Published on May 16, 2013 Bill Whittle talked about conservative messaging in the 21st century and ways conservatives could use pop culture to reach young voters and make candidates more appealing.
There is much going on here that have consequences that are not good associated with them.
Ankit Panda writes: A 65,000 ton, Danish-owned, Singapore-chartered, container ship, en route to the United Arab Emirates from Saudi Arabia, manned mostly by Eastern European and Asian sailors, is intercepted, boarded, and confiscated by the Iranian navy, prompting a U.S. destroyer to investigate.*
“Iran’s reasons for seizing the ship were at first unclear. Speculation abounded that the incident was a show of force intended to strike back at the United States after it sent the USS Theodore Roosevelt to intercept an Iranian arms shipment to Yemen’s Houthis last week.”
That wasn’t an anecdote from Tom Friedman’s next book on globalization–it’s a rough description of what took place on Tuesday, April 28, in the strategically important sea lanes of the Strait of Hormuz.
“Additionally, others suggested that the seizure could have been a move by hardliners opposing Iran’s negotiations with the West over its nuclear program – an attempt to spark a broader crisis…
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I also agree the Israel will have to so what Obama never will he supports Iran every time he gets a chance.
I have thought for some time now that Israel will eventually be the nation that will need to take out the nuclear reactors in Iran. Our current resident at the White House (and his boss – Valerie Jarrett) will need to “save face” and claim that a deal (no matter how awful it will probably be!) has been made with the taqiyya Mullahs of that Islamic terrorist regime; leaving the entire world vulnerable to the Islamist fanatics!
When I read Alan’s name, it sounded familiar to me. Years ago, I think that he may have been a friend on Facebook. Since I don’t venture into that social media realm anymore, I’m glad that I found his blog!
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Re-Post DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 26, 2015, 6:20 PM
The Middle East is on the brink of its fourth war (after Syria, Iraq and Yemen). debkafile’s military and intelligence sources report that Egypt is massing large-scale ground and air forces in the Western Desert along the Libyan border, in preparation for a military campaign to capture eastern Libya – Cyrenaica – from the Islamist State of Syria and Iraq – ISIS – occupation.
The substantial naval and marine forces assembling at Egypt’s Mediterranean ports indicate the possible launching of the offensive by dropping Egyptian marines on the Libyan coast around Derna (pop: 100,000), which ISIS has made its provincial capital. They may be accompanied by simultaneous landings of paratroops from the air. For President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi, ISIS’s presence in eastern Libya (as well as Sinai) poses an unacceptable peril to his country. He has been warned in a number of intelligence reports that the Islamic State’s terrorists have already penetrated some Egyptian towns and even infiltrated certain army units. To counter the Egyptian plan of campaign, ISIS is rushing reinforcements to eastern Libya from Syria and Iraq. From Syria, they are traveling by air or sea through the Mediterranean; from Iraq, through the Sinai Peninsula, whence oil and drug rings smuggle them across the Suez Canal and Egypt.
debkafile’s sources reveal that Egypt’s projected invasion of Libya was high on the agenda of American CIA Director John Brennan’s unannounced visit to Cairo on April 19 for a meeting with the president. In reply to his visitor’s demand for precise information on Egypt’s Libyan campaign. President El-Sisi offered an assurance that he had no intention of keeping the Egyptian army in Libya. He would pull the troops out after defeating and disarming the jihadis and hand power to the Libyan government, which has established its seat in the eastern town of Tobruk near the Egyptian border and home to Libyan military bases and oil terminals. The Tobruk government was set up by Libyan members of parliament who fled the capital Tripoli when it was overrun by a group of extremist Islamist militias, known as the Libyan Dawn, which included elements associated with Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb – AQIM. The head of the this government is Abdullah al-Thinni, who is recognized by the United States and most Western governments as the legitimate prime minister of Libya.
President El-Sisi was not surprised to hear from the CIA director that the Obama administration objects to a direct Egyptian invasion of Libya, but would not oppose Cairo acting through local Libyan militias. Brennan put forward the name of Gen. Khalifa Hifter, a Libyan-American, who set up a militia in the eastern Libyan town of Benghazi to fight the Islamists, aided by Libyan army units based in the region. On March 2, Prime Minister al-Thinni and the Tobruk parliament appointed Gen. Hifter commander-in-chief of the Libyan army, promoting him to the rank of lieutenant general. He was entrusted with two missions: To liberate Libya from the clutches of the Islamic militias and to rebuild the national army. debkafile’s military sources disclose that, for the past six months, the Egyptian president has given Hifter his support and even supplied him with weapons. But he does not see him as a sufficiently powerful and emblematic figure to unify the Libyan nation. Brennan leaned hard on the Egyptian president to follow Washington’s line, but El-Sisi refused. Their differences on the Libyan campaign were reflected by omission in the joint communiqué they issued after their conversation: After discussing “regional issues, terrorism and ways of enhancing bilateral relations, the two sides agreed to continue consultation and coordination on issues of mutual interest.”
Interestingly, Egypt is ready to throw ground, sea and air forces into its offensive in Libya, while at the same time abstaining from deploying air or ground power in the Yemeni conflict, although it is a member of the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed rebels. Egypt is already fighting the Islamic State’s branch in Sinai. It is now gearing up to tackle the Islamist peril on its western border.
Prof. Paul Eidelberg
Thanks primarily to President Barack Obama, Iran is on a short path to becoming a nuclear power. Iran will then become the rulers of the Middle East. The Mullocracy in Tehran will then control the oil resources on which the economy of Europe depends. Since Europe is America’s greatest trading partner, a nuclear Iran would be in a position to undermine the survival of the United States.
The Mullocracy of Iran, formerly Persia, is animated by uncompromising religious and imperial objectives. When Iran’s former president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, brazenly screamed “Death to America,” and also vowed to wipe Israel off the map, he was not engaging in grandiloquent rhetoric to inflate Iranian pride. His maledictions simply expressed Islam’s 1,400-year ambition to rule the world, an ambition more realistic than that expressed in Hitler’s Mein Kampf.
This being the case, the critics of Obama’s flimsy nuke agreement with Iran were quite right in comparing Obama to Chamberlain. However, if Obama is animated by the “Munich syndrome,” or if he harbors Islam’s desire to eradicate the “small Satan, Israel does not have to become a “one bomb state” or passively wait for dooms day.
Even if Obama is not a closet Jew-hater, he is clearly a hater of Western Civilization, symbolized by his return of a bust of Winston Churchill to London. Such was Churchill’s greatness as a scholar-statesman that he was made an honorary citizen of the United States by President John F. Kennedy. Churchill was far more American than the current occupant of the White House!
Perhaps Obama’s animus toward Churchill may be attributed to British imperialism. Alternatively, perhaps Obama was aware of Churchill’s’ contempt for Islam. Indeed, Churchill once said that Islam “paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.”
In contrast, Churchill greatly admired the Jews. “Some people like the Jews,” he said, “and some do not. But no thoughtful man can deny the fact that they are, beyond any question, the most formidable and most remarkable race which has appeared in the world.”
It thus appears that Obama, who speaks glowingly of the Qur’an, and who genuflected to Saudi King Abdullah, had all the more reason to abhor a bust of Churchill on the one hand, and to support the Islamic Palestinian Authority’s war against Israel on the other! Nor is this all.
Obama, a radical left-wing Democrat, may also be cultivating a personal vendetta vis-à-vis Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. As is well known, Netanyahu was invited by Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner to address a joint session of Congress, surely to warn the Americans of Obama’s appeasement of Iran regarding its nuclear weapons program.
There is good reason to liken Obama’s appeasement of that tyranny with Chamberlain’s appeasement of Hitler at Munich. Whereas Hitler was rearming Germany in violation of the Versailles Treaty, Iran was acquiring more and more centrifuges for launching nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles in violation of an international treaty to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology.
After more than a decade of failed diplomacy exploited by Iran, there was no solid reason to believe that the U.S. could succeed in curtailing Iran’s nuclear ambition. Indeed, Iran’s obtaining nuclear weapons is consistent with Teheran’s malediction of “death to America” and its vow to wipe Israel off the map.
Since Iran is also the epicenter of international terrorism, it’s only a matter of prudence to regard Iran as the spearhead of Islam, whose world-historical mission is to eradicate Christianity and Judaism. Therefore, it should be the objective of Israel to heed the advice of John Bolton, America’s sagacious former ambassador to United Nations.
Ponder this. Just before the presidency of George Bush Jr. came to an end, hence just before Obama’s first presidential inauguration, Bolton, who was experienced in arms control, wisely advised Israel to attack Iran, hopefully with help from the United States! However, Bolton understood that with Obama in the White House, no such attack would take place, and that Iran would have a free pass to becoming a nuclear power.
Indeed, it was to prevent this eventuality that House Speaker Boehner invited Prime Minster Netanyahu to address Congress. Boehner surely knew that at stake with an Obama Presidency was nothing less than the survival of Western civilization. This is probably what prompted him to take the unprecedented step of inviting a foreign statesman to address the U.S. Congress: he wanted Netanyahu to hamstring the President of the United States!
Therefore, given this assessment of the concerns and motives set forth in the previous paragraph, I venture to say that to save Western civilization from the scourge of Islam, Israel will have to destroy, in one way or another, Iran’s command and control centers along with its ballistic missile facilities – a daunting but utterly necessary task.
By Paul Eidelberg
Is there any intelligent patriot in the United States unaware that the most important cause of America’s decline in foreign affairs is the same cause of the mayhem erupting in its domestic affairs?
Is there any intelligent person in America unaware that Barack Obama, who genuflected to Saudi King Abdulla, and who did not join other nations in Paris to protest against Islamic terrorism, is not qualified to deal with the Islamism or with domestic mayhem, that he woefully lacking in political wisdom as well as in spiritual integrity?
Is there any intelligent person in this country unaware that what facilitated the election of this “post-American” President is precisely that which will prevent his impeachment?
How long will Americans tolerate a President who brazenly scorns their foundational documents, hence its Judeo-Christian way of life, while undermining America’s economic ability to preserve our freedom against a remorseless foe?
Its hard to believe that so many educated minds have fallen for the scam of Anthropogenic (man made) climate change but they have and its expected that all will come together in COP21 at the end of the year. And that will be the end of our current civilization which was and still is built on cheap energy.
Cardinal Pell: Be Prudent With Climate Claims
When the Pope talks, people listen. But as Pope Francis wades into the climate-change debate, will he change any minds? Francis will host a summit Tuesday in the Vatican on climate change with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. He is also preparing an encyclical — one of the highest forms of a papal statement — on the subject, expected to be released as early as June. Cardinal Peter Turkson, who has helped draft the encyclical, has said the timing is meant to influence U.N. climate-change talks in Paris at the end of the year. –Jason Plautz, National Journal, 27 April 2015
Noah Toly, a Wheaton University professor who has studied religion and environmental politics, said it is likely that climate beliefs won’t be changed by the encyclical. “What’s more likely to happen is people who already think climate change is real, serious, and…
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IF this is the quality of the politicians that we elect then we deserve what we get; and it will not be a free society like what we had but one with very tight control over every aspect of our lives..
The millennials substitute one prejudice for another and the one they so dislike has stood in good stead for a long time and maybe it only needed some tweaks.
Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium