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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Krauthammer: “The Reason It’s A Coalition of the Unwilling Is Because Obama Is Unwilling” (Video)

Charles Krauthammer offered his take on the Regime’s pathetic failure to gather a broad, international coalition - unlike George W. Bush who was able to gather a coalition of 49 nations to provide material military support including troops, intelligence cooperation, material, logistics, ground facilities, and financial assistance” for the Iraq War in 2003.

“The reason it’s a coalition of the unwilling is because Obama is unwilling,” Dr. K said. “And everyone knows it. He telegraphed it in his speech, they all understand he’s ambivalent, They’ve all looked at what he did in Afghanistan and Libya, and they say that if the leader of this coalition is ambivalent and reluctant, why should we join?”

Via NRO:

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My latest at The Conversation:

Josh Earnest: ‘The Coalition Is Coming Together Very Nicely’

In his weekly address, Saturday, President Obama once again tried to separate himself from the “previous administration” by telling the American people he would avoid making “the mistakes of the past” and crowing that he is “leading the right way” so “more nations are joining our coalition.”  He said this despite reports his counter-terrorism effort is receiving only tepid support from even our staunchest allies.Sep 14, 2014 3:36 PM PT

Judge Jeanine Pirro Reams Obama: “You Messed Up Big Time!”

Just as sure as the sun rises in the East and Obama golfs on weekends, Judge Jeanine Pirro takes him to the woodshed Saturday nights for an intense verbal smackdown.

In this week’s opening statement, she castigated him for his weak stance on ISIS (or ISIL as Obama obstinately calls them) and general incompetence in handling foreign policy.

“Your strategy has been feckless since day one – you messed up big time!” she said.

She went on to completely trash his nonsensical claim that “ISIL (ISIS) is not Islamic”.

Pirro had Frank Gaffney on to discuss the vulnerable power grid situation – as topic she’s covered in the past.

Megyn Kelly Slams Obama For Latest Fundraising Junket While “a Few Americans Are Waiting to Have Their Heads Cut Off”

Megyn Kelly has been on a tear for the past couple of days because of the president’s decision to go on another fundraising junket this weekend, while ISIS continues its assaults in Syria and Iraq, and Russia invades the Ukraine.

Thursday night, she had on frequent guest, Fox News’ digital political editor Chris Stirewalt to talk about Obama’s admission that he has “no strategy” to go after ISIS and its safe haven in Syria.

“Not to worry,” she quipped. “He is spending all day tomorrow in the Situation Room…..oh – wait….”

No, the president will be off to another series of fund raisers, while, “there’s just a few Americans waiting to have their heads cut off in the custody of this terror group,” Kelly said, apologizing for being flippant but calling the situation “disturbing.”

Stirewalt snarked, “so the president’s the president wherever he goes and  he’ll be able to destroy the whole world and everything in it from a remote location – while he is sucking up to the swells in Westchester County and lovelies in Rhode Island, when he goes to the “It Couple’s” wedding of the year taking place in New York, this weekend.”

“He looks tired, he looks disengaged, and then when he leaves to go do things that look selfish, it is very hard for him to make the case to the American people that he’s the man with the plan,” he said.

 

Kelly also had Gen. Keane on to talk about what he called Obama’s ‘extraordinary and stunning Admission’ that he has no strategy.

Gen. Jack Keane was on “The Kelly File” tonight to weigh in on the revelation that the Obama administration has “no strategy” on dealing with ISIS.
Keane called it “an extraordinary and stunning admission coming from the leader of the world’s most powerful nation.” He also noted that the remark was “embarrassing.”

The four-star general said that we need a comprehensive strategy, but said that he fears we may not get one.

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Keane said he believes Obama made that statement today because he has not yet made a decision.

“That was an honest answer – he didn’t have a strategy.”

 

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Whoa….

The Daily Mail: ‘Barney Fife is in charge': Obama under fire for ‘we don’t have a strategy’ gaffe on ISIS as he’s accused of having ‘head buried in hole on first green’

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  • Pentagon insider says Joint Chiefs of Staff are ‘seeing red’ and ‘spitting nails’ following Obama’s candid admission 
  • Generals are ‘losing confidence in their mission,’ said a former senior aide to a retired defense secretary 
  • House Intel Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said Obama’s performance was ‘really shocking given the severity of the threat’
  • White House press secretary said the administration isn’t concerned about the comment, but about the ‘way it was being reported’

 

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.”

 

Death Cult ISIS Beheads American Journalist

The bloodthirsty death cult that has been been carving a path of death and destruction in Syria and Iraq, beheaded an American journalist alive and on video, and is threatening to do the same to another captured reporter, American journalist Steven Sotloff unless Obama gives in to their demands.

They must want to drag the United States into a full scale war. Either that, or they’re taunting America –  knowing the once mighty nation has been hobbled by weak and ineffectual leadership. What’s President Vineyard going to do? Make another speech? Write a sternly worded letter? Draw another red line?

James Foley was reported missing in northwest Syria on Thanksgiving Day, November 22 2012.  According to numerous reports, he was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen.

A video, released by ISIS today,  shows Foley being beheaded alive by one of their demon-possessed mutants.

 

Via John Nolte, Breitbart:

In the ISIS produced video, which is titled “A Message to America,” a man identified as Foley is seen on his knees, dressed all in orange, in the desert. He has a small black microphone clipped to his collar.

Standing over him is man dressed all in black, including a black turban that covers everything but his eyes.

The Islamic State opens with video of President Obama announcing military action against ISIS in Iraq. ISIS then accuses the president of being on a “slippery slope against Muslims.”

Via the Find James Foley website, he was the oldest of five children. By all accounts – a good and decent man.

He has reported independently and objectively from the Middle East for the past five years. Prior to his work as a journalist, Jim helped empower disadvantaged individuals as a teacher and mentor assisting them in improving their lives.

People are offering their condolences in the comment section.

I’m not going to link to the video. I don’t want to see it. I don’t want you to see it, either, because the rabid freaks who did it want us to see it.

Instead, here’s Foley in June of 2012, talking about the war atrocities of the Assad Regime. He clearly had sympathy for the Free Syrian Army – before they became overrun with Islamic terrorists.

UPDATE:

The Kelly File report on the killing of Foley:

There is intelligence, Catherine Herridge reported,  that they have two other Americans in custody.

UPDATE:

Here’s someone on Youtube who has just about had it with Obama’s vacationing while the world descends into chaos.

“Your vacation is over, sir! You have a job to to do you are the leader of this country! Get yo ass outta Martha’s Vineyard and get back to work!”

 

Flashback: Obama Threatened Governors He’d Hollow Out National Guard If They Crossed Him

Interesting and relevant flashback about the president’s priorities:

At a press conference with Republican governors, last February, Governor Perry expressed his dismay at the president’s “troubling tone” during the annual meeting with the nation’s governors, charging that  Obama had threatened to hollow out the National Guard, if they – Democrats and Republicans alike – stepped out of line and criticized him.

“I hope we’re not about to make a tragic mistake in this country by hollowing out our Guard in our states in some political statement of ‘you’re all going to feel the pain.’ Because that’s certainly what I heard from POTUS, today. As a matter of fact, he said in that meeting. If I hear any of you pushing back – making statements about Washington spends too much money - you’ll hear from me.”

Perry said the governors – whether Republican or Democrat – should be  “highly offended by that,”  and concluded that Obama “making a political statement about the Guard is not in the best long-term interest of this country and it’s certainly not in best long-term interest of those men and women who have committed and often times sacrificed greatly for this country.”

Hat tip Dan Calebrese of CFP

Meanwhile, via Ken Klukowski of Breitbart News:

Governor Rick Perry is asking  Barack Obama to foot the bill for Texas National Guard operations on the U.S.-Mexico border. But Perry will go it alone if Obama says no, funding the entire operation out of Texas coffers.

Perry has deployed 1,000 members of the Texas National Guard to the southern border in Operation Strong Safety. They will primarily support police officers from the Texas Department of Public Safety and other state personnel as those officers try to maintain public safety and protect public health. The guardsmen will also have authority to apprehend people under certain circumstances.

The National Guard can be used by a chief executive under federal statutes in three ways. Title 10 of the United States Code governs the U.S. military. Title 32 governs the National Guard. If a president federalizes a National Guard unit, that unit transfers to Title 10 and comes under presidential control as part of the regular military. The National Guard usually acts under Title 32 as a pure state body, under the control of its state’s governor as its commander in chief.

Then there is a hybrid model. A president and a governor can agree to have National Guard units work in tandem with federal agents. In this sort of operation, the National Guard units stay in a Title 32 capacity as state troops and thus continue to answer to the governor as their commander in chief, but the federal government funds their operations.

 Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!

 

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