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  • IS Destroys Ancient Catholic Monastery in Syria

    08/21/2015 12:17:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    MSN News ^ | 8/21
    Islamic State militants have destroyed an ancient monastery in the central Syrian province of Homs, according to a monitor and pictures published by the jihadist group. "The Islamic State group yesterday used bulldozers to destroy the Mar Elian monastery in Al-Qaryatain, in Homs province," said Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman. He said the militants demolished the Syriac Catholic monastery "on the pretext that it was used for worshipping others than God."
  • Hey THE Donald, Ask Jeb What He'll Do to Help Middle-Eastern Christians

    08/20/2015 5:34:00 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 8 replies
    Twitter | 8/20/2015 | Charles O'Connell
     We wouldn't have to be talking about Middle-Eastern de-Christianization if Bush-43 hadn't had a personal messianic vision of democratizing the region. Can't Jeb Bush be asked what he intends to do to help Christians? @realDonaldTrump you could really help MiddleEastern Christians if you'd ask Jeb Bush what he will do to help them, since it's all W's fault
  • Why, Jimmuh? Why?

    08/20/2015 12:46:10 PM PDT · by ru4liberty · 37 replies
    8-20-15 | Self
    President Carter, I’m truly sorry you are having such terrible health challenges at the end of your life. I have watched my husband die from melanoma and my uncle die from liver cancer. It’s certainly no walk in the park. I thought it was brave of you to call a press conference today and speak boldly and honestly about your condition and prognosis. You handled yourself so well in discussing the things that are likely going to be ending your life. Compassion toward you and your family for the road ahead filled my heart. And then came the following exchange:...
  • As Multiple White House Lies About the Iran Deal Emerge,

    08/11/2015 5:11:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | August 11, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH; Big news from the Middle East about the Iran deal. It turns out that we were negotiating with the Iranians before Kerry was secretary of state. We were negotiating with the Iranians before the election of the "moderate" Rouhani. We were negotiating an Iranian nuke deal with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when nobody knew what was happening. The Regime was telling us that they couldn't do anything 'cause Ahmadinejad was such a radical extremist goofball. We had to wait for a "moderate" to win, which was Rouhani, and after he did, that's when we got serious. It turns out none of...
  • Clinton adviser on Israel [Sandy Berger] had commercial ties to Middle East

    08/08/2015 11:51:13 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 8, 2016 | Sarah Westwood
    A controversial Clinton adviser who faced penalties for conflicts of interests under President Bill Clinton was still assisting Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, despite the fact that his consulting firm was engaged in commercial activities in countries where she worked, emails show. Sandy Berger, who gained notoriety when he stole classified documents from the National Archives prior to testimony before the 9/11 Commission, had Hillary Clinton's personal email address and emailed her about Israel, Pakistan and terrorism in 2009. Berger's consulting firm, the Albright Stonebridge Group, has engaged in business in more than 100 countries around the world, according...
  • Do "Women's Rights" and "Black Lives" Matter in the Middle East and Africa?

    08/08/2015 11:30:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 8, 2015 | Jack Kerwick
    Feminists and other “progressives” in America cry oppression at the mere suggestion that taxpayers shouldn’t be made to subsidize abortion services. Black (and non-black) American activists scream that “Black Lives Matter” whenever a black criminal suspect dies in an altercation with police. In the meantime, there is scarcely a peep from either of these sectors when it comes to the unrelenting brutality suffered by women and black Africans in places under the thumb of the Islamic State. When I noted this selective outrage to a left-leaning colleague of mine, he responded that the one issue didn’t have anything to do...
  • Obama's Enemies List

    08/08/2015 5:17:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 7, 2015 | Caroline Glick
    In President Barack Obama’s defense of his nuclear deal with Iran Wednesday, he said there are only two types of people who will oppose his deal – Republican partisans and Israel- firsters – that is, traitors. At American University, Obama castigated Republican lawmakers as the moral equivalent of Iranian jihadists saying, “Those [Iranian] hard-liners chanting ‘Death to America’ who have been most opposed to the deal... are making common cause with the Republican Caucus.” He then turned his attention to Israel. Obama explained that whether or not you believe the deal endangers Israel boils down to whom you trust more...
  • Obama v. Bibi -- Fight to the Finish (Barf?)

    08/07/2015 7:13:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 7, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    In his desperation to sink the Iran nuclear deal, Bibi Netanyahu is taking a hellish gamble. Israel depends upon the United States for $3 billion a year in military aid and diplomatic cover in forums where she is often treated like a pariah state. Israel has also been the beneficiary of almost all the U.S. vetoes in the Security Council. America is indispensable to Israel. The reverse is not true. Yet, without telling the White House, Bibi had his U.S. ambassador arrange for him to address a joint session of Congress in March -- to rip up the president's Iran...
  • ISIS executes 19 girls for refusing to have sex with fighters

    08/06/2015 6:25:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | August 6, 2016 | Jay Akbar
    ISIS executes 19 girls for refusing to have sex with fighters as UN envoy reveals how sex slaves are 'peddled like barrels of petrol' [SNIP] ISIS'S DESPICABLE 'PRICE LIST' FOR YAZIDI AND CHRISTIAN SLAVES A translated version of the document (left) was shared online by humanitarian and peace prize winner Dr Widad Akrawi, and reads as follows: We have received news that the demand in Women and Cattle market has sharply decreased and that will affect Islamic State revenues as well as the funding of mujahideen in the battlefield, therefore we have made some changes. Below are the prices for...
  • Scorching ‘heat dome’ over Middle East sees temperatures soar to 165°F in Iran

    08/01/2015 10:01:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4:37PM BST 01 Aug 2015 | James Rothwell
    Iran is buckling under the pressure of a massive heatwave passing across the Middle East, with temperatures soaring to nearly 70°C. Scorching heat levels of 50°C have already paralyzed nearby Iraq, where officials were forced to call a four-day public holiday because it was too hot to work. But the word “hot” has taken on an entirely new meaning in Iran’s city of Bandar Mahshahr, where it was claimed that the city’s heat index, or “feels-like temperature”, was among the highest ever recorded. The heat index was recorded by a group of astonished weather experts, who predict the country could...
  • Knights of Columbus Unveil New Campaign to Aid Middle-East Christians

    07/29/2015 2:40:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    NC Register ^ | July 29, 2015
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. — As Christians continue to face unprecedented persecution — especially in the Middle East — the Knights of Columbus have announced a new campaign to send humanitarian aid and raise awareness about their plight. “Pope Francis has urged the international community to take action to help Christians in the Middle East, and as an organization that has long supported victims of religious persecution, the Knights of Columbus is responding by asking our own members, and the public at large, to help us save the lives of people who are being persecuted simply because of their Christian faith,”...
  • Israel’s future in the World of Obama

    07/28/2015 8:34:31 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/28/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    The Iran nuclear deal as passed last week is a dangerous agreement for the United States and Israel both. Almost as disturbing is the fact that Obama has demonized opponents of this giveaway to the Devil, suggesting the only choice was between the deal and all-out war. At a speech at the VFW Obama made it clear that those who opposed him were warmongers, opposed not to the deal but to peace itself. This is not the first time our President has characterized opposition to his policies in extreme terms. Obama abandons all principles and then blames his detractors in...
  • Unraveling the axis of stupid: How Iran deal sends neocons, exceptionalists and Fox News xenophobes

    07/23/2015 1:27:27 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 53 replies
    Salon ^ | July 22, 2015 | Patrick L. Smith
    Unraveling the axis of stupid: How Iran deal sends neocons, exceptionalists and Fox News xenophobes to dustbin of history Let Know Nothings, Tea Party and Trump crowd rail against the deal. They rail against reality, modernity, history Is there a way to summarize neatly what the document the White House just sent to Congress puts on the table? My candidate is a true delight to write: This signals the beginning of the end of American exceptionalism, however long the final act may drag out. This Iran deal, sealed a week ago, makes me think of those cruises people take up...
  • Jeb Bush vs. Scott Walker: Round 1 of a long brawl

    07/21/2015 12:43:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | July 20, 2015 | Eli Stokols
    Suddenly, the gloves are off between Scott Walker and Jeb Bush. Surprisingly, Bush threw the first punch, sparking a back-and-forth between the two leading Republican candidates in early-state polls, both eager to highlight what they see as the other’s fatal flaw — Bush as the establishment shill and Walker as the foreign policy lightweight. It started during a town hall in Nevada Friday, when Bush took an unprovoked shot at Walker, portraying him as unserious and unsophisticated over a promise he made in his announcement speech last Monday to repeal the nuclear deal with Iran “on the very first day...
  • Archaeologists Find Assyrian Tablets in Turkey, Some About Women's Rights

    07/19/2015 1:05:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Ancient Assyrian tablets, dictating social arrangements including women's rights, dating back to 4,000 years have been excavated in the Central Anatolian province of Kayseri, a local newspaper reported Thursday. Prof. Fikri Kulakoglu of Ankara University told Dogan News Agency that the Kultepe-Kanis-Karum trade colony site where the tablets were unearthed was remarkable. He said the tablets revealed detailed information about the Assyrians, spanning from commercial trade to the nitty-gritty of the local social life. "From women's rights to the adoption of children and marriages arranged at birth, the tablets include all kinds of civilizational and social data from Anatolia 4,000...
  • Pakistani Cardiologist steals $18.2 million from Medicare in just one year

    07/14/2015 8:32:57 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/14/15 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    The corrosive connection between donations to the Democrat political machine and one’s profession comes into glaring focus with the revelation that Pakistani American doctor Asad Qamar gave that party a whopping $450,000 while pulling in the highest total of Medicare reimbursements of any U.S. cardiologist. This man received the highest reimbursement of cardiologists all over the U.S. in Medicare reimbursement money during 2012. His practice, located in four Florida counties, is based in Ocala and raked in $18.2 million in one of Medicare’s largest fraud scandals to date. Whistleblowers started the Doctor’s fall from America’s medical gravy train with legal...
  • Desperately Seeking Diplomatic Defeat

    07/09/2015 9:14:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 8, 2015 | Cliff May
    Imagine if, on September 12, 2001, I had written a column predicting that within less than 15 years, the president of the United States would be offering the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism a path to nuclear weapons and tens of billions of dollars. You’d have thought me a lunatic. But that’s what President Obama means to do. What’s gumming up the works? Every time Secretary of State John Kerry thinks he has found a creative way to cave in to some Iranian demand, the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, comes up with a new “red line.” Just to be clear:...
  • Obama hoping to secure the destruction of Israel

    07/08/2015 8:32:19 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/8/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    Is it in our country’s best interest to demonize the lone democracy and longtime American friend in the Middle East? Is there a logical reason that a group of leftists from Obama’s campaign should travel to Israel for the purpose of causing a Netanyahu loss? With the Muslim-in-Chief in charge, perhaps an attempt to sabotage the election of courageous, pro-Israel leader should be expected. After all, as Obama has lifted Iranian sanctions; assisted the terrorist nation in obtaining nuclear capability; told Samantha Power that the U.S. supports a two state solution that will leave Israel undefendable, it is apparent that...
  • Our Government’s Jihad Against Israel

    06/30/2015 8:49:39 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/30/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    I can think of many ways to describe our relationship with Israel. Bipartisan is not one of them, although that is what Susan Rice–that paragon of veracity and honor–told Charlie Rose. However, because Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Congress at the invitation of House Speaker John Boehner, it has become a very partisan affair and, according to Rice, there would be repercussions. On its face this is a laughable statement coming from someone who knows better. Rice’s boss, the White House Mullah Obama, has directed her to denigrate Israel at every opportunity and in every possible way. Obama’s refusal...
  • The Iranian-American Nuclear Project

    06/26/2015 12:25:02 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 26, 2015 | Caroline Glick
    Under President Barack Obama, the US has implemented policies toward Iran that are catastrophic for Israel specifically, for US Middle East allies more generally and for US national security itself. Consider, first, the known details of the soon-to-be- concluded nuclear deal. In an article published by The New York Times this week, Prof. Alan Kuperman explained that Obama’s central justification for the agreement – that it will lengthen Iran’s breakout time to the bomb from the current two months to 12 months – is a lie. Based on nothing more than the number of centrifuges Iran will be allowed to...
  • France fills the American arms void

    06/25/2015 6:56:53 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 25/6/15 | OWEN DANIELS AND ROBBIE GRAMER
    The Dassault Rafale, France’s premier fighter jet, headlined the International Paris Air Show last week, showing off its state-of-the art maneuvers before a crowd of 300,000 defense industry leaders. While the air show ostensibly exhibited advances in aviation technology, France also brandished the Rafale as the centerpiece of major new diplomatic strides. Through a series of recent sales worth billions, most recently a $12 billion deal with Saudi Arabia announced Wednesday, the Rafale has become the backbone of Paris’s realpolitik economic diplomacy aimed at sustaining its global stature and capitalizing on recent rifts in the United States’ relations with its...
  • Middle Eastern Christian Refugees in Europe Are Bullied, Threatened by Muslim Refugees

    06/23/2015 7:49:22 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 06-23-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    A Pakistani Christian, who has fled to the Netherlands, has made a video of life in a refugee center and uploaded it to YouTube. The video has received national attention in the Netherlands because the refugee says he’s regularly bullied and threatened by other refugees, most of whom are Muslim. VIDEO He explains: "I am a refugee and live in the refugee center at Gilze en Rijen. There are a lot of Syrian Muslims here who fled the war in their own country. These Muslims have made life impossible for us [red.: for Christian refugees]. I fled from my own...
  • Time to Recognize the Iranian Resistance

    06/12/2015 1:06:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 12, 2015 | Linda Chavez
    With the June 30 deadline for a deal with Iran on halting its nuclear weapons program fast approaching, the Obama administration is playing its usual bait-and-switch game. When talks first began, the administration said its goal was to dismantle Iran's nuclear infrastructure. Now the administration seems willing to accept any deal the Iranians are willing to agree to that might slow Iran's race, even marginally, to build a bomb. In return, U.N. economic sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy would be lifted. But those sanctions are the one point of leverage we have against one of the most brutal...
  • TRANSCRIPT of Scott Walker on ABC Sunday (highlighting "full blown invasion" BS circulating the web)

    06/08/2015 8:27:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    ABC This Week ^ | June 8, 2015 | Jonathan Karl interviews Scott Walker
    [SNIP]......"KARL:Okay,you've been very critical about how the president handled ISIS. Some are out there like Lindsey Graham saying we should send 10,000 U.S. ground troops right now to Iraq to help with this fight. Do you favor that?WALKER:I think we shouldn't rule anything out. It's a big mistake this president has made here and elsewhere about saying how long we would go or how much we would invest.KARL:I'm not talking about ruling it out,I'm saying would you do that,would you send...WALKER:No, I'm not arguing that's the first approach. But I'll tell you three specific things I think we should do...
  • Scott Walker: US combat forces not necessary in Iraq now

    06/07/2015 2:36:28 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 7, 2015 | Rebecca Shabad
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is drawing a contrast with one of his 2016 competitors, arguing that U.S. combat troops are not needed now in Iraq. On ABC News’s “This Week,” Walker was asked whether he would send U.S. combat troops to Iraq now if he were commander in chief. “No, I believe right now we have a capacity to reclaim Iraq with the Iraqi forces that are there as long as we unleash the power that is already there of the American armed forces,” he said in an interview airing Sunday. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who announced his presidential...
  • Geopolitics and historical memory, Japan´s crisis is the world´s as well

    06/06/2015 10:03:33 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 2 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/6/15 | Sargis Sangari
    On 23 February 2015 while I was giving a talk at the Anti-Terrorism conference in Tokyo Japan ISIL forces were attacking the 37 Assyrian villages of the Khabour River Valley in Syria. Since that attack the Christian Assyrians have been virtually annihilated from Syria and will probably lose their footprint within those historical villages over the next two years. The following day, I participated in a conference and a talk given by Mr. Michael Yon who spoke about the Comfort Women, which in itself is an information operation campaign, which China has used to influence world opinion about Japan. The...
  • Saudi Arabia says it shot down Scud missile fired from Yemen

    06/06/2015 1:28:26 AM PDT · by SaveFerris · 18 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 58 minutes ago - 6/6/2015 | ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia said it shot down a Scud missile fired by Yemen's Shiite rebels and their allies early Saturday at a Saudi city that is home to a major air base, marking what could be a major escalation in the monthslong war. Two missiles launched from a Patriot missile battery shot down the Scud around 2:45 a.m. Saturday (2345 GMT, 7:45 p.m. EDT Friday) around the southwestern city of Khamis Mushait, the official Saudi Press Agency reported. The agency did not report any casualties in the attack. Khamis Mushait is home to the King Khalid...
  • Obama's Foreign Policy Delusions

    06/05/2015 9:38:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 5, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    President Obama's stunning declaration that the global image of the United States has greatly improved under his administration is another example of his ideology and narcissism's blinding him to his many policy failures. During a White House event with the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative, he managed to turn the subject to himself, saying, "People don't remember -- when I came into office, the United States in world opinion ranked below China and just barely above Russia. And today, once again, the United States is the most respected country on earth." As evidence, the White House cited a Gallup poll,...
  • Obama secretly backing Muslim Brotherhood

    06/04/2015 11:12:12 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 60 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 3, 2015 | Bill Gertz
    President Obama and his administration continue to support the global Islamist militant group known the Muslim Brotherhood. A White House strategy document regards the group as a moderate alternative to more violent Islamist groups like al Qaeda and the Islamic State. The policy of backing the Muslim Brotherhood is outlined in a secret directive called Presidential Study Directive-11, or PSD-11. The directive was produced in 2011 and outlines administration support for political reform in the Middle East and North Africa, according to officials familiar with the classified study. Efforts to force the administration to release the directive or portions of...
  • Is Obama a villain? Or only delusional?

    06/04/2015 6:36:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/04/2015 | James Lewis
    President Obama is trying to make nice with Jewish American voters again -- those who haven’t caught on to his multiple betrayals in the Middle East. Israelis -- those who are in touch with reality -- feel betrayed. The Saudis feel betrayed. Egypt feels betrayed. Libya was betrayed worst of all, and believe it or not, before Obama became president even Syria was considered to be friendly to the United States. More than 200,000 dead Syrian Muslims, Christians and Kurds later, Obama may still smile and smile, but the Arab world and the saner half of Israel keep wondering if...
  • Secularists vs. Suicide Bombers

    05/29/2015 6:32:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 29, 2015 | Pat Buchanan
    "What apparently happened was that the Iraqi forces just showed no will to fight. ... We can give them training, we can give them equipment; we obviously can't give them the will to fight." Thus did Defense Secretary Ash Carter identify the root cause of the rout of the Iraqi army in Ramadi. Disgusted U.S. military officers say the 1,000 ISIS fighters who overran Ramadi were outnumbered by the defenders 10 to 1. Why did the Iraqi army run? And what motivated the fighters of ISIS to attack a city whose defenders so vastly outnumbered them? According to battle reports,...
  • Quoting PJM, Mark Levin Slams Obama For Ignoring Shocking Rise In U.S. Terror Arrests

    05/28/2015 2:49:00 PM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 5 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05-28-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    On Wednesday, PJ Media’s Patrick Poole wrote a breakthrough report about the shocking rise in domestic terror arrests this year. As he explained, 40 (wannabe) terrorists have been arrested in the first five months of 2015 alone. Later in the day, Poole had to update that to 41 as news broke of the arrest of Asher Abid Khan. How steep has the rise in terror activity been this year? Writes Poole: ”At the current pace, by the end of June — halfway through 2015 — the number of cases will exceed the number from the past two years combined (48).”...
  • Rand Paul: ‘Hawks In My Party’ Are To Blame For ISIS [VIDEO]

    05/27/2015 12:11:39 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 52 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 27, 2015 | Alex Griswold
    Republican Kentucky senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that ISIS “exists and grew stronger” because of hawks in the Republican Party. (VIDEO: Megyn Kelly And Rand Paul Get In Heated Debate Over Patriot Act) HOST JOE SCARBOROUGH: Lindsey Graham would say, ISIS exists because of people like Rand Paul who said, ‘Let’s not go into Syria.” What do you say to Lindsey? PAUL: I would say it’s exactly the opposite. ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave articles indiscriminately, and most of those arms were snatched up by...
  • Baraka urges feds to stop foreign airlines from expanding to Newark

    05/26/2015 5:25:26 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    NJ.com ^ | May 26, 2015
    NEWARK — Mayor Ras Baraka has penned a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other Cabinet members, asking them to immediately stop the expansion of Middle East-based airlines into domestic markets which he says could threaten the city's airport and economy. The missive, also addressed to Transportation Secretary Anthony R. Foxx and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, said carriers are subsidized by their governments and could cut into markets carved out by domestic outfits such as United Airlines, which provides thousands of jobs to Newark-area residents.
  • Iran Declares 'Successful' End Of Negotiations With Russia On S-300 System

    05/26/2015 1:43:04 AM PDT · by edpc · 17 replies
    AFP via Ynetnews ^ | 25 May 2015 | AFP
    Moscow and Tehran have concluded negotiations on the delivery of the Russia's long-range S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Iran, which should take place "within a short period," said Iranian Deputy Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, on a visit in Moscow on Monday. "The negotiations were completed successfully. I believe that the delivery of the S-300 will take place in a relatively short time", the Iranian deputy minister was quoted as saying by the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.
  • Iran adviser says US has ‘no will’ to fight Islamic State

    05/25/2015 2:29:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 24, 2015 | Nasser Karimi 
    TEHRAN, Iran — The chief of an elite unit in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has accused the U.S. of having “no will” to stop the Islamic State group after the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi, an Iranian newspaper reported Monday. The comments by Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Guard’s elite Quds unit, come just after U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter accused Iraqi forces of lacking the “will to fight” in an interview aired the day before. It wasn’t clear whether Soleimani’s remarks came as a direct response to Carter’s, though tensions remain high between the two countries...
  • Scott Walker On The Dana Show 5-22-15

    05/22/2015 12:56:54 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    FM News Talk ^ | May 22, 2015 | Dana
    29:00 [click on picture then click on red dot to listen]
  • $100 billion Saudi built-from-scratch city to be ready by 2035

    05/22/2015 6:40:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    KOMO-TV / The Associated Press ^ | May 22, 2015 | Karin Laub
    SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan - A $100 billion city-from-scratch in Saudi Arabia is to be completed by 2035 and will serve as the main logistics and manufacturing hub for countries on the Red Sea, the world's "largest new emerging market," said the CEO of the company in charge of the mega-project. The business model of an entire city being built by the private sector was so unusual that it required adjustments in the beginning, said Fahd al-Rasheed, the Group CEO of Emaar Economic City (EEC), which is building the King Abdullah Economic City. "Putting that first phase together is the most...
  • Obama Restates Suport of Israel in Synagogue Speech

    05/22/2015 5:47:33 PM PDT · by justiceseeker93 · 43 replies
    Time ^ | May 22, 2015 | Maya Rhoden
    President Obama sought to reassure American Jews that he fully supports the state of Israel while reiterating the need for a two-state solution at a Northwest Washington synagogue on Friday. Obama spoke at the Adas Israel Synagogue on the inaugural “solidarity sabbath,” a holiday meant to consolidate support for Jews amid rising anti-Semitism that falls toward the end of Jewish Heritage Month. On Friday, lawmakers were slated to appear in congregations across the country to mark the day. ......................... “When we allow anti-Semitism to take root, our souls are destroyed,” Obama said. “It will spread.” The statements follow a wide-ranging...
  • Obama Achieves the Impossible: He’s United Israel and Saudi Arabia

    05/19/2015 9:46:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | May 19, 2015 | Kalman Sporn
    From Left to Right: Mati Weiderpass, Ted Cruz, Kalman Sporn and Heidi Cruz at a literal fireside chat in Mr. Weiderpass’ apartment.The organizer of the controversial 'Ted Cruz fireside chat' on strange alliances and misguided boycotts.A nuclear-armed Tehran presents an urgent threat to freedom. Opposing the Iran deal are two unlikely allies, Saudi Arabia and Israel. And it’s just the latest sign of a thaw in a relationship that proves the wisdom of the old Sanskrit proverb, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Saudi Arabia officially dropped the Arab boycott against Israel in 2005 as a condition of...
  • Total collapse: “Elite” Iraqi units routed in Ramadi counteroffensive

    05/18/2015 3:39:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | May 18, 2015 | ED MORRISEY
    <p>Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. When ISIS began its attack on Ramadi last week, the Iraqi government threw in its elite units, hoping to stem the tide of the radical Sunni advance and the overall targeting of Baghdad proper. Instead of pushing ISIS back, what transpired was a repeat of the flight from Mosul and other former Iraqi strongholds — a disorganized rout.</p>
  • White House Says F-35s Not For Sale to Gulf Arab States

    05/15/2015 5:52:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    DoD BUZZ ^ | May 13th, 2015 | Richard Sisk
    President Obama’s Camp David summit with the Gulf Arab states on Thursday will seek to boost arms sales to the Gulf neighbors but the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has been taken off their wish list. White House officials on Monday sought to tamp down speculation that King Salman of Saudi Arabia canceled his attendance at Camp David when the U.S. made clear that his country would not be permitted to buy F-35s. “We do not and never anticipated this to be a summit that only focused on one capability, like the F-35, for instance,” said Ben Rhodes, the deputy National...
  • Well look who just traveled to Israel

    05/13/2015 12:35:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 46 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | May 12, 2015
    So apparently Scott Walker took a quiet trip to Israel this week and we are only finding out about it via his Twitter account: Great 1st day in Israel yesterday @ Western Wall, Mount of Olives, Church of the Holy Sepulchure & Via Dolorosa .....[SNIP]..... Thanks @netanyahu for the meeting. Our democracies share common values & work to confront shared threats -skw .....[SNIP].... Enjoy your trip Governor. Tell Netanyahu to forgive us for Obama and that he has our support.
  • Obama’s Middle East Debacle

    05/12/2015 7:57:47 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/12/15 | Al Caruba
    You cannot make a greater mess of the mess that already exists in the Middle East, but Obama is doing his best to add to it. What else should we expect from a President who refuses to utter words like “Islamic terrorism”? I had to laugh when I heard that the new King of Saudi Arabia, Salmon, told the White House he wasn’t going to attend Thursday’s photo-op get together of Arab leaders. Some lesser Saudi officials will attend. The message is clear enough, so long as Obama continues to make nice with Iran, the center of the problems in...
  • Scott Walker to meet with Netanyahu during Israel trip

    05/11/2015 1:04:12 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | May 11, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    <p>Washington (CNN)Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will have a fresh chance to prove his foreign policy chops with a trip to Israel this week.</p> <p>The likely Republican presidential contender said Saturday in South Carolina that he and his wife were (t)raveling to the country later that day and would meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the trip.</p>
  • Iran and suspension of disbelief

    05/08/2015 7:48:07 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Yoram Ettinger
    Obama and a Nuclear Iran in the Middle East Iran and suspension of disbelief The term “suspension of disbelief” - coined in 1817 by the philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge—refers to a willingness to suspend one’s critical faculties and believe the unbelievable; sacrificing reality, common sense, doubt and complexity on the altar of a pretend reality, convenience and oversimplification; infusing a semblance of truth into an untrue narrative. Suspension of disbelief characterized the 1977-79 President Carter policy toward Iran, energizing Ayatollah Khomeini, ignoring or underestimating his track record and his radical, supremacist and violent worldview. The betrayal of the Shah transformed...
  • Why Obama Will Just Keep Making the Middle East Worse

    05/06/2015 4:03:41 AM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 6, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    1]A few years ago it was the Muslim Brotherhood. These days it’s Iran. Next week it may be ISIS or Al Qaeda. Obama stands with the worst elements in the Middle East. That’s always been his philosophy. If the left had a foreign policy, it would be, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.” But the wheel is a sword and it’s lubricated with blood. The squeakiest wheels and the bloodiest swords get the most grease from the State Department because they hate us the most. And hating us the most means that somewhere along the way we must have hurt...
  • Note to Obama: The world is watching you doing nothing

    05/02/2015 8:29:38 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 21 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/2/15 | Jim Emerson
    This week Iran’s Revolutionary Guards seized control of a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship during its transit of the Strait of Hormuz. The MV Maersk Tigris initially ignored Iranian orders to head into its waters until the Revolutionary Guard patrol boats fired warning shots across its bow. The Iranians boarded and confiscated the ship after an Iranian court had ordered the ship to be impounded. The MV Maersk Tigris left the Red Sea port of Jeddah bound for the United Arab Emirates before it was detoured by the Iranians. Iran claimed the ship will be impounded at the Gulf port of...
  • Gratitude (A Comedian Brilliantly Explains Why He’s Not Jealous Of Others’ Success – In Fact, He Roo

    04/26/2015 9:21:42 PM PDT · by cob201 · 23 replies
    Evan Sayet via Youtube via Independent Journal Review ^ | Published on April 16, 2015 | Evan Sayet
    Evan Sayet recently gave his view that income inequality is irrelevant because other people’s success doesn’t come at the expense of our own. In a humorous and memorable way, Sayet dissects why he wants everyone to be as successful as possible:
  • George W. Bush Bashes Obama on Middle East Policy

    04/26/2015 7:32:42 PM PDT · by Jane Long · 65 replies
    Newsmax ^ | April 26, 2015 | Josh Rogin
    In a closed-door meeting with Jewish Donors Saturday night, former President George W. Bush delivered his harshest public criticisms to date against his successor on foreign policy, saying that President Barack Obama is being naďve about Iran and the pending nuclear deal and losing the war against the Islamic State. One attendee at the Republican Jewish Coalition session, held at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas with owner Sheldon Adelson in attendance, transcribed large portions of Bush's remarks. The former president, who rarely ever criticizes Obama in public, at first remarked that the idea of re-entering the political arena was...