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: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/danieldoherty/2014/08/27/poll-romneys-killin-it-in-iowa-btw-n1884082?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl

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.

Iran tests new, advanced machine to refine uranium

  / Jihad Watch
 
KhameneiRouhaniWhat could possibly go wrong? The world is more peaceful than it ever has been, says Barack Obama. And the Iranians say that their nuclear program is peaceful. They wouldn’t lie to us, now, would they? And anyway, to strike against them would be to enable the Islamic State. To aid them, on the other hand, would be aiding those who chant “Death to America.” Quite a world Barack Obama has brought into being.

“Iran says tested new nuclear enrichment machine, may irk West,” by Michelle Moghtader and Fredrik Dahl, Reuters, August 27, 2014:
(Reuters) – Iran has conducted “mechanical” tests on a new, advanced machine to refine uranium, a senior official was quoted as saying on Wednesday, a disclosure that may annoy Western states pushing Tehran to scale back its nuclear programme.
Iran’s development of new centrifuges to replace its current breakdown-prone model is watched closely by Western officials. It could allow the Islamic Republic to amass potential atomic bomb material much faster.
Tehran says its nuclear programme is peaceful and that it produces low-enriched uranium only to make fuel for a planned network of atomic energy plants. If processed to a high fissile concentration, uranium can be used for nuclear weapons.
“Manufacturing and production of new centrifuges is our right,” Iranian atomic energy chief Ali Akbar Salehi said.
Iran’s Fars news agency also quoted him as saying that Iran had tested its latest generation of centrifuge, the IR-8, but had not yet fed it with uranium gas.
U.N. nuclear agency reports this year showed Iran testing four other models under development at an above-ground Natanz nuclear site – IR-2m, IR-4, IR-6 and IR-6s – with such gas.
Iran had informed the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency in December that it planned to install a single IR-8. The IAEA said in May that it had observed a new “casing” at the site, but that it was not yet connected.
An interim accord struck late last year in Geneva between Iran and six world powers – designed to buy time for talks on a final nuclear deal – stipulated that Iran could not go beyond the centrifuge research and development it has been conducting at the Natanz site, including testing of new models.
It was one of the thorniest issues to settle in technical talks on how to implement the preliminary deal.
In a comment that Western officials may dispute, Salehi said that “based on the Geneva agreement, research and development have no limit”, Fars reported.
Al Qaeda magazine hints of looming attack; urges bombing of Vegas, military targets
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs

Obama, the JVers are playing in the major championships. Step up man, pretend you’re the President of the United States not the President of the OIC you owe the American people that much for your vile ruse. Obama, the biggest con ever put over on so many earnest people.

I believe an attack is imminent — all of these Muslim groups are vying for power and popularity across the Muslim world as the conquests of the global jihad multiply. There’s no bigger and better way to get major cred than to attack the US (the great Satan).
“Al Qaeda magazine hints of looming attack; urges bombing of Vegas, military targets,” FOX News, August 28, 2014
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 online publication, called “Palestine-Betrayal of the Guilty Conscience Al-Malahem” and put out by the media arm of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, calls for Muslims around the world to follow “the recipe” provided to set off car bombs in crowded venues. It includes a timeline of “selected jihadi operations” that the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which first flagged the slickly-produced latest edition of the terror publication, finds chilling.
“The timeline concludes with the date 201?’ and blank spaces and question...

     

I Stand With Police Officer Wilson

by   / Townhall Columnist

I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. As one of America’s most high-profile Libertarians and an outspoken defender of civil liberties, I am not always a fan of the police. I’ve written before about the frightening implications of the militarization of America’s police. I’ve written before about police use of excessive force. So I don’t take police shootings lightly — or police occupation of an American city.

That’s precisely why my opinion should carry weight here. Because in this case, I stand strongly behind police officer Darren Wilson. We are witnessing a modern-day, high-tech political and media lynching of an innocent police officer who clearly acted in self-defense — if anyone is actually willing to look honestly and fairly at facts. That’s something that President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and various rabble-rousing, race-baiting black leaders appear incapable of doing.

Damn the facts. Obama and Holder are railroading an innocent man to fit their narrative of racism in America. The president needs an indictment and conviction to please his last remaining group of supporters: black Americans. Remember polls show that Obama is now considered the worst president since World War II — lower-rated than even Richard Nixon or Jimmy Carter. Yet in the last election Obama received 93 percent of black votes. This is called sacrificing one police officer’s life to placate your last remaining loyal supporters.

If by chance Obama and Holder can’t get an indictment (and my bet is they won’t), it’s a sure thing they’ll charge an innocent man with trumped-up civil rights violations.

I ask my fellow Americans to do something Obama, Holder, the media and those crowds in Ferguson, Missouri, don’t want to do: examine the facts as we now know them.

Fact: The “victim” Michael Brown allegedly had just robbed a store. Not just any robbery. This was a “strong arm” robbery, involving thug-like behavior — all caught on video.

Fact: Blood tests confirm he had drugs in his system.

Fact: The use of force is justified if you believe your life is in danger or you are facing a person intent on doing you bodily harm.

Brown was a monster of a man: 6 feet 4 inches, 290 pounds. What would you do if a giant thug came charging at you in an attempt to run you over, knock you down and take your gun? Wouldn’t you believe your life was in danger if the man charging you had already punched you in the face and, as a source claims X-rays now prove, broken your eye socket?

Fact: There are now a dozen witnesses who corroborate Wilson’s account of the story.

Obama Crafting Legal Rationale for Sweeping Legalization Action

Newsmax



The White House is crafting a blame-it-on-Congress legal justification to back up President Barack Obama's impending executive actions on immigration.

Facing an expect onslaught of opposition, the administration plans to argue that Congress failed to provide enough resources to fully enforce U.S. laws, thereby ceding wide latitude to White House to prioritize deportations of the 11.5 million people who are in the country illegally, administration officials and legal experts said. But Republicans, too, are exploring their legal options for stopping Obama from what they've deemed egregious presidential overreaching.

A self-imposed, end-of-summer deadline to act on immigration is rapidly approaching. While Obama has yet to receive the formal recommendations he's requested from Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, administration officials said the president is intimately familiar with the universe of options and won't spend much time deliberating once Johnson delivers his recommendations.

After resisting calls to act alone in hopes Congress would pass a comprehensive immigration fix, Obama in June bowed to immigration activists and said that "if Congress will not do their job, at least we can do ours." The most sweeping, controversial step under consideration involves halting deportation for millions, a major expansion of a 2012 Obama program that deferred prosecutions for those brought here illegally as children.

Roughly half a million have benefited from that program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA.

But while prosecutors are routinely expected to use their discretion on a case-by-case basis, such blanket exempting of entire categories of people has never been done on the scale of what Obama is considering — potentially involving many millions of people if he extends relief to parents of DACA children, close relatives of U.S. citizens or immigrants with clean criminal records.

"The question is how broadly can the president extend the categories and still stay on the side of spectrum of ensuring the laws are faithfully executed?" said Cristina Rodriguez, who left the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel in 2013 to teach at Yale Law School.

Other options under consideration, such as changes to how green cards are distributed and counted, might be less controversial because of the support they enjoy from the business community and other influential groups. But Derrick Morgan, a former adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney and a scholar at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said Obama will still face staunch opposition as long as he attempts an end run around Congress.

Obama's goal had been to announce his decision around Labor Day, before leaving on a trip next week to Estonia and Wales. But a host of national security crises have pushed the announcement back, likely until after Obama returns, said the officials, who weren't authorized to comment by name and demanded anonymity.

Obama's actions will almost surely be challenged in court.

"Any potential executive action the president takes will be rooted in a solid legal foundation," White House spokesman Shawn Turner said.

What's more, Obama may have undermined his case because he has insisted time and again that he's the president, not the king, and "can't just make the laws up by myself." In a 2012 interview with Telemundo, Obama defended his decision to defer deportations for children but said he couldn't go any bigger.

"If we start broadening that, then essentially I would be ignoring the law in a way that I think would be very difficult to defend legally. So that's not an option," he said then.

Republicans are already hinting that they'll consider legal action to thwart what they've denounced as a violation of the separation of powers. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, in a conference call this month with GOP House members, accused Obama of "threatening to rewrite our immigration laws unilaterally."

"If the president fails to faithfully execute the laws of our country, we will hold him accountable," Boehner said, according to an individual who participated in the call.

The House already has passed legislation to block Obama from expanding DACA and, through its power of the purse, could attempt to cut off the funds that would be needed to implement the expansion. House Republicans could also consider widening or amending their existing lawsuit against Obama over his health care law, a case that both parties have suggested could be a prelude to impeachment proceedings.

BREAKING...RIGHT SIDE PATRIOTS EXCLUSIVE... 

By: Diane Sori and Craig Andresen

ISIS is openly marching in Jordan and King Abdullah II appears either powerless or too fearful to stop them. The gist of of the Arabic is: Al-Arab Al-Youm, Jordan's second most read newspapers reports yesterday: Jordanians carrying arms and ISIS flags, confirming they have been marching in Jordan and parading at different cities. 

This pic is the ISIS flag flying over Maan, Jordan. 

This is getting serious folks and Obama does NOTHING and the MSM says NOTHING..in fact our officials deem ISIS NOT that serious a threat to the U.S. to warrant us going into Syria.

People...wake up before it's too late!

SHOCKER! Saudi Foreign Minister: “We must denounce our hatred toward Israel and begin to normalize ties with Jewish nation”

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Speaking on the sidelines of the world assembly of Islamic scholars in Jeddh, Saud bin Faisal Al Saud said that the Middle-East needs peace and co-existence more than ever and Saudi Arabia as a leading Islamic country is ready to make sacrifices in peace negotiations and encourages President Abbas to follow the same policy.

AWD News  Referring to the ongoing war in Gaza strip, the Saudi foreign Minster stressed that Hamas authority is the sole responsible for Palestinian calamity and they must brought before the law. The Saudi official further added that the Arab World increasingly is frustrated with Hamas which is seeking more wars.


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In recent day Israel’s air-strikes against Gaza Strip drew many condemnations from the Arab oil-rich states of the Persian Gulf, while Saudi media is increasingly open in criticizing defiant Hamas for resisting Israeli aggression against impoverished Palestinian enclave.

 

Media in Saudi Arabia and Egypt blame Hamas’ actions for Israeli war and prioritizing conflict over the safety of the Gazan population and criticized the leadership for waging war far from the conflict, a Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) report shows.

 

After Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal criticized Arab inaction in Gaza, Saudi Al- okaz daily columnists responded emphatically. “[Meshaal], we are tired of defending the [Palestinian] cause that you have sold for cheap to an MB (Muslim Brotherhood) gang whose way you followed even though they have lost their [own] way,” wrote columnist Abdul-Hamdi Razaq. He also called Meshaal out for living in luxurious Qatari hotels instead of fighting in Gaza.

 

Hamas is losing its legitimacy because it was sacrificing Palestinians while using financial aid to promote its interests, wrote Al-Watan columnist Abdullah Al-Sayyid.

 

http://www.barenakedislam.com/2014/08/27/shocker-saudi-foreign-minister-we-must-denounce-our-hatred-toward-israel-and-begin-to-normalize-ties-with-jewish-nation/