ISIS Terrorist Predicts Victory Over Israel
During a radio interview on Sunday, this reporter asked an ISIS-aligned terrorist whether he believes his group can truly defeat the Jewish state.
“Don’t you think if Israel really wanted to, and I think that one attack will prompt them, they can wipe you guys out in a matter of minutes?” asked Klein.
The terrorist’s reply included a line about Jews being the “sons of pigs and monkeys,” prompting this reporter to ask whether the jihadist truly believes Jews are descended from apes and swine.
The exchange took place with Abu Huzaifa Al-Maqdisi, a 24-year old Gaza-based jihadist who is a deputy to Abu al-Ayna al-Ansari, a Salafist movement senior official in the Gaza Strip. Ansari is a well-known Gaza Salafist allied with Islamic State ideology.
Maqdisi appeared on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio,” in place of Ansari because Ansari’s house has been bombarded in recent days by Hamas militants fighting ISIS ideologues in Gaza, causing Ansari to temporarily go underground, the jihadist group told Klein.
The following is a transcript of the exchange:
KLEIN: Let’s get realistic here… Does the Islamic State really believe that it can go up and defeat the Israeli military? Don’t you think if Israel really wanted to, and I think that one attack will prompt them, they can wipe you guys out in a matter of minutes?
MAQDISI: This is wrong that the Israeli army can defeat us. We were promised by the prophet that we will win this war. And recently we sent a couple of messages. We shot a month ago rockets against Eilat in the south of the country of the sons of pigs and monkeys. We exploded a bomb against an Israeli force in the region of Taim Abu Salem also in the south. And this was only a message to say to the Israelis that we are preparing to lead [a] major operation, including inside the Israeli areas.
KLEIN: Now when you say the sons of pigs and monkeys, I want to ask you, is that a metaphor? Or do you really believe that Israelis, that Jews, are actually the sons, as in really descended, from pigs and monkeys?
MAQDISI: This is an expressive way to define them but the truth is even they are not worthy to be described as pigs and monkeys. They are less than that.
Leaked E-Mails Reveal Talking Points On Iran Deal
An arms control group tied to White House efforts to sell the Iran nuclear agreement to the public helped craft talking points for a network of advocates, experts, and messaging specialists on how to frame Iran’s nuclear program while attacking opponents of dialogue with Tehran.
Writing at Bloomberg, reporter Eli Lake reveals he obtained “leaked e-mails and documents from an internal listserv operated by the arms control nonprofit Ploughshares Fund.”
In August 2011, Ploughshares and its allies formed the Iran Strategy Group, which worked, Lake reported, to create a “sophisticated campaign to reshape the national narrative on Iran,” and to play “down the dangers of the Iranian nuclear program before formal negotiations started in 2013.”
Part of the strategy singled out Iran dialogue critics who advocated military strikes, with a deliberate effort to label them as “pro-war.”
“On a messaging note, it would be best to describe them as ‘pro-war,’ and leave it to them to back off that characterization of their position,” the listserv advocated.
Lake revealed a specific set of “talking points” when it came to engaging with the media and public on Iran. The talking points included “An Iranian nuclear program is not imminent”; “An Iranian nuclear weapon is not inevitable”; and, most controversial, “If Iran develops a nuclear weapon, the United States and the West could live with it, without important compromise to U.S. interests.”
Clinton Ought To Look In The Mirror
Hillary Clinton’s campaign is airing an attack ad accusing Donald Trump of “root[ing] for the real estate crash,” while ignoring the fact that many of Clinton’s own top corporate donors were implicated in helping to cause the subprime-mortgage crisis. Furthermore, the roots of the crisis, many argue, trace back to Bill Clinton’s administration.
The video features audio of Trump from 2006 speaking of the possibility of a housing crash, “I sort of hope that happens because then people like me would go in and buy. If there is a bubble burst, as they call it, you know, you could make a lot of money.”
The ad ends with the words, “If Donald wins, you lose.”
Trump’s comments came in the context of explaining how he himself was “in a good cash position,” meaning he’d made wise investments as opposed to others in the same business, and “If you’re in a good cash position — which I’m in a good cash position today — then people like me would go in and buy like crazy.”
In 2013, former Sen. Phil Gramm (R-TX) claimed in the Wall Street Journal that the roots of the financial crisis trace back to so-called affordable-housing goals established by Bill Clinton’s administration, which “led to a massive increase in risky, subprime mortgages.”
Clinton successfully drafted Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the commercial banking system into his affordable housing efforts “by exploiting a minor provision in a 1977 housing bill, the Community Reinvestment Act, that simply required banks to meet local credit needs,” Gram wrote.
Top Clinton campaign contributor Goldman Sachs, which paid the candidate $675,000 in speaking fees, originally won big from the mortgage meltdown. Clinton has yet to release the transcripts of her speeches to Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firms.
Goldman Sachs eventually settled with government regulators for $1.5 billion for its role in the crisis.
CBS News reported on the settlement: “Goldman admitted that in bundling mortgages from subprime loan specialists like Countrywide Financial – and then selling them to investors as bonds – it largely failed to address financial problems it knew about.”
Other banks that settled for their own roles in the mortgage meltdown read like a who’s who of top Clinton donors: “In February, Morgan Stanley settled for $3.2 billion, Wells Fargo agreed to pay $1.2 billion, J.P. Morgan Chase paid $13 billion three years ago, and Bank of America coughed up a whopping $16.6 billion in 2014.”
Bank of America reportedly paid Bill and Hillary Clinton more than $1 million for four speaking gigs between 2011 and 2014.
Hillary Clinton’s campaigns have received major support from Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, and J.P. Morgan Chase.Aaron Klein