As I listened to Senator Lindsey Graham going off about how badly the White HouseÂ mismanagedÂ the conditions which led up to the current situation in Iraq, something didnâ€™t seem quite right about the whole scenario.
Things happened too quickly and the recommended corrective actions seemed all too familiar and convenient. Our actions and our lack of actions at the critical moments, such as not attacking convoys of al-Qaeda traveling in the open desert, seemed suspicious and to ultimately be helping to set the stage for conflict.
While the occupant of the White House clearlyÂ never hasÂ the best interests of the American people at heart, Mr. Graham and his cohort John McCain have exhibited some quite disturbing behavior of their own in the past.
Senators Graham and McCain were the chief proponents of arming al-Qaeda in Syria under the guise of them being â€œmoderate terroristâ€ freedom fighters. Is that penchant for weapons expenditures somehowÂ playing into a larger, more clandestine regional effort?.
While it may be the right course of action to respond forcefully in Iraq, it is odd that those two have completely abdicated any responsibility for the armament. It is equally odd that nobody has raised the issue in interviews.
They may repeat their previous assertions that they were only arming the “good terrorists” but that is foolishness, and their arguments were roundly criticized at the time as aÂ ridiculous notion. Ridiculous or not, the funding and armaments were eventuallyÂ approvedÂ by Congress this past January. One has to wonder how much other aid was provided through other, less transparent means.Â Those are some nice new trucks under those black flags.
Given our presence and surveillance capabilities, nobody within the intelligence community should be surprised by what has happened. If we can read a license plate from a satellite or drone, we can and surely did detect these large-scale movements.
Perhaps this buildup is one explanation for the regimeâ€™s stonewalling of any accounting of what happened in Benghazi. How much of the arms and equipment currently in the hands of ISIS were funneled to them Â through the Benghazi compound?
Did the Senators and the regime, along with their cronies in the arms businesses, in some way encourage or lay the foundation for this present “suddenly disastrous” situation? Are we renewing our military conflictÂ against the perpetual boogie man of al-Qaeda through the use of proxy armies, some of which are themselves al-Qaeda, re-fighting a very profitable war without having to commit American troops? Is this a pretext upon which to remain in Afghanistan, fighting their recently reinforced and reinvigorated Taliban?
Regardless of politics or party, many of those in Washington represent the same money interests, and there is a lot of money involved in determining the future of the Middle East.
Once again, the American people are being kept in the dark under the guise of national security as another conflict is initiated in our name.
Rick Wells is a conservative author who recognizes that our nation, our Constitution and our traditions are under a full scale assault from multiple threats. Please â€œLikeâ€ him on Facebook, â€œFollowâ€ him on Twitter or visitÂ www.rickwells.us