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  • November 29, 2011

    Obama is a redistributionist of money and power

    He is redistributing power in the ME from the strong to the weak

    Remember that the LAT refuses to release a tape it had of a dinner in support of “Palestine” that Obama attended. I wonder what could have been so toxic that the LAT, ostensibly a believer in the right to know and freedom of the press, would decline to release the tape. Readers are asked to speculate on what the tape might have contained. Actually, you don’t have to speculate. I am reliably informed that the Audio tape clearly picks up the toast “death to Israel”.

    In the fall of ’08 Palin said

      “It must be nice for a candidate to have major news organizations looking after his best interests like that,” “In this case, we have a newspaper willing to throw aside even the public’s right to know in order to protect a candidate that its own editorial board has endorsed. And if there’s a Pulitzer Prize category for excelling in kow-towing, then the L.A. Times, you’re winning.”

    Palin attacked Obama on what she called his “assortment of friends from Chicago.” She described Khalidi as “another radical professor from the neighborhood who spent a lot of time with Barack Obama going back several years.” She referred to the Times’ reporting about Obama having been at a party for Khalidi in 2003, where Khalidi described Israel as the perpetrator of terrorism. At this same speech she shared the stage with Joe the Plumber who had previously answered in the affirmative tha he believed that “Obama would be the death of Israel”. Ted Belman

    No love in an Obama second term

    By Richard Baehr, ISRAEL HAYOM

    In March 2007, Ali Abunimah, the founder of the Electronic Intifada, a virulently anti-Israel website, published an important article that was almost entirely ignored by the mainstream media. The article, “How Barack Obama Learned to Love Israel,” appeared just months after U.S. President Barack Obama officially launched his campaign for the presidency.

    Abunimah argued that Obama learned to “love” Israel because of the promise of Jewish campaign contributions for his candidacy, first in his run for the U.S. Senate in 2004, then for the White House in 2008. Abunimah wrote the article after hearing Obama’s first major speech to an AIPAC group, in which he claimed Obama said all the good stuff that is music to the ears of liberal Jewish donors. While Israel may not be the most important issue for most liberal Jews (abortion rights and social justice certainly rank far higher) there is at least a threshold test with regard to support for Israel, and Abunimah argued that Obama passed it with flying colors.


    Abunimah claimed that Obama had not always been so outspokenly pro-Israel. As a state senator representing the neighborhood surrounding the University of Chicago, Obama had appeared often at Palestinian and Arab events, and had called for a more “even-handed” American approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:

      “Over the years since I first saw Obama speak I met him about half a dozen times, often at Palestinian and Arab-American community events in Chicago including a May 1998 community fundraiser at which Edward Said was the keynote speaker. In 2000, when Obama unsuccessfully ran for Congress I heard him speak at a campaign fundraiser hosted by a University of Chicago professor. On that occasion and others, Obama was forthright in his criticism of U.S. policy and his call for an even-handed approach to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.”

    Abunimah recounts how Obama apologized to him for not being more upfront in support of the Palestinians during his Senate campaign:

      “Hey, I’m sorry I haven’t said more about Palestine right now, but we are in a tough primary race. I’m hoping when things calm down I can be more upfront.” He referred to my activism, including columns I was contributing to the Chicago Tribune critical of Israeli and U.S. policy, “Keep up the good work!”

    Being too upfront about one’s support for the Palestinian cause was not a tonic for winning the Democratic nomination for senator or president. Nor was making too much about the fact that Obama’s close friend, Palestinian Professor Rashid Khalidi and his wife, had babysat Obama’s children. When Obama lovingly saluted Khalidi at a farewell dinner before Khalidi left the University of Chicago for Columbia University, The Los Angeles Times refused to make a transcript of his comments at the dinner public.

    Nor was it helpful for too many people to know the history of Obama and his wife and then later their children, sitting in Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s church for many years, listening to his bitter harangues against America and Israel. This was all information that could have proven toxic to the Obama campaigns. The connection to Reverend Wright nearly killed Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008, when ABC reporter Brian Ross broke the unofficial media blackout on Reverend Wright and described what anyone with a modicum of curiosity could have easily uncovered – that Wright was an anti-Semite, and an Israel hater, who seemed to loathe his own country, blaming it for every misfortune that had ever hit the black community. “Blacks should sing God Damn America, not God Bless America,” Wright ranted.

    Obama took office with large supportive majorities in Congress and an almost unparalleled hubris for a public official in terms of his self-perceived power to heal his own country, and the entire earth. It was therefore not surprising that Obama believed that he had the magic elixir to cut through the stalemate in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and finally bring the conflict to an end. The magic, of course, was Obama himself. There had never been a Barack Obama before to navigate the conflict (or for that matter to “engage” with the Iranian mullahs).

    Now, nearly three years into the Obama presidency, we can see that Obama’s early and sustained obsession with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has proven to be an unmitigated disaster if a final peace between the parties were his goal. By immediately demanding a complete Israeli settlement freeze as a precondition for restarting talks between Israel and the Palestinians, including a freeze on the “natural growth” of settlements, including neighborhoods of Jerusalem, and communities that former President George W. Bush had acknowledged would remain a part of Israel in any peace agreement, Obama effectively scuttled any chance of substantive talks. He provided an excuse for the Palestinians to wait him out. Obama was demanding something of Israel that even the Palestinian Authority never had, and at the same time ignoring all the agreements already reached in which settlements were defined as a final status issue to be negotiated directly by the two parties. This approach enabled the Palestinians to refuse to talk, counting on Obama to deliver Israeli concessions on a platter before talks began.

    Then Obama sprung his 1967 borders approach while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in the air on his way to Washington, D.C. While the White House loudly broadcasts its security assistance to the Jewish state, as an answer to critics of its pressure on Israel on the peace process, only the Obama true believers are today unaware of the chill that has developed in U.S.-Israeli relations, something largely absent in the last 20 years. It is not by accident that the president has failed to visit Israel during his term, despite dozens of trips abroad in less than three years.

    The president is, at heart, a redistributionist. He is unhappy with inequality, be it in terms of income, wealth or power among nations. We have never before had a U.S. president who was comfortable with U.S. decline so long as the pie was distributed more evenly, both at home and abroad. The redisributionist lens provides a good explanation, I think, of how Obama sees the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel is powerful, and the Palestinians are weak. Israel, therefore is the one that needs to make concessions. And just as the government is the right vehicle to redistribute wealth and income from the rich to the poor, the U.S. or the U.N. is a suitable vehicle for redistribution in the Middle East conflict.

    A corollary to the Obama worldview is that the powerful are in the position they are because of how they have behaved; aggressively, even criminally, and due to advantages they had in the “game.” So it is “just” for them to be relieved of some of their ill-gotten gains. Obama, in his speech in Cairo, related how Israel was created due to European guilt for the Holocaust. What he did not say openly, but undoubtedly believes, is that the Palestinians were innocent victims of the land grab by which Israel was created. This view is not at all uncommon in the halls of colleges and universities around the country; places where Obama spent much of his adult life. Throw in a pinch of community organizing, Bill Ayers, Rashid Khalidi, Ali Abunimah, and Reverend Wright, and you have a pretty toxic mix when it comes to the radical milieu in which Obama formed his worldview.

    For the next twelve months, the president will be constrained by the need to win Jewish votes and collect Jewish campaign cash. But if he wins again, in a second term, Obama can be Obama, rather than the panderer in chief of his re-election effort. The president who argued for more distance between the U.S. and Israel in a meeting with top officials of Jewish organizations will really get to create some space.

  • Posted by Ted Belman @ 9:26 am | 25 Comments »

    25 Comments to Obama is a redistributionist of money and power

    1. Bill Narvey says:

      Just a week before the U.S. election there was an article in the LA Times McCain campaign accuses L.A. Times of ‘suppressing’ Obama video
      http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-video29-2008oct29,0,7568849.story

      The report states that while the LA Times refused to release the video, that they had months before reported on its content, noting that some at the dinner expressed anger with Israel and U.S. policy that was supportive of Israel.

    2. Laura says:

      I’m guessing the article left out something far more damaging such as a “death to Israel” toast that Ted tells us he was informed was on the tape.

    3. BlandOatmeal says:

      With all due respect for the American electoral process, which I sort of plan to participate in (if I have any real choices), the 2012 campaign has become an entertainment farce. The world is on the brink of war, and the election will have no, zero, zip, nada influence on it.

      If anyone wants a little fact to chew on — as a snack, when they’re not gorging themselves on the latest political scandal — you might note that the United States of America now has a military presence in more countries than at any time IN ITS HISTORY, including at the height of WWII and the height of the Cold War. Check it out — the info you need is all on Wikipedia.

      Add to this, the fact that America’s bases are effectively it’s “colonies” — which, along with its nuclear carriers and submarines make it an immediate threat to every country on earth on short notice, and you have the infrastructure of, (benevolent or malevolent, ronogrand and Laura,) the most powerful empire mankind has ever known.

      OBAMA IS NOT REALLY INTERESTED IN REDISTRIBUTING THE WEALTH. He, like George W. Bush before him and like whoever will succeed him, is interested in ruling the world.

      Ron Paul, anyone? Vote for him, and at least you’re making a statement. It may be the last political protest you’re able to make.

    4. Ed Katz says:

      Bland, I have critizised you on numerous occasions as speaking out of the wrong side of your anatomy; however, siding with Ron Paul is the most stupid thing that I know that you ever did. There is a good reason why he is now last in the national polls.

    5. Sol says:

      Ron Paul at least wants to end these fruitless wars, and use it to re-build America’s infrastructure. Empires fail because they can’t afford to sustain the cost of maintaining the empire. And, Paul has a hardcore group of supporters. It wouldn’t surprise me if he does well in Iowa, and New Hampshire. The putz Cain will call it quits by the weekend, and those votes will not go to Bachman, Santorum, Perry, Huntsman, or Romney. They will go to Gingrich, and Paul.

    6. Ted Belman says:

      I don’t see Paul as antisemitic just because he is an isolationist. If anyone wants to prove to me that he is also an antisemite then be my guest. While most republicans display their support for Israel even to the extent of going to war to protect Israel, Paul does not. Give him credit for that. He marches to his own drummer.

      That is not to say that his followers don’[t include a higher percentage of antisemites than do the Americans in general. If one of the reasons that they don’t want to attack Iran is because it would help the Jews than they are antisemitic. If they want to stop being the policeman of the world or the protector of Israel than they are entitled to their view. The only worthwhile debate is whether it is America’s interest to be involved in the ME or the world for that matter. People can differ on this. In fact I would imagine that isolationism is perhaps more prevalent in the anti-war crowd that resides in the Democratic Party.

    7. BlandOatmeal says:

      The only worthwhile debate is whether it is America’s interest to be involved in the ME or the world for that matter. People can differ on this. In fact I would imagine that isolationism is perhaps more prevalent in the anti-war crowd that resides in the Democratic Party.

      Please note, everyone, that I offered up Ron’s name as a chance to cast a PROTEST vote. I don’t seriously think he will win; but every other candidate, Republican AND Democrat, is turning out to be an ignorant, double-speaking windbag paid for by Goldman Sachs. The way things are going, the 2016 election, if there is one, could end up being in the form of a computer game — no matter which party is in power — and the candidates could be little more than the avatars of geeks.

      As for the “Anti-War” crowd, they are a small minority among Democrats. Most Americans of both parties, in my opinion, would spurt blood out of the veins in their teeth if given half a chance by the press and the politicians. Just look at the massive Dem support that got us involved in creating Islamic smuggler states in Yugoslavia in 1997.

      An interesting political note, while we’re on the subject:

      “More Americans say they disagree (27%) than agree (20%) with the Tea Party movement. A year ago, in the wake of the sweeping GOP gains in the midterm elections, the balance of opinion was just the opposite: 27% agreed and 22% disagreed with the Tea Party.”
      http://politicalwire.com/archives/2011/11/29/tea_party_loses_favor.html

      That makes the three-corner-hat people about as popular as the “Occupiers”. Both oppose Wall Street, supporters of one tend to hate supporters of the other, and both have been marginalized by Murdoch-NBC-Goldman-Sachs.

      I wish you all a very pleasant un-vote in the next un-election.

    8. Teshuvah says:

      Ted: From Paul’s comment at November 29, 2011 at 10:31 pm (the last comment under #1 so far), I would say he is not antisemitic. Why Do Catholics Keep Funding the Radical Left? He seems to be a student of history.

    9. Messianic Gentile Zionist says:

      Michele Bachmann has it all! Political AND business experience, a deep love for Israel; having visited there and lived on a Kibbutz for months. She is smart, passionate, focused. This lady is experienced but has none of the negative baggage of a Gingrich, Cain or Romney. It is time to have a Mom in the White House. Watch her win the Iowa primary.

    10. bernard ross says:

      I think it has already been proven by WWII, and Pearl Harbor, that it is not in american interests to be an ostrich and go into isolation. However, I think that US interests are more served by targeted aid to allies, military and resource interests rather than aid to a multilateral world. The Chinese are smart enough to to that and US will have to protect its global interests. Frankly, I dont think anyone can doubt that it is the strong military interest of the US to ally with Israel. Other alliances in the mid east have proven weak when the US tried to rely on them(denial of airbases,etc.) Israel is a location that if the US lost all its other mid east allies it is at the mid point of the area.

    11. bernard ross says:

      I believe Obamas alignment with the community organizers will be used strongly in next election as a fear factor. I believe that the flash violent mobs and the occupy movements are being used to test the waters for full mobilization during the campaign as a tool for manipulating the election through intimidation and fraud. Also, I believe they have been seeking to manipulate and change computerized results.

    12. Laura says:

      Ok, I concede that you can’t judge Ron Paul as an anti-Semite simply based on the fact that he is an isolationist. But his isolationism, belief that islam is not an enemy of America and that our foreign policy provoked 9/11 show he is uninformed and dangerously naive. He needs to be educated about the history and ideology of islam. Iran is a threat to us apart from Israel. The regime is to place ballistic missiles in Venezuala which can reach us and has its proxy hezbollah operating in the tri-border region of South America. The regime’s aims and reach are global in nature. Why are isolationists and left-wing anti-war activists convinced that Iran is only Israel’s problem?

    13. Laura says:

      And as far as the anti-Semitism thing is concerned, Paul has the tendency to draw anti-Semites to him and his campaign. They believe Iran is only a threat to Israel so naturally these people want Iran to have nuclear weapons. Then there are those gullible people who believe if we just mind our own business no one will be our enemy and try to harm us. These people are also lacking in any knowledge of islam and don’t want to learn. It’s easier and more comforting to believe that our actions create enemies rather than understanding that our enemies are motivated by the belief that they have the divine right to subjugate and kill us.

    14. Laura says:

      You and Ron Paul may be tired of us fighting wars, but our enemies are not tired of trying to kill us.

    15. Laura says:

      Hermain Cain is not a putz but a good and decent man who has been smeared.

      He has a masters degree in computer science so I’m sick of people saying he isn’t smart.

    16. rongrand says:

      Laura says:
      November 30, 2011 at 6:24 pm
      Hermain Cain is not a putz but a good and decent man who has been smeared.

      He has a masters degree in computer science so I’m sick of people saying he isn’t smart.

      Laura, you got that right. The Democratic party is out to destroy his candidacy. No doubt, he is a smart cookie, just take a look at his bio.
      Also, being black would pose a problem for Ohama who is only 1/2 black. Cain could pick up a majority of black votes thus dumping Barak.

    17. rongrand says:

      Laura, right on again.

      Think of what the world would be like if we would have just mined our own business.

      We do need to get the hell out of the UN (cesspool of bad characters). We are the major financier and our vote is worthless.

    18. Catarin says:

      I wish Obama would distribute some power and money to me.

      Last week I posted on Huffington Post three times regarding an article about Silwan written by a woman whose first name I believe was Irfan. She was lamenting that Jews want to take over Silwan for the King David Archaeological Park. My first two posts regarding the importance of the area to Jews and details about the Torah stayed. My third post regarding the Roman Empire stealing the land from Jews in 135 CE, banning them from Jerusalem and forcing them out in the Diaspora as well as Emperor Hadrian changing the name from Judah/Israel to Palestine in order to cut off Jewish identity with the land was flung somewhere into outer space.

      Today I wrote the Secretary General at the U.N., whom I have written emails to before, with the Jews’ history in the Holy Land, and twice my messages were flung into outer space. I contacted Susan Rice, U.S. representative to the U.N. and asked her who I should complain to. The bias against Israel is so great even the truth is having a hard time getting through. But it will.

      Archaeological updates:

      The ruins on Mount Arafat that were discovered years ago may well be the ruins of Noah’s Ark. Recently paleoarchaeologists and other scientists tested some of the wood particles and found them to be plus or minus 5000 years old. Most of the wood is buried under snow and rocks, but an expedition is being formed to climb the mountain and and excavate it.

      One of the theories about Mt Sinai and the path the Jews took in the Exodus is that Mt. Sinai is in the northwest corner of Arabia and is called Moses’ Mountain by the locals. (I can’t find its real name at the moment but it is Jabal something.) The reason this is in the news again is that the Harvard esteemed scholar Frank Moore Cross (retired) is seriously considering it again.

      About 15 years ago two Americans wrote a book about how they had snuck into Arabia, found Moses’ Mountain and described many archaeological remains that fit the Torah story. The mountain is used at present as a radar installation. These men also said they believed the route of the Exodus was down the West side of Sinai to the tip and then up the east side about a third where they claimed they found a land bridge that is now underwater crossing to Arabia. According to this theory Moses went north to what is now Jordan where he saw the promised land but was not allowed to enter. The Arabs have not yet made any announcement on this, but since they are going after archaeological tourism, they eventually may.

      Happy Holidays to one and all! Do Jews believe in Santa?

    19. Teshuvah says:

      rongrand wrote:

      Also, being black would pose a problem for Ohama who is only 1/2 black.

      Obama is not 1/2 black. He isn’t black enough to be considered black under existing U.S. laws.

      Obama: Arab American?

      This is information originated by a Kenneth Lamb.

      Excerpt:

      “Mr. Obama is 50% Caucasian, that from his mother. What those who want Mr. Obama to write history by becoming “America’s first African-American president” ignore is that his father was ethnically Arabic, with only 1 relative – a maternal grandparent, ethnically African Negro.

      That means that Mr. Obama is 50% Caucasian from his mother’s side, and 43.75% Arabic, and 6.25% African Negro from his father’s side.

      The question no one wants to answer – particularly Mr. Obama and his supporters, is, “Why do you think he has an Arabic name? Why does his father have an Arabic name? Why does every ancestor on his father’s side have an Arabic name?”

      The answer is obvious: They have Arabic names because his father’s side of the family tree is Arabic.

      Need proof? Research the Kenyan records for yourself. You will find that his father was officially classified as “Arab African” by the Kenyan government.” Pam’s source:
      Kenneth Lamb: Barack Obama: Washington Post, Chicago Tribune investigations confirm autobiography lies; now asking: Is “African-American” a lie too?

    20. Catarin says:

      I don’t think this theory is correct. If black Africans have Arabic names it is because they married Muslims at one time or another. Obama’s father was Kenyan and if you look, you probably would find the name of the tribe he came from. To be a Muslim doesn’t mean you are an Arab. There is an Iraqi whose first name is Lawrence, after Lawrence of Arabia, but he has no English blood.

    21. dweller says:

      “The ruins on Mount Arafat that were discovered years ago may well be the ruins of Noah’s Ark.”

      I think you meant Mt Ararat. (It would be creepy to think that “Yasser-that’s-my-baby” was around in Noah’s day.)

      “One of the theories about Mt Sinai and the path the Jews took in the Exodus is that Mt. Sinai is in the northwest corner of Arabia and is called Moses’ Mountain by the locals. (I can’t find its real name at the moment but it is Jabal something.)”

      ALL mountains are named “Jabal”-something in Arabic, Catarin. Jebel means “mountain.”

      The one YOU want is Jebel Lawz, according to the Bedouin. And it certainly seems a far more logical candidate for Mt Sinai than anything to be found on the Sinai land mass.

      The NW corner of peninsular Arabia is Midyan, the place just east (and maybe 20 km inland) of the Gulf of Eilat [Aqaba] — the easternmost of the two armlets of the Red Sea that cradle the Sinai peninsula between them.

      Midyan is the place to which Moses fled when he escaped from the Pharaoh after killing the Egyptian taskmaster.

      Scripture relates that he took up a life of tending sheep for his father-in-law, Jethro — and it is while in Midyan that he encounters the burning bush. During that episode he gets the direction from the Almighty: “When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.” [Ex 3:12].

      Obviously, “this mountain” isn’t on the Sinai peninsula, but rather in Midyan — and that’s where he brings the Children of Israel after the Exodus. What’s more, there is NO mountain on the Sinai peninsula big enough to set out 3 million people in a level plain around it, but Jebel Lawz most certainly IS of such sufficient mass & configuration.

      “Moses went north to what is now Jordan where he saw the promised land but was not allowed to enter.”

      He took the assemblage in a counter-clockwise direction after crossing the Red Sea (possibly at the Strait of Aqaba), so they ended up on the eastern shore of the Jordan River. The Israelites then crossed the Jordan, i.e., westward into Cana’an. Moses died on Mt Nebo, on the transjordanian side of the River.

      “Happy Holidays to one and all! Do Jews believe in Santa?”

      Only Jewish liberals — but then, that’s because Santa is a Democrat. . . .

      Happy Holidays to you too, Catarin.

    22. Rick says:

      The remarks above that deal with the various Republican candidates for President of the U.S.A. are interesting, but I think they are missing the mark. The main point really isn’t who will win the nomination, but who will win the election. As long as it won’t be Obama, I’ll be relieved.

      Jews aren’t the only one who are victims of Obama’s socialist (or interchangeably communist, fascist) redistribution fixation. The economic destruction isn’t limited to the U.S. It is a global epidemic. When basic systems fail, the tendency is to leap for quick fixes, especially in desperate circumstances. Another characteristic reaction is to come down hard on a scapegoat.

      Jews have been scapegoats from ancient times from when they were slaves in Egypt till now. Anti-Semitism always increases in bad economic times. Fascism was born in Italy during a worldwide depression after WWI, and evolved into the Nazi movement in Germany. This spread to the U.S. and flourished (at the same time as isolationism) until WW II. Now Israel and Jews in the Diaspora are the targets of the world’s bigots for economic and religious reasons. These motives are linked, as the accumulated wealth of the Jewish pariahs are glowing targets for those who would rather steal Jewish assets than work. History repeats itself. If Israel falls, every Jew (no matter where he or she lives) will be in jeopardy.

    23. Catarin says:

      The big U.S. banks are being sued right and left, and now state attorney generals are suing them too. These lawsuits are based on fraud. While the banks knew the mortgage bundles were practically worthless they gleefully sold them to investors claiming them to be great investments. There is talk of breaking up the biggest banks. At least in the U.S., this is what caused our downfall.

      As to the nationality or religious affiliation of these banksters (Teddy Roseveldt (sp) coined that word), I do not know.

    24. Catarin says:

      Dweller, you seem to have this theory down pat. I did find Jebel Lawz on the map–I wasn’t looking north enough. So Moses’ wife was a Midyan. There was a group of people known as Midian who lived in the northern Sinai during Moses’ time, and this has caused some to believe Mt. Sinai was there. Then there was another recent theory that Mt. Sinai was in the Negev. The history of the Jewish people is all over the Middle East. Lots of Jewish and Christian sites are in Turkey. In fact, they say the birth of Christianity was in Turkey. And Jordan has lots of sites too. King Abdullah has made great strides in preparing them for tourists. Jordan is now the home of an international data center on Biblical archaeology.

      There is one thing in the Exodus story I can’t believe and that is that Moses led 3 million people out of Egypt. How do you feed this number of people day after day in a desert? An archaeologist refigured the number using this and that and came up with about 100,000 people. How do you feed 100,000 people day after day in a desert? They had manna of course, and scientists determined it was a sweet substance that fell off the branches of a certain tree, the Tamerac,I think, and was produced by microscopic lice.

      People who believe in Santa get more presents. Jews can have Christmas trees because they are not a religious symbol. I read that Japan especially is so enamored of Christmas lights and decorations, they decorate like mad.

    25. bernard ross says:

      I think that what is worse is that the govt agencies encouraged them and bought them and repackaged them to investors. In that environment the banks are encouraged to act like brokers primarily.

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