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… Be Careful What You Wish For [#Syria][#Russia]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,October 19th,2016

.. you might actually get it , and then some ..

.. it appears that Bashar el Assad and his minions will survive in Syria . People have been wishing for it for years . Now it appears to be happening — just not by the forces that the ObamaCraps wanted to have it happen ..

.. the forces that are moving to have it happen now are I.S.I.L. — and not the Syrian rebel alliance . The alliance is effectively dead , having been dealt with by the Syrian Government , I.S.I.L. , and by the Al – Nusra – front …

.. [h/t — DebkaFiles.com]..
.. [link] to the intelligence report ..

.. Now the three other parties are having it out , now that the remnants of the Iraqi Army have been effectively destroyed . The Kurdish Peshmerga have exhausted themselves , and will need to be pulled back in order to protect their ancestral lands . That they can do , but they cannot do more without effective support from outside parties . The question is who ?? …

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… Disgusting [White House Aide Shoots off His Mouth] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,October 1st,2013

Obama Aide Compares Republicans to Suicide Bombers

President Obama’s assistant today compared negotiating with Republicans to negotiating with suicide bombers.

.. Senior advisor Dan Pfeiffer told CNN that Obamacare is “absolutely ready” to launch. “On October 1, you can talk to folks on the phone. The only thing that’s being delayed is the Web site. And there’s no deadline on the back end,” he said. “So, what we’re making sure is the experience people have is the right experience. We’re doing it in a time that makes sense.” “The process for applying for affordable health care is going to be tremendous compared on its own, but also compared to what people are dealing with right now.”

.. Pfeiffer said he’s “not worried about the politics of this today, tomorrow, five days from now.”

.. When asked by Jake Tapper about companies cutting back their workers’ hours to kick them into the exchanges, Pfeiffer said we have to “compare what’s happening now with what’s been happening for 10 years, long before Obamacare was even something that was possible to be law, is companies were dropping health insurance. The tens of millions of Americans have had their health insurance dropped, many of them in small businesses, long — because healthcare costs were skyrocketing.”

.. Tapper asked why the White House isn’t open to cutting some spending in debt-ceiling negotiations.

.. “What we’re not for is negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest. We’re not going to do that,” Pfeiffer said. “So, if they want to have a discussion about how we reduce our deficits, how we help the middle class, how we give them a better bargain, lift the debt ceiling, take the full faith and credit of the United States off the table and let’s have a discussion.”

Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer wasn’t talking about the Iranians Secretary of State John Kerry met with today — people who support Hizballah, deny the Holocaust and are developing nuclear weapons with the stated purpose of wiping out Israel. He also wasn’t talking about the Islamist rebels the administration is supporting in Syria.

He was talking about Republicans.

“What we’re not for is negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest. We’re not going to do that,” Pfeiffer said. “So, if they want to have a discussion about how we reduce our deficits, how we help the middle class, how we give them a better bargain, lift the debt ceiling, take the full faith and credit of the United States off the table and let’s have a discussion.”

So it’s clear and official now, the Obama White House regards fellow Americans who disagree with them on policy as worse than Bashar al-Assad.

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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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… Uh , JohnBoy , It is not the U.N. who has to act …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,September 21st,2013

.. it is the United States , and your boss , POTUS , who has to make the decision to act …

[link] – video

[link] — text

.. The DemoCraps are praying that this stuff does not drag out . Well , it is exactly what is going to happen , if Mad Vlad [Putin] and Bashaar the Butcher [Assad] have anything to say and do about it . They will drag it out , and drag it out and drag it out …. . Eventually , POTUS is going to have to make a series of decisions . Are the Russians and Syrians playing games ? Are the Russians playing their usual blocking games at the U.N. ? Can you really trust that the Syrians have disclosed all of their chemical weapons in their diplomatic disclosures ? there are others ….

.. POTUS does not like being forced into these type of decisions . He does not want to act in the Middle East . He does not want to be forced to act in the Middle East . He also realizes that , if he does not act , the Israelis will (against Iran) , and a regional war [one involving us] will result . Eventually , I hope he will come to realize that the monkeyshines in Syria are only a prelude to what may well happen with Iran .

.. Also , given their superb intelligence operations and services , Israel will have a far better idea of what Iran is doing , and what point in their nuclear development they are at , than anyone else will know . They also do not trust Obama . Not one bit . Not Labour , not Kadima , and , most certainly , not the Netanyahu government . Bibi ‘ s majority may be weaker , but when it is a go or no – go call , it will be his call , and his alone . His ministers may not be thrilled will the idea (in some cases) , but they will support him . They also all realize the stakes that are involved .

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… A Clever Military Patch [on Syria] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,September 18th,2013

.. and one with a great sense of humour . It is regarding the military , and that they secretly came up with an operation name and a patch , regarding the possibility of military action in Syria …

[h/t– Bill Gertz — the Washington Free Beacon]

... ha!ha! ...

… ha!ha! …

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… No , Sergei , POTUS did not do that [Syria concession] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,September 15th,2013

.. and , if he did , Obama should be impeached , This is in regards to the proposed diplomatic deal between Russia and the U.S. as regards Syria .

.. The threat of force must remain on the table . Even as much as a wuss as he is , I do not think that POTUS would be as stupid as he might be to concede the use of our country ‘ s armed forces to the Russians , or to their judgement . Somehow , I do not think that he would be that dumb ….

.. Also , I do not think , as much as they might like to , that Mutt and Jeff [POTUS , SecState JohnBoy] would give the Russians an indirect veto , via the U.N. , and the U.N. Security Council . The levers of the so – called ” International Law ” do not restrict the ability of the United States , or of any nation , to respond to such an action as has occured in Syria . If our nation ‘ s leadership decides that it should respond , even without Congressional consent , then they can . Morally , whether they should do so it would be another question …

… from the Washington Examiner
Beltway Confidential
Putin’s Foreign Minister claims Russia can veto future U.S. strike in Syria

By JOEL GEHRKE | SEPTEMBER 14, 2013 AT 5:45 PM

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters that — under the agreement negotiated with Secretary of State John Kerry

English: Ban Ki-moon 日本語: 潘基文

… U.N. Secretary – General Ban Ki-moon 日本語: 潘基文 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

— Russia would have veto power over the use of military force to punish Syrian dictator Bashar Assad if he uses or retains some of his chemical weapons stockpiles.

“And of course, in these approaches agreed on, there is nothing said about the use of force, not about any automatic sanctions we – as I said, all violations should be approved in the Security Council convincingly,” Lavrov said in his opening statement during a press conference Saturday with Kerry.

“Of course, it does not mean that every violation that will be reported to the Security Council will be taken by word,” Lavrov said when a reporter asked for clarification on the threat of force.

“Of course, we will investigate every case, because there are a lot of false information, pieces of information in the world, and we should be very cautious about every fact. And when we are sure, 100 percent, then we in the Russian Federation will be ready to adopt new resolution of the Security Council to embed the measures to punish the perpetrators of this violation, and it’s nonsense to continue the speculations on the matter today.”

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If Lavrov’s comments during the briefing are any indication, the Russians will be skeptical of any evidence presented by foreign leaders.

“I told you very sincerely that we are very worried with the attempts to frustrate any efforts aimed at calming down the situation at – avoiding certain and removing certain aspects of the Syrian conflict, including the efforts that were taken together with John today,” Lavrov said, before accusing UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of offering false evidence.

“And then it occurred that there was some film production and there was false information and they were not related together, all this information,” he said. “And if it’s – it was not just a full mistake, because the meeting was closed, and if it’s not – if it was not just a joke, but it was just an attempt to frustrate our meeting here in Geneva together with John Kerry, and they did not manage, thank God.”

Kerry downplayed the significance of the arrangement. “[T]here is an agreement between Russia and the United States that noncompliance is going to be held accountable within the Security Council under Chapter 7,” he acknowledged.

“What remedy is chosen is subject to the debate within the council, which is always true, but there’s a commitment to impose measures,” Kerry continued. “And as Sergey knows, under any circumstances, there would be a debate in the Security Council, even now. So there’s no diminishment, there’s no diminution of option.

“And it’s impossible, obviously, under these circumstances, to have a pre-agreement as to what that specific sanction might or might not be for circumstances that we don’t even know yet. Our hope is that we have a tight enough regimen that is agreed upon, as we have said, in the extraordinary measures that we have laid out.”

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… As Usual , POTUS is the Toothless Tiger [Mutt and Jeff] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,September 15th,2013

.. when you are trying to dig yourself out of a diplomatic mess , you generally want to try to make sure that your agreement is believable and credible . Evidently , Mutt and Jeff (POTUS and SecState) have come up with a whopper of a stinker . They think that this so – called agreement covering Syria and its chemical weapons , involving the Assad government and Russia , is anything remotely believable and credible ?

.. Hell , no . It is for several reasons :

[-] lack of consistent policy — our National Command Authority is supposed to set a reasonable idea of policy in an area . It may not be ideal , but it helps to be consistent . POTUS ‘ entire idea of foreign policy is grossly inconsistent , at best …

[-] lack of consistent message — even when there is some idea of a policy , the message behind that policy is , at best , a disorganized muddled mess . That is no way to communicate to either friends or foes . Both need to understand what is going on …

[-] lack of leadership — No , you do not lead from behind . You lead from the Front , you damn idiots . You have to set policy , communicate it , and take responsibility for it …

[-] lack of resolution — even when things get ” dark and grey , ” you stick to your guns . Do not be a ” Wuss …. ”

… from Newsmax …

Bolton: Syrian Pact ‘Will Die a Death by a Thousand Cuts’

Saturday, 14 Sep 2013 07:47 PM

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton predicted on Saturday that the agreement reached between the United States and Russia on destroying Syria’s chemical weapons “will die a death by a thousand cuts.”

Syrian President Bashar Assad “is required to make his initial declaration on Friday,” Bolton, a senior fellow with the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, told Fox News. “It’ll slip a few days, or maybe a few more. Maybe the first declaration won’t be full and complete, and it’ll have to be amended. And, then, it’ll have to be amended again.

“You can see the impact of this as time goes on, and I think that’s exactly what the strategy is.”

Urgent: Who is Right on Syria – Obama or Putin? Vote in Urgent Poll

Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced the agreement earlier Saturday after three days of talks in Geneva.

The agreement requires Syria to submit a “comprehensive listing” of its chemical weapons stockpiles within a week. Arms inspectors must be on the ground in Syria by November, with the goal of eliminating the country’s chemical weapons by the middle of next year.

But the accord contains nothing about the potential use of force if Syria fails to comply — and Kerry said that no pre-agreement existed on what action the U.N. Security Council might take if Syria failed to comply with the plan.

“One of the fine ironies here is that we have agreed with Russia, which has been in violation itself of the Chemical Weapons Convention since the treaty came into force [in 1993],” Bolton told Fox. “Most experts agree that Russia did not make its own full and complete declaration of its chemical weapons stockpiles in the mid-1990s, and many believe that Russia has been in violation of the treaty, developing new generations of chemical weapons.

“So the notion that Russia is going to vouch for Bashar al-Assad is almost comical,” he concluded. “You can’t make this stuff up.”

Further, he attacked some of the language in the agreement.

“It says that the Security Council will take measures ‘commensurate’ with the violations,” Bolton noted. “Well, that word means anything you want it to mean — and you can bet that in a debate in the Security Council, it will go on for quite some time.”

But, more importantly, President Barack Obama has been greatly helped by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“The president is very grateful to President Putin. He got him out of an impossible dilemma,” Bolton said. “I don’t think the president himself wants to use force. Now, he will never have to — and he himself said, the longer time goes by from the August 21 use of chemical weapons, the harder it would be to generate the emotion necessary to get the support for the use of force.”

The White House has said that more than 1,400 people, including over 400 children, were killed in the chemical weapons attacks on rebel-held suburbs of Damascus on Aug. 21. The Obama administration has since shown gruesome pictures to Congress of Syrians suffering and dying from the attacks in making its case for military strikes.

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“The idea that you couldn’t get the support in Congress to use force against Assad after those pictures means that, nonetheless, you’ll be able to get congressional approval because Syria violated this agreement?” Bolton asked. “It’s a delusion — and so is [Obama’s] Syria policy generally.”

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… What does POTUS need to Do ?? …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,September 11th,2013

[-] keep the threat of military action on the table — it has to stay there . If he agrees to take it off , then …

[-] learn to play chess — the strategic thinking that is required to play chess at a high level will teach him some things . Like , how

Vladimir Putin - Caricature

Vladimir Putin – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Putin is playing him for a fool , and why ?!?!

[-] change the responsible party for the chem weapons — you really want to give the responsible party for disarmament to Russia ? Are you nuts ? The U.N. is hardly any better . Anyone think that Assad has been taking notes from Sadly Insane on his monkeyshines in Iraq , especially with a DemoCrap semi – wus [Clinton] in the White House ..

[-] keep the U.S. Navy on station in the eastern Med — Syria is a coastal nation . Make Lebanon understand that even an attempt to lock on any , repeat ANY U.S. aircraft will be met with instant retaliation , and the relevant missiles and radar batteries will cease to exist , no matter where they are located …

[-] put a date certain for compliance , and make it reasonably short — do not let Assad and Putin play anymore diplomatic stalling tactics , well , anymore than they have already . They will try . For once , do not be a wus . Stand up to them .

[-] keep DarkStars , Predators , and other drones on station , observing what is going on — if locked on , see third item for what will happen if they do so …

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… People should trust Putin ?!?! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,September 10th,2013

.. from the Times of Israel …

Russia is stepping up weapons supplies to Syria’s President Bashar Assad, to help him prevail in the civil war, as part of the arrangements under which the Assad regime has agreed in principle to have its chemical weapons stockpiles placed under international supervision, Israel television reported on Tuesday night.

Negotiations between Russia and Syria on the supervision arrangement, which seem to have drastically reduced the likelihood of

... fishy !! ...

… fishy !! …

US-led military intervention in Syria, have been ongoing for two full weeks, and have also involved Iran, the Israeli Channel 2 report said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, determined to ensure that his ally Assad not face a punitive US-led strike following Damascus’s alleged use of chemical weapons in an August 21 attack that the US says killed over 1,400 Syrians, essentially ordered Assad to submit to international oversight of his chemical weapons stocks, the report said.

In return, Putin promised bolstered conventional weapons shipments, “some of which are already on their way” to Syria from the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiysk. The TV report did not specify which weaponry Putin is supplying to Assad, but noted that the Syrian regime needs more fighter planes for use to quash rebel forces, spare parts for tanks, and all kinds of other military equipment to replenish stocks depleted during the two-and-a-half years of fighting that have left well over 100,000 Syrians dead. An estimated 1,600 Syrians have died in the three weeks since the alleged August 21 attack.

Last summer, Russia said it would not deliver weapons including 24 MiG-29 fighter jets ordered by the Syrian Air Force until the Syrian crisis ended. But in May, Russian officials said a Syrian delegation was in Moscow to discuss a new contract to supply combat aircraft.

Putin said late Tuesday that he hoped “our Syrian friends will make the appropriate decision with respect to transferring the chemical weapons to the control of the international community, and to joining the treaty preventing the proliferation of chemical weapons.”

Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid Moallem, who has been in Moscow this week, was quoted Tuesday saying Syria would indeed open all relevant sites to UN inspectors, would not produce chemical weapons, and would sign all relevant treaties.

“We fully support Russia’s initiative concerning chemical weapons in Syria, and we are ready to cooperate. As a part of the plan, we intend to join the Chemical Weapons Convention,” he said in an interview with the Lebanon-based Al-Maydeen TV.

“We are ready to fulfill our obligations in compliance with this treaty, including through the provision of information about our chemical weapons. We will open our storage sites, and cease production. We are ready to open these facilities to Russia, other countries and the United Nations.”

“We intend to give up chemical weapons altogether,” he added.

US President Barack Obama said in a series of TV interviews Monday that a deal that ensured Syria was unable to again use chemical weapons would “absolutely” roll the crisis back from the brink. His Secretary of State John Kerry warned Tuesday, however, that such a deal had to be “measureable, tangible” and speedy. “If we choose not to act, we’ll be sending a message to Iran of American ambivalence, American weakness,” the secretary noted.

Israel’s former foreign minister, Avigdor Liberman, indicated Tuesday a similar concern. Speaking against the background of the negotiations that were apparently pushing off any US-led strike on Assad’s regime, Liberman, the chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, noted that, where Iran’s nuclear program was concerned, Israel “will have to deal with it on our own.”

LEC here — Do you really want to trust Syria ‘  s ally and arms supplier ? Are you nuts ? Apparantely , POTUS is that nuts ! …

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… JohnBoy Kerry does it Again [diplomatic blunder] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,September 9th,2013

.. nice going , JohnBoy ! You did it again with your proposal to supposed “surrender” Syria ‘ s chemical arms to either Russia or another body (or nation) .

.. A couple of questions …

[-] How can we be sure that Syria has accounted for everything in chemical arms that it has ?

[-] How do we know that these chemical arms are Syrian in origin ? or , are they someone else ‘ s (like Iraqi) ?

[-] Remember Sadly Insane ‘ s game playing on moving the pieces around his country . Anyone think that other countries , including Syria , were not taking notes on how to screw around arms inspectors ?

[-] the Syrians are going to want to give over their weapons to a party of their choosing . They do not want anyone playing peek-a-boo in the warheads , and testing the chemicals for point-of-origin ?

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… POTUS should recall Congress …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,September 3rd,2013

.. not yesterday . not two days ago . Now !

.. If the potential of an attack on Syria is important enough that he would seek Congressional authorization , then he should act to recall Congress . He should recall them without delay …

POTUS should recall Congress

.. I do not think that he has the guts , but he should take the lead .

.. When you give the orders to engage the military , you cannot assume that things will be simple . They never are . You take an action to send in missiles , and then someone else will react . You cannot anticipate their reaction . Especially with the current crowd , you really cannot be sure how other countries will react .

.. POTUS also has to act to make the case . Congress will act to support him . They are not a bunch of wussies , unlike him . They will act to support him . It takes courage and leadership , neither of which this current administration has exhibited . It also takes trust . The ObamaCraps have a real problem with the trust thing . They may have the powers and the duties of the office , but they are not really all that trusted with them .

.. POTUS should remember that he is just the head of one of three co – equal branches of government . POTUS is not a dictator . Just because he says boo , things do not happen automatically like people are a bunch of automatons . He has to lead .

.. There will be a debate . Sooner would be preferable to later . Before the act would be definitely preferred to after the act . The debate will come , like it or not . Honesty is preferrable . Do not lie about things . Just do not let things all hang out , either .

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… Obama is Taking a Huge Gamble (Syria) …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,September 2nd,2013

Obama is taking a Huge Gamble

He risks an embarassing loss in Congress

.. POTUS is taking a risk by asking Congress to approve airstrikes against Syria.
..The potential payoff is that he’ll win the kind of vote that signals broad popular support, giving him a stronger hand in facing

Bashar al-Assad - Caricature

Bashar al-Assad – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Syrian President Bashar Assad and perhaps other dictators later in such regimes as Iran. But there are military and political risks in the process.

.. Militarily, a desperate Assad could use the time to his own desires . Obama could pay an added price while he waits s for a Congressional debate to conclude , one way or the other . It could done in his own nation , or in anouther , possibly turning his nation ‘ s civil war into a much wider regional conflict .

.. Politically, Obama could emerge as a weakened leader . He would then find it far tougher to get anything done at all . Even if he wants to push his proposals through Congress , including his top priorities of passing a budget and rewriting the nation’s immigration laws . You need political gravitas and political capital to do that . POTUS does not have much of either one .
.. But Obama does not rule out acting on his own if lawmakers fail to act. If that happened, he would only further antagonize a divided Congress that already rejects many of his proposals . He does have the legal authority . But not the moral gravitas or moral authority . It could also result in the possibility of his impeachment . Possible , but not likely .

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… Earth to JohnBoy : No Kidding , Duh ?!?! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,August 26th,2013

.. Now it seems that the ObamaCrap Administration is finally getting the lead out of its rear end where it concerns Syria . Unfortunately , it is more than a day late , and definitely more than a dollar short .

.. Intervention now in Syria ‘ s civil war would be like closing the barn door after the horses have already long since left . This kind of intervention around a year or so ago would have made a real difference . Now , long after Iran and its allies have acted , it may help , but it is highly unlikely to be much of a difference – maker .

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters on Monday that the U.S. has additional information about the alleged chemical weapons attack in Damascus last week.

Kerry said in a press conference that the number of victims of the attack on Wednesday, the reported symptoms and the accounts of humanitarian organizations strongly indicate that chemical weapons were used in Syria.

Kerry added that the U.S. believes the regime of president Bashar al-Assad is responsible for the attack, and that the Syrian government’s decision to grant U.N. investigators access to the site of the attack came “too late to be credible.”

Syrian opposition forces said last Wednesday that hundreds of people were killed near Damascus in an alleged chemical weapons attack. The international medical organization Doctors Without Borders announced on Saturday they had counted at least 355 deaths in the suburb of Ghouta.

U.N. investigators inspected the site of the alleged chemical attack on Monday, despite being targeted by snipers earlier that day. Reuters reports that the investigators met with survivors and took samples on the site.

It was unclear who was behind the attack on the officials. While members of the opposition blamed the Assad regime, Syria’s government held rebels responsible.

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… It is a Day Late , POTUS , and a Dollar Short (to say the least) …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,August 23rd,2013

.. Now he starts to speak .

.. Since the evidence is clearly overwhelming , POTUS has finally found that his hand has been forced . He cannot ignore the obvious . Chemical Weapons have been used by the Assad regime in Damascus , and there is no getting around that fact . Also , sitting there , and doing nothing , for the ObamaCraps is not an option any longer .

.. POTUS called the apparent gassing of hundreds of Syrian civilians a “big event of grave concern” but stressed on Friday that he would not rush to embroil Americans in a costly new war.

As opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad braved the frontlines around Damascus to try and deliver tissue samples to U.N. inspectors from victims of Wednesday’s poisoning, Obama brushed over an interviewer’s reminder that he once called the use of chemical weapons a “red line” for U.S. action on Syria.

He played down the chances of Assad cooperating with a U.N. team that might, if given access soon, provide conclusive evidence of what happened. In any case, he would not react in haste to calls for U.S. intervention that would “mire” Americans in an undertaking that was counter to their long-term interests.

.. Noting budget constraints, problems of international law and a continuing U.S. casualty toll in Afghanistan, Obama told CNN:

“Sometimes what we’ve seen is that folks will call for immediate action, jumping into stuff that does not turn out well, gets us mired in very difficult situations, can result in us being drawn into very expensive, difficult, costly interventions that actually breed more resentment in the region.

“The United States continues to be the one country that people expect can do more than just simply protect their borders. But that does not mean that we have to get involved with everything immediately.

“We have to think through strategically what’s going to be in our long-term national interests.”

.. LEC again — International Law is arrived at by the acts and customs agreed upon by the Laws of Nations . It is not arrived at by cowardice in the face of evil , when evil will triumph , because supposedly good people do nothing , and invoke the Sergeant Schultz excuse , “I hear nothing , nothing , nothing …. ” . Part of those acts to be arrived at is for those of the forces of good to decide to stand up , they have had enough , and take action . Also , part of that situation is making sure that your word is your bond , and that your word is good . It means get your head out of your [bleep] , and get to it …

Asked about his comment – a year to the day before the poison fumes hit sleeping residents of rebel-held Damascus suburbs – that chemical weapons would be a red line for the United States, he replied: “If the U.S. goes in and attacks another country without a U.N. mandate and without clear evidence that can be presented, then there are questions in terms of whether international law supports it.”

LEC again — What a Wuss !!

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… Earth calling Jen [Syrian Chem Weaps Attack] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,August 23rd,2013

.. the Jen i am referring to is a hack ..

.. yes , a hack . Her name is Jen Psaki . She was a longtime Dem operative , and political spokeswoman . Believe it or not , she is now the spokeswoman for our country at the State Department . May God Help Us .

.. You may wonder why ? it is because from the clear evidence on the TV and electronic news , from the sum total of it , that Bashaar Assad ‘ s regime has used chemical weapons in its nation ‘ s civil war . Psaki is trying to split hairs , very abrasively and arrogantly , not saying one way or the other that the attacks occured , when it is absolutely and abudantly clear that it has happened . God , is she an arrogant witch , or what ?

.. [here] , see it for yourself . Even better , watch the other link on the opening , where Shepard Smith (who is not the best interviewer in the pack) of FoxNews kick her butt inside out , and make her look like a colossal idiot …

.. [here] , even better , watch James Rosen (who is a top – flight questioner) skewer her at the podium …

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… What POTUS seems to Not Understand about Egypt …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,August 16th,2013

.. POTUS has condemned the Egyptian military’s slaughter of Muslim Brotherhood members and sympathizers . He has also acted to cancel joint military exercises scheduled for next month. He said that the violence should stop and that “a process of national reconciliation should begin.”

.. Not surprisingly , the ObamCrap White House is clueless about foreign af fairs , in general , and Egypt , in particular . They think that because they might call a shot , that the Egyptians will jump , and dance to their tune . On the contrary . The Arab World sees this as a brother Arab nation being bullied by the West . They cannot replace the military training (Israel can , to a point) , but these nations are loaded to the gills . They can easily replace the financial aid .

.. What the White House fails to understand is that the Egyptian military has very different ideas about what “reconciliation” means . Its goal is to eventually destroy the Muslim Brotherhood, its traditional adversary, by any land all means possible . it will likely mean wasting as many of the MB as is possible . They will jail the others , but there will , they hope , a great deal fewer of them .

.. Are the ObamaCraps that oblivious and stupid . Did they think that the Egyptians would dance to their tune . They are just as capabile of saying one thing , and then doing another as is the Administration . The ObamaCraps obviously do not understand the Brotherhood for the mortal threat to civilization that they are . Anyone that would compromise or even attepmt to reconcile with these murderous thugs would have to be insane .

.. The generals in Cairo have made cold calculations. One of them is that brutality pays dividends. Yes, there may be short-term consequences to the brutal crackdown: There’s still a decent chance that the U.S. will suspend aid to the Egyptian military . Expect that to happen . It will be only short – term , however . Short of an attack on Israel , Egypt will eventually get its American aid . Even if they do not , for a while , they can replace it , at least they economic side of it .

.. The military leadership has added up the score . They knew that the violence may well force Obama ‘ s hand . They also realize that he is weak . They also know that they have to be strong and stout . But the generals understood that a suspension of aid might be possible in the aftermath of the sort of crackdown we’re seeing now. Which means that they have come to think that wiping out the Brotherhood is worth the risk. (They also know that there are plenty of wealthy sheiks in the Persian Gulf who viscerally oppose the Brotherhood and who would be happy to supplement Egypt’s defense budget.)

.. I would not doubt that the crackdown will continue . One chief reason is Syria . The generals cannot help but notice that the world has stood idly by as Bashar al-Assad has presided over the deaths of some 100,000 Syrian citizens. In the Middle East, you can, in fact, get away with murder.

. And the Egyptian military has given the Brotherhood something it seeks: mass martyrdom, which is the most potent motivational tool a theocratic movement has in its arsenal.

.. Egypt is falling into ruin because the Brotherhood is anti-democratic, revanchist, anti-Christian and power-mad . It is also because the Egyptian military couldn’t conceive of a way to marginalize it without resorting to mass violence. This leaves the U.S. in the difficult position of having no one to support. There is, at this point, no good reason to continue funding the Egyptian armed forces. The aid obviously hasn’t provided the White House with sufficient leverage, and it makes the U.S. complicit in what just happened and what will undoubtedly continue to happen.

.. One argument for continued aid is that it encourages the military to maintain Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel. But the military will do so whether or not the U.S. provides money and weapons, because it has decided that Islamist extremism, and not Israel, is Egypt’s main enemy. And it will be too busy persecuting Egyptians.

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… Do You Idiots (the ObamaCraps) Understand the words “Shut Up” …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,July 24th,2013

.. Jeezus Louise , you folks !

.. Can ‘ t y ‘ all manage to keep your gosh darned mouths shut ? The Israelis pull off a military masterpiece , and help up in the same masterstroke . And , you all find out about it . The Israelis have the self – discipline to keep their lips ” zipped . ” But , for you guys and gals — Nooooo !

.. see below , from the Washington Free Beacon (writen by one of my favourite columnist / writers , Bill Gertz) …

Israel Angered by U.S. Leaks of Submarine Missile Attack on Syria

Israeli officials say leak should have been coordinated with Tel Aviv

Bill Gertz // July 24, 2013 5:00 am

Israeli government officials voiced anger at U.S. press leaks traced to the Pentagon following the July 5 Israeli missile attack on the Syrian port of Latakia that destroyed a shipment of Russian-made anti-ship missiles, according to U.S. officials.

Senior Pentagon officials, including Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter who is currently visiting Israel, discussed the leaks during meetings with Israeli officials this week. The Israelis argued in private meetings and other exchanges that the disclosures could lead to Syrian counterattacks against Israel and should have been coordinated first with Tel Aviv.

Pentagon press secretary George Little declined to comment when asked if Carter discussed the leaks in meetings with Israeli officials on Monday.

The Israeli military attack was unusual because it involved a submarine-launched cruise missile strike on the Syrian city of Latakia, a major port.

The covert attack destroyed a stockpile of what was believed to be 50 new Russian-made anti-ship missiles called the Yakhont that U.S.

.. an israeli german - made dolphin - class diesel sub ..

.. an israeli german – made dolphin – class diesel sub ..

officials said could be used against ships that will provide arms in the future to Syrian rebels.

According to U.S. officials, the Israeli government censored domestic press reports about the attack over concerns that any public discussion might prompt Syrian counterattacks against the Jewish state.

Israel also feared the Yakhont missiles would be transferred to Hezbollah, the Lebanese-based Iranian terrorist organization that in the past was supplied by Iran with advanced Chinese anti-ship missiles.

A Hezbollah-fired C-802 anti-ship missile was used to nearly sink an Israeli corvette off the coast of Lebanon during the 2006 summer war. The C-802s were sold to Iran in the 1990s and transferred to Hezbollah to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to the unprecedented security cooperation between the United States and Israel, and to discuss a range of issues of mutual importance, including Syria and Iran,” by Tehran.

Carter met with senior Israeli security officials “Little said in a statement issued Monday.

Among those who met with Carter were Defense Minister Moshe “Boogie” Ya’alon, National Security Advisor retired Maj. Gen. Yaakov Amidror, and retired Maj. Gen. Udi Shani, director general of the Defense Ministry.

“They reaffirmed that the U.S.-Israel defense relationship has never been stronger and agreed to continue to consult closely on shared security interests,” Little said.

The reports on the Latakia raid that angered the Israelis first appeared on CNN July 12 and a day later in the New York Times.

The news organizations quoted “multiple U.S. officials,” and “American officials” respectively.

Israel has carried out several foreign military attacks in recent years, most notably the airstrike that destroyed a Syrian-North Korean nuclear facility at Al Kibar, Syria.

Israel’s military has also conducted attacks in Syria in recent months that were aimed at destroying caches of shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles and Iranian short-range ballistic missiles believed destined for Hezbollah fighters.

A U.S. official said signs of Israeli anger over the Latakia raid disclosures appeared in several Israel press outlets. One Israeli official was described as “furious” over the leak because the Pentagon did not coordinate its release of information first with Israel.

Other Israeli officials were quoted as saying that in the aftermath of the Yakhont missile strikes that ties between Israel and Syria had reached a new peak and that there are worries that tying Israel to the attack will prompt Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to retaliate soon or against a future Israeli attack.

Israel has said that it would take action to prevent chemical weapons from falling into the hands of terrorists in Syria. But it has not commented on its lesser actions against Syrian arms sent to the Damascus regime by Russia or Iran, Assad’s main backers.

Israeli press commentary on the Latakia raid disclosures suggested the U.S. news reported risked the lives of Israeli and may have been part of Obama administration debate over U.S. military intervention in Syria’s civil war.

Another commentator, Dan Margalit, stated in the daily newspaper Yisrael Hayom that the leak was part of a U.S. ploy to force Israel into the Syrian conflict as a way to pressure Assad into stepping down and leaving the country, as a way to avoid U.S. military intervention.

Another journalist, Ron Ben-Yishay, wrote on the news website Ynetnews that the Pentagon leaked the information to show that airstrikes in Syria are possible.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, this week outlined U.S. military options for Syria in a letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin (D., Mich.).

The Obama administration recently agreed to supply Syrian rebels with small arms but is considering larger military intervention, including the imposition of an air exclusive zone over Syria.

An Israeli government spokesman referred questions about the leaks to a comment made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that was published July 21 in the German news outlet Welt am Sonntag.

Asked if it bothered him that sensitive information was leaked on the Latakia raid and other past operations by Israel’s American friends, Netanyahu said: “I am not responsible for what people say we do or don’t do. I am responsible for our policy which is to prevent the transfer of dangerous weapons to Hezbollah and I am also responsible for what we say and if I have anything to say, I’ll say it.”

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… How Many Fibs , How Short a Time …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,June 25th,2013

.. to be frankly honest , it has taken a extraordinarily inordinate amount of time for people to understand that they are being given , at best , half –  truths on everything from Benghazi to Obamacare .

.. This lack of believability has greatly damaged the image of voters on big government , to the dismay of liberal statists.

In foreign policy, the credibility problem plagues him. Consider all the things

Obama has asserted that simply aren’t true :

[-] Israel

[-] the Middle East “so-called” peace process

[-] the “Russian Reset”

the Arms Treaty was a one – sided deal , and now l ‘ affaire Snowden …

[-] Sanctions are working against Iran.

[-] Bashar al-Assad was a reformer before he was on the verge of being ousted before we did not know who to back before we took a half – step two years too late.

[-] Benghazi was the result of some video.

[-] We could exit Iraq with no status of forces agreement without threatening gains there .

[-] We could work with Mohamed Morsi.

[-] China is a constructive operator on the world stage .

[-] Al – Quaeda is out of business , especially without Osama Bin Laden

[-] Vladimir Putin’s election was praiseworthy.

… it goes On and On and On and On …

.. One can understand that Obama may have not been intentionally misleading . Well , to be honest , given the actions (Medvedev , Russian Reset , Iraq , soft on the Palestinians / hard on Israel) , I think that POTUS is a pathological liar .

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… Nice Going , POTUS , You Waited too Long …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,June 14th,2013

.. I am not convinced that the Obama administration has a plan for intervening in Syria, which apparently crossed President Barack Obama’s so-called red line by using the lethal nerve agent sarin against as many as 150 of its own people. Do not be

surprised if it is a great deal thousands more than that . Everything has changed . And because we did not intervene early in ‘11 and ‘12 al-Qaida has penetrated the opposition .

.. I am also not sure that whether the Obama administration plans to see the U.S. intervention in Syria through to the fall of Assad . What we have right now is a decision which on the humanitarian level and moral level if it is fine , but it is late . It is certainly not well prepared. Unlike the situation in Libya, he said , the Assad regime is part of an axis that includes Iran, Iraq, and Hezbollah.

.. The ObamaCraps ‘ decision is a political act . I believe that it has been done with no strategic planning or thought . It was not done as part of a well – thought – out plan . What seems to be happening is a political decision in front of the international community , in front of the Syrian opposition and people that we are doing something . I fail to see the planning for the long – term results of today’s decision. So we are forced to support the principle , but at the same time question the plan . In simple english , what is the plan ?

.. It is my belief that the ObamaCraps are far from ready to confront the Iranians . Until they are , no one , and I repeat , no one will take them seriously .

 

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… the Syrians , Iranians , & Hezbollah …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,June 13th,2013

The Syrians  , Iranians , & Hezbollah are calling your bluff , POTUS !

.. quit being a GOD – DAMNED WUS , and do something . The syrian rebels are losing , and they may lose the civil war with the Ditherer –

English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the...

English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the University of Southern California (Video of the speech) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

in – Chief debating with himself about what to do … Get off of YOUR ASS !!

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