February 14, 2015 by JImbo
We’re told this is a “new development” and that ISIS only recently threatened the US troops on Al-Assad airbase in Western Iraq.
Huh so this is new?
Then explain this older article that states it’s been an issue since last year:
This doesn’t sound much different than when I was in Iraq in 2005. We trained the Iraqis on the base. The terrorists lobbed mortar rounds in and sniped a bit. We sent out artillery and air strikes.
The only difference seems to be that our boys aren’t allowed to go outside the wire and chase the bad guys down. Then again…are they? They seem to be allowed to do “training missions” with the Iraqis to gauge their effectiveness.
Kinda like we lugged our “instructor pilots” used to lug a poor Vietnamese kid in the back seat on bombing missions so they could call them “training missions.”
Just admit the truth. Fight or give it up. Stop pretending.
They’re already trying to spin the latest reports that the attack wasn’t 8 disorganized individuals…but 20-25 troops with a plan. Also the attack may not have been stopped by the Iraqis. The Americans may in fact have stopped it for the most part.
However, admitting that the HUGE force of Iraqis on the base were unable to stop the attack of a handful of ISIS fighters would make our mission sound even more hopeless, so we can’t do that. We have to TELL people that the Iraqis did it on their own.
Besides that, the whole idea of a “multinational force” is falling apart. The UAE has stopped flying missions. The United States is flying 85% of the missions as it is. That 15% comes out to about 2 per day by the other 10 countries put together.
Hardly “overwhelming” air power. And we’re paying for it all. Jordan for example is getting its $300 million in foreign aid nearly doubled to $500 million a year. That in addition to supplying basically ALL of the weapons the whole coalition is using in the war. Our “allies” just have to show up.
Man that’s a sweet deal! All the fun of war with none of the cost! Looks like “allied” pilots get to fly one mission a week, enjoy free everything, and brag about “fighting terrorism” back home. If you’re a fighter pilot it really doesn’t get any better. That’s Valhalla right there.
Heck, the Syrian Air Force (the “bad guys” remember?) have actually been bombing ISIS as much as our “allies” are!
How sad is that?
We have to pretend that we’re not doing anything and it’s all the locals doing the work. After all, otherwise the whole battle plan (we train the locals to fight themselves) is put in jeopardy. Lie, Lie and Lie some more. When that doesn’t work…Lie again.