Category Archives: War on Terror

Syria Pullout

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ISIS J.V. Team

President Trump got off the phone with Turkish President Erdogan and announced he’s pulling the troops out of Syria. And Secretary of Defense James Mattis resigned.

Democrats and Republicans  found common ground slamming the Syria pullout decision. They say the pullout sells out the Kurds and creates a vacuum that ISIS will fill. Same as when Obama pulled out of Iraq. (At least the Republicans say that.)

Pro Syria Pullout

But Reason’s Nick Gillespie and Andrew McCarthy of NR  think Trump did the right thing. If we stay in Syria we’d have to choose sides in a war between Turkey and the Kurds. Erdogan’s nasty but Turkey is a NATO ally. Besides, we’re there illegally. Congress never approved it and that makes it unconstitutional.


What Difference Does It Make?

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I thought about labeling the guy in the foreground Charles Woods. He’s the father of Tyrone Woods, the the security contractor killed defending the CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya.

But then I wondered, at this point, what difference does it make?

What Difference Does it Make?

Hillary lied to Mr. Woods that his son was killed a mob angry about a movie. Sort of like throwing rotten tomatoes, only using grenade launchers instead.

Here’s Mark Steyn’s 9/11 Benghazi anniversary review of the movie 13 Hours.

Weapon of Choice for Terrorists

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Motor vehicles are the new weapon of choice for terrorists.

Obama No Ransom Iran Nuclear Deal Narrative

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Earlier this month he WSJ reported that the Obama administration shipped Iran a pallet of foreign cash worth $400 million. President Obama scolded the press for asking if the delivery of the unmarked bills, in an unmarked plane, in the middle of the night was ransom.

You’ve probably seen his four step reply:

1) The payment was old news.

2) It was Iran’s money.

3) It’s illegal to trade dollars with Iran.

4) We don’t pay ransom.

Then he mocked reporters by saying, it “defies logic” that we would pay ransom. He also said the story “reads like a spy novel.”

So it does.

For good measure State Department spokesman John Kirby tweeted:

“Reports of link between prisoner release & payment to Iran are completely false.”

So the WSJ reporters, Jay Solomon and Carol E. Lee, dug a little deeper and learned that the payment was “specifically timed to the release of several American prisoners held in Iran.” The money was loaded onto an Iranian cargo plane in Geneva, Switzerland. And it wasn’t released until a plane departing Tehran with the prisoners was “wheels up.”

It’s Not Ransom. It’s Leverage. Or Not.

Based on the new information Kirby was asked by a reporter:

Q: “In basic English, you are saying you wouldn’t give [Iran] the 400 million in cash until the prisoners were released, correct?”

A: “That’s correct,” Kirby responded.

Iranians call it “ransom” (they’re already collecting more ransom chips). Kirby calls it “leverage.”

Obama spokesman Josh Earnest said, “I never used the world leverage” – leaving Kirby hanging out to dry.

Priest Beheaded by Islamic Radicals

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Two Islamic radicals entered the church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen, Normandy and beheaded 85 year old Father Jacques Hamel as he said Mass.

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According to Breitbart the church was on an Islamic hit list. And it sits next door to the Yahiya mosque of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. Breitbart says it’s the home mosque of “the notorious French jihadist executioner Maxime Hauchard.”

Yahiya mosque is not on a Christian hit list.