We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – Obama hates our staunchest allies in the Middle East – Israel. If it were up to him – he would have all the Jews leave their God-given promised land and hand it over to those Paleoswinians.
h/t to The Drudge Report
Exclusive: U.S. Scales-Back Military Exercise with Israel, Affecting Potential Iran Strike
Seven months ago, Israel and the United States postponed a massive joint military exercise that was originally set to go forward just as concerns were brimming that Israel would launch a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. The exercise was rescheduled for late October, and appears likely to go forward on the cusp of the U.S. presidential election. But it won’t be nearly the same exercise. Well-placed sources in both countries have told TIME that Washington has greatly reduced the scale of U.S. participation, slashing by more than two-thirds the number of American troops going to Israel and reducing both the number and potency of missile interception systems at the core of the joint exercise.
“Basically what the Americans are saying is, ‘We don’t trust you,’” a senior Israeli military official tells TIME.
The reductions are striking. Instead of the approximately 5,000 U.S. troops originally trumpeted for Austere Challenge 12, as the annual exercise is called, the Pentagon will send only 1,500 service members, and perhaps as few as 1,200. Patriot anti-missile systems will arrive in Israel as planned, but the crews to operate them will not. Instead of two Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense warships being dispatched to Israeli waters, the new plan is to send one, though even the remaining vessel is listed as a “maybe,” according to officials in both militaries.
Imagine my surprise when I came across this headline today:
Seems to me during the lead up to the Iraq war, and for many years after, we Americans were making fun of France for being lame and weak on the war on terror. In just 9 short months, P-BO has turned America in to France.
France is anxious about the Obama administration’s pursuit of a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme, warning that the US must not allow Tehran to expand its uranium enrichment without facing fresh sanctions.
This just absolutely amazes me…France is now the heavy. P-BO has obviously given the impression to the international community that America is weak and willing to negotiate unconditionally with terrorist regimes and dictators.
However, French officials insist Tehran must also pledge by December to freeze expansions of uranium enrichment – otherwise new sanctions should be imposed.
A French government official said: “Iran is looking for more time and a move which would give legitimacy to its programme. Imposing the freeze is absolutely essential.”
A US official acknowledged yesterday that the proposal was “not the solution to the Iranian nuclear programme”.
That US official is an idiot. Of course it’s not the solution – but – it is essential that Iran immediately halt any further activity before we even get to the table. Apparently, this administration doesn’t have the guts to do what it takes. I never thought I would EVER find myself siding with the French on anything.
The latest polls say it all:
51% of Americans think P-BO is too weak on Iran
88% of Americans are concerned about the Iran threat, of those, 59% are very concerned.
Despite the fact that P-BO has stated he believes Iran’s nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, 82% of Americans believe Iran’s program is for weapons development.
While P-BO is throwing our ally, Israel, to the wolves – 49% of Americans believe we should support and back Israel as opposed to just 37% who say we shouldn’t.
Again – P-BO has proven he is inept and out of touch – not only with the American people now, but with the international community as well. Appears to me that he is an epic fail in America and in foreign affairs.
We have a great carnival this week folks! Lot’s of really lively submissions to comment on. Make sure you stop by the blogs of my contributors and let them know your opinions about their submissions.
Phil B. presents End All Foreign Aid posted at Phil for Humanity, saying, “In 2008, the United States gave an estimated 26 billion dollars in foreign aid to other countries. For free… Yup, the U.S. government continues giving away your hard earned tax dollars.”
100% in agreement Phil. In today’s economy, it makes absolutely no sense that we continue to send $billions to other countries when we could use it here. Obama has plans to nearly double that with a price tag of $50 Billion!! He’s gonna bankrupt this country. Seems he cares more about other countries than he does America.
Rich Bordner presents Epic Fail: Planned Parenthood Shows its True Colors…Again « The Pugnacious Irishman posted at The Pugnacious Irishman, saying, “Planned Parenthood has it backwards–rather than being angry at Lila Rose for exposing wickedness in their ranks, why aren’t they angry at the PP workers who would fail to protect girls by turning a blind eye to sex abuse?”
I saw that report a month ago on the Glenn Beck show when he interviewed Lila Rose. Planned Parenthood has only one agenda – to increase the number of abortions in this country. They don’t counsel young girls on pregnancy prevention and they certainly won’t bring law enforcement in to their midst even when it is mandated by law. Great post. I completely forgot about this.
Scott – a great compilation of Obama’s “accomplishments” in the last 5 months. While I am a believer that success comes out of learning from failure – I’m afraid there won’t be any success from these failures. Good post.
Phil B. presents Why Conservatives are typically not Conservationists too? « Phil for Humanity posted at Phil for Humanity, saying, “Have you wondered why most conservatives are not conservationists?”
Do you really believe that? I believe in conservation – and I guess this goes to one of your other points – because it conserves my money. I have solar panels on my roof, all energy star rated products, I recycle, I installed low-flow toilets, and low flow water regulators on my faucets, and I had my energy company put the governors on my meter to regulate and turn off the power during low peak hours. As a result, I’m saving a considerable amount of money every month. I think if more conservatives knew just how much money they could “conserve” more would jump on the bandwagon.
Silicon Valley Blogger presents 12 Ways To Beat Inflation: Don’t Let Rising Prices Get You Down posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “I offer several ways to beat inflation. It’s in the horizon, don’t you think? Find out how to address it before it comes.”
Great list! As I commented on your site, some of these tips I’m already following, or doing, others were good common sense ideas that I hadn’t even thought about. Thanks for being a regular contibutor and for providing such valuable tips and pointers given today’s economy. I would recommend my readers to do as I did, check out this post and then print it off for future reference – or at a minimum – bookmark the page.
The Smarter Wallet presents Find Business Success In A Bad Economy: Managing A Failing Business posted at The Smarter Wallet, saying, “Is it still possible to find business success in a troubled economy? I investigate how business owners can survive the slowdown by keeping tabs on the bigger picture.”
I was considering buying in to a franchise (I won’t detail who and what here) and have been having some serious second thoughts about it. While I realize this post was primarily tips for staying above water if you already own a business, I found that these tips also are helping to work through my decision. As always, another great resources for my readers.
Hi Linda. I’m not so sure of your age, but, these aren’t really shocking. These are pretty well known. It’s because of these basic human rights issues that many of we Conservatives opposed Clinton giving them “favored nation status” back in the ’90′s. They are our biggest trading partner – yet – we don’t do anything to have them address things like this. This list is minor compared to what they are physically doing to their people.
Holly presents Obama’s Excuse for Not Overturning “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” – “It’s a Generational Issue” posted at Menstrual Poetry.
Hi Holly – thanks for allowing me to post this up in the carnival. We’ll take this one piece at a time. First – you stated “Obama knows that about 75% of the American public supports the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” It would have been nice if you sourced that. I searched everywhere and could not find a poll that stated that. Actually the latest gallup poll shows that 69% of Americans would support gays in the military. However, what this poll doesn’t do is ask those in the military, or those who would consider military service, what their opinion is. Also – based on the tone of your post – it almost sounds like you are finally waking up to the fraud that Obama is that we on the right tried to warn you guys about. Now to speak to the issue – Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. First of all, I was against this legislation to begin with. I was serving in the USAF when this was instituted. The way our military was set up should have been left alone to begin with. Sodomy is a UCMJ offense and homosexuals were run out immediately – as it should be. There is no room for gays serving “openly” in our military. Here’s why:
1. Have you ever heard of “blanket parties” – they exist. Anyone who “openly” serves in our military will repeatedly find themselves on the receiving end of a blanket party. They’ll be run out by our service members.
2. You would have to change the UCMJ to punish those who have a religious belief that being gay is abnormal and an abomination to God. This would be against the First Amendment.
3. Machismo is alive and well in our military. Anyone serving “openly” in the military would be treated as a pariah. No one will want to serve with that individual and it would be well known to that individual. You would be putting that individual in harms way and putting undue stress on him/her.
4. It would kill the morale of our military members.
5. You would have to redesign all of the military barracks or make separate “shower times” for the openly gay. In case you did not know – barrack living means communal showers. It is not a matter of being a homophobe or anything like that – neither straight women nor straight men in the military want to be in the showers with someone that is openly gay. YOU might find this ridiculous – but – it is the truth.
6. If you openly allow gays in the military and start punishing those in the military who oppose it, it will destroy our military. Straight people won’t be signing up and those who are in won’t re-enlist.
If they do repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – it needs to be back to what it was before Clinton put it in. Gays are not welcome to openly serve in the military.
Given the choice – I would say hell no! The government needs to stay out of our lives and stop “forcing” Americans to make choices. This is America – the land of the free where we get to decide our own fates. It is not the government’s job to take care of the people nor is it their job to make other people take care of those who refuse to take care of themselves. Universal Health Insurance is not the answer. Making access to affordable healthcare is the key. The government plan just benefits the government and the insurance companies.
Martin, I’ve been a big fan of Kiyosaki ever since I bought his first book “Rich Dad, Poor Dad.” I didn’t even know he had this new book out. Based on your review of this book, it is very relevant today and a must read – especially for those of us who have been buying his other books. This guy has been right on for quite some time.
debergerac78 presents Make sure your entire company knows your ethics policies! posted at The Business Ethics Blog, saying, “The Washington Post’s business division appears to be offering lobbyists and association executives an exclusive chance to meet key Obama administration officials and members of Congress–for a considerable fee. The Post seems to have gone from newspaper to match-maker.”
Debergerac – thanks for bringing this to our attention. Just further proof of the erosion and decline of journalism.
Archvillain presents I Apologize to the Gnats posted at A Dark and Sinister Force for Good, saying, “By comparison with the American public, the attention span of gnats spans centuries … and they’re less likely to get distracted by celebutainment.”
Archvillain – as always – your observations and comparisons are spot on. In case it wasn’t made painfully obvious with Honduras, with Obama siding with despots and dictators, his policy on non-intervention in Iran becomes oh so clear – he is more comfortable with those who oppose democracy. You are right – the majority of the people in this country aren’t paying attention. Our Iranian friends were crying out to America for help, and Obama turned his back on them in favor of supporting their leaders. You gotta wonder where this country his headed with leadership like that.
Jared – awesome – thanks for sharing. Did you notice how there was absolutely no coverage of any of these T.E.A. Parties in the MSM? You stated “10′s of thousands” showed up on April 15th. Actually, it was estimated to be about 250,000 across the country. On July 4th there were about 1,500 protests across the country (compared to April’s 750) with some of those reaching in the 10′s of thousands themselves. It’s really hard to find solid numbers because the MSM refuses to report on them.
Wow, Rick. You obviously are basing your ideas on emotion versus fact. Considering I am starting my dissertation in August earning my Ph.D. in Public Health – I can give you many factually based responses why Universal Health care is not the way to go. However, I will limit it to just one main factor – if I started raising all the issues – it will turn my response in to a separate post (which I think I will do in response to your proposition) – the main reason against Universal Health care is: Rationing. The entire universal healthcare system is based on rationing of health care – something our current system does not do. Here are a list of resources you should read:
Cookson, R. & Dolan, P. (1999). Public views on health care rationing: a group discussion study. Health Policy, 49(1), (63-74).
Cookson, R. & Dolan, P. (2000). Principles of Justice in Health Care Rationing. British Medical Journal, 26, (323-329).
Strosberg, M.A., Wiener, J.M., & Baker, R. (1993). Rationing America’s Medical Care: The Oregon Plan and Beyond. Critical Care Medicine. Washington D.C.: Brookings Institute Publishers.
Schut, F.T., & Van de Ven, W.P.M.M. (2005). Rationing and competion in the Dutch health-care system. Health Economics, 14(S1), (S59-S75).
Once you understand this – we’ll talk again. The bottom line is that the government makes the decisions on who is allowed access to health care based on a cost-benefit analysis – not on what is right for you. They look at your age and current state of health compared to the costs to the state for the care required. Do you really want the government to make decisions about your health care needs based on their fiscal budgets?
Yup – saw that one coming! At some point he’s gonna have to stop blaming Bush for his own failures. He still uses the excuse that he inherited this problem. Well, he inherited a $750 Billion deficit. He has already tripled that in 5 months with it anticipated to quadruple by the end of the year. He clearly let everyone know exactly how his administration was going to be run when he said “We won.” Now, Pelosi and Reid are repeating that mantra. Sure, the Dems won, but America lost. I hope we can find some way of turning this around before we hit that point of no return. Unless the administration and Obama start letting in some common sense, they will continue to spend this country out of control.
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Quite the week we’ve had so far! Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, and now Billy Mays all dead. Unfreakin’ believable! I wish piece of shit crap and tax bill would have died as well! Anyway – after a two week hiatus – The BoBo Carnival of Politics is back with another great edition. Have at it people!
You’ll see below in response to your credit card discussion that I mentioned I already paid off a few cards and have one left before I’m out of debt. I went through the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University. Dave Ramsey is awesome and what you have on your blog is absolutey right. Once again, great post using a great resource. I highly recommend it to anybody to view his Town Hall video and his Financial Peace University – especially in today’s economy.
Michael Bass presents Joe Tegerdine VS Gene Taylor! The Battle For Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District! posted at Debt Prison, saying, “Every now and then a person runs for office that gives us hope. For many voters in the last election Barack Obama was that person. Obama promised ambiguous ‘Change’ and the people bought it. Unfortunately, for many Obama fans and devout Democrats, his foreign policy actions and his further crack down on civil liberties has come to resemble something like George Bush part II.”
Interesting – hopefully, Tegerdine turns out to be a true conservative then maybe he can defeat that faux Democratic Conservative Taylor.
LSM – excellent. I have nothing further to add to this.
Scott Spiegel presents U.S. Invents Diabolical Weapon Called “Twitter” to Bring Down Iranian Regime posted at Scott Spiegel, saying, “President Obama said last week that he doesn’t want the U.S. to be seen as “meddling” in the recent Iranian presidential election. In his view, vocally supporting the protesters is comparable to the CIA’s coup against Mossadeq in 1953.”
Amen, brother! We should be standing behind the Iranian citizens with the full faith and trust of our government and our own citizens. Obama is wrong on this one.
Mad Kane – I’m sure I don’t need to say this – personally – I think this needs to be repealed entirely and have it back to what it was before Clinton instituted the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. The UCMJ states that sodomy is a punishable offense as is any other forms of homosexual relations. We don’t need gays OPENLY serving in the military. This would be a huge bust for the morale of our military. I’m sorry – but – the military is by no means ready for this and it would not be accepted.
Bwahaha – Liberty Lentils – good one.
Bob Brooks presents Wall Street Execs Living Large While the Rest of the Country Hurts posted at Bob Brooks – Prudent Money Blog.
Don’t forget – Timothy “Turbo Tax” Geithner is a Goldman Sachs alumni himself and still has buddies there. Nothing will be done. Just more paybacks from this administration for these company’s providing material support for Obama.
I don’t generally tend to side with Ron Paul on many issues. I think he’s a nutjob with a lot of his positions. However, I support him 100% with regards to doing away with the Federal Reserve and having them open their books. The decision in the 30′s to hand over that much power to a private organization was by far one of the most idiotic things this country and our government has ever done. It’s time to take that power away from them.
Terri Choate presents Trickle Down Learning posted at Plum Duff…not your ordinary gruel!, saying, “Maybe this is old news…but school districts regularly understate the money spent per pupil as they ask for more, more, more.”
Great article. Public schools happens to be one of my “soap-box” issues. While I don’t know what the per pupil cost is in my district – we have multiple layers of administration that are totally unnecessary. Since when does a High School and Middle School need a freakin Assistant Principle for each grade and each of them having a secretary, etc etc – not to mention each grade having at least 2 “administrators” that handle discipline. It’s gotten so ridiculous that most of our tax money goes to paying salaries instead of purchasing text books. I sent four kids through public school. 2 graduated and 2 dropped out. I’m sending my last 2 to private schools now.
Welcome Back Bradley – looking forward to your analysis of the various bills.
The Smarter Wallet presents Applying For A Credit Card? Review The Credit Card Bill of Rights posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “Obama just signed into law some regulations that will help curb some of the unpopular practices done by the credit industry. Here’s what’s in the credit card bill of rights, which is under review by our government.”
Great words of advise for those who are thinking about getting a credit card. I already cut up all mine and have paid them off. I have one more to go then I’m out of credit card hell. My advise is – use cash! If you can’t afford to pay for it in cash – well – then in today’s economy – you really can’t afford it at all then. Save for it instead.
You are absolutely right – we should not be looking to the international community to protect ourselves. That is just plain ridiculous. Great post.
Naomi – I’ll have to admit that I haven’t been paying real close attention to exactly what is going on over on your side of the big pond. However, I have been following Daniel Hannen pretty closely so I get the point. Unfortunately, we’re seeing a similar situation here in the U.S. – rather than second homes – our politicians get lifelong benefits and 100% salary after they retire and that even gets passed on to their spouses after they die and then the spouses collect 100% benefit and salary until they die. Pretty freakin ridiculous that these politicians consider themselves so elite they can steal from we the people.
Agreed! However, this administration that promised transparency has given us none at all.
Jake presents Why the World Hates America (Part 1) posted at Global Implications, saying, “Given the negative attitude toward the United States around the world, I am writing a multi-part series on the actions of the US since World War II with the worst consequences. I will post an article every day and should finish the seven-part series on Friday, June 26.”
Jake – I hope you don’t mind but I took the liberty to post the links to the remaining articles. This is a very interesting analysis. However, I would say that we still have many more friends and allies than we do enemies. It seems our only real enemies in the world are radical regimes. Please post up the last remaining parts in next week’s carnival! Personally, regarding Part 5 – I think we need to “unflinchingly” support Israel. They are our only true ally in the middle east. Being a former Hebrew Linguist in the Air Force – I understand Israel and the day-to-day struggles they have to face. They are under constant terrorist attack every day. They need our support and we should stand behind them all the way.
Ram – you are so totally right on with this post. The only thing I would add here is that the history of Political Correctness actually has its roots in marxism and Russia. Here’s another good resource for you on the history.
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