Taking Sides

I support Israel in its existential battles with enemies dedicated to its destruction. Israel is the only country in the region that is recognizable as a democratic state. It is at war with totalitarian thugs. In such a struggle, I support the democracy against the thugs.

Some folks seem to favor Hamas. Over at the Justice Through Music Project website, they’re headlining a video by Op-Critical called My Eyes.

In 2010, JTMP teamed up with musical-activist band Op-Critical and made the music video “My Eyes” criticizing the use of disproportionate force the Israeli Defense Force always uses against innocent Palestinian civilians. Four years later in 2014, the video still is relevant and needs to be reposted in light of the hundreds of civilians recently being killed by the IDF in the Gaza Strip. … Watch “My Eyes” below, and contact the Israeli embassy in DC and tell them to stop responding with such disproportionate military force in civilian areas.

If you can stomach the singing, you can watch the music video on YouTube.

Hamas has brought about the situation in Gaza. I’ve been amazed by the restraint the Israelis have shown. If I were going to call their embassy, it would be to offer my support.

Disaster Du Jour

Bret Stephens discusses the fruits of Obama’s foreign policy over at WSJ.

Yet when it comes to leadership, we have our very own Clement Attlee at the top, eager to subtract the burdens of international responsibility so he can get on with the only thing that really animates him, which is building social democracy at home. Actually, that’s unfair to Attlee, who could count on a powerful ally to pick up England’s dropped reins, rescue Europe, stop the Soviets. Mr. Obama’s method is to ignore a crisis for as long as possible, give a speech, impose a sanction, and switch the subject to climate change or income inequality.

Read the whole thing.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin claims that it was nefarious actions by his imagined RICO conspiracy that cost Justice Through Music Project its contracts with the State Department. No, really. It’s right here in his proposed second amended complaint in his Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness.ECF 100-152Believe it or not, this isn’t TDPK’s first attempt to get involved in Middle Eastern diplomacy. He had a go at it back when he was in prison. Yvonne Abraham reported the following at the Boston Phoenix back in 1996 in an article about Mark Singer’s book Citizen K:

And Kimberlin soon began undermining his own credibility. The more Singer got to know him, the stranger the prisoner became. Believing himself exceptionally talented, Kimberlin was certain he’d become an international recording star, and he thought he might just ask Sting or Paul McCartney to co-write some songs with him. He’d also tried to intervene in the Iraq crisis of 1990, in the hopes of averting the Gulf War, thereby making a hero of himself. “The plan was for Hussein to release these hostages — the human shield — to my mother,” he told Singer. Naturally, his own subsequent release would have been a given had the Iraqi ambassador to the United States acted upon the letters Kimberlin had his mother hand-deliver.

I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.

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So far, we’ve manage one goal in spite of him.

An Interesting Summer Ahead?

Netanyahu_redline“At this late hour, there is only one way to peacefully prevent Iran from getting atomic bombs. That’s by placing a clear red line on Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

“Red lines don’t lead to war; red lines prevent war.

“Now they are well into the second stage. By next spring, at most by next summer at current enrichment rates, they will have finished the medium enrichment and move on to the final stage.

“From there, it’s only a few months, possibly a few weeks before they get enough enriched uranium for the first bomb.”

Like Watergate?

I’m beginning to hear rumblings of “just like Watergate” in discussions of both the Benghazi and IRS v. Tea Party stories.

Really? Watergate, after all, was only a third-rate burglary according the administration in the White House at the time.

I suppose that having a body count has kept the White House from pooh-poohing the attack on the consulate as merely a “third-world mugging,” but the IRS story is already being pitched as overzealous low-level workers exceeding their authority.

Ah, what difference, at this point, does it make?

Who Disobeyed These Orders?

Not long after the attack on the consulate, the President answered a Denver newsman’s question about Benghazi with these words:

I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure we are securing our personnel and that we are doing whatever we need to. Number two, we are going to investigate exactly what happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again. Number three, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice.

We know from Greg Hick’s testimony that special forces were ordered to stand down rather than provide assistance. Why wasn’t the President’s order (number one above) carried out? If it was, in fact, given?

When They’ve Lost the BBC …

… the Administration is in a heap of trouble. Here’s what Mark Mardell, the Beeb‘s North American Editor says:

The new documents contain two rationales for the changes in language. The first is that it would prejudice the FBI investigation. Perhaps, but I am not at all persuaded.

The other reason given – old-fashioned butt-guarding – is more credible. However you read the motives, the state department and apparently the White House did get the CIA to change its story.

This is now very serious, and I suspect heads will roll. The White House will be on the defensive for a while.

This is, as one former President put it, deep doo-doo.

What Difference, At This Point, Do the Facts Make?

Stacy McCain has a post up analyzing the Democrats “How Dare You?” defense of the Benghazi fiasco.

It seems to me that the Democrats’ positions is best summed up by the remark made by Rep. Simpson (D-Springfield)—

Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that’s even remotely true.

UPDATE—Roger L. Simon reflects on Hillary de Medici.

Thoughts on the #Benghazi Hearing

I listened to the Benghazi hearing today via C-Span Radio. Here are some random thoughts—

Someone near the top of the food chain clearly was willing to put diplomats unnecessarily in harm’s way for political and/or personal career purposes.

Gregory Hicks wondered about the what we would be doing placing diplomats in a situation where they needed .50 machine guns for protection. OTOH, Glenn Reynolds’s campaign promise (Reynolds 2016) about flame throwers for embassy guards speaks to a tough resolve that is missing from our conduct of foreign affairs.

The administration was simply lying with the talking points used by Susan Rice and others.

The Democrats on the committee seem more interested in covering for the administration and, especially, Secretary Clinton than uncovering the truth.

Elijah Cummings is an embarrassment to the state of Maryland.

UPDATE—Was Elijah Cummings channeling Dr. Gosnell with his “Death is a part of life” comment?

WaPo, the newspaper that broke the Watergate story wide open, noted that the supposedly average person tweet about #Benghazi was a rich, middle-aged male who liked Chick-fil-A. Most of the other main stream media just took a nothing-to-see-here-move-along approach.

UPDATE 2—The Other McCain notices that the main stream media didn’t give the hearings much emphasis and wonders, “What difference does it make?”

That 3 AM Phone Call

Do you remember the commercial Hillary Clinton ran during the 2008 primaries about who should get that 3 am phone call? The implication was that Barack Obama wasn’t the right person, and that has turned out to be true all too often.

Reading this piece by Paul Mirengoff over at Powerline, it seems that Mrs. Clinton would have been (and still probably is) a poor choice too.

BTW, the first shots were fired in Benghazi around 4 pm Washington time when folks were supposed to be awake.

Who is Syria’s Neighbor?

Jim Geraghty quotes a White House official in today’s Morning Jolt email as saying this about Assad in Syria:

If he drops sarin on his own people, what’s that got to do with us?

An interesting question. An ancient rabbi framed it this way:

A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho; and he fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went off leaving him half dead. And by chance a certain priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, and came to him, and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, “Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return, I will repay you.”

Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?

We may not be called to put boots on the ground, but should we just pass by on the other side of the road? Our leaders have made a difficult place for themselves. And for us.

Syria: Of Course, You Know This Means War

As The Other McCain noted earlier in the day concerning Syria’s reaction to Israeli attacks, CNN is reporting that a “top Syrian official” in “an exclusive interview” has that the Israeli attack on a military facility outside Damascus was a “declaration of war.”

Not to be too pedantic, but Israel and Syria have been in a state of war for decades. The fighting on the Golan Heights in the Yom Kippur War of 1973 ground on into the spring of 1974, ending in a disengagement agreement. There has been no formal peace between the two countries ever since.

No Fair!

“What difference, at this point, does it make?”

That’s an accurate quote of what Secretary Clinton said in response to a question during a Senate hearing today. The left side of the blogosphere has the vapors over the right side’s picking up that quote and running with it. It’s unfair, they say, just like using such underhanded rhetorical tricks as math or facts.

And they want us to believe that they are a reality-based community.

Yeah. Sure.

Fighting Above One’s Weight

It looks as if the hacker group Anonymous has taken sides with Hamas and is actively targeting Israeli assets. As Stacy McCain points out, they may be biting off more than they can chew. Mossad has a long and effective reach.

Anyone who doubts that should ask Gerald Bull, Adolf EichmannKhalil al-WazirMahmoud al-MabhouhIzz El-Deen Sheikh Khalil, …