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Foster Friess: Kurds Best Defense Against 'Militant Islam'

By    |   Monday, 17 November 2014 12:33 PM

Successful businessman and respected conservative Christian philanthropist Foster Friess spelled out his top three concerns for the country Monday on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV: "militant Islam, militant Islam and militant Islam."

Having just returned from the Middle East, where he was "staring at ISIS [Islamic State] boys just 12 miles away," Friess said it's glaringly apparent the United States must help arm the Kurds.

"They can be our boots on the ground, and no one seems to be talking about that," said Friess.

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"Everybody thinks we have to have American boots on the ground. I met with the vice commander, he doesn't have tanks, he doesn't have anti-tank weapons. He's trying to stop tanks coming at him that were supplied to the ISIS people by the U.S. through the Baghdad government.

"The Baghdad government just threw up their hands and said, 'We give up,' and all this equipment that we supplied them is now fighting our peshmerga friends, so it's very important that your listeners get behind the arming of the Kurds."

Many U.S.-trained Iraqi soldiers fled from the Islamic State, leaving behind much of the equipment and weapons cache in Baghdad, which was then stolen by the violent terror group.

The Kurds, he said, are "truly American friends" who are surrounded by enemies.

"The Arabs don't like them, the Persians don't like them, the Turks don't like them," he said, noting that there is a great deal of cooperation between the Kurds and Israel.

"The Israelis helped them make their airport one of the safest in the nation," Friess said. "So, it would be in our best interest, so we don't have to put our young men in harm's way, if we allow the Kurds — who are perfectly willing to fight, but they're trying to take out tanks with AK-47s, and we have to give them the ammunition they need directly, not through Baghdad."

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The U.S. is arming the Kurds "with helmets and flak jackets and not with anti-tank weapons and helicopters and the lethal things that they need to get the job done,"  he said.

"They don't even have jamming equipment . . . they don't have the ability to block the communications that allows these people to take cellphones to detonate explosives."

Friess also discussed the continued persecution of Yazidis and other religious minorities.

"It's awful to see all these little kids and their whole families with nothing but their clothes," he said. "They're staying in these apartments that are just partially constructed. There are no walls, they have no plumbing, no electricity, and we were there giving out some blankets because winter is nearby and that's the difficulty they're in.

"The Kurds are a population of about maybe 4 million, and they've got a million and a half of these displaced people."

Baghdad, he said, is not sending the Kurds money because the central government does not want Kurdistan "to be too powerful for fear of seceding."

"There's always this fear of a Kurdistan nation, and therefore Baghdad will not let them sell their oil directly. Can you imagine if Texas had to sell all their oil through Washington, D.C., and have some of the money skimmed off before they got theirs?

"Kurds are supposed to get 17 percent. They're lucky if they get 8.5 percent, because the Baghdad central government . . . I don't think are our friends."

He briefly weighed in on immigration amnesty, the Keystone XL pipeline, and former 2012 GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, whom Friess referred to as a "brother from another mother."

"Rick is one of the most remarkable human beings, and they didn't let him get out of his social conservative pocket" in 2012, said Friess, pointing out that Santorum served eight years on the Armed Services Committee and has very strong national defense credentials.

Santorum, said Friess, possesses "all three legs of the Reagan stool."

"Fiscal conservative, national security conservative, and, of course, everyone knows he's got those values that have undergirded our country for years."

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Successful businessman and respected conservative Christian philanthropist Foster Friess spelled out his top three concerns for the country Monday on "America's Forum": "Militant Islam, Militant Islam and Militant Islam."
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