The Pentagon announced on Monday that the US and its allies started bombing ISIL in Syria. Fighter aircraft from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates took part in the airstrikes. The United States has already conducted dozens of airstrikes against ISIL targets in Iraq since mid-August.
SHAFAQNA– US, 24 Sep, The United States uses, abuses and then throw away its partners, an American political commentator has warned the countries which have joined the US-led coalition against ISIL.
Rodney Martin, who is the director of the World View Foundations, a website, and a host at the American Nationalist Network, an internet radio station, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Wednesday while commenting on a senior US military official’s statement in which he said that the US-led airstrikes against the ISIL terrorist group in Syria is the beginning of campaign that may last several years.
“You are seeing the beginning of a sustained campaign, and strikes like this in the future can be expected,” said Army Lieutenant General William Mayville, director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
“The whole concept of long-term bombing campaign, first of all, is intellectually dishonest. The concept of long-term bombing was tried extensively in the Vietnam conflict and it failed,” Martin said.
“The concept of strategic bombing, it was called Operation [Rolling] Thunder in Vietnam, it did not defeat either the North Vietnam conventional forces nor did it defeat the guerrilla fighters operating in South Vietnam,” he added. “This is a farcical to think that first of all the American public is going to buy a long-term bombing campaign in the Middle East and renew the magical word boots on the ground.”
“The fact of the matter is there was a great division between the civilian leaders, which are constitutionally in charge of the military in the United States, versus the former generals who actually want boots on the ground. They wanted a conventional force; they wanted an expeditionary force on the ground back in the Middle East; they did not want to leave Iraq, and they actually wanted a full-blown invasion of Syria, and quite honestly, [of] Iran in accordance with the project New American Century,” the journalist stated. “So there’s a great divide. And of course the neocons have wanted this for quite some time.”
“The concept that militarily a bombing campaign is going to dislodge ISIS, that’s not going to work,” he said, using an alternative acronym for the terrorist group whose militants were initially trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government.
The ISIL terrorists control large parts of Syria’s northern territory. ISIL sent its fighters into Iraq in June, quickly seizing vast expanse of land straddling the border between the two countries.
“ISIS was created and funded and armed by the United States. And now the United States is in a pickle IF…ISIS really has gone rogue and is no longer receiving support [from the US],” Martin said.
“I tend to believe that ISIS was created to destabilize the government of [Iraqi] Prime Minister [Nouri] Maliki and create a new government in Iraq, which has happened, and also to create a regime change in Syria,” he stated.
“And finally there’s a reason why governments like Turkey and other nations are not embracing the US policy because historically countries are far better off to not align with the United States,” Martin pointed out.
“World leaders are looking at the historical trends, and those countries that are historically aligned with the United States, it has not turned out well for them at all. The United States is not a good partner. They use, abuse and throw away their partners. They routinely violate the sovereignty of their partners, the nation states,” he noted.