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Jewish World Review
March 7, 2006
/ 7 Adar, 5766
I just woke up; did we lose the war?
You'll never get out of the Jungle if you continue to climb the Wrong Tree
Rip Van Winkle I'm not. But if I fell asleep a month ago and woke up this morning, I would have been startled by the news.
Bush secretly approved a deal that would turn over 6 American ports to the United Arab Emirates.
It was just announced the UAE has now bought the right to make parts for US military aircraft and main battle tanks.
As much as the deals smell, I'm more concerned that Bush went behind the backs of Congress to implement them. As Repub Sen. Susan Collins, Chair of the Homeland Security committee stated, "The problem is the 45-day investigation dearly required by law wasn't conducted." Repub Rep. Duncan Hunter, Chair of the House Armed Services Committee was more assertive. "Dubai cannot be trusted." He wants to kill the Dubai deals, then require the Defense Department and Homeland Security to pass on approval of any foreign enterprise wanting to operate in security sensitive US zones, only after severe investigation.
Has Bush decided that since he got a pass on the NSA al-Qaeda wiretap program (justifiably so) he's home free? Does he really want to reward a country that recently supported the Taliban and still insists on boycotting our main ally in the Mideast, Israel? Has he converted from a brave terrorist fighter into an American apologist? Has he fallen into the pattern that his father did when he abandoned thousands of Iraqis that stuck out their necks to support us only to get them and their families chopped up in Saddam's wood chippers when we retreated?
What happened to that Commander in Chief that stood on the graves of nearly 3000 murdered Americans in the rubble of the WTC buildings, arm around that brave old firefighter, claiming, "Those that knocked down these buildings will hear from us soon!"? That same man proclaimed, "If you're not with us, you're against us." "Those aiding and abetting terrorists will be held to the same guilt as the terrorist themselves!"?
Has Dubya gone nuts? Has he succumbed to the Left? Is he now beginning to appease terror supporters in hopes that those "evil" al-Qaeda will now say, "Well the US aren't such bad infidels, after all. I think we'll surrender."
Israel is testament to the fact that unilateral noble deeds do nothing but encourage terrorists into believing that such was a victory of Allah, not the result of Israeli good will. Shortly after Israel vacated Gaza, Palestinians elected the equivalent of Ah'm Mad in Iran. Hamas won't recognize Israel, no matter how many Dollars, Euros, or Rubbles they receive. They remain staunch in their position to eliminate Israel, and kill any Jew they can get their hands on.
Did we forget the lesson of Chamberlain offering Czechoslovakia, as a sacrifice to that peace talking loveable Nazi, Adolph?
HOW'D THAT DEAL WORK OUT?
HOW TO MAKE HILLARY FURTHER
TO THE RIGHT THAN RUSH
Appeasement isn't only a strategic debacle, it's a political one. Hillary can't run for president effectively unless she can show herself to be capable of being Commander in Chief in time of war. One might think that despite her newfound hawkishness over the last few years, her lifetime assault on anything military, intelligence gathering, (unless it benefited her and/or her husband's private scandals by identifying their accusers), immigration control, or assertive foreign policy above what the UN deems correct, would be beyond belief by US voters.
That was true until Bush handed her the port surrender on a silver platter. He single handedly converted a feeble left-handed batter into a formidable switch hitter. Who says Bush was bush-league as a baseball owner?
COMING IN SECOND TO TERRORISTS
IS NOT AN ACCEPTABLE OPTION
Things are so bad that liberal, Fox commentator, Juan Williams, said today on the Chris Wallace Show, "I'm tired of all this Bush Bashing," after many on the mostly conservative panel justly harrumphed against Bush's seeming flip-flops.
In honor of the Oscars, may that man behind the curtain put his cowboy boots on, strap on his spurs and click his heels three times, repeating endlessly, "There's no place like victory…there's no place like victory…there's no place like victory…"
I'm going back to sleep. Wake me if Bush regains his sanity.
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