Hope vs. reality

Explosive Mideast climate dampens Kerry's quixotic quest for peace

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Calling the Mideast a “powder keg” is to pervert the meaning of the term. “Powder keg,” after all, usually refers to an explosive situation that hasn’t yet exploded.

The term comes too late for the Mideast, some of which is already ablaze at the start of what looks to be a combustible summer. Syria is in ruin and spreading its ills, Iran is fueling the fires everywhere it can, and Egypt is a monster-sized pressure cooker threatening to explode.

The reality on the ground is quite a contrast to the hopeful headlines this week after the
latest round of diplomacy by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. News sites blared with words such as “progress” and “upbeat” and “optimism.”

Of course, in that neighborhood optimism is a slight chance of a new start to talks about peace – which is all Mr. Kerry comes bearing.

We wish him Godspeed, naturally. But we also must be realistic.

His tidings are of mere talk of talks, and on only one of the Mideast’s flashpoints, the so-called “Palestinian issue.” Granted, it’s the major flashpoint. But you know you’ve got problems when the most hopeful signs coming out of the Mideast revolve around the Palestinian issue – the most intractable, interminable, insidious problem in the most problematic place in the world.

“As anyone not named John Kerry could tell you, the conditions on the ground aren’t exactly optimal for achieving a lasting peace,” writes DailyCaller.com senior editor Jaime Weinstein.

Egypt is in near-chaos, with millions of Egyptians taking to the streets to demand the ouster of radical Muslim President Mohammed Morsi a year after his taking office.

Morsi, once head of the extremist Muslim Brotherhood faction in Eygpt, has lost control of the country. In fact, protesters saw it as a hopeful sign that the Egyptian army gave the government and the protesters two days to end the standoff; many Egyptians concluded from that that the army was on their side and might stage a coup to remove Morsi.

You can see why they think that:

“If the demands of the people are not met within this period,” the army said ominously – or promisingly – “it will be incumbent upon us to announce a road map for the future and oversee measures to implement it.”

We’ve never experienced a coup before, but that has all the earmarks of one.

Honestly, it might be the best thing anyway for Egypt and the U.S., particularly if it’s relatively bloodless. Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood minions are bad news. They wield radical Islam in one hand and a cudgel in the other. They’ve never heard the word “coexist,” and if they’re allowed to remain in power in Egypt, the future of Israel and the uneasy peace it’s enjoyed for decades with much of the Arab world would be in serious jeopardy.

The Obama administration has us on the wrong side in this dispute – if not officially, then certainly practically. The administration has been rewarding a most belligerent Morsi government with the fatted calf of American taxpayers’ dollars and some of the U.S.’s finest fighter aircraft.

The Obama coziness with Morsi has not gone unnoticed in Egypt, and has not improved U.S. standing with rank-and-file Egyptians.

“A large piece of opposition activists’ anger is being directed at the U.S. and its perceived support for Egypt’s ruling Islamists,” the Wall Street Journal reported last week. “A flurry of newspaper articles, talk shows and public statements over the past few weeks have singled out the U.S. for particular scorn while accusing America’s diplomatic mission in Cairo of acting as a sort of puppet master behind Mr. Morsi’s administration.”

How does an American administration get to the point where it’s seen as being on the radical Muslims’ side?

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t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 07/03/13 - 03:42 pm
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HA @ 3:23

"We need oil...and we have it. If only the liberals would let us use it instead of importing it."

Let me see, natural gas drilling contaminates some peoples' drinking water and, I assume you want to drill in Alaska for oil ! Maybe it is time to STOP being the world's biggest user !!

carcraft
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carcraft 07/03/13 - 03:53 pm
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Natural gas natural

Natural gas natural continates wells. I drilled a water well in Montana on the 1970's. we got water and natural gas.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 07/03/13 - 03:55 pm
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It isn't The 4th of July yet

Where are all of the debators ??

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 07/03/13 - 03:58 pm
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carcraft @ 3:53

"Natural gas natural continates wells. I drilled a water well in Montana on the 1970's. we got water and natural gas."

So was this water well considered contaminated ?

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 07/03/13 - 04:06 pm
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OOOKKK, me, myself, and I

Guess I will debate myself, then !

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 07/03/13 - 04:11 pm
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Quote from editorial

"The Obama administration has us on the wrong side in this dispute – if not officially, then certainly practically."

With the way things ARE SO VOLITIAL, it is difficult to know exactly which side to be on !

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 07/03/13 - 04:16 pm
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What exactly do they want ??!

If the rest of the world knew what these people want, then maybe the rest of the world would help them.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 07/03/13 - 04:19 pm
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Conservative view:

We should just drill for oil and natural gas ANYWHERE regardless of the environment !!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 07/03/13 - 04:23 pm
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Liberals' view:

The possible harm to the environment MUST be the main concern ! Without the environment, THERE IS NO LIFE, therefore no need for fuel.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 07/03/13 - 04:30 pm
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No body to debate

Guess I'll go, now. Maybe tomorrow.

deestafford
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deestafford 07/03/13 - 05:12 pm
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I think the chickens of obama's apology speech he made

right after he became president are coming home to roost. If you recall obama insisted that the Muslim Brotherhood be in the audience for his Cairo speech even though Mubarak had banned them.

In that speech he ignorantly reached out to the Muslim radicals thinking they would listen to him because of his Muslim background and he "understood" them and their grievances against the US because he had the same grievances against the US himself.

Every time obama has a chance to go against the radical Islamists he either goes for them or dilly dallies until it's too late to have a positive impact on the situation. The protests in Iran and the Syrian rebel situations are but two examples. Now, he is on the side of the rebels who have been bolstered by Al Quida and have been killing Christians and beheading priests.

Remember, in one of his books he said when and if things get ugly he would side with the muslims.

Darby
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Darby 07/03/13 - 09:32 pm
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"They’ve never heard the word “coexist,”..."

Yes, Morsi and company have certainly heard the word before. It's just that there is no word for coexist in the Jihadi handbook.

carcraft
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carcraft 07/03/13 - 09:37 pm
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Is what I was saying is that

Is what I was saying is that there is natural gas in the earth that gets released when drilling occurs reguardless of what is drilled for. Do we stop all drilling? The existing natural gas contaminated my water well

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/03/13 - 10:54 pm
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Natural

There is a reason they call it natural gas. It exists under the surface of the earth, and it is released when you drill into a strata that contains it.

Of course, what that has to do with John Kerry's quixotic quest eludes me.

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KSL 07/04/13 - 12:02 am
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tbled

You don't debate yourself. Sometimes no one chooses to debate you.

Darby
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Darby 07/04/13 - 11:42 am
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"Actually, you never needed to worry.

It was just the usual right wing claptrap."

Claptrap to a confirmed and dedicated liberal. A necessary alert and warning to thinking, caring people.

(Don't you just love the "Monday morning quarterbacks?")

It was a way of informing those in Egypt who were disenfranchised, that millions in America stood by them in their darkest hour. That millions in this country did not side with Obama in his support of Morsi.

Claptrap to some would be Paul Revere's ride.

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