Press TV has conducted an interview with Kevin Barrett, an editor at Veterans Today in Madison, about the Iraqi government announcing that it has received the first batch of F-16 fighter jets from the United States.
The following is a rough transcription of the interview.
Press TV: The Iraqi government has received these F-16 fighter jets from the US. Why do you think this has been shipped to them at this time?
Barrett: Well it is interesting timing, isn’t it because those jets are years overdue. Apparently the US government has been much more interested in training and equipping groups like ISIL than in helping their supposed ally in Baghdad fighting against ISIL.
We have got all sorts of smoking guns that have come out in the last year and especially the last couple of months proving that indeed the US cautiously created ISIL. It was the smoking gun memo that Judicial Watch uncovered last May which said this was from 2012 and the US talked about then that they desired to “establish” a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in eastern Syria. And this is exactly what these supporting powers want - supporting powers being the US and its allies in the region.
So we now know as people like Rand Paul have publicly stated that ISIS is essentially the creation of the US and its regional allies and I think that perhaps at this point ISIS has worn out its usefulness. We are on the cusp of a nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 and it may be that western powers are ready to admit that their strategy of destabilizing the region by funding these extremist Salafist and Wahhabist groups against the various regional governments especially Syria, Iraq and ultimately Iran may have run its course. And one would hope so. This policy is the policy of the big lie which the West creates the very extremists that pretends to be fighting but it is also policy of complete destabilization designed to break up the countries of the region. This is in nobody’s interest except with the interest of the extremists in Tel Aviv and I hope the West has decided that that particular path is no longer viable.