Arab Spring… Al-Qaeda Sends Jihadists to Libya to Fill Power Vacuum

Gateway Pundit:

Al-Qaeda has sent top jihadists to Libya to fill the power vacuum left after the Gaddafi regime was removed from power by Barack Obama and NATO.

CNN reported, via Weasel Zippers:

Al Qaeda’s leadership has sent experienced jihadists to Libya in an effort to build a fighting force there, according to a Libyan source briefed by Western counter-terrorism officials.

The jihadists include one veteran fighter who had been detained in Britain on suspicion of terrorism. The source describes him as committed to al Qaeda’s global cause and to attacking U.S. interests.

The source told CNN that the al Qaeda leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, personally dispatched the former British detainee to Libya earlier this year as the Gadhafi regime lost control of large swathes of the country.

The man arrived in Libya in May and has since begun recruiting fighters in the eastern region of the country, near the Egyptian border. He now has some 200 fighters mobilized, the source added. Western intelligence agencies are aware of his activities, according to the source.

Another al Qaeda operative, of dual European-Libyan nationality, was arrested in an unnamed country on his way to Libya from the Afghan-Pakistan border region.


Another Obama Chief Advisor Abandons Ship–Leaving Wake of Humor Behind

By: Jeffrey Klein, Political Buzz Examiner

Key White House personnel have been exiting the Obama administration with increasing regularity, putting great pressure on their ability to cast the exit interviews positively.

Today, the Associated Press exit interview of Melody Barnes, White House Chief Domestic Policy Advisor, was no exception, illustrating just how preposterous the spin can get–when one abandons the sinking Obama Ship of State.

As this is my last article of 2011, I’ve decided to change up the format, by extracting the main excerpts from the article, and then translate what I felt they really meant…or were trying to hide.

AP: Melody Barnes is leaving … at a time when President Obama’s administration is getting little notice for its work on the home front to fix the struggling economy.

JK: Obama and his army of czars and advisors (including Ms. Barnes), are receiving massive attention, as they are primarily responsible for exacerbating the struggling U.S. economy. The widespread anti-business rhetoric, inciting class warfare in wanting to raise taxes on millionaire and billionaire job creators, Obamacare, and a mountain of new regulations are increasing the cost of doing business in the U.S. and raising uncertainty.

AP: Barnes, who will be gone by Tuesday, is quick to point out that there have been many domestic achievements, even though the public is dissatisfied.

MB: “I completely understand what the American public is feeling,” she said in an interview in her tidy West Wing office. “Real people are hurting in a significant way. … At the same time, I’m proud of the things we’ve been able to accomplish over the last few years.”

AP: She tops that list with the early work to stabilize the economy, 21 months of consistent job growth and the president’s long-term investments in education overhaul, an area that became her specialty.

JK: Stabilize the economy? The $800 billion “stimulus bill,” which did not garner a single Republican vote, is viewed by the vast majority of Americans as a complete failure–true, because it added to our budget deficit and national debt, without creating a single job.

Consistent job growth over 21 months? Like Solyndra Solar, the ‘source of high-paying jobs in the future,’ where after just 18 months, 1,200 jobs vanished overnight, along with $535 million in taxpayer cash–with no measurable effect on unemployment.

Finally, “the president’s long-term investments in education overhaul,” highlights Obama’s lack private sector executive experience, rendering he and his administration incapable of creating private sector jobs–not focus on long-term education reforms.

AP: Barnes said, Obama also deserves credit for passage of a health care overhaul, legislation that she had worked on for eight years with [Edward] Kennedy (D-MA), the Massachusetts senator [who] spent his career trying to restructure health care.

JK: Trust me that Obama and the remaining Democrats are receiving the “exclusive” credit for Obamacare, which the majority of Americans roundly rejected from the start; this was a main component of the historic Democrat shellacking in 2010, and will take a leading roll in the presidential election in 2012.

In fact, the Democrats who are up for re-election all over the U.S., are distancing themselves from President Barack Obama and “their” hated healthcare reform law, just like their counterparts did during Jimmy Carter’s re-election bid in 1982—who is polishing up his “worst president in U.S. history” trophy to pass on to President Obama.

AP: There’s also the auto industry bailout, expansion of Pell grants to help fund college education, the end of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays and work to advance civil rights, she said.

JK: The majority of Americans were against the auto company bailouts. Expanding Pell grants was another useless microscopic distraction. So few gay people in the military rendered ”don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal irrelevant in the near term–except for a small, vociferous part of Obama’s very “anti-military” voting base. And, the last thing the U.S. needed was more “civil rights” activities.

Three years later, about 14 million Americans are still desperate to find a good paying job.

AP: She is considering offers in the private sector, but hasn’t disclosed what those are.

JK: She has seen the terrifying internal polling numbers, indicating a total federal government takeover by Republicans in November 2012, whose reduction in the size and scope of federal government, will eliminate her job, so she is abandoning the “Obama ship” while there is still time.

Upon closer scrutiny, Ms. Barnes was quoted so rarely, it seems as though she was merely a “stunt-double,” so the Associated Press could again act as a de facto White House Public Relations arm, by creating most of the [positive] content for Ms. Barnes exit interview article.

Copyright (c) 2011 by Jeffrey Klein


More of that Obama-backed “Arab Spring”: Egyptian Authorities Raid Offices of Pro-Democracy Groups

Hat Tip: BB

Freedom’s Lighthouse:

CBS NEWS: Egyptian security forces stormed the offices of 10 human rights and pro-democracy groups on Thursday, including several based in the U.S., accused by the country’s military rulers of destabilizing security by fomenting protests with the help of foreign funding.

The raids on 17 offices throughout Egypt are part of the ruling generals’ attempt to blame “foreign hands” for the unrest that continues to roil Egypt since the 18-day revolt that ousted longtime leader Hosni Mubarak in February, but that activists say failed to topple his regime.

Among the offices ransacked were the U.S.-headquartered National Democratic Institute, Freedom House and the International Republican Institute, which is observing Egypt’s staggered parliamentary elections.

The Obama administration demanded Egyptian authorities immediately halt the raids on non-governmental organizations (NGOs), saying they are “inconsistent” with long-standing U.S-Egypt cooperation.

The U.S. State Department called on the Egyptian government “to immediately end the harassment of NGO staff, return all property and resolve this issue.” Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the U.S. ambassador to Egypt and the top U.S. diplomat for the Middle East have spoken to Egyptian officials about the situation and “made very clear that this issue needs immediate attention.”

The raids on the NGOs were the first since Mubarak’s ouster, though Egyptian officials have been levying accusations for months that the civil society groups are serving a foreign agenda. . . . Read More


Ron Paul’s Words: Opposes Israel as Aggressors; Israel’s Arabs their Victims

By: Arlen Williams
Gulag Bound

Ron Paul on Gaza, “To me, I look at it like a concentration camp and people are making homemade bombs, and like they’re the aggressors?”

Paul went on to decry America’s support of Israel over the Arab League nations and lets slip his personal opinion that Israel is essentially the villain and that “Palestinians” are their victims.

Ron Paul at 2:04 in the recording, emphasis added:

You know, if Israel has a problem that they have to deal with, I don’t think it should be any of our business. It’s just that it’s our business and we will be blamed because we support Israel blindly, so, and we give them the money and we give them the weapons. That should be the contention that we approach here and Congress should know about and the American People should know about. And then, if I personally favor one side or the other side, it’s really pretty academic, because politically, I don’t want to be involved. I want to say ‘Well, you know I think the Palestinians have been ripped off and therefore all the blame is on Israel,” I’ve sort of stepped in a little bit more than I want to. I can have a personal opinion but politically, my position is that America would be much better off we we just minded our own business and of course I always tie this into the financial calamity that our foreign policy creates.

Reposted from Atlas Shrugs in its entirety. We doubt they will mind, for this short post of links and video.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Ron Paul on Iranian TV, 2009 Defends Hamas and Suicide Bombing, Bashes Israel

This interview with Iran’s state-run PressTV ran on January 5, 2009. Ron Paul says that the U.S. should stop supporting Israel, defends Hamas, excuses suicide bombing, and calls Gaza a concentration camp: “To me i look at it like it’s a concentration camp, and people are making bombs, like, they’re the aggressors?” (Video hat tip Jack)

Previously at Atlas:

Bolton: If You’re Thinking Of Voting For Ron Paul, ‘Think Again’

Ron Paul: U.S. Shouldn’t Have Fought Hitler Just to Save Jews From Holocaust

Ron Paul Walks Out On CNN Interview When Asked About His Newsletter Blaming Israel for 1993 WTC Attack

Ron Paul’s Racist Newsletters