which, IMO, actually translates to "War for keeping Israel safe and at same time getting long concessions for oil from her Muslim neighbours."
Justin Raimondo writing at Antiwar:
America’s Frankenstein Brigade
Sotloff’s Syrian kidnappers were the "good" guys
The revelation by a spokesman for the family of Steven Sotloff, the second journalist beheaded by the Islamic State (ISIS), that Sotloff was "sold [to ISIS] for between $25–50,000," by the US-supported "moderate" Free Syrian Army underscores the irony and absurdity of this moment. As the President gets ready to go to the American people and ask for their support in pursuing a military campaign in Iraq and Syria, how the principle of "blowback" operates should be clear to everyone – even Rudy Giuliani.
The "moderates" we have been funding, arming, and training for the past few years couldn’t have come up with a better plan to suck us into the Syrian quagmire. After crying "Wolf!" for so long – what with chemical attacks supposedly inflicted by the infinitely evil Bashar al-Assad, and other tall tales of dubious provenance – the rebels had lost all credibility. What to do? Desperate to increase the decibel level of calls for US military action in the region, they resorted to targeting the US media in hopes that the outrage generated would push the Americans into war.
And the ruse certainly seems to be working. That’s their battlefield, after all: the Syrian Mod Squad has never been an effective fighting force on the ground in Syria, but when it comes to dominating the Western media landscape they’ve been wildly successful. According to their many friends in the Fourth Estate, those lovable cuddly "moderate" Islamists wouldn’t hurt a flea – after all, they’ve been "vetted," haven’t they?
What a grisly joke.
The immoderate kidnapping of Sotloff surely eviscerates the argument that we could’ve been spared the existence of ISIS if only we’d gone full bore in supporting the Syrian Free Army. Yes, if only we’d handed Syria over to them the way they handed Sotloff over to ISIS everything would be hunky dory. That makes sense – in Bizarro World.
Yet Bizarro World "logic" is exactly what has been determining US policy in the region ever since the "Arab Spring," when the Obama administration decided to hop on board the "revolution," co-opt all that energy, and use it to generate support for regime change throughout the region. The results have been an unmitigated disaster, to wit:
In Libya we overthrew Muammar Gaddafi, "liberating" the country with the help of – and at the urging of – our European allies. The Libyans expressed their gratitude by murdering our Ambassador, trashing our embassy, and plunging the country into Somali-like chaos.
In Egypt we backed a "moderate" Islamist regime, throwing longtime American sock-puppet Hosni Mubarrak overboard without so much as a by-your-leave – and wound up supporting an even worse "secular" military dictatorship.
In Syria, we plotted to overthrow another Gaddafi-like secular despot, aligning with those lovable "moderate" Islamists – many of whom would soon defect to ISIS, taking their US-supplied arsenal with them.
As I’ve said in this space from the beginning, ISIS has "Made in USA" stamped all over it – and I don’t mean that just figuratively. Yes, our wrong-headed policies have so alienated the Sunnis that they’ve resorted to supporting the fanatics of ISIS, but it’s worse than that. It is literally true that we armed, trained, and deployed these monsters – what we might call the Islamist Frankenstein Brigade – and now they’ve turned on us with a vengeance.
Well then, so what? So what if our crazy policy of empowering Islamist militias in Libya and overthrowing Assad in Syria led us to this horrific pass: the monster is rampaging over the entire region and we’ve got to act fast before it takes Baghdad – right?
Wrong. To begin with, contrary to US government officials and their media echo chamber, ISIS represents little threat to the continental US. If we can’t corral the few dozen Americans who’ve gone over there to fight on behalf of our self-proclaimed allies, the darling rebels, then where have the billions spent on "homeland security" gone?
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