A White House press release detailing a Wednesday evening conference call may exemplify the Obama administration’s expertise on foreign policy.
The press release, which provides a transcript for comments given by several White House senior officials, breaks down key points laid out in President Obama’s Sept. 10 speech on ISIS.
One specific senior official, whose name was not provided, told conference call listeners that Saudi Arabia shared an “extensive” border with Syria when attempting to describe the alleged regional threat of ISIS.
“ISIL has been I think a galvanizing threat around the Sunni partners in the region. They view it as an existential threat to them,” he said. “Saudi Arabia has an extensive border with Syria. The Jordanians are experiencing a destabilizing impact of over a million refugees from the Syrian conflict, and are profoundly concerned that ISIL, who has stated that their ambitions are not confined to Iraq and Syria, but rather to expand to the broader region.”
The blunder is a microcosm of the Obama administration’s failure throughout the middle east, specifically seen most recently in Libya and Syria.
The President announced his plan this week to fight ISIS jihadists in Iraq and Syria by arming the “moderate” Syrian rebels, despite the fact that the alleged rebels have openly aligned themselves with the Islamic State.
Just this week, a commander with the Free Syrian Army admitted to regularly working with several terrorist groups including ISIS, proving no difference between the two groups.
“We are collaborating with the Islamic State and the Nusra Front by attacking the Syrian Army’s gatherings in… Qalamoun,” Idriss said. “Let’s face it: The Nusra Front is the biggest power present right now in Qalamoun and we as FSA would collaborate on any mission they launch as long as it coincides with our values.”
Retired Syrian Army Colonel Abu Fidaa reiterated Idriss’ comments, saying “a very large number of FSA members have joined ISIS…”
In fact, Abu Mohammad al-Golani, the leader of Syria’s largest rebel group, openly pledged allegiance to radical jihadists early last year.
Jamal Maarouf, the leader of the Syrian Revolutionary Front (SRF), told reporters with The Independent that his group regularly worked alongside Al Qaeda and Al-Nusra as well.
The situation was nearly identical in Libya, where the President armed and funded alleged “rebel” groups clearly aligned with Al Qaeda.
Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, the Libyan rebel leader, told The Telegraph in 2011 that his fighters included Al Qaeda members who admitted to killing US troops in Iraq.
Earlier this year, these same “rebel” groups from Libya and Syria merged with ISIS on the Syria-Iraq border to help the growth of the Islamic State.
Meanwhile, the President has remained silent on the United States’ biggest allies – Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Turkey and Qatar – arming and funding ISIS.
While countless geopolitical analysts have highlighted the absurdity of those assisting the President’s foreign policy, the overall strategy can be linked to a 2001 plan for regime change in the middle east.
During a 2007 interview, Wesley Clark, a retired 4-star general, revealed the contents of a paper he was shown in 2001 while visiting the Pentagon.
According to Clark, the paper detailed a plan to overthrow 7 different countries including Libya and Syria. The fact that Clark made such statements before Obama’s presidency reveals that the President has merely continued with the same foreign policy of his predecessor George W. Bush.