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CIA director Brennan admits ISIS was “decimated” under Bush, but has grown as much as 4,400% under nObama
Marc A. Thiessen
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 Too little, too late for Marty O? -   Baltimore Sun: “Trailing in polling and fundraising, Martin O'Malley's presidential campaign is shifting staff from its Baltimore headquarters to early primary states such as Iowa. The shift comes just days after O'Malley's performance at the second debate was widely praised. Yet his campaign has struggled to raise the money needed to mount a campaign -- reporting less than $1 million on hand at the end of the third quarter.” -Fox News
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 Petulant nObama Mocks GOP on Refugees  
In 2013, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev detonated two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring 264. The Tsarnaev brothers were Islamist radicals and "refugees." In July 2015, five military personnel in Chattanooga were murdered by Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez — an Islamist Palestinian immigrant. In other words, refugees and immigrants committing terrorism in the U.S. is not some theoretical hypothetical. It's already happened. It happened in Paris, too — at least one attacker was a Syrian "refugee."
          But that makes no difference to the man-child in the Oval Office. Rather than assaulting the Islamofascists who commit such heinous acts, he turned his rhetorical fire on Republicans. Again. Still.
          "I cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for ISIL than some of the rhetoric coming out of here in the course of this debate," nObama said of his plan to bring in the Islamic Trojan horse via Syrian refugees. "Apparently [Republicans] are scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America. At first, they were too scared of the press being too tough on them in the debates. Now they are scared of three-year-old orphans. That doesn’t seem so tough to me."  -The Patriot Post
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 hanoi-Kerry: There's 'Legitimacy' for Charlie Hebdo Attack  
Another chapter was written into hanoi-John Kerry's long history of anti-American and anti-Western thoughts and actions Tuesday, as he pontificated that there was justification for the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris earlier this year. Jihadists assaulted the satirical newspaper because its cartoonists drew caricatures of Mohammad. "There's something different about what happened from Charlie Hebdo, and I think everybody would feel that," hanoi-Kerry mused, piling on the insult by making these remarks from the U.S. embassy in Paris. "There was a sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of — not a legitimacy, but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, okay, they're really angry because of this and that. This Friday was absolutely indiscriminate. It wasn't to aggrieve one particular sense of wrong. It was to terrorize people. It was to attack everything that we do stand for." And somehow, free expression — the Liberty to level the pen against sacred cows — is not something the West stands for anymore?
          And another thought about this particular American in Paris. As an anti-war civilian in 1970, hanoi-Kerry met with the North Vietnamese delegation during the Vietnam War peace talks in Paris — something hanoi-Kerry has said was "borderline" legal. We think it was treason. He then came home and slandered American soldiers in Senate testimony. But by all means, let him represent our nation's interests abroad.
  -The Patriot Post
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 FBI braces for ISIS holiday terror attacks  
{JOHN SOLOMON} ~ In the wee hours of July 4, FBI counter-terrorism agents in the Boston area scrambled to thwart the last of a string of Islamic State terror plots they feared could be conducted during the patriotic holiday or soon after... Just weeks earlier, an agent and Boston officers had shot and killed an ISIS sympathizer on the same streets, right before he boarded a bus armed with a military-style knife and plans to attack cops and behead a woman. Now, an undercover operative set up a weapons buy on the streets with a young Massachusetts man, the son of a respected cop but now someone who had been radicalized by the Islamic State. Agents believed he was plotting to shoot or blow up students at an out-of-state campus with bombs laced with Styrofoam, which sticks to skin and worsens the burns…….        http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/nov/17/fbi-braces-for-isis-holiday-terror-attacks/
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 Marines Pushing For Faster F-35B Spares Acquisition..."  
{Megan Eckstein} ~ The Marine Corps aviation community is keeping busy preparing to send its first F-35B Joint Strike Fighters to Japan in January 2017... ensuring the training and logistics pipelines are ready for global deployment of the new plane, the deputy commandant for aviation told USNI News. The first F-35B squadron, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121, reached initial operational capability (IOC) in July and could, in an emergency, deploy overseas today. “if a contingency arose, and I’ve got an IOC squadron, I could put six or more F-35Bs on the [USS] Wasp and sail into harm’s way and do the job and basically do what our nation needs to do with a fifth-generation aircraft from a seabase, the first one ever,” Lt. Gen. Jon Davis told USNI News in an interview.
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 In Signal to China, nObama to Give 2 Ships to Philippines  
{Kathleen Hennessey and Josh Lederman} ~ With a towering warship behind him, President Barack nObama announced Tuesday that the U.S. will hand over two ships to the Philippine Navy to boost its maritime security capabilities... in a bid to show the U.S. and its allies won't be cowed by China in disputed waters far off its coast. nObama said the pair of ships -- one U.S. Coast Guard cutter, one research vessel -- were part of a broader American plan to scale up assistance to naval forces in Southeast Asia, where coastal nations feel threatened by China's aggressive moves to assert control over the South China Sea. nObama said the U.S. had an "ironclad commitment" to the Philippines -- a U.S. treaty ally -- and a mutual commitment to free and safe navigation at sea. "More capable navies, in partnership with the United States, are critical to the security of this region," nObama said as he opened a six-day tour of the Philippines and Malaysia. He said the ships would help the Philippines navigate and patrol its territorial waters.        http://www.military.com/daily-news/2015/11/17/signal-china-obama-give-2-ships-philippines.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+militarydotcom%2Fnavynews+%28Military.com+Navy+News%29
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 Will the West Start Fighting Terror the Israeli Way?  
{David Horovitz} ~ argues that, instead of condemning Israel’s highly effective counter-terrorism strategies—as Europe and the U.S. have done for decades—it would make more sense to emulate them... As bombers and gunmen targeted our buses and our shopping malls and our hotels and our colleges and our restaurants, we did two things that France, the U.S., and the rest of the free world will have to do if they want to defeat this latest, particularly despicable Islamist terror iteration: we learned how to reduce our vulnerability to terrorism, and we tackled the killers in their centers of operation. Shortsightedly, hypocritically, and abidingly, the international community, including most of the Western world, barely understood the need for the former strategy, and castigated us for the latter. We made it harder for terrorists to kill us by doing what those CNN experts are saying is impossible: yes, protecting all of our cafes, and restaurants, and shopping malls, and hotel entrances, and buses, and every other public place where our citizens gather, with barriers and metal detectors and security guards. 
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 The True Cost of Europe's Muslim "Enrichment" 
{George Igler} ~ The word "refugee" is a legal term, one defined by several international treaties... These documents brought the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) into existence, and sustain the relevance of the United Nations agency responsible for refugees to this day. The contents of these treaties, however, sit oddly with how the UNHCR has comprehensively sought to hoodwink the European public about the predominant status of the demographic influx into their continent this year. None of these documents -- the 1951 Refugee Convention; the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, or the EU's own Dublin Regulations -- grants the right of refugee status to those traversing several safe countries, and illegally crossing multiple borders, to shop for the best welfare state. Even a legitimate refugee from Syria now living, for example, in Turkey  or Lebanon, loses his refugee status by paying a people-smuggler to travel to Europe. According to international law, that refugee then becomes an "asylum seeker." Only when his asylum claim has been investigated and judged to be valid by a requisite domestic agency, is he once again a "refugee."       http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/6915/europe-muslim-enrichment
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 Hypocritical or Not, We can't admit Syrian refugees into the U.S.  
{Jeff Dunetz} ~ Speaking to the press on Monday, President nObama insisted that bringing in the Syrian refugees would continue and that any refusal to admit them into the U.S. would be “a betrayal of our values.”... Based on our history, nObama is lying. However, allowing refugees into the country is not an easy yes or no decision. Especially when one considers that the U.S.’ refusal to take in Jewish refugees during the Holocaust increased the death toll by hundreds of thousands. But in the end refusing to allow the Syrian refugees into the country is a different situation and we must keep them out for our children’s safety. Generally when we’ve accepted refuges into the United States it has been after the war was over for example Vietnam U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam War ended on 15 August 1973, but refugees from Vietnam did not come to the U.S. until after the fall ofSaigon in April 1995:
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 ISIS Terrorist Released in Plea Deal Months Ago in Illinois  
{Judicial Watch} ~ The Paris terrorist attacks bring to mind the frightening case of an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) operative arrested in Chicago last fall and released earlier this year to serve probation in Illinois for a state crime that secretly drew federal intervention... His name is Emad Karakrah, the ringleader of a sophisticated narco-terror operation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) facilitated his release from Cook County Jail in January. Judicial Watch uncovered Karakrah’s terrorism record and has reported extensively on his extremist activities, including a 2009 plot to bomb talk-show host Oprah Winfrey’s Chicago studios and the iconic Sears Tower. In late August of last year Karakrah was arrested after leading police on a high-speed chase through Chicago streets as an ISIS flag waved from his car. When Chicago Police finally stopped and arrested Karakrah, he told officers his car was rigged with explosives that would detonate if searched. Bomb disposal units secured the vehicle without incident, but Karakrah’s arrest helped expose a narco-terrorist network with roots and financing in El Paso, Texas.        http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2015/11/isis-terrorist-released-in-plea-deal-months-ago-in-illinois/?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Judicial%20Watch%20Tipsheet%20(28)&utm_content=
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 Is Hilly Running Out of Time?  
{americanactionnews.com} ~ The combined efforts of Barack nObama and Hilly Clinton to cover up illegal and illicit activity committed during her tenure as Secretary of State took another hit... this week as a federal judge ordered the State Department to publicly release 700 pages of documents from Clinton’s office the nObama administration sought to keep secret. Previous releases have uncovered potentially criminal activity ranging from an unsecured email server to sharing classified information on donors with the Clinton Foundation. “The order by Judge Rudolph Contreras pushed agency officials to finish searching documents from Clinton's time as secretary of State, including emails, memos and notes, by the end of the year, according to court documents obtained by the Washington Examiner,” the paper reports.       http://americanactionnews.com/articles/is-hillary-running-out-of-time
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 nObama refuses to give law enforcement info on Syrian refurees  
{Daniel Greenfield} ~ Two points here. 1. nObama Inc. is predictably refusing to slow down or stop Syrian migrant dumping in US states. Including those states which have said no to it... 2. nObama Inc. is refusing to even work with Democratic governors who are pro-resettlement, like Jerry Brown in California, to provide local law enforcement with information about risks.       http://www.frontpagemag.com/point/260828/obama-inc-refuses-give-law-enforcement-info-syrian-daniel-greenfield
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 nObama wants to defeat America, not ISIS  
{Daniel Greenfield} ~ Last year at a NATO summit, nObama explicitly disavowed the idea of containing ISIS. "You can't contain an organization that is running roughshod through that much territory, causing that much havoc, displacing that many people, killing that many innocents, enslaving that many women," he said... Instead he argued, "The goal has to be to dismantle them." Just before the Paris massacre, nObama shifted back to containment. “From the start, our goal has been first to contain them, and we have contained them,” he said. Pay no attention to what he said last year. There’s a new message now. Last year nObama was vowing to destroy ISIS. Now he had settled for containing them. And he couldn’t even manage that.
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CIA director Brennan admits ISIS was “decimated” under Bush, but has grown as much as 4,400% under nObama
Marc A. Thiessen
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        {aei.org} ~ In a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies yesterday, CIA director John Brennan made a startling admission: The Islamic State was “decimated” under George W. Bush and had just “700-or-so adherents left” following the surge in Iraq. Said Brennan: .
ISIS was, you know, pretty much decimated when US forces were there in Iraq. It had maybe 700-or-so adherents left. And then it grew quite a bit in the last several years, when it split then from al-Qaida in Syria, and set up its own organization.
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But in September 2014, a CIA analysis found that:
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ISIS can muster between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters across Iraq and Syria … This new total reflects an increase in members because of stronger recruitment since June following battlefield successes and the declaration of a caliphate, greater battlefield activity, and additional intelligence.
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     This means that, by the CIA’s own estimate, ISIS has grown on President nObama’s watch from just 700 fighters to between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters.
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That is an increase of between 2,700 and 4,400 %.
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     Moreover, Brennan tacitly acknowledged that the nObama administration had underestimated the ISIS threat. At CSIS, Brennan declared that:
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Not content to limiting its killing fields to Iraqi and Syrian lands, and to setting up local franchises in other countries of the Middle East, South Asia and Africa, ISIL has developed an external operations agenda that is now implementing … with lethal effect.
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     That now obvious assessment directly contradicts the assessment of ISIS’ intent and capabilities delivered by nObama administration officials just one year ago.
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     In August 11 2014, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes wrote in a White House blog post: .
While both al-Qaeda and the Islamic State are terrorist forces, they have different ambitions. Al-Qaeda’s principal ambition is to launch attacks against the west and US homeland…Right now, ISIL’s primary focus is consolidating territory in the Middle East region to establish their own Islamic State. So they’re different organizations with different objectives.
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     And in an August 8, 2014 interview with CNN, Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken declared that:
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Unlike core al Qaeda, right now, their ISIS’ focus is not on attacking the US homeland or attacking our interests here in the United States or abroad. It’s focused intently on trying to create a caliphate now in Iraq.
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     That was (obviously) wrong. The nObama administration failed to recognize that ISIS had developed the intent and capability to strike the West. It built its anti-ISIS strategy on a false premise – that ISIS was focused on building a caliphate in Iraq and Syria and not on carrying out external attacks against the US, its interests and its allies.
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     Sadly, this is not the first time the administration failed to recognize that a terrorist network had developed the intent and capability conduct external operations. In 2009, the nObama administration believed that al Qaeda’s Yemeni affiliate – Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) – was focused on regional attacks and had no interest in attacking the American homeland. Then, on Christmas Day 2009, they sent a terrorist with an underwear bomb to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight over Detroit.
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     The administration got lucky – the bomb malfunctioned. Had it not, hundreds of Americans would have been killed. But in the aftermath of that attack, the administration was forced to admit that it was caught by surprise and didn’t realize AQAP had developed the intent or capability to strike the American homeland. As a May 2010 Senate Intelligence Committee report put it, “Intelligence analysts were primarily focused on Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) threats to US interests in Yemen, rather than on potential AQAP threats to the US homeland.”
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     Now, when it comes to ISIS, they have repeated this mistake – this time at the cost of 132 innocent lives.
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