Israel is incidental to the United States’ problem with Iran!

Based  upon a lecture by Ambassador Yoram Ettinger

By Jerome S. Kaufman

Once again,  the incomparable military analyst and astute political advisor, Yoram Ettinger, appears to be the only authority able and willing to see the forest from the trees.

Israel is incidental to the United States’ problem with Iran!

We were privileged to hear the ambassador at our Palm Beach Synagogue, April 21, 2012. He was introduced by proud American, proud Jew and dedicated Zionist, Steven Stern.

The ambassador made the startling announcement that Israel was totally secondary in Iran’s master plan – almost kind of a red herring! Huh? The ambassador went on to advise us that the world and especially the American State Department with the current administration has never really understood the geopolitics and military ambitions within the Middle East and how Iran’s master plan fits into the current dynamic.

Please look at the map. It is a map of the Middle East showing the vital importance of the Persian Gulf. The Gulf is a large body of water that lies between Saudi Arabia, the powerbroker for Sunni Muslims and Iran the strongest power within the Shiite Moslem world.  Much to their disappointment, neither of the two has controlled the Persian Gulf, primarily because neither has ever had any realistic ambition to rival the United States as a naval power. Unfortunately, Iran has obtained a far easier, less cumbersome and less expensive road to this power.

The Persian Gulf happens to be one of the main avenues for commerce, especially for all-powerful oil, in the world. It constitutes the easiest access to the Arabian Sea which immediately borders Pakistan and India and constitutes a much shorter route to the Far East. At this moment, Iran is threatening to close the Straits of Hormuz (see on map) at the bottom of the Persian Gulf which gains entry to the Arabian Sea and thus wreck havoc with the world’s oil supply. Iran claims this war provoking action would take place if  the United States or Israel or both attempt to take out Iran’s nuclear facility.

Ambassador Ettinger asks what of this Iranian threat to close the Straits of Hormuz if it is attacked? So what, points out Ettinger. How does the relative minor skirmish that would ensue to quickly take back the Straits and defeat a conventionally armed Iran, compare to having to deal with one that had obtained even the rudiments of nuclear warfare and has furthermore gained the support of the surrounding nations? There is no comparison. There is nothing, in fact, to talk about except in the minds of the world’s talking heads who have thus far failed to see the forest from the trees.

A not incidental problem is that if Iran gains control of the Persian Gulf, it also obtains total domination of the small, virtually powerless Persian Gulf States – Qatar, United Arab Republics. Oman, and Yemen – all very important politically and vital in the production of oil.  As the ambassador reminds us, loyalties change at the bat of an eye in the Middle East – not far different from the rest of the world. These countries that have long been supposed allies of the United States, under the threat of merciless punishment from an immediately adjacent neighbor, nuclear armed, would quickly change sides. This change of loyalties is particularly likely given the shocking, senseless, counter productive abandonment of allies by a painfully unreliable Obama administration.

How then does Israel fall within this dynamic? It does not. As much as Ahmadinejad despises Jews, he is far from stupid. He has simply been using the world’s all-consuming congenital hatred of Jews and Israel as a ploy to hood wink the world away from his master plan. Look at the map. Does it make sense for Iran to travel over 1000 miles,  in exactly the opposite direction, to attack Israel and risk immediate massive Israeli nuclear retaliation? Does he really want to cripple Iran’s much more productive and politically more sensible (to their minds) plan of domination of the Arab world and the world’s oil supply? Hardly.

Then, one might conclude that the US and the rest of the world’s talking heads had better stop talking about nonsensical, consistently failed “negotiations” see the forest not the trees and act immediately, if not sooner. They could quickly enlist the vital help of their only loyal ally in the area – Israel – and take out Iran before a much greater military and political disaster is there at our own doorstep – like it is right now.

Jerome S. Kaufman, Editor

www.israel-commentary.org

 Yoram Ettinger is a consultant on US-Israel relations as well as the Chairman of Special Projects at the Ariel Center for Policy Research. Formerly the Minister for Congressional Affairs to Israel’s Embassy in Washington, DC, Ettinger also served as Consul General of Israel to the Southwestern US. He is a former editor of Contemporary Mideast Backgrounder, and is the author of the Jerusalem Cloakroom series of reports which is featured on the ACPR website.

 

 

 

 

 

Birthcertifigate issue refuses to go away. Criminal Charges filed!

QUESTION OF ELIGIBILITY
Criminal complaint charges Obama birth record ‘forged’
22-page brief filed with FBI claims ‘irrefutable proof’ document a fraud

May 31, 2011

By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2011 WND (World Net Daily)

This is the first of three articles on the criminal complaint that scanner-expert Doug Vogt filed last week with the FBI. An international expert on scanners and document-imaging software filed a 22-page criminal complaint with the FBI, charging that the long-form birth certificate released by the White House is criminally fraudulent.

“What the Obama administration released is a PDF image that they are trying to pass off as a Certificate of Live Birth Long Form printed on green security paper by the Hawaiian Health Department,” Doug Vogt writes, “but this form is a created forgery.”

Get the inside details on what could be the most serious constitutional crisis in modern history, in “Where’s the Birth Certificate? The Case That Barack Obama is Not Eligible to be President,” autographed by the author!

Vogt’s criminal complaint asserts: “I have irrefutably proven that the Certificate of Live Birth that President Obama presented to the world on April 27, 2011, is a fraudulently created document put together using the Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator programs, and the creation of this forgery of a public document constitutes a class B felony in Hawaii and multiple violations under U.S. Code section Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 47, Sec.1028, and therefore an impeachable offense.”

When the Obama birth certificate “forgery” comes to the public’s attention, Vogt continues, “It will surpass all previous scandals including the Watergate scandal of the Nixon administration.”

Since 1993, Vogt has owned Archive Index Systems Inc., in Bellevue, Wash., a company that sells a wide variety of document scanners worldwide and develops document imaging software.
Before that, Vogt owned Nova Typesetting for 11 years.

Read more: Criminal complaint charges Obama birth record ‘forged’

Wake up Black Americans, White ones, too!

Redacted from a letter sent by Edward Cousar
Executive Director, Black Republican PAC

(Video at end of article, Losing our Sons)

Dear Fellow American,

If you think there’s nothing in the world that will convince black Americans to vote Republican…then throw this letter away right now. You are part of the problem! But if you realize that the slow motion train wreck of the current White House occupant is giving us an unprecedented opportunity to reach out to black voters, then I humbly request your undivided attention for the next five minutes.

First, please let me introduce myself. My name is Edward Cousar and I’m the executive director of Black Republican PAC. And I’m dedicated to spreading the Republican message of low taxes, family values, better education, free enterprise, and economic opportunity throughout the black community. Many black Americans 1 know already share these values. Yet even though their values are already Republican values, they’ve never thought twice about voting for a Republican. And let’s face the hard facts. Electing the first black president in 2008 was a historic moment that many in the black community longed to see. As a result, the votes of black America supplied the crucial margin of victory for Barack Obama on Election Day. But now reality is hitting black America.

Throughout his campaign Obama promised to restore the economy when he had no idea how to do that, ran as a moderate when in truth he was a far-left radical, and claimed he would heal old racial wounds. He’s failed on every count. And now disappointment and disillusionment with “the One” are setting into the black community. In fact, Obama’s policies have been especially disastrous for black Americans — even more so than white Americans.

Just consider how the recession and Obama’s failed “stimulus” and economic program have hurt the black community. Overall, under Barack Obama’s term, the black unemployment rate is 5 points higher than the average for the country. And 16-to-24-year olds have been devastated by the recession — 48% of these young black Americans are unemployed compared to 20% of white Americans of the same age. Under Obama, America may be in a recession, but black America is in a DEPRESSION. There’s only so long that Obama’s silver tongue can gloss over the fundamental failing of his policies. And a black man or woman without a job is not going to vote for a president or his party that promises more of the same failed policies no matter what the color of his skin.

This is why we Republicans have an opportunity to reach out to black Americans and show them the superiority of our Republican ideas and policies. Obama is messing up so royally we have a chance to bring large chucks of black America inside our big tent. We were the party of black America before. Until Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, most blacks favored the Republican Party because it was the party that freed the slaves and then helped the black community after the Civil War. And even as late as 1960, Richard Nixon won 32% of the black vote.

Yet in the last 50 years no Republican candidate for president has gotten more than 15% of the black vote. As a result, the Democratic Party has had a lock on the black community on Election Day. But the floundering presidency of Obama and the misbegotten policies of the Democrats are causing the black community to realize that it has gotten a raw deal.

For starters, many blacks are increasingly disturbed at the radical positions of the Democrats — support of gay marriage, hostility to religion, backing of failed socialist economic policies even after they destroyed the black family and many once vibrant black urban communities. Black Americans are realizing that the Democratic Party is not their ticket to a better life. But just because the black community is disappointed in the Democratic Party doesn’t mean they will vote for Republicans.

Republicans need to extend a welcoming hand. The biggest problem that the Republican Party faces is that we have few credible voices working inside the black community to make our arguments. That’s why BLACK REPUBLICAN PAC is the best weapon to take on the Democratic Party machine in decades. BLACK REPUBLICAN PAC’s mission is to cultivate up and coming black Republican leaders and recruit black voters. Because if we can show just 25% of black voters that the Republican Party offers better solutions than the Democrats, we can break the back of the Democrat Party.

We have a proven strategy for bringing black Americans back to the party of Lincoln. As a lifelong Republican who also happens to be black, I know that I can communicate our Republicans ideals to the black community better than anyone else. Quite frankly, black Republicans can go places and say things in the black community where it is impossible for other Republicans to get a hearing.

That’s why BLACK REPUBLICAN PAC provides resources for these natural community leaders to make the case for Republican ideals from within the black community. Black Republicans will carry the Republican Party message of hope and economic empowerment through strong families, education, and ownership of homes and small businesses. And as a black-led organization. Black Republican PAC can get its foot in many doors that the Republican Party has a hard time even getting opened.

I would not write this letter if I didn’t have untold numbers of enthusiastic black leaders and candidates coming to me asking me to give them the tools they need to get the job done. They’re-ready to spread the Republican Party’s message of family, faith, education, and economic opportunity back to the black community… But they can only do it if they have the tools. So I need to ask you today — will you help me stop Obama’s far left agenda by peeling off just 25% of black voters from the Democrats’ coalition?

Your urgent donation of $35, $50, $75, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more will help me equip black leaders and candidates today to go out and spread our Republican message tomorrow. Obama is stumbling. His economic policies are destroying the black community and sending unemployment skyrocketing. This is a golden opportunity for us to reach out to black voters and cripple Obama’s political base.

The iron grip of the Democratic Party on black voters will only be loosened when we Republicans go to the black community and unabashedly make our case.

Sincerely,

Edward Cousar, Executive Director

Please send checks to: Black Republican PAC
PO Box 96613, Washington, DC 20090-6613

Video – Losing our Sons

Deliberately Crippling America

by Richard W. Rahn

The Washington Times
March 1, 2011.

The Obama administration’s policies are causing Americans to pay far more for gasoline and other fuels than necessary. America is awash in fossil-fuel energy sources with almost 30 percent of the world’s coal and 80 percent of the world’s oil shale which contains an estimated three times the recoverable oil reserves of Saudi Arabia. Canada, with its oil sands, has the world’s third-highest oil reserves, after the United States and Saudi Arabia. New technologies that enable low-cost natural gas production from shale mean that many countries, including the United States, will have gas for centuries at current production rates.

Fossil fuels at some prices are interchangeable. Coal, gas and oil can all fuel electric power plants. Liquid motor fuels can be made easily from natural gas, and, in fact, many auto, truck and bus fleets already use natural gas. For more than 70 years, the technology has been available to turn coal into liquid motor fuel.

Natural gas now sells in the United States for a British thermal unit (BTU) equivalent of $30 a barrel of oil, and coal sells at roughly half that price. Much of the Canadian oil sands, U.S. domestic oil shale and offshore oil in the Gulf of Mexico can be produced at prices well below $75 per barrel. The United States should be an energy exporter; Canada already is and is the single biggest source of oil for the U.S.

Most countries try to produce oil, gas and coal and sell it on the global market as a way of increasing the real incomes of their citizens, but not the United States. The Obama administration has a hatred of fossil fuels and is determined to reduce their use despite the economic damage. So-called green energy often is not very green and cannot possibly serve as a substitute for most fossil fuels. Windmills and solar panels are far more expensive than coal and gas; their production is intermittent, unreliable and largely unstorable. Because of the physics of the electrical grid, wind and solar can never produce more than about 18 percent of electrical production at least not until low-cost storage devices are developed. Many biofuels, and in particular corn-based ethanol, are not only more expensive than the natural fuels but have a bigger total carbon footprint.

The Obamaites believe carbon dioxide (CO2) is evil because they think more of it will cause global warming. They ignore the facts:

Earth has been at times in the past both cooler and warmer with higher concentrations of CO2.

Other factors, such as sunspot activity, are more important than CO2 in determining Earth’s temperature.

Scientists are in the process of finding new commercial uses for CO2 and are experimenting with the use of biological agents to turn CO2 back into a useful fuel. CO2 always has been part of our atmosphere and is necessary for plants to grow.

Just think for a moment of all the scientific advances that have been made during the past century. There is every reason to think that long before fossil fuels become truly scarce, meaning that their extraction cost begins to rise rapidly, mankind will have come up with cheaper and better energy sources and will have figured out what to do with excess CO2 if it really does prove to be a problem. For at least 100 years, “experts” have been saying we will soon run out of oil, but we are still finding more oil and gas than we have been producing in recent years.

It makes no sense for the United States to hobble itself with less and more costly energy while much of the rest of the world is greatly increasing its use of fossil fuels. Both India and China have found huge new deposits of natural gas in recent weeks. Are they going to say to their still-poor populations, “We will not use this gas to better your lives”? Of course not. The Brazilians are about to enter the ranks of major oil producers. Are their leaders going to say to the people, “You may not have the benefits of these new oil discoveries”? Of course not.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration has stopped the new oil-production process in the Gulf of Mexico, even in the face of a court order requiring it to issue permits. The administration, through executive orders, has denied oil and gas producers access to millions of acres where large deposits of oil and gas are known to exist. The administration also is holding up permits for many new power plants, pipelines and industrial plants, all of which are costing Americans jobs and driving businesses to other countries.

It is not unnoticed that the president is demanding that businesses create more jobs while at the same time denying them the ability to do so because of his environmental, energy and regulatory policies. It also is not unnoticed that the bureaucrats and officials in Washington who are so keen on killing job opportunities for those in the productive sector keep theirs. And, it is not unnoticed that people within the Obama administration and Congress are deliberately and unnecessarily making millions of the lowest-income Americans even poorer.

Richard W. Rahn is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and chairman of the Institute for Global Economic Growth

Obama Puts His Obvious Hostility To Israel Right On The Table!

Now how many Jews will vote for him or help the Democrats in the 2012 elections?

And, the question is, whose soul should be searched?

Obama tells Jewish Leaders that Israel bears responsibility for advancing peace!

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has expressed concern over some of President Barack Obama’s remarks to American Jewish leaders at the White House this week, including his statement urging Jewish communal leaders to speak to their friends and colleagues in Israel and to search your souls’ over Israel’s seriousness about making peace. This strongly suggests that President Obama holds Israel, not Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority (PA), responsible for the lack of peace, as was indeed the reported impression of many attendees who said that the President stated ‘that Israel bears primary responsibility for advancing the peace process.’

We were pleased that President Obama affirmed his deep commitment to Israel’s security but troubled by his stating that Jerusalem would be divided when he reportedly said that the Jewish sections of eastern Jerusalem would remain in Israeli hands as part of any peace deal, strongly implying that the Arab sections would not.

It was also troubling that President Obama also reportedly said that the Palestinians don’t feel confident that the Netanyahu government is serious about territorial concessions. Some participants interpreted the president’s comments either as hostile, naive or unsurprising. One participant also said that many people felt that their worst fears about Obama were confirmed with respect to Israel. They felt an enormous hostility towards Israel.

President Obama also said that Israel has not sufficiently tried to make an acceptable offer to Mahmoud Abbas, a remarkable statement in view of the peace offers of former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert, who offered statehood to the PA on 93% and more of the territory of Judea, Samaria and Gaza, only to be rejected by Yasser Arafat and Abbas. This meeting thus suggests that President Obama’s view have changed little since the July 2009 meeting he had with selected Jewish leaders when he also said that he wants to help Israel, but that in order to do so, Israel would need to engage in serious self-reflection. Obama and his Administration repeatedly condemn, criticize and pressure Israel to make unilateral concessions and almost never condemn, criticize or pressure the PA to make concessions. The President has not even criticized the PA over its refusal to negotiate with Israel.

In a detailed interview in TIME Magazine in January 2010, President Obama also indicated that he holds Israel responsible for the failure of his peace efforts when he ignored Israel’s unprecedented concessions – a 10-month unilateral freeze on Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria and qualified endorsement of the idea of creating a Palestinian state – and said that the Israelis still found it very hard to move with any bold gestures.

This week’s meeting between President Obama and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, which was attended by ZOA National President Morton A. Klein, was respectful, outwardly cordial and without any public display of tension, although some attendees strongly disagreed with some of what they heard and in fact privately acknowledged feeling strong, internal tension that was not visible to the group.

Leaders of the group thanked the President for his veto of the recent vicious anti-Israel resolution in U.N. Security Council. This occurred despite the fact that the Administration stated in casting its veto that we reject in the strongest terms the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity which has corroded hopes for peace and stability in the region¦ We therefore regrettably have opposed this draft resolution, as well as the fact that the Administration sought to obtain the agreement of the Arab states to a different resolution, which it would have supported, condemning these Jewish communities as illegitimate

Also worrying was President Obama’s belief that the present time presents a great opportunity for peace – a remarkable view in light of the fact that, across the region, long-established autocrats are falling, even relatively stable states like Jordan are experiencing rumbling, and within the PA, there are calls for Salaam Fayyad to step down, while Mahmoud Abbas is threatening resignation.

In such circumstances of great uncertainty, turmoil and instability, in which Arab signatories to existing agreements might be swept away from one moment to the next, the ZOA wonders whether seeing to achieve signed agreements with such leaders is appropriate.