- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Academy Award-winning actor Jon Voight has America on his mind these days, and has shared an open letter to President Obama with The Washington Times.

“You will be the first American president that lied to the Jewish people, and the American people as well, when you said that you would defend Israel, the only democratic state in the Middle East, against all their enemies. You have done just the opposite. You have propagandized Israel, until they look like they are everyone’s enemy - and it has resonated throughout the world. You are putting Israel in harm’s way, and you have promoted anti-Semitism throughout the world,” Mr. Voight wrote to Mr. Obama.

“You have brought this to a people who have given the world the Ten Commandments and most laws we live by today. The Jewish people have given the world our greatest scientists and philosophers, and the cures for many diseases, and now you play a very dangerous game so you can look like a true martyr to what you see and say are the underdogs. But the underdogs you defend are murderers and criminals and want Israel eradicated.”

“You have brought to Arizona a civil war, once again defending the criminals and illegals, creating a meltdown for good, loyal, law-abiding citizens. Your destruction of this country may never be remedied, and we may never recover. I pray to God you stop, and I hope the people in this great country realize your agenda is not for the betterment of mankind, but for the betterment of your politics,” Mr. Voight concludes, adding: “With heartfelt and deep concern for America and Israel” with his signature.


Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal is due in the White House on Wednesday, to answer for “The Runaway General,” a Rolling Stone interview that won’t even be on newsstands until Friday. Enthusiastic reports already say he has tendered his resignation. There was media combat as well. The magazine chastised Politico, for example, for publishing unauthorized excerpts of the profile, though the Columbia Journalism Review, Gawker.com and the Atlantic managed to sneak in a few paragraphs unscathed.

Speculation about the officer and his professional fate launched close to 5,000 press accounts on Tuesday, according to a Google search, replete with headlines that divvy up the drama:

“Calls for resignation largely muted” (Fox News), “McChrystal’s toast” (National Public Radio), “Keep McChrystal” (National Review), “Fire McChrystal or fire Afghanistan?” (Firedoglake), “McChrystal/MacArthur, it’s deja vu all over again” (MSNBC), “Just what is a firing offense?” (Politico), “So much for military discipline” (Dallas Morning News), “Fire McChrystal and bring the troops home now!” (Huffington Post).


Sarah Palin’s not running for the Senate - but she might as well be,” says J.B. Poersch, executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. “Her fingerprints are all over these races. She wants Senate influence - and she’s got just the candidates to gain it. Carly Fiorina, Rand Paul, Sharron Angle. A veritable ‘Axis of Palin.’ “

“Sure, we Democrats think they’re too extreme to win. But Palin’s supporters don’t. And with her support and encouragement, they think they can win these races,” Mr. Poersch continues, with a recommendation that loyal Democrats send money, please, to the party.

“It’s going to take each and every grass-roots Democrat to defeat the Axis of Palin. This is one fight we can’t afford to sit out.”


A trio of Predator 3 drones has patrolled the U.S./Mexico border since 2004. Texas Republicans Gov. Rick Perry and Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn, and Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar have asked for more of the unmanned aircraft, along with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer. Will they get their wish? We may find out the answer to this question - and others - Wednesday afternoon.

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