Endgame?

posted at 8:46 am on June 22, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The moment of truth has come in Iran.  The Guardian Council and Ali Khamenei have played their last card — and it might be a trump.  The Revolutionary Guard has now threatened to meet the protestors in the streets and give them a “revolutionary confrontation”:

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is threatening to crush any further opposition protests over the disputed presidential election and warns demonstrators to prepare for a “revolutionary confrontation” if they take to the streets again.

The country’s most powerful military force ordered demonstrators to “end the sabotage and rioting activities” and said their resistance is a “conspiracy” against Iran.

A statement posted Monday on the Guard’s website warned protesters to “be prepared for a resolution and revolutionary confrontation with the Guards, Basij and other security forces and disciplinary forces.”

The mullahs have given up on the police and Basijis alone.  The Friday warning from Ali Khamenei, the prince formerly known as the divine and Supreme Leader, did nothing to stop Iranians from filling the streets this weekend.  Increasing brutality from the Basijis and police resulted in hundreds of arrests, dozens of deaths, and one national martyr for the opposition, but no end to the protests.  The police and Basijis have failed to put Iranians back in their place as subjects, and the only option left is a military operation to clear the streets.

If the Revolutionary Guard makes good on its threat, the transition to military dictatorship will be complete.  The mullahs will have no credibility with the people and will remain completely reliant on its army to maintain power internally.  The Revolutionary Guard will understand this well, and will quickly turn Khamenei and his elders into nothing more than puppets for the Guard’s purposes.  The question then will be whether the Guard can maintain control over 70 million Iranians who have already lost faith in their theocrats and never assented to rule by military force.

That assumes the Revolutionary Guard will remain cohesive.  Their senior leadership will see this as a way to grab power, but the rank and file may find it difficult to go to war with their own people, especially against Iranians protesting an election that the Revolutionary Guard considers stolen from one of their own.  Will the Revolutionary Guard maintain cohesion as they march into Iran’s cities and kill women and children?  The fact that the mullahs have to play this card makes the question all the more critical.

Update: Unconfirmed reports have the opposition calling for a general strike of indeterminate length starting tomorrow.  That will be difficult for a military operation to counter, and will further undermine the mullahs, if successful.

Update II: Allahpundit retweets a report from Tehran that claims the streets have gone quiet today, with Basiji and police patrolling in large numbers.  The strike may be the next phase, if it’s true and it’s successful.

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Who run Barter Town?

Bishop on June 22, 2009 at 8:59 AM

Master Blaster?

hawksruleva on June 22, 2009 at 9:56 AM

Meanwhile, Obama is taking copious notes, and honing his plans for his own force.

OldEnglish on June 22, 2009 at 9:56 AM

ACORN thugs with billy clubs break down doors to frog march residents back to work?

Doubtful since al-Chicago doesn’t have the cajones to risk direct confrontation with an armed citizenry.

Interesting concept tho’

SeniorD on June 22, 2009 at 8:58 AM

Well then, the epitaph:

Acorn breaks down wrong door.

Four slugs from a forty-four.

No Acorn, no more.

Yoop on June 22, 2009 at 9:57 AM

An Israeli strike would not go well

blatantblue on June 22, 2009 at 9:32 AM

But if the current Iranian regime shuts down the protest and invokes a military dictatorship, it not only makes more likely, but helps to justify a strike in the future.

Vashta.Nerada on June 22, 2009 at 9:57 AM

Vashta.Nerada on June 22, 2009 at 9:57 AM

That’s true too

I guess timing is deal breaker with this

blatantblue on June 22, 2009 at 9:58 AM

Don’t forget that Obama promised us a civilian security force here in the U.S., too.

BigD on June 22, 2009 at 9:11 AM
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The thing is, we don’t want a civilian security force here in the U.S. This is Obama’s equivalence of a future IRGC. Why would we need this kind of sh!t? Show me in the history of this coutry where we have ever needed more than our existing national guard.
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If this comes to fruition, we may be having this bastage for life.

Americannodash on June 22, 2009 at 9:59 AM

if everyone in the world hates the israelis anyway, wouldnt’this be a good time for them to hit Iran? how could world opinion against israel get worse (except by physical assault to their country?)

kelley in virginia on June 22, 2009 at 9:26 AM

First, a preemptive strike at Iran would be attacking Iranian sovereignty. Secondly, you seem to think that other Muslim nations would just sit by and let Israel get away with such an attack without retaliation.

highhopes on June 22, 2009 at 9:30 AM

The only card the mullahs have is the CIA Mossad conspiracy trump. Iranian sovereignty is now a brutal dictatorship, not a democracy or a popular revolution. The lack of any cohesive opposition leadership within Iran is beneficial, too, I think; this is bigger than Mousavi or some ambitious general who could be accused of being a puppet. Finally, most Arab countries are nervous about Iran getting nukes, and were this accomplished, it would set off an arms race.

This is the best possible time for a decisive Israeli strike IMO. It reminds me of the Somali pirate incident; cleanly executed, everyone would be a hero when it was done.

alliebobbitt on June 22, 2009 at 10:00 AM

*country

Americannodash on June 22, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Vashta.Nerada on June 22, 2009 at 9:57 AM

Good point.

alliebobbitt on June 22, 2009 at 10:01 AM

Would of, could of, should of… the one.

Please stop proving the Lefty allegation that we’re a bunch of morons.

The Monster on June 22, 2009 at 10:02 AM

Americannodash on June 22, 2009 at 9:59 AM

Not so fast. You think there is a shortage of ammo on the shevles beacause the manufactorers aren’t making enough. I think not.

HoustonRight on June 22, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Master Blaster?
hawksruleva on June 22, 2009 at 9:56 AM

Mullah Blaster.

Imagine that little monkey Ahmageddonajad, riding around in a harness on the back of one of those armored motorcycle thugs.

Bishop on June 22, 2009 at 10:04 AM

Of course, I sarced. I’m embarrassed to look any Iranian in the face because all I will able to do is apologize profusely. America, shining beacon of freedom and democracy, played golf while Iran’s youth begged for the one thing we hold so dear – freedom.

But our imbecile in chief voted ‘present’, like always, to avoid a ‘tough choice’. And they mocked us for bringing that “inclination to vote present” during the campaign. How silly of us. Wait till it’s our soil and our blood.

What really irks me…I mean really, really irks me is this – millions of people around the world have died in the name of freedom and democracy. Young Americans especially have left home to die on foreign soil in the name of all that this country holds dear.

And the best our “leader” can do in the face of this emerging revolution is go play a round of golf. Nothing honors those that died in the name of freedom like ignoring millions of people clamoring for freedom.

Thunderstorm129 on June 22, 2009 at 10:04 AM

Please stop proving the Lefty allegation that we’re a bunch of morons.
The Monster on June 22, 2009 at 10:02 AM

Oh shiite…it’s the Revolutionary Grammar Guard…everyone run for it before he notices your spelling errors too!

Bishop on June 22, 2009 at 10:09 AM

Just A Grunt on June 22, 2009 at 9:55 AM

It was my understanding from all I’ve read that what you described has already happened. Re-read Wethal’s comment at 9:26 , for ex.Or this from Ed’s commentary:

If the Revolutionary Guard makes good on its threat, the transition to military dictatorship will be complete. The mullahs will have no credibility with the people and will remain completely reliant on its army to maintain power internally. The Revolutionary Guard will understand this well, and will quickly turn Khamenei and his elders into nothing more than puppets for the Guard’s purposes. The question then will be whether the Guard can maintain control over 70 million Iranians who have already lost faith in their theocrats and never assented to rule by military force.

JiangxiDad on June 22, 2009 at 10:10 AM

Not so fast. You think there is a shortage of ammo on the shevles beacause the manufactorers aren’t making enough. I think not.

HoustonRight on June 22, 2009 at 10:03 AM
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You lost me. Could you re-read my previous post again and connect your response to my statement. The the shortage ammo & manufacturers connection makes no sense in regards to not wanting or needing what I declared.

Americannodash on June 22, 2009 at 10:12 AM

Americannodash on June 22, 2009 at 10:12 AM

Unless I’m mistaken (its happened before) you were saying if barry gets his way it would facilitate his being able to maintain his silenceing of those not seeing the America he envisions.

Americans would never allow a security force of any type infringe on their constitutional freedoms.

If I misinterpreted you..sorry.

HoustonRight on June 22, 2009 at 10:18 AM

I think it is way to early to write off the protesters as some are already doing. There will be no revolution?

The revolution has already occurred. When ever you get millions into the streets and standing on roofs at night chanting, it is happening. The real discussion now is where does it lead. Massive repression vs civil unrest/war?

The Iran of two weeks ago is gone forever. Sooner or later Obama and the Luger’s of the world will get it.

patrick neid on June 22, 2009 at 10:19 AM

From American Thinker.

In Iran, too: Follow the money
Rosslyn Smith

There is some old advice that if you want to know what is going on, follow the money.

There isn’t a lot that would qualify as legal evidence available in the news media, but there are hints here and there that money may indeed be playing a factor in the events unfolding in Iran.

When the speculation arose as to why Khamenei was so quick to declare Ahmadinejad the victor, I recalled this from July 2007 by Amir Taheri about how Ahmadinejad was about to sell off Iran’s “family jewels”, key businesses that had been state owned.

No one knows how the businesses have been evaluated or who would be allowed to buy them. The suspicion is that highly profitable units would be transferred to elements from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and their bazaari partners organised in the so-called Islamic Coalition. The government’s own banks will then provide the cash needed to buy the businesses.

In April, 2007, Taheri had also reported this in a story about Iran’s labor unions.

Ahmadinejad is laying the banquet table for a big feast of plunder,” said WOACC’s spokesman. “The mullahs and Revolutionary Guardsmen who will buy the state-owned businesses, always with money borrowed from state-owned banks, plan to fire as many workers and strip as many assets as possible, taking their loot to Malaysia, Dubai and Austria.”

Then there was this about Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in the LA Times from around the same time.

The legendary people’s army now has its hand in a broad and diverse variety of activities, such as dentistry and travel, and has become the dominant player in public construction projects across the country, say businessmen and economists in Tehran and analysts abroad.

Under the leadership of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a former Revolutionary Guard commander, the force also has extended its reach in the Cabinet: 14 of 21 members are former Guard commanders. Former officers also hold 80 of the 290 seats in the parliament and a host of local mayorships and local council seats. Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, is a former Guardsman.

It is unclear whether the asset sales planned in 2007 actually occurred or whether the Revolutionary Guards may have just taken over the management of the state owned enterprises and have been running them for their own private benefit instead of for the public good. This article from last year suggest the later may have happened. Whatever the situation, Ahmadinejad appears to have given the Revolutionary Guards unprecedented access to much of Iran’s wealth. It appears that his 2005 campaign slogan, a Farsi version of Yes we can (“It’s doable and we can do it.” is the Wikipedia translation) had one meaning for the voters to expected genuine reform and another meaning all together for Ahmadinejad’s political allies.

The question I want to know today is which Iranians in the power structure are furiously transferring assets out of the country? Such activity or the existence of nest eggs sitting safely outside of the reach of a nation’s judicial system is often an early indicator of how far hard-liners in tyrannical regimes will be willing to go to stay in power.

journeyintothewhirlwind on June 22, 2009 at 10:22 AM

Iran starts airforce manoeuvres in Gulf

http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSHOS233576

elduende on June 22, 2009 at 10:23 AM

HoustonRight on June 22, 2009 at 10:18 AM
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No problem. Please realize a security force is now in the works via americorp/acorn through congressional funding. Google Obama national security force. Legislation has recently passed that attached to the stimulus/2009 budget.

Americannodash on June 22, 2009 at 10:26 AM

Iran starts airforce manoeuvres in Gulf

By doing what, having their pilots practice bailing out as their flaming planes careen into the ocean?

Bishop on June 22, 2009 at 10:27 AM

Americannodash on June 22, 2009 at 10:26 AM

Thanks.. looking now. This idiot has me on edge.

HoustonRight on June 22, 2009 at 10:29 AM

From the Time article, Middle-east movements go in 7,14 and 40-day cycles. They mourn/remember/get-angry-and-break-things at each of these time periods for the martyrs who died in the previous cycle. A day of quiet streets isn’t an indicator of even the near future.
However, the dictators of the middle east are clearly skilled at suppressing freedom movements. I don’t think anyone can predict what will happen.

Jason on June 22, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Say again.

Master Blaster runs Barter town!

Embargo lifted.

Armando on June 22, 2009 at 10:33 AM

Iran starts airforce manoeuvres in Gulf

By doing what, having their pilots practice bailing out as their flaming planes careen into the ocean?

Bishop on June 22, 2009 at 10:27 AM

The regime is sending a not to subtle signal.

Reuters and the Iranians are being cute when they say the operations will take place between the waters of the Persain Gulf and the Sea of Oman. Hmmm now what SLOC choke point lies around there….no it couldn’t be the Straits of Hormuz?

The Iranians can do substantial damage before they go down though. Think tanker traffic brought to a standstill in this economy.

elduende on June 22, 2009 at 10:34 AM

Don’t forget that Obama promised us a civilian security force here in the U.S., too.

BigD on June 22, 2009 at 9:11 AM

The only ‘Civilian Security Force’ I’m joining is the local militia.

Of course, I sarced. I’m embarrassed to look any Iranian in the face because all I will able to do is apologize profusely. America, shining beacon of freedom and democracy, played golf while Iran’s youth begged for the one thing we hold so dear – freedom.

You don’t have to apologize. I’ve sent word and support to the protesters in Iran.

You can wash your hands of this. You don’t have to pay for the inaction of others. You can make it so you don’t have to apologize.

Chaz706 on June 22, 2009 at 10:36 AM

The Iranians can do substantial damage before they go down though. Think tanker traffic brought to a standstill in this economy.

elduende on June 22, 2009 at 10:34 AM

You don’t think Barry would welcome an oil crisis? It would go a long way to further his “green” agenda. His power play would be nearly complete.

HoustonRight on June 22, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Oh shiite…it’s the Revolutionary Grammar Guard…everyone run for it before he notices your spelling errors too!

It’s “Shi’ite”.

The Monster on June 22, 2009 at 10:41 AM

HoustonRight on June 22, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Hmmm I don’t know. What I do know is that a sustained oil price spike will send his economic plans, such as they are, and his presidential popularity, due to high gas prices, into a terminal tailspin. He will not survive it. Seriously.

elduende on June 22, 2009 at 10:42 AM

The Iranians can do substantial damage before they go down though. Think tanker traffic brought to a standstill in this economy.

elduende on June 22, 2009 at 10:34 AM
You don’t think Barry would welcome an oil crisis? It would go a long way to further his “green” agenda. His power play would be nearly complete.

HoustonRight on June 22, 2009 at 10:38 AM
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F the green/oil crisis bullsh!t that Obama will try to ramp up. Americans should be screaming at the top of their lungs to DRILL HERE, DRILL NOW!!!!!!!!

Americannodash on June 22, 2009 at 10:43 AM

Nothing is going to come of it. Unlike the Shah, the mullahs aren’t pussies. Unlike the Soviet leadership, they have not lost the will to power. Demonstrations will not dislodge them. It will take guns.

Not that this excuses The One’s disgraceful cowardice.

edshepp on June 22, 2009 at 10:44 AM

elduende on June 22, 2009 at 10:42 AM

He is doing alot behind the scences domestically to acheive just that (high prices). Wrong thread to discuss it. But, if I get the chance will be happy to fill you in on details.

HoustonRight on June 22, 2009 at 10:45 AM

journeyintothewhirlwind on June 22, 2009 at 10:22 AM

A good reminder that the regime is also a fully developed Mafia state.

Fortunata on June 22, 2009 at 10:47 AM

There is still one power block unheard from in this mess… the Regular Iranian Army.

Pasdaran are rumoured to number about 125,00… the Iranian Army about 350K with 220K of those being conscripts.

There have been rumours of arrests of General Officers… and it is unknown as to how many IRGC types are in command positions in the Iranian Army… but my guess is that Colonels and below are not IRGC types…

Remember… History has to repeat itself, because we were not listening the first time… and Napoleon started out as a Lt…

Romeo13 on June 22, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Let’s ask ourselves how “success” is defined here.

Will this lead to a real democracy? I think not.
Will the “new” Iran recognize Israel and forsake its obsession to wipe out Jews and the country of Israel? I think not.
Will this lead to peace between the Arabs and Persians? I think not.
Will this lead to peace between the Sunni and Shiite Muslims? I think not.

So what really is success in this case?

Mojave Mark on June 22, 2009 at 10:49 AM

Americannodash on June 22, 2009 at 10:43 AM

AMEN!!!!!

HoustonRight on June 22, 2009 at 10:49 AM

F the green/oil crisis bullsh!t that Obama will try to ramp up. Americans should be screaming at the top of their lungs to DRILL HERE, DRILL NOW!!!!!!!!

Americannodash on June 22, 2009 at 10:43 AM

Yeah, funny how the Bambi administrations STOPPED already approved drilling here in Colorado…

Romeo13 on June 22, 2009 at 10:49 AM

Romeo13 on June 22, 2009 at 10:49 AM

Having family and many friends in the oil business. I could tell you stories about the last four months that would really make you sick.

HoustonRight on June 22, 2009 at 10:52 AM

Any way we can smuggle guns INTO Iran FROM Iraq?

That would define irony.

kurtzz3 on June 22, 2009 at 10:54 AM

HoustonRight on June 22, 2009 at 10:45 AM

Sounds good. I have a feeling we’ll get an appropriate thread on that here sooner than we think.

I have no doubt he wants high prices to push his garbage on us but I think right now a spike in oil prices destroys the economy and tanks his supposed high approval numbers. He’ll def lose congress next year if that happens.

elduende on June 22, 2009 at 10:54 AM

It’s “Shi’ite”.
The Monster on June 22, 2009 at 10:41 AM

No, it’s a way to get around not having the comment censored for a curse word.

You must be a new member of the Grammar Guard, you’re not very good at it yet. Perhaps you need to dismount from the motorcycle before attacking with the cattle prod?

Bishop on June 22, 2009 at 10:55 AM

Yeah, funny how the Bambi administrations STOPPED already approved drilling here in Colorado…

Romeo13 on June 22, 2009 at 10:49 AM
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It is all about power and control.
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It goes without saying for us here at HA that we see the sham this a@shole is pushing and pulling. The psuedo-leader has a lot of favors to pay back and the environmentilist is just one of those.
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AGW HOAX becomes super money maker scam to all americans to the Nth degree. We need to protest to all this BS.

Americannodash on June 22, 2009 at 11:03 AM

Fox just had a breaking report but it is unconfirmed (repeat: unconfirmed so approach with caution): Reports are some Revolutionary Guards are REFUSING orders to fire on crowds.

KittyLowrey on June 22, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Perhaps we’re better off with Obama saying little or nothing. Why continue to let the world know we’ve elected a spineless, cowardly moron.

Jeff from WI on June 22, 2009 at 11:07 AM

I don’t think that the “elite” is involved in it as a distraction. The students are involved. They just want their voices heard.

Illinidiva on June 22, 2009 at 9:05 AM

Isn’t that how Iran got into this Islamic Republic mess in the first place?

SeniorD on June 22, 2009 at 11:11 AM

The Obooba Administration’s Revolutionary Guard is threatening to crush any further opposition protests over bloggers being forced to identify advertisers who pay commissions, and warns the Hot Air community to prepare for a “revolutionary confrontation” if they take make fun of Obooba’s name anymore.

Akzed on June 22, 2009 at 11:17 AM

A general strike, with everyone **staying home** during the day, could be very powerful. The streets totally deserted and silent… at night, the skies ringing with the cry “God is great” from every rooftop, with candles flickering in every window.

The Army would be powerless.

skydaddy on June 22, 2009 at 11:17 AM

the strike phase begins. the revolutionary guard can’t make iran function. we may need to start sending aid in, send powers up to the UN to get some humanitarian business started. i mean, its all the UN is good for anyway.

id be truly dissappointed if we decide not to act in any capacity whatsoever.

ernesto on June 22, 2009 at 11:17 AM

“Revolutionary confrontation” … is that like “robust debate”?

Go with God, brave Iranian people.

PattyJ on June 22, 2009 at 11:20 AM

A general strike, with everyone **staying home** during the day, could be very powerful. The streets totally deserted and silent… at night, the skies ringing with the cry “God is great” from every rooftop, with candles flickering in every window.

The Army would be powerless.

skydaddy on June 22, 2009 at 11:17 AM

The opposition’s only hope is that A. the strike is actually coordinated and works, B. Rafsanjani figures out how to flip enough of the religious leaders in Iran, and C. the Republican Guard stand by. After how quiet the streets have been the past few days, I’m really concerned that A., B., and C. might not occur. Even Rich Lowry made that point. For whatever reason, I’m really invested in the “good guys” winning this one.

Illinidiva on June 22, 2009 at 11:23 AM

HoustonRight on June 22, 2009 at 10:18 AM
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No problem. Please realize a security force is now in the works via americorp/acorn through congressional funding. Google Obama national security force. Legislation has recently passed that attached to the stimulus/2009 budget.

Americannodash on June 22, 2009 at 10:26 AM

If said security force is formed and were to used, in some future circumstance, as an enforcement force by the present administration the outcome would certainly be different than the situation in Iran. The recent uptick in the exercise of 2nd admendment rights pretty much ensures a different response. Whether good or bad, the die has pretty much been cast on that issue.

Does anyone think that congress has considered any potential misuse of such a security force, or even cares at this point?

Yoop on June 22, 2009 at 11:28 AM

The recent uptick in the exercise of 2nd admendment rights pretty much ensures a different response.
Yoop on June 22, 2009 at 11:28 AM

I tried to buy .45 cal ammunition for my 1911′s this morning. The shelves were bare. Unless I want to spend double what I used to pay, I can’t get ammo for my M14.

csdeven on June 22, 2009 at 11:33 AM

I tried to buy .45 cal ammunition for my 1911’s this morning. The shelves were bare. Unless I want to spend double what I used to pay, I can’t get ammo for my M14.

csdeven on June 22, 2009 at 11:33 AM

I finally got into a Walmart in this out-of-the-way area and tried to get some additional .40 S&W. Nobody uses it up here. Soon after they had received their order and put it on the shelves it WAS ALL GONE. Hopefully, next week.

My basic 30-30 has gone out of sight, price wise.

Yoop on June 22, 2009 at 11:38 AM

Yoop on June 22, 2009 at 11:28 AM
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Don’t know you Yoop. Keep going and tell me more about Americorp/Acorn/National Security force and the lack of oversight of congress. What should concern you is the recent firings of the IG’s. Why do you suppose that happened. Maybe because they were doing their jobs. Sighting funds that were being abused and where did that money go?

Americannodash on June 22, 2009 at 11:43 AM

A general strike, with everyone **staying home** during the day, could be very powerful. The streets totally deserted and silent… at night, the skies ringing with the cry “God is great” from every rooftop, with candles flickering in every window.

The Army would be powerless.

skydaddy on June 22, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Rahm: “Remember Barry, never let a crises go to waste… we could ship our US unemployed over to Iran to work in the factoriesas strike breakers, and also use that opportunity to get them used to Sharia Law… Its a win-win Barry!”

Romeo13 on June 22, 2009 at 11:43 AM

where has ackmydumbjihad been hideing this whole time, in oboobi’s golf cart maybe, just a thought…..

SHARPTOOTH on June 22, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Imadaboutjihad (or ding, dong, hell; the 12th imam’s in the well) has been in Russia negotiating some deals and gathering “security” advice from the Russkies. I guess that Russia is not considered to be “meddling.”

onlineanalyst on June 22, 2009 at 12:05 PM

You must be a new member of the Grammar Guard, you’re not very good at it yet. Perhaps you need to dismount from the motorcycle before attacking with the cattle prod?

You beclown yourself.

I know it’s uncool to care about spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc., but think for a moment about what’s cool and uncool, and how pop culture has been used to systematically destroy the pillars of Western Civilization.

It is a common belief that the primary purpose of language is communication. In reality, before any idea can be communicated to another person, one must first understand it. The true primary purpose of language is thinking.

If you are able to write “could of, would of, should of”, your thinking is fuzzy. The word “of” is a preposition, which literally means that it comes before another word. That’s not just a rule to which stuffy grammarians adhere; it is a logical necessity. The word “of” means nothing without another word after it.

It is no coincidence that identifiable groups that use sloppy language also have less education and earning power. But go ahead and equate me with the thugs of the Iranian theocracy. Earn a few more points denouncing me, and you might even get to eat lunch at the Cool Kids’ Table.

And say hi to the brothas who mock anyone who uses proper English, studies and does well in school, as “acting white”. Yeah, they’re cool, alright.

The Monster on June 22, 2009 at 12:06 PM

Ayatollah Basij Obama

Christien on June 22, 2009 at 12:10 PM

Does anyone think that congress has considered any potential misuse of such a security force, or even cares at this point?

Yoop on June 22, 2009 at 11:28 AM

Ayatollah Napolitano gives Congress closed door sermons on these issues.

Loxodonta on June 22, 2009 at 12:17 PM

kurtzz3 on June 22, 2009 at 10:54 AM

Porous border, smart smugglers, ready market. There are a lot of munitions and other stuff we haven’t seen yet.

The web is available in Iran, therefore the anarchist’s cookbook is available in Iran too.

IMHO, if we aren’t seeing armed rebellion and explosions, there must be a reason.

dogsoldier on June 22, 2009 at 12:21 PM

journeyintothewhirlwind on June 22, 2009 at 10:22 AM

The piece you cite sounds very much like Obamao’s strategy of power grab. Seize businesses and banks, give the majority interest to political supporters such as unions, establish a citizen’s army.

onlineanalyst on June 22, 2009 at 12:47 PM

These are the same type of thugs Saddam had. When confronted with a real, equally armed force, they would be waving their underwear in the air and surrendering to the next news crew that came along. Cowards!

TrickyDick on June 22, 2009 at 1:56 PM

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