Saturday, January 16, 2016

I Hate The War

Today, the US Defense Dept announced:

Strikes in Iraq

Rocket artillery and attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 18 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

-- Near Al Huwayjah, one strike struck an ISIL headquarters.

-- Near Albu Hayat, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle-borne bomb.

-- Near Kisik, one strike denied ISIL access to terrain.

-- Near Mosul, eight strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, two ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL-used culverts, 12 ISIL assembly areas, five ISIL command and control nodes, an ISIL bunker, an ISIL weapons cache, and denied ISIL access to terrain.

-- Near Ramadi, six strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL building, an ISIL vehicle-borne bomb, four ISIL staging areas, cratered two ISIL-used roads, and denied ISIL access to terrain.

-- Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed three ISIL assembly areas and an ISIL vehicle-borne bomb. 

Task force officials define a strike as one or more kinetic events that occur in roughly the same geographic location to produce a single, sometimes cumulative, effect. Therefore, officials explained, a single aircraft delivering a single weapon against a lone ISIL vehicle is one strike, but so is multiple aircraft delivering dozens of weapons against buildings, vehicles and weapon systems in a compound, for example, having the cumulative effect of making those targets harder or impossible for ISIL to use. Accordingly, officials said, they do not report the number or type of aircraft employed in a strike, the number of munitions dropped in each strike, or the number of individual munition impact points against a target.

And CBS and AP report, "The U.S. military said Friday eight civilians were killed and three others injured in five airstrikes last year in Iraq and Syria."

When does that diplomatic push start?

The one that Barack insisted was needed?

Next month, his 'plan' will have been executed for 18 months.

And still no work addressing the root causes, the grievances which led the Islamic State to get a foothold in Iraq to begin with.

Barack just keeps dropping bombs and keeps looking the other way as Sunnis continue to be persecuted in Iraq.

  1. Sunni farmer on video tells Army officers: I am innocent. They shot him like others - bodies are piled.
  2. Shia militias crimes killed Iraqis Sunnis civilians in without guilt This militias backed by Iran

Until the persecution is addressed, the Islamic State is not losing power in Iraq.

What I'm trying to say is
It's time 
To get in the way
It's crazy 
That this thing is still going on
I can't believe
This thing's still going on 
And it goes
Na na na na na na 
I hate the war
Na na na na na na 
I hate the war
Na na na na na na
I hate the war
-- "I Hate The War" (written by Greg Goldberg, on The Ballet's Mattachine!)

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