Speaking before the Senate Armed Services Committee on September 16, the nation’s two top defense officials, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, presented a less-than-optimistic prospect of success for the Obama administration’s new strategy to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
The Obama administration has completed its second flip-flop on his Syrian war policy in just over a month with the admission by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey in U.S. Senate hearings that Obama would approve ground troops in Iraq and Syria on a “case-by-case basis.”
On September 14, North Korea’s Supreme Court convicted U.S. citizen Matthew Miller of committing “hostile acts” and sentenced him to six years of hard labor.
“[Miller] committed acts hostile to the DPRK while entering the territory of the DPRK under the guise of a tourist last April,” read a statement release by KCNA, the official North Korean news agency.
Even though the Obama administration’s previous unconstitutional support for jihadists and rebels in Syria empowered the “Islamic State” to begin with, the president announced on September 10 that his strategy to deal with the ISIS threat would be to provide still more weapons and training to Islamists. Without constitutional or congressional authority to do so, then, Obama is plotting to supposedly defeat jihadists and terrorists by arming and supporting what he refers to as “moderate” jihadists and terrorists. In reality, as has been documented by The New American and countless others, there is virtually no difference between the “moderate rebels” and the terrorists often referred to as ISIS or ISIL.
President Obama wants Congress to have a "buy in" to the plan for combating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant he will present to the nation in a prime-time address Wednesday.
The killers of Steven Sotloff were tipped off about the journalist's location by "so-called moderate" rebels in Syria for a cash reward, a spokesman for the family of the slain American journalist said Monday.
Continuing foreign entangling alliances are beginning to have unhappy consequences for the United States.