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That’s what President Barack Obama said the morning of the Daesh’s afternoon and evening terrorist assault on Paris. Obama’s Deputy
Fantasist National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes then explained that Obama’s claim had been taken out of context by those … Republicans:
The president was responding very specifically to the geographic expansion of ISIL in Iraq and Syria. A year ago, we saw them on the march in Iraq and Syria, taking more and more population centers. The fact is that we have been able to stop that geographic advance and take back significant amounts of territory in both northern Iraq and northern Syria.
Now we get this:
Since announcing its presence in February in Sirte, the city on Libya’s Mediterranean coast has become the first that the [Daesh] governs outside of Syria and Iraq. Its presence there has grown over the past year from 200 eager fighters to a roughly 5,000-strong contingent which includes administrators and financiers….
Sirte gives the Daesh access to a multiplicity of Libyan oil fields and refineries. The city also gives the Daesh a major port on the Mediterranean Sea for short, direct access to the underbelly of Europe. Not quite as well as Carthage did for Hannibal, but close enough for Daesh work.
‘Twas a famous containment.
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