Beyond the Cusp

January 27, 2016

The Election is Not About Beating Obama

 

 

I am not sure the Republican Candidates are fully aware that they are running for the office of President after President Obama leaves the White House as he has had his two terms. They will be running against likely Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. That is the other point, Hillary may not be the Democrat Candidate, Bernie Sanders is looking stronger every day. Further, Hillary may not be eligible to be President after the prosecution of her for the e-mail imbroglio results in more than an inconvenience and more of a felony indictment and convictions on numerous counts followed by her being disbarred and incarcerated, even if it is a luxury prison with full spas, golf course and other facilities making it more like a Club Med Resort; perhaps called Club Fed. What, you thought important and privileged people such as the Clintons or other politically connected criminals served their time in lock-down did you? Even if pardoned for her improprieties before the trial or simply having these criminal acts which may have threatened United States operatives, secrets or other damaging intelligence has been tried thus saving the American public from such a dreary and lengthy series of even more Hillary Clinton without make-up and self-sleep-deprived concerned about a future less predictable than a Presidential election could ever be.

 

 

Club Fed or Club Med?

Club Fed or Club Med?

 

 

From the little we have watched of the debates, it appeared that the so-called second tier candidates, better described as the hidden gems and chipped glass candidates as there are a couple of those who belong and are ready for prime time but are being kept in the basement more likely because they are ready and the Republicans want a puppet they can control and not a President who is in control. This is why they are so concerned about a Trump win and less concerned with actually winning the Presidency. Do not get us wrong, we also fear a Trump Presidential run but because we fear a Trump as President, though there could be worse, don’t ask us how. The questions which they all need to answer are simple and obvious to all except the moderators and the people writing their questions, or is there a higher conspiracy of silence on these topics. First off, how would you defeat the Democrat candidate if it is Hillary, if it is Bernie? Second, will you repeal all of Obamacare? Will you include the records gathering and other privacy invasions included in the original thousand plus page legislation and the other initial provisions hidden in other legislation some of which entitled the Federal Government through the IRS to gather medical data from every hospital and doctor’s office by the IRS and also allow them to share the data with corporations and other agencies? Would you, and if so, how would you go about making efforts to rebuild the relations with the more traditional allies, which ones, and exactly how? Asking them questions different than those placed at the feet of the Democrats in their debates is unfair and will remain that way but as long as there are going to be hardball questions, how about a little substance with the spiteful venom. As is said, inquiring minds want to know, and that holds for the Democrats as well as we want to know what their plans are and no more simpleton slogans like ‘Yes we can’ and healing the Earth as the Earth can take care of herself.

 

Another idea which would work for weeding out the candidates would be for the primaries not to be stacked-up and front-loaded as they are. It is a bit ridiculous that the candidacy be all but over after ‘Super Tuesday’ which this election year falls on March first. Even if none of the candidates have the required number of delegates, by the end of April it is all over but the shouting and streamers, confetti and balloons, please don’t forget the balloons as their refusing to dislodge as electrostatic cling is holding them against the ceiling and delegates screaming for them to be dislodged is often the only surprise and entertainment of these conventions. There used to be some drama in the nominations until people started complaining about the candidates being chosen in some dark backroom filled with cigar smoke to the point of being unhealthy as was that system. Then came the race to be the primary which ‘put the candidate over’ which meant that states were jockeying to place their primary date in the vital spot so as to be the one remembered for placing the name of the future President on their party’s ballot. This led to the leap-frogging until they all hid an agreed upon wall, nobody was to go earlier than March first, which happens to be the first Tuesday this year. When one considers the candidates and Presidents we have had since popular vote won the nomination, perhaps those smoke-filled rooms was not such a bad method as at least we got some of the best Presidents from cigar smoke-filled rooms. While we are at retrofitting political election processes, could we return the elections for Senate to the individual states and allow them to at least have the control even if by now not using the primary selection process would be a difficult sell, though as long as selecting Presidential candidates is on the ballot, the rest is just gravy which is proven by the far smaller number of people who vote in primaries in off year elections.

 

That brings us to our conclusions which the election processes makes so evidentially obvious. Not all change and placing things before the people is necessarily the greatest of ideas and the wisest of all approaches. Where we might trust a room with one hundred randomly chosen farmers more than we would trust the United States Senate in making decisions for our personal lives, we have our doubts about their deciding trade matters or approving cabinet positions and other appointments as they would not have sufficient knowledge in such areas, though they would prove to have greater common sense. It might not be a bad thing to add in one more requirement for the office of President as it would give every President a greater understanding concerning matters of military preparedness, the military requirements in budgetary matters and in the use of troops. Here are some observations from one of our staff who happens to be a veteran of the United States Army. It is understandable that there should be reductions in the military’s funding in times of need but their funding cannot be made the money pot which other programs are given increases while the military is cut. The military is an essential service even if it is not the preferred way to settle differences. A strong and well-armed military makes those other avenues more likely, not less likely. There should be a baseline minimum for military spending of something around ten percent of the budget. This would work in two ways. First and foremost it would guarantee sufficient if not ample funding of the military and allow for future planning with an assurance of the funding being provided. Secondly, this would put a damper on excessive spending knowing that for an additional nine billions dollars allocated elsewhere the military would necessarily add another ten million in defense spending.

 

 

Military in Action of Breaking Things

Military in Action of Breaking Things

 

 

The guaranteed spending level would allow for a steadily predictable level of force in personnel with quality salaries could be maintained. Any military project given the approval of the Congress and signed by a President must be carried forth reaching a minimal number set in the initial legislation and must not be cut or diminished at the whim of another Congress or President. The example which has been most evident was the cancellation of the full production of the F-22 Raptor which was the fighter jet which would provide the United States Air Force with fighter superiority even over that of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter which is being sold to other NATO and allied nations. Some areas require a superior vehicle such that any superior training would be maximized with a worthy and superior weapons and delivery systems. Lastly for the sake of brevity, the United States military is not a food delivery force or a nation building force, it is a nation destruction force which is trained to be the point of the spear should national security or treaty require there to be something subdued or destroyed. Protecting civilians sent to nation build would necessarily be placed under military control for use of force, not civilian. When the military is to be used for any conflict resolution, the mission must be spelled out with objective requirements and definition of victory where the military hands over the rest to a civilian force and the military mission is ended allowing for a residual security force which also is not a food delivery or nation building force but a security force. The American military is the most efficient use of force to break and destroy things and only the engineering battalions build things; build things like bridges so the rest of the military can continue destroying and breaking things. Yes, there will be casualties, that is why it is called war.

 

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December 28, 2015

A Law Whose Time Has Come

 

Imagine for a moment that a group of nations in Europe and the European Union itself had decided, more or less as a loosely defined group, that they were going to finance and direct a group of NGOs in Israel with the intent of besmirching the image of Jordan throughout the world and work to degrade the Israeli military and drag its military and civilian leadership and soldiers before the world courts on charges of crimes against humanity. Imagine they also worked to collapse Israel as a nation and replace it with an Arab nation using spurious claims that there exists a group who have a deeper and more legitimate claim on the land and whose history was the exact history the Jews were claiming only older and thus more valid than the Jewish claims despite known facts to the contrary. Finally, imagine these same NGOs claiming to be indigenous and demanding government funding from the Israeli government and were influencing the courts and attempting to assist candidates in elections who would be more in line with the designs of the European financed NGOs in granting the Arab claims on the land and might even cripple their own nation before the spurious claims and yet lobbied the government to prevent a law making it that NGOs who received over half their financing from outside Israel to have to report all of their financing while still allowing their right to operate and claim to be actual representatives of the majority of Israelis despite all evidence to the contrary. If you were able of imagining such a ridiculous plot against Israel, then you have just successfully reached an understanding of exactly what is occurring in Israel right now.

 

This is not even a new issue as it has been going on for well over a decade by groups such as Breaking the Silence, B’Tselem, Adalah, Yesh Din, Machsom Watch, Hamoked, Rabbis for Human Rights and far too many others. All of these groups support the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement which singles Israel out claiming their laws make Israel an Apartheid state. One spurious claim made constantly despite full knowledge that the complaint is unwarranted is that Israel has not permitted the Arab Palestinians to hold an election for over a decade. Is it true that the Arabs living in the semiautonomous regions under the administration of the Palestinian Authority headed by Chairman Mahmoud Abbas who was elevated to the position after the death of Yasser Arafat in 2004 have yet to vote since 2005; yes, that is a valid statement which is what makes the charge appear to be valid. The fly in that ointment is the fact that the Palestinian Authority is semiautonomous and thus has political control and governs the area in question and Mahmoud Abbas has refused to permit election where he would necessarily stand for reelection and knows he would most likely lose such an election, thus, no elections. Israel has no power to force elections in the areas under Palestinian Authority political control any more than any government in Europe can force elections in another country. Such a claim is like so many others, containing a kernel of truth which makes it believable and appear valid but the rest of the charge is false and known to be using false links and logic. The election libel is similar to the libel that the IDF (Israeli Defense Force, the Israeli military) is guilty of war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocidal crimes against the Arab Palestinians and other atrocities. Has the IDF ever had a soldier or commander of a unit commit war crimes? Unfortunately that is true as it is of any army which fights in a combat area and for proof one need not look any further than at the case against Colonel West formerly of the United States Military. His case was covered by the New York Times in an article titled THE STRUGGLE FOR IRAQ: INTERROGATIONS; How Colonel Risked His Career by Menacing Detainee and Lost which gives the essentials and the situation facing commanders in the combat zones.

 

Just as colonel West came forth and faced military trial but took an early retirement from what had before one act to protect his troops by insinuating he was about to do the unthinkable to a detainee, IDF had soldiers who have crossed lines but Breaking the Silence has been found to be using testimonies from soldiers who were forced from the IDF and are bitter about their experience and even using known activists who were never in the IDF as witness or the ones who committed such war crimes to get false testimonies which they then market to a receptive media and other manner of shaming the IDF. If Breaking the Silence were really interested in policing and improving the morality and legal restrictions being obeyed they would not seek publicity and attempt to shame the IDF and besmirch their reputation in media around the world but would rather bring their evidence before the IDF and assist in the prosecution or fact finding such that these IDF soldiers could be brought before a trial and new guidelines could be made known within the IDF preventing another such disgrace which the IDF has proven time and again to investigate every accusation of wrongdoing and does so in complete view of the public. The IDF has had its actions in the last Gaza offensive and every military engagement under the scrutiny of a military panel made up of senior officers and experts on military and international laws of warfare wherever such inquiries were warranted. The United Nations report was largely assisted by Israeli NGOs who, without exception, rely on European funding largely from individual governments, the European Union itself with a guiding purpose of defaming and disrupting the IDF and its efforts to protect Israelis from Arab aggressors including numerous terror entities such as Hamas, Islamic Jihad and others operating in Gaza as well as Judea and Samaria (West Bank). Below are three videos of experts on the laws of war and International Law, the first two are separate testimonies before the United Nations as an individual expert and as part of the panel of review both emphasizing the good and deficits of their review by Lieutenant Colonel Jeffery Corn, U. S. Army Law of War Expert, and the third is Colonel Kemp who was an observer during the Gaza War as is also an expert on the laws of war and International Law as well as the makeup and slanted objective of the United Nations panel looking to equate IDF actions with those of Hamas or possibly dirty the IDF sufficiently so as to exonerate all actions taken by Hamas, Islamic Jihad, al-Qaeda, Islamic State and other terror actions in the Gaza war and before the war with the firing rockets by the hundreds and even thousands per day which was the real cause of the conflict. Please give each approximately two minutes of your time as they are worth hearing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The law being considered and about to be presented to the Knesset for actual debate and voting will be more revealing and honest than the efforts to make this legislation out to be an assault on the rights of individuals, minorities, all Palestinians and the free expression of NGOs and other elements which may at times appear critical of Israel, as the possible to be effected NGOs have claimed. The so-called “Transparency Bill” would require NGOs who receive over 50% of their funding from foreign states to reveal the precise sources of their funds. The aim is to curb the current practice of primarily European states who seek to undermine Israeli government policy by pouring millions into extreme-left and radical Arab Israeli NGOs, according to reports and comments of its supporters. European Union Ambassador to Israel Lars Faaborg-Andersen said the Bill was more suited to a “despotic” country and added, “The Bill is explicitly intended to harm organizations critical of government policy. It will have a negative impact on the image of Israel and its standing in Europe as an open and democratic society.” Of course his comments that this legislation would impact Israeli relations with the very governments financing these foreign sourced NGOs and will now require the European busybodies who ignore the serious and potentially fatal economic and immigration positions of their own actions and spend inordinate amounts of their funds taken by taxation and other revenue sources such as tariffs and fees all to spend on financing NGOs in order to influence and destroy both politically and physically the state of Israel and only the state of Israel which just happened to be the only state of the Jews as well as the sole true democracy in the Middle East. These actions say more about these nations and the European Union and their resorting to their oldest hatreds which they have been and apparently always will be as a whole anti-Semites who firmly hold the identical view as the Arabs and too much of the Islamic world that the Jews and their state must be destroyed and brought down to be trodden on by their betters, which is defined as any bipedal lifeform free of feathers and warm blooded. These actions are claimed to be warranted as only by the destruction of Israel will peace and human rights break out in the Middle East; like the Syrian civil war turned Sunni-Shiite war will end if Israel ceases to exist, RIGHT, now tell me another European act so pathetic that even laughter gives more credence and attention than it deserves. Below is an example and translation of the fliers dropped on one location of concentrated terrorist resistance and rocket fire and these were dropped before any IDF action by approximately thirty minutes giving the Arab citizens time to relocate. The real and obvious side-effect of these warnings is it both reveals the next area targeted and allows the terrorists time to relocate as well. The advantage is that by relocating the Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and other terror units will be in the open and not surrounded by civilians and thus their choices from bad to worse are they can relocate and present easy targets for airstrikes free of civilian casualties or remain in place and be eradicated free of civilian casualties.

 

 

Pamphlet and Translated Version of Pamphlet Dropped by IDF Command Before Calling Airstrikes or Deploying Ground Troops Whichever is Less Likely to Harm Civilian Lives

Pamphlet and Translated Version of Pamphlet Dropped
by IDF Command Before Calling Airstrikes or Deploying
Ground Troops Whichever is Less Likely to Harm Civilian Lives

 

 

The reality is that these NGOs do not serve the majority or even a plurality of Israeli citizens almost all of whom realize their lives are dependent upon the skill and sacrifices of the IDF and know they are owed a debt of gratitude beyond anything we can offer other than our support, thanks and love. We Israelis cannot begin to find sufficient respect for our IDF young men and women as they are by leaps and bounds the most moral and honorable military in the world ever. What also sets them apart from all other militaries, the Islamic State fears any conflict and especially a front where they would be facing the IDF on their borders. The British and Americans they claim they would welcome, though we all know they really do not want to see the entire force which the United States and Britain to a somewhat lesser extent, but as the IDF has proven repeatedly that size or lack thereof does not mean less fierce or efficient on the battlefield. The Islamic State facing a determined NATO front would last about three hours after the civilians let loose the full force as was utilized during World War II or even a single front, either the Japanese or the European front’s forces. There is another problem on the ground in an area which presents such a plethora of such challenges and where we can be glad that Egypt is no longer in the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood or that too would present some difficulties.

 

One has to wonder why Israel presents such an interest and desire to do harm where no such attitude exists on the Israeli side and only desires to run their nation free of foreign entangling and mischief working to their detriment. This “Transparency Bill” only seeks to present an honest assessment and accounting before the public and provide honesty and open examinations of any outside entities seeking to hide behind highly placed charges and other mischief all tailored to bring Israel down. This blood libel of Israel as presented by Breaking the Silence before the world is simply evidentiary proof that these NGOs are nothing more than appendages of European anti-Semitism seeking to destroy Israel by setting a completely different standard and though knowing of these NGOs perfidious acts and missions statements as they are funded by their European government and the European Union who direct them to provide the exact information and take whatever stand is required for the moment and dance for their masters in Europe. The Jews who work with these groups knowing their intent and origins are nothing more than the fools, and all too many were Jews, who assisted Lenin into power who never hid his hatred for Jews but that has never bothered the leftist Jews who will grease the wheels instead of the tracks at some crucial location as the train will not take them until they are the last or the war turns poorly but the one thing they are guaranteed, in the end they will be murdered as such is the way of the tyrants. In the meantime as Europe itself has chosen a slow suicide by allowing open immigration and are receiving largely untrained people seeking the European baskets of support and not opportunity which will pay off once the requirement of hard work has been met. These immigrants are setting up areas where their laws are applied and their nation and its laws are kept quite distant beyond the jagged line upon which Europe will be breaking themselves against these jagged edges long before Israel can come to their rescue; especially should these very same Europeans continue their pogroms attempting to tear Israel down before her enemies.

 

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