Columnist: Obama Committed Treason, Helped Train ISIS Militants Taking Over Iraq
A false argument built on a false argument. WorldNetDaily columnist Erik Rush has penned a new column, saying that President Obama helped the ISIS rise to power, citing another WorldNetDaily article called “Blowback! U.S. Trained ISIS at Secret Jordan Base.”
There’s just one problem. That article, as Right Wing Watch notes, links to reports by The Guardian and Der Speigel “which actually found the exact opposite, reporting that the U.S. was training Syrian rebels who were fighting ISIS ‘as a bulwark against Islamic extremism.'”
Anyway, Rush has never let a lack of facts get in the way of an argument.
“By now, we are quite familiar with the exploits of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and the fact that their leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was released from detention by the Obama administration in 2009. These savages have cut a swath from northern Syria through northern Iraq, engaging in the most grotesque mass murder along the way, and by all accounts – including photographs and video footage of their own making – reveling in doing so,” Rush writes.
While it’s true that Baghdadi was released in 2009, he was released because of a deal negotiated by the Bush Administration in 2008. But, the WND fact-checking department is always pretty lax.
Rush continues, writing, “While many, for some unfathomable reason, remain wedded to the idea that this and countless other developments involving the Obama administration are the result of its incompetence, others have reached the point where their ability to suspend their disbelief has been stretched beyond the breaking point, and they no longer believe it is a matter of political ineptitude or poor leadership.”
He then makes the case that it’s not Obama’s incompetence that is behind this thousand-year-long civil war in Iraq, but his deliberate doing.
“As I have said before in this space, operating outside of the realm of believability has been a deliberate tactic of this regime, and a largely complicit establishment press contributed to its success. Thus, despite overwhelming evidence, many Americans will still find it difficult to accept that the rise of ISIS was facilitated by the Obama administration.”
He then cites the European media reports that contradict this, saying they support his argument.
He concludes by citing a quote by Senator James Inhofe, accusing Obama of “supporting the enemy,” but manages to one-up even the farthest of the far right.
He writes, “All of the above has conspired to give the lie to Obama’s foreign policy rhetoric and render increasingly suspect the actions he’s taken in pursuing that policy. In a recent interview, Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., said, ‘Never in my political career in my memory did it ever occur to me that we would have a president of the United States who would be doing things supporting the enemy. Our system isn’t set up for Congress to deal with this kind of a situation.’
“Inhofe stopped just short of using the appropriate designation for this president’s actions, one which I pray will be applied soon enough: Treason.”