Monday, January 31, 2011

Where are the Carriers? (26 Jan 2011)


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Here is the Naval Update Map (based on open source information) from STRATFOR, an excellent and balanced provider of geopolitical and military analysis and insight.  I encourage everyone interested in world affairs and investments to subscribe.

I note that we have no naval forces (at least nothing big) close to Egypt.  Nothing in the Med.  Nothing in the Red Sea.  The USS Enterprise Carrier Strike Group is on its way to support ops off of Iran/Pakistan/Afghanistan, probably to relieve the USS Abraham Lincoln, but I really doubt they will be going through the Suez Canal right now.  Maybe they will redirect and go around the Cape of Good Hope.

I call this being caught flat-footed.

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Path to the New Caliphate

Have you noticed how our media is portraying the riots in Egypt as "freedom and democracy vs. the 30-year dictatorship of Mubarak"? In a White House press conference yesterday, I heard one reporter ask why we continue to support Mubarak and "other dictators", and why we give Egypt $1.3 billion annually.  No response from Robert Gibbs, because quite clearly the Obama administration is indeed against Mubarak, and supports the rioters.

They are of course engaged in peaceful protest.  The word "riot" is never mentioned.  

The administration, and CNN, NBC, and the other networks, are trying to get the US people to see the rioters as "freedom-fighters" fighting the good fight for truth, justice and the American way. 

Nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact the rioters are the vanguard of the Islamic Revolution, financed and backed by Iran through Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.  They are ISLAM, seeking the establishment of an Islamic state in Egypt, with full Sharia Law, and the banning of other religions (including the banning of the entire idea of secular government that Mubarak stands for).

ABC News showing everyone how the US is responsible for tear-gassing the Egyptian rioters

If the government of Egypt falls, and if Mohammad Al Baradei comes into power, as looks possible, these methods (already successful in Tunisia just a few weeks ago) could serve as a model for the overthrow of the governments of Jordan, Yemen, and even Saudi Arabia. There are similar demonstrations today in Jordan and Yemen.

 Yemeni demonstrators 29 January 2011

According to STRATFOR today:
"The Egyptian police are no longer patrolling the Rafah border crossing into Gaza. Hamas armed men are entering into Egypt and are closely collaborating with Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood (MB). The MB has fully engaged itself in the demonstrations, and are unsatisfied with the dismissal of the Cabinet."

I hope you all know that Lebanon's government was overthrown just a few weeks ago by Iran-backed Hezbollah. It was reported mostly in the foreign press.

And in another very poorly reported story, Iraq's new government, installed in December, is another success for Iranian perseverance. Over the past two years, Iran was able to install politicians and mold Iraqi public opinion to the point where they were able to get a Shiite-biased government installed in Iraq that is strongly anti-American and pro-Iranian.  I predicted it here.

We are seeing rapid advances on the path to the New Iranian Caliphate.

Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and even Tunisia are all in the Islamist camp. Soon, we could have Egypt and Jordan. Then Turkey, Saudi, UAE, Kuwait, and Oman would be next.

Imagine a nuclear-armed Persia, ruling all of the Middle East, allied with strong Islamic movements around the world -- a billion people willing to die for the destruction of the hated Americans and their hated secular western civilization.

If the Islamists win in Egypt, I fully expect to see the destruction of virtually all of the old Egyptian monuments such as the Sphinx, Abu Simbel, and any other depictions of people or gods -- just like they blew up the giant Buddhas at Bamyam.  As Afghan Foreign Minister Wakil Ahmad Mutawakel stated in 2001,  "We are destroying the Buddha statues in accordance with Islamic law and it is purely a religious issue". The only remaining ancient Egyptian art may be whatever survives in western museums.

And presiding over the destruction of the Enlightenment is Mr. Barack Obama. Looking back, years from now, people could very well say, "This was the moment when American power began to recede. This was the moment when America lost its way. This was the moment when America begin to die."