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Let’s You and Him Fight

I don’t have Muhammad Ali’s rhyming ability—Thrilla in Manilla, Rumble in the Jungle.

So I suggest we call this little set-to Pound Sand:

Just ahead of the fourteenth anniversary of al Qaeda’s 9/11 attacks on the U.S., the leader of the terrorist group took aim in an angry speech at a mortal enemy — but not American “crusaders” this time. Rather, the object of his tirade was the leader of ISIS in a declaration of war that will “irreconcilably” divide the two terror groups in a way the U.S. may be able to exploit, experts say.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Egyptian doctor who replaced Osama bin Laden as the head of al Qaeda four years ago, in a new audio message accused ISIS top leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi of “sedition” and insisted the Iraqi terrorist recluse was not the leader of all Muslims and militant jihad as “caliph” of the Islamic State, as al-Baghdadi had claimed 14 months ago in a Mosul mosque.

“It’s pretty interesting,” said former National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen. “Zawahiri until now has not been willing to openly condemn Baghdadi and ISIS. It highlights how deep the division is between al Qaeda leadership and ISIS. It suggests that the differences are irreconcilable.”

In the new audio tape, which was released online Wednesday and accompanied by a still image or al-Zawahiri and text of his speech, the al Qaeda leader appeared to confirm that he had not directly addressed infighting among the jihadis of ISIS and al Qaeda’s Syrian wing, Jabhat al-Nusra or the al Nusra Front, for fear of legitimizing ISIS.

ISIS, formerly the al Qaeda branch in Iraq, split from the larger group two years ago. In the tape, al-Zawahiri complained that Baghdadi had ignored Muslims suffering in Gaza and in Pakistan.

“We preferred to respond with as little as possible, out of our concern to extinguish the fire of sedition,” Zawahiri explained, “but Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his brothers did not leave us a choice, for they have demanded that all the mujahideen reject their confirmed pledges of allegiance, and to pledge allegiance to them for what they claim of a caliphate.”

“Everyone was surprised” by Baghdadi’s declaration anointing himself the fourth caliph in Islamic history, Zawahiri remarked, saying al-Baghdadi had done this “without consulting the Muslims.”

After reading what al-Baghdadi—sorry, the Caliph—did to Kayla Mueller (which we need not upset you with here), we’re on Zawahiri’s side, in spite of 9/11. Better the devil you know.

Besides the devil has lost a bit of his fire:

Al-Zawahiri’s sour grapes speech, however, appeared to have been recorded last spring, analysts said, and reiterated past pledges of loyalty to Taliban leader Mullah Omar, who recently was confirmed dead by the Taliban. That appeared to mark a rare misstep for al Qaeda and al-Zawahiri, who once was able to leak his videotaped response to news events as quickly as one week later, but who now is in hiding with a $25 million U.S. bounty on his head.

Another hint was that Zawahiri also said he was looking forward to the new season of Falcon Crest.

There may be some benefit to the West here, but I’ll reserve judgement. ISIS is the strong horse now; Al Qaeda is ready for the glue factory. Have at it, fellas. The Damascus Ass Kick would be popcorn-worthy.


Ramadan Body Count Update

A week ago, we put on our green visors to count the corpses during this joyous holiday season. Our tally ran to 319 dead, 394 injured (some perhaps since dead).

Limber up those fingers, Bloodthirstani, as we tally the fatalities.

(Aside: We will not count deaths from ongoing wars, even as Muslims kill Muslims during the Holey month—sorry, Holy month. The conflicts predate Ramadan, and the body counts are unreliable.)


ISIS apparently launched simultaneous attacks Wednesday on Egyptian military checkpoints, reportedly killing 17 Egyptian soldiers and injuring 30 others.

The wave of violence comes after a spokesman for the Sunni extremist group urged followers to step up attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Egypt’s response:

The Egyptian army has killed not less than 70 suspected militants in a shoot out in North Sinai Friday, the state-owned MENA reported.

The security forces pursued and killed a number of “dangerous and high-profile militants” who were trying to escape after participating in the Wednesday simultaneous attacks on military and police targets in North Sinai and Sheikh Zuwayed that left dozens dead, security sources told Al-Ahram Friday.

The army has used mortars and helicopter gunships to pound and destroy the militants’ hideouts, the source said, adding that the army intends to expand its “proactive military operation” in Sinai until it achieves its objectives and the area is cleared of all “terrorist concentrations.”

In a statement of the armed forces aired on TV Wednesday, the army said more than 100 militants and 17 soldiers were killed during the simultaneous assaults on military checkpoints in North Sinai.

Let’s accept (as if we have a choice) the figure 117.


Four people were wounded in the attack, including one seriously. Two of the victims were evacuated to the Shaarei Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem, among them the seriously wounded victim and one more in light-to-moderate condition.

The terrorist attack in Shvut Rachel is the second attack in several hours. Earlier on Monday, an IDF soldier was wounded in a stabbing attack at Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem.

According to security sources, a female Arab terrorist arrived on Monday morning at the checkpoint adjacent to Rachel’s Tomb, located south of Jerusalem and adjacent to Bethlehem in Judea, where she stabbed a 25-year-old female IDF soldier who was manning the checkpoint several times in the neck.

One person died:

Malachi Moshe Rosenfeld, 26, was brought to rest Wednesday in his hometown of Kochav Hashachar, in the Binyamin region north of Jerusalem.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Malachi succumbed to wounds he sustained in a terrorist shooting attack near the village of Shvut Rachel the previous night.

Mauritania (yes, Mauritania):

Al-Qaeda’s North African franchise claimed responsibility for an ambush in Mali in which at least six United Nations peacekeepers died on Thursday, according to a news agency in neighbouring Mauritania.

Al-Akhbar, which regularly carries credible claims of responsibility by jihadist groups, said it had received a statement from Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) admitting the killing of “seven MINUSMA soldiers”.

That’s 7 more.


Rebel fire on a residential district of Yemen’s second city Aden killed at least 31 civilians Wednesday as loyalist forces in the central city of Taiz launched a manhunt for 1,200 escaped prisoners.

Both cities have seen heavy fighting as loyalists of exiled President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi battle to fight back Houthi rebels with the support of a Saudi-led bombing campaign launched in March.

The Saudi-Houthi thing predates Ramadan, but these were civilian deaths, so we’re gonna count ’em.

31 more.


An Afghan official says a nighttime Taliban attack on police checkpoints in the strategic Wardak province south of the capital, Kabul, has killed seven local policemen.


Suicide attackers Tuesday targeted foreign troops in Kabul and a police headquarters in restive southern Afghanistan, killing two people and wounding nearly 60, as the Taliban’s bloody summer offensive showed no signs of letting up.

A powerful blast echoed around the Afghan capital as a suicide car bomber hit a convoy of foreign military vehicles on the main road to the airport, around 500 metres (550 yards) from the US embassy, wounding at least 17 people.

Hours earlier at least two civilians were killed when a suicide truck bomb detonated at the gate of the police headquarters in Lashkar Gah, the capital of volatile Helmand province.

Tuesday’s violence came less than two days after 11 soldiers were killed in a Taliban ambush in the normally relatively peaceful western province of Herat.

I think that’s 15.

Of course, Muslim-on-Muslim murder in Syria and Iraq dwarfs anything we’ve counted so far.

What is it with Ramadan anyway?

Prof. Dr. Mordechai Kedar on Friday explained why the Muslim fast month of Ramadan has sparked a worldwide terrorism spike, in a special interview with Arutz Sheva.

Kedar noted that during Ramadan, the rituals of fasting and prayer bring many Muslims to feel closer to Allah.

I told you this was a blood sugar thing.

This is in stark contrast, he said, to how many rulers of Islamic countries took power, conducted themselves, or treated their people – and the leadership’s lack of adherence to religious law or lack of merciful rule often led to a sense of righteous indignation during Ramadan.

As a result, he said, there have been tensions between Muslims and leaders of Arab countries during the month-long holiday in many different periods of history.

“This is why, by the way, the Ottoman Empire in many places and at many times would announce the start of Ramadan in the morning, or at dawn, by the shot of a cannon,” Kedar noted.

Not only was it to notify the people of the beginning of the fast, he said, but “also to remind the people who is behind the cannon – and that they should be very careful not to say something against the ruler or especially to do something against the ruler.”

Kedar added that, today, Ramadan “adds to the religious adrenaline” of Muslim holy wars in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East, as well as the fervor of terror groups who vow to increase attacks on the West – and this “definitely motivates people to launch more attacks against the infidels and all those who are viewed as enemies of the Islamic world.”

I’ve grown tired of the whole exercise. If Muslims themselves can’t be bothered to care why they slaughter each other, especially during Ramadan, why should I give a crap?

But this is worth remembering:

“In Sinai there is a war, there is an all-out war,” he reflected, noting “this is not a new thing.”

“Sinai became a vacuum of lawlessness, and many jihadists came from Egypt and from other parts of the world into Sinai, found there a safe haven, and they are acting against the regime big-time,” he said. “The regime tried to ignore this for a long time – but when you ignore small problems, they become big problems.”

Ain’t that the truth.

PS: I did wonder aloud if the total would top 1,000. I don’t think that will be a problem (with two weeks to go), regardless of how or whom you count.

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Self-Loathing Muslims

Buried in a news story:

Last week, an Afghan Army corps spokesman told The New York Times that 10 Taliban fighters had been beheaded by ISIS fighters. Meanwhile, in eastern Libya, militants linked to Al Qaeda there declared holy war — or jihad — on the local ISIS affiliate after one of their senior leaders was killed Wednesday by masked gunmen. That sparked an hours-long battle in the coastal city of Darna that left 11 people dead on both sides.

It gets worse:

Al Qaeda is no longer a functioning terror group after being ripped apart by the rise of the Islamic State, the group’s two most prominent ‘spiritual leaders’ have admitted.

Speaking from Jordan, Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi – widely considered the world’s most influential jihadi ideologue – and Abu Qatada, said ISIS has drained Al Qaeda of finances and recruits.

With the group’s prestige and global influence having taken a serious pounding over the last two years, Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is only managing to keep Al Qaeda alive with desperate pleas for loyalty after being cut off by commanders, the two men confessed.

ISIS was, of course, once known as Al Qaeda in Iraq and for many years led the insurgency in that country under the banner of the Zawahiri and his predecessor Osama Bin Laden.

However ISIS always proved to be something of a thorn in the side of Al Qaeda’s leadership, continually refusing to respect the chain of command and displaying a level of brutality that angered Zawahiri to such an extent that he eventually severed ISIS’s affiliation with his terror group.

That move was taken as a declaration of war by ISIS’ leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who – upon declaring himself a caliph and his terror group a caliphate last year – has adopted a policy of considering anybody who does not declare their allegiance to his cause to be a mortal enemy.

ISIS hates Al Qaeda; the Taliban hate ISIS; Hamass hates Fatah; Islamic Jihad hates Hamass; Sunnis hate Shias; Hezbollah hates al-Nusra; Boko Haram hates Christians—another day in the caliphate!


Al-Qaeda In Syria Planning To Capture Damascus

Question: Who’s tougher, al-qaeda or ISIS?

The leader of al-Qaida’s Syria wing Nusra Front said his group was aiming to capture Damascus and the fall of Syrian President Bashar Assad would happen quickly.

Nusra Front has made gains in northwestern Syria alongside other insurgents in recent weeks, seizing the city of Idlib in March and the town of Jisr al-Shughour town last month, bringing them closer to the government-held coastline.

It is the most powerful faction in Syria opposing both Assad and Islamic State, an offshoot of al-Qaida. Both have been hit by US-led air strikes.

“We will continue our focus on Damascus and on toppling this regime,” Abu Mohamad al-Golani told news channel Al Jazeera in a rare interview aired on Wednesday. “I assure you, Assad’s fall won’t take a long time.”

He also said Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah, which backs Assad, knew its fate was linked to the Syrian leader and its efforts to save him were in vain

Oh,oh, wait… does this mean a summer war between al-qaeda and Hizballah (The Party of God)? BTL, let’s make popcorn! Or maybe we can project it onto the side of my house and roast marshmallows? I love marshmallows.

– Aggie


Did Bin Laden Live in Cambridge, MA?

I read the news at the time, and I’ve seen Zero Dark Thirty, but this sounds awfully familiar:

Osama bin Laden liked to read about the New World Order — a conspiracy theory that holds that a secretive, rich and powerful group wants to rule the world.

“It’s an interesting selection,” says Aram Sinnreich, media professor at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. “It’s far more political and economic than religious or ideological.”

Among the more mainstream choices were “Obama’s Wars,” written by the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and published in 2010, and “Oxford History of Modern War” by Charles Townsend, first published in 2000.

But Paul Kennedy, a professor of history and director of international security studies at Yale University, questioned whether bin Laden or someone in his group even bothered to read the book jacket before plunking down the cash. His book “The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers” was found in and around bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, where bin Laden was killed in a raid by U.S. Special Forces on May 2, 2011.

“It’s funny, really,” he said. “I bet one of bin Laden’s goons sent it to that bookshelf because of their eagerness about ‘American decline’ and never saw what it said about Arab religious fanaticism leading to their historical eclipse in the 16th century.”

Bin Laden also had a taste for the apocalyptic, including “The 2030 Spike: Countdown to Global Catastrophe” by Colin Mason. While Mason warns of depleted fuel supplies, population growth, poverty, climate change and international lawlessness, according to the book’s description on, he aims to provide a guide to a “peaceful and prosperous future.”

Another find, “Bloodlines of the Illuminati” by Fritz Springmeier, which, according to Amazon, gives “a devastating exposé” of the New World Order. Two books by Noam Chomsky were also found in his collection: “Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance” and “Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies,” which looks at subtle forms of ideological control.

William Blum, a vocal critic of U.S. foreign policy, wasn’t disturbed by learning that bin Laden had two of his books. In fact, bin Laden had previously mentioned one.

“In 2006, as you may remember, bin Laden appeared on an audiotape urging Americans to read ‘Rogue State,’” Blum said. “This made me an instant celebrity and I was all over the media, which before then, and since then, has ignored me.”

Blum’s latest book, “America’s Deadliest Export: Democracy: The Truth About U.S. Foreign Policy and Everything Else,” argues that U.S. foreign policy has been on “autopilot” since World War II.

Slate editor-in-chief Jacob Weisberg, appearing on a panel on MSNBC late Wednesday, took note of the irony that 9/11 conspiracy titles were on the shelves of “the one person who can’t be a ‘truther.’ ”

I would say Mohammed Atta is the one person who can’t be a “truther”. But I swear Osama sounds no different from most of the people I talk to, from the dog park to Whole Foods. Curiously, they all have trust funds too.

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Thoughts and prayers:

Dr. Warren Weinstein, an American aid worker held hostage by al Qaeda, was accidentally killed in a U.S. counter-terrorism operation, along with an Italian hostage and another American who was an al Qaeda leader, the White House announced on Thursday. Officials also announced that a separate operation killed Adam Gadahn, another American who became a prominent al Qaeda member.

The White House said it was unaware the four were present at the sites targeted.

This is a developing story. Check back for more details.

As long as Gadahn is still dead. Sorry about the others.


The Best Terrorists Money Can Buy

The US provided financial support to Al Qaeda. Imagine what Jon Stewart and Rachel Maddow would have said had they known what Bush was up to.

Not Bush?

Al Qaeda stockpiled weapons using covert CIA cash funneled to the murderous terrorist group by Afghan officials as part of a $5 million ransom for a hostage diplomat.

The U.S. intelligence agency remained clueless that some of its money went directly to the terrorists behind the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, The New York Times reported Saturday.

Afghan officials redirected the money to Al Qaeda from the monthly bags of cash delivered surreptitiously to the Afghan presidential palace, the Times reported.

The payoff allowed a reeling Al Qaeda to retrench and rebuild its weapons stockpile after a series of U.S. drone strikes wiped out the group’s top echelon.

A top Al Qaeda official also offered at one point to send some of the cash directly to World Trade Center attack mastermind Osama Bin Laden.

Osama bin Laden received letters from an Al Qaeda official which told him that the group got ‘a good amount of money this month,’ and was also offered some of the cash directly.

At the time of the spring 2010 ransom deal, the CIA was delivering as much as $1 million cash each month to officials in Afghanistan.

Those payments continued through 2014, according to the newspaper.

It’s true, dude. For about a year, until his untimely demise in May 2011, Osama bin Laden was on Obama’s CIA payroll.

A bitter pill indeed.

“God blessed us with a good amount of money this month,” Al Qaeda official Atiyah Abd al-Rahman wrote in a June 2010 letter to Bin Laden.

“We have also designated a fair amount (of money) to strengthen the organization militarily by stockpiling good weapons,” al-Rahman wrote in a letter shortly after the first $2 million ransom installment was paid.

Afghan diplomat Abdul Farahi was released in November 2010 after the full $5 million was paid.

Then what were we paying for all the way until 2014?

Don’t just gawp there like a gaffed fish. Somebody answer me!

Somebody else? Anybody else?

Maybe that’s that way it was, but not anymore.

The New York Times, to its credit, broke this story over the weekend (the dead of night in new terms). Will it survive into the new week? Will anyone touch it, pick it up and suckle it, nurture it to life and thriving?




Sorry to shout, but people need to hear this:

Both of the brothers, who were born in Paris to Algerian immigrants, were already known to French counter-terrorism authorities according to France 24.

Cherif was handed 18 months in prison back in 2008 for trying to fly to Iraq to join terrorist organizations there and take part in the fighting.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve on Thursday revealed that Cherif at the time was described by fellow aspiring jihadists as “violently anti-Semitic.” He added that Said, an unemployed resident of Reims, was known largely because of his involvement in his younger brother’s activities.

Cherif, a former pizza deliveryman, appeared in a 2005 French TV documentary on Islamic extremism.

Standard disclaimer: not all Islamic pizza deliverymen are terrorists, but some Islamic pizza deliverymen who are “violently anti-Semitic” are likely to become terrorists.

Do you want to stop terrorists before they attack? Look for the violent anti-semitism. Even if you don’t care about your Jews, France (those that remain), they are your canaries in the mineshaft. All that noise about les juifs being descendée from singes et porcs? That’s French for “you’re next”.

Me, je ne suis pas Charlie.

Je suis Dalal Mughrabi.

Can I get a do-over? I don’t want to be that skanky hag.

I want to be an angel.

Save yourselves, France (and Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, England, stop me when I reach Greenland). As the old saying goes: first they come for the Jews. You’re supposed to take that as a warning, not a tiding of great joy.


I Hope the War Against Ebola is Going Better Than the War Against ISIS

It couldn’t be going worse:

BEIRUT — The Obama administration’s Syria strategy suffered a major setback Sunday after fighters linked to al-Qaeda routed U.S.-backed rebels from their main northern strongholds, capturing significant quantities of weaponry, triggering widespread defections and ending hopes that Washington will readily find Syrian partners in its war against the Islamic State.

Moderate rebels who had been armed and trained by the United States either surrendered or defected to the extremists as the Jabhat al-Nusra group, affiliated with al-Qaeda, swept through the towns and villages the moderates controlled in the northern province of Idlib, in what appeared to be a concerted push to vanquish the moderate Free Syrian Army, according to rebel commanders, activists and analysts.

Other moderate fighters were on the run, headed for the Turkish border as the extremists closed in, heralding a significant defeat for the rebel forces Washington had been counting on as a bulwark against the Islamic State.

A Jabhat al-Nusra base was one of the first targets hit when the United States launched its air war in Syria in September, and activists said the tensions fueled by that attack had contributed to the success of the group’s push against the moderate rebels.

“When American airstrikes targeted al-Nusra, people felt solidarity with them because Nusra are fighting the regime, and the strikes are helping the regime,” said Raed al-Fares, an activist leader in Kafr Nabel, in Idlib.

“Now people think that whoever in the Free Syrian Army gets support from the U.S.A. is an agent of the regime,” he said.

Doing to the Syrian opposition what he did to health care.

Obama does so many stupid things—I mean really numb-skulled, moronic, imbecilic things—I’m beginning to wonder if he’s as smart as they’ve been telling us. I’m thinking not.

PS: Didn’t Harry Reid declare Bush’s war in Iraq “lost”, when it was shortly after won? Where is he now (but on his way out, on his ass)?


Another Reason To Hate The Military…

Some of them are talking about Benghazi

As usual, if you want to know what happened in the US, read the British press. We are such a banana republic.

Benghazi attack could have been prevented if US hadn’t ‘switched sides in the War on Terror’ and allowed $500 MILLION of weapons to reach al-Qaeda militants, reveals damning report
Citizens Committee on Benghazi claims the US government allowed arms to flow to al-Qaeda-linked militants who opposed Muammar Gaddafi
Their rise to power, the group says, led to the Benghazi attack in 2012
The group claims the strongman Gaddafi offered to abdicate his presidency, but the US refused to broker his peaceful exit
The commission, part of the center-right Accuracy In Media group, concluded that the Benghazi attack was a failed kidnapping plot
US Ambassador Chris Stevens was to be captured and traded for ‘blind sheikh’ Omar Abdel-Rahman, who hatched the 1993 WTC bombing plot

The Citizens Commission on Benghazi, a self-selected group of former top military officers, CIA insiders and think-tankers, declared Tuesday in Washington that a seven-month review of the deadly 2012 terrorist attack has determined that it could have been prevented – if the U.S. hadn’t been helping to arm al-Qaeda militias throughout Libya a year earlier.

‘The United States switched sides in the war on terror with what we did in Libya, knowingly facilitating the provision of weapons to known al-Qaeda militias and figures,’ Clare Lopez, a member of the commission and a former CIA officer, told MailOnline.

She blamed the Obama administration for failing to stop half of a $1 billion United Arab Emirates arms shipment from reaching al-Qaeda-linked militants.
‘Remember, these weapons that came into Benghazi were permitted to enter by our armed forces who were blockading the approaches from air and sea,’ Lopez claimed. ‘They were permitted to come in. … [They] knew these weapons were coming in, and that was allowed..

‘The intelligence community was part of that, the Department of State was part of that, and certainly that means that the top leadership of the United States, our national security leadership, and potentially Congress – if they were briefed on this – also knew about this.’

The weapons were intended for Gaddafi but allowed by the U.S. to flow to his Islamist opposition.
The Citizens Committee on Benghazi released its interim findings on April 22, 2014 in Washington. Pictured [at link] are (L-R) Clare Lopez, Admiral (Ret.) Chuck Kubic, Admiral (Ret.) James ‘Ace’ Lyons, former CIA officer Wayne Simmons and civil rights attorney John Clarke

‘The White House and senior Congressional members,’ the group wrote in an interim report released Tuesday, ‘deliberately and knowingly pursued a policy that provided material support to terrorist organizations in order to topple a ruler [Muammar Gaddafi] who had been working closely with the West actively to suppress al-Qaeda.’

‘Some look at it as treason,’ said Wayne Simmons, a former CIA officer who participated in the commission’s research.

Retired Rear Admiral Chuck Kubic, another commission member, told reporters Tuesday that those weapons are now ‘all in Syria.’
‘Gaddafi wasn’t a good guy, but he was being marginalized,’ Kubic recalled. ‘Gaddafi actually offered to abdicate’ shortly after the beginning of a 2011 rebellion.
‘But the U.S. ignored his calls for a truce,’ the commission wrote, ultimately backing the horse that would later help kill a U.S. ambassador.
Kubic said that the effort at truce talks fell apart when the White House declined to let the Pentagon pursue it seriously.
‘We had a leader who had won the Nobel Peace Prize,’ Kubic said, ‘but who was unwilling to give peace a chance for 72 hours.’

More at the link, including names and pictures of committee members. Then, take the Aggie Challenge! Go to the NY Times and the Washington Post and see if you can find any mention of this. BTW did you notice that those weapons are now in Syria? If this President and his administration had declared their intent to allow the murder of as many Muslim civilians as possible, they couldn’t have done a better job. How many have died in Syria? How ’bout The Arab Spring™? Libya? Various drone attacks on wedding and such-like. You can see why they might not care for us.

– Aggie


Why Now?

Maybe they can start with Detroit.

I mean because so many buildings need to be razed anyway! (Don’t be so sensitive.)


Al Qaeda is calling on terrorist affiliates to detonate car bombs in major U.S. cities, including New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, in the latest edition of its Inspire magazine.

The issue comes nearly a year after the Boston Marathon bombing, and as the city readies new security measures for this year’s race, being held next month. Inspire is the same magazine that included instructions for how to make pressure cooker bombs, which were used in last year’s Boston attack.

The magazine’s Spring 2014 issue urges jihadists to target heavily populated events such as political rallies and sporting events, both in the United States and abroad — including in Great Britain, France and other “crusading” countries.

And they offer this advice:

“Disguise yourself during the operation, appear fat (add some clothes on you), change your complexion, be a ‘clone’, use any mask (believe me embarrassment is the last thing you will think about), wear a mask suitable for the festival, white beards on 25th Dec,” it reads. “All in all, be creative brother. The most important part to hide is your eyes and around.”

Be fat and grow a beard…say, you don’t suppose…

PS: To return to the question in the title, Al Qaeda has been after us for 23 years, since Bush 41 put profane American boots on sacred Saudi ground in January 1991. Since him, we’ve had Clinton, Bush 43, and now Obama. So, why call out for such indiscriminate bloodshed in American cities now, under Obama? I don’t really have an answer, but it surely suggests a confidence they didn’t have before.


More Obama Foreign Policy Successes

Remember Libya?

Western countries voiced concern on Thursday that tensions in Libya could slip out of control in the absence of a functioning political system, and they urged the government and rival factions to start talking.

Two-and-a-half years after the fall of former leader Muammar Gaddafi, the oil-rich North African state is struggling to contain violence between rival forces, with Islamist militants gaining an ever-stronger grip on the south of the country.

“The situation in Libya is very worrying,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters on the margins of a conference in Rome to discuss the Libyan crisis.

He said the uncertain security position, especially in the south, worsened an unstable political situation which required Libyan political forces to come together to reach a solution.

“We are asking the Libyans to talk to each other and to find a stable solution,” he said.

Just to refresh our memory, Obama invaded Libya in support of the “rebels” and Moammar Khadafi was killed. Now there is no leadership in Libya and Obama and our State Dept. are silent. Are we intentionally trying to establish al-qaeda across the Middle East? I would also point out that this article fails to mention the US military action in Libya.

– Aggie


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