(Note: There may be a great deal of truth when one says that a US president did the groundwork for laying the foundation of ISIS in Iraq. But that president was George Bush, not Obama who actually did a lot of damage control, first by bringing back most of the troops from Iraq. As long as Sadam Husain was ruling Iraq, extremist forces like ISIS were kept under control. A power vacuum was created when Sadam was hanged and Iraq destroyed in the name of Weapons of Mass Distruction which Sadam did not possess. It was a typical example of giving a bad name to a dog to hang it. The hidden motive for the war on Iraq, many say, was to capture the oil wealth, Iraq being the second largest producer of oil after Saudi Arabia. American companies are now benefitting from Iraq’s oil. james kottoor, editor)
Trump accuses President Obama
of being the 'Founder of ISIS'
AP | Aug 11, 2016
Trump also said that "crooked Hillary Clinton" was actually the group's co-founder. Trump has long blamed Obama and Clinton for pursuing Mideast policies that created a power vacuum in Iraq that was exploited by IS Trump's accusation – and his use of the president's middle name, Hussein – echoed previous instances where he's questioned Obama's loyalties.
SUNRISE (FLORIDA): Donald Trump accused US President Barack Obama on Wednesday of founding the Islamic State group that is wreaking havoc from the Middle East to European cities. A moment later, on another topic, he referred to the president by his full legal name: Barack Hussein Obama.
"In many respects, you know, they honour President Obama," Trump said during a raucous campaign rally outside Fort Lauderdale, Florida. "He is the founder of ISIS."He repeated the allegation three more times for emphasis.
The Republican presidential nominee in the past has accused his opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, of founding the militant group. As he shifted the blame to Obama on Wednesday, he said "crooked Hillary Clinton" was actually the group's co-founder .
Trump has long blamed Obama and his former secretary of state – Clinton – for pursuing Mideast policies that created a power vacuum in Iraq that was exploited by the Islamic State+ . He's sharply criticized Obama for announcing he would pull US troops out of Iraq, a decision that many Obama critics say created the kind of instability in which extremist groups like IS thrive.The White House declined to comment on Trump's accusation.
The Islamic State group began as Iraq's local affiliate of al-Qaida, the group that attacked the US on September 11, 2001. The group carried out massive attacks against Iraq's Shiite Muslim majority, fueling tensions with al-Qaida's central leadership. The local group's then-leader, Jordanian-born Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was killed in 2006 in a US airstrike but is still seen as the Islamic State group's founder.Trump's accusation – and his use of the president's middle name, Hussein – echoed previous instances where he's questioned Obama's loyalties.
In June, when a shooter who claimed allegiance to IS killed 49 people in an Orlando, Florida, nightclub, Trump seemed to suggest Obama was sympathetic to the group when he said Obama "doesn't get it, or he gets it better than anybody understands." In the past, Trump has also falsely suggested Obama is a Muslim or was born in Kenya, where Obama's father was from.The president, a Christian, was born in Hawaii.