by Gordon Duff
14 December 2015
Gordon Duff is a
Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War that has worked
on veterans and POW issues for decades and consulted
with governments challenged by security issues.
He's a senior
editor and chairman of the board of
especially for the online magazine "New
A story leaked out of Washington credits
Senator John McCain, empowered by America's corrupt congress
to oversee Pentagon programs, with derailing the
administration's "coalition bombing campaign" in Syria
McCain and key right wing extremists,
working in concert with Turkish, Israeli and Saudi intelligence,
have placed a "political shield" over terrorist targets in Iraq and
Syria, something that has frustrated American pilots, silenced by
the threat of imprisonment or worse.
Reports from pilots and sources up and down the Pentagon chain of
command tell an interesting story.
Considering America's years of
experience at "precision bombing" and the vast intelligence,
surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities of the world's largest
military, America's utter failure in curtailing ISIS and her dozens
of "sister organizations" has been inexplicable.
American pilots flying over Iraq and Syria have quietly leaked their
story for over a year now but no news agency will carry it. They say
they have flown over oil tanker convoys 4 lanes wide at times and
been told to stay silent.
They report mysterious aircraft
dropping supplies to ISIS and al
Nusra, they are silenced on that as well.
The most common report, however, is massive parking lots filled with
hundreds, even thousands of Humvees, Abrams tanks, artillery pieces,
support vehicles of all kinds, all "hands off" at the orders of the
In previous bombing campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, American
pilots and drone operators admittedly suffered "collateral damage"
at levels from 50% to almost 90% by some estimates. This could be
the reason the US has somehow ordered pilots, both "cockpit" and
"deskbound drone," to "stand down" when they find juicy targets of
They say it isn't, that many of these targets are totally in the
open or "well worth the risk." In fact some pilots are totally
dispirited from seeing the same "fat targets" over and over while
they are sent after road checkpoints or abandoned buildings.
McCain, chairman of the powerful
Senate Armed Services Committee,
has strangled America's efforts to the point where there are no
sufficient munitions available. America is flying operations over
Syria and Iraq with the aging F 16 recently upgraded for improved
all weather capability using typical payloads of World War II era
Note that John McCain's personal trips to Syria,
meeting with the heads of ISIS and al Nusra, deeply parallel his
earlier actions in Vietnam when as a prisoner of war McCain trained
North Vietnamese air defense forces to shoot down American planes
and made dozens of anti-American propaganda broadcasts.
McCain was pardoned by President Nixon when facing court martial and
his records sealed and "whitewashed" by the press.
America is beholding to Turkey for the use of an airbase for
operations in Syria and Iraq, bombing runs that restrict loiter time
and can require air refueling as America's aircraft carriers are now
being kept in port with rare forays into the Pacific or Indian
Ocean, all on McCain's orders.
Even America's huge airbase in Qatar, home to the B1B and B52 fleet
of heavy bombers, seen over Kobani, is now "frozen" and "off limits"
for anti-ISIS operations.
Taking the anonymous statements of half a dozen pilots and
extrapolating a pattern requires support, both direct and anecdotal.
Below we list some factors used:
Traditionally, the US reports
some collateral damage while foreign press is more
However, there are almost no
reports of collateral damage by US planes with the exception
of assertions by Russia and Syria that coalition planes are
actually actively flying air support for ISIS and al Nusra
operations, bombing power stations and "accidentally"
hitting Syrian Army units involved in critical operations.
US capability, advanced weapons
and targeting capability, when combined with the available
aircraft in the US inventory at over 1000, should have made
all movement and resupply in both Iraq and Syria through use
of "kill zones" and impossibility within two weeks.
A year later and ISIS heavy
armor convoys are as safe on Iraq roads as though they were
snug at home in their mother's arms.
Failure to bring America's A10
"Warthog" squadrons to Iraq, the only planes America has in
its inventory capable of obliterating oil convoys and other
ISIS assets, is more than curious, it is criminal.
That Russia, within weeks, was
able to destroy hundreds of "fat targets," command centers,
fuel and ammunition depots, equipment storage facilities and
training camps, most of which had been "up and running"
through the entire coalition bombing campaign but untouched,
speaks volumes as to the truth of reports by American pilots
of "hands off" orders.
America's refusal to share
targeting data with Russia may well be more than simply
Sharing this date would reveal
patterns of deception and misdirection that would, we
believe, inexorably lead to exposure of the American led
bombing program as a sham.
The political issue that few outside
Washington can understand is how an American politician like McCain,
whose "long game" could be anything,
...can govern or even overrule the White
That answer is not simple, that American military commanders are
inherently, and we are saying a majority, deceptive, disloyal and
elected, Washington has been deluged with rumors of a
military coup against the government. Literally thousands of
military officers have been "cashiered" for misconduct of all kinds,
sexual, gambling or incompetence, with the real underlying reason
For decades, AIPAC, the Israeli lobby in Washington, was believed to
control congress, the press and the American military. In recent
months, however, it has become clear
that AIPAC has always acted
in concert with Turkish intelligence services and the powerful Saudi
As al Qaeda has moved from "terror group" to "loyal American ally,"
pulling a decade of conspiracy theorists into the mainstream, the
exposure of the Israeli, Turkish, Saudi alliance with the American
right and their love affair with ISIS is also coming into focus.
With that, with the right and all that cash, all that influence and
the bizarre and unfathomable Mr. McCain, more is coming into focus
as well, how America's Air Force may actually be ISIS' air force.
Another explanation would be welcome but thus far is not supportable