The Hill reports the cost of the war against “ISIS” surpassed $6 billion at the end of January.
“A defense spokesman says that, as of January 31, the total cost to U.S. taxpayers of anti-ISIS operations that began on Aug. 8, 2014, is $6.2 billion,” reported Kristina Wong, defense reporter for The Hill.
“That’s an average of $11.5 million per day, for 542 days of operations. The average daily cost of operations has gone up from $11.4 million per day, as of late December.”
Here are U.S. claims of ISIS dead:
Jan: 6,000 (Amb. Jones)
Feb: 8,500 (Austin)
June: 13,000 (Carlisle)
Today: 20,000 (OIR spox)
This equates to 230.6 dead per day at an average cost of nearly $50,000 per death. But there is no definitive confirmation on body counts. When asked in January how many ISIS fighters had been killed in the campaign, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby declined to give a figure, saying only that it was “hundreds, several hundred.”
Somehow though, ISIS’s “overall force” is the same size as it was when the U.S. air campaign expanded into Syria two years ago, per the same official who gave USA Today the updated casualty figures this week. ISIS is famously adept at luring foreign fighters with promises of luxury cars and kittens; but Long War Journal’s Thomas Joscelyn was skeptical that recruitment could account for those numbers.
What the ISIS scam is really about:
An article from the early 1980s by Israeli diplomat and journalist Oded Yinon is most explicit about the ISIS scam. The “Yinon Plan” calls for the “dissolution” of “the entire Arab world including Egypt, Syria, Iraq and the Arabian peninsula.” Each country was to be made to “fall apart along sectarian and ethnic lines,” after which each resulting fragment would be “hostile” to its “neighbors.” Yinon incredibly claimed that:
“This state of affairs will be the guarantee for peace and security in the area in the long run”
According to Yinon, this Balkanization should be realized by fomenting discord and war among the Arabs. Iraq by any objective measure was a criminal hell storm.
“Every kind of inter-Arab confrontation will assist us in the short run and will shorten the way to the more important aim of breaking up Iraq into denominations as in Syria and in Lebanon.”
Sheldon Richman posited that:
“Inter-Arab confrontation promoted by the United States and Israel … would suit expansionist Israelis who have no wish to deal justly with the Palestinians and the Occupied Territories. The more dangerous the Middle East appears, the more Israeli leaders can count on the United States not to push for a fair settlement with the Palestinians. The American people, moreover, are likely to be more lenient toward Israel’s brutality if chaos prevails in the neighboring states.”