A remarkable event in America’s history occurred just a few months past. The President of the United States came about, to use a nautical term, and suddenly deployed U.S. military support to the Libyan contingent of al Qaida’s jihadis. They were Muslims who were in the act of overthrowing strongman Moammar Ghadaffi. They burned, tortured and pillaged their way across the country.
For my readers who might be too young to remember the events of September, 2001, al Qaida, to that point, was “the enemy” of the United States. Al Qaida was some mysterious terrorist organization which was somehow responsible for killing nearly 3,000 Americans by crashing hijacked airliners into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon.
Remember all that?
To oversimplify a long, complex story, with Mr. Obama’s and Ms. Clinton’s bizarre military reversal and support for the “liberation” of Libya from Mr. Ghadaffi (who was eventually sodomized and murdered by his al Qaida captors) the former arch-enemy al Qaida morphed, or became conjoined with, a brand new “enemy” – the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Mr. Obama likes to call the new villains ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (since the area known as Levant includes Israel). Oh, yes, Mr. O once referred to ISIS as the JV Team.
What is so astonishing in this entire bizarre tale is that no one in the press corps seemed to notice that the United States had literally changed sides in the war. It was so Orwellian that Orwell himself might have suffered vertigo during the shift of the tide.
Imagine, if you can, what the American press corps and people would have done if FDR had similarly changed course in mid-1942. Would anyone have noticed that the enemy had become the ally and the ally had suddenly become the enemy. Would anyone have noticed following the attack on Pearl Harbor and the string of Japan’s victories in the Far East that FDR had begun to send military weapons, men, and materiel to Hitler’s Germany and Hirohito’s Japan – to assist in their conquests of Europe and Asia?
It’s just a question. We’re living in very strange, dangerous times.