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WHO LOST THE SAUDIS ?

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Who Lost the Saudis?

Iran and Russia have an interest in toppling the House of Saud.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz
Jan. 4, 2016

That headline question may seem premature, but it’s worth asking if only to reduce the odds that the Saudis are lost as we enter the last perilous year of the Obama Presidency. Iran and Russia have an interest in toppling the House of Saud, and they may be calculating whether President Obama would do anything to stop them.
This comes to mind watching the furious reaction by Iran and its allies to Saudi Arabia’s New Year execution of 47 men for terrorism. Most of the condemned were Sunnis, including members of al Qaeda, but the Saudis also executed prominent Shiite cleric Nemer al-Nemer, who had led a Shiite uprising in 2011.
“The divine hand of revenge will come back on the tyrants who took his life,” said Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday, among many other denunciations across the Shiite Middle East. Protesters ransacked and set fire to the Saudi Embassy in Tehran before police belatedly stopped them. The Saudis responded by cutting off diplomatic relations with Iran.
Nouri al-Maliki, the Iranian ally and former Prime Minister of Iraq, put regime change on the table by saying the execution “will topple the Saudi regime as the crime of executing the martyr al-Sadr did to Saddam” Hussein. He was referring to the death of another prominent Shiite cleric in Iraq in 1980.

Iran already has ample reason to want to topple the Saudis, who are its main antagonist in the Shiite vs. Sunni conflict that has swept the region amid America’s retreat. The two are fighting a proxy war in Yemen, after a Saudi-led coalition intervened to stop a takeover by Iran’s Houthi allies. The Saudis are also the leading supporter of the non-Islamic State Sunnis who are fighting Syria’s ally Bashar Assad. Russia and Iran are allied with Assad.
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MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD STEPS UP TERROR

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

 

 

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD STEPS UP TERROR IN EGYPT WHILE U.S. PROVIDES COVER?
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VIDEO – NEWT GINGRICH – ISLAMIC THREAT AND AMERICA’S SURVIVAL

Friday, February 6th, 2015

January 24, 2015 Iowa Freedom Summit

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THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD HOSTED AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

 

freebeacon.com/national-security/muslim-brotherhood-leaders-hosted-at-state-department

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VIDEO – LOUIE GOHMERT – ISLAMIC PRAYER SERVICE AT THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

NOVEMBER 14, 2014

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BOOK REVIEW: MAKING DAVID INTO GOLIATH

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

 

Published on The Weekly Standard (www.weeklystandard.com)

BOOK REVIEW:  Making David Into Goliath,

 How the World Turned Against Israel 

by Joshua Muravchik     

Turning Against Israel

The downward trajectory of global prestige

Ronald Radosh

Ronald Radosh is the coauthor, with Allis Radosh, of A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel

September 8, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 48

When Joshua Muravchik wrote this book, he could not have known how timely it would turn out to be. He would not have been surprised, however, by the worldwide condemnation of Israel for its “disproportionality” and “lack of restraint” in response to recent Hamas rocket attacks. He writes that “Hamas’ unyielding avowal of intent to eradicate Israel, made real by a barrage of rocket fire over the border, prompted Israel to .  .  . launch recurrent strikes at terrorists and their facilities,” and, next, to launch Operation Cast Lead (2008-09), “an invasion of Gaza aimed at crippling Hamas’ offensive apparatus.” The response was a rebuke of Israel by such figures as Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, and Kofi Annan, as well as by the British press, the U.N. Human Rights Commission, the worldwide left, and the infamous Goldstone Report (later repudiated by Judge Goldstone himself). In fighting back against Hamas, so the narrative went, Israel alone was guilty of “war crimes.”

The subject to which Muravchik devotes Making David into Goliath is why and how the world turned against the Jewish state. At its beginning in 1948, Israel had broad global support; in America, both Republicans and Democrats, including the entire liberal/left-wing community, supported it. Israel’s story became familiar to Americans when, a decade after the country’s birth, Leon Uris’s novel Exodus became a worldwide sensation and bestseller that outsold even Gone with the Wind and was subsequently adapted into a movie starring Paul Newman. Uris’s depiction of the heroic struggle of Palestine’s Jews to build a state out of the existing Yishuv in Palestine moved people all over the world, creating great sympathy for Israel, especially in the United States.

The question Muravchik raises is: Why did this positive feeling erode, both here and in Europe? After Israel’s victory in the 1967 war, the narrative that was quickly adopted was not that of 1948, in which beleaguered Israel valiantly fought for its survival as a state against the Goliath of invading Arab powers. It was replaced by the opposite: Israel had been transformed into Goliath, using its superior power to defeat and destroy Palestinians who were fighting for their own people. Suddenly, the Arab powers had become David, standing against the Israeli behemoth. (more…)

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VIDEO – A VOICE OF REASON IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

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VIDEO – HERITAGE FOUNDATION SPECIAL ON BENGHAZI COVERUP – JUNE 16, 2014

Monday, June 16th, 2014

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WHAT ABOUT HUMA? HILLARY’S RIGHT-HAND LADY WITH TIES TO THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

 

What About Huma?

 

Hillary Clinton is coming under scrutiny for serial fiascoes that occurred while she was Secretary of State. It’s about time.

These are among the decisions that Hillary made, or at least presided over, that are emerging as real liabilities – for the country, as well as for her future presidential prospects:

  • Mrs. Clinton refused to designate Nigeria’s Boko Haram as a terrorist group when various other government agencies urged to do so, long before it grabbed international headlines by kidnapping hundreds of schoolgirls.
  • She personally engineered the opening of formal relations with the Muslim Brotherhood before it came to power in Egypt. The latter was a strategic setback of the first order for U.S. interests, one that was facilitated by the Obama administration’s recognition and empowering of this jihadist group and by its undermining of our ally, Hosni Mubarak.
  • The Clinton State Department insisted that nothing be done to challenge the narrative that everything was going swimmingly in Libya after its “liberation” by jihadists backed by U.S.-enabled NATO air strikes. This folly, in turn, led to State’s refusal at the highest levels to authorize requested security upgrades for our special mission compound and CIA facility in Benghazi.
  • Hillary Clinton co-founded the so-called “Istanbul Process,” a multi-meeting “dialogue” with the European Union and the Islamists’ international front, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). This initiative has been used to advance the OIC’s agenda of curbing free speech in America and elsewhere in the West that might “offend” Muslims – something Mrs. Clinton said she would use “old-fashioned techniques of peer-pressure and shaming” to ensure. (more…)
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THE UNMAKING OF THE MIDDLE EAST

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

 

 

After reading this article, especially the last two paragraphs, you will probably feel as I do that the situation in the Middle East is spinning out of control and whatever leverage we once had is gone.  HOWEVER, what  impact will there be on events in  the Middle East once it becomes clearer that America is becoming the new energy powerhouse ?  Much of the oil money that has flowed into the Middle East over the last 50+ years  has  been funneled into a whole cast of nefarious Mid East radical and corrupt  groups and dictators.  The possible drying up of Mid East oil money just might be the key to defusing this powder keg.  How fascinating  it is going to be to watch how this all plays out in the years ahead. 
Let’s do our part and Drill, Baby, Drill !!!    Nancy 

The Unmaking of the Middle East

Thomas Donnelly is codirector of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute.
Mary Habeck is the author of
Knowing the Enemy: Jihadist Ideology and the War on Terror and the forthcoming Attacking America: Al-Qa’ida’s Grand Strategy (Basic, 2014).

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