This is it....the declassified report that justifies everything I've been saying in this column for years now:
Secret Pentagon report reveals West saw ISIS as strategic asset
Anti-ISIS coalition knowingly sponsored violent extremists to ‘isolate’ Assad, rollback ‘Shia expansion’
This is not bullshit conspiracy theory. This is not armchair speculation. This is the real thing.
And it comes with the approval of one of the people I most admire in the world...
Annie Machon, a former MI5 intelligence officer who blew the whistle in the 1990s on MI6 funding of al-Qaeda to assassinate Libya’s former leader Colonel Gaddafi, similarly said of the revelations:
“This is no surprise to me. Within individual countries there are always multiple intelligence agencies with competing agendas.”
This report verifies everything we have long suspected. ISIS was an indirect creation of "the west." The Islamic State began as our proxy army -- and yes, that term is used -- intended to topple Assad.
The report, published four years before the DIA document, called for the US “to capitalise on the Shia-Sunni conflict by taking the side of the conservative Sunni regimes in a decisive fashion and working with them against all Shiite empowerment movements in the Muslim world.”
Have I not been saying this all along? The American government has taken sides in the age-old Shia-Sunni struggle -- a conflict that has nothing to do with our society, a conflict that we cannot understand and cannot control.
The report observed that the US was forming “temporary alliances” with al-Qaeda affiliated “nationalist insurgent groups” that have fought the US for four years in the form of “weapons and cash.”
What does it say about our infinitely restricted political culture that no-one
-- no prominent Democrat, and no prominent Republican -- feels free to state what we've long known to be true? Why is no-one allowed to say that the American military/intelligence establishment has formed a kind of partnership with Al Qaeda, with the very force that attacked this country on 9/11?
The only person who has been in any way honest about this has been -- believe it or not -- Joe Biden!
If the Republicans won't ask Hillary Clinton about this, then liberals should do so. Must
do so. We cannot let her lie to us any longer. We cannot let our present government lie to us any longer. We must refuse to pretend that these facts do not exist.