UAE Seizes Ship Bound for Iran…Carrying North Korean Weapons

posted at 8:47 am on August 29, 2009 by coldwarrior

According to reporting today from AP, Reuters and CNN International, among others, on 15 August the United Arab Emirates seized an Australian-owned ship, the ANL Australia, flying a Bahamian flag, bound for Iran.  The UAE has only in the past 24 hours admitted to this event, after sending notification to the United Nations, as well as to both Tehran and P’yongyang.

The cargo?  Not the oil boring machinery declared on the ship’s manifest, but rocket-propelled grenades, and other small-arms munitions made in North Korea and apparently on their way to Iran.

Diplomats said both North Korea and Iran “appeared” to be in breach of Security Council resolution 1874, which banned all arms exports from North Korea and authorized states to search suspicious ships and seize and destroy banned items.

The resolution was imposed after North Korea’s second nuclear test. The UN Security Council imposed sanctions on Pyongyang after its first test in October 2006, but the measures were never enforced, mainly because China showed no interest in seeing them implemented.  There also appears to be a Chinese and Italian connection to this transaction.

What is not so clear…and this is where the Administration comes in…is that this seizure came on 15 August…and just a few days ago, Governor Richardson of New Mexico played host to North Korean diplomats here in the US as part of the Obama effort to establish better relations with North Korea.

Surely, the Administration would have known about this breach of UN sanctions imposed on both North Korea and Iran before Richardson hosted his guests.  Might have even made it into the Presidential Daily Brief [PDB] for 16 August, if the Intelligence Community was doing its job.

Given the timing…one might also get a feeling that former-President Clinton’s “rescue mission” to P’yongyang on 4 August might have included language to the North Koreans that we’d be willing to turn a blind eye once in a while if it helped to bring them to the table?

For all that talk of smart diplomacy from the Obama Administration…seems we are being played like a cheap fiddle by the guys who know how the real world operates….Kim Jong-il and Ahmadinejad.

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For all that talk of smart diplomacy from the Obama Administration…seems we are being played like a cheap fiddle by the guys who know how the real world operates….Kim Jong-il and Ahmadinejad.

Captain Renault award.

NoFanofLibs on August 29, 2009 at 8:49 AM

For all that talk of smart diplomacy from the Obama Administration…seems we are being played like a cheap fiddle by the guys who know how the real world operates….Kim Jong-il and Ahmadinejad.

No dictator left behind.

Jeff2161 on August 29, 2009 at 8:50 AM

Remember when all the liberals laughed at the

ridiculous and epic language of hyperbole

when President Bush said “Axis of Evil?”

What now?

blatantblue on August 29, 2009 at 8:51 AM

These people simply cannot be trusted one iota.

bbz123 on August 29, 2009 at 8:51 AM

Yes…what happens now?

becki51758 on August 29, 2009 at 8:54 AM

These are just the oppressed people color trying to defend themselves from the evil white racist ameriKKKa…

stopping this ship is racist and imperialistic…

power to the people, comrade!!!

/sarc

right4life on August 29, 2009 at 8:55 AM

Yes…what happens now?

becki51758 on August 29, 2009 at 8:54 AM

Nothing.

tatersalad on August 29, 2009 at 8:58 AM

Yes…what happens now?

Now? Obama had his vacation interrupted by the death of the greatest politician in history, he can’t deal with this as well.

When he gets back, I’m sure North Korea and Iran can look forward to some strongly-worded letters, maybe an almost strongly worded statement that very nearly comes close to condemnation.

reaganaut on August 29, 2009 at 8:59 AM

we are BHO is being played like a cheap fiddle by the guys who know how the real world operates

Fascinating story…not much traction with the MSM, what with burying Uncle Teddy and MJ STILL being dead. Great job, coldwarrior!

indypat on August 29, 2009 at 8:59 AM

MJ STILL being dead.
indypat on August 29, 2009 at 8:59 AM

WHAT???? on no, say it ain’t so!! :P

right4life on August 29, 2009 at 9:01 AM

Now–the only thing we still need to know about the Obama adninistration is this..is the corruption from the top down or the bottom up?

jeanie on August 29, 2009 at 9:07 AM

reaganaut on August 29, 2009 at 8:59 AM tatersalad on August 29, 2009 at 8:58 AM

Thanks…thats what I thought.

becki51758 on August 29, 2009 at 9:08 AM

Wow, I see that talking to our enemies has had a profound effect on their behavior.

Kafir on August 29, 2009 at 9:10 AM

Kim Dung Hill & AckMyDumbJihad trade partners?
Politics Evildoing makes strange bedfellows”

jgapinoy on August 29, 2009 at 9:10 AM

cw, do you have any inkling as to who tipped UAE to the contents of this ship?

thomasaur on August 29, 2009 at 9:12 AM

Now–the only thing we still need to know about the Obama adninistration is this..is the corruption from the top down or the bottom up?

Both

Meezles on August 29, 2009 at 9:18 AM

This guy really needs to start picking his friend better.

sherryande on August 29, 2009 at 9:19 AM

Doggonit, we almost had a crisis in which we needed BO to take over the internet. Missed opportunity…

I LOVE IT that UAE found out.

balkanmom2 on August 29, 2009 at 9:19 AM

Why would Iran want rocket-propelled grenades? Sounds more like the final destination was hezbollah, to me.

OldEnglish on August 29, 2009 at 9:22 AM

one might also get a feeling that former-President Clinton’s “rescue mission” to P’yongyang on 4 August might have included language to the North Koreans that we’d be willing to turn a blind eye once in a while if it helped to bring them to the table?

Not buying into this conclusion. I would suspect it is more of an ongoing testing of the environment by North Korea.

On the one hand, this is evidence that arms shipments can be detected and intercepted. On the other hand, just like illegal drugs crossing borders, it is unknown how many other shipments escape detection.

Finally, is this evidence of mid-level officials doing their job without/despite high level white house official interference? What did the president know and when did he know it?

Skandia Recluse on August 29, 2009 at 9:23 AM

thomasaur on August 29, 2009 at 9:12 AM

The UAE is keeping mum on the operational aspects of the seizure. The UAE port, Jebel Ali is a major hub in the region, and over the years the UAE had been very helpful in providing spot inspections and sanitation/hygiene inspections of ships entering the port. Perusal of the ship’s manifest along with checking out previous ports of call noted in the log are standard to any spot inspection of any ship entering a harbor. [Back in the early 90's, for example, the UAE was very forward leaning on responding to requests from its allies to check out a particular ship entering the harbor, to include a few select North Korean ships, under the guise of a sanitary/hygiene inspection.]

The seizure may have been a simple result of such a routine spot inspection.

coldwarrior on August 29, 2009 at 9:24 AM

Now–the only thing we still need to know about the Obama adninistration is this..is the corruption from the top down or the bottom up?

jeanie on August 29, 2009 at 9:07 AM

Either way it’s rotten to the core.

Oldnuke on August 29, 2009 at 9:24 AM

MJ isn’t dead, and neither is Kennedy. I actually saw MJ working at a 7-11 in Tupelo just yesterday, so Kennedy has a lot of explaining to do.

Have to go take my meds now.

mr.blacksheep on August 29, 2009 at 9:25 AM

For all that talk of smart diplomacy from the Obama Administration…seems we are being played like a cheap fiddle by the guys who know how the real world operates….Kim Jong-il and Ahmadinejad.

These revelations will get worse knowing that all our President cares about is the “appearance” of stopping the proliferation of weapons between rogue nations.

China and Russia will never allow nations like N. Korea or Iran to suffer any “real” repercussions from their rouge actions.

President Bush named them the axis of evil for a reason and was ridiculed by the people that think going through the UN and sanctions will actually make a difference here.


Under President capitulation we have,

Iraq’s security starting to deteriorate,

Afghanistan in need of more troops and resources while the democrats cry withdrawal,

Iran on the verge of an atomic weapon,

N.Korea firing missiles and trading arms “against” sanctions while they reeve up their nuclear program,

Pakistan announcing they will not go after the Taliban and their camps,

Obama trying to force Honduras to deny their constitution and implement a Hugo style dictator,

Criticizing and coming down on Israel but saying little to nothing about the crimes and abuses coming from terrorist nations like Iran and Syria.

…with the only answers coming from this administration being “it’s Bush’s fault” and “We’re sorry”.

Of course this is how the “smartest people in the room” like Hillary conduct foreign policy:

Hillary to N. Korea after missile launches:


“What we’ve seen is this constant demand for attention,” Clinton said. “And maybe it’s the mother in me or the experience that I’ve had with small children and unruly teenagers and people who are demanding attention — don’t give it to them, they don’t deserve it, they are acting out.”

N. Korea’s response:

“We cannot but regard Mrs. Clinton as a funny lady as she likes to utter such rhetoric, unaware of the elementary etiquette in the international community,” a Foreign Ministry spokesman said, according to North Korean media. “Sometimes she looks like a primary schoolgirl and sometimes a pensioner going shopping.”

I don’t know about the Obama administration,but there aren’t to many “kids” running around firing off missiles,testing nuclear weapons,and selling major weapons to terrorist nations around the world.

It is an absolute insult to our intelligence to label this “smart power”.

Baxter Greene on August 29, 2009 at 9:26 AM

Obama “We will extend our hand if you unclench your fist”

Obama, I said, unclench your fist….I’m waiting, hey where’s that freighter going…..

Dr Evil on August 29, 2009 at 9:26 AM

This begs one to ask the question …what hasn’t been seized in the past ?

jerrytbg on August 29, 2009 at 9:29 AM

I take full comfort in knowing that our Navy and Air Force special envoys are loading warplanes and submarines rapidly writing and delivering weapons strongly worded memos needed to sink this ship. send the proper diplomatic message.

ted c on August 29, 2009 at 9:29 AM

And then the weapons were going to Hamas, Hezbollah, Iraq and Afghanistan. The big missiles on the hijacked Russian ship were probably going to Iran also where they would have stayed.

Obama is such a “tool”. No strike that, GI’s are now that Obama and his Ayers crew are in charge.

patrick neid on August 29, 2009 at 9:30 AM

The American military is an enemy of the axis of evil. North Korea, Iran and the Obama administration. These weapons would find their way to kill Americans and the Clintons and Obama could care less. My son is in an Army uniform, and this truly pisses me off.

For all of you that voted for Obama, go to hell.

Hening on August 29, 2009 at 9:32 AM

Might have even made it into the Presidential Daily Brief [PDB] for 16 August, if the Intelligence Community was doing its job.

The Intelligence Community is always doing its job. It’s what’s done with the intelligence which is telling.

Some Presidents act. Others prosecute.

unclesmrgol on August 29, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Skandia Recluse on August 29, 2009 at 9:23 AM

Having dealt with North Koreans directly, there is a lot to be said for what was not said. They are literalists when it comes to their discussions. If it is not spelled out directly (i.e., thou shalt not do A, B, or C, the NK’s will take it that if not specifically prohibited in precise language, then it must be permissible.

As for testing the waters, this is a standard mode under which they operate. On Monday, for example, they will announce that they intend to destroy USFK by the end of the week. We ramp up our alert status and by Thursday the NK’s are offering conciliatory moves to deflate their previous boast.

If there is no direct response from an adversary, they will continue as planned.

As for Clinton’s visit being “limited” to only the issue of obtaining the release of the two “journalists” one has to discard all previous high-level encounters with North Korea over the years. That the Obama Administration issued immediate denials (even before Clinton and his party took off from Sunan Airport) that anything else was discussed seems to indicate that there were other matters discussed. The presence of Joseph DeTrani (ODNI North Korea Chief) as part of the mission further indicates that merely obtaining the release of the “journalists” was not the entirety of Clinton’s mission to P’yongyang.

coldwarrior on August 29, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Doggonit, we almost had a crisis in which we needed BO to take over the internet. Missed opportunity

Agree with you, balkanmom. Here’s my nomination for the next crisis that might require internet shutdown…Did you see the WHO noted a terribly severe form of swine flu coming down the pike??? HHmm…
Now back to the deliciousness of the UAE takin’ care of business.

indypat on August 29, 2009 at 9:36 AM

For all that talk of smart diplomacy from the Obama Administration…seems we are being played like a cheap fiddle by the guys who know how the real world operates….Kim Jong-il and Ahmadinejad.

The more we see the lack of real leadership and strength in dealing with rouge nations by the Obama administration…..
the more the image of those Japanese diplomats sitting in FDR’s office promising peace while the attack on Pearl Harbor begins is pictured in my mind.

This coffee shop diplomacy is not going to work.

Baxter Greene on August 29, 2009 at 9:36 AM

What surprised me about this whole incident? The UAE! That they actually took this action. They actually have a Navy? I’d like to hear some Repub leaders giving a bit of praise to the UAE. Job well done. DD

Darvin Dowdy on August 29, 2009 at 9:38 AM

That the Obama Administration issued immediate denials (even before Clinton and his party took off from Sunan Airport) that anything else was discussed seems to indicate that there were other matters discussed.
coldwarrior on August 29, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Thanks, that is the kind of detail that I find enlightening.

Skandia Recluse on August 29, 2009 at 9:45 AM

What have they done to the grown-ups? Where have they all gone?

Fuquay Steve on August 29, 2009 at 9:49 AM

…seized an Australian-owned ship, the ANL Australia, flying a Bahamian flag, bound for Iran.

ANL is owned by CMA CGM with headquarters in France.

ericdijon on August 29, 2009 at 9:50 AM

I attended a presentation given by Gen (Ret) Zinni on Thur. He said that this administration had already mentally left Iraq even though we are still physically there. He continues to think our chances for ‘success’ in Iraq are good, but are harmed by the inattention and lack of commitment.

Of Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine and Iran, he said that Iran was his greatest concern and what he thought was the most critical flashpoint. He thought we missed an golden opportunity in not stridently supporting the opposition in Iran both morally and physically after the elections.

SoonerMarine on August 29, 2009 at 9:51 AM

“Let me be clear. As I’ve always said, blah blah blah.” -Al-Barack Al-Husseini ibn Obooba.

Akzed on August 29, 2009 at 9:52 AM

This begs one to ask the question …what hasn’t been seized in the past ?

jerrytbg on August 29, 2009 at 9:29 AM

You don’t have to beg me. Seriously, what hasn’t been seized in the past?

This might be a silly question, but am I the only one who gets the sick feeling that all hell is about to break loose? I mean real live hell on earth.

Dare I say it?

pannw on August 29, 2009 at 9:54 AM

Darvin Dowdy on August 29, 2009 at 9:38 AM

http://www.metafilter.com/59378/Halliburton-Moves-Headquarters-to-Dubai-UAE

We have interest in the region :)

Dr Evil on August 29, 2009 at 9:59 AM

Iran attacks Israel
Russia attacks Georgia
Norks attacks Souks
China attacks Taiwan
Obama attacks you ‘n me.

what could go wrong?

ted c on August 29, 2009 at 10:00 AM

I’m glad you all picked this up. It shows just how hard it is to separate good guys from bad guys in international business.

When I read it, I was taken aback by the number of countries directly or indirectly involved in the ONE shipment.

“Based on past experience … we don’t expect a very detailed response,” one of the diplomats said on condition of anonymity.

“The diplomats said the Australian firm whose ship was seized is controlled by a French conglomerate and the actual export was arranged by the Shanghai office of an Italian company. The diplomats did not name any of the firms involved.”
Wow.
So, in essence, a shipment of arms from NK to Iran on a Australian ship,under a Bahamian flag, controlled by the French in Shanghai China office of an Italian company were seized by the UAE before they were offloaded and eventually re-shipped to either Iraq or maybe Syria and Lebanon.
An the resulting outcome was a letter sent by the UN to what?- itself?
It is all games, which is why GW did a simple Texas calculation. “Your either with us, or against us.” Of kind of “Gordian Knot” solution.

archer52 on August 29, 2009 at 10:04 AM

Great post coldwarrior. Thanks for your insight and analysis.

ICBM on August 29, 2009 at 10:05 AM

I’m not so sure, at this point, that Obama is in on it with the Norks & Iran.
Wouldn’t it help his policies here if we were attacked?
You know…a crisis not to waste.

bridgetown on August 29, 2009 at 10:07 AM

pannw on August 29, 2009 at 9:54 AM

At varying levels we all feel it…

jerrytbg on August 29, 2009 at 10:09 AM

Thanks coldwarrior, excellent piece.

One can only surmise if in this case Obama, directly or through Richardson, took the kind of swift, decisive action that he did upon the release by the Scots of the Lockerbie terrorist — by calling it… “highly objectionable”?

TXUS on August 29, 2009 at 10:11 AM

CW, you’re the man!!! I’m sending this piece to everybody on my list. Spreading the information by way of the internet, which is exactly why Obama wants to get his hands around the internet switch!

Keemo on August 29, 2009 at 10:11 AM

Can’t believe there is so little interest in this. Is someone dishing up small potatos while Russia is building missile defences?
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Reports in the Polish media indicate that the Obama administration is about to abandon its plans for “third site” missile defence installations in Poland and the Czech Republic. If enacted, this would represent a huge turnaround in American strategic thinking on a global missile defence system, and a massive betrayal of two key US allies in eastern and central Europe. Such a move would significantly weaken America’s ability to combat the growing threat posed by Iran’s ballistic missile program, and would hand a major propaganda victory to the Russians.

This shift in US policy is intricately linked to a naïve deal struck between Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in July in Moscow, where the two leaders established a framework to reduce their nukes by a third over the next seven years. The deal, expected to be concluded in December, also significantly cuts both sides’ nuclear delivery systems, such as long range bombers, to create a more level playing field (the US currently has superiority in this area). The whole agreement works to the advantage of the Russians, with their declining strategic conventional weapons capability and aging and deteriorating nuclear weapons stockpile.

fourdeucer on August 29, 2009 at 10:26 AM

Intelligence? Like Central Intelligence Agency? Oh, those people don’t do that kind of thing anymore. They are to afraid of prosecution by Holder. So basically, we can sit on it and spin. It’s like a mix of the Carter AND the Clinton yrs combined.

di butler on August 29, 2009 at 10:31 AM

Will UAE now get spanked like Honduras?

PrincipledPilgrim on August 29, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Hmm, it’s almost as if North Korea and Libya and Russia et al. are playing games with us. Telling us one thing publicly but doing something different privately.

Imagine that…?

SteveMG on August 29, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Tks Coldwarrior. There’s absolutely nobody left to trust in gov’t, or anywhere. Every dealing we hear about the gov’t, no matter what the issue, is corrupt. I don’t even know whether to believe that there’s a serious flu or if the vaccine is safe. I don’t trust the CDC or other gov’t health services. It’s all a bitter pill to swallow, and very disturbing.

JiangxiDad on August 29, 2009 at 10:43 AM

jeanie on August 29, 2009 at 9:07 AM

To answer your question, yes.

chemman on August 29, 2009 at 10:51 AM

Just more of that Obama “Smart Diplomacy”, nothing to see here, move on.

GarandFan on August 29, 2009 at 11:00 AM

What did Obama know, and when did he know it?
Expect to see that question again, as the true depths of Obama’s corruption become too obvious for the msm to cover up.

ThereGoesTheNeighborhood on August 29, 2009 at 11:12 AM

If we know anything the world stage is no place for a man of Obama’s incompetence to be participating. Who can even say what his foreign policy agenda is? If we are lucky enough to make it past his domestic corruption, it may take a miracle to keep us safe from his foreign policy idiocy.

fourdeucer on August 29, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Welcome to the real world, President O. Fancy talk about peace and open diplomacy doesn’t work on people bent on destruction.

A bunch of people I know have been ragging on me because I’m the least convinced of everyone about “hope and change.” I told them that I wish they were right, that Barack Obama was going to change the world, but I could bet them that I would be right and nothing would change. Too bad we didn’t bet money.

mjk on August 29, 2009 at 11:50 AM

The comments on this post make the assumption that the Obama administration intends to protect the national security of the United States, but they are simply fool.

They don’t intend to protect our interests and they aren’t fools. Everything they do is deliberate.

notagool on August 29, 2009 at 12:14 PM

“This kind of ahh behavior is uhmm unhelpful. So, I am calling upon the uh member-states of the United Nations to er draft a resolution to put both ah North Korea and uh Iran in time-out.” – President Barack Hussein Obama

The UAE just vindicated President Bush twice in the same action; the North Korea/Iran ‘Axis of Evil’ moniker, and the so-called ‘Dubai Ports Deal’.

Left Coast Right Mind on August 29, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Great piece CW! Thanks.

elduende on August 29, 2009 at 12:33 PM

We’re supposed to trust UAE now? How many ships have they let through?

This reminds me of the opportune moments when Egypt suddenly discovers weapons smuggling on its border with Gaza.

“We found this spent bullet casing! We stop terrorism good, yes?!

mudskipper on August 29, 2009 at 1:26 PM

What is not so clear…and this is where the Administration comes in…is that this seizure came on 15 August…and just a few days ago, Governor Richardson of New Mexico played host to North Korean diplomats here in the US as part of the Obama effort to establish better relations with North Korea.

The Same guy who was being investigated for “Pay to Play” Politics? PRICELESS

Given the timing…one might also get a feeling that former-President Clinton’s “rescue mission” to P’yongyang on 4 August might have included language to the North Koreans that we’d be willing to turn a blind eye once in a while if it helped to bring them to the table?

So the questions is…..Did Bill have knowledge of this shipment or did Hussein? My guess, Hussein knew all about this shipment and BJ Clinton was being played with like a puppet like his wife Hillary is Husseins puppet.

Remember to Vote in 2010

BigMike252 on August 29, 2009 at 1:32 PM

Seems to me everyone here is missing the important question. WHY did the UAE intercept weapons intended for Iran.

UAE is a terrorists supporting nation, heavily investing in extremist Islam, the Taliban and AQ. Why are they attempting to thwart Iran’s ambitions in the region?

doriangrey on August 29, 2009 at 1:59 PM

The comments on this post make the assumption that the Obama administration intends to protect the national security of the United States, but they are simply fool.

They don’t intend to protect our interests and they aren’t fools. Everything they do is deliberate.

notagool on August 29, 2009 at 12:14 PM

Just a thought…this administration has deliberately alienated our friends and embraced our enemys. We don’t have to fear another terrorist attack because O has sold us out to ensure it doesn’t happen on his watch and rile the American people. Meanwhile the administration’s domestic attack on America as we know it is very real and we will soon end up like Venezuela, Cuba, Iran, NK, etc.

califdreamnred on August 29, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Because a nuclear Iran scares even the other terrorists. The Sunni’s don’t trust the Shiites and vice versa.

TruthToBeTold on August 29, 2009 at 2:28 PM

Obviously… there should be a probe into this matter.

An… ANL Probe! :-)

jcmorris on August 29, 2009 at 3:13 PM

Why are they attempting to thwart Iran’s ambitions in the region?

doriangrey on August 29, 2009 at 1:59 PM

This is just a guess but the most outstanding thing to me is that UAE is 80% Sunni Muslim whereas Iran is 89% Shia.

ExpressoBold on August 29, 2009 at 3:47 PM

One of these days, a Nork ship is going to sneak into Iran with a nuke or two aboard.

Dave R. on August 29, 2009 at 4:16 PM

The UAE just vindicated President Bush twice in the same action; the North Korea/Iran ‘Axis of Evil’ moniker, and the so-called ‘Dubai Ports Deal’.

Left Coast Right Mind on August 29, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Yup.

- The Cat

P.S. Oddly enough, it was Billy and Mad Lynn Albrecht(I think I got her name right) that set up the Ports Deal.

MirCat on August 29, 2009 at 7:35 PM

And this is just the one that didn’t get through. Imagine how many (insert country)-owned, (insert country)-flagged ships get through to their ports of destination… Imagine how many rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons get into the hands of their intended recipients… Now, imagine a Liberal heeding the warnings we’ve been offering for decades.

How many of us Reagan Republicans imagined 9-11 minus the details and were less than surprised when the terrorists chose their targets and timing…? I dare say many of us have known for decades that all the bad guys need to achieve their goals is enough Democrats in office. How can half of the American citizenry be so willing to accept what Liberals feed them…?

Are they THAT stricken with class envy and laziness…? So much so that they’d sacrifice the entire nation for a few chances to stick it to what they perceive as the rich Republican establishment…? Do they really fail to recognize the criminal negligence and perfect incompetence of THEIR elected leaders…? I’m baffled… BAFFLED I tell you.

Rugged Individual on August 29, 2009 at 9:17 PM

Wait for It!! I am sensing another OB apology coming for the USA being too tough on NK’s and Irans!

chickasaw42 on August 29, 2009 at 11:28 PM

This isn’t the only story here. The fact that North Korea was caught shipping weapons to Iran is only one pronouncement of the Democrats’ naivete on foreign affairs.

The second part of the story is that the UAE (United Arab Emirates) is the country that blew the whistle on North Korea and reported the boatload to the U.N.

Remember the UAE? Back in Feb 2006 the Democrats made sure the UAE was blocked from managing US ports in the states, highly offending a very necessary ally in the war on terror (YES, I SAID IT! THE WAR ON TERROR!) The Democrats called the UAE an untrustworthy country to have that job at US ports.

Can Democrats be ANY stupider or any wronger??

Amy Proctor on August 30, 2009 at 5:00 AM