Smart Diplomacy Comes Home To Roost

Remember when Obama was all about shoving long time U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak under the bus? Well, apparently, he and his State Department didn’t think through the consequences very well. Or, if they did, they’re really dumb or naive or both.

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood names Khairat al-Shater as presidential candidate

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood announced on Saturday it will field its deputy chairman, Khairat al-Shater, as a candidate in the upcoming presidential election.

The Brotherhood’s supreme guide, Mohammed Badie, announced Shater’s nomination in a news conference and read out a brief statement from Shater, who was not present.

“After it was decided to field my name in the presidential elections, I can only accept the decision of the Brotherhood. I will therefore resign from my position as deputy chairman,” Shater’s statement said.

The Brotherhood’s political arm, the Justice and Freedom Party (JFP), also announced the decision on its Facebook page on Saturday.

See also:
Egypt Brotherhood candidate stirs unease
Egypt’s Brotherhood candidate stirs unease, even on Facebook
Revolution’s Spearhead?
Egypt Brotherhood candidate: sharia is main goal
Egypt Brotherhood candidate says sharia is main goal
Muslim Brotherhood candidate alters Egypt’s election race
Why the U.S. May Be Secretly Cheering a Muslim Brotherhood Run For Egypt’s Presidency
Muslim Brotherhood Finally Takes it a Step Too Far
Brotherhood defends Al-Shater’s nomination, Abdullah Al-Asha’al backs him
Profile: Egypt’s Khairat al-Shater
Egypt’s “Engineer”: A Look Under the Hood
Egypt candidate: Muslim Brotherhood’s Khairat al-Shater
Khairat El-Shater
Justice and Freedom Party
Freedom and Justice Party (Egypt)

Seriously, what informed person in their right mind didn’t see this coming? The Muslim Brotherhood already controls a majority in the Egyptian parliament and now they’re going for the political jugular to solidify their power. If they’re successful, it won’t bode well for Christians, women, or relations with Israel and the United States and it certainly won’t resemble anything close to what the West calls democracy.

/was this impending ugliness the change the feckless, Utopian Obama Foreign Policy Clown Posse was hoping for?

Proof Of Life

Well, this is certainly good news after four years without the slightest clue as to his whereabouts. That said, he’s not home until he’s home.

Years After Vanishing in Iran, US Man Proven Alive

Four years after a retired FBI agent mysteriously vanished inside Iran, U.S. officials have received irrefutable proof he is alive, a dramatic development that has sharply intensified diplomatic efforts to bring him home, The Associated Press has learned.

The U.S. had lacked reliable information about whether Robert Levinson was alive or dead since he disappeared in March 2007 from the Iranian island of Kish. It remains unclear who exactly is holding Levinson or where he is, but the proof that he is alive is a hopeful sign in a case that had seemingly gone cold.

The State Department issued a three-sentence statement by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Thursday saying there were indications Levinson was in southwest Asia and asking Iran for help. The AP has learned fuller details after a lengthy investigation into Levinson’s disappearance and the effort to get him back to the U.S.

See also:
US Cites Possible Break in Levinson Case
Retired FBI agent missing in Iran ‘alive’
Robert Levinson, former agent who vanished in Iran, is “alive”
U.S. says it has proof U.S. man who vanished in Iran in 2007 is still alive
U.S. Says Missing Former FBI Agent Is Alive
Clinton asks Iran to help find missing FBI agent
Who is missing American Robert Levinson?
Family of Ex-FBI Agent Missing in Iran Gets Evidence He Is Alive
Missing FBI retiree may be captive in southwest Asia
US believes missing ex-FBI Levinson agent alive
U.S. has signs ex-FBI agent held in southwest Asia
U.S. says vanished agent alive
Family of American missing in Iran asks for prayer
Robert Levinson
Help Bob Levinson

It’s a tough enough situation that Levinson is being held somewhere in southwest Asia, just about the last place on Earth that you’d want to be a prisoner, or that Iran is probably involved in his disappearance and is being asked to help secure his release, but what makes it tougher is that Obama and Hillary are apparently spearheading the effort to get Levinson back. Pardon me, but judging by their foreign policy performance over the last two years, their leadership doesn’t inspire a whole lot of confidence that they can pull off this repatriation without screwing it up. If I were the family, I’d rather be using a professional hostage negotiator to get Levinson back.

/anyway, despite the involvement of the Obama/Clinton foreign policy clown posse, as they say, even a blind squirrel gets a nut every now and then, let’s all hope and pray that Robert Levinson is safely returned to his family soon

Hezbollah Takes Lebanon

As previously foreshadowed, another domino falls from the West into the lap of the Islamic Caliphate.

Hezbollah moves to pick Lebanon’s leader

The Shiite armed movement Hezbollah cobbled together enough support Monday to appoint Lebanon’s next prime minister, effectively ending nearly six years of rule by Western-backed leaders and prompting the United States to warn it could cut off aid to this key Arab nation.

The apparent strength of Hezbollah marked an important political achievement for the group. It also signaled what appeared to be a significant shift for the country, away from alliances with the United States and Saudi Arabia, and toward Iran and Syria, which support Hezbollah.

In Washington, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said the United States “would have great concerns about a government within which Hezbollah plays a leading role.”

See also:
Anger In Lebanon As Hezbollah Backs Sunni PM
‘Day of rage’ as Mikati set to win PM post
A victory for Hizbollah
A Day of Rage in Lebanon
Hariri and Mikati: Two personal histories collide
Najib Mikati, Lebanon’s new PM
Nasrallah calls on his rivals to give Mikati a chance
Lebanon: Security forces arrest top Hariri aides
Riots in Lebanon as Hezbollah secures leadership
Another Middle East debacle: Lebanon on the brink
Hezbollah’s Relentless Ascent To Power : A View From Jerusalem
Hezbollah-dominated Lebanon would affect U.S. ties
Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon will hit ties: Clinton
Clinton Wary of Hezbollah-Controlled Lebanon
Clinton warns Hezbollah-backed government may alter U.S. ties with Lebanon

So, um, is this going to be allowed to stand? I mean, one of the world’s most notorious and well armed terrorist organizations just took over an entire country that sits on Israel’s border. This is kind of a big deal in Realpolitik, don’t you think? It’s all well and good that Hillary is “concerned” about these rather ominous Middle East developments, but is the United States going to actually do anything about it?

/and not a peep out of Obama so far, an event of this magnitude, so completely adverse to our stated national interests, should at least warrant some kind of a public condemnation, no?

Thank You Sir, May We Have Another?

Once again, instead of actually trying to stop the leak from occurring, the Obama administration is simply bending over to “absorb” yet another Wikileaks classified document dump.

Fresh WikiLeaks release ‘imminent’

WikiLeaks, the whistle-blowing website, is said to be hours away from releasing around three million secret US government files.

The classified documents reportedly cover correspondence between US diplomatic missions abroad and the state department in Washington and could reveal “unflattering” views that American officials held about close EU allies and countries like Russia, China and Saudi Arabia.

Governments around the world on Saturday braced for the publication of potentially embarrassing diplomatic cables, as Washington raced to contain the fallout.

US diplomats skipped their Thanksgiving holiday weekend and headed to foreign ministries hoping to stave off anger over the cables, which are internal messages that often lack the niceties diplomats voice in public.

Wikileaks said the newest release will be seven times the size of the October publication of 400,000 Iraq war documents, the biggest leak to date in US intelligence history.

See also:
U.S. warns allies about WikiLeaks
Clinton Reaches Out to Several Countries about Wikileaks
India, world brace for new WikiLeaks flood
Bracing for WikiLeaks, US warns ‘friend’ India
U.K. government wants WikiLeaks media briefing: report
US warns Britain, India over new WikiLeaks revelations
U.S. tense over WikiLeaks plan
Wikileaks document dump has United States working damage control to stem potential embarrassment
Next WikiLeaks Release Could Embarrass US Allies
Bracing for WikiLeaks’ Release of Diplomatic Documents, State Department Warns Allies
Bracing for WikiLeaks, Round 3
Administration braces for big WikiLeaks dump that includes damaging cables
Pentagon Warns of Potential Harm from New WikiLeaks Release
US warns of likely harm from WikiLeaks release

It’s hard to believe that the United States government can’t stop this two bit band of hackers. Wikileaks has also threatened to release classified Russian documents but they haven’t done so. Why?

/because Russia promptly promised to exterminate them if they did

The Religion Of Man Caused Disasters

Nothing says Religion of Peace like plotting mass casualty attacks to randomly kill innocent people. But don’t worry, there is no global war on terror. Islam is a nonviolent religion, hijacked by just a few Muslim extremists for nefarious purposes. Jihad is a personal inner struggle of spirituality. Just remember, if you’re traveling in Europe and hear one or more peaceful people start shouting Allahu Akbar, don’t forget to duck.

Terror warning puts U.S. travelers overseas on alert

Few U.S. travelers say they’re canceling trips to Europe because of a new terror alert. But some say they’ll be on their guard.

The travel alert from the State Department on Sunday warns of possible acts of terrorism by al-Qaeda and other organizations, particularly on public transportation and at tourist attractions.

On Monday, Japan and Sweden issued similar advisories. And Britain has warned that France and Germany are dealing with a “high threat of terrorism.”

See also:
U.S. Department of State Travel Alert — Europe
Terror Alert Issued For European Travelers
U.S. warns tourists abroad to be on high alert following terror threats
Euro Terror Alert
Travel terror alert is so vague it’s useless
Europe terror alert: Likely suspected groups
German group focus of European threat?
Europe terror alert fuelled by German militants
Hamburg City Under Terror Alert
Al Qaeda Plots Terror Attack on Hamburg City
Germany Plays Down Threat of Terror Attack
Drone strike kills Germans linked to terror alert
Eight German Militants Killed in Pakistan Drone Strike
‘German militants’ killed in US drone attack in Pakistan
Germany not ID’ing 5 militants killed in Pakistan
Anti-terrorist raids in France
France arrests 12 as concerns grow about ‘homegrown’ terrorism
French police arrest 11 Islamic terrorist suspects
Arrests in France have Europe on edge in wake of terror alert
France arrests ‘terror suspects’
France Holds 12 As Europe Faces Terror Alert

Can you just imagine what would happen if radical Christians started plotting and threatening to attack major cities in Muslim countries? Well, it’s never going to happen and besides, Muslims already carry out most of their deadly mass casualty attacks in their own countries and kill their fellow Muslims by the thousands.

/it’s a sad fact, not all Muslims are terrorists, but almost all terrorists are Muslim

Obama’s Continuing War On Arizona

This is the most despicable and ridiculous salvo yet in Obama’s all out assault on Arizona. Ratting out Arizona’s attempt to enforce existing Federal immigration law as a violation of human rights, to the U.N. Human Rights Commission, an unfunny joke of a U.N. panel packed with some of the planet’s worst human rights violators, who’s insane, crazy, warped idea was this travesty? It’s just stunningly, mind boggling, staggeringly, jaw dropping bizarre and stupid. Forget about Arizona’s state sovereignty, what the hell happened to the United States’ national sovereignty? What the [expletive deleted] is wrong with the Obama administration?

Brewer demands Clinton remove Arizona from human rights report

Arizona GOP Gov. Jan Brewer is demanding that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remove an Arizona passage from the State Department’s report on human rights in America.

The State Department said in its report (PDF) that Arizona’s immigration law “has generated significant attention and debate at home and around the world” and that the federal government was taking action in court against it.

In a letter to Clinton (PDF), Brewer called the inclusion “downright offensive.”

“The idea of our own American government submitting the duly enacted laws of a State of the United States to ‘review’ by the United Nations is internationalism run amok and unconstitutional,” she writes.

See also:
Clinton’s report to U.N. takes cheap shot at Arizona
Brewer rightly condemns report to U.N. as “Internationalism run amok”
Brewer Condemns Report to UN Mentioning Arizona Law
Gov. Jan Brewer condemns State Department report
Arizona’s Governor Brewer Blasts Obama-Clinton UN Report
Brewer fumes over U.S. report ripping AZ
Obama’s Human Rights Disgrace
State Department Stands By Decision to Include Arizona in U.N. Human Rights Report
Report of the United States of America
Submitted to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights
In Conjunction with the Universal Periodic Review

Protest of State Department Report to United Nations Human Rights Council
The Human Rights Council
United Nations Human Rights Council

So, to recap, the Obama administration submitted a report to the U.N. Human Rights Council, claiming that Arizona was committing human rights violations by enforcing U.S. immigration law.

/and, as if that isn’t bad enough, some of the members of the Human Rights Council, the entity to which the report was submitted and which will stand in judgment, are such noted world champions of human rights as China, Cuba, Egypt, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, and Saudi Arabia, just utterly unbelievable and unconscionable

Nothing Good Can Come Of This

Just in case our enemies have been lax in their espionage operations, Dana Priest and the Washington Post have decided to draw them an online, interactive roadmap. I smell Pulitzer! Or I smell treason, but seriously, what’s the difference nowadays?

State Department warns employees about new website highlighting Top Secret facilities

The State Department is bracing for a potentially explosive new feature on the Washington Post website that would publish the names and locations of agencies and firms conducting Top Secret work on behalf of the U.S. government, according to the copy of an email obtained by The Cable.

The Diplomatic Security Bureau at State sent out a notice Thursday to all department employees warning them to protect classified information and reject inquiries from the press when the new web feature goes live.

“The Washington Post plans to publish a website listing all agencies and contractors believed to conduct Top Secret work on behalf of the U.S. Government,” the notice reads. “The website provides a graphic representation pinpointing the location of firms conducting Top Secret work, describing the type of work they perform, and identifying many facilities where such work is done.”

According to the notice, the Post used only open-source information to compile its site. However, if some of that open-source information turns out to have been classified, its publication by the Post doesn’t change that classification, the State Department emphasized.

“All Department personnel should remain aware of their responsibility to protect classified and other sensitive information, such as the Department’s relationships with contract firms, other U.S. Government agencies, and foreign governments,” the notice says.

See also:
Internal Memo: Intelligence Community Frets About Washington Post Series
Sources: Washington Post Set to Disclose Intelligence Contract Information
State Department warns that Washington Post may reveal location of secret facilities, names of top secret agencies
Previewing Priest: Inside the Semi-Secret World of Intelligence Contractors
Nation’s Spies, Contractors Brace For Post Expose
Post Expected to Reveal Top Secret Information in Story Next Week
TWT Exclusive: Is Wash Post harming intelligence work?

In case you don’t remember, Dana Priest was the one who blew the cover off the CIA’s overseas secret prisons, used to detain and interrogate terrorists, forcing the CIA to abandon them all.

/who the [expletive deleted] is she really working for?

Fifteen Pounds Of Stupid In A Ten Pound Bag

Seriously, what part of the following is not self-explanatory?

Travel Warning

YEMEN
February 25, 2010

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the high security threat level in Yemen due to terrorist activities. The Department recommends that American citizens defer non-essential travel to Yemen. American citizens remaining in Yemen despite this warning should monitor the U.S. Embassy website and should make contingency emergency plans. This replaces the Travel Warning for Yemen issued June 26, 2009.

The security threat level remains high due to terrorist activities in Yemen. The U.S. Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen closed on January 3 and 4, 2010, in response to ongoing threats by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to attack American interests in Yemen. Following the attempted attack aboard Northwest Airlines flight 253 on December 25, 2009, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) publicly claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that it was in response to what they described as American interference in Yemen. In the same statement, the group made threats against Westerners working in embassies and elsewhere, characterizing them as “unbelievers” and “crusaders.” On the morning of September 17, 2008, armed terrorists attacked the U.S. Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen. A number of explosions occurred in the vicinity of the Embassy’s main gate. Several Yemeni security personnel and one Embassy security guard were killed, as were a few individuals waiting to gain entry to the Embassy, one of whom was a U.S. citizen.

Sounds pretty scary, right? If you’re an American, stay away from Yemen! But nooo, some idiots just can’t comprehend the concept of imminent danger, even after they’ve been duly warned.

American tourists kidnapped in Yemen

Two American tourists and their local driver were kidnapped by armed tribesmen in Yemen yesterday.

Kidnappings are common in the lawless southern Arabian state, but have become more of a risk since al-Qaeda moved into areas where government control is weak.

Tourists and other foreigners are usually snatched by tribesmen as a means of exerting pressure on the central Government.

The Americans’ driver, Mohammed Saleh, said in telephone calls with the media that the kidnappers were demanding the release of a fellow tribesmen in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital.

The tourists, a man and a woman, were in the Bani Mansour area, about 45 miles south of Sanaa, and close to the scenic 800 year-old hill village of Hajara, when six armed tribesmen stopped them.

They were taken to the village of Hamra. Their driver said they were being treated well by their captors. Tribesmen said the Americans were “guests” in their village.

The US Embassy in Sanaa, which has been the target of bombings by al-Qaeda in recent years, said it was looking into the reports with the help of Yemeni security forces.

See also:
Yemeni Tribesmen Kidnap U.S. Couple Near Sanaa
Two American tourists kidnapped by tribesmen in Yemen
Gunmen kidnap 2 American tourists traveling in Yemen, demand release of jailed tribesman
Two U.S. tourists kidnapped in Yemen
2 Americans abducted in Yemen
Gunmen kidnap 2 American tourists in Yemen
US tourists feared kidnapped in Yemen
Two Americans Kidnapped in Yemen
US: Kidnapping of couple in Yemen apparently terror-related

Just great, now we have to waste U.S. government time, effort, resources, and tax dollars trying to get these U.S. citizen dumbasses back from whatever Yemeni low lifes kidnapped them. If it were up to me, I’d say don’t bother, they’ve already been justly rewarded for their unbelievable tourism foolishness. Let them enjoy their holiday stay with their new found friends.

/who the hell vacations in Yemen anyway?

Boring Iran Into Submission With Failed Empty Rhetoric

It’s deja vu over and over and over again, like approaching infifnity, we never seem to actually get there. Yawn, all the usual boring, milquetoast suspects.

US working on ‘tough’ Iran sanctions

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Washington is holding talks with its partners to impose tough new sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program.

Clinton also accused Iran of defying the international community.

“Iran’s continued disregard for its international obligations underscores the importance of united international pressure to change its policies,” Reuters quoted Clinton as saying on Tuesday.

“The United States is working with our partners… on tough new sanctions that will further sharpen the choices that Iran’s leaders face,” she added.

On Monday, US State Department spokesman Philip Crowley confirmed that a flurry of telephone conversations on Iran between Clinton and world leaders, including her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, had taken place over the weekend.

The US is spearheading a campaign to impose a new round of sanctions on Iran, despite the fact that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has never found a shred of evidence indicating that the Islamic Republic has had any diversion in its peaceful nuclear program.

Tehran has repeatedly declared that it will not relinquish the inalienable nuclear rights of the Iranian nation under Western pressure.

See also:
U.S. seeks tough sanctions on Iran: Clinton
Clinton: U.S. seeks new ‘tough’ Iran sanctions
Clinton: US seeks ‘tough’ Iran sanctions
Biden: China will agree to Iran sanctions
Biden Expects New UN Sanctions Against Iran
President Obama predicts ‘strong, tough’ Iran sanctions
Iran nuclear program: On sanctions, Congress ahead of Obama
Clinton: Iran Should Direct Concerns to IAEA
Iran hardliner issues Strait of Hormuz warning to U.S.
Iran FM hopeful for nuke fuel deal, no sanctions
Clinton Says Iran Still Hasn’t Accepted Fuel Swap Deal, Sanctions “Sometime in the Spring”
Even as momentum for Iran sanctions grows, containment seems only viable option

How’s that Obama “smart diplomacy” working out? One day China’s on board, next day Russia’s on board, but yet new sanctions on Iran never materialize. It’s a big international joke and China, Iran, and Russia are laughing their collective asses off at our expense.

/alright, back in the clown car all you Obama administration clowns, bad comedy is not foreign policy

Coup In Kyrgyzstan?

Whatever is happening, it’s not helpful to the U.S. war effort in neighboring Afghanistan, seeing as one of our main resupply bases is located at the Manas International Airport, about 19 miles northwest of the capital of Bishkek.

Dozens killed in Kyrgyzstan unrest

The small, mountainous Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan, a vital conduit for supplies to U.S. forces in Afghanistan, plunged into chaos Wednesday as thousands of protesters ransacked government buildings and riot police fired on crowds, killing dozens of people.

The unrest left the fate of the government of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev in doubt. Bakiyev has led the country since 2005 when he headed the so-called Tulip Revolution that deposed autocratic leader Askar A. Akayev. In the wake of Wednesday’s violence, Bakiyev’s government declared a state of emergency, even as opposition leaders claimed to have assumed power and Kyrgyzstan’s border with Kazakhstan was closed.

Although officials reported that at least 40 people had been killed and 400 wounded in the violence, opposition leaders put the death toll at 100. Neither claim could be verified.

The violence was being watched closely by Washington, which uses the Manas base at the airport in the capital, Bishkek, to ferry supplies in and out of Afghanistan.

Manas is the only remaining American base in Central Asia and is considered vital to the Afghanistan war effort. Military officials said the violence had not affected operations there.

U.S. State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley said the base was “functioning normally,” adding that the Obama administration was urging a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

Kyrgyz opposition leaders have called for closure of Manas because, they say, the base could put the country at risk if the U.S. becomes involved in a military conflict with Iran. And at least twice in recent years Bakiyev has threatened to end U.S. use of the airport, but reconsidered after negotiating larger payments.

Ex-foreign minister says she’s Kyrgyzstan’s interim leader

A former foreign minister claimed to be in control of an interim government in Kyrgyzstan early Thursday after a wave of protests that left at least 40 dead and appeared to have driven President Kurmanbek Bakiev from office.

“We must restore a lot of things that have been wrongly ruled,” said Roza Otunbayeva, who called herself the country’s interim leader.

No independent confirmation of the claim was immediately available. The U.S. State Department said earlier that it believed Bakiev remained in power, but Otunbayeva said he had fled Bishkek, the capital, and his government had resigned after a day of clashes between anti-government protesters and police.

See also:
Kyrgyzstan: Coup in a U.S.-Allied Country?
The day Kyrgyzstan’s anger boiled over
Upheaval in Kyrgyzstan Could Imperil Key U.S. Base
Opposition says it leads Kyrgyzstan after uprising
Kyrgyzstan opposition sets up ‘people’s government’
Roza Otunbayeva New President of Kyrgyzstan After Government Collapse, 100 Dead in Extreme Violence
Uprising in Kyrgyzstan leaves dozens killed
Unrest in Kyrgyzstan Prompts U.S. to Limit Flights at Base
Centerra Shares Plunge After Kyrgyzstan Opposition Claims Power
Kyrgyzstan protests: What it means for US role in Afghanistan war?
Factbox: Unrest in Kyrgyzstan
Q&A: What’s causing the unrest in Kyrgyzstan?
Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan
Kurmanbek Bakiyev
Roza Otunbayeva
Manas International Airport
Transit Center at Manas
Transit Center at Manas

One thing the United States cannot afford to lose is use of the Transit Center at Manas, it’s vital to our resupply of Afghanistan and there really isn’t any viable substitute. Hopefully, if the apparent new government threatens to kick us out, we’ll be able to bribe our way into maintaining the base, as we did when the old government threatened to kick us out.

/however, given our foreign policy comedy team of Clinton and Obama, I have my doubts as to their diplomatic prowess in dealing with this delicate and immensely important situation

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