Representative Mike Rogers, a republican member of the House and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, does not believe that the Invasion of Iraq by jihadists with the ISIS group is a failure of intelligence. He is pushing back against Diane Feinstein, the democrat chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence who is saying that the rapid advance of ISIS took American Intelligence completely by surprise.
I would say that Rep. Rogers has a point. The idea that thousands of soldiers could sneak into Iraq and seize a major city without U. S. intelligence knowing about it in this age of satellites, drones and NSA surveillance is quite unbelievable. In fact, in his position Mr. Rogers is privy to enough intelligence to understand that the invasion has been years in coming and the signs of the invasion were obvious. He believes that what happened is a failure in policy by the Obama administration.
I think that the term "policy failure" depends on what the policy is. Mr. Rogers apparently believes that Obama is not lying when he claims to be concerned about the invasion of Iraq. Consider that ISIS is widely believed to be funded by American Allies in the Gulf; Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar. Also consider that the U. S. has been training Syrian rebels in Jordan. ISIS was fighting against Assad in Syria before invading Iraq. It would not be the first time that America has chosen to train and equip jihadists. Remember the Taliban in Afghanistan? We trained and equipped them to fight the Russians before we invaded Afghanistan to fight against them. It is also very interesting that after several years and the loss of many lives, Turkey is no longer interested in continuing there battle against the Kurdish separatists living in Turkey.
William Engdahl, writing for RT, believes that the invasion of Iraq has all the hallmarks of a CIA operation. He makes a very compelling argument in the attached article. I believe that Mr. Engdahl believes that this was done so that the United States and its Arab allies plotted to do this in order to control the price of oil. This seems logical the way that he lays it out. Mr. Engdahl, however, does not talk about the possible consequences of this policy in this article. There are reports today that ISIS has declared itself to be a Caliphate. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the ISIS chief, is the caliph. We need to watch this very carefully in order to determine just what the goals of Mr. Obama's policy are.
ISIS in Iraq stinks of CIA/NATO ‘dirty war’ op
For days now, since their dramatic June 10 taking of Mosul, Western mainstream media have been filled with horror stories of the military conquests in Iraq of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, with the curious acronym ISIS.
ISIS, as in the ancient Egyptian cult of the goddess of fertility and magic. The media picture being presented adds up less and less.
Details leaking out suggest that ISIS and the major military ‘surge’ in Iraq - and less so in neighboring Syria - is being shaped and controlled out of Langley, Virginia, and other CIA and Pentagon outposts as the next stage in spreading chaos in the world’s second-largest oil state, Iraq, as well as weakening the recent Syrian stabilization efforts.
The very details of the ISIS military success in the key Iraqi oil center, Mosul, are suspect. According to well-informed Iraqi journalists, ISIS overran the strategic Mosul region, site of some of the world’s most prolific oilfields, with barely a shot fired in resistance. According to one report, residents of Tikrit reported remarkable displays of “soldiers handing over their weapons and uniforms peacefully to militants who ordinarily would have been expected to kill government soldiers on the spot.”
We are told that ISIS masked psychopaths captured “arms and ammunition from the fleeing security forces” - arms and ammunition supplied by the American government. The offensive coincides with a successful campaign by ISIS in eastern Syria. According to Iraqi journalists, Sunni tribal chiefs in the region had been convinced to side with ISIS against the Shiite Al-Maliki government in Baghdad. They were promised a better deal under ISIS Sunni Sharia than with Baghdad anti-Sunni rule.
According to the New York Times, the mastermind behind the ISIS military success is former Baath Party head and Saddam Hussein successor, General Ibrahim al-Douri. Douri is reportedly the head of the Iraqi rebel group Army of the Men of the Naqshbandi Order as well as the Supreme Command for Jihad and Liberation based on his longstanding positions of leadership in the Naqshbandi sect in Iraq.
In 2009, US ‘Iraqi surge’ General David Petraeus, at the time heading the US Central Command, claimed to reporters that Douri was in Syria. Iraqi parliamentarians claimed he was in Qatar. The curious fact is that despite being on the US most wanted list since 2003, Douri has miraculously managed to avoid capture and now to return with a vengeance to retake huge parts of Sunni Iraq. Luck or well-placed friends in Washington?
The financial backing for ISIS jihadists reportedly also comes from three of the closest US allies in the Sunni world—Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Key members of ISIS it now emerges were trained by US CIA and Special Forces command at a secret camp in Jordan in 2012, according to informed Jordanian officials. The US, Turkish and Jordanian intelligence were running a training base for the Syrian rebels in the Jordanian town of Safawi in the country’s northern desert region, conveniently near the borders to both Syria and Iraq. Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the two Gulf monarchies most involved in funding the war against Syria’s Assad, financed the Jordan ISIS training.
Advertised publicly as training of ‘non-extremist’ Muslim jihadists to wage war against the Syrian Bashar Assad regime, the secret US training camps in Jordan and elsewhere have trained perhaps several thousand Muslim fighters in techniques of irregular warfare, sabotage and general terror. The claims by Washington that they took special care not to train ‘Salafist’ or jihadist extremists, is a joke. How do you test if a recruit is not a jihadist? Is there a special jihad DNA that the CIA doctors have discovered?