An occasional reader on this site has taken exception with the CIA funding ISIS, ISIL, al-Qaeda, and what may be left of Osama bin Laden’s Mujahideen.
It’s true, the CIA sets up and backs these groups in an attempt to avoid blood and treasure of our own and allied troops.
A brief history of the CIA follows.
Every developed country has its own spies and counter-intelligence agencies.
Truthfully, they all spy on their enemies and allies alike.
The aim with groups like ISIS is to develop them, turn them into spies against their own groups, if not, be done with them.
Our troops been fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Africa for what relevant issues today? (Source)
Originally in Afghanistan, it was payback time for the attack on our Twin Towers on 9-11-01.
Then on to Iraq to take out Saddam Hussein who gassed his own citizens and did, in fact, have weapons of mass destruction hidden within his country.
The New York Times published an article this week that has re-ignited a 12-year-old debate:
Was then-President George W. Bush right about Iraq?
The report examined U.S. service personnel’s encounters with abandoned chemical weapons in Iraq.
Some conservatives were quick to pounce on the story as evidence that claims by Bush in the lead-up to the war that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction were true and that the United States’ 2003 invasion was justified.
The article by Times reporter C.J. Chivers focused on U.S. soldiers who suffered from exposure to the sulfur mustard and other nerve gasses which emitted from the bombs.
According to the story, about “5,000 chemical warheads, shells or aviation bombs” were found scattered across Iraqi soil.
The U.S. government buried the cases from both the public and the troops.
As a result, injured soldiers did not receive proper medical treatment.
Since sources told us at the time we went there to secure their oil, since we are no longer dependent upon the Middle-East for fossil fuel, what with new finds in America and fracking, we are energy independent.
Thus begging the question why are we still there?
Since the Iraqi Army, for the most part, has been a joke.
When faced with serious battles they have tended to cut and run, leaving heavy weapons for their enemies in the region to use.
Hence, ISIS commandos are now using U.S. armored vehicles
Source CIA Website (Source)
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