A frequent and outspoken critic of the Obama Administration, retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and former congressman Allen West is especially critical of the current air strike campaign against Islamic State terrorists in Iraq and Syria.
— Allen West (@AllenWest) October 7, 2014
West devoted a recent column not only to denouncing the weak military offensive, but also Obama’s practice of warning targets when and where the strikes will take place.
“Somehow,” he wrote, “ISIS has been able to continue offensive operations even in the face of the Obama airstrikes – which have been clearly ineffective.”
Given the amount of artillery and equipment seized upon the retreat of the Iraqi army and the military training so common within the ISIS ranks, West concluded that the terrorist network could devastate Baghdad – all without any meaningful U.S. resistance.
“And we don’t have ‘boots on the ground’ in a combat role that could target or even conduct direct action attacks against ISIS forces arrayed against Baghdad,” he wrote, “—it’s kinda hard to chase ISIS to the gates of hell when Obama says he ain’t having it!”
While he does not believe ISIS can completely conquer Iraq’s capital city, he cited experts who agree coordinated militants can cause widespread infrastructural damage.
In addition to the insufficient scope of the campaign, West also criticized the type of aircraft being used – especially the reported employment of Apache helicopters in the region.
“Helicopters are more vulnerable to small arms fire and missiles than warplanes,” he explained. “You don’t use attack helicopters in solo strikes without ground combat forces engaging.”
West concluded that “Obama doesn’t have a freakin’ clue as to what he’s doing,” a fact he laments likely means ISIS will not be defeated any time soon.
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