RICHARD BAEHR: ON ISRAEL THE DEMOCRATS PUSH FARTHER LEFT

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_opinion.php?id=10021 In American politics these days, if you identify yourself as a Democrat or a ‎Republican, or a liberal or a conservative, or perhaps as someone on the Left or on ‎the Right, a whole range of policy views are now attached to these descriptors. ‎Along the continuum from Democrat to liberal to leftist, the […]

REP. TOM McCLINTOCK (R- DISTRICT 4 CA.) CLARITY, VISION AND PRINCIPLES

http://www.conservativehq.com/print/18300

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Rep. Tom McClintock: Giving Arms To “Carefully Vetted” Syrians A Blunder

Tom McClintlock (R) Incumbent
http://mcclintock.house.gov/

During yesterday’s debate on arming the Free Syrian Army, Rep. Tom McClintock (CA-4) demonstrated once again why his name keeps showing up as a write-in on our 2016 Republican presidential primary poll.

McClintock joined other principled conservatives (and some Democrats) to oppose arming the so-called Free Syrian Army.

McClintock’s line of reasoning was one we share: We know the Islamic State is a threat, the question is not “is it a threat?” The question is “what’s the best and most efficient way to destroy the threat?”

And in McClintock’s analysis arming the allegedly “carefully vetted” Free Syrian Army defies our experience in Afghanistan and Iraq where so-called “carefully vetted” local Islamic forces have turned their weapons against us.

McClintock’s brief floor speech on the subject was so cogent and straight to the heart of the issue that we wanted to provide a rush transcript from C-SPAN and a link to the video [4] (courtesy of our friend @ConnieHair).

C-SPAN Rush Transcript, September 17, 2014 Floor Speech of Rep. Tom McClintock opposing arming the Free Syrian Army:

MR. MCCLINTOCK: I THANK MY FRIEND FOR YIELDING.

MADAM SPEAKER, ALL OF US RECOGNIZE THE THREAT POSED TO OUR NATION BY THE ISLAMIC STATE.

THE QUESTION BEFORE US IS WHETHER TO ARM AND TRAIN SUPPOSEDLY “CAREFULLY VETTED” ELEMENTS OF THE FREE SYRIAN ARMY (F.S.A.) AS A PROXIMATE ON THE GROUND FORCE.

I RESPECT THE INTENTIONS OF THE SUPPORTERS, BUT THIS RUNS A GREAT RISK OF BACKFIRING. THE F.S.A. IS A MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE AMONG MANY ISLAMIC FACTIONS THAT HAVE A LONG HISTORY OF COLLABORATING WITH THE ISLAMIC STATE.

THE SINGULAR PURPOSE OF THE F.S.A. IS NOT TO DESTROY THE ISLAMIC STATE, IT EXISTS TO DESTROY THE SYRIAN GOVERNMENT THAT IS NOW ACTIVELY FIGHTING AGAINST THE ISLAMIC STATE.

THE EQUIPMENT WE PROVIDE TO THE F.S.A. COULD EASILY BE TURNED AGAINST THE SYRIAN GOVERNMENT. DESPITE ALL OF HIS [Bashar al Assad’s] DESPOTIC TENDENCIES, WE WOULD WEAKEN OUR OVERALL STRATEGIC GOAL IF THAT HAPPENED.

WE WATCHED WHAT “CAREFULLY VETTED” SECURITY FORCES DO. IN FACT, THAT’S THE REASON THE ISLAMIC STATE IS ARMED TO THE TEETH WITH AMERICAN EQUIPMENT.

NEITHER WE NOR THE WORLD CAN AFFORD MORE BLUNDERS OR MISCALCULATIONS IN THIS REGION.

WE SHOULD LEARN BY NOW THAT ALLIANCES IN THE ISLAMIC MIDDLE EAST ARE IN CONSTANT FLUX AND ALLY TODAY IS A SWORN ENEMY TOMORROW. OFTEN OUR ALLIES ARE OUR ENEMIES.

AFTER I WAS ELECTED, THE FIRST MAN KILLED FROM MY DISTRICT IN IRAQ, ARMY SPECIALIST JEREMIAH MCCRERY, DIED WHEN “CAREFULLY VETTED” IRAQI SOLDIERS TURNED THEIR AMERICAN-PROVIDED WEAPONS ON HIM. THE MOST RECENT FATALITY FROM MY DISTRICT, MARINE STAFF SERGEANT SKY MOTE, DIED WHEN “CAREFULLY VETTED” AFGHAN POLICE TURNED THEIR AMERICAN-PROVIDED WEAPONS ON HIM.

MADAM SPEAKER, OUR CONSISTENT EXPERIENCE IN THIS REGION SHOULD BE SCREAMING THIS WARNING AT US. WE’RE MAKING A BIG MISTAKE. I YIELD BACK.

HEALTHCARE
http://mcclintock.house.gov/issues/issues.shtml House Chamber – December 11, 2013: A great tragedy is now unfolding across America as we prepare for the New Year. Millions of Americans are losing their health plans; millions more are facing staggering price increases; millions more are having hours cut or seeing their salaries pared back at work because of Obamacare.
The New Year of Obamacare House Chamber Washington, D.C. December 11, 2013 Mr. Speaker: A great tragedy is now unfolding across America as we prepare …more.
The Toll of Obamacare The Toll of Obamacare November 19, 2013 Mr. Speaker: We are now seven weeks into the implementation of Obamacare. We know in the …more.
Obamacare and The Rule of Law Obamacare and The Rule of Law November 15, 2013 Mr. Speaker: Yesterday, we heard yet another empty promise from the President: that by …more.
ECONOMY/JOBS/ENVIRONMENT
Keystone Pipeline (H.R. 3) – May 21, 2013 9:30 AM
The House passed H.R. 3 on May 22, 2013 to approve the construction, operation, and maintenance of the Keystone XL pipeline. Congressman McClintock voted AYE, and spoke in support of the bill on the House floor:
Mr. Speaker: Since the Arab Oil Embargoes of the 1970’s that ravaged the American economy and produced mile-long lines around gas stations, an avowed goal of our nation has been to reduce our reliance on Middle East oil. In addition to the thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of economic activity, the Keystone pipeline will bring up to 830,000 barrels of Canadian crude oil A DAY into the American market – about HALF of what we currently import from the Middle East.
That bears repeating: the Keystone pipeline could cut our reliance on Middle East oil by half. The left makes much of the fact that markets are international and some of this oil may enter that market. Possibly. But it is far more likely that it will push Middle East oil out of the American market. And it comes to this: in the next international crisis, would you rather rely on Canada or Iraq for our petroleum needs?

ELECTIONS ARE COMING: MONICA WEHBY M.D. FOR SENATE IN OREGON

http://www.monicafororegon.com/
HOT BUTTON ISSUES
HEALTHCARE In 2009, while Obamacare was rolling down the legislative pike, Monica was a prominent opponent of the ACA. She was enlisted to be in a television commercial which ran across the nation warning people about the dangers of that bill. Monica got a lot of hate mail for that ad campaign and had to change her home phone number, but every one of her predictions has come true. 150,000 people have had their health insurance plans cancelled in Oregon. Premiums have increased. Medicare Advantage benefits for our state’s seniors have been cut. The Obama administration is constantly changing its rules and regulations and delaying its mandates. As one person she met on the campaign trail told her, “The Affordable Care Act has made my health insurance un-affordable.” This system is so flawed that it needs to be repealed and replaced with a patient-centered, market-based approach like the one Monica outlined in November of 2013 that increases access that is actually affordable. It’s radically different from what the President and Jeff Merkley forced through on a partisan basis.
FOREIGN POLICY Monica believes in the idea that the best way to keep America and the world safe is by keeping America’s military strong and unrivaled. As Teddy Roosevelt said, “Walk softly, but carry a big stick.” Dr. Wehby will do everything possible in her capacity as our U.S. Senator to strengthen our armed forces and protect our freedoms. Monica also believes that the bond between the United States and Israel must remain rock solid. We must always stand by our strongest allies, especially in a region that is going through such turmoil. As the nuclear negotiations proceed with Iran we must be ever mindful that whatever deal is struck does not jeopardize the security of Israel.
IMMIGRATION Dr. Monica Wehby believes that before we make any reforms to our immigration system that we must secure the border. Border security must be the immediate priority. Monica is also against amnesty for those who came here illegally. That simply isn’t fair to the people who came here through the proper channels. Dr. Monica Wehby also believes that we need to increase the amount of H1B visas for skilled workers. It doesn’t make any sense to train and educate these workers in the U.S. and then force them to take the skills they learned here to another country. We also need a verification system that allows employers to check a new employee’s legal status, whether it is E-Verify or a new online application, is needed so that employers can comply with our national immigration laws. Dr. Monica Wehby also believes we should work with Oregon’s agriculturists to develop a temporary guest worker program that works.
GOVERNMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES Monica has traveled all across Oregon meeting with farmers, fisherman, ranchers, miners, and loggers. These hard-working Americans have seen their industries and their jobs decimated by a federal government they believe is not on their side. She spoke to one miner with tears in his eyes who related the long story of how the government has regulated his industry out of business. Dr. Wehby believes that we need leaders in D.C. who will take a truly balanced approach when it comes to protecting our state’s jobs and natural resources. The Federal government telling our state we can’t use our timber resources is like telling Texans they can’t drill for oil. One logger said to Monica that he feels like a man starving to death in the middle of a grocery store. There is a human cost to over-regulation that comes from a federal bureaucracy in Washington D.C. that doesn’t seem to care about the impact that their policies have on working families. The people who live in these areas have been good stewards of their lands for generations. They are not looking to harm the environments they live in. They just want an honest partner in D.C. that isn’t looking to take away their right to work.

Politicians Talk Tough On Terrorism, But Then Do Nothing : Betsy McCaughey

Attorney General Eric Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo sounded the alarm on Monday about the escalating danger of a terrorist attack on America by ISIS and other jihadists.

Too bad the Obama administration lacks the resolve or sense of urgency to meet this danger head on.

Worse, political correctness is hindering New York, a likely target, from tracking and stopping the jihadists in our midst.

Holder announced “pilot programs” to “raise awareness,” bringing together religious leaders, community leaders and law enforcement to build “community partnerships.” Sounds heartwarming.

The White House will also hold a “summit” next month on how to stop extremism. I hope they serve a delicious lunch.

Summits and community organizing won’t deter jihadists who are threatening to raise the black flag of the Islamic State over the White House. But here are steps that actually would.

I’ve already urged revoking passports of Americans fighting for ISIS, reversing the administration’s dangerous new policy of welcoming asylum seekers who’ve provided only “limited material support” to terrorists, outlawing visas to “study” at unaccredited institutions (visa mills), and cracking down on visa overstaying.

There is strong support in Congress for revoking passports, and bills have been introduced in the House and Senate to do so.

But the administration is stalling.

Last week, at a House hearing, Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., said he was amazed that “we can revoke a United States passport if … an individual owes arrears of child support in excess of $25,” but the State Department won’t commit to stripping passports from American jihadists.

Netanyahu’s ISIS Moral Clarity By Joseph Klein

Confronted with pure evil in the form of ISIS, President Barack Obama treats the jihadists as if they represented an isolated threat that can be dealt with on its own. ISIS (or ISIL as the U.S. government calls it, or the Islamic State as the jihadists now call themselves) has no relationship to Islam, according to the president and his Secretary of State John Kerry.

ISIS is “not Islamic,” Obama declared in his speech last week announcing the steps he intends to take to combat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. “And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.” It is “a terrorist organization, pure and simple,” Obama added.

In other words, according to the president, ISIS is for all intents and purposes made up of a bunch of nihilists who just engage in terrorism for terrorism’s sake. There is no purpose to what they are doing other than their pleasure in the deaths and mayhem they wreak, he would have us believe.

This fundamental misunderstanding of the enemy we are fighting will continue to result in Obama’s piecemeal muddle that passes for a “strategy.” Are we even in a war? It depends on which member of the Obama administration is speaking and on what day. When are we going to start bombing ISIS in Syria as the president said he was prepared to do in his speech last week? Are we waiting to put together a “coalition” to bring the fight to ISIS on the ground while we send in some military advisors and otherwise limit ourselves to air strikes? Apparently so, since the president has already made clear to the enemy what we will not do. And talking about coalitions, it seems that ISIS has had more success in that arena. All Obama and Kerry have managed to do so far is to cobble together vague pledges from some countries without specific commitments that we know of to contribute combat troops. ISIS, on the other hand, has reportedly recruited fighters from around seventy countries. These fighters are committed to ISIS’s fight for a caliphate. And the idea that we can find and train enough reliable so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels to “partner” with, who are motivated to take on the jihadists with “boots on the ground,” is a joke.

Hatred Masquerading as Scholarship in the Classroom By Sarah N. Stern

“[T]hey will bomb Gaza back to the Stone Age they said, and that they did–and yet there are very few spots on planet earth today nobler to the human spirit of resistance to tyranny and injustice than Gaza–now held like a shining jewel on the loving ring of humanity around the globe–I kiss that noble ground and hold it dearer than cities full of ignoble postmodern architecture built on the stolen land of other people.”

– Hamid Dabashi, Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, referring to Israel’s Operation Protective Edge; Facebook, August 6, 2014. (link to source)

The above quote, replete with biases and omissions, does not simply represent the viewpoint of one lone professor. It represents an extensively held perspective that has become a rigid orthodoxy that permeates through many of our nation’s Middle Eastern Studies Departments. This bias is being spoon-fed to our nation’s college students and sold to them as scholarship. As American parents who save for years for their youngsters’ college tuitions, many of us should be outraged that this bigotry is masquerading as solid erudition to our youngsters. As American citizens, we should be outraged that this sort of thinking is being subsidized by the American government in the form of Title VI grants to universities, and is shaping the thinking of our current and future American thinkers and leaders.

In fact, so blatant are the biases of the program, that 218 scholars from Middle Eastern Studies programs across the country, ranging from Columbia University and New York University on the East, the University of Chicago University of Illinois, and Michigan State University in the Mid-West to University of California in Los Angeles, Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, San Diego, Riverside, Santa Cruz, and hundreds of points in between, have all recently signed a petition for an academic boycott of Israeli Universities and any joint program with Israeli scholars.

How did this come about?

Next Round—Islamic State Vs. Israel? By P. David Hornik

A flood of refugees from Syria have transformed and radicalized Jordan.

With the autumn Jewish holidays approaching, the Counter-Terrorism Bureau of Israel’s National Security Council warns [2] that Islamic State (ISIS) could be attacking Israeli and other Jewish targets particularly in Western Europe, but also elsewhere around the globe.

Something along these lines already happened on May 4 [3] when Mehdi Nenmouche, a Frenchman of North African extraction, killed an Israeli couple, a French woman, and a Belgian man with a Kalashnikov rifle at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

It now turns out that Nenmouche, before returning to Europe, was a torturer for ISIS [4] in Syria whose torture victims included James Foley and Steven Sotloff. It has not yet been announced whether Nenmouche, who has been arrested in France and extradited to Belgium, was acting on his own or under ISIS orders.

Meanwhile another, more strategic ISIS threat to Israel may be taking shape in Jordan.

Israeli officials have said anonymously, and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said openly [5], that Israel will not hesitate to help Jordan militarily if it comes under ISIS attack.

Although Middle Eastern hotspots like Iraq and Syria have been getting more attention, many observers believe Jordan is in trouble—particularly worrisome because King Abdullah II’s regime is one of the most moderate and pro-Western in the region, upholding Jordan’s peace treaty with Israel and effectively preventing terror incursions across Jordan’s 500-kilometer border with Israel.

Jordan, however, has been under great strain. A country of about six million people, it has taken in well over a million refugees from Syria. They live in sprawling tent cities, and the burden has exacerbated Jordan’s already serious economic problems. The economic distress, in turn, feeds radicalism.

ROGER SIMON: SUPPOSE THEY GAVE A CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE AND NOBODY CAME

We evil climate deniers often enjoy comparing the current uproar over the weather with Stalin’s misuse of science by Trofim Lysenko [1]. But I think the devotion to extreme climate, or whatever today’s catch phrase may be, is far more in the realm of magic and metaphysics than real physics — Lysenko was, after all, a genuine agronomist — and is much more akin to the story of Sabbatai Zevi, the 17th century Sephardic rabbi many Jews believed was the long-awaited Messiah but who ended up ridiculing his supporters and converting to Islam.

Climate armageddon is a messianic cult based almost entirely on religion and faith and very little on science. And, like the Sabbatean movement where many adherents remained devoted to Zevi no matter what he did or how he behaved, it’s still thriving, somewhat, despite the many blows that it has taken lately — no warming in the last fifteen years, Antarctic ice cap bigger than ever, more polar bears than ever, all kinds of leaks of fraudulent figures and fudged graphs, etc., etc. The list, available at www.wattsupwiththat.com by scrolling backwards, is almost comical in its extent. It’s amusing to read the myriad theories for why the ice cap is bigger, motivated, for the most part, by panic on the part of the scientists involved that they might have their stipends cut.

Nevertheless, your United Nations, at the the behest of your president, is on the case. On September 23, they are convening a UN Climate Summit [2]. From their website:

Climate change is not a far-off problem. It is happening now and is having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow. But there is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are available now that will enable us all to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies.

There is a sense that change is in the air. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders, from government, finance, business, and civil society to Climate Summit 2014 this 23 September to galvanize and catalyze climate action.

Problem is most of those leaders aren’t coming. Maybe they realize the whole thing’s a shuck. From Newsweek [3] (apparently back in print — go figure):

Where Is Obama’s ‘Broad Coalition’? By Victor Davis Hanson

Potential allies against ISIS doubt America’s commitment to being engaged abroad.

The so-called Islamic State has left destruction everywhere that it has gained ground. But as in the case of the tribal Scythians, Vandals, Huns, or Mongols of the past, sowing chaos in its wake does not mean that the Islamic State won’t continue to seek new targets for its devastation.

If unchecked, the Islamic State will turn what is left of the nations of the Middle East into a huge Mogadishu-like tribal wasteland, from the Syrian Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf. And they will happily call the resulting mess a caliphate.

It is critical for United States to put together some sort of alliance of friendly Middle East governments and European states to stop the Islamic State before it becomes a permanent base for terrorist operations against the U.S. and its allies. Unfortunately, it appears unlikely that the U.S. will line up a muscular alliance — at least until the Islamic State reaches the gates of Baghdad or plows on through to Saudi Arabia and forces millions of Arabs either to fight or submit.

Why the reluctance for allies to join the U.S.?

Most in the Middle East and Europe do not believe the Obama administration knows much about the Islamic State, much less what to do about it. The president has dismissed it in the past as a jayvee team that could be managed, contradicting the more dire assessments of his own secretary of defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The Latest Anti-Small-Business Effort to Stop Global Warming By Diane Katz

President Obama has another unilateral plan.

There is one policy arena in which President Obama definitely does not lead from behind: the imposition of costly and pointless environmental regulation.

The president on Tuesday announced a crackdown on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a group of coolants used in virtually every home, office, and automobile. Unless we discontinue their use, we are told, the oceans will swallow our coastlines, hurricanes will lay waste to entire states, and all creatures great and small will fry under scorching temperatures.

The true believers are deadly serious about this. Eco-lawyer Durwood Zaelke told the Washington Post: “If we don’t deal with the HFC problem now, in the future these gases are going to kill us.”

It’s all a scam. Banning HFCs will have essentially no impact on global climate. In the first place, despite increases in so-called greenhouse gases, there’s been no warming during the past 15 years — which thoroughly contradicts all the climate modeling cited by the warm-mongers. But even if greenhouse gases such as HFCs were solidly linked to climate change, unilateral reductions by the U.S. would be insignificant compared with the increased emissions emanating from China, India, and the rest of the developing world. (Ironically, the federal government promoted the use of HFCs beginning in the late 1980s, as a substitute for the chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) that were blamed for thinning the Earth’s ozone layer.)

As a bit of camouflage for this latest regulatory incursion, the president secured “voluntary” commitments from some of America’s largest corporations to reduce HFC emissions and to phase out their use. (One wonders just how many highly regulated corporations would likely spurn a request for such “voluntary” action from the regulator-in-chief.)

The companies that pledged to cooperate — including Coca Cola, Target, DuPont, and the like — won’t be crushed by the costs of converting to alternative coolants.