Obama’s Analysts:Oops! We Put Muslim Radicals in Charge of Libya

Obama’s Analysts:Oops! We Put Muslim Radicals in Charge of Libya

Ben Johnson,The White House Watch

Even as the Obama administration celebrates the
killing of American-born
al-Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki and his
traitorous friend Samir Khan
in Yemen,its analysts are beginning to admit
their war by decree
in Libya
empowered Islamic extremists bent on exporting jihad
throughout the region. Thanks to Obama’s policies,al-Qaeda-linked radicals may
be pillaging Muammar Qaddafi’s stockpile of weapons and receiving shipments of
contraband from overseas.

In the closest thing to an admission Obama
administration figures lied us into war,Reuters reports:

During the half-year campaign by rebels to drive Muammar Gaddafi from
power,U.S. and NATO officials downplayed fears that al Qaeda or other militants
would infiltrate anti-Gaddafi forces or take advantage of disorder to establish
footholds in Libya.

Since then,however,the assessment of top experts inside the U.S. government
has sharpened.

Former CIA asset and Obama adviser Bruce Riedel summarizes,“There is a great
deal of concern that the jihadi cadre now are going to be exporting
their ideas and weapons toward the east and west.”

This author reported
the cause of their alarm a month ago. The National Transitional Council
(NTC),the body the United States now exclusively recognizes as the official
government of Libya,elected
Abdel Hakim Belhaj commander of the Tripoli Military Council in late August.
Belhaj is the co-founder of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG),which the
State Department designated a foreign
terrorist organization
in December
2004
. The New York Times relates
that LIFG members received “combat experience in Iraq or Afghanistan” —fighting
the United States. Belhaj,who met
Osama bin Laden twice
,now commands 8,000
troops
,Libya’s largest fighting force.

U.S. analysts,who covered up the links the “rebels”have to Islamic
fundamentalists,now worry Belhaj and his LIFG warriors have raided Qaddafi’s
arsenal,despoiling it of anti-aircraft weapons that could one day be turned
against U.S. or NATO planes.

The radicals may not need Qaddafi’s weapons,as other nations in the area are
reportedly replenishing their cache. Rebels in the city of Zintan intercepted a
cargo shipment to Belhaj from the nation of Qatar,which Belhaj insisted
contained food and milk. Those who opened it say it contained weapons. Taking
note of the interference Mohamed Benrasali,a leading figure in the Libyan
government,replied,“We are very sorry the Qataris have taken the decision to
support Belhaj’s brigade. This will backfire on our Qatari friends.”

Despite Benrasali’s tough talk,one suspects the fire will aimed in his
direction.

Qatar was influenced to support the rebels by Sheik Ali Salabi,a Libyan
Islamic scholar who lives in the monarchy….

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Roseanne Barr: Behead Bankers, Rich Who Won’t Give Up Wealth

Roseanne Barr: Behead Bankers, Rich Who Won’t Give Up Wealth

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Actress, comedienne and now author Roseanne Barr shares her solution for dealing with the rich and how the banks could repay the money the U.S. government bailed them out with in 2008.

“Part of my platform is, of course, the guilty must be punished and that we no longer let our children see their guilty leaders getting away with murder. Because it teaches children, you know, that they don’t have to have any morals as long as they have guns and are bullies and I don’t think that’s a good message,” Barr told Russia Today (RT).

“I do say that I am in favor of the return of the guillotine and that is for the worst of the worst of the guilty.

“I first would allow the guilty bankers to pay, you know, the ability to pay back anything over $100 million [of] personal wealth because I believe in a maximum wage of $100 million. And if they are unable to live on that amount of that amount then they should, you know, go to the reeducation camps and if that doesn’t help, then being beheaded,” Barr said with a straight face.

U.S. met with Egypt Islamists: U.S. diplomat (Muslim Brotherhood)

U.S. met with Egypt Islamists: U.S. diplomat (Muslim Brotherhood)

6:39am EDT

By Edmund Blair

CAIRO (Reuters) – U.S. officials have met members of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party, a U.S. diplomat said, after Washington announced it would have direct contacts with Egypt’s biggest Islamist group whose role has grown since U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak was ousted.

Washington announced the plans in June, portraying such contacts as the continuation of an earlier policy. But analysts said it reflected a new approach to the way it dealt with a group which Mubarak banned from politics.

The Brotherhood is one of Egypt’s most popular and organized groups, with a broad grassroots network built up partly through social work even in Mubarak’s era.

The contacts may unsettle Israel and its U.S. backers. The Brotherhood renounced violence as a means to achieve political change in Egypt years ago. But groups like Hamas, which have not disavowed violence, look to the Brotherhood as a spiritual guide.

Under the previous policy, U.S. diplomats were allowed to deal with the Brotherhood’s members of parliament who had won seats as “independents” to skirt the official ban. This offered a diplomatic cover to keep lines of communication open.

“We have had direct contacts with senior officials of the Freedom and Justice party,” the senior diplomat told Reuters, referring to the Brotherhood’s party that was founded after politics opened up following the ouster of Mubarak.

The diplomat said U.S. officials did not make a distinction between members of the Brotherhood or its party. “We don’t have a policy that makes a distinction, that one or the other is off limits,” he said, without saying when the meetings took place.

The diplomat was responding to a question about whether any meetings had occurred, after Freedom Justice Party Chairman Mohamed Mursi told Egypt’s Al-Dostour newspaper last week that U.S. officials had not made contact since the policy shift.

Speaking to Reuters on Sunday, the party deputy head Essam el-Erian also denied any meetings had taken place with U.S. officials when asked about the diplomat’s comments.

It was not immediately clear why the two sides gave different accounts.

“HIGH-LEVEL” MEETINGS

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked in an interview broadcast on Saturday with Egypt’s Al-Hayat television whether Washington would be ready to work with a future government that included members of the Brotherhood.

“We will be willing to and open to working with a government that has representatives who are committed to non-violence, who are committed to human rights, who are committed to the democracy that I think was hoped for in Tahrir Square,” she replied, according to a U.S. transcript.

Under the former Egyptian president, the Brotherhood was banned and its members often detained. Mubarak often presented himself as the bulwark preventing Egypt’s slide into Islamist hands, an approach that analysts said help secure him backing from Washington and other Western powers wary that Egypt could turn into another Iran or Gaza.

The group took a backseat in the early part of the anti-Mubarak uprising, which was broadly led by youth groups who put national concerns above religion. But the Brotherhood and its party have taken a increasingly prominent role since.

The diplomat said the U.S. contacts had been with “high-level” members of the Brotherhood’s party but did not give names. From the U.S. side, he said the contacts were not at ambassadorial level but he did not give further details.

“We had occasionally had these contacts in the past … The difference is in the past we had seen parliamentarians,” he said.

Egypt’s parliament was dissolved after Mubarak’s fall. Fresh elections for the lower house are due to start in November, with a vote for the upper house early next year.

The Brotherhood is expected to perform well in the vote, although many analysts expect a fairly fragmented parliament with no single unified voice emerging.

The diplomat said contacts with the Brotherhood were part of an bid to understand Egypt better and explain U.S. policies.

“From our perspective it is important to be in touch with all of the emerging political forces here in Egypt, across the board, that are peaceful and committed to non-violence,” he said.

“It helps to understand Egypt and the way the political system is developing, and it helps us to deliver our message and get them to understand where we are coming from,” he added.

(Additional reporting by Tamim Elyan; Editing by Rosalind Russell)

Showing some spine, Congress blocks $200 million in aid to Palestinians

Showing some spine, Congress blocks $200 million in aid to
Palestinians

Rick Moran

Why reward Abbas for refusing to
negotiate and use the UN to end run the peace process?

The
Independent:

The United States Congress has
blocked nearly $200m in aid for the Palestinians, threatening projects such as
food aid, health care, and support for efforts to build a functioning
state.

The decision to delay the payments
runs counter to the wishes of the Obama administration and reflects
Congressional anger at Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s so far unrealised
pursuit of Fatah-Hamas reconciliation and statehood recognition at the UN.

The freezing of the funds, which were
to have been dispersed in the US fiscal year that ends today, is the most
tangible sign yet of the seriousness of Congressional leaders’ threats of an
even wider halt to funding in the coming year if Mr Abbas continues with his
actions at the UN. It was strongly condemned yesterday by the Palestinian
Authority.

There have been persistent demands in
Congress to withhold up to $600m – the average amount given by the US in
bilateral assistance to the West Bank and Gaza every year since 2008 – in the
next financial year over the issue.

The administration remains, as does
Congress, opposed to the Palestinians’ application for full UN membership, which
Mr Abbas submitted last week. But it argues that assistance to the Palestinian
people is what a US official described as “an essential part of the US
commitment to a secure future and two-state solution for Palestinians”.

Nonsense. What will secure a future
two state solution is Hamas and Fatah recognizing Israel’s right to exist as a
Jewish state within secure borders. Accepting anything short of that would be
suicide for Israel. If the US Congress can pressure the Palestinians to
recognize reality and negotiate in good faith on those terms, they would have
advanced the peace process.

Also, the fact that the Palestinians
passionately hate America makes it a little odd that they would object to the
cut off. I would have thought they would be dancing in the streets – just like
they did after the towers fell on 9/11.

 

Michelle’s photo-op at Target store was staged

Michelle’s photo-op at Target store was staged

Rick Moran

It turns out that the AP photographer
who snapped the photos was tipped off that Michelle Obama would be at the store,
according
to Yahoo:

Looks like Mrs. Obama’s security
threw on their street clothes to blend in because no suits with earbuds were
spotted in the store.

Right outside of D.C. in Alexandria,
VA, FLOTUS decided to grab a few things for 30-40 minutes with her assistant at
the local Target. She was dressed in a floral button down, black pants, a Nike
baseball cap, and shades. But of course, she was still somewhat noticeable. The
Associated Press reported that Secret Service arrived 30 minutes before her and
blended with the other customers. The only person who recognized the First Lady
was her cashier!

In case you’re wondering if it was
really her, the White House confirmed it this afternoon
saying,

“It is not uncommon for the First
Lady to slip out to run an errand, eat at a local restaurant or otherwise enjoy
the city outside the White House gates,” said Kristina Schake, communications
director for the First Lady.

CBS News reports the pics
were snapped by an Associated Press photographer who says he was tipped off that
she would be there.
(emphasis
added).

The fact that the White House tipped
off a well known photographer about the “shopping trip” gives the lie to the WH
statement that the First Lady likes to “slip out to run an errand.” Stage
managing this Precious Moment of supposed normalcy will do little to change the
perception of the First Lady that she is a luxury loving social climber who
looks down on the rest of us.

HT: Gateway
Pundit