The country I live in today uses the same civic, patriotic, and historical language to describe itself, the same symbols and iconography, the same national myths, but only the shell remains. The America we celebrate is an illusion. America, the country of my birth, the country that formed and shaped me, the country of my father, my father’s father, and his father’s father, stretching back to the generations of my family that were here for the country’s founding, is so diminished as to be unrecognizable. I do not know if this America will return, even as I pray and work and strive for its return.
Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (Chris Hedges)
As the Arab Spring took off in mid-January 2011, spreading from Tunisia to Egypt and finally a month later to Libya, the United States quickly discarded longtime allies to embrace forces aligned with the Muslim Brotherhood. In Tunisia, we dropped the pro-Western Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in favor of exiled Muslim Brotherhood leader Rachid Ghannouchi. In Egypt, we ditched long-term U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak, who had kept the peace with Israel for thirty years, in favor of a volatile coalition of Islamist organizations ultimately dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood. In Libya, the United States joined with Muslim jihadis, many of whom had close ties to al Qaeda, to overthrow a Qaddafi who had voluntarily ended his WMD programs and cut off his support to international terrorist groups, in hopes of becoming a friend of the West. Some of the jihadis we supported in Libya had been captured fighting against us on the battlefields of Afghanistan or Pakistan and sent to Guantánamo Bay. To nurture the struggle against Qaddafi, the CIA set up shop in Benghazi in early 2011 to arm and train the rebels, both directly and through proxies. Once Qaddafi was overthrown in September 2011, this covert operation shifted gears to aid similar groups in Syria, the newest front in the Muslim Brotherhood war on secular Mideast regimes.
Dark Forces: The Truth About What Happened in Benghazi (Kenneth R. Timmerman)
“President” George W. Bush even gave the Taliban a gift of $43 million in May of 2001 (less than 4 months before September 11th). The world has America to thank for giving these fanatical Muslim extremists money, power, equipment, and sensitive weapons technology.
Land of Hypocrisy (Kennie Anderson)