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By Wesley Pruden – The Washington Times – October 6, 2016

Barack Obama will soon be gone, banished to a smaller house down the street from the mosque, and peace, alas, will not be upon him. The anti-war president leaves behind a world with more war than it had when he first moved into the White House.

Mr. Obama had hardly got his socks-and-underwear drawer organized when he got a call from Oslo that he had won the Nobel Peace Prize. He told his speechwriters to write a speech recognizing, in a nice way, that the award was the work of giddy European intellectuals who had reduced the Nobel Prize to something like one of those offers of a weekend in Florida to anyone who would sit still for a pitch for condominium shares.

Nobody thought the award had much to do with peace, and everyone agreed that Mr. Obama certainly didn’t deserve the prize, cheapened as it had become by politics. Nearly eight years later the president has become something of a maker of war, not peace, which is the usual lot of any man or woman elected, like it or not, leader of the world.

“I don’t think he would have been in the speculation of the Nobel committee now, in 2016, even if he had not already won [before],” Kristian Berg Harpviken, director of the Peace Research Institute of Oslo and a close watcher of the machinations of the Nobel committee, tells The Associated Press. “Obama has been stuck in the old paradigm,” he says.

Indeed, it’s those naughty old paradigms that eventually make every president miserable. Mr. Obama consoled himself by blaming everything on George W. Bush until reality overtook him.

The world is a far more dangerous place now. Radical Islamic terrorism, which the president still dares not call by its name, has become the new normal everywhere, gruesome death of innocents in the name of a prophet dead for centuries.

The world hasn’t measured so many deaths in battle since the end of the Vietnam War, and refugees from war and terrorism have washed over Europe in numbers to remake the map, and threaten now to overwhelm the culture in America.

If, in the words of the Statler Brothers, “life gets complicated when you get past 18,” life gets impossible for presidents once they get to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, beware.

Mr. Obama has still not learned the lesson taught by the poet Bobby Burns, to see himself as others see him, a president engaged in more wars big and small than his predecessor.

He should apologize to George W. He has pulled more than 100,000 soldiers out of Iraq, enabling the success of ISIS in taking vast territory for its so-called Islamic State, and now he has to begin the painful and embarrassing task of sending some of them back. He abhors conventional war, but dispatches drones to kill the guilty and innocent alike.

He assisted in the invention of a crisis over “climate change,” as if the climate hasn’t been changing since the first thunderstorm ruined Eve’s garden party in Eden.

He rewarded Fidel Castro and the old men of the Cuban revolution, eager for the comforts of capitalism as they lie dying, but he is unable to do anything but draw imaginary red lines in the sand, like a child with his coloring book, to prevent the destruction of the Syrians.

But the president’s peacemaking legacy will be the sweetheart deal he made with the mullahs in Iran, preserving their dream of an Islamic bomb, which the mullahs promise to use to make a second Holocaust of Israel.

Mr. Obama said in 2012 that he would give the mullahs an opportunity to “take the diplomatic route and end their nuclear program” or face an American president with lots of options. The world learned that the options were a stream of concessions to keep the Iranian nuclear-weapons program alive and on the way to the bomb.

Hillary Clinton goes along with the president’s cynical assurance that against emerging evidence he has halted the development of the Iranian bomb.

We saw the Democratic celebration of the myth in the debate between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence.

Whether manufacturing peace or disarming Islamic terror, Barack Obama and his protege have demonstrated incompetence all but unique in the history of the American presidency.

And Hillary Clinton wants America to reward the incompetence with four more years. PLEASE VOTE NO THANKS.

• Wesley Pruden is editor-in-chief emeritus of The Times.

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Video: Huma Abedin —Hillary Clinton Supreme Confidante, companion, daughter of radical Islamic Leaders. Why is she privy to top US Security and Military Classified information? Makes Wiki email leaks look like kindergarten game child play.

II SICKENING truth about FBI’s Hillary investigation exposed

By Matt Palumbo

October 14, 2016

When FBI Director James Comey let Hillary Clinton off the hook at the conclusion of the investigation into her private email server, many of us had the impression it wasn’t what he truly wanted. After all, he read off a number of facts that proved Hillary to have been a liar on numerous occasions when she gave a defense of her actions and cited copious evidence of her “extreme carelessness.”

So why did the investigation turn out the way it did? While I had assumed that Comey was the one facing political pressure to not indict Hillary from the rest of the FBI, it turns out that most of the FBI thought otherwise.

Via Louder With Crowder:

We learned a thing or two about the decision since then. The latest development confirms that tons of FBI and DOJ agents had a strong case against Clinton. So when they found out they wouldn’t be prosecuting? It didn’t go over too well…To quote from the video: “The decision by Comey and Loretta Lynch (Obama’s hand picked head of the Dept. of Justice …  the investigative team left dismayed and disgusted. More than 100 FBI agents and analysts worked around the clock with six attorneys to investigate the case.”

“No trial level attorney agreed, no agent working on the case agreed – it was a top-down decision,” said the source… “It was unanimous that we all wanted her [Clinton’s] security clearance yanked. The vast majority felt she should be prosecuted.”

“Loretta Lynch simply wants to stay on as [AG] under Clinton, so there is no way she would indict. (Remember she had a little private conference at the airport in her private plane with Bill Clinton who just happened to be there  just before the decision was made in Hillary’s favor. What a coincidence! Every agent and attorney I [spoke] to is embarrassed and has lost total respect for James Comey and Loretta Lynch,” the source said.

We’ve also learned from an email released in the Wikileaks dump that Clinton’s team may have had access to Justice Department employees during the investigation that helped her and her staff receive favorable treatment.

The FBI is now investigating the hack that allowed for that Wikileaks dump to occur — though I’m pretty sure they’ll be able to do their jobs in that investigation.

[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]

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II  “Wet Works”: Podesta Email Makes Assassination Reference Days Before Scalia Death
by Adan Salazar | InfoWars.com | published on October 14, 2016

Fourth Mysterious Death connected to the Democratic National Committee in less than one month!

Victor Thorn – (from Snopes.com) Much of the Internet was abuzz in early August 2016 over a report that Victor Thorn, a “prominent Clinton researcher,” had committed suicide, as reported on the American Free Press web site:

Prolific author, AMERICAN FREE PRESS writer and seasoned Clinton researcher Victor Thorn was found at the top of a mountain near his home, the apparent victim of a gunshot wound. Family and some close friends contend Thorn took his own life on his birthday, August 1. Thorn would have been 54. At the peak of his writing career, the author of some 20 books and 30 chapbooks, Thorn had reported for this newspaper for over a decade, writing thousands of articles on myriad subjects from conspiracy to health-related topics.

Best known for his investigate research on the Clintons, Thorn wrote the Clinton trilogy—three definitive works that delved into the history of the power couple including their sordid scandals, Bill Clinton’s sexual assaults of multiple women, and the drug running out of Mena, Arkansas while Clinton was governor of the state.

Shawn Lucas  In August 2016, rumors began circulating that Shawn Lucas had died unexpectedly; Lucas was known to many frustrated Democrats as the young man who served the Democratic National Committee (DNC) with a lawsuit in early July 2016 charging that the DNC had committed “fraud” in favoring Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primary process.  Lucas’ death may have been connected to his role as the process server for the DNC lawsuit.  (from snopes.com)

Seth Conrad Rich, (from Snopes.com) age 27, On 10 July 2016, Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer Seth Conrad Rich was shot and killed just after 4 AM in Washington, D.C. Rich’s tragic death was undoubtedly destined to feed a number of conspiracy theories due to his line of work and the proximity of the 2016 presidential election. Among those theories were myriad conflicting claims that Rich was covertly working to expose election fraud, collaborating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on an unspecified investigation, or a recycled assertion that he was imminently to testify against Hillary Clinton when he was gunned down.

John Ashe (From: Political Insider) UN official died suspiciously the day before he was set to testify as a top official against the Democratic National Committee on June 22, 2016 There are major questions being raised about the suspicious death of former United Nations (U.N.) official John Ashe. Was foul play involved? A bombshell report shows that Ashe, who was found dead last week, supposedly due to a heart attack, is having the reason for death brought into question.

Police officers in the city of Dobbs Ferry, New York have claimed he instead died by a crushed throat in a “workout accident.” Ashe was scheduled to testify in court today, along with Ng Lap Seng – a Chinese businessman and co-defendant – who received more than $1 billion during his term as president of the U.N. in donations. Sing also found ways to illegally funnel money to Democrats during President Bill Clinton’s term in office.
Ng was identified in a 1998 Senate report as the source of hundreds of thousands of dollars illegally funneled through an Arkansas restaurant owner, Charlie Trie, to the Democratic National Committee during the Clinton administration. (Ng was not charged with any crime.)

One source told me, “During the trial, the prosecutors would have linked Ashe to the Clinton bagman Ng. It would have been very embarrassing. His death was conveniently timed.” Police in Dobbs Ferry village are keeping the investigation open pending an autopsy by the Westchester medical examiner.
Via NY Post
WorldNetDaily Aug 21, 2016 -presented a  list of 33 people associated with the Clintons who have died mysterious and often violent deaths. It is very clear that being deeply connected into the Clinton political world can be hazardous to your health.

www.wnd.com/2016/08/clinton-death-list-33-most-intriguing-cases/

How coincidental can this all be? Who were the killers? What were the circumstances? Were the crimes thoroughly investigated and by whom — the Justice Department? Don’t make me laugh with Loretta Lynch directly in the pocket of Barack Obama and the Clintons. Maybe Bill Clinton had a chance to get on Lynch’s private airplane, by coincidence, of course, to discuss these minor issues, too. And how exactly was FBI Director James Comey threatened? Was he shown pictures of the men listed above as a subtle hint? What about Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and his complete collapse on Obamacare. How did that happen? What was the threat?

And, then my favorite peeve —the death of Justice Anthony Scalia — a major thorn in the side of Obama and the Left. How could they ever get any of their off the wall, unconstitutional projects past him and the Supreme Court with him as a major force on the court? Where was the investigation of his death? And why no autopsy?

Coincidently at exactly the same period, Prince the well known entertainer who was known by his inner circle as a multi-drug addict,  had five or six autopsies! I will never understand the contrast. The Scalia’s family did not want the autopsy argument has no merit, especially when a political figure of that magnitude suddenly dies under unusual, out of the way circumstances. Were Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Loretta Lynch involved in this convenient death? I have no idea but I would still like an objective, non-partisan autopsy done.

Who ordered all those hits listed above and tens more either directly or indirectly? Doesn’t this at least raise a question on what’s happening to our country? How coincidental can this all be?

Could this be Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party silencing people who “know too much?”

Is this the government you want? One governed by coercion in one form or another. Are we that far from Nazi Germany right now if even a fraction of the information above is true?

Compiled from multiple internet sources by Jerome S. Kaufman

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II  “Wet Works”:  Podesta Email Makes Assassination Reference Days Before Scalia Death
by Adan Salazar | InfoWars.com  |  published on October 14, 2016

Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta used a term known to reference assassination in an email sent to a lobbyist days before Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s mysterious death.
The email, an exchange between Podesta and D.C. lobbyist Steve Elmendorf, appeared in a trove of documents dumped by the organization WikiLeaks Wednesday.

“Didn’t think wet works meant pool parties at the Vineyard,” Podesta says in the February 9 email under the subject line “Thanks”.
“I’m all in,” gay lobbyist and Hillary delegate Steve Elmendorf replies. “Sounds like it will be a bad nite, we all need to buckle up and double down.”
Justice Scalia was later found dead in a hotel room in Texas on the night of February 12 – three days after the email exchange took place.

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Foot in his mouth Trump continues to make damaging statements that have nothing to do with our real problems.

Read More About: You might think we are fools because you feel Trump is on a self-destruct course, but look beyond Washington and listen to the masses.

I  Sorry, I have to re-print Don R. Ivey’s  letter. But, foot in his mouth Trump continues to make damaging statements which have nothing to do with the important subjects he should be addressing like our terrible economy, our lack of real job growth, the deliberate crippling of our military, the alienation of all our world allies, the pre-occupation with and use of Global Warming as Obama’s and Hillary’s straw man while they kill our real energy sources and put hundreds of thousands of people out of work, the promotion of the Islamic State.

Our only hope is that you will try and fix all those things Trump because we know Hillary will not and we have to vote for you. So can you please address the issues that matter and not allow Hillary to bait you into more garbage.

Jerome S. Kaufman

II This email reflects how many people feel today about Donald Trump

I am now in my 70’s.
Recently I received a questionnaire and request for money from the Republican Party and strongly agree with every question, as I have since Obama was elected.

Unfortunately the one question that was missing is: What have the  Republicans done for the American people?

We gave you a majority in the House and Senate, and you never  listened to us. Now you want our money, my money, more money. You should be more concerned about our votes, not our money.

You are the establishment which means all you want is to save your jobs and line your pockets.

Well guess what? It’s not going to happen.

TRUMP has asked for very little until now when Hillary’s millionaire lefties are overwhelming the TV with destructive lies.

You might think we are fools because you feel Trump is on a self-destruct course, but look beyond Washington and listen to the masses. Nobody has achieved what he has, especially in the state of New York.

Here’s why I want Trump. Yes, he’s a bit of an ass; yes, he’s an  egomaniac; but I don’t care.

The country is a mess because politicians suck.

The Republican Party is two-faced and gutless, and illegals are  everywhere.

I want it all fixed!

I don’t care that Trump is crude.

I don’t care that he insults people.

I don’t care that he has changed positions.

I don’t care that he’s been married 3 times.

I don’t care that he fights with Megan Kelly and Rosie O’Donnell.

I don’t care that he doesn’t know the name of some Muslim terrorist.

Our country has become weak, and bankrupt.

Our enemies are making fun of us. We are being invaded by illegals.

We are becoming a nation of victims where every Tom, Ricardo and Hassid is a special group with special rights to a point where we don’t even recognize the country we were born and raised in,

“AND I JUST WANT IT FIXED.”

And Trump is the only guy who seems to understand what We The People want and need.

I’m sick of politicians, sick of the Democratic Party, the  Republican Party, and sick of illegals. I just want this thing fixed.

Trump may not be a saint, but he doesn’t have lobbyist money controlling him; he doesn’t have political correctness restraining him; all you know is that he has been very successful; a good negotiator; he has built a lot of things; and, he’s also not a politician.

And, he says he’ll fix it. And, I believe him because he is too much of an egotist to be proven wrong or looked at and called a liar.

I don’t care if the guy has bad hair.

You are welcome to pass this on, or not.

Thought for the Day  “No country can sustain, in idleness, more than a small percentage of its numbers. The great majority must labor at something productive!”

Don R. “Dick” Ivey, PhD

P.S.  No Borders, No Language, No Culture = No Country.

I sure hopes this goes to everyone.
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Obama’s shameful eulogy for Shimon Peres, given at Mt. Herzl’s National Cemetery in Jerusalem, Israel’s Capitol

OBAMA’S HOSTILE EULOGY

Redacted from an article by Caroline Glick

US President Barack Obama’s eulogy of Shimon Peres at Mount Herzl was a thinly disguised assault on Israel. And he barely bothered to hide it.

(And probably it was the only motivation for him coming to the funeral in the first place — To further the goals of his Muslim compatriots. Yes,  I also question his birth certificate  as do many expert document investigators, but that is unfortunately, water under the bridge)  jsk

Throughout his remarks, Obama wielded Peres’s record like a baseball bat. He used it to club the Israeli public and its elected leaders over and over again. Peres, Obama intimated, was a prophet. But the suspicious, tribal people of Israel were too stiff necked to follow him.

In what was perhaps the low point of a low performance, Obama used Peres’s words to slander his domestic critics as racist oppressors .

“Shimon,” he began harmlessly enough, “believed that Israel’s exceptionalism was rooted not only in fidelity to the Jewish people, but to the moral and ethical vision, the precepts of his Jewish faith.”

You could say that about every Israeli leader since the dawn of modern Zionism.

But then Obama went for the jugular.

 In a startling non sequitur he continued, “‘The Jewish people weren’t born to rule another people,’ he [Peres] would say. ‘From the very first day we were against slaves and masters.’” We don’t know the context in which Peres made that statement. But what is clear enough is that Obama used his words to accuse the majority of Israelis who do not share Peres’s vision for peaceincluding Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu who was sitting in the front row listening to him – of supporting slavery.

This libelous assault on Israel was probably the most unhinged remark ever directed at the Jewish state by an American president. What does the fact that Obama said this at Peres’s funeral tell us about Obama? What does it tell us about Peres? Obama was not merely wrong when he accused Peres’s detractors of support for slavery, he was maliciously wrong.

Due to Peres’s Oslo Accords, since 1995, all the Palestinian population centers in Judea and Samaria have been governed by the PLO. Israel hasn’t been in charge of any aspect of their daily civic existence. 

And they have only suffered as a result. Between 1967 and 1996, when the Palestinians of Judea and Samaria were governed by the military government, the Palestinians were free. They only became “enslaved” when the PLO took over.

Under Israeli rule, the Palestinians enjoyed far more expansive civil rights than they have since we left. The PLO transformed their lives into chaos by implementing the law of the jungle, enforced by mob-style militias. Their property rights were trampled. Their civil rights have been gutted.

 The fact that PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas and his cronies delayed their municipal elections indefinitely the day after Peres’s funeral is yet another testament to the absence of freedom in the PLO as opposed to Israeli-ruled areas.

But really, Obama couldn’t care less. He didn’t come here to tell the truth about Peres. He came here to use Peres as a means to bludgeon the government the people elected.

 Obama began his attack as he often begins his political assaults on his opponents. He created a straw man.

 Peres’s critics on the Right, he said, “argued that he refused to see the true wickedness of the world, and called him naïve.”



In other words, as far as Obama is concerned, Israelis are prisoners of their dark view of the world. Unlike Peres the optimist, his countrymen are tribal pessimists.

 Peres, whose vision for peace rested on giving the outskirts of Tel Aviv and half of Jerusalem to terrorists, wasn’t naïve.

He “knew better than the cynic.”

 He was better than that. He was better than us.

 This brings us then to the paradox of Peres’s life’s work. Over last quarter-century of his life, we, the people of Israel wanted to feel empowered by Peres’s superstar status. We wanted to get excited when Hollywood stars and A-list politicians came to his birthday bashes at the President’s Residence and the Peres Center.

But every time we tried to see Peres’s success as our success, some visiting VIP would smile before the cameras and kick us in the shins. 

The higher Peres’s star rose in the stratosphere of celebrity stardom, the worse Israel’s global position became. The international A-listers who showed up at all of Peres’s parties always seemed to view him as their guy, not our guy.  He was one of them – and above the likes of us.

How did this happen? How did the last surviving member of Israel’s founding generation become a prop for Israel’s chorus of international critics? The most extraordinary aspect of Peres’s long life is that he packed two full – and contradictory – careers into one lifespan.

 Peres’s first career began with Israel’s founding.

It ended with the Likud’s victory in the 1977 Knesset election.
Over the course of that career, Peres used his formidable diplomatic skills to build and strengthen Israel’s defenses. He cultivated and expanded complex strategic relationships with the French and the British. Those ties led the two major powers to fight at Israel’s side in the 1956 Suez Campaign. They led to France’s decision to help Israel build its nuclear program and its arms industry. In the 1970s as defense minister, Peres was able to rely on his warm ties to foreign leaders to shield the country as he established the Jewish communities in Samaria and Hebron. They empowered him to oversee the hostage rescue mission at Entebbe.

(Hurray, as usual, Caroline Glick below, comes out with the truth about this Paper Hero of the Left, Shimon Peres, who has been a disaster to Israel and caused Israel nothing but trouble since he snuck his abominable Oslo Accords past PM Yitschak Rabin (who referred to Peres as the Grand Deceiver or words to that effect) and an uninformed naive Knesset). All the eulogies from Israel’s enemies are testimony to who Peres ended up being and make me sick. Do you think a genuine Israeli patriot would be honored by Barack and Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton?) jsk



But following the Likud’s rise to power, Peres changed gears. Ever since 1981, when he almost managed to scuttle the air force’s bombing of Iraq’s Osirak nuclear reactor, Peres used his diplomatic talents and ties to foreign leaders to advance his own agenda, regardless of whether that agenda was aligned or contradicted Israel’s national agenda, as set out by its elected leaders.



Time and time again, on the backs of the public that failed to elect him and of the politicians the public elected instead of him, Peres cultivated and used the relationships he enjoyed with foreign leaders to press his own policies. Each attempt to derail the policies of the government expanded Peres’s chorus of supporters abroad.

Peres’s second career reached its high water mark in 1994 when along with Rabin and Yasser Arafat he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the Oslo process. The world embraced and celebrated Peres for his peace deal that brought neither peace nor security to his people.

 And the public rejected him for it. Between 1977 and 1996, Peres stood for election five times. He lost all five races along with a primary battle against Yitzhak Rabin for leadership of the Labor Party.



Contrary to Obama’s assertion, Peres’s critics on the Right didn’t oppose his Oslo process because they saw “the true wickedness of the world.” They opposed the Oslo process because they saw the reality on the ground. 

Ahead of the 1996 election, where Peres ran against then-opposition leader Netanyahu, the Palestinians launched an onslaught of bus bombings that killed 60 people in eight days.

After the second bus bombing in Jerusalem, a television crew stuck a microphone in front of a teenage boy who had just seen the bus blow up.

 Standing amid the wreckage, he let out a primal wail and called out, “Peres, what is wrong with you? We are Jews! They are murdering us!” The next week, then-US president Bill Clinton arrived in Jerusalem to campaign for Peres, whom he extolled as a brilliant statesman. But to no avail. 

Netanyahu won.

 It was reality, not cynicism, which dictated the outcome.

Peres’s second career left its deepest mark on the Foreign Ministry. As foreign minister during the heady days of Oslo, Peres told Israel’s diplomats to stop talking about PLO incitement and anti-Semitism.

 The best hasbara, he said, was peace. Israel needed no other policy. 

Beyond the obviously destructive implications of tethering Israel’s diplomatic standing to the fortunes of a peace process with a terrorist group, Peres’s directives forced our diplomats into passivity.

Why bother defending Israel when the status of the peace process alone would determine our standing? Why bother using the diplomatic tools of carrots and sticks when whatever hostility Israel suffered from would be magically erased the minute Israel concluded a peace deal with the PLO?

A few weeks ago, it was reported that Netanyahu rebuked the diplomatic corps. It isn’t sufficient for you to simply send in reports about what is happening in your host countries, he reportedly said. I want you to actually do something to affect the situation for the better.

 In other words, Netanyahu ordered Israel’s diplomats to abandon the legacy of Peres’s second career and embrace the legacy of his first career.

He effectively said: Use whatever tools you have – just as Peres used the little leverage Israel had in its first 15 years of independence – to advance Israel’s position.

 That is your job. I can read about current events in the newspapers.

This brings us back to Obama and Peres’s other foreign admirers who descended on the country Friday morning in their private jets and limousines. 

A few hours after the funeral ended, the White House published a correction to the original text it had released of Obama’s eulogy. The correction related to the dateline. The original version had the dateline as “Jerusalem, Israel.” 

The revised, corrected version had a line going through the word Israel.

As far as the Obama White House is concerned, Jerusalem – along with Mount Herzl, the Knesset, and all the rest – is not in Israel.

It was a petty, puerile thing to do. And it revealed a breathtaking animosity for Israel.

 Any moderately sane observer knows that Israel won’t transfer sovereignty over its national war cemetery to a foreign power in exchange for peace.

 The “correction” wasn’t about advancing the cause of peace. It was about venting hostility toward the members of a primitive tribe who prefer their darkness to the optimistic vision of their spurned prophet.

Obama did get one thing right in his speech. In his round about, condescending way, Obama noted that due to their rejection of Peres’s vision of peace through appeasement, some Israelis have forgotten the important role Peres played in his first career in building the architecture of national defense on which Israel has successfully defended itself throughout the years.

 And he is right, that with Peres’s passing, we should remember the tremendous good he did for the country in his first career, when he was working for us.

 We should embrace that Peres legacy and cherish it always.

(Sorry, I cannot do that last  part. I have too good a memory of Peres second “career” as the lethal architect of the Oslo Accords and the instigator of the awful situation Israel is in right now.

May Hashem continue to save us from our own self-destruction, the likes of Shimon Peres and those that naively vote for Hillary Clinton, another one of our unsung enemies, in the coming election)  jsk

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The Vice Presidential Debate Oct. 4, 2016

Hillary’s Junk Yard Dog

Immediately upon watching the ugly performance of VP Candidate Sen. Tim Kaine relentlessly interrupting and mindlessly attacking Gov. Mike Pence, I could only think of the term, Hillary’s Junk Yard Dog.

And, from almost all reports, most of the TV audience felt much the same way. It is obvious that the Hillary crowd has absolutely nothing of substance to offer in the way of Obama/Clinton accomplishments over the last 71/2 years —Quite the contrary.

As a result the only thing left is to attack the numerous gaffs of Donald Trump. Unfortunately for the Democrats in no way can that detract from the basic facts – the terrible damage Barack Obama has done to this country with Hillary as his willing enabler and heir apparent.

They are on exactly the same page and there should be no voting dilemma for an informed, patriotic American.

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Redacted from an eye-opening pre-Vote article By David Kupelian on why Dems support a candidate who belongs behind bars

Whistleblower Magazine

September 2016

Of all the astonishing and historic aspects of the 2016 presidential election, perhaps the most vexing is the fact that something like half of America’s voters seem content to elect a pathologically lying career criminal as president.

How can this be? Has the electorate grown stupid? Or morally dead?

In some cases, yes, but many more are just abysmally ignorant, as revealed by an Annenberg Public Policy Center poll showing almost two-thirds of Americans cannot name the three branches of the federal government. Millions are just not paying attention.

Contributing to this massive reality-deficit are the “mainstream media” who, so absurdly biased toward Hillary Clinton that they’ve abandoned their former lame pretense of objectivity, have been successful protecting their favored candidate from public exposure despite her three-decades-long record of crime, corruption and sleaze.

Even more inexplicable than the millions of low-information, left-of-center voters ignorantly favoring Clinton despite her lifetime of corruption are the “NeverTrump” Republicans, some of whom actually claim America would be better off under a Hillary Clinton presidency than under Donald Trump.

Nevertheless, repeated polls show fully two out of three American voters, including many Democrats, believe Hillary Clinton to be dishonest and untrustworthy. It is likewise undisputed that her husband, former President Bill Clinton, is a serial sexual abuser. Yet these appalling aspects of the Clintons’ record seem to be, as Democrat pundits say, “old news” – and already “baked in” to the way many people regard the Clintons.

There is, however, something else that tends to blind many voters from seeing the Clinton crime family for what it really is.

‘Bigger than Watergate’

Dishonesty, deceitfulness, demagoguery – traits typical of so many politicians – are things the public understands. Lying they understand; politicians lie. Liberal versus conservative, pro-abortion versus anti-abortion, socialism versus capitalism, amnesty versus deportation, sexual anarchy versus biblical values – they understand that candidates hold vastly different views on these crucial issues and they support or oppose them on that basis.

However, actual criminality – the kind that lands people behind bars – is something else, and the reality of Hillary and Bill as career criminals hasn’t truly penetrated the public mind.

We’re simply not used to outright criminality in our top leaders, at least not in our presidents. Governors, yes. Four out of Illinois’ last seven governors – Rod Blagojevich, George Ryan, Dan Walker and Otto Kerner – went to prison for corruption. But on the national level, big-time criminality – such as blatant violation of U.S. espionage laws – doesn’t quite register with millions of us. It’s just too dark; we prefer to imagine some other explanation, or else that it’s not really that serious, or that “everyone does it.”

They don’t – not this.

The stunning, decades-long record of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s criminality and corruption is a matter of public record: While occupying the White House during the ’90s, they illegally turned the IRS into their own private “gestapo” to use against their political “enemies.” Bill sexually abused multiple women, and Hillary not only covered up her husband’s crimes, she actually defamed and targeted his victims, further victimizing them!

Then there were all the “gate” scandals:

“Filegate” (obtaining FBI files on their GOP “enemies”),

“Chinagate” (sale of high-tech secrets to China in return for campaign contributions),

“Travelgate” (firing loyal staffers and falsely accusing them of crimes so the Clintons could hire their Arkansas cronies)

“Pardongate” (selling presidential pardons for mega-cash).

“Whitewater” (Hillary’s cattle futures trading that magically netted her a 10,000 percent profit. On and on it went until,

“WhiteHousegate “ (When their time as “co-presidents” was finally over, the Clintons famously walked off with about  $130,ooo worth of property from the White House. They were later made to return that amount in returned property  according to snopes.com)

Believe it or not, it gets worse. From the time she became Obama’s secretary of state until the present time, Hillary has outdone herself, with cascades of new crimes ranging from her:

Unlawful use of a private email server, which has unquestionably endangered America’s national security,

She and Bill’s creation and exploitation of the Clinton Foundation “charity” as part of a gigantic self-enrichment and pay-for-play scam.

Thanks to her shockingly illegal use of an unsecured private email server, Hillary Clinton sent and received the most highly classified government communications, making them easily hackable by enemy powers and others. Former federal prosecutors have publicly claimed she is guilty of violating U.S. espionage laws, plus more than a dozen other federal code violations, including bribery, conspiracy, false statements, obstruction of justice, perjury, disclosure of confidential information, unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material, concealment of government records, attempt to evade or defeat a tax, attempts to interfere with administration of Internal Revenue Laws, and more.

After making a damning case that Clinton was guilty of multiple crimes, FBI Director James Comey controversially recommended against indicting Hillary, prompting lifelong Comey colleagues, prosecutors and other legal experts to speculate aloud as to what pressures could possibly have caused the FBI director to cave on a clearly indictable case.

Be that as it may, the email scandal is in danger of being eclipsed by more recent revelations of the sensational pay-to-play scheme involving the Clinton Foundation, which almost the entire media now recognizes is essentially a giant money-laundering operation. So obvious is it, in fact, that establishment, pro-Clinton media organizations from the Washington Post and USA Today to the New Yorker and the Boston Globe are all calling for the Clinton Foundation to be entirely shut down. Even openly leftist media outfits like the Daily Beast and the Huffington Post have joined the shut-it-down chorus.

Veteran mob prosecutor and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani calls the Clinton Foundation scandal “bigger than Watergate.”

Again, let’s understand that normal people – meaning the vast majority of American voters, whether Democrat or Republican – do not have criminal minds. However realistic or deluded their political worldview might be, most Americans simply do not harbor secret desires to control millions of people, are not chameleons capable of instantly changing their views at will, are not constantly “grasping” for ever more wealth and power at the expense of others, and don’t dream of permanently and irreversibly transforming America’s traditional center-right Judeo-Christian electorate into an anti-capitalist, government-dependent super-bloc of voters by importing ever more Democrats into America at breakneck speed.

Bill Clinton is just as crooked as Hillary, but even more transparently so, being a lifelong sexual predator. Think about it: To Bill Clinton, women are not actual people with souls, and he has no regard for their well-being, just uses them to gratify himself, regardless of the trail of tears left behind. This is the mindset of the predator – the sociopath – the conscienceless person who has “learned” how to simulate a caring demeanor and personality. But it’s all a put-on. In reality, other people are merely “resources” – like vehicles or furniture – things to use. This is the classic portrait of the sociopath, who pretends to care about you, but underneath is just an exploiter, a user – a criminal.

This mindset was on full display on Sept. 14, 2012, three days after the Benghazi massacre, when, with the bodies of the slain American heroes in their caskets at Andrews Air Force Base, Hillary Clinton looked the grieving parents right in the eye and lied to them. It doesn’t get much colder than that.

Patricia Smith, mother of diplomat Sean Smith, said at the GOP convention, “When I saw Hillary Clinton at Sean’s coffin ceremony, just days later, she looked me squarely in the eye and told me a video was responsible.” The media shamefully did everything possible to ignore or demean this Gold Star mother’s speech. But another Benghazi parent, Charles Woods, father of slain former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, says Hillary told him the exact same lie – that a nasty Internet video was responsible for his son’s death.

In fact, Woods revealed during an interview with Fox News’ Bill Hemmer that he always carries a little calendar book and makes sure to “write down the important things that happen each day.” Here’s what Woods wrote immediately after his encounter with Clinton: “I gave Hillary a hug and shook her hand, and she said we are going to have the filmmaker arrested who was responsible for the death of my son.”

The animus to lie and deceive at a sacred moment like this is way beyond the usual political truth-bending. This is sociopathy; this is a criminal mind at work.

So, what would America be like with a criminal mind steering the ship of state for the next four years? Recently, I made an in-depth comparison between Hillary Clinton and the notorious “Nurse Ratched” in Ken Kesey’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” At the end, I offered this chilling prediction of what America will become under President Hillary Clinton:

If Hillary wins in November, the sheer revulsion of the great American middle class over having to endure Bill and Hillary Clinton back in the White House – this time with the viscerally unlikable Hillary in charge – at such a uniquely crucial time in our history will result in many bad things:

First of all, just having to listen to Hillary will fry the circuitry of many Americans’ minds. We don’t fully comprehend the high stress level involved in being ruled over by someone who is literally lying to us all the time, whose whole life is a pretense, an act, a calculated manipulation – someone who never strikes any familiar chords within our souls of genuine decency, humanity and heartfelt shared values. This alone will create a baseline of constant pain, conflict and anger.

The middle class will likely sink into a state of depression, both economically and emotionally. Suicide will increase, and not just because suicide rises with unemployment and Hillary is incapable of improving the economy or creating (non-government) jobs, but because public rage will multiply as people realize they have re-elected the delusional Barack Obama in the form of a corrupt, deceitful, power-mad old woman. The urge to chemically relieve pain will dramatically increase, and the current epidemic level of drug addiction – whether the drug source is a doctor or a dealer – will continue to skyrocket. Millions will drop out of politics in disgust, essentially abdicating rule of the country to the progressive left. Checkmate.

Disgust and open rebellion will overtake the U.S. military, leading to a mass exit. Same with the FBI, particularly among the over 100 agents who worked diligently on the investigation of Hillary’s private email server and her outrageous disregard for America’s national security.

In an age when evil is increasingly portrayed as good, and good as evil; when disordered and immoral behavior is imposed on the rest of society as normal and moral, and dissenting Christians are persecuted and even jailed; Hillary Clinton’s presidency will mark the ultimate reversal of values. Whereas once America was blessed with a moral and legendarily honest “father of our country” named George Washington, in Hillary Clinton we’ll have an immoral and legendarily dishonest “mother of our country.”

Most important is the message that will be transmitted to America’s youth, whose values and worldview are still being formed, by having two people with a long criminal history, and who regard themselves as absolutely above the law, occupy the White House.

What will reverberate deep in the minds and souls of the young will be much the same as the toxic message ghetto youth absorb when they observe criminals, drug dealers and pimps in their midst becoming “successful” – getting all the women, hot cars, money, power and fame they want. It’s the message of the sociopath predator: There is no law but the jungle. Lying and stealing are no problem to me, because everyone – including the president – does it. Sexually taking whatever I want from others is fine, too – Bill Clinton proved that. Laws are for other people, and morality is whatever I want it to be. I’m gonna get what’s mine, take care of me and my friends. If a crime family like Hillary and Bill can get into the White House and be honored by the whole world, I can ignore the law too and take whatever I can get.

For those more sensitive and deeply moral souls, many will drop out of society and live in their own world. The more troubled of these will lose themselves in drugs, addictions and suicide. America, beneath its civilized, high-tech sheen, will increasingly resemble a mental ward.

But this is the predictable outcome of elevating as a leader someone who pretends to want to take care of others, yet who secretly has contempt for them, indeed whose power is rooted in their very dependency, dysfunction and submission to her. This is the cuckoo’s nest run by Nurse Ratched, and America under the rule of Hillary Clinton.

If Hillary – who by all rights should be in prison for her many crimes – does become president, powerful forces of rage, revulsion and revenge will be unleashed in American society, and a level of pathology and madness we have never before witnessed will arise. And everyone will ask, “Whoa, where in the hell did this come from?” Now you know. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

David Kupelian is an award winning journalist, vice president and managing editor of WorldNetDaily, editor of Whistleblower magazine and widely read columnist. He is also the bestselling author of “The Marketing of Evil” (2005), “(How Evil Works” (2010) and ” The Snapping of the American Mind (2015)

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“Hillary Clinton: Poster girl for post-Christian America” by Kent G. Bailey, Ph.D.,
“Lots of smoke here, Hillary” by Patrick J. Buchanan,
“Trump, Clinton and the ‘lesser evil’ deception” by David Kupelian,
“The Republican turncoats” by economist Stephen Moor
“Hillary’s top aide may be a Saudi plant – Huma Abedin ” by Leo Hohmann
“A Clinton presidency would be the political equivalent of an extinction-level event” by Don Feder
“How Trump will be blamed for O’s failures” by Larry Elder
“Yes, the system is rigged” by Patrick J. Buchanan
“How Trump can break Dems’ chokehold on blacks” by Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson
“Never-Trump fools: Wake up!” by Wayne Allyn Root
“Learn the lesson of ‘the snake'” by Phyllis Schlafly
“6 reasons Hillary is dangerous” by Dr. Gina Loudon
“Trump: The great unifier!” by Ann Coulter

 

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PS October 5, 2016 Tuesday’s Vice Presidential Debate

Did not correct any of these Hillary-Career Problems. How could they? These are the facts. The debate was just irrelevant commentary.

 

 

 

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Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2016 10:12 AM

This email message was sent to all U.S. owner/operators, McOpCo ops managers, McOpCo area supervisors, McOpCo deployment leads, field communications and NABIT deployment teams. All McDonald restaurants

Attention – Please lower your flags

By proclamation of the President of the United States, as a mark of respect for the memory of Shimon Peres, former President and Prime Minister of Israel, all U.S. flags are to be flown at half-staff until sunset on Friday, September 30 (tomorrow).

II Response to Mr. Sconiers:

What a beautiful gesture by the Mc Donald Corp lowering their flags to honor the passing of Israel’s President, Shimon Peres!

Peres was a lifetime advocate for peace all over the world and never tired of making that effort to the very moment of his death.

Hopefully one day all his efforts will ultimately obtain success.

And, thank you so much to McDonald’s for opening kosher restaurants in Israel and becoming such an important part of the Israeli economy both by example and now honoring the death of Israel’s President.

May you continue your  great corporate success world-wide,

Jerome S. Kaufman, Publisher/Editor Israel Commentary

Past President Michigan Zionist Org. of America and National Secretary Zionist Organization of America

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VIDEO : Debate Bombshell! Moderator Lester Holt Caught Using an Illegal Earpiece. Who was feeding him information, questions?
The Federal Election Commission specifically said NO EARPIECE for the debate moderator. Period. There was not “exception” to that rule. No earpiece. Period.…
TRUTHFEED.COM

And,  why should we be surprised? Holt works for anti-Trump. Liberal, MSNBC. Maybe Trump will insist on no pro-Clinton Moderators at next debate? I hope so. The system is rigged as he has said right along.

Results/Commentary: The long anticipated Trump/Clinton Debate Sept. 26, 2016

Moderator Lester Holt, well known Left wing commentator, began with two outrageous Left wing lies that, as planned, put Donald Trump on the defensive immediately. Holt stated that:

“There have been 6 straight years of job growth and new census numbers reveal that incomes have increased at a record rate after years of stagnation.”

Fact check with the US Bureau Statistics revealed the following statistics of which the American work force is unfortunately well aware.

Employment Situation Summary
September 2, 2016

The number of unemployed persons was essentially unchanged at 7.8 million in August, and the unemployment rate was 4.9 percent for the third month in a row. Both measures have shown little movement over the year.

The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was essentially unchanged at 2.0 million in August. These individuals accounted for 26.1 percent of the unemployed.

The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) was little changed at 6.1 million in August. These individuals, who would have preferred full-time employment, were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time

As to Holt’s statement that “incomes have increased at a record rate after years of stagnation” – another gargantuan lie as stated below. Somehow a miserly 1.1% increase in Gross Domestic Product obtains a record rate in incomes!

United States GDP Growth Rate  1947-2016

Real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 1.1 percent in the second quarter of 2016, according to the “second” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. GDP Growth Rate in the United States averaged 3.22 percent from 1947 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 16.90 percent in the first quarter of 1950 and a record low of -10 percent in the first quarter of 1958. GDP Growth Rate in the United States is reported by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

With this totally false launching pad, Holt then introduced Hillary Clinton for her opening statement and what did she say? Who is she?  She made that quite obvious to anyone with  open ears.

1. Build a working force for everyone – not just those at the top.

2. Invest in you and your future. No specifics here but government subsidy obvious MO.

3. Create more infra-structure. How often did Clinton’s mentor, Obama use this ploy, obtain billions from the Congress and no building of infra-structure occurred. But, somehow, there sure was a lot more money spent on “entitlements” and social welfare programs.

4. Advance manufacturing and innovation – whatever that means?

5. Clean renewable energy. Oh, Oh! There it is — more sunlight and windmills to satisfy the Environmental Protection Lot. Never mind it does not work. The Democrat administration already wasted billions of dollars on start up sunshine and windmill companies that just don’t do the job. The cost is gargantuan and the energy yield comes no where near that of coal and oil. Even worse, the supposed environment improvements are dubious with the rest of the world doing exactly what they please.

6. Additional aid to small business. My daughter and her husband happen to be in a small business under Hillary’s mentor Barack Obama. And thanks to his Obamacare and Minimum Wage increase and hundreds more mindless regulations that increase exponentially legal fees, accounting fees and the basic cost of doing business to the point that they are about to give up.

7. Then of course guaranteed equal pay for women, which sounds like a fair idea. In all these promises and declarations I hear nothing about pay for service, pay for achievement, pay for success, pay for excellence and demonstrable service to the United States of America

8. More funds to families trying to balance their work schedule and taking care of their home and kids. Let’s have paid family leave

And how are we going to pay for all  this. That’s easy – just tax the rich and have them pay  their “fair share”

Clinton neglects to mention the current “fair share”

Top 1% pay nearly 50% of federal income taxes – CNBC.com

Top 20% of Earners Pay 84% of Income Tax – WSJ

So, who is this Hillary Clinton? She is just another demagogue, another liar, another social reformer, another Social engineer, another “Liberal” or “Progressive” — Whatever the current politically correct term for LIAR is. And, most important this system has never worked. As Margaret Thatcher so elegantly stated, ” The trouble with socialism is you run out of other people’s money.”

Furthermore, Clinton has an underlying objective. She desperately wants to bring over the Bernie Sanders people that did not vote for her initially because she did not promise quite as many or as much give-aways. She has to remedy that.

Is that really who you want in the White House? Barack Obama has not already maneuvered enough “Progressive” programs that have killed our economy, astronomically raised our national debt to 19 Trillion dollars where we will soon have a problem paying our debt service, weakened our armed forces to the point that Russia, China. Iran, Northern Korea are laughing at us, taunting us and taking over previously American  protected waters and territory.

Do you really want that or do you really have to take a chance on Donald Trump whether or not he was the best liar or had the slickest manner at the debate?

Jerome S. Kaufman

II Further commentary on Lester Holt and the Debate

Breitbart News

By Joel B. Pollak Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News.

NBC News’ Lester Holt had his “Candy Crowley” moment at the first debate of the 2016 presidential election on Monday night, bowing to pressure from the Hillary Clinton campaign and the liberal media by “fact-checking” Republican nominee Donald Trump on the question of his support for the Iraq War.

Again and again, Holt asked Trump tough questions that were straight from the Clinton campaign’s talking points, and which were obvious set-ups for Clinton to attack:
Here are the five worst examples.

Tax returns. Holt never asked Clinton about her e-mail scandal, about Benghazi, or about the Clinton Foundation and its dubious dealings. But he did ask Trump about his tax returns, arguing — not asking — that there might be questionable information in them that the American public deserved to hear.

Birther conspiracy theory. Holt never asked Clinton about her past record of racist statements, including her “super-predator” remarks as First Lady, or her explicit appeal to “white Americans” in her 2008 primary campaign against Obama. Yet he asked Trump about the Birther conspiracy theory and cast it as racist.
Stop-and-frisk. After an exchange between the candidates over the policy of “stop-and-frisk,” Holt interjected to bolster Clinton’s point by stating, erroneously, that stop-and-frisk had ended in New York because it had been declared unconstitutional by a court. Trump countered, correctly, that the new mayor had canceled the policy before the litigation was over.

“A presidential look.” Towards the end of the debate, Holt asked Trump about what he meant by saying Hillary Clinton did not have “a presidential look.” He did so after noting that Clinton had become “the first woman” to be nominated for president by a major political party, thus setting Trump up as a sexist. As Trump answered, Holt interrupted him, then gave Clinton a chance to respond with her talking points about Trump’s past comments on women.

Iraq War. The question of whether Trump supported the Iraq War or not has been widely debated. What is beyond doubt is that Hillary Clinton voted for it. Holt only represented one side of the debate about Trump, and never asked Clinton about her own vote.

In addition, the audience repeatedly interjected — almost always in Clinton’s favor — and Holt did not stop them, though it was against the rules. He only stopped the audience when there were cheers for Trump calling for Clinton’s emails.

Bow again, Lester Holt. You did your job.
Compiled by Jerome S. Kaufman
Publisher/Editor Israel Commentary
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Redacted from article by Paul Sperry appearing  in the Washington Post

September 4, 2016

How the FBI went easy on Hillary Clinton     ( You may remember Bill Clinton, by happenstance, walked over to US Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch’s private US government plane for a chat at the Phoenix airport while Hillary Clinton’s  emails were  the subject of multiple investigations and lawsuits. Hillary Clinton’s aides had already given depositions in one legal challenge  just before the head of the FBI, James Comey,  was to appear before the Congressional Investigation Comm.

Shortly afterward,  Comey appeared before the Congressional Committee and proceeded to lie through his teeth, exonerating Hillary Clinton from criminal prosecution while ruining his whole career of respectability in desperate fear of Clinton retaliation.) jsk

The FBI interviewed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, one of the final steps in the ongoing criminal investigation into alleged mishandling of classified information. Clinton was interviewed for more than three hours. Top aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills were interviewed earlier this year. Former Clinton staffer Brian Pagliano, who was hired to set up the private server in Clinton’s home, was given immunity by the FBI and has been cooperating. During a separate deposition conducted by Judicial Watch, Pagliano plead the Fifth more than 125 times. More than 2000 pieces of classified information, including top secret information, have been found on Clinton’s server.

Yet despite signs that Clinton’s former chief of staff Cheryl Mills obstructed efforts by investigators to obtain Clinton’s emails, the FBI invited Mills to attend Clinton’s interview at FBI headquarters as one of her lawyers.

“It’s absolutely outrageous,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said.

“The FBI saw massive document destruction and clear intent to withhold material evidence,” he added, “and they just ignored that obstruction, and even let her sit in on the interview.”

The smoking gun is on Page 16 of the FBI’s 47-page report. It details how Mills ultimately made the determinations about which emails should be preserved before she and Clinton decided to delete the rest as “personal.” Clinton conducted both government and personal business using a personal email account — clintonemail.com — tied to an unsecured server set up in the basement of her New York home.

The FBI makes clear the procedure Mills used to sort out the emails was suspicious.

For starters, Mills was the one who ordered the server host to move the emails from the server to a laptop where she could screen them. She told investigators she could “not recall” if emails with non-gov addresses were included in the transfer. It’s unlikely they were, because an aide who helped her search told the FBI she only screened for emails sent to or from Clinton with .gov and .mil — not .com — addresses.

That means messages involving government business between Clinton and her then-deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin — the only aide who had an email account on the clintonemail.com system— were not likely captured. Nor were messages sent between Clinton and Mills and other aides using personal email addresses.

Correspondence between Clinton and Abedin (who regularly emailed her boss from huma@clintonemail.com and HAbedin@hillaryclinton.com) is crucial, Fitton says, because Abedin acted as the go-between on requests for access to Clinton from shady foreign Clinton Foundation donors. He says the mushrooming “pay-for-play” scandal is the real reason the former secretary of state set up a private email system in the first place.

“The whole thing was designed to keep Clinton Foundation emails away from investigators,” he said.

And Mills may have been a key player in the game of hide-and-seek.

Indeed, the FBI said Mills “shredded” any copies of emails she “deemed not to be work-related” before they were turned over to State in response to requests for information from Judicial Watch, the media, Congress and the FBI. The laptop hard drive was later wiped clean using a computer program called BleachBit.

The FBI said it was “unable to obtain a complete list of keywords or named officials searched,” because Mills asserted that such information was “privileged.” In fact, when agents pressed her, Mills stormed out of the room and ended the interview. Curiously, the FBI honored her claim of privilege and did not pursue the matter.
Clinton claims she didn’t know emails marked ‘C’ were confidential

As participants in the activities under investigation, Mills and Samuelson should have been key FBI targets, yet both appeared at Clinton’s FBI interview with her phalanx of lawyers, allowing them insights into the investigation.

Paul E. Sperry is an American author, political commentator, and investigative journalist. He was a media fellow at the Hoover Institution. Sperry has previously been the Washington Bureau Chief at Investor’s Business Daily and WorldNetDaily.

(Information above compiled from multiple sources readily available on the Internet)  Jerome S. Kaufman

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The Torah Portion:  Parshat  Ki Teitzei,  D’Varim (Deuteronomy) 21:14

By brilliant Rabbi Berl Wein

AGING

One of the more sobering and poignant prayers in this season of reflection, is the one that states: “Do not throw us away in our time of old age; as our physical strength wanes, do not forsake us.” That stark prayer pretty much dispels the notion of the “golden years.” Humans are created and born into toil and challenges and these do not diminish – in fact they usually are exacerbated in one’s advancing years. It is not only the realization that we are not as physically dexterous and perceptively alert as we once were but it is also the fact that times have changed dramatically.

The newest technology only serves to confuse us – I even long for a good old telephone that does nothing but make and receive phone calls. Jewish tradition and the Talmud teach us that our father Yaakov prayed to God that he age gradually and gracefully. Apparently, until that time, the end-of-life was abrupt and usually sudden.

Aging gradually and gracefully is an enormous blessing. It allows for contemplation, planning, wise assessments and an ability to impart advice and wisdom, experience and overview to the coming generations. Therefore, the prayer that I mentioned above, asking not to be “thrown” into old age suddenly and violently takes on additional meaning and substance. Sudden shocks, whether physical, mental, emotional or societal are all dangerous occurrences that create an imbalance in our lives and behavior. A gradual transition is negotiated much more easily and positively.

Statistical data informs us that the lifespan of humans has appreciably increased over the past century. In certain respects, it has almost doubled. Therefore there are numerous adjustments to be made regarding the accepted time of retirement, for example, from one’s work and profession. What to do with the added time and years that we are now granted is one of the problems that baffle much of our society.

We all had pursuits that we wished to engage in in previous years but were unable to do so because of the pressures of our work and careers. However, most people find it difficult to pursue those interests later in life with any degree of accomplishment or enthusiasm.

The Talmud suggests that the study of Torah can play a vital role in one’s later years. However, in most cases that pursuit and outlet is pretty much reserved for those who had engaged in Torah study on a fairly regular basis even during their earlier years. One should never despair of becoming a competent Torah scholar at any stage of life. However, it is never an easy task and as the years advance the task becomes ever more difficult.

There are many methods, organizations and ideas present today to help one overcome these difficulties and readjust one’s attitude towards a more positive view of regular Torah study. I have found that such study provides refuge, albeit even if it is only temporary and fleeting, from the problems of aging. It transports one from the world of the here and now, with all of its pain, frustration, worry and challenge to another world of intellectual stimulation and spiritual serenity. If one can achieve that world then one is truly blessed.

The great holy man of the Talmud, Choni Hameakel, emerged from a sleep of seventy years. He found a different world than the one he experienced when he first laid down to sleep. He found that his entire society, his friends and acquaintances, the mores and behavior of others had all changed or disappeared completely. In the new world that he now surveyed he saw no place for himself. He asked that if his familiar world could not somehow be restored so that he would be able to function in a positive manner, then the Lord should take him immediately to his eternal rest.

There is something tragic in outliving one’s generation. Creating a correct society that can successfully absorb an aging population is an imperative. As the aging and aged society continues to increase numerically greater efforts must be devoted to the welfare of those individuals and of that general society as well. We are witness to the strides made in this direction over the past half-century.

Maybe Choni would have had an easier time adjusting to his new situation in our time rather than in his time. Though, I suspect that the deep loneliness that he expressed is probably incapable of being assuaged by any human endeavors. In any event, may we all age gracefully and positively in good health and spirits.

Berel Wein (born March 25, 1934) is an American-born Orthodox rabbi, lecturer and writer. He authored several books concerning Jewish history and popularized the subject through more than 1,000 audio tapes, newspaper articles and international lectures. Throughout his career, he has retained personal and ideological ties to both Modern Orthodox and Haredi Judaism. He and his wife made aliyah to Israel in 1997.

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The Jew may have left the shtetl but the shtetl mentality followed him along right to his own homeland. Israel should be putting itself in a position of independence from the US whenever possible while, of course, maintaining their status as staunch allies. It so happens the US, in many ways, needs Israel just as much, unless the  US plans to depend upon the Saudis, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Russia as their allies in the Middle East. Are you kidding me?

Jerome S. Kaufman

U.S. and Israel Reach Agreement on 10-Year Military Aid Package 

By Carol Morello and Ruth Eglash

The U.S. and Israel signed a 10-year military aid agreement on Wednesday, expected to give Israel as much as $3.8 billion a year over 10 years, the State Department said Tuesday. Israel agreed to phase out a special arrangement in place since the 1980s that has allowed Israel to spend 26% of U.S. aid on defense research, development and procurement in Israel. The new agreement will run from 2019 through 2028 and replaces a memo of understanding that will end in 2018. (Washington Post)

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Redacted by Jerome S. Kaufman from an insightful, in-depth article that should be read in its entirety.

By LAZAR BERMAN / AUG. 16, 2016

COMMENTARY, SEPTEMBER 2016

… Bibi-bashing is neither new nor limited to Israel.  (Deliberately ignored are basic irrefutable facts)

… Since Netanyahu regained the premiership in 2009, Israel has faced a multitude of challenges—from Turkey’s hostile turn, to Iran’s nuclear program, to Hamas’s cross-border tunnels, to rocket attacks on civilians, to a rash of terrorist knifings and automobile attacks. Any one of them would try the sharpest strategic thinkers.

What’s more, Egypt and Syria both collapsed into turmoil during his time in office. The civil war in Syria turned Israel’s quietest border into an ungoverned zone filled by rival jihadist groups. The fall of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt meant that a Muslim Brotherhood government temporarily bordered the Gaza Strip and could give aid to its Palestinian faction, Hamas. And while Egypt’s current leader, Abdel-Fattah Al-Sissi has since fought Hamas aggressively, the Sinai Peninsula has become an ungoverned home to terrorists who pledge allegiance to ISIS.

Then there’s the United States. With the election of Barack Obama, America’s approach to the Middle East changed in drastic ways. Determined to build bridges to the Muslim world, Obama saw Israeli settlements as the central obstacle to peace with the Palestinians. Thus, he instituted a policy of maintaining “daylight” between Washington and Jerusalem in hopes of wearing down Israel’s supposed obstinacy on settlements. To make matters worse, Obama and his advisers evinced a strong animus against Netanyahu that only escalated as time progressed.

After the Mavi Marmara incident, the flotilla problem was expected to grow, but Israel used diplomacy, espionage, and other tools to nullify the threat.
Washington scaled back its influence at the same moment that Sunni–Shia, tribal, and ethnic battles began gutting Arab states. Iran capitalized on the resulting power vacuum to expand its reach in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and beyond. As for Iran’s nuclear program, Obama and the Islamic Republic entered into the P5+1 Joint Plan of Action. What’s become known simply as “the Iran deal” has both enriched and rehabilitated the regime while leaving its nuclear program largely intact and free from serious scrutiny.
How has Netanyahu handled this dizzying constellation of threats? Although far from perfect, he has shown himself to be a careful thinker, a leader whose reading of complex situations has allowed him to outmaneuver adversaries and protect Israel’s interests. The growing threat from Hamas and the dangers of a rising Iran have not abated. But in reviewing Netanyahu’s actions as prime minister, we emerge with a list of improbable foreign-policy accomplishments of which most world leaders would be proud.

The Border with Syria

Problems generated by the Syrian civil war have exploded outward in every direction. To name a few: Refugees have spilled over into Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey, and Europe. Terrorist groups inside Syria, especially ISIS, pose a strategic threat to Iraq, Jordan, and Egypt. Additionally, ISIS continues to carry out major terrorist attacks in the heart of Europe.

Yet Israel, on Syria’s western border, remains effectively out of the fray.

Although Syria was long an enemy of Israel, its collapse posed a major strategic challenge for Israeli leaders. Before Syria spiraled out of control, Israel had hoped for (and repeatedly tried to attain) a peace agreement with Damascus. With the Syrian state in chaos, this was no longer even a remote possibility. And with ISIS taking the lead in the fight against Assad, it was clear that Israel couldn’t support either side. In any event, Israel had to deal with more immediate threats emerging from the meltdown. Some of the terrorist groups fighting Assad—including the Al-Nusra Front and the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade—had gained a foothold along Israel’s Golan Heights border with Syria.

There were (and are) still more complicating factors. Mortar fire from the conflict occasionally strays into Israel. Druze residents of the Israeli Golan Heights maintain close ties to family members and other co-religionists on the Syrian side and have vowed to take action if jihadist groups threaten Syrian Druze. And Hezbollah and Iran have tried to take advantage of the chaos to open a new front against Israel in the Golan.

Through it all, Israel has stayed safe. Netanyahu has been quietly shaping the situation to protect his country’s interests. Israel has reached a stable—and officially unconfirmed—understanding with rebel groups on its border. These groups, including some jihadist factions, know they don’t have to protect their western flank from Israel. In return, they refrain from attacking Israel and keep others from doing so as well. In coordination with IDF forces on the border, rebel groups hand over wounded fighters and civilians to be treated in Israeli hospitals. Israel has also transferred aid to these groups, but it is unclear if this goes beyond food and medicine. There is likely intelligence sharing as well.

Israel is also involved in protecting threatened Druze communities in Syria. “The State of Israel is acting on behalf of the Syrian Druze. These matters are being carried out quietly, and without publicity,” said Israeli Druze lawmaker Ayoub Kara in 2015. It’s not known whether this assistance includes a military component.

When Russian forces entered the fight in September 2015 in support of Assad, new difficulties arose. While Turkey made an enemy out of Putin by downing a Russian plane that had strayed toward its airspace, Israel refrained from firing on the two occasions Russian jets flew over Israel. Top-level Israeli military and political leaders coordinate with their Russian counterparts to make sure Israel and Russia don’t fire on each other.

Notably, however, Netanyahu has failed to convince the Russians to keep advanced missiles out of Hezbollah hands. Hezbollah and Iran are doing all they can to strengthen their posture against Israel while Syria bleeds. The advanced Russian weapons given to Hezbollah include anti-tank missiles, ground-to-ground rockets, and radar systems. Though Israel has not been able to stop Russian shipments to Iran and Syria, it has been bombing weapons convoys heading into Lebanon without inviting reprisals from Hezbollah, Syria, or Iran.

Israel’s air force also interfered with Hezbollah’s plan to threaten Israel from the Golan Heights. On January 18, 2015, Israeli jets struck a convoy moving through the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, killing six Hezbollah men and an Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps general. One of the Hezbollah dead was the son of senior member Imad Mughniyeh. The convoy was reportedly part of a joint Iran/Hezbollah effort to develop a new unit that would kidnap Israelis, fire rockets, and attack soldiers. But Hezbollah made do with one attack on an IDF vehicle, killing an officer and a soldier. While Hezbollah continued to talk tough, that was the extent of its response.

Turkey

In May 2010, Israel committed what seemed to be a catastrophic blunder. As part of a campaign to weaken Israel’s blockade on Gaza, a Turkish NGO organized a flotilla in hopes of either reaching the coastal strip or forcing Israel into an embarrassing mistake. IDF naval commandoes succeeded in stopping the flotilla. But a group of activists on one ship, the Mavi Marmara, set upon the soldiers with stockpiled knives and pipes. In the ensuing struggle, nine Turkish activists were killed and ten Israeli commandoes wounded. World reaction came down hard. British Prime Minister David Cameron’s condemnation was emblematic: “Let me be clear: the Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla was completely unacceptable.”

Relations with Turkey, already tense, deteriorated. Turkey expelled Israel’s ambassador and recalled its own. It threatened to deploy its navy to accompany future flotillas and to prevent Israeli “exploitation” of natural gas in the Mediterranean. Both sides flexed their muscles, with Israeli jets allegedly approaching Turkish naval forces and Turkish ships sailing provocatively close to Israeli waters.

Yet after the Mavi Marmara incident, the flotilla problem, expected to get worse, dissipated. Under Netanyahu, Israel used diplomacy, espionage, and appeals to international law to nullify the threat. When the NGO organized another flotilla in 2011, it never got out of port. Israel managed to create deep and broad international opposition to the campaign. Parties ranging from the UN and the Middle East Quartet to France and Canada came out against the planned voyage. Even Turkey’s foreign minister said that organizers should reconsider their plans. The Obama administration reportedly tried to convince Turkey to stop the flotilla in exchange for a Middle East peace conference hosted by Ankara.

 

Netanyahu has since developed a strategic partnership with Turkey’s rivals, Greece and Cyprus. The relationship has led to massive Israeli and Cypriot natural-gas discoveries. A proposed “East Med Pipeline” would link Israel, Cyprus, Greece, and Italy, and the Bulgarian government has also thrown in its support. Not insignificantly, the project would bypass Turkey, foiling its ambitions to become the natural-gas hub for Europe. The rebalance has also produced fruitful military partnerships. In 2013, Israel’s air force joined its American, Greek, and Italian counterparts in Israel’s largest-ever multinational air-war training maneuvers. Cancelled joint maneuvers between Israel and Turkey were quickly replaced by exercises between the American, Israeli, and Hellenic navies. Cyprus joined in search-and rescue-exercises in 2014.

Netanyahu, however, always kept the restoration of ties with Turkey as a strategic goal. In 2013, Obama arranged a telephone call between Netanyahu and Erdogan. The Israeli PM apologized “for any errors that could have led to loss of life” in the Mavi Marmara raid. The two leaders came to terms on compensation. Erdogan walked back comments criticizing Israel and agreed not to prosecute Israeli officials for their part in the incident. And Netanyahu won on his major strategic concern: The Gaza blockade would remain firmly in place.

Ultimately a bumbling Turkey, not Israel, would become isolated. In 2016, Turkish officials looking for a new source of natural gas in the wake of tensions with Russia sat down to talks with the Israelis. On June 29, Israel approved the reconciliation agreement. Israel agreed to pay $20 million to the families of those killed on the Mavi Marmara. The renewed ties have weathered their first challenge, as Erdogan passed on an opportunity to implicate Israel in the recent failed coup in Turkey.

Not surprisingly, Netanyahu received bitter criticism about the deal. “Netanyahu cares for Gaza and not for our soldiers,” said Zahava Shaul, whose son Oron was killed in Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, his body still held by Hamas. “Netanyahu has not kept his promises.” He had a particularly rough time with politicians on his right. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said that the deal would have “bad consequences.” Education Minister Naftali Bennett said the deal harms Israel’s resilience and national honor.

Netanyahu, knowing such attacks would come, maintained that it was in Israel’s strategic interest to resume ties with a powerful Muslim state from a position of strength. He took the long view and never wavered.

Sunni Neighbors

Despite the conflagrations in the region, Israel’s ties with Sunni Arab states have generally grown stronger with Netanyahu in office. Shared concerns over Iran’s nuclear program and growing strength have paved the way for quiet but effective cooperation.

In Saudi Arabia, Iran’s most potent Arab foe, Israel sees a counterweight. Jerusalem has therefore offered greater leeway to the Saudis on various defense and strategic matters. In 2011, Israel gave the green light to Germany for the sale of Leopard 2 tanks to Riyadh. And when Egypt wanted to hand over the strategic Red Sea islands of Tiran and the Sanafir Islands to Saudi Arabia, Israel registered no objection, noting that it had received written assurances from Riyadh that its freedom of passage would be guaranteed. In July, a retired Saudi general and ex-government adviser visited Israel publicly and met with Knesset members and senior Foreign Ministry officials.

Since the Israeli victory in the Second Intifada, Palestinians outside of Gaza have not been able to threaten the State of Israel in any serious way.
Israel’s relations with Sissi’s Egypt have similarly grown warmer, after the brief but dangerous rule of Mohammed Morsi. Israel’s Deputy Chief of Staff Yair Golan has in fact called recent intelligence cooperation between the two countries “unprecedented.” In 2011 and 2013, Netanyahu assented to an increase in Egyptian troops in the Sinai to combat jihadist forces. When Egyptian jets violated Israeli airspace in 2015, defense officials dismissed it as “minor.” For the first time ever, Egypt voted for Israel at the UN, supporting its membership in a committee on outer space. Cairo returned its envoy to Israel in February 2016, filling a vacancy that had lingered since 2012 when an Israeli airstrike killed top Hamas commander Ahmed Jabari at the outset of Operation Pillar of Defense. In July 2016, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry came to Israel for a rare and cordial public visit and even watched the Euro soccer final with Netanyahu.
Israel’s security and economic relationship with its eastern neighbor, Jordan, has continued on relatively sure footing. In December 2015, the two countries unveiled an $800 million plan to build a canal to save the Dead Sea. A month earlier, Israel’s Interior Ministry initiated a program to bring 1,500 Jordanian citizens to work in hotels in Eilat. Israel’s gas finds have also led to economic cooperation. In April 2015, Netanyahu approved a 15-year, $500 million natural-gas deal with Jordan, though lawmakers in Amman are working to get the deal cancelled.

 

Israeli and Jordanian pilots trained together over Alaska during a military exercise in the summer of 2015. Israel also gave Jordanian military 16 Cobra helicopters to help in its fight against the Islamic State. And the two countries maintain close intelligence ties, especially regarding terrorist groups in Syria.

 

It’s worth noting that in late 2015, Israel announced plans to open a diplomatic office in a renewable-energy agency in the United Arab Emirates, Israel’s first diplomatic presence in the Persian Gulf region since 2000.

 

Africa

In July 2016, Netanyahu returned from a resoundingly successful tour of Africa. The trip highlighted growing relationships that had previously passed below the media radar. Netanyahu walked away from the trip with real accomplishments. Ethiopia and Kenya publicly supported restoring Israel’s observer status at the African Union, which had ended in 2002. Muslim-majority Guinea renewed ties with Israel that had been suspended since 1967. Finally, Tanzania said it planned to open an embassy in Israel.

 

In strengthening these ties, Netanyahu sees an opportunity to gain allies and shatter the Palestinians’ automatic majority in international fora. “It might take a decade, but we will change the automatic majority against Israel. That’s something that has never been possible in the past,” he said. A lofty goal, perhaps even too ambitious, but it shows his interest in original solutions in dealing with the Palestinians.

 

Palestinians

A long-term peace deal with the Palestinians is simply not in the offing. Until Palestinian leadership has more to gain from recognizing Israel’s right to exist than it does from claiming victimhood, a lasting peaceful solution is a dream. Thus the problem remains unsolved, with all that entails: rockets, terrorism, lawfare, and international condemnation.

On the other hand, since the Israeli victory in the Second Intifada, Palestinians outside of Gaza have not been able to threaten the State of Israel in any serious way. Periodic outbreaks of violence (some recently in the West Bank) inevitably lead commentators to warn that the third intifada has arrived, but these episodes fail to gain widespread support. Nor do the attacks change anything for the Palestinians. As ghastly as all the attacks are, they are strategically ineffective.

The Palestinian Authority’s major effort against Israel has taken place in international bodies, and while this causes headaches, it has failed to change anything on the ground. Initiatives hailed as game changers have raised expectations without much to show for it. The Palestinian plan to gain full recognition as a UN member state, for example, ran into opposition from Western leaders, and stalled. PA President Mahmoud Abbas succeeded in gaining recognition only as a non-member observer state. The “diplomatic tsunami” Israel was supposed to face never materialized.

The PA continues to try to get a UN Security Council resolution demanding that Israel withdraw from the West Bank, but the United States has proven reliable in threatening a veto. In December 2014, when a vote came up, two of the 15 UNSC members voted no and another five abstained—preempting a U.S. veto entirely. Abbas’s UN speech in September 2015, in which he promised to drop a “bombshell,” contained nothing of the sort. As usual, he warned that the Palestinians would withdraw from agreements with Israel and declared that Palestine was a state under occupation. In April of that year, the PA made good on its threat to join the International Criminal Court, but even Palestinians understood there would be no action against Israel. “I don’t want to disappoint our people, but the ICC procedures are slow and long and might face lots of obstacles and challenges and might take years,” said PA Foreign Minister Riad Malki. In the meantime, Abbas’s approval plummeted; it reached 16 percent in 2015.

Palestinians have lost faith in their national movement. Young Palestinians who attack Israelis “are battling … the growing Palestinian realization that their national movement has no answers, no narrative or political vision that offers a way forward to better days,” writes the Times of Israel’s Haviv Rettig Gur. “These young killers are striving, in their kamikaze fervor, to rekindle the idea among Palestinians that straightforward victory remains possible, if only because the alternative—the possibility that Israel cannot be dislodged, that the nostalgic vision of an undivided, unfettered Palestine cannot be reclaimed—is simply too monstrous to accept.”

But in Gaza, the menace of Hamas continues to grow even in the face of Israeli operations meant to damage the group and restore deterrence. The organization’s willingness to fight Israel every few years shows that Israel has not been able to deter it for long. What’s more, Hamas comes back improved in every round. It has developed the Nuhba Force, several thousand strong, to carry out raids through tunnel networks into Israeli territory. In 2014, Hamas forces killed 66 soldiers during Operation Protective Edge. It even managed to shut down international traffic into Ben Gurion Airport for a day. The range of Hamas’s rockets is expanding, and now it’s able to threaten Tel Aviv and Jerusalem almost at will.

 

Iran

Hamas isn’t the only threat that Netanyahu has failed to stymie. Despite years of effort, he was powerless to prevent the P5+1 powers from concluding an Iranian nuclear deal in 2015. Netanyahu was the most vocal world leader opposing the deal, and he was willing to let the already cold relationship with Obama get worse as he pressed his case. He made a series of high-profile speeches condemning the deal, including a controversial March 2015 address to a joint meeting in Congress, against the wishes of the White House and most of the Democratic Party. It was all to no avail.

There were some bright spots in the campaign against Iran. Somebody—many think the Israelis—orchestrated a series of assassinations against Iranian nuclear scientists. The Stuxnet computer virus, allegedly jointly developed by Israel and the United States, wreaked havoc on Iranian computers at the Natanz uranium facility in 2009 and 2010.

Yet, the dangerous deal is now a reality. Since it was reached, Iran has enjoyed the release of billions of dollars in frozen assets, encouraged by the United States. America is even buying millions of dollars’ worth of heavy water from Iran. The country’s nuclear program remains a threat.

With two major exceptions, Hamas and Iran, Israel has been on a successful foreign-policy streak under Netanyahu. How has it managed to navigate flotillas, wars on its borders, tensions with powerful former allies, and terrorist threats? For one, its leadership has shown patience—something not traditionally seen as an Israeli strength.  Netanyahu has also managed to analyze complex situations and determine the country’s interests. Israel wisely chose not to pick a side between Assad and the rebels. The willingness to risk working with rebel groups on its borders and provide humanitarian aid served the country well.

Israelis are frustrated by the lack of clear military victories in Gaza. But Netanyahu has not sought to invent a solution that doesn’t exist.
At the same time, Israeli policy has been firm. Netanyahu was willing to strike deep inside Syria and Lebanon to keep weapons out of Hezbollah’s hands. Rebel groups on the Golan know that if they begin attacking Israel, they will face a painful response.

In dealing with Hamas, he has also shown some of the other traits mentioned above—patience, for example. The Palestinian Authority isn’t coming back any time soon, and Hamas is an entity Israel knows how to pressure. Remove Hamas and you would get the chaos of rival Islamist groups. Whether this approach is wise remains debatable. Israelis are frustrated by the lack of clear victories in Gaza. And allowing the problem to fester has made the threat worse. But, still, Netanyahu has not sought to invent a solution that doesn’t exist. Israel has maintained its blockade and even strengthened it with Egyptian support.

On Iran, Netanyahu unquestionably failed to achieve his desired outcome. Again, perhaps he was too cautious about taking action to disable Iran’s nuclear program. In any event, Obama was determined to reach a deal. So why did Netanyahu come to Washington and criticize Obama’s unstoppable policy before the U.S. Congress? As critics have noted, the speech risked alienating Democrats and damaged whatever trust remained between him and Obama. But from Netanyahu’s perspective, the vocal effort against the nuclear deal cost him little that wasn’t already lost. He angered congressional Democrats who weren’t well-disposed to him in the first place, and Obama had already decided that Netanyahu was part of the problem.

Netanyahu’s campaign against the Iran deal did reap some benefits. He showed Israelis he was willing to stand up to Obama, whom they came to see as insensitive to their concerns. Millions of Americans saw him on TV eloquently making his case in front of hundreds of applauding congressmen. And he gained credibility among Sunni Arab partners who were equally concerned about Iran’s nuclear program.

Like any leader, Netanyahu makes some decisions for domestic political gain and some for reasons that are hard to discern at all. But critics fail to appreciate the complexity of the challenges facing Israel, and how it is forced to quickly adapt to changes that render existing assumptions meaningless.

Under Netanyahu, Israel has managed to stay out of wars that sucked others in, improve its diplomatic position while isolating rivals, remain flexible on policies but firm on red lines, and keep its residents safe. In the Middle East, and increasingly beyond, these are no small accomplishments

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By Lt. Col (retired)  Allen West

August 31, 2016

The jury is in: the Obama administration will go down as the biggest criminal presidential administration in U.S. history. Laundering $400 million cash into Swiss francs and Euros, palletizing, and shipping off to Iran. Illegally wiring billions to Iran — and these two incidents are just in the last three weeks or so. But there is clear proof, to go along with Hillary Clinton’s pay for play scheme at the State Department — which also occurred under the Obama purview.

As reported by the Daily Caller, “The Obama administration has quietly funneled millions (and potentially billions) of dollars to leftist organizations and politicians that promote liberal policies and win political elections at the entry-level of government, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The funneling mechanism for these funds is the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group (RMBS), a collaborative effort by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice (including many United States Attorneys Offices), the New York State Attorney General’s Office, and many others.
The RMBS was created in 2012 following the mortgage-backed securities scandal that ultimately led to the Great Recession. The group is focused on finding “evidence of false or misleading statements, deception, or other misconduct by market participants (such as loan originators, sponsors, underwriters, trustees, and others) in the creation, packaging, and sale of mortgage-backed securities.”

Over the past four years, The RMBS, along with the Department of Justice, has reached “multibillion-dollar settlements with essentially every major bank in America,” the Journal reports. Goldman Sachs received a $5.06 billion settlement from the Department of Justice regarding conspicuous packaging, marketing, and sales of mortgage-backed securities the company sold consumers from 2005 to 2007.

Bank of America received the single largest civil settlement ever in American history to the tune of $16.65 billion dollars to “resolve federal and state claims against Bank of America and its former and current subsidiaries.”

All in all, these banks (and many others) were required to pay some $11 billion in consumer relief–a program that requires banks to pay back funds to consumers who lost assets due to mismanagement. What one finds after inspecting the trail of consumer relief funds is interesting, and anything but relief to the consumer.
Bank of America was able to reduce the penalty imposed by the government by simply “giving millions of dollars to liberal groups approved by the Obama administration,” according to the Washington Examiner. Allegedly, the Justice Department created a provision wherein every dollar a bank gives to nonprofits, it can claim at least two dollars off its settlement.”

In plain language, the Obama administration shook down private sector banks in order to funnel cash into the coffers of left wing groups it approved.

“For example, Bank of America skirted $194 million off its $16.65 billion dollar settlement by giving nonprofits just $84 million in donations, the Examiner reports. Among those groups receiving the funding were Hispanic civil rights council, the National Urban League, and the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America.

Other liberal organizations to receive the consumer relief funds (intended to go directly to the victims of fraud or mismanagement) include: the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, La Raza, and many others, the Journal reports. One of the many problems with this practice is that many of these groups are heavily involved in voter drives, community building and organizing, and “lobbying on liberal policy priorities at every level of government,” according to the Journal.”

First of all, let’s be honest, the whole financial crisis and mortgage industry meltdown resulted from the insidious 1978 progressive socialist policy called the Community Reinvestment Act, courtesy of Jimmy Carter. And it was left wing community organizing groups that pressured banks into giving loans that were truly going to fail.

The federal government started the whole crisis that ended up in subprime mortgages and the practice of mortgage-backed securities was indeed a nefarious means for banks to profit off something they knew to be a failure.

However, it was the government incursion into the mortgage industry — basically nationalizing the industry on the backs of the American taxpayer – via the rise of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac along with the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act ending the separation between commercial and investment banking that fueled the 2008 collapse. But this practice by the Obama administration is reflective of good ol’ Al Capone Chicago-style politics — after all Obama did state back in 2008 after his election that “Chicago is coming to D.C.”

Now, boys and girls, put on your thinking caps and ask yourself, what if this were a GOP presidential administration that was “shaking down” banks and funneling dollars to conservative organizations — Tea Party, Numbers USA, Think Tanks, or you name it. Yes, you know the left and the liberal progressive media would be going apoplectic – in other words, stark raving mad.

This story, if about Republicans, would be plastered all over the liberal progressive media, front page, top story for days, months — you know, Abu Gharaib style. But let’s see how much coverage this story gets on ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, PBS, or any liberal print media. And if they do, it will be buried, and maybe you’ll hear a one-minute sound bite on broadcast news.

Bottom line, criminal activity is acceptable for the left – that’s just how they roll. Their declared lack of standards, decency and character preclude them from being held accountable — you know, what difference at this point does it make?

So get this, the left created a policy in 1978, the Community Reinvestment Act. They forced banks to abide by the policy under punishment of fines or legal action. The banks did what the government said and sought to make a profit — you know, that free market concept.

The government created agencies and strengthened them in order to implement their original policy. The practice of crony capitalism resulted in an impending collapse. But government blamed it all on the banks, who were threatened into following their policy. The government demonized the banks and imposed fines on them. Then the government shakes down the banks to fund their ideological agenda in order to have their fines reduced. Remember ACORN and its role in getting Obama elected? Doggone, what a great racket huh? No wonder D.C. is considered a cesspool, and in all of this, the folks who were misled got no relief.

And you know what’s funny? The government is back at it again — many of those original policies that got us into the mortgage crisis are being reinstated.

There you have it, and it cannot be debated, the Obama administration will go down as the largest criminal organization in our history. And I didn’t even mention the IRS intimidation scandal. I didn’t have time to address the VA scandal where many of our veterans have died. I didn’t want to bore y’all with the details of providing taxpayer funds in the form of grants to sanctuary cities. And you know what, Obama is from Chicago, and so is Hillary Clinton…you want more of this? Money laundering, lies, deceit, mishandling of classified information, sexual escapades and intrigue, financial indiscretions….

Sometimes we get the government we deserve — a criminal organization.

Allen Bernard West  is an American political commentator, former member of the United States House of Representatives, and retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel. A member of theRepublican Party, he represented Florida’s 22nd congressional district in the House from 2011 to 2013. West was born in Georgia and joined the United States Army in 1983. He was deployed to Kuwait in 1991 and Iraq in 2003.

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