Certainly some sites are making it a big deal.I'm curious why the leaked John Kerry comments about letting ISIS grow as a strategy to oust Assad isn't a bigger deal. What am I missing?
The Daily Wire reports on the statement, with a link to the audio.
What is not reported is the period of time in reference, although it appears the period is before the Russians became directly engaged through aircraft bombardment. From the Daily Wire report:
The US was supporting the Free Syrian Army and allies, but there was a problem identifying who among the allies were not sympathetic or allied with folks like al-Nusra Front or al-Qaeda.It cannot be extrapolated from Kerry saying: "and we know that this was growing--we were watching. We saw that Daesh was growing in strength, and we thought Assad was threatened," that the Obama administration was purposefully allowing ISIS to grow. Kerry said that the administration saw that ISIS was growing, was watching that growth, and hoped that such growth would lead to negotiations with Assad.
Is it possible that the growth and influence of Daesh was under-estimated, or that the link between Daesh in Syria and Iraq was not well understood? Possibly.