Yet if you put a handful of these together (ordered and grouped below in such a way, intentionally, so as to make my point here) you will see that thing the media is killing itself to avoid your figuring out: it is precisely because they control the dialog that they mean to keep you from feeling overly anxious about what is going on right under your noses.
A new war? Especially one that will surely bring in nukes (if Iran finishes making them in time)? Nah… we just can’t have that; it doesn’t fit the meme. Besides, they talk tough and they’re really mean… we could never stand up to them – everyone over there hates us now (See: Bush, George W.) and what few friends we may have left over there will turn against us anyway, and join up with Iran. Besides… it’s not like Israel can’t defend itself… they always have before.
“This has nothing to do with us”
Iran threatens to block Strait of Hormuz oil route
Iranian warships dock at Syrian port after crossing Suez Canal
Iran disrupts Internet, calls it “the threat”
U.S. sees signs of Iran activity in Yemen
Iran trains thousands of female Ninja assassins
“They’re cuddly little fluff balls…they’re no threat to us”
Iran, Armenia share interests in regional issues: 20-year-old history of diplomatic relations
Fostering ties, Iran offers to fund pipeline in Pakistan
Iran to Increase Grants to Poorest Iranian, Tehran Times Says
Iran Determined To Continue Peaceful Nuclear Program
Iran wants early resumption of nuclear talks: letter
Turkish PM Reiterates Ankara’s Support for Iran’s Peaceful N. Program
“And even if they ARE stirring up trouble, we have the UN and the IAEA to protect us”
Is Iran rational enough for MAD?
U.N. nuclear inspectors to press Iran on weapons
IAEA Visit May Be Iran’s Chance to Stem War Concerns Over Nuclear Program
Security Council Imposes Additional Sanctions on Iran
U.N. Iran report likely to toughen Western sanctions
Iran’s appeasers blinded by hope
“So Iran is the second largest oil exporter after Saudi Arabia…so what? We can get more oil somewhere else. The Saudis will just bump their production to do us a favor… or we’ll get more from Canada or somewhere else. This won’t affect us in any way”
Iran stops oil sales to British and French firms
Iran finds new oil customers
Obama rejects Keystone oil pipeline
Canada Needs New Oil Outlets After Keystone Rejection, IEA Says
Canada welcomes China’s investment in oil
Saudi Arabia Cuts Oil Output, Export: Industry Report
Oil prices hit nine-month peaks after Iran halts exports
“Iran is just trying to defend itself from the American & Israeli bullies. Theirs is strictly an ambition to defend their rightful sovereignty…they want to get along with their neighbors”
Iran uses terror to target civilians, and so does Israel
Commander: Military Drills to Strengthen Iran’s Deterrence Power
Iran to Manufacture New Generations of Fighter Jets
Iran warns ‘launchpad’ countries of reprisals
Ahmadinejad teases ‘big’ new nuclear announcement
Khamenei’s outlook dims hope for Iran nuclear deal
IRAN WARNS WORLD OF COMING GREAT EVENT: Says ‘evil hegemony’ soon will be defeated by power of Allah
Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calls for destruction of Israel, Jews
Wipe Israel ‘off the map’ Iranian says
[full translated speech script here]
Iran threatens pre-emptive action amid nuclear tensions
And, as always, there will forever be apologists for lunatics, wittingly (or otherwise) providing cover while the bad guys buy time to ready themselves for their “take over the world” ambitions. We’ve been to this dance before, and as with every other moment in history like this one, we’ll have to be near-destroyed before we’ll stand up and defend ourselves. Problem is, this time around, Israel will be a sheet of glass, what ever oilfields were in their line of fire before they were destroyed will be sheets of glass, and how ever many survivors there may be left in the mushroom cloud will be launching what ever weapons they have left at us (or whoever they can shoot at within range) and all these moments leading up to that one will be long gone and forgotten.
Now, I share the emotion (if that’s the right word for it) that a great many people have about the US fighting any more wars. I grew up with Korea and Viet Nam and my grandchildren have had to grow up with Iraq & Afghanistan. It’s all I’ve known, for a lot of my life (America at war with someone), and it’s all they’ve known for all of theirs… and I’m tired of it.
So I ‘get’ the idea that people are just sick, and tired, and sick-and-tired of war. Of course, given our current Pacifier-in-Chief being at the head of all our Armed Forces (whilst wanting to diminish our ‘last resort’ defense weaponry in the name of becoming a peaceful nation), it doesn’t make co-existence with nations hostile to our way(s) of life any easier. We are, after all, becoming a laughing stock to the Russians and the Chinese…and now we have the Iranians (thumbs in ears, fingers wagging, tongues stuck out in a ‘neener neener neener’ mocking pose, wagging their asses back & forth and left to right). They are clearly daring us to be the country we were under past Presidents who fought wars to WIN them as opposed to the guy we have now who fights wars to end them and bring our guys home with their tails between their legs, clearly quite confident in the knowledge that we won’t be.
And, I’m as weary of armed conflict as the hippiest-hip of hippies on the left; I’m tired (too) of sacrificing our blood and treasure on other countries and peoples where we aren’t welcome and where we’ll ultimately lose anyway (our honor if not the overall war) because of the lack of will of far too many people right here at home to see these things through until we’ve accomplished our military objective(s). But I’m also tired of something else.
As with the Viet Nam war, the winning and the losing of Iraq & Afghanistan was/has been done through the media. It was absolutely NOT done through the business end of am M1/M4. It became trendy in the 60′s to tear up the military and second guess their strategy, and now it’s become the SOP in this country to vilify the leaders, second guess the military, and lament the plight of the “poor, defenseless enemy.” So much so that war is now almost entirely an isolated aspect of election opportunism, and no longer a matter of national pride, courage, or righteousness.
A great lesson we’ve taught our grandchildrens’ generation… more’s the pity.
This was always in God’s hands, and I trust whatever plan He already has for us. Having said that, a great many things among men could have been handled differently before we got as far as we have; a true point of no return, as far as I’m concerned, has been reached now. There is really no turning back from this.
It’s important to point out, though, that a lack of will to act on the part of one able to prevent calamity (and the probable death of millions of people long-since lost in the muck and mire of trusting in their leaders) will be judged equally as harshly as the one who caused the calamity that brought all this down upon us to begin with.