It’s easy to understand why the U.S. military wants to look like it has the upper hand in the yearlong battle against the Islamic State. Everyone loves a winner.
But the rosy assessment of the U.S.-led campaign in Iraq is being investigated by the Pentagon inspector general for being too optimistic, The New York Times reports. The investigation centers on whether intelligence agency analysis are being reworked to change the conclusions before the assessments are handed to higher ups, including President Barack Obama.
The potential problem raises concerns and questions about U.S. involvement in the fight against the Islamic State. The assessments have been mostly positive with officials noting that the enemy’s progress was being checked. Yet, more recent intelligence shows that to be inaccurate.
What’s clear is the fighting continues with the Islamic State’s reach extending into Central Asia and North Africa. Also the battles and instability are forcing millions of people to flee their homes, creating huge refugee problems in Europe.
People deserve to know the truth about the U.S. involvement so officials can then determine whether the military needs to devote more resources to the fight or pack up and go home.