Ralph Peters: “Obama’s Crawling Away From the Middle East Like a Crippled Hamster”

Ralph Peters had some choice words for the president in reaction to his surreal 60 Minutes interview that aired Sunday.

In case you missed it, Obama told CBS’s Steve Kroft that Putin’s incursions into Syria are a sign of weakness – not a sign of leadership.

Obama boasted that real leadership is pushing for a climate change treaty and brokering a nuke deal with Iran (that has already been violated.)

“He’s chasing unicorns,” Peters said. “The president refuses to understand Putin.” He added that Obama also doesn’t understand the Russians, warfare, and the Islamic State. “He lives in this little bubble of unreality,” he declared.

Peters took issue with Fox News foreign policy analyst KT McFarlane’s contention that Obama was “walking away from the Middle East.”

“Obama is crawling away from the Middle East like a …crippled hamster,” he corrected.

An aside: Here’s some interesting dish from former intel officer John Schindler on Twitter:


Saturday Movie Matinee: Obama’s “Kindergarten Version of Warfare”


Fox News Insider: Ralph Peters: The time for a no-fly zone in Syria has come and gone:

Peters said it’s now too late to declare a no-fly zone over Syria, unless the United States is prepared for a violent confrontation with Russia.

He said the U.S. military could “sweep the Russians out of the skies” if they were allowed by Obama, but at this point, the administration “has blown it.”

“Putin would immediately militarily challenge [a no-fly zone] and then we either have such strict rules of engagement that we lose aircraft or Obama simply backs down preemptively. I’m not advocating a military confrontation with Russia. … Putin is well on the way to enforcing his will,” said Peters.

He said that Obama’s airstrikes against ISIS made some difference, but likened them to a “kindergarten version of warfare where everyone gets a prize.”

“For Obama ‘win’ is a dirty word. For Putin, it’s all or nothing, there’s no compromise. There’s no ‘every child gets a prize.’ There’s a winner and there’s a loser.”

Peters noted that long ago, Obama was a community organizer and those communities in Chicago are a “mess right now.” He said Obama has tried to “organize the international community” with similarly bad results.

Fox News: US halts rebel training as Russia escalates Syria presence:

The Kelly File: Gen. Keane warns Putin starting proxy war with US:

SEE ALSO: NRO: Krauthammer’s Take: Robert Gates Delivered ‘Absolutely Devastating’ Takedown of Obama’s Foreign Policy

Special Report Lightening Round: Paul Ryan for Speaker?, Obama Visits Roseburg, Winners and Losers:

PJTV Trifecta: The Selfie Generation: Not the ‘Future’ We Wanted 30 Years Ago:

PJ Media: Hundreds Protest Obama’s Visit To Roseburg, Oregon (Video):

Colin Flaherty: Courageous conversations in Baltimore: Black mob violence in St. Paul:

SEE ALSO: Zombie, PJ Media: ‘Interrupting Whiteness’: National Education Conference to Blame White Teachers and Students for School Woes

MLB: 10/9/15: Zobrist caps rally, Royals even ALDS at 1:


The Council Has Spoken! – Our Watcher’s Council Results


The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

“One must remember that the Jews have one, tiny country, the only place they have the right and capability to defend themselves by themselves. And it is our duty and my responsibility to see that we will never compromise about that. – Ariel Sharon (Z”L)

Peace is purchased from strength. It’s not purchased from weakness or unilateral retreats. – Benyamin Netanyahu

“One fulfills his national duty voluntarily, as best as one can.” – PLO Spokesman and Executive Committee member Mahmoud Ismail on official PA TV, using the term ‘a national duty’ to describe the murder of Eitam and Naama Henkin (HY”D) in front of four of their children.

“” When we are in a position where – through no fault of our own – physical force dominates, only one question can be asked: what is worse? To continue watching Jews being killed and the conviction grows that our lives our cheap, and among the whole world that we are spineless?…the blackest of all characteristics is the tradition of the cheapness of Jewish blood, on the shedding of which there is no prohibition and for which you do not pay.” – Ze’ev Jabotinsky


This week’s winning essay,Joshuapundit’sTwo Speeches And Some Funerals. It is my reaction to recent events in Israel and in Jerusalem, and yes, their ultimate effect on America. Here’s a slice:

Anyone remotely following the news from Israel knows that some serious violence has broken out there. As usual, the media bends over backwards to paint this as a ‘cycle of violence’ for which both sides are responsible. This is an outrageous, Newspeak lie, and as I’ll show you, it has some serious implications for America,believe it or not.

Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority have long practiced a double game perfected by Abbas’s old chief, Yasser Arafat. The idea is to mouth platitudes in English while funding and encouraging genocide against Jews in Arabic in the PLO’s schools, mosques and media. And the current explosion of violence against Israel’s Jews is directly linked to this tactic.

Abbas’s recent speeches have literally involved marching orders to the Arabs whom call themselves Palestinians to violently attack Jews, primarily but not limited to Jerusalem.

Abbas was preparing the ground as long ago as September 17, just prior to the Jewish High Holy Days, saying: “Every drop of blood that has been spilled in Jerusalem is holy blood as long as it was for Allah. Every Martyr (Shahid) will reach Paradise, and everyone wounded will be rewarded, Allah willing.’ … We will not allow them to carry out their actions and divide the Al-Aqsa [Mosque], and stated: ‘The Al-Aqsa [Mosque] is ours, and they have no right to defile it with their filthy feet. We will not allow them to, and we will do everything in our power to protect Jerusalem.”

At the same time, the signals to attack Jews were amplified in th3e mosques, schools and media of ‘Palestine’ as they always are.

The Muslim Waqf which controls the al-Aksa mosque allowed the stockpiling of rocks, firebombs and iron bars on the mosque specifically to attack Jews worshiping at the Kotel(the Western Wall) below.

They deliberately sought to provoke a reaction from Israeli security forces.

In case you think mere rocks are no problem, I invite you to read this woman’s account of being assaulted by the brave ‘Palestinian’ warriors.

Other attacks were planned and carried out against Israelis without warning, with cars being particularly vulnerable because of their orange Israeli license plates.

One of the first to die was Alexander Levlovitz, who was murdered when his car was attacked in the neighborhood of Har Homa. His wife and baby were injured by shards of broken glass.

Alexander Levlovitz

One Israeli woman was actually pulled from her car after it was stoned and was only saved from assault and worse by Israeli passerbys who fired on the crowd.

Mahmoud Abbas’s recent speech in the UN has to be seen in the context of the terrorist attacks he and Fatah were and are encouraging.

In it, he talked of ‘a year of a new war of genocide perpetrated against the Palestinian people’ and ‘the historic injustice inflicted on the Palestinian people in Al-Nakba of 1948, the occupying Power has chosen to defy the entire world by launching its war on Gaza, by which its jets and tanks brutally assassinated lives and devastated the homes, schools and dreams of thousands of Palestinian children, women and men and in reality destroying the remaining hopes for peace.’

Actually, it’s the other way around. The real attempted genocide is being launched by the Arabs whom call themselves Palestinians against Israel’s Jews.

Abbas also said that the Palestinian Authority was no longer bound by Oslo or any other agreements it has signed with Israel. That was really no big news since they have never abided by the terms of Oslo anyway, and Selim Fayyad, the former PLO PM made it clear some time ago.

Under US law and the terms of the agreements, this should have resulted in a suspension of funding for ‘Palestine.’ Don’t hold your breath. Instead, the ‘Palestinian’ flag was raised at the UN for the first time, in spite of the fact that only member nations are supposed to be allowed to do so.Deceitful, which is how both Benyamin Netanyahu and virtually every Israeli figure of note referred to the speech hardly covers this tissue of lies.

The speech, by the way was attended by America’s UN ambassador and President Obama, neither of whom attended Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu’s subsequent speech on which more later. But it was obviously the signal for more terrorist attacks.

Eitam and Naama Henkin of Neria, who were murdered in a drive-by terror attack near Nablus on Thursday, October 1, 2015. (screen capture, Channel 2)

Eitam and Naama Henkin (HY”D) , were murdered in a drive by shooting by Arabs belonging to the al-Aksa Martyrs brigade, part of Fatah. They were killed in front of four of their children. According to investigators, Eitem used his last strength to open the car door and tell his four children aged aged 4 months, 4, 7 and 9 to flee and hide. That and the fact that the alarm had been raised is all that saved them. Eitam Henkin, by the way, was an America citizen, and our Secretary of State’s response was a pro forma condemnation and an urge for both sides to ‘reduce tension.’

One of the weapons involved was a U.S. M-16 provided for PLO ‘security forces.’

Thousands of Israelis attended their funeral…and a particularly poignant moment was when their nine-year old son recited kaddish for his parents, the Jewish prayer for the dead. The Henkins left six children to be raised by their grandparents.

Aside from throwing rocks and firebombs, another tactic being used is random stabbings. There have been multiple attacks of this sort.

One of the more serious ones involved the murder of Rabbi Nehemia Lavi, 41, and Aharon Banita, 21 (HY’D)and the stabbing and wounding of Mrs. Banita and her baby as Arab onlookers applauded, spat on them and kicked them.

Here’s how the BBC reported this attack:

The attacks have continued, without even a faux condemnation by the PLO or Abbas. And why not? This is exactly what they’ve encouraged and planned.

For more on the Obama Administration’s reaction, Netanyahu’s UN speech and the implications here at home for America, please go to the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Sultan Knish with Three Cheers for Terroristine submitted by The Independent Sentinel. When Sultan Knish gets going he has a way of geting to the heart of the matter few can match. A must read.

Here are this week’s full results. Only Don Surber was unable to vote, but was not affected by the usual 2/3 vote penalty:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!

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Our Weasel Of The Week!

Yes, once again, It’s time to present this week’s statuette of shame, The Golden Weasel!!

Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week’s nominees were particularly slimy and despicable, but the votes are in and we have our winner…the envelope please…


Puma By Design : My nominee for Weasel of the Week goes to Barack Hussein Obama who began politicizing the death of nine people killed at Umpqua Community College in Oregon last week before rigor mortis set in (no disrespected intended, just trying to make a point).

I suspect that Obama‘s speech last week was actually written months ago, locked away in a desk in the Oval Office along with a batch of executive orders on gun control that the White House claims is being prepared for Obama’s signature.

From Breitbart:

“It’s a high priority and will continue to be until we start to see more progress on this issue in this town,’ White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters today at the press briefing…
‘I can tell you that they’re not stumped, they’re continuing to review the law that’s on the books and continuing to consult with legal authorities but also others who may have ideas about what steps that can be taken to keep guns out of the hands of criminals,’ Earnest said…”

Obama’s been stewing like a petulant child since his 2013-failed attempt to overhaul the gun laws has been anxiously awaiting the perfect crisis to add another chapter to his legacy memoirs even though it means dancing on the graves of those killed by mentally unstable nut jobs nudged over the edge by several years of hateful conflict-ridden Marxist propaganda often espoused by Obama himself and his sock puppets in the mainstream media and streets of America.

Shakespeare had it right centuries ago. The fault is not in our stars but in ourselves in that we are underlings. And allow ourselves to be ruled in this fashion.

Well, there it is.

Check back next Tuesday to see who next week’s nominees for Weasel of the Week are!

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum, and remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

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Video’s Of The Day: Matt Drudge Speaks and More

Matt Drudge Visits the Alex Jones Show: Full Interview:

Yeah, I know – Alex Jones. This is a first for me – but when the reclusive “media kingpin” Matt Drudge speaks, it’s worth listening to.

 “She’s old and she’s sick,” the Drudge Report founder said in an interview with Alex Jones.
 Drudge slammed the media for propping up Clinton’s candidacy.
“She’s not a contender. They’re making her a contender with these propped up Saturday Night Live things. It’s like a head on a stick,” he said, chiding NBC for “giving her endless hours of airtime.”
 The media mogul cited Clinton’s hypothyroidism as cause for concern.
“Anybody who is 70 years old who is hypothyroid, you do not elect president, ladies and gentlemen,” he said.
Drudge also mentioned her “sex affairs” which he said is a big story no one is talking about and alluded to his “long history” with the Clintons:
“They’re ugly. They play dirty. They sued me for $30 million last time around,” he said. “Hillary Clinton with the NSA — good luck if you dissent. Snowden, I’ll switch places with you.”
It’s a long, free wheeling interview. I would skip the first few minutes, though because it’s just Alex Jones talking about how shocked he is that Drudge is in the studio.

Paul Joseph Watson: The Truth About the Migrant Crisis:

I guy Drudge mentioned in the interview with Alex Jones. I thought I’d check him out.

The Kelly File: Servers seized, new players uncovered in Clinton scandal:

PJ Media: Video: Donald Trump Is Like Your Annoying Drunk Neighbor:

This is funnier than hell. I posted it at PJ Media, too and the Trumpets are having a hissy fit in the comment section.

Jeff Sessions: Opening Statement On Refugee Hearing; Syria:

Special Report: ‘This is an embrace of government to GO AFTER the little guy’ – Stephen Hayes SLAMS Trump:

Rubio slams Trump over eminent domain:

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio criticized Donald Trump over his views on an aspect of property law.

Louder With Crowder: Trey Gowdy Goes Off on GOP Leadership – “Kevin, You’re Wrong…”


On Monday, the Obama administration announced that President Obama would veto a defense authorization bill if it did not close down Guantanamo Bay. White House press secretary Josh Earnest explained that the House funding bill would be vetoed “principally because…of the irresponsible way that it funds our national defense priorities, but also because of the efforts to prevent the closure [of] the prison at Guantanamo Bay.” He added that Democrats would sustain Obama’s veto, and defense authorization would die.

Obama’s strong stand on Gitmo underscores two vital points. First, President Obama does not fear defunding America’s national security. Second, Obama does not fear Republicans in Congress.

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has been authorized for five decades running. The current NDAA fully funds the military through a workaround measure, thanks to President Obama’s demands that a huge chunk of sequestration cuts come from defense funding. Now Democrats complain that the workaround measure isn’t good enough: Republicans should bust open the bank again.

But that’s not Obama’s main criticism of the NDAA. He has long had a bug in his ear with regard to Gitmo, which he feels has strengthened terrorists’ feelings about the evils of the United States. Given his recent moves to parlay with the Cuban dictatorship as well, Obama may want to hand Gitmo in totality back to the Cuban government. The fact that Obama would be willing to dramatically cut America’s military funding, even as Russia takes over Ukraine and Syria, as Iran gears up for a big regional military push, as China continues its aggressive behavior in the South China Sea, demonstrates Obama’s top priority is doing leftist work, not protecting the United States.

Rollcall Video is from a week ago:

Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – Jerusalem Under Assault Edition

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

This week, The Pirate’s Cove, The Federalist and Simply Jews earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (mandatory, but of course it won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have for you this week….

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

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