ISIS army strength grows by nearly 2000% since January

Uh, Houston, we have a problem. Back in January the terrorist group formerly known as al-Qaida in Iraq morphed in Syria and renamed itself ISIS and crossed back into Iraq and took over western Al Anbar province and the towns of Al Ramadi and Fallujah — cities where Marines and Soldiers spent precious blood to win. At the time, this group had an estimated strength of 1,500 to 2,000. We did nothing then, as a matter of fact our President referred to them as the “jayvee” team — well, they’ve gone straight to college level.

As reported Friday by Fox News, “The CIA said Thursday that the number of Islamic State fighters has grown to as many as three times previous estimates, a day after President Obama announced he is drastically expanding the U.S. military campaign against the militants. A spokesperson for the agency told Fox News that new assessments show that the militant group can muster between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters across Iraq and Syria. The spokesperson said the new figures were determined after a review of “all-source intelligence reports” on the group from May to August.”

So I go back to Obama’s speech Wednesday evening and ask a simple question. Can you degrade and destroy an army of 31,500 (equivalent to almost three US Army light infantry divisions) with a “very significant counter-terrorism operation” focused only on air strikes? Military calculations for offensive operations will tell you that 3:1 is the preferred ratio, if you want to “destroy” the enemy. That means you are enemy-oriented and will conduct a multi-phased operation to include a pursuit phase to achieve your desired end state — the enemy’s destruction.

As we say in the military, “no plan survives first contact,” so will Obama and his crew of Keystone Cops adjust and perhaps allow the real professionals in the Pentagon and CENTCOM to develop a plan? Instead of his poll-driven political partisan drivel that doesn’t define success or victory.

I have to ask Mr. President, what are the area of operations and the area of interest? What is the shaping operation and what is the decisive operation? Where is our main effort and who are the supporting efforts? We already have further confusion in the command chain as the Obama administration announced a retired Marine General to be in charge of the operation. What does that tell the CJCS General Martin Dempsey and the CENTCOM CG General Lloyd Austin? Are they supposed to report to a retired Marine General as we execute a combat operation — and this is war, it is combat?

Folks, we have watched, in less than a year, a terrorist band of brigands expand from 1,500 or so to 31,500. And yet Obama didn’t address the issue of domestic jihadist recruitment.

Fox says, “the new numbers are a big jump from the CIA’s previous estimate that there were at least 10,000 Islamic State fighters.The CIA spokesperson said the increase is likely due to the militant’s group (Islamic terrorist army’s) recruiting gains after its success on the battlefield. “This new total reflects an increase in members because of stronger recruitment since June following battlefield successes and the declaration of a caliphate, greater battlefield activity, and additional intelligence,” the spokesperson said.”

The battlefield calculus has changed as the “assumptions” on the enemy’s strength has changed. Why didn’t Obama say we’re going back in to operate from Kirkuk AB which would cut down on the flight legs of our strike aircraft and would give them more “time on station” — that means being able to loiter over target areas.

Ladies and gentlemen, there is no coalition. The enemy is larger than what was reported and assessed for Obama’s plan. The Arab nations are doing nothing. This is all reflective of the failure of Obama as any type of leader — and ISIS continues to grow and expand.

We’re sitting around debating and looking incompetent, weak and neutered. This is the result of electing and reelecting someone based on the cult of personality and popularity based on nothing more than charismatic speeches. America is going to pay a high price as we have witnessed the Christians, Yazidis and others at the hands of ISIS.

And Mr. President ISIS is Islamic — whether that upsets your sensibilities or not, I don’t give a damn — and thanks to you, their numbers are growing.

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Andy Martin
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This is what happens when Obama leaves Iraq too soon.

Thomas Meadows
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Not only DID HE NOT LISTEN TO HIS GENERALS,HE GOT RID OF SOME OF THE BEST.AND HE THINKS ISIS IS GOING TO DISAPPEAR BECAUSE HE WILLS IT TOO?
He is a COWARD AND A TRAITOR..TIME FOR HIM TO RESIGN!

Earl Lee
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So allen (Rob these loons blind) west…Once I looked up the stats to your GUARDIAN FUND and noticed that you’ve only given $20,000 out of over 4 million raised…I have a perfect understanding of what you are doing! You are saying all of this stuff only to get people to donate. You want them to believe that the majority of the money raised is going to tea party and conservative candidates while the majority of the money is going towards FUNDRAISING!!! Over 3 million spent for fundraising and only $5000.00 given to 4 candidates? I have a complete understanding of… Read more »
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Sounds like the democrat party platform.

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My take on an old classic. The Jihadi in the Army, Say Islam will rule the world. Even though the Muslims couldn’t rule over a turd. Oh, I don’t want no more of army life. Gee mom I wanna go home! The Jihadi in the Army, don’t have toilets in the sand. Or any toilet paper, so I wouldn’t shake their hand. Oh, I don’t want no more of army life. Gee mom I wanna go home! The Jihadi in the Army, don’t want you to be gay. Unless you are a little boy, and then it is ok. Oh,… Read more »
Wbridge83
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I have a question, hoping to be enlightened. Is our relationship so bad with Irael that we cannot use bases there to launch planes against ISIS??? It would make sense for the US to “help out” Israel on there Northern border in Golan. Attacking ISIS from behind in Syria and from the front from Iraq…just was hoping for enlightenment…

aemoreira81
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Israel would gladly acquiesce if asked. The problem is that if you attack ISIS and vanquish them, you still have Vladimir Putin in the picture, and he represents a bigger economic threat.

Wbridge83
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I guess my mind works in KISS…US and Israel (along with other middle eastern countries) handle ISIS, EU and US can deal with Putin in the interim….Is that too simple for government?? :))

Laura Thompson
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He was elected not on his charismatic speeches (which he can’t speak without a teleprompter, not so charismatic if you ask me), he was elected solely on his color. Frankly I could care less what a president’s color is, if his/her policy and philosophy are according to my own thinking). Because he is black and because he is liberal & communist he got the vote from those angles. Frankly had he not been black, he would have not won the last election and frankly I don’t think he did. I think it was a corrupted election from the get go.… Read more »
Southern Xposure
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Agree. A large portion of our population votes as an election is for High School Homecoming King/Queen, disregarding qualification for appearance and a sense of “feel good” moral justice. That’s when we get “lead from behind” leadership that checks polls for popular opinion before doing their job (and more campaigning). Other qualifications not withstanding, I’d vote for the Colonel at least for his experience and qualification as Commander-in-Chief; something that a lifetime community organizer could never understand.

MagicMatt
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We will support the Presidents Muslim Brotherhood allies, the Islamic State, Al-Nusra, the Islamic Front, and Faylaq Al-Sham; to topple the western, secular Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad. The result will be the genocide of Christians and Alawites, and the spreed of chaos.

Whether Libya, Egypt,Gaza, or Syria the Muslim Brother’s are where Obama’s loyalties lay. The results are predictable, and if we succeed in destroying al-Assad we will have truly sown the wind.

aemoreira81
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That “western, secular Syrian government” of Bashar al-Assad is a client state of Russia. Assad is only still in power because he is protecting Russian interests in Syria and blocking a natural gas pipeline from Saudi Arabia to Turkey that would bust the stranglehold on natural gas that Russia has on western Europe. (Abdel Fattah al-Sisi likewise runs another Russian client state in Egypt.) Each poses a major economic and security threat to the West in its current state. Even if a genocide of Christians and Alawites results, looking out for the interests of America’s national security is more important… Read more »
MagicMatt
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Egypt was a US client state, until the US forced Mubarak out in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood. Flipping Egypt back as well as flipping Syria “should” be the US goal. If that could be achieved with weakened and beholden al-Assad then so much the better. A Sunni al-Qaeda state in Syria is not!

Earl Lee
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So allen (Rob these loons blind) west…Once I looked up the stats to your GUARDIAN FUND and noticed that you’ve only given $20,000 out of over 4 million raised…I have a perfect understanding of what you are doing! You are saying all of this stuff only to get people to donate. You want them to believe that the majority of the money raised is going to tea party and conservative candidates while the majority of the money is going towards FUNDRAISING!!! Over 3 million spent for fundraising and only $5000.00 given to 4 candidates? I have a complete understanding of… Read more »
Southern Xposure
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What does your Soros organization pay you to put out drivel?

William
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Corrupt politicians are a dime a dozen.

MotherBatherick
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Listen up, people! LTC West is correct. Geert Wilders is correct. Trevor Loudon is correct. Cliff Kincaid is correct. We need to be rid of the sideshow ISIS and of Putin. First, Congress needs to be replaced and then we insert new leadership in the White House.

William
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More war = more violent extremism.. it’s simple math.

Every Muslim Obama kills brings America one small step closer to the next 9/11.

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“Every Muslim Obama kills brings America one small step closer to the next 9/11” Or on step father away. The Quran contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule.  Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding.  Muslims who do not join the fight are called ‘hypocrites’ and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter. Unlike nearly all of the Old Testament verses of violence, the verses of violence in the Quran are… Read more »
jubalbiggs
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Stupid math you mean. I suppose that the science of military strategy as studied by thousands of the best minds in human history all falls before your brilliant genius, right? In fact, a counter terror campaign can degrade an organization to the point of being totally ineffective. Look at the AQ attack in Pakistan carried out by idiots because we’ve killed most of their experienced and smart people. How about the total destruction of Hamas in the West Bank between 2000 and 2003 by the IDF? That was a simple CT operation that ground them down by taking out the… Read more »
William
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Yeah look where military intelligene has gotten us.. Obama’s about to attack Syria now.

donna
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So what is your solution then?

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William’s solution involves Vaseline and pictures of Rachel Maddow.

D Books
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Since we are REALLY at war with ISIS, even though the Lyin King refuses to admit such a fact, shouldn’t he have first received Congressional approval to proceed?? Isn’t that what our Constitution requires or did we just throw that old, out-dated book out the window along with our Holy Bible????