Friday, October 02, 2015

Obama's Phony War on ISIS

Obama’s Phony War on ISIS

by Stephen Lendman

Obama’s so-called intention to degrade and destroy ISIS is a complete fabrication - a Big Lie blasted worldwide by Western media, concealing what’s really going on. 

Washington uses ISIS and other takfiri terrorists as Pentagon foot soldiers, waging war on Assad, wanting another regional country transformed into a US vassal state, no matter the cost in human lives and suffering.

On August 8, 2014, Washington began bombing first Iraqi, then Syrian targets weeks later, not ISIS as claimed, operating illegally without Security Council authorization or permission from Damascus. Heavy pressure forced Baghdad to go along.

The Defense Department claims so-called Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) targets ISIS terrorists, saying “(t)he president has authorized US Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes of Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.”

DOD claims nearly $4 billion in operational costs through August 31, 2015, an average daily cost of around $10 million for 389 days of bombing. 

Likely double or more this amount was spent. Pentagon waste, fraud and abuse are notorious. 

Like the Fed, its operations are unaudited. It operates any way it wishes, a destructive force no one challenges - including none of the current US presidential aspirants, in lockstep with Washington’s imperial recklessness.

DOD’s report on ISIS targets damaged or destroyed was falsified - part of the coverup to conceal its support, waging war on Syria and Iraq, using ISIS and other takfiri terrorist as ground force foot soldiers, the US public entirely deceived about what’s going on.

Despite nearly 14 months of bombing, ISIS is stronger than ever, controlling large areas of Syrian and Iraqi territory, their easily visible columns of Toyota trucks able to move freely, never attacked by US or so-called coalition partners’ air power.

As of September 29, 2015, DOD’s web site reported a total of  7,162 airstrikes flown - 4,583 in Iraq, 2,579 in Syria - mostly by US forces.

Yet virtually no ISIS targets were destroyed, claims otherwise are false. Bombing focuses on Syrian and Iraqi infrastructure, killing many civilians in harm’s way.

After two days of operations, a relatively small Russian aerial commitment accomplished more against ISIS than America’s vaunted air power in over a year.

How is this possible? US airstrikes scrupulously avoid targeting ISIS, focusing solely on waging war on Syria and Iraq - the real mission objective Washington wants concealed.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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