Just a few short weeks ago, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was widely mocked for repeatedly stating that President Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had “founded” the Islamic State group, with the clear implication being that their foreign policy blunders created the environment for the radical Islamic jihadist army to flourish.
It now appears as if there is some documentation supporting that thesis coming from, of all places, the Democrat Party itself.
According to Breitbart, following the recent hacking and subsequent publication of emails and other internal documents contained on the private computer of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi by “Guccifer 2.0,” a 2014 memo has emerged linking the rise of the Islamic State group to the Obama administration’s hasty pullout of U.S. troops from Iraq.
The memo, written by Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee Policy Director Mike Ryan in October 2014, provided a background sheet on the Islamic State group for Democrat candidates and their staffs to be used for informational purposes.
The memo first attempted to lay blame for the rise of the jihadist army at the feet of the Bush administration, claiming the 2003 invasion of Iraq created an insurgency that allowed for the establishment of Al Qaeda in Iraq, the forerunner to the Islamic State group.
It also placed some blame on the administration of former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who ruled in a discriminatory manner toward the Sunnis who made up the core base of the insurgency, contributing further to the growth of the terrorist group.
That problem, the memo noted, was compounded by the pullout of U.S. troops before the Iraqi security forces were fully prepared to take on the insurgency on their own.
The document proceeded to note how rich the Islamic State group was through its control of vital oil fields and how well-equipped it was, having captured plenty of U.S.-made weapons, vehicles and advanced technology from overrun Iraqi troops.
It didn’t mention the weapons and equipment either captured by or handed over to the terror army from the“moderate” Syrian rebel groups armed by the Obama administration.
This internal Democrat document seemed quite contradictory to the public stance of the administration at the time, when it is considered that it was written and published mere months after Obama infamously derided the Islamic State group as little more than a “JV team” that posed no major threat.
It also seemed remarkably in line with what Trump recently told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt by way ofexplanation of his comments about Obama being a “founder” of the jihadist group: “He was the founder. His, the way he got out of Iraq was, that that was the founding of ISIS, OK?”
So there you have it folks — even the Democrats as much as admitted privately back in 2014 that Obama’s hasty withdrawal from Iraq created the vacuum exploited by the Islamic State group to grab land and power and launching its horrific genocide.