The latest dust-up over Donald Trump’s careless use of words, is his charge that Barack Obama (and Clinton as the prior Secretary of State) were “Founders” of ISIS. No Donald, I don’t think either Barack or Hillary were present in Raqqa, Syria in June, 2014 sharing a hookah, during the proclamation of the Islamic Caliphate! However, neither Obama nor Clinton should be allowed to escape all blame for their inactions during the gestation of this most lethal terrorist monster, that to date, has murdered or enslaved thousands and has metastasized to over 20 countries!
Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State from 2009 through 2012 – the period when under the direction of President Obama, the hard-fought gains of the Iraq War were deliberately squandered. “I was elected to end wars”, said the young, naive president -as if wars could be ended unilaterally! During this time, Clinton as Secretary of State, was tasked with the responsibility of successfully negotiating a Status of Forces Agreement with the government of Iraq, to insure a continuing, residual U.S. military presence in the country to guarantee the security of Iraq, quell sectarian strife and provide a backbone for the Iraqi army. For this task, Madame Secretary utterly failed! No agreement was negotiated and the entire U.S. military presence was withdrawn, leaving a vacumn that first Iran and then ISIS filled.
Fast forward to June, 2014. The Islamic State is proclaimed in Raqaa, Syria. Iraq is invaded across its Northwest frontier by ISIS convoys crossing the open desert. Sinjar is taken and a great percentage of its Yazhidi population is murdered; the women and girls sold into sex slavery. Tal Afar is then conquered and the terrorist columns then advanced across the open desert toward Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city; the convoys magnificently equipped with the latest, captured American military hardware.
Our military leaders pleaded with the President that air strikes should be ordered to wipe out these ISIS convoys, exposed in the naked desert without any means of cover. His response: he refused to order any attacks as “there might be some civilian drivers” piloting some of the vehicles in the terror columns (!). So, no attacks were ordered and the core of the terror army was preserved. Mosul was conquered, then Tikrit, then Ramadi, then Falujjah and the terror cancer then spread to Nigeria, Tunisia, Mali and Libya (aided by HRC’s overthrow of Gadaffi), and then out of Syria into Europe and the West, etc.
So, are Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton “Founders” of ISIS? Well, sort of……
-The Chicago Patriot