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Why Obama has Israel’s back…and there will Never be Peace in the Middle East….Editorial…..

A few months ago President Obama nd Secretary of State Hillary Clinton …jumped all over Israeli President Netanyahu after Vice President Joe Biden got things switched up on him during a visit to Israel….

The issue was settlements….

Obama wanted to differentiate his administration from past one’s in the eyes of the Middle East by pressuring Israel to hold on the settlements (A policy to cement gains against the Palanastian ‘s )….

For the first week Obama took the fight to Netanyahu…..

The hardliners in his cabinet orchestrated the settlement caper to remind the Americans…..and the President with the middle name of Hussian…that they would do what was right for them …in their country….

Netanyahu *  keep getting hammered for a few….In the media here...and in Israel……

The Israeli right dug in…..

Slowly over the last two weeks things began to change….

Hillary backed up….

No the United Sates wasn’t mad at Israel…just annoyed….

The Jewish congressional lobby began to speak up…..Schumer, Weiner….etc..

When this Gaza caper went down Netanyahu was in Canada on the way to the US to kiss and make up with Obama….

‘Forget about the settlements …You can do what you want’……

Then the Gaza caper….

Obama responded to that from the gut initially….

Condemning the raid….

But now a few days later…..

Obama has once more retracted his rhetoric..

During a One hour call to Netanyahu it has been  reported that Obama coached the Israeli President to check his intelligence and review what went before the decision to do the raid was given to him for his approval…

Yesterday ALL of the captives where set free…

Netanyahu now has to find away back to mending his relationship with the Turks privately while they trade barbs publicly…..

Obama is disappointing back to where every American President ends up….

COVERING ISRAEL’s back while after they get themselves in trouble……

Bu doing so…

The United States loses all impartiality in the eyes of the Middle East Body public….


Let me say something here…

The leaders of the Middle Eastern countries are not the least bit surprised by this…

They have been here before with EVERY AMERICAN PRESIDENT since the Seven Day War….


And Sadly….

This is why there will never be  a Middle East Peace…..

No President has ever been able to bring Israel to the table to deal….

The Israeli right has cut the balls out of any deal…..

For the same reason their was the raid…and there is a blockade…

Fear and mistrust between the Palestinians and the Israeli’s…


Don’t tell me that Israeli’s don’t emigrate to this country after being tired of the tension….

They do…

Don’t tell me that Palasteina’s don’t emigrate to this country because of the tension…

They do…..

Don’t tell me both parties don’t intermarry and do thing together…

They do…..


Peace….

They Don’t……


Here’s a story on the close bond that Israel and the United State have on the military level…..It is almost as tight as the US and The British .

……….Close military ties between the United States and Israel mean that Washington will be unable to convincingly distance itself from the Israeli action, and American relations with the Muslim world will continue to be difficult and, in many places, dangerous.

The bloom of optimism in the Arab world that greeted the election of President Obama had already begun to wither, as the inevitable disappointments over the lack of peace progress set in.
Now, additional boats of the “relief flotilla” carrying supplies from Turkey are expected to try to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza, and with the Turkish government threatening to send armed escorts, more confrontation and tension seem inevitable.

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June 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Editorial, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Travel, Updates | , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Why Obama has Israel's back…and there will Never be Peace in the Middle East….Editorial…..

A few months ago President Obama nd Secretary of State Hillary Clinton …jumped all over Israeli President Netanyahu after Vice President Joe Biden got things switched up on him during a visit to Israel….

The issue was settlements….

Obama wanted to differentiate his administration from past one’s in the eyes of the Middle East by pressuring Israel to hold on the settlements (A policy to cement gains against the Palanastian ‘s )….

For the first week Obama took the fight to Netanyahu…..

The hardliners in his cabinet orchestrated the settlement caper to remind the Americans…..and the President with the middle name of Hussian…that they would do what was right for them …in their country….

Netanyahu *  keep getting hammered for a few….In the media here...and in Israel……

The Israeli right dug in…..

Slowly over the last two weeks things began to change….

Hillary backed up….

No the United Sates wasn’t mad at Israel…just annoyed….

The Jewish congressional lobby began to speak up…..Schumer, Weiner….etc..

When this Gaza caper went down Netanyahu was in Canada on the way to the US to kiss and make up with Obama….

‘Forget about the settlements …You can do what you want’……

Then the Gaza caper….

Obama responded to that from the gut initially….

Condemning the raid….

But now a few days later…..

Obama has once more retracted his rhetoric..

During a One hour call to Netanyahu it has been  reported that Obama coached the Israeli President to check his intelligence and review what went before the decision to do the raid was given to him for his approval…

Yesterday ALL of the captives where set free…

Netanyahu now has to find away back to mending his relationship with the Turks privately while they trade barbs publicly…..

Obama is disappointing back to where every American President ends up….

COVERING ISRAEL’s back while after they get themselves in trouble……

Bu doing so…

The United States loses all impartiality in the eyes of the Middle East Body public….


Let me say something here…

The leaders of the Middle Eastern countries are not the least bit surprised by this…

They have been here before with EVERY AMERICAN PRESIDENT since the Seven Day War….


And Sadly….

This is why there will never be  a Middle East Peace…..

No President has ever been able to bring Israel to the table to deal….

The Israeli right has cut the balls out of any deal…..

For the same reason their was the raid…and there is a blockade…

Fear and mistrust between the Palestinians and the Israeli’s…


Don’t tell me that Israeli’s don’t emigrate to this country after being tired of the tension….

They do…

Don’t tell me that Palasteina’s don’t emigrate to this country because of the tension…

They do…..

Don’t tell me both parties don’t intermarry and do thing together…

They do…..


Peace….

They Don’t……


Here’s a story on the close bond that Israel and the United State have on the military level…..It is almost as tight as the US and The British .

……….Close military ties between the United States and Israel mean that Washington will be unable to convincingly distance itself from the Israeli action, and American relations with the Muslim world will continue to be difficult and, in many places, dangerous.

The bloom of optimism in the Arab world that greeted the election of President Obama had already begun to wither, as the inevitable disappointments over the lack of peace progress set in.
Now, additional boats of the “relief flotilla” carrying supplies from Turkey are expected to try to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza, and with the Turkish government threatening to send armed escorts, more confrontation and tension seem inevitable.

Continue reading

June 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Editorial, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Travel, Updates | , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Vice President Biden is going back to the Middle East……

Vice President Biden headed to Middle East to talk about ‘full range’ of issues

Vice President Joe Biden will head to the Middle East in early March, the White House announced today.

Accompanied by his wife, Biden will tour through Israel, Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority and will hold discussions on “the full range of bilateral and regional issues.”

Full release from the White House:

Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden will travel to the Middle East during the week of March 8, 2010. The Vice President will meet with key leaders in Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, and Jordan. During the trip, the Vice President will discuss the full range of bilateral and regional issues. Among others, the Vice President will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Palestinian Authority President Abbas, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Fayyad, Egyptian President Mubarak, and Jordanian King Abdullah.

Additional details about the Vice President and Dr. Biden’s trip will be released at a later date.

I wonder what’s up?

Hillary is on her way home from the region……Odd isn’t it?

Couldn’t have anything to do with Iran…..Could it?

February 16, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

There is a civilian ‘surge’ going into Afghanistan also…..

Yes, there is, and the United States State Department want s people to know….That unlike in Iraq…they will be in on this one.…The numbers are not comparable to the U.S. military, but they are there, nevertheless…and I for one, am very happy….

When people started backing away from nation building and support of infrastructure I thought, this thing is not gonna work…..Even Gen. McCrystal has asked for that in his war plans….(I remember all the griping during the Iraq second phase about how the Army had to waste staff on things that the State Department was supposed to be doing? ) …..

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton certainly wants a piece of the action, and Secretary of Defense Gates, is glad, I’m sure to have the extra help….

This is good news indeed…..

December 9, 2009 Posted by | Government, Military, Politics | , , , , | 2 Comments

There is a civilian 'surge' going into Afghanistan also…..

Yes, there is, and the United States State Department want s people to know….That unlike in Iraq…they will be in on this one.…The numbers are not comparable to the U.S. military, but they are there, nevertheless…and I for one, am very happy….

When people started backing away from nation building and support of infrastructure I thought, this thing is not gonna work…..Even Gen. McCrystal has asked for that in his war plans….(I remember all the griping during the Iraq second phase about how the Army had to waste staff on things that the State Department was supposed to be doing? ) …..

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton certainly wants a piece of the action, and Secretary of Defense Gates, is glad, I’m sure to have the extra help….

This is good news indeed…..

December 9, 2009 Posted by | Government, Military, Politics | , , , , | 2 Comments

How the president came to ordering up the ‘surge’…….

This is a process piece, which I love, because you get the feel for how and why people do things…..Something you will never get watch things on TV….

I love process pieces…. which is what this piece is from Peter Baker at the New York Times…

We all remember Barack Obama a little more than a year ago, going into Iowa…. He had to figure out a way to get the liberals to come on board with him…not Hillary Clinton…what could he do?

He turned to the Iraq war…Hillary had voted for the consent given Bush from the congress going into Iraq…

Later on in the campaign. …Bush, finally addressing Rumsfeld’s lack of enough boots on the ground decision, would sent an additional amount of troops in a ‘surge’…. again Obama would complain…”the surge hasn’t worked”…. locking in the democratic left…

Well, now the shoe is on the other foot…Barack Obama is the President…the Commander-in-Chief….

This piece, and others in the Washington Post, and the Politico website detail how Obama dealt with the fact that Afghanistan is now his war. And despite the democratic left…he does not want to be the guy who lost Afghanistan….

The real story to me is about the struggle Obama had in trying to resist the direction his commander on the ground in Afghanistan wanted to take…

From the beginning the piece points out that General Stanley Chrystal looked at the campaign as something he could sink his teeth in and wrestle with( He replaced a commander that was too complacent for Sec of Defense Gates)…. a Special Operations Commander before taking over the Afghanistan campaign …all of the top players forgot that Chrystal is expert at fighting unconventional warfare…and he has proved adaptive at dealing with his Commander-in-Chief…

Chrystal upon taking over his command, went on record that things were worst than everyone thought…. the Taliban and al-Qaeda were taking over more territory…and the administration would see an election in the country, where its leader would steal votes in broad day light, and the CIA would advise the Washington DC principals that the country’s government was corrupt, disorganized and ineffective…

The details are here but it came down to this…once the president understood Mc Chrystal wanted more troops, and that the place was spinning out of control… there was no going back…. liberals be damned, there would have to be a troop increase…McChrystal, and the situation in the country, along with his political common sense left him no choice…again, there would more troops…

Argue as much as he did …Vice President Joe Biden was left alone…. While Defense Secretary Gates, and National Security Advisor Gen. James Jones had warned Chrystal early on that it was politically impossible to have more troops sent to Afghanistan…. Chrystal ignored their counsel

After issuing their warnings …both men would step back when it became obvious that Chrystal was pushing ahead…

Obama understood  that by the middle of the summer that there was going to be more troops…. Everyone else (except Biden, again) then jumped on board.

It became known the Gen. Jones was okay with more troops, as was Gates…Chrystal has flushed out the troops position with the CIC….

The plan for either, A) 80,000, B) 40,000 or 15,000 was presented to Joint Chief Staff Chair Mullen and Chrystal’s immediate boss Gen. Petraeus…who pasted the plan on to Sectary Gates…

The next thing everyone knew the basic’s of the plan was leaked….

Gates had no choice but to publicly chew Gen. Chrystal out, which caused a lot of Army bosses to get very upset…they wanted to get the troops so they would not be in the same situation that had happened in Iraq after the first fight there was done…. not having enough troops to be able to hold ground…

It turned out though that President Obama was going at the problem from a different angle…he was questioning the whole Afghan policy…since the war had been handed to him by Bush…he wanted to know …WHY was the country doing what it was doing?

At this time Obama had to let everyone know (actually, just Biden…. since everyone else had picked up the scent that their was going to be a lot of troops going there)…

On October 9…Obama formally got Chrystal’s request…. everyone knew 80,000 was too many troops and 15,000 was too few…. the call would be 40,000…. Chrystal was a good strategic thinker…everyone got the hint…. Obama would be worried about they cost factor (1 Trillion dollars if those troops stayed for ten years)….

At this point things moved to a different level…the bosses jumped back in Clinton brought the doubts of the US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Eikenberry to the table…when would the troops leave?……Gates began to work the system to plan who would deploy….And Gen. Jones of the NSC worked to make the process smooth…there was a lot of people in the process at this time….

Finally, Obama still worried by the numbers and the cost. Asked Gen. Petraeus….’what I’m looking for is surge”….

The stories are priceless…. this is how things get done…not like in movies…. doubts.…different points of view…politics…but common sense when the rubber meats the road…people warning subordinates…but strong willed subordinates (who are warriors) pushing ahead…old politicians standing back until the fight is over when the boss goes with the subordinate’s plan….and a Vice president who argues for less….to be told in the end….that would not be enough…

Everyone played their part…. But in the steel eyed General Stanley Chrystal called the ball and rode it thru….

The President bough in…and he is now beholding to a success in that campaign by Chrystal, who holds his own, and what could be the President’s, who is the Commander-in-Chief’ s, political future, and  well-being along with Afghanistan’s…. in his hands…

December 6, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

How the president came to ordering up the 'surge'…….

This is a process piece, which I love, because you get the feel for how and why people do things…..Something you will never get watch things on TV….

I love process pieces…. which is what this piece is from Peter Baker at the New York Times…

We all remember Barack Obama a little more than a year ago, going into Iowa…. He had to figure out a way to get the liberals to come on board with him…not Hillary Clinton…what could he do?

He turned to the Iraq war…Hillary had voted for the consent given Bush from the congress going into Iraq…

Later on in the campaign. …Bush, finally addressing Rumsfeld’s lack of enough boots on the ground decision, would sent an additional amount of troops in a ‘surge’…. again Obama would complain…”the surge hasn’t worked”…. locking in the democratic left…

Well, now the shoe is on the other foot…Barack Obama is the President…the Commander-in-Chief….

This piece, and others in the Washington Post, and the Politico website detail how Obama dealt with the fact that Afghanistan is now his war. And despite the democratic left…he does not want to be the guy who lost Afghanistan….

The real story to me is about the struggle Obama had in trying to resist the direction his commander on the ground in Afghanistan wanted to take…

From the beginning the piece points out that General Stanley Chrystal looked at the campaign as something he could sink his teeth in and wrestle with( He replaced a commander that was too complacent for Sec of Defense Gates)…. a Special Operations Commander before taking over the Afghanistan campaign …all of the top players forgot that Chrystal is expert at fighting unconventional warfare…and he has proved adaptive at dealing with his Commander-in-Chief…

Chrystal upon taking over his command, went on record that things were worst than everyone thought…. the Taliban and al-Qaeda were taking over more territory…and the administration would see an election in the country, where its leader would steal votes in broad day light, and the CIA would advise the Washington DC principals that the country’s government was corrupt, disorganized and ineffective…

The details are here but it came down to this…once the president understood Mc Chrystal wanted more troops, and that the place was spinning out of control… there was no going back…. liberals be damned, there would have to be a troop increase…McChrystal, and the situation in the country, along with his political common sense left him no choice…again, there would more troops…

Argue as much as he did …Vice President Joe Biden was left alone…. While Defense Secretary Gates, and National Security Advisor Gen. James Jones had warned Chrystal early on that it was politically impossible to have more troops sent to Afghanistan…. Chrystal ignored their counsel

After issuing their warnings …both men would step back when it became obvious that Chrystal was pushing ahead…

Obama understood  that by the middle of the summer that there was going to be more troops…. Everyone else (except Biden, again) then jumped on board.

It became known the Gen. Jones was okay with more troops, as was Gates…Chrystal has flushed out the troops position with the CIC….

The plan for either, A) 80,000, B) 40,000 or 15,000 was presented to Joint Chief Staff Chair Mullen and Chrystal’s immediate boss Gen. Petraeus…who pasted the plan on to Sectary Gates…

The next thing everyone knew the basic’s of the plan was leaked….

Gates had no choice but to publicly chew Gen. Chrystal out, which caused a lot of Army bosses to get very upset…they wanted to get the troops so they would not be in the same situation that had happened in Iraq after the first fight there was done…. not having enough troops to be able to hold ground…

It turned out though that President Obama was going at the problem from a different angle…he was questioning the whole Afghan policy…since the war had been handed to him by Bush…he wanted to know …WHY was the country doing what it was doing?

At this time Obama had to let everyone know (actually, just Biden…. since everyone else had picked up the scent that their was going to be a lot of troops going there)…

On October 9…Obama formally got Chrystal’s request…. everyone knew 80,000 was too many troops and 15,000 was too few…. the call would be 40,000…. Chrystal was a good strategic thinker…everyone got the hint…. Obama would be worried about they cost factor (1 Trillion dollars if those troops stayed for ten years)….

At this point things moved to a different level…the bosses jumped back in Clinton brought the doubts of the US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Eikenberry to the table…when would the troops leave?……Gates began to work the system to plan who would deploy….And Gen. Jones of the NSC worked to make the process smooth…there was a lot of people in the process at this time….

Finally, Obama still worried by the numbers and the cost. Asked Gen. Petraeus….’what I’m looking for is surge”….

The stories are priceless…. this is how things get done…not like in movies…. doubts.…different points of view…politics…but common sense when the rubber meats the road…people warning subordinates…but strong willed subordinates (who are warriors) pushing ahead…old politicians standing back until the fight is over when the boss goes with the subordinate’s plan….and a Vice president who argues for less….to be told in the end….that would not be enough…

Everyone played their part…. But in the steel eyed General Stanley Chrystal called the ball and rode it thru….

The President bough in…and he is now beholding to a success in that campaign by Chrystal, who holds his own, and what could be the President’s, who is the Commander-in-Chief’ s, political future, and  well-being along with Afghanistan’s…. in his hands…

December 6, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Military, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

NATO promises 7,000 troops for Afghanistan……

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Brussels, NATO’s headquarters asking for more troops for President Obama…..so far she has gotten promises for 5,000 troops above the nearly 2,000 that have arrived ‘ in country’ recently….the figures are in flux because several countries where supposed to pull their troops out, but will now reconsider that, several leaders will have trouble sticking with the commitment due to political opposition at home…..and several countries will send troops as advisers..not combat troops…..

Secretary Clinton, General McChrystal and Richard Holbroke, the administration’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, will be working the room in Brussels on December 7th, when NATO holds a foreign minister meeting there….

There are 40,000 NATO troops currently in Afghanistan, along with 71,000 U.S. soldiers…..

December 4, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Military, Politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bill Richardson gets an invite to the White House Indian State Dinner…but will he get a job?

After Bill Richardson’s rough last year…..one that included stepping on Hillary Clinton’s toes, and a serious criminal investigation….he finds himself  back in favor with the President of the United States, by receiving an invitation for tonight’s grand state Dinner at the White House.…..

What the political world will want to know is? …Will President Obama reach out, and offer the New Mexico Governor a job when his current term expires?….

I linked a piece from Politics Daily on the story…but I don’t think the author is right on Richardson going to the State Department…I think that’s too much to expect……

November 24, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Politics | , , , , | 4 Comments

Manuel Zelaya to return to power in Honduras…..I don't agree…but I get it, now…

Today Charles Lemos  over at mydd.com highlights the upcoming agreement in Honduras to return the deposed former President Manuel Zelaya back to the Presidency for three months……I said at the time that I didn’t understand why the United States and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in particular where backing this guy (one of Chavez’s favorite people) when he was kicked out for disobeying his countries legislator’s and courts orders in holding a referendum of extending his term ……..

But Lemos spelled it out for me with this……….

The accords must still be approved by the Honduran Congress. Clearly the biggest winners are the Honduran people who had been held hostage by the crisis and who will have their verdict come November 29th respected by the Inter-American community.  It is also clearly a win for the President and his diplomatic team. It should not be lost that Latin American governments and the Latin American press across the board are touting the agreement as an Obama diplomatic success and it is generating a tremendous amount of goodwill towards the United States across the region.

Ah, politics……….

November 1, 2009 Posted by | Media, Politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment