While we watch the latest shiny thing, CENTCOM general warns of Mideast threats

One of the faults of the 24-hour news cycle is that it promotes a sort of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). It has become rather difficult for Americans to stay focused, and attention is guided by whatever is playing incessantly on the news media.

Right now, everyone is going bonkers over the latest shiny thing, the missing Malaysian Airlines plane. Also, since the liberal progressive media doesn’t want to highlight his weakness and embarrass President Obama, commentary about Russia’s invasion of the sovereign nation of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea is restrained. The typical liberal response, as if it’s any surprise — George W. Bush let Putin take former Soviet Georgia.

So here’s another key story the media isn’t discussing. Recently, new CENTCOM Commanding General, Army General Lloyd Austin, testified before the House Armed Services Committee about the security situation in his geographic area of responsibility (AOR). General Austin was a mentor of mine when I served as a Brigade operations officer at Ft. Bragg, when he was commanding the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division. It was also General Austin as Commander in Iraq who made recommendations to President Obama for a residual force capability – which Obama ejected — and now the black al-Qaida flag flies in that nation.

As reported in Foreign Policy Initiative, “Even as Washington focuses on the crisis in Ukraine this week, our top general for the Middle East warned Congress about growing threats in his area of responsibility.” General Austin told the committee the region has reached a “strategic inflection point,” with looming dangers emanating from Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, and al-Qaida affiliates.

CENTCOM Commander, General Austin had four key warnings about the region:

(1) Iran’s regional security threat continues to grow. Iran’s growing counter-maritime, missile, and cyber capabilities together pose “a very real and significant threat to U.S. and our partners’ interests

(2) Syria, which lies at the center of a worsening regional conflict, is now a strategic threat and humanitarian catastrophe. While the United States estimated that only 800-to-1,000 jihadists were in Syria a year ago, there could be as many 7,000 or more violent extremists there today.

(3) Complete U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan would be catastrophic. We reported on that here.

(4) The terror threat posed by al-Qaida and its affiliates persists. Core organization may have been weakened, but the jihadist movement itself is active in more locations, both in the CENTCOM region and globally.

Yet amidst all this, we are decimating our military capability. In the 1930s, America gutted its military, Germany grew theirs. Germany sought to protect ethnic Germans in the Sudetenland, it was annexed. Germany then unleashed the “Blitzkrieg or lightning war” and the world was caught totally off guard and forced into reactive mode. At the same time, Japan was expanding its maritime capability and struck at the US Navy Pacific fleet in a bold endeavor.

It seems the Obama administration suffers from ADD when it comes to foreign policy and national security. When President Obama announced it was his intention to “pivot” away from the Middle East, he ceded the region to the enemy: Islamic totalitarians and terrorism. Of course this is the same Obama who chided Gov. Mitt Romney with his sarcastic comment, “the 80s are asking for their foreign policy back,” and is now showing his ineptitude in understanding global conflagrations and strategic policy. And of course Obama stated his focus is on the Pacific rim – a memo he forgot to send to China, which has taken over the Senkaku Islands and is building its maritime forces. We may be “pivoting” to the Pacific in theory, but under Obama, our small 283 warship Navy is set to go down to 230 vessels. I don’t think the oceans have shrunk, especially the Pacific.

History is repeating itself and America — indeed the Western world — lacks resolute leadership. I must ask, where is the conservative stalwart who can step in and take the leadership reins amidst this ever-diminishing global security?

39 COMMENTS

  1. Acting as if you get different results from a Republican or Democrat is just ridiculous. It’s all theoretical squabbles, but the reality is they are just two heads on the same snake. Want to see a change for the better? Stop voting the way we always do.

    • Did you know that after the 2010 massacre of the Democrats in the House, Obama hired a bunch of tech people up in Canada as his internet propaganda guru’s and one of the very first orders they had was to get people talking about how both parties were the same and if you kept voting for Republican’s nothing would change! Well, in one way you are correct. Anyone who votes for an establishment candidate of either party is a fool and every single one of them should have a good solid tea party conservative running against them in the primary, BUT if the establishment Republican’s wins, you had better believe we should all turn out for that establishment Republican, because every single vote for a third party candidate is an unopposed vote for the Democrats and there IS DEFINITELY a difference between the two, even if it isn’t always as clear as we would like! Voting third party in the general election just guarantees the third party candidate, who will get only a few percentages of the vote, will get enough to ensure the most liberal candidate on the ticket will win! Look at VA’s governor’s race! Jarvis, the liberation, was funded by big Clinton and Obama donors and managed to get 5% of the vote, 4% more than necessary to ensure that Terri McAuliffe won the election and he’s now in our state house working hard to turn this state into Detroit! So quit allowing Obama’s Canadian propaganda team to divide us before we can even get to the polls!

      • I assume you mean Sarvis, the faux “libertarian” funded by one of Obama’s big money men to split the MAJORITY vote AGAINST Terrible Terry McAuliffe.

        But this danger from third-party candidates is nothing new; the only new wrinkle in VA was that the Dems were actually funding the spoiler candidate on the opposite side. McAuliffe, of course, was Clinton’s money man and hand-picked stooge running the DNC during his presidency – a presidency made possible by the pint-sized, jug-eared spoiler Ross Perot, who siphoned enough votes away from the “Establishment” GOP candidate in both 1992 and 1996 to allow The Bubba Boy and PIAPS to slip into our White House via the backdoor WITHOUT a majority.

        And the same thing almost happened AGAIN in 2000, when supposed “conservative” Patrick Buchanan came – thisclose to throwing the election to Clinton’s puppet, stooge and hand-picked successor, Gore, who was essentially running for the Third Term of the Clinton Administration; his job would be to keep Bill’s chair in the Oval Office warm and keep his political team together for the four or possibly eight years it would take for Hillary to get her political act together and be ready to run for President. In four states totaling 30 electoral votes (Iowa, New Mexico, Oregon and Wisconsin), Buchanan’s vote total was greater than Gore’s margin of victory over Bush, i.e., he took enough presumably Republican/conservative votes away from Bush to swing those states into Gore’s column. The ONLY reason Gore did not win the election was that over on the left, Ralph Nader was similarly functioning as a spoiler, siphoning off enough presumably Democrat/liberal votes from Gore in Florida and New Hampshire, totaling 29 electoral votes, to swing them into Bush’s column (i.e., Nader’s vote in those two states was greater than Bush’s victory margin over Gore). In other words, the two nutball third- /fourth-party candidates essentially cancelled each other out. Had one of them not been in the race, the man he took votes away from would have won those states and cruised to an easy electoral victory, rather than the 36-day Constitutional crisis we went through.

      • This isn’t the first time that the a third party candidate like Jarvis has received the majority of their funding or even their votes, from liberal trying steal an election. And it’s going to happen again in 2016, if conservative voters do not get their act together and rally around the Republican candidate, no matter who it is. I am certainly hoping and will work for a true conservative in the primaries, but if my candidate doesn’t win, you had better believe I’ll be voting for the one that does, because the absolute last thing I want to do in this world is give Hillary Clinton the presidency!
        After the 2010 Democratic election fiasco, Obama (probably with the Clinton’s help) hired a huge number of Canadian’s to insert their propaganda all over the web and one of those Psy Op messages was that no one should vote for a RINO if they win the primary, they should ONLY vote if THEIR preferred candidate was on the general ballot. And way too many people have taken the bait. Of course this guarantees that the Democrat will win every one of those elections. Our election system needs a huge overhaul, but until we get it done, we had better start acting like we have some sense and ignore these people!

      • The Va gov race wasn’t lost due to Sarvis.. it was due to the national RNC! in 09 they contributed 9 million to McDonnell…in 13 to Cooch? 3 million… The chamber of commerce? McDonnell – 1 million, Cooch – ZERO.. The old guard really doesn’t like true conservatives.

      • The GOP definitely could have donated a lot more, but the conservatives turned out in record numbers to vote for Cuccinelli even without their money and if Jarvis, who had zero chance of winning, had simply dropped out and endorsed Cuccinelli, we would have a conservative in the Governors house today. Jarvis was just a ringer put in by big money Democrats and was used to sucker libertarians into taking the race away from Cuccinelli. It has happened before, it will happen again and if these libertarian voters don’t start realizing that they are hurting their own cause by voting for these losing third party candidates KNOWING they cannot win and split the vote, then they will put Hillary in office in 2016. In states where they can pull in a large percentage of the vote in the general or where they catch on big during the primary, great, stay in and give it a good competitive shot, but when the majority of their funds are coming from big Democratic donors, you might as well accept that they are just ringers sent in to give the election to the Democrat.

  2. I see a few of those stalwarts that you mention in view. However, America will never buy into the stereotypical GOP brand again (when all the dust settles, not the liberal Dem brand either.) Conservatives; yes …but without the affixed labels, just the upright character and wisdom of a self-sacrificial and not a self-gratifying leader. Our nation will come to a point of desperation, where those controversial social issues will not headline the news. There is a small window of opportunity for such stalwarts to become relevant and established into the “ADD” minds of the voting public before the next predictable GOP contender arises onto the scene. Hats in!
    Always remember that God is sovereign, and our favor with Him as a nation rests in where we have put our trust. Will they say, “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!” Destiny rules.

  3. You forgot to mention ,any country that sent troops to fight with the US under this admin would have to be insane.You dump your own ,leave them to die,lie to the world about a stupid vid,refuse to prosecute those who did it ,have no military loyalty ,Made the greatest nation in the world,the laughingstock of the world.
    If my son was ordered to go to battle with you,I really hope he would say no.I wouldn’t want to see him in a body bag,because Obama has no spine.

    • If the economy wasn’t so bad, we would be seeing our own troops leaving as their time was up, instead of re-enlisting! We have lost far too many in Afghanistan due to Obama’s Rules of Engagement, which has forced our troops to work with both hands tied behind their backs!

  4. Im Sorry Allen West You Consider the missin tripple 777 is the new shiney thing,its a potential means of delivery for a nuclear bomb to be dropped on our heads…Shame on U .You shld know better but since you went fore the picksford thing and other’s its no suprize… !!!

    • John Norton, you have just proved his point with your rant, ” shame on you” sir! NSA, HR.bills stripping your rights, IRS targeting, DOJ’s fast n’ furious, Benghazi, Syria &funding support for elements of Al Qaeda, Ukraine, the attacks on the 1st &2nd amendments, Czar appointees, prisoners signing up for ACA, USA welfare advertising in Mexico, devaluation of the dollar, sky rocketing national debt, screwing vet’s out of benefits, etc. Yet your really concerned about theorizing the location and use of a B777. I bet you voted for Obama twice

    • Sure, it COULD be a delivery system for a bomb, but it COULD also already be in the ocean. It COULD be a lot of things as the media has been telling us for the last 11 days! But we have things happening RIGHT NOW and those things are not theory, they are actual dangers to our country, to our freedom and those of our allies, who Obama has also put at risk with his pandering and weakness. We need to know about this plane WHEN they find out what happened to it, until then, the media needs to shut it’s collective mouth and get out of the way of those who are working day and night to recover that plane, because right now all they are doing is throwing out every lame brained idea that pops into anyone’s head and clouding the water for those who are genuinely searching. My heart goes out to the families of those on the plane, but the media spewing nonsense is not helping them one iota!

  5. GEN Austin was the ADCM for 3rd ID during the initial grand campaign. He was always upfront, didn’t mince words and and had great insights. If there is one General out there that Obama needs to listen too, it is this man. He did not rise through the General ranks so quickly because of anything but his leadership and talent. He encompasses both the Art and Science of war. You are lucky to have served under him LTC West.

    • And I want to thank all of those, GEN Austin, LTC West and the rest of the US Armed Forces, and our UK, Australian, Polish and Kuwaiti Allies, who started the 21 day thunder run to baghdad 11 years ago tonight. I had been proud of my country many times before that, and after that, but that was one of the proudest moments I ever had as an American.

  6. I wish Obama was suffering add, I am afraid he is working on a definate agenda, and I agree with all this article says except for leaving our people in Afghanistan, it is criminal to put our people in places like this to PLAY war and if we leave them as advisors itir will be under the auspices of afghan, NO way.

  7. “I must ask, where is the conservative stalwart who can step in and take the leadership reins amidst this ever-diminishing global security?”
    It is coming Sir, May 16th, it arrives! American Spring!!! And it will not go away until they do…

    • It is long overdue that patriots started talking about Operation American Spring. 16 May 2014 in Washington DC. Be there to demand that Obama, Eric (The
      Thug) Holder and Obama’s junta resign, leave town and never return.
      Remember the Ukraine and how, when common citizens stood for freedom, the government changed virtually overnight. We suffer today under Obama because we as citizens have become unworthy of our heritage. The Founding Fathers would be ashamed of us as a people, but especially of conservatives because they know better; they run off at the mouth and do not act. Words make us feel good and change nothing. Only action changes things. REMEMBER THE UKRAINE. It is truly sad when US citizens, the hairs of America’s Funding Fathers are put to shame by foreigners who have never had the heritage of freedom that is supposed to be Americans’ birthright.
      OPERATION AMERICAN SPRING, 16 MAY 2014, IN WASHINGTO DC. BE THERE OR BE ASHAMED.

  8. to a point he’s right, as I see things as of late, anything this administration touches just puts it in the hands of al Qaeda . Syria is none of our business, afganistan i’ll give a month and it’ll be as if we were never there, and would have wasted the lives of those who died there.

  9. History repeats itself because no one was listening the first time. It is now repeating itself because barry is weak and hates this country. He does want to destroy us and that is his end goal. While world history repeats itself, This is a fresh history being written for the first time. A sitting President trying to destroy the very country he is suppose to love and protect.
    God willing, we learn a very valuable lesson from this. Do not let shady characters blind us in fancy rhetoric with no real proof of who they are or where they came from, To gain power enough to destroy our own country

  10. I’m sure any day now Obama is going to read a magic speech and the world will come together in peace, just as he told us it would once he became president…any day now….any day now….any day now…

  11. I think that true to Socialist ideology, Obama views all those conflicts as necessary for the perfecting of human kind, and the death tolls as part of that evolution. Therefore no country needs our military help since all they need to do is figure out a way to get along as they will eventually. Of course he’s more that happy to give them ours and our children’s money, believing that it’s only poverty that causes the conflicts. And if the corrupt leaders pocket that money continue to sell out their people, then that’s just the nature of things.

  12. Putin didn’t take over georgia, either. S. Ossetia, a rebel region, had been fighting to break away from Georgia since 1990. Russia, already on peacekeeping mission in S. Ossetia, freed s. Ossetia from Georgia and stopped there.

    Not equivalent to Ukraine situation at all.

    • Right, always Bush’s fault….YOU GOT THAT WRONG AGAIN. Lets look at the war we’re in: (Date, Country, City/State, Killed, Injured, Description)

      4/14/1972USANew York, NY13Ten members of a local mosque phone in a false alarm and then ambush responding officers, killing one.1/19/1973USABrooklyn, NY11Muslim extremists rob a sporting goods store for weapons, gunning down a police officer who responds to the alarm.7/1/1973USABethesda, MD10An Israeli diplomat is gunned down in his driveway by Palestinian terrorists.7/18/1973USAWashington, DC82Nation of Islam members shoot seven members of a family to death in cold blood, including four children. A defendant in the case is later murdered in prison on orders from Elijah Muhammad.10/19/1973USAOakland, CA11Nation of Islam terrorists kidnap a couple and nearly decapitate the man, while raping and leaving the woman for dead.10/29/1973USABerkeley, CA10A woman is shot repeatedly in the face by Nation of Islam terrorists.11/25/1973USAOakland, CA10A grocer is killed in his store by Nation of Islam terrorists.12/11/1973USAOakland, CA10A man is killed by Nation of Islam terrorists while using a phone booth.12/13/1973USAOakland, CA10A woman is shot to death on the sidewalk by Nation of Islam terrorists.12/20/1973USAOakland, CA10Nation of Islam terrorists gun down an 81-year-old janitor.12/22/1973USAOakland, CA20Nation of Islam terrorist kills two people in separate attacks on the same day.12/24/1973USAOakland, CA10A man is kidnapped, tortured and decapitated by Nation of Islam terrorists.1/24/1974USAOakland, CA41Five vicious shooting attacks by Nation of Islam terrorists leave three people dead and one paralyzed for life. Three of the victims were women.4/1/1974USAOakland, CA11A Nation of Islam terrorist shoots at two Salvation Army members, killing a man and injuring a woman.4/16/1974USAIngleside, CA10A man is killed while helping a friend move by Nation of Islam terrorists.3/9/1977USAWashington, DC11Hanifi Muslims storm three buildings including a B’nai B’rith to hold 134 people hostage. At least two innocents were shot and one died.7/22/1980USABethesda, MD10A political dissident is shot and killed in front of his home by an Iranian agent who was an American convert to Islam.8/31/1980USASavou, IL20An Iranian student guns down his next-door neighbors, a husband and wife.11/6/1989USASt. Louis, MO10A 17-year-old girl is stabbed to death by her parents for bringing ‘dishonor’ to their family by dating an ‘infidel’ African-American.1/31/1990USATuscon, AZ10A Sunni cleric is assassinated in front of a Tuscon mosque after declaring that two verses of the Qur’an were invalid.11/5/1990USANew York City, NY10An Israeli rabbi is shot to death by a Muslim attacker at a hotel.1/25/1993USALangley, VA23A Pakistani with Mujahideen ties guns down two CIA agents outside of the headquarters.2/26/1993USANew York, NY61040Islamic terrorists detonate a massive truck bomb under the World Trade Center, killing six people and injuring over 1,000 in an effort to collapse the towers.3/1/1994USABrooklyn, NY10A Muslim gunman targets a van packed with Jewish boys, killing a 16-year-old.3/23/1997USANew York, NY16A Palestinian leaves an anti-Jewish suicide note behind and travels to the top of the Empire State building where he shoot seven people in a Fedayeen attack.4/3/1997USALompoc, CA10A prison guard is stabbed to death by a radical Muslim.

      During Bush’s presidency:

      3/17/2000USAAtlanta, GA11A local imam and Muslim spiritual leader guns down a deputy sheriff and injures his partner.9/11/2001USANew York, NY2752251Islamic hijackers steer two planes packed with fuel and passengers into the World Trade Center, killing hundreds on impact and eventually killing thousands when the towers collapsed. At least 200 are seriously injured.9/11/2001USAWashington, DC18453Nearly 200 people are killed when Islamic hijackers steer a plane full of people into the Pentagon.9/11/2001USAShanksville, PA400Forty passengers are killed after Islamic radicals hijack the plane in an attempt to steer it into the U.S. Capitol building.3/19/2002USATuscon, AZ10A 60-year-old man is gunned down by Muslim snipers on a golf course.5/27/2002USADenton, TX10Muslim snipers kill a man as he works in his yard.7/4/2002USALos Angeles, CA20Muslim man pulls out a gun at the counter of an Israeli airline and kills two people.9/5/2002USAClinton, MD10A 55-year-old pizzaria owner is shot six times in the back by Muslims at close range.9/21/2002USAMontgomery, AL11Muslim snipers shoot two women, killing one.9/23/2002USABaton Rouge, LA10A Korean mother is shot in the back by Muslim snipers.10/2/2002USAWheaton, MD10Muslim snipers gun down a program analyst in a store parking lot.10/3/2002USAMontgomery County, MD50Muslim snipers kill three men and two women in separate attacks over a 15-hour period.10/9/2002USAManassas, VA11A man is killed by Muslim snipers while pumping gas two days after a 13-year-old is wounded by the same team.10/11/2002USAFredericksburg, VA10Another man is killed by Muslim snipers while pumping gas.10/14/2002USAArlington, VA10A woman is killed by Muslim snipers in a Home Depot parking lot.10/22/2002USAAspen Hill, MD10A bus driver is killed by Muslim snipers.8/6/2003USAHouston, TX10After undergoing a ‘religious revival’, a Saudi college student slashes the throat of a Jewish student with a 4″ butterfly knife, nearly decapitating the young man.12/2/2003USAChicago, IL10A Muslim doctor deliberately allows a Jewish patient to die from an easily treatable condition.4/13/2004USARaleigh, NC14An angry Muslim runs down five strangers with a car.4/15/2004USAScottsville, NY12In an honor killing, a Muslim father kills his wife and attacks his two daughters with a knife and hammer because he feared that they had been sexually molested.6/16/2006USABaltimore, MD10A 62-year-old Jewish moviegoer is shot to death by a Muslim gunman in an unprovoked terror attack.6/25/2006USADenver, CO15Saying that it was ‘Allah’s choice’, a Muslim shoots four of his co-workers and a police officer.7/28/2006USASeattle, WA15An ‘angry’ Muslim-American uses a young girl as hostage to enter a local Jewish center, where he shoots six women, one of whom dies.2/13/2007USASalt Lake City, UT54A Muslim immigrant goes on a shooting rampage at a mall, targeting people buying Valentine’s Day cards at a gift shop and killing five.1/1/2008USAIrving, TX20A Muslim immigrant shoots his two daughters to death on concerns about their ‘Western’ lifestyle.7/6/2008USAJonesboro, GA10A devout Muslim strangles his 25-year-old daughter in an honor killing.

      During Obama’s presidency:

      2/12/2009USABuffalo, NY10The founder of a Muslim TV station beheads his wife in the hallway for seeking a divorce.4/12/2009USAPhoenix, AZ20A man shoots his brother-in-law and another man to death after finding out that they visited a strip club, in contradiction to Islamic values.6/1/2009USALittle Rock, AR11A Muslim shoots a local soldier to death inside a recruiting center explicitly in the name of Allah.11/2/2009USAGlendale, AZ11A woman dies from injuries suffered when her father runs her down with a car for being too ‘Westernized.’ (10-20-09)11/5/2009USAFt. Hood, TX1331A Muslim psychiatrist guns down thirteen unarmed soldiers while yelling praises to Allah.12/4/2009USABinghamton, NY10A non-Muslim Islamic studies professor is stabbed to death by a Muslim grad student in revenge for ‘persecuted’ Muslims.4/14/2010USAMarquette Park, IL52After quarrelling with his wife over Islamic dress, a Muslim convert shoots his family members to ‘take them back to Allah’ and out of the ‘world of sinners’.4/30/2011USAWarren, MI10A 20-year-old woman is shot in the head by her stepfather for not adhering to Islamic practices.2/7/2013USABuena Vista, NJ20A Muslim targets and beheads two Christian Coptic immigrants.3/24/2013USAAshtabula, OH10A Muslim convert walks into a church service with a Quran and guns down his Christian father while praising Allah.4/15/2013USABoston, MA3170Foreign-born Muslims describing themselves as ‘very religious’ detonate two bombs packed with ball bearings at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and causing several more to lose limbs.4/19/2013USABoston, MA11Jihadists gun down a university police officer sitting in his car.

      This is just a partial list….Now tell me that it’s all Bush’s fault? Radical Islam (If not all of Islam) is at war with us (THE WEST)….going as far back as the Crusades….but for the United States, before 1803. IT IS OUR FREEDOM AND LIBERTY THAT THEY FEAR. Not a president.

      They want to dominate the world, enslave everyone. They want the caliphate reestablished and world dominance…Nothing more.

      WE ARE IN THEIR WAY! Christians, Jews, nonbelievers (Atheism, moderate Muslim’s, and others), which means YOU! We are all expendable to them as long as they achieve their goals of dominance over the world. WAKE UP.

      We are in the early stages of the war. They are trying to get political as well as economic superiority over the situation. Our current president is either clueless or helping the enemy. The UN supports this and our president wants to increase their funding. That is very suspicious. More so when he has members of the Muslim brotherhood in his cabnet and in senior advisory positions.

      Be prepared because this war (WWIII) will be very bad and bloody. Because if we loose this one, we die. You have three choices: Convert to Islam, pay tribute to them (High tax) or die. IT IS YOUR CHOICE.

      It might be partly Obama’s fault because his associations…..So tell me, how is this Bush’s fault? Or for that matter, Carter’s and Nixon’s fault?

  13. There’s only one that I can think of, and he died a decade ago. It’s so bad this time, however, I don’t know if even he could clean up this mess. There is one thing I know…it will take a man of enormous courage who can take a few pages out of Reagan’s book to even put a dent in it. Something to think about Colonel.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here