SAN NARCISO, Calif. (Bennington Vale Evening Transcript) -- On Friday afternoon, following a contentious televised altercation with a former Obama appointee, Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) ridiculed as insufficient the president’s plan to continue supporting the Free Syrian Army (FSA) -- a moderate terror group that, like the United States, opposes al Qaeda’s al-Nusra Front, the regime of Syria’s Bashar Assad and ISIS. McCain accused President Obama of rejecting recommendations from national security advisers to further arm and train the FSA. “The commander-in-chief needs to start behaving like one; he needs to get his head in the game,” McCain told reporters Friday. “This is foreign policy 101. You arm one terror group to eliminate another. And when those guys turn on you, you arm a new extremist sect to put down that rebellion.” Because ISIS is now threatening Western targets, McCain is seeking support for a bold move to arm American domestic terrorists such as the Ku Klux Klan, Symbionese Liberation Army and Aryan Nations to take up the fight.
On Wednesday evening, Sen. McCain and former White House press secretary Jay Carney duked it out on CNN over President Obama’s strategy to suppress the continued atrocities being committed by the Islamic State jihadist group (commonly known as ISIS or ISIL). The confrontation devolved into a sour argument when McCain suggested that ISIS would be less of a threat today had the president not initiated the troop draw-down in Iraq. Mobilizing U.S. forces across the globe to occupy all countries would virtually guarantee the protection of American interests. Carney, however, accused McCain of making “patently false” statements, to which the senator countered: “You don't have the facts Mr. Carney; that’s the problem.”
Because McCain was instrumental in the creation, training and arming of ISIS, it’s safe to say he won the debate: McCain most certainly knows more about ISIS than Jay Carney. Arming rebel terror groups to combat other terror regimes -- those more unpopular with the American media and public -- is a common practice among conservative politicians.
“We do it all the time,” McCain continued. “We put Saddam in power and then armed rebels to put him down. We employed Osama bin Laden for years and look what happened. President Reagan? He refined and practically perfected the art of state-sponsored terrorism. Remember the Contras? He also funneled massive amounts of capital, weapons and military resources to the Taliban to help combat the Soviets. When Taliban fighters sheltered bin Laden and attacked our assets in Afghanistan, we armed more of these dubious mujahideen tribesmen to thwart them. Most recently, there’s ISIS. I helped put them on the map when Syria became messy, and now we need to take them out. But Obama’s just going to sit in the Oval Office wringing his nicotine-stained hands.”
The only viable solution in the war against terror, according to McCain, is more terror. “Fighting fire with fire. It’s the only reasonable response, and the only way to burn out the blaze we started earlier,” the senator remarked.
McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) played pivotal roles in persuading the Saudis and Qataris, both U.S. allies, to arm rebel groups in Syria to fight the Iranian-backed government of Bashar al-Assad. ISIS grew and flourished from these efforts.
McCain told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that “it was a very moving experience to meet these fighters who have been struggling now for over two years. And they’re very aware of the battlefield situation and they’re very disturbed about the dramatic influx of Hezbollah fighters, more Iranians, and of course, stepped-up activities of Bashar Assad.”
Unfortunately, these rebel fighters united in their hate to form a terror organization, ISIS, much faster than past state-sponsored terrorists. The methods deployed by ISIS have become so extreme that in early 2014, al Qaeda announced it would be severing ties with its best-known affiliate, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which was embroiled in a guerrilla war in both of those nations. Al Qaeda, the corporate parent, issued a blunt statement about the divestiture of the Islamic State from all Middle Eastern terror operations. Representatives for al Qaeda’s Pakistan-based headquarters called the move a strategic and necessary business decision, similar to Google’s sale of Motorola.
“Difficult as it is to sever a business partnership, we believe this move will free our engineers and operations specialists to focus on our core model, which has been suffering since 2011,” said a senior al Qaeda press official at the time.
The problem for the United States, as McCain sees it, isn’t about ISIS brutally beheading journalists -- something Republicans take little issue with outside the spotlight -- but that the group now seeks to spill blood in the West as its leaders plan larger-scale conquests abroad to establish a self-styled, global caliphate.
McCain, more than any Democrat, understands that the only logical way to prevent ISIS attacks on American soil is to fund, train and equip U.S. domestic terror groups to respond to the threat. Representatives for the senator anticipate the introduction of a bill as early as Tuesday to request support for three proven U.S. terror organizations: the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), Symbionese Liberation Army and Aryan Nations.
“Unlike our past forays into state-sponsored terrorism, these groups represent a big step forward,” McCain said. “First and foremost, they’re American. They embrace American values and ideals. The KKK, for example, is a long-standing Christian organization committed to protecting traditional conservative values and First Amendment rights, with a staunch stance against communism. The Aryan Nations also upholds our religious values, along with the tenets of the Republican Party. They are devout followers of Christ and fight ferociously against all those who oppose Him, or had any involvement in His murder.”
Even better, McCain noted, the Aryan Nations has already earned the honor of being the country’s “first truly nationwide terrorist network” (Rand Corporation), with the FBI listing the group as a legitimate domestic “terrorist threat.”
“Given the tenure, accomplishments and shared cultural values of these organizations, we believe they are optimal and highly qualified terror networks to support us in the coming conflict against ISIS,” McCain explained.
Although the Symbionese Liberation Army doesn’t embrace the same ideologies as its colleagues, or demonstrate a similar level of uniformity and organization, the group offers decades of experience and regional coverage. And unlike ISIS, its treatment of journalists has proven more humane historically.
“The SLA doesn’t capture reporters and cut their heads off on YouTube,” McCain noted. “Instead, members just kidnap news publishers’ children and brainwash them. I think we can all live with enemies like that.”
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