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Wolf Blitzer Is Worried Defense Contractors Will Lose Jobs if U.S. Stops Arming Saudi Arabia

SEN. RAND PAUL’S expression of opposition to a $1.1 billion U.S. arms sale to Saudi Arabia — which has been brutally bombing civilian targets in Yemen using U.S.-made weapons for more than a year now — alarmed CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Thursday afternoon.

Blitzer’s concern: That stopping the sale could result in fewer jobs for arms manufacturers.

“So for you this is a moral issue,” he told Paul during the Kentucky Republican’s appearance on CNN. “Because you know, there’s a lot of jobs at stake. Certainly if a lot of these defense contractors stop selling war planes, other sophisticated equipment to Saudi Arabia, there’s going to be a significant loss of jobs, of revenue here in the United States. That’s secondary from your standpoint?”

Paul stayed on message. “Well not only is it a moral question, its a constitutional question,” Paul said. “Our founding fathers very directly and specifically did not give the president the power to go to war. They gave it to Congress. So Congress needs t…

Isis Fighter Reveals Group's Plan to Spread - Claims Collusion With Turkey

Patrick Cockburn interviews an Isis militant who claims the movement will rise again in North Africa, that Turkey turned a blind eye to shipments of weapons across the border and that Isis fighters are still present in Jarabulus

By Patrick Cockburn

 Isis will flourish and survive even if it is defeated in the present battle for Syria and Iraq an Isis militant has told The Independent.

In an exclusive interview, Faraj, a 30-year-old veteran fighter from north east Syria, says that “when we say that the Islamic State [Isis] is everlasting and expanding, it is not a mere poetic or propaganda phrase”. He says the group intends to rebuild its strength in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, adding that “Isis has sleeper agents all over the world and their numbers are increasing”.

In his account of his life in Isis, Faraj makes plain that only a year after the caliphate was declared in the wake of the capture of Mosul in 2014, its leaders could foresee that it might be overrun militari…

Syria - Will The New Cessation of Hostilities Hold?

By Moon Of Alabama

Russia and the U.S. agreed to some new Cessation of Hostilities (CoH) in Syria.

The general negative points:
This CoH, like the first one in February, comes at a moment where the Syrian government forces have an advantage in the field and are on the verge of renewed offensives.
It gives the opposition the time to reorganize and rearm.
It severely restricts Syrian sovereignty.

The general positive points:
The Syrian government lacks the capacity for a fully military solution of the conflict. The agreement is a possible path to a political solution.
It gives the government time to rebuild its army and to issue and train on new equipment.
It has enough flexibility to allow for local escalation when and where needed.

On the agreement itself.
The Syrian government has, according to the Russians, agreed to it.
The parties agreed to keep many details secret to prevent other actors from spoiling it.
The agreement will start on sundown of September 12

The timeline, as far as announced or …