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EGYPT'S EXTRAORDINARY PEACE PROPOSAL TO THE PALESTINIANS Print E-mail
Written by Caroline Glick   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Something extraordinary has happened.
 
On August 31, PLO chief and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told an audience of Fatah members that Egypt had offered to give - give, as in cede sovereignty to - the PA some 1,600 square kilometers (625 square miles) of land in Sinai adjacent to Gaza, thus quintupling the size of the Gaza Strip. Egypt even offered to allow all the so-called "Palestinian refugees" to settle in the expanded Gaza Strip.
 
Then Abbas told his Fatah followers that he rejected the Egyptian offer.

On Monday (9/08), Israeli Army Radio substantiated Abbas's claim.
 
According to Army Radio, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi proposed that the Palestinians establish their state in the expanded Gaza Strip.
 
In his speech to Fatah members, Abbas said, "They [the Egyptians] are prepared to receive all the refugees, [and are saying] ‘Let's end the refugee story.'" "But," he insisted, "It's illogical for the problem to be solved at Egypt's expense. We won't have it."
 
In other words, Sisi offered Abbas a way to end the Palestinians' suffering and grant them political independence. And Abbas said, "No, forget statehood. Let my people suffer."
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THE BREAKUP OF BRITAIN? Print E-mail
Written by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard   
Tuesday, 09 September 2014

Powerful investors across the world have woken up to the possibility that Scotland may vote to break up the United Kingdom next week (9/18), with some already preparing defensive action that risks a potentially dangerous flight from sterling and Britain's bond market.

Japan's biggest bank, Nomura, has advised clients to slash financial exposure to the UK and brace for a possible collapse of the pound after polls showed the independence campaign running neck and neck, warning that the separation of England and Scotland after more than 300 years would be a "cataclysmic shock."

Stephen Jen, head of SLJ Macro Partners and a Chinese-speaker from Taiwan, said Asian investors are flabbergasted by the sight of an ancient and successful union tearing itself apart for no obvious reason. "It is totally bizarre. They simply don't understand it, and nor do I. Until a week and half ago everybody thought there was a zero probability of Scotland voting Yes," he said.

"We have always assumed the United Kingdom would stay united, but now everything we thought about the UK has suddenly been tested, and will have to be repriced."

Simon Derrick, from Bank of New York Mellon, said the UK is leveraged to global financial cycle and has become a magnet for the "carry trade", sucking in funds from Japan, the Middle East and other regions searching for yield.

Mr. Derrick said a 15% plunge in sterling is "quite conservative" given the dangers of a messy divorce. "We think the high $1.40s against the dollar is entirely feasible. People always underestimate how far sterling can fall when the tide turns," he said.
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THE BEST GIFT Print E-mail
Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 12 September 2014

During the recent cease-fire, the leader of the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, Khaled Mashal, sent a gift to the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, in an elaborate box with a note.

After having the box checked for safety reasons, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened the box and saw that the content was human feces.

He opened the note, handwritten in Arabic by Mr. Mashal, which said, "For you and the proud people of the Zionist Entity."

Mr. Netanyahu, literate in Arabic, pondered the note and decided how best to reciprocate.

He quickly did so by sending the Hamas leader a very pretty package with a personal note.
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HALF-FULL REPORT 09/05/14 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 05 September 2014

One of Hollywood's legends is that their deaths always come in threes.  This proved true when Joan Rivers' came yesterday (9/04), which followed that of Lauren Bacall (8/12), and one day earlier, Robin Williams (8/11).  They were marvelously gifted, and we should be grateful for the joy they brought to our lives.

As Howie Carr of the Boston Herald notes this morning (9/05), in Massachusetts bad news also come in threes - as it did this week.  On Wednesday (9/03), Secretary of State Lurch hinted he might run in 2016, as did Governor Incompetence and Senator Talking Bull.

...Two months from today we'll know if we're going to suffer the undiluted Curse of Zero for another 28½ months, or if it will be diluted enough to render Zero impotent.  Here's this week's Sitrep.

...You can't blame Mitt Romney for capitalizing on his clairvoyance.  The entire Zero-worshipping Enemedia made fun of his "gaffe" when, during the 2012 campaign, he told Wolf Blitzer that Russia was "without question, our number one geopolitical foe.  They fight every cause for the world's worst actors."

Since it's now blindingly obvious he was right, you can't fault his timing by penning a piece in the WaPo yesterday (9/04):  The Need for a Mighty US Military.

However, Mitt is playing catch up with Rick Perry.  Right now, Rick's the Pub front-runner for 2016.  He showed why in his fabulous speech in Dallas last Friday evening (8/29).  I encourage you take 24 minutes to watch it all.  He quotes Thomas Paine:  "The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government" - and goes from there.  Enjoy:
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A POST-ZERO FOREIGN POLICY Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 04 September 2014

It's hard to see how US foreign policy under Zero could get much worse - but it certainly can as it continues to spiral downward.  President Pandora, as Jack Kelly calls him today (9/04) won't close his box of evils until he no longer infests the White House.

Nonetheless, the world is filled with opportunities, and it's helpful to focus on how a pro-American president could maximize them.  Then we can see how candidates as they enter the 2016 fray stack up in their understanding of them and how they would implement their maximization.

At the top of the list, of course, is repairing the monumental damage Zero has done to the American economy, and concomitantly, the willingness of foreign companies and countries to do business with it.  This means repealing FATCA as step one, with many steps to follow - such as those listed in The Speech I'd Give If I Were Running for President (July 2011).

Next comes rebuilding alliances with our friends.  Zero's policy has been to spit on them, as he has done with Israel.  A post-Zero pro-American foreign policy would be to spit on our enemies instead.  Naturally, this starts with ISIS and other assorted Islamic crazies.

ISIS, it turns out,  is a perfect example of the Chinese "danger=opportunity" equation.
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PRESIDENT PANDORA Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 04 September 2014

The first big step President Barack Hussein Obama took to implement the new strategy he outlined in his much ballyhooed speech in Cairo in June of 2009 was the war of dubious legality he waged to oust Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

He wouldn't fight Islamists, as George W. Bush had done, Mr. Obama said. He came to Cairo "to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect."

Islamists seized control of Libya's capital, Tripoli, Aug. 25. The descent of Libya into a bloody civil war Islamists are winning is fraught with symbolic significance, because it was here President Barack Hussein Obama opened Pandora's box.

In Greek mythology, the god Zeus gave Pandora, the first woman or Greek Eve, a box (a jar in Hesiod's original story), and a warning never to open it. When Pandora cracked it open, out rushed all the evils that plague mankind.

In the modern version, Americans in an act of masochistic naïveté gave such a box to Obama in 2008, who promptly opened it - and then to compound the masochism, they insisted he keep it open in 2012.
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AMERICA'S CRISIS OF GREEDY GOVERNMENT LOOTERS Print E-mail
Written by Jack Kelly   
Tuesday, 02 September 2014

America is in crisis because the people responsible for governing the country are looting it instead.

Obamacare has sent health insurance premiums and budget deficits soaring, clobbered employment, dragged down economic growth. But it's been a bonanza for big health insurance companies, to whom President Obama plans to hand $8 billion more taxpayer dollars.

"Renewable" energy firms produce little electricity at exorbitant cost, but reap billions in taxpayer subsidies.

Illegals have committed more than 3,000 murders and 8,000 sexual assaults in Texas since 2008, the governor said. More flood across the border because Democrats see them as future Democrat voters; big business sees cheap labor.

More than 500 veterans died or were seriously injured last year due to "inappropriate" care at Veterans Administration hospitals, according to internal documents. The Office of Special Counsel is investigating 67 claims of retaliation against whistleblowers at 45 VA facilities in 28 states. Managers altered records to conceal neglect, and to obtain bonuses they hadn't earned.

It's hard to find a government agency anywhere that isn't run mostly for the benefit of those who staff it.
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"WE DO NOT HAVE A STRATEGY" IS OBAMA'S LATEST LIE Print E-mail
Written by Michael Ledeen   
Tuesday, 02 September 2014

He does have a strategy, but prefers to appear indecisive.  That's because the strategy would likely provoke even greater criticism than the false confession of endless dithering.

The actual strategy is detente first, and then a full alliance with Iran throughout the Middle East and North Africa.  It has been on display since before the beginning of the Obama administration. 

During his first presidential campaign in 2008, Mr. Obama used a secret back channel to Tehran to assure the mullahs that he was a friend of the Islamic Republic, and that they would be very happy with his policies. 

The secret channel was Ambassador William G. Miller, who served in Iran during the Shah's rule, as chief of staff for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and as ambassador to Ukraine.  Ambassador Miller has confirmed to me his conversations with Iranian leaders during the 2008 campaign.

Ever since, President Obama's quest for an alliance with Iran has been conducted through at least four channels: 
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THE UNFINISHED WAR Print E-mail
Written by Caroline Glick   
Wednesday, 03 September 2014

The war with Hamas is not over. What we are experiencing today is a temporary cease-fire.

The most basic reason the war is not over is because Hamas has no existence outside its war against the Jewish state. Hamas exists to obliterate Israel. The goal of each round of fighting is to soften Israel up for the next round.  Hamas will only stop fighting when it is defeated. And Israel did not defeat Hamas.

Not only did Israel not defeat Hamas, but incredibly, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, senior IDF commanders are now lobbying the government to in effect surrender to Hamas..

The General Staff's behavior isn't the only reason that Hamas thinks aggression is the way to go. The US and Europe have gone out of their way, both during the fighting and today, to show Hamas that they are right to attack Israel.  Mr. Obama in particular.
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FROM TINY SEAPORT TO WORLD FINANCIAL GIANT Print E-mail
Written by Richard Rahn   
Wednesday, 03 September 2014

Hong Kong.  How did this small city-state of 7.3 million people go from having a per-capita income of only a few hundred dollars per year to a per capita income that is equal to that of the United States in only 50 years?

Hong Kong became a British colony in 1842, and the adjacent "New Territories" were leased for 99 years in 1898. In 1997, Hong Kong was returned by the British to China, with an agreement that it would become a Special Administrative Region (SAR) -- "one country, two systems."

Hong Kong retained the British legal system, most individual liberties, and a high degree of local autonomy, except for foreign policy and defense. The amount of democracy has been limited -- with the British serving as the ideal benevolent dictator and the Chinese as a somewhat less benevolent dictator for the past 17 years.

Hong Kong is about as close to the ideal free-market capitalist model that you can find on the planet -- which came about largely by accident.
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HOW TO PROTECT AMERICA AND HAVE ISLAM BE A RELIGION OF PEACE Print E-mail
Written by Oleg Atbashian   
Friday, 05 September 2014

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President Obama's White House statement on Aug. 28 was clear on two things: "ISIS must be defeated" and "we don't have a strategy yet."

With this in mind, let me offer a modest proposal that requires no military escalation, no additional defense spending, and no sacrifice of the American troops in the Middle East.

The president has already recognized the beheading of an American journalist as a terrorist attack on the United States and is said to be considering all options to protect Americans from the ISIS threat reaching the U.S. So let's take him at his own word and propose that his list of "all options" should begin with:

(1) An end to political correctness, and

(2) A moratorium on pandering to immigrant groups in order to win elections for the Democrats.

Let's call them Option One and Option Two. Like it or not, they must be in place before the president can even begin to think about protecting our borders and profiling terrorists at the airports in order to prevent any of the 3,000 members of ISIS who have U.S. or European passports from slipping into America, where they know they have an extensive and well-funded support base.

Which brings us to Option Three: Extinguish their support base inside the U.S.  There's an easy way to do it.
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HALF-FULL REPORT 08/29/14 Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Friday, 29 August 2014

Well... (as "Bones" always begins his Forum posts)

...hours after he pledges peace in Ukraine, Putin Huilo orders his troops and tanks to invade; Iran claims to be arming terrorists within Israel itself; ISIS and Al Qaeda promise to take their terror war to America; the Chicoms dangerously intercept a US recon plane over international waters they illegally claim - and Rand Paul thinks he can be elected president by going to the left of Hillary Clinton?

Before we get into the details of all the above, and a lot more, I need to tell you that our TTP Portugal Fall Retreat is filling up very fast.  We only have a few spaces remaining, so please, if you're considering having this marvelous experience with us, register as soon as you can.  And yes, that picture of the castle in the clouds is real, by the way.

We'll begin discussing geopolitical reality vs. Blame America First isolationism with this map focused on a place you never heard of, James Shoal. 

Then we'll detail how under Zero, the US government has become the most corrupt on earth.  Compared to it, Mexico's is a piker.  Actually, there's terrific news from Mexico -- and unbelievably good news from Saudi Arabia.
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THE TTP PORTUGAL FALL RETREAT Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Monday, 25 August 2014

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Last January, we learned about the history of Portugal in California in Europe.  We also learned that's where the first TTP International Retreat would be, in March. 

It was so successful that we ran another in April.  Everyone had such a terrific time that there's clamor for a three-peat this Fall.

As before, this is an intimate get-together of no more than a dozen TTPers to discuss the world in depth with me.  And I might as well give you a warning up front.

In addition to learning more about the world than you thought possible in under a week, you run the risk of falling head over heels in love with Portugal.  I describe it as utterly captivating, and once you are there you'll easily understand why. Every TTPer who was with us last Spring agrees. 

Portugal is the authentic Europe, unknown and unspoiled. It's legendary for its weather, wine, and food.  And for the friendliness of its people.  I hope you'll join us.  You'll never forget it.

Here's our schedule, a little different from the last two.  In mid-October, the summer crowds are gone, the fall colors are peaking, and the weather beautifully crisp and clear. Enjoy the pictures!
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THE ODDS FOR IMPEACHMENT ARE RISING Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 28 August 2014

What do you get when you combine these three news stories?

Breitbart, Monday 8/25:  Obama to Enact Amnesty for Five Million Illegals Next Week
Fox, Yesterday 8/27: Al Qaeda Urges Bombing of Las Vegas
AP, Today 8/28:  Americans' Pessimism on Economy Has Grown

You get a perfect storm engulfing Democrats and the Zero Presidency on November 4.

The Boston Globe on Wednesday (8/27) ran this dog-bites-man headline:  Obama Amnesty Plan Could Hurt Democrats.  Ya think?  Maybe.  Could be.  Just might be.

There are 68 days until November 4.  That's several lifetimes long in politics.  Lots of time to prepare one or more "October Surprises," lots of ways a Black Swan event can come out of nowhere to change everything.

What's got everyone in DC weirded out is that Zero seems hell-bent to engineer an October Surprise foisted on his own party - literally creating political hell for his fellow Dems - and in early September no less. 

Zero's Amnesty will give us the Senate (and, ironically, no further amnesties).  But what about impeachment?  That requires a Black Swan, for which the odds are rising. 
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WHY THE ISLAMIC STATE MUST BE KILLED AND WHAT IT WILL TAKE Print E-mail
Written by Angelo Codevilla   
Tuesday, 26 August 2014

The Islamic State's video-dissemination of one of its goons beheading an American is an existential challenge from which we cannot afford to shrink.

Until the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS) did that, it made sense for the U.S. government to help contain it because the Islamic world, which the IS threatens most directly, must destroy it sooner or later.

But internetting that beheading was a gory declaration of America's impotence - a dare-by-deed that is sure to move countless young persons around the globe to get in on killing us, anywhere they can. The longer the Islamic State survives, the more will take up its dare. Either we kill the IS, or we will deserve the wave of terrorism that will engulf us.

Killing the IS requires neither more nor less than waging war - not as the former Bush administration waged its "war on terror," nor by the current Obama administration's pinpricks, nor according to the too-clever-by-half stratagems taught in today's politically correct military war colleges, but rather by war in the dictionary meaning of the word.

To make war is to kill the spirit as well as the body of the enemy, so terribly as to make sure that it will not rise again, and that nobody will want to imitate it.

That requires first isolating the Islamic State politically and physically to deprive all within it of the capacity to make war, and even to eat. Then it requires killing all who bear arms and all who are near them.
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