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House Intelligence Commitee Chairman Mike Rogers: We Have To Get More Involved On The Ground In Syria

Wednesday, September 3, 2014  |  posted by Duane Patterson

The Michigan Republican briefed the rest of the GOP House Conference on a phone call this morning. Guest Host John Campbell was on that call, and brought on the Congressman to give America the same briefing on ISIS. His conclusion: They can’t be degraded solely by air strikes in Iraq. Syria ground action will have to be undertaken.

The Audio:

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The Transcript:

JC: Our next guest here is someone who knows a lot about the background on that. We have with us Congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan, who is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Mike, welcome to the Hugh Hewitt Show, and thank you for coming on with us.

MR: John, it’s always good to hear your voice, now even over the radio.

JC: Yes, yes, and you’ll be on this side of the mic at some point in the future, but we’ll get to that later. Three hours ago, you and I were on a conference call with House Republicans, with the Speaker and Majority Leader McCarthy and so forth, and you gave us a briefing on ISIS, and on the threats that ISIS provides, and your thoughts on that. To the extent that you can, and you feel comfortable doing so, I think America should hear what you told Congress three hours ago. So I would ask you now to repeat as much of that as you feel comfortable repeating.

JC: Well, sure, John, I’m happy to do it. And it’s one of the reasons you hear those of us who look at this information every day, and have tracked the rise of ISIS well over a year now, and certainly their brutality across Iraq, why we’re concerned, and why people like me keep saying hey, we have to do something and deal with this. So a couple of things that are concerning. One, you have an organization that has lots of time and space. And the one thing that we’ve learned leading up to 9/11 was that al Qaeda, Osama bin laden, had lots of time and space, He could recruit and train and raise money, plan operations without disruption, practice conducting operations, get themselves armed, get themselves the right kind of paperwork and passports to get where they needed to go. And they had the time and freedom and space to do it. Well, we see that exactly happening with ISIS only on steroids. And the reason I say that is because we believe that there are in excess of 3,000 individuals who have left either European or the United States or Canada countries, traveled, and are now being trained and further radicalized, and we hope not operationalized. We don’t have good acuity on that, that are just about a plan ticket away from coming home. So they go back to Europe. If they can find no derogatory information, that individual gets on an airplane and flies to the United States. They have, it’s called a visa waiver that would allow them to do that. And even though we’re better at tracking these things since 9/11, it’s not perfect. And we’ve never experienced this volume of individuals that we’d have to track. So when you get to countries like Canada, they have a different set of rules. They don’t track their, those kinds of movements of citizens, even in those areas. It makes it more difficult for us to figure out who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. They come into Canada, as you know, they’re just a simple drive right across the bridge, and they’re in the United States. So that’s why David Cameron stood up and so forcefully said hey, we’ve got a problem in Great Britain, and we think it’s in excess of 500 individuals. We’re trying to figure out who they are. We’re not figuring out all of them. That leaves huge gaps in our ability to determine the movement of these folks when they come home. You add, in addition to that, that about 12 of the 20 al Qaeda affiliates around the world have either overtly or covertly expressed some support to the ISIS movement, meaning they haven’t necessarily abandoned al Qaeda and its goals, aims and desires, but they’ve secretly in some cases, and overtly in some cases, expressed lots of support for this ISIS organization. Now you say well, what does that mean? Well, that means that other al Qaeda affiliates operating in Africa or Southwest Asia, or even the Levant, now you can plug into their logistical operations. They may have an individual that fits the right criteria that can do a Western style attack. So some notion that ISIS is so preoccupied with what its doing in Syria and Iraq that they aren’t interested in conducting a Western attack, terrorist attack, easy to say. But the evidence, the empirical evidence here is overwhelming that we have a huge problem, and that we have to deal with it. And most of their training camps, most of their logistics, are now happening out in Syria. Continue Reading

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John Boehner: Obama Sowed The Seeds We’re Seeing Around The World Now

Tuesday, September 2, 2014  |  posted by Duane Patterson

The Speaker of the House, John Boehner, appeared on the show with Congressman John Campbell filling in, covering ISIS, both in Iraq and Syria, Libya, the economy, immigration and leadership.

The audio:

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The transcript:

JC: And now on the phone with us, we have the gentleman from Ohio, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Mr. John Boehner. Mr. Speaker, welcome to the Hugh Hewitt Show.

JB: John, it’s good to be with you.

JC: Well, the news today obviously is the release of the video beheading Steve Sotloff. And so I want to get right into issues having to do with this. The House will come back, Congress will come back into session next week after August recess. There’s been a lot of developments on the international front while we’ve been in recess. First of all, does the President, do you believe the President has the authority under existing law to order air strikes against ISIS in Syria? Or does he only have authority to do so in Iraq under existing law?

JB: I think under existing authorizations from the Congress, he has the ability to do this in Iraq. It’s, I think it’s questionable whether he has the authority to do this in Syria. You know, the threat from ISIS goes back well over a year. And the crisis in Syria’s been going on now for over two years. And we’ve asked the President, asked the President what is your strategy to deal with Syria. And clearly, there’s no strategy that’s developed there. But when ISIS came across the Iraqi border in January, you know, I asked the question. Mr. President, where is the strategy to deal with the growing Islamic threat, because it’s not just Syria, and it’s not just Iraq. This goes from Libya to Gaza to Lebanon to Syria and Iraq. All of these countries are basically under control of Islamic terrorists who are hellbent on killing Americans, as we saw once again today.

JC: What then, and it’s clearly, I think everyone, even Democrats, people on the left understand the President said he had no strategy. What will the House do then? What is, what will the House’s strategy be? What will the House’s actions be? What will your actions be when we come back into session next week relative to this clear and present danger?

JB: Listen, the President is the commander-in-chief. He’s also the president of the United States. And it’s his responsibility as the chief executive to outline a plan that will protect American interest, protect American lives both at home and abroad. And until the President is willing to lay out a plan, the Congress has very few options ahead of it. Continue Reading

How To Spend $150 on The Senate and Statehouses In The Homestretch –15 Key Races at $10 Each

Tuesday, September 2, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Republicans are all but guaranteed pick-ups in Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia Senate races where Democrats have retired and the GOP has sent out three great candidates in Congressman Steve Daines, Governor Mike Rounds and Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito.

They are in danger of losing a seat nowhere, though noise about closing on David Perdue in Georgia and Mitch McConnell in Kentucky will continue until the end to try and keep at least some o f the GOP money off of the half dozen races which will decide the all-important  issue of control.  If you have cash to give to candidates in the next few weeks, and I hope you will dig deep to save the Supreme Court and especially the Department of Defense from more of Team Obama’s ruin than is unavoidable with him in the White House, then support:

Dan Sullivan in Alaska

Tom Cotton in Arkansas

Corey Gardner in Colorado

Joni Ernst in Iowa

Bill Cassidy in Louisiana

Terri Lynn Land in Michigan

Mike McFadden in Minnesota

Scott Brown in New Hampshire

Thom Tillis in North Carolina

Ed Gllespise in Virginia

Five  statehouse races need closing help from the grassroots as four are red and Democrats want to turn one blue for talking points purposes heading into 2016, and one –ion Colorado– is a keystone statehouse to taking back the White House.

Bob Beauprez in Colorado

Doug Ducey in Arizona

Sam Brownback in Kansas

John Kasich in Ohio

Scott Walker in Wisconsin

By spreading small contribution –$10 to each campaign or $25 or even $50 or $100– you are helping keep the Democrats stretched far too thin across both maps and the president headed to a thundering repudiation, the last referendum on him in office.  If for no other reason than to send a message of deep disgust with his policies and his fecklessness these past two years and especially the almost unbelievable disdain he has shown for protecting America’s interests in the world, dig deep and do so today as the campaigns head into the final four weeks of campaigning before absentees begin to flow out in most of these states.

Congressman John Campbell will be sitting in for me this week, but I will return from D.C. next week with an update on all these races.

 

Two Labor Day Specials: The Ideology Of Labor, East and West, And Where It Has Brought Us

Sunday, August 31, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

First, my not-so-cheery Washington Examiner column on the meltdown all around us.

Second, a three hour Hillsdale Dialogue on tomorrow’s show with Hillsdale College President Larry Arnn, and ProfessorsThomas West and Paul Moreno.  We will cover the nightmare ideology of Marx, its brutal application by Lenin and Stalin, and the history of American trade unionism and why it developed immunities to the virus that swept so much of the world to such deadly effect and which rages still in places like China, Cuba, North Korea and various venues in Central and South Ameerica under different guises and re-branding efforts, as well as in the work of some best-selling fabulists.

All of the Hillsdale Dialogues, now 85 and counting, are available here. Spend you next 85 workouts listening to those and you will be much better prepared for what is coming next.

 

 

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