Monday, February 23, 2009

Dear President Obama: When it comes to foreign policy, do you have a brain in your head?

So.... let me get this straight. Israel is indiscriminately shelled or rocketed on a daily basis; they take steps to retaliate; steps I dare say that YOU might take if you had any testicles left and the situation was the same here; they inflict tremendous damage on a population that supports these terrorist scum, they withdraw from their attack in large part because of your ascension to the throne... and you come along behind them and write these terrorist scum a billion dollar check?

Look, I get that your politics were developed in the sewers of Chicago. I get that you're a fringe leftist. I get that the Kos Kids/ element that elected you are anti-Semitic scum.

But do YOU get that Israel is the ONLY functioning democracy in the entire region, and their mere presence helps to serve to keep the terrorist scum that want to destroy this country in check, much like Berlin served to keep the Communists in check.

Unless the people of Gaza are willing to step up and do what has to be done to stop the guerrilla attacks... then they should not get a dime from us. And as I understand it, the rocket attacks continue, even as I write this.

Man.... THAT'S gonna send a message.

For God's sake, Mr. President; you're selling out the only people that give a damn about us in the entire Middle East, because we have given a damn about them.

And for that, there can be no excuse.

U.S. plans "substantial" pledge at Gaza meeting
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States plans to offer more than $900 million to help rebuild Gaza after Israel's invasion and to strengthen the Western-backed Palestinian Authority, U.S. officials said on Monday.

The money, which needs U.S. congressional approval, will be distributed through U.N. and other bodies and not via the militant group Hamas, which rules Gaza, said one official.

"This money is for Gaza and to help strengthen the Palestinian Authority. It is not going to go to Hamas," said the official, who asked not to be named as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton planned to announce the funding at a donors' conference in Egypt next week.

Neither the United States nor Israel have direct contact with the Islamist Hamas movement which runs Gaza and remains formally committed to the destruction of the Jewish state.

The official said the pledge was a mix of money already earmarked for the Palestinians and some new funding.

"The package is still shaping up," he said, when asked for specifics over how the money would be spent and a breakdown of old and new funding.

In December, the former Bush administration said it would give $85 million to the U.N. agency that provides aid to Palestinian refugees in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

The March 2 donors' conference in Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh resort aims to raise humanitarian and rebuilding funds for Gaza after Israel's invasion last December to suppress rocket fire against its cities.

Preliminary estimates put damage from the offensive, in which 1,300 Palestinians died, at nearly $2 billion.

Clinton's bid to get "substantial" funds could face an uphill battle in Congress because Hamas continues to rule Gaza and the U.S. focus is on its own souring economy.


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