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Russian hackers who invaded President Barack Obama’s personal e-mail last year were far more successful than previously reported, The New York Times reported Sunday.
No classified information was hacked, but the invaders were able to read President Obama’s personal correspondence with diplomats and e-mails concerning policy and legislation.
The hackers penetrated the State Dept.’s unclassified e-mail system and Obama’s unclassified account.
The invasion, although it did not reach classified information, could be extremely embarrassing for the Obama administration. It is assumed that the hackers were working with or for the Kremlin.
“This has been one of the most sophisticated actors we’ve seen,” one senior American official told the newspaper. “It’s the Russian angle to this that’s particularly worrisome,” another senior official said.
The president reportedly writes on personal emails about subjects ranging from his golfing to efforts by Republican Congressmen to hamper his proposed deal with Iran over its nuclear program.
If the mails reach the office of Russian President Vladimir Putin, he might learn secrets about how President Obama missed an easy putt on the 17th hole, or perhaps what he really thinks about Sen. Bob Corker, who initiated the bill that would require Obama to submit to Congress for review any final deal with Iran.
If President Obama wrote to a diplomat about what he really thinks about Putin, the Russian president will read some unflattering remarks, assuming Obama does not see him as a “warm friend.”
And what does Obama write about Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in his emails? He also is probably not described as a “warm friend.”
The White House is not revealing the content of the material that was hacked in order not to hint to the Russians how much investigators know about the computer invasion.
And perhaps the Russian hackers now know what many Americans would like to know about Hillary Clinton’s use of her personal account for State Dept. correspondence.
President Obama not only knew about Clinton’s routine of using her personal account for government business but also wrote to her on her private account, “firstname.lastname@example.org.”
After Obama told CBS News that it was “through news reports” that he’d learned that Clinton was using her personal account, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said, “The president — as I think many people expected — did over the course of his first several years in office trade emails with the secretary of state.”
The Republican National Committee accused Obama of misleading the American public by having said he knew of Clinton’s practice “through news reports.”
Any questions about Obama’s correspondence with Clinton can be directed to the Russian hackers.
President Reuven Rivlin’s Yom Ha’Atzmaut message to Jews in the Diaspora thanked them for contribution to the Jewish state but did not even whisper a hint that they should make Aliyah and come home.
Israel and Jews around the world celebrate Israel’s Independence Day Wednesday night and Thursday, one day before the usual date of the 5th of Iyar in order to avoid desecration of the eve of the Sabbath and celebrating through Friday evening.
This also is President Rivlin’s first year in office, and he did not even tiptoe the issue of Aliyah. He simply ignored it.
Suggesting Jews in the Diaspora to move to Israel usually is an itchy subject. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu angered some French leaders and especially the French government last year when he flatly stated after a terrorist attack on Jews at a kosher deli in Paris, “The State of Israel is not just the place to which you turn in prayer. The State of Israel is also your home.”
David Ben-Gurion, when he was Prime Minister in 1961, hit a brick wall in Baltimore when he told rags-to-riches millionaire Jacob Blaustein he expected several thousand American Jews to move to Israel every month.
Blaustein told Ben-Gurion, “American is our home.”
President Rivlin played it safe and patted American Jews on the back without ruffling any feathers.
He told them in the video that can be seen below:
Israel will forever be indebted to our friends and supporters abroad. Those who have contributed and continue to contribute to charities and foundations, those who have volunteered in the Israel Defense Forces even at times of war, those who stand up for Israel in the media – you are all part of the Israeli family, and should take joy and pride in Israel’s independence celebrations….
Together, we can work to ensure that Israel fulfills its promise of a Jewish and democratic country, with equality and freedoms for all its citizens.
I wish you all Chag Atzmaut Samayach and may we all enjoy a successful and prosperous Israel.
Americans, especially Jews, love to hear about “equality and freedom” in Israel. It makes them feel proud to be Jewish Americans – and not American Jews – so the non-Jewish community can huff and puff that the United States of America is the model for Israel.
America, the country where church is church and state is state and never the twain shall meet.
America, the melting pot.
America, where the assimilation rate among Jews is 70 percent.
If the Obama administration has not convinced American Jews to move to Israel, maybe Hillary Clinton can succeed.
Ayatollah Seyed Khamenei mocked the Obama administration for “silly bluffing” and charged the United States with creating a “myth” of nuclear weapons to portray Iran as a threat.
The most “vital threat” to the Middle East really is the United States and the “Zionist regime,” declared Iran’s highest authority.
While he belittled the White House, Iran’s senior military commander insisted that there is no way that Iran ever will agree to inspections of its military facilities.
Open inspection of Iran’s nuclear facilities is one the biggest holes in the framework agreement with Iran that was approved by President Barack Obama. He stated after the P5+1 concluded the framework deal with Iran:
Iran has also agreed to the most robust and intrusive inspections and transparency regime ever negotiated for any nuclear program in history. So this deal is not based on trust, it’s based on unprecedented verification.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards deputy-commander Gen. Hossein Salami said on Sunday:
We would not allow such demands [for inspections] even in their dreams to be realized; military centers should be protected against any such violations; a foreign inspector in our garrison would mean occupation of our soil, since it has all our defensive secrets. This would mean national humiliation as well.
So much for “robust and intrusive inspections.”
The word “humiliation” is a key, a term that you will not find in any agreement between the West and Iran because it is something that the United States simply does not understand.
The White House conveniently shoves away Iranian hate language, such as “Death to America” as nothing more than hot air for the “domestic audience.”
The Obama administration psychologists figure that if they let Iran spout off, it will please the folks back home while the Islamic regime secretly plays by Western rules and agrees to what it signs.
“Humiliation” is one of the biggest – if not the biggest – obstacle to any agreement with any Islamic country. The obvious example is that accepting Israel as a country is humiliation.
Iran has to sell to its citizens a deal that humiliates the United States. The more Iran’s leaders scream “no inspections” and “no sanctions,” the harder it will be for it to lie to the “domestic audience.”
Khomeini’s latest rant rejects the idea that Iran even dreams of having nuclear weapons. Instead, he charged that “the most vital threat posed to the world and the region is the US and the Zionist regime which meddle and kill people anywhere they deem to be necessary without any control or commitment to conscience or religious principles.”
Khamenei’s belittling of the Obama administration works to the favor of Republicans and makes some Democratic Congressmen feel a bit silly, to use Khamenei’s word, by backing the president.
Republican U.S. Senator Bob Corker, who helped initiate and draft the bill to give Congress the right to review any final deal with Iran, told CNN on Sunday that lifting sanctions will be phased, a concept that Iran has totally rejected before the ink was dry on the April 2 temporary agreement.
GOP presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio warned on Face the Nation that the United States might have to take military action if Iran does not toe the line.
“We don’t want that to happen, but risk of a nuclear Iran is so great that option must be on the table,” Rubio said.
Are Americans going to let the administration off the hook for pretending a significant infusion of money as a reward for signing whatever deal the western allies present to Iran is different from the immediate lifting of sanctions?
You see, the western negotiators are stuck.
That’s because the Ayatollah and his team have begun demanding that, as a reward for coming to any agreement with the great Satan (the United States) and its buddies regarding its own nuclear program, the economic sanctions imposed upon it for violating years of United Nations resolutions against it immediately be lifted.
But the U.S., at least, began this latest round of negotiations by promising its people that those economic sanctions connected to Iran’s nuclear program will only be lifted when Iran has met its obligations under the new deal, not simply when it promises to do so.
Iran is driving a hard bargain. It is insisting that those negotiating with it actually respect its demands, even if Iran has not, and continues to give every reason to believe it will not, respect the terms demanded by others.
So what is an administration, hell-bent on achieving a foreign policy success at any cost, going to do?
Apparently the answer to that question is “be creative.” And that is just what U.S. President Barack Obama promised to be, in an effort to give Iran what it says it needs and still allow the American negotiating team and its supporters to insist that the sanctions on Iran will not be lifted immediately.
Instead, Obama suggested at a news conference on Friday, April 17, that it would be willing to provide a “good will gesture” of significant economic relief upon the signing of the nuclear agreement. Think of it as a signing bonus given to desired major league players just for agreeing to come join the team, without ever having to even pick up the ball to play.
And at the same time the administration can continue to state – mostly with a straight face as they’re already pretty adept at this kind of thing – that there will only be a phased-in relief to sanctions, pegged to compliance with the signed agreement.
In other words, as described in Friday’s Wall Street Journal:
The Obama administration estimates Iran has between $100 billion and $140 billion of its oil revenue frozen in offshore accounts as a result of sanctions. U.S. officials said they expect Tehran to gain access to these funds in phases as part of a final deal. Iran could receive somewhere between $30 billion and $50 billion upon signing the agreement, said congressional officials briefed by the administration.
The president presented this word game as something that is intended to dupe Iranians while allowing their leadership to save face, “get to our main concerns while allowing the other side to make a presentation to their body politic that is more acceptable,” of course the Iranians can make the same exact claim to their constituents.
The difference, of course, is that all the West gets is, maybe, a signed deal with the Iranians, while the Ayatollah and the Iranian political leaders gain enormous and immediate financial relief for their people.
Now you’ll be hearing lots of emphasis on the importance of sanctions being able to “snapback” if there is any backsliding by Iran on the nuclear agreement. But given the chance that Iran will get, free and clear, large infusions of money simply for signing the agreement, the already heavily criticized as unworkable snapback concept becomes less significant.
The Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed its first “success” in Afghanistan by staging a suicide attack on Saturday that killed at least 35 people and wounded 125 others.
The motorcycle bombing at a bank branch was aimed at soldiers and civilians who were lined up to receive their monthly salaries.
Afghanistan is trying to keep the Taliban terror organization under control following the US Army invasion of the country after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The United States’ mission, later joined by NATO, was to destroy Al Qaeda and remove Taliban from power.
President Barack Obama declared “victory” over Al Qaeda with the assassination of its leader Osama bin Laden in 2011.
The victory was illusory. Despite all the headlines focusing on the Islamic State, Al Qaeda also has gained large swaths of territory in Syria and Yemen.
The Islamic State’s expansion into Afghanistan, following attacks in Libya and Egypt, follows a warning to the Obama administration last month by President Ashraf Ghani:
If we don’t stand on the same line united, these people are going to destroy us.
A White House statement said:
This visit…was an opportunity to review the remarkable strategic, political and economic achievements of this partnership and the successful completion of the security transition in Afghanistan.
He has said the same thing about Yemen and Iraq.
President Barack Obama recognized Holocaust Remembrance Day that was marked in Israel on Thursday with a splendid statement against anti-Semitism while ignoring Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s remarks last night that noted that Iran is preparing to murder 6 million Jews in Israel with a nuclear weapon.
Obama dutifully said, “Never Forget” and “Never Again” and added:
Yet, even as we recognize that mankind is capable of unspeakable acts of evil, we also draw strength from the survivors, the liberators, and the righteous among nations who represented humanity at its best.
With their example to guide us, together we must firmly and forcefully condemn the anti-Semitism that is still far too common today. Together we must stand against bigotry and hatred in all their forms. And together, we can leave our children a world that is more just, more free, and more secure for all humankind.
Netanyahu has asked that if President Obama is so sure his deal with Iran can stop the regime in Tehran from procuring a nuclear warhead to be aimed at Israel, all Iran has to do to signal its peaceful intentions is to recognize Israel as a country.
Obama rejected the idea out of hand, explaining that it is not practical because it would ruin his deal with the Islamic Republic.