Klein knows more about Obama than Obama


AUTHOR OF “THE MANCHURIAN PRESIDENT: Barack Obama’s Ties to Communists, Socialists and other anti-American Extremists”


Released in May of this year by WND Books, this seminal piece of investigative journalism entitled, “The Manchurian President” has been both embraced by political conservatives and repudiated by Obama apologists in progressive enclaves. Listed as number 23 on The New York Times non-fiction bestseller list as of June 27th, this eye-opening account of President Obama’s ties to radical left-wing extremists represents the latest work of intrepid investigative journalist and WABC radio talk show host, Aaron Klein. I sat down with Mr. Klein to discuss his new book.

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June 30, 2010 | 0 Comments » | 175 views

Iran in the crosshairs

By Ted Belman

Energy and Capital reports Iran surrounded by US troops in ten countries, Israeli nuke subs to be deployed in Persian Gulf

DEBKA reported

    The rise of the Turkish-Iranian alliance has not only thrust America and Israel to the wings the Middle East stage, but is deeply alarming Cairo, Riyadh, the Gulf emirate and even Syria. They suddenly see Prime minister Recep Erdogan and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dictating the region’s agenda with no one there to stop them.
    Within days, the balance of power in the region has been reshuffled to extend way beyond Tehran’s hand on Hizballah’s levers in Beirut and the Palestinian Hamas in Gaza. Iran has acquired an important member of NATO as a proactive ally.

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June 30, 2010 | 11 Comments » | 445 views

US PR firm paid to demonize Israel


Think about this: there is at least one American business that is paid to demonize Israel.

The employees, well-paid professionals, go to work every day and think up ways to make Israel look like a moral monster, a rogue state dangerous to world peace for which the only remedy — as in the case of Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan or apartheid South Africa — is more than just regime change, rather, a fundamental change in the nature of the polity which can only be effected by force.

They are creative people and they know their jobs. Their trade is building or wrecking the public images of politicians, products, organizations, companies and even nations.

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June 30, 2010 | 2 Comments » | 201 views

Israel says one thing, does another

From: Bernice S. Lipkin, Ph.D. [mailto:editor@think-israel.org]

Subject: Yeshiva Demolition

TO: PM Netanyahu, MK Yaalon, MK Begin, Defense Minister Barak,

Has it occurred to you that if you demolish the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva in Yitzhar, the publicity you will receive in America will be all bad? All negative. And it will make it harder to ask religious people — Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists – to support Israel.

You have a POTENTIALLY large support group. But frankly, you confuse everyone.

You say you need to blockade Gaza and then you send in supplies. You give them water and electricity. Blockades are supposed to weaken the enemy, not support them.

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June 30, 2010 | 1 Comments » | 157 views

Get out of Afghanistan

If you want to learn more about Islam, nobody better to learn from than Andy Bostom. The links to de Toqueville should also be studied. Well worth your time.

McChrystal, Tocqueville, and the Koran: The Postmodern ‘COINage’ of a Failed Policy

References to the Koran are all-but-missing from “COIN,” our counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan. In contrast, 150 years ago, Alexis de Tocqueville knew better.
by Andrew G. Bostom, PAJAMAS MEDIA

Just over nine months ago, on September 20, 2009, the Department of Defense released a declassified version of Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal’s assessment of the war in Afghanistan. The Washington Post published a version of this report with minor deletions of material that officials maintained could compromise future operations, rather than a copy of the document marked “confidential.” Although Gen. McChrystal’s counterinsurgency (COIN)-based analysis, “updated” for the Afghanistan theater, at least mentioned the “Koran” (a word omitted entirely from the December 2006 COIN manual co-authored by Gen. David Petraeus), the Koran’s motivational relevance — consistent with a over a millennium of jihadism within Afghanistan (or “Ghazni”) — was completely misrepresented. Negating doctrinal and historical realities, past and present, McChrystal’s uninformed, panglossian Koranic gloss rationalized an ostensibly “more forceful” strategy:

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June 30, 2010 | 6 Comments » | 306 views

Palestinian Christian Arabs Suffer At The Hands of Muslims.

Many Church Leaders Remain Silent

Alex Grobman

On December 11, 2009, a group of Palestinian Christian leaders issued a 13 page document known as “Kairos Palestine-2009: A moment of truth.” Having “reached a dead end” because of the “Israeli military occupation,” the leaders appealed to churches worldwide to treat Israel as they had apartheid South Africa by divestment and economic boycott.1

Given that the authors of this document include Patriarch Emeritus Michel Sabbah from the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the Lutheran Bishop of Jerusalem Munib Younan, Archbishop of Sebastia Atallah Hanna from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, we should not be surprised with this distorted description of the plight of Christian Arabs in Gaza, Judea and Samaria.

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June 29, 2010 | 0 Comments » | 126 views

Glick counsels offense not defense

Alternatives to surrender
By Caroline Glick, JPOST

[..] WHEN NETANYAHU entered office last spring his desire to appease Obama was understandable. At the time, he was operating under the hope that perhaps Obama could be appeased into ending his onslaught against the Jewish state. But the events of the past year have made clear that Obama is unappeasable. Every concession Israel has made to Obama has merely whetted the US president’s appetite for more.

The policy implications of this state of affairs are clear. First, Israel must strive to weaken Obama. Since Israeli concessions to Obama strengthen him, Israel must first and foremost stop giving him concessions.

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June 29, 2010 | 8 Comments » | 201 views

Summary of Editorials from the Hebrew Press

(Israel Government Press Office)

All of the papers discuss various issues related to abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit:

Yediot Aharonot reminds its readers that “The Americans stopped the abduction of their soldiers in Iraq with the assistance of a refusal to negotiate with terrorists. The author adds that “I believe that we must negotiate but not at these prices.” The paper believes that “We have gone astray in navigating between strengthening the Palestinian Authority and strengthening Hamas, the true significance of which can be measured in human lives. We have gone astray because we ascribe more importance to the life of one soldier than to the lives of many other soldiers and civilians. We have gone astray between the genuine pain of a noble and hurting family, and expressions that are the result of advice from media companies. We have gone astray between hours, days and perhaps years of an isolated soldier or two in captivity, and the existence of the people and nation for many years.”

The author asserts that while the State of Israel “sees a single soldier in danger, and he has a name and he has parents, it must also see the certain quantities of those who would pay the price of his release.” The author, a former GOC Personnel, concludes: “In the IDF, I educated thousands of soldiers and commanders. We promised them that if they fell captive, we would do everything in our power to bring about their release. We never promised them that we would do everything.”

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June 28, 2010 | 1 Comments » | 137 views

Is a military strike on Iran imminent?

The G8 thinks Israel will do it

By Robin Shepherd

Silvio Berlusconi, prime minister of Italy, is an unconventional politician and he is difficult to predict. But even Berlusconi is surely too well versed in the customs of international diplomacy to make predictions about Israel attacking Iran without very good grounds for doing so. On the sidelines of the G8* summit in Canada on Saturday he said the following:

    “Iran is not guaranteeing a peaceful production of nuclear power [so] the members of the G-8 are worried and believe absolutely that Israel will probably react pre-emptively.”

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June 28, 2010 | 8 Comments » | 146 views

Erdogan faces US stick, clings to anti-Israel stance

See also
Erdogan bans Israel from airspace
US: Turkey must show commitment

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 26, 2010

Turkish army blames Erdogan for setbacks against rebels

As he took off for the G20 summit opening in Toronto Saturday, June 26, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan came under an exceptionally acerbic US rebuke for a NATO member. He was accused of alienating the US and the West and told he needed to demonstrate Ankara’s commitment to their (NATO) partnership by Philip Gordon, top US diplomat on European affairs, in a clear rejection of the Turkish prime minister’s assertion in parliament Tuesday June 15: “There’s no shift in Turkey’s axis. Turkey is not a city state, it’s not a state on which agendas are imposed,” he said.

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June 28, 2010 | 9 Comments » | 117 views

Conrad Black’s Victory

New York Sun Editorial

Conrad Black’s victory at the Supreme Court today rewards an inspiring example by the press baron of the virtues of courage and fortitude and the belief in personal honor. On the appeal of Jeffrey Skilling of Enron, the court found fault with the law, known as the “honest services statute,” under which Skilling and Black were, in separate and unrelated cases, convicted. Then, in Black’s case, a unanimous Supreme Court vacated the ruling against Black by a panel of judges who ride the Seventh Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals.

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June 27, 2010 | 0 Comments » | 144 views

J Street Goes Even Further Left

Kadima goes right.

BY Michael Goldfarb, WEEKLY STANDARD

    “The party and the viewpoint that we’re closest to in Israeli politics is actually Kadima.” — J Street founder and president Jeremy Ben-Ami, October 28, 2009.

Over the last 18 months, there’s been a lot of debate about the Obama administration’s strategy in Israel – not whether it’s working (you can’t find anyone in town to make that case), but what it seeks to achieve. There was some speculation that the Obama team wanted to bring down the Netanyahu government, or at the very least so badly damage Netanyahu that he would be forced to form a new coalition without some of the more right-wing parties (Yisrael Beiteinu and Shas).

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June 27, 2010 | 0 Comments » | 113 views

Israel’s PR is not the problem

By Ted Belman

When Israel loses yet another PR battle, many of her friends complain that Israel is partly to blame because she is woefully inept when it comes to PR. I am not one of them..

Glenn Jasper, Ruder Finn Israel, recently suggested that Israel should have all its spokesmen deliver the same message. After all, that’s what the Palestinians do. That might be a good idea except that Israel is a nation of presidents and each president will deliver his or her own message. They can’t be disciplined.

Alex Fishman suggested that Israel should consider the PR battle as more important than the military battle and organize accordingly.

    “Hence, the manager of this war on our side should not be the army via the IDF spokesman, but rather, someone on the highest national level, with the best professionals, who would have the knowledge and ability to write the “scripts” for the war and enforce them on all our executive arms, including the army.”

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June 27, 2010 | 56 Comments » | 215 views

Obama embraces Hamas

White House Announcement on Gaza Shows the Missing Element: Strategic Rationality

By Barry Rubin*

Everyone will probably view the just-released official document, “White House on Israel’s Announcement on Gaza,” as purely routine government rhetoric that means nothing. But that just shows how much people have become used to taking for granted the lack of any strategic sense in this U.S. government.

The June 20 White House statement opens thusly:

    “The President has described the situation in Gaza as unsustainable and has made clear that it demands fundamental change.”

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June 27, 2010 | 1 Comments » | 144 views

Israel to introduce revamped Jewish studies curriculum

By Or Kashti Haaretz

The educational curriculum in state-run institutions for this coming school year will include a new subject: Jewish culture and tradition. Initially, the subject will be taught in grades 6-8 for a period of two hours per week, and then expanded to additional grades.

The new subject will include lessons on Jewish culture, the Hebrew calendar and “the Jewish people’s connection to the Land of Israel.” In addition, students in the sixth grade will be required to learn the weekly Torah portion; students in seventh grade will be taught the order of prayers in the Jewish liturgy; eighth graders will undergo instruction in Pirkei Avot (Sayings of the Fathers ); and ninth graders will delve into Theodor Herzl’s novel “Altneuland.”

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June 27, 2010 | 4 Comments » | 196 views

Iron Sky

Although Israeli interception of the Gaza ‘humanitarian’ flotilla has dominated the news, the most destabilizing development in the region is almost certainly the medium range ballistic missile threat to Israel. This is exemplified by the large numbers of Scuds provided by Syria to Hezbollah. It is a threat which has received relatively little attention in the general press.

The Scuds are believed to have a range of more than 435 miles—placing Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Israel’s nuclear installations all within range of Hezbollah’s military forces. During a monthlong war with Israel in 2006, Hezbollah used rockets with ranges of 20 to 60 miles.

Israeli officials called Scud missiles “game-changing” armaments that mark a new escalation in the Mideast conflict. They alleged that Mr. Assad is increasingly linking Syria’s military command with those of Hezbollah and Iran.

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June 25, 2010 | 7 Comments » | 239 views

Good News, Israel

Compliments of Anglo Raananna Real Estate

Quote for the week

    “ Israel is a nation that dwells alone”

(From the words of Bilam who came to curse Israel and remained to bless them. [We could be forgiven for thinking that perhaps Bilam was right but read on to find that he actually wasn’t. Quite the reverse in fact])

· How do you start describing people like David and Ziva Shapiro? Angelic? Saintly? They’d balk at both terms because that’s not how they see themselves and quite frankly both terms are inadequate to qualify and quantify what they do. Making Aliyah in 1990, in 2001 they established a multi disciplinary therapy center, Merkaz Rakefet, for children with a wide range of difficulties. The center has grown from a one roomed, limited operation to a large dynamic facility with 40 professional staff members, funded almost entirely and managed by the Shapiro’s, attending to the special needs of about 2000 children a year. To answer our question, they are a couple with a deep and abiding love for their fellows and a profound need to help, a need that transcends the daunting difficulties that confront them and that is GN that is better than good.

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June 25, 2010 | 3 Comments » | 128 views

Whatever happenened to “Yes we can”

Avi Dichter asks this question of Obama in regard to taking Iran down.

    The opportunity, and challenge, has now been stowed upon US President Barak Obama to be on guard, and during his “shift,” the “sane” world will have to decide on the destiny of the destructive nuclear weapon that a dangerous country that has the most lethal statements wants to acquire – Iran.

    If Iran were to start producing a nuclear bomb, the result would not end with environmental contamination and the death of hundreds of marine and wildlife creatures and habitats, like the outcome, so far, of an unprecedented, disastrous oil spill. It would end with the death of hundreds of thousands of human beings, in addition to a disastrous radioactive contamination.

    The cement on the Iranian “oil well” must be in place before drilling and prior to that we all hope to hear the president say the inevitable statement: Iran will not acquire nuclear weapons! The road from here is clear: The US can either stop Iran through preventive measures or it can wait until the regime has passed the nuclear threshold.

    At that point, the only protection against potential mass catastrophe would be a policy of containment, a clearly unacceptable policy. The best defense is always a proactive one, not reactive, or as the famous Arabic proverb says, “Before he has you for dinner, have him for lunch”.

    Fortunately, we know that the goal is achievable. Iran can still be stopped. It is not too late. It is time for Obama to step up and provide the strong leadership that is needed to stop Iran. The day has come for the leader of the free world to finally state unequivocally that he is determined and ready to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

    The writer is a Kadima MK and a former head of the Shin Bet.

June 25, 2010 | 0 Comments » | 117 views

Obama’s agenda: Overwhelm the system


Rahm Emanuel cynically said, “You never want a crisis to go to waste.” It is now becoming clear that the crisis he was referring to is Barack Obama’s presidency.

Obama is no fool. He is not incompetent. To the contrary, he is brilliant. He knows exactly what he’s doing. He is purposely overwhelming the U.S. economy to create systemic failure, economic crisis and social chaos — thereby destroying capitalism and our country from within.

Barack Obama is my college classmate (Columbia University, class of ’83). As Glenn Beck correctly predicted from day one, Obama is following the plan of Cloward & Piven, two professors at Columbia University. They outlined a plan to socialize America by overwhelming the system with government spending and entitlement demands. Add up the clues below. Taken individually they’re alarming. Taken as a whole, it is a brilliant, Machiavellian game plan to turn the United States into a socialist/Marxist state with a permanent majority that desperately needs government for survival … and can be counted on to always vote for bigger government. Why not? They have no responsibility to pay for it.

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June 25, 2010 | 21 Comments » | 205 views