(Conservative Tribune)President Barack Obama is quick to say that he is fighting the Islamic state group vigorously, but U.S. military pilots recently returned from the fight against the terror organization in Iraq are now telling the truth:
They have been blocked by the Obama administration from about 75 percent of their proposed targets.
This news came after the heinous attacks in Paris by Islamic state group affiliates. While the French were quick to put their money where their mouth is after they were targeted, Obama has prevented the U.S. military from striking effectively for two years.
Hoping to prevent civilian casualties, the administration has put a policy in place that requires clearance before any strikes can be executed, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
This policy has been criticized by top military and government officials. Rep. Ed Royce, chair of the House Foreign Affairs committee, has been very outspoken on the topic.
“You went 12 full months while ISIS was on the march without the U.S. using that air power and now as the pilots come back to talk to us they say three-quarters of our ordnance we can’t drop, we can’t get clearance even when we have a clear target in front of us,” Royce said.
“I don’t understand this strategy at all because this is what has allowed ISIS the advantage and ability to recruit,” he added.
The Pentagon defended the administration’s policy, however.
“The bottom line is that we will not stoop to the level of our enemy and put civilians more in harm’s way than absolutely necessary,” an official explained, saying that the military often conducts flights “and don’t strike anything.”
“The fact that aircraft go on missions and don’t strike anything is not out of the norm,” the official added. “Despite U.S. strikes being the most precise in the history of warfare, conducting strike operations in the heavily populated areas where ISIL hides certainly presents challenges. We are fighting an enemy who goes out of their way to put civilians at risk.”
But retired four-star Gen. Jack Keane agreed with Royce: “This has been an absurdity from the beginning, the president personally made a statement that has driven air power from the inception.”
“(Obama) said, ‘No, I do not want any civilian casualties,’” Keane explained. “And the response was, ‘But there’s always some civilian casualties. We have the best capability in the world to protect from civilians casualties.’”
However, Obama’s response was, “No, you don’t understand. I want no civilian casualties. Zero,’” Keane continued. “So that has driven our so-called rules of engagement to a degree we have never had in any previous air campaign from Desert Storm to the present.”
Meanwhile, the Islamic state barbarians gain territory and new recruits with each passing day.