Many U.S. presidential candidates have promised to move our embassy to Jerusalem, including, amazingly, Obama, yet none have followed through. I suspect Trump will. And here's the irony. Although they don't know it yet, and most likely will never admit it, this is the best news that the Palestinians have had in years.
There is one reason and one reason alone why the U.N. is relevant: because the United States is in it. It is not our financial support that the U.N. needs; it is our participation. The U.N. is a corrupt institution that is hostile to our interests and system of government while living off our prosperity, banking on our rule of law, and luxuriating in the very society it so routinely condemns. And we continue to legitimize it.
Our take – supported by plenty of inside information – is that the upcoming Paris Summit is intended to endorse a “Palestinian” State and UN recognition before the January 20 inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.
If Kerry is saying that a country with a Muslim minority cannot maintain its Jewish character and still abide by democratic principles, then neither can the United States maintain its Judeo-Christian character and still abide by democratic principles — notwithstanding that our Judeo-Christian character is the basis for our belief in the equal dignity of all men and women, a foundational democratic principle. It is a principle one does not find in classical Islam, the law of which explicitly elevates Muslims over non-Muslims and men over women.
Donald Trump -- who is seeking to spend a ton of taxpayer money on rebuilding our military and infrastructure -- is undoubtedly looking for places to save. Nowhere would be better to start than that moribund center of international corruption and megaphone for tin-pot dictators, the United Nations.
We understand Ambassador Dermer’s wish for a future for Muslims that is tolerant and peaceful – it is a view we once shared after traveling extensively in the Islamic world and living among secular Muslims. However, it is a dream that is fast disappearing because the forces of “militant Islam” are not perverting Islam as some have suggested, rather they are following its tenets to the letter.
The U.S. is expected to protect virtually every prosperous, populous, industrialized nation. But that’s just a start. Washington also must coddle, pamper, praise, uplift, pacify, encourage, and otherwise placate the same countries because they now believe it to be America’s duty to handle their defense. Alas, U.S. leaders have been only too willing to enable this counterproductive behavior. Except for Donald Trump.
Donald Trump is having a good day, which is a rare thing lately. He deserves praise for standing with Israel in the wake of the horrific and deplorable attacks in Tel Aviv. Trump posted a statement on his Facebook page. By contrast, Hillary Clinton had no such statement (or any statement) on her social media feeds.
The conflict really isn’t as complicated as people make it out to be, as Dennis Prager once demonstrated. One side wants peace; the other does not.
Last go-around in Charlotte, we saw the Democrats boo God and resort to parliamentary chicanery to get anything pro-Israel back into their platform. This year in Philadelphia, we may not see Hillary emerge victorious–there’s a small chance. But there’s absolutely no chance Israel will be given a fair hearing in the city of brotherly love.
There is much in America about which to be concerned, even anguished. Yet traveling the world reminds one just how special America remains.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia does not share values with America, democratic or other. Saudi Arabia is at best a slightly more civilized variant of the Islamic State.
Our friend Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review columnist and prosecutor in the first Islamist attack on New York’s World Trade Center posted an interesting and revealing column about how the establishment media continually gets its coverage of Islam and Islamism wrong, even to the point of defending those who call for the violent overthrow of the United States government and the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people.
Needy people can be helped overseas as well as at home. Last year I visited Zaartari Refugee Camp, located just a few miles from the Syrian border in Jordan. I was traveling with International Orthodox Christian Charities, which carries out an expansive ministry addressing the many needs of Syrians inside and outside of their country.
At the Saudis’ behest Washington backs their misbegotten war in Yemen and remains formally committed to the overthrow of Syrian President Bashir al-Assad, the strongest force opposing the far more dangerous Islamic State. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia also underwrites extremist Islamic teaching in madrassas around the world.
Trying to defend his record of supporting such disastrous misadventures as Iraq and Libya, Marco Rubio denounced unnamed foes who he claims seek “to derail the postwar consensus about America’s role in the world.” This anonymous “they,” he added, “will never call themselves isolationists, but that is exactly what they are.” Against Ted Cruz, the likely intended target, Rubio's claim obviously is nonsense.
The Cato Institute's Doug Bandow, a Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan, says nuance highlighted Reagan’s policies, but with the exception of two candidates, nuance is completely lacking in the current “bomb ‘em, invade ‘em, occupy ‘em” GOP field.
Americans should be concerned with Lebanon. The country combines a mix of tolerance, economic openness, pluralism, human rights, democracy, cultural freedom, and liberty unusual for the Middle East. All of these are under threat. If they disappear in Lebanon the Arab world will lose its only example of a humane political and social order. However, Washington will not solve Lebanon’s problems.
Republican Senator Robert Corker of Tennessee has betrayed American interests and the interests of our allies in the greater Middle East. From Israel, to Saudi Arabia, to India no nation now within the range of Iran’s fast growing missile technology is secure from the threat of a nuclear armed Islamist Iran. And make no mistake – the combination of Iran’s expansionist Islamism and nuclear weapons technology is an existential threat to Western values and civilization.
Rather than take the path outlined by our friends Andy McCarthy and Ted Cruz to leave the sanctions in place, thanks to yesterday’s vote – forced for no reason by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell – McConnell and Corker have effectively given the Iranian nuclear weapons program the go ahead and hobbled the next (hopefully conservative) President who might have been expected to try to undo the vast damage to our national security Bob Corker, Mitch McConnell and Barack Obama have inflicted.