Saturday Movie Matinee: The Rand Paul / John McCain Feud

The feud pertains to McCain’s visit to Syria and support for the “moderate” Syrian rebels. Was he or was he not photographed with jihadists? Rand Paul believes he was. So do conservative reporters Matthew Boyle and Charles C. Johnson and the Lebanese Daily Star.  Certain  MSM “fact-checkers like the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler say it’s bunk. As does John McCain obviously.

McCain Dismisses Rand Paul on Hannity: ‘Has He Ever Been to Syria?

Sen. Rand Paul Appears on Fox’s Hannity – September 17, 2014:

Bill O’Reilly John McCain on Rand Paul Feud & Arming Syrian Rebels:

Bill O’Reilly talked with John McCain on feud with Rand Paul. john mccain bill o’reilly also discussed isis, arming syrian rebels and the situation in ukraine.

The Conversation: Rand Paul: Obama Starting An Unconstitutional War ‘Not An Unusual Thing For Him':

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Matthew Boyle Breitbart News: Alleged ISIS Photograph Controversy Engulf John McCain: 

The criticism of McCain centers around how the Arizona senator met with Syrian rebel leaders in May 2013 when he visited the country. McCain posed for photographs with those people, and since then rumors have sprouted up across the Internet that he met with ISIS or some other terrorist kidnappers or nefarious forces.

“The people in the pictures with Senator McCain in Syria included General Salim Idris, then-Chief of Staff of the Supreme Military Command of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Mouaz Moustafa, the Executive Director of the DC-based Syrian Emergency Task Force (which supports the moderate opposition and helped arrange some of the trip), and fighters and commanders from the Northern Storm Brigade, a FSA-aligned group,” McCain’s spokesman Brian Rogers told Breitbart News.

Rogers said that the senator and his team aren’t naming the “fighters and commanders from the Northern Storm Brigade, a FSA-aligned group,” because “ISIS actually threatened to kill them all, and we don’t want to put their lives at risk.” Rogers provided Breitbart News with a link to the ISIS threat to those fighters.

Charles C. Johnson, the Daily Caller: McCain wanted to have sleepover with Syrian kidnappers

O’Bagy wasn’t troubled by McCain’s desire to spend the night with a group formerly run by kidnappers. In the Beirut Daily Star, a former hostage held by the anti-regime Northern Storm Brigade identified one of the men in a photo with McCain as Mohammad Nour, the chief spokesman and photographer for the Northern Storm kidnappers. The former hostage told the paper he had seen Nour several times and been photographed by him during his captivity.

Charles C. Johnson, Got News:  Exclusive: Overwhelming Evidence That John McCain Met With ISIS-Allied Rebels:

John McCain met with Syrian kidnappers and terrorists in May 2013.

In August 2013, the Northern Storm Brigade took Mannagh a.k.a. Mengh airport working with ISIS.

There are no credible reports that ISIS attacked Northern Storm Brigade as a result of that meeting.

In fact, jihadists actually claimed ISIS and Northern Storm Front were working together.
He’s launched airstrikes and is threatening ground troops but IT’S NOT WAR. He took a victory lap for Osama bin Laden but opposed the means that got his location. He’s broken every Progressive policy and gospel on the books, and he’s doing the same things for the same reasons his predecessor did, only he’s doing them late, doing them badly and blaming everyone else. In his latest Firewall Bill Whittle shows why Barack Obama is nothing more than Bush Lite.
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During Ray Rice presser, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is interrupted by a man screaming “Don’t make me go in the elevator!”

Turn the Page – Terri Lynn Land for Senate:

How will Terri Lynn Land put Michigan first?
By demanding trade deals that give Michigan industry a fair playing field to create jobs.
By securing our borders, to protect Michigan jobs.
And by keeping Michigan families’ tax dollars in Michigan to improve roads and infrastructure…
…instead of having them wasted in Washington.
Turn the page on the Washington politics and hypocrisy… with Terri Lynn Land’s plan to put Michigan first.

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Ed Martin lays out why he supports Jacob Turk in Missouri’s 5th Congressional District.

House Authorizes Obama’s Plan To Arm and Train Syrian Rebels

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I really really want to be wrong about thinking this is a huge mistake, but I have a very bad feeling about arming people with values and loyalties so antithetical to ours with American weapons. My greatest fear is that these weapons will eventually be turned on American soldiers, and will lead to more Christians and ethnic minorities being slaughtered in the Middle East.

Why on earth do we think this is a good idea?

Via USA Today:

A wary Congress voted Wednesday to authorize President Obama’s mission to arm and train Syrian rebel forces as part of the administration’s effort to dismantle the threat posed by the Islamic State militant group.

The bipartisan 273-156 vote came after days of debate in which lawmakers across the political spectrum expressed doubts about the scope and merits of the mission but conceded that the potential threat to the U.S. is too great to ignore.

Roll call of the votes, here.

The authorization is limited in scope to training up to 5,000 members of the Syrian opposition in Saudi Arabia. It provides no new funding and requires the administration to provide status reports to Congress. The Obama administration said the mission may be funded by international contributions, but the resolution authorizes the Pentagon to shift funds from other accounts if necessary.

Lawmakers expressed doubts about the ability to vet the Syrian rebel forces and warned that the arms provided to them could ultimately land in enemy hands. “We don’t know if somehow down the line they will turn our guns right back on us,” said Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., a member of the House Armed Services Committee, who opposed the resolution.

Sanchez also said there was not enough of an international coalition behind a strategy that is still being formed. “I’d like to know who our coalition is, and what they’re going to do before I vote for any plan,” she said.

For once I agree with Loretta Sanchez.

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Gateway Pundit: Rand Paul Blasts Vote to Arm Syrian Rebels: “I’m Not For Arming Radical Jihadists in Syria” (Video)

Lt. Col Ralph Peters: Obama’s ISIS Strategy, “Pathetic…Idiotic Nonsense”

My new favorite cable news personality is Fox News foreign policy analyst, retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters. He has a short fuse and doesn’t hold back his disgust and disdain for our weak and detestable Commander in Chief.

“Let me go on record on September 10th in the year of our Lord, 2014, as saying Barack Obama’s shabby pretense of a strategy as laid out tonight, will. not. defeat and destroy the Islamic State. And by the way, it IS Islamic, and it IS a nascent state with a Caliphate.”

Hey, tell us what you really think, Col.

“Does he really believe that the Iraqi military – which collapsed as soon as ISIS waved at it,  is going to be magically rebuilt and take them on on the ground?” Peters fumed.  “Does he really believe we can use air power effectively without our special operators and tactical air control parties on the ground? Does he really believe that he’s really going to build a serious coalition? He’s got 9 states so far – Bush had 48, 40 of which contributed troops in 2003 – Obama has 9 states – none of which are willing to fight. There’s no coalition. He’s counting on a government in Baghdad that excites no loyalty from the people. It’s so pathetic that I’ve got to control my anger and say….it’s idiotic nonsense.”

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Ace of Spades HQ: New York Times Baghdad Bureau Chief: Obama Ignored Iraq Problems, and Even Denied Their Reality, for Political Reasons:

While the situation in Iraq spiraled into increasing violence and chaos, Team Obama wasted no time in telling the public — well, first they told the press — that everything was just A-OK. (Grammatical lapses corrected.)

It’s not my job to rate the Obama Administration’s actions in Iraq. But i will tell you that after 2011 the administration basically ignored the country. they did not want to see what was really happening because it conflicted with the narrative that they left Iraq in reasonably good shape. In 2012 as violence was escalating I wrote a story, citing UN statistics, that showed how civilian deaths from attacks were rising.Tony Blinken, who was then Biden’s national security guy and a top Iraq official, pushed back, and even wrote a letter to the editor, saying that violence was near record lows. But that was not true. even after Fallujah fell to ISIS at the end of last year, the administration would push back on stories about Maliki’s sectarian tendencies, saying they didn’t see it that way.

So there was a concerted effort by the Administration to not acknowledge the obvious until it became so apparent — with the fall of Mosul — that Iraq was collapsing.

 The Hayride: Obama’s Peculiar War Speech, Deconstructed:

 If you heard our president’s address tonight laying out a war of sorts against what he says is a non-Islamic Islamic State and are relieved or confident after hearing it, we’d like some of what you’re having.

RedState’s Erick Erickson wants some, too. Erickson:

Folks, this speech is what I imagine you’d try to say to your mom if she walked in on you playing with yourself. It was awkward and we’ve caught the President with his pants down. Now he’s scrambling. But at least we can thank heaven that, according to Barack Obama, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is neither Islamic nor a state.

It was going to be difficult for the speech to impress or stir a nation. At best, it’s a mulligan. Under any scenario, it’s an admission that events, and the American people, are leading him and he’s following along in making national security policy.

This? We’ll have to call this a worst-case scenario. On multiple levels.

My fellow Americans – tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.

He starts off calling it ISIL, rather than ISIS. That’s the White House’s chosen formulation of the Islamic State. ISIL stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and the Levant is an old word for a vast area which includes Lebanon, parts of Turkey, all of Jordan, Israel and even parts of Saudi Arabia and the Sinai Peninsula as well as Syria and part of Iraq. To call it ISIL, rather than ISIS, which is the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – a correct term at this point since Iraq and Syria are the two countries in which it currently controls territory, should be very, very off-putting. That’s either a shot at Israel, which is bad enough but even worse since it’s also a shot at Jordan and Egypt who we would probably need the help of if we’re going to do any good, or it’s a refusal to explicitly name Syria as part of a conflict Obama wants to take us into. But Syria is part of the Levant. So all of this is very suspicious, frankly.

Video: Sen. Ted Cruz Pushes Expatriate Terrorist Act of 2014

Monday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas,  filed the Expatriate Terrorist Act (E.T.A.) of 2014 to prevent Americans who join ISIS from returning to the United States.

 “We should take common sense steps to make fighting for, or supporting ISIS, an affirmative renunciation of American citizenship. We know today that there are over a hundred Americans who have joined ISIS, who have taken up arms alongside the Jihadists, along with thousands of others from the European Union. And we also know that they are trying to return to their countries of origin to carry out terrorist attacks there. We know this because on May 24, an ISIS member returned to Belgium, where he attacked innocent visitors at a Jewish museum, slaughtering four people. And it was reported today that he had been plotting an even larger attack on Paris on Bastille Day. In addition, on August 11 of this year, an accused ISIS sympathizer, Donald Ray Morgan, was arrested at JFK airport trying to reenter the United States. Mr. President, we know that this threat is real.

“Mr. President, that is why I have today filed legislation, the Expatriate Terrorist Act of 2014, which would amend the existing statute governing renunciation of United States citizenship to designate fighting for a hostile foreign government or foreign terrorist organization as an affirmative renunciation of citizenship. By fighting for ISIS, U.S. citizens have expressed their desire to become citizens of the Islamic State, and that cannot and will not peacefully coexist with remaining American citizens. The desire to become a citizen of a terrorist organization that has expressed a desire to wage war on the American people, has demonstrated a brutal capacity to do so, murdering American civilians on the global stage and promising to bring that Jihad home to America. We should not be facilitating their efforts by allowing fighters fighting alongside ISIS to come back to America with American passports and walk freely in our cities to carry out unspeakable acts of terror. It is my hope that the legislation I’m introducing today will earn support on both sides of the aisle, that we will see this body come together and say while there are many partisan issues that divide us, when it comes to protecting United States citizens from acts of terror, we are all as one.”

Why this legislation is necessary via The Conversation: State Dept: Fighting With ISIS Doesn’t Automatically Mean Your Passport Will Be Revoked.

In Great Britain, where an estimated 500 British citizens have traveled to Iraq and Syria to fight with ISIS, Prime Minister David Cameron is pushing for Parliament to pass tough new sanctions, including passport seizures and banning Brits who join the jihadists from returning home.

We’re not yet seeing a similar push in the United States from the Obama administration.

Earlier this year, Rep. Michele Bachmann asked the FBI, what would happen when terrorists from her state tried to return home. She revealed the answer she got on the Glenn Beck Show.

“Two from my state were the first Americans who were fighting for ISIS,” Bachmann told The Glenn Beck Program on Tuesday. “I had gone earlier this year and asked the FBI, ‘Are there any Minnesotans that are over fighting with ISIS?’ It was classified information at the time, I couldn’t reveal it. Now everyone knows.”

“At that time, these two hadn’t been killed yet. So what I asked is, ‘OK, once they’re done fighting with ISIS, what’s going to happen if they try to return?’ And they said, ‘Well, they’ll come into the country.’ Are you kidding me? We are not going to prevent them from coming into the United States?’”

During a press briefing on Sept. 2, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki was asked if joining a designated terrorist group was something for which you could lose your passport.   She answered, “it’s not as black and white as that.”

Two days later, State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf admitted that being a member of a designated terrorist organization “does not automatically mean your passport will be revoked.”
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Seems the  ISIS mutants keep getting their Twitter accounts suspended — putting a huge damper on their much touted social media jihad.
Solution! ISIS Lone Wolves have been called upon to hunt down and kill Twitter employees.

Bush Called It (Video)

In early 2007, then-Senator Barack Obama was leading the effort to pull U.S. forces out of Iraq and abort the “surge” strategy that had not yet to taken hold to end the sectarian violence. Dems understood that Americans were “war weary” and out of political expediency, cravenly used it to undermine the war effort.

Via BuzzPo:

In January 2007, Senator Obama introduced S 433, “The Iraq War De-Escalation Act of 2007,” that would have prevented the troop surge and begun a year-long U.S. military withdrawal. This would, he believed, “pressure the Iraqis to finally reach a political settlement and reduce the violence.” Oddly enough, with Iraq now in turmoil Mr. Obama is saying the use of force to counter the ISIS offensive would be insufficient without some form of political settlement to reduce the violence, which was facilitated by the withdrawal of U.S. troops in the first place.

 

President George W. Bush argued presciently that pulling the troops out too soon would lead to increased chaos, bloodshed, and “mass killings on a horrific scale.”

Every single thing that President Bush said in that statement, is happening today,” said former Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen.

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The Conversation: What Happened At The Camp Speicher Massacre In Iraq?

Two different survivors of a massacre committed by ISIS at Camp Speicher near Tikrit, Iraq back in June, tell two  different stories. And the explanations for what happened range from mere cowardice on the part of the Iraqi commanders, to the foulest treachery.

 

 

 

ISIS Has A Training Camp For Kids as Young As 10 Years Old (Video)

Democrats like to use the educational system as a recruitment tool – targeting the young minds and filling them with liberal propaganda with the hope that their efforts will lead kids to become lifelong liberals.

It turns out – ISIS uses the same strategy.  As the death cult rolls through towns and villages it Iraq and Syria,  they are filling young skulls full of mush with radical Islamist propaganda and subjecting them to ideas and behaviors of which their parents likely disapprove –  behaviors like stonings, beheadings, and crucifixions.

 “Recruitment” usually goes something like this: “Bring your kids to the ISIS children’s camp, or we’ll behead you in front of them. Then we’ll take them anyway, so you might as well come willingly.”

Once in the camps, the kids are essentially brainwashed – radicalized into the ISIS way of life.

Yesterday, CNN ran a heartbreaking, harrowing, report which featured a 13-year-old boy who’d managed to escape one such facility. I don’t have much to say about it, except that it’s incredibly sad. These kids simply have no choice.

Retired General McInerney: U.S. Helped Build #ISIS

As I was saying yesterday….

“In Syria I believe we backed some of the wrong people,” retired General Ralph McInerney said on Fox News, Wednesday. “I’ve always maintained going back some time that we were backing the wrong types.”

On Friday, Fox News’ Brett Baier is going to have a special which McInerney claims will show that some of the weapons funneled through Benghazi to Syria, ended up in the hands of ISIS.

“We helped build ISIS,” he declared.

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Don’t believe that Obama was taken by surprise by ISIS. He’s known who they are and the threat they pose for years.

The Washington Post: The terrorists fighting us now? We just finished training them:

In recent years, President Obama, his European friends, and even some Middle Eastern allies, have supported “rebel groups” in Libya and Syria. Some received training, financial and military support to overthrow Muammar Gadhafi and battle Bashar al Assad. It’s a strategy that follows the old saying, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend,” and it has been the American and allied approach for decades in deciding whether to support opposition groups and movements.

The problem is that it is completely unreliable — and often far worse than other strategies. Every year there are more cases in which this approach backfires.

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“From IS to the Mahdi army you see groups that basically are not our friends but who became more powerful because we have handled the situations wrong,” says a senior U.S. security official, who spoke under the condition of anonymity.

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Abu Saleh, who is originally from a town close to Benghazi, said he and a group of other Libyans received training and support in their country from French, British, and American military and intelligence personnel — before they joined the Al Nusra Front or the Islamic State. Western and Arab military sources interviewed for this article, confirmed Abu Saleh’s account that “training” and “equipment” were given to rebels in Libya during the fight against the Gadhafi regime.

Abu Saleh left Libya in 2012 for Turkey and then crossed into Syria. “First I fought under what people call the ‘Free Syrian Army’ but then switched to Al Nusra. And I have already decided I will join the Islamic State when my wounds are healed,” the 28-year-old said from a hospital in Turkey, where he is receiving medical treatment. He had been injured during a battle with the Syrian Army, he said, and was brought to Turkey with false documents.  “Some of the Syrian people who they trained have joined the Islamic State and others jabhat al Nusra,” he said, smiling. He added, “Sometimes I joke around and say that I am a fighter made by America.”

For a long time, Western and Arab states supported the Free Syrian Army not only with training but also with weapons and other materiel. The Islamic State commander, Abu Yusaf, added that members of the Free Syrian Army who had received training — from the United States, Turkey and Arab military officers at an American base in Southern Turkey — have now joined the Islamic State. “Now many of the FSA people who the West has trained are actually joining us,” he said, smiling.

No, the enemy of our enemy is not our friend. Sometimes they are even bigger enemies.

The Washington Examiner: Chuck Hagel: More than 100 Americans fighting for ISIS:

More than 100 Americans are fighting with the extremists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday.

“We are aware of over 100 U.S. citizens who have U.S. passports who are fighting in the Middle East with [ISIS] forces. There may be more, we don’t know,” Hagel told CNN in an interview.

Authorities have been concerned that Americans and citizens of other Western nations could potentially return and launch terror attacks in their home countries.

Rand Paul: I Am Not An Isolationist:

Three years after President Obama waged war in Libya without Congressional approval, Libya is a sanctuary and safe haven for training and arms for terrorists from Northern Africa to Syria. Our deserted Embassy in Tripoli is controlled by militants. Jihadists today swim in our embassy pool.

Syria, likewise, has become a jihadist wonderland. In Syria, Obama’s plan just one year ago—and apparently Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s desire—was to aid rebels against Assad, despite the fact that many of these groups are al-Qaeda- and ISIS-affiliated. Until we acknowledge that arming the Islamic rebels in Syria allowed ISIS a safe haven, no amount of military might will extricate us from a flawed foreign policy.

Unfortunately, Obama’s decisions—from disengaging diplomatically in Iraq and the region and fomenting chaos in Libya and Syria—leaves few good options. A more realistic and effective foreign policy would protect the vital interests of the nation without the unrealistic notion of nation-building.

Bare Naked Islam: How did the Islamic State (ISIS) accumulate a $2 billion war chest?

And what about Obama’s request to Congress for $500 million more to fund and arm the Syrian rebels (ISIS)?

Hat tip: Brian B.

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