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  • Obama’s war on Islamic State militants finally has a name: Operation Inherent Resolve

    10/15/2014 10:00:08 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 32 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10-15-2014 | Olivier Knox
    Two months after American bombs and missiles began pounding fighters of the so-called Islamic State, President Barack Obama’s undeclared war in Iraq and Syria finally has a name: Operation Inherent Resolve. The Wall Street Journal had reported on Oct. 3 that the name had been considered and rejected, with one unnamed military officer saying “it is just kind of bleh.” The long search for a name had sparked a flurry of jokes on Twitter, where one leading tongue-in-cheek suggestion was that it be called “Operation Hey Wasn’t That My Humvee” – a reference to U.S. airstrikes hitting Islamic State fighters...
  • The Merger of ISIS and al-Qaeda Could Cripple the Civilized World

    10/11/2014 12:51:25 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 75 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | October 10, 2014 | BY RIYADH MOHAMMED
    Take a barbaric army, add strategic jihadists—and a new evil is born. Organized and disciplined, ISIS is grabbing territory to build a state. On their hit list—the state of Israel. As ISIS continues to advance on the Syrian town of Kobani and close in on Turkey’s border, experts in Islamic radical movements think the terror group may merge with its al-Qaeda mother organization soon. Together, the group would represent the greatest terror threat to the civilized world. “I think Britain, Germany and France will witness significant attacks in their territories by the Islamic State. Al-Baghdadi [the leader of the...
  • David Ignatius: Obama may be looking to shake-up his White House team

    10/08/2014 12:48:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 7, 2014 | By David Ignatius
    Presidents often need new energy and talent to refurbish their second terms. George W. Bush opted for such a shake-up in 2006, and it arguably saved his presidency. Barack Obama is now facing a similar moment, and there are signs he’s looking to make some personnel changes after the November congressional elections. Obama’s foreign-policy team needs help. National security adviser Susan Rice still suffers from unfair attacks over the Benghazi affair. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was similarly tarnished by a rough confirmation hearing. Secretary of State John Kerry has been a tireless advocate for Obama’s policies, but there’s inevitable tension...
  • How Obama’s Arab Spring Created the Islamic State

    10/06/2014 5:45:55 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | October 6, 2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    How Obama’s Arab Spring Created the Islamic StatePosted By Raymond Ibrahim On October 6, 2014 @ 12:20 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments Over a decade ago, the U.S. conquered Iraq; its military and intelligence were on the ground for years with autonomy.   In other words, U.S. influence and authority was more pronounced in Iraq than probably any other Muslim country in the world.And yet it is in this one Muslim nation, where the U.S. had most authority, where U.S. blood and treasure were spent, that the absolute worst Islamic terrorist group—the Islamic State—was born.Coincidence?Or is this too related...
  • Exposed: A Pentagon Official Just Turned Against Obama And Revealed His Brazen Lies

    10/05/2014 11:11:55 AM PDT · by lbryce · 22 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | October 2, 2014 | James Beattie
    A senior Department of Defense official says President Obama and his administration are giving the public inaccurate information about his foreign policy strategy, particularly with regards to Iraq. Joseph Miller, the pseudonym for a ranking Department of Defense official who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, wrote in The Daily Caller Tuesday, partially in reaction to a statement released by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest which said that the decision for American military forces to leave Iraq “was predicated on the will of the Iraqi security forces to fight for their country.” Miller said this was “not true.” “In...
  • For the first time, Russia has more deployed nuclear warheads than U.S.

    10/02/2014 10:52:26 AM PDT · by Chgogal · 74 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 1, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    For the first time, Russia, which is in the midst of a major strategic nuclear modernization, has more deployed nuclear warheads than the United States, according to the latest numbers released by the State Department. Russia now has 1,643 warheads deployed on intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarine-launched ballistic missiles and heavy bombers. The United States has 1,642, said the fact sheet released Wednesday.
  • Obama Stands Aloof From America's Four Foreign Policy Traditions

    09/30/2014 5:53:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 30, | Michael Barone
    resident Obama's speech at the United Nations last week was "an important turning point in American foreign policy -- and in his presidency." That's the verdict of Brookings Institution scholar and former Clinton White House aide William Galston, a Democrat who has not been an unqualified admirer of this Democratic president's foreign policy. Whether Obama's decision to launch air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and Khorasan terrorists is a turning point, it was at least a move in the direction of a tradition in American foreign policy that has been conspicuously lacking in his administration....
  • Still No Statement from White House on First Islamic Terrorist Beheading in U.S.

    09/28/2014 10:21:25 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 81 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 27, 2014 | Rick Moran
    It’s been 48 hours since Jah’Keem Yisrael — AKA Alton Noel — perpetrated a horrific terrorist attack on 54 year old co-worker Colleen Hufford, stabbing her repeatedly and then sawing her head off with a knife, and we have yet to hear any acknowledgment from President Obama of this worrisome incident. Why not? All the elements of an Islamic act of terror are present: the savagery,the shouting of Islamic verses during the act, the stated determination to carry out jihad, and a fanatical belief in Islam that, in his mind, justified everything. From a political standpoint, it’s a bad idea...
  • Syria Becomes the 7th Predominantly Muslim Country Bombed by 2009 Nobel Peace Laureate

    09/23/2014 9:17:16 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 33 replies
    The Intercept ^ | 23 September 2014 | Glenn Greenwald
    The U.S. today began bombing targets inside Syria, in concert with its lovely and inspiring group of five allied regimes: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Jordan. That means that Syria becomes the 7th predominantly Muslim country bombed by 2009 Nobel Peace Laureate Barack Obama—after Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and Iraq. The utter lack of interest in what possible legal authority Obama has to bomb Syria is telling indeed: Empires bomb who they want, when they want, for whatever reason (indeed, recall that Obama bombed Libya even after Congress explicitly voted against authorization to use force, and...
  • Suspicions Run Deep in Iraq That C.I.A. and the Islamic State Are United

    09/21/2014 2:44:41 PM PDT · by McGruff · 43 replies
    NY Times ^ | SEPT. 20, 2014 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
    The United States has conducted an escalating campaign of deadly airstrikes against the extremists of the Islamic State for more than a month. But that appears to have done little to tamp down the conspiracy theories still circulating from the streets of Baghdad to the highest levels of Iraqi government that the C.I.A. is secretly behind the same extremists that it is now attacking.
  • ‘Several Thousand Syrian Nationals’ Coming To America

    09/19/2014 7:56:46 AM PDT · by impetrio1 · 17 replies
    Black & Right ^ | 9/19/14 | Bob Parks
    Considering what’s been going on in Syria over the last few years (including the official emergence of ISIS), and after the questionable scrutiny in giving thousands of visas to so-called immigrant-children refugees, I’m not sure this is a good idea.
  • 'Security Moms' Are Back—and That's Bad News for Democrats

    09/17/2014 4:54:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 17, 2014 | Peter Beinart
    In a time of national anxiety, women voters are again turning to Republicans to protect the country. Suddenly, it feels like 2002. Democrats got creamed in midterm elections that year because the women voters they had relied on throughout the Clinton years deserted them. In 2000, women favored Democratic congressional candidates by nine points. In 2002, that advantage disappeared entirely. The biggest reason: 9/11. In polls that year, according to Gallup, women consistently expressed more fear of terrorism that men. And that fear pushed them toward the GOP, which they trusted far more to keep the nation safe. As then-Senator...
  • Obama: Assad Shooting At American Planes Would Lead To His Overthrow

    09/14/2014 8:51:34 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 57 replies
    NYT/BI ^ | Sep. 14, 2014, 10:12 AM | Michael B Kelley
    President Barack Obama would seek to overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Assad if American planes were attacked upon entering Syrian air space, Peter Baker of The New York Times reports. If Assad's troops fired at American planes entering Syrian airspace, "Obama said he would order American forces to wipe out Syria’s air defense system," Baker reports. "He went on to say that such an action by Mr. Assad would lead to his overthrow, according to one account."
  • Susan Rice on ISIS: There’s a difference between a war and a counterterrorism operation, you know

    09/13/2014 9:05:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 53 replies
    hitair.com ^ | 9/12/2014 | Allahpundit
    Via Breitbart, another dim attempt by the White House to keep this new Iraq intervention in Americans’ rhetorical comfort zone. “Wars” are long, involve vast numbers of fighters on both sides, and absorb much blood and treasure; our “victories” in war lately tend to be unsatisfying and ephemeral too. “Counterterrorism,” though, is lightning fast, typically involves a small number of military assets, and is usually decisive. (It also conveniently doesn’t require a new AUMF.) The Bin Laden raid is the supreme example. By the White House’s own reckoning, rolling back ISIS will take three years at least, already involves a...
  • Britain, Germany: We won’t take part in Syria air strikes

    09/11/2014 9:05:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/11/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Last night, Barack Obama promised America that he would take the fight to ISIS/ISIL, using a four-pronged strategy that he laid out in his much-anticipated war speech. In each phase of this strategy, Obama insisted, we would be “joined by a broad coalition of partners,” emphases mine: First, we will conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists. Working with the Iraqi government, we will expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions, so that we’re hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense. Moreover, I have made it clear that we will hunt...
  • Obama’s ‘Strategy’ Has No Chance of Success

    09/11/2014 8:58:38 AM PDT · by mojito · 27 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 9/10/2014 | FREDERICK W. KAGAN and KIMBERLY KAGAN
    President Obama just announced that he is bringing a counter-terrorism strategy to an insurgency fight. He was at pains to repeat the phrase “counter-terror” four times in a short speech. Noting that ISIL is not a state (partly because the international community thankfully does not recognize it), he declared, “ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.” Neither of those sentences, unfortunately, is true. ISIL is an insurgent group that controls enormous territory in Iraq and Syria that it governs. It maneuvers conventional light...
  • Obama Will Fight ISIS by Arming ISIS

    09/11/2014 9:25:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 09/11/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel,” Samuel Johnson said. A few centuries later his fellow Englishman, Winston Churchill, quipped, “The United States invariably does the right thing, after having exhausted every other alternative.” It’s not true of the United States, but it is true of Barack Obama who, having exhausted every alternative that involved appeasement or pretending that ISIS wasn’t a threat, has decided to do the right thing. As long as he gets enough applause for doing it. With his approval ratings, particularly on American leadership and national security, lower than Assad’s, he decided to exploit September...
  • Obama: Islamic State 'is not Islamic'

    09/11/2014 6:06:14 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 96 replies
    WND ^ | September 11,2014 | Chelsea Schilling
    In his prime-time speech to the nation on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, President Obama vowed to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State insurgency in Iraq and Syria with airstrikes and 475 U.S. boots on the ground – but he also made a particular point of declaring that the Islamic State terrorists “are not Islamic.” “Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not Islamic,” Obama said, speaking from the state floor of the White House residence. “No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been...
  • Andrea Mitchell: Obama’s New Foreign Policy Advisers All MSNBC Regulars

    09/10/2014 12:06:17 PM PDT · by dead · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Brendan Bordelon
    MSNBC’S Andrea Mitchell claimed President Barack Obama’s new cabal of foreign policy advisers “looks like a review of our guest list” on the liberal cable news network, with the AP’s Julie Pace explaining that the White House is trying to bring the commentators “into the fold.” Mitchell spoke Tuesday with Pace about Obama’s Monday night dinner with the DC foreign policy intelligentsia, presumably designed to help craft a strategy to contain an aggressive Russia and defeat ISIS in the Middle East. But as the MSNBC host ticked off the guests — including former Clinton aide Sandy Berger, longtime Democratic adviser...
  • Mayhem Is Everywhere

    09/07/2014 6:31:11 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 15 replies
    NationalReview ^ | 9/5/2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    There’s conservatism in our culture, if you’re willing to see it. I did not watch the 2013 Super Bowl and probably will not watch this year’s contest, either, being as I am more or less the effete Manhattan-dwelling, Whole Foods–shopping, theater-going caricature, though I’ve never been to one of those Georgetown cocktail parties that our more populist comments-section denizens are forever going on about. Okay, National Review did host Rand Paul at Café Milano once, but I don’t think that’s exactly what they have in mind. I do like Super Bowl commercials, though, and the 2013 game included one that...
  • On ISIS, neocons and liberal hawks have a 'boy who cried wolf' problem

    09/07/2014 7:43:53 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 49 replies
    The Week ^ | Sep 3 2014 | James Antle III
    If you're wondering why America's political leaders seem so hesitant to devise a response to the frightening rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, let me tell you a story. It's about the neocons and liberal hawks who cried wolf. Once upon a time, some foreign-policy hands warned that unless the United States invaded Iraq, Islamic radicals — the kind who murdered thousands of Americans on 9/11 — would obtain weapons of mass destruction. During the hunt for Osama bin Laden, they warned against losing sight of the danger of a possibly nuclear-armed Iraq. "[T]he larger campaign must...
  • The Awful Truth: The World is at War

    09/08/2014 7:03:14 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 18 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | James Lewis
    American Thinker and other commentary sites have been covering the Jihad War in great detail. But a coherent overview only came together for me after visiting the Long War Journal’s Threat Matrix, sponsored by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy. The Threat Matrix helps us to see worldwide jihadist violence. In just the last two weeks we see jihadist warfare in: Nigeria (Boko Haram) Iraq and Syria (ISIS, Assad and Hezb’ollah) Gaza (Hamas) Sinai Desert (Ansar Jerusalem against Egypt) Afghanistan (Taliban) India (Al Qaida) Pakistan (Waziristan terrorists) Iraq (Iranian-sponsored terrorist group, “League of the Righteous”) Libya (Libya Dawn Coalition...
  • White House reportedly planning years-long campaign to destroy ISIS

    09/08/2014 4:36:15 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 08, 2014
    White House reportedly planning years-long campaign to destroy ISIS Published September 08, 2014 ·FoxNews.com The Obama administration is reportedly preparing a campaign to destroy the Islamic State militant group that could outlast the president's remaining time in office, according to a published report. The New York Times, citing U.S. officials, reported late Sunday that the White House plan involves three phases that some Pentagon officials believe will require at least three years of sustained effort. The first phase, airstrikes against Islamic State, also known as ISIS, is already underway in Iraq, where U.S. aircraft have launched 143 attacks since August...
  • Australia to be NATO partner, 200 troops may return to Afghanistan

    09/01/2014 2:14:28 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    The Australian ^ | 2nd September 2014 | Greg Sheridan
    AUSTRALIA will enter a historic partnership with NATO at the group’s summit in Wales this week, giving the Australian Defence Force greater access to the planning and decision-making of the world’s most powerful military alliance. US President Barack Obama will officially name Australia an enhanced partner of the organisation, recognising the nation’s contribution to NATO operations, particularly Afghanistan, over the past decade. The Australian can also reveal the Abbott government is considering increasing Australia’s long-term presence in Afghanistan with the potential deployment of 200 special forces troops amid worldwide concern about the collapse of security in Iraq after the withdrawal...
  • The Islamic Terror Orchestra

    09/01/2014 6:57:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Front page magazine ^ | August 26, 2014 | Nonie Darwish
    It has been 13 years since 9/11 and the West is still reluctant to link the non-ending parade of jihad groups with Islam. The West is also in denial about the similarities all radical Islamic groups share. It is important for the West to realize that there is a natural division of labor between the different terror groups. Some groups specialize in terror against non-Muslims and Western governments while others specialize in terrorizing Arab governments that refused to follow Sharia. But the truly sophisticated groups are those who reside in the West, calling themselves ‘moderate’ while at the same time...
  • The Islamic State in Iraq Is Altering US Plans for Withdrawal From Afghanistan

    09/01/2014 7:49:02 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 3 replies
    VICE NEWS ^ | August 31, 2014 | Gary Owen
    It's not that Dempsey is unaware of the challenges facing Afghanistan. It's that the General, along with President Barack Obama, thought that the US would by now not only have an agreement with the Afghans, but — thanks to a presidential election that was supposed to have already been decided — that they'd be able to now deal with someone other than President Hamid Karzai when it came to deciding the future of the country. All of which leaves the Obama administration and Dempsey with two options: stay and provide a measure of stability, or leave and run the risk...
  • Latest Big Lie: ‘We Have No Strategy’

    08/30/2014 5:46:53 AM PDT · by Bruce Buckley · 45 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 29, 2014 | Michael Ledeen
    They DO have a strategy, but they prefer to appear indecisive. That’s because the strategy would likely provoke even greater criticism than the false confession of endless dithering. The actual strategy is detente first, and then a full alliance with Iran throughout the Middle East and North Africa. It has been on display since before the beginning of the Obama administration. During his first presidential campaign in 2008, Mr. Obama used a secret back channel to Tehran to assure the mullahs that he was a friend of the Islamic Republic, and that they would be very happy with his policies....
  • Does ISIS Have Black-op Backers?

    08/30/2014 6:16:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/30/2014 | By James Lewis
    The bloody-handed butchers of ISIS behave like the worst Islamofascist gang we have seen so far -- worse than the Taliban, worse than Hamas and Hezb’allah, worse than Al Nusra, worse than the Muslim Brotherhood, worse than all the little maniac gangs of cutthroats who have been practicing Jihad on innocent men, women and children for decades. In addition to which, ISIS has better PR, spreading its graphic images of human butchery of Christians, Yazidis, and Shi’ites, and other “infidels” around the world with amazing speed. On top of that, ISIS has engaged in Blitzkrieg warfare, overwhelming the defenses of...
  • The Trouble Is that Obama DOES Have a Strategy

    08/30/2014 10:19:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    PJ Media's Spengler ^ | August 29, 2014 | David P. Goldman
    Obama’s “we-don’t-have-a-strategy” gaffe was so egregious as to distract attention from the fact that he does indeed have a strategy, which has blown up in his face. His strategy is accommodation with Iran at all costs. As I wrote earlier this month, our ISIS problem derives from our Iran problem: Bashar Assad’s ethnic cleansing, which has displaced 4 million Syrians internally and driven 3 million out of the country, was possible because of Iranian backing. The refugee flood in Iraq and Syria gives ISIS an unlimited pool of recruits. Iraqi Sunni support for ISIS, including the participation of some of...
  • President Obama Needs To Focus On How The United States Can Meet Global Challenges [Blistering!]

    08/29/2014 11:42:44 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 29, 2014
    President Obama needs to focus on how the United States can meet global challenges Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Google PlusShare via EmailMore Options Resize Text Print Article Comments 1634 President Barack Obama. (Evan Vucci/AP) By Editorial Board August 29 President Obama Needs To Focus On How The United States Can Meet Global Challenges PRESIDENT OBAMA’S acknowledgment that “we don’t have a strategy yet” in Syria understandably attracted the most attention after his perplexing meeting with reporters Thursday. But his restatement of the obvious was not the most dismaying aspect of his remarks. The president’s goal, to the extent...
  • The Meltdown [The Most Incisive Analysis of The Obama Presidency!]

    08/30/2014 9:39:36 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 72 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | September 01, 2014 | Bret Stephens
    The Meltdown 09.01.14 Bret Stephens In July, after Germany trounced Brazil 7–1 in the semifinal match of the World Cup—including a first-half stretch in which the Brazilian soccer squad gave up an astonishing five goals in 19 minutes—a sports commentator wrote: “This was not a team losing. It was a dream dying.” These words could equally describe what has become of Barack Obama’s foreign policy since his second inauguration. The president, according to the infatuated view of his political aides and media flatterers, was supposed to be playing o jogo bonito, the beautiful game—ending wars, pressing resets, pursuing pivots, and...
  • Governor Palin: ‘No Drama Obama’s Summer Casual Agenda for America’

    08/29/2014 9:15:39 PM PDT · by Bratch · 11 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | August 29 2014 | Sarah Palin via Steve Flesher
    Via Facebook: No Drama Obama’s Summer Casual Agenda for America (or What He Didn’t Do On My Summer Vacation)There is absolutely nothing important going on in the world right now.There are no security threats, no worldwide turmoil affecting America’s interests, no civil war in Syria, South Sudan, or Libya. No war on our ally, Israel. No Ebola epidemic devastating West Africa and spreading. No race riots tearing apart a whole community in Missouri. No Russian aggression in Ukraine. No deranged North Korean dictator testing more missiles. No Chinese jets getting up close and personal with our American military. No brave American...
  • Robert Richards, Marine Guilty in Taliban Desecration, Dies at 28

    08/30/2014 7:02:29 AM PDT · by mgist · 51 replies
    NY TImes ^ | 8/15/14 | Na
    Robert Richards, Marine Guilty in Taliban Desecration, Dies at 28 Robert W. Richards, a former sergeant who helped provoke international outrage when he and three other Marines were seen on videotape urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan in 2011, died on Wednesday at his home in Jacksonville, N.C., near Camp Lejeune, where he had once been based. He was 28. His lawyer, Guy Womack, confirmed the death, saying there were no signs of foul play or self-inflicted wounds, The Associated Press reported. Mr. Womack said he suspected that a combination of medications that Mr. Richards had been...
  • Latest Big Lie: We Have No Strategy

    08/29/2014 12:55:02 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 29 Aug 2014 | Michael Ledeen
    They DO have a strategy, but they prefer to appear indecisive. That’s because the strategy would likely provoke even greater criticism than the false confession of endless dithering. The actual strategy is detente first, and then a full alliance with Iran throughout the Middle East and North Africa. It has been on display since before the beginning of the Obama administration. During his first presidential campaign in 2008, Mr. Obama used a secret back channel to Tehran to assure the mullahs that he was a friend of the Islamic Republic, and that they would be very happy with his policies....
  • Krauthammer On Obama's Foreign Policy: 'The Strategy Is To Do Absolutely Nothing'

    08/28/2014 8:16:04 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 24 replies
    FoxNews ^ | August 28, 2014
    Krauthammer On Obama's Foreign Policy: 'The Strategy Is To Do Absolutely Nothing' August 28 Charles Krauthammer ripped President Obama's foreign policy Thursday on "Special Report with Bret Baier," blasting the president for holding a news conference at which he said, "we don't have a strategy yet" for dealing with ISIS in Syria. "The president of the United States, in the middle of a real crisis, a few days after the beheading of an American...gets in front of the world and says, I don't have a strategy," the syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor said. "If that is true, don't say...
  • White House Says Obama 'Stands Squarely Behind' Tan Suit (Hurl!)

    08/29/2014 9:38:28 AM PDT · by maggief · 70 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 29, 2014 | Russell Berman
    White House press secretary Josh Earnest began his daily press briefing with what sounded like a sober announcement. He said he wanted to clear up something from President Obama's much-talked-about news conference on Thursday. Would he be disclosing the White House's "strategy" for combatting the Islamic State in Syria that Obama said he didn't "yet" have? Nope, he just wanted to joke about that unsightly tan suit. "The president stands squarely behind the decision he made yesterday to wear his summer suit," Earnest said to laughs.
  • Obama Never Has a Plan

    08/29/2014 11:14:24 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/29/14 | Ben Shapiro
    On Thursday, President Obama held a press conference in which he humiliated himself entirely on the question of America’s handling of the terror group ISIS. Explaining that he had to consult Congress and check the pulse of Americans, Obama stated, “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet.” Which begs the question: what the hell does this guy do for a living? ISIS has been on the move since April 2013, when Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced that ISIS was moving into Iraq as well as Syria. On June 29, 2014, ISIS announced...
  • Obama’s Anti-Doctrine Doctrine

    08/28/2014 8:06:47 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 15 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/28/14 | Matt Bai
    If you've been at the beach and missed the latest world news, let me briefly catch you up. Terrorists in Syria and Iraq have been overrunning the countryside, pausing to savagely murder an American journalist. Pakistan is reeling from political crisis. The Russians just made an incursion into Ukraine, the Israelis have been blowing up every other building in Gaza, and Ebola's rampaging through West Africa. All of which has led to some of the most blistering criticism of Barack Obama's presidency — and not just because he found time to golf. Republican leaders have called Obama feckless and incompetent,...
  • (Flashback) Leader of (ISIS) Jihadist Onslaught in Iraq Released on Obama’s Watch

    08/27/2014 7:24:24 PM PDT · by Innovative · 16 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | June 16, 2014 | Joseph Klein
    Obama became president on January 20, 2009, the war in Iraq was essentially won. The al Qaeda-backed insurgency was reduced to smoldering embers. George W. Bush’s surge had succeeded. Safely behind bars at the time was Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, an al Qaeda-linked point man who was imprisoned at Camp Bucca in Iraq, after being captured by U.S. forces in 2005. However, the Obama administration decided to shut down the Bucca prison camp and hand over its prisoners to the Iraqi government, including Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, in 2009. The Iraqi government later released him. Al Baghadi boasted to the...
  • This Obama Administration Proposal Would Effectively Authorize Some Americans Seceding

    08/26/2014 11:22:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 45 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | August 26, 2014 | Hans von Spakovsky
    In its latest assault on the U.S. Constitution, the Obama administration is proposing to recognize so-called “Native” Hawaiians as an Indian tribe entitled to separate and become an independent sovereign and to “reestablish” a “government-to-government relationship between the United State and the Native Hawaiian community.”Such an unconstitutional action would amount to authorizing secession for certain residents of Hawaii.It would also implicitly authorize government-sanctioned, discriminatory conduct against any other residents who don’t meet the explicit ancestry and blood-quantum requirements to be considered a “Native.” This would balkanize Hawaii, dividing the islands into separate racial and ethnic enclaves, and undo “the...
  • US Gives Intelligence To Assad For Targetting Isis Commanders

    08/23/2014 9:10:15 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 114 replies
    IBTimes Co., Ltd. ^ | August 23, 2014 15:58 BST | Tom Porter
    Western intelligence agencies have been assisting the Syrian government of Bashar al Assad fight militants of Isis (now called the 'Islamic State'), by providing details on the location of militant leaders for targeted air strikes. The information was passed to Assad's government by German intelligence service Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), which acted as an intermediary, a source told the Independent... In recent weeks, Syrian forces have launched a series of airstrikes against Islamic State commanders and headquarters, as they battle to halt the advance of jihadist forces from their stronghold in the east of the country. The Assad regime has been accused...
  • State Dept. on Beheading of U.S. Journalist: 'This Is Not About the United States'

    08/21/2014 9:36:12 AM PDT · by markomalley · 58 replies
    CNS News ^ | 8/21/2014 | Brittany M. Hughes
    Deputy State Department spokesperson Marie Harf on Wednesday condemned the beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic terrorists, but she also stated that the ISIS threat “is not about the United States and what we do.” Harf spoke after President Obama told the nation that “governments and peoples across the Middle East” should come together in a “common effort to extract this cancer, so that it does not spread.” He then went golfing. "I think ISIL wants to make this about the United States and our actions. And I think what the President was trying to say was that...
  • Obama White House notified, Global Post knew of threat to kill Foley 1 week prior to execution

    08/20/2014 3:24:46 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 25 replies
    My Fox Boston ^ | 8/20/14 | Ashley Troutman
    <p>Journalist James Foley's captors threatened to kill him a week before his execution in a letter that both Global Post President Philip Balboni and the White House were aware of.</p> <p>Foley was killed Tuesday in Syria after being held there for almost two years. The 40-year-old journalist was freelancing for the Global Post and Agence France-Presse when he was captured. In a news conference Wednesday, Balboni confirmed that both he and the White House were aware of the threat to kill Foley one week prior to his execution. He went on to say that the threat was different than previous communications they'd had with the captors. They demanded a lot on the past, but this letter was filled with rage, according to Balboni. Still, he wanted to believe the threat was empty, and learned it wasn't Tuesday when the video of Foley's killing was released on YouTube.</p>
  • A Brilliant Audio Podcast w/ Angelo Codevilla

    08/16/2014 6:18:50 PM PDT · by crusher · 5 replies
    Liberty Law Talk podcast ^ | 7/28/2104 | Angelo Codevilla
    As time goes by I find reading less pleasurable, mostly due to time constraints and my continuing fading vision. I find myself listening to more stuff on my MP3 player. I also am finding those voices I want to pay attention to. For almost thirty years one of those people I listen to VERY CAREFULLY is Angelo Codevilla, whose insights into the nature of the political world are unerringly well thought through. His previous book, "America's Ruling Class," a bipartisan evisceration of the political establishment, ranks in my opinion with Thomas Sowell's "Conflict of Vision," perhaps the most insightful secular...
  • Deputy Knesset Speaker Moshe Feiglin on Iran, Arab Spring, U.S. Aid, and More

    08/16/2014 6:13:21 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 8 replies
    The New American ^ | 20 May 2013 | Alex Newman
    Deputy Knesset Speaker Feiglin on Iran, Arab Spring, U.S. Aid, and More The New American 20 May 2013 JERUSALEM — Deputy Speaker of the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) Moshe Feiglin, who leads the Manhigut Yehudit (the Jewish Leadership) faction of the ruling Likud Party, spoke to The New American’s Alex Newman in late April during an interview at the Knesset in Jerusalem. (The photo shows MK Feiglin, center, with Newman.) While a controversial figure in Israel and still relatively unknown abroad after his successful election in January, the new lawmaker has developed a strong following among liberty-minded Jews. However, MK...
  • Benghazi: When America Switched Sides In The War On Terror And Armed Al-Qaida

    08/17/2014 7:21:25 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 39 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/17/2014 | Ginni Thomas
    The Center for Security Policy’s Vice President for Research and Analysis, Clare Lopez, says in this exclusive video interview with The Daily Caller that very few have seemed to care that America switched sides in the global war on terror when President Obama deposed an erstwhile ally in the Middle East and provided weapons to al-Qaida and the Muslim Brotherhood. Focusing on this under-reported, critical shift in American foreign policy, Clare Lopez discusses how an American ambassador and others were killed in Benghazi on the anniversary of 9/11 because the Obama administration decided to promote and defend their narrative that...
  • Allen West Declares Obama An Islamist

    08/14/2014 11:39:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12:55 PM 08/14/2014 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    Former Florida Rep. Allen West declared President Obama an Islamist who is intentionally working against the security of the United States. “The only plausible explanation for many actions taken by President Obama and his administration is that they are working counter to the security of the United States of America,” the former Florida congressman and retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel wrote in the post published Wednesday. …
  • U.S. Spies Missed Urgency of Islamic State Threat in Iraq

    08/10/2014 6:12:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 10, 2014 | By SIOBHAN GORMAN and JULIAN E. BARNES
    WASHINGTON—Days before the takeover of the Iraqi city of Mosul by the militant group calling itself the Islamic State, U.S. intelligence analysts were sharply divided over whether the group would seize the city, according to people familiar with the debate. Although U.S. spy agencies have monitored and warned about the Islamic State over the past year, they often have underestimated the group's ability to make rapid operational gains, U.S. officials said. That was the case a week ago when militants launched a dramatic and successful offensive in Iraq's Kurdish region. The inability of U.S. spy agencies to provide details about...
  • President Who Pulled U.S. Troops Out of Iraq Says Idea He Pulled Troops Out of Iraq is "Bogus"

    08/11/2014 7:46:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 66 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 11, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    In 2008 then Senator Obama campaigned on the promise of ending the war in Iraq and bringing combat troops home. In 2012, Obama touted that promise as complete (one of the only campaign promises he actually kept) and critics warned leaving Iraq without a residual U.S. force would result in a power vacuum and vulnerable state. Now as the country falls apart and the radical Islamic State army continues its march unchallenged in Iraq, Obama is claiming he wasn't the one who made the decision to pull U.S. combat troops out of the country and that claims to the...
  • Inaction in Syria leads to Obama’s Iraq quagmire

    08/11/2014 8:52:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | August 11, 2014 | Chris Stirewalt
    While President Obama is physically surrounded by water, soaking up sun and sand, his foreign policy is under heavy siege as critics pound the administration from all sides. The commander-in-chief’s limited military moves to stifle the Islamist extremists in Iraq, which many Republicans say are mere pinpricks and Democrats worry will escalate U.S involvement, can be credibly linked to the White House’s inaction in the Syrian civil war. And on that point – Syria – former secretary of state and Democratic 2016 frontrunner Hillary Clinton unloaded on her former boss’s “failure to help build up a credible fighting force,” creating...