Except Russia today is stronger and more aggressive than it was in 1984, and Putin has demonstrated his determination to retake former Soviet territories with his invasion of Georgia and by repeatedly amping up the tension with Ukraine. The missile defense shield represented an American commitment to defend the liberated nations of Europe. Abandoning it is a green light to Putin to begin moving up Russia's invasion plans.
Not only has Obama sold out Israel to Islamic terrorism. Not only has Obama sold out Honduras and Columbia to the Marxist regimes of Cuba and Venezuela. But now Obama has sold out Eastern Europe to Russia. And the last time Poland was sold out, the result was WW2.
Poland and Czechoslovakia, the first line targets of Germany, naturally feel betrayed by Obama.
"Betrayal! The U.S. sold us to Russia and stabbed us in the back," the Polish tabloid Fakt declared on its front page.
Polish President Lech Kaczynski said he was concerned that Obama's new strategy leaves Poland in a dangerous "gray zone" between Western Europe and the old Soviet sphere.
The Bush administration's plan would have been "a major step in preventing various disturbing trends in our region of the world," Kaczynski said in a guest editorial in the daily Fakt and also carried on his presidential Web site.
An editorial in Hospodarske Novine, a respected pro-business Czech newspaper, said: "an ally we rely on has betrayed us, and exchanged us for its own, better relations with Russia, of which we are rightly afraid."
"This is not good news for the Czech state, for Czech freedom and independence," said Mirek Topolanek, the former Czech Prime Minister. "It puts us in a position where we are not firmly anchored in terms of partnership, security and alliance, and that’s a certain threat."
Beyond even opening the door to Russia trying to restore the Warsaw Pact, Obama has once again demonstrated that American agreements to allies are absolutely worthless.
By rejecting the Bush Administration's oral agreements with Israel, Obama gave the first sign that his administration would not be bound by a previous administration's agreements. He has now done the same thing on a much larger scale. The message has been conveyed in bold type around the world that American protection and agreements are meaningless.
This makes it a matter of child's prey for Russia to begin sweeping up what's left by pointing out that Eastern European countries have a choice between depending on an America that won't protect them when Russian tanks come sweeping across the border, or cutting a deal with Russia. A deal that will naturally mean installing a Russian puppet regime in charge before long.
With Belarus as the Venezuela of the region, Russia can begin "reuniting" the Warsaw Pact all the way up to Poland.
Obama already demonstrated precedence by personally calling the Czech Prime Minister, while sending Hillary Clinton to talk to the Polish PM. The Polish Prime Minister rightly rejected the call.
As far as Russia is concerned, that's as good as a menu order.
And now Obama has managed to alienate most of America's closest allies, leaving only a handful of Western European nations that still haven't broken with the administration.
And the global picture is ugly as hell for the man who was supposed to make the world love America again.
Japan's new government is on the outs with the US. Eastern Europe is on the outs. Israel is on the outs. Honduras is on the outs. A trade war is brewing with China. If anything, despite media spin, America's diplomatic position globally is much worse than it was before. And we're running out of allies to sell out real fast.
And what if anything has Obama gained for the US from all this? Absolutely nothing. Not one damn thing. Now that's some diplomacy.
Meanwhile America's worst president continues to make the rounds, accusing Wilson of racism. Glenn Beck rightly points out that Jimmy is a member of Osama's Book Club (the slightly more moderate version of the Oprah book club), but perhaps Beck himself should stop featuring fellow Osama Book Club member Michael Scheuer. (Scheuer's book Imperial Hubris shares the dubious honor of being both on Osama bin Laden and Ron Paul's reading list.)
Unsurprisingly Carter has his own extensive racist background,
* Carter's top campaign staffers were spotted distributing grainy photographs of Sanders arm-in-arm celebrating with two black men. Sanders was a part-owner of the Atlanta Hawks, and in the photograph he was celebrating a victory with two players who were pouring champagne over his head. Carter's leaflet was intended to depress Sanders's white vote.
* "The Carter campaign also produced a leaflet noting that Sanders had paid tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr."
* Carter criticized Sanders, a former governor, for preventing Alabama Gov. and notorious segregationist George Wallace from speaking on Georgia state property. "I don't think it was right for Governor Sanders to try to please a group of ultra-liberals, particularly those in Washington, when it means stifling communication with another state," said Carter.
* "'I have no trouble pitching for Wallace votes and black votes at the same time,' Carter told a reporter. Carter also said to another reporter, 'I can win this election without a single black vote.'"
* Upon receiving the endorsement of former Democratic Gov. Lester Maddox, Carter responded by praising the life-long segregationist: "He has brought a standard of forthright expression and personal honesty to the governor's office, and I hope to live up to his standard." Maddox had not only refused to serve blacks in the restaurant he once owned, but he had also greeted civil rights protestors with a gun, and made sticks available to his white customers with which to intimidate them.
"The campaign paid for radio ads for a fringe black candidate, C.B. King, in an effort to siphon black votes away from Sanders."
"Then there was the radio commercial in which Carter said he would never be the tool of any 'block' vote, slurring over the word 'block' so that it could be mistaken for 'black.'
But of course according to the media, Carter is a saint and an expert on racism, while Joe Wilson is a huge racist. But at least we now know Carter is indeed an expert in race baiting anyway.
As Alan Keyes points out, Carter is just adding a new twist to classic race baiting.
True to his "bigoted liberal" roots, Carter has invented a new racial stereotype. All blacks are communist-leaning proponents of national socialism. That's the only premise on which opposition to Obama's policies can be offered as prima facie evidence of anti-black racial bigotry.
As I recall it was quite common for hard-line segregationist opponents of the civil-rights movement to characterize blacks as communist agitators. It seems to me that the Southerner who's harking back to those old stereotypes isn't Joe Wilson. It's Jimmy (smile-when-you-say that) Carter. Of course, he's not alone. For years white liberals and their fawning black Quimbos (the wicked slaveholder Simon Legree's sadistic black overseers in Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin") have made it clear that only those who buy into their irrational leftist bunk will be accepted as genuine black people. Perhaps this is their recipe for getting beyond race. It worked so well for them that, after his sexual escapades in the Oval Office, they proclaimed Bill Clinton to be the first black president. (Apparently, accepting leftist bunk means rejecting traditional sexual morality. Thus, as it was for the old Southern segregationists, so too for these leftists – uncontrollable fornication becomes a sine qua non of the black identity.)
The left's standard tactic is to play divide and conquer with minority groups, and hijack their identities in conformity with their own ideology.
So the only black people they recognize are liberals. The only Jews they recognize are liberals. The only gay people they recognize are liberals. The only women they recognize are liberals. The list goes on.
Meanwhile in time for Rosh Hashana, America's favorite Al Gore supporting church, the Westboro Baptist Church is headed to picket Jewish synagogues and schools. They appear to be carrying signs reading "Jews Stole the Land" which puts the Westboro Baptist Church, aka the Phelps clan, as another convert to the Palestinian terrorist side of things.
In the big blog roundup, the Watcher of Weasels council includes one of my articles in its submissions, from Right Truth
The Islamic Danger blog has a comment of its own on living with terrorism.
"Terrorism"--the Islamic incursion into the West and its drive to Islamizise it--will not cease until the West (Europe, United States) is under Islamic domination or the Mohammedans are once again defeated--as has occurred several times in history. As we would rather not live under Islam (at least here in the United States), the second alternative is preferable. Ah, but how to achieve it? A careful examination of how Islam was beaten back before--sent to sulk for centuries in its misery until stupidly uplifted by the West's gift of oil wealth--will give the answer. The defeat of Islam, because that is what this war is about, Islam versus the non-Islamic world, can be accomplished. A study of prior defeats of the Moslems by the West will yield strategies and tactics that can be applied again. I will not go into detail here and send Moslems scurrying to maps and history books so as not to be forced to repeat their mistakes of the past. The Reconquista, Poitiers, Vienna show us what went right for us and what we could have improved upon. Economic, military, diplomatic, and political means must be used to achieve the ultimate goal: the sound defeat of the Islamic forces and the return of Islamic populations to Islamic lands.
A Jew With a View looks at Chirslam
Right Truth looks at the cracking of an Al Queda plot in America
The Muslims against Sharia blog writes that Islam's best strategy is by deceiving others
The Middle East Terrorism blog has the Bret Stephens article on the consequences of Obama's disastrous middle east policy, Obama is pushing Israel to War
The Daily Jabber has Another Great Example of Liberalism Gone Wild
The New Centrist looks at the double standard for demonstrations
Whatever you think about the Tea-Party protesters, whether you think their cause (or causes) is right or wrong, you cannot help but notice different standards applied to them and the demonstrations organized by the far left.
First, the matter of numbers. It’s strange how a protest of tens of thousands will make the first few pages of the NYT but a conservative protest with hundreds of thousands is back on page A-37.
At Infidel Bloggers Alliance, proof that if anything Joe Wilson didn't go far enough
President Obama said this week that his health care plan won't cover illegal immigrants, but argued that's all the more reason to legalize them and ensure they eventually do get coverage.
Not only does Obama want to provide illegal aliens with national health care coverage. He wants to do it by legalizing them, compounding two wrongs.
Lemon Lime Moon writes Nancy Has Concerns
“I have concerns about some of the language that is being used because I saw … I saw this myself in the late '70s in San Francisco,” she said.
I think she heard a lot of that kind of language used about George Bush and other Republicans too.. you know, death threats, calling him Hitler and calling non-Democrats nazis. There was a lot of that going on . A lot of conspiracy theories circulated about the Iraq war and 9 11 too but Nancy didn't say much about that. She doesn't say much when things suit her purpose.
But now, is Nancy Pelosi hoping for agent provocateurs to cause bloody violence or is she a prophetess now too?
The Jew in Yellow has Paul Eidelberg's A Picture of Things to Come
The Vlad Tepes blog has Bruce Bawer's Ottawa speech
Finally the Keli Ata blog asks, "Is Islam a Mental Disease?"
The title for this post was: Is Islam A Mental Disease? While prosecutors, defense lawyers, and domestic violence advocates will claim this case is about domestic violence and nothing else. But Islam is the white elephant in the court room. You can't avoid the fact that Muzzamil Hassan is a Muslim and his wife was a Muslim.
In fact, according to local news reports, Assiyah Hassan was the more religious of the two. That he beheaded her could well have been a deliberate method of murder and if it was deliberate how could his attorney argue insanity? Muzzamil Hassan was running a television not in the throws of a psychosis babbling and dishevled on the streets.
Further, if the beheading was indeed deliberate and he was capable of successfully caring out this gruesome act it can't possibly be the result of a temporary rage. Seeing as Assiyah was the more religious of the two the beheading could well have been Muzzamil's attempt at giving his religious wife the "justice" she deserved.
There's no way to get around the fact that he beheaded her. Why is Assiyah's murder different from other domestic violence murders? She was beheaded. Check FBI stats on domestic violence cases resulting in murder. See beheading is the method of killing in those cases. Few to none at all.
Islam can't be ignored because of the nature of the crime, not the motive or domestic violence. Yes there was domestic violence but there was also Islam. Even though Muzzamil wasn't as religious as his wife, as a "moderate" or "secular" Muslim he nevertheless brought his Pakistani Islamic culture to the tiny Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park.
What I find interesting is that when Muslims want reasonable accomdation in American society (which typically means all non-Muslims kowtowing to Muslims to the point that we're actually forced to practice Islam--no ham sandwiches in cabs, no alcohol etc) they argue that it's their religion.
In fact, even in Israel IDF soldiers were urged not to eat in front of Muslims during Ramadan! Well, if the Jew refrains from eating during 30 days of Ramadan isn't he also practicing Islam in a way? Forced Islamization with kid gloves under the guise of tolerance and respect and accomodation.
When a crime occurs with any hint that it could be an honor killing it's suddenly not Islam anymore but their culture. And then it suddenly becomes a mental defense.