We didn’t actually attack anything, this go-round. We left that to France. We just issued warnings and made scary noises.
Call it the Rice-Power Maneuver, for Susan Rice and Samantha Power. As J.R. Dunn points out, however, the premise here is idiotic. It’s not like these drivers are innocent, uninvolved “civilians” like children or sick people. They’re waging ISIS’s war, just like the other non-uniformed participants who make up 100% of ISIS’s ranks. This is how far the Obama administration is going to avoid “collateral damage” — and who knows, it may be worse.
It does puts Obama’s prohibition on our strike-fighters actually dropping ordnance in an informative light. The Obama administration isn’t just sitting around, refusing, in a boring and passive manner, to let our forces attack targets. It’s enthusiastically creating new ways to avoid attacking targets. It’s demanding that our forces act out strongly worded messages and do haka dances to impress the enemy. Out of the hell of war, it’s making performance art. One almost has the sense that there may be merit badges involved, or at least little trophies for originality.
Story at American Thinker. Emphasis added:
According to Bridget Johnson of PJ Media, actions taken by U.S. forces in the wake of the Paris massacre include an effort to interdict ISIS oil tanker traffic. U.S. aerial assets carried this out by bombarding the trucks with leaflets warning drivers that an air strike would follow within forty-five minutes. What followed was, evidently, not air strikes at all, but low-level buzzing by U.S. Navy fighter-bombers. (Consider for a minute what the pilots must have thought.) …
You see, the important thing isn’t hurting ISIS. No – the important thing is not hurting civilians. This is how it was put by Col. Steve Warren, in a passage of pure Obamese that would be hard to beat by the master himself:
So we had to go through that whole process of one, determining whether or not we felt it was in our best interest to strike these trucks. And then once we determined that, yes, it is in our interest to strike these trucks, how do we go about ensuring that we’re able to mitigate the potential of civilian casualties? And these things take time[.]
Uh-huh. Memo to Col. Warren, Central Command, and the Pentagon: they’re all civilians. Every member of ISIS, every supporter, every collaborator, is a civilian. That’s one of the defining points of what a terrorist is.
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