US Embassy in Jakarta Celebrates Independence Day in June

Editor’s Note – Once again, our government is catering to the most intolerant people on Earth. It has decided that this year, since Ramadan falls over the period of our Independence Day, July fourth, the US Embassy in Jakarta held its celebration a month early.

Since the Muslim world operates on a 354 day calendar, a cycle based on the moon, each year it backs up eleven days on our calendar. 2015 is also the year 1436 AH on the Hijra Calendar until October of this year. That calendar began in 622 AD.islamic-calender-520x245

Ramadan is based on the lunar calendar and begins with the hilal, the Arabic word for crescent or “new moon,” in the ninth month of each year.

But because the lunar cycle steadily moves backward compared to the Gregorian calendar, Ramadan falls earlier and earlier each year.

During the summer months, the days are much longer and hotter, making fasting more difficult. Late in the holy month, Muslims celebrate the Laylat al-Qadr, or Night of Power.

This is the anniversary of the night on which Allah first revealed the Koran to the Prophet Muhammad. While different traditions celebrate this night in the last 10 days of Ramadan, the 27th night is the most widely celebrated date, when the Koran says, “The grand night is better than a thousand months.”

Thank goodness this is not 1998, 1999, or 2000 or they would have had to postpone Christmas as well. In those three years, Ramadan coincided with December 25th. On second thought, though Christmas is a National Holiday, the likelihood that a Christmas party would be held in any government agency is remote at best.

What next, we have to change our calendar to suit the Muslim world? Tolerance of the intolerant. We wonder if they did the same thing last year because Ramadan began on June 29th; and then there is next year when it begins on June 7th.

US Embassy moves Fourth of July Celebration to June 4 ‘out of respect for Ramadan’

In a mind-boggling gesture of official US Government dhimmitude, the US Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia celebrated our sacred Independence Day holiday on June 4, so as to avoid any conflict with the month-long Ramadan celebration.

If you think any Islamic countries – there are 57 of them (not counting ISIS) that count themselves officially Islamic – will move their DC embassy’s celebration of Ramadan to accommodate our Independence holiday, I have some bridges to sell you.

The Jakarta Post (hat tips: Pamela Geller and Jihad Watch) writes:

“US Embassy celebrates 4th of July earlier out of respect for Ramadhan,” by Dylan Amirio

The United States Embassy enjoyed its annual 4th of July celebration on Thursday, June 4, one month early, in order to respect the upcoming Ramadhan month, which will begin on June 17 and last for one month.

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Embassy staff present on the Innovative and Sustainable Design of the New U.S. Embassy Jakarta

US Ambassador to Indonesia Robert O. Blake and US Ambassador to ASEAN Nina Hachigian presided over the festivities, which involved brass band renditions of the Star-Spangled Banner and the Indonesian national anthem, Indonesia Raya.

Blake explained that the theme of the event leaned toward “green” development, which supported the US’ focus on building and promoting a green economy and more environmentally sustainable development.

He also praised Indonesia’s performance as a fully functioning democracy, aiming for further collaboration between the two countries in the years to come.

“The US will continue to support Indonesia in the future through its democratic achievements. Democracy is an American value which we have championed since [the country’s birth in] 1776,” Blake told the crowd during the festivities at his residence near Taman Suropati, Central Jakarta, on Thursday.

He added that moving the 4th of July celebrations to June 4 was one done out of respect for the upcoming Ramadhan month, which will last from June 17 to July 17.

The event also showcased a number of American products and businesses, including the Zero FX Electric Motorcycles, which Blake explained were an environmentally friendly vehicle used by the California Highway Patrol.

Officially, embassies are the national territory of the country being represented, not of the host country. So there is no need to accommodate local sensibilities in celebrating our most sacred national holiday. Perhaps the pipe dream of peddling electric motorcycles to one of the world’s biggest petroleum exporters that happens to have a pretty large conventional motorcycle industry of its own took precedence over our national dignity?

It is a bedrock of Islamic scripture that infidels must bow down in submission to Islam and Muslims, being tolerated so long as they endure humiliations and pay a special tax. Muslims have no obligations at all to infidels, which is why you will never see [any] counterpart to the submission just demonstrated by the US Embassy in Jakarta.

This is a moment of national dhimmitude and deep shame. I hope someone will ask Marie Harf to explain if any Muslim countries plan on moving their embassy’s Ramadan celebrations to accommodate our Independence Day. That would allow for some great Harfing.

NPR Interview – Obama Talks About Iran, Embassy?

Editor’s Note – In an interview with NPR, one delayed for over 11 days, Obama reveals his true intent once again toward despots, strongmen, and tyrants.  Obama shocked the world many times with his appeasement mentality, but just recently Cuba was perhaps the biggest – now Iran?

He talks about Iran with ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ but he also extols their virtues. He raises several in his opinion by saying:

 ‘…there’s incredible talent and resources and sophistication inside of Iran, and it would be a very successful regional power that was also abiding by international norms and international rules, and that would be good for everybody.’ (Emphasis added)

Obama in the NPR interview.
Obama in the NPR interview.

Of course he hinges everything on how Iran acts toward international norms on nuclear energy use, but that in and of itself is incredibly naive or is part of his grander scheme – let Iran become a nuclear power.

His legacy would certainly be etched deeply if he were to unilaterally open an embassy again in Tehran just like he intends for Cuba, but we have news for him – that is not in the ‘best interests’ of America as he quotes himself.

It’s not a good legacy and it insults all previous actions taken by our bravest in the past over the entire region. What about our allies in the region?

‘And what I said then remains true: If I thought it advances American interests, yes. I believe in diplomacy, I believe in dialogue, I believe in engagement.’

Does Obama ever listen to the actual words spoken by the Mullahs in Tehran? “Successful regional power?” What does that mean? Apparently he thinks they will play nice with their neighbors in the Sunni world and/or Israel, really? Iran does not intend on being a regional power; it never has – it’s goal is far greater and Israel would cease to exist in that scenario.

He also believes that he has isolated Iran more than ever – really? Iran is openly working with Iraq against IS and is certainly in the good graces of Russia, China, and the Assad Regime in Syria – isolation? Talking to liars and expecting positive results is surely the work of the naive – a naivete nurtured for over six years.

Then there is the matter of calling Tehran a country, not Iran’s capital city. Read on and judge for yourself, and then ask why the interview was delayed:

Olive branch to the mullahs:

Obama won’t rule out embassy in TEHRAN but says the Iranian capital is a country – not a city

  • Interview was conducted in the Oval Office the day after Obama said he would normalize relations with Cuba – but held back for 11 days
  • Embassy in Tehran would be the first since 1979 hostage crisis, which Iranians still celebrate as the ‘Conquest of the American Spy Den’
  • Obama said if Iran proves it’s not seeking nuclear weapons, it would become a ‘very successful regional power’
  • Claimed credit for isolating Tehran through economic sanctions

By David Martosko, Us Political Editor For Dailymail.com – Daily Mail

President Barack Obama said Monday that Iran might join Cuba as a second rogue state to enjoy normalized diplomatic relations with the United States under his administration.

In a 40-minute interview with National Public Radio conducted on December 18 – but held back for 11 days – the radio network’s senior morning host quizzed Obama in the Oval Office about a wide range of policy positions, including his plans for the Middle East.

‘Is there any scenario under which you can envision, in your final two years, opening a U.S. embassy in Tehran?’ asked NPR’s Steve Inskeep. ‘I never say never,’ Obama replied, while allowing that ‘I think these things have to go in steps.’

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The winners as usual – the Mullahs

The unprecedented olive branch pointed in the direction of Iran’s mullahs will stoke controversy among older Americans who recall the 1979 hostage crisis in the last embassy Washington maintained there. Fifty-two Americans, mostly diplomatic personnel, were taken hostage in November of that year and held for 444 days but a group of student revolutionaries.

In Iran the event is still celebrated as the ‘Conquest of the American Spy Den.’ Few observers believe Iran is interested in proving its stated intentions to abandon its nuclear-weapons ambitions by the time Obama leaves office in January 2017.

But the president believes there’s a chance. ‘We have to get this nuclear issue resolved – and there’s a chance to do it,’ he said, ‘and the question’s going to be whether or not Iran is willing to seize it.’

If the country’s anti-America hardliners yield to more moderate voices, he predicted, ‘there’s incredible talent and resources and sophistication inside of Iran, and it would be a very successful regional power that was also abiding by international norms and international rules, and that would be good for everybody.’

‘That would be good for the United States, that would be good for the region, and most of all, it would be good for the Iranian people.’  Obama shocked the world – and angered America’s Cuban emigres – with a December 17 announcement that he would re-establish formal ties with the Raul Castro regime in Havana.

But speaking to NPR eleven days ago, he painted Iran differently – noting that a more recent history of aggression makes U.S.-Iran relations ‘different from the history between us and Cuba.’ ‘And the strategic importance of Tehran is – or Iran – is different from what we face with Cuba.’

The Islamic republic, he reminded Inskeep, ‘has a track record of state-sponsored terrorism, that we know was attempting to develop a nuclear weapon.’ But in the same breath Obama said ‘Tehran is a large, sophisticated country.’

Tehran is Iran’s capital city.

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That lapse aside, Obama emphasized Monday a theme that he has grappled with since the heady days of his first presidential campaign: the prospect of changing the global diplomatic map by bringing unfriendly nations under America’s wing.

‘I was asked very early in my presidential race back in 2007 – would I meet with these various rogue regimes?’ he recalled.obamarouhani_s640x427

‘And what I said then remains true: If I thought it advances American interests, yes. I believe in diplomacy, I believe in dialogue, I believe in engagement.’ He also claimed credit for what he characterized as a realignment of global attitudes toward Iran:

‘When I came into office, the world was divided and Iran was in the driver’s seat,’ Obama said.  But through economic sanctions, ‘now the world’s united because of the actions we’ve taken, and Iran’s the one that’s isolated.’

‘I mean, there’s a reason why we’ve been able to get this far in the negotiations,’ he said: ‘We mobilized the international community at the start of my presidency – a classic example of American leadership.’

But Iran’s supreme religious authorities, who run the country despite the fig leaf of a constitutional government, has ‘a path to break through that isolation,’ Obama declared. ‘And they should seize it.’

Obama drew criticism in 2008 for subtly changing his positiion on negotiating with antagonistic countries. Speaking to an audience of Jewish advocates in June of that year, he insisted that he had ‘no interest in sitting down with our adversaries just for the sake of talking.’

‘But as president of the United States, I would be willing to lead tough and principled diplomacy with the appropriate Iranian leaders at a time and place of my choosing if and only if it can advance the interest of the United States.’

But during a debate eight months earlier he was asked whether he would be willing to meet Iran’s leaders ‘without precondition,’ during the first year of his administration.

‘I would,’ then-Senator Obama replied. ‘And the reason is this: the notion that somehow not talking to countries is punishment to them – which has been the guiding diplomatic principle of this [George W. Bush] administration – is ridiculous.’

The "Benghazi Lie" – email shows cover-up, and more lies

Editor’s Note – The initial approach and official statements about Benghazi, and the continuing cover-up are being revealed almost daily. Here is the latest proof that the administration lied. They are not just untruthful, or inaccurate, or with-holding information the public deserves to know – they are LYING! Now its the cover-up, and they continue to lie. All of this shows just how naive, inept, uneducated, and arrogant the foreign policy of the Obama administration is, was, and would be in the future.

Email Shows State Department Rejecting Request of Security Team at US Embassy in Libya

By Jake Tapper – ABC News

ABC News has obtained an internal State Department email from May 3, 2012, indicating that the State Department denied a request from the security team at the Embassy of Libya to retain a DC-3 airplane in the country to better conduct their duties.

Copied on the email was U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in a terrorist attack on the diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya,  Sept. 11, 2012, along with three other Americans. That attack has prompted questions about whether the diplomatic personnel in that country were provided with adequate security support.

No one has yet to argue that the DC-3 would have  definitively  made a difference for the four Americans killed that night. The security team in question, after all, left Libya in August.

But the question – both for the State Department, which is conducting an internal investigation, and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is holding hearings next week – is whether officials in Washington, D.C., specifically at the State Department, were as aware as they should have been about the deteriorating security situation in Libya, and whether officials were doing everything they could to protect Americans in that country.

Earlier this week, the chair of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and another member of the committee wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listing 13 incidents leading up to the attack, ranging from IED and RPG attacks to a “posting on a pro-Gaddafi Facebook page” publicizing early morning runs taken by the late Ambassador Stevens and his security detail around Tripoli.

“Was State Department headquarters in Washington aware of all the above incidents?” they asked Secretary Clinton, requesting written responses by Oct. 8. “If not, why not? If so, what measures did the State Department take to match the level of security provided to the U.S. Mission in Libya to the level of threat?”

The subject line of the email, from Miki Rankin, the post management officer for Libya and Saudi Arabia, reads “Termination of Tripoli DC-3 Support.”

Rankin informs Stevens and the others on the email, whose names have been redacted, that Undersecretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy “has determined that support for Embassy Tripoli using the DC-3 will be terminated immediately. Post’s request to continue use of the plane in support of the SST was considered. However, it was decided that, if needed, NEA will charter a special flight for their departure.”

You can read the email HERE.

An “SST” is a Security Support Team, about 16 Special Forces troops assigned to protect officials from the U.S. State Department. This particular SST was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli.

Shown the email uncovered by ABC News, a spokesman for the committee said the “document is consistent with what the Oversight Committee has been told by individuals who worked in Libya. Ambassador Stevens and the diplomatic mission in Libya made multiple security related requests that were turned down by Washington based officials. Security related transportation has been identified as one of the particular items where embassy personnel did not receive the support they sought.”

Provided with a copy of the e-mail, a senior State Department official downplayed the importance of the denied request. The official told ABC News that “the DC-3 was pulled from Iraq and moved to support Libya early on when there was no commercial airline service into Libya. When commercial service was re-established in Libya, the aircraft was reassigned to other State Department business. We use our aircraft when no commercial flights exist.”

The U.S. government official who provided the email to ABC News – and wanted to remain anonymous because of  the sensitivity of the matter – described the small DC-3 plane as an asset for a security team to more freely and safely move throughout the country, and to more easily transport arms and other security equipment. In short, having the plane allowed the security team to better perform its duties, the official said.

The State Department official acknowledged that the plane was used to get around Libya, not just to get in and out of the country. But once commercial air service was re-established, the State Department decided that the SST didn’t need the plane anymore. The security team, it would seem, disagreed.

Told of the State Department’s explanation, the House Oversight Committee spokesman said the “State Department’s naive determination to follow rigid bureaucratic policies, instead of making common sense decisions that took the serious threat of terrorism conveyed by those on the ground into account, appears to have been a significant factor in the Benghazi Consulate’s lack of preparedness.”

On Wednesday, Oct. 10, the committee will hold a hearing featuring the testimony of Regional Security Officer Eric Nordstrom, who was stationed in Libya from September 2011 through June 2012; and Deputy Assistant Secretary of International Programs Charlene Lamb.