Freedom of Speech & Its Evisceration Of All Meaning: Its Collision Course With Moral Relativism/Historicism…Commentary By Adina Kutnicki

Some constructs are obvious on their face, but many require a helping hand from those who are imbued with deeper critical thinking skills. And, this is what separates average folks from ones who are blessedly endowed with a true ability to see from there to here. It must be emphasized, this blog would be a lesser force for enlightenment, if not for the wisdom gleaned through several associates – https://adinakutnicki.com/about/ . And for that, among  other things, there is immense gratitude.

That being said, the western construct of freedom of speech is bandied about without much understanding of its true meaning/intent. But those of us who studied Constitutional Law do have a leg up on its interpretation, but tragically leftist legal scholars have perverted its essence. Herein lies its basis: 

‘First Amendment of the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution’

CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW RESPECTING AN ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGION, OR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF; OR ABRIDGING THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH, OR OF THE PRESS; OR THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE PEACEABLY TO ASSEMBLE, AND TO PETITION THE GOVERNMENT FOR A REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES.

The Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution was ratified on December 15, 1791
“Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime . . . .” — Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, dissenting Ginzberg v. United States, 383 U.S. 463 (1966)

http://www.ala.org/offices/oif/firstamendment/firstamendment

Its intrinsic understanding couldn’t be any more compelling, particularly due to today’s upside down, PC-driven world. A world in which moral relativism/historicism has stripped bare any rendering of good vs evil, yet at the same time some speech is “preferred” speech. In reality, the leadership of the free world, one which is as morally compromised as can be (https://adinakutnicki.com/2013/05/15/regime-gone-wild-obama-inc-repeatedly-caught-with-their-pants-down-where-is-this-leading-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/) has become the arbiter of which speech is allowable, and which is forbidden. Hence, the following has become the western “norm”, as AG Holder (Obama Inc’s chief’s legal enforcer) chills the public discourse – https://adinakutnicki.com/2012/07/28/alert-radical-in-chief-obama-tasks-illegally-bent-ag-holder-to-criminalize-islamic-speech-via-thuggish-un-dictates-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/.

Yet, if more heft is required to delineate why freedom of speech, in its Constitutional interpretation, has become DOA, peer within what is at stake…onto its chopping block – https://adinakutnicki.com/2012/12/22/first-amendment-rights-on-the-chopping-block-via-criminalizing-criticism-of-islam-addendum-to-shariah-law-its-silencing-of-all-dissent-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/.

Enter, once again, Professor Paul Eidelberg (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Eidelberg), gifting us sorely needed critical thinking skills.

Freedom of Speech

Prof. Paul Eidelberg – 

Freedom of speech is not an end-in-itself or merely an exercise in self-expression. Nor is it the meaningless prattle of children—although much babbling often occurs among adults. Rightly understood, speech manifests reason, the quintessential function of which is to communicate ideas, to inquire into their truth or falsity, their expediency or inexpediency, their justice or injustice.

Since speech is an intellectual/moral phenomenon, to sever it from reason, truth, and justice is to relegate this distinctively human faculty to a mere instrument of self-aggrandizement.  This is the tendency of normless as opposed to normative democracy, a tendency that degrades man and makes a mockery of his right to freedom of speech. It has also made nonsense of the term “liberal.”

In the lexicon of America’s Founding Fathers, a “liberal” was a person free from prejudice, that is, from unexamined opinions. “Liberals” could be friends despite their differences because what they held in common was more important than their differences”: confident belief in the efficacy of reason and in the existence of immutable truths concerning justice. Hence Jefferson could say in his First Inaugural Address, “We are all Republicanswe are all Federalists”—a perfectly liberal sentiment.

Unfortunately, the pillars of classical liberalism were shattered during the twentieth century, primarily by invasion of historical relativism in the halls of learning. Today, in the minds of most liberals—also called “Progressives”—truth is relative to time and place. Like Darwinism, truth is evolutionary. But why “change” should be “progressive” and not retrogressive is hardly obvious. Nevertheless, it’s the mantra of politicians who know how to arouse discontent and democratic envy.

Indeed, as a result of democratic envy, justice in contemporary America has been reduced to equality—equality abstracted from a person’s efforts or contribution to the common good. We see, therefore, that just as freedom of speech has been severed from ethical constraints, so equality has been severed from merit.

Now, it needs to be emphasized that if freedom of speech is divorced from truth, democracy is no more justifiable than tyranny. Stated in a more general way, if there are no valid or objective standards as to how man should live, then there are no rational grounds for preferring democracy to tyranny. This is a logical consequence of moral relativism. Notice, moreover, that moral relativism does not logically justify the toleration of all lifestyles. Relativism undermines any objective grounds for preferring tolerance to intolerance. Even if relativism were true, it would be deadly, especially when confronted by Islamic absolutism, whose mantra is the love of death!

The only rational defense of freedom of speech or of intellectual freedom is that it can facilitate the quest for truth, including the truth concerning how man should live. But no such quest can even begin unless we already know, in some general and authoritative way, what is right and wrong. Clearly, the claim to academic freedom can have no justification unless it is commonly understood that it is wrong to cheat or deceive, to plagiarize or steal, to defame or murder. This suggests that moral relativists, who very much dominate the academia, take civilization for granted.

The true father of civilization is none other than Abraham, the father of the Jewish people. In his discovery of the one and only God—in Abraham’s monotheism—the God of Nature is also the God of History. This monotheism is the only solid foundation for the moral unity of human nature and the idea of the human community—an idea remote from Islam, which posits the primacy of force. To the contrary, the God of Abraham posits the primacy of reason. This is why freedom of speech has its home not in the dismal and distorted monotheism of Islam—a harbinger of death—but in the life-enhancing monotheism of Judaism.

In contrast to Islam, which regards all infidels as guilty, Abraham questions God that the imminent destruction Sodom and Gomorrah may result in the death of some innocent lives. But the point requiring emphasis in the context of this article is that the freedom of speech displayed by Abraham was manifested again and again by the prophets of Israel, who fearlessly admonished kings. Why so? Because the laws of God transcend the laws of men.

But isn’t this teaching of Abraham manifested in America’s Declaration of Independence, which admonished the king of Great Britain on behalf of the “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God”?

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For an eyeful regarding freedom of speech, and where it is relegated within the current U.S. landscape, this should set the (legal) record straight – http://www.wnd.com/2013/05/judge-lets-muslim-violence-silence-christians/ 

And, while the above is surely not the ever patient Prof’s maiden voyage into this insidious maelstrom, precipitously due to moral relativism/historicism, there are always lessons to impart – https://adinakutnicki.com/2013/04/23/the-incalculable-price-of-moral-relativism-the-co-option-of-freedom-of-speech-its-direct-nexus-to-bostons-jihad-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/Most significantly, the moral decline of America – the west’s guiding light – can be traced back to historicism, the twin pillar/devil to moral relativism.

As such, Professor Paul Eidelberg is incontrovertibly the master of its domain. Learn his lessons well! Pay them forward!

WAR DRUMS BLARING: The Commander-in-Chief Is AWOL; Russia In Charge; Iran’s Axis Ascendant; Israel Left Dangling…Commentary By Adina Kutnicki

EVER since the Islamist-in-Chief secured his second term in the People’s House, this blog has been blaring the harshest, red hot alarms across these pages, in relation to his plans for the Mid East in general, and Israel in particular. And while others – inside and outside Israel – prefer to cover their ears, close their eyes and play possum, this address will brook no such fantasy land. Reality is where it’s at.

In the starkest of terms, the following was written:

In dread of a second term, a compendium of facts was amassed to indict Obama Inc, in relation to the regime’s clear plans for Israel –  https://adinakutnicki.com/2012/11/06/obamas-second-term-plans-for-israel-if-re-elected-going-for-broke-addendum-to-stunning-video-exposing-islamist-in-chiefs-mendacity-re-israel-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/. No sugarcoating.

And a charge sheet was laid out, in the clearest of terms, how Israel’s northern front went from relatively calm to the highest level of alert in fire-speak – https://adinakutnicki.com/2013/05/22/israels-northern-front-primed-for-explosion-who-lit-the-match-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/.

So, the fact that a precursor to World War 3 was written in Dec 2012 – https://adinakutnicki.com/2012/12/07/world-war-3s-place-markers-set-up-through-barack-hussein-obamas-mid-east-fires-addendum-to-northeast-intelligence-network-posits-a-direct-nexus-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/ – does not render this blog with soothsayer status, but it does mean that the facts at hand could have been avoided, if the Commander-in-Chief was not an Islamist at heart and a coke fiend to boot, doing the down and dirty while Benghazigate exploded – https://adinakutnicki.com/2013/05/24/whatwho-was-occupying-obamas-missing-time-as-americans-died-in-benghazi-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/.

But not to let them off the hook, Israel’s leadership was skewered in an interview with Inquisitr –  https://adinakutnicki.com/2013/05/28/the-inquisitr-interviews-adina-kutnicki-the-reality-of-life-for-an-israeli-patriot-2/ …and baring these truths was more than heart rending, but still the facts at hand. And this is how we came from there to here –  

‘Israeli forebodings over widening Russian-Hizballah-Iraqi intervention in Syria’

DEBKAfile Special Report May 29, 2013
Russian Syrian military drill

Russian Syrian military drill

Forebodings were voiced Wednesday, May 29, by senior Israeli military officers in the face of the widening military intervention in the Syria civil war by Russia, Iran, Hizballah and latterly Iraq too. They have made Syria’s civil war the platform for a Russian contest against the West and a ladder up which Iran and its proxy Hizballah are climbing to top Middle East regional power spot.
Russia, Iran and Hizballah are winning the contest by default against an unresisting US-led West and a hesitant Israel.
A senior IDF officer acknowledged on Wednesday, May 29, that Israel’s government and military leaders are at a loss on how to proceed. They have yet to recover from the calamitous miscalculation that Bashar Assad’s days were numbered to which they clung stubbornly for almost eighteen months.

Even today, some spokesmen refer to a “disintegrating Syria,” thereby losing sight of the major strategic and military changes overtaking the country that are entirely to Israel’s detriment as well as eroding its options against a nuclear Iran.
At a time that the US and Israel should be using their heaviest military guns to slow Iran’s race for a nuclear bomb, Tehran with Moscow’s backing has brought its military assets up close to Israel’s borders in Syria and Lebanon and openly threatens to use them.

Unlike Syria and Iran, Israel can’t count on military intervention against an aggressor by supportive big powers.  According to DEBKAfile’s Washington sources, no part of the Obama administration, including its military and intelligence arms, favors military action in Syria.
Even the direct evidence of chemical warfare already afoot in Syria is unavailing.

In Addis Ababa, US Secretary of State John Kerry repeated the administration’s mantra Wednesday by denying “concrete evidence” of the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
The Secretary and the rest of NATO were deaf to the vivid testimony brought to Le Monde Wednesday by two reporters, who risked their necks by spending two months concealed in the Jobar district of Damascus. They discovered Russia or Iran had developed a chemical weapon that does not explode. The release of its poisonous gases sounds like popping the top off a can of soda and has “no odor, no smoke, not even a whistle to indicate the release of a toxic gas.”
So what does happen?

The Le Monde reporters provided a graphic first-hand description.

“The men cough violently. Their eyes burn, their pupils shrink, their vision blurs. Soon they experience difficulty breathing, sometimes in the extreme; they begin to vomit or lose consciousness. The fighters worst affected need to be evacuated before they suffocate.”
Wednesday morning, the Israeli Home Front rehearsed an attack on a Jerusalem suburb by a chemical-tipped missile.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who watched, said the exercise is designed to protect Israeli civilians “from the threats pilling up around us.” Israel’s home front is the best protected in the world but also the most threatened, he said: “We must make sure that defense is in place before an attack.
Tuesday, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon voiced his certainty that the Syrian President would not use chemical weapons against Israel or treat Israelis the way he treats his own people. There is no indication that anyone in the region intends to challenge us any time soon with unconventional weapons, said the defense minister.

DEBKAfile’s military sources find Ya’alon’s comment delusory. They don’t see why Assad would treat Israelis differently from his own people – especially since the IDF has presented him with no real deterrent. After all, none of Israel’s three air strikes in January and May stopped the flow of Hizballah fighters into Syria. And meanwhile, Syrian and Hizballah leaders are declaring loud and clear that a war front against Israel is already operating from the Syrian Golan and Lebanon.
The question is who in Israel is listening. And what is being done to make sure that Assad will be prevented from using chemical weapons against Israeli military and civilian targets at a time of his convenience.
The spate of events in the last 48 hours is troubling – to say the least.
Monday, US Senator John McCain was reported to have paid a secret visit to Syria. What did this “visit” consist of? DEBKAfile reports: The senator entered Syria from Turkey through the Kilis corridor which is the main supply route for the rebels in Aleppo, one of the few still under their control. McCain penetrated some 300 meters into Syria, had his picture taken, and left.

A US publication reported Wednesday that President Barack Obama had ordered the Pentagon to draw up plans to establish no-fly zones over Syria against Syrian warplanes. The Pentagon thereupon issued a denial: “There are no new American operational plans,” said the spokesman.

Moscow’s response was ready in place even before the report was published.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the S-300 anti-air missiles that Russia was supplying the Assad regime were a “stabilizing factor” that could dissuade “some hotheads” from entering the conflict.

In the grades Moscow handed out for foreign interventionists: The US and Israel and their leaders were “hotheads” while Moscow,  the calm, rational stabilizer.
In that capacity, DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources reveal that a huge Russian cargo plane landed in Latakia airport Wednesday with 60 tons of “humanitarian aid for Syria.”
The nature of this cargo was not disclosed, but the last thing it must have been was “humanitarian” given the massive military aid Moscow is extending Assad’s army.
Moscow also knocked on the head the timorous decision by European Union foreign ministers Tuesday to lift the arms embargo for Syrian rebels, which they carefully combined with a decision not to send them weapons.

In sum, the US is not doing anything to help the rebels, Europe is not sending arms, the rebels’ Persian Gulf patrons have bowed to pressure from Washington and slashed their weapons aid, while Israel declares it wants no part of the Syrian civil war – even after it assumed the calamitous proportions of a world power contest with Israel’s arch foes gaining the upper hand.
So who is feeding the flames of the Syrian conflict with a generous supply of military hardware? Who but Russia, the self-styled “stabilizing factor”

The Free Syrian Army’s Supreme Commander Gen. Salem Idris made a desperate show of bravado Wednesday, by threatening to strike Hizballah strongholds in Lebanon if Hassan Nasrallah does not pull his brigades out of Syria within 24 hours.

Hizballah knows perfectly well that Gen. Salem is starved of weapons, just he knows that the US, Europe or Israel will not interfere with the stream of fighting strength he is pumping into Syria.
At worst, a few rockets will hit Hizballah centers in Beirut and the Beqaa Valley. Early Tuesday morning, the rebels tried to ambush Hizballah forces near the eastern town of Arsal. Their operation went badly wrong and mistakenly killed three Lebanese soldiers manning an army checkpoint.
The senior Israeli officer interviewed by DEBKAfile put all these forebodings into words when he said: “A military and strategic catastrophe for the West and Israel is in full flight in Syria, and no one in Washington or Jerusalem is lifting a finger. Israel’s government and military heads never imagined that the Syrian war would take this turn. But we had better wake up at this eleventh hour – before it is too late.”
http://www.debka.com/article/23001/Israeli-forebodings-over-widening-Russian-Hizballah-Iraqi-intervention-in-Syria-

While few will admit it, Israel’s leadership hasn’t learned a damn thing since the 1973 “surprise” Yom Kippur War. In essence, while all the signs of military buildup were there – at least for those who chose to keep their eyes opened – the fact of the matter was that Jerusalem’s top leadership preferred to keep them shut. As such, it was THAT close to midnight, forty years ago to be exact, a pittance in historical context. In this regard, the “Samson Option” was almost operational – http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/intel73.html.

The players have changed, but nothing else, when you fast forward to the upcoming regional firestorm. The gravest error from PM Netanyahu’s tenure (and there are many to choose from) is hitching Jerusalem’s wagon to Washington, particularly under the reign of Barack HUSSEIN Obama. History will bear this out, thus, proving what happens when a statesman is not at the helm. It is not a question of this boom strike or that one, or a sabotage here or there in enemy territory. But it is a matter of statesmanship. And the fact of the matter is that a true Jewish, Zionist statesman would NEVER leave Israel’s fate dangling in Washington, especially when witnessing the massive buildup of its genocidal foes at its borders. 

Let no one be mistaken, irrespective of Israel’s failure of leadership, as to what really hangs in the balance: if Israel sees itself near destruction, Jerusalem will take down the entire Mid East, plus other “valuable” targets which are already marked out. The region will burn to the ground, as well it should. 

It is past the eleventh hour…it is less than a quarter to midnight!!

UPDATE: ‘Israel and Syria cross verbal swords over S-300s as Hizballah pushes south’ – http://www.debka.com/article/23002/Israel-and-Syria-cross-verbal-swords-over-S-300s-as-Hizballah-pushes-south-

IRSgate: Obama Inc About To Be Blown Wide Open; Its Revolving IRS Door…Commentary By Adina Kutnicki

One doesn’t operate a corporate tax practice without countless interfaces with the (dreaded) IRS behemoth. In fact, having them on speed dial – at least its Chief Compliance Division & Taxpayer Advocate Service – is more than prudent. Not doing so would be downright inefficient. And this blogger is anything but disorganized.

Now imagine said practice deeply involved with forensic accounting, as well as non-profit 990 filings for both 501 (c) (3) applicants which deals with religious, educational, charitable, scientific entities and the like, and 501 (c) (4) involving social welfare, civic issues, political-oriented orgs. The ability to fully distinguish between the applicable requirements for tax exemption requires a certain skill set – https://adinakutnicki.com/about/. Taken a step further, it means understanding what is allowable and what isn’t, and not only from the perspective of the non-profit applicant. It involves a discerning and keen eye, intuiting when even the regularly invasive IRS has crossed the line. Going up the chain of command may become necessary, especially when said Field Agent appears out of their depth. (as an aside…generally the sharpest tool in the shed doesn’t become an Agent, they opt for private practice or a challenging postion in the high paying private sector) And any practice which can’t tell the difference between legal and illegal IRS behavior is less than reputable.

So when IRSgate first hit the fan, the immediate recognizable sign pointing towards illegal conduct was the highly personal, inappropriate, totally irrelevant, intrusive nature of the questioning. Questioning which is out of bounds under any circumstance, even if it involves an insatiably “curious” IRS Examiner.

‘IRS Officials Visited White House More Than 100 Times During

Targeting – Bush-Era IRS Chief Visited WH Once in 4 Years.’

Monday, May 27, 2013 23:14
 

Rick Moran * American Thinker

More grist for the conspiracy mill – except the way this thing is going, conspiracy may be the least of our worries.

Exmainer:

Top IRS officials, whose agency was under investigation for targeting conservative groups, visited the Obama White House more than 100 times over two years while the probe was going on, far more often than in previous administrations and frequently enough that Republicans suspect White House officials knew about the targeting.

Lawmakers now investigating the Internal Revenue Service practice zeroed in on those nearly weekly White House meetings to determine whether an IRS official — or someone higher up in the administration — had approved the targeting and whether it was politically motivated.

The frequent meetings also raised questions about the White House’s claims that it couldn’t have instigated the targeting of conservative groups because it took a hands-off approach to the tax agency, going so far as to describe it as independent of the administration even though it’s part of the Treasury Department.

[…]

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/05/irs_officials_visited_white_house_more_than_100_time

Here’s some more meat on the bones – “The Washington Examiner reported on Monday that Mark Everson, Commissioner of Internal Revenue from 2003 to 2007, during the Bush administration, visited the White House exactly once while in office. Indeed he felt like he’d “moved to Siberia” so out of the ordinary political loop was he. But Douglas Shulman, Commissioner from 2008 to 2012, during the Obama administration, visited the White House 118 times just in 2010 and 2011. His successor, Steven Miller, also visited “numerous” times.” – http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2013/05/27/a-frequent-visitor-to-the-white-house-irs-scandal/

Want to know where the IRS is really headed, if the brakes aren’t applied?  

‘Obama’s IRS Spies’ – video embedded

MAY 28, 2013 BY  
Floyd Brown, in his prescient exposé Obama’s Enemies List, shouted from the highest mountain, warning of a rogue Obama administration and its mammoth enemies list; but the Establishment refused to listen. Now that the IRS scandal and attack on the Press has proven him right, the mainstream media is playing catch up.
As long as it was just those so-called “extremist” Tea Party, pro-life, and Christian groups that were being attacked, no one seemed to care. But now that we know the Obama administration is an “equal opportunity” attacker, going after the Associated Press, Fox News, local reporters, Romney donors, Benghazi whistleblowers, etc., etc. (with more Obama enemies sure to surface), the country now seems to be taking notice.

But this is only the surface of how the Obama enemies list works. Everything, and I mean everything, is geared towards an enemies list, which is predicated on having an extensive surveillance state.

The communist Saul Alinsky, Barack Hussein Obama’s favorite community organizer, famously said, “The issue is never the issue.” Put a little more plainly: “Deception is our Modus Operandi.”

Case in point: ObamaCare.

Presumably, ObamaCare is about access to healthcare. But doctors are dropping out of the healthcare system in droves, healthcare is already being rationed, and healthcare costs are skyrocketing as much as four hundred percent.

The issue is never the issue. ObamaCare is notabout access to healthcare; it’s about an elaborate system to support an enemies list.

Enter the IRS, now in charge of ObamaCare.

In order for the IRS to supposedly determine whether Americans are eligible for government subsidies to pay for mandated health insurance, they must collect a horrendous amount of information on every single American. The IRS is creating a database so vast that it makes George Orwell’s dystopian society in the book1984 look like amateur hour. Called the Federal Data Services Hub, it will combine the IRS’s income and employment database with the Social Security, Homeland Security, Department of Justice, and Health and Human Services databases. Combined with the proposed Immigration Bill creating a national ID system, this will be the mother of all databases—the mother of a complete and total surveillance state.

Does America really believe that the same woman behind the targeting of conservatives at the IRS, former commissioner of tax exempt and government entities Sarah Hall Ingram, now promoted to the head of the IRS’ Affordable Care Act office, was a coincidence? That the person in charge of sending hundreds of questionnaires to Tea Party, pro-life, and Christian groups asking for personal information was promoted to the ObamaCare office by some objective bureaucratic points system?

The issue is never the issue. ObamaCare is not about healthcare; it’s about surveillance. It’s about control. But most importantly, it’s about having access to the information of your enemies. And Obama specifically chose Sarah Hall Ingram to be in charge of this mammoth enemies list.

Conservative groups were prevented from obtaining tax-exempt status by the IRS, forcing them to divulge donor lists, intern lists, and political and family connections, Facebook posts, tweets, event records, transcripts of speeches, even the content of their prayers, all as part of an effort to collect data on their enemies.

Imagine you are a Tea Party member who needs hip replacement surgery. Sarah Hall Ingram, Obama’s chief ObamaCare enforcer, sees the request but also sees through her extensive database that you are part of a local Tea Party group that had opposed ObamaCare, the plan you are now locked into. Think you’ll get a hip replacement? Think again. First will come the endless questions. First will come the long wait. Only when you come around to Obama’s “common sense” approached to healthcare (that is, socialized medicine) and drop the whole perceived Tea Party nonsense will you get the healthcare you need.

The issue is never the issue. ObamaCare is not about healthcare; it’s about a surveillance state. It’s about Obama having access to information on his enemies.

If ObamaCare is allowed to continue—if the Obama administration is allowed to continue, we will no longer have a United States of America. It will be something else. A truly Orwellian nightmare with Barack Hussein Obama as Big Brother and the enemies of the state being conservatives.

http://www.westernjournalism.com/obamas-irs-spies/

Most significantly, the IRS is supposed to function independently of the White House and without its interference, unless a COMPELLING public interest is at stake. Color this blogger a skeptic, but when a regime goes wild, isn’t it reasonable that illegal behavior on the part of the IRS would be encouraged and given more than a wink and a nod? – https://adinakutnicki.com/2013/05/15/regime-gone-wild-obama-inc-repeatedly-caught-with-their-pants-down-where-is-this-leading-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/.

Extrapolating herein, it was patently obvious that the targeting of Conservative groups (Jewish Zionist ones alike – http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2013/05/29/did-the-palestinians-ask-obama-to-target-pro-israeli-501c3s/ – whose audience is mainly Conservative…yes, there are politically Conservative Jews!) was directly related to electoral interference. For IF an organization spends an inordinate amount of time away from accomplishing the goals of their Mission Statement ; IF much needed funds are expended on corp tax accountants (they don’t come cheap!), in a vain  attempt to comply with reams of questions which are non-ending; IF a non-profit’s status is held in abeyance, therefore, donations become taxable and fewer pour in; then the amount of damage accrued to a confluence of targeted groups becomes insurmountable, effectively tipping the electoral balance…akin to stealing the election in broad daylight! 

Consider this grudge match: if a middle class earner tries to go up against a millionaire in the money arena, and then the millionaire attempts to fight the billionaire, does anyone have a doubt who will come out on top?

In essence, Obama Inc’s abuse of the IRS’s purview – which is NEVER allowed to show any bias whatsoever in its mandate – not only indicts all players into jail cells, but it proves beyond a doubt that the IRS has become irredeemably tainted. So not only should their top colluding henchmen/women share adjoining cells with Obama Inc., but the IRS itself must be dismantled, reg by reg.

A flat tax is becoming more and more appealing and the prudent way forward. It will cure much of the sickness feeding Washington’s voracious appetite, and that would be a positive outcome out of an outrageous abuse of power polluting the Beltway!  

UPDATE: Tom Trento, as always (https://adinakutnicki.com/2013/05/10/seal-team-six-spars-off-against-obama-inc-a-ringside-seat-for-one-all-omg-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/) is right on the mark, as he interviews Walid Shoebat – 

WALID SHOEBAT

“Islamic Extremism and

Sex Slaves…courtesy of the

scandal-ridden IRS”

President Obama’s relatives run Charities of Deceit
WALID SHOEBAT
When Malik Obama, President Obama’s half-brother, and Sarah Obama
the president’s step-grandmother raised money in the United States,
they claimed it was for charity work in Kogelo, Kenya. It was later
discovered that not only did the IRS illegally grant one of them
(Malik) tax-deductible status retroactively, but in so doing,
it supported an operation rife with polygamy and terror recruitment.
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Islamic Foxes Burrowed Deeply Within U.S. State Dept: Posing as “Diplomats”, As Clinton & Abedin (Others) Serve(d) As POTUS’s Helping Hands…Commentary By Adina Kutnicki

Rumblings from assorted contacts have been heard – ever since this blog’s inception – that Obama Inc. is Allah deep in recruiting Muslims for postings at the State Dept. And even though the head “foxette”, Huma Abedin, has been front and center herein, the rest of the saga has yet to be told at these pages, until now. Tie-ins to “this and that” had to develop.

So now that a proper investigation into Benghazigate is off and running, a long overdue public airing is coming full circle. With  Americans reeling from Boston’s jihad, it behooves outing another Islamic putsch into the American body politic – a dagger straight into its heart – which will surely blow back with another urban jihad.

Yet before we head to the core of the matter, do recall what has been cited here and there: 

The Islamist-in-Chief has been assiduously propping up the Muslim Brotherhood Mafia from the onset of his first term, and his “outreach” in Cairo (with the Brotherhood Mafia sitting front and center and Mubarak a “NO show”) must be seen as our reference point…our green bow and arrow – https://adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/13/coming-full-circle-the-planned-empowerment-of-the-muslim-mafia-aka-brotherhood-via-egypt-most-populous-arab-country-under-the-guidance-of-barack-hussein-obama-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/.

In this regard, the “Arab Spring”, really an Arab Nightmare, is playing out all over the Mid East and beyond. Its tentacles reach into western interests, wherever they reside. As such, Boston was their opening shot for urban jihad – https://adinakutnicki.com/2013/04/18/muslim-brotherhood-mafias-stealth-jihad-emerges-from-the-shadows-straight-into-bostons-heart-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/. It goes without saying,  placing lipstick on an Islamic pig via State’s postings will hardly tame the Muslim beasts in far off lands. For if this is their goal, surely the first line of inquiry should be: does the applicant have ANY connection to “this and that” Islamic terror-tied group, even those who are indicted (some non-indicted) co-conspirators to the Holy Land Foundation trial, yes, THAT trial…the one in which tentacled terror hydras (mostly) operated out of 555 Grove Street, Herndon, Virginia! You know, the same jihadis who lecture FBI, local law enforcement, Pentagon employees and every official organ in between – http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3672/muslim-brotherhood-us-government. For some much needed background and disinfectant, commence your journey herein:

‘HOLY LAND FOUNDATION FOR RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT (HLF)’

  • U.S-based Islamic charity shut down by authorities in 2001 for funding the terrorist group Hamas

Established in 1988 (under the name “Occupied Land Fund”) by Shukri Abu Baker, Mohammad El-Mezain and Ghassan Elashi, the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) was a non-profit, tax-exempt, charitable trust headquartered in Richardson, Texas. It also maintained branch offices in New Jersey, California, and Illinois. Its name change took place in 1992.

Calling itself America’s largest Islamic charity, HLF purported to be a source of help for needy Palestinian Muslims in Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and the Palestinian Authority (PA). “Our mission,” stated its website, “is to find and implement practical solutions for human suffering through humanitarian programs that impact the lives of the disadvantaged, disinherited, and displaced peoples suffering from man-made and natural disasters.” In reality, however, the Foundation was a major financier of the terrorist organization Hamas.

In its earliest days, HLF received a $200,000 cash infusion from Ghassan Elashi’s brother-in-law Musa Abu Marzook, the Hamas senior political leader and Virginia resident who would be deported in 1997 for his involvement in six terror attacks in Israel that killed 47 people. By 1989, HLF had already sent nearly $1 million to Marzook and Hamas co-founder Ahmed Yassin (to the latter through an account called the Islamic Center of Gaza — another ostensibly charitable entity used by Yassin to finance Hamas activities).

HLF’s precursor, the Occupied Land Fund, was named in a May 1991 Muslim Brotherhood document — titled “An Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America” — as one of the Brotherhood’s 29 likeminded “organizations of our friends” that shared the common goal of destroying America and turning it into a Muslim nation. These “friends” were identified by the Brotherhood as groups that could help teach Muslims “that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands … so that … God’s religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions.”

Also named in the Muslim Brotherhood document were:

Suspicious of its terrorist ties, U.S. federal authorities began monitoring the Holy Land Foundation in 1996. On September 5, 2001, federal anti-terrorism agents raided InfoCom Corporation, the company that ran the HLF website. According to defectors from the conspiracy, the HLF web server was used also by the American Muslims for Jerusalem. the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Association for Palestine, the Islamic Circle of North America, the Islamic Society of North America, and the Muslim Students’ Association of the U.S. and Canada. As Islam scholar Stephen Schwartz writes, “All these organizations drew from the common financial and technical pool at HLF. All shared a single administrative and technical contact for the maintenance of the web server. They had been erected as political shells around the Hamas hydra-head represented by HLF.” (Support for Hamas had become illegal in 1995 as the result of an executive order by President Bill Clinton and subsequent congressional action.)

On December 4, 2001, the Bush administration seized all HLF assets and records because of its Hamas connections. Said President Bush at the time: “Hamas has obtained much of the money that it pays for murder abroad right here in the United States, money originally raised by the Holy Land Foundation. The Holy Land Foundation … raised $13 million from people in America last year. … Money raised by the Holy Land Foundation is used by Hamas to support schools and indoctrinate children to grow up into suicide bombers. [It] is also used by Hamas to recruit suicide bombers and to support their families.”

In July 2004, federal authorities arrested five former HLF leaders: Mufid Abdulqader (the half-brother of Hamas’s supreme political leader, Khaled Mashal); Shukri Abu Baker (HLF’s co-founder and former President and Chief Executive); Ghassan Elashi (HLF’s co-founder and former Board Chairman and Treasurer); Mohammed El-Mezain (HLF’s co-founder and former Board Chairman); and Abdulraham Odeh (HLF’s former New Jersey representative). In a 42-count indictment, these individuals were charged with providing material support for Hamas terrorists to the tune of $12.4 million over a six-year period, and more than $57 million since the late 1988. Two more ex-officials of HLF, Haitham Maghawri and Akram Mishal, managed to escape U.S. jurisdiction and are considered to be fugitives.

According to the indictment, HLF tried to hide its terrorist-financing activities from American law-enforcement by making a few small contributions to innocuous, non-Palestinian entities while reserving the vast majority of its funds for terrorists. As Shukri Abu Baker told his underlings: “We can give $100,000 to the Islamists and $5,000 to the others.” Another HLF program, masquerading as charitable support for needy families and orphans in Palestinian territories, is said to have channeled money to families whose relatives had been killed or captured while waging jihad; some of them were suicide bombers.

In December 2006, two openly pro-Castro organizations — the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Humanitarian Law Project — jointly petitioned a federal judge to dismiss many of the charges brought against HLF.

On July 23, 2007, HLF’s leaders went on trial. Seven principal individuals were charged with twelve counts of providing “material support and resources” to a foreign terrorist organization. Additionally, they faced thirteen counts of money laundering and thirteen counts of breaching the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), which prohibits transactions that threaten American national security. Along with the seven named defendants, the government released a list of approximately 300 “unindicted co-conspirators” and “joint venturers.”

Among the unindicted co-conspirators were groups such as the Council on American-Islamic RelationsHamas, INFOCOM, theIslamic Association for Palestine, the Islamic Society of North America, the Muslim Arab Youth Association, the North American Islamic Trust, and the United Association for Studies and Research. The list also included many individuals affiliated with theMuslim Brotherhood and/or Hamas. Among these were Mousa Abu MarzookOmar AhmadAbdurahman AlamoudiYousef al-Qaradawi, Abdallah AzzamJamal BadawiMohammad JaghlitAbdel Aziz Rantisi, and Ahmed Yassin. Thirty-nine directors, employees and representatives of HLF were also named.

On October 22, 2007, after a two-month trial and nineteen days of jury deliberation, Judge A. Joe Fish declared a mistrial because the jury had been unable to deliver unanimous verdicts and had failed to convict on a single count brought against the defendants.

When the government retried the case a year later, prosecutors made several key adjustments. Most notably, they dropped somecounts against particular defendants; they called several new witnesses; and they displayed three exhibits which Israeli military officials had seized from the Palestinian Authority (PA). Those exhibits demonstrated that the PA, like the U.S. government, clearly considered HLF to be a Hamas funder; that an HLF-supported charity committee was fully controlled by Hamas; and that the defendants were well aware that whatever money they were raising in the U.S. was earmarked for Hamas.

On November 24, 2008, the jury convicted five former HLF officials — Mufid Abdulqader, Shukri Abu-Baker, Ghassan Elashi, Mohamed El-Mezain, and Abdelrahman Odeh — of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists.

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/printgroupProfile.asp?grpid=6181

STILL, if State needs any assists, they can ask this blogger for help in ferreting out “this one and that one”. Have a treasure trove of listings of the “who’s who” in Islamic terror activities. 

Onto the meat…

‘Report: Obama ‘covertly recruiting’ Muslims as diplomats’

Special to WorldTribune.com

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is said to have been quietly
recruiting Muslims to serve as U.S. diplomats.

Judicial Watch said the Obama administration was hiring Muslims at the
State Department. The fiscal watchdog said the recruitment
was part of the administration’s outreach to Muslims to work for the federal
government.

“The Obama administration is covertly recruiting Muslims to work at the
State Department as Foreign Service officers representing the United States in one of 265 American embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions worldwide,” Judicial Watch said.

In a report on Jan. 31, Judicial Watch said the administration sought to
use the new Muslim recruits to bolster Washington’s relations with the rest of the world. The organization said the recruitment was headed by Mark Ward, deputy special coordinator in the State Department’s Office of Middle East Transition.

“Ward held a 90-minute seminar at a recent convention sponsored by two
groups — Muslim American Society and the Islamic Circle of North America — with known ties to radical Islam,” Judicial Watch said.

The two Muslim groups have been linked to the Muslim Brotherhood. The
Investigative Project on Terrorism identified the Muslim American Society as the U.S. chapter of the Brotherhood, with headquarters in Egypt.

“Besides being a citizenship duty, there are benefits that Muslims can
add to the American Muslim community and the global Muslim world by joining the U.S. Foreign Services,” a statement by the Muslim American Society said in late December 2012. “This session will shed light on the different career opportunities for Muslim youth in the U.S. Foreign Services Department. It will also clear any concerns that many people have feared about pursuing in this career.”

http://www.worldtribune.com/2013/02/03/report-obama-covertly-recruiting-muslims-as-diplomats/

It remains to be seen wherein lies the tipping point, and how much longer their infiltration/penetration will be tolerated. But this much appears to be on the horizon: future urban jihads will not go down as tepidly as Boston’s. In an overall sense, the jihadi tactics may very well be similar, but the response from some Americans more than likely very different. In effect, the jihadists within Washington’s underbelly might be as shocked by “Middle America’s” response, as will Muslim American Islamists “hiding in plain sight” – at least this is what plugged in types have been intimating.

Time will tell.

The Inquisitr Interviews Adina Kutnicki: The Reality Of Life For An Israeli Patriot

With the region in DEEP turmoil, it is intrinsic to keep the analysis contained herein atop my page.

http://www.inquisitr.com/671508/the-inquisitr-interviews-adina-kutnicki-the-reality-of-life-for-an-israeli-patriot/

GUN CONTROL Freaks Take Aim In Israel: Not Solely The Purview Of U.S. Leftist Revolutionaries…Commentary By Adina Kutnicki

Readers are familiar with this blog’s ZERO tolerance regarding gun control, and its resonant outrage regarding the disarming of law abiding citizens. Aside from leaving citizens defenseless, equally enraging is the push to eviscerate a U.S. Constitutional bedrock. In other words, a double whammy is struck at those whose only “crime” is their intent to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. Yet those who bear watching – garden variety criminals and terrorists – will always, by hook or by crook, gain access to firepower. History has proven this to be the case, so let us cease pussyfooting around the matter. Black markets thrive, regardless of this or that “control”. A fool’s paradise.

That being said, now that Americans are witnessing a regime gone wild – https://adinakutnicki.com/2013/05/15/regime-gone-wild-obama-inc-repeatedly-caught-with-their-pants-down-where-is-this-leading-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/ – does anyone in their right (no pun intended) mind believe that Washington’s miscreants are trustworthy, so much so that one would place their faith in the leadership to “have their back” when the chips are down?

And the fact that the left goes postal any time their power is at risk, isn’t this another ! qualified reason to keep ones guns close, rather than giving them up? – https://adinakutnicki.com/2013/01/03/leftists-go-postal-over-gun-control-threatening-to-kill-legal-gun-owners-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/Let’s hope so.

And while Americans have their crosses to bear – chiefly in the footprints of Obama Inc. – what can one say about Israel’s demented left, you know, those who also (dis)grace these pages…the bane of this American-Israeli’s existence – http://www.inquisitr.com/671508/the-inquisitr-interviews-adina-kutnicki-the-reality-of-life-for-an-israeli-patriot/. Besides, with terrorists embedded within the fabric of Israel, whether in Israel proper or beyond the mythical “green line” – basically an armistice line created after Israel beat back several invading Arab armies – shouldn’t the “right to carry” be an inherent Jewish interest, at least if survival is the goal? One would think so. And since the enemies at Israel’s jugular have no intention of taking up knitting, then surely the (Jewish) right to bear arms is more than a necessity – https://adinakutnicki.com/2013/05/12/balance-of-terror-abbass-pafatah-arabs-murder-jews-yet-the-peace-train-chugs-along-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/.

Full disclosure: it is entirely heartwarming to see a Jewish boy (or girl) at target practice. You never know when the skill will come in handy, whether in Israel or elsewhere. 

‘Ex-Security Chief: Don’t Rush to Take Our Guns’

Former IDF security chief says guns can prevent murder.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 5/22/2013
Gun range (file)

Gun range (file)
Flash 90

There have been increasing calls in recent weeks to restrict gun ownership, particularly in light of recent domestic murders committed by off-duty security guards. The murder of four people in a Be’er Sheva bank this week spurred further calls for increased gun control.

That would be a mistake, says former chief of IDF Internal Security Gershon Eckstein.

“I don’t recommend getting worked up and coming up with all kinds of proposals to reduce gun ownership and collect weapons in the wake of the horrific murder at Bank Hapoalim in Be’er Sheva,” he said.

“Just three years ago, the streets of our cities were plagued by terrorism, and more than a few terrorist attacks were stopped by an immediate response from citizens with personal weapons,” he noted. Armed citizens stopped terrorists in multiple tractor attacks in Jerusalem and during the shooting at Merkaz Harav Yeshiva. Guns have also been credited in ending attacks on motorists by Arab or Bedouin gangs.

“We are still not free of terrorism, and it could return to our streets,” Eckstein warned. “A terrorist attack that is not met with an immediate response could continue, and leave many victims. The police cannot be everywhere at once.”

Weapons could also be used to stop attacks like that in Be’er Sheva, he said. “Imagine if the murderer had been mentally stable, and if one of the other customers waiting at the bank had started to murder civilians,” he said. “The first thing he would have done would have been to neutralize the murderer using his weapon, and that would have saved lives.”

“The personal weapons owned by the Israeli public are the final line of defense and of immediate response, and need to be used to save lives,” he concluded.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/168216#.UZyZEbUwdn0

In the main, the thesis, “leftist dogma the same world over” –https://adinakutnicki.com/2012/07/01/leftist-dogma-the-same-world-over-freedom-loving-people-beware-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki-32-2/is proven again and again; chiefly through intuiting their end goals: controlling the populace.

Totalitarians to their core.

Obama Inc’s Trial Balloons Re “Containing” Iran: Assorted Think Tanks/Surrogates Have His Back…Commentary By Adina Kutnicki

From the get go this blog indicates that the Islamist-in-Chief has zero intention of striking Iran’s death project, but is duly determined in continuing with his jaw-jaw on one hand and imposing “biting ” sanctions on the other. Regardless, the sanctions have been circumvented in every conceivable aspect, pouring mega resources into racing to the bomb, yet their citizens be damned. WMD’s uber alles. 

In fact, this address raises the issue of Washington’s preparatory groundwork, in effect, subliminally messaging (to its domestic audience, as well as for foreign ears) that “living” with a nuclear Iran, with the goal being “containment”, is the prudent way forward. Never mind that the military option was never really on the table, other than through saber rattling and as a way to concomitantly contain/restrain Israel from taking action! Worse than evil…This would be akin to policy wonks advising Roosevelt to “contain” Hitler & his henchmen, yet on an exponentially calamitous scale. Insanity. Such an aberrant view would also have posited that there was no compelling humane necessity to stop Hitler’s killing machine through hammer blow bombings, but just to try and talk him down and keep an eye on him. Really.

At the head of this (mis)school of thought stands the “realists”, most of whom are deeply aligned with Iranian interests, either through “think tanks” or financially flush lobbying groups. Their twisted “realism” has them convinced (principally via baksheesh/bribery and other related perks) that since Israel (which they despise anyway…pining for its disappearance) is directly in the cross hairs, it is surely not a compelling American interest to utilize military force to stop another potential Holocaust. In tandem, if they continue “accommodating” Iran, surely the mullahs will stay clear of striking America’s shores. A win-win. Nevertheless, authentic realists understand that the “Big Satan” is the ultimate target, once the “Little Satan” bites the dust. However, blind hatred towards Israel, plus unbridled greed and power, allows for many to sit atop their brains.

Principally, the Islamist-in-Chief has Israel’s back, but not in its conventional meaning. A knife, poised to strike its back, is a hell of a lot more apt a description, as demonstrated within – https://adinakutnicki.com/2012/11/06/obamas-second-term-plans-for-israel-if-re-elected-going-for-broke-addendum-to-stunning-video-exposing-islamist-in-chiefs-mendacity-re-israel-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/.

In furtherance of the above betrayal (despite Congress’s basic support of Israel…though largely irrelevant when the White House is bent on a foreign policy course, even if required to garner Congressional approval…think, Benghazigate) the Betrayer-in-Chief exerted every pressure to alternately string Jerusalem along via “assurances” ala rope-a-dope, or twist Israel’s high level leadership’s arms, as required – https://adinakutnicki.com/2013/02/07/the-convergence-of-netanyahus-red-line-ajads-visit-to-cairo-irans-nuclear-status-barack-hussein-obamas-sojourn-to-israel-what-can-go-wrong-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/ . DO take note of the commentary’s date, over 3 1/2 months ago, a lifetime in Mid East politics.

‘A grand retreat from confronting Iran?’

Jerusalem Post By DAVID M. WEINBERG
05/23/2013
Washington wags are preparing a climb-down from Obama’s declared policy of halting Tehran’s nuclear drive.

Centrifuges unveiled in Natanz

Centrifuges unveiled in Natanz Photo: REUTERS
A new Washington report headlined by former US under secretary of state for political affairs Thomas R. Pickering argues that America should end its confrontation with Iran over Tehran’s nuclear weapons drive.Pickering and his senior “Iran Project” colleagues want President Obama to altogether drop sanctions and covert action against Iran. They assert that sanctions are only “contributing to an increase in repression and corruption within Iran,” and alas “may be sowing the seeds of long-term alienation between the Iranian people and the United States.”Pickering’s call for American capitulation to Iran is now being echoed across the Washington wag world. Numerous think tanks are seeding the American diplomatic and political discourse with similar messages, and paving the way for a climbdown from Obama’s declared policy of preventing (and not merely containing) Iran’s obtainment of a nuclear weapon.This week, the Center for a New American Security, a think tank closely affiliated with the Obama administration, made it clear which way the Washington winds are blowing. Its study, “The Challenges of Containing a Nuclear-Armed Iran,” was primarily authored by former Obama administration deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East Prof. Colin H. Kahl. He outlines “a comprehensive framework to manage and mitigate the consequences of a nuclear-armed Iran.” In other words, stopping the Iranian nuclear effort is already a passé discussion.Last month, an Atlantic Council task force (which Chuck Hagel co-chaired until he was appointed secretary of defense), similarly released a report that called for Washington to “lessen the chances for war through reinvigorated diplomacy that offers Iran a realistic and face-saving way out of the nuclear standoff.” That’s diplomatic- speak for a containment strategy.To top it all off, the Defense Department allied Rand Corporation concluded this week that a nuclear-armed Iran would not pose a fundamental threat to the United States and its regional allies. In “Iran After the Bomb: How Would a Nuclear-Armed Tehran Behave?” Rand’s experts assert that the acquisition by Tehran of nuclear weapons would above all be intended to deter an attack by hostile powers, presumably including Israel and the United States, rather than for aggressive purposes. “An Iran with nukes will still be a declining power,” they say. “Iran does not have territorial ambitions and does not seek to invade, conquer, or occupy other nations.”How reassuring.Similarly, Paul Pillar, a veteran CIA analyst who served as the National intelligence officer for the Middle East and South Asia, has published a lengthy essay in The Washington Monthly titled “We Can Live With a Nuclear Iran: Fears of a Bomb in Tehran’s Hands Are Overhyped, and a War to Prevent It Would Be a Disaster.”And finally, the leading realist theorist of the past century, Prof. Kenneth N. Waltz of Columbia University’s Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies (who died last week), actually argued in his last published article that Iran shouldget the bomb! It would create “a more durable balance of military power in the Middle East,” he wrote in the establishment journal Foreign Affairs.You could see this coming. Last November, ambassador Pickering showed up in Israel and asked to meet associates (including me) at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies. Pickering wanted our understanding for a “nuanced” and “sophisticated” view of Iran. Iran is emerging as a significant regional and global actor, he said, that must be engaged.What about the use of military force to crush the Iranian nuclear bomb program? Well, Pickering was basically not prepared to countenance the use of American military force against Iran under any circumstances.Military force should be the very last resort taken by the US, Pickering told us, “and probably not at all.” The financial, strategic and diplomatic costs of a military operation against Iran, he said, would be too onerous.Pickering had nothing to say about the long-term strategic costs to the West of not confronting Iran.Needless to say, he got a cold shower from his Israeli interlocutors. We understood what he was doing: Preparing America for accommodation with a nuclear Iran.It’s important to understand that Pickering, Pillar, Kahl and Waltz faithfully represent the views of large segments of the academic, diplomatic and defense establishments in Washington and New York, who don’t see Iran as an oversized threat to America. They view Iran as a rational actor, and are seeking a “Nixonian moment,” in which Washington would seek strategic accommodation with Tehran, as it did with Beijing.One of the only front-ranking Washington policy wonks who has argued that Tehran’s nuclear program should be bombed is Prof. Steven David of Johns Hopkins University (who is on the academic advisory board of the Israeli Begin- Sadat Center). In a powerful essay in this month’s issue ofThe American Interest, he argues that “Any non-casual examination of the mullahs’ writings and sermonizing about Israel and Jews reveals unalloyed anti-Semitism of a very familiar, protogenocidal type…. Even with all its horrendous implications, a military solution is preferable to a nuclear-armed Iran whose leaders are likely one day to find themselves with nothing to lose, and everything to destroy.” Another is former Pentagon adviser Matthew Kroenig who has written that a US strike on Iran “is the least bad option.”For the moment, and at least on record, the administration is sticking by its “dual track approach of rigorous sanctions and serious negotiations.”Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (who was once a member of the Iran Project and Atlantic Council task forces) reassured The Washington Institute two weeks ago that “President Obama has made clear that our policy is to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and he has taken no option off the table to ensure that outcome.”But the softer signals and acquiescent music coming from Washington are increasingly hard to miss. The grand climbdown from confronting Iran seems inexorable.
Corrupt leaders often use trial balloons and straw men to push forward with reckless and dangerous policies. And even though they may viscerally understand the (beyond) high stakes poker involved, many are willing to pursue short-term gains – whether financial-related, or to ward off fateful decisions – instead of prudent strategic initiatives for long-term national interests.

Herein lies the main distinction between vacuous, self serving leaders and what qualifies as statesmen. The tragedy of our times is that the likes of Obama Inc. is emblematic of top western leadership. Not a statesman to be found. Hide nor hare.