Republican nominee Donald Trump has started yet another public relations firestorm – this time by blaming President Barack Obama for the creation of Daesh (ISIS/ISIL). In a recent interview, Trump called him the “founder” of Daesh, and named Hillary Clinton as a “co-founder” of the genocidal terrorist group. When his interviewer attempted to cover for him, saying that he meant that the President created the vaccumn which allowed for the the rise of Daesh, Trump quickly set him straight: “No, I meant he’s the founder of ISIS. I do. He was the most valuable player. I give him the most valuable player award. I give her, too, by the way, Hillary Clinton.”
Unfortunately for Trump, his record shows that he once said the exact opposite. In a 2007 CNN interview, Trump said “The war is a total disaster…there’s only one person who you can blame, and that’s our current President [George W. Bush]. Obviously Rumsfeld was a disaster, and other people that are giving him advice are a disaster.” Trump’s record on the Iraq War is about as fluid as you can get – in 2002, he was for the war; in 2007 he was against it. In 2008 he was for withdrawing our troops, and in 2016 he was against it. It’s just more evidence that Donald Trump has no concrete convictions or beliefs; that he will simply say whatever pops into his head, and everything that came before it no longer exists.
Blaming President Obama for “founding” Daesh is tantamount to treason. The 2003 invasion of Iraq ultimately led to the rise of Daesh and the perpetual instability in the Middle East. President Obama has done everything in his power – excluding a costly full-on ground invasion – to defeat Daesh. The relentless bombing campaign – which costs the American taxpayer some $11.9 million a day, for a total of $8.4 billion as of May 31st, 2016 – has destroyed 29,000 strategic targets and killed over 20,000 Daeshi fighters, along with an uncomfortably vague number of civilians.
For what it’s worth, Daesh has been losing territory rapidly; just today, the US-backed Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG/YPS) liberated the major city of Manbij from Daeshi hands after 73 days of grueling house-to-house struggle. During the final hours of the battle, Daeshi fighters gathered many of the few remaining civilians together and detonated suicide vests among the crowd, killing tens. The battle proves that the struggle against Daesh is far from over – and that they will stop at nothing to kill as many as they can – but you can’t deny that President Obama is not doing his best to halt the tide of terror.
— Conflict News (@Conflicts) August 12, 2016
— Hala Jaber (@HalaJaber) August 12, 2016
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.