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Category: Foreign Policy

Christie viaja a México

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Us mexico borderGovernor Chris Christie leaves for Mexico on Wednesday, Save Jerseyans, undertaking a 3-day trip to described to the press as a “trade mission” but, if we’re being honest, is intended to double as yet another opportunity to showcase New Jersey’s Republican chief executive as an international name ahead of the GOP presidential primaries (the first debates, believe it or not, are likely on about one year away).

The ever-present specter of America’s immigration crisis will undoubtedly shadow the official proceedings…

Here’s a complete schedule:

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Christie Offers Sympathy to Sofer Family

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Christie receives a security briefing at the Golan Heights (April 2012)

Governor Christie receives a security briefing at the Golan Heights (April 2012)

An international search for New Jersey student Aharon Sofer ended tragically on Thursday, Save Jerseyans, after the 23-year old Lakewood resident’s body was reportedly found in the Jerusalem Forest.

Governor Chris Christie, attending political and public events at the Shore today, paused to weigh in and offer condolences.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the family of Aharon Sofer on their unthinkable loss,” the Governor said in a statement released by his office. “As parents, Mary Pat and I cannot imagine the sense of grief and sadness that engulfs them at this moment. We add our thoughts and prayers to those of so many in New Jersey and around the world for this family and the community of Lakewood. Together, we can help them deal with this awful tragedy.”

The young man had been studying at a yeshiva in Israel.

 

Cho is a False Choice for NJ-05

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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Roy Cho in a recent web ad.

NJ-05 Democrat challenger Roy Cho just returned from a trip to Israel, Save Jerseyans, a foreign excursion designed to bring attention to the young attorney who has raised an impressive amount of cash but nevertheless remains out-gunned by his opponent — and under-loved by the DCCC — in his quest to topple Rep. Scott Garrett. It’s the kind of thing a top tier presidential contender is expected to do; it’s a little bit strange for a bottom tier House candidate.

I admire his effort. And hey, maybe he is genuinely concerned about Israel. I’ll take his word for it.

Here’s the problem: Cho’s election would aid Israel’s enemies.

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Christians: Still the World’s Most Persecuted

By Alyssa Lafage | Convictions of Faith

Daniel's Answer to the King Peter Paul Rubens (c. 1615)

Daniel’s Answer to the King
Peter Paul Rubens (c. 1615)

I just finished interviewing Lea Carawan, Executive Director of the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation. Check out the interview here. We discussed religious freedom and some of the recent attempts to neutralize Christianity in America, such as the Veterans Administration in Michigan removing all symbols of Christianity in their chapel. The discussion led me to consider the topic a little more broadly, especially in light of the Christian persecution going on in Iran at the hands of ISIS. I wondered how prevalent Christian persecution of any type was in the rest of the world?

After just a short time digging, I found some pretty startling information. For instance, did you know that Christians are currently the most persecuted religious group in the world?

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Robin the Patriot

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Robin Williams wrestled with demons and addictions throughout his adult life, Save Jerseyans. He nevertheless found a millions ways to make millions of people happy through his performances; those persons included thousands of U.S. military service members whom he entertained over the years as an active USO participant despite his consistently left-wing political outlook.

Check this out:

The Governor and the Marine

By Synnove Bakke | The Save Jersey Blog

Andrew Tahmooressi

Andrew Tahmooressi

Governor Chris Christie is going to Mexico in September, Save Jerseyans. Some say it’s part of his bid to run for president in 2016. We’ll see.

Immigration remains the topic de jour; the Governor’s people say he’s going to discuss trade relations. That being said, I hope he keeps in mind there’s a decorated US Marine by the name of Andrew Tahmooressi languishing in a Mexican prison.

While he visits, I would love to see the Governor privately ask the Mexican president to find a way to pardon and release him. In fact, I hope he already has that planned.

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No Shades of Gray in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

By Martin Marks | The Save Jersey Blog

Six Day War mapFollowing the near decimation of the Jewish People in the mid 20th Century, they were returned to THEIR ancient homeland my partition of The U.N. to a small sliver of land no larger than the state of NJ in 1948. They were immediately attacked on all sides by hostile Arab counties but managed to survive. Arab forces massed on their borders again in 1967 and the Israelis again fought them off in rather convincing fashion acquiring greater swaths of land in the West Bank, Gaza, Golan Heights, and Sinai.

Again in 1973, on their holiest day of the year, Israel was attacked and once again fought off their numerous Arab enemies.

Since then, the people of Israel have endured terrorist bombings, Intifadas, and rocket attacks deliberately attacking civilian centers

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The West’s Death Wish

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

We’ve seen this movie before.

Israel is bombarded with rockets fired by Hamas-backed terrorists, flush with cash from international humanitarian aid efforts and the enemies of democracy lurking elsewhere, and hiding like the worst species of cowards among civilians in schools, mosques and hospitals:

Understandably, Israel defends itself by moving into Gaza to destroy the tunnel networks and rocket sites utilized to terrorize and murder its population, the only peoples living in a health Middle Eastern democracy, all the while proving humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza.  Wouldn’t we do the same if, hypothetically, Canadian terrorists began raining rockets down on Michigan tomorrow?

Amazingly the West’s answer isn’t universally affirmative.

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Smith: “Textbook Anti-Semitism”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Rep. Chris Smith (R, NJ-04) has a reputation for championing underdogs domestically and internationally, Save Jerseyans. The ultimate underdog in human history has been the Jewish people, scapegoated and abused throughout the ages and still today in even the most unlikely of places.

To hear the media tell it, the Israeli Defense Force’s ongoing campaign to destroy terror tunnels and rocket launching sites in Gaza is little more than the latest dust up in an arcane border dispute or, worse, a human rights travesty perpetrated by a U.S. puppet.

On Tuesday, Smith took to the house floor and articulately called on the Obama Administration to grow a spine (my words, not his), speak out in Israel’s defense, and help explain to the world that anti-Semitism is what’s really at work here…

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St. Cory’s Stunningly Shallow Worldview

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

saint cory bookerThere are three dominant camps in the modern Democrat Party when it comes to the plight of Israel, Save Jerseyans:

1 - Those who straight-up hate Jews;

2 - Those who are so ideologically liberal and morally relativistic that they’re also reflexively anti-war/colonialism/military; the end result is unthinking, unsubstantiated and automatic opposition to the militarily-superior participant in any conflict regardless of any other considerations; and

3 - Those who, frankly, are naive and dumb enough in equal measure to believe that humanity can “Care Bear stare” its way out of any conflict with sufficiently positive social media activism.

I’ve seen no evidence that Cory Booker (D-Twitter) shares anything other than a party registration (which is bad enough) with group #1; as for camps #2 and #3, however, it’s obvious enough to anyone paying attention that our state’s celebrity junior center is living in a different reality from the rest of us (and certainly the poor citizens of Israel who weather a daily barrage of rocket fire).

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Bloomberg: Israel Can Defend Itself But You Cannot!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

I agree with former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the “question” (how it’s up for debate is beyond me) of Israel’s right to defend itself, Save Jerseyans, an action that he’s backed up by finding his way to Israel’s second most populous city in the midst of Gaza rocket attacks despite an FAA ban on U.S. air traffic.

But the hypocrisy of America’s leading billionaire is stunning given his ongoing campaign to prevent Americans from being able to defend themselves with legally-purchased firearms… don’t ya think?

The mind of a statist never ceases to amaze and terrify me in equal measure.

 

Will Donkey’s Demise Mobilize Dems Behind Israel?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

DonkeyOne of my favorite bloggers is another Matt – Matt Walsh – who recently turned the faux Kendall Jones safari controversy on its head and outed liberals for caring more about animal life than human lives. ‘Situational ethics’ is the fancy way to describe their worldview. Morally bankrupt and logically inconsistent are my preferred ways to phrase it, Save Jerseyans.

Think about it: how many liberals do you know are less offended by late term abortion than Pacific whale poaching? Or “bullying”? Or Jews terrorized by terrorist rocket fire?

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Comparing Their Responses

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

It’s like listening to leaders of different nations, Save Jerseyans, not just different times. And is it just me, or does our President always sound inconvenienced by international events? The 40th President had an elevated view of America’s role in the world. The 44th… well, he’s got bigger fish to fry. Like socialized medicine, salads in school cafeterias and auditing tea party groups.

Listen and compare…

Reagan following 1983 Soviet Attack on a Korean Airliner:

Obama following 2014 Pro-Russian Separatist (?) Attack on Malaysian Airliner:

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Is THIS What Downed MH17?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

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A newer generation of the “Buk” weapon systems family.

Thus far Russia is reportedly denying a role in the downing of a Malaysian passenger airliner over Ukranian airspace, Save Jerseyans, not all that differently from that infamous 1983 Cold War incident over the Sea of Japan. An accident scenario seems most likely, then as now, given the difficulties associated with sidearms bringing down planes and, frankly, the lack of a strategic benefit for Russia in engendering a PR disaster.

None of the above logic, however, changes the fact that Russia, directly or indirectly, may have once again violated Ukrainian airspace. 23 Americans may be dead in addition to well over 200 others. The Kremlin recently moved more troops to the border – 10,000 – and 

A scarier, uglier scenario: did Russian-developed Buk surface-to-air missile systems reach rebel hands in Ukraine’s Donetsk region? It’s no less plausible than the “mistake” scenario, and there’s plenty of evidence to support speculation…

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Menendez the Liability

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Obama and MenendezFending off foreign intriguers and Communist conspirators isn’t cheap, Save Jerseyans.

According to IRS filings for the legal defense fund of Senator Robert “Hudson Bob” Menendez (D-Dominican Republic, Ecuador) released Tuesday, the Cuban conspiracy *cough cough* to undermine the sitting Senate Foreign Relations Chairman is a $700,000 endeavor to date.

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Garrett: Israel Battling Hamas and White House

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Israeli FlagRep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05) usually tells it like it is, Save Jerseyans, and he’s presently demanding that Philip Gordon, Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region, apologize for questioning “[h]ow can Israel have peace if it’s unwilling to delineate a border [and] end the occupation?” in a recent speech.

“As Israel defends itself against countless rocket attacks from Hamas, it shouldn’t also have to defend itself against those in the White House,” Garrett declared in a statement released Thursday. “While the Obama administration says it supports Israel, these comments obviously stand in stark contrast to that commitment and must be retracted. My heart goes out to those who have been the victims of these attacks. I wholeheartedly support our greatest friend and ally in the Middle East as they seek to eliminate those who are perpetrating this violence.”

This latest instance of Obama Administration idiocy comes as events in the Middle East continue to spiral out of control and Israel is under attack from a punishing round of Hamas rocket assaults and threats of escalated violence. Garrett’s colleague Leonard Lance is sponsoring H.R. 4411, the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act, designed to disrupt the terror organization’s financial channels. 

 

Understanding the ISIS Crisis

By Joshua Sotomayor-Einstein | The Save Jersey Blog

“Yet today, with Sunni jihadists pushing towards Baghdad, Iraq looks less like a Middle Eastern “City on a Hill” than a sectarian thugocracy, rapidly degenerating into a dystopian hellscape.”

- Gene Healy, Washington Examiner

“…there’s little reason that America should get involved in Iraq’s ongoing sectarian war yet again.” 

- Kevin Drum, Mother Jones

Sunni protests in Iraq

Sunni protests in Iraq

Isolationist on the Right and Left are rallying to the ISIS banner celebrating the disintegration of Iraq as vindication of their foreign non-policy of “disengagement.” Engaging in a campaign of brazen historical revision, they seek to erase the last two plus years of our hands-off relationship with Iraq, the relative calm and stability of the troop surge, and the Anbar Awakening from the public record.

Yet the truth remains that the sectarian blood bath Iraq has become is a direct result of the very “disengagement,” i.e. retreat, for which isolationists on the Right and Left advocated.

The Mashrek (Arab world east of the Nile) is in the throes of a war in which Sunni fundamentalists control not only a huge swath of territory but the very WMD stockpiles that our de rigueur intellectual class claimed never existed (Saddam had WMD’s – we subsidized his WMD program during the Iran-Iraq war; only one dictator [Qaddafi] has ever voluntarily given up his WMD’s, and that was a result of and after our toppling of Saddam). Complicating the situation is the involvement of Shia fundamentalist and an expansionist power – Iran.

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