INTRODUCTION: A version of this commentary first appeared on August 12 in Chronicles magazine, a leading voice of paleoconservatism. Since then, Donald Trump has "clarified" that his accusing Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton of being the "founders" of ISIS was "sarcasm," which he later "re-clarified" for the media: "They know that. Because after I said that, I said he's the MVP. So, I said, 'the founder of ISIS.' Obviously, I'm being sarcastic -- but not that sarcastic, to be honest with you."
While the media parses and re-parses Trump's words, Hillary gets a free ride. No one has picked apart her accusation that Trump is a "recruiting sergeant" for ISIS. A "sergeant," really? How many stripes are on Trump's arm? Was he ever a corporal? Oh, it's not literal, it's sarcasm.
Well, here's some more sarcasm. If Trump's an ISIS-recruiting sergeant, Obama's the generalissimo and Hillary's a field marshal. Or maybe they're Godfather and consigliera. The fact is, as shown below, on the basis of an August 2012 report from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), the Obama administration -- at a time when Hillary was Secretary of State -- deliberately doubled down on their support for what they knew were al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood-led jihadist groups in Syria. They did so even after being warned that could lead to the appearance of a radical statelet in eastern Syria, which in fact occurred right on cue eight months later, when the Iraqi wing of al-Qaeda declared itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS, ISIL, Daesh), later simply the Islamic State.
In short, as is clear in the DIA report, ISIS was foreseen, caused, and intended by the "supporting powers." First and foremost, that means Obama and Hillary. Shockingly, if you keep arming and funding jihadists, you get more jihad.
It's to be expected that the major media and supposed "fact-checkers," totally in the tank for Hillary, would ignore the DIA smoking gun and claim that Trump's accusation is a "pants-on-fire " falsehood, when in fact (style aside) it is correct on substance. No less egregious is the behavior of establishment Republicans who have defended Hillary. Also noteworthy (or notorious) is Fox News, which, while defending Trump, as of this writing still has not linked the 2012 DIA report to Trump's accusation. Instead, they are sticking to explanations that jibe with their neocon priorities, such as condemning Obama's "premature" withdrawal of American forces from Iraq, thus facilitating al-Qaeda in Iraq's expansion into Syria. Whatever application that assertion may have as a proximate contributing factor, al-Qaeda would not have been in Iraq at all if not for George W. Bush's invasion of that country, which of course (it cannot be repeated too many times) Hillary supported. NOTE: To their credit, Liz Wheeler ("Tipping Point") of the upstart conservative network One America News have featured this story!
Trump Claims Obama and Hillary Are 'Founder' and 'Co-Founder' of ISIS, Media Feign Amnesia of 2012 DIA Memo that Proves It (Chronicles magazine; August 12, 2016)
No one paying attention with even one eye and half an ear can be ignorant of the fact that when it comes to this year's election the MSM are lying shills for Hillary. But now it seems they're all suffering from amnesia too.