A funny thing happened on our Great Leader's way to peace in the Middle East and "changing the world":
Iran says Obama's offer to talk shows US failure
"This request means Western ideology has become passive, that capitalist thought and the system of domination have failed," Gholam Hossein Elham was quoted as saying by the Mehr news agency.
"Negotiation is secondary, the main issue is that there is no way but for (the United States) to change," he added.
Your move, nimrod... welcome to the big leagues.
According to The International Institute for Strategic Studies sometime this year Iran will probably reach the point at which it has produced the amount of low-enriched uranium needed to make a nuclear bomb.
"But being able to enrich uranium is not the same as having a nuclear weapon."
However, the survey reports doubts over US Intelligence estimates that Iran halted its work on nuclear weapons six years ago.
Hardly a surprise... these are the same US intel rummies who dropped the ball in the years leading to Sept. 11.
And now with Leon Penetta, experienced fixer for Bill Clinton, heading the CIA, things should go just swimmingly the next four years.
At least there's some light in this particular long tunnel; the NYT reports:
GEN. DAVID PETRAEUS, not Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will shape American engagement with the Middle East for years to come. While Mrs. Clinton prepares to put together the State Department, the military is already reconsidering American policy in critical regions. The politically savvy General Petraeus has both a plan and the resources to see it through.
Petraeus commmands Central Command — America’s military presence in the Middle East — and has the situation well in hand, following perhaps in the tradition of general-statesman Doug MacArthur in post-WWII Japan.
Petraeus has far more money, staff and at least the grudging respect from all the ragheads who respect very little, but they do understand power and assertiveness when they see it and hear it.
Take the Presidential Pledge
Americans traditionally pledge to the flag, their God and their spouse, the moonbats of Hollywood pledge none of this, but they have pledged "to be servants to" and express their fealty to The Chosen One.
This comes to us courtesy of so-so actress Demi Moore and her 14-year-old husband, someone named Ashton Kutcher (don't blame me, I didn't make up the name).
"We call it a Presidential Pledge. We have gathered a group of individuals who share the courage to pledge to our president, and the world at large, what it is that they are willing to do, give, or sacrifice, in an effort to help their fellow man."
However, Kutcher (shown front, center in gay ad) first had to decide against serving in the military:
"Although I considered putting my eight years of Boy Scout experience and love for our nation to the test by joining the military, I did not want to put myself in a position where I might be commanded to take the life of another, and quickly ended my flirtation with military service."
Flirtation? Butt-boy, down here we call that cowardice.
After great thought, he and the little woman made their decision to..... wait for it... to pledge to end 21st Century slavery "by freeing one million slaves in the next five years!"
"... we were continually confronted with one issue that pulled at our heartstrings and haunted our thoughts: the abolition of 21st century slavery.
Thus the Presidential Pledge was born. Making a pledge forces you to be accountable not only to others but also to yourself."
I was so inspired by Ashton and Demi and their friends (Cameron Diaz pledged to "smile more" and others declared war on plastic bags and bottled water), that after dabbing my eyes with a Kleenex, I watched the Presidential Pledge video and signed up; please join me in this effort.
"I do hereby pledge to bring human compassion and lots of hugs to those young women so far from their homes and families during the two-week competition for "Miss Hawaiian Tropic."
It's the least I can do, won't you join me in becoming a "servant to our president"?
And this... to get the bad taste out of your mouth for the rest of the weekend:
"The Laser Avenger is an infrared laser with power levels somewhere in the tens of kilowatts range mounted on a Humvee off-road vehicle. It is designed to take down the smaller variety of UAV, which are hardest for conventional air-defence weapons to target.
"The power of its laser has been doubled since 2007, when it was shown off destroying a stationary improvised bomb. Now it has tracked three small UAVs – the exact model has not been given – and shot one of them down. The laser tracks an object and holds fire until the target is close enough for it to cause burning with a single blast."
This news combines two important elements in my life. It brings joy to the 10-year-old heart of the Flash Gordon fan that beats in my chest... and the deep desire to kill as many of our enemies as fast and as efficiently as possible.
No muss, no fuss... sucks to be you, Achmed.