Tuesday, June 25, 2019

'Nuckin Futz Newz: Iran, showing great restraint, calls White House "Mentally Retarded"

Trump signs in very big script
right in the middle of the page

Getting back to posting on this blog after a few days spent with visiting family.  Summer is officially here and I'm "officially" on summer time now....trying to relax and be outdoors as much as possible.  At this time of year my posting generally becomes a bit more erratic timing-wise.  We're starting to prepare for our several weeks long summer sailing trip and that will be a factor for the next two months.

As an aside, I notice Google/Blogger is [again] going crazy with my stats.  One day the hits are well below average and the next they're up in the 4,000 hits per day range.  Good thing I stopped believing in the Blogger stats years ago.  We bloggers are simply NOT ALLOWED to know how many readers we attract with our postings.  None of our 'bidness". UPDATE:  I think Google/YouTube is reviewing all my posts and disabling the YouTube videos in them.  This is the only thing that can possibly explain 10,000 hits in ONE DAY.

Anyhooooooo, I couldn't resist returning to one of my favourite memes...how Donald Trump is surely the most labile and "unprofessional" [there's very few other words to describe his approach] president in history.  Today, we consider his response to the Iranian reaction--in sheer self-defense, shooting down a US surveillance drone that was encroaching their air space.  This from RT:

….Tuesday’s rhetorical stand-off follows several recent escalations in the ongoing conflict between the two countries. After Washington accused Tehran of attacking two tankers in the Gulf of Oman, Iran shot down a US surveillance drone for allegedly violating its airspace. While Trump says he called off an actual military strike against the country at the final moment, he has since imposed new economic sanctions, promising they would not be the last...."

Trump has totally flipped the reality and is acting like the aggrieved party.  Now he's up to punishing the Iranian leaders for having the temerity to do their job and protect their country.  He's calling Iran "aggressive" when he ordered the breaking of the JCPOA treaty AND has been surrounding Iran with military equipment and soldiers for months. Please read the following snippet from the "Voice of Satan" the BBC and I will have more comments to follow:

US-Iran crisis: Trump lashes out at 'ignorant and insulting' statement

Donald Trump has lashed out at the "ignorant and insulting statement" released by Iran after the US president announced fresh sanctions against the Middle Eastern nation.

The tweets came after Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said the move proved the White House was "mentally retarded". Mr Trump said it showed Iran's leaders "do not understand reality".

He unveiled the sanctions on Monday, saying they were a response to recent "aggressive behaviour" by Iran.

The sanctions target a number of individuals, notably Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who Mr Trump said was "ultimately responsible for the hostile conduct of the regime".

The US has alleged Ayatollah Khamenei has access to vast wealth which helps fund the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRCG). In a 2018 op-ed, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggested it was as much as $95bn (£75bn) and was "used as a slush fund for the IRGC".

But Mr Rouhani questioned why the US would single out a man who he said only "owns a Hoseyniyyeh [prayer venue] and a simple house", calling the sanctions "outrageous and idiotic".

He also said it suggested the US is lying about wanting dialogue.

But Mr Trump said the only thing Iran understood "is strength and power, and the USA is by far the most powerful military force in the world".
"Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force," he added in a tweet. "In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration."
Who do the new sanctions target?

Some analysts said the sanctions were largely symbolic, although the US treasury department said the measures would lock up billions of dollars in assets.

Mr Trump said the measures would deny Ayatollah Khamenei, his office, and those closely affiliated with him access to key financial resources and support.

The treasury also said it was also imposing sanctions on eight senior commanders of the IRGC's navy, air force, and ground forces, including the head of an air force unit that the US said had ordered the shooting down of its drone last week.
Who is Ayatollah Ali Khamenei?
Profile: Iran's Revolutionary Guards

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif - who was the country's top negotiator on the nuclear deal - would be targeted later this week, it added...."


Greencrow says:  Trump's reliance on braggadocio about the US having the "greatest military force in the world" is patently indicative of his lack of confidence.  If you have the power you don't need to brag about it...it's just there.   The United States may have the largest Defense Budget in the world...nobody's arguing on that point, but due to colossal flops like the F-35 jet and all those "sitting duck" white elephant aircraft carriers...and especially due to Putin's revelations in his March 1, 2018 speech...the United States could do with a decade or two to re-tool and upgrade.

But I have to take issue with Iran too.  Iran needs to come out of the dark ages and raise its awareness about developmental disabilities.  No longer do we use the words "mentally retarded" to describe those with deficiencies in their intellectual abilities.  "Developmentally challenged", "cognitively challenged" would have been more politically correct. Or "uniquely challenged"...or "uniquely abled".

In this day and age it is insulting to those with developmentally unique abilities to call them "mentally retarded".  Iran should try to be more respectful to those all over the world with developmental challenges...and be more socially inclusive vis a vis its precarious diplomatic relationship with Trump.

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