Monthly Archives: October 2008

Margin of Error: American War Hero Never Says Quit

Media on a 24-7 non stop Obama love fest for months on end, yet he has STILL sealed nothing

Gallup within the margin of error..
Gallup within the margin of error..

Financial turmoil, military threats, terrorism, inflation, jobs, out of control spending. The task will be herculean for America going forward but they have persevered before. Who can lead in such times of turmoil? A neophyte fast talking faster spending deficit amassing one term Senator, or a bi-partisan senior Senator with a 5 year stint as a war hero, never broken even by the Vietcong? Is it about character, if it is who shows it in spades..

A better question, who lacks it?

All I know is if the roles were reversed, if Obama were being hammered everyday all day by the media he would not have held composition for even an hour. He jumps to racism whenever challenged, he’s all flash no substance, and I believe he’d break within minutes. Fold America’s cards to her enemies and in the face of every challenge domestic or foreign - that’s truly how I feel. If looking in from the outside as I am, one were to judge this race by the coverage, by the media, by the bias Obama should be leading 89 to 11%.

Shabtai Zvi come again?

As a political junkie I’ve never seen anything like this media torrent, to me Obama is nothing more than Shabtai Zvi. The man who claimed to be the Jewish Messiah spreading waves of excitement across the Jewish world, only to cave in the face of Judaisms enemies the moment he was actually challenged.. He converted to Islam rather than stand his ground sowing despair amongst his people.

Obama may be buying up America and its media with his campaign war chest, but America can no longer afford to simply buy up the world, divided internally and somewhat cash strapped it seems rather obvious they are going to need a leader.. Not a big spender to overcome. In the end, they will inevitably get what they ordered either way.

HotAir has a look at Gallup & Rasmussen numbers.
Obama Hasn’t Closed the Sale – Karl Rove
McCain’s Shot at a Late Game Win – Dick Morris

Solidarity with Israel: Thousands of Christians march in Jerusalem (Updated)

Evangelicals and participants from 100 countries

In a symbolic gesture and show of support, we had a heck of a festive march in the streets of the holy city to honor the Sukkot holiday and show solidarity with Israel..

Via the AP.
JERUSALEM – Thousands of Christians from around the world, waving blue and white Israeli flags, marched Wednesday in a colorful holiday parade in Jerusalem to commemorate a Jewish holiday and show their support for Israel. The annual parade to mark the week-long holiday of Sukkot, or Feast of the Tabernacles, was the latest display of the growing alliance between evangelical Christians and the Jewish state.

The International Christian Embassy of Jerusalem, a global organization that promotes ties between Israel and the world’s Christian communities, sponsored the event in which 3,000 people from nearly 100 countries participated.

Christian Zionists are among the staunchest supporters of Israel, providing generous financial help and political backing. But some dovish Israelis are uncomfortable with the warm ties with evangelists because of their support for West Bank Jewish settlements and criticism of peace efforts with the Palestinians. [...]

Pilgrims from Brazil were among the most enthusiastic marchers, carrying drums and dancing. “We love you, Israel!” they cheered, and Israelis lining the street shouted back “Shalom!” [...]

Here are some AP & Reuters photos of the event, awesome! Estimates are higher than reported here, I’ve read that the numbers got up to 7000+, but the article above only mentions international participants. Lot of Israelis came too! Here on the frontline of the Jihad, we need your support, we love your support. Thank You!

Marching in the holy city to show support (Photo from Reuters)

Marching in the holy city to show support (Photo from Reuters)

The United Colors of Bene.. er marching for Israel! (AP photo)

The United Colors of Bene.. er marching for Israel! (AP photo)

UPDATE: Jpost says several marches convened and met up, with over 35,000 participants

Just Shy in Canada: Tories smack Liberals around with solid minority Government

Just shy of a majority

Not enough to secure a full mandate, but the Conservatives led by Harper have made a strong showing, it looks like 145 seats, 10 shy of a full majority. It was clear that given the turmoil of late especially in financial markets it would be very difficult to gain a full mandate. But the win is still striking in overall context, the Liberals are in big trouble and we should expect leader Dion to get the boot in a few months further fracturing the party. Near historic lows for seat numbers here, they got walloped - The Conservatives have nearly doubled the Liberal seat return.

All this seems all the more surprising to me in light of the Obama craze in the USA, the eco craze, the difficult Afghan mission which does not enjoy any popular support on the left, and Canada’s strong liberal lean.

Of note: the NDP under Layton spun wheels and went nowhere. The Greens? So far not a single seat including their leader. The Bloc in Quebec wholly unimpressive with little movement tallying about 50 seats while Harper’s large 24 seat cabinet holds with only a single seat loss in Quebec which is impressive. Turn out in the 50s, shameful. It’s called Democracy, use it or lose it folks.

Full election seat breakdowns via CTV / Bell Globemedia

Good to see Canada will have continued strong leadership, fiscal responsibility, and open eyed foreign policy under the Conservatives, as a dual citizen it’s a dual win for me for both Canada & Israel.

Jesse Jackson: Obama will cut down Israel and bring ‘justice’

Leading African American Democrat hails Palestinian deliverer..

As if we weren’t already concerned here with the American left’s steady march towards open hostility regarding Israel, the advisors surrounding Obama who hold openly antagonistic views to the Jewish State, Obama’s own ties to radical preacher / hater Wright, and prominent Palestinians in the US, the Iranian & Arab quiet endorsements, the Hamas support..

Now Jesse Jackson spells it out

PREPARE for a new America: That’s the message that the Rev. Jesse Jackson conveyed to participants in the first World Policy Forum, held at this French lakeside resort last week.

He promised “fundamental changes” in US foreign policy – saying America must “heal wounds” it has caused to other nations, revive its alliances and apologize for the “arrogance of the Bush administration.”

The most important change would occur in the Middle East, where “decades of putting Israel’s interests first” would end.  Jackson believes that, although “Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades” remain strong, they’ll lose a great deal of their clout when Barack Obama enters the White House.

“Obama is about change,” Jackson told me in a wide-ranging conversation. “And the change that Obama promises is not limited to what we do in America itself. It is a change of the way America looks at the world and its place in it.”

Jackson warns that he isn’t an Obama confidant or adviser, “just a supporter.” But he adds that Obama has been “a neighbor or, better still, a member of the family.” Jackson’s son has been a close friend of Obama for years, and Jackson’s daughter went to school with Obama’s wife Michelle.

“We helped him start his career,” says Jackson. “And then we were always there to help him move ahead. He is the continuation of our struggle for justice not only for the black people but also for all those who have been wronged.” [...]

He goes on hitting on everything from Mexico, to black slavery, to Iraq.. Normally I’d be skeptical of Jesse’s views since he doesn’t represent the traditional democratic mainstream, but in this case these are worldview fears commonly discussed & aired by Israel’s supporters for months now regarding Obama.

I don’t pretend to say Obama will actively seek to harm Israel or damage the strong alliance between us & America, only that his ‘game changing’ policies and sure to be futile diplomacy moves resulting in pressure on the Jewish state, will. Obama hails from the liberal far left portion of the Democratic party. Perhaps Jackson doesn’t represent the democrat mainstream, but Obama who shares many of those same extreme liberal views now does so by default as his party’s nominee for President. How’s about a bit more? Sure..

[...] “Barack wants an aggressive and dynamic diplomacy,” he says. “He also wants adequate preparatory work. We must enter the talks after the ground has been prepared,” he says.

Jackson is especially critical of President Bush’s approach to the Israel-Palestine conflict. “Bush was so afraid of a snafu and of upsetting Israel that he gave the whole thing a miss,” Jackson says. “Barack will change that,” because, as long as the Palestinians haven’t seen justice, the Middle East will “remain a source of danger to us all.”

“Barack is determined to repair our relations with the world of Islam and Muslims,” Jackson says. “Thanks to his background and ecumenical approach, he knows how Muslims feel while remaining committed to his own faith.”

Great, he may be leading the nation and be joined by a fully powered US House & Senate to boot.

LINK Update: Plenty of action on this story over at the memeo

Mad Socialists: Brit leader advocates US blowing Israeli planes out of the sky to defend Iran

Reminding me why I am a conservative..

David Owen, former foreign Secretary of Britain in the late 70′s and then leader of the socialist democrats in the UK goes full on Jimmy Carter in this absurd piece of opinion in order to buttress his frankly detached from reality views, maybe he is channeling Barack Obama? I hear that is popular these days.

Not only does he advocate near total surrender to Iran’s every whim, but in a cruel twist of Irony he is not opposed to force as most leftists usually are. He supports the use of force indeed, just not against Iran.. Instead he advocates the President of the United States announce publicly that the US will defend air corridors to Iran and engage militarily with its chief ally Israel! Yes, you read that correctly – Shoot down Israeli fighter jets on any mission to Iran.

[...] Bush’s legacy would be best served by taking dramatic diplomatic action to prevent a war with Iran. He should publicly warn Israel that the United States will use its air power to prevent it bombing Iran, while announcing that he is sending Rice to Tehran to start negotiating a grand bargain whereby all sanctions would be lifted if Iran forgoes the nuclear weapons option. [...]

Parallel Universe

I guess the left really does live in a mirror universe where up is down & black is white. In Owen’s world Iran & the US are the allies, and Israel is the pariah nation. America should not threaten force on Iran, but it is justified in doing so against its ally Israel. In Owen’s world Iran is eager to deal with everyone, its is the lack of leadership by President Bush which is preventing peace on earth & love toward all.

Thankfully Iran has announced its own pre-conditions to the USA before any negotiations can take place and they coincidentally fall right in line with Owen’s worldview. Iran is calling for the total withdrawal of all US military forces from the entire Middle East, and the end of US support for Israel as its pre-conditions..

Hmm, Owen you are a genius! Maybe on the way out of the Middle East in compliance with Iran’s demands for a ‘grand-bargain’, America could take it a step further and simply attack / destroy all of Israel while the Supercarriers are sailing by, thus filling the entire Iranian condition slate in one go. I’m sure the USS Reagan, the Nimitz, The USS H.W Bush, the Eisenhower, etc and all the great leaders these marvelous powerhouse ships are named after would highly approve..

Amazingly enough, I couldn’t find any ships named after another ‘great’ leader – Neville Chamberlain, I wonder why that is?

Powerless: Labor Party leader Ehud Barak has become fat & weak

Once mighty Labor humbled by two sad leaders in a row

The coalition talks to form a new government in Israel have been dragging for 25 days now, this week is supposed to be the last one available to Kadima to form a new government, barring any extraneous extensions (which Livni is already famous for).

For 48 hours now marathon night time talks have been held between Labor & Kadima to try and form their deal. For Livni, so far so unimpressive. She has secured only Meretz the radical left wing party, to her coalition as of yet. But an important for Livni Labor collapse is coming according to JPOST

[...] “Tonight’s the night,” Hanegbi had told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday. “If there is no agreement tonight, there won’t be a deal at all.” Hanegbi said it was possible that Livni and Barak would meet early Monday morning to finalize the agreement

According to a draft proposal submitted by Kadima to Labor on Sunday, Barak will not receive any of what he demanded when the coalition-building process began three weeks ago.

Barak will not receive nearly equal footing with Livni at the head of the government, he won’t head Israel’s negotiating team with Syria, Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann will keep his position, and the framework of the 2009 state budget won’t be expanded.

Instead, Barak will be promoted from deputy prime minister to the new title of “senior deputy prime minister.” He will be involved in the negotiations with Damascus and will be able to prevent issues from being raised in the security cabinet. Labor will be able to prevent the advancement of Friedmann’s judicial reforms and a limited sum will be allocated to two of Labor’s pet causes, raising senior citizens’ benefits and lowering college tuition.

Nevertheless, Barak instructed the members of his coalition-negotiating team to reach a deal with Kadima on Sunday night before he leaves on Monday for a three-day vacation in the Galilee. [...]

Setting aside Livni’s wholly unimpressive coalition feats to date, Barak bests her handily in the pity department. This powerful man, head of the Defence Ministry is a shadow of his former self. Under him, Labor has abandoned much of its platform, seen its seat potential diminish slightly (if that is possible, with Labor already at historical lows in support) while the Kadima party itself has swung left & overtaken all of Labor’s positions displacing the party.

Big Talker

Barak made big noises trying to make it seem like he politically outplayed everyone this past year, forcing Olmert out. In reality he did no such thing and these were mostly his own delusions. Today, Less than 10% of Israel believes he should return to the PM chair, he’s a walking disaster. In the 10 years since he last occupied the post and was unceremoniously booted out for capitulating to nearly every one of the terrorist Arafat’s demands at Camp David II, Barak has become a multi-millionaire. His condo in Tel Aviv is on sale for some 40 Million shekels to add to his vast wealth, in short he has become complacent, fat & weak. A stark contrast to the might commando that is legendary in Israeli annals.

Mr Capitulation

  • On top of the capitulation to Clinton that drove him right from office, Barak has exhibited a number of signs pointing to weakness despite his outward bravado. Rumors swirl that Barak is set on disregarding an existential threat from Iran and is prepared to accept living with the Iranian nuclear weapons program, an opinion that is considered inside the Ministry he helms as a fringe minority one.
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  • Rumors also swirl that he was personally opposed to striking the Syrian nuclear reactor program facility last September which was carried out weeks after he assumed the Defense Ministry, meaning the mission, intelligence, planning, and operational requirements were all set well before he even arrived or got clearance. He took great credit for the success, but had almost no hand whatsoever in its accomplishment.
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  • In Gaza, despite tough talk for months on end by Barak, with weekly warnings that a huge Israeli invasion was near.. Not a single thing was done to stem the Hamas growing power and rocket arsenals in the terrorist governed territory. In Israeli media and the public it was clear to all Barak sought to negotiate with the Hamas on a cease fire, just like he sought to negotiate with the terrorist Arafat which ended in his own shame & failure, and caused the 2nd Intifada which cost Israel dearly in blood. Even now Barak acknowledges in the lull that Hamas will need to be toppled no matter what the future holds, yet he allows them to steadily smuggle and arm, and train & boobytrap Gaza which wil surely cost even more blood in the future.
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  • Israel itself has seen a number of successes of late in covert missions, alas these again are attributed to the Mossad and Meir Dagan. While Barak smiles with yet more bravado over this recent success to claim credit from the secret Mossad, as evidenced by his abysmal numbers no one is impressed.

Curtain Call

Now with news that not a single Barak demand has been realized in negotiations with kadima in the forthcoming coalition, while Barak heads off for yet more vacation time after the summer and endless holidays, I’m left wondering what exactly Barak brings to the table besides coalition spoiler? From deputy prime minister to the new title of “senior deputy prime minister”, this is like something you might see on an SNL skit. It’s a mockery.

It seems clear enough that as things stand Barak will not again be PM of Israel, Labor will not be a major player in any new government coalition beyond a few pitiful saving face measures, and Barak despite ample opportunity has chosen passivity in nearly every major security & critical issue facing the state during his tenure so far..

So the question remains. What is this enriched & fat, clearly weak man doing exactly, and when do we get to see his 2nd resignation as Labor party leader? Don’t get me wrong, I love the guy. I also love my cat Jerry, it doesn’t mean I think he should be the next Prime Minister of Israel.

Well soon see if Livni can laugh at Shas as well next week, and strip them of their own demands & prop up this sad example of corrupt democracy. Don’t hold out for any Barak comment however, he’s on vacation stuffing himself at the expense of the State of Israel.

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LINK UPDATES:
From the spin room – Labor lauds ‘dramatic achievement’
From the back room – Netanyahu urges Shas not to join Livni-led coalition
That above is Bibi’s 3rd meeting with the Shas head Rabbi Ovadia pleading with him to safeguard a united Jerusalem through democratic elections.. No ‘official’ response.