President Obama is pathologically committed to weakness. While many might assert that his domestic policies have weakened America (and they have), the real danger of Obama’s brand of “leadership” is the weakness he routinely telegraphs to America’s enemies.
As our nation is torn apart by racial rhetoric gleefully strengthened by Obama’s support and as our economy circles the drain thanks to run amok socialism, America remains not only imperiled by policies here at home, but by the sharks circling the waters of the wounded United States of America.
Russia, China, Syria and ISIS all act and act boldly. The Obama regime, by comparison, utters meek and pathetic whimpers of protest and quasi-threats.
Laughably, on Tuesday, Obama claimed that a conference on “climate change” would serve as a “powerful rebuke” of ISIS.
Because nothing says “we’re going to defeat you” like a bunch of suits getting together to cobble-together a political agenda centering on the weather…
Though Obama’s pathetic threat might appear to be the low point for this week’s war on ISIS, it is not.
On Monday, the Pentagon confirmed that prior to bombing ISIS-held targets, the U.S. dropped leaflets upon the area so as to warn civilians (and ISIS fighters) of the bombs that would arrive within 45 minutes.
Remember when B-17 pilots used to notify the Nazis before dropping their payloads? No, me neither…
This disheartening news comes after the Pentagon confirmed that American forces were disallowed from dropping 75% of their bombs on likely targets of ISIS activity out of fear of incurring civilian casualties.
According to Pentagon officials, the leaflets were dropped 45 minutes prior to strikes on an ISIS convey near the city of Al-Bukamal in Syria.
The Washington Free Beacon reports on this pathetic show of military force:
“We can confirm that leaflets were used prior to air strike operations in the area near Al-Bukamal, as part of Operation Tidal Wave II,” the source said. “The leaflets are used to minimize the risks to civilians.”
The leaflets read: “Get out of your trucks now and run away from them.”
Another message stated: “Warning: airstrikes are coming. Oil trucks will be destroyed. Get away from your oil trucks immediately. Do not risk your life,” according to the Pentagon.
Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, confirmed the warning messages in a recent briefing to reporters discussing the strikes.
“In Al-Bukamal, we destroyed 116 tanker trucks, which we believe will reduce ISIL’s ability to transport its stolen oil products,” Warren explained. “This is our first strike against tanker trucks, and to minimize risks to civilians, we conducted a leaflet drop prior to the strike.”
“And so, these are the leaflets that we dropped—about 45 minutes before the airstrikes actually began,” Warren said. “Again, we combine these leaflet drops with very low altitude passes of some of our attack aviation, which sends a very powerful message.”
Rep. Ed Royce (R., Calif.), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, confirmed last week that he had been receiving reports from U.S. pilots who claimed they were blocked by the Obama administration from dropping 75 percent of their ordinance.
“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 at the time. “I don’t understand this strategy at all because this is what has allowed ISIS the advantage and ability to recruit.”
When asked to address Royce’s statement last week, a Pentagon official defended the Obama administration’s policy and said that the military is working to prevent civilian casualties.
“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,” the official told the Free Beacon, explaining that the military often conducts flights “and don’t strike anything.”
While civilian targets should never be the objective, it is impossible to fight a successful war without them. During World War II, the United Kingdom was devastated by bombings. Germany was also devastated. Half the world was devastated by the world brawl, but in the pursuit of winning the war and bringing peace and justice to the world, the Allies did what had to be done.
It is precisely this kind of weakness that ISIS is looking to exploit. Not only will they continue to survive and thrive so long as we are offering warnings, but they will seek-out civilian population centers to conduct their terrorist endeavors as we have shown that we are unwilling to amass civilian casualties in the pursuit of winning a war against the Islamic militants who seek death and destruction for Western countries.
In this war, it is clear that President Obama and his cowardly minions of the Pentagon would rather welcome dead Americans than dead Syrians and that is not only unconscionable, but downright treasonous.