THE ROOTS OF OBAMA’S INDECISION: DANIEL GREENFIELD

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/the-roots-of-obamas-indecision/ General McChrystal, Obama’s choice to run the War in Afghanistan, described him as “uncomfortable and intimidated” by the military men at their first meeting. That made McChrystal’s firing inevitable. General McKiernan, the first commander of the war that Obama fired, had embarrassed him by pressing for a decision on increasing troop numbers. It was […]

DEBATE ON OSLO: RUTHIE BLUM AND STEVE GANON

http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=12049
WATCH: Steve Ganot and Ruthie Blum go head to head on Oslo
Steve maintains that the goal of Zionism has not changed: a Jewish, democratic state at peace with its neighbors • Ruthie says the goal should not be peace, but victory.

JED BABBIN: DIPLOMACY OF DUNCES

http://londoncenter.org/2013/09/diplomacy-dunces/?utm_source=Weekly+Commentary+%289-17-13%29&utm_campaign=weekly_commentary&utm_medium=email The U.S.-Russian agreement, which is supposed to result in the seizure and disposition of Syria’s chemical weapons, is the crowning achievement of President Obama’s and Secretary of State Kerry’s diplomacy. Their achievements are threefold. First, they have given New York Times op-ed contributor Vladimir Putin everything he wanted and obtained precisely nothing in return. […]

RACHEL EHRENFELD: IS THERE A TEHERAN MOMENT IN OBAMA’S FUTURE?

If it were not for Iran’s former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Mullahs, Obama would have probably made a deal with Iran a long time ago. Now it seems that Washington’s acceptance of Russia’s scheme to dispose of Syria’s chemical weapons is part of Obama plan for a grand rapprochement with Iran. http://acdemocracy.org/?utm_source=Is+a+%22Tehran+Moment%22+in+Obama%27s+Future%3F&utm_campaign=ACD%2FEWI+BLOG&utm_medium=email The September […]

The Munich Crisis, 75 Years Ago, Through the Eyes of Cartoonists: Rafael Medoff and Craig Yoe ****

http://www.jpost.com/Arts-and-Culture/Arts/The-Munich-crisis-75-years-ago-through-the-eyes-of-cartoonists-326121

The Allies’ sacrifice of Czechoslovakia, followed by a weak response to Kristallnacht, helped convince Hitler there would be no real effort to stop him.

Seventy-five years ago this month, Adolf Hitler provoked his first major international diplomatic crisis.

It would ultimately help pave the way for World War II and the Holocaust.

Hitler sought a pretext to invade Czechoslovakia.

Throughout 1938, the German government-controlled news media published a flood of wildly exaggerated accounts of the Czech authorities supposedly persecuting ethnic Germans who were living in the western border region known as the Sudetenland. (Because of the redrawing of the region’s borders after World War I, there were more than three million ethnic Germans residing in Czechoslovakia, constituting about one-fourth of the population.) At the same time, pro-Nazi Sudeten Germans staged violent demonstrations, claiming they were victims of “discrimination” and demanding “self-determination.”

Matters reached a boiling point in early September, as the Nazis financed a wave of mob violence by Sudeten Germans, including attacks on local Jews. Hitler then began threatening to intervene to “restore order.”

VICTOR SHARPE: FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORMING AMERICA

http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/sharpe/130916 With the de facto capitulation of President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry over Syria, and with Russian President Putin now very much in control and humiliating the United States in the pages of the New York Times, the towering peril to the world is now the re-invigorated Russian support of Iran. Equally, Iran […]

JACK ENGELHARD: OBAMA’S INDECENT REMARKS AS AMERICANS DIE IN D.C. NAVY YARD

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/novelists-view-world/2013/sep/17/obamas-indecent-remarks-americans-die-dc-navy-yard/

Will someone please remind President Obama that Republicans are Americans, too?

Republicans do bleed and among the 12 patriots murdered yesterday at the Washington Navy Yard, surely a good number were not Democrats.

But only hours apart from the slaughter, Obama chose to go ahead with a speech on the economy, peppered with the usual malice against Republicans, as follows and as reported by Fox News: “I cannot remember a time when one faction of one party promises economic chaos if it can’t get 100 percent of what it wants.”

Neither the dead nor the grieving needed to be reminded that they belonged to the wrong party. Terrible timing.

Extended words of comfort to a grieving nation would have been much more welcome.

Robert Seldon Lady: The Antiterror Spy Left Out in the Cold ….VERY INTERESTING STORY

Caught up in a terrorist rendition debacle, Robert Lady is wanted in Italy, lost his house and marriage, and says he has been abandoned by the CIA. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324576304579071530823140604.html When the anniversary of 9/11 came around this year, Robert Seldon Lady was moving between low-end hotels around Miami. An international arrest warrant keeps him from returning […]

JEAN BASINGER: A REVIEW OF BEN URWAND’S BOOK THE COLLABORATORS

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323392204579071092582442668.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEFTTopOpinion Did Jewish moguls in 1930s Hollywood take directions from Nazi officials when they edited their films for release? Actually, no. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, “a debate is raging” over Ben Urwand’s “The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact With Hitler.” The controversy lies in Mr. Urwand’s premise, clearly stated on his book jacket: “To […]

THE PRESIDENT GOES TO WAR….ON REPUBLICANS

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324665604579081144245072978.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop President Obama likes to invoke his predecessors in the Oval Office, as all Presidents do, but in one sense he is unlike the others: Presidents traditionally try to reach a rough domestic consensus if they are faced with going to war abroad. Mr. Obama wants to smooth everything over abroad so he can get […]