Friday, April 30, 2010

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Obama Removes Any Reason For Abbas To Come To The Table

Posted: 30 Apr 2010 07:56 AM PDT

Abbas now gets what he's wanted all along--someone to do his work for him so he can sit and do nothing:U.S. President Barack Obama has told several European leaders that if Israeli-Palestinian talks remain stalemated into September or October, he will convene an international summit on achieving Mideast peace, senior Israeli officials told Haaretz on Thursday.The officials said the conference would be run by the Quartet of Middle East peacemakers - the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia - in a bid to forge a united global front for creating a Palestinian state. The summit, they said, would...

Obama's Iran Sanctions--Iranians Can Rest Easy Now

Posted: 30 Apr 2010 07:32 AM PDT

We are now working with our partners in the United Nations on new Security Council sanctions that will show Iran's leaders that there are real consequences for their intransigence, that their choice is to live up to their international obligations. Our aim is not incremental sanctions, but sanctions that will bite.Secretary of State Hillary ClintonNo doubt the Iranians are quaking in their boots sandals.But then again, they probably saw this coming:White House seeks to soften Iran sanctionsWants exemption for firms based in China and RussiaThe Obama administration is pressing Congress to provide an exemption from Iran sanctions to companies based in "cooperating countries," a...

Submitted 04/30/10

Posted: 30 Apr 2010 04:08 AM PDT

A bit late, here are this week's Watcher's council submissions. Council Submissions Joshuapundit - Happy Birthday Trig Palin! Oh, And More Mean Spirited Trig-Truther Rot From Sully Wolf Howling -The Roots Of Slavery & The Races Hustlers' Holy Grail - Reparations Mere Rhetoric - Obama Defense Dept: We're Not Going To Attack Iran, And If Israel Tries We Might Shoot Down Their Jets Rhymes With Right - Doing My Part For Freedom Of Speech, Press, And Religion The Razor - Socialism=Cannibalism The Colossus of Rhodey - Race conundrum in education (again) Bookworm Room - What if American blacks don't want...

Iraqi chutzpah

Posted: 30 Apr 2010 01:10 AM PDT

The Iraqi government has been making a request of the Americans: The soldiers came looking for weapons of mass destruction. What they found in the flooded basement of Saddam Hussein's secret police headquarters was a legacy of destruction -- the demise of one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world. There was a treasure trove of Torahs and Haggadas, centuries old. And there were marriage records, university applications, financial documents -- the living record of a community, seized by the Mukhabarat from the homes of Jews as they fled Iraq under pressure and amid persecution, with only a handful...

The value of the dni

Posted: 30 Apr 2010 12:44 AM PDT

Today's Washington Post has an op-ed cowritten by Thomas Fingar who was the first deputy director of national intelligence for analysis. The subject of the op-ed is how American intelligence gathering has improved markedly since the creation of the office of the Director of National Intelligence. Fingar and his co-author Mary Margaret Graham write: Commentators noting the fifth anniversary, this month, of the launch of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have largely paid more attention to shortcomings than to what has been achieved and why the achievements are important. This is unfortunate for many reasons, not least...

Council speak 04/30/10

Posted: 29 Apr 2010 04:08 AM PDT

Whoops, I'm a bit late getting you last week's Watcher's council winners. Council Winners First place with 3 votes - Wolf Howling - Thoughts On Britain, Colonialism, and Multiculturalism Second place with 2 votes - Bookworm Room - Ordinary people view Rush as a dangerous Svengali Non-Council Winners First place with 2 1/3 votes - Caroline Glick - The strategic foundations of the US-Israel alliance Submitted by Right Truth Second place with 2 votes - Zenpundit - More Mackinlay - On Why the USG Doesn't "Get" AQ as a "Global Insurgency" Submitted by The Glittering Eye The complete results are...

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