I feel like a bit of an idiot.
Well, let me say that again. I Potentially feel like a bit of an idiot.
In the big wide game of conspiracies it's always hard to believe or no believe. Unless we are presented with firm facts accompanied by a photo of
someone or something caught in the act we tend to give it a skeptical flick. I too have been tarred with that brush.
Take for instance ISIS,IS, ISIL whatever you want to call them. It would be all so easy to believe what the MSM portrays and be sucked into thinking
that these guys started this all alone in response to Asad and his filthy regime.
But something today got me thinking.
Now, I'm not poking the stick at America here, far from it, but they have been a bit oil hungry in the past. All I used to hear was "The war is just
about oil" or "They only went there for the oil".
Now what we have is IS gaining funding from profits made on oil and petroleum and this is where it started to click.
Weeks before the attacks that killed 129 people in Paris, U.S. warplanes resumed sorties above Syria and Iraq, targeting anew oil fields and other
parts of a vast petroleum infrastructure that fuels—and funds—Islamic State, one of the richest terrorist armies the world has known.
These airstrikes were launched not because U.S. officials were prescient.
They came after the Obama administration found and quietly fixed a colossal miscalculation. U.S. intelligence had grossly overestimated the damage
they’d inflicted during airstrikes on the militants’ oil production apparatus last year, while underestimating Islamic State’s oil revenue by
According to U.S. Department of the Treasury officials and data they released in the wake of the Paris mayhem, the terrorist group is actually taking
in $500 million from oil a year.
What’s more, just a few hours before the first Islamic State suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Stade de France on Nov. 13, U.S. Army
Colonel Steve Warren conceded at a press briefing that some American airstrikes disrupted IS oil operations for no more than a day or two.
(Treasury officials, who are charged with leading the administration’s war on Islamic State’s finances, declined to comment specifically on
whether Abu Sayyaf’s ledgers were at the root of their new estimates, but the agency has said the figures are extrapolated from the militant
group’s oil earnings from a single region in a single month earlier this year.)
The Obama administration “misunderstood the [oil] problem at first, and then they wildly overestimated the impact of what they did,” says Benjamin
Bahney, an international policy analyst at the Rand Corp., a U.S. Department of Defense-funded think tank, where he helped lead a 2010 study on
Islamic State’s finances and back-office operations based on captured ledgers.
He says the radical revision on oil revenue came after Treasury officials gained new intelligence on Islamic State’s petroleum operations—similar
to the ledgers Rand used for its study—following a rare ground assault by American Special Operations Forces this May. U.S. forces, operating deep
into the group’s territory in eastern Syria, targeted and killed an Islamic State “oil emir,” a man known by the Arabic nom de guerre Abu
Sayyaf, Pentagon officials said at the time.
So, what got stuck in my head was the silly notion that the Americans have been reluctant to place boots on the ground because they wanted IS to do
there dirty work for them. i.e. Take over oil installations, develop and maintain them.
I notice that what damage they have inflicted on these installations has been light at best / almost nil damage. Also, the bombing of transporters
has also been light in order to minimise disruption.
So my question is, is this proof that IS in a unknowing manipulated puppet of the US and that once the US see's IS has taken control of significant
areas of the oil field, they will make their strike and take over said areas?
I can't see how it would play out any other way?
Or......has this been an obvious thing all along and I've been blind?
edit on 19-11-2015 by CaptainBeno because: spelling