Beyond the Cusp

November 4, 2016

As the Pacific Far East Crumbles Away

 

Eight years of steering the United States away from even the slightest whiff of conflict or controversy leaving virtually every former ally stuck out in the wind swept stormy seas of fate have started to leave some palpable damage along the Asian Pacific Rim. These damages may only last until the few weeks after the next Presidential Inauguration or may be cemented with more to follow; it all depends on the coming, and it can’t come too soon, American Elections. The slow tear between Washington and Manila may have just torn well past the turning point as the State Department may decide to hold on an agreed arms shipment for the Philippine Police because a single Senator, Benjamin Louis “Ben” Cardin, a Democrat from Maryland, informed them he would block such a request. It seems unusual for an already approved arms deal would be held, maybe cancelled, because a single Senator raised his displeasure unless his displeasure was requested from a higher source who preferred hiding in the shadows this close to the election. No reason to risk the Philippine and other related votes in what might be a closer election than the media has painted. The reason, apparently, for Senator Cardin demanding the weapons be withheld was due to the violent manner in which the Philippine authorities are carrying out their resolute and determined crackdown on the drug lords and their criminal enterprises. The claim is that the Philippine government is using extrajudicial killings against the drug gangs because obviously there is little chance the drug gangs might be resisting the efforts to close their operations down. It is interesting to note that extrajudicial killings is exactly the same charge made by leftist Europeans, leftist Americans and the Arab lobby to throw at Israel whenever a terrorist is killed instead of coddled like a harmless puppy.

 

In nearby Malaysia, Premier Najib Razak also had some suggestions for Washington, though he directed them at the West in general referring to the former colonial powers when he cautioned, “It is not for them to lecture nations they once exploited on their internal affairs.” He was referring to the July lawsuits filed by the United States Justice Department implicating the Premier in a money-laundering scandal referencing more than three and a half billion dollars which were allegedly misappropriated. The Justice Department charges could not have anything to do with Najib is looking to strengthen ties with China and his recent six-day visit to Beijing. The United States State Department cannot be overly happy as Premier Razak’s China visit followed on the heels of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit. Not to worry folks, it’s all part of fundamental change President Obama promised in his October 30, 2008, speech where he stated, “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” We would say job well done except that the entire job is not near finished. Yes, the news from the Far East, particularly the Philippines and Malaysia, but many allies of the United States have held silently strong knowing, or at least hoping and praying, that the United States would return to its former policies and things returning to previous normal. The four year hopes died hard and the eight year prayers will be determined within the coming five days even if there are states making recounts.

 

Malaysia Philippines and Indonesia

Malaysia Philippines and Indonesia

 

There is a theory that no matter the results of the Presidential Election there is one coming end of term surprise from the White House, a surprise President Obama wants the visceral satisfaction of performing personally. This is one that is so personal that President Obama may even take a vacation and visit Turtle Bay and the United Nations in order to call a Special Session of the Security Council to hear a proposal to solve what he has determined is tantamount to the root of all problems in the Middle East if not the world, solar system, galaxy or potentially the entirety of the Universe and all creation, Israel and the formation of an Arab State for the ‘Palestinians’ in Judea and Samaria with East Jerusalem as its Capital City. President Obama would be sure to relate how the recent UNESCO decision which removed all Jewish and Christian connection to the Temple Mount or the Old City of Jerusalem, which is most of East Jerusalem, and that it is solely a Muslim Holy Site thus would serve as a natural capital for a new Islamic Palestinian nation. This would be his argument along with the seeming international itch to take away a fair sized additional chunk of the lands originally promised for the Jewish State and form yet another doomed to fail Arab Muslim State reneging yet again making a mockery of international treaties. The only surprise would be such a move being vetoed by one of the other four permanent members of the Security Council; Britain, France, China or Russia. Is such likely? In a word, “Yes.” As to which one, that remains to be seen. Our guess has three in the following order least to most likely, China, Britain, or Russia.

 

That leaves a single pair of questions. One is whether nations which have started to distance themselves from the United States could be gathered back to the warm bosom of Washington and all the wondrous prizes that includes? Should the next President and advisors in the administration return to a more traditional set of policies, then time will reset most relations. Some of those who have moved away or distanced such as the above mentioned Malaysia and Philippines and includes Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Pakistan and an additional small selection largely in Eastern Europe will move further from United States orbit unless concerted and deliberate efforts are expended. Even then the chances of returning all will prove near impossible. Nations such as Iraq and Egypt may be lost for the foreseeable future as Russia and China pick up influence. Still. The majority of estranged nations would gladly return given the slightest of efforts. That is the good and the bad side, but there is a worse possibility.

 

What could be worse than losing as many as a half dozen or potentially more lost due to the changes made during President Obama’s Administrations? Well, the continuation of this path which is and always was an idea which found favor in the State Department no matter the President and their policy preferences. Many Presidents since some time after World War I and the infestation of Progressive, Leftist anti-American policies siding with virtually every enemy of the United States changing hands while the highest levels nurture whatever opposing force of the moment that faces the United States with the chain simply altering as the leadership is always passed to those supporting the subversion. These State Department employees are Civil Service workers who are protected by Civil Service rules and very strong unions, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) or the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE). There have been instances where these unions have been suspected on working on campaigns, something quite unethical if not illegal. Should the advisors from the State Department continue in their privileged positions for setting foreign policy, then the current damage will only come closer to becoming permanent and the United States losing her position as leader of the free world. There are those who are claiming that continuing the current policies will lead to the death of the free world. Our comment is to say not so fast. There are places where freedom is still strong and others where freedom is slowly growing. Will there be a terrible and rough period? There are always such, the areas affected simply change with time. Hope should never be lost as cycles are a constant and things constantly change and that is unavoidable. As for what level of hope one should hold? Wait just a bit and we will get back to you on that.

 

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March 31, 2016

Why is it Always With Israel?

 

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), together with ten members of the House of Representatives, have submitted letter to Secretary of State Kerry demanding that the State Department investigate claims that Israel has committed “gross violations of human rights,” and depending on the results to cut military aid to the Jewish state. Politico released to the public this letter demanding State Department action on Tuesday night after the news site received it from “an organization that provided input for it,” claiming it was submitted on February 17, of this year. The letter also called out Egypt for the same inspections and similar charges of committing “extrajudicial killings,” “forced disappearances,” and concludes claiming, “According to information we have received, the manner in which US military assistance has been provided to Israel and Egypt, since the Camp David Accords, including the delivery of assistance at the military service level, has created a unique situation that has hindered implementation of normal mechanisms for monitoring the use of such assistance.”

 

The letter demanded that should any of these suspicions prove potentially valid that all military aid to the offending nation, Israel or Egypt, should be immediately terminated and as, “in light of these reports we request that you act promptly to determine their credibility and whether they trigger the Leahy Law and, if so, take appropriate action called for under the law.” The Leahy Law requires the State Department to review all nations’ military ethics and should human rights offensives be uncovered then military aid is to be curtailed in a manner such that no military hardware from the United States is used in such efforts. This letter coming from Senator Patrick Leahy is as suspicious as it gets. This should bother any friends of Israel and of sanity in relations with Arab nations whose leadership is assisting with the world war being fought on the streets of Europe, North America, North Africa, the Middle East and Asia as conditions permit. This war seeks cracks in security and lapses or weaknesses and then they strike as was recently evident in Brussels and previously in Paris or the attack on Mumbai on November 26-29, 2008. The Mumbai assault and the Paris attacks were quite similar as they both marked military style sweeping targets of opportunity and murdered or destroyed as many people and property as possible. The horror over the three days it took to eventually eradicate the threat kept much of the world on edge realizing what a well-rehearsed and well-trained squad could hold a city hostage for an extended period. One of the forever emblazoned views was the fire at the Taj hotel pictured below.

 

 

The Iconic Taj hotel on Fire During the Mumbai, India Terror Attacks on November 26, 2008

The Iconic Taj hotel on Fire
During the Mumbai, India
Terror Attacks on
November 26, 2008

 

 

Senator Leahy and likely his supporting Representatives are just being good soldiers and doing the bidding of President Obama. The fact that President Obama would love to stand up any deliveries of F-35 JSF jets and other armaments and potentially remove the cache of weapons, armor and ammunition kept in Israel presumably for use in any emergency be it the IDF or United States military operating in the Middle East or other areas in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. President Obama had picked Egypt to be given to the Muslim Brotherhood and when that fell apart, the fact the President desired to injure the new government as much as possible in order to potentially allow the Muslim Brotherhood to reestablish rule in Egypt. The displeasure, some might call it obsessive hot hatred, for Prime Minister Netanyahu and Israel in general, we won’t refer to President Obama as being anti-Semitic, but his background could be so interpreted and his desire to cripple the IDF tying the hands of Israel making them susceptible to attack such that they will beg for a direction that will relieve their military threat due to lack of resupply in an emergency. President Obama would like nothing more than to have President Sisi removed from office and President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood return to power in Egypt.

 

In Israel his desire is more ominous as President Obama wants Israel subdued and forced to make the peace plan he sees as fair with the Green Line as the border for Israel. President Obama would be overjoyed to see the current Israeli government fold and perhaps somebody more pliable become Prime Minister, preferably somebody who desires Israel be democratic over Jewish. Such a leader might be willing to allow the formation of a bi-national state with allowance for the “Palestinian Arab refugees,” all five to eight million or as many as they can invent including large numbers of former Syrians to flood the new bi-national state. The immediate election would prove to give the Arabs a large majority in the Parliament and to choose their own Prime Minister and after that allow for Sharia and the Jews be forced to convert or die. Hey, what could be better, it solves the Israeli-Arab conflict once and for all and would mean a second Nobel Peace Prize for the arranger of the greatest genocide that matched the Shoah in Jewish lives, so you broke a few eggs to make the omelet. The real threat is having the State Department decide anything referring to Israel, the nation the State Department has shown a constant animosity from even before Israel was declared and recommended that President Truman not recognize the Jewish State. Truman ignored their advice and stuck to what his mother and religion had taught him was the correct thing to do. The State Department did manage to force the United States to enact an arms embargo on Israel during the war of 1948-9 where her very existence was in doubt for much of the war. This is a vindictive attempt likely having the White House’s fingers all over the Senator Leahy request as he has been a foot soldier and supported President Obama every step of the way, this was just one more job which needed doing, and Leahy was there and at the ready. Let us hope the review lasts until the next President takes office and the United States can find some sanity from the circus which has been the primary election process thus far. Does anybody see hope for sanity in the coming White House and if so, who?

 

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