If We’re At War With ISIS, Why Are We Supplying Their Weapons? (VIDEO)

Over and over again, our nation’s leaders assure us that we’re going after those evil, marauding beheaders from ISIS. And when we get them, we’re going to kick their cartoonist/woman/gay/Christian-hating Jihadi butts.

But if we’re really at war with ISIS, why are we supplying them with weapons? Yes, you heard that right. CNBC reports we’ve accidentally furnished the Islamic State with at least $219.7 million in weapons, vehicles and other military supplies and gear — and that’s just the stuff we know about.

Based on various reports, CNBC came up with the following laundry list of supplies we’ve furnished to Islamic State so far:

  • 2,300 Humvee armored vehicles at $70,000 each: $16 million
  • 40 M1A1 Abram tanks at $4.3 million each: $172 million
  • 52 M198 Howitzer mobile gun systems at $527,337 each: $2.7 million
  • 74,000 Army machine guns at $4,000 each: $29 million

TOTAL: $219.7 million in military weapons, vehicles, and other supplies and gear for ISIS.

How does the Islamic State get hold of all these U.S. weapons? We deliver them, either directly or through the tattered remnants of Iraq’s military. Jeremy Salt, a political analyst in Ankara, Turkey, gives RT.Com quite the scathing earful:

“Do you think islamic State’s advance would have been so successful without access to this U.S. military hardware by mistake, by default? Let me just briefly revise the history of American blunder over the past couple of years with regard to weapons ending up in the hands of Islamic State.”

Salt then reminded us of our nation’s major blunders for handing weapons over to ISIS for the past couple of years.

  • Accidental airdropping of weapons and supplies intended for the Syrian Kurds into Islamic State territory.
  • This didn’t just happen once, it happened several times.
  • Weapons and supplies seized by ISIS during the falls of Mosul (Iraq), Ramadi (Iraq), AND Palmyra (Syria).

Salt doesn’t even bother explaining how the George W. Bush administration created ISIS by invading Iraq on false pretenses and chasing off all those heavily armed and well-trained Baathist soldiers. But he does ask how it’s even possible that U.S. intelligence and the military — both of which are among the most sophisticated in the world — could have possibly not seen what was coming. And what Salt said about ISIS’s routing of Palmyra also applies to Mosul and Ramadi.

“Are we seriously to believe the United States couldn’t see them coming? Didn’t see those pick up trucks racing across the Syrian Desert? When they create massive plumes of dust, for one thing? Then they get to Palmyra, and they take over the city.”

Salt has a point. How could we possibly miss miles of vehicles chock-full of masked ISIS militants waving guns and black flags while churning up choking clouds of desert dust visible from miles around. In fact, he thinks we’ve ignored them on purpose.

Salt even wonders if these so-called “blunders” are not blunders at all, but manifestations of our actual political strategy for the Middle East.

“I don’t think they’re blunders. That’s the whole point. They’re not blunders. This is strategy here. I think the long-term strategy — and Israel’s partnered in this — is to break up the central lands of the Middle East into ethno-religious mini-states to suit Israel’s purposes and suit America’s purposes.”

This theory sounds crazy, and probably is, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility. When it comes to U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, it seems that yesterday’s terrorists and today’s freedom fighters, and vice versa.

As for President Barack Obama, he’s made some smart moves. But how can he slam the brakes on a runaway crazy train that’s been lurching headlong for decades? After all, Reagan’s the one who armed and trained Al Qaeda back when they fought the former USSR as the Mujahideen resistance fighters. And we helped Saddam Hussein take power in Iraq in 1963, and Hussein was on the CIA’s payroll since at least 1959. Oh, and guess who backed the Syrian rebels?

ISIS seizes more U.S. weapons.


Featured image: Video screen grab/RT.Com.