I am a Texas resident who is very much in favor of doing what we can to ensure security for Israel. Their country is in a very vulnerable position and this is already an incredibly difficult task as things stand today. The recent attack on the border of Lebanon is a prime example. The road is treacherous enough without hawks in our congress creating conditions which accelerate movement toward hostilities with Iran over possession of nuclear fuel simply for producing her own electricity. What becomes of fuel when it is removed is a matter to be determined, but should not be impossible to resolve. I know Israel has reason not to trust Iran, but at the same time however, the US has been pulled into war in Iraq while Republicans did their best to paint a picture of a nuclear threat that was yet to be. And as was the case before, the rhetoric is about war as a “last option” while the actions at every step of the way are designed to create a more inflexible position against a regime that will only become more defiant. This seems to be the plan of US hawks – and part of the purpose in inviting Mr Netanyahu to speak.
I am also against congress working to involve the US in attempting to “shift” the status of E Jerusalem by construction of a new embassy (particularly in the East or the strip between East and West; see S.117 ). I may be wrong, but such relocation appears to me as part of an attempt to “inhibit” progress toward a Palestinian state. This should not be the business of the US congress to decide unilaterally, and additionally, the move would go against the intent of UN Security Council resolutions on Jerusalem. Some of the people who would interfere may think there would be no negative consequences as long as we send a strong enough message. But it will cause problems with US-Arab relations – possibly even with traditionally cooperative countries like Jordan. And if that message can be interpreted to mean that the US and Israel dictate terms and that concessions will bring nothing in return for Iran or Palestinians, then no talks take place and we all know what will happen. Such antagonistic moves would cause increased animosity against Israel as well as invite an attack by extremists against the facility, possibly resulting in an escalation on multiple fronts. I believe that the sponsors of these actions know that. But they are willing to take the risk because the resulting conflict would be profitable – and it won’t take place on our continent.
So aside from what is proper protocol, my view is that the intentions of too many in our congress are not well aligned with the long term interest of the US or Israel. While Mr Netanyahu can always voice his concerns as he has in the past, it is not in the interest of either country for him to address congress directly. So I am hoping this event gets cancelled. Republican Hawks would see me and my views as anti-Israel, as they see our President. I believe they are wrong on both counts.
The divide which is being built by ultra-conservatives (you heard me) is going to drag this country down the path to a civil war. Lines are being drawn. The flames are being fanned by mouthpieces like Sean Hannity and Michelle Malkin, who want you to believe that the problems of Detroit – and well everything – are caused by liberals….. you know …the 47%. Regardless of what happens in terms of control of the house in 2014 or 2016, this divide will continue to grow, fueled by conservative media blasting out ideology of people behind the scenes.
Abbas says he will not allow a third intifada to break out. In response, Netanyahu said that Abbas’ words were empty. At least that is what I am reading. I try to be objective about Israel but situations like this just make me shake my head. How long have Palestinians been in the West Bank? How long has Abbas been in charge? How many rockets have been launched from the West Bank as opposed to rockets from Gaza in that same timeframe? Would this be true if Hamas was in control of the West Bank? How much easier would life be for Israel if Abbas controlled Gaza and Hamas withdrew? Doesn’t that say something about Abbas and the PA? Perez seems to recognize the distinction.
Giuliani wild statement reveals the depth of republican frustration and desperation – or that Giuliani has gone off the deep end. Probably both.
When did telling employees how to vote become a byproduct of Citizens United? If this interpretation stands up, then things in this country have crossed a line far beyond simply drowning out the power of the individual voter by means of unlimited donations. If Romney was to win, he won’t have been democratically elected in any real sense – not that he or any of the power brokers care how he gets there. Not only is this trend unlikely to be reversed if it continues much longer, but the next step will be the Gingrich plan to reduce the power of the courts.
Think about what this means. If corporations can spell out what you should do in the presidential election, why stop there? You’ll be getting direction on any number of policies that you need to support. More accurately, you will be told that you need to just accept certain things, because your support and your vote won’t actually be needed any more. Certain things will be frowned upon and if you want to get anywhere, don’t expect it to happen fast (or at all), if you are not a practicing, card carrying, party member. That’s where this is headed.
As it is today, “western democracy” is probably becoming limited to Canada. Going forward, when anyone claims we need a bigger stronger military to help foster the growth of democracy abroad, we need to set the record straight. We need to use any power we have left to demand that the first priority is to restore democracy here at home. Until that happens, we have no credibility to stay in Afghanistan and we certainly have no business getting involved in an Arab spring in Syria, Iran, or anywhere else. There is no reason for us as citizens to pay for such an undertaking – and we won’t rise for any corporate anthem.
Mitt Romney Encouraged Business Owners To Advise Employees How To Vote –
Mitt wants to keep attention on Libya, so OK, let’s do that. So why isn’t this in an ad on every available media channel?
House GOP Cut Funding For Embassy Security:
‘You Have To Prioritize Things’
Basically, Republicans lose ground in any discussion where Democrats bring out the facts. Take Libya and foreign policy.
The strategy is like all else for the GOP: Throw a monkey wrench into the process and when things don’t go well, just blame the White House.
A few minor problems, though: Logs are kept. Records are filed. Cameras roll. This is why the GOP likes secrecy.
There are these inconvenient facts which they would like you to overlook.
Jason Chaffetz Admits House GOP Cut Funding For Embassy Security:
‘You Have To Prioritize Things’
So, move along. This is not an issue you can exploit to win.
Romney: Abortion not on my agenda
I’m left wondering how this will pan out. Romney is abandoning causes of the religious right, as expected. But it’s a bit soon, because he will want their support in his effort to eliminate the EPA. Will they still turn out to vote for him, knowing that they are being used and he is not really going to be their champion?