The restrictions on our military to deal with ISIS are so limiting that the rare boots-on-the-ground soldier needs permission to load his rifle and a virtual nod from Obama to fire it. The litany of approvals necessary for a drone strike on ISIS traverses several levels of command. And can take hours. Or days. Civilian casualties are verboten. A civilian casualty can make the front page of the New York Times. An injured squirrel makes page 6.
Let’s fast backward to World War II. Germany carpet bombed Allied cities with impunity. Japan decimated Asia. So the Allies narrowed their eyes, pulled out the stops and smothered the Axis cities with ordnance. 75 million people died in 6 years. Most civilians. But few American civilians. The War ended and today, Germany and Japan are America’s BFF’s.
In my post of October 11, 2014, I referenced the swift, brutal and crushing efforts made by America against bad guys during that terrible conflict. These were acts of our parents and grandparents. And they won big time. When I read that in the aftermath of the slaughter in Paris, French and Russian planes struck “ISIS headquarters and training facilities,” I wonder – what has America been doing? Why haven’t we hit these targets before? We gave France and Russia the intel! The current threat is real and imminent. Yet the President remains a deer frozen in the headlights on foreign policy. He refuses to say the word “Muslim” with respect to the enemy. Yet ISIS and Islamic jihadists have murdered tens of thousands of innocents. With millions more on the list. . . . .
I wonder what would our parents and grandparents have done given the current situation. How would things go with Franklin Delano Roosevelt or Harry Truman sitting in the driver’s seat of America?