The Delta Force raid on ISIS blows holes in America’s ‘stand down’ policy on ISIS. Why hasn’t the United States run more operations like this? Imagine how much evil could have been stopped.
Couldn’t we have saved the Ethiopian Christians in Libya? Surely we could have stopped the murder of Christians in Syria and Christians and Christian children in Iraq. And what of the Yazidis and the women used as sex slaves, or the priceless historic artifacts destroyed by these “Islamic idealists.”
Before the Delta Force raid, it was reasonable to assume that perhaps ISIS was so effectively dug in that the cost of doing the American thing would be prohibitive. That assumption can now be laid to rest. We can do more. We have done more. We must do more.
At the very least, we could have saved Ramadi and kept more U.S. weapons from falling into enemy hands. At Ain al-Asad air base air base, just 70 miles northwest, are 300 marines that the Islamic State is avoiding like the plague. Once the Isalmists accidentally discovered the overwhelming firepower at the air base last February, their offensive veered swiftly to the south. When your enemy runs, chase him! Why haven’t we let those marines loose!
If we could stop ISIS and do not, to the extent that they are using United States arms, captured or supplied, to the extent that our national incompetence opened the door for this scourge, we are bear responsibility for the innocent lives brutalized by the Islamic State’s crimes against humanity. All together there are over 3,000 United States troops on the ground in Iraq. Surely, we could have done more to avert this continuing human tragedy. Why isn’t the United States doing anything?
Some GOP voices, perhaps intimidated by the American media’s disdain for “boots on the ground,” don’t dare call for ground forces. Instead, they feel like hawks asking for more airstrikes even as strikes during the 24 hours before Ramadi fell were limited to twelve sorties. No air campaign in history has ever been run this way. Why have we been holding back even on critical air support?
The answer to this precedent setting waste of air power is straight forward enough. “General” Susan Rice and President Obama are running the air campaign personally. No black helicopters there. How does anyone hate America so much that he or she rejects our traditional role of taking down tyrants and rescuing the innocents?
Perhaps all along ISIS really has been “the junior varsity.” After all, they’ve only defeated Iraqi troops, troops who are often composed of Shiites depending on Sunnis to watch their back in a Sunni land being overrun by Sunni radicals. When the Kurds got involved, they won. Even the Iranian mercenaries, fully Shia, are able to drive off the ISIS fighters. How many of these Islamic State fighters are really, after all, just weekend Internet warriors? Sure, they’re sick brutality makes them dangerous enough when up against unarmed French policemen and abandoned civilian populations, but can they actually fight a real army? The magnificent success of the American Delta Force, demands we find out.