[January 8, 2020] A little disruption in the Satterfield household this morning; my computer failed but my iPad is filling in admirably. I’ll get to my points quickly and keep this article short.
Attack on U.S. military base at Al Asad and Erbil, Iraq. News from major news channels are coming in screaming headlines about World War III with Iran. How pathetic! There is no major kinetic war, of course, but there is a long-simmering proxy conflict between Shia Iran and the West at least since 1979 when the government of Iran authorized the takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran. Last night’s Iranian missile attacks on bases, origins from Iran itself, was weak and shows that Iranian leadership blinked. They fear the U.S. and that fear has held their hand. Iran has miscalculated.
CNN settles with Nick Sandmann. Sandmann was an innocent kid from the Covington Catholic High School waiting for a bus when he was confronted by an activist Indian and some of his gang. Sandmann didn’t back down but stood his ground and smiled. This was too much for major media outlets that unethically smeared Sandmann. What happened that day and those that followed was a low point for American media. Sandmann’s parents did the right thing and hired a lawyer to force responsibility on CNN, the Washington Post, and others. CNN just settled the lawsuit for an unknown amount (we all would like to know how much). Now that money from CNN will help fund a harder attack on the other media outlets. It is good to see irresponsible behavior punished.
U.S. Representative named anti-Semite of the year. Ilhan Omar, Democrat from Minnesota, was called out for repeatedly spreading anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic conspiracies. Omar is another clueless, inexperienced, echo-chamber politician who simply says whatever pops in her head without much thought to its impact. The organization StopAnti-Semitism.org, after a public nomination period and vote, has correctly put her on notice. My concern is that a duly elected federal government official has publicly espoused anti-Semitic views without any pushback from her own political party. Ilhan Omar is an ingrate and a classic narcissist.