The Disappearance of US Will

obama-foreign-policy-policy-second-term-john-bolton-620x396-450x287By Caroline Glick:

The most terrifying aspect of the collapse of US power worldwide is the US’s indifferent response to it.

In Europe, in Asia, in the Middle East and beyond, America’s most dangerous foes are engaging in aggression and brinkmanship unseen in decades.

As Gordon Chang noted at a symposium in Los Angeles last month hosted by the David Horowitz Freedom Center, since President Barack Obama entered office in 2009, the Chinese have responded to his overtures of goodwill and appeasement with intensified aggression against the US’s Asian allies and against US warships.

In 2012, China seized the Scarborough Shoal from the Philippines. Washington shrugged its shoulders despite its mutual defense treaty with the Philippines. And so Beijing is striking again, threatening the Second Thomas Shoal, another Philippine possession.

In a similar fashion, Beijing is challenging Japan’s control over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea and even making territorial claims on Okinawa.

As Chang explained, China’s recent application of its Air-Defense Identification Zone to include Japanese and South Korean airspace is a hostile act not only against those countries but also against the principle of freedom of maritime navigation, which, Chang noted, “Americans have been defending for more than two centuries.”

The US has responded to Chinese aggression with ever-escalating attempts to placate Beijing.

And China has responded to these US overtures by demonstrating contempt for US power.

Last week, the Chinese humiliated Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel during his visit to China’s National Defense University. He was harangued by a student questioner for the US’s support for the Philippines and Japan, and for opposition to Chinese unilateral seizure of island chains and assertions of rights over other states’ airspace and international waterways.

As he stood next to Hagel in a joint press conference, China’s Defense Chief Chang Wanquan demanded that the US restrain Japan and the Philippines.

In addition to its flaccid responses to Chinese aggression against its allies and its own naval craft, in 2012 the US averred from publicly criticizing China for its sale to North Korea of mobile missile launchers capable of serving Pyongyang’s KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missiles. With these easily concealed launchers, North Korea significantly upgraded its ability to attack the US with nuclear weapons.

As for Europe, the Obama administration’s responses to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and to its acts of aggression against Ukraine bespeak a lack of seriousness and dangerous indifference to the fate of the US alliance structure in Eastern Europe.

Rather than send NATO forces to the NATO member Baltic states, and arm Ukrainian forces with defensive weapons, as Russian forces began penetrating Ukraine, the US sent food to Ukraine and an unarmed warship to the Black Sea.

Clearly not impressed by the US moves, the Russians overflew and shadowed the US naval ship. As Charles Krauthammer noted on Fox News on Monday, the Russian action was not a provocation. It was “a show of contempt.”

As Krauthammer explained, it could have only been viewed as a provocation if Russia had believed the US was likely to respond to its shadowing of the warship. Since Moscow correctly assessed that the US would not respond to its aggression, by buzzing and following the warship, the Russians demonstrated to Ukraine and other US allies that they cannot trust the US to protect them from Russia.

In the Middle East, it is not only the US’s obsessive approach to the Palestinian conflict with Israel that lies in shambles. The entire US alliance system and the Obama administration’s other signature initiatives have also collapsed.

After entering office, Obama implemented an aggressive policy in Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere of killing al-Qaida operatives with unmanned drones. The strategy was based on the notion that such a campaign, that involves no US boots on the ground, can bring about a rout of the terrorist force at minimal human cost to the US and at minimal political cost to President Barack Obama.

The strategy has brought about the demise of a significant number of al-Qaida terrorists over the years. And due to the support Obama enjoys from the US media, the Obama administration paid very little in terms of political capital for implementing it.

But despite the program’s relative success, according to The Washington Post, the administration suspended drone attacks in December 2013 after it endured modest criticism when one in Yemen inadvertently hit a wedding party.

No doubt al-Qaida noticed the program’s suspension. And now the terror group is flaunting its immunity from US attack.

This week, jihadist websites featured an al-Qaida video showing hundreds of al-Qaida terrorists in Yemen meeting openly with the group’s second in command, Nasir al-Wuhayshi.

In the video, Wuhayshi threatened the US directly saying, “We must eliminate the cross,” and explaining that “the bearer of the cross is America.”

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There is a direct correlation between the US elite’s preoccupation with social issues running the narrow and solipsistic gamut from gay marriage to transgender bathrooms to a phony war against women, and America’s inability to recognize the growing threats to the global order or understand why Americans should care about the world at all.

And there is a similarly direct correlation between the growing aggression of US foes and Obama’s decision to slash defense spending while allowing the US nuclear arsenal to become all but obsolete.

America’s spurned allies will take the actions they need to take to protect themselves. Some will persevere, others will likely be overrun.

But with Americans across the ideological spectrum pretending that failure is success and defeat is victory, while turning their backs on the growing storm, how will America protect itself?

Read more at Front Page

A detailed look at ‘the purge’ of U.S. counter-terrorism training by the Obama administration

By Patrick Poole:

Tonight’s episode of For The Record investigates a series of policies established by the Obama Administration during 2011-2012 that effectively neutered FBI counter-terrorism training and blinded our nation’s intelligence agencies to the threat from Islamic terrorism.

In what some experts have termed a hostile “political warfare campaign” driven by an alliance between the administration, Islamic organizations and cooperating media figures, analysts and subject matter experts were blacklisted, and books and training materials were purged from official counter-terrorism training programs government-wide.

This “purge” has contributed to clues being missed by the FBI in major terrorism cases, including last year’s bombing of the Boston Marathon recounted this past September in an episode of For The Record:

Institutional Failure

One of the first indicators of these efforts was the cancellation of an anti-terrorism conference scheduled for August 10-12, 2011 hosted by the CIA’s Threat Management Unit.

As reported by veteran Pentagon reporter Bill Gertz at the Washington Times, the conference was cancelled at the demand of Islamic groups who objected to presentations that were to be conducted by former Joint Chiefs of Staff intelligence analyst and international law expert Stephen Coughlin (who is featured in tonight’s episode) and Steve Emerson of The Investigative Project on Terrorism. An email sent to conference registrants explained that the Department of Homeland Security would be formulating new guidelines for vetting speakers and screening presentation content.

The cancellation of the CIA terrorism conference was followed in September 2011 by a series of articles by far-Left blogger Spencer Ackerman at WIRED Magazine that claimed counter-terrorism trainers and materials used by the FBI were promoting “Islamophobia.” One of Ackerman’s targets was books in the library at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, that he deemed offensive. It should be noted that as a general rule banning books in government-funded libraries is considered rank censorship.

While a number of claims made by Ackerman in his series of articles were later found to be manifestly false, inside U.S. government agencies individuals targeted by Ackerman’s articles were prohibited from speaking publicly in defense of themselves and their work and “The Purge” continued apace.

Black October

Then in October 2011, a remarkable series of events dramatically shifted U.S. government policies largely fueled by Ackerman’s reporting.

The first event was the circulation by Homeland Security’s Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties to government agencies of a list of “Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Training Do’s and Don’ts.” Among those targeted in the DHS training ban were what the document called “self-professed ‘Muslim reformers,’” who the agency warned “may further an interest group agenda instead of delivering generally accepted, unbiased information.”

Among other “don’ts” declared by DHS was this warning:

Don’t use training that relies on fear or conspiracies to motivate law enforcement. Don’t use training premised on theories with little or no evidence to support them. Examples (from the report “Manufacturing the Muslim Menace”) of unsubstantiated theories include…Mainstream Muslim organizations are fronts for Islamic political organizations who true desire is to establish Sharia law in America.

Remarkably, some of the very organizations that the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties had partnered with had been identified by the Justice Department as fronts for international terrorist organizations in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial in 2007 and 2008, including the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT), and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). At the time these guidelines were published, the president of ISNA, Imam Mohamed Majid, was serving on the DHS Countering Violent Extremism Working Group.

Not only had the Justice Department named these organizations as unindicted co-conspirators during the trial, but federal prosecutors had outline in court documents that these organizations were integral parts of an international conspiracy to funnel money to the terrorist group HAMAS. In one Justice Department filing, prosecutors noted that “numerous exhibits were entered into evidence establishing both ISNA’s and NAIT’s intimate relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood, the Palestine Committee, and the defendants in this case.”

In another filing they observed:

ISNA and NAIT, in fact, shared more with HLF than just a parent organization. They were intimately connected with the HLF and its assigned task of providing financing support to HAMAS. Shortly after HAMAS was founded in 1987, as an outgrowth of the Muslim Brotherhood, Govt. Exh. 21-61, the International Muslim Brotherhood ordered the Muslim Brotherhood chapters throughout the world to create Palestine Committees, whose job it was to support HAMAS with “media, money and men.” Govt. Exh. 3-15. The U.S. Muslim Brotherhood created the U.S. Palestine Committee, which documents reflect was initially comprised of three organizations: the OLF (HLF), the IAP [Islamic Association for Palestine], and the UASR [United Association for Studies and Research]. CAIR was later added to these organizations. Govt. Exh. 3-78 (listing IAP, HLF, UASR and CAIR as part of the Palestine Committee, and stating that there is “[n]o doubt America is the ideal location to train the necessary resources to support the Movement worldwide…”). The mandate of these organizations, per the International Muslim Brotherhood, was to support HAMAS, and the HLF’s particular role was to raise money to support HAMAS’ organization inside the Palestinian terrories. (p. 13, emphasis added)

During the Holy Land trial, FBI Agent Lara Burns testified in court that CAIR was a front for HAMAS. One trial exhibit submitted by federal prosecutors – and stipulated to by the defense in the case – explained that these organizations were dedicated to a “civilizational-jihadist process” to destroy America from within and replace the Constitution with sharia (Islamic law):

The Ikhwah [Muslim Brotherhood] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion [Islam] is made victorious over all other religions. (p. 21)

Federal prosecutors specifically cited this internal Muslim Brotherhood planning document as the strategic goal of these U.S.-based Islamic groups – the very same group advising the Obama Administration. The federal judge in the Holy Foundation case agreed with the case presented by the federal prosecutors had made regarding these organizations, stating in one ruling that “the Government has produced ample evidence to establish the associations with CAIR, ISNA and NAIT with HLF…and with HAMAS.” (p. 14-15)

One of the architects of the new DHS guidelines was Mohamed Elibiary, who served on the DHS Countering Violent Extremism Working Group, was appointed in October 2010 by Secretary Janet Napolitano to the Homeland Security Advisory Council and is now a senior fellow for the agency, who has publicly admitted to his role in developing the DHS guidelines. Unsurprisingly, he was a regular source for WIRED’s Spencer Ackerman.

Much more at The Blaze

Patrick Poole is a counter-terrorism and national security consultant for TheBlaze. You can follow him (@pspoole) on Twitter.

The Worrisome Future of Special Operation Forces

by Daniel Pipes
Mar 23, 2014
Cross-posted from National Review Online, The Corner

I just had the opportunity to spend an afternoon with a Council on Foreign Relations group at the United States Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. Its commander, the famed Admiral William H. McRaven, started the briefing, followed by his staff.

I expected to learn about Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, and their air force and marine counterparts. I thought I would hear about the exploits of this 67,000-strong command operating in 84 countries, maybe even about the taking down of Osama bin Laden. But that was not to be. Instead, he and the other officers talked at length about their new mission, starting with the command’s motto, “You can’t surge trust.”

 

Cover of the SOF “operating concept” booklet, not online.

It took some time for it to sink in because of their turgid language, but here’s a key paragraph from the Operating Concept for special operations forces (SOF) that was handed out to the CFR group:

The Special Operations Forces Operating Concept captures the essence of the SOF heritage as it could be – as it should be in the year 2020 and beyond. The concept moves beyond the first decade of the 21st Century, when SOF primarily supported large-scale contingency operations by conducting counterterrorism operations to find, capture, or kill our adversaries. Although of great value to the Nation, these operations were never intended to be decisive. Operating through the Global SOF Network in support of our Geographic Combatant Commanders and Chiefs of Mission, SOF now have the opportunity to achieve strategic outcomes by working with and through interagency and foreign partners to understand and influence relevant populations.

Translated into English, this says:

Special Operations Forces used to be about capturing or killing America’s adversaries; its new mission is to shape public opinion.

Or, it the words of a bullet point in the Operating Concept, the goal is “Elevating SOF non-lethal skills to the same level of expertise as lethal skills.” As radical a shift as this is, at least I could comprehend it. Not so the following graphic, “Strategic Appreciation – 2.0,”which was projected onto a large floor for most of our briefing and which makes no sense to me:

2683Comments: (1) I came away from this briefing unsure if the special operations leadership really believes this stuff or is mouthing it to distract the public from discussing its real mission. (2) If it’s sincere, I worry about our future defense. (March 23, 2014)

National Guardsman Arrested in Terror Plot Attended Radical Mosque

The Lodi Mosque in Lodi, Calif. / AP

The Lodi Mosque in Lodi, Calif. / AP

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The National Guard reservist arrested this week for planning to blow up the Los Angeles subway attended a radical California-based mosque that has been home to known terrorists and other extremist Muslims deported from the United States for their ties to terror.

The FBI on Monday charged Nicholas Teausant, a 20-year-old National Guard reservist, with attempting to help al Qaeda carry out an attack on the Los Angeles subway system.

Teausant—who was found to be in possession of “lone wolf” terror manuals that teach readers how to build and detonate bombs—was known to have attended a terror-tied mosque in Lodi, a small town east of San Francisco.

The Lodi mosque has frequently found itself at the center of FBI terrorism investigations and its former imam was arrested and deported for urging his congregation to kill Americans in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001.

An Instagram account believed to be Teausant’s features several images of the mosque and comments such as, “Let’s hit dis prayer!! #muslim #prayer #alhamduilliah #mashallah #makedua #inshallah #AllahuAkbar.”

Terror mastermind Ayman Al-Zawahiri, a close friend of Osama bin Laden and current leader of al Qaeda, attended the mosque prior to 9/11, according to reports.

“Every time I would go to the mosque, [Al-Zawahiri] would be coming or going,” an FBI informant testified, according to the Sacramento Bee. “He would quietly come to the mosque and leave.”

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Terrorism analyst Patrick Poole said Teausant’s radical online interactions were likely just as important as his personal ones.

“When you look at Teausant’s social media and the Justice Department complaint, you get a picture of someone who was participating in an online community that was contributing to his radicalization,” Poole said. “But you also see that he was heavily involved in a local community already known as a hotbed of radicalization known for anti-American sentiment, extremist speakers, terrorist fundraising, and regular themes of global Islamic grievances that contributed to that process.”

“From his own Lodi mosque you already have Hamid Hayat sitting in federal prison for spending two years at an al Qaeda training camp in Pakistan,” Poole said.

“It’s pretty certain that he wasn’t planning on joining the jihadist cause by getting to Syria all on his own—he was going to need financial and logistical help and contacts once he got there,” Poole added. “Historically we know those support networks already exist in the places he was hanging out regularly in Lodi and Stockton. That’s an angle that hopefully law enforcement are already looking at in this case.”

Read more at Free Beacon

Two Americans Arrested for Plans to Join Syrian Jihadists

Syrian rebel fighters

By Ryan Mauro:

Two Americans were arrested in the past few days as the Syrian civil war attracts Western recruits. One sought to join Hezbollah and the other took the side of an Al-Qaeda affiliate, but both believed they were fulfilling a commandment to wage jihad against the infidel.

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Syrian jihadists have a sophisticated network in America, including those favorable to Al-Qaeda-linked groups. One opposition group linked to the Muslim Brotherhood has received over $12 million in U.S. government assistance.

Another Islamist named Sheikh Osama al-Rifai has used the Syrian Sunrise Foundation to raise over $3.6 million in one tour, bringing him to Florida, Illinois, Texas, Indiana, California and Michigan. His fundraising pitch was that any donor qualifies as a “jihadist for Allah.” One event was held at the influential Mosque Foundation that is part of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood network.

In January, a terrorism-supporting imam named Sheikh Mohammad Rateb al-Nabulsi came to the U.S. to fundraise for Syrian “rebels” in 11 cities with help from a group called the Syrian American Council. One of the fundraisers was held at the Islamic Center of Passaic County in N.J. Other events took place in Florida, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Virginia.

In the 1980s, Afghanistan acted as the incubator for a generation of terrorists. It was the one spot where aspiring jihadists could go to get everything they needed, especially fighting experience. Other Muslims, innocently hoping to stop oppression, became radicalized on the battlefield.

Syria is modern-day equivalent. The civil war could end tomorrow, but the jihad it intensified will go on.

Read more at Clarion Project

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An Analysis of President Obama’s Terrorism Doctrine

obama-the-evil-one-e1389267583308 By :

Perhaps it is time to analyze the Obama Doctrine on terrorism as we reflect, as a nation, on our loses in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Benghazi attack, Extortion 17, Syria, Iran, Ukraine, Crimea and the over 55 attacks against the homeland by terrorists since 2008.

On August 3, 2011 President Obama released the National Strategy on Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism. The strategy, now known as the Obama Doctrine, was based upon the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) study group findings and recommendation developed in 2010 by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The CVE has become the blueprint for both domestic and foreign policy when dealing with terrorism. The Obama Doctrine redefined “terrorism” as “violent extremism”.

The DHS website states, “The threat posed by violent extremism is neither constrained by international borders nor limited to any single ideology. Groups and individuals inspired by a range of religious, political, or other ideological beliefs have promoted and used violence against the homeland.”

Who developed the Obama Doctrine?

The Obama Doctrine is based in large part upon the 2010 findings and recommendations of a Department of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council. The twenty member advisory council is unique in its composition, with eight members who are Islamists, three representing large Islamic communities and one openly supportive of Islam.

Islamist members included: Nimco Ahmed, Policy Aide, Vice-President of the Minneapolis City Council, Omar Alomari Community Engagement Officer, Ohio Homeland Security, Asli Bali Acting Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law, Mohamed Elibiary President and CEO, The Freedom and Justice Foundation, Amin Kosseim Deputy Inspector, New York City Police Department, Imam Mohamed Magid Executive Director, All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS Center), Asim Rehman President, Muslim Bar Association of New York and Dalia Mogahed Senior Analyst and Executive Director, Gallup Center for Muslim Studies

Members from predominantly Islamist communities included: Michael Downing Deputy Chief, Commanding Officer, Counter Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau, Los Angeles Police Department and Ronald Haddad Chief of Police, Dearborn Police Department. Richard Cohen President and CEO, Southern Poverty Law Center, was a pro-Islamist council member. Pro-Islamist subject matter experts advising the council included: Arif Alikhan Assistant Secretary, Policy Development, DHS and Laurie Wood, Analyst, Southern Poverty Law Center/Instructor, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

According to Clare Lopez, former CIA Operations Officer and co-Author of the book Shariah: The Threat to America:

Muhammad Magid is not only the head of the ADAMS center, he is the son of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) Grand Mufti of Sudan and current president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), an MB front group named by the Department of Justice as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2008 Holy Land Foundation – HAMAS (HLF) terror funding trial. Magid is also one of the closest advisers of the National Security Council of the USA (in particular Denis McDonough). He’s an A-list invitee at the White House. Some believe he may be the head of the North American MB Shura Council.

Mohamed Elibiary is affiliated with numerous identified MB figures who are members of the Freedom and Justice Foundation Advisory Council: they come from the Muslim American Society (MAS), CAIR, ISNA, and the Islamic Association of North Texas. He publicly criticized the HLF trial convictions and has written admiringly of Sayyed Qutb.

IIIT likewise is listed in the MB’s “Explanatory Memorandum” of 1991 as one of its ‘friends and the organizations of our friends’.”

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Dr. Rich Swier is the Publisher of DrRichSwier.com e-magazine. He was the former State Editor for Watchdog Wire – Florida and RedCounty.com. He holds a Doctorate of Education from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA, a Master’s Degree in Management Information Systems from the George Washington University, Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Washington University, St. Louis, MO. Richard is a 23-year Army veteran who retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1990. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for his years of service. Additionally, he was awarded two Bronze Stars with “V” for Heroism in ground combat, the Presidential Unit Citation, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry while serving with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. He is a graduate of the Field Artillery Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, and U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Richard was the Founder/CEO of Sarasota Online, a high technology company that was sold to Comcast Cable in 1996.

Student Visa Program Vulnerable to ‘Potential Terrorists’

Chinese students wait outside the U.S. Embassy for their visa application / AP

Chinese students wait outside the U.S. Embassy for their visa application / AP

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) cannot account for nearly 50,000 foreign students taking advantage of a student work visa program, according to a new report released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Friday.

The program is a threat to national security and vulnerable to potential terrorists, said Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), who asked the GAO to review the program.

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), administered by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), allows individuals on student visas to remain in the country to gain work experience in their chosen fields. However, due to inadequate oversight at DHS, the government has no idea whether 48,642 foreign students are working or not.

Thirty-eight percent of the 126,796 students currently approved for “optional practical training” (OPT)—which allows them to stay in the country up to two and a half years after completion of their studies—cannot be accounted for because their records contain no employer name.

Grassley sent a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson on Wednesday asking for an immediate moratorium on the program until its problems are resolved.

“The federal government does not know where tens of thousands of foreign students in the OPT program are located, who they are working for, or what they are doing while staying in the United States,” he wrote.

“The problems with OPT are extensive and serious,” Grassley said. “The report not only calls into question the department’s oversight of the program, but also whether such lack of oversight is a serious national security risk.”

Participation in the program has skyrocketed since 2008, from 28,497 students in 2008 to 123,328 in 2013.

Students are also rarely denied due to “ineligibility or fraud.” ICE denied only 12,643 foreigners between 2008 and 2013, 2.2 percent of the 581,869 applications the agency received.

Both Grassley and the GAO referenced terrorist attacks that have been linked to the government’s visa programs.

Senior officials from the Counterterrorism and Criminal Exploitation Unit warned the program is “at risk for fraud and noncompliance, in part, because it enables eligible foreign students to work in the United States for extended periods of time without obtaining a temporary work visa.”

“At least one terrorist, Faisal Shahzad, a foreign national from Pakistan, may have utilized OPT prior to planning out an attempted terrorist attack on U.S. citizens in Times Square, New York,” Grassley said.

“While it is difficult to know how many other potential terrorists may have exploited OPT to remain in the United States, it is clear that the program requires an immediate overhaul before another potential terrorist exploits it,” Grassley added.

The GAO cited the 1993 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, the Sep. 11, 2001 attacks, and the Boston Marathon bombing last year, which “drew renewed attention to the need to further enhance the monitoring of foreign students.”

Read more at Free Beacon

CPAC’s Blind Spot

3235888515By Frank Gaffney:

What would you call an issue portfolio that is vital to the future of our country, central to conservatism’s past electoral success and compelling to significant parts of the demographics likely to determine the Right’s future competitiveness? If you were the American Conservative Union, sponsor of the recently concluded Conservative Political Action Conference, you would evidently call it taboo.

The rest of us would call it the national security.

To be sure, despite a palpable effort by CPAC organizers to low-ball topics addressing the defense and foreign policy challenges of our time, a few speakers nonetheless touched on them.  But the degree to which such issues deserved to be a central focus of the three-day meeting – but weren’t – was made palpable by a parallel, day-long event held on CPAC’s first day under the sponsorship of EMPAct America and Breitbart News Network. I was privileged to have had a hand in organizing and moderating the proceedings.

Dubbed the “National Security Action Summit,” the program featured remarks from nearly forty participants including Senators Ted Cruz and David Vitter and five Members of Congress – Representatives Louie Gohmert, Steve King, Trent Franks, Mo Brooks and Jim Bridenstein.

Among the other highpoints were: a keynote address provided by former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, remarks by Phyllis Schlafly, comments by undercover investigative journalist James O’Keefe and a rousing closing speech by Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro.

Panels addressed topics that were largely ignored by CPAC, but should not have been.  These included: the threat posed by the Muslim Brotherhood and its “civilization jihad” and enablers; the dangers inherent in open borders and amnesty to both the country and the GOP; the need for truth-telling and accountability in the Benghazigate scandal; Obama’s endangering of the common defense, evident in and facilitated by his hollowing out of the military; the crisis in the Ukraine and what we should do about it; and the existential threat to our country posed by an electric grid dangerously vulnerable to attack and naturally occurring solar storms.  (Videos of the entire conference can be viewed at www.homelandthreats.com.)

Read more at Center for Security Policy

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CRUZ TO BREITBART NATIONAL SECURITY CONFERENCE: OBAMA NOT DEFENDING LIBERTY

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NATIONAL HARBOR, MARYLAND–Texas Senator Ted Cruz addressed Breitbart News’ “The Uninvited II: the National Security Action Summit” today to speak for the cause of liberty and freedom from “Kiev to Caracas.”

“Just yesterday, President Obama dubbed the violence in Ukraine a matter of international law. He said, ‘President Putin seems to have a different set of lawyers making a different set of interpretations, but I don’t think that’s fooling anybody.’ I am confident Putin is not consulting lawyers, and he’s not trying to fool anyone. He’s trying to re-assemble the Soviet Union by first invading Ukraine. The people of Ukraine bravely stood up against one of the biggest bullies on the planet, and the United States should have been standing with them from the first moment.

“We need to stand with the protestors from Kiev to Caracas who cry out for freedom and closer ties to the United States.  We need to make perfectly clear that the United States will never allow Israel to be isolated on the world stage, and that we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel against the threat of Iran,” Cruz argued.

 

TED CRUZ STAKES OUT BOLD FOREIGN POLICY VISION TO RAND PAUL’S RIGHT 

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In what may have been his most significant foreign policy speech to date, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday positioned his Reaganesque foreign policy views between the hawkish Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) and what he described as the dovish Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY), while blasting President Barack Obama as a fool on the international stage.

Speaking at the second annual Uninvited II national security forum across the street from the Conservative Political Action Convention, Cruz brutally mocked the Obama administration’s description of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as an “uncontested arrival.” He called this yet another example of Obama’s “tortured semantics” which have weakened America and emboldened its enemies in a way that Reagan could not have imagined.

Breitbart News Network co-hosted the Uninvited II summit at which Cruz was speaking.

Cruz said that the Obama administration has used the term “kinetic action” to describe its Libya failures, “spontaneous protests” to describe the terrorist attacks in Benghazi that killed four Americans, and a “display of international unity” to describe the nuclear deal with Iran that has elsewhere been described as a “historic mistake.”

“These are the words of fools,” Cruz said.

He said such equivalence has “left the world wondering whether he will defend the liberties that Americans hold dear and act to protect the interests of the United States.”

He further criticized Obama for saying that Putin has a “different set of lawyers making a different set of interpretations,” quipping that he did not think Putin consulted his team of lawyers before going into Crimea.

Cruz said that his foreign policy views were modeled after Ronald Reagan’s and were between the neoconservative views of John McCain and the libertarian beliefs of Paul, a potential 2016 rival who has been working to differentiate himself from the so-called isolationist views of his father, former Rep. Ron Paul.

Cruz said he agreed with McCain that a nuclear-armed Iran posed the greatest threat and on the need to stand with Israel. Meanwhile, he said he agreed with Paul on the lack of a clear case for intervention in Syria.

Cruz mentioned that Vladimir Putin said in a New York Times op-ed that “American exceptionalism is a dangerous thing” and said he felt that Obama may have taken Putin’s words a little too much to heart.

“It has been dangerous to tyrants and dictators throughout the course of history when the American people understand we are exceptional and defend liberty on the global stage,” Cruz said.

Cruz praised Reagan for understanding the “undeniable truth that the Soviet empire was an evil empire” and being able to say it in a way that everyone could understand.

Seeming to invite a comparison to the way his leadership in the Senate has been received by official Washington, Cruz mentioned that Reagan was “resoundingly criticized for his lack of nuance.”

Reagan did not care that the foreign policy apparatchiks were “aghast” at such “simplistic reason” when Reagan went to the Brandenburg Gate and said things like, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Cruz added.

“Where’s that clarity today? “Cruz asked. “History teaches that appeasement leads to more and more violence.”

After saying that “no rational person is interested in a shooting war between the United States and Russia,” Cruz offered a variety of solutions to the brewing overseas conflict, saying America should “immediately sign a free trade agreement with Ukraine” and export liquefied natural gas there, which would create jobs at home and lessen Russia’s ability to use its natural resources as “economic blackmail.”

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SEN. DAVID VITTER TO KEYNOTE ‘UNINVITED II’, NEW GUESTS AND PANELS ANNOUNCED

20140302_Slider_EMPact_Natl_Sec_ActionSummit_3614Breitbart, by :

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) will deliver a keynote address on the dangers of granting amnesty to illegal aliens at “The Uninvited II: The National Security Action Summit” during CPAC, Breitbart News Network is proud to announce.

Co-hosting the event alongside EMPAct America and the Center for Security Policy, Breitbart News Network will present the second annual installment of the “Uninvited” event—this year a full day of events and speakers rather than just one panel—at the Westin Hotel at National Harbor all day Thursday, from 8 AM until after 4 PM. Tickets are available for free but prior registration is required at HomelandThreats.com.

First elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Vitter is known for being as vicious a fighter against amnesty as Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL). He has offered scores of amendments and pieces of legislation to counteract efforts from Democrats and Republicans to grant amnesty to illegal aliens.

Breitbart News is also proud to announce that Rep. Steve King (R-IA) will also speak on the topic of amnesty at the “Uninvited II.” Additionally, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) will speak on how big a threat to America’s national security the national debt presents.

Newly announced speakers also include former George W. Bush administration Western Hemisphere foreign policy official and current American Enterprise Institute fellow Amb. Roger Noriega; Judicial Watch’s top investigator Chris Farrell; American Foreign Policy Council president Herman Pirchner; Foundation for the Defense of Democracies national security expert Sebastian Gorka; former CIA agent Clare Lopez; and the Heritage Foundation’s Ariel Cohen. In addition, Breitbart News Network Senior Editor-at-Large Joel Pollak will speak, as will retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Bob Newman, Amb. Hank Cooper, and EMPAct America president Dr. Peter Pry.

Also revealed today are panel presentations and topics at the “Uninvited II” event that include “The Common Defense Endangered: The Case for Peace Through Strength 2.0,” and a panel focused on the crisis unfolding in the Ukraine right now, titled “Crisis in the Ukraine: Putin’s Bid for USSR 2.0 and the Needed U.S. Response.” There will also be a panel focused on efforts to protect America’s power grids by pointing out vulnerabilities.

As Breitbart News reported earlier this week, other speakers who will present at the “Uninvited II” include Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Trent Franks (R-AZ), and Jim Bridenstine (R-OK). Former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey will also speak, as will several retired military generals, commanders, and admirals, former members of Congress, and anti-amnesty and pro-military grassroots activists.

Update: TED CRUZ TO SPEAK AT ‘THE UNINVITED II: THE NATIONAL SECURITY ACTION SUMMIT’

IPT Senior Fellow Testifies at Hearing on Iranian Terror

National Security Action Summit – March 6

20140302_Slider_EMPact_Natl_Sec_ActionSummit_3614by DR. PETER VINCENT PRY:

By quirk of fate or chance, while the world holds its breath over the crisis in Ukraine, while Washington stumbles toward the centenary of the First World War, Americans who are mindful that “Peace Through Strength” is the best way to avoid war, are meeting in a National Security Action Summit in Washington, D.C. at the Westin Hotel on March 6.  We are concerned that not only Democrats, but Republicans too, have lost their way and are insufficiently focused on national security.

In the words of a flyer for the National Security Action Summit:

“A star studded panel of the world’s foremost experts in national security take the stage for a series of candid discussions.  Hear from Vice President Dick Cheney, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Ambassador John Bolton, former Attorney General John Mukasey and many, many more.  Also streaming live on www.HomelandThreats.com experts will analyze critical aspects of our national security and the lack of leadership provided by our elected officials in mitigating threats to our nation.  This event is brought to you FREE by EMPact America and co-sponsored by Breitbart.  For more information visit http://www.HomelandThreats.com”;

Ukraine A Global Crisis

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine starkly highlights that Washington is asleep at the wheel of America’s national security–with dangerous consequences for the entire world.  If Ukraine falls and is re-conquered by the New Russian Empire, or becomes again a Russian satellite, the consequences for European and global stability are momentous and ominous.

Ukraine is the largest nation in Eastern Europe, a country as large as France, a geostrategically crucial territory that has been a pathway for invasions and the crossroads of armies during two world wars and throughout history.

If Ukraine is annexed or becomes again part of Moscow’s sphere, the Russian frontier will again directly confront NATO in central Europe.  And the new NATO member states in Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Poland are no match for the Russian Army.  Nor are the traditional NATO member states of Western Europe what they were during the Cold War.  They are no match for the modernized Russian Army.

Now that the U.S. has dismantled virtually all of its tactical nuclear weapons, and under the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) conceded a virtual monopoly of some 3,000-8,000 tactical nuclear weapons to Moscow, Russia is arguably the world’s only remaining military superpower.

Beyond Europe, if Ukraine falls, it will be a green light for aggression throughout the world by China, North Korea, Iran and other rogue states whose territorial aspirations, support of terrorism and other dangerous behavior has been checked by the credibility of U.S. military power and leadership.

Democrat Failure

President Barak Obama as commander in chief, and his slavishly obedient Democrat Party that blindly follows his lead everywhere, are primarily to blame for the steep decline in U.S. credibility that has contributed to the debacle in Ukraine.

President Obama and the Democrats have deeply slashed the defense budget, hollowing out the U.S. military and greatly reducing readiness.  President Obama has already reduced the U.S. Navy to its smallest size since 1915 and plans to shrink the U.S. Army to its numbers in 1940–which unimpressive military posture tempted Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany to attack the United States in 1941.

Today, the U.S. could not perform the military miracles that were the First and Second Persian Gulf Wars.

President Obama and the Democrats have so neglected the U.S. nuclear deterrent that its credibility is in doubt.  The numbers of U.S. strategic nuclear weapons slashed under New START will not support even the minimum deterrent required for Mutual Assured Destruction.  Instead, Russia under New START not only continues to have an Assured Destruction capability against the United States, but also enough strategic weapons to launch a disarming first strike, as well as the virtual monopoly on tactical nuclear weapons noted above.

Never before in history has Moscow been allowed to capture overall superiority in the nuclear balance.

Today, the United States does not enjoy the numerical and technological advantages in the nuclear balance that, during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, made Moscow blink.  Indeed, the balance of nuclear firepower is now reversed to heavily favor Russia.

Moreover, President Obama and the Democrats appear to have no real understanding that the nuclear deterrent is America’s ultimate weapon, the most formidable and ultimate guarantor of U.S. security and that of our allies.  Minuteman missileers and strategic bomber crews are deeply demoralized under a commander in chief who does not grasp the importance of their mission.  Mistakes are being made by missile and bomber crews.  The general in charge of Minuteman intercontinental missiles has been fired for drunkenness.

Republican Failure

The Republicans are to blame too.

Many of us who have dedicated our professional lives to national security have been urging congressional Republicans and the party to use their bully pulpits to educate the American people about the threats, to hold hearings and press conferences and use every opportunity to rally the people to support national defense.   National security used to be the strongest pillar of the Republican Party.

But we are being told the people are war weary and do not care about national security issues any more.  Too many Republicans want to hunker down, keep a low profile from a hostile press, and hope that ObamaCare will destroy the Democrats and bring Republicans back to power by default.

Why have Republicans in Congress failed to hold high-profile hearings on the following?

In 2013, Russia conducted a major military exercise, ZAPAD-13, that simulated an invasion of NATO member states, including a nuclear strike on Poland.

In 2013, China broadcast on television and in state-run media a documentary on how the Peoples Liberation Army would wage nuclear war against the United States, describing in detail how they plan nuclear strikes on cities and fallout patterns designed to kill millions of Americans.

In 2013, U.S. experts and Israeli analysts warned that Iran probably already has nuclear weapons–that it is too late to stop Tehran from building the Islamic Bomb.

Last but not least, over the past two years, I warned senior members of Congress about Russia’s designs on Ukraine, and urged them to rally support for imprisoned U.S. ally Yulia Tymoshenko,  former Ukrainian Prime Minister, and for the aspirations of the Ukrainian people to live in freedom.

Imagine if House Republicans made a cause celebre of Yulia Tymoshenko and Ukrainian self-determination.  Perhaps the Obama Administration would have been emboldened to be more assertive about Ukrainian independence and non-interference from Moscow.  Perhaps the current crisis might have been avoided.  Who knows?  Now we shall never know.

Read more: Family Security Matters 

President Not-Present

obama_weakness_big_1-27-14-2By TOM BLUMER:

We now know — even the Associated Press, better described as the Administration’s Press [1], has now acknowledged it — that President Barack Obama, in AP’s words [2], “did not participate” in a White House meeting of his national security team Saturday morning “to get updates on the situation and discuss policy options” in reaction to Russia’s invasion and takeover [3] of Crimea and threatened military intervention in the rest of Ukraine. Those who need help getting past AP’s whitewashing need to understand that “did not participate” means “did not attend.”

Last time I checked, the president of the United States was the nation’s commander in chief [4], the person who is supposed to be primarily responsible for the nation’s security and well-being in its relations with the rest of the world. He happens to live in the same White House where the national security meeting was held. PJ Media’s Bridget Johnson has noted [5] that Obama “had no public events on his schedule.”

What Obama apparently chose to miss was not a “3 a.m. phone call [6].” It was a daytime meeting at his own residence. It concerned a country whose guarantee of security, embodied in the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, [7] was confirmed by Obama himself [8] in December 2009.

Congress and the American people should demand to know exactly what could possibly have been more important than Obama’s attendance at that meeting. We all know that if a President Romney or George W. Bush had acted similarly, the press would already be demanding an answer for us, and quite properly so. Instead, we get the AP’s aforementioned indifference.

It gets worse. Obama was briefed after the fact [9] by a “national security team” led by none other than Susan Rice.

Five days after the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, which took the lives of U.S. Libyan Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, Rice went on the Sunday talk shows to claim that an anti-Muslim video inspired the “spontaneous – not premeditated [10]” attack. Just last week, in the face of overwhelming, irrefutable evidence [11] to the contrary, she contended [12] that “the notion that somehow I or anybody else in the administration misled the American people is patently false.”

Six months after it became obvious that the Senate would not confirm her [13] as the country’s next secretary of State, Obama rewarded Rice by elevating her [14] to her current perch as national security adviser. So the president’s chief informant has every reason to tell Obama things which would further his agenda, which may or may not coincide with an agenda consistent with the country’s security.

Is Obama’s real agenda different? There’s ample justification for believing that’s the case. In March 2012, he was caught on an open mic [15] telling then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he would have “more flexibility” to deal with contentious U.S.-Russian issues after that year’s presidential election. Perhaps part of that “flexibility” includes pretending to have a problem with a Russian return to de facto control of Ukraine while doing nothing about it. If so, no wonder Obama was a no-show on Saturday morning. Why bother coming downstairs to sit in on a meeting about something when the result is already a foregone conclusion? Maybe his 90-minute Saturday afternoon phone call with Russian President Vladimir was really a plea: “Slow down, guy, you’re going so fast that it’s making me look bad.”

Obama may also be porting his patented habit of disclaiming responsibility for anything negative that happens in his administration from stateside matters to international affairs.

Read more at PJ Media

BREITBART TO CO-HOST ‘THE UNINVITED II: THE NATIONAL SECURITY ACTION SUMMIT’ DURING CPAC

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Live Webcast will be HERE

Breitbart News Network will be hosting its second annual national security forum during the Conservative Political Action Conference and expand the event from a single panel to a full day of events with top conservative leaders.

Speakers for the event include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, and Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Trent Franks (R-AZ), and Jim Bridenstine (R-OK).

Many of the speakers presenting at the Uninvited II were not invited to CPAC, which is organized by the American Conservative Union.

EMPAct America’s Henry Schwartz and Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon will be leading the summit; Center for Security Policy President and former Reagan official Frank Gaffney will moderate.

The summit will take place at the Westin Hotel around the corner from CPAC’s location at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor. This year’s “Uninvited” event will take place on Thursday, March 6, the first day of CPAC.

“Conservatives — and Americans more generally — must be informed about the various international challenges confronting the United States today and in the years to come, and what we can do to address them,” Gaffney said. “The National Security Action Conference is a much-needed corrective to the failure of CPAC to cover such topics. Better yet, it will do so with many conservative leaders and others from whom especially the CPAC audience needs to hear, but no longer can.”

“Now more than ever CPAC must honor their membership and turn away from the gutting of our military, giving in to a nuclear Iran and the weakening of our nation at war,” said EMPact America’s David Bellavia. “This cannot stand and EMPact America proudly stands with Breitbart.com to ensure attention is paid to our national security and the feckless policies of the Obama administration, even if CPAC does not.”

Panel topics include the Muslim Brotherhood, “Amnesty and Open Borders: The End of America – and the GOP,” and “Benghazigate: The Ugly Truth and the Cover-up,” among others.

Confirmed speakers for 2014’s “The Uninvited” include:

  • Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey;
  • Congressmen Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Trent Franks (R-AZ), and Jim Bridenstine (R-OK);
  • Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Congressmen Pete Hoekstra and Roscoe Bartlett;
  • Former Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Jim Conway, former Commander-in-Chief Pacific Fleet Admiral “Ace” Lyons, retired Army Lt. Gen. “Jerry” Boykin, and retired Air Force Lieutenant General Tom McInerney;
  • Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro;
  • Charles Woods, father of Benghazi hero Ty Woods;
  • Former Assistant U.S. Attorney and National Review columnist Andrew McCarthy;
  • Anti-Islamist Muslim leader Dr. Zuhdi Jasser;
  • Eagle Forum founder and longtime conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, NumbersUSA director of Government Relations Rosemary Jenks, and Center for Immigration Studies executive director Mark Krikorian

More information about the event will soon follow. Check Breitbart News throughout the week for updates.

‘UNINVITED II’ FINAL SCHEDULE, GUEST LIST REVEALED

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