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‘We are in fact losing this war': Senate hears case for new Iraq surge

 

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Stars and Stripes: Architects of the 2006 surge in Iraq told the Senate Thursday that the current U.S. war strategy is “fundamentally flawed” and a major increase in troops and operations is needed to halt the growing momentum of the Islamic State.

In the wake of the fall of Ramadi, the United States should deploy up to 20,000 troops for nightly special operations raids and expanded assistance to Iraqi and Kurdish forces on the ground, conservative defense experts who once counseled former President George W. Bush told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The testimony is part of a Republican push in the Senate for a more robust strategy following last weekend’s loss of Ramadi, capital of Anbar province and one of the bloodiest battlefields for U.S. troops in the 2003-2011 war.

The stunning defeat in Ramadi has raised widespread doubts over the overall U.S. strategy against the Islamic State. The militants continued to gain ground this week, seizing the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra despite nine months of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria.

“The conceptual plan is fundamentally flawed. We are not only failing, we are in fact losing this war,” said former Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Jack Keane. “Moreover, I can say with certainty this strategy will not defeat ISIS,” one of several acronyms for the extremist group

Keane said the U.S. should dramatically ramp up special operations raids similar to the recent mission that killed the Islamic State’s financier in Syria last week. The military could run eight to 10 operations each night, mirroring the tempo of previous surges in Iraq and Afghanistan, he said.

Frederick Kagan, a director at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, said the Islamic State has proven itself on the battlefield with professional leadership, well-executed operations and a complex strategy. Regaining the momentum will now require 15,000 to 20,000 U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq, he said. “I think anything less than that is simply not serious,” he said.

The troops could guide Iraqi and Kurdish ground forces, direct airstrikes and work with Sunni tribal groups in Anbar to bring them more effectively into the fight, according to the testimony.

A surge would focus on assistance and not involve American ground fighting as in the earlier war, Kagan said. “We are not anticipating putting American brigades and having them clear house by house as we have previously done,” he said.

In 2006, Keane and Kagan both advised Bush to drastically increase troops in Iraq when it became clear the U.S. strategy was failing to curb a bloody insurgency, much of it centered in Anbar.

At the time military brass advised against the increase and maintained the strategy was working. But Bush replaced his defense secretary and his Iraq commander, and sent 30,000 additional troops in a controversial move that eventually quelled violence.

Now, the Obama administration appears to be facing its own crisis in a new Iraq war. It entered Iraq in August following an Islamic State offensive last summer that rolled across nearly a third of the country. The administration has relied on airstrikes and training of local forces, which have so far failed to break the back of the Islamic State.

For weeks, officials had downplayed the strategic importance of Ramadi. Instead they maintained the Islamic State was on the defensive after the government regained territory north of Baghdad, including Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit.

But the administration acknowledged on Wednesday that the U.S-backed Iraq forces were stunned by the defeat over the weekend.

Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Armed Services Committee, and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who sits on the committee, took to the chamber floor on Wednesday to call for a new surge similar to the one ordered by Bush.

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List of persons/groups paid by Soros to protest in Ferguson & Selma

Only in America can one be a political revolutionary and get paid for it!

Only in America are political protesters/rioters/looters not only paid for their “services,” they are reimbursed for their food, transportation, cell phones, art supplies to make up posters and signs, traffic fines (running red light), and other expenses.

Only in America are staff members of non-profit political groups — all Marxist — reimbursed for their salaries for taking time away from their jobs to protest/riot/loot.

Isn’t America just grand?

Nickarama reports for Weasel Zippers, May 19, 2015, that we now have evidence that two groups funded by George Soros, MORE and OBS, advertised money for people willing to travel to protest in Ferguson. The groups are:

  1. Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE)
  2. Organization for Black Struggle (OBS)

The evidence that Soros-backed groups pay people to protest consists of two:

1. A tweet:

Note: @organizemo is the twitter account of MORE

 Ferguson tweet2. A list of names and organizations to whom M.O.R.E. paid money:

On May 14, 2015, protesters protested that they hadn’t received their checks from MORE (read about it here). So MORE distributed a list detailing who was paid to protest in Ferguson, Missouri and Selma, Alabama.

Here are 3 photos of the list, followed by my painstaking reconstruction of the list in a more legible format.

↓ Click photos to enlarge ↓

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Here’s my reconstruction of the list in the photos in a more legible format. Note that:

  • Ferguson October = Ferguson protests in October 2014
  • Selma = Protests in Selma, Alabama
  • Jobs With Justice is a non-profit organization for “workers’ rights” based in Washington, D.C.
  • World Community Center is a non-profit “for peace” group in St. Louis, also called Nation Builder.
  • Black Souljaz is a social network group.
  • National Domestic Workers Alliance is a non-profit for domestic workers’ (mainly women) rights.
  • Action Council is a non-profit “to address the reduction in government funding for health and human services for low-income and vulnerable people.”
  • People’s Institute is a non-profit “on understanding what racism is.”
  • Latinos en Axion is “a community leaders group.”
  • I can’t find what these groups are: NVDA, MAU, Freedom Fighters, MASK.
Date Person/Group Amount Purpose
8/18/2014 Darien Wigfall $100 Ferguson October art supplies
9/15/2014 Wisdom Works $239 Ferguson October website
10/6/2014 Adam Jones $2,711.50 Ferguson October tshirts
10/6/2014 Derek Laney $1,000 Ferguson October art supplies
10/9/2014 John Chasnoff $225 Ferguson October permits
10/9/2014 John Chasnoff $1,242 Ferguson October permits
10/6/2014 Production Support Services $2,193.25 Ferguson October march tech
10/9/2014 Juliette Jacobs $200 Ferguson October walkie talkies
10/7/2014 Adam Jones $671.50 Ferguson October tshirts
10/10/2014 Hi-Tech Copy $890.63 Ferguson October copies
10/11/2014 Fed Ex $433.83 Ferguson October banner
10/9/2014 Jobs With Justice $2,702.68 Ferguson October van rentals
10/14/2014 St. Louis A/V Company $911.42 Ferguson October a/v
9/18/2014 World Community Center $500 Movement space usage
10/22/2014 Karl Kumodzi $200 Ferguson October gas cards
10/18/2014 Public Policy & Education Fund of NY $2,856 Staff salary reimbursement
10/1/2014 MO Dept of Revenue $66.15 fines for CN1 bank account
11/3/2014 CWA Local 6355 $1,005.19 Ferguson October (vans)
11/5/2014 Shona Clarkson $184.24 Ferguson October (megaphones)
11/18/2014 Jeff Ordower $10,717 Ferguson October reimbursements
11/18/2014 Kathy Peterson $1,914.69 Ferguson October supplies
11/18/2014 Tia Byrd $52.33 Ferguson October copies
11/20/2014 Harry Alper $119.53 Ferguson October supplies
11/21/2014 Damon Davis $300 Art supplies
11/24/2014 Kayla Reed $2,000 Youth stipends, food, etc.
11/24/2014 Julia Ho $31.07 NVDA training food
11/28/2014 Jeff Ordower $10,000 Ferguson October reimbursements
11/28/2014 Tia Byrd $82.90 NVDA training supplies
12/3/2014 Emily Bland $132 Ferguson October parking
12/5/2014 Maurice Weeks $224.88 Ferguson October supplies
12/5/2014 Ashley Yates on behalf of MAU $3,129 Online donations for MAU
12/9/2014 Harry Alper $169.50 Supplies for non-indictment
12/9/2014 Damon Davis $200 Art supplies
12/10/2014 Jeffery Hill on behalf of Black Souljaz $500 Online donations
12/10/2014 Maryam Adrangi $173.63 Ferguson October art supplies
12/10/2014 Public Policy Education Fund for NY $6,882.44 staff salary reimbursement
12/12/2014 Brandon Sneed (formerly of Tribe X) $500 Online donations
12/12/2014 Arielle Klagsbrun $203.53 NVDA training supplies
12/12/2014 Beverly Jones $114.63 Supplies for non-indictment
12/15/2014 Michael Bowersox $444.39 Non-indictment food
12/15/2014 National Domestic Workers Alliance $1,099.13 Cell phones for Ferguson October
12/15/2014 Harry Shelton $70 Gas for Ferguson October
12/15/2014 Charles Murphy $170 Video services for Ferguson October
12/15/2014 Brittany Ferrell $3,544 Online donations for MAU
12/17/2014 Jeanina Jenkins $600 Freedom Fighters donations
12/17/2014 Autumn Osborn $250 Freedom Fighters donations
12/18/2014 MORE $52,815.48 Debt repayment for Ferguson October
12/18/2014 MO Jobs For Justice $30 Red light camera charges
12/18/2014 Brittany Ferrell on behalf of MAU $7,536 Online donations
12/18/2014 Julia Ho $230.75 NVDA training supplies
12/18/2014 Lisa Fithian $1,127.72 Visit expenses
12/18/2014 Beverly Jones $320.22 Supplies for non-indictment
12/18/2014 Jeff Ordower $905 Nationbuilder, canvassing reimbursement
12/18/2014 Derek Laney $25 NVDA training supplies
12/18/2014 Julia Ho $190.67 NVDA training supplies
12/18/2014 Arielle Klagsbrun $487.39 NVDA training supplies
12/18/2014 Cathy Daniels $300 Supplies for non-indictment
12/18/2014 Public Policy & Education Fund of NY $5,692.44 Staff salary reimbursement
12/12/2014 Shona Clarkson $361.15 Supplies for non-indictment
1/16/2015 Yvette Harris for MASK $53.15 Supplies for MASK
1/16/2015 Julia Ho $45 Action Council food
12/15/2014 Aaron Stables $459.95 Ferguson October bullhorns
1/15/2015 Jeff Ordower $6,708.53 Reimbursements for Ferguson October
2/3/2015 Brittany Ferrell on behalf of MAU $4,799.85 From CN1
2/3/2015 Hands Up United $3,000 Online donations for Hands Up
2/3/2015 Menta Jackson $350 ?
2/3/2015 Julia Ho $42 Action Council food
2/6/2015 Nabeeha Azeez $300 Selma Travel Expenses
2/6/2015 Ned Alexander $300 Selma Travel Expenses
2/6/2015 Emanuel Jones $300 Selma Travel Expenses
2/6/2015 Elizabeth Vega $642.89 Art build receipts august 9-feb 9
3/9/2015 Cathy Daniels $600 People’s Institute catering
3/9/2015 HJ Rodgers $1,000 Travel stipend
3/9/2015 Dasha Jones $300 Selma travel expenses
3/16/2014 Ashley Yates on behalf of MAU $2,032.14 Online donations for MAU
3/17/2015 Yvette Harris for MASK $2,000 DC trip
3/19/2015 Cathy Daniels $545 People’s Institute catering
3/20/2015 Tony Rice $145 People’s Institute catering
3/23/2015 Latinos en Axion $800 S Jefferson place
3/26/2015 Sana Rankin-Cole $200 People’s Institute catering
4/2/2015 Cathy Daniels $600 Reconciliation dinner
4/20/2015 Marcia Curtis $66.01 Activist supplies

Is paying people to protest and riot not a conspiracy?

And to think we are constantly being derided by the media for being “conspiracy theorist” tinfoil hatters.

See also:

H/t Barry Soetoro, Esq., for the tip on the protesters protesting not having received their money.

~Éowyn

Bombshell: Obama administration knew Muslim terrorists planned to attack Benghazi

The citizens watchdog group Judicial Watch has obtained previously “classified” documents from the Obama administration’s Dept. of Defense (DOD) and State Dept. which show that what this administration has told us about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benhazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012, Syrian “rebels,” and ISIS are lies:

  1. At the time of the Benghazi attack, the Obama administration already knew full well the perpetrators were Islamic terrorists, and not some random mob of people who were insulted and enraged by a little-known video.
  2. The White House was also told that the terrorists had planned the attack 10 days before the actual attack.
  3. We are told there are “moderates” among the Syrian rebels, whom the U.S. (specifically the CIA) is training and arming. But a 2012 Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) report says the opposition in Syria is driven by al Qaeda and other extremist Muslim groups.
  4. The Obama administration also knew about the rise of ISIS and the danger it poses to Iraq as early as 2012.

Below is Judicial Watch’s press release in its entirety.

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Judicial Watch: Defense, State Department Documents Reveal Obama Administration Knew that al Qaeda Terrorists Had Planned Benghazi Attack 10 Days in Advance

May 18, 2015:

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it obtained more than 100 pages of previously classified “Secret” documents from the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of State revealing that DOD almost immediately reported that the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was committed by the al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood-linked “Brigades of the Captive Omar Abdul Rahman” (BCOAR), and had been planned at least 10 days in advance. Rahman is known as the Blind Sheikh, and is serving life in prison for his involvement in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and other terrorist acts.  The new documents also provide the first official confirmation that shows the U.S. government was aware of arms shipments from Benghazi to Syria.  The documents also include an August 2012 analysis warning of the rise of ISIS and the predicted failure of the Obama policy of regime change in Syria.

The documents were released in response to a court order in accordance with a May 15, 2014, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed against both the DOD and State Department seeking communications between the two agencies and congressional leaders “on matters related to the activities of any agency or department of the U.S. government at the Special Mission Compound and/or classified annex in Benghazi.”

Spelling and punctuation is duplicated in this release without corrections.

Defense Department document from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), dated September 12, 2012, the day after the Benghazi attack, details that the attack on the compound had been carefully planned by the BOCAR terrorist group “to kill as many Americans as possible.”  The document was sent to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Obama White House National Security Council.  The heavily redacted Defense Department “information report” says that the attack on the Benghazi facility “was planned and executed by The Brigades of the Captive Omar Abdul Rahman (BCOAR).”  The group subscribes to “AQ ideologies:”

The attack was planned ten or more days prior on approximately 01 September 2012. The intention was to attack the consulate and to kill as many Americans as possible to seek revenge for U.S. killing of Aboyahiye ((ALALIBY)) in Pakistan and in memorial of the 11 September 2001 atacks on the World Trade Center buildings.

“A violent radical,” the DIA report says, is “the leader of BCOAR is Abdul Baset ((AZUZ)), AZUZ was sent by ((ZAWARI)) to set up Al Qaeda (AQ) bases in Libya.”  The group’s headquarters was set up with the approval of a “member of the Muslim brother hood movement…where they have large caches of weapons.  Some of these caches are disguised by feeding troughs for livestock.  They have SA-7 and SA-23/4 MANPADS…they train almost every day focusing on religious lessons and scriptures including three lessons a day of jihadist ideology.”

The Defense Department reported the group maintained written documents, in “a small rectangular room, approximately 12 meters by 6 meters…that contain information on all of the AQ activity in Libya.”

(Azuz is again blamed for the Benghazi attack in an October 2012 DIA document.)

The DOD documents also contain the first official documentation that the Obama administration knew that weapons were being shipped from the Port of Benghazi to rebel troops in Syria. An October 2012 report confirms:

Weapons from the former Libya military stockpiles were shipped from the port of Benghazi, Libya to the Port of Banias and the Port of Borj Islam, Syria. The weapons shipped during late-August 2012 were Sniper rifles, RPG’s, and 125 mm and 155mm howitzers missiles.

During the immediate aftermath of, and following the uncertainty caused by, the downfall of the ((Qaddafi)) regime in October 2011 and up until early September of 2012, weapons from the former Libya military stockpiles located in Benghazi, Libya were shipped from the port of Benghazi, Libya to the ports of Banias and the Port of Borj Islam, Syria. The Syrian ports were chosen due to the small amount of cargo traffic transiting these two ports. The ships used to transport the weapons were medium-sized and able to hold 10 or less shipping containers of cargo.

The DIA document further details:

The weapons shipped from Syria during late-August 2012 were Sniper rifles, RPG’s and 125mm and 155mm howitzers missiles.  The numbers for each weapon were estimated to be: 500 Sniper rifles, 100 RPG launchers with 300 total rounds, and approximately 400 howitzers missiles [200 ea – 125mm and 200ea – 155 mm.]

The heavily redacted document does not disclose who was shipping the weapons.

Another DIA report, written in August 2012 (the same time period the U.S. was monitoring weapons flows from Libya to Syria), said that the opposition in Syria was driven by al Qaeda and other extremist Muslim groups: “the Salafist, the Muslim Brotherhood, and AQI are the major forces driving the insurgency in Syria.” The growing sectarian direction of the war was predicted to have dire consequences for Iraq, which included the “grave danger” of the rise of ISIS:

The deterioration of the situation has dire consequences on the Iraqi situation and are as follows:

This creates the ideal atmosphere for AQI [al Qaeda Iraq] to return to its old pockets in Mosul and Ramadi, and will provide a renewed momentum under the presumption of unifying the jihad among Sunni Iraq and Syria, and the rest of the Sunnis in the Arab world against what it considers one enemy, the dissenters. ISI could also declare an Islamic state through its union with other terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria, which will create grave danger in regards to unifying Iraq and the protection of its territory.

Some of the “dire consequences” are blacked out but the DIA presciently warned one such consequence would be the “renewing facilitation of terrorist elements from all over the Arab world entering into Iraqi Arena.”

From a separate lawsuit, the State Department produced a document created the morning after the Benghazi attack by Hillary Clinton’s offices, and the Operations Center in the Office of the Executive Secretariat that was sent widely through the agency, including to Joseph McManus (then-Hillary Clinton’s executive assistant).  At 6:00 am, a few hours after the attack, the top office of the State Department sent a “spot report” on the “Attack on U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi” that makes no mention of videos or demonstrations:

Four COM personnel were killed and three were wounded in an attack by dozens of fighters on the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi beginning approximately 1550 Eastern Time….

The State Department has yet to turn over any documents from the secret email accounts of Hillary Clinton and other top State Department officials.

“These documents are jaw-dropping. No wonder we had to file more FOIA lawsuits and wait over two years for them.  If the American people had known the truth – that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other top administration officials knew that the Benghazi attack was an al-Qaeda terrorist attack from the get-go – and yet lied and covered this fact up – Mitt Romney might very well be president. And why would the Obama administration continue to support the Muslim Brotherhood even after it knew it was tied to the Benghazi terrorist attack and to al Qaeda? These documents also point to connection between the collapse in Libya and the ISIS war – and confirm that the U.S. knew remarkable details about the transfer of arms from Benghazi to Syrian jihadists,” stated Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch president.  “These documents show that the Benghazi cover-up has continued for years and is only unraveling through our independent lawsuits. The Benghazi scandal just got a whole lot worse for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.”

See also:

H/t Martha Trowbridge and John Molloy

~Éowyn

Jay Z Bails Out Violent Protesters

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By Doyle Murphy of the New York Daily News

Beyoncé and Jay Z wired ‘tens of thousands’ of dollars to bail out protesters in Baltimore and Ferguson, Mo., a writer says.

Jay Z and Beyoncé bankrolled protesters in Baltimore and Ferguson with tens of thousands of dollars in bail money, a writer and social activist close to him claimed.

“I can say I’ve personally helped facilitate donations they’ve given to protesters directly and that they never ask for anything in return, especially publicity,” author dream hampton told the Daily News in an email.

The writer, who collaborated on Jay Z’s book “Decoded,” first revealed the power couple’s behind-the-scenes support in a series of tweets on Sunday morning.

“When we needed money for bail for Baltimore protesters, I asked hit Jay up, as I had for Ferguson, wired tens of thousands in mins.” hampton wrote.

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“Cherish, therefore, the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. Do not be too severe upon their errors, but reclaim them by enlightening them. If once they become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, Judges, and Governors, shall all become wolves.” –Thomas Jefferson, letter to Edward Carrington, 1787

These Hillary Clinton supporters give new meaning to the terms “low information voters and “useful idiots.” I weep for America.

See the oceanic expanse of their willful ignorance:

H/t FOTM’s Mike

~Éowyn