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Is the OBAMA Administration planning to endanger Israel? (Updated)

Update: 05-04-09 Emanuel: Thwarting Iran hinges on Israeli-Palestinian talks

"Thwarting Iran's nuclear program is conditional on progress in peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, according to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Israeli TV reports said Monday that Emanuel made the comments in a closed-door meeting the previous day with 300 major AIPAC donors."

This is complete and utter bullshit! Israel is facing an existential threat and history has proven that every Israeli concession in the peace process has left them weakened, without land and with an even greater threat to their population. The Palestinians have proven that they do not want peace, their leaders continue to retain power and funding by threatening their neighbors and there is no one person or group which speaks for the people. Years of inculcated hatred of Jews and other infidels conditions their thinking and providing them with a two-state solution as a reward for their terrorism without a corresponding period of absolute peace is insane. As for trusting Iran, you need to be a Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama to buy their brand of bullshit as anything more than delaying tactics while they perfect their nuclear weapon. 

And rest assured, once they have that weapon, the game being played in the Middle East will be changed forever. And, God Forbid, they use that bomb against Israel, I am sure that the American people and oil interests will not countenance an anhiliating nuclear strike against Iran.  Israel is on their own and cannot trust anyone but themselves to insure their survival. Especially a democrat who talks out of both sides of his mouth -- and only then with the aid of a teleprompter.  

Update: 05-01-09 Great Analysis of Obama/Israel Situation

Norman Podhoretz weighs in with a great article, "How Obama's America Might Threaten Israel" in the current issue of Commentary Magazine. It is a must read article for anyone trying to make meaning out of the Obama Administration's viewpoint on Middle Eastern relations with respect to Israel.

Original blog entry ...

While the mainstream media is concentrating on the “swine” flu and Obama’s 100th day in office, are they deliberately hiding a news report that would pose serious problems for U.S.-Israel relations.

Reported by the DEBKAfile  …

“Talks on Iranian corridor for US troops, supplies to Afghanistan on fast track”

“On March 27, DEBKA-Net-Weekly 390 revealed exclusively Barack Obama's plans ‘to transform the Khomeinist Islamic Republic's clenched fist against America into a helping hand by formally asking Tehran to permit the passage to Afghanistan of fresh US troops, weapons and supplies across Iranian territory.’"

Collaborating with the enemy that is assisting terrorists and insurgents to kill American soldiers?

“In its follow-up of April 3, our military sources reported that US defense secretary Robert Gates, Chief of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen and transport command chief Gen. Duncan J. McNabb, have laid before the president a detailed plan, which had been cleared in back-door meetings between US and Iranian officers.”

“DEBKAfile's sources ask how much leverage against Iran's drive for a nuclear bomb will be left to Washington when the US becomes dependent on Tehran for its war supplies to Afghanistan.”

“Tuesday, April 28, US envoy Dennis Ross set out on an extensive tour for pouring oil on troubled waters in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar. He is accompanied by the deputy commander of U.S. Central Command, Lt. Gen. John R. Allen, and National Security Council official Puneet Talwar.”

Playing a dangerous game with traditional enemies …

“Like secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who promised in Beirut this week that the US was not selling Lebanon out by dealing with Syria, Ross will try and reassure America's Arab friends that Washington's new ties of friendship and strategic cooperation with Tehran will not be at their expense.”'

In a culture where the enemy of my enemy is my friend …

Egypt is signally its willingness to team up with Israel to counter those ties, with Saudi Arabia quietly following suit.”

Operational specificity?

“According to DEBKA-Net-Weekly's April 3 report, the US Air Base at Al Udeid in Qatar would be the main hub for the air corridor taking US transport planes over the Persian Gulf, crossing the Iranian border and flying over southern and central Iran up to their destination, the US airbase near Kandahar in southern Afghanistan.”

“The sea route would hinge on the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' main naval base at Chah-Bahar, which is situated on the Arabian Sea near Iran's border with Pakistan.”

“DEBKA-Net-Weekly's Iranian sources note that Chah-Bahar has two sections, a small, run-down civilian harbor for small craft arriving from India and Pakistan, and a spanking new, modern military facility, home to Iran's main submarine force.”

“The US planners rated this section of Chah-Bahar an ideal port of call for US provisions to reach Afghanistan by a predominantly sea route. From this Arabian Sea port, consignments would head north through Iran's Sistan-va-Baluchistan up to the Iran-Pakistan-Afghanistan border intersection and then turn east by convoy to their destination at Kandahar.”

Impact on Iran’s nuclear ambitions …

Is it possible that a deal between the United States and Iran would include an Iranian promise to not attack Israel with nuclear weaponry in exchange for some form of normalized relations with the mullahs? And fall short of halting their nuclear weapon development under the guise of possible increased inspections of their developing peaceful (wink-wink) nuclear energy resources.

Iran is already in deep trouble …

Demographic analysis tends to indicate that Iran is in deep trouble as their birth rates are plummeting and the availability of young men to defend its government, oil and borders are rapidly declining. Not only does an increased religious influence repress the birth rate, but the actual undesirability of life under the mullahs is repressive in and of itself. The nation becoming more and more desperate to stay viable and relevant as time progresses.

Why this might be an important indicator of things to come …

While the talking-head generals are busy talking strategy and tactics, those that really know what is about to happen are talking about logistics. And, this Debka article is short on strategy and long on logistics which lends a certain amount of credence to the story.

The Biden Prophesy …

“ABC News' Matthew Jaffe Reports: Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., on Sunday guaranteed that if elected, Sen. Barack Obama., D-Ill., will be tested by an international crisis within his first six months in power and he will need supporters to stand by him as he makes tough, and possibly unpopular, decisions.”
" ‘Mark my words,’ the Democratic vice presidential nominee warned at the second of his two Seattle fundraisers Sunday. ‘It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We're about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America. Remember I said it standing here if you don't remember anything else I said. Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.’"
" ‘I can give you at least four or five scenarios from where it might originate,’ Biden said to Emerald City supporters, mentioning the Middle East and Russia as possibilities. ‘And he's gonna need help. And the kind of help he's gonna need is, he's gonna need you - not financially to help him - we're gonna need you to use your influence, your influence within the community, to stand with him. Because it's not gonna be apparent initially, it's not gonna be apparent that we're right." <Source>

Indefensible actions, unknown consequences and the unknown road …

I, personally, do not have a great deal of faith in any leader who requires pre-written speeches and “remarks” delivered with a TelePrompTer to sound coherent. Obama’s almost unbelievable reliance on the prompter only reinforces my beliefs that he lacks core values and cannot easily speak extemporaneously about his beliefs, ideas, knowledge and his ideological path for America. Or perhaps, that is what he doesn’t want to discuss as many in America might find it either incomprehensible or abhorrent.

At some point in time, the American people will have to answer a single question about their leaders, be it Obama or any other leader. How many Americans will have to die before we collectively decide, as American citizens, where political perfidy and diplomacy ends and treason begins?

What I do know …

The Middle East has always been a tinderbox of seething tribal warfare and the industrialized nation’s dependence on oil reserves has fueled a buildup of more sophisticated arms and provided the funds to purchase political influence in the capitals of the world – ours included.

With a limited number of exceptions, we are facing leaders who care nothing for their people other than as cannon fodder to insure their own survival. Religion and fear motivate their citizens. Human rights are almost non-existent. And they hate our guts – primarily for the potential to expose their followers to a life which would result in an overthrow of their kingdoms and result in a long torturous death for themselves and their most ardent followers.

While Mahmoud Ahmadinejad doesn’t exactly run the country, his anti-Israel and anti-American rhetoric cannot be ignored. Here is a religious nutcase who wants to bring about the return of his God’s emissary by precipitating a catastrophe. When are people going to take these despots at their word?

It’s not the Iranian people that’s the problem …

Take a walk down Westwood Boulevard, South of Wilshire Boulevard (near the UCLA campus) and you will find scores of Iranian shopkeepers. Reasonable people who practice their religion in peace and acceptance. Friendly people who want nothing more than to earn a living, educate their children and prosper. And these are the very same people who travel to Iran and see what the mullahs have wrought. Of course, one suspects that foreign agents are at work within the community to tamp down resentment and dissent over what their former nation has become. This is the world the mullahs are afraid we will export. A cadre of infidels who will corrupt their power base and lead to revolt.

In some instances, Saudi Arabia is far more devious, treacherous and dangerous as they are actively exporting wahabism around the world and it is often in these Mosques that Jihad is being preached. They will do anything to protect their Kingdom -- including involving the United States in a manufactured war.

What might Obama do?

Unfortunately, I do not have a direct line to George Soros and others of his ilk who fervently wish that the United States was transformed into just another member of the international community – to be manipulated by those possessing enough wealth to buy political influence. And I fear that no one really knows what Obama might do. Or even the person behind the prompter who tells him what to say. Unfair, you argue. I am being mean-spirited and petty. You bet – look at this President’s background, associations and current political actions. Now tell me why I should have faith in his brand of hope and change?

This is an ongoing story and it might even be covered in the mainstream media as soon as the hoopla over Obama’s 100-day non-accomplishments simmers down.

Truth be told, the problem of the Middle East is potentially solvable. First, we implement a crash program of nuclear energy generation and reduce our foreign dependence on oil – as well as stop providing money to support these toxic regimes. By financially isolating these nations and refusing to sell advanced weaponry (and sanctioning those that do), there might be a workable solution to the Middle East problem. And second we deal with the Palestinian issue by encouraging each of the major Arab nations to designate a portion of their lands as a permanent Palestinian refuge – much in the same way that Israel was created by the British with a stroke of a pen on a map in the hot afternoon sun.

Quite unlikely in a world run by wealthy and influential individuals for their own benefit. 

-- steve

P.S.  The thought that Rahm Emanuel, whose father was an Israeli (Irgun) freedom fighter (terrorist if you are being politically correct and taking the Arab viewpoint), will somehow convince Obama to increase support for Israeli causes is highly doubtful. Especially given Obama's previous associations with Louis Farrakahn and Reverend Wright -- both of whom appear to be anti-Semitic, racist and and anti-American. It is unknown how Hillary Clinton will behave in this stituation -- given that she needed the support of Orthodox Jews to win her New York Senate Seat. 

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