Despite clamoring in favor of all-out war by the establishment amidst lurid scenarios of ISIS attacking deep within the heartland, there is scant evidence the group plans to conduct terror attacks in the United States.
Although many members of Congress and the establishment media portray ISIS as the number one security threat to the nation, others have taken a more measured and even a highly critical view of the move toward war.
ISIS Threat a Monumental “Farce”
In the wake of Obama’s speech on ISIS Wednesday, his former top counterterrorism adviser at the State Department, Daniel Benjamin, told The New York Times the ISIS threat is nothing less than a “farce.”
“It’s hard to imagine a better indication of the ability of elected officials and TV talking heads to spin the public into a panic, with claims that the nation is honeycombed with sleeper cells, that operatives are streaming across the border into Texas or that the group will soon be spraying Ebola virus on mass transit systems — all on the basis of no corroborated information,” said Benjamin.
Obama admitted during his speech an ISIS attack on America is a remote possibility at best. He characterized the group as a regional threat and said there is no specific information showing it poses a direct threat to the United States.
In addition to Obama’s remarks and terrorism experts discounting and downplaying the ISIS threat at home, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, said ISIS does not currently threaten the United States. Dempsey said there is no evidence the group is engaged in “active plotting against the homeland.”
Propaganda Campaign for War Wins Hearts and Minds
However, due to incessant propaganda and repeated exaggerations by the establishment media about the capability of ISIS, a large number of Americans now believe ISIS is a threat to the United States.
According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll, in the wake of the unverified and highly suspicious alleged beheadings of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, Americans now overwhelmingly support military action against ISIS.
Today, 71 percent of all Americans say they support airstrikes in Iraq — up from 54 percent three weeks ago and from 45 percent in June. Among those who say Obama has been too cautious, 82 percent support the strikes; among those who think his handling of international affairs has been about right, 66 percent support them.
From the Washington Post on Monday:
Nearly as many Americans — 65 percent — say they support the potentially more controversial action of launching airstrikes in Syria, which Obama has not done. That is more than double the level of support a year ago for launching airstrikes to punish the Syrian regime for using chemical weapons.
The United Nations and the United States lied about Syria using chemical weapons. It was not the al-Assad government in Damascus, but U.S. and Saudi supported “rebels” who were responsible for a chemical weapons attack in Ghouta that reportedly killed at least 355 people. Residents in the area believe “certain rebels received chemical weapons via the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, and were responsible for carrying out the dealing gas attack,” Dale Gavlak and Yahya Ababneh wrote for MintPress News last August.
The propaganda campaign by the establishment portraying ISIS as a monumental threat will result in the United States intervening in Syria and overthrowing the al-Assad government. The Foley and Sotloff videos and the resultant shift in pubic approval for violating the national sovereignty of Syria were timed to coincide with the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks to gain the maximum amount of war propaganda leverage.