Leaflets warned drivers to ‘Run away!’ before U.S. aircraft buzzed ISIS tanker trucks

Leaflets warned drivers to ‘Run away!’ before U.S. aircraft buzzed ISIS tanker trucks
Humane non-combat. (Image: DOD)

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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J.E. Dyer

J.E. Dyer

J.E. Dyer is a retired Naval Intelligence officer who lives in Southern California, blogging as The Optimistic Conservative for domestic tranquility and world peace. Her articles have appeared at Hot Air, Commentary’s Contentions, Patheos, The Daily Caller, The Jewish Press, and The Weekly Standard.

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16 thoughts on “Leaflets warned drivers to ‘Run away!’ before U.S. aircraft buzzed ISIS tanker trucks

  1. As a point of clarification, the truck drivers are just truck drivers. They buy the oil from ISIS for X, then go sell it wherever at X+Y. Destroying the trucks and the oil pretty much means that the remaining non-combatants in ISIS-controlled zones become combatants or refugees, because in the desert that is Syria and Iraq, you can’t survive without gasoline. There is no othter way for those folks to get gasoline/oil without ISIS, so add a few more million refugees, and all we do is slow the expansion of ISIS globally.

    It would make much more sense to not make millions more enemies, and just drive ISIS out of the oilfields. This is what comes of fighting a war with driven by politics and false assumptions, devoid of either a mission or strategy.

    1. ya think emperor burak’s gonna man up and put thousands of american boots back on the ground in N. Iraq to hunt down the bad guys and wake the sunni awakening back up? ain’t gonna happen. the dc regime exists in an alternative universe, and that’s the charitable explanation.
      i doubt that the russians (think grozny) or even the french will have similar scruples, nor perhaps as many smart bombs and technical means to avoid collateral damage, so-called. (people driving oil trucks to earn $$ for ISiS aren’t innocent civilians, in my estimation). Btw, did you know that Erdogan’s son is a principal in a trucking company that’s transporting the oil? At least there are accounts allegint this. That’s our turkish ally in the fight against isis. can you believe that?
      Another interesting question: how long can russia afford its campaign, what w/low oil and gas prices and euro-american sanctions.
      because uncle sam — as long as burak squats in 1600 Pa — aint gonna do jack-sh**, other than bloviate, which the numbskull talking heads will dutifully parrot on cable tv.
      Finally, I’m not at all clear that in their hearts-of-hearts the fanatical progressives/globalists/ilsamophiles/crypto-muslims in d.c. and brussesl regard so-called syrian so-called refugees a bad thing. matter of fact, i think they regard them as a source of votes and power.
      the peoples of europe and the usa are being played massively and have barely begun to wake up to the magnitude of the disaster wrought.

    2. Because killing the ISIS drivers, who the baseless assumption goes are just drivers, would create Million, no BILLIONS more enemies? Yes, ISIS would trust their money [in oil form] to drivers that are just… some random drivers?

      Hey maybe the Nazi oil drivers should not have been bombed during WWII? Or better yet, why did Allies, bomb Romanian oil fields that fueled Hilter’s war machine? Those were just oil workers! Bombing them created MILLIONS, no BILLIONS more enemies for the Allies.

      This kowtowing, to make the inept actions of the man in the WH who created millions of windows and orphans by training, funding and arming “moderate” Al-Qaeda who later became ISIS, is vomit educing.

      It is you and the pathetic ISIS promoter in the WH who will be held responsible WHEN not IF at this point ISIS attacks our homes.

      1. I’d upvote this +100000 if I could. So sick of these liberals trying to sound all wise with their “killing their civilians only creates more terrorists” BS. It’s flawed logic on so many levels I’m not gonna waste time trying to explain. Anyone who espouses this strategy is providing aid and comfort to the enemy IMO.

    3. Allow me to completely destroy your effeminate, left-wing, safe zone, victimization narrative.

      “Truck drivers are just truck drivers. They buy oil from ISIS” That makes them associates of known terrorists and they are no longer just truck drivers.

      “Destroying the trucks and the oil pretty much means that the remaining non-combatants in ISIS-controlled zones become combatants or refugees” No, it doesn’t. Islam makes all Muslims radicals, not killing terrorists. If killing terrorists makes moderate Muslims radical, then they were wolves in sheep’s clothing. It also doesn’t make them refugees since ISIS is killing them and won’t be sharing those profits from the oil they stole from them.

      “because in the desert that is Syria and Iraq, you can’t survive without gasoline.” They’ve only done it for thousands of years.

      “It would make much more sense to not make millions more enemies, and just drive ISIS out of the oilfields.” It would make much more sense to not have transwomen in the decision process. Your mangina is blocking receptors in your pons in your hindbrain.

      “This is what comes of fighting a war with driven by politics and false assumptions, devoid of either a mission or strategy.” All wars are political. Welcome to the man cave, now get in the kitchen and make us some coffee.

  2. Well it’s a damn good thing for the pilot buzzing the truck. that no one suggested arming the lunatics with MANPADS or anything stupid like that.

    Oh, wait…


      1. OT
        Allegedly, Shia militias in Iraq are now rebuilding/reassembling GC-45 long range howitzers (ironically, a Gerald Bull design) that we broke to pieces after the war. Some units are purportedly now within shelling range of southern ISIS positions outside Mosul. I’m taking this with a grain of salt.

        If it is true, I don’t believe they’ll be able to do much more than shell a couple of minor ISIS positions. But, it could be a sign that they’re gearing up for a larger operation, at a later date.

        Thought you’d like to know.

  3. Meanwhile, the Russian bear continues marking his territory: Russia to conduct naval exercises off Lebanese shore
    Russia to conduct naval exercises off Lebanese shore
    (story is dated 11/20)
    I wonder how long Russia can continue paying for what it’s doing, what with low oil prices and sanctions, and, possibly, military hardware limitations. (My guess is that it can manage for quite some time.) Ditto Saudi Arabia. Also, it looks to me like there’s a game of chicken going on between Russia and the Saudis re the Levant War, one in which oil prices (and pipelines) play a pretty big part, a game in which Russia holds the better cards. But I don’t know much about the specifics.

    1. As you know ID, Russian society has a much higher tolerance for pain than Western societies do. They can make do with far less food and not crack, than our societies could at the thought of having to give up our second car. They can keep this up for a long time alright. As long as they believe it’s to protect Mother Russia.

      None of the pipeline business will get sorted out, until there is an either imposed, or negotiated, decisive, regional political solution.

      1. I occasionally check some of the Beltway think-tanks where the some of cognoscenti opine that the Russkies are in danger of quagmiring themselves in the Levant. That assessment doesn’t meet my smell test, but i thought I’d play devil’s advocate to see what others thought. Lenin said, “Probe with a bayonet: if you meet steel, stop. If you meet mush, then push.” Vlad must know that one, and he certainly is meeting mush. He’s also got a set of concrete, specificstrategic goals in mind, graded in order of importance.
        Between Vlad himself, his sloviki buddies, the oligarchs, and the Russian state itself, they’ve go enough cash stashed to keep this going for some time. I assume they’ve got the hardware as well. And, from what I’ve seen, the Russian people are OK with this war and, like you say, possessed of a high tolerance for pain.
        Watching the videos of Russian bombers letting loose on Syria, I flashed on the Spanish Civil War, which, in turn put me in mind of J..E.’s statement (in her 21 Nov article) that ‘This is how big wars start: over time, from little ones.’ That is something to bear in mind; but on the other hand, nukes mean that today’s arena differs considerably from that of1936-39.
        We do live in interesting times.

  4. I’m surprised we have a military force left. I can’t imagine how frustrating it would be, under this administration, to try to wage an effective war against our enemies and be thwarted, at every turn. I’m surprised our military is allowed to have weapons.

  5. This is not the way to win.

    That’s the entire point, from our current administrations’ viewpoint.

    We gave no warning to the transport industry in Germany or Japan in WWII. We hit civilian trucks, railcars and rail engines, and barges and ships. Submarine sailors even acted as raiders to destroy a railroad bridge in Japan.

    In the Korean War we gave no warning to the transport industry. We dropped a lot of bombs on it. It took the North Koreans years to recover.

    Less so in the Viet Nam war, but we hit a lot of transport, the occasional foreign supply ship, and eventually stopped all foreign ships by mining port’s navigable waters. There was notification.

  6. During Vietnam, there was a story about an NVA sniper who preyed upon US convoys. He would only fire one shot at each convoy. That shot was always….always…..aimed at the driver of the first truck in the convoy. It didn’t long to figure that out, and suddenly, no one wanted to be the driver of the first truck.

    It would work here. Just take out the first truck of any caravan or convoy. Oh, and any lone vehicle gets blasted as well.

    The CinC is a p*ssy. No doubt about it.

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