Every so often, a snippet of what the enlightened lords and ladies who comprise our ruling elite discuss amongst themselves in plain, unambiguous terms slips out into full view of us peasants and peons. Unfortunately, not enough of us notice.
In case you missed it, Judicial Watch recently obtained more than 100 previously classified documents from the U.S. departments of State and Defense as a result of a FOIA lawsuit they filed back in May of 2014. Most of the media coverage of these documents has been devoted to details related to the September 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Brad Hoff, however, has recently written at Levant Report that one 2012 Defense Intelligence Agency document that made the rounds with various U.S. intelligence and other government agencies made a rather prescient prediction coupled with an astonishingly straightforward admission:
Astoundingly, the newly declassified report states that for “THE WEST, GULF COUNTRIES, AND TURKEY [WHO] SUPPORT THE [SYRIAN] OPPOSITION… THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A DECLARED OR UNDECLARED SALAFIST PRINCIPALITY IN EASTERN SYRIA (HASAKA AND DER ZOR), AND THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THE SUPPORTING POWERS TO THE OPPOSITION WANT, IN ORDER TO ISOLATE THE SYRIAN REGIME…”. [Emphasis is mine.]
The DIA report, formerly classified “SECRET//NOFORN” and dated August 12, 2012, was circulated widely among various government agencies, including CENTCOM, the CIA, FBI, DHS, NGA, State Dept., and many others.
The document shows that as early as 2012, U.S. intelligence predicted the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), but instead of clearly delineating the group as an enemy, the report envisions the terror group as a U.S. strategic asset. [Emphasis is mine.]
This is not going to come as any kind of surprise to the readers of this site, but that we now have an explicit record of the kind of mischief welcomed by many within the U.S. intelligence apparatus–namely, the predicted establishment of a radically fundamentalist state in Syria that we’re now supposed to regard as the single greatest threat to all of humanity–should be regarded as major news. Notice how little attention it has received from the mainstream media.
This revealed insight into policymaking in the Obama era brings to mind the recent hubbub over GOP presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio hemming and hawing and squirming and evading on questions related to the wisdom of the Iraq War. As welcome as it is to finally see this line of questioning after a dozen or so years, if this is a sign of how the coming presidential election is going to shape up when it comes to debating foreign policy, then the foreign policy debate we really need is going to be sacrificed to the narrow interests of the Democratic Party and will do nothing but insure the protection of the status quo. Shaming Republicans for stubbornly maintaining support for the Iraq War while failing to draw attention to Democrat support for that same war and the ongoing disasters that are still unfolding as a result of the current Democrat administration’s (and Hillary Clinton’s) foreign policy–particularly in Syria, Iraq, and Libya–is to not see the forest for the trees.
Both parties have heartily colluded in making the horrible foreign policy that is transforming the Middle East into the flaming cesspool that the world is witnessing today. Therefore, the presidential candidates of both parties need to be grilled mercilessly and the deadly follies of both parties need to be continuously exposed.
An informed hunch would be that the major media is desperate to prevent such a thing from ever happening. It will have to be up to the antiwar movement to bring the necessary pressure to bear in this internet age to insure that it does.
Click here to listen to Scott Horton’s recent interview of Hoff.