Why Does The Establishment Hate Ron Paul?What is it about Ron Paul that the

Establishment finds so disturbing?
This is a man who perhaps personifies Christian character and
integrity, American patriotism, and family values more than any other
public figure. Ron Paul is a committed family man whose marriage to
Carol has lasted for more than 50 years. He is a lover of families and
children. As an OB/GYN physician, Dr. Paul has delivered more than
4,000 babies into this world. His life demonstrates a commitment to
life and marriage.
Furthermore, Ron Paul's devotion to Christ is very personal and deep.
Unlike many politicians (especially in the Republican Party), Ron Paul
does not wear his religion on his sleeve. He doesn't need to. Anyone
who knows him knows his faith is exhibited on a daily basis. His life
and family are testaments to his Christian faith.
Beyond that, Ron Paul's record in Congress is so unblemished, so
honest, so full of integrity that it is difficult to describe. This is
a man who actually takes his oath to the Constitution (an oath every
congressman, senator, and President also takes–but then ignores)
seriously. So much so that he has never voted to raise taxes, never
voted for an unbalanced budget, never voted for a congressional …

PUBLIC STATEMENT OF ALARM

TO PRIME MINISTER OLMERT AND PRESIDENT BUSH    
In the light of God's warning to the nations through His prophet Joel
that He will one day bring them to judgment for dividing the land He
repeatedly vowed to give to just one nation – His own beloved and
Chosen People – it is appalling to read Israeli Prime Minister Ehud
Olmert's expressed belief that he can almost see the hand of God behind
the crazy idea* being pushed upon Israel by the nations of the world:
that a 23rd Muslim Arab state – Palestine – be established in the heart
of this already tiny little land.
As you must know, Mr. Olmert, this is not the advice of friends but of
self-serving politicians who are afraid or unable to withstand the
immense pressures of the whole Muslim world (of more than 40 nations)
and also the millions of Muslims within their own borders. No, this is
not the kind advice of friends, but unconscionable exploitation for
reasons of expediency. And it is certainly not the hand of God behind
all this pressure, but the sinister influence of your combined
enemies-or should we say, the Enemy?
Therefore, together with millions of …

US considering int'l force in W. Bank

Herb Keinon
The US is preparing a plan to station third party troops in the West
Bank to secure the area after an Israeli withdrawal and before the
Palestinian Authority can take over full security control, The
Jerusalem Post has learned.
The issue of how to deal with the period between when Israel leaves
large swaths of the West Bank and the PA is able to take over control
is likely to be discussed during talks President George W. Bush will
hold in Jerusalem and in the PA on Wednesday and Thursday.
US Special Envoy for Middle East Security James Jones has been assigned
the task of preparing a plan on this issue within six moths.
A number of options are being considered, including the involvement of
NATO troops or Jordanian and Egyptian forces. Jones, a former Marine
Corps general, was NATO's top military commander from 2003 to 2005.
He visited here on December 18, and discussed the concept with his
Israeli interlocutors. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who
appointed Jones immediately after November's Annapolis Conference,
hinted at this role in a briefing she gave reporters on her way to the
PA donors' conference in Paris in mid-December.
Rice …

Olmert might be forced to resign, says Kadima official

Senior ruling party source says Kadima likely to opt for replacing
Olmert if Winograd war report's conclusions do not allow him to remain
in office. 'Early elections are out of the question, Livni or Mofaz can
replace him in post,' he states
Amnon Meranda
As the release of Winograd Commission's final report on the Second
Lebanon War approaches, speculations in the political arena are
mounting and MKs begin preparing for the report's aftermath.   
A senior Kadima official told Ynet Monday that many in the faction have
already agreed to promote the election of a new chairman in case the
report's conclusions do not allow Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to remain
in office.  
“The members agree that early elections are out of the question,” he
said. “If the final report does not allow Olmert to continue in his
position, we will have to elect a new chairman that will replace him as
prime minister.”   
The senior official stated that Olmert was expected to resign if the
report indicated that he should do so. “There is no reason why we
should go to early elections. There are good forces in Kadima that can
contend over leadership, such as (Foreign …

Israel to present Bush with 'Iran file'

Political-diplomatic forum at Prime Minister's Office convenes for
special discussion ahead of US president's visit to Jerusalem this
week. Defense Minister Ehud Barak to brief Bush on Israeli
interpretation to intelligence information on Tehran's nuclear program
Roni Sofer
Israel does not have any evidence which could turn the tables on a
recent US intelligence report which concluded that Iran has stopped
developing nuclear weapons, according to the senior
political-diplomatic forum at the Prime Minister's Office.  
The forum convened Sunday afternoon in order to decide on Israel's
stance on the Iranian issue ahead of US President George W. Bush's
visit to Israel, which is scheduled to being Wednesday.     
The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Foreign
Minister Tzipi Livni, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Minister for
Strategic Affairs Avigdor Lieberman, Mossad chief Meir Dagan, IDF Chief
of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, Director-General of the Israel Atomic Energy
Commission Shaul Horev, Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin,
Director of Policy and Political-Military Affairs at the Defense
Ministry Amos Gilad, and a senior Shin Bet official.  
The Mossad and the IDF Intelligence branch briefed the forum on the
information obtained by Israel on the Iranian nuclear issue.  
A report submitted …

Iran boats harassed warships Officials call it 'provocative;' Iran says ships didn't recognize each other

WASHINGTON – Iranian boats harassed and provoked three American Navy ships in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, threatening to blow up the vessels, U.S. officials said Monday.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry said Monday the confrontation was “something normal” and was resolved, suggesting the Iranian boats had not recognized the U.S. vessels. National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said the Bush administration urges Iranians “to refrain from such provocative actions that could lead to a dangerous incident in the future.”
Military officials told NBC News that two U.S. Navy destroyers and one frigate were heading into the Persian Gulf through the international waters of the Strait of Hormuz when five armed “fast boats” of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard approached at high speed, darting in and out of the formation.
At one point a radio message from one of the Iranian boats warned, “You are going to blow up within minutes.”
The Navy warships went into defensive mode, radioed the usual warnings to steer clear, and in the end no shots were fired. U.S. military warships believe the Revolutionary Guard boats were “testing our defenses,” the officials said.
Defense Department spokesman Bryan Whitman called it a “serious incident.” Another U.S. official, speaking on …