Is ISIS a “JV team? No, not in the sense that our “leading from behind” President meant. One must put ISIS in context historically speaking to come to the realization that ISIS is nothing but a junior league outfit militarily.
Ask any high school kid if they know about the “Battle of Saipan” during World War II. Most likely, you’ll receive a blank stare unless it sparks a remembrance of a recent, popular video game.
The troop strength of the Japanese on the Island of Saipan during World War II is approximate to the number of ISIS fighters currently in theater.
History.com details this battle.
“On June 15, 1944, during the Pacific Campaign of World War II (1939-45), U.S. Marines stormed the beaches of the strategically significant Japanese island of Saipan, with a goal of gaining a crucial air base from which the U.S. could launch its new long-range B-29 bombers directly at Japan’s home islands. Facing fierce Japanese resistance, Americans poured from their landing crafts to establish a beachhead, battle Japanese soldiers inland and force the Japanese army to retreat north. Fighting became especially brutal and prolonged around Mount Tapotchau, Saipan’s highest peak, and Marines gave battle sites in the area names such as “Death Valley” and “Purple Heart Ridge.” When the U.S. finally trapped the Japanese in the northern part of the island, Japanese soldiers launched a massive but futile banzai charge. On July 9, the U.S. flag was raised in victory over Saipan.
In merely three weeks, our forces defeated an enemy that fought with a fury that ISIS never will. Sure, they’re brutal and sadistic when torturing and killing innocents, but they cry like college students at Yale when faced with a real fight. Take note of that quote above that describes the “bonzai charge” by the Japanese. 4,000 Japanese soldiers, like some Jihadists, had no problem dying for their cause but they fought with a brutality rarely seen in even the worst wars and never displayed by any Jihadist army.
There’s more about this battle from History.com.
“…charged with grenades, bayonets, swords and knives against an encampment of soldiers and Marines near Tanapag Harbor. In wave after wave, the Japanese overran parts of several U.S. battalions, engaging in hand-to-hand combat and killing or wounding more than a thousand Americans before being repelled by howitzers and point-blank machine-gun fire. It was the largest banzai charge of the Pacific war, and, as was the nature of such an attack, most Japanese troops fought to their death.
How did we win at Saipan? With overwhelming force and determination. With incredible Marine and Army troops infused with the will to defeat the enemy at any cost.
Recently, former Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno spoke the truth when he stated that “air power alone has never dislodged an entrenched army, let alone collapse a quasi-state”. Everyone know grounds troops are the only way to stamp out these cockroaches, but our weak leaders, (starting with the President) rely on the supposed “war-wearyness” of our populace to avoid such.
This is BS, pure and simple. Americans aren’t weary of war. They’re weary of losing, period. Remember the crowds all over the Nation cheering when we shot the hell out of Bin Laden? We love that. We’re aching for it. To paraphrase, Donald Trump: it’s called winning. (and no, for the record, I do not support him). I know I am not alone feeling so incredibly frustrated with the ongoing atrocities being carried out by ISIS while we wage a potamkin “war” with them. Everyone knows that the idea of some “coalition force” being put together to defeat these bastards is a pipe dream. In fact, NATO just announced they won’t send any ground troops to defeat them.
It’s up to America.
Will it cost lives and money? Sure, of course, but we have the most powerful military the world has ever seen, with weapons, tools and technology the soldiers in World War Two who fought the Japanese could only dream of.
ISIS is a self proclaimed State. With a leader, their Caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. They have a standing army with tanks, heavy weapons, armoured vehicles, etc. (most US made and taken from The Iraqi military). They are not an insurgency. Via Congress, we MUST declare war on ISIS. Then, with 60,000 of our amazing troops and liberal rules of engagement, ISIS will be wiped out in a matter of months. Then, like Desert Storm in Kuwait, we leave.
Militarily, they’re a JV team.