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So Is the New Hangar the ‘Embassy of Death’?


A short taste from the Monday edition of the Morning Jolt:

Iran Warms Up to Obama’s Outreach by Naming New ‘Ambassador’

Unfortunately, this new ambassador is metal and drops bombs: “Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Sunday inaugurated the country’s first domestically built long-range unmanned bomber aircraft, calling it an ‘ambassador of death’ to Iran’s enemies. Speaking to a group of officials, Ahmadinejad said, ‘The jet, as well as being an ambassador of death for the enemies of humanity, has a main message of peace and friendship.’ The goal of the aircraft is to ‘keep the enemy paralyzed in its bases,’ he said, adding that the jet is for deterrence and defensive purposes.”

You know how we know Ahmadinejad is crazy? He says things like that with a straight face.

As Jim Hoft summarizes the incongruity, “Ahmadinejad Declares New Bomber Drone the ‘Messenger of Salvation & Dignity for Humanity.’”

Having said that, we have to give the Iranians a smidgen of credit.  “Ambassador of death” is just an awesome name for a weapon. It sounds like it ought to be written on the side of a Klingon warship or be a Bond henchman’s nickname.

“Welcome, Mr. Bond! Have you met the Ambassador of Death?”

BLAM! “I’m afraid he’s persona non grata.”

It figures that a nation whose early defining moment was illegally attacking an embassy would call its new weapon an ambassador.

Tags: Iran


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