Beyond the Cusp

May 23, 2015

The Sad Truths About American Election 2016

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The one constant around the world is that everywhere one hears discussions about the upcoming 2016 American elections and the talk immediately turns to the potential Presidential results and how they will either improve or ruin the plans of our leaders, nations, areas, threats, trade or economies. The truth is that trying to divine the thoughts of the American public and how they will vote for in the Presidential elections is complete folly, especially if one is using the relations between in foreign affairs as their criteria. While across the globe the United States foreign policy or lack thereof is of vital importance and in many instances potentially critical and even deadly, the American public usually cannot see any further than their wallet. Yes, there are numerous Americans who understand and even use a fair degree of foreign policy knowledge and positions of Presidential candidates, I must sadly report that when we left the United States that number decreased and even with our presence in the voting booths the people voting their wallets probably outnumbered foreign policy wonks by a thousand to one if not a hundred-thousand to one. This is why the Presidential debates only have one which presumably is advertised as pertaining to foreign policy. The truth is that most of the questions end up actually being turned inside-out, upside-down and twisted all around until it actually sets the candidates attentions to foreign situations as it pertains to the effects it might have on the budget or social programs at home. Still, the choice of who will be the next President of the United States will have a determining effect on every part of the globe; it will just be whether it will be for better or worse. So, what should we seek as far as the most preferentially positive effect generally around the globe?

 

The usual rule of thumb is that a Republican President will be more involved in foreign policy than a Democrat President. This does not necessarily mean this is preferential as it also depends on whether the Republican President has advisors and other assets which drive a thoughtful and thoroughly researched foreign policy or if they have a more seat of the pants reactionary policy. An example of the former would be President Dwight David Eisenhower who though often derogatorily called a do nothing President actually was responsible for the reconstruction of Europe and the Far East policy after the fall of Japan and much of the American ascendance after World War II all while the United States enjoyed some of its best economic growth years in its history. Another President who also did well largely due to advisors was John Fitzgerald Kennedy whose advisors were very knowledgeable and who when tested by Russian President Khrushchev over the Cuban Missile Crisis set a strong and potentially dangerous posture of no nonsense strong response that eventually led to the Soviet Union to retreat from Cuba removing their missiles. Kennedy also answered the Soviet initial success and leads in the start of the space race to set the goal as the Moon and challenged the American space industries and NASA with, “We choose to go to the Moon! … We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” On the other hand, the United States has had Presidents from both parties who were unmitigated disasters when it came to foreign policy though I will not shame any by naming them and instead allow each to choose their own examples. From the juncture where many currently observe the two Administrations under President Obama, these could easily be defined by numerous presumably traditional friends of the United States, who would, if choosing to be totally candid, would describe these as total disasters with potentially the worst yet to come. Then there are some of the worst mischief makers and oppressors or would be conquerors who likely would heap praise on President Obama’s choice to not challenge anything which might prove challenging or potentially difficult and demanding taking a principled stand.

 

So, first off, let me assure those who might be misled into believing that the Americans generally have begun to awaken and see what a disaster President Obama has been for the world as a whole, if it were somehow made possible for President Obama to run for a third term, the American public would likely reelect him and even the Jewish voters who might claim that Israel is one of their top concerns would still vote for President Obama by an easy majority likely near to sixty-five percent against thirty-five percent voting Republican. Actually, there would be a sizeable percentage of the Jewish voting public who would refuse to vote Republican and simply stay at home which is the same as voting for whichever candidate proves victorious. With this established, this fact does not bode well for the Republican Party if the American public, which is made predominantly of ‘low-information voters’ who vote pretty much as they are advised by such criteria as, my family have always voted Democrat/Republican/Whig (OK, most families who had voted for the Whig Party have moved on since then), what’s his name on Comedy Central/Saturday Night Live/the Late Show/Family Guy/South Park character, Media such as ABC/CBS/NBC/FOX/CNN/PBS/MSNBC, print media, favorite personality/close friend/boss at work/union boss or whatever ridiculous source even to include Tarot Card reader’s advice, are the mainstay of the voting public which as time has passed has become more the norm. This is partly why the politicians fight over voting rules such as removing people from voter rolls through validation techniques to remove those who have moved, died or not voted in decades or the need for picture identifications, motor voter laws, and even register to vote outside the polling place and then enter and vote or permitting prisoners to vote even from death row as there is no area not pursued as a voting base that the party who thinks something is to their advantage will not use to the utmost of their ability. So, we have established that the American voting public is not necessarily the pure cerebral and reasoned public which Thomas Jefferson, Sam Adams, or James Madison envisioned, though probably Benjamin Franklin may have had the right attitude and worldly experience to realize how far the electorate would eventually slip. So, now what?

 

The next is choosing who will most likely be the candidate for each of the two major parties. Let us start with the Republican Party and the myriad of candidates there seeking to be the candidate chosen to represent the party in the elections in November 2016. The one thing we are assured is that the Republican candidates will mostly be breaking what President Ronald Reagan called the Eleventh Commandment, do not speak ill of thy fellow Republicans. The Republican candidates will refuse to bow out until it becomes mathematically impossible for them to win the nominations and some even then will continue just in case they can make a surge from out of the blue once the delegates are freed to vote however they choose, usually around the fifth ballot or later. With all the candidates, and a fair number of top ties candidates, it is quite likely that the Republican Party may reach its convention without any one candidate with sufficient numbers of delegates to win on the first or second ballot and there may be five candidates who are all actually closely matched in candidate count with none even remotely close to a majority or even a resounding plurality. This might lead to a lengthy and harshly fought convention which will go into the fourth day or beyond without reaching some resolution or producing a candidate. There appears now that Jeb Bush will have a loyal set of establishment delegates and the ‘movers and shakers and moneyed establishment supporting him while the Tea Party and Christian Right will be divided amongst a core of select candidates including but not limited to Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Dr. Ben Carson and Scott Walker; with the likes of Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Bobby Jindal will all have a base of support which may be sufficient to retain their hopes and finally there is Carly Fiorina who as the sole woman, might receive additional support as she is the only candidate against whom Hilary Clinton would not have the advantage of gender running to be the first American female President. The end result is whoever eventually survives the scathing attacks and fevered battle with the nomination may find themselves limping into the actual Presidential election race as damaged goods sorely injured by their own party. Oddly enough the one person who might mostly escape such infighting and scorn from their fellow Republicans might be Carly Fiorina simply because should she avoid falling prey to the gotcha media assaults most Republicans face, she could be the one without any damaged armor and slide between the barbs and arrows and prove the strongest candidate of them all and take the nomination with minimal damage and able to rally the Republican base and establishment as she belongs to neither but can make overtures to both.

 

That brings us to the Democrat Convention and the presumed coronation of Hillary Clinton as the ‘deserved one,’ the ‘chosen one.’ From the very beginning I have not believed that Hilary Clinton would survive to become the Democrat Party Presidential candidate in 2016 or ever as if she is cast aside this time it will be for good. Hillary Clinton’s most formidable and undefeatable opponent is Hillary Clinton of campaigns and offices past which will eventually make her untenable as a candidate. Her time as Secretary of State will tie her inexorably to President Obama’s disastrous foreign policy and much of the blame for President Obama’s failures will be heaped upon Hillary and she will be unable to escape this baggage. Additionally there will be the baggage from the entire Benghazi debacle, and even worse, her hearings before the Congress where the immortal words were uttered never to stop echoing in many ears where Hillary, referring to four dead Americans including two men whose heroic efforts became known making the inaction simply unacceptable and un-American and now forever tied to her stating, “With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided that they’d they go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?” The absolute cynicism of her caustic remarks and the bald faced attempt to brush off any responsibility and to make any questions in this area as improper as that the reason for the hearings was not about those who gave their lives presumably in service of their country and for a mission which originated within the State Department, but to allow Hillary Clinton to be cleansed of any wrong-doing and to be vindicated and be lauded for striving to assure that such a situation never again presented such a deadly situation. The line of questions seeking to pinpoint blame was, in Hillary’s mind, completely out of bounds. Between Benghazi, the e-mail scandals, the missing records, scrubbed and sanitized memos and communications, Clinton Foundation contributions and influence peddling from her position as Secretary of State, foreign monies which likely were derived as payments for favors, the rise of Blumenthal communications concerning Libya where he had business interests while advising Hillary Clinton during her time as Secretary of State as well as numerous other scandals yet to surface, and Hillary Clinton is damaged even beyond the capability for the Democrat Party to attempt to repair her to make her presentable to the public. All the baggage which has been in the mainstream news about Hillary Clinton was originally being exposed now early in the process and before she announced her intentions to run for President such that it could be labelled old news already beaten to death if brought up during the campaign by the Republican side. The problem is that there seemingly is no end to the scandals as they just keep jumping out from everywhere. As the media and Democrat operatives keep attempting to put these scandals to rest and tie up all the loose ends they run into another problem and then a scandal which follows as night follows day and there is no putting this to bed as more and more loose ends keep appearing and the Hillary apologists are beginning to become somewhat short tempered as their patience dies. In the end Hillary Clinton and former President William Jefferson Clinton will be required to hang up their hopes of returning to the White House until Chelsey is old enough which will be fairly soon, so they should get her elected to some office, governor of the state of their choosing, Maryland sounds easy as does Massachusetts.

 

So, with no Hillary as their candidate, who can the Democrats turn to as their best bet? There are a number of people which have been mentioned as potential replacements should Hillary self-destruct. Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley though his having also been Mayor of Baltimore might be a slight drawback, Vice President Biden who has a history of foot-in-mouth disease but actually would be solid in foreign policy as even if a threat he made in a speech by his going off-script the adversary would never know for sure whether or not Old Joe might actually follow through. Bernie Sanders has also declared his interest and though we agree on very little I admire his forthrightness and honesty which are very admirable qualities and he can be counted on to do what he says and say what he means. Then we have Andrew Cuomo and Howard Dean who both are known for mouths beyond their control, Al Franken also has given a definite maybe which is quite comical as well as noncommittal though he and Biden debating would make for great comedy, and finally Ms. Elizabeth Warren whose credentials, or lack thereof, are equal to those of President Obama when he took up the mantle of Democrat candidate for President with a few critical differences making her worthy of a deeper look.

 

Though Senator Elizabeth Warren has claimed she is not running, this may not be left as her choice as she has a sizable supportive following without ever overtly seeking such. She is a far superior believer in the true Progressive way of which President Obama campaigned upon in his initial 2008 campaign. She is well spoken and needs little prompting from any crutches such as a teleprompter. Senator Elizabeth Warren is quick on her feet, knows what she believes and is very comfortable in stating her views unequivocally and with great passion. She is a strong supporter for individual rights though she does appear to place too much emphasis and burden upon government for protecting individuals from failure by providing a broad and sweeping system of safety nets and she does not appear to be adverse to a guaranteed minimal wage for everybody whether they be employed or not. She favors Obamacare with some modifications making it more workable, not less dependent on government as her adjustments would bring Obamacare closer to a single payer health plan than as it currently sits. Senator Elizabeth Warren is a believer in Keynesian economics where the government is the principle engine behind the economy. She also is opposed to free trade much of the time claiming instead to stand for fair trade which she has not fully explained. She is a through and through socialist progressive and like Bernie Sanders says what she means and means what she says and always sticking to that exact path. At least she would not produce any big surprises as the Democrat candidate or a President if successfully elected. Her largest area which is unfortunately untested and unknown is foreign policy. Here she would be untested and undefined and until such could be filled in she should not be taken as a serious candidate. But as I explained, foreign policy is the last and least of things on the average American’s mind so it is quite likely that with her populist political talking points and her appeal to those dependent upon government Senator Elizabeth Warren would likely gain a large popular appeal and could breeze to the Democrat nomination once Hillary Clinton realizes she had already failed and failed miserably, but it remains to be seen if she will even be willing to be dragged thus appearing to have the nomination and run in the primaries thrust upon her rather than actively sought. Though I have little in common with Senator Elizabeth Warren’s viewpoints and fear her lack of foreign policy experience or even exposure, I find that she would have little problem being elected as the next United States President, her biggest obstacle would be attaining the Democrat nomination and that is something remaining to be seen. The final note is that the next President of the United States will be the one who emerges as the victor in the Democrat nomination and only give the Republican candidate a one in three chance at winning the general election. But there is still a race to be run and we have to have the race just to prove every prognosticator to be so wrong it is embarrassing.

 

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April 10, 2015

It’s an Upside-Down Topsy-Turvy World

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Many times we look at things the way they are and simply scratch our collective heads and wonder: When did the world go off the tracks? Who was at the helm asleep? Am I the only one who sees things like this? How did it get so bad? What went wrong? How can we get things straightened out? Will I and the few others have to take this on alone? And the biggest question: Where do we start? Let us start with the good news which is that you already have taken that first step as have millions of others. The bad news is that yes, it is going to seem like we the so few are initially going to have to attempt this alone. But the outlook had more good news than bad because slowly more and more of us are waking to see the problem. Unfortunately, all too many of us are having great amounts of difficulty taking that first step towards a new tomorrow. The reason for that is we are trying to use the tools which created the problem to repair the damage and that simply cannot work. We need to look deep in our hearts to find what has been missing. Many, myself included, see that much of the solution can be found in religion and the lessons it teaches and its focus on family, children and the future. Without these three ideas and ideals and all that is built around them, there is no solution and what we are fighting for is ridiculed and belittled as superstitious religion. The idea is to take the entirety of any future into their own hands and reserving it for their children and only their children, not for the rest of us. They still want us to have children just as long as there are not too many of them and they are willing to perform the menial functions in service of their betters.

 

The problems with much of society today are the ideas that we are to live our lives for ourselves and to maximize our own pleasures. Just look at the solutions and where they lead. If you are pregnant and are not ready to give up your lifestyle or not financially ready to afford a child or any of a million reasons in modern society for not starting a family, then simply have an abortion and do not let anyone tell you that it is selfish and you are killing a human life. You have your life and your reasons and can think for yourself. Empower yourself and you can always start a family later, when you are ready and after you have had as much fun as you deserve so don’t let it bother you, you are doing the right thing. Anyways, you did not actually plan this pregnancy and have not taken the necessary preparations for having such a burden right now, later when you are settled and have achieved that level and reached your potential, then you will be ready and you can start your family, after all, there is that promotion at work and just think what this would do to your chances of advancing? This reasoning has become so prevalent in societies across the advanced world that as many as half of all pregnancies in those communities result in abortions. This has cut the number of children being born to well below replacement level and those societies are slowly eradicating themselves, some doing so not all that slowly. The greatest occurrence of this style of thinking is plaguing Europe where there are insufficient births to produce the numbers which their society needs to replace the workforce and provide the resources for continuing the healthy operation of the society.

 

Throughout the Western World there has been a steady decline in babies born to each generation placing an ever increasing burden on each individual member of the next generation to provide sufficient taxes to care for the retired from the previous generation who are living longer and longer lives thus demanding more financing to cover their senior benefits. The youth are seeing this burden and realizing that there is no possibility of these benefits being there for them when they retire. Eventually, and more likely sooner rather than later, the youth are going to revolt against this retirement arrangement and might very likely place a cap on the age where people can continue receiving these benefits if they have the ability. The problem they will face is that there will be more people close to or already receiving these benefits for them to be voted out of existence. It really is a self-perpetuating problem. What is the solution? Simple, have more children and stop listening to those who constantly tell you that the planet cannot support that many people because unless an unforeseen widespread disaster were to strike, the earth could produce three times the food simply by bringing modern technology to the areas where farmers are still using what can only be described as primitive methods of farming. The lack of having sufficient children in each generation to at least meet replacement levels is a large part of the societal problem being faced as in order to have the present society function even at the previous generational level there comes a need to allow larger and larger numbers of immigrants often from areas which are less advanced and requiring training to meet the job requirements and permit the continued function of society. Of course the same safety net which was designed for a society with a work ethic which has been lost to too much of modern societies such as those causing the problems in Europe where the native population and its societal norms rapidly becoming the minority and their social norms being replaced by an alien set of societal norms and this is racing to the tipping-point beyond which there will be no turning back.

 

The simplest reason behind the failure of Western society is that it has stopped investing in the future in the most basic manner, offspring. Having children was a directive of religion as part of the concept of be plentiful and multiply. Modern society says experience and enjoy the pleasures and wonders of the plenty the world we have built provides and don’t worry about tomorrow, it will soon be here and yesterday gone, and that is a part of the problem, we allow too many yesterdays to be gone and unalterable and often each generation has experienced life to a later age before having families, so much so that the childbearing years have passed and many couples have one child or even no child. Replacement levels are approximately two and one tenth children per woman in the society. The problem comes when a large portion of the society has under this reproductive replacement rate placing a larger portion for replacement level reproduction on the remaining women making the new replacement level to rise to as high as five children per reproductively active young women.

 

The source of the lack of children in a society comes as a direct result of the ethos of live for today and let tomorrow take care of itself. This is the sirens’ call which combined with the accusation that religion had no place in modern society as science is the new religion and where to turn for our answers. Religion has been belittled as something society has left behind along with all those other superstitions such as the existence of G0d. The claim has become that there is nothing higher than mankind and that we are to be subservient to the newest provider of all freedoms, the all-powerful State. We are no longer to seek the reason for our rights coming from our Creator but from the structures we have placed over us to rule though we continue to retain our right, for the time being, to elect our representatives. The proof of how powerless the individual has become one need not look any further than the numbers of bureaucrats who are tasked to facelessly craft the regulations and actual enforcement codes required allowing for the legislations passed by the Government to be enforceable. The idea for replacing religion with government and the guarantor of our freedoms to the State and not from our Creator the transformation has been completed where the State is now responsible for our freedoms and as such can restrict or even do completely away with any freedoms which are not specifically enumerated as coming from forces outside of government, and even these are being circumvented whenever possible or, at the very least, being defined as coming under enforcement by the State and eventually at the pleasure of the State. This transition changes the society into a social-democratic republic which is based on the rules from man leading to have made our governance under the rule of man more than the rule of law. This eventually leads to a society where there are the elites who see to the definitions of the law and their enforcement and the rest of the society which obeys the regulator’s rules. This is an impossible task as there exist far too many codes, laws and regulations on the books thus causing a situation where if government desires to turn a person, say an individual attempting to change the way the rules are enforced from the rules of men to a more lofty goal of living under the guidance of a higher truth which protects our freedoms making it so that no man is able to take away our rights, such a person threatens the all-powerful State and leads to the State proving the futility of challenging the rule of man which stands over our societies. Still, no matter how difficult it may result in being or how steep the challenge, we need to restore a higher authority for our laws and protector of our individual rights because should one look throughout history we will witness how mere mortal men cannot be trusted to safeguard our individual freedoms as only by claiming and forcing the society into believing that their freedoms are issued by government and thus can be positioned to lord over the rest of the society. As long as we permit the State to define our liberties and freedoms we will remain as slaves to the governing mechanisms and the men who sit faceless meting out regulations and taking or granting those freedoms and liberties which used to claim our Creator as their source as now the State claims that power. We should return and place our faith where it belongs and as much of our coinage cries out, In G0d We Trust and never, ever in man we trust as man is fallible and greedy and G0d is all knowing and all caring. Where would you wish to place your trust, in some unknown and unseen bureaucrat or in the all-seeing and beneficent G0d? I know where I place my future and the future of my family though we also understand that mankind is capable of great strides, they will never reach a point where they are even remotely comparable to the Almighty, praised be His Name and His Glorious Kingdom for the L0rd our G0d, the L0rd is One.

 

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March 12, 2015

Election Mania is Too Much Too Early?

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The blessing of the Israeli election being called early is that it truncates the electioneering to a short few months which is a very short time frame especially if the party plans on having a primary to determine their roster of candidates and their order which can be very important as nobody wants to be the person occupying the roster position one or two positions higher than the number of mandates garnered by their party. Such was the case in one of the primaries where a recount made the difference placing one candidate likely beyond electable position and in their place within reasonable expectations the person who otherwise would have occupied the cold seat beyond expectations. The brevity also allows for parties to misrepresent their positions and makes it difficult for the opposing parties to reveal and lay out the truth about their opponent’s positions and the ramifications of such. This has led to some strange situations where the nationalist parties have stressed security and a strong stance against Iran and Arab terrorism with the religious Zionist parties stressing retaining every inch of what is defined as the lands for the Jewish State and they are very firm on this point. At the leftist end of the spectrum we hear that the claims that Iran is a threat and terrorism is a major threat are simply ploys trying to scare the electorate into voting for the right wing and national Zionist parties. The leftists claim that what is the central point is that Prime Minister Netanyahu has been responsible for much of the terrorism and the threat from Iran is overblown as United States President Obama has stated he will prevent Iran from attaining nuclear weapons through the P5+1 Iranian negotiations and that the speech that Prime Minister Netanyahu gave to the United States Congress was simply just electioneering and grandstanding and held no resemblance to reality. They claim that the real challenge to Israelis are the high cost of living and the lack of the Knesset under Netanyahu had ignored the central issues of adequate and affordable housing, acceptance of same-sex marriage, lower food prices and a plethora of social issues pertaining to family cost of living, single parent homes, rights for non-Jews, and the pursuit of a respectful peace through the two states for two peoples framework. The left claim that they are needed so as to repair the relations with the United States, particularly with the White House as Prime Minister Netanyahu has alienated the relations with the President and strained relations with the United States to the breaking point and they know they can work with President Obama and together they will be able to reach a peace with the Arabs which will provide peace and an end to terrorism.

 

Never mind reality, we are talking about elections which are often removed from reality. The perception is that the two sides of the political spectrum not only hold different and even diametrically opposing views, they cannot even admit to each other the definitions of the problems facing Israel. The right sees threats on almost every front while the left sees mainly domestic threats. The right claims Israel must retain as much if not all of the lands of Judea and Samaria and definitely a unified Jerusalem. The left claims that by surrendering all of the lands beyond the Green Line including the eastern half of Jerusalem that there will be no change to traveling to visit the wall as there will be peace and thus an end to terrorism. Iran does not even appear on the leftist shopping list of problems while same-sex marriage and minority rights are nowhere to be seen on the rightist, nationalist agenda. Obviously both parties cannot be right and it will not be easy for the average voter who has not been all that attentive to the world situation and politics to discern which side is correct in identifying the problems before the Election Day arrives and they must vote. This is where the media has been less than forthright in their coverage of the elections. The media has ridiculed and been disparaging treating the claims from the nationalists who identify keeping a hardline approach to negotiating with the Arabs and not surrendering additional lands and are very wary of the nuclear program in Iran and the threat a nuclear armed Iran would pose not just to Israel but the world and the rest of the Middle East. The most egregious adventurism has been the cooperation and unified front being presented by President Obama, the European political elite and the world leftist dominated media in mocking the nationalists as alarmists and painting a picture of the world as being peaceful and not full of threats against the nations of Israel portraying the most pressing problems in Israel to be identified step for step in sync with the leftist agenda.

 

This plotting gets worse because the average voter does not have the time to research deeply into the problems of the times and easily is confronted with monthly bills, food prices, petrol prices, traffic delays and the plethora of problems in day-to-day living and they do not have the time to assess the world scene so they rely on the media for such information. As an example of the media slant one need look no further than the coverage given Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech before a joint session of the United States Congress. Nearly all the coverage quoted Minority Leader of the House Nancy Pelosi’s comments, “insult to the intelligence of the United States,” and it had her “near tears” through most of the speech. For the sake of repetition and in case you missed it; here is the entirety of Ms. Pelosi’s official statement,

The unbreakable bonds between the United States and Israel are rooted in our shared values, our common ideals and mutual interests. Ours is a deep and abiding friendship that will always reach beyond party. Americans stand shoulder to shoulder with the Israeli people. The state of Israel stands as the greatest political achievement of the 20th century, and the United States will always have an unshakable commitment to Israel’s security.

That is why, as one who values the U.S. – Israel relationship, and loves Israel, I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister’s speech – saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States as part of the P5 +1 nations, and saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation.

Today, Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated something we all agree upon: a nuclear armed Iran is unacceptable to both our countries. We have all said that a bad deal is worse than no deal, and stopping the spread of nuclear weapons is the bedrock of our foreign policy and national security. As President Obama has said consistently, all options are on the table for preventing a nuclear-armed Iran.

 

This was very likely the most covered commentary on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s historic speech to the United States Congress. It also provided so many notable quotables that the media had a field-day choosing what each writer felt were the most damning words. But there were also the criticisms from President Obama who had some very specific complaints of the speech for somebody who attested that they did not see the speech but had perused a summary given before the speech of what Prime Minister Netanyahu would say. President Obama went to great lengths to insist that the choice presented by Netanyahu was between the deal which the President assured all was an excellent deal in the makings or war. Netanyahu’s alternative to the peace being sought by the P5+1 with Iran was war. The Prime Minister added nothing new to the conversations and his alternative was war. This last assessment is probably the closes to being factually accurate but still suffers from the greatest lie put out from the White House, namely that Netanyahu was proposing to go to war with Iran. Even before the speech President Obama was casting aspersions on the coming speech claiming it would offer nothing new, simply that the Prime Minister would claim that the peace being negotiated was inadequate and a bad deal and that war was necessary to stop Iran. The war claim was also omnipresent despite it being a completely false claim. What Prime Minister did say concerning war were the following quotes,

To defeat ISIS and let Iran get nuclear weapons would be to win the battle, but lose the war. We can’t let that happen.

This deal won’t be a farewell to arms. It would be a farewell to arms control. And the Middle East would soon be crisscrossed by nuclear tripwires. A region where small skirmishes can trigger big wars would turn into a nuclear tinderbox.

Now we’re being told that the only alternative to this bad deal is war. That’s just not true. The alternative to this bad deal is a much better deal.
Ladies and gentlemen, history has placed us at a fateful crossroads. We must now choose between two paths. One path leads to a bad deal that will at best curtail Iran’s nuclear ambitions for a while, but it will inexorably lead to a nuclear-armed Iran whose unbridled aggression will inevitably lead to war. The second path, however difficult, could lead to a much better deal, that would prevent a nuclear-armed Iran, a nuclearized Middle East and the horrific consequences of both to all of humanity.

Notable in these quotes is that in none of them does the Prime Minister expect or even desire that the alternative be war, he precisely stated the opposite when he proposed that the alternative should be a better deal. This was his comment which flat laid it out where he stated, “Now we’re being told that the only alternative to this bad deal is war. That’s just not true. The alternative to this bad deal is a much better deal.” His stand was definitely against war but instead he spelled out using the same sanctions which were used originally to bring Iran to the table in the first place, the same sanctions President Obama is so overtly anxious to lift off of Iran having removed many of them during secret talks held without even informing the other members of the P5+1 group which are France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany. History will note should a nuclear exchange emanate from the Middle East either between Middle Eastern and North African nations or launched in a first strike from within the Middle East on Europe or the United States or Canada that the situation was due to the releasing Iran from the economic sanctions without having first attaining a stronger deal that the agreement reached and that Prime Minister of Israel Netanyahu had warned that the sanctions needed to be reapplied and a far better deal needed to be the goal,

 

One might expect the above to be all over the media in Israel. It is almost nowhere to be found, especially not in the television or radio news or even in the majority of the print media. There are a few journalist and editorialists sprinkled throughout the print media such as Caroline Glick at the Jerusalem Post who give the nationalist news makers the recognition they deserve but are rarely mentioned by such as Haaretz, probably one of the iconic names in news around the world as it has an English edition which is politically right in line with the leftist Jewish audiences in Europe and the United States where it is almost considered the official representation of the news that is news. Instead you find every negative story imaginable against Netanyahu and favorably slanted coverage of Yitzhak Hertzog and little mention of Tzipi Livni as her name has polled as negative influence and that Hertzog is far more acceptable to the Israeli public thus Tzipi is ignored despite the rumors that she will be Prime Minister the first two years and Hertzog the last two years if there is still an Israel left to govern. There are now a mere five days until the elections.

 

The most unbelievable news which should be spread across the top of every news source in Israel, we will see today what coverage this gets, is the statement from the Palestinian Authority that they were arresting as many Hamas operatives in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) as they could find in order to prevent any attacks between now and the elections so that the people will be more inclined to vote for Hertzog and Livni than for Netanyahu and the nationalists. It has also been reported, unsurprisingly, that the Arab leadership is already salivating over having Tzipi Livni and Yitzhak Hertzog as Prime Minister of Israel. The descriptions given of the two candidates qualifications they most profoundly admired were also revealing. They claimed that Tzipi Livni was responsible for the terms in the 1701 peace accord which was to be enforced by UNIFIL forces in Lebanon and the terms in this agreement were so lenient and poorly written that instead of preventing Hezballah rebuilding their positions and rearming, it had allowed Hezballah to rebuild, add onto their bunker and tunnel networks and resupply and add to their rocket arsenal increasing it twenty fold and also being allowed to gain longer range rockets and even some guided missiles which now enable Hezballah to strike all of Israel and to target reliably targets in central Tel Aviv and the Dimona complex in the Negev regions. And as far as Yitzhak Hertzog their assessment is that he is a weak and timid person who will be easily pushed and shoved into making weak deals which will provide the Arabs with the advantage in any dealings. The Arabs also note that both Tzipi Livni and Yitzhak Hertzog have stated that they plan on repairing relations with the White House and forming an alliance with President Obama and using his guidance to seek a pathway to peace with the Arab Authority and pursue the two state solution stipulated in the Oslo Accords. They are expected to bring great rewards and potentially the downfall of Israel should they be elected and chosen to lead Israel. It is towards this end that all terror operations have been stifled and placed on hold until after the election so as to give the appearance that terrorism is over and the situation is ripe to make sacrifices for peace and that is the reasoning behind this quiet lull Israel is experiencing. Of course that is unless one decides to go up onto the Temple Mount. Enter the Temple Mount and the truth becomes evident, but that is of little matter as so few will enter the Temple Mount and those who do will not vote in a manner conducive to the Arab aims for the destruction of Israel once they gain all of Judea and Samaria and hold the high grounds overlooking the heart of Israel, a heart they intend to pierce with the same rockets which have made Sderot into a ghost town during the last war with Hamas in Gaza, that will be the fate of Tel Aviv and its surrounding suburbs from Ashdod to Netanya. Will five days be long enough or will Israel once again learn the hard way that Never Again was more than a polite phrase to be chanted at rallies and otherwise forgotten.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

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