Newscast Media WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama’s top aide on Thursday blamed Israeli settlement expansion announcements for some of the latest tensions between Israel and the Palestinians as U.S.-brokered peace talks between the two sides have faltered.
According to Al-Alam, Obama’s national security advisor, Susan Rice, told a Washington think tank on Thursday, “We have seen increased tensions on the ground. Some of this is a result of recent settlement announcements.”
“So let me reiterate: The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity,” Rice stated.
Her remarks to a conference of the Middle East Institute drew applause from an audience that included former and current U.S. officials, foreign diplomats, some from Arab countries, and regional experts.
Palestinians want to establish a state in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip, an area controlled by Hamas Islamists opposed to Abbas’ peace moves, with East Jerusalem as the capital. They argue that Israeli settlements deny them a viable country. Since the talks resumed after a three-year break, Israel has announced plans for several thousand new Jewish settler homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
The disclosure on Tuesday that Israel’s Housing Ministry had commissioned separate plans for nearly 24,000 more homes for Israelis in the two areas raised U.S. concern and drew Palestinian condemnation.
The Obama aide also stated that Washington’s opposition to the illegal Israeli settlement expansion is “not new” and had been the US policy for decades.
In similar remarks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has described Israeli settlements constructed on the occupied Palestinian land as “illegitimate.”
The Palestinian Authority and Israelis resumed their U.S.-backed negotiations in late July, but the talks broke down in early November, amid a dispute over Israel’s decision to push ahead with the construction of thousands of new illegal settler units in the occupied Palestinian territories.
On November 13, acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas said his negotiation team had resigned over the lack of progress in the negotiations with Tel Aviv.
Abbas made the announcement a day after Tel Aviv issued tenders for the construction of nearly 24,000 new settler units in the occupied West Bank. The Israeli regime has been under fire from the international community, including its own allies, over its expansionist policies.
Over half a million Israelis live in more than 120 settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967.
Source: Tehran Times
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice is to become President Barack Obama’s top national security advisor, according to reports from Washington. At the UN she will be replaced by Samatha Power, a US human rights expert.
President Barack Obama was expected to reshuffle his foreign policy team on Wednesday by shifting Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice to the White House to become his national security advisor. Rice will replace Tom Donilon, who departs in July.
In the wake of Obama’s re-election last year, John Kerry instead of Rice became the new US Secretary of State. Rice was tapped for the position but withdrew from consideration after Senate Republicans objected to her allegedly playing down an Islamist attack in Benghazi, Libya, last September.
Four Americans were killed, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Assuming Obama formally appoints Rice as security advisor, he will avoid a congressional fight because the White House post does not require Senate confirmation, unlike the job of secretary of state.
Rice has a reputation for being outspoken on human rights issues and in 2011 pushed for a more interventionist strategy in Libya under its then dictator Moammar Gadhafi, who was subsequently killed during a rebel advance in October of that year. The expected White House shakeup comes as Obama grapples with numerous foreign policy challenges, from Syria to China’s rise on the world stage. That will be underscored by Obama’s meeting later this week with Chinese President Xi Jinping in California.
The anticipated new US ambassador at the UN, Samantha Power, is a former White House adviser, human rights expert and Harvard university professor.
Power won a Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for her book “A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide.” It examined US foreign policy towards genocide in the 20th century.
A White official quoted by the news agency Associated Press said Donilon would stay on until early July, when Obama wraps up overseas trips to Europe and Africa. Donilon has overseen a US foreign policy shift that has placed increasing emphasis on US relationships in the Asia-Pacific regions.
Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a move that may have taken a few political observers by surprise, Susan Rice has withdrawn her name from the list of candidates Barack Obama was considering to replace current Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
“I am highly honored to be considered by you for appointment as Secretary of State. I am fully confident that I can serve our country ably and effectively in that role. However, if nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly–to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities…Therefore, I respectfully request that you no longer consider my candidacy at this time,” Rice wrote in a letter to Barack Obama.
Obama responded in a statement that said: “I deeply regret the unfair and misleading attacks on Susan Rice in recent weeks [but] her decision demonstrates the strength of her character, and an admirable commitment to rise above the politics of the moment to put our national interests first,” after news broke of Rice’s name withdrawal.
Almost three weeks ago, Newscast Media wrote an article explaining in detail why it would be a strategic mistake to appoint Susan Rice for the position.
The article may have been a little harsh about why Senator John Kerry would be more preferable over Susan Rice, but four days later, even Hillary Clinton agreed that she too preferred Senator Kerry as a replacement for the position.
This also frees up Senate Democrats who are up for re-election who felt Rice had some baggage that may have rubbed voters the wrong way in the 2014 mid-terms.
Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.—The chance that Susan Rice will become the next U.S. Secretary of State is high, but the decision will be counterproductive in regard to U.S. foreign relations in the Middle East. Why Barack Obama would choose someone like Rice is baffling for reasons I will elucidate in this article. Of all the choices that the Democrats have for the position Sen. John Kerry is perhaps the most
suitable person for such an undertaking, given the strained US-Arab relations in the Middle East.
Susan Rice is unsuitable for the position, not because she is unqualified, but because of the cultural dynamics in the geopolitical region (Middle East), that the U.S. is attempting to stabilize. This might sound like a harsh reality to Americans, but the cultural reason in the Middle East that works against Susan Rice if she gets the position, is because she is a woman.
My Arab friends who read my articles on a regular basis will agree with me on this one. This is simply part of a religious and cultural belief in that particular region. In Islam, women are viewed differently than men. Islamic law even forbids men to shake hands with non-related women, that’s why Egypt’s Mohammed Morsi will not shake hands with Hillary Clinton—at least not in public.
Obama is fully aware of the Islamic Sharia teaching that says: “It’s not permissible for a man to touch the face or hand of a non-mahram woman (non-relative woman), and it is not permissible for him to put his hand on hers without a barrier.” —Muhammad ibn Ahmad (‘Ulaysh)
In fact, when Kate Middleton, the wife of Prince William was congratulating athletes upon winning medals at the Olympics, male athletes from Islamic countries that abide by strict Islamic law refused to shake her hand. A spokesperson from St. James Palace then issued the following statement: “Many male athletes from Islamic countries do not shake hands in public with women they are not related for cultural and religious reasons…” as reported by the New York Daily News.
Not all Muslims though observe that law. For instance, Erdogon of Turkey, Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, Muammar Gaddafi, King Abdullah of Jordan, Bashar Assad of Syria, Muhamood Abbas of Palestine, and a few more, aren’t as regimented and have been photographed shaking hands publicly with women they are not related to, and are considered to be moderate Muslims.
If the U.S. were trying to create stability in regions like Europe, Asia, South America or sub-Saharan Africa, Susan Rice’s secretaryship would suffice. However, the war is in a region tainted with radical Islamist elements, most of whom are on the State Department’s list of terrorists. For this reason, a man would be more suitable to negotiate the “laying down of arms” and peace treaties within such a geopolitical
region, and John Kerry has the experience and dynamism to do just that. Rice seems to be cold and very calculating, while John Kerry is warm, engaging an likable. Below is a raw video I recorded that captures Kerry’s dynamism.
In this brief raw unedited video, I captured John Kerry interacting with the crowd as he exudes
warmth, a dynamic personality and a sense of awareness of his surroundings.
—Raw video by Joseph Earnest
If Barack Obama is serious about creating meaningful and lasting change in the Middle East he should pick someone like John Kerry or even Johnny Carson who did an excellent job in sub-Saharan Africa. He picked Hillary Clinton in part, to continue the pattern set by Bill Clinton who chose Madeline Albright in 1997, followed by George W. Bush who chose Condoleeza Rice, then in his first term Obama chose Hillary Clinton.
Sun Tzu, one of the world’s greatest war tacticians said: “A true warrior is supposed to behave like the snake of Mt. ChUng…If you strike it on the head, the tail will attack you. If you strike it on its tail, the head will attack you…and if you strike it in the middle, both head and tail will attack you.” Sun Tzu The Art of War (page 54).
Isn’t it time to change our tactics in the Middle East and have a man-to-man talk with radical Islamist elements that are creating instability?
Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.—As Senator Dianne Feinstein continues her investigation on the murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens, liberals are pushing the narrative that Republicans are waging a war on women, because Senator John McCain believes Susan Rice gave misleading and conflicting statements about the death of Chris Stevens.
The victim card was first played by Obama who said last week, “If Senator McCain and Senator Graham want to go after somebody, they should go after me. But to go after the UN Ambassador who had nothing to do with Benghazi?”
Having set the stage, Black liberal women followed in Obama’s footsteps, with Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis leading the pack who said, “To batter this woman because they don’t feel they have the ability to batter President Obama is something we the women are not going to stand by and watch. Their feckless and reckless speculation is unworthy of their offices as senators.”
“It is a shame that anytime something goes wrong, they pick on women and minorities,” Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, the next chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, told journalists at a news conference on Capitol Hill. On Monday USA Today wrote an article asserting:
“While the two Republican senators might prevail in keeping Rice from becoming secretary of State — either by forestalling her nomination or blocking a Senate confirmation vote — their opposition to her almost certainly will be seen by many others as proof of a GOP war on women. And that will cost Republicans dearly at the polls. A dozen female members of the House of Representatives drove home that point when they held a news conference to accuse McCain and Graham of being sexist and racist in their attack on Rice, who is black.”
To refresh the memory of liberals who are playing the sexist and race card, where were they in 2005 when Condoleeza Rice’s reputation was being impugned by liberals over a war in Iraq she had nothing to do with? Why did Democrats fight so hard to block the first Black female Secretary of State if they themselves weren’t sexist? Does the war on women only pertain to liberal women, but not conservatives?
In a CNN article dated January 5, 2005 Senator Barbara Boxer and Dick Durbin opposed her with Durban saying, “Dr. Condoleezza Rice was in the room, at the table, when decisions were made, and she has to accept responsibility for what she said.”
The war on women is a myth invented by liberals. The underlying theme on this imaginary war always has to with sexual connotations, which is evident from the attacks made on women like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. Watch below:
Video courtesy SHEPAC
Until liberals start speaking up for the women in places like the Middle East, and Asia who experience antagonism, they will always be viewed as hypocrites who care nothing about women, but are agitators and button-pushers who accuse anyone who opposes them of being anti-Obama, racist or sexist.