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  • U.S. Top Officer: Closing Hormuz would be Red Line

    01/08/2012 2:18:25 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 39 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/1/12 | Gil Ronen
    Iran has the ability to temporarily block the Strait of Hormuz but the U.S. “would take action and reopen” it, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman General Martin Dempsey said Sunday, making clear to Iran that in threatening to close the straits, it is literally playing with fire. . “They’ve invested in capabilities that could, in fact, for a period of time block the Strait of Hormuz,” Dempsey said in an interview for CBS's “Face the Nation." “We’ve invested in capabilities to ensure that if that happens, we can defeat that.” Blocking the strategic shipping lane linking the Gulf of Oman...
  • Thousands of US troops land in Israel. Aircraft carrier coming soon

    01/07/2012 11:47:20 AM PST · by NYer · 50 replies
    Debka ^ | January 6, 2012
    Thousands of US troops began descending on Israel this week. Senior US military sources told debkafile Friday, Jan. 6 that many would be staying up to the end of the year as part of the US-IDF deployment in readiness for a military engagement with Iran and its possible escalation into a regional conflict. They will be joined by a US aircraft carrier. The warplanes on its decks will fly missions with Israeli Air Force jets. The 9,000 US servicemen gathering in Israel in the coming weeks are mostly airmen, missile interceptor teams, marines, seamen, technicians and intelligence officers. The incoming...
  • Bolton: Most Likely Scenario Is Iran WILL Get Nukes

    11/24/2011 8:23:15 PM PST · by Just4Him · 9 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 11/24/2011 | The Right Scoop
    <p>No sh*t Sherlock! New sanctions = buying time for the Iranians.</p>
  • Surprise! Iran Has Nukes

    11/10/2011 8:24:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | November 10, 2011 | Cal Thomas
    If ever there was a time when "see, I told you so" was warranted, it is now as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reports this week that Iran is close to developing a nuclear weapon. That so many in the State Department over several administrations could deceive themselves into believing claims by the Iranians that their intentions are nothing but peaceful and their sole objective is to develop more sources of electricity for their country reminds me of the Munich Agreement of 1938. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain met with Adolf Hitler, thought they had an agreement concerning Czechoslovakia,...
  • Clinton: Assad is on his way out

    11/08/2011 12:19:15 PM PST · by ColdOne · 7 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 11/08/11 | ALEX BYERS
    Hillary Clinton kept the heat on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a speech Monday night, declaring that his "days are numbered." The secretary of state mentioned Syria a handful of times in a broader speech to the National Democracy Institute on U.S. Middle East policy, indicating that both Syria and Yemen are next in line for democratic revolutions. Clinton told the audience that Assad had "systematically violated each of [the] basic requirements" of the Arab League's peace plan laid out last week in Cairo, which included directives to release captives and pull military resources from the streets. The league has...
  • Why do Sarkozy and Obama hate Netanyahu?

    11/08/2011 11:22:39 AM PST · by Driftwood1 · 40 replies · 3+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 11-8-11 | Jackson Diehl
    Though Netanyahu has recently allowed new settlement construction, it mostly has been in neighborhoods that Palestinian leders have already conceded will be part of Israel in a final settlement. This week he told his cabinet that West Bank outposts declared illegal by the Israeli Supreme Court would be uprooted. In other words, Netanyahu has been an occasionally difficult but ultimately cooperative partner. He can be accused of moving too slowly and offering too little, but not of failing to heed American initiatives. And Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas? For five of the six months of the Israeli settlement moratorium he refused...
  • AP Exclusive: New Signs Of Syria-Pakistan Nuke Tie

    11/01/2011 2:47:42 AM PDT · by edpc · 6 replies
    AP via Breitbart ^ | 1 Nov 2011 | Desmond Butler & George Jahn
    WASHINGTON (AP) - U.N. investigators have identified a previously unknown complex in Syria that bolsters suspicions that the Syrian government worked with A.Q. Khan, the father of Pakistan's atomic bomb, to acquire technology that could make nuclear arms. The buildings in northwest Syria closely match the design of a uranium enrichment plant provided to Libya when Moammar Gadhafi was trying to build nuclear weapons under Khan's guidance, officials told The Associated Press. The U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency also has obtained correspondence between Khan and a Syrian government official, Muhidin Issa, who proposed scientific cooperation and a visit to Khan's...
  • Report: Top Muslim adviser blocks Obama meeting with Christian leader

    10/29/2011 4:32:49 PM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 23 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 10/29/2011
    An influential Muslim adviser to the White House who has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood has succeeded in canceling a meeting between President Obama and the leader of the persecuted Maronite church in Lebanon, according to the Beirut news agency el Nashra Read more: Report: Top Muslim adviser blocks Obama meeting with Christian leader
  • Obama’s Muslim Advisers Block Middle Eastern Christians’ Access to the White House

    10/25/2011 8:22:31 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    Big Peace ^ | 10-25-11 | El Cid
    From a Middle East correspondent: Beirut Arab news agency al Nashra reported on Saturday November 22, that [White House Muslim envoy] Dalia Mogahed has succeeded in canceling a meeting between the Maronite Patriarch of Lebanon and President Barack Obama. Writing in al Nashra, the reporter said “an unnamed US source told the news agency, that those who sought canceling a visit of (the spiritual head of the Maronite Church) Patriarch Beshara Rahi to the White House are Dalia Mujahid (Mogahed), the highest adviser on Arab and Islamic Affairs in the State Department, who is from Egyptian origins. And that,” according...
  • Bill Maher: "Somehow the Republicans stole the Jews"

    10/01/2011 12:51:11 PM PDT · by martosko · 114 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/01/2011 | Jeff Poor
    In the last five presidential elections, the Democratic presidential nominee averaged 79 percent of the Jewish vote. However, if the recent election in New York’s Ninth Congressional District is a bellwether, those numbers could change. This caught the attention of HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher. On his Friday program, Maher lamented the GOP gains and blamed the shift on Republicans’ belief in the Bible. “And people might say, ‘Why are you talking about it?’” Maher said. “First of all, I’m talking about it because 42 percent of Republicans think the Bible is literally true. A fourth of them think...
  • Syrians flee to Jordan with stories of horror: Assad protesters tortured, killed

    08/08/2011 8:47:30 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Monday, August 8, 2011 | Dale Gavlak
    In Syria on Monday, Mr. Assad continued his assault on the eastern town of Deir el-Zour, a day after his security forces killed 42 people there. The army also killed three people at a funeral in the town of Daraa, human rights activists said. Arab nations applied more diplomatic pressure, as Kuwait and Bahrain on Monday followed Saudi Arabia and withdrew their ambassadors to protest the ongoing violence. Saudi King Abdullah pulled his ambassador out of Damascus on Sunday, denouncing the "bloodshed" in Syria... A cabdriver from Daraa, who asked to be identified as Abu Mahmoud, said he and his...
  • Why Iran’s Blue-Water Naval Ambition Matters

    08/08/2011 2:34:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    The American Interest ^ | August 5, 2011 | Jamsheed K. Choksy
    Last month, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) chief Ali Fadavi declared, “The frontline of the Islamic Republic is the sea. Our enemy, the United States, has a military capacity at sea and has secured hegemony by the means of its naval capacity. . . . It is necessary that the Iranian navy counters the enemy.” Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi told the local press “Iran plans to strengthen its naval forces to maintain security of the open seas … the message to regional countries is that there is no need for the presence of foreign forces.” Iran’s naval force,...
  • J Street Poll: Obama's Jewish support tops Republicans

    07/21/2011 1:54:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies ^ | 7/21/11 | HILARY LEILA KRIEGER JERUSALEM POST CORRESPOND
    Majority of US Jews disapproves of Obama's Arab-Israeli conflict policy; separate poll shows Muslims blame West for domestic problems. WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama handily defeats his current Republican presidential opponents among Jewish voters, according to a poll put out by J Street Thursday. At the same time, the majority of American Jews disapproves of his handling of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the poll found. Obama currently enjoys 63 percent of the American Jewish vote compared to 24% for Mitt Romney and 67% when facing off against Michele Bachmann, who received 19% support, according to the poll. Romney, the former...
  • Jewish Dems losing faith in Obama

    06/29/2011 1:29:28 PM PDT · by MissesBush · 115 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/29/11 | Ben Smith
    David Ainsman really began to get worried about President Barack Obama’s standing with his fellow Jewish Democrats when a recent dinner with his wife and two other couples — all Obama voters in 2008 — nearly turned into a screaming match. Ainsman, a prominent Democratic lawyer and Pittsburgh Jewish community leader, was trying to explain that Obama had just been offering Israel a bit of “tough love” in his May 19 speech on the Arab Spring. His friends disagreed — to say the least. One said he had the sense that Obama “took the opportunity to throw Israel under the...
  • Failed favoritism toward Israel

    06/15/2011 5:35:22 AM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 2011-06-10 | Turki al-Faisal
    ...Palestine's future won't be dictated by the U.S. and Israel.... Riyadh, SAUDI ARABIA President Obama gave a rousing call to action in his controversial speech last month, admonishing Arab governments to embrace democracy and provide freedom to their populations. We in Saudi Arabia, although not cited, took his call seriously. We noted, however, that he conspicuously failed to demand the same rights to self-determination for Palestinians — despite the occupation of their territory by the region’s strongest military power. Soon after, Obama again called into question America’s claim to be a beacon of human rights by allowing Israeli Prime Minister...
  • Rahm Emanuel: Obama doesn't mean return to 1967 lines

    06/03/2011 5:36:17 AM PDT · by SJackson · 26 replies · 1+ views
    In 'Washington Post' op-ed, Chicago mayor says 1967 borders are starting point for negotiations, not end point. US President Barack Obama's call for a Palestinian state to be based on 1967 lines with mutually agreed land swaps does not mean a return to the these borders, according to a Washington Post op-ed by Chicago mayor and former US chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. "[Obama] reminded us that every president and many Israeli elected leaders have recognized that the borders are one starting point for negotiations, not the end point," Emanuel wrote. "That statement does not mean a return to 1967...
  • Creeping anti-Semitism in the New York Times

    05/25/2011 11:57:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Leo Rennert
    By all counts, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu received more than two dozen standing ovations during his address to a joint session of Congress. When he entered the House chamber, the first standing ovation lasted more than two minutes. So what accounts for this super-warm reception for the Israeli leader by lawmakers of both parties? Could it be that they genuinely believe that Israel shares America's deepest social and political values? That Israel is the only true, functioning democracy in the Middle East? That Arabs enjoy greater rights in Israel than in any Arab nation? That their ovations reflected the views...
  • Obama's Jewish backers on edge over his Mideast peace plan

    05/25/2011 7:45:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 25, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas
    Washington— President Obama's Jewish fund-raising network is trying to calm uneasy donors who fear that his blueprint for Middle East peace would jeopardize Israel’s security. Although Obama's core fund-raising volunteers aren’t panicking, they say his outline for a peace deal has created unexpected obstacles that make it more difficult to meet short-term fund-raising targets. But many in the Jewish community remain worried about what the president said, what he meant and what it all means for Israel. In Philadelphia, a committee of about 30 Obama supporters is trying to raise about $3 million for an Obama fund-raising dinner set for...
  • LIVE THREAD: Netanyahu to speak before Congress

    05/24/2011 8:14:33 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 422 replies · 1+ views
    Live streaming via CSPAN

    05/23/2011 3:53:37 PM PDT · by onyx · 741 replies
    AIPAC/ also CSPAN2 ^ | May, 23, 2011 | onyx
    At 7:00 p.m. EDT, this photo box will turn into the live feed from the Monday banquets at AIPAC Policy Conference 2011 Monday, May 23, 2011 - 10:00am While Washington, D.C., is increasingly consumed with bickering between Democrats and Republicans, the U.S.-Israel relationship remains the one issue that transcends the partisan divide. In a display of this bipartisan spirit, more than half of Congress will attend tonight's Gala Banquet, which will fill a room large enough to fit the Washington Monument on its side. This year, however, for the first time ever, Hall D/E, as massive as it is, cannot...
  • Syrian deaths soar as tanks, snipers, commandos mow down civilians

    04/25/2011 9:39:19 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 56 replies
    Debkafile ^ | 4/25/11
    Bashar Assad has launched all-out war on his people. Tanks firing artillery, APCs, infantry units, commandoes and snipers were deployed for the first time at daybreak Monday, April 25 in cities across Syria for the most brutal assault on any Arab anti-government protest in the four-month uprising. In the first few hours, hundreds are estimated to have been massacred (over and above the 350 shot dead in the last three days) and thousands injured. Denied medical attention, they are left in the streets to die. The military offensive to break the back of the uprising is led by his younger...
  • Muslims Continue Pushing Christians Out of Bethlehem

    03/22/2011 9:41:37 AM PDT · by NJ_Tom · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Israel National News ^ | March 22 2011 | Gil Ronen
    The Muslim Fatah-controlled authority in Judea and Samaria is encouraging a "sharp demographic shift" in Bethlehem, where the Christian population went from a 60 percent majority in 1990 to a 40 percent minority in 2000, to about 15 percent of the city's total population today. It is estimated that, for the past seven years, more than one thousand Christians have been emigrating from the Bethlehem area annually and that only 10,000 to 13,000 Christians remain in the city. International human rights lawyer Justus Reid Weiner, who teaches at Hebrew University, told the Jerusalem Institute for Global Jewish Affairs that, under...
  • Why the Saudi Royals are Scared

    03/08/2011 1:17:52 PM PST · by Kartographer · 32 replies
    DailyBeast/YahooNews ^ | 3/8/11 | Bruce Riedel
    The House of Saud watches nervously as friends fall and the United States changes its alliances. Bruce Riedel on how money could help them—and why King Abdullah should not be underestimated. The view from the enormous marble palaces in Riyadh and Jidda is becoming grim. For the House of Saud, the winter of Arab discontent has been unsettling so far as friends fall in waves. It may get a lot worse from the royal family’s perspective. But the Saudi royals are proven survivors who have been around and in power for centuries. They know how to survive and have the...
  • Obama gets Carter's Disease in Libya

    03/08/2011 9:27:17 AM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 8, 2011 | James Lewis
    Some great powers talk big and act big. Some do big things quietly. But you can't talk big and do nothing and still expect to be taken seriously in a world of ruthless power players. That's what Obama is doing in Libya today, following in the pathetic footsteps of Jimmy Carter and Lyndon B. Johnson. Obama is a grandstanding blow-hard, and the world understands that by now. Telling Hosni Mubarak to leave the presidency of Egypt after 30 years of a very successful alliance that stabilized the Middle East was unnecessary, dangerous, and humiliating to a man who deserved better...
  • Obama losing ground across the Middle East

    02/18/2011 8:26:06 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The China Post, Taiwan ^ | February 19, 2011 | Peter Brookes
    Obama losing ground across the Middle East It would be easier to forgive the Obama administration's lackluster handling of the political crisis in Egypt over the last couple of weeks if things were going their way elsewhere in the Middle East. Unfortunately, they're not. Start with Iran. Despite two years of engagement, Tehran is still developing nuclear weapons — significantly shaking stability in the Middle East as they do. And, sorry: neither cyber ops like the “Stuxnet” computer virus (which the U.S. may have been behind) nor U.N.-prescribed economic sanctions seem to have put much of a hitch in the...
  • Obama 'Furious' With Hillary State Department Over Egypt (Isn't *she his employee?)

    02/15/2011 10:24:12 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 2/13/11
    Obama 'Furious' With Hillary State Department Over EgyptBy Newsmax Wires Sunday, 13 Feb 2011 05:42 PM Is a civil war brewing between the Obama White House and Hillary Clinton's State Department? A New York Times story published this weekend suggests one may have erupted already. On Saturday, the Times, quoting numerous White House sources, sought to explain the Obama administration's erratic policy statements during the Egyptian crisis. The paper reported that Obama was "seething" over State Department officials's statement suggesting that the administration did not want a quick transition of power in Egypt, with President Hosni Mubarak stepping down from...
  • Egypt protests: America's secret backing for rebel leaders behind uprising

    02/09/2011 8:29:34 PM PST · by Candor7 · 41 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 9:23PM GMT 28 Jan 2011 | Tim Ross, Matthew Moore and Steven Swinford
    The American government secretly backed leading figures behind the Egyptian uprising who have been planning “regime change” for the past three years, The Daily Telegraph has learned. The American Embassy in Cairo helped a young dissident attend a US-sponsored summit for activists in New York, while working to keep his identity secret from Egyptian state police. On his return to Cairo in December 2008, the activist told US diplomats that an alliance of opposition groups had drawn up a plan to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak and install a democratic government in 2011. The secret document in full He has already...
  • NBC: Mubarak stepping down tonight

    02/10/2011 7:43:55 AM PST · by combat_boots · 70 replies
    NBC ^ | 10 Feb 2011 | Unknown
  • Army Chief Ashkenazi: Prepare for all-out war

    02/09/2011 3:34:43 AM PST · by fifthvirginia · 33 replies ^ | 07 FEB 11 | Boaz Fyler
    In his final days on the job, Chief of Staff Ashkenazi warns about growing radicalization in region; given recent changes across Middle East, Israel must prepare for a battle in several theaters, he says.
  • Obama empowers radical Islam:Riots in Egypt reveal the bankruptcy of Obama‘s Muslim outreach

    02/04/2011 5:40:35 AM PST · by bestintxas · 7 replies
    wash times ^ | 2/3/11 | J Kuhner
    President Obama likely may have lost Egypt. If he has, it will be one of the most dramatic and devastating foreign policy defeats for the United States in decades. It also will be a significant victory for the forces of radical Islam - a blow that threatens to undermine American interests across the Middle East. The regime of Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak is teetering on the brink. He is a spent force. He will be out of office by September, if not much sooner. His son Gamal, who was groomed to be his successor, has fled to London. The rampaging...
  • Is Obama’s goal war in the Middle East? Or is he simply incompetent like Jimmy Carter?

    02/02/2011 7:48:38 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 86 replies ^ | 2-2-2011 | Tom Hoefling
    Washington, DC – With Obama’s coddling of the opposition in Egypt, which is led by the radical Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, and the administration’s apparent willingness to mainstream this extremist group politically, one must ask hard questions concerning motivations. Although, whether the Obama State Department is completely incompetent or truly craven in their dealings with this severe security threat to the entire Middle East region, the result is almost certainly going to be the same: an abrogation of Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel, and the uniting of a country we’ve armed with some of the most sophisticated weaponry with the most...
  • The Egyptians hate us

    02/01/2011 10:20:59 AM PST · by Nachum · 41 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/1/11 | editor
    The Egyptian people are reentering history. The masses have awakened, swarming in the streets against autocracy, chanting “Yes we can!” It’s too bad they hate America.In June 2009, President Obama launched his much heralded outreach effort to the Muslim people with a speech in Cairo. Now the people of that city are clamoring for reform, but their view of the United States is worse than it was at the height of the George W. Bush administration. According to survey data from the Pew Global Attitudes Project released in June 2010, the United States had a 30 percent approval
  • "White House: We're Not Taking Sides in Egypt

    01/31/2011 2:34:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 1/31/11 | Brian Montopoli
    White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday that it is "not for me or our government to determine" whether Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak should leave office amid massive protests against his rule. Gibbs said the United States is "not picking between those on the street and those in the government." Yet Gibbs also said the U.S. was seeking an "orderly transition" in Egypt. Asked what he meant with those words, the press secretary said the United States wanted to see "a process of negotiations with a broad cross-section of the Egyptian people.
  • AP Exclusive: Report warns of Iran nuke disaster

    01/31/2011 11:58:20 AM PST · by Kartographer · 58 replies
    Ap/YahooNews ^ | 1/31/11 | GEORGE JAHN
    The control systems of Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant have been penetrated by a computer worm unleashed last year, according to a foreign intelligence report that warns of a possible Chernobyl-like disaster once the site becomes fully operational. Russia's envoy to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, also has raised the specter of the 1986 reactor explosion in Ukraine, but suggested last week that the danger had passed. The report, drawn up by a nation closely monitoring Iran's nuclear program and obtained by The Associated Press, said such conclusions were premature and based on the "casual assessment" of Russian and Iranian scientists at Bushehr.
  • Trump: Obama 'Isn't Doing Anything in Middle East'

    01/30/2011 10:47:21 PM PST · by tsowellfan · 69 replies
    In his exclusive interview with Newsmax, billionaire Donald Trump insists the United States must find a better way to deal with the dangers posed by the oil cartel OPEC. “I think it’s unfair. I think it’s illegal,” he declares. “If you have a store and I have a store and we collude and set prices, we go to jail. “Here you have 12 men, in this case all men, they sit around a table and they set the price of oil. “Abu Dhabi, which has plenty of oil, just went to all natural gas for transportation because they want to...
  • Obama's 3 AM Moment

    01/31/2011 8:18:51 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 31, 2011 | Nancy Morgan
    One of the issues raised in the run-up to our last presidential election was the question "Which candidate is best qualified to handle a '3 AM moment'?" America now has a partial answer. It isn't President Obama. Last Friday was Day 4 of the ongoing protests in Egypt, where tens of thousands Egyptians took to the streets to demand the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. As the situation reached a flash point, with a mounting death toll and Egyptian tanks in the streets of Cairo, President Obama maintained his silence. Well, not quite. He did Twitter, by proxy.
  • Obama will go down in history as the president who lost Egypt

    01/31/2011 8:25:57 AM PST · by teddyballgame · 28 replies ^ | 1/31/11 | Aluf Benn
    Jimmy Carter will go down in American history as "the president who lost Iran," which during his term went from being a major strategic ally of the United States to being the revolutionary Islamic Republic. Barack Obama will be remembered as the president who "lost" Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt, and during whose tenure America's alliances in the Middle East crumbled. The superficial circumstances are similar. In both cases, a United States in financial crisis and after failed wars loses global influence under a leftist president whose good intentions are interpreted abroad as expressions of weakness. The results are reflected in...
  • Prince warns S. Arabia of apocalypse

    01/29/2011 1:45:18 PM PST · by FromLori · 114 replies
    Press TV ^ | 1/30/2011 | Staff
    Saudi Prince Turki bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud has warned the country's royal family to step down and flee before a military coup or a popular uprising overthrows the kingdom. In a letter published by Wagze news agency on Tuesday, the Cairo-based prince warned Saudi Arabia's ruling family of a fate similar to that of Iraq's executed dictator Saddam Hussein and the ousted Iranian Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, calling on them to escape before people "cut off our heads in streets." He warned that the Saudi royal family is no longer able to "impose" itself on people, arguing that deviations...
  • Chris Matthews Blames Egypt Riots on George W. Bush and Iraq War

    01/29/2011 11:36:45 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies
    Chris Matthews Blames Egypt Riots on George W. Bush and Iraq War By Noel Sheppard Created 01/29/2011 - 12:17pm By Noel Sheppard | January 29, 2011 | 12:17 Noel Sheppard's picture It's a metaphysical certitude that whenever anything happens in the Middle East, the media will quickly blame former President George W. Bush and the war in Iraq. Not missing the opportunity to do so, Chris Matthews began the 5PM installment of "Hardball" Friday connecting the riots in Egypt to a man that has been out of office for two years (video follows with transcript and commentary): CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST:...
  • Losing Egypt?

    01/28/2011 9:50:28 AM PST · by La Lydia · 64 replies
    Front Page magazine ^ | January 28, 2010
    “An earthquake has shaken the region" - The above headline from an Israeli newspaper describes with unfailing accuracy the pivotal events now taking place in the Middle East. In Egypt, the Arab world’s largest and most populous country of more than 80 million, massive demonstrations involving tens of thousands of people began on Tuesday in what was billed as a “Day of Anger” and are continuing despite a ban by a very rattled government. Smaller protests are likewise occurring in Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Algeria. The domino effect so feared by Middle Eastern strongmen after Tunisian protesters chased their president...
  • Biden: Mubarak Should Not Step Down

    01/28/2011 9:12:22 AM PST · by nuconvert · 59 replies
    Vice President Biden, issuing the Obama administration's most definitive statement to date on the turmoil in Egypt, said President Hosni Mubarak should not step down and downplayed the protests spreading across the Mideast as generally unconnected. He described the unrest as an expression of "middle-class folks" looking for "a little more access and a little more opportunity."
  • Analysis: Wikileaks vindicate, don’t damage, Israel

    11/29/2010 5:45:58 AM PST · by SJackson · 28 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/28/2010 | YAAKOV KATZ
    The US is clearly listening to what Middle Eastern leaders have to say about Iran - now what are they going to do about it? Talkbacks (13) Based on the trove of diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks on Sunday, the United States is clearly listening to and recording what Middle Eastern leaders have to say about Iran. The question left unanswered is what the US is willing to do about it. For years now, top Israeli political and defense leaders have warned the world that a nuclear Iran is not just a threat to the Jewish state but is a...
  • Obama goes to church to hear a Muslim speaker!

    09/20/2010 6:30:09 PM PDT · by this is my country · 209 replies · 1+ views
    The Post & Email ^ | September 20, 2010 | Brigitte de Maubec
    Yesterday, on Sunday, September 19, 2010, the Obama family attended church for only the third time in a year. They went on foot to the St. John’s Episcopal Church situated across the Lafayette Park. But what is widely not reported by the White House and the MSM is that on that particular Sunday in that particular church, Dr. Ziad Asali, M.D., a Muslim, founder and president of the American Task Force on Palestine, was the guest speaker. He was there to speak on the subject of “Prospects of the two-state solution in the Middle-East.” According to the website of the...
  • Why Jews are Deserting Obama and the Democrats

    08/24/2010 8:07:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 115 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 23, 2010 | Ed Lasky
    One little-noticed trend that speaks volumes: the decline in Democratic Party identification and support for Barack Obama from American Jews, once among their most reliable and enthusiastic backers. There has been a steady drip-drip-drip of Jews leaving the Democratic Party, most recently noted by the Pew Research Center. This has caused consternation among the usual suspects -- among them, the National Jewish Democratic Council and New York Times columnist and uber-liberal Charles Blow, who commented just a few days ago: In a Pew Research Center report issued on Thursday and entitled "Growing Number of Americans Say Obama Is a Muslim"...
  • Iran’s Ahmadinejad calls for TV debate with Obama

    08/02/2010 4:14:56 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 30 replies · 7+ views
    Arab News ^ | 8/2./2010 | Arab News
    TEHRAN: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on US President Barack Obama on Monday to face him in a televised one-on-one debate to see who has the best solutions for the world’s problems. The provocative proposal comes as Iran deals with a new wave of international sanctions — driven by Washington - aimed at putting pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program. “Toward the end of summer we will hopefully be there for the (UN) General Assembly and I will be ready for one-on-one talks with Obama, in front of the media of course,” Ahmadinejad told a conference of Iranian expatriates...
  • Iran On War Alert Over "US And Israeli Concentrations" In Azerbaijan

    06/23/2010 5:55:59 AM PDT · by Fennie · 18 replies
    DEBKA ^ | June 23, 2010
    In a rare move, Iran has declared a state of war on its northwestern border, DEBKAfile's military and Iranian sources report. Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps men and equipment units are being massed in the Caspian Sea region against what Tehran claims are US and Israeli forces concentrated on army and air bases in Azerbaijan ready to strike Iran's nuclear facilities. The announcement came on Tuesday, June 22 from Brig.-Gen Mehdi Moini of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), commander of the forces tasked with "repelling" this American-Israeli offensive. He said: "The mobilization is due to the presence of American and Israeli forces...
  • Obama Official: Netanyahu Waiting for ‘President Palin’

    06/08/2010 7:00:33 AM PDT · by Tigen · 312 replies · 284+ views
    INN ^ | 6-8-10 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    The Netanyahu government’s attitude to the United States shows it is “waiting for President [Sarah] Palin, an Obama official reportedly told Peter Beinart, writing for the Atlantic Monthly news site. Palin was the Republican candidate for vice president two years ago and is considered a front-running candidate for the next presidential election in 2012. “As an Obama official once told me about the Netanyahu team, with amazement, ‘these guys are actually waiting for President Palin,’” wrote Beinart, a senior political writer for The Daily Beast and associate professor of journalism and political science at City University of New York. In...
  • White House criticizes Thomas for Israel remarks

    06/07/2010 9:07:24 AM PDT · by Rennes Templar · 74 replies · 97+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | June 7, 2010
    WASHINGTON – Controversial remarks about Israel by veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas drew sharp criticism from the Obama administration on Monday, as well as the cancellation of a high school graduation speech she was to deliver. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked at his daily briefing with reporters about President Barack Obama's reaction to Thomas' remarks. Gibbs called them "offensive and reprehensible." Thomas, a columnist for Hearst Newspapers, has apologized for comments that were captured on video by an interviewer for the website On the May 27 video, Thomas says Israelis should "get the hell out...
  • Official: US Will Stand with Israel

    06/01/2010 11:29:04 AM PDT · by Route797 · 39 replies · 922+ views
    ABC News ^ | June 01, 2010 | Jake Tapper
    I’m told there won’t be any daylight between the US and Israel in the aftermath of the incident on the flotilla yesterday, which resulted in the deaths of 10 activists. Regardless of the details of the flotilla incident, sources say President Obama is focused on what he sees as the longer term issue here: a successful Mideast peace process. “The president has always said that it will be much easier for Israel to make peace if it feels secure,” a senior administration official tells ABC News. The suggestion is that US condemnation of Israel would further isolate that country, and...
  • Time to Change Course in the Middle East

    06/01/2010 11:07:52 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 3 replies · 297+ views ^ | June 1, 2010 | Conn Caroll
    Early Monday morning in the international waters of the Mediterranean Sea, helicopters lowered Israeli Commandos onto a Turkish-flagged ferry carrying 600 passengers determined to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza. Beset by activists armed with poles, knives and guns, the Israelis defended themselves, and the resulting violence left at least nine dead. Hours later, the International Atomic Energy Agency released a report claiming that Iran now has enough nuclear fuel, with further enrichment, to make two nuclear weapons. These two stories are not unrelated. And they ought to serve as a signal to the Obama administration that it is time to...