John McCain Reveals ISIS’s True Target, And It’s Scary

In an interview with CNN, Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., called the U.S. administration’s ISIS strategy “an abject failure” and President Barack Obama’s declaration that the U.S. isn’t losing the fight against ISIS “mind-boggling.”

“It’s mind-boggling that the President could keep saying, and (administration officials) could keep saying what they’re saying while thousands of people are being butchered, burning bodies in the streets, executions, beheadings,” he said. “This is a disaster. It was predicted by me and Sen. Lindsey Graham, and it’s going to go on until we develop a strategy.”

Such a strategy, McCain has said, would require the deployment of 10,000 U.S. troops to help Iraqis fight back the terrorist group, which has made significant advances over the past week.

During the interview, McCain also said that Islamic State’s objective is not Syria or Iraq, but The United States.

“Their objective isn’t Iraq and Syria, their objective is us. They are a cancer and that cancer will spread unless it is checked,” he said.

A few hours after CNN interviewed McCain, Israeli news site Ynet reported that Assad’s forces in Syria lost more ground on Friday and Islamic State seized another town in Iraq and drove Assad’s army from its last held border control post on the Syrian-Iraqi border:

The regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad seemed to be further losing its grip in Syria on Friday, as his army was driven out of a key stronghold near the coast, hours after losing its last outpost on the Iraq border to Islamic State, on the other side of the country.

This new strategic loss for Assad, along with his recent losses to IS at the ancient city of Palmyra, and the last Syria-Iraqi border crossing, is another sign of his regime’s disintegration.

In Idlib in the northwest of the country, jihadis from the al-Nusra Front, affiliated with Al-Qaeda, succeeded in increasing their control of province after two weeks of fighting, breaking the siege of a major government hospital in Jisr ash-Shugur, from which Syrian soldiers were seen fleeing. Jisr ash-Shugur is considered one of the Syrian regime’s strategic strongholds due to its proximity to the Mediterranean Sea, where most of the Alawite community, of which Assad is a member, live.

An opposition website claimed that the rebels managed to take a great number of soldiers and officers prisoner during their escape from the hospital.

In Iraq, Sheikh Rafie al-Fahdawi said the small Iraqi town of Husseiba fell to Islamic State overnight when police and tribal Sunni fighters withdrew after running out of ammunition.

“We have not received any assistance from the government. Our men fought to the last bullet and several of them were killed,” he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.

Husseiba is about 4 miles east of Ramadi, where Islamic State routed Iraqi forces last weekend in their most significant advance in nearly a year.

Al-Fahdawi said that with the fall of Husseiba, the militants have come closer to the strategic Habbaniyah military base, which is still held by government forces.

“The situation is very critical. The militants are about 5 kilometers from Habbaniyah base, which is now in great danger,” he said.

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John McCain: Lap Dog Of Barack Obama, The Saudi Royals — Or Both

Senator Rand Paul, at one of his many campaign stops for his presidential run, referred to Senator John McCain as a “lap dog” to President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. Many believe the proper description of Senator McCain’s relationship to Barack Obama should have been “yelping lap dog.” When Obama bows to Saudi royalty, Senator McCain is there to hold his hand.

On January 27th of this year, Senator McCain dutifully traveled with President Obama to Saudi Arabia to pay his respects to the newest Sunni despot, King Salman. McCain brought support for President Obama’s homage to the new despot in the form of two former Secretaries of State who served in Republican administrations, James A. Baker III and Condoleezza Rice.

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined with Senator McCain and President Obama and other high American officials in the rather feudal ceremony of celebrating the lordship of the new King of Saudi Arabia, who apparently outranks all other world leaders. (Vice President Joe Biden showed up to slobber over the King a week later.)

Standing by President Obama on his pilgrimage to show reverence for King Salman was not enough; the yelping lap dog keeps pressing President Obama to be even more faithful to the wishes of the Sunni King. In Iran, for example, Senator McCain wants the military strikes favored by Saudi Arabia, regardless of the cost in American lives or the resulting chaos and war in the Middle East. Iran has a population of nearly 80 million, and cannot be so easily defeated or toppled as was the government of Yemen in the “Arab Spring” at the request of King Abdullah.

McCain has also done some yelping about Syria, arguing that President Obama has not moved fast enough to follow the wishes of the Saudi royals in toppling the secular government there. McCain wanted American airstrikes in Syria, and ground forces if needed, to bring the Sunni rebels to power.

McCain went beyond backing President Obama’s efforts to overthrow secular governments in the Middle East and replace them with Sunni puppet governments favored by the Saudi royals. He actually entered Syria illegally, with the help of President Erdogan of Turkey, to foster violence and revolution. While there, he proudly posed for photos with terrorists wanted for crimes in Lebanon.

John McCain just doesn’t get it. The United States doesn’t have the money or the military strength to actually occupy every nation in the world who has a leader who is regionally problematic.  Syria was not a threat to the United States or to a single American citizen, and still isn’t. Gaddafi in Libya had become an ally of the United States; but thanks to the McCain/Obama intervention in that nation, the place is in chaos and is an exporter of terrorists who are a real threat.

The beheadings of Egyptian and Ethiopian Christians on the beaches of Libya are a direct result of the McCain/Obama Middle East policies. The Christians who lived in Libya would still be safe in their homes had it not been for Senator John McCain’s demands to murder Gaddafi and hand over control of the government to al-Qaeda linked rebels. And in Syria, tens of thousands of Christians whose families have ancestry back to the time of the Apostles of Jesus have been forced to flee their homes. Currently, mortars are being supplied to the rebels who are firing on Christian churches in Damascus, the roots of which run back to the time of the Apostle Paul.

This April, Senator John McCain announced that he will run for a sixth term in the Senate. He was first elected to the House in 1982 and then to the Senate in 1986. He was sworn in to the Senate in January 1987. As of 2015, he has been on Capitol Hill a total of thirty-two years.

During that time, McCain has been the leading hawk on Capitol Hill, voting for every military intervention anywhere, regardless of who the president was at the time. He sided with President Bill Clinton in bombing Christian Serbia back to the dark ages to protect Muslim extremists, and he endorsed President Obama’s drone campaign that has killed hundreds of innocent civilians in four different nations. He even endorsed the killing of American citizens abroad with no trial, even if they are not armed, should a president consider them a threat.

Senator McCain has on numerous occasions supported the overthrow of the governments of sovereign nations, even those with democratically elected governments. McCain traveled to Kiev in 2014 and led a rally of Ukrainian nationalists in Independence Square calling for the overthrow of the democratically elected government of that nation. With the support of Senator McCain, President Obama, and CIA funding, the democratically elected government in Ukraine did fall, causing the intervention of Russia to protect its own naval assets in the Crimea. McCain’s influence as a powerful Senator sitting in the corner of President Obama has brought Russia and the United States back into a Cold War relationship. Had he been elected, we may well have found ourselves in a hot, rather than cold, war with Russia.

Last year, I attended a GOP fundraising event near Capitol Hill that included two congressmen. The subject of Senator McCain came up, and someone present said: “We can fix the damage done by Obama; just thank God that John McCain was not elected president because we can’t fix what is left after a nuclear war.” Virtually everyone in the room said “Amen” simultaneously.

Sadly, Senator McCain does not realize how much practically everyone on Capitol Hill, except Senator Lindsey Graham, dislikes him. Because of his long captivity as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, and the torture he endured there, he is treated with respect even by those who can’t stand to be in the same room with him. McCain takes this to mean that everyone agrees with him, even with his angry rants which echo down the halls of Congress on a regular basis.

I am no psychologist, but I have a sense that the torture and isolation McCain endured while a prisoner of war in North Vietnam has much to do with his violent tendencies and eagerness to take military action just about everywhere in the world, for what he believes is even the slightest affront to our nation.

We live in a competitive capitalist world. Attempting to isolate and economically punish competitors we disagree with politically only hurts us. Dozens of American companies have been devastated financially by the “sanctions” on Russia, which only temporarily affected that nation because it is the seventh largest economy in the world. Every nation in Central and South America, as well as Africa and Asia, ignored the American and European “sanctions.” The Russian ruble took a dive last year, but has risen 35% so far this year. What exactly was gained for Americans? The CIA plan so loved by John McCain to take over Russia’s only warm water port failed, and now nuclear-equipped bombers are stationed in the Crimea instead of antiquated naval vessels. Meanwhile, the economy of the Ukraine has been destroyed.

The 1960’s are over. It was easy for the CIA to overthrow leftist governments in Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile back then; but that strategy just hasn’t worked well recently in Egypt, Yemen, Syria, or Libya. The world is more complex, and men such as McCain who can only think in terms of black and white are not an asset.

Just as the 1960’s are over, it is time for John McCain’s political career to be over. There is just no place in the Senate for a Republican, bellicose, ‘war is always the answer’, yelping lapdog for the Saudi royals and Barack Obama. John McCain needs to be sitting in front of a TV in a room with pastel walls in Arizona, not on Fox News promoting world disorder.

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BLM: Epic Mismanagement, Waste, And Corruption

The United States government and its agencies are in no position to be wasting hard-earned taxpayer dollars. As it stands, many taxpayers are severely over-taxed as a result of reckless spending by bureaucrats without any regard for the fiduciary duty that the Government and its many agencies are bound to observe. In fact, if any corporate CEO ran things the way many of these politicians and administrators are running the public’s agencies, those CEOs would likely end up in jail for criminal malfeasance. Let’s face the facts; some of the politicians and agency administrators are as bad as, and in some cases worse than, the crooks at Enron.

Recently, the news was abuzz with the findings of government waste by Senator John McCain, who has issued a report titled ‘America’s Most Wanted’. McCain cites that: “Government spending is spiraling out of control… The national debt recently exceeded $18 trillion, while our $486 billion deficit is projected to reach $1 trillion over the next decade.” He went on to say that: “Washington’s repeat fiscal offenses are leading us down a dangerous path — sending hard-earned American tax dollars to mismanaged and wasteful programs.” I am glad to see that McCain is at least doing something that could be seen as helpful; but it’s the follow-through that counts, not the political arm-twisting used to ‘get the goods’ on someone you want to leverage later on. McCain will have my respect if he manages to throw some crooked administrators or politicians in jail… until then, it’s merely pre-election window-dressing.

The Bureau of Land Management (‘BLM’) is just one example of an autocratic government agency that seems to operate as if it answers to no one and regularly wastes money and resources as it seems to concurrently violate U.S. laws and the rights of American taxpayers (talk about biting the hand that feeds). And as a result of this pervasive attitude combined with the growing number of government agencies that act as if they were fiefdoms, America is languishing under a wave of epic waste of resources and taxpayer dollars. Let’s look at just a couple glaring examples.

According to Hope Yen at the Associated Press: “Significant amounts of natural gas on federal lands are being wasted, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars each year and adding to harmful greenhouse gas emissions, a congressional investigation has found. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office also said the Bureau of Land Management failed to conduct production inspections for hundreds of high-priority oil and gas wells – roughly 1 out of 5 – to ensure full payment of royalties to the U.S.” The article goes on to say that: “The GAO report said it had been urging BLM, an agency of the Interior Department, to update guidelines for the burning or venting of natural gas since at least 2010, when it found 40 percent of it could be captured economically and sold. BLM has yet to do so, although agency officials now say they are in the process of putting together various orders and a proposed rule for comment later this year. Until then, government investigators called BLM’s management of oil and gas “high-risk” for waste and fraud.”

Wasting millions of tax dollars, failure to properly manage public resources–and the risk for fraud and corruption seem to be the normal course of business for the BLM:

Concurrently, with the forgoing malfeasance and waste of millions of tax dollars, we have the BLM mismanaging the federally-protected wild horses; they are spending millions more tax dollars to hold wild horses in captivity, horses that should be running free on the public range-land, according to the Federal ‘Wild Burro and Horse Protection Act’. On top of this, the BLM is not providing transparency into their operations, including and with respect to over 1,700 federally-protected wild horses that seem to have been illegally sold for slaughter!

Then we have one of their latest transgressions, where the BLM is accused of trying to usurp and circumvent the Constitutional rights of the owners of the Sugar Pine mine in Galice, OR, a mine that has been in operation for decades prior to the formation of the BLM.

Of course, who can forget the Bundy ranch showdown, where the BLM brought in snipers and armed agents as they attempted to use the appearance of force and intimidation to get their way, a way not authorized under the U.S. Constitution; a way that is unAmerican!

And in 2013, Robert C. Jones, chief judge of the United States District Court of Nevada, issued a bench ruling that stated: “So I’m finding and concluding as a matter of law… that the government and the agents of the government in that locale, sometime in the ’70s and ’80s, entered into a conspiracy, a literal, intentional conspiracy, to deprive the Hages of not only their permit grazing rights, for whatever reason, but also to deprive them of their vested property rights under the takings clause, and I find that that’s a sufficient basis to hold that there is irreparable harm if I don’t — and it’s in the public interest, if I don’t restrain the government from continuing in that conduct.” The Judge went on to accuse the federal bureaucrats of “racketeering” under the federal RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corruption Organizations) statute, extortion, and mail fraud.

And as a part of the same proceeding, Tonopah BLM manager Tom Seley, and Forest Ranger Steve Williams were both found to be in contempt of court, and were referred to the U.S. attorney for possible prosecution for criminal obstruction of justice. Noting that Seley and Williams knew of ongoing litigation between the parties in this court and the CFC, they “took actions to interfere with the defense of the present trespass action by intimidating witnesses.”

As we see with these tough cowboys and miners, it seems that these days, the only way Americans can get justice is to take a tough stance and don’t let anyone try to separate them from their Constitutional rights. If the feds try, they should get in touch with their local Constitutional Sheriff, and their local Oath Keepers.

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Senators Call For Defunding The United Nations If Obama Goes To The UN Against Israel

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The Obama administration made a lot of noise over the weekend about its displeasure at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s comments over the future of Palestinian statehood. Even though Netanyahu walked back his comments in an olive branch to the administration, the White House’s negative, threatening rhetoric towards the Jewish State has not diminished; in fact, it has increased.

What concerns many lawmakers in the House and the Senate are the administration’s threats to possibly change the level of support that America gives Israel in the United Nations. Historically, the United States has been the nation that prevents adverse action against Israel such as the United Nations proclaiming Palestinian statehood. Some senators over the weekend fired a shot across the administration’s bow on this issue.

The Jerusalem Post reports:

The US Congress should reconsider funding for the United Nations if the Security Council approves a resolution on Palestinian statehood, Republican Senator John McCain said on Sunday.

McCain, in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” show, said President Barack Obama should not even be considering such a resolution.

Breitbart also reported:

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) threatened to cut off funding to the United Nations if President Obama uses it to bypass Congress on Iran sanctions on Thursday’s “On the Record” on the Fox News Channel.

“Here’s what the president needs to understand. If you go to the UN Security Council and you try to bypass the Congress to get this deal approved by the UN Security Council, but not come to your own Congress, then you’re going to risk Congress cutting off money to the United Nations” he stated.

The rubber is hitting the road here at the tail end of the disastrous Obama presidency. This is a very dangerous time for our nation. Our Congressional leaders are going to have to step up and defend the American way of life and our allies in the face of threats to injure them from our treasonous White House.

This may be the last opportunity for an old warrior like John McCain to rise to the occasion when his country needs him.

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Report: Ted Cruz Can Run For President, Disappointing These Skeptics And Haters

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Many have objected to Ted Cruz’s eligibility to run for president due to fact he was born not in the United States, but in Canada.

Although Cruz lives in Houston, he was born in Calgary, Alberta, the province’s largest city. This brought out many skeptics during Cruz’s speech Monday.

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Others were more vehement in their criticism that because Cruz was born north of the border, in the first city ever to host the Winter Olympic Games (1988), he is not eligible to run for president:

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But as Vox reporter Dara Lind points out, Cruz’s mother, Eleanor Darragh, was an American citizen from Delaware, while his father, Rafael, was a Cuban national who obtained a green card while living in the U.S. Rafael became a citizen himself ten years ago.

By virtue of Cruz’s mother physically living in the U.S. for more than five years and more than two after her 14th birthday, his citizenship is not debatable – Cruz is definitely an American citizen. However, the question is if he a “natural born” citizen as stipulated in the U.S. Constitution. Here is the relevant text from Article II, Section 1:

No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen Years a resident within the United States.

Cruz’s case is not unique. His colleague in the U.S. Senate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., ran into a similar issue when he ran for president in 2008 because he was born in the Panama Canal Zone.

During the 2008 campaign, the Senate passed a resolution affirming McCain’s status as a natural born citizen. Then Sens. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., who were in the middle of a tough campaign against each other for the Democratic nomination, sponsored the measure.

Lind also noted that McCain faced a lawsuit from New Hampshire resident John Hollander, who voted against the Arizona Senator during the state’s primary–asserting his eligibility. The suit went nowhere after it was dismissed later that summer. Her conclusion:

The moral of the story: it’s pretty darn clear that Ted Cruz is eligible to run for president. At the same time, that doesn’t mean that no one in this country of 300 million Americans will be crazy enough to say he isn’t.

h/t: Vox

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