strike two

Iran has their proxy Houthis poke the tiger

A U.S. Navy destroyer was targeted on Wednesday in a failed missile attack from territory in Yemen controlled by Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, the second such incident in four days ….

The USS Mason fired defensive salvos in response to at least one missile which did not hit the ship or caused any damage as it operated north of the Bab al-Mandab Strait …. Indications are that the second salvo brought down an incoming missile ….

The renewed attempt to target the U.S. Navy destroyer will add pressure on the U.S. military to retaliate, a move that would represent the first direct U.S. military action against Houthis in Yemen’s conflict. The Pentagon said it would respond “at the appropriate time and in the appropriate manner.” [story]

“…for I intend to go in harm’s way — John Paul Jones

(What? Yeah, I’ve got a baaad feeling about this, too.)
Navy ref
Cultural ref (one of my all-time favorite movies)

Putin’s upped the saber-rattling, too
Looks like the world’s bad actors are calibrating how-far-can-we-push-the-US before Obama leaves office.
Trouble is, this could lead to some very unfortunate miscalculations later on.

Politicians and high-ranking figures are said to have received a warning from president Vladimir Putin to bring their loved-ones home to the ‘Motherland’, according to local media. [story]

Back in the Cold War, “Recalled to Moscow” was likely a death sentence or the first leg in a trip to a gulag.

Swell… [/ClintEastwoodVoice]

Leading members of Congress suspect a portion of a recent $1.7 billion cash payment to Iran may have been used to help arm and support Yemeni terrorists who recently fired missiles on a U.S. Navy ship in the Red Sea, according to a new congressional inquiry that seeks to determine how U.S. taxpayer funds are being used by Iran to boost its global terror operation. [story]


The Navy retaliated for missiles fired at its ships off the coast of Yemen in recent days by destroying three radar sites in rebel-held territory, the Pentagon announced late Wednesday.

The sites, in territory controlled by Shiite rebels known as Houthis on the Yemen’s Red Sea coast, appear to have been destroyed …. [story w/vid]


  1. MikeG
    Posted October 12, 2016 at 8:09 pm |

    I would be more concerned about Syria right now, kids. Damascus is literally thousands of years old. It has survived wars of every kind. then there is this from Isiah 17:1

    “See, Damascus will no longer be a city
    but will become a heap of ruins.”

    Doesnt say attacked. Or sacked. even devastated. Basically says GONE. No longer around. A memory.

    To this date, it has always existed. I wonder how much longer. That’s about 2 million people folks. When it happens, you best make your peace with God.

  2. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted October 13, 2016 at 7:42 am |

    Putin’s upped the saber-rattling, too

    It was my impression that Pooter backed Iran — who backs the Houthis…

    So this is all really a dance with The Bear?

  3. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted October 13, 2016 at 7:57 am |

    I dunno about the man behind the curtain, but I do think the jihadis are going to learn all about radar homing missiles and home on jam missile technology, if Buraq let as much as one warrior remain in his command.