American Elephants

ISIS is Recruiting ‘Thousands’ of young American Muslims on the Internet, and We Are Not Responding. by The Elephant's Child
May 13, 2015, 10:18 pm
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FBI Director James Comey last week testified that the terrorist group ISIS is using social media to attract and radicalize “maybe thousands” of Muslim Americans  to “kill kill kill.” Discouraging young Muslims from joining ISIS has become a wartime imperative. We must have an answering message. Homeland Secretary Jeh Johnson warns that one or more of these ISIS recruits could strike at any moment on orders directed through Twitter. One of the American Muslims who opened fire in Garland Texas at the free speech event, traded calls for violence on Twitter with ISIS fighters. The warnings have prompted the Pentagon to elevate its threat level on U.S. military bases to Bravo. Judicial Watch has warned that there are ISIS training camps just 8 miles south of the border.

U.S. Intelligence officials agree that the Internet is a huge recruiting tool for ISIS and that we are losing the propaganda war. What are we doing? The man President Obama has named to head the country’s counter messaging effort against ISIS — the director of the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications —Rashad Hussain is a terror-supporting Islamist who says that terrorists need more of fundamentalist Islam.

Hussain is a lawyer who has defended known terrorists and is associated with groups that espouse jihad. He claims to be a moderate, but is affiliated with the radical Muslim Brotherhood. He denies that Islam has any role in violent extremism, and has defended more than half a dozen Muslims who have been convicted in high-profile terrorism cases, while denouncing the Patriot Act. President Obama has seemed to think he can work with the Muslim Brotherhood.  Bret Stephens remarked:in his book America in Retreat:

Four years after his Cairo speech, just 16 percent of Egyptians had a favorable view of the United States, down from 30 percent in 2006. at the height of George W. Bush’s global unpopularity.The administration has performed the extraordinary feat of enraging every corner of Egyptian society from the Muslim  Brotherhood, to the military who know he sold out cheap on their historical alliance. After the United States refused to sell Egypt F-16 fighters, Cairo opened talks with Moscow, its military patron in the days of Nasserist glory..

Countries have options. An American president who does not honor the basic bargain of Pax Americana—military protection in exchange for diplomatic pliancy—will sooner or later squander the benefits of Pax Americana.

Obama has seldom made good choices in terms of advisors. Rashad Hussain would seem to be among the number. He has been on the job since February, but has not yet produced an anti-ISIS counter propaganda video for the State Department while ISIS has flooded the internet with more than 250 graphic recruitment messages.

Taliban Commanders Headed Back To Afghanistan. Nice Going, Mr. President! by The Elephant's Child
May 13, 2015, 6:57 pm
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, National Security | Tags: , ,


The five senior Taliban Commanders who were released from Guantanamo in exchange for the return of army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl are set to be freed from their confinement in Qatar effective June 1. The hardened terrorist five were classified as some of the most dangerous Taliban commanders held at GITMO, according to Thomas Joscelyn of  The Long War Journal. Qatar helped to broker the deal. This is what we expected.They are deemed “high risks” by the US and its allies. Two have been wanted by the UN for war crimes. They will soon be back on the battlefield.

The naivety of the Obama administration has long been obvious.  They have sought to coax the Taliban into meaningful peace talks, which have been fruitless. A key goal of talks has been to get the Taliban to renounce al Qaeda, something Mullah Omar’s group has declined to do. All five were closely allied with al Qaeda, and undoubtedly now with ISIS.

Bowe Bergdahl willingly walked away from his post while deployed in Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan. Six months after Bergdahls desertion in November 2009, according to his platoon mates, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, admiral Mike Mullen knew the details of his desertion. As Chairman, Mullen had to report  the details to the Secretary of Defense and to the President. Why the President decided to trade the five high risk prisoners for the return of Bowe Bergdahl remains a shocking affair. Why he expected Qatar to retain the terrorists indefinitely is unknown. Bergdahl has been charged with one count of “desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty” and one count of “misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place.” Hearings are set for July 8, 2015 at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Huston. The hearing similar to a grand jury hearing in civilian court will determine whether to try him in a court-martial.

If you wonder why Obama acted as he did, Daniel Pipes’ article from the Middle East Forum is the clearest statement I have seen anywhere. Still hard to stomach.

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