Diane Sori
by on June 17, 2019
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By: Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor / Right Side Patriots on American Political Radio
The mainstream media is at it again...sidestepping certain key stories they either don't want us to know about, give just a bit of cursory attention to, or simply downplay their importance...and three such stories have happened within the past few weeks.
Let's start last Tuesday when one Wajahat Ali, a far-left New York Times op-ed writer who helped launch the Al Jazeera America network and who regularly appears on CNN, had the audacity to not only mock but call Navy Seal war hero, Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw, to task for not supporting the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. In a now-deleted tweet Ali stated that, “Anytime a Republican says they are ‘patriots’ ask them if they voted to fund the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. You know who’s for it? Ilhan Omar. You know who hasn’t sponsored it? Dan Crenshaw. @DanCrenshawTX, I hope you do the right thing. If not, why aren’t you?”
Obviously this so-called journalist didn't bother doing his homework what with Crenshaw's cut-to-the-chase response to Ali's unabashed lie saying it best, “Hey ‘journalist,’ maybe you should check your facts. I am a co-sponsor. Nice try though.”
“Nice try,” indeed for when Crenshaw outed Ali's lie, Ali did indeed cowardly delete his tweet then issued an anything but apology. Saying simply that he was wrong about the Congressman, Ali instead focused his musings on getting Crenshaw to reverse his critical “comments” about Ilhan Omar. Saying, “Thanks for letting me know. I'm glad you did and I have no problem correcting and updating the record with facts. Now try it with your comments about Ilhan Omar. You'll feel better. Sincerely, a fellow patriot," but what Ali's response shows is first, he is a truly dishonorable man and second, muslims will always stick together to defend one of their own even when one of their own is an anti-Semitic, anti-American, jihad defending stain on Congress.
And to make matters worse, Ali even walked back that so-called apology by following it up with this tweet, “I deleted this b/c Dan Crenshaw supported the Fund in May after being a holdout. Apologies to him for the tweet. I have no problem admitting it & correcting the record with facts. For those trying to "own" me, especially as you still promote "alternative facts," enjoy Tuesday.”
What a truly vile little man Wajahat Ali is...no wonder he's a defender of equally vile muslima Ilhan Omar.
But what started this “tweet war” of sorts between a highly decorated American war hero...Dan Crenshaw was awarded two Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with valor...and Wajahat Ali a mere shadow of a man? It all started with comedian Jon Stewart's comments when he appeared before Congressional members of the House Judiciary Committee regarding first responders and their families still having no assurance that “a victims’ compensation fund set up after the 9/11 attacks won’t run out of money,” as well as Stewart's statements as to why Crenshaw and others skipped the very hearing devoted to this “crisis.”
And even while John Stewart is a known Trump basher, he has always been an advocate for the 9/11 responders, and was truly upset that the "sick and dying" first responders and their families...families who traveled to Washington just for this hearing...were being “disrespected” because only a handful of committee members were seated at the dais. But here Stewart is wrong as only two committee members were absent...Reps Eric Swalwell (D-Calif) and Guy Reschenthaler (R-Pa), the other members appearing to be coming and going during discussion were actually moving in and out of other subcommittee hearings, as is standard practice.
So...absolutely no disrespect whatsoever was meant, and anyway when it comes to D.C. politics a grand show usually ends up being nothing but bad political theater. And in this case it was for Louisiana's Rep. Mike Johnson (R) told John Stewart that the compensation bill would assuredly pass with overwhelming support. And pass it did when last Wednesday night, one day after Wajahat Ali posted his tweets, the compensation bill overcame its first hurdle when the House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed the bill's funding through 2090.
So with Wajahat Ali now being exposed as but a pseudo-journalist at best, and while John Stewart's heart is in the right place, we are now bearing witness to the fact that a broken clock is indeed right twice a day as the ever detestable Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said of the compensation bill that “we stood together as a nation in the days following September 11, 2001, and just as we stood together in 2010 and 2015 to authorize and fund these vital programs, we must now join forces one more time to ensure that the heroes of 9/11 are not abandoned when they need us most." And to that I say Jerry Nadler is right, and hell just froze over a bit.
And speaking of hell freezing over a bit, the U(seless) N(ations), specifically the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), just got knocked down a peg or two when on June 6th, Syed Akbaruddin, the Indian representative at ECOSOC, supported an Israeli draft decision, “L.15,”...a decision titled “Application of the non-governmental organization Palestinian Association for Human Rights – Witness for consultative status with the Economic and Social Council”...which basically fought against granting “observer status” to Lebanon-based “Shahed.” And why...because “Shahed” is a Palestinian non-governmental organization (NGO) directly linked to terrorist groups Hezbollah and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. In fact, “Shahed” is the proxy arm of Hamas in Lebanon.
And India's unprecedented support of Israel against the Palestinians came just weeks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his allies won a two-thirds majority in the Indian general elections. Since 2014 when Modi became prime minister, India has mostly abstained from voting on UN resolutions targeting Israel but has not until now openly sided with the Jewish State out of fear of its large muslim minority “acting up,” and its dependence on Arab oil. But now under Modi's leadership India has not only broken the country’s historical voting record of siding with Arab and muslim countries against Israel, it has openly come out in favor of Israel and has formed a closer public relationship and stronger ties with Israel.
And the all-important decision against “observer status” was adopted in a vote of 28 to 15, with five abstentions. Some voting against “observer status” were Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Ukraine, the U.K., and of course the U.S. and Israel. ECOSOC then decided to return "Shahed’s" status application because they had failed to turn over important information when its credentials were being considered during the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations earlier this year.
So, what was the response to India's decision to side with Israel? Maya Kadosh, the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Israel Embassy in India when first hearing of the vote immediately took to Twitter to say, “Thank you #India for standing with @IsraelinUN and rejecting the request of terrorist organization “Shahed” to obtain the status of an observer in #UN. Together we will continue to act against terrorist organizations that intend to harm,” while a statement was issued from the Simon Weisenthal Center that, “A significant day. India has gone from Third World Nemesis of Israel to a pivotal ally of Jewish state.” And leading Indian journalist, Shekhar Gupta, described India's vote as a “shedding of hypocrisies” and urged India to form even stronger ties with its “natural ally and strategic partner” Israel.
And that sentiment was also echoed by Vijeta Uniyal, the founder of the group "Indians for Israel." Saying, “This is a truly historic vote. By taking a principled stand at the United Nations, India has finally broken a voting pattern reminiscent of the Cold War era...and in my opinion, the position taken today by Prime Minister [Narendra] Modi’s government finally reflects the long held of wishes and attitudes of the Indian people.” And to Vijeta Uniyal I say the wishes of the American people as well.
And while we know that Iran surely is not happy with India right now...ain't that just too damn bad...Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had these simple but powerful words to say, “Thank you @NarendraModi, thank you India, for your support and for standing with Israel at the UN.” And sometimes a simple “thank you” truly does say it best.
So as the tide seems to be turning, albeit ever so slowly, against those out to do us all harm it's turning nevertheless, and that is indeed a very good thing.
And lastly, just this past Thursday explosions disabled two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, one of the most vital passageways for much of the world’s oil. One of the disabled ships, the Front Alair owned by the Norwegian shipping company Frontline, saw its 23-member crew not only evacuating the now on fire ship, but after their being rescued by the Hyundai Dubai, they were surrendered by its ship's captain to those on board Iranian "fast boats," and are currently being detained in Iran. The second tanker, Japanese owned Kokuka Courageous, was also on fire forcing its 21-member crew to abandon ship, but are thankfully safe after being rescued by the USS Bainbridge, part of our Navy’s Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet.
And this latest attack came barely one month after four other oil tankers were attacked and damaged in roughly the same area and saw those attacks being blamed on Iran. In fact, in late May, National Security Advisor John Bolton said that Iran was “almost certainly” responsible for those attacks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agreeing. Saying the attack was nothing but “efforts by the Iranians to raise the price of crude oil,” we saw how right Secretary Pompeo was as crude oil prices rose more than three percent in response to said attack, thus indirectly boosting Iran’s revenue as an oil producer.
Not good...not good at all. And even while one of Iran's larger militarized "fast boats" was in the midst of being filmed removing a failed to explode limpet mine* from the Kokuka Courageous**...they "categorically" denied being the perpetrator of these attacks. Saying how could they be when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was at the time of the attacks in a meeting with Ayatollah Khamenei in Tehran, I say what a perfect cover story that meeting makes. And yet Iran still heralds these attacks as rightful payback for Trump's newest sanctions that have blocked most of its crude-oil exports thus sending their country into a deep recession.
And after last Thursday's attack Mike Pompeo stated that American intelligence agencies have determined that Iran is directly responsible for the attacks, adding that said attacks are being specifically directed towards the economic interests of the U.S. and our allies... as all ships targeted are indeed U.S. allies.*** And why has this decision been reached... because no proxy group operating within the area has either the “resources or proficiency” to carry out such attacks and do so with the high degree of sophistication seen in these attacks. And like with May's attack, this latest attack also saw oil prices almost immediately going higher as well as setting off new fears that serious trade disruptions in the Strait of Hormuz would become reality.
See video 'US Military Releases Video of Iranian Forces...' here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Id-bQqmqlsg
So while the issue of possible consequences against Iran was not addressed by Pompeo in Thursday's statement or in his press conference, he did say that the U.S. will defend its forces, interests and stand with our partners and allies, adding that he hoped they could bring Iran "back to the negotiating table." But he did say in a tweet that the attacks are “a threat to international peace and security, a blatant assault on the freedom of navigation, and an unacceptable escalation of tension by Iran,” and that we intend to raise this issue with the UN Security Council...which we did in a closed door Security Council meeting on Thursday night. And with President Trump recently warning Iran about possible retaliation being leveled against its “aggressive actions,” he is now working to build an "international consensus" while at the same time Iranian small boats continue, as I write this, to prevent salvage tugs from moving one of the damaged ships to port.
So there you have it, three current news stories getting little mainstream media attention as the msm deems it more important to aid the Democrats in their call for President Trump's impeachment then it is to report the news. The once honorable Fourth Estate truly is dead.
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* A limpet mine is a mine designed to be attached magnetically to a ship's hull and set to explode after a certain time.
** This photo and the video were taken by a U.S. Navy P-8 surveillance aircraft showing Iranian "fast boats" trying to remove a failed to explode limpet mine.
*** Ships attacked by Iran were owned by Norway, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)...allies all.
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