A recording of Secretary of State John Kerry conversing with leaders of Syrian opposition groups was released by the New York Times in September, but went largely unnoticed.
However, new analysis of the audio has revealed some startling statements by Kerry – particularly one segment in which he admits the Obama administration was solely seeking regime change in Syria, and hoping ISIS would be the catalyst driving that change.
Repeating that – President Obama watched ISIS grow in the hopes of using them to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad.
“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 explained.
“(We) thought, however, we could probably manage that, Assad might then negotiate,” he added.
Take a listen to the audio (key portions at 2:00 and 18:30) …
As President Obama reflects on his legacy, a recording of Secretary of State John Kerry conversing with leaders of Syrian opposition groups is casting more light on his approach to ISIS, indicating his administration believed that allowing the Islamic State to grow would serve the White House’s objective of ousting Syrian President Bashar Assad.
The recording was leaked to the New York Times and reported Sept. 30, but the Conservative Tree House blog this week featured portions of Kerry’s statements that were virtually ignored at the time.
Regime change was Obama’s only objective in Syria, Kerry indicates, and the administration not only hoped ISIS would carry out the task, it gave arms to the jihadist army and its allies, confirming WND’s reporting.
Kerry admits the U.S. didn’t calculate that Assad would turn to Russia for help.
Pamela Gellar writes, “from day one, we were struck by Obama’s seeming lack of interest in ISIS, arguably the most vicious, devout and successful jihad army in the world.”
“Their savagery was breathtaking, even for jihadis,” she added. “Their success was unprecedented in this century.”
Yet Obama shrugged his shoulders continually admitting he had no plan to stop them. This audio perhaps reveals why he had no interest in this major terrorist threat to the United States, as well as the rest of the world.
Comment: Did Obama help aide the rise of ISIS either actively or passively through his foreign policy? Tell us what you think below.
Cross-posted at the Political Insider