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A “JV” Team of Tweeting Twits

 

If you have not been following the political arena very closely, you may not be aware of the very banal, vapid, moronic, politically correct, leftist ideologues with whom Obama has surrounded himself.  It would be sadly laughable if they were not in charge of such deadly serious matters as our nation’s military and our national security. This article provides many links so that you can “do your own homework”.  Then please ask yourselves,  “Have we not placed our children’s future, as well as the world’s children, in serious jeopardy by electing this charlatan as leader of the free world?????????

Obama and His Jayvee Team of Tweeting Twits

Listening to Obama and his sycophants spout nonsense and lies day after day reminds us of the E.F. Hutton commercial from the 1970s, “When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen.”  The brokerage firm was successful because E.F. Hutton and his staff of investment advisors were experienced, competent financial experts. Obama and his corral of toadies, not so much. So why does anyone listen when they open their mouths?

Tomes will be written in the years after Obama leaves office detailing his faux promises, lies, and gaffes. They are too voluminous to list here but include dishonest pronouncements regarding

  • healthcare (if you like your insurance, you can keep it, Obamacare will lower healthcare premiums and costs)
  • national security (al Qaeda is on its way to defeat, ISIS is a jayvee team, the Muslim Brotherhood is moderate, Iran is a reliable negotiating partner, “Islam is a religion that preaches peace,” “ISIL is not Islamic”)
  • race relations (“America’s racial past still casts it’s long shadow,” “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” the Cambridge police “acted stupidly”).

Many of Obama’s adoring fans have woken up to the catastrophe they helped create by voting for him — twice. They ignored the fact that a man who thinks that the U.S. is “one of the largest Muslim countries in the world” with 57 states and that Hawaii is in Asia, and who had a postage stamp-sized resume, would not know a lot about the world, economics, history, foreign policy, and healthcare.

Obama’s electoral successes over the Clinton machine and his hapless Republican opponents were credited to his ability to assemble a crackerjack campaign team. This purported ability to pick the right people for the right positions would transfer to the Oval Office — or so some thought.  In fact, while his first-term choices were heralded as akin to Lincoln’s Team of Rivals they were mostly just campaign props who may have had some marquee value to reassure voters of Obama’s judgment. Only the chosen few were instrumental in making decisions.

Voters mistakenly expected Obama to surround himself with people of expertise who would fill in where his skills and knowledge fell short because his predecessors had done so. One may disagree with George W. Bush’s policies, but he hired qualified, experienced officials (Cheney, Powell, Rice, Paulson, Rumsfeld, Gates, Ashcroft, Mukasey). Clinton, Bush I, and Reagan also hired serious-minded individuals to fill positions of great import who resolutely wielded their power.

Obama has surrounded himself with like-minded ideologues with an agenda that ignores America’s history and the will of the electorate. The vast majority of his staff is either inexperienced, ignorant, or a combination of both. The few individuals who were competent either left in frustration (Gates and Summers) or were forced out (Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn and othermilitary commanders). His Team of Rivals spiraled down to the lowest common denominator to become his Team of Idolizers, as even NYT columnist and Obama supporter Roger Cohen wrote; or, in reality, a Team of Twits.

Obama’s administration is comprised of Generation X’ers who tweet, use childish language, act like valley girl airheads, and consistently lie to the American people. His more experienced staff have proven records of incompetence and poor decision-making skills (Biden who, in the words of Obama’s own defense secretary, Robert Gates, has been “wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades” and John Kerry, who has long had a soft spot for Bashar Assad).

Here is a more in-depth analysis of some of Obama’s more influential staff and advisors and the idiocy that emanates from hiring people like this:

Joe Biden

The groper-in-chief who would be attacked in mainstream media if the latter did not have the same lack of principles as the former could just as easily be labeled a clown. Uncle Joe is a gaffe machine without an off switch.

Biden perhaps fails to see the irony when he makes moronic comments such as global warming skepticism is “close to mindless… like denying gravity” and continues with a straight face imparting the wisdom that “reality has a way of intruding.” Biden’s reality is, in a word, delusional.

The further irony is that Obama chose Biden for his foreign policy credentials. This is the man who, in deciding how America should respond in the aftermath of 9/11, stated, “Seems to me this would be a good time to send, no strings attached, a check for $200 million to Iran.” Surprise! His boss is now helping this terrorist-sponsoring regime go nuclear!

The number of racist comments that have left his lips is the subject of much commentary. When Obama was still a candidate Biden stated that he was the “first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.” Biden also claims to understand the plight of Somalis because he rides in the backseat of their taxis and that you need an Indian accent in order to enter a 7-Eleven or Dunkin Donuts.

Biden has always had a reputation for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. But this is the man who is one heartbeat away from the presidency. A president who takes his job seriously makes sure someone capable can step into the Oval Office. Obama failed that test understanding that he was hiring a court jester rather than a serious thinker when he stated, “How many times is Biden going to say something stupid.”

John Kerry

One would think that Kerry’s record of undermining U.S. foreign policy (meeting with the Viet Cong in violation of U.S. law in 1970, meeting with Nicaragua’s Communist leader, Daniel Ortega, during Reagan’s efforts to defeat Communism, hobnobbing with Syria’s Assad while GWB fought the war on terror) would have rendered him unfit to serve.  Obama, however, is not known for his patriotic bona fides.

Thus the American people are stuck with a Secretary of State who, aside from his fixation on negotiating with Assad, currently has two obsessions:  forcing Israel to sign a peace agreement with Palestinian leaders whose only goal is her destruction and tackling what he calls “the biggest challenge of all that we face right now.” No, it is not Iran, ISIS, Russia, North Korea, or China. In the less than brilliant mind of Kerry, the world is “on a course leading to tragedy” for its failure to adequately fight climate change -– a threat requiring the immediacy of combatting ISIS and Ebola and just as large a danger as terrorism, poverty, and WMDs.

Obama, who declared, “No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change,” struck gold when he anointed Chicken Little to traverse the globe spouting the nonsense that we thought was relegated to the far left loons running Greenpeace. Insanely, we have Kerry sermonizing that God’s commandments include protecting Muslims from this nonexistent threat. Sounds about right for an administration that seems almost godless in act and deed.

Ben Rhodes

A key player in formulating foreign policy, he naturally has no experience in foreign policy (or national security). Instead he is a failed short-story writer with a degree in fiction from NYU. Not long before becoming Obama’s mastermind of foreign policy,

Rhodes was one of the obscure guys who wrote Obama’s campaign speeches in Starbucks and played video games into the early morning hours. Now he attends national security meetings and takes writer’s refuge in a secret office on the third floor of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

He does have one attribute shared by many Obama appointees — relatives in high places in the media world (his brother is president of CBS News). Rhodes has been implicated in the Benghazi cover-up, wrote Obama’s fiction-filled Cairo speech, and presided over other foreign policy failures.

Al Sharpton

Sharpton is Obama’s point man on race. This makes eminent sense since he is a racist. He is also an anti-Semite (and tax cheat, race hustler, deadbeat and shakedown artist). While leaders of American allies are snubbed by the White House, the red carpet is rolled out for Sharpton — literally — as he has visited the White House at least 72 times and been a guest at rare official state dinners. One wonders what foreign leaders make of the Rev who can barely string an intelligent sentence together, repeatedly mangling the English language — even when he is fed his lines by a teleprompter. His show may be a failure on MSNBC but he is a hit on YouTube where clips of his mangling are on display here, here, here, and here.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

DWS was handpicked by Obama to be in charge of the Democratic National Committee. For this, America should be thankful, since she led the Democrats to a historic shattering defeat in 2014.  She is also a never-ending source of delight for Obama critics.

Among other sources of amusement she accused Republicans who had criticized auto company bailouts of wanting to destroy the American auto industry so we could just drive around in “foreign cars.” Note to DWS: If you preach “Buy American” you will be called a hypocrite when you drive an Infiniti with vanity plates containing your initials.

DWS also accused Wisconsin’s Governor of being anti-woman, stating, “Scott Walker has given women the back of his hand. I know that is stark. I know that is direct. I know that is reality.” She added, “What Republican tea party extremists like Scott Walker are doing is they are grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back.”

Running a close second to Biden for gaffes, DWS’s most honest howler is probably this doozy (although this one is classic):

[Republicans] will be voting for the first time in American history to sue the President of the United States for doing his job. And doing his job actually less often, and a rate that is lower than any President since Grover Cleveland.

James Clapper

The Director of National Intelligence (the group that collects and distills intelligence from all of America’s intelligence agencies) declared that the Muslim Brotherhood is “mostly secular” and “eschews violence.” He recently followed up that delusion with the pronouncement that the 40 Americans returning from jihad in Syria “are not a threat to the U.S.” Yet, perhaps Clapper’s most dangerous decision to date came with the announcement that Iran and its proxy Hizb’allah have been removed from the terrorism threats list despite DNI’s official assessment that Iran’s intentions and capabilities do in fact pose a serious threat to the U.S. Feel safe?

Tommy Vietor and Jon Favreau

Feigning ignorance (admittedly not a hard task for Obama appointees), Obama’s car driver turned National Security Council spokesman, Tommy Vietor, famously dismissed a question about Obama’s role in the Benghazi disaster by responding “Hey dude, that was two years ago.” One photo says it all about the callowness, rudeness and, yes, misogyny of Obama’screw of frat boys:

“Fave” in the photo was Obama’s speechwriter, Jon Favreau (for a time, the highest paid staffer in the White House). Here he is celebrating after the primary victory over Hillary Clinton:

Callow, immature, sophomoric and misogynistic – and yet highly esteemed by Obama.

Jen Psaki and Marie Harf

Obama appointed campaign hack Jen Psaki as State Department spokesperson. Foreign policy experts were dismayed because such an inexperienced person could cause harm to America’s image overseas. That was therefore an easy choice for Obama. Psaki quickly became a laughingstock thanks to her absurd tweets, hashtags, and selfies. Here is her take on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine:

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki indicates her support for Ukraine in a Twitter

Those tweets will surely help defeat Putin (about as much as Michelle’s tweet to #bringbackourgirls helped the Nigerian students kidnapped by Boko Haram). David Rutz has compiled some of her greatest hits in an amusing video.

When Bill O’Reilly described Psaki as being out of her depth, her deputy, Marie Harf, went on the attack, claiming O’Reilly lacked “intelligence and class.” She also tweeted out a storm to defend Psaki from criticism leading to a tweet battle that she laughingly lost. Would that someone in the media ask Obama why he’s embarrassed by senators informing Iran of American law and not the twits he has appointed to key positions. Frat row was just expanded to include sororities. That’s one way to fight the faux war on women.

When Harf blamed Islamic terrorism on a lack of jobs, she was immediately mocked by people scanning the spectrum including columnists George Will (it’s “surreal”) and Kimberly Strassel and exemplified in this cartoon:

As one of the authors of this column wrote last year, Obama has assembled a Juvenile Communications Team.

Alas, the list of Obama appointees and advisors who fill the description of a tweeting twit is endless and includes such “luminaries” as David Axelrod (who was obliterated on twitter for his tweets after Netanyahu’s speech), Jonathan “Americans are stupid” Gruber, Kathleen “Americans are too stupid to understand insurance” Sebelius, Eric (Americans are racist) Holder, and how could we forget Valerie Jarrett, the slumlord with absolutely no national political experience turned brains behind the Obama administration (aka The Worst White House Aide), who explained, “I just want to do my job and part of my job for the president is to be his friend”?

And, finally, there is the Twit-in-Chief who is responsible for all the twits above… and far worse, given the damage inflicted upon America and the rest of the world during his tenure (with 21 months to go), mugging his way through the presidency — happy to have fundamentally transformed America and the rest of the world to boot, Obama The Clown.

It is difficult to not conclude that Obama is commanding a ship of fools — an inane crew of moronic self-entitled, egocentric, ideologically driven but ignorantly motivated morons who blabber on in a self-indulgent fashion borne of their allegiance to Obama, not country. Israel is a problem because her survival is threatened by Obama’s drive to make history with Iran? Quash her like a gnat. ISIS is flourishing in the Levant? Lie to the American people about the threat it poses. Climate data does not support the progressive narrative? Send out the troops to make stuff up.

The inmates are surely running the asylum. And that might be fine were we not confronting imminent dangers and enemies who wish to destroy us.  Obama and his staff of twits (who are of the same ideological bent that has resulted in the blind leading the blind down a quixotic and dangerous path) are the only people who take him seriously. So when he makes false promises that he will never allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon, the world should stop listening. Certainly the Israelis, Saudis, Egyptians, Emirates, and even the Iranians themselves ignore him. The American people should as well.

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Divide and Conquer……..The Consequence

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Today, the news that two police officer’s were seriously wounded while being assigned to a protest taking place at the police headquarters in Ferguson inspired these “musings”.

We have a serious need to examine who is continually stoking the fires of racial grievances and discord and why are they doing this.  I believe that there is an intentional agenda to promote within the African-American community both a feeling of entitlement and victimhood to create a class of people who are totally dependent on one political class for their life’s  sustenance.   This is not only morally irresponsible and unjust, it is highly toxic and dangerous.  The black communities have been listening and trusting for decades all of the wrong people.  They have bought into the lie of Planned Parenthood and killing their own children.  In 2009 35% of all abortions were African-American babies.  Not only are they killing their children in the womb, but their cultural decay is killing their young men in the streets of major cities.  In 2012, blacks in New York constituted 78% of shooting suspects and 74% of all shooting victims even though they are less than 23% of the city’s population. Young black men in New York are 36 times more likely to be murdered than young white men.  Today, black males between the ages of 14 and 17 commit homicide at ten times the rate of white and Hispanic males of the same age combined.

Let us look back at some historical statistics:

In 1950, 72 percent of all black men and 81 percent of black women had been married.

• Every census from 1890 to 1950 showed that black labor force participation rates were higher than those of whites.

• Prior to the 1960’s the unemployment rate for black 16 and 17-year olds was under 10 percent.

• Before 1960, the number of teenage pregnancies had been decreasing; both poverty and dependency were declining, and black income was rising in both absolute and relative terms to white income.

• In 1965, 76.4 percent of black children were born to married women.

Beginning with the entitlement programs initiated under President Johnson’s War on Poverty which turned cultural incentives upside down, and the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which had the unintended consequence of giving legal credence to making any type of behavioral judgment toxic; the cultural glue that kept the African-American family together was fundamentally changed.

Statistics since 1960 support this analysis.

• Between 1960 and 1964, blacks were rising into professional and other high-level positions at a rate greater than the five years following passage of the Civil Rights Act.

• The 1960 census showed the first signs of a decline in black marriages, with acceleration in later years.

• Since the 1960s unemployment rates for black 16 and 17 year olds has never dropped below 20 percent.

• In 1980, 31 percent of all black first-born children were born to teenage mothers.

• By 1992, 54 percent-of all black children were living only with their mothers.

• From 1990 to 1994, 77 percent of first births to black women were premarital.

• In the 1980s and 90s, an absolute majority of those black families with no husband present lived in poverty.

• By the 2000s, 75% of blacks with a high-school degree or some college were not married.

• In 2005, Black people accounted for 13% of the total U.S. population yet they were the victims of 49% of all the nation’s murders; and 93% of black murder victims were killed by other black people.

• Less than half of black students graduated from high school in 2005.

• In 2009, 73% of black children were born to unmarried mothers.

• In many urban areas, the black illegitimacy rate is well over 80 percent.

How do we turn things around given that the nuclear family is at the very heart of the African-American tradition.  Author Dean Kalahar offers some advice:
First, we must acknowledge that well-intentioned social (programs) have uprooted traditional cultural incentives and legitimized an entitlement attitude that is counterproductive and harms children.

Second, we must stop ignoring bad behavior and choices in the African-American community. Discriminating between proper and bad behavior as a legitimate judgment, it is not discrimination or bigotry. Basic psychology tells us when you are allowed to get away with and are rewarded for bad behavior; you reinforce and get more progressively worse behavior that harms children.

Third, there must be an admission that clinging to a counterproductive culture that is supposedly “authentic” in the name of group pride or to avoid self-reliance and personal responsibility is not only historically incorrect, it harms children.

Lastly, the African-American community, with or without the civil rights “establishment,” must acknowledge and demand that the family is, and will forever be, the originator and primary transmitter of social capital — values and character traits — that enable children, on becoming adults, to seize opportunities and become productive citizens. Toxic role models that guide children into a culture of destructive behaviors must be challenged.

In short, if the family structure is a primary predictor of an individual’s life chances, and if family disintegration is the principal cause of the transmission of poverty and despair in the black community over the last 50 years,  then family integration will stabilize the institution and offer children hope.

 

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The ISIS Penal Code

 

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The global allure of a self-designated Caliphate, especially one that insists that its every barbaric action is Qur’an-based and Sharia-true, should not be underestimated.

In October 2014, ISIS released the fourth issue of Dabiq, its online English- and multi-language newsletter. ISIS described a “successful consolidation of the judiciary,” and the formation of “sharia courts” that render decisions in a speedy and non-corrupt manner. ISIS has implemented a “radical interpretation of sharia law, killing men accused of blasphemy or homosexuality. The group has also carried out amputations and lashings for reasons as trivial as smoking or improper dressing.”

ISIS has taken over the education system in horrendous ways: one must memorize the Qur’an, there is to be no teaching of science, history, civics, physical education, and geography. Basic mathematics is allowed. ISIS has also established military training on children, imposed early curfews and full-face and body niqab on women, including those who work at hospitals.

While Westerners may find this as horrifying as ISIS’s systematic and taped destruction of ancient, precious pre-Islamic sculptures and artifacts, according to Jonathan Spyer and Jawad al-Tamimi in Middle East Forum, ISIS has, nevertheless, been carefully justifying their every atrocity as based on the Qur’an and Sharia law. For example, in terms of crucifixions, ISIS invoked Qur’an 5:33 (Those “who wage war on God and His Messenger” may be crucified).

Apostates may also be crucified—and ISIS bases this on a hadith (similar to Qur’an 5:33). Christians are required to pay a special tax “jizya,” “may not publicly wear crosses, pray in the presence of Muslims, or repair or renovate places of worship.”

Spyer and al-Tamimi point out that ISIS “already considers itself a state (dawla), not a mere group or organization (jamaat, or tanzim).” Therefore, like Saudi Arabia or Iran, it can lawfully cross-amputate for theft, stone adulterers to death, drop homosexuals from rooftops (and stone them if they are still alive), crucify or behead Christians and apostates, etc.

In October of 2014, 126 Islamic scholars and Muslim leaders from 38 countries signed an Open Letter to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi claiming that ISIS was violating Islamic Law. There was more than one signatory from the same country. For example, there were no fewer than 13 signatories from North America, mainly from the United States. Interestingly, many of the names belong to known Islamists, Muslim Brotherhood supporters and “fronts,” or anti-Zionists. For example, signatories include Nihad Awad (Council on American-Islamic Relations), Azhar Aziz (Islamic Society of North America), and Berkeley’s Hatem Baziem (American Muslims for Palestine).

While I am no Qur’anic scholar, much of what these signatories claim cannot be true. Or, rather, what they claim is the right interpretation of the Qur’an has not been followed by Muslim leaders historically—just as it is not being followed now by ISIS. For example, in their own Executive Summary, the signatories claim that “it is forbidden in Islam to kill the innocent;” “forbidden to kill journalists and aid workers;” “forbidden in Islam to harm or mistreat—in any way—Christians or any ‘People of the Scripture;’ “It is obligatory to consider Yazidis as People of the Scripture;” “The re-introduction of slavery is forbidden in Islam. It was abolished by universal consensus;” “It is forbidden in Islam to force people to convert;” “It is forbidden in Islam to deny women their rights;” “It is forbidden in Islam to deny children their rights;” “It is forbidden in Islam to torture people;” “It is forbidden in Islam to disfigure the dead.”

Undaunted, in December 2014, ISIS released a formal penal code in which they spelled out “a set of fixed punishments.” This document’s release was followed by a spate of violent executions in which “a woman accused of adultery [was] stoned to death, 17 men crucified, and two men accused of homosexual acts thrown off a building.”

According to the translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), here are some of the acts and their punishments:

  • Blasphemy against Allah, Blasphemy against the Prophet Mohammed, Blasphemy against Islam—all merit Death as does Sodomy, Adultery,  Murder, Apostasy, and Spying for Unbelievers.
  • Theft merits cutting off the hand;
  • Drinking alcohol merits 80 lashes;
  • Slandering merits 80 lashes;
  • Terrorizing People merits Exile.

Issue #7 of ISIS’s glossy online newsletter, Dabiq, was released in February. It is more than 80 pages long and is titled: “From Hypocrisy to Apostasy. The Extinction of the Grayzone.” ISIS means the “gray zone” in which Christian “Crusaders” and Jews, as well as Muslim hypocrites and apostates of all religions, are put on notice.

“Islam is the Religion of the Sword Not Pacificism” is the title of one chapter. This issue also displays many photos of ISIS’s atrocities and the Qur’anic justification for them. It blesses Bin Laden, boasts of the Islamic attacks against Europeans and Americans, prays that “Allah take revenge for the Muslims and the mujahidin, and rain fire and destruction upon the kuffar and murtaddin, wherever they are.”

Dabiq justifies ISIS’s ongoing persecution and murder of Coptic Christians as an act of revenge because Coptic Christians allegedly tortured and murdered Muslim women. This issue also deals with how ISIS is “clamping down on sexual deviance” and describes how the West has been “plunged into a downward spiral of sexual deviance and immorality.” It boasts of the murder of Theo Von Gogh and lauds the captured convert to Islam, John Cantlie who praises his captors and denounces “our deceitful governments.” He is quoted as saying: “Despite being a prisoner I’ve been shown respect and kindness, which I haven’t seen from my own [British] government.”

ISIS is a totalitarian cult led by barbarian psychopaths and extremist misogynists who seek to cover their criminality and self-perceived marginality with a cloak of religious respectability. They will continue on their path unless the “good people” of the world decide to stop them by any means possible and by any means necessary.

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And the REAL Leader is………………..

And the REAL leader of the free world is........

And the REAL leader of the free world is……..

If only our Congress would stand up to President Obama more often, they could regain the respect and trust of the American people. It is clear from the President’s past actions that he is not interested in being a friend to Israel.   Netanyahu is not a fool, he knows this and that is exactly why he had to come to the U.S. and stand before Congress to personally lay out the very real and present danger posed by a nuclear Iran.                                                                                                          MM

March 4, 2015

Netanyahu Addresses the Free World

By Alexander Grass

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walked into the House of Representatives the applause was deafening. Watching the broadcast on C­SPAN, one could hear the audio feed constantly clipping in and out because the microphones were overloaded. The decibel level was bursting from an enthusiastic Congress cheering a man who had come to speak for the West, to speak for democracy, and to speak against the terrorism and barbarity of Iran.

Some members of Congress weren’t as embracing of Netanyahu’s speech as most ­­ Nancy Pelosi in particular exhibited a sort of physical discomfort and immediately bolted for the exit after the speech. Even though Mrs. Pelosi said after Netanyahu’s oration that she “was near tears throughout the prime minister’s speech ­­ saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States”, any impartial observer could see that the speech given on March 3rd in the House of Representatives will echo through history as an important moment in the defense of democratic nations, as a declaration against genocidal mania, and as a principled defense of societies birthed by the values of the enlightenment.

There are several important things that the prime minister said that needed to be heard. Several precisely worded, focused passages made quite clear to the American Congress as well as to the American people why Iran achieving the status of a nuclear state is unacceptable. Prime Minister Netanyahu hit on the very important point of the nature of Iran’s regime, how it has been an unapologetic sponsor of state terror, and its past misdeeds that have set it squarely against not only Israel, but also against the United States and Western society.

The Israeli leader rightly pointed out in his address that “Just last week, near Hormuz, Iran carried out a military exercise blowing up a mock U.S. aircraft carrier. That’s just last week, while they’re having nuclear talks with the United States.” That this news item should require highlighting, with the world already having had ages of Iranian ­sponsored terror attacks in numerous countries and invasions throughout the Middle East, is more a commentary on the president’s ignorance than Netanyahu’s wisdom. Nevertheless, Netanyahu hammered this and several other points home, naming every significant Iranian transgression against the West, starting with the bombing of innocents in Buenos Aires. Netanyahu also spoke about Iran’s funding of heinous murderers like Imad Mugniyeh, a man responsible for more American deaths than anyone other than Osama Bin­Laden.

This constant duplicity, this bold­faced lying, speaking one way at the negotiating table all while still rallying the Iranian people in lively chants of “Death to America”, is the Iranian modus operandi. To assume that there will be some benevolent show of gratefulness on the part of the world’s largest state sponsor of terror this side of Syria is nothing other than stupidity.

Members of Congress who listened to Netanyahu’s speech would do well to peruse Ayatollah Khameini’s Twitter page (for the moment I will refrain from commenting on the obvious incongruity of the mullah’s benefiting from the West’s technological superiority all while denouncing the openness of its systems). With the frustrated syntax of an angry illiterate, the Supreme Leader indulges himself in the most putrid, dumb denunciation against not only Israel but also the United States. Since the English language is as beautiful as it is intricate, I’ll spare the reader from the cluttered twitterisms of Ali Khameini. However, the Ayatollah’s Twitter account is worth reading at some point, at least so that one can see the potency of combining idiocy with unmitigated hatred.

It is foolish to assume that Iran’s leaders will suddenly devote themselves to peace. If the barbarians are at the gate, does it serve the West to offer them the key? That is precisely the peril that Netanyahu outlined in his speech warning the most powerful deliberative body in the world not to operate in complicity in this bad, bad Iranian deal.

Two centuries ago, Thomas Jefferson combated the medievalism active in his own era by sending the American Navy across the ocean to wage war against the Barbary pirates. Rufus King, a morally forthright delegate to the Continental Congress and fervent abolitionist, said to Thomas Jefferson of the Barbary pirates: “Our security against the Barbary Powers must depend on force and not upon treaties, upon ships of war instead of presents and subsidies”. It speaks volumes about our president that instead of aligning himself with our proper allies in a common fight for human dignity and liberty, Obama should seek to pacify Iran by rewarding them. The president should review his history, as well as the actions of our better leaders in combating evil.

It isn’t necessary to wage war against Iran, but offering them a clear path to nuclear weaponry aided by American appeasement isn’t the answer either. If Obama is serious about negotiations, he should negotiate from a point of superior leverage, a position that is more achievable with the manacles of sanctions on the maniacs of Iran. Then, if talks don’t pan out, contemplate an attack. We should assume that as unhinged as the Iranian regime is, they still have the presence of mind to recognize plainly America’s military superiority and vast reach. Like Netanyahu said: “If Iran threatens to walk away from the table ­­ and this often happens in a Persian bazaar ­­ call their bluff. They’ll be back, because they need the deal a lot more than you do”.

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