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Biden upsets allies in Middle East by incorrectly claiming that they are funding al-Qaida fighters in Syria
Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday called the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates to clarify that he did not mean to imply in his remarks last week that the Gulf ally was supporting al-Qaida fighters in Syria.
Biden spoke with Prince Mohamed bin Zayed, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi and a key Emirati leader, the White House said.
It was the second time in two days that Biden had to call a key partner in President Barack Obama’s coalition to walk back comments he made on Thursday, when he said that U.S. allies – including Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the UAE – had funded and armed extremist groups linked to al-Qaida. . . .
ISLAM IS UNISLAMIC
Obama denounces ISIS as un-Islamic for beheading people while leading a coalition against them which includes Muslim countries that use beheading as an Islamic punishment. The Saudis recently beheaded a man accused of sorcery. What’s the difference between the Islamic State and the Saudis? They both have lots of oil, terrorists and a penchant for beheading people, but the Saudis have better public relations.
Maybe when the Islamic State starts funding chairs at Georgetown and UCLA, and donating to the Clinton Global Initiative, it’ll start getting better press.
The Saudis can’t possibly be un-Islamic because the establishment’s official definition of Islam comes from them. Even the idea of denying that the Islamic State is Islamic is a Saudi strategy. But if Alton Nolen is un-Islamic then ISIS is un-Islamic and if ISIS is un-Islamic then Saudi Arabia is un-Islamic. And then Islam, whose holy book contains numerous verses calling for the brutal murder of non-Muslims, must also be un-Islamic.
NOTHING TO DO WITH ISLAM
Yale Law School to Feature Lecture on Islamic Law from Sheik Who Called for Jewish Genocide
OK Beheader’s Imam Defended Muslim Terrorism, Called for Jailing Pamela Geller
EVEN THE COAL GLOWS IN THE DARK
The Communist Party of the United States, whose logo still includes a sickle and gear, announced that it was now concentrating on nature. But it will take a lot of greenwashing to turn those reds green.
The International Socialist Organization, another Marxist group, came promoting its “Eco-socialism” while bearing posters of a globe dripping with oil. “Capitalism is Killing the Planet; Fight for Socialism.”
But when it came to killing the planet by drilling for oil, the Socialists were the champs. Other countries just drilled for oil. The USSR tried to drill for oil using nuclear bombs. It also tried to use nuclear bombs to search for gas and coal making it the only country in the world whose coal was also radioactive.
BDS Unions Tell South Africans It’s Better to Get AIDS than Buy Israeli
September 29, 1929
Young children, survivors of the Jewish families killed in the massacre, continue to be the sole witnesses as the Hebron court is sifting the evidence pertaining to the events on Saturday, August 24.
An eleven-year-old girl, a survivor of the Gershon family, described in a few words how her father received his death blow. Her father, she said, was reading the Bible when Arab marauders entered their home and asked him. “What book is that you read?” When the reply was made that it was the Torah, the Arabs produced knives and daggers and cut him to pieces.
The girl pointed to Mohammed Anamu as one of the murderers.
Muslim “Counter-Extremist” Claims Muslims Learned to Hate Women from Orthodox Jews
A network series can cost between $3 and $4 million an episode. Assuming that Madam Secretary runs even one season, instead of being canceled ignominiously like Commander in Chief, the 2005 attempt at giving Hillary a human face, it will cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million.
|Bashar al-Assad of Syria|
By Alan Caruba
|Alton Nolen, alleged beheader.|
By Alan Caruba
I am shocked at how stupid people are — especially smart people. The networks have had a busy few weeks selling Washington’s new war project in a very old part of the world: the Middle East.
On Monday afternoon, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer gave an extensive interview with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. In case you don’t remember, Blair was President George W. Bush’s lapdog. He led one of the few willing Western nations into Iraq during the invasion and the subsequent “occupation” of the country, which cost the United States more than $1 trillion and killed more than 3,500 American service members.
The 9/11 attack was not in itself enough of a justification to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iraq, so weapons of mass destruction and fears of an imminent attack by Iraq proved to be enough as the Bush administration trotted out expert after expert to testify how the United States was doomed unless Saddam Hussein was removed from power. Blair was one of their biggest advocates. And now he declares, with Winston Churchill-like confidence, that since he was a “leader” during wartime, people must listen to him as he and all the American neoconservatives declare that the United States and Britain must put “boots on the ground” to combat the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL).
The network news is selling the next planned blockbuster: “Iraq II, The Return to Baghdad.” Never mind that the original project was an abject failure and that the crisis that exists today is entirely the result of their actions of invading Iraq in 2003.
The audacity of people like Blair and former Vice President Dick Cheney is beyond my comprehension. The Telegraph reported:
The former Prime Minister said people should “appreciate” that he has learnt lessons through going to war in Iraq and listen to his thoughts on tackling Islamic State because they are “precisely” the same terrorist forces he battled during the conflict.
That sounds like someone asking business advice from Ken Lay, the former CEO of Enron who was also a George W. Bush friend. Lay faced fraud and conspiracy charges. Blair should face charges for his lies about the need to invade Iraq more than a decade ago. It seems that CEOs can go to jail where former Western political leaders go play golf or fish.
Who is really running the war show?
The stage is being set for another war tragedy worthy of Shakespeare. And I will bet anyone that within a year, the next U.S. war against either Iran or Syria will be underway. And whoever the real producers are, along with their stagehands, remains a mystery; but it is also clear that President Barack Obama and those in his administration are loyal actors willing to play this out regardless of the cost in lives and future debt. It is downright criminal and yet so many people will line up to watch this nonsense and then wonder afterward why they paid for the ticket.
Of course, the answer is the military-industrial complex and has been — ever since it sealed the fate of John F. Kennedy.
The “Reagan Doctrine” was supporting freedom fighters around the world and rolling back the Soviet empire. The “Obama Doctrine” is pretending to fight foreign threats while sounding or looking tough, but actually doing nothing of substance to turn back aggression.
Even the liberal Washington Post sees the dangers ahead.
“For the sake of the cameras, President Obama assured Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at a White House meeting Thursday that ‘not only do we support Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence in words, but we’ve also been supporting it in deeds.’ If only that were true,” the paper noted in an editorial. “The reality is that the beleaguered Ukrainian leader left Washington backed by considerable rhetoric from the Obama administration but little with which he can turn back the continuing Russian aggression against his country.” The paper urged Congress to swiftly approve military aid for Ukraine.
The Post was essentially accusing Obama of lying.
Making a sharp break with the Reagan approach, Obama was recently quoted at a fundraiser as saying that since “we do very little trade with Ukraine and, geopolitically…what happens in Ukraine doesn’t pose a direct threat to us.”
The White House posted these extraordinary remarks as well, stating they were delivered at a “private residence” in Baltimore.
The New York Times reported that the fundraiser’s host was Howard E. Friedman, former president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which describes itself as “America’s Pro-Israel Lobby.” Guests reportedly paid up to $32,400 to attend the event.
Friedman is described as a leading supporter of Jewish political causes and has given nearly $100,000 in contributions, mostly to Democrats, since 2009.
Obama vowed to defeat the Islamic State “but did not mention Iran or the Middle East peace process” during the event, a report on a Jewish website noted.
The Times added, “In introducing Mr. Obama, Mr. Friedman described a nuclear-armed Iran as the No. 1 danger in the world.” In fact, a nuclear-armed Iran would be able to acquire those nuclear arms because of its support from Russia, already a nuclear-armed country.
The short-sightedness of some supporters of Israel regarding Russia is astounding.
As we have pointed out, the Ayatollah of Iran, Ali Khamenei, was “educated” at the KGB’s Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow. This means he is under Russian influence, if not an agent.
AIPAC itself acknowledges the link between Iran and Russia.
Back in 2006, AIPAC ran an item headlined, “Russia Blocking Efforts to Curtail Iranian Threat.” In 2008, it highlighted a Senate letter opposing U.S.-Russia nuclear cooperation because of Russian trade with Iran in strategic areas. In 2011, AIPAC reported that Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) “noted the need for strong pressure on Russia and China to persuade them to participate in the sanctions efforts.”
But there’s much more to it.
We have pointed out that Putin adviser Aleksandr Dugin has explained in the article, “Eurasianism, Iran, and Russia’s Foreign Policy,” that a “strategic alliance” exists between Iran and Russia.