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Last Defense Of Obama’s Defenders On Israel Has Evaporated

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

There is much to say about last week’s Wall Street Journal report on the further deterioration of U.S.-Israel relations under President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu. But there’s one aspect in particular that stands out. And that is the fact that if the basic structure of arms transfers from the U.S. to Israel is described accurately in the story – and it appears it is – the last refuge of Barack Obama’s defenders on his attitude toward Israel has evaporated.

Obama never hid his contempt for the Israeli government or the majority of Israel’s voters. Even as a candidate in 2008 he let loose, ranting about Likud in a way that showed his lack of understanding of the basics of Israeli political life as well as his desire to push back on Israel’s supporters in the U.S.

After he became president, only the most dedicated leftists were surprised when he, in entirely predictable fashion, picked silly fights with Israel and tried to collapse its elected governing coalition. (Though it can also be argued that those leftists were cheered by this course of action.)

There was always, however, one defense Obama’s “fanboy”s in the media would fall back on: at least he is dedicated to ensuring Israel has what it needs to defend itself. This was generally thought to be a fair point, though never as compelling as they hoped it would be. After all, “Obama hasn’t abandoned Israel to a bloody genocide at the hands of its neighbors” is quite a low bar to clear.

But the Journal story takes apart the idea that Obama has always had Israel’s back when the chips were down:

 

White House and State Department officials who were leading U.S. efforts to rein in Israel’s military campaign in the Gaza Strip were caught off guard last month when they learned that the Israeli military had been quietly securing supplies of ammunition from the Pentagon without their approval.

Since then the Obama administration has tightened its control on arms transfers to Israel. But Israeli and U.S. officials say that the adroit bureaucratic maneuvering made it plain how little influence the White House and State Department have with the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – and that both sides know it.

The munitions surprise and previously unreported U.S. response added to a string of slights and arguments that have bubbled behind the scenes during the Gaza conflict, according to events related by senior American, Palestinian and Israeli officials involved.

 

So the essential resupply was not approved by Obama, because it didn’t have to be. It’s simply the default setting: the two countries’ defense departments have military cooperation on autopilot. But when Obama found out, he put a stop to the automatic resupply. In other words, Obama sought to downgrade the U.S.-Israel military relationship.

A general defense of Obama on Israel’s security goes something like this, from Obama’s dedicated press ally Jeffrey Goldberg: “On matters of genuine security, Obama has been a reliable ally, encouraging close military cooperation, helping maintain Israel’s qualitative military edge over its regional rivals and, most important, promising that he won’t allow Iran to cross the nuclear-weapons threshold.”

You tend to hear some variation on that theme from time to time, usually when Obama is busy picking fights with Israeli leaders. Diplomatically, he may be consistently harsh on Israel, so the thinking goes, but at least he’s absolutely committed to Israel’s security. (The Iran part of that Goldberg quote, by the way, is also up in the air, considering the president’s consistent attempts to water down or derail sanctions on Iran and his desperation for a deal that lets Iran drag out the process.)

ISIS Beheadings Mark Declared War on the United States

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

President Barack Obama is “appalled” and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is angry at the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley, whose execution was posted in an online video by his killers, the Islamic State ISIS group also known as ISIS.

While the United States, Britain and other Western countries professed their shock, actually believing that these grisly acts only happen to other Muslims and African Christians but never to Americans, except Daniel Pearl.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu showed Wednesday night that Israel is a lot more tuned into reality.

In his address to the country in which he promised that Israel will not stop the war against Hamas until total quiet is restored, he compared Hamas with ISIS.

If you are surprised, you are dreaming.

Beheading someone is savage. It is an act of an animal who wants to inject fear into the hearts of souls of decent people.

Hamas also has beheaded people, mainly those Gazans who hate the terrorist regime and took the risk to relay intelligence information to Israel on Hamas.

Beheading is gory but no less than Hamas terrorists’ primitive behavior after they killed Israeli soldiers and blew them to bits and pieces.

Hamas animals, AKA terrorists, actually picked up body parts, a head here and a finger there, and hustled them off through terror tunnels with the intention of using them to barter with Israel for the return of terrorists in Israeli custody.

The two families of two soldiers whose body parts were not recovered or were only partially recovered did not fall into the trap that would have undermined Israel’s war effort. They buried their sons with whatever body parts there were, and in one case there were virtually none.

Once the soldiers were buried, the Hamas animals’ plans were foiled.

An animal is an animal, or if you prefer, a terrorist is a terrorist, but the United States still doesn’t get it.

U.S. State Dept. assistant spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters Wednesday that despite Netanyahu’s statement that Hamas and ISIS are look-alikes, they cannot be compared.

Of course not. ISIS is not a potential peace partner for Israel, but Hamas is.

President Barack Obama said the world was “appalled” by the beheading of Foley in Syria and that “the United States of America will continue to do what we must do to protect our people. .We will be vigilant and we will be relentless.”

Wow, isn’t that scary?

Americans security officials verified the authenticity of the video showing the beheading after the recorded marks by Foley that the United States and the West are to blame for his imminent death because of their “complacent criminality” that he said is the cause of his death.

The video showed another American journalist Steven Sotloff, and warns that he will be the next to die.

If words could kill, Obama slaughtered ISIS, calling it a “cancer” and stating, “No faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just God would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day. People like this ultimately fail. They fail because the future is won by people who build and not destroy.”

Now what?

The ISIS video warned that the “next move” is up to Obama.

An hour after Obama spoke, the U.S. Air Force carried out 14 bombing raids on ISIS targets.

It is a bit late for that.

The United States has spent two decades making the Middle East safe for democracy by sending American troops all over the place and undermining autocratic but stable regimes so that can be replaced by autocratic and unstable regimes that have left a vacuum of power grabbed by terrorists, or animals.

IDF Account Hacked; False Report of Nuclear Leak from Dimona

Friday, July 4th, 2014

On Thursday, July 3, hackers briefly took over the Twitter account of the Israel Defense Forces. The hackers posted a false tweet that one of the dozens of rockets fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel had hit a facility in Dimona, reputed to be the site of Israel’s nuclear facility, and that the attack led to a nuclear leak.

The “Syrian Electronic Army” claimed credit for the hacking, and posted what looks like the internal IDF site on its own Twitter page as proof.

The bogus tweet: “#WARNING: Possible nuclear leak in the region after 2 rockets hit Dimona nuclear facility” was sent out late on Thursday and soon thereafter was removed from the IDF Twitter feed.

An apology and explanation for the false tweets was sent out by the IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner midday on Thursday.LernerTweetrehack.jpgThe IDF blog site remains shut down, with a message that it is “currently under maintenance” and will “be back shortly.” The SEA also claimed credit for this hack, and provided evidence of its access on the SEA website.

The IDF Twitter account, however, is back up and functioning.

The Syria Electronic Army, which claims support for the Syrian government, has hacked many other major cyber accounts. According to an online source, the SEA has hacked accounts including the New York Times, Harvard University, the Financial Times, the Guardian and the Barcelona soccer team.

The SEA also hacked into the Twitter account of the Associated Press on April 23, 2103, and sent out a tweet stating that President Obama had been injured in an explosion at the White House.

In an interview released last summer, SEA members vowed they will attack anyone who makes “false” claims or news about Syria, putting the country and the government in a bad light. They also warned the U.S. not to attack Syria, and blamed “Zionists” for the bad decisions of the U.S., both under President Obama and under President Bush.

Another bogus tweet sent out on the IDF Twitter feed on Thursday was one stating “Long Live Palestine.”

For a tiny country that has just been through an extended period of heightened anxiety due to the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers, and the more than 50 rocket attacks which have struck Israel since Thursday, the fear of a nuclear leak was a particularly ugly attempt to fan hysteria in Israel.

Personal Bodyguard: Arafat Lied When Condemning Murder of Civilians

Monday, April 7th, 2014

One of Yasser Arafat’s long-time personal bodyguards told a BBC Arabic interviewer that Arafat intentionally and knowingly lied through his teeth when he publicly denounced the murder of Israeli civilians.

That would not be news if the foreign policy fools in Washington knew something about the Middle East besides what they studied in their post-doctorate studies in International Relations.

That is not to say that anyone tells the whole truth and nothing but the truth in diplomatic games. When Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said he wants a “Two-State” solution after having rejected it for so many years, he certainly knew that he didn’t have to mean it for the simply reason he saw the dark at the end of the tunnel. It was clear there won’t be such a solution considering the Palestinian Authority’s increasing appetite for the whole pie. Mahmoud Abbas has made it clear that he does not intend to leave Israel crumbs and not even the plate.

But when Arafat used to denounce the killing of Israeli civilians, he was not playing games. He was lying, as his former bodyguard Mohammed Al-Daya admits by revealing that Arafat was bowing to the pressure of then-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) translated and published the interview last week, when Al-Daya stated, “Arafat ‘would condemn the bombing in his own special way, saying, ‘I am against the killing of civilians.’ But that wasn’t true.”

He explained some basic fundamentals of Islam, something that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry might want to take a look at before he makes any more trouble.

“Islam allows you to lie in three cases,” said Al-Daya. A good Muslim can lie “in order to reconcile two people, [and] if your wife is ugly, you are allowed to tell her she is the most beautiful woman alive.”

So Islam really does have some redeeming character.

The third exception to the prohibition of lying is a bit strange. “You are allowed to lie in politics,” he said, and that opens the trap door to lie about anything and everything so long as it is for political gain.

Enter Arafat.

“When there was a bombing in Tel Aviv,…. Mubarak would call Arafat and say to him, ‘Denounce it, or they will screw you.’ Arafat would say to Mubarak, ‘Mr. President, we have martyrs. The [Israelis] have destroyed us. They have massacred us.’ But Mubarak would say to him, ‘Denounce it, or they will screw you.’”

The former bodyguard concluded that Arafat would state, “’I am against the killing of civilians,’ but that wasn’t true.”

Ever since 1991, when President Bush the Senior dragged Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir to Madrid for a debate that turned out to be the beginning of the “Peace Process,” truth went underground.

The entire diplomatic process was born a lie because the “Peace Process” is nothing more than a ”War Process,” as proven by the First Intifada and by the Oslo War – AKA Second Intifada – that followed the Oslo Accords that Arafat signed and then rejected.

The entire Palestinian Authority is a lie, but the “pro-Israel” lefties and the “pro-Israel” Obama administration, the one with an “eternal and unbreakable bond with Israel” whose security it “never will forsake,” have swallowed so many lies that their intestines are putrid. Their bellies are dark with worms, and their brains are so warped that the lie looks like the truth and the truth looks like a lie.

They either are morons or have had an operation to remove their hearing. Otherwise, they would not consider Abbas a “peace partner” when he and his cohorts torture the truth into contortions that would break the back of Plastic Man.

Obama Facing Vocal Opposition to Freeing Pollard

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

President Barack Obama is taking it on the chin for the suggestion that the United States free Jonathan Pollard in exchange for Israel’s releasing terrorists and agreeing to a partial building freeze on building Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria – all of this in order to keep Israel and Palestinian Authority on the diplomatic war path for another year.

Obama has repeatedly rejected any idea that Pollard be freed from his life punishment for passing on to Israel classified information during his work for the Pentagon.

Maybe the president is smoking something strange. He talked his way into office, and now he is doing a great job in proving he is not much of anything besides a  great orator and a brilliant comedian.

But his handling of “Pollard for terrorists and peace talks” is no joke.

It would be interesting which presidential advisers came up with the horrendous notion of freeing Pollard so Israel can free terrorists so John Kerry can talk  and talk.

Obama is ultimately responsible, as the buck stopped at his desk when he backed the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, backed the Muslim Brotherhood regime, backed the ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood regime, backed military action against Syria and backed no military action in Syria.

It is a small wonder that an Associated Press poll released last week showed that only 59 percent, and not 89 percent, of Americans disapprove of the way he is running the country.

Even The New York Times would have a hard time coming up with an excuse for the immorality of deciding that Pollard can go free because the President of the United States thinks that the security of Americans is dependent on another year of tortured conversations between American mediators and negotiators for the Palestinian Authority and Israel.

Dozens of American officials and former officials have said Pollard was dealt a fixed deck and an unfair trial.

Although anyone who knows how much or how little damage Pollard has done to the United States isn’t talking, perceptions are more important than the truth when it comes good ol’ American patriotism.

The Pollard episode, for whatever harm it may have done to the United States, did more harm to the American ego.

The revelation that Pollard worked as a double agent made him a traitor in the eyes of millions of Americans, and U.S. media still report he was convicted for “spying,” which is not true.

Obama showed some cold feet Tuesday, and White House press secretary Jay Carney said “no decision” has been made.

Criticism of freeing Pollard is coming from all quarters, including defense and intelligence officials, politicians and even a former Middle East negotiator.

“I think what he did is exceeded only by Edward Snowden,” Retired Adm. Thomas Brooks told Foreign Policy.

The Christian Science Monitor reported, “Pollard peddled secrets that included details of US spy satellites, analyses of foreign missile systems, and the extent of NSA surveillance of foreign governments.

“He reportedly offered material to South Africa, Argentina, and Taiwan, and was in touch with officials in Pakistan. Then-Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger testified in court that the US national security community suspects that much of what Pollard stole ended up with the Soviet Union, through the USSR’s own network of spies and moles.”

Aaron David Miller, a former Middle East negotiator for Republican and Democratic administrations, wrote in TIME Magazine, “Releasing Pollard… reflects the weakness and desperation of an administration that is presiding over a peace process not yet ready for prime time.

“What does the administration get for releasing Pollard — something none of its predecessors agreed to do? A final deal on Middle East peace? How about just an agreed framework to guide the negotiations? How about agreement on just one ball-busting-tough issue like borders or Jerusalem?

Donald Rumsfeld: ‘A Trained Ape’ Better than Obama Administration

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

A “trained ape” could have done a  better job than the Obama administration in handling relations with Afghanistan, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told Fox News this week. He was commenting on Afghanistan’s turning its back on the United States and supporting the Russian takeover of Crimea.

“We have status of forces agreements probably with 100, 125 countries in the world,” he said Monday night on “On the Record with Greta van Susteren. “This administration, the White House and the State Department, have failed to get a status of forces agreement. A trained ape could get a status of forces agreement. It does not take a genius.”

Whether Obama and  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are geniuses is an open question, although it is reasonable to assume there aren’t too many geniuses running around in the State Dept., and apparently there are no apes there either.

If there were, Rumsfeld would have his candidate to handle American diplomacy, at least in Afghanistan, where he said relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai were good under the administration of George W. Bush but have gone  “downhill like a toboggan” under President Barack Obama.

Officials in Washington “have  trashed Karzai publicly over and over and over,” Rumsfeld said. “[Richard] Holbrooke, the special envoy did. Vice President [Joe] Biden did. Secretary Hillary Clinton has. The president has been unpleasant to him. And it seems to me they put him in a political box where he really has very little choice.”

Rumsfeld’s “trained ape” was not the first time he used that expression.

In 2001, when he was Secretary of Defense he said that with the growing ease in obtaining weapon technologies that could endanger the United States, “a trained ape can figure out that over the coming period, more people are going to have exceedingly powerful weapons, weapons more powerful than ever in the history of the world, biological weapons, nuclear weapons, chemical weapons.

In 2002, he again pulled out the cliché  while discussing the war in Iraq and said, “There’s no debate in the world as to whether they have those weapons. We all know that. A trained ape knows that.”

Without suggesting that a trained ape would be better at the State Dept. than Kerry, not to mention his switching jobs and travelling with the circus, training leaders can be learned from how to train apes.

Palomar College Professor Keith Hill wrote two years ago that he learned a lesson while watching the movie “Planet of the Apes.”

“In the movie, the scientists, who did not know they were dealing with intelligent apes, hung a banana from the ceiling and motioned to a stack of boxes,” the professor wrote. “The scientists hoped that the apes would stack the boxes to reach the banana, thus demonstrating intelligence. One of the apes stacked the boxes, climbed them, and stared at the banana without touching it.

“The scientists were baffled, and asked out loud, ‘Why won’t she take the banana?’ The ape turned to them, and to their amazement, said very clearly, ‘Because I loathe bananas!’”

His point is that trainers teach apes – and people – to mimic behavior “without taking into consideration that people think and sometimes need to know the reason why what they are learning is important to both them and the organization.”

He said organizations and schools have to understand that people need to know why they are being fed certain information and how to apply it.

Failure to realize this “leads to fear of failure, decreased motivation to try, and a lack of importance placed on that subject,” he continued.

Who is a Better Comedian – Obama or Netanyahu? (Video)

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu followed President Barack Obama by two weeks with an appearance on entertainment talk shows.

Everyone knows that Obama took on Zack Galifianakis and bested him as a put-down artist. Netanyahu appeared on Israel’s “Matzav HaOoma” (State of the Nation) show earlier this week and sustained one jab after another by the show’s four hosts.

The Prime Minister got in a few punches, but most of the offense was full of one-liners that the hosts threw at Netanyahu, giving him little room to maneuver but leaving him laughing a lot.

However, both Obama and Netanyahu got serious on the separate shows and showed what really is on their minds. Obama chose to plug his ObamaCare program, while Netanyahu made it clear he has different priorities, namely Iran.

The Israeli show hosts badgered him that he brings up Iran to escape talking about the housing crisis and the stalemate with the Palestinian Authority, but Netanyahu responded, “I will not let Iran surprise us.”

Obama was brilliant in his appearance, or as Tom Lehrer said when former actor Ronald Reagan was elected governor of California, “We finally have a politician who can do a song and dance.”

When Galifianakis asked the president “how it feels to be the last black president,” Obama responded, “How does it feel to know this is the last time you ever will talk to a president?”

Asked if it would not be a great idea if a president could run for a third term, Obama jabbed that winning a third time would be like making a third hangover movie, which “didn’t work out so well, did it?” Galifianakis’  first two Hangover movies were a success but the third was panned by critics.

Most of the laughs on the Israeli show came at Netanyahu’s expense. The hosts tackled him repeatedly on Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon ‘s criticism of  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Obama. One of the comedians asked, “Isn’t it dangerous leaving him [Ya’alon] with all those weapons?”

Netanyahu finally broke and said that when it comes to diets, some people should “do more and speak less.”

Netanyahu’s best put down was concerned the housing shortage, He slammed the host by saying that instead of his and his friend living in separate apartments, they should move into together and create another empty residence for somebody else.

Netanyahu was asked rhetorically if it is so smart to demand that the Palestinian Authority recognize Israel as Jewish state because if it does, it would help Iran to aim its weapons on Israel.

One of the hosts told Netanyahu that if Menachem Begin took only two years to sign an agreement with Egypt and Rabin took three years to make a deal with Jordan, why, after nine years as Prime Minister over two terms, Netanyahu can’t make peace with the United States.

The video of Netanyahu begins at 2:40 on the screen and is in Hebrew, with Hebrew sub-titles. The clip of Obama, precluded by an ABC show summarizing  his capabilities as a comedian, begins at 00:30.

Obama clearly is a better comedian than Netanyahu. Pardon the old and trite cliché, but it fits: “You should be on stage. There is one leaving in 20 minutes.”

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