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Meet the Syrian Islamist Organization Controlling Senator McCain’s Agenda
Frontpage Mag ^ | September 4, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield

Posted on 09/05/2013 7:50:08 AM PDT by maggief

A few days ago, the Wall Street Journal ran a high profile article from one Elizabeth O’Bagy arguing that the majority of the Syrian rebels were actually moderates.

Senator McCain mentioned Elizabeth O’Bagy’s op-ed during the Senate hearings, when he wasn’t playing poker, and tweeted it. That should come as no surprise, considering that O’Bagy is credited with arranging McCain’s infamous photo op with the Syrian rebel leadership.

The Wall Street Journal lists O’Bagy’s role as the Institute for the Study of War. It leaves out the fact that she is the political director for the Syrian Emergency Task Force making her an activist.

O’Bagy doesn’t matter much. She’s a friendly Western face plastered over a foreign organization. Of more interest is Mouaz Moustafa, the smiling man in the Keffiyah on the far right of McCain in this photo.

Mouaz Moustafa is a Palestinian Arab and the Executive Director of the Syrian Emergency Task Force which arranged for McCain’s visit.

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1 posted on 09/05/2013 7:50:08 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

McCain needs to be put in a home.

I’m most concerned with how “O’Bagy” is pronounced.


2 posted on 09/05/2013 7:52:41 AM PDT by warchild9
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To: thouworm; penelopesire; caww; melancholy; MestaMachine; kristinn; LucyT; Nachum

ping


3 posted on 09/05/2013 7:53:21 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

"What difference does it make?"


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4 posted on 09/05/2013 7:54:12 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: maggief; ADemocratNoMore; Akron Al; arbee4bush; agrace; ATOMIC_PUNK; Badeye; Bikers4Bush; ...

Ohio Ping > High importance:

O’Bagy doesn’t matter much. She’s a friendly Western face plastered over a foreign organization. Of more interest is Mouaz Moustafa, the smiling man in the Keffiyah on the far right of McCain in this photo.
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Predating his international period, Mouaz Moustafa did stints as a Field Organizer for the Democratic National Committee and a senate staffer. On Instagram, he calls himself a Freelance Revolutionary.


5 posted on 09/05/2013 7:59:45 AM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: maggief
Freeper Alert: Sen. KERRY / Communist Vietnamese Killing Off Christains in Central Highlands... (...with Senator McCAIN (R) in complete agreement with him, is because "Engagement" with Communist Vietnam is better for the people of Vietnam in the long run.)

John McCain armed Kosovo Islamic terrorists

John McCain armed the KLA, Politika

Group tied to al-Qaida backs McCain for prez

6 posted on 09/05/2013 8:08:59 AM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: warchild9
“McCain needs to be put in a home.”

Yeah, a home with bars.
As a charter member of the Keating Five, McCain was for sale his very first days in Washington. Since he was given a pass on that, I can only assume he has been selling his influence ever since. With the higher stakes and fees, there is no doubt in my mind, he is collecting millions to represent the various Islamist extremist groups.

7 posted on 09/05/2013 8:14:09 AM PDT by Tupelo (There are no Republicans or Democrats in Washington. Just Millionaires protecting their turf.)
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To: maggief

Free Syrian Army FSA “Moderates’ Behead 24 Passengers on Bus, Including a Mother and Her 40-day old Baby

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2013/09/free-syrian-army-fsa-moderates-behead-24-passengers-on-bus-to-include-a-mother-and-her-40-day-old-ba.html


8 posted on 09/05/2013 8:15:22 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Are Marines required to salute Al Qaeda yet?)
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To: Tupelo

It’s entirely possible.

I wonder if it’s illegal?

Citizen’s United changed the rules drastically.


9 posted on 09/05/2013 8:16:20 AM PDT by warchild9
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To: maggief; All
BINGO!

Disagree with Greenfield on 2 points:

POINT 1: "O’Bagy doesn’t matter much."

O'Bagy matters very much. Even before the WSJ article I had been hearing her name a lot. Her name came up during the Syria hearing at least once (McCain). All of Congress is being pointed to her research as THE authority on the Syria rebels.

Yesterday, Frank Gaffney interviewed Marc Thiessen, of American Enterprise Institute, about Syria. Thiessen said he gets his info on the FSA from O'Bagy and Kimberly Kagen [more on Kagen later] because they are the most knowledgeable experts. Gaffney demurred and said "One question is to what extent might her assessment (on the rebels) be influenced by the favt that she seems to be working with some of these Syrian opposition forces at the moment. I will talk about that on another occasion."

POINT 2:

"A few days ago, the Wall Street Journal ran a high profile article from one Elizabeth O’Bagy arguing that the majority of the Syrian rebels were actually moderates."

That lie has been pushed by McCain and Kerry and others for weeks. That lie influences senators and congressmen.
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John Kerry: Less than a quarter of Syrian rebels are jihadists

House Homeland Security Committee chairman Mike McCaul was "stunned" by Kerry's assertion. The briefings members of Congress had been getting stated that the number was closer to 50% - and that may be lowballing it too.

Reuters calls Mr. Kerry out for his lie:

Secretary of State John Kerry's public assertions that moderate Syrian opposition groups are growing in influence appear to be at odds with estimates by U.S. and European intelligence sources and nongovernmental experts, who say Islamic extremists remain by far the fiercest and best-organized rebel elements.

At congressional hearings this week, while making the case for President Barack Obama's plan for limited military action in Syria, Kerry asserted that the armed opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "has increasingly become more defined by its moderation, more defined by the breadth of its membership, and more defined by its adherence to some, you know, democratic process and to an all-inclusive, minority-protecting constitution.

"And the opposition is getting stronger by the day," Kerry told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday.

U.S. and allied intelligence sources and private experts on the Syrian conflict suggest that assessment is optimistic.

While the radical Islamists among the rebels may not be numerically superior to more moderate fighters, they say, Islamist groups like the al Qaeda-aligned Nusra Front are better organized, armed and trained.

Kerry's remarks represented a change in tone by the Obama administration, which for more than two years has been wary of sending U.S. arms to the rebels, citing fears they could fall into radical Islamists' hands.


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I can't link to the American Thinker article. Has it been pulled?

10 posted on 09/05/2013 9:41:47 AM PDT by thouworm (A lawless oligarchy has replaced our Constitution-based govt. Their motto: Catch us if you can.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

meant to ping to you this Greenfield article (and post 10)


11 posted on 09/05/2013 9:46:19 AM PDT by thouworm (A lawless oligarchy has replaced our Constitution-based govt. Their motto: Catch us if you can.)
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To: thouworm

Looks like it was pulled.

Here is an alternate link.

http://docstalk.blogspot.com/2013/09/really-mr-kerry-who-gave-you-this-data.html


12 posted on 09/05/2013 9:46:45 AM PDT by maggief
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To: Diogenesis
Bombing Syria on September 11th tells the world we are subservient to Al Qaeda... we STAND under the animals who murdered over 3,000 of our citizens. We celebrate their day of victory.

The bombing will show we've joined the eternal tribal feuds of the Middle East... and sold the lives of our men and women in the armed services to the Sheiks of Saudi Arabia...FOR CASH.

Blood money for our elites...

We're no longer a force to be reckoned with because we're total fools.

13 posted on 09/05/2013 9:53:16 AM PDT by GOPJ (Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts - Churchill)
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To: maggief
Among the legislators who have been most helpful to his cause, he said, are McCain, New York Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel, Democratic Sens. Carl Levin of Michigan and Bob Menendez of New Jersey, as well as Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
14 posted on 09/05/2013 9:57:14 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: maggief; SeekAndFind
Hmm... looks like a raw nerve has been touched. Thanks for the alternate link. If it's on the internet, you will find it. :-)

We gotta get that war vote passed before the truth gets out!!!

SeekandFind posted this:

From HOTAIR.COM

Kerry insists, as does John McCain, that the Free Syrian Army controls the opposition in Syria and that radical Islamist elements comprise only a small percentage of rebel fighting units. However, intelligence from US and European agencies put the radical Islamists near parity in numbers, and far more in control than Kerry and the Obama administration acknowledge:

Secretary of State John Kerry’s public assertions that moderate Syrian opposition groups are growing in influence appear to be at odds with estimates by U.S. and European intelligence sources and nongovernmental experts, who say Islamic extremists remain by far the fiercest and best-organized rebel elements. …

U.S. and allied intelligence sources and private experts on the Syrian conflict suggest that assessment is optimistic.

While the radical Islamists among the rebels may not be numerically superior to more moderate fighters, they say, Islamist groups like the al Qaeda-aligned Nusra Front are better organized, armed and trained.

Kerry insists that FSA’s General Salim Idriss has control, and the opposition is even holding elections for its leaders:

Kerry replied: “I just don’t agree that a majority are al Qaeda and the bad guys. That’s not true. There are about 70,000 to 100,000 oppositionists … Maybe 15 percent to 25 percent might be in one group or another who are what we would deem to be bad guys.

“There is a real moderate opposition that exists. General Idriss is running the military arm of that,” Kerry continued, referring to General Salim Idriss, head of the rebel Free Syrian Army. Increasingly, he said, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states are funneling assistance through Idriss.

According to Foreign Policy, though — hardly a conservative mouthpiece on foreign affairs — Idriss’ grasp on the opposition is crumbling, and may have been ephemeral all along. Instead, his commanders have suddenly developed a taste for working with the elements that Kerry insists are too small to matter:

As the United States moves closer to taking military action against the Syrian government, the leadership of the mainstream armed opposition force has chosen a curious time to appear to be on the verge of unraveling. Known generically as the Free Syrian Army (FSA), this assortment of mostly secular defecting Sunni Arab officers and mostly Islamist volunteers has attempted several reorganizations. The most recent of these is now seriously threatened by a resignation threat from senior commanders. …

On August 22, four of the five front commanders threatened to resign from the SMC, promising to break “red lines” and work “with all forces fighting in Syria,” a clear reference to the war’s growing Salafist-Jihadist contingent. The statement was read by Colonel Fatih Hasun, who is the commander of the SMC’s Homs Front and the deputy chief-of-staff, that is to say, Idriss’s deputy and the most senior officer inside the country. Hasun added that rebels would no longer respect demands by outside powers that they not attempt to take over government-controlled chemical weapons sites. In addition to demanding action in response to the government’s use of chemical weapons in Damascus, Hasun also demanded better weapons and said they were tiring of the “false promises of those who call themselves Friends of Syria.”

While the resignation seemed tentative, Hasun was less equivocal about the other red line — the opposition’s Salafist-Jihadist groups, Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) — both of which the United States has designated as terrorist entities linked to al Qaeda. Directly behind Hasun on the wall was an Islamic flag, with a pre-Assad Syria FSA flag draped to the side, a nod perhaps to the Salafists. Sitting to his right was a bearded cleric in Salafist garb. He directly stated, “we call upon all” FSA units to work with all others fighting the regime. Adding insult to injury, on August 25 Muhammad Tabnaja, field commander in Latakia for the Ahfad al-Faruq Brigade in Latakia, resigned citing the lack of support from the SMC.

If Idriss is in control and opposed to the radical Islamist elements, he would have acted forcefully to put down this rebellion within the rebellion. In the event, though, Idriss apparently couldn’t do anything:

Most telling is what happened when the SMC’s decision removing Akaydi was announced. Akaydi ignored it, then after brigade-level commanders within the AMC rejected the decision, he did an interview in which he mocked the SMC as made up of people “who are into travel and hotels and have no connection to what is happening on the ground.” He did clear Idriss of involvement, however, and Idriss promptly apologized to Akaydi and then traveled to Aleppo to meet with him and praise him. …

Idriss responded to Hasun’s threatened resignation by saying he “rejected” it, as if he had the power to do so.

Is the White House following the intelligence of its own agencies and that of its allies? Is it even following the public events that demonstrate the lack of effectiveness in the FSA and the rise of al-Qaeda-affiliated leadership in the Syrian rebellion? Or are they just so concerned about preventing Barack Obama’s humiliation that they don’t care?

25 posted on Thursday, September 05, 2013 9:53:48 AM by SeekAndFind

15 posted on 09/05/2013 10:00:57 AM PDT by thouworm (A lawless oligarchy has replaced our Constitution-based govt. Their motto: Catch us if you can.)
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To: maggief
Among the legislators who have been most helpful to his cause, he said, are McCain, New York Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel, Democratic Sens. Carl Levin of Michigan and Bob Menendez of New Jersey, as well as Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

Well, it certainly didn't take Marco long, did it?

16 posted on 09/05/2013 10:05:43 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: maggief
This is the entire article. It contains too many important links to get "lost." I added some bolding, underlining & a link to the Institute for the Study of War.

Meet the Syrian Islamist Organization Controlling Senator McCain’s Agenda

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On September 4, 2013 @ 4:08 pm In The Point | 18 Comments

A few days ago, the Wall Street Journal ran a high profile article from one Elizabeth O’Bagy arguing that the majority of the Syrian rebels were actually moderates.

Senator McCain mentioned Elizabeth O’Bagy’s op-ed during the Senate hearings, when he wasn’t playing poker, and tweeted it. That should come as no surprise, considering that O’Bagy is credited with arranging McCain’s infamous photo op with the Syrian rebel leadership.

The Wall Street Journal lists O’Bagy’s role as the Institute for the Study of War. It leaves out the fact that she is the political director for the Syrian Emergency Task Force making her an activist.

O’Bagy doesn’t matter much. She’s a friendly Western face plastered over a foreign organization. Of more interest is Mouaz Moustafa, the smiling man in the Keffiyah on the far right of McCain in this photo.

Mouaz Moustafa is a Palestinian Arab and the Executive Director of the Syrian Emergency Task Force which arranged for McCain’s visit.

Senator McCain called Moustafa a “patriot”, but it’s not clear which country he’s a patriot of, since it’s not Mouaz Moustafa’s first time around on the regime change bus tour.

Before the Syrian Emergency Task Force, Moustafa was the Executive Director of the Libyan Council of North America, which like the SETF existed to help push regime change. Before that, he mentions working with “rebels” in Egypt. On his Twitter feed, he denounces the overthrow of Morsi making it rather clear which side he was on.

His Twitter account frequently features anti-Israel material, including calls for a Palestinian state with its capital in Jerusalem. On his YouTube account, he “liked” a video featuring Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, “crying while praying”.

He also Favorited an anti-Israel video from a channel titled “JewsExposed”

Predating his international period, Mouaz Moustafa did stints as a Field Organizer for the Democratic National Committee and a senate staffer. On Instagram, he calls himself a Freelance Revolutionary.

Mouaz Moustafa, patriot of four countries, none of which is the United States, appears to be holding McCain’s hand on Syria through the Syrian Emergency Task Force. And the Syrian Emergency Task Force appears to be funded by “prominent” Syrians in the United States. It’s not technically a foreign organization. Technically.

One member of the SETF’s Board of Trustees/Board of Directors, Dr. Jihad Qaddour, was also a trustee of the Muslim American Society, which is a front for the Muslim Brotherhood.

Another, Bassam Estwani, appears to have been the Imam of the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, also known as Al-Qaeda leader Anwar Al-Awlaki’s former mosque. The mosque was considered a front for Hamas and other “Islamic extremists” by the Treasury Department.

A third, Zaher Sahloul, appears to be the Chairman of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Chicago, an organization with terrorist links which is involved in organizing a boycott of Israel.

And that’s just from a casual glance at a disturbingly incomplete list of names and functions.

Mouaz Moustafa’s message is that United States must arm the Syrian terrorists without asking questions, and claims that most of the Al-Nusra Front’s members are not really Al Qaeda or enemies of America.

“Let’s look at the Jabhat al-Nusra. Didn’t exist, then existed. Came up to numbers [of] about 5,000 or 6,000. Then we put them on a terrorist list — increase their profile and people stood with them. I think the way they were thinking is, ‘you don’t support us, you don’t give us arms, you don’t give us anything, but then you tell us whose good and whose bad within us?’ So first support, then dictate.”

That’s not just empty talk. Mouaz Moustafa claims to have White House access and control over where the weapons go.

While advocating for greater intervention in Syria, Moustafa says he has gone to Tampa to meet with Central Command, to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and to the White House “every couple of months” to meet with staff of the National Security Council.

And if you are wondering who is sorting through the Syrian morass to find groups that are suitable for American aid — in other words, not members of al-Qaida — Moustafa says it’s a task his group performs as well.

“What we try to do is make sure is that the aid is going from the State Department is going to the right people,” he said.

And these are the politicians he claims are most helpful to his cause

Among the legislators who have been most helpful to his cause, he said, are McCain, New York Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel, Democratic Sens. Carl Levin of Michigan and Bob Menendez of New Jersey, as well as Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

It’s strange that no one has called attention to the fact that a group headed by people with such extreme ties and beliefs is dominating American foreign policy on Syria and controlling the itinerary of senior senators like McCain.

 


Article printed from FrontPage Magazine: http://frontpagemag.com

URL to article: http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/meet-the-syrian-islamist-organization-controlling-senator-mccains-agenda/

17 posted on 09/05/2013 10:19:17 AM PDT by thouworm (A lawless oligarchy has replaced our Constitution-based govt. Their motto: Catch us if you can.)
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To: thouworm; MestaMachine

Syria is a “very attractive place to go and fight” from the Islamic point of view. “There is a lot of historical and religious importance attached to Syria, and to Damascus especially, the place where, it is said in the Koran, Jesus Christ is going to come back and there will be Armageddon and so on,” Al-Abdeh said. “Many of the jihadists that go to fight in Syria actually believe in these things, and that Syria has special religious significance.”

Every 5 to 10 years there is a “particular location or a battlefield” where radical Muslims could go to war, Al-Abdeh explained. In the 1980s, it was Afghanistan against Soviets; in the 1990s, it was Bosnia against the Serbs and Chechnya against the Russians; today, it is Syria.

(author unknown)


18 posted on 09/05/2013 12:18:36 PM PDT by caww
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To: thouworm

Bookmarking your post good information thanks


19 posted on 09/05/2013 12:32:38 PM PDT by FBD (My carbon footprint is bigger than yours)
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To: thouworm

<....”Is the White House following the intelligence of its own agencies and that of its allies?”....>

No...it is framing it’s intelligence around it’s agenda. Whatever works to enhance that agenda is the intelligence we are going to hear....the rest will be lost or scrubbed.

<.....” Is it even following the public events that demonstrate the lack of effectiveness in the FSA and the rise of al-Qaeda-affiliated leadership in the Syrian rebellion?”.....>

No, as we have seen from over 100,000 deaths, apart from chemical warfare, the concern is not the people, nor ours for that matter.

They are under the false assumption they can neutralize Alqueda and the Brotherhood, and all other various factions by giving them a voice at the table of the next administration....which the Sauds have already in place..... (Exactly as they assumed in Egypt.)... Any deaths will simply be “collateral damage” for the larger picture of their ultimate agenda.

<....”Are they just so concerned about preventing Barack Obama’s humiliation that they don’t care?”.....>

“We do not have a President who is trustworthy, principled, steady or wise — to the contrary he is seen as weak, vacillating, dithering, and devoid of a clear, compelling and principled policy in the Middle East....

.... He doesn’t inspire confidence, not with our allies, not with Congress, and most importantly, not with the American people. ...It is clear that he drew his “red line” without thinking it through.

... He doesn’t have a plan. He hasn’t built Congressional or international support..... He is winging it.... And that is incredibly dangerous!!!!”

(Exert quote from Joel Rosenberg)


20 posted on 09/05/2013 12:36:05 PM PDT by caww
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To: liberalh8ter
<....”Well, it certainly didn't take Marco long, did it?”....>

Some stand strong...most yield to the puppeteer's for greater gain down the road...Marco yielded and is theirs now.

21 posted on 09/05/2013 12:40:01 PM PDT by caww
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To: maggief; MestaMachine; caww; melancholy
O'Bagy on Neil Cavuto today (hopefully, video will become available to watch):

Highlights:

Among other good questions, Cavuto challenged her on her affiliations with the rebels and exactly who is paying her.

"I don't represent the SETF. I'm not one of their employees, nor do I lobby on their behalf. I work with them as an independent contractor specifically to use my research and my knowledge base to help improve US govt contracts."

"I get a contract fee through these US govt contracts where I am written into the contract as an independent contractor."

Same old, same old with her, and I don't trust her analysis---never have---even though she has spent much time in Syria. She always marginalizes the jihadi rebels and magnifies her (and the CIA's) fave rebels---I am assuming FSA, but she did not mention them by name---as champions of a secular democracy.

From interview:

"...There is no underestimating the atrocities that have been committed on both sides, but I think it's important to really keep in mind that even while there may be some extremists, kinda foes running around the country, there is a large moderate force that is looking to not only kinda further US interests in the region and to work as an allied partner, but actually could serve as a reliable governing partner if built and given the kind of resources and capacity building it would need to serve as that partner."

[snip]

"Personally I would hope that our intelligence agencies have been closely following this, and I know that the CIA has been working on a long vetting process and are finally at the point where they have kinda picked a group or an organization that they feel comfortable working with."

I suspect she is going to be making the rounds on the talk-show circuit because her affiliations have finally been disclosed and her bias is being questioned.

We discussed the WSJ piece and her analysis from the Institute's website on the Live Syria Thread.

22 posted on 09/05/2013 2:24:18 PM PDT by thouworm (A lawless oligarchy has replaced our Constitution-based govt. Their motto: Catch us if you can.)
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To: maggief; MestaMachine
Re: Kimberly Kagen (I mentioned in post 10): "Yesterday, Frank Gaffney interviewed Marc Thiessen, of American Enterprise Institute, about Syria. Thiessen said he gets his info on the FSA from O'Bagy and Kimberly Kagen ..."

That statement caught my attention because I recently heard the name Kimberly Kagen in the context of crediting her and husband with Petraeus' Surge strategy [I can't recall the source].


Gen. David Petraeus posing before the U.S. Capitol with Kimberly Kagan, founder and president of the Institute for the Study of War. (Photo credit: ISW’s 2011 Annual Report)

How tight Petraeus’s relationship was with two neocons in particular, Frederick and Kimberly Kagan, was explored Wednesday in a Washington Post article by war correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran who described how Petraeus installed the husband-and-wife team in U.S. offices in Kabul, granted them top-secret clearances and let them berate military officers about war strategy.

Though the Kagans received no pay from the U.S. government, they drew salaries from their respective think tanks which are supported by large corporations, including military contractors with interests in extending the Afghan War. Frederick Kagan works for the American Enterprise Institute, and Kimberly Kagan founded the Institute for the Study of War [ISW] in 2007 and is its current president.

According to ISW’s last annual report, its original supporters were mostly right-wing foundations, such as the Smith-Richardson Foundation and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, but it now is backed by national security contractors, including major ones like General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman and CACI, as well as lesser-known firms such as DynCorp International, which provides training for Afghan police, and Palantir, a technology company founded with the backing of the CIA’s venture-capital arm, In-Q-Tel. Palantir supplies software to U.S. military intelligence in Afghanistan.

Neocons Guided Petraeus on Afghan War

The Military-Industrial Complex, Neocons and General Patraeus

The Forever Wars of Frederick & Kimberly Kagan

23 posted on 09/05/2013 2:49:11 PM PDT by thouworm (A lawless oligarchy has replaced our Constitution-based govt. Their motto: Catch us if you can.)
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To: thouworm; penelopesire

2011 ISW annual report, including contributors.

http://www.understandingwar.org/sites/default/files/2011_AnnualReport_26MAR_email.pdf

Small world ...

Dr. Kimberly Kagan, President and Founder of the Institute for the Study of War

wiki.

At Yale, Kagan met her husband Frederick Kagan, who is an American resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI),[4] son of Donald Kagan, a well-known historian and brother of Robert Kagan, another well-known writer and publicist. Robert Kagan’s wife is Victoria Nuland, spokesperson for the United States Department of State. (She was nominated to serve as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs in May 2013.[3])

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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3023686/posts

“Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham were vocal critics of the administration’s messaging after the Benghazi attacks, but on Friday, they issued a laudatory statement about Victoria Nuland”

Victoria Nuland

Spouse: Robert Kagan

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7370992.stm

Robert Kagan is an adviser to Senator John McCain and his idea that the United States should continue to take a strong, and possibly a confrontational, role in world affairs accords with McCain’s own views.

Kagan’s brother Frederick was instrumental in persuading President Bush to reinforce US forces in Iraq with last year’s “surge”, against the advice of the Iraq Study Group of “wise men” at the time. The surge was and is a policy supported by John McCain and one of the reasons for his political success.

http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/05/24/obama_taps_victoria_nuland_for_assistant_secretary

Obama taps Victoria Nuland for assistant secretary
Friday, May 24, 201

EXCERPT

Following the announcement, Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which is tasked with confirming her nomination, remained mum on her nomination, though a committee source speaking to The Cable said there is “very little chance” the nomination won’t trigger a fight.

Nuland, however, is something of an awkward target for Republicans. From 2003 to 2005, she served as principal deputy national security advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney. Her husband is prominent neoconservative writer Robert Kagan, co-founder of the Project for the New American Century and an advisor to Mitt Romney’s failed presidential bid.

AEI wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Enterprise_Institute

Kagan, Keane, and Senators John McCain and Joseph Lieberman presented the plan at a January 5, 2007, event at AEI. Bush announced the change of strategy on January 10 the idea having “won additional support among some officials as a result of a detailed study by Gen. Jack Keane, the former vice chief of staff at the Army, and Frederick W. Kagan, a military specialist, that was published by the American Enterprise Institute”.[28] Kagan authored three subsequent reports monitoring the progress of the surge.[72]


24 posted on 09/05/2013 3:09:19 PM PDT by maggief
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To: thouworm

Covering on Brett Baier now ...


25 posted on 09/05/2013 3:27:01 PM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

Good finds!!!

“Small world ...” -—— incestuous even.

The other thing that caught my attention is the funding for ISW. It seems to have shifted over the years.,,,or, perhaps better to say that it has taken on a new dimension.

Also interesting, neither wife Kagen nor husband Kagen took pay for their work (wanted “independence”) with Petraeus...and O’Bagy, in her Syria work. receives pay as an individual contractor within the scope of a larger government contract.


26 posted on 09/05/2013 3:35:21 PM PDT by thouworm (A lawless oligarchy has replaced our Constitution-based govt. Their motto: Catch us if you can.)
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To: thouworm

Need to do more research on KagAn and ISW ... and funding.

Baier’s panel will be discussing O’Bagy tonight.


27 posted on 09/05/2013 3:41:31 PM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

Thanks for heads-up re: Baier and O’Bagy. I had it DVRed.

Compare and contrast-— lol

Baier: “She [O’Bagy] is also the political director and humanitarian aid coordinator for a Syrian opp lobbying group, The SETF group -— with links to the FSA.”

Excerpt from my post 22-—O’Bagy’s direct quote from Cavuto interview:

“I don’t represent the SETF. I’m not one of their employees, nor do I lobby on their behalf. I work with them as an independent contractor specifically to use my research and my knowledge base to help improve US govt contracts.”

“I get a contract fee through these US govt contracts where I am written into the contract as an independent contractor.”
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`

Baier’s said she is the political director for SETF, linked to FSA.

O’Bagy never mentioned any of that on Cavuto, except to say, “ “I don’t represent the SETF.....”
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

We still don’t have the straight story on her. Will keep my eye out for other appearances she might make. Gaffney said he was going to try to get her on his prog.


28 posted on 09/05/2013 4:28:10 PM PDT by thouworm (A lawless oligarchy has replaced our Constitution-based govt. Their motto: Catch us if you can.)
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To: thouworm

Think I’m getting a better understanding what drives “The Maverick”.

http://www.understandingwar.org/sites/default/files/2012PCDinner_AwardCeremony.pdf

[PDF]
2012 ISW President’s Circle National Security Leadership Award ...
www.understandingwar.org/sites/.../2012PCDinner_AwardCeremony.pdf
Nov 13, 2012 - an assignment already for the evening, and John and Mary Taylor, who ... is our fearless Chairman, Bill Roberti, and Liz Cheney who are here.

Excuse the link:

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article35730.htm

Who is behind the Syrian Support Group?

Brian Sayers, referenced by whistle blower David Walt, is the Executive Director of SSG. Mazen Asbahi, a Chicago lawyer, is listed as president of the SSG board. Asbahi was the Obama coordinator for Muslim outreach in the 2008 campaign. He resigned from that position in August 2008 after being question by the Wall Street Journal about his connections to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. He is currently listed as president of SSG’s board of directors and is the named recipient of the SSG special fund raising license from the Department of Treasury.

The SSG web page prominently lists Institute for the Study of War (ISW) policy papers as a justification for the groups aid to Syrian rebels. ISW leadership sounds like a updated version of Partnership for a New American Century (PNAC) regime change crew. The ISW board includes William Kristol, Elizabeth Cheney (daughter of the former vice president), and other leading neo conservatives.

(more at link, sorry for the site reference but perhaps links of interest)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16q6xiJgHe0

ISW Awards Senator Joseph Lieberman for National Security Leadership

Published on Nov 16, 2012

On November 13, 2012, the Institute for the Study of War presented the second annual ISW Award for National Security Leadership to Sen. Joseph Lieberman (ID-CT).

The award was presented last Tuesday at ISW’s second annual President’s Circle Dinner at the Fairmont Hotel to honor the senator’s service to the country.

The ISW Award for National Security Leadership award honors an individual who embodies exceptional service, intellect, and leadership in national security.

ISW Founder and President Kimberly Kagan and General Dynamics Executive Vice President for Marine Systems John Casey, sponsor of the 2012 award, presented the award to Lieberman.

(Note: Lieberman references Three Amigos - McCain, Lindsey Graham/[Ben Nelson], and Lieberman)

http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2013/06/06/joseph-lieberman-joins-kasowitz/

June 6, 2013

Joseph Lieberman Joins Kasowitz

EXCERPT

Mr. Lieberman said Kasowitz’s approach to legal work resonated with his personal history. A longtime Democrat, he leans to the right on defense and fiscal matters, and in 2006 renounced the party to run as an Independent after a bitter defeat in the Connecticut primary.

“They do some corporate defense work,” Mr. Lieberman said of the firm, “but they have also had the guts to sue some of the biggest banks in the world for their conduct in the credit crisis. That kind of independence… took me back to my independence.”

Channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/UnderstandingWarOrg?feature=watch

UnderstandingWarOrg

The Institute for the Study of War is a private, nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution whose goal is to educate current and future decision makers and thereby enhance the quality of policy debates.


29 posted on 09/05/2013 4:46:26 PM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

Well..well.well...what do we have here? Good find!


30 posted on 09/05/2013 5:30:55 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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Rand Slams Congress for Funding Egypt’s Generals:
‘How Does Your Conscience Feel Now?’
Foreign Policy | 15 Aug 2013 | John Hudson
Posted on 08/15/2013 5:44:10 PM PDT by Hoodat
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3055253/posts

Sen. Rand Paul is hammering his fellow senators for keeping billions in financial aid flowing to Egypt’s military — even as Cairo’s security forces massacre anti-government activists.

[by “anti-government activists” is meant church-burning jihadists]

Sen. Cruz Statement on Egypt (Suspend aid over anti-Muslim Brotherhood ‘coup’)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3055492/posts

Ted Cruz blames Egyptian violence on Obama’s disregard for foreign aid law
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3055589/posts


31 posted on 09/08/2013 9:30:05 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: plangent

ping


32 posted on 09/11/2013 12:47:54 PM PDT by plangent
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To: warchild9
"McCain needs to be put in a home."

How about GITMO with the rest of his pals?

33 posted on 09/11/2013 3:30:14 PM PDT by uncommonsense (Liberals see what they believe; Conservatives believe what they see.)
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