It Must Be Letter Writing Day!

Dear Special Report,
As a regular viewer of Special Report for the past ten years, I was shocked at an uninformed comment Fred Barnes made during the ‘All-Stars’ segment, and that none of the other commentators corrected or questioned his assertion.
Mr. Barnes, in discussing the U.K. hostage situation in Iran, made the claim that Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad gave orders to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. This is patently false!
The IRGC work’s exclusively for the Supreme Leader, at this time Ayatollah Khamanei, and will only do what the President orders when the Ayatollah tells them too. Visualize an organizational chart, with the Supreme Leader at the top of the pyramid, and the President on a branch to the lower right, and the IRGC on a branch on the lower left. That is how they are structured, and when the IRGC’s Navy captured the U.K. sailors and marines, they did so on the orders of the Supreme Leader. That the President granted a pardon and released the hostages, was once again, at the pleasure of the Supreme Leader.
I write this out of concern, that a major news organization that I respect, could be so misinformed, and subsequently, could misinform millions of American citizens, that do not read blogs, or even go on the internet.
Please inform everyone at FNC, and in particular, Special Report, that the structure of the government in Iran is more complex than most realize, and the important distinctions made in the U.S. need to be fully researched, before commenting.


Addendum:The Ancient Persian Empire.

60 Responses

  1. N2l: Perhaps you might also expound on the relationship of the Supreme Leader to Quds Force operating in Iraq

  2. Coffee break is over, back to the painting chit

  3. I will try and expound on that later, as the Quds force is a division of the IRGC.
    Problem is, most want to think of all governments in terms of ours, where the President can order the military and the national guard, to do whatever he wishes.
    In the case of Iran, the President ain’t shiite, even if he is shiia. It’s the Mad Mullahs that call the shots.

  4. Well, SwampMan took me to see the 300, and made me listen to Jethro Tull on the way to the theater. It was a great movie, and I can see where the more nuanced would be very, very frightened by it.

  5. How do people not realize that Ahmagetajob is basically a public face and press secretary for the religious leaders?

  6. Okay, dinner is done, and have a little time to collect my thoughts, and talked with a Persian ex-pat friend.
    First, understanding the difference between the IRGC(either Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps or Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps), and the Iranian military.
    The IRGC, or as they are known in Iran, Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution, or the Guardians(Pasdaran). They were formed as a force loyal to Ayatollah Khomeini, but during the Iran-Iraq war, fought alongside the Iranian military. The infamous mass suicide waves of young boys through mine fields, was an action created by the Pasdaran. The IRGC serves parallel to the Iranian military, and have their own Army, Navy, Air Force, and intelligence services. The military is tasked with protecting the national sovereignty of Iran, the Pasdaran with protecting the revolution itself.
    I can’t offer a better explanation of the Quds Force, than this one by Global Security:

    The Qods (Jerusalem) Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is responsible for extraterritorial operations, including terrorist operations. A primary focus for the Qods Force is training Islamic fundamentalist terrorist groups. Currently, the Qods Force conducts training activities in Iran and in Sudan. The Qods Force is also responsible for gathering information required for targeting and attack planning. The Pasdaran has contacts with underground movements in the Gulf region, and Pasdaran members are assigned to Iranian diplomatic missions, where, in the course of routine intelligence activities they monitor dissidents. Pasdaran influence has been particularly important in Kuwait, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates.

    Qods(Jerusalem) Force.
    I reiterate my complaint in my letter to Special Report, the info is available, and uninformed journalist continue to serve the public poorly.

  7. I must not be very nuanced, cause Jethro Tull never frightened me.

  8. It is DAMN cold here; supposed to be a hard freeze tonight (there go the blooming azaleas). Should have known that it was Al Gore’s fault (who says mother nature doesn’t have a sense of humor).

  9. I never said that. I mean…oh…better not.
    We missed the snow, I think, but President Bush’s ranch got a blanket of that white shiite.

  10. The first new post at the Mesopotamian in almost two months. Was beginning to think something had happened to dude. Here’s a snip:

    As the Iraqis have surprised the World before during events such as elections and the like, I expect the World has a very big surprise in store in the not too distant future. The haters, doubters, defeatists, anti-Amrica psychopaths etc. are going to have some very nasty surprises. This apparently endless and unresovable conflict is going to be suddenly and incredibly concluded in an abrupt and rather anticlimatic manner, and that before the end of the Bush term, too. This is my prophesy, and also my fervent hope. Despite all the errors, sacrifices, bloodshed and suffering, Iraq, our beloved Mesopotamia is going to emerge more united than ever and Sunni, Shiaa , Kurd and all other ingredients of Iraqi society are going to live in a harmony unknown in all their long history. This is my prediction and my dream. Have I ever told you anything before that has not been vindicated by the unfolding events ?
    Best regards to all my friends.

  11. The feed store today informed me that it had enough hay for maybe two more weeks of sales, and that is rationing sales to 20 bales per customer, then they are out, as all the hay farms throughtout the area will be exhausted until such time as we get enough rain to grow enough grass for a cutting. The hard freeze is going to set everything back as well.

    I hate to do it, but looks like it might be the end of the line for the last of my flock.

  12. I hope, for the sake of Iraq, that that is not mere wishful thinking.

  13. Well, Aqualung played over and over because SwampMan KNOWS it annoys me can get a lil’ aggravating. I did not flinch, however, no matter how dire the torture.

  14. Hay is for your sheep?
    How much do they consume?
    Aqualung is a great song, what’s your problem Swampie?
    /say it ain’t so…ho’

  15. I send this one out to Swampies sheep.

  16. Usually, sheep get no hay. However, no rain = no grass, poor quality grass hay is over $5 a bale, no round bales available, and corn is up (locally) to $7.50 a 50 lb. bag because it’s going to ethanol production.

  17. Heh. Don’t let the door hit you on the arse on your way out, Sheiky!

  18. I don’t even want to know what the double-line entry in the accounting book looks like for the sheep. Yikes!

    Did you know Alanis Morrisette is still around? I didn’t, but she is.
    Alanis Morriesette.

  19. Think it’s time for some tubeage.
    Back in a bit.

  20. Heh. So she is. Yes, that song definitely needed laughing at, but I wasn’t sure Weird Al could carry it off.

  21. Well, last time a good drought happened, we had a hundred acres of hay fields in Georgia and a nearby hay company that cut, baled, and stacked it in the barn for half the hay. So when the big drought hit, we had a couple years’ worth of hay stored. Stopped by an auction house to look over the sales when I was making a hay run, and was appalled at cattle that were just skin and bones that the ranchers had tried to hold onto instead of selling out, but ended up losing everything.

    This time, no 2 years’ worth of hay stacked in a barn, no hay fields, and no resources.

  22. Why is it that my athletic socks come from the store in zip lock bags, but the tortillas do not?

  23. Mine do.
    /The tortillas I mean.

    You know, I’ve seen The Ten Commandments countless times, but it has never moved me the way it is tonight. I guess I understand more now.
    BTW, bet you didn’t hear this in the LameStream media today.
    Protest In Baghdad.

  24. No, I, uh, watched a movie in which men were offered their lives and wealth in exchange for prostating themselves before and swearing fealty to a Persian tyrant. They declined.

  25. Well, dang. I suppose I need to get a better brand of tortilla then. I used to make my own before the invasion when there weren’t any available in the stores.

  26. First of all, The Ten Commandments is on right now on ABC.
    Secondly, Xerxes was a great leader, and not the monster depicted in the movie. I can hardly wait to see 300, it should be on free tv broadcast in two or three years.

  27. Not gonna stay up for the 10 Commandments; I’m signin’ off for the evening and headin’ for the warm bed. Army’s Hallucinogenic Weapons Unveiled is an interesting article about the past.

    I’m not entirely convinced about Xerxes’ greatness as a leader; nor as to his identity claimed by some Jews as Esther’s spouse.

  28. Oh, I would have to read Captain’s Quarter’s before I turned in….did this get much coverage in Dallas, and what is the deal with these women probing the airport??

  29. Don’t know about the spousal thing, but I do know how real Persians perceive Xerxes as a great leader. He was raised to be great by his father, Darius, and some of the things he had to do while growing up, were tougher than your usual privileged class of children had/have to endure. He was raised to burn Athens to the ground, as the issues with Greece extended long before he was born. His father, Darius, had an aide whisper in his ear everyday, to remind him of the Greek victory at Marathon. The Spartans arrived too late for that fight.
    I’m not discounting the heroic efforts of the Spartans, but only addressing the fact that, to the Persians, Xerxes was a great leader of a massive empire, that was extremely wealthy, educated, and had remarkable technology for it’s time. I mean, the technological feat of creating a pontoon bridge to cross the Hellospont, to get to Greece, instead of marching around the Aegean, was amazing. Without the pontoon bridge, it would have added a couple of years to the invasion, as they would have had to conquer other nations and people to get there, not to mention the logistics of moving an army that far, for so long. The wealth of Persia, under Xerxes, was enormous, as there trading with the known world was extensive, and Xerxes had a building program that was impressive.
    Ever hear of Persepolis?

  30. Did some checking, and indeed Esther was Xerxes wife, and apparently quite the love story.

    The Story of Esther & Xerxes (Ahasuerus) has been an Inspiration for many great European Artists such as Rembrandt, Theodore Chasseriau, Valentin Lefevre, Jan Victor, Francesco Caucig, Pompeo Batoni to name a few that are dispersed in museums worldwide.

  31. Somethings just not right. Swamps is cold and going to bed to warm up, and I just turned off the A/C here.

    On the subject of Xerxes Building the pontoon bridge, I’ll take this guy anytime I need help.

  32. I just finished the 2nd coat of urethane. Painting is all done, and all that’s left is putting down the quarter round and moving the furniture back in. Dang, Iim ready to sleep in my own bed. Been staying out in the RV for the past 4 nites — I want my sealy posturepedic back, and my aching back does too.

    /gripe session off.

    It’s Easter morning. He Lives.

  33. Yeah Swampie, heard about that. There is a whole bunch of stuff going on around the country, check this out.
    Bomb Scares, and More.

  34. Ya know what, that site is too irritating to go to. WTF is the deal with the eyes?

  35. Hey nuke.
    He has risen, yes indeed.

    Robert D., building a pontoon bridge in the 5th century was danged impressive. The material “flax” used to bind the boats together, was so advanced, it would be like the leap from aluminum to carbon fiber for them.

  36. Dang Robert.
    What you got against the man keeping an eye on everything? 😆

  37. Hey Nuke. That’s pretty cool you can go to the RV. Me and Mz. D would be in the four room tent, that we transport with the pickup. Redneck RV. 😆

  38. All the eyes are just irritating, that’s all. It must be a personal thing. Maybe a bad childhood, as I can remember watching “The Crawling Eye” as a little kid.

  39. Did you see that link up yonder, about the Baghdad protesters?

  40. It was at #25.

  41. Yup, I did. Wasn’t going to read it at first, just because of the words.

  42. Henh.
    Bet it’s the lead story in the NYSlimes tomorrow, and of course all the networks, CBS, NBS, and ABS.

  43. They cover every other kind of protest. But this does not conform to their standards.

  44. It’s to close to “Good News”.

  45. Oh…you’re right…how silly of me.
    It might make W look good, and that the Iraqi’s actually don’t want to blow themselves up, like the guy posted over at The Mesopotamian.
    I better get my big bootay off to bed. I can still get to my Sealy just fine. 😛
    Before I go, I would like to thank God…for everything.
    I dedicate this one to his son, Jesus.

  46. no2liberals

    You are right. In Iran nobody orders alone. The power system is so complex that doesn’t allow an individual to take important decisions. They have to confirm everything with one another for such actions. I am glad to see that people like you do not simply ignore the great mistakes in western media. As you guys didn’t have a chance to know Iran for decades, only media told you what was going on there. Now to understand the real Iran there will remain only one way; talk to the people directly. Don’t let the biased and inaccurate media tell you what it is…

    I can see how much some people hate Iran and Iranians in here. I don’t blame them because their brain is full of nonsense news. This is why we witness so much hatred in the world today.

  47. I’ll let N2L speak for himself, but it is not the Iranians we don’t trust, it’s their radical leaders.

  48. BTW N2L, Nice video. Beautiful…

  49. Smileme, I have known Iranians since before the ’79 revolution. I understand that many don’t know how much the masses of Iranians hate the Mad Mullahs, and their henchmen. All any of us can do is talk, listen, and learn. You must understand, though, that many people have difficulty understanding why the Iranian people don’t get organized, and rise up to take their country away from the corrupt and perverted leadership they currently have.
    I won’t call anyone ignorant, and hope you can refrain from being so derisive. I won’t stop spreading the truth about the wonderful Iranian people and the crappy government they have, and I hope you won’t either.

  50. Thanks Robert D.
    Only two songs really pull on my heartstrings, Amazing Grace, and Taps.
    Sometimes they can make me spring a leak in my eyes, or it’s allergies, you pick.
    Really got to go, it after 1a.m. here.

  51. We’ll go with the allergies for now. G’nite my friend, sleep well….

  52. See ya’ dude!

  53. This is a discussion that I had in the other blog. Let’s go back to the first few years after the revolution. In those golden days nobody could even believe that this government would be there for such a long time. I still remember the conversations among family members that everyone used to say the mullahs are going soon.

    It is not easy to create a generation of intellectual and brave people who can do a great thing like a regime change. May be it took a century for Iran to have those people. Writers, engineers, reporters, historians, and those who dedicate their lives for fighting. They were in fact the owner of this revolution. They didn’t fight to get an Islamic regime like this. They didn’t even want an old mullah like Khomeini to get the power. Only God knows what happened that after so much effort and sacrifice, finally when they could do it, a dirty minded person came with an air-france and enjoyed the advantage!

    Do you think we still have such great people? these are the people that everyone blames us for not having them. Normal people cannot do anything alone. They have never done it unless the leaders made them move. Do you know were those briliant people are now? this is the main thing that most of people always ignore about Iran, even politicians who have access to top secret info.

    I will tell you now what happened to those. In a few months after the revolution, ayatollah khomeini arrested many people and started executing them thousands by thousands. A few could escape and go to the other countries, mostly to the european countries as political refugees. Of course europeans gave them a place to stay that was much better than standing in front of wall with closed eyes and waiting to hear the rifles shooting into your chest. But this is the moment that the europeans betrayed us. IR started finding these people and assassinate them one by one. From the biggest faces to the very normal ones. And the euoropean governments simply closed their eyes to all these things. There are many Iranian families now who are really burned by european courts for not following their beloved murdered family members. Even there is a community of these people with thousands of families. Of course the european governments knew very well that who was doing it but their interests was much more important for them than what they were always refering to as “human rights”.

    IR guys were opening accounts in europeans banks and traveling to europe everyday having affairs with europeans. Rafsanjani was always most welcome to europe. This is the tragedy part of our history. When I say european countries, I don’t mean today’s EU members. In those days east europe was nothing but a part of Soviet terretory. But this is not something that can be explained in a page or two. There are many families who don’t know even where their children are. Those children were the only people who could do something.

    First you let the regime kill all the important faces of their oppositions in front of your eyes and then you ask, why don’t you have oppositions? we want to help you! how do you think IR guys were finding these people? could it be done without european governments’ cooperation?

    BTW, most of those young people who actually made the revolution, those highly educated and motivated people who did it in a well managed way (not the people who came to the streets), they came from western universities with very high educations. Shah sent tens of thousands of talented students to those universities by the government money. After the revolution, not only IR regime didn’t let anyone go there but it got help from those countries to track students and shut them down both in inside and outside the country. They made the so called “20 million army” concept and controlled every individuals from mosques. I remember that for registering for high school and university exams, we should get a reference letter from the “20 million army” office of our closest mosque. They wouldn’t give it to you unless they invested about you and your family properly. In this situation, how could people create opposition?

    I am sure you know that the IR regime even controls all the Internet traffic and bloggers. They keep arresting anyone who says a word against them. Do you think in this environment where no foreign country is helping us we could do anything alone? there is a policy in Iran that they should keep any Internet site hosting outside the US because American government doesn’t give them the information that they need. There are many other things that I cannot tell you in a page or two. My comment is already so looong 🙂

    Only one question, why doesn’t the US government repeat the same successful practice of Poland in time of Raegan? “support the people in the streets and they will do the job for you with the lowest price”. any idea?

  54. Smilene,
    I’ve been very fortunate in my life, to have lived in a free and open society. My family fought in the American Revolution against the tyranny of King George, and have fought in every major conflict the U.S. has been involved in, ending with Vietnam. I was in Saigon for the evacuation, and I have seen the collapse of a country, and total anarchy. I don’t wish it on anyone.
    I’ve also been fortunate to know many wonderful Persians, all fled from the IRI, and many of them had been imprisoned for up to eight years. One, an Iranian Air Force pilot, was released by mistake, he was to never leave the prison alive. The guards were so illiterate, that they didn’t notice the last name was correct, but the first name on the release form was for a woman. He signed it, and fled with his family as quickly as he could, and eventually made it to America. A year and a half ago, he showed me, with a pride you cannot imagine, the certification that his youngest son had passed his BAR exam to be a lawyer. My friend told me many things about what happened after Khomeini(without a drop of Persian blood in his body), took over, including the mass executions.
    I can’t answer your question about why the U.S. policy for the support of regime change in Iran, isn’t as strong as Poland. Perhaps it is because we had known for many years who our real enemy was, and it was Russia. More and more, Americans are becoming aware of the threat the IRI presents to us, and to the world, but we haven’t reached critical mass yet. Had 911 not happened, with the resulting GWOT, and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, who knows what might have happened. As it stands, there are so many in the U.S. that not only don’t have the will to fight our enemies, they are actively supporting them. This post shows that the leading far left blogs have shown support for the IRI. If this country can’t be united enough to even identify who the threats are, how can we possibly take appropriate action? It will take people like you and I, and all that we can inform, to get any chance of regime change in Iran.
    I know there are more people in Iran that are opposed to the Mad Mullahs than support them, and I believe, with just a little help from the U.S., it could happen. I support using covert actions against the regime, strenghtening sanctions, and further isolating Iran from the international markets. An all out invasion on Iran would not achieve the desired result. The Iranian people have to own the regime change.
    All of my Persian friends have promised me, that as soon as Iran is free and secular, they will treat my appetite, in the land of kabob.

  55. Oh yes! It will be perhaps the greatest joy for me to invite my American friends to Iran one day, drinking beer and Iranian pistachio 😉

  56. I would gladly drink a beer with you Smileme, on such a wonderful occasion, eventhough I don’t drink. 😀
    However, I can be bought for some good kabob, and maybe some eggplant dishes.
    Have you seen the beautiful speech Reza Pahlavi gave the other day?
    Here it is, in English and Farsi.

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