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The State Department ducked a hearing Friday that will focus on the case of imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini, just days after the leading U.S. representative to the U.N. Human Rights Council declined to specifically address the pastor’s case during a meeting on Iran’s human rights record.
Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., chairman of the Capitol Hill commission holding the hearing, slammed the Obama administration for turning down the invitation to testify.
“It is amazing,” Wolf told FoxNews.com. “I can’t, almost, believe it.”
I can believe it with no problem at all! When it comes to American citizens whose lives are in imminent danger, they turn their backs. Just take a real good look at Benghazi, and remember 4 dead Americans because no one had the decency to provide adequate protection!
A Wolf aide said despite repeated attempts they didn’t hear back from the department until Thursday, when the department said no one was available.
Wolf voiced skepticism at the excuse. “The building is loaded with people,” he said of the State Department.
“The very fact that the United States government is not speaking out sends a very powerful message,” Wolf said.
Abedini converted from Islam to Christianity in 2000 and became a U.S. citizen in 2010 after he married his American wife. The Iranian government does not recognize his American citizenship, though it had enabled him to travel freely between both countries until this past summer, when he was pulled off a bus and placed under house arrest, according to his supporters.
It really should come as no surprise to anyone that the Obama administration would do nothing to aid in the release of this young man. If he was a Muslim, I’ve no doubt the John Kerry himself would be there speaking out against the injustice. But then again, if the man had not converted to Christianity, none of this would even be an issue.
The Obama administration has publicly called for Abedini’s release. But Naghmeh Abedini recently told Fox News that she has not received a phone call from President Obama or the secretary of state.
In prepared testimony for Friday’s hearing, she plans to say she is “disappointed” with the U.S. government.
“I am disappointed that our president and our State Department have not fully engaged this case – disappointed that this great country is not doing more to free my husband, a U.S. citizen. We are both proud to be American citizens. And I expect more from our government,” she plans to say.
Join the club dear lady! There are plenty of us out here whose disappointment in this administration is monumental. The fact that the POTUS and the Secretary of State hasn’t reached out speaks volumes! But the POTUS is too busy with other things, like taking golf vacations. If they aren’t doing anything to aid the man who helped get bin Laden, why on earth would they do anything to help a man imprisoned by a thug nation?
My prayers are with my brother in Christ, his wife and family. I also pray that this administration would snap out of its self centered stupor, and do its Constitutionally mandated JOB….protect American citizens!!!
The death of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez has prompted eulogies from around the world, but few of the messages have been as eccentric as the second-coming predicted by Iran’s president.
And as if returning to Earth alone was not enough, President Mahmud Ahmadinejad says Chavez will do so alongside some esteemed company.
“I have no doubt that he [Chavez] will return alongside Jesus Christ and the Mahdi [the Hidden Imam] to establish peace and justice in the world,” Ahmadinejad wrote in an emotional condolence message posted on his personal website. The Mahdi is a revered figure among Shi’ite Muslims, many of whom believe he will return to save humanity.
Uh….I thought that Muslims didn’t believe Christ rose from the dead. At any rate, Ahmadinnerjacket is going to be sadly disappointed when that evil spawn of Satan stays in his glass coffin.
In his condolence message, Ahmadinejad said Chavez was a “martyr” who fell to a “suspect illness.”
Since when is cancer a “suspect illness”? The dude went to Cuba for treatment several times, because evidently, Venezuela’s health care system sucks. Apparently, Cuba’s system isn’t all that great either. The dude died. But hey…people die of cancer all the time, even with the best health care system in the world. Contrary to what Ahmanutjob thinks, the tyrant was NOT a martyr, he won’t rise from the dead, and the only place he’ll be is before God at the Judgement Seat, getting his eternal reward….in hell!
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who remembers the alarms going off back when: one alarm to get under our desks, one alarm to get into the hallways, line up against the walls, and “duck and cover”. 1st through 6th graders, lined up against the walls, heads to butts, with their hand over their heads. Looked kind of like a ‘conga line’ of leap frog.
We were living in Virginia at the time, the Hampton Roads area. Do you have any idea how many military bases and facilities are in that area? Not to mention a HUGE shipyard! We finally figured out, the Russians wouldn’t hit D.C. They would hit US, pretty much crippling the military might of the east coast. Tell me that isn’t something that would scare the bejabbers out of any kid!
We had a Democrat president then too, but the difference between the him and the current occupant of the White House is daylight and dark! Not only was he a leader, he was actually a strong leader. (He also believed in cutting taxes and the economy grew!) No, he wasn’t perfect either…with all the flaws of a human being, but he also didn’t bow to the Russians!
We are now saddled with a man/child who is enjoying the perks of the job, but won’t actually DO the job. It’s not that complicated actually. You protect the people of the United States, not by bowing to her enemies, but by demanding the respect, and fear of tyrannical regimes! In a time when our greatest threat comes from a political cult, passing itself off as a “peaceful religion”, our supposed POTUS is playing footsie with them, and putting our nation in grave danger!
If countries like Iran are allowed to produce nuclear weapons, it won’t be Israel they hit first. It will be the U.S.A. Since we are basically the only country who has sworn to protect her, what better way to deny them protection than crippling her protector. Not that I believe Obama would honor that promise, but I’ve no doubt that the Iranians will hit us….just in case.
Unfortunately, the so called “Commander in Chief” doesn’t think like an true American, and has learned nothing from history. He is ignoring God’s commands, there by dooming the United States.
Nuclear War Averted, 50 Years Ago This Week
Fifty years ago, the world came to the brink of nuclear war.
On October 14, 1962, U.S. policymakers learned that the Soviet Union was building missile bases in Cuba, which would have allowed Moscow to attack anywhere in the continental United States within minutes. An international crisis followed, and while the crisis did not end in a nuclear exchange, it is important that U.S. policymakers never forget lessons the crisis taught us.
The most important one is that it is very difficult to manage allies once they are nuclear-armed.
Nuclear-armed allies are one thing; nuclear-armed enemies are another. As Iran builds its nuclear capability, the lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis resonate in a fresh way.
Today, The Heritage Foundation looks back at that crisis of 50 years ago with a blog series on its lessons for missile defense, presidential leadership, crisis management, and avoiding escalation.
In this morning’s first installment, Heritage experts Michaela Bendikova and Baker Spring remind us that “Fidel Castro and Che Guevara encouraged the Soviets to use ballistic missiles stationed in Cuba to attack the U.S.”
The Apologizer in Chief. The Madman of Iran. The Muslim Brotherhood honcho.
And then, we have an actual leader…a man with a spine, who is not afraid to speak the truth. If only the Western world had more like him, perhaps, we wouldn’t find ourselves heading down the path to destruction.
An Iranian official called this week for an ‘Islamic Awakening’ movement to help Palestinian Authority Arabs “demolish the Zionist regime”, the IRNA news agency reported.
The comments were made at a conference in Tehran in honor of Nakba Day – the day of catastrophe – which is what the Arabs call the English date of May 15, when the State of Israel was re-established with a declaration of independence in 1948.
In a brief address at the end of the conference, the official, Hossein Shiekholeslam said, “In success of a revolution three major factors need to play effective roles, and they are the people, the leadership, and the school of thought, or ideology.”
Well, I don’t know about you, but I think this world has seen enough ‘islamic awakening’ to last centuries! What we REALLY need is a REAL awakening in the churches and synagogues! A turning back to God. The REAL God!
Defending Israel from the Iranian Threat
Less than 1,000 miles from Jerusalem, the Iranian government is operating in open violation of international law in a singular pursuit of developing nuclear weapons. Under the cloud of this threat, Israel is considering all options in order to defend its very existence, yet President Barack Obama is failing to grasp the nature of the Iranian beast and has not offered Israel the resolute support it so desperately needs and deserves.
Of course, the President’s record falls short of his rhetoric. In a speech yesterday to the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee meeting, the President professed his love for Israel, insisting that his Administration has been a staunch ally to America’s friend in the Middle East. “I have kept my commitments to the state of Israel,” he said. “At every crucial juncture — at every fork in the road — we have been there for Israel. Every single time.”
“As of today, we cannot confirm that Pastor Youcef is alive,” said executive director Jordan Sekulow. “With Iran now dominating international headlines because of its military actions, it’s clear Iran may have decided to move forward by issuing an execution order, knowing that the world’s attention is focused elsewhere right now. We also know that Iran’s top officials can reject the execution order and release Pastor Youcef if they so desire. We will keep the international pressure on Iran to free Pastor Youcef.”
has been sentenced
to death for apostasy.
In what it described as “an extremely dangerous turn of events,” the American Center for Law and Justice said Monday it had learned from contacts inside Iran that Youcef Nadarkhani, the Christian pastor on death row for “apostasy,” looks increasingly likely to be executed.
“Pastor Youcef’s case had been stalled due to increased international pressure and the Iranian court’s request that Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, decide Pastor Youcef’s fate,” said ACLJ executive director Jordan Sekulow.
“Now, because Pastor Youcef has continually refused to give into the regime’s demands that he renounce his Christian faith, the likelihood that the Iranian regime will execute him increases by the day.”
Nadarkhani, a married father of two young children, was arrested in October 2009 and has been sentenced to hang for “apostasy.”
His death sentence was upheld by Iran’s Supreme Court last July, but three months later the case – which was making waves internationally – was referred to Khamenei. The supreme leader was expected to make a ruling on whether the pastor, who embraced Christianity at the age of 19, was an apostate under Islamic law (shari’a).
Heavenly Father, I come to you in prayer for Your child, Youcef Naderhani. Please watch over him and his family, give them Your guidance. Keep Your loving arms around them. I pray, oh Lord, that all your children will raise up their voices to You. Amen.
Iranian Envoy to Kabul Fada Hossein Maleki underlined the US and its allies’ continued failures in the region, and said they have lost their reputation among the regional states.
Maleki pointed to the complication of the security situation in the region and the failure of the US policies, and added that Washington and its allies have sustained heavy damages and lost their political prestige among regional countries.
Considering who is in “charge”, is it any surprise? We’ve become a laughing stock thanks to the moron that goes around, playing golf and apologizing for American exceptionalism, dragging us down into the sewers.
He emphasized that covert talks between the US and Taliban and the opening of an office for the militant group in Doha, Qatar, with Washington’s financial and political support show a stalemate in the West’s strategy.
Analysts are skeptical of the prospects of meaningful peace negotiations with the Taliban.
The Founders must be spinning in their graves! My dad, my uncles, the millions who volunteered to protect our nation, and who gave their lives, from the same type of animals who have no value for life. We don’t negotiate with terrorists, or their sponsors. Nor, do we foot the bill for them!
The developments came after the United States softened tone on the Taliban, an accomplice of the al-Qaeda which the US has long taken responsible for the 9/11 attacks on New York’s twin towers.
No, actually, the United States (WE, The People) has not “softened the tone”! The Barack Hussein Obama administration, filled with chicken sh***, is undermining every advancement our soldiers (and the coalition troops) have made. He obviously doesn’t understand the purpose of a war is to freakin’ WIN! True Americans don’t bow to anyone, especially their enemies.
The Pakistani media revealed in January that the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has removed the name of Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar from the list of “most wanted terrorists.”
An act of cowardice!
The report came following Washington’s secret meetings with the Taliban after one decade of war. US officials have held several meetings with representatives of the Afghan Taliban leader, headed by Tayyib Agha, in Germany and Qatar over the past months.
During the meetings, the US and Taliban negotiators reached a deal to transfer five Taliban militants, who are under custody in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, to Qatar. The removal of Mullah Omar’s name from the terror list comes after the prisoner deal.
Honestly, I’m so angry right now, I can’t even think straight! Obama and his weasels MUST GO! How dare them give OUR money to the very same people who aided the trash who murdered 3000 human beings on 9/11.
Iran Strikes: Are You With or Against Israel?
by Gadi Adelman
Israel says time is running out and Leon Panetta says Israel could attack Iran as early as April. As all this unfolds the Obama administration cautions our greatest ally Israel rather than Iran.
Just days after 9/11 on September 13, 2001, then-Senator Hillary Clinton stated during an interview on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather,
“Every nation has to either be with us, or against us. Those who harbor terrorists, or who finance them, are going to pay a price.”
President George W. Bush elaborated those words on September 20, 2001; during an address to a joint session of Congress,
“Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.”
Bush went a little further and in simple terms explained what he meant,
“They want to overthrow existing governments in many Muslim countries, such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. They want to drive Israel out of the Middle East. They want to drive Christians and Jews out of vast regions of Asia and Africa.”
During his State of the Union address on January 29, 2002, Bush named terrorist groups,
“Our military has put the terror training camps of Afghanistan out of business, yet camps still exist in at least a dozen countries. A terrorist underworld — including groups like Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Jaish-i-Mohammed — operates in remote jungles and deserts, and hides in the centers of large cities.”
Three out of four of the groups he named, Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad all have one thing in common. They are all funded, supplied and trained by Iran.
Read the rest here.
Failure to recognize the danger that Iran poses to both Israel and the United States is one of those things that Obama and his administration are quite good at, either by design, or total ignorance. I don’t think it’s ignorance. He professes to be a ‘Christian’, but all of his actions are anti-Christian. True Christians will stand WITH Israel against her enemies, and what greater enemy than one who has declared the intent to totally destroy her.
From the NKJV:
30 Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased, and you inherit the land.
31 And I will set your bounds from the Red Sea to the sea, Philistia, and from the desert to the River. For I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you shall drive them out before you.
32 You shall make no covenant with them, nor with their gods.
33 They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against Me. For if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you.”
From The Torah:
30 I will drive them out before you little by little, until you have increased and possess the land
31 I will set your borders from the Sea of Reeds to the Sea of Philistia and from the wilderness to the Euphrates; for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hands, and you will drive them out before you.
32 You shall make no covenant with them and their gods.
33 They shall not remain in your land, lest they cause you to sin against Me; for you serve their gods – and it will prove a snare to you.
Now, I won’t swear to it, but I’m fairly sure this is an accurate description of the land given to the Hebrews. I’m pretty sure the Arabs know this, but don’t much like the idea. There are a lot of squatters in land that was given to them, way back when. The Sea of Philistia, if I’m not mistaken, is what we call the Mediterranean. The Sea of Reeds, well, that would be the Red Sea as stated in the Old Testament.
Even back then, it really wasn’t a huge plot of land, but compared to what they have today, well, it was HUGE.
All Israel wants is to live in peace, to protect her people, and defend herself against her enemies. I don’t think that is asking too much. She is surrounded by enemies. Little Big Horn comes to mind.
As a Christian nation, we are obliged to stand with her, not with her enemies. Thanks to Obama and his cronies, liberals who have done their best to remove God from all aspects of our lives, we are no longer a blessed nation. The current government has turned its back on our closet ally in the area. Unless we turn our faces back to God, we will be a nation ‘gone under’. Israel doesn’t need our permission to do a darn thing. She doesn’t need the backing of the United Nations. She has the backing of a MUCH greater Power!
The Strait of Hormuz lies between Iran and the United Arab Emirates, providing passage for some 15.5 million barrels of crude oil per day, amounting to one third of the world’s seaborne oil shipments. In a word, it is a 34-mile-wide chokepoint, making Iran’s threat this week to shut down the strait all the more serious for the global community.
The Iranian regime’s provocative warnings came on Tuesday from Iranian First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi who threatened to close the strait if Iran faces sanctions for its nuclear ambitions. And Wednesday, Iran’s top naval commander Habibollah Sayyari said, ”Closing the Strait of Hormuz for Iran’s armed forces is really easy … or, as Iranians say, it will be easier than drinking a glass of water.”
The US should apologize for spying on Iran instead of asking for the return of its drone, Tehran’s provisional Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani said on Friday.
“According to the international rules, this has been an aggression against our country’s territorial integrity”, therefore, if Americans claim that the plane has come to Iran by mistake, “they should extend their apology” to Iran, Emami Kashani said during his second sermon on Tehran University Campus here today.
He said the aircraft is a spy drone and its flight in Iranian sky was an obvious crime.
Umm…. I don’t think so. Y’all are scum, and if that moron in the White House apologizes to anyone, he NEEDS to apologize to the American people. I suppose the Iranians don’t have any spies in the U.S., right? Pfft! Suckers are sneaking across the border like it was their own back yard. Since when is it a crime to keep an eye on your enemies? And that’s what they are, after all…..enemies. They want to destroy both Israel and the U.S. If that isn’t considered an enemy, then I don’t know what is!
“The demand on Iran to return this spy plane to the US is rooted in their (Americans’) arrogant nature and is a shameless and rude demand,” he said, and added, “They should apologize to the Islamic Republic of Iran and ask for the Iranian nation’s pardon.”
After days of silence, US President Barack Obama on Monday asked Tehran to return the spy drone that was downed in Eastern Iran on December 4.
“We have asked for it back. We’ll see how the Iranians respond,” Obama said following a meeting at the White House with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
“We have asked for it back.” I can just hear his whiny voice, stuttering and um’ing, and uh’ing. UGH! If the SOB had a pair, he would have blown the damn thing up, instead of letting them have OUR technology, and maybe taken a few of them with it. I realize D’Bama isn’t the brightest bulb in the box, but did he really expect them to say, “Oh, gee! We’re sorry. We’ll return your high tech drone right away!”?
An attack on the British embassy in Tehran. A desperate pursuit of nuclear weapons. A plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington. Alone, any one of these actions by Iran’s regime would be cause for alarm, but taken together they make it undeniably clear that the Iranian threat cannot be ignored. Now, there is news of another effort by Iran to take aim at the United States, this time coming from Latin America.
Heritage’s Israel Ortega and James Phillips explain:
Iran is conducting anti-U.S. operations from Latin America, including military training camps in Venezuela, and expanding its reach across the border from the U.S. in Mexico, according to footage unveiled late Thursday by the largest Spanish-language network in the United States, Univision.
The documentary showed a former Iran senior official accepting a plan to launch from Mexico a cyber war on the United States, one that would cripple U.S. computer systems, including the White House, the FBI, the CIA and several nuclear plants. The official, former Iranian Ambassador to Mexico Mohammad Hassan Ghadiri, was shown accepting the offer from undercover Mexican university students. A trailer to the documentary can be seen on Foundry.org.
Other revelations in the documentary include undercover Mexican students presenting plans for the cyber attack to Venezuelan officials in Mexico. Ortega and Phillips write that the Venezuelan official appeared very receptive to the plot, saying that she was close to Venezuela’s hard-leftist President Hugo Chavez and that she would love to share the information with him as soon as possible. The same happened with Cuban officials in Mexico, who were equally interested in a plot against the United States.
The White House condemned “in the strongest terms” the storming of the British Embassy in Tehran by Iranian protesters on Tuesday and urged Iran to prevent further assaults on diplomatic sites in the country.
“Iran has a responsibility to protect the diplomatic missions present in its country and the personnel stationed at them,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement.
“We urge Iran to fully respect its international obligations, to condemn the incident, to prosecute the offenders, and to ensure that no further such incidents take place either at the British Embassy or any other mission in Iran. Our State Department is in close contact with the British government and we stand ready to support our allies at this difficult time,” Carney said.
Well now….I’m sure the Iranian thugs are all aquiver cuz the talking grapefruit wagged his finger and said, “No, no….bad Iran.” Pfft! Does anyone really believe Iran gives a flying flip what the rest of the world says, or does? Talk about a regime that needs to be “wiped off the map“! I don’t mean the normal every day people. I mean the Islamist regime! Mamul Imanutjob and company.
Hard-line Iranian students stormed the British diplomatic compounds in Tehran on Tuesday, bringing down the Union flag and throwing documents from windows in scenes reminiscent of the anger against Western powers after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Iranian media had conflicting reports of a possible hostage situation on the scene – these reports have not been confirmed by any official, British or Iranian. An Iranian news agency removed the report shortly thereafter.
How can a country that produced such fine minds as Shakespeare, Newton, and Churchill, have turned into a placating, whining, bunch of pantywaists? Just boggles. *shakes head* Oh….wait a minute, I know! *raising hand* It’s because they have been led down the thorn filled ‘Primrose Path” of socialism and have been totally taken over by the feckless, AND the muzzies.