People who get overly inflamed over what they perceive as lack of proper actions (especially when they have no basis) are like hemorrhoids. They can be a real pain in the ass.

The US Fifth Fleet and US aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower in the Gulf of Oman were not allowed to shoot at an Iranian Fokker F27 aircraft which on April 21 hovered for 20 minutes 900 meters over the carrier and no more than 250 meters away, even though they saw its flight crew gathering intelligence on the Eisenhower and its warship escorts.

DEBKA-Net-Weekly’s military sources report that the US Persian Gulf command went public on the incident on April 28, a whole week later, only after Gulf military circles, amazed at the American naval and air units’ passivity in the face of hostile surveillance, threatened to break the story to local media.

This striking restraint indicates that the US Gulf and Arabian fleets are under orders to take no action – certainly not to open fire – against Iranian naval or air units, with first obtaining permission directly from Washington.

Wow, crack journalism there shippy. Never mind international laws of conflict, the fact that the Iranians were essentially doing nothing more than tourists on a cruise liner do, or the historical precedence that could easily be verified by Googling “Soviet and American Cold War at sea” to see how we usually handle such things.

Nope, let’s act enraged because “souces” are amazed at lack of action. Especially when said sources are from countries KNOWN for restraint in action…

These Gulf sources, talking to debkafile, wondered out loud if the United States would also turn a blind eye to an Iranian attack that cause the sinking of a Saudi, UAE or Israeli ship sailing in the Gulf.

Nope, never seen anyone get 1,000 lashes for porn or anything ridiculous like that in that area of the world.

Clearly the people we should be taking international relations clue from.


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This has awesome written all over it

Fundamentalists always amuse me. They have a penchant for getting into a fervor, and a tad frothy, whenever something occurs that highlights their inability to take a joke.

Islamic Fundamentalists even more so because they try to take things to the extreme, what with threats of death to the infidels and all that.

Needless to say, I find THIS immensely humorous….

Someone at Dan Savage’s blog started it, then Michael Moynihan at Reason picked it up, now I feel obliged to help push it out there. Says Moynihan:

I will be employing my tremendous skill as an illustrator, of course, and expect that my colleagues will do the same. If they refuse, they will be declared weak-kneed, namby-pamby, quisling infidels and will be shamed on this blog (Though such idle threats rarely work these days; perhaps I could threaten them with a painful death, which seems to do the trick). If readers would like to show their solidarity, please email your Mohammad masterpieces to me here: mmoynihan at The best ones will be published on Hit & Run, which, along with the concomitant death threat, is reward enough.

beautiful. I can’t wait to see what happens…

(H/T to da Phibian)

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Sometimes justice IS served…

A U.S. military jury cleared a Navy SEAL Thursday of failing to prevent the beating of an Iraqi prisoner suspected of masterminding a 2004 attack that killed four American security contractors.

Let’s hope the other two warriors receive the same verdict. And let’s hope that Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Kevin DeMartino, who can’t seem to tell the same story twice about what happened, gets everything he’s due.

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Whiskey Tango Friday

Take it for what it’s worth…

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A Damn Shame

Terry Garbuzinski.

VP at Sonalysts. I think pretty much every wardroom that’s deployed in the last 8-10 years knows who he is and what he’s done for the submarine force.

He was killed in a car accident caused by someone driving the wrong way on the highway.

Anytime someone is killed in an accident its a shame. When someone significant in your world is the victim it’s a damn shame.

This is one of those times. Terry was a great American and a great submariner. He will be sorely missed.

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Flag Selects

Congrats to the newest Submariner’s to reach the level of Admiral!

Navy Capt. David M. Duryea has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Duryea is currently serving as major program manager for SOF and Undersea Mobility, Program Executive Office for Submarines, Washington, D.C.

Navy Capt. Dietrich H. Kuhlmann III has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Kuhlmann is currently serving as chief, Program and Budget Analysis Division, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.

Navy Capt. Frederick J. Roegge has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Roegge is currently serving as assistant deputy director for regional operations, J3, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.

Navy Capt. Phillip G. Sawyer has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Sawyer is currently serving as chief of staff, U.S. Strategic Command Special Activities Atlantic, Norfolk, Va.

Navy Capt. Joseph E. Tofalo has been nominated for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (lower half). Tofalo is currently serving as the executive assistant to the vice chief of naval operations, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.

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Time to start shootin’ at each other..

A South Korean navy ship was sinking in the Yellow Sea near North Korea early Saturday, and the navy was shooting at an unidentified ship toward the north, Korean news agencies reported.

It was initially unclear whether the two incidents were related.

Yonhap News Agency quoted Navy officials saying Friday that a ship carrying 104 crew members was sinking off the Seoul-controlled island of Baengnyeong in a flashpoint area between the Koreas.

This seems to happen every now and again… much ado about nothing I suppose.

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