Are we living in the Twilight Zone? How can a man who epitomizes the worst of Congressional politics, who wrongly accused members of the United States Marines of murder, who refused to apologize to those Marines after they were exonerated, who votes lock-step with Nancy Pelosi against the interests of the United States, who puts politics over Country even it means the possible defeat of our forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, against al Qaeda or anywhere else in the world – receive a Distinguished Service Award?
BLACKFIVE is directing anyone who sees this as an abomination (my sentiment) to sign a petition.
As a Navy Veteran, I signed the petition as fast as I could.
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Via Sweetness and Light comes this bombshell:
“Congressman Murtha’s selfless devotion to the Nation’s Sailors and Marines ensured they were provided the resources necessary to effectively conduct the Global War on Terrorism. His courageous leadership, vision, and loyalty to the men and women of the Department of the Navy greatly contributed to their quality of life and helped create the most modern and highly trained fighting force in history. As Chairman of Subcommittee on Defense of the House Appropriations Committee, Congressman Murtha’s tireless advocacy helped maintain the Navy and Marine Corps team at the highest levels of combat readiness to meet the challenges of the 21st century. With grateful appreciation for his outstanding contributions to the Nation and the Navy and Marine Corps, Congressman Murtha is awarded the Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award.”
Hey, Navy, while you’re at it, let’s give Dick “pol pot” Durbin an award too…
Seriously, people, that ex-Marine has not expressed selfless devotion to our military. Instead, he has thrown them under the bus for political purposes. And that’s about the best way I can put it on a PG13 rated blog.
Update: The Military Motivator team already had him pegged. Should’ve known:
Okay. So they give the Distinguished Service Award to Murtha. Now, the World is informed that Israel may be forced to launch a missile strike on Iran. Will Obama’s Teleprompter tell him that America must stand with Israel if Israel has any chance of survival? Secretary Clinton informs Israel that Obama has no policy and that he is in an exploratory phrase, but she understands when Netanyahu says “we need to take head on the Iranian threat, diplomatically, with sanctions, and beyond that.” Does that mean the teleprompter will decide after an Israeli attack? Please say a prayer for Israel because with friends like Obama it’s like having one more enemy.
Paul Woodward, Online Correspondent
A leading foreign policy think tank in Washington said a strike by Israel on Iran will give rise to regional instability and conflict as well as terrorism.
A study by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington said that due to the complexity and risk involved in an air strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, Israel may opt to strike with ballistic missiles if there are no other means to curtail the Islamic republic’s nuclear programme. The study said that in the event of such an attack a strike on the Bushehr nuclear reactor would cause the immediate death of thousands of people in the area. Thousands or even hundreds of thousands would subsequently die of cancer and radioactive contamination would “most definitely” heavily affect Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE.
During a visit to the United States, Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi said that while Israel was interested in exhausting diplomatic options against Iran’s nuclear programme, the army must nevertheless prepare itself for a military attack, Haaretz reported.
On her blog at Foreign Policy, Laura Rozen reported on US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s trip to Israel earlier this month.
“An Israeli diplomat apprised of Clinton’s recent Jerusalem meeting said that Netanyahu was forthright in telling her that Iran is his top priority.
” ‘Netanyahu brought up Iran,’ the Israeli diplomat told Foreign Policy. ‘He told her it was the be all and end all. And [he said] that there is a reverse link: If [Washington] wants anything to move on the Palestinian front, we need to take head on the Iranian threat, diplomatically, with sanctions, and beyond that.’
“Clinton responded, ‘I am aware of that,’ the Israeli diplomat relayed.
” ‘They both had a perfect excuse not to say anything blunt,’ the diplomat continued, ‘Until Iran gets through the elections in June, nothing can be done.’…
” As for substance, there is no policy, which is more or less in a mild way, something she admitted,’ in her meeting with Netanyahu, the diplomat said. ‘Again, not in those very words. She was there to let those there understand that the Obama administration is in an exploration phase. You’ve got to give her credit for one thing. There is nothing new here. The players are the same. The plot is the same. The solutions are the same.’ “…Continue Reading
I am heartened to read that Rupert Murdoch understands that the survival of the United States and Europes survival depends on the survival of Israel.
I am not Jewish but…Mar. 19, 2009
RUPERT MURDOCH , THE JERUSALEM POST
Over the years, some of my wildest critics seem to have assumed I am Jewish. At the same time, some of my closest friends wish I were…
…Ladies and gentleman, I am humbled by the honor you have given me – because this award speaks more to your good work than it does to mine.
The American Jewish Committee started in response to the persecution of Jews in czarist Russia. And your response took a very American form: an organization that would speak up for those who could not speak for themselves.
In the century since your founding, the American Jewish Committee has become one of the world’s most influential organizations. Yet though your concerns begin with the safety and welfare of Jews, these concerns are anything but parochial. The reason for this is clear: You know that the best guarantee of the security of Jews anywhere is the freedom of people everywhere….
…In Europe, men and woman who bear the tattoos of concentration camps today look out on a continent where Jewish lives and Jewish property are under attack – and public debate is poisoned by an anti-Semitism we thought had been dispatched to history’s dustbin.
In Iran, we see a regime that backs Hizbullah and Hamas now on course to acquire a nuclear weapon.
In India, we see Islamic terrorists single out the Mumbai Jewish Center in a well-planned and well-coordinated attack that looks like it could be a test run for similar attacks in similar cities around the world.
MOST FUNDAMENTALLY, we see a growing assault on both the legitimacy and security of the State of Israel.
This assault comes from people who make clear they have no intention of ever living side-by-side in peace with a Jewish state – no matter how many concessions Israel might make. The reason for this is also clear: These are men who cannot abide the idea of freedom, tolerance and democracy. They hate Israel for the same reasons they hate us.
As I speak, the flashpoint is Gaza. For months now, Hamas has been raining down rockets on Israeli civilians. Like all terrorist attacks, the aim is to spread fear within free societies, and to paralyze its leaders. This Israel cannot afford. I do not need to tell anyone in this room that no sovereign nation can sit by while its civilian population is attacked.
Hamas knows this better than we do. And Hamas understands something else as well: In the 21st century, when democratic states respond to terrorist attacks, they face two terrible handicaps.
THE FIRST HANDICAP is military. It’s true that Israel’s conventional superiority means it could flatten Gaza if it wanted. But the Israel Defense Forces – unlike Hamas – are accountable to a democratically chosen government…
…In this kind of war, Hamas does not need to defeat Israel militarily to win a big victory. In fact, Hamas knows that in some ways, dead Palestinians serve its purposes even better than dead Israelis.
In the West we look at this and say, “It makes no sense.” But it does make sense.
If you are committed to Israel’s destruction, and if you believe that dead Palestinians help you score a propaganda victory, you do things like launch rockets from a Palestinian schoolyard. This ensures that when the Israelis do respond, it will likely lead to the death of an innocent Palestinian – no matter how many precautions Israeli soldiers take.
Hamas gets away with this, moreover, because it does not rule Gaza by the consent of those it claims to represent. It rules by fear and intimidation. It is accountable to no one but itself.
This is the chilling logic of Gaza. And it helps explain why even a strong military power like Israel can find itself at a disadvantage on the ground.
THE SECOND HANDICAP for Israel is the global media war. For Hamas, the images of Palestinian suffering – of people losing their homes, of parents mourning their dead children, of tanks rolling through the streets – create sympathy for its cause.
In a battle marked by street to street fighting, the death of innocents is all but inevitable. That is also true of Gaza. And these deaths have led some to call for Israel to be charged with war crimes by an international tribunal.
But I am curious: Why do we never hear calls for Hamas leaders to be charged with war crimes?
Why, for example, do we hear no calls for human rights investigations into Hamas gunmen using Palestinian children as human shields? Why so few stories on the reports of Hamas assassins going to hospitals to hunt down their fellow Palestinians? And where are the international human rights groups demanding that Hamas stop blurring the most fundamental line in warfare: the distinction between civilian and combatant?
I suspect the answer has to do with the same grim logic that leads Hamas to provoke a military battle it knows it cannot win. Whether Israel is ever found guilty of any war crime hardly matters. Hamas gets a propaganda win simply by having the charge made often and loudly enough.
In this, Israel finds itself in much the same position the United States found itself in Iraq before the surge. There, al-Qaida realized that it was in its interests to provoke sectarian violence between Shia and Sunni – no matter what the cost to innocent Iraqis. That is the nature of terror. And what we are seeing in Gaza is just one front in this much larger war.
IN THE WEST, we are used to thinking that Israel cannot survive without the help of Europe and the United States. Tonight I say to you: Maybe we should start wondering whether we in Europe and the United States can survive if we allow the terrorists to succeed in Israel….Continue Reading This Important Article
Maybe FOX News will start addressing the issues which have here to fore been ignored such as Obama’s birth certificate issue. If the allegations against Obama are true (yes they are), then Obama cannot Constitutionally serve as President of the United States. Obama cannot legally sign laws or set foreign policy or give “Lawful Orders” to our military. Maybe FOX will have the courage to stand up for Israel by reporting all of the news.
Maybe FOX will investigate Larry Sinclair’s allegations that he and Obama did cocaine and engaged in consensual sex in 1999. This is important because all of the countries in the Middle East are aware of Obama’s alleged “Down-Low” problem and it WILL effect U.S. diplomatic efforts. Does anyone think that Iran won’t take interest in the possibility that Obama used drugs in 1999 (now?) and can also be subjected to blackmail because of Obama’s possible attraction to other men?
Maybe FOX would contact Larry Sinclair and find some way to confirm or put an end to these allegations.