My family history is on the side of the President and Vice President of the United States of America.
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Biden appeared to play into Putin’s hands with his unscripted assertion during a big speech in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday that the Russian president “cannot remain in power.”
The words sounded to many people like a call for regime change in Moscow. And, as such, they dovetailed far too well with Putin’s frequent claims that he and his nation are the targets of Western plotting and aggression.
My great grandfather captained three ships that took part in the Barbary Wars after the Treaty of Tripoli was made. Adams said this to President Thomas Jefferson;
“We ought not to fight them at all unless we determine to fight them forever,”
Bill Bennett authored a book that claims Captain Isaac Hull battled and dispatched Islamic Terrorists. Bennett, in his new book, “America, the Last Best Hope”, describes it this way:
The Ambassador answered us that it was founded on the Laws of the Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have answered their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners.
Joshua E. London’s description of the meeting in his book:
“The response was unnerving. As Adams and Jefferson later reported to the Continental Congress, the ambassador said the raids were a jihad against infidels. Muslim privateers felt “it was their duty to make war upon them [non-Muslims] wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could as Prisoners, and that every Mussleman [Muslim] who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise.”
The Americans now had two choices: pay tribute or fight the pirates.”
President Barack Obama called up the President of Tunisia after the terrorist attack on the Bardo Museum that was once the home of the Beys this Democracy went to war with. The United States Navy was born of this War Against Terrorism. Here is the account of Captain Hull:
UNITED STATES BRIG Argus
DERNE 28th April 1805
SIR, I have the honor to inform you, that at 9 O.Clock in the morning of the 27th being about 10 Miles to the Eastward of the Town of Derne, with the Hornet in Company, we discovered the Nautilus at Anchor very close to the shore, which led us to suppose that Capt. Dent had fallen in with Mr. Eatons Army, as he had been sent in shore for that purpose the day before. — We made all sail for the Nautilus, and at 1/2 past 10 spoke her, and was informed by Capt. Dent that he had, had communication with Mr. Eaton the night before, and that he wished to have the field Pieces landed as soon as possible, and that Mr. Eaton intended to make an attack upon Derne as soon as he could get possession of them, being then about two and a half miles from the Town, and the Enemy having sent him a chalenge, hoisted out our Boat to send the field Pieces on shore with such supplies as Mr. Eaton was in want of, but on approaching the shore we found that it was impossible to land the Guns without hauling them up an almost perpendicular rock Twenty feet above the Boat. But with the perseverence of the Officer and men sent on this service, they effected the landing one of them, by hauling them u the steep Rock. Mr. Eaton finding that we should loose time in landing the other, sent it off again informing me that he should march for the Town as soon as he could possibly mount the field Piece that he had on shore, gave Lieutenant Evans Orders to stand close in shore, and cover the Army while they were preparing to march, in case the Enemy should come out against them, as they had already made their appearance in large numbers outside of the Town, gave Orders for the necessary preparations to be made for the attack by Sea upon the Town and Batteries, and stood down very close to the Town. — At 2 P.M. Mr. Eaton began the attack by Land, at same time the Hornet Lieut. Evans Anchored with Springs on his Cables, within One hundred Yards of the Battery of eight Guns, and commenced a heavy fire upon it.
The Nautilus took her station to the Eastward of the Hornet, at 1/2 a miles distance from shore, and opened upon the Town & Battery. The Argus Anchored without, and a little to the Eastward of the Nautilus, and began firing on the Town and Battery — The fort kept up a heavy fire for about an hour, after which the shot flying so thick about them, they abandoned it, and run into the Town and Gardens back — The Guns of the Vessels were turned on the Beach, and kept a heavy fire upon the Enemy to clear the way for the few brave Christians Mr. Eaton had with him, to enter the fort as they were gaining ground very fast though a heavy fire of Musquetry was constantly kept upon them from behind the Houses and old Walls near the shore. At about half past 3 we had the satisfaction to see Lieut. O.Bannon, and Mr. Mann Midshipman of the Argus, with a few brave fellows with them, enter the fort, haul down the Eenemys flag, and plant the American Ensign on the Walls of the Battery, and on turning the Guns of the Battery upon the Town, they found that the Enemy had left them in great haste, as they were found primed and loaded at their hand. —
Whilst our men were turning the Guns of the Battery upon the Town, Hamet Bashaw had taken possession of the back part of it, which brought the Enemy between two fires, which soon silenced them, and about four in the Afternoon we had complete possession of the Town and Fort, sent all our Boats on shore, for the purpose of carrying Amunition to the Fort, and to bring off the wounded men, as soon as possible, that they might be dressed. — Mr. Eaton gave the necessary Orders at the Fort, and went into the Town to see every thing quiet, and to make arrangements for the Towns being well guarded during the night. At half past five, he returned on board to get his wound dressed, having received a Musquet Ball thro’ his left wrist. — On collecting our men we found one killed and Thirteen Wounded, a list of which I have the honor to send you. — (Signed) ISAAC HULL
John Wilton, a Marine…Killed
William Eaton Esqr…Wounded
David Thomas, Marine…Wounded
Bernard O’Brian, Marine…Wounded
George Emanuel (Greek)…Wounded
Spedo Levedo (Greek)…Wounded
Bernardo Jamase (Greek)…Wounded
Nicholo George (Greek)…Wounded
George Goree (Greek)…Wounded
Capt. Lucca (Greek)…Wounded
Names unknown 3 (Greek)…Wounded
Angelo Fermosa (Maltee)…Wounded
“The UN should focus on matters concerning Turkeys occupation of EU member Cyprus since 1974 , and must launch UN wide economic sanctions of Turkey, for its continued British State Sponsored Turkish military occupation of EU member Cyprus since 1974 Expel Britain from the European Union and Dissolve the Rogue Turkish ISIS State. Britain and Turkey are attacking the Euro Currency , via all the Turkish military violations on Greece and Cyprus since 1974.”
Today I took the time to see what she was upset about. As it turns out, fate has taken a seat at this table of high-stakes energy piracy. And, who is in the middle of it, Nobel Oil, and my arch enemy, Lawrence Chazen, a CEO of Noble, and ex-partner of the late sister, Rosamond, who I just introduced to the Rose because I want to do a drawing of her and bring her into the creative family fold.
Our great, great, grandfather, Isaac Hull was the Captain of the U.S. Constitution that was built to battle the Cossaire Pirates of the Barbary Coast who took a million Europeans as their slaves. I have wondered why some Kurds have blue eyes. What became of the children of these women that were used as sex slaves? European slaves must have fathered children.
Muslim men have a problem with adultery. They are so afraid their wives will cheat on them, that they make them their prisoners. Then they kidnap the women of other men and make them their sex-slaves lest they commit adultery. In the Koran one can have sex with your slave.
In the war against the ISISlavers, one must not recognize national borders. We the people of the world must draw a line in the sand that separates them from all the women of the world. It is not a matter of white slaves, or black slaves when it comes to this World War of Liberation that frees womankind first! Let Old Ironsides fire the first volley in this battle!
For Lady Liberty!
“The USS Constitution, a 44-gun U.S. Navy frigate built to fight Barbary pirates off the coast of Tripoli, is launched in Boston Harbor. The vessel performed commendably during the Barbary conflicts, and in 1805 a peace treaty with Tripoli was signed on the Constitution‘s deck.Though Turkey has threatened to block extraction of natural gas offshore Cyprus, the Greek Cypriot government has vowed to move forward with exploration and drilling.”
Turkey mentions “gunboat diplomacy” and threatens war. What if a Turkish gunboat sinks Noble’s drilling platform.
Jon the Nazarite
Yet the bonanza could equally inflame conflict. Turkey has claimed the blocs to the south of Cyprus as far as Egyptian waters. “If poorly managed, Cypriot gas could harden political divisions. Ankara does not recognise the government in Nicosia and has threatened military force if Cyprus allows drilling in the disputed maritime zone,” said Rem Korteweg, an energy expert at the Centre for European Reform.
The US has begun to intervene, pushing the two sides to renew peace talks. The Greek and Turkish Cypriots have signed a document laying out general principles.
Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said that while the two countries were nowhere near an agreement, he was hopeful that progress would be made, and in the meantime, drilling would continue. “Groups like Noble Energy, ENI and Total would not be investing billions in exploration here if they really thought Turkey was going to stop them,” the foreign minister said.
Turkey is opposed to Cyprus exporting oil and gas – saying the energy wealth also belongs to Turkish Cypriots — and been accused of “gunship diplomacy” by the Greek Cypriots. Turkey lays claim to the hydrocarbon blocks to the south of Cyprus and extending to the border of Egyptian waters.
The ongoing issue was resurfaced in international media earlier this month when a Norwegian ship exploring in Cypriot waters was intercepted by a Turkish warship and forced to retreat.
Cypriot officials believe that there may be as much as 60 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas in Cypriot waters.
A second axis is the strategic relations cultivated between Greece, Cyprus and Israel, as evidenced by Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s upcoming visit to Nicosia next week and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following in late November.
A third axis concerns the deepening of cooperation with major powers, which involves providing support in various forms. In a letter sent to Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades on Wednesday, French President Francois Hollande stressed that “the position of France with regard to the right of Cyprus to exploit freely the natural resources within its Exclusive Economic Zone is clear and firm,” adding that “international law, and specifically the Law of the Sea, must be respected by all states including Turkey.”
Finally, there is the energy dimension. Amid Turkey’s provocations in Cyprus’s EEZ – where several Western firms, including US company Noble Energy, are currently operating – Greek Energy Minister Yiannis Maniatis is set to visit the US for talks with his American counterpart Ernest Moniz and Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine Novelli. Maniatis will also meet with representatives of American energy giants and give a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a prominent American think tank based in Washington DC, as well as Columbia University in New York, regarding energy developments in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Greek minister is expected to analyze the role of Greece and Cyprus in boosting Europe’s energy security, which is also a key strategic objective for Washington.
By invoking international law, being on military alert, strengthening strategic alliances with regional players, and harmonizing with the geostrategic interests of the US and EU (as well as the economic interests of large international companies) in the region, Athens and Nicosia are taking cautious and systematic steps during a difficult period hoping to find more substantial backing among their allies and partners.
|Holding Turkey to account for its violation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea is certainly the first step that Greece and Cyprus must take in response to Turkey’s growing assertiveness in the Eastern Mediterranean over the past few weeks. After Ankara sent the Barbaros, a seismic survey vessel, inside Cyprus’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), and given its intention to set up a drilling platform within the island’s maritime borders, it makes sense to stress the recognition of Cyprus’s international status and national sovereignty.|
The Barbary pirates, sometimes called Barbary corsairs or Ottoman corsairs, were pirates and privateers who operated from North Africa, based primarily in the ports of Salé, Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli. This area was known in Europe as the Barbary Coast, a term derived from the name of its Berber inhabitants. Their predation extended throughout the Mediterranean, south along West Africa‘s Atlantic seaboard and even South America, and into the North Atlantic as far north as Iceland, but they primarily operated in the western Mediterranean. In addition to seizing ships, they engaged in Razzias, raids on European coastal towns and villages, mainly in Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal, but also in the British Isles, the Netherlands and as far away as Iceland. The main purpose of their attacks was to capture Christian slaves for the Ottoman slave trade as well as the general Muslim market in North Africa and the Middle East.
While such raids had occurred since soon after the Muslim conquest of the region, the terms Barbary pirates and Barbary corsairs are normally applied to the raiders active from the 16th century onwards, when the frequency and range of the slavers’ attacks increased and Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli came under the sovereignty of the Ottoman Empire, either as directly administered provinces or as autonomous dependencies known as the Barbary States. Similar raids were undertaken from Salé and other ports in Morocco.
Göke (1495) was the flagship of Kemal Reis at the Battle of Zonchio.
Corsairs captured thousands of ships, and long stretches of coast in Spain and Italy were almost completely abandoned by their inhabitants, discouraging settlement until the 19th century. From the 16th to 19th century, corsairs captured an estimated 800,000 to 1.25 million people as slaves. Some corsairs were European outcasts and converts such as John Ward and Zymen Danseker. Hayreddin Barbarossa and Oruç Reis, the Barbarossa brothers, who took control of Algiers on behalf of the Ottomans in the early 16th century, were also famous corsairs. The European pirates brought advanced sailing and shipbuilding techniques to the Barbary Coast around 1600, which enabled the corsairs to extend their activities into the Atlantic Ocean, and the impact of Barbary raids peaked in the early to mid-17th century.
Until the American Declaration of Independence in 1776, British treaties with the North African states protected American ships from the Barbary corsairs. Morocco, which in 1777 was the first independent nation to publicly recognize the United States, became in 1784 the first Barbary power to seize an American vessel after independence. The Barbary threat led directly to the creation of the United States Navy in March 1794. While the United States managed to secure peace treaties, these obliged it to pay tribute for protection from attack. Payments in ransom and tribute to the Barbary states amounted to 20% of United States government annual expenditures in 1800. The First Barbary War in 1801 and the Second Barbary War in 1815 led to more favorable peace terms ending the payment of tribute. However, Algiers broke the 1805 peace treaty after only two years, and subsequently refused to implement the 1815 treaty until compelled to do so by Britain in 1816.
When troubles with the Barbary states heated up in 1802, he went to the Mediterranean as First Lieutenant of the frigate Adams. Hull later commanded the schooner Enterprise and the brig Argus, receiving promotion to the rank of Master Commandant in 1804 and to Captain in 1806. During the next few years, he supervised the construction of gunboats and, in 1809 and 1810, was successively given command of the frigates, Chesapeake, President and Constitution.
The comment could at the least fuel suspicion among Russian people that the West has a more expansive agenda than simply rebuffing the invasion of Ukraine. At worst, the remark could even gird their willingness to stand with Putin amid heavy sanctions and international opprobrium.
Biden’s initial remark set off a scramble that has lasted for two days.
The White House is now seeing the controversy overshadow other domestic issues, such as the release of the president’s budget on Monday.
The task of cleaning up the mess has fallen to Biden himself.
“I was expressing the moral outrage I felt … [at] the actions of this man,” Biden told reporters in the State Dining Room of the White House on Monday. “I wasn’t then, nor am I now, articulating a policy change.”
A short time later, an irritated Biden told Peter Doocy of Fox News, “Nobody believes I was talking about taking down Putin. Nobody believes that.”
Those comments followed Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s assertion at the weekend that “we do not have a strategy of regime change in Russia, or anywhere else for that matter.”
The U.S. ambassador to NATO, Julianne Smith, had also joined the clean-up effort on Sunday, telling CNN’s “State of the Union” that Biden had given voice to a “principled human reaction” after meeting Ukrainian refugees in Poland.
And well before that, an unnamed White House official claimed within a short time after Biden’s Warsaw speech ended that “The president’s point was that Putin cannot be allowed to exercise power over his neighbors or the region. He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change.”
There were the first signs that the White House could be beginning to turn the page on Monday.
Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, told this column via email that he thought the comments were “a good way to finesse and more important get beyond a problem.
“By making clear Saturday’s remarks did not constitute a policy change, the comment today provides the president and the administration with the flexibility and space to conduct whatever foreign policy toward, and diplomacy with, Russia is required to deal with Ukraine or other matters,” Haass added.
Haass had previously been among the foreign policy experts most critical of Biden’s initial comment in the Warsaw speech, warning in a tweet that “Putin will see it as confirmation of what he’s believed all along. Bad lapse in discipline that runs risk of extending the scope and duration of the war.”
But if Biden’s cleanup on Monday mollified figures like Haass, it seems likely that Republican elected officials will be less generous.
On Sunday, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Biden’s comment was “a mistake” that “plays into the hands of the Russian propagandists and plays into the hands of Vladimir Putin.”
The same day, Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) acknowledged to CNN that Biden’s overall address in Warsaw was “a good speech” but added, “There was a horrendous gaffe right at the end of it. I just wish he would stay on-script.”
On Monday, after Biden’s latest remarks, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee emailed reporters to blast the White House event as “an insult to the American people.” The spokesman, Tommy Pigott, complained of Biden that “instead of taking responsibility, he has chosen to deny reality.”
Of course, there are many Americans who will welcome Biden’s remarks, given Putin’s long record of belligerent behavior and the grievous suffering that has been inflicted on the people of Ukraine since Moscow’s invasion began on Feb. 24.
There is an argument to be made for moral clarity – and for the notion that Biden’s comment was simply a statement of the obvious. Everyone knows Biden and other Western leaders would prefer a less autocratic and aggressive figure than Putin in the Kremlin.
“He shouldn’t remain in power just like, you know, bad people shouldn’t continue to do bad things. But it doesn’t mean we have a fundamental policy to do anything to take Putin down in any way,” Biden told CNN’s Kaitlan Collins at Monday’s White House event. “This is just stating a simple fact that this kind of behavior is totally unacceptable.”
Biden knows as well as anyone, however, that Ukraine is highly unlikely to win a clear-cut military victory in its struggle against Russia.
That means the only successful conclusion to the conflict has to involve negotiations – a process in which Putin will be perhaps the single most important player.
In that context, it’s hard to dispute that Biden’s Warsaw comments were a misstep – and one that Moscow instantly did its best to exploit.
The leadership of Russia “is not for Biden to decide,” a Kremlin spokesman said at the weekend. “The president of Russia is elected by Russians.”