West Point Report: Obama Watched And Did Nothing As ISIS Grew – Why?

A new report from the West Point counterterrorism center says the Obama administration ignored warning signs as ISIS grew and trained over a four-year period following the US withdrawal from Iraq.

Via IBD: 

As President Obama dithers about whether to strike the Islamic State’s sanctuary in Syria, a report by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point shows how we got to this point. Obama simply overlooked the “JV” team until it was ready for terrorism’s Pro Bowl.

Instead, he was focused on getting us out of Iraq and creating a power vacuum that the terrorist group was all too willing to fill.

“ISIL did not suddenly become effective in early June 2014,” the report states. “It has been steadily strengthening and actively shaping the future operating environment for four years.”

The Islamic State’s rapid expansion into Iraq was “the result of years of patient preparatory operations,” wrote the report’s author, Michael Knights of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

United States intelligence officials tried to claim they were blindsided back in June when fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) seized two major Iraqi cities and sent Iraqi defense forces fleeing. “With U.S. troops long gone from the country,” the story goes, “Washington didn’t have the spies on the ground or the surveillance gear in the skies necessary to predict when and where the jihadist group would strike.”

What a load of malarkey.

As the West Point report notes, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi “re-booted” the group in 2010 into a “highly motivated cadre of quality light infantry forces,”  beginning a nationwide campaign of car bombings in Iraq in 2013.”  Their attacks were reported on and evident to anyone with an internet connection.

In August 2013, the Iraqi government even reached out to the Obama administration for help.

Bloomberg News reported that Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari  arrived in Washington seeking “U.S. advisers, air surveillance, or even drone strikes” to deal with the growing ISIS threat.

Zebari returned home empty-handed, ignored by an Obama administration more intent on keeping a campaign promise to withdraw from Iraq than in dealing with the new terror threat. Zebari’s requests were apparently lost between all those fundraisers and rounds of golf.

Earlier this year, Iraq continued pleading for help. As we noted, according to a June 11 piece in the New York Times, then-Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki met on May 11 with American diplomats and Gen. Lloyd Austin, head of Central Command, asking the U.S. for the ability to strike IS using drones.

If that wasn’t doable, al-Maliki said that he would approve U.S. drone strikes or airstrikes. That plea also fell on deaf ears.

The question is – why? Obama knew there was an uber-terrorist group rampaging through Syria, with its sites set on the fledgling democracy of Iraq – where so many American troops had made the ultimate sacrifice to secure. Was it not in America’s interest to stop the growing menace before it got to Iraq?

Its “blitzkrieg” into Iraq was due less to the failure of Iraqi forces than to IS’ methodical training, preparation and planning — sort of like the Wehrmacht’s advance into France in 1940.

Their blitzkrieg was also due to the Obama administration’s funneling of advanced weaponry to ISIS infested rebel fighters in Syria – ostensibly  to help them topple the Assad regime. The Obama administration began funneling the weapons  from Libya after Qaddafi was overthrown, murdered, and dragged through the streets by Islamists in 2011.

(Has anyone but me noticed that all of the Middle East revolutions that have been facilitated by the Obama Regime – Libya, Egypt,  Syria – have benefited Islamist Jihadi head-cutters? Yet Obama wanted nothing to do with the pro-Democracy Green Revolution in Iran in 2009. He fought the overthrow of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood Morsi Regime in Egypt in 2013.)

Seymour Hersh  reported on the Obama Regime’s role in creating a weapons funneling “rat line” to Jihadists in Syria:

The full extent of US co-operation with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar in assisting the rebel opposition in Syria has yet to come to light. The Obama administration has never publicly admitted to its role in creating what the CIA calls a ‘rat line’, a back channel highway into Syria. The rat line, authorised in early 2012, was used to funnel weapons and ammunition from Libya via southern Turkey and across the Syrian border to the opposition. Many of those in Syria who ultimately received the weapons were jihadists, some of them affiliated with al-Qaida. (The DNI spokesperson said: ‘The idea that the United States was providing weapons from Libya to anyone is false.’)

In January, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on the assault by a local militia in September 2012 on the American consulate and a nearby undercover CIA facility in Benghazi, which resulted in the death of the US ambassador, Christopher Stevens, and three others. The report’s criticism of the State Department for not providing adequate security at the consulate, and of the intelligence community for not alerting the US military to the presence of a CIA outpost in the area, received front-page coverage and revived animosities in Washington, with Republicans accusing Obama and Hillary Clinton of a cover-up. A highly classified annex to the report, not made public, described a secret agreement reached in early 2012 between the Obama and Erdoğan administrations. It pertained to the rat line. By the terms of the agreement, funding came from Turkey, as well as Saudi Arabia and Qatar; the CIA, with the support of MI6, was responsible for getting arms from Gaddafi’s arsenals into Syria. A number of front companies were set up in Libya, some under the cover of Australian entities. Retired American soldiers, who didn’t always know who was really employing them, were hired to manage procurement and shipping. The operation was run by David Petraeus, the CIA director who would soon resign when it became known he was having an affair with his biographer. (A spokesperson for Petraeus denied the operation ever took place.)

The operation had not been disclosed at the time it was set up to the congressional intelligence committees and the congressional leadership, as required by law since the 1970s. The involvement of MI6 enabled the CIA to evade the law by classifying the mission as a liaison operation. The former intelligence official explained that for years there has been a recognised exception in the law that permits the CIA not to report liaison activity to Congress, which would otherwise be owed a finding. (All proposed CIA covert operations must be described in a written document, known as a ‘finding’, submitted to the senior leadership of Congress for approval.) Distribution of the annex was limited to the staff aides who wrote the report and to the eight ranking members of Congress – the Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate, and the Democratic and Republicans leaders on the House and Senate intelligence committees. This hardly constituted a genuine attempt at oversight: the eight leaders are not known to gather together to raise questions or discuss the secret information they receive.

The annex didn’t tell the whole story of what happened in Benghazi before the attack, nor did it explain why the American consulate was attacked. ‘The consulate’s only mission was to provide cover for the moving of arms,’ the former intelligence official, who has read the annex, said. ‘It had no real political role.’

Washington abruptly ended the CIA’s role in the transfer of arms from Libya after the attack on the consulate, but the rat line kept going. ‘The United States was no longer in control of what the Turks were relaying to the jihadists,’ the former intelligence official said. Within weeks, as many as forty portable surface-to-air missile launchers, commonly known as manpads, were in the hands of Syrian rebels.

Remember the picture of the ISIS commander holding an RPG inside a USAID tent in Syria that made the rounds, last year?

Here’s what I wrote at the time:

I know I’ve been saying for weeks that the United States has been siding with the terrorists, but I didn’t mean it literally.  I meant that our policy of arming the Syrian rebels was indirectly aiding the Jihadists, because they have been fighting alongside the so-called “moderate” rebels and it would seem to me that the weapons would inevitably be shared.

I didn’t think I meant that the United States would directly and purposefully give aid and comfort to al Qaeda. (ISIS)

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The image above reportedly  came from the front line of the Syrian war, seeming to confirm our worst fears that these demonic brutes were being assisted by the United States. Most Americans hadn’t heard of ISIS, yet. A year ago, most of us thought al Qaeda were still the baddest kids on the block.

This appears to prove all the concerns among U.S. lawmakers and analysts that aid to the Syrian rebels could end up in the hands of Al Qaeda.

The photograph allegedly shows Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) linked Commander Muhajireen Kavkaz wa Sham, along with other rebels donning battle-gear and an RPG, inside a USAID tent.

A year ago, I followed the growing terrorist menace rampaging through Syria slaughtering Christians and other minorities by the thousands. I was horrified at the thought that our government was arming them and preparing to go to war against the Syrian government over trumped up charges that they crossed Obama’s “red line.”  It wasn’t the Syrian government that used Sarin in a gas attack last year.  It was the terrorist rebels aided by Turkey. Obama backed away from his war plans only after the  “intelligence” that blamed Syria for the gas attack, completely unraveled.

Meanwhile, Christian minorities who were being slaughtered by the Obama administration’s terrorist allies were forgotten and forsaken – insignificant collateral damage.

The statues of the Virgin Mary and Christ were shrouded in smoke and dust, as every few minutes a tank shell crashed into the mountainside. Christ’s message of forgiveness had been forgotten here, the Bible’s teaching that the peacemakers are blessed seemed to echo from another world.

Syria’s soldiers were angry and frustrated. Many didn’t want us to show their faces or film their failure to recapture one of the jewels of Syria’s multi-faith mosaic. Others kissed crucifixes they wore and cursed the Nusra Islamists who, as more than one assured me “were helped and trained by Britain and America”.

The rebels claim they took Maaloula to punish the Christians there for supporting the Assad government, a support that is real but tepid. For most Christians in Syria the fear of what Islamists might do if they win this war outweighs any dislike they have for Assad’s system.

On Saturday, in a Damascus church heavy with gold and grief, they mourned the Christians killed in the battle. The framed photographs of the dead sat next to the holy icons of the Greek Orthodox faith, some men in the pews bandaged from injuries they’d received. “We blame Obama”, one woman in black yelled at me, “he should have the Nobel peace prize taken away from him – he is helping the rebels who killed our Christian brothers”.

This video was put out by Christian Refugees in July of 2013.

Blogger David Wood created a bedtime story called Barack Obama’s Escape from Planet Reality to help expose  the Obama administration’s lie that Islamic terror is a perversion of “the religion of peace.”

Wood brilliantly uses clips of Obama’s speech in which he denies the very things taught in the Koran. Yes, the same Koran, Obama, with perfect Arabic accent, calls the “holy Koran.”

 

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What Obama’s allies have planned for the West: End Times Are Near: ISIS Plans To Kill Millions In Europe And U.S. Through Bubonic Plague And Other Diseases:

“Authorities in both Europe and the United States are to be extra vigilant as members of the ISIS terror group could already be in their respective countries, preparing to unleash terrifying atrocities in the next two months at least.” So says King ­Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

But his statements are not simply words. A computer laptop seized in northern Syria by pro-Western rebels from a Tunisian jihadi revealed plans to develop and use biological weapons and authorities nonetheless have raised its terror threat level from “substantial” to “severe” to warn citizens that a terrorist attack is “highly likely.”

The computer laptop that was seized in a raid in January in the Syrian province of Idlib, near the Turkish border, reported seeing thousands of files of schemes, bomb-making instructions and research on building a homebrew biological weapon of mass destruction.

Foreign Policy described the contents as “a treasure trove of documents that provide ideological justifications for jihadi organisations — and practical training on how to carry out the Islamic State’s deadly campaigns.”

One such document was done in 19 pages in Arabic language where the topic was how to develop biological weapons and how to use as a weapon the bubonic plague from infected animals.

The document owner was identified as Muhammed S., a Tunisian national who was a former chemistry and biology student at a Tunisian University.

Previously (in order of newest to oldest):

Did the Obama White House Pressure General Dempsey To Walk Back ISIS Comments? (Video)

President Vineyard’s Big Day – Fundraising, ‘Somber ISIS Statement’, And Golf

Video: Syrian Kurdish Fighters Rescue Stranded Yazidis While US Backs Away

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

Seymour Hersh: Obama Didn’t Tell The Whole Story on Syrian Chemical Attack – Knew Rebels Had Access To Sarin Gas

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’?

President Says He Has No Strategy – Press Sec. Begs To Differ (Video)

Yesterday  Fox News commentator Charles Krauthammer said on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that he is “not confident” that Obama will do anything to counter the threat from the savage Islamic State militant group in Syria.

The Obama administration is currently considering expanding its air strike campaign from northern Iraq into Syria to fight the militants. Krauthammer, a syndicated columnist and a Fox News contributor, said he thinks it is possible that the administration may choose to do nothing.

“I’m not confident that he’ll do anything,” he said. “I’m not confident that he can come up with a strategy.”

In his press conference, Thursday. which some are calling his weakest presser to date – Obama  did nothing to disabuse his critics of the notion that he’s not interested in taking any decisive action to stop ISIS. He confused one and all by talking about his strategy of pushing for a political resolution of the Sunnis’ complaints about the Shiite government, and recruiting the help of surrounding nations (instead of doing things “unilaterally” like you know who.) Then he

The President also made clear that dealing with ISIS in Syria was probably on the agenda though the strategy for accomplishing all of that…well, we don’t have one yet:

in order for us to degrade ISIL over the long term, we’re going to have to build a regional strategy

I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet.I think what I’ve seen in some of the news reports suggests that folks are getting a little further ahead of where we’re at than we currently are. And I think that’s not just my assessment, but the assessment of our military, as well. We need to make sure that we’ve got clear plans, that we’re developing them. At that point, I will consult with Congress and make sure that their voices are heard.But there’s no point in me asking for action on the part of Congress before I know exactly what it is that is going to be required for us to get the job done.

Press Secretary Josh Earnest – who has a better grasp of the talking points, has been saying that Obama has a “comprehensive strategy” to deal with ISIS.

He was on clean-up duty on Twitter within an hour of Obama’s presser — to insist that the president certainly does have a “comprehensive strategy.”

 

Obama has a comprehensive strategy to push a media narrative that he has a comprehensive strategy – which in reality only talks about comprehensive strategies.

Via NRO, Charles Krauthammer reacted to Obama’s  fail-whale of a presser on Special Report, Thursday evening.

“Look I thought that the president could no longer surprise me,” Krauthammer said. “I was wrong. He shocked me today. The President of the United States, in the middle of a real crisis, a few days after the beheading of an American, deliberately sort of spitting in the face of the country and demonstrating his cruelty, the president gets in front of the world and says, “I don’t have a strategy.” If that is true, don’t say anything. Why do you announce that you don’t have a strategy?”

But even worse than the president’s statement that he had no strategy to defeat the Islamic State, Krauthammer said, was his comment about Ukraine. Krauthammer summarized Obama’s comment on his strategy in Ukraine by saying Obama acknowledged that he had a strategy in Ukraine, which was “to do absolutely nothing.”

 

Lt. Col. Ralph Peters: The Only Decision Obama is Able to Make, “Is Which Golf Clubs to Use” (Video)

Lt. Col. Ralph Peters appeared on Fox News Wednesday to give his take on Obama’s strategy (or lack thereof) to handle ISIS. As always, Peters didn’t hold back, accusing the president of being a “minimalist” and a “procrastinator”  – taking the minimum action he can get away with. And he scorched the president for continuing to leak sensitive military secrets for his own political benefit.

Asked if Obama’s focus on protecting specific American interests in Iraq was a strategy that will work, Peters replied disdainfully, “I think this president is narrowly focused on protecting his reputation – what’s left of it – and I’m furious.” He continued, “we have no strategy. We have nothing that pretends to be a strategy. There is no integrated concept of how to deal with ISIS let alone the metastasizing threats across the Middle East and Northern Africa. The administration continues to see everything in terms of political advantage.”

He gave the latest example of the problem. “Classic case – We should not know that there are surveillance drones over Syria, but the administration purposefully leaked it because they want to say – well we’re doing something! And by telling … ISIS that we’re surveilling them with drones,  it says get ready – hide your vehicles, disperse, get the human shields ready. It flies in the face of all military common sense and decency. I mean – what’s the big difference between this administration leaking stuff and Ed Snowden at this point? It’s just disgraceful.”

Asked why we haven’t taken out their base in Syria, yet, “Peters said, because the president is a minimalist. He always want to do the minimum – not for the security of the United States, but the minimum he can get away with. He’s not a doer. He’s a talker. He’s at heart a very timid man, a Hamlet –  forever “to be or not to be.” He will go down in history as the great procrastinator.

He hammered Obama for lying about the lack of intelligence on ISIS – which Peters called a lie. And he again warned the administration that they had better get their act together and fast.

“The Islamic Caliphate is a far greater threat – a bigger, richer, more powerful, more numerous threat – than al Qaeda ever was,” he said.

Peters noted that “the president himself used the word cancer to describe the Islamic Caliphate – and cancer doesn’t get better on its own. First, he tried for over a year to ignore this cancer. Now, he wants to shave off little pieces of the tumor. But it’s a malignant tumor, and it’s growing fast. He added, “he didn’t keep us out of a war – he delayed our entry into a war – left us unprepared, cutting our military, the Islamic State and other Islamic terrorist groups grow ever stronger. It’s no longer a classic terrorist web of cells the Islamic State is now  a Caliphate – a proto-state with an army that’s well-equipped, well-organized, well-trained, and veteran – and they’re running all over everybody else on the ground…”

In the face of all this, Peters concluded, the only decision that guy is able to make, “is which golf clubs to use.”

In case you thought that was Lt. Col. Peters in “Beastmode” – you would be wrong.

This is Ralph Peters in Beastmode:

Via The Washington Free Beacon:

 

Krauthammer and Peters Agree: Regime’s Mixed Messages On ISIS Due To Obama’s Indecision (Video)

Charles Krauthammer on Monday put all the blame for the chronic dithering and indecision of the Obama Regime on one person – Obama himself.

Appearing on Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier”, he said that the Regime’s conflicting statements about the threat from the Islamic State militant group shows that “the president simply can’t decide” what to do.

Last week, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said ISIS was an imminent threat, but Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said Monday that the group was not a direct threat to the U.S.

Krauthammer, a syndicated columnist and a Fox News contributor, questioned that discrepancy.

He said, “it’s obvious what the United States has to do about ISIS. You have to do a coordinated air campaign in conjunction with troops on the ground who are Kurds, Iraqis and the Free Syrian Army. That is a very complicated operation, and you wonder – despite the fact that that’s what we need to do to stop ISIS, whether this administration, that can’t even get its story straight in one day, can conduct an operation of that delicacy and complexity, military, diplomatic and political, ” he said. “The president simply can’t decide.  I think this really ought to make us think twice about whether we can entrust a man of this lack of decisiveness who clearly does not want to do this.”

He added one devastating last point: “that’s the feeling I had when he made the announcement in 2009 at West Point about Afghanistan (after much dithering if you remember.) It was the right idea – but the wrong man doing it – somebody who clearly never had his heart in it, and now after all the dead and all the losses , we’re ending up leaving as if nothing had happened except for American dead.”

Megyn Kelly had Lt. Col. Ralph Peters on The Kelly File to discuss the mixed messages coming from the Regime.

“Ralph, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs is not supposed to be messing with the information in order to assuage political concerns,” Kelly said. “So what do you believe is the likelihood that somebody took Gen. Dempsey out behind the woodshed over the weekend and said, ‘What are you saying the threat is imminent for?’”

Peters responded that they definitely took him out to “the woodshed.”

“Gen. Dempsey committed the greatest sin you can commit in the Obama administration last week – he told the truth,” Peters said, explaining that Dempsey told the public that ISIS is a growing threat to the U.S., there’s no real border between Syria and Iraq, and ISIS can’t be defeated without going into Syria.

Dempsey’s previous remarks didn’t fit with the administration’s “JV” narrative, Peters said. Now, “with a wave of the president’s magic golf club,” Peters said that the narrative has changed back.

Kelly asked Peters: Is Obama disengaged or disillusioned?

 

“I think he’s sulking. I mean he’s just not gonna clean his room, and you can’t make him clean up his room. He’s like a child, and it’s really alarming because he needs to get out of his snit and do something,” Peters said.

 

Report: Obama Dragged His Feet On Foley Rescue Attempt (Video)

Thursday morning, CIA-trained former senior intelligence officer,  Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer appeared on WMAL radio in Washington, D.C. with Larry O’Conner and Brian Wilson to discuss the ISIS execution of American journalist James Foley earlier this week. He dropped a little bit of a bombshell towards the end of the interview when he told the hosts that the raid into Syria to rescue Foley failed, because  “the president drug his feet.”

Calling ISIS “the anti-Christ of terrorist organizations,” Shaffer submitted that he wasn’t sure Obama understood the severity of the problem.

O’Conner asked him if he really thought Obama  does not understand the problem.

“He’s been briefed on everything that’s going on,” Shaffer began. “He portends this Jr Varsity mentality that we’re not really up against the A-Team. And let me tell you -we’ve known for at least six months now, that these folks have been gaining momentum.  I don’t know how to explain it, but I know that he have more information than I do, and it’s more detailed, and simply put we who are on the outside looking in…have seen this now for awhile –  I cannot explain his lack of candor or clarity regarding the threat and I can even less explain his lack of interest in  doing something decisive to actually counter these folks.”

Shaffer said that as ISIS doesn’t recognize the border between Syria and Iraq, neither should we and that we needed to decisively destroy their command and control in Syria.

He also revealed that the leaked rescue attempt led by Special Forces earlier this summer failed because President Obama was slow to give the go-ahead.

Via Larry O’Conner, the Washington Free Beacon:

I’m hearing from my friends in the Pentagon, they are giving him every single option way ahead of time. And let me give you a little secret here: The reason that raid into Syria failed to get Foley and those guys was because the president drug his feet. He waited too long, the intel got stale, and by the time we actually gave the “go” word it failed because we just didn’t react quick enough.

It would appear Valerie Jarrett was about as enthusiastic of the James Foley rescue attempt as she was the Osama bin Laden raid.

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Something Obama didn’t drag his feet on, which he apparently didn’t have the authority to do…

The Mental Recessipn: Breaking: GAO Office Announces Obama Administration Broke the Law With Bergdahl Swap

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has announced that the Obama administration broke the law when they traded five high-ranking Taliban terrorists for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.

The government watchdog agency posted their decision online, saying the Pentagon violated the Department of Defense Appropriations Act and the Antideficiency Act.

The summary verdict reads:

The Department of Defense (DOD) violated section 8111 of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2014 when it transferred five individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the nation of Qatar without providing at least 30 days notice to certain congressional committees.  Section 8111 prohibits DOD from using appropriated funds to transfer any individuals detained at Guantanamo Bay unless the Secretary of Defense notifies certain congressional committees at least 30 days before the transfer.  As a consequence of using its appropriations in a manner specifically prohibited by law, DOD also violated the Antideficiency Act.

 

Dick Cheney: “Absolutely Certain” There Will Be Another Mass Casualty Attack Against the US

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Obama, moments after he gave his speech about ISIS beheading American journalist James Foley.

Last night, Former Vice President Dick Cheney, appearing on Fox News with Sean Hannity,  had some tough and cogent words for our current president Barack Obama, warning of the precarious state of insecurity he’s put the nation in. He said that due to Obama’s mismanagement of our national security, he is “absolutely certain”  the United States is  in for another mass casualty attack, only this time the terrorists will have far deadlier weapons than they did on 9/11/01.

“After watching this [beheading] video, I’m pretty convinced that we have a group of people at war with us,”  Hannity said. “Would you agree with that?”

“Absolutely,” Cheney agreed, saying that the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley by ISIS  was a tragic development, but there is surely more to come.

“Magnify that a million times over because that’s what’s in store for the rest of the world if we don’t deal effectively with this crisis,” he said. “I think the danger’s enormous. I don’t think the president understands it.”

After chronicling a number of the administration’s gross missteps on foreign policy, Hannity asked Cheney, “What s the president missing?”

“I keep wrestling with this question, Sean, of whether it’s naivete, or lack of experience, or because that’s the way he wants things to work, Cheney began. “I’ve just about reached the point where I’ve concluded that what he is discovering fairly late into his administration, is his basic world view is fundamentally flawed – that the world is a mean, nasty place on occasion – that you need a very strong America – you need superior American military forces to deal with it, and  I think that with every day that goes by, he’s finding the bigger and bigger gulf between his hoped for view of the world, and reality. He’s not up to speed and doesn’t want to believe all that’s going on out there, but every day we find new evidence that he’d rather be on the golf course than dealing with the crisis that developing rapidly in the Middle East.”

And that is the most charitable take one can take, of course. Cheney hinted at the darker explanation when he said, “because that’s the way he wants things to work.”

Because there are some who would argue that Obama is ideologically allied with the dark forces sweeping through the Middle East slaughtering Christians and other ethnic minorities. Of course Obama made sure to point out in his speech on Martha’s Vineyard, yesterday, that “the overwhelming majority” of their victims are other Muslims. On the other hand, the Vatican has given its blessing for US airstrikes to prevent Christian genocide in the Middle East.

Obama allowed the wholesale slaughter of Christians throughout the Middle East to continue unabated for years until the very bad optics of mostly Yazidis trapped on a mountain forced him to act.  The implications of that can not be easily dismissed.

“Do you think the president understands the danger of radical Islam, and what do you think the danger is,” Hannity asked Cheney.

“I think the danger’s enormous and I don’t think the president understands it,” Cheney replied.  “I look at things like the Rand Report that was published a couple of months ago that talked about a 58% increase in the number of Jihadist groups around the world over a three year period of time, I look at the statements by General Flynn who’s just stepping down as Director of the Intelligence Agency who says over a 10 year period of time, there’s been a doubling of the terrorist threat in that part of the world. The intelligence is there for all to see – there’s no question about what’s happening, but this president and the people around him refuse to recognize it.”

Remember when I said that under Obama, everything that is bad, sky-rockets? – this is just one more example of that maxim. Obama and his fellow ideologues argued that it was our presence in the Middle East that was breeding terrorism. So we pulled out of Iraq and promised to leave Afghanistan and what did terrorism do? It  sky-rocketed. It’s one thing to be wrong about everything - but this president refuses to learn from his mistakes.

And the fact that he continues to go golfing and refuses to take the ISIS problem as seriously as he should,  makes people wonder if “this is they way he wants things to work.”

Cheney went on to decry the major reductions in our military spending that is weakening our national defense, calling it a “trainwreck.”

“And it’s hard to believe that this president is as ineffective as he clearly is,” he added (again hinting at a darker explanation.)  He called him “the weakest president in my lifetime.”

“I’m absolutely certain that another day there will be another mass casualty attack against the United States, only next time, they’ll have far deadlier weapons,” he said.

President Vineyard’s Big Day – Fundraising, ‘Somber ISIS Statement’, And Golf

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After giving a brief,  perfunctory statement on the brutal  beheading of an American citizen by ISIS,  the president hightailed it to the  game golf course with friends, Wednesday, including former professional basketball star Alonzo Mourning.

Obama declared that ISIS has “no place in the 21st century” — which coincidentally is the same thing he says about Republicans who oppose the “Equal Pay Act.” 

 

Buzzfeed Andrew reported:

“The president walked quietly into the cafeteria of the school, tieless but wearing a blue jacket,” read the latest White House press pool report. “Eric Schultz accompanied him. Obama stepped to a podium and delivered his remarks, then turned quietly and walked out of the room. The room was silent as he did.

“Afterward, the motorcade drove to the Vineyard Golf Club.”

But first things first. Before he faced the cameras to sound off about the ISIS menace, Obama sent out a fundraising appeal.

Via Daniel Halper, the Weekly Standard:

“Nothing has ever been more important than fighting for folks like you. You are my priority,” writes Obama.
“And right now, a focus of that fight has to be getting people who really care about making things better for you elected. The upcoming elections could determine whether or not we have a Congress who will work with me to help you.
“That’s why it’s so important I spend some time helping Democrats campaign and win. I can only tackle the issues that matter to you with some help. Will you help me out, Daniel?”

He asked for $3, $10, $25, $50, $100, or whatever else “folks” would like to donate.

During his address, today, he didn’t mention any specific actions  U.S. forces would take in Iraq moving forward.

Meanwhile, via Bloomberg News, five US  intelligence officials told reporters during a briefing  that ISIS is “attracting recruits and even drawing defections from the leadership of the core al-Qaeda group and some affiliates.”

The U.S. intelligence community thinks the Islamic State has an incentive to conduct a major terrorist strike against U.S. or European targets, in part to further assert itself as the true leader of radical Islam, the officials said. There’s evidence that the group is establishing cells beyond Iraq and Syria, they said.

Brett Baier of Fox News offers his analysis of Obama’s address, today.

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If you read one thing today, it should be this by David Horowitz writing at Red State: The Hell That is the Obama White House:

The same desire to overwhelm and permanently suppress the opposition drives the war that Obama and the Democrats have conducted against America’s borders and therefore American sovereignty. Their plan is too flood the country with illegals of whatever stripe who will be grateful enough for the favor to win them elections and create a permanent majority in their favor. The immediate result of these efforts is that we have no secure southern border, and therefore no border; and therefore we have effectively invited criminals and terrorists to come across and do Americans harm.

Which brings us to the deepest level of Obama’s hell, which is his anti-American foreign policy. When Obama was re-elected in 2012, the very first thought I had was this: A lot of people are going to be dead because of this election. How disastrously right I was. Since their assault on George Bush and their sabotage of the war in Iraq, Obama and the Democrats have forged a power vacuum in Europe and even more dramatically in the Middle East, which nasty characters have predictably entered with ominous implications for the future security of all Americans.

Take one aspect of this epic default: Obama’s lack of response to the slaughter of Christians in Palestine, Egypt and Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of Christians have been slaughtered and driven from their homes in Iraq – over half a million by some counts. This is the oldest Christian community in the world dating back to the time of Christ. What was Obama’s response to this atrocity until a group of Yazvidi along with the Christians were trapped on a mountain side, and politics dictated he had to make some gesture. His response was to do and say nothing. Silence. Even his statement announcing minimal action to save the Yazvidi and the Christians mentioned the Christians once in passing while devoting a paragraph to the obscure Yazvidi.

What this unfeeling and cold response to the slaughter of Christians tells us is that Obama is a pretend Christian just the way he is a pretend American. What he is instead is a world class liar. That is because his real agendas are anti-American, anti-Christian, and anti-Jewish, and obviously and consistently pro America’s third world adversaries to whom he is always apologizing and whom he is always appeasing. Obama lies about his intentions and policies because he couldn’t survive politically if he told the truth…

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