sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Ahmadinejad's last trip to New York?

Welcome back to New York!
The White House hands Iran's Ahmadinejad a global megaphone
Just a few days after the anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will travel to New York City. Once he arrives he will be handed a platform to incite violence and hostility from the center of the UN universe, just a few miles from Ground Zero.

This is a man who openly advocates genocide, brazenly endeavors to commit terrorist attacks on American soil, kills and kidnaps Americans abroad, brutalizes his own people, sponsors terrorism around the world, and is on the verge of acquiring a nuclear bomb. Fox News
Why is the US prepared to allow this visit to take place?** Congress had stipulated that nothing in the agreement diminished or weakened “the right of the United States to safeguard its own security."
**President Obama would argue that the 1947 Headquarters Agreement between the UN and the U.S. leaves no room for him to maneuver on this point. The deal that was struck states that the U.S. government “shall not impose any impediments to transit to or from the headquarters district” (a defined area in New York City’s east side) to a representative of a UN member state. However, USGOV denied Yassir Arafat the right to visit New York, citing security concerns. Given that it's likely that the US will be at war with Iran within six months at most, this would certainly apply.

And still, the centrifuges spin and President Obama contended in April 2012: “we haven't given away anything -- other than the opportunity for us to negotiate and see if Iran comes to the table in good faith.” Four barren months later, the administration is still using “good faith” in the same sentence as Ahmadinejad.

Since Ahmadinejad has openly stated his plan to attack both Israeli and US interests with nuclear weapons, and continues to move forward to implement that plan, perhaps this will be his LAST visit to New York...


Snapshot from the Obama Presidency

Snips from the News today, September 12, 2012
So, now we see what an amazingly talented and insightful foreign policy President we have. All the apologies, all the kissing ass, all the living in denial, all the relinquishment of responsibility finally came home to roost this week. This is the inevitable consequence of amateurs at the State Department and White House. 
Four years ago by comparison Hilary Clinton looked like an old salt, ready to step in to arguably the most demanding job in government, Secretary of State. But let's not forget, she was a one term senator just like Obama and learned what little she does know by osmosis rather than experience. She's Madeline Albright without the credentials, but just as disastrous.

Our foreign policy is a damned joke. We just gave a billion and a half dollars to the Egyptian Brotherhood and then, when they rampaged, Obama apologizes TO THEM just in case their feelings were hurt. I have to say however, I'm glad all this came to a head before the election. I had convinced myself the Arabs had actually smartened up and were just bidding their time so as not to hurt Obama's re-election chances. I guess not. (LINK)

White House
Israeli officials confirmed to Fox News earlier in the day that the White House had indeed brushed off such an offer. A White House spokesman also confirmed that Obama is not expected to meet with Netanyahu, citing scheduling conflicts.
Read more: Fox News
The White House is trying to spin the matter and said that since the snub, Obama spoke to PM Netanyahu on the telephone. We all know how busy Obama is and how much he dislikes Mr. Netanyahu, because he's Jewish and Obama is something else.

Libya
U.S. Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens and three other American staff members were killed Tuesday in an attack on the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi.
The White House is trying to downplay the outrage as "unfortunate and sad". I'm outraged at the Obama Administration's response. It's yet another stain on America, and the senseless murder of four US Diplomats needs to be avenged -- but never fear, Obama will apologize. 

New York

A new report from the World Economic Forum  found the U.S. slipping in dozens of areas compared with just a few years ago. Perhaps most troubling is the conclusion that since 2008, the United States has slid from No. 1 in the world in "global competitiveness" to No. 7 this year. Out-ranking America are: Switzerland, Singapore, Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany. 

Sure, it's just a number. But the WEF's ranking takes into account a broad range of factors, from debt to corruption to regulation to red tape to education to health care. 

And virtually across the board, the U.S. is falling behind. The Obama Administration blamed President George W. Bush for our dismal performance over the last four years that Barack Obama has been president.

Chicago

President Obama calls Chicago his home. One would think that all of the outpouring of hope and change from the past four years would have been reflected in the paradise that he left when he went to Washington DC to become our leader.

The Chicago school teachers make more than teachers in any other major US City, however, they are pushing for a massive pay increase and absolute job security no matter how incompetent they are. Less than 60% of students who start high school, graduate. 82% of elementary school students who are moving to junior high school can read. Make of that what you will, but I can't see how that should translate into more money.


Egypt

Protesters attack U.S. diplomatic compound in Egypt
The American flag, which was flying at half mast to mark the 9/11 attacks, was replaced by an Islamist banner. (BBC)
President Obama apologized for American insensitivity that resulted in this attack.
"The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims." (US Embassy Statement)
Par for the course...

Mixed Signals from the US are never a good idea, but it's what the world has come to expect from a weak and timid ObamaNation.