If there is one entity inside Syria that has the best chance and greatest incentive to defeat ISIS, it’s the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Yet, the Obama administration is actually considering a strategy beginning with the premise that if Assad is overthrown, ISIS will go away. People with questions about this insanely illogical contention are being directed to the State Department by the White House. Incidentally, that would be the same State Department that has a significant Muslim Brotherhood infiltration problem on its hands.
According to a report by CNN:
President Barack Obama has asked his national security team for another review of the U.S. policy toward Syria after realizing that ISIS may not be defeated without a political transition in Syria and the removal of President Bashar al-Assad, senior U.S. officials and diplomats tell CNN.
The review is a tacit admission that the initial strategy of trying to confront ISIS first in Iraq and then take the group’s fighters on in Syria, without also focusing on the removal of al-Assad, was a miscalculation.
Rep. Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Thursday on CNN’s “New Day” that he had also heard that the White House was shifting its strategy, in part because Turkey and other Gulf states — which are hosting refugees from Syria — were pushing for the removal of Assad.
In just the past week, the White House has convened four meetings of the President’s national security team, one of which was chaired by Obama and others that were attended by principals like the secretary of state. These meetings, in the words of one senior official, were “driven to a large degree how our Syria strategy fits into our ISIS strategy.”
“The President has asked us to look again at how this fits together,” one senior official said. “The long-running Syria problem is now compounded by the reality that to genuinely defeat ISIL, we need not only a defeat in Iraq but a defeat in Syria.” The U.S. government refers to ISIS as ISIL.
Multiple senior administration officials and diplomats spoke with CNN on condition of anonymity to discuss internal discussions. The White House referred questions about the review to the State Department.
Meanwhile, other sources denied to CNN that Obama has ordered a review, but admit there is concern about some core aspects of the strategy. A senior administration official, responding to a CNN report, says there is an ongoing discussion and “constant process of recalibration.”
“There’s no formal strategy review of our Syria policy. What there is is a strategy for degrading and ultimately destroying ISIL that requires us to take a hard look at what we’re doing on a regular basis,” said Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser.
“And, as you know we’ve had regular meetings that the President has joined with his national security team on this issue and Syria has been an important subject at those meetings. And I think the President wants to make sure that we’re asking hard questions about what we’re targeting in Syria, how we’re able to degrade ISIL but also how we’re supporting opposition and building them up as a counterweight to ISIL but also ultimately of course to the Assad regime.”
As for the State Department, there are several individuals who hold positions / influence there and whose sympathies clearly align with the Muslim Brotherhood. They include but are not limited to: Rashad Hussain, envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC); Farah Pandith, Special Representative for Muslim Communities; and Salam al-Marayati, State Department advisor and envoy. Of course, this says nothing of the influence of ISNA President Mohamed Magid at State over the years, as well as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s close advisor Huma Abedin.
In addition to Rhodes being the author of the now ‘smoking gun’ email on where the narrative on the Benghazi video originated, one of the recipients of that email is another questionable figure, relative to the Muslim Brotherhood, as Shoebat.com reported.
Rhodes’ brother David Rhodes, is the President of CBS News. That would be the same CBS News who suppressed the work of reporter Sharyl Attkisson on things like Operation Fast and Furious and… Benghazi.
What does all of this have to do with Syria?
Simple. Of the three most prominent entities in that country today – Assad, ISIS, and Muslim Brotherhood-backed rebels – it is the Brotherhood which is best represented in the U.S. State Department.
And the Brotherhood wants Assad gone… bad.
As for Libya, ISIS is on the rise there too, after Gadhafi was overthrown, which should serve as a repudiation of this latest notion that removing Assad will lead to the fall of ISIS in Syria. The opposite happened in Libya.