I dunno, call me cynical, if you will—jaded by the starry-eyed, hopeful foofaraw over the stillborn (murdered in the crib, more like, whatever fraction of it was ever going to yield positive results to start with) “Arab Spring,” which I’m proud to say I never bought into for a second. But methinks Walsh is being a little, shall we say, excessively optimistic here.
The end is near for the mullahs of Iran, which is bad news for the Islamic Republic of Iran, but good news for the Persian people, who have a chance to free themselves of the baleful effects of the Arab conquest and — finally — join the community of Western nations by casting off its imposed Islamic theocracy and, it is to be hoped, Islam itself.
Okay, it ain’t just me then. He is DEFINITELY going overboard with the optimism. Mike, I love ya and all, I really do. But that’s one hell of a lot to hope for there buddy, don’tchathink?
The events unfolding in Iran right now are therefore a long time coming, and ought to be welcomed not only by those fearful of the “Islamic bomb” that Iran is hell-bent on possessing and which the Obama administration’s disgraceful, faciliatory “deal” made all but inevitable, but by all adherents of the Western notion of freedom. During the last serious protests in Iran, the “green revolution” of 2009, Obama reacted supinely, standing idly by as the youthful demonstrators were shot in the streets of Tehran and the “clerics” restored iron-fist rule.
“Supinely”? “Standing idly by”? My chapped skinny ass; if only. Oshitstain actively sought to undermine the previous doomed uprising and ensure the monstrous regime’s survival, not least by and because of this:
The Obama administration derailed an ambitious law enforcement campaign targeting drug trafficking by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, even as it was funneling cocaine into the United States, according to a POLITICO investigation.
The campaign, dubbed Project Cassandra, was launched in 2008 after the Drug Enforcement Administration amassed evidence that Hezbollah had transformed itself from a Middle East-focused military and political organization into an international crime syndicate that some investigators believed was collecting $1 billion a year from drug and weapons trafficking, money laundering and other criminal activities.
Over the next eight years, agents working out of a top-secret DEA facility in Chantilly, Virginia, used wiretaps, undercover operations and informants to map Hezbollah’s illicit networks, with the help of 30 U.S. and foreign security agencies.
They followed cocaine shipments, some from Latin America to West Africa and on to Europe and the Middle East, and others through Venezuela and Mexico to the United States. They tracked the river of dirty cash as it was laundered by, among other tactics, buying American used cars and shipping them to Africa. And with the help of some key cooperating witnesses, the agents traced the conspiracy, they believed, to the innermost circle of Hezbollah and its state sponsors in Iran.
But as Project Cassandra reached higher into the hierarchy of the conspiracy, Obama administration officials threw an increasingly insurmountable series of roadblocks in its way, according to interviews with dozens of participants who in many cases spoke for the first time about events shrouded in secrecy, and a review of government documents and court records. When Project Cassandra leaders sought approval for some significant investigations, prosecutions, arrests and financial sanctions, officials at the Justice and Treasury departments delayed, hindered or rejected their requests.
All the more reason for Trump to go through those departments like shit through a goose, weeding out every last Obama stay-behind saboteur just as fast as he can. All the more reason, too, to see Obama prosecuted for his brazen malificence, of which this is but one example. If it be not treason (adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort; yep, explicitly defined right there in what’s left of the battered ol’ Constitution, poor thing), the word no longer has any meaning. Aside from the deplorable dereliction of treason’s reduction to a no longer prosecutable offense, I can see no intelligent argument not motivated entirely by politics to be made against going after the jugeared pustule for it.
Walsh does proffer the one real reason to hold out some wee hope for the Iranian revolutionaries, though:
A lot has changed since then. For one thing, the Shi’ite-partial Obama is gone, having been replaced by his polar opposite in Donald Trump:
Big protests in Iran. The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism. Looks like they will not take it any longer. The USA is watching very closely for human rights violations!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2017
Hate to have to point it out and all, but Trump misses bigly on that one: it’s doubtful in the extreme that any “squandering of their money on terrorism” figures into revolutionary motivations in even the most trifling way. If it does, they sure ain’t mentioned it that I know of, not even once. I do NOT anticipate their doing so, and neither should anybody else. As for “human rights violations”—good LORD, man, how much more of that does anybody need to see? It ain’t very likely that we’re watching for them all that closely in any event, seeing as how we’ve labored for a long time now under a distinct shortage of eyes inside Iran beyond their squiring the occasional gaggle of meek, witless UN “inspectors” off to another dummy nuke location.
But whatevs. I can let Trump slide on his slip, knowing as I do the YUUUGE odds of his handling this tire-fire more correctly and productively, with his eyes kept resolutely on American interests rather than Iran’s or the UN’s, than any professional-politician President ever will. Or ever has, for that matter.
Regrettably, Walsh then lapses back into over-optimism:
For another, the Iranian exiles who fled their country in the late Seventies and early Eighties (taking a great deal of wealth with them) for the U.S. and elsewhere have given birth to a new generation of secularized Iranians, who are in no mood to trade in the liberties of the West for the repressively “theology” of militant Shi’ite Islam. Having seen what happened to their parents and grandparents, they are unlikely to feel a sudden surge of Islamic patriotism.
I’d bet they’re much more unlikely to feel a whole lot in the way of desire to go back, and less likely still to be allowed in unmolested if they try it. Stipulating their enthusiasm for “the liberties of the West”—which they have already, so why leave ’em, with only the slimmest hope of regaining ’em again?—compounded by having witnessed just how the last attempt at revolution fared, can anybody seriously expect that these people would be willing to risk no small chance of torture and death to throw the dice on an uprising confronted by devastatingly grim odds against it? In large enough numbers to make a real difference?
Those people, intrepid and bold as they unquestionably are, will be reliant on a determination and resolve from Trump that…okay, yes, he clearly is blessed with those fine qualities, and abundantly. But there’s no way of gauging Trump’s commitment to expend it on a dicey attempt at unseating so deeply entrenched a regime, most especially since he has so much on his plate already.
On the other hand, Trump surely realizes what a dramatic positive impact removing the Mad Mullahs would have, not just on Iran or the Middle East but the entire world. As the world’s foremost sponsor of Moslem terrorism, the overthrow of these abominable swine would toss some serious sand into the gears of jihadis everywhere. Those benefits would go wide and deep, resonating powerfully throughout the world, and would carry with them many unforeseeable blessings as well. Weighing such a welcome turn of events could very well tip the scales of calculation for Trump in favor of support for the revolutionaries.
Even so, though, it’s nigh-inconceivable that assistance from Trump could be anything more than vocal. The possibility of American material—or materièl—support being rendered is…well, honestly, there just ain’t none that I can see. There is no discernible enthusiasm among Americans, neither the NeverTrumpRumpswabs nor his backers, for enmeshing ourselves more broadly in the toils of yet another costly Mideast quagmire, no matter how desirable a successful outcome might be.
The Democrat Socialist/Loony Left response isn’t worth bothering about at all. We already know what it would be, having seen it unleashed every time a Republican president has ever dared to launch a war: “mostly peaceful” protests in every middling-to-major city, with periodic rush-hour blocking of main thoroughfares as an added bonus; death threats and camp-outs on the lawns of Republican congresscritters; re-establishment of another filthy, stinking tent city in Mordor on the Potomac; endless reverent reportage from all media/propaganda outlets on the saintly nature of the “antiwar” rent-a-mobs, all of whom will be extolled as “just concerned ordinary Americans,” and gushing features on the leaders of the “peace” movement who were mysteriously MIA back when Obama was drone-striking the world.
The nightly body-count graphics on the network news shows—GRIM MILESTONE!—will be dusted off and brought back into service, as will the No Blood For Oil signs. Reporters and camera crews will be sent out to the funeral of every soldier whose grieving parents evince even slight bitterness towards Trump over His War. Conscientious-objectors among the soldiery will be aggressively sought out for interviews. If any of them are transgender, so much the better. The muttonheaded lack of awareness regarding every military’s core function which predated their decision to enlist will be diligently unexamined.
It’s not all downside, though: the level of Leftard hysteria—already nearly off the scale over HILLARY!™’s stinging defeat—would no doubt soar to truly staggering new heights, which would be tremendously amusing to sane Americans. They’ve wailed about Global War and imminent HOLOCAUST! from the moment Trump declared himself a candidate; any engagement with Iran’s ruling regime would amount to tossing the Proggies a big ol’ bone to add spice to their unappetizing fantasy-impeachment bouillabaisse.
I’m happy to go along with Walsh on this part, though:
So let’s all root for the Iranians who are, once again, trying to overthrow their reactionary Islamic regime. A victory against the mullahs in Iran would have beneficial results for everybody except devout Shi’ite Muslims and their allies of convenience on the American, largely atheist and most certainly anti-Christian Left. By removing the source of Hezbollah’s support, pressure would be relieved on Israel and on American forces still in the dar-al-Harb theaters of war. By demolishing rule-by-mullah, Iran would pose much less of a nuclear threat to civilized nations. And by freeing the Iranian people to choose a new government, the Western democracies could find a valuable new ally in a strategically important part of the world.
For millennia, the people of Iran have been unable to decide where to cast their lot. In its attempts to move westward, the Zoroastrian Persian Empire was defeated repeatedly by the Greeks, by Alexander the Great, and by the Byzantines; later, Persia was conquered by the Muslim Arabs, by the Mongols (who really put paid to the “Golden Age”) and by Tamerlane, among others. If Iran can successfully overthrow the Islamic Republic, de-institutionalize Islam, rediscover its own genuine nationalism, and elect a real republic in its place, this historically pluralistic nation will likely find a warm welcome.
I can’t imagine they wouldn’t find such a welcome here, especially now that the pestilential Moslem-sympathizer Obama is bereft of any influence on the situation. But take a look at that closing list again: it’s a little, umm, ambitious, wouldn’t you say? The first item is a tall order all by itself; the second is no more likely, probably less so; the third effectively irrelevant, since Iran appears to suffer no lack of nationalism already; the last, maybe the toughest job of all, with the thoroughly Islamized Republican Guards standing ready to intervene in any attempt at either number two or four, and maybe one as well.
But yes, let’s all root for the revolutionaries just the same, and to hell with the odds. The long-overdue destruction of the Iranian abomination, whose existence was so stupidly facilitated by the weak-willed and wetbrained President Peanuthead so long ago, should have been accomplished in its infancy. It was the boob Carter’s inept folly which allowed it to metastasize and wreak its deadly havoc, leading quite directly to a wave of Moslem terrorism and conquest that may well never be undone.
Smug and self-righteous as Carter is, the amount of blood on his hands—as well as the price the world has paid for his feckless, gormless ineptitude—is beyond calculation. It’s what makes the assertion that Obama surpassed him as America’s worst president such a powerful condemnation for anybody old enough to remember.
Let’s be thankful also that we have a real President again, one who is at least willing to acknowledge Iran’s regime as the enemy it is and unabashedly advocate its overthrow. The contrast with the greasy, conniving, destructive shitweasel we inexplicably inflicted on ourselves the preceding two times around, who so shamelessly preferred to accommodate and embolden them instead, couldn’t be more stark…or more damning.