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Aside from waiting, and waiting, for Barbara Boxer – a usual friend of Israel – to speak out in its defense, I’ve been waiting for the Republican contenders for the US Senate seat.They and their surrogates and supporters have spoken and spokenabout who is a friend of Israel.As of right now, only Carly Fiorina has spoken, in a luncheon speech today at the Sacramento Press Club:
“Middle East policy has become an issue in this race, and that is because the U.S. Senate plays a vitally important role in national security decisions. President Obama said the relationship between the U.S. and Israel is ‘unshakable.’ Now his administration says our alliance is at risk over the construction of homes in Jerusalem,” said Fiorina. “Like most Americans, I believe Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. It’s clear that the threat to peace comes from those committed to Israel’s destruction, not those building new houses and schools in Jerusalem.”
Last week, the Israeli government announced plans to construct a new settlement in East Jerusalem in an area that is not part of the settlement construction moratorium. Vice President Biden and other members of the Obama Administration derided the move. As a result, the United States’ relationship with Israel has been weakened, and many experts agree the action has damaged progress toward peace in the region.
“The Obama Administration has failed even to restart peace talks between the two sides, despite the unprecedented concessions of the current Israeli government. We should not allow a zoning decision to undermine our relationship with Israel,” continued Fiorina. “It’s time to tone down the hysterical rhetoric of the Vice President and the Secretary of State and instead put the onus on the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table without any preconditions and without further delay. And today, I am calling on Barbara Boxer to add her voice to those in the Senate who have challenged the Administration on this matter.”
Regardless of the latest Rasmussen poll, if Campbell and DeVore are not capable of reaching a conclusion and quickly speaking out on an important issue, how will either get ahead of or respond in a timely manner to Barbara Boxer during a campaign?
The 'gaffe' was by a lower-level functionary, and was but a blink in the Friday news. By Monday if would have disappeared. It was Obama himself who prevented the gaffe from assuming its rightful weight as a small accident in protocol. by speaking out --by his spokespeople being sent out with words justified only by a nonexistent deliberate and much greater affront, it became what it became. Clearly, Obama wants a crisis --and if he wants one, he can have one it's certainly in his power to do so.
He's brewing another one on the other side of the world --on the verge of administering a stinging slap to the face-conscious Chinese central bank, with a classification of "currency manipulator".
The Remembi is pegged to the Dollar --and is not internationally convertible --by definition beyond the existing international technical definition of currency manipulator. What Obama ought to be doing is privately working the exchange rate officials to let the Yuan float up in a range that will not ignite any fires.
By choosing to act out on the public stage, he may be pleasing his trade-war/currency war constituents in the unions, but he's ramming yet another frightfully destructive stupidity down the global economy's throat --and in advance of an important upcoming meeting of 17 Asian heads of state where they'll all be in one room and might well decide to just quit dealing with the Greenback as quickly and smoothly as they can --in favor of a trans-Asian arrangement including among others India, Russia, Brazil --and Iran.
Watch and see --this president is either incredibly stupid, unbelievably maladroit, or --on a wrecking mission. Wrecking what, you ask? Oh, the Constitution, Dollar, nation, and --you and me and our progeny.
On a side note, with last week's release of the bankruptcy commission's report on the bust of Lehman Bros, remember that George Soros was buying heavily into Lehman (check your search engine) --up to 2.5% --as late as August '08 --IOW, right up to the bust. Why? I think he was creating evidence 'against interest' as he worked his shorts thru the dark hedges (enabled by Clinton era regs and deregs --by the same Dem financial people you see every day) in his stated lifetime offensive against the Dollar, which he disguises as a nice fella's desire for a 'level global playing field'.
Ha --that's the last thing he wants --unless someone in the Kremlin tells him that's what he wants.
Anyhoo --the Dollar is getting some stability back --and i guess that';s bothering this administration and Dollar-shorting Soros --so, on to provoke the Dragon --which also happ4ens to be the planetary force allowing USA to keep interest rates below an incipient catastrophic leap reflecting the fact of 16 out of the last 20 years of value drain.
IOW, what can really stoke up another Marxism-friendly Depression? Why, alienating our bankers, that's what --so off goes the American President to do JUST that.
And all so that if in the future if you want to drive anywhere, you'll have no choice but to buy a $200,000 Government/UAW minicompact misery-mobile.