CHARLOTTE, N.C., August 10, 2015 — Brad Hoff of Foreign Policy Journal writes that former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Michael Flynn is “confirming that the Obama administration knowingly decided to support al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria and directly enabled the Islamic State.”
One thing is certain: Someone is either lying or covering something up. Imagine that. If true, the story is a bombshell that will never see the light of day.
Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch, a prominent Islamic watchdog, claims that the Foreign Policy Journal appears to be a pro-jihad publication, and the source of the information, Mehdi Hasan, has questionable credentials as an analyst.
However, given the current political climate regarding the Islamic State and global terrorism, a story of this magnitude should at least be investigated by someone, anyone, in the mainstream media to assess its accuracy.
As Spencer observes, “In a sane political atmosphere, this would be enough to bring down the Obama presidency. Instead, it will get little notice and no action whatsoever.”
At this point in Obama’s tenure, “bringing him down” hardly makes a difference, but if the story is true, it would certainly go a long way toward creating awareness that might prevent something like this in the future.
The interview between Hasan and Flynn appeared on Al-Jazeera, also a pro-jihad propaganda source, in which Flynn claims that the Obama administration’s sponsorship of radical jihad against Syria was a “willful decision” that led to the rise of the Islamic State and Nusra.
During the interview, the discussion of a now declassified DIA memo occurs at the 8:50 mark in the tape:
Hasan: You are basically saying that even in government at the time you knew these groups were around, you saw this analysis, and you were arguing against it, but who wasn’t listening?
Flynn: I think the administration.
Hasan: So the administration turned a blind eye to your analysis?
Flynn: I don’t know that they turned a blind eye, I think it was a decision. I think it was a willful decision.
Hasan: A willful decision to support an insurgency that had Salafists, Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood?
Flynn: It was a willful decision to do what they’re doing.
According to Jihad Watch, even Hasan was surprised when Flynn held up a paper copy of the 2012 report which included, among others, the passage, “there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in Eastern Syria, and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime.”
Continuing with the Hoff article, as reported by Spencer, Flynn confirmed that while serving as head of the DIA, his operation “paid very close attention” to the 2012 report. He follows that up saying, “the intelligence was very clear.”
Spencer points out that Lt. Gen. Flynn “is the highest ranking intelligence official to go on record saying the United States and other state sponsors of rebels in Syria knowingly gave political backing and shipped weapons to Al-Qaeda in order to put pressure on the Syrian regime.”
Earlier this year during a roundtable panel discussion, Admiral (ret.) James Lyons echoed similar sentiments: “Islam is a political movement masquerading as a religion. (Obama) is anti-American, anti-Western. Pro-Islamic. Pro-Iranian and Pro-Muslim Brotherhood.”
Robert Spencer concluded by saying, “As Michael Flynn also previously served as director of intelligence for Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) during a time when its prime global mission was dismantling Al-Qaeda, his honest admission that the White House was in fact arming and bolstering Al-Qaeda linked groups in Syria is especially shocking given his stature …”
Even if the whole truth lies somewhere in the middle, the context of the report by Huff, broadcast by Al-Jazeera and the information provided by Spencer and Jihad Watch should, at a minimum, spur some investigative reporting. This would at least provide the American people with some definitive answers to what appears to be a problem with no solutions in sight.
With factual information, perhaps a realistic strategy to solve those problems could evolve.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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