Wednesday, December 11, 2013


While Nelson Mandela should have been the center of his own memorial service yesterday, sadly, he was not.  It appears that it was President Obama who stole the show.

For instance, a lot of people took exception to President Obama snapping a “selfie” of himself with the PM of Denmark and the PM of Great Britain. It didn’t really seem the appropriate time to look like, as one news organization put it, “giggly teenagers.” Michelle didn’t like it either and looked quite unhappy while President Obama, on the other hand, looked quite happy that there are still people in this world who want to take a picture with him. For a man terribly saddened by the loss of his icon it appears that all the attention he was receiving helped him to recover from his loss rather quickly. He was all smiles!  At some point, Michelle appears to have broken up the love fest going on by placing herself between Obama and the blonde Danish. (Did she really just do that? Oh, yeah -- she did!)  Believe it or not, as we have pointed out on this blog here in recent weeks, Obama’s now infamous remark regarding his baby, Obamacare, was used to mock him yet once more.

“If you like your seat, you can’t keep it”

Obama caught snapping “selfie” at Mandela memorial

The other event that a lot of people took exception to was President Obama shaking the hand of Raul Castro, brother of dictator Fidel Castro of Cuba.

Daily Mail Online labeled their photo of the event with “Historic: The sight of Obama shaking hands with Cuban president Raul Castro was the most significant moment of the memorial.”

Obama rose to the occasion. But I can't help feeling this was a shambles - not the dignified tribute Mandela deserved

Sad, really. It really seems like the “most significant moment of the memorial” should have had something to do with Nelson Mandela.

Here is where a quite interesting juxtaposition of two events slamming hard together was seen on Capitol Hill.

Secretary of State John Kerry was addressing members of the House of Representatives in an attempt to ward off new sanctions against Iran.

In an interesting title to the article by Sara Carter of The Blaze, “John Kerry pleads with lawmakers not to put new sanctions on Iran,” Carter uses the word “pleads.”

To plead is usually associated with begging, or at least desperation, as opposed, for instance, to the word “asks.” This is something noted a few days ago when we noticed Kerry had dismissed Benjamin Netanyahu as “desperate” and “weak,” that Kerry might find himself in a “desperate” and/or “weak” position publicly. Now, only a few days later, Kerry is somewhat “desperate” before Congress, pleading for lawmakers to not place sanctions on Iran. His “desperate” and “weak” moments are probably not over.

During the hearing, Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who has been involved in laws sanctioning Iran, told Kerry the Iranian deal concocted by Obama and Kerry is “the ‘death knell’ of any future sanctions on Iran and a very real danger to Israel.”

John Kerry Pleads With Lawmakers Not to Put New Sanctions on Iran

Daily Mail Online’s article title is more telling, and even seems a little bit mocking.

Kerry won't offer 'any guarantees whatsoever' on Iran but insists 'we know what we're doing'

In the meantime, a recent Pew Research Center poll shows that overall Americans disapprove of the Obama-Iran deal.

The Saudis more than just “disapprove,” they are serving notice that they will not tolerate a nuclear Iran.

It was during the Congressional hearing on Iran that Ros-Lehtinen “backed” John Kerry into a corner, not over the deal or sanctions concerning Iran, but why on earth President Barack Obama was shaking “the bloody hand of a ruthless dictator” at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.

Several members of Congress expressed dismay that President Obama would, not only before 70+ world leaders but also before the entire world, shake hands with Raul Castro.

Mr. Secretary, sometimes a handshake is just a handshake, but when the leader of the free world shakes the bloody hand of a ruthless dictator like Raul Castro, it becomes a propaganda coup for the tyrant. Castro uses that hand to sign the orders to repress and jail democracy advocates,” the congresswoman lectured.

GOP Rep. Backs Kerry Into a Corner Over Obama Shaking the ‘Bloody Hand of a Ruthless Dictator Like Raul Castro’

Let’s understand the confluence of these two matters as this blog often looks at events that happen on the same day as the U.S. involves herself in either the peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians, or with Iran’s nuclear program.

The confluence of these two events didn’t just happen on the same day, they happened in the same Congressional hearing AND out of the mouth of the same representative, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida.

While addressing Iran’s nuclear program, it is also noted that President Obama was photographed HAPPILY shaking the “bloody hand” of a “ruthless dictator,” and Secretary Kerry was asked to give an account of this.

The Bible has several verses that address blood on one’s hands, and they all have to do with murder, and that was the exact point Ros-Letinen was making -- Raul Castro has blood on his hands because of the decrees he has signed, and President Obama had no problem firmly gripping that hand and with the authority of the White House, warmly greet a man who has caused many to die.

Raul is a name that comes from Ralph, which means “wolf.” Castro is a name that comes from a word meaning “castle,” or “fortress,” and even “dungeon” or “prison.”

Once more, we have President Obama and a connection to “prison.” He has photographed himself twice (at least that we know of) in a prison. Once in July at Goree Island, and then at the news of Nelson Mandela’s death, President Obama tweeted himself in Mandela’s prison cell on Robben Island, as though he were the prisoner. Now, he is photographed warmly greeting a man who’s name can mean “prison.”

In 1962, Cuba allowed Russia to place missiles on their tiny island nation just miles south of Florida. The act caused a nuclear stare-down between JFK and the Russians that brought us to the brink of a nightmare, but JFK’s actions are credited with causing the Russians to back off.

Now, in 2013, President Obama shakes the very hand of the brother of the dictator who once put the U.S. in the crosshairs of a nuclear attack, the VERY situation that Israel feels that they are in.

This moment should have served as a reminder to President Obama that the United States has in her own past had to face a nuclear confrontation, therefore, it was a moment to recognize the place the Israelis have found themselves in now as they face a nuclear confrontation with Iran. And Iran is even more determined now than the Russians were in 1962.

This was an incredible moment for President Obama to remember what our nation once faced and rather than use that moment to soberly reflect, he laughed and embraced it as though he believed Nelson Mandela would be honored, or touched even, by the gesture.

It does not seem without reason then that Rabbi Shmuley Boteach notes, before the Mandela service by the way, that “the pivotal shortcoming of [Obama’s] leadership and foreign policy is a failure to be reviled by evil."


Obama’s refusal to hate evil

What a terrible sign this is. It should even be called a sign of woe!

For President Obama, while a Congressional hearing on Iran's nuclear program is taking place, is simultaneously accused, in the same hearing, of welcoming a “wolf” who not only has “blood on his hands,” but whose own brother once put the United States in the very position the Israelis find themselves in now with Iran, in a nuclear confrontation, and President Obama firmly took that “bloody” hand of murder and welcomed it warmly.

These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. --Proverbs 6:16-19

And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. --Isaiah 1:15

Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. --Isaiah 59:1-3