ISIS Was Born In An American Detention Facility (And It Wasn't Gitmo)

Keene Woods, Andrew

Publisher:  Lawfare
Date Written:  03/02/2016
Year Published:  2016  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX18716

The US seems to have a knack for creating, incubating, and training its future enemies. As the late Chalmers Johnson showed in BLOWBACK, this pattern goes back quite far and includes recent struggles with Islamist terrorists. In the 1980s, of course, the US armed and trained the Taliban as well as Osama Bin Laden as part of a proxy war with Russia. Years later, Bin Laden's criminal network, sheltered by the Taliban, attacked the US in Yemen, Kenya, New York, and more. In response to those attacks, the US invaded Afghanistan and Iraq, killing and detaining hundreds of thousands of men. At the time, many people wondered -- none more forcefully than Johnson -- whether the US response to blowback would engender more blowback.

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