Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics: Co-Founders Distort ISIL War



That the US government never had a plan to “degrade” and “ultimately defeat” ISIL is not news. What’s news is that a Congressional Joint Task Force has now acknowledged just that.

On Thursday, August 12, 50 intelligence analysts sparked an investigation by filing a whistleblower complaint about superiors changing information on their products. In its findings, the Congressional Joint Task Force complains that the War Party altered US Central Command (CENTCOM) reports to hide poor progress in the war against the terrorist group of ISIL in Iraq and Syria.

In a nutshell, the story is this: There is  enormous evidence about how this information from talented career professionals inside the analytic arm at CENTCOM did their job and accurately depicted what was going on on the ground, but when it got to very senior levels, that information was changed.

It is not that hard to fully understand the reasons and motivations behind this practice and how often the excluded analyses were proven ultimately to be correct:

-The investigation is wrong to blame the problem mainly on “structural and management changes” in 2014 that resulted in the production and dissemination of intelligence products that were inconsistent with the judgments of many senior, career analysts at CENTCOM. The practice has been, and still is, systematic and deliberate.

-Team Obama and company have no intention to win the war against ISIL even with complete intelligence. The co-founders of ISIL are doing everything they can to help ISIL and other photoshopped terror groups topple the Syrian government. To this end, Salafists,, Takfiris, Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Qaeda and ISIL are all brothers-in-arms, proxy forces driving the regime-change insurgency in Syria – being supported by the West, the Persian Gulf Arab countries, Turkey, Jordan and Israel.

-During its early days, the “American Caliphate”  managed to capture large swathes of land in Syria and Iraq because its co-founders wanted so. The regime changers systematically turned a blind eye to ISIL’s atrocities because it didn’t fit with their false “sectarian” narrative they were feeding the world public. What’s more, the “intelligence failure” was a wilful decision to disintegrate Iraq and Syria.

-ISIL got rich so fast in early days because it was able to steal and smuggle oil into Turkey and because US administration was giving its militants a 45-minute warning prior to bombing their oil tankers. US military pilots also confirmed they were ordered not to drop 75% of their ordnance on ISIL targets because they couldn’t get clearance from their superiors. In the words of House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, even now “we can’t get clearance even when we have a clear target in front of us.”

It is said, things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies.  America’s bogus war with ISIL which hit the two-year mark on August 8 is held with lies, damn lies, and statistics. If there is currently no end in sight that’s because there is none. The open-ended war is perfectly designed to protect Israel by fuelling sectarian warfare and arms race, as well as help the War Party implement its regional designs.

For all its appearance, America’s war with ISIL also has nothing to do with “intelligence failure”, much as about “degrading” and “ultimately defeating” ISIL. Any doubters should ask the Congressional Joint Task Force, which reviewed military assessments of the US air war in Iraq and Syria beginning in 2014, and made clear that the overall war effort is going nowhere and that it is all but a set of lies agreed upon at senior levels.

Back to top button