Fred Fleitz is a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst, a former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst, former Chief of Staff to Ambassador John Bolton, and a former Senior Staff member of the House Intelligence Committee. He is currently a Senior Vice President for Policy and Programs with the Center for Security Policy. He posted an article at the Center for Security Policy on Friday about the rise of ISIS and the discussion of ISIS in the current political campaign.
He reminds us of the facts in the discussion, many of which have been overlooked in the news media:
Trump is making the point that irresponsible policies by Obama and Clinton led to the resumption of sectarian violence in Iraq which allowed Al-Qaeda in Iraq to rise from the ashes and morph into ISIS. I believe Trump is exactly right. The Obama/Clinton decision not to leave behind a small contingent of U.S. troops in Iraq after 2010 and the power vacuum created by the administration’s failure to lead in the Middle East is why ISIS exists and why it has become a global threat.
In my view, Obama’s and Clinton’s incompetence are undoubtedly responsible for the birth of ISIS.
The mainstream media does not want to talk about this. It knows ISIS did not exist when President Obama entered office. It also knows that ISIS grew from zero affiliates in 2009 to 43 affiliates today in 18 countries.
CNN this morning is jumping on a tweet Trump sent yesterday clarifying that his claim about Obama and Clinton being the founder and co-founder of ISIS was sarcasm. This makes me wonder how dumb CNN thinks the American people are – they obviously knew this.
One can argue that a presidential candidate shouldn’t be using sarcasm on such a dire national security issue, but by doing so Trump forced the mainstream media to talk about a subject it was purposely avoiding and encouraged Americans to think about whether Obama/Clinton policies are responsible for the birth of ISIS.
Maybe Donald Trump has a better understanding of foreign affairs and the news media than his Democratic and press critics realize.
This is the side of the story you probably won’t hear in the mainstream media.