Has Trump Done Some Homework Since The Hewitt Interview?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Remember the radio interview Donald Trump did with Hugh Hewitt?

Hewitt asked: “I’m looking for the next commander-in-chief, to know who Hassan Nasrallah is, and Zawahiri, and al-Julani, and al-Baghdadi. Do you know the players without a scorecard, yet, Donald Trump?”

“No. You know, I’ll tell you honestly, I think by the time we get to office, they’ll all be changed. They’ll be all gone,” Trump said. I thought at the time – hey – at least he’s honest. A slimy politician would have tried to bull crap his way through. It would not have worked on Hewitt.

So when, yesterday morning, I heard one of the Fox and Friends crew ask him what he would do about Russia, Syria and Assad, I didn’t hear what I expected, which was, “I make deals – great deals, and I’ll make a great deal with Putin – or something to that effect.

What he said was both intelligent and the truth, and void of his usual bombast. It appears maybe he did a little homework since the Hewitt interview.

The question was regarded Russia’s bombing in Syria and that Putin was supposed to be bombing ISIS, but it appears they are bombing the rebels – Assad’s enemies – the “moderates” the U.S. is supporting.

He said the U.S. has “no idea” when it comes to the identities of the various rebel groups in Syria. Trump said: “We don’t know who these rebels are. He said one of the generals he spoke to admitted “they don’t even know who they are we’re fighting for.” read more

Democrats: Hawks or Hypocrites?

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

The “Hawks” have aligned and are ready for war. All the administration heavy hitters have come out swinging. Throughout the halls of the White House and Congress there is a “Call to Action”.

 

Isn’t it great that progressives always want “action”, although it must be the correct action, as defined by them and must be action by those approved to act, also defined by them.

 

Yet less than a decade ago the Bush administration was warning us of Syria’s Assad. Strangely though, there was no “Call to Action”. The exact opposite, in fact.

 

Many of the same “Hawks” of today were “doves” not too long ago.

 

In 2005 then Senator Barack Milhouse Obama grilled ambassador John Bolton regarding Syria. Bolton was trying to warn us of Syria’s progress in developing WMD and that they would pose a threat to the Middle East region and beyond. read more

Obama: The Muslims Best Friend

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Yesterday The Blaze reported:

 

“Al Jazeera’s blog posted a story Monday featuring tweets from the Director of Research at the Brookings Center in Doha, Qatar, who reported that an Egyptian newspaper’s front page story claimed President Barack Obama is a member of the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

 

I for one believe it. Why? Because Hillary Clinton said so. “Viewership of Al Jazeera is going up in the United States because it’s real news,” Clinton said. “You may not agree with it, but you feel like you’re getting real news around the clock…”

 

The report continued:

 

“And if that weren’t enough, the newspaper also claims that President Obama’s half-brother Malik is allegedly an Al Qaeda activist.  It further alleges that the son of Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader Khairat al-Shater had threatened to expose a document revealing the secret membership.”

 

Experts say that the Egyptian populace is just acting out their frustration at the impression that the Obama administration is pro-Muslim Brotherhood.

 

Frustration or not, in my opinion he is indeed pro-Brotherhood. That appears rather obvious. Whether he is a member or not is immaterial. I strongly support many conservative groups efforts but I am not a member of them all. What’s the diff? (a little hipster lingo).

 

Is this the reason Obama is so fired up about attacking Syria and deposing Assad? As many have stated, myself included; Assad is a bad dude. So was Mubarak in Egypt and Gadhafi in Libya. But the region was at least relatively stable under these evil dictators. That was the evil we knew.

 

We now see a far worse and much more unpredictable evil.

 

Yet in the face of mounting evidence to the contrary, Obama, Pelosi, Kerry, McCain, Graham and a host of others insist we must attack Syria, for Assad clearly used chemical weapons, thus crossing the “red line”.

 

Yet Syrian “rebels” (al-Qaeda) admitted to an AP reporter that they, not Assad were responsible for the most recent release of chemical weapons. They also admitted blaming it on Assad. Have you heard anyone in the administration echo these findings, or even say they will look into it? Of course not. It doesn’t fit their template. They’ve boxed themselves into a corner with all their “tough talk”. Rather than take a step back with the release of this information, it’s full speed ahead. Playing right into the hands of the radical Islamic groups that seek to fill the void in Syria as they are attempting to do in so many other Middle Eastern countries.

 

There are increasing numbers of intelligence reports suggesting this. Among these is a claim by Saleh Muslim, head of an opposition party in Syria and no friend of Assad. He believes the chemical attacked was staged. It’s aim was to frame Assad and provoke and international response.

 

Will we ever learn? This whole mess sounds like a Serb/Bosnian redo. Remember the “ethnic cleansing” of the Bosnian Muslims and Croats in the ‘90’s? The Serbs were apparently wiping out the poor Bosnian Muslims. There was international outrage, which convinced president Clinton and a host of other dupes to “save the Muslims” from certain annihilation by waging war against the Serbs. That was lie as is the Syria situation.

 

It was the exact opposite. It was the Muslims who were cleansing Bosnia of the non-Muslim Serbs. Alija Izetbegovic, a leader of the Bosnian Muslims, perpetrated this lie.

 

Like all radical Islamists, he preached the creed of “Islamic Order”. He wrote: “…the Islamic Order, which is to say the union of religion and politics…has…consequences of a primordial practical importance, of which the first is the impossibility of confusing the Islamic Order with the non-Islamic systems. It is not in fact possible for there to be any peace or coexistence between ‘the Islamic Religion’ and non-Islamic social and political institutionsthe Islamic movement may, or rather should, begin by seizing power as soon as it possesses a good measure of moral and numerical strength, allowing it not only to overthrow the non-Islamic power, but also to establish the new Islamic power.”

 

Once again our leaders are being played for the fools they are, although I don’t know if Obama is a fool, a Muslim or Muslim sympathizer or all of the above. I do think we’re going to war…again.

The United States – Caliphate Enabler

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

“We have to do something!” regarding Syria. That’s the clarion call of both the right and left. It’s actually the call of the progressives for I hear few if any constitutional conservatives calling for action.

 

It’s like saying we have to do something to put out a wildfire and then throwing gasoline on it. That’s doing something, is it not?

 

Yet virtually every politician and pundit I see or hear insists we have to help. We can’t just stand by and do nothing. Assad has clearly crossed the “red line” with chemical weapon attacks and must be dealt with.

 

However, I personally have seen or heard no evidence that Assad is the one ordering the chemical attacks. Everyone is just assuming it must be his regime. It most likely is but if the Al Qaeda “rebels” had them, they would surely use them and blame Assad knowing the West would fall right in line. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit to find that Al Qaeda were the ones firing on the UN inspectors.

 

As an aside: I wonder where Assad got his WMDs? If you recall, during the run-up to the Iraq war, there were reports of Russian convoys leaving Iraq headed for Syria/Lebanon. Reports were that the trucks were loaded with WMDs and were eventually hidden in the Bakaa Valley, Lebanon that borders Syria. Could these be the weapons that Assad used? Just something to ponder.

 

Meanwhile, many in our government and the media are beating the drums of war – or at least a hefty American response, for progressives believe we are indeed the world’s police force.

 

Just as they think we can continue to spend money we don’t have domestically, they give no thought to involving us in every international conflict.

 

The American people aren’t as keen to involve the U.S. as say John McCain or Lindsey Graham. According to a Reuters poll, 60% of Americans polled want nothing to do with the attack on Syria, or any involvement whatsoever. 9% were in favor. I’m no fan of Reuters but I tend to believe this.

 

One poll respondent, a former military officer said: “the United States has become too much of the world’s policemen and we have become involved in too many places that should be a United Nations realm, not ours.”

 

Monday afternoon Sean Hannity weighed in on the subject. He said it would be like sitting back and watching thugs mug an old lady. He asked, “Would you just do nothing?”

 

I gotta tell ya. Hannity has all but lost me. It’s bad enough that he gives the likes of Karl Rove a platform on his show, but equating a mugging to this is a specious argument. One has nothing to do with the other.

 

When we get involved in these conflicts it inevitably ends up worse. Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Libya and now Syria. They are all now or will be worse off than before we “did something”.

 

Is this what Ben Franklin meant when he stated: “Wars are not paid for in wartime, the bill comes later.” Or John Adams prescient statement of the arrogance of power: “Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.”

 

Will we ever learn through conflict after conflict to just butt out?

 

I feel for the innocents in all the Middle East. Their lives revolve around one tragedy after another. But we as a nation must adhere to the Constitution. That document is, as were the founders, very specific about matters of war.

 

George Washington adamantly stated: “The Constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they shall have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure.”

 

If something is to be done, let Congress deliberate and authorize it, not President Cruise Missile.

 

As evil a human being as Assad is, just like Egypt and Libya, if he falls things will be much worse.

 

After that – watch for Iraq and Lebanon – they’re next.

 

Caliphate anyone?

Nothing to See Here

According to Western intelligence officials, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave the order to the elite Quds Force unit following a recent emergency meeting of Iran’s National Security Council in Tehran held to discuss a specially-commissioned report into the implications for Iran of the Assad regime’s overthrow.

Syria is Iran’s most important regional ally, and the survival of the Assad regime is regarded as vital to sustaining the Iranian-backed Hizbollah militia which controls southern Lebanon.

The report, which was personally commissioned by  Khamenei, concluded that Iran’s national interests were being threatened by a combination of the U.N. sanctions imposed over Iran’s nuclear program and the West’s continuing support for Syrian opposition groups attempting to overthrow the government.

Intelligence officials say the report concludes that Iran “cannot be passive” to the new threats posed to its national security, and warns that Western support for Syrian opposition groups was placing Iran’s “resistance alliance” in jeopardy, and could seriously disrupt Iran’s access to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

It advised that the Iranian regime should demonstrate to the West that there were “red lines” over what it would accept in Syria, and that a warning should be sent to “America, the Zionists, Britain, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and others that they cannot act with impunity in Syria and elsewhere in the region.”

Khamenei responded by issuing a directive to Qassem Suleimani, the Quds Force commander, to intensify attacks against the West and its allies around the world.

The Quds Force has recently been implicated in a series of terror attacks against Western targets. Last year U.S. officials implicated the organization in a failed assassination attempt against the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington. It was also implicated in three bomb attacks against Israeli diplomats in February, planning to attack the Eurovision song contest in Azerbaijan while two Iranians were arrested in Kenya last month for possessing explosives.

Intelligence officials believe the recent spate of Iranian attacks has been carried out by the Quds Force’s Unit 400, which runs special overseas operations.

“Unit 400 seems to have been involved in all the recent Iranian terrorist operations,” said a senior Western intelligence official. “The Iranian regime now seems determined to retaliate for what they regard as the West’s attempts to influence the outcome of the Syrian unrest.”

Iran has been actively supporting the Assad regime’s attempts to suppress the wave of anti-government protests that erupted in March last year. Iranian opposition groups claim teams of experienced Revolutionary Guard officers have been flying to Damascus on specially-chartered Iranian aircraft on a weekly basis to advise the Assad regime.

The extent of Iran’s support for the Assad regime was exposed earlier this month when 48 Iranians were captured and taken hostage by Syrian opposition fighters. The Iranians, who are said to include senior Revolutionary Guard officers, claimed they were conducting “reconnaissance missions”, and their capture by Syrian opposition fighters was deeply embarrassing for Tehran, which is demanding their immediate safe return to Iran. Syrian rebels have threatened to kill the hostages unless Iran ends its support for the Assad regime.

Attribution: UK Telegraph

Assad will Not Step Down

BEIRUT – Lebanon’s Hezbollah said on Friday that Arab and international efforts to end the conflict in Syria have moved away from demanding that Syrian President Bashar Assad steps down and now appear focused on achieving political dialogue.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, a key Assad ally, said that rebels who have fought a year-long campaign to oust Assad were incapable of toppling him and that the option of foreign military intervention in Syria was a “closed subject.”

Hezbollah has relied on Syria as a main political backer and is also accused of using the country as a transit point for arms sent from its main bankroller, Iran.

The group has backed Assad’s crackdown on a mostly Sunni-lead uprising, which both blame on foreign-backed militants.

“Some people talked about the political option,” Nasrallah said, “but with conditions that equalled the fall of the regime, for example for President Assad to step down. I think the international and regional political climate today has passed this phase.”

Arab states, split over how to deal with the crisis in Syria that threatens to inflame the region’s sectarian faultlines, appear to have backed off their demand that Assad step aside.

The rebels also appear to have lost ground in the past month to Assad’s forces, who have crushed several opposition strongholds through sustained shelling campaigns.

“The armed opposition is incapable of toppling the regime,” Nasrallah said. “Therefore betting on military efforts to topple the regime is a losing gamble and the burden is too great: more bloodshed and loss of life and property, to no avail.”

More than 9,000 people have been killed by Assad’s forces, according to the United Nations, while Damascus says it has lost around 3,000 police and security forces.

Syria’s uprising, which began as peaceful protests, has grown increasingly bloody in recent months as armed civilians and army defectors began to bring the fight to Assad’s forces. But they are heavily outgunned by Assad’s military machine.

Nasrallah said some Arab efforts, led by Saudi Arabia and Qatar, to demand Assad’s ouster appear to have been dropped.

He pointed to the backing by an Arab summit on Thursday for a peace plan by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan calling for a political solution to the crisis. Assad has said he accepts the plan but stipulates that the rebels must stop fighting.

Annan’s spokesman stressed on Friday that Assad’s forces should be the first to withdraw their troops and tanks, saying “the deadline is now”, but fighting continued.

Attribution: Jerusalem Post