PORT OF PALM BEACH COMMISSION MEETING, 7-18-2019…

PORT OF PALM BEACH COMMISSION MEETING, 7-18-2019…

PORT OF PALM BEACH COMMISSION MEETING, 7-18-2019… Although we have much happening in the Port of Palm Beach District, the thing I found most interesting in this particular meeting was the lack of bidders on the available jobs to be contracted by the Port of Palm Beach. George Black Jr. ( Port of palm Beach Post | Internet Marketing Assistance) .

EMAIL FROM THE JEWISH POLICY CENTER TO THE PORT OF PALM BEACH POST…

EMAIL FROM THE JEWISH POLICY CENTER TO THE PORT OF PALM BEACH POST…

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INSIGHT

Patiently Squeezing Iran

Shoshana Bryen  July 19, 2019 • American Thinker

Syrian regime forces look at the horizon from a hill in Bir Qabaqib, west of Deir Ezzor on September 4, 2017. (Photo: AFP)

What appears to be an oil tanker war brewing in the Red Sea and beyond, including the downing of an Iranian drone by a U.S. Navy ship, is more evidence that Iran is showing the strain of American-led sanctions and reluctant European acknowledgment that appeasing the Islamic Republic is a losing proposition. Cornered, Iran is aggressively pushing back on the West even as Foreign Minister Javad Zarif used an American platform to suggest talks with Washington. (He tried to walk his words back, but his problem is clear.)

Iran has been riding high for a long time — not as high as it might have wanted to think, or as high as some Americans had feared — but the 21st century has, until now, been good for Tehran. The 2011 American withdrawal from Iraq gave the mullahs political and military influence in a major oil-producing country as well as a pathway to pursue its interests in Syria. Iran’s management of Yemen’s Houthi minority gave it a base in the Red Sea, providing an avenue for transfer of weapons to the unstable countries along the coast and to jihadists in Egypt’s Sinai, and for harassing the Sunni oil-producing states and international shipping.

The entire edifice, however, stood on the shaky pillar of money. The 2015 JCPOA (the “Iran deal”) provided that money, meaning Iran didn’t have to choose among its nefarious and expensive activities – or between those activities and the needs of its people. The deal supplied legitimacy, too, but Iran cared about legitimacy only as it allowed for moneymaking.

President Trump has squeezed the money flow and squeezed Iran in Syria. And Iran has begun to fail.

Iran and Russia are jockeying over the remains of the Syrian corpse. Russia is winning, in part because Iran has no money for bribes or military activity. Russia has taken over reconstruction; not of homes, farms and utilities, but of a new government for Bashar Assad. Asia Times reported on Russian changes among top-level Syrian generals and their replacement with:

…products of the post-2011 order, well-versed in warfare, and backed and trained by the Russians… (with) very little room left in their careers as they approach the age of 60. Meaning, they will collectively be retired by 2021. Appointing officers who are so close to retirement is seemingly part of Russia’s vision for revamping the security services… Things are notably different now, as most officers of Bashar’s old guard, who led the government offensive in 2011-2015 are either retired or dead.

Iran has no role, and none in the Russian-led creation of a panel of a Syrian government committee for international talks on a new constitution.  “Assad and the Russian envoy agreed to continue working and intensely coordinate between both sides on the next steps, especially in forming a committee for discussing the constitution and the mechanisms and procedures of its work,” said a recent government statement.

Humiliating as that is, it’s worse to find the United States and Israel jointly monitoring the Iranian base at Bukamal, with no apparent interference from Russia — or Syria. According to Israeli sources, along with Iranian military officers, the base holds telecommunications, weapons stockpiles, and members of Iranian Shiite militias from Hezb’allah, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan. The base, however, is located directly across the Euphrates River from American and allied Syrian forces. Couple this with the American garrison at al-Tanf in the south overlooking the Baghdad-Damascus Highway and the most important Iranian military movements in Syria are under American surveillance. Along with that of the Israel Air Defense Force.

Having Assad remain in power under Russian control is not an optimal outcome for Syria and the Syrian people. It is, however, status quo ante bellum. Russia was there before and Russia is there now. Iran appears to have retained no levers of power.

On American television last week, Zarif was both cajoling and threatening. He followed up on Twitter, as is his habit.

Had we wanted to develop nuclear weapons we would have been able to do it long time ago. We have the capability. We have always had the capability — for many years but we decided… not to develop nuclear weapons. @JZarif 2/3

And that decision stands. And if President Trump really wants to make sure that #Iran never produces nuclear weapons, there are ways of doing that. @JZarif 3/3

Wait a second — didn’t Ayatollah Khomeini issue a fatwa against nuclear weapons? JCPOA supporters said there would never be Iranian nuclear weapons because they were forbidden, but now Zarif wants to be paid to ensure that Iran doesn’t do what it isn’t entitled to do.

The time for paying off Iran is over. Continuing the squeeze on Iranian assets, coupled with international backing for freedom of navigation in the Red Sea and Persian Gulf seems a better bet. But for that, we will need more patience.

VIDEOS OF THE DAY…7-04-2019…

 

VIDEOS OF THE DAY…7-04-2019…

PLESE KEP WATCHING…

WATCH ON!!! THE SR-72, AND THE SF-112, both after the SR-71, AND THE SF 111 (F-111) DO EXIST… I JUST CAN NOT PUBLISH THAT STUFF RIGHT NOW. YOU KNOW, CLEARANCE AND STUFF.

PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN…

TO JOIN THE UNITED STATES MILITARY CALL SGT. REX A. MARTINDALE, 812-698-8445

WHAT’S GOING ON? BOOTS ON THE GROUND?

STARS AND STRIPES  ;  )

JOYCE MEYER, A WEEK WITH GOD…

JOYCE MEYER, A WEEK WITH GOD…

BOO SPOOKS, HERE WE ARE  :  )

 

SONG FOR THE DAY…

SOME OF MY LADIES MAY HAVE HAD A BIT, BUT IT WAS ALL IN GOOD FUN.  :  )

 

SUNDAY WITH JOYCE MEYER…6-30-2019…

SUNDAY WITH JOYCE MEYER…6-30-2019…

KID ROCK & GEORGE BLACK JR. LOVE THE LORD JESUS BECAUSE HE FIRST LOVED US…

KID ROCK & GEORGE BLACK JR. LOVE THE LORD JESUS BECAUSE HE FIRST LOVED US…

FIRST CUT, SHERYL CROW…

Sheryl Crow – The First Cut is the Deepest

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AN EMAIL FROM THE PALM BEACH NORTH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE…6-26-2019…

AN EMAIL FROM THE PALM BEACH NORTH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE…6-26-2019…

WHEN
Wednesday,
June 26
5 – 7 PM

WHERE
The Els Center of Excellence
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Proceeds from the 50/50 raffle will benefit The Els for Autism Foundation, a nonprofit organization elected by our Ambassador Committee. Every month we highlight a member of our Chamber who is a part of a non-profit by inviting them to share their mission with our Business After Hours guests. Remember to bring cash to be a part of the fundraising.

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SONGS FOR TODAY…6-26-2019…

SONGS FOR TODAY…6-26-2019…, LOVE ALL OF YOU…

ARE WE OUT OF THE WOODS YET?

YOU ALREADY KNOW  :  )

SUNDAY WITH JOYCE MEYER, 6-23-2019…

SUNDAY WITH JOYCE MEYER, 6-23-2019…

TO MY PORT OF PALM BEACH POST SUBSCRIBERS…JEWISH POLICY CENTER…

TO MY PORT OF PALM BEACH POST SUBSCRIBERS…JEWISH POLICY CENTER…

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EVENTS

U.S.-Israel Security Cooperation: The Unpublicized Mutual Benefits

Hillel Frisch and Shoshana Bryen  June 25, 2019 @ 12 Noon  Rayburn House Office Building

Please join the JPC for one of the most important Capitol Hill briefings this summer, RSVP below.

That the United States provides Israel approximately $3.3 billion annually in military assistance funds, and that U.S. law requires the Israeli defense ministry to spend 75 percent of that on American equipment and service (a percentage that will be rising) is well-understood. However, the many benefits that both countries receive are less well known.

The event, co-sponsored by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R.-Colo.), should help remedy that. From next-generation weapons development to accelerated intelligence gathering and interpretation, disruption of hostile international networks and support for pro-Western third parties, the numerous advantages of the U.S-Israeli security relationship are vital.

Speakers include:

Prof. Hillel Frisch, a political and Middle Eastern studies specialist, is well-placed to analyze U.S.-Israeli security cooperation. His work has focused on institutions and the military and Israeli-Palestinian relations, among other subjects. His recent papers for the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies include “The Gulf States: The Weak Link in Sanctions on Iran” and “Peace with the Arab States and the Palestinians Must be Delinked.” His book Israel’s Security and Its Arab Citizens was published in 2011.

JPC Senior Director Shoshana Bryen possesses more than 30 years’ experience as an analyst of U.S. defense policy and Middle Eastern affairs. She has worked with the U.S. Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute and the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv. Her writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Defense News and other publications.

RSVP required, Dietary laws observed.

Questions? Contact: RSVP@jewishpolicycenter.org

Location: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2168, 45 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20515

Date: June 25, 2019 @ 12 Noon

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