Tuesday, August 26, 2014

British journalist Tony Harnden has the scoop, via RealClearPolitics:
The CIA had concluded that the base contained a secret prison in which a number of western hostages were languishing. James Foley, 40, an idealistic freelance journalist from New Hampshire who had once been kidnapped in Libya and held for 44 days, was thought to be among them. When the commandos reached the base, scores of Isis fighters swarmed out. A US air force AC-130 gunship laid down a wall of fire, killing up to 15 of the jihadists. According to locals, some of the commandos were wearing Jordanian insignia, perhaps to mask their nationality. They entered the buildings and found the prison. But the hostages were not there. The special forces troops had found what they term a “dry hole”...

Pentagon sources said Foley and the others might well have been rescued but Obama, concerned about the ramifications of US troops being killed or captured in Syria, took too long to authorise the mission. Anthony Shaffer, a former lieutenant-colonel in US military intelligence who worked on covert operations, said: “I’m told it was almost a 30-day delay from when they said they wanted to go to when he finally gave the green light. They were ready to go in June to grab the guy [Foley] and they weren’t permitted.” Another US defence source said: "The White House constantly goes back and forth on these things. These people are a bunch of academics who endlessly analyse stuff and ordering up another deep-thinking paper but can't decide what to order for lunch."
Read Allahpundit's analysis of this report, which is excellent.  He links to a New York Times story on the rescue attempt, which quotes a Pentagon official as suggesting that ISIS must have moved the prisoners just before the special forces operation.  It was a "matter of hours, perhaps a day or two," the Defense Department source told the Times.  So the actionable intelligence was time-sensitive, yet if Harnden's sources are to be believed, it took weeks to secure presidential approval for the mission. 
Why?  "The White House’s fears of a debacle a la Desert One or Mogadishu are understandable, but less understandable now than they were before the Bin Laden raid," Allahpundit reasons. "Even if the Foley raid had fallen apart, what would the knock on Obama have been? That he had too much faith in the capabilities of soldiers who scalped the head of Al Qaeda and then exfiltrated without a single American casualty? The foot-dragging is also hard to explain. He took his time in ordering the Bin Laden raid, with internal deliberations extending over several months, but extra prudence was warranted in that case: Pakistan is (nominally) an ally, there were no innocent lives directly in the balance, and the White House had no reason to believe that Bin Laden would flee the scene before they got there. As I recall, intelligence showed he’d been at the Abbottabad compound for years. With Foley, that equation changed. The raid was aimed at enemy territory, the prisoners were being moved, and they could have been killed at any time," he writes.

All very strong points. The OBL raid required intricate planning and some degree of certainty because the costs of failure would have been catastrophic on multiple levels (letting bin Laden slip away, inflaming our nuclear-armed "ally" with nothing to show for it, etc).  In this case, the biggest political risk was putting boots on the ground, and in harm's way, in Syria -- a country in which Obama failed to enforce his own military red line just last year.  But now we might end up engaged in Syria anyway, but with very different objectives.  During last summer's debate, we were discussing strikes against the Assad regime.  Today, we're talking about entering the country to defeat ISIS, which is intent on overthrowing the Assad regime and expanding its Islamist caliphate. The butcher we threatened to bomb last year now stands to benefit from our anti-ISIS campaign.  Some reports suggest that we might even be collaborating with Assad to that end.  What a difference a year makes.

Before you go, let's check in on another 'Smart Power' misadventure.  The Obama administration "led from behind" and participated in a war to depose Libya's dictator from power in 2011, without Congressional authorization.  When Obama's War Powers Act authority expired, even according to his own lawyers, he essentially found new lawyers and extended the hostilities.  In the resulting power vacuum, the State Department failed to protect its personnel on the ground in Libya, ignoring and denying multiple requests for additional security in the country's most dangerous region.  That led to 2012's Benghazi massacre.  Less than two years later, the US was forced to evacuate our embassy in Tripoli as the country descended into full-fledged, failed-state chaos.  That slide into the abyss is on the brink of completion:
Islamist militias have seized control of Libya's main airport, setting planes and surrounding buildings ablaze.The group called Dawn of Libya, consisting mainly of fighters from Misrata, captured the major foothold in Tripoli at the weekend from a rival faction from Zintan in western Libya. The fight has largely destroyed the airport and scarred the capital, prompting diplomats, foreign nationals and thousands of Libyans to flee. It followed weeks of fierce fighting. The group said it has also taken hold of other locations in the capital controlled by rival militias. The fight has largely destroyed the airport and scarred the capital, prompting diplomats, foreign nationals and thousands of Libyans to flee.
There seems to be a worse, scarier actor around the corner in this region -- ISIS being the worst and the scariest. In the face of these complexities and threats, our foreign policy is incoherent and completely adrift.

Ali Sina: Apostasy in Islam: Learn Why Muslims Are so Afraid of Apostates

Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs

Freedom of belief is an inalienable rights of every human so much that those born and raised in western democracies take them for granted.  For millions of Muslims that is only a dream.

For those born to Muslim parents, leaving Islam is not a choice.  Apostasy is a crime in Islam punishable by death. This ruling is based on several authentic saying of the Prophet Muhammad, such as, “The blood of a Muslim cannot be shed except in three cases: Life for life (in cases of intentional murder); adultery; and the one who turns renegade from Islam (apostate) [[1]] [[2]] [[3]]  

This ruling leaves no room for interpretation. Although some moderate Muslim scholars argue that an apostate should be given three days to recant, the majority are of the opinion that apostasy is a grave crime, worse than murder and that the repentance of an apostates cannot be accepted.

In regards to apostasy the Islamic site Islamqa.com says. “The consensus among the Muslim jurists is that whoever reviles Islam is a kafir.  Al-Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baz (the late grand mufti of Saudi Arabia) said: Reviling the religion is one of the worst of the major sins and the greatest of evils. The same applies to reviling Allah. These are two of the gravest things that nullify Islam and are means of apostatizing from Islam. He should be asked to repent; otherwise he should be executed on the orders of the authorities via the sharia court. Some of the scholars said: he should not be asked to repent;...


UK and US special forces form hunter killer unit to “smash the Islamic State”

/ Jihad Watch
This will be interesting. Will these forces actually do what they have to do to topple the Islamic State, or will they be hampered by impossible politically correct rules of engagement that hamstring their ability to do much of anything beyond act as a shooting gallery for local jihadis, as in Afghanistan?

And will Muslim Brotherhood groups in the U.S. such as Hamas-linked CAIR that have issued vague and pro-forma denunciations of the Islamic State applaud this attempt to “smash” it, or will they start whining about the victimization of Iraqi civilians and disproportionate force?

“SAS and US special forces forming hunter killer unit to ‘smash Islamic State,’” by Aaron Sharp, Mirror, August 23, 2014:
Elite British and US special forces troops are forming a hunter killer unit called Task Force Black – its orders: “Smash the Islamic State.”
The undercover warriors will aim to “cut the head off the snake” by hitting the command structure of the Islamist terror group responsible for a trail of atrocities across Iraq and Syria, reports the Sunday People.
PM David Cameron has told the SAS and UK spy agencies to direct all their ­resources at defeating IS after a video of US journalist James Foley being beheaded shocked the world.
British special forces will work with America’s Delta Force and Seal Team 6. The move sees a rebirth of top secret Task Force Black, which helped defeat al-Qaeda terrorists in Iraq .
This time the counter-terrorist ­experts will be targeting Abu Bakr ­al-Baghdadi, leader of IS and now the world’s most wanted terrorist.
A source said: “We need to go into Syria and Iraq and kill as many IS members as we can. You can’t ­negotiate with these people.
“This is not a war of choice. They are cash rich and have a plentiful ­supply of arms. If we don’t go after them, they will soon come after us.
“In Iraq, Task Force Black was carrying out strike operations every night.
“It was an unrelenting, intelligence-led assault on al-Qaeda. It took a lot of hard work and no small amount of sacrifice – but it worked.
“Defeating IS cannot be done by air strikes alone. You have to get on the ground and take out the commanders – cut off the snake’s head.
“The organisation will then begin to collapse. IS targets civilians and has yet to get into a real fight with a ­modern Western military.
“The SAS and US special forces will do untold damage to them.
“They’ll focus on the high command. This is going to be a long campaign, probably lasting years.
“And it will be like nothing the West has ever had to confront before.”
The new task force will comprise a squadron of the SAS, special forces aircrews from the RAF and agents from MI5 and MI6.
The operation will be led by America’s CIA spy agency….

Judicial Watch: DOJ Lawyer Says All Lerner Emails Backed Up
By Greg Richter
Image: Judicial Watch: DOJ Lawyer Says All Lerner Emails Backed Up
All of former IRS official Lois Lerner's missing emails are backed up, but it is too difficult to retrieve them for congressional investigators, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton says a Justice Department lawyer told his group.

"Department of Justice attorneys for the Internal Revenue Service told Judicial Watch on Friday that Lois Lerner's emails, indeed all government computer records, are backed up by the federal government in case of a government-wide catastrophe," Judicial Watch said on Monday.

Obama administration attorneys said the back-up system would be "too onerous to search," the Judicial Watch statement continued.

"We want to know why they hadn't told the court about this back-up system. If this back-up system is working, Lois Lerner's emails are there," Fitton said Monday on Fox News Channel's "The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson."

"There are half a dozen other IRS officials whose emails have supposedly disappeared as well . . . We've been led to believe that once they disappear they can't be found again, when in fact they back up everything, as most people suspected."

Fitton said Judicial Watch would ask the judge handling the case to order the records released. Judicial Watch is trying to obtain the emails through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said that in light of the news he will recall IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for a deposition.

Koskinen has previously testified before Issa's committee that the IRS made every effort possible to find backups to Lerner's emails, which the agency says were lost when her computer hard drive crashed.

The missing emails come from a period in which Lerner is alleged to have targeted for extra scrutiny tea party and other conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

"We look forward to finding out how the commissioner could say they don't exist when in fact they do," Issa said Monday on Fox News Channel's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren."

"He either lied under oath or he chose not to know a critical fact."

Issa also called on Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor for the IRS investigation because one of the Justice Department lawyers defending the IRS in the tea party case may have been involved in the targeting.

Issa produced an email from IRS official Ronald J. Shoemaker, dated March 27, 2010, that told recipients to let him know if they came across any cases of tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status.

One of the email's recipients was Andrew Strelka, who worked for the IRS at the time and is now a DOJ lawyer assigned to defend the IRS.

Issa said Strelka knew Lerner when he worked at the IRS. In fact, he was made aware of Lerner's hard drive crash through emails, he told Van Susteren.

"This is not a detached individual," Issa said.

Desperate Obama Makes Fundraising Pitch: Triple Match Donations for Senate

By Sandy Fitzgerald 
/ Newsmax

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) is offering a one-day deal in hopes of boosting contributions in its fight to keep the Senate, by promising, in an email pitch signed simply "Barack Obama," to triple-match any donations that come in on Monday.

"If the GOP gains just six seats, the same Republicans who just voted to sue me will control both Houses of Congress," the Obama-signed pitch says. "Republicans will control everything in Congress from Medicare to education. I don't need to tell you how devastating the consequences would be."

But mobilizing voters doesn't come cheap, the email says, and launching field offices and "recruiting new volunteers takes time and work, and it's not cheap."

Democrats are facing challenges from having an increasingly unpopular president in their party to fighting a lack of voter interest and redistricting efforts that benefited the GOP.

According to the Federal Election Commission, the DSCC has already raised $103.5 million this election cycle, compared to the $76.5 million brought in by the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Democrats would need to win 17 seats to regain the GOP-controlled House and defend 21 seats in the Senate to maintain control there.
Obama's Caliphate...The Truth Exposed
By: Diane Sori and Craig Andresen (Right Side Patriots)

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, has backtracked on his previously issued statement that we must take out ISIS in Syria, and now says that he will NOT recommend U.S. military air strikes against ISIS in Syria until he determines that they have become a direct threat to the U.S.

Uh...excuse me but didn't Dempsey just sit alongside Defense Secretary...and known muslim sympathizer...Chuck Hagel a few short days ago in a joint press briefing, and agree with Hagel when he said ISIS is an "imminent threat to every interest we have" and that ISIS is "beyond anything that we've seen." Yeah...he did.

And didn't both he and Hagel say that ISIS must also be defeated in Syria as well as Iraq. Yeah...he did.

Gee I wonder what changed his mind...do the words 'Barack HUSSEIN Obama' come to mind...they sure do for us. Hey, we wonder if they 'talked' over one of Obama's recent games of golf...or if Obama has 'something' on Dempsey.

Sorry folks but it's just too damn convenient that now Dempsey...who was all gung-ho about taking out ISIS in Syria just a few short days ago...suddenly echoes Obama's words by saying that he believes ISIS is more of a 'regional threat' and is NOT currently plotting or planning attacks against the U.S. or Europe. Guess he hasn't looked at the ISIS conquest maps for starters or all the Iraqi heads rolling for finishers, and thrown in the middle is all ISIS' threats to attack the U.S. done through social and conventional media.

Guess Dempsey also forgets when an ISIS spokesman vowed to “raise the flag of Allah in the White House.” Guess he forgets Mosul being wiped clean of its Christian population as they declared an islamic caliphate covering northeastern Syria and northern and western Iraq with the threat of expanding it all the way to the Americas. Guess he forgets that recently journalist James Foley...an American...was also beheaded and the threat made to do the same to the other American journalist, Steven Sotloff, still being held captive.

Now comparing ISIS to al-Qaeda, Dempsey seems to forget that even al-Qaeda wants NO part of them. Odd isn't it that while al-Qaeda fears their barbarism it seems Dempsey does NOT as he speaks words of 'containment' out of one side of his mouth on one particular day, as in "it would be possible to contain" ISIS, but then quickly adds "NOT without going after the group in Syria"...and then out of the other side of his mouth on another day says, and I quote, "This is an organization that has an apocalyptic end-of-days strategic vision that will eventually have to be defeated," but obviously to his way of thinking NOT now. But last time we checked 'end-of-days' referred to the whole world NOT a small section of it and guess what Gen. Dempsey...the U.S. is indeed part of that world...and so is Israel...more on that in a bit.

And with Gen. Dempsey on his way to Afghanistan to attend today's change of command ceremony as Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford steps down as the top commander and with Army Gen. John Campbell taking over...you just have to wonder why at this time of war has another General 'retired' (yeah right) and is being replaced by an Obama 'yes man'...sadly, we think we all know why and the thought isn't pretty.

Now notice how Dempsey, Hagel, Obama, and others in positions of power keep referring to ISIS as ISIL, or as the Islamic Front, or as Sunni terrorists...any and everything but ISIS. And why...because referring to them as ISIL means they do NOT recognize Israel as a Jewish state...do NOT recognize Israel's existence at all, and are sending a message to their muslim brethren to that affect. Remember, ISIL stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant with Levant being the land bridge from Egypt to Turkey, as in there is NO Israel at all existing in that land.

And now with this backtracking on Syria what a convenient way to buy time...to buy time for ISIS to take out Israel (or at least try) to do 'their' dirty work for them... keeping 'their' hands clean so to speak. Think of it this way...currently ISIS is like a shark...a constant killing machine with that machine growing stronger everyday as either you join them or you die. And as their numbers increase ISIS grows stronger, and will push out from Iraq into Iran, then into Afghanistan, to arrive at their intended destination of Pakistan...a country who already supports them.  (http://thepatriotfactor.blogspot.com/2014/08/op-edhey-pakistan.html). And what does Pakistan have that would give ISIS a weapon of true power to use against both Israel and America...nuclear weapons...in fact between 100 and 120 nuclear warheads.

And once they have control over those countries and bring them into the fold, they will backtrack again towards Israel...gathering up the rest of Syria and Jordan as well...and remember, Jordan, as we know is NO friend of Israel and is directly linked to both Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood...two barbaric islamic groups who want Israel destroyed and all Jews worldwide...murdered.

And while King Abdullah II tries to portray himself as a moderate Arab, he is anything but. His allegiance lies squarely with both Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood…he knows it, Netahyahu knows it, we know it...and Obama both knows it and supports it.

Seeing what Israel is doing in Gaza against the human shield-using Hamas is what is, for now, keeping Abdulla II at bay, but there is something he fears more than Israel’s reprisals. And what is it Abullah fears...he fears ISIS and he’s NOT alone in that fear as both Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood exist, for the time being, in Jordan under the shaky protection of Abdulla II, and shaky may well be an understatement of epic proportions.

ISIS, the barbarians of all barbarians, hates HAMAS and the Muslim Brotherhood hence, they harbor a decidedly deadly hatred for those who harbor them and that includes Jordan. To the point…ISIS is threatening an invasion of Jordan and they already hold a few key strategic points from which such an invasion could be launched.

In a clear case of the pot calling the kettle black or, more succinctly, 7th century barbarians calling other 7th century barbarians…barbaric…Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the ‘spiritual father’ of the Muslim Brotherhood and the president of the 'World Federation of Muslim Scholars,' leveled the charge that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the defacto leader of ISIS was an “illegitimate Caliph in the Muslim world” which failed to sit well with al-Baghdadi who in turn, accused the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas of being Muslim “apostates” and “followers of witchcraft theology.”

To be clear, it’s a tangled web of islamic mudslinging, but what you need to know is that ISIS is threatening to invade Jordan over it and destroy both Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. To that affect, they will execute King Abdullah II in the process, thus extending the reach of ISIS to the very front door of Israel and if ISIS and its recent history can be any sort of a guide, what they’re doing in Pakistan right now is most likely the way they’ll go about it.

In Pakistan, several factions of the Taliban have already vowed their allegiance to ISIS. Tehreek-i-Khilafat, a Talibani branch is one of them, and let’s be crystal clear from the get go on this…Lashkar-e-Jhangvi's (Lej) Balochistan and Punjab Talibani groups from Pakistan have been with ISIS since their conception in Turkey. During their building of strength process in Syria they in fact, set up the training camp called, Ghazi Abdul Rasheed, in the Iraqi city of Erbil all the way back in 2013.

And why does Erbil sound familiar...because that’s where U.S. diplomats were trapped by ISIS just a few short weeks ago, so don’t be telling us that Obama was caught off guard by the formation and ascension of ISIS…it was being built right under his nose for the last year or more.

Pakistan, as far as ISIS is concerned, now is starting to show a quantum shift in barbaric thinking, from being only a shark-like killing machine to the incorporation of strategic planning, and that is something exactly like the Benghazi 'stand down order' was...which obviously came directly from Obama...and now is being done again in regards to taking out ISIS in Syria.

Here’s the strategy…ISIS intends to overthrow Pakistan’s corrupt government by means of attracting islamist militants and financial resources from within the ranks of the Taliban…courting jihadis...plying them with new power until they are sizable enough to simply topple the Pakistan government.

This should be a major concern to Obama as...once ISIS takes over Pakistan...they will have all the military accoutrements that the 21st century has to offer including nuclear weapons...and if that doesn’t make them an imminent threat, nothing ever could.

However, without such weapons, their task of eliminating Israel from the face of the Earth is much more difficult. And so Obama’s ‘just do enough to make people think we’re trying to “contain” ISIS, but don’t do anything that would really interfere with the growth or strength of the caliphate’ thus slapping down the Kerry State Department, Hagel, and General Dempsey over this past weekend.

ISIS isn’t the only entity in all of this employed strategic thinking…so too is Obama, but his is decidedly in favor of the caliphate and is doing everything he can to help establish it.

Obama knows he has but two years left and we believe, by keeping any involvement of the U.S. military at a bare minimum, he is attempting to buy time for ISIS to make a move in the next year to seize power and the weapons most coveted by 7th century barbarians…the nuclear weapons in Pakistan...along with their sacking of Jordan at which point, NO unilateral military action could end the caliphate.

Israel would be all but surrounded with only Egypt militarily capable of offering assistance, along with the more moderate Arab nations like Saudi Arabia and the UAE in support roles.

Right now, the Kurds of all people...people NOT known for their military prowess...are holding the line against ISIS in small enclaves which demonstrates the vulnerability of ISIS to a concentrated, well trained, and ultimately well-equipped military like ours…like the one Obama refuses to deploy to put an end to them. ISIS could indeed be destroyed right now, but Obama...true islamist that he is...wants to hold a position of respect amongst 7th century barbarians, and that means clearing the way for and the building of the ISIS caliphate, so simply refuses to do so.

Last week, Obama was blaming the 'surprise' that is ISIS on a lack of accurate information from our intel community. "There is no doubt that their advance, their movement, over the last several months has been more rapid than the intelligence estimates, and I think then the expectation of policy makers both in and outside of Iraq." Are we really to believe that the Director of the CIA, John Brennan...a muslim convert himself,...didn’t know what ISIS was up to...oh please…

The Obama doctrine...creating vacuums of power in the Middle East and North Africa...is giving way to the strategic plan of ceding regional power to ISIS in an effort to do away with Israel and complete a caliphate the size and strength of which has never been seen before. And like a garden variety islamist, Obama has moved on from his support of the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda to throw in with ISIS…always bowing to the barbarians who carry the biggest sword.

Those in the media and elsewhere who believe Obama to be some sort of ignorant wuss, simply in over his head so far that he hasn’t a clue what to do...are sadly mistaken.

None of this is the result of a community organizer trying to feel his way through the world’s most dire chess game. No…this is all being directed by islamic design and Obama is the architect. And so Israel will be surrounded by one of the most brutal of barbaric forces ever to walk this Earth. And Obama and his minions hands will be stained with the blood of millions because he did NOT take ISIS out when he had the chance too.

Oh and by the way, it will be Israel in the end who survives because Israel will in the end do our job for us...and take out ISIS...and then Obama and his minions will truly have something to fear...for payback will indeed be a bitch.