The Palestinians, they need billions in aid & the EU is more than glad to comply. This humanitarian effort is most appreciated, though Israelis in general might be more appreciative if the Humanitarian aid trucks weren’t packed with EU packaged sugar actually containing tons of explosives destined for Hamas & Fatah terrorists.
The IDF has intercepted 6.5 tons of humanitarian aid marked as ‘EU sugar’ which actually contains Potassium Nitrate (YNET) - the stuff used to make massive truck bombs like the ones used to attack the World Trade Center in the 90′s, and which brought down the federal building in Oklahoma.
The great peace drive and the international enablers who make it happen – the more murdered Jews the better I guess, I’m waiting for the massive international aid inquiry, the firings & charges against the EU aid workers who are smuggling weapons to terrorists, and the international condemnation..
I’ll no doubt be waiting a VERY long time as the EU response was ‘no comment.’
While visiting here in America during the unfortunate Pakistani assassination by Jihadists, I got an opportunity to eat some not available by me in Tel-Aviv MSNBC, specifically I watched Hardball and reaction to the killing. After watching Chris Mathews and his panel roundtable the events and candidate reactions I’m left more fearful of Barack Obama than ever..
‘We’re gonna change the World’
Take a look at that tag line above, I heard it as part of one of Obama’s campaign jingles and what scares me is that it is the exact same sentiment shared by the Jihadists, they also want to change the world! They do it by blowing themselves up & taking anyone unfortunate enough to be standing nearby with them. If Obama, or Edwards were to win the Democratic primaries the explosion would leave plenty of carnage in their wake imho.
Americans can do as they please, and domestic issues are an in-house American thing I have no business commenting on, but as the world power the thought of having a neophyte like Obama, or a cheer-leading flopper like Edwards steering planetary foreign policy is almost as scary to me as handing the keys over to the Jihadists themselves.
Say what you will about Musharraf & democracy, and Obama / Edwards both have plenty to say, but their inability to grasp the intricacies of foreigh policies are glaring. Bhutto is gone, Musharraf is the lone horse in the race now and it’s time to shore up support.
Instead the dems save Hillary are swiping at the Pakistani leader. Someone needs to school them to the realities that every single large fish take down of al-qaeda during the last 5 years was as a direct result of Pakistani intelligence cooperation with the United States. None of the big headline grabbing catches have been as a result of US action alone, in fact most have been Pakistani tags handed over to the US afterwards. Without Musharraf’s very dangerous to him personally assistance; the US would have been spinning its wheels until now going nowhere fast.
Why does it matter? Because the US is seen around the world these days as a fickle ally – When the going gets tough the Americanos led by popular opinion and the US Dept. of State do indeed get going.. Seemingly in the other direction. The Dems, Biden included seem to be playing out this same scenario calling now for reviews of Pakistani foreign aid, calling for removal of Musharraf, it’s foolishness with a capital F.
Pakistan has entered no go zones in waziristan, perhaps not as gung-ho as Barack Obama would like with his tough talk (all talk being the key word), but entered they have nonetheless. Musharraf may not be as appealing to local bleeding hearts as the female corruption laced poster girl Bhutto was, but he’s better than a mad Muslim armed with nuclear weapons supporting Jihad any way you roll those dice. He’s risked plenty for American goals, he’s cooperated better than any had ever hoped. Only a fool would choose to make internal American political hay at his expense at this dangerous juncture. Leaders playing to their base at the expense of American long term goals & policies are leaders best left by the wayside from my perspective.
Take a good look
Watching the leading Democratic candidates handle a major international incident with large foreign policy ramifications is a telling event, while here in the US I’ve gotten rinkside seats and so far all I’ve seen from the Dems is a bunch of welterweights. Things are heating up around the region (Mideast), now’s not the time for big statements and world changing BS – Now’s the time to double down buckle up and prepare for the next round.
If Obama or Edwards are large in charge it’ll be bloody alright.. But it will be American blood being spilt by an emboldened Jihad slapping America silly left, right, & center.
Can you believe it’s been three years!? No!? Me neither.. I haven’t been around that long
Mazal Tov to SD on a carnival milestone, he makes it happen – so show him some love.
Confused? Clickety click, barbatrick and you too can go to carnival..
I couldn’t resist this. Watching Fox News Sunday, Jane Harman who I happen to respect immensely.. In reference to the CIA tapes, was asked what her opinion was of the notion that the CIA didn’t archive video tapes of terror interrogations in order to protect the interrogators – She responded with this absolute classic..
She doesn’t buy it, straight up, no sarcasm… “We all know the CIA is very good at keeping secrets”
Come now Jane, I think we all really know how effective the CIA is at keeping secrets, can I have some cheese with that whopper!? lol. She chased it by stating the NIE was some of the finest intelligence work around..
Uhh, 0 for 2 this Sunday.
PS Jane, do you remember how adamant you were a few months ago that the intelligence leaks absoluely HAD to stop!? Which is it now, a vault of secrets in lock-down, or a leaky boat? Despite getting totally shafted by Pelosi when the Dems took the house Jane still spins like a pro for the left! I still think they should have made you Chair of the Intelligence Committee. Heck, they should have made her speaker! I’m crazy about you Jane, whoppers & all.
State Department probably prefers they stayed at home because if we’ve come, it means war.
The recent NIE heard round the world contains terms like high confidence, but the reaction from the USA’s closest allies can be more easily summed up with the term low confidence. Israel, the UK, France, Germany all have expressed confusion and a fair dose of shock at the wild summaries and loaded manner of the publicly presented portions of the NIE. Experts around the world have grunted in agreement, and even the American public has cast a disbelieving eye, with only 18% of Americans polled actually putting much credence in their latest spy report. It’s not so much the intel itself, but the analysis and loaded manner in which it is presented which has a frankly glaring political tilt.
Theories as to how this has come about have ranged from tying Bush’s hands with rope supplied by what has been an extremely partisan & hostile CIA, one which appears to have been conducting a fair bit of operations against its own administration these past few years through leaks & assorted treachery. Other theories involve an American intel apparatus paralyzed by indecision and doubt over its high profile failures in Iraq and 9/11 previously, and now gun shy to make the tough calls. And the final theory involves an America that has lost its gusto and is looking to deal at our expense.
Some of the reasoning behind all this is the fact that the intel hasn’t changed all that much from the previous NIE in 2005, yet pieces of new intel have swung assessments in a full 180 degree arc. The resulting summaries and framing are shockingly political, with important nuggets buried in footnotes explaining terms used liberally in the document which seem custom made to lead & confuse the casual reader to the golden ticket that Iran is Mr. Clean, while the document clearly states that is not the case by any stretch of the imagination.
Of course all of this is compounded by the even more politically charged media, orgasmic over the chance to grill their own President yet again. The NIE seems custom written for them, allowing them to pick and choose a path through the intel & present even further removed from the data summations declaring Iran Mother Theresa. I’m reminded of hearing David Gregory’s NBC voice sneering in his usual liberal manner about Bush leading America to WWIII and practically accusing the President of lying behind his intel at recent press briefings, to say nothing of the moron Olberman and his made for moonbat TV ‘exposes’ where he basically elevates treason to a camera cutting art of ridiculousness, complete with fabricated rage and infused with calling his President a liar repeatedly per segment on national TV.
What the hell is going on in America!?
Here in Israel we know that when ESPN sportscasters start feeling comfortable faux determining national policy based on their acting skills in desperate made for TV ratings grabs, while Iran builds missiles and spins centrifuges marked ‘for Tel-aviv’ on them it’s time to act. Last week there was blurb about it in Haaretz, and now YNET has some details as well. But the general gist is that our intel & boys have flown to the great USA to present the Mossad’s reading of events in Iran. It would appear we are making one last effort to wake the USA up before we ditch the current form of our own government & implement either elections or a walking talking national security platform emergency government - In order to prepare for war in 2009.
Our own National Security Assessment is that the US has abandoned Israel to tackle Iran alone. (YNET)
The aforementioned pessimism concerns Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The American National Intelligence Estimate “dropped quite a bomb” on Israel’s struggle against Iran’s nuclear program, said officials within Israel’s defense establishment. The US report only diminishes the likelihood that the international community will impose harsh, effective sanctions on Iran and also that the US itself will strike Iranian nuclear facilities.
“It is clear to us now that no one will do the work for us,” one of the report’s authors told Ynet, Israel can now rely solely on its own military capabilities, if and when the Iranian nuclear program achieves its aims. [...]
That pretty much sums it up. The levers of power may have been pulled in America to prevent military conflict with Iran, but the reverse effect has resulted. Now instead of an international concerted effort to prevent it, thanks to partisan games that has unraveled totally & now America will be going to war whether it likes it or not.
Once we initiate and we will having been forced into the corner, take that to the bank - America will have little choice because the only thing the Jihad likes as much as Jewish blood, is American blood. I pray for safety in the US that Barack Obama is not your next President, because if he is, his weakness and total inexperience will make the errors in Iraq look like training exercises imho. Sarkozy warned about it this week, Iran is no longer the wild card.. We in Israel are.
It is about to get played.
Link Update: Olmert knows it too, it’s freaking him out and he’s still in denial, desperate to salvage failed policies.
FNC Update – Fox News mentioned the split in Israel, with Olmert chastising our Security Minister Avi Dichter over his comments about military conflict, but frankly at a certain point this all becomes redundant. Olmert hanging on won’t change the reality that most security & military officials, and now many cabinet members have all resigned themselves to the reality that Israel needs to get in gear & pronto.