ISIS, also known as ISIL or Islamic State, has engaged in a murderous rampage throughout the Middle East. Mr. Obama has allied with nations that fund ISIS and he has unwittingly helped fund and arm ISIS.
Mr. Obama decided Bashar al-Assad had to go and he threw his support behind the rebels but, with his usual indecisiveness, he waited until they were heavily infiltrated with extremists.
The administration backed the Syrian rebels which included ISIS in their numbers. ISIS was killing or enslaving Christians at the time. For all his faults, Bashar al-Assad protected the Christians.
ISIS is no different than the Nazis were in the early part of the last century. They are beheading babies and children and killing them in other unspeakable ways, raping and murdering women, hanging, crucifying, and beheading the men. They are burying families alive. There is no horror they won’t commit and they plan to commit genocide, in fact, they’ve already begun.
They have established a terror state in Iraq and Syria that covers an area the size of Belgium – 13,000 square miles. There are 30,000 to 50,000 militants forced to fight with ISIS or they’ve been recruited to fight with them. ISIS has attempted to expand its reach into Lebanon, Iran, and Turkey this summer. The Islamic State has control of Mosul Dam and if they stop it from working, 500,000 will die.
A total of 1,393 civilians, 380 soldiers and 149 policemen were killed in June alone.
ISIS has also made it clear that they intend to expand throughout the entire Middle East and they plan to eventually come for us.
Obama could have destroyed ISIS while it was an army on the move in the desert. Now they are blending in with the populations which will make it significantly harder to destroy them and destroy them we must.
ISIS has taken over oil fields, banks, and U.S. military equipment. They are worth about $2 billion. They are richer than al Qaeda – they will earn $100 million per month from their oil and gas fields in Syria and Iraq. They have the best-equipped military of any terrorists in the world. They also have an insatiable desire to establish a global caliphate and destroy the West.
Mr. Obama has not taken the threat seriously, at least he wasn’t until ISIS got closer to the oil fields of Erbil in the Kurdistan region. Erbil is the oil-endowed Kurdish Regional Government. The United States has built political alliances there. I’d discuss the thousands of Americans there but that is probably not Mr. Obama’s biggest concern since he hasn’t ordered an evacuation. ExxonMobil and Chevron are among the many oil and gas firms conducting large and small drilling in Kurdistan under contracts.
Mr. Obama told Thomas Friedman, reporter for the NY Times, in a recent interview that he didn’t want to move on ISIS over the past year because he wanted to rid Iraq of al-Maliki and ISIS was useful in making that happen.
ISIS has been systematically murdering hundreds of thousands of Syrians, Christians and now Yazidis. It began more than a year ago and ISIS was weak at the time. They began to infiltrate the freedom fighters in Syria.
The oldest Christian communities in the Middle East are being decimated, the inhabitants are being tortured and murdered, and artifacts are being destroyed.
We trained Syrian rebels, rebels supported by Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kuwait, and Qatar, though we claimed we were only providing humanitarian aid. We provided arms from Libya to Syria but claimed it was only to assist MI6.
From investigative reporter Seymour M. Hirsch:
The full extent of US co-operation with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar in assisting the rebel opposition in Syria has yet to come to light. The Obama administration has never publicly admitted to its role in creating what the CIA calls a ‘rat line’, a back channel highway into Syria. The rat line, authorised in early 2012, was used to funnel weapons and ammunition from Libya via southern Turkey and across the Syrian border to the opposition. Many of those in Syria who ultimately received the weapons were jihadists, some of them affiliated with al-Qaida.
Mr. Obama has not addressed the Christian pogrom. He did say he was “heartbroken” over the death of Michael Brown in Missouri and he heaped praise on the LGBT athletic games this week but he has not uttered one word on behalf of Christians being annihilated for the past year. He hasn’t even acknowledged that it is happening.
He has proven time and again that he is very sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood. He supported dictator Mohammed Morsi in Egypt, has hired Brotherhood members at the highest levels of his administration, and he has set up a strong alliance with the terror-sponsoring nation of Qatar. He is aligned with Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Turkey is an enemy of Israel and Saudi Arabians are sketchy allies.
As the Daily Beast’s Josh Rogin documents, “The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), now threatening Baghdad, was funded for years by wealthy donors in Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, three U.S. allies that have dual agendas in the war on terror.”
ISIS has relied on income from countries that have bankrolled radical Islamists for years yet successive White House administrations have failed to call them on it or put any pressure on them to stop. Even evidence of direct Saudi involvement in 9/11 didn’t affect our relationship with these so-called allies.
“Everybody knows the money is going through Kuwait and that it’s coming from the Arab Gulf,” said Andrew Tabler, senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “Kuwait’s banking system and its money changers have long been a huge problem because they are a major conduit for money to extremist groups in Syria and now Iraq.”
The Gulf states claim that they don’t fund ISIS intentionally.
This is a complex tragedy and we have a president who is enigmatic, weak, and indecisive yet he speaks out and acts on those things that are important to him, like opening our borders to illegal entrants and increasing the food stamp rolls.
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.
Obama is currently hanging with his elitist friends in Martha’s Vineyard while tens of thousands of children are dying on a mountaintop or at the end of a blade held by an ISIS terrorist. Could you do it?
There are at least forty thousand innocent Yazidis dying each day on the barren hills of Mt. Sinjar. They are surrounded by ISIS.
The following video touches on the tragedy. If Obama attended any of his intelligence briefings, he knows what has been going on for the last year but has failed to act.