It's very descriptive because those two countries are where ISIS currently holds territory and slaughters its opponents, Muslim and non-Muslim alike.
President Obama won't use the term, preferring ISIL, for two reasons:
1) because ISIL stands for Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, which includes Israel (basically, Obama is telling Muslims he agrees that Israel shouldn't exist), and
2) because the name ISIS could serve as a reminder that most of the ISIS leadership and many of the troops came out of the ongoing civil war in Syria, where they were placed by the Obama Administration, which for years was smuggling arms and personnel through Turkey into Syria in an effort to overthrow Assad.
Those arms and personnel -- really just al-Qaida-linked mercenaries -- ended up migrating into Iraq and being used to conquer cities and towns, some of which had been occupied by Christians for 2,000 years.
So the ISIS army is largely the result of the Obama Administration -- through the CIA -- playing footsies with Islamic terrorists. It's the same reason behind the events of Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.
The Obama Administration has never publicly acknowledged its role in the formation of ISIS, and barely acknowledged that they have a connection to al-Qaida, which as you'll recall Obama assured the country was "on the run." It turns out they were on the run right into Iraq to fill the power vacuum left when Obama pulled our troops out too early.
All of this is known to key people in Congress. It's also known to millions of people around the world thanks to the foreign press that has diligently reported on Obama's support for international terror groups like the Muslim Brotherhood. And it's known to anyone in America who doesn't rely on the mainstream media for information.
That makes it all the more inexplicable that the House on Wednesday passed the White House's request to spend millions of dollars arming and training "moderate" Muslims among the Syrian "rebels."
Not only is the background of ISIS known, but it should be obvious to anyone with a couple of functioning brain cells that those "moderate Muslims" don't exist in everyday life, much less in a war zone inside Syria. Time after time, terrorist attack after terrorist attack, we always look for the protests by all the moderate Muslims outraged by the horrors being perpetrated in Mohammed's name, but they never appear.
Then there's this guy, the rebel commander who ate an enemy's heart to boost his troops' morale. It's good to know that the Obama Administration plans to train and better arm the likes of him, and that Congress will go along with it.
Your tax dollars at work.
Sort of brings a tear to your eye, doesn't it?
And dont' forget: Obama built that! (and the Democrat Party)
Last year I wrote about Mohamed Elibiary who had been promoted to a senior fellow position on the Department of Homeland Security Advisor Council. The role of the Advisory Council is:
“The Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary on matters related to homeland security. The Council comprises leaders from state and local government, first responder communities, the private sector, and academia.”
At that time I questioned Elibiary’s role in the Department of Homeland Security since he is a radical Muslim who openly supported Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. I believed then that Barack Obama’s open support for the Muslim Brotherhood, a known Muslim extremist terrorist group, had something to do with Elibiary’s role on the Advisory Council.
Elibiary not only supported the Muslim Brotherhood but he was also a strong follower of the Islamic martyr Sayyid Qutb who was executed in 1966 for trying to overthrow the Egyptian government. Before his death, Qutb called all Muslims to unite and form a global Islamic state. He stated:
“There is only one place on earth which can be called the home of Islam (Dar-ul-Islam), and it is that place where the Islamic state is established and the Shariah is the authority and God’s limits are observed.”
Referring to the writings of Qutb, Elibiary wrote:
“The potential for a strong spiritual rebirth that’s truly ecumenical allowing all faiths practiced in America to enrich us and motivate us to serve God better by serving our fellow man more.”
A number of lawmakers have been pressuring DHS to remove Elibiary from his high level security position. They saw it as a conflict of interest and threat to national security. Now it seems that the Department of Homeland Security has wised up about Elibiary. Last week it was reported that the radical Muslim resigned, but it now appears that he was fired.
According to a report in The Washington Free Beacon:
“A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) adviser long engulfed in controversy over his radical views was let go from his role in the department last week after a long fight by lawmakers and others to revoke the individual’s privileges at DHS.”
“Mohamed Elibiary was until last week a senior member of DHS’ Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). After years of controversy about his status at DHS, Elibiary announced his final day with the department on Twitter earlier this month and said he would remain close to the agency.”
“Media outlets have raised questions about the circumstances surrounding his departure, speculating that his provocative comments about the ‘inevitable’ return of the Muslim ‘caliphate’ may have played a role.”
“New documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon indicate that Elibiary had no choice in the matter, and that he may have been let go by DHS in order to minimize the fallout from an investigation into allegations that he improperly accessed and used classified materials obtained with his security clearance.”
“Elibiary was originally appointed to HSAC in 2010 and reappointed in September 2013 with the elevated title of ‘senior fellow,’ DHS informed Rep. Louie Gohmert (R., Texas) in a July letter about Elibiary’s status with the agency, according to a copy of that correspondence obtained by the Free Beacon.”
“‘Mr. Elibiary will not be reappointed when his term expires in September of 2014,’ Alan Bernstein, DHS assistant secretary for policy and chief diplomatic officer, informed Gohmert.”
“Bernstein provided no specific reason for this decision and a DHS spokesperson did not respond to a request for more information on the matter.”
To be honest, I don’t care if he resigned, was fire or just not reappointed. I’m just glad that he’s gone. He had no business holding the high level position he had with his extremist views, many of which are held by the very people we are fighting against and who have vowed to destroy the US.
Yet the Obama administration has no problem placing Muslim extremists in top positions. Besides Obama holding the office he does, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s top advisor and confidant’s mother was a member of the Muslim Sisterhood, the female branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. Huma Abedin had full access to the highest level state department information and intelligence. If Abedin played such a key role when Hillary was Secretary of State, just imagine the Cabinet appointees she would make if she became president in 2016. It could be scarier than Obama and his Cabinet.
There's a great debate raging over so-called Republican spoilers. These are candidates who challenge Establishment Republicans. As we saw in Mississippi, the Establishment got behind a long-time Establishment Republican and sabotaged a Tea Party candidate who wanted to make fundamental changes in Washington.
This type of double-dealing is happening in many GOP races. Tea Party advocates and libertarians are fed up with Establishment promises that don't bring about any results.
John Boehner won his primary race. He feels safe. So what does he do? He's working with Nancy Pelosi who told Bill Maher the following:
"It would be very important for the Democrats to retain control of the Senate. Civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if Republicans win the Senate."
Will the GOP ever learn? Dr. Gary North says "no." The following article is controversial. You may not agree with it, but it will get you to think. -- Gary DeMar
The lady never learns. “I am a Republican stalwart!,” Ann Coulter says.
The biggest current danger for Republicans is that idiots will vote for Libertarian candidates in do-or-die Senate elections, including Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina and Colorado. (That’s in addition to the “Independent” in Kansas who’s a Democrat.) Democratic candidates don’t have to put up with this crap — they’re even trying to dump the official Democrat in Kansas to give the stealth Democrat a better shot.
When we’re all dying from lack of health care across the United States of Mexico, we’ll be deeply impressed with your integrity, libertarians.
Which brings me to my final assignment this week: If you are considering voting for the Libertarian candidate in any Senate election, please send me your name and address so I can track you down and drown you.
What has the Republican Party done for liberty lately?
In foreign policy? (How about war?)
In federal spending? (Remember Bush II’s drug prescription law?)
But we are supposed to vote for them, no matter what. We must sanction them. We must give them legitimacy.
And when they sell us out, we are supposed to stay quiet and re-elect them.
Fifty years ago, I learned this rule: “If a politician thinks you are in his hip pocket, you will get sat on.” This rule is never violated.
How does a small voting bloc keep from getting sat on? By voting for a third party in tight races. By inflicting pain on the sellouts.
Electoral politics is all about inflicting pain.
The voters in New Hampshire and Florida who voted for Ralph Nader as a Green Party candidate instead of voting for Al Gore defeated Gore. The Democrats had pretended the greens were in their hip pocket. Dumb move. Nader sent them a message. They learned it well. When was the last time since November 2000 that a Democrat opposed the greens’ agenda?
When will Republicans learn that the Democrats hate them and that there is nothing that Republicans can do to mitigate the hate except to surrender to their lust for more political power?
The only thing that will satisfy a Democrat like Nancy Pelosi is full submission to liberalism. Boehner knows this and he still submits to her. He has no problem working with someone who compares him to terrorists:
“House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) joined forces early Wednesday evening as the House passed a continuing resolution that will fund the government after the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, and that will permit funding for Planned Parenthood (the nation's largest abortion provider), the entirety of Obamacare, and an amendment requested by President Barack Obama ‘to train and equip appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition.’”
Did John Boehner forget what Nancy Pelosi said about the Republicans on Bill Maher’s show just a week ago?
BILL MAHER: I want to ask you about this election that's coming up because now the campaign has been kicked off. Nate Silver said the other day it looks like actually the Republicans are going to win the Senate and everyone was like 'Oh, no, they're going to win the Senate.' My question is what would change? There's the filibuster there anyway, they don't pass anything. It's completely gridlocked. What do I care if they lose the Senate?
NANCY PELOSI: It would be very important for the Democrats to retain control of the Senate. Civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if Republicans win the Senate.
MAHER: This and ISIS are threatening civilization. Oh, no.
Pelosi has given her full support to Debbie Wasserman-Schultz even after the Florida congresswoman said the following about Wisconsin governor Scott Walker:
"Scott Walker has given women the back of his hand. I know that is stark. I know that is direct. But that is reality. . . What Republican tea party extremists like Scott Walker are doing is they are grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back. It is not going to happen on our watch."
LONDON (Reuters) – Women’s rights activists have accused the professional body representing lawyers in England and Wales of endorsing discrimination against women by refusing to withdraw its guidance on sharia wills.
The Law Society issued its guidance on ensuring that wills drawn up for Muslims comply with sharia in March, drawing criticism in the local press that it was effectively enshrining Islamic law in the British legal system for the first time.
In an open letter published on Thursday campaigners said the guidance, “a source of immense concern,” encourages legal services “to accommodate highly gender discriminatory religious laws that are being increasingly defined by religious fundamentalists in our society”.
The guidance informs lawyers that in general, under sharia, male heirs inherit twice the amount a female heir will receive and that illegitimate children are not heirs.
The letter said the Law Society’s failure to withdraw the guidance amounted to a “a gross derogation of duty”.
“Are we to assume that when the Law Society refers to equality, it does not include minority women’s right to equality?” the letter said.
By Raf Sanchez, Washington and Jack Gurdonvia Telegraph
John Kerry suggested today that the task of defeating the Islamic State could fall to Iran and the Syrian government if the US was "failing miserably" in its effort to defeat the jihadists.
The hypothetical scenario raised by the secretary of state is likely to be a new frustration for the White House, which has spent the day quashing speculation by American generals that US ground troops could be sent back to Iraq.
Mr Kerry's words may also heighten Sunni suspicions that the US secretly intends to ally with the Shia governments in Damascus and Tehran against Isil.
Mr Kerry made the suggestion as he faced hostile questions from Republicans during a hearing of the Senate foreign relations committee.
He was asked by Marco Rubio, a hawkish Republican, whether American combat forces could be deployed to the Middle East if commanders deemed it was necessary for defeating Isil.
Mr Kerry repeated President Barack Obama's pledge not to deploy ground troops under any circumstances but then raised the prospect of Iranian and Syrian intervention.
"I'm not going to get into hypotheticals but you're presuming that Iran and Syria don't have any capacity to take on Isil. I mean, who knows? I don't know what's going to happen here," he said. "If we're failing and failing miserably who knows what choice they're might make."
Here's the full exchange, beginning with Mr Rubio suggesting there may come a point where US ground troops are needed:
Rubio:The reason this isn’t a hypothetical is there may come a point where what you’re saying is the only thing that can solve this problem is US combat forces and we are not going to do that and Isil gets to stay.
Kerry:But I think that we are so far away from that "being the only way" and being a hypothetical.
Rubio: Well let me ask you this-
Kerry:No, let me just finish the question. I’m not going to get into hypotheticals but you’re presuming Iran and Syria don’t have any capacity to take on ISIL, I mean who knows. I don’t know what’s going to happen here. Let’s start down this road-
Rubio:Let me ask you about that then. What you’re saying now is there is the potential for the US will be coordinating with Iran?
Kerry:No I never said anything about coordinating. If we are failing and failing miserably who knows what choice they might make.
The US has insisted that it will not coordinate militarily with either Assad or the Iranians.
But this week Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, claimed that the US had privately approached Tehran seeking cooperation against Isil. He rejected the approach, saying the US had "corrupt intention and stained hands".
The US has not denied making the request in private.
Sen. Rand Paul on Thursday blasted his own party for making it tougher for minorities to vote.
The Kentucky Republican, a likely presidential candidate, has long argued that drug laws disproportionately affect minorities and has also championed restoring voting rights for some non-violent felons. He laid out those views in a speech at the Liberty PAC conference, a gathering tied to his father, libertarian icon Ron Paul.
“So many times, Republicans are seen as this party of, ‘We don’t want black people to vote because they’re voting Democrat, we don’t want Hispanic people to vote because they’re voting Democrat,’” he said. “We wonder why the Republican Party is so small. Why don’t we be the party that’s for people voting, for voting rights?”
He also skewered what he characterized as excessive use of force by police in Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed teenager was shot by a police officer, an incident that kicked off weeks of protests fueled by racial tensions.
Another confused Muslim, maybe we should have John Kerry explain to him what real Islam looks like.
Via Fox News:
An upstate New York man has been indicted for allegedly trying to recruit fighters for the Islamic State, paying for their travel and even buying guns, according to federal prosecutors.
Mufid Elfgeeh, 30, of Rochester, was indicted by a federal grand jury on three counts of attempting to provide material support and resources to the group widely known as ISIS that has been designated by the U.S. as a foreign terrorist organization, federal prosecutors said late Tuesday. Elfgeeh, who was born in Yemen and is a naturalized U.S. citizen, is one of the first people accused by the U.S. of recruiting on behalf of ISIS.
According to court documents seen by the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Elfgeeh tried to raise money to enable a Yemeni man to join ISIS. At one point, Elfgeeh allegedly sent the man $600 to travel from Yemen to Syria. An FBI affidavit alleges that this past April, Elfgeeh traveled to Buffalo with an FBI informant to get a passport for the latter man. Elfgeeh suggested that ISIS would use the informant to “operate a cannon, act as a sniper and/or build bombs,” the document claims.
The Australian is reporting that a series of anti-terrorism raids took place today in Sydney and Brisbane on word that Islamic State supporters were planning to publicly execute people there.
Some 800 of police officers took part in the raids, arresting 15 men in what represents the largest anti-terrorism operation in the country’s history.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott told reporters, “The exhortations, quite direct exhortations, were coming from an Australian who is apparently quite senior in ISIL to networks of support back in Australia to conduct demonstration killings here in this country. So this is not just suspicion, this is intent and that’s why the police and security agencies decided to act in the way they have.”
The Australian government believes that at least 60 Australians have joined Islamic State to fight in Iraq and Syria, with another 100 Australians supporting ISIL/ISIS from home.
This latest plan, which had allegedly been in the works for months, involved the ISIL supporters randomly grabbing a member of the public off the street to behead him or her live on camera.
To “help protect Australia from terrorism,” the “national security information campaign reminds Australians to remain vigilant and report possible signs of terrorism to the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400.”
This is the new level of insanity the world is at, apparently.
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