President Barack Obama signs the U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act as (from L-R) Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Richard Stone, Sen. Barbara Boxer, and former AIPAC chair Howard Friedman look on, at the White House, July 27, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)
Syrian Chemical Weapons and Al-Qaida
Writing in Algemeiner, Dore Gold warns that Syria’s WMD stockpile must be secured, and not just to prevent attacks in the Mideast.
Jordan’s King Abdullah specifically warned in a CNN interview on July 18 that Syrian chemical weapons might fall ” in the wrong hands,” adding that al-Qaida had a presence in parts of Syria already ... Clearly, if no action is taken to secure Syria’s chemical weapons, then it should come as no surprise if al-Qaida escalates with unconventional attacks in the heart of London, Madrid, Paris, or Berlin.
In Defense of Ambassador Oren
In a piece for the Weekly Standard, William Kristol presents his own take on the Israeli ambassador’s comments to President Obama at the signing of the new Israel-US Security Cooperation Act.
Oren points out that Obama merely signed legislation that passed both Houses of Congress overwhelmingly. Obama did nothing to be profoundly grateful for. With this sentence, Oren signals that his absurdly overdone fawning before Obama isn’t to be taken too seriously. It’s a wink of the eye to discerning readers, a kind of Morse code blink after a mandatory hostage statement.
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