During my lunch breaks I've been reading the 2nd volume in Albert Bushnell Hart's American History Told by Contemplates and it's amazing to see the contrast between what I am reading there and what I see in the news and on the net. The most amazing thing is it only took two generations for this … Continue reading Non Tweets Under the Fedora 12-21-18: History, Tutu, War on Men, Syria and the Economy
The CIA has such a lousy record that the country might be better without it. Let me run through just a few of the examples I know about from years of reporting in the Middle East and the former Soviet Union. My all-time favorite happened in Lebanon. The pro-Iranian group Hezbollah identified numerous CIA operatives … Continue reading The CIA’s Long List of Failures
Luke: Oh my God! No please no. You can't send me to Israel, think about my career! Prime Minister Hacker: Don't be absurd. It's an honor, Promotion! Luke: But you'll upset the Israelis They won't want me they know I'm on the Arab's side. Prime Minister Hacker: I thought you were on our side? Yes … Continue reading John Kerry to the Palestinians “Don’t Negotiate”
When the United States officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reactions around the world were pretty much what everyone expected. Anti-Israel activists were up in arms from San Francisco to the EU. Muslim countries protested. Violence broke out in Israel. Mild objections came from some of our allies, including Saudi Arabia. One of … Continue reading Will Israeli-Palestinian peace be brokered by Saudi Arabia?
Sir Humphrey: Well I'm sure it's a question of us maintaining our relationship the Arabs. The power of Islam. [lowering his tone] Oil Supplies. PM James Hacker: Humphrey I'm talking about what's right and wrong. Sir Humphrey: Well don't let the foreign office hear you. Yes Prime Minister A Victory for Democracy 1986 Don Corleone: And … Continue reading Thank Iran and Frackers for Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration (Plus Layoff Fund at 20%)
With all the scandals raging from the dossier to the huge budget to Obama's slush fund, it's time for some good news coming from Washington DC. That news came last night from Vice President Mike Pence as he announced the United States will directly assist faith-based groups actively supporting Christians and other religious minorities whose … Continue reading Pence announces plan to help Christians displaced by the Islamic State
What would Americans do if other countries and the United Nations told us our actual capital was Los Angeles? We can say it's Washington DC all we want, but shouldn't we just accept it if the international community decides they want Los Angeles to be the capital? Of course not. This idea seems to be … Continue reading Yes, Jerusalem is Israel’s capital
Today, President Trump had what a majority of Americans would consider to be a successful foreign policy day. His tone when speaking about terrorism to the core of the Muslim world in the Middle East was generally approved; the left liked that he didn't go off the rails and the right witnessed a breath of … Continue reading Trump’s foreign policy success or failure will be set in motion in Israel
Today, a truce has been brokered in Syria that will hopefully turn the corner on the worst humanitarian crisis in modern history. With the country torn to pieces, refugees have been flooding into Europe and some parts of the Middle East, creating a dangerous situation for the entire region. America, under the leadership of President Obama, … Continue reading Obama created the Syrian disaster, so it’s fitting he’s not there to end it
Syria was always one of my favorite places in the world—an amazing mix of ancient sites that even despots couldn't destroy until now. When I worked for Newsweek and ABC News in the Middle East in the 1970s and 1980s, I spent many days there. It was difficult to report in the police state of … Continue reading Memories of Syria
Last year I noted a plan being advanced for 24/7 cameras at the Temple Mount in order to substantiate Palestinian claims of Israel violating agreements concerning it which the Jordanians, John Kerry and the Israelis agreed. However for some reason our peaceful Palestinian who have been accusing Israel of misdeeds objected even though such cameras … Continue reading Transparency Palestinian Style
For almost my entire life I've been hearing that all it takes is some concessions from Israel and you will have peace in the middle east. There is however a poll at Israel National News that suggests otherwise: A new public opinion poll among the Arab residents of Judea, Samaria and Gaza found that an … Continue reading The 72% Solution or lack thereof in Israel
George Washington McLintock: Now Katherine, are you going to believe what you see, or what I tell you? McLintock! 1963 Given all the tension in the Palestinian areas after rumors that Israel was violating agreements concerning the Temple mount spread among Palestinians the Jordanians advanced a plan to stop the trouble, cameras!: The proposal for … Continue reading Palestinians: Temple Mount Cam is a Trap to Show us Doing Nothing Wrong!
Anan 7: You realise what you have done? Capt Kirk:Yes, I do. I've given you back the horrors of war. The Vendikans now assume that you've broken your agreement and that you're preparing to wage real war with real weapons. They'll want do the same. Only the next attack they launch will do a lot … Continue reading The Time has come for Israel to Fight Sherman’ War
Every now and then Amnesty International notices the things that some of us have been highlighting for a while: A leading international watchdog on Wednesday accused the militant Hamas group of abducting, torturing and killing Palestinians during the war in the Gaza Strip last year, saying some of the actions amount to war crimes. Amnesty … Continue reading What the MSM will notice this in Amnesty International Report on Gaza