Tag Archives: Iran

Verbatim

Iran’s Leader Clarifies Meaning of ‘Death to …’ Slogan

“‘Death to America’ means death to Trump, John Bolton, and Pompeo. It means death to American rulers.”

— Iranian leader Ayatollah Khamenei, seeking to clarify that the slogan, often chanted by his supporters, was aimed at U.S. leaders, not the American nation, Reuters reported.

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Iranian General Warns Trump

“You know that this war will destroy all that you possess. You will start this war but we will be the ones to impose its end. Therefore you have to be careful about insulting the Iranian people and the president of our Republic.”

— Iran’s Quds force chief Qassem Soleimani, warning President Trump against war, saying it would “destroy all that you possess”, Reuters reports.

News & Comment

Donald Sinks to 38% Approval in Gallup Daily Tracking Poll – 30 Days into His Presidency

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Good news: People have caught on. Bad news: Donald will be even more determined to start a war in hope that, like Bush did in 2003, he’ll gain approval as a war-time president.

Poetic Justice

Needless in D.C.

Donald Trump says we don’t need the Mexicans.
Mike Flynn says we don’t need the Iranians.
And we don’t need Muslim refugees
Or green card holders with advanced degrees.
And pretty soon, we won’t even need real Americans.

Poetic Justice

Missives, Not Missles

A sitting president may do as he shall,
Without having to explain his rationale.
While we thought Khamenei
Was his sworn enemy,
In fact, he’s President Obama’s pen pal.

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Carter: It was More Important to Not Kill Innocents than to Appear ‘Manly’

I could have wiped Iran off the map with the weapons that we had, but in the process a lot of innocent people would have been killed, probably including the hostages.

— Jimmy Carter, in an interview with CNBC, defending his decisions even if it meant he didn’t show “that I was strong and resolute and, um, manly.”

Poetic Justice

Don Rickles Diplomacy

Senator John McCain proves, time and again, that he’s nobody’s flunkey.
Indeed, he’s shown us, time and again, that he can be downright spunky.
But in international politics
It’s not diplomatic — just for kicks —
To equate the Iranian president with an orbiting space monkey.

News & Comment

In Foreign Policy Debate, Romney Displays Ignorance of Geography of the Persian Gulf, Site of Two U.S. Wars in the Past 20 Years

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Apparently, Herman “Uzbekstan-stan-stan” Cain helped with Mitt Romney’s geography prep going into the presidential debate on foreign policy last night — and it was not the first time he’d gotten the geography of the Middle East wrong:

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Oops! Michele Bachmann Promises to Close U.S. Embassy in Iran When She Is President

ABC News:

In light of the British Foreign Ministry pulling all U.K. nationals out of the British embassy in Tehran after students stormed the building in protest, GOP presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann told a crowd in Waverly, Iowa, today that she would close the U.S. embassy in Iran.

One small, tiny note: The U.S. hasn’t had an embassy in Tehran since 1980. Following the Iranian Hostage Crisis, where 52 Americans were held for 444 days, the United States cut all diplomatic ties.

According to reports, Bachmann applauded the U.K.’s move, adding, “That’s exactly what I would do [if I were president]. We wouldn’t have an embassy in Iran. I wouldn’t allow that to be there.”

Recall just a few weeks ago when Bachmann bragged to Fox News that she had a squeaky clean record.

“I haven’t had a gaffe or something that I’ve done that has caused me to fall in the polls,” she said.

Now — wait for it! — the walk-back:

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Evolution of a Rightwing Tweet

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Love twitter, hate twitter, or just wish people understood the difference between status updates on facebook and tweets, and didn’t post the identical thing in both places. But. Whatever you feel about twitter, you have to admit that something very brief can provide huge insight.

Take Marco Rubio for example, or should I say marcorubio? The only guy not scared of running against Charlie Crist in a Republican primary in Florida for U.S. Senate is exploring his inner Iranian freedom meme on twitter. In successive posts on Father’s Day, you can watch him home in on how best to slam Obama, strike the proper note of patriotism and far rightwing zealotry, and applaud fatherhood. It’s not an easy job, but I think he’s done it.

First, there was this.

#May God bless those fathers in Iran who are speaking out in order to protect their childrens future. #iranelection #tcot #sayfie44 minutes ago from TwitterFon

A good start, but we’re missing the “terrorists have won” sentiment that Republicans so enjoy.

#An American govt afraid to speak out for freedom is exactly what the terrorists wanted to accomplish. #sayfie #tcot #iranelection #tehran36 minutes ago from TwitterFon

That’s better, but not overtly insulting to Obama and the Democrats.

#American govt may be afraid to speak out in support of Iranian freedom but the American people are not! #sayfie #iranelection #tehran #tcot32 minutes ago from TwitterFon

Almost perfect. Let’s just think about it a little more…Hey! Guns!

# I have a feeling the situation in Iran would be a little different if they had a 2nd amendment like ours. #sayfie #tcot #nra20 minutes ago from TwitterFon

Now you’re tweeting, Marco! Way to make that Charlie Crist guy look like a wuss!