Military-Industrial Complex Claims U.S. ‘Withdrawal’ in Syria Strengthened ISIS

DF-ST-87-06962 The Pentagon, headquarters of the Department of Defense. DoD photo by Master Sgt. Ken Hammond, U.S. Air Force.

The military-industrial complex is not pleased with President Donald Trump removing most of the troops from Syria, reviving the ISIS bogeyman in an attempt to influence the administration and the general public into supporting endless war in the nation.

A watchdog for the Defense Department released a report on Tuesday claiming that ISIS is on the rise because Trump removed troops from the area.

“Despite losing its territorial ‘caliphate,’ the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) solidified its insurgent capabilities in Iraq and was resurging in Syria this quarter,” the report claims.

“ISIS is likely exploiting the lack of security to enlist new members and re-engage members who have left the battlefield,” the report says.

This is the newest trick from the military-industrial complex to gin up a phony threat regarding Syria. Just a few months ago, they brought out the familiar canard that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against his own people again.

“Unfortunately, we continue to see signs that the Assad regime may be renewing its use of chemical weapons, including an alleged chlorine attack in northwest Syria on the morning of May 19,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.

The State Department, led by neoconservative Mike Pompeo, claimed the evil Russians were assisting Assad in perpetrating “a continuing disinformation campaign … to create the false narrative that others are to blame for chemical weapons attacks.”

“The facts, however, are clear,” Ortagus said. “The Assad regime itself has conducted almost all verified chemical weapons attacks that have taken place in Syria — a conclusion the United Nations has reached over and over again.”

However, it is not likely that Trump will be falling for this nonsense. He has stated in the past that he understands that the military-industrial complex is trying to manipulate him into a needless conflict in Syria.

“I’m the one that talks about these wars that are 19 years and people are just there, and don’t kid yourself, we do have a military-industrial complex. They do like war!” Trump said during an appearance on Fox News in May.

“If it was up to them, they’d bring thousands of soldiers in. Someday, people will explain it, but you do have… you do have a group, and they call it ‘the military-industrial complex.’ They never want to leave. They always want to fight. No, I don’t want to fight,” Trump added.

With most of the troops brought home from Syria, it is not likely that Trump will be restoring a large U.S. presence in the country with ISIS all but defeated. Unfortunately, Iran may be another story altogether.