Written by Richard Falknor
While the Left attempts to roll over our freedoms at home and the Beltway GOP too often acts like a deer in headlights, the Obama Administration is busily dismantling our network of allies and weakening our nation's defenses.
"An atmosphere of fantasy pervaded US President Barack Obama's Middle East peace processor George Mitchell's meetings with Israeli leaders on Thursday. In separate photo opportunities, Mitchell stood next to President Shimon Peres and Defense Minister Ehud Barak and pledged to surmount all obstacles to achieve peace not only between Israel and the Palestinians but between Israel and Syria and Lebanon and with the whole Arab world.
Mitchell's remarks were even more stunning than similar statements from him during previous visits, because this week the Palestinians launched their newest terror campaign against Israel.
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And this brings us back to George Mitchell in Jerusalem. What Mitchell's absurd statements about peace breaking out in the region in the near future show is that the Obama administration is perfectly willing to pretend away the Arab violence against Israel. Whether motivated by naivete, an overarching desire for international peace conferences, a plan to align US foreign policy with that of Europe, or hostility toward Israel, the fact that Mitchell can talk about peace when the Palestinians have just declared war makes clear that the Obama administration is uninterested in playing a constructive role in quelling the violence. It certainly isn't interested in helping Israel to secure the lives of its citizens."
Andy McCarthy, Jennifer Rubin, and Senator Jim DeMint on Honduras
National Review on Line's (NRO) McCarthy declares:
"Senator Jim Demint writes in the Wall Street Journal about his factfinding visit to Honduras, where Zelaya - a thuggish would-be dictator who was trying to destroy the rule of law in his country - was ousted as president in a manner consistent with the Honduran constitution. The Obama administration - which couldn't roll over fast enough when Ahmadinejad had to steal the already-rigged Iranian "election" and the regime brutally jailed, tortured and killed dissenters - is playing hardball with Honduras (at least when it's not slapping Israel and the Dalai Lama around), demanding that the thug be restored to power. But, as Sen. Demint notes, "the only thorough examination of the facts to date-conducted by a senior analyst at the Law Library of Congress-confirms the legality and constitutionality of Mr. Zelaya's ouster. (It's on the Internet here .)"
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"As Ed Whelan and I pointed out when [Harold] Koh was up for confirmation [as Legal Counsel to the Department of State], the former Yale Law School dean is the nation's leading transnationalist. He has zero respect for national constitutions (including ours), preferring a post-sovereign order in which international law profs, transnational organizations, and free-lancing judges will be our overlords. What is happening with Honduras is exactly what anyone who familiarized himself with Koh's record would have predicted. Yet, he was confirmed by a 62-35 margin, with support from the usual GOP suspects: Lugar, Voinovich, Snowe, Collins, and Martinez.
Will these Republicans who helped foist Koh on us now join others demanding that President Transparency release Koh's legal opinion on Honduras? (I won't ask about the 19 Republican Senators who thought Holder would be a fabulous, non-political Attorney General ...)"
Jennifer Rubin in Contentions explains - -
"Nearly everyone in Honduras - from the Supreme Court to the Catholic Church to business leaders - is in favor of going forward with the new elections. Well, except the U.S. ambassador, who is waving an opinion, not to be shared with the public, from none other than Harold Koh. It declares Zelaya's removal to be a "coup." (DeMint observes, ‘On the other hand, the only thorough examination of the facts to date-conducted by a senior analyst at the Law Library of Congress-confirms the legality and constitutionality of Mr. Zelaya's ouster.')"
Senator Jim DeMint in his Wall Street Journal account reports - -
"America's Founding Fathers-like the framers of Honduras's own constitution-believed strong institutions were necessary to defend freedom and democracy from the ambitions of would-be tyrants and dictators. Faced by Mr. Zelaya's attempted usurpations, the institutions of Honduran democracy performed as designed, and as our own Founding Fathers would have hoped.
Hondurans are therefore left scratching their heads. They know why Hugo ChÃ¡vez, Daniel Ortega and the Castro brothers oppose free elections and the removal of would-be dictators, but they can't understand why the Obama administration does."
What Might the Nobel-Prize Masters Expect from President Obama in Return?
NRO's McCarthy also points us to the Rosett Report here - -
"Who are these folks issuing Obama a prize on credit to steer America along their preferred course? The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded by a committee of five Norwegians, whose members are appointed by the parliament of Norway. Ever heard of Thorbjorn Jagland? Active for decades in the Socialist International, a collectivist who navigated a long series of embarrassing moments in Norwegian politics to become current Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Jagland now heads the Norwegian Nobel Committee. His fellow members who have just issued this Nobel IOU to a sitting American president are - are we ready for global policy guided by this crowd? - Kaci Kullman Five, Sissel Marie Ronbeck, Inger-Marie Ytterhorn and Agot Valle.
What, more specifically, might they be expecting of Obama?"
Read the entire Rosett post to find out.
What Can Maryland and Virginia Grass-roots Conservatives Do?
As we wrote last month, we can - -
The Tea Parties and Recess Rallies and follow-on study groups are, thankfully, continuing. Without them, we would not have had the strong Congressional pushback against cap-and-tax and Obamacare.
But our grassroots also need to contrive ways to weigh in against the Obama Administration's weakening of our national defense, the mistreatment of our friends and allies, and any surrender of our sovereignty.
We must also focus on steps to protect us against - -and enable our recovery from - - the various levels of possible EMP or electro-magnetic pulse attacks about which Maryland's Representative Roscoe Bartlett has so well and often warned us.
These are not issues best left solely to a relative handful of elected and appointed officials of either party, many of whom have trouble getting cap-and-tax and Obamacare straight. They are survival questions in whose solutions concerned citizens must participate.
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