The one story the media spent arguably the most time covering last week, was Trump’s allegation that president Obama and Hillary Clinton were the founder and co-founder of ISIS (even as Trump subsequently backpedaled and said the accusation was simply “sarcasm“). Nonetheless, following the spike in media chatter, earlier today, Missouri Democratic Senator, Claire McCaskill, on Sunday turned the tables on Donald Trump in an attempt to disprove the Republican presidential nominee’s claims.
The Missouri senator said there are a lot of reasons that ISIS rose up, citing a status of forces agreement that President George W. Bush negotiated. “We couldn’t leave our troops in Iraq, even if the president wanted to, because the parliament in Iraq was refusing to give them immunity,” McCaskill said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“Now, Trump probably thinks the SOFA … is a gilded couch at Mar-a-Lago. He probably doesn’t even know what SOFA is, but that was a very relevant part of the this,” she said.
McCaskill added that Trump’s comments related to ISIS are “disrespectful to the military that is out there fighting ISIS everyday.” “When they hear a presidential candidate try to act like that our president is on the bad guy’s side,” she said, “how do you think that makes them feel as they’re out there in the field fighting?”
“It was also important to realize that [Syrian President Bashar al] Assad, by what he did in his country, allowed ISIS to move into … Syria and get strongholds and recruit. That was the work and support of [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, who is Trump’s best buddy. So you can say Trump and his friend Putin are the founder of ISIS, which probably would be more accurate than calling out the commander in chief in that way.”
While McCaskill has a right to an opinion, it does appear to conflict with the content of the infamous declassified 2012 Pentagon memo, we presented last May, which exposed that the US-backed anti-Assad coalition at the time was spearheaded by al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) and the Islamic State of Iraq that soon after cobbled together to form the Islamic State terror network. The report revealed that while the United States refused to directly aide and support AQI and ISI pursuant to restrictions imposed by domestic anti-terror laws, State Department and Pentagon officials were well aware that the so-called ‘moderate’ rebels were intertwined with the terrorist militants who were the vanguard of the fighting force.
“AQI, through the spokesman of the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), Abu Muhammad al-Adnani… is calling on the Sunnis in Iraq, especially the tribes in the border regions (between Iraq and Syria), to wage war against the Syrian regime,” said the report
It continued: “Opposition forces are trying to control the eastern areas (Hasaka and Der Zor) adjacent to the Western Iraqi provinces (Mosul and Anbar), in addition to neighboring Turkish borders. Western countries, the Gulf States and Turkey are supporting these efforts.”
In a strikingly prescient prediction, the Pentagon document explicitly forecasts the declaration of “an Islamic State through its union with other terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria”
“There is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in Eastern Syria (Hasak and Der Zor), and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want,” in what can only conceivably be construed as a call for the formation of a Daesh “caliphate” in Syria.
And then there was the documented admission by US ally Saudi Arabia, and specifically what its late foreign minister told John Kerry in 2014. “After the Iraqi city of Mosul fell to a lightning Isis offensive in 2014, even the late Prince Saud al-Faisal, the respected Saudi foreign minister, remonstrated with John Kerry, US secretary of state, that “Daesh [Isis] is our [Sunni] response to your support for the Da’wa” — the Tehran-aligned Shia Islamist ruling party of Iraq.”
As a reminder, the person in charge of US foreign policy during the period in question was Hillary Clinton.
We will have more on the true causes of the Syrian “civil war” in a subsequent post.
The segment in question begins 8 minutes into the clip below.
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