A Leader Who Minces No Words, Pulls No Punches *Open Thread*

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No, I am not referring to the Dissembler in Chief, Barack Obama’s recent “60 Minutes” appearance which, coincidentally (cough cough) dropped 69% in ratings. Oops. No, I mean a real leader who stands up for his people and stands up to those who wish to do his people harm without making preposterous claims like, “ISIL is not Islamic…”

Still boggles my mind that Obama would make that claim. Um, yeah it is, and at least the Israel Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is clear on that concept.

Netanyahu stood before the United Nations on Monday, and delivered a strong, powerful speech, one in which he did not hold back from speaking the truth. And did he ever speak the truth. It is a lengthy speech, and I cannot reproduce it all here, but I will provide some highlights, which will also serve as a telling juxtaposition to our own leader. I urge you to read it in its entirety. It is very, very good.

And now to some of Netanyahu’s remarks:

[…] Ladies and gentleman, the people of Israel pray for peace. But our hopes and the world’s hopes for peace are in danger because everywhere we look, militant Islam is on the march.

It’s not militants. It’s not Islam. It’s militant Islam. And typically, its first victims are other Muslims, but it spares no one. Christians, Jews, Yazidis, Kurds, no creed, no faith, no exit — no ethnic group is beyond its sights. And it’s rapidly spreading in every part of the world.

You know the famous American saying, “All politics is local”? For the militant Islamists, all politics is global because their ultimate goal is to dominate the world.

Now, that threat might seem exaggerated to some since it starts out small, like a cancer that attacks a particular part of the body. But left unchecked, the cancer grows, metastasizing over wider and wider areas. To protect the peace and security of the world, we must remove this cancer before it’s too late.

You may recall that in Obama’s speech to the nation, he referred to ISIL as a “cancer.” Just to put that comment by Netanyahu into some context.

Netanyahu’s speech continued:

Last week, many of the countries represented here rightly applauded President Obama for leading the effort to confront ISIS. And yet weeks before, some of these same countries, same countries that now support confronting ISIS opposed Israel for confronting Hamas.

They evidently don’t understand that ISIS and Hamas are branches of the same poisonous tree. ISIS and Hamas share a fanatical creed, which they both seek to impose well beyond the territory under their control. Listen to ISIS self-declared caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

This is what he said two months ago. “A day will soon come when the Muslim will walk everywhere as a master. The Muslims who caused the world to hear and understand the meaning of terrorism and destroy the idol of democracy.”

Now listen to Khaled Mashal, the leader of Hamas. He proclaims a similar vision of the future. “We say this to the west: by Allah, you will be defeated. Tomorrow our nation will sit on the throne of the world.”

As Hamas’ charter makes clear, Hamas’ immediate goal is to destroy Israel, but Hamas has a broader objective. They also want a caliphate. Hamas shares the global ambitions of its fellow militant Islamists, and that’s why its supporters wildly cheered in the streets of Gaza as thousands of Americans were murdered in 9/11.

And that’s why its leaders condemned the United States for killing Osama bin Laden, whom they praised as a holy warrior. So when it comes to their ultimate goals, Hamas is ISIS, and ISIS is Hamas. And what they share in common, all militant Islamists share in common.

Boko Haram in Nigeria, Al Shabaab in Somalia, Hezbollah in Lebanon, al Nusra in Syria, the Mahdi Army in Iraq, and the Al Qaida branches in Yemen, Libya, the Philippines, India and elsewhere. Some are radical Sunnis. Some are radical Shiites. Some want to restore a pre-Medieval caliphate from the seventh century. Others want to trigger the apocalyptic return of an Imam from the ninth century.

They operate in different lands. They target different victims. And they even kill each other in their battle for supremacy, but they all share a fanatic ideology. They all seek to create ever-expanding enclaves of militant Islam where there is no freedom and no tolerance; where women are treated as cattle; Christians are decimated; and minorities are subjugated, sometimes given the stark choice: convert or die. For them, anyone can be considered an infidel, including fellow Muslims.

At this juncture, I have to point out the response by the state Department to this claim (h/t Helenk). From the Jerusalem Post:

The US State Department said Monday in a press conference that it disagrees with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s assertion during his UN speech on Monday that “ISIS and Hamas are branches of the same poisonous tree.”

“Obviously, we’ve designated both as terrorist organizations, but ISIL poses a different threat to Western interests and to the United States,” said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki. “And that’s just a fact.” […]

Wow. “Just a fact,” huh, Jen? I respectfully disagree. Hamas and ISIS most definitely ARE “branches of the same poisonous tree.” That this Administration continues to deny, avoid, and ignore that Hamas wants to destroy Israel and the Wes, just as much as ISIS or the Muslim Brotherhood illuminates just how deeply rund their dysfunction of appeasement.

Back to Netanyahu:

Ladies and gentlemen, militant Islam’s ambition to dominate the world seems mad. But so, too, did the global ambitions of another fanatic ideology that swept into power eight decades ago.

The Nazis believed in a master race. The militant Islamists believe in a master faith. They just disagree who among them will be the master of the master faith. That’s what they truly disagree about; and therefore, the question before us is whether militant Islam will have the power to realize its unbridled ambitions.

There’s one place where that could soon happen: the Islamic State of Iran. For 35 years, Iran has relentlessly pursued the global mission, which was set forth by its founding ruler, Ayatollah Khomeini, in these words, ”We will export our revolution to the entire world until the cry, `There is no god but Allah will echo throughout the world over.’“

And ever since, the regime’s brutal enforcers, Iran’s revolutionary guards have done exactly that. Listen to its current commander, General Mohammad Ali Jafari (ph). And he clearly stated this goal. He said, ”Our Imam did not limit the Islamic revolution to this country. Our duty is to prepare the way for an Islamic world government.“

Iran’s president, Rouhani, stood here last week and shed crocodile tears over what he called the globalization of terrorism. Maybe he should spare us those phony tears and have a word instead with the commanders of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. He could ask them to call off Iran’s global terror campaign, which has included attacks in two dozen countries, on five continents since 2011 alone.

You know, to say that Iran doesn’t practice terrorism is like saying Derek Jeter never played shortstop for the New York Yankees. This is a — this bemoaning by the Iranian president of the spread of terrorism has got to be one of history’s greatest displays of double- talk.

Now, some argue that Iran’s global terror campaign, a subversion of countries throughout the Middle East, and well beyond the Middle East, some argue that this is the work of the extremists. They say things are changing. They point to last year’s election in Iran. They claim that Iran’s smooth-talking president and foreign minister, they’ve changed not only the tone of Iran’s foreign policy but also its substance. They believe Rouhani and Zarif generally want to reconcile with the West, that they’ve abandoned the global mission of the Islamic revolution.

Really? So, let’s look at what Foreign Minister Zarif wrote in his book just a few years ago. ”We have a fundamental problem with the West and especially with America. This is because we are heirs to a global mission which is tied to our raison d’etre.“ ”A global mission which is tied to our very reason for being.“

And then Zarif asks a question, I think an interesting one. He says, ”How comma Malaysia,“ he’s referring to an overwhelming Muslim country, ”how comma Malaysia doesn’t have similar problems?“

And he answers, ”Because Malaysia is not trying to change the international order.“

That’s your moderate.

So don’t be fooled by Iran’s manipulative charm offensive. It’s designed for one purpose and for one purpose, only, to lift the sanctions and remove the obstacles to Iran’s path to the bomb.[…]

Netanyahu goes on, but I wanted to pause to finish out what our State Department had to say about Iran. Back to the Jerusalem Post:

In response, Psaki said that the US would like Iran to reintegrate into the international community by showing that their nuclear program is peaceful.

“I can assure anyone that an agreement reached would not be based on a charm offensive or how that impacts us, but on the facts and the details,” she said. “And we’re not going to agree to a comprehensive agreement that doesn’t meet our standards and meet our threshold.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Good grief. Yeah, why would we agree with the only democratic ally in the Middle East about how to deal with Iran, which continues to be a huge threat in the region? Ugh.

Oh, and you know I appreciated the Derek Jeter reference by Prime Minister Netanyahu! And he is spot on in his assessment.

There is much more to Netanyahu’s United Nations speech, including his addressing the recent hostilities prompted by the terrorist group Hamas as it attacked Israel. He goes into great detail about the ways in which Israel worked to attempt to lessen civilian casualties and how Hamas reacted in response. He also hammered – rightfully so – the United Nation Human Rights Council for their response to ISRAEL during that time. Again, I encourage you to read his speech in its entirety. It is well worth your time.

Meanwhile, as I type, a hearing is occurring on Capitol Hill about the most recent Secret Service lapse that allowed someone to obtain entry deep into the White House. That is disconcerting at best. You can watch the hearing on C-Span1, or at c-span.org.

As for Netanyahu’s speech to the UN, that is what a leader looks, and sounds, like. That is how a leader speaks up for his nation to the world. In my opinion, anyway. How about yours?

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23 Responses to “A Leader Who Minces No Words, Pulls No Punches *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    I agree about Netanyahu 100%! The remarks of Psaki, not so much. In fact there is little that comes out of the State Department, under Kerry or Clinton that is honest, useful or competent. Certainly nothing uttered by the dipshit twins Psake and Harf.

    It irks me, it beyond irks me, that after waiting most of my life to see women in responsible positions in our government the women I see are such nitwits. And liars.

    Nothing else could have convinced me that having women in positions of power would mean nothing. Because a dishonest and incompetent woman is no better than a dishonest and incompetent man. Just like race, when it comes to character, gender means nothing.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      You said it, Marge. It is sad, isn’t it, after waiting so long for, say, a woman to be Speaker of the House, she ends up being Nancy Pelosi. Or for a women to head up the DNC is Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Or to be the State Dept spokesperson to get the “twin dipshits,” as you put it so well. It really does highlight that it is all abt the person, not their color, gender, ethnicity, etc., etc. Well said.

      And Netanyahu was absolutely spot on. His country has to deal with terrorist threats ALL the time. I dare say he knows FAR more abt it than Jen Psaki or Harf. No doubt abt it.

      But this whole mentality abt Iran, or the Taliban, and these other groups, to act like normal people or countries is just ridiculous. Why would anyone think IRAN would act like, say, Spain? There is no way because of the mentality from which they operate. THAT is not going to change by us trying to appease them. It just gives people with that kind of mentality more power. And THAT is a dangerous thing…

  2. Katherine B Says:

    One of Netanyahu’s great advantages is that he spent time living in the U.S. and can speak English without a halting accent. That and, more importantly, he is not afraid of speaking the truth.

    I was not around yesterday, but I did go back and read your post and the comments to it. I’d like add my voice to the criticism of Obama’s interview on 60 Minutes. I think his unwillingness to take any personal responsibility for so-called intelligence failures all the while passing the blame to James Clapper is evidence of a deeply flawed character. This guy NEVER steps up to say I did something wrong or even I accept responsibility when something goes wrong. Not exactly Harry Truman, is he? That kind of character flaw will never change. He has no backbone.

    I imagine (hope) the intelligence community will find ways to refute him. Someone is already putting out that he had intelligence reports and suggested actions for 18 months. Too busy playing golf, I suppose.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Katherine, I could not agree more abt Obama’s character. His constant rush to take credit for any and everything, while taking NO responsibility for acts, or lack thereof, for decisions HE makes, does indeed show a lack of character on a big scale. It is truly deplorable. I am heartened to see the number of outlets that are hammering him – and rightly so – for trying to blame the Intelligence Community for his massive shortcomings.

      Wouldn’t it be awesome for the Intelligence Community to find a way? Like you, I hope they will.

      The golf thing reminded me that Laura Ingraham said maybe if they gave the intelligence briefings in a golf cart he would have attended them (or words to that effect). 🙂

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Could not agree more about Obama’s character or lack thereof. His constant blaming of someone else is embarassing. Do we have a leader or a adolescent trying to get out of trouble with mom and dad? He needs to grow up and grow a pair. Although I doubt either is within his ability.

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    Thomas Sowell’s superb article, IMO, at Townhall today. I love when he does his random thoughts columns!

    Random Thoughts

    http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2014/09/30/random-thoughts-n1898328/page/full

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      One point Sowell made in his column that never occurred to me is worth standing on its own.

      Attorney General Eric Holder has picked the perfect time to resign, in terms of his own self-interest. He will have two years in which to cash in with lucrative fees on the lecture circuit and to make a big-bucks book deal. If he waited until the end of the Obama administration, a former Attorney General would be eclipsed in both respects by a former President of the United States, thereby reducing the demand for Holder. ~ Thomas Sowell

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Oh, wow, Marge – I hadn’t thought of that either. I guess, even despite Holder’s very low ratings, some people would still pay him a lot to come speak and everything. that 26%, or whatever it is, will likely buy his book…

        Thanks for the link. Sowell is such a smart man, isn’t he?

  4. HELENK3 Says:

    http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2014/09/30/fort-bliss-moms-at-war/

    this looks like a movie worth seeing

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Absolutely it does! I like Michelle Monaghan anyway, and it looks like she is very good in this. Can’t wait for it. Thanks for the heads up!

  5. HELENK3 Says:

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/exclusive-secret-service-lapsed-in-atlanta-trip/article/2554185

    it keeps getting worse for the secret service.
    man with a gun in elevator with backtrack

  6. mcnorman Says:

    Everytime I think of Bibi, I think of him thinking to himself how the community organizer got elected. I know that this is mind boggling to a real world leader.

  7. HELENK3 Says:

    http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2014/09/30/white-house-establishes-program-for-central-american-children-to-qualify-as-refugees-to-join-u-s-family/

    isn’t this just peachy

    doesn’t the backtrack bunch consider a person as a child until they are 25? they do in obamacare

  8. HELENK3 Says:

    http://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/2014/09/30/in-praise-of-benjamin-netanyahu/?singlepage=true

    good article

  9. HELENK3 Says:

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/09/30/State-Dept-on-Obama-Intel-Briefings-He-Receives-Those-Whenever-He-Can

    this has to be one of the dumbest statement by the state dept ever

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I’ll say. Well, apparently he hasn’t thought it was important enough over half the time he has been in office, which says a whole lot to me. As noted a few minutes ago by a panelist on America’s Newsroom, you cannot ask a piece of paper questions, and that is the problem with Obama’s failure to meet with the actual group.

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