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Where the HELL is the President???

After that last multi-part post I thought i could relax a little and not worry about any subsequent postings for at least a week.  But reality has a way of influencing our most ardent desires.  And as stupid as the postings on Facebook have been relative to the presidential race, the silence on recent events is far more stunning and far more indicative of a population totally self absorbed and out of touch with things in the broader world that can turn round and bite them.

Are you all paying attention or does Prince Harry’s latest streak or Bradjalina’s latest spat demand your full attention?  Do you have even the remotest clue that possibly, just possibly, very recent events concerning the middle east, while they may not have actually lit the fuse, certainly opened the box of matches?

In two countries in the middle east, Egypt and Libya, Islamists principally following the Muslim Brotherhood, yes, that same group our administration declared were good guys, stormed and took over the American Embassies. These were factions that we had recently helped to overthrow the former governments and from whom, in any intelligent part of the world, we might have expected some loyalty.  But none was evident as the walls were scaled, fires were set, flags were torn down, and violence and murder were perpetrated on our representatives to those countries.

This is not like having some tourists attacked, heinous as that would be.  Are you aware that an embassy is considered by all governments to be the sovereign soil of its country?  The other countries with embassies here demand that status of us and in past administrations we have demanded it of them.  Two of our embassies were just attacked and overrun.  By the language of international law, when any, much less two areas of American territory were attacked an overrun, that is an overt act of war.  Once inside the compounds they tore down the American flag, burned it, and replaced it with their own.  That is an act of war.

But it gets worse.  In one of the attacks, an American ambassador was killed – no. let’s call it what it was, he was murdered.  THAT is an act of war if one ever existed.  In scale only does this depart from the precedent of Pearl Harbor.

And what set off this attack?  A cheap, independent, stupid movie was what.   A F*****G MOVIE was all it took to rouse adherents to the “religion of peace” to attack U.S. territory and murder its Ambassador.  In my opinion the moment word was received of the actions, the congress should have been convened, the acts of war recognized for what they were, the governments of the countries put on notice that we would be considering responses but that in the meantime not another dime of foreign aid would flow into their corrupt coffers… and they could stand by for the REAL response…

But what did we actually do?  The following day – not that very evening – the following day our fearsome guardian of the American way essentially apologized for the affront of the movie.  He did mention the attacks and murder really shouldn’t have happened and were perhaps a bit over the top, but the major thrust was that we were sorry and that our values did not include insulting someone else’s religion.  Apparently however, they do condone murder of our own people based on the provocation of an insult to someone else’s beliefs.  THat is news to me and not news i find positive since it tosses out the 1st amendment.  Remember this murder did not happen on foreign streets, it happened on U.S. territory.

And wait a minute, was the government the one who created the film?  Were its comments about violent Muslims coming from any official voice of the country?  Did embassy personnel or the ambassador himself offer free screenings of the film on the embassy lawns and speak on its behalf?  Did the movie even act as if it were speaking for the country as a whole?  No, they did not.

But both attacks took place after some time passed as the crazed, ignorant savages worked themselves into a frenzied froth before launching the actual assaults.  There was enough time for message to be sent here asking for guidance. The governments of those countries then had more than enough time to become aware of the growing mob, assemble their troops to, as all countries agree to do, defend the embassies of countries they host, but they did not. We apparently didn’t even ask them to.  That overt, purposeful lack of action on their part is tantamount to a tacit official OK of the actions and, it turns out, neither has offered any sort of apology or offer of restitution for the actions of their countrymen.

Do you truly believe we are respected in those areas more so for being patently weak-kneed in a response to attack?  Do you truly imagine a warrior culture such as theirs would look up to such cringing cowardice and seemingly paralyzed leadership?

But it gets still worse.  A flashpoint that nearly everyone agrees has the potential for escalating into a conflict that will inure to the benefit of NO ONE is the issue of Iran and its nuclear ambitions.  So far, the rhetoric has served both sides if, and only if, the leadership of Iran truly are completely rational persons fully in command of the realities of the world and history despite idiotic assertions and saber rattling rhetoric.

If that rationality it true then we (the U.S., Iran, and Israel) are playing a dangerous but understandable game where the rhetoric serves to keep the people stirred up but the reality is far less inflammable.    If that is true, Iran may indeed NOT have any nuclear weapons ambitions but is using the possibility for international credibility, Israel may actually not feel threatened with their very existence but wishes to test its so-called “friends” relative to their actual support, and we can cleverly, if cruelly, play them off against each other by holding to the public rhetoric that we want to give Iran more time to ‘come clean’ and stop their weapons plans but in the meantime we will hold Israel back from precipitous action.

It is a potential win-win-win in a macabre and ugly game of international politics.  But it will work only if Iran and its leaders are (a) rational and actually do not really have the desire to build a nuclear arsenal and (b) there is not a hidden agenda that would make the Iranian government have fish other than Israel to fry, oh, such as re-establishing the Persian empire and Hegemony of old and, at the same time, settling once and for all the under the table war between Sunni and Shiite sects of Islam.

If either (a) is not true or (b) IS true then we, the U.S. have been suckered (or strode knowingly) into a huge problem likely to spill over into regional and then possibly global war.

And then… into that uncertain environment steps Iran’s leader who, purposefully as an insult, comes to speak to the U.N. Security Council on Yom Kippur, one of the holiest of Jewish Holidays.  The next day, Israel’s leader then comes to New York to speak.  Israel is internally seriously divided in purpose between those that want to do a pre-emptive strike before Iran can develop a weapon and those who believe that since they have not even tested a device yet, there is no hard evidence they are developing one and a strike is a very bad idea.  The U.S. certainly acts as if it is in the second camp while, officially, being a firm back-up to Israel if that is wrong, something the Iranians cannot ignore.  We back worthless sanctions for the PR value but do virtually nothing else even though the sanctions have only the effect of irritating the Iranian public who attempt to clean up their government went unsupported while we whole-heartedly backed the Muslim Brotherhood’s take over of an Egyptian leader who was at least sometimes an American ally.

And what happens?  The Israeli leader asks to meet with the American leader.  Of all the people in the world you would think we would want to chat with and both press our point while getting a feel for his real intentions it would be him, especially since he is given to rhetoric as volatile as that of the Iranians.  But the response from us is that our leader is too busy.  His schedule is full.  He cannot meet.  And what IS on his schedule that day?  Appearing on the Letterman show.

I know Letterman is a huge fan and supporter, but what private citizen, even George Soros or Michael Moore, could be more important than meeting with a person who may hold the key to war in the region?  For that matter what government official would not happily re-schedule a meeting if in doing so they could help promote the agenda of at least delaying such a war?  Well, now we know the answer to that question and it is not some lower level functionary, it is our dear leader himself.

There is a complex geopolitical high wire act going on with global stakes and our President does not seem to get it.  If our stance and rebuff make the Israelis feel they truly are on their own and all decisions have to be based solely on their own beliefs about a potentially existential threat, and the Iranians are made to think that despite blanket and outdated comments of support, we will not get involved in their squabble, just how much more secure do you think we have made the situation?

The only thing that even remotely makes sense, other than potted plant levels of stupidity, is that the Administration wants Israel to either act first or so frighten the Iranians that they perform a pre-emptive strike to forestall the feared Israeli pre-emptive strike and hopes that this time, finally, Israel looses.

No?  Give me another logically sound way to look at it?  You cannot separate these two actions happening so close together.  You cannot think that the rebuff to Israel which happened first fell on deaf Islamic ears and did not play some part in the thinking that led to the belief in an assault on American soil that could be done without consequences.

And regardless of your conclusions about the Israeli leader’s rebuff, do you think it is good for us to have the Muslim militants assume, based on experience, they can mess with us and get no more than a few words about how we wish they had not done it but we understand why they might be mad at us?   Is that a position for the U.S. to occupy in the world that you honestly think will lead to others respecting us and to a greater likelihood of world peace?

If you do, then I think that while the jury is still out about the administration being rock stupid, there is no longer any question about you.

(ADDENDUM… to be fair…)
Finally, today, our President, after a round of criticisms from a number of fronts, went BACK before the cameras and actually condemned the actions and said we would punish the people responsible.  i applaud that position but it should have been the FIRST reaction, not one as part of damage control.  We shall see if something actually happens…  However AFTER that the countries involved now are apologizing and offering to help.  Perhaps they think that now Obama is forced into real action so they had better shape up.  That would indicate they do not know the lengths he will go to to avoid that but it is informative to indicate that when we DO at least act or talk like we are still America and mean business it gets a response.

If only it were true…

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Whose Side Are We On Now? And What Does That Say About Us?

San Diego – Just when you think it might be safe to look outside after surviving the non-end-of-the-world which left its proponent “Flabberghasted” (to use his own words), King Barrack I once again steps into an arena for which he insists on showing his complete level of unpreparedness.  Never mind that he has already, and several times, shown his contempt or ignorance of the pesky moldy old document we call the Constitution (by ignoring the commerce clause with his health care plan and telling his justice department to not enforce laws duly passed with which he disagrees) and his disdain for the congress (by ignoring the War Powers Act that now has the US clearly involved in Libya in an open violation of congressional authority — and you serious left wingers, don’t take my word for it listen to the ultimate left wing guy, Rep. Dennis Kucinich) all to further his agenda of bringing down the old system to make it easier to rebuild following his own vision, he has now also added clarity to that vision by once again acting to empower and encourage the radical jihadists in the middle east at the expense of our only ally and only real democracy in that region.

He already had given a virtual green light to The Muslim Brotherhood to take over Egypt and worked to mask their true intentions by sending an administration stooge out to tell us a bald-faced lie about their local and secular nature that flew directly in the face of their published charter and avowed mission as stated on their own web site (which I copied and reprinted a number of posts ago).  As if to rub salt in that open wound to the truth, the leader of the Brotherhood, in the past week, stated clearly that if they regain power in Egypt their main plan is to install Shariah as the guiding system and to help with the eradication of the state of Israel as a Holy Duty.  But that was no surprise to me or to anyone else who bothered, unlike the President, to read their own literature.

Or maybe, just maybe, he knew that all along and in fact supported it.  Once again i have to ask the same question: which interpretation of him do you prefer: stupid and naive or deceitful and malevolent?  There is no middle choice here.

Actually, don’t worry, he helped answer that for you this past week.  His speech on a solution to the Israeli existence essentially ignored history, and not only of the populations and names of the region, but of the political realities on that area extending back thousands of years and right up to the present day.  Ancestors of modern Jews have been living in the area referred to as the “Levant” or the littoral region of the eastern shores of the Mediterranean for nearly 6,000 years.  The Romans called the entire region “Palestine” which included several other modern states that were created by European fiat after World War Two.  By a Roman definition ALL semitic people of that region were Palestinians which included the Jews.

Prior to WWII not one of the modern countries in that region existed in its exact present state, and some did not exist AT ALL.  And before World War I it was almost all part of the Ottoman Empire. Check a late 1800s-vintage map if you don’t believe me.  And then get over this “who was there first” BS until you are ready to give ALL of the Americas (from pole to pole) back to the Indians, the UK back to the Celts and Gaels, and nearly all of the middle east back to the Ottomans, or even the Macedonians, then back to the Romans if we could find any.  During the crusades Saladin, who defended the Holy Land against the invading Crusaders was a Kurd from the Caliphate of Egypt. So we would then hand off to the Egyptians who would then transfer to the Persians, and then back to the Babylonians and Sumerians.   And trust me, if we offered to do that we would have lots of hands in the air of people claiming to be Sumerian and we would probably continue our stupidity by being willing to believe them.  It is time to get over it!

Then in the late 1940s, the Europeans once again created yet another state out of a large essentially ungoverned and otherwise politically unspecified area and called it Israel at which point the newly minted Israelis did the unthinkable — they poured into the country from all over the world and applied intelligence and diligence and tons of back breaking work and turned a barren, inhospitable desert into a flourishing garden filled with bustling cities engaged in international commerce.

The neighboring Arabs, meantime, were mired in 7th Century mentalities and when not killing each other as apostates in the name of the ‘religion of peace’ had done virtually nothing for themselves except take whining and victimhood to a truly artistic level once their former wonder and glory faded away after being seen as decadent and too “western” by the fundamentalist authorities who could use the poverty as a rallying point to blame failed policies on the infidels. (And being a fundamentalist simply means, by the way, that you take the words of your sacred text literally and as written rather than “spin” them to allow you to act as you would rather instead of as commanded.)  What great role models they were being: the men were too repressed and sex starved to be trusted so they blamed the women; the leaders were too stupid to lead their people forward so they blamed the rest of the world for holding them back; their beliefs had not prepared them for any modernization and industrial evolutions (much less revolution) so they blamed Satan and his minions, in other words, US.  If there was a problem it could not, by definition, be from within since they were simply doing what their 7th century war lord leader said…back then; so it had to be some problem from outside, from someone else, some other source.  But not the men themselves (and the women didn’t count except for their evil seductress wiles) who were perfect in the sight of Allah if they simply followed the limits of intelligence in the 7th century.  So while the muslim world, once so vibrant, ossified in its own stubbornness and unwillingness or inability to recognize that the world had changed out from under them, they searched desperately for a good, long term scapegoat the people, even less educated and aware than the leaders, would grasp on to and stop questioning leadership abilities and plan.  If whining had been elevated to an art form, scapegoating had been elevated to a science.

Israel was thus an absolute Godsend for them since it provided the most wonderful scapegoat they could ever have imagined.  Their brilliant solution was not to show their superior system by turning their deserts into verdant gardens or learning to create exports, develop a production capability and commerce capability to outdo the hated Jews and show that Allah gave them better instruction than the God of the Jews for all the world to see, but rather to blame the Jews for all ills known to man and seek to destroy it.

They were even too stupid to USE it as partners to help themselves because they, like our current leader, were to blinded by their own ideology to move beyond it and grow.  In a pathetic display perfectly calculated to prove the old adage that ‘misery loves company’ they stewed and fumed, plotted and planned among themselves and finally in 1967 launched a multi-prong attack to destroy Israel.

After all, they reasoned, Israel is this sorry little country barely 9 miles across and we are powerful, large, militant muslim countries supported in our holy quest by Allah himself.  Perhaps He wasn’t able to make gardens as well as the Jews’ God but surely he could beat them all in holy battle.  But… just to make sure, they waited until they were able to surround the little country into a desperate shooting gallery and then poured in tanks and troops in an attempt to repeat something akin to Hitler’s Blitzkrieg and effect their own version of a “final solution.”

Alas, Allah himself was apparently not up to the task or was off beating up on some other planet’s women that month and in only six days not only were their combined armies crushed and routed, but their forces were pushed back into their own former territories and Israel found itself with some considerable new land including the high ground around their country known as the Golan Heights.

History is not a story of cosmic fairness.  It is, instead, built on the backs of conquered people and territories are historically marked by conquest as much as by treaty.  The result that the Muslim countries launched a massive surprise attack and ended up having their butts handed to them on a platter should have ended it for all time.

But then Israel did something that was historically unprecedented, extremely nice, but in retrospect, naive and stupid, and reverberates to this day.  They offered to give back ALL of the territory they now occupied in exchange for treaties that guaranteed their right to exist: peace for land; land for peace.  So what happened?

ALL of the consistently brilliant Arab countries involved in the debacle refused the deal, falling back on their commitments to destroy the State of Israel.  It was as if “Stupidity” was a discipline in which you could earn a doctorate in the Muslim universities.  True to their word they have since tried several more times and each time been beaten back, often losing more ground int he process.  I believe in those actions of refusal and continued attack, they openly ceded the land to Israel and forfeited and claims to it for themselves or anyone else.

No one, regardless of any past accomplishments, has accused the modern Arab world of systemic brilliance and they have seemed bound to prove it over and over in this regard.  Millions of dollars of aid have flown to the Arab peoples living in the region they still call Palestine as if the Romans still ruled although the Romans would have been far less benevolent to them than the Israelis since the Romans certainly knew how to make object lessons out of dissenters and the Israelis have simply worked to protect themselves.  But those dollars were skimmed off by corrupt leaders and who got the blame for the continuing poverty?  The Jews, of course.

The self described Palestinians early on moved to Jordan, also part of the old Roman Palestine, but were so obnoxious and disruptive to their host country their own Arab brothers threw them out and they ended up back in the lap of Israel… and who got the blame?  The Jews, of course.  The duly elected organizations to be their leaders that all stated their intention to destroy the State of Israel and who backed it up by suicide murders of innocents and children and a never-ending barrage of rockets into Israeli cities.  And who got the blame?  The Jews.

Meantime have the Palestinians made a garden of their own areas?  Have they tried to settle down, show the peaceful intentions they claim to have and made of themselves an industrious talented people anyone would welcome into their fold?  No, they have continued to shell Israel and blame their condition on the Jews.  Other Arab countries and even the US give billions of money in aid to them and do they parlay that money into a thriving, contributing nation state of their own?  No, the leaders steal it or buy weapons with it to attack Israel while keeping their own people whipped up in a state of poverty.  And who gets the blame?  The Jews, of course.

And who, but someone blinded by or perhaps accepting of the rhetoric of the Muslim side, would not see that the biggest problem in the case of the Palestinians but generally throughout the Arab world is NOT some decadent outsider but their own tribal. victim minded, excuse needing, success hating mindset, would now suggest that the solution was to send Israel back to the status they had before the Arabs attacked en masse and then negotiate from there?

Are the conditions of the Palestinians deplorable?  Yes.  But perhaps if they put more effort into productive ends than into destructive plotting that would change and change quickly.  If they do not have the intelligence or motivation to first prove their peaceful intentions then demonstrate their contributions to a peaceful and productive region and make of themselves someone the local countries would be requesting to come and be a part of them, they deserve to live in the squalor they have created for and maintain for themselves.  Sorry, but get a life or live in the mud.

However, in typical liberal fashion where the solution to inequities is always seen not in trying to bring the lowest levels up but in bringing the highest levels down, or perhaps from the perspective of a Muslim seeing the existence of Israel per se as a huge affront to themselves… or both, the solution is to do to israel what is being done systematically to our economy: weaken it to the point of collapse so the desired alternative can be initiated.  But for the past 4,000 plus years, the people we now call Jews, have proven incredibly tough to destroy.

They have been taken as slaves, dispersed around the globe, killed by the millions in genocidal plots, and yet here they are still.  If one were to based the reality of a God on His power to protect those who believe in him, then the Jews themselves have to be the greatest clue as to which God is real and which of the countless other States and their gods were not. We Americans may not be tough enough to stand up and fight for our values against the attacks now coming from on top, but I suspect the Israelis are a tougher lot.  We now soft Americans may go quietly into that good night while begging the latest elected protector for some warmer blankets and just a little more gruel in our bowls, but I don’t think the Israelis will so readily follow some bellwether sheep to the slaughter.

Depending on the outcome of our upcoming elections I think we will close and lock the gates behind us on a march to self destruction or turn the corner toward a brighter new future.  Honestly I fear the former will happen as the sheep in our nation multiply.  But I am glad to know that somewhere in the world there remains a people who will fight to exist against all odds and have shown, over the centuries, that their core is sufficiently strong to let them do it and probably do it again.

We used to be that tough but that was when we had a core.  We let it slip some time ago and under the current elected monarch are divesting ourselves of the last remnant of it.  Maybe, historically, it is time for us to go.  But I do not think the same fate is in store for Israel.  Time will tell…

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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