Ben Rhodes, while promoting his new book, said the situation led to a schizophrenic U.S. policy in Syria.
In a recent interview with The Intercept, former Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes finally admitted the Obama administration armed jihadists that became the foundation of ISIS in Syria.
The interview, which ranged from the Iran nuclear deal to the use of torture by the CIA, was mostly aimed at blasting President Donald Trump and those who work for his administration. At one point the host, former al-Jazeera reporter Mehdi Hasan, broached the subject of CIA intervention in the Syrian Civil War:
“Did you intervene too much in Syria? Because the CIA spent hundreds of millions of dollars funding and arming anti-Assad rebels, a lot of those arms, as you know, ended up in the hands of jihadist groups, some even in the hands of ISIS. Your critics would say you exacerbated that proxy war in Syria; you prolonged the conflict in Syria; you ended up bolstering jihadists.”
“I also describe, there was a slight absurdity in the fact that we were debating options to provide military support to the opposition at the same time that we were deciding to designate al-Nusra, a big chunk of that opposition, as a terrorist organization. So there was kind of a schizophrenia that’s inherent in a lot of U.S. foreign policy that came to a head in Syria.”
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