The New York Times is the premier war propaganda newspaper. It pawned off neocon lies about Iraqi WMDs, the absurdity of aluminum tubes and al-Qaeda in bed with Saddam Hussein.
These lies, fed to columnist Judith Miller and other NYT and corporate media stenographers, helped sell the invasion of Iraq to the American people and contributed to the murder of over a million Iraqis.
Now the Times is foisting another lie on the American people: Saddam Hussein is responsible for the emergence of the Islamic State.
The Washington Post tried to float this half truth back in April when it reported the leadership of the Islamic State consists of members formerly part of Saddam Hussein’s inner circle.
The Times argues Saddam was basically a closet Islamist who deviated from the Ba’ath Party and embraced the Muslim Brotherhood in an effort to undermine rival Syria.