War by PC: ISIS Training Camps Left Unbombed
Subhead: “Only 20 camps struck since May”
I know that this story is not a surprise to many of you, but just in case you missed it.
From Bill Gertz at the Washington Free Beacon:
President Obama said for the first time this week that U.S. and allied airstrikes are targeting ISIS training camps in Iraq and Syria, but new figures reveal only 20 camps were hit in recent months.
Since May, U.S. and allied air forces conducted 17 attacks hitting a total of 20 camps in Syria and Iraq, according to the U.S. military command in Iraq.
Critics in the Obama administration and U.S. military say ISIS has been operating more than 60 training camps since 2014 in areas of Syria and Iraq. The camps are said to be producing an estimated 1,000 fighters a month.
The officials voiced frustrations that ISIS training camps are not being vigorously struck.
“These camps give them a continuous, fresh flow fighters,” said one official, “and little is being done to destroy them.” …
“The rate of U.S. strikes today is infinitesimal in comparison to the First Gulf War and our pilots’ incredibly restrictive rules of engagement mean that they often return to base with ordinance still on their wing struts,” Gorka [ the Horner distinguished chair of military theory at Marine Corps University,] said. “As long as ISIS has ten of thousands of fighters in theater, this in inexcusable.”
Rep. Mike Turner (R., Ohio) said during a House Armed Services Committee hearing last month that key targets, including training camps, are not being bombed.
“There’s great frustration in the American public as we hear that there are attacks now happening to ISIS, and ISIL training camps that we’ve known where they are but no one’s attacking them,” Turner said Nov. 18.
“Logistic, supply lines, sales of oil, other operations of ISIS and ISIL are going without challenge,” he added. “So clearly the strategy that we’re doing is not working and is threatening our national security.”
Could Obama be–I can’t believe I’m about to say this–lying to us?