Back in September 2016, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting, there was a much smaller meeting that took quietly place between Secretary of State John Kerry and a collection of Syrian civilians and other foreign diplomats to discuss the American involvement, or more accurately the lack thereof in the view of the Syrians, in the brutal Syrian civil war.
Leaked audio of the meeting was published by The New York Times, but, unsurprisingly, the story was not promoted or picked up by any other mainstream media outlets, likely due to the embarrassingly revealing statements made by Kerry in what was thought to be a private conversation.
According to WND, Kerry made it crystal clear that the Obama administration’s number one priority above all else was the removal from power of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, even though he posed no direct threat to America and even as dangerous and openly anti-American radical Islamic extremists rose to fill the ranks of the opposition to Assad.
In fact, Kerry even seemed to indicate that the Obama administration had been willing to sit back and watch the explosive and bloody growth of the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, even covertly arming and assisting them, if it ultimately led to the downfall of the Assad regime.
However, the entrance of Russia into the mix on Assad’s behalf changed the whole game.
“And we know that this was growing, we were watching, we saw that Daesh (ISIS) was growing in strength, and we thought Assad was threatened,” Kerry stated. “(We) thought, however, we could probably manage that Assad might then negotiate, but instead of negotiating he got Putin to support him.”
You can listen to Kerry’s remarks here as part of the near-40-minute meeting. The above quote comes shortly after the 26:00 mark.
It is no wonder the mainstream media all but ignored this leaked audio of Kerry essentially admitting what some may consider treasonous activity by the Obama administration, or, at the very least, badly misguided and naive foreign policy priorities.
Despite claims of there having been a force of “moderate” Syrian rebels that could be utilized to help depose Assad, the opposition to the regime was largely filled with Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusra Front fighters and Al Qaeda’s successor/rival Islamic State group, among other radicalized factions.
These forces were allowed to put down roots and grow, watered and fertilized with weapons and supplies, and permitted to seize and expand their territory, bringing death, destruction and misery not just to Syria but also to Iraq and other surrounding nations, even to include Europe as the Syrian civil war spurred the massive migrant crisis we have seen in the past few years.
For some seriously in-depth analysis of Kerry’s comments and how they related to a number of questionable actions made by the Obama administration and others over the past five years, take a trip down the rabbit hole with the Conservative Treehouse, but make sure you are sitting down first.
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