How To Become A Foreign Policy Advisor

February 18, 2009

Daniel Kurtzer, the former U.S. ambassador to Israel, said on Tuesday that a government led by Benjamin Netanyahu that also included Yisrael Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman would be a "bad combination for American interests." Story here.

Besides being distasteful, interfering in another country's democratic process is nothing short of CHUTZPAH.

Add to that idiotic comments like "the Israeli system doesn't respond well to perceptions of outside parties" (and the American system does?!) and voilà, you've got what it takes to become a foreign policy advisor/envoy for the new President of the U.S.

[Posted by R.S.]

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Headless Body in Gutless Press

February 16, 2009

"Are beheadings common in western New York?" asks Mark Steyn, is his NRO posting entitled Headless Body in Gutless Press.

Steyn's question follows the story of Mrs. Hassan, whose husband launched a TV network to counter negative stereotypes of Muslims. Mr. Hassan had no problems with press coverage of the launch, which appeared in newspapers everywhere, e.g., The Columbus Dispatch, The Detroit Free Press, The San Jose Mercury News, Variety, NBC News, the Voice of America, the Canadian Press, etc. But when Mr. Hassan killed his wife at his TV studios and detached her head from her corpse, there was barely a mention in the local press, e.g., "page 26 of Newsday, plus The Buffalo News, and a very oddly angled piece in the usually gung-ho New York Post, 'Buffalo Beheading: Money Woe Spurred Slay,'" writes Steyn.

So "he beheaded her for some goofy clause in the insurance policy?" wonders Steyn. Well, "not exactly," in fact as one the papers reported:

"An upstate TV exec who set up a channel promoting Muslims as peace-loving people was stressed about his failing business in the days before he allegedly chopped off his estranged wife's head, a friend of the couple said today." 

(Read Steyn's posting for more.)

You gotta wonder, though, if these peace-loving beheaders are any relation to the folks our government likes to call "moderates"?

A very important distinction, as who wouldn't wanna be killed by a moderate terrorist rather than a hardline one? Those moderate killers are so much more civilized...

[Posted by R.S.]

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With A "Certain Firmness”

February 14, 2009

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Wednesday that he hopes Obama "launches talks [with Iran] with a certain firmness." Story here.

Which begs the question, what kind of talks have France and its European partners been having with Iran for the past 5 years?

(btw, as to Sarkozy's declaration that "Kuwait can count on France", memo to Kuwait: For your own protection, do not, we repeat, do not under any circumstances hold your breath...)

[Posted by R.S.]

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New U.S. Office?!

February 5, 2009

Why worry about "creeping" sharia, when here in the U.S. we've got in-your-face sharia?!

The Muslim Brotherhood - i.e., the ideological and inspirational godfather of radical Islamic movements like al Qaeda and Hamas - whose disciples include Ayman al-Zawahiri (al-Qaeda's #2) and other such wonderful folk, now has an official Washington, DC presence. See New U.S. Office of Muslim Brotherhood News Portal Interviews U.S. Congresswoman.

Stay tuned to see if al-Qaeda opens an official NY office (to complement its existing footprint there), and in the immortal words of our new VP, Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Gird Your Loins!

[Posted by R.S.]

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