The Laughable Mitt Romney and “Iran’s Route to the Sea”

 

Unemployment? Islamic militancy? Escalating national debt? Chinese assertiveness? Impending Medicare and Social Security collapse? What a laugh riot! Four more years!

 

Here’s a comment from my friend Will Schryver that I think worth reposting:

 

“Romney is being widely ridiculed for apparently not knowing his geography when stating that Syria was Iran’s ‘route to the sea.’  The fact is, Romney is absolutely correct.  Syria and Iran, in 2011, signed a naval cooperation accord which permits Iran to establish its own naval base in the Syrian port of Latakia.  From that port, the Atlantic Ocean will then be open to Iranian naval ships, all the way to American waters–a strategic capability they did not previously possess.  Iranian naval commanders, just six weeks ago, announced their plans to deploy some of their ships off the coast of the United States.

 

“So while Romney may not have elaborated sufficiently on his statement, the statement is nevertheless very true.  Considering Iran’s focus on the development of sea-to-land and anti-ship missile capabilities, it is a truth that bears directly on the national security of the United States.”

 

“Iran to Build Permanent Naval Base in Syria”

 

“Iran to Deploy Warships Off US Coast”

 

I’ve commented to several people today that Mr. Romney was almost certainly speaking of a route to the Mediterranean Sea.  And it appears that I was correct.

 

But who cares about such things?  Perhaps I should include a photo of Laughing Joe Biden here.  He apparently gets an enormous kick out of contemplating America’s problems and challenges.  Still, I think I’ll stay with Alfred E. Neuman:  ”What?  Me Worry?”

 

As the slogan used to go back in the days of my youth, “Alfred E. Neuman for President!”  Maybe we’ve got him now.

 

 

 

 

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  • Strategoi

    It seems to me that we need to boost our navy and coast guard, but not just in response to the Iranian threat— but to the future ones such as Japan and even Turkey. Also, it may be noted that North Korea is being squeezed against wall, and it will collapse soon. About time, but even better is this quote by Robert Kaplan about Iran, in his book The Revenge of Geography:

    “With its rich culture, vast territory and teeming and sprawling cities, Iran is, in the way of China and India, a civilization unto itself, whose future will overwhelmingly be determined by internal politics and social conditions. Unlike the Achaemenid, Sassanid, Safavid and other Iranian empires of yore, which were either benign or truly inspiring in both a moral and cultural sense, this current Iranian empire of the mind rules mostly out of fear and intimidation, through suicide bombers rather than through poets. And this both reduces its power and signals its eventual downfall.
    Yet, if one were to isolate a single hinge in calculating Iran’s fate, it would be Iraq. Iraq, history and geography tell us, is entwined in Iranian politics to the degree of no other foreign country. The Shiite shrines of Imam Ali (the Prophet’s cousin and son-in-law) in An Najaf and the one of Imam Hussain (the grandson of the Prophet) in Karbala, both in central-southern Iraq, have engendered Shiite theological communities that challenge that of Qom in Iran. Were Iraqi democracy to exhibit even a modicum of stability, the freer intellectual atmosphere of the Iraqi holy cities could eventually have a profound impact on Iranian politics. In a larger sense, a democratic Iraq can serve as an attractor force of which Iranian reformers might in the future take advantage. For as Iranians become more deeply embroiled in Iraqi politics, the very propinquity of the two nations with a long and common border might work to undermine the more repressive of the two systems. Iranian politics will become gnarled by interaction with a pluralistic, ethnically Arab Shiite society. And as the Iranian economic crisis continues to unfold, ordinary Iranians could well up in anger over hundreds of millions of dollars being spent by their government to buy influence in Iraq, Lebanon and elsewhere. This is to say nothing of how Iranians will become increasingly hated inside Iraq as the equivalent of “Ugly Americans.” Iran would like to simply leverage Iraqi Shiite parties against the Sunni ones. But that is not altogether possible, since that would narrow the radical Islamic universalism it seeks to represent in the pan-Sunni world to a sectarianism with no appeal beyond the community of Shia. Thus, Iran may be stuck trying to help form shaky Sunni-Shiite coalitions in Iraq and to keep them perennially functioning, even as Iraqis develop greater hatred for this intrusion into their domestic affairs. Without justifying the way that the 2003 invasion of Iraq was planned and executed, or rationalizing the trillions of dollars spent and the hundreds of thousands of lives lost in the war, in the fullness of time it might very well be that the fall of Saddam Hussein began a process that will result in the liberation of two countries; not one. Just as geography has facilitated Iran’s subtle colonization of Iraqi politics, geography could also be a factor in abetting Iraq’s influence upon Iran.
    The prospect of peaceful regime change — or evolution — in Iran, despite the temporary fizzling of the Green Movement, is still greater now than in the Soviet Union during most of the Cold War. A liberated Iran, coupled with less autocratic governments in the Arab world — governments that would be focused more on domestic issues because of their own insecurity — would encourage a more equal, fluid balance of power between Sunnis and Shia in the Middle East, something that would help keep the region nervously preoccupied with itself and on its own internal and regional power dynamics, much more than on America and Israel.”

  • Axel Bromley

    He did say “Sea” NOT “Gulf”. I got what he was saying. But he should have just added its full name and it wouldn’t have been an issue.

  • SXDavey

    Axel… are you forgetting the Arabian Sea? It is true that, with the number of military bases we have in that area, it wouldn’t be a bright idea for Iran to try to go through the Arabian Sea. But it is still there. He does need to expand on that statement, because almost every media outlet has blasted him every time he’s used that line. You’d think he’d learn. I don’t doubt he was referring to the Mediterranean Sea… especially with it’s easy access to the shores of Israel and the base created in Syria… but he needs to be more specific on that point.

  • William Schryver

    Of course, the liberal-leaning media is utterly disinterested in the results of “fact-checking” when those results do not favor their preferred candidate. Have we heard any non-Fox media reports concerning President Obama’s patently false accusations concerning Romney’s op-ed on the auto industry? No. But we have seen several mocking comments concerning Romney’s alleged ignorance of geography.

    “Facts” are only interesting to the liberal media when those facts can be manipulated to further their increasingly transparent agenda. Fortunately, it is becoming increasingly evident (thank goodness!) that a slim majority of the American people is still capable of thinking for themselves and sifting the needles of truth out of the haystacks of misinformation emanating from CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, and their numerous confederates in the liberal propaganda machine.


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