Iranian insecurity revealed in phantom missile; Update: Can the MSM credit LGF, please?

posted at 4:46 pm on July 10, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The Iranian mullahcracy doctored a photograph to add a fourth missile as part of its public-relations efforts to show strength, according to photographic and military experts.  The deception covered up the failure of one missile to fire, which would have given a less-than-impressive demonstration of their capabilities.  The blogosphere took the lead in exposing this fauxtography, as Michelle Malkin notes:

LGF’s Charles Johnson and Brian Ledbetter have the rundown on the digitally enhanced Iranian missiles in an image distributed by Agence France-Press. See also: Kamangir, Blackfive, Pat Dollard, EU Referendum, Ace, Jim Hoft, Suitably Flip.

From AP:

The photo on the Sepah News site was replaced Thursday with an image showing three missiles — which appear to be the same as the earlier photo. In place of the fourth missile, however, the photo showed one still on the ground in its launch position and what appears to be a vehicle nearby.

The photo was used by the AP. The image with four launches was no longer available in the Sepah site.

Fitzpatrick, a former State Department official who followed arms control issues, believes the photo was manipulated after the missile malfunctioned.

“They had a rocket launch and one failed,” he said. “They have had other tests that have succeeded, but Iran tends to exaggerate its capabilities.”

Three out of four missiles could still ruin a perfectly good afternoon, but the failure of the fourth to launch does seem rather embarrassing.  After all, while this is rocket science, it’s not exactly cutting-edge at this moment in time.  Most nations, and even the terrorist state of Hamasistan in Gaza, can reliably launch missiles from mobile platforms now.

The failure of the missile means less than the clumsy, embarrassing effort to hide it from the world.  Now they don’t just look inept with missiles — they look positively childish about it, and even more inept with Photoshop.

Update: E-mailers are telling me that the New York Times blog, The Lede, is taking credit for exposing this, even though Charles Johnson at LGF caught it first.  Fox News credits The Lede.  They apparently didn’t do much research on the story.


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The fourth missile (the flaccid one) was a North Korean No-dong, probably

Cicero43 on July 10, 2008 at 4:50 PM

LDS??? Limp D… elivery Syndrome???

hillbillyjim on July 10, 2008 at 4:50 PM

Got a limp missile, huh Iran? ;)

ThePrez on July 10, 2008 at 4:50 PM

You would think they would have learned from out stupid politicians, that cover-ups are more embarrassing then the actual event.

right2bright on July 10, 2008 at 4:52 PM

Looks like we`re all in the gutter on this one. lol

Perhaps it just had performance anxiety. :)

ThePrez on July 10, 2008 at 4:52 PM

You SURE that Reuters wasn’t involved?
Maybe they should cut the nut$ off of the person responsible.

RMCS_USN on July 10, 2008 at 4:52 PM

Hopefully that rocket would be the one with the nuke onboard…

catmman on July 10, 2008 at 4:54 PM

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

fossten on July 10, 2008 at 4:54 PM

I remember when we first went into Iraq, I read an article about how the coalition forces were blasting ‘Iraqis have little penises’ or something similar over loudspeakers as they came through town.

Like shootin’ ducks in a barrel as they came screaming in rage from their hiding places.

cntrlfrk on July 10, 2008 at 4:55 PM

NoDong for you!

Maquis on July 10, 2008 at 4:57 PM

Question:
If 1 in 4 launchers fail, why would we assume their guidance systems are any more reliable? Those things could land anywhere! I hope the rest of the Arab world, North Africa, and the parts of Europe reachable are aware of that fact.

redshirt on July 10, 2008 at 4:57 PM

Come on now, you can’t assume that one missile failed to fire.

It is kinda funny though. Iran is acting all belligerent and stuff, and we’re laughing at them.

rockhauler on July 10, 2008 at 5:00 PM

I hear this is going to be their next missle defense spokesman:

http://chicagolandgolf.com/blog1/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/bob-174×201.jpg

( Sorry – computer blocking ability to hyperlink….my apologies if you have to cut and paste…. )

jrlingreenbay on July 10, 2008 at 5:00 PM

redshirt on July 10, 2008 at 4:57 PM

True enough…but if it’s an EMP weapon…it just has to get to alt. in the general direction.

jerrytbg on July 10, 2008 at 5:02 PM

redshirt, If these go ‘funky’ and hit one of our ships, boy this would plow up snakes. This little iran worm is getting into more than he could ever realize.
L

letget on July 10, 2008 at 5:02 PM

Now they don’t just look inept with missiles — they look positively childish about it…

That’s what’s scary tho…all the more reason they might launch those babies at a real target, armed with a nuclear warhead.

JetBoy on July 10, 2008 at 5:03 PM

I love it that Iran has brought worldwide ridicule upon itself.

RushBaby on July 10, 2008 at 5:05 PM

B-2 Spirit trumps aging missile technology. Ditto for spysats, boomer subs, unmanned aircraft and the U.S. Infantryman.

Bishop on July 10, 2008 at 5:07 PM

That’s not a missle… Now this is a missle
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVT6ZgpjPhI

TheSitRep on July 10, 2008 at 5:07 PM

11th century mentality + mid 20th century technology = dangerously unpredictable.

csdeven on July 10, 2008 at 5:11 PM

It is kinda funny though. Iran is acting all belligerent and stuff, and we’re laughing at them.

rockhauler on July 10, 2008 at 5:00 PM

Yeah, and we’re mocking the contents of their pants. Exactly the opposite of what they’d aimed for, no doubt.

Gilda on July 10, 2008 at 5:11 PM

NoDong for you!

Maquis on July 10, 2008 at 4:57 PM

Nicely done!

CP on July 10, 2008 at 5:12 PM

Hey – coulda been worse:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QGG6X5w8qs

jrlingreenbay on July 10, 2008 at 5:14 PM

TheSitRep on July 10, 2008 at 5:07 PM

a thing of beauty!

jerrytbg on July 10, 2008 at 5:15 PM

Just one of our Ohio class subs, carries enough stank to insure every Iranian male over the age of 0 , 72 virgins if not more.

TheSitRep on July 10, 2008 at 5:19 PM

B-2 Spirit trumps aging missile technology. Ditto for spysats, boomer subs, unmanned aircraft and the U.S. Infantryman.

Bishop on July 10, 2008 at 5:07 PM

True that. This is why we need a president who can make the correct critical decisions when the time comes. McCain can do it while Obama is the American counterpart to the phantom rocket. The guy has no lead in his pencil.

csdeven on July 10, 2008 at 5:21 PM

Fox News Sucks. They have become just another member of the MSM.

You know how Fox News Radio (Lori something) introduced the FISA signing story today, “Big brother is now watching…”

Fox News can go pound sand.

TheBigOldDog on July 10, 2008 at 5:21 PM

Also on LGF:

Another of the photos released by Iran turns out to have been taken last year; Kamangir has the scoop: Iranian Missile Drill: Pictures do not Lie!

hee hee hee

RushBaby on July 10, 2008 at 5:22 PM

Meatloaf remix:
“Cuz three out of four ain’t bad”

innominatus on July 10, 2008 at 5:23 PM

Update: Can the MSM credit LGF, please?

No they can’t. They just can’t. You are asking too much. They are in a state of denial over what is happening in the mainstream news business. They would rather go down with the ship then admit they’re on a ship of fools.

JiangxiDad on July 10, 2008 at 5:24 PM

Question:
If 1 in 4 launchers fail, why would we assume their guidance systems are any more reliable?

redshirt on July 10, 2008 at 4:57 PM

They probably are not.

When I was at Khobar Towers in 1996, Saddam was acting up so we had to have the MOPP gear nearby. Some of my friends who were present during Desert Storm saw a scud missile hit a few hundred feet from them. (One of them still has some shrapnel as a souvenir.

Their opinion was that you were safe if the missile was aimed at you. If you were not in the intended target area then you were in danger.

I expect Iran missiles to be the same way.

F15Mech on July 10, 2008 at 5:26 PM

True that. This is why we need a president who can make the correct critical decisions when the time comes. McCain can do it while Obama is the American counterpart to the phantom rocket. The guy has no lead in his pencil.

csdeven on July 10, 2008 at 5:21 PM

Well Obama not only promised he will slash our military but any future funding in new technology (for the military). And he said ‘proven’ “failed” missile shield program.

Sir Napsalot on July 10, 2008 at 5:32 PM

Obviously this is what happens in a gay-free military.

(THIS IS A JOKE, lighten up Francis).

What is ALSO a joke is the MSM’s continued (and entirely undeserved) arrogance. Especially the NYT. I can’t wait for Pinch Sulzberger to start hanging out on street corners offering RyanAir business class upgrade services for a quarter a pop.

TABoLK on July 10, 2008 at 5:33 PM

Just one of our Ohio class subs, carries enough stank to insure every Iranian male over the age of 0 , 72 virgins if not more.

TheSitRep on July 10, 2008 at 5:19 PM

Ya, but you have to have the will to use it. Obama is already on record as saying they are never appropriate:

Clinton Demurs On Obama’s Nuclear Stance

She Says It Is Unwise to Rule Out Using the Arms Against Terrorists

“I think it would be a profound mistake for us to use nuclear weapons in any circumstance” in Afghanistan or Pakistan, Obama said. He then added that he would not use such weapons in situations “involving civilians.”

TheBigOldDog on July 10, 2008 at 5:33 PM

MSM, validate Hugo Chavez? Sure. Validate Ahmadinajhad? You bet! Enough integrity to give credit where credit is due? LGF, Charles Johnson? Nah.

Speakup on July 10, 2008 at 5:35 PM

The MSM is shameless. Little Green Footballs deserves full credit.

pat on July 10, 2008 at 5:36 PM

Well Obama not only promised he will slash our military but any future funding in new technology (for the military). And he said ‘proven’ “failed” missile shield program.

Sir Napsalot on July 10, 2008 at 5:32 PM

Sounds like The Clenis in the 90′s doesn’t it? Obama will set us up for another catastrophic failure in our intelligence community that will lead to another 911 type event.

csdeven on July 10, 2008 at 5:39 PM

Well Obama not only promised he will slash our military but any future funding in new technology (for the military). And he said ‘proven’ “failed” missile shield program.

Sir Napsalot on July 10, 2008 at 5:32 PM

Yes, and wasn’t it interesting to see how riled up the Russians got yesterday when it was announced that the U.S. and the Czechs had reached an agreement to put one of those “failed” U.S. missile shields over there.

Apparently the Russians have a lot more confidence in the effectiveness of our military technology than Obama does. Why does that not surprise me?

AZCoyote on July 10, 2008 at 5:44 PM

Btw, these pics are NOT from yesterday’s test but from 2 years ago. It’s true, i checked it ouy – the same pic was published 2 years ago.

Aristotle on July 10, 2008 at 5:44 PM

Now really, who would have thought that Iran would have lied?

The media KNOWS that it’s only the US and the US military that lies.

misterpeasea on July 10, 2008 at 5:46 PM

And it’s now reported by LGF and by Kamangir the doctored photo was two years old in the first place. A double scam. Congrats MSM!

Sounder on July 10, 2008 at 5:48 PM

Their opinion was that you were safe if the missile was aimed at you. If you were not in the intended target area then you were in danger. I expect Iran missiles to be the same way. F15Mech on July 10, 2008 at 5:26 PM

I had a Marine sniper tell me the same thing about Iraqi grunts or insurgents. He said if they were aiming at you, you were safe. And, he lived to tell.

Mojave Mark on July 10, 2008 at 5:55 PM

ThePrez on July 10, 2008 at 4:50 PM

IT WAS IN THE POOL!!!!!!!

Kid from Brooklyn on July 10, 2008 at 5:57 PM

Actually, the doctored photo was recent – but another photo they released was taken 2 years ago.

Corsair on July 10, 2008 at 6:03 PM

Yes, Corsair that’s what I meant to say. Thank you.

Sounder on July 10, 2008 at 6:08 PM

Other Lefty blogs are picking up this story and crediting the NYT.

Egfrow on July 10, 2008 at 6:18 PM

Sounds like The Clenis in the 90’s doesn’t it? Obama will set us up for another catastrophic failure in our intelligence community that will lead to another 911 type event.

csdeven on July 10, 2008 at 5:39 PM

Yep, I have always said it was 8 years of the Clinton administration that allowed 9-11 to come to pass, after all how do people think Clinton was able to bring about that huge budget surplus he was always bragging about…it came from gutting our military and intelligence agencies that’s where.

Couple that with the fact Clintoon was so busy playing hide the cigar in the Oval office and covering for all of his many indiscretions it allowed our enemies to grow stronger and plot 9-11 leading to our nation being attacked, and while 9-11 occured on “Bush’s watch” (as the left-tards like to say) the fault for 9-11 being successful lays squarely on Clintoon’s shoulders, not Bush.

If Obama does get elected POTUS you can be assured our nation will be less secure and we will be hit again, only the next time around I fear it will be with a nuke and will make 9-11 pale in comparison.

Not good and I think this is why we have to hit Iran and hit them soon, the longer we wait the more time they have to plot, plan, and improve their capabilities!

Liberty or Death on July 10, 2008 at 6:22 PM

Their opinion was that you were safe if the missile was aimed at you. If you were not in the intended target area then you were in danger. I expect Iran missiles to be the same way. F15Mech on July 10, 2008 at 5:26 PM

So Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia should be more afraid than Israel! I am laughing…

redshirt on July 10, 2008 at 6:23 PM

Liberty or Death on July 10, 2008 at 6:22 PM

so right you are!!!!!!!

jerrytbg on July 10, 2008 at 6:28 PM

Update: E-mailers are telling me that the New York Times blog, The Lede, is taking credit for exposing this, even though Charles Johnson at LGF caught it first. Fox News credits The Lede. They apparently didn’t do much research on the story.

It’s really a shame. That guy has done a wonderful job – on this and everything and all of us are better off for it.

Oh well. At least he knows the truth. I wonder if he reads this page. If he does, I want him and all of his supporters to know(last few times I checked, his comment registration is always closed) that there are a lot of people who appreciate what he does.

wise_man on July 10, 2008 at 6:35 PM

redshirt on July 10, 2008 at 6:23 PM

With the ranges in question the cone of error is in the order of 50 klicks, plus or minus with many variables.

jerrytbg on July 10, 2008 at 6:35 PM

Other Lefty blogs are picking up this story and crediting the NYT.
Egfrow on July 10, 2008 at 6:18 PM

Disgusting. The New York Times is responsible for a tremendous amount of disinformation and giving aid and comfort to our enemies, both domestic and abroad. It’s really sad that they will always go unpunished for their acts. And now being credited for this? Makes me want to …. *sigh*

wise_man on July 10, 2008 at 6:37 PM

(last few times I checked, his comment registration is always closed) that there are a lot of people who appreciate what he does.

wise_man on July 10, 2008 at 6:35 PM

There have been a few occasions when I have noticed it’s open, and posted a bulletin all over HA. Got a few Hot Heads into Lizardia that way. I always will too if it’s OK with the admins here. It’s quite a different room, but a great second home for us.

RushBaby on July 10, 2008 at 6:44 PM

Fox News Sucks. They have become just another member of the MSM.
You know how Fox News Radio (Lori something) introduced the FISA signing story today, “Big brother is now watching…”
Fox News can go pound sand.
TheBigOldDog on July 10, 2008 at 5:21 PM

Hey, you’re funny!

wise_man on July 10, 2008 at 6:50 PM

Update: E-mailers are telling me that the New York Times blog, The Lede, is taking credit for exposing this, even though Charles Johnson at LGF caught it first. Fox News credits The Lede. They apparently didn’t do much research on the story.

Hacks. Have they corrected them yet? I know LGF had noted the WaPo originally credited the AFP, but by the time I got there, they had corrected it with a great big credit and link. Good for them!

Dusty on July 10, 2008 at 7:06 PM

Last night I posted on ABCs story (which contained the doctored photo) about the fakery and told them to thank LGF for the find.

This morning all the first 100 comments were gone down the rabbit hole (and so was the photo). The NYT colored circle ‘expose’ was a direct rip off of LGF.

Limerick on July 10, 2008 at 7:38 PM

Iran suffers from ID, Ignition Malfunction. But it’s ok, they use Lie-agra

- The Cat

MirCat on July 10, 2008 at 7:47 PM

I just posted (or tried to post) a comment at the Lede article on this. It was nice, no mud, just some finger wagging, but it is awaiting ‘approval’.

Limerick on July 10, 2008 at 7:51 PM

Limerick on July 10, 2008 at 7:51 PM

You probably mentioned “…semi-rigid cable.” and the censors are still trying to figure out what that means.

:O)

Seven Percent Solution on July 10, 2008 at 8:48 PM

Anytime a ‘momentous’ photo is released I immediately run fast as i can to Little Green. If it’s shady or down right fake Charles and his group will find it pronto. LGF has taught me to not necessarily trust what my eyes think they see…..and huge thanks to Charles for that! he keeps me informed and educated on the shady info being fed to us.

dustoffmom on July 10, 2008 at 8:48 PM

So Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia should be more afraid than Israel! I am laughing…

redshirt on July 10, 2008 at 6:23 PM

I never said that…

Expect the missiles to be off by hundreds of feet perhaps even miles, certainly not an entire country.

F15Mech on July 10, 2008 at 9:16 PM

Charles Johnson is a leftist that needs a hair cut. He is no friend. And yes, I’m still bitter about his attacks on Gates of Vienna and the anti-Islamists in Europe. LGF is yesterday.

HerrMorgenholz on July 10, 2008 at 9:23 PM

Charles Johnson is a leftist that needs a hair cut. He is no friend. And yes, I’m still bitter about his attacks on Gates of Vienna and the anti-Islamists in Europe. LGF is yesterday.
HerrMorgenholz on July 10, 2008 at 9:23 PM

Wow, look at this, another comedian!

wise_man on July 10, 2008 at 9:37 PM

I never said that…

Expect the missiles to be off by hundreds of feet perhaps even miles, certainly not an entire country.

F15Mech on July 10, 2008 at 9:16 PM

Fair enough,I was being flippant.
I only meant that the countries that are in the flightpath of any missile have reason to fear. I am thinking that the missiles could come up very short of their targets for a multiple of reasons. If guidance fails any point between launch and target is in trouble. Couple that with any Israeli missile defense, and you have debris raining down on your countryside as well.

redshirt on July 10, 2008 at 9:38 PM

But Fred Barnes said bloggers don’t matter.

Connie on July 10, 2008 at 10:31 PM

Timing being everything, what if we weren’t in Irag right now? What would Iran be doing today had we not invaded Iraq? The same thing as today only determined to topple Saddam themselves? Did we see today’s situation coming back then and now Isreal is the alternate target? I wonder.

johnnyU on July 10, 2008 at 10:55 PM

A picture is worth a thousand about seven-hundred and fifty words?

hillbillyjim on July 10, 2008 at 10:57 PM

never said that…

Expect the missiles to be off by hundreds of feet perhaps even miles, certainly not an entire country.

F15Mech on July 10, 2008 at 9:16 PM
Fair enough,I was being flippant.
I only meant that the countries that are in the flightpath of any missile have reason to fear. I am thinking that the missiles could come up very short of their targets for a multiple of reasons. If guidance fails any point between launch and target is in trouble. Couple that with any Israeli missile defense, and you have debris raining down on your countryside as well.

redshirt on July 10, 2008 at 9:38 PM

When you consider they’re using Russian technology, the cone of error could be hundreds of miles. Lol!!!
Why do you think we never fought a missile war with them? All proxy … Get a clue…both of you…jeez!!!
Sorry guys….just reliving a few good laughs from the 70’s…..

The difference this time is we may be fighting them in the streets…get ready.

jerrytbg on July 10, 2008 at 10:58 PM

if there is another 9/11 type attack on us, I’m afraid the backlash will be horrorific.

cjs1943 on July 10, 2008 at 11:35 PM

cjs1943 on July 10, 2008 at 11:35 PM

A credible threat to vaporize a few “holy” cities might just prevent it from happening.
I’ m not channeling to Thomas Jefferson….but I believe he would make such a declaration .

jerrytbg on July 10, 2008 at 11:51 PM

HerrMorgenholz on July 10, 2008 at 9:23 PM

Well, there’s no fire quite like friendly fire.

Personally, I think BOTH sides in that little fracas overreacted, but Charles had a really good point about VB and BNP’s “associations.” Then it spun out of control and a lot of perfect allies mysteriously started hating each other.

It’s SO MUCH FUN, since Charles and Pamela were a couple of my favorites.

Merovign on July 11, 2008 at 12:01 AM

Two must reads from todays Jerusalem Post

No Repeat of Osirak

Barak to US

Fill up your car.

Limerick on July 11, 2008 at 12:08 AM

They should have called me first.
I could have helped.

Kmarion on July 11, 2008 at 12:20 AM

They aren’t trying to beat us with missiles. They are bankrupting us. Imagine if you knew these missiles were flying the day before. Lay down some money on a big stack of puts and watch the register ring. These people talk you know. They are sharing the “business” opportunities they create among themselves. You don’t understand how much damage these Ali Babas can do with out firing a shot in anger. It’s all about peak oil now baby. Russia and it’s elves stay busy making our flaccid western society cringe in fear everytime they go BOO!

pc on July 11, 2008 at 12:37 AM

Obama is poised to take this thing if Saudi Arabia, Russia and the rest of our true adversaries pull down the economy far enough. They can’t outright embargo to try and have us kick out our hawks like in the 70′s. Much more subtle now. They have studied how they think they can beat us by exploiting the flaws in our belief system, the sense of fair play, stuff like that. They don’t play anything approaching fair.

pc on July 11, 2008 at 12:40 AM

If this war is going to be fought in Photoshop, then it’s high time we fought back in kind. I wanna see Ahmadinejac riding one of those rockets along with his mullah masters. And maybe some monkeys. And Zippy the Pinhead.

Let the dogs of war loose and let their electrons fill the sky.

Tantor on July 11, 2008 at 1:37 AM

If you caught the Fox broadcast of a White House Spokesperson addressing the WH press corps (on Wednesday) regarding Iran’s Missile Exhibition; he very distinctly referred to how the White House heard about the photo-shopped missile pictures–from the Internet Blogs-and certainly, made no mention of the NYT. So there is no excuse, the press bigwigs were informed that an internet blog had the story

Ragnell on July 11, 2008 at 2:08 AM

But seriously, folks….

We have to consider that Iranian missile expertise approaches that of the Germans in early 1943, or the Russians and Americans in the late ’50s. The Germans could point V-1s and V-2s in the general direction of a city and maybe hit something worthwhile. The Russians were much the same with their WWII Katyusha multiple-launcher-systems. Shoot a shotgun at the enemy, and you might get lucky.

The Russians never made their most egregious failures public. The US, OTOH, had newsmen all over the place, and even Bob Hope ran a monologue or three on our ineptitude. IIRC, it was more than a year before we dared to put a live pilot on top of that Roman candle.

They are not necessarily stupid, and they have advantages (a head start in technology) that we didn’t.

Be prepared to watch them get better at this.

If, of course, we don’t take them out first.

sscrivener on July 11, 2008 at 2:30 AM

a lot of perfect allies mysteriously started hating each other.

It’s not that mysterious if you slog through the various blogs and comments to find out what happened. Charles had some valid points, but used some extremely dubious sources and guilt-by-association lines of attack. They threw around the terms Nazi and fascist as if we’d lost WWII and Belgium was still occupied. When engaged point by point he’d link to a leftist source, ignore it, or ask the ‘lizards’ what to do which was always ignore the arguments. He’d abandon lines of attack when it was obvious he didn’t have the facts, but he’d never note it. Like the Swedish Democrats and Nazi girl as I called her. That apparently didn’t pan out, trying to smear an entire party with one photo of a weird girl wearing a swastika standing in a field.

When his sources and ‘minions’ (his term) accused Bat Ye’or of being a fascist and started turning on Robert Spencer I figured I didn’t belong there any more. That and being called a whole bunch of four-letter words for noticing the fact the solar cross/early christian cross is probably the most common symbol in our civilization and that it’s not really much evidence of Nazism or fascism — standing alone.

Of course the Klan does use a version of it including a blood drop. The so-called Odin’s Cross is used by racists. Just to be clear on this stuff, as both sides have been full of it many times. It’s also true that Jesus was never depicted without it behind his head for over a thousand years. And that’s just scratching the surface of how many times it’s used.

There’s no doubt VB has some questionable people, history of collaboration (like half of France and so on), and associations with some American racists, among others. Ham-handedly attacking them in a way which splashes all over the entire anti-jihad movement and ignoring the real fascists (EU, UN, OIC, etc.) — with power to implement it — who are attacking free speech and trying to impose sharia every day is just idiotic. ‘Anti-idiotarian’ my butt.

I was familiar with Vlaams Blok as a party made into non-persons and forced to disappear and reform, all in the name of ‘anti-racism’ one new real face of authoritarianism and thought crime police. In America that’s what we call unconstitutional under the First Amendment, for now. You can speak and associate freely. But LGF seemed to ignore that entire aspect of this now blog war, that VB was constantly being attacked in, well, fascist ways up to and including ball-crushing police holds for assembling at the SIOE rally.

There go my posting privileges over there no doubt. Sorry for the length, but it’s become epic.

Beagle on July 11, 2008 at 3:34 AM

Please be careful discounting the Iranian threats. Firstly, LGF & Charles did an amazing job with this photoshop report..

The reason I say to not discount the Iranian threat is because these missile tests were aimed more at local forces in the gulf region. Those missiles in the famous photo appear to be fateh-110s, these are guided solid fuel missiles with pretty decent accuracy and maybe around a 200km range. They would pose some threat to us troops, perhaps less so to protected fleets, they would pose a dcent threat to surrounding arab countries especially in larger numbers.

The big shahab3 was also launched apparently a single missile from reports until now, that one could in theory reach Israel in its most advanced form, but this launch looked like the older variant, similar to an advanced scud-c/d. Pls keep in mind scuds did unfortunately kill US forces in barracks hits during gulf war I, and 39 of them hit tel aviv then as well, they can bring down a small apartment building.

saus on July 11, 2008 at 5:35 AM

LGF credited this morning on Fox.

frreal on July 11, 2008 at 8:12 AM

Steve Doocy just announced on Fox & Friends that Charles Johnson from Little Green Footballs discovered the photoshopped pictures and also said that the New York Times had been taking credit for it

DJ Dubya on July 11, 2008 at 8:12 AM

Jerusalem Post this morning: LGF discovered the fakery!!!!

Go LGF!

Limerick on July 11, 2008 at 9:15 AM

MSM give credit to anyone!?!?! What are you thinking!!! Hat tip to LGF, bet Iran has one less engineer after they couldn’t get it up!!!

PatriotPete on July 11, 2008 at 9:25 AM

Curious…why’d a conservative site pick up on this photoshopping (again), and not the msm or a more leftist site like KOS or Democratic Underground?

Yeah, I know…yall just snarfed coffee all over your monitors. It was a rhetorical question.

HAPPY FRIDAY!

scottm on July 11, 2008 at 10:13 AM

Well, remember some of them didnt need photoshopping. They’ll not hesitate to stick some chems in them.

johnnyU on July 11, 2008 at 11:34 AM

A new photo of the Iranian missile program has shown up. Looks like an old friend has a new press job.

http://tinyurl.com/5f6or5

cannonball on July 11, 2008 at 11:24 PM

cannonball on July 11, 2008 at 11:24 PM

LMAO! Well done!

DannoJyd on July 12, 2008 at 12:13 PM

so, the iranian defense measures are starting to look a lot like saddams the first time when we should have taken him out….

lob bombs into Israel if attacked by anybody and hope for a muslim uprising when Israel punches back.

Funny the irony of it all, hopefully it ends with the proper aggressors reaping saddams fate.

Sonosam on July 12, 2008 at 1:29 PM

Why do you think we never fought a missile war with them? All proxy … Get a clue…both of you…jeez!!!
Sorry guys….just reliving a few good laughs from the 70’s…..

Heh you sound like my sister, who was worried about Saddam’s missles/bombs hitting the coast of Maine during desert storm (1991)

F15Mech on July 20, 2008 at 11:35 PM