Politicians just hate to admit they were wrong. Exactly one year ago today, they were clamoring for Barack Obama to launch air strikes on Syria’s Bashar al-Assad in response to the chemical attack. Now it appears that the U.S. is considering a covert alliance with Assad to fight ISIS.
It no doubt pains the likes of brainiacs like Bill O’Reilly and Karl Rove to admit they were wrong just as it did the Fonz…
…but guess what. The brainiacs were wrong.
According to the UK Independent, an alliance is being formed between the U.S. and Syria’s Assad:
Islamist forces are fighting their way into western Syria from bases further east, bringing forward the prospect of US military intervention to stop their advance. If Isis, which styles itself Islamic State, threatens to take all or part of Aleppo, establishing complete dominance over the anti-government rebels, the US may be compelled to act publicly or secretly in concert with President Bashar al-Assad, whom it has been trying to displace.
The US has already covertly assisted the Assad government by passing on intelligence about the exact location of jihadi leaders through the BND, the German intelligence service, a source has told The Independent. This may explain why Syrian aircraft and artillery have been able on occasion to target accurately rebel commanders and headquarters.
As this alliance grows, western countries will increasingly to be forced to admit they were wrong about something much, much bigger – their partnership with Turkey. The Turkish Prime Minister appears to be dealing with his southern border in much the same way that Barack Obama is dealing with the U.S. southern border – by leaving it wide open:
Determined to get rid of President Assad, the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has kept Turkey’s 550-mile border with Syria open, giving the jihadists, including Isis, a safe haven over the last three years. The Turks are now saying Isis is no longer welcome, but Ankara has not moved seriously to close the border by deploying troops in large numbers.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Chas Freeman explains why it will be so difficult for the U.S. and Great Britain to publicly admit to an obvious reality, that they were wrong:
A complete volte face by the US, Britain and their allies in their relations with the Assad government is unlikely because it would mean admitting that past support for the Sunni rebellion had contributed to the growth of the caliphate.
Mr Freeman says that he doubted that “the liberal interventionists and neoconservatives who had pursued regime change in Syria were capable of reversing course. To do so would require them to admit that they bore considerable responsibility for legitimising pointless violence that has resulted in the deaths of 190,000 Syrians.”
That’s right, for U.S. politicians to admit they were wrong means looking down at their own hands to see Christian blood on them.
Let’s go back to last year and take a look at those wrong politicians. Just because it’s full of perhaps the most wrong-headed arrogance, check out Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee last September.
In response to her constituents who overwhelmingly objected to launching strikes on Assad, Feinstein said they “don’t know what I know”.
Yes, the Chairman of the SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE said this:
Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Member of Senate Homeland Security Committee:
Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), ranking member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee:
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Chairman of House Intelligence Committee:
Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Ranking member of Senate Intelligence Committee:
Unfortunately for conservatives hanging their hopes on Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), even he was wrong, though he was a bit more cautious. At a minimum, he was wrong to trust what he was being told:
Then of course, there’s Bill O’Reilly and Karl Rove from last August insisting that air strikes needed to happen. O’Reilly said anyone who disagreed were “loons” and Rove relied on his almighty dry erase board:
On August 27, 2013 last year, Shoebat.com published a report – updated with new evidence and reports multiple times since – that showed evidence of chemical attacks pointed to the rebels, not Assad.
The “loons” were right and the geniuses with access to top U.S. intelligence were wrong.
No wonder they’re having so much trouble saying it: