As the Obama administration goes to war in Iraq again — without calling the action a war or even securing permission from Congress, as the Constitution requires — the crucial role played by the U.S. government and its allies in creating and empowering the threat is once again being overlooked. From sending weapons and providing training to the same jihadists in Syria who later crossed into Iraq, to tacitly endorsing the bankrolling of Islamic terror groups by supposed American allies, U.S. foreign policy has been critical in the emergence of the monstrously barbaric self-styled Islamic State “caliphate” formerly known as ISIS.
Now, under the guise of fighting the threat it helped create, the administration is again putting American lives and treasure at risk in violation of the Constitution. The aerial bombing campaigns have already started, supposedly aimed at halting the advance of the Islamic State and its efforts to massacre minorities such as Christians, Yazidis, and others. Despite Obama’s repeated promises of no “boots on the ground,” U.S. Special Forces were reportedly operating in northern Iraq this week as well.
More U.S. weapons, meanwhile — large quantities of which have already been seized by the Islamic State as it advanced through Iraq — are flowing to Kurdish militia forces known as Peshmerga. Separately, even more U.S. military and financial support for the Iran-allied regime in Baghdad is expected soon, too. None of the latest scheming has been authorized by the American people’s elected representatives or the U.S. Constitution.
Like so many of the supposed “threats” to U.S. “national security” in recent decades, however, the barbarity engulfing the region has its roots in Washington — as more than a few high-profile voices have pointed out. “The Iraq war strengthened Iran’s influence in Iraq and throughout the Middle East. Sunni extremists backed by Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar have filled the vacuum,” explained Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in a recent column. “The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has taken over the cities of Mosul, Tikrit and is on the march to Baghdad.”
Indeed, as The New American reported in June, U.S. officials admit that many of the weapons being used by the Islamic State terrorists to butcher Christians, Shias, and other Iraqis were actually paid for by U.S. taxpayers before being seized by the rampaging barbarians. Before that, other American weapons now in the hands of those terrorists were acquired in Syria, where the Obama administration and its allies were fomenting and supporting “jihad” in a half-baked plan to overthrow the anti-ISIS Assad dictatorship. Some analysts even said Obama has "switched sides" in the terror war.
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