Social philosopher Noam Chomsky ripped the history of U.S. “covert aid” policies following reports that President Barack Obama had recently reconsidered such measures.
Chomsky said in an op-ed for Truthout that the U.S. had “emerged as the world champion in generating terror” for its efforts to arm insurgent forces not only in the Middle East, but for past efforts in Angola, Nicaragua and Cuba.
“To this we may add the world’s greatest terrorist campaign: Obama’s global project of assassination of ‘terrorists,’” Chomsky wrote. “The ‘resentment-generating impact’ of those drone and special-forces strikes should be too well known to require further comment.”
A study by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Chomsky said, had determined that providing weapons and training to local rebel groups often had “minimal impact” on their campaigns, and were less effective without help from American ground troops. The New York Times reported earlier this month that Obama had commissioned the study while deciding whether to support rebels in Syria.
Chomsky has blamed the rise of the Islamic State extremist group on the U.S. using its military “sledgehammer” against Iraq. In his op-ed, he cited a former agency analyst, Paul Pillar, who argued that Islamic State could join with a rival group, Jabhat al-Nusra, to push back against U.S. airstrikes in the country by calling it “a war against Islam.”
“That is by now a familiar consequence of U.S. operations that have helped to spread jihadism from a corner of Afghanistan to a large part of the world,” Chomsky stated…. see more