The neo-conservatives who have driven the foreign policies of Barack Obama and his predecessor, George W. Bush, have seen their plans for total disruption of the Middle East come to fruition. It was the neocons’ insatiable desire to eliminate every Arab populist socialist government that now has a breakaway faction of Al Qaeda, assisted by former members of Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guard, seizing Mosul and Tikrit and is now within marching distance of Baghdad. In January, the Iraqi jihadists seized control of Fallujah, the site of one of the bloodiest battles during the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
President Obama, who withdrew the bulk of U.S. troops from Iraq, leaving a few U.S. military trainers and even more civilian security contractors, stated during a June 12 meeting with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott that Iraq will need «more help» from the United States. Observers of the current jihadist-led Sunni offensive in Iraq reason that Obama will deploy armed drones to deal with the insurgency, just as he has done in Yemen, Somalia, Libya, Mali, and Syria…
Obama also said, «We have a stake in making sure that these jihadists are not getting a permanent foothold in either Iraq or Syria.» Yet, it was Obama’s provision of military assistance to the Syrian rebels trying to topple President Bashar al Assad from power in Damascus that allowed victories of insurgent forces of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant («al Sham») (ISIL or «ISIS») over their erstwhile allies, the Al Nusra Front and its Al Qaeda cadres, to capture Western-supplied weapons from Al Nusra and establish bases of operation inside Syria from which to launch their assault on Iraqi cities.
The rise of a Sunni Islamic caliphate between Syria and Iran is the product of the covert «evil alliance» between Israeli right-wing nationalists of Likud and the settlers’ parties and the jihadist-supporting Saudis and Qataris. The covert deals struck between Mossad and the Saudi Mukhabarat General Intelligence, all with a «wink and a nod» from John O. Brennan, the Saudiphile director of the Central Intelligence Agency are no longer clouded in secrecy. It has always been the desire of the regimes in Riyadh, Doha, and Jerusalem to bring about the fall of the Shi’a-led government of Iraq, the pro-Iranian Alawite-led government of Syria, and ultimately the government of Iran.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell’s «Pottery Barn» rule, which warned the previous administration that if it invaded and occupied Iraq, it would own the country, has come true. However, thanks to the incompetent National Security Adviser products of misguided U.S. racial and gender «affirmative action» programs in the Bush and Obama administrations – namely Drs. Condoleezza Rice and Susan Rice, respectively -- the U.S. not only «owns» Iraq, but also Libya, Yemen, and the mess that now ensues in Syria and may plague Lebanon if the name «Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant» is any indication of the ultimate territorial ambitions of the rising caliphate. The rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and an Islamist government in Tunisia was also a result of the neocon-Israeli plan, hatched with the House of Saud, to destabilize every Arab country that had been governed by governments with pan-Arab Socialist or Nasserite roots.
There have been enough meetings between Israeli Mossad chief Tamir Pardo and Princes Muqrin and Bandar, the two former heads of Saudi intelligence, to prove that when it comes to destabilization of Arab countries, Israel has no better friends in the Middle East than the House of Saud. The new head of Saudi intelligence, General Youssef al Idrissi, reportedly maintains the close contacts of his predecessors with Mossad and the current offensive by Sunni jihadists against the pro-Iranian Shi’a-led government in Baghdad is made to order for the palates of the Saudis and Israelis, both of whom are opposed to the Obama administration’s emerging détente with Iran.
Al Qaeda and the various «Al Qaeda» branches in Syria, Yemen, North Africa, and the Horn of Africa that Riyadh finances and controls have never threatened Israel as much as they have the United States, Western European countries, and secular Arab governments. For example, it was Israeli operatives in and around the World Trade Center and Muslim sympathizers of the Taliban in New York and New Jersey, who were tipped off in advance about the September 11, 2001 attack by reputed Al Qaeda terrorists and consequently arranged to be absent from the area that fateful morning.
ISIL, which is said to be leading the jihadist forces in Iraq, is said to be so extreme that Al Qaeda broke relations with it. Of course, the late British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook wrote, before his untimely death, that «Al Qaeda» was merely a CIA database of jihadist mercenaries and Arab weapons dealers for hire. In the Middle East, one should beware of mirages and it suits the powers in Jerusalem and Riyadh to convince the world that they would never be the covert manipulators of ISIL. This Judeo-Wahhabist state support for terrorism is all carried out with the blessing of the CIA’s Brennan, whose career began and remains mired in the darkest sewers of the CIA’s Clandestine Service.
Of course, there would be a vastly different situation in the Middle East had the United States ignored the machinations of the neocons and their Israeli puppet masters and permitted not only Saddam Hussein and his Ba’ath Socialist Party to stay in power in Iraq but also supported Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi and Syria’s Assad against Salafist and Al Qaeda rebels.
The offensive against Baghdad and the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki bears a striking resemblance to the Al Qaeda and Salafist campaign against Qaddafi in Libya and the subsequent uprising against Assad in Syria. The United States and the Saudis and Qataris provided weapons to Al Qaeda and Salafist rebels in eastern Libya, all with the blessing of the Israelis and their propaganda mouthpieces like Bernard-Henri Levy, the French Zionist interlocutor between Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and the Al Qaeda forces in Benghazi. Western weapons and those captured from Qaddafi’s arsenals were then shipped to Syrian jihadists who took up arms against Assad. The Syrian jihadists immediately linked up with Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia (AQIM) and ISIL, two Saudi creations. The combined army of ISIL, Al Qaeda/Al Nusra Front defectors, and former Iraqi officers in Saddam’s army and Republican Guard, using bases inside Syria, launched their invasion of Iraq.
ISIL forces are storming into one Iraqi town after another in American-supplied desert- camouflaged Humvees, all captured from Iraqi military bases, with the black and white jihadist flag waving above them. The jihadists have also captured American-supplied helicopters from Mosul airport and another airbase in east Samarra.
Obviously, the Saudis and Israelis are not keen on the jihadists tangling with the Kurds who not only deployed their peshmerga military forces to ensure the jihadists did not take control of any Kurdistan territory in northern Iraq but also captured critical oil installations in Kirkuk.
America broke Iraq. It broke Libya, Yemen, Syria, and Egypt. The Middle East would be a much safer and saner region had the United States and its insidious neocons allowed Saddam Hussein, Muammar Qaddafi, and Bashar al-Assad to deal with the Saudi and Israeli instigators of terrorism and violence. Rather than Islamic emirates and caliphates popping up in eastern Libya, Syria, and Iraq, the Middle East should still have Baath Party governments in Iraq, Syria, and the former People’s Democratic Republic of [South] Yemen, and the Socialist Jamahiriyah should still remain supreme in Libya. Yes, and we should all miss Saddam Hussein…