Has our military gone all squishy between the ears or is it their civilian handlers who are too busy playing with dolls to conduct a proper war?
Think about it....Al Qaeda is admittedly hard to hit. They are a rag-tag group of individuals with small arms. They can duck into a building or a hut or a cave anywhere to escape the prying eyes of aerial surveillance. If you can't see 'em, it's hard to hit 'em. But the terrorist group ISIS isn't Al Qaeda. ISIS owns territory. They have tanks and trucks. They control producing oil fields that make millions of dollars (?) to fund their operations.
It seems to me it should be be a fairly simple thing to see a tank in ISIS territory. If you see a tank, and it isn't one of ours or our allies, it's theirs. Push the damn button! Boom!
They have convoys, complete with flags. Push the damn button! Boom!
They even have victory parades. Push the damn button! Boom! *I know, I know....collateral damage*
"START" to go after ISIS financial abilities? Shouldn't we have done that on the first hour of the first day of our "war" with ISIS?
Have you ever seen a producing oil well? They're NOT stealthy. They have pump jacks, and storage tanks, and pipelines, and manifolds. If it's in territory ISIS controls, it's theirs. Push the damn button! BOOM!
Yesterday French bombers attacked ISIS command and control facilities, weapons depots, training facilities, etc in their "capital" of Raqqa, Syria. We shared our intelligence information with the French identifying the target's locations. So if we knew where they were, why didn't WE bomb them weeks / months ago?
Even the hacker group Anonymous has jumped in: "Anonymous said Sunday that more than 2,000 ISIS-related Twitter accounts had been taken down in Operation Paris (#OpParis)." So ISIS has had 2,000 Twitter accounts open until now and we didn't take them down? Anonymous can find them but we can't? REALLY?
If I'm going to get in a fight with someone, I'm NOT going to just flick 'em on the ear. No, I'm going to hit 'em square in the face as hard as I can. "Fair" and "war" don't belong in the same sentence. I would lie, cheat, and steal to win and get it over with.
I'll admit I'm not a military man. If any of you are, and can tell me why we haven't been fighting this "war" with a 100% effort, I'd like to hear from you. As it is now, I just don't get it.