Beyond the Cusp

April 5, 2019

Unexplainable Joyousness in Israel

 

As Olim who have been in Israel only a few years, we are constantly amazed at how absolutely wonderful and friendly life is. This is even more amazing as we have not learned sufficient Hebrew to actually talk to Israelis such as store clerks or when attempting to make medical appointments and other similar arrangements. Most of the time, if the people we get on the phone do not speak English, they will actually follow through and provide a person to call back who speaks sufficient English to deal with whatever it is we are attempting to accomplish. But that and the fact that, even when there is not an English speaker, they will calmly and politely play charades as we use presumed common gestures to get our message across. This has led to some interesting misunderstandings as you can probably guess. Still, we are making progress in teaching all of Israel English, or at least in our small circle. Yes, there are those who are assisting with our learning Hebrew, but the rest of them will learn English by the time we become proficient in Hebrew. But our experiences are but a small part of the whole. Israel ranks as the thirteenth happiest nation on Earth. That is at least according to the survey which placed Finland as number one and Norway close behind, or as we call them, the frozen chosen. Almost everything we have dealt with thus far has been at least pleasant even if the people at the bank cannot agree amongst themselves how to get things done. This, along with other small aggravations, is largely due to Israel being a rather young nation not yet a century old. But let’s take stock at all the reasons and problems which make Israel appear to be misplaced even making the top one-hundred, let alone thirteenth.

 

Israeli Defense Force at Play on a Beach

Israeli Defense Force at Play on a Beach

 

There are almost innumerable reasons against Israel even ranking on a happiness scale when you take a first look at the news and other coverage of us. Often the first thing that people point to is that Israel is surrounded by nations which wish to kill her down to the last person. They add that these enemies stretch for thousands of miles east and west and a fair distance south with Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and then Europe heading north and then west. Turn eastward just north of Turkey and you will soon be in Russia. It is a wonderful neighborhood as long as you remain within our tight little borders. Then there is the fact that Israel is on a war footing 24/7 with threats of war being thrown in our faces regularly. Currently, Hamas is debating whether or not they wish to risk an all-out war with Israel or just to walk that tightrope where Israel does not respond with full-force. Iran is behind the scenes right now encouraging Hamas and Islamic Jihad to press the envelope even if they end up crushed by an Israeli response. Iran is thinking that if they can press the envelope and not quite get an all-out Israeli response, then they may just succeed in making Bibi Netanyahu appear to be weak and thus lose the upcoming elections. What they are apparently unaware of is what the actual result of their efforts are producing. These attacks are overt and obvious in their intent but still they will cause some voters not to vote Likud because they are not responding with sufficient force and much of what their responses have been are seen as farcical. Those who decide not to vote for Likud in order to replace Bibi are not going to vote for any party which is to the left, they are going to vote for one of the two main choices which are more Zionist and to the right. They might decide they want to vote for a party which has a military man who has seen combat and understands how the military function, a general who trained in a combat position for example. Seeking a general one might immediately jump to the Blue-White Party which touts having four generals of which three have been Chief of Staff. That sounds so very impressive until one inspects their military careers and finds that they often were overly cautious to the point of giving an appearance of timidity. One of the four generals in this party is one who might make an excellent Prime Minister except he is not heading the party, the biggest paper pusher of them all is the leader, and we will leave it at that. So, to whom are you intimating?

 

The person we refer to is not known for his military career despite his service being quite exemplary. This general was the head of the Otzem Pre-Military Academy now located in Yated. He established the academy in 1993 in Bnei Atzmon which was within the limits of Gaza. He oversaw their orderly evacuation with passive protests while doing all they were able not to make the IDF soldiers become uncomfortable with their necessary efforts to remove the students. His intent, as best as we are able to ascertain, was to minimize the stress and shock of the events to both his students, who were training to be IDF soldiers, and the IDF soldiers tasked with their removal. To those who have challenged his decision, we can only inquire what they would have had school age children do while remembering that this was already an uncomfortable and potentially scarring set of conditions. He thought of the children in his charge as well as the IDF soldiers, some may have come from the academy, and did what he thought best means of causing them the least chance for any permanent psychological trauma. Rabbi Levi explained about our former general that he did not want to enter politics, “It should be said in his praise that he didn’t want the job and needed to be convinced.” This gentleman was a combat helicopter pilot, so he definitely received combat training and flew whirlybirds, something which takes great skill, dexterity, concentration and stamina. Helicopters are some of the most intricate of the aircraft as some of the controls are counterintuitive in how they are used. I was only trained on a simulator when I trained as a crash-rescue airfield firefighter as we had to pass a simulator test just in case we were required to move a helicopter away from a crash scene or for any other reason. Training for moving fixed-wing aircraft, airplanes, was vastly more simple as those you just roll along the ground and steer them the same as one would a car. Helicopter pilots have my greatest respect for their abilities. Finally, he served as IDF Chief Rabbi for six years, a very select and prestigious position. We are speaking of the quiet strength of Brigadier General (res) Rabbi Rafi Peretz, the newly elected leader of the Jewish Home Party. Confession, we belong to Jewish Home and have since we selected a party when we named the party we preferred so as to be able to vote in primary elections and other party activities. I am also a member of their Central Committee which approved Rabbi Peretz.

 

But there are other reasons why Israel making the top twenty of a list of happiest nations on a list where it initially appears to be a list of the most socialist left-leaning nations favoring Europe is surprising. The fact that the United States ranks at number nineteen, six positions below Israel, is another surprise. Israel is the most sanctioned nation by United Nations resolutions and faces an international movement, the BDS movement, aimed at isolating Israel economically from the rest of the world. The nation consists of largely desert regions yet much of the northern half of the country is green and filled with farmland. Israel has a limited access to fresh water but has made up for the lack of fresh water sources with desalinization plants to augment the water provided largely by the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). Israel basically has two seasons, so we are either having rainy weather or the hot and dry weather of our summers. In Israel, we are usually very happy to have rain but by this time of the year, we are becoming anxious for the summer. By the fall, we are really ready for the cooler weather despite the rains, or possibly, because of the rains, which accompany the cooler weather. Regions of Israel receive snow, specifically Mount Hermon where the Israeli ski resorts thrive during the winter months.

 

Skiing on Mount Hermon

Skiing on Mount Hermon

 

As happiness is often thought to reflect wealth, with Israel ranked just over thirtieth in the world proves that money is not everything. Israel ranks thirtieth in a Quality of Life Index. These ratings would lead one to expect Israel to rank similarly for happiness, but we rate far higher than many expect. Much of this has to do with things which are less easily measured. One is that Israel is a rather religious nation and that applies to all the different religions practiced within our borders. We have a wide choice of fresh fruits and vegetables which are largely grown within Israel through some of the most advanced agricultural methods, innovations and scientific developments which include variants of grains, fruits and vegetables which are better adapted to the climate in Israel. The agricultural wonders are only likely to increase as more of the southern Negev Desert is made arable through irrigation and further adaptable plants are developed through cross breeding and other methods. Many of the Israeli innovations, which are shared with developing nations around the world, can be read about with a number of informative videos in this article titled, 12 Ways Israel Feeds the World, an article which contains many interesting facts. The fact that Israel assists many nations from providing special cell towers, which are powered by solar energy and advance batteries for previously isolated villages in Africa to being one of the first nations to arrive to assist after natural and other disasters and almost always the last to leave, to sharing agricultural advances and medical advances, procedures and inventions often at no cost to the nations we assist. Knowing that your nation is actually fulfilling its desired aim of being a light unto the nations gives one pride. Realizing we do this giving freely, even to the same nations which condemn us repeatedly in votes taken at the United Nations General Assembly as well as countless United Nations agencies, we still get no reassuring support. Israel actually does what we would preach we do if we were to go around beating our chests and yelling, we did that. Instead, we arrive quietly and depart quietly always having the people with whom we interacted very happy that we came and lent a hand. Below is CNN news coverage of the earthquake aftermath in Haiti and the second is a special case from Haiti, George, a dancer, had his leg crushed requiring amputation. The Israeli doctors made arrangements for George to go to Israel and be fitted with a very special prosthetic specifically designed allowing him to return to his life’s love and career as a dancer. He is an excellent dancer even with his new leg.

 

The people of Israel are a mix which comes from every corner of the world. We are not a purely European group of Jews who had nowhere to return to after World War II. The Arab world across the Middle East and Northern Africa forced out virtually all of their Jews who were mostly only able to find one nation willing to take them in, Israel. Israel sent aircraft and boats to assist these refugees, over eight-hundred-thousand in all, in returning to their new home in Israel. We will not claim that there were not difficulties as when you almost double the population in a short period of a nation under fifteen years in age, there are difficulties in finding employment, housing and virtually everything one could imagine. In many cases, these Jews were permitted one suitcase each and those were inspected to make sure that they were not leaving with any item of wealth such as money, jewelry, paintings or other such items. The Jews from these Arab nations were just as destitute and quite traumatized just as the survivors of the Holocaust had been when coming to Israel. They also arrived in a nation being threatened by the same world they had just been expelled from and they would see wars as the Arabs attacked Israel in three major wars in barely over her first twenty-five years. Still, the people have a vibrancy and love of life which is infectious. The love and pride in their homeland is also evident and we all agree on one thing, despite any problems, we are home where we will not become victims of the government and be thrown into death camps with an intent on eradicating the Jews. We are in our country and for better or worse, we know we are home, and that is a very wonderful feeling for a people who have been victimized, persecuted and attempted to be eradicated throughout history, and as Jews, we remember our history. Why is Israel so happy? Perhaps it is the air, the people, the great food, the ice cream shops almost every other block, the beaches, the skiing, Jerusalem, the history and the fact that it is home and always has been the home we dreamed in which to live. We cannot explain why, but we can only be surprised that we are not rated higher. Sure much of the world loves to hate us, but at least now our own country will not hate us and mistreat us because it is actually and really our own country finally and at last, after over two-thousand years, we are home.

 

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December 5, 2018

An Invitation to a Discussion to Marc Lamont Hill

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#Marc Lamont Hill, you flew half-way around the world to stand in lands which even the United Nations recognizes as an integral part of Israel to make accusations about things which it is obvious that you have absolutely no knowledge. Do not feel poorly about this because many of the world’s leaders are equally ignorant. Now we know you are an educated man but please realize that ignorance is not an insult to your mental capacities, it is simply the state of not knowing the actual facts about a subject, something which you obviously lack when it comes to Israel. We would like to first address some of the most glaring inconsistencies between your statements and the actual facts. Number one is the Arab citizens of Israel have every single right that a Jewish citizen of Israel possesses. These exactly same rights go for Christians, Baha’I, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Animist, atheist, agnostic or even secular humanist. Israel is truly a democracy of all her citizens and every Arab and their children and their children’s children and on is provided with complete equal rights.

 

Marc Lamont Hill

Marc Lamont Hill

 

Now, before you begin to scream, what about the Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza?, allow us to address this. The first thing you have to learn here is that these Arabs to which you refer are largely not citizens of Israel. The closest any of the West Bank Arabs have come to Israeli citizenship are the Arabs residing in East Jerusalem. These Arabs reside on lands annexed by Israel and have been provided with limited political rights. They have every other right and are permitted to vote in Jerusalem and even more local elections but are restricted from voting in the Israeli national elections for the immediate times. Their final dispensation will be decided when any final peace is reached with the Palestinian powers. Now, the Palestinian powers are where your confusion lies. Hamas rules Gaza after dethroning Mahmoud Abbas in a Coup in 2007 and Hamas holds something which resembles elections whenever they feel the urge, which is seldom. Hamas could hold elections tomorrow and it would make no difference in Gaza as Hamas would simply pick their desired leader and they would win the election. As stated by Joseph Stalin, “People who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.” The Arab politicians learned from some of the most devious.

 

Then there is the “West Bank” which we will call by its original name, you may choose between Judea and Samaria or the Shomron. OK, Shomron it will be and may we say nice choice, it is our favorite as well. Those other names have over three thousand years of history and were not imposed by the Roman Empire in an attempt to destroy the Jewish People, an attempt which we can gladly report failed. These Arabs are ruled over by the Palestinian Authority, may we just call it the PA, thank you. The PA was ruled initially by Yasser Arafat when it was simply the PLO terrorist group funded and a puppet of the KGB. The KGB trained Yasser Arafat as well as Mahmoud Abbas and assisted in choosing the name and providing propaganda to assist them in their assigned duty to destroy Israel. After Arafat died, Mahmoud Abbas won the election overwhelmingly as he was Arafat’s number two man and the one who arranged the financing of the Munich Olympic attack which murdered most of the Israeli Olympians. Abbas was at Arafat’s side when the PLO attempted to dethrone King Abdallah in Jordan and then started the civil war which destroyed Lebanon and led to the formation of Hezballah. Israel would have finished off the leadership of the PLO in Beirut except the State Department had American forces pluck the leadership from a rooftop in Beirut and flew them to Tunisia while leaving many behind who were to be the core for Hezballah. Israel was warned off entering Beirut by the United States, something Israel decided was not worth testing the American resolve. A battleship sitting ten miles off the coast sends a very impressive message. The Oslo Accords brought the PLO back transformed into the PA and now the Israeli partner for peace. The root of the problem is that the Arab leadership does not desire peace unless it includes the Jews subjugated or killed and Israel destroyed. Just a note, subjugated Jews will not last long and as soon as the world turns away, they will be lined up and have their heads removed.

 

We enjoyed your emotional video where you spoke of things you have proven
to know nothing about. Perhaps get some education from sources
other than other revolutionary leftists such as Chomsky and
then we can have an adult and intelligent conversation.

 

But the Palestinian Arabs have not been permitted to vote and what is Israel going to do to remedy that situation? To be blunt, the answer is nothing, as the world would never allow Israel to do anything about that horrific situation. Yes, calm down, we are stating that the world will not allow us to provide the Palestinian Arabs the right to vote. The world is fully aware that should they be provided with a real chance at open and free elections where anybody could run for office and the votes were ratified by independent observers would have the PLO and the PA voted from power. The winners would be one of two possibilities, either Hamas or Islamic Jihad would win or the clan leaders of the numerous cities and towns would win and each small area would be ruled independently of the collective group. An open and real election would fragment the Palestinian Arabs into the separate family and local structures which they would prefer have run their lives. There would be a base group who are hardened terrorists but they would be hard-pressed to make a majority showing. This is the reason that Mahmoud Abbas is serving the twelfth or thirteenth year of his four-year term which began in 2005. Abbas has found every reason in the book to prevent elections and apparently, no one is all that upset as long as they can claim that Israel will not allow them to vote. That would be like claiming that the United States has prevented honest elections in North Korea and it is all Trump’s fault (perhaps we should not give people any ideas). So there are two terrorist dictatorships ruling the Palestinian Arabs which the Israelis have never ruled over directly.

 

But you have basic problems which are far more troubling than these. Israel was not founded on any decision based on the Holocaust; we will refer to that horrid event as the Shoah. The Shoah likely even had minimal influence on the United Nations vote which is depicted in every movie showing Jews huddled around radios waiting to see if the world will accept them and cheering the result and then going out the next day and declaring statehood. There are so many problems with this depiction that it is problematic choosing where to start. The vote that they are referring to took place on November 29, 1947 in the United Nations General Assembly. This vote was on United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181 which was a plan to divide the British Mandate lands yet a second time into Arab and Jewish states. This division would be on top of having already given the Arabs 78% of the British Mandate lands all east of the Jordan River and Israel the remaining 22% of the British Mandate lands all west of the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. The defining of Israel under the British Mandate agreement to be founded between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea should give you a hint on what is meant by “from the river to the sea,” as you quoted that chant for the destruction of Israel. So, the vote was at the end of November 1947 and Israel declared her independence on May 14-15, 1948, a full five and a half months later, not anywhere near the next day or that evening as depicted in the Hollywood movies. So, what could have been so important about the dates in the middle of May? Well, that was the date that the British were ending their enforcement of the mandate and were pulling out of the region. As the Arab leadership had refused the partition offered in United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181, as a General Assembly resolution, such a refusal made it null and void and never to be applicable again. That is the odd thing about United Nations General Assembly resolutions, either everyone decides to participate or it holds no worth whatsoever. So, it was not the United Nations vote which established Israel, it was the termination of the British enforcing their mandate which left Israel free to declare their independence.

 

The Israeli border would have reverted back to the original plans as set out under the Mandate which was the result of the San Remo Conference which was held from April 19 to 26, 1920, which is almost two decades before the Shoah. This was one of a myriad of treaties which returned lands to their ancient and original inhabitants, well, unless the British were involved. The British were supposed to work with France to establish a Kurdish nation of Kurdistan but there was a small problem, J. Paul Getty had his greedy little eyes on the Mosul oil fields which were to be included within Kurdistan and they might not be able to make such an arrangement with the free Kurdish People and King Faisal was more than agreeable provided that he ruled all of the north of Iraq and there be no Kurdistan. That is why there is today a Turkish effort to eradicate the Kurdish people in northern Syria and another effort to do likewise in Iraq by the Iraqi military backed by the IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) provided by Iran. The British had committed similar things to attempt and prevent there ever coming into place the Jewish State of Israel. The British would stand aside during Arab rioting in Hevron, Jerusalem and other cities mostly during the 1920’s and 1930’s. The British would confiscate weapons from the Jews and some British officers would then turn these weapons over to the Arab fighters. Many British forced tripled their efforts to disarm the Jews and arm the Arabs in the final weeks and days to their departure. The British limited Jewish immigration into Israel and made the limitation even stricter during the Shoah when the Jews were facing their most dire need for a place to flee. On the other hand, the British did nothing to prevent Arab immigration which had three reasons behind their moving into what would become Israel. The first was economic because as the first Zionists returned to the land, the land began a transformation as these Jews drained swamps, irrigated parched lands and the land began to produce establishing an economy with opportunities. Some of the Arabs came to work with the Jews and others came to steal the lands the Jews had transformed by force, which usually was a mistake. Later the British started to import Arabs by force to assure that the Arabs had a majority from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea as they figured that would prevent Israel from ever being founded. They worked with Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and others to bring Arabs from far and wide.

 

The very morning that the British got onto their ships to depart, six Arab nations; Jordan (Transjordan), Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Iraq invaded the nascent state of Israel who had no actual military or universal command structure in place. Meanwhile, there were some British, French and Nazi officers who were veterans of World War II who assisted the Arabs manning their command centers and providing advice. Israel survived which Jews consider to be a great victory, but they lost lands of Gaza and the Shomron, the very places which are today demanding that they be given all of the land and the rightful rulership thereof. Back in 1920 and through 1922 while the Mandate System was being assembled through negotiation by the League of Nations, the Arab League was in complete agreement and did not even argue against having a Jewish State, these were people who were familiar with and obeyed the Quran which tells the Muslims that the lands around Israel are for the Jewish People. Current interpretations of the Quran have instead centered on the promise that Islam will rule the planet and everyone will bend their knees to Allah. This interpretation claims that any lands which were ever ruled or owned by a Muslim can never be lost to anyone else. This makes Israel, Spain, Portugal, southern Austria and the entire Balkans along with other claims all Islamic lands which they must reconquer in order to validate their Quranic interpretation. This has to do with their concept of Naskh (نسخ) which is an Arabic word usually translated as “abrogation.” In this rule of abrogation, the Medina verses which were written later replace any Meccan verses with which they are in conflict. The Meccan Quranic verses were all about coexistence, acceptance and generally seeking peace while the Medina Quran was based on conquest, the sword, Taqiyya, forced conversions and numerous verses that are more violent. These verses changed the Jews from People of the Book who were allowed special compensation as Dhimmis into an accursed people who the trees and rocks would call out to Muslims saying, “Oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.” Israel simply desires to be granted the lands we were promised which include the Shomron which is the very heart of ancient Israel. We are not seeking world domination, a greater Israel, the conquest of space or any of the myriad of false conspiracy theories, we simply want that which was promised and is supposed to be upheld by the United Nations as per Article 80 of their Charter. We would also love for people to become familiar with the reality before making rash judgments about Israel. If you have any questions, either ask it in a comment or send us an e-mail Mr. Marc Lamont Hill. One last parting note, there has been archaeological proof of King David and King Solomon which places the Jewish People in these lands with Jerusalem as their capital over three-thousand years ago. Three-thousand years ago Islam was not going to be founded for another seventeen-hundred years and the Arabs were worshiping stone idols, the Moon and other heavenly bodies with limited civilization which was mostly clannish. They had yet to form most of their cities while King David had designed an improved gate which made the Jewish cities easier to defend and had established alliances reaching from the Euphrates River to the Wadi of Egypt in the south. The Wadi of Egypt was a riverbed which was dry much of the year and would have flash floods and is located slightly beyond the Negev-Sinai border into Egypt. Israel never has and does not desire ruling over lands reaching the Nile River as some have proclaimed when denigrating Israel making claims our stated desires for peace are false because of our never satisfied desire for a Greater Israel. We simply desire to have that which we were promised and if that means that there will be Arab settlements which rule themselves at the local level but depend on Israel for their protection under national considerations, we can work with that providing the Arabs are willing. Thusfar, the main demand from the Arabs has been simple, the complete and total destruction of Israel and the Jews eradicated. They state this often in Arabic, a language which apparently nobody outside the Arab world is capable of understanding, not even within the State Department, or maybe they simple desire exactly the same ending. You observe the world and decide, you will be shocked when you watch and search for truth.

 

Beyond the Cusp

 

October 19, 2018

Talking Elections in America

 

The elections are rapidly approaching upon the United States and there is little to campaign upon. The Republicans are counting on the good economy and the general lack of major problems while the Democrats are putting magnifying glasses on even the slightest problems and trying to make them appear systemic. Both parties are facing the dearth of problems as their greatest challenge. While one would believe that the rise in economic realities would favor those who support the President and his tax cuts and backing off on regulatory morass which had been stymying economic growth, that may not be sufficient a reason to get out and vote. On the other side of the coin, the Democrats will cast the improved economy as just paying dividends to the wealthy and not helping the middle class or the poor. Even the lack of the issue of unemployment will still be cast by Democrats as being unusually high. This might be considered to be simply wrong except that people have short memories and may be convinced that real unemployment is still a problem. Then there will be the usual claims that the Republicans are a bunch of racists and the only means of solving these problems is to elect those loving Democrats. Then there will be the concerns about the sporadic but troublesome violence which has struck cities across the country. These will be laid at the feet of President Trump and the Republicans despite the lack of evidence. Still, this is a staple of politicking in America despite the seeming lack of real racism. This will be an interesting election as all will depend on which party can get their base out to vote.

 

The recent circus over the Kavanaugh confirmation and the DNA test backfiring on Senator Warren will both be forgotten possibly by the time this article is posted. There is one way of possibly producing another brouhaha by sending a nomination for a new United Nations Ambassador to replace Nikki Haley. This would be risky as any time one foments a confrontation, they can never tell how it will eventually play out politically. The other problem would be whom President Trump might consider appointing which the American people would accept on face value and still be opposed strongly by partisan Democrats. Dina Powell has been probably the main person along with Richard Grenell, the recently appointed Ambassador to Germany, Republican Sen. Bob Corker who recently served as Senate Foreign Relations committee chairman. There has been what we consider a humorous suggestion of Trump’s daughter, Ivanka. She will not be the choice for many and obvious reasons. Then there are the less obvious choices such as Secretary of State Pompeo or, should the President want a really big and vocal pushback, appointing once serving United Nations Ambassador John Bolton who currently serves as the President’s Security Advisor. The trick would be to choose somebody with unquestionable credentials but also partisan enough to cause the desired uproar from the Democrat side of the Senate. Still, we doubt that the President will risk any such appointment until after the elections, though one never knows with Trump. If President Trump were to attempt to use such an appointment as a wedge issue in the upcoming elections, we would suggest that the appointment be made ten days or so before the election as the ultimate October surprise. We might suggest a position for the recently retired columnist and renowned economist and generally well-rounded man of knowledge, Thomas Sowell, or Katrina Pierson who was national spokeswoman for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign as well as Allen West who had a stellar military career and is a proven spokesperson for the United States. The problem is whomever the President chooses is going to have some very impressive shoes to fill and will have the stellar performance of Nikki Haley always in the backdrop upon which they will be compared. Of the former choices, the one which stands out would have to be Allen West as he has shown a strong understanding of world politics and particularly the problematic Middle East. And yes, we admit his unwavering support for Israel did color our choice.

 

Allen West

Allen West

 

Unfortunately, we do not have a direct line to the White House beyond calling the operator and being shuffled around and put on hold until we give up. But that might have more to do with our living outside the United States than anything else as well as our lack of notoriety. Still, we would love to see one of the above choices be sent by the President at any point in time as they all have their qualifications. Another reason we love the idea of Allen West is he has a quick wit and is difficult to intimidate as he fears virtually nothing, or at least has not shown any indication of such fears. As far as providing sufficient paper trail as evidence of his fitness for such a position, his editorials and speeches would serve well. Nobody could be able to question his patriotism or his dogged determination to get the job accomplished, as proven by his military record. Even the one presumed blemish on his command was his being relieved from his command for what was deemed unprofessional conduct. The story behind this was a simply one. His unit in a combat zone in Iraq, if memory serves, had been ambushed regularly and they had a high-level detainee who was expected of Taliban connections with knowledge of where the next day’s ambush would likely be waiting his troops. This detainee was resisting normative methods of interrogation and Lieutenant Colonel Allen West ordered the other officers and enlisted men out of the interrogation area. He then proceeded to use a less normative form of interrogation by discharging his service sidearm into the sand-bucket used for clearing weapons, except he did so tight behind the detainee’s head. He then racked his weapon and asked again, likely but not proven, brandishing said weapon and the detainee provided the necessary information. He then advised the officers of the gleaned information, preceded to the communication area, called his commanding officer, some general, and informed him of his actions. The gears of the military turned and he was removed from command for his special form of coercion and improper treatment of a prisoner. This would be the kind of officer I would have followed into any war zone as he placed his men ahead of his own career, a rare and exception commander in our book. We would almost dare the Democrats to attempt to use this as ammunition to try and stall his selection as once the real story broke and was carried by FOXX News and any other conservative outlet, the story would get to the remainder of the population and would definitely super-charge the Republican base to support their candidates. But that would be devious and we all know that President Trump would never lay a trap such as this.

 

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