They tricked us.
Those crafty ISIS characters. They didn’t just stand around and wait for us to drop bombs on their heads! This is not playing fair. WHAT’S OBAMA GONNA DO NOW??
According to the Wall Street Journal, our war on ISIS isn’t going exactly according to plan. The Islamists basically hold the same territory they held before.
From the piece:
Since strikes began in Syria, the militants are using cellphones and radios far less, and have been trying to communicate in ways fighters hope will be less easily intercepted, a U.S. official said.
U.S. officials said the group is also trying to keep their Humvees and tanks out of the coalition’s sights. The militants are now covering vehicles with netting, positioning them under bridges and moving their convoys and other vehicle operations to nighttime.
Christopher Harmer, a defense analyst at the Institute for the Study of War in Washington, said the U.S. is having a hard time getting actionable intelligence. As a result, he estimated only about 10% of the sorties being flown by the U.S. and its partners have dropped bombs.
“ISIS is not really structured in such a way as to be vulnerable to airstrikes,” he said. “They don’t have a lot of static targets. We can bomb a building here, a building there, a tank here, a truck there. But ISIS fighters are very good at intermingling with the civilian population.”
Now who would have guessed they’d start using netting? I mean, you can forgive the president for missing that one.
And who would have thought they’d start hiding among civilians? Islamists have never done that before . . .
Can anybody explain to me why we are waging war with both hands tied behind our back? Are we going to insult them to death?
This is not like any war we’ve ever fought. Why is Obama fighting a war like this? Does he cut his steak with a spoon?
The White House says this limited war could go on for an indeterminate amount of time. It’s an unlimited limited war.
The problem here is, time is not on our side. These people want to attack us. We don’t have years to upgrade the Iraqi army from a high school marching band into a deadly fighting force.
Besides, we already tried that. These guys fleeing at the sound popping air bubble wrap were trained by the United States.
Looks like the latest White House tactic is to minimize the threat, which officials have previously characterized as virulent. Vice President Biden was in typically brilliant form last Thursday at Harvard:
You are twice as likely to be struck by lightning as you are to be affected by a terrorist event in the United States.
What does that even mean? How does he know the likelihood of a terrorist attack? The White House has to be figuring since there hasn’t been a major attack recently, there won’t be one.
What I’d really like to see is a more expansive characterization from the vice president depicting the relative danger of lightening strikes, shark attacks, blue moons, and terrorist events. Then we’d really be down to some serious analysis.
The United States today faces threats that require attention. But we face no existential threat to our way of life or our security. Let me say it again: We face no existential threat — none — to our way of life or our ultimate security.
Well, if another 3,000 Americans are killed in a major terrorist attack, then it’s certainly an existential issue for them.
Either these guys are worth fighting, or they’re not. If they are, let’s fight them.