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Common Defense &Team Obama Richard Falknor on 16 Mar 2010 06:23 pm

Flash Points4: Burning Border|Dissin’ Allies|Going Dhimmi?

Retired colonel and hands-on intelligence expert Ralph Peters reports in the New York Post today in his “US victims: New low in Mexico’s war” article – –

“The war is here. In our front yard. 18,000 dead in five years. With the casualty count worsening. And our attention is half a world away.

In the wake of a Saturday night party in Juarez, Mexico — across the Rio Grande from El Paso — two American citizens affiliated with the US consulate were gunned down in a narco-terror hit.

A husband and his pregnant wife died in a spray of bullets just before driving over the bridge to return home to Texas. The gunmen left the couple’s baby daughter wailing in the rear seat.

In a coordinated hit, the husband of a Mexican national employed by our consulate was shot dead while heading home from the same party, his two kids wounded.

This marks a major escalation of the narco-insurgency raging on our border. There may be a back-story as to why these three figures were assassinated (the narcos knew who they were killing). But no matter what details emerge, this was an attack on a US diplomatic mission.” (Underscoring Forum’s.) (h/t NRO Web Briefing.)

Premier historian Victor Davis Hanson in “A Little Perspective” on National Review on Line takes apart the administration’s current treatment of long-time democratic ally Israel – –

“The message is out—say or do what you please about Israel, and it will more likely now resonate with the U.S. I wish this administration had at least said something as curt to the Syrians or Iranians for their past support for chronic infiltrations across their borders into Iraq to kill American soldiers, rather than pondering whether to build apartment buildings in Jerusalem endangers American soldiers. Whether Israel and the Palestinians, or the British again in the Falklands, or the Columbians, or the Hondurans, or the Poles and Czechs, there is no particular advantage in being a pro-American democratic ally; attention and outreach instead come from being our antithesis.” (Underscoring Forum’s.)

Diana West asks “Is Petraeus an Islamic Tool? Part 2” in her blog.  Author West reveals – –

Last June, I noted Gen. David Petraeus’s MoveOn.org-like take on Guantanamo Bay — close it because it causes us problems and violates (unspecified) Geneva Conventions — and his willingness to attribute to the Palestinian war on Israel “justifications” for the existence of Hezbollah.

Now this from Foreign Policy (via Judeosphere):

‘On Jan. 16, two days after a killer earthquake hit Haiti, a team of senior military officers from the U.S. Central Command (responsible for overseeing American security interests in the Middle East), arrived at the Pentagon to brief Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The team had been dispatched by CENTCOM commander Gen. David Petraeus to underline his growing worries at the lack of progress in resolving the issue.

Read: further Israeli concessions.

“The 33-slide, 45-minute PowerPoint briefing stunned Mullen. The briefers reported that there was a growing perception among Arab leaders that the U.S. was incapable of standing up to Israel, that CENTCOM’s mostly Arab constituency was losing faith in American promises, that Israeli intransigence on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was jeopardizing U.S. standing in the region . . . .” (Underscoring Forum’s throughout.)

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“Q: Since when does the US supreme commander ensure that US military doctrine conforms to Arab perceptions? A: Since now.”

Diana West poses a national-security question for the Obama administration and its military advisers: “How about Israelis continuing to breathe? Is that okay?”

Readers are urged to consider her entire post here.

This week’s critical battle is stopping the domestic overreach of this administration through its Obamacare legislation. But somehow we have to keep watch on this administration’s undermining of our military capability, and our alliances – – yes, our ‘special relationships’ – – with our long-time friends – – as well as demanding vigilance on our southern border.  While the chances of repealing an enacted Obamacare are slim, the rebuilding of our alliances and upgrading our defenses could be an even harder climb – – if we do not push back now.

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