Friday, August 08, 2014

So the horrors and disaster finally piled up enough that The Lightbringer

decided he had to do something.  So he's doing... something.
The mandate he gave to the armed forces was more limited than that of his predecessors, focused mainly on dropping food and water. But he also authorized targeted airstrikes “if necessary” against Islamic radicals advancing on the Kurdish capital of Erbil and others threatening to wipe out thousands of non-Muslims stranded on a remote mountaintop.

And this:
The Pentagon revealed that two F/A-18 aircraft dropped 500-pound laser-guided bombs on a mobile artillery piece near Erbil.

Here's what I think: despite his wanting the whole thing to just go away and stop being a problem for him, the mess is now so bloody awful he can't ignore it, talk around it or wish it away.  Too many news sources nowadays, things like thousands of people dying slowly on a hill can't be covered-up or ignored.  So he and his minions(or handlers, as may be the case with some) got together and decided "What's the least we can do to say 'We did something'?  Not enough to upset the Right-Thinking People, but maybe enough to shut everyone else up, enough to pretend we're actually trying to stop ISIL?"

Reason I think so?  There's a bloody carrier in range with enough firepower on it to do some serious remodeling.  If he actually wanted the bad guys stopped, the orders would be "Find their heavy weapons, supply points, convoys and troop concentrations and smash them."  Which could be done, between the carrier aircraft and drones.  Instead we've got 'drop some supplies and- if necessary- drop some bombs.'  Makes you want to know what 'necessary' is being defined as, doesn't it?

Something else: want to bet that a bunch of pilots are wondering if, if they're shot or forced down, they'll wind up like those people in Benghazi?


Anonymous said...

Mmmm, mmmm, BACON!!!

Anonymous said...

We armed the Iraqi government, who used their power to oppress and kill Sunnis. We armed ISIS, who are using their power to oppress and kill Shia. Maybe we should stop "helping" in the Middle East. Their problems are their problems, not ours. ISIS even has a policy of sorting out all of Islam before having anything to do with the rest of the world. So they are even less our problem than most of the extremists in the Middle East.