12/8/15 Creating The Monster
Did the U.S. help create ISIS?
The growth of ISIS got a boost following the Administrationâ€™s ill-fated â€œArab Springâ€ campaign to topple certain Arab leaders. Among those targeted were Libyaâ€™s Muammar Gadhafi, Egyptâ€™s Hosni Mubarak, and Syriaâ€™s Bashir al-Asad. Each was a brutal leader. But they generally ran secular governments. Islamic extremism was kept under control.
Israeli officials didnâ€™t like Syriaâ€™s leader or his father, the previous president, Hafez al-Asad. But they knew what they had. And they were experiencing a tense peace with their neighboring enemy. What worried Israelis was who would follow the Asads. Now we know.
There are several reports the U.S. was secretly training and arming ISIS to oust Asad [here, here, here, here, here, here]. Additional reports [here, here, here] suggest U.S. officials were in Benghazi to ship Libyan arms to Syrian fighters.
Behind the Headlines reported exclusively on one of the reasons for our presence in Benghazi. We were there to recover thousands of shoulder-fired, surface-to-air-missiles looted from Libyan armories.
Now the Pentagon I.G. is investigating whistleblower claims by 50 intelligence analysts that intel reports were altered. The analysts allege their reports were changed to support the Administrationâ€™s narrative downplaying the ISIS threat. In an email directive, analysts were told to â€œtoe the line.â€
Case in point, President Barack Obama announced ISIS had been contained only hours before the group slaughtered 130 in Paris.
So we ask. Does the U.S. bear some responsibility for creating the ISIS monster?