Mitt Romney peddled the ISIS fable on the John Catsimatidis radio show Sunday.
The former Republican presidential candidate blamed Obama directly for the rise of the terror group. This would be like saying a circus barker is responsible for the working acts inside a sideshow tent.
“Mistakes were made and now we have ISIS,” Romney claimed.
“If you go back a few years when Syria fell into revolution and tumult, when rebels were pushing against Assad, I laid out what I thought was a prudent course for us to see stability in Syria,” he explained. “Had we followed that course, there’s a good chance you would not see an ISIS today.”
ISIS, now the Islamic State and formerly an al-Qaeda offshoot in Iraq fighting against the U.S. occupation there, came to power as the result of collaboration between Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Turkey and the combined intelligence efforts of the CIA and British and Israeli intelligence. ISIS was trained by the U.S. military in Jordan.
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Romney is merely exploiting Obama’s awkward explanation of the establishment’s policy on ISIS to gain political points ahead of a possible 2016 presidential run.
In fact, there is little substantial difference between Republicans and Democrats on ISIS and Syria. Both peddle the ISIS and al-Qaeda narrative that has been widely debunked despite the ongoing theatrics and hyperbole of the corporate media.
Romney, like Obama, sticks to the script. The former Massachusetts Governor revealed his ignorance on the Middle East when he failed a simple geography test during the presidential debates.
“Maybe one of the few bright spots in the Middle East developments in the last year has been the rising of the people in Syria against Assad. Obviously, as you know, Syria is Iran’s only Arab ally in the region. Syria is the route that allows Iran to supply Hezbollah with weapons in Lebanon. Syria is Iran’s route to the sea,” he said.
Iraq is between Syria and Iran. “Tehran certainly uses Syria to supply the militant groups Hezbollah and Hamas, but that has little to do with the water,” noted the Washington Post after the debate.