Saturday, February 04, 2017

Dear General "Mad Dog" Mattis

Congratulations on your appointment as secretary of defense. You might find your job a lot easier if you pull your head out of your ass.

You have claimed that Iran is the world's biggest state sponsor of terrorism. Obviously you're beating the war drums for some sort of military adventure against another Muslim country.

I can understand America flexing its muscles against the world's biggest state sponsor of terrorism. Just look at all the terrorism that's plaguing the world today. We've got outfits like al Qaeda. Then there's Daesh, a.k.a. the Islamic State or ISIS. There are other branch operations including al Nusra, Boko Haram, and any number of Islamist militias, even criminal gangs.

And haven't they had a field day? America had the embassy bombings, the attack on the USS Cole, the World Trade Center parkade bombing, the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, hostage beheadings, bomb plots, on and on and on. Britain, France, Spain, Germany - they've all suffered terrorist attacks.

Boy those Iranians have a f#cking nerve, don't they? Sponsoring all that terrorism. It's about time they got theirs. I'll say.

What, it's not Iran behind all this real terrorism? Iran is Shiite Muslim. All these terrorists are Sunni Muslim. The Taliban, al Qaeda, ISIS, Boko Haram, al Nusra - they're all Sunni. Not a Shiite among them?

The embassy bombings, the USS Cole, both World Trade Center attacks, the attack on the Pentagon, those hostage beheadings, the bomb plots, the terrorist attacks on England, Spain, France and Germany - all the handiwork of Sunni Islamists. Not one of them linked in any way with Iran.

Well, who is sponsoring this major Islamist terrorism? Who is feeding them money? Where did their insanely radical Sunni Islamist belief come from? What, Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia. That's not Iran. That's our friend, the whole House of Saud thing. It's the Saudis and every Sunni sheikh, emir and prince of every Gulf State that are sponsoring the mayhem in the Middle East. There's your "state sponsor of terrorism" Mad Dog.

"Alternative facts" have no place in this discussion General Jim. Attacking Iran would be aggressive war, a war crime.


Anonymous said...

Attack Iran?!! Haven't the US generals lost enough wars yet?


Jay Farquharson said...

"According to one U.S. official, national security aides have sought information about Polish incursions in Belarus, an eyebrow-raising request because little evidence of such activities appears to exist. Poland is among the Eastern European nations worried about Trump's friendlier tone on Russia."

More "Flynn Facts",

Agent Orange faces a full House, and a 31 seat Senate, midterm elections in 2018. They have only up to the late fall of 2017 to get their "Waron".

Jay Farquharson said...


"Did I go through the complete list of victims? No.

There is one victim. None of us want talk about him.

But given my age, I have the courage to say it. This victim, his name is Alexandre Bissonnette.

Alexandre, before being a killer he was a victim himself. Before planting his bullets in the heads of his victims, somebody planted ideas more dangerous than the bullets in his head.

This little kid didn’t wake up in the morning and say ‘Hey guys instead of going to have a picnic or watching the Canadiens, I will go kill some people in the mosque.’ It doesn’t happen that way.

Day after day, week after week, month after month, certain politicians unfortunately, and certain reporters unfortunately, and certain media were poisoning our atmosphere."

>>From the address given by Imam Hassan Guillet at the funeral for 3 of the Quebec City mosque victims, Ibrahima Barry, Mamadou Tanou, Azzeddine Soufiane:<<

The Mound of Sound said...

Unfortunately, Jay, a president can use executive powers to launch wars. When was the last time Congress declared war on any country? WWII? Besides, they won't stage a land invasion of Iran. Imagine if Trump united both Sunni and Shiite Muslims against America. He's already subverted America's influence among the Asia Pacific nations. Now he may let Russia move into the Middle East. A few batteries of S400s should go a long way to deterring any air attack on Iran.

Anonymous said...

I have long wondered why the US lets the Saudis get away with it. Of course there is oil but the US invades for bananas so that can't be it. The Saudis buy tons of military hardware. Then there is this: Saudis Hold us debt.

Anonymous said...

He seems quite unaware of the role the USA has played this last century or so!
Does he think that the USA was created through referendum?
The war of independence was a civil war which was followed by a made in America civil war.
Since it came to be the USA has created wars be it against the native population then the Hispanic wars etc, plus tax.
The USA has been the most militaristic warlike empire building since their cousins the British eventually failed.
The biggest defence a country has is a all will fail defence of mutual nuclear deterrence and so it is for Iran.
This is Tehran,
It has similar problems to Erdogan's Istanbul.
And, perhaps we should mention the USA favourite ..

It is difficult if not impossible to attack and control a nuclear armed country.
Could this be the justification to deny Iran of such a capability?


Jay Farquharson said...

Just noteing the timeline.

Presidents can launch military actions for 60 days, then they need either:
A) Congressional approval, ( AUMF)
Or B) Congressional funding, ( eg. Expanding the 2001 AUMF t cover Iran, like Bush did for Iraq and Obama did for Syria, Lybia, Nigeria, Mali, Somalia, etc)

31 Senate seats, ( mostly Dem) are "up for grabs" in the 2018 midterms, and all the House seats.

If President Bannon want's to get his "war on", it needs to be done before the start of the 2018 Midterm's election season to try to "ride" the "our military, right or wrong" sentiment as much as possible, to try to stave off losing the House and possibly Senate.

As you don't introduce "new products", ( Anthony Card) in the summer, that means the fall of 2017.

Jay Farquharson said...

Saudi's also invest hundreds of millions in K Street lobbying and Political campaigns.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I have long wondered why the US lets the Saudis get away with it.

For the same reason the UK accepts it; 'arms exports'
Pardon the pun but arms exports have "Trumped" common sense ( with regards to humanity) for many years.
Even now Trump bans many Muslims to the USA whilst accepting those from Saudi Arabia and Egypt ; the perpetrators of 9-11.

Money talks; and never so much as this year.

Owen Gray said...

Robert McNamara went to his grave proclaiming, "We didn't know our enemy." Unfortunately, no one was listening.

rumleyfips said...

Trump has had a hard weekend Mound. His nominee for Army secretary backed away stating fear of conviction for conflict of interest fraud. He realized that Trump wouldn't and couldn't shield him. Unsaid, he must have been scared by the coup that brought President Bannon and courtier Miller to power.

The Muslim ban didn't fare well either. Four injunctions banning Trumps unconstitutional order and a loss at appeal are not what the trumpaloonies envisioned.

His daughter and son in law have been cut out of the loop leaving no filter to protect Donnie and we hear that he doesn't have enough stamina to finish a phone call after 5 PM.

We knew it would all go to shit, but we didn't expect it to happen so fast.