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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

What's That Smell?


Despite warnings by Keith Olbermann [ 2 ] about the lies we have been told to offset negative media coverage for the White House and the GOP, media poodles are once again eagerly jumping for unsubstantiated scraps from the White House and the Republican Party.

Pentagon says U.S. ships harassed by Iranians. "In what is being called a serious provocation, Iranian Revolutionary Guard boats harassed and provoked three U.S. Navy ships in the strategic Strait of Hormuz," Pentagon officials said. According to one official, "Five small [Iranian] boats were acting in a very aggressive way... and causing our ships to take evasive maneuvers." The AP reports:
"There were no injuries but there very well could have been," he said, adding that the Iranian boats turned away "literally at the very moment that U.S. forces were preparing to open fire" in self defense.

He said he didn't have the precise transcript of communications that passed between the two forces, but the Iranians radioed something to the effect that "we're coming at you and you'll explode in a couple minutes."

UPDATE: A White House statement in response to the incident: "We urge the Iranians to refrain from such provocative actions that could lead to a dangerous incident in the future." Think Progress

Olbermann describes 13 similar coincidences - a political downturn for the administration like poor results in an election - inevitably followed by a "terror event" - a change in alert status, an arrest, a warning, whatever. Even if this story were true, how are we supposed to believe it, considering the past behavior of the administration?

And shouldn't the story be considered in relation to the offensive US Naval build-up in Gulf that everybody has been denying? [ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ]

UPDATE: I just saw the Navy's footage of this story on ABC, so this story really happened. My bad. I can't imagine what made me doubt the word of the White House on this.

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At Tue Jan 08, 09:26:00 AM, Anonymous Omnipotent Poobah said...

Ye Gods! They've moved from being part of the Axis of Evil to becoming the "Rowboats of Evil". Damn the dirty bastards!

At Tue Jan 08, 10:21:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Eek! The Democrats might win! There's a terrorist under my bed, help me President Bush!

At Tue Jan 08, 12:35:00 PM, Blogger Sleestak said...

Man is a retardenence.

At Tue Jan 08, 03:53:00 PM, Blogger Comrade Kevin said...

Coincidence? I think not.

At Tue Jan 08, 04:50:00 PM, Blogger Station Agent said...

So embarrassing. So transparent. We need an ally to call us out on this the way Kieth Olbermann does.

At Tue Jan 08, 06:04:00 PM, Blogger Randal Graves said...

You're all unpatriotic unpatriots. Turn in your yellow ribbon as you pass through the internment gate. We've always been at war with Iran, Michael Ledeen wouldn't lie!

At Wed Jan 09, 01:17:00 AM, Blogger Swinebread said...

Gulf of Tonkin

At Wed Jan 09, 07:19:00 AM, Blogger Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator said...

Oh oh, the ter'rists are at it again. Better cancel the election until we can clear this matter up!

At Wed Jan 09, 10:57:00 AM, Blogger Dean Wormer said...

To be fair those orange life vests looked pretty scary.

They could've been hiding explosives.

At Wed Jan 09, 12:25:00 PM, Blogger Devilham said...

Did you see the video?? It was speedboats vs. an Aegis missile destroyer, I find it very hard to believe that the crew on board the destroyer were in the least bit concerned!!

At Wed Jan 09, 02:07:00 PM, Blogger anna said...

I hate Republicans. And the media. But I don't hate Keith.

His glasses are waaay sexy.

At Wed Jan 09, 04:06:00 PM, Blogger Distributorcap said...

and the surge is working

At Wed Jan 09, 04:37:00 PM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Omnipotent Poobah:: Surely the "Rowboats of Evil" spell certain doom for America. We must take their oars by force as a peaceful measure!

Dr. Monkerstein: Ack! There's a terrorist under my bed, too!

Sleestak: That says it all.

Comrade Kevin: Me either!

Station Agent: Olbermann is the only guy on TV that maes sense, except for Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

Randal Graves: Jeepers! Please don't turn me in!

Swinebread: Yep. Remember the Maine!

Jon the Intergalactic Gladiator: Sounds reasonable to William Kristol and Bill O'Reilly!

Dean Wormer: Ha! Or worse! They might have been carrying Defeatist Rhetoric!

Devilham: I am beginning to wonder who to believe. It's sad when you have to wonder if your own gevernement is lying and the Iranian Government is telling the truth.

Anna: Olbermann is the best!

Distributorcap: Except for what it was designed to do, but who's counting? Not the media.


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