“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Ahmadinejad to tour Latin America. When he gets here, arrest him.

Do you need me to spell out the reasons why? How many American's died trying to rescue the Iranian held hostages? Sounds like at least a manslaughter charge. I know it is much more fun spending $400 billion to remove a dictator like Saddam, but maybe if we had a wise master in the White House, one with some stones, he would snatch this little creep and do something real smart for a change. It would be a lesson to our new crop of Fidel wunnabees. I have to take a pill for my BDS.

Iran's Ahmadinejad to tour Latin America

Jan 10 3:42 AM US/Eastern Breitbart

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is to kick off a four-day tour Saturday to Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela, whose leaders share his defiance towards the United States, media said.
"Ahmadinejad will start his visit with a trip to Venezuela to hold official talks with his counterpart President Hugo Chavez," the Kayhan newspaper quoted a presidential statement as saying.

The Iranian president has maintained a close relationship with his fiery Venezuelan counterpart, who has given his unequivocal support to Iran's nuclear programme and its hostility towards the United States.

Ahmadinejad visited Venezuela last September while Chavez has made numerous trips to the Islamic republic.

After his one day visit to Caracas, Ahmadinejad is scheduled to head to Managua to hold talks with the Nicaraguan president elect and former US foe Daniel Ortega.

According to the report, the Iranian president will on Monday take part in the swearing-in ceremony of the Ecuador's new president Rafael Correa, who won his country's presidential election last November.

Correa has vowed to seek stronger ties with Venezuela, oppose a free-trade deal with the United States, and not renew the lease for a US military air base on Ecuador's Pacific Coast.

Ahmadinejad will also hold meetings with other South American presidents including Bolivia's Evo Morales, before wrapping up his tour on Tuesday, the report added.


  1. If we cannot look after our own interests in Latin America, please spare me the bullshit about what we should do in Iran. This is a blessing from somewhere, a gift for the plucking.

  2. Bagging Ineedanewjob would do about as much good as the Iranian mullah's capturing Tony Snow, and for the same reason. You're watching the red cape and not paying attention to the steel in the matador's other hand.

  3. Nice to hear from you WC, Bush could redeem himself with this one.

  4. How the Democrats lost Vietnam, and how they Plan On Losing Iraq.

    from Gateway Pundit

  5. Hi 2164th. (I think what I want to do is just comment without trying to maintain a blog.) Anyway, some countries have presidents who jack their jaws but have no real power. Iran and Israel are two examples, and the loony left would even say that about our country. In the case of Israel, it is the prime minister who holds all the cards. In Iran it's the Ayatollahs. And President Ineedanewjob gave a speech at the UN, if he's such a hot potato how come we didn't bag him at that time when he was on our soil, why wait until he comes to another country in the same hemisphere?

  6. We legally cannot get him whle he attends the UN. He is fair game outside of that.

  7. Proud of the New Term I coined folks:
    Laissez-Faire Weather Christian.
    ...guess who?
    This BDS is a MF!

  8. We haven't legally bagged anyone of note, other than Republicans since Laissez took office!

  9. Today our Historic president will make a Historic speech in which he will announce the Historic surge of troops which History tells us was part and parcel of every pre-purple-thumbed election clampdown in the last three years.

  10. I'd like to see him bagged, but don't we have that law from the Frank Church days about not nailing heads of state?

  11. Pat Robertson says God has recinded that order.

  12. Good ol' Pat, always on the line with the Boss.

  13. If we could bag the Iranian and Pat Robertson at the same time, we'd be making real progress.

  14. Where is that Church guy from?
    ...shoulda been locked into that house full o snakes.

  15. Doug, you have a heck of a memory--I'd forgotten I'd said that. Yes, Church was from here; in his favor I can say he stopped the last dam on the free-flowing Snake River, for which most of us here are grateful.

  16. Well Bush has ignored his generals, his father, The Baker commission, and it seems that at least a dozen Republicans are ready to bail. There is not one responsible military person that has come forward and said the military is in better shape today than it was six years ago.

    Does he know something many of us have missed or is he incapable of admitting a mistake?

  17. "Maybe" he does know something.

    Maliki came out today, and said that if Al Sadr's bunch didn't disarm THE AMERICANS WOULD DISARM THEM!

    That's pretty big news.

  18. The future at this moment is in the hands of Tehran and An Najaf. This is the point at which the degree of control the Iranians have over the Iraqi Shiite leadership will become clear. The Iranians are worried with the trends that have emerged over the past month. Their best lever is in Iraq. The Iraqi Shia are in danger of being trapped between Washington and Tehran. Therefore there are two questions: First, will the Iranians become more aggressive, abandoning their traditional caution? Second, can they get the Iraqi Shiite leaders to play their game, or will the old rift between Qom and An Najaf (the Iranian and Iraqi Shiite holy cities) emerge once again as the Shia scramble to get back into the American game.

  19. Meanwhile on the Peninsula....
    US sends stealth fighter planes to South Korea

    The United States is deploying a squadron of F-117As to South Korea, a US military spokesman said on Wednesday, amid speculation that North Korea may be ready to test a second nuclear device.

    The US is sending 15 to 20 of its Nighthawks to South Korea, as part of a "routine deployment," he said.

    The US has sent the radar-evading fighters regularly to South Korea for stays of a few months over the past few years. North Korea has criticised previous deployments as preparations for invasion and nuclear war.

  20. France has a big election coming up in April, I think. Seems like lots of parties, and candidates, and hard to figure for a guy like me. Anybody have the inside line?

  21. Pelosi put that muslim on the Judiciary Committee. Great, just great, a man whose religion seeks to overthrow the constitution, and put the women back in their place.

  22. bobalharb,

    "I look forward to pursuing a progressive agenda in the committee, including the restoration of American citizen's civil liberties that have come under increasing attack over the past six years," said Ellison, the first Muslim member of Congress.

    Ellison said this week he'd like to see a ban on racial profiling, an issue that could come up in the Judiciary Committee.

    I was not aware that Islam is a race.

  23. I wasn't aware of that either, But I think if Sharia is the law of the land--over my dead body--there will be a lot of profiling of the women, those without the burka.

  24. bobalharb said, "Pelosi put that muslim on the Judiciary Committee. Great, just great, a man whose religion seeks to overthrow the constitution, and put the women back in their place."

    Wow, bobalharb, my own religion says the same thing:

    1 Timothy 2:[12] But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

  25. I have to tell you, Teresita, that wasn't written by St. Paul. I used to quote that to my wife once in a while when we had a spat....really would piss her off. If you subvert the subverter, you are back to the status quo ante, which is what I think is going on with that verse.

  26. Bobalharb, I was trying to say that religions don't oppress people, people oppress people in the name of religion. The gentleman from Minnesota is just as American as the people we evacuated from Bainbridge Island and sent to internment camps during the Big One. Don't buy into this neo-50's Enemy Within hysteria.

  27. I hear you, T., but Sharia is Sharia, and it is not good, a s.o.b. in fact, I think we agree on that. I hear Seattle, or at least the coast, was really drenched with rain the last months. Mom grew up there, when Mercer Island was a game park, she was a Seattle gal from the git go.

  28. Wu posted this link:
    Bush Plan Outline
    "Iraq Could Not Be Graver –
    The War On Terror Cannot Be Won If We Fail In Iraq.
    Our enemies throughout the Middle East are trying to defeat us in Iraq.

    If we step back now, the problems in Iraq will become more lethal, and make our troops fight an uglier battle than we are seeing today."
    Talk about ill-chosen words:
    Which are promptly rebutted below with the reality:
    Things will get uglier,
    NOT that
    The War On Terror Cannot Be Won If We Fail In Iraq.

  29. 1) By all means whack A.

    2) However I am not sure that hostage-taker is him. The resemblance is uncanny but I recall seeing an indictment of this photo match. A side-by-side sugested that the kidnaper had more facial hair, particularly in a close-up of the soul patch under his chin. A.'s growth is relatively wimpy. He could trim it of course...

    3) But he's better off dead anyway. Captured, though, it seems undiplomatic and I'm not sure what we'd do with him.

    4) Of course, if I'm wrong and it's him, I got all kinds of ideas...

    5) WC, remarkably, is right. He is a figurehead. The power rests with the imams' council. Processing of them may be useful, but not on this particular basis.

    6) Frank Church's stomach should be roasting in hell! Along with Boland. Besides, I thought it was a matter of an executive order.

    7) Teresita, America was never better off than when the teachers were predominantly women.

  30. Good old Terrorita is Back:
    Don't buy this hysteria about the enemy within!!!
    Har de har.
    Somebody go to amazon and buy her
    "Jihad in America"
    A video made by Steve Emerson in 1993!

  31. NON UNION PROFESSIONAL Women teachers, I would add.

  32. Hey, I agree with that Number 7--all my really good teachers were women, till I got to college, then it was about fifty/fifty.

  33. ...something on their minds other than electing or bedding the next Democrat President.
    ...and getting shorter hours.

  34. Were there Japanese Spies on the West Coast in WWII, T?
    Yes or No would suffice.

  35. Neo 50's "hysteria."
    Yeah, the Rosenbergs were hysterical.
    Funnier yet, modern day Rosies go unpunished.

  36. "The gentleman from Minnesota" is a FAKIR who had his previous ties covered up for the election by the Red Star News.

  37. I answer Doug's 8:40;42 with a yes. On the other hand, I just read an article, with pics, in our local fish wrap, describing a camp at Kooskia, Idaho. Some of these folk just got caught up in it. The question is, when life is at issue, how do you separate the fish from the wrap? The least we can do is not put them on the Juciciary Committee. The man swore his oath on the Koran, let's remember.

  38. Well, the wife is back from the grocery store. I will have to put her to work now, making my meal, and warming my slippers. Nite, and take care.

  39. re: enemy within

    I'll be curious to learn the number of American and British passports found with dead jihadis in Somalia. Sad to say some American and British fighters have been captured. What do we do? What do we do?

  40. Teresita said...
    less opportunistic said, "And yet you think we torture innocent jihadist captives."

    Maybe they're innocent, and maybe they're not. Maybe they're jihadist, and maybe not. But it should give anyone pause to consider that we used to be the Country That Does Not Torture People.

    We used to be a country that publicly decried torture. We still do.

  41. One substantive point, two-thirds of the "new" Iraqi troops in Baghdad will be Kurdish Pesh Merga and their objective is to destroy the Shiite militias. The Pesh Merga are a well armed and trained fighting force?

    From the House Armed Services Committee; NEW WAY FORWARD FOR VICTORY IN IRAQ:
    ...Deploy 3 additional Iraqi brigades (2 Kurdish brigades, 1 Shi’a brigade) to Baghdad, bringing the total number of Iraqi battalions in Baghdad from approximately 33 to approximately 42. One brigade will be in place by February 1, 2007, and the 2 additional brigades will be deployed by February 15, 2007.

    From Yahoo News; Iraq PM tells Shiite militias to give up:
    Iraq's prime minister has told Shiite militiamen to surrender their arms or face an all-out assault by U.S.-backed Iraqi forces, senior Iraqi officials said Wednesday, as President Bush said he will commit an additional 21,500 American combat troops to the war.

    An Iraqi general, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to disclose details of the plan, said a mainly Kurdish force would be sent into the Sadr City slum in northeast Baghdad, which serves as headquarters of the Mahdi Army.

    The general said Kurds, who are Sunni but not Arab, were being used against the Shiite militia because soldiers from other Iraqi units were likely to refuse to fight fellow Shiites.

  42. Well, Damn; I guess I'm back on board. Son of a bitch. That Fuckin Maliki better do his part.

  43. Allen said, "We used to be a country that publicly decried torture. We still do."

    Only now we look like hypocritical jerks when we do. Google "rendition" and "CIA".

  44. Hypocrisy is the homage which vice pays to virtue.
    ___Francois de La Rochefoucauld

  45. No! No!
    Say it ain't so!
    Google, the company that can't bring itself to display a CHRISTMAS TREE on CHRISTMAS, and whatver the Chicoms desire to censor, displays us as Hypocritical Jerks.
    Bring the Boys Home!
    Impeach Bush!