Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Syrian air strikes? Yawn.

So, the president in  mom pants has apparently gotten the urge to blow some stuff up.

A little anyway.

Here's the thing: it's not going to make any difference.

If air strikes alone could win wars, the Vietnam debacle would have had a completely different outcome.  And why did we even need a D-Day or an island hoping campaign in the Pacific?

Other countries are not going to send their troops to die for an incompetent, failed community organizer.  So the question, ultimately, becomes what is it going to take?

The Keystone Cops foreign policy of this clown is obvious.  Obvious to us... obvious to our allies... and obvious to our enemies.  An arrogant narcissistic putz does not imbue "stout-hearted men" with any sense that this clown knows what he's doing.

In the end, this isn't a game-changer.  Up to yesterday, we had launched about 200 strikes, total, since early August.

These efforts are representative of a mosquito chowing down on an elephant.  We should be averaging 200 strikes PER DAY to impact ISIS war-making capability... and those strikes should be determined by commanders in the theater... and not President Girlie-man.  (Lyndon Johnson got that kind of idiocy going on during his idiotic handling of the Vietnam War.  How'd that work out for us?)

The Tomahawk missiles launching from the ships was a stirring sight.  And at $1.5 million each, an expensive sight as well.

And even then... it won't make any difference.

When looking at this scenario, we have to understand that muslim fanatics take a somewhat different view of life and death.  After all, WE don't offer the 72 virgin package, do we?

We are STILL going to need boots on the ground:
The army base in Iraq’s western Anbar province had been under siege by Islamic State militants for a week, so when a convoy of armored Humvees rolled up at the gate, the Iraqi soldiers at Camp Saqlawiyah believed saviors had arrived.

But this was no rescue attempt. The vehicles were driven by militants on suicide missions, and within seconds on Sunday the base had become a bloody scene of multiple bombings.

On Monday, a day after the attack, five survivors — including three officers — said that between 300 and 500 soldiers were missing and believed to be dead, kidnapped or in hiding. Army officials said the numbers were far lower, leading to accusations that they were concealing the true toll.

If the survivors’ accounts are correct, it would make Sunday the most disastrous day for the Iraqi army since several divisions collapsed in the wake of the Islamic State’s capture of the northern city of Mosul amid its cross-country sweep in June.

In any case, the chaotic incident has highlighted shortcomings in an army that the United States has spent billions of dollars training and equipping, and it has further undermined the force’s reliability as a partner as President Obama expands airstrikes into provinces including Anbar.

Clearly, troops who have just recently discovered uses for electricity are not capable of standing up to a motivated, well-funded (By us) and well-equipped (By us) and fanatical enemy who operates in a self-justifying religious fervor... and who is dramatically unimpressed by our template of nationalism when their government claims to be sectarian but is, instead, a shadow based on the Hussein model of tribal favor and religious bigotry, a problem for any country in the region where there are several versions of islam, each more than willing to slaughter the other.

Let's remember: it was our president who allowed this JV cat out of the bag to roam regions previously pacified and slaughter thousands who had helped us for years as we let them die in oceans of blood.

But our abandonment of allies is nothing new: both democrats and the GOP have engaged in this hobby extending back to Vietnam, through the Kurds of Bush, Senior to Obama's abandonment of Iraqi's today.

Rivers of blood are on his hands.  And it's GOING to take boots on the ground for any of this to be worthwhile.

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