Thursday, October 18, 2012

Binocular Snapshot for 10/18/2012

LastDayWatchers understand the curse "A Curse on him that goes on taking that what is not his, - Woe to him who acquire unjust gain for his household, - Thou hast consulted shame to thy house by cutting off many people, - Your schemes to overthrow mighty nations will bring dishonor to your house."

"Fully seventeen of Romney’s twenty-four special advisers on foreign policy served in the Bush administration."

His key advisers on the Middle East are all neocons—a frightening prospect given their legacy. If Iranian officials think today’s GOP is the same as it was in 1980, they are badly miscalculating.

Romney’s advisers—most of whom supported the Iraq war—have already concluded that war with Iran is essential.

Often a president is only as smart as his or her advisers."

Israel will "definitely" face fierce retaliation if it attacks Iranian nuclear sites, the acting commander of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard warned Thursday

"Salami was quoted by the semi-official ISNA news agency as saying Iran has prepared for "global battles."

"An attack by the Zionist regime would be an opportunity to destroy that regime,"

he said, speaking of Israel.

"Their defense mechanism is not planned for big and long wars. Their threats are only psychological and if they cross the limit or act upon those threats, (Israel) will definitely be destroyed."

Salami spoke on the sidelines of urban combat drills in Tehran by some 15,000 paramilitary fighters."

It was only a matter of time, really. Now we have to deal with the consequences, according to unverified footage uploaded to YouTube yesterday, the rebels shot down a regime helicopter, possibly using their new shoulder-fired heat-seeking missiles.

These weapons are ideal for shooting down aircraft—and not just military helicopters and fixed-wing jets, of course, but civilian aircraft as well.

As in Libya, foreign governments are concerned that these weapons will fall into the wrong hands.

A Strela (SA-7) anti-aircraft missile was fired at an Israeli helicopter over the Gaza Strip for the first time last week, the Israel Defense Forces has confirmed.

Although the aircraft was not hit, the incident bears out intelligence assessments over the past few years that such missiles had reached the hands of terror groups in Gaza, principally Hamas."