Friday, November 20, 2015
Report: Obama administration has blocked 75% of potential U.S. airstrikes on ISIS targets
From the Washington Free Beacon:
"U.S. military pilots who have returned from the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq are confirming that they were blocked from dropping 75 percent of their ordnance on terror targets because they could not get clearance to launch a strike, according to a leading member of Congress.
"Strikes against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) targets are often blocked due to an Obama administration policy to prevent civilian deaths and collateral damage, according to Rep. Ed Royce (R., Calif.), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
"The policy is being blamed for allowing Islamic State militants to gain strength across Iraq and continue waging terrorist strikes throughout the region and beyond, according to Royce and former military leaders who spoke Wednesday about flaws in the U.S. campaign to combat the Islamic State."
Let's give Barack Obama his due. He has been appeasing our enemies, Iran, Putin, Assad, and frankly ISIS. His strategy morphed from degrade and destroy to contain, as though he could contain them.
Obama has the gall to admonish Netanyahu for retaliating when Israel is bombed by terrorists, a classic example of tolerance for intolerance. And the result is a rise in terror.
Astonishing that Obama has said he is going to maintain his (failed) strategy. This is due to his narcissistic tendencies that refuse to recognize when he is wrong. His delusions are recognized by our enemies, and we see the result.
It ain't pretty.
Obama is woefully inadequate to the leadership task. You can't effectively marshal a coalition by leading from behind.
Come to think of it, Obama's "we've got your back" is more than simply an expression. It happens to be where he likes to position himself, behind everyone else (presumably so he has someone to blame if things go wrong)!
So much for the world leadership position America once held before Obama. In seven short years he has managed to give away the leadership prowess and respect this country has fought over decades to attain and maintain.
And to believe that some 38% still think he is doing a "good" job. Of course, as far as most thinking Americans are concerned that depends on their definition of "job".
Obama has proven superlative at mendacity, ideological obdurateness, incompetence, petulance, hubris, narcissism and tone deafness, and, in deference to the quote in this article, incoherence! By those criteria the majority might agree!
Obama admitted months ago, he really has no plan or strategy. He can't seem to reconcile the intelligence he is getting from the Pentagon and CIA with his thoroughly discredited, obdurate ideology.
So, Obama retreats behind doubling down on what has proven completely ineffective. Obama's idea of "containment" compared to what of most rational people is like night and day. This is the same level of containment he thinks he has achieved with Iran and their nuclear ambitions in his "agreement".
Sadly, for all of us Obama's delusion persists regardless of how many facts reality throws at it.
Obama's claim that his foremost responsibility is to protect the American People, but then to continue to double down on refugee access to the U.S. is symptomatic of this man's total disconnect from reality. Numerous individuals in the intelligence community have flatly stated in interviews that there is no effective vetting in place to handle these individuals.
But that doesn't seem to deter Obama. One can't help but think that Obama has a screw loose somewhere. And as far as "American values" are concerned, he effectively stopped upholding them a long time ago, especially in the area of foreign policy.
Obana's policy is simply no policy, No strategy.
Our reckless withdrawal from Iraq led directly to the growth of ISIS.
After years of cultivating ties with the tough Sunni tribes in the north, the ones who had aligned with Al Qaeda jihadists in the aftermath of Saddam's defeat, the U.S. had achieved a kind of partnership with these groups who feared the Shi'ite majority government that replaced the Sunni dictatorship. They worked with us to kill the extremists: the "awakening".
Unfortunately, when the Bush Administration ended, so did this partnership; its architect, Gen. Petraeus, resigned in a personal scandal, Obama worked hard to pull the soldiers out, against the advice of the military, and the Sunni tribes were left to fend for themselves.
The Shi'ite-dominated military, amateurish but armed to the teeth with U.S. weaponry, proceeded to treat the Sunnis vengefully and brutally, and the Sunnis responded by allying once again with extremists.
And thus ISIS grabbed 25% of Iraq and became a global threat.
Happy now, Mr. President?
Posted by Dan Butcher