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January 23, 2015

Obama Deceit and Vindictive Contempt Erupts Even Further

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One has to wonder if there actually is no limit to the perfidy, dishonesty and betrayal by the White House in their double-dealings with Israel and particularly with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. It is no secret that President Barack Hussein Obama reserves a special visceral hatred towards Israel and most of her leadership. This has come to the fore repeatedly and has now boiled over with what borders on treasonous misrepresentation and direct meddling in just the past week. There was the insistence by Martin Indyk who demanded that since Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was invited by the leadership in the United States Congress to address them and share with them his reservations and any pertinent information which he may think the Congress should include in their deliberations pertaining to the Iranian nuclear program and the possibility and wisdom for applying additional sanctions at this time that the Congress must also invite Labor Party leader Yitzhak Herzog to address them in an attempt to be fair considering that Israel is heading for elections on March 15th. Mr. Indyk did not also believe that any other of the party leaders be invited including even Tzipi Livni who would be sharing the Prime Minister position should the combined Labor Party with her Hatnua Party nor did they suggest the somewhat of an outside but viable candidate for the position from the Jewish Home Party, Naftali Bennett. The singling out of the Labor Party leader and placing him on an even level of importance to the current Prime Minister reeked of partisan politicking and interference with the Israeli elections. It would have been the equivalence of the Knesset having invited Mitt Romney to address them along with requesting President Obama to have addressed them on a sensitive and vitally important issue months ahead of the 2012 elections. Israel had immediately extended an invitation to President Obama before the 2012 elections upon being informed that candidate Romney was planning on visiting Israel, an invitation the President chose to decline and then spokespersons from the Democrat Party then claimed that the visit by Romney was an Israeli attempt to sway the Jewish vote away from President Obama and that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu had endorsed Romney which the Prime Minister had gone to extreme lengths to assure the media that he did not favor one candidate over the other and was ready and willing to work with either candidate when the elections were over. But all of this pales when compared to the latest revelations which are on a par with some of the other select betrayals by the White House over the last six years.

 

Over the last couple of days a source from the White House released information claiming that the head of the Mossad Tamir Pardo had during a private briefing with a select group of United States Senators at their request disclosed his disagreement with Prime Minister Netanyahu and that he was opposed to the Congress passing additional sanctions on Iran as such a move would disturb any possibility for diplomacy to work. The high level leaked news story was reported by Bloomberg News which stated that Mossad officials advised US senators who were visiting Israel recently to hold off on further Iran sanctions, saying that they would hamper, not help, efforts to persuade Iran to give up or allow full international supervision of its nuclear program. This was a rather alarming report which was claiming that the Prime Minister and the Mossad were at odds over support for the intention of Democratic Senator Robert Menendez and Republican Senator Mark Kirk to impose stricter sanctions on Iran if a nuclear deal is not reached by March, a timetable that has already been extended for a second time this one past the reset November deadline from the original June deadline, a postponement which put off any agreement until after the midterm elections. The top level Mossad briefing was given during a meeting with Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with fellow Republican Senators Lindsay Graham, John Barrasso, and John McCain, and Democratic Senators Joe Donnelly and Tim Kaine. Senator John Barrasso was the person quoted by Bloomberg News as stating that they “met with a number of government officials from many different parts of the government. There’s not a uniform view there.” The quote did not claim as to where the dissenting opinions were given to the Senators and definitely did not present such as coming from Mossad Head Tamir Pardo. Still, a statement from the White House was quoted claiming that Mossad Head Tamir Pardo was the source of the dissenting opinion from the known position against much of the seeming weakness demonstrated by the White House in their negotiations with Iran and their seeming inability to force concessions from the Iranians as well as an eager willingness to alleviate much of the sanctions pressures from further pressing Iran just as the stronger sanctions were beginning to show some real progress.

 

The reactions from both the Prime Minister’s Office, Intelligence Minister Yuval Steintz, senior government source and from the Mossad all disputing the fraudulent claims from the White House and expressing disdain and feelings of injury and the breaking of trust and decency by these fraudulent mischaracterizations expressed by the Americans. A senior source expressed vehemently the distrust which these misrepresentations had caused stating, “The fraudulent claims against the Mossad Head were raised by the Americans yesterday, despite a message that had been transmitted to them on Tuesday by Intelligence Minister [Yuval] Steintz.” He relayed how the minutes had been gone over numerous times in order to positively discern whether there might have been anything stated which may have led to a misunderstanding and no such possible statements had been recorded in the minutes. The senior source went further protesting that any such comments were released about a private and secure conversation stating, “Leaking the Mossad Head’s statements, even if they had not been falsified, is a serious breach of all the rules. Friends do not behave like this. Information from a secret meeting must not leak out.”

 

A spokesperson Mossad added officially, “The Head of Mossad did not say that he opposes additional sanctions on Iran.” This was in response to the United States White House claims that Mossad officials advised United States Senators visiting Israel to hold off on further Iran sanctions claiming that such sanctions could hamper rather than help the United States efforts to persuade Iran into giving up their nuclear weapons program while pressing for Iran to permit the full implementation of international supervision over the entirety of their nuclear program. The agency further claimed, “The Head of Mossad did not say that he opposes additional sanctions on Iran.” Furthermore, the Mossad released an official statement which read, “Mossad Head Tamir Pardo met on January 19, 2015, with a delegation of United States Senators. The meeting was held at the request of the senators and with the Prime Minister’s approval. At the meeting, the Head of Mossad stressed the extraordinary effectiveness of the sanctions that have been placed on Iran for several years in bringing Iran to the negotiating table. The Head of Mossad noted that in negotiating with Iran, a policy of ‘carrots and sticks’ must be adopted, and there are not enough ‘sticks’ nowadays.” The Mossad concluded stating that Mossad Head Tamir Pardo “said specifically that the agreement that is being formed with Iran is bad and could lead to a regional arms race.” The Head of the Mossad could not be in any greater agreement with Prime Minister Netanyahu and the claims of and differences were erroneous and an attempt to place distrust in both the Mossad and the Prime Minister for reasons which only the White House is aware. Whether their intent was to muddy the waters before Congress by implying that the Israelis were divided on the issue of sanctions on Iran or that the Prime Minister was demanding actions not supported by the intelligence agency and against the information gathered and presented him or whether this was an attempt to bolster the campaign of the opposition by presenting the Prime Minister as being unreasonable and over the top and being out of step with all information and especially of causing difficulties between Israel and the United States, the actual reason will remain unknown but hopefully the record stands corrected.

 

What makes this attempt to paint Prime Minister Netanyahu as out of step with the rest of the universe and not just the White House and President Obama by implying that the briefing given visiting United States Senators by the Mossad was contradictive of the position represented by the Prime Minister was bad enough if it was the only perfidy and treachery coming from the White House which has compromised Israeli positions over Iran at every turn over the past six years. The one instance which sticks out as potentially the most significant betrayal by President Obama and the White House goes back to a report in Foreign Policy on Line on March 28, 2012 which detailed the rumored agreement between Israel and Azerbaijan whereby Israel would have obtained the right to use four abandoned, Soviet-era airfields should the Israelis need such for refueling or for emergency landing should the Israelis strike the Iranian nuclear sites. The initial prospect of Israel and Azerbaijan having reached some amount of agreement on the use of airfields for an Iranian attack was first made public in December of 2006, when retired Israeli Brigadier General Oded Tira angrily denounced the George W. Bush administration for their lack of action on curbing the Iranian nuclear program. The availability of rights to use these airfields is of vital importance for Israel as they would provide an alternative such that the Israeli F-15 and F-16 attack aircraft would not have to perform mid-air refueling at some point in their flight likely both just before entering Iranian airspace and soon after departing after their potential need to burn fuel in order to avoid or engage Iranian forces from wither ground fire or air combat during their strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. The making even the slightest chance of such an agreement exploded the Muslim world such that after the report of the potential agreement Azerbaijan was forced to deny any dealings with the Israelis and definitely were not permitting any use of their airfields, airspace or any other Azerbaijani facilities or assets for any reason, let alone an Israeli strike on neighboring Iran. The leaking of the cementing of this deal ended that possibility for Israel to militarily target the Iranian nuclear facilities. A similar leak killed an agreement between Israel and Saudi Arabia which terminated another avenue with which Israel could have potentially struck the Iranian nuclear sites thus setting Iran back hopefully decades if not longer.

 

These betrayals by the White House under President Obama almost appear as if they have been working with Iran to give them the needed funding and cover from Israeli interference or attack in order to guarantee that Iran realize their aim of attaining nuclear weapons capability and potentially be given the time to build up a sizeable arsenal of deliverable nuclear weapons. In a USA Today article on February 28, 2013 the theory that the latest nuclear bomb test carried out by North Korea was not a weapon of indigenous production but was rather an Iranian device tested by North Korea in order to prevent affirming the Western World, Israel, Saudi Arabia and other Sunni nations as well as European nations worst nightmare of an Iranian bomb. Unlike the previous nuclear devices tested by North Korea, this was not a plutonium bomb such as the previous two North Korean tests but rather an enriched uranium device similar to what the Iranians have been working towards. The reason Iran might desire testing their device in North Korea boils down to two main reasons, first so as to not affirm beyond and plausible deniability that they have mastered the production of a nuclear device and secondly that they do not as of yet have a test facility within their borders while North Korea has a fully functioning test facility and both nations have cooperated before on rocket and missile technology and likely also their nuclear weapons expertise. The additional fact that there was a full complement of Iranian nuclear physicists and engineers present at this nuclear weapons test makes the case for the origin of the device as having been Iran. Such would mean that President Obama’s lifting of nearly half of the sanctions on Iran was a direct response to their already having developed nuclear weapons and now sanctions were useless in the mind of President Obama. Having failed to prevent Iran from attaining nuclear bomb production capability, President Obama felt that it was no longer necessary to continue the strict sanctions on Iran. Should this be an actually honest assessment which is completely valid, then the lessening of the sanctions was the exact opposite to what was necessary as the loosening of the sanctions gave the Iranians the immediate funding to now produce a few hundred of such bombs. Perhaps this was part of the reasoning behind the last two extensions of the final date for reaching an agreement as President Obama is granting Iran all the time they need to produce sufficient nuclear arms to utilize in whatever manner benefits Iran the most. Even considering such an eventuality should send cold shivers up the spine of even the most hardy and strong of those amongst us as I know it does me.

 

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August 4, 2014

Border Incursion End Game

With all the conflicts burning down the Middle East, if you are not an American or one of the tens of thousands of parents who shipped your child off to a potentially horrific experienced which you hoped would at least result to their having a better life in the United States, then perhaps you have missed the crisis on the border, as many have referred to it. A quick rehash of the story is that on the belief that once any child manages to get north of the United States southern border they are home free and will automatically be granted citizenship in the United States. There is only one small problem with this; it is not actually true. There are no laws on the books which would lead to these children being permitted to remain in the United States. The truth be told, should the law actually be applied, always a questionable result when it comes to illegal immigration and the United States, then these children have a return flight to their nation of origin in their immediate future. Rounding out the picture, as we try to bring it all into focus, the future of these children are still up in the air as in Washington they have become pawns in yet the latest rendition of how porous is our border where the Democrats argue for an inclusive approach where all are welcomed provided they will likely make solid supporters of the Democrat Party and the Republicans are for allowing the majority to stay as long as they can receive some guarantees to secure the border on which they can place their claims to a victory. So, other than the children, who have already lost all sense of an ordinary life and many have been molested and mistreated during their journey north adding to their traumas, which of the many sides are going to gain the upper hand, the Democrats whom simply desire to keep the border porous, the conservative citizens groups protesting for closing and securing the border and thereby reinstating a national identity which they feel is under assault, or the Republican leadership whose only worry is how they can return home and tell their constituents how they have secured the border and that there will be a new fence with all the technological sensors and other systems closing the border. Some of the more mature voters will have a strong feeling of déjà vu.

One has to question how many times the Congress can play this same game and still have the American public believe a word they say. Those who claim that the legislation they approved while providing those who qualify a path to citizenship, deporting those who fail to meet the reputed stringent qualifications, then the border security will be fortified with some hundreds of miles of new double fencing which will be independently inspected assuring its completion as specified within the next year or eighteen month timeframe. If this sounds at all familiar, it is because it pretty much is. This was similar to the solution where amnesty for a limited number of illegal immigrants who met qualifications was granted and a border fence and additional Border Patrol Officers were to be deployed in the near future which President Reagan agreed to sign actually believing that the postdated future security requirements would be built and manned as proposed. Somehow the security provisions were initially postponed and later were amended and amended until they because toothless and all but useless. This scenario has been repeated at least twice since then and the sole border security which has proven functional and effective has been the double fence deterrence built on the southern border adjacent to San Diego which was built almost despite Federal Government assistance. So, what is the likely end scenario for the current children’s southern invasion?

Unfortunately for those who are expecting some form of actual border enforcement, that result is unlikely. Sure, there will be promises and guarantees written into whatever legislation, assuming any legislation is enacted, or actions taken unilaterally by the President and the Administration which will make for great sound bites but will produce nothing which will lessen the revolving door on the United States southern border. There might actually be a debate in Congress concerning what to do about the influx of tens of thousands of illegal aliens of which the majority are children, though some potential alarmists are pointing to the presence of gang members amongst the children being currently held in numerous camps. One of the tips of what is the preferred end result of the Administration is the policy where anybody who can claim relation to any of these illegal children and that the child claims to recognize, no paperwork, no muss, no fuss, they are given custody of the child and an immigration court appearance date and the new-made family is off to their next adventure. There have been rumors that the Immigrations and Naturalization Service (INS) has been instructed to turn over responsibility for the children held in camps to the Department of Health and Human Services, in particular the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), or more specifically the Unaccompanied Children’s Services (UCS), all of which are concerned with finding placement for the children in permanent homes just in case they might somehow not end up being deported back to their home country to be rejoined with their family. None of these events in and of themselves are a final determination that the children are to remain in the United States though it may be strong indicator. There are still numerous laws pertaining to immigration which still apply to these children and they should leave an easily followed paper trail, or at least a computerized trail on the separate agencies as they are passed from one to another or even after being placed, after all, nothing in the government gets accomplished until the paperwork is filled out in triplicate. What’s that you are screaming, Lois who? Lerner? OK, so the hard drives are not all that reliable as we have found out from the IRS scandal, but that excuse would not work again, or even be attempted as an excuse again, would it?

Still, there is another way that these children could remain in the United States completely legally. They can receive immunity from immigration law, amnesty from having broken immigration laws, or by some legalistic tricks and maneuvers be found guilty and ordered to be deported and receive a pardon intervening thus barring their punishment and allowing their being granted citizenship in the United States. There likely exist more legal shenanigans through which these children could largely be permitted to remain and become United States citizens and those who might oppose such would readily be castigated as cruel and hard hearted meanies. The real question now is not if these children will be allowed to stay, but who will be taking the credit for having the required empathy and kind heartedness to take the initiative and arrange a better life for these innocent little darlings. You can bet that a number of the younger and most photogenic of these children have already been selected for the television and print and internet news media reports which will be used to sell the program once it has been created. The most likely culprits are Congress followed by President Obama and the maze of Federal Departmental Agencies as the last resort. The battle which needs to be prepared for is what comes after these children have been given approval to remain and gifted with United States citizenship in the finest of American kindness and traditions. That battle will be to prevent in a few months after the events described above have become settled and accepted with all the protestations grown silent and the protesters returned to their normal lives and the campaign begins demanding the reunification of these children with their natural parents who need to be granted a path to citizenship to facilitate the reunification of the child with their biological parents. Trust that this is the final target that is being aimed at and for which this entire disaster is being perpetrated. Such a move will turn thirty thousand children into sixty thousand parents and fifty thousand children into one hundred thousand parents. These are the voters that are the potential pot of gold at the end of this twisted rainbow. These children will not be of voting age to benefit those currently in power and the one thing Congresspersons are not is patient. They do not care what the voting patterns these children potentially represent as such is way too far into the future. They are concerned with the next election or the one beyond that at the furthest in their futures. These children are the bait by which they can bring twice the number of otherwise illegal immigrants with virtually no chance of ever gaining citizenship a free entrance with all the bells, whistles and citizenship with voting rights anybody could ever dream of. That is the end game of the child invasion of the southern border of the United States.

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