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Liberal Law Professor Alan Dershowitz Slams Obama

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 29, 2016

Since the election of Donald Trump, liberal pundits have come up with all sorts of excuses for the outcome. At best they look to voter apathy on the Left. More troubling excuses include racism, sexism, homophobia, etc., the “deplorables” according to Hillary Clinton. These head-in-the-sand excuses ignore the weakness of candidate Hillary Clinton and the difficult economic state many Americans find themselves in, which as not improved under Obama’s Presidency.

The excuse-making machine on the Left has ignored the fact that many liberals are displeased with the Obama Presidency. Many expressed this dissatisfaction by supporting Socialist Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primary. Others have come out more recently with President Obama throwing Israel under the bus.

Last week the United Nations held a vote that basically blames Israel for the stalled Middle East peace process. While hidden behind the narrative that the vote was about Israeli settlements in the West Bank, the vote was a much more general combination of Israel. Such anti-Israeli votes in the Security Council have become commonplace in recent decades. However, votes the United States has historically used its veto power to block them. Incredibly, this lame-duck president in his last three weeks of office went against American policy back by both Republicans and Democrats and abstained, allowing the condemning of Israel to pass.

The outcry against Obama’s decision has been crosses political parties with many prominent Democrats coming out quite vocally in opposition. One example is Alan Dershowitz, a retired Harvard Law school professor who has been a lifetime Democrat and supporter of Barack Obama. His comments, included in the videos below, include:

He defined the president’s handling of the resolution as a “bait and switch”:

He pulled a bait and switch. He said to the American public ‘Oh this is all about the settlements deep in the West Bank’ and yet he allowed his representative to the U.N. to abstain, which is really for, a resolution that says Jews can’t pray at the Western Wall. Jews can’t live in the Jewish quarter where they’ve lived for thousands of years. And he’s gonna say ‘Whoops. I didn’t mean that.’ Well, read the resolution. You’re a lawyer. You went to Harvard Law School.”

Dershowitz went on to call Obama one of the worst presidents ever on foreign policy. Strong words from a liberal Democrat!

While this Blogger agrees with Dershowitz’s comments, the good Professor and others from intellectual Left bear responsibility for Obama’s policies and duplicity. It was known before Obama’s first election that he held questionable/radical political views and had contacts with some shady characters including Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayres of Weather Underground fame and others. Many on the Left made excuses for these associations, giving Obama a pass. Now, as Rev. Wright once so infamously said: “the chickens have come home to roost”.

 

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Noble Peace Prize Goes to UN Chemical Weapons Inspectors

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 22, 2013

In 2009 the Nobel Peace Prize went to our newly elected president, Barack Obama.  This was an amazing choice since none of Obama’s international policies were yet in effect.  Given the Libyan war, the ongoing Afghan war, and the President’s willingness to use drone assassinations at will, this award was more than premature, it was inappropriate.

Furthering the Noble Committee’s weird choices, the 2012 Peace Prize was awarded to the European Union.  The European Union is clearly an economic disaster with many Southern tier EU countries in or near insolvency.  To award a community that created this colossal mess a Peace Prize is absurd.

Last week the Norwegian Nobel Committee continued its questionable record, giving the 2013 Peace Prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the United Nations chemical weapons inspectors.  This organization was awarded the prize due to its involvement in attempting to eliminate chemical weapons in Syria with the Noble Committee’s citation stating:  “Recent events in Syria, where chemical weapons have again been put to use, have underlined the need to enhance the efforts to do away with such weapons.”  In addition, Thorbjorn Jagland, chairman of the Nobel Committee, indicated that the award should remind nations still holding chemical weapons to destroy them, “especially because they are demanding that others do the same, like Syria.”  How naïve; just how well has that logic worked getting the nukes out of North Korea?

Let’s see; the Syrian Civil War has been ongoing for over 30 months with more than 100,000 killed, but less than 2% of that number coming from chemical weapons.  For that the Noble Committee awards a division of the United Nations, which stood by while this carnage occurred. Now that’s Progressive logic!

Former United States ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, Ryan C. Crocker, was a bit more logical stating:  “The O.P.C.W., wherever it goes in the chemical weapons effort in Syria, is not going to bring peace to Syria because chemical weapons are simply not a major factor in Assad’s ability to wage war, which in my view is why he’s willing to cooperate.  Getting rid of chemical weapons anywhere is a good thing, but to make this worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize, I just don’t get it.”

To that, Mr. Crocker, I say “let’s not confuse the Progressives in Europe with the facts”.  In today’s narcissistic world it is one’s job title that matters, not accomplishments.  Europe has gone back to its roots.  The aristocracy lives on, but now camouflaged by flawed democracies.

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UN Gives Palestinian State Status

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 29, 2012

The United Nations General Assembly today elevated the Palestinian territories to “nonmember observer state status”. This decision raises some interesting issues:

Palestinian Civil War – Ever since Hamas kick the Fatah movement out of Gaza there has been   a de facto Civil War between the two Palestinian groups with Hamas controlling Gaza and Fatah the West Bank.  Does the UN vote offer state status to both groups together or individually?  Who are they allowing to represent the Palestinians at the United Nations; Hamas or Fatah?

Lack of Support for the US – The vote at the United Nations was 138 in favor, 9 against, and 41 abstentions.  This is not only defeat for Israel, but one for the United States who strongly opposed the Palestinian move.  While this vote is not surprising given the anti-Israeli bias of the United Nations, it once again shows the failure of Pres. Obama’s outreach program since taking office to the greater world and Muslim countries more specifically.  It is clear that American support from other countries has not improved under the Obama Administration.

Hypocrisy of the Vote – There is significant hypocrisy in today’s vote.  In the Muslim world the Kurds seek self-determination and an independent country in parts of Iraq, Syria and most notably Turkey. Russia has gone to war against Chechnya to quell similar independent fervor.  Spain has faced the Basque Separatists and more recently a Caledonia independence movement.  All of these countries deny these minorities the same rights they demand for Palestinians.  How hypocritical.

The vote in favor of granting the Palestinian’s a higher standing was made on the 65th anniversary of the partitioning of Palestine that led to the creation of modern Israel.  This partition in 1947 divided the British administered Palestine into two states, one Arab that became a part of Jordan and one a Jewish, the modern Israel.  The Israelis accepted the decision with Arab governments rejecting it.  That led to the first Arab-Israeli war and two others since.  Only after rejecting Israel’s right to exist for nearly five decades did the Palestinian Authority offer some moderation to its course.  With a little revisionist history, the Palestinians became the victoms.

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Water Boarding Versus Drone Assassinations

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 25, 2012

It the early days of the Obama presidency, the Administration attacked President George W. Bush’s war on terror policies.  This included Obama’s promise to close the Guantánamo Bay terrorist detention center, which still remains open.  There were also announcements of prosecuting some involved in the war on terror including CIA employees who used enhanced interrogation techniques including waterboarding.  While the Administration did not follow through on this politically motivated war against its predecessor, it caused embarrassment for the Country and fear within the intelligence community.  The Leftist mainstream media was an eager assistant in the Administration’s effort.

Nearly four years later it is instructive to review the Obama Administration’s related policies against suspected terrorists.  No longer is there talk about enhanced interrogation techniques, but that is not a guarantee that such techniques are not being used.  However, the Obama Administration’s increased use of targeted assassinations through drone strikes has conveniently eliminated the possibility of such interrogation in many cases.

The mainstream media does not seem to a problem with Obama’s use of assassinations.  In fact, when it does report on this issue it does so with a callous attitude towards the killings.  Today’s New York Times published an article titled Election Spurred a Move to Codify U.S. Drone Policy, which demonstrates this remarkable metamorphosis by the press.

The Times reported that during the Obama presidency, there have been over 300 drone strikes by the CIA killing approximately 2.500 people including suspected terrorists and innocent bystanders.  These attacks have occurred in various countries without permission including Pakistan and Yemen that have created ill will towards America.

The Times also reported that prior to the recent presidential election, there was concern in the Administration that Romney might be elected and therefore began creating legal papers to define and add constraints on the drone assassination program.  The President raised a related issue in mid- October on The Daily Show saying: “One of the things we’ve got to do is put a legal architecture in place, and we need Congressional help in order to do that, to make sure that not only am I reined in but any president’s reined in terms of some of the decisions that we’re making.”  However, after his reelection the Administration has placed this effort on the back burner.

The United Nations has announced plans to investigate America’s drone strikes.  It is likely they will find the program in breach of international law.  This raises the interesting question as to whether the President could be subject to prosecution by an international court.  Given that the United Nations is run by Progressives with similar views to those Leftists currently occupying White House should give Obama concern.  Hopefully his successor will act with more dignity concerning this issue than Obama did concerning the Bush Administration’s use of waterboarding.

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Hamas on the Wrong Side of World Opinion

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 18, 2012

For some months the conflict between Israel and Hamas, who controls the Gaza Strip, has been quite.  For reasons only known to Hamas, it has upped the ante in recent weeks firing rockets into southern Israel.  Initially Israel turn the other cheek for the attacks, possibly seeking to have world opinion its side when it did respond.  That response started a few days ago and has been significant.  It has included the killing of Hamas’ military leader Ahmed Jabari, and significant bombing of Hamas’ military capabilities and infrastructure including yesterday’s destruction of its prime ministers headquarters.

In the past Israel has typically been condemned for retaliatory attacks against radical Palestinians.  This time the reaction is different with many world leaders including President Obama indicating that Israel is justified in the response.  Similar reactions from other world leaders include:

European Union – Foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton defended Israel saying: “The rocket attacks by Hamas and other factions in Gaza, which began this current crisis, are totally unacceptable for any government and must stop…Israel has the right to protect its population from these kind of attacks.  I urge Israel to ensure that its response is proportionate … I am deeply concerned at the escalating violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip and deplore the loss of civilian lives on both sides.”

Germany – Chancellor Angela Merkel spokesman Georg Streiter called on Hamas to “to immediately stop shooting rockets from Gaza into Israel,” and stating that it was “responsible for the outbreak of violence.” The spokesman concluded “there is no justification for the shooting of rockets at Israel, which has led to massive suffering of the civilian population.”

United Nations – Even this typically pro-Palestinian organization was unusually noncritical of Israel merely calling upon it to halt the “dangerous escalation” and concluding that Hamas’ rockets must stop “at once.”

Much of the world seems to be in agreement with Israeli’s Prime Minister Netanyahu who said: “no government in the world would allow a situation where its population lives under the constant threat of rockets“.

Hamas has overplayed its hand in this round of its battle with Israel.  Their use of longer-range Fajr 5 rockets from Iran, capable of hitting Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, has not only given Israel an excuse for the aggressive response, but has given them no alternative.  Leaving the terrorists equipped with the longer-range rockets is unacceptable to most Israelis.  It is akin to the Mexican drug cartels not only having the capabilities, but using rockets to hit American cities as far from the border as Chicago, Illinois.

Israel is showing signs of launching a ground war to eliminate Hamas’ offensive military capabilities.  It has called up 75,000 reservists, a significant and costly action that does not seem in line with a bluff.  It is likely that much of the Middle East understands the implications of Israel’s intent and have started a actions towards a negotiated solution.  It is reported that Egypt, Turkey, and Qatar, as well as others, are working on an agreement.

It is likely that the world’s unusual favoring of Israeli in this current round of violence is due to more significant underlying issues than merely Hamas lobbing missiles into Israel.  It is likely that the world is more concerned with strategic issues including Iran’s likely involvement, as well as the ongoing carnage in Syria.

It is likely that even the Progressive politicians in Europe have come realize that the narrative proffered in recent decades that the Middle East would become peaceful if only the Israelis and Palestinians resolved their differences was fallacious.  The actions of Iran since the late 1970s, Iraq in the 1980s and 1990s, worldwide terrorism sponsored by radical Islamists, the violence of the Arab Spring, and the ongoing carnage in Syria, etc. have offered a cold dose of reality.  It is long past the time to end the political correctness that has shrouded Middle Eastern politics for too many years.  Terrorism, no matter what the cause, is unacceptable and must be met with total disdain from the civilized world.  The current worldwide reaction to Hamas’ belligerence is a start in that direction.

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U.N. Attacking Israeli Interests

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 29, 2012

The Washington Free Beacon reports that the United Nations will call for an international effort to damage Israel economically by attacking American companies that do business with it.  This includes large corporation such as Hewlett-Packard, Caterpillar, and Motorola.  The economic attack will also involve European companies that do business with Israel.

The UN’s Human Rights Council (HRC) is spearheading the aggressively anti-Israeli action and has stated: “The costs to companies and businesses of failing to respect international humanitarian law are considerable,” and further offered threats “including damage to a company’s public image, impact on shareholder decisions and share price and could result in employees being criminally responsible for rights abuses.”

The HRC’s anti-Israeli positions are not surprising given that the organization’s makeup includes Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Libya, China, and Cuba.  Having this group dish out human rights punishments is an outrage.

President George W. Bush refused to work with HRC and he was correct in this approach.  After taking office, President Barack Obama joined HRC with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice stating:Working from within, we can make the council a more effective forum to promote and protect human rights.”  This naive approach to foreign policy has been a trademark of the Obama Administration.  It is an example of America’s foreign policy failures in the Middle East during the past four years.

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UN to Monitor American Polling

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 27, 2012

In a sign of a creeping loss of United States sovereignty, thehill.com reported that a United Nations’ affiliate group will be monitoring US polling station for the upcoming presidential election.  They are reportedly looking for voter suppression by conservative leaning groups.

It is outragegous for an organization like the United Nations that has China and Russia on its Security Council to be looking into American voter intimidation.  It is also telling that these Leftist who demand American voters not be required to prove citizenship to vote now suggest voter intmidaiton eminates from the Right.  Where were they when the New Black Panther Party stood outside a Philadelphia polling station with clubs just four years ago?

Turning the outrageous into lunacy, the monitoring organization is the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe who will bring to the US monitors from various countries including Serbia, Belarus, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.  Ignoring the other characters’ heritages, Serbia just 15 years ago was cleansing itself of unwanted minorities and now they will monitor for the Leftist in the UN.

President Obama and his Progressive pals in Congress would give the United Nations even more control over American sovereignty.  For that reason only he is not deserving of a second term.

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Obama Has Time for “The View” But not World Leaders

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 24, 2012

It was reported last week that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requested a meeting with President Obama when both would be in New York to discuss the Iranian nuclear crisis.  The President refused Netanyahu’s request indicating that his schedule would not allow for it.  During the same period Obama accepted an invitation to be on The David Letterman Show.

Not only did Obama shun Israeli Prime Minister, but he also avoided meeting with any of the world leaders in New York to attend this week’s UN conference.  However, today the President and First Lady found time from their busy schedules to show up on the TV show, The View.

This President’s actions are becoming pathetic.  His conduit to speaking with the American people is focused through friendly media shows.  Obama is avoiding the tough questions that may come from real and unbiased reporters.  He is also uncomfortable without the aid of the Teleprompter.

Some Obama surrogates have not been able to avoid the obvious questions arising from the President’s avoidance of meeting with foreign leaders while hitting the talk show circuit.  On Sunday, Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs was forced to defend the President in response to questions from Fox News reporter, Chris Wallace, with the following exchange (video posted below):

Wallace – “You say that he’s got schedules, that foreign leaders have schedules.  He has time for Whoopi Goldberg but he doesn’t have time for world leaders?

Gibbs – “Chris, they have telephones in the White House.  Last week, he talked to the president of Egypt.  He talked to the leader in Libya.  We don’t need a meeting in Washington just to confer with leaders.  We’ve got a strong —

Wallace –  “But he does need the time to be on ‘The View’?

Yikes!  What an amateur.

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Kofi Annan Quits UN Diplomatic Effort in Syria

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 15, 2012

Today there was another massacre reported in Syria of civilians by the regime of Bashar al-Assad.  Sooner or later the world will look to blame those that sat on the sidelines while the killings continued.  The United Nations owns much of the culpability.

After a year and a half of protest 19,000 Syrians have been killed al-Assad’s regime.  While the world and particularly the United States and NATO acted to protect Libyan civilians, they watched and allowed United Nation to lead in Syrian. The UN once again proven itself to be toothless.

In March, 2012, the United Nations named Kofi Annan special envoy to mediate the dispute between the Syrian despot, al-Assad and the protesters.  Late last month Annan resigned admitting that the mission failed.

Annan’s mission was doomed before it started.  First, Russia and China have both blocked any attempts to sanction the Syrian regime for the carnage.  Both countries depend on authoritarian power to maintain control and fear that going after the al-Assad regime could place their own positions in jeopardy.  In addition, the al-Assad has allowed Russia the use of a port for its military.  The downfall of al-Assad would be to their strategic detriment.  Without Russia and China on board, the United Nations has no real authority or power to deal with the Syrian massacres.  Therefore, the Annan mission was a waste of time and money.

In addition, diplomacy in any conflict can be successful only if both sides want resolution.  This most basic requirement does not exist in Syria.  The al-Assad regime is part of the Alawite minority, an offshoot of Shiite Muslims, which represents only 10% of Syria’s population.  They have controlled Syria’s Sunni majority by force for decades.  This reality, coupled with the 19,000 killed in the past year and a half offers the al-Assad regime no room for compromise.  Should they give up their hold on power, the retribution on the Alawite community and their allies will be deadly.  That leaves al-Assad two choices: leave the country or fight for control.

The ongoing tragedy in Syria once again shows how useless United Nations is.  It also shows how deadly the world is when a strong power such as United States leads from behind.

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U.N. Pulls Out of Syria

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 17, 2012

It has been over a year since the Syrian protests began.  Since then its dictator It has been over a year since the Syrian protests began.  Since then its dictator Bashar al-Assad has been murdering his own people in an effort to maintain power with estimated death exceeding 10,000.  While Syrians die the world through the United Nations dithers.  With Assad’s Russia support the United Nations has done little more than debate the matter. has been murdering his own people in an effort to maintain power with estimated deaths exceeding 10,000.  While Syrians die the world through the United Nations dithers.  With Assad’s Russia support the United Nations has done little more than debate the matter.

A few months ago United Nations initiated two feeble steps.  It appointed Kofi Annan to negotiate a truce between the factions without success.  In addition it sent approximately 300 unarmed observers to Syria to supervise a suppose it cease-fire.  Both missions failed with the Associated Press reporting that the United Nations is now pulling its observers from Syria due to the increasing violence.

The ongoing killings in Syria again show the uselessness of the United Nations.  This corrupt organization does little to promote world peace, but instead mainly acts as a propaganda tool for the world’s despots.  In addition, it enriches the diplomats who work for this social industry.

The Syrian debacle is also a showcase for President Obama’s decision for America to lead from behind.  When the mess in Syria is finally sorted out with dictator Assad being thrown out, it is likely that the Syrian people will exact revenge on those responsible for the massacres, adding to the misery in that country.  It is also likely that they will question why so many countries stood by and allowed the massacres to occur.

Given that Assad and his cronies will face war crimes charges when they lose power in Syria, they have no choice but to fight it out to the end and this will result in significant more deaths before the carnage is over.  Given this, the United Nations’ attempt to use negotiations to end the fighting is indication of the organization’s stupidity or detachment from reality

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