The United States is leading what it described as the “largest military exercises in the Middle East in 10 years” in Jordan – which started yesterday.
Eager Lion 2012 “is the largest exercise held in the region in the past ten years,” Major General Ken Tovo, head of the US Special Operations Forces, told reporters in Amman.
“Yesterday we began to apply the skills that we have developed over the last weeks in an irregular warfare scenario … They will last for approximately the coming two weeks,” he added.
“The message that I want to send through this exercise is that we have developed the right partners throughout the region and across the world … insuring that we have the ability to … meet challenges that are coming to our nations,” Tovo said.
Over 12,000 soldiers are taking part in the war games, representing 19 countries, including Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Pakistan, Qatar, Britain, France, Italy, Spain and Australia.
Jordanian army operations and training chief Major General Awni Adwan said the military exercise “has been in the planning phase for the past three years.”
“No forces will be deployed north … the exercise is not connected to any real world event,” Adwan said when asked if the war games were related to the ongoing violence in Jordan’s northern neighbor Syria.
“This has nothing to do with Syria. We respect the sovereignty of Syria. There is no tension between the Syrians and us. Our objectives are clear,” Adwan said.
Israel – despite having extensive security agreements with Jordan – was not invited to participate in the exercises. Several Arab nations participating in the drill are still formally at war with the Jewish state.
Washington has granted Amman $2.4 billion in military and economic aid in the past five years, according to official figures. source – Israel National News
Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday vowed that the House will not wait until after November elections to find a way to avoid a year-end “fiscal cliff” – and that House Republicans will, again, refuse to raise the national debt limit, unless Congress offsets the hike with spending cuts. Democrats immediately charged that John Boehner’s renewed call for spending cuts as a condition to raise the debt ceiling is ‘dangerous,’ recalling the standoff last summer that drove consumer confidence – and Congress’s approval rating – sharply down. Now where have we heard all of this before?
Figures show at least 437,000 people donated to the Obama campaign and Democrats in April with 169,000 first time donors – for a total of more than $43 million in April. 98% of the donations the campaign received in April were less than $250, and the average donation was $50.
Yet – Our President Fundraised with Venture Capitalists the same day as attacking Romney as a Capitalist:
Well, this is interesting,
From The Western Center for Journalism in a piece entitled, “Spanish Company Will ‘Count’ American Votes Overseas In November,’ they state the following in this excerpt:
“When the Spanish online voting company SCYTL bought the largest vote processing corporation in the United States, it also acquired the means of manufacturing the outcome of the 2012 election. For SOE, the Tampa based corporation purchased by SCYTL in January, supplies the election software which records, counts, and reports the votes of Americans in 26 states–900 total jurisdictions–across the nation. …” Find the rest of the article @ http://www.westernjournalism.com/spanish-company-will-count-american-votes-overseas-in-november/
It just so happens that George Soros is closely associated w/one of Obama’s biggest contributors who, himself, is involved with SCYTL, the company that is going to count the votes!!
“Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.” — Joseph Stalin
Just imagine if you lived here – this makes no sense:
Historic Tombstone, Ariz., long has been known as the “Town Too Tough To Die,” but that was before it encountered the Obama administration, which has refused permission for the town to repair the water system in the nearby Huachuca Mountains from which it has drawn H2O for more than a century.
That means the town is living on only a fraction of the water supplies to which it is accustomed, drawing only from several wells, some of which are poisoned by arsenic, town representatives say.
The mountain collection system was destroyed when a forest fire ravaged the hilltops last year and then monsoon rains washed mud and boulders across the collector channels and pipelines.
Now, a federal judge has affirmed the Obama administration’s position, and the Goldwater Institute, working to protect the town’s rights, says it already has filed an emergency appeal of the decision.
“Requiring Tombstone to seek federal permits to repair its municipal water supply is like demanding a federal permit before the city can make repairs to a fire truck,” said Nick Dranias, Goldwater Institute director of constitutional studies and lead attorney in the case.
“Under the Tenth Amendment, the federal government has no power during a state of emergency to stop a local government from repairing its own municipal property, which is essential to providing safe drinking water and adequate fire protection,” he said.
The institute is coordinating the fight with the federal bureaucracy over the property rights Tombstone holds to 25 mountain spring heads and all of the water rising and flowing in two canyons in the Huachuca Mountains.
Bundled with those rights are access roads and pipeline rights of way.
The institute said: “Until last year, the U.S. Forest Service recognized and respected those rights, which date back to the days of Wyatt Earp. Today, the federal government denies they exist and refuses to allow Tombstone to restore more than three of its spring water catchments.”
The decision came from U.S. District Court Judge Frank Zapata, who refused the town’s emergency request to restore its Huachuca Mountain municipal water supply.
The institute explained that despite “the burial of water reservoirs and water lines under boulders the size of Volkswagens and as much as 12 feet of mud, the court denied Tombstone’s request to allow it to use mechanized and motorized equipment to restore its water system.”
“In denying the request, the court ruled that the town did not exhaust efforts to obtain federal permits to use the equipment despite nine months of continuous efforts by the town to secure the U.S. Forest Service’s cooperation. The court was not moved by a state of emergency declared specifically for Tombstone by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer,” the institute said.
Christina Sandefur, Goldwater Institute attorney and litigation team member, said Tombstone “is making a stand for state sovereignty, property rights and public health and safety against federal overreach.”
“We all have a stake in stopping the Forest Service from killing the ‘Town Too Tough To Die,’” she said.
Dranias said that if the federal government can deny Tombstone’s water rights, “then nobody can rely on their water rights.”
“Because water is the lifeblood of Western states, the federal government is threatening jobs and economic growth across the West, not just the lives and properties of Tombstone residents,” he said.
The organization recently explained that Tombstone is just one of many cases in which the federal government is trying to take over water rights. The institute said it’s part of a trend in Washington to remove public land and resources from the reach of the public.
“The Goldwater Institute is asking the court to recognize that state and local governments have sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to freely respond to natural disasters without being forced to cut through federal red tape, and also to enforce property rights enjoyed by both citizens and local governments on federal lands,” the organization’s report said.
The institute earlier documented the developing attack on Western states in a letter that contradicts longstanding federal practice by asserting a claim to water in arid Western states, such as Utah, Montana, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona that supersedes all other authorities, including decisions by state water courts.
“Federal water rights are entitled to a form of protection that is broader than what may be provided to similarly situated state law rights holders,” stated a letter from Julie Decker, the deputy state director in the U.S. Department of the Interior to the Arizona Department of Water Resources.
The letter was objecting to state plans to do a routine “Designation of Adequate Water Supply,” which reviews water resources, rights and uses when changes are proposed.
Decker’s letter said water is not “legally” available for some users who may want to develop property in the area, because “the expressed federal reserved water right created by Congress is senior to all junior water users who initiate uses after the date of the establishment of the reservation.”
Dranias, who holds the Clarence J. and Katherine P. Duncan Chair for Constitutional Government and is director of the Joseph and Dorothy Donnelly Moller Center for Constitutional Government at theGoldwater Institute, called it an “existential threat to the Western states.”
“Water is the lifeblood of the arid Western states. Development would not exist without pretty intensive development of scarce water. That is only possible with the incentives created by ownership,” he said.
Without assurances that water is available, there is no possibility that economic development can occur, he said. In fact, some states have provisions, such as in Colorado, saying a homeowner cannot occupy a building unless a water right is documented for the structure.
He said it was only a few decades back that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a New Mexico case that the federal government deferred to states on water rights. Now, however, the policy is being repudiated, threatening virtually every water user west of the Mississippi River.
Tombstone, which can document through federal letters its ownership of the rights back 130 years, is in a far superior position to most water users in the West. Dranias told of Arizona ranchers who own specific spring-fed water rights but only leased rights-of-way for pipelines.
The federal government is demanding as a condition for renewing the pipeline permits that ranchers cede to the federal government all water ownership and rights, he said.
The radical “green,” or ecological, element appears to be playing a role, Dranias noted.
As part of the litigation over Tombstone’s water, he said, emails to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from various activists cheered the fires and floods that destroyed Tombstone’s water supply system.
“Hooray, the water’s running free again,” he said the emails expressed.
The psychology and attitude of contemporary liberals, from Obama on down, is one of resentment, rigidity and arrogance. It’s not idealism at all. … These are not the actions, attitudes or strategies of people who truly have anything of substance to say. They’re not idealists, but simply nihilists. by Michael J. Hurd, Ph.D.
Dear Dr. Hurd,
You recently wrote:
“The people who command and expand our Big Government know this. They tend to be the educated elites. They tend to be the Ph.D.s and the intellectuals.”
I have wondered about this. Why are so many civilized, intelligent, well to do people so far to the left, particularly when it is ultimately against their own self-interest?
Their air of refinement and “compassion” lends an air of credibility, which can be quite convincing and alluring to those who do not think their ideas through carefully.
You mentioned control of education and the psyches of the masses through the teachings of the public schools as the motive, but outside of the president and his “leaders” I don’t think power is the goal of most lefties. There must be guilt, religion or ignorance driving their misguided ideas in the name of compassion.
I did a search on You Tube for Objectivism [Ayn Rand’s philosophy of capitalism, individualism and rationality] in my quest for knowledge and I came up with quite a few red-necked (religious) hicks who could barely string together a grammatically correct sentence touting Objectivism. This seems upside down and makes rationality a tough sell to intelligent, refined people, unfortunately.
Dr. Hurd replies:
Times change, and they eventually will. I can’t say when, but I can be sure they will. How can I be so sure?
First of all, being wrong can only sustain you for so long. The prevailing attitude in leftist circles is, “You’re not Republican, are you?!” Or, “You’re not a capitalist, are you?!” Ayn Rand is widely known, but not [yet] taken seriously by leftists, at least. But if you say you’re in favor of Ayn Rand, you’ll get the same, “What?! You don’t like her, do you?”
The non-leftist point of view suggests that this was inevitable. The liberal point of view suggests all we need is MORE Big Government, and things will start to get better. Sadly (to those of us who don’t agree), we are getting more Big Government. We have been getting huge, huge doses of Big Interventionist Government since the last year of Bush’s term in office. Bush was no proponent of little government, either, but Obama has massively expanded on Bush’s interventions. The Republican House of the last year can or will do nothing to stop it. They seem to have simply given up.
The presidential election won’t change much. Let’s face facts. Obama is probably going to win. He might or might not get a more Democratic Congress—that could go either way. Romney could win, but if he does, it won’t matter much. Once Romney is President, he’s going to be like John McCain has been his whole career. He’s going to care more about pleasing the leftist establishment, and convincing them he’s not all THAT conservative, than he’s going to care about the Tea Party. He really won’t need the Tea Party, even if the Tea Party strengthens its hold on Congress. He’s got the Republican nomination for next time, and he’ll do his best to be a two-term President, by trying to get the left on his side. It won’t work. Given how little pressure the conservative Republicans in Congress have put on Obama, it seems highly unlikely they will give a moderate or left-leaning Romney any more pressure.
The bigger point here is that one way or another, we’re going to keep getting more leftist policies. They’re not going to work. Anything short of four percent economic growth a year and five percent or less unemployment will not be the American economy we’re accustomed to. By fixing and lying about the numbers, Obama is actually convincing more Americans than not (at this moment) that things are getting better. They’re not. And imagine a Republican President who had nothing better to run on than 8 percent unemployment and barely 1 percent of economic growth per year. It would be a bigger blowout than Obama’s victory against John McCain last time around.
Liberalism and socialism are about to achieve their biggest failure since FDR’s inability (after three terms) to end the Great Depression. Roosevelt was rescued by the distraction of World War II, but in today’s world it’s hard to imagine what such a “rescue” for Obama would look like. In academia, there are going to be more and more young, new people coming on the scene, people who look at the evidence of their own lifetimes and think, “Maybe some of those limited government people have a point. Who are those Austrian economists, again, the ones who promote laissez-faire capitalism? Didn’t that one president, Ronald Reagan, make some good points? And what about Ayn Rand? She at least deserves a reading.”
Sooner or later, it’s going to happen. It has to happen. Human beings don’t ultimately want failure. Failure is not a good thing.
The intellect matters. Just as the brain and the mind are the most important part of an individual, so too with a culture. Religious conservatives are never going to be the ones to sell America, including sophisticated cultural elites, on capitalism and individual rights. Like you say, many of these people are semi-literate and can gain no serious standing anywhere. Even the ones who are more literate are finding that you cannot base liberty on supernaturalism. Freedom is something required by the rational intellect, not by a praying person more concerned with an afterlife than survival on earth. Once enough intellectuals make this connection, socialism will have the fight of its life in academia.
It’s not the tail that will set us on a new cultural (including political) course. It’s the brain; the mind. The intellectuals will have to change. The ones currently there will have to die off. It’s the next generation we’re counting on. They’re going to need a lot of good ideas to clean up the mess that their elders created. The only creative, innovative and rational ideas are to be found on the right.
This is the psychology of people who are sure they are right, and see no reason to question it. In other words, they’re no longer thinking. It’s also the psychology of people who, as individuals, are very frightened of being seen as different, or as out of the mainstream. Today’s liberalism IS conservative, in the deepest sense of that term: Unwilling to reconsider, think or change.
The psychology and attitude of contemporary liberals, from Obama on down, is one of resentment, rigidity and arrogance. It’s not idealism at all. The closest they get to idealism are the rotten bums stinking up the streets in the “Occupy” temper tantrums in cities across the country. These are not the actions, attitudes or strategies of people who truly have anything of substance to say. They’re not idealists, but simply nihilists. They’re not the movers and shakers who will ever do anything to change the world as we know it.
The real, and serious, intellectual activity is taking place on the right.
The times are changing because nothing can ever stand still. Even Obama will eventually go. No, I’m not saying things are moving to the “right” or to an Ayn Rand-like revolution. Most of the evidence at the moment suggests the opposite, if anything. In today’s climate, even with the sagging economy and fiscal disaster, it’s unlikely that even Ronald Reagan could win.
However, things are falling apart. And it’s happening on the socialist liberals’ watch. Everyone knows it because it’s simply self-evident.