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I always take one day at a time and I was super sick when I read the headlines on World Net Daily, www.worldnetdaily.com This article is by AARON KLEIN and states that Israel is going to give the control of the Temple mount to the Arabs.
This is where the Golden Dome Mosque is located.
KING SOLOMONS TEMPLE TO BE REBUILT, BUT THE MOSQUE IN ON THE SITE.
I look at this world some what differently than most people, there is my BIBLICAL BELIEFS and there is MY ACTUAL PHYSICAL WORLD BELIEFS. WE OPERATE ON THE CALENDAR AND THE CLOCK AND TIME IS VERY IMPORTANT IN THIS PHYSICAL WORLD, BUT ON THE OTHER "SIDE" - THERE IS NO WAY WE CAN UNDERSTAND THEIR CONCEPT OF TIME. WE ARE NOW OPERATING ON G-D's TIME SCHEDULE. We have no way of knowing the value of time that is in prophecy according to G-D's Law... We are close to this final scenario...
At this point in time before I go into detail, let me say that I do not have the formal education of college degrees but I am quite well read and I understand things many people do not. I will start with my Biblical beliefs as I have been reading them since I was 7 years old and now I am 66 years old. No secrets here, as those who know me understand how honest I really am.
We are now living in a world gone mad, look at this world as a play that has been written and the cast of characters may change but the script will not. I consider these the end of days as we know them, now I did not say the end of the world. Certain Biblical events must take place before the MESSIAH or in my case the MOSHIACH can come and solve this worlds problems. There is one question that keeps eating away at me and that is in my opinion General SHARON of Israel was assasinated and he has been dead from day one and JUDAH (Jews) always bury within 24 hours. Half of Sharons skull has been in a freezer and I do not understand why he has not been buried. The last great warrior of Israel must be buried, before the great battle that is coming.
When I read that the state of ISRAEL's is going to give the TEMPLE MOUNT TO ISLAM I could not believe how the "EREV RAV" leaders of Israel could do this. Let me explain why, in order for the Messiah to come the third temple which is going to be rebuilt must be in the very location of where the ISLAMIC dome of the rock now stands. G-D will now take his revenge and this is my opinion only. The EREV RAV are misguided Jews installed at the time of the PHAROH when the Jews left Egypt, this was intentional, they have evolved into the government and are traitors and they probably do not even know what they are.
You can not give away something that does not belong to you. I speak of very holy sites, such as the city of Peace - JERUSALEM. This is G-D's city and man is not to just make a deal because their will be a terrible price to pay. Jerusalem has been the bloodiest city on the face of this earth and it sits in the very middle of this planet, and it will erupt into a major war that this world has never seen before.
It is my personal opinion as we are being dismantled from within, the new power of the world will be "GERMANY"...We have won two world wars that they started and this next go around they will see that we are in no position to beat them again. They used the US to help them take over quiet control of the Balkans. If "GERMANY" is the leader of the "EU" and the 10 major countries and there may be a total of 27 countries in the "EU", it will give GERMANY access to all of their arsenals. THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE SEEING EVOLVE. Keep your eye on GERMANY...
In ISAIAH Chapter 26, Verse 19, it says I WILL BEAK THE PRIDE OF YOUR POWER AND YOUR MILITARY WILL BE SPENT IN VAIN. THIS IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW TO THE US AND THE UK AND ISRAEL. America has not won a major war since 1945. The UK is down to a 25 ship navy and countries like Indonesia probably have a larger navy than the UK. America has some of the very best front line soldiers in this world, there are the 50 year old national guard that are going house to house in 120 degree heat, these soldiers are too protect the US on American soil, not in a foreign war. On the other hand you have 20 year old soldiers that are dying to maintain a corrupt government that can not agree on anything. this Iraqi government is totally out of control. These fine American soldiers are restricted to a 7 point rules of engagement and when they fight to win, many are put up on charges. If Teddy Roosevelt were alive he would go crazy and or is turning over in his grave. WHERE ARE THE B52 Bombers in Diego Garcia ?? AMERICA CAN NOT BE THE POLICEMAN OF THE WORLD WITH A BROKEN ARMY AND POLITICIANS ON BOTH SIDES THAT ARE CORRUPT. If you are fired upon from a MOSQUE, you can not fire back, tell that to the Germans of WW II... they would laugh their sides off.
OUR TOP GENERALS ARE BUSY WORRYING ABOUT THEIR RETIREMENT AND WHAT WILL THEY DO, MAYBE BECOME A LOBBYIST, FOLLOW THE MONEY TRAIL.
The ISRAELI's have another problem as they are run by traitors and G-D is going to teach all of us a lesson because they have ignored his 10 commandments. Giving back the Sinai was when things went sour for Israel because G-D gave that land to the Israeli's because that is where MOSES received the 10 commandments, and who pressured them to return it to EGYPT... you tell me... there will be a price to pay for this betrayal of G-D's law. JIMMY CARTER made MENACHAM BEGIN GIVE BACK THE SINAI IN THE LATE 1970's..... This was the very worst thing that Israel has done to go against G-D's law. THIS WAS THE TURNING POINT... PAYBACKS OF DEVINE INTERVENTION HAVE BEGUN.
When I listen to all the politicians world wide and in "DC" its like they are all speaking a different language and can not communicate with each other. Remember the TOWER OF BABEL ?? We have now been sold out in this North American Partnership, it is the beginning of the end for us, this is my opinion only.
I remember the 1950 era when I grew up in Brooklyn, this was the best of times, we had no money, we had no TV, we had no Air Conditioning, etc... but everyone was basically pleased with this country and the direction it was going. America made everything and their politicians tried to do what was right. We had a simple life and if I wanted to use a pay phone I had to walk about 4 blocks and it cost one dime. The subway cost 15 cents if I remember right. You could go to sears and buy a rifle anytime and there was no problem buying ammunition in Brooklyn.
Right now the key target area to watch is BASRA, IRAQ... because this is where the oil spicket is and everyone wants BASRA. Read ISAIAH Chapter 34, Verse 6....it says there will be a slaughter for G-D in Basra and this has not yet happened but it will. All the countries want the wealth in the ground (oil) in Basra and the very worst is coming. Speaking of oil, the globalists wanted to build an over land pipeline accross AFGHANISTAN but the TALIBAN GOVERNMENT refused, but now that they have the country they can build their overland pipeline from the CASPIAN SEA to move the oil, remember its always been about oil and power and money. THE CASPIAN SEA IS VERY RICH IN OIL.
You can not make a THEOCRACY INTO A DEMOCRACY... it can not be done. The neighboring countries will not allow this to happen. As America grows weaker militarily and this is sadly prophecy we will no longer be a factor in the very end game and neither will the UK. Israel will turn to GERMANY as they just bought two nuclear subs from them. It will get much worse as they become more dependant on the "EU"... Do you think that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and all of Islam will allow a Democracy to prevail in an Islamic country when they want a world Caliphate Government only controlled by ISLAMIC SHARIA LAW. Get real, this will never happen.
Lets remember little Viet Nam with a population of 20 million people and we were there for 12 years and our politicians would not let our military win when we had 500,000 boots on the ground. Then in Korea we never won. Now we are facing 1.4 BILLION MUSLIMS, lets just say that only 10% are RADICAL and I believe that figure is much higher. WE CAN NOT WIN. There is some significance to this time frame as "HITLER" was in power for 12 years. There are 25 million people in IRAQ, we now have about 160,000 troops on the ground in IRAQ., there is no way to get the shietes and the sunni's and the Kurds and the Turks and the Iranians and the Syrians and the Drews and the rest of the Islamic world to all of a sudden become friends and devide the oil. Lets not forget the Wahabbees in Saudi Arabia, its all about money and oil and power of who will be in control. We are in a no win situation 1000 times worse than Viet Nam.
They have come out with figures that for every insurgent killed in Iraq that 250,000 rounds were fired and we are running out of 5.56mm ammunition, so they are buying Israeli ammo. I have not even scratched the surface of what I want to say but you get the idea. This administration has now placed an order for 93 million rounds for Afghanistan of various types of ammunition.
In this physical world we have a nightmare scenario not only in this world but in this country. We have no one in control, they can not win a war in the middle east. Russia is very upset because of things you do not know. America ha constructed many bases at Russia' southern border and now that they are in bed with china, they are a force only the "EU" will be able to deal with. CHINA can raise an ARMY of 200 Million men overnight and have 350 Million men in side of a week. Lets not forget about American missles being installed in Poland. We can not be the policemen of this world with an army of 1.4 million men. We should be providing the best medical care money can buy for our wounded soldiers instead of giving everyone and his brother in the world money. OUR BORDERS REMAIN WIDE OPEN BECAUSE THEY HAVE AN AGENDA THAT IGNORES OUR CONSTITUTION.
We now have 1.4 million men in our army and it saddens me to say our military is broken and stretched too thin. They can not fight another war on the ground. Our only hope is our air force and our Navy but ships are vulnerable to new technology. If we lost our satellites it will be like living back in the 1850's. Our military concentrates on high tech weapons, meanwhile people wearing rags and sandals are killing us using a 60 year old "RPG"... I once asked a military official, why don't we have a weapon to compete with this cheap rocket propelled grenade that has been killing us since Viet Nam and his answer was = "I DON'T KNOW"
You see the weather is doing tremendous damage to this entire world, this is G-D trying to teach this world a lesson before it gets worse and in my opinion this is nothing compared to what is coming. IF YOU WERE G-D AND SAW WHAT YOU CREATED, JUST ASK YOUR SELF WHAT WOULD YOU SAY AND WHAT WOULD YOU DO...
You are not going to be able to prevent these end time scenarios and I suggest you start or get ready for you and your family to be able to survive the day after. Having a gun is important because its the human vultures that will want what you have. You must have all kinds of items for survival. If your wife will not allow a gun in her house then she will pay the price, its that simple. RAPE = INVOLUNTARY SEXUAL BATTERY... Get survival items now including medical kits that include chemicals to stop bleeding, get either Fox 40 or Storm whistles. DO IT KNOW BEFORE ITS TOO LATE, THE CLOCK IS TICKING. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE EXTRA EYE GLASES.
Even if you just buy a 22 rifle, that is better than nothing, but without ammunition, you have nothing. There are approx. 120 million rifles and 70 million handguns and 3 million assault weapons in this country in the hands of the people. AND YES THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH FIGHTING AND DYING FOR, ITS NOT JUST ANOTHER PIECE OF PAPER.
I hope you will take me serious, no one really knows who owns what due to private sales, so its reasonable to assume they will go after the ammunition and reloading components. DO NOT WAIT TILL ITS TOO LATE. READ YOUR BIBLE AND PRAY TO "YOUR" G-D. but buy ammunition along with your other food supplies as the very worst is coming. NO ONE REALLY KNOWS WHAT GUNS ARE IN THIS COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD, THESE ARE JUST ESTIMATES, BUT WITH OUT AMMUNITION YOU HAVE NOTHING. BUY RELOADING EQUIPMENT. ALL YOU NEED IS A SINGLE STAGE PRESS.
DISCLAIMER: EVERYTHING WRITTEN IS MY OPINION AND BASED ON MY PERSONAL VIEWPOINT.
DEBKAfile Exclusive: Major shakeup in elite Revolutionary Guards executed by supreme ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Sept 1 takes Iran a step closer to war
September 1, 2007, 11:32 PM (GMT+02:00)
In a special decree, Khamenei suddenly sacked Gen. Rahim Safavi and appointed Gen. Mohammad-Ali (Aziz) Jaafari, commander of missile forces, in his place as Revolutionary Guards chief.
Safavi was kicked upstairs as special security adviser to supreme ruler.
DEBKAfile’s Iranian sources disclose: Two years ago, Khamenei entrusted Jaafari, then commander of the corps’ ground forces, with charting a war strategy for the IRGC, the bulwark of the regime, to meet a foreign attack on Iran. His formal task was to set up the corps’ “center for strategy,” which would be given “unlimited national resources in case of a foreign military confrontation.
The new center was mandated to “draw up the new strategy and the necessary changes to ensure rapid an efficient transformation of the country’s civilian infrastructure and resources to military footing under the control of the IRGC.”
Our sources that Khamenei has now assigned his most trusted adviser in the elite corps with taking supreme command of the IRGC and carrying out the strategy he developed. This appointment takes Iran a step closer to armed conflict.
DEBKAfile’s sources note that the Revolutionary Guards bear responsibility for Iran’s national nuclear and missile programs. Last month, Washington indicated its intention to designate the IRGC as a global terrorist organization.
"GERMANY" on the rise to world power: (my comment)
Forbes: Merkel Most Powerful Woman
Aug 31, 7:43 AM (ET)
BERLIN (AP) - Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel tops Forbes magazine's list of the world's 100 most powerful women for the second year in a row, while Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice slipped to fourth from second last year.
Merkel "continued to impress the world with her cool leadership at two back-to-back summits," Forbes said.
The magazine cited her work getting leaders at the Group of Eight summit to agree to goals for cutting greenhouse gas emissions and persuading European Union leaders to get moving on a treaty to replace their failed constitution.
China's vice premier Wu Yi was No. 2, and Ho Ching of Singapore, chief executive of Temasek Holdings, was third ahead of Rice.
Several other female heads of state or government made the list, including Britain's Queen Elizabeth at No. 23, New Zealand's Prime Minister Helen Clark at No. 38, Finland's President Tarja Halonen at No. 50 and Philipines president Gloria Arroyo at No. 51.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was No. 25 and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was No. 26, while first lady Laura Bush was 60th.........................................................................................................................................
U.S. most armed country with 90 guns per 100 people
By Laura MacInnis
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States has 90 guns for every 100 citizens,
making it the most heavily armed society in the world, a report released
on Tuesday said.
U.S. citizens own 270 million of the world's 875 million known firearms,
according to the Small Arms Survey 2007 by the Geneva-based Graduate
Institute of International Studies.
About 4.5 million of the 8 million new guns manufactured worldwide each
year are purchased in the United States, it said.
"There is roughly one firearm for every seven people worldwide. Without
the United States, though, this drops to about one firearm per 10
people," it said.
India had the world's second-largest civilian gun arsenal, with an
estimated 46 million firearms outside law enforcement and the military,
though this represented just four guns per 100 people there. China,
ranked third with 40 million privately held guns, had 3 firearms per 100
Germany, France, Pakistan, Mexico, Brazil and Russia were next in the
ranking of country's overall civilian gun arsenals.
On a per-capita basis, Yemen had the second most heavily armed citizenry
behind the United States, with 61 guns per 100 people, followed by
Finland with 56, Switzerland with 46, Iraq with 39 and Serbia with 38.
France, Canada, Sweden, Austria and Germany were next, each with about
30 guns per 100 people, while many poorer countries often associated
with violence ranked much lower. Nigeria, for instance, had just one gun
per 100 people.
"Firearms are very unevenly distributed around the world. The image we
have of certain regions such as Africa or Latin America being awash with
weapons -- these images are certainly misleading," Small Arms Survey
director Keith Krause said.
"Weapons ownership may be correlated with rising levels of wealth, and
that means we need to think about future demand in parts of the world
where economic growth is giving people larger disposable income," he
told a Geneva news conference.
The report, which relied on government data, surveys and media reports
to estimate the size of world arsenals, estimated there were 650 million
civilian firearms worldwide, and 225 million held by law enforcement and
Five years ago, the Small Arms Survey had estimated there were a total
of just 640 million firearms globally.
"Civilian holdings of weapons worldwide are much larger than we
previously believed," Krause said, attributing the increase largely to
better research and more data on weapon distribution networks.
Only about 12 percent of civilian weapons are thought to be registered
U.S. under U.N. law in health emergency
Bush's SPP power grab sets stage for military to manage flu threats
Posted: August 28, 2007
11:15 p.m. Eastern
By Jerome R. Corsi
© 2007 WorldNetDaily.com
David Nabarro is new U.N. system influenza coordinator
The Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America summit in Canada released a plan that established U.N. law along with regulations by the World Trade Organization and World Health Organization as supreme over U.S. law and set the stage for militarizing the management of continental health emergencies.
The "North American Plan for Avian & Pandemic Influenza" was finalized at the SPP summit last week in Montebello, Quebec.
At the same time, the U.S. Northern Command, or NORTHCOM, has created a webpage dedicated to avian flu and has been running exercises in preparation for the possible use of U.S. military forces in a continental domestic emergency involving avian flu or pandemic influenza.
With virtually no media attention, in 2005 President Bush shifted U.S. policy on avian flu and pandemic influenza, placing the country under international guidelines not specifically determined by domestic agencies.
The policy shift was formalized Sept. 14, 2005, when Bush announced a new International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza to a High-Level Plenary Meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, in New York.
The new International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza was designed to supersede an earlier November 2005 Homeland Security report that called for a U.S. national strategy that would be coordinated by the Departments of Homeland Security, Health and Agriculture.
The 2005 plan, operative until Bush announced the International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza, directed the State Department to work with the WHO and U.N., but it does not mention that international health controls are to be considered controlling over relevant U.S. statutes or authorities.
Under the International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza, Bush agreed the U.S. would work through the U.N. system influenza coordinator to develop a continental emergency response plan operating through authorities under the WTO, North American Free Trade Agreement and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.
WND could find no evidence the Bush administration presented the Influenza Partnership plan to Congress for oversight or approval.
The SPP plan for avian and pandemic influenza announced at the Canadian summit last week embraces the international control principles Bush first announced to the U.N. in his 2005 International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza declaration.
The SPP plan gives primacy for avian and pandemic influenza management to plans developed by the WHO, WTO, U.N. and NAFTA directives - not decisions made by U.S. agencies.
The U.N.-WHO-WTO-NAFTA plan advanced by SPP features a prominent role for the U.N. system influenza coordinator as a central international director in the case of a North American avian flu or pandemic influenza outbreak.
In Sept. 2005, Dr. David Nabarro was appointed the first U.N. system influenza coordinator, a position which also places him as a senior policy adviser to the U.N. director-general.
Nabarro joined the WHO in 1999 and was appointed WHO executive director of sustainable development and health environments in July 2002.
In a Sept. 29, 2005, press conference at the U.N., Nabarro made clear that his job was to prepare for the H5N1 virus, known as the avian flu.
Nabarro fueled the global fear that an epidemic was virtually inevitable.
In response to a question about the 1918-1919 flu pandemic that killed approximately 40 million people worldwide, Nabarro commented, "I am certain there will be another pandemic sometime."
Nabarro stressed at the press conference that he saw as inevitable a worldwide pandemic influenza coming soon that would kill millions.
He quantified the deaths he expected as follows: "I'm not, at the moment at liberty to give you a prediction on numbers, but I just want to stress, that, let's say, the range of deaths could be anything from 5 to 150 million."
In a March 8, 2006, U.N. press conference that was reported on a State Department website, Nabarro predicted an outbreak of the H5N1 virus would "reach the Americas within the next six to 12 months."
On Feb. 1, 2006, NORTHCOM hosted representatives of more than 40 international, federal and state agencies for "an exercise designed to provoke discussion and determine what governmental actions, including military support, would be necessary in the event of an influenza pandemic in the United States."
NORTHCOM and other governmental websites document the growing role the Bush administration plans for the U.S. military to be involved in continental domestic emergencies involving health, including avian flu and pandemic influenza.
NORTHCOM participated in a nationwide Joint Chiefs of Staff-directed exercise - code-named Exercise Ardent Sentry 06 - to rehearse cooperation between Department of Defense and local, state and federal agencies, as well as the Canadian government.
A pandemic influenza crisis was one of the four scenarios gamed in Exercise Ardent Sentry 06, involving a scenario of a plague in Mexico reaching across the border into Arizona and New Mexico.
As has been customary in SPP documents and declarations, the Montebello, Canada, announcement of the North American Plan for Avian & Pandemic Influenza acknowledges in passing the sovereignty of the three nations.
The announcement says, "The Plan is not intended to replace existing arrangements or agreements. As such, each country's laws are to be respected and this Plan is to be subordinate and complementary to domestic response plans, existing arrangements and bilateral or multilateral agreements."
Still, the SPP plan argues the risk from avian and pandemic influenza was so great to North America that the leaders of the three nations were compelled "to work collectively and with all levels of government, the private sector and among-non-governmental organizations to combat avian and pandemic influenza."
Moreover, the SPP plan openly acknowledges, "The WHO's international guidance formed much of the basis for the three countries' planning for North American preparedness and response."
WND previously reported NORTHCOM has been established with a command center at Peterson Air Force Base, tasked with using the U.S. military in continental domestic emergency situations.
WND also has reported President Bush signed in May two documents, National Security Presidential Directive-51 and Homeland Security Presidential Directive-20, which give the office of the president extraordinary powers to declare national emergencies and to assume near-dictatorial powers.
Following the Montebello summit last week, the SPP North American Plan for Avian & Pandemic Influenza was published on a made-over SPP homepage redesigned to feature agreements newly reached by trilateral bureaucratic working groups.
Why the U.S. Can’t Afford to Attack Iran
| Even to skeptics, it’s becoming clear that Iran is the culprit fomenting terror in Iraq and across the Middle East. Why would President Bush still hesitate to take military action against Tehran?|
It seems there is no end to discussion about a possible U.S. military strike on Iran.
On the one hand, there is the powerful United States with the greatest military in the world. On the other is a rogue state—the greatest terrorism-sponsoring country in the world—which is providing insurgents, arms and funding for attacks against U.S. forces. The U.S. commander in chief has just a few months left in office; he doesn’t have to worry about votes in the next election. Some believe a decisive strike against Iran could improve his legacy.
Hence, some expect President George W. Bush to order a strike against Iran before his days at the White House are finished.
President Bush’s options, however, have diminished over the past few years. The U.S. is far more vulnerable than many would assume.
The core of America’s problem is that it is increasingly being threatened by regional powers intent on knocking it off its superpower perch. The U.S. is already fighting two wars simultaneously in Iraq and Afghanistan, and has limited military resources left. If these were to be absorbed by a crisis involving Iran—whether instigated by the U.S. or Tehran—the U.S. would likely lack sufficient military resources to respond meaningfully to any other crises. In other words, the world would be an open playing field for other powers to do whatever they liked.
This is America’s current predicament.
“U.S. forces are stretched perilously thin from the Middle East to Northeast Asia, and top-level U.S. military planners are trying to do something before yet another conflict flares up beyond the strength and ability of the Pentagon to do anything about it.” This was essentially the message of Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr., speaking at the National Press Club in Washington earlier this month, according to Asia Times Online. “If the demands don’t go down over time,” Casey said, “it will be increasingly difficult for us to meet those demands.”
Stratfor explained, “To an extraordinary degree, the United States does not have a real strategic reserve in its ground forces, the Army and the Marines” (August 21). If the U.S. became militarily engaged with Iran, “The United States would be throwing all of its chips on the table, with few reserves left. With all U.S. forces engaged in a line from the Euphrates to the Hindu Kush, the rest of the world would be wide open to second-tier powers.”
At the same time, if a non-Iranian crisis arose that demanded an American response, “all pressure on Iran would be lifted,” says Stratfor. “The United States is strategically tapped out.”
Essentially, the U.S. has backed itself into a corner. Stratfor asserts that President Bush “lacks the sheer military resources to achieve any meaningful goal without the use of nuclear weapons” (ibid.).
This is a situation the Trumpet has been keeping an eye on for some time. Biblical prophecy reveals that the days of America being the world’s singular superpower are numbered. We stand by Herbert W. Armstrong’s declaration in 1961 that, unless the U.S. as a whole repents, “the United States of America has won its last war” (Plain Truth, October 1961).
The United States has entered a place where it has almost no room to maneuver. The president is becoming a lame duck in the fullest sense of the term. This opens a window of opportunity for powers, particularly second-tier powers, that would not be prepared to challenge the United States while its forces had flexibility.
One such power in particular has recently started flexing its muscle more threateningly. Not only is Russia beefing up its military and making aggressive moves in parts of the former Soviet Union, it has announced the resumption of patrols in the Atlantic Ocean, along the U.S. coast. “During the Cold War,” points out Stratfor, “patrols such as these were designed to carry out electronic and signal intelligence.”
More than only making a political gesture by such actions, says Stratfor, the Russians “are trying to redefine the global balance.” Stratfor went on to explain:
[W]hen American aircraft on the East Coast start to scramble routinely to intercept and escort Russian aircraft, two things happen. First, U.S. military planning has to shift to take Russia into account. Second, the United States loses even more flexibility. It can’t just ignore the Russians. It now needs to devote scarce dollars to upgrading systems along the East Coast …. The increased Russian tempo of operations in areas that the United States has been able to ignore for many years further pins the United States.
In this context, President Bush’s options in the Middle East decline further. “The United States already has limited options against Iran. The more the Russians maneuver, the more the United States must hold what forces it has left—Air Force and Navy—in reserve. Launching an Iranian adventure becomes that much more risky. If it is launched, Russia has an even greater window of opportunity. Every further involvement in the region makes the United States that much less of a factor in the immediate global equation” (ibid.).
Based on biblical prophecy, the Trumpet does not believe Russia will attack the U.S. At this stage, American policy makers do not believe this either. Still, the fact that Russia—along with China and Europe and a host of smaller powers—is actively trying to limit U.S. influence in the world takes away Washington’s power to act. Its contingency planning has to take this into consideration.
When current and future alliances are taken into account, America’s position becomes even more vulnerable. America’s enemies—the U.S. is hated by most of the world—bide their time for their opportunity to change the global balance of power. The more the U.S. becomes tied down in the Middle East, the wider the opportunity for these other powers.
Of course, America’s options concerning Iran looked much different several years ago, before U.S. forces became almost exhausted by the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. It was at that time the Trumpet pointed out that the only way for the U.S. to eradicate the scourge of terrorism would be to target the “head of the terrorist snake”—Iran.
But, lacking the willpower to do so then, a weakened America is now up against a strengthened foe. Today, Iran’s involvement in terrorism—whether it be in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Israel or Lebanon—is in plain view, and is attracting much attention. It is becoming obvious to some that Tehran must be dealt with more forcefully, and directly. But is it too late?
Because America did not have the will to deal with Iran when it more easily could have, today it is doubtful it has the military bandwidth to do so even if it wanted to.
This whole situation—the lack of political will, the inadequacy of even a massive military, and the increase in global enemies—fulfills a biblical prophecy, that of curses descending upon America as a result of its rebellion against God. It further proves the veracity of Mr. Armstrong’s 1961 prophecy that the U.S. had won its last war.
Watch for such trends to continue, and for the U.S., despite its still-great military strength, to lack the power to direct and even influence world events. Soon, it will not only be the presidency of the U.S. that will be a lame duck, but the country itself.