Posts Tagged ‘Iran’

The ISIS Crisis – and the UN

September 3, 2014

On the heels of Obama’s indecision, incompetency, and lack of interest regarding the ISIS crisis, the UN is taking action. It is sending 11 investigators to Iran, at a budget of $1.18 million, to examine crimes being committed by Islamic State “militants”. (Note that the linked Reuters report uses “militants” rather than “terrorists”.)

The UN investigators will report back by…March, 2015. That’s over 6 months away, long enough for an unimpeded, rampaging ISIS army to reach the UN building in NY and report personally before the investigation is complete. (With our southern border completely open, that may not be an exaggeration.) One wonders why it takes 6 months to find crimes in Iraq when they are being shown on the news every night.

Once the UN investigation is over, there are sure to be sanctions put in place against ISIS. An embargo of the scarfs hiding ISIS faces can stop beheadings and an embargo on pick-up truck replacement parts can slow them down, but banning them from YouTube or stopping arms shipments is much too inhumane for the UN.

It is hard to believe the UN could be less effective than Obama in dealing with the ISIS crisis, but it will be. The UN continually outdoes itself with ineffectiveness and its inherent bias against Israel automatically makes it sympathetic to Arab terrorists. There will be nothing good coming from the UN, and certainly nothing at all until its investigation is completed…in March.

ISIS, Russia, China, Iran, and Hamas are wreaking havoc around the world because there is an absence of strong leadership on the world stage. That leadership used to be provided by the U.S. president but Obama deliberately rejected it to follow his fantasy vision of the world. Even if he finally wakes to the foolishness of that fantasy, he has lost too much credibility to be handed the reins of leadership.

The world may have to wait until 2016 for a leader to step up. We can only hope it won’t be too late.

David J. Hentosh

Kerry Insults Israel – Again

April 28, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry is obviously in over his head dealing with foreign policy and totally frustrated by his failed diplomatic efforts. He now seems to be frantically searching for any success he can find by joining the blame game and insulting Israel. That, at least, will get Palestinians behind him.

Sounding much like Jimmy Carter, Kerry said that if Israel doesn’t make peace soon, it could become an apartheid state. Kerry, like better men before him, can’t get Palestinians interested in making peace so he is taking the easiest and safest road by putting the onus on Israel. Palestinian rockets cannot shake Kerry’s bias.

Israel Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon dared state the obvious when he accused the Obama administration of being weak on Iran and questioned its commitment to Israel. The entire world knows Obama has been weak on Iran and that Israel will be forced to solve that problem by itself. This administration’s diplomacy, however, has been based on empty rhetoric, so honest dialogue is seen as a threat.

Kerry is making matters worse in the Middle East. That’s certainly dangerous enough for Obama to demand his resignation. Don’t hold your breath.

David J. Hentosh

Leave the UN to Its Own Ruin

October 27, 2013

Over the last 37 years, the UN vote coincided with the United States on an average of 32.7%. In other words, the UN voted against our interests two-thirds of the time. Even nations receiving the most aid from the United States voted against us more than half the time, yet, we continue to pay the most dues. Why?

Obama came into office high on the UN and many nations seemed to think he was going to be a uniting factor. However, UN support for the US from other nations dropped 9% from 2011 to 2012, a clear indication that Obama’s foreign policies failed to unite or bring world confidence. His lack of leadership has been a disappointment not only to American citizens, but to the world, and our influence at the UN is at its weakest point.

Lack of leadership from the UN has also been evident for quite some time and the UN Security Council, the strongest body of the UN, has become largely impotent. Saudi Arabia recently rejected its newly acquired seat on the council, protesting UN inability to resolve world conflicts, specifically the Syrian civil war.

A long-time ally of the US, Saudi Arabia has now become angered by Obama’s diplomatic overtures to Iran and failure to act in Syria. Obama’s refusal to take a harder line on Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons dovetails with the UN’s inability to act, leaving the Middle East on the verge of a dangerous explosion. What use, then, is the UN if it cannot help defuse these situations?

The UN is quick to condemn the US when it can and reluctant to back the US when asked. Its actions, when it does decide to act, are most often weak and ineffective. It is politically correct while being a political farce. The time has come for the US to bow out.

David J. Hentosh

A Week Filled With Denial

September 30, 2013

President Obama lead the way in denial this week, stating that there will be no harm to the economy from Obamacare. This flies in the face of facts that show company lay-offs, freezes on hiring, decreases in full-time employees, and increases in part-time employment due to Obamacare – as well as premium increases.

Obama also brought his denial into the international arena by opening up negotiations with Iran based on obvious lies from the new Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani. This guy promised to stop Iran’s quest for a nuclear weapon – a quest he very recently claimed didn’t even exist. Obama is pretending this is real in the same way he is pretending Syria’s giving up chemical weapons is real.

These denials help Obama keep face and smooth his remaining years in the White House, but they are very dangerous to the entire world. Iran used Obama like a puppet for years, stalling for time to complete manufacture of a nuclear weapon, which is now close at hand. Putin is pulling those same puppet strings, allowing Syria to keep chemical weapons and a lucrative partnership with Russia.

Under Obama’s policies, the United States has lost world influence and grown weaker, but Obama boasted at the UN this week that “the world is safer than it was five years ago” because of his policies. Obama also took credit for helping Putin defuse Syria’s chemical weapon use. Putin erased Obama’s problematic red line and regained previously lost influence in the Middle East through Obama’s bungling, yet, Obama unabashedly pretended it was a personal diplomatic coup.

Of course, the UN is the ideal place for pretense. The UN climate panel just proclaimed that it is “extremely likely” that climate change is man-made, based on a new report it received. Conveniently, the panel ignored everything in the report that pointed otherwise, and there is much that does, such as: No increase in global temperature in the past 15 years; an increase rather than decrease in Antarctic ice; admission of inaccurate models, and many other findings that do not point to man-made global warming.

The best denial of the week, however, goes to Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan, a Saudi Arabian cleric who defended banning women from driving because it “…could have negative physiological impacts as functional and physiological medical studies show that it automatically affects the ovaries and pushes the pelvis upwards…” This doesn’t sound quite like president Obama, but it does sound a lot like a UN interpretation of a medical report.

David J. Hentosh

Reagan Was Right – Again

March 25, 2013

As a result of North Korea rattling its nuclear sword with long range missile tests and development of a mobile launcher, Obama reluctantly reversed his decision to freeze the Alaskan missile defense system and allowed ground-based missile interceptors to be deployed. By doing so, Obama inadvertently pays homage to Ronald Reagan’s SDI initiative.

Thirty years ago, Reagan was demonized and ridiculed for his “evil empire” speech against the Soviet Union and his idea of a missile defense initiative (SDI). It was sneeringly labeled “Star Wars” by Sen. Ted Kennedy who had no such ridicule when President John F. Kennedy pushed the limits of technology by calling for a man on the moon in less than a decade. Technology is only embraced by liberals when it fits their political ideology.

Both George H. and George W. Bush kept SDI alive while in the White House. Bill Clinton, supposedly a far-thinking president, pointedly ignored it as best he could. Obama is only allowing interceptors because North Korean missiles may now have the capability of hitting the west coast of the US. His foreign policy with North Korea and Iran failed to stop or limit their nuclear aggression and threats can no longer be ignored.

Obama’s distaste for SDI was evident when he cancelled the anti-missile system that was scheduled for deployment in Poland and the Czech Republic as a defense against potential Iranian missiles. Obama caved to the Russian complaint (fear?) against a system that could neutralize Russian intercontinental missiles, as if defending against them was an act of aggression. Consequently, Iran’s continued development of a nuclear missile poses a threat that could have been, but won’t be, defended against.

Obama cancelled several other missile defense programs, causing us to fall behind in that technology at a time when the threat of a rogue nuclear missile is increasing. Once again, Obama’s “fundamental transformation” is proving to be out of touch with reality and dangerous to the welfare of the country. If he finishes stripping us down to the defense level of other European countries, where will we and the free world turn for protection? Reagan instinctively understood.

David J. Hentosh

Mighty Mouse Roars Again

February 4, 2013

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiled to the world his latest “peaceful” weapon, a stealth fighter jet. Experts have expressed doubts about this and have used the pictures Iran published of this stealth fighter to debunk the claim. It is hard to believe any of Ahmadinejad’s claims.

Wanting desperately to be seen as a strong leader of a legitimate nation, Ahmadinejad continually tries to present Iran as the technological equal of Western countries. Only fools buy the act but, unfortunately, fools are not scarce in the world.

Ahmadinejad often comes across as a clown, but he is a dangerous clown. His ongoing nuclear program is a danger to the world and his “peaceful” act does little to hide his violent intentions. He has publicly declared Israel to be “a cancerous tumor” that must be “finished off” and his aggressiveness toward the US is palpable.

Although there are doubts about Iran launching a monkey into space and recovering it alive, Ahmadinejad proudly announced such an achievement and stated that he wants to be the first Iranian astronaut. Whether or not his boast is true, any rocket technology in his hands is another step toward a deliverable nuclear weapon. That is his goal and he is gaining on it.

The administration’s unsuccessful policy of trying to talk Ahmadinejad out of his nuclear program has only provided him with time to continue it with impunity. His claim for “peaceful” nuclear power is an obvious ruse, but it has allowed continuing denial in those unwilling to take a hard line.

Ahmadinejad roars like a cartoon Mighty Mouse with Baghdad-Bob-like statements, but he must be treated as a serious danger. The current administration has shown reluctance to take a harder stance. This could result in Israel de-fusing Iran on its own, causing the entire Middle East to explode. The clock is ticking.

David J. Hentosh

From Iran, Another Insult to Decency

September 24, 2012

It is beyond reason why the UN allows the little man from Iran to speak his twisted and disgusting thoughts for the world to hear. After being warned about incendiary rhetoric, Ahmadinejad ignored the warning and blustered away in front of the UN assembly, making sure to denigrate Israel and offer another promise of its elimination.

Professing his might to withstand any attack, much like Saddam did before finally being hunted down like the rabid dog he was, he pretended that Israel was no threat. He proclaimed, once again, that his nuclear program is for peaceful purposes and then alluded, proudly, to Iran’s death threat against British novelist Rushdie, displaying for all one of his peaceful policies.

Lecturing the UN assembly about Jewish history, insulting Israel as much as possible, he then demands that insults should be considered a crime. It is a sad commentary on the state of the world that he is treated seriously as a president of a country.

It is no wonder that the Middle East is about to explode. You can easily guess who will have to clean up the mess.

David J. Hentosh

Obama’s Foreign Policy Farce Exposed

September 15, 2012

Reminiscent of a Baghdad Bob performance, White House press secretary Jay Carney told the press on Friday that the violence occurring around the world at US embassies is “…in response not to United States policy, and not to, obviously, the administration or the American people, but it is in response to a video”.

This, of course, has to be the White House position because Obama told us he was “uniquely qualified” to bring stability to America’s relationships in the Muslim world. Many voters were fooled into believing that his charisma, alone, was enough to calm down Muslim fanatics and that his foreign policy of “throw away the stick and speak softly” was the answer. Worse than that, Obama fooled himself into believing it.

After one term of Obama’s foreign policy, the US has not only lost respect around the world, it has lost influence, credibility, and allies. In the Middle East, fear of US reprisal is no longer a concern for violence-prone fanatics who respect nothing but strength. Obama’s willingness to throw Israel, once a strong ally, under the bus is welcomed by most Middle East Arabs, but it is also a sign of weakness. That weakness is blood in the water for terrorist sharks, as is appeasement.

Iran has certainly taken advantage of Obama’s weakness and is fast approaching a viable nuclear weapon. Having arrogantly announced his intent of wiping Israel off the map, Armajinedad openly sneers at Obama and the UN, knowing there is nothing to fear from continuing his efforts. Without the “stick” of the US, the UN is even more useless than it has been. Israel, abandoned by Obama’s foreign policy, fully understands the danger and is on the verge of a military attack which will explode the Middle East.

Obama’s foreign policy farce is now being exposed, as were his other failed policies. He has nothing but to campaign on contraceptives, taxing rich people, abortion rights, gay marriage, and issues that prey on emotions. It would be very dangerous for voters to be fooled again.

David J. Hentosh

Obama International Failure Worse than UN Failure

August 18, 2012

The total failure of the UN concerning Iran, terrorism, and human rights issues is glaringly evident. The UN has been useless for years, internationally accepted as being little more than a stage for blustery rhetoric and hollow threats. Obama’s failure, however, has emboldened aggressive nation’s leaders, making it much more dangerous.

Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has benefited the most from Obama’s failure, bringing his nuclear weapons program to near fruition with impunity. Obama’s “multi-lateral approach” has failed to enforce US sanctions against Iran and, instead, has granted exemptions from those sanctions to all of Iran’s oil-trading partners.

Speaking at Tehran University, Ahmadinejad arrogantly proclaimed: “The existence of the Zionist regime is an insult to all humanity” and confronting Israel is an effort to “protect the dignity of all human beings”. Israel is on the brink of attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities to prevent an Iranian nuclear attack, but Ahmadinejad seems confident Israel will not get needed support from Obama to do that. Obama’s weakness is responsible for Ahmadinejad’s confidence and increasing aggression.

Not so coincidently, Saudi cleric Salman Al-Odeh declared on an Arab TV station that the Holocaust is an “exaggeration” and that Jewish people consume the blood of children. He elaborated seriously on this despicable Arab-propagated myth, deliberately stirring up hatred. This comes from a cleric in a supposedly US-friendly nation, preparing followers for active aggression against Israel. No US response is expected.

Obama’s failure to act during the Arab Spring takeover of Egypt by the Muslim Brotherhood has doomed that country. There are now reports that radical Muslims in Egypt are actually crucifying opponents of their president, Mohammed Morsi, on trees outside the presidential palace. There is no fear of reprisal from Obama.

Obama was weaned on a far-left agenda treating all cultures and nations with moral equivalence, except the United States, which is judged to be malevolent. Obama’s international failure is a direct result of that agenda. Heavily invested in Obama, the liberal media has tried to hide that failure, but the consequences are now too evident.

We are on the brink of a Middle East explosion, and Obama helped light the fuse. The UN’s incompetency pales in comparison.

David J. Hentosh

Obama Puts Re-election Ahead of Security

May 26, 2012

Obama’s “soft” diplomacy has given Iran years to stall for time while pursuing nuclear weapons. Iran has been playing Obama like a puppet and is now pulling the string of Obama’s quest for re-election. It is clear that Obama is more interested in getting re-elected than stopping Iran’s nuclear program and Iran is using it as a lever. Rhetoric has been, and still is, Obama’s way to counter Iran’s aggressiveness and it continues to be Iran’s most useful tool.

From FT.com via DRUDGE

Over the past few weeks, there has been growing optimism in western capitals that Iran might be forced into a compromise over its nuclear program and avoid a war with Israel and the US…But after often fraught bargaining in Baghdad, diplomats left declaring they had made no progress at all…Tehran has room for manoeuvre, particularly because the US is determined that talks must not break down before its presidential election…Washington is desperate to stop Israel carrying out an attack before November – an event that would drag the US into war and also destabilize President Barack Obama’s chances of re-election…what is also clear is that the negotiations will get a great deal harder if there is no clear progress at the next meeting in Moscow on June 18…failure at Moscow will force Mr. Obama to ratchet up the rhetoric against the regime in order to counter Republican accusations that he is being strung along by Iranian prevarication.

Read it here: Iran talks end in harsh lesson for West

DJH


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