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Monday, August 1, 2016

US engages in more perfunctory airstrikes

It sounds like the United States is actually getting serious about fighting ISIS, but let's wait and see.

The U.S. flew a bunch of sorties against the Islamic State on Monday that has been confirmed by the Pentagon. So-called President Obama authorized the strikes after the UN-backed Libyan government asked for them. 

This was the third round of U.S. airstrikes in Libya since November and is comparable to using a teaspoon to empty out an overfilled bathtub on your back lawn on a rainy day. But it really looks good to liberals who don't want to really get involved in another war and would rather wait until it comes to their neighborhood in a few years.

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook denied that as usual, Obama is leading from behind. "I don't want to predict the pace," he said, describing the strikes as "providing military support for a partner on the ground."

Fayez-Serraj, head of UN-brokered presidency council said on TV that US warplanes attacked the ISIS bastion of Sirte, "causing major casualties," and said that not one US boot was on the ground which made ISIS take a deep breath of relief.

The "precision strikes" targeted an ISIS Junior Varsity tank and two other vehicles that were likely taken by ISIS when Iraqi forces dropped their weapons and ran away like a Clinton from the truth.

According to Cook, the US would vet specific targets as part of a "collaborative process" with the Libyan government and share intelligence information back and forth.

The notion of 'specific targets' implies that we are not really fighting a war as if it was a war, we are fighting it like crime with well-armed police soldiers. 

This is one reason that ISIS in Libya has grown in the past year to over 5,000 orthodox Muslims, willing to die for Allah's cause, a world caliphate where only one [Islamic] religion exists. They see that they're not losing, maybe winning here and there, and the United States president doesn't want to get involved beyond perfunctory gestures.

In fact, according to the Vietnam protester running the State Department, our biggest threat is not Islamic terrorism; air conditioners and refrigerators. These are the idiots in charge of our country . . . what were we thinking?

Cook blathered on: "[The strikes] are consistent with our approach to combating ISIL by working with capable and motivated local forces. These actions and those we have taken previously will help deny ISIL a safe haven in Libya from which it could attack the United States and our allies."

Is Cook aware that ISIS, aka ISIL, aka Daesh, has been attacking the West from within? Just because they don't use stolen tanks and other vehicles, doesn't mean they pose no threat even now. (See Orlando attack, Paris attack, Belgium attack, Normandy attack, San Bernadino attack, and others, if you have the time.)

This is not a simple war against a single identifiable army of jihadists. It's going to take more than going after 'specific targets' if we plan on getting out of this jihad alive.

And the first step is knowing your enemy and knowing yourself.