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Israel Is Not Our Partner for Middle East Peace

by Oui Tue Jun 17th, 2014 at 09:36:09 AM EST

Repeatedly US policy has aligned itself with Israel and repeatedly this has led to military and political failure. The last time the US decided otherwise was during the presidency of Eisenhower and the 1956 Suez crisis. Here we go again ...

BTW A strange message was sent by Israeli security reporter Yossi Melman:

    #Baghdad collapses. Shells on US & Iran Embassies
    Premier Maliki left. Chief of Staff escaped yo Germany.
    Heavy casualties to Iran forces.

NY Times - Sectarian violence returning to Baghdad with  extrajudicial killings and kidnappings

"The fighting is creeping closer to Baghdad and the offensive is being led by Sunni fighters drawn from the Sunni militant groups the 1920 Revolution Brigades and the Islamic Army, according to an Iraqi Intelligence source. Both of those groups have long had a presence in Diyala Province and were involved in some of the bloodiest fighting during the sectarian battles of 2005-2007. The 1920 brigades was formed from disaffected Iraqi Army officers who were left without jobs after the Americans dissolved the military in 2003."

Israel concerned about any US-Iran cooperation over Iraq

Continued below the fold ...

Israel concerned about any US-Iran cooperation over Iraq

JERUSALEM - Israel voiced concern at the prospect of its closest ally, Washington, cooperating with its what it considers its deadliest foe, Iran, to stave off a sectarian break-up of Iraq.

Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz told Reuters, the United States and other major powers have pledged that any such cooperation would not set back their drive to curb Tehran's nuclear program.

The Obama administration said on Sunday it was considering talks with Iran about the Iraqi crisis. Iranian officials have voiced openness to working with the Americans in helping Baghdad repel a Sunni Muslim insurgency.

While deploring the "ungodly horror" of the bloodshed in Iraq, Steinitz said Iran should not be helped to extend its sway in Iran where fellow Shi'ite Muslims form the majority.

That, he said would give Tehran an arc of control running through Syria, where the Iranians back embattled President Bashar Assad, and on to Lebanon, where they have powerful allies in the Hezbollah militia.

"And we would especially not want for a situation to be created where, because both the United States and Iran support the government of (Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri) al-Maliki, it softens the American positions on the issue which is most critical for the peace of the world, which is the Iranian nuclear issue," Steinitz said in an interview.

Even before the Iraq crisis, Israel was concerned about Iran's nuclear talks with Washington and five other powers, aimed at ensuring Iran is not developing atomic weapons capability. Israel fears Tehran would be able to shake off international sanctions built up over the last decade.


Steinitz was cautiously optimistic that the negotiations would be unaffected by any international involvement in Iraq. "We are troubled, but we have been made to understand by everyone - the Americans and the British and the French and the Germans - that a total separation will be enforced," he said.

Steinitz said such a separation of policies would be similar to Russia's participation alongside Western powers in the Iranian nuclear talks even as it spars with them over Ukraine.

Expanding U.S. fleet, Amphibious USS Mesa Verde moved to Persian Gulf

(CNN) - The Norfolk-based USS Mesa Verde with 550 Marines aboard is expected to enter the Persian Gulf, a U.S. defense official tells CNN. The Marines and their V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft could help evacuate Americans from Iraq if necessary, the official said. The Mesa Verde is part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group.

The Norfolk-based aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush and destroyer USS Truxtun are also in the Persian Gulf, along with the USS Philippine Sea.

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A CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter launches from the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (Reuter/JPost)

In addition to adding security personnel, some embassy staffers were being moved to consular offices in Basra and Irbil or sent to Jordan, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

1920 Revolution Brigades (Kata'ib Thawrat al-Ishreen)

The 1920 Revolution Brigades (Kata'ib Thawrat al-Ishreen) is a Sunni Islamic extremist group in the Iraqi insurgency that has claimed responsibility for several attacks on U.S. forces as well as some high profile incidents including the 'kidnapping' of U.S. marine Wassef Ali Hassoun in June 2004 and the bombing of the al-Arabiya TV headquarters in Baghdad in October 2006.

The group first appeared in June 2003 as a "nationalist Jihadist movement" dedicated to the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq in order to build an Islamic state. The 1920 Revolution Brigades is the military wing of the Islamic Resistance Movement in Iraq, formerly called the Iraqi National Islamic Resistance. The group is named after the 1920 Iraqi uprising against British colonial occupation following World War I, when the League of Nations granted the United Kingdom control over three Ottoman territories - Baghdad, Mosul, and Basra - that make up present day Iraq. Arabic script in the group's logo contains a verse from the Quran popular among Jihadists, "Fight them, God shall torture them by your hands," below which reads, "Islamic Resistance Movement, Twentieth Revolution Brigades."

McCain can't get his head around science and plain facts for every American to see.

Poll: Public doesn't want another Iraq War

(The Hill) - Obama has come under fire from some Republicans for his failure to reach a deal with Iraq's government that could have allowed some U.S. troops to stay in the country after 2011 to help with security. They've blamed the current violence in Iraq on the failure to reach a deal.

However, the Public Policy Polling found that more than two-thirds say the renewed violence in Iraq is a result of a centuries-old conflict that was worsened by the 2003 invasion launched by President George W. Bush. Twenty percent, meanwhile, say the current situation is a result of the U.S. pullout of Iraq in 2011.

A majority of the public supports the option of the U.S. providing intelligence to the Iraqi government and a diplomatic initiative to neutralize the escalating situation.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 17th, 2014 at 01:32:56 PM EST
While Byron York fluffs his pompadour as the Middle East burns, the president is overseeing stuff like this: Special Forces Capture Benghazi Suspect.

U.S. captures Benghazi suspect in secret raid

(WaPo) - U.S. Special Operations forces captured one of the suspected ringleaders of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi in a secret raid in Libya over the weekend, the first time one of the accused perpetrators of the 2012 assaults has been apprehended, according to U.S. officials.

The officials said Ahmed Abu Khattala was captured Sunday near Benghazi by American troops, working alongside the FBI, following months of planning, and was now in U.S. custody "in a secure location outside Libya."

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 17th, 2014 at 01:39:07 PM EST
From my diary ...

BREAKING NEWS: Ansar al-Sharia commander led raid on U.S. mission

(AP) Oct. 19, 2012 - FBI agents have been shown a cellphone picture of the commander at the scene of the attack, according to Libyans familiar with the investigation. But it is unclear where the man, identified as Ahmed Abu Khattala, is now, and militias loyal to the government say they have received no orders to arrest him or any other suspect in connection with the attack. See also Ansar al-Sharia

... while Barack Obama Visited Jon Stewart on the Daily Show.

FBI 'Waterboards' Lone Suspect in Deadly Benghazi Raid
If CNN can interview suspect in Benghazi attack, why can't FBI?
Bloggers Call BS on NYT Kirkpatrick Benghazi and U.S. State provides evidence, accuses Ansar al-Sharia in Darnah.

A decoy?

US readies marines to evacuate staff from Libya  on May 28, 2014

(AFP) - The United States is deploying an amphibious assault ship with about 1000 marines off the coast of Libya in case the US embassy has to be evacuated, a US defence official says. The USS Bataan was to be in the area "in a matter of days," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The move was described as "precautionary" in case conditions in Libya, where militia battles have plunged the country into anarchy, worsen and require the embassy's evacuation. The State Department said last week the embassy in Tripoli was operating normally despite an offensive launched against Islamist militias by a dissident general, Khalifa Haftar.

Reagan's CIA Man In Libya Now Employed by Obama

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Jun 17th, 2014 at 01:41:05 PM EST
This opinion piece in Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant churned my stomach, something that seldom happens. It's vulgar, insane and illustrates the no-holds barred attitude of Israel and its mandarins to whitewash their criminal acts of the occupation and atrocities to the Palestinian people.

'Islam has nothing to do with it all'  by Max Pam

ISIS, Boko Haram, Al Shabaab and the Taliban, has no relationship with Islam, writes Max Pam in his column. "Really, I'm telling you this."

In northern Iraq, Isis carries out summary executions, which are strongly reminiscent of the pogroms that were originally performed by German troops on the Eastern Front. Those who were chosen to be executed were forced to lie in a pit. Then they were shot with machine gun fire. Or victims of Isis also had to dig their own pit was not visible on the by video captured killings, but would not surprise me.

ISIS goes one step further than the Sonderkommando. The SS was operating as much as possible in secret, apparently because there is still was a way deep sense of shame on the dirty work. But Isis is happy and with a certain pride to come forward with the ruthless killings. Especially for young people the murderous movement exercises a great appeal.

ISIS stands for ad-Dawla al-Islamiyya fi al-'Iraq wa-sh-Sham, which is an abbreviation of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. But make no mistake: ISIS has nothing to do with Islam. ISIS does not represent in any way the true Islam.

Nothing to do with religion

Actually, the occurrence of ISIS has nothing to do with religion It is about cultural and ethnic differences. The Sunnis against Shiites. By the disastrous actions of the United States and the lingering West created a vacuum in which these groups have emerged.

And so on ...

About the author Max Pam, journalist, author and television maker (Jewish father):
Max Pam, born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 1946. M.A. from the University of Amsterdam and from the School of Journalism, Utrecht. Journalist, columnist and writer, with a special interest in politics, literature and chess. Author of several books.

How dare you to use the atrocities of Nazi Germany during the Second World War to place Jews in the role of victimhood in today's world where the West has outdone itself by committing war crimes in countries with a Muslim majority.

Cross-posted from my diary @BooMan.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jun 18th, 2014 at 06:25:15 AM EST

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