You see Lieutenant, when enemies fall out, it’s time to make friends
The Adventures of Robin Hood Goodbye Little John 1960
At the Tablet they have come to the conclusion that thanks to Barack Obama America’s days of keeping the peace in the Middle East are over.
The era of Pax Americana has now been replaced by an era of renewed Cold War, even if in a modern version, a war in which Russia competes—with no competitors—for status and influence in the Middle East. Russia is acting on its own, but at the same time it is prepared to cooperate with local godfathers—like Iran and Hezbollah—all of them enemies of the United States and its friends in the region.
In 2009 President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. Announcing the prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee declared: “Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future.” However, ironically, it turned out that during the Obama Administration more people have been killed in the Middle East and around the world than during the administrations of his predecessor, George W. Bush, who became the object of international obloquy for the wars he conducted in Afghanistan and Iraq.
So what happens when you are a country , surrounded by enemies who wish your destruction and constantly singled out by Muslim nations in the UN for opprobrium and your oldest friend decides to retreat from the word?
Why you find yourself some new friends
Next month, Benjamin Netanyahu will be the first Israeli prime minister since Yitzhak Rabin to travel to African capitals for meetings with the leaders of Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. Netanyahu’s visit to Uganda is particularly significant because his brother was killed in Israel’s raid on Entebbe in that country 40 years ago to free hostages kidnapped by German and Palestinian Marxists. Back then, Uganda’s government gave refuge to terrorists; today it seeks Israel’s help in fighting them.
Well big deal, it’s not like Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda & Uganda are going to make a difference in international affairs.
Israel under Netanyahu is also expanding links with China, now the country’s third-largest trading partner. Gold told me this week at his Foreign Ministry office that it’s almost impossible to get a seat these days on the El Al flight from Tel Aviv to Beijing. A similar story can be told about Israel’s relationship with India, whose Narendra Modi is expected to be the first Indian prime minister ever to visit Israel later this year.
Yeah sure China & India re big international players but you don’t see them directly taking action in the Middle East like say Russia:
Netanyahu has met with President Vladimir Putin four times in the last year. He has also worked out a deal, according to senior officials who spoke to me on background, in which Russia will allow Israeli jets to target members of the terrorist group Hezbollah operating in Syria, where Russians now control the air space.
And we haven’t even touched on nations in the middle east that, due to fear of ISIS and Iran are doing backdoor deals.
Via Elder of Ziyon
A lot of commentary has already been written about Donald Trump’s speech yesterday however there are three particular points that are worth repeating.
1. Follow the money
Donald Trump made a point of stressing how Hillary Clinton has acquired her wealth. While stressing her time in the State Department the entire line of attack is brilliant because it reminds everyone of the contrast. Donald Trump a businessman who has made his fortune building things, vs Hillary Clinton whose entire fortune is derivative of her Husband’s time in the White House and her time in the Senate.
A fortune built on special interests seeking favors.
This is something that Bernie Sanders people have been stressing from day one and Trump’s speech will remind each of those voters exactly what they dislike and distrust about Mrs. Clinton.
2. Oh those tell on books
For a week the Drudge Report has been talking about a new tell all book Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate. The media has made a concerted effort to ignore this book by a secret service agent on the Clinton details as such a person would be a credible witness to her corruption.
While Trump did not bring up that book he did in his attack on the Clinton finances bring up the book Clinton Cash yet another book that the MSM did its best to ignore.
This will, thanks to the media attention to the speech, produce searches and those searches will put both books in the public eye.
3. Democrat Inner Cities Success Stories
If there is one thing that is pretty consistent nationwide it’s that the inner cities, which contain a high proportion of black and latino voters, are completely and utterly controlled by the Democrat Party.
And Donald Trump reminded voters watching their state:
I have visited the cities and towns across America and seen the devastation caused by the trade policies of Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Inner cities, which have been horribly abused by Hillary Clinton and the Democrat Party, will finally be rebuilt.
and contrasted that to what he plans to do:
Parents are going to start dreaming big for their children again – including parents in our inner cities.
Every moment spent reminding blacks and Hispanics of the state of the cities run by their Democrat friends is a chance to make inroads that the rest of the GOP can only dream of.
IAN: … If only you could stand away from this thing, you’d see it clearly. Autloc’s the extraordinary man here. He’s the reasonable one, the civilized one, the one that’s prepared to listen to advice. But he’s one man, Barbara. One man.
Doctor Who The Aztecs 1964
If you are a member of the left and read Mohammed A. Malik’s piece in the Washington Post you might think the most important take is “Donald Trump is wrong about Muslims in America“:
I am not the first American Muslim to report on someone; people who do that simply don’t like to announce themselves in to the media. For my part, I’m not looking for personal accolades. I’m just tired of negative rhetoric and ignorant comments about my faith. Trump’s assertions about our community – that we have the ability to help our country but have simply declined to do so – are tragic, ugly and wrong.
But there are actually two things of some importance that you might miss if you read either that piece or the many others like this NY Daily News piece that quotes it.
The first is this:
We have a lot of immigrants in our community. They grew up in other countries, often with different sensibilities. A few don’t understand American culture, and they struggle to connect with their American-born or American-raised kids.
I came here from Pakistan in 1979 when I was 6 years old, grew up in Queens (like Omar) and Fort Lauderdale, went through the American education system, and assimilated well.
Now contrast that with this story from an Iranian christian convert about her youth in Iran
As a child, my brain was constantly processing the events around me. When I started to go to school, we were taught all Islamic principles, sharia law and Muhammad’s biography. Almost every day, I could hear these words in the school: Islam is the best religion, Islam is the religion of peace, infidels are unclean, Muslims should kill infidels, or Muhammad was sinless. However, I used to find a lot of contradictions between what I learned in the school and what Islam really is and who Muhammad really was.
The contradiction is even obvious in the sentences above: “Religion of peace” and killing infidels. I used to ask my teachers why should we kill infidels, or basically who is considered an infidel. The answer was simple and clear: because they corrupt the world; the people who don’t worship Allah are infidels.
What does this tell you? It tells me that while a Muslim who chooses to assimilate, who goes to a public school in surrounded by Americans of different races and religions, is much more likely to talk to the FBI about some suspicious than one who attends a religious school one teaching Sharia law and surrounded by other muslims who have not chosen to assimilate.
Then ask yourself how many of the Muslim immigrants who have come here since 2001 who unlike Mr. Malik have not chosen to assimilate. Even if folks like Mr Malik are in the majority that still leaves a considerable minority.
But there is a 2nd point that is even more important which comes from the first sentence in the NY Daily News piece
A Muslim man who attended the same mosque as Omar Mateen reported him to the FBI two years before he would commit the worst mass shooting in America.
The Post piece goes into detail:
After speaking with Omar, I contacted the FBI again to let them know that Omar had been watching Awlaki’s tapes. He hadn’t committed any acts of violence and wasn’t planning any, as far as I knew. And I thought he probably wouldn’t, because he didn’t fit the profile: He already had a second wife and a son. But it was something agents should keep their eyes on. I never heard from them about Omar again, but apparently they did their job: They looked into him and, finding nothing to go on, they closed the file.
Now that tells our liberal friends that American Muslims are trustworthy, and to be sure Mr Malik should be commended for what he did.
But think about it. Mr Malik put his neck out there. He not only answered the request from the FBI about one radical that he knew but when he saw the man who would become the Orlando shooter become fascinated by this man, he talked to the FBI again.
Yet in the end the FBI did nothing. Neither the warning nor the risks Mr. Malik took managed to save a single life, and now it is publicly known that he talked.
Given that result what is the incentive for other Muslims to go to the FBI if they are going to just dismiss their warning, particularly if such an act risks a backlash against family members back in the Middle East?
And if the failure of the FBI to recognize the danger is a disincentive to an assimilated Muslim like Mr. Malik how much more of a disincentive is it for a Muslim who hasn’t chosen to assimilate and remain in such a community when such an act might put both his immediate family and himself in physical danger?
Maybe our liberal friends may not have thought of this, but I’ll bet real money that members of the Muslim community sure have and that not on Mr. Malik, or the Washington Post, it’s on this administration.
I’d like to think we do good work here If you’d like to help us keep up the pace please consider hitting DaTipJar
Please consider Subscribing. If less than 1/3 of 1% of our readers subscribed at $10 a month we’d have the 114.5 subscribers needed to our annual goal all year without solicitation.
Plus of course all subscribers get my weekly podcast emailed directly to you before it goes up anywhere else.