Following the attacks in Paris, ISIS is on everyones mind again. Of course, those attacks have given Republicans and American right-wing media a fresh opportunity to ridicule President Obama for, well, anything that they say he has done or not done to combat the militant Islamic group.
President Obama is getting criticized for saying, on Friday morning, that ISIS had been contained. Just hours later he was probably regretting his choice of words. Obama did acknowledge that we have not yet been able to take down their leadership, but the attacks in Paris raise the question as to whether the group has been contained. Those attacks could be a response from a wounded animal lashing out in anger after being cornered, but, of course, thats not how conservatives and Republicans are going to spin it.
Former senator Rick Santorum launched a tirade against the president in Florida on Saturday, saying people are dying because this president refuses to face the truth [about the strength and reach of ISIS]. But he went even further than that, blaming the very existence of ISIS on Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Santorum told his audience at the GOP Sunshine Summit in Orlando,
ISIS is a creation of a political decision by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to abandon Iraq against all of our generals recommendations, against all of the policy recommendations.
Of course Santorum ignores, as Republicans and their media allies have done all along, that President Obama didnt abandon Iraq. He withdrew troops in accordance with the status of forces agreement signed between the Bush administration and the Iraqi government.
It is pretty plain that ISIS is a hammer the Republican candidates are going to use to bash the president and also Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. But they dont want to acknowledge or address the true origins of ISIS, which go back to the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld war on Iraq. The simple fact is that not only did ISIS not exist while Saddam Hussein was in power, there was no international terrorism to speak of that operated out of Iraq. ISIS arose from the power vacuum that was created after Saddam was removed.
Investigative journalist Ben Swann produced a video last February that explains where ISIS came from, and who was responsible for its creation. Lets call this a non-spoiler alert: it wasnt Barack Obama.
Like so many other examples over the years, perhaps most notably Iran, Swann presents compelling evidence for his case that ISIS came not from American inaction, as Santorum and Republicans want you to think, but from direct American action the invasion of Iraq and the toppling of Saddam Hussein.
Here is Ben Swanns brilliant video about the origins of ISIS that everyone needs to see, via YouTube:
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