY (and Gd willing improve their prestige).

    The FAKE “Breslevs” will oppose this. They are NOT working for Rabbi Nachman, ignore them and do what is good for the world and Rabbi Nachman. Don’t make the mistake the Romans made.

  • DENISE COrressell

    01/08/2020 10:42 PM

    BRAVO!!!!

  • Beverly Hugener

    01/08/2020 08:43 PM

    Thank you !!!! I believe in your “Truth News” and appreciate you and all your efforts to help us keep informed. ????????

  • Lance E Brown

    01/08/2020 08:33 PM

    setting aside all the blow and bluster. If your curious about the act of taking out solimanie all you need do is ask a vet. I'm retired and I know we are now safer. I have family who are active right now and they fell safer now. I have friends and family who are in the military and are DEMs and they feel safer now. We can talk about all the hostile acts enacted by Iran against the US with impunity. and there are plenty of things to talk about under THAT umbrella. We had to let Iran know that any further hostile acts will have ramifications. They now know that. We needed to get that GEN off of the battle field. You know why he was a hero? He got away with killing a LOT of Americans. And we are not out of the water yet. That man established war plans that will span 2020, 2021 and 2022. THAT is why Iran needed to know that (If They Pull The Trigger On Those Plans ) they will pay! Fact is we will be dealing with the Iran aggression soon. As I stated, “The plans are already in place”. It is just a matter of flicking the switch on the green light. At long last we have a president that has the backbone to put his foot down. This was not / could not be easy. But it is done and the world is better off. While all the other major powers scrambled for cover. Literally ran for cover, the US. Under Trump, Took a stand. Iran's terror campaign will soon end now that someone has stood up and let them know that their antics WILL NOT BE TOLERATED!

  • Charles Nicholson

    01/08/2020 08:20 PM

    WISDOM of AMERICAN Presidents of the past_ President George Washington said he was "disinclined to be longer buffeted in the public print by a set of infamous scribblers."
    Thomas Jefferson-"The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but the newspapers."

  • Harold Levi

    01/08/2020 08:11 PM

    As Trump says, BoyCott AT&T!!!! They own CNN and are no better than the Communist News Network!!

  • William Keller

    01/08/2020 08:02 PM

    I am not so worried about the country of Iran as I am about the Muslims here in this country, even in political and military positions, that will not stand by when their brothers are threatened or killed. Their religion is a death pact. We should not trust any of them.

  • Bill Brown

    01/08/2020 07:55 PM

    Thanks for your work, Gov. Huckabee...

    All this stuff in the (what passes for news) media about the wonderfulness of Iran reminds me of Neville Chamberlain's speech on arriving in Britain in March of 1938--AFTER Hitler's move into the Rhineland, and his takeover of Austria. Then Mr. Chamberlain went to a conference with Herr Hitler in Munich, Germany. When He got back to Britain he said words to the effect that he had bought, "...peace in our time..." World War II started in about another year--when Hitler wanted Poland.

    Why do we have to keep "inventing the wheel?" History is NOT irrelevant--we need to learn from it!

  • JPK

    01/08/2020 07:45 PM

    Why does our Congress find concern about Iraq and our our service centers now when they obstructed security on our Southern Border for 3 years. I am confused as to why they do not protect the American from the same people attacking Iraq while allowing the same people crossing over illegally into our Country. Does anyone understand this, we have Iranian sleeper cells here in our Country and our Congress could care less if not endorsing it. Who are America's enemies I think our House of Representatives could be enemy number 1. And I get to pay for it I find no Happiness in that Very Disgusted.

  • Rev. H. O. Bilderback

    01/08/2020 07:37 PM

    The bitter attitude that we have developed in our land is reflected in responses from Trump’s message. The hatred of Democrats I think is fueling this and someone needs to call them for it. Sic em mike.

  • Jerry Korba

    01/08/2020 07:06 PM

    I am glad Pelosi could get herself out of the bar knowing she had prayed for our President to protect her while enjoying cocktails she prayed so hard for the President he did protect her along with thousands of others while our servicemen were getting bombed by Iran. Your President says thanks Nanci it's all in a days work. I wish all the new Bar and Restaurants openings can invite you to their openings with you out of the way the Country will move in a very great direction so get on your knees Pelosi pray they don't run your President out of office your safety is dependent on him raise another glass to your god Pelosi your a better drunk than you are sober. Stay drunk!!MAGA

  • Joyce Birch

    01/08/2020 07:01 PM

    I have another comment. It's so hard to believe that after the briefing the President had with Republicans & Democrats regarding his decision to kill Souleimani, there was still so much division from all the parties. Everyone's description was like a 160 degree turn around. Surprised at the Republicans take away!

  • Laurence Daniels

    01/08/2020 06:51 PM

    Really enjoyed tonight's read! If all of the whining, hand-wringing snowflakes who sympathized with Soulemani would simply leave the U.S. and resettle in Iran, I'm sure they would be met with open arms!

  • Janet Underwood

    01/08/2020 06:50 PM

    Politico published a great article explaining how and why Trump decided to let the military proceed with taking out Suleimani. Copies of it should be sent to all of the Dems in Congress who are lining up to try to outdo each other with their outrageous "speculations" that paint Trump as an erratic, mentally unstable, stupid war-monger who supposedly made this decision against the wishes of those who "know more than him" and then physically forced the military to carry out this command. If you read what went on behind the scenes, you can easily see that Trump not only acted upon the best advice of the experts, but that he showed and has been showing great restraint. Lordy, the Dems think we're all as stupid as the ones who believe their nonsense.

    I loved Lindsey Graham coming out and saying that Trump "gets" the Middle-Eastern mindset. I'm certainly no expert, but many years ago, I did some pretty extensive study of the Middle East. I was prompted to do so because several young men from Kuwait, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, etc. had enrolled in the college I attended. I remember a couple of them in particular. One was a fellow from Kuwait whom we called "Sammy" because we couldn't pronounce his given name and he looked a lot like Sammy Davis Jr. Sammy was a great guy, very funny and friendly, and he enjoyed hanging around with us "hippies." Most of the other Middle Easterners hung out with each other, but not Sammy! Anyway, (and yes, this was in the 60s), someone set off a bomb in the art building to protest the war in Vietnam. It didn't do much damage. Mainly just knocked over some paint. Of course, the campus was abuzz over this, our first bombing (this was a teacher's college and so hardcore radicals were hard to find!). Sammy was incredulous. He said, "You call that a bomb? That's nothing but a firecracker. If it's been a real bomb, like we have back home, the entire campus would have been leveled."

    Sammy loved his country, and he also loved the U.S. We all learned a lot from him about the mindset of Middle-Eastern men, the importance of tribes in their culture, and the importance of showing courage, even if it's just a bluff. One thing I found especially interesting about Sammy and the other Middle-Eastern men was that they all had a passion for rattlesnakes. Every now and then, they would go out of town to the places where there were rattlesnakes and collect some to bring home--just to keep. The snakes were one thing that would bring a smile to even the most dour of the young men. That one, I never understood.

    When Trump met with Kim Jong-un, I thought that the people who said he wasn't experienced or smart enough to handle foreign relations had gotten it SO wrong. Remember the collective gasp when Trump mocked Kim Jong-un in a tweet? Anyway, at the time, it struck me that here's a businessman who has traveled around the world, negotiating with people in other countries, all of his professional life. No one wanted to take that into account, did they?

  • Walter Maude

    01/08/2020 06:46 PM

    Why don’t you call Jimmy Carter out for being the weak kneed president he was? We’ve been “at war” with Iran because Carter failed to act immediately. Every time I see yet another news story revering him I want to puke. Tell it like it is Governor. Carter has earned the blame and our contempt!

  • Joyce Birch

    01/08/2020 06:31 PM

    I believe the President made the right decision regarding taking out Gen. Souleimani, who was a monster in every way was a inhumane person ever created. Of course, I was very nervous what Iran may do. I also believe we have to be very diligent here in the US.
    Very happy that N. Sandmann won his case! Also, I don't watch any Hollywood events, but loved Ricky Gervasis clip. Too bad Hollywood does what it's suppose to do & that's make good movies & have actors that a really are of the arts. There are only a handful that I like, even though they're liberals, but stay out of politics. I do miss the movies & actors of yesteryear! At least I have TCM to watch the greats.
    I don't even watch the liberal media news. These news media too are like the new Hollywood!
    Let's get this "Impeachment" over & done with once & for all! The House is the House, they did what they wanted, & now they're telling the Senate what to do, this is crazy! What kind of government is this? I'm relying on M. McConnell.