It’s All Obama’s Fault

That seems to be the sport of the year, well in most cases the last 6 years, to blame Obama for whatever is in the news of the day.  The crashed economy, Ebola virus (btw, do we really need a logo for a disease?),………I could continue to list all the possibilities but instead just pick a subject and I am positive that you can find someone who can pin it on Obama.

In the news is of course the outbreak in West Africa…..shootings…..and of course the big elephant in the room…ISIS.

And yes someone is blaming the rise of ISIS on, who else?  OBAMA.

I have heard all the Right wing excuses for the rise of ISIS and even a few from the Left….but the best accuser is a prince from Saudi Arabia……..

Saudi Arabia‘s Prince Turki al-Faisal on Tuesday blamed the United States and Europe for the rise of the Islamic State.

“Had America and Europe listened to the kingdom and provided the moderate opposition with anti-tank, anti-aircraft and artillery weapons, we would not have had to deploy our air forces to face the challenge of [the Islamic State],” Faisal said in the keynote address of the annual Arab-US policy conference put together by the National Council on US-Arab Relations. “These terrorists filled the void because of this neglect of the genuine opposition. And while Assad continued to bomb and gas his people, the moderate opposition had to fight on two fronts.”

Faisal is often trotted out to declare publicly what current Saudi officials say in private. Last year, he told Al-Monitor in an interview on the sidelines of the NCUSAR conference that there was a “high level of disappointment” with the Obama administration’s Syria policy.

May I ask……what prevented these toads from doing what it took to fuel the conflict?

I love it when these people trot out and make public statements to cover their butts.

Saudi Arabia is the home of Wahhabism which is at the core of the extremists beliefs of ISIS and Al-Qaeda.  Plus substantial funding for these groups flow out of places like Saudi Arabia and Qatar..

Yes the CIA is partially to blame for the rise of ISIS….but to lay it all on the shoulders of Obama is just ignorant……I mean would they want the US to lay all the blame on the kingdom and its royal family?

It could be asked….just what did the kingdom do to prevent the rise of ISIS?….they claim they warned the US and Europe of the rise of ISIS but yet did very little to do anything about that rise.

They are safe and secure because they, the Saudis, know that the West will not let anything happen to them …..and why is that?

We all know the answer too damn well……..don’t we?

ISIS Coalition Situation Report (SITREP) #27

Good day and thanx for stopping by……

Today’s briefing will be a short one….the coalition is focused on Kobane and not much else seems to matter to the media…….

Item 1–Kurds en route to Kobane via Turkey…….

Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has sent 150 Peshmerga paramilitary fighters into Turkey, to be taken across the country’s southern border into the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani (Ayn al-Arab in Arabic).

There are considerable doubts over whether or not 150 additional troops, even armed with artillery as they reportedly are, will really be a game-changer, with estimates of thousands of fighters on either side of the battle.

Item 2–Turkey sets demands for the war in Syria……..

Turkey has named its price for co-operation in the West’s fight to end the Islamic State’s stranglehold on the Syrian border town of Kobane, saying the fight must be led by the Free Syrian Army rather than Kurdish “terrorists”

The country’s prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said that any military operation to free Kobane must involve arming regular Syrian rebel groups rather than the Kurdish militants who have so far defended the town. Turkey has refused to help the Kurdish fighters so far, claiming that many of them belong to the militant Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has waged a separatist insurgency against the Turkish state.

“Equip and train the Free Syrian Army so that if the Islamic State leaves, PKK terrorists should not come,” Mr Davutoglu said, aiming his comments at the US.

Eventually the Us will stop being dictated to about the direction of the coalition….

Item 3–The economy of Syria is badly damaged by airstrikes…….

The US war on ISIS in Syria, when it hasn’t centered on the offensive near Kobani, has mostly been a war on oil. Airstrikes have pounded oil wells and refineries across ISIS territory, which is also the primary oil-producing part of Syria.

It’s being couched as an effort to cut off ISIS funding, but the oil wells and other infrastructure being targeted are actually privately owned, and the attacks are badly damaging the civilian economy across Syria.

After at least 3 years of a civil war…how much civilian economy could be left to destroy?

That concludes today’s briefing….the briefings may be shorter for now…..as the drudgery of the air war continues there may not be much to report.

Thanx for your time and attention.

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ISIS Coalition Situation Report (SITREP) #26

Good day and welcome to the briefing…….

Item 1–The Coalition in the battle against ISIS is trying all venues to try and stop the successes of the group…..and now it ventures into cyberspace…..

The United States on Monday unveiled what it called an information coalition with Muslim and Western nations to combat efforts by Islamic State to recruit online and stoke sectarian hatred through a “cult of violence”.

“There is a military coalition that is on the battlefield with Daesh (Islamic State) every day and from the very beginning the partners in the coalition … felt that there should be an information coalition that complements the military coalition,” U.S. Undersecretary of State for Public Affairs Richard Stengel told a news conference after the talks.

Worried by the growing threat from Islamist militants after the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) captured large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria in June, Washington has been working with regional and world powers to fight the militants militarily, financially and politically.

With the biggest successes that ISIS has had is in the use of social media so logically this is a good place to concentrate your efforts…..

Item 2–US has had its first casualty in the war against ISIS……..

Washington may not have “boots on the ground” in Iraq, but it still recorded the first death of a serviceman in the fight against ISIS—19-year-old Marine Lance Cpl. Sean Neal, the Washington Post reports. The California native reportedly died in Baghdad in what the Pentagon is calling a noncombat incident. The military divulged no further details but says it is investigating Neal’s death, the Marine Corps Times reports. Neal was on his first deployment as part of a new crisis-response group under US Central command; most of the group’s 2,300-strong force are stationed in Kuwait, but Neal was one of the 150 assigned to guard US facilities in Iraq, the LA Times reports.

A sad moment…….and another thing to consider is that he will NOT be the last…….

Item 3–As the old saying goes, “war makes strange bedfellows”……….

Syria’s state media agency SANA has issued a report today claiming they are providing both “direct and indirect” military aid to Kurdish factions within Kobani to help them fend off ISIS.

The report did not specify which factions were receiving the aid, and the PYD, the largest faction, rejected the claim as “propaganda,” knowing that the confirmation of a link to the Assad government would portray them in a more negative light with US and other coalition members.

In essence the US and Syria are on the same side in this conflict…….

Item 4–For a month now we have been told that the Syrian rebels would take the fight to ISIS as a western surrogate….but now this report comes out…..

(Reuters) – The United States does not expect Syrian rebels it plans to train to fight Islamic State militants to also take on President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, but sees them as a crucial part of a political solution to end the war, the Asharq al-Awsat newspaper quoted a senior U.S. official as saying.

Asked whether those rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) units would ultimately go on to fight Syrian government forces, John Allen, the U.S. representative to the coalition, told the Asharq al-Awsat daily:

“No. What we would like to see is for the FSA and the forces that we will ultimately generate, train and equip to become the credible force that the Assad government ultimately has to acknowledge and recognize.”

The most logical question to ask now…..Is there ANY plan for a ground force to take on ISIS?

Item 5–The war is a costly endeavor at best….so what is it costing?

The Pentagon has revised its estimate of the cost of the US air war in Iraq and Syria, saying the price tag for the campaign against the Islamic State group comes to about $8.3 million a day.

Since air strikes began on August 8, the campaign — which has involved about 6,600 sorties by US and allied aircraft — has cost $580 million, said Pentagon spokesman Commander Bill Urban.

Now the question is…from where will the funds come……which domestic programs will suffer to pay for this latest intervention?

That concludes today’s briefing…..I do hope that you found it informative……

Thanx for your time and attention.

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John Cantlie: A Change Of Heart?

The horrific news from the past is that ISIS has executed 3 westerners….some journalists and aid workers…..and now we have some good news….one of the Brit journalists that had been captured and being help by ISIS has made a video for the militants……

He points out several things and condemns the coalition for their attempts to control ISIS…..which is just another propaganda tool that the extremists are employing…….

And as I have said….it is great to know that he is alive and kicking, at least when this newest video was made……but beyond that I have a few observations……

The picture below was the time that we last say Cantlie from ISIS…..he appears to be tired and probably fed badly……he appears frail and a beaten man……..

 

Fast forward to the latest video from ISIS featuring Cantlie……this newest picture he appears well fed….vibrant……at ease…..

If I were an intel analyst I would be watching the latest video carefully….looking for any indication of coercion….

To me, without being part of the analysis team, he appears to have decide to save his life by collaborating with the enemy…….

Please before the attacks begin…I am NOT calling him a traitor….all I am saying is that he appears to have had a change of heart……

You view the video and then let me know what you think.

 

ISIS Coalition Situation Report (SITREP) #25

Good day and welcome to another week of a war without end……..

Item 1–There have been rumblings in the Middle East that the military authority defending Kobane is coordinating with the Free Syrian Army in its battle with ISIS…..now an “official” comment has been made……

Sources of leadership in the city of Kobani denied for SOHR that it has been coordinating with them about entering of 1300 fighters from the Free Syrian Army to the city of Kobani in order to help the Kurdish fighters in repelling the attacks of IS militants who are desperate for controlling the city f Kobani. The sources said to SOHR that there is a very effective way to help us with no need to enter the city, it is by attacking IS militants in their held- towns and cities of Jarablos, Manbej, al- Bab and al- Ra’i in the northern and eastern countryside of Aleppo. A thing that make IS fighters retreat from the city of Kobani in order to defend their held- areas.

It is a weak denial…….

Item 2–As reported in a previous SITREP the Iraqi army is only capable of small limited attacks on ISIS….will they ever be ready to take on ISIS full front?

The Iraqi army is still months away from staging a major offensive to retake ground lost to the Islamist State group and is regrouping after suffering battlefield defeats this year, US military officials said.

Iraqi security forces were now able to stage small-scale attacks against the Islamic State group but needed time to plan and train for a larger operation, even with the aid of US-led air strikes, one military official told reporters.

Nothing they say is reassuring that the Iraqi army will ever be ready for the ‘big time’……

Item 3–Reports have come in that say that ISIS has captured many armored vehicles from the Iraqi army in its haste to get away……..now we have a number……..

(IraqiNews.com) The United States confirmed that it had destroyed a number of tanks – mostly American made – that were seized by the organization of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq (ISIS), adding that ISIS retains significant capabilities with its estimated 2,500 military vehicles.

General Lloyd Austin, head of the Central Command of the United States did not mention the number of tanks and armored vehicles that were destroyed by air strikes, but Pentagon officials said that ISIS has seized over 2,500 armored vehicles, including tanks and Humvees, from captured bases of the Iraqi Army and in the city of Mosul.

Maybe we should question the need to replace these vehicles……

Item 4–In a previous SITREP we reported that Iraqi Kurds would assist in the fight for Kobane……like so many situation in Iraq things change……

The story surrounding 150-200 Peshmerga fighters from Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) heading to Syria remains unclear, with the latest reports saying that the Peshmerga will never actually enter Kobani or take any direct role in the fighting there.

Rather, the Peshmerga will be used to provide artillery support for the Kurdish fighters already in Kobani, who are trying to keep ISIS fighters from seizing the town and the border crossing into Turkey.

In other words….they will be there for support and not fighting……could present a problem for Turkey….

Item 5–A new worry for the Coalition…..ISIS missiles……….

From the battlefield near Baiji, an Islamic State jihadist fired a heat-seeking missile and blew an Iraqi Army Mi-35M attack helicopter out of the sky this month, killing its two crew members.

Days later, the Islamic State released a chilling series of images from a video purporting to capture the attack in northern Iraq: a jihadist hiding behind a wall with a Chinese-made missile launcher balanced on his shoulder; the missile blasting from the tube, its contrail swooping upward as it tracked its target; the fiery impact and the wreckage on a rural road.

Once the techniques becomes second nature all coalition planes will be a target…….

Item 6–the conversation in DC is beginning to turn to the troops that may be needed……..

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said on Sunday it’s important not to rule out putting troops on the ground in Syria to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, but smaller, more targeted steps are needed first.

“When people think about boots on the ground they’re thinking big maneuver elements: divisions, brigades, battalions,” Rogers said. “No one is talking about that, although I don’t think we should eliminate it, but no one is talking about that. … If we don’t do this smaller, more effective thing now, then we’ll get to the point where we need big maneuver elements.”

This issue needs to be watched closely….there are those that are looking for a good reason to send in the American “cavalry”…..

On A Side Note:  In an attempt to disassociate anything cute and good with the name is being eliminated…..it began with the cartoon “Archer” who works for an agency called ISIS…..and the latest attempt………

The question of how to deal with an embarrassing Labrador has hounded English families for decades.

But even by the wacky standards of Downton Abbey, killing it off seems a little extreme. Tonight’s episode of ITV’s period soap opera appears to tackle a problem that has been getting harder to ignore. Lord Grantham’s dog is called Isis. This is awkward because it shares a name with the terrorist movement sweeping the Middle East. With the jihadists showing little sign of giving up, one of them had to go, so – spoiler alert – Julian Fellowes and his script-writers have given the dog the heave-ho.

And that boys and girls is how propaganda works….

This concludes today’s briefing and I am open for questions at this time……..

Thanx for your time and attention……

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Missed Story: Israeli Settler Kills Palestinian Child in Hit-and-Run « Antiwar.com Blog

While I was reading about the events in the Middle East I came across one that almost ALL US outlets covered…that is that a Palestinian(?) terrorist attacked a settler in his car and set about killing its child that was in the back seat…..there was a pointed effort to make sure that the reader knew it was a child that had been killed……..

Then I saw this story and made me ask the question……why?

 

Missed Story: Israeli Settler Kills Palestinian Child in Hit-and-Run « Antiwar.com Blog.