By: Marilyn Assenheim
If the bromide of “saying it is as good as doing it,” The Lyin’ King has had a rival for top honors in talking the talk instead of walking the walk. That may no longer be the case. Iranian state television aired what they optimistically referred to as a “documentary.” What about? The Times of Israel reports: “Iranian state TV on Friday ran a documentary featuring a computerized video of Iran’s drones and missiles bombing Tel Aviv, Haifa, Ben Gurion Airport and the Dimona nuclear reactor in a hypothetical retaliation for an Israeli or American strike on the Islamic Republic. Iranian drones and missiles are also shown carrying out simulated strikes on the American aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, downing American aircraft and striking American military targets in the Persian Gulf.” The usual twaddle, right? Problem is that Iran seems to moving out of the realm of fairy tales, still inhabited by The Lyin’ King, and is graduating to real-life action.
The Jerusalem Times continued: “The (program) was broadcast amid a clear escalation of anti-American rhetoric and even action by Iran…On Saturday, an Iranian admiral announced that Iran had dispatched warships to the North Atlantic, while Iran’s spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei denounced the Americans as liars…”
After monotonous saber rattling and missing their own deadline by two years, Iran is actually deploying warships to skirt American waters in the Atlantic. The commander of the Iranian Northern Naval fleet, Admiral Afshin Rezayee Haddad, is said to be approaching our naval borders. On Saturday, he was quoted by FARS, a “semi-official outlet of Iranian news” as saying “Iran’s military fleet is approaching the United States’ maritime borders, and this move has a message…” Undoubtedly it does but can the Imperial president read it?
Even though Our Beloved Leader strives to convince America that threats to her sovereignty are non-existent and that Iran is just a misunderstood nation that has earned our friendship, trust and understanding, Iran begs to differ. The Jerusalem Post, echoed by The Associated Press, shared the comments of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader:
- Iran will not retreat from her nuclear “rights.”
- “Our (hostile) stance toward the United States is due to its controlling and meddlesome attitude.”
- “American officials publicly say they do not seek regime change in Iran. That’s a lie. They wouldn’t hesitate a moment if they could do it…”
- Khamenei referred to America s an “enemy”
- Khamenei is utterly contemptuous of the U.S. lifting economic sanctions.
None of this fist-shaking is the dusty, tired rhetoric of old; Khamenei said this on Saturday. More evidence that exposing our underbelly doesn’t work to our advantage with other “cultures.” As if we required additional proof. If we did, we are getting it.
Our own Supreme Leader continues to sing us lullabies while Iran goes about her agenda, unmolested. He removed economic sanctions from Iran, the only power America had been permitted to exert. He alienates our friends and exalts hostile nations. He strips our military while arming our enemies. His regime incites powder kegs of turmoil world-wide under the guise of everyone having a Coke, in perfect harmony.
Iran promised that it would deploy its warships to U.S. maritime borders two years ago. Now Iran is moving. The question is, can we?