Krauthammer: Kobane Falling to ISIS Would Be a Huge Setback for The Good Guys

Fighting continued in Kobane, Syria Tuesday as the American led coalition carried out five air strikes around Kobane.  Kurdish fighters said the help  should have come much earlier.

Via the BBC:

Air strikes took centre stage today, apparently bringing the IS advance to a juddering halt. With jets overhead for long periods, IS clearly had to spend time under cover to avoid being hit. As a result, there was nothing like the intensity of fighting seen on Monday. At times, Kobane seemed eerily quiet.

Significantly, it seems the Kurdish defenders of Kobane are now communicating directly with US-led coalition forces. But air strikes alone may not be enough to stop IS taking Kobane in the long run. The Kurdish YPG militia claims to have the upper hand in street fighting, but it is outnumbered and outgunned by IS.

Only a ground operation, or significant military assistance from Turkey could carry any guarantee of success, and the prospects for this seem remote. Turkey’s conditions are not ones the US seems ready to accommodate.

The BBC’s Diplomatic Correspondent, Jonathan Marcus writes, “if Kobane falls it will be a serious set-back for the Kurds.”

But it will inevitably also raise fundamental questions about the scope and capacity of the US air campaign to combat IS, and about the diverse goals of the anti-IS coalition that the US has assembled.

Kobane, which is a small salient of land poking into Syrian territory, is in no sense an easy place to defend.

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Many might wonder why US air power has not done more to stem the IS advance. Well for one thing the focus of what you might call US “tactical” strikes has been largely in Iraq. The air strikes in Syria have mainly been against IS command infrastructure and economic targets like oil installations.

Brigadier Ben Barry, the land warfare analyst at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London notes that IS offensives typically begin with significant artillery preparation – several days of barrages from artillery, mortars, tanks and so on.

Attacking IS from the air however, is not easy. Their guns may be well camouflaged when not firing, and even rudimentary spotters can identify US aircraft in the vicinity.

Brigadier Barry says that the problems around Kobane illustrate “not so much the lack of a land component but the lack of any real ability to synchronise the air effort with what is taking place on the ground”.

“There is,” he says, “a powerful argument for having Western special forces on the ground in the forward air control role to help spot and guide aircraft to their targets.”

On Fox News’ Special Report with Brett Baier, Charles Krauthammer said, “it would be a tremendous, strategic, and symbolic victory if ISIS succeeds and right now it is.”

Via NRO:

 

“If this falls it’s going to be a huge setback for the United States and for any of the good guys on the ground in Syria or in Iraq.” Krauthammer continued to explain that U.S. air strikes constituted doing “practically nothing,” and called today’s five air strikes “utterly meaningless.” He added that the unserious American air campaign will have grave consequences for the Kurds, who are fighting to hold on to Kobane.

Oh and via White House Dossier - this is not encouraging, at all: Psaki: Let’s See, I’ve Got Those ISIS Successes Somewhere . . .

 SEE ALSO:

Weasel Zippers: CBS Poll: Only 32% Approve Of How Obama Is Handling ISIS Threat, Whopping 65% Disapprove…

Rep. Duncan Hunter: At Least 10 ISIS Fighters Have Been Caught Crossing Our Southern Border

In an appearance on Fox News’ On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) mentioned casually that ten ISIS fighters have crossed the open southern border from Mexico into America.

Wait what?

Via Gateway Pundit: 

Greta Van Susteren: You say they’re coming in the southern border which changes the dynamics. Do you have any information or any evidence that they are actually coming in the southern border now?

Rep. Hunter: Yes.

Greta: Tell me what you know?

Rep. Hunter: I know that at least ten ISIS fighters have been caught coming across the southern border in Texas.

Asked how he knows this, Hunter explained that he’s talked to the border patrol agents. What more, he notes that those are just the ones they’ve caught – just a tip of the iceberg since certainly many more have made it across.

Last month, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-UT) stated that 4 terrorists had been caught trying to cross the border on 9/10.

Obama’s feckless policies have already led to countless civilian deaths around the world. Now his policies are are about to lead to civilian deaths right here.

Ralph Peters Blasts Obama’s “Phony” Air Campaign: “He Doesn’t Want Dead Terrorists” (Video)

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With little to no help from the outside world,  Syrian Kurds have been locked in a desperate battle to save the key Syria-Turkey border  town of Kobane.

The BBC reported that the ISIS mutants have been besieging the town for nearly three weeks.

Since then, more than 160,000 Syrians, mainly Kurds, have fled across the border into Turkey.

As of Monday night,  ISIS had  entered Kobane and taken control of three districts after street-to-street fighting with Syrian Kurd defenders.

IS fighters entered the eastern districts on Monday, raising their black flag on buildings and hills.

Local officials said about 2,000 civilians fled to the Turkish border.

Earlier a local official in Kobane, Idriss Nassan, told the BBC that the town would “certainly fall soon”.

He confirmed IS was now in control of Mistenur, the strategic hill above the town and that there was heavy shelling. Kobane is now besieged on three sides.

There were reports Monday that a Kurdish woman fighting ISIS carried out a suicide bomb attack to slow their advance on the besieged town.

Deilar Kanj Khamis, known by the nom de guerre Arin Mirkan, blew herself up at an IS position east of the border town, killing ten jihadists.

Where was the American led air campaign that could have struck at ISIS military caravans as they traveled toward Kobane in the open desert? And where are the weapons the United States was going to supply the Kurds?  Because they’re running out of ammo.

Karwan Zebari, a representative of the Kurdish regional government in the US, told the BBC it would be catastrophic if IS seized control of the town.

“If this continues, if there’s no international aid, military aid arriving for the residents of Kobane and these Kurdish fighters that are fighting in Kobane, it could fall into the hands of IS,” he said.

He urged Turkey to take action in support of the residents of Kobane.

“I think Turkey’s interests, national security, is at stake here as well. It’s important that Turkey steps up and assists these Kurdish fighters in repelling this IS momentum.”

As Lt. Col Ralph Peters notes in the clip below, Erdigan is playing a double game. He’s letting ISIS slaughter Kurds and take over their territory, but will not allow them to come into Turkey where they practice their own form of Islam that isn’t quite as fanatical.

Asya Abdullah, a senior Kurdish politician and co-leader of the Democratic Union Party, is in Kobane and told the BBC’s Newshour programme that fighting was continuing.

She said: “There is fighting on Kobane’s streets now. There are still thousands of civilians in the city and IS is using heavy weapons. If they are not stopped now, there will be a big massacre.

“The Kurds haven’t given up, they’re fighting house to house and block to block,” Ralph Peters told Megyn Kelly, Monday night before launching into an impassioned attack on what he called the president’s “fraudulent, pretend” air campaign.

“Our president … launched this PHONY air campaign…. basically to absolve him of any blame to get his party through the November elections,” Peters seethed.
“This air campaign has been paltry from the start – he warned them we’re coming  – they hit empty buildings in the dead of night – empty camps,” Peters continued.  “We’re sending in jet fighters with low yield precision munitions – basically guided hand grenades –  to blow up individual pick up trucks. To kill three terrorists here – four there. Outside Kobane where the terrorists from the Islamic State were out in the open en masse – with their vehicles, their persons – it was the perfect target for serious air power – B-52s doing area saturation bombing. But this president will not do it! He doesn’t want casualties – not only civilian casualties – he doesn’t even want a lot dead terrorists.  This whole thing is a fraud.”

He predicted, “those people in Kabani among so many others are going to pay a price for this president’s outright cowardice.”

“It’s one travesty after another.  President Obama doesn’t act to prevent tragedy. He reacts to tragedy. He reacts weakly. He mourns and does a little bit. This tragedy is going to repeat itself again and again and again,” he lamented.

“As ISIS takes over more Kurdish territory and advances on Baghdad, we look “feckless, ineffective and cowardly,” Peters concluded sadly.

Jonathan Karl And Josh Earnest Spar Over Obama’s JayVee Comment: “He Clearly Was Talking About ISIL”

We’ve all dealt with liars. We all know what it feels when someone tells a brazen lie to our face.  It’s an uncomfortable experience. Do you confront the person and risk embarrassing him, or do you let it slide? If you dislike the person – it’s not so hard to call them out. But if you like them – if they’re a friend – it is very difficult indeed. As far as the American press corps is concerned – they are much better at calling out lies (or what they perceive to be lies – usually just policy disagreements) of Republicans. It’s much harder for them to call out the lies of their Democrat friends.

That’s what the White House press corps is up against every day at the daily press briefings.

So kudos to the intrepid ABC reporter Jonathan Karl for calling Josh Earnest out on his lie about Obama not referring to ISIS (or ISIL as the WH likes to call them) when he called them JV. It must have been very uncomfortable for him.

Via Mediaite:

Karl brought up congressional testimony last November from Assistant Secretary of State Brett McGurk. In his statements to the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee [PDF], McGurk spoke of multiple attacks ISIS had carried out last year, and explained how ISIS has been able to thrive: AQ/ISIL has benefited from a permissive operating environment due to inherent weaknesses of Iraqi security forces, poor operational tactics, and popular grievances, which remain unaddressed, among the population in Anbar and Ninewa provinces. It has also benefited from a sanctuary across the porous border in Syria, control of lucrative facilities there, such as oil wells, and regular movement of weapons and fighters between Syria and Iraq.

Karl asked, “Did this message get to the president? Did he believe it? Did he not hear it? What happened?

Earnest gave a long-winded answer attempting to absolve the the Regime of the charge of negligence, beginning with a favorite WH conceit – which is using peer pressure to shame a tough questioner – “this is something the president has discussed on a number of occasions.” (Apparently some reporters *cough* Jon Karl *cough* have been too dense to pick up on it.)

“Principally what we’re talking about here is the rapid advance of ISIL across the Iraqi desert and the success that they have had after that advance – of holding whole swaths of territory. That is not to say that the was not an acknowledgement of the risks that this organization posed…”

Karl interrupted Earnest right there and cut to the chase: “Let me stop you for a second because two months after Brett McGurk says this – the president calls ISIL the Jay-Vee team in an interview in the New Yorker….”

Earnest: (interrupting) “We’ve been through this and that’s not what – “

Karl “He was clearly talking about ISIL..”

Earnest: (interrupting) That’s not true.

Karl: “The question was specifically about what happened after ISIL took over Fallujah. The question was directly about” –

Earnest: “We can look at the transcript after the briefing – that’s not what it says.”

Okay, let’s look at the transcript from the New Yorker interview:

In the 2012 campaign, Obama spoke not only of killing Osama bin Laden; he also said that Al Qaeda had been “decimated.” I pointed out that the flag of Al Qaeda (ISIS) is now flying in Falluja, in Iraq, and among various rebel factions in Syria; Al Qaeda has asserted a presence in parts of Africa, too.

“The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” Obama said, resorting to an uncharacteristically flip analogy. “I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.

“Let’s just keep in mind, Falluja is a profoundly conservative Sunni city in a country that, independent of anything we do, is deeply divided along sectarian lines. And how we think about terrorism has to be defined and specific enough that it doesn’t lead us to think that any horrible actions that take place around the world that are motivated in part by an extremist Islamic ideology are a direct threat to us or something that we have to wade into.”

Obama knew exactly who  they were and what they were doing. *Anyone who was paying attention, last year,  knew they were a threat to humanity – and was appalled by the genocide they were visiting upon Christians and ethnic minorities in Syria. We wondered why the United States was doing nothing to stop it.

All those people died because Obama didn’t want to upset his base by “meddling” in “sectarian violence.” As if the wholesale death and destruction (mass-murders, beheadings, crucifixions) the insane murder cult ISIS was leaving in its wake –  could be described as “sectarian violence.” When the violence inevitably spilled over into large swaths of Iraq, Obama was forced to change his tune.

“Keep in mind I wasn’t specifically referring to [Islamic State],” Obama told Chuck Todd many months later on Meet the Press.

Even David Remnick, who did the interview with Obama and wrote the New Yorker profile, said, “I’m afraid this is spin; it’s disingenuous,” he said on CNN’s AC360.

At the time of the New Yorker interview, ISIL had recently seized Fallujah, as Remnick remembers: “It seemed to me, looking back on it, that yes, he murderswas referring to the group that had taken over Fallujah. I specifically said Fallujah, and that’s who it was, and he’s fully informed.”

“I think this denial is putting spin on the ball,” Remnick said. “I thought this piece of language, and his communication in general on foreign policy in recent months has been rather, and surprisingly, lax and out of key.”

The Washington Post and PolitiFact have both rated the Obama administration’s claim as false.

And you know for the factcheckers to rate this president’s claims as false, they have to be egregious – demonstrably false lies that can no longer stand up to any scrutiny.

Commentary‘s Pete Wehner  eviscerated the claim, calling it “demonstrably untrue.”

The problem is in this whole process the president of the United States is distorting the truth. He’s doing so willfully. But this deception will not only fail; it will further undermine his credibility, which is already at a low ebb. As Mr. Obama said in 2008, “I mean, words mean something. You can’t just make stuff up.”

Mr. Obama is at war with reality, and reality is winning.

Finally -After six years of daily beatings – reality is finally winning a few here and there.

SEE ALSO:

The Daily Beast: Why Obama Can’t Say His Spies Underestimated ISIS

* Previous posts on terrorism in Syria:

Analysis of Rocket Used in Syria Chemical Attack Shows “Administration Narrative Not Even Close To Reality”

 Did the White House Help Plan the Syrian Chemical Attack?

30 Bodies of Christians Massacred By Syrian Rebels, Last Month Found In Mass Grave

“Scandalous”: Israel Fuming About WH Leak Confirming Their Strike on Syria

Why Was An Al Qaeda Commander Photographed Inside a USAID Tent? (Video)

More Tales Of Woe From The Christians Of Maaloula Syria

Obama Waives Federal Law That Prevents Arming of Terrorists So He Can Arm The Syrian Rebels

Grief Stricken Christian Woman in Syria Lashes Out: ‘We Blame Obama!…He Is Helping The Rebels’…

Maaloula: The battle for Syria’s ancient Christian Village continues (Video)

Syrian Rebels Infested With ‘Muslim Brotherhood-Type Islamists and Al Qaeda Fighters

Video: Tearful Christian Woman Terrorized Out Of Her Syrian Village Begs Obama To Stop Arming The Rebel Jihadists

Iranians Warned U.S. That Syrian Rebels Had Chemical Weapons Over a Year Ago…

Hostage Released From Syrian Prison Says he Overheard Rebel Captors Admitting Insurgents Used The Chemical Weapons (Video)

Justin Amash: Obama “Embellished” Syria Information – Says Briefings Have Made Him “More Skeptical” (Video)

Video: Senator McCain Gets An Earful From Passionate Syrian Woman At Town Hall

Obama’s Smoking Gun Proof That Assad Was Behind Chemical Weapons Attack Was Doctored?

Putin Throws Down: How About Showing Us Some Convincing Proof Syrian Regime Used Chemical Weapons?

Post Holiday Weekend Link-Around: Will Congress Authorize ‘Operation Don’t Make Obama Look Bad’?

Jeanine Pirro On Radical Islam: “It’s Us Against Them”

Judge Jeanine Pirro opened her show, Saturday night with a solid opening statement addressing the recent beheading in Oklahoma.

The judge really knows how to cut to the chase. Noting the Muslim assailant’s link to a  radical cleric with ties to  Al Qaeda mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki, Pirro declared, “until we put the fear of God in them, they are going to keep coming.”

We can’t negotiate with them. We can’t trade with them. We can’t let them out of Guantanamo. In fact. Even Guantanamo is too good for them. And I don’t personally care what the rest of the world thinks of us. Until we get this country back on track with out military superiority – the hallmark of a strong and a free nation – then our enemies will continue to attack us.

She continued, it’s time for Americans to realize it’s us against them – to come together as a nation – to forget the political lines that separate us. We have to start treating these cases as war crimes – not simple prosecutable felonies.”

Of Course: The Brand New, Just Came Out Of Nowhere “Khorosan Group” Is al Qaeda

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Barack Obama is a liar.

Often the lie comes in the form of a promise he has no intention of keeping:

- “Today I’m pledging to cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term in office.”

- “We’ve got shovel-ready projects all across the country.”

- “As soon as we’re out of this recession, we’ve got to get serious about starting to live within our means.”

- “We agree on reforms that will reduce the costs of health care. Families will save on their premiums.”

- We “will ensure that federal contracts over $25,000 are competitively bid.”

- We “will eliminate all income taxation of seniors making less than $50,000 per year.”

- “We are going to work with you to lower your [health care] premiums by $2,500,” and we’ll “do it by the end of my first term as president.”

- “I don’t take a dime of their [lobbyists’] money, and when I am president, they won’t find a job in my White House.”

- “I pledge to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.”

- And of course PolitiFact’s 2013 Lie Of The Year: “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what. … You can keep your family doctor.”

Sometimes the lie is the result of ideological blindness.

- “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

- “It’s here that companies like Solyndra are leading the way toward a brighter and more prosperous future.” After Obama’s administration gave the company $535 million, Solyndra and its solar panels went belly up.

Sometimes his lies are self-aggrandizing boasts or attacks on his political opponents:

- Claims that virtually all economists – all healthcare experts – all scientists etc agree with his remedies to fix a given problem. (Too many examples here to cite but it’s one of his favorite conceits, and the MSM is fooled every time.)

- Claims vast majority of Americans agree with his policy prescriptions (Again – examples too numerous to list.)

- Accuses opponents of bad faith – not genuine disagreement.

-  al Qaeda is “on the run”, “on its heels”, “decimated” (Repeatedly claimed during the 2012 campaign.)

And sometimes he lies to save his hide when a bad policy decision or a previous lie has been exposed.

- “We reject the use of national security … to spy on citizens who are not suspected of a crime.”

- “The sequester is not something that I’ve proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed.”

- “I didn’t set a red line [in Syria].”

- “What we said was, you can keep (your plan) if it hasn’t changed since the law passed”

- “What I just find interesting is the degree to which this issue (withdrawal of troops from Iraq) keeps on coming up, as if this was my decision,”

- “When we said we decimated al Qaeda, we meant al Qaeda core.”

Obama’s biggest lie of the 2012 campaign – al Qaeda is “on the run”, “on its heels”, “decimated” has been laid bare by recent events.

The Khorosan lie is meant to paper over that lie. Khorosan is core al Qaeda in Syria. We may as well call them Khor-al Qaeda-osan.

I should have smelled the BS when I blogged about the “new terror organization” the “Khorosan Group” four days ago. The Regime’s brazen mendacity surprises even me, sometimes.

Via Andrew McCarthy, NRO: 

We’re being had. Again.

For six years, President Obama has endeavored to will the country into accepting two pillars of his alternative national-security reality. First, he claims to have dealt decisively with the terrorist threat, rendering it a disparate series of ragtag jayvees. Second, he asserts that the threat is unrelated to Islam, which is innately peaceful, moderate, and opposed to the wanton “violent extremists” who purport to act in its name.

Now, the president has been compelled to act against a jihad that has neither ended nor been “decimated.” The jihad, in fact, has inevitably intensified under his counterfactual worldview, which holds that empowering Islamic supremacists is the path to security and stability. Yet even as war intensifies in Iraq and Syria — even as jihadists continue advancing, continue killing and capturing hapless opposition forces on the ground despite Obama’s futile air raids — the president won’t let go of the charade.

 Hence, Obama gives us the Khorosan Group.

The who?

There is a reason that no one had heard of such a group until a nanosecond ago, when the “Khorosan Group” suddenly went from anonymity to the “imminent threat” that became the rationale for an emergency air war there was supposedly no time to ask Congress to authorize.

You haven’t heard of the Khorosan Group because there isn’t one. It is a name the administration came up with, calculating that Khorosan — the –Iranian–​Afghan border region — had sufficient connection to jihadist lore that no one would call the president on it.

The “Khorosan Group” is al-Qaeda. It is simply a faction within the global terror network’s Syrian franchise, “Jabhat al-Nusra.”

 

Tip of the hat to Bizpac Review for helping me tabulate the lies.

 

 

Oklahoma Beheader Linked To AQ Leader Awlaki Through Radical Imam

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This is all very predictable – even as liberals avert their eyes, and pretend there’s no link to Islam. Of course there is.

Via Breitbart National Security:

Suhaib Webb, an Imam with ties to former Al Qaeda mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki, had also previously been the leader of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, which had been attended by Alton Nolen — the man who on Thursday beheaded a former coworker after recently converting to Islam, Breitbart News has learned. Webb now serves as Imam of the sister organization of the mosque attended by Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Imam Suhaib Webb has a history of ties to radicalism. FBI surveillance documents found that he was a known confidant of Al Qaeda mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki. Just two days before the September 11, 2001 attacks on America, Webb spoke at a fundraiser with Awlaki with hopes to raise funds for Atlanta-based H. Rap Brown, a man that shot and killed two police officers. The FBI documents also found that “Webb and Awlaki may be associated with the Muslim American Society,” which is a group described by the Investigative Project on Terrorism as being “founded as the United States Chapter of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

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Writing in the Jewish Advocate last year, columnist Charles Jacobs described Imam Webb as someone who “teaches vicious hatred and calls for young Muslims to engage in Jihad against non-Muslims in order to establish a global Islamic state.”

Note that Nolen asked his co workers to convert to Islam before he attacked. That is one of the tenets of jihad.

If this Imam  is indeed calling for young Muslims to engage in Jihad, it’s time for the US government to act in the same way the British government did in rounding up Anjam Choudary.

Choudary has been released on bail with restrictions including a ban on foreign travel and public preaching.

 

 

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