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Friday, February 24, 2006

Is Bush Guilty of Slight of Hand on Port Controversy?

Gates of Vienna's Baron Bodissey has an interesting take on the reasons why President Bush, "against the tide of his party and most of his conservative base, was digging in so hard on the UAE-ports deal." He quotes from Joshua Pundit, a poster on his site , who has his own blog. (Isn't it great how we all put our heads together!) Anyway, the Baron, with help from other contributors, believes that there's slight of hand going, meaning strategic deal making with other governments:

This bloc appears to consist of Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Iraq, Bahrein and Qatar. Notice that with the exception of Iraq, all of them are Arab autocracies, and all surround Iran, Syria, and the Palestinian Authority. Another point to note is that except for Iraq, all of them are predominantly Sunni.

Who are they up against in the Middle East? According to the Baron: Iran. Is someone preparing an action against Iran?

There’s ample evidence that Iran is funding, encouraging, and directing Sunni Islamist terror groups throughout the Middle East and Europe, and not just the Shiite ones like Hezbollah. All of this serves the same purpose: to create mayhem, bloodshed, and chaos in order to usher in the End of Days and prepare for the return of the Twelfth Imam.

Very possible.


  • At Sat Feb 25, 07:19:00 PM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Can anyone say Abu Musa? Hint: Iran has a gigantic military build-up on this island, located north of Dubai. The Iranian's believe this island to be their strategic point of control for the Straight of Hormuz, allowing them to block all traffic in and out. The only country the US could possibly launch an effective offensive against Abu Musa would be UAE. GW is not a fool, nor are our military strategists.

  • At Sun Feb 26, 04:25:00 PM PST, Blogger Cubed © said…

    I'm certain that it would be easier to launch any kind of attack on any Iranian territory, but I seriously doubt that it would be the only way.

    You would be very impressed with the range and fire power of the submarine-based missiles in the region. And trust me, they are in the region with fingers on the buttons 24/7.

    And of course, there are the standard carrier-based planes, among other delivery systems.

    Don't fret; if push came to shove, we would need no one but ourselves to extinguish Iran. For this, I am exceedingly grateful.

    I don't think GW is a fool, but I think he seriously misunderestimates the nature of Islam, thanks to several "blind spots."


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