Friday, September 19, 2014

Senate Passes US-Israel Strategic Partnership Bill

The Senate side of the United States Capitol building in Washington, DC (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons/File)

The United States senate voted unanimously to pass the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act late Thursday evening.The bipartisan legislation was authored by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) had 81 co-sponsors, out of a total of 100 Senators.

Much of this is cosmetic, what with the midterm elections looming closer, but there is some important meat here.

Aside from declaring that Israel is a “major strategic partner” of the United States, the bill increases the frequency and detail of US government reporting on Israel’s qualitative military edge and includes a provision that will expand the forward-deployed US weapons stockpiles in Israel.

One of the many things America gets out of its alliance with Israel is a weapons depot in a friendly country where arms and ammo can be held securely and safely to speed US resupply in the event of a crisis in the Middle East. That's a lot more valuable than it might first appear, especially when you look at the cost of a leased US base in the region, the restrictions placed on the use of our leased bases by our 'ally' Turkey and the benefits of having needed supplies to be used when we need them in a friendly nation.

The new bill allows an increase to the value of US weapons held in Israel by $200 million, for a total of of $1.8 billion. from Israel's standpoint, the good part of the deal is that the IDF, with U.S. permission, is allowed to access that stockpile in the event of an emergency, after which Israel reimburses the US for any weapons used. This summer, the stockpile — known as War Reserves Stock Allies-Israel (WRSA-I) — was accessed by Israel in Operation Protective Edge when the US let Israel use 40mm grenades and 120mm mortar rounds from the stockpile.

The bill also upgrades Israel’s trade status. And it authorizes the president to provide assistance to promote cooperation in water, homeland security, agriculture and alternative fuel technologies, pretty meaningless for the most part since Israel is self sufficient in water and food, its security apparatus is arguably better than ours and Israel is on the cutting edge when it comes to solar and biomass, but hey, a sop to the carbon footprint fanatics and it does no harm. Also it creates the establishment of a US-Israel Center of Excellence for the development of research and development and academic partnerships. There's also a provision for cooperation on cyber security.

The legislation also addresses a growing scandal, Israel’s high rate of visa rejections by the U.S.since the Obama Administration came to town.The bill encourages - it doesn't mandate - Israel's inclusion in the Visa Waiver Program, which currently allows three-dozen countries to have visa-free entry to the US.

Just guessing, but I have a feeling that a dangerous jihadi would be more likely to be a French citizen or a British subject than an Israeli. And perhaps Israel is bit more of a strategic ally to America than say, Chile or Brunei. So we'll see what happens.

Part of the problem here is Israel's disinclination to let certain violent BDS activists such as members of the International Solidarity Movement or American Arabs who identify themselves as Palestinians who hold U.S. citizenship and have a history of 'activism' into Israel. America certainly has no such problem with Israelis coming here. Again, we'll see how this works out.

The bill (of course!) has the usual language about US support for a negotiated political settlement between the Israelis and Palestinians resulting in two states living side-by-side in peace and security.

Say the last part of that sentence ten times quickly and commit it to memory and you too may qualify to be a U.S. Senator who's an 'expert' on the Middle East. Or at least for State Department spokesmouth.

Again, let me emphasize that this bill is largely about politics and the midterms.  The House has its own bi-partisan bill with similar attributes that has already passed in March 2014, but congress is set to adjourn soon and the two bills will not be able to be reconciled until after the November elections, after which President Obam has to sign it, which he may very well refuse to do.And there's no telling what kind of amendments a weasel like  Harry Reid might try to tack on as a lame duck Senate Majority Leader if the Republicans take the Senate.

So there's a lot of fluff here, but also some real meat. It might just be that some of Israel persistent critics in the Senate are finally starting to realize how valuable our relationship with Israel really is.

Cheerleaders Defy School's Ban And Lead Crowd in Lord's Prayer

Oneida High School in Oneida, Tennessee stopped prayers before athletic events because they were afraid of the possibility of lawsuits after pressure from the ACLU and atheist organizations like the Freedom From Religion foundation. So they stopped the usual broadcasting of the Lord's Prayer, otherwise known as Psalm 23 (written by King David) over the PA and substituted a 'moment of silence' instead.The school's decision didn't resonate well with the students and much of the community.

What happened next is simply heartwarming.

The next Friday night football game, the school's cheerleaders in a body used the 'moment of silence' to lead the assembled crowd and the athletes in Psalm 23.

“We need prayer for so many reasons especially in our community now and the troubles we face every day,” said junior Kayla King.

“During the moment of silence all the cheerleaders came together and recited the Lord's Prayer,” King explained.

Cheerleader Captain Ally Meyers said she was "emotional" when she learned that prayers could no longer be recited over the PA system. She said the cheerleaders decided to keep it going on their own, and the whole crowd joined in.

"Our community needs God in it, especially at football games. We pray for the safety of each and every player out there and the cheerleaders and the fans for the drive home," she said.

“In that moment the atmosphere was kind of great because it was nothing but heads bowed, and you heard the Lord's Prayer ring over the football field,” said King.

It must have been quite a moment.

And here's the irony. While the outside groups trying to impose their version of secular tyranny were looking to limit prayer, they had the opposite effect. Instead of one person reading Psalm 23 over the PA, there are now thousands of people reciting it, and receiving an enhanced spiritual charge from a wonderful act of civil disobedience.

Contrary to what you've heard, there is no legally mandated 'separation' of religion and state, and that entire belief is based on a couple of highly questionable decisions from the ultra-Left Warren Court. But for those of you claim there is, here's a test.

If you think reading a Judeo-Christian prayer over a PA system at a non-mandatory school event is 'unconstitutional', do you feel the same way about the adhan, the Muslim call to prayer? That consists of a statement of Islam's superiority and other religion's inferior status broadcast publicly through PA systems at often earsplitting volume where people are forced to listen to it even if they are non-Muslims.

Funny thing...I haven't heard of any letters to mosques telling them to ditch broadcasting  the adhan...not even so much as one threat of an ACLU lawsuit, have you?The muscular secularists at the ACLU or the Freedom From Religion Foundation seem to have plenty of courage when it comes to Judeo-Christian practices and institutions. When are they going to start filing suits against some of the mega-mosques that have been built lately for essentially the same practices?

If you're going to go after Oneida High School and not the mosques and their minarets, that is selective enforcement, a polite name for bigotry. It really is that simple.

The Council Has Spoken!! This Weeks' Watcher's Council Results

The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week's Watcher's Council match up.

“He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.” - Adolf Hitler

“There is no absurdity so palpable but that it may be firmly planted in the human head if you only begin to inculcate it before the age of five, by constantly repeating it with an air of great solemnity.” - Arthur Schopenhauer

“Strange times are these in which we live when old and young are taught falsehoods in school. And the person that dares to tell the truth is called at once a lunatic and fool” - Plato

This weeks' winning entry, The Independent Sentinel'sAnti-Americanism, Marxism, Porn, Pedophilia Now Available in the Classroom does a great job in exposing h the organized mind rape and indoctrination of America's children in the public schools by the implementation of the Common Core program. Here's a slice:

Did you know that ‘our bodies, being products of eating, are immoral by essence’, and ‘consumption not only bites the world but lessens the leftovers for everyone else’? [...] “procreation has become an unintentional act of aggression against the fellow multitudes already cramming the planet.”
~ from The American Experience, a propagandized high school literature text

Leftist revisionist history is seen through a negative, bleak, self-flagellating prism and it is now permeating our schools thanks to Common Core.

Periodically, I post an article about one of the texts or supplementary materials being used under Common Core that promote propaganda, and anti-American ideas. America Now is one such book.

America Now by Robert Atwan is a book of essays from recent periodicals, which is being used in AP English classrooms in numerous high schools and in undergraduate college classes throughout the nation. It is Common Core aligned. It is typical of the type of indoctrination that is becoming part and parcel of the Core. It has less to do with English than it has to do with perpetuating the leftist vision of America – the new America, America Now!

America now is an America that abandons traditional America and takes up a new, improved Leftist America. Common core is the vehicle by which this new America can be rapidly and widely spread.

Parading around as English literature, it is simply leftist propaganda. The theme capitalism is evil runs throughout.

Big Government and government agencies are extolled. The rich are demonized, Southern people are demeaned, man is described as too costly, man is an agent of destruction on earth, and illegal immigration is promoted.

Happiness is something to be attained by adapting to the Marxist perspective.

A telling quote from the book: “One cure–for those who feel that their pursuit of happiness has been sent on a long detour through the labor camps of American and international capitalism–is the institution of a government department that has as its only priority the happiness of all Americans.”

Another article, on the sticky post on our front page, deals with yet another vile, unAmerican book called The American Experience.

A Tea Party leader, Becky Gerritson, who testified before Congress last year and who told Congress “they had forgotten their place,” testified before an Alabama Senate Education Committee in support of a bill to allow local school districts to opt out of Common Core.

Her testimony concentrated on the widely-used literature text, The American Experience: 1900-Present by Prentice Hall. It is Common Core aligned. When she read one paragraph from a recommended novel that was incorporated into the book, it was so pornographic even the senators wouldn’t listen to it. She reminded them that this is being taught to 16 and 17 year olds.

Much more at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Sharyl Atkisson in The Daily Signal with Benghazi Bombshell: Clinton State Department Official Reveals Details of Alleged Document Review submitted by Joshuapundit. Ms. Atkisson, an award winning reporter reveals via a former State Department functionary how for mer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her people were part of an operation to “separate” damaging documents before they were turned over to the Accountability Review Board investigating security lapses surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. Do read it.

Here are this week’s full results. Only The Colossus of Rhodey was unable to vote this week, but was not affected by the 2/3 vote penalty:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

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Scotland votes 'Nae' - Will Stay In The UK!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_960/image.jpg

Scotland has voted stay in the United Kingdom. The results were:

                              Votes         %

NO 1,914,187    55.42
YES 1,539,920    44.58
TARGET TO WIN 1,810,042

Only four of Scotland's Councils - Glasgow, Dundee, West Dunbartonshire and North Lanarkshie voted for independence, although a couple of the others were close.

What happens next is interesting, a little.

Brit PM David Cameron had promised the Scots a number of goodies if they voted to stay in, and now will come the task of delivering. It's called 'devolution of powers' in the local  lingo, and what it means is more autonomy for Scotland and the right to set its own tax levels, perhaps. The details were deliberately left kind of foggy.

The Brits plan to draw up a  white paper - a parliamentary agenda of sorts -  by the end of November, setting out the proposed new powers Scotland's parliament will gain. And a new "Scotland Act" law would then be published if all goes according to plan by January 25, 2015  for the House of Commons to vote on.

However, since there's a new a UK general election due in May 2015, the legislation would not be passed until the new parliament takes over. Cameron is something of a weasel and as a Tory isn't going to get too many votes in Scotland anyway since what Scotland finally gets at the end might very well be a lot less than they've been led to believe.

Another interesting paradox..since  this is a 'devolved system'  Scottish MPs in Britain's lower house, the House of Commons   get a vote on spending and other budget matters in England while, since Scotland already has semi autonomy  and its own independent parliament, English MPs have no voice in how these things are run in Scotland because the Scottish Parliament handles them.

If Scotland gets even more autonomy, there will be more areas where English MPs have no say on Scottish matters while Scottish MPs in Britain's parliament continue to have a vote in how similar things are run in England. Look for an outcry in the near future at this basic unfairness in the future, which might even eventually lead to a kind of federalist system. 

It remains to be seen if Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond resigns

Why did 'No' win? There are probably lots of reasons, but I think that the bottom line is that a number of Scots have gotten very used to the welfare state and life on the dole and didn't want to take a chance on anything that might disrupt it or change it. And there were enough of them to carry the day.

UPDATE: Alex Salmond has formally announced his resignation as head of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and has said he will also step down as First Minister of Scotland after the failure of the independence referendum.

"For me as leader my time is nearly over but for Scotland the campaign continues and the dream will never die," Salmond told reporters in Edinburgh.

He said he would not accept the nomination as leader of the Scottish National Party at their annual conference in November and that he would then resign as First Minister.

"After the membership ballot I will stand down as first minister to allow the new leader to be elected."

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Watcher's Council's Weasel Of The Week!

Fanfare!! It's time It's time to present this weeks' statuette of shame, The Golden Weasel!!

Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they've performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This weeks' nominees were all certainly deserving, but one stood out this week as the overwhelming winner..

Yes, it's Maxine 'No Justice No Peace' Waters, Democrat Congresswoman from Crazyfornia!

 The Independent Sentinel : For telling the Council of Pakistan Affairs and Islamic Society of Orange County that Sharia Law is compatible with the U.S. Constitution and for telling them that anyone who disagrees is a bigot.

So much for free speech and the right to dissent.

While Ms. Waters certainly deserves the award for this bit o' bigotry, (can you imagine how she'd look in a burka and niquab) this is really something of a career  achievement award.

She represents California's 43rd congressional district, which is centered in South Central Los Angeles and includes Inglewood, Hawthorne, and parts of Carson and Torrance (shsssh! She doesn't live in the District, but in upscale Hancock Park).

She got her nickname from leading chants during the 1992 Rodney King riots, which she insisted should be called a 'rebellion' rather than a riot. She described the violence in which 58 people were killed as  “a spontaneous reaction to a lot of injustice.” And speaking of injustice, when she was asked about the wide spread looting of Korean owned businesses, she shrugged it off, saying "There were mothers who took this as an opportunity to take some milk, to take some bread, to take some shoes... They are not crooks."

Ms. Waters also has a fond spot in her heart for commie dictator Fidel Castro,  whom she thanked for - wait for it -  providing help to those who needed to “flee political persecution.”

I have a feeling Congresswoman Waters never toured Fidel's gulag on the Isle of Pines.

One of the people she was referring to was black 'activist' Assata Shakur, and in 1998, Waters wrote a letter to Fidel Castro asking him not to extradite Shakur. This was in spite of the fact that Shakur is an escaped convicted murderer, a former member of the Black Panther Party and The Black Liberation Army, and is classified by the FBI with good reason as a domestic terrorist.

On the other hand, you can't say she's not consistent. As a prominent member of the Congressional Black Caucus she put major pressure on President Clinton in 1999 to ship 6-year-old Elian Gonzales back to Castro's Cuba.

Economics? Of course! Remember this?

"This liberal would be about socializing … uh, umm. … Would be about, basically, taking over, and the government running all of your companies.”

Hey, socialism and 'justified' theft is good when it comes to whitey and them Ko-reans, right! And do I have to tell you she favors reparations for slavery,and co-authored a bill to mandate it with Senator John Conyers (D-MI)? Or that she was a major force in helping to KO any oversight of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae when the Bush Administration attempted to institute it?

Of course, let's not get the wrong idea. Ms. Waters is actually pretty savvy when it comes to finance. Her own, at least.

Chuck Neubauer and Ted Rohrlich wrote a major piece in the LA Times in 2004 to the effect that Maxine Waters' relatives had made more than $1 million during the preceding eight years by doing business with companies, candidates and causes that Waters had direct influence over because of her position in congress. They claimed she and her husband helped a company get government bond business, and that her daughter Karen Waters and son Edward Waters have profited from her connections. Waters reply? "They do their business and I do mine."

Oh, indeed she does!

She also holds the distinction of being named one of the 14 most corrupt members of congress by Business Insider in 2011. Considering whom else was in congress at that time, this was and is a major achievement. She's a superstar.

F'rinstence, back in September of 2008, Waters lobbied for TARP funds for OneUnited Bank, because she claimed it was part of an association of minority controlled banks.This happened when she was on the Financial Services Committee and had a voice in determining where TARP funds would go.

Waters' husband Sidney Williams just happened to have been a board member of OneUnited, and was and still is a stockholder.

Part of her lobbying efforts involved arranging personal meetings with her husband and Treasury Department officials without ever disclosing her personal financial interest. OneUnited ended up with a healthy taxpayer bailout of $12 million.

Thyen Waters was brought up on Ethics charges, largely because another part of her lobbying involved chairperson Barney Frank and he needed to cover his own capacious behind.

Having a choice between a trial in the House or pleading guilty, Waters was savvy enough to choose a 'trial' knowing that (a) after seeing the wrist slap her fellow BCC compadre Charley Rangel got for doing far worse, even if she was found guilty it wouldn't amount to much and (b)the Democrat dominated House wasn't going to push too hard to prove charges against a prominent member of the Congressional Black Caucus, and they would likely stonewall and drop the charges before the newly elected GOP house was seated in January of 2011.

Which is exactly what happened.

For racism, outsize nastiness, hypocrisy and sheer grasping corruption, Maxine Waters richly deserves her Golden Weasel. She's literally one of the best weasels to be found in the parasitical halls of government. Accept it and all that goes with it, congresswoman.

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Islamist DHS Adviser Fired Amid Allegations of Cover Up

Mohamed Elibiary, an avowed Islamist and Muslim Brotherhood enabler has 'resigned' from his position as senior member of DHS’ Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC).

Elibiary has been a fairly controversial figure at the DHS. Among other things, he was busted for tweeting about the “inevitable” return of the Muslim “caliphate” something that was used as propaganda by ISIS. This was part of a series of posts deemed inappropriate for a senior government adviser, including one where he said he considered the United States to be an "Islamic country" and another where he suggested that national security "uber hawks camp misread 9/11."

But the real kicker was his purported access of confidential DHS databases on several occasions and his attempt to leak them to a far Left site, something I've written about before. Once this became known, it sparked a number of congressional inquiries, many of them from Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX).,fl_keep_iptc,g_faces,h_365,w_652/kopuagrjgt3rmc7prnmo.jpg

Exactly what Elibiary used his security clearance to access is unknown, simply because the DHS found it expedient not to delve too deeply, even with the existing evidence and testimony from the site Elibiary attempted to leak documents to. There were numerous instances of various officials providing murky and even contradictory answers about whether DHS ever fully investigated the allegations that Elibiary inappropriately accessed classified documents from the DHS database.

Judicial Watch finally asked for details via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suit, citing the exact documents that Elibiary allegedly leaked...only to be informed they suddenly don't exist!

“We conducted a comprehensive search of files within the DHS Enterprise Correspondence Tracking System (ECT) for records that would be responsive to your request. Unfortunately, we were unable to locate or identify any responsive records,” DHS informed Judicial Watch in a Sept. 16, 2013, letter.

DHS couldn't find “investigative records regarding the alleged mishandling and any records of communication between any official, employee, or representative of the Department of Homeland Security and any member of Congress, congressional staff member, congressional committee, and/or congressional committee staff member regarding the alleged mishandling.”

In other words, since the documents didn't exist, neither did any documentation regarding an investigation!

Rep. Gohmert felt that the Judicial Watch documents proved that the DHS simply swept this under the rug.. “There was no legitimate investigation. They didn’t say these documents are classified or secure, they said no such documents exist.”

And of course, neither does the investigation.

What happened here is that DHS likely tried to stonewall the investigation into illegally accessing the database in hopes it would blow over. But they got tired of continued digging and congressional inquiries, and Elibiary's radical social media posts made him a liability they couldn't afford anymore. So he's gone.

But you have to wonder how many other Islamist moles who are a lot more careful and discreet exist in our national security establishment.

The Two Things That Would Sink An Independent Scotland No One's Mentioning

The votes have been cast in the Scottish referendum by now, and in a few hours we should see the results.

Frankly I have no particular dog in this fight except that I normally favor people running their own affairs. Most of the arguments the Brits have been using amount to scare tactics, but just like any divorce  both sides have cards to play in the negotiations that are going to occur if there's a 'yes' vote.

The Scots are going to want their fair share  of assets they helped pay for, like consulates, military hardware, public works and infrastructure, government revenues and other joint national assets. The UK is going to want the Scots to assume a portion of the UK's joint debt, perhaps agree to house Britain's Trident nuclear subs for a few years, and maybe a cut on the North Sea  oil revenues in exchange.

All this can be worked out.

But an independent Scotland is absolutely bound to fail unless there are some radical changes. And not for any of the reasons I've heard anyone on the NO side mention.

One of the chief reasons the Scots want out is because frankly, they favor much more of a welfare state than the English do. In fact, there are a lot of the English that favor Scottish independence because of it.

The Scots envision themselves as another Norway or Denmark, but that kind of society comes with a huge price tag. I doubt many 'Yes' voters have ever seen what a Danish tax bill looks like.

And believe it or not, going that route is one of the chief things that will smother an independent Scotland. Sky high taxes and regulations are guaranteed  to send manufacturers fleeing and foreign investors seeking more inviting climes.

Even worse, that sort of environment destroys one of the major things an independent Scotland has going for it  - the entrepreneurial spirit the Scots used to be renowned for world wide. The Scots are relying on the oil, but all indications are that it's tapping out. What will really make an independent Scotland succeed is the energy, brains and marketing skills of its people. Singapore or Israel would be a far better model for Scotland than Norway.

But of course, there's another problem the Scots are going to have to overcome to make an Independent Scotland a success, and this one's the real kicker.

The yardstick for a population to replicate itself is a fertility rate of at least 2.1 per woman. The current rate (as of 2010, the last census) of non-Muslim Scots? About 1.2 kids per woman, while the Muslim rate in Scotland is 2.8 to 3.0..and that doesn't account for the ongoing immigration that's still incoming.Or polygamy.

Jimmy may not be pumping out the bairns anymore, but Abdullah is. And even more, because the native Scot population is aging while the Muslim immigrants tend to be younger, you'll see at some point in the not too distant future a disproportionally Muslim electorate. Sharia, anybody? It already has a decent start in the UK anyway.

I have to maliciously chuckle at this just a bit because of the  profound anti-Israel bias common in Scotland, which frequently crosses over the line into rank anti-semitism.The Scottish National Party and it's leadership have been particularly odious, comparing Israel to ISIS and calling for a 'Zionist-free Scotland.'

This, by the way is one reason I have no feelings one way or the other about an independent Scotland.But that aside,  unless the Scots start having a lot more kids, they aren't going to have a country anyway, and there's an ugly surprise in store. . The kilts, sporrans, tartans and  and pibrochs that the Scottish national movement now embraces as symbols of their heritage will give way to burkahs, niqabs, and squalor.

And that's what will ultimately make an independent Scotland a failed state, unless things change.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

No Honor Among Thieves - Fatah Accuses Hamas of Stealing Millions in Gaza Aid

In a further sign that the Hamas/Fatah entity are having their problems getting along, Fatah today accused Hamas of stealing over $700 million in aid money '“over the blood of the children of Palestine,” Israel’s NRG News reported.

Fatah spokesmouth Ahmed Assaf claimed that, during Operation Protective Edge, the Hamas’ leadership in Gaza took th emoney and stashed it away. And this time the money didn't come from western taxpayers for once:

“They raised funds from the Arab world in the name of the martyrs in Gaza, and on behalf of women, children and elders, and they talked about rebuilding the Gaza Strip and Israel destroyed mosques,” Assaf said in an interview with Arab media.

The Fatah spokesman insisted that Hamas’ leadership must “return the money they stole from the families of the dead and wounded refugee families whose homes were destroyed by the war,” and warned against the Islamist group “taking advantage of the circumstances of the war of destruction…”

The Arab states are notorious for making huge financial pledges to 'Palestine' and then not following through, so that part of this story surprises me. But the accusation doesn't, because while Hamas is popular in the Arab occupied areas of Judea and Samaria under Abbas, they're not so popular right now with the home town crowd in Gaza, some of whom have taken some pretty horrendous risks to leave Hamas's little Islamo-reichlet.

Fatah, who has stolen far more than Hamas are merely playing politics here and posing as the 'good mafiosos' to gain some political capital. They know Hamas isn't going to return the moolah, at least not all of it.

As ousted Fatah official Muhammad Dahlan admitted, Abbas personally stole at least $1.3 billion from the Palestine Investment Fund, money Yasser Arafat skimmed off humanitarian aid and 'taxes' paid to Fatah from 'Palestinian' businessmen as a price for being allowed to operate. Abbas' sons Yasser and Tareq have similarly benefited, as have a number of other well connected Fatah cronies. Sufa Arafat still lives in her chic apartment in the best part of Paris on her 'allowance' from the PA of $100,000 per month.

 Arafat's own accountant, Fuad Shubaki sung like a bird and revealed the details behind how Arafat and his fellow thugs in Fatah skimmed aid money and stole millions.

The 'Palestinian' leadership even had its greasy fingers on valuable medicines donated to the Palestinians by groups like OxFam, the International Red Cross, the EU and the UN (and of course, the American taxpayer).

For years, senior Fatah officials controlling the aid distribution made a bundle by systematically stealing the medicines and replacing them with worthless placebo pills, and then taking the real medicines to warehouses in Ramallah and Shechem(Nablus) for sale at premium prices on the black market.

'Palestine' is the most successful con game in history.

The $700  million  will be used as one of the bargaining chips  in the next mob style sit down between Hamas and Fatah, with the idea of  Fatah negotiating a cut for themselves.

Elizabeth Warren Gets Taken In By Anti-Israel Fake Holocaust 'Victim'

Progressive icon and Leftist demagogue Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was speaking at Tufts University in Massachusetts when she got played...and big time. At one point, taking questions, she picked Elizabeth Moseley, who threw Israel and Gaza into the mix. Here's a transcript of what went down:

Moseley: “Eva Moseley, I’m not a student, I’m not an alumnae, but was in faculty life. I was also a Holocaust refugee and I’m extremely concerned that Jews don’t do to another people what was done to them.”

Warren: “I think that’s fair.”

Moseley:"You recently said that you believe that Israel has the right to self-defense," the activist continued. "Do you also believe that the Palestinians have a right to self-defense?”

Warren:“Of course. And the answer is yes. The direction we ought to be moving is not toward more war. The direction we need to be moving, as I said, I believe we need to move to a two-state solution where both peoples can be secure and safe within their own borders. So, I’m there.”

At that point, one of Moseley's friends weighed in: “You specifically apologized for Israeli actions attacking schools and hospitals and you’re going on the congressional Israel trip which we all know is like AIPAC alignment, is what that is. So as a progressive, as someone who wanted you to come be a progressive, how can you say what you’re putting forward on Israel is progressive?”

Warren: “You know, look, you can do whatever characterization you want of it, but listen only to my words. I didn’t apologize for anyone. I made clear what my view is. I don’t want to see anyone kill more people.”

Then back to the scripted talking points...“You know, it’s – I think that peace favors both peoples and that’s what we really need,” Warren said, adding, “But I always want to be clear about this. The parties themselves are the ones that will have to negotiate this – it is not up to America to impose it.”

So let's analyze this a bit.


First of all, who's Eva Moseley? She is a retired Harvard clerical worker who is also a prominent BDS supporter and a member of the ultra far Left Cambridge Peace Commission who has made Israel-bashing her vocation. Eva Moseley is who the Commission goes to when they need an Israel basher for one of those 'as-a-Joo' moments.

Nor, by her own admission is she a Holocaust victim. She left Vienna with her parents for America in 1939, and as she said in this fan letter to Holocaust denier and Hezbollah fan Norman Finklestein, "I'm one of the lucky few who escaped and, because I was only six at the time of the Anschluss, escaped virtually all the trauma as well."

In spite of admitting having no connection with Judaism or the local Jewish community, Eva Moseley definitely knows how to use the accident of her birth to slime Israel. As she told her pals on the Peace Commission, "I can do my 'I escaped from Nazi Vienna and am unhappy with what Israel does' schtick, if you think that would help."

Next, let's see what she and her fellow Palestine groupie were able to manipulate Senator Warren into endorsing.

That 'Palestinian right of self defense' is well established code for terrorist attacks against Israel's civilians, part of the 'resistance.' If Senator Warren doesn't know that, she hasn't been paying attention much to the region or the Arab rhetoric on this subject and I would question her fitness to lead.

Second, when the unidentified Pal groupie attacked her for 'apologizing' for Israeli actions, Senator Warren's reaction was to say 'I am too a progressive, I didn't apologize for Israel, you know I just really want peace, kumbayah.'

Senator Warren, like more than a few Democrats is willing appear to be pro-Israel when it suits them for donor money and votes. But she  is also  apparently more than willing to 'triangulate' that support to appeal to her progressive, predominantly  anti-Israel base. Not only that, but the fact that she got so easily manipulated and doesn't appear to actually know much about the region except the talking points she's been fed is a bad combination.

Massachusetts voters who think Israel does have the right to defend itself and to exist should take note.

Watcher's Council Nominations - War? What War? Edition

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  • Hube of The Colossus of Rhodey has a great piece up at The College Fix, a cross post of this week's Council Entry, Pro-Israel Students Arrested at Ohio University for Standing Up to BDS-ers

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  • Tuesday, September 16, 2014

    Netanyahu Caves In On Gaza Reconstruction

     Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (right) presents a letter to UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry (left), at a meeting at Abbas's office in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on July 13, 2014. (photo credit: AFP/Abbas Momani)

    The Hamas/Fatah Unity government  and the UN have apparently come up with a formula for Gaza reconstruction, and Israel has apparently agreed to it.

    According to the agreement, Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority will be in charge of ensuring that the construction materials sent into Gaza for reconstruction will not be diverted to Hamas’s military efforts. 

    Coordinating the plan from the UN side was none other than Hamas money-launderer Robert Serry, whom Israel should have declared persona non-grata and kicked out of the region a long time ago.

    “The crisis in Gaza is far from over and the window of opportunity to address critical needs and stabilize the situation is short,” Serry warned.

    The envoy appealed for action to “change fundamentally the dynamics in Gaza,” warning that “if we do not, Gaza could implode — or, yet again, explode — possibly with a new and even more devastating round of violence.”

    Israel agreed to the UN proposal to put the PA in charge of overseeing Gaza’s reconstruction under the auspices of the UN.

    Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, who's in charge of the IDF’s interaction with Palestinian authorities, was quoted as saying that this new agreement would allow Gaza’s reconstruction to go forward while securing the security interests of Israel.

    'Securing the security interests of Israel?' How, exactly? Ironically, on the day the Israelis agreed to this, a mortar shell was fired from Gaza into the Eskol Council area in southern Israel.

    Abbas and his PA thugs are almost guaranteed to look the other way while their Hamas partners purloin whatever they need to rebuild the tunnels and the rest of their terrorist infrastructure.

    PM Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ya'allon have just given up their prime bargaining chip for Israel's main strategic goal with Hamas.

    Here's how this should have worked.

    "Oh hello Mr. Serry, have a seat. Oh, so this is what you and Mahmoud Abbas came up with? Let's have a look."

    "Hmm, this seems OK..but there's something missing. When is Hamas going to disarm and turn its missiles and mortars over to us? I don't see anything here about that."

    "Oh that's to be negotiated later? Ummm, no, sorry. When we find out when the Hamas disarmament happens, then we can talk about the reconstruction.In fact, I just sent off a query to your boss, Ban ki-Moon to find out how that's coming along. I'm surprised he didn't mention it."

    "The rubble and destruction? Well, I understand it's upsetting to you Mr. Serry. We didn't like the damage done to our people's homes either. But it serves a purpose you know, especially if Hamas isn't going to disarm. When they start to look around them, maybe they'll think twice about attacking us again."

    "But since Hamas isn't willing to disarm and since we're not getting any UN or donor aid to help our people anyway and have to pay for that ourselves, the disarmament thing is our primary goal here. We'd rather just let things sit until this disarmament question gets settled. After all, wasn't the Hamas disarmament in that UN resolution anyway?"

    "Now no need to get red in the face, Mr. Serry. After all, you're on such good terms with Hamas, and I have confidence in your abilities. Why don't you talk to your Hamas friends and work out a schedule for disarmament, and then we can talk about getting that reconstruction moving right along."

    "I believer you know your own way out. Keep me posted on how you're doing with Hamas, and have a nice day."

    Instead of that, the Hamas/Fatah entity gets what it wants, and Israel gets..what? The right to fight the next round?

    This needs to stop.Israel was never intended to be a nation of friers.

    Kerry: US Must Help Push 'Real Islam'

    No, I'm not kidding...John Kerry's 'strategy' for defeating the Islamic State involves proselytizing to push what he and his pals at the White House consider 'real Islam.'

    As I'm sure you know,both Kerry and President Obama have said that they don't 'consider ISIS Islamic.'

    Here's our Secretary of State at a roundtable discussion in Paris, still trying to build that so far illusory coalition:

    " What this effort has to do is literally dry up the money, dry up the foreign fighters, prevent the foreign fighters from going home back to various places to do harm. It has to start major efforts to delegitimize ISIS’s claim to some religious foundation for what it’s doing and begin to put real Islam out there and draw lines throughout the region.

    And I think this is a wake-up call with respect to that because every Arab leader there today was talking about this, about real Islam and how important the Friday sermons are and where they need to go. Those are critical components of this strategy. Getting logistics, airlift, putting humanitarian assistance in, flying it in, ammunition, equipment, training, advisers – all of these roles are the totality and you have to be able to describe this in a logistic way – in a holistic way."

    The 'real Islam?' I wonder if John Kerry has actually read the Qu'ran and seen what's in there?

    There's nothing the Islamic State is doing that isn't justified by a fairly straight forward reading of the Qu'ran and the Hadiths, the Muslim equivalent of the Gospels where Mohammed's life, deeds and sayings are recounted by his closest followers.Not all Muslims would agree with that reading, but there are a significant number that would. And a lot of them have no problem with the Islamic State.

    Believe it or not, Left wing Icon Bill Maher addressed this fairly well talking to PBS's clueless Charlie Rose:

    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State has a doctorate in Islamic studies from Baghdad University, one of the historic centers of Islamic learning and thought. He's formulated the Islamic State's ideology on what he and a lot of other people consider a legitimate reading of Islam.Do Kerry and Obama claim they understand what 'real Islam' is better than him?

    For that matter, where do Kerry and President Obama get off talking about 'real Islam' when they support and fund a unity government that includes Hamas, whose beliefs are essentially the same as Islamic State's?

    Kerry's State Department spokesmouth Maria Harf emphasized that just the other day, when she was asked about it.. “They’re different groups…They have different goals and different capabilities and different aims…

    Needless to say, when she was asked what those differences might be, she simply responded, “I’m not going to get into the business of ranking terrorist organizations.”

    When you have a President who's on record saying that "I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear" , you run into troublesome dichotomies like that.Some terrorists are OK, others are sort of borderline and some are..well, just not Islamic.Can't tell who the players are without a scorecard.

    I have to admit, I'm curious what Kerry and Obama have in mind to push this 'real Islam.' Dawa classes at your local public schools? Having U.S. and Eu taxpayers subsidize Wahhabi mosques at home and abroad? Free sets of flashcards, 'This Is Islam, This Ain't?'

    Pathetic. And needless to say, outright useless because of its fundamental dishonesty.

    Breakthrough! Have The Israelis Developed A Cure For Cancer?
    Israeli researchers have developed an  entirely new approach towards fighting cancer - and a brand new drug that uses this approach with what appears to be amazing success.

    The new approach is called immunotherapy and involves enhancing the body's natural immune systems to destroy the cancer cells. This is a 180 degree turn from contemporary methods like chemotherapy and radiation therapy,that seek to destroy the cancer cells and unfortunately usually end up destroying useful cells and even damaging organs, and producing harmful side effects as well.

    Known as Keytruda, the drug that halted Ben-Shabbat's aggressive cancer is viewed today as the great hope for patients with metastatic melanoma, and just recently received US Food and Drug Administration approval. According to many experts in the field, Keytruda is likely to lead to a significant breakthrough in the treatment of cancer.

    Unlike in the past, the innovative treatment does not focus on trying to destroy the malignant tumor by means of dangerous chemical drugs that come with serious side-effects. Instead, it serves to initiate gentle and sophisticated manipulations of the body's natural immune system, with the purpose of spurring it on to attack and destroy the cancerous cells itself. If the new treatment mechanism, known as immunotherapy, lives up to expectations, the world of oncology could undergo a real revolution within just a few years.

    "The new drug creates real potential for curing one of the deadliest forms of cancer, at the negligible cost of light and tolerable side-effects," says Prof. Jacob Schachter, head of Sheba Medical Center's Ella Institute for Melanoma. "Moreover, it completely alters the working assumptions in oncology treatment, as its working mechanism is effective in the war against other types of cancer too. There's no doubt today that the holy grail of oncology lies in immunotherapy, which helps the body's immune system to destroy the tumor's cells itself.

    "At this stage, we can only imagine the therapeutic potential of a combination of a number of such drugs, each acting on a different system, and some of which are already at an advanced stage of development. Among doctors, too, the scope of the breakthrough has yet to be digested."

    And it's a breakthrough that is likely to revolutionize oncology:

    Unlike chemotherapy, which is designed to destroy the malignant cells by means of chemical drugs, immunotherapy does not go to work on the tumor itself, but rather the healthy cells of our immune system. The new therapy centers on the knowledge that cancer cells are produced in our bodies all the time, and are immediately destroyed by the immune system. In other words, our bodies have the ability to destroy such cells, but sometimes lose this ability for some reason. Immunotherapy is designed to act in various ways to restore this lost ability.

    "Every second, our bodies produce defective cells that do not follow the regular rules of the body," says Dr. Gal Markel, chief scientist at Sheba's Ella Institute. "One of the jobs of the immune system is to locate these defective cells and to destroy them. This process occurs on a daily basis in each and every one of us, but sometimes things go wrong. For various reasons – genetic or environmental – irregular cells that are a little more durable can be produced."

    According to Dr. Markel, the immune system studies the new cell and adapts itself in an attempt to destroy it, but the cells, too, respond accordingly, and thus survive. This process, in which cancerous cells remain under the control of the immune system in some kind of mutual balance of terror, can continue for years.

    This means that when I, as a doctor, see a patient who has just been diagnosed, his immune system has already lost the ability to control the cancer. When a woman feels a lump in her breast, it's a sign that her cancer cells have already defeated her immune system, and that the delicate balance between the system and the rogue cells has been upset. The moment this happens, the cancer begins to run rampant."

    Cancer research up until now has always focused on trying to destroy the cancerous cells and/or t find out what causes the immune system stop destroying the dangerous cells.

    What the Israelis found out is how to overcome the immune system's natural restraint mechanism an dget it to focus on the cancer cells that have managed to foll the immune system into not attacking them as it would a virus or infection.

    "The efforts to activate the immune system by force failed because the fundamental problem does not lie with the system itself, but in the fact that the cancer can withstand it," says Dr. Markel, who delivered an address on the subject last week at the TEDMED conference on innovativeness in the field of medicine. "An instance in which a cancerous tumor develops is not an instance in which the immune system has stopped functioning, as was thought in the past, but rather a case of the cancer managing to effectively avoid it. The big revolution offered by the new drugs, some of which are still in the developmental stage, is that they help the immune system in various ways to snare the cancerous cells that try to slip under the radar."

    Keytruda, the drug that was recently FDA approves has the ability to neutralize the immune system's natural brakes and rev up its cancer fighting ability.

    "There are other elements that help the cancer cells to survive in the body, but the brakes are a critical element," Prof. Schachter explains. "Once they are out the way, the system begins to function like crazy. The new drug is more effective than the old one; it has fewer side-effects; and it works very quickly. Within weeks, the tumors shrink and the patients go back to living normal lives."

    Not the end of the tunnel, as Dr. Markel says, but the light at the end can already be seen.

    I demand that every BDS screecher, every Hamas and 'Palestine groupie' and every 'anti-Zionist' avoid this drug. Just boycott it,along with all the other innovations that have come out of this amazing country.

    What a paradox - that a nation that has brought so much good to the world and humanity is the one that is regarded as illegitimate and worthy of destruction by so many people.


    Obama Sends In Large Contingent Of Ground Troops

    Yes, President Obama has given the orders and has set a brand new objective for our military. But it's definitely not ISIS, fighting jihad or protecting our borders.

    In fact, (forget about the border) he's actually cutting back on counterterrorism efforts to send 3,000 US troops on an unclear mission to Monrovia, Liberia in West Africa, the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak.

    According to what President Obama's Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey has reportedly told senior officers, “The Department of Defense’s number one priority is combating Ebola.”

    Even the White house appears unclear on exactly what the soldiers are going to be doing.

    'U.S. Africa Command will set up a Joint Force Command headquartered in Monrovia, Liberia, to provide regional command and control support to U.S. military activities and facilitate coordination with U.S. government and international relief efforts,' a statement from the White House press office said.

    'A general from U.S. Army Africa, the Army component of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), will lead this effort, which will involve an estimated 3,000 U.S. forces.'

    All of which are hazy, non-specific and generic terms. What does 'regional command and control support for U.S. military activities' mean? What U.S. military activities are being planned? Are they basically being sent into a dangerous area where a highly contagious disease is running rampant to be policemen of some kind, enforcing some other country's law and order? Maybe several countries?

    And the president's rationale for this is frankly ridiculous at a time when our military is already stretched thin, thousands of personnel have been released from the service and defense spending has already been cut 21 per cent since 2010, President Obama's first fiscal year in office.

    On a Sept. 7 interview on NBC's 'Meet the Press,' as reported by the UK's Daily Mail, President Obama called the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a 'national security priority.'

    'If we don't make that effort now, and this spreads not just through Africa, but other parts of the world, there's the prospect then that the virus mutates, it becomes more easily transmittable, and then it could be a serious danger to the United States,” said Obama.

    So let's get this straight...the way to stop Ebola from being transmitted to the U.S. is not by policing our borders, cracking down on illegal migration, or quarantining nationals and limiting visas from the affected countries.

    Instead, the president obviously feels that the way to stop Ebola from becoming a problem in America is to ignore all these things and send 3,000 soldiers we can't really spare right now into the middle of an epidemic. Can you think of a better way to bring Ebola home to America?

    I can certainly see humanitarian aid, and apparently military engineers are going to slap together some makeshift hospitals. The U.S has done similar things before. But  the biggest hospital project the U.S. has committed to isn't for the locals. It's a fully equipped 25-bed 'field-deployable hospital,' that will be used solely to treat infected health care personnel and presumably those members of our military that become infected.

    And the State Department, tellingly, has just purchased 5,000 body bags.

    Why is the president doing this? Obviously this is not a 'national security issue'. But when it come to President Obama, there are two motivating factors you can always count on...politics and his own ego and aggrandizement.

    The politics are pretty simple. With the midterms coming up, it's yet another way to dupe African-American voters into thinking that Obama cares about them, even though for all practical purposes their voting bloc is being taken for granted and has been dumped to cater to Latinos.

    The ego and aggrandizement? That's pretty simple too. In spite of that totally unearned Nobel Peace Prize, in spite of all the rhetoric, President Obama has actually done very little in the way of humanitarian efforts, especially when you compare him to President Bush,who is particularly beloved in Africa for his efforts to combat AIDS and hunger. So this becomes an Obama bragging point - at other people's risk and expense, of course.


    The Watcher's Council Weasel Of The Week Nominations!!

    Hello and welcome to the Watcher's Council's new feature, 'Weasel Of The Week' feature, where we award the golden plastic Weasel to a public figure who particularly deserves to be publicly slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations and check back Thursday to see which Weasel gets the votes and walks off with the statuette of shame!


    Here are this weeks' nominees...

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi !!

    The Noisy Room : for her comments on Bill Maher's show:

    “It would be very important for the Democrats to retain control of the Senate,” Pelosi told Maher. “Civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if the Republicans win the Senate.”;

    The only thing that would be 'endangered' is Leftist Marxism and their unconstitutional mandates. If anything, civilization would take a much needed step forward with Republicans in full control. At least we would not be charging backwards towards a feudal state quite as fast, or embracing Progressivism quite as hard. Pelosi has not only ethical issues, she has sanity issues.

    NFL Commissioner ( at least at the time of writing) Roger Goodell!!

     Virginia Right! : for his legendary inconsistency in punishment.

    Ray Rice knocks his girlfriend out and initially received a 2 game suspension. Meanwhile, over in Indianapolis, Robert Mathis is prescribed a fertility drug by his doctor in an effort to have a child. Mathis gets a 4 game suspension. If only he had beat his wife instead of loving her enough to have a child.

    And now we find out that the elevator video of Rice actually hitting his girlfriend was probably seen - and ignored by Goodell. Until it went viral.

    Pop Singer Robin Thicke!

    The Colossus of Rhodey : It's bad enough he'll never admit he (clearly) ripped off Marvin Gaye and his classic "Got To Give It Up" for his mega-hit "Blurred Lines," but now he admits he never wrote the song in the first place!

    Maxine 'No Justice No peace' Waters, Democrat Congresswoman!

     The Independent Sentinel : For telling the Council of Pakistan Affairs and Islamic Society of Orange County that Sharia Law is compatible with the U.S. Constitution and for telling them that anyone who disagrees is a bigot.

    So much for free speech and the right to dissent.

    Former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton!!

    Nice Deb : for having the nerve to run for president after her ignominious term as Obama's Secretary of State.

    Never mind the scandals, lies and duplicity that marked her tenure as First Lady during the Clinton years.

    Under Obama, she presided over a State Department at a time in which the Middle East descended into chaos, our relationship with our allies weakened, and her "reset" with Russia failed miserably. During her watch, the State Department was awash in scandals from the Benghazi cover-up (with new revelations this week) to rampant sex crimes overseas and the subsequent whistle-blower retaliations that followed.

    Her only "accomplishment" - if you can call it that is the fact that she was the most traveled Sec. of State in US history.

    Being a Democrat, and thus a weasel, she understands that the MSM will crawl across broken glass to help drag her across the finish in line in 2016. So she's got that going for her and it's no small thing.

      Well, there it is! Are these worthy weasels or what? Check back Thursday to see which Weasel walks off with the statuette of shame!

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    Monday, September 15, 2014

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    The U.S. military in many ways has always been one of America's meritocracies, at least since President Eisenhower put VP Richard Nixon in charge of desegregating it. As in any organization, there was always a certain amount of politics involved, with Democrat presidents promoting Democrat generals and Republican presidents leaning towards Republicans, but by and large there was always the goal of the best and brightest rising to the top, and in many cases that goal was realized.

    Things have changed.

    Ive already written before about how admission standards to get into Annapolis have been lowered for minority candidates based strictly on race in the name of diversity.

    It appears now that the Army has decided to follow the trend... no doubt prompted by the Obama Administration. They're now concerned that there are too many white officers and not enough black ones, and we can't. have. that.

    So they're apparently going to do what the Navy did. They will start by lowering standards for black candidates to get into West Point, or as they told USA Today, "One of the Army’s plans for addressing the issue will be to put more emphasis on recruiting and mentoring minority officers."

    I think we can all translate what that means in reality.

    The Army reports that only 10 percent of its active-duty officers are black, which has contributed to its dearth of black officers leading soldiers with occupational specialties in infantry, armor and artillery.

    “It certainly is a problem for several reasons,” Col. Irving Smith, director of sociology at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, told USA Today. “First we are a public institution. And as a public institution we certainly have more of a responsibility to our nation than a private company to reflect it. In order to maintain their trust and confidence, the people of America need to know that the Army is not only effective but representative of them.”

    And here you thought the Army's primary responsibility was to protect the country, and to pick the very best soldiers to lead it regardless of race? Not in the age of Obama. Job one is now 'social justice' and racial bean counting.

    No one is even alleging that the Army has discriminated against black soldiers. No, they're being pressured for a very different and obvious reason.

    The American people, or at least the vast majority aren't losing trust and confidence in our military because there were too many white people leading it, or because their aren't enough black officers. Nor are they worrying about the military's ability to defend the country, and one big reason for that is because they perceive the military as a meritocracy where the best and brightest succeed. Ah, but these issues are a primary concern of the Obama Administration which views everything through two prisms - race and politics.

    This amounts to changing the nature of our military politically....forcing dozens of experienced officers and generals out of the service and into early retirement while replacing them with people the Regime feels are more likely to support them politically. And if it means that spaces at West Point, the other service academies and Officer Candidate Schools are taken up by people who are less qualified than others strictly on racial grounds, that isn't a concern.

    Watch what happens to the quality of our volunteer military and to the American people's perception of it if this trend continues.