Who Lost the Middle East? Posted By Richard Fernandez

http://pjmedia.com/richardfernandez/2013/07/04/who-lost-the-middle-east/ Behold, the White House’s Middle East wrecking crew. Both of these developments were reported last evening: Al Arabiya [1] published the article “Saudi king congratulates Egypt’s new interim president”; Time [2] magazine reported that ”Obama expresses ‘concern’ over Morsi ouster, orders review in military aid to Egypt.” In the light of the Saudi king’s fulsome congratulations, Obama’s sour reservations […]


http://www.nationalreview.com/node/352731/print Harry Anderson, a magician and comic (made famous by his stint as the judge on the old sitcom Night Court), used to have a routine where he’d promise to juggle George Washington’s ax. I’m quoting from memory here, but he’d say something like: “I have here George Washington’s original ax — the one he […]


http://www.nationalreview.com/node/352739/print Washington is riven by conflict and deep-seated division. It is rare indeed when both sides can agree on anything consequential. Therefore it is incredibly heartening that there is now bipartisan agreement that the implementation of Obamacare is a mess. Republicans have long maintained this, but now the Obama administration has lent its implicit assent […]

Secretary Kerry’s Initiative and Middle East Reality: Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger ****


The chaotic Arab Street is raging violently, uncontrollably, unpredictably and incessantly, from northwestern Africa through Egypt, Syria and Jordan to Iraq and the Persian Gulf. Arab countries are imploding; Iran is galloping towards nuclear capability that haunts Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States; Islamic terrorism is threatening the US mainland via the proliferation of sleeper cells; Pro-US Arab oil-producing regimes are increasingly vulnerable to subversion; the Arab Middle East is growing Islamist and anti-US, jeopardizing vital US economic and national security interests; Turkey has changed colors from a pro to anti-US pillar; and Russia and China deepen their involvement in the region.

However, John Kerry, the well-intentioned US Secretary of State, just paid his fifth visit – since February – to the Middle East, preoccupying himself with the Palestinian issue, which is a sideshow in the volcanic Middle East. The Secretary has ignored this advice: when smothered by lethal sandstorms, one should not be preoccupied with tumbleweeds.

Kerry assumes that the Palestinian issue is a core cause of Middle East turbulence, a crown jewel of Arab policy-making, a trigger of anti-US terrorism and the crux of the Arab-Israeli conflict. He believes that progress on the Palestinian front would upgrade the US stature among Arabs and would moderate the region. However, the recent developments on the Arab Street are totally independent of the Palestinian issue, which has never been a Middle East pace-setter. Moreover, the Arab states have always regarded Palestinians as a subversive element, and therefore have showered them with rhetoric, but never with resources. Islamic terrorism has plagued the US despite US pressure on Israel to make sweeping concessions to the Palestinians in 1983 (the US Embassy and Marines Headquarters in Beirut) 1993 (the 1st Twin Tower terrorism), 1995/6 (the Riyadh and Khobar Towers), 1998 (US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania) and 2000 (the USS Cole). No Arab-Israel war erupted because – or on behalf – of the Palestinians, as initially evidenced by the conclusion of the 1948 War of Independence, when Judea & Samaria and Gaza were occupied by Jordan and Egypt, which did not transfer these regions to the Palestinians. Furthermore, no Arab country rallied behind the Palestinians when Israel fought Palestinian terrorism in Lebanon (1982), Judea & Samaria (the 1st and 2nd Intifada) and Gaza (2006, 2008 and 2012).


http://www.nationalreview.com/article/352690/obamas-global-warming-folly-charles-krauthammer The economy stagnates. Syria burns. Scandals lap at his feet. China and Russia mock him, even as a “29-year-old hacker” revealed his nation’s spy secrets to the world. How does President Obama respond? With a grandiloquent speech on climate change. Climate change? It lies at the very bottom of a list of Americans’ concerns […]


http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323936404578579520272321576.html Will Mohammed Morsi join the pharaohs, caliphs, pashas and strongmen that came before him? On Sunday millions of Egyptians poured into the squares and streets of Cairo, Alexandria and other cities to register intense dissatisfaction with their first freely elected government and demand President Mohammed Morsi’s resignation. On Monday the Egyptian military gave Mr. […]

Dismiss the Egyptian People and Elect a New One Posted By David P. Goldman

http://pjmedia.com/spengler/2013/07/04/dismiss-the-egyptian-people-and-elect-a-new-one/?print=1 Update: Why can’t we get 14 million people into the streets to proclaim that Obama is an idiot like the Egyptians did? Over at ZeroHedge, Jim Quinn posts pictures of the banners in the mass demonstrations. They are inspiring. One read: “Obama you jerk, Muslim Brotherhoods are killing the Egyptians, so how come they […]


Bye Bye Morsi — on The Glazov Gang
Tiffany Gabbay, Dwight Schultz and Jennifer Serrano dissect the 2013 Egyptian Revolution — and why Obama is upset about it.


http://www.prudenpolitics.com/?utm_source=P&P%20Auto%201&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=7694 Nancy Pelosi told us there would be days like this. The only way to find out what was in Obamacare was to pass it and see what happens. Congress passed it, the messiah signed it, and we’re beginning to see what happens. Barack Obama and the gang that can’t shoot straight aren’t having much […]


Today we celebrate 237 years of the founding of this glorious nation on principles that still hold in spite of divisions, civil war, world wars, a counterculture that threatened the fabric of our values and freedoms. We can still right government every four years and we can still say proudly “I am an American”…..whether you hail from the Russian pale, Ghana, China or my own birthplace Bolivia.

It is also inspiring to note that Judaism’s principles, thousands of year old still guide democracy. The struggle of our ancient brethren against evil and wicked rulers inspired America’s founding fathers. In fact, the first design for the official seal of the United States recommended by Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in 1776 depicted the Jews crossing the Red Sea. The motto around the seal reads: “Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God.”

The inscription on the Liberty Bell at Independence Hall in Philadelphia is a quote from Leviticus: “”Proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” And as my friend Andy Bostom reminds me this morning, these are the words of Benjamin Rush, a Founding Father of the United States who lived in the state of Pennsylvania and was a physician, writer, educator, humanitarian, as well as the founder of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. In 1797, by appointment of President Adams, Rush was made treasurer of the U.S. Mint, a post he held until his death.
“What did not Moses forsake and suffer for his countrymen! What shining examples of patriotism do we behold in Joshua, Samuel, Maccabees and all the illustrious princes, captains and prophets among the Jews.”

So…on this happy anniversary I can proudly sing the lyrics of George M. Cohan

You’re a grand old flag,
You’re a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.

You’re the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.

Ev’ry heart beats true
‘neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there’s never a boast or brag.

But should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.