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Thanks to Republican Senators Rand Paul (of Kentucky) and Mike Lee (of Utah), we might finally get on Syria what we were denied on Libya: a real debate among the American people’s representatives over congressional authorization of President Obama’s unilateral war-making in the Middle East.

The Washington Examiner reports that Senators Paul and Lee have joined with two counterparts, Democrats Chris Murphy (of Connecticut) and Tom Udall (of New Mexico), in offering legislation that would block direct or indirect aid for military or paramilitary operations in Syria. The bill, which is posted on Paul’s website, is called the “Protecting Americans from the Proliferation of Weapons to Terrorists Act of 2013.”

The proposal would not affect or prohibit humanitarian aid, but it forthrightly addresses the issue Syria intervention supporters willfully ignore: the factions President Obama is abetting – egged on by the GOP’s McCain wing and their fellow transnational progressives on the Democratic side of the aisle – are Islamic supremacists dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood and closely connected to violent jihadists, including al Qaeda-affiliated groups.

Not to be a broken record (see, e.g., here, here and here), but the Syrian civil war pits implacable enemies of the United States against each other. And as night follows day, they are using their barbaric jihadist tactics against each other. The situation is reminiscent of the central flaw in our Libyan misadventure – which led directly to the massacre of Americans in the “rebel” stronghold of Benghazi on September 11, 2012.

As John Rosenthal acutely observes in his short but essential book The Jihadist Plot: The Untold Story of Al-Qaeda and the Libyan Rebellion, while there are many problems with using the label “war on terror” to describe our ongoing hostilities, “at least the term had the advantage of making clear that the US and its allies abhorred the tactic in question.” Yet, in Libya, and now in Syria, we have turned a blind eye to the fact that terrorism is used by the jihadists our government has chosen to side with. We try to obscure this fact by referring to the opposition forces as “rebels,” the better to avoid noticing that they consider themselves mujahideen (jihad warriors), and by pretending we favor only the “secular” “moderates,” though it is laughable to suggest there are enough of them to topple the regimes in question without allying with the more numerous and formidable Islamic-supremacists factions.

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Two writers I consider must-reads on developments in the Middle East are Andrew McCarthy and Michael Ledeen. What is perplexing to me is that although I find both men persuasive, they seem to be taking opposite sides regarding intervening in Syria. Ledeen seems to be arguing that defeating Asaad is defeating the mullahs in Iran. McCarthy argues that both sides in Syria are our enemies.

I have linked to Andy's post here: http://bobagard.blogspot.com/2013/06/are-they-rebels-or-jihad-warriors.html
42 weeks ago
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Question: If Snowden is a traitor for revealing possibly illegal NSA activities that could damage our nation's ability to fight Islamic terrorists, then what do we make of Our Beloved President who is currently currying the favor of the Islamic Brotherhood in Afghanistan and Egypt, and supporting Islamic extremists in a half-dozen other countries throughout the Middle East?
42 weeks ago
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" Report: CIA training Syrian rebels
CBS reports: CIA, US Special Forces training rebels in Turkey, Jordan. Meantime, Kerry arrives in Doha for talks, rebels confirm western military aid has begun to flow, in bid to turn tide against Assad
Yitzhak Benhorin
Latest Update: 06.22.13, 19:20 / Israel News "

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4395445,00.html
42 weeks ago
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NATO is a mutual defense treaty. NATO dragged the USA into Libya.

So far, most of what the USA has done/ is doing, is to support Jordan.
fwiw, it is rather incredible that the Hasemite, descended from mohamed and the Sherif of Mecca, that King Abdullah of Jordan, has Israel providing border drone service, and now the USA is leaving F-16's and 700 troops from Eager Lion in Jordan.

The Sunnis crave Damascus - to restore the Sunni Arab Caliphate, not the Ottoman Turkish Caliphate.

the sad part is that we seem to be approximately where the Middle East was one hundred years ago. The battle for Syria was in 1918.
42 weeks ago
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Clear that Obama is inured and immune to criticism. Also clear that the Republicans have neither the guts nor the votes to do much about it. Perhaps, if the US and the world can survive the next 43 months, things will improve.

In the meantime, there will be a continual threat to Jordan, and all 'Islamist' elements, including in Judea, Samaria and in the Israeli Galil and Little Triangle will be encouraged.

I am only disappointed that the Israeli gov't won't do more to distance itself from this more or less insane Adminsitration.
42 weeks ago
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Firstly, Syria would not be on fire, nor would the entire region, if the Pyromaniac-in-Chief had not entered into Libya, ostensibly "leading from behind". In the main, the goal of Obama Inc. is to arm the Syrian Brotherhood with a conduit of weapons found in Libya, albeit under the cover of R2P.
That being said, the situation, as it stands, six of one, half a dozen of another jihadists. It is akin to arming Al Qaeda to fight Hizbullah, both of which are dangerous for American interests. However, Obama Inc sees it thusly, as their regional designs ARE anti-American - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/05/30/war-drums-blaring-the-commander-in-chief-is-awol-russia-in-charge-irans-axis-ascendant-israel-left-dangling-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

A disaster in the making!

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
42 weeks ago
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The Christians in Syria are saying, "Thank God for the Russians!". If Obama and McCain and Rubio were born a century earlier, they would be siding with the Turks in their genocide of Christian Armenians. If Obama sends in air support for the Shariah loving and Christian hating "rebels", I hope the Russians shoot them all down.
42 weeks ago
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"the factions President Obama is abetting – egged on by the GOP’s McCain wing and their fellow transnational progressives on the Democratic side of the aisle – are Islamic supremacists dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood and closely connected to violent jihadists, including al Qaeda-affiliated groups."
You neglected to give credit to Marco Rubio: John McCain, The Next Generation.
42 weeks ago
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Barack Hussein Obama
The Greatest President
Saudi Arabia ever had
42 weeks ago
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Not one penny, or American G.I., to Syria. Increase military funding to Israel. They know how to deal with Assad. Barry does not. Barry has no clue. He blew Iraq. He is currently blowing Afghanistan. He blew Egypt. He blew Libya, twice. We need a new CiC before we even consider re-engaging the Islamofascist world. I know how harsh that sounds, but it's true. We have a weenie in the Oval Office. We need to step away from any new engagements. Saudi Arabia has a state-of-the-art air-force thanks to us. Let THEM engage the insane Shiites and their Syrian & Hizballahan tools. Let Sunni Islam fend for itself. For a change. Let THEM bleed.
42 weeks ago
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Just being in Afcrapistan is blowing it.
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