Military strategy for lefties

I do enjoy the humor progressive socialists provide. The last opportunity to laugh at chuckleheads was their insistence that ISIS was not attempting to close in on al-Asad Base in Iraq — it was an overblown story. But there are hundreds of Marine advisors/trainers at that location with an ISIS force just 5 miles away in al-Baghdadi.

Let me help certain folks understand something. No, ISIS cannot overrun that base, but they can certainly use the assault as propaganda. America must go on offense. We cannot afford to withdraw those Marines. That’s precisely what ISIS wants more than anything, to say they forced American Marines to run away — just as the Yemeni rebels can boast of forcing American Marines to flee without their weapons.

ISIS must be made to pay in Anbar province — and yes, I stand by the proposition to use flamethrowers against ISIS strongpoints. Again, lefties seem to have no grasp of tactics.

Now, I must ask, if we had such an effective air campaign, how was ISIS able to freely move in the open desert towards the town of al-Baghdadi in the first place?

And just so all the great progressive socialist military strategists understand, you can use the F-22 in a ground attack mode — it has a 20mm cannon and would be ideal to attack columns of vehicles moving in the open. I did however, make a mistake — no, not like Brian Williams, misremembering. I wrote AV-1B Harrier when I meant AV-8B Harrier.

If the detractors had any understanding, they would have realized I was presenting a solution of an aerial task force — F-22s, AV-8Bs, A-10s and attack helicopters in providing an air CAP that would isolate ISIS, preventing reinforcement, maneuvering and escape.

Funny, I wonder if I would need to explain the same to Valerie Jarrett, Susan Rice, and Barack Obama? I know, you folks on the left just hate it when the truth comes out and it embarrasses this administration — we hate it too, that our military continues to be embarrassed by this administration.

Oops, and I forgot, where is Bowe Bergdahl? In case y’all didn’t know, there was a Pentagon report done in 2010 that already concluded Bergdahl was a deserter — so why do we need another report? And it doesn’t take a general five months to figure out desertion. But I digress — validly so however.

And in the continuing saga of foreign policy and national security faux pas of the Obama administration, we have the current Russia-Ukraine conflagration. This is not a laughing matter as Vladimir Putin is not known for using a selfie stick.

As reported by The U.K. Guardian, “Fighting between government and rebel forces in eastern Ukraine trailed off in the first hours after a midnight ceasefire began – but steady shelling resumed later in the morning near the besieged city of Debaltseve. Kiev and the breakaway republics in the east said fighting had quietened and the ceasefire was mostly being observed. But the Guardian heard mortar fire to the east of Luhanske on the highway to Debaltseve, where up to 8,000 Ukrainian troops have been under rebel attack for weeks. The UN security council was convening an emergency session on Sunday to hear a Russian resolution on the conflict in eastern Ukraine.”

Remember it was on a Monday that former U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced the cutting of the U.S. Army and the A-10 aerial platform and by week’s end, Russian supported separatists had taken Crimea.

The world in which we are now living doesn’t respect speeches or self-promoting videos. It is a world of despots, dictators, theocrats, autocrats, and Islamic terrorists — just ask Denmark or Coptic Christians. Of course Russia has threatened it would see any U.S. weapons support to Ukraine as an act of war — hmm, methinks we’re already there. Check out who is supplying the “Russian backed” separatists to fight against a sovereign nation.

This recalcitrance to assist Ukraine has to send a chilling to the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania — not to mention Poland. And as the UK Guardian presents, Russia, in other words, Putin, cannot be trusted to maintain any semblance of a ceasefire — what would be the motivation, or consequences, to do so?

While I applaud her effort, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is not the Iron Maiden, Lady Margaret Thatcher, and sitting her at the table with Putin is not exactly reassuring — well, it is to Putin. It serves to reassure him he’ll be able to act with impunity.

According to the Guardian, “There’s no ceasefire here,” said a Ukrainian soldier who would give only his first name, Andrei. “It’s a present from Putin,” joked another soldier, gesturing in the direction of the shelling. The soldiers said Ukrainian forces were not shooting back, but some of the shelling to the east of Luhanske sounded like outgoing fire. Ukrainian army command said its forces were observing the ceasefire but would return fire if attacked or if the rebels shelled residential areas.”

Americans must be reminded of two interesting occurrences: the “reset” button presented to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the famous “off mike” comment, “tell Vladimir after reelection, I will have more flexibility.”

The first was done by a wannabee president, the other by a president running for a second term. Well, I suppose I could say, “what difference at this point does it make?” I guess you can ask that question to the people in Crimea and elsewhere in eastern Ukraine — or even ask the victims of the Malaysian Air flight shot down by Putin’s thugs.

Sadly, America continues to show leadership from behind. “In a telephone call with Ukranian President Poroshenko hours before the start of the ceasefire, U.S. president Barack Obama expressed his “deep concern about the ongoing violence, particularly in and around Debaltseve.”

“The White House said in a statement that the two leaders “emphasized the pressing need” for all parties to implement the ceasefire and agreed to remain in contact in the coming days.” Perhaps Obama should have considered this before the “flexibility” moment.

“Obama also spoke with German chancellor Angela Merkel who took a lead role in negotiating the ceasefire agreement. U.S. secretary of state, John Kerry, spoke to his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov (recipient of the reset button) on Saturday, urging full implementation of the Minsk agreements, including a midnight ceasefire.”

And what was Vladimir Putin’s response? “Speaking after the Minsk agreements, Putin suggested Debaltseve was fully surrounded and Ukrainian forces should agree to abandon it, but Kiev has insisted that it is not cut off and will remain government territory.”

Despotic leaders know when they’re operating from the aspect of the moral high ground — which we are definitely not holding.

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Camotim
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Napalm sticks to ISIS scum.

Linda Parks
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They apparently like fire. 🙂

2197_uxo_1
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Fae bombs, napalm and nucs, oh my!

Jeff Smith
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How to extract our Marines:
1. A squadron of A-10’s to provide ground cover.
2. A squadron of F16’s to provide air cover.
3. 5 C-17’s to withdraw the Marines and equipment.
4. A flight of B-52’s to turn the place into a glass parking lot.
Game. Set. Match.

KJinWTexas
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Playing devil’s advocate here, but what kind of firepower do our guys have, should ISIS actually be able to surround them? And what if O doesn’t use air strikes? Remembering Benghazi…

Get Real
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Correct there are several ways ISIS could make it hot for our troops there. As the Palestinians do for the Israel counter battery command.

Joseph M. Callan
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Unfortunately not enough. The Marines at al-Asad are a training unit, not an assault force. They don’t have a lot of heavy weapons or a large ammo loadout. Being Marines they can still deal out some serious hurtin’ on ISIS, but if the insurgents really want that airbase, and are willing to pay the blood price for it,in the end they will take it.

jeff
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There’s no doubt the Marines there will be able to care for each other. The problem is the military leadership and the President will not have their backs.

Mackie
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Here sits this massive base 6 to 7 miles from what has now become a ISIS Stronghold in al-Baghdadi. The base is no doubt considered a prime target with propaganda galore if ISIS can bring together a huge body fighters. Still we have only 300 marines and around 800 Iraqi troops in training and stationed there. It is long over due for the America military to mount a full blown offensive from this location against ISIS–Yes this should be the place!!!. .

Keith W
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If it’s hostile, you kill it.

Pam
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I agree Mr West. Sadly our lazy, fat no experienced society cannot conceive that freedom and keeping it is done with by the one with the most power. That has been the USA before Obama. As a female law enforcement officer I learned early in my career a good offense is the best defense. Let people know you will go to the lengths to get the job done no matter what it takes and you don’t get challenged very often. I just love hearing all these arm chair quarterbacks tell you how to fight a war. I however, know that… Read more »
Brendan
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Isn’t Mr West just one of those civilian armchair quarterbacks second guessing our military leadership?

William Haburne
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You are either foolish or joking. It is every citizens right to express ideas to GUV’MENT here in America even if they don’t like the way it is presented.

Brendan
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Your comment doesn’t make sense.
I never suggested citizens do not have a right to criticize.
Why you would accuse me of saying that makes no sense.

my comment was a direct reply to Pam…
In her comment, she supports West’s criticism while also mocking those who criticize by calling them “arm chair quarterbacks.”
my comment was a direct response to that, pointing out that she was supporting West doing the same thing she was criticizing.

William Haburne
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I see what you are saying in a way and I could not see you being Military sayin’ what I did think you was implying. I apologize for gettin’ it wrong. That being said I think LtCol West has a little more on the ball than an ARM CHAIR QUARTERBACK. Even though he was criticiing tactics..it in effect is still GUV’MENT and that is his right. Semper Fi

Dom
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LTC West has the background and experience to criticize the
administration’s military strategy and not be considered Armchair quarterbacking. He isn’t an ordinary civilian. I believe that Pam was referring to pundits on the major news networks.

Brendan
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Mr West has been out of the military for years and is not privy to any planning. His background and experience in this case is no better than millions of other veterans.

jamest1148
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It’s funny how you say that Col. West (ret) is not privy to any planning. Yet, I wonder when is the last time Obama attended a security briefing? It’s hard to fit those pesky briefings into your schedule when you have a tee off time in 15 minutes.

Brendan
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No.. .Mr West is a civilian. It is not funny. He is not privy to any planning.
As to when Obama gets security briefings… every day.

Dom
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True, he has been retired for awhile, but I’m sure he was apart of planning operations when he was a commander, so unlike most he has a working knowledge of how operation planning goes.

Brendan
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Yes… as I wrote, his background and experience is no better than other veterans

Jeff Smith
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And again, you’re wrong. From 2010-2012, LTC West served in Congress on the Armed Services Committee, specifically on the Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee. I think he may have a lot more insight than “other veterans”.

Brendan
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But he’s not there now and never mentioned any warning about the emergence of ISIS until they were already all over the news.
He is out of the loop on current planning and his criticism of plans in motion right now are just as valid, and uninformed, as anyone else’s.

Get Real
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ISIS could easily begin intermittent mortar barrages, while hiding behind hostages and make the position politically untenable. A lethal American rapid reaction force, TF Stryker, who can separate the Wheat from the chaff is long over due!

elle
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A Lego style Islamic terrorist strapped with explosives and covering his face – Despite the seriousness, LMAO, pretty sure this has the Muslims in an uproar.

Uncle Ruckus
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Military strategy for righties?? Forced to retire?? Being relieved of command??? MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Rafael X
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Military strategy for righties. Don’t mock execute the terrorist, kill him for real.

Paul Deckelman
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Colonel West’s use of the threat to shoot the terrorist-linked turncoat Iraqi “policeman” proved effective in getting him to give up the information needed to prevent the terrorist attack on West and/or his unit that (according to best intelligence available) was supposed to take place, by letting his soldiers go out and grab up some of those involved, breaking up the plot. The bottom line was that the attack was NOT carried out and thus NO U.S. personnel were killed, wounded or captured. That’s absolutely HUGE, especially for the U.S. soldiers involved and their families. Just killing the guy “for… Read more »
Rafael X
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The attack was not carried because there was no attack planned. Anyone would say anything with a gun pointed to their head. Only positive outcome was Allen West being relieved of command.

Uncle Ruckus
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game, set and match!!

Sayantan Dasgupta
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Is US suffering from guilty feeling of Iraq invasion? What takes them so long to make a decision on ISIS?

Paul Deckelman
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Or, we could just forget the whole idea of killing our way out of this war and follow the sage strategic advice from the other day of State Department spokesperson Ms. Harf and set up job training programs for all of those fanatic ISIS jihadis now hellbent on conquest, beheading people and barbequing captives alive in the name of their Prophet. Obama can give another $536 million of U.S. taxpayer dollars to the bankrupt Solyndra to put them back in business and they can open a plant in Syria or Iraq to put all of those poor, starving depressed ISIS… Read more »
Paul Sheridan
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I’m flattered Allen West felt like he has to respond to my criticism but the F-22 is still NOT a Close Air Support platform. Yes, it’s got a 20mm cannon but so does basically every other combat aircraft we fly. What the F-16, F-15E and F/A-18 can offer is the ability to carry more ordinance and laser target their own bombs in addition to the 20mm cannons they also have. Of course the truly ideal platform for attacking vehicles in the open is the A-10 and what it offers can best be described as “BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRT” So, thanks for playing Allen… Read more »