January 13, 2016

Iran holds Americans hostage — and Obama apologizes

Rebel Staff

Yesterday, right before Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address, Iran seized two U.S. Navy vessels in the Persian Gulf and took ten sailors hostage. Not that the President felt the need to mention it...

One Obama official claimed the vessels had had mechanical problems. Two state of the art ships both had mechanical problems at the same time, that caused them to be captured?

What is far more plausible is that these heavily armed and well trained fighting men and women were given an order by a politicized commander, perhaps from Washington itself, to surrender without a fight.

Iran has just proved to their people and to the world they can make the greatest military power grovel.

I'll show you a picture of a captured female sailor. That American woman has had a hijab put on her head, a Muslim-style head covering. At least she wasn’t taken away and raped, as Iran has done to captured women in the past, like the Canadian photographer Zara Kazemi.

Iran made one captured sailor apologize on camera and thanking them for their wonderful hospitality. I’m going to guess that he’s saying that under duress.

But what about Obama’s excuse?

Here's today's BBC headline after the hostages were freed:

"US apologizes for Iran naval incursion."

There is no provocation, no humiliation, no act of war, no act of aggression that will make Obama defend the United States.

My first guest, Breitbart.com Senior-Editor-At-Large Joel Pollak, breaks down the top lies President Obama told during his last State of the Union address last night. Pollak noted that at the exact same time the sailors were being held hostage, Obama was claiming that no nation would dare to attack America.

We look at clips from the speech and contrast the truth with Obama's rhetoric. Pollak says Obama is "adrift from reality" on everything from the economy to terrorism.

Then Edmonton Sun Senior Columnist Lorne Gunter joins me with predictions about Alberta Premier Rachel Notley in 2016. Will she make smarter decisions about the province's energy sector, or provincial debt? Is it possible that the Alberta economy could actually get worse?

I point out that so many of the Alberta NDP MLAs are hardcore activists who never thought they'd get elected. Now that they're in power, and don't care about whether or not they'll be reelected, they're going to "double down" on their radical actions.

Finally, your letters to me -- including the reaction a viewer got when he suggested that his local Calgary radio station have me on as a guest; why I think there's a difference between a Sikh turban and a Muslim hijab as part of the RCMP uniform; and even a funny tip from my team here at the Rebel! Remember: I give out my contact info at the end of every show, and you can also comment below.


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commented 2016-01-14 19:38:16 -0500
Acunna its probably going to be the other way around. we need them more then they need us.
commented 2016-01-14 17:28:13 -0500
Ezra, excellent response to the Sikh turban vs. hijab as a part of the RCMP uniform. Much appreciated and I am sure little-known clarification.
commented 2016-01-14 16:19:04 -0500
And within 24 hours diplomatic processes had secured their release.

Yeah, let’s start a war over a mistake when all you need to do is pick up the God damned phone. Because who wants to look “weak” and fail to start a war when a phone call will do.

The Rebel really needs to do some work to get up to par with your foreign commentary. It’s reliably some of the worst you can find on the net. The desire to paint anything left as stupid and anything right as smart is making it impossible for you to contribute anything useful on any subject.
commented 2016-01-14 15:37:22 -0500
Unlike Joel Pollack, Senior Editor-at-Large for Breitbart.com, I do not believe for one second that Obama is “adrift from reality” or “out of touch” on “everything from economy to terrorism”. I think he knows, and has always known, EXACTLY what his motives and intentions were and are, namely, to destroy the United States of America, and hopefully (in his twisted mind), the rest of the Western world.
commented 2016-01-14 15:10:55 -0500
Bill Elder the biggest aid to radical Islam came from Prez. Bush Jr. when he invaded Iraq, toppled Saddam, and created a power vacuum for ISIS to fill. During the chaos and anarchy that ensued shortly after Saddam was gone, while our troop levels were at their highest, was when al-Qaeda of Iraq (later re-named ISIS) grew exponentially from a few hundred members to several thousand. Anything Obama has done (or not done) pales in comparison to the problems that Bush/Cheney created.
commented 2016-01-14 12:00:03 -0500
Acuuna.. You are a traitor to all Western societies.. The most beautiful piece of paper before it fell out of favor with politicians was the American Constitution. Too bad we never had founding fathers that where is farsighted as the founding fathers of the United States of America
commented 2016-01-14 11:56:42 -0500
I love Americans and always have. My son works in Boston and so does his wife. She was raised in Myrtle Beach. My son’s education was paid for by his South Carolina University. What’s not to love?
commented 2016-01-14 10:59:33 -0500
Acuuna, too late! Some Canadians arrived from the colonies in the 1790’s. As North americans, Canadians have a lot more in common with our American brothers than you may care to contemplate.
commented 2016-01-14 10:00:39 -0500
we need a big wall to keep americans and their thoughts out of here.
commented 2016-01-14 09:21:41 -0500
This is that traitor Obama’s doing! He needs to stir up a crisis, so that he can further arm the enemies of freedom. I hope that he finally gets his, but personally I think that he is going to increase his deceit, and cause as much trouble as he can before he is supposed to leave office. I just have a horrible feeling that with the escalation of trouble, they are going to have a problem getting rid of him.
commented 2016-01-14 09:13:18 -0500
Benghazi redux

That impeachable scandal happened during a major rainbow unicorn happyland speech by Obozo as well.

Obama has aided Islamic radicals and our enemies for 7 years, so what has changed
commented 2016-01-14 08:48:17 -0500
obama will go down in history as the worst potus ever.
commented 2016-01-14 08:30:59 -0500
Okay Kirby, then who should people listen to? Early news reports from American news stations stated that both boats were experiencing “mechanical problems.” We all know that story is bogus. It maybe safe to say that we may never get the real story. I don’t think Ezra’s take on the story is out of line.
commented 2016-01-14 08:27:44 -0500
Kirby, of course the Iranians gave the appearance of extending some basic courtesy to their captives once they had the footage of the surrender, of an American servicewoman in a hijab and the apology of the American serviceman. They also got access to American technology and any intel on the boats. This is called propoganda. The enemies of freedom have been using this same old routine for years. Some people even buy it!
commented 2016-01-14 03:35:17 -0500
What an idiot. Who listens to people like this? They never said both boats were disabled at the same time. The sailors weren’t taken hostage, they were detained as is the right of any sovereign nation to do. They weren’t showing the sailors being humiliated when they were sitting on Persian rugs eating a nice meal. They were being shown they were being well-treated. How in the heck does this idiot say “it was Iran’s way of saying we can do anything and America is impotent. We can violate any law, any treaty, any norm…” Really? How does detaining boats that drift into your territorial waters, feeding them, and taking good care of them while their boats are being searched for signs of intentional spying, then releasing them 24 hours later say any of that? Then he shows a video of Iranian navy doing a live fire exercise nearly one mile away from a US carrier, firing missiles at 90 degrees to the US boats and not at them, and calls it “warning shots.” Is this guy for real? Is he that stupid or is he just a liar trying to gain an audience? That was only 4 minutes into his 43 minute presentation. I couldn’t stand to watch the rest.
commented 2016-01-14 03:04:33 -0500
Sam, the Port of Churchill is only open for a few months of the year due to ice. Its primarily used for grain shipments, and has restrictions on it due to shallow water.
commented 2016-01-14 02:31:42 -0500
It is pretty scary Greg Ficek . None of it makes any sense. We are ALL over in the Mid -East bombing and killing people because of ISIS , ISIL DAESH -- WTF——— There is nobody that can ever give an honest answer because they simply don’t have an answer. All that I know for sure is that we are destroying our own Countries. NOTICE -- Most of our new Immigrants come from Countries that the USA is in a War with—- saving the Children.
commented 2016-01-14 02:23:40 -0500
I propose an alternative pipeline. How about building a pipeline to Churchil, Manitoba, where there is a port on the Hudson Bay? This would just sidestep all the interference from the bad provinces that are against pipelines.
commented 2016-01-14 01:51:04 -0500
I don’t hate Muslims… In fact I don’t have any more feelings for them that I would have for a rabid dog that needs to be put down. it’s just something that needs to be done.!!
The next thing that needs to be done is to discover who owns the politicians of the world and is extorting or blackmailing or just out right paying them off to all adopt the same policy at the same time and spread Islam to otherwise peaceful countries globally… and if anyone has noticed it seems to be predominantly white countries of Anglo-Saxon heritage . It would seem like there is an attack on the white race supported by every level of government globally. I could be wrong but then again I don’t believe in coincidences of this magnitude. There must definitely be a darker power behind the curtain pulling the strings on the global puppets.
commented 2016-01-14 01:27:10 -0500
Sorry Ray Heard
commented 2016-01-14 01:26:51 -0500
Michael Mann Ray Hear is a liberal, he is on some times. And please tell me which CBC show is conservative?
commented 2016-01-14 01:25:16 -0500
Richard i usually criticize your conspiracy comments , but i would not put anything past Obama , the boats were probably full of money for Iran or something worse. I do not believe a damn thing Obama says about this story.
commented 2016-01-14 01:22:28 -0500
Obama is coming out of the closet as a Muslim. Who cares, except he deceived the people by not being true and honest, and that, is unforgivable.
commented 2016-01-14 01:06:49 -0500
It is pretty crazy ,ain’t it ? -Bravo- Most of us don’t hate Muslims - but- this gov’t policy of protection , lies and deceit is pushing us to distrust and hate them . At the same time -they are co-operating with Muslims to make them ‘victims’ even when they Kill us. Civil War is real close. I don’t know whether we are being manipulated in to it. If we are, than “THEY” are the true Masters. This is going to be a dirty war that will last for decades.
commented 2016-01-14 00:28:29 -0500
But wouldn’t any country/nation-state do the same if they had heavily-armed military of another within their territory?
I’m new to this discussion, but why is this such a big thing?
commented 2016-01-14 00:15:15 -0500
Obama does NOTHING politically without the explicit permission of his handlers, he is an absolute puppet, merely a fall-guy who gets the blame, shields the power structure which backs him. He is culpable, he has so far fulfilled his tyrannical obligations to the globalists, but the buck does not stop with Obama friends.

Rae, the reason they flood us with Sunni riff-raff is for “divide and conquer”, in addition to a justification for “terrorist” legislation. Starts out being to manage the mistakes they’ve made with Muslim immigration, but give it five or ten years, you’ll see you can be a “terrorist” for inviting people to your church. The first milestone is basically a Cloward & Piven strategy, moves into much darker territory, basically we all don’t procreate, we all die, White, Black, Indian, Arab, Asian, everyone, all of us fucking dead if this isn’t stopped.

“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” -Albert Einstein
commented 2016-01-14 00:05:41 -0500
Thank you Ezra, you cut to the chase, don’t hold back, tell it like it is and, I find, promote critical thought. It is so refreshing to hear and see some real news with passion for real history, facts, data, and truth. I am so weary of the constant endlessly repeated segments of the far left selfie Liberal “Sunni ways” pat-themselves-on-the-back love-in, cuddly panda bears, and shallow mind numbing pablum news that suppresses critical thought and dominates MSM these days.
commented 2016-01-13 23:51:00 -0500
@ Rae Fraser commented 22 mins ago
Bravo Zulu—- Why the hell are we ‘over there’ ? I don’t care about the propaganda . I don’t believe it, I don’t care if the Muslims want to kill each other—- I am way past that part. I don’t like the fact they also want to kill us. Tell me, please— What the hell are we doing “over there” ? Just stirring the flames of hate? I guess the BIGGEST questions for me is – why are we importing Muslims at an unprecedented rate ? ….why are they being put on a pedestal and exempt from both Criticism and Law.
Had this same discussion with a friend who called me from Kuwait last night – talked to him until 0415 – if I had the answers I would tell you.

I do know this.

There is enough military might in the world to sort it out if and when someone finally decides to do so – however I am just jaded enough to believe it is as Eisenhower said – I will paraphrase:

“Be wary of the military–industrial complex”

There are also the “untrustworthies”

hussein obama, angela merkel, justin trudeau and a few more.

I did not add Putin to the list – as he does as he says – every time. I might not like it but I trust him to do as he states.

Few other world leaders do this.

My best.
commented 2016-01-13 23:48:47 -0500
Richard Van……
Obama gave instructions for them to enter Iranian territory then to surrender… because;
- He hadn’t apologized for a couple of weeks and was getting the all itchy heebie-jeebie withdrawal symptoms. – - And he knew Kerry was hyperventilating, babbling incoherently and urgently needed a fix. This would be his reason to cower and beg forgiveness.
- They would then be free to lift sanctions, give Iran hundreds of $ billions, sit back and watch Isreal get Nuked first.