‘Something is Going On’ – And It’s Worse Than You Thought

I used to wonder why in the heck right-wing commentators on Fox News kept repeating
the same mantra over and over again: sitting through the Republican debates,
my eyes glazed over when I heard each and every candidate denounce the Obama
administration for refusing to say the Sacred Words: “radical Islamic terrorism.”
What are these people talking about, I thought to myself: they’re obsessed!

In short, I wrote it off as Fox News boilerplate, until the other day when,
in the wake of the Orlando massacre, Donald Trump said the following on Fox:
“Something is going on. He doesn’t get it, or he gets it better than anybody
understands. It’s one or the other.” Reiterating this trope later on in the
same show, he averred that the President “is not tough, not smart – or he’s
got something else in mind.”

The Beltway crowd went
. Lindsey Graham had a hissy
, and other Republican lawmakers started edging away from the presumptive
GOP nominee. The Washington Post ran a story with the headline: “Donald Trump Suggests President Obama Was Involved With Orlando
 Realizing that this level of bias was a bit too brazen,
the editors changed it an hour or so later to: “Donald Trump Seems to Connect
President Obama to Orlando Shooting.” Not much better, but then again we’re
talking about a newspaper that has a team of thirty or so reporters bent on
digging up dirt on Trump.

In any case, Trump responded as he usually does:
by doubling down. And he did it, as he usually does, on Twitter, tweeting the following:

“Media fell all over themselves criticizing what Donald Trump ‘may have
insinuated about @POTUS.’ But he’s right:”

The tweet included a link to
this story
that appeared on Breitbart: an account of a 2012 
intelligence report
from the Defense Intelligence Agency predicting the
rise of the Islamic State in Syria – and showing how US policy deliberately
ignored and even succored it. Secured by Judicial Watch thanks to the Freedom
of Information Act, the document says it’s very likely we’ll see the creation
of “an Islamic State through its union with other terrorist organizations in
Iraq and Syria.” And this won’t just be a grassroots effort, but the result
of a centrally coordinated plan: it will happen because “Western countries,
the Gulf states and Turkey are supporting these efforts” by Syrian “opposition
forces” then engaged in a campaign to “control the eastern areas (Hasaka and
Der Zor) adjacent to Western Iraqi provinces (Mosul and Anbar).”

This is precisely what happened, and, as we
see, the Iraqi Army is now in the field – with US support – trying
to retake
Mosul and Anbar, with limited success. Yet it’s not like we didn’t
know this was coming – and didn’t have a hand in creating the problem…

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