July 22nd, 2017

Good news and bad news on ISIS

First, the good news: the war on ISIS has been going well lately:

ISIS in Iraq and Syria has been “dismantled,” with tens of thousands of its jihadist fighters dead…

The bad news? Thanks to our media, which continues to have its own arrogant agenda:

…[A] promising lead on its leader “went dead” after a media leak, according to a key U.S. military official.

“We have absolutely dismantled his network,” Gen. Tony Thomas, speaking of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, said at the Aspen Security Forum. “I mean everyone who worked for him initially is dead or gone. Everybody who stepped to the plate the next time [is] dead or gone. Down through a network where we have killed, in a conservative estimate, 60,000 to 70,000 of his followers, his army.”…

“Unfortunately, [a good lead on the leader’s whereabouts] was leaked in a prominent national newspaper about a week later and that lead went dead,” Thomas said. “The challenge we have [is] in terms of where and how our tactics and procedures are discussed openly. There’s a great need to inform the American public about what we’re up to. There’s also great need to recognize things that will absolutely undercut our ability to do our job.”

Thomas appeared to be referring to a New York Times report in June 2015 that detailed how American intelligence agencies had “extracted valuable information.”

This is nothing new; these damaging leaks have been going on for a long time.

11 Responses to “Good news and bad news on ISIS”

  1. Cornhead Says:

    I want to know the thinking and dialogue at the NYT that allowed the publication of that vital info. Any consideration given to the 9-11 dead? Any thought that this might help the enemy? Is ISIS considered to be the enemy? What role does Trump hatred play in all of this? Or do they even think about this at all? Who are these people other than Ivy Leaguers?

  2. Geoffrey Britain Says:

    To get excited over slicing off one of Medusa’s heads is to indicate a failure to appreciate the nature of the beast.

  3. Frog Says:

    I second cornhead’s motions. Is the NYT playing Sampson in the temple, blind and nihilistically pulling everything down around them?
    Evil is afoot in the land. There is simply no other way to put it.

  4. Ymar Sakar Says:


    How Christians fight evil with good.

    Vs the State Religion Christianity that wants a Deus Vult Crusade to make them glorify in their own work, their own hands, and their own organized religion of pampered decadent living.

  5. AesopFan Says:

    If anyone does get around to prosecuting traitors again, I vote to put the NYT editors in the front of the line.

  6. Manju Says:

    The story has already fallen apart (click the link in the post for an update) but not before Trump joined in to slur the NYTimes.

    Trump often accuses others of doing is what he is does himself.

  7. neo-neocon Says:


    The connection does appear a lot murkier, although the General did say what he was quoted as having said, and I’m assuming he based it on something. However, I’m willing to say that in this case Fox was probably wrong and the Times was most likely not guilty as accused.

    They’re guilty of plenty else, though.

  8. Ymar Sakar Says:

    They used to call Fox News, fake news. I wonder if Trum coined it back when he was Demoncrat light, since he used it to good affect against the other media once the sides were flip reversed.

  9. Big Maq Says:

    Will discussion of a “status of forces” (iirc, that is the term) in Iraq be regenerated by trump?

    Seems that some level of forces on the ground might serve as a deterrent (though I’m no expert).

    And, that was one of the things obama flubbed up, right?

  10. Ymar Sakar Says:

    Trum has more Goldmansachs boys in his cabinet and Rothschilds and Federal Reserve allies, than the entirety of Cruz and Cruz’s wife’s entire clan lineage associations.

  11. Ymar Sakar Says:

    It’ll depend on if it is profitable for another status of forces negotiation with Iraq and how that affects the war zones.

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