Gaza/Jerusalem - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Jerusalem for talks on Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as expectations rose of a ceasefire soon to end a week of fighting around the Gaza Strip. However, Gaza´s rulers, the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, revised a statement that a truce would start overnight, saying it was still waiting for an Israeli response to proposals and did not now expect an announcement until Wednesday. An official in the Egyptian government, whose new, Islamist leadership has been playing peace broker in Cairo,
Comments: It´s currently midnight at the oasis for Hillary. She´s somewhere in the capitol of Israel. [If the terrorist don´t start by agreeing with that simple fact, how can there be peace? Right. The Muslim Brotherhood [Egypt], is brokering it for Hamas, their Palestinian wing].
I think Hillary is really there to see what is dug up with Yassir Arrafat´s remains & coffin. Either that, or give Egypt the $500M they wanted to extort from US.
Who better to send on a Fool´s Errand than a certifiable fool?
These re-runs about Israelis and Palestinians have been showing for over half a century now. We know the plot. The actors come and go, there are minor script changes, and the weaponry steadily advances in lethality and sophistication.
Those who count on the Arab side have made it plain as they can possibly make it that they do not believe Israel has a right to exist and that their plan is to destroy the state of Israel. Maybe there are lots more Arabs and Palestinians who don´t think that, but they don´t count. They are politically and militarily inert. So there will continue to be attacks, retaliations, threats of war, temporary cease fires, truces, and of course the everlasting talk of some metaphysical Holy Grail called The Peace Process.
When those who count, i.e. those who desire to eliminate Israel, acquire nuclear weapons they will use them n Israel. This will not be the smartest thing they have ever done, for Israel will retaliate massively. There will be mushroom clouds all over the place. Other Arab nations will enter the fray against Israel. Ground wars will ensue. The U.S. will become involved. There will be mass casualty attacks on the American homeland. Russia and China may or may not get (more) involved. A world war is not impossible.
In the end, of course, the U.S. will be the victor, though at fantastic cost in lives and materiel. It seems a shame to have to go through all that, especially when it could be prevented.
At least we will wind up with the oil fields, which we should have seized long before now. We are literally paying Islamic medieval throwbacks to wage war on us and modernity.
There´s a rumor on a reliable pro Israel blog (not Debka, a reliable blog) that Obama and Clinton have threatened Netanyahu if he invades. The US won´t resupply Israel, the US won´t support Israel at the UN. The Chicago thug treatment for our ally, money and roses for the Muslim Brotherhood. Netanyahu should throw Hillary out on her ample caboose.
No one should trust what the muslims say, they lie, kill and take over other countries if they can. I will never forget 9/11 and how slick let them get away with it. Responding in kind would have been and was done by GW.
Hamas has been sending missiles into Israel for years, yet two months ago when Benjamin Netanyahu asked for a meeting with Obama to discuss growing Middle Eastern tensions when both were in New York, Obama had so little interest in the subject he preferred to spend his time instead appearing on ´´The View.´´
So why is Hillary suddenly flying off to Israel to meet with Mr. Netanyahu now? At whose request?
The Obama administration´s attitude toward Israel and its prime minister has been one of open rejection, so it´s doubtful a call from Mr. Netanyahu caused Hillary to rush to Jerusalem, and why would the Israelis want her there since they´re winning their war against Hamas?
Can anyone doubt it was Mr. Morsi, president of Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood, who urgently requested Hillary´s presence, which she urgently supplied, so she that she could broker a cease-fire that would prevent Israel from completing its anti-terrorism actions against Hamas?
If the Israelis were stupid enough to support a television program like ´´The View,´´ that´s where Mr. Netanyahu should be spending his time now, instead of spending a minute listening to Hillary.
Russia will give the Security Council evidence implicating Syrian rebels in a chemical attack on 21 August, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said. Syrian officials supplied the evidence, which Mr Lavrov has not yet seen. A UN report released on Monday concluded the nerve agent sarin was used in the attack in Damascus, which the US blames on the Syrian regime. Russia has called the report one-sided and biased. The UN has hit back, saying its findings are "indisputable". The UN report did not apportion blame for the attack, which sparked diplomacy that culminated in a deal for Syria
The nation´s health care spending will jump by 6.1 percent next year as the big coverage expansion in President Barack Obama´s overhaul kicks in, government experts predicted Wednesday. That´s more than 2 percentage points higher than the growth rate forecast for this year, and compares with a growth rate that has hovered under 4 percent, historically low, for the past four years. Much of the increase projected for next year is attributed to the new health care program, which is expected to provide insurance coverage to millions of currently uninsured Americans beginning Jan. 1.
A group of House conservatives introduced legislation Wednesday that members say will replace ObamaCare and its “unworkable” taxes and mandates with a plan that expands tax breaks for Americans who buy their own insurance. Under the proposal endorsed by the 175-member Republican Study Committee, Americans who purchase coverage through state-run exchanges can claim a $7,500 deduction against their income and payroll taxes, regardless of the cost of the insurance. Families could deduct $20,000. The plan -- which appears to be congressional Republicans´
William C. Thompson Jr. withdrew from the race for mayor of New York on Monday morning, ending his second bid to run the city and making Bill de Blasio the undisputed Democratic nominee. Mr. Thompson endorsed Mr. de Blasio at an 11 a.m. news conference at City Hall. Mr. de Blasio joined Mr. Thompson at the news conference, along with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, in an effort to demonstrate Democratic Party unity. “I am proud to stand here today and support Bill de Blasio to be the next mayor of the City of New York,” Mr. Thompson said. “Bill de Blasio and I want to move our city
Several sub-domains on the website of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration are offline following an attack by hackers opposed to National Security Agency surveillance programs. "Stop spy on us," said a message posted Monday to the pages of several NASA programs. "The Brazilian population do not support your attitude!" The hack was first reported Tuesday by Internet news website Hack Read. According to that report, 14 sub-domains were initially affected. "[A] Brazilian hacker group posted a political message on a NASA website," agency spokeswoman
Terry Jones, the Quran-burning pastor based in Gainesville, Fla., says his Wednesday arrest by Polk County police was pre-planned to prevent his First Amendment-protected book bonfire. Free speech experts say if that´s true, his arrest was unconstitutional. Jones was arrested after traveling in a truck that police say was towing 2,998 kerosene-soaked Qurans inside a large grill. He said he intended to burn one Quran for each of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Previous Quran-burnings by Jones have been blamed for murderous rampages in Muslim countries, and this year's plan was condemned by
Washington - An elite Syrian unit that runs the government´s chemical arms program has been scattering the weapons to dozens of sites across the country, potentially complicating U.S. plans for air strikes, the Wall Street Journal reported. The newspaper, citing unnamed U.S. officials and lawmakers briefed on the intelligence, said on its website on Thursday that a secretive military group known as Unit 450 had been moving the stocks around for months to help avoid detection of the weapons. U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies and Middle Eastern officials still believe they know the location
Two years after thousands of Egyptian protesters risked their lives to bring down the dictator Hosni Mubarak, the military-controlled government in Cairo is expanding a repressive system that may ultimately be worse than the one Mr. Mubarak built and managed. On Thursday, with much of the world distracted by Syria, the Egyptian generals and the civilian officials they have appointed extended a countrywide state of emergency for two months. (Snip) Just as troubling, the government has moved from singling out the Brotherhood and other Islamists to going after liberal and left-leaning
Ray Dolby, the sound pioneer who founded Dolby Laboratories, revolutionized the recording industry with the invention of the Dolby noise-reduction system, and transformed cinema and home entertainment with the development of Dolby digital surround sound, died on Thursday at his home in San Francisco. He was 80. He developed Alzheimer’s disease several years ago and last July received a diagnosis of acute leukemia, according to a company statement. Film industry executives credit Dr. Dolby with developing sophisticated technologies that enabled directors like
Los Angeles - When President Obama phoned the president of the A.F.L.-C.I.O. last month, he shared some news that the labor leader had long wanted to hear — the administration would propose measures to reduce workplace exposure to disease-causing silica dust. But their conversation soon moved to what has become a contentious topic this summer: labor’s renewed anger over Mr. Obama’s health care law and decisions surrounding it, especially the postponement of an employer mandate to ensure coverage for workers and the potential effects of the coming health insurance exchanges on
He wooed Senate Republicans on a budget deal, tried to sweet-talk lawmakers from both parties to back him on a military strike against Syria, and is now hoping to reach an agreement that would keep the government from shutting down or defaulting on its debt. But when it comes to Congressional outreach, President Obama will only go so far. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill received a blast e-mail on Wednesday evening that was curt and blunt: Good evening, The 2013 Congressional Picnic has been cancelled. The president and Mrs. Obama look forward to welcoming members of Congress
President Obama will address the country over the situation in Syria tonight, an address that comes amid continued erosion of Congressional support for a use of force resolution against the country and the emergence of a possible diplomatic solution involving Russia and the United Nations. So, what will Obama say? And, perhaps more importantly, how will he say it? Here’s our viewer’s guide for the speech. The target audience: When President Obama initially announced he would give this speech last Friday in Russia, the expectation was that it would be aimed at convincing the American public and,
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., responded to Monday’s tragedy at the Washington Navy Yard with another plea for Congress to take action against gun violence. “This is one more event to add to the litany of massacres that occur when a deranged person or grievance killer is able to obtain multiple weapons — including a military-style assault rifle — and kill many people in a short amount of time. When will enough be enough?” asked Feinstein. “Congress must stop shirking its responsibility and resume a thoughtful debate on gun violence in this country. We must do more to stop this endless
Leadership sources tell me the House GOP will soon vote on a continuing resolution that simultaneously funds the federal government and defunds Obamacare. Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor are expected to announce the decision at Wednesday’s closed-door conference meeting. This means the conservatives who have been urging Boehner to back a defunding effort as part of the CR have won a victory, at least in terms of getting the leadership to go along with their strategy. But getting such a CR through the Democratic Senate and signed into law will be very difficult — and many House Republican
Washington -- The White House defended President Barack Obama from criticism that he was tone deaf in his reaction to the mass shootings at Washington Navy Yard. For a second straight day, White House press secretary Jay Carney faced questions about a Monday afternoon event that occurred as the situation at the Navy Yard was still unfolding. Obama touched on the tragedy before forcefully criticizing conservative Republicans who are threatening to shut down the government. "I understand that some Republicans are trying to make something of this," Carney said
They call semiautomatics like this sport rifles. You bet. Mostly for the sport of killing innocent people, and killing them fast. So it takes nine months and two days from Newtown, from 20 dead children and six adults, for someone else to carry the same kind of AR-15 that Adam Lanza carried into Sandy Hook Elementary School into the Washington Navy Yard. They call semiautomatics like this sport rifles. You bet. Mostly for the sport of killing innocent people, and killing them fast. This time the shooter is reported to be a Navy reservist named Aaron Alexis and when he is shot dead
For the last few weeks, House Speaker John Boehner has been trying to find a way to convince his caucus to vote for a bill that keeps the government open after Sept. 30 without picking a fight over Obamacare. But a minority of his caucus has been insisting on defunding Obamacare, egged on by outside conservative groups and a handful of far-right Republican Senators, most importantly Ted Cruz (Texas). This has been pretty annoying for a lot of House Republican members and staff. Jonathan Strong and Andrew Stiles of National Review got an anecdote out of a closed Republican Study Committee
On Monday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) urged House Republicans to not shut down the federal government. “I hope my colleagues in the House who believe we need to shut down the government will understand that that’s not want the American people want,” McCain said on CNN. “They hate government, but they don’t want it to stop functioning.” President Barack Obama and Republicans have to agree on another resolution to fund the government before the current resolution expires on September 30. As The Hill notes, at least a third of House Republicans want the Republican leadership to use the next round of budget
President Obama waived a provision of federal law designed to prevent the supply of arms to terrorist groups to clear the way for the U.S. to provide military assistance to "vetted" opposition groups fighting Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. Some elements of the Syrian opposition are associated with radical Islamic terrorist groups, including al Qaeda, which was responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., in 2001. Assad´s regime is backed by Iran and Hezbollah. The president, citing his authority under the Arms Export Control Act, announced today that he would "waive the prohibitions in sections 40
Suffice it to say, it’s hard to do a deal when the only thing the other guy wants is the one thing you can’t give him. This null set scenario is, unfortunately, precisely where we find ourselves in the debate over funding the government beyond September 30th. House Republicans are insisting that any funding measure simultaneously de-fund Obamacare, while Democrats have rightly proclaimed this idea preposterous. And there appears to be no wiggle room in the GOP position. According to The Wall Street Journal, when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid asked House Speaker John Boehner what else on the entire
If you have any doubts that President Obama’s handling of Syria is an utter debacle, witness the embarrassing spectacle this morning as his top aides scramble to place blame for it at their boss’s feet. In today’s Wall Street Journal, senior officials leak how they desperately tried to talk Obama out of his “head-spinning reversal” on airstrikes and his decision to go to Congress. “He received swift — and negative — responses from his staff,” the Journal reports. National security adviser Susan Rice, we learn, warned that “he risked undermining his powers as commander in chief.” Senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday wearily lamented “yet another mass shooting,” this time in the nation’s capital where the debate that raged earlier this year over tightening firearms laws has stalled amid opposition from gun-rights advocates. The shooting at the Washington Navy Yard came a week after voters recalled two Colorado legislators who supported tougher gun measures, illustrating the strong political headwinds faced by lawmakers seeking to respond to the violence. Obama, for one, has been powerless to get legislation passed despite a string of mass shootings during his presidency. In the wake of the shooting at the Navy Yard, Obama
The University of California has leased an Oakland residence for incoming system president Janet Napolitano for $9,950 a month, officials said Monday. Napolitano, the former U.S. secretary of Homeland Security and former governor of Arizona, will be provided the housing plus an annual $570,000 salary, $8,916 a year for car expenses and $142,500 for one-time relocation costs. Napolitano is scheduled to begin her UC presidency Sept. 30, with her office at UC system headquarters in downtown Oakland. The two-year lease for the 3,500-square-foot residence began Sept. 1.
West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin exploded over the Obama administration’s anti-coal policies Tuesday. “We’re getting the living crap beaten out of us,” Manchin said during a Senate hearing with President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the country’s top energy regulator. “There has been nothing more beat up than coal.” Manchin voiced his frustrations with rules put forward by Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency which have made it more costly and difficult for coal plants and coal mines to operate. “They just beat the living daylights out of little West Virginia, but they sure like what we produce,” Manchin added. “We