The government has saved us from made-up terrorists.
I’ve already posted how the National Review has noted that the story about “the Khorasan Group” looks quite bogus. This was interpreted as an attempt to not admit failure in the war on terror. Barack Obama needed “new” terrorists to avoid discussion of why he was now dealing with the same al-Qaeda-linked terrorists that he claimed he had defeated.
But there might be another explanation for making up bogus terrorist groups. Perhaps the bombing of Syria is quite illegal and Obama wanted to invent a national security excuse.
As The Intercept notes, this is exactly how the Khorasan Group was used in the media:
Once the bombing campaign was underway, ISIS — the original theme of the attack — largely faded into the background, as Obama officials and media allies aggressively touted attacks on Khorasan leaders and the disruption of its American-targeting plots. On the first day of the bombing, The Washington Post announced that “the United States also pounded a little-known but well-resourced al-Qaeda cell that some American officials fear could pose a direct threat to the United States.” It explained:
The Pentagon said in a statement early Tuesday that the United States conducted eight strikes west of Aleppo against the cell, called the Khorasan Group, targeting its “training camps, an explosives and munitions production facility, a communications building and command and control facilities.”
The same day, CNN claimed that “among the targets of U.S. strikes across Syria early Tuesday was the Khorasan Group.” The bombing campaign in Syria was thus magically transformed into an act of pure self-defense, given that “the group was actively plotting against a U.S. homeland target and Western targets, a senior U.S. official told CNN on Tuesday.” The bevy of anonymous sources cited by CNN had a hard time keep their stories straight.
And then, only a few days later, the stories about the Khorasan Group dried up. Suddenly reporters began to acknowledge that no one had ever heard of them. These super secret leaks the media claimed to be passing on to us were all false, it seems.
While emotions over the ISIS beheading videos were high, they were not enough to sustain a lengthy new war.
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 emerges only when it’s impotent.
I am amazed that both the regime and the media (are those two different groups?) are willing to push a fraud that comes so close to being a claim that we must attack because the terrorists have weapons of mass destruction. Can’t they come up with a new story?