In the wake of the heinous slaughter in Paris, the French have stepped up attacks on ISIS installations in Syria. The targeting information came from the US. That leads to the question of, wut, if we know where the targets are, why didn’t WE attack them? Because while Obama wants to act as if his campaign against ISIS is accomplishing anything, the administration has so hamstrung commanders that they cannot even pick the lowest hanging fruit on the target tree.
Targeting fuel trucks used to be off limits because of the civilians operating them, but shortly after the Paris terrorist attacks the rules of engagement changed. Before destroying the tankers the USAF, using F-15s, dropped information leaflets telling the drivers to scatter as an attack was imminent. To show the drivers that USAF was serious they had A-10’s conduct strafing runs close to the trucks an hour before the strikes.
Illicit oil sales are the prime source of ISIS funding. That makes the transports a legitimate infrastructure target. But for a year now, we’ve blithely let them operate unimpeded for fear of civilian casualties.
I’m not for indiscriminate bombing aimed merely at causing misery and mass casualties. But ignoring legitimate targets, targets that if destroyed can have a positive effect, is insane.
Given that two AC-130s and four A-10s were able to attrit about 10% of the available ISIS transport truck fleet overnight, even with the stupid restrictions imposed, tells you just how easy a target set these trucks are.
But they’ve been off limits all this time.
Because it’s not important to Obama. Literally, winning isn’t important.
Ain't nobody got time for THAT. pic.twitter.com/As7N08CFIa
— Aggierican (@aggierican) November 16, 2015