June 30, 2014 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – This afternoon the crumpled bodies of kidnapped [June 12] Israeli teens, Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrach, and Gilad Shaar were found, executed by HAMAS, the Muslim Brotherhood created terrorist group sworn to the destruction of the Jewish state.
Reaction by the White House was uncomfortably nuanced and infinitely more restrained than if, for example the case had involved the high profile murder of a single kidnapped Black youth by a White Supremacist group.
The diplomatic meat of the PR release was formal and terse after the perfunctory “oh my, this is horrible, I feel your pain...” preface:
“The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms this senseless act of terror against innocent youth. From the outset, I have offered our full support to Israel and the Palestinian Authority to find the perpetrators of this crime and bring them to justice, and I encourage Israel and the Palestinian Authority to continue working together in that effort. I also urge all parties to refrain from steps that could further destabilize the situation . As the Israeli people deal with this tragedy, they have the full support and friendship of the United States.” [source, Statement by the President on the Deaths of Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrach, and Gilad Shaar , WhiteHouse.gov]
Considering the circumstances, three innocent children abducted on their way home from school and subsequently murdered, and as set against the very public context of a caliphate on the march, the WH condemnation was inappropriately impersonal, insensitive and lacked the moral outrage which we know Mr. Obama can summon when he so desires.
There was none of the, “If I had a son...” theatrics which have become Obama’s stock-in-trade.
At the same time, from a strategic foreign policy perspective, the presser telegraphed a message of weakness to our adversaries as if an event of this magnitude was of little consequence.
Contrast Obama’s expenditure of less than 170 words to his very passionate [2,100+ words] remarks today regarding the illegal alien invasion currently plaguing our Southern border. [please refer to, President’s Statement On Border Security And Immigration Reform , WhiteHouse.gov]
The juxtaposition of these two declarations is instructive:
June 30, 2014 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – Make no mistake about it, the escalating jihadist surge in Iraq and Syria is now owned by President Obama.
This is his war.
As a result of more than two years of feckless inattention, including the administration's failure to negotiate a status of forces agreement with the Maliki government, the country teeters on the verge of becoming a de-facto terrorist state.
If the country falls, American interests - secured through the sacrifice of nearly 4,500 American soldiers - won’t be the only casualty.
As reports continue to filter in it’s becoming clear that the Sunni terrorist army, ISIS, is engaging in a savage religious cleansing of Christians in the areas which it now holds.
“And now, with the raging incursion of ISIS – a brutal Al Qaeda affiliated terrorist group – the religious cleansing of Iraq’s Christians is nearing completion as well. Iraq’s Christian community is hardly a western innovation or a colonial relic. It dates from the 1st Century, when two of Jesus’ disciples – St. Thomas and St. Thaddeus (also known as St. Jude) – preached the Gospel in what was then Assyria. There has been a Christian presence in Iraq ever since. [source, Lila Gilbert, The religious cleansing of Iraq's Christians, Fox News]
A definitive example of what's happening has occurred in the city of Mosul, where over the last two weeks thousands of Christians have been forced to flee as ISIS took over the city.
"According to CNN, militants believed to be from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) took control of the airport, government offices, and TV stations. Iraqi police and soldiers fled from the onslaught. The militants freed around 1,000 militants from the Mosul prison.
The Iraqi government has asked the United States for help, under the terms of the Strategic Agreement. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki has asked the parliament to declare a state of emergency and called on all able Iraqi men to come out and help defend the country.
While the majority of Mosul’s 1.8 million inhabitants are Sunni Muslim, the city has historic importance for the world’s Christians. Mosul encompasses the ancient city of Nineveh, which is first mentioned in Genesis 10:11: “Ashur left that land, and built Nineveh". It was to the city of Nineveh that God sent Jonas to preach repentance, and in the end the city was saved from destruction." [source, Katie Gorka, Apocalyptic Assault by Islamist Militants Underway in Mosul, Iraq, Breitbart]
Additional resources dealing with this unfolding tragedy:
Emboldened ISIS Threatens Americans
GABRIEL: ISIS is a threat beyond Iraq, with Shariah as worldwide aim
ISIS ENABLERS: SCORECARD OF THE GUILTY
ISIS’s original piggy bank was Saudi Arabia
ISIS’ Next Targets: Jordan and Saudi Arabia
Desperate pleas by Iraqi officials for help have been rebuffed by President Obama, who seems inured to the catastrophe which Iraq has become. During this bloodletting in Syria and Iraq, jihadists are resorting to grotesque levels of violence; Christians are being crucified for refusing to renounce their faith or simply because they are non-Muslim. [please refer to, Raymond Ibrahim, Christians Are Being Crucified Again, Front Page Magazine]
June 28, 2014 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – On Friday, Federal Judge Leoni Brinkema, a Clinton appointee, dismissed the criminal contempt case against admitted Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist Sami Al-Arian.
Before his 2002 firing [loudly protested by faculty] Al-Arian had worked as a professor of computer engineering at the University of South Florida.
Though Al-Arian initially was technically under house arrest during the appeal, the restrictions placed upon him by Brinkema were minimal, allowing him to return to the stealth jihad.
Al-Arian now faces a deportation order, though considering the current occupant of the WH we have serious doubts as to that happening any time soon [for additional information please refer to, Breaking News: Al-Arian Contempt Case Dropped, Investigative Project on Terrorism ].
About the case, in a press release issued on April 17, 2006, the DOJ stated:
“Former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian has pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiring to provide services to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a specially designated terrorist organization, in violation of U.S. law, the Department of Justice announced today.
By WILLIAM MAYER
June 23, 2014 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org – In the relatively short time span of two weeks, President Obama – once again startled by critical developments in foreign affairs - has been forced to confront the presence of a large jihadist force - the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham [ISIS] - which has infiltrated across the Syrian border into Iraq and is now controlling the major cities of Mosul [Iraq's second most populous] Tikrit and Fallujah.
The legacy media In what appears to be an effort to limit Mr. Obama’s exposure as being labeled either naïve or a charlatan when he declared al-Qaeda to be moribund, has portrayed ISIS as being a renegade group of jihadists [please refer to, Mark Tran, Who are Isis? A terror group too extreme even for al-Qaida, UK Guardian] who were dismissed by al-Qaeda Central’s emir, Ayman al-Zawahiri because it was unnecessarily brutality.
The press isn’t alone.
Some scholars also contend that al-Qaeda is no longer a serious threat, arguing that the group has been decimated.
“…Al Qaeda is no longer seen as an existential threat to the West in a clash of civilizations, and it is no longer believed to have deeply penetrated societies…While the hysteria over a global conspiracy against the West has faded..” [source, Marc Sageman, The Stagnation of Research on Terrorism, Chronicles in Higher Education]
This viewpoint was notably criticized by Bruce Hoffman, A Georgetown, PhD, in Foreign Policy magazine. [see for example, Elaine Sciolino and Eric Schmitt, A Not Very Private Feud Over Terrorism, New York Times]
Though it’s undeniable that ISIS’ reputation for brutality is well-deserved, claiming that it’s excessive as judged by the normative standards of jihad is without basis. Moreover that doesn’t seem to be the reason why al-Qaeda main and ISIS went their separate ways.
As noted in the Rand Corporation’s recently published monologue [Seth G. Jones, A Persistent Threat: The Evolution of al Qa’ida and Other Salafi Jihadists ] what led to the expulsion of ISIS from al-Qaeda was a matter of internal politics, an organizational/jurisdictional dispute between ISIS, led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi [also ’Abu Du’a] and Jabhat al-Nusrah, whose emir is Abu Muhammad al-Jawlani.
June 18, 2014 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – As ISIS rolls through Iraq unmolested it’s impossible not to question the President’s commitment to keeping the United States safe.
Despite claims by the legacy media to the contrary, ISIS is al-Qaeda is Boko Haram etc. The ideologies are the same, jihad, sacralized by the Qur’an, in furtherance of establishing a caliphate. The methods are the same, maximum violence to cow populations into accepting Islam over a very uncomfortable death. The only difference is quantitative, ISIS at this point is a dominant jihadist armed force conducting operations across a wide swath of territory, whereas, for example Boko Haram has primarily confined its mayhem to the Northern states of Nigeria.
They're what were called in simpler times, the enemy.
Decapitation and worse is pretty much the same regardless of location.
What’s truly amazing about the spectacle that’s been unfolding now for weeks is that ISIS is moving large numbers of insurgents in convoys of what are essentially passenger vehicles using public roads.
To a military commander these unprotected vehicles represent a target of opportunity which could be quickly destroyed by air power with relatively minimal risk.
However as Obama continues to dither, the opportunity to strike a severe blow to ISIS/al-Qaeda wanes as shoulder fired surface to air missiles, Stingers and Russian SA-7s become more available, posing a much higher risk to pilots who might be engaging the jihadists.
Though there are counter measures which can be taken [a blizzard of flares] against the missiles since they are heat seekers those defenses could be overrun by the sheer number of missiles which might be brought to bear.
Complicating the matter, the aircraft which would be most effective against the ISIS convoys such as the AC130 and the A 10 Warthog fly low at relatively slow speeds - 250-350 - knots/hr making the enemy’s job less difficult.
What follows are examples of the effectiveness of some of the weapons which the President has at his disposal were he to turn serious about faithfully executing his oath of office.
AC-130 combat footage:
A-10 Warthog combat footage:
June 16, 2014 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – As we watch Iraq predictably self-combust due to President Obama’s reckless withdrawal of American forces from Iraq sans a Status of Forces agreement, we thought it might be helpful to spotlight one of the Congressional leaders of the effort to lose thewar in Iraq while troops were still in the field, Hillary Rodham Clinton, after her vote in support of the war had become politically unopular.
So here is Hillary in her own words:
The junior Senator from New York casting her vote in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
“I want to ensure that Saddam Hussein makes no mistake about our national unity and for our support for the President’s efforts to wage America’s war against terrorists.”
The junior Senator from New York switching sides, becoming an opponent of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
“I have been saying for some time that we should bring our combat troops home from Iraq”
By WILLIAM MAYER
June 16, 2014 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – With the terror army known as the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham [ISIS, al-Qaeda unmasked] having streamed unopposed across the Syrian border, linked up with its Sunni mujahideen brothers already in Iraq and now heading towards the capital, the President of the United States, in a brief appearance Friday afternoon - before jetting off to Palm Springs - finally acknowledged that this was a crisis. He also revealed that he was once again “surprised” by developments involving national security issues.
Apparently it was the jihadist’s capturing the Iraqi cities of Tikrit and Mosul which finally penetrated the circle of idiots which form Obama’s Praetorian Guard. Where does one start here, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, CIA Director, John Brennan, DOD Chief Chuck Hagel?
In most administrations these individuals wouldn't even make the "B" team.
As has become the custom with the legacy media during these impromptu “media availabilities,” the few questions directed at the CIC bordered on embarrassing. Among what are supposed to be some of the best journos in the nation, not a single member of the press asked the most basic and obvious question, “Mr. President why didn’t your administration see this coming?” Very much the same question can be asked about the Benghazi tragedy. How do these things always seem to slip between Obama's fingers as if they were the foreign policy equivalent of Jello?
Though Team Obama has made something of an art form of being caught flat-footed, that’s not really the bad news here. What’s shocking about the matter [dismissing for the moment that it was allowed to happen] is that the administration had no ready contingency plan to put into action. This is not to suggest that DOD hadn't allowed for the possibility of Iraq imploding and in anticipation prepared a response strategem which it then could have been pulled off the shelf. Actually it would be surprising if some planning towards that end hadn't already occurred in light of Iraq’s increasing instability which has been apparent for years.
However, if that is the case it certainly wasn’t in evidence during the WH’s display of confusion on Friday.
For the sake of developing the point, let's stipulate that the military had indeed prepared for this eventuality. If so, perhaps the reason it wasn’t immediately put into action is that it would have almost certainly included air strikes on the unprotected convoys of jeeps which are ferrying ISiS insurgents from place-to-place.
Such unilateral and decisive action is alien to this administration.
Obama’s feeble statement makes it clear that he's unsure of what measures to take. He did note that whatever he finally chooses to do will be of a limited nature. Thus the President in his nonchalance, violated most of the major precepts of managing a foreign policy crisis.
The most glaring of these was failing to anticipate that this might become a crisis in the first place. Threats such as this are best best avoided through the appropriate use of intelligence assets to understand the dynamic and then responding pro-actively in order to minimize the danger being posed, which in this case is significant - the morphing of Iraq into an extremely well capitalized and ultra-aggressive Sunni jihadist state.
By WILLIAM MAYER
June 12, 2014 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – With Iraq in flames and ISIS [Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] jihadists streaming in from Syria [some indisputably armed by this administration] and now drawing down on Baghdad, Barack Obama must face the consequences of his policies - losing a war which had been won conclusively as his predecessor left office.
If this rout isn’t Mr. Obama’s desired outcome, why has he rebuffed multiple pleas from the besieged Maliki government for assistance, especially air power - perhaps AC 130 gunships?
Yes, of course we have the boiler plate denunciations of the increasing violence in Iraq along with transparently false suggestions that action is being considered; but all of that is icing, designed for consumption by the legacy press stenographers.
As set against the sheer glee with which this administration, under cover of NATO, decimated Libya’s infrastructure to bring about the fall of Gaddafi, the President’s refusal to supply minimal air power in Iraq is morally indefensible.
That is unless Obama feels that humiliating America, by forcing it to lose this war, is somehow a down payment on what are – in his mind – the historical excesses of “American colonialism.”
The President should be forced to look the families and loved ones of the 4,489 U.S. servicemen Killed in Action in the eyes and explain to what end he has wasted their ultimate sacrifice.
At the core of this matter, the President needs to answer for the sleight-of-hand negotiations with Iraq which should have led to a robust Status of Forces Agreement. Instead of making the document an executive agreement between two heads of state, Obama insisted on what everyone knew was the poison pill, submitting the text to Iraq’s dysfunctional parliament for a vote.
By EMERSON VERMAAT
June 11, 2014 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The terrorist and anti-Semitic attack on the the Jewish Museum in Brussels on May 25 was an al-Qaeda operation. Mehdi Nemmouche, a radicalized French-Algerian aged 29, entered the museum on that Sunday morning and killed three people using a kalashnikov and a pistol. A fourth victim was very seriously injured. He died on June 6. Kalashnikovs can be easily obtained from North African criminal gangs in Belgium, France or Holland. When he was arrested in Marseille in southern France on Friday, May 30, French police found his AK47 wrapped in an ISIL flag. ISIL stands for “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.” It is an extremely dangerous al-Qaeda branch active in Iraq and Syria. (They also have a vast recruiting network in Europe.) Police also found Nemmouche’s pistol and lots of ammunition. There is no doubt about it that he planned another terrorist attack, possibly in southern France.
It was in Amsterdam, Holland, that Nemmouche boarded the Eurolines bus bound for Brussels and Marseille where he arrived on Friday 30 May. His arrest in France was coincidental. The Eurolines bus was randomly checked by the French police in Marseille who were looking for drugs. What they found instead was Nemmouche’s kalashnikov, his pistol as well as a video tape in which he says: “I will set Brussels on fire!”
Nemmouche was a notorious criminal in Tourgoing (near Roubaix in northern France). He was recruited by Muslim extremists while serving his most recent jail sentence between 2007 and 2012. Subsequently, he traveled to Syria, via Belgium (Kortijk), Britain, Turkey and Lebanon – a very circumvential route to conceil the purpose of his trip. Once in Syria, he immediately joined the ranks of ISIL, the most fanatical jidahist group. Belgian Muslims and converts to Islam also joined ISIL after having been recruited by “Sharia4Belgium” or other radical movements.
Nemmouche returned to France in March 2014 (via Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Germany). The French police and security service have a huge file on him but they failed to share this vital information with their West European counterparts. That is why the Belgian police could not find the perpetrator of the attack on the Jewish Museum. This was the first terrorist attack by a European jihadist who reuturned from Syria. Many more are bound to follow.
By CHERYL GATESWORTH
June 8, 2014 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org - In recent articles [please refer to, Muslim Public Affairs Council’s Panties In A Bunch Over Fox’s “Tyrant ” and Coerced Shari'a Compliance And Alice In Arabia] PipeLineNews has covered attempts by Islamist organizations [one of which, CAIR, has been linked to Hamas] to censor depictions in the media which present something other than a fairy-tale version of Islam.
As testament to this campaign of intimidation, the upcoming [June 24 debut] Fox Entertainment’s miniseries, Tyrant, has since March been subjected to a review process by the Muslim Public Affairs Council [MPAC] censorship board.
The organization claims it’s only working in an "advisory capacity."
We continue to maintain that the motivation of the alphabet soup Islamist lobby in these matters isn’t out of fear that Islam may be presented incorrectly and thus somehow be defamed. These groups are fearful that media productions such as Alice in Arabia and Tyrant will present normative Islam accurately.
Bad for the image you know…
The desired result of this strategy is to force production companies into Shari’a compliance, which would have the added effect of turning their content into da’wa.
June 5, 2014 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – The recent forming of a “unity” government between the previously discordant parties, Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah led faction and that of Hamas, headed since 2007 by Ismail Haniyeh has some serious implications.
Perhaps the most important of these is that despite the alliance “Palestinian” governance remains as fragmented as it was previous the agreement with the recently inked document possibly making things worse given the dynamics now in play. Providing some perspective on this matter we turn to Efraim Inbar, PhD [BESA Center] whose area of expertise is strategic analysis.
In an article published today in the Middle East Forum [see, Dangerous and False Palestinian "Unity"] Dr. Inbar underscores the difficulties faced by such an arrangement:.
“As long as the military branch of Hamas remains independent, there is no Palestinian unity…acceptance of a growing role for Hamas is inimical to Israeli-Palestinian peaceful co-existence.”
Dr. Inbar argues that this development is symptomatic of the plight facing much of the Middle East’s Muslim world post the Arab Spring., “it is not clear to what extent are Palestinians able to move beyond this general Arab political malaise.”
June 4, 2014 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – Speaking in his first interview post the Egypt’s always controversial electoral process, President el-Sisi petitioned Team Obama to provide aid so that the country can re-stabilize and fight its internal jihadist threat, especially in the Sinai.
“The Egyptian army is undertaking major operations in the Sinai so it is not transformed into a base for terrorism that will threaten its neighbours and make Egypt unstable. If Egypt is unstable then the entire region is unstable.” [source, South China Post, Egypt’s General Sisi asks for US help in fighting terrorism ]
The soft spoken el-Sisi stressed that if Egypt’s security needs were of no concern to the administration, it should nonetheless provide the requisite tools to the embattled nation, noting that America was the jihadists’ prime target.
June 3, 2014 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – The Muslim Public Affairs Council, a controversial Islamist pressure group headquartered in LA, is working in lock-step with the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR a known associate of HAMAS] in an effort to censor a new Fox Entertainment series entitled, Tyrant.
The new thriller is set in the Middle East. The plot-line revolves around an America family forced to deal with the incessant violence in that part of the world.
Apparently MPAC and CAIR consider the depiction of one of the main characters - the son of a mythical nation’s dictator who returns after a long period of self-imposed exile – as somehow insulting to Islam or defaming the religion’s prophet, both of which are serious offenses in Islamic law, the Shari’a.
June 3, 2014 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – Reflecting the public’s growing disbelief in the ability of this administration to properly secure American interests, today Speaker Boehner chastised the Obama Administration for negotiating with the terrorist Taliban, trading 5 top echelon jihadists for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl who 5 years ago went missing under curious circumstances.
Quickly following that event it became known that Bergdahl was in the hands of the Taliban [willingly or unwillingly] who occasionally used video footage of him intending to taunt the U.S. into a prisoner exchange, a practice widely recognized as extraordinarily ill advised.
In a terse statement issued today, House Speaker Boehner stated that the President’s actions in failing to consult on the matter [as per HR 3034] sends “a signal that it is open season on our fellow citizens, both military and civilian personnel, serving our country abroad so faithfully.”