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And now for a few more 140s

MilitantIslam-FLIKR-WEB I don’t recall if I’ve mentioned this before, but one of the many ways in which the Obama administration is cozying up to the Islamist world is by changing the basic vocabulary of US security documents. As reported by ICEJ, Unity Coalition for Israel, and others, efforts are being made to remove terms such as “Islamic extremism” and “jihad” from core defense policy statements. The President has repeatedly said he wishes to promote better relations with the Muslim world, but doesn’t he also say that extremism and jihad are not truly a part of that world? So why then would he have a problem with those terms?

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That last was of course a rhetorical question. It sadly does not take a rocket scientist to figure out why Barack Obama wants to remove references to Islamist terror from US defense documents. Lt.-Col. (ret.) Ralph Peters doesn’t bill himself as a rocket scientist, but does have credentials as a military analyst, and is cited in Israel National News as putting it rather bluntly:

Obama apparently has a chip on his shoulder against Israel – and it’s not “helpful to our civilization.”

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More bad news: Jonathan Tobin has written an article in Commentary Magazine titled Obama’s Diplomatic War on Israel Is Just Getting Started. In his column he points out that as far as Obama is concerned, it’s about having his way without regard for regional realities. As Tobin lays it out, the way the Obama administration approaches Middle East issues

obama_wh_032610_monster_397x224 …fits in with the messianic self-confidence of the president, and with the vision of his presidency that his staffers exude. They are not interested in the fact that such attempts have always failed because of Palestinian intransigence, or that such attempts have ultimately led to more, not less, violence. It isn’t clear whether they truly believe that weak figures like Mahmoud Abbas and Salam Fayyad can sign any peace deal that recognizes Israel’s existence within any borders. But the administration’s simmering resentment against Israel seems to be driving this development more than anything else…

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I’d like to think I’m changing the subject with this next one, but I’m not really. At least I get to talk about Iran rather than Israel for just a  moment. New York Post writer Rich Lowry nicely sums up the entire farce of putting the brakes on a nuclear Iran through endless talk of sanctions:

The rules of the great Iranian nuclear charade are simple: We pretend to punish the Iranians for the nuclear- weapons program that they pretend doesn’t exist.

I’m sorry, Rich, but I admit I didn’t pay all that much attention to the rest of your article, but you just nailed it so well in that opening line. Maybe we need more minds that can just see it the way it is, and say so.

And with that I’ll say good night!

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A counter-snub, or just plain smart?

Two weeks after the shameful treatment of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu by US President Obama, we hear that Netanyahu has decided at the last moment not to attend an upcoming nuclear security summit in Washington. The conference was being billed as a discussion of ways to deal with the danger of terrorist groups or states having  access to nuclear weapons, but the PM’s office caught wind of plans by Egypt and Turkey to turn it into another occasion to pick at Israel, rather than addressing the issues.

And Noah Pollak in Commentary Magazine raises the larger question of why didn’t Obama, as host of the conference (let alone as a respected national leader) put a stop to any such shenanigans in the first place. Pollak suggests

There are two possible explanations, and I’m not sure which is more disturbing. Obama either welcomed the prospect of another humiliation of Netanyahu, or he was afraid to stand up to two Muslim leaders. Perhaps both are true.

So is Netanyahu snubbing Washington, or is it just prudent not to attend another bash-Israel fest? I have a good friend who loves to state both/and questions as either/ors, to which the obvious answer is supposed to be “yes.” So, to answer my own question – yes. However, Israel will be well represented at the conference. Just not Bibi.

By the way, as a reminder that a great many Americans continue to support Israel and its current administration, a related report cites Liz Cheney, daughter of former US Vice President Dick Cheney, as saying

President Obama is playing a reckless game of continuing down the path of diminishing America’s ties to Israel.

This was in addressing the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, where the announcement of Netanyahu’s decision not to come to Washington was met with a healthy round of applause.

BBL. Lineman.

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140s for 13 March 2010, and a personal note.

Picture credit: takeastandagainstliberals.blogspot.com Just when I thought I could leave all thoughts of Joe behind, my daily email newsletter from Unity Coalition for Israel contained several well spoken commentaries on his most recent escapade. You know, the one where he proclaimed his undying love for Israel while applying the knife forcefully between the shoulder blades.

The first of those was from Daniel Greenfield, titled The Middle East Peace Scam. You really ought to go read the entire thing, and then proceed on to a comment by Joel Katzman, wherein the question is raised whether the next phase for the Jews, if they can be forced out of Jerusalem by Obama, Abbas, & Co., might be another nice train ride and shower.

Next, Leo Rennert of American Thinker writes about how The Biden Trip Reveals the Ominous Side of Obama’s Treatment of Israel. More well placed American thoughts on the betray-me-with-a-kiss-why-don’t-you theme.

A third piece by Gerald A. Honigman is an open letter to Joe, being “a short guide to the Middle East—and the hypocritical world.” Don’t miss it!

There is also a post by Barry Rubin called “Look Out!” The first line goes, “Watching the Obama administration handle Syria and Iran is like watching a horror movie where a monster is creeping up behind someone.” You may think you can figure out the rest, but go read it anyway.

And to tie it all up with a not-so-pretty ribbon is Ambassador John Bolton with a dire warning taken from a radio interview with Aaron Klein of World Net Daily.

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You know, sometimes I wonder if the things I write here may give people the impression I’m truly frightened with regard to Israel’s future. I certainly am very disturbed by what I see happening, but I should note that fear is not what I’m experiencing.

That’s not to say I’d feel the same way if I were living in Israel, having the constant threat of mayhem at my doorstep. My life and the lives of my family are not presently being physically threatened, as are the lives of those who have taken the bold step to take back what was stolen from them so long ago.

And what if I had the opportunity to join them? Right now, if I had that opportunity, that is what I’d want to do. Whether it would be the right thing at the right time would be a matter of details, but there is a drawing to the land that even we Gentiles can sometimes feel. It has been suggested that I may have some Jewish DNA, and that may be why I feel that way, but for now that is not my focus. Nor do I have any inclination to convert. And even if I did, I understand there’s a Rabbi somewhere in the wings waiting to talk me out of it.

I say all this to put into some perspective what I do feel about the land and the people, and why the matters I write about here are so important to me. I tried to say something about this on my “About” page, but today I found this in some materials I’ve had tucked away for some thirty-odd years:

Dominion_of_David_and_Solomon The people of Israel have had the most unusual and dramatic history of any people in the world. No other ethnic group has risen to such highs and fallen to such lows so repeatedly—coming to the verge of extinction many times but never being entirely destroyed. No other ethnic group has been politically and religiously persecuted as intensely and survived thousands of years without a native tongue, without a homeland and without a means of unity within the group, only to be restored to full nationhood. No other nation was able to endure such long periods of dispossession and yet maintain and preserve its own identity, character and culture. And, most important, no other people have been singled out by God so early in mankind’s history to represent God’s name, to be called the people of the Lord, to maintain the faith in the one true God and to be a light to the nations, a sign to the rest of humanity.

No other people, no other nation, indeed. About 100 years ago, the “sun never set” on the British Empire. But then not long after that, Britain began to renege on a promise she had made to Israel, the modern state not having even been reinstituted yet. Now Britain is a mess, if you’ll pardon my saying so. The United States of America has for some time been, and still is, if only barely, the greatest nation on the planet. But one thing I do fear is that my country is heading down the path of destruction solely by turning from being a friend to Israel – sometimes, it has seemed, Israel’s only friend – to an enemy.

Israel will, by the favor of the Almighty, prevail. All his enemies will fail; you can count on that. I do not wish to be found an enemy of Israel, and I want to warn as many of my fellow Americans as I can of the danger into which we are beginning to place ourselves. So I continue to hold my place on the line.

Oh, by the way – I’ve read the Book all the way through, and I know who wins in the end. Just so you know.

lineman

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WWII Vet Blisters Obama’s Backside

Perhaps you’ve seen this elsewhere. If so, then good! This was in my email when I got back from Colorado; whatever you may think of email forwards, the content of this letter speaks for itself. Read it and pass it on.

WW II Navy Veteran tells Obama to shape up or ship out!

Harold_Estes_resized This venerable and much honored WW II vet is well known in Hawaii for his seventy-plus years of service to patriotic organizations and causes all over the country. A humble man without a political bone in his body, he has never spoken out before about a government official, until now.  He dictated this letter  to a friend, signed it and mailed it to the president.

 

Dear President Obama,    
My name is Harold Estes, approaching 95 on December 13 of this year.  People meeting me for the first time don’t believe my age because I remain wrinkle free and pretty much mentally alert.
I enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1934 and served proudly before, during and after WW II retiring as a Master Chief Bos’n Mate.  Now I live in a "rest home" located on the western end of Pearl Harbor , allowing me to keep alive the memories of 23 years of service to my country.
One of the benefits of my age, perhaps the only one, is to speak my mind, blunt and direct even to the head man.
So here goes.
I am amazed, angry and determined not to see my country die before I do, but you seem hell bent not to grant me that wish.
I can’t figure out what country you are the president of.  You fly around the world telling our friends and enemies despicable lies like:
" We’re no longer a Christian nation" " America is arrogant" – (Your wife even announced to the world," America is mean- spirited. " Please tell her to try preaching that nonsense to 23 generations of our war dead buried all over the globe who died for no other reason than to free a whole lot of strangers from tyranny and hopelessness.)
I’d say shame on the both of you, but I don’t think you like America, nor do I see an ounce of gratefulness in anything you do, for the obvious gifts this country has given you.  To be without shame or gratefulness is a dangerous thing for a man sitting in the White House.
After 9/11 you said," America hasn’t lived up to her ideals."
Which ones did you mean? Was it the notion of personal liberty that 11,000 farmers and shopkeepers died for to win independence from the British?  Or maybe the ideal that no man should be a slave to another man, that 500,000 men died for in the Civil War?  I hope you didn’t mean the ideal 470,000 fathers, brothers, husbands, and a lot of fellas I knew personally died for in WWII, because we felt real strongly about not letting any nation push us around, because we stand for freedom.
I don’t think you mean the ideal that says equality is better than discrimination.  You know the one that a whole lot of white people understood when they helped to get you elected.
Take a little advice from a very old geezer, young man.
Shape up and start acting like an American.  If you don’t, I’ll do what I can to see you get shipped out of that fancy rental on Pennsylvania Avenue .  You were elected to lead not to bow, apologize and kiss the hands of murderers and corrupt leaders who still treat their people like slaves.
And just who do you think you are telling the American people not to jump to conclusions and condemn that Muslim major who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded dozens more. You mean you don’t want us to do what you did when that white cop used force to subdue that black college professor in Massachusetts , who was putting up a fight?  You don’t mind offending the police calling them stupid but you don’t want us to offend Muslim fanatics by calling them what they are, terrorists.
One more thing.  I realize you never served in the military and never had to defend your country with your life, but you’re the Commander-in-Chief now, son.  Do your job.  When your battle-hardened field General asks you for 40,000 more troops to complete the mission, give them to him.  But if you’re not in this fight to win, then get out.  The life of one American soldier is not worth the best political strategy you’re thinking of.
You could be our greatest president because you face the greatest challenge ever presented to any president.
You’re not going to restore American greatness by bringing back our bloated economy.  That’s not our greatest threat.  Losing the heart and soul of who we are as Americans is our big fight now. And I sure as hell don’t want to think my president is the enemy in this final battle.
Sincerely,
Harold B. Estes

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But I thought you said you didn’t want to talk to me?

This is a hoot! 

Obama the Snoot ICEJAccording to a report last week in Israel Today, US president Barack Obama  recently demanded that Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commit to a massive expulsion of Jews from their homes in Judea and Samaria before peace negotiations can be resumed. Never mind that Mr. Netanyahu has stated over and over again his willingness to engage in peace talks as long as the other side will just be willing to recognize Israel for what it is, the legitimate homeland of the Jews.

I know it’s hard to imagine that a US President would be so out of touch with reality, but apparently Mr. Obama suffers from knee jerk reactions every time the Palestinian Authority makes any sort of demand, no matter how preposterous.

But I had to laugh aloud when I read this article in Ynet news today:  “Washington caught off guard by Netanyahu visit.”  Apparently Bibi took Barry’s words at face value, and did not go out of his way to inform the White House that he’d be coming to the US in a couple of weeks.  And for some reason the White House is in a complete snit about it. The purpose of the Prime Minister’s visit does not involve speaking with the President, and the President just got done telling the Prime Minister, in effect, “I don’t want to talk to you until you do what I say.” So why is there a problem if Mr. Netanyahu is not paying a call on Mr. Obama?

Oh Barry, oh Barry O., you are so far out of your league, I don’t suppose you’ll ever know…

Ok – I’ll stop laughing and get back to work.

 

lineman

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Speaking of Obama being ‘way too busy to fend off Netanyahu…

This is an email I received today from a rather, ahem, conservative relative.  There is quite a lot being said lately about the way Glenn Beck has been taking on Obama and the Czars on radio and television and in print, and I won’t try to add to it or elucidate here, but I thought this writer had a great sense of humor.  Enjoy!

Glenn Beck Has Brass Gonads

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Don’t you know Obama and his ilk wish to God (or whoever the heck they wish to) that Glenn Beck would fall into adultery with an Argentinean newswoman, or cut his jugular vein while shaving, or show up drunk, high and naked to his FOX show and forever be publically vilified, marginalized and thus muzzled?

Beck has formally joined Rush as an Official Pain in Barack Obama’s Backside (OPIBOB). (Are you an OPIBOB yet?) Yep, not only has Obama’s administration called Rush out, but the White House has now phoned Beck during his TV show in an attempt to get him to dial the heck down.

Glenn said this past week that Barack’s minions were actually calling his show while he was on air because he was being a meany. When I heard this I was sitting there eating pretzels and drinking a martini thinking: Are you kidding me? Is Perez Hilton running the White House? The White House is actually calling Beck during his program in an attempt to get him to cease and desist his digs? Wow . . . sounds, pretty gay to me. No offense to gay people, of course.

So, what’s next, Whine House? Are you gonna post an angry note on Beck’s Facebook wall? Are you going to place Glenn’s picture on the White House website and draw naughty stuff on his forehead? Unbelievable. Not only do we have to contend with and check a radical Socialist-in-Chief at every point, but we also have to a field a cheeky, paranoid, oversensitive staff that makes Nixon look like Andy Griffith’s Aunt Bee.

So, what’s all the hubbub about? Why is Beck under their epidermis? Well, it’s principally because he asks questions. And if there is one thing that derails the Hope and Change Train, it’s questions. Oh, I almost forgot: Facts also get them purty PO’ed. Questions and facts . . . can’t have that. Yep, both of those little damnable ditties are detrimental to Obama’s oligarchical grasp.

For those who missed Beck’s week of must-see TV, he boldly parleyed into the President’s court questions several million of us want to ask but don’t have a top-ranked TV show on the most watched cable news channel to get the proper respect and response. Here’s a little sample of Beck’s mischievous queries. On Monday he inquired:

– We are in so much debt, why spend more borrowed money on cap-and-trade and healthcare programs before we stop the flow of red-ink?

– The stimulus package funneled billions of dollars to ACORN. How does giving billions of dollars to ACORN stimulate the economy?

– If it was so important for congress to pass the stimulus bill before they even had time to read it, why has only a fraction of the stimulus money been spent 6 months later?

– Why won’t members of Congress read the bills before they vote on them?

– Why are citizens mocked and laughed at when they ask their congressman to read the bills before they vote on them?

– How did Van Jones, a self-proclaimed communist, become a special advisor to the president?

– Did President Obama know of Van Jones’ radical political beliefs when he named him special advisor?

– The Apollo Alliance claimed credit for writing the stimulus bill—why was this group allowed to write any portion of this bill?

– If politicians aren’t writing the bills and aren’t reading the bills, do they have any idea what these 1,000-page plus bills actually impose on the American people?

– If the “public option” health care plan is so good, why won’t politicians agree to have that as their plan?

– If town hall meetings are intended for the politicians to learn what’s on our mind—why do they spend so much time talking instead of listening?

– Is using the economic crises to rush legislation through congress what Rahm Emanuel meant when he talked about “not letting a crisis go to waste”?

– What are the czars paid? What is the budget for their staffs/offices?

On Tuesday Beck wondered aloud:

– Who is “surrounding” the President in the White House?

– Do any of the President’s advisers have criminal records?

– Are the President’s advisers working to better the country or their own ideals?

– Who are the anti-capitalists in Washington?

– What roles do they have in crafting bills?

– What was “STORM”? What happened to the founders, and where are they now?

– What qualifications must one have to be a Presidential adviser?

– Should a communist have the ear of the President of the United States?

– What role did the Apollo Alliance play in crafting bills?

– Does the President know the co-founder of the Weather Underground is a board member of the Apollo Alliance?

On Wednesday Glenn wanted to know:

– Why does the FCC have a diversity “czar”?

– Who is Mark Lloyd, and how does he plan to “balance” the airwaves?

– Will he bring back the Fairness Doctrine, or worse?

– Cass Sunstein once said he wants to balance the Internet; is that next?

– Will broadcasters who leave the airwaves be allowed to go to satellite or Internet without government regulation?

– Is there any place (that has a mass audience) where the government won’t regulate free speech?

– Why does it seem every member of the Obama advisory team hates capitalism, unless those companies (like G.E.) are in bed with the administration?

If Lloyd has his way, stations that don’t comply with the government’s definition of the “public interest” will have to pay a massive fine—which helps support public broadcasting:

– What will be the definition of “public interest”?

– Who defines “public interest”?

– Why should it be balanced? Because it’s public airwaves? (Well, there are public roads that go by my house, and I don’t count how many Republicans and Democrats are driving on them.)

On Thursday GB thought:

– Why do we need a civilian force?

– Who is posing a threat to us?

– Who will this “force” be made up of?

– Who is the real enemy?

– Does the president know of a coming event? If not, who builds an army against an unrecognized enemy?

– Why won’t the media get off their butts and look into these radicals in the White House? And into this civilian army?

(*For the full list visit:http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/198/29631/) You see, Beck was just asking questions. Hey, White House . . . Can we not ask questions anymore? Is that verboten? Can we not ask our elected officials to explain themselves, elucidate a bit about their odd buddies and make clear their policies and proposals?

Can we not question you boys with boldness, hold to the truth, and speak without fear of reprisal? Huh?

In the words of my redneck hunting buddy, better known as the West Texas Warrior, “Why, hell we can!” Not only can we, ladies and gents, but we must.

Uh, correct me if I’m wrong, but this is our nation; this ain’t Cuba or Venezuela yet. We pay the government’s bills, and therefore they answer to us, they represent us—and if they don’t then we take their airplanes, limos, mistresses and five-star hotels away from them. Yeah, I believe that’s how it’s supposed to work.

Keep asking the hard questions, boys and girls. Don’t let them tread on you.

Great job, Mr. Beck.



If I ever quit my job as a lineman, can I sign up to be an OPIBOB?

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Will he, won’t he, or when will he?

Headline Monday: Peres confirms Obama to mediate Netanyahu-Abbas talks.

US President Barack Obama is expected to moderate a meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in September between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, President Shimon Peres said in an interview with Fox News on Monday.

But, come to find out WednesdayNo meeting agenda between Abbas, Netanyahu

A senior Palestinian official said on Monday that no meeting was decided to be held soon between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu… The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and president Abbas ruled out holding any meeting with Netanyahu or any renewal of the peace talks unless Israeli authorities announce a total freeze of settlement activities in the West Bank.

When the news came out Monday that Benjamin Netanyahu was supposed to meet with Mahmoud Abbas under Barack Obama’s auspices next month, it made a few people unhappy.

Not that these people don’t want peace, nor especially that Mr. Netanyahu isn’t continually reaching out to both the US and the PA.  But consistent with those efforts, he has been doing a good job of maintaining a position of strength, while Mr. Abbas rejects each new overture from Israel, always demanding just a little more than what is being offered to him, and all the while Mr. Obama is trying less and less successfully to keep his balance in all this.  Besides being much too busy at home.  And then there’s poor Mr. Mitchell; he is actually a skilled diplomat and negotiator, but he can’t fire his own boss.

If you’ve been following these things, you may realize that ‘Bama wants so badly to pull a Carter or maybe at least a Clinton.   Not that I’m an admirer of either of those two.  God forbid!  But like it or not, they were achievers to whatever extent, and poor Barry would like to be, but just isn’t.  (As an aside at this point, Clarice Feldman over at American Thinker has done a wonderful job of analyzing just how smart Barack Obama is. Seriously.)

Enter  Shimon Peres.  Now I’m not really as knowledgeable about Israeli politics as y’all think I am, but it has been my understanding that the office of the President of Israel is more ceremonial than substantial, and that he is actually prohibited from  political intervention or even expressing potentially divisive personal views on major issues.  So how come he gets to make a major news announcement that Obama is going to supervise a get together for Netanyahu and Abbas next month?  Well, simply put, he doesn’t.  Not to mention that Mr. Peres’ politics have been somewhat to the left of the present government, and of a few others.

And so I told someone last night that, not to worry, Bibi is not betraying anybody or jumping into bed with the baddies any time soon.  He is making forward progress; he’s just smart enough to do it at a pace of his own choosing.  Israel could do worse.

Addendum:  since these two items were published, there has been a late development.  It was disclosed today that, yes indeed, talks have begun at a higher level than they have been up until now.  And I also noticed two important points. For one thing, the discussion today was along the lines which have been proposed by Netanyahu all along, of first focusing on bringing increased economic benefits to the PA ruled areas.  Secondly, and not to be downplayed, is the report that the PA is at the moment having enough sense to back down from its refusal to talk until Israel has met all of its demands.

Or, in the words of the Israeli representative, Minister for Regional Development Silvan Shalom,

“I’m glad that the Palestinians understand that boycotting talks with the Israeli government was harmful primarily to them,” he said. “As I’ve said, our goal is economic peace, and that does not impede political dialogue, but rather helps it along.”

Hardly anything is ever a done deal in life, and all the less so in the Middle East.  But I have a better feeling about today’s meeting than I have had about some others.  We’ll see.  Sometimes it’s much easier just being a lineman.

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