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White House finally addresses ISIS’s rise in Mideast… by demanding repeal of Iraq War resolution « Hot Air

by Noah Rothman

In early June, when fighters loyal to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria mounted a blitz across Iraq, taking key cities and forcing the far more numerous and better trained Iraqi Security Forces to flee or surrender, the Obama administration appeared to be as shocked as anyone.

We now know based on testimony that the administration had been following the rise of ISIS at least 2012, and knew that the city of Mosul – where horrific violence and human tragedy has been ongoing for weeks – would fall to the Sunni fundamentalist group as early as three days before it did.

Nevertheless, the administration projected concern over the troubling developments in Iraq and Syria, and President Barack Obama soon informed the public that the situation was so dire that he was contemplating manned and unmanned airstrikes in Iraq in order to stem the group’s advance.

“We have already taken some immediate steps, including providing enhanced aerial surveillance support to assist the Iraqis in this fight,” Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters in London on Friday, June 13. “We have also ramped up shipments of military aid to Iraq since the beginning of the year.”

Reports indicated that the president was reviewing his military options and the order to execute military strikes inside Iraq could come as early as that weekend. “President Barack Obama has the authority to wage war in Iraq without going to Congress, because the original use of force authorization remains in effect,” Roll Call’s Steven Dennis reported on June 12.

While the administration has always supported the repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) in Iraq, passed by Congress in 2002, they never pursued its repeal with much enthusiasm and it appeared as though they never would. After all, the AUMF might come in handy now that a threat to American national security was being incubated there.

Guess again!

“The Obama administration is calling on Congress to fully repeal the war authorization in Iraq to ensure that no U.S. troops return to the country, which is under siege by the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant,” The Washington Free Beacon’s Adam Kredo reported on Friday.

White House national security adviser Susan Rice petitioned Speaker of the House John Boehner (R., Ohio) in a letter Friday to completely repeal the war authorization, officially known as the Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq, or AUMF.

“We believe a more appropriate and timely action for Congress to take is the repeal of the outdated 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq,” Rice wrote, according to a copy of her letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

“Such a repeal would go much further in giving the American people confidence that ground forces will not be sent into combat in Iraq,” Rice’s letter read.

Sending ground troops to Iraq, you might recall, is unpopular with the American people even though it still may be necessary as a fleet of American naval vessels remain positioned in the Persian Gulf in order to facilitate potential contingency operations should Americans need to be evacuated from Iraq on an emergency basis.

That would be, of course, the strategic consideration. But this is not a strategic move. It is, as has been this administration’s approach to virtually every Iraqi security issue, a political concern first and foremost.

McConnell Submits Bill to Keep Harry Reid from Exploiting Israel’s Iron Dome in Border Crisis Package

With the immigration issue raging on Capitol Hill, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made a little-noticed move that could help Republicans stop Democratic Leader Harry Reid from jamming the GOP on immigration with the politics of the Israel-Hamas conflict. 

Friday, McConnell introduced a stand-alone spending bill to send money for Israel’s “Iron Dome” missile defense system, something Senate Democrats had sought to include in the larger border crisis package moving its way through the chamber.

“Republicans are united in support of our ally Israel,” McConnell said in a floor speech introducing the bill. “We have legislation that would allow Congress to meet the Secretary’s request. And we hope our friends on the other side will join us in coming to a sensible, bipartisan solution that can be passed quickly. As most senators know, the Iron Dome missile defense system has played a critical role in defending Israel’s population from the rocket attacks launched by Hamas from within the Gaza Strip.”

A couple weeks ago, President Barack Obama submitted a request to Congress asking for $3.7 billion in additional funding for the border crisis via a supplemental appropriations bill. He was met with almost immediate resistance from House and Senate Republicans, who criticized him for wanting to throw money at the problem. 

Speaker John Boehner created a working group, led by Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), to develop their own plan to deal with the border crisis, and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX), McConnell’s deputy, got to work on his own bill with Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) that would alter a 2008 anti-human trafficking law the White House has blamed for being a source of the problem of why the thousands of illegal alien children can’t be deported back home.

A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate showed Obama’s emergency spending bill for the border crisis would spend just $25 million of the $3.7 billion in new funds this year, prompting fierce criticism that the spending was not being targeted to solve the problem quickly.

In response, Senate Democratic leadership—and Senate Appropriations Committee chairwoman Sen. Barbara Mikulski—tweaked the president’s plan, decreasing the total funding level by about $100 million and directing $615 million would go to wildfire fighting and $225 million to Israel’s Iron Dome.

According to Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), the White House was behind the move to include Israel Iron Dome funding in the supplemental appropriations bill.

“Israel requested it, the White House asked us to include it,” Durbin said, according to Politico. “It reflects the fact that all the rocket activity coming out of Gaza has exhausted their current supply or at least it is threatening their supply for defense.”

If Republicans were to oppose the full supplemental appropriations package with Israel support included, without an alternative standalone like McConnell’s new bill, Democrats could hammer the GOP as not supporting Israel in a time of need as the crisis there increases as fast as the one on the U.S. border with Mexico does. Instead, McConnell’s bill could offer Republicans a way to oppose the president’s and Senate Democrats’ plan without getting painted into a box.


***And this is how it works in Washington. Term Limits NOW!!!

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MH17 victim’s credit cards used after crash, says report - MSN Malaysia News

The wife of a Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 victim was stunned when she saw that her husband’s credit cards were being used after the  plane crashed in Ukraine last week, the Daily Mail reported. Cameron Dalziel’s wife Reine has since cancelled her husband’s credit cards upon noticing activity in his account, her brother told CNN.

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The wife of a Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 victim was stunned when she saw that her husband’s credit cards were being used after the plane crashed in Ukraine last week, the Daily Mail reported.

Cameron Dalziel’s wife Reine has since cancelled her husband’s credit cards upon noticing activity in his account, her brother told CNN.

Cameron was a South African travelling on a British passport, who had moved with his wife and two children to Malaysia recently.

The report said that the “heartless” rebels, who allegedly shot the plane down, had been using victims’ credit cards, answering their phones and looting their belongings, including jewellery, from the crash site.

Reine’s brother, Shane Hattingh, told CNN that, “People are abusing it in the Ukraine. They have no respect for each other, look what they’re doing. It’s no surprise that they were treating the remains of people like that. It made me angry beyond words”.

This only added weight to reports that the pro-Russian rebels have looted the MH17 crash site to sabotage the investigation into the disaster and to cash in on it, the Daily Mail reported.

It was previously reported that relatives of victims of the crash had called their mobile phones only to have them picked up by people with “eastern European-sounding voices”.

They then proceeded to instruct the mobile phone companies to shut down the accounts.

The report said that a picture of a rebel taking a ring from a body at the disaster site has also surfaced.

"After terrorists looters stole all the cash, jewellery, mobile phones and credit cards of passengers of ill-fated Boeing – they took up their favourite deal – gathering of scrap metal. Aluminium from which the plane is made is expensive," Ukrainian government adviser Anton Gerashchenko was quoted as saying.

Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council spokesman Andrei Lysenko, was also reported as saying previously that there were no limits to the “cynicism of these gangsters”.


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Children Swear Allegiance to Islamic State’s Caliphate

HBO’s VICE News has released a chilling trailer for its new documentary “From ISIS to the Islamic State: Inside the Caliphate,” showing young children pledging their allegiance to the ISIS leader Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi’s Caliphate.

VICE News journalist and filmmaker Medyan Dairieh had unprecedented access behind the front lines of ISIS’s takeover in Iraq. The documentary was filmed in the three weeks during the June operation, which seized several major cities along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.

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Australian jihadist poses with decapitated heads in sickening pictures | Mail Online

'Bucket full of heads any1 in aus want some organs please dont be shy to ask': Smirking Australian terrorist poses with decapitated heads in sickening pictures posted online

  • Khaled Sharrouf posted the pictures on Twitter on Friday
  • His friend Mohamed Elomar is seen holding up severed heads
  • Both men fled Australia for Syria in December last year
  • They are fighting for terror group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)
  • Sharrouf has been taunting Australian police on social media

With sunglasses tucked into his shirt, an Australian terrorist smiles as he holds up two decapitated heads for the camera in Syria.

Sydney born boxer Mohamed Elomar casually poses with the severed heads in photos posted on Twitter by his friend, convicted terrorist Khaled Sharrouf.

Another image, uploaded on Friday, shows the heads of alleged Syrian solders being impaled on metal railings.

Disgusting: Mohamed Elomar, who is believed to have left Australia last year to fight in Syria, is shown holding up the decapitated heads of two men

Disgusting: Mohamed Elomar, who is believed to have left Australia last year to fight in Syria, is shown holding up the decapitated heads of two men

Like something out of the 18th century, the heads were left on show in a sickening display that aims to cause terror and fear.

The photos were uploaded by terrorist Khaled Sharrouf, alongside disgusting tweets such as ‘bucket full of heads any1 in aus want some organs please dont be shy to ask I would love to assist u with body parts [sic]’.

His disturbing rant continued ‘few more heads how lovely bludy amazing stuff abuhafs u keep cutting those infidel throats but the last 1 is mine! [sic]’


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