Ron Paul Asks: “Why Are We Siding With al-Qaeda?”

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Written by Ron Paul; Originally appeared at The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

Last week, I urged the Secretary of State and National Security Advisor to stop protecting al-Qaeda in Syria by demanding that the Syrian government leave Idlib under al-Qaeda control. While it may seem hard to believe that the US government is helping al-Qaeda in Syria, it’s not as strange as it may seem: our interventionist foreign policy increasingly requires Washington to partner up with “bad guys” in pursuit of its dangerous and aggressive foreign policy goals.

Ron Paul Asks: "Why Are We Siding With al-Qaeda?"

Jabhat al-Nusra members. FILE IMAGE: ASSOCIATED PRESS

Does the Trump Administration actually support al-Qaeda and ISIS? Of course not. But the “experts” who run Trump’s foreign policy have determined that a de facto alliance with these two extremist groups is for the time being necessary to facilitate the more long-term goals in the Middle East. And what are those goals? Regime change for Iran.

Let’s have a look at the areas where the US is turning a blind eye to al-Qaeda and ISIS.

First, Idlib. As I mentioned last week, President Trump’s own Special Envoy to fight ISIS said just last year that “Idlib Province is the largest Al Qaeda safe haven since 9/11.” So why do so many US officials – including President Trump himself – keep warning the Syrian government not to re-take its own territory from al-Qaeda control? Wouldn’t they be doing us a favor by ridding the area of al-Qaeda? Well, if Idlib is re-taken by Assad, it all but ends the neocon (and Saudi and Israeli) dream of “regime change” for Syria and a black eye to Syria’s ally, Iran.

Second, one of the last groups of ISIS fighters in Syria are around the Al-Tanf US military base which has operated illegally in northeastern Syria for the past two years. Last week, according to press reports, the Russians warned the US military in the region that it was about to launch an assault on ISIS fighters around the US base. The US responded by sending in 100 more US Marines and conducting a live-fire exercise as a warning. President Trump recently reversed himself (again) and announced that the US would remain at Al-Tanf “indefinitely.” Why? It is considered a strategic point from which to attack Iran. The US means to stay there even if it means turning a blind eye to ISIS in the neighborhood.

Finally, in Yemen, the US/Saudi coalition fighting the Houthis has been found by AP and other mainstream media outlets to be directly benefiting al-Qaeda. Why help al-Qaeda in Yemen? Because the real US goal is regime change in Iran, and Yemen is considered one of the fronts in the battle against Iranian influence in the Middle East. So we are aiding al-Qaeda, which did attack us, because we want to “regime change” Iran, which hasn’t attacked us. How does that make sense?

We all remember the old saying, attributed to Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanack, that “if you lie down with dogs, you wake up with fleas.” The “experts” would like us to think they are pursuing a brilliant foreign policy that will provide a great victory for America at the end of the day. But as usual, the “experts” have got it wrong. It’s really not that complicated: when “winning” means you’re allied with al-Qaeda and ISIS, you’re doing something wrong. Let’s start doing foreign policy right: let’s leave the rest of the world alone!

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  • Trustin Judeau

    It is good that some Americans are asking this question.MSM wont tell you that Idlib have big AQ presence plus that a lot of other groups are jihadists.Instead they refer to them as “moderate” rebels.

    • You can call me Al

      Listen, there is hope yet. All hell has broken loose in

      The NL due to this ” https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2018/09/dutch-funded-jihadist-group-in-syria-terror-trial-may-now-falter/

      Now even the brain dead gimps are suffering ! the awakening. This is a quick translation, but the wife has double page spreads and I can assure it will ALL come out.

      Now, if this sort of stuff spreads through the EU, it will be a joy to watch.

      • AM Hants

        Seen it leaking out, over the last few days. Thanks to two brave newspapers. Guess they realise it is all about to explode, so they wish to be on the side of the public, first, rather than caught with the ‘irrelevant’.

        So hope it spreads to the other nations who sponsor the ‘White Helmets’.

        Do you remember, when the media were forced to turn on Blair, owing to his lies in Parliament? When he sent us into an illegal war, fully supported by the media. Funny, they are still trying to run the same script, just 2 years after the ‘Chilcot Report’ was published. Just watch how fast the media will switch sides, once they know not only have they been caught out, but, no amount of spin will fix the scenario.

        Nice to hear ‘double page spreads’ are the focus. Not some 100 word article, hidden within the back pages.

        • You can call me Al

          I totally agree. Strange times.

  • Brian Michael Bo Pedersen

    As former Iranian President Ahmadinejad said: “Syria will be the downfall of US imperalisme and world dominance”

    http://www.euronews.com/2017/04/19/syria-s-war-will-lead-to-the-collapse-of-us-global-dominance-euronews-exclusive

  • JustPassingThrough

    this guy is as effective as a condom with a hole in it.

    • John Whitehot

      you mean, the reason why you are able to”pass through” and write an entire phrase of bs.

      • JustPassingThrough

        dear john whitehot-not: please read the instructions on the box if you are confused. as for r.p. your concern is touching but naive.

        • John Whitehot

          don’t call me naive.. ugh goddamn i can’t stand it…

  • RichardD

    Ron Paul is a liar who is obviously is involved in a blame shifting exercise to cover up criminality by the US government’s complicity in 911 and many other crimes:

    “The September 11 attacks (also referred to as 9/11)[a] were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda[2][3][4] against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The attacks killed 2,996 people, injured over 6,000 others, and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage.”

    – September 11 attacks –

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11_attacks

  • greatndit

    Trump administration dont support al qaeda and isis .

    But the “experts” who run Trump’s foreign policy have determined that a de facto alliance with these two extremist groups is for the time being necessary to facilitate the more long-term goals in the Middle East. And what are those goals? Regime change for Iran.

    so WHO are these “EXPERTS” ?

    • Hisham Saber

      Traitors, that’s who. Dual U.S.-Israeli citizens that have subverted and taken effective control of the U.S. Government. Khazarian Jews, who adhere to the Talmud, which preaches to them world dominance at all costs. Here’s what a famous Roman statesman said of these nefarious Jews when they attempted to subvert Rome, when they were emancipated by the moron Caesar. That’s why his own Senate killed him.

      — “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through…all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.
      For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.” —

      Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • AM Hants

    How To Explain The Cause Of The Syrian War In 2 Minutes… https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-09-10/how-explain-causes-syrian-war-2-minutes

  • Carol Davidek-Waller

    Amen Senator.

  • Trump doesn’t have to support Qaida and ISIS. Evil Walrus and Nuke ’em Nikki do it for him!

  • Enkidu

    “How does that make sense?”

    He should’ve named (((them))) right there.