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On Jan. 20, President Barack Hussein Obama departed the White House after eight solid years of military adventurism that included the toppling of the governments of several sovereign nations, including one that was democratically elected. By the end of his second term, President Obama had dispatched American troops to fight in more nations than any president since Franklin Roosevelt — the difference being, of course, that Roosevelt was defending the freedoms of Americans, something that Obama did not do.
Soon after his election, during his world tour that many dubbed the “apology tour,” Obama made this comment at Cairo University on June 4, 2009: “So America will defend itself, respectful of the sovereignty of nations and the rule of law. And we will do so in partnership with Muslim communities which are also threatened.”
Less than 18 months later, the CIA was arming “militants” to overthrow the government of Libya. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton led the charge for Obama to topple the longtime strongman of that nation, Moammar Gadhafi. This came after Gadhafi had voluntarily surrendered to the United States his “weapons of mass destruction,” which consisted of chemical weapons, and had allied himself to the United States.
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During the Libyan revolt sponsored by the United States under Obama and directed by Clinton, all the al-Qaida operatives that had been jailed by Gadhafi were released. The civil war that the CIA predicted would take just a few days began in February 2011. Gadhafi was captured and murdered by CIA-supported and armed al-Qaida-linked forces in October 2011. Despite the “few days” prediction of the CIA, the civil war is still going on five years later. Libya is a hot bed of terror, with the Islamic State holding some of its territory. All told, there are six regions held by different forces, all hostile to one another.
On her first visit to Libya in 2011, while fighting was still going on and Gadhafi was still alive and leading his troops, Clinton flew in and made this statement:
“First is simply to offer on behalf for the United States, on behalf of the American people and government, our congratulations, our best wishes to the Libyan people for what, through great hardship, sacrifice and courage, they have achieved in opening the door to a more promising future for Libya after 42 years of the Gadhafi dictatorship.”
The “promising future” Obama and Clinton delivered was the destruction of most of Libya’s infrastructure, with only sporadic electric power in most cities and a constant state of civil war that has seen aerial bombardments of Benghazi as recently as this week.
Even more chaos-causing plans were handed to Obama, and he accepted them. Under orders from the Nobel Peace Prize-winning president, weapons from Gadhafi’s arsenal were shipped by the CIA to Syria in support of a civil war begun there by Saudi Arabia in the spring of 2011.
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Saudi Arabia is the heart of Sunni Muslim-supported terror in the world today. Both World Trade Center attacks were financed from Saudi Arabia. The Saudi royals see it as their duty to eliminate Shiite Muslims, Jews and finally Christians, to obtain world domination for Sunni Islam. Syria is a secular nation but the majority population is Sunni. So, it was natural during the turmoil of the “Arab Spring” for Saudi Arabia to finance a Sunni uprising against the secular Baath Party government of Bashar al-Assad. The armed revolt began in April 2011.
The Saudis received CIA assurance that their assessment was correct, and that within days of an uprising the majority of the Syrian army would defect and fight al-Assad alongside their Sunni brothers.
That was six years ago. The Saudi-sponsored revolt was failing badly, so our Nobel Prize-winning “peace president” authorized the CIA’s disastrous “Operation Damascus Volcano” in July 2012. Damascus Volcano was modeled after the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba authorized by President John Kennedy in April 1961. Same premise and same failure.
As with the Bay of Pigs invasion, Damascus Volcano had at its core the faulty idea that an armed incursion would cause the “repressed” citizens to rise up and toss off their chains. They rose up in Damascus, all right, just like the Cubans did in 1961 — to fight the CIA-backed invaders and not to help them. CIA officers and thousands of paid mercenaries wound up trapped in a pocket of a Damascus suburb. To save the mercenaries, a chemical weapons attack was “discovered,” giving Obama and European allies an excuse to bomb a path for the mercenaries to escape. When the U.K. backed out, the plan to bomb Syria to save the “rebels” fell apart and Obama backed down. That was his “red line.”
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The demise of the secular government of Syria did not come about after a “few days” or a “few weeks,” as the CIA had promised, despite Clinton’s continued chants of “Assad’s days are numbered” as she traveled the world getting donations for the Clinton Foundation.
But our “peace president” was not through yet. Simultaneous with the Syrian revolt, Obama supported the ouster of the secular government of Egypt and the installation of the Muslim Brotherhood. Up to the involvement of the United States in 2011, Egypt had a strict law that no religious-based party could run candidates for office. The reason was obvious; once an Islamic party won the majority, there would be no more free elections. By the end of 2011 the Muslim Brotherhood was in control and a new constitution enshrining Sharia law was in place.
By 2013 the Egyptian people had had more than enough of Obama’s Muslim Brotherhood-sanctioned government, and they took to the streets demanding a military takeover, which occurred and placed the nation back on a more secular path. Sadly, many churches were destroyed and Christians killed before the military coup restored order. And still, the Muslim Brotherhood, outlawed once again in Egypt, was probably behind a church bombing that killed 25 people in December 2016, although the Islamic State officially took credit for the blast.
These Sunni Muslim revolts supported by Barack Obama — our peace president — led directly to the establishment of the Islamic State and the mass slaughter of Christians in both Syria and Iraq. Very symbolic of what Obama accomplished was the famous photograph of the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christian laborers on a beach in Libya in 2015. Virtually every civilized nation in the world (not Saudi Arabia, of course) has declared the Islamic State guilty of genocide of Christians in Syria and Iraq.
Still, Obama’s CIA never stopped supplying weapons to Sunni Muslim gangs in Syria.
Our Nobel Peace Prize president was not finished. The CIA and its associated organization, the National Endowment for Democracy, had Europe in its sites. The CIA had determined that the Russian naval base at Sevastopol in the Ukraine’s Crimean territory could become a major Black Sea naval base for the United States, if the government of Ukraine would cancel the lease on the naval base to Russia, and assign it to the United States. So, Ukraine was offered special, lucrative deals with the European Union and the United States if it would dump all connections to Russia. The pro-Russian president said, “No.”
Immediately, NED-funded “pro-democracy” groups flooded the streets of the Ukrainian capital with people, and an armed standoff resulted that saw the democratically elected president flee for his life. A new constitution was written that assured the eastern part of Ukraine, which was ethnically and linguistically Russian, would be isolated and have little representation.
When the democratically elected government of Ukraine fell, Carl Gershman, head of the NED, declared it his “biggest prize.” Congress continues to pump $100 million a year into the NED to destabilize Russia and other nations with which the United States has policy differences.
At one point Obama sent the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush through the Bosporus, headed to the Black Sea, which Russia views as strategic to its very existence.
Russia responded by simply annexing the Crimea. The Crimea had been part of Russia for more than 200 years and had only been assigned to the Ukraine for about two decades for administrative purposes while Ukraine was a Soviet republic. Russia was prepared to fight for its warm-water naval base in the Crimea and, if required, to use nuclear weapons.
Remember the apology tour? Obama told the world that the “imperialistic” ways of the United States were over. By the end of his second term he had American armed forces involved in conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen and Somalia, plus having military advisers in Ukraine, which was now fighting a separatist movement by Russian speakers.
The day he departed office, our “peace president” had America’s most elite forces — Navy SEALs and Army Green Berets — deployed to 138 countries, according to figures TomDispatch.com said were provided by U.S. Special Operations Command.
The question is, why did Obama get involved in more wars than Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush or George W. Bush? The answer is the “deep state.”
The deep state is defined as the 13 intelligence agencies that provide the president with briefings. The president has little access to information not provided to him by the deep state. A president could watch a network newscast or read a paper, but much of the information he would get from those sources has been provided to them by the deep state. On Fox or CNN, the deep state is often called the intelligence community, or IC.
Reporters at major news outlets have liaisons within the CIA, the Pentagon, the National Security Agency, etc. The handlers at those agencies provide “leaks” to their news media liaisons that would dry up if what they provide is not reported. Reporting on the situations in Syria or Ukraine is greatly influenced by information provided by the deep state.
Our “peace president” relied from day one on materials given him that showed the United States was “under threat” from China, Russia, Iran and secular Arab states — but oddly enough, not from Sunni Muslim terror organizations. The CIA could somehow envision Russia invading Norway, but could not figure out that the Islamic State had the power to capture half of Iraq.
If Russia is not the enemy, then we must make it the enemy.
Russia is the enemy because on average, an F-35 fighter jet costs nearly $200 million, and it costs an additional $42,000 per hour to operate an F-35. These fifth-generation fighter/bombers are not needed to fight the Islamic State or any other terror organization. There is also no need for two new aircraft carriers, at nearly $17 billion each, in order to fight the Islamic State.
A boogeyman is needed to justify the cost of F-35’s and giant warships, and Russia has been built up to be that boogeyman. The reality of Russia is very different. The Russian military budget is less than one-tenth that of NATO, and NATO has 20 times the aircraft and 10 times the ships as does Russia. Russia is outnumbered and outspent, and has NATO armed forces literally right on its border.
Suddenly the apple cart has been turned over by President Donald Trump. Right out of the gate after winning the election, Trump challenged the intelligence community about the needs of the military.
He questioned the need for NATO and said he doubted Russia was going to invade Europe, which is its No. 1 customer for oil and natural gas. Russia has the second-largest energy reserves in the world after the United States.
Suddenly the deep state jumped on the “Russia won the election for Trump” bandwagon and produced all sorts of documents showing how Russia “hacked” the election by exposing the dishonesty and corruption of Trump’s opponent, Hillary Clinton. Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham climbed on board with Sen. Marco Rubio to condemn Russia’s alleged actions that Democrats said stole the election from Clinton.
That didn’t stop Trump’s Twitter messages, so suddenly a 35-page dossier appeared about Trump, produced by a political hack in the United Kingdom who at one time was an MI-6 spy (MI-6 is the U.K. version of the CIA). The dossier had all sorts of abhorrent material in it, including an accusation that Trump hired prostitutes to commit vile acts in Moscow on a bed that Obama had once slept in when he visited Russia. In his last few days to head the CIA, John Brennan publicly attacked President-elect Trump, lecturing him on how to conduct himself as president.
And yes, Brennan is the same spy guy who could not find any Islamic terror organizations operating in Iraq or Syria. In fact, the CIA can’t seem to find any bad Sunni Muslims at all.
A Sunni Muslim terror attack in San Bernardino, Calif., in 2015 killed 14 and seriously injured 22. A Sunni Muslim attack in Orlando, Fla., in 2016 killed 49 and wounded 53. During the Obama presidency, there were numerous other successful Sunni Muslim attacks, including at Fort Hood, Texas, and at the Boston Marathon. In Europe, devastating Sunni Muslim attacks occurred in Belgium, France and Germany, killing many civilians.
In the face of this terror from Sunni Muslim groups, the departing CIA director said America must at all costs work with and protect our Sunni allies such as Saudi Arabia. The Saudis are the main oil-producing competitors of Russia and must be supported regardless of the terror they finance. Despite Sunni Muslims being responsible for almost all the acts of Islamic terror over the last 20 years, the deep state still wants to either sell or give Sunnis more guns.
Can President Donald Trump keep his promise and stop the chaos caused by American intervention in the Middle East and elsewhere? Will he stand up for the persecuted Christians in the Middle East as promised, or will the deep state flip him to support Sunni Muslim Gulf States in order to “counter Russia”?
The answer may come sooner than expected as Iran is “put on notice” and dozens, including children, are killed during the first Special Forces raid authorized by Trump in Yemen.
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