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Obama overrides standard Arms shipments to Israel

By The Troll On August 15th, 2014 at 12:03 am

Obama Reportedly Blocks Israel Missile Shipment

US administration officials stop missile transfer, order all future transfers to be scrutinized in sign of further cooling ties.
President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama
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A new report reveals that US President Barack Obama’s administration stopped a shipment of missiles to Israel late last month and tightened weapons shipment procedures to Israel, as tensions between the two nations grow amid Operation Protective Edge.

The report in the Wall Street Journal, released Wednesday night, cites US officials in Obama’s administration, who say they discovered Israel had requested a large number of Hellfire missiles directly through military-to-military channels. An initial batch of the missiles was about to be shipped, according to sources in Israel and the US Congress.

At that point, the Pentagon stepped in and put the transfer on hold. Further, top White House officials instructed various US military agencies to consult with the US State Department before approving any additional requests from Israel.

A senior Obama administration official was quoted in the report as saying the transfer shouldn’t have been a routine “check-the-box approval,” given Israel’s defensive operation in Gaza against Hamas, which is recognized as a terrorist organization by the US.

The decision to clamp down on future transfers was the equivalent of “the United States saying ‘the buck stops here. Wait a second…It’s not OK anymore,’” said the official.

A Israeli defense official confirmed the reports to Walla! on Thursday, saying “the US delayed a shipment of Hellfire missiles to the Israeli airforce.” He added “apparently it was (done) on the background of national tension” with Israel.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY…

By David Vance On August 14th, 2014 at 9:32 pm

Today is the 422nd anniversary of the first sighting of what was to become known as …The Falkland Islands.

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Just remember – the Falklands have been BRITISH longer than Argentina has been ….Argentina.

WHY THE EU CAN’T LEAVE THE UK…

By David Vance On August 14th, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Quite simple stuff really – I wonder should we tell Nick Clegg?

UK had A goods trade deficit of £5.6bn in June with EU, £2.3bn with Germany alone.

They need us more than we need them. Of course we should all trade together but let’s just get the basic financial facts right. They CANNOT afford to leave us!

UNDERSTANDING POLITICS!

By David Vance On August 14th, 2014 at 9:22 pm

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and it came right because of a ‘donation’!

By Mike Cunningham On August 14th, 2014 at 8:29 pm

When I write of my own personal dislike of transplant techniques, and organ donations etc. I am often accused of being heartless, of lacking in human decency, along with all the other turgid attempts to insult me. But I don’t care at all, and I am not at all bothered by the verbal diarrhoea flung in my general direction, mainly because I know I am in the right. I know. for example, of the huge pressures placed on relatives of the dying, the intolerable pressure of hearing, again and again ‘without this organ, or that body part, this young man/young woman may die, or live for only a short time’, all the time placing agonising choices on the families of those whose lives have been cut short for whatever reason; to allow the transplant vultures to ‘Harvest’ the selected organs or tissue, because that is the term which is used, because the only type of organ which is suitable for transplant is from another’s living body!

When I was a young man, my 16 year-old sister died of a terrible disease named Leukaemia, or blood cancer. From being a vibrant teenager, she collapsed into a pale shadow of herself, and died within months of her diagnosis. Some twenty years later, a technique was developed, after long research, to implant bone marrow from a matching donor, which would virtually remove leukaemia from the list of killer diseases. With this process, I have no problems, apart from the fact that the process can be extremely painful for the donor; but, and it is a large but, the donor eventually gets up and walks away.

Which is why I write that this procedure should have been prevented,  the donor was too young to give his approval, because he was only ten months old!

 

GOODNIGHT DONETSK, AND GOOD LUCK

By Pete Moore On August 14th, 2014 at 7:50 pm

Not that you’d know it, but a million people in a European city have been under constant bombardment by artillery and ballistic missiles for weeks now. You might not know it because the gangsters responsible are the NATO puppet junta in Kiev, which regards the Donbass people as terrorists for having the temerity to try and choose their own path; well that ain’t allowed if Kerry, McCain, Cameron and NATO don’t want you choosing. That’s why they arm even jihadi seperatists and wring their hands over some deaths, but don’t say a word about a million Europeans suffering constant terror. Here’s one of the terrorists today -

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(h/t Brad Cabana)

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THE WISDOM OF HANNITY

By Pete Moore On August 14th, 2014 at 2:36 pm

At one minute in he reveals that Israel is partly surrounded by Boko Haram.

That’s my atlas in the bin.

FOOL ME ONCE

By Pete Moore On August 14th, 2014 at 1:46 pm

YESTERDAY:

David Cameron has raised the prospect of British helicopters being involved in the rescue of 30,000 refugees in Iraq as he vowed to “get these people off that mountain”.

The Prime Minister said that the refugees are facing a “desperate humanitarian situation” as they have been left “exposed, starving and dying of thirst” on Mount Sinjar in Northern Iraq.

TODAY:

However, the Pentagon this morning said that a rescue operation is “far less likely” after US special forces found that the number of refugees on the mountain is closer to 5,000.

They said that those who are on the mountain surrounded by Islamic State extremists are in “far better condition” than previously feared and have access to aid drops.

I suppose that Belgian babies weren’t bayonetted and Kuwaiti babies weren’t tipped out of incubators either. It makes you wonder what intel Downing Street was relying on before Cameron opened his mouth. Whatever the source, it seems to have been completely wrong. I know, it’s shocking. Call me a cynic, but I suspect that some are quite disappointed at the news.

EXCLUSIVE VIEW OF THE NEW SCOTTISH CURRENCY

By David Vance On August 13th, 2014 at 10:26 pm

What can go wrong?

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GOODYBE TO EU!

By David Vance On August 13th, 2014 at 9:42 pm

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Some readers will remember how the UK’s political Left long argued for the UK to enter the Eurozone. Let’s compare and contrast, shall we?

Hopes for a recovery in the eurozone suffered another blow on Wednesday with figures showing industrial output fell for a second successive month. Production declined across the 18 eurozone members by an average 0.3%, with a return to growth in France and Italy offset by falls in Ireland and the Netherlands and slow progress in Germany, which struggled to 0.2% growth. Spain was the worst hit of the currency bloc’s major economies with a 0.8% drop in industrial production.

Meanwhile…

UK unemployment edged closer to a six-year low in the three months to the end of June, official figures have shown. The Office for National Statistics said the unemployment rate fell to 6.4% in the quarter, the lowest since late 2008 and down from 6.5% in May. The number of people unemployed fell by 132,000 to 2.08 million.

Key facts. Germany growth 0.2%. UK growth 0.8%. Four times greater than the mighty Germany.