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Obama Administration Funded Terror Network ‘for the next ten years’

June 9, 2014 Leave a comment

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US have a history of creating and supporting terrorists logistically and strategically around the world, which initially started with Ben Laden and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and the Khomeini’s regime in Iran. The rouge state of Iran has recently benefited financially by the sanction relief through the interim agreement with U.S., they have been using the money to strengthen their bases in Syria, which has helped Assad to not only stay in power but to claim as the head of the State in Syria for the next 7 years. On the other hand U.S., after more than 3 years inaction and abandoning the genuine oppositions at the beginning of the Syrian uprising, have started providing material support for the allegedly Syrian rebels. However the long-due support for the Syrian oppositions has bought time for the Iranian mullahs’ terrorists, Al-Qaeda groups, and Islamist terrorists of almost all kinds to get the chance to merge into the conflict.

Saudi Arabia on the other hand while rebuking the America’s mideast policy decides boosting support for the Sunnis rebels fighting in Syria and of course U.S. doesn’t mind that. To let the sectarian conflict escalate and turn it into a regional war, U.S. gives American missiles to Iraq’s President, to let its Shiite-dominated forces to use them and kill Iranian mullahs’ Sunni enemies. Now there is a strong speculation that U.S. has paid cash ransom to Haqqani terrorist network operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan to get the group to free the American POW.

U.S. hegemonic strategy in the Middle East has been changed; due to the economic hardship and lack of public support it does not make use of force any longer, instead it operates on undertaking secret manipulation, colluding, and bribing among different sectional and religious fanatics in the region to turn and agitate the ongoing sectarian conflict into a regional war. In the coming months the world will witnesses an upside-down Middle East that would have inevitable drastic consequences on the global security and peace. [DID]

Reported details of the high-profile prisoner swap that freed Bowe Bergdahl over the weekend are not telling the full story, according to a high-level intelligence official involved in efforts to find and rescue the Army sergeant.

The Haqqani Network, a terrorist group operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan, freed Bergdahl on Saturday after holding him captive for five years in exchange for the release of five Guantanamo Bay prison inmates.

A senior intelligence official with intimate knowledge of the years-long effort to locate and rescue Bergdahl told the Washington Free Beacon that the details of that exchange do not add up.

The official, who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press, speculated that a cash ransom was paid to the Haqqani Network to get the group to free the prisoner. Read more…

Christians Persecuted at Alarming Rate in Iran, Arab world, US Report Says

May 9, 2014 Leave a comment
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Four Iranian Christians were reportedly sentenced to 80 lashes for drinking wine for communion, a shocking punishment.

Christians are under siege in the Middle East, and the Obama administration is not doing enough to stop religious persecution by its allies, according to a new report from a bipartisan federal commission.

The report, from the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, faulted usual suspects Iran, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, as well as North Korea. The number of Christians in the Middle East has plunged to just 10 percent of the overall population from more than 25 percent in 2011. Read more…

The Slow Death of the Old Global Order

April 15, 2014 Leave a comment

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In the spring of 2012, The National Interest produced a special issue under the rubric of “The Crisis of the Old Order: The Crumbling Status Quo at Home and Abroad [3].”The thesis was that the old era of relative global stability, forged through the crucibles of the Great Depression and World War II, was coming unglued. In introducing the broad topic to readers, TNI editors wrote, “Only through a historical perspective can we fully understand the profound developments of our time and glean, perhaps only dimly, where they are taking us. One thing is clear: they are taking us into a new era. The only question is how much disruption, chaos and bloodshed will attend the transition from the Old Order to whatever emerges to replace it.” Read more…

The Weak-willed President and his Abject Foreign Policy Failure

April 8, 2014 Leave a comment

Our allies and our enemies have seriously recalculated where the U.S. stands. It was not difficult to define American geopolitical strategy over the seven decades following World War II — at least until 2009. It was largely bipartisan advocacy, most lead_from_behind_MDambitiously, for nations to have the freedom of adopting constitutional governments that respected human rights, favored free markets, and abided by the rule of law. And at the least, we sought a world in which states could have any odious ideology they wished as long as they kept it within their own borders. There were several general strategic goals as we calculated our specific aims, both utopian and realistic.

(1) The strategic cornerstone was the protection of a small group of allies that, as we did, embraced consensual government and free markets, and were more likely to avoid human-rights abuses. That eventually meant partnerships with Western and later parts of Eastern Europe, Great Britain, and much of its former Empire, such as Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. In Asia, the American focus was on Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, and Taiwan. The U.S. military essentially guaranteed the security of these Asian nations, and they developed safely, shielded from Soviet or Chinese Communist aggression, and more recently from Russian or Chinese provocations. Read more…

The Global Signs of Waning US Clout are Mounting

April 7, 2014 Leave a comment

When Senator Barack Obama spoke in 2008 to adoring crowds in Berlin, he promised to “remake the world anew”. Nowadays he struggles to reassure alienated Germans obamas-foreign-policy-in-one-pic-L-pfdRfv he is not spying on their leaders. It may well be that no US president – however inspirational – could restore America’s traditional global leadership. The danger is not that China will supplant America as the underwriter of global stability – Beijing is not auditioning for that role. It is that under President Obama, and whoever succeeds him, the US will find the role ever harder to discharge. From the Urals to the South China Sea, the signs of waning US clout are mounting.

America’s latest “reality check” came last week with the near collapse of the Arab-Israeli peace process. Having bent over backwards to keep it on track and undertaken 12 visits to the region, John Kerry, US secretary of state, is not floundering for lack of effort. Nor, as is often rumoured, has he been hung out to dry by the White House. The truth is that the US has limited sway over either side. Read more…

Iranian Mullahs and Pakistanis’ Coming Clash

March 13, 2014 Leave a comment

Iran and Pakistan appear to be on a collision course that will in all likelihood leave relations severely strained in the years ahead. IRAN -MILITARY

The most visible sign of strain in the bilateral relationship is also in many ways the least serious. Specifically, as my colleague Ankit noted, last month five Iranian border guards in Iran’s Sistan Baluchistan region were kidnapped by the Iran-based Sunni militant group Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice). However, according to the Iranian government, they were then brought to Pakistan and are being held in Pakistan’s Balochistan province.

In the immediate aftermath of the kidnappings, the Iranian government expressed indignation at the Pakistan government for its failure to do more to curb the tide of Sunni Islamists in the country. Read more…

Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are Whipping Up the Sunni-Shia War

March 5, 2014 Leave a comment

The lure of sectarian war was initially put on the hook by the U.S. in the hope that the radical Islamic States take the bait, and they did! Like a pancreatic cancer this dogmatic conflict will spread all over the Middle East in no time. The step-stone for the roadmap of the future Middle East, design by Uncle Sam. [DID]sunni shia war

At the behest of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan has made a strategic shift from its so far neutral position on Syria’s civil war – to one that portends to back the Syrian rebels and even provide them with arms through Riyadh.

The shift will have serious regional consequences as it has already deeply antagonised Iran, which supports the Syrian regime, and angered Pakistan’s large Shia community which could prompt further sectarian conflict. It is also bad news for Afghanistan, where Pakistan-Iran rivalry may restart once US troops leave that country.

Saudi Arabia is on a diplomatic offensive to woo all those Muslim states who have held a neutral position – to one where they fall in line with the Gulf Arab states that want an interim government in Damascus and the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad. All the Gulf States are petrified of Iran, fear its potential nuclear weapons capability and deeply distrust the Americans for their recent overtures to Tehran. Read more…

A World Without Consequences

March 4, 2014 Leave a comment

Why Putin, Assad, and their ilk are making chaos the new normal. Russia invades Ukraine. The United States responds with threats of unspecific “costs” Moscow will shield from follyincur if it doesn’t reverse course. We offer Putin-esque photos of Obama in almost comically aggressive postures on a telephone call with the Russian leader. We threaten not to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to future summits of global big shots. NATO dispatches some of its elite corps of press release writers to offer up limp admonitions. And the U.S. president’s critics are left wondering aloud: Is this the weakest American president since Jimmy Carter? Or is it unfair to Carter to include him in that question? House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers illustrated the critique, suggesting that “Putin is playing chess” while “we’re playing marbles.”

Or alternatively, in the view of the president’s defenders, perhaps Barack Obama is just doing as much as a responsible president, respectful of his mandate and the current limitations on American power, can do.  Read more…

Al-Qaeda’s Plan to Swallow Israel, Lebanon & Syria

September 30, 2013 1 comment

Al Nusra Front, Al Qaeda’s official arm in Syria, is quickly entrenching itself in the north and east of Syria, where the Assad regime’s rule has collapsed. Jihad will spread outwards to 268the region, then threaten global security — possibly with biological and chemical weapons.

Al Qaeda is quickly constructing its main regional Middle East base in Syria, from where it plans to export terrorism and Islamic radicalism to neighboring states, then to the West, a new report released by an Israeli security research institute warned.

The jihadis later aspire, according to the report, to turn “Greater Syria” — an old geographic term encompassing Syria, Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian territories — into an Islamic caliphate. Read more…

Obama’s not to be trusted on foreign policy

August 15, 2013 Leave a comment

Having declared an end to the War on Terror, the US president no longer has any clear idea of his country’s global role.obama1_2640554b

The West can no longer rely on American leadership in the world. For the remaining duration of the Obama administration, Washington’s judgment and effectiveness in foreign policy cannot be trusted. It is quite an achievement for the one remaining superpower to appear as ineffectual and wrong-footed as the United States has managed to do in the past week. But there it is. The president’s global strategy in his second term was based on two resounding premises. First, al‑Qaeda was “on the run” having been smashed by the killing of Osama bin Laden and the successful US drone operations in Pakistan: in May, Mr Obama gave a triumphal speech in which he declared the War on Terror officially over. Read more…

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2013

December 29, 2012 Leave a comment

From Turkey to Congo, next year’s wars threaten global stability.121221_intro_RS

Every year, around the world, old conflicts worsen, new ones emerge and, occasionally, some situations improve. There is no shortage of storm clouds looming over 2013: Once again, hotspots old and new will present a challenge to the security of people across the globe.

There is, of course, an arbitrariness to most lists — and this list of crises to watch out for in 2013 is no different. One person’s priority might well be another’s sideshow, one analyst’s early warning cry is another’s fear-mongering. In some situations — Central Asia, perhaps — preventive action has genuine meaning: The collapse into chaos has yet to happen. More complicated is anticipating when it will happen, what will trigger it, and how bad it will be. In others — Syria, obviously — the catastrophe is already upon us, so the very notion of prevention can seem absurd. It has no meaning save in the sense of preventing the nightmare from worsening or spreading. Read more…