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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.”

Fatah Official: Use the Rifle Instead of ‘Negotiations’ (Video)

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

A member of the central committee of Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party has said in a fiery speech that using “the rifle” always is an alternative for the Palestinian Authority if it does not get what it wants through diplomatic pressure, which it calls negotiations.

Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi, speaking last week at a ceremony in Abbas in support of Abbas, reiterated Fatah’s adherence to the use of weapons as “one of the methods of struggle.”

His speech was translated into English and reported by Palestinian Media Watch, which also provided a video of the speech with English subtitles, as seen below. The Palestinian Authority’s official television station telecast the speech live.

Shouting that “the rifle is here, and it can burst forth at any moment,” Tirawi stated that the rifle “will burst forth from this [current] leadership… and if we are no longer alive… [from] our sons, our young lions

“A national enterprise cannot succeed without the National Liberation Movement, Fatah. We in this movement have not cast down the rifle and have not let go of the rifle. The rifle is here! The method of struggle we are adopting now [negotiations] is [only] one of the methods of struggle.

“But the rifle is here, and it can burst forth at any moment, with a new method and a new leadership. It will burst forth from this [current] leadership if we remain alive, because we are its people; and if we are no longer alive, [then] our sons, our young lions and you will be its people. Revolution until victory, until victory, until victory.”

Fatah also posted on its Facebook page a cartoon showing a small boy pulling the hand of a man carrying a rifle and dressed in a military uniform and wearing a traditional Palestinian headscarf. The child says to the armed man, “We have missed you, come back.”

Earlier this year, Tirawi said on a Palestinian Authority television program, “The negotiations are giving us nothing. The only thing that is possible is [what is called] the ‘sphere of activity’. We – all Palestinian organizations – must return to the ‘sphere of activity…. Resistance… All forms of resistance….

“Weapons or popular resistance. There are a hundred ways of resistance…. What you are hearing from Fatah isn’t anything new… At our Sixth Convention, held in Bethlehem, we did not rule out any of our options for resistance, of which armed struggle is one.”

Tirawi’s statements are logical considering the opening he was given earlier this year by  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who blurted out to an Israeli interviewer, “What do you want? Another Intifada,” meaning that Israel should give Abbas what he wants through “talks” or end up giving everything after a supposed “victory” through violence.

But that can’t possibly be the stand of the Fatah party or of Abbas because none other than President Barack Obama, who as president of the United States of America certainly has inside knowledge, states time after time that Abbas actually does not incite to violence.

It is hard to believe that Obama is on Planet Earth, but here are the man’s words last week, when Abbas graced his presence at the White House:

Abbas “has been somebody who has consistently renounced violence.”

And who knows better than President Obama?

Kerry Does Obama’s Dirty Work and Chews out Netanyahu

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry phoned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday to chew him out for Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon’s remarks that the Obama administration’s foreign policy is so weak that Israel cannot depend on it to stop Iran from gaining access to a nuclear weapon.

“Secretary Kerry spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu this morning and protested to him his concerns about these comments,” spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters at the daily press briefing in Foggy Bottom.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu himself has said that the breadth of our security cooperation is unprecedented,” Psaki said.

“So it is certainly confusing to us why Defense Minister Ya’alon would continue his pattern of making comments that don’t accurately represent the scope of our close partnership on a range of security issues and on the enduring partnership between the United States and Israel.”

Ya’alon stated in a speech at Tel Aviv University Monday night, “If we wished others would do the work for us, it wouldn’t be done soon, and therefore in this matter, we have to behave as if we can only rely on ourselves. Weakness certainly does not pay in the world. No one can replace the U.S. as the world’s policeman. I hope the U.S. will come to its senses.”

The White House was furious at an ally such as Israel publicly stating the fact that the United States of America is not what it used to be, as The Jewish Press reported here this morning.

White House Jay Carney said Ya’alon’s comments were “clearly not constructive” and, of course, the United States “maintains an unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security.”

Since Carney was so upset, it follows that his boss, Barack Obama, would complain to Netanyahu and not to leave it to Kerry, who has as much respect by most Israeli government ministers as Obama has in the Tea party. Even the Israeli public, usually enthralled at anything American, is fed up with Kerry.

Sixty-four percent of Israelis do not trust Kerry to take Israel’s security into account as a “crucial factor” in the framework peace proposal he is trying to shove down the throats of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, according to a recent “Peace Index: poll by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University.

Obama may be a failure in foreign policy, but he is not an idiot. He has no self-defense, so why should he feign punches with  Netanyahu when he can let Kerry be the fall guy?

PA Websites Mock Kerry (Video)

Monday, March 17th, 2014

A YouTube video-song buy a Palestinian Authority singer has gone viral on Palestinian Authority websites and provides evidence that Mahmood Abbas has no intention of taking President Barack Obama seriously when they met today in the White House.

The video was posted this week as a statement of encouragement to Abbas and mocks the United States in general and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in particular. Whoever translated the YouTube couldn’t even get Kerry’s name right, spelling it “Kire.”

The 5-minute message sums up every demand of the Palestinian Authority and dumps on the Obama administration for pleasing the “Zionist interest.”

“Go tell Obama and America that my land is not a piece of cake for you to share,” croons the singer, but in the background is a PA of Israel that clearly is intended as Palestine, exposing the honest intentions of Abbas to eventually whittle Israel down to non-existence.

Listen up,” John Kire, sings songwriter Qassem Najjar, whose artistic propaganda was posted on Facebook sites and all over the Palestinian Authority website. Gatestone Institute contributor Khaled Abu Toameh wrote Monday that a senior Palestinian Authority official explained that the new song is “100% accurate and honestly sums up the whole Palestinian position toward peace.”

Speaking of peace, the video-song states, “In the name of martyrs, prisoners, home and revolution, Jerusalem is our free capital and will always be.”

The songwriter then blames Israel for spoiling this “dove of peace, “which undoubtedly will be emblazoned on Abbas’s shirt when he sits down with Obama.

As for Kerry’s “framework,” the lyrics say it is an “American plan for killing the Palestinian cause to please Zionist interest[s].”

It chides the United States for not following the vote of “the great Russia and China” for voting to recognize the Palestinian Authority as a new Arab country based on Abbas’ own definitions of borders.”

One popular Arab website, Al Watan Voices,” posted articles Monday encouraging Abbas to stand up to Obama.

If he doesn’t, Abbas might as well design and make his own coffin on the way back to Ramallah. One article in Al Watan stated that “brother Abbas,” who will meet President Barack Obama today in Washington, “is armed with a majority of the Palestinian people, and clearly announced his rejection Israel’s conditions of extreme dictations [of] America, and it was clear in his refusal to recognize the Jewish state, as well as the refusal of a request Israelis ignoring the right of return of refugees, or the survival of any force occupying the borders of a Palestinian state.”

The article noted that the real loser in Kerry’s Peace Talks Follies is none other than the United States of America, which it said “will record her next successive loss in the Middle East.”

Feckless Fanatical Failure vs. Thinking Outside the Box

Monday, March 10th, 2014

We are now in our 20th year of failed talks between Israel and the Arab Palestinians. That must be a record in failed diplomacy in the history of the world.

In a recent interview with the AP reported by Israel National News, Abbas’ former aide admits the talks, instigated by Secretary Kerry and President Obama, are going nowhere and are in fact causing a further divide between the two parties. He also states that his former boss, Chairman of the PLO, will never recognize Israel as the Jewish State. And yet none of this stops Obama and Kerry from pressing on with their feckless fanatical insistence on failure. Conveniently blaming Israel all the way.

Not only that, even with recent weaponry being shipped by Iran headed toward Gaza to be used by Hamas to kill unarmed, innocent Israeli’s, John Kerry and Obama still insist on dividing the tiny state of Israel, and continue their “diplomatic” reset with Iran.

Within this framework of fanatical failure with a dash of fantasy mixed in for good measure we have Mr. Abbas whose mandate ran out years ago. He has not held an election since the term expired. This person in an expired office of no set country, is calling on a halt to Jewish building in Judea and Samaria because he claims, in egregious error, that it goes against international law. Under what law, international or otherwise does someone with no mandate to govern get to call the shots on what a sovereign nation does on their own land? Are any legal documents he were to sign even legally binding?

Don’t Israelis and Arab Palestinians deserve more than this? Is it not time to stop the insanity?

Israel needs to be protected as the only Jewish homeland in the world. They have historical, cultural and legal rights to be there in the entire land. Western powers need to be doing all they can to strengthen and support the only democracy in the Middle East. By not doing so, they are undermining the very fabric of western civilization.

The View Outside the Box

The leaders in charge of this process now need to think outside the box in looking for solutions. The parties involved deserve to be treated to something more than a fanatical thrust toward continued failure.

The top Middle East analysts have all come up with solutions and perhaps we could explore some of them. Using many solutions to a very complicated issue seems to make more sense than the proven failed two state solution.

The following examples are simplifications of the ideas put forth by the analysts.

Caroline Glick proposes applying Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria and giving the Arabs living there residency status in Israel. Those who choose this option could eventually be vetted and considered for citizenship.

Dr. Martin Sherman proposes giving funds to those who wish to settle elsewhere within the Middle East or other countries. He also proposes applying Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria.

Dr. Mordechai Kedar has suggested creating Emirate States out of the enclaves that now are populated by Arabs.

Still others have suggested partnering with Jordan and giving Jordanian citizenship to those who want it but allowing them to stay living where they are or finding housing within Jordan for those wanting to live there. Many had their Jordanian citizenship revoked and became stateless when Jordan no longer occupied Judea and Samaria, also known as the West Bank.

Jordan’s involvement in the solution should be a viable option since Jordan was to be the Arab Palestinian state, given to the Arabs by Churchill, with its land mass making up 78% of what was to be the Jewish Homeland. A very high percentage of its citizens are considered to be Palestinian.

Netanyahu at AIPAC: No Peace without Recognition of Israel as Jewish

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to work for a “durable peace” with the Palestinians in the coming weeks and reiterated his refusal to accept a deal with Iran that included any uranium enrichment capacity.

Netanyahu, in his speech Tuesday morning to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference, embraced an optimistic vision of peace with the Palestinians as the key to broader regional stability.

“I’m prepared to make a historic peace with our Palestinian neighbors,” Netanyahu said.

“Peace would be good for us, peace would be good for the Palestinians, but peace would open up the possibility of establishing formal ties between Israel and leading countries in the Arab world,” he said. “Peace with the Palestinians would turn our relations with them and with many Arab countries into open and thriving relationships.”

Netanyahu repeated a number of his demands of a peace agreement, including Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state and a long-term Israeli military presence on the Jordan-Judea and Samaria border, but he suggested that a deal could come soon.

“As we work in the coming days, in the coming weeks, to forge a durable peace, I hope that the Palestinian leadership will stand with Israel and the United States on the right side of the moral divide, the side of peace, reconciliation and hope,” he said.

He paused, waiting for the AIPAC supporters to applaud this vision, and when they did not, he explicitly solicited their applause.

“You can clap — you want to encourage them to do that!” he said.

Netanyahu’s message came a day after meetings he held with President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry.

Obama, before meeting Netanyahu, had told Bloomberg News that he would impress upon him the need to embrace the framework agreement Kerry hopes to unveil soon, and in Netanyahu’s AIPAC speech, he appeared to do so.

The two leaders also discussed the nuclear talks between Iran and the major powers, and in this area, Netanyahu did not appear to budge from his insistence than any deal include a total dismantling of Iran’s nuclear capability, including an end to enrichment.

“The leading powers of the world are talking about leaving Iran with the capability to enrich uranium,” he said. “That would be a grave error.”

Obama and officials in his administration have indicated that leaving Iran with a limited enrichment capability is the likeliest outcome of the talks.

Netanyahu said that Israel could not accept such a status.

“We will never be brought to the brink of extinction again,” he said. ”As prime minister of Israel, I will do whatever I must do to defend the Jewish state of Israel.”

Netanyahu also repeated his call for enhanced sanctions on Iran, something that Obama has rejected, saying they could scuttle the talks.

“You know how you get that agreement with Iran?” Netanyahu said. “Not by relieving pressure, but by adding pressure!”

A focus of Netanyahu’s speech was the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement targeting Israel, which he described as anti-Semitic.

“Those who wear the BDS label should be treated as we treat any anti-Semite and bigot — they should be exposed and condemned,” he said. “The boycotters should be boycotted!”

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