8 Reasons Why Congress Should Vote No on Training and Funding Syrian Rebels

Today Congress will vote on the McKeon Amendment, a piece of legislation most Americans haven’t heard of. But the consequences of the vote today are grave: funding Syrian “rebels” will precipitate a new and wider war in the Middle East. Here are eight reasons why Congress should vote NO on the McKeon Amendment:1. It is a waste of money. We’d be on the hook for a projected $21 billion price tag over three years. The Pentagon plans to train 5,000 rebels in the next year, which at $1 million for each soldier could cost up to $15 billion dollars over the three-year war. The nearly 2,000 U. S. troops in Iraq will cost $6 billion over three years. The last Iraq War added at least $5 trillion to the long-term deficit.2. There are no “moderates.”Historian Alastair Crooke, writing about the connection between Saudi Arabia and ISIS, recently described “moderate” insurgents in Syria as being “rarer than a mythical unicorn.” “Moderates” have a non-aggression pact with ISIS. “Moderates” captured an American journalist and sold him to ISIS, who beheaded him. Saudi Arabia, which, with Qatar funded the jihadists in Syria, is now offering to “train” the rebels. Congress is being asked to swallow this concoction: the sponsors of radical jihadists are going to train “moderate” jihadists.

This post was published at Ron Paul Institute on september 17, 2014.

Israel’s Cue: Syrian ‘Rebels’ Occupy Golan Heights, Seize UN Weapons and Vehicles

Perfect timing. We were waiting for the stage director to whistle-in Israel somewhere into this ISIS Crisis and to help the US and Britain with their Syrian regime change project. Here is the perfect pretext…
In 1981, after a long-running, brutal attempted Israeli land grab of Syria’s Golan region, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 497, which called the State of Israel to withdrawal from its de facto annexation of the Golan Heights. A UN Peacekeeping Force was put in place there to maintain that key buffer zone. Ever since then, Syria and Israel have observed their peace agreement, but Israel still considers this part of Syria to be part of ‘Greater Israel’ and would certainly take advantage should the area ever become compromised.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on SEPTEMBER 17, 2014.


“I know major Arab allies who fund them” During his testimony in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee, America’s top military official General Martin E. Dempsey admitted that the United States’ Arab allies in the middle east are funding ISIS.

Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was asked by Republican Senator Lindsay Graham, ‘Do you know any major Arab ally that embraces ISIL?’
His response: ‘I know major Arab allies who fund them.’
‘Yeah, but do they embrace them?’ responded Graham. ‘They fund them because the Free Syrian Army couldn’t fight Assad. They were trying to beat Assad. I think they realized the folly of their ways.’
In reality, such ‘folly’ is set to continue after President Barack Obama announced a plan to arm and train Syrian rebels that is set to be given the green light by Congress before the end of this week, despite the fact that so-called ‘moderate’ rebels have defected to, fought alongside and given weapons to Islamic State militants.
As we have exhaustively documented, innumerable examples prove how Washington-backed FSA fighters and ISIS militants were moving closer even before the two groups signed a non-aggression pact last week.

This post was published at Info Wars by PAUL JOSEPH WATSON | SEPTEMBER 17, 2014.


U. S. and Saudi-backed mercenaries blame al-Assad A United Nations sponsored measles vaccine program in northern Syria resulted in 36 children suffering ‘excruciating deaths,’ according to doctors in the area held by U. S. and Saudi mercenaries who are administering the program. Infants given the poisoned vaccine experienced rapidly falling heart rates and turned blue.
Anti-Assad activists blamed the Syrian government and accused it of spiking the vaccines with cyanide. The mercenaries previously accused the Syrian government of launching a chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta. It was later discovered the so-called rebels had in fact launched the attack.
There were conflicting figures of the number of dead in the towns of Jirjanaz and Maaret al-Nouman in the northeastern province of Idlib, according to news reports.
In addition to the 36 reported deaths, dozens of other children fell seriously ill.
‘At least five children have died and 50 others are suffering from poisoning or allergic reactions after measles vaccinations in Jirjanaz, in Idlib province,’ the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

This post was published at Info Wars on SEPTEMBER 17, 2014.

Devil’s Deal: US-Backed Syrian Rebels Already Signed Pact with ISIS Prior to Haines ‘Beheading’

21st Century Wire says…
While Washington considers appropriating half a billion in funds to the Syrian rebels, we now learn that opposition groups the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and al Qaeda affiliate ‘al Nusra Front’, have officially aligned themselves with ISIS…
Terror Merger in Syria
Despite grand words by US President Obama and British PM David Cameron, here’s what’s really behind their plan to bomb ISIS in Syria…
In a report first appearing on Orient-News and other Middle East based news agencies, Syrian rebels or FSA, along with ISIS jihadists, have signed a non-aggression pact in the suburbs of Syria’s capital Damascus. The cease-fire deal brokered between so-called ‘moderate’ rebels and the black-clad Sunnis of the Islamic State, have agreed that Assad is their ‘principal enemy.’
The non-aggression pact between rebels and jihadists came just as Washington and President Obama announced its grand strategy to ‘defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria’. The Rebel-Terrorist deal was reportedly struck this past Friday, September 12th, in Syria, preceding the latest seemingly staged execution video released by ISIS.
The anti-Assad Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, has reported that:
‘The two parties will respect a truce until a final solution is found and they promise not to attack each other because they consider the principal enemy to be the Nussayri (Assad) regime.’
How will it be possible for Washington to vet the so-called ‘moderate rebels’ in Syria, now that they have aligned efforts with ISIS?

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on SEPTEMBER 16, 2014.

President Obama Explains Why He Is Sending 10x More Troops To Fight Ebola Than ISIS – Live Feed

As we discussed earlier, President Obama is sending 3,000 US combat troops into Ebola-fighting danger in West Africa (almost 10 times the number of non-combat troops being sent to Iraq and Syria to fight that other epidemic – ISIS). Speaking from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, we wonder if the President will stick to the line that the USA is “safe” (despite scientists predicting a 20% chance of infection here by year-end), that it is contained (despite scientists proclaiming this unprecedented and out of control), and why is the CDC telling US health-workers “now is the time to prepare.”
One can only assume the reason to send “troops” is to monitor and mind ‘stability’ in these nations as The IMF steps up its bailout funding…

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/16/2014.

43 Million People Kicked Out of Their Homes

War, our leaders tell us, is needed to make the world a better place.
Well, maybe not so much for the 43 million people who’ve been driven out of their homes and remain in a precarious state as internally displaced persons (24 million), refugees (12 million), and those struggling to return to their homes.
The U. N.’s figures for the end of 2013 (found here) list Syria as the origin of 9 million such exiles. The cost of escalating the war in Syria is often treated as a financial cost or – in rare cases – as a human cost in injury and death. There is also the human cost of ruining homes, neighborhoods, villages, and cities as places in which to live.
Just ask Colombia which comes in second place following years of war – a place where peace talks are underway and desperately needed with – among other catastrophes – nearly 6 million people deprived of their homes.
The war on drugs is rivaled by the war on Africa, with the Democratic Republic of the Congo coming in third after years of the U. S.-backed deadliest war since World War II, but only because the war on ‘terror’ has slipped. Afghanistan is in fourth place with 3.6 million desperate, suffering, dying, and in many cases understandably angry and resentful at losing a place to live.

This post was published at Washingtons Blog on September 16, 2014.

A Devil’s Deal: US Armed Syrian Rebels Sign Pact with ISIS Prior to Haines ‘Beheading’

21st Century Wire says…
While Washington considers appropriating half a billion in funds to the Syrian rebels, we learn that opposition groups, al Nusra Front, along with the FSA, have seemingly aligned themselves with ISIS…

IMAGE: ‘Masking the truth’ – An apparent member of ISIS featured in the PR rise (Photo link21stcenturywire.com) Befriending terror
In a report first appearing on Orient-News and other Middle East based news agencies, Syrian rebels, along with ISIS jihadists, have signed a non-aggression pact in Damascus. The cease-fire deal brokered between so-called ‘moderate’ rebels and the black-clad Sunnis of the Islamic State, have agreed that Assad is their ‘principal enemy.’

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on SEPTEMBER 16, 2014.

Iran Blames U.S. for Violating States’ Sovereignty Under Pretext of Fighting IS

The Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani blamed Washington for violating Syria’s and other regional countries’ sovereignty, Straits Times reports.
“The U.S. seeks to continue its unilateralism and violate the countries’ sovereignty under the pretext of fighting terrorism,” said Shamkhani in a statement, cited by the official IRNA news agency.
He also expressed his doubts concerning the efficiency of U.S. counter-terrorism policy, claiming that airstrikes targeting ISIS fighters won’t have any positive effect and will only strengthen the radical group’s positions.
Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani supported Shamkhani’s position, calling US strategy “irrational”. He said that U.S. way of countering terrorism would not lead to transformation in the Middle-East and help to dismantle ISIS, but rather cause waves of alienation and resentment in the region.

This post was published at RAI Novosti

Over 1000 US, NATO Troops Begin Military Exercises In Ukraine

Russia could care less whether Ukraine signs meaningless accession agreements with Europe (as it just did) because at the end of the day, Ukraine needs Russia’s gas (if only for the next 4-6 years until Hunter Biden develops Ukraine’s shale deposits and the Qatar gas pipeline finally crosses Syria). Russia, however, is very angry when NATO gets ever closer to its borders, which it just did when earlier today, more than 1,000 troops from 15 NATO and non-NATO countries, including the US of course, are taking part in a military exercise in Ukraine.
The good news: The ‘Rapid Trident’ exercise is happening near Lviv on the Polish-Ukrainian border, around 1,000 miles from the conflict in east Ukraine.
The bad news: 1,000 miles will hardly be considered enough by the Kremlin which will see this latest incursion by NATO ever closer to its border as another direct threat and a hint of what will happen if Ukraine is allowed to progress on its path of demanding entry into the military alliance.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/16/2014.

CIA Estimate for ISIS: 31,500, Up by 21,500

It may be 31,000. It may be 20,000. But 31,500 sounds like more of a threat, so the CIA will let you choose that figure.
Bottom line: the CIA has no idea.
In June, there were 10,000, we are told. Really? What was the official CIA estimate in June? Sorry. The CIA did not offer one.
Why not? Because in June, ISIS had only recently been identified as a terrorist organization. In May, it was a freedom-fighting institution. It was fighting Bashar al-Assad, that evil man in Syria. You know. Hitler. Back in May, the U. S. government gave military aid to ISIS as part of the anti-Assad coalition.
Anyway, ISIS is now up to 31,500, maybe. That’s up 21,500 in three months. This is for both Syria and Iraq.
That is a growth rate that indicates a looming mass movement. Recruits could be described as coming out of the woodwork, if Syria and Iraq had any wood. But Obama is going to defeat ISIS with drone strikes operated by pilots in Nevada. No problem.
No boots. No ground. Drones.

This post was published at Tea Party Economist on September 13, 2014.

US Equity Futures Unable To Rally Despite Avalanche Of Bad Global News

Any other Monday and futures would be scorching higher. After all it was a nearly perfect storm of bad news: from China’s disastrous economic news, the worst since Lehman, to the Scottish vote where the latest poll tally had the Yes between 46% and 54%, to the dispatch of a second Russian humanitarian convoy into Ukraine, an event which a month ago sent the S&P 500 crashing, to ISIS openly defying the US by signing a non-agression pact with the “moderate” Syrian rebels to launching a new splinter group in Algeria and threatening to take over the Suez Canal, to the BIS once again warning about bubbles and complacency, and culminating with the Pope himself warning that World War III may have started, surely the S&P would be well over 2000 on any new normal day if not at new record highs.
Yet something appears to have changed not only because the USDJPY is not some 100 pips higher overnight on, well, nothing but because the S&P, which is treading water, has yet to spike on no volume reasons unknown. That something may be algos which are too confused to buy ahead of this week’s Fed announcement which may or may not have some notable changes in language or the Scottish referendum on the 18th. Or it could simply be that algos are no longer allowed to openly manipulate and rig the market on the CME as of today now that “disruptive market practices” are banned (why weren’t they before)?

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/15/2014.

Clockwork: New ISIL Vid ‘Beheads’ Brit, Cameron Gung Ho for US Bombing Run on Syria

When Obama gave his not-so-epic ISIS(L) attack speech on Tuesday, little or no enthusiasm rang from the coalition choir. Even Obama’s BBF David Cameron was strangely quiet on the matter, with Britain releasing a statement saying they will not be joining in on Washington’s military free-for-all in Syria.
What a difference a day makes…
ISIS social media barons released a new video yesterday which purportedly shows the beheading of British citizen and aid worker, David Haines, a 44-year-old who is said to have been kidnapped in March 2013. ISIS actor and video presenter ‘Jihadi John’ gave a similar monologue as in the previous two videos. In the previous two beheading videos, John, could be seen wielding a small fruit knife, but has upgraded in the Haines video to a slightly larger hunting knife.
This time John tries to draw Britain deeper into the conflict. He rants, ‘This British man has to pay the price for your promise, Cameron, to arm the Peshmerga against the Islamic State’.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on SEPTEMBER 15, 2014.

ISIS’ Next Target: The Suez Canal

Following ISIS blitzkrieg in which it took over nearly half of Iraq and a third of Syria in the blink of an eye, at which point it created its own Islamic State Caliphate resulting in Obama’s own personal war against the jihadists, some have wondered what is ISIS’ next step: surely its leadership will not merely stagnatte as one after another US predator drone bomb away the capital Reqqa until ISIS figurehead leader al-Baghdadi is killed or gravely wounded. To be sure, the one thing ISIS, which stunned the world with the speed of its ascent, can not afford is to stand still.
So what is next on the strategic timeline for the Islamic State?
According to one source, Al Arabiya, which cites Egyptian experts, the answer is none other than the Suez Canal, and the country it is located in: Egypt.
‘There is definitely a threat from ISIS to Egypt,’ Mohammed Badr, a professor of political science at the University of Germany told Al Arabiya News, adding that the group has the country in its ‘line of sight.’
‘All extremist groups represent a danger for Egypt,’ Badr said, adding that ‘ISIS, the Muslim Brotherhood, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis [an Islamist militant group] are all dangerous for Egypt but the level of their threat is different.’
More details from Al-Arabiya:
One alleged ISIS militant took to social media to warn Egypt that it should be expecting a ‘surprise’ soon. ‘Except a surprise in Egypt within days,’ alleged ISIS member Abu Siyaf al-Masry wrote on his personal Twitter account, according to the Cairo-based daily al-Masry al-Youm.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/14/2014.

“Moderate” Syrian Rebels Sign Non-Aggression Pact With ISIS; Iraq Defies US

First it was the ‘broad coalition’ that appeared a little narrower than President Obama explained to the world last week. Today, 2 more crucial aspects of the ‘strategy’ appear to be faltering. Despite the promise of $500 million to train “moderate” Syrian terrorist/rebels to fight ISIS, GlobalPost reports Syrian rebels and jihadists from the Islamic State have agreed a non-aggression pact for the first time. Under the deal, “the two parties will respect a truce until a final solution is found and they promise not to attack each other because they consider the principal enemy to be the Nussayri regime.” Not exactly what Obama and Kerry had in mind. But it is John Kerry’s trip to Iraq that appears to have had blowback already as Reuters reports the newly installed US-friendly PM al-Adadi ordered his air force to halt strikes on civilian areas, “even in those towns controlled by ISIS,” just a day after Kerry’s visit (which left Turkey explaining how it would not support US airstrikes either). So far, so good?!
So, to sum up…
First, Germany and UK (and Australia) – the USA’ broad coalition of allies to strike ISIS – will not support airstrikes on ISIS in Syria.
As The WSJ reports, Germany and the U. K. on Thursday ruled out carrying out air strikes on Islamic State militants in Syria, a day after President Barack Obama authorized the start of U. S. air strikes there.
“We haven’t been asked, nor will we do it,” German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters when asked about German participation in air strikes against the Islamic State, known as ISIL or ISIS, in light of Mr. Obama’s speech.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/13/2014.

Neocons Revive Syria ‘Regime Change’ Plan

Official Washington’s ever-influential neoconservatives and their ‘liberal interventionist’ allies see President Barack Obama’s decision to extend U. S. airstrikes against Islamic State terrorists into Syria as a new chance to achieve the long-treasured neocon goal of ‘regime change’ in Damascus. On the surface, Obama’s extraordinary plan to ignore Syrian sovereignty and attack across the border has been viewed as a unilateral U. S. action to strike at the terrorist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), but it could easily evolve into a renewed effort to overthrow Bashar al-Assad’s government, ironically one of ISIS’s principal goals. ISIS began as part of the Sunni resistance to George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq which had elevated Iraq’s Shiite majority to power. Then known as ‘al-Qaeda in Iraq,’ the terrorist group stoked a sectarian war by slaughtering Shiites and bombing their mosques. Changing its name to ISIS, the group shifted to Syria where it joined with U. S.-backed rebels seeking to overthrow Assad’s regime which was dominated by Alawites, a branch of Shiite Islam. Then, this summer, ISIS returned to Iraq where it routed Iraqi government forces in a series of battles and conducted public executions, including beheading two U. S. journalists. In his national address Wednesday, Obama said he will order U. S. air attacks across Syria’s border without any coordination with the Syrian government, a proposition that Damascus has denounced as a violation of its sovereignty. Thus, the argument will surely soon be heard in Washington that Assad’s government must be removed as a military prerequisite so the attacks on ISIS can proceed. Otherwise, there could be a threat to U. S. aircraft from Syria’s air defenses.

This post was published at Ron Paul Institute on saturday september 13, 2014.

Obama’s Syrian ‘Moderates’ Sign Non-Aggression Pact with ISIS

In his address to the nation outlining his strategy to defeat ISIS last week, President Obama made three important points regarding Syria:1) He would not hesitate to bomb ISIS on Syrian territory even without permission from Syria, a UN resolution, or Congressional authorization.2) He would not coordinate his attacks on Syrian territory with the Syrian government because, as the State Department claimed, that government has no legitimacy. And, most importantly:3) He vowed to increase US support for the “moderate” rebels in Syria, which have been fighting, with US backing, to overthrow the Syrian government for three years.

This post was published at Ron Paul Institute on saturday september 13, 2014.

Russia Sends Second Humanitarian Convoy Into Ukraine, And Nobody Says A Word

About a month ago, when Russia sent a humanitarian convoy to aid ethnic Russians in east Ukraine, the Western world, and of course media, screamed bloody murder, with everyone from NATO to the Kiev government declaring it, without a shadow of a doubt, an invasion, a Trojan Horse, and a convoy of arms deliveries for the rebels caught in the Ukraine civil war, not necessarily in that order. Nobody thought it could possibly be just that: a convoy of humanitarian aid delivering provisions to hundreds of thousands of civilians caught in the middle of a war. Then finally, after weeks of delays, the convoy was allowed in and after unloading its cargo, promptly returned to Russia without a single incident.
Fast forward to today, when hours ago Russia sent a second humanitarian convoy into east Ukraine, which entered without enter the approval of Kiev or the oversight of the Red Cross and nobody said a word.
As if all the posturing and warmongering rhetoric have long since departed the Ukraine, now that the US is fully engaged in yet another war, this time not a proxy civil war but one involving doing Qatar’s natural gas pipeline bidding once more, meaning it is time to conclude what was started in early 2013 and once again try to dethrone Syria’s assad so that the all important Gazprom-displacing pipeline from the middle east can finally make its way to Europe, aided by a soon to be new, pro-American government in Syria.
But back to Ukraine where the second convoy barely made news and the details about it were only revealed several paragraphs deep inside this AP article about ongoing fighting near the Donetsk airport:
On Saturday Russia also sent a convoy across the border of Ukraine, loaded with what Russian reports said was humanitarian aid, without the approval of Kiev or oversight of the international Red Cross. A similar convoy in August was loudly condemned by Ukrainian officials as an invasion, but this time around Lysenko simply called the move “illegal.” The country’s top leaders have remained silent, underscoring how dramatically the mood has shifted in the Kiev government since a cease-fire deal was struck.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/13/2014.

U.S. Syrian Rebels & U.S. ISIS Agree On A ‘Non-Aggression’ Pact – Episode 466

The following video was published by X22Report on Sep 12, 2014
Australia’s part time jobs skyrocketed on the latest report. Spanish and Italian debt are at record highs. Consumers believe the recovery illusion. Retail sales down, but the push for sub prime auto loans makes it seem like retail is improving. Spain is moving towards a civil war, riot gear has been purchased. China seeking expansion of strategic ties with Iran. UK building 3 bases for the upcoming war. US trying to prove Assad is apart of how ISIS makes it money. FSA and ISIS make a non aggression pact to fight Assad. US reporting that ISIS now has anti aircraft weapons and bombing will not help. ISIS is now creating a cyber caliphate to cyber attack the financial institutions and the power infrastructure. Be prepared for a false flag event.