Apr 22

Mattis leaves #Israel with unanswered questions

DEBKAFile is usually pretty well connected, especially when it comes to Israeli defense issues.  However, I wonder what Mattis might have discussed in confidence. DEBKA asks the right questions.  I hope most were answered satisfactorily.

 

From DEBKAFile.

Mattis leaves Israel with unanswered questions DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 22, 2017, 8:25 AM (IDT) Tags: Gen. James Mattis, Israel, Golan, ISIS, Hizballah, Binyamin Netanyahu, Avigdor Lieberman, The Syrian shells exploding on the Golan were ringing in Israel’s ears on Friday, April 21, when US Secretary of Defense James Mattis flew out after talks with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. The IDF spokesman accounted for the first mortar shell dropping on northern Golan as an accidental stray from the fighting in Syria. When the shelling continued, it was countered by an Israeli strike on a Syrian military target on the other si

via Mattis leaves Israel with unanswered questions.

Apr 22

#Islamist Sermon At Dar Al-Hijra Islamic Center In Falls Church, VA: ‘There Is A Difference Between Bani Israel… And Current Jewish Community’; ‘We Are Dealing With Manipulation’; Muslims Must Understand That ‘The Children Of Israel’ Killed Prophets – They ‘Take Pride’ In Their ‘Zealotry… Their History Is Like That’

This mosque, to which al -alwaki belonged, continues to preach hate.  It continues to foment islamists terrorism in America.How many converts to ISIS are in the congregation?  How many future “lone wolves” are being indoctrinated?

Why isn’t the Southern Poverty Law Center targeting this public hate speech? Are they complicit?  Are they in collusion with muslim extremists?

From MEMRI

April 21, 2017
Special Dispatch No.6888

Sermon At Dar Al-Hijra Islamic Center In Falls Church, VA: ‘There Is A Difference Between Bani Israel… And Current Jewish Community’; ‘We Are Dealing With Manipulation’; Muslims Must Understand That ‘The Children Of Israel’ Killed Prophets – They ‘Take Pride’ In Their ‘Zealotry… Their History Is Like That’

In a sermon at the Dar Al-Hijra Islamic Center in Falls Church, in Fairfax County, Virginia, Egyptian-American imam Shaker Elsayed pointed out that “there is a difference between Bani Israil” – the Israelites – “and the current Jewish community.” It was “very smart,” he said, “for the Jews of today to call the state they occupied Israel,” adding “We are dealing with manipulation.” He stressed that Muslims need to understand that the “Children of Israel” killed prophets because they did not like their message, and added that they “take pride that they are a community of zealotry and commitment… Their history is like that.”
The Dar Al-Islam Islamic Center is known for its connection to Yemeni-American sheikh and, later, Al-Qaeda leader Anwar Al-Awlaki, who served as its imam from 2001-2001, and to two of the 9/11 hijackers, who had visited him at the mosque. Also, according to Al-Awlaki, Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan had worshipped there during his tenure as imam.[1]
The video of Elsayed’s talk was posted online on March 31, 2017.

“There Is A Difference Between Bani Israel… And The Current Jewish Community – These Are Not One And The Same”
Shaker Elsayed: “There is a difference between Bani Israil [the Israelites], the historical community of the children of Prophet Jacob – whose name is also Israel – and the current Jewish community, as we know it. These are not one and the same. So, when you say the word ‘Jews,’ it is not equal to ‘Israelites.'” […]
“Very Smart For The Jews Of Today To Call The State They Occupied ‘Israel’ … We Are Dealing With Manipulation… I Hope Somebody Doesn’t Call Me Antisemitic… I Am More Semitic Than Those Who Claim To Be Semitic”
“It has been very smart for the Jews of today to call the state they occupied ‘Israel.’ It is giving it a name that is significant, important, and honored by Muslims. So now, if you speak against Israel, the state, they construe it as if you are talking against Jacob and his children, and against your own Book. But we have to understand%

via Sermon At Dar Al-Hijra Islamic Center In Falls Church, VA: ‘There Is A Difference Between Bani Israel… And Current Jewish Community’; ‘We Are Dealing With Manipulation’; Muslims Must Understand That ‘The Children Of Israel’ Killed Prophets – They ‘Take Pride’ In Their ‘Zealotry… Their History Is Like That’ | MEMRI – The Middle East Media Research Institute.

Apr 20

#healthcare and Pre-existing conditions. Another Obamacare fatal flaw

What’s the difference if those with pre-existing conditions are in a subsidized pool or are subsidized by other insureds?  The others have more affordable insurance, and so do those who have the pre-existing conditions.  Another reason why ACA needs to be repealed and replaced.

Apr 20

Russia in #Syria: All Pain and No Gain….from MEMRI

From MEMRI….always a reliable source.

An article by the leader of the liberal Russian party Yabloko, Grigory Yavlinsky, titled “Russia’s Deadlock in Syria” was posted on his party’s website on April 13, 2017. In his article, written in the aftermath of the chemical weapons attack on Khan Sheikhun and the American retaliatory strike on the Shayrat base, Yavlinksy flayed Putin’s policy in Syria. He claimed that Assad was a loose cannon who controlled Russia more than Russia controlled him despite Russia’s costly investment in the Syrian regime. Furthermore, Russia’s policy had left it without reliable allies in the region, while alienating the Trump administration in which Russia had placed such high hopes.

Russia, argued Yavlinsky, had pressing needs at home and could not financially sustain a quagmire in Syria, while simultaneously overextending itself in Ukraine, Libya, and conducting an arms race with the Americans.   In sum, the military involvement in Syria would soon resemble the tragedy of the Soviet Union’s involvement in Afghanistan and if Russia sought to avoid a recurrence of that nightmare it had to withdraw immediately from Syria. We republish Yavlinsky’s article below:

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Grigory Yavlinsky (Source:Moscowtimes.com)

Assad Is Calling The Shots Not Russia

“How can it be still unclear to someone that Syria is a trap for Russia? Russia was led into the Syrian trap by the stupidity of Russian foreign policy, its short-sightedness and adventurousness. Any further steps targeted at escalation of Russia’s military actions in Syria only aggravate our situation. The suspension of the memorandum envisaging the mechanisms to avoid incidents between the United States and Russia in Syria means that any stupidity or accident can now lead to a direct clash.

“Contrary to common sense, Russia has been struggling to protect Bashar al-Assad. Putin sympathizes with the Assad regime, and our country, having started the war on his side and sending its military to Syria, has become a hostage to this regime. A big political stake was put on the Syrian president and preservation of his power. However, in reality, Russia does not control Assad, either politically or militarily. And it is not Russia which determines the strategy and tactics of military operations and political maneuvers in Syria (in particular, in the inter-Syrian negotiations).

“It is also impossible to rely on Assad. Moreover, the Syrian president does not fully control the situation even in the territories under his control, not to mention the zones of military operations. Nevertheless, the Russian leadership has turned Assad into a symbol of its foreign policy and now cannot give up [supporting] him, even when his crimes drag Russia behind him into a shameful pit. It turned out that Russia fails to effectively protect Assad from Americans either. It has become obvious after yesterday’s destruction by the Americans of the base of the Syrian air force. The US attack showed that, if necessary, they would do whatever they want.

“The Russian partnership with Turkey is not merely fragile; it is a part of the trap.

Bottom Line: No True Regional Allies

“Moreover, Russia’s policy has also led to dependence on the decisions of the extremely inconsistent and unstable Turkish regime. All the plans for a joint action, all the “bridges” with the regime of Recep Tayyip Erdogan collapse, as we can see, in an instant and unilaterally. Turkey actively supports the US and opposes Assad and Russia in the present Syrian crisis.

“Iran has been naturally pursuing its own interests and has also achieved its goal: it firmly tied Russia to itself, embroiled Russia with other interested parties and made Russia its tool. By the way, it cannot be completely ruled out that it was Iran that somehow provoked the use of chemical weapons in Khan Sheikhun.

“Israel, which traditionally strives for good relations with Russia, has sharply condemned the use of chemical weapons, showing no doubt who did it, and supported the American strike against Syria. This was to be expected. Israel is very concerned that new weapons have got into Hizbullah’s hands and that Sh’iite militants have had good training under the guidance of Russian instructors. In addition, after the Israeli air raids on Syrian targets and summoning of the Israeli Ambassador to the Russian Foreign Ministry, it became clear that a crisis had emerged in the relations between the two countries. But it is much more difficult for the Russian aviation to operate in the region without the neutrality of Israel.

Jordan and Saudi Arabia have certainly also supported the actions of the United States.

“So Russia does not have allies in the region.”

Russia Has Alienated The Americans, Who Do The Heavy Lifting Against ISIS

“In such a situation under the present “chemical” crisis, Russian politicians and diplomats have, as usually, continued to confront the whole world, stubbornly defending the military dictatorial regime of the Syrian president. Delaying the UN investigation into the bombing with the possible use of chemical weapons in Khan Sheikhun, Russia has virtually proposed to play the fool – proceed, so to speak, from the presumption of uncertainty, as if saying “something happened, let’s start from a clean sheet finding out what happened and who was to blame”.

Apr 20

#ISIS Opens Its Next Front in Sinai and Gulf of Aqaba

Now it is time for Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt to get into the mix.  This place is so isolated that carpet bombing and MOABs would be a good choice.  Let their ground troops do the mop up.

George

From DEBKA weekly7\

In expectation of an imminent US-led offensive to take Raqqa, the Islamic State in the second half of March began dismantling parts of its Syrian headquarters and lifting some of its senior commanders to new locations for new and expanded terrorist operations.
(Separate articles in this issue reveal why the Raqqa operation has been delayed.)
DEBKA Weekly’s intelligence and counterterrorism sources disclose the three new destinations: they are the Euphrates Valley which straddles the Syrian-Iraqi border, Anbar Province in western Iraq near the Jordanian border and Egyptian Sinai.
The ISIS commanders assigned to Sinai took over the existing stronghold in the forbidding Jabal (Mount) Halal running down the center of the peninsula, which has been dubbed the Tora Bora of Sinai (see attached map), by virtue of the interconnected tunnel networks riddling the range.
Its topography resembles the ISIS cave complex destroyed in Afghanistan on April 13 by an American GBU-43/B bomb.
The Egyptian army has been thrown back in one attempt after another to scale this ISIS bastion and liquidate its Sinai headquarters. Egyptian President Abdul-Fatteh El-Sisi reported on the latest attempt when he met US President Donald Trump at the White House on April 3. Two days earlier, Egyptian troops managed to kill 31 terrorists and destroy a few caves containing weapons and ammunition, but the entire complex remained intact.
El-Sisi broached the possibility of a US missile attack to get the job done. A decision about a possible Tomahawk cruise missile attack on Jabal Halal, like the US strike on the Syrian Shayrat air base on April 7 was due to be made during US Defense Secretary James Mattis’ visit to Cairo on Wednesday April 19.
Our intelligence sources have discovered that the ISIS commanders who migrated from Raqqa have substantially restructured the organization’s Sinai operation by reshuffling the Bedouin components of the various terrorist strike teams.
Until now, the Bedouin enlisted to each of those teams were drawn from the same tribe.
The Sinai Bedouin population numbers around 10 main tribes, each consisting of several family groups. An average tribe has between 70,000 and 100,000 members, as well as kinship ties with branches or families in Egypt, Israel and Jordan.
The new commanders have now ordained that each team of terrorists be drawn from different tribes. Young Bedouin recruits are therefore forced to accept for the first time fellow combatants from tribes other than their own, even though this means defying their tribal elders.
Under the former leadership of the now displaced local ISIS affiliate, Ansar Bayt-Maqdis, the tribes of northern and western Sinai carried the brunt of terrorist attacks, operating on their own turf. By mixing up the tribal teams,

via DEBKA Weekly.

Apr 20

#Syria moves all its fighter jets to Russian base

Let the fly from here as long as there are no more chemical attacks.  If they do occur, we should give Russian adequate notice and then totally destroy the air field…not like we did before.  Then we declare a no fly zone and shoot down any Syrian aircraft that challenge it.

George

from DEBKAFile.

Syria has moved all its fighter aircraft to the Russian Hmeimim air base in Latakia three weeks after 59 US Tomahawk cruise missiles knocked out one-fifth of its air force at the Shayrat base, in retaliation for a chemical attack on civilians in Idlib. This was reported Wednesday night, April 19, by the Pentagon. The Russian high command in Syria has its seat at that base.
debkafile’s military sources report that the Syrian air force will operate henceforth under Russian protection and behind the advanced Russian S-300 and S-400 air defense shield without fear of US reprisals.

President Vladimir Putin’s response to the Trump administration’s call to distance Moscow from the Assad regime is therefore a flat rejection. He is instead fortifying Russian support for that regime.

The upsurge of Russian-US military tension places at risk the operational coordination accords prevailing between the air forces of Russia, the US and Israel in Syrian skies.

Syrian operational staff officers working in Hmeimim will now have access to the advanced Russian surveillance instruments tracking the movements of all foreign aircraft moving through Syrian air space. Syrian intelligence officers will also be close to Russian SIGINT facilities which the Russian spy agency GRU has installed there. In other words, by a single move, the Russians have substantially upgraded the Syrian air force’s operational and intelligence capabilities.

How does this affect the Syrian and Iranian air freight traffic ferrying military supplies from Iran? Where will they deliver their cargoes? Will they too be allowed to land at the Russian base in Latakia? If they are, the Israeli air force will be prevented from cutting down the flow of Iranian weapons for Hizballah. The new move more or less buries the Russian-Israeli agreements covering Syrian skies.
The Pentagon disclosure came ironically just hours after a senior Israeli military officer confidently informed military correspondents in Tel Aviv that the mechanism introduced for Russian-Israeli air force coordination in Syria had been successfully adopted by other nations operating in Syria, such as Turkey and the United States. He reported that the arrangement included reciprocal visits once every two months by heads of the operations divisions of the two armies.
These visits will probably go the same way now as the entire arrangement.

via Syria moves all its fighter jets to Russian base.

Mar 28

Why is it that you don’t blame the victims of rape unless the rapist is an illegal alien #Rockville

Liberal politically correct hypocrisy in action.

Mar 25

Pence: @President Trump Digs Coal

I like that.

Mar 25

Another college creates (and reports) their own fake racist propaganda « Hot Air #snowflakes

Another college creates (and reports) their own fake racist propaganda

posted at 11:31 am on March 25, 2017 by Jazz Shaw

This story first surfaced over at Campus Reform and what’s probably just as depressing as the subject matter is the fact that it’s becoming so common that we may stop paying attention. Gustavus Adolphus College is a small liberal arts school in Wisconsin and earlier this month they attracted national attention when they ran into a “hate speech” problem. Some Trump loving, racist, Hispanophobic (is that a word yet?) scoundrel had gone and peppered the campus with some not very subtle literature. It informed all and sundry that America is a “white nation” and it’s every white person’s duty to report illegal immigrants when they see them. It’s a very colorful and provocative flyer, don’t you think?

Everyone was, of course, immediately up in arms. Alumni were threatening to pull their donations to the colleges generous, $144M endowment and students were sent scurrying for their safe spaces. That is to say, at least they were until the actual culprits were identified. As CR reports, the flyers were posted by the same diversity groups who were supposedly working to make sure things like this didn’t happen.
The “Diversity Leadership Council” at Gustavus Adolphus College has admitted to posting racially offensive posters around campus after the school’s Bias Response Team received multiple reports on the matter.
The signs, which are now being labeled a social experiment, notified “all white Americans” to report “any and all illegal aliens to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement” because “they are criminals.”…
But the following day, March 21, that same alumna took to Facebook again to explain that a friend of hers, who had also filed a complaint with the school’s Bias Response Team, had received a response from Dean%

via Another college creates (and reports) their own fake racist propaganda « Hot Air.

Mar 25

Obamacare Replacement Will Be Expensive Unless We Can Manage Cost of Health Care #ACA #Obamacare

It’s not enough to have a free market solution to the insurance problem. 
Many forget that insurance is a way for people to pool their risk and pay costs to the unfortunate few.  It is a redistribution scheme whether voluntary or otherwise.  However insurance will always be expensive until you can find a way to manage the underlying costs…in this case healthcare.  Few people actually know how much their healthcare costs and since they have a little skin in the game they don’t care.  The high deductible Obamacare programs would help but the trouble is that the remaining coverage was way too expensive because it was loaded with all the goodies. 
The idea of Health Savings accounts will really help in this regard.
Another way to do it is to eliminate health insurance as an employee benefit. In many cases people get their insurance either paid for or subsidized by their employers and so don’t care how much it costs.  I’m OK with the employers buying group insurance as long as the full cost of coverage is passed along to the employee.  Again, it’s all about skin in the game.
We need to find a way for everyone, including the poor, have some skin in the game.  Once that happens the underlying insurance costs will go down, along with the premiums.

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