Forgetting that Hillary Clinton had armed ISIS against Assad when the former was still an accepted part of Syrian rebellion
Hillary Clinton is one of the top contendants in the Pop Idols 2016 reality show that will decide the next nincompoop to be given the reigns of the deadly globe-spanning American empire.
Unfortunately for America's nutty aunt being part of this contest means being asked mildly inconvenient questions that don't begin to scratch the surface of her insane, brain-dead and blood-soaked exploits so far.
Thus she has recently been reminded the last time she was helping steer the bodies-sowing American empire she handed over an area the size of Britain to a head-chopping lunatic cult. CNN with the goodies:
The Democratic front-runner -- who has suffered a spate of losses in recent primaries but maintains a firm pledged delegate lead over Sanders -- did, however, fire back after his campaign manager Jeff Weaver said Clinton supported a foreign policy that gave rise to ISIS.
"That is beyond absurd," Clinton said. "They're saying a lot of things these days and I'm going to let them say whatever they choose to say. But ISIS was primarily the result of the vacuum in Syria caused by Assad first and foremost. Aided and abetted by Iran and Russia, so I think that let's put responsibility where it belongs."
Things are beginning to clear up. So it's not that Hillary Clinton sent ISIS arms. It's that Russia helped Assad create a vacuum in Syria for ISIS to step in.
Left unsaid is why would Assad want to create an Assad-free vacuum in Syria, but doubtlessly it was to make Hillary Clinton look bad and spoil her chances for winning the Pop Idols 2016.
Trouble is Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton herself in one of her uncharacteristically sane moments said otherwise. Asked in February 2012 why the US wasn't doing more to arm Syrian rebels she explained it was because they were embedded with a bunch of US-hating jihadis:
"What are we going to arm them with and against what? We're not going to bring tanks over the borders of Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan," Clinton said.
"We know al Qaeda [leader Ayman al-] Zawahiri is supporting the opposition in Syria. Are we supporting al Qaeda in Syria? Hamas is now supporting the opposition. Are we supporting Hamas in Syria?" Clinton said.
"If you're a military planner or if you're a secretary of state and you're trying to figure out do you have the elements of an opposition that is actually viable, that we don't see. We see immense human suffering that is heartbreaking."
Of course she then turned around and launched exactly the policy she advised against. The biggest beneficiary of this? Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
In 2011 Al-Qaeda in Iraq, which by now was calling itself the Islamic State in Iraq (albeit it controlled no territory), decided to became a part of the nascent Syrian rebellion. It dispatched its Syrian fighters led by one Abu Mohammad al-Golani to establish an ISI franchise in Syria, which they did, naming it Jabhat al-Nusra.
Soon, however, Baghdadi realized Western, Qatari and Saudi policies were making Syria into such fertile ground for salafist jihad that core ISI with its Iraqi fighters also crossed over into Syria.
Foreign powers including the US were pouring vast quantities of weapons into the Syrian rebellion and large quantities of these weapons were finding their way to ISI, either by way of Jabhat al-Nusra or directly from other rebels who also shared trenches with ISI.
In April 2013 ISI (now calling itself ISIS since it was also laying claim to Syria) announced it was time for Jabhat al-Nusra to be fully reincorporated back under al-Baghdadi's direct leadership but al-Golani refused citing a technicality. However, many of Golani's fighters did answer Baghdadi's call and crossed over to ISIS, bringing their weapons with them.
What followed was nine months during which there was tension and antagonism between al-Nusra and ISIS but during which they and the rest of the rebels continued to cooperate against loyalist forces.
It was during this period that ISIS acquired a 'capital city' by monopolizing control of Raqqa which the rebels had jointly taken over in March 2013, as the first Syrian provincial capital to fall to them.
At the start of 2014, however, ISIS having firmly established itself in Syria, broke rank with the rest of the rebellion and pounced on the "disloyal" al-Nusra.
The complex inter-factional war that followed involved real slaughter and fighting but just as often ISIS expanded, not in battle, but due to defections, as one would expect seeing there were no ideological differences between ISIS and al-Nusra whatsoever, only a Baghdadi-Golani spat over who will hold the reins.
US might not have cared about ISIS taking over eastern Syria but for one fact. Having grown in power in Syria and having been bulked up by all those munitions Saudis, Qataris and Americans fed into the anti-Assad rebellion ISIS turned south and humiliated the US by taking over vast swathes of Iraq it had contested with Americans as Al-Qaeda in Iraq in 2003-2011.