The United States of Obama are imploding


What, if anything, do “we” now stand for and why?

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An article published on April 9th by the Gatestone Institute International Policy Council is titled U.S.: The Great Problem that Needs to be Solved. Written by Elliot Abrams, it contends that the problem has at its center the world view of President Obama. His world view is based primarily on ideology rather than reality; its bases are evident in all that He and His minions do and fail to do.

The problem also impacts domestic policy, implemented by Executive Decree when He “won’t wait.” If the Democrats control neither house of the Congress following the November elections, there will likely be increasing numbers of Executive Decrees. There will also probably be more Executive refusals to enforce Federal laws the Obama Administration does not like. Attorney General Holder testified before the House Judiciary Committee on April 8th that

There is a vast amount of discretion that a president has — and, more specifically, that an attorney general has . . . .  But that discretion has to be used in an appropriate way so that your acting consistent with the aims of the statute but at the same time making sure that you are acting in a way that is consistent with our values, consistent with the Constitution and protecting the American people. [Emphasis added.]

Whose values are “our values?” Which “American people” are to be protected from what and whom?

Executive Decrees and the increasing dominance of Executive “values” over those on which our laws are based are among the consequences of elections, about which President Obama once bragged but now complains. When weak, He has to appear to His followers to be strong in asserting their values. Our RINOs frequently oblige by cowering before Him.

This article, however, is about foreign policy – an area in which He evidently considers American weakness more effective than American strength in bringing and keeping peace. It is not.

According to the Gatestone article,

When the Iranians started building a nuclear weapons program, it was the United States that said — three presidents have said — “You are not permitted to do that.” There was at least someone saying, “No, this is not a Hobbesian ‘war of all against all’: there are certain rules here that everyone will live by, and we, the United States, will enforce them.”

This started a long time ago — certainly after World War II, when the U.S. effected these rules against the Soviet Union. Obviously that is not the way the current U.S. Administration views the Middle East or its role there.

. . . .

You hear this from the president over and over again. “Global citizen;” “new era of engagement.” He used that line in about 10 different speeches starting with his first State of the Union “reset.”

In the Administration’s analysis of the world situation, there seems to be a great problem that needs to be solved; and the problem is the United States. It needs to break and overcome these old habits. Some of you might think instead that we have a great problem with Islamic extremism. That is not the  president’s view. The president made this really quite remarkable statement in his Cairo speech: “I consider it as part of my responsibility as president of the United States is to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.” [Emphasis added.]

Think about that. It’s really quite astonishing. I would say that if a president made that comment about Judaism or Christianity most of us would say, “That’s really quite bizarre. It is actually not his job.” [Emphasis added.]

To pick out and isolate Islam as the one religion, criticisms of which he has the responsibility to correct, is actually amazing. [Emphasis added.]

You look at the Administration’s policy: what is the goal here? What is he trying to achieve? It is certainly not a human rights policy; he seems remarkably indifferent to human rights everywhere.

Start with June 2009 in Iran: completely indifferent to the uprising that could conceivably have overthrown the Ayatollahs. Maybe it could not, but we shall never know. Or China: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s first trip there. When she was asked, “Why don’t you say more about human rights?” she said, “We know what they’ll say in response.” So much for human rights in China, for human rights in Russia.

. . . .

One of the things that have changed in this administration is that people who are fighting for democracy in places such as Turkey, Russia or China, do not feel that they have any moral or political support coming from Washington, in a way that they have over the years. [Emphasis added.]

They are just not interested. On the humanitarian side, also not interested. When the president visited Africa, there were a fairly good number of articles in the newspapers talking about how disappointed Africans were. After all, they had gotten a lot of attention from President Bush. Now they had an African American president. Surely the amount of attention would be doubled, tripled. Instead, of course, it had largely disappeared. [Emphasis added.]

The key job for humanitarian activities in Africa is the Africa desk at USAID, the Assistant Administrator for Africa. It has been vacant for over a year and a half. The president did not even bother to fill the job.

What is he interested in doing? Military strength? Clearly not.

The Gatestone article is long but well worth reading and considering.

The Israel – Palestinian “peace process.”

Kerry SalutesPeace has to be out there somewhere.
I’ll find it using my magic Process!

On April 3rd, in an article titled Secretary Kerry and his Israel – Palestinian “peace process,” I argued that the process has become more important than peace, which will not in any event be among its results. Secretary Kerry, evidently backed by President Obama, consistently maintains that any failure of the process will be mainly the fault of Israel — not of the Palestinians and certainly not of the process.

During hearings on April 8th before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary Kerry

performed a post-mortem on the recent collapse of the Middle East peace talks. According to Kerry, the Palestinian refusal to keep negotiating past April and their decision to flout their treaty commitments by returning to efforts to gain recognition for their non-existent state from the United Nations was all the fault of one decision made by Israel. [Emphasis added.]

That “fatal” decision was to announce seven hundred new apartments for Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem. “Poof, that was the moment,” Mr. Kerry said. 

[T]o blame the collapse on the decision to build apartments in Gilo—a 40-year-old Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem that would not change hands even in the event a peace treaty were ever signed and where Israel has never promised to stop building—is, to put it mildly, a mendacious effort to shift blame away from the side that seized the first pretext to flee talks onto the one that has made concessions in order to get the Palestinians to sit at the table. But why would Kerry utter such a blatant falsehood about the process he has championed? [Emphasis added.]

The answer is simple. Kerry doesn’t want to blame the Palestinians for walking out because to do so would be a tacit admission that his critics were right when they suggested last year that he was embarking on a fool’s errand. The division between the Fatah-run West Bank and Hamas-ruled Gaza has created a dynamic which makes it almost impossible for Abbas to negotiate a deal that would recognize the legitimacy of a Jewish state no matter where its borders were drawn even if he wanted to.

Or perhaps it’s necessary because Kerry sees the making of increasing demands as the proper function of the Palestinians and bowing to those demands, with her destruction to follow, as the proper functions of Israel. That is the view which the Palestinian Authority demands as its price for pursuing the process. At some point, however, Israel cannot continue to yield to increasing demands and the process fails. That appears to be where things now stand.

Or perhaps the underlying delusion is necessary due to President Obama’s Cairo promise, one of the very few that He meant and has kept:

I consider it as part of my responsibility as president of the United States is to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.

“Negative stereotypes” or reality?

The P5+1 nuke farce

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The Iran Scam continues and is likely to get worse. During the testimony of Secretary Kerry before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 8th, Chairman Menendez (D-N.J.)

panned a recent Wall Street Journal headline: “Obama Administration Shows Optimism on Iran Nuclear Talks.”

“I’m trying to glean where that’s from,” he said. “…With no sanctions regime in place, and understanding that every sanctions that we have pursued have needed at least a six-month lead time to become enforceable, and then a greater amount of time to actually enforce, that the only option left to the United States to this or any other president, and to the West, would be either to accept a nuclear-armed Iran or to have a military option.”

Kerry dismissed breakout as “just having one bomb’s worth, conceivably, of material, but without any necessary capacity to put it in anything, to deliver it, to have any mechanism to do so, and otherwise.”

He then admitted that “our goal” is not eliminating nuclear capability as much as “proving that this is a peaceful program.” [Emphasis added.]

He said WHAT?

He said WHAT?

Did he really say that? Was it a Freudian slip? What ever it was, it appears to reflect Obama Administration policy: start with assumptions that with “moderate” Iranian President Rouhani now in charge (he isn’t; to the extent that anyone is, it’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei) and that his charm offensive was and is sincere (it wasn’t and isn’t). Those assumptions easily evolve into sufficient “proof” for the P5+1 process that Iran has and wants only a “peaceful program.” Is the P5+1 farce, like the Israel – Palestinian “peace process,” all about the process? It seems to have little to do with keeping Iran from having, getting or using nuclear weapons.

Conclusions

Foreign policy under President Obama and Secretary Kerry is a mess. The policy is to negotiate regardless of the costs, and to require the only reasonably free and democratic nation in the region, Israel, to negotiate with Palestinians who “merely” desire to eliminate her. Israel does not even have a recognized part to play in the P5+1 farce. If something — anything — works, good; Obama – Kerry will claim the credit. If negotiations fail, if there is another Intifada and/or if Iran gets (or keeps) and uses nuclear weapons resulting in many thousands or millions of deaths? Oh well, Obama – Kerry tried real hard so it couldn’t be their fault. Perhaps they will get Nobel Peace consolation prizes

The “peace process” and the P5+1 scam are only two of many available examples of the implosion of the United States of Obama as a principal force for international good –stability and democracy with freedom. As she continues to implode and to create a vacuum, something(s) will take her place. Stability may eventually come, but with neither democracy nor freedom. That seems to be the direction in which the United States of Obama are themselves headed.

UPDATE: April 11, 2014

Putin Declares All-Out Cold War on America

Obama continues to bite his fingernails and watch as Putin gorges himself on Eastern Europe.  A big part of the reason, of course, is that he’s afraid Americans will start remembering his “reset” policy, where he lectured Republicans about having misunderstood Russia and assured us that if treated with proper respect Russia would be a valuable partner in international affairs.

Yep. Why shouldn’t Russia see President Obama much as the rest of the world does?

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Benghazi hearings: CIA director altered talking points from “attack” to “demonstration”


danmillerinpanama:

Since the little people are unable to deal with facts, it is necessary to provide fiction instead. Thus spake the Obama Administration; it seems to work. Besides, who is that Ben Ghazi person anyway? We don’t hear much about him these days. Was he on the lost Malaysian aircraft?

Originally posted on Wintery Knight:

From the Wall Street Journal, a summary on the Benghazi congressional hearings.

Excerpt:

Last week’s encounter between former acting CIA Director Michael Morell and the House Permanent Subcommittee on Intelligence may have brought us a bit closer to the truth of how four Americans came to be killed at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, and how their countrymen came to be lied to about it. But the progress toward truth was probably not made in a way that Mr. Morell intended. The encounter on Capitol Hill also made clear that the forum that will take us all the way to the truth must be something other than a congressional hearing.

[...]Critics of the government’s performance on Benghazi have charged that Mr. Morell’s revisions principally although not exclusively involved changing the description of the violence and its perpetrators, and removing the suggestion that they might…

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Excessive Government, antibiotics and radiation are bad medicine


All three can be good or bad depending on how much, how and for what used. That a little bit might be good does not mean that a lot more will be better.

Radiation

Shoe store X-ray
Many years ago, in the mid to late 1940′s and early 1950′s when I was a young boy, shoe stores had X-ray machines permitting one to view images of the bones in one’s feet. Health hazards were recognized but generally ignored.

Although most of the dose was directed at the feet, a substantial amount would scatter or leak in all directions. Shielding materials were sometimes displaced to improve image quality, to make the machine lighter, or out of carelessness, and this aggravated the leakage. The resulting whole-body dose may have been hazardous to the salesmen, who were chronically exposed, and to children, who are about twice as radiosensitive as adults.[7] Monitoring of American salespersons found dose rates at pelvis height of up to 95 R/week, with an average of 7.1 R/week (up to ~50 mSv/a, avg ~3.7 mSv/a effective dose).[5] A 2007 paper suggested that even higher doses of 0.5 Sv/a were plausible.[8] The most widely accepted model of radiation-induced cancer posits that the incidence of cancers due to ionizing radiation increases linearly with effective (i.e., whole-body) dose at a rate of 5.5% per Sv.[9]

Years or decades may elapse between radiation exposure and a related occurrence of cancer, and no follow-up studies of customers can be performed for lack of records.

Like other kids, I enjoyed playing with the things whenever my parents took me to a shoe store. I would play for as long as I could with what I thought of a great toy, wiggle my toes and watch my bones move. The devices may have helped in selecting shoes that fit well, but the benefits probably did not justify the risks. Eventually, it was recognized that such toys were potentially hazardous and by the 1970′s they had disappeared. Now, exposure to more than the minimum radiation needed for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes is considered dangerous and ill-advised. Physicians and radiation technicians make substantial efforts to avoid it for themselves and for their patients.

Antibiotics

antibioticsYummy candy!

Penicillin and its potential therapeutic benefits in killing bacteria were discovered in 1928. By the early 1940′s it was in limited use and by 1943 ways had been found to produce it inexpensively in large quantities. The first generally used antibiotic, it was considered a miracle drug because it quickly cured bacterial infections that non-antibiotic drugs did not. However, some bacteria that had initially succumbed evolved into penicillin-resistant varieties and new antibiotics had to be developed.

In sixth grade, I developed viral pneumonia (i.e., pneumonia caused by a virus), the most common form of pneumonia in children. Antibiotics have no effect on it. Bacterial pneumonia is much more common in adults. Our family physician, like many of that era, ignorantly prescribed an antibiotic for my viral pneumonia. I got to stay home from school for several weeks.

Today, antibiotics are widely used in livestock feed.

Antibiotic use in livestock is the use of antibiotics for any purpose in the husbandry of livestock, which includes not only the treatment or prophylaxis of infection but also the use of subtherapeutic doses in animal feed to promote growth and improve feed efficiency in contemporary intensive animal farmingAntimicrobials (including antibiotics and antifungals) and other drugs are used by veterinarians and livestock owners to increase the size of livestock, poultry, and other farmed animals. The use of some drugs is banned in some countries due to food contamination or concern about increasing antibiotic resistance and what some consider antibiotic misuse. Other drugs may be used only under strict limits, and some organizations and authorities seek to further restrict the use of some or all drugs in animals . Other authorities, particularly those in animal industry, food animal medicine, and pharmacology industry, say that concerns for bacterial resistance in humans is overblown and restricting the availability of medicine is detrimental to animal health and the economical production of food.

Antibiotics, used for their intended purposes and not excessively, can do much good. Used excessively and for the wrong reasons, they can do much harm. Are the actual and potential current hazards of antibiotics over or under rated? Probably both.

Government

Bugblatter beastThe Ravenous Govblather Beast
of Washington

It was eventually recognized that excessive uses of radiation and antibiotics for purposes to which they were ill-suited could cause much harm and little if any good. Due to their potential dangers, uses of both are now more restrained than in the recent past. Excessive use of Government, however, generally seems to be viewed differently – particularly by those in Government, by those not paying for it and by those who benefit from crony capitalism. Increases in governmental intervention show no sign of abating. Yet the dangers, actual and potential, of excessive control by Government are substantially more apparent now than were those of the unlimited use of antibiotics and radiation a few decades ago. Perhaps having too much Government is seen as impossible because “we all belong to the Government.”

I adhere to the old notion that the Government belongs to us, rather than the reverse, and that we already have far too much of it.

Some Government programs have worked

Lately, the same environmental, labor and “climate change” laws and regulations that impede private enterprise have also impeded governmental efforts to limit the consequences of governmental blunders. Once upon a time, those impediments were uncommon. The Works Progress Administration (WPA) and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) were not subject to them because such impediments either did not then exist or were still relatively innocuous. Both programs were reasonably effective New Deal ways of dealing with a depression.

The WPA

was the largest and most ambitious New Deal agency, employing millions of unemployed people (mostly unskilled men) to carry out public works projects,[1] including the construction of public buildings and roads. In much smaller but more famous projects the WPA employed musicians, artists, writers, actors and directors in large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects.[1]

Almost every community in the United States had a new park, bridge or school constructed by the agency. The WPA’s initial appropriation in 1935 was for $4.9 billion (about 6.7 percent of the 1935 GDP), and in total it spent $13.4 billion.[2]

At its peak in 1938, it provided paid jobs for three million unemployed men and women, as well as youth in a separate division, the National Youth Administration. Headed by Harry Hopkins, the WPA provided jobs and income to the unemployed during the Great Depression in the United States. Between 1935 and 1943, the WPA provided almost eight million jobs.[3] Full employment, which emerged as a national goal around 1944, was not the WPA goal. It tried to provide one paid job for all families in which the breadwinner suffered long-term unemployment.[4]

The CCC

was a public work relief program that operated from 1933 to 1942 in the United States for unemployed, unmarried men from relief families, ages 18–25 as part of the New DealRobert Fechner was the head of the agency. It was a major part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt‘s New Deal that provided unskilled manual labor jobs related to the conservation and development of natural resources in rural lands owned by federal, state and local governments. The CCC was designed to provide jobs for young men, to relieve families who had difficulty finding jobs during the Great Depression in the United States while at the same time implementing a general natural resource conservation program in every state and territory. Maximum enrollment at any one time was 300,000; in nine years 3 million young men participated in the CCC, which provided them with shelter, clothing, and food, together with a small wage of $30 a month ($25 of which had to be sent home to their families).[1]

The American public made the CCC the most popular of all the New Deal programs.[2] Principal benefits of an individual’s enrollment in the CCC included improved physical condition, heightened morale, and increased employability.[3] Implicitly, the CCC also led to a greater public awareness and appreciation of the outdoors and the nation’s natural resources; and the continued need for a carefully planned, comprehensive national program for the protection and development of natural resources.[4]

During the time of the CCC, volunteers planted nearly 3 billion trees to help reforest America, constructed more than 800 parks nationwide and upgraded most state parks, updated forest fire fighting methods, and built a network of service buildings and public roadways in remote areas.[5]

The Hoover Dam, constructed between 1931 and 1936, was another Government project that achieved the desired results.

The winning bid to build the dam was submitted by a consortium called Six Companies, Inc., which began construction on the dam in early 1931. Such a large concrete structure had never been built before, and some of the techniques were unproven. The torrid summer weather and the lack of facilities near the site also presented difficulties. Nevertheless, Six Companies turned over the dam to the federal government on March 1, 1936, more than two years ahead of schedule.

In addition to flood control, “the dam’s generators provide power for public and private utilities in Nevada, Arizona, and California.”

The Hoover Dam project, WPA and CCC were substantially unencumbered by the massive and increasing legal and regulatory impediments now imposed on the private sector, which played major roles in causing, and continue to prolong, the current recession and its effects. ObamaCare now also does its “fair share” in screwing things up. When President Obama claimed that He would quickly provide many “shovel ready” jobs to help end the current recession, He apparently did not consider the likelihood that many of  those same impediments would drastically limit the numbers of “shovel ready” jobs. Has He at least considered the possibility that many of the same factors that denied Him the “shovel ready” jobs He sought and promised have increasingly had similar impacts on private enterprise?

President Obama has talked about the problem, but talk coupled with inconsistent action has been far less costly for Him than it has been for the nation. His administration continues to make it worse. For those who think that worse is better, more Executive Decrees are coming.

Obama on Tuesday will direct the Labor Department to adopt regulations requiring federal contractors to provide compensation data based on sex and race. The president will sign the executive order and the presidential memo during an event at the White House where he will be joined Lilly Ledbetter, whose name appears on a pay discrimination law Obama signed in 2009.

This week’s steps showcase Obama’s efforts to take action without congressional approval and illustrate how even without legislation, the president can drive policy on a significant segment of the U.S. economy. At the same time, it also underscores the limits of his ambition when he doesn’t have the backing of Congress for his initiatives.

Republicans maintain that Obama is pushing his executive powers too far and that he should do more to work with Congress. His new executive orders are sure to prompt criticism that he is placing an undue burden on companies and increasing their costs.

Federal contracting covers about one-quarter of the U.S. workforce and includes companies ranging from Boeing to small parts suppliers and service providers. As a result, presidential directives can have a wide and direct impact. Such actions also can be largely symbolic, designed to spur action in the broader economy.

. . . .

Federal contractors . . . worry that additional compensation data could be used to fuel wage related lawsuits, said James Plunkett, director of labor policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Litigation is increasing as a cost of doing business. As a recovering attorney, perhaps I should be happy for my former brethren; I am not.

What’s more, he said, such orders create a two-tiered system where rules apply to federal contractors but not to other employers. Those contractors, knowing that their business relies on the government, are less likely to put up a fight, he said.

President Obama, who has declared this a year of action whether Congress supports him or not, very likely has many more Executive Decrees in gestation.

Prospective employers want employees who show up on time for interviews, have needed skills, “can-do, will-do” attitudes, are willing and able to be flexible and who want the available job. Such employees are hard to find. Might the dismal labor force participation rate be part of the problem?

Labor force participation WSJ

According to Glen Hubbard, author of the linked Wall Street Journal article, Dean of the Columbia Business School, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President George W. Bush and an economic adviser to Republican presidential candidate Romney,

As I see it, the policy response to our disturbing doldrums in the labor market has indeed struck the wrong balance. Whatever can be said for shorter-term measures to jump-start job creation and business activity, it seems clear by this late date that our problems are in no small part structural. What we need most urgently is to rethink the federal government’s wider role in the labor market. [Emphasis added.]

It’s an interesting analysis and well worth reading, agree or disagree with all or parts of it.

Conclusions

Some environmental, labor and other laws and regulations – like some antibiotics and some radiation, in appropriate doses administered for valid reasons – can bring beneficial results. When used to excess, without due regard for the consequences and/or for the wrong purposes they, like antibiotics and radiation, can bring highly detrimental results. Has it occurred to the Obama Administration, our CongressCritters and the regulators they empower that, even if they consider their motivations good, they often do more harm than good? Probably not. Has that occurred to “We the Voters?” It had better, but will it?

Finally, and just because I like her and we need her!

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Secretary Kerry and his Israel – Palestinian “peace process”


The process itself, rather than peace, has become the goal.

PA official

Senior Palestinian Authority official

A bit of history

The notion that “the end justifies the means” is bad even when the end sought might be seen as beneficial. Transitory peace might be a beneficial intermediate end if the price of achieving it is not excessive. We should have learned about that shortly after 1938, when Prime Minister Chamberlain’s deal with Herr Hitler allowed German expansion into Czechoslovakia and produced a naval agreement between Britain and Germany.

PM Chamberlain said this later the same day:

My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Go home and get a nice quiet sleep.[3]

That version of “peace in our time” was short-lived. Germany soon invaded Poland, apparently believing that other European nations would do nothing. World War II followed, with Britain, Europe and (even after Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 the United States) ill-prepared to fight. Whether Germany and Japan, or the United States and their allies, would prevail remained an open question for a couple of years.

The Israel-Palestinian “peace process”

Turning the “end justifies the means” notion upside down so that the means are seen as justifying the end sought — or perhaps so that the means become the end — does not improve the notion; particularly when the means — the “process” in the “peace process” — are distorted due to their perceived importance.

Apparently having given up all hope of bringing peace to the entire Middle East, let alone to Israel – assuming that either was once his naive objective – Secretary Kerry now apparently considers it necessary to keep his process alive regardless of the consequences. To that end, he has applied substantial pressures on Israel to make very damaging concessions merely to coax Palestinian Authority President Abbas to negotiate. Rather than respond by negotiating with Israel, Abbas simply demands — and Secretary Kerry seconds his demands — more concessions.

As observed in Disasterous outcome of the “peace negotiations,”

As anticipated, the Obama administration’s efforts to impose a peace settlement have proved to be a disastrous failure. It is immaterial whether the negotiations formally break down or a face-saving formula is adopted which is nonbinding and incorporates sufficient reservations to make it meaningless. Regrettably, the U.S. intervention has only exacerbated the situation and even undermined the chances of low-profile interim progress and economic cooperation. [Emphasis added.]

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has blustered and zigzagged between intimidating and occasionally placating Israel. The pressure was exerted overwhelmingly toward Israel while the Palestinians, who were treated with kid gloves, refused to make a single meaningful compromise. This generated enormous frustration and resentment of the U.S. among Israelis. [Emphasis added.]

The positive memories of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel and the ongoing defense support and cooperation — now at an all-time high — were overshadowed by Israeli anger against the U.S. for bullying its government into releasing brutal mass murderers who were subsequently glorified as heroes by the Palestinian Authority.

The PA demanded this as a prerequisite even to agreeing to negotiate. An uninformed observer would assume that Israel was the supplicant and would be unaware that the territories were acquired only after Israel vanquished an Arab conglomerate that had initiated a war to annihilate it. [Emphasis added.]

Secretary Kerry’s is unable to produce even a short-lived disruption of Palestinian efforts to achieve the ultimate goal of eliminating Israel as the only reasonably free and democratic nation in the Middle East. Democracy with freedom is anathema under Islam and having somebody to hate is their most powerful weapon.

Don’t worry; Israel is expendable because there are plenty of others to hate.

Secretary Kerry could not achieve an at best transitory cessation of hostilities even if Palestinian Authority President Abbas were in control of the Palestinians. He is not. Hamas (meaning “Islamic Resistance Movement”), a rival Palestinian organization that controls Gaza, represents far too many Palestinians to ignore and has consistently opposed even fits and starts by Abbas sort of, maybe, to consider concessions to Israel. Seventy-nine years old, in failing health and opposed even within the Palestinian Authority, he would not be able to contribute effectively to peace even if he wanted to do so. It is questionable that he does.

Secretary Kerry should abandon the Israel-Palestinian “peace process” before he makes the situation worse than he already has. Perhaps leaving on his yacht for a pleasant sail in Venezuelan waters might do less damage.

Kerry Salutes

Ahoy there, President Maduro! Reporting for duty!

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Breaking News From CNN: Planes Struggle Without Fuel


danmillerinpanama:

CNN’s uncanny ability to explain often misunderstood facts to its viewers has helped it to lead all other legitimate news sources in ratings. Or is this an April Fool’s Day joke?

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OhwhILJ I do not know what concerns me more: that this is news to someone . . .

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Sec. Kerry to initiate North – South Korea peace process. Huh?


Anticipating the prompt success of the Israel – Palestine peace process as well as the desired outcome of the P5+1 nuke talks, Secretary Kerry will next devote his efforts to securing peace between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea.

Ketchup Kerry

WASHINGTON, D.C., Happy World News Service. Recent developments make it clear that a Kerry Peace Process agreement between Israel and Palestine is about to be signed, finally bringing lasting peace to the Middle East. Progress there has greatly increased the chances for a successful outcome of the P5+1 negotiations with Iran. The tensions have all but vanished and the talks are moving forward swiftly and well. Indeed, it is almost certain that there will be a final deal of which all should be proud well before the November elections in the United States.

Even though these major foreign policy accomplishments have not yet been digested fully, the Obama Administration is convinced that the same tactics and strategies it used in both will be successful in bringing prompt closure to the spat between North and South Korea. Although minor adjustments will have to be made to take into account differences in geography and cultural perceptions, both President Obama and Secretary Kerry have long dealt successfully with many different cultures and feel confident that they will be no less successful in resolving the almost seventy year long squabble between the North and the South.

A statement issued today by the White House follows:

Office of the President, March 30, 2014

The time has come to put aside all petty misconceptions about North and South Korea, to accord both the respect they so amply deserve and to move forward with the creation of a lasting peace for the region. In doing so, We must — and will — be as scrupulously fair and impartial as We have been in dealing with Israel and Palestine; that is necessary for achievement of a lasting peace.

Although both the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea (ROK) are esteemed members of the international community, only the DPRK includes in its official name the essential concepts that a nation be Democratic and that ownership be by the people. The DPRK also has its unique religion, Kimianity – The Religion of Kim – far superior to other religions (with the exception of Islam) practiced elsewhere because it encourages a healthy uniformity of thought and belief. For these and other reasons, life is good in the DPRK, better and happier even than in the ROK.

In the recent election of DPRK legislators, at least ninety-seven percent of all eligible voters cast their ballots. As expected, the results were substantially unanimous. To promote a similarly cohesive spirit in the South, both nations must be unified under one banner, that of the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea (PDRK), a one state compromise solution that will give legitimacy and true cohesiveness of spirit to the unified nation. This proposal should receive universal acclaim. Should either side reject it, or part of the detailed Kerry Peace Process Framework presented below, we hope fear that the nations of Europe and the Americas, as well as the other nations of Asia, will find it necessary to show their righteous displeasure by boycotting the offending side.

It has been claimed that Government officials and media of both the DPRK and the ROK have made unfortunate and even bellicose remarks, each about the other. That may possibly be true, even though We have seen no credible evidence of it. However, with proper reunification it will cease. In preparation, Secretary Kerry will seek immediate and binding commitments from both sides to stop being nasty and to be nice instead.

The detailed Kerry Peace Process Framework, as it evolves, is expected to include the following fair, equitable and common-sense core elements:

All political prisoners in both the DPRK and ROK shall be freed and united with their loving families as soon as they pledge to cease making excessively offensive remarks. Should any violate their commitments they, along with their families, will be returned sent to pleasant re-education parks to learn useful manual skills as well as the errors of their ways.

If and to the extent that either nation may be pursuing Uranium enrichment, such enrichment shall be limited to approximately five percent and no more Uranium shall be enriched than may be felt to be needed for present and anticipated future electricity generating facilities. Should either side or both desire radioactive medical isotopes or facilities, the final agreement shall include appropriate conditions and limitations, if any.

Due to the past (and anticipated future) candid and open nature of both nations concerning their solely peaceful intentions for nuclear energy, no inspections of military, medical, research or other facilities will be necessary, appropriate or required.

As a symbolic gesture of her eagerness for peaceful reunification, the ROK will require that all males between the ages of five and seventy years of age copy the greatly admired appearance of Dear Leader Kim Jong-un by having their hair cut monthly to emulate his coiffure as well as possible.

Correspondingly, as a symbolic gesture of her eagerness for peaceful reunification, the DPRK will agree and direct that ROK news, documentary and soap opera videos, jointly selected by the ROK and DPRK, be allowed into the DPRK and made available for mandatory viewing by all residents certified as having the appropriate electronic equipment and attitudes.

Similarly, the ROK will provide free, state of the art, video equipment to the DPRK to enable her production of news, documentary and soap opera videos for mandatory viewing in the ROK.

The DPRK and ROK will exchange agricultural and industrial engineers to provide guidance on how best to utilize their respective agricultural and industrial facilities and capacities.

It is hoped that these core elements of the Kerry Peace Process Framework will receive the universal acclaim they clearly deserve and hence lead to peaceful reunification as the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea.

Office of the President statement ends.

Soure: American in North Korea

Soure: American in North Korea

The following is based on numerous reliable anonymous sources, including many close to President Obama and Secretary Kerry.

Unfortunately, initial reactions of the leaders of both the DPRK and the ROK have been less than completely positive. Dear Leader Kim Jong-un proclaimed that the proposal had been written by subversives loyal to the alleged but illegitimate President of the ROK, Park Geun-hye, daughter of notorious dictator Park Chung-hye and therefore not a suitable peace partner. She responded by alleging that Kim Jung-un’s even more dictatorial father, Kim Jong-il, had smelled worse than rotten fish and that leaders of the DPRK’s closest ally, China, had written the framework nonsense solely in order maliciously to distract world attention from China’s aggressively unlawful actions toward all oceans and proximate land masses.

President Obama and Secretary Kerry had anticipated such minor bumps in the road and will do their level best to work over, under and around them in time for the first Kerry Peace Process talks to be held well before November of this year.

Secretary Kerry and President Obama are hopeful that Japan will help in securing cooperation from the DPRK and the ROK by sending at least twenty-five hundred of her highest officials’ prettiest daughters to each country as comfort companions. That is expected to assuage all remaining ill feelings caused by requiring young Korean girls to provide badly needed comforts to occupying Japanese troops, after many years still a matter of grave concern in both the DPRK and ROK.

It is hoped that both the DPRK and ROK will embrace such a commitment from Japan as their first glorious joint achievement and strive for harmony in achieving many others through the Kerry Peace Process Framework.

Japan has yet to respond favorably to the suggestion, but Secretary Kerry seems confident that her likelihood of doing so promptly is as substantial as that of the long term successes of the Israel – Palestinian and P5 + 1 peace processes.

President Obama agreed, observing that the ways in which He has transformed not only America but the entire world, and His continuing successful efforts along those lines, are entirely consistent with Secretary Kerry’s successful transformational efforts earlier directed at Israel and Palestine and now to be devoted to the DPRK and ROK. “If not now, when? If not Me us, who?” He is reliably reported to have demanded.

Obama at desk

It takes a strong leader like President Obama to make and keep such clear, firm and vital commitments.

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Some are more equal…


danmillerinpanama:

President Obama is a petty little person whose ego needs constantly to be re-inflated by the sycophants privileged to surround Him. Having been elected President of the United States, twice, and having received a Nobel Pettiness Peace Prize may have sated Him temporarily. However, unwarranted obeisance is constantly needed. It’s a drug that has to be taken in ever larger doses to remain effective.

Perhaps administering His ego-maintenance drug becomes tiresome, and those required to do it need to lash out at others who view Him as the embodiment of petty incompetence that He has increasingly become. How could they not tire of it? For their own therapy, they have to lash out at those who see Him for what He is, rather than as they must to try to see Him. Otherwise, how could they do what is required of them?

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Another Tack: Some are more equal | JPost | Israel News .

03/27/2014 21:42

Everyone is perfectly free to go into raptures over Obama but it’s a whole different opera when not-so-flattering opinions are sounded.

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Obama’s thinking appears closer to that enunciated by the clout-packing pigs of Orwell’s Animal Farm. Photo: JERUSALEM POST ARCHIVES, FROM THE 1954 FEATURE FILM]

Speaking the truth can be a dangerous undertaking. It can expose the speaker to all sort of chastisement. This isn’t only so in any given country’s domestic affairs but very much so in relations between states.

Ours, after all, is a globalized reality. This fact can induce and intensify inordinate hubris in some leaders with pretensions to hold sway over more than their own specified domain. White House occupant and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Barak Obama, for instance, often conducts himself as if the American electorate and the…

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