I mentioned last night that President Obama is being criticized from all sides — including by some of his former national security advisors — for his failure to heed the intelligence available to him about ISIS. He was warned of what was happening several years ago, when it would have been much easier to achieve a military solution to what is now called the Islamic State.
The following discussion on Fox News concerns what Mr. Obama knew, and when he knew it. These analysts omit a crucial aspect of situation, however — one that would explain the president’s reluctance to act in a timely fashion against ISIS. It’s entirely plausible (and even probable) that the Islamic State was deliberately created by Western intelligence services in collusion with Qatar as an instrument for toppling the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Clever fellows, those boffins at MI6 and the CIA!
Their plan has backfired, however, as any expert in Islamic law (Major Stephen Coughlin, for example) could have told them it would. The nascent Islamic State sucked up Western funding and armaments, growing and growing, until it metastasized into an engine of brutality and horror the likes of which have not been seen in the region for centuries. The Dr. Frankensteins in our governments long ago lost the ability to control ISIS. Unwittingly or not, they unleashed a satanic monster upon the world.
But there is an understandable reluctance to abandon a long-term project that cost so much money and showed so much promise. Hence the dilatory behavior of President Obama and his closest advisors over the two years or so since they received their first warnings about what their brilliant, inspired strategy had wrought.
Here’s the Fox report:
One more point: Western political leaders may be surprised and dismayed by what they managed to create in ISIS, but I’m not so sure that Qatar is. As far as Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani is concerned, everything may well be proceeding exactly as planned.
Hat tip: Vlad Tepes.