CAIR Lawyer Ponders: Is ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Really A Jew Working For The Mossad?…

Oh boy.

Via IPT:

While the world recoils in horror at the brutality shown by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, an attorney for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) apparently gave serious consideration to a wild conspiracy theory alleging that ISIS is a Mossad and CIA “proxy force.”

Lena Masri, a CAIR attorney in Detroit, linked from her Facebook page Aug. 22 to an article by Iran’s official news agency, IRNA, about ISIS and its rise to prominence. Among its claims, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State, “is really Simon Elliot, a Jewish agent for the Zionist intelligence agency Mossad.”

The notion rated a “pants-on-fire” from fact-checking site “Pundit Fact,” three days earlier, but Masri chose instead to put the question out to her Facebook friends. “Any truth to this???” she wrote.

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Gallup Poll: Obama’s “Strong Disapproval” Rating Now Double His “Strong Approval”…

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Via Gallup:

ISIS Pays Its Fighters Double What The Iraqi Army, Hezbollah, Other Sunni Jihadists Groups Pay Their Men…

Other perks include beheading infidels, mass-murder, and raping non-Muslims.

Via BuzzFeed:

Muhammed Jamal can understand why many want to join ISIS.

“You get paid the most, you have the most weapons, you are with the most powerful group,” said Jamal, who as a Sunni Iraqi would have little trouble joining up with the group. ISIS has openly welcomed Sunni Muslims into its self-declared “Islamic State,” stretching 12,000 square miles through Syria and Iraq. “I’m not a fighter, but if I was that is who I’d join.”

Jamal fled Mosul, Iraq’s second biggest city, when ISIS militants captured it in early June. “I left Mosul when ISIS came because I thought it would be bombings and war there and I wanted to protect my family,” said Jamal, 31, who is now sheltering with several other Sunni families near the Kurdish city of Irbil. “But now I do think about going back. I don’t agree with their position on religion, but if they have money and can give us jobs … that would be more than anyone else has given us in years.”

At nearly $400 a month, ISIS pays its fighters nearly double what other groups in the region pay — from the moderate Free Syrian Army, to militant group Hezbollah, to even the Iraqi army — according to intelligence groups.

ISIS has grown from being a small offshoot of al-Qaeda in Iraq into the wealthiest terror group in the world, with revenue streams that have grown and matured as the organization has expanded its reach. Once reliant on handouts from wealthy donors in the Gulf, it is now believed to be wholly self-sufficient, garnering millions by trading in crude oil, selling artifacts on the black market, and running racketeering and kidnapping schemes. It is believed to have built itself a total wealth of over $2 billion — far beyond what any terror group before it has managed to muster. Western intelligence agencies, once focused on donors and looted cash from Iraq banks, now believe that ISIS has created a model that will ensure that the group can remain self-sustaining billionaires. Its wealth, say experts, is almost entirely produced locally, and therefore not as vulnerable to outside influence or sanctions.

“They did not get like this by accident,” said Luay al-Khateeb, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Doha Center in Qatar and director of the Iraq Energy Institute. ISIS looked at other groups — al-Qaeda strategy of levying local taxes, Boko Haram in Nigeria’s use of local resources, and FARC in Colombia’s kidnapping of wealthy locals and foreigners — and then tried to perfect it.

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Conflict Of Interest? Obama To Attend MSNBC Host Alex Wagner’s Wedding…

Then again, she doesn’t even pretend to be impartial.

Via Politico:

President Barack Obama is slated to attend the wedding of his personal chef Sam Kass and MSNBC host Alex Wagner on Saturday.

Kass and Wagner, dubbed by Vogue the political “‘It-couple’ of the year,” are getting married at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, N.Y. Kass is the Obama family’s personal chef and the president’s senior policy adviser for nutrition policy. He is also the executive director of “Let’s Move.” Wagner hosts the MSNBC weekday program “Now with Alex Wagner.”

Both Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will be in attendance at the wedding, a source with knowledge of the president’s plans confirmed. Their attendance was first reported by the New Rochelle news website Talk of the Sound.

Cranky Kook Ron Paul: Bush Admin Knew Exactly What Al-Qaeda Planned To Do On 9/11…

Ron Paul

Oh, and he thinks the Bush administration’s reaction to 9/11 is worse than anything Osama bin Laden did.

Via Free Beacon:

U.S. government had prior knowledge of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and has kept this information hidden in a classified section of the 9/11 Commission report.

Paul, who made the comments during a radio interview last Friday, also argued that the crimes of Osama bin Laden were “minor” compared to the harm the U.S. government has caused since the 2001 attacks.

“I believe that if we ever get the full truth [about 9/11], we’ll find out that our government had it in the records exactly what the plans were, or at least close to it,” said Paul, during the interview with Money and Markets host Charles Goyette. “You already mentioned that [the U.S. government] had been warned that something was going to happen.”

However, Paul said he doubted that Bush administration officials personally helped plot the attacks.

Obama On ISIS: “We Don’t Have A Strategy Yet” – Update: White House Tries In Vain To Spin His Remarks…

No rush, ISIS only seized Mosul in early June.

Via Business Insider:

President Barack Obama addressed a pair of escalating world crises Thursday afternoon, blaming Russia for escalating violence in eastern regions of Ukraine and discussing a still-developing strategy to confront the extremist group calling itself the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. [...]

Obama is also scheduled to meet Thursday evening with members of his National Security Council, as well as Vice President Joe Biden, on a strategy to further confront the extremist group calling itself the Islamic State (also ISIS or ISIL) in Iraq and Syria. A White House official said no new decisions are expected on how to proceed Thursday.

“I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” Obama said, when asked about the next steps in confronting the group. “We don’t have a strategy yet.”

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Update: Damage control.

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Not News: Man Waving ISIS Flag From Car Threatens To Kill Police – News: In Chicago…

Please ignore, nothing to worry about – CAIR

Via CST:

A man who had an ISIS flag waving from his vehicle is facing several charges after he threatened police with a bomb Wednesday morning when he was pulled over on the Southwest Side.

Emad Karakrah, 49, was charged with felony counts of disorderly conduct and aggravated fleeing; and a misdemeanor count of driving on a never-issued license, according to Chicago Police. He was also issued three traffic citations.

Someone called police after seeing a “suspicious person” driving a silver Pontiac southbound in the 7700 block of South Kedzie at 9:18 a.m. with an ISIS flag waving out the window, according to a police report.

Officers attempted to pull over the vehicle, but the driver took off, according to the report. The officers called for assistance, and another officer pulled the vehicle over after it went through several red lights.

The man told police during his arrest that there was a bomb in the car and he would detonate it if they searched the vehicle, according to the report.

Boko Haram: “Democracy Worse” Than Incest And Homosexuality…

I didn’t think anything was worse than homosexuality in the Islamic world.

(Reuters) – The leader of Nigeria’s Islamist group Boko Haram said his fighters now ruled the captured north-eastern town of Gwoza “by Islamic law”, in the first video to state a territorial claim in more than five years of violent insurrection. His message also contained taunts for Western governments and compared democracy to incest.

“Allah has granted us success in Gwoza because we have risen to do Allah’s work,” Mr Shekau said, reading out a statement off a notebook, with two masked gunmen on each side of him and three four-wheel-drive vehicles behind him in thinly forested bush. [...]

Police spokesman Emmanuel Ojukwu said on Sunday that 35 policemen were missing after an attack on a mobile police training camp in Gwoza.
Mr Shekau also taunts France, Israel and the US in the video.

“Democracy is worse than homosexuality, worse than sleeping with your mother,” Mr Shekau says. “You are all pagans and we will kill you, even if you do not attack us we will kill you … Allah commands us to kill without pity.”

Poll: Majority of Americans Think Obama Is “Not Tough Enough”…

Could it be the mom jeans? Or maybe it’s because he throws a ball like an eight-year-old girl?

Via Washington Examiner:

A majority of Americans, 54 percent, don’t believe that President Obama is tough enough with foreign foes, feeding their concerns that the world has become a far more dangerous place under the Democratic administration, according to the Pew Research Center.

Pew found that 65 percent believe that the world is more dangerous than it was several years.

And they put ISIS near the top of U.S. threats. The Middle East terrorist group without borders ranks second to al Qaeda in the poll.

The poll of 1,501 was taken August 20-24, as Obama was on vacation and under attack for not being forceful enough on several foreign issues, including the war in Syria, the Israel-Palestine fight and Russia’s encroachment into Ukraine.

What it found wasn’t good for the White House. Americans more than at any other time during Obama’s presidency believe that he is “not tough enough” on foreign policy and nearly half believe America’s power has sunk under Obama.

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Hillary Clinton Boldly Makes A Statement On Ferguson . . . 19 Days Later…

Hillary Clinton

Pant Suits is the ultimate political hack.

Via The Hill:

Hillary Clinton addressed the events in Ferguson, Mo., on Thursday for the first time since the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer, calling for a “thorough and speedy investigation.”

“We don’t want to see our streets look like a war zone. Not in America. We are better than that,” she said at a technology conference in San Francisco, responding to images broadcast across the country of police in helmets and armored vehicles deploying tear gas.

She also praised “decent and respectful law enforcement officers, who showed what quality law enforcement looked like.”
“We cannot ignore the inequities that persist in our justice system,” she added.

They were her first comments since the shooting on Aug. 9 and the protests that drew national attention. Today is the 51st anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” Speech, which Clinton noted.

US Won’t Call Russian Invasion Of Ukraine An Invasion

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I guess all those Russian military units are just sight seeing…

Via BuzzFeed Politics:

U.S. officials are refusing to call Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine this week an invasion, and the issue is not on the agenda for Thursday’s National Security Council meeting.

“Today the president is meeting with his National Security Council to discuss the situation in Iraq and Syria, our ongoing efforts to support the Iraqi government, and our efforts to counter the threat posed by ISIL,” a White House official said on Thursday when asked if the situation in Ukraine would also be a part of the meeting. “You should not expect that we’ll have new decisions to announce on these issues today.”

The meeting will include heads of intelligence agencies, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Vice President Joe Biden, and Secretary of State John Kerry, the three of whom plan to join remotely. The meeting is expected to include discussion of whether or not the U.S. will carry out strikes against the Islamist terrorist organization ISIS inside Syria.

Russian combat troops are currently inside southeastern Ukraine. NATO released satellite imagery showing this on Thursday. “The satellite images released today provide additional evidence that Russian combat soldiers, equipped with sophisticated heavy weaponry, are operating inside Ukraine’s sovereign territory,” NATO Brigadier General Nico Tak said.

Despite this, no one seems to want to call what is going on in Ukraine an invasion.

Asked by Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC on Thursday why the United States has favored terms like “incursion” and “aggression” instead of “invasion” to characterize the situation in Ukraine, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said, “I think this is a discussion about terminology” and that it doesn’t change the kind of support the U.S. is giving Ukraine and the discussions U.S. officials are conducting.”

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US B2 Bombers Train Near China Amid Continued Tensions


Just another friendly reminder not to screw with us.

Via the Washington Free Beacon:

Three B-2 strategic nuclear bombers completed a tour of duty in Guam this week, as tensions remained high between the United States and China over what the Pentagon called a “dangerous” Chinese fighter-jet intercept of a U.S. surveillance plane last week.

“This training deployment demonstrates continued U.S. commitment to global strategic bomber operations throughout the Asia-Pacific region, and exercises the president’s credible and flexible military options to meet national security obligations for the U.S. and its allies,” said Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney, commander ofU.S. Strategic Command.

Adm. Haney said in a statement that the bombers are intended to send a message to allies and adversaries.

“It is important for U.S. Strategic Command to continue to project global strike capabilities and extended deterrence against potential adversaries while providing assurance to our allies through deployments such as this,” he said.

The deployment is part of Strategic Command’s efforts to promote regional security and stability in the Asia-Pacific. He noted that the command’s forces “are on watch 24-hours a day, seven days a week conducting operations to detect and deter strategic attack against the United States of America and our allies.”

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Obama Sounding More And More Like Bush On Airstrikes

In other words, he’s sounds better and better on airstrikes.

Via The Washington Examiner:

President Obama was sent to the White House on promises of being different from his predecessor. But of late, he’s sounding a lot like George W. Bush.

“America does not forget. Our reach is long. We are patient. Justice will be done,” Obama said this week when discussing the threat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria poses to U.S. citizens.

The phrasing was reminiscent of Bush’s remarks after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, when he said “whether we bring our enemies to justice, or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done.”

White House officials were quick to point out that rhetorical flourishes aside, Obama and Bush have fundamentally different visions about the use of American forces in the Middle East. Obama, who was first elected by arguing that Bush’s war in Iraq was a mistake, has called for avoiding messy foreign entanglements.

But the success of ISIS militants scrambled those arguments, pushing Obama into a more offensive posture in Iraq and considering expanding into airstrikes in Syria.

Once Obama’s range of options changed, so did his rhetoric. For some, the echoes were unmistakeable.

“George W. Obama?” quipped a former senior administration official in the Bush administration. “I certainly had a bit of deja vu there.”

Liberals, in particular, are wary of mission creep in the Middle East and say that such rallying cries must be accompanied by the messy details often left out of presidential addresses.

“The key question, obviously, is what does ‘justice will be done’ mean?” one Democratic House aide told the Washington Examiner. “That’s a great applause line, but we have to see the fine print, too.”

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