As the battle against the terrorist group the Islamic State, or ISIS, continues, many wonder if the fight will turn into another Iraq war. With the American people weary of combat troops on the ground, the former governor of Minnesota looks at the root of the problem and who is really to blame for the rise of ISIS.
Over the last few months, ISIS has taken over parts of Iraq and Syria. The U.S. trained Iraqi army has failed on multiple levels, leaving behind American military weapons and supplies that have been captured by ISIS. Since then, the Obama administration has authorized airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, which have been challenged as unconstitutional, as well as Congress authorizing a White House request of $500 million to train and arm rebels in Syria. The media often questions the actions of the White House, but during Friday’s episode of “Off the Grid” on Ora.TV, host Jesse Ventura went to origins of ISIS and put the blame on the doorstep of the Bush Administration.
“If Saddam Hussein had been left in charge of Iraq and the United States had never done what they did, I don’t think there would be any ISIS at this level because the border between Syria and Iraq would have still been very distinct. I’m trying to figure out why this is so very important to us, except for monetary reasons. Is that the only reason that we care? You are not going to convince me that our powerful people care about their people.”
Ventura also warned about how the United States will be perceived if they continue down the same path of the previous administrations. Ventura quoted former Vice President Dick Cheney, when he claimed that the United States would be greeted as “liberators” during the Iraq war.
“Dick Cheney told us we would be greeted as liberators when we went in there. Well we were hardly treated as liberates, unless IEDs are greetings of liberation. We were greeted as invaders and we’ve been greeted as that every since that awful war took place.”
Ventura didn’t stop at his criticism of Bush and Cheney, also putting blame on the mainstream media. Highlighting the lack of depth of their reporting, the former Navy frogman accused many media outlets of either covering up or simply not doing their job.
“I watch mainstream media, when I do, and they don’t say one word about the origins of all of this, which goes back to us invading Iraq, and overthrowing Saddam’s stable government. We turned everything into chaos over there.”
Ventura has been, if nothing else, consistent on his views when it comes to war. “This is us at perennial war, we are a war based economy now, they created that.” Ventura said. “They have to keep feeding the machine and the only way you keep feeding the machine is having wars in these third world places were we can supply the weapons, the machinery and a few troops here or there, that keep the war machine going.” the former governor stated, shaking his head in disgust.
President Obama has repeated that there will be no American “boots on the ground” in Iraq or Syria as the United States attempts to curb the violence and help stabilize the region. The president did note that combat troops on the ground might be necessary, but that they wont come from the U.S. military. If Obama has a change of heart, Ventura has previously stated that Bush and Cheney should be put on the front lines.