Tuesday, March 4, 2014

IS THE DAM ABOUT TO BREAK?

Concerning Israel President Obama frequently intones that an "unbreakable bond" exists between Israel and the U.S. However his interview with Jeffrey Goldberg just prior to the arrival of Benjamin Netanyahu to meet with President Obama yesterday (March 3), would indicate otherwise.

Obama to Israel -- Time Is Running Out

The purpose of the interview appears to be "pressure" from President Obama to Benjamin Netanyahu to accept the Obama-Kerry "framework," which includes conceding the West Bank to the Palestinians. Several commentators writing for various news outlets appear "taken aback" by the combative tone that President Obama took towards Israel and Benjamin Netanyahu in the interview. Here are some examples.

Leo Rennert uses some interesting wording:

Or was this a case where Obama just wanted to flex his muscles and teach Bibi a lesson, with the aim of creating a deep rift within Israel’s political landscape?

Obama paints Bibi as obstacle to peace, lauds Abbas

YNet News notes that President Obama took a contentious tone concerning the West Bank.

Obama's message for Netanyahu: Israel faces bleak future should talks fail

Elliott Abrams described Obama's interview with Goldberg as "scary."

If He Believes It, It Must Be So

David Horowitz called the interview a "bombshell."

The timing could not have been any more deliberate — an assault on the prime minister’s policies delivered precisely as Netanyahu was flying in to meet with him, and on the first day, too, of the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC’s annual tour de force conference across town.

At the very least, that might be considered bad manners, poor diplomatic protocol, a resounding preemptive slap in the face: I’ve just told the world you’re leading your country to wrack and ruin, Mr. Prime Minister. Now, what was it you wanted to talk to me about? (emphasis mine)

For Netanyahu, a bombshell battering by Obama

Reuters' headline about the interview is quite interesting.

Obama warns of 'fallout' for Israel if peace effort fails

Daniel at Prayers for the People has written his observations about the press briefing held after the two men met for three hours in the Oval Office. Daniel notes that the first question from a reporter was not about the peace process or the Obama-Kerry "framework," even Iran, but did President Obama intend to do anything about Russia's invasion of Ukraine? President Obama's answer about Russia couldn't help but be very telling to Mr. Netanyahu, for Obama's answer spoke volumes about how he would probably react to an act of aggression from Iran against Israel, which would be essentially nothing.

Bibi's Day of Confirmation

Let's look at something interesting about Goldberg's interview and an event that was published the NEXT DAY.  Something we often look for here on this blog are events that happen within 24-48 hours after a President of the United States comes up against Israel.

The interview was published Sunday, March 2nd. Goldberg opens his article by noting that his interview with President Obama was conducted for one hour in the Oval Office on Thursday, February 27th.

On March 1, I bookmarked this article from Daily Mail Online. At that time I was unaware of the Goldberg interview on the 27th. I thought it interesting because the dam is on the COLUMBIA RIVER (Columbia = America) in WASHINGTON STATE (Washington State named for President George Washington, as is Washington, D.C.).

Sixty-five-foot CRACK is discovered in Washington dam amid safety fears

On March 2nd, ENE News reported that the Seattle Times reported on FEBRUARY 28th, that a MASSIVE crack was found in Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River in Washington State.

An engineer noticed and reported a "bowing" in Wanapum Dam. Divers were dispatched to inspect the dam and found a 65-foot long crack, approximately 2 inches wide, about 70 feet below water. The dam is "just downstream from where Interstate 90 crosses the river."

Let's look at the concerns ENE News is noting (emphasis mine):

Seattle Times, Feb. 28, 2014 (emphasis added): ‘Serious problem’: 65-foot crack found in Columbia River dam — A massive crack in a major Columbia River dam poses enough of a risk of dam failure that Grant County authorities have activated an emergency-response plan. [...] “At this point we already know there’s a serious problem,” said Thomas Stredwick, spokesman for the Grant County Public Utility District (PUD). “We want to make sure the spillway is stable enough that inspectors are safe when inspecting it. [...] This is a situation that’s really changing as more information becomes available” [...]

Seattle Times, Feb. 28, 2014: There’s no immediate threat to public safety from the crack in the Wanapum Dam [...] Stredwick said [...] officials analyzed the divers’ data and decided Friday that the failure risk was sufficiently high that they should notify other government agencies [...]

Columbia Basin Herald, Mar. 1, 2014: [T]his large of a crack has never been found on a Grant PUD dam. [...] engineers noticed something unusual on the water level [...] the crack, which spans the entire length of the dam, had formed about 70 feet under water.

Oregon Public Radio: Worst-case scenario is if the spillway was to topple. But Stredwick thinks other sections of the dam would hold on and downstream communities should be safe.

NBC News, Mar. 1, 2014: [NOAA's] National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for Grant County through the weekend as the water is drawn down because “the potential exists for a rapid increase in flows from Wanapum Dam.”

Eugene Weekly, Nov. 27, 2013: Dam failure was also examined, [David Swank, assistant VP at Columbia Generating Station] says, using flood maps provided by the Army Corps of Engineers [...] “Flood level would not get to the plant,” Swank says, providing nothing has changed in the 30 years since the mapping was done. [...] “It’s always tough to say with certainly that a facility is 100 percent prepared for an unknown disaster,” says Geoff Tyree of the Department of Energy. He says the DOE has looked at the possibility of the worst-case scenario where the Grand Coulee Dam partially fails on the Columbia River. He says that flooding could result in the release of radioactive material from portions of Hanford into the water, but he says that same water would dilute the radiation to a very low level off site [...]

COLUMBIA GENERATING STATION FINAL SAFETY ANALYSIS REPORT (pdf), Dec. 2011: Grand Coulee Dam is ~250 river miles upstream from the CGS nuclear reactor, while the Wanapum Dam is ~60 river miles from the reactor and ~30 river miles from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

Emergency plan activated after ‘massive’ crack found in dam near nuclear site — Official: ‘Serious problem’; Failure risk ‘sufficiently high’ — NOAA: “Potential for rapid increase in flows” — Gov’t: Flooding could release radioactive waste from Hanford (VIDEO)



As we can see, the decision was made FRIDAY, FEB 28th, that the crack in the dam was severe enough that authorities decided to notify appropriate government agencies.

Those "appropriate government agencies" are reassuring the public that they do not believe the dam will fail, nor if it does, that the entire dam would go and that the two nuclear reactors sitting downstream would be affected, although if they were the water would probably sufficiently dilute any radioactivity released.

Take from that what you want.

Interstate 90 runs from Seattle, Washington, thru Chicago, then on to Boston, Massachusetts. Chicago is the political home state of President Obama, and Boston is the home of Secretary of State John Kerry.



The number "90" is a multiple of "9" and "10." E. W. Bullinger notes that the number 9 is associated with JUDGMENT, and SODOM, and SIEGES AGAINST JERUSALEM. The number 10 used as a multiplier indicates increased intensity.

As President Obama (Columbia, Washington, D.C.) comes up against Israel in an interview on February 27th in an interview that is described by various writers as "contentious," "scary," and "battering," and President Obama even "threatening" "fallout" if Israel does not concede the West Bank to the Palestinians, an "intense" situation was identified the next day on February 28th, when a 65-foot long crack was found 70 feet underwater on a dam on the COLUMBIA River on the WEST BANK of AMERICA, in WASHINGTON STATE, and is "threatening" to fail and possibly affect one or two nuclear reactors.

If this dam is a type and shadow of the relationship and views this President has with the nation of Israel and her leadership, then like the dam, the Goldberg interview indicates there is a deep crack that has formed out of sight (underwater) but noticeable enough to affect the structure (bowing) that should it give, could affect much in the aftermath (wrack and ruin).

*Wanapum -- "wana" means "river," and "pum" means "people."