Posted: August 27, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Mediasphere, Think Tank, War Room | Tags: Barack Obama, Bashar al-Assad, Iraq, Islamic state, Josh Earnest, Syria, United States
Posted: August 26, 2014 Filed under: Global, Politics, U.S. News, War Room, White House | Tags: American Legion, Barack Obama, BarackObama, Charlotte North Carolina, Kay Hagan, North Carolina, Obama, Standing ovation, Veteran, Virginia, White House
Most of the veterans sat on their hands, leaving awkward silences where White House speechwriters expected ovations
President Barack Obama faced a tough crowd on Tuesday – American military veterans – and fell flat on his applause lines as he failed to win over the American Legion’s convention-goers.
“You could tell when the applause was genuine and when it wasn’t. It was obvious to everyone here.”
– Virginia Legionnaire in attendance
The 35-minute speech seemed to have reminded the audience of the stark divide between the White House’s policy choices and the feelings of the men and women often called on to carry them out.
A Virginia legionnaire who served in the U.S. Marine Corps told MailOnline that ‘a small group of Obama’s admirers – and there are some here – sat near the front and tried to generate applause for him about 10 times.’ Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 26, 2014 Filed under: Think Tank, War Room | Tags: Barack Obama, David Petraeus, George Packer, Iraq, ISI, New Yorker, Syria, United States
An F/A-18 Hornet takes off for northern Iraq, Aug. 18. AFP/Getty Images
ISIS Makes Liberals Rediscover the Necessity of Hard Power
Bret Stephens writes: So now liberals want the U.S. to bomb Iraq, and maybe Syria as well, to stop and defeat ISIS, the vilest terror group of all time. Where, one might ask, were these neo-neocons a couple of years ago, when stopping ISIS in its infancy might have spared us the current catastrophe?
“Are we going to fight terrorists over there—or are we going to wait for them to come here? “
Oh, right, they were dining at the table of establishment respectability, drinking from the fountain of opportunistic punditry, hissing at the sound of the names Wolfowitz, Cheney, Libby and Perle.
And, always, rhapsodizing to the music of Barack Obama.
Not because he is the most egregious offender, but only because he’s so utterly the type, it’s worth turning to the work of George Packer, a writer for the New Yorker. Over the years Mr. Packer has been of this or that mind about Iraq. Yet he has always managed to remain at the dead center of conventional wisdom. Think of him as the bubble, intellectually speaking, in the spirit level of American opinion journalism.
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Posted: August 25, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Mediasphere, Politics, War Room, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Foley, Iraq, Islamic state, James Foley, Jeanne Shaheen, Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire, Rochester, White House
(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama sent no White House representative to the memorial Mass held yesterday in Rochester, New Hampshire, for James Foley, the American journalist beheaded by the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) terrorists.
Mourners packed Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Rochester, N.H., on Sunday for a memorial Mass for journalist James Foley, who was murdered by ISIS terrorists. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
President Obama, however, did send three White House aides to Monday’s funeral for Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American fatally shot in an encounter with a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo.
“There was nobody that represented the White House.”
The memorial mass for James Foley took place Sunday at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Foley’s hometown. Connie Hammond, an administrative assistant at Holy Rosary, told CNSNews.com that no White House officials were in attendance. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 25, 2014 Filed under: Mediasphere, U.S. News, War Room, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Heritage Foundation, LeBron James, National Review, Potomac River, Republican Party (United States), Rich Lowry, United States
From Rich Lowry at The Corner
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Posted: August 24, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Mediasphere, Think Tank, U.S. News, War Room | Tags: Andrew Johnson, Barack Obama, Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Iraq, Islamic state, Michael Morell, Syria, United States
The Corner‘s Andrew Johnson: Former CIA deputy director Michael Morell called the Islamic State’s rapidly growing strength and control of territory in Iraq and Syria “the most complex terrorism problem that I have ever seen.”
While he said “there are no magic bullets” for dealing with the situation, he offered a potential strategy on Face the Nation. First, the United States must work towards taking the controlled territories in Iraq and Syria, which will require a political solution with the former’s government; doing so in Syria will likely be notably more difficult…(more) NRO
Posted: August 23, 2014 Filed under: History, Politics, Think Tank, War Room | Tags: Barack Obama, David Lloyd George, G. Wells, H. G. Wells, J. Rufus Fears, National Review, ROMAN EMPIRE, Syria, Woodrow Wilson, World War I
Progressives can’t wish away human nature.
Charles C. W. Cooke writes: H. G. Wells’s famous prediction that the First World War would be the “war to end all wars” was met with skepticism by the British prime minister. “This war, like the next war,” David Lloyd George quipped in the summer of 1916, “is a war to end war.” History, he sighed, is not shaped by wishful thinking.
“The lessons of history endure, because human nature never changed.”
– J. Rufus Fears
Two decades later, Lloyd George would be proven right. And yet, in the intervening period, it was Wells’s sentiment that prevailed. The horrors of the trenches having made rationalization imperative, a popular and holistic narrative was developed. The Great War, Woodrow Wilson quixotically argued, had finally managed to “make the world safe for democracy” and, in doing so, had served an invaluable purpose. Henceforth, human beings would remember the valuable lesson that had been written in so much blood, coming together in mutual understanding to, as Wells rather dramatically put it,“exorcise a world-madness and end an age.” And that, it was thought, would be that. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 22, 2014 Filed under: Mediasphere, War Room, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Foley, ISIS, Islamic state, James Foley, Obama, United States, Washington
WASHINGTON — He had just hung up the telephone with the devastated parents before heading in front of the cameras. Unusually emotional, President Obama declared himself “heartbroken” by the brutal murder of an American journalist, James Foley…(more)
DNC Public Relations Arm & NYT ‘Tactical Nuance’ Unit
Posted: August 21, 2014 Filed under: Mediasphere | Tags: Barack Obama, Caliphate, El Salvador, Iraq, Iraq War, ISIS, Islamic State Iraq, Islamic State of Iraq, Jane Harman, Shia Islam, Syria
Countering Radical Narratives Requires Understanding the Radicalized
Nimmi Gowrinathan writes: Reports that women have formed their own brigade within the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) have confounded experts — and worried them. For many, the idea of women as violent extremists seems paradoxical. After all, why should women want to join a political struggle that so blatantly oppresses them?
“In war zones across the world, women absorb a disproportionate amount of the fallout from conflict, including material deprivation in refugee camps, daily harassment and fear in militarized zones, and a constant vulnerability to rape.”
That question reveals more about the experts than the fighters. Those who ask it assume, first, that women are more peaceful than men by nature; and second, that women who participate in armed rebellion are little more than cannon fodder in a man’s game, fighting foolishly for a movement that will not benefit them. As the women of ISIS prove, both assumptions are false.
“Joining the fight is sometimes the only way to survive.”
To understand the women of ISIS and their motivations, it helps to place them in their historical context, among the legions of women in El Salvador, Eritrea, Nepal, Peru, and Sri Lanka who voluntarily joined violent movements and militias, sometimes even as highly ranked officers. In each of these cases, women joined for the same basic reasons as men. Living in deeply conservative social spaces, they faced constant threats to their ethnic, religious, or political identities — and it was typically those threats, rather than any grievances rooted in gender, that persuaded them to take up arms. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 21, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Diplomacy, U.S. News, War Room | Tags: Barack Obama, Dr Strangelove, Foley, Global Panic of 2014, hostage, Islamic state, Islamic State of Iraq, James Foley, Pentagon, Special forces, Syria
‘Flawless’ Except That the Hostages Weren’t There
“Was this a failure of intelligence? No…This operation, by the way, was a flawless operation, but…”
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Posted: August 21, 2014 Filed under: Crime & Punishment, War Room | Tags: Barack Obama, EUROPE, Foley, Iraq, Islam, Islamic state, James Foley, Journalist, Middle East, Obama, Syria, United States
Reporters Released by Islamic State Say They Spent Several Months With Beheaded Journalist
PARIS - David Gauthier-Villars reports: Former French hostages in Syria said they spent several months in captivity with James Foley, the American journalist whose beheading was videotaped and posted on the Internet this week, and had shared the information with U.S. authorities.British Broadcasting Corp.
Didier François, a reporter with French radio Europe 1 who was kidnapped by Islamist insurgents in Syria in June of last year, said he shared a cell with Mr. Foley from September 2013 to April, when he was released by the group that calls itself Islamic State.
“He was an extraordinary man, an impressive journalist, an extremely strong man who never cracked down despite the incredibly difficult conditions.”
Mr. François told Europe 1. Upon his release with three other French reporters, Mr. François said he contacted Mr. Foley’s family, as well as U.S. authorities, to share information about the American correspondent.
[U.S. Intelligence Confirms Authenticity of Video Showing Americans Foley, Sotloff]
U.S. Special Operations forces mounted an unsuccessful mission inside Syria earlier this summer to try to rescue Mr. Foley and other Americans held by the Islamic extremists, senior Obama administration officials have said. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 21, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Mediasphere, Politics, War Room, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Ed Morrissey, Global Panic of 2014, Golf course, Iraq, ISIS, James Foley, Martha, Obama, Syria, United States, White House
[Also see - GLOBAL PANIC OF 2014 UPDATE: President Obama Plans 16-Day Martha's Vineyard Vacation on $12m Estate]
[FLASHBACK: Washington Post, Wednesday, May 14, 2008 - Bush Says He's Not A Golfer In Wartime]
President Bush said yesterday that he gave up golfing in 2003 “in solidarity” with the families of soldiers who were dying in Iraq, concluding that it was “just not worth it anymore” to play the sport in a time of war…(more)
NEW YORK TIMES HEADLINE: OBAMA VOWS TO ‘STAY ON COURSE’
Hot Air‘s Ed Morrissey provides some additional quotes and commentary:
…Their [NY Daily News] article didn’t pull any punches, either:
President Obama put his own spin on the oft-quoted advice of predecessor Teddy Roosevelt: speak strongly and carry a nine iron.
The vacationing commander-in-chief returned to the golf course Wednesday after calling for justice in the brutal killing of an American journalist by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) terrorists. …
The president zipped quickly from a local school to a Martha’s Vineyard golf course after his 12:45 p.m. media session. Obama delivered a short statement and took no questions from the assembled media.
And it doesn’t get any better for Obama at the Daily Mail. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 21, 2014 Filed under: Mediasphere, Politics | Tags: Barack Obama, Foley, Global Panic of 2014, Islamic state, James Foley, Jihadism, Syria, Terrorism, Twitter, United States, YouTube
See Tom Rogan’s recent piece on the Islamic State and James Foley’s murder, “A Man of Courage and ISIS’s Face of Evil.”
Posted: August 20, 2014 Filed under: Crime & Punishment, Think Tank, U.S. News, White House | Tags: Barack Obama, Brown, Ferguson, Kevin D. Williamson, Michael Brown, National Review, The End Is Near and It's Going to Be Awesome, United States
National Review‘s Kevin D. Williamson writes: Barack Obama once had a good idea, or at least half of one: As the president himself pointed out in his recent remarks on the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., during his time in the Illinois state legislature he backed a law requiring that police take video of interrogations and confessions. Here’s a better idea: Capture all police interactions on video.
[Kevin D. Williamson's book - "The End Is Near and It's Going to Be Awesome" is available at Amazon]
Doing so can make an important difference in how incidents such as the Brown shooting are understood. Consider the case of Erin Forbes, who was shot dead by police in the Philadelphia suburbs in circumstances similar to those of Mr. Brown.
Conflict, Chaos, and Confusion after dark. Ferguson isn’t a monster, it’s just ahead of the curve.
Erin Forbes was a young black man who was shot by a police officer while unarmed. (Mostly unarmed — more on that in a bit.) Like Mr. Brown, he had robbed a convenience store not long before the shooting, taking a small amount of money from the cash register. Like Mr. Brown, he did not have a criminal record.
Just what those musket-clinging enlightened founders warned us about: Permanent armies on the streets.
“The deployment of armored vehicles by small-town police departments responding to domestic disturbances is un-republican and ridiculous.”
But there are differences, too. Mr. Forbes was not from a poor, heavily black community where relations with the police were difficult. Mr. Forbes was, in fact, from a solid, upper-middle-class family. His mother was a professor of African-American studies at Temple University, and he himself had been a soldier in the U.S. Army. His family lived in the suburbs, and he sometimes attended the Presbyterian church in Gladwyne, home of the seventh-wealthiest ZIP code in the United States. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 20, 2014 Filed under: Mediasphere, Think Tank, War Room | Tags: Barack Obama, Foley, GlobalPost, ISIS, Islamic state, Islamists, James Foley, Jihadists, MSNBC, Philip Balboni, Terrorism, United States
“I would say this: Something needs to be done to respond to this brutal murder. I think we have to take a stronger stand with the Islamic State.”
Via The Corner:
GlobalPost CEO Philip Balboni told MSNBC he is confident that the U.S. government “tried very hard,” and he has communicated with officials since Foley was kidnapped in November 2012. In light of Foley’s death, though, the government must do more, he said.
“I would say this: Something needs to be done to respond to this brutal murder.”
“I’m not an expert — I don’t know what exactly should be done — but this brutal murder of an American citizen cannot go unanswered,” he said…(read more)
National Review Online
Posted: August 20, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, U.S. News, War Room | Tags: Barack Obama, Foley, GlobalPost, Iraq, Islamic state, James Foley, Syria, United States
Mr. Foley was one of dozens of journalists kidnapped and missing in Syria
WASHINGTON— WSJ‘s Andrew Grossman reporting: U.S. intelligence agencies have confirmed the authenticity of a video showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley.
“You are no longer fighting an insurgency. We are an Islamic army.”
Militants from the group Islamic State released a video on Tuesday that appeared to show the beheading of Mr. Foley in an act of retribution for U.S. airstrikes on the group in Iraq.
U.S. intelligence agencies have analyzed the video and judged it to be authentic, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council said Wednesday. President Barack Obama is expected to deliver a statement Wednesday afternoon addressing the apparent murder of Mr. Foley.
“I wish I had more time. I wish I could have the hope of freedom and seeing my family again. But that ship has sailed.”
The graphic video raised new dangers for Mr. Obama’s Middle East policy. It showed a masked militant, speaking in British-accented English, threatening to kill more Americans if the U.S. military campaign continued. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 20, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, War Room, White House | Tags: ABC News, Barack Obama, Foley, Iraq, ISIS, James Foley, United States, White House
Arlette Saenz reports: ISIS had recently threatened to kill U.S. journalist James Foley to avenge airstrikes the United States has conducted in Iraq, a senior U.S. official told ABC News.
“If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends.”
– Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council
The White House had been aware of the threat prior to the release of a video Tuesday night that appears to show the beheading of Foley and warns that militants will carry out a similar act against U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, who went missing in August, the official said.
[Also see - U.S. Works to Authenticate Purported James Wright Foley ISIS Execution Video]
President Obama was briefed on the video aboard Air Force One Tuesday night as he returned to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, from Washington to resume his August vacation. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 19, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Punishment, Mediasphere, War Room | Tags: Barack Obama, ByronYork, Foley, Islamic state, James Foley, Syria, United States, Washington Post
York’s message prompted twitchy.com to thread further in. Go here for more.
From The Washington Post article:
A European intelligence official said the British government was examining the video, and the speech of the purported executioner, to compare it with former Guantanamo Bay prisoners and other British residents believed to have joined the Islamic State.
In the video the terrorist who killed Foley spoke in what sounded like a British accent.
@ByronYork There’s going to hell to pay if it turns out true—
Tom Hannan (@tomh2739) August 20, 2014
From who, exactly? The majority of the country Does. Not. Care. Sad, but true. @tomh2739 @ByronYork—
Deb (@contrarian35) August 20, 2014
Sadly that’s probably true. Outrage now occurs along party lines and the party that owns the media wouldn’t be outraged by this.
@ByronYork So we had him. Released him. And surprise ,he did more evil stuff. Blood on the admins hands. Sickening.—
Chris Tsotsoros (@ctsotsoros) August 20, 2014
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