Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Dirty Little Secret of the Australian Gun Control Law

When you hear politicians like Barack Obama praise the gun control policies of Australia, you need to be concerned. They talk glowingly about the buyback program in Australia, but they leave out a crucial fact. They omit the fact that the buyback program was mandatory.....As in government SEIZURES of certain weapons.

The 1996 "National Firearms Buyback Scheme" seized 660,959 long guns, mostly semi-automatic rimfire rifles (hunting rifles) and shotguns as well as pump-action shotguns, and a smaller proportion of higher powered or military type (AR-15 type) semi-automatic rifles.

The payments from the Commonwealth for the buyback program were conditional on the States and Territories introducing firearms laws and regulations consistent with the National Firearms Agreement. No licenses for SELF-DEFENSE are allowed under these laws.

The 2003 handgun buyback seized about 50,000 licensed target pistols. New handgun laws made illegal target pistols of greater than .38 caliber and handguns with barrels less than 120mm (semi-automatic) or 100mm (revolvers) such as pocket pistols. Paintball guns are even restricted in Australia. Paintball guns are considered as a 'Category A' weapon and a "Genuine Reason" must be provided to own a Category A firearm.

If the United States were to implement the Australian gun control method, it would violate the Second Amendment. If politicians and gun control advocates tell you they want the Aussie gun control policies, they are telling you they want to seize your weapons. They don't want to seize anti-tank weapons or flame throwers, no, they want your hunting rifles, shotguns and most handguns.

When Australia mandated their citizens to turn over their weapons, do you think the criminals complied? Hell no they didn't. Law abiding Aussies were the ones that were disarmed and the crackheads and murderers kept their weapons.

The next time you hear someone tell you that we should adopt the common sense Aussie gun control policies, ask them if they are in favor of gun confiscation. Many of those proclaiming to want this policy may not know the details. However, I can assure you Barack Obama knows the details and he is on record saying he favors such a policy.

I can just hear the Democrats as they debate an American version of the Aussie plan...we have to pass the law to see what's in it. And after we see what's in it, we're screwed.

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Putin's Military Buildup in Syria Continues Unabated

Putin has dispatched the giant Dmitri Donskoy TK-20 nuclear submarine and it is currently on its way to Syrian waters. The TK-20 is a ballistic missile submarine and it’s the largest submarine in the world. This particular sub can carry 20 Bulava ICBM’s with 200 nuclear warheads. I guess the Dmitri could be used to launch cruise missiles against rebel and terrorist targets, but using this sub for that purpose would be a little overkill.
In addition to the Donskoy, Russia is sending a squadron of five Russian naval ships equipped with guided missiles and they are set to conduct military maneuvers off the Syrian coast. On Friday, the Russians called for military-to-military cooperation with the United States to avert "unintended incidents" as it stages navy exercises off the coast of Syria.
President Obama once again warned Putin against doubling down on his support for the Assad regime and once again Putin ignored our weak president’s demands. The Russian SA-22 Pantsir-S1 anti-air missiles are also reportedly on their way to Syria as well. The SA-22 is a combined short to medium range surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapon system. And again, this is not the type of weapons system that would make much sense against terrorist or rebel forces.
These weapons systems are meant to deter American and/or Israeli military forces and they are intended to send a message to our Commander-in-Chief. President Obama is a weak leader and Putin and the other despots of the world know it. The Russians will continue to build up their forces in the region and the Iranians and Hezbollah will join forces with the Russian Marines in short order.

According to Fox News: Russia's military build-up in Syria has grown to include the shipment of a half-dozen highly sophisticated battle tanks -- and more troops -- a defense official told Fox News, in what the source called the "first clear sign of offensive weapons arriving in Syria."
The Pentagon has now tracked a total of 15 Russian Antonov-124 Condor flights into Syria, reflecting a steady stream of military cargo into Syria. According to the latest intelligence, this also includes the arrival of two more Russian cargo ships, containing the tanks.
Up to this point, the official said, the Russian cargo and weapons that have been delivered to Syria could be viewed as defensive in nature. The arrival of tanks cannot be viewed this way.
The official said that Russian offensive operations could launch from Bassel Al-Assad International Airport "very soon."
Read full story HERE

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Global Warming is a Fanciful Farce Compared to the Dangers of Cyber Warfare

There was a recent New York Times article that stated humanity may be on the brink of extinction unless we do something to stop man-made global warming. Conversely, there are some experts that claim the Earth is headed towards a cyclical cooling spell and judging by the last few winters I tend to believe them.

Chicago is the coldest its ever been since 1904, almost 9000 daily record cold temps in November alone across the nation and Lake Erie’s water temperature at the end of November fell to 40 degrees. That’s the coldest Nov. 30 reading in Buffalo since 1976, when the lake temperature was 38 degrees.

Scientists say the extent of Antarctic sea ice cover is at its highest level since records began. Satellite imagery reveals an area of about 20 million square kilometres covered by sea ice around the Antarctic continent. Of course global warming hoaxers claim record sea ice is a manifestation of recent warming.

That's the reason the hoaxers changed the verbiage from global warming to climate change. By calling it 'climate change,' instead of global warming, they can cover all their bases. When it rains too much, it's climate change, when it snows too much, it's climate change, more hurricanes...climate change, less hurricanes...climate change. You get the picture.

Here are some recent headlines you most likely did not see. The mainstream media is all in on the global warming hoax, so they will not widely report news that differs from their narrative.

*North American November snowcover largest ever recorded.  LINK

*European winters show cooling trend since 1988.  LINK

*Earliest winter weather in decades hits USA.  LINK

*1,350 low temperature records were set in the USA in the last 7 days.  LINK

*Atlantic hurricane season ends, 9th year without a major storm hitting US      shores, longest period since the Civil War.  LINK

*East Coast winter storm forming, snows of one foot or more. New York City could have its second white Thanksgiving in over 75 years.  LINK

*Great Lakes ice forming, earliest in 40 years.  LINK

*Ice closes upper Mississippi River to shipping, earliest date on record.  LINK 

Man-made global cyber-attacks however do pose an immediate and deadly threat to Americans in general and the world in particular. The billions of dollars we spend waste in the futile effort to change mother nature needs to be spent to counter Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. China have already gained access to our satellites and China and Russia reportedly can access our power grids. The United States is way behind the curve in preventing our enemies from destroying us through cyber attacks.

It has be recently reported that Iran has taken control of airports in three countries.  Bloomberg revealed that hackers working for Iran have targeted at least 50 companies and government organizations, including commercial airlines, looking for vulnerabilities that could be used in physical attacks.  

The hackers infiltrated the computer systems of carriers and their contractors in Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates and South Korea a California-based firm said in a report outlining the results of a two-year investigation. They broke into the computers of suppliers responsible for aircraft maintenance, cargo loading and refueling, according to the report and Cylance analysts, and stole credentials that could be used to impersonate workers.

The United States spends more than twice as much (probably a lot more) fighting global warming than it does in investing in cyber warfare capablilities.  President Obama requested $2.7 billion in 2014 for the U.S. Global Change Research Program, while spending almost $8 billion to help developing countries battle climate change over a three year period. 

In the 2014 Pentagon defense budget, the money allocated for cyber operations slightly rose to $4.7 billion, up from $3.9 billion in 2013.  A majority of that additional money was to be spent in the development of offensive capabilities.  I realize that just throwing money at the problem won't fix our cyber deficiencies, but we need to invest more in a sophisticated cyber attack and defensive capabilities.   

Man-made global warming is a fanciful farce and we don't need to be wasting our valuable resources on unicorns and fairy dust.  Cyber warfare on the other hand is a real and preventable danger that threatens our country.  Cyber warfare is a poor mans nuclear weapon and it can be used by third world despots to do an immeasurable amount of damage.  It's time we focus on the real dangers.            

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Obama's Grand Coalition Not So Grand.

Obama's grand coalition against ISIS isn't as advertised. Barack Obama's national security adviser, Susan Rice, told the world that Turkey will allow the US to use its airbase in Turkey to attack targets in Syria...even though Turkey denies that they'd agreed to allow their bases to be used against ISIS according to

Obama has claimed a coalition of 60 countries in the fight against ISIS, but those numbers seem dubious at best. One country in particular seemed taken aback by being included in the coalition. According to, Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar said his government opposed terrorism, but expressed annoyance that his country was included in Obama's official list of anti-ISIS partners without being informed.

"I am bothered by the fact that we have been placed on the list without the government's knowledge," he said. "We will have to voice some sort of protest; it is not appropriate to consent to our country being placed anywhere without our knowledge and consensus."

Obama has claimed that coalition partners have committed ground troops to fight ISIS, but none have materialized thus far. Early in the air strike campaign, White House officials claimed Arab countries were helping bomb targets in Iraq, but we don't hear that claim much anymore.

Some Arab countries have been openly reluctant to join Obama's coalition because they are deeply frustrated with Obama's foreign policy regarding the middle east...they tend to believe (and rightly so) he has been naive and weak on Syria's civil war.

CBS News wrote about this mistrust back in September.  "Trust is so low, especially in the Gulf region, for Obama's leadership quality and the way he manages foreign policy. I don't think any country is going to put its hand up or neck out by accepting an alliance with the U.S. that easily," said Mustafa Alani, the director of the security and defense department at the Gulf Research Center in Geneva.

Obama has had many missteps over the last 6 years in regards to his foreign policy, but I think the biggest misstep of all was his infamous 'red-line.' In the spring of 2014, Obama drew a red-line and threatened Bashar al-Assad over the use of chemical weapons and Assad summarily flipped Obama the bird and used chemical weapons.

The US President looked foolish and weak when he failed to respond militarily and he looked even more foolish when he claimed it wasn't his red-line that was violated, but rather it was the world's red-line. Our allies have seen Obama's failed foreign policy up close and personal and they don't want any part of it.

Obama's arrogance and naivety has harmed our standing in the international community and as a result, our allies are hesitant to help us in hot spots around the globe. Barack Obama is Barack Obama's own worst enemy and now we are seeing the results of his shortcomings.

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Act of Desperation? Democrats Blame Republican Budget Cuts for Ebola Virus.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director, Dr. Francis Collins, had the audacity to say we'd probably have an Ebola vaccine if it weren't for budget cuts.  Dr. Collins was quoted as saying that a decade of stagnant spending has "slowed down" research on all items, including vaccinations for infectious diseases.  Really?

The NIH has an annual budget is almost $30 billion and millions of those dollars are wasted on worthless studies.  Let's take a look at the millions of dollars the NIH has wasted over the years.  The NIH has spent more than $90 million of U.S. taxpayers’ money overseas to China for various public health research projects just a few years ago.

The American taxpayers funded a $2.6 million study to get prostitutes in China to drink less while whoring.  A $400,000 study of bars in Buenos Aires to find out why gay men engage in risky sexual behavior while drunk.  $178,000 was spent to better understand why drug-abusing prostitutes in Thailand are at greater risk for HIV infection.

The NIH has spent $423,500 to find out why men don't like to wear condoms.  I'm pretty sure they could have polled a few thousand men at random and figured out why men don't like to wear condoms without spending almost half a million dollars.  NIH spent $386,00 to massage rabbits.  Yes rabbits.  The study wanted to fund the massage of rabbits to try to figure out what is the best massage duration.

$1.5 million of taxpayers money to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts to study why “three-quarters” of lesbians in the United States are overweight and why most gay males are not.  The NIH has also spent $2.7 million to study why lesbians have more “vulnerability to hazardous drinking."

These 'studies' are just a tip of the iceberg when it comes to wasting precious taxpayers money.  The Daily Mail exposes even more outrageous wasteful spending by the NIH in a story HERE.  Every time there is a crisis, Democrats demand more money to 'fix' the problem.  We could cut billions of dollars from our federal budget and it would have no adverse effect on our country.  Democrats will tell you the sky is falling if just one dollar is cut from the budget and they will blame Republicans (as they are doing now for Ebola) for killing or starving Americans.

More examples of wasteful spending by our federal government was profiled by the Heritage Foundation a few years ago.  50 Examples of Government Waste as per
  1. The federal government made at least $72 billion in improper payments in 2008.[1]
  2. Washington spends $92 billion on corporate welfare (excluding TARP) versus $71 billion on homeland security.[2]
  3. Washington spends $25 billion annually maintaining unused or vacant federal properties.[3]
  4. Government auditors spent the past five years examining all federal programs and found that 22 percent of them -- costing taxpayers a total of $123 billion annually -- fail to show any positive impact on the populations they serve.[4]
  5. The Congressional Budget Office published a "Budget Options" series identifying more than $100 billion in potential spending cuts.[5]
  6. Examples from multiple Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports of wasteful duplication include 342 economic development programs; 130 programs serving the disabled; 130 programs serving at-risk youth; 90 early childhood development programs; 75 programs funding international education, cultural, and training exchange activities; and 72 safe water programs.[6]
  7. Washington will spend $2.6 million training Chinese prostitutes to drink more responsibly on the job.[7]
  8. A GAO audit classified nearly half of all purchases on government credit cards as improper, fraudulent, or embezzled. Examples of taxpayer-funded purchases include gambling, mortgage payments, liquor, lingerie, iPods, Xboxes, jewelry, Internet dating services, and Hawaiian vacations. In one extraordinary example, the Postal Service spent $13,500 on one dinner at a Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, including "over 200 appetizers and over $3,000 of alcohol, including more than 40 bottles of wine costing more than $50 each and brand-name liquor such as Courvoisier, Belvedere and Johnny Walker Gold." The 81 guests consumed an average of $167 worth of food and drink apiece.[8]
  9. Federal agencies are delinquent on nearly 20 percent of employee travel charge cards, costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars annually.[9]
  10. The Securities and Exchange Commission spent $3.9 million rearranging desks and offices at its Washington, D.C., headquarters.[10]
  11. The Pentagon recently spent $998,798 shipping two 19-cent washers from South Carolina to Texas and $293,451 sending an 89-cent washer from South Carolina to Florida.[11]
  12. Over half of all farm subsidies go to commercial farms, which report average household incomes of $200,000.[12]
  13. Health care fraud is estimated to cost taxpayers more than $60 billion annually.[13]
  14. A GAO audit found that 95 Pentagon weapons systems suffered from a combined $295 billion in cost overruns.[14]
  15. The refusal of many federal employees to fly coach costs taxpayers $146 million annually in flight upgrades.[15]
  16. Washington will spend $126 million in 2009 to enhance the Kennedy family legacy in Massachusetts. Additionally, Senator John Kerry (D-MA) diverted $20 million from the 2010 defense budget to subsidize a new Edward M. Kennedy Institute.[16]
  17. Federal investigators have launched more than 20 criminal fraud investigations related to the TARP financial bailout.[17]
  18. Despite trillion-dollar deficits, last year's 10,160 earmarks included $200,000 for a tattoo removal program in Mission Hills, California; $190,000 for the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming; and $75,000 for the Totally Teen Zone in Albany, Georgia.[18]
  19. The federal government owns more than 50,000 vacant homes.[19]
  20. The Federal Communications Commission spent $350,000 to sponsor NASCAR driver David Gilliland.[20]
  21. Members of Congress have spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars supplying their offices with popcorn machines, plasma televisions, DVD equipment, ionic air fresheners, camcorders, and signature machines -- plus $24,730 leasing a Lexus, $1,434 on a digital camera, and $84,000 on personalized calendars.[21]
  22. More than $13 billion in Iraq aid has been classified as wasted or stolen. Another $7.8 billioncannot be accounted for.[22]
  23. Fraud related to Hurricane Katrina spending is estimated to top $2 billion. In addition, debit cards provided to hurricane victims were used to pay for Caribbean vacations, NFL tickets, Dom Perignon champagne, "Girls Gone Wild" videos, and at least one sex change operation.[23]
  24. Auditors discovered that 900,000 of the 2.5 million recipients of emergency Katrina assistance provided false names, addresses, or Social Security numbers or submitted multiple applications.[24]
  25. Congress recently gave Alaska Airlines $500,000 to paint a Chinook salmon on a Boeing 737.[25]
  26. The Transportation Department will subsidize up to $2,000 per flight for direct flights between Washington, D.C., and the small hometown of Congressman Hal Rogers (R-KY) -- but only on Monday mornings and Friday evenings, when lawmakers, staff, and lobbyists usually fly. Rogers is a member of the Appropriations Committee, which writes the Transportation Department's budget.[26]
  27. Washington has spent $3 billion re-sanding beaches -- even as this new sand washes back into the ocean.[27]
  28. A Department of Agriculture report concedes that much of the $2.5 billion in "stimulus" funding for broadband Internet will be wasted.[28]
  29. The Defense Department wasted $100 million on unused flight tickets and never bothered to collect refunds even though the tickets were refundable.[29]
  30. Washington spends $60,000 per hour shooting Air Force One photo-ops in front of national landmarks.[30]
  31. Over one recent 18-month period, Air Force and Navy personnel used government-funded credit cards to charge at least $102,400 on admission to entertainment events, $48,250 on gambling,$69,300 on cruises, and $73,950 on exotic dance clubs and prostitutes.[31]
  32. Members of Congress are set to pay themselves $90 million to increase their franked mailings for the 2010 election year.[32]
  33. Congress has ignored efficiency recommendations from the Department of Health and Human Services that would save $9 billion annually.[33]
  34. Taxpayers are funding paintings of high-ranking government officials at a cost of up to $50,000 apiece.[34]
  35. The state of Washington sent $1 food stamp checks to 250,000 households in order to raise state caseload figures and trigger $43 million in additional federal funds.[35]
  36. Suburban families are receiving large farm subsidies for the grass in their backyards -- subsidies that many of these families never requested and do not want. [36]
  37. Congress appropriated $20 million for "commemoration of success" celebrations related to Iraq and Afghanistan.[37]
  38. Homeland Security employee purchases include 63-inch plasma TVs, iPods, and $230 for a beer brewing kit.[38]
  39. Two drafting errors in the 2005 Deficit Reduction Act resulted in a $2 billion taxpayer cost.[39]
  40. North Ridgeville, Ohio, received $800,000 in "stimulus" funds for a project that its mayor described as "a long way from the top priority."[40]
  41. The National Institutes of Health spends $1.3 million per month to rent a lab that it cannot use.[41]
  42. Congress recently spent $2.4 billion on 10 new jets that the Pentagon insists it does not need and will not use.[42]
  43. Lawmakers diverted $13 million from Hurricane Katrina relief spending to build a museum celebrating the Army Corps of Engineers -- the agency partially responsible for the failed levees that flooded New Orleans.[43]
  44. Medicare officials recently mailed $50 million in erroneous refunds to 230,000 Medicare recipients.[44]
  45. Audits showed $34 billion worth of Department of Homeland Security contracts contained significant waste, fraud, and abuse.[45]
  46. Washington recently spent $1.8 million to help build a private golf course in Atlanta, Georgia.[46]
  47. The Advanced Technology Program spends $150 million annually subsidizing private businesses; 40 percent of this funding goes to Fortune 500 companies.[47]
  48. Congressional investigators were able to receive $55,000 in federal student loan funding for a fictional college they created to test the Department of Education.[48]
  49. The Conservation Reserve program pays farmers $2 billion annually not to farm their land.[49]
  50. The Commerce Department has lost 1,137 computers since 2001, many containing Americans' personal data.[50]
The Democrats are trying to throw a hail-marry pass before the midterm elections by blaming budget cuts for the Ebola virus.  Democrats know they will face angry voters this November and they will lie as much as possible in an effort to stem their loses.  The Democratic Party is disgusting and they know no shame.      

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Russian Defense Official Calls For Preemptive Nuclear Strike Doctrine

A senior Defense Ministry official in Putin's regime is calling for Russian military doctrine to include preemptive nuclear strikes on the United States and NATO.  Gen. Yuri Yakubov was quoted by a Nu-Soviet media outlet as saying that Russia’s 2010 military doctrine should be revised to identify the United States and the NATO alliance as enemies, and clearly outline the conditions for a preemptive nuclear strike against them.

These are the people Hillary Clinton thought we could trust and the same people Obama wanted to cater to in regards to missile defense.  President Obama even ridiculed Mitt Romney during the 2012 campaign about his concern over Russia’s “geo-political” threat.  The Nu-Soviets continue to use their strategic bombers to probe our defenses and just last week two Russian bombers conducted practice cruise missile attacks on the United States during a training mission. 

This is not a time to be cutting our defense budgets.  Russia and China are increasing their military budgets exponentially.  Russia in particular is taking militarization to an astonishing level. Russia's military funding has jumped a whopping 92% since 2010. Putin has promised to build 24 new submarines in the next six years, which is both impressive and unnerving.  At present, the US has about 71 subs, versus 61 for Russia

The Obama White House announced in February that it plans to cut our military to pre-World War II levels, which is unimpressive and unnerving.  Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has indicated that the US military can reduce spending and get smaller without losing its worldwide presence.  Hagel said that there is no need for a force that can fight two wars at the same time; a US military doctrine that has been a central premise of American strategy for at least the last 2 decades.

At a time when Russia and China are building a bigger naval force in order to challenge the US Navy’s dominance of the seas, the Obama administration is shrinking our naval capabilities.  President Obama forced the early retirement of the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) back in 2012 and also plans to decommission and scrap six Ticonderoga-class cruisers and two amphibious ships.  The Navy has reported that the six Ticonderoga-class cruisers have 13-15 years of service life remaining and both amphibious ships have 13-18 years of service life.   

One of the newer cruisers, the USS Vicksburg (CG 69), which cost approximately $1 billion to build, was scheduled to be decommissioned and scrapped (still in service at present) in 2013.  Commissioned in November 1992, the guided missile cruiser was expected to be decommissioned in 2027, after 35 years of service.  According to Vice Admiral Burke, “It would take a Navy of over 500 ships (Current fleet is around 285) to meet the combatant commander requests. Of course it would take a similar increase in aircraft.” 

Russia is invading its neighbor in Eastern Europe and China is flexing its muscles in the South China Sea and yet we are cutting our military to dangerous levels.  Russia and China are increasing military spending and the only thing we are worried about is transsexuals and gays serving in our military.  China is testing illegal satellite killing missiles, while Russia is violating a landmark arms control treaty and we are cracking down on soldiers for expressing their Christian faith.     

President Obama’s contempt for the military and his social justice regulations that he has imposed on our soldiers is endangering our national security.  Even if a Republican wins in 2016, it will take years and billions of dollars to fix what he broke.  It will take years to repair our standing with our allies.  It will take years to purge the leftists that have infiltrated the government agencies, which includes the Pentagon.

I know it’s cliché to say the next election is the most important election ever, but the 2014 midterms and 2016 presidential election may very well be the most important election in our lifetime.  Let’s hope a majority of the American people has truly realized the dangers of an Obama style regime and will instead vote for the Republican ticket in the upcoming elections. 

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Arab Leaders Give Hamas Silent Treatment

While Israel is being chastised by many in the international community for their defensive war against Hamas terrorists, there is an unusual deafening silence emanating from the Arab world.  This silence can be construed as a major defeat for Hamas in particular and for Turkey and Qatar in general.

In years past, every time Hamas had attacked Israel, the Arab world had always publicly backed Hamas and denounced Israel.  Fast forward to 2014…Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt have given tacit support to Israel’s military campaign against Hamas.  Unfortunately, Turkey’s current Islamist government led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Qatari’s still support Hamas in their terrorist activities.

This tacit approval given to Israel by Arab countries has to be on the minds of the Hezbollah terrorist leadership as well.  In 2006, much of the Arab world considered Hezbollah a legitimate resistance movement, but things have changed dramatically over the last 8 years.  Iran’s support of Hezbollah and Hezbollah’s military support of Syrian President Assad has created a backlash from the Arab world.  It has been reported that Hezbollah had considered joining the fight against Israel in an effort to take some of the heat off of Hamas, but I think that is unlikely at this point.

In past conflicts between Israel and Hamas, Arab leaders would always pressure the American president to persuade Israel to stop their military activities.  Today, we have an American president and Secretary of State demanding that Israel halt their military advance, while Arab leaders stay silent on the sidelines.  In an odd twist, Egyptian President Sisi has become more of an ally to Israel than Barack Obama has been. 

Israel’s Channel 1 has published an alleged leaked phone transcript between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama.  In the transcript, Obama is demanding that Bibi unilaterally halt all military activities in the Gaza Strip.  Both the US and Israeli governments deny the authenticity of the leaked transcript, but both governments have their reasons for denying such an exchange.  Channel 1 stands by their story and says their award winning journalist received the leak from a senior American government official. 

The following is an English translation of the Hebrew account of the talk given in the report:

Barack Obama: I demand that Israel agrees to an immediate, unilateral ceasefire and halt all offensive activities, in particular airstrikes.

Benjamin Netanyahu: And what will Israel receive in exchange for a ceasefire?

BO: I believe that Hamas will cease its rocket fire — silence will be met with silence.

BN: Hamas broke all five previous ceasefires. It’s a terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel.

BO: I repeat and expect Israel to stop all its military activities unilaterally. The pictures of destruction in Gaza distance the world from Israel’s position.

BN: Kerry’s proposal was completely unrealistic and gives Hamas military and diplomatic advantages.

BO: Within a week of the end of Israel’s military activities, Qatar and Turkey will begin negotiations with Hamas based on the 2012 understandings, including Israel’s commitment to removing the siege restrictions on Gaza.

BN: Qatar and Turkey are the biggest supporters of Hamas. It’s impossible to rely on them to be fair mediators.

BO: I trust Qatar and Turkey. Israel is not in the position that it can choose its mediators.

BN: I protest because Hamas can continue to launch rockets and use tunnels for terror attacks –

BO: (interrupting Netanyahu) The ball’s in Israel’s court, and it must end all its military activities.     

Many leaders in the Arab world see Hamas as a destructive force in an already hostile region and their tacit support for Israel’s military campaign is a victory.  It may be a quiet victory, but it’s a victory nonetheless.  Do I think the Muslim sheiks and kings of the Middle East will join hands with the Israelis and sing Kumbaya?  Absolutely not, but the behind the scenes support of Arab leaders can change the equation on any future conflicts between Israel and Hamas or even Israel and Hezbollah.  If we can just get Barack Obama and John Kerry on board, then Hamas might realize the folly of their continued missile attacks on Israeli citizens.                

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