by Robert Carbery
Not long ago I wrote about the CIA’s ties to the creation of the Islamic State through the narrative laid out by WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange. The intelligence agency’s meddling in Afghanistan and arming the Mujahideen eventually led to the creation of Al Qaeda which would later branch off into what is now ISIS.
Today, ISIS has been pushed out of Mosul in northern Iraq as its caliphate is decreasing day after day. After my previous CIA/ISIS article was posted, Mike, an astute reader, pointed me to an enlightening YouTube video by Ben Swann that details just exactly how the CIA created the ruthless terror group we are “dealing” with in the sands of Syria and Iraq in addition to individual attacks from ISIS sympathizers in Europe and the West.
ISIS is now the new face of the never ending war on terror. Former CIA Director Leon Panetta has stated that eliminating ISIS and restoring “order” to the Middle East could be a 30 year war. But the American people have seen this before and they do not want its tax dollars wasted on fixing a problem we started in the first place. Sadly, they don’t really have a choice.
It started with the 2003 U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq under George W. Bush. This created the perfect environment for an entity like ISIS to arise. The American military blew the country apart, annihilated its society, toppled the secular leader Saddam Hussein, destroyed much of the infrastructure, and left a power vacuum that would be filled by religious fanatics with a deep hatred toward its U.S. occupiers. The normalcy in Iraq disappeared and it is still attempting to recover, 14 years later, from our horrendous decision to invade.
ISIS began as a small insurgent group in Iraq in 2006 with no money and little effectiveness. A few years later it shifted its focus to the civil war in Syria that was then underway. At first, it struggled to gain a foothold in Assad’s territory. However, in June 2013, the calls from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and other “rebel” groups demanded that they receive weapons from the West or they would be decimated in months. The U.S. and other regional actors swiftly moved to arm the rebels in which Al Qaeda, ISIS, and other terrorists were embedded. Then President Obama acted as if he was being careful in arming these rebels when in fact he was truly giving rise to the brutal regime that would soon claim an expanse of territory across two desert nations. The Saudis, Turks, Lebanese, and others armed the “freedom fighters” and these weapons would quickly fall into the lethal hands of ISIS.
The CIA was instrumental in orchestrating the flow of arms to the Syrian rebels and even facilitated the training of some of them. Then, the FSA would transfer and sell weapons to ISIS. They would even send fighters to the terrorist group. This eventually led to the mid-2014 entry into northern Iraq, where ISIS took control of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, that is only just now back in the hands of the Iraqi government. ISIS was driving around the desert with American military equipment the Americans gave the Iraqis and the terror group had tanks and trucks and other heavy weaponry to solidify its caliphate from Mosul in Iraq to Aleppo in Syria.
With a strong foothold, ISIS focused on additional funding for its operations. It sold oil to Turkey and received funding from Saudi princes and others sympathetic to their cause.
ISIS is not a creation of American inaction, as Ben Swann pointed out, they are actually the product of direct action — the creation of a power vacuum in Iraq combined with the direct funding and training of rebels (AKA ISIS) in Syria. The U.S. is great at toppling regimes and invading countries but they are wholly incompetent at putting them back together. It’s not America’s job and it never ends up better than before its involvement. The CIA helped create Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. We even supplied chemical weapons to Saddam which he then used against Iran during their brutal war in the 1980s only to later topple him by invading his country and destroying any semblance of stability they once enjoyed.
Now, we want American taxpayers to fund a 30 year war against ISIS? U.S. foreign policy makes no sense. While Obama was far too involved in military decisionmaking, clearing each air strike personally and holding the generals back from going too far, Trump has done the exact opposite and handed the reins over to the generals to do as they please in these conflict areas where we have not declared war and we are not wanted. Trump has the opportunity to change the trajectory of U.S. foreign policy, but sadly we will probably see more of the same if not more.
Trump met with Putin at the G20 summit for over 2 hours today. Let’s hope they discussed Syria and coordinating an end to the catastrophic civil war there by decimating ISIS once and for all and avoiding unnecessary conflict between the world’s two strongest militaries.
Nevertheless, the U.S. will continue to violate Syria’s sovereignty and allow ISIS to exist. The military industrial complex needs them to be around to justify the war on terror. The CIA created ISIS with its reprehensible decision to arm terrorists in Syria. There would be no ISIS without the U.S. invasion of Iraq and we are now attempting to pick up the pieces.
But why is this our problem to solve?
by Robert Carbery