You know me, I love blowing [bleep] up. Well, you don’t know me, not really, and I don’t blow [bleep] up myself (not even on the 4th of July), but I like it when my government does. When it comes to munitions, I say nothing succeeds like excess.
But give me a break:
Col. Peters is decrying the bombing of buildings at nighttime, when they would be empty, instead of mid-morning, when they would be full of bustling adjutants and corpsmen (pronounced core-man, Barack).
But they already were empty:
Reuters reported Wednesday that ISIS has gone underground in its Syrian stronghold since Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes on the group in Syria, disappearing from the streets, redeploying weapons and fighters, and cutting down its media exposure.
In the city of Raqqa, 450 kilometres northeast of Damascus, residents say Islamic State has been moving equipment every day since Obama signalled on Sept. 11 that air attacks on its forces could be expanded from Iraq to Syria.
As the United States tries to assemble a coalition to fight ISIS, the jihadist group appears to be trying to leave as much uncertainty as possible about its strategy.
Facing U.S. air strikes in Iraq, ISIS fighters abandoned heavy weaponry that made them easy targets and tried to blend into civilian areas. In anticipation of similar raids in Syria, the group may already be doing the same.
In Raqqa, the group has evacuated buildings it was using as offices, redeployed its heavy weaponry, and moved fighters’ families out of the city.
“They are trying to keep on the move,” said one Raqqa resident, communicating via the Internet and speaking on condition of anonymity because of safety fears. “They have sleeper cells everywhere,” he added.
“They only meet in very limited gatherings.”
That report was from a week ago. So all those cool shots of building being blown to smithereens? For show. All that shock (“without awe”, they assure us, to differentiate from Bushitler)? Window dressing. All that b-roll of cruise missiles being launched from American warships? A dog and pony show.
Without the pony:
A documentary filmmaker who spent time with the Free Syrian Army said that moderate rebels are “laughing” at President Obama’s plan to arm them against the Islamic State, claiming they simply “don’t take this seriously.”
VanDyke warned that removing the Islamic State from vast swathes of Syrian territory will create a “vacuum” that Assad-regime forces will rush to fill, leaving moderate rebels powerless to stop them. “When the administration announces that they intend to train 5,000 soldiers in Jordan, of the Free Syrian Army, to go and claim these territories, that figure doesn’t make any sense,” he said.
“It’s actually quite ridiculous,” the filmmaker continued. “I’m not sure how the administration even expects people to believe it.”
So, if we don’t put “boots on the ground”, and if Syrian boots on the ground aren’t going to get it done, whose boots will?
I reiterate: you can’t blow up enough [bleep] to please me. I don’t even need a reason. But does it seem to you that ISIS needs an office building? Does it strike you that they operate from cubicles with desktops—Dilbert with Kalashnikovs?
And will the media flunkies cheerleading the president’s hawkishness still be waving the pom-poms when the next two hostages get their heads hacksawed off on HD video? Becuase if you put on a show, ISIS will top it.
PS: Could it not be said we engaged in “disproportionate” force? Israel put boots on the ground in Gaza; indeed, many thought (including me) that they should have marched those boots all the way to the Mediterranean and annexed the benighted Strip (or at least toppled Hamass). We’re just bombing [bleep] from the air without any thought for what’s happening on the ground.
As I was saying: And will the media flunkies cheerleading the president’s hawkishness still be waving the pom-poms when the next two hostages get their heads hacksawed off on HD video? Because if you put on a show, ISIS will top it.
French hostage Herve Gourdel was abducted and beheaded, a killing shown on video, French President Francois Hollande told the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday.
Gourdel was kidnapped over the weekend in Algeria’s Tizi Ouzou region east of Algiers, the French Foreign Ministry said. The video was posted online Wednesday. It shows armed men who claim to belong to Islamist militant group Jund al-Khilafa — or Soldiers of the Caliphate — in Algeria. They pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
The U.N. Security Council issued a statement condemning the “heinous and cowardly murder.”
Oh, shut up.