Rules of Engagement

Let me tell you what I DO know: I know that the Rules of Engagement have tied the arms of the pilots, putting almost the entire ISIS capitol of Racca, off limits.
Let me quote the NY Times:

“WASHINGTON — American intelligence analysts have identified seven buildings in downtown Raqqa in eastern Syria as the main headquarters of the Islamic State. But the buildings have gone untouched during the 10-month allied air campaign.”

“And just last week, convoys of heavily armed Islamic State fighters paraded triumphantly through the streets of the provincial capital Ramadi in western Iraq after forcing Iraqi troops to flee. They rolled on unscathed by coalition fighter-bombers.”

“American and allied warplanes are equipped with the most precise aerial arsenal ever fielded. But American officials say they are not striking significant, and obvious, Islamic State targets out of fear that the attacks will accidentally kill civilians. Killing such innocents could hand the militants a major propaganda coup and alienate the local Sunni tribesmen, whose support is critical to ousting the militants, and Sunni Arab countries that are part of the fragile American-led coalition.”

That is the reason that 50% of our fighter/bombers return with their ordinance — and that is why I find it interesting that the French dropped their first 20 bombs on Raqqa — in all likelihood on the very buildings that are out of bounds to our bombers. Being personally bloodied has angered the French. The French are bombing on coordinates we supplied, but which we will not bomb!

Knowing history, I find it ironic that the French are taking the lead in the attacks on ISIS, but I guess it just the new norm, with the French being the hardliners on the Iranian Nuclear deal, and Forbes listing Obama as the third most powerful international leader.

I would remind you that in WWII We firebombed Tokyo, nuked Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and Berlin and Dresden — all purposely killing the civilians who provided the support systems for the front-line troops. Osaka, 10,000 civilians killed; Kassel, 10,000 civilians killed; Darmstadt, 12,300; Pformheim, 21,200; Swinoujousi, 23,000; Berlin, 20,000 to 50,000; Dresden, 25,000; Hamburg, 42,6000; Tokyo, 100,000; Nagasaki and Hiroshima, 210,000.

Of course, that the last time we won a war.

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