Who Benefits from Our Inaction Abroad?
Why does an actual professional newspaper spend money on ink and syndication rights to let this looney re-write history?
Let’s consider the origins of the Islamic State. The radical Sunni offshoot of al-Qaeda was hatched in an environment made possible by President Obama’s nonfeasance or malfeasance.
Is that really what happened? Really?
Was it Barack Obama who destabilized the region? Really?
Also, "malfeasance?" You're coming awfully close to libel there. You're implying. fairly overtly, that the ugly situation in the Middle East was created intentionally by the President.
The first policy was President Obama’s determination not to provide aid to the rebels seeking to topple Bashar Assad. His own ambassador, Robert Ford, resigned in protest of Obama’s denial of aid to the Free Syrian Army (the non-radical forces opposing Assad).
Oh, the "non-radical" forces? Interesting. According to the BBC report of Dec.13, 2013,
The opposition National Coalition describes Gen Idris as the commander of the FSA [Free Syrian Army], however observers have said the FSA is simply a loose network of brigades rather than a unified fighting force. Brigades supposedly report through the chain of command to Gen Idris, but he is yet to assert operational control and serves more as a spokesman and conduit for foreign funding and arms shipments. SMC-aligned brigades retain separate identities, agendas and commands. Some work with hardline Islamist groups that alarm the West, such as Ahrar al-Sham, and al-Qaeda-linked jihadists.
Those are the "moderate forces" you would have had us support?
Does no one realize that every time we interfere in that part of the world, we make things worse?
Last time we supported a rag-tag group of Muslim rebels against a powerful foe, we ended up arming the guys who went on to become al Queda and the Taliban. Thanks, President Reagen! No blow-back from that operation at all!
Today, the Islamic State rampages through a lawless Mesopotamia threatening millions of people and committing atrocities that shock the world.
Hmm, I seem to remember a time when Mesopotamia was anything but lawless. . .
Whatever happened to that Saddam guy who used to keep these Islamic radicals out?
Probably Barack Obama must've got rid of him!