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US Presidents – regarding Israel



Who would be better for Israel and the United States? Bernie Sanders? Hillary Clinton? Martin O’Malley? Lincoln ChafeeJeb! Bush? Chris Christie? Marco Rubio? Ted Cruz? Rand Paul? Donald Trump?

This brief survey of statements and actions by various U.S. Presidents on Israel leads to the inexorable conclusion that Democrats are better for Israel than Republicans, therefore Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley or Lincoln Chafee would likely be better than any of the Republicans.    

Truman, D, recognized Israel. 
Eisenhower, R, refused to support Israel, UK, France in ’56, allowed CIA and British MI 5 (or MI 6) to topple 
Mossadegh in Iran, which resulted in Islamic Revolution against the Shah and created the modern Iranian theocracy.  
Kennedy, D, inspired Israel as he inspired the US and the world. And Israel inspired Kennedy. See above. 
Johnson, D, supported Israel in ’67. 
Nixon, R, did not support Israel in ’73.
Carter, D, brought Israel and Egypt to table, Begin & Sadat signed a historic accord. 
Reagan, R, laid a wreath for the Nazi SS at Bitburg and criticized Israel’s bombing of the Iraqi nuclear weapons reactor at Osirak. Initiated support for Osama bin Laden and Mujahideen in Afghanistan. Mujahideen transformed itself into Taliban. 
Bush, G. H. W., R, asked Israel for restraint in the face of Iraqi SCUD missile attacks during the first US War in the Gulf. 
Clinton, D, tried to bring Israel and Palestinians to the table. Arafat walked away. 
Bush, G.W., R, despite assertions of his “Love” for Israel, the invasion, occupation and destabilization of Iraq has strengthened Iran immeasurably. However, Pres. Bush may deserve credit for initiating “Operation Olympic Games.” 
Obama, D, may deserve credit for continuing “Operation Olympic Games.” With current negotiations w Iran may deserve credit for acting to stabilize the region.

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Implications of Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu

Jon Stewart on the Daily Show (here) and Roger Cohen in the New York Times (here) discussed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 3, 2015 speech to the US Congress (Youtube, here).

Jon Stewart, spoke about the “Festival of Slights,” and said, “No one can speak for all Jews … we like to argue.”

He also played clips of Netanyahu’s speeches to Congress.

Netanyahu in 2015, “Iran’s break-out time would be very short… about one year.”

In 1996, “The most dangerous of these regimes is Iran… If this regime or its despotic neighbor Iraq were to acquire nuclear weapons this could presage catastrophic consequences. Time is running out. We have to act.”

In 2002, “If you take out Saddam, Saddam’s regime, [you] could very well create an implosion in a neighboring regime like Iran.”

Cohen wrote (here),

Netanyahu … portrays a rampaging Islamic Republic that “now dominates four Arab capitals, Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut and Sana,” a nation “gobbling” other countries on a “march of conquest, subjugation and terror.” Then, in the same speech, he describes Iran as “a very vulnerable regime” on the brink of folding.

Well, which is it?

… where is the leverage to secure that “much better deal”?

[Netanyahu] dances over the fact that military action — the solution implicit in Netanyahu’s demands for Iranian nuclear capitulation — would likely set back the Iranian program by a couple of years at most, while guaranteeing that Iran races for a bomb in the aftermath.

What better assures Israel’s security, a decade of strict limitation and inspection of Iran’s nuclear program that prevents it making a bomb, or a war that delays the program a couple of years, locks in the most radical factions in Tehran, and intensifies Middle Eastern violence?

No wonder Representative Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Party’s House Leader, saw Netanyahu’s speech to Congress as an “insult to the intelligence of the United States.”

In commenting on the speech, here, Mier Dagan, former head of Israel’s Mossad, was skeptical that Iran could produce nuclear weapons in less than a year. That remark, Dagan said, was “bullshit.” Dagan called Netanyahu’s address “a political speech that caused diplomatic and defense damage to Israel.”

Isaac Herzog, Netanyahu’s opponent in the Israeli elections, said,

“The painful truth is that after the applause, Netanyahu was left alone. Israel was left isolated. And the negotiations with Iran will continue without any Israeli involvement. This speech badly damaged U.S.-Israel relations. It won’t change the administration’s stance but will only widen the rift with our greatest friend and strategic ally.”

Meanwhile this fellow stood outside Congress asking a very simple question:

American Protesting Israeli PM Netanyahu at US Congress, March, 2015. He stands with a sign asking members of Congress if they are loyal to the US or Israel.

American Protesting at US Congress, March, 2015

Netanyahu appeared to have openly supported Mitt Romney in the Presidential election of 2012 (ABC News/CS Monitor/Guardian). Had Mr. Romeny won the Presidency, whether or not he would have changed US policy toward Israel and the Middle East, there might have been the perception that the US was an agent of Israel.  The Republicans in Congress seem to have forgotten Washington’s and Jefferson’s policies about entangling alliances.

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I Have A Dream

“I have a dream where one day my four little children are judged by the content of their character not the color of their skin.” – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. (here)

Dr. King made that statement on August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington DC.

Election Day, 2008, was that day. Enough voters judged Barack Obama by the content of his character, not the color of is skin, that he was elected President of the United States.

Let’s hope for the same in November, 2012, and going forward.  And that all are judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.  As Dr. King said,

From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:
                Free at last! Free at last!

                Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

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You Can Judge a Man by His Friends, part 2

Here we see Russian President & Dictator Vladimir Putin and American President Barack Obama at the G 20 Summit in Mexico in June, 2012. Unlike the pictures, below, of Putin with Assad and Ahmadinejad, these men are not smiling. They don’t seem pleased to be in each other’s company.

As an American, I am proud that the President of the United States does not seem happy to be in the company of the dictator of Russia.

Thanks to the NY Times for the image of Obama and Putin. 

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Mittens and He Who Should Be Neutered

Why is Buddy Roemer excluded from the GOP debates? It’s not that I don’t like Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Ron Paul, it’s that I have nothing but contempt for Mittens, he who should be neutered, and Santorum (who’s name doesn’t really mean what Google says it means) and … Ron Paul is a white supremacist. Or he may not be, but he’s their boy.

Gingrich cheats on wife 1, Jackie, with Other Woman 1, Marianne, who becomes Wife 2. Then cheats on Wife 2, Marianne, with Young Intern / Other Woman 2, Callista, who becomes Wife 3. This last while blasting Clinton for having a relationship with an intern. What Hypocrisy! What Arrogance! I mean “The Gingrich Wives” – sounds like the title of a film – a porn film.

Romney may be ‘Wall Street.’ But Gingrich is a lobbyist for Wall Street. Oh, I forgot- Gingrich is an historian.

Why don’t I like Romney? He’s not Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates, Tom Watson, Henry Ford, Bill Hewlett, Dave Packard, Walt Disney: They created stuff. Romney looked for companies to raid.

Romney on Obama: “He had no jobs plan.” But he saved all the union jobs at GM and Chrysler. “He never even managed a corner store; he was a community organizer (helping poor people). Romney didn’t create jobs; he created poor people.

Mittens, Newter, Santorum, and Ron Paul will solve poverty by eliminating food stamps, Medicare. They will save poor people by allowing them to die.

So the problem with the Republican Party is that it has become the party of the lunatic fringe. Why is Buddy Roemer exlcuded from the GOP debates?

Romney: “Obama apologizes for America.” How, Mitt? By killing bin Laden? By going after Quadafi? Romney should apologize for driving for 12 hours with his dog strapped to the roof of his car.

John McCain was called a “Maverick” because he actually worked with Democrats.

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Republican field narrows in the 2012 Race to Lose to Obama

The loss of Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump leaves Republicans Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Michelle Bachmann, Chris Christie, Herman Cain, and Ron Paul in the race to lose to Obama. On the Democratic side, Russ Feingold has indicated that he will challenge President Obama. Dennis Kuchinich is also said to be contemplating a run for the White House. Martha Coakley, who recently lost her bid to represent Massachusetts in the United States Senate, is also planning on registering as a candidate. She is not, however, planning on running an actual campaign.
The Democrats are planning Primary Debates in the historic Fraunces Tavern, in New York City, and the Green Dragon Tavern, in Boston, Mass. These are symbolic: a victorious General George Washingon said farewell to his troops, at Fraunces Tavern, and was inaugurated a block or two north, on the balcony of Federal Hall, on the Corner of Wall and Broad Streets, in 1789. (click). John Adams, Sam Adams, Paul Revere, and other Sons of Liberty ate, drank, and planned the Revolution at the Green Dragon. Before, after, or during their debates, someone, somewhere will say, “A black man, a Jew and a Pollack walk into a bar. The bartender asks ‘What’ll ya have?’ The African American says ‘Oval Office, straight up.’ The bartender replies ‘It’s on the rocks.’ The Jew and the Pollack say ‘We’ll have what he’s having.’ The bartender says, ‘I can only serve one every four years, and he has dibs.’ “

In a move that may disappoint social Conservatives, Mike Huckabee, Republican Governor turned Fox News commentator / entertainer announced that he is not running against President Obama in 2012. “I lost to McCain in 2008, I don’t want to lose to Obama in 2012. Maybe I’ll run in 2016. I should be able to beat Biden. And I’m making $2 Million at Fox. Why give that up?” Like most of the Republicans, he spends most of his time pandering to the far right and groveling to would-be kingmakers. But when he is candid and honest; he’s refreshing and almost charismatic. Like Pres. Reagan, who raised taxes 11 times over the course of his Presidency, Huckabee, as Arkansas’ Governor, raised taxes to pay for schools. He also referred to the “Club of Growth” as the “Club of Greed.” Conservative kingmaker Grover Norquist seeks to apply to the United States the “Starve the Beast” tactic, a variation of the “Feed it till it Bursts” tactic Reagan applied to the Soviet Union. This has resulted in a terrible loss of infrastructure in the United States as our roads are full of potholes, bridges are crumbling, schools are declining and as the Europeans, and Chinese are pulling ahead in manufacturing, solar power, wind power, and railroads.
Donald “The Donald” Trump, the real estate mogul from New York City, in a move that was sure to disappoint comedians, also bowed out of the race. Despite giving more support to Democrats than Republicans while George Bush was President and Republicans had a majority in both the House and the Senate, Trump was talking about running as a Republican and was proud of his major accomplishments: inheriting a fortune, going bankrupt once or twice, marrying three models, divorcing two, firing people on television, hiring people to write trivial books about Donald Trump, and demanding that President Obama ask Hawaiian authorities to release his birth certificate. As profoundly important as these accomplishments may be, “The Donald” appears to believe that he was trumped by the President’s recent accomplishment – authorizing the successful “Capture or Kill” mission against Osama bin Laden, which resulted in bin Laden’s death and the capture of a treasure trove of information, albeit with the loss of one American helicopter. Trump will return to what he does best, firing people and boasting.

Disappointing both her supporters and the comedians, Sarah Palin has been strangely quiet. This is particularly upsetting to Tina Fey and the writers and producers of Saturday Night Live. Palin’s last known public statement, that former President Bush deserves credit for the mission President Obama authorized that killed bin Laden, can only be described as a “gift” to comedians and “baffling” to rational people.

That leaves Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Michelle Bachmann, Chris Christie, Herman Cain, and Ron Paul.
Newt Gingrich, the 69 year old former Congressman, college professor, and intellectual, who married and divorced as often as Trump, but who did not marry models, is eminently qualified to work with John Boehner and Paul Ryan as they work to end Medicare, privatize Social Security, and dismantle the government. Gingrich is committed to, as Seth Meyers put it, “stop using my tax dollars to take care of me.” As the force behind the 1994 “Contract On America,” Gingrich is credited with shutting down the U. S. government, and helping Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election. Maybe Gingrich’s real goal is to help Obama win re-election and thereby pave the way for a Republican to lose a challenge to Joe Biden in 2016. Gingrich, who began his campaign with a Twitter note and a Youtube video, wants to hook up with young people. Depending on the age of the young people he hooks up with, Gingrich could be looking at charges of statutory rape, or just being creepy.

However, by describing the Paul Ryan budget as “Radical” and “Right wing social engineering” Gingrich, while telling the truth, may have shot his campaign in the foot. (click). What the Republican and Tea Party rank and file seem to have just found out, is that the people funding the GOP and the Tea Party LIKE Radical right wing social engineering.
Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, looks to this self-styled pundit as the putative Republican front-runner in the campaign to lose the election of 2012. While Romney opposed the Cape Wind offshore wind farm that will generate electricity without pollution, he can honestly be credited with passing the Massachusetts Health Care Plan, also known as Obama-Care 1.0. (click). Voters, however, will have to ask themselves “why elect a moderately liberal Republican like Romney when they can elect a moderately liberal Democrat like Obama.
Tim Hosni Pawlenty is an American of Polish and German, not middle-eastern origin. While he can count on the support of Hosni Mubarek, and Republicans of middle eastern-origin, he probably cannot count on the support of Democrats or independents of middle-eastern origin.
Michelle Bachmann, stepping in to fill the void left by Sarah Palin, aspires to be the next hot middle aged babe on the Republican ticket. It really doesn’t matter what she says, as long as she smiles appropriately. This is terrific news for Saturday Night Live. Sources tell us that Kristen Weig is rehearsing echoing platitudes, staring into space and looking away from the camera.

Disappointing Republicans, Democrats, Independents, and Progressives in New Jersey, Chris Christie is steadfast and adamant that he is not running, yet. “I wish he’d run,” said a gay, Vegan, tree-hugging community organizer, on the condition of anonymity, “it would limit the damage he’d do here in Jersey.”
Herman Cain, the Pizza Guy, one of about 1.1 million African Americans in the 55 million strong Republican Party, said, “Hey, I know I don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of beating Obama. And I don’t know if I want to. He’s doing a good job, and all those black kids look up to him. But can you imagine how many pizzas I’m gonna sell with this? Do you have any idea of the Return On Investment of this ‘candidacy’? Man, it’s huge. Huge! And I’m talking to Murdoch about my own reality show. We’ll call it ‘Pizza Man’ or ‘President? or Pizza Man?’ or Pizza Man President! I’ll get Eddie Murphy to play me.
Ron Paul, the uncompromising libertarian physician turned Congressman, who’s medical practice was devoted to Medicare patients, wants to legalize all drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, LSD and heroin, and eliminate all government programs, including education, research, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, NASA, NOAA, the ATF, the IRS, the CIA, the NSA, the FBI, and the Defense Department. “Fergit the 1950’s, we need to return to the 1850’s,” he said. When it was pointed out that the US in 1850 had about 23 million people, and about 3.2 million were slaves, the wiley Texan said “Yep, so, what’s yer point? I mean, we’re all slaves to our hearts and our debts.”

Copyright © 2011. Larry “XB Cold Fingers” Furman. This is a work of satire. Any resemblance to the facts is tragic, or hilarious. I report. Or I make it up. You decide.

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Obama and Palin – the Best of Both Worlds

Obama and Palin – the Best of Both Worlds

Washington, DC, April 1, 2011. The White House announced that President Barack Obama has appointed former Governor Sarah Palin as “Liaison to the Conservative Community.” The White House also appointed professor and “former” radical Bill Ayers “Liaison to Socialists, Progressives, and Other Kooks.”

Bill McKibben was briefly considered for the job of “Sustainability Tzar” however Tim Geithner, Larry Sommers, Steven Chu and Ken Salazar persuaded the President that “we don’t need a Sustainability Tzar, we need more growth of GDP and unregulated derivatives, and more consumption of fossil fuels coupled with Rube-Goldbergian carbon sequestration technologies, to be invented soon, and nuclear fusion, which is only 50 years away, maybe less.”

Quoting Alan Greenspan, they said, “with a syncopatedly integrated interperiodic boom-bust bubble-pop series of macroeconomic cyclical events we will sustain high employment with simultaneous episodic high unemployment, causing elevated productivity and de-elevated wages, giving many people almost enough purchasing power to buy most of the necessities they need to live productively, work their entire lives, creating terrific debt, and give their children all the education they will need, unless they get sick.” Obama took two aspirin and sent them away, calling for Palin and George W. Bush, saying, “bring me some real Amaricans I can understand.”

Ayers could not be reached for comment. However, we were able to locate him using radio signals from his cell-phone. He is on a hunting trip with Mike Huckabee and Dick Cheney, and is expected to resurface re-educated and working with the Tea Party Movement.

Palin, however, said, “I’m a former ‘Weather Girl,’ so I can work with a ‘Weather Man.’ However, I’m not sure I can take the job because ‘liaison’ is a French word and I make more money egging on, I mean ‘speaking to’ the Tea Party activists.”

Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh, on Fox News and other conservative oriented comedy broadcasting called it “a trick,” missing the point that it was “a joke.”

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Obama v Bush – Cheney, Happy New Era

In response to the Christmas Day attempted terror attack, President Obama’s actions and former Vice President Cheney’s comments highlight the difference between the two administrations: The Obama Administration investigates first. On 12/29/9 President Obama said it was a systemic failure (Christian Science Monitor). On 1/3/10 he said the attack was planned in Yemen (NY Times).

The Bush / Cheney Administration shoots first, ask questions later. In response to the Christmas Day attempted terrorist “incident” the former VP attacked the President and the Administration, but oddly enough did not condemn the attack itself (Politico)

I think Obama should send Cheney to Guantanamo as a special investigator. I don’t think he should be sent to Kabul, Baghdad, Gaza, or S. Lebanon – those areas are too volatile, and besides, he already knows all the answers. That’s the difference. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, etc believed they knew all the answers, and the answer to every question was either coal, oil, or war. Obama and his team know that these are complex developing systems.

In all seriousness, at first glance Cheney doesn’t appear to know what he’s talking about. Obama is not talking about closing Guantanamo and setting the incarcerated suspected terrorists free, he is talking about closing Guantanamo and putting the suspects in jail until they are tried in a court of law. (Politico).

Cheney bears an uncanny resemblance to the character of Senator Bob Rumson, played by Richard Dreyfuss, in “The American President,” (IMDB)

the 1995 film by Rob Reiner (IMDB) starring Michael Douglas as President Andrew Shepherd, Annette Benning, as Sydney Ellen Wade, an environmentalist lobbiest, Dreyfuss, Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox, etc. In a terrific monologue at the end of the film, President Shepherd says (YouTube)

Being President of this country is entirely about character.

“For the record: yes, I am a card-carrying member of the ACLU. … This is an organization whose sole purpose is to defend the Bill of Rights, so it naturally begs the question: Why would a Senator, his party’s most powerful spokesman and a candidate for President, choose to reject upholding the Constitution?…

“You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can’t just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the “land of the free”.

“I’ve known Bob Rumson for years, and I’ve been operating under the assumption that the reason Bob devotes so much time and energy to shouting at the rain was that he simply didn’t get it. Well, I was wrong. Bob’s problem isn’t that he doesn’t get it. Bob’s problem is that he can’t sell it! We have serious problems to solve, and we need serious people to solve them. And whatever your particular problem is, I promise you, Bob Rumson is not the least bit interested in solving it. He is interested in two things and two things only:

  • Making you afraid of it and
  • Telling you who’s to blame for it.

“That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win elections.

“You gather a group of middle-aged, middle-class, middle-income voters who remember with longing an easier time, and you talk to them about family and American values and character. And wave an old photo of the President’s girlfriend and you scream about patriotism and you tell them, she’s to blame for their lot in life, and you go on television and you call her a whore.”

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Has FOX News Gone Too Far?

  • 6/30/09 Glenn Beck agrees with a guest who urged bin Laden to attack U.S. with nuclear weapons.
  • 7/25/09 Neil Cavuto and a guest say health care reform will impose universal euthanasia like “Soylent Green.”
  • 7/28/09 Glenn Beck says “The President has exposed himself as a guy … who has a deep-seated hatred for white people … or the white culture… This man is a racist.”
  • 8/6/09 Glenn Beck “jokes” about giving Speaker Pelosi a glass of wine with poison.
    Has FOX News gone too far?

I’m an American and a patriot.

Whether or not you voted for, agree with, or like Barack Obama or Nancy Pelosi, he is the President and she is the Speaker of the House. Calling for her murder, spreading lies and propaganda about proposed health care policy to scare people, and calling for nuclear terrorist attack on this country are unacceptable. These statements are akin to shouting “fire” in a crowded theater. Fox’s FCC licenses should be revoked. The network should be thrown off the air. Beck, Cavuto, their guests, producers, writers, and the Fox “News” executives responsible for these shows should be sent to Guantanamo, tried for advocating and inciting terrorism, and if guilty, punished to the full extent of the law. Ditto for Rush Limbaugh, his writers, producers, and those responsible for his “hate media.”

Tell FOX News advertisers to cancel their ads

Here’s a list of Fox News Advertisers / Enablers, (as of 8/31/09)
Accu-Chek / Roche
Cooney & Conway
Johnson Law Group / Contact Us
Merit Financial

Pearle Vision
Rosland Capital

The Villages
Video Professor

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Native American Indians and Native Born Americans Whos Parents are From India

But here’s an important question. Do native born and naturalized US citizens who’s parents are from India, Pakistan, Bangla Desh, Sri Lanka, etc. consider themselves American Indians? My parents – and my wife – were not born here. Yet, I’m an American. My kids are American. If my parents were Indian, Bengali, Pakistani, or from some other part of the sub-continent, I’d be an American Indian. As it is I’m a native American.

Even tho President Obama is an African American, prejudice and race remain problems. Colin Powell rose thru the ranks to very high positions. Condi Rice and Clarence Thomas prove that even incompetence is color blind (as long as it’s politically expedient). America is changing. Mixed race couples don’t raise an eyebrow. Same gender couples don’t raise an eyebrow here, while in Baghdad and Gaza fathers are expected to kill their homosexual children, to preserve honor.

We’re all the same under the skin. Compatible blood types, identical neurotransmitters, complimentary DNA. Every human from every culture recognizes smiles, joy, and tears. Those who don’t hug, deep down, wish they could.

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