Presidential Memorandum of February 8, 2013, invokes the waiver of restriction on providing funds to the Palestinian Authority as set forth in “section 7040(b) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2012 (Division I, Public Law 112-74) … as carried forward by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (Public Law 112-175)”.
The United States has a prior history of supplying weapons and funds to its enemies – Iran-Contra Affair – but with the events of September 11, 2001 came a heightened awareness by the people as to whom the foreign friends and foes of America are.
Common sense would dictate that a matter of national security interest for any country would be to discern who your friends and enemies are and ensure that you are not aiding the enemy. The Constitution of the United States declares that giving aid to an enemy is an act of treason. [Article III section 3]. Federal law expands on the Constitution only in adding that anyone who gives the enemy “aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason”. [USC at 18 U.S.C. § 2381].
Defining one’s enemies as opposed to who one’s friends are seems to be easier for the people than it does its elected officials of the United States.
Even though a report comes out accusing top Democrats of ‘engaging’ groups tied to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, stating that providing support for terrorism is not a war crime, appears to leave the U.S. free to clear sale of Lockheed missile defense system to UAE, Qatar. Qatar, not being listed as an enemy combatant nation against the U.S., is however, home to Hamas, which moved its headquarters to Qatar when Syria shuttered Hamas offices in an effort to break with the group.
The U.S. finalizing sales of F-15s to Saudi Arabia doesn’t appear, on the surface, to be anti-American as Saudi Arabia is considered, by the elected officials, to be an ally of the United States. Indeed, Saudi Arabia has lent its hand to the U.S. during two Gulf Wars. As for the people, some consider Saudi Arabia to be a nuisance with regard to America’s oil industry, by driving up the prices.
The biggest question with regard to Saudi Arabia as it pertains to America’s national security, is that there are factions operating inside Saudi Arabia that detest the U.S., and Saudi Arabia resides in the midst of those other countries that wish to see both America and Israel wiped off the map, as was seen during the September 2012 protests.
Obama to Congress: ‘I’ll decide what’s constitutional’
Another Change in the Standards for Designation of National Security Positions[/notify]
West Point – Combating Terrorism Center: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right (.pdf download)
from the D.C. Clothesline:
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