In July two senior Centcom analysts filed a formal complaint saying officials at the Pentagon were manufacturing rosy assessments on the military campaign against the Islamic State. In September an additional 50 defense analysts signed on to the complaint.
The claim prompted the inspector general at the Pentagon to begin an investigation, an unusual move.
Centcom refused to provide details or comment on the investigation. Centcom spokesman Col. Patrick Ryder said “the I.G. has a responsibility to investigate all allegations made, and we welcome and support their independent oversight.”
According to a report posted by The Daily Beast the “accusations suggest that a large number of people tracking the inner workings of the terror groups think that their reports are being manipulated to fit a public narrative. The allegations echoed charges that political appointees and senior officials cherry-picked intelligence about Iraq’s supposed weapons program in 2002 and 2003.”
In November it was reported a task force would be formed on the allegations and on Friday it was announced no less than three House committees will jointly investigate the allegations.
“Today, the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Appropriations Committee established a Joint Task Force to investigate allegations that senior U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) officials manipulated intelligence products,” Reps. David Nunes (R-Calif.), Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) said in a joint statement.
War On Syria Not the Islamic State
The Pentagon’s investigation and those conducted by Republicans in the House are unlikely to reveal the real reason the war against the Islamic State is a failure.
From the start the air campaign against IS has targeted the economic infrastructure of Syria and Iraq.
“So far the US raids that came after the direct Russian involvement in Syria have only targeted civilian, infrastructure plants, electricity plants and other infrastructure, and they have not targeted any terrorist groups,” Jamal Wakim, a professor at the Lebanese International University, said in November.
“What I can see happening is that the targets they’re selecting are those that have, in many cases, no military value at all to ISIS or any other rebel group but really are intended to break whatever infrastructure the Syrian government will have when the fighting is over, such as: the Conoco oil refinery and the grain elevator,” Alan Sabrosky, a professor at the University of Michigan and a graduate of the US Army War College, said in October.
In mid-October the US targeted the Syrian electrical grid when it conducted airstrikes against two power plants under the control of ISIS in the al-Rudwaniya area to the east of Aleppo. …
The destruction of critical civilian and economic infrastructure in Syria is standard operating procedure.
In Libya, NATO bombed the country’s irrigation system. The system transported water from aquifers beneath Libya’s southern desert to about 70% of the population.
The military targeting of civilian infrastructure, especially of water supplies, is a war crime under the Geneva Conventions. …