Panetta Warns Iran

Ryan Mauro is a fellow with the Clarionproject.org, the founder of WorldThreats.com and a frequent national security analyst for Fox News Channel. He can be contacted at ryanmauro1986@gmail.com.


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Fourteen American soldiers were killed in Iraq last month, the highest monthly total since 2008. The rise in attacks has caused Defense Secretary Panetta to bluntly warn Iran that the U.S. will do what is necessary to defend its soldiers. Iran is escalating its proxy wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a new wave of violence should be expected if Iraq announces U.S. soldiers will stay past this year.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps has provided the radical Shiite militias in Iraq with new advanced weapons to target U.S. soldiers. The Kataib Hezbollah, for example, has been using improvised rocket-assisted munitions traced back to Iran. The spokesman for the U.S. military in Iraq, Major General Jeffrey Buchanan, says the group “is a creation by the IRGC Qods Force.”

“We get the fingerprints off of a certain cache or a certain rocket that we can tie biometrically to an individual who lives in Iran, he’s a top leader of Kataib Hezbollah, he lives in Iran, he is trained by the Qods Force. All of that together is a very compelling set of evidence,” he said.

Two other Iranian-backed groups, the Promised Day Brigade and Asaib Ahl al-Haq, also have been taking part in the killing of American soldiers in Iraq. Secretary of Defense Panetta warned Iran when he visited Iraq that the U.S. would not take the attacks lying down. “In June we lost a hell of a lot of Americans as a result of those attacks,” he said. He said that the Pentagon under his command will “pressure” Iran “because, very frankly, they need to know that our first responsibility is to protect those that are defending our country.”

Panetta didn’t offer specifics, but said that he would press Iraq to crack down on the militias and “do what we have to do unilaterally, to be able to go after those threats as well, and we’re doing that.” The top U.S. military commander in Iraq, General Lloyd Austin, also said a response is being prepared. “I think what the secretary was pointing to was we’ll do what’s necessary to protect ourselves and that could include a host of things…so we’ll just leave it at that,” he stated.

The proxy war in Iraq is going to become deadlier as Iran tries to make U.S. forces leave by the end of the year, as originally agreed upon by the Bush Administration and the Iraqi government. The Iraqis are almost certain to ask for an extension of the U.S. military presence. Reports indicate that the U.S. is willing to keep 8,500 to 10,000 troops in Iraq, down from 46,000.

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  • Shane

    Can someone tell me why we are not taking out Iran, Syria, Pakistan, et al?

    • Quinterius

      Why don't we take you out first for talking nonsense?

    • BS77

      "Take them out"–what does that mean? I d feel more comfortable if the US neutralized the nuclear weapons manufacture of Iran and Pakistan…..and eliminated that threat.

      • Quinterius

        Why doesn't the US eliminate its own nuclear weapons first. Obama plans to spend $85B upgrading the US nuclear arsenal. I agree that Pakistan's nuclear weapons are a danger. But, if you eliminate them, then Pakistan is at the mercy of India which also has nuclear bombs. So, the only solution is to eliminate ALL nuclear bombs. By the way, Iran has no nuclear bombs and is not building any. Even the 2011 US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) said so.

    • Sandy

      because people live in them.

    • elihew

      Because the U.S. has become a toothless tiger. We haven't won a war since WWII.

  • SHmuelHaLevi

    Soetoro.

  • Dispozovdaburka

    And Hillary.

    That's what you get when you rightly correct our president on national news.

  • john

    I am afraid we have become a government that talks big but no action. If we are going to have a war then lets have a war. Use the full force of our military and quit pussy footing around.

    • SpiritOf1683

      On Iran, the US Administration has occasionally talked big, but has largely acted small for over 30 years. The legacy of Carter lives on, but not one President since has done anything to redeem the US hostage crisis.

    • Quinterius

      So, you want another war? Are you also for the balanced budget amendment? Do you have any idea of what consequences of an attack will be?

      • SpiritOf1683

        We have seen the consequences of doing nothing throughout the last 32 years. We also saw the consequences of doing nothing about Hitler in 1935. But doofusses like you will let history repeat its head, only you know nothing about history.

        • Quinterius

          Well, I may be a doofuss, whatever than means, but you are certainly a doofus it seems. Anytime someone compares Iran to Nazi Germany it is clear they are totally ignorant about Iran. Did you learn about Iran from Fox News?

          There is no comparison between Nazi Germany and Iran. Germany was thirsting for oil and other resources, while Iran is practically floating on oil. Germany was a racist society, while Iran is quite tolerant of minorities such a Christians (who don't proselytize) and Jews. Opposition to Zionism and Israel has nothing to do with antisemitism. Iran is, in fact, the home of the largest population of Jews in the Middle East after Israel. For example, there are about 25 Synagogues just in Tehran. So, please don't spew your nonsensical poison on these pages.

          • MixMChess

            I forgot how good it is to be a Jew in Iran…

            Did you know Iran's official government-controlled media often issues anti-Semitic propaganda? A prime example is the government's publishing of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a notorious Czarist forgery, in 1994 and 1999.

            Jews also suffer varying degrees of officially sanctioned discrimination, particularly in the areas of employment, education, and public accommodations.

            Before 1979, there were some 20 Jewish schools functioning throughout the country. In recent years, most of these have been closed down. In the remaining schools, Jewish principals have been replaced by Muslims and an Islamic curriculum is now required.

            At least 13 Jews have been executed in Iran since the Islamic revolution, most of them for either religious reasons or their connection to Israel. For example, in May 1998, Jewish businessman Ruhollah Kakhodah-Zadeh was hanged in prison without a public charge or legal proceeding, apparently for assisting Jews to emigrate.

  • StephenD

    IF we turn their land into glass they will be too preoccupied with finding their next meal to bother making trouble. They want to live like 7th century cave dwellers, let's help them on their journey.

    • Daren

      That's not nice . to nuke'em is inhuman. Have China build a wall around them and the problem (islam) will take care of itself !!!

      • StephenD

        Kinda like watching a snake eat its own tail I'd say.

    • Quinterius

      Let's turn the city where you live into a glass parking lot so you what it feels like first. The utter stupidity of some people is unbelievable. Do you have any idea how big Iran is? It is three times the size of France. Be ready to lose all the American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, plus all the bases and Navy ships in the Persian Gulf.

      • StephenD

        Oh no! We should instead shut our mouths so as to avoid upsetting them. Maybe they'll let us live if we cower to them, yes?
        Are you really worried someone is going to nuke them because I promoted it here? The point remains. I advocate brute force with them because it seems that is what they understand best. Now, you can unruffle your panties there sister.

        • Quinterius

          You seem to be another sissy ignoramus who likes to call people names because he has nothing intelligent to say. Nobody cares about what you say. But, if you think that Iranians live like "seventh century cave dwellers," you are beyond stupid. Have you seen pictures of Tehran or its Metro? Iran is not Al Qaeda. But, that is too complicated for you to understand.

          • StephenD

            What is your problem? I have no problem with the Iranian people. I have a HUGE problem with the Ayatollahs and their president that claims to be the one to usher in the global conflagration which they expect will bring their 12th Imam. "Flooding the streets with blood…." So yes, these folks, who happen to run Iran, act as I'd expect "cave dwellers" to act and yes, these same folks I'd like to see turned to glass. Does that about clear things up for you who "doesn't care what I say?"
            You are right though, I take guilty pleasure sometimes in calling people names. ;-)

          • Quinterius

            I hate to drag this idiotic discussion any further, but nobody takes the 12th Imam business seriously in Iran. It is like the rants of all the Christians who expect Jesus to come and take them to heaven. On second thought, you are so far beyond the deep end that I don't have the time to educate you. So, believe whatever you want.

          • effemall

            I care about what he says and reading both of you, I have to say that you sound like the idiot and the obnoxious one.

          • Quinterius

            How would you know? It is like Catch 22. An idiot is not qualified to call another person an idiot. Besides, it seems that you nothing intelligent to say which is to be expected.

  • SAM000

    Iraqi Government is installed and protected by USA.
    Iraqi Government and Iraqi Police and Army get their daily orders from TEHRAN, the terrorist groups who targets the US SOLDIERS are back by the IRAQI GOVERNMENT.
    USA KNOWS IT, but USA continues to back the Iraqi government.

    The problem is in your state Dept. and Obama's politics towards the Mullahs of Iran.

  • SpiritOf1683

    Reading this, why is Al Sadr still alive? He ought to mhave been turned into a grease spot years ago, and his murderous fanatics to cinders. He wouldn't still be walking this earth and killing US soldiers if the US had someone like Theodore Roosevelt in the White House.

    • SAM000

      US ARMY tried once to eradicate the Mahdi Army in SADR CITY, in two weeks your ARMY transformed the SADR CITY to the most secured and pacific city in IRAQ by killing some 760 THUGS of SADR's Mahdi Army,
      The Colonel who was leading the attack had ordered the soldiers to shoot any armed person in the CITY, But, your Colonel received the order to withdraw his troop immediately out of the SADR CITY.

      Your Army is able to establish the STABILITY in IRAQ, but, the people in DC don't want the stability in the region!!

      The Criminals and the Islamists are emboldened by the US POLITICS in IRAQ and AFGHANISTAN.

    • Quinterius

      Well, why don't you volunteer to go and kill him. Let's see how long you will survive.

      • SAM000

        Killing Moghtada Sadr will not strategically resolve the problem.
        Moghtada and Hassan Nasrollah of Lebanon are the poppets of the Mullahs of Tehran.

        Bringing the peace and security to one tenth of Iraq (Sadr City) is not enough but it is a good signal which shows that USA is always the superpower.

        USA had modified the geopolitics of the ME.
        USA have the responsibility to establish the minimum of stability in the same region, the same before invasion.

        When USA do not care the lives of his own boys, When USA sends the wrong signals to the Mullahs of Tehran by his indifference to the lives of his boys, When USA is in economical crisis but funds IRAQI GOVERNMENT( PROXY OF IRAN), a 10th grade Mullah as Moqtada becomes someone important and decides for the lives of the women and kids.

        When you the Americans will understand that your policy makers play with the security of the world with no care and restrictions.

        You are expert in 2 things, Invasion and escape.
        TOO MUCH MILITARY POWER WITH NO BRAIN.
        you do not hear the echo of your own voice?! you don't see how your compatriots promote NUKING EVERYWHERE?!!

        • Quinterius

          I am not sure what your position is. Nasrallah is not anybody's puppet for your information, although Iran supports Hezbollah strongly. Nasrallah is not a danger to anyone. He is the head of a citizen army whose goal is to defend Lebanon from the barbaric attacks of Israel. So far, it seems that Israel learned its lessons in 2006.

          Muqtada al-Sadr is also an Iraqi first and while he lives in Iran most of the time (for his own safety), I believe he is also a patriotic Iraqi. He certainly wants the Americans to leave. They have no business being in Iraq. Nobody invited them. So, I don't understand why people are complaining about him. If a country A invades a country B, the people of country B have every right to try to kick the invaders out. So, the only sane solution is for the US to leave Iraq. All these idiotic noises about "nuking" Iran are just ignorant utterance of 2nd graders.

          • MixMChess

            "He is the head of a citizen army whose goal is to defend Lebanon from the barbaric attacks of Israel. So far, it seems that Israel learned its lessons in 2006."

            You are a LIAR Quinterius. Nasrallah is the head of Hezbollah a racist terrorist organization bent on destroying Israel, murdering Jews, and spreading Islamofascism across the Middle East. Hizbollah has engaged in terrorist acts responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans and Israels.

            Additionally, Israel completely withdrew from Lebanon in 2000, so your claims of "barbaric" attacks are pure fantasy. Recall, it was Hizbollah that provoked a war with Israel in the summer of 2006 by kidnapping Israeli soldiers and firing weapons at northern Israeli towns.

          • Quinterius

            You show your true colors by claiming that I am a liar, when you make ignorant statements about things that you have only been brainwashed about. The racist organization is the apartheid state of Israel which discriminates against its Palestinian citizens who cannot own land in 93% of Israel. At the same time, any Jew from any place on earth can come to Israel, become immediately a citizen of Israel and can buy land anywhere.

            You really believe the nonsensical story promoted by Israeli propaganda about the 2006 invasion of Lebanon? Hezbollah is not a terrorist organization, whereas Israel is the biggest terrorist country in the world. Hezbollah did not exist before Israel started its 20-year occupation of southern Lebanon. It finally kicked out the Israelis. The 2006 invasion of Lebanon was actually planned by your stupid and crooked prime minister Olmert for six months. They were just waiting for an excuse. Ostensibly, to save three of its soldiers (who were already dead), Israel massacred more than 1,000 Lebanese and destroyed half of the country. So, please don't give me this nonsense about your sweet Israel. It is indeed a barbaric society which only values Jewish lives. As a well-known Rabbi said, "A million Arabs are not worth one Jewish fingernail."

          • SpiritOf1683

            You must be disappointed that you weren't around to pour the Zyklon into the showers at Auschwitz. At least you would have had your head bashed in with a shovel once the Soviets arrived in 1945.

          • Quinterius

            Now, you have gone beyond the deep end. The stupidity of Zionists is that when they have no argument to defend their idiotic positions, they accuse everybody of antisemitism. Over 60 million people died during WW II. But, we only hear about the Holocaust. What about all the Roma who were slaughtered by the Nazis? What about the 30 million Russians who died? I guess their lives were not worth anything. Your dear Israel slaughtered 1,400 Gazans during Cast Lead and nobody raise his voice around the world. In the middle of this massacre, Tzipi Livni had the audacity to say, "There is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza." I guess you are cut from the same cloth.

          • MixMChess

            "The racist organization is the apartheid state of Israel which discriminates against its Palestinian citizens who cannot own land in 93% of Israel."

            You are LYING again Quinterius. Israel guarantees the equal rights of all of its citizens including the Arabs that make up approximately 20% of the population.

            As for your claims about discrimination in owning land, that is laughable at best. Of the total area of Israel, 92% belongs to the State and is managed by the Land Management Authority. It is not for sale to anyone, Jew or Arab. That stated, Government land can be leased by ANYONE, regardless of race, religion or sex. All Arab citizens of Israel are eligible to lease government land.

            The remaining 8 percent of the Israel is PRIVATELY owned. For example, the Arab Waqf (the Muslim charitable endowment) owns land that is for the express use and benefit of Muslim Arabs.

          • MixMChess

            "At the same time, any Jew from any place on earth can come to Israel, become immediately a citizen of Israel and can buy land anywhere."

            You are LYING again Quinterius, what are you some sort of child? Israel is the home of the Jewish people, and like any other country gives priority to its countrymen. That stated, Israel's law of return only allows Jews to emigrate to Israel, it doesn't give them automatic citizenship. Jews just like anyone else have to apply for citizenship. And per my earlier comment, Jews and Arabs have equal access purchase private land or lease government land.

          • MixMChess

            Hezbollah calls for the genocide of Jews worldwide and has perpetrated countless terrorist attacks against innocent civilians. To state they are not a terrorist organization and try to claim that Israel is a terrorist country proves that not only are you a liar, but you have no moral compass.

            While Hezbollah got its start after Israel's occupation in S. Lebanon, it has always been dedicated to the complete destruction of Israel and "liberating all of Palestine from the Jews." As Hezbollah spokesman Hassan Ezzedin stated in 2002.

            As for the 2006 war, its important to remember that in 2000 Israel completely withdrew from S. Lebanon. In your own words you stated that Hezbollah was "resisting" Israeli occupation of S. Lebanon. After 2000 Hezbollah had no reason to exist or any supposed Israeli occupation to resist. Yet, they continued to attack Israel's border leading up to the 2006 war where they planned premeditated attacks and kidnappings with Hamas. Israel never had any plans to invade S. Lebanon – your claim is pure fantasy. Israel defended itself against attack.

          • sam000

            Quinterious;
            Are you from Hezbollah?
            Quinterious, excuse me, I took you for an American, I didn't know that you were taken by the Mullahs.

            Quinterious, I'm Iranian, we will return to dust Hezbollah and the Mullahs, We the IRANIANS, we are committed to clean this shame of Islamism from the REGION.
            You can count on the American appeasement policy, but, for how long?
            One day, even the Americans will wake-up and will leave you.
            OBAMA is not the president of all the times.

          • Quinterius

            I am not from Hezbollah and I am not taken by the Mullahs. I hate the Mullahs. But, hate the lies that American officials say about Iran even more. They have been lying about Iran for years. Do you really think that Iran is building nuclear arms? There is absolutely no evidence for it.

            I am all for getting rid of the Mullahs. But, I don't want to replace it with a phony Green Movement whose leaders are from the old guard of the Islamic Republic, by monarchists, by the MKO or by American puppets. I also don't think any major changes will happen in Iran until the US and its allies stop lying about Iran.

          • SpiritOf1683

            You hate us more than you hate our enemies. That makes you an enemy. Off to Iran you go, sponger.

          • Quinterius

            I hate your lies. It is none of your business where I live. Why don't go to Israel so that it will be easier for you to kill Palestinians.

            By the way, there is no reason for Iran to be an enemy of the US. It is all manufactured by the neo-cons and Israel. There is greater support in Iran for the US than in any other country in the Middle East. It is just that the American leaders are too stupid to see it.

  • SpiritOf1683

    Annihilating the Iranian regime is long overdue, and should have been done in 1983, fiollowing the US Army batrracks bombing in Beirut. So much trouble would have been saved if the mad mullahs and Revolutionary Guards had been taken out or sent to the electric chair.

    • Quinterius

      Your writing shows utter ignorance and barbarism. You talk as if you are a phony ruler of the world and you can annihilate anyone. Let's annihilate you first to see how you feel about it.

      • SpiritOf1683

        It is obvious that your brain cells have been annihilated, eh, West-hater.

        • Quinterius

          So, who is the West you dummy?

  • WilliamJamesWard

    I would suggest that Mullah becomes the most dangerous job on the planet with a
    life expectancy of maybe one week, that may be to generous. I just wonder why I
    am in this world of idiocy and not the one in charge of keeping the bad guys
    under ground permanently. All of the Islamist leaders in all of the Islamist
    Naitons should be made to vanish……….in a trail of dead leftists……….
    Panetta my big toe, we need ……..Stormin Norman………..William

    • Quinterius

      As I say to all the other ignoramuses and barbarians, let's annihilate you first so you would know what it feels like. Do you ever think before your write such nonsense? Who are you to decide who can live or die. The US is either the first or second biggest terrorist country in the world. It caused the death of about one million Iraqis and displacement of about four million Iraqis. And, now on top of all that you want to kill more people? Amazing!

      • SpiritOf1683

        Now we know how Hitler came to power and managed to do everything that he did. It is because of people like you 80 years ago. Your sort wanted nothing being done about Hitler in 1935 and branded Churchill as a warmonger back then, but didn't want to be held partly responsible for what would follow. There are two threats to western civilization – Islam and Islam's enablers like yourself.

        • Quinterius

          See my separate response to your Nazi rants. Israel actually learned very well its tactics from the Nazis.

          • MixMChess

            WRONG, Israel seeks peace with its Palestinian neighbors whereas the Palestinians seek the destruction of Israel and genocide of Jews. In fact, it was the Palestinians that originally allied and conspired with the Nazis in WWII and still worship the Nazis and Hitler as folk heroes to this day. You are living proof of the Nazi influence in Iran, Syria and the rest of the Islamic world.

      • WilliamJamesWard

        It may have excaped your attention but these Islamists have been attacking
        and killing Americans for thirty or more years and they will not stop unless
        they are stopped. To end the madness and foolery and idiocy and slaughter
        of the innocent, I say kill the bad guys. If that gives you pause then you may
        join our evil enemies in their fate, you decide for yourself who is evil and
        who is not, I see no tireade against those who are out to kill us and that makes
        you worthless in a fifth columnist attitude. I also want to bring our people home
        but would not leave anything behind that would upset what I see and my
        vision is 9/11 in both eyes………………………………………William

      • Shishir

        Most of these deaths were caused by civil strife propagated by Iran.The surge is 2007/2008 was successful due to Petraeus/robert Gates deal with the devil(Iran) where the latter agreed to rein in its death squads.Iran is like an arsonist which wants a medal for putting out the fire and loathsome cretins like Quinterius will be the first to sing Irans praise from the top of their lungs.

        As for deciding who lives and dies , you have no problem with the mullahs doing so in Iraq,Afghanistan,Gaza, Lebanon.

        People like you belong in Saddams torture rooms or Abu Ghraib…as for the latter hopefully its only a matter of time!

  • Quinterius

    All the claims of Iranian involvement in the killing of "our boys" are based on pure speculation. There is a simple solution for preventing the death of any more American soldiers. Just bring them home.

    • Supreme_Galooty

      Your biliousness is distasteful; your ignorance is palpable; and your comments are not worthy.

      • Quinterius

        So, you think advocating the nuking of a country and killing 70 million of its people is just dandy, right? Do you know that even Petraeus had to take back claims of Iranian weapons killing American soldiers when he was in charge of the troops in Iraq? Do you believe everything that the US officials say?

        • SpiritOf1683

          Of course, you would advocate the nuking of Israel with the murder of another seven million Jews, wouldn't you, eh, Ahmadinejad's antisemitic pet.

          • Quinterius

            Now, you show your real ignorance. Do you still believe that nonsense about Ahmadinejad wanting to "wipe out Israel?" Are you a child? You still don't know what he said? For your information, Iran has never threatened Israel, while Israel and the US constantly say, "All options are on the table."

            The whole rumor started with a mistranslation of a single quotation from Khomeini. If you don't believe me, do a Google search on the following term, "Did Ahmadinejad threaten to wipe out Israel?" Then, read some of the first few items that pop up.

            Besides all that nonsense, Iran has no nuclear weapons as all IAEA reports and the US 2011 NIE have stated. Also, Iran has not attacked another country for at east 300 years. So, all these claims about Iran wanting to nuke Israel are just ignorant rants of die-hard Israelis and their supporters who don't see beyond the tips of their noses.

          • MixMChess

            Obviously Quinterius is a child and a LIAR. Ahmadinejad DID call for Israel to be destroyed. This coupled with his rampant antisemitism and Holocaust denial makes Iran an obvious threat.

            The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) translated Ahmadinejad's speech as stating that Israel must be "eliminated from the pages of history." That is a call for Israel's destruction.

            In fact, Tehran's official government translators who work in the President's office and the foreign ministry stated the following: "All official translations of Mr. Ahmadinejad's statement, including a description of it on his website, refer to wiping Israel away." Sohrab Mahdavi, one of Iran’s most prominent translators, and Siamak Namazi, managing director of a Tehran consulting firm, who is bilingual, "both say “wipe off” or “wipe away” is more accurate than "vanish" because the Persian verb is active and transitive."

            Even the anti-Israel New York Times conclusively determined that Iran's president called for Israel to be "wiped off the map." Editor Ethan Bronner concluded that "it is hard to argue that, from Israel's point of view, Mr. Ahmadinejad poses no threat."

        • SAM000

          Quinterius, your anti-Americanism sounds Ahmadinejad,
          I'm sure that you belong to NIAC (the lobbies of the Mullahs in USA).

          I don't like what Isreal did on 2006 in Lebanon,
          leaving Hassan Nasrollah alive and not exterminating this race of Hezbollahies is a shame in the history of the Israelis.

          The Jews Army had the possibility to return to dust the BEKA PLAIN (the Hezbollah's occupied region), but they didn't, because the Israeli Government of 2006 was leftist.

          But, we will do it, We are 70 millions,

          • Quinterius

            So, what brilliant logic did you use to say, "I'm sure that you belong to NIAC?" It is simply laughable how feeble your reasoning powers are. Well, I am sure you approve of what Israel and Sharon did in 1988 at Sabra and Shatila, when they surrounded the Palestinian camps and let the Christian Phalangists massacre the Palestinians.

            Well, I can also see that you are another Nazi who thinks that it would have been just dandy to massacre a whole group of people at the Beka Valley. You are pathetic.

          • MixMChess

            The Sabra Shantilla incident was in 1982 genius, and Israel had nothing to do with it. The Lebanese Christian Phalangist militia was solely responsible for the massacres that occurred at the two Beirut-area refugee camps. The facts are clear, Israel had allowed the Phalange to enter the camps as part of a plan to transfer authority to the Lebanese. As soon as Israel learned of any massacre it ordered the Phalangists out of the camps. All official inquiries found that Israel's only fault was not anticipating the possibility of Phalangist violence.

          • WilliamJamesWard

            I see past your stupidity and realize you are an inept dupe that may
            be commonly appraised as a moron…….set yourself up for therapy,
            there must be some help for your derangement, jump out of the
            nearest window, make it a basement window as your illness
            ameliorates the severity of treatment……….and……….you are kind
            of fun, stick around, we need some comic relief…I am making a
            Quinterius dart board, for a picture I will use a swine………William

  • Wesley69

    Panetta, you can warn all you want, but the Iranians know your boss doesn't have the belly for a fight.

    • SpiritOf1683

      The Iranians have known that for almost 33 years. Every President since Carter has displayed cold feet vis a vis Iran.

      • Wesley69

        True. If we were energy indepedent, we could have taken them down long ago. But, now, our economy and much of the world's depends upon oil flowing through the Straits of Hormuz.

  • tagalog

    The first flames begin to heat up the coming nuclear war with Iran that could have been avoided by decisive action five or ten years ago.

  • G-man

    To all you dreamers that think we need another war and lets go take Iran.
    A) Our economy here in the USA is down the drain
    B) After the nice adventure in Irag … no president is able to do another war for a long time to come

  • SAM000

    Every body here can see the liar face of Islamism.
    This troll of Quinteruis is a good example,
    He can fool you, but not me.
    You see here what is Taghieh (returning the reality and using double language).
    He says that he is against the Mullahs, in one of his replies to my post, and he defends Ideologically Ahmadinejad in the other post.
    He claims the honorable history of the Iranian people and he puts it on the credits of the MULLAHS, it is like that to claim the Jews Holocaust and white washing Hitler with the Jews extermination.
    That's why we are fighting to extinguish this D- I- R- T- Y race of Mullahs.
    It is very good that they come to this site, what they claim, what they say, supplies more and more our hate.

    • Shishir

      I think you are referring to “Taqqiyah”, yes Quinterius is dishonorable liar and a coward.He hides behind a secular veneer pretending to hate the mullahs but spewing the same venom but trying to make more palatable for this audience. “Iran has never called for Israels destruction”, hey by the same token , Saddam didnt call for Irans destruction as well! Iranians are known for being frauds,liars and thieves.Taqqiyah comes naturally to them, but some of them are so stupid that they fail spectacularly like Quinterius!(Notice how he is routinely schooled by MixMChess)

      People like Quinterius almost make me wish for Saddams rule , atleast he knew how to deal with them!

      Hey quinterius , ask yourself why Iranian women have one of the lowest birth rates and highest rates of prostitution in the world. Well Asia Times’ Spengler can answer that for you. You are a dying race and good riddance!

      Haha , go to iranian.com and see how fools like you are humiliated on a daily basis!

      • SAM000

        Shishir; I myself, I'm Iranian too,
        Quinteuis is working for NIAC, NIAC is the lobbies of the Mullahs in IRAN, at the same time, NIAC has several strong ties with your state dept.
        NIAC has elaborated a CYBER program which screens the US Medias, any statement about IRAN, MULLAHS, Ahmadinejad, and so switches NIAC RED light on, and you see the trolls like Quinterius or SHWAN or DE SHWAN or any other troll appears.

        We the Iranian people, we are fighting to remove this criminal regime, we have more than 120,000 martyrs, but our anti-Mullahs Resistance is banned by the US DEPT.

        USA wants to return Iranian Regime to the international community( this is What Obama claims),
        We are paying with our lives to remove this regime, but USA backs and supplies this criminal regime.

        your soldiers killed in Iraq with the American explosives and weapons (supplied to Iraqi Government)by the Islamists,
        Iraqi Government never reported any weapon missing, What Quinterius wrote about the numbers of the victims in IRAQ is correct, but those victims are killed by the Iraqi Army and Police and Iranian services.
        What Quinterius says is that Iranians are civilized and good people, and Ahmadinejad and the Mullahs are Iranians, like that HITLER should be good because the Germans are good, and 6 millions Jews and 50 Millions the victims of WWII are due to war and they are the war victims, and if USA and UK had not entered to war against the NAZI, we could never have such a big numbers of Victims.
        If you read his posts, you will notice that he uses the fear of war as a tool to answer any question.

        • Shishir

          SAM000, I apologize if my words seem harsh. However the writings on the wall for Iranian civilization with its birth rate ,women opting out of marriage etc.

          Iranian “bazaar” culture you have to admit encourages double dealings and as such it is difficult to tell truth from fiction.To be sure ,lying and misleading is an integral part of Arab culture as well but it is especially severe in the Iranian milieu.

          I dont know if you are aware that not just naive and foolish liberal minded Iranians but a lot of pin headed Western intellegentsia like Michael Focault were big fans of the Ayotallah.

          People in the West are wary of the social unrest in Iran because they are still smarting from their experience in 1979!Not to mention the Beirut bombings,kidnappings,Hezbollah,Hamas,killing Americans in Iraq (and now Afghanistan) etc etc.
          You will forgive them for thinking war is the best answer.

          While Iran is much better for women and minorities than say Saudi Arabia, atleast Iranian women can walk around unescorted and drive and there are Jews,Christians and Zoroastrians who still get by, the same pathologies remain!

          Even if Iran renounces Islam(as many Iranians do when leave Iran, heck even when they come to Dubai where I met many of them when I was living there ,they promptly go to Zorastrianism,Buddhism or Christianity!) Iran will still have an imperial instinct (perhaps more so since the Sassanids and Achaenimids were of that faith) to dominate the Middle Easat and give the West a bloody nose as they once did.

          I remember Indian Parsees who make a pilgrimage to sacred places in Iran telling me that how overwhelmingly sorrowful it was to experience the loss of grandeur and power.(BTW Parsees are also a disappearing breed).A people who have delusions and are disappearing a dangerous thing indeed!

          • sam000

            I had forgotten to tell you that all the Iranians of Dubai are with regime, or approved with regime.

            The Iranian girls of DUBAI, are the victims, they are stolen by the Iranian police and sold in the GULF or forced to prostitution.

            The prostitution in Iran is the direct consequences of the Mullahs REGIME, our resistance have learned us to hate the Mullahs and not the victims.

            NOW, the only reason of the survive of the Islamism is AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY.

            You should hate the supporters of the Mullahs in USA.
            Yesterday I heard on VoA (Voice of America in Persian) that USA is committed to return back the Iranian regime to the international community!!

  • sam000

    Shishir;
    The war, the BOMB, and Extermination is the only immediate answer to the MULLAHS RACE.
    This Islamism (Satanism) should disappear.
    What you wrote about the BAD IRANIANS is the result of more than 30 years of the Mullahs regime in IRAN.

    I have several ethnic examples to reinforce my argument.
    the most respected and the most honest ETHNIC MINORITY in IRAN is the ARMENIAN community,
    When I came to FRANCE, I was thinking that all the Armenians are the best.
    When I saw a TURKISH Armenian, and other TURKISH ARMENIAN, it was like I have met a HADJI (The man who had made a Pilgrimage at MECCA),
    You know, A HADJI, is the worst, he is like an snake,, a Mullah Hadji, is the DEVIL.

    The ARMENIANS told me that, they themselves never trust an TURKISH ARMENIAN.
    I understand why, the TURKISH ARMENIANS were the victims of the Turkish mass killing from 1900, Always in danger, to loose what they have, to be jailed for nothing, to be raped, their kids have no right, so, they have to lie, to survive.
    In Iran, the one who tells the truth to the authorities and don't lie is an Hezbollahi, an ENEMY, we will target him, we will kill him one day.
    And some Iranians, when they come to EU, they keep their Iranian behavior and they continue to lie and cheat to the people that have nothing to do with the Iranian REGIME.
    2end, example, we hate the people who bear the BARBER, I saw an Iranian women in PARIS who panicked and withered in the street after seeing a bearded man.
    Even now, I can not respect a bearded man, because the Mullahs and the Passdards and Hezbollahis are always bearded.

    I'm sorry that you have met only the bad Iranians.

    • RoyBatty

      "I'm sorry that you have met only the bad Iranians. " Au contraire!I have met many good Iranians but they are Parsees who have been in India for more than 1000 years!

      Seriously though, regarding Iranians in Dubai I have a query.I see many Iranian Muslims sporting the image of Ahura Mazda on their necks, back windows or shops.Others have pictures of Zarathustra(Zarthosht) .How is this possible? Isnt this apostasy according to Islam? Also Nowruz is a Magian festival commemorating Spring/New Year.How does the Islamic Republic allow this clearly un Islamic festival?

      Do these trends imply that Islam is simply a front for the Iranian pre Islamic religion which is really what motivates Iranian power grabs?(though it doesnt explain the anti Semitism, indeed Cyrus was the only non Israelite in the Bible to be celebrated as a messiah..but OTOH you have Haman…)

    • Shishir

      Im RoyBatty as well BTW

      Regarding Iranian women ,Im glad they have liberated themselves from mullahs perverse ideology.But Im afraid they are pursuing a course of decadence and a retreat from motherhood. These are not my words ..read the posts at iranian.com.

      As for Armenians,I understand that Farsi speakers comprise barely 50% of Iran.This does not augur for the future as the mullahs would get more desperate and civil/ethnic strife would result.