BREAKING: Stunning That Top US Military Officer Just Shot Down Obama’s Own ISIS Strategy

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There have been numerous news reports over the last week — including several posts here at Western Journalism — strongly indicating that the Obama administration does not have a consistent, coherent policy for combating the Islamic State. What just happened in a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee will only serve to reinforce that perception of confusion within the ranks of Obama’s top officials.

Fox News reports that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs — America’s top military leader — has raised the distinct possiblity of U.S. “boots on the ground” in the expanding fight against ISIS in the Middle East.

In testimony before Congress, Gen. Martin Dempsey seemed to contradict — or at the very least to undermine — what the Command-in-Chief, his boss, Barack Obama — has consistently promised.

The top U.S. military leader opened the door Tuesday to U.S. troops on the ground in the fight against the Islamic State, testifying before Congress that he could recommend “U.S. military ground forces” if the international coalition being formed proves ineffective against the terror group.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey made the statement during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Though President Obama vowed last week that the U.S. would “not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq” and military leaders say ground troops are not needed at the moment, Dempsey said he could change his recommendation if he found circumstances “evolving” in the region.

USA Today reports on Dempsey’s specific statement before the Senate panel:

“To be clear, if we reach the point where I believe our advisers should accompany Iraqi troops on attacks against specific ISIL targets, I will recommend that to the president,” said Dempsey.

As Fox News reports, many military leaders as well as lawmakers have expressed concern about the president’s recent speech in which he essentially ruled out the deployment of U.S. war fighters in combat roles against ISIS. Gen. Dempsey’s testimony underscored that divide:

The statement comes as the administration faces a deep divide in Congress that muddies traditional partisan lines over the possibility of ground forces being introduced. Many Democrats and Republicans oppose U.S. combat troops entering the fight. But some Republican lawmakers have criticized the president for appearing to rule out that option.

“ISIS is an army,” Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., top Republican on the committee, said Tuesday. “It will take an army to beat an army.”

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Outrageous: The NFL Did Something Absurd To Silence This Star QB’s Religious Expression

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After injuring his ankle in Sunday’s game, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III made his way – aided by crutches – to address a pool of reporters. When he approached the microphone, however, at least a few keen observers noticed a clear difference in his appearance compared to just moments prior.

As evident in a Twitter post by sports writer Dan Steinberg, Griffin turned his T-shirt inside out before greeting reporters, obscuring the Christian message in the process.

Comcast SportsNet writer J.P. Finlay reported the Redskins star was ordered to flip the shirt over by NFLM Uniform Inspector Tony McGee, ostensibly because it was not a Nike product.

Tellingly, however, at least one other player, Ryan Kerrigan, addressed reporters in a shirt obviously not manufactured by the brand.

Plenty of Twitter users responded with disbelief over reports suggesting Griffin had been targeted for his Christian beliefs.

Several comments focused on the perceived incongruity between the reception of Michael Sam, the league’s first openly gay player, and outspoken Christians in the NFL.

A team spokesperson has reportedly since asserted that Griffin voluntarily turned the shirt inside out to ensure he did not acquire any fines from the league for wearing unauthorized apparel.

In any case, the conversation sparked by this incident has likely ensured the shirt’s message, “Know Jesus Know Peace,” will reach a wider audience than if he had simply worn it as intended during the press conference.

H/T: The Blaze

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ISIS Could Be Planning Their Boldest Act Yet By Assassinating This Massive Global Leader

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Just days before his scheduled visit to the Muslim-majority nation of Albania, Pope Francis is told he may be in the crosshairs of assassins from the Islamic State. Iraq’s ambassador to the Vatican warns of “credible threats” against the life of the 77-year-old pontiff.

Word of this dire warning comes from a report in The Telegraph:

The leader of the Roman Catholic Church could also be vulnerable when he travels to Turkey in November, the [Iraqi] ambassador said.

Jihadists from ISIL have in recent weeks boasted of wanting to extend their caliphate to Rome, the heart of Western Christendom, and have talked of planting the jihadist black flag on top of St Peter’s Basilica.

[Ambassador] Habeeb Al Sadr said there were also indications of a more specific threat against Pope Francis, who recently spoke out in favour of the US and its allies halting the advance of ISIL in Syria and Iraq.

ABC News reports that the Pope will not be protected by extra security on his weekend trip to Albania, despite the threat of an assassination attempt.

The pope will use the same open-topped Jeep he uses at the Vatican during his single-day trip Sunday, a spokesman confirmed Monday.

“There is no reason to change the pope’s itinerary,” the Rev. Frederico Lombardi said in a briefing Monday, explaining that there were no specific threats or concerns. “We are obviously paying attention but there is no need for concern or a change to his program in Albania.”

According to The Telegraph, the Iraqi ambassador to the Vatican expressed fears that non-Arab Islamic terrorists could more easily get close to the pontiff in an attempt to kill him, even in Rome.

“There are members of ISIL who are not Arabs but Canadian, American, French, British, also Italians. ISIL could engage any of these to commit a terrorist attack in Europe.”

Pope Francis is also scheduled to travel to Turkey, where Islam is the main religion of the population. The Pope’s trip, which will include events in Ankara and Istanbul, is expected to take place on Nov 29 and 30.

 

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How Confident Are You In The American Economy?

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Are you feeling better about the economy? The rest of America is more optimistic. The University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment reached a 14-month high in September. And on the same day, it was reported that retail sales in August grew broadly, as well. Barring unexpected events in the international arena, it appears that Americans are more willing to commit their emotions — and their dollars — to the economy.

The job news has improved each month, and that has helped add to confidence. Even the high level of the stock market has contributed to the optimism, though many participate in the stock market only indirectly, through retirement plans.

So what should you do with this news?

Does it make you confident enough to go out and buy a new house? The jury’s still out on that issue because, despite record-low interest rates, mortgage applications have stagnated. Maybe that’s too big a leap of confidence for those just starting out on the first step to home ownership.

Does the news make you confident enough to start searching for a new or better job? Or at least, does it make you feel bold enough to ask for a raise? According to the PayScale Index, U.S. wages are expected to grow at a rate of 1.9 percent, quarter over quarter, in the period that ends this month. It’s a nice increase — but far below the 3 percent-plus wage gains that were common before 2008 and the financial crisis.

Does it make you confident enough to go out and buy a new car — or at least a new “used” car? It already has. The surge in new car sales in August has raised the possibility that sales could top the 16.6 million sold in 2006, the last full year before the recession, according to Edmunds.com. That’s up from 10.4 million vehicles sold in 2009 during the depths of the economic collapse. Since then, sales have risen by at least 1 million units annually through last year, when 15.6 million were sold.

Or should you just go out and replace items in your wardrobe that have worn out in your years of stringency and economic fear? Retail sales, even excluding autos, rose more than expected in August after a flat figure in July. Consumers are expressing their optimism at the store.

Or are we just getting back into the same debt trouble that brought us into the financial crisis?

Yes, credit card debt is rising again. In fact, according to Sober Look, “Over the past three months, the year-over-year growth in credit card debt has exceeded wage growth in the United States. This is the first time we’ve seen this trend since the Great Recession.”

And that does not include student loan debt, which continues to rise beyond $1.1 trillion, exceeding total credit card debt outstanding.
Meanwhile, the personal savings rate, which had spiked to about 12 percent in the summer of 2012 amidst a continuing anemic recovery, has now dropped back to a rate of 5.7 percent.

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Boom: Mike Huckabee Makes Bold Statement That Could Be First Shots Fired Of 2016 Campaign

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While there is still ample time for presidential contenders to enter the fray, a number of likely GOP contenders have already emerged more than two years ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

One likely candidate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, has consistently polled well against others in his party. During a recent discussion with reporters, the 2008 hopeful laid out a number of reasons someone with his experience would make a better president than other Republican leaders whose names are currently being discussed.

Conservatives have long expressed admiration for legislators who rose to prominence during the 2010 midterm election, which coincided with the increased influence of a then-fledgling Tea Party movement. Though Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and others hold unmistakable clout among many in the party’s base, Huckabee explained that their lack of executive experience makes them inherently weaker candidates.

“If not me,” he said, “I would be supportive of someone who has had executive experience and who has been a governor prior to somebody having only had legislative experience, which I think is fundamentally different in the manner in which one serves.”

He elaborated on the skill set he said is vital for an effective president, which includes the ability to “look at the whole battlefield” and make comprehensive decisions.

“And one of the things that I learned in 10 and a half years of being a governor,” he continued, “is that you don’t get to just enjoy the issues that are most endearing to you.”

Huckabee dismissed assertions that he was targeting any specific candidates; however, National Review noted that he took what seemed to be a shot at Sen. Rand Paul.

“The more libertarian wing tends to be laissez-faire,” he said, indicating that one problem within the GOP “is we have not done a good job of communicating to the younger Americans that, like it or not, guys, you can’t isolate yourselves.”

He also presented the case for voters to support him against others – including Texas Gov. Rick Perry – who also have extensive executive experience, noting that he can offer a positive message.

“If the party wants to nominate somebody who can be very articulate in what we’re against,” he said, “I’m probably not the best guy at that; but I think that what I can articulate is what we’re for.”

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