A redacted assessment of the situation in Iraq and Syria has provided “some confirmation” of suspicions regarding the U.S. government’s support of moderate rebels in the region and its intentions in the conflict, according to Ron Paul.
In the latest episode of the Ron Paul Liberty Report, the three-time presidential candidate and former congressman from Texas raised concerns about the information within the Defense Intelligence Agency’s 2012 report, which was recently made public through a lawsuit by Judicial Watch.
The assessment—which included “dire consequences” for intervention that have come to fruition, such as the creation and rise of ISIS—was ignored. “I don’t think the person that depends on regular TV has heard much about this,” Paul said. “As a matter of fact, it looks like a deliberate exclusion.”
Daniel McAdams, executive director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity and co-host of the Liberty Report, discussed the following as three major takeaways from the assessment:
• The U.S. knew al Qaeda – Iraq (AQI) was a key part of the Syrian opposition from the start.
According to the report, “AQI supported the Syrian opposition from the beginning, both ideologically and through the media. AQI declared its opposition of Assad’s government because it considered it a sectarian regime targeting Sunnis.”
It was only a year ago when National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden made the announcement that the Obama administration wanted Congress to approve $500 million to support “longstanding efforts” by the U.S. “to empower the moderate Syrian opposition.” That funding, approved last September, was part of a $1.5 billion initiative with Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq.
• They knew the destabilization of Syria could result in the creation of an Islamic State in eastern Syria.
“If the situation unravels 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, which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran),” the report concludes.
Who are those supporting powers to the opposition? According to the report, “The West, gulf countries, and Turkey support the opposition; while Russia, China and Iran support the regime.”
• The creation of an Islamic State in eastern Syria would have dire consequences that included creating a perfect situation for AQI to return to Mosul and Ramadi.
From the report: “The deterioration of the situation has dire consequences on the Iraqi situation and are as follows: 1. This creates the ideal atmosphere for AQI to return to its old pockets in Mosul and Ramadi, and will provide a renewed momentum under the presumption of unifying the Jihad among Sunni Iraq and Syria, and the rest of the Sunnis in the Arab world against what it considers one enemy, the dissenters. ISI could also declare an Islamic State through its union with other terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria, which will create grave danger in regards to unifying Iraq and the protection of its territory. . . . REDACTED . . . 3. The renewing facilitation of terrorist elements from all over the Arab world entering into Iraqi arena.”
As with the second item, any remaining dire consequences have been redacted.
“It seems like they hoped they could create the emergence of an Islamic State-type organization in Syria because they knew that was the only chance of overthrowing Assad,” McAdams explained during the broadcast. “And, of course, the implications are that he wasn’t unpopular so it wasn’t a democratic uprising, so they had to do that. But they hoped it wouldn’t spill into Iraq. And, you know, a foreign policy based on hope like that doesn’t seem awfully smart.”
Paul compared the U.S. strategy against Syria to strategy used in the 1980s, “when [Zbigniew] Brzezinski designed this thing where ‘We’re going to radicalize Muslims,’ which they did. The CIA radicalized Muslims in these madrasa schools. Hundreds of thousands of people went through these schools, and this is a continuation of this.”
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