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Of all Barack Obama’s disastrous legacies, the Middle East being bequeathed to his successor may be the most problematic. His undermining of Israel, help in toppling friendly governments, empowering of Iran and embrace of Islamic supremacists of the Muslim Brotherhood have inflamed the region. They have also contributed to the mass migration threatening the same in Europe.
As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was intimately involved in these decisions. Ditto her most influential advisor: Brotherhood-tied Huma Abedin.
Daily Caller‘s Richard Pollock reveals just-released Abedin emails showing her contemptuously discouraging ex-President Bill Clinton from addressing the pro-Israel group, AIPAC.
As Huma is universally expected to have a top job in a Hillary Clinton administration, we need to know: What role did she play in the disasters to date – and will her Islamist lineage lead to more, and worse, in the future?
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While Christianity continues to be physically erased from the Christianity lesser known is that its historical role and presence is also being expunged from memory.
Last month a video emerged showing Islamic State members tossing hundreds of Christian textbooks, many of them emblazoned with crosses, into a large bonfire. As one report putit, ISIS was “burning Christian textbooks in an attempt to erase all traces of” Christianity from the ancient region of Mosul, where Christianity once thrived for centuries before the rise of Islam.
As usual, ISIS is ultimately an extreme example of Islam’s normative approach. This was confirmed during a recent conference in Amman, Jordan hosted by the Jerusalem Center for Political Studies. While presenting, Dr. Hena al-Kaldani, a Christian, said that “there is a complete cancelation of Arab Christian history in the pre-Islamic era,” “many historical mistakes,” and “unjustifiable historic leaps in our Jordanian curriculum.” “Tenth grade textbooks omit any mention of any Christian or church history in the region.” Wherever Christianity is mentioned, omissions and mischaracterizations proliferate, including the portrayal of Christianity as a Western (that is, “foreign”) source of colonization, said al-Kaldani.
Of course, Christian minorities throughout the Middle East-not just in Jordan-have long maintained that the history taught in public classrooms habitually suppresses the region’s Christian heritage while magnifying (including by lying about) Islam.
Months after six Middle Eastern men who entered the U.S. illegally through Mexico were arrested in Arizona state authorities have uncovered an extensive money trail between the Middle East and Mexico. This includes more than a dozen wire transfers sent from the Middle East to known Mexican smugglers in at least two different regions of the Latin American nation, according to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.
A report issued by the AG exposes the disturbing money trail between Mexico and terrorist nations in the Middle East as well as evidence of smuggling routes tying the region to America’s southern border. An excerpt of the AG’s findings was obtained by a local media outlet that published it this week. It states that the Mexican city of Tapachula, a known human smuggling hub located near the Guatemalan border in the state of Chiapas, was the top destination of Middle Eastern money transfers. Nogales, which is situated adjacent to the Arizona border, is the second destination, the investigation found. “Agents conducted a comprehensive geographic analysis of possible terrorist related transactions and/or money transfers involving human smuggling networks,” the state report says.
Three committees in the House of Representatives announced Friday that they were launching concurrent investigations into allegations that President Barack Obama deliberately manipulated intelligence reports from Syria and Iraq, allowing the Islamic State group to thrive.
According to the Washington Examiner, Republican Reps. Ken Calvert of California, Mike Pompeo of Kansas and Brad Wenstrup of Ohio will lead the investigations for the Armed Services Committee, Intelligence Committee and the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, respectively.
“In addition to looking into the specific allegations, the Joint Task Force will examine whether these allegations reflect systemic problems across the intelligence enterprise in CENTCOM or any other pertinent intelligence organizations,” read a joint statement from Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Rodney Freylinghuysen, R-N.J.
The investigations by the House committees joined an investigation by the Pentagon’s inspector general’s office in relation to the Obama administration’s alleged manipulation of Islamic State group intelligence at U.S. Central Command.
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Jihadists awoke to a new dawn on the day that the Obama administration began implementing a new and uncharted foreign policy seven years ago.
In his 2009 inaugural speech the new president declared that America “will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist” when discussing “those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent.”
The result? Today Egypt is rebuilding its government following the disastrous Islamist Muslim Brotherhood regime. Libya is a malignant tumor in north Africa that spreads the cancer of weapons, training and ideology throughout the broader region. Syria and Iraq are nearly ungovernable with ISIS on its murderous rampage. Israel is under siege by Palestinian terrorists.
Former Saudi ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz al-Saud slammed Barack Obama today on his Iranian nuclear deal.
PRINCE BANDAR BIN SULTAN BIN ABDULAZIZ AL-SAUD
Prince Bandar argues that Obama’s nuclear deal is worse than Clinton’s nuclear deal with North Korea and will wreak havoc across the Middle East.
The Lebanon Daily Star reported:
Serious pundits in the media and in politics say that President Barack Obama’s Iran deal is deja vu with President Bill Clinton’s North Korean nuclear deal. I humbly disagree. President Clinton made his decision based on strategic foreign policy analysis, and top secret national intelligence information, and yes, his desire for good intentions to save the people of North Korea from starvation that was self-induced by its leadership. It turned out that the strategic foreign policy analysis was wrong and there was a major intelligence failure, that if President Clinton knew it before he made his decision – I am absolutely confident he would not have made that decision.
President Obama made his decision to go ahead with the Iran nuclear deal fully aware that the strategic foreign policy analysis, the national intelligence information, and America’s allies in the regions intelligence all predict not only the same outcome of the North Korean nuclear deal but worse – with the billions of dollars that Iran will have access to. It will wreak havoc in the Middle East which is already living in a disastrous environment, whereby Iran is a major player in the destabilization of the region…
…I have limited my comments only to the Iranian nuclear deal, but trust me, the president’s policy’s on the Middle East generally and Syria, Iraq and Yemen particularly, are eye-openers and there may be another time to discuss that. But definitely now, I am convinced more than any other time that my good friend the magnificent old fox Henry Kissinger was correct when he said “America’s enemies should fear America, but America’s friends should fear America more.” People in my region now are relying on God’s will, and consolidating their local capabilities and analysis with everybody else except our oldest and most powerful ally.
It breaks one’s heart to say that, but facts are stubborn things, and you cannot ignore them.
Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz al-Saud is the former ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States of America (1981-2005)
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by ALAN CARUBA
The Wednesday, June 10 Wall Street Journal headline at the top of the page was “Obama Set to Expand Troops in Iraq.” We were 589 days into the two terms Barack Hussein Obama has served in the office of President of the United States and he is as clueless now as he was when he arrived on January 20, 2009.
Barack Obama is poised to send hundreds more American advisers to a new base in a strategic Iraqi region to help devise a counterattack against marauding Islamic State militants, U.S. officials said Tuesday, a shift that underscores American concern over recent battlefield losses.” It’s 450 “trainers.”
We have had losses because (1) Obama was elected on a promise to end the conflict in Iraq and (2) reelected by pulling out troops to the point that the remaining Iraqi troops-Shiites in the south-decided it wasn’t worth dying for their leaders. Can’t say I blame them, but dying at the hands of ninth century Islamic fanatics is the fate that threatens the entire Middle East, not just Iraq or what’s left of it.
This is how we lost the war in Vietnam. There was a time when Americans utterly destroyed their enemies on the battlefield. In the latter half of the last century, starting in Korea, we forgot how to do that and why that’s how wars are won.
Ninety-nine percent of politics is smoke. Talking points aren’t important. All that matters is who is on which side. Given the horrific genocide against Christians that Obama’s appallingly irresponsible withdrawal of American troops from Iraq made possible, whose side do you suppose our government is on: Christians, or the maniacs beheading their children? Here’s the answer:
The U.S. government is blocking Sister Diana Momeka, an Iraqi nun who’s also an internationally renowned speaker on religious freedom and human rights, from coming to the United States to speak about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.
Sister Momeka is reportedly “a charismatic and articulate advocate for religious freedom and human rights.” Former Congressman Frank Wolf states, “We had hoped to facilitate her trip to the States so that she could speak with great candor, as is her custom, to policymakers. Perhaps just as significantly, we viewed her as a critical voice to awaken the church in the West to the suffering of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq.”
The State Department won’t grant her a visa, though, because it claims she might be lying about only planning to visit. The government says she may actually intend to stay in the country.
This from the regime that just unconstitutionally granted amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, and that steadfastly refuses to defend the border or to enforce immigration laws except on a selective basis.
Ordinarily, the state of other people’s marriages is of no concern to me, unless I know them and their children personally and observe the consequences of strife and disintegration. But we are all affected by the mental and emotional stability of the president of the United States, particularly as the Middle East threatens to explode into an Armageddon-inducing nuclear arms race featuring regimes anxious to bring on the end of the world to realize religious prophecy.
The behavior of our commander in chief has been erratic, to say the least. Flying off to Florida for golf in the face of the negotiations with Iran at a critical stage and ordering beers for the front cabin of Air Force One in the early morning and then stumbling down the stairs at the end of the return trip are danger signs. But so is any evidence of real domestic strife at the White House. If his personal life is falling apart, President Obama’s stewardship of our national security may be influenced.
Readers of the National Enquirer, which scooped the entire media of the United States in exposing John Edwards as a lying, philandering sire of an illegitimate child kept hidden, have been treated to many articles chronicling the troubled marriage of Barack and Michelle Obama (here, here, here, and here, for example).
But now, others are starting to notice the public body language of the first couple and commenting. On The American Spectator, Esther Goldberg writes: