The Islamic Vortex (Note-5)

Michael Klare takes a look at the Islamic State logistics train (bullish for US defense stocks):

In the years after invading Iraq and disbanding Saddam Hussein’s military, the U.S. sunk about $25 billion into “standing up” a new Iraqi army. By June 2014, however, that army, filled with at least 50,000 “ghost soldiers,” was only standing in the imaginations of its generals and perhaps Washington. When relatively small numbers of Islamic State (IS) militants swept into northern Iraq, it collapsed, abandoning four cities — including Mosul, the country’s second largest — and leaving behind enormous stores of U.S. weaponry, ranging from tanks and Humvees to artillery and rifles. In essence, the U.S. was now standing up its future enemy in a style to which it was unaccustomed and, unlike the imploded Iraqi military, the forces of the Islamic State proved quite capable of using that weaponry without a foreign trainer or adviser in sight.

In response, the Obama administration dispatched thousands of new advisers and trainers and began shipping in piles of new weaponry to re-equip the Iraqi army. It also filled Iraqi skies with U.S. planes armed with their own munitions to destroy, among other things, some of that captured U.S. weaponry. Then it set to work standing up a smaller version of the Iraqi army. Now, skip nearly a year ahead and on a somewhat lesser scale the whole process has just happened again. Less than two weeks ago, Islamic State militants took Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province. Iraqi army units, including the elite American-trained Golden Division, broke and fled, leaving behind — you’ll undoubtedly be shocked to hear — yet another huge cache of weaponry and equipment, including tanks, more than 100 Humvees and other vehicles, artillery, and so on.

The Obama administration reacted in a thoroughly novel way: it immediately began shipping in new stocks of weaponry, starting with 1,000 antitank weapons, so that the reconstituted Iraqi military could take out future “massive suicide vehicle bombs” (some of which, assumedly, will be those captured vehicles from Ramadi). Meanwhile, American planes began roaming the skies over that city, trying to destroy some of the equipment IS militants had captured.

Notice anything repetitive in all this — other than another a bonanza for U.S. weapons makers? Logically, it would prove less expensive for the Obama administration to simply arm the Islamic State directly before sending in the air strikes.

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  • NRx_N00B Says:

    Iraq—the mother of all fusterclucks.


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  • Brett Stevens Says:

    It’s a flashback to Vietnam, itself a rewind of US policy in Central America and the Caribbean. We find someone who is a politically-acceptable leader, which means a charlatan since all of the realistic people recognize that warlord strong-hand tactics are needed in the third world, and that cardboard cut-out ersatz leader then props up his state with a fake army and fake institutions because his plan has always been to take the money and run.


    ivvenalis Reply:

    If only. The Iraqi Army is a joke compared to the ARVN, who at least put up a fight. Their big losses, including the last one, usually involved being outnumbered. Ditto their respective governments. The Iraqis aren’t even good at stringing along USG.


    Posted on June 2nd, 2015 at 1:46 pm Reply | Quote
  • Michael Says:

    USG would be so easy to defeat if only we had new plan ready.


    Thales Reply:

    1. Defeat USG.
    2. ???
    3. Profit!


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  • Kwisatz Haderach Says:

    I enjoy reading about the geopolitical ineptitude of our rulers. GIves me hope for the future.


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  • SVErshov Says:

    How sweet USA looks so stupid 🙁 Just give it a second thought, will you …


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  • Neocolonial Says:

    Exactly the same pattern is occurring in the Ukraine. Except there they are arming Russians.

    The Russians have picked up some nice kit out of it all.


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  • Aeroguy Says:

    I thought arming ISIS was the point. USG does it openly in Syria. I also heard a rumor aerospace was finally getting some more USG money this summer after all the cut backs.


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  • vxxc2014 Says:

    Moldbug a few years ago on Iraq commenting on Abu Muquawama…

    If you want to be the Raj, then be the Raj.


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  • SGW Says:

    Was it really necessary to put scare quotes around ghost soldiers? As if the Obama administration militarizing the undead wasn’t frightening enough. Given the USGs track-record, once the undead have dealt with this new caliphate they’ll come shambling for us.


    SVErshov Reply:

    “they’ll come shambling for us” – seems like it is just exactly a part of the whole idea. there is no other solution for growing population, some one have to take a lead. ISIS idea been evaluated and perfected previously, Starting from Tibet war 1955-1965 2 mil Tibetans been slaughtered and Dalai Lama got a Nobel Peace Prize.

    in this regards I have some interesting observation to share based on actual event in Ukraine. One block post controlled by Ukrainian army was shelled by mortars separatists13 times, each time everyone were killed. After each shelling cleaning crew arrive and clean bodies and blood. Then after some time new solders were brought to the same block post and again everything repeated. Why anyone would do that, unless it is exactly what he is planing to do.


    Erebus Reply:

    “One block post controlled by Ukrainian army was shelled by mortars separatists13 times, each time everyone were killed. After each shelling cleaning crew arrive and clean bodies and blood. Then after some time new solders were brought to the same block post and again everything repeated.”

    From what you’ve just said, it seems like somebody could write an entire book about that blood-drenched military post — or, at the very least, a compelling case study on strategic failure taken to rarefied heights of absurdity. Do you have a source? I don’t mind if it’s in Ukrainian or some other language. Thank you.


    SVErshov Reply:

    you are welcome. sure, I have source, it is video interview with high repute separatists commander, describing this event in details.

    Erebus Reply:

    Very interesting. Can you post it here?

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  • Mark Citadel Says:

    Wow, the amount of money sunk into this pit is astronomical. Radically inefficient democratic governance? Check!


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  • SVErshov Says:

    @Erebus I cannot find this video right now in my archive, but this story drawing some attention on internet. Information was in interview of commander “Моторолла” regarding events happened on 32nd and 31blockposts at the end of October 2014.


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