US troop frustration over White House ISIS direction: How the f**k are we going to do that?

All of a sudden Vice President Joe Biden has become a vocal war hawk. In his recent speech in New Hampshire he actually declared ISIS will be “chased back to the gates of hell.” Separately, today we found out an airstrike killed a top ISIS Lieutenant of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi — good news, but certainly not the end of the story.

I’m not the only one asking what is our direction and how will we chase ISIS back to hell. Unfortunately, so are the troops already in harm’s way.

As reported by Fox News, “America’s “boots on the ground” in Iraq are so frustrated with the White House message about their mission against the Islamic State — which Vice President Biden vowed Wednesday to chase “to the gates of Hell” — that they’re wondering how they’ll accomplish the goal “when we can’t even leave the front gate of our base.”

Biden’s tough talk didn’t jibe with the message delivered by President Obama, who said that while his administration’s goal is to “destroy” ISIS — it also is to “shrink” it to a “manageable problem.”

Here is what you need to understand about our military.

The geographical combatant commands — CENTCOM, PACOM, SOUTHCOM, EUCOM, AFRICOM — all have planning cells, as well as at the Pentagon, and they are constantly refining existing contingency plans (CONPLANS) and in times of crises come together in what we call CAT (Crisis Action Team) planning sessions.

The results of a CAT is a proposed plan that is presented to the Chief of Staff, then subsequently to the Commanding General (CG). The CG may issue refinement guidance for the CONPLAN but bottom line, there is always a plan, and it is there on the shelf. Now, if that plan is called for execution, it will be reassessed as far as new developments such as assumptions may have become facts, and a revalidation process occurs, then the CONPLAN becomes an Execution Order (EXORD).

The question that any astute person should be asking right now is what has been the guidance issued from President Obama to the Pentagon and the CENTCOM CG? Folks, there is always a plan.

However, what is frustrating and confusing is this sense of incrementalism. As Fox Reports, “the president earlier this week deployed an additional 350 personnel to Baghdad to provide security at the U.S. Embassy and related facilities. The decision brings the additional U.S. diplomatic security contingent to 820. Defense officials say that when the additional Marines arrive, they will bring the total number of U.S. troops in Iraq to 1,213.” I guess somehow Obama settled the whole SOFA (Status of Forces Agreement) issue?

But what is the task and purpose of this battalion-sized contingent in Baghdad?

“A source in contact with special operators in Iraq told Fox News that “frustration and confusion reign” among Americans on the ground there. The source relayed the complaint of an unnamed special operator: “Chase them to the Gates of Hell? How the [f—] are we going to do that when we can’t even leave the front gate of our base!?”

So the rhetoric is high, the busy body activity is part of propaganda, but the result is nothing. And worse, why would we tell the enemy the numbers we’re sending into Iraq, fully knowing they’re not engaged? That is truly amateurish.

If the guidance is to destroy ISIS, that cannot be done with an air campaign, — notice I said air campaign and not air strikes — there is a huge strategic and operational difference. Everyone keeps referring back to Clinton and the Balkans — we never destroyed the Serbian Army, they left at their own leisure — giving us the finger as they conducted retrograde operations. To destroy something means that it does not exist anymore. To disrupt something means you prevent it from achieving its intended goals and objectives — that can be accomplished in a limited manner by air power but it requires a dedicated air campaign, not pinprick strikes.

Words have meaning to military planners. It drives the planning process based on the desired end state effects issued in command guidance — when command guidance is confused, opaque, it is harder to plan.

And folks, I don’t have a freakin’ clue as to how you “manage the problem” of an Islamic terrorist army that controls a swath of territory as large as Great Britain — ergo the frustration and confusion of our military.

Fox says, “the mixed messages about how far the U.S. is willing to go has also sowed confusion on Capitol Hill, as well as in the field. “It’s very confusing,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told Fox News. “The president seems to be a definite maybe.” Reacting to Obama’s comment about making ISIS “manageable,” he said: “That’s when you are closing a lane on the freeway and you have got to go down the freeway with three lanes instead of four, then you manage it. But this is ISIS. They want death and destruction to the United States of America.”

So while President Obama sows confusion and hams it up with Prince Charles and other cheeky chaps in Wales, ISIS marches on. They’re neither confused nor frustrated. They are focused and undaunted as the West sits back and deliberates.

I’ve always heard preachers warning the devil is the “author of confusion” — just sayin’…

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JimNEPA2_0
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Uh…Joe. You, uh, *do* realize you’re OBAMA’S Vice-President, right? That whole thing where you bumped Harry Truman off the bottom of the ticket was just a dream. This is 2014, *not* 1944. Sorry…….

Sean Patrick Murphy sr
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Sean Patrick Murphy sr

All that planning stuff is way too confusing for Preezy. Easier to chase the little white ball around.

Jim Hasak
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Translation of Biden remarks: “As a nation, we’re united…” — OBAMA [not ISIS] has united the US, so you should vote for Democrats “… and when people harm Americans, we don’t retreat; we don’t forget…” — we don’t advance, either; listen to me talking tough! “We take care of those who are grieving…” — we don’t know what to do now, so don’t expect any concrete action; our newfangled excuse for the delay (devised by my clever speechwriter) is that, instead of doing anything, we just need to wait and grieve our people whom they brutally murdered “… and when… Read more »
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cgsociety-771ebd2bc6c27b36d00995d5f1e332ac

Jim the one thing you forgot was after we have a trail Obama will set them free so they can live to fight another day.

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These are all hot words that are filled with nothing but hot air. You tough talk is nothing more than that, with nothing to back them up except more hot air.

Death2Unions
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Hey Biden, the problem is our President is “J.V.” I don’t know if he is Muslim or not but he has been beheading America for some six years now.

Thomas Meadows
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JV? hell he could not even make a practice dummy

John
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Just like Obama has brought those responsible for Benghazi to justice…………

Thomas Meadows
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Yeah he really had a plan there too(sarcasm)

lokiswife
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Watch Fox news this weekend for their special program “13 hours in Benghazi”. Three men who were there that night tell their story, how they were told to stand down when they wanted to go protect the ambassador and the other people at the embassy. Their story tells the truth of that ugly night, and blows up the lies the White House and Hillary told….

usmadgirl
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lokiswife,
I just watched it for the 2nd time tonight! Everybody should watch it! These guys were truly heroes during those 13 unbelievable hours while our lying, worthless president was nowhere to be found & the other so-called leaders stood by & watched doing absolutely nothing to help our Americans just so they could cover up whatever traitorous acts they had committed!

Thomas Meadows
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Oh yes that story about waiting for local enforcements to arrive?HOGWASH

Barb3000
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From what has happened in Europe the past 20 or so years all of the talk about going after ISIS is just that, talk. Every country in the EU is overloaded with thousands of Muslims that was invited to the EU countries. They have 7 and 8 kids per woman so the population is in the millions. The politicians in Europe have no way to fight the Muslims if they decide to take over the small countries. What they have done is ignore the problem hoping it will go away. Sharia law is used and allowed in almost all of… Read more »
Dale Patterson
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The devil is the author of confusion, indeed… Now you know who you’re dealing with in the White House…

Deborah Sampson
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Excellent point ‘and the father of lies’.

Thomas Meadows
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Obama has NEVER had a plan.just an assumption that if he either ignores it or talks at it it will go away