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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Nobel Laureate with Nazi Past Again Provokes Israel

The leftwing German poet who hid his Nazi past can't stop provoking Israel. Read more

Turkey's Islamist PM Plays to the Mob

The so-called moderate Islamist prime minister of Turkey, a full NATO member, is stirring the flames of religious fanaticism and anti-Western hatred. Read more.

Fanatic Muslims Burn Bangladesh Buddhist Temples

Click here for the sickening story.

Where's the outrage?

Fact is, there is only one organized religion that is threatening civilized humanity--including secular Muslims--across the world. The Obama administration, which insists on referring to "the Muslim world"--a supposed superpower--ignores the threatening overlap of organized and rightwing political Islam in order to maintain a fictional narrative that supports a policy of appeasing and attempting to align with a clerical fascist creed that the administration regards as an unstoppable and inherently progressive force.

Morsi Makes Ominous Pledge to Aid Palestinians, Syrians


Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood (clerical fascist) leader/president … whose alarming ascent to power was aided by the (pro-Islamist) Obama administration … is making ominous, disturbing foreign policy promises. Read more

Related: Egyptians Fear Morsi Dictatorship

Iran Economy Nearing Collapse

Israel's finance minister says Iran's economy is close to collapsing because of intensifying sanctions. Read more.

Clearly, Iran's nuclear program is not for peaceful purposes. Why would an oil-rich country incur isolation and risk ruination and (nuclear) war for civilian nuclear power?

Endnote: President Obama's obsessive use of the term diplomacy is misleading and foolish. We're way beyond diplomacy with the clerical fascist regime--the missile-mad, turbaned tyranny. Crippling sanctions and covert operations (assassinations and sabotage) occupy a space between diplomacy and full-blown conflict. The next step, logically, could and perhaps should be an international, oil and gasoline blockade of the Islamist power that is bent on overthrowing the status quo (power relations among nations).

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Iran Paper Says US, UK, 'Zionists' Spread Homosexuality

(Goose)stepped-up, Nazi-like rhetoric from one of the monstrous mullahocracy's main media outlets--click here for the story.

This is the regime that U.S. President Obama sought to "engage"--code for appease and align with in order to pacify the Middle East and Central Asia. When the perfidious attempt at a Grand Bargain entered in utter failure, Obama turned to Islamist-led Turkey, whose leaders dream of restoring the Ottoman Empire, as a counter to Iran's imperialist drive. The entire effort allowed Iran to continue its atomic advance; as a result, the regime is closer than ever to becoming a nuclear arms power. 

Regardless of how one feels about Mitt Romney's economic policies, there is no denying that Obama has pursued a pro-Islamist foreign policy that has resulted in the Islamist conquests of Libya and Egypt--the abandonment and betrayal of Mubarak recalls Carter's catastrophic abandonment and betrayal of the Iranian Shah--and now threatens to also put the Muslim Brotherhood in charge of Syria. 

Battle for Aleppo Rages

Rebel Offensive Continues 


By Carla Babb

Battles are raging in Syria's most populous city, Aleppo, as rebels continued their offensive to take the city that began three days ago.

Clashes broke out in Aleppo's Arkub and Azzizia neighborhoods Saturday. Witnesses tell the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that at least three rebel fighters were killed in fighting in the central Old City district, which has suffered heavy shelling.

Rebels announced a new offensive against government troops in Aleppo on Thursday, but it appears that neither side has made significant gains. Syria's official SANA news agency reports the government is targeting and killing what it describes as "terrorists" in Aleppo.

The Syrian Observatory says government troops also bombarded areas in Homs, Idlib and Daraa provinces Saturday.

The latest violence comes as the U.N. General Assembly is wrapping up its general debate period in New York. U.S. President Barack Obama repeated his calls for the Syrian president to step down.

"We intervened in Libya alongside a broad coalition, and with the mandate of the United Nations Security Council, because we had the ability to stop the slaughter of innocents, and because we believed that the aspirations of the people were more powerful than a tyrant," he said. "And as we meet here, we again declare that the regime of Bashar al-Assad must come to an end so that the suffering of the Syrian people can stop and a new dawn can begin."

But the Syrian Observatory's Mataz Suheil said he was dissatisfied with the general debate speeches.

"The representative of each state used Syria just to bolster their position domestically. There was no actual movement toward solving the situation," he said.

He called the U.N.'s failure to have its special envoy to Syria speak before the General Assembly "ridiculous" and said the General Assembly lacks a unified stance to stop the bloodshed.

"It's not a priority to stop it at the moment. It's a low-burning conflict that is going to be solved at a later date when it's deemed necessary," said Suheil.

The Syrian Observatory says Saturday's violence across Syria killed at least 45 people, including three children. That brings the death toll to nearly 31,000 since the uprising began in March of last year.
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Friday, September 28, 2012

Israeli Innovation and Aid Saving Lives

Inspiring Stories from the Startup Nation


Click here to read about Pluristem, a leading developer of placenta-based cell therapies, and other promising Israeli companies.

Israel is the land of miracles, value and wealth creation, creativity, while the country's enemies export terrorism, fanaticism, hatred.

Broker's Drunken, Overnight Trades Sent Oil Price Soaring

Now it Can be Told: a Crude, Cautionary Tale



By James Burgess 

On June the 30th 2009 oil mysteriously jumped by more than $1.50 a barrel during the night, to reach its highest price in eight months, the kind of swing that is caused by a major geopolitical event.

The amazing, true cause of this price spike has now been released by a Financial Services Authority investigation (FSA).

Although not authorised to invest company cash in trades Steve Perkins, a long standing, senior broker at PVM Oil Futures, had managed to spend $520 million on oil futures contracts throughout the night.

On the morning of the 30th an admin clerk called Mr. Perkins to ask why he had bought 7 million barrels of crude during the night. Mr. Perkins had no recollection of the transactions, and it turned out that he had made the trades during a “drunken blackout.”

By the time PVM had realised the transactions had not been authorized by a client, they had incurred losses of $9,763,252.

Bought 69% of the Global Market

Between the hours of 1:22 AM and 3: 41 AM, Mr. Perkins gradually bought 69% of the global market, whilst driving prices up from $71.40 to $73.05, by bidding higher each time.

At 6.30 AM, presumably sobering up and realising what he’d done, he sent a message to his managing director claiming an unwell relative meant he would not be able to make it into work.

Following an official investigation Mr. Perkins admitted to having a drink problem, had his trading license revoked for five years, and was given a fine of £72,000.

The FSA have said that they will re-approve his license after the five year period, if he has recovered from his drink problem, although they warned that “Mr. Perkins poses an extreme risk to the market when drunk.”

The above article is republished with permission of OilPrice.com.

Egyptian Christian Who Made Prophet Film Jailed in US

Convicted Fraudster Behind Bars for Violating Probation


The craven liar who tried to pin the blame for his incendiary anti-Islam video on Israeli and American Jews is behind bars--without bond--for allegedly violating the rules of his probation from a bank fraud conviction. Click here for the story. 

AJC Asks EU to Add Hezbollah to Terror List


The global Jewish advocacy group AJC asked in a recent poll whether the European Union should add Hezbollah to its terrorist list.

The overwhelming response? Yes.

After decades of carrying out global terrorism that has claimed hundreds of victims--including a Bulgarian bus driver and the five Israeli tourists who lost their lives in the most recent attack on EU territory--Hezbollah is still free to raise funds and recruit new members throughout Europe.

AJC says, enough is enough! The organization is advocating strongly that Europe is morally obligated to strike a blow against international terrorism by adding Hezbollah to its terror list.

Weakening Hezbollah is no easy task. Incredibly, some in the EU argue that Hezbollah is a "political party." Exactly how does Hezbollah conduct politics?

In the 1980s, it killed hundreds of U.S. Marines, French peacekeepers, and U.S. diplomats in a series of Beirut bombings. In the 1990s, it blew up the Israeli embassy and the Jewish communal building in Buenos Aires, killing 125. In 2005, it assassinated former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others in a massive bombing in downtown Beirut. Today, Hezbollah plays a critical role in propping up the murderous regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

Some party.

New Hitler's Top Press Aide Arrested in Iran

Regime Infighting Continues 


The maniac-in-chief's top press aide has reportedly been detained in Iran to begin serving a six-month jail sentence  for daring to suggest that Islamic law does not require women to (barbarically) cloak themselves from head to toe. Read more.

Appeasers and Quislings in the West will try to make something of the incident and similar arrests of people close to Ahmadinejad by the turban-topped monsters. In fact, the infighting is meaningless from Western and secular Iranian perspectives. The Iranian regime has its factions and internal conflicts and rivalries. But so did the Nazis. After HItler came to power, he wiped out the left wing of the Nazi party--the faction that took the "socialist" in National Socialist a little too seriously.

The mullohocracy must go. The civilized world cannot co-exist with a clerical fascist country that muses openly about "a world without America and Zionism."

Endnote: In fact, the mad mullahs should never have been allowed to take power in Iran in the first place. The world is still paying the price for the Carter administration's cowardly betrayal and abandonment of Iran's pro-Western, modernizing monarch, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and pathetic attempt to engage the Islamist revolutionaries and its evil Ayatollah--whom Carter believed to be a "man of faith" capable of compassion and spiritual feeling. (Not for nothing did Carter's UN envoy, Andy Young, predict that Khomeini would one day be hailed as "a saint.")

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Full Text of Netanyahu's Speech

Read it here.

Foreign Confidential™ comment: the time for diplomacy is long gone. An oil and gasoline blockade could be effective. But Iran could lash out in response to such an act. Thus, the United States and Israel must be ready to end the Iranian threat while there is still time to fight a war on U.S. and Israeli terms.

In threat terms, Iran is not the Soviet Union, which the U.S. managed to contain--just barely, as shown by the Cuban Missile Crisis. Iran is Nazi Germany--a rising, totalitarian power pursuing an imperialist foreign policy, which means a policy that aims to overturn the status quo, or power relations among nations. Iran's minimal intentions could not be more clear: to destroy Israel and drive the U.S. from the Middle East. Iran's maximum intentions: to destroy the U.S. and Israel.

Clinton Appears to Confirm Report AQ Behind Libya Attack

Click here for the September 13 Foreign Confidential™ posting  and comment on the exclusive Sept. 12 DEBKAfile report on the attack that killed the United States ambassador to Libya, and here for today's news story.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

New Hitler to Address UN on Yom Kippur


The new Hitler is in New York, a city he clearly dreams of destroying, staying at a midtown Manhattan hotel, preparing to address the United Nations General Assembly.

AJC executive director David Harris  writes:

"Tomorrow, along with Jews around the world, I will be at synagogue for Yom Kippur.

"At the same time, on the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will unleash his anti-Semitic, anti-Israel, and anti-democratic message on an audience of world leaders at the UN General Assembly.

"How ironic.

"Ahmadinejad will be given a forum, and even welcomed as the new chair of the Non-Aligned Movement, in the General Assembly. And after numerous resolutions, strong speeches by world leaders, and intensified sanctions, Iran could cross the threshold of nuclear weapons capability in a matter of months."

Where is the outrage?

An Islamist Iran armed with nuclear weapons and long-range missiles would constitute the greatest threat to world peace since the rise of Nazi Germany, a threat even greater than than Stalinist Russia, which the United States was able to contain. Germany could not be contained; appeasement made war inevitable--on Germany's terms. Iran can't be contained; appeasement has made war with it inevitable. Must the conflict be fought on Iran's terms?

Iranian Drone Threat Grows

Iranian drones could imperil U.S. planes and ships. Read more

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Iran Doubles Down on Genocidal Threats

Iran's SS-like commanders are escalating their Nazi-like rhetoric against Israel and the United States. Read more

Al Qaeda Sympathizers Gaining in Tunisia

Salafists are gaining ground in Tunisia, where the "Arab Spring" has turned into a worsening winter of violence and fanaticism. Read more

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Egypt's New Leader Dictates Terms Ahead of US Visit

Egypt's Islamist president is bold enough to lecture and warn the United States ahead of his visit to the U.S. and meeting with President Obama, whose administration aided the Islamist takeover of the Arab country. Read more.

The Obama-Morsi meeting promises to mark a new low in the sordid history of appeasing fascism.

IDF Foils Terrorist Attack; One Soldier Killed

Israeli armed forces have foiled a major terrorist attack from Sinai. Read more. 

France on High Alert for Islamist Insurrection

Foreign Confidential™ early warning.

Islamist terrorist groups and gangs in France could be planning huge riots. This is the real reason behind the ban on demonstrations against freedom of speech (i.e. publication by a French satirical magazine of certain cartoons). Read more.

Iranian SS Commander Says War with Israel Inevitable

The senior commander of Hitlerian Iran's SS-like Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) says war with Israel is inevitable, adding that the conflict will result in the annihilation of the Jewish State. Read more.

He's unfortunately right about the inevitability of war--American and European appeasement of Iran has made war inevitable just as appeasement of Nazi Germany made World War II inevitable. But the war won't be fought on Iran's terms; and it will end badly for Iran. The atomic ayatollah, missile-mad mullahs and their maniac-in-chief are setting the stage for mass death and destruction--in Iran. Israel and the United States will prevail; and the elimination of Iran as a rising imperialist power will begin the process of reversing the Islamist tide.

The Talmud teaches us: "If someone comes to kill you, get up early in the morning to kill him first."

Postscript: Another ominous development is the IRGC military buildup in Syria along Israel's northern border. Click here for the story. Foreign Confidential™ analysts fear Iran could be using its  intervention in Syria's civil war--on the side of non-Arab, Islamist Iran's secular Arab ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad--as a cover for deployments and preparations to attack Israel.

The case for preemptive Israeli and American strikes on Iran to destroy known and suspected nuclear and missile sites--and the IRGC and targeted units of the regular Iranian armed forces--could not be more clear. In fact, the monstrous mullahocracy should have long ago--certainly, after 9/11--been subjected to wave after wave of merciless aerial attacks, including aircraft and missiles. Accent on merciless, as the Talmud also teaches us that "he who is merciful to the cruel is destined to be cruel to the merciful."

That the new Nazis running Iran--an oil-rich country that was a modernizing ally of both the United States and Israel until the catastrophic, Carter administration-assisted overthrow of its pro-Western monarch, Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi--were allowed to develop into a nuclear/ICBM threat is inexcusable. For the upteenth time, the message is simple: end the Iranian regime before it ends us.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Clerical Fascist Iran Again Threatens to Destroy Israel




Iran's Islamist (Muslim clerical fascist) regime has again threatened to destroy the Jewish State. Click here for the story.

The Hitlerian monsters running Iran are pushing, probing, testing and taunting--and begging to be bombed back into the Stone Age.

Which could happen--soon.

 On May 25, Foreign Confidential™ observed:

Should push come to shove and the clerical fascist regime in Tehran dare to try to make good on its Hitlerian threats, the Jewish State, in light of its presumed atomic arsenal … and related delivery systems … could end the Iranian threat as easy as … E-M-P.

China to Announce New Government Around Middle of October

Once-in-a-Decade Transition 


The buzz among veteran China watchers is that it will announce a new government a few weeks before the U.S. Presidential election on Tuesday, November 6, partly in order to upstage the event.

China is preparing for a once-in-a-decade transition of power. The political leadership can decide when it wants to reveal the makeup of the new government. Best Foreign Confidential™ guess: October 15-18.

JAL Cuts Flights to China

Japan Airlines is cutting some flights to China as a result of anti-Japanese protests. Read more.

In related news, some Japanese firms are considering pulling out of China. Click here for the story.

N. Korea, Iran Deepen Nuclear, Missile Cooperation

North Korea and Iran inked a breakthrough nuclear/missile cooperation pact--the brazenness is breathtaking--that calls for the Stalinist/Kimist country to accelerate shipments of missiles and technology to its Islamist ally. Read more.

Henry Kissinger was right. If the international community can't stop impoverished North Korea from proliferating, what meaning is there to the term international community?

Related: West Accuses Iran of Shipping Arms to Syria

Obama Administration Continues to Lie About Libya


"The administration continues to lie, obfuscate and shade the truth of what happened that day in Benghazi."



A must-read editorial in the Boston Herald.

And a must-read report on the changing--by the day--White House account of what happened

What must be said over and again: The United States and NATO needlessly intervened in Libya against a contained, secular dictator who had scrapped his weapons of mass destruction programs and support for international terrorism and, in spite of his lunacy, had actually become an important ally in the fight against Islamist terrorism. The intervention destroyed Libya, put Islamists in power and unleashed Al Qaeda in Libya.

Iran Admits Lying to IAEA Inspectors

Clerical fascist (Islamist) Iran admits it deliberately fed false data to UN nuclear watchdog agency inspectors. Read more

Thursday, September 20, 2012

West Huffs and Puffs at Iran

More seemingly empty threats by the United States, Britain, and France. Click here for the story.

History repeats. A monster grows more powerful every day. This time, however, the implacable enemy isn't trying to hide its intentions. Unlike Nazi Germany, which gave the European powers (and appeasers in the United States) what they wanted to hear by insisting that Germany would be satisfied with limited territorial concessions, Islamist Iran is declaring its imperialist aims, which are to destroy Israel and drive the United States from the Middle East--for starters.

There is no excuse for the mindless pursuit of diplomacy for its own sake. Appeasement and attempts to "engage" (align with) the clerical fascist foe have made war inevitable.

Slain US Envoy Feared He Was on Al Qaeda Hit List

The Libya story stinks. A scandalous security lapse tantamount to sacrificing a dedicated diplomat. Read more

Panetta Raises Cyberwar Issue in Beijing

The U.S, defense secretary says cyber attacks can cripple the country. Read more.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Krauthammer on Obama's Incoherent Iran Policy

Charles Krauthammer concurs: President Obama is casting Israel adrift and allowing Iran to become a nuclear power. Click here to read Krauthammer's column. 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Understanding Obama's Pro-Islamist Policy


What must be said….

1. President Obama and his advisors and fawning press and pundits cite his attacks on Al Qaeda and killing of AQ chief Osama Bin Laden as proof of the President's toughness. In fact, these military successes have masked--provided political cover--for an utterly failed and perfidious policy of appeasing and attempting to engage (align with) radical (rightwing political) Islam, or Islamism, a clerical fascist creed that threatens all non-Muslims and all secular Muslims throughout the world. From the rulers of Shiite Iran and its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah, to the Sunni Taliban, Egypt's ruling Sunni Muslim Brotherhood and its various branches, including Hamas, the leaders of the Sunni uprisings in Tunisia, Libya and Syria, and the Sunni regime in Turkey, which aims to revive the Ottoman Empire, all Islamist governments and groups are regarded by the Obama administration as potential partners and allies. This overt support for supposed moderate--as compared with Al Qaeda--Islamism is truly shocking and dangerous, particularly in light of the lessons of 9/11--a horrific blowback from decades of covert backing for Islamist organizations and warlords. [EDITOR'S NOTE: America's UN ambassador, Susan Rice, lied to TV viewers Sunday when she asserted that the Libyan revolution had been "hijacked by extremists" and that the attack on the diplomatic compound in Libya that killed the American ambassador to the Arab country was "spontaneous." The attack was professionally planned and executed; the revolution, which would never have succeeded without Western (U.S./NATO) intervention, was from the start led by Islamists with the backing of the Obama administration. Rice also defended the outrageous State Department apology for the idiotic, amateurish video that has served as a pretext for the regional Al Qaeda/Islamist uprising.]

2. Obama came to power committed to "engaging" Iran. Rejecting regime change, he tried to strike a Grand Bargain with the monstrous mullahocracy to pacify the Middle East and Central Asia; but the atomic ayatollah and his missile-mad mullahs rebuffed Obama. The policy backfired; the totalitarian Iranian regime crushed its internal opposition; and Iran is closer than ever to becoming a nuclear armed power. Sanctions have not stopped the regime's atomic advance, which is actually accelerating.

3. Obama misread--and persists in misreading--Iran's intentions. His failure in this regard recalls the failure of the European powers to correctly read Hitler's intentions in the years leading up to World War II. Hitler could not be satisfied with territorial concessions; he sought world domination. Iran is similarly imperialist; it aims to overthrow the status quo, or power relations among nations, by destroying both the United States and Israel. Expulsion of the U.S. from the region is merely a near-term goal; the long-term, strategic objective of Iranian foreign policy is a "world without America and Zionism."


Endnote: It must also be said--on the eve of the Jewish New Year--that there are people inside and around the Obama administration who consider Israel's very establishment to have been a mistake. These individuals regard Islamism as pliable and useful and in sync with history's "moral arc." Israel, the reborn Jewish state--thriving, against all odds--and Zionism, the national liberation movement of the Jewish people, which successfully solved the problem of Jewish political homelessness, are considered by such officials and advisers as at best anachronisms to be tolerated. At worst, they long for Israel's step-by-step dismantlement, or sudden destruction, and effectively--functionally--aid and make common cause with the enemies of the Jewish people who work night and day to complete Hitler's genocidal project.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

Sudanese Mob Torches German Embassy



The fire this time….

It's spreading--fast--across what President Obama insists on calling "the Muslim world," the phrase itself being a dangerous concession to a clerical fascist (Islamist) ideology that posits the existence of a global Muslim nation that transcends all geographic, national, ethnic and political boundaries.

Click here for the Sudan story.

The idiotic, amateur video (apparently produced by an Egyptian Christian activist who sought to pin the blame for it on Jews) is only a pretext for the anti-Western violence, of course. Al Qaeda's fingerprints are all over the embassy riots; an Islamist uprising is underway.

UPDATE: RIOTS AND PROTESTS SPREAD TO 20 COUNTRIES 

Libyan Security Suspected of Aiding Attack on Embassy

A senior Libyan official says Libyan security officers might have aided the attack that killed the American ambassador. Read more.

Related: "US Was Warned but Did Nothing"

Discovering the Real Israel


Israel beyond the headlines, courtesy of Israel Bonds:
  • During a June 5, 2012 visit to Israel, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria expressed confidence in the nation’s economy, noting Israel has “done very well, exceptionally well, in a very, very difficult world economy.”
  • Four Israelis made the list of the 100 most influential women in high-tech in Europe. Selections were made on the basis of leadership and excellence.
  • Professor Daniel Hillel was the recipient of the 2012 World Food Prize, the first Israeli to win the prestigious honor.
  • The June 2012 issue of Bloomberg Markets notes Israel bonds “have won a following among professional investors.”
  • The Israeli film God's Neighbors was a prize-winning entry at the Cannes Film Festival.
  • In its annual assessment of Israel’s economy, issued on April 2, the IMF states that despite continued global economic issues, 'Israel’s fundamentals are strong.’ The report notes: ‘Inflation and inflation expectations are squarely within the 1-3 percent target range, unemployment is at historic lows, the net international investment position is a surplus, and public debt has fallen steadily to below 75 percent of GDP.’

Egypt MB Tells Hamas to Stage Big Anti-US Protest

Egypt's ruling Muslim Brotherhood, which was emboldened by the Obama administration to take power in the most populous Arab country and has called for continued demonstrations against the United States, has reportedly told its Palestinian terrorist branch, Hamas, to fill Gaza streets with anti-US demonstrators. Click here for the story.

LIVE UPDATE: CAIRO PROTESTERS FIGHT OVER WHO GETS TO BURN, TEAR AMERICAN FLAG

Related: "Arab Spring" Explodes  in Anti-American Attacks

Were US Marines at Cairo Embassy Denied Live Ammo?

Conflicting accounts from the Pentagon and Marine blogs. Click here for the story.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

On Obama's Mideast Mess, Betrayal of Egypt's Pro-US President


Click here to read the opinion article.

Obama (of "the Muslim World") has been radical Islam's best friend, despite his admirable attacks on  Al Qaeda and killing of Osama Bin Laden. Obama's betrayal and abandonment of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak--who supported the United States and preserved his country's peace treaty with Israel for three decades after the Islamist assassination of his predecessor, Anwar Sadat--rivals Jimmy Carter's betrayal and abandonment of Iran's Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, a pro-Western, modernizing monarch.

Obama's foreign policy is an utter disaster. His odious outreach to radical (rightwing political) Islam, his bowing and scraping and apologizing to the planet's worst scum--there are no words.

Related: U.S. State Department Corrects Obama, Says Egypt is an Ally 

Will John Fredriksen's $11 Billion Gamble Pay Off?


By Charles Kennedy

John Fredriksen, the shipping magnate worth $13.2 billion is one of the most powerful, respected, and even feared men in the global oil and gas market. He controls the world’s largest fleet of supertankers, the most valuable deep-water drilling company, and an armada of about 128 other vessels which transport minerals, grains, fish, LNG, etc.

He told Bloomberg that he still “works on gut feeling,” and whenever his gut tells him to bet, his companies, Frontline 2012 and Seadrill, make the move.

Currently his gut is telling him to invest in rigs and tankers. He’s investing $7 billion, via his company Seadrill, in 18 deep water rigs, and $4 billion in nearly 50 vessels designed to transport LNG, petroleum, propane, and other fuels, with the aim of increasing his dominance in the transport of all liquid fuels.

He said that whilst the petroleum growth forecasts and economy are currently unfavourable, they are too unpredictable to be the basis for any decisions. Instead he is making his investments due to the low prices of vessels. Singapore yards are selling deep-water rigs at $535 million apiece, more than 31% lower than in 2008, and Chinese and South Korean shipbuilders are asking only $80 million for their supertankers, half of their cost in 2007.

Fredriksen explains his thinking by confessing that, “basically, I’m a trader. I think as we are sitting here we are very close to the bottom of the market, and I like to be a buyer at the bottom. This is the game.”

Other shipowners often follow Fredriksen’s lead. When he announced in February that he was building new tankers for his fleet, his rivals raced out and placed orders for 21 of their own. Although he must be careful not to flood the market with too many ships, which could force the price of daily charter down to unprofitable levels.

Seadrill’s investment is high risk, and could seal, or destroy Fredriksen’s fortune. Some of the new rigs have already been taken on long-term leases by BP, however the companies $10 billion in debt used to finance the investments, is more than double its expected revenue for 2012. If the added number of vessels in the market drives down the charter rates, then Seadrill may find their debts in surmountable, as their profits dwindle.

His next investment will be in developing a fleet of fuel saving tankers, which could drastically cut the daily operating cost of a tanker by as much as 20 percent.

Republished with permission of Oilprice.com

US Embassies Attacked in Yemen and Egypt

PRO-ISLAMIST FOREIGN POLICY BLOWING BACK;
AL QAEDA SUPPORTERS, SYMPATHIZERS RALLY


A disaster … made in Washington … on the way to becoming a catastrophe. Click here for the story. 

Related: Obama Says Egypt No Longer an Ally

Al Qaeda Killed US Ambassador: Exclusive Report


Al Qaeda assassins killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and his three diplomatic staff members in a carefully planned and coordinated attack on his compound. Click here for the exclusive report.

Foreign Confidential™ comment: Libya is a disaster--made in America. There was no reason to intervene in the Arab country, where Islamists had been thoroughly suppressed. True, the Libyan dictator was a lunatic with buckets of American and European blood on his hands. But he was completely contained and cooperating closely with U.S. and British  intelligence in the war against Al Qaeda and its affiliates; and the West had cut a deal with him that had ended his terrorist sponsorship and weapons of mass destruction development. There was no reason to betray him and his Western-educated son and heir apparent. The intervention and stirring up of a so-called Arab Spring uprising was not motivated by revenge or a suddenly felt need on the part of Washington to bring the despot to justice for his past crimes.

No reason at all to intervene … except for a perfidious foreign policy that supports oxymoronic "moderate" radical (rightwing political) Islam in democracy's name.

Ordinary Israelis Preparing for War

Bomb Shelters and Gas Masks


Winds of war--and war preparations--in the Holy Land ahead of the Jewish New Year. Click here for the story.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

'Arab Spring' Explodes in Attacks Against America


By Clare M. Lopez

As Americans everywhere remembered the attacks of September 11, 2001 today, in Cairo, Egypt, they stormed the U.S. Embassy and penetrated the perimeter. They ripped down the American flag, tore it to bits, and burned the pieces. Shouting "[w]e will sacrifice ourselves for you, Allah's messenger!" the crowds then ran up the black flag of jihad. The al-Qa'eda battle flag, the flag of the Muslim prophet Muhammad. Over the U.S. Embassy. On September 11.

The scene in Libya was even worse, as mobs stormed and burned the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Rocket-propelled grenades reportedly were fired at the Consulate before mobs overran the facility, shooting and killing at least one American and injuring others. Late reports were that looters were inside the Consulate, cleaning it out. The black flag of jihad has been flying over Benghazi for many months already, although no one ran it up the Consulate flagpole this day.

The apparent cause for this latest spasm of carefully-coordinated, anti-American violence in the lands of the so-called "Arab Spring," where direct intervention by the U.S. was decisive in bringing to power the jihadist forces of the Muslim Brotherhood, was a film (soon to be released) deemed offensive to Islam and the Muslim prophet Muhammad that was made in the U.S.

The Salafist president of an Egyptian TV channel, Wesam Abdel-Wareth, deliberately whipped up Egyptian fury when he issued a call for a demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy over the film. Most Embassy personnel had left before the chaos began and no one appears to have been injured in the Cairo attack; ominously, though, the Egyptian security presence outside the facility was notably light even as the mob was gathering.

As Andrew McCarthy wrote at The National Review Online, these were acts of war. There can be no question but that they were coordinated acts of war, purposely timed to fall on America's solemn day of commemoration of the worst jihadist attacks ever committed on the U.S. homeland (by Iran and al-Qa'eda, which sprang from the Muslim Brotherhood).

Diplomatic facilities are the sovereign territory of the country to which they belong. The host country is responsible for their security – and even though neither Egyptian nor Libyan uniformed government forces directly participated in the attacks, it is obvious that their Muslim Brotherhood supporters, the ones who elected them to office and who are now calling for jihad and sharia, were.

Moreover, it is also clear that the U.S. Department of State was aware of the impending threat to its facilities over the film because its Cairo Embassy issued a despicable statement of abject appeasement in advance of the attacks that offered up the treasured right of American free speech on the altar of Islamophobia.

U.S. Embassy Condemns Religious Incitement
September 11, 2012 
The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others.

That statement came directly out of the talking points of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on its Ten-Year Programme of Action and is intended by both the OIC and the U.S. Department of State to impose legal limits on Americans' freedom of speech by criminalizing criticism of Islam. Recall that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu in Washington, D.C. in mid-December 2011 to discuss implementation mechanisms for "Resolution 16/18," a declaration adopted by the U.N. Human Rights Council in April 2011.

Resolution 16/18 calls on countries to combat "intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization" based on religion without criminalizing free speech – except in cases of "incitement to imminent violence." If now the measure of "incitement to imminent violence" is a "test of consequences" that imposes prior restraint on freedom of expression because of the unpredictability of volatile Muslim populaces easily roused to murderous fury, as in Benghazi and Cairo, then Islamic law on slander will have been enforced.

This is the real meaning of these attacks, which were purposefully calculated precisely to elicit the craven press release quoted above from the U.S. State Department. This is how dhimmitude is implemented. Islamic Jihad and Gama'a al-Islamiyya demands for the release of Omar Abdul Rahman (the "Blind Sheikh"), now serving a life sentence in U.S. federal prison for his involvement in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, also have been issued, along with a threat to burn the U.S. Cairo Embassy to the ground if these demands are not met.

We are witnessing the stepped process of the Islamization of American domestic and foreign policy unfold before our eyes and in accordance with both Sayyed Qutb's classic book "Milestones," as well as a November 2011 fatwa from Yousef al-Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood's senior jurist, in which he said, "Gradualism in applying the Sharia is a wise requirement to follow."

The timeline began to shift into high gear in the summer of 2010, however, when al-Qa'eda called the Muslim world to action, a call answered in October 2010 by Muhammad Badi' with a declaration of war (jihad) against the U.S., Israel, and Arab and Muslim regimes which were "disregarding Allah's commandment to wage jihad." The shift to active, violent jihad reflected obedience to al-Qaradawi's further fatwa injunction, "Gradualism in that sense does not mean we are to procrastinate and put off applying the Sharia."

The new Caliphate is rising under the leadership of the OIC through the directed action of its individual member states in coordination with the Muslim Brotherhood. Violent jihad is unleashed, and the United States of America is bowing to sharia on satellite TV and the global internet for all the world to see.

As of late Tuesday night, September 11, there had been not one word of criticism of the Benghazi or Cairo attacks from President Obama. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland seemed oblivious to the magnitude of what had just transpired, telling one reporter who mentioned "growing anti-U.S. sentiment" in Egypt, "I would urge you not to draw too many conclusions because we've also had some very positive developments in our relationship with Egypt."

By this she clarified that she meant that Egyptians are undergoing a transition to democracy and are now free to protest … including against the very benefactor who not only helped them oust their long-time military rulers but has just delivered its annual $1.5 billion in aid and promised another billion in debt relief.

As the flag of al-Qa'eda flies over the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and the RPGs slam into the Benghazi Consulate; as Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood president talks nuclear programs with Iran and the American president abandons Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to the mullahs or Armageddon, the "Arab Spring" is completely unmasked.

This was no spontaneous outburst of oppressed peoples dreaming of democracy and individual liberty. This was the Islamic Awakening dreamed of for centuries by Sunni and Shi'a alike. Al-Qa'eda and the Muslim Brotherhood at last have merged visibly in a sea of waving black flags.

Libya Update: US Envoy Killed by Islamists

BLOWBACK FROM PRO-ISLAMIST POLICY 


An American ambassador was killed by Libyan Islamists--on 9/11. Read more.

[FURTHER UPDATE: OBAMA CALLS ATTACK "OUTRAGEOUS"]

Outrageous?

Will the United States retaliate--or apologize to the killers?

The question is far from rhetorical. In a real sense, the State Department did apologize to the attackers.

WTF? Understand, as President Obama has a habit of saying, that U.S. foreign policy is pro-Islamist. The U.S. and its NATO allies needlessly intervened in Libya--on the side of an Islamist-led uprising that included outright Al Qaeda supporters. The U.S. also emboldened the Islamists--meaning, the Muslim Brotherhood--to overthrow Egypt's peace-preserving, pro-American President Hosni Mubarak, an Arab leader who cooperated closely in the fight against Islamist terrorism. And the U.S. also instigated and inflamed the Syrian uprising; clearly, the strategic objective has been to install a Muslim Brotherhood "Islamic democracy" in Damascus.

No wonder U.S. relations with Russia (driving distance from the Syrian border) and China (struggling with its own Islamist problem) are so poor so many years after the end of the Cold War and the collapse of both the Soviet Union and the international Communist threat. Washington's catastrophic policy of trying to ride the Islamist tiger without being devoured by it--a policy inherited from the cynical British, masters of manipulation--is unfortunately alive and well under the political cover provided by the killing of Bin Laden and the decimation of Al Qaeda, the only Islamist group, apparently, with which the Obama administration is not prepared to diplomatically engage (code for collaboration).

The perfidious, pro-Islamist policy also benefits from the continuing economic crisis--effectively, a managed depression--which understandably distracts the beat-down electorate, especially the vanishing middle class that normally pays more attention to national security issues.

Postscript: President Obama condemned the attack; but he didn't utter the obligatory, empty promise to bring the perpetrators to justice. Libya's governing body, however, issued a statement that both condemned the attack and vowed to track down the killers.

Related: The Craven Response to the Murder of an American Ambassador 


Egypt, Iran Spies Meet Secretly: Report

Fears that a New Terrorist Axis is Forming


More signs of blowback from the Obama administration's backing of radical (rightwing political) Islam--more specifically, the Muslim Brotherhood Click here to read the article by Bill Gertz, one of the best reporters in Washington.

Few Americans realize what's happened. While decimating Al Qaeda with drone and commando strikes, the administration has supported the MB, the Sunni clerical fascist group that (a) spawned Al Qaeda and (b) has shown a remarkable ability to bridge Islam's Sunni-Shiite theological divide in order to advance the global jihadist cause. The decades-old, covert policy of trying to manipulate Islamism that led to Jimmy Carter's betrayal and abandonment of Iran's pro-American Shah and the Carter-Reagan secret war in Afghanistan, and, ultimately, also, to the horrific blowback of 9/11 is no longer a secret. U.S. foreign policy is now overtly pro-Islamist. Incredibly, Islamism and overlapping branches of organized, fundamentalist Islam are basically regarded by the administration as constituting a force, or wave, that is both unstoppable and essentially progressive--in the way that some members of previous generations of Americans and Europeans once viewed fascism and Stalinism as invincible and in sync with history's forward march.

Osama Bin Laden is dead. But Islamism is alive and well and gaining across the Middle East and Central Asia, owing in large measure to the dangerously misguided foreign policy of the United States.

Copyright © 2012 Foreign Confidential™

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Islamists Attack US Diplomatic Compounds in Egypt, Libya

Deadly Assaults on the Anniversary of 9/11


What Obama's pro-Islamist policy has wrought in Egypt and Libya--click here to read the slanted (pro-Obama) CNN report.

This happened on the anniversary of 9/11. Where's the outrage?

An American staffer died in the "clashes." Click here for the story. Perhaps American liberals--foreign policy code for appeasers and engagers of rightwing political Islam--will blame the victim in keeping with so-called liberal custom and tradition.

Never Forgive, Never Forget

The September 11, 2001 Sneak Attack on the United States 




Foreign Confidential™ comment: the enemy--Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan--should have been obliterated within hours, certainly, within days, of the attack. The U.S. had the conventional means to utterly destroy the enemy--whose bases were known and could have been easily targeted for annihilation. The failure to wipe the clerical fascist scum from the face of the earth by any and all means necessary--the apparent bowing to Saudi sensibilities and nuclear Pakistan, which invented and sustained the Taliban and aided Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, is inexplicable and inexcusable.

World War II rules of engagement should have applied. The enemy leaders and senior commanders should never have been allowed to escape into lawless Pakistan. There should have been no land war in Afghanistan, only giant craters where once stood enemy installations and bases. The devastation should have been on a scale not seen since World War II--in every sense--a lesson and reminder for generations to come of the fate that lies in store for those who dare to attack the U.S. homeland, dare to slaughter civilians on U.S. soil.

Tragically, the victims of 9/11 have not been avenged. The long-overdue killing of the mastermind Bin Laden did not suffice. That the Taliban still exist, that the medieval monsters are poised to retake Afghanistan--where Washington should never have secretly intervened in the first place--that there still exists a group called Al Qaeda is simply disgraceful.

Monday, September 10, 2012

US Allowing Iran's Atomic Advance to Continue



The Obama administration and the Israeli government are at odds over so-called red lines regarding Iran's menacing nuclear program. Read more.

No matter. The fact is, Obama's policy of trying to engage (collaborate with) Iran was a complete failure. The monstrous mullahocracy rejected Obama's odious outreach--and continued its apocalyptic atomic advance.

Iran's minimalist intentions are frighteningly clear: to destroy Israel and drive the United States from the Middle East. The maximalist intention: to actually destroy the U.S. through deniable nuclear terrorist attacks on U.S. coastal cities and/or an EMP assault--detonation of a nuclear warhead high above the U.S. heartland.

Iran is the new Nazi Germany. Those who advocate allowing Iran to become a nuclear power, or diplomacy for its own sake--as an end instead of a means--are the new appeasers or the new Quislings. Stupidity and perfidy abound.

Postscript: Obama's attempt to align with Shiite Islamist Iran in a Grand Bargain aimed at pacifying the region was of a piece with his overt support for the Sunni Islamist Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist, neo-Ottoman Turkey. Under Obama, the U.S. is for the first time in its history overtly backing radical (rightwing political) Islam. Practically all Islamist groups and governments, with the exception of Al Qaeda and certain AQ affiliates, are considered OK to engage by the current administration.

China Readying 1 Trillion RMB Stimulus: Nomura

$158 billion fiscal stimulus and monetary easing by the People's Bank of China (the country's central bank). Read more.

Canadians Urged to Observe 9/11 Anniversary

Jewish Human Rights Group B'nai Brith Calls on Canadians to Mourn Victims of Al Qaeda Attacks, Remember Heroes of 9/11


B’nai Brith Canada has called on all Canadians to mark the eleventh anniversary tomorrow of the 9/11 attacks, which claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 innocent men, women and children. The Jewish human rights organization continues to stress the importance of memorializing the victims of this cowardly terror attack and standing firm against the forces of terrorism that still operate across the globe today.

Frank Dimant, CEO of B’nai Brith Canada, issued the following statement:

“Tomorrow we will honour and remember those who died at the hands of terrorists on that fateful day. We must continue to condemn such horrific acts of terror wherever they occur, to demonstrate our unwavering opposition to those with an agenda of hate and violence. The Government of Canada continues to take a principled stance on this issue, and it is our hope that other world leaders will follow its example.

“Despite the neutralization of Osama bin Laden, the threat of Islamist extremism remains ever-present. As we mourn the victims and pay tribute to the heroes of 9/11 -- the first responders who risked their lives to save others -- let us pledge that we will continue to fight those who threaten to destroy all that our Western democratic society stands for.”

For the Record: 'The Crime Committed in France by France'

A must-read speech by France's President Fran├žois Hollande. Click here.

Troika Pressing Greece to Fire Civil Servants

The cruelty continues, the brutal beat goes on.

A ruined Greece is being pressured to accept even more savage austerity--failed measures certain to increase the nation's pain and misery and further depress economic demand, thus deepening the depression. Read more.

The Case for De-Globalizing Real Estate

'Africa Looms Large as the Next Big Prey'


A powerful polemic--click here to read it.

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Sierra Leone Removes Iranian Ships from Register


Sierra Leone is supporting sanctions by removing Iranian vessels from the West African nation's shipping register. Read more.

Foreign Confidential™ comment: Foreign-flagged Iranian ships are more than troublesome; they are menacing--potential security threats. Not for nothing have Iran and its partner in proliferation, North Korea, jointly test-fired ballistic missiles from cargo vessels. They could be used to attack coastal cities in the United States and Israel. A nuclear missile fired from a seemingly civilian ship could also be used to launch an EMP attack. Thousands of freighters approach U.S. coastal waters daily; there is no known defense against a missile fired from such a ship. Google Scud-in-a-bucket and canister launch; or search Foreign Confidential™ for archived articles about the threat that Congressional commissions have long warned about but successive U.S. administrations have inexplicably ignored.

Sierra Leone, a developing nation that is recovering from a long and especially horrific civil war--a genuine African success story attracting international investment in mining, agriculture, renewable energy, and infrastructure--deserves considerable credit and praise for stepping up its cooperation with the United States and the international community with regard to the Iranian nuclear problem. Sierra Leone--a country that merits strong support on many levels. Well done!

New Fears Assad Could Go Chemical

The Syrian chemical weapons threat is back. Click here to read the exclusive report.

Iran Threatens Canada

Iran's Islamist regime responds to Canada's decision to cut diplomatic ties. Click here for the story.

Friday, September 07, 2012

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Monday, September 03, 2012

GDP Growth Won't Solve Poland's Youth Unemployment Problem

A must-read analysis of Poland's worsening youth unemployment problem, "education boom," economic growth … and coming slowdown. Click here to read the essay.

Clare Lopez: US Abandons Israel as Iran Enters Immunity Zone

Ehud Barak's Worst Fear Materializing


By Clare M. Lopez

Before our eyes, Iran is slipping into what Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has termed "the zone of immunity" – the position where the critical elements of its nuclear weapons program are so far advanced and so well-protected in underground bunkers that they cannot be destroyed by conventional means.

The latest report from the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) notes that the number of centrifuges installed just since May 2012 at the deeply-buried Fordow enrichment site has doubled (to 2,140 from 1,064 in May, even though all of them are not yet up and running). Enrichment at the Natanz enrichment facility continues as do conversion activities at Isafahan and construction at the Arak heavy water research reactor.

Significantly, Iran also seems to be focusing on increasing its output of uranium enriched close to the 20% level, from which it is not difficult to go all the way to the 90% or above needed for weapons grade uranium. All of these activities are in violation of IAEA Board of Governors and UN Security Council resolutions.

Additionally, the new IAEA report describes extensive clean-up activities visible in satellite imagery at the Parchin military site, where Iran built a large containment vessel in which to conduct hydrodynamic experiments (explosives experiments for nuclear warhead triggers). At least five buildings at Parchin have been demolished; power lines, fences and all paved roads have been removed; and "significant ground scraping and landscaping have been undertaken over an extensive area." Despite repeated requests, Iran has not permitted the IAEA to visit and inspect Parchin.

In contrast to the IAEA's permissive stance towards Iran under former Secretary General Mohamed ElBaradei, recent reporting from the IAEA candidly addresses the "possible military dimensions" of the Iranian program and once again in the August 2012 report also cites "activities related to the development of a nuclear payload for a missile" and "activities that are relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device."

Alarming Developments

There are other alarming developments as well. Towards the end of the late August 2012 , at the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) meeting in Tehran (attended by Egypt's new Muslim Brotherhood President Morsi and featuring a turnover of the group's leadership from Egypt to Iran), North Korea and Iran signed a new technology agreement.

While the two long have cooperated in both nuclear weapons and ballistic missile delivery systems development, a July 2012 report from veteran national defense reporter Bill Gertz focused attention on a Chinese military journal article about a North Korean program to develop a "super-EMP," a small-scale nuclear warhead that produces massive emissions of high-powered gamma rays that could disrupt or destroy all electronics in its range.

Meanwhile, the Iranian nuclear scientist considered by Western observers to be Tehran's top "nuclear guru," according to the Wall Street Journal, is back in action after having worked out of the public eye for a number of years. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh is a senior officer of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the elite Iranian military organization charged by the Ayatollah Khomeini in the mid-1980's to "get the bomb." In 2000, he began working at Parchin; now, Fakhrizadeh has opened a new research facility in Tehran's northern suburbs which is focused on nuclear weapons work.

Evidence that Iran is closing in on the capability to produce and deliver nuclear weapons, possibly including the devastating "super-EMP," is mounting. Further, evidence that Iran increasingly is protecting this capability in deep, underground sites that soon may be invulnerable to a conventional air strike is unavoidable. The Jewish State of Israel has never been more vulnerable to existential threat—and yet, now too, the distance between Jerusalem and Washington, D.C. has never been greater.

Despite protestations by President Obama that "we've got your back," White House actions speak louder than words. The U.S. has drastically scaled back its troop and equipment commitment to the annual joint U.S.-Israel military exercise, called "Austere Challenge 12." First postponed from early 2012 to October, the exercise now looks likely to go forward just before the November U.S. presidential election; but the U.S. has slashed the number of its troops that will be participating by more than two-thirds, Patriot anti-missile systems are to be sent without crews to operate them and even the two Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense warships promised as a replacement are not a definite.

On the diplomatic front as well, the Obama administration is sending signals that align its policy more closely with that of Tehran than Jerusalem. When UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon ignored an Obama request not to lend legitimacy to the mullahs' regime by visiting Iran and attended the NAM meeting, a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State went along, too. Jeffrey Feltman (who now works for Ban Ki-Moon at the UN), was photographed at an August 30 meeting (looking distinctly uncomfortable), seated on a couch between Ahmadinejad's senior Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi and Moon during an audience with Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

As journalist-in-residence at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) Claudia Rosett wrote at PJMedia on August 29, "This is a diplomatic coup for Iran's regime, which tops the U.S. list of terrorist-sponsoring states, thumbs its nose at UN and U.S. sanctions, and continues to pursue nuclear weapons, coupled with threats to America and America's allies — including the genocidal threat to annihilate Israel." It's also a slap at U.S. ally Israel, which will not have missed the message from its erstwhile friend and protector.

Finally, lest it be thought things couldn't possibly get any worse, there's the craven comment from the Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, who told reporters in London during a late August visit that he thought Israel could damage but not destroy Iran's nuclear capabilities—and then added, "I don't want to be complicit if they choose to do it."

Bottom line: Israel can be in no doubt that it is being abandoned in its hour of supreme need by its sometime champion, the former defender of the free world—a United States of America now willingly implementing policies that embolden and empower the forces of Islamic jihad and shariah, whether Sunni or Shi'a, which are dedicated to the destruction of us all.