The al-Sisi alternative ~ The Hill.com Pundit’s Blog versus Facts

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March 02, 2015

The al-Sisi alternative ~ By Herbert London, contributor

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi made an aggressive gambit last month to win broad international support — most specifically American and European support — for military intervention to fight ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) in Libya — his first foray onto the global battlefield. Clearly, this is not his first bold act. His speech challenging Islamists to consider the violent dimensions in the texts of Islam confronted terrorists on the ideological front. But, just as his ideological challenge received scant attention in the West, his strategic challenge was also rebuffed.

Some claim the rejection occurred because of Sisi’s human rights violations at home. Others claim it was nothing more than the recalcitrance of Europe and the U.S. to get involved. After ISIS issued a video showing the beheadings of 21 Coptic Egyptians and the immolation of a Jordanian pilot, Sisi felt obliged to attack targets in Libya.

Some U.N. officials contend Sisi lacks credibility because of his crackdown on “moderate Islamists,” albeit Sisi supporters contend the crackdown, when it did occur, was aimed at members of the Muslim Brotherhood, a group now banned in the country. There is another concern that Egyptian involvement in neighboring Libya could alienate moderate Islamists, scuttling a chance for political reconciliation in that troubled nation. It should be noted that the adjectival phrase “moderate” has many meanings in the Middle East.

For example, Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), along with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, contend that there are moderate members of the Muslim Brotherhood with whom the U.S. could sensibly negotiate. Sisi vigorously challenges this contention. In fact, he argues — with justification — that the Muslim Brotherhood created al Qaeda and militant extremists like the ISIS with targeted funding.

Within Egypt, Sisi’s militant posture toward ISIS has won broad approval. It appears that his stature is also emerging in the region. Most of the Gulf States quietly approve of his actions and even Israel, soto voce, supports the efforts of the Egyptian president.

With ISIS exploiting porous borders in the Middle East neighborhood, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Libya may all be in a war zone of one kind or another. Recognizing the threat from ISIS and the imperial ambitions of Iran, it would make sense to organize a defense condominium led by Egypt in which other nations in the Gulf pool their military assets and coordinate their battle plans.

If the U.S. administration recognized its interests in the region instead of focusing on withdrawal, it could use its diplomatic influence to forge this military alliance. Even if boots on the ground were not deployed, the U.S. could provide logical assistance and some military hardware.

First, of course, Sisi should be recognized as an ally in the global effort against Islamic extremism, and Egypt should be recognized as the obvious Sunni Arab nation leading this union — what I have dubbed the NATO of the Middle East. This emerging alliance could be the counterweight to Shiite aspirations and the stabilizing influence in an area that has only known chaos. Moreover, U.S. involvement would be limited, but critical. President Obama is likely to reject such a proposal, since he hasn’t warmed to Sisi since the military takeover of the government two years ago. But the president may be left with few options. His very limited war doctrine, which beseeches the Congress to restrict the war power of the executive, and his half-hearted attempt at bombing “safe” areas in Syria and Iraq, will fail — in fact, are failing.

Whether he likes it or not, President Obama will soon be searching for alternative remedies for his futile efforts. These alternatives are staring him in the face, if he will only look.

London is president of the London Center for Policy Research.

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/defense/234272-the-al-sisi-alternative

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This entire article is lies and misinformation, let’s break it down … 

Pundit: “Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi made an aggressive gambit last month to win broad international support — most specifically American and European support — for military intervention to fight ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) in Libya — his first foray onto the global battlefield. Clearly, this is not his first bold act. His speech challenging Islamists to consider the violent dimensions in the texts of Islam confronted terrorists on the ideological front. But, just as his ideological challenge received scant attention in the West, his strategic challenge was also rebuffed.”

There is no way US did not know about this, this was all being done before the 21 Egyptians were allegedly beheaded. This is the reason Egypt was targeted by ISIS. After the beheadings, when Sisi went after ISIS,  US wanted him to back off. Hmmm

FACTS:

U.S. backs off statement that Egypt, UAE were behind Libya air strikes

(Reuters) – The U.S. State Department on Tuesday backed off an earlier statement that Egypt and the United Arab Emirates were behind air strikes on Islamist militants in Libya.

At a regular State Department briefing, spokeswoman Jen Psaki said: “We understand there were air strikes undertaken in recent days by the UAE and Egypt” in Libya.

At the Pentagon, spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby also said the two countries were believed to be involved in the strikes but declined to give details.

However, late on Tuesday the State Department issued a statement saying the comment on Libya was “intended to refer to countries reportedly involved, not speak for them.”

Who Is Bombing Libya? U.S. Says It’s Egypt, UAE

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Plumes of black smoke seen from Tripoli in an attack claimed by renegade general Khalifa Haftar, August 23, 2014. REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Egypt and the United Arab Emirates were responsible for carrying out two series of air strikes in the past week on armed Islamist factions in Tripoli, Libya, U.S. officials said on Monday.

The officials said the two Arab countries used aircraft based in Egypt.

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Over the weekend, Tripoli residents said unidentified war planes attacked targets in the capital, as Libya is riven by the worst fighting since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. There were also strikes on Islamist-held positions last Monday.

Libya’s ambassador to the United Nations, Ibrahim Dabbashi, was skeptical about Egypt and UAE involvement.

“I don’t believe it,” he told Reuters in New York.

“They are not even technically capable, and it would also be a very sensitive thing for them politically,” he said. He declined to speculate on who else might have been behind the air strikes.

Rebel forces from the Libyan city of Misrata had already blamed the air strikes on Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, both of which have cracked down on Islamists.

The Times quoted U.S. officials as saying Egypt had provided launching bases for the strikes, while the pilots, warplanes and aerial refueling planes were from the UAE.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki refused to address the report when asked about it on Monday at a regular State Department briefing in Washington.

“I am not in a position to provide any additional information on these strikes,” she said, clarifying that she was referring to the reports of air strikes.

    Psaki said: “Libya’s challenges are political and violence will not resolve them. Our focus is on the political process there. We believe outside interference exacerbates current divisions and undermines Libya’s democratic transition.

In the campaign to overthrow Gaddafi, fighters from Zintan and Misrata were comrades-in-arms. But they later fell out and this year have turned parts of Tripoli into a battlefield, with the weak government unable to control the armed factions.

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Pundit: “Some claim the rejection occurred because of Sisi’s human rights violations at home. Others claim it was nothing more than the recalcitrance of Europe and the U.S. to get involved. After ISIS issued a video showing the beheadings of 21 Coptic Egyptians and the immolation of a Jordanian pilot, Sisi felt obliged to attack targets in Libya.”

US put Sisi into place and overthrew their pet Morsi when Morsi stopped playing by the rules and the Muslim Brotherhood fell out of favor with USA.  Qatar the main backers of Muslim Brotherhood were being blamed by US for the failure of the US attempted regime change in Syria.  Now the mission of destroying Syria was being handed to al-Sisi and the Saudis.

FACTS:

BREAKING — UNREAL: Obama’s Pentagon Rebukes Egypt for Bombing ISIS, Says U.S. Does Not Support Their Attacks on ISIS! 

Folks, this is getting scary. Obama refuses to call terrorism terrorism, refuses to admit ISIS is Islamic, refuses to admit the threat of radical Islam is spreading like wildfire and is a threat to the world, and refuses to put forward any meaningful plan to deal with ISIS.

But it gets worse.

Obama’s administration is now openly rebuking other nations who take proactive measures to confront ISIS in the Middle East. The Pentagon is even going so far as to accuse Egypt of using uncalled for violence in its fight against ISIS!

Read in Full Here 

 CIA Asset Appointed Head of “Libyan Army”

Team Khalifa Haftar (center gate archive) (photo:)

Team Khalifa Haftar

The resolution states in its first article on the upgrade to the rank of Major General Haftar team, while Article II on his appointment as commander in chief of the Libyan army, and assume all powers provided for in the legislation in force.

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Pundit: “Some U.N. officials contend Sisi lacks credibility because of his crackdown on “moderate Islamists,” albeit Sisi supporters contend the crackdown, when it did occur, was aimed at members of the Muslim Brotherhood, a group now banned in the country. There is another concern that Egyptian involvement in neighboring Libya could alienate moderate Islamists, scuttling a chance for political reconciliation in that troubled nation. It should be noted that the adjectival phrase “moderate” has many meanings in the Middle East.

For example, Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), along with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, contend that there are moderate members of the Muslim Brotherhood with whom the U.S. could sensibly negotiate. Sisi vigorously challenges this contention. In fact, he argues — with justification — that the Muslim Brotherhood created al Qaeda and militant extremists like the ISIS with targeted funding.”

FACTS:

“I don’t doubt that in Washington there is already a scenario of regime change and that scenario of regime change is there with a view to ensure continuity. But at the same time there is also a scenario of political and economic destabilization on an unprecedented scale.”

The Pentagon was behind Egypt’s Military Coup Interview with Michel Chossudovsky

Full Transcript of Video Interview Here 

Man behind Egypt coup studied at US Army War College

Egyptian Defense Minister Lt. Gen. Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who engineered the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday, attended the war college in Carlisle, Pa., in 2006, The Washington Times reported.

During the latest chaos in Egypt, Sisi deployed troops to cities when clashes broke out between supporters and opponents of the government.

Washington has not condemned the military takeover nor called it a coup, prompting speculation that it supports the change in the North African country.

The White House said on Monday that it is still reviewing whether or not to label the ouster of the Egyptian president by the military a coup.

Last week, Pentagon press secretary George Little said U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has been in contact with Sisi twice before the coup.

Read in Full Here

Is Egypt being targeted for Arab Spring Version 2.0

Christof Lehmann (NEO): Egypt and Russia are actively attempting to broker a peaceful solution to the war on Syria. Egypt has faced armed insurgencies since the 2011 Arab spring which increased after the ousting of Mohamed Morsi. Attacks by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, however, increased significantly since the Al-Sisi administration consolidated an anti-terrorism effort that sidelines the US-led “Coalition against ISIS”, and Egyptian – Russian attempts to broker a peaceful solution to the war on Syria via a return to Geneva. Is Egypt being targeted for an Arab Spring version 2.0?

Read in Full Here

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Pundit: “Within Egypt, Sisi’s militant posture toward ISIS has won broad approval. It appears that his stature is also emerging in the region. Most of the Gulf States quietly approve of his actions and even Israel, soto voce, supports the efforts of the Egyptian president.”

The Unheeded Warning 

It was in 2007, in the New Yorker, that veteran journalist Seymour Hersh published his lengthy, prophetic report, “The Redirection Is the Administration’s new policy benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism?” Within it, Washington, Riyadh, and Tel Aviv were exposed amidst a criminal conspiracy to use sectarian extremists in a proxy war against Iran and its allies in Syria and Lebanon. The impending conflict was described as “cataclysmic.”  Gulf States, USA, Israel, Turkey, Jordan and Saudis all support ISIS.

FACTS:

The “Cataclysmic Conflict” Yet to Come

To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.

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Al-Jaafari: Western states support terrorist activities

New York, SANA – Syria’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari said that Western countries are supporting terrorist activities, and that there’s political hypocrisy at the Security Council, as the aforementioned countries’ actions contradict what they say.

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Photos prove cooperation between Israel and al-Nusra

Press TV has obtained photos showing al-Qaeda-linked militants next to Israeli soldiers in the occupied Golan Heights.

New photos from the Golan Heights further prove Tel Aviv’s support for al-Qaeda-linked militants, especially al-Nusra Front, that have been wreaking havoc in Syria.

Read in Full Here

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 Pundit: “With ISIS exploiting porous borders in the Middle East neighborhood, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Libya may all be in a war zone of one kind or another. Recognizing the threat from ISIS and the imperial ambitions of Iran, it would make sense to organize a defense condominium led by Egypt in which other nations in the Gulf pool their military assets and coordinate their battle plans.”

Iran does not have Imperial ambitions, that is blatant lies.  Iran is main player in actually helping region in seriously eliminating ISIS in Iraq, Lebanon,and Syria.  US is using ISIS to divide and conquer for Greater Israel and natural resources of region.

FACTS:

Gen. Soleimani Leading Tikrit and Samarra Operation + Photo

Backed by allied Shiite and Sunni fighters, Iraqi security forces launched a large-scale military operation Monday to recapture Saddam hometown from the ISIS extremist group, a major step in a campaign to reclaim territory in northern Iraq controlled by the militants.

See more at: http://en.alalam.ir/news/1681584#sthash.5gWoU1Dh.dpuf

side note here, US refused to participate in the fight of Tikrit with Iranian Commander …

Read in full Here

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Pundit: “If the U.S. administration recognized its interests in the region instead of focusing on withdrawal, it could use its diplomatic influence to forge this military alliance. Even if boots on the ground were not deployed, the U.S. could provide logical assistance and some military hardware.”

US has been caught supporting ISIS and their help in Iraq is no longer wanted or needed as it is subversion of mission.

FACTS:

Official: US Planes Continue Dropping Weapons Supplies for for ISIL in Iraq

TEHRAN (FNA)- An Iraqi provincial official lashed out at the western countries and their regional allies for supporting Takfiri terrorists in Iraq, revealing that the US airplanes still continue to airdrop weapons and foodstuff for the ISIL terrorists.

Official: US Planes Continue Dropping Weapons Supplies for for ISIL in Iraq

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more here …

Iraq: Hezbollah Iraqi popular forces shot down US military plane and helicopters carrying weapons/ammunition for Daesh

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Pundit: “First, of course, Sisi should be recognized as an ally in the global effort against Islamic extremism, and Egypt should be recognized as the obvious Sunni Arab nation leading this union — what I have dubbed the NATO of the Middle East. This emerging alliance could be the counterweight to Shiite aspirations and the stabilizing influence in an area that has only known chaos. Moreover, U.S. involvement would be limited, but critical. President Obama is likely to reject such a proposal, since he hasn’t warmed to Sisi since the military takeover of the government two years ago. But the president may be left with few options. His very limited war doctrine, which beseeches the Congress to restrict the war power of the executive, and his half-hearted attempt at bombing “safe” areas in Syria and Iraq, will fail — in fact, are failing.”

There is no sectarian war here in the region.  That is big fat wishful thinking.  There are Sunnis, Shiites and Christians all fighting together as one against US death squad terrorists.  They are also winning the fight against the western empire.

FACTS:

Shia and Sunni unity against ISIL in Tikrit.

Al-Jaafari: In Syria there is no room for sedition, fragmentation

In Syria there is no such thing as minorities, in Syria we have Syrians only, and that is it”, al-Jaafari said, hoping that the two bishops who were abducted in Syria be safe and calling for their immediate release without any conditions.

Imam Emphasized Unity Between Shia and Sunni: Ayatollah Mousawi Jazayeri

On the significance of maintaining unity between Muslim Ummah, Jazayeri added: “as always emphasized by the great Imam if we all unite against the enemy, we will gain victory.”

Egypt’s El-Sisi Blames West for Libya’s Tragic Predicament

Egyptian President Calls Libya a Dangerous Islamist Base

Russia, Egypt to Hold Joint Naval Drills in the Mediterranean in 2015

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Pundit: “Whether he likes it or not, President Obama will soon be searching for alternative remedies for his futile efforts. These alternatives are staring him in the face, if he will only look.”

FACTS:

ISIS could not be a more effective part of America’s plans to overthrow the Syrian government and destroy the Syrian state if it had an office at the Pentagon.

Having failed to achieve any of its objectives in Syria, it inexplicably “invaded” Iraq, affording the US military a means of “easing into” the conflict by first confronting ISIS in Iraq, then following them back across the border into Syria. When this scheme began to lose its impact on public perception, ISIS first started executing Western hostages including several Americans. When the US needed the French on board, ISIS executed a Frenchman. When the US needed greater support in Asia, two Japanese were beheaded. And just ahead of President Obama’s recent attempt to formally authorize the use of military force against “ISIS,” a Jordanian pilot was apparently burned to death in a cage in an unprecedented act of barbarity that shocked even the most apathetic.

The theatrics of ISIS parallel those seen in a Hollywood production. This doesn’t mean ISIS didn’t really burn to death a Jordanian pilot or behead scores of hostages. But it does mean that a tremendous amount of resources and planning were put into each murder, except apparently, the effect it would have of rallying the world behind the US and its otherwise hopelessly stalled efforts to overturn the government of Syria.

US War on ISIS a Trojan Horse

Pygmy King ‘Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan caught smuggling weapons to terrorists in Syria

Israeli occupation forces treat another terrorist wounded in Syria

Nusra Front Shows Captured US Weapons from Western Backed “Rebels”

Libyan Army Jets Bomb Tripoli’s Mitiga Airport

Vying for legislative authority are a Tobruk-based parliament and an Islamist-led assembly, which – even though its mandate ended last year – continues to convene in Tripoli.

The two assemblies support two different governments respectively headquartered in Tobruk and Tripoli.

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