Obama and his long dirty little fingers in Yemen

Obama’s Arab Spring policies have really borne fruit, no? The US and the Saudis pressured dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh to resign in November 2011, as part of the efforts by the White House to clear the decks in the region with the so-called Arab Spring. Saleh had survived for 30 years by playing both sides of the Shi’a/Sunni divide, which the weak successor government couldn’t accomplish. (Above from HotAir)

While our State department was looking the other way, Iran moves on into Yemen. Looking back on earlier posts, it didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that Yemen was headed down the tubes. Even worse, the media turned a blind eye to the Executive Orders by our imperial President. Just a few months ago, Obama was touting Yemen as a success story. Yet all one had to do is check out the internet for the real news. Here are a few memories just for the record. I am including links to earlier posts. This says it all, all part of the so called Arab Spring.

April 4, 2011

SANA, Yemen — The United States, which long supported Yemen’s president Saleh, even in the face of recent widespread protests, has now quietly shifted positions and has concluded that he is unlikely to bring about the required reforms and must be eased out of office, according to American and Yemeni officials.

Published on Sep 11, 2014

[HOT NEWS] Obama’s critics dismiss Yemen, Somalia airstrikes as model to fight ISIS – Sept 12, 2014

When President Barack Obama said that U.S. strategy to combat the terror group ISIS could follow the models of strikes in Yemen and Somalia, it drew a swift rebuttal from some top Republicans.

Obama signed Executive Order, gags press coverage of Yemen

An Executive order seeks to punish U.S. citizens even for “indirectly” obstructing dictatorial rule in Yemen. First the news:

Turmoil Over Video Spreads to Yemen  New York Times

Witnesses said Yemeni security forces had tried to disperse a crowd at the fortified embassy compound. But protesters broke through an outer perimeter protecting the embassy, clambering over a high wall and setting fire to a building. They were forced to retreat after trying to plunder furniture and computers.

The protests came hours after a Muslim cleric, Abdul Majid al-Zandani, urged followers to emulate the protests in Libya and Egypt, Sana residents said.

Now, An Executive order seeks to punish U.S. citizens even for “indirectly” obstructing dictatorial rule in Yemen.

There seems to be little question that the Obama administration is devoted to imposing dictatorial order on Yemen through the use of force and liberty abridgment. As Scahill previously reported, Obama has played a direct personal role in the ongoing imprisonment of a Yemeni journalist who committed the crime of documenting the large number of civilian deaths from a U.S. cluster bomb attack on his country as well as exposing the joint lies of the Yemeni and U.S. Government. The latest U.S. drone strike in Yemen yesterday, even according to Yemeni officials, killed more civilians than alleged “militants.” The bombing campaign in Yemen now increasingly resembles the one conducted in Pakistan, though Yemen saw more drone strikes this month than any previous month in Pakistan.

President Obama issued an executive order last May giving the Treasury Department authority to freeze the U.S.-based assets of anyone who “obstructs” implementation of the administration-backed political transition in Yemen.

The unusual order, which administration officials said also targets U.S. citizens who engage in activity deemed to threaten Yemen’s security or political stability, is the first issued for Yemen that does not directly relate to counterterrorism.

In other words, the U.S. Government will now punish anyone who is determined — in the sole discretion of the U.S. Government — even to “indirectly” obstruct the full transition of power to President Hadi. But what if someone — a Yemeni or an American — opposes Hadi’s rule and wants to agitate for a real election in which more than one candidate runs? Is that pure political advocacy, as it appears, now prohibited by the U.S. Government, punishable by serious sanctions, on the ground that it “obstructs” the transition of power to Hadi? Can journalists who report on corruption or violence by the Hadi regime and who write Op-Eds demanding a new election be accused, as it seems, of “threatening Yemen’s political stability”

Previous posts that may be of interest:

Obama’s war in Yemen decends into hell without comment October 15, 2012

Obama waives prohibition on child soldiers: While Michelle is worried about our kids and their exercise and caloric intake, her husband dearest signs an Executive Order for Africa to send their kids to war. Water boarding bad, killing kids good. Typical Progressive logic. The President has taken it upon himself to waive the sanctions against countries using child soldiers. The Child Soldier Protection Act was originally passed in 2008 by Congress-but he just waives it.

”I hereby determine that it is in the national interest of the United States to waive the application to Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, and Yemen of the prohibition in section 404(a) of the CSPA”. So children, it’s off to war you go.

US declassifies military attacks in Yemen, Somalia June 18, 2012 — bunkerville

U.S. Special Forces Being Deployed to Protect “Security” of Yemen May 18, 2012

Obama makes it illegal for U.S. citizens to criticize the government of Yemen. May 17, 2012

Boy-King Obama says, Bye Bye to Yemen’s Saleh April 4, 2011

SANA, Yemen — The United States, which long supported Yemen’s president Saleh, even in the face of recent widespread protests, has now quietly shifted positions and has concluded that he is unlikely to bring about the required reforms and must be eased out of office, according to American and Yemeni officials.

State Department Using ‘Diversity Visas’ to Encourage Immigration to U.S. from Terror-Ridden Yemen January 5, 2010

 

Al Jazerra E-Mails show contempt for French murder victims

Through the years I have done numerous posts concerning the administration’s determination to have Al Jazerra fill our homes via cable T.V. with their often anti-Israel pro Islamic rhetoric. While other countries are kicking them out, Egypt for one, we embrace the enemy. Even worse, our State Department under the leadership of Hillary Clinton demonstrated her naiveté at the least. Now we hear how Al Jazeera thinks about the latest terrorist attack in France. I include a few snippets of earlier posts just for a refresher. Here we go:

While citizens around the free world embraced the mantra “Je suis Charlie” to show solidarity with the murdered employees of a French satirical magazine, a top editor at a Muslim-owned news organization had a different message for his colleagues: “We are Al Jazeera.”

A leaked email from Al Jazeera English Editor and Executive Producer Salah-Aldeen Khadr used the twist on a viral phrase used around the world to show support for victims of Wednesday’s Islamist terror attack on Charlie Hebdow in Paris. The magazine was targeted for its penchant for publishing forbidden caricatures of Prophet Muhammed, which it did in addition to poking fun at other religions.

“Was this really an attack on “free speech?” Khadr asked his subordinates in the email blast. “Who is attacking free speech here exactly?

“Defending freedom of expression in the face of oppression is one thing; insisting on the right to be obnoxious and offensive just because you can is infantile,” wrote Khadr, quoting Time magazine, as he urged Al Jazeera staffers to consider that “I am Charlie” is an “alienating slogan – with us or against us type of statement – one can be anti-CH’s racism and ALSO against murdering people.”

Keep reading…

Uploaded on Mar 3, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday.

“Viewership of Al Jazeera is going up in the United States because it’s real news,” You may not agree with it, but you feel like you’re getting real news around the clock instead of a million commercials and, you know, arguments between talking heads and the kind of stuff that we do on our news which, you know, is not particularly informative to us, let alone foreigners.”

Al Jazerra calls West’s action ‘A new crusade’ against ISIS’ September 29, 2014

Via JPost:

Mansour accused the “extreme Right” in Britain of “corresponding” to the Islamic State in terms of extremism.

And just as US president George W. Bush referred to the war on terror as a “crusade,” it is clear now that “the story is not the Islamic State, but the real story is what is happening is a new crusade dressed in new clothing,” he wrote

Egypt kicks out Al-Jazeera, U.S. embraces news source   July 12, 2013

Every good organizer knows that control of the media is paramount. The good news is that Egypt has had enough of Al-Jazeera.

In the U.S., Soledad O’Brien and other journalists have flocked to Al Jazeera,  but in the Middle East, the network  for the past week has been facing a  major challenge to its credibility  including mass staff resignations, a  raid of one of its offices, its reporters  kicked out of a news  conference by fellow journalists, and the arrest of some  of its staffers  by Egyptian security forces.

The dramatic developments are the  result of widespread perceptions in Egypt  and in the Arab world that Al  Jazeera has shown a pro-Muslim Brotherhood slant  in its reporting.

Obama urges Cable Companies to Carry Al-Jazeera? even though there is no question that they support the Muslim Brotherhood? That they are anti-American? Anti-Israel?

AJE’s battle with the cable carriers is major news in the Middle East. Not carrying the network sends a message to the Arab world about America’s unwillingness to accept information, unfiltered, from the very region we spend so much time talking about.

Al Jazeera America Pitches Cable – Plans To Become A “Voice Of The Voiceless”

The news channel backed by the government of Qatar plans to launch late August following its $500M acquisition of Al Gore’s Current TV.

Al-Awalaki Praises Al-Jazeera, Wikileaks and Media Jihad

In his latest message to the world, Al-Awlaki defends the journalists of one such “trustworthy” Muslim source, Al-Jazeera, and praises the Western media source WikiLeaks. The message, a six-minute video of his speech “A Message to the Members of the Media,” was released February 14, 2011 by the jihadi forum Shumukh Al-Islam.[4] In it, Al-Awlaki also accuses the U.S. and the West of using liberty and freedom of expression as a pretext to take over the world’s resources and treasures, and to oppress and deprive people of their rights. He said that whenever anyone tries to expose “the truth about the U.S. and its agents,”

 

No strategy from Pentagon before WH went to war with ISIS

If this story is true, and no matter what our political stripes are, we can only pray that this story from Breitbart is not true. For if it is, then we have a match to rival most despots known to mankind. Forget the so-called “Kill List” that is reported that Obama maintains, but now we are going to war without any strategy? I usually like a Sunday post be on the lighter side, but this is worthy of our attention. Here we go:

As of the end of August, there was no communication between the White House and the Pentagon concerning a strategy to fight the Islamic State, the Department of Defense (DoD) said in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Not only did the president not have a strategy, as he candidly admitted on August 28, the White House did not talk about developing a strategy with his Defense Department prior to launching airstrikes against ISIS targets in Iraq on August 8.

This contradicts comments by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest trying to explain Obama telling reporters on August 28, “We don’t have a strategy yet.”
The White House attempted to blame the Pentagon for delaying the development of a strategy.

On August 29, Earnest insisted that what Obama meant is that he was then-waiting for the Pentagon to make recommendations on what to do.

“The Pentagon is developing plans or military options for the president to consider if he decides that it’s necessary to do so,” he said. “But at this point, the president hasn’t made any decisions and hasn’t ordered any military action in Syria.”

Keep reading…

Kerry: ‘Bible commands we protect Islamic countries from Global Warming’

We haven’t heard much from Lurch lately. Here is a reminder he is on the job. He still cannot get off the Climate Change meme. Now we are going to save the Islamic countries as well. Swell. The world must think we are totally off our rocker.

 

Kerry

Wednesday at a ceremony to appoint Texas lawyer Shaarik Zafar to be special representative to Muslim communities, Secretary of State John Kerry said it was the United States’ Biblical “responsibility” to “confront climate change,” including to protect “vulnerable Muslim majority counties.”

Kerry said Scripture, in particular the Book of Genesis, make clear it is our “duty” to protect the planet and we should look at Muslim countries “with a sense of stewardship of earth,” adding, “That responsibility comes from God.”

Video here…

H/T: Weasel Zippers

May the Knights Templar rise again.

Sunday’s respite. Time for the Knights Templar to rise again and fight to triumph over evil once again. Prayers for all those who are suffering under persecution of their faith.

Come, my brethren! Take courage and stand beneath our banner! The darkness closes in, and we are the only true defenders of the Light! March to victory and arise triumphant!

 

U.S. urged Nigeria restraint earlier in striking back at Terrorists

Let us not forget Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary of State for his wise counsel in the Nigerian affair as well as Hillary, and our latest savant, John Jerry. Where is the media in reporting these wacko statements that reflect our failed foreign policy? Not only that, the U.S. funded the rebuilding of a Nigerian Muslim minaret.

Hillary Clinton not only refused to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist group, despite an unparalleled record of terror, but the Obama regime actually even urged Nigeria to show “restraint” against them, as reported a year ago:

Via Breitbart:

On May 18, 2013 Nigerian war planes “struck militant camps in the northeast” in an attempt to stem the growing tide of Islamic terrorists in the area. The U.S. quickly warned that Nigeria needs to be sure “to respect human rights and not harm civilians.

Reuters reports that Nigerian troops used “jets and helicopters to bombard targets in their biggest offensive since the Boko Haram group launched a revolt almost four years ago.”

But three days after President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in the northeast, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued a strongly worded statement saying: “We are … deeply concerned by credible allegations that Nigerian security forces are committing gross human rights violations, which, in turn, only escalate the violence and fuel extremism.”

The situation in northeast Nigeria has become so bad that President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency there days ago.

Since that time, as Nigeria has used jets and helicopters to try to rein the Islamists in, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he has “credible evidence” that Nigeria has committed “human rights violations” in retaliating against the Islamists.

Kerry said he condemns “Boko Haram’s campaign of terror in the strongest terms,” but he wants Nigeria to show “restraint” in their response.

H/T: Weasel Zippers:  Obama Regime Urged Nigeria To Show “Restraint” Against Boko Haram, Even Rebuilt Mosque In Boko Haram Area

Commie Blaster: Obama Regime Rebuilt Mosque in Boko Haram Area

In 2011, the State Department even provided funds to restore the 15th century Gobarau Minaret in Katsina State in Nigeria’s predominantly Muslim north, an area which has become a virtual killing field for Christians at the hands of Boko Haram.

Since 2009 over 288 Christian churches in Nigeria have been burned, thousands of Christian-owned homes destroyed, and over 2,000 Christians killed, including in July 2012 when fifty members of a northern Nigerian church were burned to death in their pastor’s house.

And how about what Carson has to say on the matter?

Religion Is Not Driving violence in Nigeria After Islamists Slaughter 39 Christians April 11, 2012 — bunkerville

Another Dangerous Team Obama Idiot: State Official Says Religion Is Not Driving Extremist Violence in Nigeria – After Islamists Slaughter 39 Christians, reads the headline.

Asst. Secretary of State Johnnie Carson

 “ I want to take this opportunity to stress one key point and that is that religion is not driving extremist violence either in Jos, or northern Nigeria,” Assistant  Secretary of State Carson said Monday at a forum on U.S. policy toward Nigeria held at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. ED. (So much fo his insight)

Obama tells Muslim Brotherhood ‘My administration is proud to be your partner’

Amazing isn’t it. While we are in the throes of dealing with the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria and elsewhere our happy face President continues his embracement of some of the most radical elements. No need to recite what we already know. This Islamic loving President has no intention of changing course. Tone deaf? I doubt it.

Obama taped a statement congratulating ISNA, an unindicted co-conspirator in the Hamas Holy Land funding case, on its anniversary, telling the Muslim Brotherhood terror-linked front group, “My administration is proud to be your partner.”

Speakers at the terror-linked group’s convention that Barack Hussein Obama was praising, include Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Co-Founder of Zaytuna College, and Muslim Brotherhood scion Tariq Ramadan who defended stoning women to death.

ISNA’s president had met twice with Obama and Valerie Jarrett, making this a high end meeting. And Jarrett had addressed the ISNA convention back in 2009.

The timing for Obama’s shameless flattery is rather poor as it directs attention to his plans for fighting a war on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria and his repeated attempts to pressure the Egyptian government to restore the Muslim Brotherhood to power in that country.

ISNA is a notorious Muslim Brotherhood front group and while its mother organization back in Egypt is burning churches, Obama praised ISNA for its interfaith activities, saying, “I am especially grateful for the work that ISNA has done to advance interfaith understanding and cooperation here in home and around the world.”

“So thank you ISNA for your tireless advocacy and commitment to America that realizes the full potential of all its people,” Obama said.

More at Front Page Mag and well worth the full read about the attendees.

This is a message from President Barack Obama for Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)’s 50th Convention 2013

 

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