On Wednesday, former GOP Rep. Allen West minced no words,calling Barack Obama an “Islamist” whose administration is “working counter to the security of the United States of America.” And, he added, “all” of the evidence points to that conclusion.
According to West, that is the only way one can rationalize Obama’s actions regarding foreign policy, especially on matters pertaining to the Middle East. He cited six specific examples:
- The unilateral release of five senior Taliban back to the enemy while the enemy is still fighting us.
- Providing weapons of support to the Muslim Brotherhood-led Egyptian government — F-16s and M1A1 Abrams tanks — but not to the Egyptian government after the Islamist group has been removed.
- Negotiations with Qatar and Turkey, two Islamist-supporting countries.
- Negotiations with Hamas, a terrorist group.
- Returning sanction money, to the tune of billions of dollars, back to the theocratic regime led by Iran’s ayatollahs and allowing them to march on towards nuclear capability.
- Obama’s evident support of Islamists in Libya.
From left to right, Michelle Obama, then Illinois state senator Barack Obama, Columbia University Professor Edward Said and Mariam Said.
One of Obama’s founding fathers who remains relatively unknown is the Palestinian radical Edward Said. Prior to his death in 2003, Said was the leading anti-colonial thinker in the United States. Obama studied with Said at Columbia University and the two maintained a relationship over the next two decades. Obama attended a Palestinian fundraiser in Chicago in 1998 in which Said was the featured speaker, and Obama also befriended Said’s protege Rashid Khalidi, who currently occupies the Edward Said chair of Arab Studies at Columbia.
Said wasn’t a mere academic; for a time, he served as a member of the Palestine National Council. In this capacity he worked closely with Yasser Arafat. Said has been photographed throwing rocks at Israel to symbolize his support for armed resistance against the Jewish state; one Jewish magazine dubbed him a “Professor of Terror.”
While Said was hired by Columbia to teach literature, his main interests were always political. We see this in the titles of his books: Culture and Imperialism, The Question of Palestine, and The Politics of Dispossession. He was a vehement critic of the United State and an even-more-vehement critic of Israel. America, Said argued, is a genocidal power with a “history of reducing whole people’s, countries, and even continents to ruin by nothing short of holocaust.”
A new report reveals that US President Barack Obama’s administration stopped a shipment of missiles to Israel late last month and tightened weapons shipment procedures to Israel, as tensions between the two nations grow amid Operation Protective Edge.
The report in the Wall Street Journal, released Wednesday night, cites US officials in Obama’s administration, who say they discovered Israel had requested a large number of Hellfire missiles directly through military-to-military channels. An initial batch of the missiles was about to be shipped, according to sources in Israel and the US Congress.
At that point, the Pentagon stepped in and put the transfer on hold. Further, top White House officials instructed various US military agencies to consult with the US State Department before approving any additional requests from Israel.
A senior Obama administration official was quoted in the report as saying the transfer shouldn’t have been a routine “check-the-box approval,” given Israel’s defensive operation in Gaza against Hamas, which is recognized as a terrorist organization by the US.
The decision to clamp down on future transfers was the equivalent of “the United States saying ‘the buck stops here. Wait a second…It’s not OK anymore,'” said the official.
A Israeli defense official confirmed the reports to Walla! on Thursday, saying “the US delayed a shipment of Hellfire missiles to the Israeli airforce.” He added “apparently it was (done) on the background of national tension” with Israel.
Obama has been at odds with Israel over the defensive operation in Gaza, making various attempts to press Israel into accepting a truce with the adamant terrorist organization of Hamas. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reportedly responded to the pressure by telling the administration “not to ever second guess me again,” after Hamas committed one of its many ceasefire violations.
Currently a new five-day ceasefire has come into effect as of Wednesday at midnight, with Obama calling Netanyahu shortly thereafter to push for a“sustainable” ceasefire.
According to US officials cited in the Wall Street Journal report, the Wednesday night phone call between Obama and Netanyahu was “particularly combative.”
“Discovering” military-to-military arms transfers
The report noted that on July 20, ahead of the Hellfire missile cancellation, the IDF asked the US military for various munitions such as 120-mm mortar shells and 40-mm illuminating rounds, without the knowledge of Obama’s administration.
Three days later the request was approved by the military, without Obama or US Secretary of State John Kerry being approached for approval, given that their approval was not required for such a transfer.
A US defense official added that the standard review process in such requests was properly followed.
The transfer without Obama’s unnecessary approval was followed by asimilar incident ahead of the Hellfire cancellation, which occurred the same day as the July 30 IDF strike on terrorists adjacent to a UN school, which the US slammed as “disgraceful.”
In response, the IDF confirmed it targeted Islamic Jihad terrorists in the vicinity of the school. Previously the IDF provided video evidence that Hamas fires rockets from inside schools; further, UNRWA schools have been used in at least three cases to store Hamas rockets, after which UNRWA repeatedly returned the rockets to Hamas.
On the same day as the UN school strike, US reports said the 120-mm and 40-mm rounds had been released by the US army to the IDF, with one Obama administration official saying “we were blindsided.”
A US defense official responded, saying “there was no intent to blindside anyone. The process for this transfer was followed precisely along the lines that it should have.”
Demonstrating the tense ties between Obama’s administration and Israel, a senior official of the administration told the Wall Street Journal “we have many, many friends around the world. The United States is their (Israel’s) strongest friend.”
“The notion that they are playing the United States, or that they’re manipulating us publicly, completely miscalculates their place in the world,” added the official.
The US decision to tighten down on arms transfers to Israel comes as the UK is threatening similar actions. On Tuesday, the British government threatened to suspend 12 arms export licenses to Israel if fighting resumed in Gaza.
THE fact of the matter is that if one truly subscribes to professional (and personal) integrity and honesty as ones barometer, one cannot, one dare not, let PM Netanyahu (other top Israeli leaders too) off the hook, in relation to “taking care of urgent business”. How so? For if “Bibi” had any inclination to finally end Hamas’s reign of terror – their decade-long missile attacks upon Israel’s population centers – destroying Hamas’s top leadership, their command and control center, is a prerequisite to said victory. In effect, such an operation, according to top Israeli military experts, should have taken place the first week of Israel’s latest – out of numerous such “campaigns” – smoke and mirrors show. This site’s high level defense-related contacts concur. Understood?
INHERENTLY, the heavy-duty ordinances needed for such an operation have always been at the ready, current re-supply needs notwithstanding. Yes, hell fire missile “hold ups” by the Islamist-in-Chief are the mark of an avowed enemy. Let there be NO doubt.
The Obama administration has tightened its control of arms transfers to Israel, requiring White House and State Department approval for even routine munitions requests by Israel, according to the piece.
“Instead of being handled as a military-to-military matter, each case is now subject to review – slowing the approval process and signaling to Israel that military assistance once taken for granted is now under closer scrutiny,” the story said.
The report came out on the same day that the Istanbul-basedHurriyet Daily News reported that the US cleared a potential $320 million advanced medium-range airto- air missiles sale to Turkey “amid increasing security risks in the region.”
STILL, the question begs: why wait until supplies run low, if, in fact, the goal is to put an end to the attacks? Common sense dictates that enough missiles be reserved for the coup de grace, not for the “tit for tat” responses, or the bizarre, counter-intuitive, mantra “quiet will be met with quiet”. Truly, when operating against a genocidal foe, what kind of rational leadership would ever adopt such an Orwellian “strategy”? Indeed, as a result, Israel’s missile supplies are wasted on attacking empty buildings via the smoke and mirrors show, all the unintended, yet unavoidable, collateral damage beside the point.
REGARDLESS, in reality, Israel’s PM (for a host of reasons, best left for another discussion) has decided in the negative to remove the threat in its entirety, and will accede to as many “case-fires” as it takes to keep from toppling the top terror leadership. Believe it – or not.
NEVERTHELESS, the above Israeli malfeasance towards its majority Zionist public does not obviate Barack HUSSEIN Obama’s palpable hatred. It just gives “Bibi” a tailor-made excuse for not FULLY vanquishing an admittedly genocidal foe. History will be the judge….this American-Israeli is just stating things as they are. Period.
MOST significant of all, the heretofore leader of the free world is aiming for America’s and Israel’s jugular, whatever it takes! Concomitantly, the rest of the west will fall. That’s the plan… almost on track!
THE fact that Washington effectively owns (you read that right) Jerusalem’s decision makers (for decades) makes the Islamist-in-Chief’s task that much easier. Hmm…the ever “elusive” IDF victory, at least since 1973, understood for what it is. More succinctly, for what it isn’t!