Sunday, June 13, 2010

Dennis Prager on America; Turkish Islamists Hide Evidence; Obama on BP;and Our National Security Strategy

Do watch        Dennis Prager (born August 2, 1948) is an American syndicated radio talk show host, syndicated columnist, author, and public speaker. He is noted for political and social views emanating from Judeo-Christian, Jewish, and American values. He defines the latter as E Pluribus Unum, In God We Trust, and Liberty (which includes small government). He is a Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. He taught Jewish and Russian History at Brooklyn College, and was a Fellow at the Columbia University School of International Affairs, where he did his graduate work at the Russian Institute (now the Harriman Institute) and Middle East Institute from 1970-1972. He has lectured in 46 states and on six continents and traveled in 98 countries and the 50 U.S. states. He speaks French, Russian, and Hebrew, and has lectured in Russian in Russia and in Hebrew in Israel. An avid classical music lover, he periodically conducts orchestras in Southern California.

Dennis Prager speaks:  It takes longer to watch the UTube video, so most of his words follows.   He defines the greatest threat to our country:
"We have not passed on what it means to be America to this generation."
[Following are quotes from his speech, some being slightly paraphrased:]
A society does not survive if it does not have a reason to survive.
The greatest generation did not teach my generation what Americanism is.
We believe in equality of birth, but not in equality of result.
There is a moral dimension to smaller government. Americans give far more charity than Europeans do.  The bigger the gov't, the worse the citizen.
They in Europe are preoccupied with how much time off, where will they vacation, when will they retire.  These are selfish questions, not altruistic. 
The very idea that the US is about to confirm to the Supreme Court a woman who has banned the military from her college campus gives you an idea of how deep this problem is.  That to the Democrats this is not disqualifying is a moment of darkness in American history.
This is not a Presidential election, and is the most important in modern American history.  It is a referendum on what we want our country to be.
Democrats have different values than America was founded on.  If we do not change both houses [in this election], we lose.
America will no longer be the world's last best hope of mankind....we are the force for good on Earth.  It was not peace activists who liberated Auschwitz, it was our military.
Do we trust the United States to increase good on Earth, or the UN?  The Left believes the UN is a greater force for good than the US.
The UN just elected Iran to their Commission on the Status on Women!  This is a country that tortures women....
I hope this [speech] invigorates you for the greatest fight in our history!

[Get out and vote in your state's Primary as well!   In Michigan the primary will be held on August 3.] 
Reuters news agency was caught cropping photographs of the Gaza blockade-running raid by Turkish radical Islamists, removing knives from the hands of the extremists and blood from the scene. Previously, in its coverage of the Lebanon war of 2006, Reuters was forced to retract altered images by a local photographer, Adnan Hajj, who manipulated photos to exaggerate damage, turn Israeli flares into missiles, and otherwise influence the reader towards sympathy with Hezbollah. Reuters fired Hajj and removed his work from its archive.
When asked by Matt Lauer if he has spoken directly to BP CEO Tony Hayward, the president said no and quickly defended his decision.Obama explained, "My experience when you talk to a guy like a BP ceo, he's gonna say all the right things to me. I'm not interested in words. I'm interested in actions." 
The next day Gibbs said that Obama hadn't called the President of BP because it is his Board of Directors who are in charge, not the President.  The latest in this saga is that after about 50 days, Obama has "summoned" the President to a meeting with Obama, probably to follow thru on his pledge to "kick someone's a__.     [It's the Chicago way, after all.]
[Once again proving that Obama wears an empty suit and is just not qualified to be our President, American Thinker writes:] From the first gushings of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster, we have seen our president continuing to celebrate the presidential perks, gushing himself over the musical talents of Paul McCartney and the basketball talents of the Duke championship team. Yet it took President Obama twelve days to travel to Louisiana to view the hemorrhaging oil along the gulf coast. While blaming the Bush administration for a drilling project that his own Interior Department had approved, Mr. Obama still did not directly engage the chief executive officer of BP through the first six weeks of the crisis. When his Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar, fired Elizabeth Birnbaum from her position as head of the federal Minerals Management Service (MMS), the president accidentally revealed his obliviousness while at a press conference. The Obama-Salazar administration had appointed Birnbaum to her critical post in July 2009 because the president was determined to reconstitute America's energy program, replacing seasoned experts on oil-and-gas exploration with climate-change advocates focused on expanding renewable energy. As reported by the New York Times
Before she took the job at [MMS], Ms. Birnbaum [...] had virtually no experience with the oil and gas industry, but that was seen as a plus, according to a top Interior Department official. She worked at the Interior Department in the last year two years of the Clinton administration on natural resource issues, leaving as an associate solicitor in 2001 to become a top lawyer and advocate for American Rivers, a conservation organization. Ms. Birnbaum had never supervised more than a few dozen people, and the problems at the agency were daunting.
The vision outlined in the 2010 National Security Strategy invites the grip of paralysis to render American power unresponsive to the threats of the 21st century.  Sacrificing national sovereignty, committing to international wealth redistribution, and institutionalizing blindness on the nature of Jihad and Sharia Law, the 2010 NSS represents a gross misreading of "the world as it is".

The aspirations set forth in the 52-page NSS released this May intentionally shape US domestic and foreign policy around a global integration agenda.  Defining the 9/11 attacks as a "transformative event" that revealed the "dark side" of globalization to the American people, the strategy aims to position the United States as the intellectual leader of a new international order that "promotes a just peace" and facilitates collective action to meet the challenges of our times.  To strengthen the admittedly flawed architecture of international institutions and their capacity to enforce international norms and the rule of law, a global engagement initiative serves as the central pillar of the Obama Administration's plan to secure America.  
the global jihadist movement, which has perpetrated over 15,000 attacks world-wide since 9/11, has been reduced to a second tier threat to America along with cyber attacks, failing states, regional and international crime networks, food insecurity, pandemic disease and ... climate change. 
The decision to elevate climate change to the threat level of jihadist terrorism amounts to a mockery of reason.  And second, while concerns over climate change may excite a number of progressive politicians that have dedicated their public service careers to punishing capitalists for having the audacity to establish a profitable job-creating enterprise, the Obama Administration's decision to push the Copenhagen agenda in the National Security Strategy amounts to nothing less than fear mongering. 
One question, then, remains for those among us who would guide our national security aright.  Is the Obama Administration's 2010 NSS case for assuming a lead role in the international order free of unnecessary political and economic restraints? 

Liberty stands before the guillotine.  It is up to the American people to refuse to kneel.
Hot Air opines: Some grim humor could be found earlier this week, in the spectacle of the President’s “deficit reduction commission” going over budget and running out of money.  The entire premise of the commission is absurd.  The deficit is not the problem.  It’s a symptom. The disease is government spending.  No administration or Congress dominated by Democrats has any chance of diagnosing this disease, let alone treating it effectively.  There is some chance the Republicans will do better, but only if we keep on top of them.

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