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Obama is still driving blind, and still thinks he owns the freeway.

US President Barack Obama was blindsided by the “Arab Spring” revolts as much as anyone else was, yet somehow he acts like he is on top of it all, and like he knows how he can use the events to his advantage. Why is that?

Short answer: he’s a megalomaniac, as became horribly apparent even during his election campaign. (Or if that is too wild a term, compare his behavior with the DSM-IV definition of narcissistic personality disorder, aka NPD.)

I don’t know of anyone, world leader or otherwise, who claims to have foreseen the past four months’ tumult in Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, or Syria. There are some now who offer ideas as to where it’s all going, and I can’t say I’m in a position to evaluate the various scenarios being set forth, but neither do I for one minute believe that President Obama has any more of a clue than my next door neighbor.

Benjamin-Netanyahu-to-address-joint-session-320x206 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to address the US Congress next week, and there is pretty much nothing that Netanyahu can do that Obama will like. So Obama is doing the best he thinks he can by trying to get in a speech of his own before Bibi can get to the podium. From what I’m reading currently, Obama plans to praise the Arab uprisings (as if they’re one unified movement, which they certainly are not), and perhaps somehow morph that into an admonition to Israel that it had better surrender to its enemies while it still has a chance to do so.

Dear Mr. President, you had nothing to do with the Arab movements, and you certainly don’t control them, so what makes you think you can use them as leverage against Israel? And anyway, haven’t you heard that in a war of words, it’s to one’s strategic advantage to speak last? So why do you want to go first?

Narcissus_Caravaggio_Crop_Wikipedia The only rational explanation that comes to mind is that the President of the United States is indeed afflicted with NPD. That’s anything but comforting to me as an American, but somehow we’ve survived the first two years of his rule, so maybe we just need to hang on.

(Added note: I’ve expressed a few times privately since the 2008 election the hope that, if push comes to shove, our top military brass will somehow find a way to avoid implementing an order from the Commander-in-Chief which would clearly destroy the nation.  We may have seen something close to that with the recent hit on Osama Bin Laden. An unnamed White House insider reports that Leon Panetta, Robert Gates, and Hillary Clinton were successfully able to overcome Obama’s unwillingness to authorize the hit, by staging what the source has called a “temporary coup.” That’s a pretty fantastic claim, but the beauty of it is that it makes the three look pretty good in the eyes of the American people, and that Obama doesn’t dare punish them, since that exposes his unwillingness to defend this country against its former public enemy #1. Maybe he has a lick of sense after all. Of course, he could use a good deal more than a lick, or even two, but there’s always hope. TTYL – lineman.)

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Maybe it’s just not “news” unless it’s new

Did I just hear somebody say “well, duh!” out there? I remarked last week how amazing it is that the media will seem to drop coverage of something the very next day after it was front page news. I have to admit on second thought that it’s just the nature of the beast—that if there isn’t anything actually new to report, then you can’t expect the “news” to report it.

But that should not prevent us from keeping tabs on something important, even if it’s just monitoring it day by day without there being any significant changes. I still think the Stuxnet supervirus falls in that category, even though at least one cyber security center seems to be saying that it’s more hype than horror. Maybe I could make a better evaluation if I were much of a techie, but since I’m not, I just have keep my eyes open for what might be next.

And there are still bits and pieces popping up in the news about Wonder Worm; one of the latest items from Jerusalem Post says Iran now admits that they’ve been hit with cyber espionage at their nuke sites. Of course, at that point they go off on a tirade against the insidious West, but still that’s saying a little more than they were before.

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On the eternally ongoing subject of IDS (Israel Derangement Syndrome), an alert friend sent me an essay outlining yet another reason why Israel by its very existence bugs the heck out of the rest of the world: by some objective measures they’re the happiest nation on Earth.

Another key point made in the same essay is that:

The contrast of Israeli happiness and Arab despondency is what makes peace an elusive goal in the region. It cannot be attributed to material conditions of life. Oil-rich Saudi Arabia ranks 171st on an international quality of life index, below Rwanda. Israel is tied with Singapore on this index, although it should be observed that Israel ranks a runaway first on my life-preference index, whereas Singapore comes in dead last.

Even less can we blame unhappiness on experience, for no nation has suffered more than the Jews in living memory, nor has a better excuse to be miserable. Arabs did not invent suicide attacks, but they have produced a population pool willing to die in order to inflict damage greater than any in history. One cannot help but conclude that Muslim clerics do not exaggerate when they express contempt for life.

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BHO_Buddy_Abu Another ongoing matter has of course been the peace negotiations between Israel and the the puppet Arab entity known as the Palestinian Authority. PA President Mahmoud Abbas has been pulling every stunt in the book to keep from actually sitting down and talking. The latest reported ploy is to suggest bypassing negotiations altogether, just have a big player such as the US unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state, and be done with it. Not that this is a brand new idea, but it may actually sound to them like a very simple way to make the whole problem go away. Except that it won’t. Israel is here to say, and the sooner we recognize that, the easier we’ll make it on ourselves. And that’s all I have to say about that.

lineman

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Are we getting tired of talking about the talks yet?

The longer I wait to see what the current negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority are really all about (see my last two posts), the more I find out I’m not alone. I’d missed a great piece in Ynet a week and a half ago that referred to the affair as “theater of the absurd.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. Actually, I didn’t say it better myself. LOL, as they say.

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Although my main purpose in this blog is to expose & refute untruths (aka, lies) put out by those who attack Israel (they basically have to rely on lies because the truth will generally shut them down), it’s nice once in a while to note that there are other nations who support Israel, and are bold enough to say so.

Though this is unfortunately not being well reported in Western media, the Czech Foreign Minister has declared,

the Czech Republic does not conceal that it was, is and will be an ally of Israel in international politics and in Europe.

Small country, big integrity. Are you listening, USA?

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the-exodus-1947-haifa-july-1947_RS OK, back to business. You don’t need to be a learned historian to know that the British government was a primary source (if not the primary source) of coordinated opposition to the creation of the State of Israel sixty-plus years ago. But more of the nasty details have just come out in a new book  by British historian Keith Jeffery. Jeffery relates that Britain’s anti-humanitarian activities included planting hidden explosive devices on refugee vessels. Flotilla, shmotilla – do I detect some hypocrisy?

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One more item for today, just to leave y’all wondering right along with me. If we were to ask Russia at this point whether they’re for Israel, or against Israel, they might well answer, “No.” No, what? Well, in this case, it’s the on-again-off-again deal whereby Russia furnishes Iran with advanced anti-aircraft missile systems to fend off the threat of an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear potential. At this particular point, it’s off again. Personally, though, I don’t think we should be trusting Russia any farther than we can throw them. I’ll leave it to you to figure out how far that is. Bye for now.

lineman

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Uh, tell me – why are we still pretending to be really talking?

In my last post, I was wondering aloud what’s up with the latest round of peace talks. Caroline Glick brings up an interesting point with regard to this: one of the serious effects of these shenanigans is to deflect attention away from Iran and its nuclear weapons program. Hey! Look over there…!

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Also, I was discussing caginess on the part of Netanyahu. It would be charitable to think that Abu Mazen is working the same angle by threatening to quit his job if the current round of talks don’t work, but he takes the wind out of his own sails by repeating this tactic every time he doesn’t get his way. Oh, well…

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Besides that, he’s already said the talks will surely fail, and it will be all Israel’s fault. So, when do we get to see him quit? I’m not holding my breath.

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Not to change the subject, but we’re still seeing reports about the myth of the Gaza siege. As I’ve mentioned before, the supposed privation of the poor Palestinians in Gaza (as purported to be caused by Israel’s embarg0) is just not happening. Now the International Monetary Fund confirms that the Gaza economy is thriving beyond what most nations can reasonably hope: 16% growth in the Gaza economy over the first half of 2010. This doesn’t mean, though, that there isn’t any gap in Gazan society between the “haves” and have-nots.” It’s just that, as they themselves will tell you when they don’t have a gun to their heads,  the gap is created by the greed of the Hamas ruling class.

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All right, one more observation regarding the talks, once again exposing the dishonesty of the Palestinian side. Guess what! Yes, you guessed it–they admit publically that their participation is completely phony.  Well, not publically in the sense that anyone expects the Western media to pick it up, but Palestinian Media Watch reports today that they’ve come out and said so in the Arab-language media.

As reported in the Palestinian daily newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida,

The PLO’s representative in Lebanon, Ambassador Abdullah Abdullah, emphasized yesterday that the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, which have started in Washington, are not a goal, but rather another stage in the Palestinian struggle… He believes that Israel will not be dealt a knock-out defeat, but rather an accumulation of Palestinian achievements and struggles, as happened in South Africa, to isolate Israel, to tighten the noose on it, to threaten its legitimacy, and to present it as a rebellious, racist state. He noted that Israel faces international isolation with doubt cast on its legitimacy, because of its actions and the war crimes which it has carried out. He added, ‘Many Israelis in senior positions are afraid to travel to European countries lest they be put on trial for their crimes.

I suppose that’s enough said for now. See y’all later.

lineman

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OK, so the world didn’t end last weekend – but what’s around the corner?

APTOPIX Mideast Iran Nuclear In my last post I asked the rhetorical question whether the world as we know it was about to end, specifically in reference to the potential repercussions of Iran activating its Bushehr nuclear facility on Saturday. Former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton had earlier warned that the action would create a sort of point-of-no-return for Israel in terms of military intervention. Would Israel do something, or just sit by and let it happen?

Well, it happened, and is happening (the process is expected to take at least two weeks to complete), and the IAF remains on the ground.

Is that a surprise? No, not really. Was it a forgone conclusion? Not necessarily. But seeing no significant action on the part of Israel still leaves us wondering not only why not, but more importantly what comes next. To be sure, Israel issued a strongly worded statement, but even that came through a lower echelon spokesman (below cabinet level, anyway), as if to make the point that they know it’s not the end of the world.

GoofylookinAhmmadinnerjacketYnet Also, like a playground bully who didn’t actually beat anybody up but got his way anyway, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad upped the volume a little on his whining warnings to the world that he’s going to beat everybody up.

But we are still ultimately left watching, and waiting, and when it comes right down to it, guessing. Even as established a publication as Atlantic Monthly ends up saying basically that.

The one thing that I saw on Saturday that offered a substantially different outlook was a report in DEBKAfile indicating that the nature and extent of Israel’s response (or lack thereof) may have been dictated by an earlier back room deal between Russia and the US over a UN vote on sanctions.

President Barack Obama in New York Or then also another version from DEBKAfile today reports that Obama had made a deal with Netanyahu tying US support of upcoming direct talks with the Palestinians to Israel holding back on Iran. A deal which Obama has since reneged on, so says the report.

So does the plot thicken? Are all of the world’s leaders just watching each other to see what the other guy’s next move is? Why do I have the unpleasant feeling that all we have here is the blind leading the blind?

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Quick 140ish for 16 March 2010, before moving on.

Bibi_on_the_offense_INN_03162010 I missed my 140s posting yesterday. Not that there wasn’t anything going on; on the contrary, the fan was busier than ever with the sh stuff that was hitting it over the US-condemns-Jerusalem-future-construction flap. What ostensibly began as a diplomatic faux pas has become the biggest US-Israel crisis in decades.  There are some that say this was all a deliberate ploy on the part of Israel to ‘entrap’ poor, unsuspecting Joe Biden (never mind that at least one advocate of that theory also refers to Jerusalem as a “settlement:” hardly a fitting label for a several thousand year old city), and on the other side there is a reasonable suspicion that Hillary & Co. have taken Machiavellian advantage of the situation to try to pummel Israel.

Whatever the design, if any, the effect has been to firm up the response of Benjamin Netanyahu, and re-solidify backing within his own party. Not to mention galvanizing the widespread support of pro-Israel Americans.

Attention has also rightly been called to the current propensity of the US to  snuggle up to terror regimes while condemning one of our best friends in the world. As one commenter points out,

The verb “condemn” is customarily reserved by U.S. officials for acts of murder and terrorism — not acts of housing.

And there was more today, but that will have to wait. Meanwhile, I want to share something from my mailbox.

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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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