Gingrich and Arafat – Anatomy of a Smear http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/
THE DIRTIEST HANDSHAKE IN JEWISH HISTORY IS THAT OF THE LATE PRIME MINISTER RABIN AND ARAFAT….RABIN LEGITIMATED THE VERMIN AND ISRAEL HAS PAID A TERRIBLE PRICE FOR HIS APPEASEMENT…..RSK
Two photos are being circulated of Gingrich shaking hands with Arafat, one from 1993 and one from 1998, with the context stripped away, to imply that Newt was formerly friendly with Arafat and then “changed” his position.
The 1998 photo is the easiest to address because it is the most amply documented. That photo was taken during Gingrich’s trip to Israel and I will let the news stories from the time speak for themselves.
After days of angering Palestinians by publicly siding with Israel, House Speaker Newt Gingrich was upbeat about his talks yesterday with Yasser Arafat and insisted he was just trying to help move the peace process forward.
Later, the Georgia Republican alluded to his outspoken speech Tuesday to Israel’s parliament, when, veering from U.S. policy, he declared Jerusalem “the united and eternal capital of Israel.” Yesterday, Gingrich said it was his guess that Arafat himself knew Jerusalem would always be the capital of Israel.
Measuring the Man in Charge A general’s life story and an inside look at his year in command in Afghanistan
THIS PARAGRAPH SAYS IT ALL AND DEMONSTRATES THE SMALL AND NARROW MIND OF THE MAN WHOSE APPALLING COIN STRATEGY AND RULES OF ENGAGEMENT AND “NATION BUILDING” COST AMERICAN LIVES. THIS SO CALLED BIG IDEA IS DRIVEL NOT EVEN WORTHY OF A LOWER LEVEL OFFICE BUREAUCRAT…..RSK
“Ms. Broadwell and Mr. Loeb begin by laying out the “four tasks” that Gen. Petraeus urges “strategic leaders” to perform. First, get “the big ideas right”; second, communicate those “big ideas”; third, oversee “the implementation of those big ideas”; and finally capture “best practices and lessons” and cycle them “back through the system to help refine the big ideas.” The authors then show how Gen. Petraeus applied this approach to such basic tasks as crafting rules on the use of force designed to strike a balance between being aggressive without causing unnecessary civilian casualties.”Paula Broadwell, a 1995 West Point graduate and former Army officer, went to work in 2008 on a doctoral dissertation at King’s College London on Gen. David Petraeus and his role in U.S. military innovation in the post-9/11 era. When the general, after striking success with the troop “surge” in Iraq, was appointed as the senior U.S. commander in Afghanistan in July 2010, Ms. Broadwell decided to try to spin off a book from her research. She found a high-powered agent, she says in “All In: The Education of General David Petraeus,” who persuaded her to “go big” with a book of considerably wider scope and greater sales prospects than her dissertation. Vernon Loeb, an editor at the Washington Post, was recruited as her co-author.
Understanding Islamofascism By Yonatan Silverman
The exact identity of the person who coined the expression “Islamofascism” isn’t crystal-clear. But the late Christopher Hitchens should be given credit for defining the term.
The most obvious points of comparison would be these: Both movements are based on a cult of murderous violence that exalts death and destruction and despises the life of the mind. (“Death to the intellect! Long live death!” as Gen. Francisco Franco’s sidekick Gonzalo Queipo de Llano so pithily phrased it.) Both are hostile to modernity (except when it comes to the pursuit of weapons), and both are bitterly nostalgic for past empires and lost glories. Both are obsessed with real and imagined “humiliations” and thirsty for revenge. Both are chronically infected with the toxin of anti-Jewish paranoia (interestingly, also, with its milder cousin, anti-Freemason paranoia). Both are inclined to leader worship and to the exclusive stress on the power of one great book. Both have a strong commitment to sexual repression-especially to the repression of any sexual “deviance”-and to its counterparts the subordination of the female and contempt for the feminine. Both despise art and literature as symptoms of degeneracy and decadence; both burn books and destroy museums and treasures.
Hitchens hit the nail on the head with respect to the cultural and political parallels in the concept Islamofascism. But the thing is that even though Hitchens perspicaciously pinpointed lines of convergence between Islam and fascism, the fact remains that fascism, in the strictest sense, is a narrow and even myopic political idea which emerged in the 20th century and has since expired.
Even though it is convenient to call brutal Islamic regimes like Iran Islamofascist, the brutality of these regimes emanates not from fascism — but from Islam. Among other things, fascism shuns religion and belief in God, while in Islam, everyone and everything submits to Allah and the Koran, along the traditional lines of religious devotion.
“We might even want to investigate those (Bush, Obama) whose horrendous idea it was to nation-build (bad idea) in the Islamic world (impossible) on the backs of the US military (Petraeus, Mullen, McChrystal and on down the senior brass line), and how to make sure it never happens again.”
AP photo and caption: “An Afghan man stands at the scene of Wednesday’s suicide attack in Kajaki, Helmand province south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012. The suicide bomber blew himself up at a bridge under construction in Kajaki district of Helmand province, according to Mohammad Ismail, the deputy of the Afghan security forces coordination office in the area. Ismail said NATO troops also were working at the construction site, but it was unclear whether any were injured or killed.”
The Greeks did not invent equality. Socrates, Aristotle, Plato, and the gang famously believed that the rich are different from you and me—not merely because they are shaped by their privileges but because they are actually, literally made of superior stuff. The Greeks believed that the gods formed the rich from finer clay, with gold mixed in for the aristocrats, silver for the commercial class, and cheap iron and brass for the rest of us lowly plebeians. Almost invariably, great men were born to aristocratic parents, as Plato and Aristotle were. Inexplicably, plebian parents occasionally produced a superior man like Socrates; but this was rare.
Brazil Stiffs Obama on Oil Deal, Exposing President’s Incompetence – Yahoo! News http://news.yahoo.com/brazil-stiffs-obama-oil-deal-exposing-presidents-incompetence-181200200.html Brazil Stiffs Obama on Oil Deal, Exposing President’s Incompetence Mark Whittington, Yahoo News.com President Barack Obama has suffered the second embarrassment over oil imports within the space of a week. Brazil, whose offshore deposits of oil were sought by [...]