The right wing blogosphere is abuzz with conspiracy theory speculations about the U.S. government secretly training and arming the Islamic State following a blooper by President Barack Obama during a speech he delivered at a press briefing on Monday, July 6.
It is, of course, inconceivable that the president had meant to inform the world that his administration was secretly funding and training murderous ISIS forces, even if it is true. The misstatement was obviously an error in the script, which the president failed to correct as he spoke.
“As I’ve said before, this aspect of our strategy was moving too slowly. But the fall of Ramadi has galvanized the Iraqi government. So, with the additional steps I ordered last month, we’re speeding up training of ISIL forces, including volunteers from Sunni tribes in Anbar Province.”
But some have suggested that the statement was not just an innocent blooper, but a revealing and incriminating Freudian slip.
A YouTuber, Evangelist Anita Fuentes, alleges that the Obama “mistakenly” spoke the “Truth.”
“Obama made a mistake and told the Truth. This is a mess! The White House had to do damage control when it was forced to admit a major mistake made in a press briefing by President Obama on 7.6.15 concerning an update on ISIS when all of the sudden Obama says: ‘U.S. forces were training ISIL.’ “
The website JihadiWatch.org also alleges that the statement was not a “mere slip of the tongue… but the most Freudian of all Freudian slips.”
According to the website, the Pentagon has indeed trained and equipped ISIL forces while ostensibly supporting “moderate” Islamic forces, such as the Free Syrian Army.
“The Obama Administration’s avid and fruitless search for ‘moderates’ to fight the Islamic State has put the U.S. in the position of training and arming a great many jihadis for the Islamic State. Obama’s statement was not a mere slip of the tongue. It was the most Freudian of all Freudian slips.”
But as Fuentes notes, the WhiteHouse.gov website attempted to amend the error in the official transcript by placing the intended word “Iraqi” in brackets after “ISIL.”
This is not the first time that Obama has made an embarrassing slip while delivering a speech. He recently offered comments about unpaid bills on his desk in his home in Chicago. But the official transcript omitted the comment. The White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was saddled with the awkward duty of explaining unconvincingly that the comment was left out because the recording equipment malfunctioned at that moment.
However, Obama is not the first U.S. president to have blundered while delivering a speech. President George W. Bush was notorious for his so-called “Bushisms,” ranging from funny to bizarre and downright self-incriminating slips that created awkward situations, which his aides struggled to cover up for.
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