Letter to the Editor

Monday, November 15, 2010 at 11:00pm

Where the Middle East is concerned, we have to be able to “read between the lines.” The latest very interesting clue lies in the Obama administration’s offer to “quash” perceived anti-Israel UN resolutions over the coming year, if Israel comes to the bargaining table. This seems to imply that there will be a new UN resolution backed by economic sanctions that the U.S. won’t “quash” if Israel remains bellicose and intransigent. Barack Obama is using a very nice carrot and a very big stick, to persuade Israel to do what needs to be done: Trade land for peace. And if [Benjamin] Netanyahu and his yahoos try to unseat President Obama via the political machinations of the pro-Israel lobby, that only makes it more likely that Obama will act through the UN before leaving office. So perhaps the “smartest man in the room” has created a Catch-22 proposition that can lead to peace in the Middle East.

Mike Burch 

Nashville, TN 37221 

Filed under: City Voices

45 Comments on this post:

By: bnakat on 11/16/10 at 2:02

@ Loner: Ah, a companion, a ME fellow traveler for you. Even your language is in some particulars similar. However, you and Mr. Burch entertain diverse views of President Obama's feigned support of Israel. Mr. Burch sees a master chess player who will outfox PM Netanyahu. But the PM is a true statesman, who possesses savvy far beyond that of a community organizer. He will do what is best for his country.

Your protestations to the contrary notwithstanding, President Obama has no affinity for the State of Israel, or her people. His actions and words have proven him to favor Arabs and Muslims, wherever they are found.

Please reserve your rants about me being a rabid Zionist, who believes that modern day Jews are God's chosen people. Ancient Israel held that distinct designation. However, after reading your postings for several months, I must with all due respect submit that you do not understand the meaning.

Note: There is today a spiritual application for the description "God's chosen people," but it is beyond the scope of these comments.

By: dargent7 on 11/16/10 at 4:52

Oh, oh.
Wait 'til Loner reads that post!
I've got to upgrade my RAM and ROM immediately to cover it all.

By: house_of_pain on 11/16/10 at 5:12

"I've got to upgrade my RAM and ROM immediately to cover it all."

ROM Emanuel?

By: dargent7 on 11/16/10 at 5:25

"Read Only Memory", pilgrim. I use a IBM System 36.
Upload into a Cray, wifey changes the liquid nitrogen, then download into my toilet.
That's where I do my best work.

By: dargent7 on 11/16/10 at 5:26

Rahm Emanuel I think is who you are thinking of.
He uses the Oval Office john.

By: govskeptic on 11/16/10 at 5:48

Sorry to see Mr. Burch use "the smartest man in the
room" phrase. That myth was debunked within the first
30-60 days of this administration. "The One", as Oprah
called President Obama, will make no progress in this
attempt at Peace and our Secretary of State has only
IOU's to pass out as American Assistance to any
promises made toward that end!

By: Loner on 11/16/10 at 6:18

Good morning, Nashville!

How about that, an LTE that discusses the US-Israel special relationship; something that was not even a minor election issue.

I'm afraid that Mike Burch is just a little naive. Mike reasons that since the US is putting a one-year limit on the US pledge to vote in the UN as Israel's proxy, that after one year, a paradigm shift will occur and the US will then get tough with the Israelis. That is wishful thinking at best.

The US has always voted Israel's way in the UN; the big difference now is that we are out in the open about selling our UN influence to the apartheid Jewish State in Palestine. As long as AIPAC and the COPOMAJO continue to purchase the services of our federal lawmakers,by way of unlimited campaign donations, the US will vote in the UN as Israel dictates.

To me, openly selling our UN vote to any country for any period of time is beyond foolish, it is bordering on treason. But the Congress will not see it that way; they are on the take.

The Israelis will be able to continue building in occupied east Jerusalem, the freeze is for the WB only. The US UN-vote pledge is for one full year, the proposed partial , temporary freeze on West Bank settlements is for only 90 days. After the 90 days are up, the Israelis will be free to build wherever they want and the US has promised never to ask for another freeze.

The US has also agreed to outrageous Israeli "security guarantees", such as the stationing of IDF troops in any future Palestinian state, at US expense. In other words, the Palestinian state would still be occupied territory.

And Israel will get 20 state-of-the-art F-35 stealth fighter jets for free, if they agree to the 90-day freeze. These extra 20 F-35's will be free of charge and will complement the 20 F-35's that Israel has already ordered. They'll get 20 at the regular price and 20 for free; that's 40 at half price. Interestingly, the USAF will not get any of these planes until after Israel gets theirs, according to news reports. The Israelis will install their own avionics and electronic stealth hardware; they fear that the US might put in a "back door" feature; apparently they do not trust us.....but we trust them.

No, Obama has been snookered. The Israelis risk nothing in this proposal, Obama risks it all. Obama hopes to set the final borders in just 90 days, something that has been elusive for 62 years; he's one hell of an optimist, or a total fool.

I addressed all this in a journal entry. I invite everyone to go to my blog and comment. Here's the link:


By: gdiafante on 11/16/10 at 8:24


By: Loner on 11/16/10 at 9:33

Apparently this is all over your tired little head, Gdiafante...nappy, nappy time.

By: gdiafante on 11/16/10 at 9:37

I know this subject gives you a woody, but most just don't care. Look at the number of posts...


By: Loner on 11/16/10 at 9:47

You are absolutely right, Gdiafante, nobody cares if our UN vote is for sale or rent and nobody cares if Israel gets free F-35's, even before the USAF gets them. Nobody cares if the peace process collapses and violence ensues. Nobody cares if Israel builds thousands of government-subsidized new homes for Jews only on occupied Arab land. Nobody cares if AIPAC and COPOMAJO control our federal lawmakers by way of permissible bribes.

You are right, sir, I am a true loner on this issue.

I'll just sign off then, please lead the discussion my sleepy-eyed friend...I'm outta here.

Postscript: I got your woody....right here!

By: gdiafante on 11/16/10 at 9:49

Don't take it so personally, Loner.


By: Captain Nemo on 11/16/10 at 9:50

Good morning.


By: Captain Nemo on 11/16/10 at 9:51

Nice letter. I wonder if this is the scenario that is playing out.

By: dargent7 on 11/16/10 at 9:59

gD is right. Look at the posts....
How about McNabb signing a $70 million ($40 million guarantee) the day an ex-felon dog killer, kicks his as**s?
30 to zero in the 1st qtr.?
59 points in football?
And it wasn't even against the Lions!

By: AmyLiorate on 11/16/10 at 10:04

Nice one Nemo.


By: gdiafante on 11/16/10 at 10:30

I think the contract numbers are wrong, Darge. It's closer to $10 million guaranteed with several incentives and "outs" for Washington.

As far as the game...are there any more annoying announcers than the Monday Night three? I thought they were collectively going to leave their wives for Vick before halftime...

By: gdiafante on 11/16/10 at 10:38

Correction: I just read that if McNabb is cut after this year, he only gets around $4 million. That's probably too much as well.

By: yogiman on 11/16/10 at 10:47

Looks like you are an Obama fan on your disrespect for Israel, Loner.

What is your feelings toward the Muslims? Are you in there favoring them with Obama?

I'm sorry my memory isn't what it used to be because I can't remember all the details but somewhere down the line in our history a Jewish man provided the USA with the money to carry out a war (sorry, I can't remember the conflict). After it was over they offered to pay him back and he turned it down. It wound up with the US creating a recognition of this man with an emblem in their regard for his help.

If memory serves me at any point, I believe it was a 'sign' on a piece of our money.

By: brrrrk on 11/16/10 at 11:09

I'm selling tin foil hats again.....

By: house_of_pain on 11/16/10 at 11:11

Are they monogrammed, brrrrk?

By: brrrrk on 11/16/10 at 11:12

house_of_pain said

"Are they monogrammed, brrrrk?"

You bet! I've got one bent into shape just for yogi.

By: AmyLiorate on 11/16/10 at 11:21

This LTE is pretty well written and Mr. Burch draws some interesting points.

However, that fight over there has gone on far too long. If there is a catch-22 then we can be assured both sides will just hold fast until some other factor changes the playing field.

No where is the US justified to meddle anywhere in the world where we aren't being attacked or directly threatened. One day we'll pull away from all these shenanigans.

By: AmyLiorate on 11/16/10 at 11:27

Speaking of tinfoil hats, today is President Obama's 666th day in office (illegally?)

Sumpthin cwazy might happen toady!

By: gdiafante on 11/16/10 at 11:36

You're right Amy...and today is 11/16/10, which the sum is 37. 37 goes into 666 18 times. 18 can be factored to 2*3*3...when you add those together, you get 8 which can be divided by 2 four times.


By: house_of_pain on 11/16/10 at 11:37

Thanks for the heads-up, Amy.
Time to break out the tin foil Snuggie.

By: dargent7 on 11/16/10 at 11:46

All reports I've read, McNabb gets $40. million for showing up.

By: gdiafante on 11/16/10 at 11:49


Here are the details of the contract...

By: Captain Nemo on 11/16/10 at 12:27

I’m sorry Amy I could not get your 10:04 post.

It takes a whole brain to remember things. Half brains can only think that something is missing.

Gdia your 11:36 posts WHAT? lol

By: yogiman on 11/16/10 at 1:06

Only for those interested; I found the article I read about the Jew who helped the Constitutional Army. It is an interesting article and should be in our history but too few people have ever heard about it. And yes, if it hadn't been for that man, this might not be the USA today.

By: yogiman on 11/16/10 at 1:08

Basically, it is involved in the explanation of the look of our One Dollar bill.

By: yogiman on 11/16/10 at 1:19

It seems the computer is the best history teacher in the US today. If you go to 'google' or 'bing' and give them the name Hayim Solomon they will pretty much tell you all about him. It seems after his help to the US he died a pauper.

By: yogiman on 11/16/10 at 1:23

Yes, Amy, Obama is in that office illegally.

If congress allows him to stay in that office accepting him as the President the indicates our nation has already turned that curve leading into communism. They have basically replaced the Sears-Roebuck catalog in the outhouse with our Constitution.

By: gdiafante on 11/16/10 at 1:47

"Constitutional Army"

WTF?? Are you drunk?

By: yogiman on 11/16/10 at 1:49


When Mr. Burch uses the phrase "smartest man in the room" phase, doesn't that tell you how smart he is?

By: gdiafante on 11/16/10 at 1:52

"When Mr. Burch uses the phrase "smartest man in the room" phase, doesn't that tell you how smart he is?"

I don't know, how smart is someone who uses the word "phrase" before and after quotations and then misspells it the second time?

By: yogiman on 11/16/10 at 1:54

Sorry, gdifante, I meant the Continental Army. Yeah, I do make mistakes. Sorry I'm not a 'brilliant' as you. To be blunt, I just didn't edit the damn post. But wouldn't you consider the Continental Army the Constitutional Army? Ain't that what they were fighting to protect?

By: gdiafante on 11/16/10 at 1:57

I'm sorry yogi, how could the Constitution establish the Continental army given that it wasn't even written until 1787?

By: gdiafante on 11/16/10 at 2:00

Brrrk, you finished with that tin foil hat for yogi yet?

By: dargent7 on 11/16/10 at 2:03

gD: Professor "yogi" interprets the calendar in "dog years".

By: brrrrk on 11/16/10 at 2:08

gdiafante said

"Brrrk, you finished with that tin foil hat for yogi yet?"

I have to run to Publix and buy another couple rolls of Reynolds Wrap..... yogi needs a big one!!!!

By: Captain Nemo on 11/16/10 at 2:14

There is no challenge with this wizard. yogi is only half the entertainment factor as some wacko’s on this board.

By: AmyLiorate on 11/16/10 at 3:19

Nemo, I was saying that I liked the picture you posted this morning. After that I posted a story that wasn't related to you.

By: yogiman on 11/16/10 at 3:38

Sorry, gdiafante, did I misinterpret the meanings to the words 'phase' and 'phrase'?

And, Naw, I wudn't drunk, gdiafante. My doctor told me years ago if I didn't stop drinking I'd be dumber than everybody I was talking to in the future.

By: yogiman on 11/16/10 at 3:48

Captain Nemo,

Did I misinterpret the use of this site? I didn't know it was for entertainment only. I thought is was to pass along news,such as: is the current person sitting in our Oval Office a legally elected President or a rip-off artist with a Congress that is so willing to let him get away with it?

I wish I know as much about using this damn machine as you people do. I could pass you news I have that would show you exactly who Obama is. But, with my computer stupidity, I can only type articles (and yeah, mistype some words, gdiafante) trying to show you where our nation is going. and I do not believe any of you want to go there.