During Barack Obama’s presidency, many suspected that he was somehow protecting ISIS rather than trying to defeat them. Now, this theory has sadly been confirmed by U.S. military who have returned from the fight against ISIS.
The Washington Free Beacon reported that numerous pilots have said that they were blocked from dropping 75 percent of their ordnance on terror targets because they could not get clearance to launch a strike. Rep. Ed Royce (R., Calif.), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, explained that strikes against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) targets are often blocked due to an Obama administration policy to prevent civilian deaths and collateral damage.
Royce and various military leaders said that this policy is being blamed for allowing Islamic State militants to gain strength across Iraq and continue waging terrorist strikes throughout the region and beyond.
“You went 12 full months while ISIS was on the march without the U.S. using that air power and now as the pilots come back to talk to us they say three-quarters of our ordnance we can’t drop, we can’t get clearance even when we have a clear target in front of us,” Royce said. “I don’t understand this strategy at all because this is what has allowed ISIS the advantage and ability to recruit.”
Jack Keane, a retired four-star U.S. general, agreed with Royce and blamed Obama for issuing orders that severely constrain the U.S. military from combatting terror forces.
“This has been an absurdity from the beginning,” Keane said in response to questions from Royce. “The president personally made a statement that has driven air power from the inception.”
“When we agreed we were going to do airpower and the military said, this is how it would work, he [Obama] said, ‘No, I do not want any civilian casualties,’” Keane explained. “And the response was, ‘But there’s always some civilian casualties. We have the best capability in the world to protect from civilians casualties.’”
Keane went on to say that Obama’s response was, “No, you don’t understand. I want no civilian casualties. Zero.’ So that has driven our so-called rules of engagement to a degree we have never had in any previous air campaign from desert storm to the present.”
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