Report: Obama Told Cabinet Heads To “Downplay” Terror Angle After San Bernardino

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According to sources, our usually slow to react president was very quick to respond to the December 2 terrorist attack in San Bernardino.

Following the mass shooting that killed 14 people and wounded 22, Obama reportedly leaped into action, convening a top-level meeting in the Oval Office with his National Security Council, the attorney general, and the directors of the DHS, FBI, and NSA.

The Commander in Chief’s mission at this time of national crisis? Getting his top lieutenants to unite behind a PR strategy to “downplay the terror angle” —  because a terrorist attack on the home front does nothing to advance the Commander in Chief’s agenda. (The agenda being no boots on the ground in Iraq/Syria, massive immigration, and gun control.)

A source told Jack Murphy of SOFREP (Special Operations Forces Report) that the FBI knew right away that the shooting was an act of terrorism, but Obama put “immense political pressure” on investigators to avoid using the term “terrorism.”

Attorney General Loretta Lynch went above and beyond the call of duty when she not only downplayed the terror-angle, but noted that an anti-Muslim backlash was her “greatest fear.” She also made it clear that the Department of Justice was prepared to prosecute people engaging in “anti-Muslim” rhetoric.

Homeland Security Chief Jeh Johnson did a little better with his first statement after San Bernardino, but he was careful to follow the White House protocol of characterizing the massacre as a “shooting” incident or  an “event,” rather than a Islamic terrorist attack.

Our thoughts are with the victims of yesterday’s horrific shootings in San Bernardino, and with their families.

Since yesterday, our agents and officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have been assisting the response to this event. As the investigation continues, I have directed that the full resources of the Department of Homeland Security be brought to bear to support the efforts of first responders and law enforcement.

We remain at a heightened state of vigilance against all threats, and I will not hesitate to take further measures, as necessary.

For his own part, Obama stated, “It is possible that this is terrorist related, but we don’t know…It is also possible that this was workplace related.”

The FBI and local law enforcement were tight-lipped at first, but self respect soon trumped fear of crossing the White House, so the truth came out.

The FBI’s Los Angeles field office and local police are scared of losing any and all credibility by not declaring the shootings an act of terrorism, especially considering another recent incident in which they were made to look as if they were hiding information from the public. In the face of relevations about Farook having contact with ISIS, Al-Nusra, and Al-Shabaab, the FBI was finally forced to make an announcement that they were pursuing a terrorism investigation, whether the White House liked it or not.

Obama finally acknowledged that the slaughter in San Bernardino was an act of terrorism in his Oval Office speech on December 6 – 4 days after most Americans had already come to that conclusion.

2016 2017 (!) can not get here quick enough.

 

 

Obama’s Delusional Happy Talk Keeps Crashing Into Reality

You have to understand. The liberal media usually lets Obama get away with BS-ing the country with soothing lies, and when it comes to the war on terror – they really want to believe the lies.

Oops. Excuse me. I mean the overseas contingency operation to combat violent extremism.

“al Qaeda is decimated,” “on the run.”

“The Global War on Terror is over.”

“ISIS is JV.”

“The world is less violent than it has ever been.”

“We will degrade and destroy ISIS.”

• Yemen is an example of a “successful counter-terrorism strategy.”

And the latest mendacious inanity:

“ISIS is contained.”

Unfortunately real world events keep interfering with his delusional happy talk. But usually not quite this soon. Mere hours after his last happy talking point, ISIS struck the Middle East and France with a series of major terrorist attacks.

Obama’s allies in the media are finding it difficult to spin Obama’s disastrous foreign policy at this point.

Dinesh D’Souza spoke for many when he said, “will the blithering idiot who said THIS just before the Paris attacks at least admit that he’s a blithering idiot?”

Obama’s “deputy national security adviser for strategic communication” Ben  Rhodes (of “Benghazi talking points” fame) tried to strategically communicate what Obama meant by “ISIS is contained” to one of the straightest shooters in the news business – CNN’s Jake Tapper, Sunday morning.

(By “strategic communication,” they mean “spin” or “lie” or “propaganda.” And no – not spin and lies for our enemies’ consumption. For our – the American people’s consumption.)

“If this is what ISIS looks like contained, I shudder to think what ISIS looks like uncontained,” said Tapper.

Rhodes told Tapper that President Obama had been making “a very specific point” about losses in territory and leadership IS has suffered due to U.S. airstrikes and ground operations by coalition partners.

“What we’ve been able to do is stop that advance and reclaim territory, going on the offense with our partners on the ground,” Rhodes said. “We have to be one step ahead of ISIL every time, if we can.”

“One step ahead, we don’t seem to be one step ahead of any terrorist group these days,” Tapper said.

“Going on the offense” and staying “one step ahead” my ass. He’s been allowing the US Air Force to go on a few bombing runs (75% of which return without firing a shot.) Not enough to make any difference – but enough to look like he’s doing something.

Barack Obama does not wish to defend this country,” Senator Ted Cruz said on “Fox and Friends” Sunday morning. “He may have been tired of war, but our enemies are not tired of killing us. And they’re getting stronger.”

How can anyone at this point disagree?

France finally on Sunday bombed ISIS’ headquarters in Raqqa, Syria.

Obama’s been (supposedly, allegedly, according to reports) leading a 60 nation coalition against ISIS for over a year now, and it never once occurred to him or anyone in his administration to bomb the Islamic State’s stronghold?

What the hell is this pusillanimous bullshit?

Michael Goodwin of the New York Post has had it: It’s time for Obama to make a choice: Lead us or resign.

He shuns the mantle of global leadership that comes with the Oval Office, with an aide advancing the preposterous concept that Obama is “leading from behind.” He snubs important partners like Egypt, showers concessions on the apocalyptic mullahs of Iran, and called the Islamic State the “jayvee team” even as it was beginning to create a caliphate.

Having long ago identified American power as a problem, he continues to slash the military as the enemy expands its reach. In a globalized era, the Obama doctrine smacks of cowardly retreat and fanciful isolation.

In an accident of timing that captures his cluelessness, the president actually declared on Friday morning that Islamic State had been “contained,” practically boasting in a TV interview that, “They have not gained ground in Iraq and in Syria.”

What gall. What folly.

Paris is the final straw. Obama’s exemption from reality has expired. He must either commit to leading the free world to victory, or step aside so someone else can.

From his lips to God’s ears.

Ralph Peters: Obama Hates America, Doesn’t Care About American Casualties or Defeating ISIS

Lt. Col. Ralph Peters was on the O’Reilly Factor Thursday night to discuss the low marks the American people are giving President Selfie-Stick on foreign policy.

A new AP poll shows that 61% of the us disapprove of the way Ovomit is handling ISIS. 58% disapprove of the way he is handling foreign affairs. Although I would think a healthy and sane country would disapprove of such an obviously incompetent and corrupt boob in even higher numbers, (in the 90%-95% range) O’Reilly seemed to think 58% and 61% were significant.

He began by asking Peters if he thought it was an ISIS bomb that blew up the Russian plane over Egypt. Peters responded without hesitation, “Yes.”

He said that although there was still an outside possibility that there had been a technical issue, the circumstantial evidence seemed to indicate a bomb.

“The terrorists in the case got a three-for, Bill,” said Peters. “They got to derail Putin’s narrative and really, really embarrass him. They got to humiliate President al Sisi of Egypt – who has really cracked down on Islamic extremism, and they whacked – just about destroyed –  the Egyptian tourist industry which is 11% of their GDP.”

“President Obama’s response to ISIS is to send 50 Special Forces troops into Syria,” O’Reilly said rolling his eyes. “Fifty. 5-0. And I’m saying to myself – it’s almost like MAD Magazine’s foreign policy. I mean – 50???” He asked Peters, “does he not want to defeat them?

“That’s not a rhetorical question,” Peters answered. “No, he does not care about defeating them. He cares about making it to the end of his term without another major disaster that can be blamed on him. And that is it!”

“Why send anybody then?” O’Reilly wondered.

“Because it’s getting worse and worse and worse and he’s trying to do the absolute minimum to stave off an open catastrophe.”

O’Reilly wasn’t satisfied with Peters’ explanation.

“If you send no one, there’s no story because he’s already  not done much,” he argued.. “If he sends fifty – then that gets people like you and me going, ‘what???’ Fifty? That doesn’t even give our Special Forces enough power to protect themselves.”
“Stop thinking rationally! It does not work with the Obama White House!” Peters exclaimed. “That inner cabal that knows nothing about history, nothing about military affairs, denies that Islamic extremism has anything to do with Islam, they live in a fantasy world, in that fantasy world where they don’t take military advice – they just chatter to each other.”

Peters added that, “it will make a very local, tactical difference. It will not make a decisive difference – not a strategic difference.”

O’Reilly noted that putting a mere fifty troops in Syria is putting them in harm’s way for nothing…

Peters interjected, “do you think the president cares about that?!”

He continued, “Bill, we have a president whose vision of the world has been, remains and will remain divorced from reality.”

“He hates America,” Peters continued. “Despises it and doesn’t want to do what it takes to defeat ISIS.”

“The American people are not tired of war, they’re tired of losing!” Peters concluded.  “They’re tired of seeing their sons and daughters killed and maimed for the vanity of an inept and ineffective and cowardly president.”

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White House Blames GOP For $500 million Syrian Rebel Training Fiasco

We’ve had seven years now of Obama screwing things up and not taking responsibility for it, so it should come as no surprise that he is blaming the GOP for his latest fiasco.

Obama’s $500 million program to train and arm the Syrian rebels has flopped in spectacular fashion, so naturally the craven Obama regime is pretending they had nothing to do with it – it was all the Republicans’ fault.  Obama never thought it would work. He just went along because John McCain and Lindsey Graham were just so goshdarn insistent he couldn’t say no. He didn’t want to hurt John McCain’s feelings, so he magnanimously let him try something big.

It’s offensive frankly, that anyone would point fingers at this president, when the fault so clearly lies with the Republicans in Congress. Obama’s fighting to make the world a better place for you and me, and other people keep spoiling it.

Via The Washington Free Beacon:

JOSH EARNEST (9/16/15): Many of you have understandably asked me questions about the claims of our critics who suggest that the administration should invest more deeply in training and equipping members of the Syrian opposition, that that was the recipe for success … That is not something this administration ever believed, but it is something that our critics [Read Republicans] will have to answer for.

EARNEST (6/30/14): The president for some time has been concerned that the lawlessness and violence we’ve seen in Syria does have a destabilizing, dangerous impact … A way to address that, in our view, is to bolster the moderate opposition, provide them additional assistance.

BARACK OBAMA (9/07/14): We have a Free Syrian Army and a moderate opposition, that we have steadily been working with, that we have vetted … At the West Point speech I gave, I said we need to put more resources into the moderate opposition.

EARNEST (9/09/14): The president does believe that there would be value…to ramp up assistance that we provide to members of the moderate opposition.

JOHN KERRY (9/18/14) Stepping up the efforts with respect to the moderate opposition is an essential piece of any strategy against ISIL.

OBAMA (9/18/14): With this effort, we will provide training and equipment to help them grow stronger.

EARNEST (9/16/15): But I think it’s also time for our critics to fess up in this regard as well. They were wrong.

Is this not what we’ve come to expect from these insufferable A-holes?

FLASHBACK to Feb 2013, when Rush Limbaugh had a eureka moment:

You may have figured this out long ago, but it just hit me — and if you figured it out long ago and you’ve been trying to get through here and tell me, I wish you’d have gotten through. For those of you who figured it out and I didn’t, I’m just now getting to it. I apologize for being a late arrival to the party, but now — now — it all makes sense. For five years Obama has never once allowed himself to be seen as governing.

He is constantly campaigning against mysterious forces who have ill intentions trying to harm you and this great country. There are these figures behind the screen, behind the curtain. Romney was one. Bush was one. There are others. Obama’s trying to expose them.

Rush would go on to develop this thought into what he called the Limbaugh Theorem, which is that “Obama has mastered the ability to always be seen as opposing everything that’s happening, even the things he is causing to happen. He is on a perpetual campaign.”

Previously:

Report: US-Trained Syrian Rebel Leader Defects to Al-Qaeda

Congress Should Vote No On Arming the Syrian Rebels

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

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

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

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

Cruz On Obama’s Plan To Arm Syrian Rebels: “Don’t Give Weapons To People Who Want To Kill Us” (Video)

Report: US-Trained Syrian Rebel Leader Defects to Al-Qaeda

Concern Grows That ISIS Could Slip into US Amid Surge of Syrian refugees (Video)

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

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

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

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

US Backed Islamist Reportedly Now Leads ISIS in Libya

Report: US-Trained Syrian Rebel Leader Defects to Al-Qaeda

You are never going to believe this, but according to Patrick Poole at PJ Media, those Syrian rebel soldiers the US has been arming and funding for over a year –  have not been working out so well.

The latest report he points to indicates that a U.S.-trained Syrian rebel leader has “deceived his American handlers and has defected to Jabhat al-Nusra — the official al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria.”

This report comes just days after a senior U.S. military commander told Congress that only 4 to 5 U.S.-trained Syrian fighters are effectively engaged against ISIS as a result of a $500 million program pushed through by GOP congressional leadership a year ago. Since July 2014, I have repeatedly covered the frequent defections of “vetted moderate” Syrian rebel groups to al-Qaeda and ISIS here at PJ Media.

Yeah, who could have seen this coming? Besides practically everyone?

On September 17, 2014, I regretfully reported that the GOP-led Congress had very stupidly voted to authorize Obama’s (obviously underdeveloped) plan to arm and train the terrorists  rebels.

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?

One thing I didn’t foresee was the colossal waste of money we would spend to arm and train 4-5 dudes. I mean – I think we all could have predicted that it was not going to be cost efficient with Obama in charge – but $500 mil to arm 5 guys, huh? That is some impressive malfeasance right there – even for the Obama administration.

And it all comes courtesy of the Stupid Party.

Take your bows, Lindsey and John. Brava.

Just when you think it can not get any worse…tomorrow comes.

UPDATE:

More from the UK Telegraph:

“Immediately.” That’s how reliable these US trained and vetted rebel soldiers are.

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Previously:

Congress Should Vote No On Arming the Syrian Rebels

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

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

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

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

Cruz On Obama’s Plan To Arm Syrian Rebels: “Don’t Give Weapons To People Who Want To Kill Us” (Video)

Report: US-Trained Syrian Rebel Leader Defects to Al-Qaeda

Concern Grows That ISIS Could Slip into US Amid Surge of Syrian refugees (Video)

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

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

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

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

US Backed Islamist Reportedly Now Leads ISIS in Libya