American Elephants

The Iran Deal and the Information Age. by The Elephant's Child


I’m not sure just how much we can take away from these “man on the street ” quick interviews, but it’s not very encouraging. Makes one long for the days before the information revolution, when there weren’t quite so many sources of information — comedy shows, reality shows,or am I misremembering a time that never was? I’ve read that large numbers of people get their news from Colbert, Jon Stewart and Conan O’Brien — really?

Colbert is currently wearing bracelets celebrating “Black Lives Matter”, apparently wanting to show his empathy for police lives who don’t matter, or something or other. Is he unaware of the climbing murder rate, recruits dropping out of police academies because it’s not worth it? The worst thing anyone could do for the black community is to make the police department reluctant to protect those black lives because they are afraid of being attacked.

But here you go, an interview on the upper west side of Manhattan, a liberal enclave, and they are unanimously approving of Obama’s Iran Deal.  Except…

Obama is Actually Trying to Sell His Iran Deal to Israel! by The Elephant's Child

jerusalem_israelFrom the Associated Press:

JERUSALEM: Seeking to sell his nuclear deal with Iran to a skeptical Israeli public, President Barack Obama has repeatedly declared his deep affection for the Jewish state. But the feelings do not appear to be mutual.

Wide swaths of the Israeli public, particularly supporters of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have little trust in the American leader, considering him naive and even hostile. One recent poll showed less than a tenth considered him “pro-Israel.”

Such misgivings bode poorly for Obama as he tries to repair ties with Israel in the final year of his presidency, and they would certainly complicate any renewed effort at brokering peace between Israel and its neighbors – once a major Obama ambition.

President Obama believed firmly that one of the great triumphs of his administration would be brokering a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine. He thought that all he had to do was make Israel withdraw to their borders before the 1967 Six Day War. Egypt and Syria launched a coordinated attack against Israel on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. Israel was taken by surprise. Egypt swept deep into the Sinai Peninsula and Syria struggled to throw Israeli troops our of the Golan Heights. It was a huge victory for the Israelis. a cease-fire went into effect on October 25, 1973.

Obama’s missteps  date to his earliest days in office, and the Cairo speech, which demonstrated his naivety and unfamiliarity with the Middle East. He doesn’t understand how the Mideast functions and therefore doesn’t understand the dangers Israel faces. But the biggest issue is the Iran Deal. Iran funds Hezbollah, Hamas, and any other jihadist group firing missiles into Israel. Iran buys and supplies the missiles.  Mr. Obama’s views might alter if Washington DC was under daily missile attack from Pennsylvania or Maryland.

President Obama might also reflect on Iran’s drive to obtain intercontinental ballistic missiles. They have no need for ICBMs to eliminate Israel. I don’t think Obama’s professions of “deep affections” for the nation of Israel are going to impress much of anybody. A recent Pew survey of 40 countries indicates that confidence in Obama has slipped from 71 percent to 40 percent.

For his part, Obama has acknowledged feeling hurt. In an address to American Jewish leaders last month, Obama underscored his deep commitment to Israel’s security and likened the debate over the Iran deal to a dispute within the family.

“I would suggest that, in terms of the tone of this debate, everybody keep in mind that we’re all pro-Israel,” he said. “And we have to make sure that we don’t impugn people’s motives.”

The astounding thing is that 40 percent of Israelis still have some confidence in Obama.

Talking Tough! by The Elephant's Child

obama-angry-8-560x350Chinese President Xi Jinping is due for a visit to the United States shortly to be honored at a State Dinner.

Chinese government hackers have reportedly stolen commercial data from many U.S. companies, and personal data about many American government employees — including those with security clearances, plus private data from Americans’ health-care companies. Obama has done little or nothing to stop this coast-to-coast raiding of Americans’ property, but has instead worked elsewhere to boost the Democratic party’s political power.

In the Pacific, China’s government is building new island-bases in internationally disputed waters, while Obama focuses his foreign-policy efforts on completing his nukes-and-cash sellout to the deepening alliance of Iran and Russia.

Surely by now, we must have teams working in each government department to harden off their computer files to prevent hacking?The State Department’s lack of control (or concern) over the Secretary of State’s use of a personal computer might argue that there is something more to be desired.

The Daily Mail (UK) just published ( July 15) this “secret”  NSA map of cyber attacks from Chinese hackers  over the past five years. (Click to enlarge). Did the Daily Mail hack NSA to get their “secret map?”


Silicon Valley is the most attacked. Seattle has Boeing and Microsoft, but I can’t imagine what that one lonely dot on the NW coast is. Iron Springs Resort? The Office of Personnel Management hack got 22.1 million people’s Social Security records, everyone who has ever applied for a government job, and their personal references. The IRS hack in May gave them over 100,000 tax records.

President Obama is not taking this lying down. He refused to stay at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel during the U.N. General Assembly this month. (A Chinese conglomerate now owns the hotel.) And he’s really talking tough in a visit to Ft. Meade, speaking about Chinese cyber attacks.

We’ve made very clear to the Chinese that there are certain practices that they’re engaging in that we know are emanating from China and are not acceptable,” Obama said in an appearance at Ft. Meade. “And we can choose to make this an area of competition – which I guarantee you we’ll win if we have to – or, alternatively, we can come to an agreement in which we say, this isn’t helping anybody. Let’s instead try to have some basic rules of the road in terms of how we operate.”

China is really getting the ultimate threat in the Obama arsenal:  “These practices are not acceptable.” That should get their attention.

China responded:

“We hope that the U.S. stops its groundless attacks against China, start dialogue based on a foundation of mutual respect, and jointly build a cyberspace that is peaceful, secure, open and cooperative,” said a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman.  “Maintaining cybersecurity should be a point of cooperation rather than a source of friction between both China and the United States.”

ADDENDUM: During the President’s trip to Alaska, Chinese warships which had been exercising with the Russians in the Arctic traveled 3,000 miles out of their way to broach the 12 mile territorial limits just, by coincidence, when the President was on a 3 day visit to Alaska, and of course they knew his schedule because they had hacked the White House computers.
Violating another nation’s territorial limits just isn’t done, unless it is meant as a provocation. The U.S, brushed it off as unimportant.

Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch Orders Prosecutors to Indict Wall Street CEOs by The Elephant's Child

BN-FL097_lynch1_J_20141107112829 Have you seen, or clicked on, those images at the bottom of pages on the internet that urge you to look at some celebrity’s mansion? There’s an estate on Long Island for sale for $100,000,000. and it looks as if it’s quite a hike to get from the enormous house, across the garden, the tennis courts and the other amenities to get to the swimming pool. Do you seethe with envy about inequality? Me neither, but the Leftists among us apparently do.

They are enthusiastic about government, when they are in charge, and the potential of using its power to regulate and control; and they find our mistrust of government and criticism of crony capitalism and other crooked activities hard to understand. The goal is equality—everybody being equal, except for themselves of course—well, somebody has to run things.

They don’t understand business. They hate corporations, filled with fat cats, who are always shipping business overseas and laying off nice people, and the evil, rapacious CEOs who run those corporations are making millions. It isn’t fair.

So just when you thought Obama’s attempts to demonize Wall Street were pretty much over, his new Attorney General Loretta Lynch has issued a memo to prosecutors nationwide to set their sights on Wall Street Bank executives. No corporate liability, no settlements, she wants prosecutors to leverage all their resources to compel corporations under investigation to identify “high-level executives” for criminal misconduct. If they don’t name names, settlement deals will be taken off the table.

In fact, says Investors, “the settlement agreement should include a provision that requires the company to provide information about all culpable individuals and that is explicit enough so that a failure to provide the information results in specific consequences, such as stipulated penalties and/or material breach,” says the seven page memo written by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. “We mean it when we say,’You have got to cough up the individuals.”

No longer will the government let bankers off the hook for the kind of “financial fraud” witnessed during the financial crisis. “We seek greater accountability from those who use corporations to lie, cheat and steal.”

Great, she can start with Jon Corzine, former Democratic governor of New Jersey, who oversaw the collapse of commodity brokerage firm MF Global, then got caught up in the ensuing scandal over improper money transfers from customers’ accounts.

Once he’s behind bars, she can move on to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who as HUD chief shook down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for billions in subprime loans, forcing the mortgage giants to invest their portfolios in high-risk mortgages that sped their collapse and helped crash the entire real estate market.

Prosecutors can also target William Apgar, the HUD official behind the disastrous decision allowing Fannie and Freddie to count subprime securities as credit against the agency’s “affordable housing” targets.

Apgar now admits “it was a mistake.” Only he’s never been held accountable for his subprime crimes, either.

Apparently Attorney General Lynch has already decided that Wall Street Bank executives are guilty, and she just needs some corporate squealers to rat out their bosses.  She has seen too many Hollywood movies, or possibly she has just gotten her marching orders from her boss, who wants some CEO scalps for his billion dollar presidential library.  For his legacy.

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