Saturday, December 20, 2014

Night Watch

North Korea-US: Special comment. After the Korean War, as conditions settled in South and North Korea, the North persisted in sending infiltrators into Seoul to destabilize the government. One of the most often reported tactics was to attack a movie theater. North Korean infiltrators regularly attended the movie theaters in Seoul to roll hand grenades in the aisles to kill as many people as possible. Attacks in theaters occurred weekly at times in the late 1950s.

United Nations-North Korea:Update. Member countries of the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday passed a resolution authorizing the Security Council to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity, as alleged in a UN inquiry report released in February.

There were 116 votes in favor of the resolution, with 20 against and 53 abstentions. The resolution, which was drafted by the European Union and Japan, was approved last month by the 193-member assembly's Third Committee, which deals with human rights.

Comment: Every year the General Assembly votes on resolutions that criticize North Korea, Iran and Syria for their lack of respect of human rights. This is one of the few times that the General Assembly has referred a member to the ICC. It might represent a major step forward in the maturity of the organization because the allegations against North Korea are not new. North Korean disrespect for human dignity is longstanding, systemic and pervasive, including prison camps, systematic torture, starvation and killings comparable to Nazi-era atrocities.

The only mitigating factor is that living conditions for people who are not members of the Korean Workers' Party or the Korean People's Army are not much better than those for people in the political prisons. North Korea remains and is proud of being the last Stalinist state.

What seems to offend the majority of the General Assembly is that the atrocities of the North Korean regime originate with the Kim family itself and are institutionalized throughout the government and party systems.

One commentator observed that the vote is largely symbolic and non-binding. That comment minimizes the significance of a vote by an overwhelming majority of the members of the United Nations that North Korea stands alone as the country whose government abuses its people more than any other on the planet.

This is the inheritance of Kim Jong Un. The tragedy is that this western educated leader had an opportunity to change the system, but has proven too weak.

Obama to Castro: “Here I Come to Save the Day!”

Humberto Fontova / Townhall Columnist

Did you notice the timing of President Obama’s economic lifeline to Castro as announced on December 17th under the guise of “changing our relations” with the people (emphasis mine) of Cuba?”

No? But you have noticed the price at the gas pumps, right? These two items are closely related ….Oh and by the way, every atom of evidence shows that the actual people of Cuba actually want U.S. sanctions against the Stalinist regime that tortures them tightened. So perhaps President Obama should stop insulting the intelligence of Cuba-watchers by claiming to speak and act on their behalf. Here’s their reaction to this week’s early Christmas gift from Obama to the Stalinist dictator who tortures them:

"Sadly, President Obama made the wrong decision. The freedom and democracy of the Cuban people will not be achieved through these benefits that he's giving -- not to the Cuban people -- but to the Cuban government. The Cuban government will only take advantage to strengthen its repressive machinery, to repress civil society, its people and remain in power." (Berta Soler, leader of The Ladies in White, Cuba’s biggest dissident group.)

“[Alan Gross] was not arrested for what he did, but for what could be gained from his arrest. He was simply bait and they were aware of it from the beginning... Castroism has won,” (Yoani Sanchez, Cuba’s most internationally famous dissident.)

"I feel as though I have been abandoned on the battlefield."  (Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, former Cuban political prisoner awarded the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bush.)

The list of back-stabbed and outraged Cuban dissidents is much, much longer.

Harvard Removes Labels From Israeli SodaStream Machines To Avoid Offending Muslims

 Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs

Western authorities continue to pander to “Palestinian” jihad savages, apparently thinking that the jihad won’t come to them. But it will — even to Harvard. Our universities are increasingly centers for leftist and Islamic supremacist propaganda and indoctrination (including Islamic Jew-hatred), not centers of higher learning.

Nazi sign on Jewish shopThe Germans labeled Jewish businesses. Harvard takes off the labels. The intent is the same in both cases: to stigmatize the Jewish business, and the Jews. Harvard and the Nazis agree: there is something wrong with patronizing Jewish businesses.

“At Harvard, Water Machines Disappear Over ‘Microaggressions,’” Daily Caller, December 18, 2014:
Harvard University’s dining service...
     

Obama: Against the freedom of speech before he was for it

Obama-Finger“The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” So said Barack Obama at the UN on September 25, 2012. Why did he say this? Because he was blaming a video about Muhammad for the murderous jihad attacks on September 11, 2012 in Benghazi. In that same speech, he called the video “crude and disgusting” and said: “I know there are some who ask why we don’t just ban such a video. And the answer is enshrined in our laws: Our Constitution protects the right to practice free speech.”

Yet this was just empty verbiage. Before he made that speech, the Obama White House asked Google to remove the Muhammad video from YouTube. Google refused on free speech grounds, although it later a court ordered the video removed.

In those days, Obama never warned anyone “not [to] get into a pattern in which you’re intimidated by these kinds of criminal attacks.”

But now the free speech case doesn’t have to do with outraged Muslims, and Obama is suddenly a champion of free expression. This isn’t about endangering people, either: the North Koreans are just as capable of going on a bloody rampage as Islamic jihadists are. For whatever reason, Obama shows a strange solicitude for the sensibilities of Muslims that he doesn’t appear interested in offering to the North Koreans.

“Obama: Sony ‘did the wrong thing’ when it pulled movie,” by Elizabeth Weise, Kevin Johnson and Andrea Mandell, USA Today, December 19, 2014:
WASHINGTON – Sony did the wrong thing when it backed down and pulled The Interview in the face of North Korean hacker threats, President Obama said at his new conference Friday.
“I wish they had spoken to me first,” he said. “I would have told them do not get into a pattern in which you’re intimidated by these kinds of criminal attacks.”
But on the heels of Obama’s pointed comments, Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton gave his first television interview to CNN. “We have not caved. We have not given in. We have persevered,” he told Fareed Zakaria….
Likely Next Steps: Obama Off to Cuba, Castro Visits US
By Melissa Clyne / NEWSMAX

Just a day after his stunning announcement that the United States will re-establish a diplomatic relationship with Cuba — including opening an embassy in Havana —  President Barack Obama is weighing a trip to the island nation or hosting a visit from its communist leader, Raul Castro.

"I don’t have any current plans, but let’s see how things evolve," Obama told ABC "World News Tonight" anchor David Muir.

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Time reports that Secretary of State John Kerry is already planning a trip there, according to a statement issued Thursday in which he said: "I look forward to being the first Secretary of State in 60 years to visit Cuba."

Earlier Thursday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the president was not "ruling out" a visit to Cuba, with Earnest adding that there could be "important national security reasons for the president to travel to other countries that have what we would describe at best as checkered human rights records."

Earnest noted that the president has visited both Burma and Beijing.

"It is not unprecedented for us to go places and interact with countries with whom we have a very fundamental difference of opinion about that country’s treatment of their citizens," Earnest said.

"A day after we were in Beijing, we traveled to Burma — again, a country that does not have a stellar record when it comes to respecting basic human and political rights. But we engage those countries and we engage the leadership of those countries, and we do so for a variety of reasons.

"Sometimes, and often, it serves our national security interests to do so, but also because it’s consistent with the President’s view that by engaging with the leaders of these countries and by engaging with the people of these countries, we can facilitate more respect for basic human rights."

And "the president has had the leaders of both Burma and China to the United States," Earnest said. "And for that reason, I wouldn't rule out a visit from President Castro."

Earnest also noted that the natural beauty of Cuba might entice the president to make a trip there.

"Like many Americans, (Obama) has seen that Cuba is a place where they have a beautiful climate and a lot of fun things to do, so, if there's an opportunity for the president to visit, I'm sure he wouldn't turn it down," Earnest said.

The Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Roberta Jacobson, said that human rights were not a "direct conditionality" of the United States' decision to restore diplomacy with Cuba, according to NPR.

No sitting president has visited Cuba since Calvin Coolidge in 1928, according to ABC News, citing the American Presidency Project at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

White House Slams Rubio Over His Attacks on Cuba Deal
By Todd Beamon / NEWSMAX

The White House on Thursday hit back against Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's harsh attacks on President Barack Obama's plans to normalize relations with Cuba, saying he should back the deal because he supported the confirmation of an ambassador to China earlier this year.

"One of the leading proponents of this strategy of shutting off funding for the construction of this embassy and appointing an ambassador to Cuba is Sen.Rubio, of course," White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at a daily news briefing.

Earnest was responding to a reporter's question about whether a new embassy would be needed in Havana, since American diplomatic personnel currently work out of the U.S. Interests Section housed in the former U.S. Embassy on the Malecón.

The spokesman was not asked about Rubio or his criticism of the deal Obama announced on Wednesday.

Citing Rubio's statements from the confirmation hearing of former Democratic Sen. Max Baucus as Beijing ambassador in January, Earnest hinted that those comments conflicted with his statements on Wednesday about Havana.

China has long been under attack for its human-rights abuses. Baucus was confirmed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, of which Rubio is a member.

"In thinking about this," Earnest continued, "it occurs to me that it seems odd Sen. Rubio would be reluctant and, in fact, actively seeking to block the appointment of an ambassador to Cuba when earlier this year he voted to confirm the ambassador to China that the president nominated."

He then added parenthetically that Baucus was Rubio's "former colleague," who was "doing an excellent job of representing the United States in China.

"The other thing I noticed that, in the context of those hearings, Sen. Rubio said something that this administration wholeheartedly agrees with," Earnest said. "Let me read it to you."
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WASHINGTON - Barack Obama continues to embrace low-tier, go-it-alone, executive actions to pad out the last two years of his mistake-filled, agenda-less presidency in a hopeless hunt for a legacy.

His arrogant decision this week to reestablish diplomatic relations with Communist Cuba is the latest example of a president desperately searching for something do without having to deal with Congress.

You can comb through all of the polling data for the top most concerns of the American people, and renewing U.S. relations with Cuba's evil Castro dictatorship is not among them.

But with his job approval polls in the basement, and his beaten party toppled from power on Capitol Hill, Obama's frantically looking for anything to turn his failed presidency around. So he went on nationwide television Wednesday to announce his latest diplomatic gambit, to remind us that he's still president.

National television? For a shameful give-away deal with an aging tin pot dictator in the Caribbean who got almost everything he demanded and conceded nothing in return?

Maybe someone in the White House suggested that this would be compared to Nixon's opening to China. It wasn't.

His actions drew fierce, bipartisan criticism from Capitol Hill for making deep unilateral concessions without getting much in return. And it stoked the political fires in Florida, a pivotal electoral prize in the presidential elections, where Cubans account for a large share of the vote and remain strongly opposed to relaxing relations with Raul Castro and his revolutionary henchmen.

The administration won the freedom of Alan Gross, a former U.S. Agency for International Development contract worker who has been imprisoned for five years by the Cubans. But in return Obama freed several convicted Cuban spies.

This will go down in Obama history as another naive attempt at diplomacy by a president who believes he can deal with Communists, even if he gets little or nothing in return.

Remember when Obama came into office expecting to "reset" relations with Vladimir Putin and his Kremlin thugs, only to watch them seize the Crimea Peninsula and send troops into Eastern Ukraine where they remain to this day.

Oh, woe is she. In an "exclusive" interview with People magazine this week, first lady Michelle Obama lamented the "sting" of "racist experiences" that she and her husband allegedly still suffer. My message for America's Marie Antoinette? Cry me a river.

To show how she's down with The Struggle of post-Ferguson agitators, Mrs. Obama cited a supposedly horrifying incident at a Target store where she was treated, in her paranoid mind, as a subservient. "Even as the first lady," she bemoaned, "not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf."

A lowly peon asked her for an innocent favor? It's Jim Crow all over again! ABC News reports that Mrs. Obama said such "incidents are 'the regular course of life' for African-Americans and a 'challenge' for the country to overcome."

Newsflash: Oh, deep in my heart, I do believe that it is part of the "regular course of life" of tall people of all colors (Mrs. Obama is 5-foot-11) to be prevailed upon to reach high on behalf of those of us who are vertically challenged. These are not odious "incidents" of racism between slaves and masters. They're matters of common courtesy between equals.

So overcome your ridiculously hypersensitive, privileged self and deal with it, girl! (And now don't get all hot and bothered about the "girl" thing. Sheesh.)

US troops repel Islamic State (ISIS) attack on Iraqi base

Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs

100 US troops beat back these savages. If Obama hadn’t rushed to remove our troops from Iraq without any plan or realistic assessment of what was likely to happen when they left, the savages wouldn’t control any territory there at all.

US_troops_1432917c“American troops battle ISIS for first time as they see off attempted attack by militants on Iraqi base,” by Corey Charlton, MailOnline, December 18, 2014:
A number of militants have been killed in Islamic State’s very first battle with U.S. ground troops after the extremists attempted to overrun an Iraqi military base.
The militants attacked Ein al-Asad military base on Sunday where more than 100 U.S. military support troops are based.
Despite launching the surprise...