US airstrikes have killed maybe 12 ISIS fighters. Yeehaw.

One of the problems with Obama’s airstrikes is that we don’t have forward deployed air platforms which enable a true air campaign. Over the past seven weeks we’ve flown more than 200 sorties in the prosecution to “degrade” ISIS. In a dedicated air campaign that amount of sorties would be scheduled in what is called a 24-hour Air Tasking Order (ATO) by the theater Air Component Commander (ACC). A true ATO would encompass a variety of attack platforms that would entail bomber aircraft from the CONUS (Continental United States) as well as various service platforms of Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps assets — and potentially Army rotary wing attack assets (AH-64 Apaches).

The purpose would be a system of air interdiction targets as well as having an air cap capacity to engage targets of opportunity — in essence freezing ISIS in place. Of course the latter would involved close air support missions and that means combat troops on the ground to target and direct air attack platforms onto the target — and yes, you can use air surveillance platforms as well — which would also be a part of the ATO.

All of this would require shortening the travel legs of our assets and that means longer loiter times over target areas — basically blanketing the skies. This is what we do not have. How do I understand these strategic concepts? I was an artillery officer for 22 years and fire support — the combination of all indirect fire assets — was my profession. And we haven’t even discussed Army surface-to-surface assets, which can also be used in this targeting scenario.

Furthermore, as reported by the Washington Times, “The U.S. is relying mostly on warplanes already positioned in the region for its air war against the Islamic State, as opposed to dispatching a major buildup of aerial forces that happened in previous campaigns. The set inventory illustrates the slow, methodical nature of the air-to-ground battle that the Pentagon says will go on for some time. A Pentagon official said there are no plans to send additional U.S. aircraft into the theater.”

In other words, we’re just doing business as usual, no major air buildup or deployment. And what does the statement “go on for some time mean?” This shaping operation should be either effects or time based — and someone needs to ask the Commander-in-Chief which he has chosen, and please don’t ask Josh “Not So” Earnest — can’t stand this purveyor of lies.

The Washington Times article goes on to state, “Since the start of the air campaign on Aug. 8, U.S. Central Command has been choosing predominately small tactical targets in Iraq. It so far has held off from targeting harder-to-find objectives in urban environments where the Islamic State, also called ISIL and ISIS, maintains headquarters, start-up regime offices, courts and military installations.”

So we’re getting really cool pictures but no battle damage assessment — and in my reading and scouring reports — I’ve seen the high estimate of 12 ISIS fighters killed — ok, so they’re down to 31,488 now, YEEHAW! As well, has anyone heard any grand announcements of sorties since that first night where there were 22 — and only 14 were against ISIS, 8 were against the made-up Khorasan group (really al-Qaida in Syria, but don’t tell anyone).

Here are the facts — which I know progressive socialists just hate — as of last Friday, according to the Times, “the coalition had conducted a total of 243 strikes in Syria and Iraq over 50 days — an average of five per day. Central Command says about 300 U.S. aircraft in the region are available for operations in Iraq and Syria. “What air war?” asked Jon Ault, a retired Navy fighter pilot. “If we’re going to endanger the lives of our young warriors, then let’s turn them loose and let them do what they’re trained to do. Sending them in harm’s way with so many limitations is dangerous and cruel. We could bomb ISIS into oblivion in a matter of days, if not hours.”

“The administration’s approach is the least risky in hazarding American lives or committing to a protracted ground campaign, but is also least likely to change conditions on the ground,” said Dakota Wood, a military analyst at the Heritage Foundation. What I want to stress is that without confirmed ground asset targeting SOFLAM (Special Operations Forces Laser Acquired Munitions) you may find that really all you are doing is causing minor earthquakes as you pound dirt. “Air without ground is a terribly expensive way to deliver explosives that have minimal lasting effect, especially when the enemy possesses very little that he is critically dependent upon that can also be targeted by air,” said Mr. Wood, a former Marine Corps officer who did planning at Central Command.”

The point is that there is much ado about nothing and the rate of return on the investment on these air strikes is barely effective — ISIS has attacked 60 Syrian Kurd villages and overrun an Iraqi Army base last week. If there was a dedicated ATO with a air cap up and over the targeted area, ISIS would not be able to move — period.

Now, I just have to ask, who is approving the targets? I pray this is not another reincarnation of President Lyndon Baines Johnson who ran the Vietnam target list out of the White House — something that it seemed Obama was doing with drones. Man, can you just envision Obama and Valerie Jarrett standing over a map or satellite imagery directing strike packages? Yikes, but that may just be happening.

Regardless, we are simply violating every single principle of war — but then again perhaps that’s why Obama doesn’t want to declare it a war because then he would have to have some kind of strategy. And when do you expect Obama to go before Congress and make his case as PM David Cameron did? Yep, ain’t holding my breath either. However, if ol’ Barack wants me and some other folks to get together and teach him about strategic air campaigns and ATOs, I’d be happy to give a tutorial — in exchange for lowering our taxes!

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Brigadier
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Just a show for appearance sake. Sad.

Dual Bag
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obama the lessor………

Xerocky
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Is there some new type of dead that they’re hoping for?

Thomas Meadows
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Just more of them!!!!!1

donna
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Yea all of them.

T. VOGT
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Donna… T is for Teresa Vogt KY

donna
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Tried it. No luck.

Xerocky
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So use every plane at their disposal.

donna
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Whoo whoop. 12!!!! Geez.

SOD
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Ok, we have SOME allies that are willing to bomb in Iraq. Why not let them do that (and do more of it than our govt seems willing to do)? That could free up OUR planes to hit the sites in Syria. We’d get hits on both regions while maintaining the constraints our military is being forced to work under. Use some of the allies’ airpower to interdict movement and targets near the Syria/Iraq border and many more to hit the ISIS positions near the Kurds. Have a few more hitting targets of opportunity between the Kurds & the Syrian… Read more »
Thomas Meadows
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That would make to much sense to the TRAITOR we have in the WH

SOD
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He’d have to be wanting to knock ISIS out and I’m not sure that’s even part of his thought process.

Thomas Meadows
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He really does NOT want to hurt them,THEY ARE HIS BROTHERS

SOD
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In many ways, yes. As part of that, he’s selling the “We aren’t at war with Islam” line, when that is (or should be) obvious and utterly beside the point. We are at war with Islamic Terrorists (and, more importantly, they are at war with US). They are NOT the same thing.
It’s like when the UK was fighting the IRA…but they were NOT at war with Ireland. He’s blowing a smoke screen to obscure what IS going on with a claim about something that is NOT going on. Hardly unprecedented in this Administration.

97E
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Speaking of smokescreens… what is ol’ Zero trying to distract us from seeing this time?

SOD
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Not hiding anything…except the ineptitude and malfeasance in office that has allowed ISIS to grow to the point where they’re rapidly becoming strong enough to capture Baghdad. When THAT happens (and the piddly air attacks we’re doing aren’t going to slow that down, let alone stop it) that whole region is in DEEP trouble. The only people we can depend on don’t trust us (and I don’t blame them). The Israelis can’t help in this fight (directly, in any case); but the Kurds CAN, if we’d get off our lazy asses (which Obama will NOT do) and send them the… Read more »
TruConserv
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Poor Allen. The allied forces haven’t released body counts fast enough for him so he’s just going to make up a number and say it’s real.

You want body counts? Get in your time machine and go back to Vietnam where the pursuit of body counts lead to false assessments, bad intelligence and dead G.I.s.

Andy Martin
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Sit down TruClown. Obama likes to have the appearance of doing something. Nothing more.

Syn Hope
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Higher ground
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You are a little off, and what’s up with the hating. Obviously you’ve not been in the military, or else you would not have made this statement.
It’s not the body count that would win the war against ISIS, but the total destruction of their infrastructure which would include; capture or killing of their leadership, destruction or capture of their military hardware, killing or capture of
their soldiers. You can not accomplish this with what press Obama is authorizing.

TruConserv
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If it’s not the body count (and I agree, BTW) then why is West whining about the body count only being 12? That’s my point.

Higher ground
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Read it again because its not the low body count that has him worked up, it’s the ineffectiveness of pres Obama approach to this crisis

TruConserv
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You need to read it again. If it wasn’t the low body count, then why is that his headline and his lead. Are you saying that West is near functionally illiterate that he can’t even write a thesis statement?

Higher ground
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One more time. In a war the objective is to win, and some times the body count can dictate who wins, but this article, the body count is not the main point. Mr West writes, “If we’re going to endanger the lives of our young warriors, then let’s
turn them loose and let them do what they’re trained to do. Sending them in harm’s way with so many limitations is dangerous and cruel.” I don’t want to call you dense, but you sure are making a case for it

TruConserv
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Mr. West wants more dead bodies. When you read a story, the headline and the lede inform how the body is to be read. West is whining that we aren’t killing enough and his basis for that is … nothing. He pulled a number off a story about dead civilians and somehow, in some mystical way only radicals can do, declared those were the only ISIS people we had killed. He wants more dead. The US hasn’t released a KIA count, so West’s premise, as expressed in his lede and his headline is false. Further, we learned today that the… Read more »
Higher ground
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“Mr. West wants more dead bodies” Really? Your true colors are showing… kind of bluish. Tying to spin it like only a liberal can, and the only reason you attack Mr. West is because he is right… both in his comments and his political views.

TruConserv
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His entire premise for the article. The headline. The lede. It was about how we had only killed 12 people. The man wants more dead bodies. The rest of the article was about how to get them. It’s not that hard … are you being deliberately obtuse?

I’ve taken you and West out for this little ride so you can see how radicals hurt the conservative movement when you rely on half-truths and then spin them into nonsense.

Higher ground
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Hahahaha! It’s ok your delusion is an acceptable form of escape. I won’t look down on you. Really, what do you have against Mr. West? His comments are not radical, but are more accurate than the liberals spin on this topic.

TheRaven
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West spins nonsense eagerly consumed by simple minds.

Higher ground
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Simple minds make a blanket assertion. Elaborate, prove your point, but if you can’t… just say nothing.

TruConserv
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West is a radical who gives conservatives a bad name. My (D) friends love him. Whenever a topic comes up where the libs are on the ropes, they walk out the latest rubbish theory emanating from West to show how conservatives aren’t credible on these issues. Is that poor logic on the part of the libs, this guilt by association? Yes, it is. Does it work? You know it does.

canucksam
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Maybe because the objective of war is to kill the enemy and only 12 of several thousand+ of them have been killed? In the meantime hundreds of them are almost in Baghdad. Iran told Obama not to bomb anywhere near where Assad is so Obama is holding back from bombing areas that should be bombed.

TruConserv
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So, West just gets to make up a number and then whine? Battle by body count leads to poor intel, bad decisions and dead GI’s.

The other points are valid points to discuss, but when radicals like West start randomly lying, rational discourse is lost.

Lyndau123
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Please go somewhere else and continue to suck your eggs, Libturd! Conserv my foot!

CheetoBuster
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Apparently Obama doesn’t want to win this war either, he is despicable! I feel sorry for any military having to serve under his total ineptness!

Yonit Gefen
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not shocking but good points that should be said, IS is growing much more quickly then we are killing them. This is theatre- not in the mikitaery sense.

Thomas Meadows
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Problem is Obama is not even a good actor

Don
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Obama’s objective is to do as little damage to ISIS as possible while appearing to fight.

Nannette McGowan
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The liberal mainstream media was full of liberal pundits in total shock that Obama’s use of military force against ISIS didn’t give him a bump in approval ratings like it did for Bush in 2002 and 2003. The reason why Obama downplayed the threat of ISIS until recently is because he thought it would help the Democrats in this year’s election. It’s all about what’s best for his party and nothing else.

itzsm00th
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And it’s going to bite the dems in the @.$.$ this coming election.

TOdowntowner
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The US has a trillion dollar debt and you want to lower taxes? Who do you think is paying for those warplanes? The Saudis? NO! The military can only fly out of Saudi Arabia because Turkey doesn’t want to get involved.You could put an aircraft carrier off the coast of Israel but then that leaves them vunerable to attack by Hamas and Hezbollah. It’s time that the Arab nations took on a greater role in putting down their own kind. Then they may realize that they have to stop funding all of these nut cases and bring their societies into… Read more »
quillerm
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The IRS wrote off 6 Billion in back taxes they couldn’t collect. The IG found they didn’t even bother to use the most elementary techniques to find delinquent payers. Of course, no IRS employees were fired or disciplined. 6 Billion would pay for most of the US troops Obama has forced out of the military.

Paul Sheridan
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Six billion dollars is 0.6% of a trillion dollars. It’s a drop in the bucket compared to what we need.

Syn Hope
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walterc
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200 sorties in 5 weeks? We should have that many each day.

quillerm
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That might make ISIS mad and upset Muslim Voters for democrats in the US.

TheRaven
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So both Muslims and Jews vote for Democrats? Are you sure?

walterc
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Well there is that.

quillerm
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Obama appears to be not interested in defeating ISIS just limiting their success for the time being. He better not limit our air forces to much as ISIS is within 10 miles of Baghdad and could own Iraq by next week.

Richard Cox
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Is the current “battle plan” going to end up growing the extremists more than hurting them? At the same time we are conducting an ineffective air campaign, we will be training and supplying Syrian opposition groups that may well turn those supplies over to ISIS or similar groups.

Thomas Meadows
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THIS FOOL WE HAVE IN THE WH HAS NO PLANNING AT ALL EXCEPT TO HELP HIS BROTHERS STAY ALIVE

Scott Snoopy
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the organizer in chief will not commit war…he is the “peace prez”….

Thomas Meadows
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Yes, a piece here and a piece there and some over there.NO STRATEGY AT ALL

itzsm00th
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yep, look at all the world peace he has created. amazingly peaceful times!

Lyndau123
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Has ANYONE ever figured out HOW he got the Noble Peace Prize yet? Maybe it was just his skin color that won the prize! ZERO reason he could EVER be called a Peace maker. More like a WAR maker by his incompetence and evilness!

unclebuck7
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He is the enemy

Bradley Lawrence Smith
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Bradley Lawrence Smith

We still have enough Buffs, a 520Km crater starting at Damascus and heading east will slow them down….

Clark9017
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he’s just putting on a show, a war in pretense. Whose side is he really on is the issue.

Ken Brooks
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Col West… IF he ACTUALLY ATTACKED… you know he might hurt the VERY PEOPLE WE ARMED… NIGHT RAIDS on empty buildings… YEAH… THAT’LL PUT THE FEAR OF GOD IN THEM… just a SUGGESTION… HOW about a SQUADRON OF A-10S AND A SQUADRON OF APACHE ATTACK HELOS… attacking a column of their’s…. OBLITERATING EVERYTHING… THAT… MIGHT grab their ATTENTION

Marvin E. Fox
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It is good to hear the way it should be from an expert Like Allen West whose expertise is well known and accepted by those who want to win battles. Terrorists wouldn’t last very long if that expertise was used by Obama’s favored, wage war with Muslim terrorists without making any Muslims mad, crew.
Marvin Fox

Syn Hope
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIDCGy9V9mw

Watch very interesting clip.

Marvin E. Fox
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I watched the very interest clip. You, the Speaker, and most politicians are making the same often made mistake. Harry Truman did not intend to win the Korean War, which I fought in. LBJ and his Administration did not intend to win the Viet Nam War my brothers fought in. Barack Obama and his Administration have recently stated, and their actions fully confirm the statement, that they do not believe the War on Terror can be won, The War in Iraq was won by the Bush Administration, and the victory could have been sustained with a small number of troops… Read more »
TruConserv
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Expert? He doesn’t know a dang thing about fighting terrorism. He is an ex-artillary officer who was forced to resign because he completely blew the interrogation of a suspected terrorist. That was his one and only up-front-and-personal experience … and he bungled it. He didn’t go to any of the Army’s antiterrorism schools, at least no mention of them in any resource I can find. You want to know what position West takes on an issue, wait for Obama to do something, and West will complain about it. That’s the only compass he has. If Obama later does what West… Read more »
97E
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Do share, sh*tbird; EXACTLY what it is you know?

You sound like a typical whiny progtard attacking the messenger and not the message.

Also like the typical whiny progtard, your grasp of modern warfare is limited to knowingthat sometimes airplane fly fast and go “pewpewpew!”

Have you ever called in an airstrike? Called for CAS? Have your weakling little gorl hands even held a firearm (while loaded)?

Didn’t think so, progboy.

Keep a lid on it, turd.

-97E 504th Parachute Infantry 82nd Airborne US ARMY 98-05 WIA Afghanistan

97E
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Not sure why this was separated from the parent comment.

Now it looks like I am chewing on the Colonel, instead of idiot TruConserv.

TheRaven
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Hey tuff guy, how much do you weigh?

97E
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Currently? 100 kilos, largely due to enlarged kidneys and excess water weight since the kidneys can’t filter it out.

Nice try, though. Feel free to take a seat.

TruConserv
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Too funny. You deride “attacking the messenger” all while doing exactly that.

You really don’t expect anyone to take you seriously, do you?

97E
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Oh, I am so so sorry! Did it hurt getting a taste of your own medicine?

Poor poor child!

BobGuy
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Nobody needs to attend “Antiterrorism school” to understand field operations in an air theater… Dumbass.
.

Blonde Gator
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Show up again on NewsBusters and I’ll ban your ass so fast it will make you wish Colonel West had TOT’d you.

TheRaven
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Is the NewsBusters crowd as Rapture-ready as the tards who comment at WND?

Mike Snoddy
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Hey Blonde Gator sounds just like you huh, “I’ll get you banned”, “I’ll get you banned”, “I’ll get you banned”.
And again, why don’t you consider yourself a bigot?

TheRaven
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why don’t you consider yourself a bigot?

Because I’m not like you.

Mike Snoddy
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Do you need a link to the definition of Bigotry again?

TheRaven
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Don’t you have guns to fondle? Oh right, you’re the fake gunclown.

Mike Snoddy
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You do know that that all the deflecting from the question doesn’t change the facts. Do I need to post a link to the definition of deflection, or did you make up one of your own? Like you did with bigotry.

TheRaven
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Post all the links you want. We know who you are.

Mike Snoddy
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And anyone that reads your history knows exactly who you are. An arrogant POS that calls people bigots and accuses them of using hate speech, all while doing the very thing you accuse others of doing.
So again, tell me the definition of hate speech and bigotry, and how it doesn’t apply to you. Or keep being a coward and try another transparent attempt at deflecting.

TruConserv
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Typical radical – you can’t fight a true conservative with facts or cogent argument, so you go for threats and efforts to stifle the free exchange of ideas.

batlcrewzer
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Excuse me $$arah, this is NOT NutBusters! I suggest you try applying a little Ban to your underarms. Then air out the double-wide.

Blonde Gator
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You’re truly dimmer than a 4 watt bulb.

Lyndau123
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TruConserv – Expert my arse = YOU!

Deacon Blue
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Our President is a traitor, a self confessed muzzie and a muzzie extremist sympathizer. Is anyone really surprised by his inaction or the inaction of his appointed puppets in the Pentagon?

TheRaven
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What’s a “muzzie”?

Deacon Blue
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Seriously? What does it sound like libtard?

TheRaven
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Libtard? You must be a “conservative intellectual” amirite?

Deacon Blue
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Well, you didn’t re ask what a muzzie is so either you already knew or you figured it out. Thank you for admitting that you are a douche bag libtard. LOL!!!

TheRaven
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Nothing says “I didn’t finish high school” like “LOL!!!”

Mike Snoddy
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Teahadists, That make you a “liberal genius” amirite?

Syn Hope
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Deacon Blue
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Uh huh. Your point? Just like Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq & Afghanistan invasions, politicians handcuffing the military from doing it’s job. Politicians interfering at the behest of the military industrial complex. Simple as that. Otherwise, we would have beat N Korea’s ass, N Vietnam’s ass. invaded Iraq and hung Saddam Insane at the end of Desert Storm and liquidated Afghanistan’s poppy fields , terrorist sand monkeys and hung Osama bin Laden from the Empire State Building. Like Russia or China, no one would dare fck with us.

George Williams
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In order to use our Air Force to achieve a reasonable rate of attrition of our enemy our equipment will be worn out in a few years and we’ll be bankrupt from the cost of the guided weapons.

TruConserv
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West completely got this one wrong – and by a mile. While whining that Obama has only killed 12 ISIS members, West seemingly is relying on reports like this one: http://news.yahoo.com/white-house-exempts-syria-airstrikes-from-tight-standards-on-civilian-deaths-183724795.html Where 12 dead is discussed — but it’s 12 dead civilians. No numbers on the dead ISIS members have been reported. Why were 12 dead civilians being discussed? Because Obama loosened the rules of engagement so the US can be MORE aggressive than ever and that means more civilians will die. In this thread we see all these Internet Quarterbacks, West included, commenting on how Obama won’t unleash the… Read more »
BobGuy
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Uhm… You couldn’t come up with a way to blame Bush? Sheesh. Weak.

Blonde Gator
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Just like a “True False Flag”, you’ve made your history private.

Obama loathes the military. He’s picking targets, a la LBJ. He’s an idiot, our “Commander AND Chief”. GTHO with your trolling conservative sites. I’m on to you.

True conservative my BIG TOE!

TruConserv
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Yea, you’re still too afraid to respond with actual facts and cogent argument, I see.

97E
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Meh, let me know when you have achieved even the most basic grasp of warfare.

Until then, choadski, just remember that the pointy end is supposed to point AWAY from yourself.

Keep your drool cup clipped on.

batlcrewzer
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With all due respect, I realize that ‘baggers think it’s still 1950 and they still run everything, however…… YOU don’t own this site. You don’t run it. Buy your own damn site then you may admin it as you wish. Until then YOU and all like minded ilk can ESAD!

Blonde Gator
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I have a few.

And a long memory.

disqus_RMRUI9driJ
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Its because that scumbag SANDNIGGER Obama is a muslim and is a fucked human being and is trying to destroy America and not its enemies, KILL OBAMA and Family NOW, BEHEAD HIM ON THE FRONT LAWN

CheetoBuster
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You are disgusting and sound like a leftist plant….go away!!

LarryCook
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Leftist plant? He sounds like a racist, murdering psychopath who wants to use radical Muslim tactics while hating everyone but those who not only look like him, but also agree with him. He’s a chickens hit just like the rest of his bigoted comrades.

CheetoBuster
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Ya, liberals are notorious for faking profiles and saying the most racist things in order to try and make it look like all conservatives are racist. In fact, the most racist people I ever met were democrats.

LarryCook
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I’ve met them on both sides. I don’t think you can judge which is worse.

TruConserv
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Any wingnuts out there have the courage to push back on this racist POS? Yea, I didn’t think so.

Blonde Gator
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If anyone is interested in what goes into an integrated air campaign, I would highly recommend Gen. Chuck Horner’s (in conjunction with the late, great Tom Clancy) book titled “Every Man a Tiger”. It beautifully laid out the joint command of Desert Storm….and how all of the pieces (with an emphasis on the aviation part of the campaign) all fit together as one well-oiled piece of machinery. I’m afraid after Obama we’ll have to reach down into the ranks to find the next Stormin’ Norman….because Obama has culled all of the wheat and left us only chaff for Senior Military… Read more »
batlcrewzer
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“So we’re getting really cool pictures but no battle damage assessment —
and in my reading and scouring reports — I’ve seen the high estimate of
12 ISIS fighters killed — ok, so they’re down to 31,488 now, YEEHAW!”

May we see the links or some kind of evidence to support this claim,uncle
Ruckus? Only in wacknut t-bager land would this rejected castoff be
tolerated. Is there any wonder his district told him to go to hell?

7bill_lee7
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You sir have nothing to say. It’s all blather. Same lib condemnations with no substance.

Jay Star
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Yes, all 158% of them! Would you not say that was a bit strange? To say the least.

BobGuy
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Time to polish up that tin hat.

BobGuy
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This Administration is an ally of all that is Islamic Jihad. Obama is willing to kill off a few to make a good impression on the morons consuming the Mass Media’s pablum. Muslim radicals, like Obama, are keen to kill other Muslims when it suits them. There is no mystery, no confusion, here. It is just the Manchurian Candidate doing business as usual, using the US Military as a toy.

Sasha Ricks
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These responses are so ill informed it is sad. No wonder a Republican war hawks end up in endless wars.

iammoe
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I so want to fly an A-10, sorry if I missed the point of the article!

Jay Star
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I noticed from some of the pictures of the so called bombing, that one target seemed to be around a building that was deserted! What, may I ask does that accomplish? Either get serious or get out! Too little, too late!

SOD
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Good question, Jay. One other I had was, “why use a Tomahawk missile (or two) to just destroy the communications array on top of a building. That can easily be replaced and, since the building is still intact (with all the equipment still in place) and put back in service fairly readily. Why not turn the whole thing into rubble and make their job a LITTLE harder?”

MotherBatherick
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For more than six years now, obama has smiled and chuckled his way through his failures as if it’s acceptable for a President to say “Oops, I underestimated AGAIN”.

Mr. obama, perhaps you should not “underestimate” the will of the American people or the power of Her mighty military!

jaswim
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Today on the Kelly File I heard a Christian pastor, Canon Andrew White, give an excellent first hand account of what is happening in Iraq. He is ministering in Iraq and now with ISIL one mile from Baghdad he knows him and his followers are at great risk. A couple key things he said stood out to me, 1) He asked an Iraq soldier if he would stay strong and help fight off the enemy and his answer was he would remove his uniform, a definite, no, and 2) He said that the air strikes have pretty much been worthless… Read more »
TheRaven
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Why would anyone turn to a “Christian pastor” for military intel? Oh right, ToxNews will broadcast any liar who spouts Reichwing nonsense.

Louie Alfieri
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Raven , ask someone to help pull your head out of your ass. You sound like the mayor in Jaws , what shark ?

jaswim
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I was taking the information of an individual who is currently in close proximity with the enemy and being on the ground I am certain can give us much better intel than what we are currently receiving. By the way that Christian pastor knows what his fate is when ISIS crosses that border and I admire his courage. I would believe his word over that of Obamas or a hate filled individual that doesn’t have anything better to do with his or her time than to visit a website they can’t stand so they can bash those who simply have… Read more »
TheRaven
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…I am certain can give us much better intel than what we are currently receiving.

Through the power of the Lord?
Hahahahahahahahahahaha

jaswim
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Actually I was thinking more in terms to the reality to
which he now is surrounded. I believe someone who attends a baseball game can give us a much clearer picture of the game than someone who did not attend, but simply heard about the game in passing. Apply that thinking to this situation and maybe you will understand what I am trying to say if you can put your anti-Christian,anti-Republican, anti-Fox News rhetoric aside long enough that is.

TheRaven
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I believe someone who attends a baseball game can give us a much clearer picture of the game than someone who did not attend,

Wrong analogy. You were saying the pastor provided better intel than US military experts on the scene, i.e., air crews, squadron commanders, senior officers, analysts, etc. Which is of course complete nonsense. But you love nonsense, otherwise you wouldn’t come here for your daily does of faux rage and Christian butthurt. Remember this granny: liberals made your social security check possible. The Christofascists you worship want to take it away.

Lorie A. Voltz
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you are not useful

TheRaven
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You are not intelligent.

97E
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Wait, what? WHAT military experts on the scene?

Whatever happened to “no boots on the ground”?

Air crew won’t know everything that people on the ground will.

Not that a crybaby prog reject like you would have even the slightest clue about anything involving armed conflict.

Do be silent, limp-wrist.

Louie Alfieri
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Raven , you and your weak kind did nothing for this Country. You and your like suck uncle SAMs ball juice

jaswim
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No, actually I was saying that since we don’t have boots on the ground that we are definitely having a difficult time assessing the effectiveness of the airstrikes and that someone who is experiencing it firsthand might be of benefit. However, you have made it very clear that you cannot see past your anti-Christian, anti-Republican, anti-Bush rhetoric so I can see it’s useless. By the way I am not a grandma yet and not old enough to collect a social security check. However, I was unfortunate enough to have my hours cut thanks to Obamacare and am now working part… Read more »
TheRaven
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You never heard of satellite reconnaissance? How about reconnaissance aircraft? Ever hear of the NSA? Tell us, what do they do (or do you think ISIS doesn’t have cell phones)?

Mike Sanservino
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Raven, normally I wouldn’t bother to respond to an intellectually challenged, ugly spirited individual such as yourself, but as a former Navy officer, I can’t help but laugh at your ignorance. Sat recon is very limited in terms of urban targeting of terrorists. Fast moving aviation assets are very limited and VERY expensive in terms of doing much damage to said enemies who hide behind and among civilians in an urban environment. NSA assets finding terrorists by cell phone eavesdropping is extremely inefficient and ultimately ineffective as those who use the cell phones find themselves becoming fewer. In essence, this… Read more »
TheRaven
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POS in Chief

The Navy is very white, or it was when you served, right Mike?

Mike Sanservino
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Your point is exactly what? No, the US Navy was far from white and that didn’t matter a whit. Are you somehow trying to paint me with a racist brush? Nice try asswipe….my best friend and hunting partner is black, can’t stand your hero, I’ve dated several black women and don’t give a rip about skin color. I DO care about a person’s character and integrity and moral fortitude. Nice try though dimwit…

TheRaven
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Cool story bro, totally standard issue.

Louie Alfieri
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Raven , you need to leave War to the men , you pillow biters contribute nothing but fight but jawboning

Mike Snoddy
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Well look who grew a pair. Or are you just trying to find a new group of people to tell them how wrong they are?

TheRaven
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I’ll bet they think you’re a genius around here. Why don’t you tell them about your massive & manly gun collection?

97E
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What would a whiny limp-wrist like you know about military intelligence?

That was what I worked with and for while in the Army.

So why don’t you bugger off with your ignorance?

-97E 504th Parachute Infantry 82nd Airborne US ARMY 98-05 WIA Afghanistan

TheRaven
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That’s nice. Did you finish high school?

97E
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Indeed. I also made use of the GI Bill and now have a MS in Networking and Network Infrastructure.

Take a seat, GED Boy.

SOD
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97E…Raven is still having trouble with that “human intelligence” thing. Military intelligence is well beyond his payscale.

Louie Alfieri
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Why don’t you tell everyone about your show tunes collection ?

Nannette McGowan
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It wasn’t about “military intel” but to see what was happening in Bagdad. The city is surrounded on 3 sides and attacks in the city are on the increase. TheRaven would probably think it’s important to listen to a Hamas Imam in Palestine but not important to listen to a “Christian pastor” in Bagdad.

TheRaven
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That’s nice. Don’t chew your crayons.

Nannette McGowan
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So, The Raven, are you suggesting that Bagdad isn’t surrounded or that the airstrikes have prevented further movement by ISIS to take over Iraq? Even my liberal local paper reported this over the weekend.

YankeeintheBluegrass
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You can do better than that Raven.

TheRaven
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Of course, but I don’t have to.

maddog23
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We know The Smartass above is a really knowledgeable person as well.

SOD
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One of the major disasters from the Obama Bugout has been the complete loss of all human intelligence sources in that region. We don’t KNOW what’s going on there with enough accuracy. HumInt from people Like the Canon is invaluable simply because it is the almost the ONLY intel we have been getting.

97E
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Exactly! One of my biggest problems in Afghanistan was that my HumInt sources kept getting exposed and whacked by Taliban or Taliban sympathizers (as a former Army HumInt collector). Made my job really hard, and it sucked seeing so many good people get killed for it.

YankeeintheBluegrass
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Obama Bugout. That’s cute.

We’re not willing to invest in building OUR national infrastructure, why in the world should we be building theirs? Were we going to just keep dumping billions and billions of dollars into Iraq? You conservatives cry “fiscal responsibility” at the drop of a hat when it comes to helping Americans in America but have no problem spending money overseas on some BS goal of “creating democracy”.

TheRaven
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More lies & nonsense from the disgraced colonel West. First he spews a load of tangential military jargon, some of which has nothing to do with the anti-ISIS campaign. “And we haven’t even discussed Army surface-to-surface assets, which can also be used in this targeting scenario.“. Hey colonel, the army isn’t involved. It’s an air campaign. Did you notice he didn’t mention the Navy? That’s what “relying mostly on warplanes already positioned in the region” refers to. West reliably quotes discredited “sources” like Washington Times and Heritage and he’s great at pandering to Teahadist nitwits, just don’t count on anything… Read more »
Louie Alfieri
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Yo Raven , you sound like somebody who hasn’t served anything but coffee . Col West is. 100% spot on .. Leave the fighting to the big boys that know how to get it done.

97E
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It isn’t much of an air campaign. I have seen more air support in a single action in the Stan than are being sent against ISIS in an entire week. That said, an air campaign involves a mixture of separate strike packages and strike profiles. Right now, we’re only using strike fighters instead of employing strike fighters, anti-armor and long range dedicated bombers. If anything, we should at least have every available A-10 raining DU on ISIS armor along with HE for the light skinned vehicles that they have commandeered. It was well proven towards the end of Desert Storm… Read more »
Nannette McGowan
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Oh sure. The air campaign is doing so much good and it’ll only take a year to train the Syrian rebels as ground forces in Saudi Arabia. Bagdad is surrounded by ISIS on 3 sides and there have been bombings and attacks inside Bagdad in mostly Shiite neighborhoods. We’ve seen the videos of them bombing empty buildings, Well that sure isn’t going to stop them. Sit back and watch. This mess in Syria and Iraq will spread to Turkey and Iran next. This air campaign will do nothing and it’s only going to get worse. Now Obama has thrown James… Read more »
97E
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Typical narcissism.

Azgunsel
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There is a Pus Filled Boil in Washington, D.C.that needs lanced to drain our the Poison that is killing the host Anerica, and crippling our Economy, it is called Demoncrats, and the very head of the Boil, Barack Hussein Obama. Lance that Boil, and in phrase all Liberals love “Let the Healing Begin”. !

quincyman
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SEND IN THE WARTHOGS….. LOTS OF THEM

akatom3565
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Why is it not surprising that he doesn’t get it!

Ken Trefaller
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seven air strikes per day 12 enemy killed what a joke. We need 200 sorties a day and rules of engagement that will win the air war. Look at what we had to do to Japan to get them to quit.

rdlynn
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Obama is MB all the way.

Jay Goldberg
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Wow, you’re stupid. What’s a hack Lt. Colonel going to teach the leadership in the Pentagon? You, “sir”, are a disgrace to the uniform.