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    The Goal Of Obama's 'Arab Spring' Was Not Democracy, But Enabling Islamic Extremism

    September 20, 2019
    The Goal Of Obama's 'Arab Spring' Was Not Democracy, But Enabling Islamic Extremism
    Protesters in Aden, Al Mansoora during the Arab Spring 2011 calling for the secession of South Yemen from the North
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    “The sweetest sound I know is the Muslim call to prayer”

    Barack Obama

    When looking at the disastrous legacy of the Obama administration, one has to look at the consequences, not the narratives put out by the Left. The so-called 'Arab Spring' is a perfect example. When studying the results of the series of 'revolutions', the only conclusion one can arrive at is that the goal was to remove strongman regimes that kept a check on Islamic extremism in the region. When combined with the precipitous withdrawal of all American troops from Iraq, the trend becomes clear.

    Let's walk through what happened in some of the countries during the revolutions that ended with an attempt to install an Islamist regime in power.

    One of the most obvious cases is Libya. After the successful removal of the Taliban from power in Afghanistan, and in the run-up to the Iraq War, long-term Libyan dictator  Muammar Gaddafi began to move faster towards the West in a bid to stay in power and push his country towards modernization. Bush seized this opportunity and the Libyan nuclear weapons program was dismantled, with Gaddafi giving up his nuclear material to the United States. Gaddafi had been slowly moving in this direction since President Reagan bombed Libya, killing members of Gaddafi's family in an airstrike. Libyan also began destroying its massive stocks of chemical weapons.

    This alarmed and angered jihadist elements within the Libyan society, and throughout the Middle East.

    When the Arab Spring erupted across North Africa and the Middle East a decade ago, only a couple years after Obama took power, Hillary Clinton and the Obama DOD led a coalition air campaign to remove Gaddafi from power.

    The question is -- why?

    Gaddafi had kept a lid on Islamic extremism in the country, destroyed its WMD, and was moving towards the West. After Gaddafi was killed, Hillary Clinton famously and creepily declared in an interview shortly after with a wide grin on her face, "We came, we saw, he died!"

    The result was a failed state, and guess what -- the Islamic State gained a foothold, although they were eventually mostly defeated.

    Egypt also stands out. Autocrat, and long-term American ally, Hosni Mubarak was removed from power during the uprisings in 2011. His successor, Mohamed Morsi, was a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group that advocates Sharia Law with vast jihadist connections. The group was eventually overthrown by the Egyptian military in 2013.

    In Syria, the Obama administration worked hard to dethrone Syrian President Bashar Assad, arming Sunni, Islamist militias against the Shia regime.

    Based on the consequences, the end result of the Arab Spring was a campaign to bring down dictatorships and replace them with an even bigger menace to American national security -- political Islam.

    When you combine this phenomenon with the precipitous and irresponsible withdrawal of American forces from Iraq, which created the Islamic State and the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocents, and created the wave of refugees into Europe, the Obama agenda becomes radically clear.

    In 2012, the Obama administration refused to send help to secure the American ambassador and CIA staff in Benghazi. The question is again -- why?

    “The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam”

    Barack Obama



    L Todd Wood

    L Todd Wood, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, flew special operations helicopters supporting SEAL Team 6, Delta Force and others. After leaving the military, he pursued his other passion, finance, spending 18 years on Wall Street trading emerging market debt, and later, writing. The first of his many thrillers is "Currency." Todd has been a national security columnist for The Washington Times and contributed to One American News, Fox Business, Newsmax TV, Moscow Times, Novaya Vremya (Ukraine), the New York Post, National Review, the Jerusalem Post, Zero Hedge and others. He is also founder/publisher of CDM. For more information about L. Todd Wood, visit LToddWood.com.
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    Truth Defender

    Agreed. What other explanation fits for Obama's insane foreign policy?


    He will pay one day, come hell or high water.

    billy ray bubba

    Dear Sirs,

    You are half correct. There is a very private letter "Madame Defarge Gazette" that explains that the green fuel laws for ethanol and biodiesel were the root of the problem. By doubling the cost of corn, wheat and soy overnight, the foundations of the kingdoms began to shake. People must eat. They took to the street to protest. This allowed the obama to try to take advantage of this volatile situation for he and his persian allies.


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