FBI Investigating Possible Intent of Beheading Both Victims
by, Patrick Poole | Pj Media | WDBJ 7 | h/t Linda Hall II @ Uniting the West
The random stabbing of a couple in Roanoke County, Virginia, on Saturday is now being investigated as a possible ISIS-inspired terror attack, according to reports.
Witnesses to the incident say that the suspect under arrest, Wasil Farooqui, was shouting “Allah Akbar” while attacking a man and woman at their apartment building Saturday evening.
Several media outlets are reporting the FBI’s involvement in the case.
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The FBI is now involved in a stabbing investigation in Roanoke County.
Wasil Farooqui is charged in the incident that seriously hurt a man and woman at the The Pines Apartments on Saturday.
Witnesses told police that during the attack Farooqui was yelling “Allah Akbar.”
He remains in jail tonight without bond.
A man stabbed two people Saturday in what Roanoke County Police say is a random attack.
A man and woman told police they were attacked at The Pines Apartments just before 8 p.m. as they entered the apartment building. Both were seriously hurt and taken to the hospital.
Police have charged Wasil Farooqui, 20, of Roanoke County in connection to the stabbing. He has been charged with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding. He is being held without bond at the Western Virginia Regional Jail.
Investigators believe that this was a random attack, and Farooqui had no connection to the two victims.
The Roanoke Times reports:
Roanoke County Police arrested a man in connection with a Saturday night stabbing that injured a man and a woman at The Pines Apartments, off Virginia 419.
Wasil Farooqui, 20, went to a hospital to seek medical care for his own injuries. He matched the description of the suspect and, following further investigation, was arrested, according to a news release.
Farooqui is charged with two counts of aggravated malicious wounding and is being held at the Western Virginia Regional Jail without bond, according to the release.
Officers went to the 4300 block of Banbury Lane after receiving a call around 8 p.m. on Saturday indicating that a man and woman had been attacked with a knife while entering the apartment building. The man fought off the attacker, who then fled, according to the release.
Police believe the attack was random, and that Farooqui has no connection to the victims, according to the release.
The Devil in a Blue Suit…
by, Aaron Klein | Breitbart News Jerusalem | h/t Blazing CatFur
TEL AVIV – Hacked documents from George Soros’s Open Society Institute state that the billionaire and his foundation helped to successfully press the Obama administration into increasing to 100,000 the total number of refugees taken in by the U.S. annually, Breitbart Jerusalem has found.
The documents reveal that the billionaire personally sent President Obama a letter on the issue of accepting refugees.
The hacked memo also shows that the billionaire’s foundation pressed the U.S. government to enact two other major policy objectives regarding the intake of Syrian refugees. A timeline demonstrates that at last one of those policies – providing more financing to overseas refugee efforts – was indeed implemented by the Obama administration, while it isn’t clear whether the administration was reacting directly to the Soros group’s campaign in that case.
The information was contained in a detailed 69-page Open Society report on the agenda of an Open Society U.S. Programs board meeting held in New York from October 1 to October 2, 2015.
Regarding the increase in the total number of refugees accepted annually by the U.S., the board meeting memo states that, before the meeting, Soros himself, as well as the Open Society Foundation and a coalition of groups supported by Soros, had already helped to successfully lobby the Obama administration to take in 100,000 refugees starting in 2017 as opposed to the earlier quota of 70,000.
“In the face of this pressure, the Obama administration announced Sept. 20 that by 2017, it would raise to 100,000 the total number of refugees the U.S. takes worldwide each year,” the document states.
The memo describes the successful lobbying efforts:
Over the course of several weeks, we, along with our colleagues in the Washington office led by Stephen Rickard, combined to undertake very active efforts to support a request to the Administration to provide a special allocation of an additional 100,000 refugee slots for Syrians and significantly expanded resources for international aid efforts. George Soros made such a request to President Obama in a recent letter, and 18 mayors across America are committed to welcoming refugees to their cities in numbers surpassing the administration’s proposal.
We used the extensive networks we have developed to help engage an array of actors, most of whom were sympathetic to the cause but had not focused on the issue. In part, our active role reflects our observation that the refugee advocacy community, while long-standing and sophisticated in the inner workings of refugee policy, does not have a strong advocacy capacity or deep grassroots ties. In the course of our work, we were able to generate engagement by a group of mayors through Emma Lazarus II Fund grantee Cities United for Immigration Action; the civil rights and immigrant rights community, through long-time grantee the Leadership Council for Civil and Human Rights; liberal and conservative former national security and state department officials with the help of grantee Human Rights First; and some conservative voices, such as evangelical Christians and Southern Baptists through grantee National Immigration Forum. In the face of this pressure, the Obama administration announced Sept. 20 that by 2017, it would raise to 100,000 the total number of refugees the U.S. takes worldwide each year. While we applaud this development, it falls short of the proposed special allocation. We and allied advocates believe the U.S. can and should do more.
Secretary of State John Kerry announced last September that the U.S. would increase from 70,000 to 100,000 the number of worldwide refugees that it accepts.
A section of the Open Society document relates that Soros and the foundation “pushed for three specific policy objectives” from the Obama administration:
As George Soros and the parts of the foundation that focus on the Middle East, Africa, and Europe direct major resources and attention to that crisis, we have moved to press the United States government to respond at a level consistent with the global crisis.
Working in close coordination with our colleagues in the DC Advocacy office, we (in support of George Soros) have pushed for three specific policy objectives: (1) an increase in the worldwide refugee authorization from the pre-existing 70,000 to one commensurate with the need, (2) an increase in resources to the relevant government agencies to expand their ability to process individuals under the existing numbers (noting that the United States has only processed 1,500 Syrians since 2011 even though existing authority allows 10,000 as of now), and (3) an increase in the financing for efforts overseas, recognizing that the United States is and remains the largest funder of support for these efforts. George Soros’ letter to President Obama is included here.
In the document itself, the text that states “George Soros’ letter to President Obama is included here” is hyperlinked and brings readers to an internal Open Society Foundation’s box.com account that requires users to first log in.
Regarding the third policy objective of an increase in financing to overseas refugee efforts, the Obama administration announced in September 2015, one month before the Open Society’s board meeting of that year, that it would inject $419 million more in humanitarian aid to, as the Washington Post reported, “assist Syrian refugees and the countries that are hosting them.”
by, Arianna Pickard | Tulsa World | h/t Glen Roberts @ Trop
Less than three months before a 37-year-old man was shot on his front porch Friday evening, Tulsa County prosecutors deemed the man suspected of killing him “a substantial risk to the public.”
Prosecutors had attempted to keep 61-year-old Stanley Vernon Majors in jail while he awaited trial on an assault charge alleging that he drove his vehicle into Haifa Jabara in September, but he was granted bond and released in May.
Court records show a history of conflict between Majors and the family of his next-door neighbor, Jabara, who was granted a protective order against him in November 2013 after telling a Tulsa County judge that he had harassed her and “is very racist towards foreigners and blacks.”
Majors was prohibited from going near Jabara or her home or possessing firearms for the next five years. But now, within three years, he is accused of fatally shooting her son, Khalid Jabara, at the family’s south Tulsa home.
Majors, who also uses his middle name, Vernon, as a first name, had been ordered to remain 300 yards away from Haifa Jabara and her home. He was prohibited from having any contact with her and from possessing firearms until November 2018.
Majors was charged with violating Haifa Jabara’s protective order in March 2015 after she told police he had yelled racial slurs at her in her driveway and threatened to kill her.
While arresting Majors, officers asked him multiple times to put down his beer, and he “chugged his beer before he put it down,” according to an arrest report.
Majors was charged with misdemeanor counts of violating the protective order and obstructing an officer, and he posted bond and was released from jail. His trial in that case is set for Oct. 3.
Last Sept. 12, prosecutors say Majors hit Haifa Jabara with a car in the 8700 block of East 95th Street and then left even though she had a broken shoulder and other injuries.
He was charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon, leaving the scene of a collision involving injury, violating a protective order and public intoxication.
In March, a civil lawsuit stemming from the collision was filed against Majors in Tulsa County District Court. The suit, filed by plaintiffs Haifa Jabara and Mounah Jabara, is still pending and seeks actual and punitive damages totaling $600,000.
In the civil case, Majors is also listed by the last name Schmauss. Court records show that he was married to Stephen Anthony Schmauss in December 2014.
Majors initially had been denied bail on the assault charge, but after he had spent eight months in jail, his bail was set by District Judge William LaFortune.
Majors was released from custody on bond, and Assistant District Attorney Brett Mize responded with a motion asking LaFortune to reconsider bond or increase it on the assault count, which was set at $30,000, on top of the $10,600 bond on the other counts.
In addition to describing the violent allegations against Majors, the motion says he has “demonstrated a wanton disregard for the life of the victim and the safety of the public.”
At a hearing two days after Majors posted bond, LaFortune increased the bail on the assault count to $60,000, and Majors posted the difference.
On Friday, Khalid Jabara was shot in the 9300 block of South 85th East Avenue and died shortly after he was taken to Saint Francis Hospital.
Police found Majors hiding behind a tree at the nearby Hardesty Library, 8316 E. 93rd St., and he is now held without bail at the Tulsa Jail on complaints of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm after a felony conviction.
Majors was convicted in 2009 of threatening a crime with intent to terrorize in Los Angeles and was sentenced to 16 months in prison, records show.
Tulsa Police Homicide Sgt. Dave Walker and Assistant District Attorney John David Luton said Monday that it’s too early in the investigation to say whether Majors will be charged with a hate crime.
Veronica Laizure, Oklahoma Civil Rights director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, says there were some indications that the homicide was possibly motivated by anti-Arab or anti-Muslim bias.
“There were some concerns arising from the perpetrator’s past actions, and there are some questions about how he was able to continue to harass and threaten and intimidate this family, as well as others in the neighborhood,” Laizure told the Tulsa World on Monday afternoon.
Laizure said CAIR has also heard reports that Majors had used racial slurs against other members of the community.
For now, however, CAIR is respecting the Jabara family’s wishes for privacy, Laizure said, and is “working on ways that we can mobilize community support and figure out where our best actions are going forward.”
On Monday, Khalid Jabara’s sister, Victoria Jabara Williams, posted on Facebook a statement from her family, saying their “world was shattered” when her brother was killed.
“The perpetrator was not unknown to us — he is our neighbor — someone whom we continuously brought to law enforcement’s attention,” the statement says.
The statement goes on to describe the alleged protective order violations and assault on Haifa Jabara and accuses Majors of using racial slurs against the family.
Video courtesy of: ABC News
“This suspect had a history of bigotry against our family,” the statement says. “He repeatedly attacked our ethnicity and perceived religion, making racist comments. He often called us ‘dirty Arabs,’ ‘filthy Lebanese,’ ‘Aye-rabs,’ and ‘Mooslems’ — a fact highlighted by the Tulsa Police Department who also heard these comments from the suspect.”
The family says Majors should have been charged with a hate crime and should not have been granted bail on the assault charge.
“Yet he was released and put back next door to us, the family he assaulted just months before,” the statement says. “This is troubling at any time, but profoundly disturbing given the current climate of our country and the increase nationally in cases of hate crimes.”
The statement also says that shortly before the shooting, Khalid Jabara had called the police, “stating this man had a gun and that he was scared for what might happen.”
Walker confirmed on Monday that dispatch had received a call from Khalid Jabara regarding “suspicious activity” on the evening he was shot.
Police arrived to investigate but cleared the call shortly before the shooting occurred, Walker said.
The Tulsa World was unable to reach the Jabara family for an interview by press time on Monday.
“Our brother Khalid was just 37 years old and had his whole life ahead of him,” the family’s statement says. “He was a kind spirit, loving brother, uncle and son. Khalid’s heart was big. He cared for our entire family, our friends and people he didn’t even know. He created every Jabara family joke and filled our lives with love and laughter.
“All of that has been taken away from us by this hateful man and a system that failed to protect our community.”
George Soros Suspected of Funding the Refugee Crisis in Syria
by, Chuck Ross | The Daily Caller | h/t Blazing CatFur
A non-profit group controlled by billionaire financier George Soros set out to conduct opposition research on a handful of critics of radical Islam, a newly released internal memo shows.
The 2011 document, entitled “Extreme Polarization and Breakdown in Civil Discourse,” is one of more than 2,500 files stolen from Soros’ Open Society Foundations and published online on Saturday.
It names prominent critics of radical Islam, such as Pamela Geller, Frank Gaffney, and Robert Spencer as targets for opposition researchers working on a project operated by the Center for American Progress (CAP), a liberal think tank that has received millions of dollars in grants from Soros’ groups.
In the memo, Open Society Foundations (OSF) executives lamented that progressive groups and members of the Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian-American (AMEMSA) community lacked “high quality opposition research” to combat “anti-Muslim xenophobia and to promote tolerance.”
To close that gap, OSF sought to provide a $200,000 grant to CAP, which was founded in 2003 by Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta.
The CAP project, called the Examining Anti-Muslim Bigotry Project, set out to engage progressives and journalists to raise awareness about the critics of radical Islam. In addition to Geller, Gaffney and Spencer, CAP planned to “research and track” the activities of David Horowitz, Daniel Pipes, Cliff May and Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney.
“CAP’s first step will be to interview and engage journalists, researchers, academics, and leaders in the anti-hate movement who are researching and writing on Islamophobia, and to develop a roster of knowledgeable and credible experts to whom journalists and policymakers can turn for information,” it continues.
OSF did fund CAP’s project. Its 2011 tax filings show that it gave CAP the $200,000 grant as well as two others totaling $500,000.
According to the OSF document, which was published on a new website called DCLeaks, CAP would also explore the interactions of groups of conservative think tanks, pundits and politicians which were part of the so-called Islamophobia movement.
“We need a clearer understanding of what by all indications is a well orchestrated and well financed system by which right-wing think tanks, pundits, and politicians are able to introduce false narratives and flawed research into the media cycle and use their misinformation to manipulate public opinion and thwart progressive counterterrorism policies,” the memo states.
“Just as critically, CAP will approach its work with an appreciation of the connections between the Islamophobia movement and related forms of xenophobia.”
Pictured above: Suspect composite sketch.
Suspect in shooting taken into custody
by, Thomas Tracy | The NY Daily News | h/t Blazing CatFur
The killer who crept up behind an imam and his friend near a Queens mosque and shot both men in the head may have been settling a score in a feud between Muslims and Hispanics, police sources said early Monday.
And he may have left behind another victim who unwittingly held the clue that solved the crime, the sources said.
The suspected killer was taken into custody Sunday night but had not been charged or identified, according to the sources. Police officials would not confirm whether a suspect was nabbed.
Video of the horrific Saturday afternoon murders of mosque leader Maulama Akonjee, 55, and Thara Uddin, 65, at Liberty Ave. and 79th St. in Ozone Park showed the brazen crime to be a planned execution.
But the killer may have gotten sloppy in his haste after pulling the trigger and hit a bicyclist with his car, sources said.
The cyclist took down the car’s license plate number and gave it to police, who began tracking down their man.
Members of an NYPD Regional Fugitive Task Force were conducting what turned out to be a “brief surveillance” of the suspect in Queens when he rammed an unmarked cop car, sources said. That’s when officers nabbed him.
Investigators were questioning him early Monday and were waiting for a warrant to check his home.
Sources pointed to an ongoing feud between Muslims and Hispanics in the neighborhood, saying the shooting may have been payback after a group of Muslims allegedly attacked some Hispanics a few weeks earlier.
CCTV Footage of Queens, NY Shooting of Imam:
Cops have established, that at 1:50 p.m. Saturday, the assassin quickly approached Akonjee and Uddin and shot them both in the head at close range. The double killing came just moments after prayers concluded at the Al-Furqan Jame Mosque.
The killer’s prowess got cops’ attention.
“This guy looks like he has shot a gun before. You don’t walk up behind someone, even from 5 feet, and just get two head shots. How many times you see cops fire 16 times and they hit the guy only twice?” a police source said.
One of the victims was carrying several hundred dollars, police sources said, but the gunman showed no interest in the cash.
“It doesn’t look like a robbery because it doesn’t look like he said anything before he shot the guys. The guy just comes up behind and shoots,” the source said.
Cops released a sketch of the suspect and described him as tall and Hispanic with a thin beard, dark hair and glasses. It was unclear whether the person sources said was in custody matches that description. It was also unknown if both men were intended targets.
“Is this just about one of the victims and he decided to shoot both?” the source asked.
As cops pursued both angles, Mayor de Blasio vowed the NYPD would bring the killer of the two Bangladeshi men to justice.
“This weekend our city was stung by violence that devastated a congregation and unsettled a community. When religious leaders are targeted, we all bear the pain those in Ozone Park feel most personally today,” de Blasio said. “While we do not yet know the motivation for the murders of Maulama Akonjee and Thara Uddin, we do know that our Muslim communities are in the perpetual cross hairs of bigotry.”
But Khairul Islam Kukon, a community activist and a member of the mosque called out de Blasio for not visiting the site.
“It’s been more than 48 hours,” Kukon said. “The mayor has not been here. If this was a Jewish community, the mayor would be there the next hour.”
De Blasio spokesman Eric Phillips said, “The mayor and our senior staff have been in constant contact with community leaders since the tragedy.”
Jewish activists visited the mosque Sunday night in a show of solidarity. Robert Silverman, 57, director of Muslim/Jewish relations for the America Jewish Congress, went straight to the mosque after getting off a flight from Indonesia.
“We’re here to show support to the Muslim community,” he said. “It was a heinous crime. We have to rely on the police to decide if this was a hate crime. We really don’t know what this was motivated by.”
The Council on American-Islamic Relations said it will announce a $10,000 reward at a news Monday conference in Washington. Meanwhile, Gov. Cuomo expressed his concern for the victims’ families.
“While we don’t yet know the motivation behind these senseless murders, we stand in solidarity with the Muslim community as they grieve this loss,” Cuomo tweeted. “The perpetrators of this heinous crime will be found, and justice will be served.”
Scared Muslims who pleaded for more police protection in the neighborhood immediately suspected the murders were a hate crime. Many said GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric had set the stage for the killings.
“We think it’s a hate crime. All this Donald Trump … we have been dealing with a lot of hatred lately,” said Arief Hussain, 23.
But mosque member Johnny Patwary said politics should not be part of the discussion.
“I don’t believe it’s to do with Trump. We’re all human beings at the end of the day,” said Patwary, 28.
Akonjee and Uddin were described as devout family men.
“We want justice. Why did they kill my father?” Akonjee’s third-oldest son, Naim, 21, said, tearing up.
“Our worship houses never get protected. We need more police officers here,” Mohamed Hassan, 31, said. “This guy followed them and shot them point-blank!”
by, Kevin Cannon | The Post & Email | Department of Homeland Security (DHS) | h/t Dennis
The Immigration and Nationality Act passed June 27, 1952 revised the laws relating to immigration, naturalization, and nationality for the United States. That act, which became Public Law 414, established both the law and the intent of Congress regarding the immigration of Aliens to the US and remains in effect today. Among the many issues it covers, one in particular, found in Chapter 2 Section 212, is the prohibition of entry to the US if the Alien belongs to an organization seeking to overthrow the government of the United States by “force, violence, or other unconstitutional means.” This, by its very definition, rules out Islamic immigration to the United States, but this law is being ignored by the White House.
The law prohibits entry of “Aliens who the consular officer or the Attorney General knows or has reason to believe seek to enter the United States solely, principally, or incidentally to engage in activities which would be prejudicial to the public interest, or endanger the welfare, safety, or security of the United States.” It also prohibits the entry of Aliens who are members of or affiliated with any organization that advocates or teaches, the overthrow by force, violence, or other unconstitutional means of the US or of all forms of law, and Aliens who publish, circulate and distribute materials teaching or advocating the overthrow by force, violence or other unconstitutional means of the US Government or of all forms of law.
Islamic immigration to the US would be prohibited under this law because the Koran, Sharia Law and the Hadith all require complete submission to Islam, which is antithetical to the US government, the Constitution, and to the Republic. All Muslims who attest that the Koran is their life’s guiding principle subscribe to submission to Islam and its form of government. Now the political correct crowd would say that Islamists cannot be prohibited from entering the US because Islam is a religion. Whether it is a religion is immaterial because the law states that Aliens who are affiliated with any “organization” that advocates the overthrow of our government are prohibited. It also prohibits those who distribute literature that advocates the overthrow of our country, which would include the Koran.
In fact, there are many verses in the Koran that command Islamists to kill those who do not submit to allah and the prophet. If Congress so desired to hold the White House accountable to the current immigration of refugees (which also must comply with the law), it has the Immigration and Nationality Act to cite. The Administration is breaking that law. The question is “Does Congress have the political will to do something about it?”
Immigration and Nationality Act
The Immigration and Nationality Act, or INA, was created in 1952. Before the INA, a variety of statutes governed immigration law but were not organized in one location. The McCarran-Walter bill of 1952, Public Law No. 82-414, collected and codified many existing provisions and reorganized the structure of immigration law. The Act has been amended many times over the years, but is still the basic body of immigration law. (source)
1952 Immigration and Nationality Act, a.k.a. the McCarran-Walter Act(An act to revise the laws relating to immigration, naturalization, and nationality; and for other purposes)
H.R. 13342; Pub.L. 414; 182 Stat. 66.
82nd Congress; June 27, 1952.
You can find the full text of this law here or download the PDF.
Otherwise known as the McCarran-Walter Act, the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 was meant to exclude certain immigrants from immigrating to America, post World War II and in the early Cold War. The McCarran-Walter Act moved away from excluding immigrants based simply upon country of origin. Instead it focused upon denying immigrants who were unlawful, immoral, diseased in any way, politically radical etc. and accepting those who were willing and able to assimilate into the US economic, social, and political structures, which restructured how immigration law was handled. Furthermore, the most notable exclusions were anyone even remotely associated with communism which in the early days of the Cold War was seen as a serious threat to US democracy. The main objective of this was to block any spread of communism from outside post WWII countries, as well as deny any enemies of the US during WWII such as Japan and favor “good Asian” countries such as China. The McCarran-Walter Act was a strong reinforcement in immigration selection, which was labeled the best way to preserve national security and national interests. President Truman originally vetoed the law, deeming it discriminatory; however there was enough support in Congress for the law to pass. (source)
by, Counter Jihad | h/t Blazing CatFur
Last year, 50 professional intelligence officers at US Central Command filed a formal complaint that their intelligence reports were being altered by senior officers. Now, we can say for certain that they were right. A Congressional task force investigating the complaint has found convincing evidence that the reports generated by junior officers were far more dire in analysis of the threat from the Islamic State (ISIS), and that those reports became altered only once senior officers close to US Central Command (CENTCOM) leadership became involved. Those altered intelligence reports sometimes made it into the President’s briefing material, where they could reinforce his judgment that ISIS was not a threat he had to take seriously.
Worse, these altered intelligence reports formed the basis for sworn testimony given by then-CENTCOM Commander Lloyd Austin. General Austin’s testimony to Congress thus painted a rosier picture than was accurate. This gave allies of the President in Congress the opportunity to downplay the need for policy changes, and undermined Republican efforts to drive a more serious response to the ISIS threat. Such false statements by General Austin may have been perjury, especially if he was aware that they were false.
In a familiar pattern of behavior, it looks as if senior officials have been destroying records — especially emails— to block the ongoing Defense Department Inspector General investigation.
[S]ome of CENTCOM’s intelligence analysts already are concerned that the DoD IG report will not have as much teeth as the House Republican task force report. These military analysts told The Beast that the head of CENTCOM’s intelligence directorate, Maj. Gen. Steven Grove, and his civilian deputy, Gregory Ryckman, had deleted emails and files from computer systems before the inspector general could examine them.
The destruction of public records in the form of emails is a hallmark of this administration’s approach to violating the law for political reasons. The Department of Justice closed its investigation into the IRS targeting of Republican and Tea Party groups without charges, after the erasure and destruction of numerous hard drives containing email records relevant to the case. The IRS has continued to destroy hard drives into this year, even in defiance of court orders.
Most famously, of course, the FBI recommended no prosecution of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in spite of finding compelling evidence that she had knowingly mishandled classified information on unsecure servers, then arranged for her lawyers to destroy the evidence “in such a way as to preclude complete forensic recovery.” The Department of Justice once again elected no charges, this time following a private meeting between the head of the Justice Department and Bill Clinton in a private plane on the tarmac in a distant state. The meeting was in violation of the Department’s ethical regulations, but it appears those won’t be enforced either.
General Austin has a history with President Obama. It was General Austin who had to testify before Congress that his efforts to produce a counter-ISIS force had generated only “four or five” people who would reliably fight, in spite of a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars. General Austin also warned the President not to withdraw from Iraq as precipitously as President Obama eventually elected to do. The President later attempted to blame Austin for his decision, saying that he was acting on Austin’s advice. In fact, Austin had recommended keeping 20,000 troops in the country to ensure its stability as a fledgling democracy. It was ignoring that advice that created the conditions in which ISIS initially began to blossom.