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Sep 17 14 6:05 PM
In stretching words and meanings to the breaking point, the Whitehouse is trying to persuade everyone that they aren’t at odds with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs. General Dempsey has made it clear to anyone with an ounce of intelligence that he doesn’t believe that the Iraqi military can handle the task and that it will ultimately take American ground forces to do the job. Translation: he doesn’t agree with Obama’s plan. The general must be a very frustrated man knowing that an enormous amount of resource is being expended on a mission to which he’s been ssigned and that he expects to fail.So, what’s the problem with American ground forces being used if that is what the current situation requires? Is it a “read my lips” kind of pomise that he’s determined to keep no matter what the cost? Does anyone really believe that you could put foot soldiers near the front lines and keep them out of harm’s way? If they are near the front lines and have orders not to engage the enemy, what do they do if the enemy engagesthem? Does the president really think that he can fool the American people until after the election with such bullshit?The truth is that we are already doing more than Americans have been led to believe. Who do they suppose is identifying targets for the aerial bombardment? The following video was posted on Facebook by an Iraqi from Kirkuk. His caption (translated by Bing) reads:Apache helicopters pounded positions on 15/8/2014 and wasphotographed by U.S. military units in the region in Kurdistan. The link: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=657786650983972&set=vb.100002579301626&type=2&theater
ISIS has made use of social media on the Internet and they certainly know what’s happening on the ground. The above link was sharedmore than 16,000 times so it’s safe to assume that the enemy knows about this. So, what’s the point of the administration trying to pretend we are safely behind the lines?I wonder what will happen if Obama fires Dempsey or if Dempsey decides to quit? If the general is willing to express his opinion whilestill holding his position, what do you suppose he would be saying if he no longer had to say yes sir/no sir?BILL LUDJIN
footnote: Several questions come to mind when viewing the video. How did the Iraqi come by the video? There is no explanation of this. Where were the Apaches based? They couldn't have been carrier based as the Apache doesn't have the range to reach Kurdistan from the nearest possible carrier location. What was the function of the high powered light beam that appeared briefly in the video and why didn't it prompt return fire? It doesn't fit the characteristic of a laser designation and didn't seem to correspond to any particular ordinance. (A designator isn't in the visible light range and must be on target from launch to impact of the ordinance that it directs.) The video certainly fits the scenario of air attacks in Northern Iraq but, if it is authentic, there should be answers to these questions. If not, what would be the motive for producing it and where and when was the footage really made? Clearly the voices in the background are American and it makes sense that people on the ground would be helpful in identifying worthwhile targets especially at night.
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