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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ISIS Is Gaining Ground Like Crazy, And Obama Just Responded With 6 Crazy Words

Despite the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) capturing two major cities this week, President Obama dismissed the notion that the United States is losing the war against the insurgent group.

“No, I don’t think we’re losing,” Obama told Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic in an interview Tuesday.

ISIS took control of the Iraqi city of Ramadi on Monday and Palmyra in Syria on Thursday.

Upon seizing Ramadi, ISIS militants destroyed several sites which predate Islam in Iraq. Ramadi is located in Anbar province, the largest in the country.

Known as Tadmor in the Bible, Palmyra was first established by the Israelite King Solomon over 3,000 years ago. The city is home to many artifacts and gas fields, advancing the terror group’s influence in the region.

Obama told Goldberg that despite the fall of Ramadi, he would not overhaul his approach to fighting ISIS.

“There’s no doubt there was a tactical setback, although Ramadi had been vulnerable for a very long time, primarily because these are not Iraqi security forces that we have trained or reinforced,” Obama said. “The training of Iraqi security forces, the fortifications, the command-and-control systems are not happening fast enough in Anbar, in the Sunni parts of the country.”

These victories by ISIS overshadow a successful mission by U.S. forces that killed Abu Sayyaf, who was in charge of financial operations for ISIS. Reports of the mission by the Delta Force team surfaced earlier this week.

When Jonathan Karl of ABC News asked White House press secretary Josh Earnest Monday if the U.S. strategy to combat ISIS “has been a success,” Earnest responded in the affirmative.

“Well, Jon, yeah. Overall, yes,” Earnest said. “That doesn’t mean there haven’t been areas of setback, as we saw in Ramadi.”

h/t: The Hill

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Breaking: Assad Prepares For Islamic State Assault On Damascus, Has An Escape Plan

A day after Islamic State seized the ancient city of Palmyra (Talmor), more alarming news is coming out of Syria.

Reuters reported a while ago that followers of Islamic State had posted an official IS statement on Twitter that the organization was in full charge of Palmyra, including its military bases.

Around a third of the 200,000 people living in Palmyra may have fled in the past few days during fighting between government forces and Islamic State militants, the U.N. human rights office said on Thursday.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights – which has a vast network of civil informants in Syria – reported this morning that Islamic State is now in full control of 50 percent of the Syrian territory.

The Observatory wrote on its website that Islamic State controls more than 60,000 square miles in the provinces of Homs, al-Raqqa, el-Hasakah, Hama, Aleppo, Damascus, Rif Dimashq, Daraa, and al-Suwaydaa.

The organization also controls the vast majority of the gas and oilfields in Syria. The only gas fields that are not controlled by Islamic State are Rmeilan and Sha’er. The group is also in control of most of the Syria-Iraqi border as well as the Syrian Jordanian frontier, according to Rami Abdul Rahman, director of the Observatory.

Since the beginning of the attack on Palmyra and the town of al-Sikhni, 462 people have died; 71 of them were executed on the charge of “dealing and cooperating with the infidel regime.”

The capture of Palmyra—the first major city that Islamic State has wrested from Assad’s army and its allies Hezbollah and the Iranian Al Quds Brigade, as opposed to Islamist and other  opposition groups—provides the militants with a base from which to advance on other cities held by Assad, including Homs and Damascus. Palmyra is sixty miles from Damascus and is located on the highway to Damascus.

Israeli Channel 10’s Middle East expert, Tzvi Yechezkieli, reported this evening that the fall of Palmyra could spell the end of Assad’s central government. He pointed to the fact that Assad is losing territory to Islamic State every day and is now in control of only a quarter of Syria’s territory.

Yechezkieli reported that Assad has taken into consideration the possibility that he could be ousted by Islamic State and has an escape plan in case Islamic State will seize Damascus. The Channel 10 expert said that when that happens, Assad will withdraw his forces to the Western part of Syria and will try to hold the areas where the Alawite minority lives. Assad is a member of this non-Muslim minority that makes up only ten percent of the population in Syria.

Yechezkieli also pointed to another dramatic development following the takeover of Palmyra. He said that Islamic State launched a massive jailbreak and released thousands of Syrians who had been incarcerated in Palmyra’s state-run prison, most of them for opposing Assad’s regime. Many of the freed prisoners were welcomed into Islamic State’s forces, he said. “This will only add to the power and motivation of Islamic State’s forces,” he added.

Meanwhile, President Obama told Atlantic reporter Jeffrey Goldberg that the U.S. isn’t losing the fight against Islamic State. He said that the fall of Ramadi in Iraq was “a tactical setback” and added that “the city has been vulnerable for a very long time.”

In related news, Reuters reported today that Turkey’s state intelligence agency helped deliver arms to parts of Syria under Islamist rebel control during late 2013 and early 2014, according to a prosecutor and court testimony from gendarmerie officers seen by the news agency.

The witness testimony contradicts Turkey’s denials that it sent arms to Syrian rebels and, by extension, contributed to the rise of Islamic State, now a major concern for the NATO member.

Testimony from gendarmerie officers in court documents reviewed by Reuters allege that rocket parts, ammunition, and semi-finished mortar shells were carried in trucks accompanied by state intelligence agency (MIT) officials more than a year ago to parts of Syria under Islamist control.

Four trucks were searched in the southern province of Adana in raids by police and gendarmerie, one in November 2013 and the three others in January 2014, on the orders of prosecutors acting on tip-offs that they were carrying weapons, according to testimony from the prosecutors, who now themselves face trial.

While the first truck was seized, the three others were allowed to continue their journey after MIT officials accompanying the cargo threatened police and physically resisted the search, according to the testimony and prosecutor’s report.

This makes clear that President Tayyip Erdogan lied when he said the three trucks stopped on Jan. 19 belonged to MIT and were carrying humanitarian aid. Erdogan also lied when he denied that Turkey was aiding Islamic State in its battle against Assad’s regime.

President Obama, who has developed a close relationship with Erdogan, has always regarded the Islamist Turkish President as a leader who could help stabilize the situation in the Middle East.

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Trump Just Made 1 Major Promise To Christians Worldwide If He Becomes President

Donald Trump said he was “very proud” of his Presbyterian faith and contended that if he decided to run and ultimately be elected president, he would be the “greatest representative” Christians have seen “in a long time.”

“As you know, I’m protestant, I’m Presbyterian. Most people don’t know that. They have no idea. And I’m proud of it. I’m very proud of it,” Trump told David Brody of CBN News last weekend.

One of the things I learned this weekend being in Iowa, I met with a lot of national security experts and everything else, that if you’re a Christian living in Syria, you can’t come into this country. And yet, if you are a Muslim living in Syria, who are not under attack, they can come in.

Trump was referring to recent reports that Christians have been trying to flee the Middle East for the U.S. unsuccessfully.

Sister Diana Momeka, an Iraqi nun, was denied a visa by the U.S. consulate in Erbil to come to the United States last month because she did not have “ties that will compel you to return to your home country after your travel to the United States,” according to The Blaze. But the decision was overturned, and Momeka visited.

“The Christians are being treated horribly because we have nobody to represent the Christians,” Trump added. “Believe me, if I run and I win, I will be the greatest representative of the Christians they’ve had in a long time.”

Trump has flirted with a possible presidential run for months. He announced in March that he formed a presidential exploratory committee, the first time he has ever done so.

At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) the week before, the real estate mogul told Western Journalism that “the country needs help.”

It’s in such trouble. It is in such a mess. We have a leader that doesn’t know how to lead and he doesn’t have the right ideas. And I think he’s got his own ideas, either that or he’s totally incompetent. And we have a country that needs help and it needs help quickly and badly.

h/t: The Blaze

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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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