The Middle East is made of quicksand. Why we continue to swim in it is mindboggling. ISIS released a video of an Iraqi General, Mohammed Quareshi, a.k.a., Abu al-walk. getting his head cut off with a knife. The man whose head is swung around in front of a banner was put in place by the Americans.
They are sending a message to the West.
The current leader of ISIS—Abu Bakr al Baghdadi— was released from U.S. custody last year during the Iraqi troop drawdown. Our exit was a time for deal making, and many of those deals were under the table.
There is plenty of evidence and visible incentives to argue that the CIA has organized this ISIS terror group. We know the CIA is all over the Middle East and works in the shadows of power, that is an undisputed fact. We all know that the CIA trained Bin Laden, the debate is whether or not Bin Laden bit the hand that fed him.
This beheading follows on the heals of the U.S. release of the GITMO 5, released after twelve years to reunite with their former networks, and plot their revenge. American made, American hating terrorists are on a roll.
Fox News’s Jeanine Pirro Jeanine Pirro told the nation that ISIS’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was in US custody, and released in 2009 during President Obama’s Presidency:
The head of this band of savages is a man named Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the new Osama Bin Laden. A man released by Obama in 2009, who started ISIS a year later.
As Fox’s Megyn Kelly went a little further, I had to wonder if the United States was manufacturing its own terrorists?
We are also learning more about the leader of the terror group, a man described as the new Bin Laden, the heir to Bin Laden. It turns out he had been in U.S. custody until 2009, over in Iraq, when he was then turned over to the Iraqi government as part of our troop drawdown. And then he was released.
The bottom line is that the President has a history of releasing dangerous prisoners, including the one who formed the group currently slaughtering its way across Iraq.
Michael Daly writing for The Daily Beast took up the story and went further:
When Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi walked away from a U.S. detention camp in 2009, the future leader of ISIS issued some chilling final words to reservists from Long Island.
“See you in New York.” Were the chilling words reported by Army Col. Kenneth King, the commanding officer of Camp Bucca in 2009. They were al-Baghdadi’s parting words to those who had imprisoned him.
Colonel King expressed his anger at the release of al-Baghdadi in 2009. “We spent how many missions, and how many soldiers were put at risk when we caught this guy, and we just released him.”
So, to summarize, according to right-wing press and TV networks, Al-Baghdadi—the leader of ISIS in 2014—was released from US custody in 2009, handed to the Iraqis, probably due to an amnesty granted to insurgents at the behest of the Obama administration.
That’s the narrative.
And yet, the problem with the entire story, is it isn’t actually true—any of it.
Politifact researched the claim and found it to be entirely false. And worse for US conservatives, al Baghdadi was actually released in 2004, when a Republican was president. A year later, a US intelligence report tells us that the Pentagon considered al-Baghdadi to be incredibly dangerous:
“He would kidnap individuals or entire families, accuse them, pronounce sentence and then publicly execute them.”
It sounds pretty clear and simple—he’s a bad dude.
The only way to survive quicksand is to stay still. Stop moving. The more I examine the moves of the United States in the Middle East, the more I think we’re not going to survive.