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Young Turks’ Item on Pentagon Censoring Internal Reports Showing War Not Working in Iraq & Syria

November 25, 2015

This is another video from The Young Turks, which is as relevant over this side of the Atlantic as it is in America. A group of intelligence analysts at the Pentagon have made a complaint to the Inspector General complaining that their superiors in CentCom – Central Command – are censoring and altering their reports. The analysts’ report make clear that there is no easy military solution in Iraq and Syria, due to the deep political and religious divisions in those nations’ societies. This, however, has been altered and edited out.

Other items, which have also been altered, have been rewritten to disguise what is obviously a military defeat, if not an utter debacle. Remember when the insurgents in Iraq routed the Iraqi army so thoroughly, that the troopers left the uniforms in the street as they fled for their lives? This was altered so that the Iraqi army didn’t retreat. It ‘redeployed’.

Other parts of the report that have also been altered include those on the effect of bombing in Iraq. Air strikes by the allied forces were supposed to weaken the insurgents’ resistance and allow us to take the cities more easily. But we lost them instead, and had to retake them using ground troops. Now we’re being told that a new bombing campaign will somehow allow us to defeat ISIS and the other Islamist butchers again.

This report is now being supported by the Republicans, as it appears to show the duplicity and tactical incompetence of the Obama administration. But the Turks comment on the Repugs’ hypocrisy on this matter. The analysts’ complaints today are very much like those they made a decade ago under George Dubya. They complained then that Dubya had made all these plans to invade Iraq with a small force, but had no idea of how to administer the country or keep the peace afterwards.

The Turks also warn that in a little while, the Republicans will start to go quiet on these reports of military failings and the falsification of intelligence on the orders of their paymasters in the American defence industry. War is good business for them, and they will tell their paid mouthpieces in Congress and the Senate to stop criticising the war and its conduct, and present a more upbeat, optimistic view of the West’s chances of winning.

Here’s the video:

Part of the reason I’m reblogging this, is that it actually bears out what Mike has been saying about Corbyn’s cautious approach to the war and the bombing of Iraq and Syria. Mike has written several article over at Vox Political stating that Corbyn’s entirely correct, and what is most important is to break the cycle of hate.

Of course, this has got right up the noses of the Conservatives and their media shills, who are all crying out that Corbyn is some kind of anti-British quisling traitor, and demanding that we bomb the people of Iraq and Syria back into the stone age. Our country’s own experience during the Second World War should tell us that bombing civilians will not make the Iraqi or Syrian people more inclined to support us, or weaken support for ISIS. Rather, it is likely to do the opposite.

Hitler thought that he would break British resistance during the Blitz, when the Luftwaffe deliberately targeted cities that had no military function or value. The opposite was true: the British people were outraged at the slaughter of civilians by the Nazis, and so became even more determined to resist the jackboot. And I don’t doubt for a second that it was the same in Germany when the RAF hit civilians, rather than military centres. Such attacks might have had far more effect in stiffening German resistance than Nazi propaganda. After all, one of the underground jokes told during the Third Reich was a rather Nerdish one likening Goebbels’ propaganda to a scientific unit: ‘The Goeb is the minimum amount of energy required to turn off 100,000 radio sets.’ So much for Nazi propaganda posters showing wholesome German families dutifully listening in raptures to the Fuehrer’s broadcasts. The opposite was no doubt true. Many of them were probably listening to the other side to the terrible decadent, corrupting music of ‘Negro’ jazz from the American networks.

Bombing also had the opposite effect on British morale during the IRA’s long campaign in Britain. Instead of weakening the British public’s resolve to hold on to Northern Ireland, the killing of unarmed civilians in bomb outrages and assassinations actually strengthened the determination of the British public not only to keep Ulster British, but to crush the IRA. In doing so they also marginalised those on the British Left that were sympathetic to the real plight of Roman Catholics in Ulster. I can remember talking to people in the 1980s, who despised ‘loony left’ Labour because so many of its politicians appeared to support the IRA or Sinn Fein. Part of Maggie’s popularity was that she projected a belligerent image than reassured the British public that she would crush the IRA and related terrorists, while secretly holding peace negotiations with them.

As for Putin and his bombing campaign, my guess is that this will also increase support amongst ordinary Syrians and Iraqis for the Islamists, and further alienate western Muslims. One of the reasons for the prolonged terrorist campaign in the Caucasus was the bitterness left over from Putin’s war in Chechnya. The country had gained its independence from Moscow had successfully fighting off Russian attempts to maintain absolute control over that former province of the Soviet Empire. Resentment at this defeat festered, and when Islamist terrorists led by ‘the Black Arab’, a Saudi, committed atrocities in neighbouring South Ossetia after crossing over the border from Chechnya, Putin seized the opportunity to use it as a pretext for a new invasion. The resulting war saw a series of extremely bloody massacres, such as that of the civilian population of the town of Grozny. There have also been reports of the horrendous torture and human rights violations of Chechen prisoners by Russian troops, including being sodomised with broom handles. One American journalist interviewing a Chechen Islamist leader was told flatly that the Chechens would continue fighting, especially after such extreme humiliation, as they could not live with themselves after being so raped.

The same author also interviewed Russian troopers and generals, some of whom had developed severe alcohol problems because of the pressures and horrors of the war. These included a senior Russian officer, who had done everything he could to make sure his son was posted away from the conflict. When questioned, he stated quite clearly that ‘Nobody wanted the war.’

Our media and the Tories are baying for renewed bombing in Iraq and Syria after the Paris atrocity. They’re right, in that ISIS deserves to be hit, and hit hard. They’re an offence to human, and specifically Islamic civilisation. But there is no easy military solution. So far the West has spent just about the last decade and a half fighting wars in the Middle East, and there seems to be no end in sight. It looks like the bombings the Tories are demanding, and which the French and Putin have already begun, will just prolong it even further.

Corbyn is right. We must break the cycle of hate, if we are to have peace.

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