Obama’s Freudian Slip, 'We’re Speeding Up Training of ISIL Forces,' Turns Out to Be Exactly True
Barack Obama, lauded for his allegedly spellbinding eloquence, sure makes a lot of verbal miscues: “57 states,” “my Muslim faith,” etc. If he were a conservative Republican, he would have long since been banished to the Dan Quayle Rest Home for Tongue-Tied Politicians.
Now he adds yet another to his Biden-worthy list: in his Pentagon address on the Islamic State (ISIS, or ISIL, as the president insists on calling the group) Obama boasted:
With the additional steps I ordered last month, we’re speeding up training of ISIL forces.
In a clumsy attempt to repair Obama’s slip, the transcript at White House.gov added the word “Iraqi” in brackets after “ISIL,” rendering the statement incoherent. And that was that, except for the lingering impression that Obama’s words had left. This particular presidential slip, judging by his policies, was more Freudian than most.
Because Obama was correct: his policies have resulted in the strengthening of ISIL forces by supplying them with much-needed weaponry.
We have given weapons to groups that the Pentagon has designated as “moderate,” groups such as the Free Syrian Army -- which has collaborated with the Islamic State. The Obama administration’s avid yet fruitless search for “moderates” to fight the Islamic State resulted in the U.S. training and arming a great many jihadis now fighting for ISIS.
Last September, Obama said:
We have a Free Syrian Army and a moderate opposition that we have steadily been working with that we have vetted.
The New York Times explained that fighting the Islamic State was the particular goal Obama envisioned for these “moderates”:
Mr. Obama said he envisioned the Free Syrian Army’s providing the ground presence needed to confront ISIS in Syria.
Yet even at that time, the FSA was neither moderate nor a foe of the Islamic State.
Bassel Idriss, a Free Syrian Army commander, said in early September:
We are collaborating with the Islamic State and the Nusra Front by attacking the Syrian Army’s gatherings in … Qalamoun.
Perhaps aware his group is supposed to be full of “vetted moderates” who are ready to fight the Islamic State, not work with it, he added:
We have reached a point where we have to collaborate with anyone against unfairness and injustice.
This included the Islamic State, the primary enemy they were supposed to be fighting.
The evidence that our “vetted moderates” were actually aligned with the group the U.S. vetted them to oppose dates back even further. Jordan Schachtel reported at Breitbart in July 2014:
[S]everal factions within the Syrian opposition force known as the Free Syrian Army (FSA) have pledged services to the Islamic State, the group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). Sources and eyewitnesses said that the FSA has handed over its weapons to the Islamic State in large numbers.
Where did the Free Syrian Army get those weapons it turned over -- in large numbers -- to the Islamic State? From the United States, of course.