Arizona Sen. John McCain made an interesting comment regarding the federal government’s policy towards the ISIS terrorist group Wednesday evening during an appearance on Fox News.
At the 1:00 mark in the short clip with Greta Van Susteran, McCain mentions a meeting the President held with his national security team in which all members reportedly “recommended arming ISIS.”
“Hillary Clinton has described already the meeting in the White House over two years ago… everyone in the national security team recommended arming ISIS and the President, by himself, turned it down,” McCain said.
The comment follows a question from Susteran regarding the arming of the “Free Syrian Army,” making McCain’s statement appear to be a simple Freudian slip. While some reports have taken the remark out of context, McCain’s unintended comment regarding ISIS still remains completely factual.
Despite McCain falsely claiming that the President declined to arm the group, the pairs’ direct involvement in the rise of ISIS, a name simply referring to Al Qaeda in Iraq, is undeniable.
McCain has worked feverishly with the Obama administration for the last several years to arm radical jihadists across the region in an admitted decades-long plan to overthrow the governments of several countries including Iraq, Libya and Syria.
As far back as March 2011, McCain was cheerleading the CIA’s plans to provide support to the “Libyan rebels” even as Libyan rebel leader Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi admitted to working with Al Qaeda. Only months later, those same “rebels” would place an Al Qaeda flag on top of the courthouse in Benghazi.
Just last year, McCain traveled to Syria to meet with senior members of the Asifat al-Shamal Brigade as well as the Free Syrian Army, two groups that have admittedly “pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda” as well. Widespread controversy was sparked after several of the men at the secret meeting were found to be radicals accused of recently kidnapping 11 Lebanese pilgrims.
Despite McCain and Obama’s never-ending claims of only supporting “moderate rebels,” Free Syrian Army commander Jamal Maarouf admitted in 2014 that his fighters regularly fight alongside Al Qaeda, the same Al Qaeda now “merging” with ISIS on the Syria-Iraq border.
Thousands of jihadists were even trained by US instructors at a secret base in neighboring Jordan before fleeing to Iraq to join ISIS according to one Jordanian official. Similarly, a recent PBS News report featured jihadists who admitted to being trained in Qatar by US forces.
The backlash against McCain’s unfettered support of radical jihadist terrorists came to a head in 2013 when a U.S. Marine confronted McCain at a town hall meeting in Arizona and accused the senator of treason.
Only hours before McCain’s statement on Fox News, retired United States Air Force Lieutenant General Thomas McInerney stated that “we helped build ISIS” during a similar interview with the network.
“We backed I believe in some cases, some of the wrong people and not in the right part of the Free Syrian Army and that’s a little confusing to people, so I’ve always maintained… that we were backing the wrong types,” McInerney said.
Now, with ISIS gaining ground and new fighters by the day, McCain and President Obama remain fixated on bombing Syria to allegedly stop the ISIS threat they helped create instead of the reported ISIS threat at the US-Mexico border.