Led by House Speaker John Boehner, the U.S. House of Representatives voted for an amendment to authorize Barack Obama to provide military aid to ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels. As Shoebat.com has reported, one of the Syrian opposition’s U.S. lobbying groups that Senator John McCain likes to tout has some disturbing connections to Muslim Brotherhood front groups. This includes at least two men who sit on the Board of the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF).
The connections of these men to Brotherhood front groups in the U.S. should be raising red flags for members of Congress. Instead, the House voted 273-156 to pave the way for military aid to go to fighters the SETF supports.
A little more than two years ago, five members of Congress led by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) sent five separate letters to five separate Inspectors General (IG) – State Department, Defense Department, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, and Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). The purpose of these letters was to call for an investigation into Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of the U.S. Government.
Members of Congress who understand this threat would have voted “no” on the amendment authorizing military support for the rebels. Surprisingly, one member of the Bachmann five – Rep. Trent Franks – voted to arm the rebels. The other four voted against.
To illustrate, one of the members on the SETF Board – Dr. Yahya Basha – once chaired the now defunct American Muslim Council (AMC), which was founded by convicted terrorist Abdurahman Alamoudi. Basha also referred to Hamas as “freedom fighters” and joined with leaders of other Muslim Brotherhood front groups to help George W. Bush craft his post 9/11 Muslim outreach strategy.
In early 2011, the Detroit Free Press interviewed Basha for an article about aiding the Syrian rebels:
Dr. Yahya Basha of West Bloomfield, who often meets with senior U.S. officials, but said the U.S. should “allow neighboring countries to support the opposition. If they don’t support the rebels, extremism will develop and take command of the situation. We want the United States to be close to the people so they are more moderate and friendly to the U.S.“
So a man with extensive connections to Muslim Brotherhood front groups was meeting with “senior U.S. officials” and telling them that unless ‘moderates’ are helped, extremists will take over. Again, from the ‘do what we say and nobody gets hurt’ school of diplomacy espoused by Ground Zero mosque imam Feisal Abdul Rauf:
Why is Basha meeting “often” with “senior U.S. officials” when he has extensive connections to Muslim Brotherhood front groups? As to the “neighboring countries” he was talking about, the article seemed to indicate who they were earlier in the article:
For now, the U.S. is working with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar to help the rebels, a strategy that Syrians opposed to Assad say should be enhanced.
Turkey and Qatar both support Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood generally. Qatar is home to both the leader of Hamas Khaled Meshaal and Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi.
When it comes to those five letters sent to various IG’s in June of 2012, in addition to Bachmann, they were signed by Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Thomas Rooney (R-FL). Rep. Steve King (R-IA) expressed solidarity with the signatories when he addressed the issue of close Hillary Clinton advisor Huma Abedin, who was named in the letter to the State Department IG.
In yesterday’s House vote to arm the Syrian opposition, four of the signatories to those 2012 letters voted against the measure. Shockingly, Franks voted in the affirmative despite signing those letters. This can only mean he does not fully understand the issue he got behind barely two years ago. King also voted in favor of arming the rebels.
It’s also worth noting that Boehner was one of the members of Congress who defended Abedin and repudiated Bachmann, saying the contents of the letters were “pretty dangerous”.
Ironically, it’s what Boehner is doing that is dangerous.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that arming Syrian rebels at this point is worse than doing nothing; just look at the state of Libya (wasn’t the opposition there supposed to be moderate?). Arming ‘moderate’ rebels in Syria is going to yield similar results.
There are countless examples which demonstrate that the relationship between the FSA and ISIS is at best incestuous and at worst collaborative.
1.) The Lebanon Daily Star reported earlier this month that FSA Commanders admitted to collaborating with ISIS along the Syrian-Lebanese border.
2.) The AFP reported that ISIS and FSA signed a non-aggression pact in the Syrian capital of Damascus.
3.) Spokesman for Steven Sotloff family charged that FSA sold Sotloff to ISIS shortly after the American journalist crossed into Syria; Sotloff was later beheaded.
4.) The International Business Times reported that American journalist James Foley was handed over to ISIS by a supposedly FSA-friendly group in the Dawood Brigade. This was allegedly done as a sign of allegiance to ISIS; Foley was later beheaded by ISIS.
5.) Just one week ago, the Independent Journal Review reported that weapons sent to the FSA have ended up in the hands of ISIS.
6.) In July, McClatchy reported that 1,000 FSA fighters defected and joined ISIS in Raqqa.
Despite all this, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 273-156 to give Barack Obama the authorization to provide military support to the ‘moderate’ Syrian rebels.
The vote was made possible a day after Speaker John Boehner signaled he was in support of the measure.
Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi and Rep. Westmoreland, who also sits on that committee, both voted “no” on arming Syrian rebels. Those familiar with the Benghazi attacks believe there is a very strong Syrian connection to what went on in the Libyan city.