The Obama administration’s invoking of the ultra-secretive most bad-assed Islamist terrorist group of them all – the mysterious Khorasan – has always smelled funny. That this group – which was hyped to be even worse than ISIS or ISIL or IS or whatever the Hell it is being called on any given day – just appeared out of thin air was very convenient. With the most intrusive and expensive surveillance machine in human history it is absurd to believe that such a group would not be on the U.S. radar yet it is discovered just in time to justify Obama’s war in Syria. It has seemed like a hoax from the get go.
With the Democrats desperate to hold onto control of the Senate and Obama desperate to prevent being impeached there is nothing that sells like fear in an election year. Liberals squealed until their throats were raw over the Bush administration’s politicizing of terrorism yet they are silent now that their boy is engaging in even worse tactics – at least Bush never invented a fake terror group.
Being that Republicans are perceived by voters as tougher on terrorism what better way to deflect Democrat critics than Obama yanking a phantom menace out of his ass and then attacking it for domestic political gain. It has been highly suspect from the day that the media campaign to promote it was launched but as more digging has been done it is now apparent that the entire thing is a massive Obama scam. Just one more of his trademark con jobs to dupe the American people of which there are many. The locals on the ground in Syria question the very existence of Korasan, according to a story in The Washington Post entitled “The strange story behind the ‘Khorasan’ group’s name” . It has all the hallmarks of a U.S. government orchestrated propaganda campaign, there should be laws against stuff like this.
Now, the online magazine The Intercept has a brilliant deconstruction of Obama’s selling of the new bogeyman which is a must read. The piece, written by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald is entitled “The Khorasan Group: Anatomy of a Fake Terror Threat to Justify Bombing Syria”. I excerpt the following form the piece:
As the Obama administration prepared to bomb Syria without Congressional or U.N. authorization, it faced two problems. The first was the difficulty of sustaining public support for a new years-long war against ISIS, a group that clearly posed no imminent threat to the “homeland.” A second was the lack of legal justification for launching a new bombing campaign with no viable claim of self-defense or U.N. approval.
The solution to both problems was found in the wholesale concoction of a brand new terror threat that was branded “The Khorasan Group.” After spending weeks depicting ISIS as an unprecedented threat – too radical even for Al Qaeda! – administration officials suddenly began spoon-feeding their favorite media organizations and national security journalists tales of a secret group that was even scarier and more threatening than ISIS, one that posed a direct and immediate threat to the American Homeland. Seemingly out of nowhere, a new terror group was created in media lore.
This Khorasan-attacking-Americans alarm spread quickly and explosively in the landscape of U.S. national security reporting. The Daily Beast‘s Eli Lake warned on September 23 – the day after the first U.S. bombs fell in Syria – that “American analysts had pieced together detailed information on a pending attack from an outfit that informally called itself ‘the Khorasan Group’ to use hard-to-detect explosives on American and European airliners.” He added even more ominously: “The planning from the Khorasan Group … suggests at least an aspiration to launch more-coordinated and larger attacks on the West in the style of the 9/11 attacks from 2001″ (days later, Lake, along with Josh Rogin, actually claimed that “Iran has long been harboring senior al Qaeda, al Nusra, and so-called Khorasan Group leaders as part of its complicated strategy to influence the region”).
So after spending weeks promoting ISIS as Worse Than Al Qaeda™, they unveiled a new, never-before-heard-of group that was Worse Than ISIS™. Overnight, as the first bombs on Syria fell, the endlessly helpful U.S. media mindlessly circulated the script they were given: this new group was composed of “hardened terrorists,” posed an “imminent” threat to the U.S. homeland, was in the “final stages” of plots to take down U.S. civilian aircraft, and could “launch more-coordinated and larger attacks on the West in the style of the 9/11 attacks from 2001.””
As usual, anonymity was granted to U.S. officials to make these claims. As usual, there was almost no evidence for any of this. Nonetheless, American media outlets – eager, as always, to justify American wars – spewed all of this with very little skepticism. Worse, they did it by pretending that the U.S. Government was trying not to talk about all of this – too secret! – but they, as intrepid, digging journalists, managed to unearth it from their courageous “sources.” Once the damage was done, the evidence quickly emerged about what a sham this all was. But, as always with these government/media propaganda campaigns, the truth emerged only when it’s impotent.
It is a long piece with many links and it is impossible to do it justice here so go andcheck it out. It is a perfect analysis of how administration lies are promulgated by the corrupt mainstream media and it’s ass-kissing pundits. I do want to note that a story published right here on Downtrend earlier this week posed the question “Did Obama Make Up Khorasan Group To Score Political Points?”. It is now increasingly obvious that the answer to that question is yes.
And don’t forget that King Obama summoned a number of high-profile media figures to the White House before his big speech on the bombings in Iraq and Syria. The guest list according to a story at the left-leaning Huffington Post identified the presstitutes as:
“New York Times columnists David Brooks, Tom Friedman and Frank Bruni and editorial writer Carol Giacomo; The Washington Post’s David Ignatius, Eugene Robinson and Ruth Marcus; The New Yorker’s Dexter Filkins and George Packer; The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg and Peter Beinart; The New Republic’s Julia Ioffe; Columbia Journalism School Dean Steve Coll; The Wall Street Journal’s Jerry Seib; and The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky.”
All of whom have been water carriers for the Obama regime and should not be trusted if they tell you that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. They are nothing more than government stenographers but that is how it is with the rancid establishment media in America today.
There may be some level to which that slimy bastard Obama isn’t willing to stoop to but it has yet to be identified.