Saturday, June 18, 2016

Paging Captain Obvious – Obama on ISIL and Orlando

By Jim Emerson, staff writer
The World is well aware of the Jihadist terror attack on the Pulse Night Club that killed 49 Americans. It is obvious to most that this was an attack by a Muslim fanatic in accordance with the anti-homosexual dictates of the Koran. Omar Mateen dialed 911 moments before the shooting began, pledging allegiance to the Islamic state and allegedly reciting prayers to Allah. His actions left little doubt what prompted the murders of these American infidels. Homosexuality is not only a sin, but a crime under Islamic law; a crime punishable by death.  Regardless of the motive they are still Americans.
Barack Obama refused to identify the attack as an act of radical Islamic terror by denying the obvious fact that these killings were committed in the name of Allah. The American left will not acknowledge that Mateen was conducting jihad. As usual, liberals are blaming the NRA and  ignoring the fact that the shooter had called news outlets and 911 to brag about what he was doing! Obama claimed there was no direct link between ISIL and the Jihadist.  The constitutional scholar’s only solution was to call for gun control; never let a crisis go to waste after all.

Intelligence Failure from the Top 

This week, Obama boasted that ISIL's ranks are shrinking… Their morale is sinking. As one defender -- as one defector said, ISIL is not bringing Islam to the world and people need to know that. Thanks to international efforts, the flow of foreign fighters, including from America, to Syria and Iraq has plummeted. In fact, our intelligence community now assesses that the ranks of ISIL fighters have been reduced to the lowest levels in more than two and a half years.”

CIA Director John Brennan did not agree with Obama however, stating: "Unfortunately, despite all our progress against ISIL on the battlefield and in the financial realm, our efforts have not reduced the group's terrorism capability and global reach.” Brennan told congress: "In fact, as the pressure mounts on ISIL, we judge that it will intensify its global terror campaign to maintain its dominance of the global terrorism agenda.” (2) Even when the U.S. curtailed the group’s ability to raise money, ISIL still managed to fund its attacks by selling oil on the black market.
Director Brennen also stated: “ISIL has a large cadre of Western fighters who could potentially serve as operatives for attacks in the West."  He said “IS probably is working to smuggle them into countries, perhaps among refugee flows or through legitimate means of travel.” Brennan also noted “…the group's call for followers to conduct so-called lone-wolf attacks in their home countries.”  “Last week's attack in Orlando,” said Brennan, was a ‘heinous act of wanton violence’ and an ‘assault on the values of openness and tolerance’ that define the United States as a nation.”
So is ISIL in trouble or not? Director Brennen was under oath when he spoke of Lone Wolf attacks, making it at least somewhat more likely he was telling the truth. Most likely, the administration’s team of creative writers wrote the speech for Obama to present to lazy members of the press and low information voters.
Since Obama has a history of skipping daily intelligence briefings, it’s not unlikely that his staff makes certain that no bad news is presented to his royal highness. That makes it very easy for the Harvard Grad to ignore and then lie about the obvious.

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