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Vice President Biden's Slip of the Tongue on Turkey and the Islamic State

U.S. Airstrikes aren't working and neither is our N.A.T.O. 'ally'.
U.S. airstrikes aren’t working and neither is our N.A.T.O. ‘ally’.

I’ve written an extensive series of articles detailing the well documented reality that Turkey, Jordan and the Gulf States, with the assistance of the CIA and MI6, have, over the course of the last two years, created the menace now recognized as ISIS or the Islamic State.

What at first seemed at first, too counter intuitive on its face, is now, because of the flood of evidence that has accumulated, a narrative that has gained mainstream credibility. The exception to this are the elements of the corporate media that are determined to protect the Obama administration from the fallout of the truth – the truth being that the United States midwifed the Frankenstein monster of ISIS.

In light of this, Vice President Joe Biden’s speech at the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government on Friday of last week, is nothing short of incredible. Biden, in response to a question about Syria, said this:

“Our allies in the region were our biggest problem in Syria. The Turks are great friends and I have a great relationship with Erdogan. The Saudis, the Emiratis,etc. But what were they doing? They were so determined to take down [Syrian President Bashar al-]Assad and essentially have a proxy Sunni-Shia war that they poured hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad. Except the people being supplied were Al-Nusra and Al-Qaeda and extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world. We couldn’t convince our colleagues to stop supplying them.”

This constitutes a partial admission, stopping short of actually acknowledging the role played by General Petraeus and the CIA in coordinating the training and logistics of ISIS militants. That of course, is a facet of this treacherous activity that the administration must remain in denial regarding. When too much information about this operation began surfacing in top line media reports, the Obama White House began feeding the major news outlets a diversionary narrative. It was that Obama wanted to support ‘moderate’ elements of the Syrian opposition and requested $500 million in funds for this purpose.

The desired impression, was that it (the Obama administration) had never actually done so previously, against the indications of military intelligence, counter terrorism experts and knowledgeable news correspondents in the region.  If the American people caught wind of what their government was up to in Syria and Iraq, training and mobilizing the core elements of the jihadi juggernaut of ISIS – the ensuing scandal might eclipse every scandal that has preceded it. Worse, it would reveal that U.S. foreign policy is arguably the greatest existential threat to American national security.

The warfare state is jittery that it’s machinations of another drawn out intervention in sectarian conflict (that it has purposely agitated), will become public knowledge.

An alternate storyline needed to be concocted and disseminated. The storyline was of course that Obama had been idle and irresolute regarding the sequence of events that lead up to what now exists in Syria and Iraq – beheadings, genocide, human trafficking, sexual assaults and a host of other atrocities. To characterize it another way, “if we had only supplied moderates in Syria, we wouldn’t be facing the calamities now”.  Two problems.  Number one, there were no ‘moderates’, only varying gradations of militant jihadists. Number two, despite McCain feigning ignorance, he knows quite well that we already equipped Islamists in Syria.

But this is what you are now hearing from Hillary Clinton, Leon Panetta, [mc_name name=’Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000303′ ], [mc_name name=’Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’G000359′ ] and assorted other neo-cons in both the Democrat and Republican parties.  Biden simply forgot for a moment that he was under a gag order. But then, stopping Biden from saying something incriminating is just as difficult as preventing him from saying something stupid. Herding cats is easier. Getting a mermaid to do the splits is more plausible. Biden continued with this:

“It took a while for Turkey, a Sunni nation, to figure out that ISIL was a direct and immediate threat to their well-being,” Biden also claimed that Erdogan had confessed his own mistakes directly to the Vice President. “He said, ‘You were right. We let too many people through.’ Now they’re trying to seal their border.”

The Vice President regained his senses in time to not disclose his government’s  assertive  role in pouring “hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of tons of weapons” into Al Qaeda, Al Nusra and other jihadist elements in Syria. Even so, Turkish President Recep Tayyik Erdogan angrily responded shortly after, stating:

“No one can accuse Turkey of having supported any terrorist organisation in Syria, including IS. If Biden told these words, then he will be history to me. I never uttered such remarks. Nobody can prove it. Foreign fighters never crossed from Turkey to Syria. There were people coming to Turkey as tourists and went to Syria, but nobody can suggest that they were armed while crossing the border.

I view [Biden’s statement] with regret. I never admitted any mistake, nor did we tell them that they ‘were right’ during my visit to the US. If Mr. Biden uttered these remarks at Harvard, he should apologize. I’m saying this clearly. And we won’t accept slender, indirect explanations.”

Biden was of course, obligated to disown his remarks, but you can’t pour the content of his statements back into a bottle. They revealed a part of the picture accurately, if not the entire picture. Turkey has used the Islamic State militants as proxies on two fronts; against the Assad government and against the Syrian Kurds.

The Turks and the Gulf states each have agendas, which not only involve deposing Assad, but establishing deeper zones of political influence within Iraq. Turkey will actively and passively aid the Islamic State, so long as it furthers its purpose in destabilizing the Kurdish independence movement. The Turks have no interest or intention in deploying troops against the Islamic State.  Reuters reports:

Explosions rocked Kobani throughout the day, with black smoke visible from the Turkish border a few km (miles) away. The town’s defenders say the United States is giving only token support with its air strikes, while Turkish tanks sent to the frontier look on but do nothing to defend the town, where the United Nations says only a few hundred remain. Over 180,000 people from the city and surrounding area have fled into Turkey.

Turkey’s foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, left no doubt of Turkish intentions to allow the Islamic State to consume more territory.  “It is not realistic to expect Turkey to conduct a ground operation on its own. We are holding talks. Once there is a common decision, Turkey will not hold back from playing its part.”

Expect to see U.S. ground forces in Syria and Iraq, before year’s end – quite possibly following next month’s elections.