HEADLINE: “Kayla Mueller’s Brother: Swap With Taliban Raised IS Demands”
You may already recognize the name Kayla Mueller. She was an American civilian working for a humanitarian aid group in the Middle East, and was kidnapped by ISIS in August of 2013. She was held as a prisoner for ransom before being brutally murdered by her kidnappers on February 6th, as best we know from intelligence sources and conflicting claims made by ISIS.
Now her family has come forward revealing that the ISIS kidnapper’s demands were affected by President Obama’s prisoner swap with the Taliban, wherein Obama released FIVE GITMO detainees and in exchange got back Bowe Bergdahl and American soldier who deserted his post and was subsequently captured by the Taliban. According to Kayla’s family, the ISIS captors raised their demands when they saw that they could get more, like the Taliban got when Obama traded with them.
|The militants increased their demands after the May swap for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Eric Mueller told NBC’s “Today” in an interview that aired Monday.
“That made the whole situation worse because that’s when the demands got greater,” he said. “They got larger. They realized that they had something.”
This disturbing revelation underscores the simple fact that MAF stated when we heard about Obama’s surprise prisoner exchange that he did not even inform Congress of. The US should not negotiate with terrorists and these deals do more harm than good by giving these terrorists a reason to target Westerners for more kidnappings and ransoms.
In the end Obama gave up five dangerous terrorists who are now back on the battlefield, and he made things even worse for poor Kayla Mueller and her family. This is the same reason why we urged the Syrians not to negotiate with ISIS for the return of their captured jet pilot. He too, was executed by ISIS.
The lesson is clear. There is only one way to deal with these murderous Islamic terrorists – armed force.
Iran has been in the news lately with Secretary John Kerry firing a shot across the bow of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “Anyone running around right now, jumping to say we don’t like the deal, or this or that, doesn’t know what the deal is. There is no deal yet.”
This is just the latest in months after months where we’ve been seeing Obama’s diplomacy with Israel erode to the point where Obama’s administration at this point seems openly hostile to Israel and its leaders. Last year a State Department Official told Jeff Goldberg that Netanyahu was a “chicken[expletive]”. Then Obama was incensed when Speaker Boehner invited Netanyahu to speak to Congress. Now Kerry is shooting thinly-veiled barbs at the leader of Israel, our strongest ally against terrorists…well at least they were before Obama’s administration.
Obviously Obama’s handling of Iran is the huge wedge issue that’s driving Israel and the United States apart. Israel is being kept out of the negotiations despite the fact that they are the number one target that Iran wants to destroy. But Netanyahu isn’t being silent about this dissatisfaction with this process and that’s why Obama is using his surrogates to try to tell Bibi to butt out.
Yet it’s understandable that Israel should be worried if they’re being asked to hand their security over to Obama to negotiate for them, especially with the record. John Kerry said,“Since 2013 we have been testing whether or not we can achieve that goal diplomatically. I don’t know yet. But it’s the most effective way to solve the problem and we will prove that over the course of these next weeks and months.”
This characterization that we’ve ‘come so far’ from where we started is so far from the truth it’s a wonder Kerry wasn’t laughed out the congressional hearing where he said that. Ever since this process started, Obama has done nothing but give appeasements to the Iranians, and making silly promises about results. We ended most of our economic sanctions against Iran and Obama used his State of the Union Address to talk tough against Republicans, where Obama beat his chest and said if Congress passed any sanctions on Iran he would veto them.
On the other hand, what has Iran done for us? Last year we were supposed to have a plan hammered out within 6 months, and Obama promised consequences if the Iranians did not cooperate. Those six months passed with no results, but did Obama crack down? No , he’s doubled down on his commitment to protect Iran from the Republicans and the Israelis without actually showing anything tangible that indicates Iran has slowed its Nuclear weapons program.
The expected plan, which could be coming in the next few months – although more likely to be a year considering Obama’s six month timetable turned into a year and six months. The AP report from yesterday vaguely outlined an idea that the plan might initially limit the number of Iran’s centrifuges but allow that to ramp up over the course of 10 or 15 years depending on Iran’s “good behavior” but that doesn’t address a number of other issues like what type of uranium they will be allowed to enrich and how much access inspectors will have to the facilities.
And I must also throw in that if Iran is truly negotiating in good faith, for the sake of peace, then why can’t these negotiations also be contingent on Iran ending it’s support for terrorist front group likes Hezbollah, interference in Syria, their meddling in Iraqi internal politics, and much more.
Here is some great selected reading that contributed to my thoughts for this blog post.
Ben Shapiro, Breitbart: “Obama Deal to Let Iran Go Nuclear” – http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/02/23/obama-deal-to-let-iran-go-nuclear/
Thomas Joscelyn, The Weekly Standard: “Doomed Diplomacy” – http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/doomed-diplomacy_859655.html
Klapper & Jahn, Associated Press: “Phased Iran-US nuclear deal taking shape” – http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268777/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=OI568fJe
Staff, Jerusalem Post: “Kerry in apparent jab at Netanyahu” – http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Kerry-in-apparent-jab-at-Netanyahu-Those-bad-mouthing-Iran-deal-dont-know-what-deal-is-392066
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“Tonight we heard another artful speech from President Obama filled with uplifting rhetoric about moving beyond politics and working for the greater good. Despite tough talk, over the past 6 years we’ve seen very little action from President Obama to actually defeat Islamic radicals who kill Americans and threaten our way of life.
“The President said in the beginning of his speech that ‘the time of crisis has passed’ but the world is very much still in crisis. Obama is celebrating his retreat from the War on Terror while Americans overseas continue to die.” said Danny Gonzalez, Director of Communications.
“In Afghanistan, our troops are leaving behind a country that is just as unprepared for ISIS as Iraq was when Obama pulled troops out of Iraq in 2012. We hope this year the President will finally wake up and start calling our enemies by name, Islamic terrorists. As he calls for authorization to use force to stop ISIS in Iraq, we urge the President to engage the full might of the American military to accomplish this task and stop tip-toeing around while ISIS secures and consolidates its power base,” said Gonzalez.
|HIT – The biggest hit of the night was when Obama recognized our troops and their service over the last 13 years at war. They received the biggest standing ovation of the night, far longer than any the POTUS got.
HIT – In contrast to the FLOTUS guest, Congressman Duncan D. Hunter invited Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, the Afghanistan war veteran who was held in a Tijuana jail by the Mexican government for over 200 days after he unintentionally crossed the border with firearms in his vehicle.
For all the time Tahmooressi was being held in a filthy Mexican prison, being mistreated and denied justice, President Obama did nothing to secure his freedom. Move America Forward joined hundreds of Americans who protested for Andrew’s safe return, which finally happened November 1st last year. No thanks to our Commander-in-Chief.
HIT – In response to Obama parading Alan and Judy Gross, Speaker of the House John Boehner invited political refugee Jose Luis Garcia who was a political dissident thrown in prison by the Castro regime for 17 years! Obama’s new Cuba is a reward to the Castro regime for their years of brutality.
HIT – President Obama SAID he wanted an authorization for use of force against ISIS. We couldn’t agree more, we must do more to combat ISIS. We must point out however, that ISIS has been a threat for over a year now, and still Obama has done nothing. The troops that he’s sent to Iraq have such a limited scope of mission, and the air strikes he has allowed have done very little. ISIS continues to hold huge swaths of territory in Iraq and executes more innocent people every day. We urge President Obama to use the full might of our military to actually do something about this, rather than just talk tough.
HIT – Former UN Ambassador John Bolton responded to the President’s State of the Union address on Twitter, tweeting “Have all Cuban political prisoners been freed yet? And Obama wants us to trust Cuba?” and he pointed out “Obama continues to see international threats as distracting from his primary objective to “fundamentally change” American domestic policy.”
We fully agree with Ambassador Bolton. Obama’s foreign policy is a disaster and every time one of those blunders causes a crisis, he defends himself by saying we are only using these disasters to score political points. Benghazi was not a “GOTCHA” moment as the president says, it was a disaster!
HIT – Bravo to Joni Ernst for delivering the Republican response to the President’s State of the Union. You will remember that MAF was one of Joni’s strongest supporters in her bid for the Senate. We support her because of her principles and because of her service to our nation. She is the first female combat veteran to serve in the U.S. Senate and we know she will continue to stand for our troops. In her response, Ernst said, “The forces of violence and oppression don’t care about the innocent. We need a comprehensive plan to defeat them.” We could not agree with Joni more. President Obama continues to ignore the spread of Islamic radicalism, he denies it even exists.
|MISS – First Lady Michelle Obama invited an illegal immigrant to join her in a place of honor in the halls of Congress. Ana Zamora, who continues to break the law by continuing to remain in the US illegally, is held up as a standard of good behavior according to Obama’s liberal agenda.
She is here to serve as a symbolic THANKS from millions of illegals who thank President Obama for his executive order that amounts to amnesty, while our borders remain unsecured. Are we supposed to be impressed and applaud Obama for circumventing the law and promoting people who knowingly ignore the legal immigration system in place?
MISS – Another member of the First Lady’s guest list in the seat of honor are Alan and Judy Gross. Mr. Gross was jailed in Cuba and was freed as part of Obama’s new deal to reopen relations with the Communist nation. It’s a snub to the millions of Cuban citizens who are still stuck in that poor country under the thumb of a brutal totalitarian regime that continues the savagery established by Castro when he first took over.
MISS – In the first five minutes of the POTUS’s speech he says “…combat operations are over in Afghanistan… the shadow of crisis has passed” here again President Obama is CELEBRATING his retreat from the War on Terror while Americans overseas continue to die. Just today, the State Department asked all Americans to evacuate from Libya due to terror threats and the country of Yemen is apparently about to fall to a rebellion by Islamic-radicals. The situation continues to unfold, but Iraq, Afghanistan and the rest of the Middle East continues to be in crisis while Obama says everything is fine.
MISS – President Obama doubled down on his threat to veto any bills that sanction Iran, saying that these sanctions threaten all the wonderful progress he’s accomplished with stalling their Nuclear Program…but he failed to mention that his administration has missed every single benchmark they promised they would in their deal with Iran. We were told that after a 6 month period there would be progress…6 months came and went, and still no progress, yet the sanctions against Iran remain lifted, giving them tons of extra money which they use to fund terrorist organizations like Hezbollah.
MISS – President Obama shamelessly chided his detractors (MAF includes ourselves among them, sometimes) saying “A better politics is one where we debate without… “gotcha” moments, or trivial gaffes, or fake controversies that have nothing to do with people’s daily lives.” but we contend that Obama’s foreign policy blunders are NOT gotcha moments, they cost American lives, as we’ve seen in Benghazi and Iraq since ISIS started taking over. His foreign policy makes the world a more dangerous place by failing to confront those terrorists who would harm us.
MISS – For the 6th time in 6 State of the Union addresses, President Obama once again called for the closure of GITMO and claimed that he has cut the population of GITMO in half. All he has done in reality, is send new talent back into the arms of ISIS, the Taliban, and Al Qaeda. The current leader of ISIS in Afghanistan is a former GITMO detainee. Obama says this to score political points, but GITMO is not going anywhere.
Pro-Troop Group Offers Prayers for Victims of Paris Terror Attacks
Says Freedom of Expression, Thought, Must be Defended
SACRAMENTO, Calif. –Move America Forward (MAF), the nation’s largest grassroots Pro-Troop organization, offered prayers and condolences for the families of the victims of Wednesday’s terror attack in Paris. The group also stressed that in the wake of these attacks, we must remain defiant and committed to our ideals of freedom of thought and expression.
“Today’s terror attacks were a painful reminder that these terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda, ISIS, Hamas, or any group that aligns with a radical Islamist ideology are dangerous and cannot be negotiated with.” said Danny Gonzalez, Director of Communications. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of today’s attack and their families. Their loss, and the sacrifice they made in the name of freedom will be known the world over.” said Gonzalez.
“As former President George W. Bush said after 9/11 ‘Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward.’ Just as in Madrid in 2004, London on 7/7, 2005, in Benghazi, and in many other cities around the world. We know that the employees of Charlie Hebdo said they would rather die on their feet than live on their knees, having their thoughts and rights to free speech dictated by men with guns who murder innocents and commit atrocities because of a cartoon depiction of Muhammad. We cannot allow our freedoms to be held hostage by men with guns and a radical ideology.”
“Shame on anyone who looks at these events and says we should have been more sensitive, or that we must limit what we say about Islam or those who profess to follow its teachings. Shame on those who warn others not to speak their mind, or say what they believe, for fear of retribution from the terrorists.” said Gonzalez. “The world must come together to hunt down these extremists and bring them to justice, but not to condemn individuals for speaking out against the radicals who commit crimes in the name of Islam.” said Gonzalez.
To arrange an interview with any MAF spokesperson please contact MAF Communications Director, Danny Gonzalez at (714) 926 – 6189 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Move America Forward, a registered 501(c)(3) charity, based in Sacramento, supports our troops and their missions in the war on terror. Move America Forward is supported by hundreds of thousands of pro-troop activists, veterans and military families across the nation. To date, they have shipped over 300 tons of care packages to our troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Patriotic Rally to Bring Home Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi
Rally DATE and TIME
Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Leland Stanford Museum
800 N St. Sacramento, CA (Near Capitol)
U.S. troops getting free coffee
Posted on November 12, 2013 by Chris Swift at www.rogersfamilyco.com
- Rogers Family Company has donated 41,349 bags of coffee in the last two months to MoveAmericaForward.org.
- On November 6, 2013 Rogers Family Company made its most recent donation of 10,922 bags of coffee to MoveAmericaForward.org which will be shipped to our active duty soldiers in individual care packages.
When I decided to write this article, I had no idea of the generosity this company and its owners were capable of. I was so proud to work for this company already, and learning the details of this giving program has now made me beam with pride.
Naively, I wondered why soldiers in the desert would want coffee. As of the writing of this article, it is 45 degrees in Kandahar International Airport. OK, I get it now. So you might be asking yourself, “who is Move America Forward?” Well, I will let them explain that. Move America Forward mission statement:
Move America Forward (MAF) is the nation’s largest grassroots pro-troop organization dedicated to supporting the brave men and women of our Armed Forces and their missions to defeat terrorism. MAF is supported by hundreds of thousands of pro-troop activists, veterans, and military families all across the nation who share in our unwavering support.
As a business, Rogers Family Company believes it is their duty to give back and who better to give to than those laying their lives on the line each day? Working with MAF has provided us with a direct link to individual soldiers, and allows us to make a difference in their daily lives. You would be amazed at the smiles and stories that come from these brave men and women when they receive one of these care packages. Small gestures generate huge responses.
EXAMPLES OF SOLDIER COMMENTS/STORIES:
Oliver S. “. . . well we don’t have much access to coffee except in the chow hall which is only open at certain set hours …. exacerbating my condition is that although there is occasionally decaffeinated coffee rarely can I find the good stuff. So anyone is interested my section . . . would be grateful for some good ole ground & caffeinated coffee. . .” Ryan A. “. . . It really does not matter what it is just something that says “hey, you are not forgotten and we still care”. Letters from small kids have been the biggest hit so far. The soldiers love the letters from the kids and the drawings. The only two big request I have had so far is one, Kerige (not sure I spelled that right) the coffee machine that makes one cup at a time. The guys are asking for one that fills travel mugs. We have boxes of coffee but the last machine broke. . . “ History of Move America Forward:
Move America Forward was initially formed by The Honorable Howard Kaloogian and acclaimed broadcast journalist and television personality Melanie Morgan. In response to concerns raised by U.S. troops that the news media was frequently presenting inaccurate coverage that often ignored the success of their missions and accomplishments in the War on Terror.
Together, Rogers Family Company and Move America Forward are dedicated to improving the lives of our active duty soldiers through these care packages. Small gifts mean the world to these men and women.
Obama Honors Trayvon Martin, Ignores Fort Hood Killed
Posted 07/17/2013 06:21 PM ET
War On Terror: The jury has been selected and the trial date set for the jihadist accused of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 of attempted premeditated murder acting, as he says, in defense of the Taliban.
Army Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford has not received a phone call from Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson. Nor does the African-American veteran who was shot seven times by Maj. Nidal Hasan at Fort Hood expect to. He is merely relieved that nearly four years after the massacre at the Army base in Texas, a jury has finally been selected and a trial date has been set.
Thirteen people, including a pregnant soldier, were killed and 32 others shot Nov. 5, 2009, at the Killeen facility during Hasan’s rampage against soldiers being processed for deployment to Afghanistan. Hasan has said he did it in defense of the Taliban, a self-admitted act of terrorism on behalf of a foreign entity.
One would expect that when a self-proclaimed “soldier of Allah” shouting “Allahu Akhbar” opens fire on dozens of American citizens and soldiers, killing and maiming as many innocents as he can, it would have been called an act of terror. One of the great scandals of the Obama administration has been its shameful designation of the massacre as “workplace violence.”
Attorney General Eric Holder has refrained from filing terrorism charges in the case and is currently busy in Florida announcing his intent to find George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman found innocent of murdering Trayvon Martin, guilty of something, anything, to satisfy the racial grievance industry.
“Not only am I disappointed (in Holder), I’m embarrassed. Mr. Holder needs to understand the repercussions of his actions,” Sgt. Lunsford says.
Lunsford also expressed outrage at the fact that some victims are financially struggling, but that because of the categorization of the shooting as a “workplace shooting,” he and those other victims are not entitled to combat-related benefits they would have received had they been injured overseas.
Meanwhile, Hasan has continued to receive paychecks over the past four years, amounting to $287,000.
Thirteen Army officers, ranging in rank from major to colonel, will decide the fate of Maj. Hasan following Tuesday’s jury selection in his long-awaited court-martial. Opening statements are scheduled to begin Aug. 6.
A military judge has granted Hasan’s request to represent himself at his trial, meaning Lunsford, the prosecution’s lead witness, and others will be subjected to the indignity of being cross-examined by the jihadist who tried to end their lives.
Staff Sgt. Shawn Manning was shot six times by Hasan but was also denied benefits that would accrue to a soldier injured in an act of terror or a battle overseas. The “workplace violence” designation has cost him around $70,000 in benefits, Manning says.
Kimberly Munley, one of two police officers who confronted Hasan when he opened fire, sat next to first lady Michelle Obama at the 2010 State of the Union address. She now says “betrayed is a good word” to describe her feelings after being laid off from her job with the base’s civilian police force. “Not to the least little bit have the victims been taken care of,” she says. “In fact, they’ve been neglected.”
President Obama said that if he had a son he’d look like Trayvon Martin and that to honor him we must surrender our Second Amendment right of self-defense against the assault Martin committed. Well, if he had a son, he might also look like Alonzo Lunsford, who proudly wears his uniform in court, unlike Maj. Hasan, who refused.
To honor Lunsford as well as the other survivors and the dead of Fort Hood, the commander in chief should end this “workplace violence” charade and publicly declare it an act of terrorism (kinda like Benghazi) so they can get the benefits they deserve.
And be there when Nidal Hasan is executed for his crimes.