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America...cannot be trusted (part 1)

Steven LeBlanc

05 19 2014

America’s friends have come to the conclusion that the present administration in Washington is good when it comes to tough talk and rhetoric but untrustworthy when it comes to protecting its allies against the aggressors of the world.

America has promised to stand strong against Iran, to confront China on its aggressive advance in the South China Sea, to back up Israel, and to punish Russia for its incursion in Ukraine. Various implied and stated promises to our allies have been either ignored or blatantly brushed aside. Red lines have been drawn only to be withdrawn.

The lesson here is that God expects people and nations to keep their pledges and commitments. Washington has failed repeatedly to honor its word, and its implied obligations with its friends [allies]—they have had enough!

Take note of Numbers 30:2: “If a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word (this applies for international agreements as well). He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.”

UKRAINE
U.S. allies observe Ukraine, who relied upon US and UK protection against Russia, giving up its nuclear arsenal in the 1990s based upon an agreement. Ukraine now finds itself unarmed in a face-off with Russia, unprotected by the United States and Western Europe. In order to prevent nuclear proliferation, the United States and Great Britain forged a deal with Russia and Ukraine to eliminate the latter’s atomic weapons stockpiles. Under the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, Ukraine agreed to transfer all of its nuclear arms to Russia.

In exchange, Russia, the US and the UK promised “to seek immediate United Nations Security Council action to provide assistance to Ukraine…if Ukraine should become a victim of an act of aggression.” The treaty was simply not honored. Russia took Crimea (Ukrainian territory) enduring only a small slap on the wrist.

An Arutz Sheva [Israel National News] article asserts: “The lesson for Israel from Ukraine’s current plight, according to ex-Member of the Knesset Aryeh Eldad, is that Western guarantees of Israel’s security must never be trusted.

NATO, the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom, were expected to honor its treaty obligations and help Ukraine defend itself against Russian imperialism. History remembers Western Europe’s failure to support Czechoslovakia against Nazi aggression only emboldened Hitler. Appeasement did not prevent the Second World War. Appeasement is the tool of the day used by the U.S. in Eastern Europe.

When Russia made its move into Crimea note the Ukrainian prime minister’s visit to Washington, his government urgently requested military assistance. The Pentagon refused. It offered instead military ration kits. It was followed by Visa denials, and frozen assets for 11 people—a very weak response.

Whether the problem is Syria, Ukraine, Iran, Egypt or China– Washington’s Foreign Policy signals weakness. The President is short sighted, outright naïve when dealing with international conflict. Our allies are turning elsewhere to seek alliances and a sense of security because the message sent from Washington is that America is timid and no longer stands by its friends.

America’s “friends” have been watching Washington for the past few years and they don’t like what they see. Israel, Saudi Arabia, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines and the Gulf states see a President and Secretary of State that are given to tough rhetoric and platitudes, but see a decided lack of follow through and strength. Teddy Roosevelt, speaking of America’s approach to foreign policy, said speak softly and carry a big stick. The current administration speaks proudly then initiates sanctions and verbal reprimands that can easily be endured.

For the past 70 years America has been the protector of our allies, protecting smaller nations from regional bullies, but the last several years the U.S. has sent a very different message to our friends. The message is that we make promises, but our promises to you will ultimately be ignored.

Saudi Arabia
The King of Saudi Arabia is so angry with President Obama he cut short a visit with the President after only 2 hours of talks — no dinner — after President Obama made a special 2,300-mile rerouting from Europe to see him. Saudi dinners are a show of friendship and hospitality, no dinner was a clear signal from the Saudi leadership that they are fed-up with the President’s appeasement approach in Syria and especially with Iran.

The administration in Washington claims that by permitting Iran to undertake some nuclear activities it can convince the Iranian leadership to back off from their plan to develop nuclear weapons. Such gullible thinking has infuriated not just Israel but the Saudi leadership as well. Remember, Shiite Iran is an enemy of the Saudi Kingdom (Sunni). If Iran gets an atomic weapon a Middle East arms race will erupt. Saudi Arabia will then be forced to get a nuclear device of their own—most likely with the help of their ally Pakistan.

They Gulf States and Saudi Arabia are beside themselves with disgust as they watch the wide-eyed Americans get “handled” by the Iranians. Israel and the Sunni Middle East leaders view Washington as too willing to come to terms with Iran on the Iranian nuclear issue. The Netanyahu government has lost all confidence in the Obama presidency. Israel estimates that Iran already has sufficient quantities of enriched uranium to produce five atomic bombs. As Netanyahu has said, the short-term nuclear deal the US and its allies signed with Iran last November only delays Iran’s bomb making capacity by six weeks. [to be continued]…

Russia's Next Move

05 17 2014

Steven LeBlanc

Will a greater Russian threat materialize? Russia wants a buffer with states to the west of it friendly to Russia. For Russia, the deeper the buffer, the better. This is where the Ukraine fits in. Russia does not want a Ukraine that is developing friendlier ties with the European Union. What is disturbing, in view of limited American support against Russian assertiveness, the peoples of eastern and southern Europe such as the Poles, Slovaks, Hungarians, Romanians, Serbians and Azerbaijanis are seeking new alliances. The word is out, America is only going to get involved so far, many of these nations in Europe will most likely be left on their own if Russia chooses to become even more aggressive.

Some nations are taking steps to protect themselves. Azerbaijan has made the decision to arm itself and looks for new alliances that can help in case Russia moves against them. A largely Muslim state in the South Caucasus, Azerbaijan serves as a transit route for U.S. troops in Afghanistan it is also a nexus for energy supplies destined for Europe, but it has close ties with Europe.

What we are seeing is that President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, their willingness to engage in assertive action, is simply not happening. Their response to Russia has been lukewarm. Europe lacks the will to enforce meaningful sanctions against Russia because it is too dependent on Russia’s natural gas. This leaves smaller nations vulnerable. Eastern European nations will seek security by making new alliances; they believe they cannot rely on America. Wars and rumors of war (Matthew 24:6), is creating a ripple of insecurity among the nations in Central and Eastern Europe.

American Debt and who owns it

Steven LeBlanc

Always good to remember Proverbs 22:7–The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender. China and Japan hold a certain degree of power over America simply because they own a huge piece of our debt. The Nations of the world are deeply dependant upon one another—entangled in a Babylon of financial obligations and agreements.

05 07 2014

Secretary Kerry offends Jews

Steven LeBlanc

Jews around the world are seething over remarks made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry who warned that Israel could become an apartheid state if they did not reach a peace treaty with the Palestinians. Apartheid is a set of laws designed to create ‘separation’ between races that existed in South Africa between 1949 and 1994.

Secretary Kerry insisted his remarks were only an expression of his conviction that a two-state solution was the only way to end the long-running impasse. But most Jews don’t buy his explanation. The US secretary of state has recently apologized.

Columnist: CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER has stated; It’s beyond nonsense, it is pernicious and extremely harmful. What the Secretary of State of the United States has succeeded in doing, in what he thought was a private comment, is to echo and therefore to legitimize the worst of the libelous claims against the Jewish state.

If there is one minority in the Middle East that enjoys the rule of law, and protection, and democracy it is Arabs in Israel. One out of every five Israelis is a Palestinian, overwhelming they are Muslim. There are Arabs in the government, in the Supreme Court, in all walks of life, in the universities. There’s actually affirmative action if you are a Palestinian in the universities. And to compare that in anyway with the systematic discrimination against black Africans in South Africa is truly appalling and hurtful.

What so many of the world’s leaders fail to appreciate is that the Islamic Jihad, Hamas, the PLO have insisted that the 600,000 Jews living in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria must leave their homes and land before the Palestinians recognize Israel. To put it another way: The Palestinians demand that the territory that would comprise their state must be ethnically cleansed of all Jews before they will agree to a two-state solution. They also demand that the borders of the Palestinian state will be along the 1967 ‘green-line’ and that its capital will be East Jerusalem. Anti-Semitism is the problem that Washington and most of Europe choose to ignore.

What the Western press fails to acknowledge is that raw hatred of Jews is the single biggest factor contaminating the Peace process. The Palestinians claim they want peace but they lie…it reminds me of Proverbs 26:24-25: He that hates disguises it with his lips, and lays up deceit within himself; when he speaks graciously, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart…

As you can see in the Secretary’s comments, the current administration sees Israel through jaundice eyes.

America's lack of will...

Steven LeBlanc

04 18 2014

Our nation is in serious decline. We have rejected God’s commandments and we show little respect for His word as put forth in the Bible.

As a result of our disobedience and lack of respect for Him, God will facilitate our decline as a superpower. Leviticus 26:19 reveals what God is doing to us as a nation because we refuse to repent and obey Him. “I will break down your strong pride”.

Below are excerpts from Caroline Glick’s latest column describing the decline of American power. She writes for the Jerusalem Post, you can view her complete article on her website at: carolineglick.com. The article is entitled: The disappearance of America’s will.

Here are some excerpts:

“The most terrifying aspect of the collapse of US power worldwide is the US’s indifferent response to it.

In Europe, in Asia, in the Middle East and beyond, America’s most dangerous foes are engaging in aggression and brinkmanship unseen in decades.

As Gordon Chang noted at a symposium in Los Angeles last month hosted by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, since President Barack Obama entered office in 2009, the Chinese have responded to his overtures of goodwill and appeasement with intensified aggression against the US’s Asian allies and against US warships.

In a similar fashion, Beijing is challenging Japan’s control over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea and even making territorial claims on Okinawa.

The US has responded to Chinese aggression with ever-escalating attempts to placate Beijing. And China has responded to these US overtures by demonstrating contempt for US power.

As for Europe, the Obama administration’s responses to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and to its acts of aggression against Ukraine bespeak a lack of seriousness and dangerous indifference to the fate of the US alliance structure in Eastern Europe.

Rather than send NATO forces to the NATO member Baltic states, and arm Ukrainian forces with defensive weapons, as Russian forces began penetrating Ukraine, the US sent food to Ukraine and an unarmed warship to the Black Sea.

Clearly not impressed by the US moves, the Russians overflew and shadowed the US naval ship. As Charles Krauthammer noted on Fox News on Monday, the Russian action was not a provocation. It was “a show of contempt.”

As Krauthammer explained, it could have only been viewed as a provocation if Russia had believed the US was likely to respond to its shadowing of the warship. Since Moscow correctly assessed that the US would not respond to its aggression, by buzzing and following the warship, the Russians demonstrated to Ukraine and other US allies that they cannot trust the US to protect them from Russia.

In the Middle East, it is not only the US’s obsessive approach to the Palestinian conflict with Israel that lies in shambles. The entire US alliance system and the Obama administration’s other signature initiatives have also collapsed.
Then there is Iran.

The administration has staked its reputation on its radical policy of engaging Iran on its nuclear weapons program. The administration claims that by permitting Iran to undertake some nuclear activities it can convince the mullahs to shelve their plan to develop nuclear weapons.

In a televised interview Sunday, Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akhbar Salehi insisted that Iran has the right to enrich uranium to 90 percent. In other words, he said that Iran is building nuclear bombs.

And thanks to the US and its interim nuclear deal with Iran, the Iranian economy is on the mend.

The interim nuclear deal the Obama administration signed with Iran last November was supposed to limit its oil exports to a million barrels a day. But according to the International Energy Agency, in February, Iran’s daily oil exports rose to 1.65 million barrels a day, the highest level since June 2012.

Rather than accept that its efforts have failed, the Obama administration is redefining what success means.

As Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz noted, in recent months US officials claimed the goal of the nuclear talks was to ensure that Iran would remain years away from acquiring nuclear weapons. In recent remarks, Secretary of State John Kerry said that the US would suffice with a situation in which Iran is but six months away from acquiring nuclear weapons.

In other words, the US has now defined failure as success.

Then there is Syria.

Last September, the US claimed it made history when, together with Russia it convinced dictator Bashar Assad to surrender his chemical weapons arsenal. Six months later, not only is Syria well behind schedule for abiding by the agreement, it is reportedly continuing to use chemical weapons against opposition forces and civilians. The most recent attack reportedly occurred on April 12 when residents of Kafr Zita were attacked with chlorine gas.

The growing worldwide contempt for US power and authority would be bad enough in and of itself. The newfound confidence of aggressors imperils international security and threatens the lives of hundreds of millions of people.

What makes the situation worse is the US response to what is happening. The Obama administration is responding to the ever-multiplying crises by pretending that there is nothing to worry about and insisting that failures are successes.

There is a direct correlation between the US elite’s preoccupation with social issues running the narrow and solipsistic gamut from gay marriage to transgender bathrooms to a phony war against women, and America’s inability to recognize the growing threats to the global order or understand why Americans should care about the world at all.

And there is a similarly direct correlation between the growing aggression of US foes and Obama’s decision to slash defense spending while allowing the US nuclear arsenal to become all but obsolete.

America’s spurned allies will take the actions they need to take to protect themselves. Some will persevere, others will likely be overrun”.

Full article: http://carolineglick.com/the-disappearance-of-americas-will/

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