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Tuesday
Sep232014

A message from the esteemed and astute Ellen Sauerbrey:

“So the bombing has begun.  Some of our so called "partners" in the campaign have long been guilty of funding the very rebels that have grown into the Islamic State.  

“Fearing that ISIS may target them next, these countries have joined us in the bombing of the ISIS home base in Raqqa Syria. But what happens next?  The rebels we will train, arm and fund apparently in Saudi Arabia, will not be prepared for action on the ground for six months to a year.  In the meantime??

“The Saudi's have been trying to overthrow Assad for years; and last year Obama was threatening to attack the Assad forces.  I predict the current campaign will quickly turn to Assad. As pointed out below, Assad may be evil but he is not a threat to the U.S. And if Assad is taken down, who will fill the vacuum?

“There is a real danger that we will overthrow another dictator as we did with Muammar Gaddafi in Libya only to leave a country in chaos and under the control of the most radical Muslim terrorists that we have armed and trained. 

What about the Russians and Iranians?  Will they intervene to protect their ally, Assad?  Have we opened Pandora's box?  What is the end game?

 

“So-called ‘moderate’ Muslim fighters will not be reliable partners in fighting the Islamic State.”

 

FUNDING A FOOL’S ERRAND IN SYRIA

By Jeff Crouere  September 20, 2014

This week, both the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation to train, arm and fund the elusive “moderate” Muslim rebels fighting to overthrow the Assad regime in Syria.

The plan calls for the U.S. to start supporting between 3,000 and 5,000 rebels in the Free Syrian Army. It is part of a $500 million aid package that will authorize U.S. support through December 11, 2014.

While the bill passed both houses with ease, it received more support from Republicans than Democrats. Yes, it is a truly sad day for the country when Democrats sound more reasonable than Republicans.

According to Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), the plan is “lame,” so she opposed it. Speier noted that former generals are also expressing their opposition because it does not address the real problem of stopping the funding for the terrorist group Islamic State. Speier said the terrorist organization is earning $3 million per day on oil income and the U.S. should “disrupt their line of income and that means blowing up oil wells and the roads they use to get….those oil tankers to shipment.”

Her Democratic colleague also voiced a very legitimate concern. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) claimed that “We simply don't know if somewhere down the line it will turn our guns back against us." In Iraq, millions of dollars of our military equipment that was given to the Iraqi army is now in the hands of the Islamic State, who is using it to kill innocent people.

Another issue that the administration refuses to address is that there is a real possibility that these so-called “moderate” Muslim fighters will not be reliable partners in fighting the Islamic State. In the view of former U.S. ambassador to Syria Robert Ford, the rebels are not focused on fighting the Islamic State terrorist organization. He said that “their priority is not the Islamic State; it is the Bashar al-Assad regime. We need to know that going in.”

This viewpoint is also shared by U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) who said that he has “seen no evidence that the Syrian rebels we plan to train and arm will remain committed to American goals or interests. Further, the opposition fighters that we will train care more about overthrowing Assad than they do about defeating ISIS. Assad is evil, but he is not a threat to America."

There is no doubt that Assad has a track record of supporting terrorism and is a brutal dictator, much like Saddam Hussein in Iraq and Muammar Gaddafi in Libya. However, we need to be very careful that we do not overthrow another dictator, only to see the country fall under the control of radical Muslim terrorists. A country can go from bad to worse, such as Iraq and Libya, which are today beset with terrorists, who control large portions of the country.

Fortunately, not all Republicans supported the President’s “lame” plan. In the Senate, conservative leaders such as Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY) opposed the funding of Syrian rebels; however, the vast majority of their Republican and Democratic colleagues (78) voted for the legislation.

The reason for the President’s impressive margin of victory was that Congress did not want to be seen as opposing his plan to combat the Islamic State. In the wake of the barbaric beheading of American journalists and countless innocent civilians in Iraq and Syria, Congress wanted to show the American people they were doing something, even if it involved supporting a plan that will likely fail.

Instead of supporting a confused President, who initially called the Islamic State, the “JV” of terrorism, Congress should have rejected the plan that will ultimately create more havoc in the region.

Thursday
Sep112014

President Obama sent me a letter following his address to the United States last night, sanctimoniously scheduled on the eve of the observance of the 9/11 tragedy, where he outlined his strategy for dealing with the threat posed by ISIS.  

 

 

Good evening,

I just addressed the nation about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.

Let’s be clear: While this group may call itself the "Islamic State," it is not "Islamic." No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL's victims have been Muslim. Nor is it a "state." It is not recognized by any government, nor by the people it subjugates.

This is nothing but a terrorist organization with no vision or goal other than to slaughter all who stand in its way. While we have not yet detected specific plotting against our homeland, these terrorists have threatened America and our allies. And the United States will meet this threat with strength and resolve.

Already, our military has conducted more than 150 successful airstrikes over the past month against ISIL targets in Iraq -- strikes that have protected American personnel and facilities, killed hundreds of ISIL fighters, and helped save the lives of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.

Going forward, our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy.

Here is what that strategy looks like.

First, we will conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists. Working alongside the Iraqi government, we'll expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people to hit ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense. And we will continue to hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, whether in Iraq or Syria. They will learn what leaders of other terrorist organizations have already learned: If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.

Second, we will increase our support to the forces fighting these terrorists on the ground. We will send an additional 475 service members to Iraq to support Iraqi and Kurdish security forces. These American forces will not have a combat mission. But they are needed to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces with training, intelligence, and equipment -- and tonight, I again called on Congress to give our military the additional authorities and resources it needs to train and equip the Syrian opposition fighters.

Third, working with our partners, we will continue to draw on our substantial counterterrorism capabilities to prevent ISIL attacks. Working with our partners, we will redouble our efforts to cut off its funding, counter its warped ideology, improve our intelligence, strengthen our defenses, and stem the flow of foreign fighters into and out of the Middle East.

And fourth, we will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the innocent civilians displaced by this terrorism organization. This includes Sunni and Shia Muslims who have borne the brunt of this terror, as well as tens of thousands of Christians and other religious minorities.

I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL. But I believe we are strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together. So I welcome congressional action to support this effort in order to show the world that Americans are united in confronting this danger.

This mission will not be like the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil. This effort will be a steady and relentless approach to take out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting our partners on the front lines.

This is American leadership at its best: We stand with people who fight for their own freedom. And we rally other nations on behalf of our common security and common humanity.

When American forces helped prevent the massacre of civilians trapped on Mt. Sinjar, here is what one of them said:

"We owe our American friends our lives. Our children will always remember that there was someone who felt our struggle and made a long journey to protect innocent people.”

That is what the United States of America does. That is the difference we make in the world. And moving forward, our own safety and security depends upon our willingness to do what it takes to defend this nation, and uphold the values that we stand for.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama

The White House • 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue • Washington, DC 20500 • 202-465-1111

 

The President didn't mention any of our combat colleagues, or an outline of the military aspects, or the structure of the support or the funding, or evidence of a collation.

Air strikes won't get it done. There will need to be boots on the ground.

The Secretary of a Defense said "the President laid out an excellent strategy to defeat ISIS."

I say it was a predictable Obama PR speech, another example of his failing foreign policy, and underestimating the enemy.

God help us. I’m not so sure Obama can.

Tuesday
Sep092014

President Obama still hasn't answered my email but the White House Bullsh*t Machine is working overtime. Too bad they've adopted their own version of "The Chicago Manual of Style: The Essential Guide for Writers, Editors, and Publishers" or they would know one never begins a sentence with a number...

This is what passes for news from The White House. More turgid, tedious, force-fed Pablum from those who are ruling us rather than representing us. 

Since they've asked me to share this stuff "with whomever needs to see it", I'm doing just that. Any thinking person should read this for what it is--not what it is purported to be.

10 million -- that's the number of jobs American businesses have added over the last 54 months, marking the longest streak of private-sector job growth in American history.

While there's still a lot more work to do, the economy has improved significantly since President Obama took office in 2009. Back then, the economy was shedding jobs by the hundreds of thousands, the housing market had hit rock bottom, and the American auto industry was on the brink of collapse.

But the President took action, and now -- thanks to the resilience of American workers and business men and women -- you can see the progress we've made in four key economic sectors that have helped make 10 million jobs possible.

Want to see exactly how far we've come since the Great Recession? Just slide to the left: 

From breaking ground on new homes and building more cars, to selling more American products abroad and buying more at home, check out these interactive charts to see where we stood when President Obama took office and where we are now -- then share them with whoever needs to see it.

 


Monday
Sep012014

For those of you have inquired about Ron's favorite links, click on "Ron's Links". They are all there.  All worthy of at least one click.

Ron compiled the list and checked several dozens links daily while preparing for his show.

If you have a favorite link, please leave it in the "Comment" section below or email it to me at TheJuneSmithShow@Comcast.net. 

I'm compiling a "Friends of Ron Smith Links" list and will refer to them on The June Smith Show on The Red Maryland Network @ www.blogtalkradio.com/redmaryland.