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  • US envoy in contact with Iraqi military, Syria personnel after Turkish raids

    04/26/2017 8:12:58 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    KOM News ^ | 26 April 2017 15:14 CEST | Brett McGurk
    US-led coalition envoy Brett McGurk said on Wednesday he is in regular contact with the Iraqi military as well as personnel on the ground in Syria after the Turkish raids on Tuesday morning.“In regular contact with counterparts in Iraq and our military personnel in Syria following the reports of [Turkish] airstrikes Monday night,” McGurk said in a Twitter message.On Tuesday, Turkish jets struck positions in northern Syria and Iraq of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).Operation Inherent Resolve spokesperson told Sputnik on Wednesday that the coalition was “deeply concerned” about the Turkish actions. The spokesperson underscored that Ankara cannot pursue...
  • Tony Snow: 'Thank God for Blogs!'

    01/10/2007 2:56:30 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 96 replies · 5,835+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    "Thank God for blogs," said White House Press Secretary Tony Snow this afternoon, commenting on the Bush administration's communications efforts. The comment came in the course of conference call for bloggers in which I participated, conducted by Snow and Brett McGurk [pictured here], the National Security Council's Director for Iraq, giving a preview of President Bush's speech of tonight on Iraq. Snow described the problem with the traditional media - generously I would say - not in terms of bias but as a function of the "if it bleeds it leads" tendency. In any case, it's clear that the...
  • Phony Ambassador Running Obama’s Anti-Islamic State Diplomacy

    09/30/2015 11:28:37 AM PDT · by SubMareener · 3 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 30, 2015 12:00 pm | Adam Kredo
    The Obama administration official most likely in line to become the next U.S. envoy to the Coalition to Counter the Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL) has falsely presented himself as an official U.S. ambassador by the administration for the last five months, according to documents reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon. Brett McGurk, a deputy special presidential envoy to the Global Coalition who serves under General John Allen, was temporarily appointed by the administration as an ambassador on Oct. 18, 2014. He was conferred this rank through a little-known legal loophole that allows the administration to...
  • Ambassador who sided with Muslim Brotherhood spearheads State Department’s anti-ISIS effort

    09/20/2014 6:44:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Powerline ^ | September 19, 2014 | Paul Mirengoff
    John Kerry has assembled a three-person team to lead the State Department’s efforts against ISIS. Two of the members — Gen. John Allen and Brett McGurk — seem unobjectionable. The third, Anne Patterson, is another matter. In announcing her central role, Kerry praised Patterson as “one of our nation’s top diplomats deeply respected in the region.” But Patterson is not respected in Egypt, where she served as ambassador during the period when the Muslim Brotherhood was in power. Bridget Johnson at PJ Media reminds us that Patterson stood firmly behind the Brotherhood as it persecuted opponents and attempted to consolidate...
  • U.S. Signed Secret Document to Lift U.N. Sanctions on Iranian Banks [same day Tehran released..]

    09/29/2016 5:26:44 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 13 replies
    U.S. Signed Secret Document to Lift U.N. Sanctions on Iranian Banks Administration backed measures on the same day Tehran released four American citizens from prison By Jay Solomon and Carol E. Lee Sept. 29, 2016 8:02 p.m. ET 0 COMMENTS WASHINGTON—The Obama administration agreed to back the lifting of United Nations sanctions on two Iranian state banks blacklisted for financing Iran’s ballistic-missile program on the same day in January that Tehran released four American citizens from prison, according to U.S. officials and congressional staff briefed on the deliberations. The U.N. sanctions on the two banks weren’t initially to be lifted...
  • (Hillary/Obama) State Department swept sex scandals under the rug

    10/20/2013 9:30:30 AM PDT · by Liz · 20 replies
    NY POST ^ | 10/19/13 | Kate Briquelet
    State Dept IG leaked an internal memo citing derailed probes under then-Secy of State Hillary Clinton. Records show staffers who were known sex abusers were given cushy govt jobs or allowed to retire... The bombshell memo accuses ex-Belgium Amb Howard Gutman and members of Clinton’s security detail of hiring prostitutes....Gutman had apparently also solicited sexual favors from "minor children.” Gutman was allowed to retire in July. •Chuck Lisenbee, a former Beirut security officer who was being probed for allegedly sexually assaulting local guards, is now a special agent in Washington for the Office of Diplomatic Vehicles, Enforcement and Outreach, according...
  • Retired General Replaced by Lawyer as Special Envoy to Iraq, Syria

    10/23/2015 2:19:22 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 12 replies
    Military.com ^ | October 23, 2015 | Richard Sisk
    President Obama announced Friday that he was replacing retired Marine Gen. John Allen with lawyer and diplomat Brett McGurk as his special envoy for Iraq and Syria with a wide-ranging portfolio that includes holding together a coalition against ISIS. Allen, who reportedly had clashed with the military over the now-defunct $500 million effort to create an army of Syrian volunteers, was departing after 13 months as special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, another name for the terrorist group.
  • Whistleblower: Hillary´s Chief Staff Quashed State Dept. Scandal Investigation

    06/11/2013 11:34:31 AM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/11/13 | John Nolte
    A former senior investigator with the State Department´s criminal investigative unit has turned whistleblower and alleged to both the media and Congress that senior staff within State Department covered up investigations into appalling behavior committed by members of Hillary Clinton´s security staff and our ambassador to Belgium. One of those alleged to have interfered was Cheryl Mills, Hillary´s chief of staff. The case in which Clinton enforcer Mills allegedly intervened centered upon Brett McGurk, Obama’s nominee to be US ambassador to Iraq. McGurk’s expected nomination fell apart after a computer hack exposed
  • Obama's Choice for Next U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Withdraws (O's Junius Horribilis Continues)

    06/18/2012 4:58:39 PM PDT · by kristinn · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Monday, June 18, 2012 | Andrew Quinn, Susan Cornwell, Mohammad Zargham
    President Barack Obama's nominee to become the next U.S. ambassador to Iraq withdrew his name on Monday after Republican lawmakers questioned his suitability following revelations that he had engaged in an extramarital affair with a journalist who later became his wife. Brett McGurk, a long-time Iraq expert who had served on the Bush administration's National Security Council, wrote to U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that he was withdrawing "with a heavy heart." "I believe it is in the best interests of the country, and our life together, to withdraw my nomination and serve in another...
  • Australia: Man 'who could bring down New South Wales government' shot dead

    A Scottish-born man who was shot dead in front of his son in Sydney was in possession of a tape capable of bringing down the New South Wales state Labour government, it has been claimed. Michael McGurk, a well-known loan shark, was arriving at his multi-million-dollar home with his 10-year-old son on Thursday evening when he was shot once in the head by a lone gunman. Michael McGurk Mr McGurk, 46, had been due to appear in court the following day in relation to a complex property dispute. Since his death, it has emerged that he met with journalists from...
  • Florida District 2 McGurk for Congress!!!!

    09/24/2002 11:08:14 AM PDT · by Cato Uticensis · 7 replies · 249+ views
    myself ^ | 9/24/02 | Matt Dedinas
    For those of you living in Florida's US Congressional District #2, we have an important race going on. Allen Boyd is a longtime incumbent and we have a serious challenger, Tom McGurk. He is 27 year veteran of the US Air Force and Vietnam veteran. He won the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart. In this time of close margins in the congress, we need every seat we can get. McGurk is an underdog. But there are more Conservative voters in District 2 than there have been in times past. We need to make every...