Kerry blames Israel for collapse of peace talks. Ridiculous. This is part of a troubling pattern of this White House alienating America’s friends & appeasing our enemies.

Secretary John Kerry.

Secretary John Kerry.

(Washington, D.C.) — UPDATED: Over the past year of the peace talks, Israel has consistently taken practical, concrete steps to show goodwill, including releasing hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, some of whom were terrorists with blood on their hands.

Israel took such measures even though Palestinian terrorists have continued to fire rockets and missiles at innocent Israeli civilians over and over and over again.

What practical, concrete steps did the Palestinian leadership?

The sad fact is that Mahmoud Abbas gave concrete nothing in return.

What’s more, he outright refused to even consider recognizing Israel as a Jewish state. Then he embarked on unilateral steps to create an independent Palestinian state in direct defiance of the terms of the peace process which call for a negotiated settlement. Then he refused to continue the peace talks beyond the April 29th deadline without Israel releasing thousands of more prisoners.

Yet now Secretary of State John Kerry is blaming Israel for the breakdown of the talks. Consider the latest headlines:

This is ridiculous, bordering on the infuriating. Netanyahu appointed good people to negotiate in good faith. Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, the chief negotiator, is not exactly a right wing Likudnik. She is part of Israel’s center left. She wanted a deal. She worked hard for a deal. Yet she became increasingly frustrated by the resistance of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to bring serious ideas and compromises to the table, and then had to speak out when Abbas decided to sign 15 international treaties to unilaterally creating a Palestinian state.

“The past week wasn’t a good week and we will have to fight to see how we can correct and move forward,” said Livni on Israel’s Channel 2 news. “It isn’t simple. It’s very complicated. This is a real crisis.”

Bloomberg reports that “Livni called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ bid last week to join international bodies ‘a violation and a big mistake that will make it very difficult to go back to normal.”

When Abbas has burned Tzipi Livni — a woman deeply committed to a two-state solution — you know things have really gotten bad.

Yet once again Kerry is blaming Israel.

Sadly, this is part of a troubling pattern of the Obama administration alienating America’s friends and appeasing our enemies. Mr. Obama and Mr. Kerry have invested enormous amounts of time in trying to force enormous Israeli concessions to create a final peace deal with the Palestinians, even though everyone told them the Palestinian leadership was not prepared to deal seriously. Yet the most important mission in the Middle East right now is stopping Iran from building nuclear weapons, yet the White House and State Department are treating Iran with kid gloves.

As former Senator Rick Santorum and I stated last week:

What troubles us most is the feckless, rudderless foreign policy of President Obama. Do our enemies fear him? Do our friends trust him? To the contrary, Mr. Obama is presiding over the systematic collapse of American credibility around the globe, from the Middle East to Russia to Asia. This vacuum of leadership is creating a very dangerous global environment and must be corrected quickly.

 

We believe in a bipartisan approach to American foreign policy. The challenges we face are serious but manageable if we unite as a country around a policy of peace through strength. That said, we also believe in the important role of a loyal opposition that warns the government when it is heading in the wrong direction.

 

In the 1930s, Winston Churchill warned the world that Adolf Hitler and the Nazis represented a gathering storm that had to be stopped early and decisively lest disaster ensue. A new gathering storm is brewing, as dangerous as the last, if not more so. We need an honest, strong, principled American foreign policy now more than ever, especially when it comes to the Iranian nuclear threat. The stakes are too high for miscalculation.

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Putin Targets America’s Achilles Heel: “He’s Going to Destroy the Stock Markets”

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In 2012 an elite insider claimed that on or around March 4, 2014 the doomsday clock would ring, the effect of which would be a complete collapse of the U.S. economy. How former Vice Presidential adviser Grady Means came to this conclusion with a specific target date may forever remain clouded in secrecy. But given the state of current affairs around the world today, one can’t help but consider that maybe Grady Means was on to something. With the fight over political and resource control in the Ukraine heating up, is it possible the Means was referring to this very set of circumstances?

We know the U.S. economy is literally on the brink of a collapse. All we need now is a triggering mechanism.

Contrarian investor and commentator Greg Mannarino thinks it could be happening right now, and he explains his highly viable theory in the broadcast below.

In essence, Mannarino warns that Russia’s Vladimir Putin may be using the current geo-political climate to position his pieces on the grand chessboard with the end game being a total wipe out of domestic equity markets and the U.S. dollar itself .

Given the horrid economic fundamentals in the U.S., mounting and un-serviceable debt levels, and the fact that China is now moving lock-step with their Russian counterparts, could we be seeing the final stages of a coordinated strike on U.S. economic and financial interests?

A few more moves and it could be Checkmate:

Putin understands the Achilles heel is this hyperinflated stock market… this man is brilliant.

Since we realize all warfare is based on deception, this backing off of troops here is  a part of the play.

When he re-introduces those troops and makes his move here it’s going to crush the U.S. equity markets and take trillions of dollars out of this market and a lot of peoples’ pockets.

Vladimir Putin is not in any way going to back down to Barack Obama or any of the Western powers. He has no reason to do that. He understands where this going and what he needs to do to make this work here.


(Video via Steve Quayle / Watch at Youtube)

So this is the set up in my opinion.

He’s allowing cash to flow back into the world markets, more specifically into the U.S. equity market. He’s going to re-introduce his troops almost in a Blitzkrieg type fashion and he’s going to destroy the stock markets.

We also know this… Vladimir Putin has been betting against the U.S. dollar for years by acquiring gold, just like you should be doing.

… The debt of the United States is in the biggest bubble in the history of the world. He knows all this.

This relief rally here… I can’t imagine that it’s going to last because he’s going to re-introduce troops here. It’s going to destroy this relief rally and then some.

We’re going to get panic selling… I think it can happen pretty soon.

Vladimir Putin is pulling a huge bluff on everyone right now allowing equities on a global scale to rise, only to reverse this move and crush equity markets which will destroy the United States economy.

The wealth effect that the Fed has created… Vladimir Putin knows that it is nothing more than smoke and mirrors. And he’s going to take advantage of that.

Make no mistake. Vladimir Putin strives to make Russia a global super power. China wants the same. In order for that to happen the United States of America must be crushed, and that starts with destroying our economy. And if that means a temporary destruction of global equity markets then that’s what Russia and China will do. Unlike President Obama, who bases his decisions on political surveys and half baked short-term platitudes, these nations operate with stratagems spanning decades.

For all we know, it was Putin himself who orchestrated the Ukranian coup. He’s a former KGB operative, a brilliant strategist and he comes from the ‘old school’ of Russian thought. Every move is carefully calculated and executed. While President Obama plays checkers, Putin is executing a Réti Maneuver designed to confuse and frustrate his opponent while leaving multiple pathways for the fait accompli.

The majority of informed readers understand that the collapse of America as we know it today is inevitable. It has always only been a question of “when.”

Perhaps Vladimir Putin will soon give us an answer.


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Larwyn’s Linx: Obama’s New Unilateral Law: Making America’s Small Businesses Sign a Loyalty Oath

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Nation

Obama’s New Unilateral Law: Making Businesses Sign a Loyalty Oath: Ace
Should the President Be Impeached?: Jeffrey Lord
Hot Off The Presses: Devastating New ‘Executive Power’ Video: Scoop

Ted Cruz on debt ceiling hike: in November, Americans will remember: TPNN
Obama’s Fate: J.R. Dunn
9th Circuit Smashes San Diego’s Concealed Carry Restrictions: Damon Root

Dirty Dozen: Senate Republicans Who Voted to Silence Cruz: Dean Garrison
Keywords: Barack Obama, Cult of Personality, 2010-2020, Democrats: Moe Lane
SCF levels harshest attack yet on Mitch McConnell: Exam

Quinnipiac Study: Concealed Carry Results in Fewer Murders: TruthRevolt
Thousands of CT Gun Owners Refuse Unconstitutional Gun Control Law: Publius
Cuomo aide caught breaking gun law, quickly receives waiver: Will Rahn

Economy

Five Years Later: How’s that Wreckovery Working Out?: Michelle Malkin
Why even have a debt limit?: AWD
Paul Krugman’s Greatest Hits: American Digest

Scandal Central

Vulnerable Dems Want To Sic IRS On Opponents: S&L
Homeland Security to Activate ‘National License Plate Recognition Database’: DC Clothesline
Flashback: Valerie Jarrett’s Father-in-Law Head of Communist Youth: MagNote (2011)

Mexico: A Different Kind of Gun Story: DiploMad
No names announced during debt-ceiling vote so GOP sellouts could secretly switch: Hot Air
8 Police Officers Fire 103 Times At 2 Unarmed Women Delivering Newspapers: Jonathan Turley

Climate & Energy

Time to end the Secret Science at the EPA: Exam
EPA bans wood-burning stoves; fireplaces could be next: RWN
Illinois Electricity Customers Forced to Get ‘Smart Meters’ or Pay Fine: WS

Media

Surprise! GOP Fights FCC on Behalf of MSM Freedoms: Anchoress
Tweet of the Day, @BarackObama And Imperial Presidencies edition: Moe Lane
Americans Don’t Like Obama’s End Runs: Keith Koffler

The Golden Egg: The Hillary Papers and the Death of the Mainstream Media: WFB
Mann vs. Steyn: The Trial of the Century: RCP
Why Do Liberals Have To Ruin Everything?: Glob

Americans: Where Have You Gone?: David Limbaugh
RUSH: This Is Way Beyond A Banana Republic Now. This Is Stalinism.: NoisyRm
‘That’s a joke, right?’ Joe Scarborough floated as possible 2016 GOP presidential candidate: Twitchy

World

Who’s afraid of Barack Obama?: Post
Olympic coverage sweeps Soviet horrors under the rug: Jonah Goldberg
French Reporters Scolded For Oval Office Selfies: My Philthy-delphia

UN Small Arms Treaty: 80 Million Determined Gun Owners Should be Quite an Obstacle: David Risselada
UN to Vatican: Your Theology Violates Child Rights: Parental Rights
John Podesta, Obama regulation czar, also helped UN develop radical new global agenda: George Russell

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Proposed federal law would require smartphone ‘kill switches’: AppleInsider
Ancient Reptile Live Birth Discovered in 248-Million-Year Old Fossil: Benita Matilda
Deadly Monster Winter Storm Batters US Eastern Seaboard: UniverseToday

Cornucopia

Emperor: 90 Miles
NY Fashion Week: It’s not just an exhibition, it’s a competition: MOTUS
This Bride Is About to Do Something So Unique While Walking Down the Aisle…: Blaze

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“With the Senate seriously at risk, and the Koch Brothers spending prodigiously, shouldn’t Dem funders be focused on ’14 and not ’16 races?” Axelrod tweeted Thursday afternoon, in what appears to be a very thinly veiled allusion to the Clinton machine that is already coming together.” –Joel Gehrke

Doug Ross @ Journal

Terror Attack on Power Grid in California Demonstrates the Suicidal Insanity of America’s Porous Borders

Guest post by Investor’s Business Daily

War On Terror: New information about a sniper assault on Silicon Valley’s phone lines and power grid has raised fears that the nation’s power grid is vulnerable to terrorism.

The prospect that the unsolved attack on an electrical substation near San Jose just hours after the Boston Marathon bombing in April could have been a terrorist act was raised anew last week by Jon Wellinghoff, former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

“This is the most sophisticated and extensive attack that’s ever occurred on the grid to my knowledge,” he told the Associated Press, contradicting FBI denials that terrorism was involved. “I don’t know what the definition of terrorism is other than when an extremely well-trained group attacks a major piece of infrastructure in an expertly planned attack.”

Wellinghoff also mused recently that the attack might have been a dress rehearsal for a more widespread attack on a national grid vulnerable to disruption. “There are ways that a very few number of actors with very rudimentary equipment could take down large portions of our grid,” he told Foreign Policy. “I don’t think we have the level of physical security we need.”

An attack by intruders with guns and rifles could be just as devastating as any cyberattack, he said.

The April 16, 2013, attack on Pacific Gas & Electric’s Metcalf transmission substation attack began when intruders lifted heavy manhole covers at about 1:30 a.m. in two places on Monterey Highway, south of San Jose, climbed under the road and cut AT&T fiber-optic cables, temporarily knocking out phone service.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that in just 19 minutes, gunmen fired more than 100 rounds into substation equipment, disabling 17 of 20 big transformers, causing about $ 16 million in damage.

Last October, former CIA Director Jim Woolsey said a video showed three or four men carried out the attack in a “disciplined military fashion,” systematically firing their weapons and “quickly and professionally disposed of everything they had.” This was no mere act of “hooliganism,” he said, but rather “a systematic attempt to take down the electric grid.”

“These were not amateurs taking potshots,” Mark Johnson, a former vice president for transmission operations at PG&E, said last month at a conference on grid security. “My personal view is that this was a dress rehearsal” for future attacks.

Part of the problem is a porous southern border through which what the Border Patrol calls OTMs (other than Mexicans) cross in significant numbers. If the cartels can smuggle drugs and people into America, Hezbollah and al-Qaida have to know they can smuggle in trained terrorists. Politicians like to talk about repairing infrastructure. How about protecting it?

Read more at Investor’s Business Daily. Image: Assault on California Power Station Raises Alarm on Potential for Terrorism.

Doug Ross @ Journal