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Who to watch in 2014 — #4: Egyptian army chief al-Sisi. He’s set to announce presidential bid in 72 hours.

Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (Photo: Reuters)

Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (Photo: Reuters)

(Washington, D.C.) — This is the fourth in a series of columns on key leaders in the epicenter we should be keeping an eye on in 2014.

1) The first leader on my list was Jordan’s King Abdullah II — a fascinating Arab Reformer, the son of a bold Reformer, actively trying to lead his small, resource-poor, but vitally important nation towards progress and freedom, tolerance and modernity in a very tough neighborhood. The Big Questions: Will he play a key role in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in 2014? Will he also continue to protect himself and his nation from the Radical forces that want his head?

2) The second leader was Syrian President Bashar al-Assad — a cruel dictator, the son of a cruel dictator, who is massacring his people as he presides over the implosion of a country engulfed in civil war. The Big Questions: Will he survive through  2014? Or are we seeing the end of his regime and the Syrian geopolitical state as we have known it?

3) The third leader was Ayman al-Zawahiri — a fanatical, Radical leader of al Qaeda who is Hell-bent on eradicating Jews, Christians and other ”infidels” in the epicenter and establishing an Islamic state throughout the Middle East, no matter what the cost in blood and treasure.

4) The fourth  leader on my list is Abdel Fattah al-Sisi — he is Egypt’s military chief who is reportedly now set to run for the president of Egypt in the April national elections.

In recent months, Al-Sisi has:

  • boldly toppled the Radical regime of Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood on July 3, 2013
  • outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood and jailed many of its leaders
  • fought the Brotherhood in the streets of Egypt
  • declared a ferocious war on the lawless jihadists operating in the Sinai desert
  • shut down many of the smuggling tunnels connecting the Sinai to the Gaza Strip
  • committed himself to cutting off the arms and money flowing to the Hamas terror group operating in Gaza

It’s still not clear to me what al-Sisi’s long-term goals and motives are. It remains to be seen whether he will prove to be a true blessing for the people of Egypt over the long haul, a friendly and useful partner of the U.S. and the Western alliance, a peaceful neighbor to Israel, and a counterweight to an aggressive and hostile rising Iranian regime. Only time will tell.

But let’s be clear: though it was not pretty (indeed, it has at times been quite bloody), al-Sisi’s actions saved Egypt from being suffocated by the Muslim Brotherhood, and inasmuch as he has declared war on Radical Muslim forces in the Sinai, he has — so far, at least — been a force for security and stability in the Egypt-Israel relationship.

President Obama strongly condemned al-Sisi and his military forces when they liberated Egypt from the cruel grip of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013. The administration also severely cut military aid to Egypt, which totals $ 1.3 billion annually.

I believe the President was wrong. Yes, I, too, am not generally comfortable when a military steps in to overturn a democratic election. Yes, I, too, want to see a healthy, fair, functioning Jeffersonian democracy in Egypt, along with a vibrant, growing free market economy that is creating millions of jobs and growing the wages of average Egyptians. Like many Christians, I want to see Egyptian believers protected from persecution, and to see the Church growing and strong. But the Muslim Brotherhood’s power grab was not going to achieve any of these things. Egyptians knew the Brotherhood was hijacking their country. That’s why in 2013 22 million of Egyptians signed petitions demanding Morsi and his cronies leave at once.

At this stage, the U.S. should continue to work closely with al-Sisi and the Egyptian military. Several vital U.S. national interests are at stake, and returning power to the Brotherhood is not one of them.

John Bolton, the former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., did an excellent job explaining our interests in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal last August. Excerpts:

The U.S. should support the military because even with its obvious flaws, it is more likely to support the palpable U.S. interests at stake. Three are basic.

  1. First, it is in the U.S. interest to have an Egyptian government committed to upholding the Camp David Accords with Israel, the foundation of U.S. Middle East policy since 1979. The Muslim Brotherhood assassinated Anwar Sadat in 1981 for negotiating Camp David, and it has never accepted it. Mr. Morsi foreshadowed abrogating or gutting Camp David as soon as practicable during his presidential campaign. With Iran nearing its long-sought nuclear capability, America and Israel would be worse off than before 1979. The U.S. is doing little to stop Iran, but we can still save Camp David. Backing Egypt’s military is the best bet.
  2. Second, and closely related: If the Sinai Peninsula slips from Cairo’s control, terrorists like Hamas (a Brotherhood subsidiary) and al Qaeda will use the area as a haven and a highway for smuggling arms to Gaza for use against Israel and to both sides in the Syrian civil war. Egypt’s army is far more likely to prevent this nightmare scenario than the Brotherhood.
  3. Third, for purely economic reasons, the Suez Canal must remain open. Annually, some 14% of global shipping and 30% of oil supplies pass through the canal. The Brotherhood is far more susceptible to suicidal impulses if it means harming the West. Egypt’s military does not prize martyrdom.

For these reasons and more, the U.S. should continue providing military assistance, which hopefully still provides some measure of continuing leverage. Three decades of affording Egypt’s office corps with military training has created powerful connections that cutting off aid would irreparably damage. America’s $ 1.3 billion in annual military aid is minimal compared to what the Saudis could provide in the U.S.’s absence, but its political symbolism remains important. Moreover, the U.S. should worry about an opportunistic Vladimir Putin stepping in to fill its shoes, eager to reverse Moscow’s historic setback when Sadat expelled the Soviets from Egypt.

As 2014 begins, then, al-Sisi is a man to keep an eye on.

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RESOURCES:

To that end, here are a few helpful articles that have been published recently:

Excerpts from a Reuters report:

  • Judicial sources from the High Elections Commission said that Egyptian presidential elections are likely to be held in mid to late April.
  • Regarding the possibility that army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will run for president, he should resign before the High Elections Commission calls on voters to go to the polls, the sources said according to the Egyptian newspaper Al-Masri Al-Youm on Sunday.
  • Egypt’s military council has given the army chief, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a green light to run for president, a security source told Reuters.
  • “The top army officials all okayed Sisi running for the presidency,” said the source. Sisi is expected to announce his candidacy within days.
  • Sisi deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July, triggering political upheaval and street violence in the Arab world’s most populous nation.
  • Since then he has become hugely popular among Egyptians, who see him as a decisive figure who can stabilize the country which has lurched from one crisis to another since a popular uprising toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
  • Hours before the top generals approved Sisi contesting the election, the presidency announced he had been promoted to field marshal from general, in what security officials said was a sign he is about to declare his candidacy for the presidency.
  • “The decision was expected and it is the first step before the resignation of the general and his candidacy announcement which is now expected very soon,” said a security official.
  • On Sunday, Interim President Adly Mansour issued a decree, stating that presidential elections would be held before parliamentary ones, chaining the political roadmap set out by the interim government.
  • Sisi is set to announce his candidacy in the next 72 hours, likely on Wednesday, the Saudi newspaper Okaz reported.


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FEMA Seeking Contractors Who Can Supply Biohazard Disposal Facilities, Tarps and Housing Units With 24-48 Hours Notice

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FEMA is seeking contractors who can supply medical biohazard disposal capabilities and 40 yard dumpsters to 1,000 tent hospitals across the United States; all required on 24-48 hour notice. Issued on January 10th, you can see the request here.

The request comes on the heels of other requests that the medical supply industry has received recently.

A request for 31,000,000 doses of pediatric flu vaccine from the CDC Solicitation notice can be seen here.

FEMA also put out solicitation requests for: 100,000 each of  winter shirts and pants and the same for summer. Interestingly only 10% of the items are to be in childrens sizes.

From Tarps to manufactured pre-fabricated housing units, the requests for goods and services is a long one. Most of the requests and solicitations have an indefinite delivery date and an indefinite number of items to be supplied, such as this one for beverages. Scroll down to the revised draft solicitation at the bottom of the page for the specific requirements of the request.

So what is FEMA preparing for?

Tent hospitals were the only way the United States coped with the 1918-1920 pandemic as hospitals and medical centers were rapidly overwhelmed with the sick and the dying.

Almost every week we are confronted by a new flu strain, or an emerging disease that could, in the right circumstances, threaten our way of life.

Whatever it is they’re preparing for, those items that do have numbers attached to them indicate they are not ordering enough stuff to ensure the survival of the bulk of the population.

The only way we are going to get through the trials and hardships that are coming our way is by being prepared. The government has proved time and time again they cannot deal with even a regional major incident effectively let alone a nationwide emergency. You only have to look at the aftermath of Katrina and Sandy to see that these people cannot protect you, they don’t have the organizational skills to do so. Just getting water to hurricane survivors was beyond them. They cited ‘logistical’ issues and bad weather.

So, if a national disaster happens on a nice sunny day when there are enough truck drivers to move stuff around we could possibly expect them to perform better. That’s comforting.

I prefer to take action on my own behalf and leave FEMA to ‘assist’ those who never had the foresight to prepare.


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Larwyn’s Linx: Congressional Democrats Give WH 72 Hours to Fix Obamacare Disaster

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Nation

Congressional Democrats Give WH 72 Hours to Fix Obamacare Disaster: GWP
Lies Corrupt Democracy: Angelo M. Codevilla
Over 1 Million Californians Lose Their Health Care: Poor Richard

The Biggest Glitch Of All: Progressive Government: Shifra
WH memo: ‘limitless threats’ of Obamacare website security flaws: Poor Richard
Hosurance-Brosurance Disaster In Colorado: HayRide

ObamaCare Navigators Trying To Turn Lone Star State Blue?: RS
Joe Biden gets a Detroit woman killed.: Moe Lane
Senate Dem Incumbent Lead Vanishes After Obamacare Rollout: Bryan Preston

NRSC, Dayspring Threaten Blogger With Private Emails, Black-listing: Dan Riehl
Bros and Hos: Obamacare’s Bread and Circuses: Michelle Malkin
The Curse of the Out-of-Touch Strategists: Jen Kuznicki

Economy

Labor Participation Rate Is Collapsing: Moonbattery
Obamacare Is a Mess, Let’s Do Preschool!: Sara Noble
Venezuela’s Hyperinflation: Army Storms Caracas Electronics Stores: Mish

Scandal Central

O’Keefe Takes On Obamacare In Texas: HayRide
ObamaCare: 5M Health Insurance Cancellations: WH Misses Goal by 80% from Lowball Estimate: MagNote
Chicago Television Pitch Man Headed To Jail For Lying To America About Healthcare: Glob

The President’s New Lie: Betsy McCaughey
Saving Hillary Clinton: Ben Shaprio
For every Nevada Obamacare enrollee, 50 Nevadans received cancellation notices: Twitchy

Climate & Energy

EPA Stealthily Propels Toward ‘Massive Power Grab of Private Property Across the U.S.’: Bridget Johnson
Obama and U.S. Economic Suicide: Dennis Avery
EPA Proposes Stricter Control of U.S. Tributaries, Lakes: Farm Futures

Media

Millennials Now Rate Republican Congressmen as Better Able to Handle Policy Than Obama?: Ace
Poll: Majority of Americans Now Say Obama Is Not “Trustworthy,” Up 11-Points Since Last Month: WZ
Jay Carney asked if people who lost plans will outnumber O-care enrollees; Dodging ensues: Doug Powers

Brit Hume on Democrats breaking ranks with Obama: “As bad a political disaster as I’ve ever seen”: Scoop
Sarah Palin: Bill Clinton Was Right, Obama Was ‘Not Qualified’: GWP
Palin On Chris Christie Winning Over Conservatives: Breitbart

Latest ObamaCare Ads Sexist and Demeaning #DemocratWarOnWomen: Nice Deb
Scandal? What Scandal?: American Digest
Quinnipiac Is Now the Latest Poll to Confirm President Subeffective’s Low Approval Rating: Ace

George Will: Young People Are Running Away From ObamaCare In Rational Terror: Nice Deb
HHS Sending Messages To Obamacare Website Users Begging Them To Try Again: WZ
WATCH: More “I’m Obamacare” ads from the RNC: Scoop

World

America’s best weapon against Iran is France: Rachel Marsden
Update on Iran’s Parchin Site: ISIS
DHS and FEMA: Preparation for a Massive Power Grid Drill November 13-14: Angle

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News

Official Who Wrote “Limitless Risk” Memo Also Refused to Certify Site as Secure, Fired by WH: Ace
Tech firms furious after denied full view of government reply to FISA court: John Ribeiro, PC World
Puzzled Scientists Say Strange Things Are Happening On the Sun: Slashdot

Cornucopia

The Name In the Stone: American Digest
October’s Official Numb-ers: Caution, there will be math!: MOTUS
ToDaZeD visual: Sondrakistan

Image: The Hilarious Hosurance-Brosurance Disaster In Colorado
Today’s Larwyn’s Linx sponsored by: It’s time – Convention of States

QOTD: “Headed by a former field director of Obama for America, Battleground Texas’ sole aim is to turn Texas from a so-called “red state” to another California–that is, almost singularly controlled by liberal Democrats…

Now, however, a video released by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas over the last few days has revealed that Battleground Texas may actually be gathering data on ObamaCare enrollees from one of the groups enlisted to enroll ObamaCare enrollees.

According to O’Keefe’s video, Enroll America, a “501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to maximize the number of uninsured Americans who enroll in health coverage made available by the Affordable Care Act” is sharing data with Battleground Texas.

Clarence Landry, an organizer with Enroll America, Texas, is seen on the video talking about working with, and cross-pollinating the same data with Battleground Texas… …If Battleground Texas is a Democratic political action committee as is stated in the video, why is Enroll America sharing data with them?” —LaborUnionReport

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Watch: They Will Clear The Shelves Within Hours: “Like a Tornado”

ebt-frenzy2(Image courtesy Infowars – Panicked shoppers raid local Walmarts)

This weekend the nation’s Electronic Benefits Transfer crashed, leaving millions of Americans around the country wondering where they would get their next meal.

One woman, interviewed just minutes after she learned the system was no longer functioning, complained that she was unable to put food on the table. “How am I going to feed my family,” she asked, noting that she has six kids to feed.

There is a long-held theory that we are just nine meals from anarchy and that within 72 hours of any significant crisis which takes down our ability to conduct commerce we’d see a total destabilization of our society and way of life.

The events of this weekend have proven this theory wrong.

Should a serious crisis strike we won’t have three days.

It’ll be more like three hours, which is about how long it took panicked food stamp recipients with non-functioning benefits cards to completely raze the shelves of their local Walmarts.

Watch the following video and you’ll get an idea of exactly what to expect if and when the worst happens.

Well known survival expert James Rawles has discussed this thin veneer of civilization on numerous occasions:

What is underneath is not pretty, and it does take much to peel away that veneer. You take your average urbanite or suburbanite and get him excessively cold, wet, tired, hungry and/or thirsty and take away his television, beer, drugs, and other pacifiers, and you will soon seen the savage within.

It will happen fast, as noted by Tess Pennington in Anatomy of a Breakdown:

As preppers are well aware, when the needs of the population cannot be met in an allotted time frame, a phenomena occurs and the mindset shifts in people. They begin to act without thinking and respond to changes in their environment in an emotionally-based manner, thus leading to chaos, instability and a breakdown in our social paradigm.

When you take the time to understand how a breakdown behaves and how it progresses, only then can you truly prepare for it.

This weekend a single system serving nearly 50 million Americans crashed, leading to panic across the country.

Now consider what would happen if the financial system was hit with a “glitch” or a cyber attack that restricted access to the bank accounts and ATM machines of 300 million Americans.

For those who think this is not a possibility, consider the words of outgoing head of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano:

Outgoing Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano issued an ‘open letter’ to her successor warning that a cyber or physical event that knocks out the power grid will occur – and it is not a question of “if” but “when.”

When that day comes the EBT crash will look like a walk in the park.

It is for this reason that we urge Americans who have not yet done so to develop a long-term preparedness plan that includes food storage for when grocery stores are emptied, water in case utility plants are taken offline, silver and gold as a mechanism of exchange when commerce systems fail, and self defense armaments and home defense strategies for when the looters come knocking.

Failure to prepare will be nothing short of horrific.


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