Archive | October, 2013

Merkel: “With friends like Barak and Hillary, who needs enemies?” Khamenei: “With enemies like Barak and Hillary, who needs friends?” (No text.)

27 Oct

Is NSA, “the last straw?” Allies doubting or forsaking the US!

26 Oct

Turkey opted for a Chinese air-defense system over one made by the United States; the Saudis are willing to maintain the close intelligence ties it used to have with the United States, they are extremely upset with President Obama’s kowtowing to the Iranian, a Shiite enemy of Gulf Sunnis, and Norway would not assist in disposing of Syria’s chemical as the United States requested…Angela Merkel and other European leaders are considering a case in front of the United Nations to curb NSA eves dropping, and the United States foreign policy chasm with the world that Mrs. Clinton left behind is continuing to grow, and grow.
Contributing to the situation is another poor choice for Secretaries of State, and defense, by President Obama is another problem. At defense we have a man with “foxhole” experience, not one with any feel for the broad picture, and in State, the crucial foreign policy backbone ended up with John Kerry, perhaps a nice man, but only a mediocre politician, and like Mrs. Clinton before him, no diplomatic skills.
Obama’s legacy is likely to remain a disaster short of Obamacare becoming a success! If the ACA fails, President Obama would likely go into history as The United States worst President of modern times…

Saudi forsaking the US while China and Russia gaining influence, what next for US?

24 Oct

The Obama/Hillary Clinton chasm with the rest of the world is continuing to grow. Saudi Arabia will now drift closer to the Chinese, it will do so for several reasons. The economics of oil, China now imports more oil than does the United States. The fact that the United States did not carry the desired action against Syria, but rather capitulated and let Putin take the lead, a win for Assad and the Shiite, a loss for the Saudis and Sunnis. And last, but not least, President Obama trying to become cozy with Iran, in spite of the snubs, and open rejections.
The “straw that broke the camel’s back,” of course, was Obama’s allowing Iran to manipulate him and the West so that it can get closer to getting nuclear weapons. The United States, in spite of having its overtures for thawing relations with Iran being rejected, is pushing hard for dialogue, and allowing the Iranians to pull the wool over its head.
The United States keep counting on the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei “fatwa” that Iran will not build nuclear weapons as a crutch to support its soft stance with Iran, the Saudis know better! The Fatwa is a shield, if only deals with “built,” it does not deal with the term “acquire!”
The Saudis are frightened, as are all the Gulf States of Iran as a nuclear power. They all realize that in spite of being a Shiite nation (only 20% of Islam,) and a non-Arab nation, Iran would like to dominate and lead the Islamic World. They all know that with nuclear weapons Iran will be able to accomplish its mission of dominating Islam.
It may seem strange that a person like President Obama who spent his formative years among Muslims, does not know how to deal with the Islamic World. President Obama’s “E. pluribus unum” (out of many one,) to the Islamic World in his June 4, 2009 Cairo speech was designed to start a positive relations with Islam, but it seemed to have backfired. In his speech he apologized to Muslims for United States past behaviors; Americans hated that, Muslims saw it as a sign of weakness and have been manipulating America’s President ever since. Adding to his own errors, President Obama appointed Hillary Clinton, a politician with no diplomatic skills to Secretary of State. Hillary Clinton made significant errors when dealing with Islam. From “leading from behind” at Arab Springs, a movement to expand Sharia law in North Africa, to declaring Assad as “a true reformer,” while allowing Iran, Hezbollah, and Russia to support the Assad regime, st the expense of Sunnis, which the Saudis resented.
Iran is a dangerous nation, but President Obama is reluctant to accept that fact, and, as a result is causing the United States to lose a great deal of respect, and influence.
Under President Obama United States foreign policy is at its lowest state, it rival in its ineptness to those under Jimmy Carter, and George W. Bush. With President Obama at the help for some three and a half years more, how much lower can US foreign policy sink?

Iran: When Uranium enriched; will weapon technology come from the outside?

22 Oct

Time and time again, President Obama shows an unprecedented level of naivete when dealing with Muslims. Being snubbed by Iran’s Rouhani was a display of major humiliation, and now trying to deal with Iran on their nukes.
Either President Obama is naive, or he is intimidated by Muslims. Iran’s Fatwa (religious edict) that it will not build nuclear weapons may have been made in good faith, but it does not include provisions to get weapons technology from either Russia, North Korea, or someone else, when its (Iran’s) Uranium enrichment reaches weapon grade material, Weapon grade material, by the way has no other purpose but weapons…
With Obama too weak to deal with the Iran threat, would the United States, and the world have to count on Israel to deal with the matter? What a dangerous scenario!
Must United States the giant must count on others to do its bidding? Obama relinquished control of the negotiation in Syria to Putin; will he stoop down so low and get Israel to do his bidding?Time and time again, President Obama show an unprecedented level of naivete when dealing with Muslims. Being snubbed by Iran’s Rouhani was a display of major humiliation, and now trying to deal with Iran on their nukes.

Obama’s October ACA win could be short-lived with flawed ACA! Or, could the bitter lemons Democrats gave to the GOP in October, be turned into sweet lemonade comes January, 2014.

18 Oct

Cold an irreparable ACA cause Obama’s October wins over the GOP to be turned around and be a disaster in January, 2014?

Should the many experts who claim that the Obamacare/ACA is flawed beyond repair, be right, much of that should be obvious by January, the next rounds of budget and ceiling discussions, what a disaster could that be for President Obama.
The shutdown did diverted opinion from Obama’s numerous humiliating dealings with various Islamic entities in September. From 24/7 media coverage of Obama’s September misdeeds, coverage shifter 24/7 to the political issues. The shutdown, and ceiling negotiation removes stories about Obama’s humbling himself with his failing attempts to communicate with Iran’s number two, and to enforce his red line in Syria. Putin added to the humiliations by shoving President Obama aside and taking over Syrian negotiations.
Not being an expert on health, or health insurance, all I can say is that if those numerous experts, and doctors who say that ACA is flawed beyond repair, then not capitulating in October, may cause irreparable political damage to President Obama, and to the Democratic Party.

Syria: US “Boots on the Ground,” will be required…

13 Oct

After listening to some of the discussion about Syria, especially questions regarding United States involvement, I found it necessary to add a few points.
Let me start by suggesting that there will likely be nearly four million refugees “dumped” on the region before there is an end to the conflict; most alarming is the fact that most of the displaced Syrians will not have a home to return to.
While continuing to grow, the humanitarian crisis in Syria will dwarf the one dealing with the Palestinian refugee issue. Since there are numerous Palestinian refugees in the same region the problems will build on one another and would likely become chaotic. Since most Palestinians originally came from Syria, one can witness first hand, the Arab conflicting, and violent nature. The “Levantine” natures that people in the West are unaccustomed to. Lack of understanding of the culture, and need of the people, could, and likely will contribute to major chaos, and a true humanitarian crisis, second to none.
Volumes can be written on is this very important situation, this it not the place for that. A few highlights should bring attention to critical issues.
Neither Jordan, nor Lebanon can absorb the number of refugees that will enter during the conflict. Both countries, with numerous unwanted Palestinian refugees, people ready to rebel at any time, are unstable and ripe for revolutions of their own.
In the case of Lebanon, there is also the issue of Hezbollah. The terrorist group that Hezbollah is, has sided with Assad, Iran, and Russia in the Syrian conflict. If that side wins, Hezbollah will likely take over Lebanon, putting Iranian forces on Israel’s border. Not only that, the large Christian population of Lebanon, would be put in serious jeopardy.
If the rebels win, Syria would likely become a radical Sunni nation, and from the start it will include an al Qaeda element.
Turkey is trying to close its borders, it has serious economic problems of its own, and additional refugees could simply break its [economic] back. Turkey has another major issue, which is exacerbated by the Syrian conflict; it has to do with the Armenians, and the territory they occupy. The Armenian could do nothing but grow; it should once and for all force a sovereign Armenian nation to evolve.
The Syrian conflict, mostly in Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, and in a small way Jordan, has a Christian minority element to consider. The Christian issue will grow in the region, it will, of course, include Egypt, Christians will only remain safe in Israel, and their number in that country is relatively small.
As to changes in the regional geography, in addition to a sovereign Armenia that will include Turkish, Iraqi, and Syrian territory, one can count on the Golan remaining as part of Israel.
For this post I decided to stay away from the Israeli Palestinian issue, since it does not seem to have a clear destiny, even though resolution of the Syrian rebellion will likely influence its outcome.
Finally, and most importantly. I am not clairvoyant, but with enough insight and many years experience, let me suggest that for Syria’s chemicals to be removed, United States boots will be on Syrian land. After the chemicals are removed, and US troops leave, the Syrian bloody bath will continue, and whoever remains standing will NOT be a close ally of the United States, but will govern whatever Syria emerges…

Another Obama Capitulation: Boots on Syrian ground…

13 Oct

After listening to some of the discussion recent about Syria, especially questions regarding United States involvement, I found it necessary to add a few points.
Let me start by suggesting that there will likely be nearly four million refugees “dumped” on the region before there is an end to the conflict; most alarming is the fact that most of the displaced Syrians will not have a home to return to.
While continuing to grow, the humanitarian crisis in Syria will dwarf the one dealing with the Palestinian refugee issue. Since there are numerous Palestinian refugees in the same region the problems will build on one another and would likely become chaotic. Since most Palestinians originally came from Syria, one can witness first hand, the Arab conflicting, and violent nature. The “Levantine” natures that people in the West are unaccustomed to. Lack of understanding of the culture, and need of the people, could, and likely will contribute to major chaos, and a true humanitarian crisis, second to none.
Volumes can be written on is this very important situation, this it not the place for that. A few highlights should bring attention to critical issues.
Neither Jordan, nor Lebanon can absorb the number of refugees that will enter during the conflict. Both countries, with numerous unwanted Palestinian refugees, people ready to rebel at any time, are unstable and ripe for revolutions of their own.
In the case of Lebanon, there is also the issue of Hezbollah. The terrorist group that Hezbollah is, has sided with Assad, Iran, and Russia in the Syrian conflict. If that side wins, Hezbollah will likely take over Lebanon, putting Iranian forces on Israel’s border. Not only that, the large Christian population of Lebanon, would be put in serious jeopardy.
If the rebels win, Syria would likely become a radical Sunni nation, and from the start it will include an al Qaeda element.
Turkey is trying to close its borders, it has serious economic problems of its own, and additional refugees could simply break its [economic] back. Turkey has another major issue, which is exacerbated by the Syrian conflict; it has to do with the Armenians, and the territory they occupy. The Armenian could do nothing but grow; it should once and for all force a sovereign Armenian nation to evolve.
The Syrian conflict, mostly in Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, and in a small way Jordan, has a Christian minority element to consider. The Christian issue will grow in the region, it will, of course, include Egypt, Christians will only remain safe in Israel, and their number in that country is relatively small.
As to changes in the regional geography, in addition to a sovereign Armenia that will include Turkish, Iraqi, and Syrian territory, one can count on the Golan remaining as part of Israel.
For this post I decided to stay away from the Israeli Palestinian issue, since it does not seem to have a clear destiny, even though resolution of the Syrian rebellion will likely influence its outcome.
Finally, and most importantly. I am not clairvoyant, but with enough insight and many years experience, let me suggest that for Syria’s chemicals to be removed, United States boots will be on Syrian land. After the chemicals are removed, and US troops leave, the Syrian bloody bath will continue, and whoever remains standing will NOT be a close ally of the United States, but will govern whatever Syria emerges…

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