The hierarchy in war is 1) kill the enemy, 2) destroy their equipment. It’s the old cliche – the purpose of war is to kill people and break things. I think it was Gen Curtis LeMay who said ” when you kill enough of them they stop fighting”.
Who ever had the idea and issued the order to drop the leaflets, if true, is not serious about defeating IS. Indeed they are giving aid and comfort to the enemy. aka Treason. In war you don’t skip the most important goal. Kill the enemy.
Reminds me of the song from CAMELOT, where the Knights sing of the havoc they’ll give to Sir Lancelot. And then Lancelot defeats them all. Then regrets that he killed one. That’s Obama, Sir Prance About.
obama does have a strategy for “fighting” ISIS and this tactic fits into it. A couple days ago, I read this story at Bizpac about obama “blocking” at least 75% of the clear bombing opportunities against ISIS.
“We did a show of force, by — we had aircraft essentially buzz the trucks at low altitude.”
How nice, we gave them an air show! But wait, wouldn’t blowing up oil trucks contribute to global warming, which is even more dangerous than ISILGBT?
Excerpt from USAF pilot’s letter to a friend SIX MONTHS AGO.
“I……I have never been more frustrated in my career. After 13 years of mind-numbing,low intensity conflict in Afghanistan,I’ve never seen the knife more dull. All the hard lessons learned in Vietnam, and fixed during the first Gulf war,have beeb unlearned again. The level of centralized execution,bureaucracy, and politics is staggering. I basically do not have any decision making authority in my cockpit. It sucks. In most cases, unless a general officer can look at a video picture from a UAV,over a satellite link, I cannot get authority to engage. I’ve spent many hours staring through a targeting pod screen in my own cockpit, watching ISIS shitheads perpetrate their acts until my eyes bleed, without being able to do anything about it. The institutional fear of making a mistake, that has crept into the central mindset of the military leadership, is endemic. We have not taken the fight to these guys. We haven’t targeted their centers of gravity in Raqqa. All the roads between between Syria and Iraq are still intact with trucks flowing freely. the other night I watched a couple hundred small tanker trucks lined up at an oil field in ISIS-held Northeast Syria,presumably filling up with oil traded on the black market,go unfettered. It is not uncommon to wait several hours overhead a suspected target for someone to make a decision to engage or not……..”
Last week the French bombed Raqqa after the Paris carnage.