House Bill Preventing Terrorists from Entering U.S. as U.N. Ambassadors Passes With Unanimous Support (Video)

The House joined the Senate today by passing with unanimous consent a bill that would prevent terrorists from getting visas to enter the United States as United Nations ambassadors. The  legislation was proposed in reaction to the Iranian President Hasan Rouhani’s insulting appointment of Hamid Aboutalebi as the nation’s new ambassador to the U.N., which is headquartered in Manhattan. Aboutalebi was an active participant in the group that held 52 Americans hostage in Iran from 1979-1981.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Congressman Doug Lamborn, CO-05, today called for President Obama to immediately sign into law their bi-partisan legislation that will prevent terrorists from getting visas to enter the United States as United Nations ambassadors.

“Congress has voted unanimously in support of a bill to reject Iran’s deliberately insulting nomination of a known terrorist – one of the 1979 hostage-takers – to be their ambassador to the United Nations,” said Sen. Cruz. “I thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for supporting it, and urge the President to act quickly. We, as a country, can send an unequivocal message to rogue nations like Iran that the United States will not tolerate this kind of provocative and hostile behavior.”

“I have been working hard with House Leadership to move this bill even before it passed the Senate,” said Congressman Lamborn. “I appreciate House Leadership’s rapid response to my request to quickly bring the Cruz/Lamborn bill to the House Floor for a vote. It will give the President the power to prevent an Iranian terrorist from entering our country with diplomatic immunity. This is a great example of leadership in action by both Houses of Congress. After Senator Cruz worked to ensure Senate passage earlier in the week, I felt that it was extremely important that the House respond in-kind by considering the Cruz/Lamborn bill in an expedited manner. It is great to see Congress send a strong, bipartisan message that Iranian evildoers will be treated like terrorists, not tourists. Terrorists, from Iran or elsewhere, should not be allowed to walk the streets of Manhattan with diplomatic immunity.”

Congressman Lamborn’s bill, H.R. 4357, is companion legislation to Sen. Cruz’s bill, S. 2195, which unanimously passed the Senate earlier this week. The legislation now awaits President Obama’s signature to be put into law.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas Monday requested and received unanimous consent to pass his bill, S. 2195.

 

Cruz spoke with Sean Hannity on his radio show today about the legislation. Audio here.

“I think it’s terrific that we see a bipartisan statement of unanimity, Republicans and Democrats coming together against Iran, and I hope the President signs this legislation and keeps this acknowledged terrorist out of the United States,” Sen. Cruz said.

Sen. Cruz also discussed President Obama’s disregard for the rule of law and the need for Congress to continue to investigate the IRS, especially in light of the House’s recent report cataloging the illegal actions of Lois Lerner.

 

 

 

Obama Has Wavered In His Commitment to See That Justice Is Done For Terrorist Attack In Benghazi (Video)

“We will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. And make no mistake, justice will be done.”  Barack Obama 9/12/2012

And he’s repeated that line or a variation of that line at least a hundred times since then.

The truth:

House Intel Committee Chair Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) told TIME magazine this week that the Obama administration knows where the Benghazi Al-Qaeda terrorists are hiding but refuses to go after them.

 

Via Jim Hoft

 

The reason: The Obama administration refuses to classify the attackers as al Qaeda related.

The U.S. military cannot hunt down and kill people responsible for the deadly 2012 attack on an American compound in Benghazi, Libya, as long as the terrorists are not officially deemed members or affiliates of al Qaeda, newly declassified transcripts from congressional hearings show.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey in testimony on Oct. 10 said the Pentagon’s hands are tied because the groups involved are not covered by the Authorization for Use of Military Force. The AUMF law allows U.S. attacks anywhere in the world only on al Qaeda and “associated forces.”

“The individuals related in the Benghazi attack, those that we believe were either participants or leadership of it, are not ‘authorized use of military force,’ ” Gen. Dempsey told the House Armed Services Committee in his classified testimony during a closed hearing.

The transcript was released on Monday.

“In other words, they don’t fall under the AUMF authorized by the Congress of the United States. So we would not have the capacity to simply find them and kill them either with a remotely-piloted aircraft or with an assault on the ground,” Dempsey said.

Via The Long War Journal, the State Dept. added three chapters of Ansar al Sharia – widely believed to have taken part in the attack – to the governments terrorist designation lists in January of this year.

the US State Department announced today that it has added three chapters of Ansar al Sharia, as well as three of the groups’ leaders, to the government’s terrorist designation lists. Ansar al Sharia groups in Benghazi, Derna, and Tunisia were designated as foreign terrorist organizations, as well as specially designated global terrorist entities.

The three Ansar al Sharia leaders, Sufian Ben Qumu, Ahmed Abu Khattalah, and Seifallah Ben Hassine (a.k.a. Abu Iyad al Tunisi), were also added to the list of specially designated global terrorists.

Ben Qumu is described as “the leader” of Ansar al Sharia Derna, while Khattalah is “a senior leader” of Ansar al Sharia in Benghazi. Seifallah Ben Hassine is the founder of Ansar al Sharia in Tunisia.

The State Department says that Ansar al Sharia Tunisia “is ideologically aligned with al Qaeda and tied to its affiliates, including AQIM” (Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb). The designation confirms The Long War Journal’s reporting on Ansar al Sharia Tunisia’s connections to the al Qaeda network.

Oversight Hearing: Why Does The Obama Regime Want To “Normalize” Relations With Libya, Overturning 30 Years of Precedent (Video)

What the hell is the Regime even thinking?

It’s well known that Libya has become a haven for terrorists in the wake of  the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi. As Bill Gertz reported in Washington Free Beacon, “Ansar al Sharia, the Islamist terror group linked to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, continues to operate freely in that Libyan city, according to U.S. military officials.”

In spite of this, the Obama administration thinks it’s a good idea to overturn the 30 year old ban on “Libyans coming to the U.S. to attend flight school, to work in aviation maintenance or flight operations, or to study or seek training in nuclear science” ?!  Does this make any sense at all?

The House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on National Security held a joint hearing today entitled, “Overturning 30 Years of Precedent: Is the Administration Ignoring the Dangers of Training Libyan Pilots and Nuclear Scientists?” 

Witnesses for the hearing:

  • Mr. Alan Bersin, Assistant Secretary of International Affairs and Chief Diplomatic Officer for the Department of Homeland Security;
  • Ms. Janice Kephart, CEO, Secure Identity and Biometrics Association, and former counsel to the 9/11 Commission;
  • Mr. James M. Chaparro, Executive Vice President for Strategy, Strategic Enterprise Solutions (SE Solutions); and
  • Mr. Frederic Wehrey, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Senior Associate, Middle East Program.

Last fall, the House Judiciary Committee obtained an internal draft final regulation from a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) source that outlines the Obama Administration’s misguided and dangerous plan to lift a longstanding prohibition on Libyans coming to the U.S. to attend flight school, to work in aviation maintenance or flight operations, or to study or seek training in nuclear science. This prohibition was originally put in place in the 1980s after the wave of terrorist incidents involving Libyans.  The Administration justifies lifting this ban by claiming the United States’ relationship with Libya has since improved.  However, the terror threat continues and numerous news reports document recent terror-related stories coming from Libya. And just over a year ago the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was attacked, which resulted in the deaths of four Americans.

Although the House Judiciary Committee has sought information on this proposed policy shift twice, on November 25, 2013 and again on March 19, 2014 with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the Department has failed to adequately respond and has moved forward without disclosing information about it to Congress. On March 21, 2014, two days after the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sent the follow up letter to DHS, the Department sent an incomplete response that did not completely answer the substantive questions posed in the letter nor provide an adequate update on the regulation.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), and National Security Subcommittee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) issued the statements below on Thursday’s hearing.

Chairman Goodlatte: “It’s outrageous that the Obama Administration is turning a blind eye to real terrorist threats that exist in Libya today.  Just over a year ago, four Americans were killed in the pre-planned terrorist attacks on the American Consulate in Benghazi.  We still haven’t gotten to the bottom of the Benghazi terrorist attacks and continue to face additional terrorist threats from Libya, yet the Administration is preparing to lift a longstanding ban that protects Americans and our interests without adequately disclosing information about this proposal to Congress after multiple requests.  At the hearing this week, we hope to get to the bottom of why the Administration thinks we should change our longstanding policy towards Libya at this time.  With ongoing threats coming from Libya, the Obama Administration should abandon this misguided policy shift.”

Chairman Issa: “It is simply unacceptable that Congress’ repeated inquiries and concerns about this ill-advised shift in policy remain unaddressed.  It is clear that the proposed rule would do nothing to prevent terror-related activity or improve Americans’ safety.”

Subcommittee Chairman Gowdy: “The Administration’s policy reversal makes little sense based on recent events and has dangerous implications for our national security.  Is post-revolutionary Libya secure enough to change the rules? Why now? What evidence does the Administration have to assert the relationship between Libya and the US has indeed normalized?

“Thus far, the Administration has not been forthcoming with Congress about the rule change, even moving forward with the policy reversal while ignoring concerns from Members. The American public deserves to hear from DHS about why they believe pursuing this change now is in the best interest of our national security.”

Subcommittee Chairman Chaffetz: “The Administration’s move to reverse a decades old security ban is turning a blind eye to the reality on the ground. The current situation in Libya is far from normal and remains vulnerable to unchecked terrorist activity. After ignoring repeated requests for information, I fully expect the Department of Homeland Security to engage in an open conversation – providing direct and honest answers to the Congress.”

In his opening statement, Congressman Trey Gowdy ran through a number of recent terrorist attacks that have taken place throughout the country and said, “unfortunately, these new reports indicate the militias are getting stronger not weaker, so why is the administration proposing to lift a 30 year ban on Libyans coming to the US to train as nuclear scientists, now? The administration’s draft regulation justifies the change because the US relationship with Libya has been (gestures quote unquote) NORMALIZED.”

He went on to ask, “how is this relationship normalized when our Ambassador was murdered in Benghazi 18 months ago and not one single solitary person has been arrested, prosecuted, or brought to justice?

Report: 4 Dead 14 Wounded in Fort Hood Shooting (Video)

A senior U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity told the AP that one person is dead and 14 wounded in a shooting at Fort Hood.

The situation is ongoing at the same Army base where thirteen people were killed and more than 30 wounded in what was the deadliest attack on a domestic military installation in history.

Yesterday, Fox News reported that a self-professed jihadist had threatened online to commit a “Fort Hood-inspired” act of terror and “was weeks away from reporting for basic training when the military learned of his radicalism – which had apparently been on display for months in online posts where he praised Usama bin Laden and pledged to die for radical Islam.”

The man identified in an FBI-sourced alert as “Booker, also known as Muhammad Abdullah Hassan” appears to be the same person who wrote of his jihadist aspirations, cheered on the murder of American troops in Iraq and praised the Al Qaeda terror boss in posts stretching back months, FoxNews.com has learned.

“Getting ready to be killed in jihad is a HUGE adrenaline rush! I am so nervous,” read a March 19 post on the Facebook page authorities believe belonged to the subject of the alert. “NOT because I’m scared to die but I am EAGER to meet my lord.”

There are reports that Booker has been caught and is currently in a mental health facility.

Via AoSHQ:

John Thomas Booker, 19, of Topeka, Kan. enlisted in the Army in February and was due to report for basic training on April 7. But the FBI interviewed him in March and alerted the Army, which formally discharged him last week. He is now in an undisclosed mental health facility, sources told FoxNews.com.My Pet Jawa links a similar report.

However, on the live feed from KCEN below, they keep saying that guy is still wanted.

 

My husband claims to have heard the first disavowal from a public official that the incident has anything to do with terrorism.

Greta Van Susteren reported the latest at Fox News:

They’re saying there were two gunmen and one has been neutralized.

UPDATE:

We’re now hearing 4 dead via Fox News.

Confirmed.

CBS News has confirmed 4 people are dead after a shooting at Fort Hood. The number of dead includes the gunman.

Pentagon sources tell CBS News that the Fort Hood shooter is a soldier — identified as 34-year-old Ivan Lopez — and that he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. CBS News reports that the shooting stemmed from a soldier dispute.

Some news analysts are questioning the idea that the shooting stemmed from a soldier dispute given the number of dead (4) and wounded (14).

 UPDATE:

The Conversation: Obama Attended 2 Fundraisers As Deadly Fort Hood Shooting Unfolded:

The shooting reportedly started between 4:25 and 4:30 central time and for several hours Fort Hood was in lockdown, and the nation didn’t know the number of shooters or whether or the shooter(s) were terrorists.

While all this was unfolding, Obama was in Chicago for a pair of fund raisers. 

Air Force One touched down at O’Hare Airport at 4:00 pm and the president was whisked off to his first  scheduled stop at the Chicago Cut Steakhouse, where he attended a private roundtable discussion for the DNC. Reportedly 25 supporters paid up to $32,400 to attend that event.

Then he was off to a private residence in Lincoln Park where he attended a dinner reception where 55 supporters paid up to $10,000 to meet the president.

Obama was expected to leave Chicago for Washington DC at around 8:30 p.m.

He interrupted his event at the Chicago Cut Steakhouse to make a brief statement about the ongoing shooting incident.

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Video: Stephen Coughlin and Frank Gaffney on Islamic subversion of the US government

This talk is from November 2013, but I saw it for the first time, today and think it deserves more attention.

Frank Gaffney probably needs no introduction.  He is the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy, columnist at The Washington TimesBig Peace, and Townhall, and radio host on Secure Freedom Radio.

 Stephen Coughlin is an attorney and decorated intelligence officer who formerly worked at the State Dept. as a specialist on Islamic law.  He is now is a Senior Fellow at at the Center For Security Policy.  

Mr. Coughlin integrates experience in international law, intelligence, strategic communications and high-level project management in both the national defense and private sectors to develop unique perspectives, assessments and training packages relating to the intersection of national security and law. Often cited as the Pentagon’s leading expert on Islamic law, Coughlin is in demand as a lecturer at leading Defense training institutions, including the Naval War College, Marine Corps HQ-Quantico, and at Staff, Command and Division levels, as well as for the FBI and other agencies and private sector groups.  A Major in the United States Army (res.), assigned to USCENTCOM, with a military intelligence specialty, Coughlin has served in a strategic communications role in CENTCOM-Doha. U.S. assignments have included attachment to the Pentagon’s National Military Joint Intelligence Center, the National Security Council’s Interagency Perception Management Threat Panel, and culminating in his assignment to the intelligence staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Coughlin’s private sector career has focused on international law, competitive intelligence and the development and provision of open source, classified and proprietary commercial data and information products and programs at leading publishing houses such as Lexis-Nexis/Reed Elsevier and West Group/WestLaw.

Via Atlas Shrugs, Feb 2010:

Late in 2007, Major Stephen Coughlin, USAR, the Pentagon’s lone expert on Islamic law (Sharia) on the Joint Staff, was asked by Hesham Islam, special assistant for international affairs for the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Gordon R. England, to moderate his statements about Islam’s doctrines mandating warfare against and the subjugation of unbelievers. In response, Coughlin, cited Islamic sources to show that he was portraying Islamic teaching accurately. According to journalist Bill Gertz in the Washington Times, Islam and other Muslims in the Pentagon then began campaigning to have Coughlin fired, calling him a “Christian zealot with a pen.” Ultimately, Coughlin’s contract was not renewed.

This was despite the high quality of Coughlin’s work. Said retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney: “Steve Coughlin is the most knowledgeable person in the U.S. government on Islamic law.” LTC Joseph C. Myers, Army Advisor to the Air Command and Staff College, told the truth: “The termination of Stephen Coughlin on the Joint Staff is an act of intellectual cowardice.”

Coughlin insisted that we must speak clearly about the nature of the threat we face. In his thesis, “‘To Our Great Detriment’: Ignoring What Extremists Say About Jihad,” submitted to the National Defense Intelligence College in July 2007, he argued that the politically correct refusal to name the enemy was placing the United States at a strategic disadvantage.

Coughlin: ” Starting in 2010, I started giving a briefing…it was given on Capitol Hill, I gave it in January of 2011 to the FBI-CT division,  and I actually told Frank, one day – you can run with this. You can take it to the bank. The Arab World is coming down, it’s going to be a Muslim Brotherhood operation from the very beginning, here’s how they’re going to fall, here’s where they’re going to fall, and they’re going to position it as a Democracy Movement.”

He went on to ask, “who put the heavy diplomatic pressure on the Mubarak Regime for him to step down. Who brought military resources to bear to …switch sides on the war on terror and no one seems to know or care?….”

Who indeed.

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Walid Shoebat: America is Now an Accessory to Genocide:

On this blog, over the last few days – and we will be providing more evidence over the weeks and months ahead – we have documented sick levels of genocide against Christians and Shia Muslims in Syria. The even bigger scandal is the deafening silence of the media, the church, the Jewish Organizations, the Obama administration, and leaders from both political parties.

Why is it that our government and the leaders of both parties are saying and doing nothing about these atrocities? The answer is simple. We as a country are allies of the murderers. We have made Basher Al-Assad – the president of Syria – the enemy because of Iran and Russia. Yet, we have allied ourselves with Nazi-style murderers who follow fundamentalist Islam and wish to turn Syria into a Sharia compliant state similar to the way Gaza is run by Hamas, and how Egypt was run by Mohammed Mursi until he was overthrown.

President Obama and his regime have received material support from the Muslim Brotherhood for his election and re-election. We have also documented the strong relationship the current US administration has had with the overthrown Mursi regime in Egypt.

Bashar Al-Assad is a secular dictator and murderer too but his atrocities are not on par with the genocidal maniacs who behead people by the hundreds, just because they are of a different faith or do not conform to the sick, twisted fundamental ideas of fundamentalist Islam. The Christian community has been ignored, and in some case protected, under the Assad regime. As a result, their perceived support of Assad has made them targets of the Islamists.

More from Shoebat:

Muslims Slaughter 400 People In Killing Fields And Impregnate 3000 Women

Sister Hatune Dogan Speaks of Unspeakable Atrocities after returning from Trip to Syria 

Muslims Gun Down Two Innocent People

This is what the Obama Regime has aligned itself with.

President Barack Obama’s policies “have become progressively more hostile toward Christian civilization,” Cardinal Raymond Burke, head of the highest court at the Vatican, said in a recent interview.

Cardinal Burke added that Obama wants to restrict religious freedom and force the individuals, outside of his or her place of worship, “to act against his rightly-formed conscience, even in the most serious of moral questions.”

In an interview first published in Polish in Polonia Christiana magazine and republished exclusively in English at LifeSite News, Cardinal Burke, the former archbishop of St. Louis, was asked about President Obama’s policies towards Christian civilization and if there are any “Catholic reactions against this policy? If yes, what are they, [or] if not, why?”

Cardinal Burke, who heads the Apostolic Signatura, the highest court at the Vatican, said: “It is true that the policies of the president of the United States of America have become progressively more hostile toward Christian civilization. He appears to be a totally secularized man who aggressively promotes anti-life and anti-family policies.”

More here.

Video: Intel Sources Say Missing Malaysian Airliner May Be Inside Pakistan

In an interview with Sean Hannity, Tuesday night, Retired Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney suggested that searchers looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 should take a look at possible landing spots in Taliban-controlled Pakistan. Basing his recommendation on information from unnamed sources as well as the analysis of an intelligence service called LIGNET, McInerney said the free world needs to be worried until the location of the jet is determined.

“My concern is if this airplane could be used as a bearer of a weapon of mass destruction or even conventional munitions that could attack a carrier, Israel, our allies,” he said. “We have to be very alert until we know exactly where this airplane is.”

Investigators believe the airplane changed course shortly after takeoff and headed West for as long as seven hours. They are looking into the politics of the pilot, who had a Boeing 777 simulator set up in his own home from which data recently had been deleted.

McInerney said there are at least three bases in Taliban-controlled areas of western Pakistan that could handle the jet.

His theory is consistent with reports that the last “ping” heard from the jet’s Rolls Royce engines was about seven hours after takeoff in Malaysia.

It is now being reported that Malaysia has turned to Pakistan to help find the missing plane.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Tuesday called his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the phone and sought his help in tracing Malaysian airline’s missing passenger plane, a senior official said.

“Prime Minister Sharif expressed sympathies with him and assured every possible cooperation,” Shujat Azeem, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Aviation, told Dawn newspaper website.

“As per request from Malaysian aviation authorities, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Pakistan has saved entire data of the day and time when the jet went missing and would be sharing it with Malaysian authorities,” he said.

“Although there is no evidence that plane headed towards Pakistan but as a goodwill gesture we are sharing our data with Malaysian government,” Shujaat Azeem added. Azeem earlier on Saturday had dismissed Western media reports that missing Malaysian airliner might be hidden somewhere in the country.

Pakistan’s top aviation official said the CAA has asked Malaysian authorities to send their official to Karachi to look at the data.

Azeem disclosed that Malaysian aviation authorities also spoke with Pakistan Air Force (PAF) chief Tahir Rafique Butt and sought cooperation in tracing the missing jet.

McInerney appeared on The Kelly File Wednesday night and revealed his intel source to be the Langley Intelligence Group which says the Boeing  plane manufacturer believes the missing Malaysian flight is inside Pakistan.

Via Gateway Pundit

A LIGNET analyst received information from a source at Boeing that the company believes the plane did land in Pakistan… Boeing spokesman Sean McCormack denied that Wednesday, telling LIGNET that “the Boeing Company does not have information that substantiates your claim.”

(Stop watching after 2:00 minutes – the video starts over at about 2:02 minutes in.)

Homeland Security Chief Met With Terror-Supporting Code Pinkos – Reportedly Asked For Medea Benjamin’s Autograph

medea-homeland-security.jpg.pagespeed.ic.GmwNsW1IADMedea Benjamin, left

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson met for 40 minutes with leaders of  Code Pink at Homeland Security headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Monday. According to Susan ‘Medea’ Benjamin and Alli McCracken, in a post at their website, the Pink Tank, they were not searched, but the the participants had to pass a background check for the meeting, which they apparently passed.

Media Benjamin was not so lucky in Egypt, where she was briefly detained at the airport before she was unceremoniously booted out of the country, along with dozens of other international leftist and Islamist agitators. Benjamin’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood has rendered her persona non grata in Egypt, where MB is considered a terrorist group.

Her group played a role in violent demonstrations aimed at keeping Egypt’s previous Islamofascist president, Mohammed Morsi, who described Jews as the descendants of apes and pigs, firmly in power.

Using twisted logic, Code Pink and other left-wing anti-American groups link arms with Islamists, anti-Semites, and brutal dictators in order to advance their never-ending war against the United States. Code Pink’s fuchsia-clad activists wrap themselves in pretended humanitarianism and compassion in order to sell the group’s otherwise unpalatable support for the most repressive regimes in the world.

Benjamin and the others were  trying to enter Gaza through Egypt for a “women’s conference.”

More on Code Pinko’s ugly, subversive activities via Gateway Pundit: 

Last summer Code Pink was in Yemen fundraising for family members of al Qaeda and detainees held by the U.S. at Guantanamo Bay.

In late 2004 Code Pink delivered $600,000 in cash and aid to what Benjamin called the families of “the other side” in Fallujah, Iraq as U.S. Marines, British and free Iraqi forces fought to liberate the city from al Qaeda.

The Egyptians may be on to Code Pink, but our Homeland Security Chief was happy to meet with them. According to their website, when Medea gave Johnson a copy of her book, Drone Warfare, he asked her to autograph it.

Sec. Johnson, according to the report, initially balked at meeting the entire group sending his chief of staff to inform them he would only meet with McCracken. As one would expect with Code Pink, tantrums were thrown drawing additional security until Sec. Johnson relented and showed up in the conference room where the group was waiting.

“Johnson and a young assistant rushed into the room. Johnson looked at Medea and asked, “Alli??” …We were off to a good start.

“He told us he had agreed to meet because he had seen CODEPINK “express our views in a variety of creative ways”–from his home to Congressional hearings to Medea’s disruption of President Obama’s speech in May of 2013. He said he believes in open dialogue and thought it would be good to hear us out.

“We spent the next 40 minutes talking about our concerns. Alli opened the meeting by telling the Secretary that the drone program that he legally sanctioned continues to kill innocent people abroad, including the targeting of a wedding party in Yemen in December. She told him about CODEPINK trips to Pakistan and Yemen, where we’ve met with innocent drone strike survivors who have related their harrowing stories and pointed out that there has yet to be any apology or compensation for the victims.”

“Tighe and Medea talked about the domestic use of drones. They asked why DHS is giving grants to police departments across the country to buy drones when there aren’t any regulations in place for their use and why drones along the border are being illegally lent to law enforcement agencies. They expressed the concern of civil liberties’ groups throughout the country about the invasion of our privacy that will come when our airspace is totally opened up to drones in the next year or two, and how DHS seems to be working with the drone industry to help them increase sales. Medea gave him a copy of her book Drone Warfare, which he asked her to autograph.”

Our country’s descent into madness is now complete.

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Walid Shoebat: Malik Obama Scandal BLOWING UP in Egypt:

Recently, Dr. Sadek Raouf Ebeid, whose articles we have published in the past, appeared on a prominent Egyptian television program for nearly 20 minutes to discuss the case of Malik Obama. While there has essentially been both a mainstream and conservative media blackout in America on this scandal, it has captured the attention of tens of millions of Egyptians.

Here is an edited, shorter version of the intervies – with subtitles – between Ebeid and Al Kahera we Nas:

 

Prominent Arabic newspaper Al-Wafd also picked up on Ebeid’s interview (translated):

Sadek Raouf Ebeid, an Egyptian doctor in the U.S., implored the U.S. Congress to investigate the scandal involving Malik Obama, the brother of U.S. President Obama, saying that by providing Malik’s organization with American taxpayer dollars, the American people are also aiding Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

Ebeid, in a televised interview via telephone, said he had notified members of the U.S. Congress that according to the laws of the U.S., Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is a war criminal, and is prohibited from entering the United States and that because Malik provides material support to al-Bashir, he too qualifies as an enemy combatant / terrorist.

The doctor pointed out that the U.S. authorities have overlooked the laws as they apply to the U.S. president’s brother.

 ***

Ebeid’s allegations were as follows:

  1. That President / General Omar Al-Bashir of Sudan is classified by the current White House and State Department as an enemy combatant and was denied an entry visa to the U.S. for posing a threat to America’s national interest and its homeland security.
  2. Malik Obama works for one of Al-Bashir’s largest organizations.
  3. Ebeid referred to the Military Commissions Act (MCA) of 2006, amended in 2009. This law deems anyone who provides an enemy combatant with material support, qualifies as an enemy combatant himself, even if he did not pick up arms against the U.S. himself. This would make Malik Obama an enemy combatant.
  4. Malik Obama’s Barack H. Obama Foundation (BHOF) was granted 501(c)(3) status to collect money from unwitting U.S. taxpayers, under false pretenses (EIN# 262461343). This status was granted by former IRS official, Lois Lerner. Both Ebeid and Emara highlighted the fact that the BHOF received its status on a Sunday (June 26, 2011). In the interview, Emara sarcastically stated that Lerner obviously, “…opened the office on a Sunday morning to give Malik what he wants.”

Correction:

An earlier version of this story misidentified the man standing on the right in the picture as Jeh Johnson. The man in the picture appears to be Tighe Barry.

New Evidence Confirms Missing Airliner Was Intentionally Diverted (Video)

More reason to believe foul play was involved in the missing Malaysian airliner’s disappearance came to light Monday night in the NY Times, with new evidence that the lost plane’s path was altered not by autopilot – but by a computer system. The Times reported, “whoever altered Flight 370′s path typed seven or eight keystrokes into a computer on a knee-high pedestal between the captain and the first officer.”

Times reporter Michael Schmidt told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Monday night that whoever did this “had to have known what they were doing.”

The first turn to the west that diverted the missing Malaysia Airlines plane from its planned flight path from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing was carried out through a computer system that was most likely programmed by someone in the plane’s cockpit who was knowledgeable about airplane systems, according to senior American officials.

Instead of manually operating the plane’s controls, whoever altered Flight 370’s path typed seven or eight keystrokes into a computer on a knee-high pedestal between the captain and the first officer, according to officials. The Flight Management System, as the computer is known, directs the plane from point to point specified in the flight plan submitted before a flight. It is not clear whether the plane’s path was reprogrammed before or after it took off.

The fact that the turn away from Beijing was programmed into the computer has reinforced the belief of investigators — first voiced by Malaysian officials — that the plane was deliberately diverted and that foul play was involved. It has also increased their focus on the plane’s captain and first officer.

SEE ALSO:

The Conversation: Homeland Security Committee Chairman: Missing Airline May Be Used Later As A Weapon:

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, told Fox News that that the plane may have landed “somewhere in southeast Asia” as part of a terror plot. 

 “It could have landed somewhere, filled with explosives and then sent somewhere else to cause some great damage, and I think we have to look at all possibilities right now,” McCaul told Fox News.

 The theory that the missing plane is being housed in a secret location is one of dozens that have emerged since the Boeing 777 disappeared. But with the international investigation now focusing on sabotage and foul play, the possibility of a terror link remains on the table.

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9/11-Style Terror Plot by Islamic jihadists Emerges in Connection with Disappearance of Malaysian airliner

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A few days ago a pilot told Neil Cavuto that he thought the missing Malaysian airliner  “Could Be a 9/11 Style Hijacking 12 Years Later.”

Now evidence of a plot by Malaysian al Qaeda-linked Islamists to hijack a passenger jet in a 9/11-style attack has come to light and is being investigated in connection with the disappearance of Flight MH370.

An al-Qaeda supergrass (informer) told a court last week that four to five Malaysian men had been planning to take control of a plane, using a bomb hidden in a shoe to blow open the cockpit door.

Security experts said the evidence from a convicted British terrorist was “credible”. The supergrass said that he had met the Malaysian jihadists – one of whom was a pilot – in Afghanistan and given them a shoe bomb to use to take control of an aircraft.

A British security source said: “These spectaculars take a long time in the planning.”

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In evidence in a court case last Tuesday, Saajid Badat, a British-born Muslim from Gloucester, said that he had been instructed at a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan to give a shoe bomb to the Malaysians.

Giving evidence at the trial in New York of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, Badat said: “I gave one of my shoes to the Malaysians. I think it was to access the cockpit.”

Badat, who spoke via video link and is in hiding in the UK, said the Malaysian plot was being masterminded by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the principal architect of 9/11.

According to Badat, Mohammed kept a list of the world’s tallest buildings and crossed out New York’s Twin Towers after the September 11, 2001 attacks with hijacked airliners as “a joke to make us laugh”.

Badat told the court last week that he believed the Malaysians, including the pilot, were “ready to perform an act.”

During the meeting, the possibility was raised that the cockpit door might be locked. Badat told the court: “So I said, ‘How about I give you one of my bombs to open a cockpit door?’ ”

The disclosure that Malaysians were plotting a 9/11-style attack raises the prospect that both pilots were overpowered and the plane intended for use as a fuel-filled bomb. One possible target, if the scenario is correct, will have been the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, a symbol of Malaysia’s modernity and the world’s tallest buildings from 1998 until 2004.

Flight MH370 had been heading away from Kuala Lumpur over the South China Sea when it disappeared off civilian radar screens.

Satellites have tracked it returning towards land.

Badat, who was jailed for 13 years in 2005 for his part in a conspiracy with the “shoe bomber” Richard Reid to blow up a transatlantic jet, had given similar evidence in 2012.

In other words, his claims were first made long before the disappearance of Flight MH370.

Robert Spencer notes that just weeks ago, DHS issued a new warning about shoe bombs on airplanes.

All this despite being told by Obama that the War on Terror is over.

Video: Pilot Tells Neil Cavuto Missing Flight “Could Be a 9/11 Style Hijacking 12 Years Later” UPDATE: Malaysian officials say it was hijacked

We’ve passed the point where the idea that something happened to the plane other than it crashed into the ocean, is no longer a wacky conspiracy theory. Although there are plenty of conspiracy theories, some are looking less wacky by the minute.

Via Ace of Spades HQ, this is starting to look alarming….

This has stopped being a morbid curiosity and become something more menacing.

Two sources said an unidentified aircraft that investigators believe was Flight MH370 was following a route between navigational waypoints – indicating it was being flown by someone with aviation training – when it was last plotted on military radar off the country’s northwest coast….

A third source familiar with the investigation said inquiries were focusing increasingly on the theory that someone who knew how to fly a plane deliberately diverted the flight…

The Andsmans are a chain of hundreds of islands off the coast of India. Most are uninhabited.

Fox’s Neil Cavuto had a commercial pilot on as a guest to share his insights on what might have happened to the missing plane.

“Here’s the scenario”, he said offering his opinion on what might have  happened. “Two people, or any individual passengers bent on getting into that cockpit, took control of the cockpit, took control of the flight, disabled the transponders, maneuvered that aircraft to a lower altitude, and took a direct flight path. Remember, this is not all over the sky – this took a direct course and established a flight path  as though people knew where they wanted to go…Noting that his theory could  involve a collusive pilot, he concluded, “if this theory holds up, this could be a 9/11 style hijacking 12 years later where they’re more trained and more sophisticated than they were back then.” He said that this theory is the one that is holding up to scrutiny.

Meanwhile, POTUS continues on his publicity tour plugging healthcare.gov. He appeared on the Ryan Seacrest Show, this morning where he Defended His Mom Jeans: ‘Generally I Look Very Sharp In Jeans.’

Just so you know, we’re in the very best of hands.

UPDATE:

Via NBC Los Angeles AP now reporting Malaysian officials say it was hijacked.

A week after a Malaysia Airlines jet mysteriously went missing on its flight to Beijing, a Malaysian government source involved in the investigation anonymously told the Associated Press that investigators have concluded the plane had been hijacked. That source also told the AP that no motive had been established and it wasn’t clear where the plane was taken.

SEE ALSO:

The Hayride: Here’s What Scares Me About That Malaysian Airlines 777…

The Blaze: Rush Limbaugh Has a Theory on What Happened to the Missing Malaysian Plane

Obama Regime Slashes Military Spending to Pre WWII Levels (Video)

At a time when the the Regime is calling for “an end to austerity” on Domestic spending, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is calling for shrinking the U.S. Army to its smallest size in decades, along with other military cuts.

Fox News reported:

Hagel announced his Pentagon budget priorities Monday afternoon. The Army had already been preparing to shrink to 490,000 active-duty members from a wartime peak of 570,000. Hagel is proposing to cut it further to between 440,000 and 450,000.

That would make it the smallest since just before the U.S. entered World War II.

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, warned that the cuts would hurt military readiness. And he said the country is only in this position because the Obama administration and Congress will not seriously take on cuts to entitlements.

“It’s all being sacrificed … on the altar of entitlements. This president cannot take on mandatory spending, so all we’ve done in the Congress — and this president — is basically cut discretionary spending,” he told Fox News.

Via the Washington Post, here’s Chuck Hagel showing why he was Obama’s top choice for Defense Secretary.

Obama ran (and won) on being a strong foreign policy president, but the truth  is, um – he’s a Democrat. This is what happens when we vote Democrats into office. And Obama, far left  “Democrat” that he is - has been an unmitigated disaster on foreign policy and our standing in the world has collapsed as a result. Remember, how the whole world was supposed to love us  now that the supposedly hated Bush was gone? The dirty little secret is – Bush may have been hated (by our enemies) but he was respected. It is better to have a leader who is hated by respected that one who is loved, but disrespected. Obama, of course, is neither loved or respected. 

WHD’s Keith Koffler recently asked, Does Obama Have Any Foreign Policy Successes?

President Obama hired a Secretary of State who had no relevant experience for the job because he wanted to avoid criticism from her – or even a 2012 challenge – and because he read in a book that Lincoln surrounded himself with rivals.

Then he hired someone who was qualified but who thinks global warming is a bigger threat than terrorists with airplanes or Mullahs with nuclear weapons.

Poll: For First Time Majority of Americans Say Obama Not Respected On World Stage…

Via CNS News: Governors to Obama: ‘Don’t Cut the National Guard’:

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican, says he and other governors of both parties have a message for President Obama when they meet with him on Monday: “Don’t cut the National Guard.”

“I’m co-chair of the governor’s advisory council to the Pentagon and Homeland Security, and the message from all the governors of both parties is, don’t cut the National Guard,” Branstad told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday.

“We know there’s going to be reductions in the Army — there’s been a big buildup in the Army since 9-11, and now the Army is recommending major reductions in the National Guard instead of the regular Army, and we think that’s a big mistake. That’s the message that I’m going to bring to the president if I get an opportunity to ask a question.”

Obama’s dismissive response, according to a WH reporter who just asked Jay Carney about it: “You asked for cuts, now you’re getting them.”

Unbelievable…I’m looking for corroboration on that.

UPDATE:

Yep, here it is:

Via The State:

Gov. Nikki Haley talked about proposed National Guard cuts, legalizing marijuana in South Carolina and the future of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie after a governors’ meeting with President Barack Obama on Monday.

On Sunday, Haley sat next to First Lady Michelle Obama at a White House dinner. The next day, she was among four Republican state CEOs speaking at news conference. Here are some highlights of what she said:

• On proposed National Guard cuts: “He basically said, ‘Many people in the room has asked for cuts. Now you’re getting them.’ … You’re now going to punish all these people who want deficit reduction by cutting the National Guard? It’s just not a logical way to do things.”

Haley said the President’s tone changed with all governors when talking about proposed Guard cuts. “It automatically went into an almost aggressive nature by him implying that, ‘Many of you wanted cuts that’s what you said you wanted. Don’t start coming in and now complaining that these cuts are affecting you because you said you wanted it and now you’re going to get it and you have to live with it. And if somebody questions it, I’m going to have to say something about it.’ “

 

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Fox News Exclusive: Transcripts Show Obama Knew Benghazi Was A Terrorist Attack – Not A Spontaneous Demonstration – Right From the Beginning

Fox News has the exclusive on the 450 pages of sworn testimony, under wraps until now, that reveal  what America’s highest ranking officers and the president knew about Benghazi from the earliest moments.

The transcripts reveal that top defense officials briefed Obama on an attack – not a reaction to video or a demonstration.

James Rosen reported:

Minutes after the American consulate in Benghazi came under assault on Sept. 11, 2012, the nation’s top civilian and uniformed defense officials — headed for a previously scheduled Oval Office session with President Obama — were informed that the event was a “terrorist attack,” declassified documents show. The new evidence raises the question of why the top military men, one of whom was a member of the president’s Cabinet, allowed him and other senior Obama administration officials to press a false narrative of the Benghazi attacks for two weeks afterward.

Gen. Carter Ham, who at the time was head of AFRICOM, the Defense Department combatant command with jurisdiction over Libya, told the House in classified testimony last year that it was him who broke the news about the unfolding situation in Benghazi to then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The tense briefing — in which it was already known that U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens had been targeted and had gone missing — occurred just before the two senior officials departed the Pentagon for their session with the commander in chief.

According to declassified testimony obtained by Fox News, Ham — who was working out of his Pentagon office on the afternoon of Sept. 11 — said he learned about the assault on the consulate compound within 15 minutes of its commencement, at 9:42 p.m. Libya time, through a call he received from the AFRICOM Command Center.

“My first call was to General Dempsey, General Dempsey’s office, to say, ‘Hey, I am headed down the hall. I need to see him right away,’” Ham told lawmakers on the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation on June 26 of last year. “I told him what I knew. We immediately walked upstairs to meet with Secretary Panetta.”

No these guys didn’t politicize national security at all….

Reminder of Jay Carney’s pathetic BS spin circa Sept 19, 2012, repeating the Administration line that it was not a pre-planned attack just “bad actors” who had come on the scene of a protest armed with RPGs and mortars. “We prefer to have an investigation…” he told reporters, hoping to ward off more questions.

One reporter, clearly not buying it, said, “so a random crowd that had come together with their heavy weapons – got insulted by the film, and decided to – you know – blow up…”

Carney doubled down with, “there has certainly been precedent in the past where bad actors  -  extremists who are heavily armed who have exploited situations that have developed in order to attack Americans…”

Via my report from last May:  After Months of Dishonest Spinning on Benghazi, Jay Carney Clings to ARB Report (Video) for more of JC’s dishonest spinning. Go ahead, click on the link and relive the lies.

Thanks, MSM for doing your due diligence on that story.

How is it that this mendacious miscreant can still hold his head high in DC. Why is anything he says in that WH briefing room still taken seriously?

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Fox News Insider: Poll: Majority of Americans Believe White House ‘Deliberately Misled’ on Benghazi:

Former UN Ambassador John Bolton reacted this morning to a new poll that points to deep distrust between the American people and the Obama administration over the Benghazi attack.

In a Quinnipiac University survey this week, 52% said they believe the American people were deliberately misled by the government about what happened on Sept. 11, 2012, when four Americans were killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate.

Fox News Insiders: Democrats Play For Keeps, Republicans Play Beanbag (Video)

On Sunday’s edition of Political Insiders, Pat Caddell, Doug Schoen, and John LeBoutillier with Harris Faulkner discussed “Duty”, the explosive new book by Bob Gates, and Chris Christie’s BridgeGate scandal.

Schoen characterized the reaction to Gates’ book as a firestorm because of the revelation that political aides have been making foreign policy in unprecedented ways. Caddell reminded viewers of what he said about Tom Donilon being the chief leaker in 2012, when foreign policy secrets  were pouring out of the White House to help the president. Gates accused Donilon of having poisoned the atmosphere – and having the nerve to call 4 Star Generals – something absolutely unheard of before now.

“It is unbelievable how political this was,” Caddell said. Also unbelievable was how the media avoided covering the WH leaks like the major scandal it was.

LeBoutillier added,  “the idea of political people involving themselves in national security issues for political reasons is really a corruption of the system.”

He noted that back in the day someone like Henry Kissinger ran foreign policy.

“He wasn’t over in campaign meetings, deciding campaign strategy.” He said there was a wall between the two things, “until this administration.”

Faulkner brought up some text from the book that should come as no surprise to anyone who has been studying this president’s character, or lack thereof over the years: “one quality I missed in Obama, was passion, especially when it came to the two wars. In my presence, Bush, unlike his father, was pretty unsentimental… but he was passionate about the war in Iraq; and on occasion, at a Medal of Honor ceremony, or the like, I would see his eyes well up. I worked for Obama longer than Bush, and I never saw his eyes well up.”

Just a devastating indictment, that. 3/4 of the casualties in Afghanistan have been under his dry-eyed watch.

Caddell went on to ask the $64,000 question: “why didn’t Gates resign? When is somebody going to resign over principle the way Cy Vance did?

They segued over to the Christie scandal about which  LeBoutillier thought the biggest take-away was how muted the Republicans have been in defense of the embattled governor.

“In New Jersey, they (the Republicans) don’t like him, and they’re afraid of him, he claimed. “He’s steamrolled over a lot of Republicans….”

Democrat Doug Schoen piped in , “isn’t it John, that they’re seeing a guy who embraced President Obama during the last week of the election, during the hurricane clean up? He’s a moderate Republican, and this is, bottom line - payback.”

“But in New Jersey,” Leboutllier insisted, “Republicans have had a tough relationship with him.”

And the fact of the matter is – Republicans don’t know for sure whether or not Christie’s hands are clean in this. It may turn out that they’re not. One thing Republicans have, which the vast majority of  Democrats lack, is integrity. We’re not circling the wagons for someone who may turn out to be corrupt. And yeah – the romantic interlude on the NJ beach with Obama didn’t help him with fellow Republicans, either.

Leave it to Caddell, though, to cut to the chase. “What STUNS me about it though – and this really bothers me,” he said, “is the Democratic party is going after Christie with hook and tong – the DOJ, they’re talking impeachment….” Compared to all of Obama’s scandals, Caddell suggested it was no big shakes, but the Republicans investigate Obama’s scandals like the “three blind mice.”

“The fury with which the Democrats are going after Christ Christie in four days, just like that!” Leboutllier insisted, snapping his fingers. “They’ve got committees, subpoenas flying all over the place…..we’re NINE months into the IRS scandal. We’re a year and a half since Benghazi, we have 179 Congressmen saying ‘please, Speaker Boehner, have a Select Committee to get to the bottom of it – and by the way, it might hurt Hillary’, and they they don’t do a thing.”

Schoen concluded, “the Democrats play for keeps, the Republicans play beanbag.”

Sure wish I understood why.

Video via Johnny Dollar

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The Conversation: Chairman Issa To Pursue IRS, Benghazi and Fast And Furious Scandals In 2014:

The Hill is reporting that Rep. Darrell Issa will be pursuing the IRS scandal, the Benghazi attack and the lethally stupid Fast and Furious operation in 2014 – which will likely be his last year as the House GOP’s chief investigator.

 Issa sounded a cautionary note that the investigations might not conclude while he has the gavel.

“The administration wraps up investigations. We are done when we are done … there shouldn’t be any sort of effort to load in or unload” before his term limit of six years as the top Republican on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee ends in December.

Rep. John Mica (Fla.), who is the favorite to replace Issa as Chairman, told The Hill that he hopes to “have a shot at” the gavel if he gets reelected, and the GOP continues to control the House.

Key Oversight and Reform member Rep. Jason Chaffetz  told the Hill that “there’s a lot more to come” on Benghazi, as well as “investigations from healthcare to the IRS to Fast and Furious.”

Issa said, “I’d like to have Fast and Furious be a closed case,” noting that the courts are still reviewing access-to-documents disputes between Republicans and the administration.

 

 

Krauthammer on Gates Book: An Indictment Of Obama That ‘Rises Above Everything Else He’s Done in His Presidency’ (Video)

In a new book reviewed by Bob Woodward, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is harshly critical of Obama:

Reporter Bob Woodward reveals some forthcoming secrets from Gates’ new book, Duty, which will be published next Tuesday. Woodward describes the book as “an antagonistic portrait of a sitting president.”

One of the revelations Gates makes in the pages of Duty is a discussion between Obama and former rival Hillary Clinton regarding opposition to President George W. Bush’s surge policy in Iraq:

Hillary told the president that her opposition to the [2007] surge in Iraq had been political because she was facing him in the Iowa primary. . . . The president conceded vaguely that opposition to the Iraq surge had been political. To hear the two of them making these admissions, and in front of me, was as surprising as it was dismaying.

Gates writes that by early 2010 he had concluded the president “doesn’t believe in his own strategy, and doesn’t consider the war to be his. For him, it’s all about getting out.”

“Which is what is so galling”, says Ace.

Men are being killed at three times the rate as they died under Bush’s leadership, and Obama is not even trying to win.

Those men remain there out of political cowardice. Men are dying for Obama’s political cowardice.

On Special Report, Tuesday night, Charles Krauthammer called it “a shocking revelation.”

“I had assumed that he didn’t believe in the war from his own actions, he said. “But here from somebody sitting with the president, three months in! And I do think that this is an indictment of the president that rises above everything else he’s done in his presidency.”

Well, that’s a tough call – there’s so much to choose from. But sending men into harms way to die at three times the rate of his predecessor (because of his suicidal rules of engagement) for a cause he doesn’t even believe in - is about as bad as it gets.

SEE ALSO:

 Chris Cillizza, The Washington Post: How Bob Gates’s memoir could haunt Hillary in 2016:

I’m guessing the part where she admits her opposition to the surge was entirely political? (Conservatives already knew Democrats were playing politics with the war and were thoroughly disgusted by it. Now the whole world knows.)

Oomph.  Just to jog your memory, Clinton announced that she opposed the Iraq surge being pushed by President George W. Bush in the days leading up to the announcement of her presidential bid. She instead proposed a freeze in troop levels in the country and advocated for a troop increase in Afghanistan.

The Wall Street Journal: Top 10 Revelations From Robert Gates’s Memoir:

 

1. Contempt for Congress
Mr. Gates expresses open disdain for Congress and the way lawmakers treated him when he testified at hearings. “I saw most of Congress as uncivil, incompetent at fulfilling their basic constitutional responsibilities (such as timely appropriations), micromanagerial, parochial, hypocritical, egotistical, thin-skinned and prone to put self (and re-election) before country.” Mr. Gates said he fantasized about storming out of hearings and quitting. “There is no son of a bitch in the world who can talk to me like that,” he writes of his fantasy.

2. Contempt for Vice President Biden
Mr. Gates expresses particular dissatisfaction with Vice President Joe Biden. He describes Mr. Biden as a “man of integrity” who “has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.” Specifically, Mr. Gates said he opposed Mr. Biden’s proposed limited strategy in Afghanistan to focus on counter-terrorism: “Whac-A-Mole hits on Taliban leaders weren’t a long term strategy,” he writes.

3. Suspicion of White House Control
Mr. Gates described the White House and its national security team as too controlling and says that he found himself at odds with Mr. Obama’s inner circle. At one meeting in the Oval Office in 2011, Mr. Gates said he considered resigning because of the White House micromanagement and strategy. “I never confronted Obama directly over what I (as well as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, then-CIA Director Leon Panetta and others) saw as his determination that the White House tightly control every aspect of national security policy and even operations,” Mr. Gates writes. “His White House was by far the most centralized and controlling in national security of any I had seen since Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger ruled the roost” in the 1970s.

al Qaeda Retakes Fallujah

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Turns out al Qaeda is not “on the run.” It’s not “on its heels.” It’s not “decimated.”  But you already knew that. But did you know the extent to which it was ascendant?

After many years of war, Iraq had become relatively stable until Obama decision to withdraw American troops. Now, while the president golfs and body-surfs in Hawaii, our hard-fought military victory in Iraq has been reversed. …The black flag of Al Qaeda is flying over Fallujah.  

The capture of Fallujah came amid an explosion of violence across the western desert province of Anbar in which local tribes, the Iraqi security forces and al-Qaeda militants have been fighting one another for days in a confusingly chaotic three- way war.

Elsewhere in the province, local tribal militias claimed they were gaining ground against the al-Qaeda militants who surged into urban areas from their desert strongholds earlier this week after clashes erupted between local residents and the Iraqi security forces.

Keith Koffler sees a world in chaos thanks to Obama’s weak, indecisive leadership.

Speaking of the blood of our service members, Afghanistan is preparing to release hundreds of prisoners from Bagram prison – which we’ve turned over to Karzai – many of whom have been involved in attacks against our troops. The Taliban will soon be back in control of that place anyway as the United States exits without having finished the job.

Syria, where we once could have made a meaningful difference, is in chaos, a magnet and a proving ground for al Qaeda rebels. Libya has become another dangerous haven for terrorists.

Egypt only stabilized, somewhat, when the military decided to ignore Obama and take matters into its own hands.

Obama did keep his campaign promise to end the war in Iraq and “bring the boys home.” Not letting them finish the job, not caring if our victories would be reversed, not caring if American blood was spilled in vain. All of this was predictable. In fact, it was predicted.

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