-Retired Intel Officer: Foley Rescue Attempt Failed Because Obama ‘Dragged His Feet’
-James Foley Beheading: What They’re Not Telling You
-ISIS Abducts More Westerners, Promises Beheadings
-Former CIA Officer Says ISIS and Mexican Drug Cartels Communicate
August 21, 2014 By Ben Barrack
The beheading of any American should send every American into orbit from outrage. That includes the beheading of James Foley. What must be made known, however, is that evidence suggests Foley was sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood’s cause and may have been a liberal.
If that’s true, why would ISIS behead him?
The answer is strangely simple. ISIS beheads liberals too, in much the same way that the Tsarnaev brothers set off pressure cooker bombs in a predominantly liberal city – Boston.
Foley Betrayed by those he supported
A look at Foley’s twitter feed from 2012 indicates he was a supporter of the Syrian opposition (FSA). It’s now being reported by IBT that Foley may have been handed over to ISIS in a good faith gesture by a group that had been aligned with the FSA:
According to Syrian sources who have worked previously to locate and rescue kidnapped journalists in Syria, American journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by Islamic State in a video the militant group made public on Tuesday, was most likely used by another guerrilla group as a token of allegiance to ISIS.
According to those sources, Foley was in the hands of the Dawood Bridgade, a group that was originally aligned with relatively moderate opposition groups such as the Free Syrian Army, but recently pledged allegiance to ISIS.
Here are some of the tweets from Foley in 2012 (h/t FPM):
Of course, the very sick and twisted irony is that Foley was being sympathetic to a group that ultimately betrayed him. Though Foley’s fate was not predictable, such a betrayal was.
On Supporting Muslim Brotherhood
Foley also seemed to express support for the Muslim Brotherhood’s agenda. Barely a month prior to the Benghazi attacks, Foley tweeted a link to a defamatory CNN propaganda piece that suggested “right-wing” terrorism was equal to the brand practiced by al-Qaeda. In the article, Nazi terrorists were identified as “right-wing” when in reality, Nazis are extreme leftists as is the KKK, which was founded by the Democratic Party.
In another tweet, Foley linked to an article which made the argument that Muslim Brotherhood winning elections is a good thing. That argument is demonstrably absurd:
Essentially, the author argued that by meeting the Brotherhood’s demands and giving them what they want, the Brotherhood will moderate:
The fact is, however, the victory of Islamist political parties in democratic elections, especially the Muslim Brotherhood, is beneficial to the United States, the region, and the future of democracy for two reasons.
In short, those two reasons amounted to 1.) Give the Islamists what they want and they’ll stop killing and 2.) Once the Islamists achieve political power, they will be voted out of power after a few election cycles and they’ll become peaceful, political animals who will follow the rules.
How’s that working out?
With the gift of hindsight, this paragraph from the aforementioned article is salient:
Radical Islamist terrorists like Ayman al-Zawahiri of al Qaeda have harshly criticized Islamist political parties, especially the Muslim Brotherhood. Zawahiri understands that the spread of democracy through the Arab Spring has the potential to destroy al Qaeda by drying up recruitment and funding, and undermining the supposed ‘need’ for jihad in the first place.
Perhaps no better application of that theory can be found in Egypt. The article was actually written on the eve of the inauguration of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Mursi as President of that country. Contrary to the premise that Islamists would moderate if elected to office and eventually be voted out, Mursi became a tyrant overnight and within months attempted a complete power grab by signing Shariah law into the Constitution, as Shoebat.com reported at the time.
As for the argument that someone like al-Zawahiri would become marginalized when someone like Mursi came into power, the opposite happened. As Shoebat.com reported, Mursi hired al-Zawahiri’s first cousin as his Chief of Staff and sought the assistance of the al-Qaeda leader in keeping the Egyptian military from doing what it ultimately did – throw Mursi out of power.
Sadly, Foley lost his life despite being on what he thought was the right side.
This is not about an ‘I told you so’ moment for the right. It’s a plea for leftists to wake up.
Psychoanalyzing the Left
It’s very difficult to psychoanalyze the minds of the left. Some may suffer from a strain of Stockholm Syndrome in which they think being sympathetic to Islamists will keep them safe. Some may think that by treating Islamists like civilized beings, they will then become civilized beings. Some may just hate conservatives and Christians so much, they’re comfortable aligning with those who hate them too (common cause). Still others may just flat-out agree with Islamists.
Take a look at the protesting and rioting in Ferguson. The New Black Panther Party (NBPP) – a Muslim group – descended on that city to gin up anger. The left-wing, mainstream media either ignores the NBPP or attempts to dismiss its significance. While doing a news report in Ferguson, Jake Tapper completely ignored the “ISIS is HERE” sign being held up behind him for no fewer than two minutes.
Then there was the issue of far left-wing MSNBC personality Chris Hayes. While spouting pro-rioter propaganda, Hayes had rocks thrown at him by the very people he works so hard to defend. Even then, he didn’t catch the irony. The rocks clearly did not knock any sense into Hayes:
Regardless of the reasons, leftists sympathetic to Islamists are counterproductive to the process of preventing the spread of Islamism. As such, leftists are used as vehicles to push the Islamist agenda. In the U.S. stealth jihad groups speak of interfaith dialogue, bridge-building, tolerance, and diversity while endorsing “COEXIST” bumper stickers. Anyone who sounds alarm bells is then painted as racist. This endears utopian-minded liberals to the Islamist cause while simultaneously pitting those liberals against Christian conservatives who believe in God, His Son, and the Trinity exclusively. Said Christians also believe in and defend Christianity’s Jewish heritage.
Other than that, any attempt to spiritually “coexist” waters down Christianity, which true Christians find grossly offensive and blasphemous. That doesn’t make them racist; it makes them strong in their beliefs.
Save for Judaism, which shares a common heritage with Christianity, a belief in Christianity must necessarily include not accepting other religions. Besides, it’s Islamic countries that ban other religions and persecute those who don’t practice Islam.
Then again, there are plenty of ‘Christian’ pastors who don’t get what’s going on either. Take this example. It’s a photo of Clark Lobenstein, whose stole indicates he’s bought into the ‘Coexist’ mentality. He’s flanked by Bassam Estwani, the former chairman of the notorious Dar al-Hijrah mosque and Rateb al-Nabulsi, a pro-Hamas figure who endorsed suicide bombings and has raised funds for the Syrian opposition while in the U.S., as Shoebat.com has reported.
Estwani serves on the boards of at least two highly suspect Syrian opposition groups – the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF) and Mercy Without Borders (MWB).
Retired Intel Officer: Foley Rescue Attempt Failed Because Obama ‘Dragged His Feet’
August 21, 2014 BY: Larry O’Connor
Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer (Ret.) is a CIA-trained former senior intelligence officer who wrote the book Operation Dark Heart about the Special Operations successes in the early stages of the Afghanistan war.
He also famously reported to Congress that part of the intelligence breakdown prior to the 9/11 attacks was due to communications failures between the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency’s “Able Danger” project which had identified Mohamed Attah’s terror cell in Brooklyn in 2000.
Thursday morning, Shaffer appeared on WMAL radio in Washington, D.C., to discuss the ISIS execution of American journalist James Foley earlier this week. He told me and co-host Brian Wilson that the recently revealed rescue attempt led by Special Forces earlier this summer failed because President Obama was slow to give the go-ahead:
I’m hearing from my friends in the Pentagon, they are giving him every single option way ahead of time. And let me give you a little secret here: The reason that raid into Syria failed to get Foley and those guys was because the president drug his feet. He waited too long, the intel got stale, and by the time we actually gave the “go” word it failed because we just didn’t react quick enough.
James Foley Beheading: What They’re Not Telling You
Controversial video a powerful new casus belli for war
August 21, 2014 by Paul Joseph Watson
The latest poster child for military expansion in the middle east poses a host of disturbing questions.
ISIS Abducts More Westerners, Promises Beheadings
Propaganda theater ahead of U.S. invasion of Syria
August 21, 2014 by Kurt Nimmo
The Islamic State, formerly ISIS, has abducted more Westerners. The latest captives include two Italian women and a Japanese national. They are reporters, photographers and aid workers.
Over the past six months Islamic jihadists in Syria have taken at least ten hostages from Western countries, including Spain, Denmark and France. The hostages were traded for ransom, but in the wake of the alleged execution of journalist James Foley the latest captives may suffer a more gruesome fate as the propaganda war ramps up ahead of a U.S. invasion of Syria.
The next victim will likely be Steven Sotloff, a freelance journalist who has contributed to Time and Foreign Policy. He was taken captive a year ago on the border of Turkey and Syria. Following the supposed execution of Foley, ISIS announced they will behead Sotloff if the United States continues its air strikes in Iraq.
The Obama administration and the Pentagon have announced they will continue attacking ISIS. On Wednesday, Obama said the U.S. would “do what we must to protect our people.”
Although Obama insisted the U.S. does not plan to enter Syria, the administration later said several dozen special forces troops were on the ground there.
Additionally, the Pentagon has announced it plans to send ground troops “to better secure State Department facilities in Baghdad from possible attack by Islamic State militants,” according to ABC News Radio.
Establishment Media: ISIS a Threat to “Global Community”
According to the establishment media, ISIS is goading the U.S. into invading Syria. “What the terrorists are trying to do is to intimidate and to some degree provoke the United States,” former ambassador James Jeffrey told Fox News.
“They suffered a major defeat at the Mosul dam. What they are trying to say is: We’re back. We’re going to pursue our agenda of a total war against the rest of the global community… and we taunt you to do something about this.”
On Wednesday it was announced the U.S. had launched nearly a dozen air strikes on ISIS near the Mosul Dam in Iraq. The dam is said to be now under Kurdish control.
Jeffrey characterized the bombing of northern Iraq as a success and said “all the pieces are in play for President Obama to move forward, cautiously, but still move forward on a campaign against these people.”
“Sooner or later, we’re going to fight them,” he predicted. “Because they want to fight us.”
The chorus call for a wider war in the Middle East was echoed by the National Journal on Wednesday.
“When a centrist Democrat, a Republican hawk, a libertarian, and a tea partier all find common ground on Capitol Hill, it’s worth noting this rare outbreak of bipartisan consensus. Sens. Tim Kaine, James Inhofe, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz all believe the White House should seek new approval from Congress for U.S. military operations in Iraq. President Obama should give the senators exactly what they are requesting,” James Kitfeild wrote for the magazine.
A former CIA deputy director, Mike Morell, who is now a CBS News national security analyst, said on Thursday ISIS may strike inside America.
“The short-term concern is the Americans that have gone to fight with ISIS and the west Europeans that have gone to fight with ISIS could be trained and directed by ISIS to come to the United States to conduct small-scale attacks,” Morell told CBS This Morning. “If an ISIS member showed up at a mall in the United States tomorrow with an AK-47 and killed a number of Americans, I would not be surprised.”
In order to prevent this, Morell said, the United States should attack ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
Morell said the effort would entail “taking territory away from them so they cannot use it as a safe haven to train. That requires airstrikes and that requires enabling the Iraqi military to do its job. The other thing it requires is to take the leadership of ISIS off the battlefield. That means capturing or killing them.”
Former CIA Officer Says ISIS and Mexican Drug Cartels Communicate
U.S. Gov. and CIA connected to drugs and terror
August 21, 2014 by Kurt Nimmo
A former CIA officer, now a security consultant who regularly appears on Fox News, told the Laura Ingraham Show Thursday ISIS and Mexican drug cartels communicate with each other.
“We’ve had good intel over the years about al-Qaeda, about their efforts to coordinate with, as an example, Mexican cartels… in an effort to try to exploit our southern border,” Mike Baker told Ingraham.
The one-time CIA employee said there is “a lot of communication” between ISIS and drug cartels and “the cartels are a business… if there’s a revenue stream they can exploit, then they will, and the extremists understand that.”
It is not clear if this intel was passed on to Baker by his former colleagues.
In 2012 a spokesman for the Chihuahua state in Mexico, Guillermo Terrazas Villanueva told Aljazerra the CIA and other intelligence agencies manage the drug trade in Mexico.
“Credibility issues with employees of the notoriously corrupt Mexican government aside, the latest accusations were hardly earth shattering — the American espionage agency has been implicated in drug trafficking from Afghanistan to Vietnam to Latin America and everywhere in between. Similar allegations of drug running have been made against the CIA for decades by former agents, American officials, lawmakers, investigators, and even drug traffickers themselves,” writes Alex Newman.
Other agencies of the United States government stand accused of complicity with Mexican drug cartels, including the DEA and the Justice Department.
Also left unsaid is the documented fact the CIA and the United States government trained, armed, funded and supported Osama bin Laden and his followers in Afghanistan. This fact was reported by the BBC, Forbes, ABC News and others (many corporate media sites, however, scrubbed this information soon after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001).
Asked about the geopolitical impact of the CIA’s 3 billion dollar operation to create an Islamic mujahideen in Afghanistan beginning in 1979, Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser said: “What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Muslims or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the Cold War?”
ISIS, now a self-declared caliphate called the Islamic State, also has connections to the CIA and the Pentagon.
William Engdahl, an award-winning geopolitical analyst and strategic risk consultant, recently wrote that ISIS “is being shaped and controlled out of Langley, Virginia, and other CIA and Pentagon outposts as the next stage in spreading chaos in the world’s second-largest oil state, Iraq, as well as weakening the recent Syrian stabilization efforts.”
The corporate media now pushing a full-fledged war on ISIS in response to an unverified and suspicious beheading video fails to mention our troops will go up against fighters trained by U.S. instructors in Jordan.
For more on the CIA connection to ISIS and the Islamic brigades funded by the Gulf Emirates working to overthrow the government of Syria, see our ISIS and the Plan to Balkanize the Middle East.