Joe Lieberman & Al-Qaeda, United on Syria (and other wars of ‘Muslim liberation’)
In a post entitled “Washington & Al-Qaeda, United on Syria,” Antiwar.com’s John Glaser observes that “influential members of Congress” and al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri are both advocating the arming of the Syrian opposition. Continues Glaser:
Oddly enough, this is not the first time in recent memory that the leadership in the U.S. has explicitly advocated merging U.S. policy with al-Qaeda’s goals. From early on in the NATO mission to aid the Libyan rebels and oust Muammar Gadhafi, it was known that many of those so-called “freedom fighters” had ties to al-Qaeda. In fact, U.S. intelligence found that al-Qaeda fighters had swarmed to Libya and tried to “drum up extremist activities.” After Gadhafi was killed, an al-Qaeda flag was raised in the center the rebel stronghold of Benghazi. Following that, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) publicly called themselves the “main beneficiaries” of the instability caused by the NATO war, noting specifically their receipt of weapons.
Aside from all of the terror and abuse the newly empowered National Transitional Council has brought the people of Libya in the form of murder, theft, torture and thuggery, they and their varied militias have also been imposing a harsh brand of militant Islam on Libyans, as opposed to the democratic paradise Obama predicted.
I’m not suggesting a conspiracy theory, just plain stupidity. As I’ve explored elsewhere, while I’m no stranger to Imperial Grand Strategy, I think the system operates in a way such that backward policies are carried out even when many elites recognize they’re against the “national interest.” The real question is how nobody is calling them out on it. Joe Lieberman has just recently called the Syrian rebels “brave freedom fighters” almost synchronous with Ayman al-Zawahiri. How is this not headline news?
Of course, Libya (2011) was not the first time that Lieberman et al. were united with al-Qaeda on foreign policy goals. Bosnia (1992-95) and Kosovo (1997-98) are two of the more obvious instances of this alliance on the wars of “Muslim liberation” that William Kristol and Paul Wolfowitz celebrated last year in The Weekly Standard. One doesn’t have to be a “conspiracy theorist” either to realize that almost everything al-Qaeda says or does seems to coincide with Israeli interests. Remember those “dancing Israelis” and Netanyahu’s admission that 9/11 was “very good.”