With the Muslim Brotherhood in charge in Egypt, and al Qaeda in Syria, Israel is surrounded. Additionally, with Iran rapidly approaching nuclear status, can Israel afford to depend on the United States for help while Barack Obama remains in office? The plot thickens and the corridor narrows as the cast of middle-eastern characters lean toward the imminent show-down with Iran and the Islamo-fascists sworn to Israel’s destruction.
Meanwhile, President Obama has clandestinely jetted over to Kabul in order to spike the O-ball and do an OBL victory dance in the bloody end-zone of Afghanistan. Speaking to troops at Bagram Airbase, Obama began by giving shout-outs to various members of the audience:
“We’ve got Task Force Paladin in the house!” The soldiers cheer enthusiastically. Obama continues, “We’ve got Task Force Defender in the house!” The soldiers respond, “Ooorah!”
And, apparently impressed with himself, Obama says, “And we’ve got me in the house.” The President then delivered his meaningless speech in feckless glory. Blah, blah, blah …
“… But over the last three years, the tide has turned. We broke the Taliban’s momentum. We’ve built strong Afghan security forces. We devastated al Qaeda’s leadership, taking out over 20 of their top 30 leaders. And one year ago, from a base here in Afghanistan, our troops launched the operation that killed Osama bin Laden. The goal that I set — to defeat al Qaeda, and deny it a chance to rebuild — is within reach. Still, there will be difficult days ahead. The enormous sacrifices of our men and women are not over. But tonight, I’d like to tell you how we will complete our mission and end the war in Afghanistan….”
“[W]e’re pursuing a negotiated peace. In coordination with the Afghan government, my administration has been in direct discussions with the Taliban. We’ve made it clear that they can be a part of this future if they break with al Qaeda, renounce violence and abide by Afghan laws. Many members of the Taliban — from foot soldiers to leaders — have indicated an interest in reconciliation. The path to peace is now set before them. Those who refuse to walk it will face strong Afghan security forces, backed by the United States and our allies.”
Al Qaeda is not going to renounce violence. Agreed? They aren’t going to stop playing with the Taliban, either. They live for violence and they could care less about Obama’s list of chores for them to do. Two hours after the President left Kabul was rocked by two explosions. Eight people were reportedly killed in the bombings that Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for–so much for renouncing violence.
The President traveled half way around the world to give an 11 minute speech to our troops and never mentioned the word “victory.” How inspiring.
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Greg Todd slobbers on himself describing VOBL Day
The fact that the President is politicizing bin Laden’s assassination is drawing criticism even from within the military itself. Matt Lewis of the Daily Caller reported Commander Kirk Lippold (Ret.), the commanding officer on the USS Cole, said the following in response to Obama’s campaign ad boasting of bin Laden’s killing:
“This whole thing of even putting out that ad, to me is just disgusting because you are politicizing a national security decision,” Lippold said in an interview with The Daily Caller. “Any president that was put in that position would have probably made the difficult choice,” he said. “I don’t care what political stripe they are, they would have done it.”
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Obama’s new ad: Romney wouldn’t have ordered bin Laden raid
“You hire the President to make the calls when no one else can do it,” says former President Bill Clinton at the conclusion of the controversial ad. I thought we elected the President, as opposed to hiring him, but I digress. The ad is a pathetic attempt to find something that Obama can take credit for, because he ruined every thing else. There is no shortage of criticism for the President’s narcissism. His blatant arrogance was noted by many on talk radio.
“I find it a bit ironic, ladies and gentlemen, for this to be Barack Obama’s primary accomplishment as president since he ran as an anti-war candidate. Gonna get us outta Club Gitmo. Gonna get us out of Afghanistan and Iraq, and now the big claim, after seven years of bashing the war on terror and calling all of it a waste of money, what’s the only thing that Obama can hang his hat on, and that’s getting Osama.”
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Barack Obama on terrorism and politics
In Iowa in 2006, then Sen. Barack Obama said, “I’ve had enough of using terrorism as a wedge issue in our politics.”
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Why does President Obama take so much credit for killing Bin Laden?
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Karzai and U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed paperwork covering relations after US combat troops pull out in 2014, but did not address the important issues surrounding the status of a smaller force expected to remain in the country. Now, on Thursday, Karzai told a press conference in the garden of his fortified palace that the security pact, to be completed yet this year, “will be an even more difficult negotiation” than the Strategic Partnership Agreement. The talks will “include very sensitive issues of Afghanistan’s national sovereignty, the sovereignty of the US, and Afghanistan’s interests and the interests of the US,” he said. “Our hope from the US is that they understand the sensitivities that our country has. We’ll consider their interests, but we hope that they don’t demand what is not possible.”
A power vacuum will surely follow our pull-out of Afghanistan. Nestled right next to it is one of the most strategically important regions of the world, though it is almost totally unknown to most Americans. The Fergana Valley sits at the intersection of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan. Here the rise of the al-Qaeda linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) is causing concern.
In 2010, there was horrible bloody violence in the Fergana Valley on the Kyrgyzstan side of the border. The cities of Osh and Jalalabad were attacked, causing devastation, hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries. Hundreds of thousands of refugees fled. Most of these were Uzbek victims of Kyrgyz violence, including some violence by the Kyrgyz Army. In the 1920s and 1930s, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan were established as Soviet republics– divided by arbitrary borders in the Fergana Valley. Of course, these arbitrary boundaries ignored ethnic realities–creating the ethnic tension and animosity that are the basis of the current violence and atrocities that followed after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Tensions are once again growing in the region, especially in Osh. Here the nationalistic Kyrgyz government officials are openly targeting Uzbeks, who are subject to illegal detentions, torture, and have been forced out of public life. Most Uzbek-language media have been shut down. Prominent nationalists refer to them as a diaspora, emphasizing their separate, subordinate status. International organizations report on-going persecution of Uzbeks in their corrupt Kyrgyz legal system. Under the auspices of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Russia and China are holding joint military exercises in central Asia. The military exercises, called “Peace Mission 2012,” are taking place because of Chinese and Russian concerns that the Fergana Valley region will destabilize as the United States and NATO withdraw forces from Afghanistan.
The callousness with which the Obama administration wields its reckless foreign policy is frightening. Consequences are ignored with impunity; after all, it is the loftiness of the ideal that is most important rather than the results of his actions, or lack thereof.
All of this leads us to wonder how things will play out with Israel and Iran. While Obama makes jokes about eating dogs, and creeping most of us out, the evildoers are all about doing their nasty business. War with Iran may be inevitable. Israel’s two principal leaders, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak have concluded: 1) Iran is close to producing a nuclear bomb; 2) plan to use it for the purpose of Israel’s destruction; 3) the best time for Israel to destroy Iran’s nuclear production sites may be early fall–at the height of the U.S. presidential campaign when neither candidate would risk votes by criticizing Israel. However, Israel’s Defense Force (IDF) has just recently called up six reserve battalions as the tension on the Syrian and Egyptian borders continues to build. The Times of Israel reported that Israel’s parliament gave the IDF permission to call up another 16 reserve battalions if required.
The Egyptian daily Al-Arabiya reports police stationed at Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula have been attacked some 50 times by Palestinian groups and a local branch of al-Qaeda. Egypt’s Al-Masry Al-Youm noted that the majority of the attacks have taken place in the mountains of central Sinai, carried out by Palestinian armed groups including Jaljalat, Army of Islam, Ezz Eddin al-Qassam Brigades and al-Qaeda in the Sinai Peninsula.
Israel has been here before. After the 1956 Suez Crisis, Egypt agreed to the implementation of a United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) in the Sinai to ensure compliance with the 1949 Armistice Agreements. In the years following there were numerous border clashes between Israel and its Arab neighbors, especially Syria. In early November, 1966, Syria signed a mutual defense agreement with Egypt. Soon after, in response to Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) guerrilla activity that included a mine attack that left three dead, the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) attacked the city of as-Samu in the Jordanian-occupied West Bank. The Jordanian units that engaged the Israelis were quickly defeated. King Hussein of Jordan criticized Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser for failing to come to Jordan’s aid, and “hiding behind UNEF skirts”. In May 1967, Nasser received false reports from the Soviet Union that Israel was massing on the Syrian border. Nasser began massing his troops in the Sinai Peninsula on Israel’s border, expelled the UNEF force from Gaza and Sinai and took up UNEF positions at Sharm el-Sheikh, overlooking the Straits of Tiran.
Israel reiterated that any closure of the Straits would be considered an act of war. Nasser declared the Straits closed to Israeli shipping on May. 22/23. On the 27th of May Nassar stated “Our basic objective will be the destruction of Israel. The Arab people want to fight.” On May 30th, Jordan and Egypt entered a defense pact. Then on the following day, at Jordan’s invitation, the Iraqi army began the deployment of troops and armored units in Jordan. They were later reinforced by an Egyptian contingency. On the 4th of June Israel decided go to war. The following morning, Israel launched Operation Focus, a large-scale surprise air strike that was the opening of the Six-Day War.
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The Six Day War
History is unfolding before our eyes and only God knows how this will be resolved. Obama’s ineptitude and dereliction of duty only serve to heighten our anxieties. His disrespect for Benjamin Netanyahu and his apparent approval of the Arab Spring further mystify a nervous planet. Iran is determined to wield a nuclear sword and Israel will have to break it if they are to prevail. The United Nations is a joke–infested with the some of world’s most oppressive tyrants. We cannot count on the U.N. to provide any cooperation in pressuring the enemies of Israel to renounce their pledge of destruction.
“Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon now presides over the UN Security Council. This means, in effect, that a terror organization presides over the body entrusted with guaranteeing the world’s security. You couldn’t make this thing up.”