Thursday, November 15, 2012

Israel Has the Right and Justification

The tiny nation of Israel has existed as a reality for nearly 4000 years. Even when most of the Jewish people were scattered throughout the world for the last 2000 years there has always remained a small number of Israeli Jews holding on to the Land's deed for posterity's sake. A little over sixty years ago, the claim, always held in the hands of Jews, was formally recognized by the nations of the world and Israel was, not reborn, but resurrected back to life as the official homeland and nation of the Jewish people. After two millennium we had a place we could go back to and one that lay waiting for us to come home when called.

Hundreds of thousands of Jewish people have answered that call since 1948 when David Ben Gurion blew the shofar and opened the gate. In 1967 the gate to the Western Wall was thrown wide and for the first time since 70 CE Jews could pray near our most beloved site of all, the last remaining vestige of Solomon's Temple.

Those few hundered thousand have, by 2012, swelled to nearly six million Jewish inhabitants of the Land and they are growing each day. What was a barren desert has been turned into a garden once again. The Land, under the harsh and burdensome control of Rome, the Ottomans, the British, Muslim and Christian Arabs had laid waste for centuries. It grew nothing and was barely useful for Bedouin herds that drifted aimlessly across it. Since 1948 the Land has blossomed under the tender care of its rightful leasers, the Jews.

You see, this Land belongs directly to no one but God. God has granted the lease and entrusted its care to the offspring of Abraham, Sarah and Isaac - people that have come to be known as the Jews. You may not agree with that assessment, and quite frankly, I could care less if you do or don't. The facts of history are on the side of the Jews. This Land has never prospered under the protection and care of anyone except the Jews. History is replete with that fact. Today, after two thousand years of it being nothing but a dust bowl it has emerged once again as a beautiful Rose.

Like any rose it has its share of thorns. Those thorns have been pricking the sides of Israelis since the resurrection of the Land. The nation has withstood those spiney stings since its right to exist was proclaimed in the United Nations in 1948. Sometime the wounds from them have been severe, such as the Yom Kippur War of 1973. Many individual heroes have succumed to the wounds inflicted by those thorns but they have not been forgotten or lost in vain. The onslaught of the thorns continues to this day and the nations of the world still call on the Jews of Israel to be patient and withhold its wrath against those who relentlessly attack her.

The Jewish people of Israel and those of us living throughout the rest of the world have been very patient. However, I cannot guarantee how much longer that patients will hold. With one of the biggest thorns in the patch getting ready to create its own nuclear weapon the time for patients is quickly running out. With the continued onslaught from Hamas from the South and now Syrian threats from the North, the days of civility from Israel is drawing to a close, and rightfully so.

I have been reading several "academic" debates in the U.S. and Western Europe about what is currently taking place in Israel with the most recent rocket attacks from Gaza coming into Southern Israel and Syrian bombs being exploded just short of the Golan. Each debate seemed more focused on imploring Israel to exercise more patients and little to no call for Hamas or Syrian forces and insurgents to cease their heinous attacks on Israel's civilian population.

I suppose these academic's views are certainly one way of looking at it. However, if you are sitting with your family for a quite dinner or around the table with your children going over their homework and suddenly your house, family and life disappears from an unprovoked Hamas rocket attack or your kibbutz is obliterated in seconds from a Syrian shell then perhaps you'd have a slightly different view of the situation.

I would like to pose this question. How long do you think the U.S. citizenry would patiently put up with this kind of activity if some country like a Cuba or Mexico were lobbing shells into Florida and Texas, Arizona or New Mexico? America would have already justifiably decimated or completely unannihilated them. Israel has been more than patient over the last sixty-plus years with those surrounding her, but that patience does have its limits and those limits are about to be reached very soon. When that day comes, and it will, who will you stand with? Israel or those wishing her destruction? God forbid your nation should choose to be an enemy of Israel.

Monday, November 12, 2012

If It Looks Like a Duck....

There is an old adage, "If it looks like a duck, smells like a duck and walks like a duck, then it must be a duck." This same sentiment could easily be applied to the House of Representative's attempt to investigate the 9/11 Benghazi incident and the alleged Obama Administration's attempts at thwarting it.

Two of the House's most sought after witnesses in this case are General David Petraeus and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. We all should by now be familiar with how the Petraeus testimony is being side-tracked. He had a confessed-to affair with a journalist who was under investigation by the FBI. This supposed real affair began sometime back when she was entrenched with the General for an up close and personal biography she had planned on doing on him. The up close and personal got too up close and personal. She is also being investigated for allegedly trying to hack into the General's email account during his tenure as head of the CIA. Just as the General was due to testify into the CIA's knowledge and participation, or lack thereof, of his agency's involvement with the Benghazi mess that left our Ambassador and three others raped and dead in the streets of Libya, he publically steps down in humiliation over the sexual affair and his testimony before Congress is put on indefinite hold.

That leaves just one other really high-up and top level witness. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who just several weeks ago took full responsibility for the debacle due to her position as the head of the State Department. Or, as many were saying, Ms. Clinton not only was thrown under the bus by her President, but willingly walked out in front of it, which is very un-Clintonesque. Today, according to a report in the Washington Examiner the Secretary of State stated she will not be testifying before Congress as requested due to scheduling conflicts. “She has a commitment with the Secretary of Defense to the AUSMIN Ministerial,” says State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland. “AUSMIN is the highest level forum for Australia and US consultation on foreign policy, defense and strategic issues.”

So then, what we have been told and are expected to accept unequivocally is that the AUSMIN Ministerial has a higher priority in the mindset of the Obama Administration than the investigation into how Ambassador Stevens and three other American's were slaughtered in Benghazi. I guess this conference was just too much for our Secretary of Defense to handle on his own without the aid and assistance of a Hillary Clinton.

If it looks like a coverup, smells like a coverup and walks like a coverup, then.....

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Rodney Kinging in Congress

The 2012 elections are now over and all of a sudden Republican and Democratic members of the House and Senate are appearing on news talk shows sounding conciliatory, appeasing and all Rodney Kinging.

What was over the last four years an economic and financial impossibility is now surprisingly doable according to elected folk like Senators Kent Conrad, Bob Corken and Dianne Feinstein, as well as, Representatives Tom Price and Chris Van Hollen. What am I talking about? Democrats and Republicans actually considering working together with the President to bring the country’s economic bus to a screeching halt before it plunders over the inevitable fiscal cliff awaiting us on January 1, 2013.

This “fiscal cliff” has been looming for quite some time now but is only now capturing the attention of our elected officials and the mainstream media. And what do we have? Those who have been so diametrically opposed for the last four important years talking like they may come together like the calvary over the hill in these last few waning weeks before the injun’s hatchet gets wielded into the head of our fiscal well being.

I’m left with wondering why these geniuses on Capital Hill and the White House think they can fix something in just seven weeks of a lame duck session that they failed to do in four years.

Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner says that while he is willing to compromise to get those on the other side of the aisle and President Obama talking with his party about how to fix the problem he is still adamant about not allowing a tax rate hike on upper income-earners. Boehner, at least to the press, is sticking to his stance that a real pro-growth tax reform means cutting loopholes while at the same time lowering or keeping rates at current levels is what is needed to lead this country back to a Clinton-era strong economy. He and other Republicans continue pushing the example of the well proven 1986 Reagan Tax Reform Act that if you have a stronger economy you get more revenue without the need to raise tax rates. I agree with him, but more importantly, some Democrats are also now leaning in that direction as well. Some on the blue side of the aisle are beginning to realize that if they follow the blueprint that calls for cutting these loopholes for the rich while keeping current rates where they are, then everything the President wants will be gotten without driving this nation into a devastating recession.

I only have two questions for all members of Congress and our President:

1. Mr. President. Are you so hell-bent on raising tax rates in order to foster your blinded faith in redistribution of wealth that you can’t see the forest for the trees and the recessional danger this brings to our economy, or, do you have some kind of crystal ball that grants you a wisdom greater than the experts and allows you to defy all economic logic and push for more tax hikes?

2. Members of both sides in Congress. If this is so damn doable now, why in hell wasn’t it doable four years ago, or two years ago, or one year ago, or right before the election last week?