Iran steps up uranium enrichment

posted at 6:18 pm on February 7, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Just days after dropping “impossible” conditions onto their earlier offer to swap uranium with the West, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ordered Iranian nuclear teams to proceed with higher-level enrichment.  This not only comes as a slap in the face to the West, but also demonstrates that Iran has designs on its nuclear program other than clean energy:

Iran’s president on Sunday ordered his atomic agency to significantly enrich the country’s stockpile of uranium, angering Western nations who want to the Islamic republic to halt its nuclear program.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad maintained, however, that Iran was also still willing to follow a U.N. plan to export its uranium abroad for further enrichment. Refining uranium produces nuclear fuel for a power plant but if carried out far enough can create material for a weapon.

The mixed messages from Tehran have infuriated the U.S. and its European allies, who claim Iran is only stalling for time as it attempts to build a nuclear weapon. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates called for the international community to pressure Iran into abandoning its nuclear program.

German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg said: “Today’s statement shows that farce is being played out just like we have seen in the past, that the outstretched hand of the international community has not only not been taken but pushed back.”

Maybe we should hear from the people who wrote that 2007 National Intelligence Estimate that claimed that Iran stopped work on nuclear weapons in 2003.   Aren’t we glad that we wasted more than two years by deliberately ignoring the threat Iran poses to the region and the world?

Ahmadinejad made this move because he knew he could.  The West has shown weakness and impotence in dealing with Iran for last several years, but especially over the last two, when that NIE signaled to Iran that the American intelligence community didn’t want to confront the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran.  Hillary Clinton argued today that this weak approach paid dividends for the US in an interview aired earlier today:

Clinton defended the administration’s policy of diplomacy based on “mutual respect,” not just “hurling insults,” as building a foreign policy over the past year that has “created a much more open, receptive atmosphere.”

“Because we engaged, the rest of the world has begun to see Iran the way we see it,” Clinton said. Because Obama extended a hand, Clinton said, “a neighbor like China knows we’ll go the extra mile” and is thus more likely to join onto U.S. efforts to contain the budding nuclear states.

“I would say this has been a very successful year,” Clinton said in summing up the diplomatic efforts, noting the pressing of the reset button with Russia.

She claims the “reset”button — using the wrong word and transliterated in the wrong alphabet — was a success, but what have the Russians done?  They have blocked further sanctions against Iran, have done little to block Kim in North Korea, and have bullied us out of the missile-defense shield in eastern Europe while giving up nothing.  They’re still threatening Georgia, while the US has made clear that we’re not interested in making their cause a priority.

As for “the rest of the world” just beginning to see Iran they way we do, that’s a flat-out lie.  Our allies in Europe already knew what the Iranians were doing, the same leaders who were aghast at that 2007 NIE.  The Israelis, who will be the first target of the Iranian mullahcracy, certainly had no illusions about Ahmadinejad or Ali Khameini.  The notion that we needed to act like a doormat for the past twelve months as some sort of justification for protecting the interests of the US and our allies is a victimization fetish that will get people killed, a childish view of international relations that does nothing but make the US less able to avoid war before Iran launches its nukes.

The only people using “smart power” diplomacy are Vladimir Putin and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.


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OT: Geaux Who Dats…

d1carter on February 7, 2010 at 6:25 PM


Our allies in Europe already knew what the Iranians were doing …

Yes, but just like with Iraq (Saddam) they didn’t care, all they cared about was how much money they were gonna make. This is why Euros think Capitalism is evil, because they abuse it.

Tony737 on February 7, 2010 at 6:26 PM

A peace prize!

artist on February 7, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Time for another Cairo speech!

rbj on February 7, 2010 at 6:27 PM

B+!

BallisticBob on February 7, 2010 at 6:28 PM

“I didn’t receive the counter-proposal,” IAEA head Yukiya Amano told journalists at the prestigious annual Munich Security Conference shortly after a half-hour meeting with Mottaki.

“The dialogue is continuing and should be accelerated,” Amano said.

Mr. Amano doesn’t seem to be anymore effective than El Barradei at the IAEA. Dialogue is not going to stop the Dinnerjacket.

fourdeucer on February 7, 2010 at 6:29 PM

The button that’s Tehran will be pushing is not the “reset” one.

Tzetzes on February 7, 2010 at 6:30 PM

/that

Tzetzes on February 7, 2010 at 6:30 PM

(sarcasm on)
Glad it’s 10 years away at the earliest. That’d be 2015 according to the NIE in 2005. (Nothing to worry about)
(sarcasm off)

Dave_d on February 7, 2010 at 6:31 PM

This little iran worm is going to do what he darn well wants to do and there is not one thing this bho and team can do about it. The un is as useless as a t..t on a boar hog. I pray for Israel, they have more guts than the whole rest of the world to handle this.
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letget on February 7, 2010 at 6:34 PM

The mixed messages from Tehran have infuriated the U.S. and its European allies

So what are you going to do about it? I know why don’t you draw another line in the sand. Pretty soon you’ll find your backs at the edge of the abyss and will need to either jump or finally take concrete action.

chemman on February 7, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Mad Mahmoud has done an excellent job of pushing the Osama Obama’s regime’s “buttons.” Since he has never come out with a flat rejection of “dialog” with the West, the clueless buffoons in the White House and State Department probably still think we’ve got Iran where we want them.

The potential consequences to us are as bad as they can possibly be.

As for the Euros, they have a long history of wimping out to threats and running to the USA for help when the dung hits the rotating ventilator. History repeats itself.

MrScribbler on February 7, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Does this mean they’ll revoke the flavor of the shaved ice named after Obama in Hawaii?

Horrors!

profitsbeard on February 7, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Maybe it’s time for another strongly worded apology from Barry the Bumbler.

Colbyjack on February 7, 2010 at 6:40 PM

I pray for Israel, they have more guts than the whole rest of the world to handle this.
L

letget on February 7, 2010 at 6:34 PM

Israel has no way of acting alone in Iran. They need the airspace over Iraq to do any bombing and we are the only ones that can guarentee that air space. We are betting against time and the time is running out. Obama can’t even get China on board for stricter sanctions and the Russians are in a position to reap huge winfalls on their oil if Iran is shut down.

fourdeucer on February 7, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Team Obama must be spinning like a centrifuge.

They’ve drawn more lines in the sand than a monk with a rake in a Kyoto Zen rock garden.

Let me make one thing perfectly clear, ~Bush failed to stop Iran long before I did!” – Barack Weaselwords Obama.

Making the world safe for terroristic dictators everywhere.

profitsbeard on February 7, 2010 at 6:50 PM

What could happen?

JeffinOrlando on February 7, 2010 at 6:52 PM

fourdeucer,
Do you think that iraq will give the ok for this? Do you think this bho will give the ok to this? The ‘blood thicker than water’ thing make me a bit uneasy. I know russia is knee deep in this, doing both sides to fatten them. Russia seems to do what is best for russia.
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letget on February 7, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Iran’s president on Sunday ordered his atomic agency to significantly enrich the country’s stockpile of uranium, angering Western nations who want to the Islamic republic to halt its nuclear program.

Oooohhh…now you’ve done it, Iran! Better hope we don’t get red in the face and hold our collective breaths!

ObjectionSustained on February 7, 2010 at 6:53 PM

“Because we engaged, the rest of the world has begun to see Iran the way we see it,” Clinton said. Because Obama extended a hand, Clinton said, “a neighbor like China knows we’ll go the extra mile” and is thus more likely to join onto U.S. efforts to contain the budding nuclear states.

What is this woman babbling about ?

macncheez on February 7, 2010 at 6:55 PM

I’m thinking that the photo for this line of stories needs to be Yosemite Sam after a bomb has gone off in his face.

ObjectionSustained on February 7, 2010 at 6:55 PM

The notion that we needed to act like a doormat for the past twelve months as some sort of justification for protecting the interests of the US and our allies is a victimization fetish that will get people killed, a childish view of international relations that does nothing but make the US less able to avoid war before Iran launches its nukes.

Length warning: Sorry, this one’s hit my rant button!

There’s a simple diplomatic answer America can send to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Mullahcracy: “Go ahead. Make my day!”

Simply put, the USA should tell Iran to go ahead and do whatever it wants with nuclear energy. but if they launch an actual nuclear attack against any country, any nation at all including Israel, they won’t be conscious long enough afterwards to enjoy cheering about their victory. The USA, and hopefully all other nuclear-empowered nations, will drop enough bombs on Iran to obliterate it from the face of the earth. And the USA should make an outright declaration that if Israel suffers a nuclear attack from anyone at all, we would not stand in the way of their own retaliatory efforts. They have a right to defend their own nation.

Yes, yes, the UN will have a conniption fit. And Iran will have a hissyfit and bluster and scream about the great evil Satan of the West. But said plainly, and flat out, as a declaration of what America’s response will be to any form of nuclear aggression at all coming out of Iran, or any other country for that matter, I’d imagine that behind closed doors it will have a huge impact on these egomaniacal dictators because despite a recent apparent decline in image as a super power, they know we still have the military capabilities to obliterate their countries several times over.

Problem is, we haven’t a President with the gonads to pull it off.

And yes, I’m well of the cost to human life that this would involve, not to mention the potential collateral damage to the environment, etc. But that’s the very reason that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is able to be so bold: because he’s using our own Western values of respecting the sanctity of life against us.

When I was growing up my father was a physically abusive parent, having learned from his own father, while growing up on the South Side of Chicago in the days of Al Capone, that the way to control kids was with the fist, belt, metal handled fly-swatter, anything handy. Huge welts and black and blue marks were the norm rather than the exception for us kids. Finally, at around age 17, I read something that said that the only way to deter bullies was to hit back, preferably right between the eyes. Bullies can be bullies because they count on people being too afraid or too weak to fight back.

So the next time my dad came after me for some minor infraction I started to run, as usual, because I could out run him at that point. But then suddenly stopped dead in my tracks to the point that he almost plowed right into me. And I turned around, rolled up my fist, and struck out at his face as hard as I could. Having had no practice in this regard I only grazed his jaw. But the man was so utterly astonished that I’d actually fought back, and that I’d almost landed him a good one, he stood there, jaw agape, and just stared. I turned and went silently up to my bedroom, opened a newspaper, and started looking for ads for rooms to rent. Before I finally moved out two months later he never again raised a hand to me, and actually mentioned that I really didn’t need to move out. Small victory, too late.

The only way to deter bullies is to let them know that they will not have the freedom to victimize you any longer. And sometimes it involves shedding some blood and getting hurt. But it works every time. Somehow our politically correct liberals have taken hold of the international conversation and made it a monstrous thing to even talk in this fashion. Consequently, terrorism is rampant world wide. And it’s time to take back the controls from those who, by their own blinded and ignorant actions, have already cost more lives over the past centuries than dropping a nuclear bomb could ever do, by looking the other way when the likes of Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot, Che, Chavez, and others, were the bullies of their eras.

KendraWilder on February 7, 2010 at 6:58 PM

Your move champ.

Hummer53 on February 7, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Yep, bestest administration, evah! At least that’s what they keep telling themselves. Everyone else, not so much. Must be all that “experience” Obama and Company brought with them.

GarandFan on February 7, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Who is going to be left standing once the music stops?

Americannodash on February 7, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Hillary has done nothing to distinguish herself from the rest of the delusional Obama team. She has no future.

GaltBlvnAtty on February 7, 2010 at 7:12 PM

“We will extend a hand, if you will unclench your fist.”

~Barack Hussein Obama

jjrakman on February 7, 2010 at 7:13 PM

letget on February 7, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Iraq may make some small objection to Israeli flyovers but they would be in no position to stop them. We can control the airspace for Israel and give them cover but I don’t know if Obama would come through. The Russians already have a contract to deliver the S-300 missile defense system to Iran. If the Russians deliver on that system then the whole equasion is mute. We also are way behind on the MOPS so it is a matter of time and Obama’s resolve.

fourdeucer on February 7, 2010 at 7:15 PM

This is just so depressing. We’re reduced to hoping the brave citizens of Iran can suffer through the oppression to overthrow that pack of clerical thug nutjobs running the place. All because of some really bad decisions made in the past and the utter inability to force the other nations ennabling this craziness to face up to reality. It really doesn’t help that we have a guy running the country that doesn’t quite grasp how the real world works.

Jill1066 on February 7, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Perhaps if we unclenched both fists.

ThePrez on February 7, 2010 at 7:38 PM

cuda:
how’s that hopey changey thing workin’ out for ya?

cmsinaz on February 7, 2010 at 7:41 PM

There’s a simple diplomatic answer America can send to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Mullahcracy: “Go ahead. Make my day!”

Simply put, the USA should tell Iran to go ahead and do whatever it wants with nuclear energy. but if they launch an actual nuclear attack against any country, any nation at all including Israel, they won’t be conscious long enough afterwards to enjoy cheering about their victory. The USA, and hopefully all other nuclear-empowered nations, will drop enough bombs on Iran to obliterate it from the face of the earth. And the USA should make an outright declaration that if Israel suffers a nuclear attack from anyone at all, we would not stand in the way of their own retaliatory efforts. They have a right to defend their own nation.

Problem is, we haven’t a President with the gonads to pull it off.

KendraWilder on February 7, 2010 at 6:58 PM

It’s more than a matter of missing gonads. At the same time that Obama was planning to confront Iran about the Qom site, he was sitting at the UN spouting off about a ‘nuclear weapons-free world’. The man is utterly delusional. Not only that, even if he were to say this, I doubt very much that Iran would believe he has the stones to actually do it (I don’t!).

I think there’s a chance that Israel might just assume that the US won’t shoot their planes down over Iraq, but Israel is probably looking at major ground offences from Syria and Lebanon, as well as Hamas in Gaza, if they move against Iran. And there are indications that both Syria and Hezbollah have been stocking medium range missiles in large numbers in recent months.

ProfessorMiao on February 7, 2010 at 7:42 PM

This is just so depressing. We’re reduced to hoping the brave citizens of Iran can suffer through the oppression to overthrow that pack of clerical thug nutjobs running the place. All because of some really bad decisions made in the past and the utter inability to force the other nations ennabling this craziness to face up to reality. It really doesn’t help that we have a guy running the country that doesn’t quite grasp how the real world works.

Jill1066 on February 7, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Russia and China both know what the reality is – it’s not their necks on the line, and they can make lots of money selling products to Iran and/or buying Iran’s oil.

ProfessorMiao on February 7, 2010 at 7:44 PM

Won’t Hillary be embarrassed if Iran starts throwing nuclear weapons at the US or Israel? Why, it might hurt her presidential ambitions. I wonder if she focus-grouped the point at which the body count would turn opinion against her.
BTW and slightly O/T…the other day I thought I heard Glenn Beck say that “Iran” was farsi for “aryan”. An online farsi translator I found states that it means “iron”. Did someone goof on Beck and he bought it or is the farsi translator fubar’d?

Extrafishy on February 7, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Remember when our enemies were going to fall to their knees and love us because we elected Barack Obama? Yeah, so do I. Sure Obama’s election changed our standing in the world, it made us weaker. Of course people “like us”, they love to think they can roll over on the coward.

Gonna end in tears…

Sharr on February 7, 2010 at 7:52 PM

Is it just me, or was 2007 just a horrible vintage for significant reports?

The 2007 NIE, the 2007 IPCC, …

parke on February 7, 2010 at 8:04 PM

BTW and slightly O/T…the other day I thought I heard Glenn Beck say that “Iran” was farsi for “aryan”. An online farsi translator I found states that it means “iron”. Did someone goof on Beck and he bought it or is the farsi translator fubar’d?

Extrafishy on February 7, 2010 at 7:50 PM

That one gave me pause as well, but surprisingly it was easy to find a possible source, at one of the most maligned (deservedly so) encyclopedic resources, Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran

The end of the first paragraph on Iran states: “The name Iran is a cognate of Aryan, and means “Land of the Aryans”.”

I’d no idea, but reading further confirmed how it came about. It was Hitler who took “Aryan Nation” to the next level, bastardizing its meaning to take it to the troglodyte ‘blonde haired, blue eyed’ Aryan perception.

KendraWilder on February 7, 2010 at 8:10 PM

The 2007 NIE, the 2007 IPCC, …

parke on February 7, 2010 at 8:04 PM

That was when donks took over the Congress and Nazi Policei became the speaker
2007 indeed
The year government spending and pork started going out of control

macncheez on February 7, 2010 at 8:24 PM

We’re reduced to hoping the brave citizens of Iran can suffer through the oppression to overthrow that pack of clerical thug nutjobs running the place. [...snip...] It really doesn’t help that we have a guy running the country that doesn’t quite grasp how the real world works.

Jill1066 on February 7, 2010 at 7:23 PM

In the real world the Iranians as a group have a government that is largely more or less to their liking. Even if they have another successful revolution, they are not necessarily going to choose a government that politicians in the USA or Europe would like. Presumably there some very civilised people in Iran, but when adulterers get stoned to death in Iran, do you think it is the Mullahs who throw the stones?

In the real world Iran has hostile or unstable nations on *all* borders. One of those neighbours is unstable, sponsors terrorism and has nuclear weapons. One neighbour is unstable and occupied by violent revolutionaries and also by hostile nations that have nuclear weapons, three neighbours were until recently occupied by a nuclear-armed state that had previously attacked Iran. One neighbour ran a long war against Iran while trying to obtain nuclear weapons, one neighbour is a member of NATO, and the remaining neighbours, just across the Straits of Hormuz, sponsor violence and are uncivilised and evil even by Islamic standards.

The reality of Iranian geopolitics is that they are a strongly Islamic people with a strongly Islamic government and they are surrounded by neighbours that nobody would want to have.

YiZhangZhe on February 7, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Obama could not be reached for comment.

He was busy eating his arugula, Kobe beef, and sloughing his feet on the backs of Americans, while relaxing at the pool of the press. However, he did have a very slight and short thought of Americans while ordering a shot of arrogance, laced with mint for his breath. Michelle was feeling the people’s needs by purchasing a fresh pair of bunny slippers (complete with real bunny hair) and having a fresh manicure performed by acrobats from Indonesia, complete with abilities to make dots and sunsets on toenails.

Meanwhile, Robert Gibbs sweats and toils and turns in his bed. “Yes. Yes. Yes. I. Can. If I try.”

Key West Reader on February 7, 2010 at 8:34 PM

BTW and slightly O/T…the other day I thought I heard Glenn Beck say that “Iran” was farsi for “aryan”. An online farsi translator I found states that it means “iron”. Did someone goof on Beck and he bought it or is the farsi translator fubar’d?

Extrafishy on February 7, 2010 at 7:50 PM
That one gave me pause as well, but surprisingly it was easy to find a possible source, at one of the most maligned (deservedly so) encyclopedic resources, Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran

The end of the first paragraph on Iran states: “The name Iran is a cognate of Aryan, and means “Land of the Aryans”.”

I’d no idea, but reading further confirmed how it came about. It was Hitler who took “Aryan Nation” to the next level, bastardizing its meaning to take it to the troglodyte ‘blonde haired, blue eyed’ Aryan perception.

KendraWilder on February 7, 2010 at 8:10 PM

I looked it up too. I think Beck was both right and he stretched it a bit. He mentioned some German guy who he said introduced the term to Hitler I think.

I read that Iranian and Aryan are basically the same word. And were probably a word the Persians used to call themselves and has some meaning like the “honorable ones”. It also connotes their racial identity.

How Hitler came to settle on the same term to describe Nordic looking people is puzzling.

I don’t enjoy reading anything about Hitler or his deranged philosophies so that’s good enough for me. The words are the same words and both refer to ethnicity. And Iran was an ally to Germany during WWII. So basically Beck’s point is right although a little fuzzy to me still.

petunia on February 7, 2010 at 8:50 PM

Well, hey, when’s the 11th? Didn’t dinnerjacket say he was going to do something on the 11th?
The little man thinks he is unstoppable and is on full speed ahead.

ORconservative on February 7, 2010 at 8:51 PM

Atlas Shrugged all last week was running articles on the connection between Islam and Hitler.
I am no scholar but maybe the Hitler/ Muslim conncetion somehow ties into aryan.

ORconservative on February 7, 2010 at 8:53 PM

Doesn’t Akmadinnerjacket have a big plan for Feb 11th? I don’t doubt his long range plan is to strike a nuclear blow against the Great Satan or the Little Satan. He will be in his hidey hole and he will be willing to sacrifice his whole country as martyrs to accomplish his goal.

tbear44 on February 7, 2010 at 9:06 PM

ORconservative on February 7, 2010 at 8:51 PM

Heh, beat me to it–watching the SB…

tbear44 on February 7, 2010 at 9:08 PM

So basically Beck’s point is right although a little fuzzy to me still.

petunia on February 7, 2010 at 8:50 PM

IIRC, Beck spoke about a meeting, pre-WWII, around 1935, wherein the Iranian ambassador visited Germany and met with high ranking officials in Hitler’s cabinet. It was during that meeting that it was suggested that Iran, which was at the time called Persia, change its name to change its perceived status in the world, and that’s when the Farsi name was suggested: Iran, meaning Aryan, meaning Land of the Aryans, supposedly ‘original’ pure peoples, or some such thing. The Iranian ambassador went home and set the wheels in motion figuring Hitler would be their vehicle to world class domination.

I think Beck’s point was that Iran, at that time, started down the same road as Hitler’s did, aiming for achieving racial purity. Hitler’s interpretation, however, veered off towards a different form of racial purity, involving blonde haired, blue-eyed purity. Strange, really, when you consider that Hitler himself possessed neither.

KendraWilder on February 7, 2010 at 9:11 PM

I am too tbear44 but have my back to the game.
I don’t think dinner jacket has long range nuclear goals. I think once they have whatever the amt is they need, or think they need, to blow Isreal off the map, they don’t much care past that. I think, who knows.
This is a wacky religious nutjob who thinks he is ordained to rule the world and that ordination gives him power beyond weapons.
I am really curious if his 11th threat means anything. I would not be surprised, but it appears there are many who will be surprised. Mrs Reset comes to mind.

ORconservative on February 7, 2010 at 9:23 PM

Well, hey, when’s the 11th? Didn’t dinnerjacket say he was going to do something on the 11th?
The little man thinks he is unstoppable and is on full speed ahead.

ORconservative on February 7, 2010 at 8:51 PM

Fill up your gas tank on the 10th just in case.

citrus on February 7, 2010 at 11:56 PM

Israel has no way of acting alone in Iran. They need the airspace over Iraq to do any bombing and we are the only ones that can guarentee that air space. We are betting against time and the time is running out. Obama can’t even get China on board for stricter sanctions and the Russians are in a position to reap huge winfalls on their oil if Iran is shut down.

fourdeucer on February 7, 2010 at 6:41 PM

King Saud and his gov’t have already given Israel permission to use their airspace to fly over. The Saudis may hate Israel, but they know that a nuclear Iran is going to destabilize the region significantly. It’s all about keeping the status quo. The infighting between the many sects, i.e. sunni, shiite, salafists, wahhabi (some intermixing between them also) will assure that Iran will eventually go after strategic areas in the ME, including Saudi. Once Israel takes care of the iranian problem, Saud will go back to funding attacks on Israel, as usual.

viviliberoomuori on February 8, 2010 at 2:27 AM

What’s wrong? So what that they’re seeking further enrichment? Iran is tiny. This isn’t a serious threat.

Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union,” Obama said. “They don’t pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us…
- Barack Hussein Obama

rogerb on February 8, 2010 at 7:02 AM

Every tyrant in the world is planning and building for our destruction while Obama feeds his obsession for his socialist healthcare aberration. Thank you enlightened voters, you really stuck it to us this time

rplat on February 8, 2010 at 7:31 AM

Every tyrant in the world is planning and building for our destruction while Obama feeds his obsession for his socialist healthcare aberration. Thank you enlightened voters, you really stuck it to us this time

rplat on February 8, 2010 at 7:31 AM

Including Obama himself.

Disturb the Universe on February 8, 2010 at 8:19 AM

citrus on February 7, 2010 at 11:56 PM

good idea.

ORconservative on February 8, 2010 at 9:56 AM

It’s funny how my attitude has changed after a year of absolute incompetence in the WH.
My attitude now is that some of this stuff is inevitable, let’s get it over with.
I hate that attitude but there is zero strength or leadership in Washington and it leaves me with a resolve to live through whatever is coming but that it is coming. During Bush I never had this resigned feeling.

ORconservative on February 8, 2010 at 10:01 AM

News out of Russia:

President Dmitry Medvedev has signed country’s new military doctrine which allows preventive nuclear strikes against potential aggressors.

You guys are very eager to bomb countries when they are defenseless. Are you just as eager to get into a war with a country that actually has nuclear weapons?

dave742 on February 8, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Here is a picture of Ahmadinejad watching Avatar. Thought the people here would enjoy it.

dave742 on February 8, 2010 at 11:55 AM

I thought Ground Hog’s Day was last week?

karl9000 on February 8, 2010 at 3:36 PM