US seeking to catch 'bigger fish' in Middle East: Analyst
The US is mulling to “institutionalize” the endless war in the Mideast to catch a “bigger fish to fry,” an analyst says.
Amid US plans to send back more troops to Iraq, a political analyst says Washington is seeking to “institutionalize” the endless war in the Middle East in a bid to catch a “bigger fish to fry.”
In a phone interview with Press TV on Thursday, Bruce Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power, said the ultimate target of the US in the region is Iran.
“It’s all a show game,” Gagnon said, adding that the United States ultimately wants to “institutionalize, to make permanent this endless war in the region.”
On Thursday, top US military commander General Martin Dempsey said the Pentagon is considering the deployment of combat troops to Iraq, recommending that American troops fight alongside Iraqi forces to capture Mosul or border areas with Syria from the ISIL terrorists.
US President Barack Obama has so far authorized the deployment of up to 1,500 more troops to Iraq. Obama said this represents a new phase in the war against ISIL.
“Because they have a bigger fish to fry, they want to put more US troops into Iraq, because ultimately the prize is Iran, and we know, many people know -- maybe not everyone knows -- that Iran and Iraq share a border,” he noted.
He said that Iran today is surrounded with US troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and other places throughout the Middle East.
Calling Obama “the magician,” Gagnon argued that the US is trying to extend the war in the Middle East and ultimately develop its capability to begin to “bleed Iran” overtime and do “regime change there as they are attempting to do in Syria today.”