The National Review
has noticed that "Khorasan" is simply a renamed version of the Nusra Front, one of the three main rebel factions in the war against Bashar Assad. I made the same point -- citing actual evidence -- in the preceding post.
In a diatribe that devolves into an incomprehensible right-wing fantasia, National Review claims that the administration's "fun with nomenclature" games have something to do with Obama's desire to disguise 'Islamic supremacist ideology."
The global terror network must be atomized into discrete, disconnected cells moved to violence by parochial political or territorial disputes, with no overarching unity or hegemonic ambition. That way, they can be limned as a manageable law-enforcement problem fit for the courts to address, not a national-security challenge requiring the armed forces.
old canard again. The National Review staff must be 'shrooming. They are hallucinating that Nusra was hit by a court summons, not by bombs.
Once again, right-wing writers pretend to address the truth while skirting the real issues. Why did the administration indulge in this whole "Khorasan" charade? To me, the answer is obvious -- use of that name helps to smear Iran. (Khorasan is a province in Iran.) The administration wants everyone to forget that Nusra -- like ISIS, and like the original Al Qaeda -- has received a lot of funding from Saudi Arabia, Iran's enemy.
National Review and the Obama administration have one thing in common: They don't like to mention the Saudi link. Oddly, the Islamophobe right tends to keep its mouth off the Saudis.
The right's position seems to be that we should make no attempt to keep track of the various jihadist factions, and no attempt to distinguish between the religious extremists and their Muslim victims. American rightwingers prefer to reduce our problems to the simplistic formula of the religious bigot: All Muslims are evil. All Muslims must convert or die.
Anyone who thinks this way is a dangerous fundamentalist fanatic, similar in all essentials to the dangerous fundamentalist fanatics in Nusra and ISIS.