An intelligence report from 2012 is just one of hundreds of unclassified documents that demonstrate the US was very much aware of the formation of the Daesh terror group nearly two years earlier.
Yet they continued arming the militants anyway. Even a US Republican Presidential candidate, Rick Santorum, and a US Senator, John McCain, have held US foreign policy to account for the creation of Daesh.
A high ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, has expressed a similar view. Meanwhile, President Obama says Daesh’s terrorist activities in France and Turkey were attacks on the “civilized world,” however; observers noted that he did not mention the hundreds killed on a Russian plane - or in Lebanon.
To many it seems he has treated these two Daesh attacks differently. On social media, Obama’s selective expression of outrage has provoked widespread criticism, especially since the terrorist attacks in Lebanon took place just one day before the events in Paris. It has been pointed out that the twin blasts in Beirut killed up to 50 and wounded over 200 others.
By contrast, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad expressed his condolences for victims of the Paris terror attacks, adding “what France suffered from – savage terror – is what the Syrian people have been enduring for over five years.”