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Jon Stewart “So, we’re fighting with Iran against ISIS, and then with Saudi Arabia against Iran,  Holy bleep!  We did it.  It took decades of destabilizing conflict but we finally figured out how to fight a proxy war against ourselves.”

http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/1xg427/wait–whose-side-are-we-on-again-

 

 

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During a tense exchange with (Secretary of State John) Kerry at a Senate Foreign Relations committee on Wednesday, (Florida Republican Senator Marco) Rubio confronted the former Massachusetts senator. “I believe that much of our strategy with regards to ISIS is being driven by a desire not to upset Iran so they don’t walk away from the negotiating table on the deal that you’re working on,” the potential GOP presidential candidate declared. “Tell me why I’m wrong.”

“They would welcome our bombing of ISIS, actually, they want us to destroy ISIS, ISIS is a threat to them, it’s a threat to the region and I think you’re misreading it if you think there is a mutual interest with respect to Daesh [the Arabic name for ISIS] from every country in the region,” Kerry responded.

Watch the exchange here.

http://thinkprogress.org/world/2015/03/11/3632393/john-kerry-obliterates-marco-rubios-conspiracy-theory-iran/

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FAREED ZAKARIA, CNN HOST: But first here’s my take. Once again an ISIS murder leads to fears that it is winning and calls to do more. FOX News’ Bret Baier captured the mood like this.

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BRET BAIER, FOX NEWS ANCHOR: Horrific and barbaric, as well as calculating and skilled at high-tech propaganda.

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ZAKARIA: The general feeling is that ISIS is gaining ground with its diabolical methods. But is it really? The video of the pilot’s killing was slickly produced, but it might have been a fancy cover to mask an operation that had gone awry. Remember, it began as a moneymaking scheme to get a ransom for Japanese hostages, then turned into a hostage swap for a forgotten failed suicide bomber, and finally ended with the emulation of the Jordanian pilot.

Certainly ISIS could not have imagined the response its actions have triggered in the Middle East. With Jordanians united against it, clerics across the region loudly and unequivocally condemning the emulation and with Japan ready to provide more aid and support against it. Meanwhile news on the battlefield has not been good for ISIS. Brookings Institution scholar Kenneth Pollock describes this stunning reversal it has faced in Iraq.

“The Washington Post” has reported on the growing discontent within its territories. All this might help explain the brutality of the latest murder video. The group well understands that the primary purpose of terrorism is to induce fear and overreaction. When modern Middle Eastern terrorism first appeared on the scene in the 1960s and ’70s, the historian David Fromkin wrote an essay in “Foreign Affairs” that is perhaps the best guide to understanding this phenomenon.

Fromkin provided two examples of terror tactics that worked and have important lessons. He recounted a meeting in 1945 with the leader of the Irgun, a group of about 1,500 Jewish militants in Palestine, which was then part of the British empire. The Irgun knew that they could not defeat the mighty British Army so they decided to blow up buildings and create the appearance of chaos.

This, the Irgun leader told Fromkin, would lead the British to overreact by garrisoning the country, join forces from across the empire, and that would strain British coffers and eventually London would have to leave Palestine. Fromkin noted that the Irguns, seeing that it was too small to defeat Great Britain, decided as an alternative approach that Britain was big enough to defeat itself.

ISIS’ strategy is surely some version of this. The targeting of America and its allies. The videos, the barbarism are all designed to draw Washington into a ground battle in Syria, in the hope that this complicated, bloody and protracted war would sap the super power’s strength.

Fromkin offered another example, the National Liberation Front, the group of nationalists trying to break Algeria free from France in the 1950s and ’60s. The Paris government argued that Algeria was not a colony but part of France, with all of its citizens treated as French men and women. So the FLN began a campaign of terror in order to provoke an overreaction from the French government, getting them to regard all Muslim and Algerians as suspects.

Quote, “The French thought that when the FLN planted a bomb in a public bus, it was in order to blow up the bus,” Fromkin noted. But the FLN’s true aim was to lure authorities into reacting by arresting all the non-Europeans in the area as suspects.

The many recent acts of terror committed in Europe can’t be said to have a strategy but they could make European governments and people treat all Muslims in Europe as suspicious and dangerous, and then the terrorists will have achieved an important goal.

Now these things do not have to happen. Fromkin concluded his essay by noting that, though terrorism cannot always be prevented, it can always be defeated.

You can always refuse to do what they want you to do.

http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1502/08/fzgps.01.html

 

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Arkansas Rep.—and Senate hopeful—Tom Cotton is a smart man. He has two degrees from Harvard University, a sharp mind, and the clear admiration of conservative intellectuals…Earlier this week, the GOP Senate candidate held a town hall meeting with voters, where those present asked why the government allowed children crossing the border to stay temporarily…

“The problem is with Mark Pryor and Barack Obama refusing to enforce our immigration laws, and refusing to secure our border, And I would add, it’s not just an immigration problem. We now know that it’s a security problem. Groups like the Islamic State collaborate with drug cartels in Mexico who have clearly shown they’re willing to expand outside the drug trade into human trafficking and potentially even terrorism. They could infiltrate our defenseless border and attack us right here in places like Arkansas.”

Republicans in Tight Senate Races Are Hoping ISIS Will Help Get Them Elected

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http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/f7fvxu/chatty-chatty-bomb-bomb

Jon Stewart “But House Speaker Boehner, you believe the President is going about this all wrong.”
Speaker of the House Rep John Boehner (R-OH) “If the goal is to destroy ISIS, as the President says it is, I don’t believe the strategy that he outlined will accomplish that.”
Reporter speaking to Boehner “You would recommend putting American boots on the ground?”
Boehner “We have no choice…These are barbarians.  They intend to kill us.  If we don’t destroy them first, we’re going to pay the price.”
Stewart “The President has the wrong strategy to destroy the barbarians who will kill us all.  The barbarians at our gate, not necessarily our gate, but a few gates away, then there’s, obviously, the ocean.  But the point is barbarians.  So, I get it Boehner, let’s have the debate and we need to do it now.”
Reporter “John Boehner, Speaker of the House, said today ‘I think the House and the Congress itself should speak, (but) doing this with a whole group of members who are on their way out the door, I don’t think that is the right way to handle this’.”
Stewart “You said the barbarians were trying to kill us.  Setting aside that thanks to incumbency favoring electoral practices roughly 90% of the members who are on their way out the door in these mid terms, will be coming right back in through the door.  And, if your point is that these are ruthless barbarians who threaten our very existence and must be killed immediately, by the new Congress which takes over in January, I mean is there someone who can perhaps lay out the cynical underpinnings for this position by our brave Congress?”
Reporter “Jack Kingston, a Republican Congressman from Georgia had a very interesting quote in the NY Times Yesterday. ‘A lot of people would like to stay on the sideline and say just bomb the place and tell us about it later.  It’s an election year.  A lot of Democrats don’t know how it would play in their party and Republicans don’t want to change anything.  We like the path we’re on now.  We can denounce it if it goes bad and praise it if it goes well and ask what took him so long;”
Stewart “Holy bleep.  In a time of war, our Congressional inaction is pure political calculation.  Our legislators refuse to debate publicly one of the most crucial issues of our time, for fear that we will hear them.  Finally, Jack Kingston has the guts to say out loud what these cowards are up to.  I wonder why he decided to say these things.”
Reporter “Last night, businessman David Perdue defeated defeated Congressman Jack Kingston in the Republican Senate primary runoff.”
Stewart “Oh, he spoke honestly because he’s leaving Congress.  You know what, the rest of you bleeps, get back to Washington and debate and vote on this thing, or maybe it’s time to tell Mom (shows picture of Queen Elizabeth II) we’re moving home.”

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Bill Maher “New rule, when it comes to being baited into going to war, America has to try a little harder to not be so bleeping easy!  Just a few months ago, polls showed Americans were sick of war.  They’d had enough.  They were anxious to stay out of the Middle-East.  Then they saw two beheadings and overnight they were like, oh war, we can’t stay mad at you.  You know, conservatives love to vilify anyone who doesn’t want to immediately throw down as appeasers, but when you’re dealing with terrorists who’s aim is to bait us into overreaction, and you oblige them, aren’t you the appeaser?”

 

 

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Jon Stewart “13 years ago, when Al Qaeda was our top terrorist enemy, we knew Al Qaeda wanted to attack America.  They’d already bombed the world trade center in 1993, and two, we got a memo that said they wanted to do that.  Kind of a giveaway.  Is ISIS the same kind of threat to America?”

Reporter September 9, 2014 “We’ve heard repeatedly, of course, that intelligence officials don’t believe that ISIS, right now, poses a threat to the US home land.”

Stewart “Or, to put that in a different way.”

Sen Lindsey Graham (R-SC) September 14, 2014 “This is not Somalia.  This is not Yemen.  This is a turning point in the war on terror.  Our strategy will fail yet again.  This President needs to rise to the occasion before we all get killed back here at home.”

Stewart “Here’s my impression of everyone who crawled out of bed hung over Sunday morning and turned on the TV to see Lindsey Graham.  Really?  All of us?”