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May 20, 2009

Say What???? US Training Palestinian Armed Forces

US Admits Training Palestinian Armed Forces While PA Negotiates With Hamas

The Bulletin ( Philadelphia Newspaper )


The American military now openly admits providing military training to Palestinian military forces.

A U.S. military official, Lt. Gen. Keith Dayton, assigned by the United States to be a “security coordinator,” has been appointed to train 1,500 Palestinian military personnel. They will be available for “immediate deployment” in the area between Jenin and Nablus, less than an hour from Israel’s populated coastal plain.

He discussed his mission at the Washington Institute for Near East Studies last week.

Lt. Gen. Dayton said: “We also have something in our pocket called the West Bank Training Initiative where we have plans to continue a series of courses in the West Bank on logistics, leadership, first aid, maintenance, English language, battalion staff training and driver education. These are led by our British and Turkish officers with an eye to eventually turning this over to the Palestinians themselves.”

The premise behind American military aid to the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) military forces is the hope the American-trained Palestinian personnel will fight Hamas.

However, the training of Palestinian military units by U.S. advisers is taking place at the same time the PA is negotiating to join forces with the Hamas terrorist organization, which rules Gaza.

All indications show the PA is making every effort to co-opt and include Hamas in its military forces for joint operations against Israel.

Were that to happen, American military advisers and their Palestinian trainees would be placed into direct confrontation with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and with the Israeli population.

Despite assurances to the contrary, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), the parent organization of the PA, remains in a state of war with Israel.

To reassure the Washington Institute, Lt. Gen. Dayton downplayed the dangers of the training that the Americans are providing the Palestinians, by saying that “Our equipping is all nonlethal ...”


The Dreyfuss Report

Last Thursday, in what was billed as his very first on-the-record address, Lt. Gen. Keith Dayton, U.S. security coordinator for Israel and the Palestinian Authority, spoke to the 2009 Soref Symposium organized by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. WINEP, of course, is the chief thinktank for the Washington-based Israel lobby.

Most of the work he's done, Dayton said, occurred in the West Bank after the June, 2007, Hamas takeover in Gaza. "What we have created are 'new men,'" he added.

Now for the warning. Recognizing that by organizing and training thousands of Palestinian troops, professionally led, he is creating in effect a nationalist army, Dayton warned the 500 or so WINEP listeners that the troops can only be strung along for just so long. "With big expectations, come big risks," said Dayton. "There is perhaps a two-year shelf life on being told that you're creating a state, when you're not." To my ears, at least, his subtle warning is that if concrete progress isn't made toward a Palestinian state, the very troops Dayton is assembling could rebel.

Wild Thing's comment........

It sure looks like our policy is to eliminate Israel. And under Obama it is 1000% stronger to get rid of Israel.

Bush made a decision which was wrong of course, in thinking that the Palestinian Authority would be going up against the Hamas and so he did this to help them. But.....BUT. NO NO NO both Hamas and the PLO are terrorists and they ALL are against Israel.

I just don't get it at all.

Sounds like Valentine’s Day for the arms dealers. They get to sell to both sides of the escalation.


....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Posted by Wild Thing at May 20, 2009 04:50 AM


WTF is this all about. The Palestinians do not need a military to defend themselves against Israel. They need a security force to protect themselves from their fellow Muslims. They lob rockets at Israeli civilians and then cry foul when they get hit back. Who will B. Hussein be training next? The Iranians, the Syrians? This administration has to go. They are helping terrorists while Napolitano is warning against our returning military being potential terrorists.
Bob A.

Posted by: Bob A at May 20, 2009 08:26 AM

The US trained Osama bin Laden and it's come back to hurt us and now we're training the Palestinians. Will we ever learn?

Posted by: BobF at May 20, 2009 09:42 AM

Why do I keep thinking that our country is so fucking stupid?

Posted by: cuchieddie (DHS suspected terrorist)) at May 20, 2009 11:34 AM

WTF is right! Our politicians seemed determined that there is going to be a Palistinian state. And it is to be carved out of Israel. This is a Bush Administration deal, although I am sure Obama endorses it 110%.

We armed the PA once before and it came back to bite us in the ass.

We give aid to Egypt and Jordan. We should demand that they and Saudi Arabia set aside ample land for the palistinians. Let their fellow muslims worry about their rejects.

Posted by: TomR at May 20, 2009 11:46 AM

We are witnessing prophecy. Do you want to know more? Read the last chapters in the Bible, you might get comforted to know that we are in the end times and that God is in the drivers seat.

Posted by: CB at May 20, 2009 12:55 PM

The Eunuchs in charge keep on thinking that the enemy of my enemy is my friend, relying of course on the hope that they won't have to take any responsibility or accountability for their co-opting an ally or for the fallout of a failed policy of aiding the enemy. These shitbirds have been doing this for 64 years, what can we expect when they abrogate their oaths, their allegiance and rely on the UN to protect them and spend all their time in self serving endeavors of tearing down the nation to better serve -- themselves!!!.

Posted by: Jack at May 20, 2009 03:04 PM

I can't believe this is happening. Why in the hell are we funding Hamas, and training terrorists. This is nuts.

Posted by: Mark at May 20, 2009 03:47 PM

Bob A., it has got to end this training
of the enemy. Our country has made this
mistake before several times and it
always backfires.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 20, 2009 06:59 PM

BobF., your ro right, we did train
Osama bin Laden and our government
does not want to learn from the past
mistakes. If I had the time I would
make a list of all the times we have
trained someone or a group and them
later it was out to kill our troops
and Americans citizens.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 20, 2009 07:06 PM

cuchieddie (DHS suspected terrorist)), LOL
because it is. We need to stop being PC and
stop wanting other countries to like us.
Go for the jugular and side with our friend
Israel and kill as many Islamic jerks as

At the same time, arrest every politician
that has committed treason and or helped
the enemy in any way. Like Reid, Murtha,
Pelosi, Hanoi Jane Fonda, Hanoi Kerry,all
that have done anything against our troops.
Gallows for all of them.

deep sigh......nice dream anyway.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 20, 2009 07:12 PM

Tom, yes Bush started it in Nov. on his way
out. I have a gut feeling at the end of
his term he was just disgusted with the
whole thing, because he did a few things
at the end before leaving office that
shocked me and made some horrible things
easier for Obama.

Your right Obama will take the ball and
not only run with it but make it his way
even worse then it was to begin with.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 20, 2009 07:15 PM

CB, yes I think we are too. It is one
of those things I never thought it would
happen in my lifetime. Something far off
kind of thing.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 20, 2009 07:17 PM

Jack, exactly, and they better read the
rest of Sun Tzu. Your right, they take
it too far, and this will happen......
" for the fallout of a failed policy of
aiding the enemy".

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 20, 2009 07:22 PM

Mark, it shocked me. I thought after Osama
bin laden our government learned a serious

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 20, 2009 07:24 PM