“Jihadists”? Expect Obama to get a strongly-worded letter from CIA chief John Brennan, who said in 2010 that jihadists were not jihadists: “They are not jihadists, for jihad is a holy struggle, an effort to purify for a legitimate purpose, and there is nothing — absolutely nothing — holy or pure or legitimate or Islamic about murdering innocent men, women and children.”
Anyway, the incoherence of Barack Obama is breathtaking. Last year he wanted to invade Syria on the side of the “jihadists” he is now saying must be stopped. He has given weapons to groups in Syria that he claimed were “moderate” but which actually were collaborating with these jihadists: the Long War Journal reported on June 29, 2013 that the Al Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant, which is “al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria,” has “cooperated with Free Syrian Army units to establish sharia, or Islamic law, in Aleppo and in eastern Syria.” What is the Free Syrian Army? The “moderates” whom we are training and to whom we are giving weapons: “the US government is backing the Free Syrian Army despite the group’s known ties to the Al Nusrah Front.”
So apparently it’s all right for the group the U.S. backs to establish Islamic law in Aleppo, but not all right for a similar group to establish Islamic law in Mosul.