Barry bombs the bad guys – sort of, kind of. After six years of withholding weapons and training from the Kurds, Bagdad Barry has reduced the Kurdish militia to the same level of weakness as those in the rest of that benighted country, and ISIS is moving in. So today, Hussein ordered two 500-kb bombs dropped on an artillery piece, a dozen picnic baskets to the genocide victims and has declared “mission accomplished”, at least and until public pressure forces him to do it again. Why so little effort? It’s real hard, his mouthpiece explains, to distinguish between the refugees fleeing the Islamists and the Islamists themselves.
Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said the US conducted the “targeted airstrike” with two F/A-18 fighter jets, dropping two 500-pound laser-guided bombs on a mobile artillery piece near Erbil.
The radical Islamist group “was using this artillery to shell Kurdish forces defending Irbil where US personnel are located,” he said in a statement.
In New Delhi, where he is traveling, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the US has airdropped more than 60 of 72 bundles of food and water to religious minorities holed up in mountaintop camps in northern Iraq, where they are surrounded by the militants.
The Pentagon says it has the ability to launch strikes from manned and unmanned aircraft — though it has held off to date, partly out of concern that Islamic State fighters have mingled with the population and are hard to root out.
Hagel said if the group moves against Erbil, Baghdad or the stranded refugees, “It’s pretty clear who they are, and they would be pretty identifiable where our airstrikes could be effective.”
You might think that if we had Special Forces units at the front lines, they could distinguish between the good guys and the bad guys and direct air strikes accordingly, and you’d be right; unfortunately for the Kurds, Obama has ordered those forces to stay far behind the lines, lest they drag us back into a war he claimed was won, long ago.