[FoxNews.com] COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Two F-22 fighter jets intercepted six Russian military airplanes that neared the western coast of Alaska, military officials said Friday.
Lt. Col. Michael Jazdyk, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, said the U.S. jets intercepted the planes about 55 nautical miles from the Alaskan coast at about 7 p.m. Pacific time Wednesday.
The Russian planes were identified as two IL-78 refueling tankers, two Mig-31 fighter jets and two Bear long-range bombers. They looped south and returned to their base in Russia after the U.S. jets were scrambled. –Read More…
[PJMedia.com] Demonstrating yet again that we do not have an effective opposition party in the United States right now, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted Wednesday in favor of Barack Obama’s plan to arm and train “vetted” members of the Free Syrian Army. As expected, the Senate went along on Thursday. The Hill noted about the House vote that “vocal opposition” came from “both war-weary liberals and defense hawks who feel the Syria plan should include more robust steps.” No one, however, seems to have mentioned the main reason why this is a bad idea: the Free Syrian Army is on the wrong side.
Obama made big promises last Sunday on Meet the Press: “What I want people to understand is that over the course of months,” he asserted, “we are going to be able to not just blunt the momentum” of the Islamic State. “We are going to systematically degrade their capabilities; we’re going to shrink the territory that they control; and, ultimately, we’re going to defeat them.” He was using the term “we” loosely: “This is not going to be an announcement about U.S. ground troops. This is not the equivalent of the Iraq war.” But if American troops were not going to perform this herculean task, then who would do it?
“In the interview on Sunday,” said the New York Times, “Mr. Obama said he envisioned the Free Syrian Army’s providing the ground presence needed to confront ISIS in Syria.” –Read More…
[Breitbart.com] First the good news. Thanks to last night’s “No” vote in the Scottish referendum Britain has been spared the following: a run on the pound; the hasty exodus of Scotland’s finance industry; the premature death of UKIP; the gloating of Alex Salmond; a Red-Wedding-style outbreak of backstabbing and bloodletting among Tories and Labour alike; a collapse in the markets; at least two years of procedural sclerosis in the British and Scottish parliaments; the entirely unnecessary and utterly ill-considered rupture of a the greatest Union between nations the world has ever known; waking up this morning to find ourselves no longer in bed with cherished (if fractious) friends, allies, partners and comrades alongside whom we’ve fought, loved and prospered for over 300 years.
Now the bad: it’s all over anyway.
What Alex Salmond and his Scottish National Party (SNP) insurgency achieved in Scotland last night is equivalent to what the Viet Cong and NVA achieved during the 1968 Tet Offensive in Vietnam. Yes they may have lost the battle. But it was their stepping stone towards ultimately winning the war. –Read More…
[Newsmax.com] For the first time since President Barack Obama took office, more Americans disapprove than approve his handling of terror threats, The New York Times reported Thursday, citing a new poll.
The slide in the president’s approval ratings on terrorism comes as the White House ramps up its fight against the Islamic State group that recently beheaded three Westerners, including two US journalists.
The New York Times-CBS poll found that 50 percent hold a negative view of how Obama is generally dealing with terrorism , while only 41 percent approve.
The poll also found that 55 percent do not believe Obama has a clear plan for dealing with the IS militants and 57 percent say he is not being tough enough on the group. –Read More…
[Newsbusters.org] Meanwhile, Fox News Channel’s flagship evening news show, Special Report with Bret Baier, offered a full segment on Wednesday from FNC’s chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel.
In his nearly three-minute-long report, Emanuel told of how the main focus of the first hearing was examining “the latest State Department Accountability Review Board recommendations after Benghazi and implementation.”
While Wednesday’s proceedings were described as relatively calm, Emanuel predicted that:
There are signs future hearings may feature more fireworks, when the panel looks into the explosive allegations made by former State Department official Robert Maxwell: that aides to then-Secretary Clinton scrubbed Benghazi documents that made top officials look bad. –Read More…
[FoxNews.com] A group of Al Qaeda fighters in Syria is emerging as a rival terror threat to the Islamic State.
The network, known as the Khorasan Group, was acknowledged and named publicly for the first time on Thursday by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. He confirmed the group is operating in the region and said they may pose as great a threat to the U.S. as the Islamic State.
“There is potentially yet another threat to the homeland, yes,” Clapper said at an intelligence conference in Washington. –Read More…
[Townhall.com] National – Let’s start with the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, which speaks to the national ‘fundamentals’ of the 2014 cycle. The environment remains treacherous for Democrats:
– Republicans hold a six-point lead on the Congressional ballot among likely voters, winning independents by nine points and holding a double-digit enthusiasm advantage. Those are all very significant numbers. The GOP holds substantial voter preference edges on the economy (+11), terrorism (+21) and foreign policy (+12), while pulling even with Democrats on immigration and largely erasing Democrats’ wide, decades-long lead on healthcare.- Obama’s overall approval rating is sagging at 40 percent, underwater by double-digits. He’s fallen to new lows in this poll on his handling of terrorism (41 percent approval) — formerly a bright spot amidst otherwise ugly numbers — and foreign policy (34 percent).
– Nearly six in ten Americans say Obama’s posture toward ISIS is “not tough enough, with 31 percent saying he’s handling things “about right.” Some respondents said he’s being “too tough” on ISIS: Two percent, which is within the poll’s margin of error.
– “This poll finds no improvement in overall views of the health care law.” –Read More…
[MRC.org] NBC, ABC, and CBS completely ignored the latest setback for ObamaCare after news broke Monday that around 115,000 people were expected to lose health insurance coverage at the end of September due to their failure to verify their legal status as United States citizens.
Not only did CBS skip any mention of the bad news for President Obama’s signature legislation, but on Tuesday’s CBS This Morning, co-host Norah O’Donnell actually touted a good news story about the law in the New York Times: “Federal researchers say the number of uninsured Americans dropped by about 4 million to 41 million during the first quarter of this year. It’s the first time the government has counted uninsured Americans since President Obama’s Affordable Care Act kicked in last January.”
Meanwhile, Tuesday’s Washington Post did cover the ObamaCare failure, but buried it on page B-2. –Read More…
[FoxNews.com] A week after President Obama vowed not to get “dragged into another ground war in Iraq,” his top military leader opened the door to just that.
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey addressed the possibility of U.S. ground forces getting involved in the fight against the Islamic State during blunt testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. He said he would consider recommending that option if the international coalition being formed proves ineffective.
“My view at this point is that this coalition is the appropriate way forward,” Dempsey said. “I believe that will prove true, but if it fails to be true and if there are threats to the United States, then I of course would go back to the president and make a recommendation that may include the use of U.S. military ground forces.”
The comment is a departure from what Obama vowed in his address to the nation a week ago, and from what the president’s top spokesman said just one day before Dempsey’s testimony. And it marks the latest mixed message to emerge from the administration on the fight against ISIS, which for weeks U.S. military advisers have described in more urgent and dire terms than others in the administration. –Read More…
[Breitbart.com] In an interview with Breitbart Texas, Staysi Barth, organizer of “Shut Down All Ports of Entry”, said militia groups are not welcome at the national event planned for this weekend across the southern border of the United States. “Only peaceful protesters are coming,” Barth said.
After fighting with the problem of the open border for years and the negative impact she claimed illegal immigration is having on her home state of California, it was Mexico’s imprisonment of Marine Corps Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi that moved her to take this step of shutting down the international bridges. “Tahmooressi served our country and our leaders are just leaving him behind,” she said. “By blocking these bridges we can cause economic disruption that can force the government to take action.”
Her organization’s website boldly puts forward a travel advisory: “Please be aware that traveling across the US/Mexico border will be impeded, beginning on September 20, 2014, with no designated end date.” –Read More…
[TheBlaze.com] The patriarch of A&E’s hit series “Duck Dynasty” told Glenn Beck Friday that he is waiting for an elected official to say two things: “I love God, and I love you.”
“I’m just waiting on those two lines from the guys and gals we elect,” Phil Robertson said. “I would just love for, at some point, someone to stand there and say, ‘You know what? You elected me. I appreciate it. I want you to know that I love God and I love you, and I am responsible to him one and you second. And I will make every effort to remain a spiritual, holy person while I’m in Washington, D.C.’”
Robertson added that he would love to hear a politician say all of his or her decisions will be “vetted” through God’s word.
[Newsmax.com] Syrian rebels armed with WWII Soviet-era Mosin Nagant sniper rifles take positions near the northern city of Aleppo on Sept. 11. (Baraa Al-Halabi/AFP/Getty Images)
Senate Democrats have serious concerns about President Barack Obama’s plan to arm Syrian rebels to serve as ground troops in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS), according to Politico.
The lawmakers believe the challenges of identifying moderate rebels could be too great. They signaled their reluctance following a two-hour classified briefing Thursday attended by top intelligence officials and representatives from the Defense and State Departments.
“They were telling me that they were doing everything they can to vet to make sure that the people that are trained are the right people for the right reasons,” West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said, according to Politico. –Read More…
[CNSNews.com] The continuing resolution that the House Appropriations Committee introduced yesterday and that the House Republican leadership is preparing to bring up for a vote on the House floor puts no limits on funding Planned Parenthood—the nation’s largest abortion provider—or any provision of Obamacare, including the regulations that force Christian individuals and organizations to buy or provide health insurance that covers abortion-inducing drugs.
“The bill is ‘clean’ and does not contain highly controversial provisions,” says a press release put out by the Appropriations Committee.
“We have reached the point where a Continuing Resolution is necessary to keep the government functioning and avoid another shutdown,” said Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R.-Ky.). “It is a critical piece of legislation, and my Committee has crafted the bill in a responsible, restrained way that should draw wide support in the House and Senate. This bill is free of controversial riders, maintains current levels, and does not seek to change existing federal policies.”
The bill would take effect on Oct. 1, the first day of fiscal 2015, and run only through Dec. 11. –Read More…
[FoxNews.com] The company that runs the conservative Breitbart.com news site says the IRS has selected the network for an audit, in a move company executives suggest is politically motivated.
Breitbart News Network, a California-based company which runs several conservative websites, says the IRS recently audited its 2012 financial information.
“The Obama administration’s timing on this is exquisite, but try as they might through various methods to silence us, we will only get more emboldened,” Stephen K. Bannon, executive chairman of Breitbart News Network, said in a written statement.
The audit comes as the agency faces sustained complaints that it targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny as they sought nonprofit status, before the agency ended the practice last year. –Read More…
[Newsmax.com] Between 54 and 56 percent disapprove of the way Obama is handling the economy, international affairs and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare.) Fifty-nine percent don’t like how he is handling immigration.
Despite their disapproval, most (54 percent) say their feelings for or against Obama will not affect their votes in the November midterm elections. Nineteen percent said their vote will express support for Obama, while 27 percent said it will express opposition to him.
Republicans already hold a majority of House seats and hope to gain control of the Senate in November.
[HumanEvents.com] We truly do live in strange times, when the Republicans – who are supposed to be far less skilled at parliamentary maneuvers – can make the Democrats look like a pack of utter fools with a single deft move in the Senate. Senate Democrats have been wasting America’s time on a showboating effort to repeal the First Amendment – a bill they know is doomed to go nowhere, but it would give them something to sell to their dispirited base going into the midterm elections. The Republicans were supposed to slap this dumbassery down, giving Democrats a chance to run to their gullible base voters and cry: See, we tried to do something about the evil Koch Brothers, but those rascally Republicans stopped us, because they think billionaires should be able to buy elections!
It’s yet another scene from the long liberal passion play after the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, as the party so often eager to shriek about “the settled law of the land” in other contexts fights a never-ending theatrical struggle to rewrite the First Amendment so that only left-leaning groups will be able to influence the political process. Labor unions and media corporations should have exclusive access to the American mind during election season, don’t you know. It’s probably in a penumbra of the Constitution somewhere. –Read More…
[PersonalLiberty.com] As we approach the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, it seems that despite the years, the thousands of military casualties, trillions of dollars spent and regime changes caused, we in the U.S. seem to have learned little and accomplished less.
On Sept. 13, 2001, Hillary Clinton proclaimed that, “Every nation has to either be with us, or against us. Those who harbor terrorists, or who finance them, are going to pay a price.” President George W. Bush proclaimed much the same thing, using almost the exact same words, to Congress a week later as he sought and obtained a use of force agreement from Congress that essentially gave him and subsequent presidents carte blanch to bomb whomever they chose, all in the name of fighting a “war on terror.” Funny, that “price” promised by Clinton and Bush apparently didn’t extend to our “ally” Saudi Arabia.
Soon after the invasion of Afghanistan in response to 9/11 — ostensibly to root out former CIA contract agent and U.S. ally (and Saudi Arabian national) Osama bin Laden (who we were told was responsible for the attacks) and unseat the Taliban that governed the country and harbored bin Laden — we were emphatically told by the Bush regime and the propaganda media that al-Qaida in Iraq and Saddam Hussein posed an “existential threat” to the U.S. and that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. This was the imprimatur Bush and the neocons used to rally Congress and Americans to the cause of perpetual Middle East war and regime change wherever and whenever in order to “spread democracy.” –Read More…
[FoxNews.com] WASHINGTON – A top House Republican is demanding the Department of Justice hand over contact information on a former employee accused of having a conflict of interest in the IRS targeting scandal investigation.
In a Sept. 3 letter, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, once again asked Attorney General Eric Holder for information on Andrew Strelka’s whereabouts.
“Despite notifying [Oversight and Government Reform] Committee staff that the [Justice] Department no longer employs Mr. Strelka, the department has refused to assist the committee in speaking to Mr. Strelka directly,” Jordan wrote. “The department’s efforts to prevent the committee from learning Mr. Strelka’s whereabouts suggest the department has cause for keeping him from speaking with the committee.” –Read More…
[WND.com] NEW YORK – President Obama’s left-leaning political ideology combined with sympathies for Islam acquired from being raised by a Muslim stepfather paralyze him as he faces the threat posed by the Islamic jihadist group ISIS, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay told WND in an interview.
“In defending America against radical Islamic terrorism, Barack Obama cannot be trusted,” DeLay said.
“Barack Obama was raised a Muslim, and he claims he is a Christian, and I can’t say for sure whether he’s a Christian or not, but he has shown over the last few years that he has great sympathies with Islam,” DeLay explained.
“You combine that with Obama’s political orientation that is far to the left,” he continued, “and you get a president who hates war, hates the military, and you have a formula for military inaction when it comes to combating radical Islamic terrorists like we are seeing in ISIS.” –Read More…
[Townhall.com] Pundits and news agencies have questioned the validity of reports that the Islamic State is beheading children in its conquest of Syria and Iraq. But there is one fact that can’t be contested: The Sunni-dominated al-Qaida splinter group is on a war rampage using some of the most heinous and barbaric means to exterminate anyone who opposes it, particularly Christians.
In 2011, President Barack Obama declared, “The long war in Iraq will come to an end by the end of this year.” The only thing he didn’t count on was that the terrorist enemies of the U.S. decided not to also call it quits on the war.
Last Wednesday, Obama called it quits again with combat operations in Iraq — or the dropping-bombs-and-not-calling-it-combat-operations operations. –Read More…
[Newsmax.com] URGENT REPOSTED: Oklahoma Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe has warned that Islamic State extremists are attempting to develop a weapon to blow up a major city in the United States.
“We’re in the most dangerous position we’ve ever been in as a nation,” the ranking GOP member of the Senate Armed Services Committee told Fox 25 TV station in Oklahoma City.
Referring to the beheading of American journalist James Foley, Inhofe said that the terror group, also known as ISIS, has now set its sights on Americans and targets on U.S. soil.
[Metro.co.uk] The airport was the scene of a fierce battle that ended on August 26, when fighters from the Islamic Fajr Libya (Dawn of Libya) coalition captured the airport and aircraft belonging to the state-owned Libyan Airlines and Afriqiyah Airways.
Pictures from the airport in the aftermath of the fighting showed severely damaged and totally destroyed aircraft.
Dawn of Libya was identified as a terrorist organisation by the Libyan government earlier this year.
While the US State Department is down-playing the significance of the missing planes, one official was quoted in the Washington Free Beacon as saying: ‘There are a number of commercial airliners in Libya that are missing. We found out on September 11 what can happen with hijacked planes.’ –Read More…
Obama Says U.S. Objective Is to ‘Destroy’ Islamic State… but Then Says It Can Be Made a ‘Manageable Problem’
[TheBlaze.com] Speaking one day after the Islamist State released video of the beheading of another American journalist, President Barack Obama offered mixed messages on whether the United States’ goal is to defeat or to contain the Sunni militant group.
During a joint press conference with Estonian President Hendrik Ives on Wednesday, Obama used the phrase “destroy” in talking about the Islamic State, but later said the United States wanted to make it a “manageable problem.” The two phrases came one week after Obama said the U.S. did not yet have a strategy to defeat the terror group.
“Our objective is clear, and that is to degrade and destroy ISIL so that it’s no longer a threat, not just to Iraq, but also the region and to the United States,” Obama said. “The first phase has been to make sure that we’ve got an Iraqi government that’s in place and that we are blunting the momentum that ISIL was carrying out. And the airstrikes have done that. But now what we need to do is make sure that we’ve got the regional strategy in place that can support an ongoing effort — not just in the air but on the ground — to move that forward.” –Read More…
Parents of SEAL Team Six soldier killed in action call for President Obama’s resignation in searing open letter about his handling of ISIS
[UK Daily Mail] ‘Your cowardly lack of leadership has left a gaping hole': …
“[A]fter finally choosing to view the barbaric, on-camera beheading by ISIS of freelance war correspondent James Foley, I have been left with a level of rage known only to those of us who have sacrificed unspeakable offerings on the altar of world peace.
My offering was my only son — Aaron Carson Vaughn. Aaron was a member of SEAL Team VI. He was killed in action when a CH47D Chinook, carrying thirty Americans and eight Afghans was shot down in the Tangi River Valley of Afghanistan on Aug. 6, 2011.
Many times over the past three years, I have been asked what drove my son to choose his particular career. What made him want to be a Navy SEAL? My answer is simple…” –Read More…
[FloppingAces.net] Today British Prime Minister David Cameron gave a speech about the need to act vis-a-vis the threat posed by ISIS. [VIDEO]
“Adhering to British values is not an option or a choice. It is a duty for all those who live in these islands so we will stand up for our values, we will in the end defeat this extremism and we will secure our way of life for generations to come.”
The Guardian, the NY Times of England, was not impressed, but I was. The terror threat has been raised in England to “severe.” The comments following the article made very clear that the British do not take the terror threat seriously or the comments are being made largely by Muslims.
Some government officials were quick to throw legal roadblocks in the way. –Read More…
[FoxNews.com] The Pentagon said Friday that a Chinese fighter jet made “several passes” by a U.S. Navy aircraft earlier this week off the coast of China in international airspace, baring its weapons and coming within mere feet of the U.S. plane.
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said Washington has lodged a protest to China through diplomatic channels, calling the maneuver “very close” and “very dangerous.”
“Not only is it unprofessional, it’s unsafe,” Kirby said.
Kirby said the Chinese jet made several close passes by the Navy P-8 Poseidon plane, coming within 30 feet of it. He said the Chinese jet did a “barrel roll” maneuver over the top of the Poseidon and also passed across the nose of the Navy plane, exposing the belly of the fighter in a way apparently designed to show that it was armed. –Read More…
[Newsmax.com] President Barack Obama’s mistakes enabled the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) and created the immigration crisis at the country’s southern border, his 2012 opponent, Mitt Romney, said Sunday in a roundtable radio discussion hosted by John Catsimatidis.
“Mistakes were made and now we have ISIS,” Romney told Catsimatidis on “The Cats Round Table” on New York City station WNYM-AM.
Romney argued that ISIS would not be gaining power if the United States has followed his plan back in 2012 for dealing with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“If you go back a few years when Syria fell into revolution and tumult, when rebels were pushing against Assad, I laid out what I thought was a prudent course for us to see stability in Syria,” he said. “Had we followed that course, there’s a good chance you would not see an ISIS today.”
He said his plan would have done more to back revolutionaries in Syria while ensuring Assad’s own tribe, the Alawites, that their future was secure even without him in power. –Read More…
[FoxNews.com] Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said Sunday that President Obama’s inertia on whether to launch airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria is part of an overall foreign policy failure that is empowering China, North Korea, Russia and other rival nations.
“It’s all related,” Rogers, R-Mich., told “Fox News Sunday.” “The world sees the United States as withdrawn.”
Rogers said the president’s apparent disengagement or slow response is the reason China has engaged U.S. pilots and Russian President Vladimir Putin has moved into eastern Ukraine without fear of consequence.
“U.S. foreign policy is in free fall,” he said. “Traditional allies are saying maybe the United States is not the best to lead us.” –Read More…