Saturday, August 23, 2014

Yes, ISIS could easily cross the porous US-Mexico border

Let me paraphrase The Temptations, i.e. "maybe it's my imagination running away with me".
 
Maybe it's my imagination but could the "kids" showing up at the US-Mexico border be part of a major distraction to have ISIS walk into the US?
 
Don't you find the timing a bit interesting?  
 
Over in Iraq/Syria, a huge and extremely well funded army of terrorists announces its intentions to destroy the US, i.e. "see you in New York"!
 
Over in Central America, thousands of kids go north and find their way to the US border.
 
Who paid for these trips?  You can not hitchhike your way from Guatemala to Texas.  Someone had to pay the bus fare, the train pass or the "bribes" that had Mexican authorities looking the other way.
 
 
"Joshua Katz, an Army veteran and former CIA operations officer who served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said it is “very, very, true” that ISIS may have crossed the southern border.    
Katz reported that Gov. Rick Perry’s (R-TX) recent comments that it was a “very real possibility” that ISIS had already crossed the southern border were “very, very true” on Friday’s “Fox and Friends” on the Fox News Channel.  
“ISIS is a group that will do whatever it takes in order to accomplish its goals. It's very brutal. It's very aggressive. They're going to do anything, and if that means working with cartels, if that means working with other enlisted groups in order to attack the homeland, they will do that. Other groups like Al Qaeda, or other terrorist groups who have a desire to hit the homeland will also use that ... we have this sort of this double front aggression toward American borders” he added."
 
Yes, ISIS is on a mission to attack our homeland.  They have the desire and the money.   We have a porous border.   I hope that I'm wrong but we are very vulnerable again to a 9-11 type attack.  We let our guard down and ISIS didn't get the memo that the war was over.
 
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Friday, August 22, 2014

President Obama’s Iraq problem keeps getting more problematic

Am I the only who thinks that President Obama wants to wait until after the mid-terms to escalate our involvement in Iraq?  My reasoning is that he does not want to turn off his base anymore than it already is.
Now or later, President Obama will have to go to the nation and give this mission a name and an objective.  He needs to do it because we are “mission creeping big time”, as Robin Wright wrote this week:
“The U.S., however, is already doing more than containing the Islamic State. Washington has now dispatched warplanes to aggressively push back the Islamic State, and the pretense of doing anything less should end.  
But so should the illusion about what  it will take to achieve that goal. The Operation Without a Name should not be an operation without a well-defined mission ��” or without a “winning” exit strategy. 
Given the human heartache and political headache from the last Iraq intervention, not to mention the mess left behind, Washington needs to be honest upfront in answering basic questions.”
Yes, and let me suggest a few questions:
First, it starts with President Obama explaining what our mission is.  All of this stuff about “doing what we have to do to protect our people” is too vague and sends out a message of weakness;
Second, President Obama needs to stop talking about the Iraq War that he opposed or ended as promised.  ISIS is a problem now and it requires a president who is living in the present; and;
Third, stop telling me that the public is “war weary.” We have a volunteer army and most Americans don’t know a single veteran.   Our #3 son is serving in the US Army.  He graduated with about 500 kids from high school. The overwhelming majority are not doing military service!
Robin Wright is here.  President Obama needs to be “upfront” about Iraq.
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