Obama’s Ongoing Betrayal of America’s Sacrifices in Iraq

Baghdad-car-bomb-010-450x270By :

On Oct. 5, a suicide bombing just outside a graveyard in Baghdad killed 51 people, many of them Shi’ite pilgrims on their way to a shrine. The attack, commonplace in today’s Iraq, is symptomatic of a nation once again on the brink of civil war. The media largely ignore these ongoing horrors, and for very obvious reasons: it is becoming more evident by the day that the disintegration of Iraq may have been preventable were it not for President Obama’s politically-motivated premature withdrawal of American troops in December 2011, against the advice of military advisors. Now, al-Qaeda in Iraq is surging and slaughtering civilians dozens at a time, while the enormous sacrifices of thousands of American soldiers have been made into a mockery.

In July, more than 1,000 Iraqis were killed by bombs and gunfire, marking the deadliest month since violence between Sunni and Shi’ite sects reached its apex between 2006 and 2008. Kenneth Katzman, an analyst of Middle Eastern affairs for the Congressional Research Service, illuminated the fundamental problem. “The growing Sunni rebellion in Iraq has fueled the resurgence [of al-Qaeda in Iraq], as has the fact that the U.S. isn’t there providing intelligence, backstopping the Iraqi security forces or continuing to train and keep up their skill levels,” he explained.

The U.S. isn’t there because Obama failed to negotiate a new Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq’s nascent government. Obama claimed Iraqi intransigence was to blame for the failure, because they wouldn’t grant U.S. troops legal immunity if they were breaking Iraqi law. Yet as Max Boot explained in a 2011 Wall Street Journal article, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other government officials had expressed the same reservation in 2008, when there were far more American troops in the country. Nevertheless, President Bush was able to secure an agreement.

Boot explains the contrast. “Quite simply it was a matter of will: President Bush really wanted to get a deal done, whereas Mr. Obama did not,” he wrote. “Mr. Bush spoke weekly with Mr. Maliki by video teleconference. Mr. Obama had not spoken with Mr. Maliki for months before calling him in late October to announce the end of negotiations. Mr. Obama and his senior aides did not even bother to meet with Iraqi officials at the United Nations General Assembly in September.”

Boot further notes that Obama’s constant bragging about ending the war, which culminated in his decision to keep only 5000 troops in Iraq (as opposed to the 20,000 initially requested by military commanders or even the 10,000 that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Adm. Mike Mullen judged to be the absolute minimum to maintain security) convinced Iraqis they would be left to fend for themselves.

Once our troops withdrew, Maliki moved to consolidate power. Crackdowns were undertaken again Sunni and Kurdish leaders, and other opposition forces. Those crackdowns reached a critical point on April 23, when government forces killed dozens of Sunni protesters in the city of al-Hawijah. The protesters were demonstrating against government policies, including Maliki’s increasing alignment with Iran. A week later, former Iraqi Ambassador Ryan Crocker characterized the crackdown as a turning point, noting that Sunni and Shi’ite leaders who had previously opted to solve their differences without violence were no longer inclined to do so. “Now Sunni Arab sheikhs who had been urging restraint are calling for war,” he wrote. “Some reports say that the tribes are gathering former insurgents and preparing to fight.” In April, 712 Iraqis were killed, a figure that represented the highest number of monthly casualties since 2008.

It hasn’t been that low ever since.

On July 21, a major prison break in Abu Ghraib, west of Baghdad, freed as many as 800 terrorists, including senior members of al-Qaeda. Suicide bombers drove explosives-laden vehicles to the gates of the prison and blasted their way into the compound. “The prison break was a major blow, suggesting not only that [al-Qaeda in Iraq] has enough manpower, but it also has the ability to train, plan, move around undetected and use weaponry,” Katzman explained. “It is a very serious example of how it now has much more freedom of action than they did when the U.S. was militarily present in Iraq.”

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U.S. Gov’t Abandons Iranian Dissidents in Iraq

Iranian dissident2By Clare Lopez:

The Iranian regime’s predilection for hostage-taking as a tool of foreign policy dates back to the earliest years following Khomeini’s 1979 revolution. Unfortunately, so does the U.S. government’s apparent willingness to let them get away with it.

Today, the fate of thousands of defenseless Iranian dissidents belonging to the Mujahedeen-e Khalq (MeK), to whom the U.S. government pledged protection, depends on American action in fulfillment of solemn promises.

These pro-democracy Iranian patriots have been left stranded as virtual hostages in two camps inside Iraq, which have been attacked repeatedly with lethal force by the armed forces of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Tehran regime puppet.

Dozens of MeK members have been killed, hundreds injured and seven remain actual hostages after being seized by Iraqi troops in an attack on Camp Ashraf on September 1, 2013. It is time to welcome these MeK members into the U.S. as political refugees who share the American commitment to liberty.

Unfortunately, the U.S. record of standing up to the mullahs’ regime is not encouraging. In fact, if truth be told, there is no such record, even on behalf of Americans, never mind allies like the MeK, whose members assisted U.S. forces in Iraq after the 2003 invasion.

The craven failure of President Jimmy Carter in 1980 to respond immediately and forcefully to the seizure of the U.S. Tehran Embassy and subsequent holding of American mission personnel by Iranian thugs for more than a full year set the pattern of U.S. administrative quailing before this rogue regime for decades to come.

The 1980s in Lebanon featured a parade of Iranian-directed Hezbollah kidnappings, torture and murder of Westerners, including American citizens, for which no official retribution was ever exacted. Many would agree that President Ronald Reagan’s panicked withdrawal of the U.S. military from the Multinational Force in Lebanon after the October 1983 Marine barracks bombing set an image of U.S. weakness that persists to this day.

As Admiral James “Ace” Lyons has explained, he personally drew up the plans to obliterate Hezbollah’s Sheikh Abdullah Barracks, above Baalbek in the Beka’a Valley with a swift aerial strike. It was U.S. Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, whose spineless fretting about what the Arab world might think, who ultimately prevailed on President Reagan to hold back.

Read more at The Clarion Project

Related Story: See Clarion Project’s Interview with Shahriar Kia, press spokesman  for the Iranians being held at Camp Liberty.

 

Islamist CounterInsurgency in America – Thinking Like an American Jihadi

20121207_PELOSI_nihad_cairby ALAN  KORNMAN

Our American Jihadi adversaries believe that Allah’s divinely ordained  Islamic governance is best for all mankind and our man made laws, Constitution  and Bill of Rights, are corrupted.

The Jihadi Muslim Brotherhood are winning the hearts and minds of the  American people in a very patient and methodical stratagem of war they call the  “Civilization-Jihadist Process” as outlined in “An  Explanatory Memorandum, On the Strategic Goal For The Group in North  America.”

4- Understanding the role of the Muslim Brother in North  America:

The process of settlement is a “Civilization-JihadistProcess” with all the word means. The Ikhwan  (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 Allah’s religion is made victorious over  all other religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to  this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. It is a Muslim’s  destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the  final hour comes, and there is no escape from that destiny except for those who  chose to slack.

Allah’s Law 3 – U.S. Freedom O

The failed COIN or CounterInsurgency operations are known around military  circles as the Petraeus  Doctrine.  The Petraeus Doctrine’s primary focus is winning the hearts  and minds of our Islamist adversaries.  Yes, I use the world adversaries  because if the Islamists were not adversaries we wouldn’t have to win either  their hearts or their minds.

America may have won the ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but never won  the hearts and minds of the Iraqi and Afghani people.  The result of those  failures resulted in Nouri al-Maliki’s Iraq becoming a proxy state for  Iran.  In 2014-15, after U.S. forces leave the Afghanistan theatre, I  predict, the Taliban will topple the Karzai government and instill Shariah  Islamiyya or Islamic law across that nation.

President Obama was successful in his vision of removing the colonialist  dictator Hosni Mubarak from his 30 year rule in Egypt.  The Egyptian people  voted in Mohamed Morsi of The Muslim Brotherhood whose stated goal is to destroy  “western civilization from within.”

Recent Successes for Team Jihadi in America

4/24/12 – “The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday ordered the  entire U.S. military to scour its training material to ensure it doesn’t contain  anti-Islamic content. The order came after the Pentagon suspended a course for  senior officers that was found to contain derogatory material about Islam.” (Wired  Magazine).

June 2, 2009 – DHS designated the shooting  at a military recruiting center in Arkansas by, Abdulhakim Muhammed as a  “drive by shooting” not a terrorist attack on a military facility.

December 2011 -  Lawmakers on Capitol Hill were mystified that the Fort  Hood shooting was classified as “work place violence” by the Dept. Of  Homeland Security(DHS).

The FBI  training manual changed. Nearly 900 pages of training that was considered  offensive to Islam were deleted.  Rep. Gohmert discusses that the FBI  training manual can no longer mention the terms: Islam, Muslim, jihad, enemy,  Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Hezbollah, al Qaeda, caliphate, Shariah law. (Source)

9/25/2012 – President Obama said at the UN, “”The future must not belong to  those who slander the prophet of Islam…”

These are examples of American Jihadis winning the hearts and minds of our  policy makers at the highest levels of law enforcement, military, and  government.  The Jihadis have a strong incentive to influence how the  United States Government labels terrorists.  The Jihadis know that if we  (Americans) can not identify the enemy by name we will not be able to defeat  them.

The result of these American Jihadi influence operations is that many of  those most knowledgeable on the Islamic Terrorist Threat Doctrine have been  purged from our government.

The little known U.S. Muslim Engagement Project is the driving force that  brought our Jihadi enemies inside the gate.

U.S.-Muslim  Engagement Project

The main goal of this engagement project is to “elevate  diplomacy as the primary tool for resolving key conflicts involving Muslim  countries” and Muslim groups in the United States.

Inside the beltway policy  heavyweights like Madeline Albright, Richard  Armitage, and Dennis Ross have made this engagement  project the de facto policy guideline for whomever the government  deals with involving Islamist issues domestically.

The result of this ‘engagement project’ is that our government officials are  desperately looking for established Muslim groups in the United States to  partner with.  The objectives of the, U.S. Government / Muslim group,  partnerships is to shrink the base of Islamic extremism through conflict  resolution and dialogue in the U.S.  It’s also reported they found unicorns  in North Korea.

Sounds good on the surface until you find out known American Jihadis like  Ingrid Mattson (ISNA), Dalia Mogahed, and Ground Zero Mosque Imam Feisal Abdul  Rauf are the wolves our government is consulting with on important foreign and  domestic policy matters.

ISNA (Islamic Society of North America) is the number one listed Muslim  Brotherhood affiliate operating in the United States.  This is the same  Muslim Brotherhood who wrote the Civilization-Jihadist Process whose self  professed goal is to destroy Western civilization from within, by our own  hands.

American Jihadis Huddle At Justice Department

On 10/21/2011 Neil  Munro of the Daily Caller reported, “Top Justice Department  officials convened a meeting Wednesday where invited Islamist advocates lobbied  them for cutbacks in anti-terror funding, changes in agents’ training manuals,  additional curbs on investigators and a legal declaration that U.S. citizens’  criticism of Islam constitutes racial discrimination.”

Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez was at the meeting huddling with  American Jihadis.   Absent were any dissenting voices like devout  Muslim Dr. Zuhdi Jasser and experts in the Islamic Threat Doctrine, Frank  Gaffney, Tom Trento, Clare Lopez, and Stephen Coughlin.

The American Jihadis have succeeded in getting cutbacks in anti-terror  funding, purging of FBI training manuals, and targeting FBI trainers they deem  offensive.  It appears  Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez was  listening very closely to his American Jihadi allies and then doing their  bidding.

The Next American Jihadi Military Objective

The one objective the American Jihadis have not successfully implemented is,  any criticism of Islam is labeled racial discrimination and hate speech,  requiring enforcement of Title  VI anti-discrimination laws against anyone who “offends” followers of  Shariah compliant political Islamic doctrine and theology.

If you value your freedom of speech pay close attention to what these  American Jihadis want.  If making public criticism of anything illegal,  does not get you mad at the government, ISNA, CAIR, MPAC, etc…. your silence  is what our adversaries are counting on.

The American Jihadi’s Have Been Busy

On September 25, 2012  Patrick  Poole wrote an article titled, “57 Top U.S. Muslim Groups Demanded  Government-Wide ‘Islamophobia purge’ in a Letter to the White House.”

Below are the American Jihadi’s  2009 demands to John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland  Security.  As of December 2012 our American Jihadi adversaries have  successfully gotten the demands below implemented by our Federal Law Enforcement  Agencies at both the Federal and State levels.

1.     Purge all federal government training  materials of biased materials.

2.     Mandatory re-training program for FBI  agents, Army Officers, all Law Enforcement

3.     Anyone who promoted biased trainers  should be disciplined.

4.     Ensure that bigoted trainers and biased  materials…are not utilized in the future.

Naturally it will be the 57 American Jihadi groups listed in the “letter”  that will determine

What gets Purged

Who gets re-Educated

Who gets re-trained

Who gets fired

What Books Get Banned

and

We 57 American Muslim Groups Will Determine What Is Best For  You

Patrick Poole summed it up nicely by stating, “Purges, blacklists,  re-education, and book banning.  Sounds like a recipe for the a Muslim Khmer Rouge.”

These are the actions of a coordinated Jihadi political/criminal enterprise  whose objective is to weaken our government’s ability to train this generations  and the next generations law enforcement and military tasked with protecting our  countries national security interests.

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Family Security  Matters Contributing Editor Alan Kornman is the regional  coordinator of The United  West-Uniting Western Civilization for Freedom and Liberty. His  email is: alan@theunitedwest.org