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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Israel as a Security Asset for the United States: Statement by 50 retired U.S. Flag & General Officers

In response to the recent ridiculous treatment Israel has gotten from the Obama administration, a group of about 50 retired United States generals and admirals put together the following letter urging him as well as Congress and the general American public to recognize how truly intertwined Israel's success is with America's. Here, is the unedited letter, directly from the officers:



Israel as a Security Asset for the United States

We, the undersigned, have traveled to Israel over the years with The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA). We brought with us our decades of military experience and, following unrestricted access to Israel's civilian and military leaders, came away with the unswerving belief that the security of the State of Israel is a matter of great importance to the United States and its policy in the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean. A strong, secure Israel is an asset upon which American military planners and political leaders can rely. Israel is a democracy - a rare and precious commodity in the region - and Israel shares our commitment to freedom, personal liberty and rule of law.

Throughout our travels and our talks, the determination of Israelis to protect their country and to pursue a fair and workable peace with their neighbors was clearly articulated. Thus we view the current tension between the United States and Israel with dismay and grave concern that political differences may be allowed to outweigh our larger mutual interests.

As American defense professionals, we view events in the Middle East through the prism of American security interests.

The United States and Israel established security cooperation during the Cold War, and today the two countries face the common threat of terrorism by those who fear freedom and liberty. Historically close cooperation between the United States. and Israel at all levels including the IDF, military research and development, shared intelligence and bilateral military training exercises enhances the security of both countries. American police and law enforcement officials have reaped the benefit of close cooperation with Israeli professionals in the areas of domestic counter-terrorism practices and first response to terrorist attacks.

Israel and the United States are drawn together by shared values and shared threats to our well-being.

The proliferation of weapons and nuclear technology across the Middle East and Asia, and the ballistic missile technology to deliver systems across wide areas require cooperation in intelligence, technology and security policy. Terrorism, as well as the origins of financing, training and executing terrorist acts, need to be addressed multilaterally when possible. The dissemination of hatred and support of terrorism by violent extremists in the name of Islam, whether state or non-state actors, must be addressed as a threat to global peace.

In the Middle East, a volatile region so vital to U.S. interests, it would be foolish to disengage - or denigrate - an ally such as Israel.

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Lieutenant General Mark Anderson, USAF (ret.)

Rear Admiral Charles Beers, USN (ret.)

General William Begert, USAF (ret.)

Rear Admiral Stanley W. Bryant, USN (ret.)

Lieutenant General Anthony Burshnick, USAF (ret.)

Lieutenant General Paul Cerjan, USA (ret.)

Admiral Leon Edney, USN (ret.)

Brigadier General William F. Engel, USA (ret.)

Major General Bobby Floyd, USAF (ret.)

General John Foss, USA (ret.)

Major General Paul Fratarangelo, USMC (ret.)

Major General David Grange, USA (ret.)

Lieutenant General Tom Griffin, USA (ret.)

Lieutenant General Earl Hailston, USMC (ret.)

Lieutenant General John Hall, USAF (ret.)

General Alfred Hansen, USAF (ret.)

Rear Admiral James Hinkle, USN (ret.)

General Hal Hornburg, USAF (ret.)

Major General James T. Jackson, USA (ret.)

Admiral Jerome Johnson, USN (ret.)

Rear Admiral Herb Kaler, USN (ret.)

Vice Admiral Bernard Kauderer, USN (ret.)

General William F. Kernan, USA (ret.)

Major General Homer Long, USA (ret.)

Major General Jarvis Lynch, USMC (ret.)

General Robert Magnus, USMC (ret.)

Lieutenant General Charles May, Jr., USAF (ret.)

Vice Admiral Martin Mayer, USN (ret.)

Major General James McCombs, USA (ret.)

Lieutenant General Fred McCorkle, USMC (ret.)

Rear Admiral W. F. Merlin, USCG (ret.)

Rear Admiral Mark Milliken, USN (ret.)

Rear Admiral Riley Mixson, USN (ret.)

Major General William Moore, USA (ret.)

Lieutenant General Carol Mutter, USMC (ret.)

Major General Larry T. Northington, USAF (ret.)

Lieutenant General Tad Oelstrom, USAF (ret.)

Major General James D. Parker, USA (ret.)

Vice Admiral J. T. Parker, USN (ret.)

Major General Robert Patterson, USAF (ret.)

Vice Admiral James Perkins, USN (ret.)

Rear Admiral Brian Peterman, USCG (ret.)

Lieutenant General Alan V. Rogers, USAF (ret.)

Rear Admiral Richard Rybacki, USCG (ret.)

General Crosbie Saint, USA (ret.)

Rear Admiral Norm Saunders, USCG (ret.)

General Lawrence Skantze, USAF (ret.)

Major General Sid Shachnow, USA (ret.)

Rear Admiral Jeremy Taylor, USN (ret.)

Major General Larry Taylor, USMCR (ret.)

Lieutenant General Lanny Trapp, USAF (ret.)

Vice Admiral Jerry O. Tuttle, USN (ret.)

General Louis Wagner, USA (ret.)

Rear Admiral Thomas Wilson, USN (ret.)

Lieutenant General Robert Winglass, USMC (ret.)

Rear Admiral Guy Zeller, USN (ret.)www.jinsa.org


— signatures as of April 7, 2010

Source: JINSA

Not surprisingly NO ONE is talking about this letter, almost no media is reporting on it and this is most likely the first you're hearing of it. So please spread the word on this because it debunks two of the myths most commonly thrown around to justify voting for candidates who clearly attack Israel rather than support it.

Myth number 1: That supporting Israel hurts the United States by inflaming hatred against Americans. As if this was an acceptable position anyway - when you do the right thing, how relevant is it if the people doing the WRONG thing like you or not? But I digress...

Myth number 2: That by denigrating Israel and not standing behind their right to exist and defend themselves it somehow magically makes Israel stronger by showing that the United States is an "honest broker" (which it will never be seen as) and therefore the Arabs will be more open to following its lead on Middle Eastern Affairs. Rather than them seeing these actions as the appeasement that it actually is, which will of course only make them demand more.

So the next time someone tries to throw the nonsensical argument that sometimes Israel just needs some "tough love" (a view espoused by J Street and other Jewish sellouts with no shame) to get it "back on track" or that treating the Jewish state like an immature child that needs be made to sit in the corner, is somehow beneficial to ANYONE - tell them to go argue with these 50 retired admirals and generals.

UPDATE: In other news...almost perfectly timed to throw this letter right back in the faces of these admirals and generals, the Obama Administration is signaling an even greater shift away from the historically close US/Israeli relationship. Wow! Hope and CHANGE indeed!

Thanks to the All Real Numbers Symbol for the heads up



BREAKING NEWS: Tens of thousands of people murdered, raped and displaced all over the world - overshadowed by new apartment building in Israel...

...Western governments, including Obama administration officials had no comment on the continuing violence in dozens of nations throughout the world but were quick to condemn the new building.

United States Vice President Joe Biden stated emphatically that the new building was "an impediment to world peace," adding later that "if only the Israelis would stop building schools, roads, farms and electric grids the smoke monster would be imprisoned forever on the Lost island and we would finally get an answer as to why Walt was so important to the Others. Also, settlements are an impediment to world peace, did I mention that yet?"

Experts calculated that in the time it took Biden to make that statement an additional 139 Darfurians had their houses burned down by pro-Sudanese government militias, 54 Congolese people starved to death due to war-induced famine and 11 Rwandans were killed in tribal warfare.

Obama administration officials would not comment on any of these ongoing international conflicts but indicated that they would be happily discuss the newest snow removal laws passed in Jerusalem.

Has there ever been a more ridiculous rift between two allies than the recent scuffle between the Obama administration and Netanyahu over the new housing project announcements in Jerusalem? In all sincerity, I'm serious - historically, have two friends fought SO PUBLICLY over something as absurd as a new housing unit that it becomes an international incident, discussed by pundits at every level of the political spectrum? Think of the town you live in...can you imagine if anytime you wanted to widen a road or build a new community center or pass a new littering ordinance, that the leaders of 95 different countries would weigh in and gave you their opinion on what they thought about it? It would be crazy!

Regular readers will recall that I'm a firm believer that until the Israelis have someone legitimate to actually sit down at a negotiating table with (that isn't plotting their destruction as soon as the class is dismissed for the day and the teacher's back is turned), that they shouldn't alter any of their settlement plans for anyone.

I also am in firm agreement with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Jerusalem (that's the Israeli CAPITAL for those keeping score at home) is NOT a settlement, is NOT negotiable and should NOT be treated in the same way as a random trailer park in the middle of a sea of Gaza or West Bank Arabs. And I've also made it very clear that even these "illegal outposts" are just used as scapegoats anyway by anti-Zionists and as excuses for why the Palestinians just can't resist the urge to shoot rockets at innocent men women and children in Sderot and Ashkelon.

But to even discuss this issue and the public spectacle Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have made of it in this context is lending too much credence to it. This isn't a core conflict issue at all. The Israelis haven't changed their housing policy in Jerusalem since the Johnson administration - including all through the Oslo Accord negotiations! Hillary's husband never had a problem with Jews living in Jerusalem...why does she?

By the way, here's another reminder that a few thousand people senselessly died today between Congo, Rwanda, Darfur, Sri Lanka, Somalia, Iran, Mexico and the Philippines due to starvation, drug wars, ethnic cleansings, communist insurgencies, Islamic fundamentalism, sectarian violence and other ills of society that all the wonderfully tolerant idealists were supposed to have solved back in the 20th century. Maybe it's time we started spending our time/resources fixing these problems instead of telling Jews where they are or aren't allowed to live? Oh wait, nevermind - none of those countries threaten to shut off our oil faucets if we don't do what they say.

Finally, doesn't anyone else see it as more than just a little racist that there is all this uproar when Jews want to build new houses or expand old ones in this part of the world? Can you imagine if you wanted to expand your attic in order to add another room to your house but were told you couldn't...not because of safety or occupancy issues but rather because you were Italian or Irish or Mexican or whatever and the United Nations had zoned your street as an "immigrant-free" zone? Ignore for a minute the Biblical or historical ties to the land that Jews claim...strip away for a minute the conflicts and the talking points and whatever side you're on.

You have a group of people who LEGALLY PAID for property but are being told "sorry, you can't live here because you don't celebrate Christmas or Ramadan" - I'm pretty sure that's the kind of completely institutionalized racism entire liberal civil rights movements have been based on. Think about it, would that attitude be acceptable in ANY other part of the world that isn't a complete fascist cesspool?

And yet, who are the ones screaming to keep the Jews out of Jerusalem (along with the West Bank and elsewhere)? You guessed it...

Discrimination against Jews: not just for southern country clubs anymore

People who call themselves "liberals" or progressives. Also known as the same people that demanded equal rights for Blacks in the 60's...so why the double standard when it comes to Jews living in their historical homeland?

As if that wasn't enough, anti-Semitic violence was up over 100% in 2009 - good thing we elected a hope and change president who was going to make us all much safer than his cowboy predecessor the through dialogue instead of action. And lest you think that this only about the president, here's some additional less-than-startling news from Rosner about the widening divide in Washington between Republicans and Democrats on the topic of Israel:
In a poll commissioned by the Arab American Institute last month, respondents were asked whether Obama should "steer a middle course" in the Middle East - code for not clearly supporting Israel. "There is a strong divide on this question," Zogby reported, "with 73 percent of Democrats agreeing that the President should steer a middle course while only 24 percent of Republicans hold the same opinion."
Can you honestly consider yourself "pro-Israel" and call for moral-equivalence between Hamas and Israel?

So fellow Jews, I ask again, is it time yet to start admitting what a terrible mistake approximately 77% of us made? Or are we going to keep pulling the wool over our own eyes and pretending we aren't completely burying ourselves like we always do? I mean hey, Ed Koch is willing to man up and admit it, can you?

Because admitting our problem is step 1 on the path to rectifying it.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

We interrupt our regularly scheduled program...

...to bring you this unbelievable "Atlas Shrugged" moment from today.

Apparently Christine Varney, Obama's new "antitrust cop" has decided to target Google in an unfair business practice investigation.

And why? In an action that seems literally torn from Ayn Rand's classic novel (which seems more pertinent every day) apparently Google is guilty of being too good at the search engines business. This apparently isn't "fair" to other search engines. Also, they're taking advantage of us all by offering everything (like the email accounts so many of us use) for FREE which hurts "competition".

From the article:

But companies still have to make money, so there are limits to how much they can provide free. Not a problem for Google. Its core advertising business is so powerful, dominant and profitable that it can subsidize almost everything else the company does, using Free to get customers in new markets.


How horrible. And the problem?

Is that fair, when so many of its competitors don't have a similar golden goose at the core of their operations?


So because Google was innovative and developed a search engine that was superior to all others which everyone chooses to use on a daily basis, it should be penalized. Awesome. We continue with the article:

Could Free be OK for little companies, but not really big ones? How much market share would you have to have in one market to disallow you from using Free in another?


Hmmm. Is he suggesting that the government order Google to start CHARGING for gmail and search engine usage?! But then some little dotcom clown company that will most likely disappear into obscurity after absconding with investment dollars CAN offer things for free?? Note that the writer isn't speaking for himself, he's exploring what Obama's new "antitrust cop" is going to have to do in order to succesfully prosecute Google.

Did any of us ask for this? Are there people sitting around at home crying about losing such search engine icons as Webcrawler or Lycos or Altavista?? Does anyone even remember that these companies ever existed?? Shouldn't the government expend its resources on things like fixing the housing market or something that might actually be beneficial to the economy and/or the average person? Instead we run up the deficit by paying for this "cop" (and what I'm sure is a whole team of investigators and assistants, not to mention an office and furniture and all the expenditures that go along with it) to chase around the only thing that's still actually free in this world aside from air. Why can't we just leave the internet alone. WHY.

In the meantime the unemployment rate keeps going up, foreclosures continue at an alarming rate, interest rates for mortgages rise despite the government's actions to keep them low and job losses continue to mount as another trillion or so dollars just vanishes into thin air. Another failed policy that is already collapsing in on itself not even four months after going into effect. But we've already moved on to health care and cap and trade and don't ask don't tell and terrible foreign policy that targets our successful friends and helps our failing enemies.

And Google. Google is the biggest problem we have in this country because they have the nerve to be one of the few successful companies in this hell of an economy and because they give away their products for FREE. FREE is now a problem.

This country has lost its mind.

Oh well, who is John Galt anyway?


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Hollow Hollow Words

This has to be a joke, right? I mean there's just no way on Earth that anyone could possibly think we would fall for this. Right? There can't be! It's just not possible...

U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday declared May Jewish American Heritage Month, saying that the "United States would not be the country we know without the achievements of Jewish Americans."

It's Jewish American History Month?! Really? I didn't know...did you?? Did anyone?

Obama called on all Americans to "commemorate the proud heritage of Jewish Americans with appropriate ceremonies and activities."

"Unyielding in the face of hardship and tenacious in following their dreams, Jewish Americans have surmounted the challenges that every immigrant group faces, and have made unparalleled contributions," Obama said. He added, "Jewish American leaders have been essential to all branches and levels of government. Still more Jewish Americans have made selfless sacrifices in our Armed Forces."


Did someone suddenly decide that today is May Fools Day or something? What planet am I on? President Barrack Hussein Obama is declaring that this is Jewish American Heritage Month...on the 13th day of the month...after his administration is off to the one of worst starts vis-a-vis Israeli (read: JEWISH) policy in history? After his flunkies have been sending messages to Jewish lobbyists and Israeli leadership that the United States' Iran policy is mind-bogglingly somehow connected to Palestinian statehood. After his vice president warned Netanyahu that it would be a bad idea for the IDF to take the necessary steps to defend its citizens against Iranian nuclear terror.

After the Democratic primary's Biggest Loser and Obama Secretary of State Hilary Clinton decided that it would be a wise decision during the worst American economic disaster in decades to dump $900 million from the sky into Gaza with the naive assumption that it would never make it into the hands of Hamas baby-killers. After he has done nothing for Israel (the JEWISH STATE) except for prance around the world in photo-op after photo-op apologizing for the West's foreign policy of the past 100 years (READ: SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL THE JEWISH STATE). After he teased us by letting us think the US and A would actually participate in the Durban 2, Achmedinejad-fest. He thinks THIS is the answer?

Obama said that Jewish American community has set an example for all Americans. "They have demonstrated that Americans can choose to maintain cultural traditions while honoring the principles and beliefs that bind them together as American," said Obama. "Jewish American history demonstrates how America's diversity enriches and strengthens us all."


What what what WHAT?!?!


Am I supposed to forget that even as he was just a Democratic longshot back in the good old days of December/2007 it was clear he would be no good for the state of the Jews? It's so obvious that Obama has stabbed his Jewish supporters in the back that even former Obama cheerleader Shmuel Rosner (who was the target of the article I wrote in 2007), had this to say in a recent post of Rosner's Domain:

3. Generally speaking, what we see here is a panel worried about future policies of an administration that hasn't yet clarified its positions.

4. Gates is getting higher marks than those he got three months ago mostly because the panel realized that at this point in time he is the only member of the administration who actually knows what he's doing.


Even Rosner realizes that only member of this administration that has any idea what is flying in the world is Bush holdover, Secretary of Defense Gates. It's enough to make your head spin.

What say the 77% of Jews who voted for Obama now? Are they realizing that maybe they made the wrong choice in voting the Party line instead of for a true friend of Israel and the Jews like McCain? Or Obama's predecessor President Bush - the man who ACTUALLY conceived of a Jewish Heritage Month?

More likely these people are fooled by this embarrassing attempt to distract us from the facts.

People like Jewish Uncle Tom, "Obama's Rabbi" David Saperstein who in an interview with Haaretz:

...stressed the importance of the connection between U.S. Jews and Israel, the rabbi said he didn't feel support for the country necessarily meant blanket approval of its actions.

"If I see my brother or sister doing something that I believe is truly harmful to them - I'm going to say something even if they are adults that make their own decisions," he said.


Well that's great rabbi...but if you have an argument with your brother or sister - do you do it in public? And when you say "brother" and "sister" is it really your place to criticize your sibling if you've been estranged from them for the majority of your life (if not the entirety of it)?

"You don't really show your love to someone by remaining silent when they're doing something counterproductive or might harm someone else - if you will say that in order to be supporter of Israel you must agree with all its policies - you're going to alienate millions of people who think of themselves as active Israel supporters."

Counterproductive...? Like what?

Saperstein added that he feels "it's far more effective when people who disagree with settlement policies, disagree with government positions on the right of the reform and conservative Jews, join together to support AIPAC for Israel."

Oh of course, those evil evildoers the settlers. So even the token Jew in Obama's religious council...is still going to be parroting the Party line that the SETTLEMENT policy is the reason why we have a problem in the Middle East. Well, is there anything that Obama's vision of the ideal Jew IS in favor of?

"The direction seems quite clear not just in Jewish leadership with more and more rabbis officiating it, but the Jewish community supporting overwhelmingly the full equality for gays and lesbians."

Right. The "Jewish community" is "overwhelmingly" supportive of "full equality" for gays and lesbians. I guess that's code words for gay marriage. Now I'm not sure who Saperstein thinks he's speaking for when he says that, but I can tell you that the OVERWHELMING majority of Orthodox and especially Hasidic Jews do not share this view. Since as we explored also in 2007, within a few generations the only Jews left in America will likely be exclusively of the Orthodox variety, it is safe to say that Rabbi Saperstein, like fellow sellouts Sarah Silverman and Jon Stewart does not speak for all of us.

I'm sure the Sapersteins, Silvermans and Leibovitzes of the world will all be very excited by Obama's declaration. But not the rest of us. We know what this is really about. In the end, our "friend" in the White House is laying a foundation to demand from Netanyahu that Israel cave into Fatah and Hamas terrorists and give up land in the West Bank (up to and including parts of the Israeli/Jewish capital of Jerusalem), the Golan Heights and maybe just maybe give into some Palestinian "right of return" as well. Not to mention that he sits on the sidelines while Iran becomes a nuclear power...

No...those of us who know this game will not be bought by these hollow words so easily. You can keep your Jewish American Heritage declarations...we know what's coming. We knew it was coming. And we won't be fooled.




Well...the other 23% of us at least.