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… The Iran – Nukes Deal is a Obscene Joke [A Sham] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,June 16th,2016

.. y’all know where I stand . I think that this thing is one big obscene joke .

.. I then received in my inbox a report excoriating the interim deal. The report came from a task force put together by JINSA , an international pro-Israel organization, and was co-authored by respected conservative foreign policy guru Eric Edelman and Dennis Ross . Curious that Ross would not give them an appreciation for how we got to this point and how entirely misguided is the administration’s current approach.

.. The task force’s executive summary explains the depth of the concern about the interim deal (the “JPA” or the Joint Plan of Action):

We believe the JPA is deeply flawed because the combination of interim and final concessions it contains undermine[s] the effort to prevent a nuclear Iran.

Our previous report, issued in the run-up to Geneva, spelled out six principles to which any deal must conform to protect U.S. national security interests. To be acceptable, we argued any deal must require Iran to resolve outstanding international concerns, adhere to international legal requirements and roll back its nuclear program. It would also need to put in place a strict inspections regime and clear deadlines for Iran to uphold its commitments. Finally, we made the case that, to obtain such a deal, the United States would have to negotiate and enforce it from a position of strength, to make it unmistakably plain to Tehran that it has the most to lose from the failure of diplomacy.

The rest of the report explains the ways in which the interim deal is a setback.

.. The most serious problem is the one Congress has already identified: “The JPA will cause U.S. leverage against Iran to diminish while a comprehensive settlement is negotiated and implemented. This is because the deal has begun unlacing the international sanctions regime that initially helped force Iran to the negotiating table. In addition, the deal has been interpreted by both the Rouhani and Obama administrations as obliging the United States not to legislate further sanctions – or even to pass legislation that threatens to implement further sanctions in the event Iran fails to fulfill its obligations.” We therefore have been put on the road to capitulation…

.. In essence, we give up a good deal of leverage in exchange for a deal that “does not place strict enough limits on Iran’s enrichment program to deny it nuclear weapons capability. It does not begin rolling back Iran’s enrichment progress before the mid-2014 deadline. Instead it caps certain enrichment levels, stockpiles, centrifuges and the plutonium track while a comprehensive agreement is worked out. It also allows Iran to build up its nuclear program to temporarily build down its enrichment levels and stockpiles. It does not cover work on weaponization or delivery systems. Iran could thus continue approaching nuclear weapons capability during this time, all the more so if the interim deal is renewed. Afterward, the JPA does not place permanent limits on Iran’s enrichment. This would do little to nothing to prevent a nuclear Iran over the long term.” In fact, it recognizes enrichment will be subject to mutual agreement, which Iran (or any reader) would assume preserves its claimed “right to enrich.”

.. If we have essentially given up on dismantling Iran’s entire nuclear program, the task force argues that, at the very least, we must reach a final deal in six months that allows no enrichment above 5 percent, a full inspection regime, strict limits on the number of centrifuges and the dismantling of Fordow.

.. We would hope Congress pays close attention . But even this report leaves me with some questions , specifically :

  • Does the president think we can disable the threat of a Iran as a “threshold nuclear power”?
  • If not, how did he remain in the administration and how did he not alert the country?
  • If he does still believe that is possible, why is he pursuing a course of action that will make that goal harder to reach

In short, the JINSA report is invaluable in telling us what is wrong with the JPA , but Mr. Ross should tell us what is wrong with the president. He knows him, and he began this policy that has led to ruin. The administration has done exactly the opposite of what is required and hampered our ability to attain a goal that the country thought it shared. If out of design or ignorance the president is moving us to an alternative of containment or a nuclear-capable Iran, we need to know about it.

That is really the key to determining what the administration’s real policy is here and how and when Congress needs to act. At issue here is a nuclear-capable Iran. .

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… Hamas has made One Miscalculation [#Bibi]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,July 26th,2014

.. and Kerry and UN Sec-Gen Ban-Ki Moon are trying to save them from more …

.. even Kerry and Ban are misunderestimating Netanyahu . They think that he is pliable , and is willing to listen to them . Wrong …

.. [h/t –– Debka.com]..
.. [link] to the intelligence report …

.. PM Netanyahu will end Operation Defensive Edge when he chooses to ; not when the United States or the United Nations want him to . It is his choice to make .

.. Ban thinks that Bibi will listen to the U.S. , or will knuckle under to Obama . He should know better . An Israeli PM will listen to a US President , but , in this situation , it is far , far different . Obama and Bibi hate each other ‘ s guts , and even the ” brass knuckles ” of the ” Chicago Way ” will not work ….

.. Bibi knows that POTUS is bluffing , and that Congress will back him up . Especially when he drops his trump cards : evidence that POTUS has been lying to the American people and Congress , even the DemoCraps , about Israel , about backing Israel . Also , about his treatment of Netanyahu , and threatening Israel ‘ s defense …

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… I understand Pvt Bergdahl is under investigation …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,July 17th,2014

.. but , by a 2 – star general ?? ..

.. someone in Pvt Bergdahl ‘ s chain of command should be doing this , not a flag officer . Someone more like at a Colonel , Lt. Colonel , or Major should convene this inquiry …

.. then what ? ..

.. if I understand military proceedings right , it would then be turned over to Army JAG . Given the high – profile , Army JAG would assign their best and brightest to the case , especially if the c-of-c expects the possibility of charges . That is something that the officer in the command should bring forth , because it would also bring forward Pvt . Bergdahl ‘ s defense …

.. Whatever the young man has done , he deserves a defense . No , not a slipshod one . Given things , he should get the best possible defense …

.. [update] — now , Pvt Bergdahl has been released from his rehabilitation agenda . Now , he has been reassigned to desk duty . Wise move . He would probably get his ass kicked or worse if he were returned to his original MOS (combat infantryman) …

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… Good Lord , the Ukrainians deserve Military Aid …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,April 16th,2014

.. they deserve a lot more than just ” vittles , ” folks …

.. they deserve everything that we can give them and sell them ..

.. [h/t — WashingtonFreeBeacon]…
.. [link] to the article …

.. how about military advisors to help goose up the level of Ukraine ‘ s military training and fitness ? Huh ? …

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… POTUS and his White House have to be Crazy …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,April 2nd,2014

.. when they make a budget proposal like this …

.. [h/t — theHayride]..
.. [link] to the blog post …

.. the ObamaCraps have made a budget proposal (over the next two years) to eliinate two very successful and dominant US Navy missile systems . One is the famous Tomahawk cruise missile . The other is the Hellfire missile . How can those damn fools make a proposal like this …

.. Morally and politically , Washington , D.C. and the Pentagon have to be in shock over this proposal . Something like this almost certainly will be a non – starter in the House , and probably in the Senate as well . It is not just the jobs that these missile systems have created . it is the sense of military dominance that they have given us …

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… Lt. Colonel Peters is Right …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,March 23rd,2014

.. Putin (and Russia) will move to take over the eastern part of Ukraine when they are ready (and not a moment before then) …

.. [h/t — RealClearPolitics]..
.. [link] to his statement …

.. once it happens , then things in the world get much more dicey …

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… I hope John McCain runs again …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,February 24th,2014

.. no , not for POTUS .

.. for his Senate seat . He is an old fart , but he is doing better than ever .

.. Yes , I know , he is a moderate . He will likely move to the right , considering that he will face a primary challenge the next time up . McCain moving towards the right will give the Tea Party a boost .

.. However , McCain will be in the Senate leadership next year . My guess is that McCain will be the next chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee . He will give the military (with broad strokes) what they want , but only within certain limits .

.. McCain is no soft touch . He will be a hardass on Pentagon oversight , and will work with Chuck Hagel (a fellow Vietnam vet) and the House to cut the civilian side down harshly as part of a way to help finance an overhaul and updating of weapons systems . The military needs an overhaul , and with McCain riding on them , they are going to get it , along with the budget $$ that they need …

.. [h/t — TruthRevolt.org]..
.. [link] to the interview footage …

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… It makes You wonder [Iran & Nukes] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,January 25th,2014

.. when the iranians are running their mouth off , constantly .

.. you think that they would know better to keep their big mouths shut . Or , do they care ?

.. They probably do not care , to be honest . Considering the lack of political will in the National Command Authority [Obama] , Iran has plenty to be confident about , I think .

.. I also wonder . Who would you think is telling the truth about the nuclear agreement , Iran or the ObamaCraps ?

.. [h/t — RealClearPolitics]

.. [link] to the video clip

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… The Rules of Engagement are a Joke …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,January 23rd,2014

.. and they are getting people killed , unnecessarily .

.. think that I am wrong ?

.. I do not think so .

.. for a airing of this , [here] is a link to an old episode of “America Live” with Megyn Kelly . Yea , I know . It is her old daytime show . This link comes from the Daily Rushbo archives , via FoxNewsInsider ….

.. [h/t — theDailyRushbo]

.. [link] to the audio and video segments …

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… What I think about Edward Snowden …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,January 18th,2014

.. what I think and feel about this guy , up to date , I found , was put succintly and plainly in a piece in of all places , Buzzfeed …

Edward Snowden has made some dangerous enemies. As the American intelligence community struggles to contain the public damage done by the former National Security Agency contractor’s revelations of mass domestic spying, intelligence operators have continued to seethe in very personal terms against the 30-year-old whistle-blower.edward snowden refugee document

“In a world where I would not be restricted from killing an American, I personally would go and kill him myself,” a current NSA analyst told BuzzFeed. “A lot of people share this sentiment.”

“I would love to put a bullet in his head,” one Pentagon official, a former special forces officer, said bluntly. “I do not take pleasure in taking another human beings life, having to do it in uniform, but he is single-handedly the greatest traitor in American history.”

That violent hostility lies just beneath the surface of the domestic debate over NSA spying is still ongoing. Some members of Congress have hailed Snowden as a whistle-blower, the New York Times has called for clemency, and pundits regularly defend his actions on Sunday talk shows. In intelligence community circles, Snowden is considered a nothing short of a traitor in wartime.

“His name is cursed every day over here,” a defense contractor told BuzzFeed, speaking from an overseas intelligence collections base. “Most everyone I talk to says he needs to be tried and hung, forget the trial and just hang him.”

.. LEC again — I call him (Snowden) a [bleeping] traitor …

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… Understand what a retired Navy Seal thinks about War …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,January 17th,2014

.. that Navy Seal is , of course , “Lone Survivor ” author Marcus Luttrell .

.. He puts it in plain , simple , and direct terms : There is no Glory in War ….

.. [h/t — RealClearPolitics] ..

.. [link] to the video clip  …

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… No , Dumb – Dumb , It is not a Matter of Ability …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,January 17th,2014

.. it is a matter of will .

.. [h/t — TruthRevolt.org]

.. [link] to the article

.. these Iranian commanders are fools . It is not a lack of ability . It would tax Israel to the limit , but they could conceivably do it . The U.S. most certainly has the assets and capability to do it .

.. it is a matter of will . The big problem is the First Wus , the National Command Authority . Who is that , you ask ? POTUS , who else …

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… So What did the OC expect ?? …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,January 15th,2014

.. the Israelis have reason to be concerned …

.. [h/t–theGatewayPundit]..

.. [link] to the video clip..

Yahoo reported:

The US State Department on Tuesday condemned as “offensive and inappropriate” reported comments by Israel’s defence minister criticising a security plan put forward by US Secretary of State John Kerry.

“The remarks of the defence minister if accurate are offensive and inappropriate especially given all that the United States is doing to support Israel’s security needs,” spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki told reporters following a visit by Kerry to the Vatican.

The Yediot Aharonot newspaper in Israel on Tuesday reported Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon saying in private conversations with Israeli officials that Kerry’s plan was “not worth the paper it was written on”.

The minister also accused Washington’s top diplomat of having an “incomprehensible obsession” about resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, accusing Kerry of being naive and implying he is a nuisance.

“It provides neither security nor peace,” he reportedly said, adding: “The only thing that might save us is if John Kerry wins the Nobel Prize and leaves us be.”

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… More ObamaCrap Trouble with Benghazi …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,January 14th,2014

.. nice catch , FoxNews .

.. also , nice video setup and catch , Nice Deb !

.. [h/t — Nice Deb]

.. [link] to the post and to the FoxNews video clip …

.. Basically , people died , Obama & Company lied .

.. At least the uniformed military is telling it straight . We were not exactly in position to do much of anything to rescue people . However . we could have done something more than what we did , which was … NOTHING !!

.. those folks in our government ‘ s service deserved better . The dead and the injured certainly deserved better . We could have done something to save lives , even if improvised ..

.. also , the military realized that security needed to be boosted at the Benghazi consulate . They sent the word to State . State and the ObamaCraps did NOTHING !! …

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… It is Their Job [Israeli Security] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,January 11th,2014

.. what do you guys [the OC] expect of Israeli generals ?

.. they will protect their nation . No one else .

.. Right now , especially with Obama , they cannot trust the U.S. . They have to consider their own needs , first , foremost , and always …

.. [h/t — the Washington Free Beacon]

.. [link] to the article ..

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… God Bless You , Arik [Sharon] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,January 10th,2014

.. he suffered a massive stroke at the height of his political power .

.. yet , he has lasted all of this time [the last 8 years] since…

.. it appears that former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is near death . his passing is likely but days or maybe even a week away .

.. We in the United States are extremely fortunate to have had him as a leader of Isreael , both in his military service and , in later years , in his nation ‘ s domestic politics …

.. thank you and may God Bless You , General Ariel Sharon . Your impact on our world will long outlast your time on this Earth …

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… Nice Going , Dumb – Dumb [on Iraq] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,January 6th,2014

… 5 years ago , the war in Iraq was won …

.. 3 years ago , our country was in  position to conclude a continuing agreement with Iraq . All it required was for His Lordship and VPOTUS to conclude what is known as a Status of Forces Agreement [S.O.F.A.] . It covers how U.S. forces are governed and treated legally , generally while in a so – called friendly country , especially in an Allied nation . It is not all that difficult . But , Nooooooo ….

.. The ObamaCraps could not even do something that simple . They have butchered and bungled Iraq . They have frittered away what Iraqi forces , our own military , and Allied nations had won in blood …

.. So , what is happening now ? Guess ? Al Qaeda & Company are rolling in , and trying to take over …

.. [h/t  — the Washington ComPost]..

.. [link] to the post …

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… Iran Runs Its Mouth — POTUS ends up with a Black Eye …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,December 27th,2013

.. guess what ?

.. Iran is stating that it is developing a new generation of centrifuges . Just Dandy ?!

.. the current group is bad enough . now there will be more . Does anyone beilieve that Iran ‘ s nuclear program is for peaceful purposes ? POTUS does . What an idiot …

.. israel can only wait for so long . As big a mess as Turkey is in , they will realize that their lot belongs with their old ally [Israel] — and not their putative new one [Iran] . The Iranians cannot be trusted . Israel ‘ s word is as good as it gets .

.. Iran is vulnerable . So is Israel . and many nations that are supposed to be allies of ours are feeling betrayed by POTUS , aka the First Wus ! . They know that their lot is still with the United States , but they are wondering if they can survive the Obama years . Some of them wonder …

.. Israel can , though , take care of itself . She will only wait for so long . Do Not be surprised if PM Netanyahu gives the ” go ” order and it pulls us [yes , the United States] into a war in the Middle East . Iran will retaliate , and hit our allies , even our bases and command centers . Do not forget that our CentCom forward base is in Qutar , among other facilities . Ditto other facilities in Kuwait .

.. if they are going to get hit , the mullahs are going to want to take others with them , whether they like it or not . Ditto Hezbollah . They would also love to screw with the world ‘ s oil markets . A Middle East war , including the U.S. , would send oil prices soaring well over $150 a barrel , maybe even $200 a barrel . It would throw the U.S. and the West , at least for a while , into a sharp recession . Yikes …

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… What is This Guy doing in A Civilian Court [al Libi ?] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,October 15th,2013

… this joker was captured in Africa . He is a terrorist . He belongs in front of a military tribunal . One place that he does not belong is …

High-profile terror suspect taken to N.Y. to face trial

    Photo - FILE - This file Image from the FBI website shows Al Qaeda leader Abu Anas al-Libi. Al-Libi, who was captured in an Oct. 5, 2013, raid and held aboard a U.S. warship, is now in the United States. He is expected to stand trial over whether he helped plan and conduct surveillance for the bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998. (AP Photo/FBI, File)  FILE – This file Image from the FBI website shows Al Qaeda leader Abu Anas al-Libi. Al-Libi, who…

The Obama administration Monday on transferred an alleged top al Qaeda figure captured by U.S. special forces to New York to face charges in federal court. The move is likely to revive debate about whether suspected terrorists should be tried in civilian or military courts.

.. Abu Anas al-Libi, a suspect in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 civilians, was captured by the U.S. Army Delta Force in Tripoli, Libya on Oct. 5. He was then whisked onto a Navy ship in the in the Mediterranean Sea where he was questioned by U.S. intelligence officials.

.. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, the chief federal prosecutor for Manhattan, said the military handed al-Libi to U.S. civilian law enforcement over the weekend and he was brought directly to the New York area. He is expected to appear before a judge on Tuesday.

.. LEC again — he is the definition of a terrorist ,folks . He belongs in Guantanamo Bay , Cuba , not New York City …

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… Further Pro – Life News (from the E.U.) …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,October 12th,2013

EU set to suppress doctors’ conscience rights and proclaim abortion a ‘human right’

Hilary White

BRUSSELS, October 10, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A coalition of socialists at the European Union have moved to suppress conscientious objection rights of doctors and healthcare workers throughout the EU.

The European Parliament is set to vote this month on the Draft Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, adopted by the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality on September 18.

The report, promoted by the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, argues for legalizing abortion throughout all 27 EU member states, calling it a “human right.”

Citing the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 1979 United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the EU report declares that “sexual and reproductive rights” and the “comprehensive sexual education” are “human rights,” and complains of a “disparity in the standard of sexual and reproductive health between and within Member States.”

“Member States should regulate and monitor the use of conscientious objection so as to ensure that reproductive health care is guaranteed as an individual’s right,” the report states.

It complains that, although“legal, abortion is often prevented or delayed by obstacles…such as the widespread use of conscientious objection.”

Section G of the report says, “Access to safe abortion…remains widely unavailable, though legal, through the abuse of conscientious objection or overly restrictive interpretations of existing limits.”

Zita Gurmai, MEP for the Hungarian Socialist Party

It adds, “These barriers clearly contradict human rights standards.”

This claim, however, was flatly denied by the pro-life group European Dignity Watch, that said that nowhere in international law is abortion named as a “human right.”

But the committee, the group said, “is ready to sacrifice internationally recognized rights, such as the right to conscientious objection.”

Indeed, the claim of abortion as a human right contradicts the findings in August this year by the Council of Europe that there is “no consensus” across Europe on legalizing abortion. Forty-seven European ministers were unable to answer two direct questions about abortion: Should the Council promote abortion? Is abortion a human right under the European Convention on Human Rights?

With a possible reference to the explosive growth of pro-life organizations and hugely popular Marches for Life across Europe in recent years, the document also noted the increase of “opposition to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) has increased in Europe and worldwide.”

Recently, a European-wide citizen’s initiative, the “One of us” petition project, gathered more than 1 million signatures asking the EU to end funding for the destruction of human embryos.

Zita Gurmai, an MEP for the Hungarian Socialist Party, praised the report’s “clear stance in favor of legalizing abortion in all member states” and called the demand for abortion to be made “legal, safe, and accessible to all” an “encouraging position.”

“We Socialists have always believed that women, everywhere in Europe, should have the same opportunity and access to fully carry out their choice — a choice, which should not be determined by geographical location or by social status,” Gurmai said.

Patrick Buckley, the international affairs officer for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, said that the European Union has no legal jurisdiction to instruct member states to legalize abortion.

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He said the draft report also “seeks to sexualize children through the introduction of so called comprehensive sexuality education.”

The report calls on member states “to ensure compulsory, age-appropriate, and gender-sensitive sexuality and relationship education for all children and adolescents (both in and out of school).” Such education “must include the fight against stereotypes and prejudices, shed light on gender and sexual orientation discrimination, and structural barriers to substantive equality.”

Sophia Kuby, spokesman for European Dignity Watch, commented, “One can only speculate on the exact method of implementation of these noble-sounding but eminently dangerous aims.”

Kuby added that this is not the first all-out attempt by a European international body to suppress conscience rights. She cited the case of the notorious 2010 “McCafferty Report” by the British politician and pro-abortion activist Christine McCafferty, “when a radical attempt to limit freedom of conscience” was introduced and later soundly defeated.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, (PACE), a body legally distinct from the European Union, instead adopted Resolution 1763, which asked member states to “guarantee the right to conscientious objection in relation to participation in the medical procedure in question.” The Assembly also stated that “in the vast majority of Council of Europe member states, the practice of conscientious objection is adequately regulated”.

Italian government statistics recently showed that the number of doctors and other health care practitioners who refuse to participate in abortion is steadily increasing. This includes more than 80 percent of all gynecologists – up to 91 percent in some areas – as well as more than half of anesthesiologists and nurses.

In 2007, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists complained that “unprecedented numbers,” of doctors are opting out of abortion, 80 percent of which are paid for in Britain by the National Health Service.

The report itself repeats these statistics, noting also that doctors are increasingly refusing to participate in Hungary, Ireland, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia, “where nearly 70 per cent of all gynecologists and 40 per cent of all anesthesiologists conscientiously object to providing abortion services.”

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… Yes , I believe that It could Happen Here [Kenya Mall Terrorist Attack] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,September 26th,2013

.. Who has not seen the video out of Nairobi , Kenya ?

.. I did , and it is scary . It is a very spooky world in which we live . Our local police departments and others have to plan for so

An aerial of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

An aerial of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

much more than they have ever had to do so before . They have to plan for things that before that anyone would have thought possible . Well , they do , and god bless them .

.. I believe that such an attack could happen here in the United States , or in the U.K. , or in some other Western nation . To be honest , I expect it . The terrorists that will likely accomplish this act are likely to be home – grown . It could even be a chemical or biological attack . Just imagine (God forbid) the chaos that would ensue with either type of attack . What a nightmare . The damage to our economy would be enormous …

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… Hezbollah has a Death Wish [Syrian Chemical Arms] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,September 23rd,2013

.. you think that someone in Hezbollah ‘ s high command would be doing some serious thinking about this . If this blogger knows about this story , and the Washington Free Beacon , Al Wahat , and the Jerusalem Post know about the story …

Opposition: Some chemical arms smuggled onto Russian warships.

[the Jerusalem Post // Yaara Shalom]

Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces are smuggling chemical weapons to Hezbollah hidden in trucks carrying vegetables in order to escape international chemical inspection, Syrian opposition member Dr. Kamal Labwani told Saudi newspaper Al Watan on Monday.

The chemical arms are set to be stored in Hezbollah-controlled mountain areas of Lebanon, where it will be difficult to find and monitor them.

Syria has also been able to smuggle the bulk of its chemical arsenal to Russian warships stationed off the coast of Syria, Labwani said.

On Sunday, Lebanese daily Al-Mustaqbal reported Syria has moved 20 trucks worth of equipment and material used for the manufacturing of chemical weapons into Iraq, but Baghdad has denied allegations that it is helping the Syrian government conceal chemical stockpiles.

The report came just a day after the United States and Russia struck a deal stipulating that the Assad regime would destroy its chemical arsenal to avert an American military assault.

Al-Mustaqbal, a publication that has long been affiliated with anti-Syrian political elements in Lebanon, reported that the trucks crossed the boundary separating Syria with Iraq over the course of Thursday and Friday. Border guards did not inspect the contents of the trucks, which raises suspicions that they contained illicit cargo, according to the paper.

Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Sunday that Israel is able to track attempts made by the Assad regime to transfer its chemical weapons to others.

“Israel has good capabilities, and has drawn a red line over the transfer of chemical weapons to terrorist organizations, including Hezbollah,” Steinitz told Army Radio.

[-] that the Syrians would be playing “footsie” with the Russians is no big surprise . The Russians are the longtime arms supplier to Syria . Big Shock . [-] Considering the weakness in US humint (human intelligence) , I wonder highly (unless the Israelis have told them) that the C.I.A. knows that the Russians have been storing the chem weapons on ships .
[-] If they are doing so to deactivate them , and take them away , that is a bird of a different feather . Let them . Trust Me ,
[-]the Mossad will know if the Syrian Government (Assad and his cronies) or anyone else has ahold of those weapons . They will keep quiet about what they know until there is a need for folks to know , them …. BOOM !!!!
[-] since the Mossad knows , Hezbollah has to realize that Israel will not tolerate them having these arms . Israel will target them , know exactly where , or approximately where they are , target them , and destroy them …
[-] .. Israel will have to make a determination , that they will go after these weapons — They have to , because they cannot tolerate the threat to their population from terrorists having even a small amount of these weapons . Syria ‘ s stocks are so large (@ around 1,000 tons , or 2 million pounds) that a small share of this is a significant amount , and any part of it ending up with Hezbollah is intolerable .

[-] .. Israel also must understand that if they do , it is possible that Hezbollah (and Iran) may use this as an excuse to “kick off” against them . They may not  want it , but Iran knows that either an American strategic strike or an Israeli one is coming . They may decide to take the initiative away from Israel and America , and act first , and blame Israel .

[-] God help them both  , if they do . Israel would then have no compunction against using  any and every weapon in its strategic arsenal in retaliation against either Hezbollah and /  or Iran . Significant parts of Lebanon will be reduced to a smoking ruin , while so will Syria (who just might be stupid enough to try to take advantage) . I  doubt Syria would be that dumb , because they would know that a retaliatory strike against Syria by Israel would be “playing for keeps.”  Assad and the Alawites would be “dead men walking.

[-]… the same for Nasrallah and his leadership . I strongly suspect that Israel knows exactly where to get at them ,  when they really need to do so . When the go order is  given , they are dead , as are their “toys.”

[-] … a strategic strike against Iran , especially if it is done in retaliation for an attack on Israel , would likely start as a conventional attack , at least at first . It would likely not stay that way . Israel ‘  s strategic doctrine is similar to that of the United States , but with a quicker hair trigger . [N=B=C] , or [Nuclear=Biological=Chemical] . If Iran or its stoolies uses chem weapons first , then there is no one on the planet , including POTUS or anyone else who will stop the Prime Minister of Israel from a strategic response , except for his or her own conscience , and that of the Israeli people …

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