09/2/14

GOP, Are You Ready To Reach Out to Blacks Yet?

By: Lloyd Marcus

Because I am a black conservative, someone wrote asking me this great question.

What is it that compels some black men and women to cling to, and follow people like Sharpton, Jackson, Wright, Obama, Spike Lee, Black Panthers, Holder, etc.?”

I have pondered the same question. Some black folks embrace victim status because it provides cover for their laziness and irresponsible lifestyles. Black Judases preach a false evil gospel of victimhood-ism for profit. Some blacks are racist, pure and simple.

I believe a majority of black Americans simply have not been exposed to unfiltered Conservatism; blacks articulating how blessed they are to be born in the greatest land of opportunity on the planet.

Ironically, all of the blacks who are given big microphones to tout the horrors of being black in America are wealthy. The MSM and Democratic Party viciously and relentlessly block any and all patriotic black voices from the main stage touting achieving success and wealth the old fashion way via education, hard work and morally right choices. And of course, we know the reason for their attempts to silence such voices is because the MSM and Democratic Party’s mission is not to empower blacks, but further their big government socialist/progressive agenda.

Now that America is burning in the flames of racial tension and polarization, it is crucial that Republicans/Conservatives finally reach-out to black America. I am not suggesting that they offer blacks a Democrat-lite, America sucks and is somewhat racist — so we will lower standards and give you free stuff message. Heaven forbid.

I am talking about taking a pedal-to-the-metal conservative message to black America, boldly articulating its virtues and why it is the best for all Americans; the most direct route to success.

While I have no problem with packaging our message to better connect with diverse audiences, our rock solid conservative principles must remain in tack. Republicans must reject using the Democrats’ insidious tactic of dividing Americans into victimized voting blocs (blacks, women, Hispanics and so on). After convincing various groups of Americans that they are victims, the Dems request their votes to use as protection money to keep their white racist sexist Republican/conservative enemies at bay. It is disgusting and evil.

A young black college student worked on the Tea Party candidate Joe Carr’s U.S. Senate campaign for college credit. The black youth told me that he realized he is conservative. That’s what I am talking about; giving blacks an opportunity to hear our inspiring be-all-you-can-be feel good message. Ronald Reagan’s speeches always made me feel good about myself and my country.

Several years ago, I produced many of the Volusia County Florida Republican Executive Committee annual Lincoln dinners. I was one of two blacks on the committee. I was always thinking of ways to invite and involve more blacks. A few outspoken voices said, “Why bother? They are going to vote for the Democrats no matter what we do.” I have experienced that same defeatist mindset in the national GOP leadership.

Using my background from working in the Creative Services Dept of a major TV station, I designed a campaign to reach out to blacks titled, “Reach Your Dreams”. My campaign included touring the black community; music and conservative minority speakers telling their stories of how they achieved their American dreams. GOP officers consistently shot my idea down. “Why bother?” They thought it would not produce enough votes to make it a wise financial investment. I argued that it was not totally about producing votes. It was the moral and right thing to do.

Well, the GOP’s chickens have come home to roost for allowing the Democrat’s lie that America and Republicans/Conservatives are racists to go unchallenged. Oh my gosh, did I just quote that evil man, Rev Jeremiah Wright?

To spread Christianity, Romans 10:14 says:

And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?”

I wish to apply this same wisdom to spreading our gospel of Conservatism. Blacks can not embrace the liberation of Conservatism without hearing about it.

My dad has been a Christian preacher for over 50 years. Little did I know that God was preparing me for such a time as this; appointed to spread the gospel of Conservatism to those suffering, lost and enslaved by Liberalism.

Bottom line, we conservatives must find a way to bring our good news to black Americans. It is the moral and right thing to do for America.

Lloyd Marcus, Unhyphenated American

Chairman, Conservative Campaign Committee

09/2/14

The Watcher’s Council Weasel of The Week Nominations!!! – 09/02/14

The Watcher’s Council

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Hello and welcome to the Watcher’s Council’s new feature, ‘Weasel Of The Week’ feature, where we award the golden plastic Weasel to a public figure who particularly deserves to be publicly slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations and check back Thursday to see which Weasel gets the votes and walks off with the statuette of shame!

Here are this weeks’ nominees:

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Governor Jerry Brown!

The Noisy Room: My nomination for Weasel of the Week is Gov. Jerry Brown for his promotion of Amnesty with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (who said the state of California was more “evolved” than other states) last week. He basically said that California and Mexico are now one: “If we can put a man on the moon, we can put a man from Mexico to California in 20 minutes.” In the name of justice, he is breaking the law and endorsing the invasion of the US and the eradication of her borders and sovereignty. California is the Petri dish for the rest of the nation and Brown is the slime in that dish that is producing a foreign invasion that has turned into a deadly plague to the American body. In the name of diversity, he is aiding in the destruction of the Republic.

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The British Government, represented by The Rotherham City Council!

The Glittering Eye: These weasels preferred letting more than 1,000 children be sexually abused by “Asian men” to being thought of as racist.

The Colossus of Rhodey: I nominate the British Government for failing to respond to, and for establishing the politically correct culture which led to, the raping/sexual exploitation of FOURTEEN HUNDRED children by (mostly) Muslim men from Pakistan in the years 1997-2013.

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Al Gore!

The Right Planet: Al Gore, who claimed in 2007 that the Arctic Ice Cap would be gone by 2013 due to the “devastating” effects of anthropogenic (man-made) global warming. But Steven Goddard recently reported, that not only has the Arctic Ice Cap not melted, but Arctic sea ice coverage has grown by 68% in the past two years (not to mention the fact there has been no global warming for the past 14 years).

Al Gore has been on a one-man crusade (in cahoots with the United Nations, et al., of course) to impose crushing “climate change” regulations and global taxes in order to curb the alleged global warming scourge–which really just amounts to a global wealth redistribution scheme that only benefits the globalists and the ruling elites, in my opinion. And I’m not alone in that assessment, to be sure.

Dr. Henry Wagner!

Rhymes With Right: Dr. Henry Wagner, Superintendent of Schools for the Dorchester County Public Schools in Dorchester County, Maryland was more than willing to publicly comment about the suspension of middle school teacher Patrick McLaw being suspended from his position for writing, publishing, and selling a pair of dystopian science fiction novels that involve school shootings in the year 2902 (yes, that is nine centuries from now) when news broke about the suspension.

But now that people are questioning the legitimacy of McLaw being suspended from his job, taken into custody by police and forced to submit to psychological evaluation as a threat to school security, Wagner is hiding behind the old dodge about protecting the rights of an employee to confidentiality in a “personnel matter” despite having previously intimated that McLaw constituted some sort of threat due to the decision to keep law enforcement personnel on McLaw’s now-former campus “for as long as we deem it necessary.”

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Secretary of State John Kerry!

Virginia Right!: “After a disastrous week during which Barack Obama made the stunning admission that he has no plan to deal with the terror group ISIS, rather than call all hands to the table and spend as long as it takes to formulate a strategy and a plan to deal with this menace, the Secretary of State, John Kerry, takes a fun filled holiday away from it all.

Kerry was captured in a photo op kiteboarding in Nantucket. Regardless of the threat to America and the American lives in the balance, Mr. Kerry could not be bothered to do his job.

This is the caliber of the people running this country.

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Attorney General Eric Holder!

Ask Marion: for paying people to stir the racial divide pot and start riots in Ferguson.

Well, there it is! Are these worthy weasels or what? Check back Thursday to see which Weasel walks off with the statuette of shame!

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09/2/14

Official Lies Mask Russian and Chinese Aggression

By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media

Even the liberal media couldn’t defend President Obama’s bizarre public statement about having no strategy to confront the Islamic State terrorist group. But many in the media went along with his failure to describe the Russian invasion of Ukraine as an invasion.

Asked directly if he considered the “escalation in Ukraine an invasion,” Obama said on Thursday, “I consider the actions that we’ve seen in the last week a continuation of what’s been taking place for months now.”

The Daily Mail of London provided an appropriate headline: “Obama REFUSES to call 1,000 Russian troops and tanks caught on satellite in Ukraine an ‘invasion’ but [Senator] McCain says he’s living in ‘Putin’s Orwellian universe.’”

The statement from Senators McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) included the comment, “Russia’s ongoing aggression in Ukraine can only be called one thing: a cross-border military invasion. To claim it is anything other than that is to inhabit President Putin’s Orwellian universe.”

Senators McCain and Graham are not always right on foreign affairs, but in this case they have described the mentality of Obama, a one-time student of pro-Moscow Communist Frank Marshall Davis. Obama is acting like an agent of influence for the Russians, determined to obscure the reality of what is happening in front of our eyes.

In the case of the Islamic State, Obama was honest enough to acknowledge he had no strategy. In the case of Ukraine, the strategy appears to be to flat-out lie about what the Russians are doing.

The difference appears to be that the Islamic State does not hide its barbarity, including beheadings, and forces Obama to directly answer the challenge. After all, they beheaded an American journalist on videotape. That makes it difficult for Obama to ignore or distort what is happening. The Russians, on the other hand, are lying through their teeth about invading Ukraine, in order to give Obama the option—which he accepts—of swallowing their lies. In this way, the Russians make it easier for Obama to do nothing in response.

The problem for Obama, who apparently wants to turn Ukraine over to the Russians, is that the lies have gotten too big. One of the most absurd Russian lies was that the images and video of Russian paratroopers captured in Ukraine were actually troops who had crossed the border “by accident.”

Another whopper was provided by a pro-Russian terrorist leader in eastern Ukraine who said the Russian soldiers fighting with him were on “vacation.”

The New York Times reported that Obama “declined to call Russia’s latest moves an invasion, as Ukraine and others have, saying they were ‘not really a shift’ but just ‘a little more overt’ form of longstanding Russian violations of Ukrainian sovereignty.”

What are “longstanding Russian violations of Ukrainian sovereignty?”

How can our media report such nonsense?

Not to be outdone, a Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty report said Obama had highlighted the “ongoing incursion” into Ukraine. A Washington Times headline referred to it as an “encroachment.”

If the President refuses to tell the truth, do the media have to follow his lead? What happened to our adversarial press?

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell asked State Department official Jen Psaki, “If there’s artillery firing across the border and tanks moving and movements of soldiers, what’s the difference between an incursion and an invasion?” Psaki replied, “I think this is a discussion about terminology. She added, “what we’ve seen here is an escalation of aggression by the Russians, a pattern, actually, over the last several months.”

It is an “escalation of aggression” but not an invasion? Again, how can members of the press accept this nonsense?

The Washington Post ran an editorial titled, “Mr. Putin’s Invasion,” calling it what it is. (The title over the on-line version was, “The West must make Mr. Putin pay for his aggression.”) It said “Putin’s decision to send Russian forces openly into Ukraine in the past 48 hours is a watershed, not a mere ‘continuation of what’s been taking place for months,’ as President Obama understated the case Thursday.”

Actually this is the second invasion of Ukraine. The first occurred when Russian forces took over Crimea.

The Wall Street Journal on Friday ran front-page NATO photos of “Russia on the move in Ukraine,” showing Russian artillery units “inside Ukraine.” But the article below the photo was headlined, “Kiev Claims Russian Invasion.” How can it be just a claim when the Russian units are already inside Ukraine?

NATO revealed that the images came from an independent firm called Digital Globe, a provider of high-resolution earth imagery, and said that the images were not altered or changed by NATO.

Dutch Brigadier General Nico Tak, head of NATO’s crisis management center, said, “The satellite images released today provide additional evidence that Russian combat soldiers, equipped with sophisticated heavy weaponry, are operating inside Ukraine’s sovereign territory. These latest images provide concrete examples of Russian activity inside Ukraine, but are only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the overall scope of Russian troop and weapons movements.”

At the Pentagon briefing on Friday, Rear Admiral John Kirby, the press secretary, was asked about “the latest movements of Russian forces, tanks and other forces, into Ukraine,” and “the degree to which that represents an escalation of their involvement, and whether you consider this an invasion.”

He, too, backed away from the truth, saying, “…it’s a continuation of what we’ve seen all along. Whatever verb you want to put on it, whatever you want to call it, it’s just, again, intensification of the same behavior that we’ve been seeing Russia do now for several months.”

What does Adm. Kirby mean by “intensification of the same behavior?” He also urged Russia “to stop escalating the tension there.”

At the United Nations, Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said, “Russia has to stop lying and has to stop fueling this conflict.” In reference to the claim about Russian soldiers being on “vacation” in Ukraine, she said, “…a Russian soldier who chooses to fight in Ukraine on his summer break is still a Russian soldier. And the armored Russian military vehicle he drives there is not his personal car.”

It’s a funny line, but she still refused to call it an invasion.

Some kudos go to Terry Moran of ABC News, who tweeted: “Say it: Russia has invaded Ukraine. Any other description is just weasel words.”

Yet, an ABC News story carried the headline, “‘Russian Invasion’ of Ukraine Prompts UN Emergency Meeting,” with the words “Russian invasion” in quotes, to suggest some dispute over whether an invasion was taking place.

Moran temporarily broke through the Orwellian universe in his own narrow way. But why is this tweet the exception and not the rule? Why is this verdict not being reflected in news coverage?

But don’t think these weasel words only apply to Russian aggression.

A story in The Wall Street Journal referred to the “the unsafe and unprofessional behavior” of Chinese pilots in the South China Sea, when a Chinese jet made several aggressive close passes by a Navy P-8 Poseidon plane over international waters.

“U.S. officials aren’t sure why the incidents keep taking place in the same general location, and said the midair encounters may be attributable to a rogue pilot or group of pilots in a squadron responsible for intercepts in the South China Sea,” the paper said. “These officials said they don’t believe the aggressive flying was directly authorized by the Chinese military.”

A senior U.S. official said, “The Chinese are trying to be more active in establishing good quality military-to-military relations. There’s just something different and unique about what’s going on in the South China Sea. Something’s out of whack.”

It goes without saying that these “U.S. officials” working for Obama want to excuse aggressive Chinese behavior directed at our own forces.

But the Wall Street Journal’s editorial writers couldn’t even accept that. Referring to the “something’s out of whack” comment, the paper said, “If that’s the case, President Xi Jinping—who exerts significant control over the military and has purged several senior generals tied to corruption—now has the opportunity to send a message by disciplining the commander responsible. But we’re not counting on it. More likely, China’s military provocations will continue until Washington pushes back.”

Indeed, China’s Defense Ministry defended its pilot and attacked the U.S. for conducting “close-in reconnaissance activities.” The spokesman said the U.S. should “eventually stop its reconnaissance activities against China, so as to create a good environment for the development of bilateral military relations.”

With few exceptions, aggressive actions by Russia and China are being excused by our media. They are following Obama’s deceptive lead at a time when the American people deserve the truth about the dangers to America and the world.

Something is out of whack at the White House.

09/2/14

Upcoming September Engagements for Trevor Loudon – 09/02/14

September

Wed., Sept. 3rd, 2014
Event: Organized Republican Conservatives of America — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: TBD
Place: Platte County, MO

Thur., Sept. 4th, 2014
Event: TBD — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: TBD
Place: Lees Summit, MO

Fri., Sept. 5th, 2014
Event: Clay County Conservative Alliance — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://libertymoteaparty.com/
Time: TBD
Place: Liberty, KS

Wed., Sept. 10th, 2014
Event: TBD — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: TBD
Place: Des Moines, IA

Thurs., Sept. 11th, 2014
Event: TBD — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: TBD
Place: Des Moines, IA

Tue., Sept. 16th, 2014
Event: Bears Ears Patriots — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://bearsearspatriots.com/
Time: 7:00 pm MST
Place: Craig, CO 81625

Wed., Sept. 17th, 2014
Event: Delta County GOP — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: 7:00 pm MST
Place: Bill Heddles Recreation Center
530 Gunnison River Drive
Delta, CO

Thur., Sept. 18th, 2014
Event: Grassroots Orgs — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: 6 pm MST
Place: Mesa County Library
530 Grand Avenue
Grand Junction, CO

Fri., Sept. 19th, 2014
Event: Mesa County GOP — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: 11:30 am MST
Place: Grand Junction, CO

Sat., Sept. 20th, 2014
Event: Adams County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: 5:30 pm MST
Place: Brittany Hill
9350 Grant Street
Thornton, CO 80229

Tue., Sept. 23rd, 2014
Event: Redlands Tea Party Patriots — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://redlandsteaparty.net/rtp/
Time: TBD
Place: Redlands, CA

Thur., Sept. 25th, 2014
Event: Newport Harbor Republican Women — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://www.nhrw.org/#/home/
Time: 11:30 am PST
Place: Pacific Club
4110 MacArthur Blvd
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Fri., Sept. 26th, 2014
Event: Greater Orlando Tea Party — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://www.greaterorlandoteaparty.org/
Time: 7:00 pm EST
Place: Eastmonte Civic Center
830 Magnolia Dr
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

Sat., Sept. 27th, 2014
Event: Breakfast Honoring Raphael
— Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://www.greaterorlandoteaparty.org/
Time: 9 am EST
Place: Tuscawilla Country Club
1500 Winter Springs Blvd
Winter Springs, FL 32708

09/1/14

What the United Nations Doesn’t Want You to Know

By: Brent Parrish
The Right Planet

My friend Lt. Robert Powell from the Pacific Freedom Foundation recently emailed me about a new PowerPoint presentation he put together (compiled and written by Irving Baxter Jr.) on the murky origins of the United Nations. This is also a subject matter I’ve delved into quite deeply myself. Powell’s slides offer the history in manageable chunks, and I’ve converted the slides into web-ready images. Please feel free to share this information with others (with proper citations, of course). – See more at: http://www.therightplanet.com/2014/09/what-the-united-nations-doesnt-want-you-to-know/#sthash.mvdvUv6z.dpuf

Not too long ago I posted a video produced in the mid-nineties concerning a U.S. Army soldier, SPC Michael New, who refused to wear the UN insignia and uniform, or accept orders from a foreign commander under the auspices of the United Nations. New’s reasoning was simple: he pledged an oath to defend the United States and the U.S. Constitution, not the United Nations and its Charter.

The Michael New case received very little press coverage at the time. New was threatened with court-martial, but he decided to fight the charges. Unfortunately, Michael New lost the case and eventually received a court-martial and a dishonorable discharge. (Jeff Lindsay has written about New’s case. Read more here.)

In preparation for his case, Michael New did his homework. New pointed out that the U.N. does not own a land mass per se (of course, the U.N. considers the entire earth its “land mass”), but they do have most of the elements a fully-functioning government needs to have–meaning: they have a ruler (Secretary General), a governing body (the General Assembly and Security Council), a treasury/banking system (i.e. World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Bank of International Settlements, etc.), a legal system (International Criminal Court), an array of bureaucratic agencies (NGO’s), a flag, an oath of allegiance. and a charter.

The one thing the U.N. does not have is a tax. But there have been many who are calling for a global tax administered by the United Nations. In 2012, Vice President Joe Biden called for a “minimum global tax.” Furthermore, a global tax could be implemented via sweeping “climate change” regulations presently being pushed by the United Nations to supposedly reduce “carbon emissions” globally .

Recently, President Obama has threatened to use executive order to enact a sweeping “climate change accord” proposed by the U.N. in lieu of a treaty. While some argue the president does not have the authority to ratify a treaty without confirmation from the Senate, the administration is instead calling it an “accord,” as opposed to a treaty, thus attempting to bypass the Senate altogether.

Of course, one last thing needed for the United Nations to become a fully functioning global government is an all-powerful military force. In 1961, Council of Foreign Relations member and “Disarmament Adviser” to President Kennedy, John J. McCloy, authored a State Department document entitled Freedom From War: The United States Program for General and Complete Disarmament in a Peaceful World (read here), which urges the disarmament of all national military forces and the creation of a United Nations’ superforce.

09/1/14

Discontent

Arlene from Israel

While I am mindful of constraints on my time and the fact that it is Labor Day, I post to do follow-through and share some important perspectives.

Netanyahu has now made additional comments as to why he chose to embrace certain positions regarding Hamas, and what he might still do.

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First, he explained why he called a halt to the fighting with Hamas when he did:

“…today, when I look around and I see Al Qaeda on the [border] fence, and ISIS galloping into Jordan and already in Lebanon, and in Lebanon there is Hezbollah that is a little larger than Hamas, and Iran that backs it, and Iran [itself] – and I say, in the face of these combined threats, we set a goal in the Cabinet, to deal Hamas a very severe blow, and we did this, with the thousand terrorists we killed, the senior commanders, the tunnels, the rockets… I decided not to put all of our resources into this single arena and not into other arenas.”

He alluded to Fallujah in Iraq. where American troops fought against the Islamists.  Once the US pulled out of Fallujah, the Islamists came back in and took over.  He didn’t want to create such a problem in Gaza – where Israel would take out Hamas, and then pull out, only to leave space for Islamists in Gaza to take over.

And he explained his reluctance to do another ground operation: “Why do I need to go in? If I can hit them from the air and get the effect of grinding them without risking soldiers’ lives, why should I go in?”

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And you know what?  I understand all of these reasons.  In fact, I enumerated them myself just days ago – when I explained why taking out Hamas completely might not be the best way to go.

However…I remain unsettled because the decision to terminate the fighting was made in a way that felt precipitous.  A beautiful and much-loved four year old child had been killed by Hamas mortar.  This saddened the heart of Israel. And then very shortly before the ceasefire was called, two other Israelis – Ze’ev Etzion, head of security for Kibbutz Nirim, and his deputy, Shahar Melamed – were killed and some four others wounded by mortar fire.

What is more, there was no reduction in the number of projectiles fired from Gaza into Israel in the hours before the ceasefire.  There was, instead, a horrendous barrage that persisted until the last second and I believe even a bit beyond.

That a ceasefire was agreed to precisely then gave the Israeli populace a sense that governmental resolution was lacking – that an adequate job had not yet been done.  It wasn’t, after all, an either/or question of stopping that very instant or having to go into Gaza and take out Hamas completely.  A continuation of the punishing bombing might have been possible for some additional days.  Perhaps another high level terrorist might have been taken out.  Or there might have been a foray of ground troops that headed for a specific target inside of Gaza and then pulled back.

Instead, what it felt like was that we took that last minute beating – with the deaths and the furious barrage – and then said, that’s it, guys, we’re done. And that didn’t feel like victory – no matter how accurate the prime minister’s description of the beating Hamas had taken.  It felt like caving. And, as I’ve said before, perceptions do matter.  Not just for our own populace, but because al-Qaeda and ISIS and all the others are watching.

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The fact that the agreement to accept the ceasefire was made just then, with that sense of precipitousness and lack of resolution, leads me to believe, still, that Netanyahu was under duress – that he did not decide this unilaterally, but had some “guidance” from the White House.

It is pretty much a given that presidential pressure was part of the picture – it would not be something unexpected.  The question remains (and we will likely never know) what the import of the threat was.  Was Netanyahu, for his part, too quick to concede – for indeed, it is the job of the prime minister to stand strong for Israel’s sovereignty? Or was the threat of a serious enough nature that what he did was prudent?

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I am mindful of the fact that Netanyahu did not take a vote in the Security Cabinet before deciding to agree to the ceasefire, it is said because he was unsure of securing its approval.  Were the bottom-line issues the ones he now enunciates regarding other dangers to contend with, etc., one would think that he would have discussed them with the members of the Cabinet; the fact that this didn’t happen also leads to questions as to what was going on.

The reason he now gives for not taking it to the Cabinet: he saved the ministers who would likely have opposed the ceasefire – Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch and Communications Minister Gilad Erdan – the “dilemma of opposing a proposal whereby Hamas gave up all its demands.”  They were secretly pleased not to have to vote on this, he said.

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Netanyahu-Toppling-Hamas-remains-an-option-372828

Well. These ministers will have to speak for themselves on this, but it sounds more than a bit hollow.
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Netanyahu has said that a “drizzle” of rockets launched from Gaza will not be tolerated.  This – tolerating a “drizzle” – has been a problem since the Hamas takeover of Gaza: “So, Hamas launched two rockets today.  No one was hurt. Are we going to start up over that? Let’s make a statement (or bomb an empty field where a launcher had been)   and then let it go.”  Thus was deterrence lost, as Hamas observed the Israeli readiness to be shot at, a little.

Now the terrorists must know that there cannot be even a single rocket launched or single instance of firing of mortar shells.  This is not only for deterrence, it is to provide a very necessary sense of security to the residents of the south.

What he has indicated is that the bombing Gaza has endured until now would be nothing compared to the attack that would ensue if they started launching rockets again.  This is by way of deterrence.  There is reasonable likelihood that Netanyahu will be tested on this: the negotiations in Cairo are due to begin and Hamas intends to demand a seaport, an airport, release of prisoners and all the rest.

http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/08/31/report-indirect-cairo-talks-to-resume-this-week/

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Netanyahu is also saying something else:  “I never removed the goal of toppling Hamas, and I am not doing that now.”  (JPost citation above.)

And here, again, his statements lead to a confusion as to what his plan was, or his specified goal.  For he is still saying that the goal was to remove the danger of the tunnels and strike a hard blow to Hamas – goals he says we achieved.

This latest comment is presumably intended as deterrence: What he means, I trust, is that he didn’t want to focus on Gaza sufficiently to take out Hamas all the way, but if Hamas persists in its aggression, then he will have to adjust his goals and topple this terrorist group.  Would that he had been more precise in saying this.

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When I last wrote, a report from a Jordanian paper had surfaced that claimed Netanyahu and Abbas had met in Amman.  At that point there was no denial from Netanyahu’s office and it was most unsettling.

There have since been denials here in Israel:

http://www.jerusalemonline.com/news/politics-and-military/politics/the-prime-minister-and-abbas-did-not-meet-in-jordan-7741

I was asked by an associate if this makes me feel better.  My answer: only marginally.  For Netanyahu did make inane statements about how he hopes Abbas will be a partner for negotiations.  That is, he hopes that Abbas will chose peace with Israel and not unity with Hamas.  But, as I have repeatedly pointed out, Abbas has already made his choice and is no moderate peace partner. The fact that Netanyahu – well knowing this – feels the need to make such a statement tells us a good deal about the duress he faces and what may be coming down the road.

There was a bit of a flap when Abbas allegedly claimed that Netanyahu had agreed to negotiate based on the pre-1967 border.  When it was vehemently denied here, a correction ensued.  There had been a mistake – it was Obama who agreed on this line, not Netanyahu.  And, indeed, this has been Obama’s position from the start.

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My wish for a long time now has been that Netanyahu would have the courage to state forthrightly and publicly that it is a mistake to talk about negotiations based on the pre-1967 border, because there was never such a border: There was only a temporary armistice line.

How can we remotely expect the world to understand this, if our head of state will not clarify?

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This, however, is encouraging, if true:

According to the London-based Al-Quds al-Arabi, Kerry and Netanyahu recently had a conversation about restarting the peace talks, and Israel’s release of the fourth group of prisoners.  As Netanyahu was not receptive, Kerry apparently decided to cancel plans to come to this area.

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Report-Kerry-and-Netanyahu-discussed-restarting-peace-talks-4th-prisoner-release-373069

Release of prisoners?  Netanyahu knows this would fly here in Israel like a lead balloon.

Reportedly, a PA delegation will be going to Washington, instead, to discuss “a new peace initiative.”

Actually, Abbas is falling back into his habit of making threats – re: the Security Council and the ICC now – in order to frighten us into making “peace” on his terms.  This will not work.

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Israel has just designated about 4,000 dunams (988 acres) of land in Judea and Samaria, mostly in Gush Etzion, as state land.

This paves the way for construction to be done on the land, and, as could be anticipated, the US has objected because this is “counterproductive” to the “peace process.”

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/184623#.VAREY5vlrIU

What else is new?

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Reportedly -  there was no official word on this – the land will be used for building a community in memory of the three students kidnapped and murdered in June.

While I am all for memorials to the students, I object to the notion that we need a pretext to build in Judea and Samaria.  It is simply our right to do so.  In point of fact, Israel has been talking since 2000 about a community to be called Gva’ot, to be built on that land, starting with 1,000 housing units.  I hope to have more on this.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4566227,00.html

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I want to end here with information about the dangers of encroaching radical Islam, which in the end is not only a major problem for Israel, but for the entire world.

I note, first, that Islamic rebels have taken the area on the other side of the Golan border, and that from time to time shelling spills over.  With the war with Hamas, I did not focus on this but now hope to watch the situation with greater attention.  As I write, there is fierce fighting at the Quneitra crossing.

In a picture taken from the Golan Heights, smoke billows from the Syrian village of Quneitra following an explosion during fighting, between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and rebels, near the Quneitra border crossing on August 31, 2014.

In a picture taken from the Golan Heights, smoke billows from the Syrian village of Quneitra following an explosion during fighting, between forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad and rebels, near the Quneitra border crossing on August 31, 2014. (photo credit: AFP/MENAHEM KAHANA)

Credit: AFP/Menahem Kahana

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And then there is the issue of ISIS (the “Islamic State” in Iraq and Syria), which in its determination and viciousness, makes the threat of Hamas pale considerably.

Please see this video of a news program on the issue by CBN (with thanks to Dov Shmuel Freedman for posting this on his FB page.):

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10154600234650393&set=vb.140647865392&type=2&theater

If can watch this with equanimity, you just do not get it.  Every single American ought to be terrified at this point, for ISIS is aiming for the United States, which is very vulnerable.  This is because the southern border of the US is porous and will permit the infiltration of ISIS terrorists, and because there are reported to be at least 100 people with US citizenship fighting with ISIS, who – thoroughly indoctrinated – may then return to America to generate terrorism.

With this all, Obama does not have a plan.  Obama does not have a plan.

CBN is a Christian station.  Their broadcasters have a vision that is clear – a vision that mainstream liberal media lack.  They end their program with prayer – and it is prayer that my Christian readers will embrace.  For my Jewish readers, I heartily endorse prayer, as well, of a Jewish nature.

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Clare M. Lopez, Vice President for Research and Analysis at the Center for Security Policy and a former CIA agent, is an entirely reputable analyst with a strong background in issues of terrorism.

Credit: familysecuritymatters

I have had direct communication with her, and I respect her greatly – as it turns out, not just for her knowledge but her courage in speaking truth (emphasis to her quotes added):

Just days ago, she cautioned against a strong US response to ISIS before the US has an overall strategy in place.  “Any military action would be further complicated…if it were not clear which side the U.S. is on, either in the short term or in the overall war on terror.

“In any case, and for whatever motivations, there is no doubt this administration switched sides in what used to be called the Global War on Terror.”

Lopez believes Obama has essentially the same goals in the Mideast as the late Osama bin Laden: “to remove American power and influence, including military forces, from Islamic lands.”

http://www.examiner.com/article/cia-now-admits-that-president-obama-is-a-radical-islamic-enemy-of-america

Reports the Examiner:

According to a report by the Center for Security Policy, Mohamed Elibiary, a senior member of the Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council, supports brokering a US partnership with the Muslim Brotherhood. “Two months ago, a firestorm erupted online after Elibiary tweeted that a ‘Caliphate’ is inevitable and compared it to the European Union.”

(With thanks to Andrew B.)

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Is it too late to save America?  I pray not. But in the end, only Americans can answer this question.

Coming full circle, I suspect that the state of affairs in the American administration, as we’re seeing it, provides clues as to what Netanyahu likely must cope with.  This is with regard to what Obama might stoop to in making threats.  But it is also an indicator of how very alone Israel stands: America does not have our back at all but quite the contrary.