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Obama ‘Inviting the Whirlwind’ by Neglecting Blooming al-Qaeda Strongholds, Affiliates ‘Spreading Like Wildfire’

Lieberman: "Mr. President, there are three more years in which you're going to be commander in chief. A lot of what you're doing now is not protecting our security."

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Bridget Johnson

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January 15, 2014 - 5:23 pm
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Former Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) told the committee that “the problem with the U.S. narrative is not that we are underplaying the terror threat.”

“We are inadequately explaining our agenda to people in the U.S. – and in the region,” she said. “If we leave a vacuum, the bad guys fill it with their narrative.”

However, Harman predicted that if Secretary of State John Kerry is successful with a “heroic” Mideast peace deal and the Iran nuclear deal, it will “reset how the U.S. viewed.”

Retired four-star Army Gen. Jack Keane, who co-authored a policy paper that inspired the Iraq surge in the George W. Bush era, told the lawmakers “it is not true that our alliances are stronger, indeed, they are weaker because our allies are fundamentally questioning the ‘will’ of the United States; many allies believe the U.S. will not be there for them in a time of peril and, sadly, U.S. standing in the world is at its lowest since prior to WWII.”

“When American leadership is strong in the world, the world is a safer place. And when American leadership is inconsistent, indecisive, and we are willing to permit others to lead who do not have the capacity or when we are paralyzed by the fear of adverse consequence, then American leadership is weak and the world is a more dangerous place,” Keane continued. “As such, our adversaries are emboldened, they become more aggressive, they take more risks and the results are more death, more casualties and the security of the American people is threatened. Tragically, this is where we are today.”

The general stressed “the harsh reality is that radical Islam and the al-Qaeda affiliates are on the rise and the evidence is overwhelming.”

Keane highlighted the “strategic blunder” of leaving no residual force in Iraq and the danger of making the same mistake in Afghanistan, noting without support for Kabul the Taliban will “truly threaten the regime” and al-Qaeda will “return to their most desirable sanctuary, the mountains of Afghanistan.”

“Because of the failure of American leadership the term radical Islam or Islamic extremism is not mentioned in U.S. policy, which is quite astounding,” Keane said. “…What makes this movement the most threatening we have ever faced is their stated objectives to use WMD against the people of the U.S. Unchecked, radical Islam is an ideological struggle with the U.S. and its allies that will dominate most of the 21st century.”

Under questioning from lawmakers, Keane further stressed that “al-Qaeda becoming decentralized has always been part of the plan” with a strategy of spreading out across the globe in countless affiliate networks.

“Sometimes the world doesn’t cooperate with a presidential narrative and I think that’s where we are,” Lieberman said, noting there’s “something in between” sending in military forces “and just pulling out.”

If the U.S. doesn’t support the non-jihadist, anti-Assad Syrians, the Iraqi government in the fight against al-Qaeda, or the Libyans trying to build a post-Gadhafi country, “we’re going to get attacked again,” the former senator stressed. “Then we’re going to have to go back in there and risk even more American lives… if we just turn away we’re going to suffer.”

Lieberman noted that the only reason the al-Qaeda “core” in the Af-Pak region has been diminished is because of military force. “Al-Qaeda is not a social organization,” he said. “It is a brutal military organization.”

In the meantime, he said, American policy is “inviting the whirlwind.”

“There are large parts of the Obama administration’s strategy that are simply not working. This is going to go on for a large part of this century,” Lieberman said of the “fearless and ideologically driven killing machine” of Islamic terrorism.

“In the end, if we do nothing, the result will be worse.”

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Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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I have really ugly news for you.

The NSA is spying on everyone because they know they are spreading everywhere. The NSA is spying here, because...they know they are already here. Obama and Kerry know. Iran knows. Hagel knows. Clinton knows.

They are here.

Isolationists have their stupid wish. We won't be fighting them "over there".

And all those tough words reserved for "those dirty Jews" who understand and defend against it every day...will whimper and curl under their beds. They are here. Waiting.

Benghazi wasn't about some stupid video. And...it wasn't about some stupid "image problem". That is wholly illogical.

Obama and Clinton own the media, Hollywood and academia. They can crush any story in its tracks. It would get no traction. They know it.

Benghazi was about a double secret deal. Iran is about a double secret deal. Syria is about a double secret deal.

The communists will sacrifice American power...to be eaten last. They will take away the guns of bitter clingers and run them to drug cartels. A million Che's set loose among 13 million Dreamers.

We are no longer in the stage of sowing the whirlwind. The harvest moon is here.

Obama and Kerry and Hagel and Clinton know it. They desperately need help. They think Iran can provide it. And giving away Israel is a small, trifling price to pay.

Obama has a pen and a phone, Clinton already knows that at this point it no longer matters and Kerry wants to sue for peace.

They are already here. And drones overhead weren't deployed in Benghazi....because we were in the middle of a double secret deal. THAT is what Stevens was doing there on THAT date.

We got double crossed. And Obama and Kerry and Clinton and Rice and Jarrett had to arrest and jail an innocent man to cover it.

Nah...couldn't be. Never mind.

It's just "liberals" being "incompetent".


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"One estimate puts more foreign fighters in Syria now than in Iraq and Afghanistan combined over the past decade as jihadists fight against the Free Syrian Army."

Say what? Most of the jihadists in Syria are fighting against Assad, the Alawites and the Christians, not for them.

"a strategy he called “inadequate” because “al-Qaeda as an organization can be eviscerated, but it will regenerate as long as the ideology that inspires it survives.”

That ideology is called Islam and it gets it's inspiration from the Koran and all Muslim's "Perfect Man", Mohammad..
26 weeks ago
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We will be a full Century repairing the damage Obama is leaving us.
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26 weeks ago
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It's really sad that people like Liebermann are only now speaking out against our incompetent president. Where were you guys when we needed you? How about you too Mr. Panetta.
26 weeks ago
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Jane Harmon? are you kidding me? She could have been truthful during her tenure but she chose politics instead. Fought bitterly for reelection then bolted for a think tank job. Yes she had an important congressional job but and sometimes talked truth but always pulled back for her party. Stabbed GW in the back at every chance while explaining that he was basically right.
To the naysayers, just who would you pick for leader of the Free world not just the english speaking? Lets not multiply our collective stupidity, which is what isolation will get us.
26 weeks ago
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I agree with you. Jane Harmon is a fool who is blindly parroting the liberal line. She's deluding herself if she thinks the inept Kerry will succeed with an Israeli/Palestinian peace deal and that Iranians will play nice if we lift sanctions. No matter what Obama wants us to believe and how much he pleads "just give peace a chance", diplomacy and concessions will never work when you're dealing with savages whose stated aim is to see the U.S. and Israel destroyed.
26 weeks ago
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This is one purpose, just like all his other "incompetence." All of it.
26 weeks ago
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By the way, the attempt to take guns away from citizens had stayed as classy as we should expect. A story you have not heard outside of Milwaukee...your Eric Holder government is taking mentally ill people, making them get neck tattoos of an octopus smoking a joint and having them buy guns at storefront shops... then arresting them.

Far fetched? Ask the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Ahhh, probably just " liberals" being " incompetent ".

And " hyperbole". "Exaggeration". "Hysteric"

Never fear...a stern note has been sent. And a year of nothing in the Eric Holder investigation of Eric Holder is so " unexpected".

A committee to investigate how to write stern notes is being assembled, in order to give the appearance of taking " action" to defend us...we are in the best of hands.
26 weeks ago
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Re:
"“Protecting this nation requires that we correctly identify the threats against it. It also requires that the United States lead on the world stage."

The latter sentence?...not so. Simply not so.

There's a major problem with our "leading on the world stage" and that is that only the English Speaking Union countries, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the countries of the British Isles can be relied upon to help us as they've done in the past. They in turn simply do not have the material resources in cash and manpower to offer all that much help because their populations are so much smaller than ours, so...their tax base is infinitely smaller than ours...and, they of course have their own domestic problems.

We're running out of cash and public "will" to do the World's fighting for it while most of the beneficiaries of our trying for stability around the World's trouble- spots stand in the wings and hold our coats.

The French? The Brazilians? The Italians? The Chinese? The Russians? The Swedes and Norwegians? Not much help for us Ameddicans[sic] from them. Lots of their continual anti-Ammedican[sic] criticism, of course.

And, let's hear no more of this "we must fill the vacuums left by our withdrawals" from these Muslim cesspools lest these Jack-in-the-box throat-slitting Muslims fill any voids.

Look at Iraq and Afghanistan.....honestly.....from an American standpoint. We could stay there for a century while they slit our throats in the shadows, and accomplish.....what?...exactly? In that 101st withdrawal-year, there will be an overt rather than covert take-back of that wretched Muslim arena after we've shed so much young American blood.

This is why I repeatedly advocate containment and isolation of Muslim controlled areas as during the soviet Cold War era. Who from around the World will help us defend our American Homeland?

Who, exactly?

26 weeks ago
26 weeks ago Link To Comment
I have really ugly news for you.

The NSA is spying on everyone because they know they are spreading everywhere. The NSA is spying here, because...they know they are already here. Obama and Kerry know. Iran knows. Hagel knows. Clinton knows.

They are here.

Isolationists have their stupid wish. We won't be fighting them "over there".

And all those tough words reserved for "those dirty Jews" who understand and defend against it every day...will whimper and curl under their beds. They are here. Waiting.

Benghazi wasn't about some stupid video. And...it wasn't about some stupid "image problem". That is wholly illogical.

Obama and Clinton own the media, Hollywood and academia. They can crush any story in its tracks. It would get no traction. They know it.

Benghazi was about a double secret deal. Iran is about a double secret deal. Syria is about a double secret deal.

The communists will sacrifice American power...to be eaten last. They will take away the guns of bitter clingers and run them to drug cartels. A million Che's set loose among 13 million Dreamers.

We are no longer in the stage of sowing the whirlwind. The harvest moon is here.

Obama and Kerry and Hagel and Clinton know it. They desperately need help. They think Iran can provide it. And giving away Israel is a small, trifling price to pay.

Obama has a pen and a phone, Clinton already knows that at this point it no longer matters and Kerry wants to sue for peace.

They are already here. And drones overhead weren't deployed in Benghazi....because we were in the middle of a double secret deal. THAT is what Stevens was doing there on THAT date.

We got double crossed. And Obama and Kerry and Clinton and Rice and Jarrett had to arrest and jail an innocent man to cover it.

Nah...couldn't be. Never mind.

It's just "liberals" being "incompetent".


26 weeks ago
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Obama is a fool ... a walking, talking and charming fool. Curiously absent from all the above rhetoric included in Bridget's post, is ANY reference to the Muslim Brotherhood and its broad and tentacled entanglement with Jarret and wonder-boy Obama here at home. The Muslim Brotherhood is instructing Obama to emphasize and use the term, "Al Qaeda", simply to deflect attention from itself. We allow criminal Muslim organisations (like CAIR and ISNA just to name two); to savage us here at home by waging political jihad against us. Obama has MB advisers period ... so does Clinton;
but our gatekeepers are too spineless to call them out.
"Lone wolf" attacks are now our biggest threat at home ... Obama has opened wide the door and invited them in by his obscene relationship with the MB.
26 weeks ago
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Don't forget Huma Abadeen (sp?). Hillary's "closest or is that closet" advisor.
26 weeks ago
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Fools like him will get us all killed someday.
26 weeks ago
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Approaching 13 years after 9/11, why do I feel as though the battle against rabid Islamism is only in its opening stages?
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".......the ‘core al-Qaeda’ concept."

al-Qaeda means the base. It provides a base operating religious and military philosophy. That is all. It can be adapted to be used against any enemy of Islam.
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