By Ray Starmann
The last week has been an absolute disaster for the Obama administration’s foreign policy. Isis has captured the city of Palmyra in Syria. In Iraq, Isis seized Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, which is only 70 miles from downtown Baghdad.
In Palmyra and Ramadi, the atrocities have already begun, as Isis continues its reign of terror across the Middle East.
In a no man’s land between Ramadi and Baghdad, 20,000 Iraqis are trapped, awaiting a rescue from their countrymen that will never come.
For millions of Iraqis and Syrians living under the horror of Isis, there is no day of liberation at hand.
And, why not? Because the Commander and Chief, the President of the United States is AWOL.
In a litany of White House and Pentagon briefings this week, the nation was informed that the recent debacles this week, were mere “setbacks.” White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, spoke of “An ebb and a flow.”
Looks like there’s a lot more ebbing than flowing.
When questioned by reporters, General Dempsey seemed like he hadn’t even broken a sweat over Isis. This is the same man that insulted the mother of a fallen Navy SEAL and in fact, all the soldiers who died capturing Ramadi, when he stated that Ramadi had “No strategic importance.”
Tell that to the people of Ramadi, General Dempsey. Tell that to the Iraqi Army. Tell that to the people of Baghdad who know that mad men are their future and in the distance see a deadly mirage looming across the desert sands.
As this week unfolded, the world became aware of one very important fact; the United State of America is losing this war against Isis. The world is also learning a harsh lesson. Community organizers can’t fight.
Our current air campaign, Operation Inherent Resolve is totally worthless. Since August, 2014, the US and the “coalition” have launched about 6,097 sorties against Isis. This equals on average about 25 sorties a day and only a quarter of those 25 are being flown by the US. The US is flying about 6.25 sorties against Isis.
In Desert Storm we flew 2,000-3,000 sorties a day against the Iraqis during the first week and then about 1,000 a day during the 44 day Gulf War. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, we flew about 800 airstrikes a day.
No matter what kind of Pentagon smoke and mirrors production Admiral Kirby briefs; 25 sorties a day, 6.25 US sorties a day is a joke. We have become the equivalent of Five O’ Clock Charlie on MASH.
During the fall of Ramadi, only eight sorties were flown against Isis in Ramadi in 12 hours. In fact, convoys of Isis vehicles entering Ramadi could be seen on the news. Why weren’t those convoys being destroyed?
Since August, SOCOM requested the Pentagon to authorize 125 direct action missions against Isis. Only one was approved, the mission last week when the brave men of Delta Force killed an Isis accountant. This mission was only authorized because the White House knew Ramadi was falling and needed some good PR.
The White House plan to have the Iraqi Army stand and fight has one significant flaw. The Iraqi Army won’t stand and fight. Even Iraq’s best troops, their Special Operations forces, fled in the wake of Isis.
Isis now controls 50% of Syria and besides over-running Western Iraq and parts of Northern Iraq is set to conquer Libya and Yemen. There are even reports of Isis in the Sinai. Let Isis try and make a move on Israel.
Benjamin Netanyahu is no community organizer.
Can Iraq and Syria be saved? Possibly, but a lot of things have to change. To begin with, we need an air campaign that will really hammer Isis.
Obama must forge together an Arab coalition as Bush 41 did in 1990. The Arabs must take the fight to Isis on the ground, while the US provides air support.
US advisers should be sent to Iraqi Army units to guide and serve with them as they battle Isis.
We need to stop thinking of Iran as some kind of Allied Expeditionary Force that is going to save Iraq. The Iranians are not our friends.
If nothing is done, Isis will capture Baghdad and may make a run for the whole country.
What is it going to take for the commander and chief to finally act against Isis? How many more innocent people have to die in Isis’ marauding wake?
President Obama, like many liberals, sees the world the way he wants to, not the way it is. In the end, the only way to deal with Isis is the Stonewall Jackson solution. On December 14, 1862, at Fredericksburg, Virginia, Jackson was asked by a staff member, “How shall we ever cope with the overwhelming numbers of the enemy?” Jackson looked at him and replied, “Kill them, sir, kill every last man!”
In the meantime, as President Obama remains AWOL, ISIS is free to loot the planet.