Saturday, August 30, 2014

Calculatingly clueless
By: Diane Sori

"ISIS is a JV team."
Barack HUSSEIN Obama's 'expert opinion' of ISIS this past January

On Obama's agenda for today...more fundraisers. Heads are rolling...literally...all over the Middle East and off Obama goes to raise more money for the caliphate... ooops...I mean for the Democratic party. So while David Cameron...the Prime Minister of England...raises his country's terror alert to the highest level...Barack HUSSEIN Obama is hob-nobbing with big money donors, Hollywood liberals with a capital 'L', and muslim sympathizers, all while ISIS continues its march across Iraq...all while ISIS continues its incursion into Jordan.

"I don’t want to put the cart before the horse...We don't have a strategy yet," Obama bloviated during his recent press conference when asked what he plans to do about ISIS. Stumbling for a he had NO teleprompted script to read from...Obama finally spit those words out, but the truth is that Obama does indeed have a strategy and it's called 'screw America, screw Iraq, and screw Israel'...because for him it's all about the caliphate and always has been.

“We cannot appease this ideology. We have to confront it at home and abroad... We are in the middle of a generational struggle against a poisonous and extremist ideology that I believe we will be fighting for years and probably decades,” David Cameron said when addressing the British people. Words spoken by a man now truly looking like a leader instead of looking like a man who's obviously bored with the job, the people, and the Constitution he swore to uphold and protect.

And David Cameron did NOT just spew words... he took action. First, he's denying muslims who leave Britain the ability to get their visa's back making it so they cannot re-enter the country, and he's also allowing the British people to have their say in any future strategy Britain takes in seems...never ending fight against these barbarians. Meanwhile, our president (I still gag calling him that) informs 'We the People' that he and his administration have NO strategy against ISIS at all.

Well, let me give Obama a strategy that would end the situation with ISIS once and for all..a strategy that's really quite simple...a strategy called 'shock and awe' in carpet bomb these barbarians back to the 7th century where they belong...period. NO need for American boots on the ground...NO need for one American life to be lost...just bomb and keep bombing them until they are really is like I said quite simple. And screw the 'collateral damage' for in this battle we're now in its either them or us...and I sure as hell want the victor to be us NOT them.

But instead of doing the obviously simple, Obama has now given Secretary of Defense Chuck 'muslim supporting' Hagel and the Joint Chiefs of Staff the task of coming up with military options. “We’re gonna cobble together the kind of coalition that we need for a long-term strategy as soon as we are able to fit together the military, political and economic components of that strategy,” Obama said. “There will be a military aspect to that,” he quickly added.

So...let's get this straight...this most miserable excuse of a president now wants... YES wants...more Americans to die instead of bombing the hell out of the enemy. And so the truth once again becomes apparent that we have a president who does NOT side with America...a president who does NOT side with or care about 'We the People' or about those brave men and women who risk their lives to keep us safe and free at home. And we have a president who most assuredly does NOT support or care about men struggling to be who need action now NOT a task force to decide what will be done if anything will be done at all.

Sadly, we have a president...the 'supposed' leader of the free world...who sides with the enemy time and time again for we have a president who is more concerned about muslim lives lost than he is about American lives lost...about allies lost...for the simple truth is that if he cared about anyone or anything besides his muslim brethren Barack HUSSEIN Obama would NOT even be thinking about placing American boots on the ground...he would be bombing ISIS back to bowels of hell from which they came. And he most definitely would NOT be going to fundraisers...nor would he continuously be on the golf course detached from he purposely does these things while the world moves closer to what the lyrics of an old 60's song called the 'Eve of Destruction.'

And words spoken do indeed matter for they speak of what's in one's heart...of what's in one's soul...and Barack HUSSEIN Obama's heart and his soul are cold. So while David Cameron's words call ISIS a "poisonous extremism" that poses "a clear danger to Europe and to our security," Obama speaks of ISIS as a "JV team" who poses NO imminent danger to America...making them a second string player if you will. And while Obama continues to refer to ISIS as ISIL...knowing full well that he has now willingly aligned himself...and thus America...with he knows and understands that the word ISIL is a direct insult to Israel...that the word ISIL is an acronym that does NOT recognize the existence of the Jewish State of Israel...and he is more than happy with that.

And sometimes words spoken do come back to haunt for Obama also defended during this press conference his (unconstitutional) decision NOT to seek authorization from Congress before beginning air strikes on ISIS just three short weeks ago. Claiming the urgency of the threat to the U.S. consulate in Erbil required immediate action he said, “I can’t afford to wait in order to make sure that those folks are protected,” forgetting that those words were NEVER spoken nor were any actions taken almost two years ago when Ambassador Christopher Stevens begged for protection...begged for a place known as Benghazi.

But does any of this any actions taken or words said mean ISIS will be stopped...NOT with Barack HUSSEIN Obama as president for he knows that ISIS wants to march down Pennsylvania Avenue and raise its flag over the White House and NOTHING of true lasting substance is being done to stop them. So while Obama's on the golf course hitting more golf balls with that infamous stupid 'gotcha' smirk on his face, ISIS will march in through our unsealed southern border and make themselves at home...make themselves at home at the 'American People's House'...that is unless Congress does what they know needs to be done...and starts doing it NOW for pretty soon it will sadly be too late to do anything at all.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s media branch is out with a new English language magazine, Palestine-Betrayal of the Guilty Conscience Al-Malahem. The new publication, a spin-off of Inspire, is calling on fellow Muslims to wage acts of terror in the United States and Britain.

Fox News reports:
A new English-language Al Qaeda magazine features a how-to article on making car bombs and suggests terror targets in the United States, including casinos in Las Vegas, oil tankers and military colleges, and implies that an attack is imminent. […] 
“The timeline concludes with the date 201?’ and blank spaces and question marks for the photo and information of the next attack -- implying that it is coming soon,” said MEMRI Executive Director Steve Stalinsky.
There is a suggested list of targets for lone-wolf, or individually executed, terror attacks, including New York's Times Square, casinos and night clubs in Las Vegas, oil tankers and trains, the Georgia Military College, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, and General Atomics defense contractor in San Diego.
“This recipe gives you the ability to make a car bomb even in countries with tight security and surveillance,” one article reads, before providing a “shopping list” of supplies needed to make such a bomb, including cooking gas, oxygen gas, a barometer, decoration lamps and matches.
There is also a list of targets in Britain including a military academy and the Marks and Spencers chain of department stores. The magazine calls for the stores to be hit on Friday during prayers so that Muslims won’t be affected. […]
In a nine-page spread entitled, “How to make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom,” the magazine details a do-it-yourself, illustrated guide on assembling a pressure-cooker bomb similar to the ones used in the Boston Marathon bombings.
“My Muslim brother, before you start reading the instructions, remember that this type of operation if prepared well and an appropriate target is chosen and Allah decrees success for you, history will never forget it. It will be recorded as a crushing defeat on the enemies of Islam,” the article says.
So what are the chances of an attack on the homeland? U.S. intelligence officials are currently investigating the increased likelihood, Fox reports, but ISIS has already issued several threats against America, including taunting tweets that show they’re already here.

An attack on the U.S. and other Western countries “will come probably sooner rather than later,” retired Gen. Michael Hayden said on CNN Sunday morning.
"The tax system should be simplified and work for all Americans with lower individual and corporate tax rates and fewer brackets."

That's from the Obama administration's 2009 proposals for tax reform, straight from

"Because our corporate tax system is so riddled with special interest loopholes," the document goes on, "our system has one of the highest statutory rates among developed countries to generate about the same amount of corporate tax revenue as our developed country partners as a share of our economy."

That is still accurate except that, now that Japan has lowered its corporate tax rate, the U.S. is not "among the highest" but is the highest among developed countries.

The first step in establishing good public policy is identifying problems with and weaknesses in current policy. On the corporate tax, President Obama and his administration started off on the right foot.

Unfortunately, they haven't moved any further.

Not while Democrats held supermajorities in both houses of Congress in 2009 and 2010. Not in the so-called grand bargain negotiations with House Speaker John Boehner in 2011.

And not in Obama's second term. Acting apparently on the belief that he voiced on the campaign trail, that the Republicans' "fever" would break once he was re-elected -- evidently he regards opposition to his policies as sickness -- Obama upped the ante.

His previous proposals for corporate tax reform were revenue-neutral. Rates would be cut and preferences eliminated so as to maintain the same revenue stream.

But his 2013 proposal was different. Corporate tax reform would have to increase revenue. More money to spend on infrastructure or food stamps or crony-connected solar panel subsidies.

Coupled with that was the appointment of Jack Lew as secretary of the Treasury. Participants in the 2011 grand bargain discussions reported that Lew was the most partisan and obdurate of administration negotiators. His appointment was a signal the president wanted no deal.

Even so, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, a Democrat, and House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, a Republican, engaged in extensive negotiations with a view to overall tax reform.

Bill Would Bar American Muslims Fighting for the Islamic State in Syria to Return to U.S.

Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs

Only in Omerica are these jihad savages welcomed back to our shores.
The United States is not doing enough to prevent radicalized Americans from travelling back-and-forth between countries dominated by Islamist radicals, Wolf said.
“The U.S. is not taking any substantial steps to discourage Americans from going over to fight—and these would-be fighters can see there is little price to pay for doing so,” the letter states. “This is an untenable situation that puts our country at greater risk of attack from a radicalized American who trains and fights with these groups and later returns home.” Republican Frank Wolf, Va.
Hundreds, perhaps thousands (who knows?) of American Muslims are fighting for the Islamic State in the Middle East. They must be barred re-entry into this country.
“Bill Would End Outrageous Loophole Allowing ISIL Fighters to Return to U.S.”  BY:


Americans who have travelled to foreign countries to train and fight with terror groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or ISIL) are not being barred from freely returning to America, where they post a substantial terror threat, according to a leading member of Congress.
U.S. intelligence agencies have been tracking Americans who travel abroad to join jihadist groups, but there is no law on the books restricting travel to countries posing a substantial terror threat, according to Rep. Frank Wolf (R., Va.). He...


Obama: “We don’t have a strategy yet” on the Islamic State

/ Jihad Watch
obama-shhh1A rare moment of candor. Not only does he not yet have a strategy; he doesn’t yet have the courage to call the threat what it really is, or to acknowledge that the actions of the Islamic State have deep roots in Islamic theology and law. There is no way that we can defeat an enemy we do not understand, and Obama refuses to understand this one.

“Obama: ‘We Don’t Have A Strategy Yet’ On ISIS,” by Brett LoGiurato, Business Insider, August 28, 2014:
U.S. President Barack Obama addressed a pair of worsening world crises Thursday afternoon, blaming Russia for escalating violence in eastern regions of Ukraine and admitting he doesn’t yet have a strategy to confront the extremist group calling itself the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (also ISIS or ISIL).
His statement from the White House came amid a day of significant escalation in the crisis in Ukraine, as Ukraine’s president accused Russia of sending troops across the border to fight with pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine’s southeastern regions. Obama said it was clear the ongoing violence had been “encouraged” by Russia, who he said trained and armed separatists in the violence-stricken regions.
“Russia is responsible for the violence in eastern Ukraine,” Obama said. “This ongoing Russian incursion into Ukraine will only bring more costs and consequences for Russia.”
Obama is scheduled to meet Thursday evening with members of his National Security Council, as well as Vice President Joe Biden, on a strategy to further confront the extremist group ISIS in Iraq and Syria. A White House official said no new decisions are expected on how to proceed Thursday.
“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” Obama said, when asked about the next steps in confronting the group.
“We don’t have a strategy yet,” he said….

Hamas fighters captured by Israel blow the whistle on Hamas war crimes

Bare Naked Islam


During the summer’s Gaza war, hundreds of Hamas militants surrendered to or were otherwise captured by Israeli forces. In the course of interrogation, many of these prisoners were candid regarding the unlawful tactics of their leaders.


Hamas prisoners held by Israel
Hamas prisoners held by Israel

Israel Today  A statement released by the Shin Bet, or Israel Security Agency (the local equivalent of the American FBI) noted that the investigation of these prisoners confirmed that “prominent use was made of mosques and hospitals [in Gaza] as meeting points and hideouts. Worse still was the digging of tunnels and launch sites, and the placing of arsenals, near kindergartens.”


Screen Shot 2014-08-05 at 9.14.42 pmThe Shin Bet went on to list a number of the more revealing testimonies, including the names and hometowns of the more chatty prisoners, a move that is certain to get them labeled as “collaborators” back in Gaza.


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  • Abdel Rahman Balousha from Khan Younis revealed that the Alsafa and Alabra mosques in his hometown served as meeting and assembly points for Hamas terrorists.

  • Muhammad Ala’a from Khan Younis and Muwaz Abu Tim from Bani Suheila said that they were recruited for Hamas military activity at mosques in their respective hometowns.

  • Muhammad Ramadan from Khan Younis said that his February 2014 training as an anti-tank fighter took place in a hall located beneath the Alshafi mosque. He added that the hall serves as an Izzadin Al-Kassam Brigades training and instruction facility.

  • Muhammad Alqadra from Khan Younis said that several local mosques served as sites to conceal war materiel such as RPGs, heavy PKC machine guns and AK–47s. He added that local schools and hospitals, including the Nasser and Halal hospitals, were also arsenals.

  • Afif Jerakh and Amad Jerakh from Beit Lahiya said that an attack tunnel had been dug close to a kindergarten.

  • Muhammad Abu Daraz from Greater Ibsan said a tunnel in which he worked was begun next to the Alfukhari clinic adjacent to the Abu Daka family home. He said that in the area in Hazara in which he was arrested there is a kindergarten, next to a clinic, to which he was to bring prisoners in the event of a successful kidnapping.

  • Muhammad Alqadra from Khan Younis said that it was well known that senior Hamas leaders and their armed bodyguards, usually in police uniforms, openly hide in hospitals.

  • Marad Amr said that before he was arrested he saw a Hamas Toyota military jeep blocking the entrance to the European hospital in Khan Younis.


1891400_918645284816884_2840731058046146916_oShin Bet insisted that given this evidence, “it is clear…that Hamas knowingly and intentionally operates in and adjacent to civilian areas… Hamas deliberately operates in these locales, thus turning the civilian population into human shields on the assumption that Israel will be blamed for any injury and loss of life.”

GOP, It’s Time To Bring Down The Hammer On Obama Corruption!

by / Personal Liberty Digest
Vampire Donkey
Barring a late-season push, the Democrats are heading into this fall’s midterm elections looking at a near total loss.

President Barack Obama is dragging down his party’s image like a battleship anchor lashed to a rowboat.

Direct assaults on Americans’ individual liberties, once laughed off as “phony” by the Democratic ownership, have clung to the headlines like a particularly virulent fungus, mostly because Obama and his minions have a bad habit of doubling down when they get caught lying. But most importantly, the Democrats’ willful refusal to acknowledge that they’re not the only ones whose opinions count has infuriated Americans to no end. Yet the Republicans appear to be doing everything they can to keep the Dems in the game. At this point, as the country reels from yet another race-infused nightmare made infinitely worse by the machinations of Obama and his ilk, the only reason the Democrats are still in the midterm electoral fight is GOP hesitation to deliver the knockout blow.

Obviously, the biggest violator of the public trust is Obama himself. His scandal-plagued regime’s tendency to launch vicious attacks on his perceived enemies not only has produced the still-unresolved Obamacare fraud debacle, the Benghazi nightmare, the NSA domestic spying scandal, the outrageous use of the IRS as a political weapon and a foreign policy as confused as it is impotent; but it also has produced a presidency that is every bit as detached and isolated from the people it purportedly serves as the Hollywood bobbleheads are from the shmoes who buy tickets to sit through their dreck. Nonetheless, beyond the efforts of dedicated public servants like Congressmen Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the Republicans have made almost no effort to return justice to the fore. Instead, they’re suing the president.
The Palestinian Crisis is Linked to the ISIS Crisis in Jordan 
By: Diane Sori

"Netanyahu has more connection to me as a Palestinian than the king. Netanyahu's parents could have been our neighbors in Haifa, while this king's grandparents never knew what Aman or Jerusalem looked like." 
- Raed Khammash, a Palestinian-Jordanian opposition leader who lives in exile in California         

As the world continues its descent into hell, Iran is conducting what's called 'mechanical' tests on a new highly advanced centrifuge...a centrifuge NOT part of those currently under UN watch... centrifuges that will be used to refine uranium allowing Iran to garner atomic bomb material much faster than ever before. And if that's NOT bad enough, it's now come to light that U.S. troops under Obama's watch and command trained ISIS members at secret a base in Jordan in 2012.

Barack HUSSEIN Obama claims that the rise of ISIS was unexpected...and has caught everyone off guard. In a the facts speak for themselves. Facts like that in February 2012, the U.S., Turkey, and Jordan were operating a training camp for roughly 200 rebels who belonged to the Free Syrian Army...who in turn became members of ISIS...and did so in Safawi, a town in Jordan's northern desert region. There were also plans to train more 'so-called' rebels at two other camps in the south and the east of Jordan. Obama knew about this and sanctioned this as NO secret U.S. operations are done without the president's knowledge and did Jordan's King Abdullah II for the same reasons, and also because of his fear that the violence in Iraq would spill over into his own country...which it has. More on that in a bit.

Claiming to have vetted all those being trained for any ties to terror groups like al-Qaida...another LIE... these people were focused on the use of anti-tank weaponry...weaponry needed when engaging those trying to takeover a country or when engaging those trying to keep their country from being overtaken. And with it being known that Saudi Arabia is one of the brethren countries arming ISIS...and with Obama's constant catering and bowing down to Saudi's king...he damn well knew about ISIS training fighters in Turkey as well...fighters who then went to Iraq via Syria to slaughter any who opposed them in their quest to establish a strict islamic caliphate throughout the Middle East...and then to spread west.

And the spread west has started with Jordan being ISIS' first stop. Now openly marching into many Jordanian cities with their flags of death held high, King Abdullah's forces are doing NOTHING to stop them. But the question is does ISIS actually have the support of Jordan's people...let the facts speak for themselves with the primary fact being that Jordan's 6.3 million Palestinians are NOT happy with the king who denies them rights, privileges, and assistance other Jordanians receive.

And with Jordan's government-controlled media suddenly taking to calling Mohammed Dief...the chief commander of the al-Qassam Brigade (the military wing of Hamas) and the man whose wife and child were killed in one of Israel's recent IDF attacks...a know that things will only go from bad to worse in Jordan.

And the worse started in the town of Ma'an where the ISIS flag flies over the city. Ma’an is a Bedouin village in the southern part of Jordan whose people are strong fundamentalists with many being Salafists...strict adherents of the haddith...strict in their belief of islamic orthodoxy, temporal proximity to muhammad, and that their beliefs are the truest form of islam...translating into every single word laid down in the qur-an and haddith are NEVER to be questioned...much like some believe that every single word in the Bible is true and must NEVER be questioned.

On June 24th, Ma'an saw a pro-ISIS demonstration take place...a demonstration where the black flag of ISIS waved over many businesses and government buildings...flags that are still there today. And this demonstration took place with NO interference from Abdullah's government forces...forces who looked on but did NOT a thing to stop them even with King Abdullah being on ISIS' hit list. And critical amid shouts of 'allahu akbar' and 'Jordan will be an islamic state,' one important fact must be this demonstration those taking part did NOT cover their faces... meaning they have NO fear of the Jordanian government, its police, its secret service, or its king. And without fear of the state or fear of the king...the country becomes ripe for ISIS to move in and actually take over with NO opposition whatsoever...and many who would have lost their heads will now get to keep them.

And as ISIS moves further into Jordan with NO opposition facing them, this means Israel faces a precarious situation as Jordan, just by its being where it is geographically, serves as a buffer of sorts between them and the jihadists in Iraq and Iran...jihadits whose goal is to wipe Israel off the map. In fact, after rummages started coming from the Middle East that there will soon be a battle between the IDF and ISIS itself...even though the Saudi and Jordanian kings, the prime minister of Iraq, the president of Egypt, and the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood are who ISIS plans to take out first...ISIS issued this statement on its Twitter account: “We haven’t given orders to kill the Israelis and the Jews. The war against the nearer enemy, those who rebel against the faith, is more important. Allah commands us in the Koran to fight the hypocrites, because they are much more dangerous than those who are fundamentally heretics.” And they cited the first caliph, Abu Bakr, as proof as he was a man who began by fighting those who rebelled against the faith, as well as Saladin, who fought the Shi’ites in Egypt before conquering Jerusalem...meaning Israel has time to prepare against ISIS but that she must also face the fact that if Jordan falls ISIS will be at their door.

And this means that Jordan must be kept intact to both stop ISIS and to give the Palestinians their Jordanian birthright back to them, and if given their birthright back they will NO longer be banned from jobs, from getting an education, etc., and thus their lot in life will improve. But currently with NO birthright...and remember the term 'Palestinians' is a made-up term...they have hit rock bottom with NO hope per se, so by NOT fighting back against welcoming of sorts ISIS into Jordan even knowing of their brutality...they hope their willing acceptance of them will afford them a different outcome than others have faced.

Now let's go back to the 1987 intifada, and remember that before 1987 the Palestinians and Israelis lived side by if you will. And know that this intifada would NEVER have happened without Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, and the Arab Emirates pumping billions of dollars into it with their sole goal of keeping Israel 'busy' so to speak. And it's in the Obama administration's best Obama's personal interests of siding with his muslim keep Israel from becoming an outright regional super power. So it had to be made that if Israel 'sleeps' even for one day that they will be NO more...hence the 'manufactured' problems in Gaza and the West Bank. And in Obama's reasoning...that is if you call what he does reasoning...if you can't 'officially' in the eyes of the world claim Jerusalem as your own capital you must be kept under must be kept on a tight leash. And the so-called Palestinians are being used as the most promoted cause in the world in order to keep Israel under that control for Israel must be kept weak as anti-Semitism is big business. And the Palestinian cause may just be why all modern American presidents have NOT 'officially' accepted Jerusalem as Israel's official capital.

And so it's in Israel's best interest to defuse the Palestinian cause by supporting, in secret, a Palestinian homeland in Jordan. And with King Abdullah facing strong opposition at home, it becomes apparent that if he is to stay in power he needs to give something in giving the Palestinians back their Jordanian birthright ...and that birthright does NOT necessarily have to involve physically giving them land. In fact, Article 2 of Jordan's Citizenship Law of 1956, says all non-Jewish Palestinians are born Jordanians...meaning all Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, Syria, and Lebanon are Jordanians by law and are entitled to all that law affords them.

And all Abdullah needs to do is just apply the law as written and the entire Palestinian situation would be resolved with a simple signature on paper. And that signature would lead the way for Jordan and Israel together, along with Egypt, to become a strong united force that could keep ISIS at bay. And know that el-Sisi is a true ally of Israel as he grew up in the Jewish quarters in Cairo's Khuronshouf district. And he holds fond memories of being invited to Passover dinners, and helping to switch lights off on Saturdays, as recently told by one of the locals on Egyptian TV.

Bottom line...the key to stopping ISIS in Jordan is to give the Palestinians back their birthright, because then allegiances...lasting allegiances...will be forged. And if Jordan's king cannot save himself or protect his own borders from ISIS...even after asking for military protection from both the U.S. and Israel...then why do the Jordanians even bother keeping him in power for they need a leader like el-Sisi to stop ISIS dead in its tracks. Remember, the prime excuse used for keeping all Jordan's weak kings in power has always been that they protected the borders, but now with Jordan's king coming under sharp criticism from his own people...despite his having received up to $15 billion in military assistance alone from the U.S. since 2000...despite his receiving 24/7 intelligence and military surveillance reports from Israel...the simple fact is that King Abdullah II can NO longer help protect either Israel's borders or his own from ISIS.

And so it has become obvious that with ISIS already in Jordan, their king has looked away in fear because he does NOT have his people's support. If you compare him to el-Sisi, an Egyptian muslim representing 90 percent of his people to Abdullah's representing 87 people called the Hashemites, this means that even if he wanted to ban the Muslim Brotherhood...which he does NOT...or stop ISIS from further incursions into Jordan...he does NOT have the merit to do so simply because he is NOT Palestinian as are the people of his country.

So the myths about Jordan's king being the best friend Israel has...a best friend supposedly dedicated to keeping Israel safe and whole...are just that...myths...and NO more. And while Jordan's King Abdulla II might be convenient to have around during times of peace, he is an obstacle and a burden during times of war both to Israel and to the Jordanian people as they come face-to-face with the barbaric killers known as ISIS.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

It should have been a no-brainer for the U.S. and Russia to cooperate to fight Islamic radicals in the Middle East. But even if you place the high-jump bar on the ground, some people will still manage to trip over it -- then insist on going back and tripping over it again.
Everything was perfectly set up for a strategic partnership. Both countries' special forces had long been conducting joint counterterrorism exercises. Some were even conducted on American soil, at Fort Carson, near Colorado Springs. The Winter Olympics earlier this year in Sochi, Russia, not far from the Islamic-terrorism-plagued Northern Caucasus region, should have provided the perfect pretext for the start of operational cooperation -- particularly given that the Caucasus Emirate, a jihadist group that claimed responsibility for deadly train station and bus bombings shortly before the start of the Games, has traditionally been backed by the same Gulf states that have been instrumental in funding the Islamic State.

But instead of working with Russia to eliminate the problem, the Obama administration went in the opposite direction. Not only has it fostered a whole new jihadist problem by blindly tossing resources and training at any ragtag rebel who could hold a weapon, but it has also taken a diversionary detour of questionable long-term value through Ukraine -- attempting, against hard geopolitical realities, to carve out a bigger economic share for Western interests at Russia's expense through a grotesquely unsophisticated coup d'etat.

The bill for this administration's chronic lack of strategic foresight is coming due:
-- Obama's strategy has made such a mess of Libya that America's partners in the not-so-long-ago quest to remove Assad are now fighting each other behind America's back. Turkey and Qatar, which were both allied with the U.S. against Assad, have now taken to fomenting Islamic insurgency in Libya. The Obama administration apparently was surprised that America's other regional allies -- United Arab Emirates and Egypt -- launched airstrikes against Libyan Islamists without notifying U.S. officials. It wasn't even a year ago that the U.S. accepted a proposal by Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan to train as many as 7,000 conventional Libyan soldiers plus counterterrorist forces. As I wrote at the time, providing direct military training in an already unstable country isn't the way to stabilize it. What a waste of funding.

-- Other than warning the U.S. against dumping even more resources into the region that could fall into the hands of the Islamic State, Russia has been relatively quiet on the subject. It's simply sending fighter jets to Iraq to help the embattled Iraqi government deal with the Islamic State. Who can blame Russia? It cleaned up Obama's mess in Syria, and it's still dealing with the mess Obama created in Ukraine. The ideal option for taking on the Islamic State would have been the same sort of cooperative military effort between the West and Russia that existed during World War II (despite the U.S. having contributed significantly to the Islamic State's creation in Syria in the first place). But with the U.S. and Russia still at odds in Ukraine, it's possible that the relationship between the two countries has passed the point of no return.

Where Russia goes these days, China is likely to follow, albeit quietly. China has long had a policy of non-intervention in other nations' domestic affairs, preferring instead to operate more discreetly via economic influence. China has the most oil holdings in Iraq and the most foreign direct investment in Libya. Still, it would have every reason to contribute to the defeat of Islamic terrorism so that all the world powers can relax and just go back to cyberattacking each other and fighting over resources. But as we've seen when the U.S. and Russia have been at odds over Syria and Ukraine, China tends to come down on the side of its closest geopolitical ally. The two countries announced a $400 billion gas deal and launched joint war games at the height of the Ukrainian conflict.

Any U.S. effort to leverage both Russia's muscle and China's money to deal with the Islamic State would have to pass through Russia, and would require a grand bargain on Ukraine that addresses overt, covert and clandestine operations and funding on both sides of the conflict. But that would first require a d├ętente between Obama and his own bullet-ridden foot.
Poll: Meanwhile, Romney's Crushing it in Iowa 
Daniel Doherty  / Townhall Tipsheet
Maybe I spoke too soon.

Hypothetically, according to a new USA Today/Suffolk poll, if Romney defies the odds and runs again for president in 2016, the Hawkeye State may be his for the taking. After all, more than a third of respondents said they’d ditch the candidates they’re currently backing, and choose him instead:
According to the new poll, if Romney was added to the list of potential 2016 GOP White House contenders, 35% of Iowa Republicans say he'd be their first choice in the Iowa caucuses, which kick off the presidential primary and caucus calendar. 
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won the 2008 Iowa Republican caucuses and is considering another bid in 2016, is a distant second, at 9%. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who narrowly won the 2012 caucuses, are each at 6%. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Texas Gov. Rick Perry are each at 5%, with the remaining potential candidates tested were all in the lower single digits.
Remember, Romney initially thought he won the Iowa caucuses in 2012; it was only later determined that, in fact, he didn’t. The poll, though, suggests that if he ignores the wishes of his wife and family and does run, he could potentially win. That's a seductive and intriguing proposition, but is it enough to sway him to take the plunge?

Incidentally, he appeared on the Hugh Hewitt Show earlier this week, and, as Allahpundit noted, left the door kind of open to running again -- but not really: see video here:

In all seriousness, I’m utterly convinced he’s not running, as nice as that might sound, and as fun as that might be. But if he does, I’ll be the first to admit I was wrong.*

*It’s not going to happen.