Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Who is Malcolm Nance? He's a retired combat veteran and U.S. Counter-Terrorism Officer who was in Iraq as far back as 1987. He's Arabic-speaking and a recognized expert on Jihadist tactics, the Iraq insurgency, and Al Qaida's worldwide structure.
He had a good deal to say about the Iraq quagmire today on DemocracyNow.org, Democracy Now!, the War and Peace Report, with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzales. To me, his most cogent statement was this: "Invading Iraq after 9-11 made about as much sense as if we would have invaded Mexico after Pearl Harbor...the Intelligence just wasn't there [meaning, Iraq had nothing to do with 9-11].". Amen to that.
Going way back to the 1950s, a U.S. Government Strategy Report (can't recall the exact title) stated that one of the U.S. Government's primary strategic goals was to secure access to Mid-East oil. As recently as a few years ago, in an interview with Henry Kissinger, he stated, "Although it's not politically correct to say so, the Iraq invasion was about the oil.". Most people recognize that today, and yet even now, the highest levels of our Gov't still say we're there for another reason or reasons---now it's the Boogie Man, ISIS. When the White House spokesmen or Pentagon spokesmen claim that ISIS is a threat to our National Security, what they mean is: we can't let them control that OIL.
Our President is now in Desperation Mode relative to all the above. Our recent "support" of the Iraqi Army started out with about 300 "trainers and advisors"; presently, that number has jumped to about 3,000. Obama today is considering moving the number up by another 500 or so. It seems logical that the number will continue to rise. He knows that the public here will not stand for sending in 100,000 troops (or some such number) all at once, so he's doing it incrementally. He knows full well that an air war and "training" the Iraqi Army will not "defeat ISIS" (which is his stated objective). In order to secure access to that oil, he must utilize U.S. combat ground forces. That, of course, is beyond stupid...because we would have to occupy that country forever. ISIS always can fade back into the population and reappear whenever it wishes. So, once again the highest levels of our Gov't have stuck their noses into another civil war for reasons they refuse to acknowledge. And the propaganda rolls on.
Not just my opinion. Be Well
p.s. Keep in mind that all our military adventurism overseas is paid for by borrowing more & more money from foreign countries. That's the only way we can afford it.