On December 17, 2010 a policewoman slapped vegetable seller Mohamed Bouazzi in a small Tunisian town. He was so offended that he lit himself on fire in protest. His self-immolation ignited a firestorm that spread throughout the Middle East and North Africa, known as the Arab Spring.
What followed was the overthrow of Zine Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia, Muammar Qaddafi in Libya, Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen.
In August 2011, Obama declared that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should “step aside,” so that “democratic” and “moderate” rebels could affect political change in Syria. However, there were no such rebels in Syria—nor would there be.
The CIA had already cobbled together the Sunni-backed Free Syrian Army and the Syrian National Council, comprised of brutal, radical, anti-democratic, Islamist mercenaries from Turkey. The overthrow of Assad was financed by Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the U.K., and the U.S.
By January 2012, the CIA was shipping arms and providing “communications assistance” to these two groups. By March 2012, President Obama refused to launch air strikes in Syria despite his claim to draw a “red line” if Assad was using chemical weapons and WMDs. Instead, Obama sent $1.5 billion to the Muslim Brotherhood—going around Congress—after Congress had halted financial aid to Egypt.
But by September 2012, just weeks before the U.S. national election, U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed by Islamists in Benghazi, Libya. The death of the “Benghazi 4” was an unintended consequence of a CIA-led weapons smuggling operation with al Qaeda—unauthorized by Congress—which the Obama Administration aggressively sought to cover up.
Obama devised a loophole in a 1970 law to go around Congress—again—to fund the transport of weapons from former Libyan president Muammar Qaddafi’s arsenal to Syria. The money and ammunition were for the Muslim Brotherhood to use against the deposed, yet still resistant, former Syrian president Basher al-Assad.
What resulted was increased sectarian violence in Syria that spilled into northern Iraq. IS began annihilating Christians and beheading Americans, which caused enough public outcry to cause Obama to fight against the very groups he had helped create.
Despite the colossal failure of a combined $6 trillion that America already spent on regime changes in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Syria— in July 2014, President Obama asked Congress to authorize $500 million to increase support for “moderate” and “appropriately vetted” rebels—within the context of a $1.5 billion “regional stability initiative.”
Yet, no such regional stability exists. Since the beginning of the Arab Spring, hundreds of thousands of people are dead. Nearly three million Syrian refugees are still in exile. More than six million people are displaced throughout the Middle East and North Africa. According to HSBC estimates, the financial cost to these regional economies has been a loss of more than $800 billion.
In response to Obama’s request, Congress voted in September 2014 to fund these “junior league” rebels, including IS, against whom the U.S. and U.K. are now bombing.
The United States and its “allies” are supposedly in the middle of wiping out the Islamic State with airstrikes. However, as of yet they do not seem to be having much effect. According to the International Business Times, ISIS militants overran a military base near Baghdad and slaughtered 300 soldiers that were stationed there. Their information comes from this report on CNN: