Friday, January 20, 2017
“We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate from the face of the Earth.”
I hope he will not be neutral to Palestinian radical Islamic terrorism as he proclaimed he would be when he was a candidate. Perhaps Rudy Giuliani explained the inconsistency to him after I asked Giuliani about Trump’s stance during Giuliani's visit to Beer Sheva last March.
Posted by Mladen Andrijasevic at 11:39 AM
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Well, if anybody had any remaining doubts what he stood for, this final act clarifies it. But what Obama has done on the world stage is just horrific. To paraphrase Churchill, never in modern history have the lives of so many people put in jeopardy by so few.
The sunset clause of the Iran Deal enables Iran to become a nuclear power in 13 years even if it sticks to the terms of the agreement. How under Obama’s leadership could the P5+1 powers sign such a dangerous deal will be up to historians to clarify. I would say it is a combination of ignorance about Islam, especially Shi’a eschatology, on the one hand and political correctness as euphemism for political cowardice on the other. The political elites know that something is not right, but in contrast to Churchill they do not know what their enemy believes in. Those who do, skip over the truth like Boris Johnson did in his book The Churchill Factor – a perfect example of political cowardice. But in the end it all boils down to ignorance.
Reversing the Iran Deal must be priority number one for the new President and Congress. Of all the disasters Obama foreign policy has created, and there are so many, from supporting the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt to not enforcing his red line in Syria, the Iran Deal stands out as the most significant and dangerous error the west has committed in modern history. Not since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 have we put ourselves in such peril.
In two hours we will have made it. The Obama nightmare is finally ending
In 2009 I wrote an article in the American Thinker How will Israel survive Obama's naïveté on Iran?
In two hours we will have made it. The Obama nightmare is finally ending
Posted by Mladen Andrijasevic at 11:42 PM
Saturday, January 7, 2017
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's transition team has issued a blanket mandate for politically appointed ambassadors installed by President Barack Obama to leave their posts by Inauguration Day, the U.S. ambassador to New Zealand said on Friday.
"I will be departing on January 20th," Ambassador Mark Gilbert said in a Twitter message to Reuters.
The mandate was issued "without exceptions" through an order sent in a State Department cable on Dec. 23, Gilbert said.
He was confirming a report in the New York Times, which quoted diplomatic sources as saying previous U.S. administrations, from both major political parties, have traditionally granted extensions to allow a few such ambassadors, particularly those with school-age children, to remain in place for weeks or months.
State Department spokesman John Kirby said it was "common" procedure for all politically-appointed ambassadors to step down as a new U.S. administration comes in on Jan. 20.
"All political appointees for the Obama administration were directed to submit their resignation and the due date was Dec. 7, and the resignations are to take effect on Jan. 20," Kirby told reporters. "That is common, typical practise ... that's the way it works."
Kirby said, as expected, no career diplomats serving as ambassadors had been asked to resign by the transition team.
He acknowledged, however, that in the past there had been exceptions made for a small number of political appointees to stay on for a short time for personal reasons. "But that is totally in the prerogative of the incoming administration," he added.
The order could leave the United States without Senate-confirmed envoys for months in critical nations like Germany, Canada and Britain, the New York Times reported.
A senior Trump transition official told the newspaper there was no ill will in the move, describing it as a simple matter of ensuring Obama's overseas envoys leave the government on schedule, just as thousands of political aides at the White House and in federal agencies must do.
Trump has taken a strict stance against leaving any of Obama's political appointees in place as he prepares to take office on Jan. 20, aiming to break up many of his predecessor's signature foreign and domestic policy achievements, the newspaper said.
Diplomats told the New York Times that the order has thrown their personal lives into a tailspin, leaving them scrambling to secure living arrangements and acquire visas allowing them to stay in their countries so their children can remain in school.
Posted by Mladen Andrijasevic at 10:16 AM
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Melanie Philllips explains the reason for the unprecedented rebuke to the Obama administration over the Israel-bashing speech by US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday this way:
“So why the screeching U-turn? Almost certainly it was because of the ferocious pushback from both Israel and US President-elect Donald Trump which presumably made Mrs May realise she had created a diplomatic crisis between the UK and its two ostensible allies.”
Melanie Phillips is right, but there is an additional reason, explained by Charles Krauthammer in his column:
“It’s the third category of “settlement” that is the most contentious and that Security Council Resolution 2334 explicitly condemns: East Jerusalem. This is not just scandalous; it’s absurd. America acquiesces to a declaration that, as a matter of international law, the Jewish state has no claim on the Western Wall, the Temple Mount, indeed the entire Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem. They belong to Palestine.”
We have come to the point where world animosity towards Israel has morphed into UN resolutions that have become so absurd that this absurdity is the very proof that they are wrong.
In logic, reductio ad absurdum (Latin for "reduction to absurdity"; or argumentum ad absurdum, "argument to absurdity") is a form of argument which attempts either to disprove a statement by showing it inevitably leads to a ridiculous, absurd, or impractical conclusion, or to prove one by showing that if it were not true, the result would be absurd or impossible
Almost everybody in the West gets carried away by attacking Israel. It has become a Pavlovian reflex. However, logical thinking is still an important component of western thought and when mathematical absurdity stares you in the face even the dumbest take notice.
Reductio ad absurdum works in math (Here is a link to why the square root of 2 is irrational) . It works in politics too.
Posted by Mladen Andrijasevic at 12:13 AM
Thursday, December 29, 2016
“When the chips are down, I have Israel’s back.”
The audience — overwhelmingly Jewish, passionately pro-Israel and supremely gullible — applauded wildly. Four years later — his last election behind him, with a month to go in office and with no need to fool Jew or gentile again — Obama took the measure of Israel’s back and slid a knife into it.
The administration claims a kind of passive innocence on the text of the resolution, as if it had come upon it at the last moment. We are to believe that the ostensible sponsors — New Zealand, Senegal, Malaysia and a Venezuela that cannot provide its own people with toilet paper, let alone food — had for months been sweating the details of Jewish housing in East Jerusalem.
It’s the third category of “settlement” that is the most contentious and that Security Council Resolution 2334 explicitly condemns: East Jerusalem. This is not just scandalous; it’s absurd. America acquiesces to a declaration that, as a matter of international law, the Jewish state has no claim on the Western Wall, the Temple Mount, indeed the entire Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem. They belong to Palestine.
Another legacy moment for Barack Obama. And his most shameful.
Posted by Mladen Andrijasevic at 10:28 PM
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