An organization that typically promotes the Republican propaganda agenda received information from the Democratic Obama Administration, and they publicized information from it that concerned the 2012 Benghazi attack, which was a failure by the State Department — something that congressional Republicans have been investigating for years. But when independent investigative journalists examined the actual documents, they found a much uglier picture, which concerned the entire U.S. Government, and evil policies that are being pursued both by the Democratic President and by Republicans (as well as by some Democrats) in Congress, and which ‘both sides’ want covered up instead of covered. So: they’re not covered. U.S. ‘news’ media haven’t been reporting any of that — just the partisan propaganda. The American public received propaganda, not news, from America’s ‘news’ media — or else they received nothing at all about the issue.
On 18 May 2015, the Republican Party’s Judicial Watch organization headlined, “Judicial Watch: Defense, State Department Documents Reveal Obama Administration Knew that al Qaeda Terrorists Had Planned Benghazi Attack 10 Days in Advance: Administration knew three months before the November 2012 presidential election of ISIS plans to establish a caliphate in Iraq. Administration knew of arms being shipped from Benghazi to Syria.”
Promptly, this angle on the matter was publicized to ‘news’ consumers on Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Newsmax, WorldNetDaily, AIM, The Tea Party, LJ Review, Political Brew, InfoWars, Hebrew Nation, Zero Hedge, and Sharyl Attkisson, among other right-wing sites. But the major scandal that was displayed in those documents wasn’t so much as even touched upon in any of this stenographic ‘news’ reporting, from conservative sites, which passed along to their readers that conservative propaganda.
If anything, the mainstream “liberal” sites, such as The New York Times, Washington Post, CBS, NBC, ABC, and CNN, were no better, and maybe even worse: they ignored this data-dump altogether; they didn’t cover anything in it, not even the propaganda that the Republican sites did from it.
Then the great British independent investigative reporter Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed dug into the trove of documents that Judicial Watch had now dumped online, and he headlined on 22 May, “Pentagon report predicted West’s support for Islamist rebels would create ISIS,” and he reported a far different, and vastly more important, news story than did the conservative Judicial Watch:
He reported that these documents showed that in order “to isolate the Syrian regime,” which we were trying to defeat since it’s allied with “Russia, China, and Iran” (according to the documents), we were allied with the Sunni world of Al Qaeda, ISIS, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Muslim Brotherhood, so as to bring down the Shiite Assad regime in Syria.
“The strategy appears to fit a policy scenario identified by a recent US Army-commissioned RAND Corp report. The report, published four years before the DIA document, called for the US ‘to capitalise on the Shia-Sunni conflict by taking the side of the conservative Sunni regimes in a decisive fashion and working with them against all Shiite empowerment movements in the Muslim world.’”
That jargon-laden report, from 2008, said: “Divide and Rule is a strategy that focuses on exploiting fault lines between the various SJ groups to turn them against each other and dissipate their energy on internal conflicts.” The idea was for the U.S. to win by getting other countries and peoples to go to war against each other and for the U.S. to sell more weapons while other countries become weakened by the conflicts. However, that 2008 analysis was actually out-of-date, because it ignored the issues of Russia and China, and barely even mentioned a subordinate option: “Under this strategy, the United States might take an aggressive stance by seeking to overthrow the Iranian regime and replacing it with a moderate one that does not rely on Shiite chauvinism for its legitimacy. This would tamp down the forces of radical Shiism in the Middle East and Persian Gulf.” This statement of the option ignored that the very idea of an Islamic Caliphate is specifically Sunni, not at all Shiia. (Our Government — and our stenographic ‘free press,’ both right and left — hides this crucial fact in order to wage its war against Iran and its allies, who have done Americans no harm, though the U.S. has done great harm to them.) In fact, the RAND report refers in passing to the “well-known states such as China and Russia; however, despite the importance of these states within military planning, they are not directly linked to the long war.” Russia and China have, since then, actually become Obama’s chief foci. So: that 2008 Rand report isn’t at all in synch with current U.S. foreign policy, which actually supports the forces for Islamic Caliphate. (The Judicial-Watch-released document refers instead to “Salafist principate,” so as to hide the connection of Obama-Administration policy goals to Obama’s — and to congressional Republicans’ in general — actual support of ISIS, etc.: their joint determination to defeat the Russia-China allied countries, such as Venezuela, Syria, Libya, and Iran.) The American people fear ISIS, etc., but America’s aristocrats instead fear China and want to conquer Russia. Propaganda by both of the political parties pretends that the American Government has the people’s priorities and concerns at heart, not the aristocracy’s (which it actually does).
Ahmed closes his news report by condemning America’s “own deeply misguided policies of secretly sponsoring Islamist terrorism for dubious geopolitical purposes.” (Ahmed doesn’t define what those are. I have.)
The next day, May 23rd, Robert Barsocchini (but without providing links to either Judicial Watch or Dr. Ahmed) headlined at washingtonsblog: “DIA Docs: West Wants a ‘Salafist Principality in Eastern Syria’,” and he explained that when the documents (which he acknowledged had been released to Judicial Watch) say “Salafist,” they are referring specifically to the Saudi Wahhabist form of that sect, the version that’s pushing for an Islamic Empire or “Caliphate” headquartered in Mecca, the form of Islam that’s known in the West as jihadist or “extremist” or “Islamic Caliphate.” Regarding the extremism of the Saudi royal family, Barsocchini then links to and quotes from wikipedia:
Saudi Government is funding to increase the Salafi Islam throughout the world. Estimates of Saudi spending on religious causes abroad include “upward of $100 billion”, between $2 and 3 billion per year since 1975 (compared to the annual Soviet propaganda budget of $1 billion/year [and US government/corporate propaganda budgets of many billions per year]), and “at least $87 billion” from 1987–2007.
Its largesse funded an estimated “90% of the expenses of the entire faith“, throughout the Muslim World.
“Books, scholarships, fellowships, mosques” (for example, “more than 1,500 mosques were built from Saudi public funds over the last 50 years”) were paid for. It rewarded journalists and academics, who followed it and built satellite campuses around Egypt for Al Azhar, the oldest and most influential Islamic university. Yahya Birt counts spending on “1,500 mosques, 210 Islamic centres and dozens of Muslim academies and schools”.
This financial aid has done much to overwhelm less strict local interpretations of Islam, according to observers like Dawood al-Shirian and Lee Kuan Yew, and has caused the Saudi interpretation (sometimes called “petro-Islam”) to be perceived as the correct interpretation – or the “gold standard” of Islam – in many Muslims’ minds.
In other words: The United States, with support by the ‘Democratic’ President and also by both parties, Democrats and Republicans, in Congress, is assisting the jihadist or Saudi-financed wing of Islam, in order to defeat Russia, and China (since those are the nations that America’s aristocrats are really concerned about). (They’re concerned about empire.)
The documents, which were dated 12 August 2012, mentioned that there is a (and they used all-caps)
“POSSIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A DECLARED OR UNDECLARED SALAFIST PRINCIPALITY IN EASTERN SYRIA (HASAKA AND DER ZOR), AND THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THE SUPPORTING POWERS TO THE OPPOSITION [to Assad] WANT, IN ORDER TO ISOLATE THE SYRIAN REGIME.”
So: contrary to the Republican Party’s campaign to condemn the Obama Administration and Hillary Clinton for the Benghazi attack by Al Qaeda, and contrary to the Democratic Party’s campaign to deceive the American people into believing that we’re at war against extremism in the Muslim world, our government is, in fact, united in both Parties to support the Saudi princes who virtually own Islamic extremism.
If this is an American government that supports the American people, then it does so by lying to them, and by working on the side of the enemies not only of the American people but of the publics throughout the world. Why would that be? What’s indisputable is that it is so.
That’s the story which Ahmed found new documentation for in his report on the data-dump from Judicial Watch. Are America’s ‘news’ media reporting this important news story — added confirmation that the U.S. is on the Saudi side in order to defeat Russia and its allies? Or are they instead reporting the criticisms by the chiefs of both political parties against each others’ party? If it’s such stenographic ‘news’ reporting, then it’s really unchanged since 2002 and 2003, when U.S. ‘news’ media stenographically reported the Administration’s statements about “Saddam’s WMD,” etc., and when most Democrats joined with virtually all Republicans in supporting a criminal invasion of Iraq — a criminal invasion that profited many American aristocrats while it did enormous harm to everyone else.
The documents that were linked to by Judicial Watch included also the following prophetic August 2012 military predictions, which, if the Obama Administration were acting upon these matters that early, no indication exists of it (and note here: the all-upper-case text will be changed in order to make this large text-block more easily readable):
D. The deterioration of the situation has dire consequences on the Iraqi situation and [the consequences] are as follows:
—1. This creates the ideal atmosphere for AQI [Al Qaeda in Iraq] to return to its old pockets in Mosul and Ramadi, and will provide a renewed momentum under the presumption of unifying the jihad among Sunni Iraq and Syria [Assad’s enemies], and the rest of the Sunnis in the Arab world against what it considers one enemy, the dissenters. ISI [ISIS] could also declare an Islamic state through its union with other terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria, which will create grave danger in regards to unifying Iraq and the protection of its territory.
—2. [blacked out]
—3. The renewing facilitation of terrorist elements from all over the Arab world entering into Iraqi arena.
That passage was reported in the press release by Judicial Watch, and so it was included in some of the coverage by the ‘news’ media that reported anything of Judicial Watch’s story.
The big news story in the United States is the utter corruption of its ‘free press.’ That’s what we’re seeing, yet again, with regard to the Republican-Democratic policy of warring against Russia, China, Syria, and Iran; and for Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bharain, and the other oil sheikhdoms. Anyone who quotes the lying rhetoric of the U.S. Government in order to deny that this is true should consult the links that have been provided here, before affirming those lies by Republicans and Democrats.
The United States is Government of the people, by and for the aristocracy. Everything (and especially Obama’s ‘trade’ deals) can be truthfully understood only on that basic understanding, in which America’s two political parties have become, since at least 1980, just two contending branches of the aristocracy party, in this country, which was founded on ending the aristocracy.
The big story is this posthumous defeat of America’s Founders by a now-resurgent aristocracy.
Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity, and of Feudalism, Fascism, Libertarianism and Economics.