September 12, 2012
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Terror Alert Response Center released a new terrorism threat warning entitled, “Egyptian-Iranian intelligence meeting prompts fears of a new Middle East terror axis.” According to yesterday’s release, U.S. intelligence monitored a secret meeting that confirmed the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo is working in consort with Iranian spies and “could begin covertly supporting global terrorism.”
This news came on the anniversary of 9/11, the same day U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three of his staff members were murdered in Libya as anti-American sentiments intensify across the region.
DHS is blatantly recalling 9/11 fears by purposefully using throwback rhetoric to George W. Bush’s “axis of evil” speech given after 9/11 in which he fingered Iran as aggressively pursuing weapons of mass destruction. Just yesterday, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced that the U.S. would indeed go to war with Iran if our government could substantiate the claim the country is in the process of building a nuclear weapon. This all comes at the same time DHS admits there is no credible, specific terror threat, and the Obama camp is claiming government relations with the (newly-sprung) Middle East (regimes) are strong.
So which is it? Is Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood the ally that Obama’s White House opened formal contracts with earlier this year, giving over $1 billion in military aid to? Or is it the group which called for protests in Egypt and Libya ending in the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, and according to DHS, is currently working to promote global terror with Iran?
The White House knows it cannot have its cake and eat it too. Our government’s response following the attack has been swift, with both President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton scrambling to assure the American people in separate speeches that yesterday’s embassy attack was nothing more than a “small, savage group” and had nothing to do with the post-Gaddafi Al Qaeda rebel government of Libya which we helped put into power. According to breaking reports, the Pentagon is set to approve the dispatch of drones over Libya to seek out responsible insurgents shortly.
While on the surface, the Arab Spring was supposedly “pro-democracy” and Egypt and Libya’s former leaders Hosni Mubarak and Muammar Gaddafi respectively were overthrown to “free” these nations’ people from oppressive dictatorships, it soon came to light that the United States helped to fund, train, and run the Al Qaeda/Muslim Brotherhood that were linked to these revolutions in order to ultimately serve U.S. nation-building interests in both countries.
Stevens’ tragic death is ironic considering that, according to Obama’s speech this morning, the ambassador worked tirelessly as he “built partnerships with Libyan revolutionaries and helped them as they planned to build a new Libya.”
The U.S. has also backed Al Qaeda rebels in Syria, and our government has called multiple times for regime change there in its attempt to continue taking over the region.
As our offensive empire building continues across the Middle East, the White House is having a harder and harder time keeping its stories straight on who we support and why.