On Tuesday night, frustrated by criticism of his utter inability to stifle ISIS’ global operations and his willingness to ship thousands of Syrian Muslim refugees into the West, Barack Obama petulantly lashed out – as always – at Republicans. “I cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for ISIL than some of the rhetoric that’s coming out of here during the course of this debate.”
If anyone is to blame for increased ISIS recruitment, it's Obama. How has Obama has made ISIL recruitment easier? Let us count the ways:
1. Obama drew a fake red line in Syria. As Albert Hunt wrote in The New York Times in September 2013, Obama first drew a “red line” in 2012 about Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons, but never followed through, contrary to his actions in Libya, where he was only too eager to topple Muammar el-Qaddafi in Libya in 2011. As a result, the anti-Assad forces never had a chance to topple Assad, leaving many Syrians disillusioned enough to join ISIS.
2. Obama has supported Muslim organizations such as the Muslim Brotherhood, which has joined hands in hand with ISIS. Obama supported Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi, and when he was deposed by moderate Muslim leader General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, shunned el-Sisi. The Obama Administration’s connections with the Muslim Brotherhood were adumbrated by The Washington Times in June, which stated:
A White House strategy document regards the group as a moderate alternative to more violent Islamist groups like al Qaeda and the Islamic State. The policy of backing the Muslim Brotherhood is outlined in a secret directive called Presidential Study Directive-11, or PSD-11. The directive was produced in 2011 and outlines administration support for political reform in the Middle East and North Africa, according to officials familiar with the classified study.
ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood have joined forces in Egypt, as documented here.
“It was a big mistake to jump on the Arab Spring enthusiastically, without realizing it was soon going to turn into an ‘Arab Winter.’”
Alan Dershowitz on Barack Obama
3. Obama helped foment the Arab Spring. The deposing of Muammar el-Qaddafi was just one aspect of Obama’s support; he offered over $800 million to help "Arab Spring" countries taken over by revolutions; but as Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz said, “It was a big mistake to jump on the Arab Spring enthusiastically, without realizing it was soon going to turn into an ‘Arab Winter.’” Indeed, the radical Islamic factions have had a field day recruiting from countries like Tunisia and Libya.
Look in the mirror before you utter those words again, Mr. President.