Hat Tip: BB
Motzei Shabbat (After Shabbat)
The one thing we can be certain is not on the horizon is peace — and that includes a negotiated peace between Israel and the PA/PLO.
It has been announced that talks between Israel and the PA are scheduled to start in mid-August — the 14th according to some reports — with the venue alternating between Jerusalem and Ramallah. However, as I had indicated the other day, almost to a person, serious commentators are predicting the absolute failure of those talks.
Consider the observations, for example, of Aaron David Miller (emphasis added):
“In the history of the world, nobody ever washed a rental car.
“As the champagne corks pop at Foggy Bottom celebrating Secretary of State John Kerry’s hard-earned success in launching Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, he’d be well advised to keep this piece of homespun philosophy in mind.
“People really care only about what they own. And right now, Kerry has more ownership of this effort than Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, or U.S. President Barack Obama, for that matter…
“To reach this point, Kerry has combined his own relentless and willfulness…with something else: Neither Abbas nor Netanyahu wants to say no to America’s top diplomat and take the blame for the collapse of the process… Kerry’s effort is also aided by the fact that both Abbas and Netanyahu worry that without a process of some kind, events on the ground could easily deteriorate.
“These factors proved sufficient to get them back to negotiations, but more will be required to keep them there, let alone to reach an accord…The gaps on both process and substance are wide, and the mistrust deep… If you took Kerry out of the picture, there would not even be talks about talks.
“In fact, the process Kerry has launched is backwards. Unlike the Egyptian-Israel breakthrough that led to Anwar Sadat’s historic visit to Jerusalem or the Israeli-Palestinian one in Oslo, some tough decisions were made by the parties themselves long before the United States got involved. Unfortunately, right now, the U.S. owns this one more than the parties do. And there’s a good chance, given the gaps and mistrust on each side, that owning it themselves will be much tougher than anyone imagined….”
There has been so much speculation as to why Netanyahu has caved the way he has, with some people assuming that something must have been secured from Obama in return (such as release of Pollard or assistance in hitting Iran). I see as wildly, unrealistically optimistic the notion that Obama is going to give Israel anything.
Please note what Miller wrote: “Neither Abbas nor Netanyahu wants to say no to America’s top diplomat and take the blame for the collapse of the process.”
To a considerable degree this sums it up. I wrote recently about the fact that Netanyahu’s spine resembles a wet noodle.
And on that subject I want to recommend Caroline Glick’s latest piece, “Bibi and the true believers.”
The term “true believers,” Glick explains, comes from Eric Hoffer’s “epic study of the psychological roots of fanaticism [which] described a true believer as a person so fanatically committed to a cause that no amount of reality can make him abandon it.”
“And that,” she tells us, “just about sums up Kerry, and the man he works for, US President Barack Obama.”
Glick then catalogues some of the more horrific happenings in this part of the world during the last four months: Use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime; the morphing of the Syrian civil war into a wider Sunni-Shi’ite religious war, with al-Qaeda strengthening its grip on the Syrian rebels; the upheaval in Egypt; etc. etc.
“But for Kerry and his fellow true believers the most urgent priority was to convince the Palestinians to sit in the same room as Israelis. And this week they scored a great victory for US foreign policy by achieving their goal.”
To achieve this “success,” as we all know, it was necessary for Netanyahu to agree to the release of 104 terrorists — a bottom-line demand of Abbas. Glick catalogues the insanity of agreeing to release these murderers of Jews, and proceeds to say:
“So…while Kerry and Livni see rainbows and unicorns, Abbas sees a Jew-free Palestine, with the 600,000 Jews of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria rendered homeless refugees to make room for his anti-Semitic fiefdom.
“It is not surprising that Kerry, Obama and Livni are going along with this obscenity. It is not surprising that fanatics who pray to the god of the two-state solution think it is courageous to free Jewish-baby killers. It is not surprising they think the most important thing on the international agenda is to secure Israel’s surrender of land, our legal rights, and our ability to defend ourselves to a terrorist group that hates Jews so much it requires all of us to be gone before it will do us the favor of accepting sovereignty.
“What is surprising – and frightening – is that Netanyahu, who is not a true believer, and knows that they are true believers, is going along with this.
“Netanyahu knows that Israel cannot survive without Judea and Samaria. He knows what the Muslim Brotherhood is. He knows the nature of the Iranian regime. He knows that the PLO is no different from Hamas. Their goal is the same – they want to destroy Israel.
“Netanyahu knows that Obama is hostile to Israel and that he will not lift a finger to block Iran from becoming a nuclear power.
“So why is he going along with their insanity? In bowing to US pressure and approving the release of 104 terrorist murderers from prison, Netanyahu behaved like a coward. In bowing to US pressure not to bomb Iran’s nuclear installations, Netanyahu is being a coward.
“The most important question for Israel today then is whether our leader is capable of being anything else.”
According to Saeb Erekat, PLO negotiator, the first group of 26 prisoners will be released on August 13, with this reportedly the first of four phased releases.
There is reason to believe that the PA may continue to cooperate with the talks until the fourth phased release of their prisoners has been achieved.
We might also note here that Ehud Ya’ari — Israeli news commentator — writes that in Hamas, which is in a particularly difficult situation right now, “power is quickly shifting from veteran leaders to the Hamas members released from Israeli jails last year in exchange for hostage Gilad Shalit.”
Makes the case, in yet another context, for not releasing terrorists. But Ya’ari’s assessment of Hamas, more broadly, is worth reading in its entirety.
US intelligence officials cited in the NYTimes have reported that all the Yakhont Russian-made anti-ship cruise missiles that had been targeted by Israel, in a strike in Latakia, Syria on July 5, were not destroyed because some had been moved. Subsequently, they say, it is likely that there will be another Israeli strike soon.
This is a maliced leak, designed to weaken Israeli deterrence, and it is not the first time such leaks have come from the US.
Remember when Obama promised Israel that “I have your back”?
First came intelligence about an al-Qaeda plot to attack US interests — the location was not specified but it was presumed to be in the Middle East or other Muslim countries.
And so, yesterday, out of “an abundance of caution,” an emergency announcement was released that on Sunday, August 4, some 21 US missions — embassies and consulates, including all in Israel as well as in Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Afghanistan and Bangladesh — would remain closed. Subsequent closings may be announced as well.
Then came the global security alert from Interpol: There has been a series of prison breaks in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan that is suspected of being connected, and linked to al-Qaeda. A world-wide search is now on-going to locate those who escaped. We’re talking about perhaps 2,000 prisoners, some high level al-Qaeda.
Britain and France are also alarmed by the current situation and planning to close their embassies in Yemen.
Dore Gold, in his piece “The return of al-Qaeda,” speaks about the prison breaks, and about the involvement of al-Qaeda with the in the al-Nusra Front rebel group in Syria.
Says Gold, “Anyone who delivered a eulogy for al-Qaida in the Middle East has been proven wrong by recent developments.”
Anyone? Oh. Remember when Obama assured the world that the US had vanquished al-Qaeda?
This, my friends, is very serious business.
Grandkids due again tomorrow. They will serve the important function of keeping me sane and centered. I will write again in a few days.
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
The bite of reality will take America by storm, while her citizens are immersed in reality TV, the Chinese are engrossed in cyber warfare — America is at war, right now on multiple fronts and from within.
According to Bill Gertz at the Washington Free Beacon, a report entitled: Study on Space Cyber Warfare, written by four engineers working at a Chinese defense research center in Shanghai details how cyber warfare is now the preferred form of aggression, not replacing nuclear warfare, but augmenting it. This report gives an inside look into Chinese preparations for an attack on the United States in cyberspace and space.
From Bill Gertz:
“Cyber warfare is not limited to military personnel. All personnel with special knowledge and skills on information system may participate in the execution of cyber warfare. Cyber warfare may truly be called a people’s warfare,” the report says.
People’s War was first developed by China’s Communist founder Mao Zedong as a Marxist-Leninist insurgency and guerrilla warfare concept. The article provides evidence that Chinese military theorists are adapting Mao’s peasant uprising stratagem for a future conflict with the United States.
A defense official said the report was recently circulated in military and intelligence circles. Its publication came as a surprise to many in the Pentagon because in the past, U.S. translations of Chinese military documents on similar warfighting capabilities were not translated under a directive from policy officials seeking to prevent disclosure of Chinese military writings the officials feared could upset U.S.-China relations.
Although the US and China are supposedly chatting about cooling down the rhetoric, the reality is that things are heating up and sooner than later will boil over. While the US is mired down in Syria and the Middle East, China and Russia wait in the wings for the perfect moment to pounce in the ultimate game of cat and mouse — guess which one we are.
China intends to use advanced laser technology to take out our satellites when they are ready. As weak as the US is and is becoming, they are in no hurry. Patience is a military virtue. The report goes on to say, “Cyber warfare is an act of war that utilizes space technology; it combines space technology and cyber technology and maintains and seizes the control of cyberspace.” No wonder the Pentagon and our intelligence agencies are crapping their pants. We are absolutely vulnerable to this form of attack.
The report also states that satellites and space vehicles are considered the “outer nodes” of cyberspace and “are clear targets for attack and may be approached directly.” In addition, ground-based cyberspace nodes are more concealed and thus more difficult to attack. Satellites have limited defense capabilities as well and are restricted in their anti-jamming abilities. This same report clearly reveals that China’s military is getting ready to carry out space-based cyber warfare using cyber reconnaissance, satellite jamming and attacks using space vehicles.
Sounds like science fiction, but unfortunately for us, it is not. More from Gertz:
Space-based cyber warfare will include three categories: space cyber attack, space cyber defense, and space cyber support. The space cyber support involves reconnaissance, targeting, and intelligence gathering.
“A space cyber-attack is carried out using space technology and methods of hard kill and soft kill,” the report said. “It ensures its own control at will while at the same time uses cyberspace to disable, weaken, disrupt, and destroy the enemy’s cyber actions or cyber installations.”
Soft-kill methods are designed to disrupt or damage cyberspace links using jamming, network cyber attacks, and “deceit” in the electromagnetic domain.
The cyber attacks include launching computer viruses, theft and tampering of data, denial of service attacks, and “detonation of [a] network bomb that can instantaneously paralyze or destroy enemy’s information network.”
“Soft kill measures are well concealed, fast in action, and the attack can be accomplished before the enemy even has time to discover it,” the report said. “Soft kill measures are deceptive and well hidden; they are difficult to detect and monitor.”
Hard-kill cyber attack weapons include missiles and other “kinetic” weapons along with directed energy, including lasers, radio frequency weapons, and particle beam weapons.
Do you see how we are already at war and Americans don’t even realize it? We are being probed and attacked each and every hour of the day. The Chinese are huge fans of sudden, surprise attacks and attacks by stealth. Cyber warfare is their dream come true.
China has already demonstrated two anti-satellite weapons: ground based lasers in 2006 and then the SC-19 [anti-satellite] missile in 2007. A higher Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) capable ASAT called DN02 may have been tested recently according to Richard Fisher, a Chinese military affairs expert.
Finally, from Gertz:
U.S. cyber warfare strategy was recently disclosed in a top-secret Presidential Policy Directive-20 that was made public by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
The directive outlines the use of military cyber attacks that “can offer unique and unconventional capabilities to advance U.S. national objectives around the world with little or no warning to the adversary or target and with potential effects ranging from subtle to severely damaging.”
A third Chinese document from 2005 that was translated recently by the U.S. government reveals that Chinese military planners are preparing to destroy or disable up to eight Global Positioning System satellites. The satellites are critical for U.S. military precision guided missiles and bombs.
Though I am no fan of the NSA and believe it needs to be cleaned up, this is part of why I believe Snowden is a traitor. He handed critical intel to the Chinese and the Russians on cyber warfare. They will surely use it against us and they believe it could win the war for them.
In case all of this sounds too far off for you, let’s bring it closer to home. Doug Ross ran a post this morning that caught my eye: HOLY CRAP: Chinese Hackers Caught Attacking a Decoy US Water Plant. Yep, you read that right… the Chinese have hackers going after our utilities and who knows what else and they are hacking in no problemo. While Obama is yelling ‘squirrel!’ every chance he gets to take attention from his scandals and the obvious destruction of America, the Chinese are making themselves at home in our infrastructure.
Ponder that a moment… they could shut off water supplies to whole cities or poison them with minimal effort. Now, play that out with electricity or gas or nuclear energy. Now, what if they quietly wormed their way into ALL of those and waited to strike across the board all at once? Anyone who thinks they wouldn’t is a fool. From Black Hat:
Chinese hackers have been harassing the US in a series of cyberattacks, but we’ve started trying to talk it out and cool this all down. But in the meantime, a security researcher has just revealed that he caught a team of Chinese hackers hijacking a fake water plant he set up. And aside from spotting the fake, they knew exactly what they were doing.
Kyle Wilhoit, a researcher with security company Trend Micro, explained the details of the whole thing at Black Hat on Wednesday. The hackers that attacked the honeypot are known as APT1 or “Comment Crew,” and have been tracked back to the Chinese Army before; this isn’t just some group of high-tech hooligans.
According to Wilhoit, the whole thing was extremely and obviously deliberate. He put it this way to the MIT Technology Review:
You would think that Comment Crew wouldn’t come after a local water authority. I actually watched the attacker interface with the machine. It was 100 percent clear they knew what they were doing.
This isn’t an isolated case either. Wilhoit also shared information about 12 other decoys that attracted some 74 deliberate attacks from APT1 and other groups, 10 of which were able to completely control of the fake water plants. If the targets had been real and not decoys, the attackers would have had no problem doing pretty much anything they wanted with the infrastructure they managed to snag…
Our weapons designs have been stolen by the Chinese. Did you know that? Was it ever in the mainstream news? We are totally unprepared for cyber warfare and our enemies know it. America is waking up to war on multiple fronts — the Chinese and the Russians are coming just as Trevor Loudon has said for a long time. In closing, please listen to my friend and compatriot before it is too late.
By: Arlen Williams
How do progressives get people who don’t want to do what progressives want, to do what they want?
They have to either deceive, thieve, manipulate, or coerce.
Generally, all of the above.
It’s Not About The Nail from Republic Content on Vimeo.
And where this occurs, history tells us there is also, usually, murder. Our recently passed hero, Larry Grathwohl warned us of that, after hearing it from the asses’ mouths.
And while we don’t as yet have concentration camps, or killing fields in America, we do suffer the unjustified killing of over one million of our most innocent people, per year. We are also being forced to comply with Obamacare, which will increasingly entail healthcare rationing, keeping life sustaining treatment from many of those most in need of it.
This is not life according to natural rights and natural law, which is the way the United States of America is intended and on paper, protected, to be.
That is not America. That is Antiamerica.
It will not be enough to merely listen to our fellow Sovereign Citizens relate their pains, as conditions get worse. What must we do, as they and we suffer more and more, due to the devious “nudges,” lies, authoritarian dictates, and extortions of collectivists, with their various motives for controlling and enslaving us?
We must tell our neighbors what the problem is.