Lieberman to Campaign as Independent


 

Lieberman is going to campaign as an incumbent and an Independent. It will be interesting what the Republicans in Connecticut will do. I have read elsewhere that the Republican candidate for Senate (I don’t even know his name) has no shot at winning. The race is between a Democratic Party nominee and Independent Joe Lieberman.

 

A Lieberman victory would be embarrassing for both Democrats and Republicans. A Lieberman victory would spank the Appeasement minded peacenik voters of the Democratic Party. A Lieberman victory would demonstrate that there were Republicans that abandoned the Party sanctioned candidate in favor of Lieberman.

 

On what Senate committees would Lieberman serve as an Independent? Would an irritated Democratic Party strip Lieberman of his Committee appointments? Would the Republican Party place Lieberman on key Committees to annoy the Democratic Party?

Dealing with the Devil: A diplomatic disaster in the making.


 
It is nearly unbelievable that the Bush Administration is using the United Nations Secretariat staff to write terms of an Israel/Hezbollah cease fire. Kofi Annan is a corrupt Administrator [See Also THIS] that is a Mohammedan sympathetic to the Islamofascist terrorist causes and is very ANTI-Israel. To allow Secretary of State Rice to broker a deal with Annan is like making deals with the devil.

President Bush instead should be working with its Western allies, even if some of those allies have been hostile toward President Bush. France apparently wishes to be a major player in this cease fire. I actually trust the French more than I do Kofi Annan, which in itself is a big leap.

NATO should be the peace keeping with the authority to keep the peace. That means shooting at the violators. We know the violators of a brokered cease fire will be Hezbollah or Hezbollah mentors Iran and Syria.

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By Anne Bayefsky
August 07, 2006, 0:04 a.m.
National Review Online

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is on the brink of handing President Bush the worst diplomatic disaster of his presidency. She is poised to agree to two United Nations resolutions that will tie the hands of both Israel and the United States in the war on terror and, in particular, inhibit future action on its number one state sponsor — Iran.

The catastrophe is the brainchild of Secretary General Kofi Annan, who has effectively turned the United Nations into the political wing of Hezbollah. Rice and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns are working furiously to satisfy a timetable dictated by Annan, not by the interests of the United States.

How did the United Nations become the forum for producing peace between Israel and its neighbors, which have rejected the Jewish state’s existence for the past six decades? In the last three weeks, a multi-headed hydra of U.N. actors has risen to defeat Israel on the political battlefield in an unprecedented disregard of the U.N. Charter’s central tenet: the right of self-defense.

Existing Security Council resolutions have for years required “the Government of Lebanon to fully extend and exercise its sole and effective authority throughout the south, [and] ensure a calm environment throughout the area, including along the Blue Line, and to exert control over the use of force on its territory and from it.” A combination of Iranian aggression, Syrian support, and Lebanese impotence and malfeasance, has actively prevented the implementation of the existing resolutions.

But how did the U.N. respond to the aggression against the U.N. member state of Israel, which was launched once again from Lebanese territory and which continues to the present hour? By accusing Israel of murder, mass genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, the deliberate attack of children, and racism. U.N. actors have even denied that Hezbollah is a terrorist organization and analogized it to anti-Nazi resistance movements. In the last three weeks, we have heard:

Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

  • Israel’s “excessive use of force is to be condemned;” Israel has “torn the country to shreds.” Israel’s disproportionate use of force and collective punishment of the Lebanese people must stop…

  • Israel is “apparently” guilty of the murder of U.N. soldiers. The U.N. interim-force (UNIFIL) soldiers were killed by Israel after it responded to Hezbollah attacks on Israeli civilians. One of the soldiers had reported only days before he died that Hezbollah’s nearby actions meant Israel’s response “has not been deliberate targeting, but has rather been due to tactical necessity.” Yet without any investigation, Annan immediately called it an “apparently deliberate targeting” — an accusation he has yet to retract.
  • Israel has “committed grave breaches of international humanitarian law” and “has caused, and is causing, death and suffering on a wholly unacceptable scale.”

    Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown:

  • Hezbollah, the Iranian-proxy currently fighting Israel, is not a terrorist organization. “It is not helpful to couch this war in the language of international terrorism,” said [* Subscription Required] Malloch Brown, claiming Hezbollah is “completely separate and different from Al Qaeda.”

    Jan Egeland, under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency-relief coordinator:

  • “The excessive and disproportionate use of force by the Israeli Defense Forces…must stop.”

    Louise Arbour, U.N. High Commissioner for human rights:

  • In comments Arbour directed at Israel, she said: “the bombardment of sites with alleged military significance, but resulting invariably in the killing of innocent civilians, is unjustifiable,” suggesting that Israel was perpetrating “war crimes and crimes against humanity” for violating the “obligation to protect civilians during hostilities”.

    Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, U.N. special representative of the secretary-general for Children and Armed Conflict:

  • In comments directed “even-handedly” to Israel and Hezbollah, Coomaraswamy “strongly condemned the repeated attacks on civilians, and especially on children, noting that callous disregard for the lives of children has permeated this conflict from its start.”

    Ann Veneman, executive director of UNICEF:

  • Veneman claimed Israel is engaged in “the continued targeting of civilians, particularly children.”

    Agha Shahi, Pakistani member of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination:

  • Would Israel have resorted to the bombing of civilian infrastructure if it were fighting a non-Arab force? It was a war between different ethnic groups, the Arabs and the Jews.”

    Jose Francisco Calitzay, Guatemalan member of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination:

  • Commenting on events in Lebanon, Calitzay saidmass genocide was the highest level of racism that could exist, and they had to prevent that from happening in the present case.”

    Mahmoud Aboul-Nasr, Egyptian member of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination:

  • Aboul-Nasr “objected to the designation of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. Hezbollah was not a terrorist organization; it was a resistance movement that was fighting foreign occupation, just as there had been during the Second World War.”

    In short, the United Nations — which to this day cannot define terrorism — did not come to the aid of a U.N. member under fire from one of the world’s leading terrorist organizations. It came to the aid of the terrorist by attempting to prevent the member state from exercising its right to hit back. The Geneva Conventions clearly state that combatants are prohibited from using civilians as human shields, but if they do so, the presence of civilians does not render the area immune from military operations. Israeli soldiers and civilians are paying with their lives daily as a consequence of Israel’s efforts to avoid disproportionate action — a dramatic exercise of restraint taken in order to reduce Lebanese civilian casualties. [* Emphasis SlantRight Editor]

    But in the face of the U.N.’s obvious predilection to subvert Israel’s well-being and American foreign policy interests, to whom has Secretary Rice turned to save the day? The United Nations!

    The result has been as predictable as it has been disastrous. The U.N.’s verbal assault on Israel is coupled with a three-pronged political agenda. The United Nations seeks to: (1) protect Hezbollah from further Israeli attacks; (2) produce a political win for Hezbollah by giving them the territorial prize of the Shebaa Farms ; and (3) increase U.N. presence, oversight, and control of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Every element of this agenda is satisfied in the current U.N. resolution and is part of the declared intention of the second resolution to follow.

    The resolution calls for a “full cessation of hostilities” and “the immediate cessation by Israel of all offensive military operations.” What offensive military operations? Has Israel been engaged in a single military operation offensive and not defensive in nature? Only according to Annan’s armed wing, Hezbollah.

    The resolution reintroduces the notion that Israel occupies Lebanese territory, calling for action on “areas where the border is disputed or uncertain, including in the Shebaa farms area.” It completely contradicts the secretary-general’s own final determination of January 20, 2005, that the Shebaa farms is not Lebanese: “The continually asserted position of the Government of Lebanon that the Blue Line is not valid in the Shab’a farms area is not compatible with Security Council resolutions. The Council has recognized the Blue Line as valid for purposes of confirming Israel’s withdrawal pursuant to resolution 425 (1978).”

    The draft resolution on the current crisis says the Security Council “expresses its intention…to authorize in a further resolution under Chapter VII of the Charter the deployment of a UN mandated international force to…contribute to the implementation of a permanent ceasefire and a long-term solution.” It calls for renewed involvement of UNIFIL, the U.N. troops that stood and watched Hezbollah rearm and plan its deadly assault on a U.N. member state for the last six years.

    Such an international force is to be authorized under the first-ever Chapter VII resolution — a legally binding resolution that can be implemented through sanctions or the use of force — in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. In other words, Secretary Rice has approved of a U.N.-authorized and monitored force that has its sights set on Israel too, coupled with a claim that Israel is currently engaged in “offensive” operations. The very U.N. that accuses Israel of murder and heinous violations of international law is now to be charged with judging compliance with a legally binding instrument purporting to define the terms and conditions of Israel’s self-defense.

    In addition, the draft resolution:

  • fails to call in its operative section for the immediate release of the kidnapped Israeli soldiers;
  • introduces the notion that settling the issue of all Lebanese prisoners detained in Israel — regardless of their crimes — will be the quid pro quo for the Israelis’ release;
  • speaks of financial and humanitarian assistance only to the Lebanese people while ignoring restitution or aid resulting from the one million Israelis in bomb shelters over the last three weeks and the 300,000 displaced;
  • lends credibility to another manufactured grievance, the return by Israel of “remaining maps of land mines in Lebanon” — though Israel has already returned maps of old mines years ago, and no mention is made of Hezbollah providing the U.N. with maps of its newly laid landmines;
  • enhances Kofi Annan’s authority to judge Israel by extending an open-ended invitation to inform the Security Council continually about any action he believes “might adversely affect the search for a long-term solution” ;
  • fails to mention “Hezbollah” or terrorism even once, let alone stating that Hezbollah is directly responsible for the Lebanese civilian casualties it cynically promotes;
  • omits entirely any reference to Iran or Syria, as if the address of the arms suppliers and bosses of their Hezbollah proxies are too sensitive to include.

    There will be only one sure result of this move — the empowerment of terrorists whose ultimate target is the United States and all democratic values. Secretary Rice’s belief that there is a serious convergence between the United Nations agenda and American foreign-policy needs in the age of terrorism is a profound error in judgment for which democratic societies everywhere will be forced to pay a heavy price.

    — Anne Bayefsky is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and at Touro College Law Center. She is also editor of http://www.eyeontheun.org/.

    © National Review Online 2006-2007. All Rights Reserved.

  • Republicans’ Best Hope? Stop Imitating Democrats


     

    It will be interesting how this mid-term election pans out. Polls have predicted Democratic wins in the past only to see the Republicans win. That is an indication that the polls were skewed in some fashion so that when public they become an attempt to sway votes to the Democrats. On the other hand, there is a great dissatisfaction among Republicans and Democrats on how the war in Iraq is being prosecuted. The dissatisfaction is different from each Party, but it is there nonetheless. This indeed could affect the elections in November against the current Republican majority.

     

    I think Kevin Hassett is correct. If the Republicans focus the election in 2006 and 2008 on the base that got them there in the first place, the Republicans will prevail. The key is to re-connect to the Christian Right base with issues that promote Christian Right agendas.

     

    That will drive the Liberal Democrats insane. The Democrats have the polls to back a Republican unseating; however the electorate that is most powerful still view issues dear to their heart. The Democrats have polls, but not the hearts of voting majority. That has to suck for them.

    Evangelicals and WWIII


     
    Van Oosten is brave man to subject his viewing to the opinions of the ever so slanted Left wing MSM. Van Oosten describes a distraught Paula Zahn over the information that many Christian Right Christians fall into the camp that the Middle East crises are a part of the signs of the End Times. How typical for moral relativism to be outraged that a Messiah might be on the way. Of course morality would have NO choice to be measured relative to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Of course a moral relativist would be outraged at such a suggestion. That is like suggesting to a Jihadist that there will not be 70 (or is it 72? I always forget) virgins in Paradise. Ohhhhhhhhh the outrage!

    One Party America?


     

    Unless there is some sort of coup or revolution in America, there will always be at least two dominating political parties. It is the nature of Americans to have the ability to throw the scoundrels out of office. Often times it is irrelevant if the office holder is Conservative or Liberal. Too often trustworthiness is not even an issue with Americans. The thing that matters with Americans is this kind of thinking: "What have you done for me lately?" If the "What have done" is something that affects the American pocket book or provokes indignation on a voter wide scale, then Americans tend to throw the office holder out.

     

    I do agree with Shriver that a failed re-election on a Democratic Party ticket of Lieberman may very well affect the Democratic Party in the future. It is even possible that it might be the demise of the Democratic Party as we know it. However I assure you, if the Democratic Party ceases suddenly or slowly; it will be replaced by a group of candidates that are unhappy with the opposing majority political party.

     

    In reality if the Democratic Party meets its demise, it could be more dangerous for the Republican Party. The new opposition Party that would eventually form would probably pull some kind of centrists of commonality from both political parties. That might present quite the challenge to my beloved Right Wing of the Republican Party.

    Graphic Proof of SlantedLeft Media


     
    The blogosphere has busted Reuters on a faked photo provided by an Arab photographer. Whether Reuters knew it was fake and published it anyway or found out after publishing the fake photo is the conspiracist guess.

    The Photo was supposed to be of the result of indiscriminant bombing of Beirut. It was fabricate, cloned, faked etc..

    The best place to read to see the evidence (so far) is Little Green Footballs. That blog actually provides gif automated images of how the fakery occured. LGF also points out that if the so-called MSM has done this, how much more has been presented as journalistic news that has been faked?

    GO TO LGF.

    Could a Hezbollah win destroy the US-Israel relationship?


     

    Leave it to a neocon to explain the reality of American National Interests. Apparently this test for Israel is more than for observation purposes for Iran’s military capabilities and Israel’s response. Krauthammer is saying America has given our premier ally in the Middle East the green light for America to view how much an asset or liability Israel is to American National Interests.

     

    Politically, it is the National Interest that propels American agendas and strategies for the future and security of America. If Israel fails to sufficiently disable Hezbollah, it will not look good to those of the Left or of the Right. The sense I have is the voice of the Christians that support Israel will not be loud enough to overcome political realists that decide Israel is a liability.

     

    Does any understand what that will mean to Jews? If America abandons Israel as a liability politically, it will be another Jewish holocaust. Holocaust!

     

    Europeans have been preparing to abandon Israel for years; anti-Semitism has been running rampant. America currently is not only Israel’s best ally, America is Israel’s only ally.

     

    America you must not abandon the Land promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. That would be ungodly and genocidal.