CPAC 2015: Dr. Sebastian Gorka: ‘ISIS is a Proto-State’

Dr. Sebastian Gorka, a counterinsurgency and counterterrorism expert who teaches at the National Defense University, spoke convincingly on the threats posed by the Islamic State at a CPAC panel, Friday called, “Lowering the Boom, When to Stand Up To Rogue Nations. Also on the panel, were Andy McCArthy, former Asst. US Attorney, Peter Brookes, the Heritage Foundation, and Gary Johnson, the libertarian former governor of NM who was on hand to offer his counter points.

“ISIS now holds territory in excess of the landmass of Great Britain. That means, it is not just a terrorist group with training camps,” Gorka explained. “It is a proto-state.”

He continued that ISIS is the “richest threat group in modern history” after robbing the Iraqi national bank twice and getting away with $823 million dollars.

Dr. Gorka noted that according to the 9/11 report,  the entire cost of that terror event cost al Qaeda $500,000.

“That means ISIS has enough money from those two raids for 1,600 9/11s should it wish to turn its guns against us,” he warned. “And that is without the $3 million dollars it makes per day in illicit oil sales.”

Gorka said, ISIS is the most successful Jihadist terrorist group in terms of recruitment.

“The recruitment power of ISIS is staggering. They have recruited 14,000 foreign fighters,” he said pointing out that by foreign he means, “Brits, Australians, Americans and Germans.”

Gorka said ISIS understands social media in a way that al Qaeda never did, and recommended that every tax payer and every lover of Democracy watch their videos in their entirety.

“When you see another human being take seven minutes to sever another man’s head because he was a Christian, then you’ll understand the nature of the war we are in.”

There have been over a million  Christians killed our hounded out of Iraq since 2003 when there were one million, 400 thousand Christians in Iraq. There are now less than 200,000 left. “That is a genocide against Christians on our watch,” he said.

He went on to note that we are at war with a global jihadist movement that will take generations to win. And it won’t be won without US involvement.

“Isolation and non intervention will not stop a 9/11 ISIS attack,” Gorka concluded.

 

 

 

 

 

Ralph Peters Calls Obama ‘The Reincarnation of Pontius Pilate Washing His Hands’ As ISIS Slaughters Christians (Video)

On Fox News’ America’s Newsroom, Wednesday morning, Lt. Col Ralph Peters (Ret.) used biblical terms to describe the president’s wanton disregard for the ongoing slaughter of Christians that is ongoing in the Middle East.  Describing the bloodletting as a holocaust, in which our president is doing nothing, Peters called Obama a reincarnation of Pontius Pilate washing his hands, but he said this blood is not coming off.

Host Bill Hemmer wondered if ISIS was bent on genocide, “or is it land they want.”

“They certainly would like land,” Peters replied. “But the immediate target are Christians, Jews, Yazidis, other minorities – but especially Christians because Christian civilization in that region predates Islam. It’s been there for 2,000 years. Bill the first 1000 years of Christianity, in the greater Middle East and North Africa – those were the cities where the saints – the theologians – there were far more Christians in the Middle East back then, than there were in Europe.”

He continued, “but what we are seeing now is an Islamist attempt to exterminate the last vestiges of Christian civilization in the Middle East. After the holocaust of World War II the world said never again. But Bill O’Reilly is right, it’s happening again. It is a genuine holocaust against Christians.

These Christians are kidnapped. Our president does nothing.

Christians are tortured and even crucified publicly. Our president does nothing.

The Christian women are kidnapped and raped and raped again. Our president does nothing.

Christians are driven from their homes in the Middle East but the hundreds of thousands, slaughtered by the tens of thousands, and our president does nothing!

He is the reincarnation of Pontius Pilate washing his hands, but this blood is not coming off.”

(You can bet this one has Medea Mutters in an uproar.)

Peters went on to say that the so-called coalition is a total lie. And the idea that ISIS is going to listen to the State Dept’s “demands” to let the captives free, he found ludicrous.

“Do you really think ISIS pays much attention to Jen Psaki?” he sneered. “You’ve got to act!”

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Obama’s #CVE Conference Is A Travesty

Well, that White House Summit to counter “violent extremism” is going about as badly as we expected it would. Which is to say – it’s an obscene travesty – a slow motion train wreck horrifying and fascinating to us at the same time.  I’d say it’s a complete waste of time, but it’s worse than that because the Regime refuses to correctly diagnosis the problem, so the wrong remedies are being prescribed.

And as fully expected, they are ludicrously trying to give equal time to “Christian” violent extremist groups.

Via Twitchy, Obama shows the world just how profoundly and grotesquely he has misdiagnosed the problem in an oped in today’s Los Angeles Times (timed to coincide with the CVE Summit.)

More broadly, groups like al Qaeda and ISIL exploit the anger that festers when people feel that injustice and corruption leave them with no chance of improving their lives. The world has to offer today’s youth something better.

Governments that deny human rights play into the hands of extremists who claim that violence is the only way to achieve change. Efforts to counter violent extremism will only succeed if citizens can address legitimate grievances through the democratic process and express themselves through strong civil societies.Those efforts must be matched by economic, educational and entrepreneurial development so people have hope for a life of dignity.

Nowhere does the lure of joining Islamic Jihad and expanding the Islamic caliphate (for it’s own sake) enter into the president’s calculation. This has nothing at all to do with Islam, the PC/Taqiyya crowd will tell you. As far as they are concerned, universal health care coverage and midnight basketball are better answers to the Jihadist threat than bombs.

ISIS/Daesh fighters on the ground, may laugh and sneer at this point of view (“Like a pig covered in feces giving hygiene advice to others,” one tweeted)- but in faculty lounges in America I’m guessing  it’s the “smart take.”

Meanwhile, as I’ve already noted in a previous post - look at the people they have invited to participate in this travesty.

Via The Washington Free Beacon, Muslim Leader Who Called Israel a ‘Suspect’ After 9/11 Meets with Biden at White House

A controversial U.S. Muslim leader who has been highly critical of Israel and said the Jewish state should be on the “suspect list” in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks participated on Tuesday in a White House summit on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) that featured Vice President Joe Biden.

Salam Al-Marayati, founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), tweeted out a photo of himself at the White House with Biden and bragged, “We joined VP @JoeBiden for a discussion at the @WhiteHouse #CVESummit which kicked off today.”

Al-Marayati has been viewed as a controversial figure due to past statements characterized by his critics as anti-Israel and soft on terrorism.

Al Marayati’s group MPAC also tweeted out their delight that “Biden just talked about the right wing militias & supremacist groups that are violent in the name of the Bible,” during Biden’s talk, yesterday.

Prompting me to tweet:

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Almost as if on cue, Marie Harf came out and asked why no one talks about Kony anymore – who she described as a violent Christian extremist.

And if you’ve never heard Kony described as a Christian – it’s because the nationalist/mystic/far Eastern/voodoo brand of “Christianity” Kony practices is not what most people would consider Christian – and he has no worldwide network of Christian supporters.

Kony proclaims himself the spokesperson of God and a spirit medium, and has been considered by some as a cult of personality, and claims he is visited by a multinational host of 13 spirits, including a Chinese phantom.[2] Ideologically, the group is a syncretic mix of mysticism, Acholi nationalism, and Christian fundamentalism, and claims to be establishing a theocratic state based on the Ten Commandments and local Acholi tradition.

But consider this: Although Obama has no problem identifying Kony as a Christian violent extremist – he refuses to identify ISIS/Daesh or any other Islamic terrorists waging Jihad, as Muslim extremists.

And although Obama is loath to identify the victims of Islamic terror as Christians or Jews, because as Jen Psaki says “we are not going to put new labels on victims”,  he has no compunction at all about  identifying the “three young people” who were murdered in Chapel Hill, N.C., (by a left-wing, MSNBC-watching, SPLC supporting atheist) as “Muslim Americans.”

And how the president does go on in his LA Times oped:

 But we know that many Muslim Americans across our country are worried and afraid. Americans of all faiths and backgrounds must continue to stand united with a community in mourning and insist that no one should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship.

Because Muslims in America – the land of the free –  have it just so – so incredibly hard.

The Christians of Nigeria, North Sudan, Egypt, Iraq, Syria, and that Christian Pastor rotting in an Iranian prison (none of whom this president deigns worth writing about or wasting his breath on) only wish they had it as “hard.”

Obama constantly betrays his approval of Islam with his preferential treatment of Muslims and open contempt for Christians and Jews -which at this point is difficult to see as anything but anti-Christian bigotry and antisemitism.

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“I really think the president stands with the Muslims Brotherhood,” Peters said.

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“Let’s not get up on our high horse,” Obama says.

This week, the White House is hosting an international conference on “countering violent extremism.” The administration promises that the conference will “work to address the underlying conditions that can help foster violent extremism such as poverty, inequality, and repression. This means supporting alternatives to extremist messaging and greater economic opportunities for women and disaffected youth.” What “extremist messaging” would that be? The Christian Science Monitor?

This is gibberish. The administration uses language to impede thought rather than to elucidate it — which suits the jihadis very well.

 Breitbart National Security: EXTREMISTS ATTENDING OBAMA’S ‘COUNTERING EXTREMISM’ SUMMIT:

As we expected and warned, the Islamic Society of Boston’s (ISB) Cambridge mosque – the radical Muslim Brotherhood front group attended by the Boston Marathon bombers – was invited to join the summit and is represented there by its executive director, Nichole Mossalam. A few days ago, in Breitbart News and the Washington Times, we reported how over the past decade, 12 of the ISB’s worshippers have either been killed, imprisoned, or declared fugitives due to their involvement in terrorist activity. In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, Ms. Mossalam told media outlets that the ISB urged members to contact law enforcement “immediately after the bombings in case they knew of anyone who might have been involved.”

In reality, the ISB sent out the first email about the bombings to its members a full seven days after the Marathon was blown up, urging them not to talk to the FBI without first contacting the ACLU and the ISB. The ISB wrote: “We have been informed that the FBI may be starting to question some of the community members about the two suspects. Insha’Allah we want to help as much as we can, but of course not put ourselves at risk either. Seeking representation does not imply any guilt on your part but is simply a way of protecting your own rights.”

Nabeel Khudairi is the other deeply problematic individual taking part in the White House CVE Summit. Khudairi is a Boston ophthalmologist and leader of two other extremist groups – the Islamic Council of New England and the Islamic Center of New England. In 2007, our organization, Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT), successfully subpoenaed a variety of documents from Nabeel Khudairi during the Islamic Society of Boston’s failed defamation suit against Boston’s Fox 25, the Boston Herald, and us. In its complaint, the ISB alleged that it had been defamed by our reporting on its extensive ties to Islamic extremism. The ISB was ultimately forced to drop the lawsuit after subpoenas like the one pursued against Khudairi not only supported our original claims, but also began exposing even more of the mosque’s extremist links.

Hannity Interviews Jordan Matson, Christian U.S. Vet Fighting With Kurds to Defeat ISIS

Remember Jordan Matson? The Christian vet came across my radar screen, last October, soon after he joined the Kurds to fight ISIS in Northeastern Syria. Since then, hundreds of US military vets have flowed into the Middle Wast to fight ISIS with either the Kurds, or Christian militias in Iraq who are getting little to no support from the US government.

Via Fox News Insider:

Matson has been fighting ISIS since September. His vest is inscribed with the words, “Christ is Lord.”

Matson spoke to Sean Hannity today from an undisclosed location in Syria. He explained that the tipping point for him was when Mosul fell to ISIS, and Christians were forced to flee or be killed.

“I decided if our government wasn’t going to do anything, I would,” he said of his decision to fight ISIS overseas.

Matson alleged that people are dying because of politics. He said that the Kurdish people stood by the U.S. for 10 years, and that people in the region just want to live in peace.

He said “we see contact every day.”

Matson’s Facebook page is here.

Joe Klein: Obama’s ‘Slow-Walking Aid to the al Sisi Government’ (Video)

Joe Klein on Morning Joe this morning said the Obama administration is “slow-walking aid to the al-Sisi government.”

The reason why the Regime is stiffing our ally in the fight against ISIS, Klein explained, is because the  al Sisi government came to power by overthrowing the Obama favored Muslim Brotherhood.

“I think it comes from the NSC – which is pretty weak – and also there are a group of people both at the State Dept and the NSC who are – um – who are…*humanitarians and human rights advocates,” Klein explained.

“Why wouldn’t they be the most mad?” Nicolle Wallace interjected.

“They’re mad at General Sisi because he staged a coup and got rid of the Muslim Brotherhood – and the Muslim Brotherhood is a milder form of the same kind of Salafist philosophy that ISIS has,” he answered.

An appalled Scarborough said, “so are you telling me that we have Egypt bombing ISIS, fighting ISIS, going to the UN against ISIS… fighting Hamas, and we’re not supporting them because we don’t like how he got in power?”

Klein: “Mm hmm.”

Scarborough: “Uh okay.”

*AKA moonbats.

Oliver North: Obama Refused to Help Jordan, Egypt With Intelligence on ISIS Targets (Video)

In an appearance on On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, Monday night, Lt. Col Oliver North (Ret.) claimed that the Egyptian government asked the US for targeting intelligence on ISIS targets in Libya after ISIS beheaded 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians, but the Obama Administration refused the request. North went on to claim that the Regime also refused to give Jordan intelligence on ISIS targets in Syria after their pilot was burned alive in a cage.

Via Gateway Pundit:

“President El Sisi asked for American intelligence targeting intelligence before today’s strikes and didn’t get it. King Abdullah of Jordan asked for Intelligence data on targets to respond to the murder of a Jordanian aircraft pilot. The Kurds are begging for arms and ammo from the United States, not one bullet has been delivered by the United States.”

Via On The Record:

According to the ISIS Study Group, the operation may have been launched without the US government’s knowledge.

This will also be the second time that the Sisi regime has conducted military operations in Libya, the first being the operation that we discussed in late-AUG 14 that used a combination of Egyptian and UAE airpower in addition to the deployment of Egyptian SOF teams. The operation in AUG was done to bolster the forces of Libyan GEN Khalifa Haftar (who we’ve written about extensively on our site), who is the only real moderate in Libya who has the strength to challenge the al-Qaida (AQ/AQIM) and IS presence in the country. More importantly, the operation was launched without the US government’s knowledge. We strongly suspect it remains the case in this latest series of bombings. Furthermore, we assess that Sisi will deploy additional SOF teams in Libya like he did before, although the ground portion will likely be limited to target identification and to coordinate operations with Haftar’s forces (he has his own air assets).

Obama’s hostility to the moderate Muslim leader of Libya GEN Haftar, has reportedly led him to form a stronger alliance with Russia. His refusal to help Jordan adequately has led King Abdullah to strengthen his relationships with GEN Sisi and Israel’s Bibi Netanhayhu.

It wouldn’t surprise me if al Sisi got intelligence help from the Israelis.

Debka is in fact reporting that the Egyptian Army and IDF are now fighting the Islamists together.

For the first time Israel joins an Arab power fighting ISIS terror – from Libya to Sinai and Suez.
More from the ISIS Study Group: 

The reason IS has been allowed to expand throughout North Africa and the Middle East is directly tied to the foreign policy failures of the Obama administration when it decided to support known jihadist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and other like-minded entities during the Arab Spring. The EU is just as guilty, perhaps more so with their flaccid policies in targeting jihadists operating within their own borders. One word sums up the Obama foreign policy: Schizophrenic. The administration contradicts itself two or three times in a single day everyday. A case in point is all the talk about the need to support the moderate Muslims in the Middle East. Well, GEN Haftar, GEN Sisi and King Abdullah are all moderate Muslims who are taking the fight to IS – but the US government is either not doing enough or in some cases doing nothing at all. If anything, the Obama administration has been quite antagonistic towards both Haftar and Sisi, which is why we’re seeing Egypt moving closer to Russia and launching their own unilateral operations. Jordan is the only one of the three to receive support, but its the bare-minimum. This has prompted King Abdullah to strengthen relationships with GEN Sisi and Israel’s Bibi Netanhayhu. Perhaps the most important thing about all this is the fact that we have a moderate Muslim in GEN Sisi who launched this latest military operation to avenge the deaths of 21 Egyptians who were Coptic Christians and not Muslims. Sisi had previously told imams in Egypt they needed to change their rhetoric that Islam destroyed by the Islamic State. (President al-Sisi’s speech:http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/189700#.VOJmIi78OyE)Think about that for a minute. This is a man that the Obama administration should be maintaining a strong relationship. Instead, the relationship with Egypt has soured considerably over the decision to support the wrong people. This fight needs more people like GEN Sisi, GEN Haftar, King Abdullah. The leaders in the US and Europe need to strongly back these leaders and quickly with the logistics and other requirements they need. These men are not asking for US combat troops, they are asking for logistics, weapons, intelligence support and similar assistance. The longer delays in supporting these leaders the more difficult it will be to combat this problem. Delaying action will ultimately allow an even more dangerous enemy to grow dragging the entire world into the conflict on an epic scale. The Islamic State has already grown exponentially from delays in action from the lack of American leadership.

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Praying this isn’t true….

Gateway Pundit: BREAKING: Libyan Terrorists Take Dozens of Egyptians Hostage as Revenge for Airstrikes:

The Libya Herald reported:

There are reports that at least 35 Egyptians have been kidnapped in what appears to be a round-up at various locations in areas controlled by Ansar Al-Sharia and IS.

The Libya Herald has been told that starting this morning, in the wake of the attack on Derna by warplanes from Egypt, Egyptian nationals, many of them it seems farm workers, have been picked up by gunmen. The first reports were that seven men had been seized, but by mid-afternoon, it was being said that at least 35 had been reported missing.

 

 

 

Video: Pope denounces slaying of Egyptian Copts by ISIS – With Updates

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At the Vatican today Pope Francis denounced the slaughter of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya, saying they were “assassinated just for being Christian.” The Pope also said, “The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard.”

The comments came during his meeting with a delegation from Scotland.

Via the Holy See Press Office Pope Francis said:

I would now like to turn to my native tongue to express feelings of profound sorrow.

Today I read about the execution of those twenty-one or twenty-two Coptic Christians. Their only words were: “Jesus, help me!”.

They were killed simply for the fact that they were Christians.

You, my brother, in your words referred to what is happening in the land of Jesus. The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard. It makes no difference whether they be Catholics, Orthodox, Copts or Protestants. They are Christians! Their blood is one and the same. Their blood confesses Christ.

As we recall these brothers and sisters who died only because they confessed Christ, I ask that we encourage each another to go forward with this ecumenism which is giving us strength, the ecumenism of blood. The martyrs belong to all Christians..

Via ROME REPORTS in English

Via WTNH News8:

“There are new concerns in Italy because one ISIS member says on the video that one of the group’s goals is to conquer Rome, the See of Catholicism.”

Via Iraqi News:

On Wednesday, the so-called Islamic state in Iraq and the Levant threatened to launch a war against the Catholic Church and an invasion of Rome, after publishing a picture of its black flag fluttering above the Vatican.

ISIS issued in its electronic magazine a threat to the heart of Christianity (Rome) after publishing a picture of a black flag waving above the Vatican, threatening to “wage war against the Catholic Church.”

 

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Nowhere do they explain how they would manage to invade Italy.

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POTUS called on the besieged people in the unholy mess of a country Libya has become, to step up to the plate and come up with a “political solution” so they can deal with the terrorists his administration armed. 

Obama’s statement:

The Obama administration, in a statement released by press secretary Josh Earnest late Sunday, called the killing of the 21 Egyptian men a “despicable and cowardly murder” that should accelerate the need for a political resolution to the burgeoning conflict in Libya.

“We call on all Libyans to strongly reject this and all acts of terrorism and to unite in the face of this shared and growing threat,” the statement continued. “We continue to strongly support the efforts of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General Bernardino Leon to facilitate formation of a national unity government and help foster a political solution in Libya.”

Gateway Pundit: Egyptian President Bombs ISIS – Offers Condolences to Copts at St. Mark’s Church

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi announced on Sunday that Egypt would retaliate against the killing of 21 Egyptian Copts by the Islamic State (ISIS) group in Libya.

Weasel Zippers: Obama Gets In Presidents Day Round Of Golf, Islam Terrorism Continues:

Via USA Today

President Obama is getting in a last round of President’s Day weekend golf in California before returning to Washington on Monday.

Obama and his playing partners arrived at the Porcupine Creek Golf Course in the Palm Springs area shortly before 8 a.m., local time.

The course is owned by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.