Ted Cruz: Obama Regime’s Plan To Fight ISIS “Defined By Confusion”

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey answered questions about the Regime’s counter-terrorist effort in Iraq and Syria at a Senate Armed Services hearing Tuesday, spurring Republicans to criticize their inconsistent messaging.

Senator Ted Cruz said the Regime’s plan to combat ISIS is defined by its confusion.”

“We have been told the mission is to destroy ISIS, but the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today testified they plan to conduct an extended campaign of nation-building that will address underlying ‘grievances’ that have destabilized the region. We should have a mission to achieve what is immediately essential: striking ISIS to protect Americans. The lack of focus and determination to achieve that goal is extremely concerning.”

Sen. Cruz continued, “Whatever military action is undertaken in Iraq and Syria, President Obama should seek proper congressional war authorization; it is required by the Constitution. While he has the power to conduct operations as Commander-in-Chief against urgent threats, he does not have the power to unilaterally plan, fund, and execute a mission that could consume many years. President Obama should not rely on old authorizations of military force requested by President Bush to combat al Qaida and Saddam Hussein as license to conduct nebulous operations with the unattainable goal of achieving political reconciliation in the region.”

At the hearing, Sen. Cruz specifically asked Secretary Hagel and General Dempsey what would be required to conduct a 90-day military strategy to destroy ISIS. General Dempsey stated that the military could be used to “confront them, destroy equipment and drive them underground.”  But he went on to say, “Truly there is no military solution to ISIS…it’s got to be part of a broader, whole of government, regional campaign.”

Sen. Cruz disagrees with the assertion there is no military solution to ISIS. In the hearing, Chairman Dempsey said that the military could be used to confront ISIS, destroy their equipment, and drive them underground in the next 90 days. Sen. Cruz believes that is plan that should be vigorously pursued.

Sen. Cruz also asked Secretary Hagel what legal authority President Obama has to conduct an extended campaign without congressional authorization. The secretary replied that the Obama Administration intended to rely on previous war authorizations from President George W. Bush to conduct extended military operations. He said, “The statutory authority is the AUMF of 2001 and if you wanted to add something to that the AUMF of 2003 [sic].”*

*Secretary Hagel was likely referring to the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.

Fox News commentator and Weekly Standard columnist Stephen Hayes said that the hearing showed that the military leadership and the White House are “not on the same page” on the threat posed by ISIS.

“This is an administration that still doesn’t understand exactly what it’s doing in this war or sort of war that it is about to prosecute,” Hayes said on “America’s Newsroom” in response to the hearing.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told a Senate committee the U.S. is ” at war” with ISIS while Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said he would consider recommending U.S. ground forces if an international coalition proves ineffective.

“You’ve had different accounts from Homeland Security; you had different accounts in leaked reports from other parts of the intelligence community. And yet, you have Chuck Hagel saying that ISIS presents an immense threat,” Hayes said.

You could sum up by saying that Obama is going about this in the most half-assed way possible.


White House Dossier: It’s Only Kinda Gonna Maybe Be Combat:

Poor President Obama. He’s trying so hard not to have a war. War is so George W. Bush. Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. He learned all about Republican warmongers in college and, over bong hits with his poli sci professor, discussed how he was so much better than nutjobs like Ronald Reagan who would invade Granada and finance the Contras and so forth.

But now there are these bad guys in Iraq WHO WON’T LISTEN TO REASON and who want to hurt Americans. And the Iraqi army is too pitiful to defeat them. And so Obama had to send over American troops. But, goodness, they’re only going to offer “advice,” like, Hey, you point the barrel of the gun away from you. Stuff like that. But no combat! That’s for people like Bush and Reagan.

Meanwhile, the Regime has decided to put 3,000 boots on the ground…..in Africa ….. to fight the very infectious and deadly disease, Ebola: “I directed my team to make this a national security priority.”

Be very afraid:

  1. Ebola virus was isolated from semen 61 days after onset of illness in a man who was infected in a laboratory. The incubation period, that is, the time interval from infection with the virus to onset of symptoms, is 2 to 21 days.

The Watcher’s Council Weasel Of The Week Nominations!!

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Hello and welcome to the Watcher’s Council’s new feature, ‘Weasel Of The Week’ feature, where we award the golden plastic Weasel to a public figure who particularly deserves to be publicly slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations and check back Thursday to see which Weasel gets the votes and walks off with the statuette of shame!

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Here are this weeks’ nominees…


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi !!

The Noisy Room : for her comments on Bill Maher’s show:

“It would be very important for the Democrats to retain control of the Senate,” Pelosi told Maher. “Civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if the Republicans win the Senate.”;

The only thing that would be ‘endangered’ is Leftist Marxism and their unconstitutional mandates. If anything, civilization would take a much needed step forward with Republicans in full control. At least we would not be charging backwards towards a feudal state quite as fast, or embracing Progressivism quite as hard. Pelosi has not only ethical issues, she has sanity issues.


NFL Commissioner ( at least at the time of writing) Roger Goodell!!

Virginia Right! : for his legendary inconsistency in punishment.

Ray Rice knocks his girlfriend out and initially received a 2 game suspension. Meanwhile, over in Indianapolis, Robert Mathis is prescribed a fertility drug by his doctor in an effort to have a child. Mathis gets a 4 game suspension. If only he had beat his wife instead of loving her enough to have a child.

And now we find out that the elevator video of Rice actually hitting his girlfriend was probably seen – and ignored by Goodell. Until it went viral.


Pop Singer Robin Thicke!

The Colossus of Rhodey : It’s bad enough he’ll never admit he (clearly) ripped off Marvin Gaye and his classic “Got To Give It Up” for his mega-hit “Blurred Lines,” but now he admits he never wrote the song in the first place!


Maxine ‘No Justice No peace’ Waters, Democrat Congresswoman!

The Independent Sentinel : For telling the Council of Pakistan Affairs and Islamic Society of Orange County that Sharia Law is compatible with the U.S. Constitution and for telling them that anyone who disagrees is a bigot.

So much for free speech and the right to dissent.


Former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton!!

Nice Deb : for having the nerve to run for president after her ignominious term as Obama’s Secretary of State.

Never mind the scandals, lies and duplicity that marked her tenure as First Lady during the Clinton years.

Under Obama, she presided over a State Department at a time in which the Middle East descended into chaos, our relationship with our allies weakened, and her “reset” with Russia failed miserably. During her watch, the State Department was awash in scandals from the Benghazi cover-up (with new revelations this week) to rampant sex crimes overseas and the subsequent whistle-blower retaliations that followed.

Her only “accomplishment” – if you can call it that is the fact that she was the most traveled Sec. of State in US history.

Being a Democrat, and thus a weasel, she understands that the MSM will crawl across broken glass to help drag her across the finish line in 2016. So she’s got that going for her and it’s no small thing.

Well, there it is! Are these worthy weasels or what? Check back Thursday to see which Weasel walks off with the statuette of shame!

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Freed Sudanese Mother Mariam Ibraheem: The US Embassy “Refused To Deal With Us”

*Mariam Ibraheem, the Sudanese suffragette who was finally freed last July after being sentenced to death for converting to Christianity,  says that officials at the US Embassy in Sudan initially “refused to deal with” her and told her to go to the UN.

She appeared on the Kelly File with Megyn Kelly, Monday evening to talk about her harrowing and inspiring plight.

“In the beginning, before I went to prison, Daniel and I first went to the US Embassy. The Consul refused to speak to us and hear the details of the problem. She refused to deal with us and told us to go to the UN. However, Ambassador Jerry Lanier stood by me, and his support made a big difference in my life” she stated.

Mariam told Megyn that she always knew God would help her. When asked why she didn’t just say what her Muslim oppressors wanted to hear so she could save her life,  she answered, “if I did that – that would mean that I gave up. And it’s not possible because it’s not true. It’s my right to follow the religion of my choice. I am not the only one suffering from this problem. There are many Mariams in Sudan and throughout the world. It’s not just me. I’m not the only one.”

The woman is a saint.

Via Fox News Insider:

Ibraheem told Megyn Kelly that she trusted in God, saying that her faith was the only weapon she had.

“I knew that God would help me, that God knew I was a victim of injustice,” she said through a translator.

“I put my life at risk for the women of Sudan,” she said, explaining that they are persecuted and treated very harshly.

The Ibraheem family is now living in New Hampshire. Ibraheem said she would like to help women and children in Sudan and Africa, and to promote freedom of religion.

She closed the segment by saying that she still needs prayers. Perhaps for other Christians suffering in Muslim lands – perhaps for her own “unstable situation” – perhaps for her baby who she has said in past interviews was damaged by the harsh circumstances of her difficult birth. Whichever the case. I say we all say a prayer for this remarkable woman.

*I like most everyone else on the internet, have apparently been spelling the heroine’s name incorrectly (Miriam Ibrahim) for the past six months. Monday night was the first time I saw her name spelled Mariam Ibraheem.

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