Clearing the Spindle: the Pathetic

By | January 8, 2020

[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, 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.

Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

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23 thoughts on “Clearing the Spindle: the Pathetic

  1. lydia

    Very good way to give us what’s going on in your mind, Gen. Satterfield. I liked that these topics were at the top of the news cycle and each has an impact on how leaders are NOT doing their jobs properly and with the care such things deserve. One day, I too would like to know what CNN paid to Sandmann. I’m sure we will find out eventually and I hope it set them back on their heels.

    1. Autistic Techie

      As we can see from the right side of this website, the Sandmann story was the most commented on story in Gen. Satterfield’s blog to date.

  2. Greg Heyman

    I’m relieved to hear that Nick Sandmann won his first test with CNN. They settled and for obvious reasoning; they were going to lose their case. Irresponsibility is built into the fake news of today. Now, they are being held to account for their misdeeds. Their reporters and their bosses should immediately be fired and never again work in a news outlet. They are liars and the world knows it.

    1. Deplorable John

      Yes and the fact that CNN’s money will be used to take down other ‘liberal, leftist’ newspapers just makes me want to sing.

  3. Doc Blackshear

    Good job, Gen. Satterfield. I like your clearing the spindle series. Keep it up. Gives me a good place to focus my attention and look more deeply into what is happening.

  4. Yusaf from Texas

    Gen. Satterfield, your comments about the Iranians is spot on. Last night while watching the news on TV, I was thinking that I would wait until today (Wednesday morning) to make a more detailed comment. I actually thought the Iranian leadership would do far more than what I’ve seen so far. Well, they are just weak and I also think scared. If I were Persian, I would be insulted by what the Iranian military has done. Pathetic only describes it nicely.

    1. Big Al

      POW. You got ’em Yusaf. Real Persians would have done more and actually destroyed something close up and personal. Not lob a few ineffective, defective missiles.

      1. Albert Ayer

        Right Big Al. The Iranians embarrassed themselves in this pathetic attack. I’m smiling at their lack of effectiveness and openness. They also lied about the battle damage.

  5. JT Patterson

    Good summary of key events over the past 24 hours, Gen Satterfield. Thank you for putting this list together so that we can ‘see leadership in action’ as you are fond of writing about. My friends and I who have served in the military know that the strike by Iran was truly weak. Frankly, we were thinking that it’s not just pathetic but also effete. ha ha ha ha

  6. Army Captain

    Gen. Satterfield, you are correct in evaluating the Iranian response to the killing of one of their terrorist generals as PATHETIC. Many of their didn’t even work properly and that sends another signal of their capabilities. They didn’t want much to happen at all and feared that they might actually kill a US citizen. I’m sure they breathed a sigh of relief when reports from the US came in.

    1. Eric Coda

      The Iranian leadership not only looked weak, they looked also incompetent. Also their military is pathetic too. Simpletons and ingrates to boot. Good thing that Iran’s religious leaders have an outside enemy else they would have been overthrown by now.

      1. Gil Johnson

        Good points Eric. Thanks. Another great Clearing the Spindle article today. I like them and wish Gen. Satterfield would make this a regular feature.

      2. old warrior

        Much appreciated comment, Eric. I think we’ve got a better handle on what the impact of this symbolic attack on the USA by Iran than nearly every fake news outlet. Trump 2020!

  7. Drew Dill

    Best of luck getting your computer back on line. I know that it’s a pesky problem that we all experience at one time or another.

    1. Jonnie the Bart

      Yeah, I had the same issue a couple of months ago. Computers are just not that reliable.

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