Former American intelligence linguist, Scott Rickard, has said that the United States seeks to sustain the growth of ISIS in order to wreak havoc in the middle east, and thus allow the US military-industrial complex to thrive.
“The fact remains that the coalition forces pretty much led by the US and the British empire, England, have really been designed to maintain the growth of ISIS, not to cease its operations,” he said in an interview with Press TV.
The US military is not using its overwhelming force to destroy ISIL because the group’s demise will destroy a major source of revenue for the American military-industrial complex, Rickard told Press TV on Saturday.
ISIL’s downfall will end the US military campaign and along with it the “economic prosperity that’s coming out of this endless and perpetual war that’s really been created and funded and also perpetuated by the West,” he added.
Rickard characterized ISIL as a “mercenary force”, armed and funded by the very same coalition that has been engaged in the bombing campaign against the group for nearly 10 months.
The ISIL terrorists have been able to maintain 80 to 90 percent of territory under their control in 4 to 6 thousands of coalition sorties targeting their positions, he said.
A senior Obama administration official said Tuesday that the battle to destroy ISIL in Iraq could take at least three to five years.
State Department spokesman John Kirby, a retired Navy admiral, appeared on a talk show to clarify President Barack Obama’s comments at the G7 summit the day before, in which he admitted his administration lacked a “complete strategy” against ISIL.
“We do have a strategy, the president was referring to a specific plan to improve training and equipping of the Iraqi security forces,” Kirby said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Recent setbacks in Iraq and Syria have raised serious doubts about Obama’s strategy, months after he announced an open-ended military air campaign to “degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIL forces by enlisting the support of allies.