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McCain Posed with Questionable Company

By Matthew Boyle, Breitbart

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and his aides swear the Syrian “rebels” he was pictured last year with weren’t ISIS members or supporters, and the mainstream media is by and large buying the 2008 GOP presidential nominee’s story.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has endured brutal criticism—media fact checkers, reporters, and political figures have shredded him—for questioning just who McCain posed with.

But a closer look at the situation tells perhaps a different story than McCain’s office or the mainstream media have pushed.

The criticism of McCain centers around how the Arizona senator met with Syrian rebel leaders in May 2013 when he visited the country. McCain posed for photographs with those people, and since then rumors have sprouted up across the Internet that he met with ISIS or some other terrorist kidnappers or nefarious forces.

“The people in the pictures with Senator McCain in Syria included General Salim Idris, then-Chief of Staff of the Supreme Military Command of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Mouaz Moustafa, the Executive Director of the DC-based Syrian Emergency Task Force (which supports the moderate opposition and helped arrange some of the trip), and fighters and commanders from the Northern Storm Brigade, a FSA-aligned group,” McCain’s spokesman Brian Rogers told Breitbart News.

Rogers said that the senator and his team aren’t naming the “fighters and commanders from the Northern Storm Brigade, a FSA-aligned group,” because “ISIS actually threatened to kill them all, and we don’t want to put their lives at risk.” Rogers provided Breitbart News with a link to the ISIS threat to those fighters.

“ISIS targeted the Northern Storm because ISIS considers them apostates and because Northern Storm met with Sen. McCain,” Rogers said. “ISIS actually wrote out a statement that accused Northern Storm of treachery for reasons including: ‘Meeting with U.S. Senator John McCain in the hangar and making a contract with him against the Islamists.’ The statement goes on to demand that Northern Storm surrender and repent to ISIS or be killed.”

“ISIS actually killed many Northern Storm members, and we’re not going to put them at any further risk by naming them,” Rogers added.

But there’s just one problem with McCain’s office’s story. Now, McCain’s team says the senator didn’t meet with any bad figures but declines to name them, for what seems to be a legitimate reason—although those who are publicly leading combat against ISIS and against Bashar Al-Assad’s regime are probably publicly known figures there.

Just last year, however, McCain’s office had no clue who the senator met. When allegations surfaced that the senator may have met with terrorists who kidnapped someone, Rogers—McCain’s communications director—went on the record to multiple media outlets to say he didn’t know who he was meeting with, and if he did meet with kidnapper terrorists, that would be regrettable.

“None of the individuals the senator planned to meet with was named Mohamad Nour or Abu Ibrahim,” Rogers told CNN in late May 2013, right after the trip. “A number of other Syrian commanders joined the meeting, but none of them identified himself as Mohamad Nour or Abu Ibrahim.”

Rogers added later in his statement to CNN that he and the senator did not know who he was meeting with.

“A number of the Syrians who greeted Senator McCain upon his arrival in Syria asked to take pictures with him, and, as always, the senator complied,” Rogers said. “If the individual photographed with Senator McCain is in fact Mohamed Nour, that is regrettable. But it would be ludicrous to suggest that the Senator in any way condones the kidnapping of Lebanese Shia pilgrims or has any communication with those responsible. Senator McCain condemns such heinous actions in the strongest possible terms.”

Of course it’s ludicrous to suggest that McCain would condone the act of kidnapping, and nobody serious is suggesting that. The point many critics of McCain’s policies—including Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)—are making is that Americans have no way of knowing which team any one of these figures is on.

“Here’s the problem,” Paul said in an interview with The Daily Beast this week. “He [McCain] did meet with ISIS, and had his picture taken, and didn’t know it was happening at the time. That really shows you the quandary of determining who are the moderates and who aren’t. If you don’t speak Arabic, and you don’t understand that some people will lie to you—I really think that we don’t have a good handle on who are the moderates and who aren’t, and I think the objective evidence is that the ones doing most of the fighting and most of the battles among the rebels in Syria are the radical Islamists.”

Paul has been roundly criticized for the remarks, starting with the publication he made them to. The Daily Beast’s Olivia Nuzzi wrote that Paul’s statement means he “repeated a thoroughly debunked rumor.” The Washington Post’s fact-checker Glenn Kessler gave Paul “Four Pinocchios,” its highest rating of dishonesty, for the statement. Kessler wrote that this story is one where he regrets “we are limited to just Four Pinocchios,” because there is “zero evidence that any of the men that McCain met with in Syria are linked to the Islamic State.”

Despite this pile-on by the media and political establishment, Paul has a serious point here, though. McCain really didn’t know who he was meeting with, and even if they were the supposedly “moderate” Free Syrian Army, who’s to know that they aren’t elements of the Free Syrian Army working alongside ISIS?

Patrick Poole, an esteemed national security reporter and expert on radical Islam for PJ Media, has reported that the Free Syrian Army’s commanders have admitted in public to working alongside ISIS. “As President Obama laid out his ‘strategy’ last night for dealing with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and as bipartisan leadership in Congress pushes to approve as much as $4 billion to arm Syrian ‘rebels,’ it should be noted that the keystone to his anti-Assad policy — the ‘vetted moderate’ Free Syrian Army (FSA) — is now admitting that they, too, are working with the Islamic State,” Poole wrote on Sept. 10.

Poole cites the Lebanese newspaper Daily Star, which quotes a Free Syrian Army brigade commander as saying he is working with the “Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s official Syrian affiliate — both U.S.-designated terrorist organizations.”

Specifically, the quotes Poole pulls are:

“We are collaborating with the Islamic State and the Nusra Front by attacking the Syrian Army’s gatherings in… Qalamoun,” said Bassel Idriss, the commander of an FSA-aligned rebel brigade.

“We have reached a point where we have to collaborate with anyone against unfairness and injustice,” confirmed Abu Khaled, another FSA commander who lives in Arsal.

“Let’s face it: The Nusra Front is the biggest power present right now in Qalamoun and we as FSA would collaborate on any mission they launch as long as it coincides with our values,” he added.

In a lengthy floor speech on Thursday, Paul ripped the foreign policy establishment in Washington for assuming that FSA and ISIS are really distinct entities.

“According to a New York Times report, over a year ago, the CIA began training Syrian rebels in nearby Jordan, thousands of them, along with delivering arms and ammunition,” Paul said, according to a transcript of the speech provided to Breitbart News by his office. “New York Times reports also detailed the huge arms and financial transfers from Quatar to the Syrian rebels, beginning as early as 2011. No one really knows where that all ended up: Jane’s Terrorism Center noted, the transfer of Quatari arms to targeted groups has the same practical effect as shipping them to Al Nusra, a violent jihadist force. The New York Times further detailed that Sudan has provided anti-tank missiles and other arms.”

Shortly after those comments, Paul said that America can’t be sure—since supposedly “vetted moderates” are working alongside ISIS—who any of them are. He added that even if some might be loyal now, they could change their allegiances in a heartbeat—saying that some officials estimate that more than half of FSA forces have defected to ISIS.

“So the idea that these rebels haven’t been armed before is ludicrous on it’s face. It is also ludicrous to believe that we know where all of the money, arms and ammunition will end up, or who will end up benefiting from these shipments. Why? Because we don’t know for sure who the groups all are,” Paul said. “Even when we think we do, loyalties shift and groups become amorphous, with alleged moderates lining up with jihadists. And finally, moderate groups have often sold their weapons or had them seized by the jihadist elements led by ISIS.”

McCain’s office, however, fiercely defends the notion that FSA is not working alongside ISIS.

“Also, these reports of some kind of ‘truce’ between the FSA and ISIS have also been debunked,” Rogers, McCain’s spokesman, told Breitbart News—citing a piece from the Daily Beast to back up his claims. “While there have been brief cease-fires between the groups to collect bodies of those killed during fighting, as this Josh Rogin article makes clear, there’s no ‘truce’ between FSA and ISIS.”

And maybe there is no formal “truce” between FSA and ISIS, but the reports of mass defections and quotes from FSA leaders and brigade commanders on record saying they are working with ISIS makes this much more complicated than the clear cut-and-dry issue the mainstream media have made it so as to rip Paul. When McCain’s office won’t name who exactly he met with, who exactly he’s photographed with—after last year admitting in public they didn’t know who he greeted in Syria—are we supposed to just take his word for it that some of those FSA leaders aren’t now working with ISIS—or maybe have outright joined ISIS, like that other FSA commander Poole and the Daily Star quote?

Congressman Franks’ List of Obama Failures

Presidential Preference: Senator Cruz, Dr. Carson

Dear Republican National Committee:

This short letter is to inform you of our 2016 presidential candidate preference. We recommend the following two men as acceptable — and highly capable! — candidates:

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz

Dr. Benjamin Carson

Both of these men are well qualified to lead our nation. They understand the Constitution, they know the problems wrought on us by socialism and other failed Democrat policies. Both offer the best possible chances of correcting the destructive course of the current administration and leading responsibly and effectively.

We offer the following individuals as unacceptable presidential candidates:

Jeb Bush

Gov. Chris Christie

 

Cong. Franks Speaks on Obama’s ‘Act of Cowardice and Betrayal’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08), co-chair of the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus and a ranking Republican member of the House Armed Services Committee, today took to the House floor to slam Obama for an “unprecedented act of cowardice and betrayal” in the Administration’s response (or lack thereof) to the barrage of rockets that have been launched at Israel this week. Video of the full one-minute floor speech and a transcript is included below:

Transcript

Mr. Speaker, last month, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas openly united with the evil terrorist group, Hamas, and this very moment they are raining rockets down upon the innocent citizens of Israel. Half of all Israelis have sought cover in bomb shelters across their tiny country. And the Obama Administration has had the reprehensible gall to praise Abbas as someone who is “committed to non-violence and … cooperation with Israel,” and to further proclaim in an Israeli newspaper that, quote “Finally, peace is possible!”

Mr. Speaker, I thought nothing this president could say or do would surprise me anymore, but his flushed and breathless rush to embrace terrorists launching rockets at Israeli children is an unprecedented act of cowardice and betrayal.

America’s fleet should this minute be off the coast of Israel, and the world, including Abbas, Hamas, and Hezbollah, should know that America’s arsenal of freedom stands ready to defend our most precious ally in the world.

See the Movie ‘America’!

Endorsements for Arizona Primary Election

The Arizona Conservative is endorsing candidates for public office in the Grand Canyon State in advance of the August 26 primary elections. Voters have two choices: candidates who will champion FREEDOM for the individual and those who will push policies that deny and reduce personal freedoms – the candidates of socialism and excessive government CONTROL of your life. Whom do you want in office? Those who protect your constitutional freedom, or those who would expand government and take away more and more of your freedom? Your vote will impact every facet of American society and culture. Check back frequently as we are examining more candidates and propositions and making recommendations:

Office Freedom Control
Governor Andy Thomas Fred DuVal
Secretary of State Will Cardon Chris Campas, Terry Goddard
Attorney General Mark Brnovich Felicia Rotellini
State Treasurer Randy Pullen
Supt. Of Public Instruction Diane Douglas Sharon Thomas, David Garcia
Mining Inspector Joe Hart Manuel Cruz
Congress-District 1 Adam Kwasman Ann Kirkpatrick
Congress-District 2 Martha McSally, Chuck Wooten Ron Barber
Congress-District 3 Gabriela Saucedo Mercer Raul Grijalva
Congress-District 4 Paul Gosar Mikel Weisser
Congress-District 5 Matt Salmon
Congress-District 6 David Schweikert
Congress-District 7 Steve Gallardo, Cesar Chavez
Congress-District 8 Trent Franks Helmuth Hack
Congress-District 9 Wendy Rogers, Andrew Walter Kyrsten Sinema

Arizona Legislature

District 1

Senate:

House: Linda Gray, Karen Fann

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District 4

Senate: Connie Uribe

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District 5

Senate: Kelli Ward

House: Sam Medrano

District 6

Senate: Chester Crandall

House: Brenda Barton

District 7

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District 8

Senate: Irene Littleton

House: Darla Dawald

District 9

Senate:

House: Ethan Orr

District 10

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District 11

Senate: Steve Smith

House: Vince Leach, Mark Finchem

District 12

Senate: Andy Biggs

House: Eddie Farnsworth, Warren Peterson

District 13

Senate: Don Shooter

House: Darin Mitchell, Steve Montenegro

District 14

Senate: Gail Griffin

House: David Gowan, David Stevens

District 15

Senate: Nancy Barto

House: John Allen, David Smith

District 16

Senate: David Farnsworth

House: Kelly Townsend, John Fillmore

District 17

SenateA Steve Yarbrough

House: J.D. Mesnard, Jeff Weninger

District 18

Senate: Tom Morrissey

House: John King, Jill Norgaard

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District 20

Senate: Kimberly Yee

House: Paul Boyer, Carl Seel

District 21

Senate: Debbie Lesko

House: Rick Gray

District 22

Senate: Judy Burges

House: David Livington, Phil Lovas

District 23

Senate: John Kavanaugh

House: Jay Lawrence, Michelle Ugenti

District 24

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District 25

Senate: Dr. Ralph Heap

House: Rusty Bowers, Justin Olsen, Jerry Walker

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House: Shawna Bolick

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Senate: Gary Cox

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LOCAL ELECTIONS

Mesa mayor — Danny Ray

PROPOSITIONS

Tempe–475: Non-discrimination ordinance to include sexual orientation and gender identity

NO: This proposition is not in the best interests of individuals who are struggling with same-sex attraction and who are confused about their gender.  Furthermore, these non-discrimination bills, fronted by leftists seeking to destroy traditional marriage and family structure, are cited by activist judges to over-rule the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech and the free exercise of religion.  For these reasons, VOTE NO.

 

 

 

Wendy Rogers: Sinema’s Cheap Talk Doesn’t Help Dying Vets

Wendy Rogers, Republican candidate for Congress, has issued the following statement:

“Talk is cheap; unfortunately, the Phoenix VA Hospital’s representative in Congress, Kyrsten Sinema, does not seem to get that.  The lives of men and women who bravely served our country are still being put in danger because Washington, DC, has become used to excuses and bureaucracy instead of action.”

“Getting our veterans timely access to healthcare must be the top priority.  Steps can and must be taken to reduce the backlog.  The Phoenix VA needs to immediately hire 20 more primary care providers, and we should ensure this is given top priority and not buried under layers of red tape.  Veterans are dying as they await follow-up appointments, which is inexcusable.”

“Not one of the Phoenix VA leadership team sounded the alarm as the situation worsened, and we must hold those responsible accountable for their actions.  The Phoenix VA system director must be fired, not just placed on leave,” continued Rogers.  “We must also learn exactly how big the backlog is and how extensive this ‘secret list’ has been.  To ensure complete transparency and to restore the public trust in the VA system, the results of the investigation and the steps being taken to fix this problem must be made public and posted online.”

Wendy Rogers is a 5th-generation U.S. military officer, having retired as a Lt. Colonel from the U.S. Air Force.  She was one of the first 100 women to serve as pilots in the Air Force, and she has made defending our veterans’ access to healthcare, education, and jobs one of her top campaign priorities

Russell Pearce Returns to Airwaves on Patriot Radio

WHAT: The Russell Pearce Show on 960 The Patriot

WHEN: Saturday,

WHY: Because the Price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance

REALLY: Yes, Enough is Enough!

Guest:  D.S. Edwards Author of Collective Retribution a look at America’s possible future with unsecured borders

TIME: 7:00PM to 8:00PM

CALLERS? Yes, it’s a live show: 602-508-0960… make your voices heard!

“Arizona’s leading conservative Russell Pearce has returned to the airwaves like a thunderclap, on a bigger station with a bigger show. He’s got the liberals on the run and he means business. This is must-listen radio for conservatives, with every liberal’s worst nightmare at the mike.”

Shows on 960 The Patriot/KKNT typically reach approximately 75,000 – 100,000 listeners each between Monday – Sunday, 6A-12Midnight. The syndicated and established shows naturally pull in higher audiences, as do those in prime/drive times.

The Russell Pearce show is immediately following drive-time, and on the weekend, but we follow an established show, have a host with a large valley/state following, and conduct more online advertising and promotion than any other host on the network. And, based on caller volume, the best indicator of listenership, we’re already approaching the #1 spot on this station and hope to soon be able to again call Senator Pearce Arizona’s #1 conservative talk radio show.

There is no lack of places to spend your money to help good causes.  We have a Republic to save.  I would love and need good sponsors and donations to keep this show going, along with our newsletter and in order to stay on the air, so your help is greatly appreciated. 

First, we’ll have commercial(s) professionally produced for sponsors to run during the show (production costs are included in sponsorship package rates).

Second, Senator Pearce/The Russell Pearce Show does live promos for sponsors during the course of weekly shows, promoting the organizations and businesses which sponsor the show.

Third, we have a show website in development, on which ads of sponsors and advertisers will place prominently displayed with links back to websites, videos, or other promotional pages.

Fourth, we have a partnership with the Conservative Leadership Coalition and the Arizona Conservative Club which operate a Facebook page I developed for them with nearly 40,000 active subscribers, on which we promote our sponsors and the show/show guests.

Fifth, sponsors will be invited to participate live in-studio, or remotely, in shows for the duration of their sponsorship, both for issue advocacy and membership purposes (we wholeheartedly endorse using this program to drive traffic to generate new business for our friends/supporters). And, because we’re a work in progress, we’re always open to working with our friends to make the show more successful for those who support us. We’re the epitome of a small business enterprise, and where we can help our supporters succeed, we’ll go out of our way to do so.

I’ve requested demographic specifics from the station and will send those to you as soon as I get the newest numbers. Our listeners span the entire valley live, and across the entire southwest and several metropolitan centers online already (corresponding to our online marketing efforts).

Our listener call volume already matches that of established shows which have been on the air for several years, which speaks well of Senator Pearce’s popularity and “draw”, and explains how he was able to generate such great listenership volume on his previous show, despite being on a much smaller station.

Presently, sponsorships begin at $500/month with a minimum three month commitment. This includes all of the promotions listed above locked in, including a 30-second commercial run during the show (a 60-second commercial begins at $650/month with all the additional promotions, also with a three-month minimum commitment). We also offer weekday advertising discounted at our rate during the weekday syndicated shows on the Salem Radio Network.

We can certainly modify that amount and work with anyone willing to help and support the Show and our effort to keep critical issues in front of the public and good honest debate on issues facing our great Republic.  We are in the middle of our 2014 election and will be vetting the candidates for all the offices.

Once we’re more established, we’ll start pricing packages out individually (commercials, websites, live show promotions, etc), but for now, we’re offering everything discounted and under one umbrella sponsorship package.

Thanks in advance for your consideration — and please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Thank you for your consideration and support

FAITH – FAMILY-FREEDOM … IN GOD WE TRUST

SENATOR RUSSELL PEARCE

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