U.S. Pilots: Obama Blocks 75 Percent of All Potential Airstrikes Against ISIS

Obama’s labored avoidance of civilian causalities not only jeopardizes the success of our mission, but it also leaves the issue of ISIS for other nations to handle. The French and the Russians notably, have not nearly the level of restrictions on engaging ISIS as the administration has imposed on American forces.

The results of these less stringent rules of engagement speak for themselves, as Free Beacon shows:

“Since the beginning of the year, more than 22,000 munitions were dropped on Islamic State targets during more than 8,000 sorties, according to information provided to the Free Beacon by the Defense Department.

Some experts questioned whether the administration is handing off portions of the battle to other nations.

‘The French airstrikes have been billed as a significant uptick in the battle against the Islamic State; preliminary data indicate that this is not the case,’ said Jonathan Schanzer, a former terrorism expert at the U.S. Treasury Department. ‘It appears that the U.S. is simply allowing France to strike many of the targets that would usually be reserved for the U.S. and some of its coalition allies. In other words, this appears to be a redistribution of daily targets in the ongoing campaign, and not a significant change.’

These strikes have forced the Islamic State to evacuate at least 20 to 25 percent of the territories it held one year ago in both Iraq and Syria, according to the Pentagon.

Attacks have focused on the Islamic State’s “staging areas, fighting position, and key leaders,” as well as its “oil distribution chain,” according to the Pentagon.

Meanwhile, a poll released Thursday found that at least 70 percent of American support an expanded fight against the Islamic State, including sending U.S. troops to the region.”

Never thought I’d say this, but maybe we should follow the lead of the French!

Source: Free Beacon



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